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|21 hours 3 min ago||Exactly. The minute that guy||
took over for Tony Kornheiser, I quit listening to that show, period.
|21 hours 10 min ago||First off, Harbaugh||
never sounds great when he's interviewed. It doesn't matter whether its local or national media talking to him, because he knows whatever answers he gives will be reinterpreted for whatever purpose that he can't control. How many profiles have you read or how many times have you seen him in interview situations where he focuses keenly on what is being asked and then gives a measured response. He is rarely glib and sometimes short if he feels his time is being wasted.
I think he was on guard in this particular interview and telephone interviews are rarely opportunities for vibing with the host unless they enjoy each and find a mutual topic of interest. Cowherd's questions failed to elicit great observations because they were boring, questions that Harbaugh has already answered a million times. What was the first thing you wanted to change at Michigan? What's the hourly difference in coaching in the pros and college? When do you put in a gameplan for your first game? Really. Did we tune in to hear Harbaugh give us a compelling answer to those dynamic questions?
And what's more, he confused Harbaugh with his "buy" question which I couldn't even figure out, and that seemed to put the coach on higher alert than he was starting off.
Now if you want to see and hear an engaged Harbaugh, check out his Detroit News interview on Tuesday surrounding his first-pitch appearance at the Tigers game where he offered a couple of stories about going to a baseball game at Miller Park in Milwaukee where Brad Ausmus tossed a game ball to his dad or practicing the Charlie Lau hitting approach while at Stanford with the school's baseball coach. Those are fun stories and they came as a result of some simple media questions that got Harbaugh excited to share, whcih the guy legitimately does every chance he gets.
|21 hours 44 min ago||I have not commented on this||
issue since the story broke last week. But it seems to me the argument over whether the coaching staff and Harbaugh are trying to push Pipkins out for anything other than his longterm welfare cannot be denied because the school has apparently agreed and Harbaugh has publicly offered to keep Pipkins under scholarship regardless of his team status during his senior year,
What we don't know about his health condition --but which both the prior and current staff are well aware -- is the kid's total medical history while at Michigan. And it has been apparent since his time on the roster that he has suffered multiple injuries that have sidelined him and kept him from becoming the kind of dynamic player he was touted during his recruitment.
Because we can't know certain details about his health status, we can't judge the motives being suggested for his current status and advisement that he leave the game permanently. How can you argue that this is a case of over-signing when there isn't even a hint or a prospect of someone taking Pipkins scholarship without expanding the roster?
Obviously this hurts both the team and the kid. And it makes total sense that as a high-level competitor he would want to resume playing somewhere else if he receives medical clearance to do so by licensed professionals going forward. Notwithstanding his desire to continue playing and risk longterm injury which every player risks, Harbaugh's first priority needs to be his player's and team's welfare. There are, of course, insurance and legal consequences inherent with this move and Pipkins decision to leave and seek playing time elsewhere opens the door to some and closes it for others.
But in this case, if you really wanted to investigate what Pipkins has experienced and whether he is now being treated fairly, there are a myriad of ways to find out. I suspsect, however, that Pipikns getting medical clearance from another school to play again will be the ultimate litmus test of this roster move.
|5 days 17 hours ago||It's a curious take because the||
origin of that stated perennial goal is Bo Schembechler whom Hoke was evoking having never worked under him. And the reason Schembechler always set that as the goal for his team is the realization that it is the only one you have control over even in an undefeated season which Michigan enjoyed under Lloyd Carr for whom Hoke coached under and who also shared Schembechler's view as Michigan's top yearly priority.
Again, it wasn't the idea of foreclosing vision and pursuit of the ultimate prize, just acknowledging that the conference championship is one your team can win without needing pollster support.
