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|15 min 48 sec ago||then maybe his opinion deserves some respect.||
I'm going to listen intently to Ray when he breaks down Michigan's DB unit, since he's familiar with the Michigan personnel and he speaks from personal experience and expertise. It's a different matter when it comes to Nick Saban, since he doesn't seem to have any particular connection to him. I doubt Nick's calling him up and telling him "yeah, I'd really like to leave Tuscaloosa and rescue the Michigan football program." Ray is just offering his opinion with no hard evidence to back it up. It would be different if Marcus was saying "Butch Jones's dream job is Michigan" since Ray worked for Jones at CMU.
It's the same with Bacon, whom I like personally and respect professionally. When he talks about Schembechler or RR or the workings of the AD under Brandon and Martin, I'm going to listen closely because he was directly connected at that time. Now he's not, and his opinions on coaching succession are just that—opinions, which he freely admits. When JUB has evidence to back things up, he says so too.
|29 min 30 sec ago||Marcus seems like a good guy||
and he's spoken knowledgeably and articulately about Michigan's DB coverage, tactics and strategy on several occasions on the local radio. I think he says a lot of stuff to get a reaction, like the bit about Manning seriously considering coming here, which I'll believe when Manning himself confirms it. Plenty of guys visit schools they have no real intention of committing to, like FSU commit Auden Tate visiting Michigan for the Maryland game. The bit about Michigan being Saban's supposed "dream job" is even more ridiculous. If you added up all the coaches that are supposed to have Michigan as their "dream job," it would be half the FBS list.
|5 hours 23 min ago||I think your calendar might be a bit off.||
LOL, I just realized what what a tool I am.... Let the negbang commence, and I'll start it.
|5 hours 49 min ago||Do we have some Buckstashe sympathizers lurking here?||
I think we've got a library masturbator lurking here.
|5 hours 58 min ago||Was William the Conqueror the coach then?||
Naw, it was Percy the Addlepated. It was just a club sport then. They didn't bother tackling, they just clubbed each other to the ground.
|6 hours 59 sec ago||I do remember 6.023x10 23rd.||
That's Avogadro's Number, right? Or was it Avocado's Number?
|7 hours 24 min ago||Michigan has the #47 scoring offense in the nation with 33.1||
I think your math might be a bit off. According to both ESPN and the Big Ten sites, through 11 games we're averaging 20.3 ppg, which is dead last in the conference.
If you look only at our games against Power 5 teams (Utah + conference), we're averaging just a hair over 17.
Our season average of 20.3 ppg is tied for 112th in the country.
This doesn't necessarily refute your point that Michigan is unlikely to be held to single digits, but our offense is pretty putrid regardless.
|8 hours 34 min ago||Third post today that appears to be based on the notion||
that the attitudes of a bunch of random strangers on a sports blog have any effect on the outcome of the game.
|8 hours 39 min ago||I once made the mistake of peeking too early||
then shut the door in horror. Nobody should ever see their parents going at it.
|9 hours 48 min ago||The only insider source we can trust is Jim Harbaugh||
and he ain't talking.
|9 hours 51 min ago||They like to whack it in public libraries||
|10 hours 53 min ago||Real expectations?||
1. Beat MSU and OSU first season 2. get to BIG championship game second season 3. Get to playoff third season 4. Win NC fourth season 5. Discover cure for cancer fifth season 6. Reduce my Comcast bill sixth season 7. Eliminate national debt seventh season 8. Discover cure for male pattern baldness eighth season 9. Get my dog to stop scooting his ass inside ninth season 10. Win another NC tenth season
|13 hours 53 min ago||It's time UM goes the peasano route.||
Sam Rutigliano? Steve Addazio? Doug Marrone?
|14 hours 10 min ago||one reason why they've had our number is the right perspective||
"The right perspective" doesn't mean jack squat compared to the fact that since 2001 Ohio State has had vastly better coaches, with the single exception of 2011.
|22 hours 13 min ago||there is a world in which that happens.||
If Hackett really has the corporate CEO/bean counter chops he's reputed to have, he'll recognize Michigan football as a severely underperforming but hugely important division whose trajectory is pointing to financial disaster for the entire corporation if it's not corrected quickly. Any manager in charge of such an underperforming division would expect to get canned.
