I did not make this headline up
|1 week 1 day ago||I'd say that everyone has||
I'd say that everyone has united against this dumb fucking idea except the anus who came up with it.
|1 week 2 days ago||I guess either I don't||
I guess either I don't understand this guy's upside, or we're in a world of hurt with our current QBs.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with you, and I'm a||
I agree with you, and I'm a Michigan fan.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I am, too. And didn't both||
I am, too. And didn't both teams beat us last fall, one at home?
I like having new opponents to play, even if they're not known as national powers. It makes life and games more interesting.
But BYU...that would simply not be a reasonable fit for the B1G in any way. They more closely resemble the TCUs and Baylors of the world.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I like that JH is not||
I like that JH is not answering questions about individual players. He hasn't backed himself or the players into a corner with promises, expectations, etc. He seems to be saying, "Let's see what happens first. This isn't the time to be touting individuals who haven't proven anything."
The other thing I like is his remark that he doesn't know how each kid was coached on fundamentals, etc., before. He doesn't want to make judgments based on the past.
He's also saying to the team, "Look, I'm open-minded. You have a clean slate, and I really mean it. Now prove something."
He sounds like a winner not because of bluster and expectations, but because he plans on being a real-deal teacher and leader. I love that.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Despite the unbelievable||
Despite the unbelievable lameness of this enterprise, and the arrogance of its advocates, it's still a relatively free country, and this project isn't illegal. Therefore, there's a chance it'll get finished despite each and all of our opposition to it.
It will also fail, as projects of this kind inevitably do, and everyone involved will have lost their money.
I remember back in the 70s or 80s, some dumbass had the idea to create a Frank Sinatra style song about Detroit, like "New York, New York" and "Chicago." It was predictably awful, and was ignored upon its release. I doubt anyone cares about it now.
That is what will happen to this ridiculous idea, too.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||The reason Brandon was a POS||
The reason Brandon was a POS is that he made the University of Michigan Athletic Department all about him, and not all about the University or the community it serves. Everything was done to the accompaniment of self-aggrandizement.
The man couldn't answer a question without tooting his own horn. A year or two ago during one of those DAC luncheon meetings for pompous bigwigs to impress other pompous bigwigs, he had to say, and I'm paraphrasing as closely as I can remember, "Well, I know a thing or two about marketing and..." before answering the damn question. This was typical.
The man knew very little about marketing. Instead, what he knew was his own opinion, that he believed should be the opinion of everyone else in the world with a brain. A marketing person does market research and knows his firm's customers.
I've harped on this probably too much, but think about it: Dave Brandon fucking sold the title of Head Coach of Michigan Football! I mean, really. The result is this horrifying mishmash of ass sucking gobbledegook every time the head coach is introduced at an event. If I had ten million dollars to blow on Michigan, I'd donate it to the university to stop doing that.
Brandon's most pitiful shortcoming was that he made Michigan a laughingstock. Assholes do that to the institutions they serve. What amazes me is that he was given an awful lot of time to be an asshole and screw things up by two administrations and a Board of Regents who were also blind to what was going on until it became such an issue that they could no longer ignore it.
And that, as a Michigan Alum, is the most disturbing part of Dave Brandon's Era of Bullshit. No one running the show noticed - or perhaps it's more accurate to say that no one really cared as long as the dollars were rocking in.
In any event, no one did a damn thing about it until their hands were forced.
Perhaps that's what it's come to with the University. You get to be the size of a Michigan and you have a very bloated and unweildy ship that takes a long time to make a turn.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Apparently the trip took||
Apparently the trip took place at the MC5's place. The bands sometimes appeared together and were friends.
As I said, true story!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I'm glad they're planning to||
I'm glad they're planning to execute the song.
Maybe they'll do it painlessly with a guillotine?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Iggy and the Stooges were||
Iggy and the Stooges were originally an Ann Arbor band. In fact, they and MC5 once shared a house in the Hill and Lincoln area.
No wonder Iggy knew "Meeshigan."
I had kind of a nodding acquaintance with them because I was in bands then. But I was also a frat boy living nearby. Our house had some incredibly stupid traditions, one of which was that the older guys would come and "kidnap" the sophomores who lived in the house, take a hose and spray water on them, and then pour red brick dust clay on this bunch of wet, naked guys. I think I forgot to mention that the process involved being stripped.
This exhibition would of course take place in winter on the front lawn of the house. Wet, red, naked guys running around outside in the dead of winter. Let's gently refer to this as kind of bizarre, but also true.
The day after this happened to my group, I was approached by one of the guys in the Stooges. Evidently they'd dropped acid that night, looked out their window to observe what was going on, and couldn't believe their eyes.
There was apparently some discussion about whether this was a group hallicination, or an actual event, and no one quite understood what they were seeing. And they wanted to know if it happened.
1969 was kind of that way. Meeshigan.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||That was a great interview,||
That was a great interview, and Harbaugh came off friendly and polished, a very good guy.
I like that he had generous things to say about the conference, too.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||He's made a safe prediction.||
He's made a safe prediction. I have a riskier one, but I honestly believe it:
Michigan beats OSU and MSU and wins the B1G. Maybe we drop one unpredictably early in the season.
But Harbaugh will not lose to OSU at home. No.
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||Weber has buyer's remorse,||
Weber has buyer's remorse, and is making his situation worse by making a big deal out of this.
Michigan can't be screwing around with getting involved in this dispute for a lot of reasons, and if Weber is forced to sit a year, he's going to wind up a forgotten man as far as top schools are concerned.
He's stuck with OSU, and I wish him the best of luck. But we have a very good RB coming in, and I can't see Weber doing anything but getting on with it at OSU. The odd thing is that he hasn't helped himself as far as his new team's cohesion is concerned.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||The conference's reputation||
The conference's reputation certainly matters with some high-level ecruits, and will benefit Michigan as well as OSU once we get competitive.
I believe we'll find becoming more competitive happening soon.
At this point, what matters is on-the-field performance, concentration on player development, better training and coaching, and better in-game management. I'm confident our new staff will excel in those areas.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I want to listen to Valenti||
I want to listen to Valenti about as much as I want to read Drew Sharp.
Which is to say, I'd rather turn the radio off.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||What makes an institution||
What makes an institution "worth" the outlay?
The question is entirely subjective, and different individuals might make different, but equally valid, choices.
For me, a father who sent one daughter to the University of California and two other children to Michigan, the answer is that Michigan is a great choice.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Mike, I was a member of the||
Mike, I was a member of the Sigma Iota chapter from '67-71 (Incidentally, one of the guys in my pledge class was Don Cohodes, maybe you're related?).
What happened recently was on another level from the obnoxious/semi-humorous monkey business we and other fraternities were notorious for back in the day.
The chapter should be at least suspended for a period of time.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Thought experiment: You're||
You're accelerating toward the speed of light in your spacecraft escaping Earth's gravity, when you look out the window and see a spacecraft with Maize and Blue trim on its nose decelerating and preparing to re-enter Earth orbit. As the Mazie and Blue-trimmed spacecraft approaches, you see Jim Harbaugh looking out his window at you.
