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|1 week 3 days ago||Gruden||
From what I can find on Google, Gruden is getting about $4M per year from ESPN, so if the Raiders did offer him double the $8M offer to Harbaugh, then he was offered - and turned down - 4 times what ESPN is paying him. That does not seem plausible, but if it is true, that shows pretty emphatically what people think about coaching the Raiders.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||How many||
How many different schools has he had as his favorite? From everything that has gone on with his recruitment, he just seems more like a natural Buckeye. We'll be fine with Green and Isaac.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||OG||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Congratulations||
Always great to see our team actually has STUDENT-Athletes.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Search Team||
We were told Hackett is using a professional search organization. It makes sense that they would work to provide him with the results of their analysis and that he would "contact" at least some of the candidates highly ranked by the search organization. There is no reason to believe that this means we will not wind up with Jim Harbaugh. In fact, it is less than clear exactly what it does mean.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Revenge of the Sports Gods||
Seems like revenge of the sports gods for our rescheduling App St to avenge the Horror. This is almost a bball equivalent to the Horror.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Agree||
I did a quick overall average, and over Hoke's 4 years the average was 312.5, and over RR's 3 years the average was 237.7, with 2008 indicating no chance on offense and 2009 and 2010 little to no chance on defense. The numbers for 2009-10 are consistent with the "Decimated Defense" diaries of Misopogon during that time frame. The zero in the QB column for 2008 is sort of the cherry on top for negligible offensive player experience.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||One Point||
You say: "He has done a good job of recruiting and restocking the depleted ranks of the program, graduating those he recruited" (emphasis added). Actually, I believe everyone who has graduated was recruited by RR, although Hoke is unquestionably entitled to some credit for the fact they stayed through graduation.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I am glad||
that I do not feel that vindictive.
I remember feeling cheated in 1973, and I always want to beat OSU, but as another poster said, I want both teams to be undefeated heading into the game. I will tend to root for OSU in its bowl game, as well.
It's MSU I simply cannot root for, but that may be a result of growing up in Detroit, going to Michigan and enduring MSU alums, who have tended to be bigger jerks (in my experience) than the many OSU alums I have gotten to know, largely as a result of being a partner in a law firm that had more OSU undergrads in its ranks than undergrads from any other school and more Michigan law grads than law grads from any other law school.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Apart from his first year||
Apart from his first year, Hoke is 20-18. During that first year, perhaps of necessity, he let Denard be a little more like Denard and benefitted from the incredible talent (i.e., Denard) discovered by RR and a lot of good breaks. After that, he made Denard less useful (square peg in round hole) and never got the best out of his players, in general.
When Denard went down, he put in Bellomy (remember that?) with results slightly less favorable than Meyer was able to achieve when Barrett went down. When Gardner was not performing well this season, he put in Morris with equally disastrous results.
Nice guy, but he needs to go.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||This team||
This team looks disorganized and in many ways very poorly coached, with most of the issues the kind of issues that can fairly be laid at the feet of the head coach. Hoke seems inadequately aware of what is going on around him (clock management, Morris injury, 10 men on field, the list goes on and on) and seems unable to come up with overall plans that will take advantage of strengths while minimizing the impact of weaknesses (like poor starts and no halftime adjustments).
Perhaps she meant most poorly coached team. With RR, the offense usually looked like it was moving in the right direction. Too many people criticize his offenses against good defenses but overlook the fact that he never even got to the point where he was able to work with a QB for a second year. Year 1 was Threet/Sheridan, year 2 was primarily Forcier and year 3 was Denard. My guess is that with RR, Denard would have progressed from year to year, unlike his regression under Hoke.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Meanwhile||
Meanwhile, Arizona destroyed Utah, the same Utah that beat us pretty handily earlier in the season, even though its star quarterback was injured early in the game.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||We have||
We have a football coaching problem that can and will be addressed, and we need a new AD. Apart from that, everything remains great about the University of Michigan, including all the other sports. While I feel bad about the Frank Clark incident, both for him and his victims, it was handled properly.
