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|4 days 16 hours ago||Can we please stop with this||
Can we please stop this no big time coach will ever want to come to Michigan. I will maybe buy the fact that no big time coach will work under Brandon, but to imply Michigan is somehow in some uncharted territory of bad and no coach will come as a result is ridiculous.
From 2000 to 2006 Alabama had season records of 3 - 8, 4 - 9 and two 6 - 6 seasons. They seemed to get a decent proven coach to turn around their program. Since the 1994 season ND won 10 games twice and yet they somehow managed to get a coach with a proven track record in Kelly.
Michigan is terrible right now, but it is not a level of bad no other big time program has ever seen. If Michigan wants to offer up the cash they will get a big time coach, if they don't they wont, its that simple.
|4 days 16 hours ago||You're Insane||
Bob Stitt has a career record of 90 and 57 at Colorado School of Mines, a 1 and 2 record in the D-II playoffs and all of two conference championships in 14 years. Dana Holgorsen mentions one play he stole from the man and now he is the most revolutionary offensive mind in college football. If he is so great, why has he been the head coach of a D-II school for 15 years now and no other team hired him as a head coach or OC?
Les Miles is 102 and 26 at LSU with a National Championship and another Championship game appearence in 9 seasons there. If you wan't to question whether Miles is the right fit becasue of his age or the change from what he can recruit and get away with at LSU to Michigan that is fine. But to say that a man with a .612 winning % at a D-II school is a better head coaching candidate for Michigan than a man with a freaking National Championship on his resume is just ridiculous.
I am OK with Michigan taking a chance and hiring someone who can coach a semi-modern offense (OSU's OC for example), but there is no way Michigan should hire the head coach of a small D-II school in Colorado. But saying Les Miles is a better option than Stitt is not arrogance, its common sense.
|5 days 4 hours ago||False||
I thought Rich Rod deserved to be fired, but that doesn't mean I wanted a complete bufoon of a head coach. Wanting Rich Rod fired and Hoke being a failure are not related. Brandon had the power to hire a quality coach after he fired Rich Rod and instead we got Hoke.
I wanted Rich Rod fired because I didn't think he showed enough ability to win at Michigan, and its now the same with Hoke. If you want to say the people who were unhappy with Lloyd are getting what they wanted, that is closer to the truth. But calling for the firing of a man with a 6 and 18 conference record in three years does not remove their right to complain about Hoke.
|5 days 5 hours ago||OSU/PSU Game||
I at least appreciate the "expert ref" in the booth for them saying that both of those calls were blown by the refs. Too often I think the guys will just give some non-answer or weird technicallity to cover for the refs, but that guy at least said the refs screwed up both of those calls.
Would be wonderful to see some actual consequences for the refs making terrible errors, but there is rarely if ever accountability, so it will continue.
|5 days 12 hours ago||9 and 4||
While 9 and 4 would probably change my opinion on Hoke's ability as a head coach, at this point I think just about any coach would be an upgrade over Hoke. It is clear to me Hoke is in over his head and cannot be a succesful major conference head coach and I believe the next coach they hire will be better than Hoke.
It may not be a splashy, "home-run" hire like a lot of people want, but assuming they ignore the Michigan man criteria (big if if Brandon is making the hire) I believe the next coach will be more qualified than Hoke is.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Still only halftime||
But where are the people who want to defend Michigan's poor record by bringing up how all their losses might actually be to sneaky good teams. Minnesota and Rutgers are average at best and Michigan is worse this year.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Proven Winner||
I agree with your dream top 3, even if I don't think any of them are happening. That being said, there is no one outside of those three who is a proven winner who would take the Michigan job. There are no "home-run" hires after the Harbaugh's.
