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|4 hours 26 min ago||Word out of Ann Arbor||
What "word?" by who?
|7 hours 30 sec ago||Interesting that we were spreading the OSU defense out||
with three WRs, which helped open up those gaping holes inside.
|7 hours 19 min ago||Interesting 2004 Michigan Daily interview with Canham||
There are some superficial similarities between Canham and Brandon's approach to Michigan football, but I think Canham had a much better understanding of who his customers were, and obviously made a much better hire as head football coach.
|7 hours 43 min ago||It would be hilarious if Tony Gibson won it||
but Brian might need medical attention.
|7 hours 50 min ago||Judging from the OP's pic||
Michigan football is a turkey waiting to be carved up on Saturday.
Sounds about right.
|1 day 5 hours ago||We have already plucked the last fruit off the Lloyd Carr tree||
C'mon, Mike Debord deserves a tryout.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Me on my second of three marriages.||
So, her pad level wasn't good?
|1 day 6 hours ago||Perhaps he would be comfortable working under Hackett?||
This is a very intriguing possibility. JH and his dad obviously know Hackett, and if they're comfortable with him as a known quantity—the devil you know and all that—they might have let Hackett know that their consideration of an offer is helped by knowing Hackett will be AD, at least during the critical initial years of a JH coaching tenure.
|1 day 6 hours ago||you're just wrong.||
In principle, just because some corporation spends lots of money determining what their product should look like doesn't mean they know what they're doing—there are plenty of examples in the last few decades of American business history to prove that.
Whatever—if you can point to TV ratings that show a MAC game should have been prioritized over a UM-Nova game, I'll stand corrected.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Don Canham had no experience running an athletic department||
But Don Canham had extensive and very successful experience as a coach prior to becoming AD, which gave him great insight into identifying and hiring coaches. Canham specifically stated at some point after he retired that an AD's most important responsibility is hiring coaches, and that you hire other people to be the bean counters.
Hackett might be good at the bean-counting, but he has zero experience in hiring coaches. And don't try to make the argument that recognizing coaching ability is the same as hiring underlings whose major job is to kiss your ass in staff meetings and shine your shoes the rest of the week.
If Hackett fires Hoke and brings in Harbaugh or another similarly well-qualified coach, then all this is basically moot. If he retains Hoke, he's facing disaster. If he fires Hoke but replaces him with another unqualified coach, he's also facing disaster.
I don't think it's automatically bad that Hackett is on the job for a year or two, and it might aid in hiring a new head coach. But he has to hit a home run, and we don't know yet whether he's up to the job. If we had a new AD in place who had already hired and fired coaches, we'd have a better idea of what to expect.
FWIW, I had a meeting yesterday with an alum player from Bo's era who was a teammate of Hackett and naturally also knows the Harbaughs. Not that this is really news, but he confirmed that Hackett has all the contact info he needs to talk to the Harbaughs to discuss a deal, and he strongly implied that JH would be interested enough to listen. So basically it's in Hackett's court, and there will be no excuses for not making the necessary phone calls.
|1 day 7 hours ago||By all accounts Hacket is an AD that top coaches would be happy||
So a guy who's been on the job for less than a month, who hasn't made a single verifiable decision of any consequence has already proven to "top coaches" that they'll be happy to work with him?
Exactly how has he demonstrated this? Which top coaches have been convinced of this? Whose "accounts" are you referring to?
|1 day 8 hours ago||but they're probably right ratings wise||
On one hand, you've got a basketball game in New York City played between the #12 and #18 teams in the country, one of those teams based in a huge metropolitan area just 90 miles away and the other having a large number of alumni in the New York area. The combined population of the New York-Philly corridors is over 27,000,000 people.
On the other, you have a football game played between two Ohio teams in a minor conference in flyover territory, with that game having no impact whatsoever on who plays in that conference championship. A game that was so compelling that it drew 11,000 fans to the stadium. Do you actually think that anybody outside of Oxford, Ohio and Athens, Ohio gave two shits about watching that game? Even if every single individual in those two towns were watching, the combined population would be under 50,000.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|2 days 20 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.
|2 days 47 min ago||Do we have some Buckstashe sympathizers lurking here?||
I think we've got a library masturbator lurking here.
|2 days 55 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.
|2 days 58 min ago||I do remember 6.023x10 23rd.||
That's Avogadro's Number, right? Or was it Avocado's Number?
|2 days 2 hours 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.
|2 days 3 hours 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.
|2 days 3 hours 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.
|2 days 4 hours ago||The only insider source we can trust is Jim Harbaugh||
and he ain't talking.
|2 days 4 hours ago||They like to whack it in public libraries||
|2 days 5 hours 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
|2 days 8 hours ago||It's time UM goes the peasano route.||
Sam Rutigliano? Steve Addazio? Doug Marrone?
|2 days 9 hours 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.
|2 days 17 hours 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.
|2 days 17 hours ago||You told us all what?||
That attendance would suck?
|2 days 18 hours ago||Persuade the greys to abduct Barrett||
and stash him in Dulce for the weekend.
|2 days 19 hours 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.