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|5 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke is Michigan's Gerry Faust.||
Good man, loves the program fiercely, but just in over his head when it comes to running an elite program.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||His buyout is actually $0.||
So yes, it is very small.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Of all the movies about football I've seen, I've only seen one..||
that I would call great. This one:
This won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary film. I know a lot of people zone out when you mention the word "documentary," thinking it's a one-way trip to Boresville. Please trust me on this-- this is better and more dramatic than most fictional films you'll ever see.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||1985: UTEP 23, BYU 16||
UTEP was winless. BYU was the defending national champion(as we all remember) and was ranked #7. I believe the Cougars were 35 point favorites or thereabouts.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I'm not sure that's possible...||
As I understand it, Luck's contract wouldn't be the problem-- it's Manning's deal that would be the major issue. He's due a $28 million roster bonus in March or April, IIRC. Add that to Luck's signing bonus, his overall deal, and the Colts' remaining needs, and I'm not sure the math works any more. The Colts may have to deal Manning before the draft.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I'd be very surprised to see VT's Georgia Tech package much...||
against Michigan. Georgia Tech's offensive line is one of the smaller OL groups in the FBS, and the Yellow Jacket running game depends more than most on cut blocking, making quickness paramount for defensive linemen against that system. Also, Tevin Washington is a much less capable passer than Denard Robinson-- VT can't hope to play four-man contain against Denard and not get beat downfield eventually. I could see Collins moving inside on a long-yardage passing down, but I seriously doubt VT's going to break out the base defense against Georgia Tech as the base defense in the Michigan game.
I'd expect VT to alternate eight-man front pressure defense with spy packages utilizing either Kyle Fuller or Antone Exum against Denard. VT can't exactly copy either approach that proved successful against Michigan this year, because I don't think VT's defensive line is as deep or as powerful as either Iowa's or Michigan State's, and VT's overall defensive approach is more varied than either of those teams. VT's going to have to mix things up and take some chances, as they always do.
|3 years 3 days ago||With respect to Brian's analysis of this game...||
First of all, I'd like to point out that the Duke safety that delivered that hit, Matt Daniels, was first-team all-ACC this year, and he deserved to be. He can play. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see that kid on an NFL roster next year.
As for the game analysis, I'll start by agreeing wholeheartedly with Brian's first Sugar Bowl game key. Logan Thomas has had stretches this year where he was the best player on the field, and he's capable of doing that against Michigan, but like most young QBs, he's struggled when pressured. He also has a bad habit of holding the ball low, particularly on his dropback, which has contributed to a couple of critical first-play fumbles this year(against North Carolina and in the ACC championship game against Clemson).
David Wilson is a lot faster than either Anthony Thomas or Chris Perry. The only Michigan back that comes to mind as a physical analogue to Wilson is John Vaughn-- Tyrone Wheatley had breakaway speed, too, but was much bigger than Wilson or Vaughn. Wilson's an All-American in two sports-- he finished sixth at the NCAAs in the triple jump.
The Duke game was possibly VT's strangest performance of this year-- it was as if VT was determined to do just enough and get out of town, and they barely managed to do that. If Duke's placekicking had been better, VT might well have lost that game. This was the third time in the last four seasons that Duke has given VT problems-- VT beat the Blue Devils 14-3 in 2008, in a game that wasn't decided until the final two minutes, and 34-26 in 2009. I suspect a large part of the problem this year was that this was the game before the big road game at Georgia Tech, and VT just couldn't get up for it. They outgained Duke by over 100 yards, they were +2 in turnovers, but they just weren't sharp on key plays. They missed a field goal, shanked a punt, threw an interception inside the five when a receiver ran the wrong route. It was just an uninspired performance, and while it's fair to consider every game when analyzing a team, I wouldn't take too much from that game with respect to VT.
|3 years 3 days ago||I'll give you a short bit of analysis...||
On the whole, VT's performance on special teams this year ranks among the worst of Frank Beamer's tenure. Danny Coale, a starting WR, is punting(and has done fairly well considering) because VT couldn't get consistent distance or hang time from either Scott Demler or Michael Branthover. He's solidified VT's punt game, but I wouldn't call him a field position weapon. Placekicker Cody Journell is solid but unspectacular-- I think his long for the year is something like 44 yards. The return game has not contributed much, though with David Wilson back on kickoff returns, you make one mistake and he scores. If VT makes a big play on special teams, I would think it'll be on a kickoff return, due to Wilson's ability and Michigan's occasional struggles covering kickoffs(though that's gotten better as the season's gone along). Jayron Hosley can hurt you on punt returns, but he's struggled much of the second half of the season with a hamstring injury, so VT hasn't gotten much there. Danny Coale's had to fill in as a punt returner as well-- he's sure-handed, but isn't going to break one. The punt and kick block units have not been productive so far, but VT will go for blocks more often against conventional punt formations. I wouldn't surprised to see Frank Beamer attack Will Hagerup early if he gets the chance. VT's kick coverage units have been OK, at best-- their best special teams tackler, Alonzo Tweedy, got hurt and missed three games.