It's necessary at Michigan to have good graduation rates, but the cold reality is that a successful Michigan football program is absolutely essential to the athletic department's overall health. He has to get a coach who will do both things.
|22 hours 23 min ago||You told us all what?||
That attendance would suck?
|23 hours 38 min ago||Persuade the greys to abduct Barrett||
and stash him in Dulce for the weekend.
|1 day 13 min ago||If it weren't for that ridiculous buyout||
Jim McElwain at Colorado State would be a great Plan C candidate if the Plan A guys don't happen. I just don't see UM ponying up $7.5 million for a guy with just three seasons under his belt as HC. That means some other major program is going to reap the benefits at some point not too far down the road.
|1 day 33 min ago||is clearly trying to push his Bo coaching tree agenda.||
Bacon is continually accused of being an apologist for that infamous non-Michigan Man Rich Rodriguez, but now you're asserting that he's advancing the candidacies of famous Michigan Men directly related to Bo Schembechler. So is Bacon anti-Michigan Man or pro-Michigan Man? Anti-Bo or Pro-Bo?
|1 day 50 min ago||Bret Bielema?||
Yeah, I can see Schlissel and all the blue hairs who hated RR before he ever coached a game just falling in love with this:
|1 day 6 hours ago||59-17||
The only silver lining is that it won't be enough to get OSU into the playoff.
|1 day 7 hours ago||How about this one||
Pat White doesn't break his thumb during the 2007 Backyard Brawl with Pittsburgh, and WVU narrowly beats Pitt 17-13. RR and the Mountaineers end the reg. season 11-1, earning a spot in the BCS Championship game with Ohio State.
LSU wins the SEC championship game, but their late season 3OT loss to Arkansas keeps them out of the BCS Championship game, which in turn frees up Les Miles to answer Bill Martin's message sent via homing pigeon offering the UM job, which Les immediately accepts. The 2010 National Championship validates Lesticle's place in the UM coaching Pantheon.
|1 day 7 hours ago||they seen Funchess as a physical specimen,||
Reminds me of guys the Lions have drafted over the years that were "physical specimens" —like Mike Williams or Aaron Gibson—or who wowed them in workouts, like Andre Ware did to Wayne Fontes.
NFL franchises that draft purely on whether a guy is a "physical specimen" get what they deserve.
|1 day 9 hours ago||This just seems all too weird that someone with so much talent||
Most fans have a definition of "talent" that's basically a measure of size, speed, and strength.
To me, talent is the ability to get the job done at a high level of performance with reliability, particularly in key situations, game in and game out.
By that measure, the popular estimation of Funchess of having "first-round NFL talent" is laughable.
|1 day 9 hours ago||its a disservice to GR3 to compare him to Funchess.||
Yeah, that's a totally cheap shot that GR3 does not deserve.
While it's certainly far down the list of the many reasons this coaching staff won't be back, giving Funchess the #87 and then the #1—neither of which he had proved he deserved in the slightest—makes me wonder if it's symptomatic of a problem with Hoke: giving players recognition or praise when they haven't come close to truly meriting it.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Has Pipkins played in either of the last two games?||
He doesn't show up in the defensive stats.
|1 day 12 hours ago||If we lose Funchess, our receiving corps could be really bad||
If we keep Funchess, our receiving corps could be just as bad.
|1 day 12 hours ago||That's cool. I wasn't born yet,||
Go ahead, make me feel old.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I was at the damn game||
I don't need to see it again.
|2 days 2 hours ago||What makes you think Mullen||
who plays in a stadium half the size of our stadium,
Where he's already played the #6 and #2 teams in the country, and will play #18 Ole Miss in their last game. Not to mention he's also played the #8 and the #5 teams on the road. And all of this is in the SEC. So he gets to play Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, and Northwestern in Michigan Stadium. Big fucking woop-de-doo.. MSU and OSU don't exactly match the SEC in power teams.
way worse recruiting rankings,
After the last three years, I can't believe you're actually mentioning recruiting rankings as something in Michigan's favor. On top of that, since 2010 MSU has put as many guys into the NFL draft as Michigan, 13, so right now MSU is having as much success in developing players as UM is. Mullen doesn't have to come north to get talented players or develop them.
Michigan has been truly relevant in the national picture exactly once—2006—in the last 17 years since 1997. Mullen is creating tradition now, which is what HS recruits are going to pay attention to. Those kids don't give a crap about what 44-year old Desmond Howard did way back in 1991 or what Charles Woodson did in 1997, much less what Bo Schembechler did 45 years ago or what Fielding Yost did back in the Dark Ages.
I'm curious exactly how the new facilities at MSU are verifiably inferior to those at Michigan, especially in the eyes of recruits from the south, many of whom are black kids from relatively poor circumstances:
isn't going to come here.
In case you're thinking about money, Mullen is reportedly making $3.2 million in 2014; for comparison, Mark Richt is making $3.4 million, so it's not like Mullen is getting chump SEC change. It's unrealistic to think that he isn't in line for a hefty increase after this season.
Sure, Mullen might decide to come here if he's offered the job, but the notion that it's simply unthinkable that he might conclude he's got a better situation overall where he's at is nothing less than typical Michigan arrogance.