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- Teryl Austin (Lions' DC, previously coached at M)
- Greg Schiano (former Rutgers coach who flamed-out at Tampa)
- Jack Del Rio (Broncos DC, 8+ years as HC of Jacksonville Jaguars)
- Dan Quinn (Seahawks DC, hot commodity as possible NFL HC)
- Adam Gase (Broncos OC, MSU grad -- DID NOT PLAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL)
- Darrell Bevell (Seahawks OC, played 11 seasons at Wisconsin)
- Josh McDaniels (Patriots OC, is he the next BOB or the next Weis?)
- Any HCs fired this season (possible: Rex Ryan, Gus Bradley)
|1 day 5 hours ago||Affordability||
Obviously we are all concerned about the future of Michigan's marquee athletic programs. But I am glad Brian is endorsing a guy who sees affordability and student funding issues as the key issue facing the regents. As a kid who was able to attend UM in the '90s despite coming from a lower socio-economic background, it concerns me deeply to see access to a UM education slipping further and further away from similarly-situated students of today.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Minnesota||
Minnesota forced a fumble at their goal line. Safety scooped it and had returned it almost to midfield when the play was blown dead and ruled an incomplete pass; he might have otherwise scored. Replay showed the receiver made the catch and fumbled after a big hit. But the officials did not overturn the call. Pure cowardice, IMO; they didn't want to admit the play was a fumble and the erroneous call was the difference between a probable Purdue score or a Minnesota stop+big return.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Doom||
|5 days 11 hours ago||Termination||
If Brandon resigns, I assume he forfeits his buyout. Hopefully the parties are currently in the process of negotiating how much less than $3 M Brandon will take for the privilege.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Points||
Come on, man. He just needs the points so he can try to help us get money out a Nigerian bank account or sell us penis enlargement.
|6 days 18 hours ago||I was always a huge fan of||
I was always a huge fan of Freddy Hunter. He wasn't very good, but the dude went from IM hoops to getting minutes on the varsity team. I suppose I kind of viewed him as a representative for the non-athletically gifted hoi polloi like myself.
|1 week 2 days ago||Footnotes||
I hate that Gardner is going to be a footnote. But maybe he can at least be like footnote 4 from U.S. v. Carolene Products.
/stupid lawyer joke
|1 week 3 days ago||He played hurt because he is||
He played hurt because he is an awesome leader.
|1 week 3 days ago||Terrific team win. No Dave||
Terrific team win. No Dave Brandon sightings. Go Blue!
|1 week 4 days ago||OU is coming alive.||
OU is coming alive.
|1 week 4 days ago||And yet you listed Illinois @||
And yet you listed Illinois @ Wisconsin...
|1 week 4 days ago||Northwestern @ Minnesota on||
Northwestern @ Minnesota on BTN. That seems like the best matchup.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nanotechnology labs||
Okay, but how will the new labs improve recruiting?
|1 week 6 days ago||There was an interesting||
There was an interesting discussion of Patterson's 4-2-5 defense in Tim Layden's Blood, Sweat, and Chalk. It's been a few years since I read it, but what stands out in my memory is how Patterson was very particular about finding players who distinctly fit his system--even if that meant ignoring other recruits who might be more talented overall but not uniquely suited to Patterson's scheme. So while he's a great coach and certainly a guy I'd be excited to see Michigan get, I would worry that Patterson might not do well with the roster he inherits (they obviously weren't recruited to run TCU's 4-2-5)--which means a couple rebuilding seasons, during which M fans probably lose their patience with him.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think Beckman is the worst||
I think Beckman is the worst coach I've seen Illinois have.
|1 week 6 days ago||Hoke||
He was doing alright at SDSU and had that one great year at Ball State. I think he's demonstrated that he's not cut out for a top-level program but I would be surprised if Hoke doesn't get another shot someplace else.
