Peppers at 10, which seems low.
|4 days 6 hours ago||My job dictates walking||
My job dictates walking around in this heat dressed in long dress pants and a dress shirt. If it wasn't for a constant supply of hand towels, I'd be even more disgusting than I already am in this heat.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This may end up sounding stupid for soccer fans||
But if you cut the number of players on the field (like in OT hockey), wouldn't it open the field and make it more likely there's a score?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||If Vanderbilt won the SEC||
I don't think it would matter if the SEC had a crap year.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Jim Grobe's a really good coach||
Wake Forest is a really difficult place to do anything. It's a sleepy town (my hometown!) with a prestigious university that doesn't give much wiggle room for athletes. It's comparable to Northwestern's football program. Also similar because the local HS talent has so many options too.
He was a triple option guy who adapted that to the shotgun, and was willing to air it out if that's where his talent was. He was bit long in the tooth, but I think a bigger issue he had was that nearby schools with much better infrastructure got their shit together instead of being crap, especially Clemson.
He's a no shortcuts guy who will absolute not do anything that brings shame to you, and he's not going to force guys into roles they can't fit, so he's kind of the perfect stop gap for a shamed program who just wants someone to steer the ship for a year.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Is the 9 game schedule really that hard a thing||
Short term? I mean, it just requires one extra game a year against the Western division, which is total butt right now and for the immediate future unless Nebraska/Wisconsin get their mess together. Whether it's 8 or 9 games, Michigan's already going to be playing all the Big 10 teams worth a dang because of how unbalanced the divisions are.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I don't really care personally||
But I grew up in the south going to NASCAR races, so that might have something to do with it.
I understand and agree with the idea that college sport is different, but when it comes to pro, I am rather dubious to the idea that there's something sacred or pure worth preserving. It's entertainment, first and foremost. Ads just aren't offensive to me.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||There's nowhere near as many||
There's nowhere near as many companies making wood bats as make metal. You'd have to hope that colleges switching to wood would cause all the metal bat companies to start offering wood too, and there's a very good chance they wouldn't because there's just no market for them.
They make their money selling metal bats to youth baseball. Colleges help advertise that product. If college switches to chase some hypothetical "I WILL NEVER WATCH BASEBALL WITHOUT WOOD BAT" fan that I'm not sure really exists, they will likely just lose that revenue source.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||College baseball thoughts||
1. Why do people always bring up the wood bats thing? Those aluminum bats and the companies that bid for the right to be each college's official bat are the reason most schools with college baseball can afford it. If you switch to wood bats, you end up with nobody playing college baseball except the programs that can afford to offer it as a scholarship and still lose their ass.
2. Michigan leaving the current structure would mean they play nobody of any value ever and it'd be mildly pathetic. Yeah, it sucks to be a northern college in college baseball. Almost all the high school talent are from warm weather states, and tons of off brand southern colleges have strong college baseball programs as a result. But playing minor league college baseball because it's too hard to compete? Sounds weak to me,
And asking for the entire schedule to be shifted would 1) kill the college world series as a TV event, because the only reason it even gets on TV is as a sports downtime content filler for ESPN and thus kill the sport altogether and 2) would be akin to random southern colleges who decide to playing major hockey trying to dictate the schedule.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||As a guy who reads Bruins Nation on SBNation||
This was the least surprising story ever. DG is a complete and total imbecile who got his job through networking with the right people. Hiring Jim Mora saved his job, and that hire was basically made by their old coach Terry Donahue. He's legendarily stupid and if you listen to the right people, a wino.
It's possible that satelite camps got banned because the SEC and ACC threatened to never schedule the Sun Belt again and because Dan Guerrero showed up drunk
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I think Tommy's right||
A lot of P5 coaches supported the ban out of pure spite for Harbaugh and the idea of losing a bit of time off, without ever thinking about/considering how it would affect other coaches. I think there will be a ton of pressure from other coaches to overturn it or modify it.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Seems like Night Games||
Are getting thrown out with the rest of the (poopfilled) Dave Brandon bath water. Oh well.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Agree or disagree with him||
He's not wrong that it's the majority opinion of people in the South who are college football fans of that era.
But the funniest thing is that probably the biggest reason Peyton didn't win that Heisman is because Spurrier's Florida teams completely and totally owned Pey-Pey.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||He won more games than he lost||
If you're Pitt or Illinois, this is a major accomplishment
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Dave Wannstedt||
Is the best coach Pitt has had since Jackie Sherill left for Texas A&M. I mean I agree he wasn't this outstanding coach, but ya know, Pitt had/has seen some real f'd up stuff in their time.
Illinois is in the same boat. They'd kill for a Dave Wannstedt type coach at this point.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||See?||
Lovie Smith might end up being totally crap, but Lord he's a massive upgrade over Bill freaking Cubit
|20 weeks 4 days ago||What's more stable?||
Retaining an interim coach you announce at the press conference that you know is shitty and not very good for another year before firing him?
Or firing him at earliest possible moment so you can hire someone you'll give 3-5 years to try to fix this crap?
I'd argue that Illinois AD is right in that his move is far more likely to acheive stability, even if he sounds crazy from a PR perspective.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I mean this is crazy sure||
But it was insane that they retained Bill Cubit in the first place. It's insane they didn't fire the old AD sooner, and either find an interim AD they could trust or hire a full time AD sooner so the head coach hire could be done on a better time table.
Honestly, hiring some NFL dude couldn't be worse than going back for another year of Cubit could it?
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||Oh Look||
Another story coming out about the Tennessee Vols that fills me with abject horror.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Seems like he loved working at USC||
But got sick of working for a guy who showed up to work drunk all the time.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||I found the ratings important||
Because I had to sneak watch the playoffs on my phone at work, because these simpletons think everyone gets NYE off or some nonsense.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||If you give Doug Nussmeier||
A pocket QB who has an accurate arm, he will make an offense that functions around him and it'll be good. He ain't even got to have a strong arm, just an accurate one. Florida's offense with the steroid boy was pretty good considering how shite the talent level was.
But oh boy, if you give Nuss a QB who is primarily a runner, he will just pretend he can throw. He just don't believe in it.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||RIght||
And add to the fact that there's no reliable HGH test, and it becomes even more prevalent. The expense is the only thing keeping it from being used by 100% of the league.
The only way to catch someone for HGH is to do a blood test within hours of them using it. That means you have to do random tests at people's homes at odd hours of the evening/morning to ever catch anyone, which the NFL does not do.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||It's just funny||
To see people cover so blatantly for a guy who is really really obviously guilty. Must be nice.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||BYU is a bit weird imo||
They are a combination of cheap and dead set on mormon coaches, with special points for BYU grads. So they end up with a lot of assistant coaching hires that make you scratch your head a bit.
Hiring Ty Detmer straight to OC seems really screwy though, even for them. Between rejecting Coach Ken at Navy and this stuff, it seems like someone(s) at BYU with power thought it was important to get back to BYU's old pass happy pro style roots.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||This seems like||
A much worse hire than hiring Coach Ken from Navy.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||It doesn't really matter when (But he was betting as a player)||
But even if he hadn't bet as a player, LIFETIME BANISHMENT is the necessary super deterrant punishment for an action that threatens an entire sport. Even being associated with bookies is a terrible thing because it sends a message to fans that the whole game might not be on the level. Actually betting on them tears away at the whole foundation of organized sport.
Nothing else is a bigger threat to sports. Not steroids, not anything even remotely close. If the general public starts thinking that participants aren't trying to win and are throwing games on behalf of bookies, the whole thing is dead.
So to prevent that, you draw a big red line and say "IF YOU DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS, YOU'RE GONE FOREVER AND EVER AND YOU'RE FUCKED NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED."
Who knows how many borderline players in MLB chose not to make that decision because they saw how hard MLB came down on one of the most popular players ever. If they'd do that to Pete, then they're serious and they'll damn sure come down on you, .240 hitting back up infielder.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||He gambled on baseball for years||
And he accepted his punishment and thus ended the investigation before it was complete. This suggests he took his punishment rather than MLB find out and publicize that he threw games for gamblers. He deserves to be barred for life.
Nobody has ever done anything short of murder that brought more disgrace and threatened their sport more than Pete's manipulation of his team as a manager while gambling
|33 weeks 7 hours ago||The thing people always forget||
The bowl swag bags are basically the only legal non-scholarship compensation college football players get. If you did the old crotchety newspaper writer bull and dumped all the low bowls, you're basically eliminating all these players' Christmas bonus. That's shitty, don't do that.
Also it's football on TV! Yay! The college football season is so absurdly short, it'd be miserable to have to go back in time where these extra games weren't on TV to watch. Next you'll be saying I gotta give up my Tuesday/Wednesday MACtion/Sun Beast games.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I just shake my head||
At schools like Rutgers, Maryland and Colorado thinking that changing conference was the big magic wand that was going to turn them into a big time program. All 3 had been in major conferences for decades (Rutgers less than the other two, but northeast independents was like a quasi-conference) and they were what they were.
