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|23 hours 58 sec ago||Hackett's experience||
Not all corporate folks are the same, and not all CEOs are the same. Hackett's experience as an executive is very different from Brandon's, and is, in fact, pretty well suited to the task at hand.
Basically, Hackett was a guy who was professionally good at firing folks and restructuringing an entrenched bureaucracy. He made an American furniture manufacturer profitable over a 20 year span from 1994 to 2014. Res ipsa loquitor.
He doesn't have a rep as a micro manager, and interestingly (despite the 'Michigan Man' rep) is not known as a traditionalist / conservative. He's a guy who wasn't afraid to make radical changes to survive in a changing environment.
I urge y'all to read up on Hackett before dismissing him as Brandon 2.0.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Keith Jackson||
The only thing better than the sound of Keith Jackson pronouncing that name was the obvious joy he took in rolling each mellifluous syllable off his tongue.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||As a Dartmouth alum with Williams connections . . .||
I can't recommend Sheehy more highly. Superb administrator, builds successful programs wherever he goes, and by all accounts is a world class guy. At Dartmouth, he's been steadily rebuilding athletics programs that were eviscerated by a hostile dean of admissions in the early 2000s. Dartmouth's football program was DEAD, completely, and Sheehy has worked with Teevens (ex Stanford coach) to rebuild it and they're 5-2 this year and competitive with the top teams in the Ivys for the first time in, gosh, 15 years?
He's a superb fundraiser and he hires great coaches. Despite having possible the worst fundamentals for recruiting (small school, rural, lilly white) he's made football competitive again, he's kept hockey and baseball in the upper echelon of the Ivy League (and consistently producing players who go on to play professionally), and he's resuscitated basketball from a nadir when it was consistently rated by Sagarin as a bottom 10 team in all of D-1 to a mid-pack Ivy program.
IMO, he's a Tressel type - an insanely talented guy who just hasn't had a chance to demonstrate those skills in a high-visibility position. I only hope Michigan doesn't hire him so that he can keep restoring Dartmouth's athletics program - which all observers feared was mortally wounded - back to its historical position at the top of the Ivy League.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||morals count too||
if you have any friends with connections into Wisconsin's program, ask them about Bielema's, um, appetites, and then ask yourself if you want him in a position of authority at Michigan.
PS when I talk about "appetite" I don't mean going back for one plate too many at the Golden Corral though from the looks of him he probably does that too.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Everyone dancing Like||
Like Norfleet at a party
Brandon is fired!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Winter brings cold||
Winter brings cold wind
Tossing garbage in the air
Like David Brandon
Cardinal's winter call
"Look at me, you fools" he says
Dave Brandon, in red.
Or perhaps you'd prefer a sonnet?
Your blown dry hair, your swarmy little smile
Your fake tan always clashed with maize and blue
And though you might have fooled them for a while
Quite frankly, Dave, I never trusted you.
For power and for victory you lust
Alas, the team, the team, the team, the team.
Your chosen fool endangered the concussed.
So "governor" - thank god, that's just your dream.
And now you're gone, a day most bright and bonny.
Your firing is sponsored by Chobani.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Bad judgment and incompetence||
I'm no AD of a Big 10 university - in fact, I'm really far from it - but my job is mildly visible at a mildly visible institution and sometimes I need to interact with customers, clients or recruits over social media or email.
You never, ever, ever write something like this.
You will see the stupidest, nastiest things written to you. You cannot respond, because you will get fired. Everyone is tempted to write back something snarky. But no one does, because people with power or who have to interact with the public as part of their job generally have good judgment and recognize that the cost of a post like this isn't worth the high five of snarking someone.
Brandon clearly does not have that judgment. He's not qualified to be the AD.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||my JH story||
I work with someone who played under Harbaugh (and very succesfully, at that) in college. He says that Harbaugh was truly an excellent coach and credits him with developing him so that he could play at the next level. He also doesn't seem to like him much personally.
But I think that if there's ever a time for a coach that no one really likes, but squeezes every bit out of each player's innate talent. . .
|8 weeks 22 hours ago||Don't rule out old guys||
I think it's extremely likely that older (55+) guys are on the table for this hire, particularly if Brandon (or another corporate guy) is doing the search:
(1) It's a common tactic for a big corporation, if no obvious homerun CEO hire is available, to hire an older guy as a de facto caretaker. I.e., you know an old guy can get up to speed quickly with experience and isn't planning to be there for a long time - you essentially set up a wink wink agreement that its a 5-7 year gig and that he will help you transition to a great younger candidate when that's available.
