this guy evidently hired to work for AD
|2 days 19 hours ago||If that was his goal, you||
If that was his goal, you know he could just tell them, right? That's what an agent's job is. You don't have to leak it to the press for your other potential suitors to know what they need to pay.
|3 days 18 hours ago||First - Martellus Bennett is||
First - Martellus Bennett is not that good. Second - Matt Forte is 29 and Brandon Marshall is 30. Both of those guys have just a couple high level years left. And Jay Cutler sucks. The Bears aren't doing anything for a while.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Champions refers to more than||
Champions refers to more than just the football field.
|4 days 17 hours ago||4 Loco till dawn for me.||
4 Loco till dawn for me.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I kinda thought I had dibs on||
I kinda thought I had dibs on MGoBrewMom.
|6 days 5 hours ago||You could certainly argue||
You could certainly argue that Ross has more invested in Michigan, between time and money, than he has in Miami. He could sell the Dolphins today and recoup what he paid and he's done. He's not getting his 250MM back from Michigan.
|1 week 14 hours ago||I'm not sure how many of the||
I'm not sure how many of the UK guys are lottery picks - though most of them are draft picks.
Remember - all of the 76ers are NBA draft picks, and have gotten better since then. And many were lottery picks, plus you've weeded out who is a bust.
|1 week 20 hours ago||I don't get it.||
I don't get it.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Hutchinson was from Florida||
Hutchinson was from Florida too, IIRC. And current standout Mason Cole. I wouldn't mind another Martavious Odoms, either.
|1 week 1 day ago||Any coach who comes in with a||
Any coach who comes in with a track record for success will recruit very well right off the bat. Look at James Franklin - PSU isn't as big of a name as MIchigan and James Franklin hasn't had a ton of success as a HC, but some. Yet just by being "new" and selling "hope" he has recruited incredibly well. Hoke did the same thing, remember? Any new Michigan coach will sell to recruits all the normal Michigan stuff plus "bringing Michigan back to the top." That will last a couple years regardless of on-field success, and then we will have to win.
That's why I don't care how long it takes to get a coach. When we get one, recruits will come. What I care about is getting a coach who can win so that the recruits keep coming 3+ years down the road.
|1 week 1 day ago||In regards to your 3rd||
In regards to your 3rd paragraph - yes that's possible, but we have no reason to assume this. It's a successful firm that has worked with lots of other big organizatoins (with good results). To assume they totally botched what they do well is probably not the safest assumption.
As for your last paragraph - do you want the guys those schools hired? Because I sure don't. But you're exactly right that if we wanted to avoid the search firm and hire a mediocre coach, we could have done that by now.
|1 week 1 day ago||The only way your last||
The only way your last paragraph could be a legitimate criticim of the search firm is if both a) Miles was left off the list by the firm, and b) Miles wanted to take the job (because part of the job of the firm is to guage interest - they won't include anyone on the list who wouldn't take the job if offered).
We don't know either of those things, so you can't blame the search firm for that. It's entirely possible that Miles was on that list and Brandon passed on him.
|1 week 1 day ago||Sure, he recruits in a||
Sure, he recruits in a talent-rich environment, but he also competes directly with Texas, TAMU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia. Those are heavy hitters and he wins on lots of top recruits. And that's not because he had lots of Southern ties before he got there.
Michigan doesn't have the talent that Louisiana has. But they have far less local competition and they are able to cast a wider net. Michigan can bring in LSU-level recruiting classes by focusing on MI and OH and grabbing kids from CA, MD/NJ, VA/NC or Texas a few times a year.
|1 week 1 day ago||We really don't. If we get a||
We really don't. If we get a good coach, getting him on Jan 6th (which is my birthday so that would be awesome) will be just as good as now. Not a lot of recruiting will happen between now and then anyway, and it's a small class. I want to get a good coach that will win with our talent, and the recruiting will follow. Let's not let recruiting impact our decision here even 1%.
|1 week 1 day ago||I agree, I'm OK with that||
I agree, I'm OK with that too. But it's possible that we can have our cake and eat it too.
This is why MIchigan has reached out to their non-Harbaugh options. If Herman is a legitimate option for Michigan, they likely had a conversation that went something like "You are one of our top non-Harbaugh options and it's entirely possibe he's not an option. We intend to consider you very seriously, so don't go out and jump at the first job offer you get that isn't as good as us."
If Herman gets offered the job at Houston and he has a shot at the Michigan job, he will likely tell Houston they need to wait on Michigan's decision. If they don't, he can get a job similar to Houston every year if he wants.
|1 week 1 day ago||Haha, that makes more sense.||
Haha, that makes more sense. I probably just read it wrong, and it was gone shortly thereafter.
He probably texts, so the rumor must be true.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well, that's not only silly,||
Well, that's not only silly, but that's not the way those firms work. They don't make the choice for you, they give you a number of options so you can pick what you like best.
The only way I could bring you girls without bringing you any ugly ones is if I just brought you fewer girls (and I didn't say ugly, I said ugliest - there will always be an ugliest even if there are two and both are very attractive). If I gave you 20 girls and you don't want the ugliest one(s) than don't date them. If I brought you both ugly and hot girls and you picked an ugly one, whose fault is that? Maybe the uglier ones were super nice or smart (or dumb, whatever you like) or rich or loved pleasing you while you play video games. I give you options, and you pick the option you like best.
A search firm doesn't replace the interview process. It just finds people for the interview process.
Maybe a better dating example: You want to date girls but you don't know where to find them so I bring you to a party where lots of available girls will be hanging out. Now you do the rest.
|1 week 1 day ago||It wasn't anything new, but||
It wasn't anything new, but someone claimed they say a text message from Gary Moeller confirming it. I hope that's not too much info.
I'm actually surprised that Gary Moeller knows how to text message. Outside of RichRod, finding out that any ex-M HC sends text messages is a surprise to me.
|1 week 1 day ago||You know search firms don't||
You know search firms don't hire people, right? They just find candidates, and then it's the company's job to interview and decide. So yeah, that search firm brought Hoke and Brandon in as candidates, along with every other reasonable candidate, but Michigan picked them.
Example: If you asked me to find you a girlfriend, and I found 20 single girls who were interested in you, whose fault is it when you pick the ugliest one?
|1 week 1 day ago||Any other coach offered the||
Any other coach offered the job (that we're considering) would take it now. They want to get started on their new job as soon as possible. They want to get a staff in place, get recruting, get meeting their team, etc. Unless they have a legit shot at a national title (which none of our candidates have with maaaybe the exception of Herman, but that's as an OC, not a head coach) they will leave their team immediately, as they should.
|1 week 1 day ago||Which position group on our||
Which position group on our team is undersized? Serious question.
I don't fucking buy this at all. We've had guys who were underdeveloped and the scheme wasn't always great. Our DBs were disappointing, but that doesn't have anything to do with bulk. Our OL was pretty young, but still not small for Big Ten standards.
So which guys on our team should have been bigger?
|1 week 1 day ago||First of all, he has not||
First of all, he has not coached most of these players before. The only guys he will have coached before are the 5th year seniors who likely didn't play when he was there last because they were redshirting. And I don't know why that's a good reason anyway.
