he grew a beard
|1 hour 25 min ago||Isn't Chris Singletary in charge of||
scheduling official visits?
|5 hours 35 min ago||I agree.||
His record is more impressive than Mullen's and he's shown a willingness to transform his offense. Last time around he made a comment that might be interpreted as interest in our job. Since then TCU has moved up in the world. He might not be interested in moving, but he would be my 1a candidate.
|13 hours 28 min ago||It was Maryland's strongest position group.||
|13 hours 41 min ago||Frankly, I think all this talk, perhaps||
mostly from you, about his being a southerner is way overblown. I think that was the least of RR's problems here. It was an issue to a tiny minority and after he gave them other reasons to be unhappy. There were some unhappy that we hired an outsider. This time around, some would be unhappy that he isn't Harbaugh. You can't please everyone.
The outward piety would be new in Ann Arbor. I wouldn't want to pre-judge how that would be received. Maybe he adjusts according to his audience. It won't matter if he wins.
My biggest concern with Graham would be his bolting for the NFL. Was it you that gave some quote about it being his ambition? His leaving after a season or two could set us back. Would he agree to a buyout that would essentially rule that out?
|23 hours 51 min ago||Sorry to rag on you, but this is just terrible.||
You could at least try to suggest a way that the NCAA could use their negotiating leverage. I'll be surprised if you can come up with a reasonable idea. I've never heard one from anyone else. So far as I know, the NCAA hasn't been a part of any negotiations with the NBA on the subject. Those have been conducted between the league and the players union.
When you say the NCAA doesn't want to give up their star players, you're implying that they shouldn't let them into school at all. I don't think there's any legal way of doing that.
If the NCAA wanted to, they could punish the teams whose players left early. They could prevent them from replacing players until their four years has elapsed. They could punish schools on their APR and make them ineligible for the post-season. I can't see how that would really help anybody, but it would lead to a lot of hard feelings when players did leave.
|1 day 24 min ago||Not sure how well you are thinking this through.||
There is no predicament where colleges are thinking about competing with the NBA. I have no idea why you think there is. Trey Burke is getting $5M for the two years he could have stayed at Michigan. It's pointless to think about ways to keep players like him from leaving early.
I also have no idea what your complaint is with the NCAA regarding one and dones. Assuming they could do something to stop it, who would that benefit? A degree is a backup plan for most big time college prospects, whether they're one and done or not. There's absolutely nothing the NCAA can do to change that.
|1 day 43 min ago||One problem with the OL is that Hoke||
insisted on playing his version of manball. That required a stronger and more experienced line than he had. It also didn't work so well with the talent he inherited like Omameh. With the interior line he had last year it just seemed particularly misguided. Now he's gone back to a zone blocking scheme, so that painful transition was all for naught.
MSU has taken a step back from a great season where they arguably outperformed their talent. That's hard to maintain. We're losing multiple blowouts and are barely scoring except against the feeblest of opponents.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Taking a QB in 2012 may not have fixed anything.||
There's no guarantee, but you pointed to several reasons that it very possibly could have. I don't think there's any doubt we could have used more quality depth at the position. At the very least, it's inconsistent with the idea that he needs more time to install a QB suited to his system. He was happy enough with Gardner to not even try. That shouldn't buy him extra time.
I don't like that OL argument either. One young position group shouldn't bring down the entire team. He obviously should recognize that kind of problem well in advance. He's insisted on running offenses that magnified that weakness. If it was truly a multi-year problem, he came up with about the worst possible solution.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Honestly, if Hoke had moved Gardner||
to WR and started Morris from day one, I doubt he would be the coach today.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Disagree about Hoke.||
His problem is that he's leading the team sharply backward, not that he isn't winning fast enough. The risk of keeping him on is that this trend continues The QB excuse doesn't carry any weight. He liked Gardner enough to not sign a QB in 2012. I don't believe Morris was recruited because he fit a particular system. He was a local 5* who loved Michigan. If the argument is that we need to give Hoke a year of Morris starting, where is the evidence that he's gotten Morris prepared to take over and run his offense?
I'm not that worried about the transition costs simply because I doubt the offense he wants to run is best suited to this roster. RR's would be a worse fit, but the names bandied about would likely do better with the current personnel.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Hoke's buyout is 2 or 3 million,||
depending on when he would be fired.
|2 days 11 hours ago||I think not.||
If you were looking to keep him on, you wouldn't put him in charge of the job search for a permanent AD.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Not bizarre at all.||
You do have to have a reason for dismissing a player. Unless it's for academics, that's the one most programs give.
|3 days 23 hours ago||He's the best spokesman this university has had||
since? I can't think of anyone offhand.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Of course it's allowed.||
It's even encouraged. What is Hoke's job title again?
|4 days 9 hours ago||Illinois?||
It's happened before.
|4 days 9 hours ago||He was comparing Florida to Miss St.||
|4 days 10 hours ago||He did recruit Clark,||
but it's still a good point.
|4 days 12 hours ago||It was open two weeks ago.||
Some jokes just fly right over my head.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Expecting a new coach to keep||
every player out of trouble is totally unrealistic. To be fair, Lewan's incident was in the news last fall. Gibbons' occured five years ago under a different coach. Sometimes legal issues take a long time to resolve.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Isn't Cedar point closed for the season?||
|5 days 6 hours ago||The staff is handling recruiting as well as I could ask||
under these circumstances. They're not showing any desperation to fill out this class. If they are going to be back, they'll be in a much stronger position when that's confirmed. I think they are in a holding pattern in terms of sending out 2015 offers. Everything else should be close to normal, as it appears to be.
|5 days 9 hours ago||For this staff to start offering under the radar recruits||
now would be very bad form. Let them wait ultil they know whether Hoke's coming back. It won't be long.
|5 days 22 hours ago||yes||
I think Sam has implied it would take in the $5M range to get him. I don't think he ever meant $4M.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I think that's almost right,||
except that Indiana and UCLA were the main contenders and we got some mentions. Then Duke offered. The only crystal ball prediction we ever got on 247 was from Steve Lorenz.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I don't think it's a big deal either, if we're||
paying a competitive salary to a top tier coach. We're not going to go into record setting territory like the OP is suggesting. If we did, I would expect a backlash.
|6 days 2 hours ago||It would be $200M +||
with the 5% raises.
|6 days 2 hours ago||I think that analysis is on the money except||
for one point. If we hire an existing college head coach he's going to bring most of his staff along. If his DC wants to follow him, then he isn't likely to keep Mattison.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Multiple RBs get carries and||
there's expected to be an ongoing competition for playing time. It's obviously different for QBs. Usually one gets all the snaps and they're hard to displace when healthy.
