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|8 hours 10 min ago||FWIW||
Shaw had NFL buzz himself last January (Turned down Browns interview, allegedly) no way he is ever not a Head Coach going forward.
|14 hours 2 min ago||So MSU "Lives" for the game v. Michigan||
...well, over the last six years, anyway.
They were living for it less when Lloyd Carr owned them.
And before that when Bo/Mo mostly owned them as well.
You're right, wile-e8, the papers run a narrative, nothing more. If Michigan shows up like v. Ohio State last year things could go well. If not, new coach/AD sooner.
|14 hours 8 min ago||DJ Wilson's Hair from House Party||
How I miss you, early 90's
|14 hours 16 min ago||Nice.||
Been a while since the last "Hello" post
|16 hours 14 sec ago||Srsly?||
I mean, srsly? A head coach at a successful D1 program takes a 2 million dollar pay cut so the guy who left the school can take over again?
Not a chance.
|16 hours 7 min ago||Makes Sense||
|16 hours 15 min ago||Hmmmmmm...||
This mindset that dismisses John Harbaugh as somehow less worthy than Jim Harbaugh is puzzling to say the least. While John Harbaugh had some great end of their career players (Ray Lewis, Ed Reed) on his Superbowl team he also had a ton of younger players and built schemes to win.
It's not like they're giving these things away:
Also, note the internal inscription. I wonder where he picked that up?
|17 hours 43 min ago||Heh.||
He could choose his own salary also. Both might be compelling reasons to move to Ann Arbor.
|18 hours 5 min ago||Free Lloyd Carr||
Mark D: "Lloyd, you guys really didn't need to put 49 on us".
Lloyd: "Listen, sooner or later, I'm going to retire. Michigan will drop Nike for Adidas and the Athletic Director will be hired away from Domino's Pizza"
Mark D: "No shit"
Lloyd: "Then, and only then will you have a chance to win games against Michigan"
|18 hours 12 min ago||Let us Celebrate and Memorialize||
The Haloscan Era
|21 hours 13 min ago||/smh||
If the offense could actually posess the ball and keep the defense off the field...might help with their "potential"
|1 day 6 hours ago||LOL. Wut?||
I have also become tired of this "overrated" defense that is the only thing holding back the tide given the offense underwhelming performances.
Mattison only has the defense at #10 in the nation in Total Defense. Guy should do a better job. Totally over rated.
FWIW, note who the #9 team is when you click the link...that's right, defensive genius Pat Narduzzi.
|1 day 7 hours ago||A question||
Was he a regular on Twitter pre September?
I could not follow Dave Brandon.
Then again, neither can AD success.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Justin...||
So given this criteria, I assume we can eliminate the following CC candidates as they have not been above reproach, certainly:
Pete Carroll (though he wasn't coming anyway)
Probaby some more but I was too busy over here reading my copy of "The Winner's Manual" by the disgraced Jim Tressel.
Given the Michigan criteria I will pray harder for a Harbaugh.
|1 day 9 hours ago||"Delusional Fans" Like Me||
Here's how it works: delusional fans like me stop donating money to the AD, stop buying high priced season tickets, buy them through secondary vendors and suddenly 80k fans are in the stadium and the whole thing blows the hell up.
While it is true that both programs have the ability to be successful the idea that Michigan won't return to dominance with competent coaching and administration is ludicrous. End of the day, the school leadership has to be accountable via hiring and winning to the season ticket base or their revenue goes away.
Should they be motivated to hire the best available after this season? Unless 80 k is their goal then yes. That debt servicing on the stadium improvements also exist let alone the monies spent and debt serviced on non-revenue.
Excellence is the standard and has to occur. Miles, Harbaugh(s), whomever has to make it work.
"Won't last because it can't"
|1 day 9 hours ago||Hmmmmm....||
New president can talk all he wants about athletics coming second. But reality sets in with millions of committed funds for new facilities etc. Revenue from football and basketball matter to the university and it's not like the guy can show up and move the direction of the university away from athletics (particularly with that cheque from the B1G coming in each year).
For right or wrong Michigan is wed to big time athletics and the sooner the new guy realizes this the better.
|1 day 9 hours ago||@Justin||
Isn't the program identity supposed to be Leaders and Best? What it's become, sadly, is moralizing elitists and emo fans over the last eight years. They could hire some real leaders, the best in their profession, the "best" but that would cost money and might upset the apple cart of an uptight cadre of fans/Michigan apologists. The same bunch that probably feels bad that Mike Hart called Sparty "little brother" and is apologist about it.
So, you're saying that supporting redemption for an elite level football coach and athletic administrator is not part of Michigan's "identity"? The guy has been a respected "leader" and he made some mistakes. He has more MNC rings than anyone around Schembechler not named Lloyd Carr.
Leaders? Hire them. Best? Pay them. Redemption? Why not Tressel; hell, why not Michigan?
|1 day 9 hours ago||Hmmmmm....||
I guess Tressel's contemporaries in honesty would be Urban Meyer (heart issues never returning to coaching), James Franklin (rape investigation), Joe Paterno (pedophile defender/facilitator), Bobby Petrino (something about girlfriends and Harleys), Nick Saban (that whole injury thing, never coaching at Alabama etc.) and on and on.