Why is his record not bad and what does it being Pitt football have to do with it? Pitt is not a bad football program, and in his time there he lost to teams such as Akron (this year) and Youngstown St, both at home. He went 6-6 all 3 seasons, so he showed absolutely no improvement. And it's not like he had a murderer's row of a schedule. A good test is: If this guy didn't have previous ties to Wisconsin, would he still be a good hire? I can't imagine why.
In what world is this an A+ hire? I would say it's incredibly underwhelming, but maybe I should expect that from Wisconsin now.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not sure that's a great||
I'm not sure that's a great argument, just because it happened once 30 years ago. Typically guys who have a very mediocre first coaching stop don't kill it at the next one.
|1 week 1 day ago||So after going 19-19 in 3||
So after going 19-19 in 3 seasons at Pitt, Wisconsin just had to have him, huh? And people wonder why we're taking so much time.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not sure, but maybe Bob||
I'm not sure, but maybe Bob Stoops? I'm not sure what that has to do with your arguement directly.
I agree that it's a risk. A risk doesn't mean he's doomed, so saying "Bob Stoops" doesn't refute the fact that he's a risk, because then I can say "Will Muschamp" and we can go on for days. The reality is, elite programs don't hire coordinators who have never been HCs very often at all. Sometimes they do when they feel they have an awesome guy on their staff already, but there's a reason that's not the recommended method. It's risky.
|1 week 2 days ago||Exactly. If I offered you||
Exactly. If I offered you (not you Brian, but the guy above who asked) a job at a comparable company, that was a step up from what you were doing now and was going to pay you 5x or so more for doing it - would you take it? There are very few circumstances where the answer isn't "In a heart beat."
Herman doesn't have any special connections to OSU or Columbus, and even if he has family nearby, it's not a huge geographic move. It's totally possible he doesn't accept a HC job at a smaller school because the increase may only be double or less. But to go from coordinator anywhere for HC at Michigan is an absolute no-brainer if offered.
|1 week 2 days ago||But every coach does that.||
But every coach does that. RichRod did that. Gary Anderson is doing that this year, so is McElwain. This is common.
Once he has accepted the job at the head coach of the University of Michigan, he will be a little conflicted in his current position and even if he doesn't feel that way, I bet his players and fellow coaches will.
Unless you are suggesting we don't even sign him up until after the playoff is over, in which case I would only want to do that if we had to. But based on the Harbaugh timeline and the fact that OSU isn't going to win their first game, that wouldn't be that long from now.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sure. But one guy has rings||
Sure. But one guy has rings to flaunt, and another doesn't.
|1 week 2 days ago||Even if you take out the||
Even if you take out the obvious promotion and career progression, he would get about a 300% pay raise, or more.
|1 week 2 days ago||You're listing two guys who||
You're listing two guys who were a) head coaches at those schools, not OCs, and b) guys who were much farther along in their careers than Herman was at ISU.
This does not by itself refute his performance, but it's not exactly apples and oranges. Both of those guys had extensive experience as OCs before going to those schools and boosting their offenses, and even in those cases it took a few years. It may have taken a few more at ISU, but he didn't stay there long enough.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not only Saban's players. It||
Not only Saban's players. It was his third year there, so lots of contributors were his recruits. And he still had to coach them. Does Urban not get credit for his first BCS title because they were Zook's players?
Muschamp had Urban's players. Kiffin had Carroll's players. Just because you follow a great coach with good players doesn't mean you win a national championship.
|1 week 3 days ago||Let's assume, for the sake of||
Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that you have two coaches, Plan A and Plan B. You offer the job to Plan A, and he says he won't tell you the answer right now, maybe not for a few weeks. Do you talk to Plan B and get that all set so that in the event Plan A says no, Plan B is good to go? Or do you not say one goddamned thing to Plan B until Plan A says no and you set yourself back a few weeks and maybe screw up Plan B alogether?
Talking to Plan B right now means absolutely nothing about Plan A's likelihood. So chill, bro.
|1 week 3 days ago||Guys we're getting Harbaugh,||
Guys we're getting Harbaugh, everybody chill out.
|1 week 3 days ago||How could "Michigan reached||
How could "Michigan reached out to Les Miles" mean absolutely anything unambiguously other than Michigan reached out to Les Miles?
|1 week 3 days ago||Even if we weren't||
Even if we weren't interested, I'm not sure why we would care if his agent spread lies to get him an extension or raise. I'm sure Jim Hackett would rather Les have money than LSU.
|1 week 3 days ago||There's really no rush.||
There's really no rush. What's going to happen between Sunday and the end of the year? That's only 2 weeks, it includes Christmas and it's during a no-contact recruiting period. Give the guy until the end of the season. Once Jan 1 rolls around, you tell him you need an answer.
|1 week 3 days ago||Saint Brady? What the hell||
Saint Brady? What the hell does that mean?
|1 week 3 days ago||That's pretty debateable.||
That's pretty debateable. He'l get one extra year of pay, sure, but likely at about 800k/year at the most, I'd bet. If you say he has a 5 year career, that's only 160k more per year. Staying an extra year and upping his draft stock could get him waaaay more than 160k more per year. It would also get him a degree, which will certainly help him from age 28-65.
|1 week 4 days ago||But I'm joking, he meant||
But I'm joking, he meant "cue." "Cue up the band." "What's my cue?"
|1 week 4 days ago||Isn't it queue?||
Isn't it queue?
|1 week 4 days ago||Look - I like Gardner. But||
Look - I like Gardner. But he would have never seen the field at Oregon. Most of their QBs have been quite good right out of the gate. That's on them, not the coaches. Gardner looked awful right out of the gate, and although he improved in many areas, he didn't improve enough in most.
And it's not just on the coaches. He went to elite QB coaches every offseason too, and he still could never get over the hump. At some point it's on the player.
|1 week 5 days ago||If he can find a QB who isn't||
If he can find a QB who isn't in love with turnovers he'll do just fine.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's a very subjective||
That's a very subjective opinion that I happen to disagree with.
|1 week 5 days ago||Of course it's unlikely, but||
Of course it's unlikely, but the poster asked if they will be eliminated and the answer is no. However, if the Packers win tonight, a Niner loss and a Lions win over the Vikings would be enough to do it.
It's the NFL and crazy stuff happens at the end of the year.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's definitely true that his||
It's definitely true that his run in NO is coming to an end soon, and I think 3-6 years is really ambitious. NFL teams are extremely QB-reliant (unless they have an awesome D which NO does not) and Brees turns 36 in January. His stats this season are down from where they have been the last few years (already as many INTs as last year, lowest YPA since 2010 and on pace for fewest yards since 2010 and 2010 was already a down year for him).
He likely know he had a great run with Drew Brees and Michigan may be his best chance to snag an awesome contract with better job security right now.
|1 week 5 days ago||They would not be eliminated||
They would not be eliminated because outside of Seattle and Arizona, none of the other teams you listed have 10 wins yet. It's still possible that Dallas or Philly could lose out and that the Lions or Packers could lose out and the 49ers get the last playoff spot.
