Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Wishing you the best Mr.||
Wishing you the best Mr. Hockey.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Brandon Email Reporting||
I think this kind of reporting is absolutely necessary. It doesn't help the program to have a condescending douchebag running things.
The most important part of Brandon's job is keeping the Big House full. And here's the AD going out of his way to insult season ticket holders and offering to pull their seats. He does not care one bit about fan retention.
This is the opposite of how Don Canham would have done things.
There is no benefit to "protecting" the program. Intense scrutiny is actual a huge benefit. It helps root out problems.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Final Nail In The Coffin||
Please please please please let this be the final nail in the coffin.
I cannot take this never ending onslaught of PR nightmares.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Agreed||
Sonny Dykes isn't going anywhere. That program was a huge mess and he's got a lot of rope. Not that he needs it.
Also, the Bears are in first in Pac-12 North.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Breaston Was A Boss||
Breaston over Norfleet all day and forever.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Terrific And Such||
Good for him. Seriously. But it doesn't change the fact that he's not "serving" his school. He's a highly paid employee. He gets paid the big bucks to make big calls and take the criticism. He's not some charity worker building houses for Habitats for Humanity.
Too much of these interviews focus on his hurt and his feelings.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Right||
Right. Because wins would wash away the fact that Dave has alienated the students, pissed off season ticket holders and basically been terrible at handling any sort of turmoil.
Athletic Directors just can't disappear for 48 hours when their team is embroiled in a PR fiasco.
FSU is undefeated and returning national champs and no one's letting their athletic department or coach slide for how they enable Jameis Winston.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Tone Deaf and Hard of Understanding||
I love that Domino Dave used "tone deaf" in response to a question about how all this criticism is affecting him. "I'm not tone deaf. I can hear all ranges of sound including the constant calls for my head."
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Not In His Mind||
Not in Dave's mind. His over inflated ego tells him that if he wasn't "serving" his school and singlehandedly resurrecting the football program with the pure galvanizing force of his epic "leadership" he could be making a kajillion zillion bucks being CEO of all the companies.
At worst, he probably thinks he would be Governor of Michigan.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Not Quite Accurate||
Not quite accurate. People are calling for Brady Hoke's job because the team has been awful.
People are calling for Dave Brandon's head because he is atrocious at his job. This Shane Morris incident and the resulting PR fiasco is the latest in a long string of tone deaf missteps and screwups.
Brandon has alienated his fan base, pissed off the students, and completely eroded anyone's faith in this athelic department.
He's been a good projects guy. Finishing up Bill Martin's reign of expansion and improving facilities, etc. But he's been a disaster at handling crisises, is awful at PR and fails at the most important part of his job - filling the Big House.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Yes Yes Yes||
Yes. He comes off as an ass in these. Smarmy. Defensive. Prickly. Condescending. This was an awful PR move to have him in these one-on-one sitdowns. Because he's an arrogant prick.
Should have been a podium presser with a prepared statement and be done with it.
This whole load about having "better things to do" is ridiculous. He basically went on a pump up Dave's ego tour talking to all the student athletes he could find instead of facing the very real criticism that was waiting for him. Lame.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Silly Goose||
Uhhhh. You're on a Michigan sports blog suggesting that they everyone just ignore the massive Michigan Football PR nightmare that's unfolding in real time right in front of our horrified eyes?
Not really into the whole pespective thing, huh?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Kiss Cora Good Night||
There are plenty of places to discuss other things in sports. Go find them. The fact that you continue to haunt all the Dave Brandon threads and comment on them shows you're not all that ready to move on yourself.
Seems like you've got a little bit of Dave in you, blaming others for your own failings.
By the way. Expect the story to continue. It has major traction.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Brandon Sucks||
Uhhhh. How do you expect anyone to "move on" when the very athletic department at the center of this nightmare won't? This is day five since the Morris incident and it's the fifth day that the athletic department has continued it's campaign of shifting blame and obstuseness.
So far there's been three pressers by Hoke where he's had less than full information. Three press releases, of which two were awful (Brandon's) and one was acceptable (Pres. Schlissel). And now Domino Dave has decided to Expand The Brand by providing one-on-one's with every outlet in town.
Don Canham is fuming right now. Never turn a one day story into three.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Pour Gas On The Fire||
This onslaught of one-on-ones is an absolute disaster. Brandon appears smug, arrogant and smarmy in all of them. Instead of providing one concise, calculated response in a presser, he's gone with the carpet bomb approach and it's going to backfire spectacularly. Each one is full of enough bad quotes to generate a dozen more irrate columns.
Good job. Good effort Dave.
Never turn a one day story into more. Somehow he's going to get a week or more out of it.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Goodbye Dave||
Goodbye Dave. These interviews prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're a smug, arrogant douche who will place blame on whoever's convenient at the time.
Can't believe this guy blamed the medical staff. WTF.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||All For It||
Domino Dave can be as hands-on top-down involved as he wants on the business side of the equation. You know, checking in on marketing or doing strolls around the stadium on Gameday. But the coaches need to be left alone to do their thing. Watching film crosses the line and cuts into the Head Coach's autonomy. Also creates the impression that everything is being micro-managed.
Good luck to Dave if he's in place to make the next hire (I just barfed in my mouth). Outside of the truly desperate, no real candidate wants to have an AD in his face on Sundays.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Brandon watching film has||
Brandon watching film has been out there as fact. Not much of a stretch to accept that he watches it without Hoke. Teams break down film as seperate units. I'm sure Mattison and Nussmeier get plenty of Dave Over Their Shoulder Time.
He strikes me as frustrated former athlete pining for glory. Wouldn't put any lame meddling past him.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Eight Years Ago||
What does Lloyd Carr have to do with today? It was eight years ago. Move on, man.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Agreed||
No one should take "Three and Out" as gospel. John U Bacon is a terrific guy and a hella of a writer, but he was embedded with the Rodriguez family for the entire three years and the book is far too slanted and sympathetic towards them.