Look, the coaching profession isn't full of ethical guys. Except Lloyd Carr, perhaps...and he would have been run out of Ann Arbor on a rail in 2007 had he not walked away.
|1 day 13 hours ago||True.||
But only to 2016. One would think given his "cooperation" with the NCAA and "exemplary" behavior as an administrator etc. added to his connections that this is window dressing in front of a potential hire.
|1 day 13 hours ago||@Justin||
At what point do we stop moralizing as a fan base so we can have nice things? James Franklin rape case cover up, Joe Paterno covers for a now convicted pedophile, Brian Kelly puts a kid in a tower in 50 mph winds to film practice but the school "apologized", Mike Leach locks kids with (alleged) concussions in sheds, Nick Saban oversigns and his players get strange injuries causing them to end up at Colorado State...so does Auburn etc. etc.
Tressel was clearly a player in a very signfiicant institutionally approved series of violations over years. He was also an exceptionally good coach. He was also the coach who took the fall for that school. Not the president, the AD, compliance...nobody. Well, TP, perhaps.
The elite ones (Miles, Meyer, Harbaugh etc.) they all come with moral/ethical/behavioral issues. Why not redemption? Can we not also have nice things? Or does our "moral compass" come first. Dave Brandon could have written that last line.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Tressel...||
I've been backing Tressel throughout "the process" or whatever hell we all currently occupy with Michigan, the AD and any potential coaching search. People talk about how the next coach needs to be elite, an excellent recruiter, a national level hire etc. Tressel ticks all the boxes.
And for people who question the guy's ethics vis a vis tatgate its pretty obvious that he was the one who paid the penalty for what was clearly an institutional level compliance problem. Gee walked, Smith actually consolidated his power and tOSU moved on to Meyer. Pretty sure the NCAA would scale down his penalties.
Jim Tressel is a hell of a football coach. Period. People talk about second chances and redemption. I'd say taking over as the Ira and Nikki Harris Head Football Coach at Ann Arbor would be a start. Also, he could fire Brandon.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Well...||
|1 day 17 hours ago||Heh.||
Something about Brandon breaking down film with the coaches...
|1 day 17 hours ago||Hmmmmmm....||
There is nothing wrong with the politicking but any fan with a memory also realizes the hypocisy of his comments in light of the Stanford and Pitt ref decisions a few years back. If the vast majority of "experts" including Lou Holtz (even) identified it as a penalty and Kelly disputes it that's fine but his credibility certainly suffers.
I can't imagine committee members are moved by his politics at all. He's just playing to the angry Irish fanbase.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Ownership isn't anything Michigan State has...||
Their delusional fanbase might parrot the talk radio but really, before their current streak who had won six straight? These people are defined by a history of being second best in the state, something of a football afterthought, Staee, Tony Mandarich and Sparty No. Maybe Mike Hart was right the whole time.
FWIW, I enjoyed the present in Michigan Stadium but two years ago when Sparty wasn't owning anything. Ulimately, Sparty fan has to acknowledge internally or otherwise the fact that over the years it's been Michigan's series. Sparty might have a period of success now and then (see the 50's) but it won't last. The reason it won't last is because it can't last. Michigan has too much institutional interest, too much money in, too much debt and too much committed to their football program being successful (see donors) not to just can Brady Hoke et al. in 3 months and hire the most expensive guy available (I mean, the new AD can hire the most expensive Harbaugh/Miles/(please be Jim Tressel) available.
If Brady Hoke/DG somehow catch lightning in a bottle this weekend like tOSU last fall then great. If not, I'm confident Les Miles fixes things. The thing is, internally or otherwise, Sparty fan is aware of this also.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Jeebus.||
When they win the next 36 in a row and take the lead in the overall series then, and only then, will I stop relying on history. Don't piss on the legacy of Bo, Mo, Lloyd etc. You think those players didn't earn those wins? Should we count by decades only? Perhaps Sparty like in six year increments (unless they have lost all six of those years?). I'm tired of Michigan fans not respecting the legacy of excellence. I get it that the current AD doesn't respect it, or seem to get it for whatever reason...but as a fan I can appreciate the dominance and acknowledge that Michigan will be back (as always).
FWIW, what's going to get you your next MAC coach or keep your current one is David Brandon still running the god damned athletic department.
When 15k fans don't renew this year you'll get your 7 million dollar national hire.
|1 day 19 hours ago||How I miss you, Mike Hart||
After years of listening to fans apologism and Sparty nut hugging about this comment it comes to mind that Mike Hart is everything right about Michigan football.
Please, new "Ira and Nicki Harris" head football coach at the University of Michigan, hire this man.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Getting Inked...||
|2 days 4 hours ago||Re: ND and Success||
|2 days 5 hours ago||@CoachSchiano||
i generally like your commentary but I disagree here only based on the significance/implications of the call and Kelly's pretty evident politicking of the same. he kind of earns the scorn of some given the hypocrisy of his comments post Stanford/Pitt in recent years.
It is a Sunday night, OT topic, relevant to the MNC so why not talk football?