The last two times VT's played in the Sugar Bowl, the Hokies were beaten in part because they were outplayed on special teams-- they missed a chip shot field goal early in the fourth quarter against Auburn(in a game they eventually lost by three), and got blown out on special teams in the national title game against Florida State(gave up TDs on a punt return and a punt block, failed on a fake field goal and a fake punt).
Bottom line: Virginia Tech certainly can win the special teams battle in this game, but by no means should Michigan go into the game expecting to be beaten in this area.
|3 years 1 week ago||Pederson's also the guy that hired Bill Callahan at Nebraska...||
If Pittsburgh cares about football, the powers that be there will not allow Pederson to make another head coaching hire.
|3 years 1 week ago||I've seen rumors for years that claimed Graham and Rodriguez....||
can't stand one another-- supposedly there was some real friction on RR's first WVU staff. On the one hand, this would seem unlikely, since Rodriguez promoted Graham after his first year, but given that Graham left for the same job at Tulsa after year two, and that Rodriguez seems to have difficulty with any defensive coordinator not named Jeff Casteel, I'd say there might be something to this. Once Rodriguez hired Gibson, Dews, and Magee away, Graham may have decided he wanted a job where a major measure of success would be beating Rich Rodriguez every year.
|3 years 1 week ago||The point in the article about the secondary market...||
providing better seats is key here. VT's ticket office did itself no favors by doing an awful job of securing good seats for the 2008 Orange Bowl against Kansas. I can speak to this personally-- my father bought the family a VT-sponsored travel plan for Christmas, complete with tickets through the ticket office, only to find out our seats were in the top row of the stadium, and the buses VT arranged to take fans to the stadium that night were late and got stuck in traffic for over an hour. My father's been a VT donor for more than twenty years, and is a season ticket holder. There were scores of complaints made to the VT athletic department after that trip, and a lot of people vowed not to go through VT for bowl tickets again. There will still be a lot of VT people there-- many of them have just learned the hard way that organizing their own trips makes more sense.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||I have ties to both VT and Michigan, so I'd rather not see that||
matchup, but it would be a good game, and it is at least somewhat plausible, because the Fiesta and Orange Bowls might be dealing with cases of fan fatigue. Oklahoma's been to the Fiesta Bowl three times in the last five years, and VT has been to the Orange Bowl three times in the last four(not counting regular season road trips to play the Miami Hurricanes-- add those, and VT would be going to Sun Life Stadium for the sixth time in five seasons). It's possible the Fiesta and Orange Bowls could switch conference champions, and VT-Michigan could happen in the Fiesta. The Sugar Bowl could also decide to offer a switch, and Michigan could swap places with VT. If Clemson wins the ACC, though, the Tigers would be locked into the Orange Bowl, since Clemson would figure to bring plenty of people to south Florida.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Rodriguez has a real chance to win at Arizona...||
USC is facing scholarship limitations, UCLA is mired in mediocrity, Colorado is a mess, Utah is adjusting to life in the PAC-12, and Arizona State has underachieved since Erickson's first season(and Erickson is rumored to be on his way out). Arizona has better talent than they've shown, and Rodriguez will get a pass if the defense is terrible for a year or two, as it's been hideous at times this year. I didn't think Rodriguez would get a job this good after his starcrossed time at Michigan. I'm glad to be wrong, and I wish him the best. Bear Down, Rich.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||I think Richt has a much better chance of surviving now than he||
...did a month ago. Georgia's won five straight, and of their last five regular-season games, two are gimmes(New Mexico State and Kentucky), two are against rivals that are struggling badly with inexperienced QBs on offense(Florida and Auburn), and they finish up with a Georgia Tech team that crashed and burned at Virginia this past Saturday. Georgia has a realistic chance at finishing 10-2, and with the injury to Marcus Lattimore at South Carolina, 9-3 in the regular season might be good enough to win the SEC East. That would probably get Richt another year. Even if Richt were to be fired, I'd expect Alabama DC Kirby Smart(a Georgia alumnus) would be first in line for that job.