That's super unlikely, but still possible so they wouldn't be eliminated, especially because they have the tie-breaker against the Cowboys. Since Dallas will likely lose at Philly next week, that will still be in play. The Lions play the Vikings next weekend, which they will probably win but it's the NFL so you never know. If The Niners lose and both the Packers (which they could do tonight) and Lions get to 10 wins, they're out.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't think the candidate||
I don't think the candidate Cowherd was referring to is actually Belicheck. I think that was a joke. Especially since he's still saying he won't say who the candidate is.
|1 week 5 days ago||OK - I admittedly am not||
OK - I admittedly am not familiar at all with this particular site, and since it has gotten so much airtime lately, not only here but also by guys like RJ Bell and other national people, I assumed it was legit and indicative of actual Vegas lines.
My statements were regarding an actual Vegas line, so if this site isn't legit, then yes, that changes my opinion of all of this. If it's such a junky site, why are we even talking about it? In that case, it should be disregarded completely.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not only the growth in||
Not only the growth in traffic/credibility of the blog, but I know Brian has been diligent in obtaining and fostering sources within the program. Obviously the success of the site makes that process easier as well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Because that would be a lot||
Because that would be a lot of M fans throwing around a lot of money simply on something they "want" to happen. Most people on gambling sites don't throw around large sums based solely on fandom. Those who do aren't on gambling sites very long.
Most movement you see on national bets has a lot more to do with what the smart money is doing. Professional gamblers who make smart bets, not fans.
My point is, there could be real information out there, and all of the people who know it are putting max bets on it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Love that gif. Got the play||
Love that gif. Got the play card up just at the right time. That's a trick someone should have taught Brian Kelly. I saw some similar words come out of Tom Brady's mouth last night, but he didn't have the luxury of the play card.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just to be clear, you think||
Just to be clear, you think Mullen is not coming?
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah - that much movement||
Yeah - that much movement sounds like more than just optimistic M fans looking to double down on their optimism. That's serious money, so it's either people dialed in or M fans who are optimistic for a reason.
|1 week 5 days ago||Exactly. I don't know why||
Exactly. I don't know why people think that because this stint didn't work out that Hoke can't be a successful coach somewhere. We said the same thing about RichRod, that he couldn't handle the big time.
The thing is, and I love DG as a person, but if Hoke had a good QB while he was here, and maybe that falls on Borges, he would still have his job. His offense was pretty sweet with Ryan Lindley at SDSU. No reason he can't do that again with better recruits at Oregon State.
|1 week 5 days ago||Seriously. What a awful||
Seriously. What a awful thing to say. I love sports as much as anyone, but it bothers me when peoples' fandom supercedes being a good person. There's no need for that.
|1 week 5 days ago||I know making fun of Brady||
I know making fun of Brady Hoke is the new cool thing to go around here, but he would be a great hire for them and will have success. He recruits the west coast well and would have no problem finding a great staff. If I were Oregon State, I'd jump all over that.
|1 week 5 days ago||Agreed. He's a great coach||
Agreed. He's a great coach who we should be happy with. Only downside to him is he's as big of a flight risk to the NFL as any coach we're considering.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes, that's true. The better||
Yes, that's true. The better way to put it is "you never know when your last shot is at Michigan." It's possible he gets another shot at it, but it's also possible he doesn't.
It's like dating a girl. If you break up with her, you might get another shot to date her, but if the next guy she finds is just as good to her as you were, you'll be out of luck.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not all the fans love him.||
Not all the fans love him. My neighbor is a lifetime Niner fan and he's still pissed at Harbaugh for getting rid of Alex Smith and putting all his eggs in Kaepernick's basket. And after this season, that's not a bad point.
|1 week 6 days ago||Definitely an actual||
Definitely an actual calculation. Because that sort of thing is possible.
|1 week 6 days ago||Which fraternity is this?||
Which fraternity is this? Just out of curiosity.
|1 week 6 days ago||Of course they do. So, in||
Of course they do. So, in this instance, it means all the smart money was betting Harbaugh to Michigan, even when the odds when to near-even. Vegas only pulls a bet when an incredible percentage is all betting on one side.
|1 week 6 days ago||Typically, I would lean||
Typically, I would lean toward not believing a poster with 1 point named "Mgojizz," but this sounds legit to me.
|1 week 6 days ago||Exactly - and there's really||
Exactly - and there's really no reason to be in a hurry. Our competitors have already hired their guys and they hired guys we didn't want. Outside of about a week or recruiting (which is really not that big of a deal) we have nothing to lose by taking our time and being as deliberate as possible.
|1 week 6 days ago||What that has happened so far||
What that has happened so far convinces you it's dumb? We are currently in the running for one of the best HCs in all of football, possibly in the running for a handful of other good-to-great college HCs and, the best news of all, we haven't hired anyone shitty (yet). What have you read that has been the least bit bad, aside from the fact that Harbaugh hasn't yet signed a contract?
|1 week 6 days ago||I was under the impression||
I was under the impression she lived in San Diego. That's where his kids were going to school.
|1 week 6 days ago||I've got a brand new McCallan||
I've got a brand new McCallan 18 that I just bought from Costco. I promise to kill the whole thing if this happens. My heart will be racing so fast that I won't even get drunk.
|1 week 6 days ago||Everyone on the planet||
Everyone on the planet thought Joe Nathan and Joakim Soria were good relievers.
|1 week 6 days ago||Fuck. Harbaugh lives much||
Fuck. Harbaugh lives much closer to the San Jose airport, so that plane at SFO must have been there for...I've got nothing.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Did you ask him about Amadou||
Did you ask him about Amadou Ba? I would always ask about Amadou Ba.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Of course it's designed to be||
Of course it's designed to be a win for the house, otherwise there would be no houses. That's like saying a restaurant is set up so that the money you give them is actually more than it costs them to make the food. Because that's the point.
All casinos are set up to make money, but in the long term for a large sample size. Depending on the game, the house wins between 51 and 58 percent of the time. The trick is to figure out how to be in the 42-49% that wins more often than not.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Don't rain on my parade.||
Don't rain on my parade.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||That's actually a really good||
That's actually a really good point. Rarely do you get to make actual Vegas bets on something you control. I think Harbaugh should throw a cool million down on Michigan and then take the job. That could cover his first year's salary.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Exactly. There are a dozen||
Exactly. There are a dozen reasons why Harbaugh might not take the job, but none of them are because he wants to stick it to Michigan. So why should we be mad at him? If he feels something else is best for him right now, that's fine. I don't see why that would rule him out if there is a next time.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||This is so wrong. First of||
This is so wrong. First of all, it's entirely possible that this job isn't open for another 10 years, and it's also possible that 10 years from now Harbaugh isn't available or desirable. He'll be old and who knows how hot his star is burning by that point. I'm sure Harbaugh will still be a solid HC by then, but people thought Les Miles could have the job whenever he wanted to and sometimes there are just better options out there.