The question isn't whether you can ever recruit 2 QBs, it's in just assuming that you can start by recruiting one, tell him you're done at his position, and then add another late in the process. That's not what happened with Forcier/Robinson.
Malzone's star has risen since he commited. Not too many 4 star QBs are heading to the MAC. We were just worried about losing him to PSU. I'm not concerned about losing him to a coaching change. If that happens, it happens. I'm just saying that if the new coach wants to keep him, adding more QBs to the class may not be an option and they're not likely to be of his caliber. At this point, he's arguably our most important commit.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Co-coaches?||
No thanks. Bacari said he'd serve as LaVall's assistant. That's an ideal scenario.
|6 days 5 hours ago||When were we ever perceived to be the leader?||
I don't think we were ever higher than 3rd on the list of favorites.
|6 days 5 hours ago||You're missing my point on attrition.||
Boren left in April. Toney Clemons left in March. Mallett was the only player that transferred before LOI day. You couldn't have recruited to replace those players. There's no reason to think it would be any different this time around.
I don't know why you think coaches can sign 8 OL or whatever. Either you have to tell them that upfront or some of them are going to bolt. Can you sign 2 QBs in a class? Maybe, but you have to find 2 that don't mind it. If the first guy has been told he was going to be the only QB, I wouldn't assume he's going to be happy. He's going to have other options.
|6 days 8 hours ago||attrition and recruiting||
It's very unlikely to be that large. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but the last two coaching changes only led to one transfer before LOI day, Ryan Mallett. Without attrition I think we're looking at 10-11 spots. It's unlikely we'll have more than 15 even with a change. Considering all the decommits, our new staff may have to scramble to fill that size class with good prospects.
We might benefit from taking an additional QB, but that isn't so easy to do. QBs tend to both commit early and hep recruit their classes. It's not easy to get someone you want late. RR was only able to get Justin Feagin. Signing a dual threat may lose you Malzone. Coaches can't simply get whatever numbers that might like at a given position.
It's not Michigan's choice whether to retain any of the current staff. That's going to be up to the new coach first. I would think Mattison is the only one who might choose not to return.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Softball, hockey||
WBB and baseball.
|6 days 12 hours ago||I don't get why you think last year was better||
for filling coaching jobs. Listing a bunch of names who stayed put rather than go to Texas shows what, exactly? Texas is probably the #1 job in the country. People float out all sorts of names for them. I have no idea what that proves, but I don't think any of those coaches were really in the market for new jobs. Did anyone but Saban even consider them?
Texas and Penn State hired good coaches away from lesser power 5 schools. There's really no reason that Michigan and Florida can't do the same if they choose to this year.
|6 days 14 hours ago||If Hoke was our d-line coach,||
we would absolutely love him. It would be no surprise if he got bigger opportunities. That sounds familiar somehow.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Your second point has some validity.||
It speaks to the way Hoke connects with his players. Unfortunately, so do the plethora of sloppy mistakes.
The rest really doesn't make much sense. The transition to the new OC excuse is laughable. Nussmeier was brought in to simplify the offense in a way that would take advantage of our current personnel. That in no way should be a painful transition. It certainly wasn't sold to anyone as one. I can't think of an example at any other school where it has been, either. You only need to look at TCU. They brought in new co-OCs this year who made a big change to their offense.
|6 days 23 hours ago||This time will be different.||
Schools always contest charges of academic wrongdoing. Their investigations lead nowhere and the NCAA doesn't ever seem to do their own. This second time around UNC has handed the NCAA a fair amount of ammunition, after denying a lot the first time. Whatever their inclinations, all the publicity this scandal is generating will force the NCAA to come down fairly hard on UNC.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Hoke turned away Hakeem Flowers (SC) and Devin Lucien (CA).||
He wanted Lucien as a DB. They wouldn't have made much difference. Flowers left NC St already. I think Payton and Massington were already off the board. I won't blame Hoke for trying to plug holes in the roster. WR didn't look like one of them at the time. Frank Clark was one of the players he added right at the end. I don't know where we'd be without him.
In general, it seems like Hoke has taken more fliers at WR than anywhere else. The result has been a lack of depth.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I doubt he's doing that to protect Izzo.||
He's protecting his access.
|1 week 4 hours ago||That's a very good idea on its own.||
I'm in favor of trying that now and seeing the results. I wonder how it would work for players that really weren't on a regular degree track.
One more point that I omitted above. We all know that sports is the only way some of our athletes are able to attend Michigan. That's a big deal to many of them and their families. Some come from schools that send very few students to prestigious universities. That many are able to take advantage of those opportunities outside of sports is important. For all of the negative aspects of major college sports, that's been a consistent benefit.
I hope that we do a good job of attracting athletes who consider getting a Michigan education an opportunity, not a burden. It's up to the school to make sure they're given every chance to take advantage of that opportunity.
|1 week 5 hours ago||I get that integrating big time college sports||
and academics is hard. It's been a longstanding problem. I don't think there is an easy solution and whatever is done there will always be someone placed at a disadvantage. There will always be temptations to cheat the system and to cheat the players.
Having said that, I think is a really terrible idea. I mean really, really terrible.
Yes, it would make life easier for athletes while they're in school. That in itself is a good thing. Much is demanded of them. But it's nothing less than a total surrender of the goal of giving every athlete a worthwhile education. If football players are allowed to major in football, they will be practically forced to do so. Anyone who doesn't is putting themselves at a great disadvantage in getting playing time. Coaches are going to push every possible player there.
In my opinion, this would simply lead to more players being cheated out of an education. By institutions that are paying them with little else that's unconscionable. Wouldn't every school in Div 1 follow suit? I don't get the value of these degrees in the aggregate. The NFL isn't going to create more jobs because there are more good players. They will assign a value of zero to any such degree.
I'd like to see some proposals to help players who are academically unprepared when they start school. Not everyone who meets the NCAA minimums is ready, but they get pushed through anyway.
I like the direction Schlissel seems to be going, keeping our athletes from being pushed towards a single major or individual classes. When Michigan signs young people to scholarships they're making a bargain. The player will represent the school in their sport with all the commitments that entails. The school is promising a top class education and high level athletics, along with the support to help them succeed in both.
|1 week 23 hours ago||OSU is doing okay||
with a hitherto unproven QB.
|1 week 1 day ago||Turning the OP's question around.||
Let's say we were guaranteed a year ago that Hoke would lose to Rutgers, lose multiple blowouts including to Minnesota at home, and be struggling to be bowl eligible. Would we even have a discussion about whether he should coach this year?
|1 week 1 day ago||I remember somebody guaranteed a big win||
once upon a time and that worked out okay. I wonder what he's up to nowadays.
|1 week 1 day ago||NCAA punishments play a role too.||
The specter of harsh punishments to sports programs changes the calculus for this kind of cheating. It should have more effect on other institutions who haven't strayed as far as UNC. There can be benefits to making an example out of someone. In this case, UNC deserves it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Actually he was discussed as a HC||
candidate in 2010. He was pretty high on the list when Michigan ties were a prerequisite.
|1 week 1 day ago||You were not wrong about that.||
Hoke is signed through 2016. No idea why anyone thinks it's 2015. I've seen numerous people make that same mistake here.
|1 week 1 day ago||A better analogy is driving on a freeway.||
Most of the traffic is going a little faster than the speed limit. We're okay with going 74, some others are pushing 80. Those strictly going at the speed limit are the only ones with grounds to complain. But when someone zooms by going 120, it's a different ballgame. Not only are they being reckless with their own future, but they are going to attract attention that might affect us too.