I have no idea whether Mullen will or won't be a good coach at Michigan, all I know is he probably has the best resume of potential candidates outside the dream 3. He may not be a "home-run" but there are none of them out there. If you don't think Mullen is a good coach thats fine, I don't know if he is or not, but I don't think he should be dismissed out of hand simply because the last major coach Michigan hired failed.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Mullen||
Dan Mullen was born in Pennsylvania and played college football at some school called Ursinus in Pennsylvania. He then coached at Wagner, Columbia, Syracuse, ND, Bowling Green, Utah and than Florida before taking over at Mississippi State. I am not sure what in that resume leads you to call him a Southerner, seems like more of a Mid-Western background to me, not to mention Rich Rod played and coached most of his career at WVU, not exactly Southern either.
The only similarities you have pointed out is that they have similar ages and coached good teams in good conferences. If you really think they are that similar I disagree but that is fine, but again, if you don't want a proven coach from a major program becasue RR failed at U of M what direction do you want to go in when hiring the next coach?
|1 week 19 hours ago||Huh?||
How is Mullen the same as Rich Rod? Because they were both head coaches at fairly big time programs? I am just not seeing a lot of parallels here between the two.
Even if there are some similarities, if you don't want Mullen what type of coach do you want them to go after?
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Mediocre Defense||
A bad offense and a mediocre defense gets you a 3 and 4 record. If the defense was as good as we all hoped they would be Michigan would have had another win or two. The defense is not the biggest issue on this team, it is probably the best of the three phases of the game. But Mattison should not be immune from criticism, the defense has underperformed expectations.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Still misleading||
If you want to make a point about the strength of Michigan's opponents that is fine, but having Utah's best win over an 8th ranked UCLA is ridiculous. Utah may be a very good team, we can better view it at the end of the year but Utah, did not beat the 8th best team in the country. If you are going to put all the work into this post you could at least do a little second level research on their opponents.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan||
The point is not that Michigan is losing to teams that may or may not be better than them, the point is Minnesota, Utah and Rutgers should not be better teams than Michigan. How low have your expectations fallen that Michigan is losing at home to Minnesota and Utah and on the road to an average at best Rutgers team and you are trying to justify how that is OK?
Michigan got hammered at home by both Utah and Minnesota, that should never happen. If you want mediocrity that is fine but Michigan should not be happy that all the teams they lost to happened to be decent. Where do you draw the line? If those teams are just "decent" and Michigan lost to them doesn't that make Michigan bad? I can't believe fans are actually trying to claim losing 4 of Michigans first six games is OK.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||UCLA||
Yes, but it is far more beneficial to the OP's point to pick and choose which rankings he wants to use to better prove his point. Sure Stanford is currently ranked 23rd and UCLA is unranked, but if he uses their rankings when they lost, it makes those wins look better. But then he can turn around and use the 5th and 20th ranking for ND and Utah and ignore their rankings when we lost to them because that makes our losses look better. Why be consistent when it would make his whole post a lot less meaningful?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||GRIII||
When I said no one expected him to stick around for 3+ years I was more talking about when he first got on campus. I was sure that Glenn was way too talented a player to stick around for 3 years based on all the recruiting hype. I think you can talk about what could have been for Glenn's first two years, but I find it difficult personally to say what could have been when I never had any initial expectations of Glenn being here 3 or more years.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||My fear as well||
Even if Hoke wins 5 games, if Brandon is back I think Hoke is back and I don't know if student protests are enough to unseat Brandon. This may truly be the darkest timeline.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||George Clinton||
Can the marching band do a George Clinton themed halftime show?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Be happy||
In my mind, the only "what could have been?" in that group is McGary. Nik and Trey worked their tails off for two years, become lottery picks and went pro, good for them. They gave a lot to U of M basketball and deserve to cash in.
While Glenn may not have had as big an impact, I don't think anyone expected him to stick around for 3+ years. He showed up, worked hard and while he never lived up to the potential we all thought he had he seemed to never complain, kept showing up and kept producing.
McGary is the big what if. He was quite possibly the most hyped recruit Michigan has gotten in awhile and we got only the briefest glimpse of his potential during that magical tournament run. We saw him sidelined with injuries than forced to go pro due to some archaic NCAA rule that has since been amended.