It's certainly possible that this isn't the last time Harbaugh has a shot at the job, but far from a certainty. And if his dream is to be a long-time M head coach like Bo, then this may be his last shot at that.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||The products I will be||
The products I will be selling have more to do with kidney stones than prostates and erections, but if you've ever had to pass a stone, you'd agree that stone management deserves applause as well.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is 100% true. The guys||
This is 100% true. The guys we still have will stay, half the guys who decommitted will come back and a couple dozen uncommitted or committed elsewhere guys will be looking to jump on board. And we still only have like 15 slots (which won't go up by much because our current guys will want to stay and play for him.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It won't. Florida and||
It won't. Florida and Nebraska already hired their guys and CSU and Oregon State aren't taking any of our candidates. Any solid coach is prepping for his bowl game or his next pro opponent so they aren't going anywhere in the meantime. And I'm sure all of our Plan B guys know what's happening and that they'll be strongly considered if JH says no, so it's not like we'd have to start everything over at that point.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. I cared so much||
Agreed. I cared so much about recruiting the last 7 years, and I've learned that great recruiting means little when you have poor coaching and poor recruiting means little when you have great coaching (MSU). I also know that if we hire the right guy, recruiting will fall into place almost by itself (plus half of December is a no-contact period anyway) so I don't think recruiting should play a role in this decision in the slightest bit. Not even 1%.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. If he said anything||
Agreed. If he said anything else, he'd be doing a disservice to LSU.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I mean, does this mean a||
I mean, does this mean a whole lot? Coaches always say they're staying until they're not, and that doesn't make them bad people. I would handle my job the same way.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sometimes trades go that way||
Sometimes trades go that way guys, and it's not always because Dombrowski is an idiot. Fister had an awesome year last year in the NL, but we don't know he'll do that every year or if he would have looked that good in the AL (because he never did before).
And even if you want to blame DD for that, then you have to give him major credit for the Prince Fielder trade, and those together result in a major net-gain for the Tigs.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We flipped that centerpiece||
We flipped that centerpiece into a more proven commodity. Is that bad?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah - the Niners are not out||
Yeah - the Niners are not out of it at all. The Lions have the Bucs this weekend at home, so they should win that, but both the Cards and Seahawks have tough games this weekend and the Niners get the Seahawks next week. A lot will shakeout in the next couple of weeks.
If the Niners could just lose to the Raiders this weekend or the Seahawks and/or Cardinals pull off a win, that would be great.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's fucked up. I wanted||
That's fucked up. I wanted clean as a whistle in 2008. In 2014 I was "guy who can win without being totally dirty."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Mountain Time Zone, but yeah.||
Mountain Time Zone, but yeah.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I, on the other hand, am in a||
I, on the other hand, am in a unique spot. I am in my last week of my current job this week and I'm mentally checked out. Therefore, I can live in MGoBlog. Next week, my first week of the new job, will be spent primarily in my home office getting HR paperwork done, IT stuff set up, etc. and I'll be able to spend lots of time online.
Then the next week I leave for training where I will have very little time to spend checking this stuff and I need to actually focus on learning interventional urology. So if we could have this all wrapped up by then, that would be great.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||He turned down 2 jobs this||
He turned down 2 jobs this past offseason - University of Texas and University of Washington, his alma mater. I feel like he's not coming here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||So he congratulated a coach?||
So he congratulated a coach? Big deal.
Any by permanent, he means LSU, not that he'll permanently be there.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well Michigan gives at least||
Well Michigan gives at least as much institutional advatage so if he comes here and wins just as much that's OK with me.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly, it's not 2007, the||
Exactly, it's not 2007, the year he won a national championship. It's also not 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013 when he won 10 or more games. It is not one of the 5 seasons his team finished ranked in the top 10 in the country.
But holy smokes, he might do some of those things again, right?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I don't if I should pos you||
I don't if I should pos you because of how accurate this could be or neg you for the same reason.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously. You have two guys||
Seriously. You have two guys (Stoops and Miles) with a national championship each, conference titles and multiple BCS trips and 10 win seasons. Then you have a guy whose best selling point is one 10-2 season where he finished second in his division. Outside of that, Mullen has been a middle of the road HC and a coordinator on a great team. He's not an awful hire if it works out that way, but to put him ahead of Stoops and Miles is nutty.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. Not very many||
Agreed. Not very many coordinators go straight from coordinator to the Big Time. Even Mahlzahn went to Akransas State first, Strong went to Louisville, McElwain to CSU, etc. Get a proven commodity.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No one is dooming him to||
No one is dooming him to failure, but I think we have the right to give our opinion of the hire in the meantime. We can look at the track record of the coach they fired vs the coach replacing him and say that all evidence points to Nebraska taking a step back rather than a step forward.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Fans have a tendancy to say||
Fans have a tendancy to say that a coach underachieves if he's really good but does anything short of Nick Saban. If you coach a team and are really good and only win the national championship one time, you underachieved. Because if you win it once, you need to win it all the times, or else you're not doing your job. People say Mark Richt underachieves and people said Lloyd Carr underachieved, and I disagree with both but Stoops has done more than each of those guys.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||How many offensive||
How many offensive coordinators does OSU have? Urban is an offensive guy, then they have Warinner and Herman? No wonder they score so many points! Maybe our problem was we just needed more OCs.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think Nebraska will||
I don't think Nebraska will be a bust with him, but will be do better than Pelini did? Because he never did better than that at Oregon St, when a lot of those years the Pac 12 is as bad or worse than the Big Ten is now. If Nebraska was coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons and needed someone to get them to "good" then Mike Riley would be a good hire. But they have been a 9-to-10 win team for half a decade looking to get over the hump and Riley has never been able to do that.
He has never coached in a conference championship game or a major bowl game and has never been able to recruit with the big boys. Clearly Nebraska isn't OK with 9-3 and I see no evidence why Mike Riley is more likely to get them above that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, he absolutely turned||
Yeah, he absolutely turned around SDSU. They hadn't been over .500 in forever, and in 2 yeards Hoke had them at 9-4. Keep in mind, he lost those 4 games by a total of 15 points and 3 of those 4 losses were to good (and current P5) teams - Mizzou, TCU and Utah. They have been above .500 every year since. That is a turnaround.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hard to compete with that Gil||
Hard to compete with that Gil Turner.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If I were Oregon State I||
If I were Oregon State I would be all over that (outside of the whole playing Michigan part, which might be enough for Hoke not to take it). Oregon State isn't going to do much better, Hoke has west coast recruiting ties and the las time a Pac 12 team took our leftovers it worked out OK.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I follow the Pac-12 quite||
I follow the Pac-12 quite closely, and I don't see this as much of a hire. I'm not sure he really said no to USC 3 times - it's possible before the Carroll hire since USC wasn't as great of a job yet, and he might have said no during the Kiffin hire because of all the sanctions, but why would he have said no to USC a year ago only to take the Nebraska job this year?
Mike Riley reminds me of Brady Hoke in that he's a great guy that his players and other coaches love, and everyone talks about how great of a coach he is. And he's certainly a good coach, but has never really been able to get over the hump. He's put together a lot of solid teams, but no really great ones and a few downright bad ones (including this year).
