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|4 hours 15 min ago||I went to the Football Scoop archives so you don't have to||
Scott Roussel's genius reportage as of December 13, 2014:
"The Brady Hoke era officially came to a close on Tuesday December 2nd. As we come to the close of the 2nd week of the search for his successor, and as recruiting goes “dead”, I reached out to some sources in Michigan and within the profession to attempt to update coaches as to where this search stands and is headed. Based on those discussions, this is where Michigan appears headed…
Most of the senior leadership within Michigan athletics and on their board of regents now understand that Jim Harbaugh is unlikely to come to Michigan and I am told Hackett has been told it will be acceptable to hire a “college coach” before the end of the NFL season if he finds the one he is willing to stand behind.
Per sources, Hackett and his staff have discussed both Jim Mora and Dan Mullen with the Regents. Sources in Michigan that I have spoken with believe that if either Mora or Mullen were willing to come, then Hackett would support those hires.
Last year Jim Mora was offered the head coaching position at Texas and turned it down despite the fact that the offer was significantly more than $4 million per year. When that happened, I spoke with two sources very close to the situation and wrote about that. Mora turned down that opportunity because this simply wasn’t the right time for he and his family to leave California. Jim has four children, one who had just begun college out there, two in high school and one in junior high (at the time). They have just built a house, etc…the timing wasn’t right then to leave for another college job, and quite honestly, I don’t see that changing for this opportunity at Michigan. With that said, it would seem to be a substantial waste of resources for Michigan to pursue someone who they have no shot at, so clearly Michigan feels he is willing to consider the opportunity. Sources in Michigan told me, UM officials believe that Mora is frustrated with not being able to get UCLA to the top and think he might be willing to make a move to Michigan. The L.A. Times reports that Mora is making $3.25 million this season.
I spoke with sources in the past few days who are close and very familiar with Dan Mullen. Both sources said to me that with Dan, it’s not about being the highest paid coach in his state / conference/ whatever (which is more important to some coaches than many people understand), what drives Dan is his desire to win a national championship. Both sources explained to me how they felt Michigan would provide a potentially easier route to the college football playoffs; and hence the opportunity to win a national championship. Said one, “This might have been Dan’s most talented team ever, and in a year when LSU, A&M and Arkansas were down, he still didn’t even win his division.” Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin stated quite a while back that they were hopeful to be able to reach an extension with Mullen; but that extension hasn’t been signed yet… When I asked sources familiar with Michigan’s search if they would characterize Mullen as a lead candidate, the response was “I don’t know that Hackett felt that way last week; but it certainly seems like he considers him a very viable candidate now.” Mullen’s current salary is approximately $3 million under his current deal; it is unknown what Mississippi State’s new offer to Mullen is at this time in the proposed extension. Note that Hugh Freeze just signed an extension bringing his base salary up to $4.3 million for the upcoming season.
Sources in Michigan reminded me several times that these aren’t the only candidates that Michigan plans in person visits with this week (I was told earlier in the week they planned to meet with 10+ candidates); but they say Hackett seemed most excited / animated with speaking about Mora and Mullen.
Based on everything I’ve heard, I don’t think you can completely eliminate the possibility that Michigan will wait on an NFL coach; but it appears based on what they have heard back from coaches and their search advisors that Michigan is allotting their time in the coming week on successful college head coaches.
One name that I truly haven’t heard from sources in Michigan; but I continue to hear from coaches is Joe Moglia at Coastal Carolina. A number of coaches I have spoken with feel Moglia might just be the perfect coach to invest in Michigan football. What he has done in his short time at Coastal has been awfully impressive. Will be interesting to see if the search firm suggests the same to Hackett.
As always, we’ll keep you posted as things become more clear on The Scoop."
That's right—Scott Roussel actually suggests that a 66-year old coach who has exactly three years of experience as a head coach at the collegiate level—at Coastal Carolina—would be a logical choice for Michigan.
