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|5 years 37 weeks ago||It's a totally different||
It's a totally different game. If you are a division rival, you are not scared of Jim Harbaugh. Do you think Ken Whisenhunt or Pete Carroll is worried he may go to the 49ers. I doubt it.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||All of the other things DB||
All of the other things DB has done are secondary. Just as Martin will be judged by the Rrod hire more than any other decision, DB should be judged by this decision. So far, the indecision makes him look bad and is hurting this program. In the end, if Harbaugh is hired, no harm no foul. It may be worth taking these hits if DB views Harbaugh as the ultimate prize. But if DB keeps Rrod and even signs him to an extension, there will be no excuse for this delay. He could have done those things the day after Ohio St.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Rrod's brand has really taken||
Rrod's brand has really taken a hit. I doubt Miami would consider him. It seems that most fired coaches have to sit a year or two before landing a new gig. Rrod will be a head coach again, and I think he will do well, but I doubt it will be Miami given the timing and the prestige of the job. I do see him landing in the Big East or the ACC and he will do well if he ditches his attachment to the 3-3-5.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||But notice how most of those||
But notice how most of those guys landed on their feet after their NFL career. Harbaugh is young. Even if he goes to the NFL and fails, his brand is not really damaged. He would have no problem finding a great college gig. The big factor for Harbaugh is that the Michigan job might not be available when he wants to get back into coaching. Being the front runner for this job may be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||His most marketable product||
His most marketable product is his coach, not Denard. Sure some players come to a school to play with a certain player, but way more come to play for a coach. I think Denard would leave, especially since he did not redshirt. It would be a tragedy, but I won't blame him for wanting to play in a spread offense. As painful as that departure would be, we can't base a decision on one player, especially when Harbaugh would have no problem developing the remaing QBs and continuing the great QB tradition.
Your post is a good example of posts that refer to Brandon's CEO background and then conclude that he will keep Rrod for whatever business reason. But keep in mind that he is also an athletic director and ADs have their own tendancies. Specifically, they often like to pick their own guy to lead the program. I haven't seen any convicning evidence that DB will approach this as a typical CEO rather than as a typical AD.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||The resume may be similar and||
The resume may be similar and Rrod's pre-Michigan resume may be more impressive, but we also have 3 more years of data on Rrod and his 3 years coaching here are way more relevant than anything he did prior to his arrival at Michigan.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Even with a late start,||
Even with a late start, Harbaugh's recruiting class could be more than decent if he brings some of his better Stanford recruits along. He has put together a good class and they obviously have the academics to get into Michigan.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||I agree that if a change is||
I agree that if a change is made it needs to be made now, but the wait might not be DB's decision. If Harbaugh says I want to be the coach but I'm not going to leave my team before a BCS game, what can DB really say if he truly believes Harbaugh is the answer to Michigan's problems.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||I think Rrod should go if||
I think Rrod should go if Harbaugh is available. But if he stays, the condiition must be that he cleans out the defensive staff. I understand he is loyal to his guys, but on this issue Brandon needs to show him who is boss.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I don't think anyone will||
I don't think anyone will dispute that Rrod had a great run at WV. He turned the team into a national phenomonom. But at some point, you have to start judging him by his tenure at Michigan. He wouldn't be the first coach to experience great success at one school, get the promotion to a top program, and fail. Willingham's run at Stanford and failures at Notre Dame and Washington comes to mind.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||If the Rrod experiment fails,||
If the Rrod experiment fails, and let's face it, it may, one of Martin's biggest failings will be to have ignored Harbaugh the first time around. Martin could have had him as the coach of Michigan. But instead of being confident and identifying his guy, similar to the Jim Tressel hire, he had to hire a big name coach who was not as good of a fit. Rrod may turn things around, but 2008 speaks for itself. This offense was not ready for the transition to the spread. We will never know, but if Harbaugh is hired, Mallett stays as do many others, and I doubt Michigan misses a bowl game. Who can doubt that, given what Harbaugh has done at Stanford, he would not have experienced similar success, both on the field and in recruiting, had he been hired as the Michigan head coach.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||You may be right but keep in||
You may be right but keep in mind that Harbaugh appears to have turned down at least one NFL offer last year. Maybe he knows he is a hot commodity and wants to wait for a better NFL opportunity. However, it may also indicate that he prefers coaching in college.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||How is this a knock on||
How is this a knock on Harbaugh? There are many facets to successful coaching. One of them is keeping your players from transferring and developing them, Rrod has really struggled to do this. Sure there are reasons for the attrition: such as recruiting players that never made it to campus or left soon after, practice gate, transfers, and early draft entry. But, Rrod is responsible for all of these things. It is his job to identify which players may appear talented but will not make it because of grades or other issues. It is his job to make sure the team is NCAA compliant. And it is his job to convince players to play in his system or play another year at Michigan to increase their draft stock.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||So Hayes cannot play RB||
