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- This is destroying the Michigan brand.
- Please put a stop to this now.
- Reminds me that Brian has done an outstanding job. As a reader of mgoblog, I don't know what I'd do without it.
- The quotes of Brian in the article reminded me that nobody has chronicled the crisis more thoroughly and in greatest detail than mgoblog.
- I really wish Michigan football would finally improve, for the sake of mgoblog readers, UM football fans, and for Brian. The dude deserves to know what college football success looks like (again).
- at Rutgers (potential close loss, I'm thinking 2013 UConn game at Rentschler Field, but with less happy result, also night road game which UM sucks at right now)
- at Northwestern (likely win, because they are just more horrible)
- at Michigan State (likely loss, hard to believe last win in EL was under Carr 2007)
- at Ohio (potential win, but at Horseshoe, where UM has had nothing since 2000).
|17 hours 56 min ago||About the Piped In Music||
I don't understand.
Why don't we have a ticket holder vote or a fan poll with a huge sample size, or something and then show the statistical inferences to David Brandon and his Domino's toadies with a simple plea and recommendation, including:
|1 day 7 hours ago||Scott Mitchell, No. 19 at Utah....and Detroit||
|1 day 8 hours ago||I think Ga. Southern runs a spread offense||
with some flexbone/wishbone too. They run a lot. Don't know much more about them, other than they look like a blue and white version of Alabama, and that Georgia Tech fans are still trying to scrub out the stains in their underwear after their butt hair win over the weekend.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Utah is 1-1 vs. Michigan||
They'll be ready.
Michigan will need to play its best football of the season to win that game.
I predicted a blowout today. I was wrong.
Michigan is still years away from dominance.
|3 days 18 hours ago||And Chuck Martin is a fine coach||
He and Beau Baldwin (EWU) are two coaches who have been ridiculously successful over a short span.
Martin did a good job at GVSU:
|3 days 21 hours ago||Michigan 59 - Miami 13||
|4 days 17 hours ago||I read it, and I liked what he wrote||
I liked how he took steps backward and forward in time again, zooming in an out of each, to view the crisis for what it is, and from different perspectives.
Some other takeaways:
Hinton summarized things for the outside masses. I thought he did a nice job here.
|4 days 19 hours ago||About Ferentz||
The last 4 years have kind of sucked.
But it seems like every 4-5 years Captain Kirt achieves something improbable.
I'm going to watch them lose to Iowa State by a butthair this weekend and then finish the season at 10-2.
|4 days 19 hours ago||OK. I guess I'll be that guy.||
What I don't understand is why anyone anywhere on the planet is even remotely shocked by this chain of events.
The sports media is playing really dumb here, and viewers are just playing along with the gag like "OMG, here it is....here it is.... this is the part where I pretend that I'm shocked and outraged! I really can't believe this is happening".
You have a massively corrupt organization like the NFL overcharged with incompetence and nepotism, and for which the national level of contempt could not be higher. It has dominated the landscape for 50 years and have been doing everything in their power to preserve their monopoly. Their only rivals are in the most hated things of America. Things like the NCAA, Justin Bieber and Donald Sterling. There are decades of examples of organizational unreasonable heavy-handedness, ridiculous leniency and faux moral grand-standing.
So now a leader of this organization does something incompetent, and then does something incompetent again, and people are like "OMG! WTF!"
If tomorrow the NFL and all of its products exploded into a million quark particles followed by an all-consuming conflagration, it would be none too soon.
As for NFL fans, I just don't understand them. The NFL product has been horrible for years, and the weekly media circus around it is unwatchable.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Ughh||
I remember that one: http://mgoblog.com/content/perverse-joy-abject-stupidity
"If you were there, and stayed there, and did not move from your seat until Nick Sheridan's final pass sailed out of bounds, you have completed the final challenge. This is the worst it can ever be: an awful team that does things specifically intended to hurt you playing a meaningless game against Northwestern in weather not fit for man nor beast. With multiple infuriating million-year-long media timeouts in the fourth quarter. That they lose.
If you put up with it (and far, far fewer than the announced 107,000 did), you are hardcore. You have a black belt in fandom. You get the Fandom Endurance III merit badge. If anyone ever questions your Michigan allegiance, you can just say "I was at the 2008 Northwestern game" and they will have to step off. If they fail to do so with sufficient obsequiousness I'm pretty sure you can cave their skull in with your finger.*
So I salute you man.