(2) What's needed is a guy who has the authority and respect to crack heads and clean up shop. That's not necessarily the guy you want to be here for 20 years, because he wont make any friends putting out the tire fire. But it helps if the guy has years of experience. "Don't like the way I do this? Want to push back? I've won [x] SEC championships. What the hell have you done?"
(3) The cupboard isn't bare, and they should take a shot at winning big next season. No point in living through the spool up growing pains of a coordinator who's never coached at this level, or a lower lever guy who's about to be thrown into the fire against the likes of Dantonio or Meyer. Someone who might need a year or two to figure out how to win at the level isn't what's needed now - you want to staunch the bleeding and win with the talent you have on hand today.
So Brian, I urge you to at least do a post for the "too old" guys too.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||In a lawyer's eyes||
As a lawyer who sometimes helps draft statements like these, let me assure you that this means Hoke and Brandon are very likely fired. The key is the last two paragraphs:
"Despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise in the country, our system failed on Saturday. We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family. It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety. As president, I will take all necessary steps to make sure that occurs and to enforce the necessary accountability for our success in this regard."
Note that this says "as president I will take all necessary steps". I, and not we. That's not an accident. And those steps are going to create "necessary accountabilty". That's legal cover to terminate someone. Necessary accountability for a failure that endangered the health of a student-athlete = termination. And by referring to the "system", and not the coaching staff or the trainers, the whole athletic department - i.e., Brandon - is implicated.
"Our communications going forward will be direct, transparent and timely."
This is a thinly veiled rebuke to Brandon, and is meant to be read as such.
The University of Michigan stands for the highest level of excellence in everything we do, on and off the field. That standard will guide my review of this situation and all the University's future actions."
"Future actions" after a review of the situation? Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
I can understand why folks are misreading this, because lawyerspeak is lawyerspeak and PRspreak is PRspeak and a statement reviewed by both PR and legal is always going to be contradictory and damn near inscrutable. But there is a code for these and if you apply that code, it says "these guys are fired". It's a credit to the institution that they're not going to knee-jerk fire them; the process is important and I'm sure the lawyers are working on it as we speak.
|31 weeks 23 hours ago||But Plumlee lost a year of earnings power||
How much is that worth, now that it's clear he's an NBA starter? $3 million? $6 million? How much is an extra year of school worth, if raising your stock is rare and the upside is you go sideways and lose a year to make money?
|31 weeks 23 hours ago||How often does a guy improve his stock materially in year 4?||
Its pretty damn rare for a 23 year old to imrpove their stock materially with an extra season in college. I can't think of a recent example. Also, what are the odds that same guy would NOT have improved his stock playing in Europe or a developmental league? He would get to practice more and play against a higher level of competition...
|31 weeks 1 day ago||It is NEVER a mistake to leave||
I selfishly hope McGary stays, but all this "he should stay its better for him!" nonsense should stop right now. We should be a better fanbase than that.
The lost earnings from staying in school are HUGE. Remember that Europe is out there and pays VERY well. Its not: upside-NBA, downside-bagging-groceries, its: upside-NBA, downside: making a million bucks and being the BMOC in Istanbul, Moscow, Madrid, etc. There are lots of folks - IIRC, over a hundred - of folks in Europe making over $1 million per season calculated on a US basis (European teams calculate salary differently, so apples-to apples is tricky).
McGary is going to be a professional BASKETBALL player. He benefits from having as much time as possible to practice BASKETBALL and being paid to play BASKETBALL. He does not benefit from having to go to class and whatnot. He's as old as most seniors and doesn't need to hide in college for some sort of extended adolescence.
Now, being an upperclassman is freakin' fun, and theres no reason why someone couldn't rationally decide to pay a lot of money - in terms of opportunity cost - to stay at school a year. But a million? Two million? At some point, it's madness.
I have 2 graduate degrees and a BA. I will trumpet the merits of a good education as loud as anyone. But for any player good enough to have a significant professional career in basketball, they should get the hell out of school as soon as they find a professional team that will make it worth their while.