To say that Roussel was pulling all of this directly out of his ass is putting too nice a spin on it.
|6 hours 2 min ago||Does your avatar say Panguitch Lake?||
Spent some time in Panguitch city a few years ago while on vacation in UT. Interesting place.
|6 hours 52 min ago||Loved this play from that game||
Shifting formations three times for a net gain of zero yards is "the attitude Michigan needs on the sidelines?"
I think you're confusing theatrics with production.
|9 hours 28 min ago||If the birds are popping on them and then they're brined too||
I'm not sure they're worth it after all that.
|1 day 1 hour ago||No Drake Johnson. Still recovering from injury.||
This can't be a surprise to anybody.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Just out of curiosity||
Where are you all making the trek from? Anybody going out there from A2?
|2 days 10 hours ago||Is there a way to find out his real name?||
If there is, I'm all for telling the world who he is. At the minimum, MGoBlog should post his email address here. Anonymity may not create assholism, but it certainly encourages it.
|3 days 7 hours ago||"come from ahead defeats" during Carr era -- funny||
Thanks, but not sure how funny those defeats were, and I didn't coin the phrase anyhow—it's been around for years.
|3 days 8 hours ago||It was a watershed game in UM history||
I came to school in '71, and one of the very few downsides of the Schembechler era was a consistent inability to come from behind late in the game if we were down more than a TD.
At the time, this was the largest deficit ever overcome in Michigan history, and while there were some disappointing come-from-ahead defeats in the Carr era, there were also more than a few dramatic come-from-behind wins, too. This was one of the best.
|4 days 9 hours ago||we wore these pants in bowl games in both '74 and '75.||
There was no bowl game for us either in 1974 or after the 1974 season. The only bowl game we wore white was the Jan.1, 1976 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma.
|4 days 9 hours ago||this man is smiling again||
I said two years ago that Hoke should bring back Hanlon as an active consultant.
That alone probably wouldn't have saved Hoke's job—the problems went far beyond just the OL—but I believe it would have resulted in several more victories. If nothing else, our OL wouldn't have been the largely ineffectual unit it became under the previous staff.
|4 days 9 hours ago||I'd rather have the maize pants||
but the all-whites are infinitely superior to bumblebee-stripey-can't-read-the-fucking-numbers-clowniforms that Brandon imposed.
|4 days 9 hours ago||What does "rolling guys 10 yards off the ball" mean?||
I'd interpret it to mean either of these things:
• the OL is successfully getting to the second level beyond the LOS and nailing LBs and DBs.
• the OL is getting so physically dominant that they're pushing the DL ten yards back from the LOS.
Or, best of all, both.
|5 days 21 hours ago||As long as Pinkel, Malzahn, and Miles keep coaching||
the Tigers will be OK.
|5 days 21 hours ago||C'mon, the obvious actor to portray Brain Cook is||
and David Brandon is
|5 days 22 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh - Daniel Day Lewis||
There will be blood, and he's gonna drink your fucking milkshake too.
|6 days 1 hour ago||You can't do just one||
This guy was eating dinner by himself in a restaurant and he sees an attractive woman over by the bar.
All of a sudden, she violently sneezes and her glass eye pops out and goes flying across the room.
He reaches up and deftly snags it out of midair, and then goes over and returns it to her.
She apologizes, and he says "You have nothing to apologize for. Would you like to join me for dinner?"
She agrees, and they hit it off very nicely. After a while, they go back to her place, and one thing leads to another.
The next morning, she's cooking him breakfast, and he says to her, Do you treat all the guys you meet this way?
She says, "No, you just happened to catch my eye."
A retired man goes into the Job Center in Downtown Denver, and sees a card advertising for a Gynecologist's Assistant. Interested, he goes to learn more; "Can you give me some more details?" he asks the clerk.
The clerk pulls up the file and says, "The job entails getting the ladies ready for the gynecologist. You have to help the women out of their underwear, lay them down and carefully wash their private regions, then apply shaving foam and gently shave off the hair, then rub in soothing oils so that they're ready
"There's an annual salary of $65,000, but you're going to have to go to Billings, Montana. That's about 550 miles from here."