That's just not a very inspiring hire if you ask me.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||He didn't even put together||
He didn't even put together one big year in a time where the Pac-10 wasn't exactly murderers row. If you can go to Rose Bowls at Washington State, you can do it at Oregon State. If you can go 10-2 at Miss St. in the SEC West, you can do it at Oregon State. He didn't.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You're right, Mike Riley is||
You're right, Mike Riley is not a 5-7 coach. However, his best season ever (record-wise) he went 9-3 before losing the Alamo Bowl (and thus finishing 9-4). His best post-season ranking is 18th, and in 14 seasons he has finished the year ranked 4 times (18, 20, 21, 25).
So it's probably better to say he's a 7-5 coach. If you take out his first 2 years at Oregon State, he's 85-66. That's a .563 win clip over 12 seasons when you take out two rebuilding years. That's just a little worse than 7-5.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Then what would it be like||
Then what would it be like with both of them? They could double-team the recruits. Who says no to that?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You made a bad post. Too||
You made a bad post. Too vague. "The factions are making their push." That tells me nothing. Give a little more info and you'll get a little more love.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Would you mind explaining||
Would you mind explaining what the hell it is you're talking about? There is a power play by the Lloyd faction? Is the other faction down a man? Stop it with the lingo and spit it out.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think people are saying he||
I think people are saying he will likely leave his situation because everyone always does. Young coaches who win at non-elite programs leave for elite programs when given the opportunity. Strong left Louisville for Texas. Urban left Utah for Florida. Franklin left Vandy for Penn State. Sarkisian left Washington for USC.
There are situations where guys stay at their non-elite school, but those examples are few and far between. And when they exist, it's often and age or geography thing. There are very few instances where a hot, young coach is at a lesser school and forgoes big offers from big programs. Even Chris Peterson eventually caved.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No one is saying there aren't||
No one is saying there aren't reasons to stay where you are or that you can't turn any school into a proven winner. Could Urban Meyer have stayed at Utah and done everything he did at Florida? It's possible, but very unlikely and at the very least it would have taken a whole lot longer.
TCU and Baylor are both unique situations, in a league that lost three of its best teams (TAMU, Nebraska and Missouri) and has it's giant (Texas) currently in a downturn. And Gary Patterson has been building TCU for a while now, so that wasn't just an overnight success. Also unlike Miss St, TCU and Baylor are in a super talent-rich state, where convincing kids to stay at home isn't a bad sell. The Dalles-FTW Metroplex has the highest concentration of D1 talent of anywhere in the country, and the only P5 school within a hundred miles is TCU. The one that's 100 miles away? Baylor. Miss St. doesn't have any fertile recruiting grounds like that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah - that's what I was||
Yeah - that's what I was thinking. I know he was an NFL bust, and that has a lot more to do with his attitude than anything else, but he was incredible in college. He absolutely slaughtered a pretty talented ND team in his last bowl game, a big reason he went #1 over Megatron.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I agree with that.||
Yeah, I agree with that. Especially since if he's not interested in Michigan, he knows Michigan will have a coach before the NFL negotiations really get fired up (once the season is over).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||And that answer is||
And that answer is "absolutely"?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Oh there's no doubt the ball||
Oh there's no doubt the ball is completely in his court. If he wants the job and for whatever pay, it's his.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. First question he||
Wow. First question he dodged. Second one he said literally nothing until the next guy asked a question. That's not bad.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||None of these other talks are||
None of these other talks are even happening if Harbaugh isn't on board. Hackett doesn't bother dealing with the 9ers (if that's what's really happening) if JH hasn't already said that he wants to coach at Michigan. If he's not on board, no amount of financial inter-workings are going to do any good. Hackett likely got Harbaugh's blessing first, and then went to the 49ers.
God damn, I hope this is all true.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I would argue that Harbaugh||
I would argue that Harbaugh would mean more to Michigan than either of those guys mean to their respective teams. And Michigan has more money.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not a good analogy. Unless||
Not a good analogy. Unless in your analogy, a Honda Civic is one of the best cars money can buy and there is no other place to buy one. Sure, it would be dumb to pay 100k for a civic if you can go to another dealer and buy one for 20k, but that's not the case here. We are buying a unique item that isn't attainable anywhere else. And it's quite possibly the best one of its kind.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||In his defense, he seems to||
In his defense, he seems to know Snyder quite well.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The state doesn't fund the||
The state doesn't fund the athletic department, so that doesn't matter. It's a separate financial entity altogether.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||But - so what? We can't get||
But - so what? We can't get Saban or Urban. So what they make doesn't really matter. Maybe they're getting great deals. It's like if you neighbor bought his house 2 years ago for 200k. If you need a house right now and nothing is available for 200k, that doesn't mean that paying 250k is a bad deal, if that's the house you really want today and you have the money for it.
To keep with the real estate analogy, let's say you're a rich guy (like the Michigan AD) and the house of your dreams on Lake Charlevoix (or wherever) comes up for sale. It's one of a kind, and you're getting old. It might make a lot of sense to overpay to make sure you get the house because you aren't really looking for a "bargain," you're looking for the best, and you can afford it. Your best friend might have bought his dream house, which might even be a better house, for less money, but that really doesn't matter because that house isn't for sale right now. Yours is. You can overpay and retire happy, or you can be cheap and wish you had something nice until another like it comes up for sale, which might be 5 years or might be 30.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You don't even have to have||
You don't even have to have the ROI be based on 8 million. It could be based on 4, since that's what you're going to pay anyone. The "extra" 4 million is how you would calculate the ROI, in a WAR type of way. How much more money will Harbaugh generate than you run of the mill HC? 4 mil a year would be easy to justify, I would imagine.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed, wholeheartedly.||
Agreed, wholeheartedly. Michigan will pay hundreds of millions to make the best facilitiies to lure in recruits - why not pay large sums for a great coach? Many laughed (or worse) at the J Ira Harris title, but the point of having that title (and the donation enabliing it) is to have the best of the best. The J Ira Harris title doesn't sound as silly when it allows you to pry the best coach in the country. And what is the point of all that Steve Ross money if you don't spend it? And what way can you spend that to better impact the on-field product than by hiring a coach like Harbaugh?
Not only that, but making Harbaugh the highest paid coach in the country only adds to his clout. It will be talked about by everyone, and don't think that recruits and their parents won't be a little more impressed by having the highest paid coach in all American sports sitting in their living room.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's funny you tired of CC||
It's funny you tired of CC threads with a username like Get Jim Harbaugh.
But, like, what else are we going to talk about?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We do not need someone to||
We do not need someone to coach here for 10+ years to instill stability. Miles is 61. He can absolutely coach until he's 68-70, then retire. He doesn't need to stay till he's 75, but if he comes for 7-9 years and leaves us in a good spot, perhaps with a bit of a coaching tree in place, that's stability. Art Briles is 59 and going strong, Nick Saban is 63 and doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon (and we'd all take him, given the opportunity). Steve Spurrier is 69 and Bill Snyder is 75. Those last two are close to retirement, but they've certainly had great football teams lately.
