|1 hour 43 min ago||Link: http://www.detroitnews.||
|3 hours 4 sec ago||If you're big enough to get a||
If you're big enough to get a text from Jim Harbaugh...
|1 week 1 day ago||Are you the former Michigan||
Are you the former Michigan Daily sports editor?
|1 week 1 day ago||Coach Jim Harbaugh is So||
Coach Jim Harbaugh is
So truly inspiring that
I'm writing haikus.
|1 week 1 day ago||Actually a lot of productive||
Actually a lot of productive legislation was passed by the National Assembly from 1789-91. That should not be confused with the far more radical actions taken later under Robespierre and the National Convention. France could have been a constitutional monarchy with the Bourbons still on the throne if not for that family's hard-headedness.
|1 week 1 day ago||But did you undergo the kind||
But did you undergo the kind of rehab regimen that he will?
|1 week 1 day ago||Why would it be done more||
Why would it be done more quickly? The more you tear, the greater the amount of swelling if anything.
|1 week 1 day ago||The NCAA should re-sanction||
The NCAA should re-sanction PSU just for that awful tweet.
PSU = the Bourbon restoration after Napoleon. They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.
|1 week 1 day ago||A Les Miles thread without||
A Les Miles thread without Epic Sax? Tsk tsk.
|1 week 2 days ago||The intensity is palpable||
The intensity is palpable even in that fluff interview.
You feel like he is on the verge of lashing out at the interviewer, "WHY THE %)#@ ARE YOU ASKING ME THESE %(#)@ING QUESTIONS WHEN I COULD BE BREAKING DOWN SOME M%)#@$#F$)#ING FILM FOR NEXT WEEK"S M$)&@#$#@*ING GAME!" but someone off camera is telling him, "Keep it under control Jimmy. You can do this."
|1 week 2 days ago||No||
Insiders have stressed that his wife is on board with coming to Ann Arbor.
|1 week 2 days ago||On the Michigan vs.||
On the Michigan vs. California cost issue, housing is also a big factor in our favor. Housing costs in the Bay Area can be double or triple what they are in Southeast Michigan.
|1 week 2 days ago||Huge knew too much - he had||
Huge knew too much - he had to be eliminated.
|1 week 2 days ago||It'll be time for more||
It'll be time for more MGoBlog Body Language Analysis™.
|1 week 2 days ago||Still wondering if the number||
Still wondering if the number of Searchbits (we're up to XX) will end up exceeding the number of Super Bowls that have been played (XLVIII, or 48). If we don't get resolution until after the NFL season, it could happen.
|1 week 2 days ago||Some leaks are inevitable,||
Some leaks are inevitable, but the sheer number in 2007 - and how quickly they came out - was shocking. Martin couldn't keep a secret, it seems.
|1 week 2 days ago||Ha, no. Seriously, what did||
Ha, no. Seriously, what did he say? I'm curious.
|1 week 2 days ago||What were Moss's anti-Semitic||
What were Moss's anti-Semitic remarks?
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm pretty sure Hoke was||
I'm pretty sure Hoke was kidding when he said he doesn't email.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's a safe bet that an NFL||
It's a safe bet that an NFL coach will be awake - and at the office - at 8:00 a.m. during game week.
|1 week 3 days ago||I just see RR in that photo.||
I just see RR in that photo. Even when I tell myself it's Harbaugh, it still looks like RR.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not just any football coach,||
Not just any football coach, but a repeat cheater who has been slapped with a show cause by the NCAA.
|1 week 3 days ago||Whether or not the OP is||
Whether or not the OP is sincere is impossible to know, but the "Coach X's family was house-shopping" is the coaching-search fake rumor par excellence.
|1 week 3 days ago||You do realize that they won||
You do realize that they won a national title with Krenzel as their QB? They also went 11-1 and finished #2 in the country in 1998 with Germaine.
The only one of those three who was actually bad - and hurt the team - was Bellisari. His drunk-driving arrest a week before the Game in 2001 was terrible luck for us.
|1 week 3 days ago||I doubt it. This is a||
I doubt it. This is a Michigan legend coming back. He'll get a ton of rope.
|1 week 3 days ago||How can someone misunderstand||
How can someone misunderstand that one?
|1 week 3 days ago||Annual night games are fine.||
Annual night games are fine. I don't see why we need to scale those back (although we don't need to keep calling them special names). Agree with the rest.
|1 week 3 days ago||Summary for those unable to||
Summary for those unable to listen?
|1 week 3 days ago||. At San Francisco he makes||
So what does the losing side have to do?