But this is college basketball, I know I thought early on that Beilein wouldn't bring in enough talent, and now he is and the talent is doing what they do in college basketball, leaving early. Maybe its because I have never had the same expectations for basketball as I do for football, but just enjoy the ride and the players that are here, don't think about the what could have beens.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Gamesmanship||
I am fine with jumping offsides to run the clock out, I don't believe anyone here has a problem with that. The issue was the joy you seemed to take in one of your players getting the green light from your coach to take an illegal shot at your opponent. Then when people tried to say breaking the rules to get some kind of psuedo revenge on a dirty player was not good, you proceeded to attack people and call them soft.
I would love a chance to smash the guy off the line if he was taking cheap shots at me all game, and if I had any skill at all I would do my best to bury him into the ground and smash him from snap to whistle. I would not stoop down to his level by using an otherwise good strategy of running down the clock to retun a cheap shot.
I appreciate the discussion and you not backing down or running away from people's criticism of your comments. I would just suggest being a bit more clear in your main point next time, because I agree with it, taking a meaningless late game false start to run time off the clock is an excellent strategy.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Fun||
Yes, darn those players for attempting to enjoy the game they spend all week preparing for. They should be spending more time reading books on mental fortitude than listening to their so called music.
In addition, you are right, no one around this blog cares about results. There hasn't been a constant calling for Hoke's job or numerous coaching search threads. People have been talking about their desire for more on-field dancing. Now that I know Hoke is OK with Norfleet dancing while waiting for a punt instead of having laser like focus waiting for guys to line up I want Hoke to get an extension. Lock him up with the Charlie Weis special.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Quality Justification||
This has been some wonderful justification on your part. Your coach flat out tells your offensive lineman to break the rules, but its ok becasue its "gamesmanship". What exactly is "gamesmanship"? Was the D-lineman's cheap shots gamesmanship? What other rule breaking is acceptable under the guise of "playing to win"? Let me guess, if you ain't cheating you ain't trying right?
Oh, but the other player was dirty you say, so its ok to be dirty as well. That is some wonderful logic there, everyone lies, cheats, steals and murders, so its ok if I do it too.
But now we are soft as a fanbase. Which doesn't even make any sense, but setting aside the oddness of calling an entire fanbase soft for not approving of cheating, how does the fanbases opinions permeate the program? My dissaproval or your coaches tactics is the reason Michigan is not good at football any longer? Why were they ever good then, I have never approved of that kind of action on the field.
Then we get to the winning. All actions are justifiable as long as your coach won. And one whole state championship in high scool football, there are no other coaches out there who can claim one of those. Actually, wait I played high school football (well I was on the team at least) for a coach with multiple state titles and at no point did they tell their players to blatently break the rules. How did he win so often if he was so soft that he didn't ask his players to break the rules to get in cheap shots at the other team?
Face it, your coaches actions were dirty, he may have been a wonderful guy otherwise, but he told your player to take cheap shots. If you are ok with it, thats fine, but don't try all these lame means to justify it or call people "soft" who don't approve of cheap shots.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Freshman Year||
Did she look like Sarah Michelle Gellar?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Avatar||
I am clearly a mutant with the ability to create identical duplicates of myself. This is what I look like now, or what I should look like. There are still a few dupes I sent out into the world that I haven't been able to track down and reabsorb yet. So if you see someone who looks suspiciously like me please let me know where so I can reabsorb them, there are some weird aspects of my personality out there.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Family||
Well good work showing the dedication to it and having a family that understands. I don't know how you can commit that much time and energy to it though, I often struggle to get motivated enough to run 3ish miles every day.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ironman||
Nice work on finishing four of them. Did you have to forsake friends and family to glorify yourself like BlueinWisconsin said all Ironman participants do?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Half Marathon||
Well congrats on completing your first half marathon anyways. I have only done one myself, I'd like to do another, but I don't think I have it in me to train for a full marathon.
