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|17 weeks 3 days ago||Just like 1968||
OSU was natz champ in 1968.... then Bo showed up. As a Michigan fan back then this feels similar... I trust Harbaugh to take the fight to these guys big time.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Risk and Regret||
Don't issue an ultimatum until after his last game (12/28) if at all (I wouldn't at all). Pursue plans B and C as risk mitigating steps, but never rule out success for plan A until you're sure plan A is dead. After 12/28 there will still be time to get a good plan B coach. The REGRET of not getting Harbaugh exceeds the risk associated with B and C "at least given the comments we have seen here on MGB".
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Glengarry Glen Harbaugh||
|26 weeks 6 days ago||If we beat our rivals||
If we beat our rivals 7/10 times we are the "bully". When we get toasted at that rate we are the "bullied". I watch every week to support the kids but can't stand to see our coach not train them to be tough.
Lord please intervene and get us a new AD and a coach who is a competitor and not a "nice man". Please.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I understand it...there is no leadership or ownership||
This was a tough game to watch. We really have no leadership or ownership at any position. It's as if we feel lucky when there is a good play. Sorry, but this is on the coaches. I'm exhausted after 8 years of mediocre nonsense. At least the next coach will come in and we will be surprised if he wins. We're now equivalent to Northestern in the late 1970's or early 1980's
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Why would any self-respecting (new) coach...||
Why would any self-respecting (new) coach want to come to UM for this? Assuming Hoke may not make it to next year we will be hamstrung by observations like this in recuiting a new HC.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Why watch? Because I want the kids to succeed more than...||
Why watch? Because I want the kids to succeed more than I want the coach and AD fired. And that is saying I want them to suceed with all my heart. I want them to know I support them.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Headset's Aloof? NYTimes article 10/1/2014||
Fav comment: "Buy two bottles of soda and you get to wear the UM Head Coach's headset for 4 plays"
Head coaches typically wear headsets so they can communicate with the assistant coaches who are sitting in the press box. Those seats high above the field offer assistants a different perspective than that of coaches on the sideline.
“To me, I enjoy wearing a headset knowing what’s going on because it’s a collaborative effort,” California Coach Sonny Dykes said Tuesday in a teleconference. “Because guys see things, and there’s a lot of information passing between the coaches. For me, I feel like it’s important to get as much information for what’s going on the field.”
Over the years, Hoke has said that he does not wear a headset because it interferes with his ability to interact with players during games. In 2012, he said in a radio interview that the headset topic was “overrated.” An assistant stands behind Hoke to relay the play calls, and Hoke will occasionally put on a headset to speak with other coaches. Hoke’s not wearing a headset on the sideline is not without precedent in recent college football.
The former Alabama coach Mike DuBose did not wear a headset early in his tenure. In 1997, according to The TimesDaily of Florence, Ala., DuBose was “widely criticized” for not knowing what play was called when Alabama fumbled in the final seconds of an 18-17 loss to Auburn. He wore a headset in 1998 (but joked that he did not turn it on).
Howard Schnellenberger wore a bushy mustache, not a headset, while coaching at Miami, Florida Atlantic and elsewhere. Bobby Bowden of Florida State often favored a straw hat to a pair of oversize earphones late in his career. At Penn State, Joe Paterno used to relay messages to coaches in the press box through an assistant because he thought he would lose his feel for the game if he wore a headset on the sideline.
Among active coaches, however, Hoke essentially stands alone. Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads also does not like to wear a headset, but he has a work around that has enabled him to have it both ways. A sideline assistant stands behind Rhoads with a headset, and Rhoads frequently puts on the headset to communicate with other coaches during games.
From a perception standpoint, a coach who does not wear a headset may give off one of two images. One is that he is aloof. The other may theoretically work to his benefit.
“To me, the coach that doesn’t have the headset on looks like he’s more in control,” Jill Bremer, an image consultant, said last week in a telephone interview. “He looks like he’s the general. He’s the executive. In the business world, you need the flow of information, but you also need the voices to stop. You need a little quiet to make the right decision.”
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Death by 1000 cuts||
This is just the last straw for a coach that has not developed his players, puts a poor product out on the field and appears to neglect the wellbeing of his players. It's just time to admit that in the very very near future the University needs to rethink how it wants to organize its football program and move in a new direction. When an organization fails to accomplish any of its goals in 3.5 years and there is no hope on the horizon for these goals to be achieved, then we need to move on to a better solution. The AD must move on and he can take his coach with him.
|31 weeks 14 hours ago||Jim? John?||
Jim or John as next coach? That's like thinking the next car you Dad was going to get was a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Come on keep on dreaming. With Brandon as AD we'll end up with a Trabant, a Yugo or a Pinto equivalent as our next Coach! With Hoke Brandon got us the Flintstonemobile #.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEHl-o-2Dss
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Brown Jug game was 'the game' in the 1920's||
Not that I go back quite that far (far but not that far) in the 1920's and 1930's Minnesota was considered one of UM's top rivals, it was usually the last game of the year and equivalent to OSU today as far as bragging rights go. I learned this from my Grandfather who played for UM 1918-21. I have the UM-Minnesota game ball from 1921. UM 38 - Minn 0.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Six sigma||
More like a six-sigma event...I'm also planning on getting struck by lightning and hit by a meteor simultaneously.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Evolution of UM game experience is like TV Olympics...||
I admit that it is unlikely we will ever go back to a pure football experience at Michigan Stadium. I love Michigan football and always will and will support the team and players to the max. Still, I feel the experience over the last 8 years has deteriorated and could be better without a lot of the nonsense.
