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|1 day 16 hours ago||Bull freaking shit||
I doubt Hackett and Brandon have much in common besides the former title "CEO" and the new title "AD".
Brandon came to run domino's (a commodity company specializing in marketing, franchising, and a shitty product) after the hedge fund that he ran completed a hostile takeover.
Hackett was asked to transition Steelcase through a downsizing due to hugely increased outside competition (cheap steel from asia) that crushed most US steel manufacturing. Hackett sold to other businesses in such a way that relationships were crucial. Accounts are that he was very personable and someone that people liked working for.
There are good managers and bad managers. Just because they shared 5 letters don't assume that they are the same person. Schlissel just saw actual live protests due to Brandon's tenure. Think he wants to bring in a clone?
|1 day 16 hours ago||I said it in the board thread||
But I'll say it again: This could very well be semantics. There was talk of a big window for Hackett anyway (18 months?) which might be too long for the interim tag to hang around. By all accounts Hackett did a great job at Steelcase and isn't a DB-hedge-fund-CEO type. He is supposed to be a very good manager and people person, capable of hiring and firing well.
With the interim tag his job was going to be to right the ship. Let Hoke go, hire a new coach, take stock of the department, how it treats fans & alumni, and fix some problems. Without the interim tag this job changes how?
Maybe Jeff Long and Brad Bates said "I don't want to deal with the mess Brandon made, call me in 2 years". Or that Long needs to have some sense of clarity with the CoFoPo.
Also, if you were a good coach, say Harbaugh, would you sign a 5 year contract with a temp boss? I think (even changing a word in a title leading to) stability will help the coaching search. Hackett played for Jack Harbaugh with Les Miles. Let's give him more than a month on the job before we say that the sky is falling.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Hackett's Connections||
Hackett played football at Michigan. Hackett had a teammate named Les Miles. Hackett had a coach named Jack Harbaugh.
It's coming together the connections to the family, a head coach probably out at his current job.
Hackett can make this happen
|1 day 17 hours ago||Hackett played for Jack Harbaugh||
|1 day 17 hours ago||The concern is that Michigan||
The concern is that Michigan fans can never be happy. I always say that Yost's teams should have scored 2 points per minute! This is Michigan!
|1 day 17 hours ago||Life's too short to drink bad beer||
Unless it's after about 5 good beers.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Hi||
Hi. My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Right||
Let's do a bit of a hypothetical. You're quite good at what you do - let's say you're top 50 in your field. Congrats! You're really good at your job (brewing beer?) Well, we have a job opening and we'd like to sign you to a big fat contract for about 5 years. We'll pay you well.
Oh, but the guy who interviews you and will be your boss? Yeah, he's probably done tuesday. But we still want you to sign for 5 years. Wanna come work for us?
/Stability will only help with the next coaching hire.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Protege?||
By that definition anyone who has been a successful businessperson is a brandon protege. He's never run an AD but by all accounts Hackett is a manager that people like working for. Let's give the dude more than 3 weeks before Chicken Littling all over the place.
|1 day 17 hours ago||What's "interim"?||
Wasn't his "interim" period going to be up to 18 months anyway? 18 months is a long time for an interim tag, maybe he'll just remove that from his title, do his 18 months, and step down. Schlissel needs someone to right the ship, he chose Hackett.
Hackett has 18 months no matter his title. So far he's kept PSDs the same, there have been comments on the $8 water and ridiculous gameday "wow" atmosphere. Hackett has had 1 home game to work with and he's going to be setting the policy and hiring the new coach no matter what his title is.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Bacari's highlights||
First off, do we think that tape comes on during team meetings? because it should.
Secondly, there was a free throw in the highlight reel
Third, many of the highlights were just wide open dunks
Fourth, Bacari seemed to relish just backing down guys. You could say he's all about that base.
|1 week 1 day ago||!!!||
Who the hell could have actually watched M00N and said "now that's progress!"???
|1 week 1 day ago||Somewhat surprised that they went unchanged||
With the Good/Bad home schedules I had assumed that the AD would keep prices flat in "bad" home schedule years like 2014 and 2016, and bump them during the "good" years with MSU and OSU at home. That may still happen with ticket prices themselves, but at least the PSDs stayed flat.
|1 week 2 days ago||Re: Harbaugh and Control||
It seems that part of why Harbaugh is ruffling feathers in SF is that he wants more roster control than the GM will give him. The other aspect is that he may have a shelf life with his players - they can only handle his coaching style for 4 years or so.
Now if only there were a coaching situation where he could have roster control and turnover he might be a long term fit.....
