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|3 days 5 hours ago||Hold off||
Before expressing any emotion, be it outrage, bathos, or even pathos, it might be a good idea to await the results of the league's investigation.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I was at that 1988 game||
A recovered onside kick set up the winning field goal.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Airball!||
Just because the BradyPats took the wind out of the Colts' sails and deflated their collective egos, they're crying that Belichick deflated the game ball.
Sounds like a lot of hot air to me.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Not an issue||
Strong, talented, self-confident QBs do not fear competition. At least they shouldn't, if they want to play for Coach Jim.
|1 week 3 days ago||Marcus Will Make It||
Marcus Mariota won every CB award for which he was eligible. He has nothing left to prove as a college player. His size, his arm, his footspeed, and his character bode well for NFL success.
And FWIW, today's newspaper article about Marcus noted that coming out of high school in Honolulu the recruiting services rated him a three-star recruit. So those who're concerned about Coach Jim scouting three-star QB recruits in Texas or wherever shouldn't worry: I suspect Coach Jim has an eye for QB talent.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good Riddance||
College football just acquired a bit more legitimacy with Jameis out the door. During the draft he could be another Christian Peter, whom you remember had his draft selection voided by the team owner's wife.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Fred Jackson||
A fine man; I had the pleasure of sitting at the lunchtable with Fred a couple times during UM Club of Greater Detroit meetings. A credit to the University and a fine developer of young men. But we all need to go sometime. We need a coach with whom the players can more directly relate and who will more accurately reflect the Harbaugh approach. I hope that's Tyrone.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Jim's Varsity Years v. tOSU||
1983: W 24-21
1984: L 6-21
1985: W 27-17
1986: W 26-24
Jim played in '84 but did not start. He started (and finished) both the '85 and '86 games, and of course was a major contributor to both those wins.
So when Jim played, M won three of the four meetings with tOSU. Time to bring that winning culture back to AA.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Maize-Colored Glasses||
Yes a new coach and new staff can maybe squeeze more wins out of the current roster. But this is a team that went 5-7 last year and barely won (NU and PSU) two close games that could easily have gone the other way. It's also a team with a huge question mark at QB and at the so-called "skill positions," especially WR. A whole lot of coaching needs to happen for these players to reach bowl-eligibility in 2015.
But with all that said and, like the rest of you, with the faith of a true believer, here's my take on the 2015 season:
Oregon State, a 5-7 team last year, and UNLV, a 2-11 team last year, are wins. MD and Rutgers are two teams M should have beaten last year but didn't. I look for two wins there. Even though the IU game is in Bloomington, M should win that one as well.
BYU comes off an 8-5 record in 2014. But that game's in AA, so I think it's a toss-up. Same with NU, which is also in AA. And even though PSU is in State College, I think that's a toss-up, winnable one for M as well. Going to Minneapolis and playing MN to get the Jug back will be tough. But by that time in the season (Oct 31) we'll know what kind of a team Jim has put together. It'll be a tough game, but I still rate it a toss-up.
Utah is a nationally ranked, 9-4 team from 2014. It's M's first game of the season, and it's on the road. The prospects are not good for a win there. And we're at least a year a way from seriously challenging MSU. And I believe this fall tOSU will be the reigning national champion with a reloaded roster. It will take a lot of recruiting and a lot of Harbaughing-up before M takes the field against them as an true equal. But of course I believe it will happen.
So that's 5 games M should win, four toss-ups of which M should win at least two or three, and three pretty certain losses; a 7-5, 8-4 season. But if not by 2016 then certainly by 2017 M, MSU, tOSU, and PSU (the way they're recruiting) will make the Big10 East the most formidable division in college football, surpassing the SEC West. Go Blue.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'll take the 70s M record anytime||
Principal M QBs during the 70s:
Rick Leach (4-year starter)
Some pretty good names there. Remember Bo's offense was primarily run-oriented. Still, these guys could throw the ball reasonably well. I also think during this decade the most regular-season losses M suffered were two or three.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Attitude Adjustment||
No doubt the cupboard is not bare --- in fact, it's reasonably full. But IMHO what was lacking last season was the "we will win" attitude that typified Michigan teams for so many seasons. Bo's teams definitely had it; Lloyd's teams mostly had it, especially in '97 when he took a team with one legitimate superstar and a lot of other good to very good players to a shared national championship. The shoulder chip, the "We know we will beat you" attitude just wasn't there last fall.