All 3 were just brought in so that the Big 10 (and Pac 12, in Colorado's case) could add some TV subscribers. Period. They're like old wrestling jobbers getting paid to show up and get beat. The idea that fans who didn't show up for Big 12 games, ACC games or Big East games against their neighboring rivals they had decades of history with will show up to see teams from other parts of the country they don't live near or understand was just idiotic wishful thinking.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I wouldn't say Bo was wrong||
But that just doesn't apply to today's college football world. In Bo's day, Athletic Director's ruled their department totally and made the hire they thought best, and all of them had experience themselves coaching some sport. And a lot of them were former football coaches themselves. Their eye for coaching talent was much better.
Today, all these ADs are MBAs, few of them have any experience in coaching, and they have to appease many masters. That means you get long out drawn out deals and multiple interviews, so that the AD can point at a process and say, "See, I did a good job" even if the result ends up subpar.
Over a decade ago, Florida made Steve Spurrier interview for his old job after the Washington Redskins stint, even after all he'd done in the 90's. That's the world we live in, and it's only gotten more pressured since then.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I dunno if it's an indictment of everyone||
I dunno, people seem fine here.
But yeah I agree there's nothing wrong with an assistant leaving to be a head coach. That's kind of the point of being a modern, successful program. Find quality assistants, and be ready when they move up.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Any man that'd punch Brian Schottenheimer||
in the face is ok in my book
|34 weeks 2 days ago||You are totally right||
I don't know what 2/3 of the teams in this conference are even doing. They're cashing checks generated by the 3-4 teams at the top of the conferences and then stuffing the money into their mattress or some shit, because they sure aren't spending it to make their football teams better.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||UCF hiring Babers||
Is an amazing indictment of Syracuse, Rutgers, Illinois, Virginia and (maybe, we'll see if they get Durkin) Maryland.
An AAC job in a fertile recruiting area is officially more attractive than a bottom barrel P5 job.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Oh heavens||
You just asked for a disaster to happen. The playoff committee are a definite improvement over the pollsters and the neutered BCS computer, but Lord help you're gonna trust them to sort all this out without conference champions as an easy cut off?
And you can't do anything like that anyway. The NCAA isn't going to make that kind of decision and over rule what the power conferences want to do. So you'd have to convince all these other conferences its in their best interest to dump a thing that makes them money, and good luck man.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
Just drop the one or both of the new Eastern anchors with no fans and pick up Oklahoma. They want to leave the Big 12 anyway and that gives the Big 10 the Nebraska-Sooners rivalry and a big time Western division team to balance the sides out.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||If you have a tie||
You've pretty much guaranteed neither is getting into the playoff. Having one clear champion is incredibly important in the playoff era. Just ask Baylor and TCU.
I get people not like games at NFL stadiums, but the Pac 12 had to dump on campus conference title game because it completely bombed at selling tickets. You can't sell tickets to a big event in one week, and having title games on campuses forces you to do that because you don't know the location until the end of the year. You've got to have a site picked out before the season starts so you can sell some tickets before hand. And honestly, bowl games have been at pro stadiums for decades, so what's the difference?
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Brian poo-pooed anyone wanting the Maryland job||
And I don't think he's wrong really about the negatives Maryland has, I think he just underestimated the fact that it's becoming much harder for DCs to get head coaching jobs. Bud Foster got passed for the VTech gig. Narduzzi took years to get one and had to take the Pitt job. OCs with similar track records would be looking at jobs like Miami or Georgia, honestly.
I think the guy wants to be a HC, and someone in a power 5 conference is offering him that chance, and in this offensive focused world you can't really turn down a chance if you're a DC. I still think he'd be better off at a place like UCF doing what Herman's done in a high level Mid major with no Ohio State or Michigan or Michigan State to compete with, but I get it.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||I mean, you're right||
But it's completely insane. Illinois should have tons of money from the Big 10 network + TV deal to hire a coach and give him and Alabama-like support staff. It's in the Big 10 west, where IOWA is currently undefeated. You should be able to recruit St. Louis and Chicago.
Pac 12 schools with far less have gotten great results by opening up the checkbook and spending that TV money. What's the point of having more money for the conference, adding shite like Rutgers and Maryland, if all the other schools in conference are just going to pocket the money, shrug their shoulders and hire a coach that makes them go, "We'll he won't end our program"?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||What a shit bunch||
That family turned out to be
|35 weeks 3 days ago||LSU going out of their way||
To make Brian look like a daggum genius
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Herman's not leaving Houston||
For anyone less than USC/Texas level now. They're paying him what a school like Miami/VTech/SC pays their head coach. I don't see that 2nd tier of schools paying him 4m+.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||There's a subset of Maryland fans||
Who always think there's some kind of magic bullet or One Weird Trick (TM) that's going to turn Maryland into a nationally elite football program. And, yanno, there just isn't. It doesn't work that way. It used to be OH THE STADIUMS NEED RENOVATING, OH WE NEED NEW RECRUITS, OH THE TOBACCO ROAD POWERS ARE BIASED, OH CLEMSON/FSU CHEAT! OH OH OH.
So they spent a ton of money on facilities, and those upgrades basically bankrupted the department because fans still didn't come (which gets to Maryland's real big problem: competing with all the DC/Baltimore pro teams for entertainment dollar). They switched conferences as if joining the Big 10 would magically make them better, and it didn't. And they traded a conference with two dominant powers for a conference with 4.
Now they've become obsessed with being Oregon East, but what they fail to realize is that Oregon took almost 20 years of consistenly good head coach hires before the Chip Kelly era Oregon Ducks became national title contenders.
But hey, this is a school that switched conferences specifically to make more money, and then ended up having to pay a 40m dollar exit fee that's going to keep them from seeing any Big 10 profits for years and years.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Body clocks weren't used to||
Body clocks weren't used to playing football at 11am.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Not defending pissiness||
Because pissiness is always bad, no matter what it's caused by. But I think I agree with people who push back at the sort of HEY WE COULD WIN IT THIS YEAR talk because it expectation control is real and vital in sports fandom.
Those goofy weirdos who show up in TWIS posts are always dudes who go into every season expecting a national title regardless of their favorite team's situation or context. If some confluence of events leads to Michigan in the playoff, that'd be literally the most insane/wonderful thing imaginable, not a thing to expect at this stage. It just seems people want to jump to the feeling of being the fan of a super power without enjoying the whole, "hey Michigan isn't shitty any more, this is a lot of fun!"
|36 weeks 5 days ago||"You wanna cry, you go ahead, I'll hold ya"||
|37 weeks 14 hours ago||If I was running Minnesota||
If they look up in 2 years and things seem to be falling apart, make a move. It's not the same as firing a normal new coach after 2 years. Claeys' whole selling point is "I'm not going to have to blow everything up and start from scratch." If after 2 years it looks like things have been blown up, there's no obligation to keep him.
There's too many good jobs open this year to try to hire from the outside with no AD at a place like Minnesota.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with all this||
Making gambling legal in any context, especially online, isn't some easy thing. You've got to make sure the consumer isn't getting cheated.
It's similar to prostitution. You can't just legalize it without setting up for a regulatory health and safety org to make sure you haven't just allowed legal AIDS factories to open up.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Annnnd it's regulated||
So consumers don't have to worry about being cheated.
You can't just legalize gambling without creating some sort of regulatory board that protects consumers. Nevada's gaming control board is no joke.
What these cowboy tech bros did was find a loophole that allowed them to start a gambling website without the country making gambling legal, thus they get to operate without regulation or oversight. It's a neat scam but obviously it's not going to last because it's really, really obvious that they're gambling sites AND that they don't give a shit about their consumers.
When this is all said and done, it's going to make all that weird Ashley Madison fraud look like a church pancake social.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Online gambling should be legal||
That said, it isn't. It's absurd for Daily Fantasy to be legal while every other form of onine gambling isn't.
Make online gambling legal. Don't give out nonsensical free passes, especially to cowboy companies that can't keep their employees from insider trading.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I dunno if I buy that Harbaugh has no ill will||
Harbaugh has a heart full of hate for most people, but an especially large amount of hate for certain folks. If you're the sort that sees Ideal Michigan as a band of Warrior Monks, I could see that bothering you. It doesn't bother me though.
Like 99% of the stuff about Harbaugh is positive with no qualifications. The other 1% is maybe negative if you're of a certain disposition, but it's just what you've got to accept to get that other 99% of awesome. He's a red assed crazy person who has insane feuds with people and tries to carve their hearts out.
As far as Flood goes, he's a cheater, and a clumsy one at that. His players he is in charge of mentoring have been out of control jerks and worse. His AD is a joke and an abusive bully. His university being in the Big 10 is a joke. Yeah, I think it's great that Jim Harbaugh wants to destroy that dude and run him out of coaching. Get him, Jim. Run his ass out of town.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Naturally antagonistic sure||
But public votes of no confidence?
And yes, students tend to be emotional, but a coaching staff supporting this kind of major protest? I can't remember any similar situation.
Like, the whole thing sounds like, "What if Dave Brandon was president of a school instead of just athletic director." Hamfisted responses to crises, unwillingness to engage with people perceived as outside the circle, general buffoonery.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||The President seems like an obvious bad guy, no?||
This is a situation in which their coaches support them, and the English dept on campus has already given a vote of no confidence to the president.. This is all rather extraordinary and suggest to me, as an outsider, that this president is garbage and should be shot out of a cannon. This kind of stuff doesn't happen out of nowhere or frivolously.