You don't need to be a hypocrite to criticize UNC while your own school is not squeaky clean. As a fan who's been uncomfortable with cutting corners on academics here and elsewhere, I welcome the scrutiny the UNC scandal is bringing. I hope it leads to widespread reform, including here. I'm not so naive to believe it's going to lead to a level playing field. Maybe it will even put us at a competitive disadvantage. That would be unfortunate, but I prefer to take my chances there than to cheat because others are getting away with it.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's getting awfully hard to see the need||
for the qualifier in your last sentence. I think you're much more than likely right.as opposed to those who say the NCAA will do nothing..
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes, I think that's likely optimal,||
at least if that guy is good at throwing outlet passes. Not every big has that ability. With Michigan's personnel it's probably not a great option.
|1 week 2 days ago||When McGary got a rebound,||
his outlet passes could get our transition game going. That kind of threat could discourage opponents from crashing the offensive glass. Whether relying on guards to rebound limits transition opportunites is a question for someone who knows more than me.
|1 week 2 days ago||I've never paid much attention to the exhibition||
games, but my memory is that some of our freshmen struggled early on, especially on defense. Trey Burke's went for 7 points in a 47-39 win over Wayne St. Not a harbinger of what was to come.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yeah,||
I thought it was for hockey.
|1 week 2 days ago||Larry Foote is not likely to be on Harbaugh's||
staff here, just my opinion.
|1 week 2 days ago||You're just wrong.||
There are plenty of examples; Standifer, Witty, etc, of recruits who met NCAA requirements and couldn't get admitted. There are many more who our coaches didn't pursue because of those concerns. I don't know where you get your info.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sorry to say, Ypsi-Arbor is no more.||
The last time I looked there was a vacant lot in its place.
|1 week 2 days ago||I agree that it means nothing regarding Hoke or the next coach.||
Schlissel was never going to make the decision to fire or retain him. Any vaguely competent AD is going to fire Hoke. I don't even think it means much in terms of who the next AD will be. It does lay out the priorities he'll be expected to hold. Coaching candidates will certainly be scrutinized for their attitude towards academics. That was always going to happen, even without these comments.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's not about graduating players.||
UNC was graduating players with their approach. Schlissel is concerned that our athletes get quality educations. I agree that should be our highest priority.Winning can never be the number 1 priority. Set some standards to follow first, then try your hardest to win.
|1 week 2 days ago||Here's why I don't feel bad for Hackenburg.||
He could have gone anywhere. He chose to go to PSU, even after their sanctions were announced. He wanted to be their hero, in the face of adversity. Now he's finding how hard that is.
|1 week 2 days ago||He's not going to redshirt this year.||
Beilein said he'll continue to play in blowouts.
|1 week 3 days ago||A big moment for him and it's great to||
see how his teammates and coaches react.
|1 week 3 days ago||Considering the last AD Michigan hired,||
I think we can expect any big time coach to want input into the next hire. How that will manifest itself will depend on the timeline for hiring that AD. The one thing I don't think we'll see is the new coach getting to name his boss..
|1 week 3 days ago||Nussmeier, like Borges, isn't only the OC.||
He's also the QB coach. It's not a minor part of his job. He has more to do with our QB performance than he does with the RBs, WRs and OL. How would you rate his results as QB coach?
Gardner has regressed in more ways than one. More than can be explained by injury. His throwing ability is there, but his decision making is much worse. Nussmeer got trumpeted for having Gardner learn to read the MLB. It might just be that trying to change the way a 5th year senior plays presnap was more difficult than he realized. Either that, or he needed to do a lot more work on it. At the time it was used as an example of Borges' incompetence.
Any improvements in Morris' development have not been evident. Surely, he should be progressing between his freshman and sophomore years. Bellomy isn't even able to enter the game when called upon. The Minnesota game was the worst job of handling QBs we've ever seen at Michigan. The list of blunders and questionable decisions in that game is a long one. We're not privy to all the details, but I find it hard not to ascribe much of the blame to Nussmeier.
|1 week 3 days ago||A scenario where Harbaugh is not available this year||
but there's a high probability he will be in 2015 is pretty much impossible. There's really no reason to think next year will have a better crop of available coaching candidates. It's more likely there will be more high profile schools in the market with us.
Good try though. There is no plausible scenario where keeping Hoke as HCfor next year is a good idea.
|1 week 3 days ago||respectively disagree||
The biggest step in the unlikely scenario of Hoke coming back is beating OSU. My feeling is that a lot of posters here are so afraid of that possibility, that it's not worth beating OSU. Personally, I think it would be a great way for Hoke to finish his tenure here and there is no way it's enough to save his job.
|1 week 3 days ago||As opposed to a time||
when people have no problem with the guy in charge putting all of the blame on someone he's supposed to be teaching.
|1 week 3 days ago||Is the issue Golson's play?||
If he's so bad, Kelly didn't have to keep playing him. He could also try doing a better job of coaching him. Using TV as a forum to blast him isn't just classless, it's not fair. College coaches hold all the cards. What happens if Golson gives interviews criticizing the coaches or his teammates?
|1 week 3 days ago||I believe the difference in Hoke's buyout||
if he is fired before the end of the year is $1M. He still gets $2M if he makes it through the end of 2014. The difference could probably be reduced by a settlement if we're not playing in a Jan. 1 bowl in Dallas. I don't really care unless the coaching search is affected. If it is, then worrying about that amount of money would be counterproductive.
|1 week 3 days ago||Does working with you make that OU alum||
an authority on Michigan football? Maybe we can ask his opinion on who we should hire.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think we'll be willing to pay a market rate.||
For someone like Stoops or Harbaugh that will be a lot of money. I doubt we'll try to use money to lure someone who isn't interested.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't think Dantonio actual said anything.||
Sparty standing behind him is an accomplished ventriloquist.
|1 week 5 days ago||The coaches do see those other QBs every day.||
They've done a great job of developing them and recruiting the position.
|1 week 5 days ago||True about Andersen.||
But he went from the Mountain West and a $600K salary. Whittingham has less reason to leave. I'm not in the camp that thinks name coaches aren't going to be willing to come here, but Whittingham is one I'm skeptical about.
|1 week 5 days ago||Rabb had to pay the cash up front.||
Betting a lot more money was probably not an option unless you want to include more people. UAB is supposedly investigating. There might already be a paper trail from the $5500.
|1 week 5 days ago||You don't find anything suspicious||
about someone, who bets a few hundred at a time, wagering $5500 on that game?
|1 week 5 days ago||I can think of many better explanations for Winston's play||
in the game.