Personally I don't consider these "awful events" anymore. "Awful events" and Michigan football chronicles are officially one and the same now.
It's 2014. Somehow the distance between today and the awful events like "Northwestern 2008" and MSU 2011 still seems too short. The frequency of shitty football is still too high.
And I can't get this damn score out of my head: Notre Dame 0, Michigan 31.
So cheerlead away, if it helps you cope. I'm too busy wallowing in the reality that is called right now.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I bet Kyle Wittingham is estatic with Golson's success vs UM||
and with having a nice bye week to game plan against the Wolverines.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Actually you were on to something here||
It was not a shut out, but in terms of the category of "Michigan's worst defeats", the 1976 lost to unranked Purdue 14-16 in West Lafayette has to be one of the worst ever in Michigan history.
Michigan was ranked No. 1 and also had a Top 10 ranked total defense and the no. 1 rushing attack and scoring attack in the country (Leach, Lytle, Huckleby and no. 1 RB recruit in the land, Russell Davis, WB Jim Smith). Michigan was loaded.
That 1976 Purdue team was a no-name group, and not very talented at all. Their best player was a gritty tailback named Scott Dierking, who became a 1,000 yrd rusher for the NY Jets. Purdue finished 4-4 in league and 5-6 overall, and was among four (4) other BIG10 teams that finished with the same overall record.
Bo Schembechler told reporters, "It hurts a lot. We don't accept it. . . . We shouldn't accept it . . . because we should have won. No defeat is good. we got down there at the end and we should have scored. But when you depend on winning on a forward pass or a field goal, you're in trouble."
A year later NCAA football blocking rules for the forward pass changed, and college football (and Woody and Bo's 3yrds+cloud of dust offensive philosophy) would never be the same.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Great analysis Brian!||
Question: How long is Desmond Morgan going to be out?
|5 days 20 hours ago||That Gooher team finished 3rd in big ten and want to bowl game||
Lost to Maryland 7-17.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Good job Dave||
Now get your ass to work on home-home series vs. Clemson, LSU and Georgia for crying out loud.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Is this really so bad?||
My favorite football team just got rogered 0-31 to a prime-time national TV audience by Notre Dame - of all teams- in the final game the two will play in probably forever, simultaneously ruining my weekend and making me grumpy ever since. It's Tuesday and I'm still trying to make sense of it all. And UM playing "Winston here" (Miami of the Ohio) this Saturday isn't going to make things better.
Hey, you know, maybe these trolls you speak of are actually little angels or fairies trying to help?
|6 days 14 hours ago||I can see it now - The 2024 "Despondency Bowl"...||
Michigan vs. Texas.
Brought you by Depends(R) and the makers of Zoloft (R).
If playing Texas is considered by Michigan as an "upgrade" over Notre Dame, then what does playing Notre Dame mean to Texas? I ask because the Longhorns scheduled the Fig Things 4 times over the next several years.
|6 days 15 hours ago||I remember the press conference||
"I would have walked to the University of Michigan...."
Brandon had someone in Hoke who was very familiar with the Michigan football tradition, was aware of the high standards at UM, and someone who genuinely wanted the job.
When I think of the fact that more may be calling for Hoke's head by the end of the season, especially if Michigan loses to MSU and Ohio, it is sort of sad. This is not like the RR situation, which was a slam dunk. This had to be Hoke's lifetime achievement and dream job, and he had so many inside and outside supporters it was ridiculous and pretty much from day one. Getting Mattison to join was a huge coup as well. Hoke is paid very well and would get another job quite easily, but it would be a very sad day to break it off with him. Football coaches come to Michigan to coach and retire. They don't come to Ann Arbor to coach and be fired.
|6 days 16 hours ago||I think the trash talk is 100% completely deserved.||
I get the whole "but they're all gonna laugh at you!" meme.
I think it should be embraced. They're not wrong. All college football programs wind up in the toilet eventually (see Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas, Penn State and Michigan). No one is immune. It's just that Michigan football has been circling the drain a little longer than others. It should not surprise that nobody outside our UM circle of trust understands why. The fact that the University of Michigan is comparatively so goddamned well off makes this even more confusing to people.