I don't think we have to debate whether Obama or the House GOP are the great Satan, do we? Like, it's pretty clear the Mizzou president is out of control and incapable of doing his job properly if the situation is this toxic with student groups and faculty.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||That's not how randomness works||
In a small sample (ie, one game) random calls (which are the kinds of calls bad refs make) are as likely to be one sided as they are two sided.
In fact, if you're talking about a bad crew of officials "make up calls" are a sign that the game isn't just "one bad game" and a sign that you're dealing with people who should be fired because they're not ethical.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||I believe it's a newer rule, within the last 10 years or so||
And I'm not sure the NFL has it, which might explain Millen and Harbaugh both being confused.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't think it was all that bad||
The Butt pass was very clearly against the (albeit rather obscure) rules. You can't do any kind of shenigans that make it appear you're substituting a player when you aren't. Variation of the play they ran are very explicitly banned. I reckon maybe they either didn't know it (maybe it's not against the rules in the NFL?) or they thought having Butt trail the other subbing players was enough.
But hey, it's no big deal. It's just one trick play they can't run.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||There were football reasons to fire Bo Pelini||
But it's glaringly obvious that this dumbshit at Nebraska fired him because of his personality. They hired a mediocre coach who is old and whose system has been demonstratably proven to not work with who Nebraska can recruit.
Just blow this up and hire Troy Calhoun and be Nebraska.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sure diehard fans don't care||
Because they're die hard, they'll show up to East Alabama Tech in a storm and watch. But if you actually want to keep filling that big ol' stadium, you've got to schedule out of conference games that people want to see, especially when something called "Rutgers" and Maryland are on the home slate every other year with no way out of that.
Also the Big 10 is still a dumpster fire aside from the top 3 schools. Nebraska has set itself on fire because its fans don't realize that they made the biggest screw up ever leaving Texas and turning themselves into Uppity Iowa in the Big 10. Wisconsin seems to have finally screwed up a coach hire. Minnesota's preseason hype turned out to be a cruel joke on people with funny accents.
This is not a conference where the schools can afford to schedule the school of the blind OOC.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Targeting's not going anywhere||
Nor are they going to weaken the rule by giving refs a non-ejection option. The rule IS having the desired effect the rulemakers intended, and frankly, that effect is a good thing for the long term health of the participants and the sport itself.
We're just going to have to live with refs making mistakes with it from time to time. It sucks that it happened to Michigan.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly||
Your proposal puts Michigan at a competitive disadvantage. They have to play Michigan State while Ohio State gets sorry ass Penn State and Wisconsin gets idiot Nebraska. You've not really solved anything.
The point of divisions is not to make sure that your championship game is the best possible matchup. Unless you're willing to change the divisions every 5 years, you are guaranteed that at some point, the divisions won't be equal.
All you want to do, as a conference, is 1. Preserve as many rivalries as possible 2. Make sure the two best teams will end up meeting at some point in the year, whoever ends up being those two and 3 Make sure teams don't have a built in divisional advantage due to a weak cross-div. game.
Anything else you try will probably end up being a lot of work for very little.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||He's the best Michigan has||
and he's not very good. It is what it is. The game wouldn't have been close if could complete a pass downfield farther than 8 yards. But he's all the team has.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Game never should have been that close||
Offense squandered numerous chances to put more points on the board. Defense gave up a 75 yard pass to a fullback.
Blake has been MVP caliber with the way he consistently pins teams deep in their own territory and flips the field. He made one screw up after a season of being the best punter in the sport.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||I think it's frankly gross||
To heap all this blame and contempt on one of the MVPs of the team. With the offense Michigan has, I shudder to think how that game and others would go if they didn't have a punter capable of flipping the field and pinning teams deep time after time.
Yeah, he made a really bad mistake, and he should have just fallen on the ground with the ball, but the team would be much worse off without him. It's wrong to say hurtful things about young folks playing football anyway, but especially when they've been so integral to success.
It never should have been that close in the first place.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Caveats||
Michigan's defense is sooooooo great, so it's not like I'm saying GRR THEY'RE BUMS FIRE EVERYONE TAKE THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS MAKE THEM EAT SPAM SOAKED IN POOP or anything TWIS worthy....
...BUT HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GIVE UP 75 YARDS TO A FULLBACK WHAT THE HELL GOD
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Rudock left a ton of points on the field||
He's not very good. I wish to God there was somebody better than him on the roster, but we all know there isn't because the last coaching staff had no idea what a good QB looked like and were even more incompetent at developing the ones they bungled their way into having.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||I think that applies more to Florida||
Because that last recruiting class from the coaching change for them was a very very subpar class and the year before's "hot seat" class may end up not being as good as it's 9th overall composite ranking said it was. And right now, McIlwain is still this unproven comodity who is taking advantage of Muschamp's D and making the offense decent instead of garbage.
Will he keep that going in 3 years when all of Muschamp's upper classmen on D are gone? Will he get much production out of a blighted class? Will Florida fans turn on him harder now that they've got their expectations back up? That's all up in the air. Maybe it'd be better for McIllwain's employment security if Florida fans believed there was zero talent on the Gators and that Muschamp fucked everything up.
Don't think that applies to Harbaugh though, because he's Harbaugh.
|41 weeks 16 hours ago||HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO||
|41 weeks 2 days ago||For a lot of coaches, this is just talk||
But I genuinely believed Spurrier when he used to say, "the day I think I can't do this any more, I'll step down. I'm not going to hang around and wait for someone to fire me."
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Sad day for college football||
Spurrier was a real innovator in his day, and also ended up proving an old dog can learn some new tricks. Really respect a guy who took three nothing programs to prominence. Hell, people think of Florida as a blue blood now, and that's all thanks to him.
Few people showed the motivational power of hatred like Spurrier.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||ALMOST||
The line opened at 6.5
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I dunno man||
That doesn't really work as a comparison. Michigan didn't hire Jim Harbaugh because "well we're Michigan, obviously the best NFL coach would rather come here." It was specific things about Michigan, namely
- Jim's from Ann Arbor and an alum
- His dad coached here
- He was treated incredibly poorly by an NFL team, despite his success, to the point that you wouldn't be surprised if it turned him off from the whole way NFL teams are structured.
- Michigan people really went the extra mile to court him
Without all four of those things happening, there's no way a NFL coach of his caliber comes back to college. It took all of that. If it was any other school calling Harbaugh, they wouldn't have gotten him.
Maryland cannot say that about Chip Kelly. It's just a pipe dream from people who saw Harbaugh get hired at Michigan and don't understand the full story there.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I think the whole Chip to Maryland||
thing is based entirely on the idea that the Under Armour guy will just drop a massive check for him. But the issue there is that Maryland's AD barely has any money, so I don't think UA guy is nearly the spendcrazy superfan people make him out to be for that scenario to come about.
And if you're going back to college, why would anyone pick a school a clear 5th in its division, a division with Ohio State and Michigan back operating at full capability. Especially with his old job + USC + Texas maybe? + Oklahoma maybe? all looming on the horizon as open gigs. It's just bananas crazy.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Edsall should have been fired||
But man, what a low class way of doing it. Leaking it earier in the week, having the guy be dead man walking into the game and all that. But that's Maryland. They did Fridge dirty too, and he actually accomplished things there.
I think Rich Rod, James Franklin and Mike Leach all dodged a bullet by circumstances keeping them away from that clownshoes administration.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||That's gonna be the funny bit||
The coaches poll and AP poll take so long to figure anything out, so I fully expect Sparty to be ranked above Michigan as long as they hold off Rutgers. But Michigan's gonna be favored by at least 5, which is gonna be funny as hell.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||I think any but the most||
I think any but the most irrational Sparty fan knows what's probably going to happen next Saturday. They can barely beat Purdue, their defining win now looks like utter trash, and they might lose to Rutgers tonight.
|42 weeks 12 hours ago||Michigan has played better||
than everyone else in the East. It's that simple. It doesn't mean that'll keep happening, you assume Urban will get Ohio State's head and ass wired together eventually. You also assume Sparty will have 30 different tricks ready for Michigan and are just coasting through their schedule until that game.
But to this point, Michigan has looked like a significantly better team than either of them. It's okay to say that!
|42 weeks 13 hours ago||You can always tell||
Which comments are from know-it-all grad fans, and which are from SULLY FROM BOSTON. Sully would have gotten his GED but the protctor was a fackin' BLEEPie. The know it all grad fans go on and on about IQ and not being smart enough to be Notre Dame's coach, while not understanding basic game theory.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||This assumes||
That it is as easy to win at West Virginia and Arizona as it at Michigan. This is a foolish thing to think.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Is that really wrong from a Fins fan perspective||
Like, imagine you're a Dolphins fan and that's the main team you care about, and you hear your owner isn't interested in trying to poach the best coach in football from his alma mater. Wouldn't that kind of enrage you that he wouldn't even TRY?
I mean, we all know that Harbaugh's not going, but if you're a guy sitting in Dade county desperate to see your favorite team not be shit (which is the perspective Simmons writes from, he doesn't claim to be a NFL reporter or have HOT SOURCES) I could see that being a thing that really makes you mad.
