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|1 day 4 hours ago||You make valid points||
but consider what is important under the new University President. Academics! On field sport performances though worthwhile are not priority issues. Graduation rates and development of student athletes are more important. Hoke has proven to be quite adept in delivering on these two priorities.
As long as Hoke doesn't completely fall on his face i.e. have a string of losing seasons he will be around for some time. And I don't see him having many losing seasons. He recruits too well, competes in an inferior conference and schedules mostly cupcake non conference games.
The reality is many schools in the B1G conference are moving on from emphazing their football prowess to stressing more on academics and lesser sports like basketball and hockey. In football they cannot compete with the SE conference or B12 because of geographic issues and academic requirements.
|1 day 6 hours ago||The Ferentz comparison to Hoke is appropriate.||
Hoke isn't going anywhere. He will receive an extension before the end of the season. DB doesn't admit to mistakes. Hoke is his guy. Also, as pointed out by several there really are no viable candidates to replace him.
With an extension hopefully he will continue to recruit well while learning on the job. In a couple of years he may become another Dantonio.
|2 days 49 min ago||Are the first four years of a program under a coach||
a predicter of his performance in the years going forward? It seems to me and I suspect DB the question that needs to be answered. Hoke has one year left. If he has a mediocre year DB either must fire him or give him a contract extension. Keeping him around for the 5th year without an extension will raise red flags for incoming recruits.
BTW, by being patient with Dantonio it worked out for MSU. However, to my knowledge not many other schools.
|1 week 9 hours ago||What concerns me is||
in order to get rid of Hoke, part of me is hoping they lose to Miami this weekend. If that happens, he may be gone sooner than any of us think. They could put Nuss in charge, appoint a seach committe and begin the process of finding a suitable replacement.
The reality is as long as Hoke is the coach we will continue to win just over 50% of our games and hope for better the next year.
|1 week 9 hours ago||The reaction of the fans||
is a direct result of their expectations of this team. Four terrific years of recruiting along with experience, we expected much bettter on the field.
Crowing about it being the most competitive 31-0 loss is as the say putting lipstick on a pig. Good football teams lose. Good football teams blow games. But good football teams do not lose 31-0 or 38-0.
Finally, a good football team with passion would not react as Michigan did when their quarterback is given a cheap shot at the end of the game. Bad enough you get your ass handed to you but to be bullied on the last play and do nothing is disgraceful.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Outstanding post! Sadly,||
the facts are indisputable. The reason why Michigan for now recruits well is because if the brand. Michigan with its history and rich tradition is an allure but that is beginning to dissipate. A debacle on National TV tends to discouraging recruits.
|1 week 1 day ago||Seriously, does Michigan's record matter?||
We are a mediocre team in a mediocre conference. WE are no longer relevant in the national football picture. A once proud program to be feared by opponents is nothing but a shadow of its former self. What the ND game did was to confirm what nationally people were already saying; "Michigan football can no longer be considered a top 25 program."
Finally, beating much weaker opponents to qualify for some out of the way bowl game is not my idea of a team to be proud of. Better they stay home.
|1 week 2 days ago||Don't forget Michigan schedules a good number||
of patsies for home games. The build their resume beating these teams badly. Those would skew the numbers.
Also, Michigan plays in the weak B!G and beating half them isn't anything to boast about.
The answert to winning games on the road is simple. Coaching, coaching, coaching! Good coaching reduce any advantage a home field has.
|1 week 2 days ago||I spoke with a person who was on the Michigan||
sideline during the ND game. I asked what were his impression and this is what he said; "Shocking! ND was much faster and played with more enthusiasm. After the second touchdown, the Michigan players gave up and the coaching staff wasn't doing anything to reignite their will to win. When the came out after half time what he saw was resignation that they were beaten. He then said," in all my years on the sideline with visiting teams (he works for ND) never has he seen kids so unmotivated and capitulate so easily to accepting defeat."