If your spacecraft reaches the speed of light, and takes you to a planet circling Earth's nearest star, how many national championships will you be able to return to Earth to see Harbaugh win?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Rosenberg is an embarrassment||
Rosenberg is an embarrassment to humanity in general. So let's consider possible punishments for his willingness to speculate and...uh...stretch....the truth.
You see what I did there, right?
I shall cancel my subscription to Sports Illustrated!
Wait a second, I stopped my subscription to Sports Illustrated after I got out of middle school. Hmmm.
I will never take the Detroit Free Press seriously again!
Of course, I never took the Freep seriously in the first place. But that's because of Drew Sharp long before there was Rosenberg. So I'm stumped.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I'd suspect that the college||
I'd suspect that the college coaching game has changed since the 80s, when Johnson last coached Miami.
And it's not like he didn't latch on to a much easier ride himself after 1999 by simply going into broadcasting at the age of 56.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||It remains to be seen how||
It remains to be seen how well this staff will work together. It has the potential.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||How little class you've||
How little class you've shown, J. Ira and Nicki Harris, in spending tem million bucks to have your names called out every time the head coach of the University of Michigan's football team does so much as make a hire, walk in the door, or fart in public.
It is my sincere hope that your names are inscribed in the J. Ira and Nicki Harris head football coach of the University of Michigan's office toilet, where they can receive the proper attention every day.
Sincerely, the BlueHills University of Michigan Alumnus Craptastic Pomposity Hater.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||It's true. Every fall, Lions||
Every fall, Lions fans revive the same false hopes and unrealizable fantasies as we have for generations.
And every so often, a couple of times in a generation or so, the Lions even get to the playoffs where they inevitably lose in the first round.
The Lions have never pounded the rock. It is Lions fans who, like Sisyphus, push the rock endlessly up the mountain, only to see it roll back down, day after day, year after year.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||And again, as always, we are||
And again, as always, we are treated to the preposterous title in the website announcement by the "J. Ira and Nicki Harris" football coach.
I hope I never meet J. Ira and Nicki Harris, because I'd tell them off for ruining something as timeless as the title of the Head Football Coach of the University of Michigan.
It ain't generosity if there are strings attached, publicity hound arrogant assholes.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||It's going to be fun again.||
It's going to be fun again. Gut-wrenching, yes; agonizing, to be sure; nail-biting and edge-of-seat, but eventually two best coaches in college football, head-to-head fun!
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Devin and Jake deserve to||
Devin and Jake deserve to catch on with the NFL.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||How correct were the media||
How correct were the media experts and talking heads about Michigan's chances of landing Harbaugh?
How accurate were the predictions they made for us last year?
How right was the media handwringing over the supposedly laughably weak Big Ten Conference?
What is at all interesting about a guessing game that takes place 7 months before a season in college football, with its senior turnover rates and talented juniors leaving for the NFL?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Is there a point to placing a||
Is there a point to placing a market value on a college football team that will never be sold under any circumstances?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The J. Ira and Nicki title||
The J. Ira and Nicki title again...do they really need to be plugged in every single media reference to the damned football coach?
From the press release on the Michigan site:
"I am very excited that Greg will remain here in Ann Arbor to continue coaching at this outstanding University," said Harbaugh, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach..."
Am I alone in finding this constant plug repellent?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I loved the coverage here. It||
I loved the coverage here. It couldn't have been better, given that all we had were clues for a long time. I also admire and respect the way Brian seemed to lay everything out with the Searchbits, and that, in turn, seemed to calm down some of the wilder speculation that arose here from moment to moment at times.
I was also rooting for Brian to be right calling it, because Brian seems to care about getting his facts straight, and I was very disappointed with the so-called bigwigs in the business and their willingness to speculate based solely on opinion and "common knowledge" instead of doing their homework.
As far as I'm concerned, this blog is the best source on sports in the country, and the fact that it's a Michigan blog makes me really happy!
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||My wife and I decided to name||
My wife and I decided to name our son Jamie during a Michigan game Jamie Morris was playing in when she was expecting. And when he was born, that's what we named him.
Jamie Morris was an awe inspiring Michigan player. The name suits our son.
Kinda thankful my wife wasn't pregnant when Tyrone Wheatley played, though.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||I like the cut of your jib,||
I like the cut of your jib, man.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Oddly enough, and despite all||
Oddly enough, and despite all the talk about the Michigan Man thing supposedly being irrelevant, we certainly seem to be discussing Michigan Men like Harbaugh, Hackett, Wheatley, Mallory, Mattison, and others with Michigan ties and Michigan history an awful lot these days.
The Michigan Man is still important to this program, and the proof is in the pudding. Just an observation, and not a statement that it should or shouldn't be.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan is always a step up!||
Michigan is always a step up! Harbaugh proved it!
Just my opinion, of course.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I wear a black T shirt and||
I wear a black T shirt and jeans every day, and have done so for 15 years. It does make for fewer irrelevant decisions.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Except for the part where||
Except for the part where some part of the Ohio State football team actually wins their spring game.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||No one said you weren't. All||
No one said you weren't. All I did was state a couple of obvious facts.
The good news is that once this team starts to win under harbaugh - whatever his motivational tools like stickers may be - the board might become a little less obsessed with the question of helmet stickers and jersey patches.
Then again I see this whole question of helmet stickers as stuff for no one to worry about except the head coach and how he decides to motivate his players.
We have a guy who knows how to motivate, and does things his way. That's why our school is paying him the very big bucks.
So this issue as not really our concern. Support the team, go Blue!
|11 weeks 6 days ago||They'll use them because||
They'll use them because Harbaugh did it at Stanford. That's the reality of it.
It won't be your decision.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||So if there are helmet||
So if there are helmet stickers AND legacy jerseys, your existence as a living being will cease?
The reason I ask is that Harbaugh definitely used helmet stickers at Stanford, and I doubt he will have the legacy jerseys gone, what with the families of famous alums having granted the school permission.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||You guys are blinded by||
You guys are blinded by hate.
I want to see the team from our conference win. And I will feel great when we beat them this fall.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Wiscy did a nice job, too,||
Wiscy did a nice job, too, but they're West. Even Rutgers won its bowl game.
The B1G started the year as a laughingstock, but it's how you finish that counts!
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Kiffin's making $680,000 a||
Kiffin's making $680,000 a year at Alabama.
Not bad for the dumbest person on earth, huh.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, that's true. I knew some||
Yes, that's true. I knew some of the guys on Bo's first team.
The guys I knew who stayed were the most serious players who said that they wanted NFL careers, and quite a few got that accomplished. The guys who left were generally guys who didn't plan on playing after college.
Back in the 60s, there were players who wanted a little college glory and never planned on or wished for an NFL career. In fact, in those days lots of NFL guys weren't paid enough to have football be their whole career, and had off-season jobs. My dad knew some Lions players who were automotive manufacturer's reps in the offseason, where they could get in the door based on their playing fame.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh works the kinks out||
Harbaugh works the kinks out by MSU, and despite 1 or 2 early losses, team becomes a buzzsaw by the middle of the season. We beat MSU and OSU at home and go to the B1G Championship Game, where we clobber surprise winner of the West, Minnesota.