If the University of Michigan is serious about this college football business, and genuinely cares about championships in college football, then adjustments WILL be made to achieve that objective. Right now, there's just not enough pain or pressure on UM management to change anything at all, because people have been so busy praising the image in the program's rear view mirror to care about the present, and for fear about what more change will do, "what if change fails?", etc., etc.
Somehow the decision to hire a 47-50 MAC coach one winning season, no coordinating experience, and prior ties as a former UM position coach was considered wise. Even Bo "Bo who?" Schembechler arrived at Michigan with a 40-17-3 record.
Michigan hasn't won a Big Ten title in 10 years (2004 shared) and no outright title for 11 (2003).
This doesn't make sense to us, and it makes no sense to anyone else outside.
I think Mgoblog is more real and not as conformist as most college sports fan communities. There's plenty of self-flagellation and critique to be found here over the last 9 years as we've tried to contemplate the meaning of life and just what the fuck is wrong with our football program.
|6 days 17 hours ago||With all due respect to coach Mattison, and I know||
he's been at some mighty low pointswhen coaching college football:
L vs Alabama, 3-31 in 2005
L vs Oregon State 9-41 in 2000
I looked at the teams he DCed in colllege from Michigan, Notre Dame to Florida, I don't think he's ever been part of a shut-out loss until now.
This just seems more than just a "bump in the road", but what can you do? Gotta move forward and play football. Ten more games to play.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Beau Baldwin (42), HC at Eastern Washington||
Young guy, former QB. Nobody talks about him much for some reason, but he has an impressive resume thus far. I would not be surprised to see his name come up next year for job openings at other schools.
His EWU team basicaly filled the drawers of every Washington Huskies fan last weekend, bt lost only 52-59.
The other thing that strikes me is that, of the potentially available or interested coaches, almost none have any kind of Michigan connection or relation to the Michigan Coaching Tree:
|1 week 16 hours ago||Media collects reactions from the PSU victims in 4, 3, 2, 1....||
Yeah, this thing has now officially blown over.
Oh, wait a minute:
|1 week 17 hours ago||I do see value in asking questions.||
Maybe people on this blog unfortunately have had experience with that kind of shit? What if people care and want to learn about what really happened (chronology of events), or want to better understand domestic violence, warning signs, etc.? How is that over the line?
This same woman who was brutalized by Ray Rice decided to MARRIED HIM one day after he was formally indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault for striking her unconscious. Not unusual for victims of domestic violence perhaps, but it's still way fucked up. Nothing to see here?
Look, call the NFL management the bunch of incompetent, hippocrite fuckwits that they are. Call Ray Rice a violent, knuckle-dragging monster with anger control issues, or a misogynist, if that fits better. But I don't agree that questions can't be asked about the victim(s) in this case, or that nothing can possibly be learned from the chain of events leading up to it. That's horseshit.
I fully understand that for some, they don't want to know any more. Guy hits girl and they're done. OK, well, that's up to them.
|1 week 17 hours ago||It's so damn hot. Milk was a bad choice.||
|1 week 18 hours ago||"Brady, you're out of your element."||
Full disclosure: I'm outside. I don't know. I'm speculating here like most dolts. All of this could be completely wrong. This is an internet comment, and I should probably just read like the other 90% and not write anything as Brian suggests.
I view Hoke as a rare breed of HC. I don't think there are any others like him left in the BIG10 anymore. I can't remember an HC quite like him except maybe Tim Brewster at Minnesota. I don't say that to be intentionally contentious.
We have to remember that Hoke has never been a coordinator level football coach. This is Brady Hoke: He is a DL coach (and a damn good one), a great recruiter, and a team figurehead/cheerleader/HC. That's pretty much it. There's not a massive remainder of cerebral stuff that he brings to the table, in my view. This is not his fault nor necessarily a bad thing in all situations, except for perhaps the game management consequences which we've been observing since his arrival at UM (clock management, time outs, etc.).
I'm just saying he's not the kind of coach who brings a ton of proficiency and skill about the football game plan and strategy himself. He probably brings a ton of expertise to the defensive line element of the game plan, which I'm sure Mattison loves the most about working with Hoke. It seems to me that the game plan and strategy has been delegated (with confidence) to the coordinators (Nussmeier and Mattison) by Hoke, much like it was to Stan Parrish at Ball State (a good OC, but a horrible HC) and Borges at SDSU and Michigan.