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes. He will follow Cotton||
Yes. He will follow Cotton Hill's plan to assassinate Castro.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm partial to L.A. Gear.||
I'm partial to L.A. Gear. Shoes that light up!
|1 week 3 days ago||We're the same age. I||
We're the same age. I wouldn't describe 1998-04 as a downward spiral, though. There were four Big Ten titles in that stretch.
|1 week 3 days ago||We were very, very spoiled.||
We were very, very spoiled. Many were unhappy despite the sustained success. Consider: Gary Moeller won or shared the Big Ten title each of his first three seasons, yet it only took a pair of 8-4 seasons for him to face major criticism (which may or may not have contributed to his drunken episode). Many fans were happy to see him forced out.
|1 week 4 days ago||They might want to consider||
They might want to consider that we lost in 2012 and 2013 by a combined six points and were down only 28-21 with five minutes left in this year's game. All that with Brady Hoke coaching the team.
|1 week 4 days ago||the fact we have 200+ comment||
Au contraire, I love the coach-search discussion and speculation. The fact that every morsel of information leads to a monster thread is great. It beats the crap out of our usual topics of conversation, like the never-ending "They're exploited/they're getting a $200K education" argument, the fawning over 16-year-old high school athletes and the various rants at how evil the latest calendar year is.
Right now the face of the Michigan football program is a blank slate. It could end up being Harbaugh, could be Miles, could be someone else . . . the possibilities are exciting.
|1 week 4 days ago||I know one Nebraska alumnus||
I know one Nebraska alumnus who told me similar things, FWIW.
|1 week 5 days ago||It sounds like he's still||
It sounds like he's still leaving the door open for us if we hire the right guy.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's also entirely possible||
It's also entirely possible that Herman will turn out to be an average head coach and never return to the Big Ten at all.
|1 week 5 days ago||I just noticed that Harbaugh||
I just noticed that Harbaugh always seems to wear a black shirt/cap on the 49ers sideline. Is that because he won't wear scarlet?
|1 week 5 days ago||Regarding Mullen, when all||
Regarding Mullen, when all three of Michigan, Florida and Nebraska aren't giving him the time of day, maybe there's more dirt on the guy than we know. Can we really assume it's all just due to pettiness on Foley's part? I don't know. Maybe there are legtimate reasons why he hates him.
|1 week 5 days ago||Ah, but that's spelling, not||
Ah, but that's spelling, not grammar.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely no reason to||
Absolutely no reason to apologize. Besides being excellent for hockey, "I Can't Turn You Lose" has become the perfect football bridge between the 3rd and 4th quarters. It's even gained a bit of traction in the alumni sections.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Basically, that Michigan is||
Basically, that Michigan is confident that Harbaugh will come.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The only movement yesterday||
That was a mess. The guy who posted that appears to have legitimate connections but he shared information that did not need to be in the public sphere. That's not the first time that guy has gone too far with names/details.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Greg Harden has been one of||
Greg Harden has been one of the most important members of the football/basketball programs over the last 15 years. He's worth listening to.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Moderators - please delete||
Moderators - please delete this thread.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Bill Buntin and Cazzie||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Losing to OSU didn't||
Losing to OSU didn't accelerate Carr's retirement. He considered retiring a few times over the 2003-07 period.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The way the entire Rich Rod||
I doubt it. Coaches are confident guys - they don't expect to fail.
I find the OP's claims hard to believe. I don't think many coaches think that way.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, but Utah (where he's||
Yeah, but Utah (where he's lived most of his life) and Oregon aren't that similar.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||No kidding. Something's not||
No kidding. Something's not right in Madison if coaches are jumping ship like this. Is Alvarez a micromanager like Brandon?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The risk may be that he||
The risk may be that he doesn't move the needle enough to get fans to keep buying season tickets. The pressure of keeping the 100,000+ streak alive (and more generally, the athletic department profitable) will motivate Hackett to hire a big name. I'm not sure if Herman qualifies.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You can scoff all you want,||
Actually, I'd argue that few U-M quarterbacks have ever had a chance like that, having a pass-happy gameplan against a badly overmatched defense. We had to keep airing it out in the 2013 IU game because of our own defense's inability to get stops, and our weak running game. Borges also favored the downfield passing game more than probably any other OC we've had.