Harbaugh would seemingly have the same outlook as his late legendary coach since he played for him and knew his mind. Except that he played and coached in the NFL where winning a division is hardly the priorty of any team since even wild card playoff teams are capable of winning a Super Bowl. Hence, why Harbaugh is driven by bigger annual goals and by the idea of winning every game, which is the only sure way of getting to a national championship opportunity seems based on a different path of experience and coaching journey,
|1 week 17 hours ago||Yes, but but is||
uncontainable excitement with an enthusiasm that reaches a level unknown to mankind? That is, after all, the new standard here.
|1 week 1 day ago||I actually like the||
roundtable format of the Thursday show on WTKA and Brian was re-running those near hout-long podcasts on the blog. They sort of do that now with JamieMac, but may be if he if invited another guy to talk about college football stuff that would be fine. Let's remember, that it's Brian's observations and analysis which drives the WTKA and his own podcasts. If he's hosting and interviewing, rather than just participating as a co-host, you sort of lose what's best about those shows.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ironically, his motivation for helping hire and then||
helping undo the Rich Rodriquez transition remains as baffling as ever.
And other than that, I've always liked him. He had a terrific HOF career at Michigan.
He was hired by Bo after a lunch in downtown Ann Arbor that was primarily remembered that day because Bo nearly got into it with a guy who honked his horn at their car as they were leaving to go back to campus. Later, Gary Moeller asked Lloyd if Bo had told him he was hired, and Lloyd said he wasn't sure. The rest is history.
We all have our foibles. Lloyd was a pretty damn good coach and he won an NC. Nobody else can say that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Sorry, I disagree.||
If the story suffers at all, it's because you are comparing it to what has already been produced. And if you watched the credits, you probably noticed that last year's lead actors are both listed as executive producers for this season.
The chief writer and show creator remains the same, Nick Pizzolato. And there is a terrific takeout on him and the show in the latest edition of Vanity Fair, written by a guy who knew him back when he was a fledgling DePaw university professor and then later a writing collaborator on the Starz show, Magic City.
In the article, writer Rich Cohen notes that this was always going to be an issue for Pizzolato because this season dispenses with everything that set the first season apart as such a huge hit. If anything, the atmosphere and landscape of the first season was as flamboyantly different as the narrative style of storytelling and the performances.
You might find it interesting that Pizzolato knew exactly who he wanted for the latest roles and picked Vaughn as a villain because it goes against his career type, just as he cast McConaghey and Harrelson against their career type roles for season one. Actually, on Sunday night, HBO broadcast Wedding Crashers after the True Detective debut, in which Rachel McAdams and Vaughn both played comedic roles, totally opposite what they play here. And clearly that scheduling was intentional.
Vaughn seems leaner, more sinister and inwardly devilish as a would be criminal powerbroker who sinks his claws into Colin Farrel's trustworthy sheriff deputy wounded by an attack on his woman.
it's also clear that the industrial landscape surrounding the ribbons of LA highway that center this drama make it dramatcially different from the rural blankness of Louisianna and coastal Texas which swallowed the detectives in their chase to find the mystery behind an occut-related slaying that opened the first season wiht such odd talisman clues.
There is a hint in season 2, that at the very least, the killing of a corrupt city manager swept up in erotic mysogeny, is going to lead an unlikely band of detectives into an unsavory investigation where discovery of his killer is the least remarkable revelation of the unfolding case.
This isn't a criminal procedure story as told on every other network who-done-it show. This story has a Fitzgerald quality to it, in which the ugly, choking landscape with no redeeming view even at night, is part of the darkness of the broken world and people who inhabit it and manipulated by those running it.
This story could be as interesting as any other LA crime drama, Muholland Drive, Black Dahlia or as good as classics such as LA Confidential or Chinatown. We shall see.
|1 week 6 days ago||Why are we debating his tenure at Michigan?||
He is who he is. And everybody else is assuming he isn't. He's a man of his own creation and passion for life and football, and making his alma mater just like the program was under his legendary coach whom he respects just like the predecssors who served in his job.
Why would you think that this man would want to leave before he even gets started? Why, because others float that possibiltiy? These are the same guys who misread his situation in SF. These are the same people who didn't know what we knew instinctively about the mindset of this Michigan man, this leader, this nutty, one-of-a-kind coach who believes in himself, his family, school and country. Perhaps in a different order but c'mon. Harbaugh will coach here longer than his current contract because he wants to make a difference and a mark.
And not just because its Michgian. Becase Michigan isn't just a program. It's a special place for a special coach. And Harbaugh knows this.
|1 week 6 days ago||In less time than it takes most coaches||
to get to know his own personnel and decide how to best use their talents, Michigan's new coach has revamped a coaching staff amped about changing the college landscape about how you go about teaching the game nationally and whether that mindset is appropriate or not.