"Good grief, is that where the job is?"
I was a very happy man. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me ... It was her beautiful younger sister.
My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra-less. She would regularly bend down when she was near me, and I always got more than a nice view. It had to be deliberate. Because she never did it when she was near anyone else.
One day her 'little' sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome. She told me that she wanted me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister.
Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word.
She said, 'I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me.'
I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car.
Lo and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping!
With tears in his eyes, my father-in-law hugged me and said, 'We are very happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family.'
And the moral of this story is:
Always keep your condoms in your car
A couple was on their honeymoon, lying in bed, about ready to consummate their marriage, when the new bride says to the husband, "I have a confession to make, I'm not a virgin."
The husband replies, "That's no big thing in this day and age."
The wife continues, "Yeah, I've been with one guy."
"Oh yeah? Who was the guy?"
"Tiger Woods, the golfer?"
"Well, he's rich, famous and handsome. I can see why you went to bed with him."
The husband and wife then make passionate love.
When they are done, the husband gets up and walks to the telephone.
"What are you doing?" asks the wife.
The husband says, "I'm hungry, I was going to call room service and get something to eat."
"Tiger wouldn't do that."
"Oh yeah? What would Tiger do?"
"He'd come back to bed and do it a second time."
The husband puts down the phone and goes back to bed to make love a second time.
When they finish, he gets up and goes over to the phone. "Now what are you doing?" she asks.
The husband says, "I'm still hungry so I was going to get room service to get something to eat."
"Tiger wouldn't do that."
"Oh yeah? What would Tiger do?"
"He'd come back to bed and do it again."
The guy slams down the phone, goes back to bed, and makes love one more time.
When they finish he's tired and beat. He drags himself over to the phone and starts to dial.
The wife asks, "Are you calling room service?"
"No! I'm calling Tiger Woods...to find out what the par is for this damn hole."
A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him.
She says hello.
He's rather taken aback because he can't place where he knows her from.
So he says, 'Do you know me?'
To which she replies, 'I think you're the father of one of my kids.'
Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, 'Are you the stripper from the Bachelor party that I had sex with on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery???'
She looks into his eyes and says calmly, 'No, I'm your son's teacher.'
In a trial in a small Southern town, the pompous prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly grandmotherly woman, to the stand.
Brimming with confidence, he approached her and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?"
She responded, "Why yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."
Embarrassed and stunned, and not knowing what else to do, the prosecutor pointed across the room and asked, "Well, Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"
She replied, "Why yes I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."
Dead silence filled the room, broken only by the presiding judge asking both counselors to approach the bench.
In a very quiet voice the judge said, "If either one of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair."
|6 days 2 hours ago||I'm surprised Afternoon Delight could accommodate||
85+ players. Place ain't that big, and their booths aren't either.
|1 week 1 hour ago||can't imagine a worse task than what Ablauf has right now. . .||
Seriously? Imagine working under David Brandon while dealing with the fallout from a cratering program and a failing coach.
Ablauf wakes up each morning, thinks "I work with Jim Hackett and Jim Harbaugh now" and has a big fucking smile.
|1 week 1 day ago||Either those 17 people are Spartan and Buckeye fans||
or they should have quit drinking and gone to bed.
|1 week 1 day ago||then try to prove what an asshole he is to everyone||
I think the only appropriate measure would be to let everybody know who this fool really is.
|1 week 1 day ago||"NFL doesn't need fans to be successful"||
That's one of the most insanely stupid things I've ever heard. If Carter thinks that advertisers are going to pony up at those rates for games with no fans in the stands, he's a fucking idiot. And without those advertisers, the whole financial structure of the NFL falls apart. Good luck finding the money to pay those ridiculous contracts.