Historically, when we've faced a defense like Indiana's, we've been able to win while passing only around 20 times.
It's a nice stat for Gardner to hold but doesn't really tell me much about how good he was, or could be in the pros. College stats aren't too predictive of pro production in general.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Insiders just laugh at that||
Insiders just laugh at that story. They don't know where it came from. In fact, it was apparently Moeller himself who contacted Les this past week.
The issues with Les have more to do with things that were reputedly said on the recruiting trail.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He's definitely raw, but he||
He's definitely raw, but he did have four TD catches in half a season in 2012 and averaged 17 YPC. He has potential.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Edinburgh is way too small to||
Edinburgh is way too small to support an NFL franchise. London is the only UK city that could possibly pull it off, and that's still very questionable. Other NFL franchises in Europe would have to be in places like Paris, Rome, Madrid, etc - huge cities that have enough U.S. ex-pats to possibly keep the team afloat until locals get into the sport (if they ever do).
It's just not a very functional idea.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I've read about these NFL||
I've read about these NFL games in London. The crowds are said to be about a 50-50 split between U.S. ex-pats/European fans and they come from all over Europe. (U.S. servicemen in Germany like to make the trip, apparently.) The novelty of occasional games there can fill up the stadium, but it seems questionable whether these same people would plunk down four figures for a PSD to see a single, London-based franchise all season.
As for MLB in the DR, it's simply way too poor to support a franchise, and the language barrier wouldn't help.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I understand the knocks on||
I understand the knocks on Miles, but I'm not sure any non-Michigan people would regard it as a desperation hire. Virtually everyone else would see it as Michigan landing a big name.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||But in this new social media||
This is only an issue if coaches themselves follow the media coverage and allow it to influence them. I doubt most of them are doing so.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Everybody thought last year||
We were a preseason top 10 team last year. Granted, that was with McGary (a preseason All-American) but by no means did people expect a down season.
Now this year was more of a big unknown after we lost Stauskas and Robinson.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The comparison seems forced.||
The comparison seems forced. I wouldn't say that losing five scholarship players is the "same thing" as losing a couple of walk-ons. The only similarity I see is that both teams were/are struggling in December.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We're not young in the||
We're not young in the backcourt. LeVert and Albrecht are juniors and Walton is a sophomore returning starter. In today's game that counts as experienced.
As for McGary, we can't assume he was going to return to school this year. He's older than his two classmates that went pro.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||They would have the tiny||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Really cool. Hopefully we||
Really cool. Hopefully we can keep our pipeline to Pahokee open. Here we have a legitimate Michigan Difference talking point. Many schools have recruited players from the Muck, but how many inspired their guys to come back and make a difference in the community?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan’s Zak Irvin did||
He makes it sound like this is some deep insight that only he possesses. Yes, guys who shoot lots of threes often don't get to the line. Not really shocking.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This headline was scary. I||
This headline was scary. I thought at first it said that GBW was reporting "fallout" in our coaching search (i.e., that negotiations had broken off with JH).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Kansas likes to buy its||
Kansas likes to buy its coaches in bulk.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's a cheap MGoPoint grab.||
It's a cheap MGoPoint grab.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Don't forget that Harbaugh||
Don't forget that Harbaugh also went 29-6 at USD prior to the Stanford gig.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Dude - for the time being,||
Dude - for the time being, there is a chance greater than zero that Michigan could hire Jim Harbaugh as its next coach.
Embrace it for all it's worth.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nah, we'll still be ridiculed||
Nah, we'll still be ridiculed for the inevitable losing record we'll put up, unfair though that may be.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Only people who like deciding||
There are also those of us who want to keep the regular season as meaningful as possible.
I don't feel sympathy for Baylor or TCU. They each lost a game. Once you lose, it's no longer in your control. You haven't done everything possible at that point.
College football is one of the last remaining American sports where the national champion actually has to have been the best team all season long. The rest just reward a team that gets hot at the end of the season.