So, while stupid writers engage in debate over the time that Harbaugh will spend coaching Michigan before returning to the NFL, Harbaugh has already reshaped the national view about you go about coaching collegiately because he know's this: When you sell the game and how to play it well, you don't have to worry about selling or exposure.
Has Harbaugh ever done anything that seeks to alter how he's viewed, or do others simply impose their own worldviews on him to justify how he should be perceived based on that opinion?
Harbaugh is a football junkie and ambassador. This weekend he and Jedd Finch plan to host the most remarkable qb talent camp possibly ever assembled at Michigan Stadium. If you build it, they will come. This guy is a football messiah. And they are coming.
You know, as a Michigan fan, I uesd to worry about this program, where it's going and all. Once Harbaugh got hired, the only worry is how quickly he puts his stamp on this team. But, I mean when you see what this guy is about, how can you even worry about that. Wins and losses? Sure we want 8 or more this year. But, really, what he's doing now, will make this program great for years and years to come. And he's still rocking the boat.
|1 week 6 days ago||Demonstrating a passion||
for man's best friend with enthusiasm unknown to mankind. You just gotta believe. Harbaugh. The man's influence is otherworldly.
|1 week 6 days ago||I once read a story about a Tom Sizemore||
movie that made less than $100, making it the worst movie draw of all time. But I know the producers of that film didn't spend millions to make it, either.
|1 week 6 days ago||Back when the NFL and||
players union were renegotiating their current bargaining agreement, one of the primary concerns the players voiced about the league was the influence and the authority of the commissioner to judge and settle disputes. The players were right to be concerned about this. What has become clear since then is that Goeddel isn't any good at finding or rendering judgment
The nation's two leading newspapers have now issued independent confirmation of each other from outside experts looking at the NFL investigation of the Patriots alleged ball-deflation case and both reported the same findings: the NFL special investigation shouldn't be trusted because the methodology and results don't add up.
Quite honestly, the NFL has more to lose in being wrong about this, then it does in spanking one of its most stellar franchises and defending Super Bowl winning team and one of the game's best-ever quarterbacks (who I believe would do most anything to support his team to win a game). But if the ball deflation facts don't add up or conflate with the circumstances of the case, then you can't indict or support a cse of cheating even against a team known for it.
And, if the NFL overrides the findings of these independent studies, to back the results of its own investigation in order to justify itself and not show up its now tarnished report, why should we believe in its ability to administer anything but a rigged game designed, like the NCAA, to prop itself up?
I mean Goeddel had to take a private course on women's issues after announcing an initiial four-game suspension in the Ray Rice affair last summer after the NFL supposedly conducted an incredibly thorough independent investigation of that case, which turned out to be anything but thorough or properly conducted.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Whether this is perception or reality||
Michigan teams are defined by resiliency, not by our judgment of capability.
Character defines the Michigan mystique and capability drives its capacity for greatness under any circumstance, especially when the stakes are highest and the margin for error, limited to a last out. You get 21 of them in a regulation game. And tonight the chances between that context of opportunity will define this team's season or prolong it. We can preserve the future by discounting failure and counting the blessings of a well-played season, and this is just, but it sells short the sacrifice, commitment and mettle of a team steeped in a deeper commitment to itself to play beyond the passion of possibility, and rise again by taking it to the limit one more time -- a quality that Michigan teams are known for and live by in song and memory.
Take it to the limit one more time. Give us yet another night to celebrate your possibility.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Look, I can see||
why softball fans would hate Schilling as a commentator, but for ESPN I understand why they put him on their flagship broadcast of a game being watched by a broader audience to help both compare the game of baseball and softball and, thus, give its players and execution greater respect than an all-female team of former players can.
I mean if you didn't know that softball hurlers throwing the ball 60-plus mph is the equivalent of a baseball pitcher throwing in the high 90's, and that with the kinds of drops and rise balls with spin and movement that deceptively change eye level for any hitter, Schilling gave you that perspective as to how major league pitchers do the same thing throwing sliders, curves and changeups in order to get great hitters out.