I took everything he wrote about Carr with a shaker of salt because, as far as I know, Lloyd did not cooperate with Bacon or sit down for any interviews.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Lloyd Was My Homeboy||
I love Lloyd more than anyone, but he was not forced out. He wanted to retire. He also seriously lost interest in hiring decent coordinators and recruiting. His last few years were painful.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Because It Looks Stupid||
That Britney Spears microphone looks stupid and lame and it sucks. Football has traditions. Not looking like a clown on the sidelines is one of them. What's next? Google Glass? An iWatch? Big chunky headset is the only option.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Uhhhhhhhh,,,,,||
Uhhhhh. Bruce Feldman might be the most credible CFB writer working today. Breaks loads of news. I would trust him over just about anyone else out there.
Because of his long form work (Meat Market and Swing Your Sword) he gets inside access that others don't. I've read pieces from him where he was inside A&M for a week, behind the scenes at Texas Tech. He's dialed in and gets places no one else does.
Stewart Mandel on the other hand is basically a column slash game report guy. I can't recall a single behind the scenes piece from him or him breaking any real stories.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Yuck||
So full of yuck. Contradicts so many things said / lied / released before.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Made Me Laugh||
Thanks for this. Cuts right through the fog to the essence of crapitude that was Saturday.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Whatever||
I still think it's pretty impressive to be 2 - 3 before October 1st. Takes some seriously awful football.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Not In The Gameplan||
Opens you up to all kinds of future accountability. Legal and otherwise. For instance, people will then expect apologies for how dreadfully awful this team has been.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||A Bit of Both||
Manages to be both. Taken straight from the Dave Brandon Damage Control 101 Press Releases To Further Damage Your Brand For Dummies.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Too Little Too Late||
Typical nonsense from the Dave Brandon Department Of Not My Fault Press Release Releasing. Utterly tone deaf and avoids the real issue.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Justified||
It's entirely possible to be totally through with Hoke as a coach AND demand his firing for this incident and not have the two be related. Player safety takes precendence over everything.
This is just a game. No kid should be blasted the way Morris was and stay in there. Regardless of Hoke's situation right now, that is unacceptable player management.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||It Is Cataclysmic||
It is major and massive and huge that they left them in for another play. It's been shown that some of the most damaging brain injuries occur after the initial trauma. Smaller secondary hits can be more devestating than the first one because of the brain's reaction.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Watching Football||
I'm coping by watching lots of college football games and being insanely jealous whenever I see bordeline competence from an offense. "Whoa. Two first downs in a row. That NC State offense is on fire!!"
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Don't Agree||
I don't care what the score is. What the team's record is. You cannot handle your players like that. Even in an imaginary world where the team is 5-0 and Brady Hoke is the toast of Ann Arbor this is absolutely atrocious player management.
The days of tough guy meathead play til your drop football are over. Even if Morris doesn't take that devestating shot from Cockran, there's no reason for him to be limping around like that. Not effective as a player. Doesn't help the team. Subjects him to further injury.
Some things are a little more important than winning a football game.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Get Your Facts Straight||
Saban didn't leave the Dolphins mid season. He left after year two. You're probably thinking of good old Bobby Petrino who abandoned the Falcons in like week 13.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||How I Feel?||
Disgusted. Embarrassed. Enraged.
The "handling" of Morris was atrocious. I've watched a lot of football and that was probably the worst handling of a QB I've seen. He was limping badly. Game was through. There was no reason for him to be in there.
He takes a massive kill shot. Has to be helped to his feet and can't stand. Take him out. Take his helmet. Putting him back in was incredibly stupid. Putting him back in and calling a pass play was just sickening.
Hoke should be canned.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I'm No Doctor||
What do you need to see before the guy gets pulled? A bone jutting out of his shin? Staggering around and vomitting?
Morris was limping for an entire series. Can barely stand. Then he gets absolutely blasted. Helmet drilled into his chin. And has to be helped up and supported by a teammate. Game over. Sit him down. Take his helmet.
This is just a game. No one needs to get CTE because Brady Hoke is asleep on the sidelines.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||No Thanks||
Nuss more than anyone should be aware of his QB's status. He should have yanked Shane when he was obviously limping. He should have pulled him off the field and taken his helmet when he was drilled. He's just as guilty for this atrocity.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Don't Worry||
Once the dust settles and all the scores of the day are recapped and the media moves into "looking back at the week" phase there will be serious blood in the water over this. This flagrant disregard for a player's safety will be dissected from every angle. And Hoke will be fired.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||RAGE||
RAGE. RAGE. RAGE.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Oh Snap||
Oh snap. Reports are already coming out that this account is false and that Tuberville finished dinner. Said goodnight like a classy guy and departed as usual.
Guess this "scandal" is dead in the water. Unless the waiter wants to complain about the tip he left.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Wow||
Sorry. Just don't see the comparison.
Tuberville has never been accused of or included in any major scandals.
Petrino hired his mistress for a position she wasn't qualified for. Lied to the police and the school about her involvement in the motorcyle accident. Major nonsense.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Exactly||
Coaching transitions are always awkward. What's he supposed to do? Stay there and pretend like he's going to coach these kids? Tell them the truth so they can put it on Twitter and Facebook and the players currently at Tech find out that way? It's a no win.
Jon Bacon spends the better part of his book ripping Lloyd Carr for offering to sign transfer papers for any of his players. I thought it was a classy move by a classy guy. Others painted this as treachery and backstabbing.
Perception is all how you spin it and whether or not you like a guy.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Here's My Take||
Here's my take on this. Everyone is disgusted by the addition of Maryland and Rutgers because it seems to be a shameless money grab. I tend to disagree, but that's beyond the point. The current consensus would be that $$$ is ruining college football.
Coaches salaries are skyrocketing. Everyone thinks that's nuts.
Bielema gets a raise of 600K. That's a lot of scratch. Approx 24% more than he makes now. 3 mil more over five years. Now people are criticizing Wisconsin for not just opening the wallet and paying him more*.
It's a double standard. Either you think $$$ is ruining college athletics and coaches salaries are nuts and good for Wisconsin for showing some fiscal responsibility. Or you don't care and they should pay whatever to keep him. Can't be both.
The problem is that this defection is seen as a Big Ten "loss" and that creates this defensive reflex in the fanbase.