I can accept a four-team playoff because some years there's been a third team that got jobbed. But there's never been more than four teams with a legitimate claim at being #1. If any computer poll really claims that TCU is #2, I don't take that formula seriously.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Tsk tsk||
The bad grammar ruins it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||IIRC, you were not on the||
IIRC, you were not on the Harbaugh train last time around. I see that - like Deng Xiaoping - you have now embraced that which is successful.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hayden Fry was a legend.||
Hayden Fry was a legend. Iowa was basically another Indiana when he got there and he made them a perennial contender and had a great coaching tree. He took Iowa as far as anyone possibly could.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Time for the gif of him in||
Time for the gif of him in the plane with the fuzzy hat.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Way too big. Being a||
Way too big. Being a borderline top 25 team should not give you the right to win a national championship.
I'm OK with the current setup. I could live with six or eight, but I don't want any more than that. Keep the regular season as meaningful as possible.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Aw come on - it has||
Aw come on - it has character.
Their French toast is good, although it isn't very filling.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I won't feel good until||
I won't feel good until someone at the initial press conference says "It's a mask!" and tries to pull off Harbaugh's face, only for us to discover that it's actually the real Jim Harbaugh.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Heh, I get what you're||
Heh, I get what you're saying...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's simple. Just lip-read||
It's simple. Just lip-read what the monkey's saying and you'll have the identity of our new coach.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke did a better job at SDSU||
Hoke did a better job at SDSU than that record implies. They hadn't had a winning season in a decade when he arrived, but he got them to 9-4 in his second season before leaving for Michigan. They've had five consecutive winning seasons now, which suggests he left a good foundation.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||YPA under Borges was usually||
YPA under Borges was usually pretty good. Much better than this past season.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"That school in Eugene."||
"That school in Eugene."
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Is this the first time a||
Is this the first time a non-Michigan source has said it's a possibility?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Class of 2017 means he was||
Class of 2017 means he was probably born in (guh) 1999. So we're not all that far away from discussing the recruitment of kids born in this century. Yikes.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The hat is the key to that||
The hat is the key to that gif. Without it, it'd be okay, but the hat makes it epic.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Pardon my ignorance, but what||
Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is the F+ average and how is it calculated?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The continued talk of "weeks,||
The continued talk of "weeks, not days" really does seem to suggest Harbaugh is a legitimate possibility.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||At first I read this as||
At first I read this as though Les said this to his own parents. In that case, yeah, I'd put stock in it. But said to a recruit's family? Nah.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Was Carr a true "Michigan||
This really isn't true. People need to stop repeating this as fact. It's a pretty gross distortion of what happened.
Per a very reliable source, there was a huge number of guys who were thinking of transferring during the 2008 offseason - we're talking like 20 players - and Carr met with most of them. Carr would deal with them all the same way: he'd go over the pros and cons, but ultimately challenge them to give RR a shot. Most took him up on that and stayed. A few weren't willing to do even that and left.
Through the telephone game, this has morphed into "Lloyd urged them to leave," which is the opposite of what he actually said.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||By the time of the hiring,||
By the time of the hiring, will the number of Searchbit articles (eight at the moment) have exceeded the number of Super Bowls (48)? If we're in for another month, it'll be close.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hmm, so when you evaluate him||
Hmm, so when you evaluate him at Ball State, you analyze things year-by-year, but when you evaluate him at SDSU, you take only the aggregate record? Sounds like you're shifting the goalposts.
Let's look at SDSU's yearly records:
2006: 3-9 (Chuck Long)
2007: 4-8 (Chuck Long)
2008 : 2-10 (Chuck Long)
2009: 4-8 (Brady Hoke)
2010 : 9-4 (Brady Hoke)
To say that a 9-4 record in year two is "returning the program to its historical .500 record" is awfully disingenuous.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||What time zone?||
What time zone?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I really wish folks would||
Hoke inherited a 2-10 SDSU team and got them to 9-4 in two years. How is that not turning them around?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||A couple of weeks ago it was||
A couple of weeks ago it was reported that neither Mullen nor RR would be considered for the UF job.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This is an odd decision for||
This is an odd decision for Nebraska, but Riley's legitimately a good coach. Oregon State is, along with Washington State, probably one of the two worst jobs in the old Pac-10 (not sure how to compare it to Utah/Colorado), and he won about as much as anyone could there. In pure coaching terms, I think he's somewhat of an upgrade from Pelini. Recall that Riley's OSU teams upset Pete Carroll-coached USC a couple of times.
