"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|14 weeks 5 days ago||Call me a homer, but 7-6 would be a disapoointment||
5-1 seems like the least we should expect against:
1-2 at home against
1-2 away against
Even if all of those losses were close, I'd be disappointed
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Am I the only one that would||
Am I the only one that would love to see us play Arizona in a bowl game?
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|17 weeks 5 days ago||You realize that Brandon was||
You realize that Brandon was only the AD for his last year? It surprises me how much hate there is for Brandon and Carr when Bill Martin gets a free pass. More than anyone, Martin had the ability to make that transition work smoother. He bumbled the search, I personally suspect he bumbled stuff with Carr and he definately bumbled providing Rich Rod real support. Who hires someone for the most high profile job in his organization and then doesn't try to help him win.
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|17 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, not everyone liked you but||
those people are not resposible for the fact that
1. You couldn't bring in a spread quarterback in your first year - apparently other coaches can come in, evaluate holes on their roster and find ways to fill them.
2. You couldn't run a good defense. If it is because you weren't given enough salary room, maybe you should have negotiated better
3. You couldn't beat Toledo
|52 weeks 22 hours ago||One of the corallary descendants of||
RR idolization is believing that just because JU Bacon wrote it in a book, it must be the whole story. FYI - it is possible to not hate either RR or JU Bacon, believe that while Ruch Rod got some bad breaks, he also made plenty of mistakes, and believe that when all the key players did not want to be interviewed, JUB might not have gotten the full story on the Carr to Rich Rod transition.
|1 year 1 day ago||They lost to Toledo||
That seems like underachieving. I think there are many coaches who could have done better than 3 wins with that team.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Did he lose it, "fair and square"?||
It seems like Miller practiced exclusively at center while Glasgow spent much more time at guard. If the coaches decided that center was the weakest link, and Glasgow focused there, I wonder if he'd catch up?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Fun question||
And tough (for very different reasons on offense and defense)
On offense, I'd like to go with Butt, however, my sense is that it takes more than a year to really recover from ACL surgery and while he'll be good, he won't be great. On the o-line, I am really hoping for competence from the starting 5, but with Magnuson just off shoulder surgery, Kalis with back trouble, Memories of Miller being blown back last year and not being ready to be fulled by the Braden hype two years running, My only hope for at least honorable mention all big ten calliber play is Glasgow. I am thinking solid running back by committee, so I can't pick one of them. That leaves reciever. My gut tells me that behind Funchess we will have a number of very solid recievers who will split catches, but since I have to pick a aecond, I am gonna go with Canteen.
Defense is hard because I think we'll have a bunch of very good players, but I'm gonna say both Henry and Jordan end up second team all big ten.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Hekps explain why our best lineman||
Is an econ major (and academic all big ten). He may have done one thing pretty stupid off the field, but he is apparently a smart guy.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||If Kalis is healthy||
I think you might be right, but if the coaches believed that, I suspect that Magnuson would have spent more time at tackle. While I know we don't know about what happened in every practice, Magnuson at guard seemed to be a constant. If he was really tge presumed starter for game 2 and beyond, I suspect he would have spent more time playing it in practice.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||How much of Kalis's problem is injuries||
And not lack of development. Given that Kalis seems to have been nagged by on and off i juries and Magnuson was injured and then had sirgery, I suspect that healthy, they'd be much further along in their development.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Brandon can be blamed for a lot of things||
But tbe o-line recruiting? I guess you could suggest that with a quicker transition, Hoke could have recruited better, but if you count Glasgow, there were actually four o-line,en in the 2011 class. The much bigger problem was the one offensive lineman in a class of 27 in 2010. (Has anyone else ever put together a class of 27 that only included one offensive loneman?). One competent o-lineman in that class would have made a huge difference.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||The odd thing about Glasgow being so raw when he came in||
Is that it actually appears as if Funk was capable of coaching him up. The other thing that I find interesting is that the shortcomings of Magnuson and Miller seem to have more to do with strength than technique, something that is not really on Funk.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Other than right guard||
How much shuffling as there been in the last couple weeks?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||How much shuffling has there really been?||
It seems like Cole, Magnuson, Miller and Braden have spent the vast majority of fall practice in the starting five. While there has been shuffling at right guard, that seems to have a great deal to do with Glasgow not being able to play the opener and Kalis being hurt. Not sure you can blame that on Hoke.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||This is a really interesting and relevent write-up||
For the time examined only 21.5 percent of third year players are solid big ten performers. So if one of Magnuson, Kalis or Braden i s solid the four man 2011 recruiting class hits the mark.