SI.com actually ran a piece with a headline "SEC Beats Big Ten Again!" Ivan Maisel wrote a thing where he claimed the SEC were the Corleones and they were drinking the Big Ten's milkshake.
I'm trying to advocate for more reasonable and rationale thinking. Maybe it's not a case of a guy saying "SEC is better." Maybe Bielema was sick of living in Alvarez's shadow. There's a lot more to these things than what's portrayed here.
* Never mind the fact that they never got the chance to negotiate, but that's another thing.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||In Summary||
Every account I've read (from verified sources and not guys on Twitter) has Bielema blindsiding Alvarez. No discussion. Read this interview with Bielema. Note how short the time frame is and how there's no talk of counter offer. Interviewed in NY. Accepted almost immediately. In Fayatteville the next day.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Clarification||
Arkansas is close to two major talent hotbeds. Louisiana and Texas. It's much easier to get a Florida kid to come to Arkansas than Wisconsin because a Florida kid has grown up in SEC country. He knows the teams, the rivalries.
2) Sixth best job.
These things are not written in stone. Everything is in flux. Before Spurrier Florida was a joke. Tennessee was a power. Now it's a joke. You can count on a couple of things. Vandy will struggle. Kentucky will always be a basketball school. LSU before Saban? Awful.
In just a couple of years, Petrino had Arkansas in the top 5. I've read this is the "second tier" SEC job all over the internet. I don't agree. Right coach, right recruiting can turn any of those big SEC West teams into juggernauts.
3) No counter.
Coaches and ADs are in NY for award season. Bielema walked up to Alvarez told him he was gone and that was it. No chance to counter. No discussion. Gone in 5 minutes.
There is a lot of double talk on this blog. Money drives expansion. Money is evil. But then it's a joke when Wisconsin won't reup Bielema for such a paltry sum. As if he took equivalent money to go to Arkansas. No matter how you slice it, 3mil is 3mil.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Reality Check||
A couple things I disagree with here.
1) Arkansas as a dead end job. The 2011 team was 11 - 2 and ranked #5 in the country at the end of the year. Loaded with talent. Sure you have to beat Bama and LSU. But anyone who thinks Wisconsin is a better job must have never seen a map. Arkansas has instate talent. Closer to Texas and Florida.
2) Wisconsin was giving no chance to counter the offer. Bielema told Alvarez he was going. No chance to counter.
3) 600K is nothing to sneeze at. Works out to 3mil more over the life of the contract.
4) Bielema was gone and there was nothing to stop him. He sent Jeff Long a letter expressing interest in the post in September. He has aspirations of national titles that cannot be fulfilled at Wisconsin.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||WTF||
What does this have to do with realignment? Guys wants a better job, he's gonna take it. And Arkansas is a better job than Wisconsin.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||I'm Not Sure Either||
I was wrong. His contract states that if he wins a National Championship he gets pulled to within $1000 of the top coach nationally.
I was assuming that he made Nick Saban $$$$ and how they hell would Arkansas justify paying him that.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Hoard and Bunch||
Leroy Hoard and Jarrod Bunch. One of my fav Michigan backfields. Those two were MANBALL specimens. Just so ill.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Les's Contract||
IIRC Miles contract states he must get $1 than the next guy in the SEC. So he doesn't need to flirt with Arkansas to get a raise.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||The Judge and the General||
Remember that backcourt? That was something. Loved Gary Grant. So tenacious.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Talent Gap||
So the OSU game was never in doubt? Given Michigan's deficit in talent, we should be pleased with the outcome? Happy to keep it close?
Sorry. Don't see it that way. I saw a very winnable game. On the road. Against an undefeated opponent. The offensive collapse is in the 2nd half was stunning. And it seems to be a reoccuring thing here.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Then This||
Oh. Okay. Then this was a great year because they won 8 games with subpar talent. Yeahh!!!!
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Then This||
Oh. Okay. Then this was a great year because they won 8 games with subpar talent. Yeahh!!!!
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Respectfully Disagree.||
Don't care about NFL prospects. That's for Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. I look at the Michigan offense and see lots of talent. Fitz is very good RB. Gallon and Roundtree have been very good the last month. Funchess. Denard. Devin. Lewan. Omameh. All quality players. Even Dileo is a capable possession reciever.
The 11 guys Michigan puts on the field is better than 6 points at ND and 12 versus Sparty.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||I Hate To Be This Guy||
I hate to be the guy who does this but.... Jeff Teford. Come on down.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Three Big Games||
There are three all out go for broke games on Michigan's schedule. ND. Sparty. OSU. With all that talent on offense, they scored 6, 12 and 21. That's just not good enough.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Goats||
I've always found "Goats?" to be kinda of sketchy declaration to make. I've always respected the ideal that you don't tear these college kids down. Go after the coaches, the ADs. But these are not pro athletes to rip on. These a 18 - 23 year olds just doing their best. No need to pile on if they had a rough day.
In addition, the idea that there were "Goats?" in a game that Michigan thoroughly dominated is ridiculous.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Hate Week||
Hate is pretty strong word to use. Especially when you're talking about college kids playing a game. Respect your rivals and they'll bring out the best in you.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Maryland Fans||
Maryland fans may not have wanted it, but I'm sure their AD and President did. They recently axed several sports to alleviate their debt. With the Big Ten $$$$ in place, they will be bringing those sports back. I'm sure those athletes affected will be happy with the move.
Ask Rutgers fans in a couple of years if they would rather be in whatever the Big East looks like then or the Big Ten.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Glass Half Full||
If you're of the belief that 16 team conferences are coming, and I am, then this move was inevitable. Conference realignment is like playing musical chairs. You don't want to be left standing at the end. Look at the Big East right now.
"The Big Ten already outpaces other conferences."
But that's not a given for the future. They won't outpace the SEC when it gets itself a network. The Pac-12 is drawing major $$$$ for their content. In order to stay competitive, the Big Ten need to add to it's membership. This will drive network revenues up and increase the value of their rights packages when they're available.