But if there's one thing Coach Harbaugh can do, it's restore that winning mindset to Michigian football. I was a season ticket holder when Jim played. He approached the game as a kind of river-boat gambler, and that attitude affected the entire offlense. When Jim was on the field it was obvious he was truly enjoying himself and confident of winning (including the famous "guaranteed" win over tOSU). Getting today's players to think that way might result in a few wins that would otherwise go the other way.
Last fall, a more positive, "we can do it" approach by the offense might have converted both Rutgers and Maryland to the win column --- that was all that was really needed.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Narduzzi, without a doubt||
As many have said, tOSU will absorb Herman's loss more easily than will MSU absorb Narduzzi's. Few coaches have had the ability to coach up fair-to-middlin' players into a potent defensive unit the way Pat has done.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Sophocles Could Have Written It||
Devin's Michigan career almost followed that of a Greek tragic hero. Despite Devin's best efforts --- which at times were very good indeed --- whatever fatal flaws the gods cursed him with insured his time at M would end badly. Devin was a quarterback. He should not have had to spend time as a wideout simply because of the absence of other, better options. Devin should have had a decent O-line to operate behind. He should have had an OC who understood his strengths and knew how to use them. Maybe he even needed a sports shrink to get inside his head. Certainly the low point of a lowlight season had to be when he was yanked for Shane Morris in the MN game. The coaches apparently, actually believed Shane would give M a better chance to win.
People will have to look long and hard to find another such talent so tragically destroyed, in part because of Devin's own fatal flaws. Sophocles would be proud.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Once Burned, Twice Cautious||
No way would Kirk or ESPN go off half-cocked again. They needed absolute confirmation before they went with Harbaugh to Michigan.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Once Burned, Twice Cautious||
One reason ESPN was so late to the party might be Herbstreit's Les Miles fiasco --- no way would he or the network go off half-cocked again. Has Kirk said anything about Harbaugh's impending arrival in AA? If so, I haven't heard it.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||Overcaffeinatted fanbase||
Everyone should settle down --- images of Jim Harbaugh as a king on a throne are a bit much. I hope Jim accepts Michigan's offer and becomes the new head coach. But I do not expect that as he arrives in AA he will walk across the Huron River and immediately redeem M's football program from thralldom. Jim's a football coach; he'll do a good job, I'm sure, but even he will need a few seasons of strong recruiting and year-over-year improvement to restore M football to its former glory.
That will not be an easy task. Although the cupboard will not be as bare as the one RichRod left for Brady, the problems are immediate and serious, beginning with shoring up an attack that was 13th in the conference in total offense. And according to Rivals, M now has six committed recruits. Jim might be able to improve that situation, but especially at this late date convincing the uncommitted and flippling the committed will be tough.
Anyone who expects instant miracles is doomed to disappointment. Long-term patience and support are what Jim will need most. Go Blue.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Win-Win||
Congrats to Pat Narduzzi on his new HC job. that's a win for him.
And good for M nation for removal of a thorn from our side, which Mr. Narduzzi has been for the last several seasons --- a win for us.
Don't underestimate what Pat brought to the MSU defense during his tenure there. A Broyles Award winner in 2013, it was his players and his defensive schemes that held M offenses to such paltry numbers. Yes, M's less-than-Outland O-line helped, but MSU's defensive prep and playcalling were pretty much Pat.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Culture evolves||
It seems the article's point is that just as Americans outgrew boxing, so Americans might be starting to outgrow football.