If I was an NFL fan of a hopelessly bad team, I'd be real mad if my team didn't at least make Harbaugh turn them down.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||A couple of things||
1. It's now 8 years later. A once sturdy, excellent scheme isn't necessarily a great scheme (especially for an underdog program) a decade later. The things that made Casteel's 3-3-5 hellish to go against are now commonplace for defenses, so it's not exactly this wild changeup D on the schedule.
2. Arizona was and remains a low ceiling program in the grand scheme of college football. You've got to convince Texas/California kids to come to Tuscon, and while that doesn't SEEM so tough, nobody's really managed to do it consistently better than Rich has.
3. The Pac 12 is crazy harder than the Pac 10 was for the two decades before the revenue explosion and all the recent coaching hires were made.
So yeah, none of this is all that surprising. I don't think it sheds much light on the Michigan issues since this is all happening 5-8 years later and at a much, much lower end program than Michigan is.
But man, that whole Rich Rod disaster where a lot of us thought Michigan had hired a modern savior and ended up with a guy who just didn't fit and where nothing seemed to work and where former alumns seem to be sabotaging an already bad situation sure does look a lot like Texas under Charlie Strong.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||You don't think||
That the current trajectory of Michigan football makes it easier to talk about RichRod dispassionately?
I mean yeah, there's still people who pop blood vessels over it and come on. Things are great now, don't do that. But hey it's a college football team's blog and people like to talk about wider things in the sport.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||They've also had some crazy high injury/academics||
Years where they lost multiple starters. I think a lesser coach would have posted 4-8 or 5-7 records in some of those seasons. And you look at how coaches with good backgrounds have struggled at major programs when inheriting a bad/mismatched roster, and Kelly's job following the absolute crater Charlie Weis left is even more impressive in my mind.
Messes fall in his lap, he adjusts and does the best with what he's got. That seems like the sort of thing that projects well to an NFL coach. His demeanor was an issue early on, but he's managed to get that in better control too.
I also think it will be funny as hell if Notre Dame fans Nebraska their way out of the best coach they've had in two decades and end up with someone crappy who puts them right back where they were before Kelly.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Brian Kelly makes a certain kind of sense||
for college to NFL transitiion. He's always been really flexible with his offenses, and ND fans are absolutely ridiculous with the way they treat the guy who saved their program from nearly 2 decades of shittiness.
Dantonio makes some sense too, but he could end up Schiano'ing on NFL players.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Pretty sure||
That his shackles are of his own making. I think it's clear Harbaugh wants him to open things up a bit compared to how he was at Iowa, but he had some turnover prone games in weeks 1 and 2 and has decided to go into a shell a bit.
I think that's why Harbaugh spends so much of his pressers building Jake's confidence up. He wants him to try to make a few more plays and have the confidence in himself to do it.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||A Michigan fan||
Mocking another school for loving it's traditions even though they seem kind of weird from the outside is pretty crazy to me. Michigan fans love traditions! Everyone came together to get Dave Brandon fired because he didn't respect the traditions in Ann Arbor.
SO why hate on another school for going back to their traditions that their fans and alumni took pride in before some goofs were allowed to rebrand them away?
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I dunno if Texas fans will go for that||
They seem to be pretty hung up on the fact that Strong didn't have a ton of HC experience, and he had 4 years. I doubt they'll go for someone with even less HC time put in.
Of course Nebraska was obsessed with finding experience because Pelini was a coordinator before they hired him, and they ended up with an old (very nice) turd. So I won't vouch for Horns fan wisdom on this.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe||
If Lloyd was a significantly worse as a coach and SIGNIFICANTLY x100 worse as a person.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Borges never tried||
To replace Denard or Gardener with someone as woefully unprepared as Shane Morris was. By many accounts, that was something Doug pushed for. He also at least tried to integrate the QB run game, even if he didn't really understand how to do that.
Nuss just tried to close his eyes and pretend Gardner was AJ McCarron or that Shane Morris was a starting college quarterback.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Mack Brown was a disaster for his last few years there||
There's no talent on that team. Mack's last few recruiting classes have produced minimal if any NFL players. He's also got plenty of political friends to make Charlie's life miserable.
And on top of all that, the Longhorn Network folly that ran Nebraska/Colorado/Texas A&M/Missouri off opened the state up to other conferences, and now most of the top Texas HS kids are going into the SEC West. So not only is the job much harder due to Mack's incompetence, but it's much tougher to recruit than it's ever been for the Longhorns.
This is what happens when you let politics keep morons in charge long after it's become apparent they've lost their minds. Both their old AD Dodds and Brown should have been jettisoned long ago before they could do the kind of longterm damage they've both done to Texas.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I always compare Borges to Bollman||
I think they're both perfectly fine, workman offensive assistants. But everyone at Ohio wanted Bollman's blood because their offense was sputtering, and I think a large part of that was Bollman was being asked to coordinate a spread-ish type offense and that's not his background. Borges got asked to do the same thing at Michigan, and yeah of course it didn't work. It's rare you find someone with the kind of brilliance to wildly change up what he runs and immediately grasp all the details of why a certain philosophy will work and implement it.
But if you let Bollman do his type of offense, the results are pretty good (but not like, BEST OFFENSE EVARRR). If you let Borges do what he wants to do with the personnel he likes, it'll probably be pretty okay. And if Borges was here in the Jedd Fisch role, he'd probably be doing as good a job.
I just don't blame Borges for being hired to coach personnel he didn't understand how to use. That's the fault of the guy who hired him, or the guy who insisted someone with Borges' background be hired instead of finding an OC with experience with run spreads.
|43 weeks 9 hours ago||Considering it probably mortally wounded their conference||
Yeah, it was not just greedy, but stupid as hell. There's a lot of schools that could sustain a network all by themselves due to their fanbase. Michigan could, no doubt. Ohio State could. USC proooooooooobably could. Alabama definitely could. In a different era, Tennessee could. Texas is special in the way all blue blood college athletic programs are special, but it's not completely unique either.
The difference between Texas and those other schools is that the people running those other schools had the sense to know that starting their own national TV channel would irrevocably screw up their conference, and that nobody will pay money to see intersquad scrimmages or to watch their program play the Rices of the world long term. It's more profitable long term to be in a stable, healthy conference.
It already cost them 4 of their most valuable tv draws, and it cost them a lifeline out of the conference once they should have realized they had made a mistake. It'll ultimately cost the conference Oklahoma, who is going to eventually leave when it gets a chance. All for a little extra money.
|43 weeks 11 hours ago||That article at BC||
That the EDSBS gang subtweeted on the Fullcast was an all time monument to idiocy. I didn't think he could top his, "Hey, Shawn Watson MADE Bridgewater" column he's probably destroyed by now, but he managed.
|44 weeks 22 hours ago||Here comes the boom||
If I never hear that song again, for the rest of my days, I will be so happy.
But I'm a young guy and I'd rather there be NO music of any kind besides the band. Any music that gets played at a stadium is going to probably be stuff I don't like to listen to in my personal life, and I don't really think anyone is going to want to hear a playlist off my iPhone either. So let's just listen to the band together.
|44 weeks 22 hours ago||Players are incredibly under compensated by current system||
But that seems an insane figure. And BI runs a lot of page view dreck.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Miami?||
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Always happy to see Bielema get the business||
But come on. He beat the snot out of you last year. That was a real asskicking. TTech won convincingly, and that's cool. Good for them!
For a guy who would be on the hot seat if it wasn't for his playing career and that huge contract Tech game him with zero evidence he had any idea what he was doing, this doesn't seem that smart a thing to do. It certainly doesn't help disprove the idea that he's too immature to be running a major program.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||The idea that playing two||
The idea that playing two good OOC games is somehow a competitive disadvantage for Michigan isn't true until Purdue, Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers, and Indiana stop being garbage glorified G5 teams Michigan is stuck in a conference with.
Adding Notre Dame + a rotating Utah-ish level team is actually the prudent decision to overcome that handicap of having useless ass Maryland/Rutgers/Indiana every year.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Sure, Dave Brandon's gone||
Of course they're going to put the game back. It's only gone because he was a dumb person.
That's the trend now, because realignment has caused many schools to either uproot themselves or find themselves surrounded by new schools, you can't count on your conference slate always selling your stadiums out like you could in different eras (hello Rutgers and Maryland!). So Michigan could really use a yearly OOC game that 1) gets eyeballs (because duh, that's the point of everything) and 2) is guaranteed to sell their stadium out no questions asked.
And Notre Dame, despite their new 5 game agreement with the ACC, can always use games to help fill that 12 game schedule.
And for both teams, it's very difficult to find a yearly OOC partner that 1) has top traditions guaranteeing an audience 2) is good on the field 3) is less inclined to take, shall we say, shortcuts? to get the tippy top players. You can only play Stanford once a year
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Part of the reason smaller schools get caught more||
Is that their boosters have far less experience with the NCAA rules than blue blood programs' boosters who have been in this game a long time.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Leach was an innovator at Texas Tech||
He was so ahead of the curve when it came to spreading the field and picking defenses apart with the pass when he was at Texas Tech, and by the end there he'd built a brand that allowed him to get some really top talent at key positions in his offense despite Texas Tech's limitations.
Well, fast forward a few years and all the other air raid guys run the ball a lot more, especially with packaged plays. New coaches have come along and become the go-to guys to play for if you're a HS WR or QB from an Air Raid system. Leach hasn't really adopted any of those innovations, so his offense is a bit old fashioned now compared to where the rest of college football is going.