No CFP invitation due to early season loss or losses, but we get a good bowl game that we win.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It's significant to observe||
It's significant to observe that assistant coaches are jumping at the chance of working with Harbaugh. Not only does it show that serious coaches realize what great opportunities come from that, it also shows that Harbaugh is not some kind of demanding, impossible to please, nutcase.
In fact, his assistant coaches are loyal and evidently like working for him. They're lining up to do it.
It's a shame that the 49ers took the low road, and smeared Harbaugh with carefully crafted leaks. He didn't do that.
So we are left with the misimpression that the man is difficult.
Back when I was a lawyer who tried cases, we learned that there is a fact of communication called Primacy, that tells us that the person who tells the story first is more likely to have the story believed than the person who goes second before a judge or jury.
In trials, this gives a plaintiff or prosecutor the edge. And while Recency, believing the last story heard, is also a thing, Primacy must be overcome with a very strong presentation.
The niners tried Harbaugh in the media. He didn't fire back. He showed class.
Who's the difficult, hard to get along with, person? I suspect it isn't JH.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I was being a bit snarky with||
I was being a bit snarky with my post, and everyone pro and con has made really interesting posts, so here's my take on why this is not the best thing for the football coach:
1. An academic post with an endowed chair is a great thing, and it's not like the So-And-So Professor of Anthropology gets introduced to the media at press conferences and the like. In fact, to the general public the So-And-So Professor of Anthropology is a fairly invisible person.
2.The football team generates some, $150,000,000 dollars a year in revenues (please correct me on this, I didn't look it up), and is self-sustaining. It was not necessary to pretend that a ten million dollar gift to the Athletic Department or General Fund was anything like an endowed professorship.
3. Coaching Michigan football, though it is important to the athletes, is hardly an academic endeavor. It's popular, it's wonderful, it's amazing in so many ways, but it isn't done for course credit.
For these reasons, I think it's a joke to give donor names to a football coach. It's just silly, and I don't care if Stanford or anyone else does it. That's just more silliness.
Finally, I'm sure that if I met J. Ira and Nicki I would like them as people, and be very impressed with their generosity and overall wonderfulness. But they don't need this (no one does), and as a Michigan fan who is an alum, married to an alum, the father of alums, I have to say that I snicker up my sleeve whenever this abomination of a title is recited on TV.
It sounds pompous and ridiculous.
Give them a fricking plaque or name some real estate after them, but don't recite this bullshit title on TV and make Michigan Football look like some Ivy League, brandy snifter, wing-tip (apologies to wing tip shoe wearers), tight-assed football program!
Edit: If J. Ira and Nicki played a personal and meaningful role in landing Harbaugh, I will name myself after them, and put photos of them on my wall, but please, just not this title.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||One thing Harbaugh has shown||
One thing Harbaugh has shown is the ability to understand his talent and maximize what they do. I'm confident that there will be improvement in his quarterbacks.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||No. And I'd also like to see||
No. And I'd also like to see the University lose the title for our head coach as the J Ira and Nicki Harris Head Coach, etc.
I mean, I get that they blew ten mil on the school to fund the coach via their prodigious foundation, but honestly, do these folks really, really need this ego boost?
Don't they have enough jewelry and cars and houses and other stuff to show off with that they don't need their egos stroked with this monstrosity of a name for a football coach?
I mean, did J. Ira play for Michigan to deserve this honor? Couldn't they just move to England or something and get a knighthood?
A football coach?
Give me a freaking break. Give the money, accept the thanks you got from Dave Brandon, who no doubt thought this up, accept the years of recognition you already have gotten, and call the school and say you're happy with your life now, and can let go of this name-the-coach-after-yourselves-thing.
Incidentally, I'd have no problem at all with the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Schembechler Hall Parking Lot, or some building.
But for some reason I find the Some Guy Who's A Big Shot And His Wife Head Football Coach of the University of Michigan thing truly abominable every time I hear it. It's awful.
Thanks for the money, we love you, now take the damned name back!
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It's tough to know what our||
It's tough to know what our guys' potential really is. If we've been right that the team was not coached to its potential for the past few years, it is certainly reasonable to say that we have a team that could challenge OSU and MSU next year.
I think it'll happen, too.
Brady Hoke's Sugar Bowl season wasn't a truly dominating team, but they willed themselves to a good season, and markedly improved their record. Shows what can happen with a good coach.
But now we have a great coach, who has learned a lot over the past few years.
I think we'll all be pretty happy once things start to click for the players.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||He's not at Michigan for the||
He's not at Michigan for the money. If that's not immediately apparent, it will be over the next few years.
It's clear from the presser that JH loves Michigan, relishes the opportunity, and wants to raise his kids in a stable environment. Remember, he moved around a lot as a kid. I'll bet he doesn't want the constant uprooting of an NFL coaching career.
What better place than Ann Arbor to do that?
And in terms of stability, they will never want or need to fire him. If he were to leave, it will be on his terms.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Good read, good insight, and||
Good read, good insight, and well done JUB!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||The only thing that will tell||
The only thing that will tell us anything meaningful will be the outcome of Ten Year War II.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh's good for us and||
Harbaugh's good for us and the Big Ten. He raises the profile of the conference; he will make Michigan excel again, which benefits viewership on the network and attendance at games; he will lead Michigan to prestige bowls with payouts that will be shared among the conference members; and he will be hard nosed and at times controversial, and that brings in fans as well.
It also benefits the rivalries. The whole thing is just juicy good for everyone.
But it's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I said this on another thread||
I said this on another thread in greater detail, but it is difficult for most folks to tell the difference between news and opinion, because facts can be spun a lot of ways.
"Harbaugh has signed a contract with Michigan."
"Sources are now saying that Harbaugh has signed the Michigan contract, but we have no verification of that as yet, and there are also reports that NFL teams are still planning to make offers to Harbaugh."
"We do not know whether there is a signed contract between Harbaugh and Michigan yet, because neither party is available for comment."
"With no viable NFL alternative, Jim Harbaugh accepted Michigan's offer to coach his alma mater."
Same news. Spun four ways.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Well, let's face it, there||
Well, let's face it, there are no facts stated yet by JH that can be reported as to why Harbaugh made the choice he made. People can't climb into someone else's head.
So opinions have been substituted for fact. These comments tell you more about the commenter than the subject of the comments. For most folks, a job about the money, so they project that onto JH. Example, Drew Sharp's article on how Harbaugh was merely using M's offer to manipulate the NFL for his next gig.
My take on that is that's how Drew Sharp would do it, not how Harbaugh would. Tells you more about Drew Sharp than JH, right?
I personally think that JH was looking for a fit, and knew the money would be there regardless of NFL or M.