The Big Ten is not Kayne West making it rain. It was not easy for NW to dump $250 million into their facilities. They scraped and battled to get that cash. And they did so to keep pace with everyone else.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Cable Survives||
House of cards? Nothing is more lucrative in TV right now that live sports. Despite living in an era of so many media options on cable and online, college football is experiencing it's greatest popularity. TV contracts have never been worth more.
1) The effect of online hasn't dimished TV's reach, it's enhanced it. Instead of the good old days where the family gathered around one TV set, we now have an era where everyone has a screen they can consume content on. And more than ever, that content is TV. TV viewing is actually up in recent years. People are watching more TV than ever before. Just on different screens.
2) True cord-cutters represent a very tiny % of viewers. And it's largely compensated for by the population growth we're expecting to see.
3) This notion that we'll all watch Apple TV or Hulu is not a short term prospect worth considering. Cable TV still holds way too much potential, especially with live events. Live sports, news and event television aren't going anywhere. I can't imagine a single sports fan I know who could live without cable. Just isn't going to happen.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Bring It On||
Last time Michigan played a Heisman winner* in a bowl it worked out great.
* I assuming Johnny Football wins it this year. Hard to find a better candidate.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Don't See It That Way||
This analogy doesn't work for me. The Big Ten isn't paying to ship the food. They're selling it. Someone else is letting it rot in the warehouse.
If they are able to fully leverage these new TV markets it's going to add $200 million in subscriber fees a year. That's a lot of cheddar. If eyeballs in these markets end up watching (it's possible) they will also up their ad revenues.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Clinging To The Past||
It's interesting that people sort of cling to the past in these situations, instead of looking forward. I keep thinking back to 2006 and watching the SEC championship game and thinking that the Big Ten was so behind the times. And that Michigan was always going to be crippled by that.
These moves may hurt in the short term and look bad on paper, but they are necessary to keep pace. Sucks to lose the Penn State game, but I will gladly take meeting them in the championship game instead.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Actually||
It is money before everything else. Look at the Cal example they used. There's a school with limited football success that dumped $300 million into their stadium. Why? Because it wasn't up to par with the rest of the Pac-12 schools.
Football success = higher profile = donors giving big bucks and increased enrolment.
But football success costs $$$$$$. You cannot compete for the top players if your facilities suck. So you get lots of schools spending big bucks hoping to stay relevant.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Tend To Agree||
Yes. I tend to agree with this. There's always resistance to change. It's natural. But in the big picture, what is a Michigan fan actually losing here? A couple games against middle of the road Big Ten teams.
This was a preemptive move. There's little doubt that the SEC and Pac-12 are looking to expand. I would expect the Big Ten to hit 16 in another couple of years. When that all shakes out, then people can decide if this was a good move or not.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Totally Agree||
I totally agree. But unfortunately most things are about money. And college football crossed that Rubicon decades ago. There is no denying the fact that colleges are locked in an arms race. Coaches salaries are nuts. Facility expansion is crazy. As a Michigan fan, I am thankful for Jim Delaney's ruthlessness and vision. The guys big bets have paid off extremely well for the conference and will allow Michigan to enjoy relevance for decades to come.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Outstanding||
This is an outstanding suggestion. Best thing to come out of this realignment so far.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||16 Teams||
IMHO 16 team super conferences are inevitable. There's just too much money to be made in TV to stop it. Therefore, while this seems like some weaksauce, I bottle most of my outrage until I see what the final product is.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||LSU Fans||
Was in Vegas a couple weeks ago and there were tons of LSU fans around. Not a single one of them had any confidence in Les. He's truly the Mad Hatter to them. A total nutball capable of sinking their chances with a single fourth down call. These antics may seem quaint from a distance, but having this guy running your program has to be a drag.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Bush League||
It was a chump move and he should know better. You don't celebrate personal fouls on your QB like you just won the game. You shouldn't celebrate that stuff at all.
I have so much more respect for a guy like Tuberville who owned up to his sideline incident and said it was the result of getting heated and that it was unacceptable behaviour.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Who Cares||
I think it's rad. I don't care about number changes. The guy played well and they gave him a legends jersey. That is cool. End of story.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Thanks||
JMRF!!!! He's so unconventionally effective!!!
|3 years 33 weeks ago||JMFR||
That Unkillable Zombie Fling doesn't load for me and I want to see it so bad!!!!
And where's that ten minute megamix of all JMFR's big plays I've been belly aching about?!! Come on internet!!!
|3 years 33 weeks ago||But But But||
Doesn't a win over them equal a win over SEC speed? I'd take that any day and twice on Saturday.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||This Is Some Nutty Ish Right Here||
This is some nutty ish right here, dawg. I know people like to overreact to stuff, but whoa. Denard is set to put up dual threat numbers that may never be duplicated. And he's not a running back.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Good Gawd.||
Denard is one of the best players Michigan has ever had. Just to suggest this shows a complete lack of basic reasoning ability.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Seriously Disappointed||
I am seriously disappointed that no one has created / posted a super cut of Jake Ryan doing beastly things to people yet. Possibly with some seriously rocking AC DC on the soundtrack.
Lets get to it interwebs!!
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Lightning Rods||
It's funny how some guys become lightning rods for criticism. IMHO safety is one of those positions where you're only mentioned if you do something awesome or not awesome. When a safety gets burned it generally means everyone else screwed up too. Pass rush didn't get there. Linebackers didn't make the right reads. Safety is the last line of defense.
Stevie Brown seemed to be an easy scapegoat. Cursed with the potential to make big plays, but somehow was to blame for every little thing that went wrong.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Way To Go.||
Congrats. Dumbest comment I've read on here. Ever.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Wow||
That's a crazy stat.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||So...||
Instead of the Tommy Amaker Era (barf in my own mouth) it could have been the Rick Pitino Era? OMG. I hate squash.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Thank You||
Ohhhh. Man. Number 47 can play.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Totally||
He really eliminates those dudes. I've been replaying that hit for ten minutes now.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Jake Ryan||
Still waiting for a gif of Jake Ryan on Gallon's punt return. He wiped out two guys with one block. Stupendous.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Conan||
My friends and I have quoted that Conan speech only about a million times.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||OMFG||
Those shoes are horrendous. Please please please please let this adidas nonsense end. Please please please. I remember when Nike was the boss and things looked dope not stupid.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Other Options||
Long had a better option. Hire a real coach, the best guy you can find. Not an "interim" coach. It's no wonder Arkansas has vastly disappointed.