I can't think of many explanations for why his friend bet a lot more against FSU there than he had on any other game. If that part of the story is true, and obviously that's still a big if, then it looks bad for Winston.
|1 week 5 days ago||It won $5000.||
The line was Louisville +1.
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree with Stoops too.||
He's a promising coach with relevant experience and he's looking to move up. He just signed a long extension with no buyout. He might as well have made a public announcement that he's available for the right jobs.
The only caveats are that there may also be a very good candidate who is off our radar at the moment. Someone who isn't considered available. There is also the matter of how he finishes the season. It's possible they lose their last six games. That would make him a tough sell, which is an important part of the hiring process.
|1 week 5 days ago||If you don't consider the possiblilty||
that you might get caught, how do you calculate the consequences? That seems to be an issue with Winston.
|1 week 5 days ago||Really?||
If the basic part of the story is true, that his friend placed that unusual bet and that it was by far the largest he's made, it could be very bad news for Winston. It may sound ridiculous for him to be involved, but I can't think of a more plausible explanation.
Here's a link to the more detailed account that news outlets are referencing.
|1 week 5 days ago||We're not competing for Big Ten titles||
and that has nothing to do with the SEC.
|1 week 6 days ago||Dunk tank?||
He probably thought he was headed to a drunk tank.
|1 week 6 days ago||That could backfire.||
When Hoke still gets fired and we suddenly look more attractive to prospective coaches.
|1 week 6 days ago||That makes a lot more sense and I agree||
with your sentiment, but it's hard to interpret standing pat as anything but retaining Hoke.
I think your characterization of the RR hire is off base though. He was one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country at the time. He wasn't available when we started our search, at least he wasn't considered to be. I don't think anyone knows whether we would have preferred him over Schiano, or anyone else. He was paid like an a-list coach. That's something Michigan had never been willing to do before.
|1 week 6 days ago||The idea that we either get Harbaugh or stand pat||
is simply ridiculous. If Harbaugh is not interested in our job, we need to move on, not sit in a corner and pout. We should be going into the coaching search prepared for that possibility.
|2 weeks 42 min ago||You never know.||
I bet at least one of the coaches we've been saying would never come here actually would. Jeff Long has hired two coaches at Arkansas no one expected them to land and I don't mean good old John L. At this time in 2007 who thought we might get RR?
|2 weeks 51 min ago||It depends.||
Is that .200 hitter Rob Deer?
|2 weeks 56 min ago||I guess it makes sense,||
if he's planning to commit somewhere else before our coaching situation is settled. Plus, he can always change his mind. It's been known to happen.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||I have sympathy for Hoke and his staff||
trying to recruit right now. All they can really do is encourage recruits to wait and see what happens. I just hope they don't try to fill out the class now by offering a slew of plan B prospects.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Are the bases loaded?||
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Is the AD hiring our coordinators?||
What coach would accept that? Should he make some suggestions to the HC he hires? I don't know. I would think our coach would have his own ideas.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||You realize that's not a coincidence?||
And that it was Brian saying it here?
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Obviously having our AD||
knowledgeable about college coaches is a plus. The problem is that there is only one way to judge someone like Stitt as a HC candidate. That is as a huge gamble. Michigan can't afford that, especially now.
I want our AD to keep an open mind about style of play and Michigan connections. I don't want him to have an open mind about hiring someone without a strong track record at a high level. I don't want him to think that there's any advantage to getting someone cheap. There's a good middle ground between limiting your search to two or three names and casting a wide net down to Div. 2.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||I think the reverse is true.||
Casting such a wide net would indicate to me a lack of confidence in getting the top choices and an inclination to be cheap. Of course, it had to be fake. We're not going to have job searches done using Twitter. They'll be done in secret.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Schlissel is listening too.||
I wonder who advised him to pick Hackett? In all the speculation about who he'll hire as the new AD, we haven't heard anything about who will be advising him, other than Hackett.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||60% is right only if we're a 3-1 favorite||
in those winnable games. I like your optimism, not so sure about your analysis.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I don't care who the new AD is.||
He will know before taking the job that his first priority will be turning around the football program.It's painfully obvious that it's headed in the wrong direction. He will certainly be aware of the timeframe for hiring a new coach. I don't buy the notion that he'll need time to assess the job Hoke is doing. We're going to be hiring someone who is already a Div-1 AD, not someone who has to be brought up to speed on how to run a football program.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree, but what we hear and||
what actually happened rarely match up in these job searches. 99% of the time the AD is going to announce he got his first choice. You're not doing the guy you bring in any favors if you say he was your fifth choice.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Let's just suppose he's right.||
We lost to Minnesota because Shane Morris started. Whose fault is that? If you're not going to blame the coaches in that instance, you never, ever will.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Don't worry. McElwain's contract takes him out of play.||
Nobody is going to pay his $7.5M buyout.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||He had one great season at Rutgers,||
his 6th. Never came close to matching it, let alone building upon it. I'll give him credit for bringing that program up, but his overall record is not that impressive. After going 11-2 he had 3 losing conference records out of the next 5. Rutgers caveats and all, they're in a good location for talent and the Big East wasn't that tough. This is a guy who did a good job at a mediocre program, but was far from an elite coach.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What I want above all,||
is that I don't hear any mentions about manball attributed to the search committee or from the new coach.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Given the near total lack of experience||
on offense, if RR didn't start implementing his offense in 2008, when would he? By 2009 he would have wasted an entire year in teaching his system to the OL and everyone else. He couldn't count on having a true freshman QB step in and be ready to start. So now we're looking at 2010 when a new QB should be ready. So does he bench a senior Threet to implement a brand new offense they just started practicing? With so many three year staters, it's far from an ideal time.