Point is, 61 isn't that old. He could still give us 7+ years, and leave us with a coach in waiting.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think Harbaugh||
I don't think Harbaugh leaving after 2 years is a major possibility. The NFL will be calling THIS YEAR, so if that's really what he prefers, then he'll just stay there. If he comes to Michigan, it's because he has decided he'd rather be at Michigan than in the NFL. Now, it's possible that after bringing Michigan back and winning championships, that he wants to try his hand at the NFL again, in which case we'd probably all be OK with that considering where we're at now. He'd probably leave us with a Mike Shaw like he did at Stanford, which is still running pretty smoothly without him, and doesn't have the Michigan tradition speeding it along.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think the thought process||
I think the thought process here is that Mora hasn't been in Westwood all that long, and if he leaves, it will be for the NFL. Last year he was offered the job at Washington, his alma mater, and he turned it down to stay at UCLA. If he won't leave for Washington, he likely won't leave for Michigan. He's as likely as Patterson, though, and he was included. I guess it just depends on how many "most certainly won't happen" candidates you want on the list.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||And I don't get the Stitt||
And I don't get the Stitt love. Sure, he has a unique school that typically doesn't lend itself to great football players, but is that enough to make up for his not-amazing performace there? He hasn't exactly had Brian Kelly-level D2 success, and he still went to CMU before going to a big-ish school. Stitt is in his 15th years as the HC at CSM, he has just won his 3rd conference title and has won 1 playoff game in his career there. I'm not sure that's what we're looking for.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think 1% is a little high||
I think 1% is a little high for Patterson.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Although I agree that M fans||
Although I agree that M fans won't wait 6 years, Mullen would have a lot more advantages at his disposal at Michigan than he has had at Miss St. For starters, he inherited a team there with almost no talent, and he'd inherit a Michigan team with lots of it. When he started recruiting at MSU, he was a coordinator with no HC track record pulling kids to the least desirable school in the South. Now he'll be the "hot name" coming off a big season pulling kids to Michigan.
I have a feeling things would work much faster for him here than it did in StarkVegas.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's funny how you call him||
It's funny how you call him Carr 2.0 and then say he would have no chance of winning it all when both have, in fact, won it all. He's is an annual SEC contender in a period when that conference is as deep and strong as any conference ever.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There can be overlap there.||
There can be overlap there. I didn't want him to be kept, but I'm still sincerely grateful and feel awful for him. He represented the university very well and his players clearly loved him. It just didn't work out, and that's OK.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know him personally||
I don't know him personally so I only have second hand accounts to go on. But have you ever heard a person say a bad word about Hoke as a person? Not a fan, but someone who actually knows him? Because I literally haven't heard a single one, yet I've heard from a number of people who have known him for a very long time say how great he is. What more do you want?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||More than several examples of||
More than several examples of him not being a good man? I'd like to hear them. If one of them is the concussion thing, that was more of a screw up than him being a bad person, at least how I understood it. I don't think he honestly felt Shane wasn't able to go but left him in anyway. Some things are easier to see with TV replays and such. Outside of that, what do you have?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It all depends on the new||
It all depends on the new coach. No one will leave until the new coach is named unless they were going to leave anyway (and remember, every offseason has some transfers, so you can't blame all of them on the coaching change). After that, the amount of attrition will depend on how big of a name the HC is (kids aren't going to transfer is it's someone exciting to play for) and what kind of a scheme they employ.
If we bring in a coach who doesn't use TEs or FBs or something like that, you might see those guys go. But I don't expect we'll see much attrition at all.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||In terms of fastfood burgers,||
In terms of fastfood burgers, it is the unrivaled best. Don't compare it to a more expensive or sitdown burger joint, because that's not what it is. Compare it to places where you can get your food in 3 minutes at McDonalds prices and you won't find an equal.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Even if Caris leaves, next||
Even if Caris leaves, next year will be better than this year. Once Donnal/Doyle/Chatman have a year under their belts, we'll be significantly improved. Irvin and Walton will be the leaders and Robinson and Dawkins will replace LeVert's production.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We could use depth, but he's||
We could use depth, but he's not ready to provide it yet. He's clueless out there on both sides of the floor, and not practicing for the next few weeks won't get him there. Considering Bielfeldt is playing better than we thought, I think redshirting Wilson makes the most sense.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I would welcome back Lloyd||
I would welcome back Lloyd Carr in a heartbeat. Always in contention for a league title, occasionally win it and one year put it all together and win it all. Not many programs have it better than that.
And I would say that LSU is at a disadvantage to UF (at least when Urban/Tebow were there) and Alabama. But outside of those two, no coach has had as much success in the last decade as Les Miles. If that's not good enough for us, then we're fucked.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||What about Lane Kiffin? I||
What about Lane Kiffin? I know his last couple years at USC were awful, but he also had the sanctions to deal with. Have you seen Alabama's offense this year? Way better than last year with Nussmeier. He'll get another shot as a HC, we might want to think about it. Also, he can recruit like crazy.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There's no way Gary Patterson||
There's no way Gary Patterson leaves TCU so no reason to consider that. Kyle Whittingham is a possibility, but I still don't think he's done all that much.
McElwain? What has he done? 10-2 at Colorado State after not playing anyone good? Big deal. He has accomplished far less than Hoke did before coming, and has far fewer years experience.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's very doubtful. I can't||
It's very doubtful. I can't imagine all of that is done while Brady is still the HC. Even if back channel stuff has been discussed, they'll wait at least a few days to announce the replacement. Out of respect to Brady, if nothing else.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We'll lose some guys in the||
We'll lose some guys in the transition, but that's to be expected. If we hire a big name coach, we'll also pick up some unexpected recruits before signing day as well, and we can gear up for a big recruiting class in 2016 where we can either sell hope and progress (like PSU is doing) or actual success on the field. This does not worry me.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think his recruiting||
I think his recruiting classes would look every bit as good here. He didn't get those guys to LSU just because he was the hometown guy. He got them their because he's a great recruiter and built a great program. All those elite athletes also had offers from Alabama and FSU and a bunch of other great schools.
And although Louisiana has great talent, he is still able to go to other states and bring in their top talent. His 2015 class has a 5-star from both Texas and Florida. So it's not just the hometown kids that he gets. And it's not because he's a bayou boy himself, because he's not. He's just a great recruiter.
He won't be bringing in as many Louisiana kids to Michigan, but he'll pull in tons of MI/OH kids as well as more Southern and Texas kids than Hoke could. And kids from outside of his typical geography (like the NE and West Coast) will look at Michigan like they always do, just this time we'll have a HC with tons of credibility.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If we fall all the way to||
If we fall all the way to Herman, that's bad news.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So you honestly feel that||
So you honestly feel that Greg Schiano is better?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nobody does less with more?||
Nobody does less with more? I think RR and Hoke did. Even if he is what you say he is, that's Lloyd Carr, and I think anyone would welcome those days back right about now.
EDIT: And he hasn't been there 15 years, this season was his 10th. And although he only has 3 conference titles, that's pretty damn good considering he has had Urban Meyer's UF teams, Saban's Bama teams and those two really good Auburn teams to compete with.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think Schefter has a lot||
I think Schefter has a lot more credibility, but I like what Henson is saying more. Therefore Gregg Henson is right.