And if they come back, we should recognize that for the charity that it is.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||my pop too||
if it wasn't for a new drug, he'd be in the ground; and its still a long road ahead. F*ck cancer indeed, but hail to the good folks who keep him around to break my balls!
|50 weeks 6 days ago||This is just too creepy||
BBrown, I have a couple of journo friends, and they have a knack for enticing people to talk to them without seeming creepy or aggressive. You don't have that. Your work is bizarre. I think you seem like a decent guy, but maybe you should go to journalism school before coming back to launch a career as a recruiting reporter. Alternatively, maybe find another field? Lots of us have passion for college football, but most of us aren't suited to be recruiting reporter, which is a field that requires a delicate touch to avoid exploiting the kids.
|1 year 1 week ago||those FSU uniforms are fantastic||
if that is "UNIFORMZZZZ" then call me the ZZZZ man.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Chatster||
Chatster, verse is more than rhymes, and syllables 5-7-5.
Verse needs meter, wordplay, jest - in order that it seems alive
Yours is leaden; awkward lines that move like Pat Omameh pulling
That's why all the posters say "with one more poem, we'll do a culling".
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Michigan, in fall, is||
Michigan, in fall, is gorgeous.
C'mon, Brady, fire Borges
Even with the great Dupree
(long before he nuked his knee)
Al would call a fullback dive
First and 10 - a loss of 3.
Summertime in Traverse City
Indiana showed us pity
Willing exhibition partner
Never blitzing Devin Gardner
Looked like we were f'in Baylor
Not so fast - the games get harder
Winter brings eternal gray
2 yard losses, sacks all day
Interceptions, sniffed-out screen
Unblocked blitzers; Derrick Green
Tight ends tough like tissue paper
Field goal kicker is a raper
Rot foundation filled with roaches;
Not the players, it's the coaches
'Fore again the fat man gorges
Dammit, Brady, fire Borges.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I hate everything Ohio||
But I think its self-evident the Ohio band is better than ours, even with the muddled (but LOUD) sound, even with the sloppy tempos. They put on such a better show. You don't have Murray Peraia play Bach to open a Method Man concert, and you don't get on a high horse about "music quality" when playing to a stadium of 110,000.
That bring said, I'm not sure that Ohio has the best band in its own state, so that's some comfort.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||OK sheriff. Glad to know||
OK sheriff. Glad to know you disapprove.
Personally, I think that its a relevant topic and the OP cites the primary material. You, I, and the rest of us well-educated folks can form a reasoned view on the veracity of the rumor, but we don't need Sheriff KSmooth to make that call for us. Personally, I think it's a load of BS, but its fairly posted.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||champagne ages terrifically||
champagne ages terrifically, as well or better than any other white still wine and in many cases, better than reds. It has a better track record for aging, for example, then modern-styled Cab from the Napa Valley. There's a reason folks pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars for 20+ year old bottles of Krug, Salon, etc.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||True, but. . .||
lots of guys transfer . . .
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Are glue guys needed||
Here's a question I'd make into its own post, if I had enough points to do so:
Are "glue guys" - read, lesser recruits - sometimes better than all high-end recruits?
Obviously on first blush, the more 5 stars (or equivalent in the coaches' personal rankings), the better. But that assumes all 5 stars who commit will stay with the team, regardless of outcome. I'm not sure that's true. What I wonder is whether 5-stars are more likely to leave by year 3 if they end up as ordinary starters, or even first-guy-off-the-bench types. In contrast, generic 3 star might be more content with a supporting role and isn't going to transfer off the team.
Now, the 5 star who transfers opens up a scholly for the next recruit, it's true. But I presume you want some depth from older, but less talented players, rather than having a depth chart loaded with talented-but-inexerienced players. Who would you rather have come onto the field in the second half of the OSU game after a MLB goes down; talented RS freshman X or less talented, but workhorse-like senior? My hunch is the latter.
Factor in the need to maintain pipelines/in-state relationships, and I think that the perfect class probably has a handful of mid-level players - strong commits, unlikely to transfer, high character guys - to provide experienced depth and continuity.
