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|1 day 14 hours ago||Here is his problem:||
People almost beg him to guess at what will happen.
He eventually obliges, saying something like "I do not have any inside information, but if I had to guess..."
Then people get knock him for pushing agendas or guessing.
|3 days 13 hours ago||No, he wasn't||
I just rewatched this sequence. He didn't cry.
But it would have been fine if he did cry. He loves Michigan and these players. There is nothing to be gained by embracing the meathead logic that you can't show that you care about things.
|1 week 5 days ago||Jim Harbaught tought me how to love a woman...||
...and how to scold a child.
|1 week 5 days ago||Great stuff||
There are a lot of reasons I like this blog. But Brian's take on this issue is possibly the No. 1 reason (well, other than that this is a Michigan blog).
I knew a lot of (non-revenue) D1 athletes when I was an undergrad. I learned quickly that they couldn't possibly have the same academic experience my non-athlete friends and I did, because they were at practice all the time. I also saw, though, that they received quite a lot from the structure that came from being on a team. This was something I, as a non-athlete, didn't have. And for that reason I'm not sure my athlete friends' experiences were any less than mine.
The athletes I knew weren't the best students (nor the worst), but those who worked hard were apparently like Vincent Smith, et al. in that they certainly seemed to get a lot out of their time in school, time they apparently wouldn't have had without sports. To put it another way, their lives were greatly improved by their time as scholarship athletes. That has to be a good thing, and I'm against any attempts to erase it simply because athletes often are not academic superstars. Improving lives is more impressive to me than taking highly-achieving kids and keeping them on the same path they were on before they attended college.
|1 week 5 days ago||Re: Stoops, the only remotely...||
...similar change I can think of is Roy Williams going from Kansas to UNC. But Roy had deep UNC ties, so that was a unique situation.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sam said this yesterday:||
His impresssion from talking to people who know Harbaugh is that he's "strongly, strongly" interested in the job and that he wouldn't require Saban money to come to Michigan.
|1 week 6 days ago||FWIW||
I'd prefer to be called a Muppet.
|1 week 6 days ago||The team's failures are a mystery, IMO||
I believe it was reasonable when Hoke was hired to fear that Michigan would be 9-4 most years, a mirror of Nebraska with Pelini. That was my thought, at least. But I think it would have been overly pessimistic to predict Michigan being where they are now in the fourth year of Hoke's tenure.
I believe Hoke needs to be replaced, but I also don't understand how, given their track records, this coaching staff is not doing better. I would read a Three & Out-type account of Hoke's tenure at Michigan with great interest, because I can't explain what's happened.
Hoke wasn't a bad coach before he came to Michigan. Mattison wasn't one. Nuss wasn't one. Does not compute.
|1 week 6 days ago||They did overlap||
Ray and Jansen were on the team when Coach Hoke was on staff. And that's likely the short answer to the OP's question.
|1 week 6 days ago||There even an attorney who specializes in suing dogs||
(Please forgive my lack of embedding.)
|1 week 6 days ago||President Schlissel seems to be the anti-Brandon...||
...in that he's willing to admit mistakes and shortcomings. He also seems to understand what people around him are thinking/saying.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Two things||
1. I intended to be self-deprecating, not sarcastic, when I said I was okay with your definition. That may not have come through.
2. I think the quotes below can at least reasonably read to show an attitude toward sports that (for good or for bad) is not in line with "this isn't my wheelhouse, so I'll defer."
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Others (like Sam Webb) also have this worry, but...||
...I'm okay with your definition.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||"I'm completely lost"||
I think that probably speaks well of you in this instance.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I don't doubt his intelligence||
But intelligence doesn't prevent you from being an ideologue (which he may or may not be).
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Thanks!||
EDIT: There is nothing in there about the dinosaur terrarium, but I'm going to assume it's a secret.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||yeah||
I really hope Schlissel understands what you're saying.
Sports and academics can be competitors, but they can be really good friends too. And I think the competition is often more symbolic than substantive.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||That's fine||
I was curious about the answer either way.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||lacrosse?||
I thought Brandon secured independent funding for lacrosse somehow, but mabye I'm making that up.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||the Freedom Trophy||
It doesn't go far enough. It should be the Freedom Americans for Freedom Trophy of American Freedom and America.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||What do you think about...||
...Hackett making the call(s)? I worry about it, because he has no experience hiring coaches (that I know of) and because job candidates will (I imagine) not like the fact that they won't know who their permanent boss will be.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I hear you on that, but...||
...I'm still not sure why you don't spend the X hours that it will take to find a new AD now rather than over the next 24 months. Schlissel would get it off of his plate and help with the coaching search.
I try not to borrow worry, but I fear that he wants to send a message that sports aren't that important to him. That's fine in the abstract, but Michigan is looking at hiring a new coach with a guy who is neither a professional AD nor the permanent AD. It may be doomsday thinking to imagine a Michigan squad that keeps losing and a Big House that's 1/3 empty, but that's hardly an unlikely doomsday. We are standing on the edge of it right now.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm still not sure why any of that can't be...||
...ironed out quickly. How long does it take to look at the academic record of, say, Brad Bates?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Unbelievable||
This is a great moment.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You have to pay extra||
And the chances of getting it to work are very small in my experience.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||BTN Plus is carrying it||
But I highly recommend not using them.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Only for the sake of plaing devil's advocate:||
1. Coach Hoke has shown what he can do with seasoned talent (see 2011).
2. He inherited a giant gap in the OL from Coach Rod, which leaves them fairly young at that position even now.
3. The defense is fairly good, and players have developed on that side of the ball.
4. He's graduated all of his players (I believe), and seemingly brought in good citizens. And everyone seems to agree that he cares a lot for his players.
5. His teams have played well against OSU.
6. He's been reasonably flexible with regard to the offense, adapting to Denard somewhat and then brining in Nuss.
7. He's been a great recruiter.
That's the best I've got, and it's pretty weak.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think...||
...a guy will want to know who he's going to work for. There are a lot of ways an AD and a coach might not mesh even if that AD isn't a micromanager.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And...||
...you want an experienced AD to make the choice if you're picking among the second tier candidates, because Hackett has no experience finding a coach.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm inclined to think...||
...not having an AD in place first would be a colossal mistake, but that's because I question whether Michigan would let the new coach help pick the AD. But maybe Michigan would do that, in which case I think it's fine.