Now, Schefter is a Michigan grad. Maybe he is trying to throw the scent off the trail for now because he knows it's happening? Huh?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think the reason for||
I think the reason for keeping Hoke after Utah was because that was only the 4th freaking game of the season.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||He didn't say that recruiting||
He didn't say that recruiting relies on those 3 things, he is saying that good recruiting doesn't mean as much if those three aren't in place.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I know we all focus a lot on||
I know we all focus a lot on recruiting, but that's not a good reason to hurry the process. We've all seen what great recruits without good coaching brings you. So we can sacrifice a bit of recruiting for one cycle if it means getting a guy who will use those recruits the right way. Because if that happens, the recruits will come.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||My oldest son is Charles.||
My oldest son is Charles.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Cal was the school I was||
Cal was the school I was going to mention as well. I would imagine UCLA/USC would be up there, as well as schools like UNC and Penn State who has very good non-revenue sports. Michigan has more than most, but there are certainly others in our echelon.
EDIT: Penn State has 29, UNC has 26, UCLA has 21 and USC has 20.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes. Which is why this post||
Yes. Which is why this post is ridiculous. If we decided Tom Herman was the guy we really wanted, and we called him to say "Hey Tom, instead of being the HC at fucking Tulsa, would you like about 2 million a year more to be the HC at Michigan?" The answer would be a resounding yes.
And if Herman is our pick, he'll likely know about it sooner rather than later, or at least that he's in the hunt. And if he's in the hunt at Michigan, I bet he doesn't settle for Tulsa. He's a pretty smart guy, after all.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes - auto means "self" which||
Yes - auto means "self" which is why an autograft only refers to a graft from your own body. Just like you can't write an autobiography about someone else.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly. And that might||
Exactly. And that might legitimately be costing them a national title, or a shot at one. It will very possibly cost them a Big Ten title. Our injuries didn't really cost us anything, since we weren't going to win anything with them anyway.
And I know everyone says how unlucky we are with injuries - but who really got injured this year? Peppers is the big name, but we don't really know what he was going to do even if healthy. Desmond Morgan too, but it sounded like he wasn't going to start anyway, meaning he was a solid rotational player. And then Derick Green, but he wasn't a star before the injury and Smith and Johnson at least equalled his production.
So I think we did pretty well with injuries this year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I love it how every fucking||
I love it how every fucking internet poster knows how to hire a good football coach, but Jim Hackett who played football at Michigan, ran a successful Fortune 500 company and was smart enough to be named interim AD at U of M doesn't.
Because he has never been an AD before, he's just going to hire some schmuck and call it a day? He's very smart and very dialed in. I think we'll be OK here.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||In what way is Hackett Dave||
In what way is Hackett Dave Brandon's protege? Just because they both were CEOs of big companies?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So, no Bielfeldt?||
So, no Bielfeldt?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think he deserves so be||
I think he deserves so be higher than that, but yeah - he would need to jump a massive amount to be a 1st rounder this year, especially when you add in the elite frosh PGs and Mudiay.
EDIT: Interesting note from that page is that Monte Morris is two spots ahead of Walton.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No, but Burke proved he was||
No, but Burke proved he was elite in other areas. He was the NPOY. If you can prove you're awesome, teams will look past the measurables (to an extent). Walton hasn't proven that yet, and although it's entirely possible Walton has a soph year like Burke had, it certainly isn't likely.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not good, unless he has a||
Not good, unless he has a really great year. He's a good player all-around, but he doesn't have the size that NBA teams like at the PG, and the rest of his game isn't great enough (yet) to overcome that. I think he needs at least another year.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You're exactly right that the||
You're exactly right that the goal needs to be getting into a real conference. Because being good at football by itself, unless you're really good, doesn't make a huge impact on how much money you make. It's all about TV, and if you aren't in a conference with a major TV contract, you won't make shit.
UCF might be way better than Indiana or Purdue at football, but those schools crush them in revenue simply by being in the Big Ten.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Unless you're a fan/student||
Unless you're a fan/student of one of the programs who gets cut. Maybe look at the big picture instead of simply how it affects you.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Why do we think Nova's bench||
Why do we think Nova's bench is short? They played a pretty legit 9 man rotation last night, and I disagree that guys 8 and 9 didn't play much. They played 13 and 9 minutes, respectively and they had 9 points (guy 8) and 4 points, 5 rebouands (guy 9). So their 8th and 9th guys got Donnel and Chatman level production (who were essentially our 6 and 7 guys last night).
So no, I don't think Nova's bench is short at all.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I agree. I like how||
Yeah, I agree. I like how we've rotated like crazy in the first half, then gone with what works in the second. Let your young guys come in for spurts early to get them some PT and let your starters rest a bit so they can play nearly the whole second half if necessary.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly, the size in the||
Honestly, the size in the backcourt is not the big problem with that line-up. Although it gives us less length on D.
The two big problems are that it leaves no back-up at the PG position, and size/rebounding at the 4. Outside of MAAR (who is clearly not ready for primetime), we have no one else who can come in and play the 1. And you thought GRIII had issues guarding big PFs last year? Watch Irvin try to do that.
I really like this line up in certain situations - either against teams with a smaller front court or in game-closing situations where experience trumps a lot of other things. Also, if we played a team like VCU who presses and runs, this is a good line up. But for the bulk of Big Ten play, this cannot be our starting 5.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Right, and then Franklin was||
Right, and then Franklin was a hot commodity. And no one is saying Schiano is a miracle worker, just that he's one of the better options.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Fine, but most of those guys||
Fine, but most of those guys either had tons of success at that lower level (Meyer and Tressel) or they worked their way up to big time - they didn't go from lower-level right to big time. Nick Saban coached at MSU before LSU - not exactly FCS, and Miles was at OK St. Tressel won multiple national championships in I-AA and Meyer went to a BCS bowl at Utah. What coach like that is around right now? I don't see one.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Fine. Show me a coach we||
Fine. Show me a coach we have a legitimate shot at that has a better one. There are some, but not many.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||No, and I wouldn't want them||
No, and I wouldn't want them to.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not pining for Schiano or||
I'm not pining for Schiano or anything, but I don't get the argument that a guy who has never been a HC (like Herman) is a better option than Greg Schiano. Sure, it's possible those guys turn out to be great. But it's more likely they can't hack it because they either aren't HC material or they just don't have it yet because they've never done it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||OK, but those sentences are a||
OK, but those sentences are a lot different. And even those guys don't guarantee anything.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And just because it didn't||
And just because it didn't work out, that doesn't make it a bad argument. Hoke had, what I felt at the time as well, a very good resume and deserved a shot to do it at a big school. It didn't work out, but that doesn't mean that another coach with a similar resume should be thrown out for that reason.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I agree that his 2006 squad||
I agree that his 2006 squad would not have won the Big Ten. However, he was either able to recruit all that talent to Rutgers while they were still a punchline, identify all that talent or coach it all up. He didn't just luck into a team with a solid amount of NFL talent and win 11 games. Rutgers, especially then, was one of the toughest schools to recruit to. And he turned them into a legitimate program.