Granted, this hypothesis is totally inconsistent with what's been observed at Michigan in the past few seasons - BWC stayed till the end, so did Grady - so maybe this is just dead wrong and you want to get as many ultra talented bodies as you can.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||This is the kind of sophisticated commentary I come to MGoBlog f||
"in any given scenario, Michigan State will find a reason to cry.
If I wanted this kind of stupid [stuff], I'd go to RCMB and just add "State" everytime they write the word Michigan.
But pathetic to see it here.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||a few points||
(1) the recommendation above to read Raichlin's books on BBQ is excellent. Its funny, he's a Jewish guy from the Northeast, but (IMO) he's written far and away the best books on BBQ. One of those Lafayette-writing-about-America deals.
(2) The key to remember with barbecue sauce is balance. The sauce has to cut fatty meat, so on its own it should always taste a little too acid. (This is why, for example, you have styles of BBQ sauce that are basically flavored acid that are unpalatable solo.) Generally speaking, the more sugar you add to a sauce the more acid you'll need to add. Never make a sauce cloying.
(3) Assuming you are using the sauce on real smoked meat, never add liquid smoke.
(4)BBQ sauce is, in essence, a glutamate, spice, acid, and (in some cases) sugar delivery device. In that sense, it is essentially like chili without the meat (the same priniciples apply there). Therefore, the same tricks that work with chili work with BBQ sauce;
for glutamate, worcestershire (or, if you know how to use it right, straight anchovies); soy sauce, fish sauce, vegemite, ham or bacon.
for spice, it's a matter of preference; there's no magic elixir. I sometimes use a jerk chicken sauce on my BBQ that i pick up at a local jamaican joint. It is redolent of allspice. It is delicious.
for sugar, you can use molasses/brown sugar, which adds some pleasing caramel notes. You can use honey, though I find that too "fresh" for BBQ. Maple or birch syrup works, but has a distinctive flavor. Tomato paste. Sugar. Really anything.
For acid, tomato paste, vinegar.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||The embarasment here is the moderation||
I wouldn't have posted the thread either, and the Deadspin article was old news of the most purient kind. But the OP is hardly deserving of the treatment he got. The moderator, on the other hand, was wildly out of line and remains so. This thread is a nasty example of the in-group/out-group dynamics that plague message boards everywhere. You'd hope - futilely - that the mgoboard, which is so good in so many respects, would be above that sort of infantile nonsense.
Not that anyone cares, given how few "points" I have, but this was such an outlandish example of "moderation" (irony quotes intended) that it moved me to unlurk.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I think I can speak for all mgojews||
If Michigan had a Jewish guy starting at QB, my head might explode in a good way.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Michigan's senior talent level was a joke||
I guess it's not much of a surprise, but its still shocking to see it. Rutgers, UConn, all sorts of shitty schools had more drafted players than Michigan. Of course, as has been widely noted, the B1G lacked talent across the board, with Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern getting shut out, one guy getting drafted from Purdue, one guy from Iowa. Just a total embarassment for the conference. In the eyes of the NFL, the ACC was hugely more talented. And god help any comparison to the SEC.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Nice to see that by winning||
Nice to see that by winning the contest, Denard is making a little coin.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||But Webber ISNT Cam Newton,||
But Webber ISNT Cam Newton, Terrelle Pryor, or Reggie Bush (actually, he may be closer to Reggie Bush, but Bush is an interesting dude himself). Webber has turned himself into an excellent basketball commentator. He's widely respected, even in light of his accepting money at UM and his pot bust(s)[?], both for his intelligence and his style of play at his peak. He's not just a winner (in fact, he was never much of a winner!) and he's not just an athlete. People take in the totality of Webber - the good and the bad - and conclude that he's impressive. He is a credit to his alma mater.
Webber did bad things, but so have a lot of other people. He's also done a lot of good things - both athletically and off the court. He is not a bad person - he is a person who has done some bad things. As have you, as has everybody.
Why do we get to judge Chris Webber? Why does he have to apologize - and if he has to apologize, why does he have to apologize to US? Why is Chris Webber held to a different standard than the countless other Michigan athletes who did bad things, who commited crimes or cheated or were deadbeat dads?
Webber should be welcomed because everyone like him is welcomed, and because its the right thing to do. And it makes the university and everyone affiliated with it look petty, judgmental, and frankly, immature to reject him as some sort of unmentionable.