I think Rich Rodriguez might be in contention for an SEC job, but at Kentucky or Ole Miss, not Georgia. Even so, Rich Rodriguez should not dismiss the opportunity at Tulane out of hand. With his unfortunate time at U-M and the minor NCAA issues on his track record, Rodriguez isn't a lock to get a BCS-level job whenever he wants one. If he thinks he's got a shot at a bigger job, great, but he probably ought to keep in touch with the folks at Tulane, just in case.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Three of my choices have already been mentioned on this thread..||
1)Michigan's first stop(came in Michigan territory after a turnover), courtesy of a Brandin Hawthorne blitz that forced Rees to throw too far in front of his intended receiver. If Michigan goes down 21-0 on that drive, there might not have been enough energy left in the building to spark a comeback.
2)The throw to McColgan. Michigan gets nothing on that play, it's 3rd and 15. 3rd and long had been death all day for the Michigan offense.
3)Wile's tackle on the kickoff return following Denard's touchdown off the fumble.
I'll add one more:
1) The delay of game penalty on the Irish in the second quarter. No one heard the whistle, so the play proceeded as normal, as far as I could see, and Rees lofted a perfect pass to Riddick for a touchdown. It didn't count, and Rees threw the pick to J.T. Floyd a couple of plays later.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Three FBS-FCS matchups to watch out for...||
Appalachian State at Virginia Tech
William and Mary at Virginia
Montana at Tennessee
William and Mary might actually be favored to beat Virginia if there were a line on that game-- it'd be close either way. I'd expect the FBS teams to win all three of these, but the FCS school could win any one of those with just a couple of breaks.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||My picks:||
1. Boise State
2. Florida State
3. Virginia Tech
4. Notre Dame
5. Southern Cal
|3 years 18 weeks ago||I'll add to this that the last two programs to receive an NCAA..||
death penalty-- Morehouse's men's soccer program and MacMurray's men's tennis program-- were not on probation and had no prior violations before the axe fell on them. The NCAA ruled that the violations and lack of institutional control in those cases were so egregious that competition bans were required. Now, it's very difficult to see the NCAA handing down a similar penalty to an FBS football program, particularly one as prominent as Miami, but the school's past history may come into play here. Miami drew some of the harshest penalties in NCAA history in 1995, after an investigation that revealed institutional wrongdoing on a level considerably worse than what's been alleged against the Hurricanes by Yahoo! Sports(IMO), and the NCAA can waive its statute of limitations if there is compelling evidence of severe violations, as there would seem to be here. Assuming that these allegations are proven, Miami's defense is going to be that this was a rogue booster acting with the assistance of a few coaches who aren't employed by the school any more. This case, on its own merits, would most closely resemble the Michigan basketball scandal(though there are obvious differences), when Ed Martin's need to launder gambling profits wound up helping to wreck Michigan basketball for over a decade. However, if the NCAA waives the statute of limitations, and takes the view that the Shapiro case represents a continuation or resumption of the sort of lack of institutional control the NCAA hung on Miami in 1995, then the most severe penalties could come into play. I doubt that happens-- if I had to guess, taking the allegations at face value, Miami's looking at a USC-type penalty here.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||I would strongly doubt that.||
I have no animosity toward Rich Rodriguez, and I hope he does find a BCS-level job, but I doubt it'll be at UNC, because they won't be able to afford to hire anybody with a history of NCAA violations once this mess is done. Rodriguez's transgressions were minor, to be sure, but given that they occurred at two different schools, I'd think those violations will be enough to scare off any program that's facing NCAA issues.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||I think Brian hasn't accurately accounted for the GERG factor...||
In 2008, Syracuse's last year with Greg Robinson as head coach, the Orange finished 101st in total defense. In 2009, under Doug Marrone and with Scott Shafer as DC, Syracuse finished...37th. Their scoring defense didn't improve nearly as much(101st to 81st), but that was in large part due to Syracuse's awful situation at QB(this was the year of the Greg Paulus transfer), as Syracuse finished 97th in turnover margin.