2008 was the only reasonable time for RR to install his offense. The problem wasn't his decision. It was the unreasonable expectations of Michigan fans who couldn't see past a painful transition.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I would think QBs would especially want||
to come and play for Jim Harbaugh. That's the position I'd be the most excited about in terms of his recruiting.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||LOL, Speight committed immediately too.||
To Al Borges, shouldn't that be worth a litlle extra?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||He has not been arguing for Hoke to be retained.||
In fact, he made it very clear a few weeks ago that he shouldn't be. After Brandon got fired he's been warning people that he might be. Only, I would say, because he's done a horrible job of interpreting Schlissel's remarks. Whether anyone is feeding him that interpretation is pure speculation.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's right,||
Their 2012 class recruiting was mediocre by their standards until Meyer was hired. He got a couple of in-state players to switch their commitments, players that would have already been part of the class in any other year. Then he took full advantage of the meltdown at PSU. We don't rate to get any of those breaks and will take a hit with the current class.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What foolishness.||
Mattison only became the DC because Moeller got fired.
Hoke stayed eight more years, only left to take a HC job.
I could go on.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think he could have entered a program instead back then.||
What I heard at the time was he was fired after he refused to. It was a very sad end to his tenure.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I've never heard of an assistant||
getting more than a two year contract. I think their buyouts are generally reduced if they take another job in the next season.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If you're talking about that 18 to 24 month||
timeline. It wasn't a question about not liking the news. It was a problem with that not making a lick of sense. It really didn't make a difference who reported it, it simply couldn't be true and it was obvious that they either misunderstood or misheard what they reported. Is this news relialble? I don't know, but at least it's plausible. That alone makes it much more credible.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That highlights the potential problem||
of hiring a coach whose dream job is somewhere else, particularly if it's a school at a similar level.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Arkansas hired hm away from the Falcons.||
The way he left wasn't part of his resume. Presumably they were in favor of his leaving early so he could get started recruiting.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This is why Hackett is likely staying on||
in some capacity for those possible time periods that freaked people out.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Another nit pick.||
I know you didn't rate these hires by salary, but you make mention of schools being willing to spend in your discussion. For example, Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis the same as Florida paid Meyer when they had job openings in 2004. I think you can make a good case that the strong hires showed a willingness to spend, but they weren't the only examples of that.
I'd also argue about Illinois hiring Zook being cheap. He had been fired, yes, but from a top level program and with a winning record. For Illinis, that's a big move, also not a cheap salary.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It reminds me of a comment made by an||
anonymous coach about MSU before they hired Dantonio. Paraphrasing, he said it's an underrated job. It's in the Big Ten, but you can get all your recruits in and you don't have to worry about keeping them eligible.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Dave Brandon was a regent.||
He left a job at that pizza place to take an 80% pay cut. A pizza place headquartered in Ann Arbor. Locally he was a very high profile name. Whoever we hire next will be much less well known. Probably only a few diehard fans will even recognize his name. He'll also likely be much better qualified.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||We're not going to take 18-24 months to||
hire a new AD. To have a search take that long isn't even imaginable.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yes.||
The .002 threshhold just applies to the driving offense, which carries additional penalties.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I did a little research.||
Of the top ranked schools, #1 Miss St hired a hot coordinator. You have to go all the way down to #15 Nebraska to find the next one. Everyone in between was a already a HC or a coordinator at the school. No one was even close to being a hire out of left field like a mining school.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Holt wasn't close to being drunk,||
but he is underage. Four game suspensions don't sound lenient for him and Davis.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The reaIity I see||
is that these coaches know very few of the possible AD candidates. What they do know of them may have little to do with most of the AD's job. Asking them who we should hire strikes me as unprofessional. What if we vet their choice and find him unsuitable? If we're trying to hire a coach before the AD, maybe the coaching candidates will have a chance to give some input. If there was an AD candidate they wouldn't be willing to work with, I'd be surprised, but that would be good to know.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If you're going to complain about what he said,||
at least you could quote him correctly.
“I would imagine that we’ll begin the process of organizing a search in the coming weeks,”
That may sound overly deliberate, but it's not necessarily the same as waiting a few weeks to get started. I agree that he's likely just going out of his way to not say much. When he says he hasn't talked to people like NW's AD, that leaves open the possibility that someone else here has contacted them.
We're not going to hear anyone from Michigan say they've contacted a candidate until he's accepted the job. Everyone always wants to leave the impression they've hired their first choice.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He's almost entirely wrong.||
You're right that football has an impact on a number of local businesses, but it's tiny when compared to the economic impact of the academic side of the university.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes,||
and hasn't JUB said he thinks Harbaugh is coming?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||There are many examples||
of schools seeing a surge in applications after athletic success. It means something. There's no need to be dramatic.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think that timeframe is total nonsense.||
We've already started the search for a new AD. There's no possible way a job search takes that long. It's possible that Hackett made a commitment on how long he was willing to serve as the interim AD. That would reflect a worst case scenario in replacing him, not the expectation.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sam and Ira dropped the ball||
on interpreting Schlissel's comments.
Schlissel noticed the balance between academics and athletics is off here because Brandon was operating like the AD was a commercial business, not part of the school. That was seen in the way he treated the students and how they responded. I think it's meaningful that the only policy change Brandon made on the way out was lowering student ticket prices. I'd bet that was completely Schlissel's doing.
Reading into that how much we'll pay a new coaching staff is a big stretch. I think it's fair to say we won't be sacrificing our principles in order to win. Paying for top quality coaches or facilities doesn't contradict them. Schlissel specifically mentioned his learning the importance of our athletic traditions. One of them involves having the winningest footbal team.
I won't be surprised to see a change from having football players concentrated into the same major. That's something our president and Jim H can agree on.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think Sam was way off the mark.||
Schlissel noticed the balance between academics and athletics is off here because Brandon was operating like the AD was a commercial business, not part of the school. That was seen in the way he treated the students and how they responded. I think it's meaningful that the only policy change Brandon made on the way out was lowering student ticket prices. I'd bet that was completely Schlissel's doing.
Reading into that how much we'll pay a new coaching staff is a big stretch. I think it's fair to say we won't be sacrificing our principles in order to win. Paying for top quality coaches or facilities doesn't contradict them. I won't be surprised to see a change from having football players concentrated into the same major. That's something our president and Jim H can agree on.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's hard to give good responses||
to impossible scenarios. If they won out, there are still some questions to answer. Why are they getting worse year to year? Why were they so god awful the first half of the season? Do you make long term decisions based on a few games? I think you could make an argument for Hoke staying if he won out and every attractive candidate to replace him turned us down. Even then, I think it's a weak argument and he's still gone.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I know it was late,||
but 5-4 is not better than 5-3.
I'll admit I'm skeptical of any system that assumes the Lions will keep winning. Seattle being 4x more likely than the Lions to miss the playoffs makes me wonder if they are using anything but this year's W-L records to make their calculations. The wildcard picture in the NFC is different today with Foles going out.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't.||
And I think keeping Hoke another year is a terrible idea. The thought of multiple years of Bielema would be depressing if it were even a remote possibility.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He's a plan 9 from outer space,||
not a plan C. Why would we look upon playing manball as a plus? I've yet to even see the evidence that it fits this roster, let alone something to aspire to going forward..