Looking at some of the historic recruiting classes (see 1997, 1999, 2005 and to a lesser extent, 2004 and 2008), there have been a number of 4 plus player recruiting claases with multiple 4 and 5 stars that did not pan out .
|1 year 15 weeks ago||In 2009 there were 7 uperclassmen||
In the 2 deep and after Molk went down with injuries, they were not that good.
In 2011, which was I think far and away the best offensive line we've had in the post Carr era, there were six upperclassmen in the two deep.
Last year there were 3 (including walk-on Burzynski before he got hurt).
This year, likely 3 again including two walkons.
The only year that was comparable was the tire fire that was 2008, in which after the turnover, an injury to Zrbel and all the turnover, there were 3 redshirt juniors on the team, 4 star Moosman and three stars Ortmann and McAvoy.. He also only had three three red-shirt sophomors to work with.
I still have lots of questions about Funk, but Frey was generally working with more experience.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Glasgow not focusing on one position?||
I think Miller has a big advantage in that he's only been focusing on one position, while Glagow has been switching between multiple positions. I suspect tgat if Glasgow played the same position for several weeks, you'd likely see some improvement.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Not sure I would suggest it is, "scientific"||
It seems much more of an expert judgement proccess than a scientific one.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Difference between ticket holders and non ticketholders?||
I wonder how many of the folks that so strongly dislike Brandon are season ticketholders? It seems football ticket prices and gameday experience are what fuel most of the haters.
As an alum from further away, my single ticket game day experience already costs hundreds of dollars between air-fare and hotel, the actual ticket price has been and continues to be a small portion of the total cost of my game day experience, so I bear almost none of what others see as troubling. I on the other hand like to brag about anything good about Michigan, so I do appreciate improvement in no -revenue sports (and for tge record, attended track and gymnastics meets as well as football, basketball and hockey games when I was a student).
From my vantage point, I think Brandon is a significantly better AD than Martin - the way he handled the first football coaching search is in my mind much worse than anything Brandon has ever done.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Martin, Molk, Van Bergen and Hemmingway had nothing to do with||
Also, Rich's recruits after 4 years. Lets see how hoke does this year when he's had roughly the same amount of opportubity to recruit(and actually less, as he had significantly less opportunity in the transition year)
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Don't think he was much larger||
She was a 5'9" gaurd, he was a 5'9" d-back.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Namecalling - the refuge of those who know they have lost||
Fanboy - solid comeback (s)
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Arguments for the name?||
1. Changing the name represents the pussification of America
What exactly are the arguments for keeping the name?
I haven't heard one argument that trumps:
|1 year 27 weeks ago||If we can beat ND and MSU away||
You really only see us winning 8?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Recruiting actually is important||
Really wasn't trying to make this about RR or Carr, but I find it ridiculous to credit all of Hoke's 2011 season to RR's players. A new coach can't retain players if they aren't there in the first place. Look at what Carr at least partially contributed to 2011, vs what RR is contibuting to 2014.
- top 5 from RR in 2014
- top 5 from RR
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Carr's pkayers too||
I think, Molk, Martin, Van Bergen, Hemmingway, Koger, Hugye and Henninger may have had something to do with it too.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Wasn't Magnuson also hurt most of last year?||
I' hopeful that a healthy Magnuson, playing in position will show significant improvement.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Guess my reply was kinda dickish then||
Should it have been obvious?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I am sure you meant to post that on the Faux News website?||
Not Mgoblog, cause I believe there is a no politics rule?