And on top of all that, EVERY school in the Pac 12 invested heavily in facilities coaching staff in recent years. SOMEONE had to be the loser though, and it appears to be Wazzu and Colorado. Maybe Leach would have fared better at Purdue.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||2 Things||
1. You touched on it in the column, but Penn State is this year's reminder that if you are talking yourself into a team because, "BUT THE SCHEDULE IS SO EASY!" and nothing else, they will find a way to lose games. You can't schedule yourself out of mediocrity.
2. Stanford may end up winning the Pac 12 North and being in the playoff hunt even with that nasty loss to Northwestern. David Shaw is Lloyd Carr 2.0, for better and worse. "Losing to Northwestern because you choked your own offense out" is the Bad Lloyd. But the Good Lloyd part is "rallies team, plays great defense, still wins 9-10 games." Get ready for it.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||If we are going to continue||
If we are going to continue to artificially cap athlete compensation, and claim it is necessary and proper, then it only is logical that we cap coach and administration salaries at equally low levels and funnel all the profits into the university budgets themselves.
It is a monstrous perversity to cap the compensation for the people actually scrambling their brains to earn this money and who often come from low income backgrounds in order to enrich everyone else in the department. The idea that people won't keep watching if the athletes are paid what they deserve is refuted by the fact that the sport has been awash in money with ever escalated coaching salaries and building projects for 20+ years now with no negative effect on the popularity of the sport.
If college sports can be ruined by money, then you have a lot of people getting rich you need to go after instead of supporting a system that steals money from poor teenagers.
Furthermore the fact that anyone in this day and age is naive enough to believe colleges when they claim poverty with their un-vetted athletic department budget figures while more and more colleges make the move to major college football is hilarious. Yeah guys, all these colleges are losing money on football. Sure sure sure.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Oh what the hell, one more (for both John and Brian)||
You left it uncertain in the book, so here and now between us pals: do you think Brady would have succeeded without the influence of Dave Brandon in the locker room and the film room? Brian, what do you think?
Before reading Endzone, I would have said no way, Brady was always doomed because he wasn't accomplished enough. But after reading, I got a much different picture of Hoke as a coach and leader, and now I'm not so sure it was always doomed to go that way for him.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Two questions||
1. Did you find doing the book that you had more or less sympathy for Dave Brandon than before you started doing the project?
Obviously you were always more plugged in than we were so I'm sure a lot of the stories you wrote about you knew before you got them on record, but reading your book I came away with a lot less hatred for ol' DB. He went from being a mustache twirler in my brain to being more of a human, a seriously flawed one obviously, but still a human being. A know-it-all who just didn't know it all.
2. Since your book went to the publisher, have you seen Michigan's Athletic department making steps to rehire some of the important people who helped make it what it was before The Purges started? Is that even feasible for a lot of the people who were let go, or are things still raw with a lot of them?
|46 weeks 6 days ago||2nd Snowflake||
OL couldn't block power for shit tonight, but I'll bet you (yes, you!) a whole dollar that they'll be blocking power pretty well by the end of the year. This coaching staff is not going to panic because they didn't know what they were doing against a great front 7 like Utah has and start trying a ton of OZ or doing a bunch of BS gimmicks.
If they have to sacrifice the whole season and end up with a cruddy first year record, they will do it so that these guys learn the new base play that they must make go. And I trust by the end of the year they'll have learned.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Probably the worst possible opponent||
Imaginable for a first game of a new coaching regime. Michigan's receivers aren't very good aside from Butt, their QB play is nothing special, and their line is adjusting to power and wasn't very good.
So that offense went up against one of the best defensive front 7's in the country, a team whose only real weakness was against the pass, which ain't going to be Michigan's strength. Utah's really good on defense, and I wish Michigan could have opened against a patsy instead but hey that's the way it goes.
I'm not going to freak out, it's about what I expected. They'll get it fixed.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Bohl Ball headin' East||
If Wyoming has a good year 2, that seems a sensible hire to me.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know where you're coming from here||
8-4 is a big win for a team in its first year of a new coaching staff coming off a 5-7 season.
People need to get their expectations in check. This team has underacheived based on it's recruiting rankings for YEARS now. A great coach MIGHT whip them into a team with an excellent record in year one, or he might not, because there's a lot to be fixed and this isn't a video game.
You only have to look at Texas and Washington, two teams with EXCELLENT head coaches and plenty of star ratings who both had mediocre records in year 1 as they combatted losing cultures from the previous administration. It's not unheard of, particularly from a coach whose year 1 records aren't so great himself at every other college job he's had.
|48 weeks 13 hours ago||Bacon thinks that Schlissel||
As soon as an educated person with a long history of management was fully informed on college athletics' peculiar time tables, he made a different decision. It was scary for a while because we were used to morons running things, but in the end, having competent people paid off.
|48 weeks 21 hours ago||And a decade later||
Nebraska was in a different conference. That is not a coincidence.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||One of UNLV's biggest problems||
Is that they have almost no boosters who give them any money. You'd think they'd be able to talk the casinos into donating to the school, since it's sort of the closest thing Vegas will ever have to local sports, except minor league baseball I guess.
Sanchez was able to talk one of the Fertita brothers who own UFC into donating a ton of money to the high school Sanchez coached (Fertita's kid is now at Notre Dame), and that HS probably has nicer facilities than UNLV. UNLV has been trying to get the money to build a new stadium for the LV Bowl and the college to use, maybe Sanchez can get that going. He's certainly got that way about him.
Still, some pretty good coaches on paper failed there. John Robinson ended his great career flailing about there. Bobby Hauck went from top FCS coach to giant failure there. UNLV just seems like one of the schools that should be a good mid major to me, but what do I know right?
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Paul Chryst||
Strikes me a bit as a guy not cut out for the head job. He seems to have too much of an assistant's mentality. Pitt had really good offenses that moved the ball, beat people up, but they screwed up EVERY SINGLE little thing that winning teams usually get to go their way. A real sloppy team.
And you see him making special teams decisions like this....Wisconsin fans should be glad they were able to keep Aranda and that theirs is the worst P5 division out there.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Three things||
1. It's of course ridiculous to say that revenue athletes are unpaid. They're getting compensated SOMETHING, which you mention. That's just nowhere near what they're worth in the market place without artificial caps on what they can be compensated. 2
2. Schools would have very little problem paying their revenue producer athletes what they deserve if they cut back on the out of whack coaching and admin salaries, and stopped spending millions on needless facility upgrades that they waste money on because they benefit athletes who would rather just take a paycheck than be able to pee into a gold toilet.
3. Even if it did end up hurting non-revenue sports.....so? Why should revenue producing athletes, many of whom come from poor backgrounds, be forced to subsidize through their hard work the ability of mostly middle class and up non revenue athletes' education? If your sport can't fund itself through donations, TV money, ticket sales and concessions....tough shit. You shouldn't be allowed to just straight up steal the money of revenue athletes who earned it.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think any other college was in the running||
But the reason colleges can afford to pay coaches increasingly huge salaries (average coach salary has exploded in the last decade+. Steve Spurrier was the first coach EVER to make 1m a year, now that means you're a turd boy or coaching at a mid major) because the programs are more profitable than ever while athlete compensation has remained capped at an artificially low level.
That money has to go somewhere. It'll either go to coaching staff, administration or building shit nobody needs. The artificially low compensation for athletes is warping the market and making the compensation for coaches artificially high.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||The CFL and Arena leagues would be unlikely to take such players||
And foregoing college as an 18 year old would basically end any hopes of the NFL, because it would be taken as a major "Character concern." If they want to play NFL football, they are forced to go to college where they are under compensated for their work, both academically and financially.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||NLRB backing out||
After finding out employee athletes had no interest in unionizing. College athletes have far too much trust in their coaches to unionize. I think a lot of that trust is misplaced, because it's hard to see how coaches don't have a financial stake in keeping athlete compensation at the current artificially low levels.
But I'm not a D1 athlete, and it's not my decision to make. Northwestern, by every account, voted down unionizing and no other private even seriously considered it.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I was living in Raleigh at the time||
And going to a fair number of State games to get a live football fix.
He was the most easily sure fire NFL QB I've ever seen with my own eyes in person. He was amazing. I've never seen someone play the position with such success while surrounded by such garbage. It was, no joke, a 2-10 or 3-9 type of team without him. They were basically Purdue South but with a golden god taking the snaps.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
Tory Holt, Phil Rivers and Roman Gabriel were legit as hell.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Love love love them||
Absolutely love em. They look great.
Feel free to keep doing cool stuff with the road uniforms.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||No way, this world is TOTALLY real||
I just got back from Europe, where I visited the WONDERFUL countries Svitz, Franchia and Luftnarp!
|52 weeks 3 hours ago||It's a great idea||
Maybe you combine it with raising the minimum GPA to 2.5 or 2.7. But the system should encouraging graduating, instead of encouraging schools to boot kids out as soon as they have used up their eligibility.
|1 year 1 day ago||Boise's academics are next level awful||
Like I know that it's a stretch to buy that academics mean much in this whole wheel of madness, but Boise's are next level bad. It'd be like adding a community college to the Pac 12 or Big 12. If their overall athletic department was better (it's a one sport school) or it helped capture a better TV market or if it was just geographically closer to other programs, they could maybe swallow the awful academics. But when you have those strikes against you, it's just too much.