Team under turmoil + guy you know isn't going to be around in a year = timebomb.
Imagine how their SEC counterparts are destroying them on the recruiting trail right now.
This plan totally backfired and Long's going to pay for it.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Agree To Disagree||
ND USC brings the second biggest TV market in the nation. Storied rivalry. I don't have the ratings, but I would guess it pulls similar if not better numbers than Michigan ND.
I really don't get the sweeping generalizations about the fanbases. PAC-12 fans don't care about ND USC but Big Ten fans care about ND Michigan? Where is the basis for that? Both these games create national interest.
Also don't get why the ACC is such a tire fire. There are good teams in that league. And while you say the "nation doesn't care", I would guess that ND is more than happy to get access to the ACC's bowls and put games like Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech on the schedule.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Oh Gawd||
What are you looking at? This is not a tackle. This is a kill shot attempt. He's leading with his head. Looking to lay out the opposing QB.
This isn't Pop Warner football. These are skilled athletes with years of experience. They don't lose "form" and end up parallel to the ground.
And this is anything but a bang bang play. Slow developing rush up the middle.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Obviously You're Not A Seinfeld Fan||
Zapruder film reference? Back and to the left? Ring any bells?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Whoa.||
Your logic inconsistencies are funny. Keep up the good work.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Simple||
If you posted on here that it was good the Gholston got knocked out, you got banned. Because that is a terrible sentiment to express. He may play for MSU, but he's just a kid playing football and no one should get knocked into next week playing some game.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Fading But Not Gone||
There's no doubt that ND's recent run of futility hurt their relevancy. But I still think they matter. As long as they have favored nation status in the BCS and their own network deal they will be hated. And I think Brian Kelly will have them winning lots of games.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Like I Said...||
The only rights coming up are for the Big East. Everything else is locked up for quite some time. There are no secondary rights out there to grab.
NBC would be taking a massive gamble if they dropped ND and expected to outbid ESPN or Fox for some other conference's secondary rights.
Not sure why you claim ND dropped their biggest game. They're still playing USC.
The bottom line is not what big games they have, but that the $$$ make sense for NBC. This marriage makes sense to me and all this whinging about ND dropping Michigan seems pointless to me. The Irish aren't lacking for big games and they won't be when they add the ACC slate.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||We'll See||
The contract is up in 2015. We'll see what happens.
The money is not going down. Because there is a relative scarcity with regards to college football product, the contracts have skyrocketed. If this current upward trend of the Irish playing better holds, expect them to command a very sweet deal.
I'm not sure how adding 5 ACC games makes ND's schedule worse.
Dropping Michigan seems dumb to me, but we'll see what their slate looks like.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Unfair||
Comparison of Michigan's ratings vs. ND's isn't fair. Michigan's big games appear on ABC or ESPN where the Worldwide Leader is able to build major hype for a game.
There is a huge cross promotional advantage to having your product on ESPN. They dominate the college landscape.
If ND was on ESPN / Big Ten then we could do a fair side by side. And I would still expect ND to have more pull. Lots more people hate ND than hate Michigan. They are the Yankees of college football.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Oh gawd.||
You must live in a fantasy world where the lawsuit fairies are lurking around every corner. There's a clear distinction between posting an opinion on a blog and news reporting, but don't let that stand in the way of a good whine.
My comment on perspective stands. It disgusting to think that after this happened, Gholston went back into the game. Anyone who's worrying about "defamation" law suits and playing LA Law up in here needs to grow the hell up.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Huh.||
You seem to equate pageviews with legitamacy. There is no such correlation.
Again. This is a blog. This article is opinion. And I see nothing in the wording to get worked up about.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Whatever.||
Uhh. WTF. You ask for humility and decry the second guessing and then you go ahead and totally second guess them anyways.... Solid logic, bro.
Whatever. Dude looked knocked out to me. Sad to see him return to the game under any circumstances.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||"Bad Form"||
What a joke. When you lead with the crown of your helmet you're not making a football play you've became an unguided missile. He needs to meet Miller with the 9 on his jersey.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Unlikely||
I doubt we'd see that. NBC is definitly invested in ND football as a brand. Like it or not, ND moves the dial. While an ND Duke game might look like dreck to a Michigan fan, there are still enough people who follow ND to make it worthwhile.
Overall, ND delivers viewers and that's what matters. While the Duke game doesn't appeal. Other ACC matchups (Florida State / Clemson / Virginia Tech) should deliver big numbers.
I don't think there's a correlation between Ryder cup and ND's bye. Ryder Cup is a four day deal. NBC can carve out three hours for football.
Bottom line: ND is the closest thing to the Yankees is CFB. They're the team everyone loves to hate and they survived two awful tenures (Weis and Willingham) and still command big TV dollars.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Cowardice||
You seem to think you're reading the NY Times. This is a blog. Entirely made up of "opinions." There is no journalistic standard to be met.
Calling this out is the right thing to do. Anything less is cowardice. You're bitching about what this will do to someone's "reputation as a blogger." I'm a million times more concerned about the poor kid who get his brain hammered and went back onto the field.
Perspective, man. Get some.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Passed Tests?||
You're making a couple of big assumptions here.
A) That he was administered the proper concussion evaluation. Football sidelines can get pretty frantic. It's possible the head trainer / doctor was attending to someone else. Ghoslton re-enters game before he's tested.
B) That all concussions are evident right away. It's not like a sprained ankle or a knee issue where it happens and that's it. I have read multiple accounts from players who get knocked out and have a significant delay in experiencing warning signs. A concussion may not become evident for several hours.