Someone will at some point do a TV interview of Harbaugh, and he'll explain what he was thinking, and the last vestiges of the current narrative will die. Then they'll create a new narrative based on their interpretation of that interview. And ultimately, that will all be opinion, too.
There's no way to plug people's mouths, and they're going to say what they think.
Smart people realize that news and reporting are largely colored by the reporter's opinion, and that the same facts can be spun a lot of ways.
And what's more newsworthy than a famous person's opinion? This is why every time John U Bacon is quoted or interviewed, it is preceded by "best selling author John U Bacon," etc. If you you back opinion up with credentials, reputation, awards, sales figures, whatever, it works like magic. Though JUB is as far as I'm concerned a solid citizen and great guy.
There isn't anything wrong with this, it's human nature. So I don't blame the NFL guys for reporting what they do.
On the contrary, it's up to the listener or reader to decide what's true, and the proof of this is the past few weeks' reporting.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||It means that Mike Weber may||
It means that Mike Weber may have made the biggest mistake of his life committing to OSU.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||That picture tells a heck of||
That picture tells a heck of a story!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Best blog on the internet.||
Best blog on the internet.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Once Harbaugh's season is||
Once Harbaugh's season is over, he's fair game until he signs a contract with Michigan. So I understand why a reporter might hear that the Raiders are still planning to make a run at him, and report that.
Maybe they think they can flip him.
So that seems like a legit thing to report. However, I don't believe that the Raiders really have a chance at this point.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I admire the way Hackett||
I admire the way Hackett handles himself. It's clear that he not only listens to what every part of the community wants, he is capable of bringing us all together, including current and former athletes.
He doesn't play games, from what we've seen re: his handling of Hoke, his handling of the message that's getting out about the department standing for Michigan traditions and values, down to his prompt firing of Lochmann after his remarks devalued the legacy of the athletes and instead touted the value of the institution. Yet he's handled these things respectfully, and has not let individuals swing in the breeze publicly the way Brandon did.
Hi handling of a high profie coaching search has been very well done. There was no sense of going through the motions with cagey BS, only to settle on someone he had in mind all along. He identified his candidate and did what was necessary both internally and with the candidate. No doubt there are other candidates lined up in case of emergency. I've read (don't know the truth of it) that he had a hand in getting the former captains involved with Harbaugh. If so, that's a heck of a mission that took some research, work and who knows how many personal calls.
I also admire the confidence and courage of conviction he is showing during this process.
I'm proud once again that the front porch of our university is the Athletic Department, instead of relatively embarrassed. To restore alumni pride in just a few weeks is pretty incredible.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I will be taking lessons in||
I will be taking lessons in Pretending Not To Gloat When Talking To Certain Obnoxious Relatives.
Lesson 1. Repeat this phrase until you are comfortable with it:
"Yes, I think with Harbaugh we stand a very good chance of rebuilding our football program."
Lesson 2. Repeat this phrase in the same way, until it rolls comfortably off the tongue:
"Harbaugh is a good coach, but your school has a good coach, too. It will be a lot of fun seeing our teams battle it out next year. I'm hoping for an exciting footbal game."
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Nope.||
You are alone.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||He did beat them his first||
He did beat them his first year.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh had them at||
Harbaugh had them at Stanford.
Though for some reason I can't embed a link to my photobucket shot of the Stanford guys with them. Sorry.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I saw that, too. It was a||
I saw that, too. It was a great insight into Harbaugh's relationship with Bo, funny and also showed Bo's reliance on fullbacks.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I'm going to party like it's||
I'm going to party like it's 1969.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||Hoke will be paid 3 million||
Hoke will be paid 3 million dollars to basically do nothing.
I would like that job.
No need to feel too badly for Brady, he'll be OK.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||How many packs of old Jewish||
How many packs of old Jewish women have you wrestled with personally? Just curious, since it's such an unusual analogy.
Please include for reference how many old deaf Jewish women it takes to make a "pack" and whether you were wrestling with them by yourself or with a group. If a group, how many were in your group?
Finally, I'd like to know how the wrestling match turned out. Who won? You (and your group) or the old deaf Jews?
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||Lansing, Alabama. Great||
Lansing, Alabama. Great place. Been there many times!
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||I'm not buying the 1% It's||
I'm not buying the 1% It's Not Happening part.
My It's Happening meter has been at 100% for quite some time now.
But I still want to know about the leak in the Catering Dept.
|13 weeks 13 hours ago||I'd want to know a little||
I'd want to know a little more about how the roster will shake out, and whether any impactful recruits can be turned around again to make a prediction.
But I do think we'd be in for a fun season, and a much better Game.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||What's a program returned to||
What's a program returned to its rightful place of glory worth?
The value is inestimable. Priceless.
Harbaugh will come.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||It's actually a search firm.||
It's actually a search firm.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I must say I really miss the||
I must say I really miss the old days, which in my case were very old days.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Wait, what did we do?||
Wait, what did we do?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't Dantonio DC for||
Wasn't Dantonio DC for Tressel's BCS-winning OSU team? If I recall, that was an excellent defensive football team.
This blog too often fails to recognize that Dantonio, for all of his negativity toward our team, is a very fine football coach.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||In fact, we have good||
In fact, we have good information that it's not signed, because the AD told the players that everything still needs to be signed before he can tell them who their coach will be.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sure we Michigan fans||
I'm sure we Michigan fans really do look somewhat bizarre to the rest of the sporting world. For example, this board seems far more obsessed over the coaching search than it was the past two times.
On the other hand, we've watched the greatest program in America become sub-mediocre, and as proud fans, expectations that we took for granted have been crushed for 6 of the last 7 years. We're worried about the future of the program. We urgently want it to be fixed.
Some have crossed the line of civility into craziness from all this, and it hasn't helped that the NFL know-it-alls have pooh-poohed the most important coaching search Michigan has undertaken since it hired Fielding Yost.
They'll forget about how crazy we've gotten, and I hope what they'll remember is how quickly Harbaugh turned our program around.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Whether it's Mullen or||
Whether it's Mullen or someone else, I think this sentiment is a good one. But I'm convinced M has its guy.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, I wrote that before||
Yes, I wrote that before seeing that report.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||The current circumstances and||
The current circumstances and the way things are shaping up make me skeptical of the NFL guys.
1. This is not a secret search at this point. Harbaugh could easily disavow his interest and hasn't.
2. Insider rumors seem to be a Michigan lean. NFL guys are not Michigan insiders. I doubt they're even close enough with any of the SF folks to be sure of what's going on.
3. The Michigan Athletic Department boldly showed its hand by sending out a birthday card to JH. If they weren't relatively certain, it's hard to imagine that they'd risk embarrassing a coach they're chasing if they hadn't even gotten at least a preliminary assurance from him.
That would be a Dave Brandon style screwup of royal proportions.
4. Assistant coaches' comments from other college and NFL teams seem to lend credence to the likelihood of a deal (examples: Durkin, Moeller).
5. Baalke acknowledged that the 49ers were contacted by Michigan and handled things the right way. I don't think Michigan contacts the 49ers unless there is a strong indication that Harbaugh will come.