I think one of the things we're going to learn this year is that the previous defensive staff really was that bad. I can agree that Michigan becoming an elite defensive team again is going to be a multi-year project, but I don't agree that Michigan is necessarily doomed to field a bad defense again in 2011.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I agree it isn't likely...||
I don't think the Auburn case will prove to be as dire as the worst reports have made it out to be, and none of the other cases, as best I can tell at this point, remotely rise to the level that they'd deserve that penalty. Having said that, there is a point in this calculus where the NCAA's ability to exert control over college sports in the long term is worth more, in financial terms and with respect to the credibility of competition, than the short-term hit the NCAA would take if a major program had to sit out a year or two. If it does indeed turn out that the Auburn Board of Trustees funded a payola scheme that helped win them a BCS title, micromanaging the entire university(which as previously mentioned, got the school put on accreditation probation in 2003) in order to ensure that violations could continue, that would be the most serious case of institutional wrongdoing since SMU. Given that USC lost 30 scholarship and got a two-year bowl ban for one player taking money from outside parties, I don't see how the NCAA could avoid imposing the death penalty in the worst-case scenario at Auburn.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Auburn's SACS probation ended||
Auburn's SACS probation ended in late 2004. However, if the worst of the rumors swirling around that program prove to be true, Auburn would certainly be looking at another accreditation issue. They'd be facing another potential probationary period from the SACS, at the very least.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||A couple of things in response to this....||
1) The NCAA actually has handed down the death penalty twice since 1987-- they just haven't imposed that penalty on a major program. Morehouse College soccer and MacMurray College tennis got "executed" by the Committee on Infractions, and neither was even a repeat offender. These were just cases of blatant major rules violations coming at the institutional level-- Morehouse's AD didn't even know that a professor with virtually no grasp of NCAA rules was running a soccer program, and MacMurray violated the most basic tenet of Division III competition(no direct athletic scholarships) by giving its entire tennis team full rides.
2)If you'd asked me three years ago about the likelihood of a major program in a revenue sport getting the death penalty, I'd have said it's not going to happen again. Several administrators have expressed regret over what the death penalty did to SMU football(and by extension, the SWC), and in this era, such a penalty would have drastic consequences at the conference level. But recent developments have altered my thinking on this. SMU went down in large part because they deserved it, but also because the NCAA badly needed to make an example of somebody during a period when college football was awash in scandal-- this was the era that gave birth to the Knight Commission, which in turn brought about a major overhaul of NCAA structure. The current wave of scandals(Auburn, OSU, UNC, etc.) is once again feeding the perception that the NCAA is out of touch and unable to police its programs effectively. When an administrative bureaucracy is challenged in this way, it usually attempts to reassert its authority in the strongest possible terms. I think you saw a bit of that in the USC case-- after much public moaning that the NCAA wasn't going to do anything to USC in the Reggie Bush case, USC essentially got the same penalty Miami got in 1995, despite there being much less evidence of institutional wrongdoing in the USC case. In this environment, with the NCAA needing to make a stand to shore up its credibility as an enforcement agency, if the COI gets handed a case where a repeat offender has compromised its integrity at multiple institutional levels in order to field a winning team, they'd have a powerful incentive to bring back the death penalty. The only current case that I could see fitting that description is the one at Auburn, and then only if the worst rumors circulating about that program turn out to be true.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||I see you've taken some abuse for this post...||
Given how the Michigan-Tennessee game turned out, I hereby give you permission to make a post like this before every Michigan basketball game. Keep up the good work-- you're doing a hell of a job.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Lloyd Carr is absolutely a College Football HOFer.||
The enshrinement standards for coaches in the College Football HOF are pretty straightforward-- coach at least ten years or 100 games and win at 60% of your games, and you're eligible. Win anything of note, and you're almost certainly going to get in. There are 175 coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame, many of whom had less distinguished careers than Lloyd Carr. I would think Carr gets in on this ballot.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I saw every game Tyrod Taylor played at Virginia Tech...||
several of them in person. Denard Robinson was a much better passer this past year than Taylor was as a sophomore, though in Taylor's defense, he was working with an entirely new corps of receivers and playing behind a very suspect offensive line. Michigan's offensive line in 2010 might have been better than any offensive line Taylor ever had-- VT missed badly on offensive line recruits from 2004 to 2006, and paid a price for it up front against more athletic defenses. Taylor only played as a true freshman in 2007 because the offensive line was so bad that his scrambling was VT's best hope of fielding a running game. He matured tremendously as a passer over his last two seasons.