Regardless. It's been shown that the real issue with concussions is secondary trauma. Where a player has been light up and plays on and the second hit is that one that really does the damage. Therefore every guy who experiences this kind of motionless response needs to sit for the rest of the game. If he got the wind knocked out of him, too bad. It's better to risk not playing a kid who's okay than to throw him back out there.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Not Likely||
The only league that's coming up for negotiations is the Big East. Everyone else just re-upped for big money. Fox got Pac-12. CBS has SEC afternoon slot. ESPN / ABC took the rest (Big Ten / ACC / SEC). NBC Network desperately needs content. Don't expect ND to go anywhere ever.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Lawyer Up||
I'm no doctor. I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. But when a dude is laid out on the field and doesn't respond for that length of time there is only one conclusion to draw - he was unconscious.
Add in the video evidence of his head getting traumatized and there's no other explanation.
When dudes get the wind knocked out of them, they tend to roll around and gasp for breath.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Vehemently Disagree||
Couldn't disagree with you more. This Lewis missile launch is the reckless and irresponsible. Head down. Leaves his feet.
Miller has two guys dragging him down. He's not going anywhere. This hit is not an attempt to cause a fumble. This is headhunting. Plain and simple. He's using the crown of his helmet as a weapon and Gholston pays for it.
You're supposed to SEE WHAT YOU HIT. End of story.
I think every league needs to review these plays and suspend players that leave their feet. The sooner this "It's all good until the whistle blows" mentality is out of football, the better.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||NBC is happy to pay||
Live sports is becoming the most valuble TV commodity. NBC is going to hang on to ND for dear life. They are the backbone of their fall Saturdays right now.
Regardless of how soft / crappy their schedule is, they will still make it worthwhile for them.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Wow. Wow. Wow.||
I can't believe Gholston saw the field after that. WTF. Inconceivable lack of leadership by the MSU coaching staff and trainers. Disgusting.
Re: ND Michigan Rating.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Hot Hot Hot||
As someone who attended the UCLA game in 2000 I totally agree. It was a nightmare to survive that one. So friggin' hot. Avoid the west coast / desert in September.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Agree||
I agree that ND is not dodging anyone. They simply always aspire to having a "national" footprint and playing Michigan isn't a top priority now that they have 5 ACC games locked in.
I see this as basic math. They added 5 games (although they play BC and Pitt already) and so they need to drop a couple.
I wouldn't be so sure about the Purdue game being a lock. I don't think it does much for the Irish profile to dominate them. Winning the state of Indiana doesn't really move the dial.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Wish Him Well||
Here's the best approach to RichRod - wish the guy well and move on. I loved the hire. Hated the results. And have zero interest in reliving the past over and over.
I hope he does great at Arizona and gets that program cranked up. His WVU teams were so much fun to watch. Good luck to him. They only Michigan Zona game I need to see is like the 2016 Rose Bowl.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||My Bad||
My bad. You're right about the location. It's the FLA game that's always nuetral.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Huh?||
Weird. Maybe they are planning to opt out and pay the penalty. Or maybe with Phil Knight's money you can do whatevs...
|3 years 39 weeks ago||No Thanks||
Playing more than 8 in conference is a bad idea currently. Every week you add, you add six losses to your conferences bottom line. And add another game that could expose your big teams.
Until they go with a committee that factors in strength of schedule for the BCS, it's better to minimize risk.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Not Sure||
Not sure why Georgia's dominance over Tech matters. Here's what does. It's played in Atlanta every year. Therefore Georgia has one less home date than usual, which means lower chance of Michigan road series.
If you asked me to list the teams likely to fit into this ND game, I would put Georgia at the very bottom.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Thanks For Chiming In....||
Here's a fact: Michigan has played one SEC team since 1969. Vandy. Pretty strong historical trend.
A couple other things. Look at those games / teams. Do they fit Michigan's profile? I would argue that all of those games were Georgia big fav / locks when they were scheduled.
Boise State was in the kickoff classic. No return date.
But whatevs. It is my opinion that Georgia is a pipe dream. Would be happy to be proven otherwise.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Huh.||
Okay. I'm not sure where I pulled those 2013 opponents, but Clemson was not on the list. If they're playing Clemson - good for them. Still isn't a big travel game for them. Out of the SEC, only one team really goes anywhere - LSU. The others stick real close to home.
And I've been saying this over and over but history seems to be against this. Michigan has played exactly one SEC team since 1969. Vandy.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Not Really||
There's not a lot of correlation between who you play in bowls and who you play in out-of-conference. Like everything in the game it's about economics.
Most schools like to stay home and feast on cupcakes. They make money that way. They also don't like to travel great distances because it costs more and the farther they go, they less likely they will see their fans at the game.
Why travel to a tough game in Ann Arbor when you can bring Southern or LA Monroe to your house?
The SEC has long been into the cupcake thing. And when the NCAA changed the rule to allow two cupcakes per year, they pounced on it.
Bowl tie ins are mainly about fanbases. The bowls loved Big Ten teams because their fans generally travel and support their teams. Big Ten fans love to go down South for a bowl in a warm local. The bowls hedge their bets by grabbing local / close squads because that is guaranteed ticket sales.
Believe me, if the ACC fanbase or Pac-12 travelled like the Big Ten fans there would be some different bowl setups.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||What Leverage Position||
What leverage position is that? Michigan can do what every other school does when they have an open slot - buy a cupcake.
These arrangements are almost always mutually beneficial. With the exception of a up-and-comer like Boise who needs to take on teams to build it's rep.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Historical Context||
A lot of wishful thinking here. Let's all consider historical context for a second. Outside of bowl games, Michigan has played exactly one SEC team since 1969. And it was Vandy.
Just don't see these Auburn / Georgia games happening.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Yes Really||
Look. It would be great, but it's not going to happen. Given their yearly with GTech, Georgia has three open dates they always fill with cupcakes.
Look at this year. Buffalo. FAU. Georgia Southern.
2013. North Texas. Appy State. ????
2014. South Alabama. Charleston Southern. ????
2015. LA Monroe. Southern. ????
You really think they'll slot Michigan in there? Just because?
The SEC is a joke when it comes to out of conference. Outside of the traditionals (FLA / Florida State) and a few outliers, they get fat on cupcakes.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Not Strange At All||
Not strange in the slightest. Notre Dame is going to the ACC for five games. They don't need the Big Ten any more. They have always had a "national" following.