Jim Harbaugh will be Michigan's coach in a few days.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're right. And I||
I think you're right.
And I don't think Harbaugh is truly flaky. He's a guy who for most of his coaching career, had to fire up a bunch of 18-22 year old guys to do things his way. That's something that can be like herding cats.
You don't get a young group of guys pulling in a single direction by being entirely conventional. You do things to get their attention.
Sticking out his season with the Niners shows how un-flaky he is. Despite the media circus, the lack of support from this front office, etc., the man has remained entirely professional, entirely grown-up, etc.
Compare him to Pelini, whose outbursts showed epic bitterness and anger. Harbaugh hasn't come across that way at all. In fact, despite everything, all he has said about the situation is that he "serves at the pleasure of the 49ers organization."
So Harbaugh may use some unconventional motivational tactics, but he's 100% the real deal as a grown up man when it comes to commitment to his work. I respect that, and suspect that we all do.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||We really do need someone||
We really do need someone capable of completely reinvigorating our program. Harbaugh is really the perfect guy.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||This is information we||
This is information we haven't gotten elsewhere, and regardless of the opinions that were reported re: 49ers players, it seems to me to be a very worthwhile thread.
Also, condolences to your brother.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Me too. Change the story by||
Me too. Change the story by about 3 decades and replace Atari 2600 with an erector set.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Touchdown! The Story Of How||
The Story Of How Michigan Got Harbaugh.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I downvoted you for thinking||
I downvoted you for thinking you're good at hiding it.
And the screen name's pretty bizarre.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||So is 85% sure "kinda sure"||
So is 85% sure "kinda sure" or "definitely maybe?"
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I married my wife purely for||
I married my wife purely for her looks and have still gotten two lifeltimes' worth of snappy retorts.
You can't win with this stuff, you know.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Give them time to settle down||
Give them time to settle down and come to their senses. Whatever the outcome, it's upsetting for you, and for them. If it's a violent situation, call a grandparent or other relative, and let your parents know where you're staying until they're able to regain control of themselves.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||There's some benefit in the||
There's some benefit in the Legends jerseys: they help both fans and players remember and honor inconic players of the past. That's a legacy worth respecting, and it remains a nice thing even if Brandon was the guy who thought of it.
I don't consider myself a casual fan, but I'd forgotten about some of the former players honored by the issuance of the patches.
Maybe a better idea would have been simply a name patch, with the current player keeping his number. But I have no problem with the patches, other than the fact that they are too large and complicated-looking.
A simple maize split M with the original player's name in the split would do the job fine.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||If Catholics were the only||
If Catholics were the only ones who liked drinking, screwing, and forgetting contraception, there wouldn't be so many of everyone else who isn't Catholic.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I got a little carried||
Yeah, I got a little carried away. I blame it on all these threads about Harbaugh that have made me nuts.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, double post.||
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I think Harbaugh should, in||
I think Harbaugh should, in addition to the money, be offered a triumphal procession into Ann Arbor down South U and State Street, on a golden chariot, to Schembechler Hall with an assistant coach whispering in his ear, "You are not a god."
He should then be taken to the Stadium, where the 40 whatever million should be brought to him in gold bullion, and deposited at his feet, as the crowds cheer!
Then he should order football games to commence, with Michigan playing sacrificial teams over and over again and winning each time.
That would be a fitting welcome for a conqueror.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||You mean wonderfully cheap||
You mean wonderfully cheap geniuses, right?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Of course, he's talking about||
Of course, he's talking about Regis Philbin.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||It's so the folks at Van||
It's so the folks at Van Boven can check to see whether Harbaugh's new tie matches his suit.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||So what you're saying is we||
So what you're saying is we still don't know diddly.
Still, nice of Neuheisel to say.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||If baseball had a clock I||
If baseball had a clock I might be able to tolerate watching it.
As it is, the pitcher has forever to fiddle with his dick, scratch his ass, fuck with the grease on his hat, shake off a few of the catcher's calls, rub dirt on the ball, finally get off a pitch, rinse and repeat.
If there was a clock on that, the game would be better.
Then there is the whole issue of extra innings. Allow a fucking tie to happen. They play ten bazillion games. It's ok if a few are ties.
OK, so maybe they also allow tackling base runners...
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Hard for me to stomach the||
Hard for me to stomach the fact that a M site's fans care whether an MSU assistant coach stays or goes!
It should be irrelevamt, and this shows how low we've sunk.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||If Harbaugh isn't coming, you||
If Harbaugh isn't coming, you don't have to worry about the lawn chair.
We'll see how Meyer does against Saban in a few weeks. We'll see whether Meyer catches up to Saban in national titles.
The rest is pure speculation that can't be rationally discussed until the two coaches and their teams have met on the field.
Urbz is a fantastic coach. So is Saban, and so is Harbaugh. It's my belief that given similar levels of team talent, and a year or two of coaching the players, all of these men would have similar records against one another.
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||Failure is not an option.||
Failure is not an option.
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||Relax. Michigan has the mojo||
Relax. Michigan has the mojo workin'.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Enough of this third party||
Enough of this third party stuff.
I just had a little iChat with Harbaugh. I asked him what his plans were. He pulled out his Samurai sword, took out a stack of 1000 dollar bills, and neatly cut the stack in half with his sword. So perfectly skilled was he with the sword, that he didn't even scratch the table.
"I don't know," he answered. "If I take the 48 million how many times will I be able to cut a stack of 1000 dollar bills in half with my sword?"
"Depends on the thickness of the stack," I answered.
"Oh, thanks. I forgot all about the math thing."
"No worries," I said. "You might want to clean that up with your special shovel. So are you coming to Michigan?"
"Yes I mean I don't talk about other jobs yes," he said.
Then he turned off his computer. That's all I know. I deleted the record of the chat just in case. The only people I'm telling are the folks here. So keep it a secret.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||No, they were utterly random||
No, they were utterly random but by an infinitesimally tiny chance appeared to come together in a particular order.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I love that guy. He just||
I love that guy. He just makes crazy shit up, has hair to match, and gets on television to be an expert about the stuff he makes up.
Where can I get that job?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Actually Fox also has a huge||
Actually Fox also has a huge investment and partnership in the Big Ten Network. So there's that.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||So if there's no news, why||
So if there's no news, why report it?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Fuck the NFL. Honestly.||
Fuck the NFL. Honestly.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||It's nonsense.||
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan/Hackett are doing||
Michigan/Hackett are doing the right thing by making an offer that should be irresistible.
However, if Harbaugh doesn't come, it isn't the money. It's other things.
My gut tells me that this offer also signals other candidates that we really mean business this time around. I think it's a comparatively good thing this got out. It's going to pique the interest of other HCs and tell them that we take this shit very seriously indeed.
As for the rumors swirling around about ipads and all that, who cares.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||If Harbaugh can't do it and||
If Harbaugh can't do it and the Plan B is Mullen, I'd be feeling pretty good about that.