I'm old. I admit it. I fear that this will sound like a guy who shouts “get off the lawn!” I admit I started going to UM games in 1962 with my father and grandfather and continue to do so. The game experience for me is pretty hard to take with big-board-commercials, non-live rawk music and way too many TV timeouts. I see a parallel in this degradation with the TV NBC Olympics...too little action and too many distractions from play (e.g. the Olympics "up-close-and-personal" stories and commercials.) The Olympics are unwatchable on network TV, it is much better to get the Olympic action online. UM football has not gotten that bad, but is headed in the wrong direction. True fans will still go to the games without all the distractions.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Adam Coon is a beast!||
That last match was so exciting and the meet result fabulous for UM. Congrats to all the members of the UM wrestling team!!! I totally recommend checking out the UM Grappling Team at Keen!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||BeefTank is Marshawn Lynch...||
BeefTanks is Marshawn Lynch
Viz. SeaHawks versus the Saints in the 2011 playoffs
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I would never congratulate their fan base...||
... but I will give congrats to their players. It's okay to respect your rivals and when your rivals perform well and you beat them it makes winning all the better. I hope OSU wins for the B1G and we beat the hell out of both MSU and OSU next year. We need to surpass good teams. As much as it pains me to say this, I think Hoke needs 5 years. I was so disappointed with this year. If things do not improve, after 5 years then both Brandon and Hoke will have to answer for the poor performance. Winning fixes almost everything. ... [ed] oh, and when and if we move in another direction, can we then finally get an AD who actually knows something about football coaching rather than pizza (...and yes, I do know that Brandon played a game for Bo back in the day.)
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Yes,||
now that Mongomery has been knocked out of the game.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||is Hogan hurt?||
Not sure why SU is not throwing more. Could Hogan be hurt?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Good coaching is much more important than recruiting...||
Good coaching is more important the good recruiting... and the Stanford Story supports that idea. If in doubt about how Standord improved over Harbaugh's reign you can read the book "Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football" by Beyda, Chen and Fisher. Harbaugh is depicted as an "in your face" coach who motivated and challenged his players. I can only wonder what happens at UM under Hoke... maybe Bacon will write about it after Hoke is gone.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||WCF is The Judge...||
For the last 15 years I have always thougt the Lions were the "New York Knights" of Malamud's ' The Natural'. WCF is the Judge and wants the Lions to perform poorly, in spite of all their talent. Not sure who Roy Hobbs is in this... but pretty certain about the Judge.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Just so sad||
"...a lot of guys lost the will to play as a family."
What will be the plan to recover from this? Jeebus!
|1 year 17 weeks ago||$$$||
Yes. It seems to be all about $$$ and entertainment (piped in music at BH). The problem is that few of the real fans were entertained by our poor performance over all this year especially against our rivals. In the last 6 years we are 2-10 against MSU and OSU combined. Sad.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Why will we be better in 2014?||
Does anyone really think we will beat MSU, OSU, ND and win 9 or 10 games next year? In 2015? It's impossible to polish this...Fred Flinstone cannot coach. He may be a great recruiter but he had a month to prepare and showed up with this nonsense. Can't wait for the presser...
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Practice time, experience and recruiting...||
After our tough year, this is still a great opportunity for our younger players to get some real game experience and build on the OSU game. If Gardner is at all hurt, then getting him healthy for next year is more important than risking a more serious injury for a win against KSU. Moreover, with Gardner out there is actually less pressure on Morris and our expectations should be exactly what we would expect from a Frosh QB. If he plays well, then we, as fans, should do what we can to try to tone down a QB rivalry between Morris and Gardner next year. I'm looking forward to the game and hope Gardner gets healthy and Morris gets some confidence.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||No Man Cave...||
But I do have a metal shop that is my hide-away... the only UM memorabilia I have in it is the 1922 UM-Minnesota game ball (UM 38 - Gophers 0) I got from my grandfather. I have it up so the grand kids won't keep trying to grab it to play with it...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Wow... goosebumps...||
Love the 'Chris Collingsworthism' ....
"That was a moment right there.. Wow. Goosebumps"
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Mel... was the bomb!||
My childhood hockey hero... played when UM won NCAA championship in '64. I'm not sure he every had a penalty in college hockey (at least that was the rumor). Fantastic player & good coach.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Don James...||
... was a great coach for UW. And he was an assistant at Michigan before that, under Bump Elliot. This is s great hire for UW.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Seattle...||
Good move for Petersen and a great hire for UW. He knows the area for recruiting and he has a child in need of medical care available at UW's and Seattle's medical centers. I think this may have been a motivating factor. Seattle will welcome Petersen.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||1. Disappointed||
2. Sad. 3. Frustrated.
We have 10-2 or 11-1 athletes but ended the season 7-5 (disappointed). Our rivals beat us again and now we expect it (sad.) We now have 2 wins against OSU in the last 13 and have only beaten MSU once in 6 years (frustrated.)