On the other hand, FSU has more issues than you can shake a stick at, UNC has a very serious academic scandal and ND has what appears to be an academic scandal. Those are things that may rise to the level of dumpster fire. All of them show a lack of institutional integrity. We do not have those kinds of problems.
Pat Forde is a jerk. Who cares what he says?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
It has to be hard for Frank Clark, as well as being hard for the other victims in this situation. Judging from the picture, he seems to feel remorse. I also hope that he is able to learn from this and be a better person going forward.
Not having grown up in circumstances like his, it is hard for me to imagine what life was like for him growing up where and how he did. It was a hell of a lot harder than it was for almost any of the folks posting on this board. He had seemed to learn from his freshman mistake, to be seizing his second chance and to be pointing his life in the right direction through hard work. I hope he doesn't lose it all and, instead, finds a way to make this a learning experience.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Mike and Mike||
The bet on Mike and Mike involved Mike Golic having to be covered in oil if NW beat ND. I am not sure I want to see that! In fact, I am pretty sure I don't!!!
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke deserves some credit||
Hoke deserves some credit, but I believe all 69 of those student-athletes were RR recruits.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Thought||
I thought you praised for the good things but spent most of the time trying to correct errors.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||You may be right||
but the vast majority of the 69 of 69 kids who graduated were kids recruited by RR, not Hoke. His first class came in the fall of 2011 and will be graduating this spring, unless someone admitted in 2011 was able to graduate in three years or less.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||And||
And Bo was a great coach and a great man. He was never a "choke".
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Tattoos||
Tattoos do not help players perform. You are right. It is allowing a culture to develop where players know they can have illegal benefits, paying players (Clarett, possibly Pryor) to come and doing other things inconsistent with the rules that gives a program an unfair edge. We do not do it. OSU does do it. That is why I am proud to be a Michigan alum and would never want to be affiliated with OSU.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Game Plan||
Hoke is responsible for the overall game plan. He has to coordinate between Nussmeier and Mattison (and the rest of the coaches) to create what he believes to be a comprehensive plan on how to approach each game. Many head coaches script out a significant number of plays and go into the game intending to run that certain series of plays.
The coordinators are responsible for implementing the game plan. It is hard to see, though, how the head coach can avoid responsibility for the overall plan itself.
As to individual plays in specific situations, there can be little doubt that Mattison called the defense to be employed on the 2 point conversion attempt. If Hoke did his job during the week, he would have insured that his coordinators were aware of what kinds of plays or defenses NU would be likely to use in all of the situations reasonably likely to be faced in the game, including how it was likely to approach a 2 point conversion attempt. As to that particular play, Hoke probably does deserve some credit, along with Mattison.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you||
Thank you for a good and much needed laugh. It's hard to get any satisfaction out of those putts, too.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Does it||
Does it make you feel like a real man to anonymously swear at people on a blog? Are you one of those people with whom one cannot disagree without being sworn at? There would be more civility on these boards if the conversations were face-to-face instead of thousands of miles apart and totally anonymous. And your "Fucking please" does not make me believe you to be any less dim. It merely confirms it.
You are making up numbers to help your case. In his last 6 games as OC, the Borges run offense averaged 17.5 ppg, including the 41 put up against OSU (but not the 18 in 3 OTs v Northwestern; if you include those, he is up to 20.3). He delivered back to back games where we had negative rushing yards. In short, as the season wore on, except for the game against OSU, his offense was getting worse, week by week. His O-line was looking worse, week by week.
This year, with Nussmeier, there is improvement as time goes on (except for Gardner), even with injuries and with the same O-line coach. Because of what Nussmeier is doing in his first year (last year was Borges's third year), the offense, except for obvious regression (or perhaps injury) with Gardner, the play is improving. The line play is getting steadily better. The running game is getting steadily better. If our receivers could hang onto the ball, even that side would be approaching decent.