Athletically, there are obvious similarities, and a few key differences-- Denard has better straight-line speed and lateral quickness, Taylor probably has better arm strength and better accuracy when he's on the move. From the pocket, I actually think Denard's more accurate. VT gave Taylor plenty of rollouts and option passes to get him out of the pocket, because he struggled finding throwing lanes at times. VT also never had to run Taylor as much during his last three seasons, because they had first-class talent at tailback(Darren Evans, Ryan Williams, etc.) One of the things Hoke and company are going to have to do is find somebody who can take the load off Robinson in the running game. Once they find that player and learn how he can be used most effectively, they'll have a much better idea of how to fit Robinson's running ability into the system. It wouldn't surprise me if they kept some of the designed QB runs and zone-read stuff, but they'll likely use them as changeups against the defense, instead of as the base of the offense.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||I attended that game.||
That was a vintage Bud Foster defense VT had in 2004-- they finished #2 nationally in scoring defense(behind Auburn) and #4 in total defense, allowing 268 yards a game. VT did all it could to win that game, but the dropped pass on 4th-and-one from the one at the end of the first half was a killer, and the missed FG at the start of the fourth pretty much took them out of it. VT probably shouldn't have scored the last TD they got-- an Auburn safety(can't remember which one) fell asleep and let Josh Morgan run right by him.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||A couple of reasons...||
I have pretty strong ties to Virginia Tech-- nearly everyone in my family besides me went to VT, and I worked at VT for a while. I've met Bud Foster a couple of times, and I've had the opportunity to watch him coach at practices and scrimmages. There are two issues that are consistently brought up whenever Foster is mentioned for as a candidate for a head coaching job.
1)Most coordinators that get hired for head coaching jobs have plied their trade for more than one head coach. Therefore, they have better connections(i.e., more people in the profession willing to recommend them). Foster has never worked for anyone other than Frank Beamer. He's turned down more than one opportunity that would have paid him more and given him a better chance at a head coaching job down the line.
2)Having seen Foster coach, I can tell you that the image of the gruff, no-nonsense defensive coordinator he projects is entirely accurate. That's great for a coordinator, but a head coach has to be more outgoing and diplomatic at times, and there are questions as to whether that's a game Foster really wants to play. He's not known as a particularly great recruiter, although by all accounts he's worked hard to improve in this area. His tough demeanor has been considered a hindrance in recruiting in the past.
My personal feeling: I think he's a great guy, and he's obviously a tremendous defensive coach(he had the least talented and experienced front seven he'd had in seven years this year, and still managed to field a respectable defense). He's said he'd want to run the Oregon offense if he ever were to be a head coach, so he'd run something the current offensive talent at Michigan could manage. I think he deserves a chance at a head coaching job. I think he could even be a success at Michigan. But after twenty-four seasons in Blacksburg, it'd be asking a lot of him to have him pull up his roots and come into the turmoil in Ann Arbor. He'd have no base of support among the alumni. He'd be coaching in a league he doesn't know, in an area in which he has no recruiting ties. He'd jump at the chance-- he even mentioned during Michigan's last search that he wasn't interested in moving "unless Michigan calls." But this would be a tough first assignment for him, and it'd be a tough sell for David Brandon.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||posted from telegraph||
The issue with Les Miles and greyshirting isn't that he asks kids to greyshirt-- there's nothing unethical at all about greyshirting, provided everyone understands the arrangement. The issue is that Miles oversigned a class, had to cut his numbers, and went about it by telling a kid already on campus to greyshirt or leave. That's not OK in my book. Is it an automatic disqualifier for this job? In my mind, no, but if I were Dave Brandon, I'd ask Miles about that situation, and I'd pay very close attention to the answer. I don't think Michigan can afford to hire anybody with a cavalier attitude toward ethics at this time.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Here's the biggest issue to me...||
I would have concern about a Michigan program currently on probation hiring a head coach whose current employer just had to dock his program scholarships in an attempt to ward off more severe sanctions from the NCAA. LSU basically had an assistant pay for a player. The assistant got caught and resigned, but it's certain that LSU will be facing some sort of NCAA probation for the incident.
The secondary issue is Miles' unethical behavior in oversigning players-- yes, everybody in the SEC does it, but kicking kids off the team with form letters and telling kids already on campus that they can either greyshirt or transfer is not how I want the head coach at Michigan to be treating his players. The Big Ten has stricter rules on oversigning than the SEC(which up until recently hardly had any), so some of this Miles couldn't do at Michigan, but still, it's a reason for concern.