What he didn't get is that in softball, almost all pitches are called from the bench by the pitching coach or head coach, something that is true for lots of baseball teams but not necessarily every battery or elite pitcher. So, whether Haeger took Betsa deep on a pitch that Betsa didn't want to throw or she got overriden by the bench call, the pitch still got hit out.
Schilling didn't bring anything new to the game for softball fans, he did give the wider audience a better appreciation of how good these softball athletes and pitchers really are talented and how their performance could be compared to baseball, which is the point of him being there.
The skills to play softball, eye-hand coordination, bat speed and speedup of reaction and response because of a smaller playing surface than baseball, should only enhance respect for the performers who are so dazzling in making it look easy when it's a difficult game to play, let alone master.
The women's game is such a pleasure to watch when played well by great athletes and so nerve-wracking like any other contest when you are hooked into the moment, that complaining about how it doesn't relate to a different game, seems ludicrous to me. It is a different game and great because of that. And the women who play it are wonderful athletes and should be recognized as such.
ESPN is simply trying to translate the game for those viewers who need a translator. I'm not supporting his presence on the broadcast, just seeking to explain why he's there.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||So even as Blatter was||
attempting to blame the FIFA bribery scandal on wayward prosecution brought on by a revengeful prosecution to cover for failed World Cup bids by the UK and US, a mysterious bank transfer to tthe Caribbean for an area that barely supports soccer infrastructure but has well-known off-shore banking and financial rules protecting investors and their identities, forces Blatter out.
Well, that makes more sense than seeking to explain how you are propping up the soccer universe with astronomical benefits accrued from countries that can neither support the game longer than the time given to build stadia for the pleasure of a blissful world audience while the community buidling them slumps in the wake of the financial fix. Talk about an income gap.
Question is, what does this say about the last two cup awards and the bid election process?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Nice review and summary||
of what to look for and anticipate tonight. I thought Michigan was tentative at bat for the first time in their appearance at the CWS. Not to be unexepected at this point. Michigan regained its footing late and had the more dynamic chances to score and win than Florida's first inning salvo blast from national player of the year Haylie Wagner.
I would have preferred Michigan putting a play on the seventh with none out and runners on the corners. Either a bunt or hit and run early in the count. But the problem with that strategy for Hutch was that you had Michigan's most efficient and timely bats coming up.
Still moving the defense and forcing it to react, gives the hitter a better chance to make something happen without requiring a clean hit. This play can both backfire and/or succeed but Michigan got what it should have have needed a ball up the middle that the defense sought to turn into two outs and not seek a play at the plate on Romero, who had to go then, if only because you can't count on anything else happening to score -- as things turned out.
I felt as the play unfolded, Michigan would tie it up, but Romero's failure to start home forced her to stay at third. The only thing that partially saved Michigan was a late relay throw to first. By the way, the shortstop made a great stop on that well-hit ball.
I have felt watching this tournament that Michigan is the most outstanding team and would only lose if it beat itself, which it did Monday night. Maybe Florida is better because it takes what it gets and makes it stand up. Michigan has one more chance to prove my belief. But even if it falls short, this program has given us a delicious season of passionate play. That's all you can ask.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||So, does this mean that Michigan||
no longer has to pay him his severance package? Now, that would be a real savings.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||i guess I'm a little||
different about this stuff. I have officiated softball for many years. I have actually worked games that involved former Michigan players and greats including Jennie Ritter and Auburn's starter in two of its elimination games. I think this Michigan team is its best ever and the chemistry and grit it possesses is championship material. But just as the 1997 national championship team played from behind in the Rose Bowl the year it won, Michigan must now do tonight and tomorrow or leave wondering about what might have been.
If it is to win, then Romero must rebound from a tactical mistake in baserunning. Michigan was in position to win last night and It has to live with that outcome, more than anyone of us will ever imagine or feel broken up about before we move on. You erase that memory by learning from it and responding to another chance. That's what champions do.
You have to realize that every pitcher at the CWS is throwing in the 60's or with velocity of breaking pitches which make hitting well a difficult prospect. A ball thrown at more than 60 mph in softball is the equivaletnt of the 90's in baseball. With movement, spin and change of eye level, it is remarkable how these femaie athletes perform. And they do it with such great resolve as teammates and performers, toughened by competition but never denying their other qualities as women athletes. Some people appreciate and enjoy this sport, others see only what they want.