They really don't need this game. They've got their own network and now have better access to bowl bids. They live in their own universe.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Georgia = Not Even Remotely Possible||
Seriously. Georgia does not and will not travel. Look at their schedule. They played Arizona State a few years back. It was the first time Richt left SEC country. First time they had travelled that far west since 1960.
Any SEC teams are wishful thinking. They just don't schedule like that.
Washington feels like a good fit, but they would have to step up their game some. No sign of that yet.
Oregon would be delightful. Love their fans / stadium.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Hate Adidas||
Good those shorts look awful. And these maize and maize jerseys? WTF.
There is something to be said for the classics. Adidas just makes crap gear.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Don't Get THis||
I don't understand why people think SEC teams will play home and homes? With the exception of LSU, they mostly don't. They like to stay close to home and beat on cupcakes.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Never Travels||
No chance with Georgia. They never travel. That one time they played Arizona State a few years back was the first time they left SEC country in decades.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||As An OSU Alum....||
You show very poor reading comprehension.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Rivalry Death||
So many good rivalries have died recently. And it sucks.
Texas - Texas AM
These are games everyone would watch. Because they were classic.
I hope ND enjoys it's showdowns with Maryland and Syracuse and NC State. And I hope those ACC teams enjoy it when ND leapfrogs the standings to scoop their best bowl bids.
Friggin Notre Dame. Here's hoping Michigan puts 60+ on them in 2014.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||This Sucks||
The ND game was always circled on my calendar. Loved this rivalry. And apparently the public agrees - Saturday's game pulled 4.0 rating. Biggest of the weekend.
I hate this.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||ND||
They're 4 - 0 for the first time in forever and have bested two of the Big Ten's elite teams. Yeah they won ugly, but give credit where it's due. Brian Kelly was going to get this thing turned around.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Defeatist Attitude||
Really. I kinda think that could have done better. The rushing attack seem highly predictable with very few wrinkles. ND's front seven is good, but you have to be able to produce against a team like this.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Agree To Disagree||
Bend over cannot be the plan. You have to keep Gardner as QB2 and provide a reasonable option. When things go nuts like this, you yank Denard for a series. Let Gardner hand off some. Let Denard calm down and get his bearings.
Not to go all Musburger up in here, but there is huge mental / confidence component to football. I hated that Hail Mary heave because of it. Don't give ND another turnover. Don't do it. Kneel on it and regroup.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Ummm.||
Honestly. Seriously. I get this viewpoint, but there is a sense of accountability there. When you senior QB is having a nightmare quarter / half - you need to completely drop into a bunker for a quarter or two. The way the D was playing, they should have completely gone run run run punt and ease Denard back into things.
Also. Where is Option B?I happen to think that when a game goes completely sideways like this you might want to look at your options.
When I see five straight picks, I think "Hmmm. Maybe this guy is super rattled. Maybe we should stick Option B in there for a series or two and see if he can calm down." OH. WTF. We don't have an Option B because Option B is out there running sloppy routes at WR.
Coaching is more than just the gameplan. More than the dumb play calls. It's considering angles before they happen. What is the contigency plan for the inevitable Denard injury? Why didn't we see that for a series or two?
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Sorry, Bro.||
WTF. He's a senior. He is what he is. Sometimes he can throw lazers into tiny windows. Most of the time he has very sloppy mechanics and rushed throws. Combine that with terrible decision making and you get disasters like this.
Bama basically set the blueprint we'll see all season. Keep him in the pocket. Fluster him with disciplined rush lanes. He'll throw it up for grabs.
Seriously. How many blind tosses did Jr. Hemingway pull down last year? This season? No one's going to bail him out.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Whatevs||
Oh. So 160 on the game is acceptable? Minus out Denard's 90, bro. Four games in. Have you seen a consistent non-Denard rushing attack yet? Fitz has 150 yards on the season.
You can't play Manball without some actually Manball happening.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||5 Straight Picks?||
Isn't five straight picks enough data for you? Seriously.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Two Games||
Two games against competent coaching staffs and the gameplan has been the same in both: keep Denard in the pocket and throwing. Expect to see a lot more of this in conference.
I love #16 like we all do, but the kid is never going to be a consistent passer. His mechanics are way too sloppy. You don't suddenly attain perfection halfway through your senior year. These woobly back foot throws are never going away.
The real issue is the run game. They can't get anything going against these stacked boxes.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||OMG||
Those "highlights" are painful to rewatch.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Oh Gawd||
Andy Staples should stick to blathering on about BBQ. Because there's nothing the world needs more than another moron going on and on and on about BBQ.
Also. Don Criqui has a solid supply of Quaaludes.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Whoa.||
Mellow out, bro. They're learning and stuff.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||This Isn't A Crystal Ball||
This isn't a future predictor device. You say Florida will lose all those games, but will they? What if Florida beats Georgia and South Carolina? Doesn't that merit a Top Ten ranking?
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Whatever, man.||
Let's agree that rankings are largely subjective and that my eyeball experience of watching Stanford play real good makes me think they could be real good. And let's agree that football is a weird sport where teams can get outgained and still win kinda handily. I mean, if the game was called "Yardage" Cal would be looking good. But it ain't.
And let's agree that sometimes big teams teams don't show up for games against small time opponents and that using that fodder for "How good are they?" arguments can be misleading.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Haha.||
I love that question. Goes perfect with the article: "Michigan Coach Feels Great Frustation."
Michigan Head Football Coach Brady Hoke admitted that he feels "great frustration" after Saturday's 62 - 13 win. The source of his consternation was the Wolverines' inability to recover a UMass fumble. This lack of fumble recoverabilty could hurt the team as it enters a difficult showdown with Notre Dame this weekend. The Michigan coach finds this flaw to be especially disconcerting considered he has emphasized to his team that "Turnovers are a huge part of the game" for his entire tenure in Ann Arbor. Hoke promised that they will continue to try to improve on this facet of the game and hopes to see results against the Fighting Irish.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Duly Noted||
Duly noted. And while that is a crippling blow, you would expect a Top 5 team to be able to make up for it. Stanford looked good to my eyeballs. Serious ManBall team.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Really?||
For cereal? I watched Missouri Georgia. I don't think they're in the SEC's class yet (or ever). I expect South Carolina to eat their lunch.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Belichick FTW.||
No one hates the media more than Belichick. That's where Saban learned it from. I would much rather have a prick than a funny guy.