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with your take.||
It was great to see Drake produce and I enjoyed the win. I'm just not excited about the team's prospects for the rest of the season. This was the fewest points Indiana has given up against a Big Ten opponent this season. We had 63 against them last year. Indiana's QB situation has turned them into a terrible team, possibly the worst Big Ten foe we've faced in many years.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I think your friends in Columbus||
have a good point. If the football team was winning no one would care that Brandon watched film. There would be no "Cokegate" because attendance wound not be a problem. He would have had fewer complaining emailers to insult. He didn't get fired because the team was losing. Their losing exposed a lot of the problems with his job performance. If the team was doing very well all along, he'd still be our unpopular AD. Only caveat would be if Schlissel thought the handling of Morris' concussion ws enough to cost him his job. I wouldn't completely rule that out.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Isn't the 3 a forward too?||
He's capable of playing guard, but is unlikely to do so with the roster this season.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke is a good man and he does a few things well,||
but let''s not make excuses for his failings. How are any of the problems he has had at QB not his fault? He went all in on Gardner at QB when he recruited none in the 2012 class after only having Bellomy as a late add in 2011. Then he moves him to WR. I'll cut him a break on the OL, but his handling of the QB position has been horrendous. It's as if he doesn't think it's an important position.
Not only has he bungled things for himself, but he's potentially leaving the next guy a major problem.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Eh, that Indiana team was about on a par||
with Miami and App St. It was a good effort, but there was minimal resistance.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nuss is the QB coach and OC.||
Why is anyone convinced that he wasn't in favor of starting Morris vs Minnesota?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This was a unique argument.||
We should keep underperforming (that's quite an understatement) coaches because of the way they will handle Shane Morris. Is this bizarro world? Maybe a case could be made if Morris was showing a lot of improvement. Unfortunately, that's not true at all and their handling of him has stood out as an unmitigated disaster.
I don't know how important it is that he's worked under different QB coaches. These guys go to summer camps for QBs to get extra instruction. They do it in HS too. Morris has already had at least three QB coaches in the last three years. I'm not worried that he's going to get inferior coaching under a new staff. I'm much more concerned that our offense is going to continue to struggle under the current regime.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nuss left Alabama to get away from Saban.||
Ok, but Saban had already brought in Kiffin as a consultant. It's hard to look at that and not think he pushed Nuss out.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Who stays is completely up to the new coach.||
I guess that's obvious, but there isn't going to be any insider info at this stage. It's generally helpful to keep someone from the previous staff. Manning is the only likely choice for that role. I don't get the Nussmeier love. What's the most impressive thing he's done here? It sure isn't developing Shane Morris or fixing Gardner's problems. Maybe the new coach will talk to him, more likely he'll have his own guy in mind. I like Mattison, but a coach near the end of his career is unlikely to appeal to someone taking over, John Harbaugh excepted.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Stanford's defense has been very good||
post-Fangio. It's very hard to know how much credit a DC deserves compared to the rest of the staff. I appreciate your work, but I wouldn't give too much weight to statistics early in a rebuilding project. The important point is what you are able to build, not what each step along the way looks like.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, would be very surprised if he did not.||
Maybe he'll spend a year doing TV work.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You misunderstood me re Hoke.||
I in no way meant that he could keep his job, only that with a strong finish some of the media speculation would be about whether he might. Without a miracle finish, everyone knows his firing is assured.
The media can't speculate about Hoke's replacement until he's fired? I can hardly believe you said that. They're already doing it. It'll intensify as soon as the new AD is named.
Using your examplle about Texas last year, who are you suggesting they lost out on because the process started too early? I can't credibly name anyone. Brown resigned in mid-December. If they had started looking earlier, they might have gotten to Malzahn before he signed his big extension.
I wasn't talking about schools firing coaches we'd want to hire. That's obviously nonsense. But some schools will be looking to solidify their contracts Mark Stoops just signed an extension today, although UK wasn't able to lock him up. Wait too long to show interest and some potential candidates will commit to staying put. I don't wish to discount the possibility of other good jobs opening up. Guys leave for the NFL, surprises happen.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's not a job to give someone a chance at,||
hoping he can learn as he goes. We need to hire an experienced AD.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry to disagree on several points..||
Unless Hoke completely turns things around, his firing will be a mere formality. The amount of speculation about his replacement will be similar whenever it's made official.
Miles in 2007 was a special case. The attention was great because he was preparing for a NC game and had been quoted as wanting the Michigan job. Frankly, I think the leaks about his coming here were engineered from his end to bump up his contract. I never thought Martin was going to hire him. If Martin wanted him and Miles was truly interested, that press conference wouldn't have stood in the way of his coming here.
More generally, I doubt that teams are losing out on coaches in the way you describe. I suspect those public denials are mostly made when they weren't taking the job anyway. They haven't stopped plenty of coaches from accepting the job later.
Of course Mullen isn't leaving a team headed for the playoffs. We'll have to wait until their season ends to get any current HC. Whether we'll be patient enough to wait out the CFB or NFL playoffs should be quite independent of when Hoke is fired.
Let's face it, the process of finding a new coach doesn't start on the day you fire the current guy or on the day his replacements might be available. Michigan can't really start that process until a new AD is in place. Having that taken care of in time is important. Having an AD in limbo when other teams are looking around or trying to solidify the contracts of their current coaches puts us behind the curve. I'd guess it also makes us look like a less desirable destination to anyone who might be looking around during that time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Brandon was an outside the box hire.||
The one thing I'm banking on is our new AD will have previous experience as an AD. The Oklahoma AD is an interesting name to hear, since I'm not aware of any Michigan ties. It will be interesting to see what Schlissel does. I doubt that he's working from a list of the best candidates with Michigan connections.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Perhaps you are struggling to recognize subtlety.||
You should think more carefully before accusing someone of blatantly lying.
When does the process of firing someone start, for example? Schlissel could and likely had decided 100% that Brandon had to go. He had already laid the groundwork for replacing him with the regents and major donors. You might consider that part of the process for firing Brandon.
If he chose to adopt a narrower definition, say asking the legal staff to draw up formal termination papers., that's perfectly valid. It's very likely he hadn't quite gotten to that point, given that he needed time to line up an interim.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||pumpkin coffee||
Whooooo, I know how to celebrate!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Why on Earth do we need to see||
whether Nuss is a legit coach? Do we really want him to be the coach next season? I don't care if he's good or terrible. I want to aim a lot higer. If the team does better in the next few games there will be a lot of pressure to keep him, rather than to wait around for others to become available. Frankly, I think the team will perform better without Hoke, no matter who's put in charge, so we won't learn much anyway.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Perfect timing for a happy homecoming,||
that it's halloween is a bonus.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||When the alternative is getting fired||
and it has been made clear that it's imminent, then ego is a reason to step down. It does the least damage to his political aspirations.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Beilein's recent track record||
for developing players is going to carry a lot more weight with some recruits. We no longer have to hang our hat on our academics when competing with traditional powers other than Duke.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If the argument is whether RR was||
a coach without serious weaknesses, you win. I thought it was about whether Michigan hamstrung him by being cheap with coordinators.