The 1946 Joe Louis - Billy Conn heavyweight rematch was perhaps the most hyped sporting event of the era. The Robinson - LaMotta series, among other such series Robinson had in his long career, were also highly popular events. Regardless of whether any American fighters are prominent in the sport today (maybe there are, but I don't know of any) none would ever reach the stature of these 1940s - 1950s era fighters. American culture has moved on. Interestingly, Joe Louis suffered from "paranoia" late in his life. Robinson had Alzheimer's, and Muhammad Ali, as we know, labors under similar mental difficulties.
As more retired NFL players (let alone college players) report similar problems --- and they undoutedly will --- Americans might move on from football as well. Maybe the only football that future generations play will be the "soccer" variety. But that's okay too --- as we already know, the Big House can be converted into a soccer pitch without much difficulty! :>)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The Question is . . .||
to what extent can the offensive woes of the 2014 team be attributed to the offensive coordinator? Well, a large extent, it seems. Gardner's 10-TD to 15-INT passing ratio indicates regression, not progression. Morris's lack of development while possessing more than adequate talent can to a large extent also be attributable to coaching, or lack thereof. The offensive line showed improvement, but after Funchess apparently contracted give-up-itis sometime late in the season no other true go-to receiver emerged.
In short, despite an adequate but not great defense (much better against the run than the pass) M could not generate enough offense to beat Rutgers or Maryland. M barely beat NU and Penn State (had that Penn State LB held onto the pass Bellomy threw at him, that might have been another loss). Had M been able to convert just three of its losses (Rutgers, MD, maybe Utah), M would be 8-4 and Hoke might still have his job.
So with the head coach fired and against such a record, what arguments are available for retaining Doug as the offensive coordinator? I'd guess very few.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If Jim were to turn down M's offer,||
I would accept that he had good and sufficient reason to do so. I would wish him well and hope that in his professional and personal life he would continue to prosper.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||A "Michigan Man" through and through (oops! sorry!)||
By his senior year --- and maybe before that --- LB Andy Moeller (1983-1986) was the defensive signal caller on the field and an all-around excellent football player. He was an assistant coach at M for 7 years (2000-2007). His entire 27-year career has been as a football coach. A better coordinator for whoever takes over as HC would be hard to find.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Promote Nussmeier||
Maybe Nuss's record on the offensive side of the ball wasn't so great last year, but that could be due to a lot of factors that weren't his fault.
-first year on the job
-attempting to fit spread Devin Gardner into a power offense
-great fall-off in wide receiver talent from 2013 to 2014 (no one close to Gallon; Funchess came down with a case of the give-ups).
-continued O-line woes (but should take another step up next year)
Dantonio was DC at tOSU before going to Staae, so some precedent; we didn't do all that well with a couple "proven" head coaches, now did we? Nuss would provide some continuity to a storm-tossed program and maybe halt the exodus of committed recruits. He's a known quantity to the current roster. He could take a QB like Speight or even Malzone (I don't know about Morris) and mold him into a good starting QB in the A J Mccarron mold.
Neither Harbaugh nor Cutcliffe nor anyone else would do much better with the talent M currently has on its roster. Rivals has M 88th in national recruiting after all the defecttions. It'll take several years to recoup those losses. A young Nussmeier, especially if he has a reasonably successful season next year, could recruit well if he's reasonably assured of a long-term future. And for what it's worth, Nuss's salary would be much more palatable to a less-than-fanatic football fan like President Schliss.
Just a thought.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||It's come to this . . .||
With teams such as Illinois, Maryland, and Rutgers going bowling while our football team sits home, with our BB team kicked out of the top 25 after a loss to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, it's only natural that we're now projecting our desperate hopes and desires for a new FB coach onto how Jim H. holds his arms and shifts his feet during a presser.
I dunno, maybe it's just me, but reading the entrails of a chicken might augur more accurately the prospects of a Harbaugh appearance in AA. Ye gods.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||As Lloyd Carr often said,||
"Expect nothing, blame no one, do something."