I think that Curt Schilling actually put this game of thrones in perspective when he talked about how the kids throw and play in comparison to baseball, which I also umpire and love as a game. He gave them the respect they richly deserve.
Actually, it is not slight at this level when you criticize performance or decision-making because you are treating these players and their team as equals to any other Michigan team you support and root for.
Truth is, this is the most visibly successful team sport on the Michigan campus this season. I am proud of their achievements and disappointed with how they lost last night. I think that is what these threads actually enable us to articulate whether we agree with all the sentiment expressed or not.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan got beat||
by the national player of the year playing better than its national player of the year when it actually mattered. You can argue about judgment and decision-making because of the circumstances but when you evaluate the stakes involved, one player earned her national accolade.
Waiting always leaves you guessing when acting almost always leads to victory.
If you argue that not going with less than two outs on a ball hit up the middle in which the defense is playing back, not up, to eliminate a big inning and not necessarily seeking to cut off the tying run, then you can't say Romero not going home in the midst of the doubleplay relay to first, makes sense. She has to go, the defense is allowing it.
The runner decides initially to go on any contact or then go when the defense is leveraged and commits itself to a play not focused on the lead runner. That was the case, and Romero had to read that and go home because, in fact, Florida was conceding the tie. Michigan lost its opportunity to gain the upperhand when communication betwee coach and runner failed failed.
The only thing that saved Michigan in that spot and allows for the counter argument of not going is the batter-runner being safe at first on the relay. If she is out, then Romero not going is made worse because she is now left at third with two outs.
In this case, aggrressive defense beat tentative decision-making and baserunning.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Romero is who she is. But||
I don't care how great she is, she messed up last night. Her teammates are backing her up and when she doesn't run in a must-run situation no matter its outcome, she changes the stakes of a seasonlong bid for greatness that she and her teammates have fought to hard to achieve. Instinct should have sent her home not fear that if she gets thrown out her team might not win. They didn't tie because she didn't go and so her teammates couldn't help win a game they had in their grasp with a single burst to the plate.
When you are compared to greatness, you have to respond like the greats do. I've seen Mays, Jeter and others make baserunnng mistakes being too aggressive. Sunday, Romero helped engineer a double steal that helped seal a victory leading to last night's opener. Not sure why Romero's thinking changed, except she was fearful of being out at home.
Florida was playing for the tie because it hit last. Michigan had to tie to force the game and got the hard hit ball that should have led to the tying run. You have to go in that spot. You can't wait. Patience is waiting for Godot when its winning time. You must act. Romero is a great player but she made a bad mental error last night.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This team cannot be beat.||
I don't care about the outcomes of the previous games with Florida, Michigan is playing at a different level and its performance in this tourament since the opener has only strengthened that belief. Look, you know the lineup is strong top to bottom. But what separates this team from its competitors is that nothing will stand in its way.
Look, the only issue at this point is failure to execute and communicate as a champion needs to. We've already seen the resiliency, the inherent belief in their capacity to suceed no matter what. When you are good, know that only your poor effort can beat you, and that you are at the top of your game, you enter with all the confidence that you need to succeed. That is the way I feel about this team.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I agree. It's hard to hard argue with the effort||
they give each game. My God, they play like demons possessed. But playoff hockey is such a strange interlude of passion and lucky bounces. Mrazek has been masterful. Even tonight he was incredible. The Wings are an enigma at home. They are better on the road and better be Wedesday night. Or another short postseason looms.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Gee, if your college coach told you you'd never start||
a game for him after being a few minutes late for your first team meeting, you think that our current coach would have a oroblem telling a guy he want to consider another school if he was unwilling to accept coaching criticism for failure to communitcate more effectively. I think not.
Jimmy is competitive, he is demanding, and he is quirky. And he is old school. And that's why we love him. Because we know where his heart is and what he will bring with a true Michigan spirit about the team, the team, the team.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Clearly the intent of this story on Boone's quote||
and his divided opinion on Harbaugh's motviational style was a case of being interviewed under different circumstances and without the consequence of being challenged to explain his inconsistent POV. Maybe Boone is badmouthing Harbaugh now because he's the new Michigan coach. Maybe he actually did feel his coach was being picked on in mid-October when the 49ers were still competing for another return to the NFC championship game and Super Bowl. Maybe it's just a sour grapes perspective.