His final words to me; "What happened to this once proud program?" A question we are all asking. I guess we need to only schedule cupcakes.
|1 week 3 days ago||You are burying your head in the sand.||
We could play ND ten times this season including in AA and we still would lose probably all ten. The disparity is that huge.
|1 week 3 days ago||Reminds me of||
|1 week 3 days ago||WOW that says it all!||
I wonder what the overall cumlative record is of all the teams he has beat. I suspect not much above 50% if that.
Hoke is a mistake and the sooner Michigan recognizes it the faster it can be corrected. The Auburn AD fired his coach after two season with one a NC season. When asked why he did so, he stated that football is about winning and he did not like the trend of the team being uncompetitive against strong opponents.
Look where they are today after two seasons. A new coach who used the prior coach players and developed them into a top top team. I have no doubt that Michigan has the talent. It does not have the coaching staff to develop them into a top tier team.
|1 week 3 days ago||Years of neglect? Hoke went 11-2 and won the Sugar bowl||
with RR players in his first year. Since then look at what he has done or shall I say wrought! Check the diaries post regarding his record.
|1 week 3 days ago||I believe he has one additional year after this year||
Fortunately for him he has schedule of patsies ahead of him until he gets to MSU. After that game more patsies. He will survive though he doesn't deserve to. As long as he is running the program, it will be domed to medicority beating bad teams and losing to teams that are fairly good.
I would add that GM time is up as well. He has done many years of exemplary coaching but with age the mind becomes less acute.
|1 week 6 days ago||If ND score 31 points||
we are in trouble.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Funk has been with Hoke for I believe seven years||
and they are extemely tight. But for DR scrambling the running game for Michigan has been moribund under Funk. Yet, he still survives. That should answer any question as to whether Nuss's recommendation would influence BH.
The only way Hoke would fire Funk is if DB instructs him to do so.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||More accurately stated||
last year poor teams stayed with us to the end and by luck we managed to win. This year we played a poor team and dominated them to the point of embarrassment. I would say that is considerable progress.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Most pro teams no longer designate||
starting RB's. They usually have two or three to do the work. MIchigan is in the same position. They have two or even three backs that can get the job done as long as the OL does it job.
For now Green and Smith will share the responsiblity. Neither is before the other.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Ankle injuries do not manifest their severity||
until a day or two following the injury.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hey they won and||
covered the spread. I think that is terrific coaching.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Who is Phil Steele and why should||
I place a lot of condidence in his prediction?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Where do you put us if we loss DG?||
I am not sure any of the backup QB's are ready especially with a below average OL. Defense may be good but if they are on the field too often and too long they will get tired or worst get injuried regardless of depth.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You're right||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Why wasn't Hoke all over this?||
The raises serious concerns about the coaching staff.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||If Hoke has a similar season as last year||
DB has a huge decision to make since Hoke has one year left on his contract. DB could could fire him (never happen), give him a short contract extension i.e. two years or do nothing.
A short contract extension will send a message but hopefully will not negatively impact recruiting. If he does nothing, recruiting will suffer.
To give Hoke another five year contract after a 7-6 or 8-5 season with no B1G championship will indicate the program is accepting mediocrity.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||He telegraphs most of his throws||
Also, has a slow release which probably is related to trying to be mistake free. I would have preferred to play him early in the season. He will get better but is no BM.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The rankings do matter.||
They are indicative of how far Michigan football has fallen. At this point it would fair to conclude that the impression of those in the"know" is Michigan football is at best mediocre.
You think Go Blue shops will have good sales if they have another year of so so performance? Slowly but surely avid fans like myself are becoming totally disenchanted with the program. Seriously, who wants to walk around in a Michigan sweat shirt or jersy today?
Hoke and Brandon promised return to the heady days of Michigan football. If anything we have regressed and I am not optimistic about a quick turn around.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I very much like Hoke||
I desparately want him to succeed. He now has his horses and it is up to him and his staff to get the job done. No excuses. His players need to understand that as well.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Using Peppers on special teams would||
not be wise. The difference between him and Norflett cannot be significant regarding running ability and speed. Special team service only exposes him to unnecessary risk of injury.
This year they should let him accilimate to college level football and not low percentage heroics.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||If you listen to sport talk radio||
you live a sheltered life.