Shafer was a curious case. RR didn't know him, he hired him off of a reportedly unsolicited resume. I'd say he fell into our lap as opposed to prying him away. I wonder why he was anxious to leave Harbaugh's staff after one season, a successful one at that.
RR did let him run his own defense, until he was unhappy with the results. Purdue was the game where he forced Shafer to run the 3-3-5. There was a lot of tension between Shafer and the assistants as well and we know who RR sided with.
|3 weeks 44 min ago||In another thread tonight||
RR was criticized for not hiring a DC that specialized in the 3-3-5. The pool of experienced DCs that are both good and available is usually pretty small. Trying to use an average salary to pry one away from their current job doesn't add many options, Robinson wasn't even close to the 100 highest paid assistants so I doubt Shafer was either. Now narrow the pool to coaches experienced in running the 3-3-5 and there's not much left. Casteel was planning to come and we got beat out by a small amount.
The problem wasn't that the budget wasn't enough for a decent DC. It wasn't enough for a sure thing. They could have had someone who already worked well with RR and his assistants and who had successfully run his defense. Instead they gambled that things could still work out if they saved a few bucks. Maybe RR deserves most of the blame for not pushing harder.
Brandon made sure he wasn't going to repeat that mistake. I doubt very much the next AD will either.
|3 weeks 48 min ago||That buyout wasn't paid until 6 months later.||
Micihgan was hoping to pay a reduced amount and was willing to let RR get a lot of bad press to do so. It blew up in their face, which might make one question some of their other decisions in handling that transition.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||He was good enough for Matt Millen to hire.||
So there's that on his resume.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Why?||
He's supposed to be a QB guru. Looking at the progression of Gardner and Morris under his tutelage, his next job rates to be a step down.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Maybe he wants another chance to prove||
himself at the highest level. He's more aware of the pressure that comes with it this time around. He might welcome it.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||I have to ask,||
what's unusual about a HC dictating what basic defense or offense his coordinators should run? It's what his assistants were used to teaching. It's his team and he's ultimately the one most responsible for the production on both sides of the ball. This isn't a defense of RR, just a criticism of that tired old critique.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Brandon tied to Hoke||
to that extent seems incredibly unlikely. He's done nothing to support Hoke this year, only saying the same thing he did about RR, that he'll be evaluated at the end of the season. DB is a lot of things, but he's not an idiot and he does care whether our teams are successful.
To your other point, I don't want a coach who looks at our program and thinks that a very low bar for improvement is a plus. I want someone who thinks he can turn us into a NC contender. The more distant that possibility looks, the worse for attracting those coaches.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||The idea that we'll drop off the radar in terms||
of a coaching search is pure fantasy. If anything, not being bowl eligible will intensify the speculation nationally. I'd be very surprised if our job isn't the most talked about from the OSU game until it's filled.At least bowl practices would give people something else to cover.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Nova is so horrible that he leads the Big Ten||
in passing yards and YPA.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||You're not being fair to Schlissel.||
What signs has he shown of incompetence? Even if he wasn't all that knowledgeable about the timing for hiring a new coach, he's not living in a bubble. Surely there are people letting him know that being too deliberate will be a problem.
Let's just suppose that you're right. The new president is completely incompetent, listens to know one or couldn't care less about the football program. If the new AD is hired in January, his first priority is still going to be replacing Hoke. Winning or losing a game or two isn't going to change that. Unless you're also assuming that the new AD is also going to be completely incompetent. In that case, maybe he or she will hire someone even worse than Hoke.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||exactly||
Going one step further, losing out does no one any good. It makes our job opening less attractive, hurts the players and makes the turnaround harder.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That's very likely true.||
QBs commit early. Remember RR was only able to get Justin Feagin as a late pickup.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||No||
There are first hand accounts of Peppers running drills before games and clearly not being ready to go.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I have one name for you, John Beilein.||
Basketball recruiting is generally considered dirtier than football and Michigan is an easier school to recruit for in football anyhow, We're already getting very highly ranked recruiting classes. We just need to pair them with a first rate coach.
Michigan isn't going to sacrifice its principles and it never should. The football program represents the school. It dosn't drive it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'd be happier if this lame duck staff||
stopped putting out any more offers. I don't see how that helps the next staff. They should focus on keeping wavering players in place until things settle out. Grant Perry will be there if the next coach wants him. If Hoke survives by some miracle, he'll be in a better position to recruit and finish the class than he is now.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Has it been shown that other students||
were sent there? If so, that would be an even bigger academic issue. It would also show involvement outside of the AD and AFAM departments.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think Manning is the new Fred Jackson.||
Whoever comes in will likely find a place for him. Everyone else is very likely gone whoever gets the job, excepting John Harbaugh..
Jim Harbaugh took nobody but his coordinators with him from Stanford to the 49ers. He's not likely to bring a bunch of NFL guys here either. I don't think we have any clues as to who he might hire. A current college HC like Mullen would probably bring most of his current staff.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Meyer took full advantage of PSU's||
implosion after their scandal broke.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||$5M isn't opening up the checkbook for Jim Harbaugh.||
It's an attempt to lowball him. He could likely pull down $7M in the NFL. John Harbaugh is already making that much.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Someone remind me of Hoke's title.||
We have a booster paying his salary and another one paying Nussmeier's. It's not unusual. Auburn has basically had boosters making hiring decisions because they were paying the salaries.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Going one step further, I doubt that they||
would be meeting on the coach's or AD's home turf. A flight to Misiissippi could be to meet Jeff Long. I don't think they're at the point to interview coaches anyway. The AD is going to come first.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Schlissel is not going to fire him for hiring Hoke.||
He's already made it clear what he's unhappy about.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Those strong NFL ties would be valuable||
if we could recruit players out of the league. Otherwise I don't get the point. Doesn't it just mean he'll be able to get a DC job with another team?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, you're spot on about the apology.||
It's the most ridiculous statement I can remember a Michigan coach making. If he wants to apologize to Dantonio personally after the game, fine, but leave at that.