Meanwhile, BYU's academics aren't GREAT but they aren't community college bad and they're a major TV draw because they're every LDS person's default favorite. Like a middle class Notre Dame sort of.
|1 year 1 day ago||16 is actually much easier than 14||
Because you can split the conference into four 4-team pods that play each other every year, and then rotate opposing pods each year.
It allows you to keep core rivalries together while also allowing each school to play teams they'd normally get very few games against in a 2 division set up.
|1 year 1 day ago||The Big 12 has a major TV problem||
It's an excellent conference on the field and on the court, but they don't have programs that move the needle with Nielsen. Go check out http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/college-football-tv-ratings/ and see what a lot of these Big 12 games on FS1 rated. A ton of games that drew less than a half a million eyeballs. Even their marquee matchups got doubled up by SEC or Big 10 games.
It's looking a lot like what happened to the old Southwest conference, minus the whole NCAA violations for half the conference. Too much saturation of the few strong TV markets, and not enough TV markets in the conference to begin with. Losing the Denver market, Nebraska's national TV clout from years as a dominant program and Missouri crippled them. Adding a team with no fans (TCU) and a team from a tiny state (West Virginia) didn't make things better.
Personally, I'd love to see the Big 10 become the Big 16, and add Oklahoma and whoever. The 4 team pod division set up works a hell of a lot better than the 2 divisions of 7 set up we have already, and it'd allow us to preserve important rivalries without making everyone in the other division virtual strangers.
|1 year 1 week ago||This sucks||
If Michigan's signed with 2K for some kind of NBA2k mode, that means a new EA NCAA Football really really is never happening, I imagine. And that sucks way more than anything.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Oh they'd love to have them back||
They need 12 to get that lucrative conference title game back and be on the same competitive footing with everyone else, and their current options are saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.
They'd fall over themselves to get Nebraska back instead of having to pick a 2nd team from the BYU, Cincy, Memphis, UCF, USF, Houston, SMU, Boise? who cares Boise! platter of pain.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Well||
As a fan of college football, I wish Nebraska was still playing Oklahoma every year because it was a great rivalry people from all over the nation could enjoy. I don't dislike them, they're perfectly fine in the Big 10. But I don't think they'll ever fit in to me. I'll always see their game on a schedule and go OH MAN THAT'S A GREAT OOC MATCH-EM-UP THERE.
So if they went back to the Big 12 (that seems like insanely unlikely speculation though) I'd be happy to see it.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Hey||
Dave Brandon took like 4 years to piss everyone off. Patterson's way ahead of his schedule.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||A guy who thinks "editing" =||
"completely re-writing someone's story so it sounds exactly like something you'd write" has no business ever being an editor, let alone the man in charge of a major journalistic enterprise. I have no idea what ESPN was thinking letting something like that be run by someone so completely unqualified for the gig.
And that's before you even consider the HR nightmares he caused.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||It was a revealing look||
That apparently a lot of high level NFL reporters just make guesses based on what they normally see and then report it as if they got info from someone. Because yeah, the vast majority of NFL coaches hate recruiting and it's why they pursue jobs in the pros. That Harbaugh didn't fit in with that never entered their minds.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I go from being||
97.43% confident in Harbaugh to being 99.458% confident. I mean jeez, a 24 year old is "retiring" and giving up a year of his career in his prime just to avoid staying on that franchise. ANYONE still buying that the problem was Harbaugh or "hey both sides were hard to deal with" at this point is a literal moron.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||The whole CADETS or BLACK KNIGHTS thing||
Has always confused the snot out of me. There's very few colleges that have changed their team nickname like Army has.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I never bet against Coaches with good systems||
I tend to think that if you have a coach who really understands what he wants his team to do, you can change all the rules you want, he'll figure out a way to make his system work. It's those recruitnik coaches who really don't have a lot of organization X's and O's wise who tend to suffer.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||THESE BIG TEN BOYS||
TRYIN' TO GET OUR SEC SPEED THROUGH OUR CLOTHIN, PAWWWWWWWWWWWL
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I love em||
And in general the road uniforms are fine for experimentation. They've been tinkered with a 1000 times over the years.
I don't want to see the home uniforms messed with.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||That year required a lot of horse shoes in back pockets||
I just have a strong feeling that Denard lined up at RB with a quarterback capable of playing in Borges' timing based offense is far more likely to be a sustainable offense than "Denard runs around in a circle avoiding pressure and then heaves it deep."
|1 year 11 weeks ago||FWIW||
If Brady and Borges had showed up on campus and just decided to play Denard at RB fulltime while bringing on a pro style transfer at QB, they might both be employed.
Of course, that would have required them to not junk the zone blocking scheme the OL had been trained to run and it would have required them to play a RB who wasn't a "bruiser," but it probably would have been more successful than what they did.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||My Favorite thing||
Is things like The Failure. I don't know anyone else in modern sports writing who can so thoroughly eviscerate a deserving and terrible entity worthy of scorn. Charlie Pierce maybe. Tommy Craggs was great at it when he actually wrote at Deadspin. Orson can send off a stiff bit of chin music. But Brian's the guy I enjoy the most.
Obviously those don't drop every day though. Brian's Previews/Gut Reviews/UFRs, and the podcast are probably the things I enjoy the most.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Wondering more about your eyes now, sport||
He never comes off his first read on a pass. EVER. But that's fine in college and in Urban's offense because Urban's offense is: 1. Run 2. Screen 3. Bomb. He keeps the defense on their toes with his running ability, and he definitely has the cannon to stretch the defense deep.
So did Tebow, and he was garbage in the NFL.
How many times do we have to see Urban's offense make successful college quarterbacks out of excellent athletes with questionable passing ability before we stop annointing each one as a possible NFL QB? Urban Meyer does not prepare QBs for the NFL and that's fine, because he sure wins a lot of games with them. And they don't give you any extra wins on your record if your QBs end up tearing up the NFL when they leave.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Honestly he probably made the right decision||
He's got no chance of playing quarterback in the NFL. He's Logan Thomas or Tim Tebow without the ballyhoo. He can't look off from his first read, and his primary skill to an offense is as a runner. So unless an NFL team is willing to draft him and go all out running a college offense with the QB as a prime ball carrier, he's just not cut out for it.
He'll get drafted, be stuck as a back up or third stringer, maybe be occasionally used in a wild cat package, and then cut. I think I'd rather enjoy the fame of being a quarterback for one of the premier programs in college football where you'll be treated like a god while you can. Ask Tommie Frazier or Eric Crouch if it was worth staying versus leaving early.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||It's so weird too||
Because at every single job FIsch has ever had there have been complaints that he's overloading the QBs with too much shit. And Harbaugh's offense is famously QB friendly with simple decisions, with stresses on execution over trying to outsmart everyone.
They're basically polar opposites. I can't figure it out.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||If it wasn't Harbaugh||
I'd be grossed out by Jedd Fisch hire. Do not want.
But Harbaugh says it's okay so
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Well||
F Ohio State is always a fine choice. BUT
I'll be rooting for the Buckeyes. It'll help the Big 10's reputation, and I worry that if Oregon finally gets over the hump and gets a title that they'll be able to start recruiting at a higher level, and that's scarier than Ohio winning another ring. Oregon has gone a long way in the football world with top 20-30 level talent, if they can start recruiting in the top 10-15, yikes.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||It's all very Jerry Jones/Jimmy Johnson||
Good luck in your horrible exurb stadium that nobody wants to go to.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I'm holding out for B1G Network guy||
Because it'd be funny to hear someone so utterly terrible at communicating to the public try to be a broadcaster.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Interesting thing:||
"Salary terms were not disclosed because contract details are still being worked out, but a source told ESPN.com's Chris Low that the deal is worth an average of $5.5 million a year."
That means it hasn't been signed yet. I got a real suspicion we'll see Jimbo leaving for the NFL after the season ends.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||NFL beat||
is for business writers who want to write about something with less consequence that requires less expertise and work.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||This is the whole reason||
This is the whole reason Hackett is being kept on as a long term interim. The whole point of Hackett is to purge the department of all these grossly overpaid marketing types Brandon filled the department with. Then, they can hire the new guy who can walk in without having an army of DB-loyal snakes waiting for him, or without having to be the bad guy who fired everyone.
Maybe some of these guys are good at marketing, but they're all an absolute waste of money at Michigan.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Because Les Miles is 61||
And everyone else is either crap or a total flier. He is very very obviously the best poachable head coach currently in college football this offseason. Any other name you'd throw out is either too old, not really available, or nowhere near as accomplished.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||You can criticize Foley for a lot of things||
But the McIlwain hire doesn't seem fair. He ended up getting that huge buyout knocked down considerably, and the public search was just a ploy to embarrass Colorado State into letting JMac go for much cheaper than his contract allowed. That was pretty damn shrewd, to be honest.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Big Sky commish has been||
Big Sky commish has been OPENLY talking about how he wants Idaho and is confident he can get the deal done.