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't think we disagree||
I'd be fine retaining Mattison. We know he can coach, Heininger Certainty Principle, etc. It'd help with recruiting for sure. My only concern is his loyalty to Brady, it would be a delicate move to keep him but the right coach could do so.
|1 week 6 days ago||A couple thoughts||
1. I doubt Mattison would stay if Brady were fired unless either Harbaugh were hired and wanted to retain him. Mattison worked for John Harbaugh in Baltimore, so that's a possible in.
2. Mattison will stay in Ann Arbor even if he's not coaching. His daughter (& family & granddaughter Matti) all live there and he said that was part of why he took the job too.
3. On a new coach "being in the AD search committee" - I think that makes sense. No one is saying that Harbaugh should pick his boss, but saying that the new coach should have no input makes no sense either. Beilein mentioned that he wanted to be on the committee and I think he should be. The football coach should be too. People at many levels are involved in hires - could be for someone at the same position, a boss, etc. I helped interview backfill candidates despite being the least-tenured person in my group. Picking a new boss with zero employee input isn't a recipe for sucess. Let many coaches help with the search committee, take their responses into account, and go forward.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||I agree with your thoughts||
But here's a bit of devil's advocate - Maryland just instituted "scholarship classes until a degree for life" or whatever it's called. What if the students could major in football while eligible (and take complimentary classes as well) and then after they were done they could have time to get whatever degree they wanted? Kind of like going into the military for a couple years to pay for college isn't it?
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Applause dot GIF.Very well||
Applause dot GIF.
Very well done Brian. I got my degree in Mechanical Engineering and I can't tell you the last time I did a statics equation. I design car parts for a living and much more critical to my current position is the "engineering mindset" than the ability to do equations. Problem solving wasn't explicitly taught in any one class I took but it's a skill I learned along the way - just like football players learn teamwork, PR/public speaking, etc. I would be so in on an "Athletics" major with one stipulation - requirements outside the degree. When not in-season let's make the athletes take classes that are outside their comfort zone. I'm not saying put them in EECS 314 (which SUCKED) but engineering students had to complete a sequence - reaching a 300 level course - in something that wasn't math, science or engineering. Let's do the same for those measuring in athletics. Broaden the horizons a bit - make it pass/fail if you want - but I think it's a good idea. - EDIT - I like what the guy above me said. If 90 credits in major / 30 out is good for the Music school, let's make it the same.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||I tried||
Guessing many people don't remember 3 and out...
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||GM might be out too||
Emery's sure spent a lot of money trying to rebuild 1 group at a time but the team is really lacking LBs, DBs and special teams. If they fire the GM & Coach that might make it more likely that harbaugh ends up there. Big picture I don't disagree with you
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||It's become a bit of a Chicago Pipe Dream||
Harbaugh played there (sound familiar???) and they're going to be looking for a good coach.
Personally I think that Harbaguh/Cutler is a beat writer's wet dream...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm bored||
and watching a seminar
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Tom Brady also goes to bed with Gisele||
Tom Brady also goes to bed with Gisele.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Love the Sheridan Road Ravines||
Used to run them in my 1991 Jeep Wrangler (in like 2004) and wish it was faster and more fun.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dave's is awesome||
The atmosphere is great and the food is amazing. I barely remember the hole-in-the-wall place but I was a kid when I used to go there. Ditto on the Spaghetti Diablo. The Chicken Marsuvio is great too.
I'd throw Flat-Top Grill in as well - Evanston was one of the original locations before the (now failed) expansion that had one in ann arbor at one point. Think BD's Mongolian except more, better, fresher veggies and more of a restaurant feel - put your bowl by the cookers and go back to your table. Get the Roti Prata on the side. You'll thank me.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Remember where IU was though||
Coming down from Bobby Knight, still looking for their national relvance and here comes a successful mid-level coach to rescue them from mediocre play and the embarrasment of sanctions. IU didn't have lots of barganing power.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Disappointed in you Ace||
If this sentence wasn't begging for the Aarball Gif, I don't know what is.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
I think that while fans want to be hopeful there is limited reason to hope with Hoke at this point. Regression and fewer wins each year don't get fans excited.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Well done||
Speaking of Buddy, did you ever read about his "Polish Goalline Defense"??
Greatest thing since the 11 man "46".
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The future||
/Drake Johnson Jr. walks into the shoe store where his dad works
/Asks boss a question
Boss: Who are you?
DJJ: Drake Johnson's Kid
Boss: Really? He never said he had a son
DJJ: A Daughter?
Boss: Not a word
DJJ: 122 yards and 2 TDs on homecoming?
Boss: ALL THE DAMN TIME!!!
// for all the kids out there who don't catch the reference