|1 week 6 days ago||But the article itself also||
But the article itself also criticizes the supposed naïveté of vaguely-defined "liberals," so it's not as though the headline is at odds with the content of the article.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Jerry Kill||
I don't know that Jerry Kill is a candidate, but if he is, he has somewhat of an analgous background. Kill coached at Saginaw Valley State in the '90s, and then at Emporia State, SIU and Northern Illinois before going to Minnesota--so he's likely got recruiting connections throughout the entire Midwest.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||A "handcuffed" offense was||
A "handcuffed" offense was like Michigan in the late '90s, when there was an abundance of talent but the coaches were so paranoid about turning the ball over that they rarely threw on first down or into the middle of the field. That made Michigan's offense a lot more predictable and correspondingly easier to defend against. But if M got behind, they would "take the handcuffs off" and could blow people out of the water. For a perfect example, watch the 2000 Orange Bowl against Alabama. When the game was tied, Michigan played conservatively and didn't accomplish much. When they fell behind by two TDs, they started airing it out and quickly caught back up. Then they returned to their conservative offense, and fell behind by two TDs again, so then they opened up the playbook again and caught back up a second time.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||I guess part of my thinking||
I guess part of my thinking is that I really don't view the M situation as being all that crappy, apart from DB's presence. With all the raw talent Hoke has been able to bring in, I feel like the right coach could win immediately. I don't see it as a long-term rebuilding job like in 2010.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Suggestions for Part III||
Add me to the list of people hoping there is a Part III and that it covers possible candidates from the NFL. Here are some suggestions for guys that seem worth looking into:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good question||
It's probably moot since a significant turnaround appears unlikely. Nonetheless, I never think it's a good idea to fire the guy you have just because you are fed up with him--you should only do it if you are confident you'll get an upgrade or if you need to stop the bleeding of some kind.
With Hoke, earlier in the season I figured we were headed for another year of underachievement and that Hoke would need to be replaced eventually, but that he was at least recruiting well and we could afford to hang onto him until the right candidate came along. But now, with all the 2015 recruits jumping ship (whether because of the losses or because of concussiongate or both), I don't think that's true anymore. Maybe if the turnaround were truly monumental (e.g., he betas MSU and OSU, gets M to a bowl game, and wins or loses in a competitive game against a very good opponent) I could see keeping him--but the fact that he's basically shown himself not to be capable of winning those kinds of games is precisely the reason he needs to go. With a moderate turnaround (say, a 6-6 finish and a respectable post-season performance) Hoke probably still needs to be replaced simply as a matter of damage control.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hudspeth||
Same here. I'm not sure he's a good fit in A2 but his record is impressive.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nussmeier||
The Washington job basically came down to Petersen and Nussmeier. I live in Seattle and most of the UW people I talked to basically either wanted Petersen but figured there was no way he would leave Boise and viewed Nussmeier as a good consolation prize, or actually wanted Nussmeier as their first choice. I'm pretty confident that if Petersen had indeed turned UW down, that Nussmeier would be the UW coach right now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Fierce Pragmatist||
Was a FP then, seem to still be one now. For me, the turning point that proved Hoke is not a big-time coach was his decision to start Morris against Minnesota. Once I saw that happen, it's as though a switch was flipped in my brain and I went from "Hoke isn't great, but we're probably better off sticking with him than risking a change" to "Hoke's just not a big-time coach; transition sucks but it is what it is."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If there was a Charlie Strong||
If there was a Charlie Strong or Kevin Sumlin out there for 2015, that would be the way to go. But since it doesn't look like there is, I think M really ought to look at NFL guys. Schiano is available, and a number of coordinators look like promising options (Quinn, Del Rio, McDaniels). Herman is an interesting candidate but I wouldn't want him if any of the NFL guys are interested.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Meyer assistants||
Past Urban Meyer assistants have usually done pretty well when they've left for HC positions, FWIW.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Trolling||
My above comment was directed to 1931, not you KCWolve.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Can I encourage you to slow||
Can I encourage you to slow it down a bit? I am getting a kick out of your relentless trolling and don't want to see you get banhammered.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||A big part of the reason||
A big part of the reason nobody has confidence in DB is the belief that he won't be able to hire a good coach to replace Hoke. If Brandon managed to hire Harbaugh or someone else on that level, then DB would have disproved that concern. It's not happening though. No chance.