I do believe Hoke APPROVES the final product (the game plan) after it is drawn up and prepared by his highly skilled, proficient and detail oriented coordinators, but I don't think he's part of nuts and bolts strategy formulation process. Because its not his forte. So intervening on things like offensive snap tempo, a tactic of an offensive strategy, seems out of place and out of character for Hoke. I could be wrong.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Unlikely Michigan wins 8 games||
I could be wrong. But I just can't visualize 8 wins anymore.
At 1-1, Michigan has 4 more away games to play this fall:
The only slam dunk win left is Miami (Ohio) this coming weekend.
While all other UM home games seem like potential wins, but it's not like home losses would shock anyone anymore following the 0-31 road shellacking to a undermanned ND squad. Suddenly what we liked to call an "undermanned" Indiana squad with 4 of 5 returning OL and TB Tevin Coleman looks pretty godammned terrifying yet again. Same for Utah, PSU and Maryland. I can visualize Michigan losing these football games.
I thought 8-4 was reasonable and likely before last weekend.
7-5 looks more and more like best case for Hoke in 2014. I'm aware that another 7-5 or 7-6 would go down like a fart in church.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I'm not saying at all that Devin Gardner can't be a "pocket QB"||
He definitely can be. He has a Howitzer arm, can make all the throws on a line, and is genuinely terrifying when he's on.
But his mental game is still severely lacking. For a 5th year senior quarterback, it still seems remarkably easy for defenses to rattle him into the wrong behaviors that have been no doubt screamed and cussed about in the film room.
He's just not been coached well/correctly about what to do when protections break down.
Hours of 2012 and 2013 game film should have made these tendencies obvious to Nussmeier, who is a true QB coach in every sense. It may take time to undo what Gardner "learned" incorrectly, and teach him correct courses of action without extinguishing his positive improvisation skills completely.
|1 week 19 hours ago||I cannot believe that Hoke||
leaves the game playcalling, strategy and tactics to his OC and then steps over to Nussmeier and says "Hey, make sure the guys huddle up nicely presnap on this next series (ore else)".
I mean, it could be true. I'm not saying it's not. But it would be the dumbest and least-value meddling contribution for a head coach of Brady Hoke's limited offensive proficiency to be making. So I refuse to believe that is what's happening.
I believe the reason the offense is getting slowly to the line is because:
a. the center is not rallying the rest of the line to the LOS immediately,
b. the QB is not leading this urgency to the LOS
c. the OC coach is not kicking asses in for failing to get to the LOS quickly,
d. the Offensive players still have road-game, deer-in-the-headlights about what is going on,
e. all of the above.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Wait a minute, I don't understand this at all.||
Previous play is over.
You got knocked down to the ground.
You pick yourself up.
You jog over to the new spot of the ball and line up.
What is so goddamn complicated about that?
This was not happening in the ND game, or it was happening too slowly.
Why would this error not have been addressed by the coaches between series? At quarter ends? At half-time?
I don't understand why the Michigan offensive players need a whole freaking season or half even half a season to figure out that they need to move their asses. "Gee guys, we really should be getting to the line of scrimmage quicker and speed things up, so our QB and coordinators can make pre-snap reads!".
Why would it take a group of players weeks to comprehend something like this, that H.S. football players do straight out of the freaking gate? It makes zero sense, especially after months of spring and fall practice with the new OC and new playbook.
|1 week 19 hours ago||The point about "pressure relief valves" is a good one.||
Nussmeier should already know Gardner's tendencies and weaknesses/errors from 2 years of QB film. Nuss can help him out here. Devin Gardner is fragile, man. Very fragile.
Gardner is a like a race horse that gets easily spooked and instinctually starts bolting and spinning around. Most of the time this behavior results in a sack, a fumble, an INT or a blocking penalty by some OL desperately trying to help. It's fucking disasterous.
The kid, bless his maize and blue fedora, is trying to do too much and too frequently holds on to the ball too damn long. Period.
"One-two-three-THROW! or RUN IT FORWARD!"
It would be nice if at "THROW" he could dump it off to a tiny speed merchant like Norfleet.