College Football's Biggest Pricks: Saban, Brian Kelly, Chip Kelly, Gary Patterson, Urban Meyer.
The Lone Funny Guy: Steve Spurrier.
Weird But Awesome: Mike Leach.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Did You Watch?||
Easy to say "Stanford was only a touchdown" better if you didn't watch. But Stanford dominated both lines of scrimmage and manhandled USC's star-studded offense. They have the best win of the season.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Not A Joke||
Seriously not a joke. The point of this poll is not to rank based teams on "preseason expectations" but actual performance.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Much Ado About Nothing||
Yeah. The whole purpose of these pressers is that the coach displays enough solid "X's and O's" knowledge to make you, the fan, feel comfortable. Obviously Lloyd Carr's non-answers were a sign of a greater intellect toying with the media like a cat playing with mouse. While Hoke's non-answers are a troubling look into the mind of a football dullard.
Nick Saban is positively effusive during his many tea times with the local media.
Entitlement, thou is a Michigan fan.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Love These||
Very nice work.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Awesome||
This is the most awesome thing I ever saw.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Yup.||
I am immediately overreacting to this. As everyone should.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||I will alway remember this as||
I will alway remember this as the night that Mgoblog turned into Project Runway.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Looks dope. I am ordering one||
Looks dope. I am ordering one right now. Gonna stand on your lawn. Gonna drink a 40.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||How Do You Feel?||
Even the short clips from the press conference were excruciating."How did it feel?" "What was going through your mind?" Talk about getting kicked when your down.
It a small way that nonsense almost justifies Webber's reluctance to talk now.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Overcoached.||
College basketball is seriously overcoached.
I'd take Tyus Edney's end to end rush over the stalled 'chess match' between overpaid simpletons (Beilein excluded naturally) any day.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Tru Dat||
Word to that. Webber gets the blame, but the other dudes didn't do him any favors. I'm always surprised that Rose didn't get free. At the crucial juncture, your floor general has to demand that ball.
Whatevs. I remember watching Donald Williams go off and being like WTF Fisher.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Apology Not Forthcoming||
What fascinates me about the Fab Five is how much hype they get for changing college basketball's image. A lot of that can be attributed to the walking quote machine that is Jalen Rose. He is a world class hype man and his gift of gab has helped secure their 'legacy' when the media recreates the story of the 90's.
But these claims that the Fab Five brought swagger and rap music to boring, bland world of college basketball overlook the UNLV teams that preceded them. If you want to talk about swagger and scaring middle America, you start with those Rebel teams. They intimidated teams. Larry Johnson had the gold tooth. They associated with Vegas mobsters. They had an outlaw coach. College basketball had never seen anything like it. And they WON a championship.
The inexplicable thing about Webber's relationship with Ed Martin is Mitch Albom's claim that he took it after declaring. He was a lock for the #1 pick and all the millions that entailed. He was also free to sign with an agent and negotiate endorsements. His vindicativeness towards Ed Martin and his silence tell me there is more to the story.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Mercyhurst||
Mercyhurst is a quality party school.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Well stated.||
Very well stated. This is the most trenchant and resonant point and something that I agree with wholeheartedly:
it's even sillier to pretend that "factions" as opposed to "defensive staff" are the reason that he's no longer with the team.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Former Players||
Yes. Don't read anything into former players rallying around the program. It has very little to do with the actual outcome of this hire. Brady Hoke's success will be determined by his actions. His recruiting. His coaching. His gameplans. These things will determine how Michigan fares.
For a blog that seems to place a great deal of importance on empirical thinking, it's users sure spend a tremendous amount of time whinging about things you cannot measure.
Attrition and injuries are things you can measure, so you should absolutely use them to create the 'context' around which Hoke will be judged. On the other hand, debating the merits of 'support' and 'goodwill' and 'former players love' is a fools errand.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Ummm.||
While I totally agree with the sentiment you stated here, you have some facts wrong. Carr was not fired or let go. He retired. And Bill Martin was the AD at the time.
Regardless. I concur in with your basic point. Lloyd Carr was a fine coach and brought a title to Ann Arbor. He shouldn't be dragged through the Mgoblog mud everytime the program hits hard times.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||The concept of class.||
The concept of class never goes out the window. You're either classy or you're not. Telling people who disagree without to 'eff off and die' is not classy.
A good policy is to aim higher than the lowest common denominator. But I doubt that generates the same amount of pageviews.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Typical Mgouser||
Typical Mgoblog response these days. Overreact. Blame Lloyd Carr. Call someone an idiot.
"Hell, who knows what Carr would say when other coaches reached out to him to find out about Rodriguez."
Ummm. Under what circumstances are potential defensive coaches calling Lloyd Carr to find out if they should work for RichRod? And who are these magical coaching wizards who could turn this squad around with a wave of their wand?
This is a bottom line business. These coaches are paid millions to deal with massive amounts of pressure. RichRod picked his coaches. He recruited the players. He coached the team.
This blog and its unrelenting snark about the 'Lloyd Carr illiuminati' has created a legion of oversensitive emo simpletons.
It was RichRod's job to win football games. He didn't win enough. The fault lies at his feet. He didn't recruit enough defensive playmakers, he didn't guide his defensive staff properly, he didn't prepare his roster to succeed. The end.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Rodriguez Hill||
Must be fun on Rodriguez Hill watching that Gator Bowl over and over and pleading for one more year.
I'd love to know why anyone thinks having Lloyd Carr's players love him would have made a difference in RichRod's tenure. It means absolutely nothing. They don't recruit. They don't gameplan. They don't coach. They had nothing to do with that abysmal Gator Bowl.
It's only fair to judge him by one thing: the on the field product.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Whatevs.||
I'm not so insane to think that three years is enough time to judge a program change of this magnitude. Time warp me to the end of this week when everyone realizes that keeping RichRod is the ONLY option. Denard just set all time records as a sophomore. Dude deserves another year.