With that being the case I can't imagine training for an event where you are basically working out for 9 to 12 hours straight, crazy. But congrats to Andy and Go Blue.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke's fault||
1) O-Line. What exactly do you want experience wise? He has two RS Jr's, and 2 RS So's. The Juniors have now been in the program 4 years, they are basically seniors, that is more than enough experience to form a good offensive line if there is any coaching involved.
2) WR. You have arguably the best WR in the Big Ten in Devin Funchess and some decent depth behind him, you don't need a gaggle of Sr's to have an effective WR core.
3) RB. You had a 5 star So, a 4 star So and RS Jr in Hayes and a Jr in Norfleet. Again, that is plenty of talent and experience, you are really hung up on this whole "Sr" though.
4) QB. You claim Gardner doesn't fit Hoke's system, exactly what system is that? Brady Hoke has pretty much shown through 4 years he has no idea what goes on with his offense and Michigan has no offensive identity. It is his responsibility to tailor his offense to his talent.
5) O-Line again. As for improvement, tough to get any worse than it was last year. I reserve my judgement until the season plays out to see if anyone on the front actually gets any better.
You claim its not Hoke's fault, but you also say its not RR's fault, so whose fault is it? Plenty of other coaches have demonstrated an ability to turn around major programs in far less than 5 years. Hoke has had ample time to succeed and if you honestly believe Hoke is a quality coach, just say it, but all the information you provided is nothing but the same tired excuses Hoke defenders have used every year he has been here, except you forgot to mention how well he recruits and how good of a guy he is.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Rich Rod vs. Hoke||
I agree Hoke needs to be fired, his teams have clearly regressed, but the whole Rich Rod improvement thing is a little overblown. The man won 3 games his first season, it is impossible not to improve on that. No matter what happens the rest of the season, Brady Hoke's worst year will be at least as good if not better than Rich Rod's and his second worst year (last year) will be as good as Rich Rods best.
Circumstances were different for the two coaches, but the whole team improving thing isn't much of a feather in RR's cap when his team started out as bad as they were, there was nothing for them to do but get better.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hiring Coaches||
Not that I believe Hutch or Beilein should have much say in who the next football coach is, but what exactly makes Dave Brandon qualified then to hire the next coach? His total of one game played at the college football level? Or his time running a major pizza company?
I don't really know who U of M should involve in this next coaching search, but to claim Beilein and Hutch would bring nothing to the table in finding a quality football coach seems off-base when I am not sure what qualifications a normal AD, let alone Dave Brandon bring.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||DB's decision making||
Michigan finished in the top ten of the Directors Cup every year from 1997-1998 through 2008-2009 except for one. With 9 of those being top five finishes and a number 2 in 2003-2004.
Brandon took over as AD in January of 2010, in the four full years since then, 2010-2011 through 2013-2014 Michigan has a 10th place finish and a 4th place finish, the other two years missing the top ten.
I am not saying Brandon is the worst AD in the country, he may actually be doing some good things for non-revenue sports, but don't try to imply that he has done wonderful things outside of the football team. If anything these numbers show he has actually made the overall athletic department worse, at least when it comes to wins/losses. If you are going to try to keep claiming Brandon is some kind of great AD, at least bring some facts to the table, other then Brandon's only fact, the bottom line.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Give it a rest already||
You are really hammering this implied cutting thing. The only person who has said it is you. You are right, there are no free lunches, but there are ways to get another QB instead of cutting the current one. Maybe not take 4 LB's last year, maybe keep Pallante on a grey-shirt. Maybe get another QB in 2013 instead of a long snapper or your 6th OLineman. Or how about another QB instead of a pair of fullback type guys in Shallman and Houma.
But you are right, everyone who says they should have attempted to address the QB issue is just a Hoke hater who wants SEC style cuts. Keep beating the drum against the cuts though, it realy makes you look reasonable and a person who actually takes the time to understand others points instead of simply attacking them. I can't wait to see you twist my point into how I want Bellomy cut.