If Carter's attitude about fans and personal accountability is widespread among the players, then the NFL is doomed in the long run.
|1 week 2 days ago||If I ever watched ESPN aside from college football coverage||
this would bother me, but I can't remember the last time I had that channel on anyhow. Big time sports today is basically a freak show anyhow, so covering something as ridiculously bogus as WWE is just a tacit admission of that fact.
|1 week 2 days ago||but we never did anything on offense||
We've played in 15 Rose Bowls against the PAC since Bo arrived.
We've scored more than 21 points three times.
If that's all you can muster on the road against top-flight competition, getting victories is going to be tough.
|1 week 2 days ago||playing road games against teams with equal or better talent||
This is a critical point that Michigan fans never want to admit—that PAC10 teams are typically loaded with great talent, especially USC. Every year going into the Rose Bowl i heard the same bluster from people in Ann Arbor who were deluding themselves with the same notion—that the PAC10 was a sissified finesse conference that would wilt under Michigan's relentless physicality.
Unfortunately, that delusion was still in existence under Lloyd Carr. Before the 2004 Rose Bowl, Jim Herrman said, "We have to get numbers to the ball,...Those are 'party' plays. There goes the ball. There's a party out there. Go to it. Don't be late. The receivers don't like to catch the ball and get hit."
USC's receivers were so intimidated that the Trojans were limited to 24/35 for 342 yards and four receiving TDs in a 28-14 victory that wasn't as close as the score implies.
You'd think that a 4-11 record in the Rose Bowl against the PAC since 1970 would persuade Michigan fans that the talent out there is substantial, but I guarantee that when Harbaugh gets us back in Pasadena, we'll hear the same damn thing from the fans—the PAC12 is a finesse conference and we just have to hit 'em in the mouth and they'll cry. Perhaps with Harbaugh in charge we can actually make that happen.
|1 week 2 days ago||So are what-are-you-drinking threads on or off?||
We alcoholics need to know.
|1 week 2 days ago||You have the fever|
|1 week 3 days ago||University of Missouri football||
due to family history and background.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not sure how JUB knew all of this while rest of the media didn't||
He didn't know "all of this" before he started writing.
He interviewed a large number of people who were directly involved, and came out of it with hundreds of pages of single-spaced notes which formed the basis of his book. It's called basic editorial research, and is something that is virtually unknown to the vast majority of our incredibly lazy news/sports journalists.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm old enough that this is all deja vu to me||
From Sports Illustrated, September 14, 1981
"O.K., from a distance Bo comes on like a yahoo. And that's Bo's public image. He has had horrible problems with the press, which has this nasty habit of wanting to talk to him when he loses, his mother's advice notwithstanding. But even if the media's timing were better, it probably wouldn't make much difference, because Bo hates the press. Not just a little. A lot. The Voice of Michigan Football, Bob Ufer, says he has tried to get Schembechler to be nicer to the media. "But he told me," says Ufer, " 'Bob, if I win, I don't need the press, and if I lose, they can't help me.' "
Says Ufer, "Bo has two categories of things in his life: what matters and what doesn't matter. What matters is football. What doesn't matter is everything else. Bo is the kind of guy who is so dedicated that he doesn't realize how he's coming off." So while some coaches like to go out and drink with sportswriters, Bo would prefer to break out in warts.
Until a couple of years ago, he would routinely storm out of press conferences, kick reporters out of the sessions ("Don't be offended," says one of Bo's friends. "He'd kick Millie out, too"), make himself unavailable and order his players not to talk. Talking very softly once at a press conference, he was asked to speak up. "I'm speaking as loudly as I can," said Bo softly and arrogantly. And in a memorable set-to on Oct. 1, 1979, Schembechler gave an absolutely unnecessary push to a publicity-seeking college newspaper reporter.
Yet too much is read into all this. As Don Canham, athletic director at Michigan, says, "Bo is oblivious to life."
If Canham were still alive today, he might say "Bo doesn’t get sick. He doesn’t observe major holidays. He's a jackhammer.”
I don't know why anybody would care that JH doesn't want to speak to BTN—do they actually believe he's going to say anything that isn't pure coachspeak/pablum/fluff anyhow? Harbaugh could read from the phone book and it would be just as informative.