It's just odd for Nebraska because he has no apparent ties to there or the Midwest and is a bit on the old side.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Meyer was in high demand at||
Meyer was in high demand at the collegiate level. Harbaugh is in high demand at both the collegiate and NFL levels.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The President of the United||
The thing is, the United States is not in competition with other countries for our President. We don't need to renegotiate his deal every year and put in a buyout. It's like the pre-free agent era - we "own his rights" and he can't do much about it. And that's good, because it's taxpayers footing the bill, not a private enterprise.
In any event, every ex-President, upon leaving office, quickly goes on to make football coach-type money on the book/lecture circuit.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||While they're at it, the||
While they're at it, the media needs to stop claiming that Bo coined the term "Michigan Man" at all. It's much, much older than that. Fielding Yost regularly used it.
In fact, the "[name of university] Man" trope is pretty widespread overall.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||All this "Is it OT or is it||
All this "Is it OT or is it not OT" debating - does it really matter? The vast majority of the time, it's obvious if the topic is about Michigan or not.
I mean, was anyone seriously going to read the headline "FootballScoop: Nebraska Focused on Bielema" and ponder if the topic was going to be about us?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Rumor has it that it involved||
Rumor has it that it involved a disparaging comment made by Baalke regarding Harbaugh's choice of pantwear.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||How is it that no one wanted||
How is it that no one wanted Spike besides us (and Appalachian State)? Sure, he's a little undersized and not that athletic, but how could no one else see what kind of game he had? Beilein is amazing.
On the downside, this season we seem to again have that issue of going stagnant offensively right when we have an opponent down for the count. For some reason our teams the last few years seem to really struggle in that stretch from about 5:00 to 1:00 left in the second half. Usually we end up scraping it out, but occasionally it comes back to haunt us, like in the Villanova game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That's an unusual number of||
That's an unusual number of lines/syllables.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In a dying sport, why would||
Baseball is dying? Attendance numbers seem pretty strong to me.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||A lot of good ones from 2011,||
A lot of good ones from 2011, but it has to be the UTL game for me. For three quarters I was thinking, "Well, we're not going to win this one, but it's still cool to be part of this experience." Then the amazing fourth quarter happened and it turned into an all-time classic. At the end, no one wanted to leave. Everyone wanted to soak it in as much as possible.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I always thought that was a||
I always thought that was a cool game. An old-school defensive struggle. I didn't feel like it was marked by offensive ineptitude like 2014 Northwestern, but good defensive play on both sides and just a little timely offense.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||We didn't formally offer||
We didn't formally offer Miles. If we had, he'd have accepted. MSC/Martin told him we had interest but needed to meet him in person first.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That's not very fair.||
That's not very fair. Loeffler was an excellent QB coach. He may not have had Jim's HC upside, but that's pretty tough to predict that far in advance.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Except that when Rich came||
Except that when Rich came here, he didn't ask for a lot of money for his coordinators. He asked for a lot of money for Mike Barwis, and for a completely new weight room. Bill Martin gave him that.
At Arizona, RR recognized that he had to shore up the defense above all else. He did not realize this when he came here. He wanted Casteel, but he didn't insist on him like he did Barwis. If he had, Casteel would have come here - it wasn't about money but contract length.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It would be nice if there||
It would be nice if there were no leaks before 3:00, which is when Hoke will meet with his team. Let them find out from him and not the internet.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think you're misreading||
I think you're misreading this.
Harbaugh had an ax to grind with us for awhile - dating back to when Carr chose to hire Loeffler over him as QB coach in 2002. This ultimately spawned the comments about academics in 2007.
When Brandon reached out to Harbaugh in 2010, he reportedly demanded that Jim apologize for those comments, among other things, upon his hiring, and this contributed to talks breaking down.
If Carr is now reaching out to Jim and trying to mend fences, that's a good thing. There is no bad there. That's us telling Jim that we don't care what happened in the past.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Carr hasn't been employed by||
Carr hasn't been employed by the athletic department since the summer of 2010.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think you mean they have||
I think you mean they have cachet - unless you're talking about them hiding a bunch of stuff from around the country.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||More specifically, he's||
More specifically, he's responsible for Olympic sports - not football, basketball or hockey.