Borges did okay his first year, but he did it with Denard Robinson and a team that RR had ready to blossom, at least on the offensive side of the ball.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Defense||
Against good teams, the D has not been B10 championship caliber. In our 5 losses, our opponents have averaged 30 ppg. It is only in the 5 games against inferior, and in some instances injury-plagued, teams that the D has really looked good. Further, the D has been very bad generating turnovers, with a total of 5 interceptions and 5 recovered fumbles in 10 games. Whereas opposing Ds have forced 13 UM fumbles (of which we lost 7), our D has only forced 9 fumbles (of which we have recovered 5). The D is about B-level, not B10 championship level.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Disagree||
Nussmeier is doing a much better job than Borges. This year, there has been steady improvement in OL play, in RB performance and in trying to make players do what they are capable of doing. You cannot blame Nussmeier for Funchess suddenly dropping half the passes thrown to him, to Gardner's incredible regression (pushed by the fact that Funchess drops half the passes thrown to him) and the other hard to fathom things that have happened to the offense. We have had a lot of skill position injuries, as well.
With Borges, what we saw was a relentless effort to fit a square peg into a round hole. This year, for the most part, when things don't work for our offense, you can see what is causing the problem, and it is rarely the idiotic play design that we saw every other week with Borges.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Not so||
If you look at Dantonio's career, he is not better than RR at winning football games, although a case can certainly be made that he is better than Hoke in that department. As to every other aspect of being a coach - like teaching the kids in his charge to be solid citizens, he is less than acceptable. There is a great deal that he has done that is hardly consistent with looking out for the long term character of the kids in his charge.
People said that if Hoke had been 5-0 when the Morris incident arose that it would have been brushed off, a comment that sounded unduly cynical to me. Comments like yours make me think that might be right. Have we already forgot all the inexcusable things Dantonio has done in connection with player discipline as a result of his having had a couple of years of success? To me, that is all part of being a good coach, and in anything other than winning games, I would take Hoke over Dantonio in a heartbeat.
I doubt there are many Michigan alums who would want Dantonio to be Michigan's coach regardless of his winning percentage.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Amen||
If I had to choose even between Alan Trammell and Cal Ripken, my choice always would have been Alan Trammell. But I am a hopeless homer when it comes to the Tigers.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
Dileo always seemed like the kind of young man you would want representing the school. But, if a team has 4 star talent across the board and is only able to beat cupcakes, there has to be a problem somewhere, and the "likely suspects" are pretty limited. Either the coaches are not good enough at coaching, the players were overrated or the players are not trying hard enough. (Any other possible causes that I have failed to identify?)
It has always seemed to me as if the players have been trying hard enough, and the fact that they were invariably heavily recruited leads me to believe they were not overrated. What does that leave?
As to Brandon, he has treated everyone not a student-athlete poorly and done so in a way that is already starting to erode support for the program. His motto of "If it's not broke, break it" does not work at a place that prizes tradition. That's not to eschew innovation or change, but it has to be carefully thought out.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Moron Comment from a True Moron||
So on Thursday, Mr. Lewan was in court pleading guilty to 2 misdemeanors:
"The plea deal calls for no upfront jail time. Lewan agreed to some term of probation, to take an anger management class and have no contact with the victims. He will also pay at least $1,714 in restitution, but that amount could go up."
And on Friday, he is calling someone else a moron??? He can't get into that anger management class soon enough!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Only difference||
Only difference between 2010 defense and 2011 defense was a competent DC and some growth in the young players. If RR had a competent DC, he would have had a better defense and by 2011 probably one as good as the D that materialized here.
You are also forgetting about the long series of articles on this blog in 2009-10 about the decimated defense. When Carr left, he left the cupboard bare, and that was well documented. It was starting to get better by 2011, and that plus a competent DC resulted in a competent D.
You are also overlooking the FACT that RR never had an experienced QB. If he had gotten another year with a Mattison level DC, my guess is that he would have gotten more out of Denard (less trying to pound a square peg into a round hole) and an equally good D.
We'll never know, but I wish RR the best.