But I think Harbaugh is coming.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Comrade, the East Lansing||
Comrade, the East Lansing gulag is a fitting place for fascists who would destroy our revolution and its Heroes.
Moreover the Michigan legislature belongs in that gulag, even though it would be a short walk barefoot in the snow to get them there and they deserve worse.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Wrong, sir. We will then||
Wrong, sir. We will then gloat over our new coach being such a relative bargain!
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I think Michigan just chills||
I think Michigan just chills at this point.
If there's a deadline, then it'll be favorable to JH. You don't make an offer like that and then put pressure on the guy to decide. You make the offer and come to a mutual agreement as to what is a reasonable time.
Frankly, Michigan threw down. That's a gigantic offer, and Michigan just showed the power of its resources.
With that number out there, a lot of coaches will think Michigan might just be a fantastic destination, I don't think we worry about Plan B. There are a lot of good coaches who'd say yes to half that.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||It's not speculation, it's||
It's not speculation, it's absolutely true. Harbaugh will coach Michigan and the Raiders at the same time.
Firesign Theater once asked, "How can you be two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?"
Well, Jim will be in two places at once thanks to the help of our friend and his, Quantum Mechanics.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I had the very same dream,||
I had the very same dream, but it featured Hanukah Harry and the Ghost of Michigan Past, played by Brian Griese.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Screw everybody's wives and||
Screw everybody's wives and then you make millions is Lousiana?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Yes.||
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan won plenty of games||
Michigan won plenty of games for many years without "filtered in noise." It's not needed, it's not important, and it hasn't won us any football games.
So quit complaining about older fans who were around for many years to see winning football, and who understand what that actually means.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||It's possible that DB was the||
It's possible that DB was the author of those ideas. But either way, I think he was the wrong fit for Michigan, and frankly, it puzzled me why DB believed that a marketing guy was even remotely necessary at Michigan.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Back in the day? Which||
Back in the day? Which day?
My first year of Michigan fandom was 1958. The team didn't do so well, 2-6-1. I remember my father talking about the old days of NCs and such when we sat in the stands. The 50s weren't stellar years for M football. The stadium was often comparatively empty, even when OSU rolled in. You modern guys have never sat in such a quiet Michigan stadium during a game.
Also, men sat in the stands in sports coats and ties, women wore dresses and high heels. Weird to think of that now.
I was a sophomore when Bo was hired. We had been good, but not great in 1968. I remember a lot of students saying that Michigan wasn't a "football school" like MSU and OSU around that time. Most didn't think that was a bad thing; there was a lot of emphasis on academics and late 60s politics. The era of 100,000 at every game hadn't started.
One of my best friends was freshman tight end for Bump, and when Bo was hired, he thought Bo was a maniac and left the team to become a regular student. In fact, student transfers to other football teams were unusual.
I was at the game when Bo upset Woody. We weren't spoiled. We were ecstatic. The energy that had built up in the stadium over the hype surrounding the Woody team was palpable. It was the most exciting football game I've ever attended, and I remember feeling shocked that I felt so elated over a football game!
Ten Year War games were exciting. OSU had a knack for winning at the very end when they did win. Michigan seemed to have a knack for grinding OSU down and building a win more gradually, and then making key interceptions to prevent OSU comebacks. At least that's how I remember the games of that era. It may be just my faulty memory.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I once told that to an||
I once told that to an employee, and the guy made no attempt to find other work or leave. I finally had to fire him.
Sometimes it's better to just let a person go the old fashioned way.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know why you're all||
I don't know why you're all so stressed. Harbaugh kommt.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Here's what happened:||
Here's what happened: Nebraska won the Stuck In 1997 Time Warp Trophy over us.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I think Pelini is a very good||
I think Pelini is a very good coach. Hoke, good somewhere other than Michigan.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not a labor lawyer, but||
I'm not a labor lawyer, but wouldn't this be pre-empted by federal labor laws?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||If this was true, which I||
If this was true, which I doubt at this point, it's funny that the blog that was so dismissive of the Michigan Man meme is now so happy about a fantasy staff loaded with Michigan Men.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Don't worry about it.||
Don't worry about it. Harbaugh's going to be Michigan's coach next year and that's all there is to it.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I'm pretty happy as-is. A||
I'm pretty happy as-is.
A Michigan Football win doesn't make me happy; it merely reinforces my existing state of equilibrium by meeting my expectations of victory. I'm in a jovial mood when these expectations are met.
On the other hand, a Michigan Football loss creates a disturbance in the Happiness Force. I'm in a sour mood for the rest of the weekend because my expectations have not been met.
The hiring of Harbaugh will therefore not make me happy in and of itself. What it will do is meet my expectations for the greatest university in the world, and, I hope, prevent those dismal Saturdays when expectations are not met.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||"Hello, Mr. Harbaugh's||
"Hello, Mr. Harbaugh's office."
"Uh..I have to check and see if he's in. Who may I say is calling?"
"Just tell him it's a Michigan alum. He'll take the call."
"Oh, a Michigan alum! Well of course, I'll connect you immediately!"
"Hello, it's Jim."
"Jimmy baby, Michigan alum here. Team sucks. Need you to come and save the ol' alma mater."
"Yeah. Uh...what'd you say your name was?"
"Doesn't matter. Michigan alum here."
"I kind of have my hands full. I mean, I'm tickled that you asked, but...you know, hands kind of full right now."
"Jimbo. No playoffs for you. The old team beckons. I'll personally give you $100 to come back.That's on top of what the school pays. Winged helmets. Whaddaya say?"
"Make it $200 and you have a deal."
"Attaboy, Jim. Jimster!"
|14 weeks 6 days ago||You really did a good job||
You really did a good job with the lyrics and meter, I must say.
|15 weeks 10 hours ago||These Brandon-appointed guys||
These Brandon-appointed guys just can't stop stepping on their own dicks, can they?
Why aren't these Brandudes GONE??
Who the fuck does this guy think he is?
|15 weeks 12 hours ago||It's a two-way street between||
It's a two-way street between the University and its traditions, and the coaches/athletes. Everyone benefits.
Hunter Lochman, shame on you for not recognizing that.
I'd say that's cause for him to join Dave Brandon in his new work, whatever that is.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Come on. That's just crazy||
Come on. That's just crazy talk.
Losing to OSU didn't cost Brady or Rich their jobs, losing to everyone else did.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||The school issued a press||
The school issued a press release denying it.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed, for the most part; my||
Agreed, for the most part; my only quibble is that the Pac 12 with Cal Berkeley, UCLA, USC and Stanford have one heck of a strong academic backbone.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Really? CBS Sports last night||
Really? CBS Sports last night was reporting the Youngstown State thing for Pelini based in that web report that was posted here, and that Les Miles was contacted, and said it was based on internet reports, etc. No independent reporting whatsoever.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||That's my name, too! Whenever||
That's my name, too!
Whenever I go out
The people always shout
There goes Jerome Horowitz Jinkleheimer Smith
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe it's true that he||
Maybe it's true that he wasn't interested. So what?