Whatever is the reason for his change of opinion, matters not right now. Harbaugh is a little wacky. We all know that. That's what makes him colorful and interesting. The fact is, he is no different than any other coach who expects to win all the time.
To that end, you must be demanding and always be seeking to push your players to be their best through competition and attention to detail. That's what good coaches do. And they do it effectively over a long period by knowing how to incorporate that style with the varying player personalities they deal with both individually and collectively to establish baseline standards for team performance.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, she is the emporeress who will soon be wearing no clothes.||
Her loyal subjects don't plan on telling her she's not wearing any....
I'm sure that the first couple of New England have no investments and will simply have to depend on the fortunes of her husband going forward and later the kindness of strangers.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||And people wondered whether||
he would come to A2 as a stopover on his way back to the NFL. College is so much more fun and the perks are endless. This guy just loves life...and lives it to its fullest. He is the perfect role model for how you do that.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The farther the calendar moves from summer weather,||
the less likely you have daylong drinkingfests before evening kickoff. Michigan has played MSU at Michigan for late afternoon starts that have turned into night game finishes without major security issues in the past.
Can we look at those for guidance on how to handle this problem going forward. Look southern schools face this prospect over and over again from Baton Rouge to Tuscaloosa with huge rivalry games of national significance. If you assume the worst, then you probably will get what you expect. But if you assume you can handle it by taking the precautions and security measures that other schools have found useful, then I don't see why you couldn't schedule at night with MSU. At least try it.
I mean Bo used to say that no game should start after noon on Saturday for legitimate reasons, and that rationale was a university guiding post for a long time, until TV dictated or heavily influenced kickoff times by viewing windows, and college football became more popular than anyone could have imagined. Bo also thought Michigan ought not to schedule Notre Dame, which, of course it did for a long time, and now is no longer scheduling again. But not before two of its best games ever in recent years were played at night against them. I personally think the Forcier late afternoon game was the most entertaining home game of the Rodriguez era, although a few others come to mind as well.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Regardless of what we||
may want, I don't think Beiein is going to take away Hatch's scholarship and replace it with a medical no matter whether LeVert stays or goes. I mean of the players recruited, the option to play here is always a numbers game.
I heard Sam Webb suggest that Michigan is still in the running for Booker among the 8 schools still on his list, but the speculation that he will go to Kentucky based on their 7 early entry departures increases the chances he could go there based on scholarship and roster availability alone. It would be nice to get Booker, but the way things have gone for Michigan in recent times, it could strike out on both Booker and LeVert making the Hatch question a moot point, anyway.
I'd like one or the other if not both, but not really at Hatch's expense.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I loved the Lloyd Carr era.||
I mean Lloyd without any great fanfare or tremendous scrutiny simply carries on the legacy he is given. When he is first hired at Michigan, he goes out to lunch with the big boss and Gary Moeller, and is never sure if he has the job. He kept Bo part of the program, making his office available to him and regularly consulted him during his tenure. He understood what he inherited and how to handle himself and still keep things in perspective. Lloyd was a great coach.
If he had a major flaw, it was simply being too loyal to his own people and coaching staff. But Michigan was never better at quarterback than under Lloyd and it established itself as the best pro qb developer program under Lloyd. The qb advancement to the NFL while Lloyd was Michigan's head coach with guys who were hardly bigtime prospects outside of Drew Henson is simply undeniable.
Lloyd handled the Michigan job with aplomb. Now, one might argue that he was well set up by Gary Moeller whose recruiting efforts laid the foundation for the 1997 national championship season. I mean when you have Tom Brady, Charles Woodson on the same roster to go along with some maginficent Oline players and outstanding secondary, Lloyd just seems undervalued for his effort. His record was outstanding and he carried on the Michigan tradition although it was diminished by his team's performance against Ohio State.
More recently, I think his role in the Rodriguez transition and then his departure from Michigan reflect his own belief that he wasn't appreciated and he helped sabotage a coach whom he allegedly played a key role in bringing to Ann Arbor. That is a strange end to his Michigan career. But while he was the head coach, Michigan was always solid or great, and that hasn't been true for this team under his successors until now.