I've never said he was amazing. But I think a lot of people forget what Rutgers was like before he got there - they were God awful. The worst BCS conference program, for like 50 years.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||People keep saying "Jim||
People keep saying "Jim Harbaugh or bust." What do you mean, or bust? Like we just don't hire a coach and fold the team? That's not how it works. There is no "or bust" option. If those guys don't come, we don't bust, we just go down the list.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, you could. But Schiano||
Yeah, you could. But Schiano did it longer and in a better league. Ball St and then two years at SDSU is not the same as Rutgers for 11 years.
Look, I know it wouldn't be awesome. But it wouldn't be awful either.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I mean, it depends on what||
I mean, it depends on what average is to you. Take all of the Power 5 coaches and rank them, Schiano is in the top quartile. That's not "average" to me. And considering most of the guys in that quartile aren't coming to Michigan (except maybe Miles), I think Schiano is one of the better guys we have a shot at.
I agree that I won't be excited about a Schiano hire, but at this point I don't think I would be excited with anyone other than Harbaugh. It's easy to rip on Schiano, but if the Plan A guys don't come, who is better? You can always advocate a hot coordinator, and that can be more exciting, but it's also more risky than a guy with 13 years of HC experience. Muschamp was exciting, but wasn't any good. Usually coordinators cut their teeth somewhere mid-level before being a big time HC (McElwain went to CSU, Mullen went to Miss St, Strong went to Louisville).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That's not true. We're at||
That's not true. We're at worst where ND was during the Weis years, if not a little ahead. They had Willingham-Weis, and we had RR-Hoke. That's pretty comparable, I'd say. The thing is, at least we had Carr before that who had some very good teams at the end - they had Bob Davie and the whole O'Leary disaster.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Schiano is not mediocre.||
Schiano is not mediocre. He's a good coach. Part of the reason for his average record at Rutgers is because Rutgers sucked balls before he got there and he turned them from one of the worst D1 football programs to legitimate. His first two seasons he was 3-20, so if you take that period out, he had a good record at Rutgers. Sure, he sucked in the NFL, but so did Spurrier and Saban and Petrino. That's not a huge deal.
Is he good enough for us to hire him? I don't know, but it depends on our other options. If you take out the Harbaughs and Miles, he's about as good as any other option. Not bad, but not worth getting excited about.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Indiana was competitve. So||
Indiana was competitve. So we can be.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously. Obviously it all||
Seriously. Obviously it all comes down on the coach, but we had a winning gameplan. We outgained our opponent significantly. I thought he made smart calls to go for it on 4th down. But when our kicker misses a makeable FG, we get two huge penalties and our receivers miss perfectly thrown balls, is that on the coach? s
|4 weeks 1 day ago||So if the news shouldn't get||
So if the news shouldn't get sensationalized over hurricanes and blizzards (both causing multiple deaths), what should the news get going about? Those are both very big deals.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Buffalo traditionally gets||
Buffalo traditionally gets some of the most snowfall in the whole country. More than the UP, I believe (feel free to prove me wrong on that one). This level of snowfall has happened very rarely in the UP as well. Don't act like this is business as usual.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That has to be Grant Perry,||
That has to be Grant Perry, right?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Why does Ojemudia have the||
Why does Ojemudia have the shrunken circle? Isn't he a junior?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||We'll see how long this||
We'll see how long this success lasts. If Horford is their everyday center, I don't see UF doing much this year.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Your / is light so I thought||
Your / is light so I thought you were saying Bielfeldt has three huge calves. Which is impressive, even for him.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||So you don't think he's a||
So you don't think he's a star player? Look, I know he's had some bad games, and some bad plays in others, but he's still the guy opposing defenses worry about the most. Just because he's not as good as you think he should be doesn't mean he's not good.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not Ace, but I have a||
I'm not Ace, but I have a strong opinion on this and it's that a JH hiring would cause most guys to jump back on board and cause many new names to want in. A name (and school) like Michigan coupled with a coach as successful as JH would be tough to compete with anywhere. I'm not saying every 5-star would leave Alabama or OSU to come, but lots and lots of guys with have a completely different view of Michigan and filling the small class would be no problemo.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||No one is suggesting that||
No one is suggesting that Kentucky wouldn't take him, but that he might not want to go to Kentucky. Sure, it's possible if not likely that the kid a year in front of him isn't even around when he gets there, but most 5 stars are actually not one and done. If he comes to Michigan, the road might be easier for him to start right away.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Where do you guys find these pictures?||
Where do you guys find these pictures?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with all of you that||
I agree with all of you that she'd likely let him do what he wants. But a lot of women "sign up" for something and years later aren't as cool with it. That said, I agree that if JH had his heart set on it, she wouldn't stand in the way of him coming to AA. But what if he's on the fence, and is thinking the Raiders is a good option? If you have two good options (in your head, at least) and one will keep your wife happy, that might be the tie-breaker.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It should have said "Stoops||
It should have said "Stoops WAS asked about Florida" not that Stoops asked about FL. Someone asked him if he was interested and he said no.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||She wouldn't be the first||
She wouldn't be the first wife in America who doesn't "support" her husband moving her and her family across the country. It's not that far-fetched of an idea.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You know, this is a lot||
You know, this is a lot better than all the people saying we suck and will suck forever. So for that, I like it.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Chatman was ranked right||
Chatman was ranked right around where Irvin and GRIII were. Neither of those guys looked amazing through two games of their freshmen years (in fact Irvin was barely playing) so maybe we should give him a little time. Some guys can jump right into college basketball a little easier if all they're asked to do is pass and shoot, but Chatman is playing the 4 and being asked to do a little more.
That said, it's not like he's been awful either. He's had a few bright spots offensively and some athletic plays on D. He's been able to find the open man on offense a handful of times. Let's give him a handful of games to acclimate before we start talking where he is vis a vis expectations.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I wasn't sure where to post||
I wasn't sure where to post this, but in the first hald for Florida tonight, Horford has already attempted 3 three pointers. He has not made any of them. He does have 6 points and 4 boards, however, so solid game outside of the long balls.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure Arizona will||
I'm not sure Arizona will ever have a whole lot better than the recruits they have right now unless they really start winning. ASU is still doing better and the top recruits from that area will still prefer USC, UCLA, Oregon, etc.
Even with this solid season, their 2015 class has more NR recruits (2) than 4 star recruits (1). And they only have one 5.7 3-star. All the rest are middling 2- or 3-stars.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||What he has done is good for||
What he has done is good for Arizona, but certainly not amazing. We'll see if he hits a ceiling where he is or if he can ever beat the actual good teams in the league like USC, UCLA, ASU, etc. He's not going to beat Oregon every year, and he got lucky against Washington this year with a first year coach. We'll see though.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||But he's not doing that well||
But he's not doing that well at Arizona. He's not doing awful like he did at Michigan, but he has exactly two solid wins while at Arizona. They're quite good, but that's it. It's not like he's going out and beating a handful of good teams every year. He has only played 3 teams that are in the "solid or above" category this year, and he's 1-2, one dumb penalty away from being 0-3. Outside of Oregan (which I admit is a great win) the teams he has beated in the Pac-12 are 3-5, 2-5, 2-5 and 0-7 in conference.
Last year was a lot of the same - played nobody OOC and went 4-5 in conference, but had that Oregon win so everyone thought he was great.