So Hayes cannot play RB because Hart is ranked slightly higher and looks like the ideal Michigan RB back . . . based on his high school performance. l don't see support for your conclusion that the RB spot is not up for competition for Hayes. None of the analysis said he will end up at slot. It seems that you were determined to come to a conclusion no matter what the facts said. The great thing for Michigan is both of these backs are highly ranked, so statistically the chances of one of them doing great things while here is higher.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I joined the fire Richrod||
I joined the fire Richrod bandwagon in the last couple weeks. That said, if Harbaugh is not available for whatever reason, we may be better off giving him a 4th year on the condition that the entire defensive staff be fired. But if he is available, Michigan needs to make a move. This team is so far away from being competitive. It is unfathomable that a team could run on a Michigan defense like Wisconsin did Saturday. It shows how far we have fallen. The offensive production has been good, but its success is greatly exaggerated. Against quality competition, it has struggled mightily when it matters. It's time to cut our losses. The ideal time would be after Ohio State, so that Harbaugh can get his recruits and system in place. The unfortunate result is the effect on Denard Robinson. But we can't run a football program around one guy, just like we couldn't run one around Mallett. Robinson will likely transfer and be terrific wherever he goes. Rrod will likely reemerge and succeed at another school. But Michigan will still be better off with a fresh start and stronger recruiting. Michigan used to be a place that highly ranked defensive players attended to go to the NFL. There was no reason for this to stop under Rodriguez. But stop it has.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Remember when Carr went 8-4||
Remember when Carr went 8-4 and everyone wanted to crucify him. Our expectations have really fallen.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||I don't see it as a major||
I don't see it as a major problem. It is the AD's call. Rodriguez has had three years. It is clear that he has done enough to keep his job but not enough to keep his guys on defense. He may huff and puff, but ultimately Brandon is the law, not Rodriguez. Brandon should respect Rodriguez for being loyal to his guys, even to a fault, but he is blind if does not see the structural problems on defense.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Newton may have broken||
Newton may have broken federal law or at least his family. If his dad took money, there is a decent chance he broke a federal law such as structuring, money laundering, or some type of tax reporting law. I'm not saying it happened, but if it did, it is hard to avoid a paper trail for $200,000 without breaking a federal law.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||I had previously thought that||
I had previously thought that Auburn had nothing to lose by playing Newton because most of its season would already be vacated if he was ineligible. In other words, it already is all or nothing for Auburn. The one wrinkle is whether the NCAA would come down harder on Auburn if it had reason to suspect that these allegations were true, yet it continued to play Newton until the hammer actually came down.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Another problem with the "you||
Another problem with the "you suck" chant is it is often chanted at inappropriate times. For example, it is chanted on third down even when it is obvious that the opposing team will go for it on fourth down. Then the fans look stupid when the team goes for it on fourth down and converts.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||This reporting is fair.||
This reporting is fair. Violating probation is a serious issue. Nobody is above the law.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||You are not alone. I don't||
You are not alone. I don't like his attitude either, and I have always been suspicious of his work ethic. That said, if he can perform on the field and be a team player, I'm not sure I care that much.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||This is a bummer for the||
This is a bummer for the MWC. Utah is a more complete member of the MWC than Boise St. This is status quo at best, but probably a step down. I also don't know who the natural replacement would be. Maybe Houston?
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Something tells me the||
Something tells me the California schools will stay together in the Pac-12. I predict:
I also think there is no way they split Michigan and Ohio St. and there is no way they put OSU, PSU, and Nebraska in the same division.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Look at this gem from the||
Look at this gem from the article:
Perlman: The Big 12 asked for a commitment from NU through at least 2016. Nebraska, in turn, asked for a commitment from the University of Texas that it would assign all athletic broadcast rights to the conference and thus not begin its own network. Texas declined, he said.
Could this be Texas's reservations about joining the Big 10? Maybe they want their own network.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||An interesting question is||
An interesting question is whether the SEC has the right to renegotiate contract amounts if it adds a new team to the conference. If it does not, there is not a big short-term advantage to expanding. Does anyone know the answer to this?
|6 years 15 weeks ago||I think the USC sanctions||
I think the USC sanctions hurt Michigan recruiting compared to other schools until the Michigan's NCAA penalties are final. Where it stands now, the NCAA looks very agressive, and with Michigan's sanctions coming up, recruits could be worried about the risk of more punitive sanctions than expected. Of course, Michigan will have plenty of time to reverse course if the sanctions are light as expected. However, it still hurts its image in the short-term, and it can be difficult to change recruits' impressions down the road, even if they are proven unfounded.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Also, if you don't have||
Also, if you don't have cable, try your Spanish-language channel on TV. I watched most of the last world cup that way.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||The problem with 16 teams is||
The problem with 16 teams is the Big 10 does not have a lot of great options after Notre Dame. I say add Notre Dame, Mizzou, Kansas, and Pitt. Rutgers and/or Syracuse are huge gambles especially when the Pac 10 and the SEC respond with much more tantalizing options. I think the best case scenario for the Big 10 is the Big 12 adding TCU and moving on.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||The league needs 9 votes to||
The league needs 9 votes to dissolve the league. http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1092612. And there is a buyout so a lot of money will be paid to the league. If four of Kansas, Kansas St., Iowa St., Mizzou, and Baylor remain, I still think they will be doing the adding, not the other way around.