Really, the only reason it makes any sense for Idaho to stay in FBS is if they have a chance to replace Hawaii in the event Hawaii dumps football. Otherwise, it's just a pointless endeavor. Recruiting is so impossible in their current position.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Eastern Washington better look out||
Big Sky Conference is so loaded. I wonder if some of North Dakota State's success the past few years at FCS is more a product that they're in a dinkier conference while their local rivals beat the piss out of each other in a tougher league.
Word on the street is that Idaho football is gonna opt out of their Sun Belt deal after the 2015 season and drop back down to FCS and rejoin the Big Sky conference for football. They're already members of the conference for everything else, and FBS has been a pretty miserable experience for them. They used to be a major FCS power once upon a time, so it'll be interesting.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||This is the thing that burns my tush||
The SEC has all these BS advantages that Big 10 schools simply do not have, such as much lesser standards for admittance for athletes, closer proximity to HS talent and institutions willing to look the other way on malfeasance.
But the one thing we have is money. Every daggum school in the Big 10 except those vagabond hobos Maryland has more money than SEC schools. Yet we let them pay their coordinators so much more and gain ANOTHER advantage.
It is unacceptable that the Big Ten members allow SEC schools to outbid them to such a degree for top coordinators and for support staffs. Absolutely unacceptable.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||That Heart of Dallas line is especially painful||
It's fair enough seeing the likes of Bama favored over a B1G conference champ, or teams with interim coaches getting points, or the new members having a love deficit. But damn, a Big 10 team can't even be favored against freaking Skip Holtz and the freaking Louisiana Tech fighting Terry Bradshaws? Daaaaamn.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I think Wisconsin would be insane||
To change their offensive identity they've built over the last 20+ years. Like, we make a big deal about Ohio State going to the playoffs with a 3rd string QB but we also have to remember that
1) Wisconsin won their division with two melting sticks of butter playing QB
2) Ohio State's talent everywhere else is a million times better than Wisconsin will ever be able to recruit.
Wisconsin's done just fine being the manball team. They should/will hire some guy with a great defensive background who will that offensive identity alone and try to focus on figuring out how to not give up 59 points to a 3rd string QB.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||You go back before cable||
And Nebraska was one of like 10 teams you ever saw on television. That helped them recruit outside their state. Cable television rose up in the 90s, but it didn't immediately change everything yanno? It took a few years of recruits realizing they could go play in any major conference (or even lower on the pecking order) and still be on television and SportsCenter.
But that was the major reason the Big 8 wanted the Texas schools. Oklahoma and Texas both knew they needed Texas in the conference to solidfy their recruiting in the new cable envrionment and to boost the conference's television deal attractiveness.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Pete Thamel alert||
He's a buffoon. If the Lord came down and put his arm on Thamel's shoulder, I'd still doubt anything that came out of his mouth. God bless him for somehow escaping that Oklahoma State story disaster clean while Thayer Evans has to walk around covered in elephant shit though. That's his one talent it seems.
But yeah, when you see a guy's name being thrown out for literally every single job from certain press guys, it means the agent is trying desperately to make his client look in demand so he can talk someone like USF into eventually hiring his client. And it means those press guys will literally repeat anything an agent tells them.
Wisconsin is going to end up hiring a cheap defensive coach or a Wisconsin alum who will maintain the signature manball offense and and spend their energy building an excellent defense. A child could tell you that. They aren't going to break the bank for anyone.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Funny you bring up recruiting territory||
Because that's why Arkansas has been butt for the last 2 decades. They pulled a Nebraska and left the Texas conference and then struggled to recruit without that Texas pipeline they enjoyed. They've never been able to recruit Florida and the Gulf very well and there's minimal talent in state. Petrino is the only guy who has ever had success there and that's because of his offensive wizardry. It's a very, very difficult job. And that's without getting into all the internal politics you have to navigate between the Walmart crowd and the Little Rock people.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Andersen was a defensive guy||
Who had a spread at Utah State and wisely decided not to reinvent the wheel and stuck with what Wisconsin had going and didn't change much of anything about how Wisconsin plays football.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||The locals in Raleigh||
Have alread resigned that Doeren is a goner.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Yeah||
It seems like all Nebraska did was save Oregon State from the awkward position of firing an alum.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Arkansas is significantly lower than Wisconsin||
Unless you start talking about stuff that happened back when Solomon was building the Temple. Arkansas has been a bottom of the league team for most of its history in the SEC. Wisconsin was coming off 3 straight Rose Bowls. Frank Broyles was a good coach, but it don't make you equal in the 21st century.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||This is what's wrong with the Big 10||
Twice Wisconsin has lost their coach to a low level P5 school willing to actually spend it's money. All this Big 10 network/TV contract money is worthless if everyone's just going to sit on a stack of it or put it in the wrestling program and watch their football coaches leave for more money at crappier jobs.
So who is next Wisconsin coach, Chryst or Dave Doeren?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Cumong Brian||
Steve Addazio is not Bald Brady Hoke. He's Healthy Jerry Kill. That doesn't mean Michigan should necessarily hire him, but he's got a better track record than Hoke did and his offense isn't "try to force college kids to make NFL throws and then complain about it when they don't" It's "run the option from the shotgun with lots of beef on the field until everything becomes a fine paste and you can play action to your one receiver."
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Yes||
It's proof that even in this new system, brand name programs are going to continue to receive the benefit of the doubt over programs with minimal name value.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||The best two available||
Are Boise/BYU, but BYU has weird issues with its Mormon background (no sports can play on Sunday) and adding those two makes the travel even more insane for WVU. Cincy/Memphis make the most geographical sense, but what are you getting?
If I had to guess, I'd say Cincy/Memphis.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Also||
I don't think they should overreact to this year having 6 legit teams and bump things up to 8 based on that. More often than not, we've only had 3 teams who really made a national title case. A few times only 2. Even this year, if you put 8 teams, there'd be 2 really undeserving teams slipping into the playoff.
Almost the entire debate wouldn't exist if the Big 12 had a conference title game or if Baylor had scheduled a single team with a pulse. And not even a strong pulse. Like, if Baylor just scheduled like, Washington, this isn't even a debate.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I don't think it'll go to 8||
I don't think it'll go to 8 unless coaches really lose their shit about it. The TV people and the money folks are convinced that the fact that there's a limited number of spots (whether it be 2 teams like the old system or 4 teams like the current one) forces people to follow the sport nationally that might not otherwise be inclined. CFB used to be a very regional sport, and it's explosion as a national thing has occurred during the last 25 years.
It's going to take coaches standing unaninmously and screaming to high heaven for them to put enough spots for all P5 conference champions to make it.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Well yeah, but McIlwain is taken||
Like, he just signed a deal with Florida. He's not an option for Michigan now. If Michigan can't get Harbaugh to leave the NFL, Les decides he's too old to leave LSU and Mullen decides he's happy in Starkville, who is Michigan hiring better than Addazio? He's easily the best coach available with HC experience. It's either Addazio or a coordinator gamble, and enough schools have been burned by the no-experience coordinator that nobody is doing that right now.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||That would not have mattered||
The Big 10 would have added UConn instead. A perennial 2-4 win a year Rutgers does not get into the Big 10. Before Schiano, Rutgers was the most hopeless job in America, like, Northwestern before Randy Walker level bad. Indiana bad.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Yep||
That's how bad John Brantley was. He is quite possibly the most inept quarterback to play for a P5 team in the last decade. Couldn't throw, couldn't run, couldn't think under pressure either.
I'm not saying Addazio should be top of the leaderboard. But as a fallback option if the big names turn Michigan down? Sure. I think he's a hell of a lot better option than who Nebraska just hired for example. And Florida hired a guy who had 3 wins against teams that finished with winning records. The pickings are slim if Harbaugh/Miles/Mullen say no.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||It's absolutely insane||
to say Schiano flopped in college. He's the reason we have to watch Rutgers games now. He's the greatest coach they've ever had and they'd be playing Temple and SMU if he hadn't come into their lives.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I definitely agree that NFL stuff||
Isn't really important to me, other than all the "God this guy is a major asshole" stuff that contributed to his failure there. I don't really care if a potential college coach flopped in the NFL.
I have my problems with him, and I think the asshole thing matters more at Michigan than it does at Alabama. And I don't have the confidence he can beat Ohio State and win at the kind of level he'd have to win at to overcome his temperment for the reasons I described.
But unlike some people. I think he'd be a good hire for a lesser program than Michigan. Like, UVA or Maryland or back to Rutgers. He'd win enough games there to keep those people happy and he'd be able to land local talent that usually goes out of state.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Again||
John Brantley failed under multiple systems and is currently selling cars or something. Why should I blame Addazio for John Brantley being a mistake? And the down year with Tebow as a senior does stink, but should that completely overwhelm his other positives?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I don't hate Schiano as much as others||
1. But he's a real grade A asshole. And considering how much "being nice" helped Hoke, it's clearly a major part of the job. I don't want to deal with another coaching search in 3 years because people clutched their pearls at all the jerk ass stuff he does.
2. The bigger drawback to me is that Schiano's number 1 skill above all else is his recruiting. His offenses were frequently meh, his defenses a little better, but the main thing that made him a success was that he was the first coach Rutgers had ever had who was able to convince NJ kids to stay home instead of playing for Penn State or Ohio or Michigan. He was just absolutely fabulous as a recruiter.