If Hoke's in a mood to make public apologies, I can think of many he could make. He should start with punting on 4th and 3 in the 4th Q. Giving up at that point has to demoralize the team.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Making the elite eight qualifies as a disaster?||
As I recall they were even the favorite to win it all after beating us in the BTT finals.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||They talk about season ending injuries.||
Let's not get carried away.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Nussmeier wants to be a HC.||
This job was clearly supposed to be a short stop before he got that opportunity. I've never heard of a penalty for an assistant coach leaving for another job. I doubt it's done anywhere.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Fred Jackson is the better choice than Nuss||
for interim in every possible way. That's not sarcasm.
When was the last time Michigan hasn't kept the interim on a full time basis? Fisher, Ellerbe, Moeller, Carr. If the team plays better under Nussmeier there will be a real chance he keeps the job. In fact, I think he would become the odds on favorite if the Harbaughs don't jump at it right away. Frankly, I think the team will play better for any interim coach, so it won't show much.
While this scenario is better than we have right now, what isn't? Michigan needs a change in direction, not an easy way out of doing so. Name Jackson and it's not an audition for the job. He's a true interim, not someone where people are saying they want to see what he can do. He should have an easier time handling the extra responsibility than any first year coach. Jackson knows the people, he knows his way around the AD and he's comfortable with the media.
Nussmeier is a better HC candidate down the road. That has nothing to do with whether he would be better taking over tomorrow. He's still the OC and QB coach. I can't think of a single person in a worse position to take on extra duties right now.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Chip Kelly???||
So with Brandon around we may have to settle for someone like that? OK.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This is dead wrong.||
Getting the right coach is 100X more important than worrying about this recruiting class. Who's going to be available in mid-December? I'm not crossing any names off the list because we have to wait for their season to end. The coaching search might have started already, but we need to settle the AD position before we get too far.
I'm in favor of naming an interim too, but Nussmeier would be far down my list of choices. He has more than enough to worry about as it is. I hate the idea that we might settle for hiring the interim if the team shows some improvement. Fred Jackson. would be my first choice.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Why not end the season well?||
If anything, it should make the job a little more attractive. I'm only in favor of appointing an interim who would not be considered for the job next year, like Jackson or Hechlinski. Nussmeier has more than enough to do as it is.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||damn doubles||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Just be glad that you didn't work hard to get a degree in||
the AFAM department. You might want to settle down and have some sympathy for those fellow alums of yours. Nobody really thinks your degree is fake.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Of course the faculty likes Hoke.||
He's a likeable guy and he lets them sit in on film sessions.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think we stand to gain somehing||
by canning Hoke now. It's possible that whoever gets promoted to the interim job might actually do a decent job. There's also the possibility that some have tuned Hoke out and it no longer matters what he does. Sometimes a change only for the sake of change is warranted.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The rest of the staff would still be there.||
They have most of the contact with recruits. Their job will be easier if the team starts playing better. I'd take my chances of that happening with Hoke out of the picture.
The head coach's job is to be the closer. I don't see how he can credibly tell any parent that he's going to be there to care of their son. We don't need a closer right now. We need someone to keep kids from bolting before they see who the new coach is going to be.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||What's the reasoning behind Hoke saving his job today?||
This would be a big upset only because he's run this team into the ground. The big picture is that his teams are going backwards year to year. Slowing the acceleraton of the decline over a few games would be nice. But that's all he would be doing and that's not nearly enough.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||Morris is ready to play this week||
and is Gardner's backup, according to Hoke.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||not likely Harris||
Yesterday Hoke said he was doing more at practice.
My guess is that two of the players aren't on the depth chart. We haven't heard about their injuries yet. I think there's only one obvious candidate among the group whose injuries are more or less known.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||That's just not true regarding academics.||
Admissions has rejected a number of players who were fully qualified by NCAA standards. They don't often make it all the way to LOI day before that happens like it did with Adrian Witty. Sometimes late in the recruiting process UM has to drop someone they thought would get in like Anthony Standifer. Admissions was unhappy when RR brought in too many players close to NCAA's minimum standards.
There are always some recruits who are uncertain about meeting the NCAA standards. Part of the reason you see some big classes, (Miss St is currently at 30), is that they're padded with kids unlikely to be eligible. Michigan does not accept those players. If they did, Burbridge would probably be here now.
Let's not forget JuCos and transfers. It's very difficult to get them into Michigan. It's routine most places.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not suggesting athletes' majors||
should mirror the entire student body's. Some majors present scheduling challenges that are hard to overcome, nursing is one example. I agree too, that their academic profile as a group is below the average, so we should expect fewer athletes in the most rigorous majors.
Guidance conselors could offer useful advice, but when most of the team shares a single major, I have to wonder why. Most of the answers won't reflect well on the school or the program. Players could have a lot of reasons to choose one field over another and could often do so after taking at least a couple of semesters. There should be a happy medium in there.
My idea of a legitimate education has little to do with the field of study. I'm concerned with whether the departments are run honestly or whether they're just designed to keep athletes eligible.
I didn't think you were suggesting that there needs to be an easy major for some athletes that can't keep up with the other students. I don't agree with that idea. That's just taking the easy way out when your mission is to educate your students.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Of all the coordinators,||
I find Pruitt the most intriguing. I'm looking for a detail oriented coach that's going to push his assistants. One question with coordinators is what kind of staff they will assemble. He could address the lack of recruiting connenctions in our region there. No matter who's coaching next year I expect to see Roy Manning on the staff. He's poised to take Fred Jackson's role.
I don't see Bud Foster geting a high major HC job. By this point you really have to wonder why no else has hired him. What AD is going to risk finding out the hard way?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Should we expect athletes to enroll in the same||
courses as non-athletes? Absolutely we should, without exception.
A legitimate college education is the most important and valuable reward most of them get for representing their schools. Cheating them out of that is inexcusable. That's not to say they have to take the most rigorous majors. Those that can handle them should, if they so desire. I'm uncormfortable with schools shepherding the bulk of their athletes into a single major. It's a common practice, even at Stanford. Done properly, those classes and majors are open to all students and the professors keep the same standards as every other department. It's hard to be confident that's what happens most places.
Michigan doesn't accept everyone that meets NCAA minimum qualifications. They're reluctant to accept JuCos and transfers. That drives some fans crazy, but the point is not to put athletes into academic situations they can't handle. Tutoring, superior time management and the right environment can help a lot of student athletes outperform their HS resumes.
Unfortunately, I think academic cheating is rampart in college sports. Maybe the depths that UNC sunk to will spur reform at some other campuses, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I have a lot of respect for Notre Dame's emphasis on academics. I'm afraid that more often it's the institutions cheating on grades rather than the players.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||There have been conflicting reports.||
The people who could clarify them aren't going to. One is that DB thought Harbaugh was coming. Things changed when the SF job opened. No AD is going to say he hired his second or third or whatever choice if he doesn't have to. Another report is that DB wanted Hoke all along. He's going to say so, but who knows if that's true. One of them seems more likely to me.