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I stuck my finger into the||
I stuck my finger into the liver of a sacrificial goat and divinied that Harbaugh will coach Michigan next year.
Hell yes I'm desperate - I'm too old to wait another decade!
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Given the fact that both men||
Given the fact that both men are among the most successful coaches in the country, I doubt that should be an issue at ALL.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I laughed. Corkey.||
I laughed. Corkey.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Or both.||
|15 weeks 4 days ago||JH used "other" twice in the||
JH used "other" twice in the same sentence. Not a Michigan man. Next candidate, please.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||It's not a search. It's a||
It's not a search.
It's a coronation.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Godot is waiting for Jim||
Godot is waiting for Jim Harbaugh.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Harbaugh is a towering||
Jim Harbaugh is a towering inferno of WIN.
There is no one better for Michigan.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||This speculation just gets||
This speculation just gets crazier and crazier by the day.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||That would be stupid on their||
That would be stupid on their part for a variety of reasons.
1. No possibility of trade to another NFL team.
2. They'd be on the hook for Harbaugh's salary or the difference between his current pay and his next job if the pay is lower.
3. Interim coaches rarely win.
If it happens, it's sheerly a matter of unprecedented hatred between JH and 49er management. But still stupid.
Would make M more of a possibility, though.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||We don't know the outcome||
We don't know the outcome yet. It may be that with a new coach, players will transfer.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. It's important for||
Agreed. It's important for Michigan for OSU, and thus the B1G, to make a good impression.
Of course, it helps the conference in terms of money, which as I understand it is shared among all the teams.
And if OSU does well against Bama by being competitive win or lose, it's more likely that the next B1G winners get a seat at the big boy table. We all hope that Michigan will be that B1G winner soon.
Whether we root for or against OSU won't affect the outcome, but I think it's important for the conference if OSU looks good.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I think OSU has a good chance||
I think OSU has a good chance against Alabama. Iowa can beat Tennessee. If MSU's defense plays lights-out they can beat Baylor. I'll put Nebraska and PSU in the potential winner's column as well.
The rest lose, including Illinois who regularly shit the bed.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||As a dad, I love this story.||
As a dad, I love this story.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||For a football team that is||
For a football team that is said to have become nationally irrelevant, the dance with Harbaugh and other candidates has certainly piqued the interest of reporters all over the country.
Just goes to show ya.
Michigan is still a powerful job. We will get the right guy.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||First, he is likely free to||
First, he is likely free to leave SF without having Michigan compensate them. Second, all the other stuff you speak of could take place behind the scenes in a more professional way.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||If he'd made up his mind he||
If he'd made up his mind he would say something like, "I'm staying in SF" or "I'm not a candidate for the Michigan job."
You have a guy who's a hot commodity in the NFL and is a candidate for a major college position. Pretend that you're his advisor/agent.
Are you going to advise him to grab the first offer, or to wait and have all the alternatives laid out for evaluation?
If I wasn't a Michigan person, I'd say, "Let's see what the other offers are before deciding."
Of course, I AM a Michigan person, so I'd really say, "Take the fucking Michigan offer and let's kick some Sparty and Buckeye ass!" But that's just me.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Are you saying that the||
Are you saying that the coaches you've named (Mora, Pinkel and Miles) have said yes?
This knowing we are still after Harbaugh?
Well, they don't seem to mind. So what's there to lose by waiting?
Incidentally, I don't think we've made three offers that have been accepted.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Let's think this through||
Let's think this through logically.
If Schiano was #1 on their list, it'd be a done deal and they'd have announced the hire, since he is unemployed and there would be no reason whatsoever to wait to make the announcement.
If Harbaugh had in fact turned them down and the job had been offered to Schiano, the same scenario applies. There'd be no reason to wait to make the announcement.
So they clearly have candidates ahead of Schiano, and those candidates have not turned the job down, since we are in fact still waiting.
Now, what are we waiting for? Here are the only possibilities that make sense:
1. End of NFL seasons; and/or,
2. End of bowl season.
College coaches who haven't made a bowl would already be free to take the offer, so they have to be eliminated from consideration.
Mid-major coaches have already concluded their seasons and there'd be no need for them to wait for small time bowls, if any, to make an announcement. It isn't going to be someone from a mid-major.
Schiano has no team in the NFL, and has no team in a bowl. Thus, he is clearly behind others on the list assuming a handshake deal hasn't been done already.
This leads me to believe that while Schiano may be a Plan B, C or D, he's not a part of plan A. I suspect that Hackett is smart enough not to have only one Plan A candidate like JH.
The logical conclusion is that we are waiting to hear from candidates leading successful college programs or who are in the NFL.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I agree about being able to||
I agree about being able to make a strong argument for any of the three teams.
My take on it is that regardless of whether OSU wins, it's good for the Big Ten champion to be selected. I'd like to see OSU win, on behalf of the conference. I'm sick of the critics.
All the conferences have their flaws, so it'll be interesting to see what happens. I don't see Florida State winning its game based on their very close wins against meh competition.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure that a||
I'm not sure that a meaningless, noncommital answer such as JH is most likely to give can be considered a data point.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||If it expands to eight, folks||
If it expands to eight, folks will want to expand it to 16 because someone will be left out.
The idea of a college football national championship will only make sense if there is one large league like the NFL, where teams play opponents from all over the country during the season, so that the current differences between conference strength can be judged more accurately.
Then and only then, does it make sense to have a playoff like the NFL and a championship game.
The current system is ridiculously flawed
|15 weeks 5 days ago||You are right, sir!||
You are right, sir!
|15 weeks 5 days ago||It'll be hard to top||
It'll be hard to top Nebraska's Dumbest Coaching Firing, Search and Hiring Ever, but I'm confident that with any luck we're quite capable of getting the award for the Search and Hiring parts.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||It's gonna be Harbaugh, you||
It's gonna be Harbaugh, you buncha ding-dongs. Now quit drinking and quit worrying and go to bed!
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh wird kommen.||
Harbaugh wird kommen.
|16 weeks 12 hours ago||What, you know the guy||
What, you know the guy personally?
It's funny, he didn't come off as a headcase at Stanford, or San Diego, or Western Kentucky, or the Bears, or Michigan. He has a boss who isn't above tweeting criticism to the general public, and making silly comments, but somehow he's the headcase, not the egomaniac boss.
Carr wants him, and Carr's not the kind of guy who would put a headcase in charge of Michigan football. I've met Carr, and he's a pretty sober sort of fellow.
So I'm just not buying this. If Harbaugh comes to Michigan, it'll be good for Michigan. If he decides that his options are better served in the NFL, then he's entitled to make that choice without further insinuation that he's somehow stringing Michigan along to get himself a better deal elsewhere.
|16 weeks 12 hours ago||It really doesn't matter,||
It really doesn't matter, it's showbiz.
Just like big time athletics. The games are showbiz, the news is showbiz news, and the talk radio is showbiz. Even the hero worship is showbiz.
The National Enquirer Sports Page
"Harbaugh Coached By Alien Intelligence."