Well, what the hell does that mean at a place like Michigan? Michigan doesn't need recruiting ace, it needs X's and O's and player development.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||How much of the revulsion to Steve Addazio||
Is based on the fact that John Brantley was a pile of vomit and the first QB that ever flopped in an Urban Meyer offense? Because if you take that out, I see a guy who was able to make a bowl with Temple and who resurrected a Boston College team that had been utterly destroyed by a meddlesome AD who preceeded Brad Bates. I see a guy who runs with power and uses the option, like old Bo teams. I see a guy who has recruited the northeast for years at a high level. And he's done it at a high level institution.
I'm just saying, he's got positive attributes and the comparison to Brady Hoke is bizarre. He's not my first choice, but he's certainly not the worst choice. That would be Schiano, because we'd be stuck with dinosaur ball and having to root for a complete asshole.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Especially||
when you stop and realize that the spread pioneers came from the Midwest (Randy Walker, Urban Meyer), the Northeast (Chip Kelly) and West Virginia, which sure as hell ain't warm and Southern.
But yeah, it can't work in bad weather. Obviously you have to try and recruit pro style passers to try to throw on point passes deep down the field in the cold and wind to succeed in the Big 10.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Okay fuck it||
I officially believe this is happening now. There's no way Lloyd makes a public comment about anything Harbaugh related unless it's already happening right? Right?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||WTF||
Did Nebraska hire Pedersen back?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I don't think 40 something Lloyd would be good here either||
It's one thing to be a perfect guy to take over an already successful job and keep being successful. Shaw has been able to do that at Stanford, Lloyd obviously had a lot of success taking over Michigan. And that's not an easy thing to do either, I don't want to minimize either of them.
But that doesn't mean 40 year old Lloyd would be well suited to take over a moribund program and rehab it from scratch. I have the same opinion of Shaw. And frankly, the track record of Harbaugh assistants moving to new jobs and having to build that toughness culture from scratch has been really poor.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I really don't think Nebraska||
I really don't think Nebraska is ever going to try a pro style guy ever again. It failed so badly with Callahan, and their glory days are so tied up with option football and being something unique offensively.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||It has always been incredibly||
It has always been incredibly unlikely that Harbaugh take the Michigan job. Coaches who are succcessful in the NFL do not leave the NFL in the prime of their career. If they fall out with their current team, they just get another job because, ya know, they're successful. The idea that no other NFL team would step up and make a big financial/power committment to a guy who turned SF around and took them to a Super Bowl has always been foolish. Jeff Fisher had a bidding war over his services after 5+ years of mediocrity because he had a SB appearance on his resume. That's just the way it works.
The only thing in Michigan's favor in all this is Harbaugh being sentimental about his alma mater. It's sentiment versus cash/power/prestige. Don't let this crush your spirit or take away your optimism for Michigan's future. There's still quality coaches out there who provide an upgrade over the current coaching staff. Michigan is not tarnished because it couldn't pull off something that literally no college program has ever managed to do before.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||He's not "getting run out of SF"||
Unless you call the way Parcells left the Giants and Patriots "getting run out of town." He's not getting the authority he feels he deserves and is tired of dealing with unprofessional management/ownership that undermines him publicly and through media back channels. He's the best possible hire anyone could make at the NFL or college level.
And for that reason, him returning to Michigan has always been a pipe dream.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Chad Morris will do well there||
Part of why Briles has done so well at Baylor is that HS coaches want a fellow former HS coach to succeed. They want the "HS HC to College" to be a standard thing for successful HS coaches the same way the move up from college to pro happens for successful college coaches. Morris is going to get a bump in recruiting based on that alone.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Nebraska and Oklahoma are||
Nebraska and Oklahoma are similar jobs in that they have almost no in-state talent to recruit. Their name brand allows them to recruit out of state, but they really need to have something a bit unusual offensively or defensively that they own that allows them to target their recruiting.
Look at how much more successful Stoops was at Oklahoma when the Air Raid was new and fresh, as compared to now. Nebraska needs to find something weird to build around. If not adopting Oregon's system under Frost, then I think they should hire Calhoun from Air Force and run his multiple formation up tempo triple option system.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Mattison went to work for Notre Dame||
SO I don't see why he wouldn't go to Columbus if he decides to keep coaching. He's a guy used to working with top notch facilities, so it's another blue blood, NFL team or retirement. He didn't come back to Michigan because he's some true blue Wolverine.
Guy's a merc. A merc with a buddy who is a crap head coach.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Tuesday will be something||
It'll be interesting to see how the selection committee treats Ohio State on Tuesday, since we know Barrett's gone for the rest of the year. Basketball punishes teams in seeding/gives credit to teams based on knowledge that a key player is coming back/going to be gone all tourney due to injury. Stands to reason football would too, but it's uncharted ground.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||His biggest problem||
Is trying to run complicated pro style offenses that require a high level of mental and physical execution. Ohio State is out here running an offense that can score 42 points with back up and third string QBs as long as they are reasonably athletic. Not one of their three qbs is ever going to be a NFL QB, and it's fine.
And it's why he's going to be fired. Hoke can't get the same level of play from his starter that Urban gets from a 3rd stringer.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Best Case Scenario: Kansas||
Likely though back at Ball State, the AD he butted heads with when he was there is gone, and he's an alum. Or, failing that, a Directional Michigan school. Eastern will probably have chewed up their current coach in a year or two.
I don't see him ending up with a media job.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||A positive spin||
Dave stocked the department with so many unqualified dipshits whose only positive trait was loyalty to him that there's gotta be a massive blood letting of the department. And since SO many people are gonna get the hatchet, it's a turn off to potential candidates. So let Hackett fire everyone for the next year until the department is lean and mean for the next guy to stock with people who aren't shit at everything.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||It's nice to have friends||
Friendship is one of the truly enriching aspects of the human condition.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Is it possible this bat is||
Is it possible this bat is actually a vampire that's been slowly draining Michigan football throughout the down times?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Let's not get too hasty||
Maybe Hoke is just days away from completing his time machine that will allow him to go back in time and re-write the endings of all his losses this year and turn them into victories. Let's not make any rash decisions.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||It's easy to take shots at a||
It's easy to take shots at a coach and program when you know everyone's going to be fired.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Milestones of infamy||
1. I was one of the people who got queasy when he got hired, and he never really convinced me he knew what he was doing when he hired Borges to coach Denard instead of finding some non-Rich Rod connected spread OC out there. I wanted him to be a Stoops who would hire a tough offense to defend and concentrate on the defense, and instead he hired a mediocre pro style OC and asked him to figure out how spread works while they had Denard.
2. The point I was convinced he had no idea how an offense should look was when Denard got hurt and we subsequently found out that that they looked and Russell Bellomy and Devin Gardner and thought Russell was the better option.
3. Kansas State was when it became clear this would probably not ultimately work out, because Shane showed nothing there.
4. Notre Dame this year was the point where him being fired became a real possibility, because it was clear Borges was not the sole cause of the offense being garbage.
5. Minnesota was when I knew he would not see year five. Putting aside ConcussionGate, Shane Morris looked like walk on 4th string thrown into a game due to horrible injury luck, not like a guy who could run the offense in a year. It took away the last hope for Hoke that maybe Devin wasn't all that good and that Shane could take off and save his job.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||What AFMich said||
Plus their AD wants NFL experience.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Florida's AD||
Has decided NFL experience is paramount for Florida's next coach. I don't know why, but hey, he's the guy who hired Ron Zook and Will Muschamp. And reportedly was ordered to hire Urban Meyer against his wishes, and who turned down Spurrier for a return from Washington. It's possible Jeremy Foley has no idea what a good football coach looks like.
So yaaaaaaay, Florida has voluntarily decided not to pursue the most qualified college coaches. This is what it must have felt like for non-Michigan fans watching Michigan make their hire after RR.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||They would react||
The same way they would react to anyone with a performing arts degree.
If players are allowed to major in the pursuit of sport as a performing art, then the study will have to be more academicly rigorous than it currently is. More oversight, more theory classes, just a general upgrade from the way sports have been treated by colleges. What UNC did was just decide none of their athletes deserved an education of any sort. That's not the same thing as treating sports the same as other performing arts.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||The only real difference||
Between pursuing sports and pursuing say, musical studies, is that poor people also like sports practically no one under a certain income level cares too much for that form of music.
Aka, the only reason not to allow athletes to pursue their sport the same way musicians and drama students can pursue their study is just straight up classism. Yay that's valid.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||It's gonna be rougher than some of y'all think||
There's not a quarterback on this roster who can play worth a darn. It's a mentally soft team that's used to being told how great they are even as they get the poop kicked out of them. There's going to be a lot of guys who decide they don't want to get yelled at.
Look at Harbaugh at Stanford and look at how rough it's been for Harbaugh disciples at Vanderbilt and USF early on. You can't just waive a magic wand and have a physically dominant OL that blasts holes open. OL take time to develop, toughness doesn't happen over night, and it's going to take some mighty wizardry just to get over 50% completion percentage from the quarterbacks.
Year 1: 4-8 is probably the floor, 8-4 is the ceiling
Year 2. 5-7 to 8-4
Year 3 is when they challenge for the Big 10
Year 4 is when they're going to be really good.