Forget the rumors, speculation, and hype. If Jim becomes M's next HC, fine. If he doesn't, forget him and move on. EOS.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry to Read It||
For both Caris the Green and Zack, it'll probably depend on what the scouts and the evaluators have to say at season's end. I hope both stay another season, but this "two and done" or "three and done" cycle has really wreaked havoc on M fans --- although the program itself seems to have survived.
Meanwhile, Bo Ryan returned four starters from last year's team. Kaminsky (Sr) and Dekker (Jr) are sure first-rounders. Nigel Hayes (So) could come out at the end of the season, but probably won't. He'll stick around to plague M for another season or two. Jackson (Sr) might be drafted, but will more likely find a European gig.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Back in the Day||
I attended the '73 game. I watched Archie Griffin run up and down the field. Fortunately he did most of his running between the 20s, but he looked as if he would break one for long yardage every time he had the ball. As is the case in this rivalry, both teams fought tooth and nail to win the game. Vietnam vet Mike Lantry was one of the better FG kickers to play at Michigan. But he missed the winning FG (as well as one earlier, I believe), and Denny Franklin suffered a broken collarbone (as I also remember). Stuff happens. I left the stadium saddened at the tie, but without any additional animosity toward tOSU --- that is, no more than I usually have. I still thought M would get the Rose Bowl bid.
Was it the next day that the athletic directors voted to send tOSU to the Rose Bowl? I recall a livid Bo on television asking "how our sister school to the north" voted. Later then-MSU AD Burt Smith admitted he voted to send tOSU and, in my biased and prejudiced recollection, said he did so because he thought that vote would advance MSU's interests over those of Michigan. So most of the Michigan venom from that debacle was aimed at Burt Smith, not the Buckeyes; they were just the lucky recipients of a gift originating from the rivalry between the two Michigan schools.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Name Game||
Scott Frost should be Hugh Freeze's assistant at FL
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Death Watch||
One of the many reasons I'm proud of my Michigan roots is that the state has never had a death penalty. Well, an earlier state constitution had a death penalty for "treason against the state," but because either no one knew exactly what that was or because no one ever actually committed "treason against the state," the death penalty for that crime was stricked from later constitutions.
In states that do have a death penalty, when an execution is imminent people often gather outside the prison where the execution is scheduled and await the lethal injection or whatever. This is known as "the death watch."
Maybe the closest "death watch" comparison in Michigan is people gathering on mgoblog to await the axe falling on Brady's neck. It's too bad; virtually all of us know Brady's "body of work" does not merit his continuing as M's head coach. But he is a good man and I for one am sorry that he's now facing the inevitable. I firmly believe both he and Jim Hackett will handle it with dignity and class. Go Blue.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||1986||
A very nice job --- thanks for this.
1986 might have seen just a few TD passes, but that 11-2, BIG Co-Champ team didn't need them. They won all three rivalry games. Jamie Morris ran behind a great offensive line (Husar, Dames, Vitale, Hammerstein, Elliott). The D featured such players as Mark Messner, Billy Harris, Andy Moeller and Garland Rivers. The only time they got outplayed was by a pass-happy Arizona State team in the 1987 Rose Bowl. Bo might have realized then that the game had somewhat passed him by (pun intended). He retired after the loss to USC in the 1990 Rose Bowl.
The quarterback for the 1986 team was also voted the team's most valuable player: a guy by the name of Jim Harbaugh.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||GoFlight Wi-Fi||
Got to the Denver Airport a little after 10 their time, so I caught some of the first half on airport Wi-Fi and ESPN Watch --- strong signal, great reception. Then the boarding process and the wait until we got to 10,000 ft so the GoFlight Wi-Fi could become operative. By that time I figured the third quarter was about over so I chose the four-buck, 30-minute Wi-Fi option. The screen would freeze then go dark. I could sometimes get the audio only. But I did get both audio and video a couple times. Once when Elliott ran the ball in from about 40 yards or so, and once when Gardner's fumble turned into the last-nail-in the coffin Buckeye TD.
Worst four bucks I ever spent.