Harbaugh is an alien, isn't he? I mean, isn't being an alien why he wins so much? Or maybe aliens just give him game plans. That's probably it.
|16 weeks 20 hours ago||Obviously no one knows||
Obviously no one knows anything. What we can be sure of, however, because Lloyd Carr put it out there, is that a push is being made for Harbaugh.
And Lloyd obviously believes it's possible, which says a lot.
That's all Michigan can do - offer the job, make it as attractive as possible, get the stakeholders on board with it.
The fact is that Harbaugh would be a damn fool to make a decision about Michigan until he sees all the cards on the table, and the whole NFL thing is very unclear at this point because the season isn't over.
It's that simple.
|16 weeks 20 hours ago||Hard to believe that I'm||
Hard to believe that I'm reading so much crazy shit here about Carr, who is a heck of a good guy (and yes I've met him).
It's obvious that Carr wanted to let the Michigan family and Harbaugh know he'd not only be on board with the potential hire, he'd be happy if it happened.
It's also obvious that, as a Michigan insider, he thinks a deal with Harbaugh is possible, at least as of yesterday.
So he put it out there. Good move. Patience, grasshoppers!
|16 weeks 1 day ago||The speculation's the fun||
The speculation's the fun part for most, methinks.
I can last for a few weeks longer.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I can't believe how cruel you||
I can't believe how cruel you guys are being to one of our guys. That's just wrong.
In fact, it's worse than wrong, it's cowardly. Hiding behind screen names saying shit you'd never in a million years say to the player himself in person.
Very few on this board have ever - ever - put in the kind of effort and dedication it takes to play at a B1G level school. Equally few have the talent.
And you're sitting there at your safe keyboard criticizing one of our players like you know what the fuck you're talking about?
Muggles. Grow the fuck up.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I'd be happy with Harbaugh,||
I'd be happy with Harbaugh, Miles, Mullen, Stoops or any other coach who's a proven winner in a power conference.
This assumes each guy will abide by Michigan's unwritten rules of conduct.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, horse feathers! I just||
Oh, horse feathers!
I just wrote that because I haven't heard or seen that phrase in at least 50 years.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Husker fans really have to be||
Husker fans really have to be scratching their heads, but who knows. Maybe it'll turn out to be a great hire.
I just don't see where they'd fire Pelini, a proven winner, to take this chance.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Cowherd: I know who the coach||
Cowherd: I know who the coach at Michigan will be.
Cowherd: Oh, I can't tell you, it would compromise my source.
Cowherd: See? I was right about who Michigan would hire!
Fans: But you never gave us a name. You're making this up.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Dammit, someone stole my||
Dammit, someone stole my fucking crystal ball.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This doesn't make sense at||
This doesn't make sense at all. Coaches have agents.
Any serious contact would be made by Michigan's headhunters to Harbaugh's agent. Further, it makes no sense at all to involve the very people Harbaugh doesn't like in any negotiations that might take place.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I'll take it.||
I'll take it.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||When did you peak?||
When did you peak?
|16 weeks 2 days ago||One Billion dollars.||
One Billion dollars.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Sportsmanship. Class all||
Sportsmanship. Class all around.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I do like sausages.||
I do like sausages.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Agree completely.||
|16 weeks 3 days ago||It would have been better if||
It would have been better if you'd finished elementary school, and learned how to use verbs.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Let's have some clarity on||
Let's have some clarity on how good these guys were:
1. Oosterbaan won a national championship his first year, and 3 big ten championships in 10 years. He was also a great player at Michigan. So that was a damn fine hire.
2. Elliott won only one B1G championship, but was a former star player and an excellent AD at Iowa, where he hired Hayden Fry who turned that program around. He was also a college football Hall of Famer. He was a great AD, a less great coach.
3. Bo was...well...Bo.
4. Moeller went .758 during his tenure and won/shared 3 conference titles in 5 years. Not a bad run.
5. Carr won a national title and had a .753 win percentage. His teams went to 4 Rose Bowls. How anyone can criticize this hire strikes me as wrongheadedness.
So your point about the Michigan Men being evidence of not "nailing" a hire just doesn't make sense to me. Until RR and Hoke we've had exemplary hires in nearly every way during the post WW2 era.
And Bump was not disliked even though he wasn't a big time winner here.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Jim Hackett is the kind of||
Jim Hackett is the kind of guy who just made me proud to be a Michigan alum because he represented the University so well in that press conference.
I still think that ultimately we will need an AD with more experience, but this transition couldn't have been handled better, and maybe he's the perfect guy to run the Department until they find someone they can settle in with for the long haul.
In any case, Hackett is clearly a person that everyone can rally around simply by virtue of the way he interacts with the community. I suspect that our next coaching search will at the very least not be bungled.
The press conference definitely raised my confidence level in this university.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I can't imagine this||
I can't imagine this transition being handled in a better way by everyone concerned.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Hackett handled that press||
Hackett handled that press conference beautifully, and with dignity.
I like that he gave Hoke props for what he did right, and I like that he said that we also need success on the field, that we need both things.
I'm glad he spoke to the players directly. I'm glad that he spoke to the President and to Hoke. I like that he said that you don't change someone's life without thinking very carefully about it. This is something one never heard from Brandon.
I must say that I'm impressed with how the man takes care of business.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Hackett made the only||
Hackett made the only realistic choice. Now it's time to see if he can pull in a great coach!
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Just more rumors. Wake me up||
Just more rumors.
Wake me up when there's some actual news.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I agree, if you're good at||
I agree, if you're good at this process you don't do this right unless those conversations have at least begun.
On the other hand, who has information that Hackett is doing this the best way? It's possible that he wouldn't want to make those calls until he has terminated the prior coach. An argument can be made that he wouldn't want anything to get back to Hoke without an uprfont, man-to-man discussion of Hoke's future.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||C'mon, we're just throwing||
C'mon, we're just throwing around names at this point.
If anyone's coming here from the SEC, it's Miles.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||So there's a chance you can||
So there's a chance you can get my wife a ticket? She really loves that awards show stuff.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||They didn't fire RichRod||
They didn't fire RichRod until after the bust his last year. But it's hard to know what the hell they're thinking.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Unfortunately, this is the||
Unfortunately, this is the support group.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I feel for the young||
I feel for the young man!
Speedy recovery, Drake, and get back to doing what you do.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||This. I'm not saying it's||
I'm not saying it's fact, it's one guy's interesting opinion.
But it's out there like that tweet from the owner of the Niners about Harbaugh: " If I'm Jim Harbaugh, the sound I'm hearing is "Hail To The Victors."
Again, the tweet is only from the owner of the team that currently employs him...so...you know...maybe there's something to it.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||This fuss over what a||
This fuss over what a journalist like Angelique says entirely misses what I think is the most interesting tidbit on the broadcast.
In Segment 5 former player and assistant Bob Thornbladh states that Les Miles would crawl over razor blades to coach Michigan, and that Harbaugh has "a great love" for the school, "so these men are available."
He's in a pretty good position, better than most, to have a feel for these coaches.