Let's all take a deep breath and not fly off the handle just yet.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Coach Barney Cotton? That||
Coach Barney Cotton? That sounds made up.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The firing is justified, but||
The firing is justified, but celebrating over a guy losing his job still seems in poor taste. I'll celebrate if we make a good replacement hire.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I still think Wisconsin is||
Wisconsin went 30-8 last season. It would probably be more accurate to say that they were a good team that had three bad weeks in January.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Well, if you believe some||
Well, if you believe some people, Miles has been out there each time and we've decided otherwise.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I was at the Maryland game.||
I was at the Maryland game. No, we didn't have 100K there, but we still had way more than most schools around the country. We do have very good fans. They've been VERY patient for all they've gone through this last decade.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe I'm missing something,||
Maybe I'm missing something, but doesn't the student section expand and shrink based on student demand?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I would take Les if Harbaugh||
I would take Les if Harbaugh isn't available. Yeah, I know the various arguments against him. At this point I'm beaten down enough that I really don't care anymore. If he still is interested despite being jerked around by us twice already, he must really love this school. As long as he understands that some things that are pernissible at LSU aren't here (and I imagine he would), I'll take him.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||This is the gist of your case||
This is the gist of your case against him? Not his age or the ethically-flexible environment in which he works, but his sideline demeanor?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Wow, seems like a miracle.||
Wow, seems like a miracle. Great news to hear.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||But I don't think it was||
But I don't think it was really an either/or kind of thing. From what I understand, the issue with Casteel was more about the length of the contract than the dollar amount - we were still giving out year-to-year deals to assistants at that time. It doesn't sound like it was that big of an issue to resolve. That we didn't resolve it suggests that it wasn't that high of a priority.
As for the urgent necessity of weight room upgrades in 2007 (to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars) . . . I don't know. We seemed to churn out a lot of NFL guys with our crappy old equipment before 2008.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Who is left to be broomed||
Who is left to be broomed out? Brandon fired a ton of guys, and now he's gone.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||To be fair, the second point||
To be fair, the second point was on RR as much as Martin. He insisted that we pay top dollar for a new weight room and to bring Barwis along, and Martin did. He didn't make getting Casteel as high of a priority.
Unfortunately for us, Michigan was the stop in RR's career path where he learned how important it was to have a DC he could work with. In Ann Arbor he had Barwis but no Casteel. In Tucson he has Casteel but no Barwis. I like their deal better.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I doubt it. There is no way||
I doubt it. There is no way season-ticket renewals will go well with Hoke returning. I don't see any way they can bring him back without risking a huge downturn in revenue.
We'll have a new staff. Insiders have maintained that there is a recognition that we "can't screw it up this time." They seem to think highly of Hackett's acumen. We'll see.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||They didn't fire RichRod||
We have a different "they" in charge this time around, don't forget. We have no idea what Hackett will do.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He may be ran out of SF for||
He is not failing by any reasonable standard. He's recorded four winning seasons in four years and has reached the NFC championship game in his first three. He is only "failing" by his crazy owner's standard.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||In the SEC (outside of||
In the SEC (outside of perhaps Vanderbilt), expectations are always big.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||What a shame. The poor kid||
What a shame. The poor kid can't catch a break. Best wishes for his recovery.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Wait, what about Le Dog?||
Wait, what about Le Dog?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||He infamously humiliated VCU||
Why was it infamous?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I like both guys a lot. The||
I like both guys a lot. The one who called last Saturday's game was awful and cheapened the experience.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Only seven of the 230 listed||
We took a subsidy? What would this be for, and why?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||A closeout is when you get up||
A closeout is when you get up in a shooter's face on the perimeter so that he can't get off a 3-pointer. When a defender does it, that's often a good time to give a fake, put the ball on the floor and attack the rim. Brian's saying that Irvin has a good feel for when to do this.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If you miss the last 10||
If you miss the last 10 minutes of the first half, your team still has an entire half to recover from whatever happened then. There is also of course the possibility of returning to the game in case something really bad happens.
OTOH if you miss the last 10 minutes of the game due to fouling out, that's it - you can't return. The team has to play down the stretch without you. I don't like that scenario as much as the first.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Hey, I've always wondered:||
Hey, I've always wondered: how comfortable are those uniforms? Are they warm enough for the late-season games?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Weird||
So for 80% of the country*, the best primetime slot goes to the consolation game. Odd.
*(47% of the population lives in the Eastern timezone and 33% in the Central.)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I know we're at that point||
I know we're at that point where people are trying to pile on, but there's nothing wrong with that quote. You want your team to play its best at the end of the season.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||So what if we hire Harbaugh||
So what if we hire Harbaugh but remain with Adidas or swtich to Under Armour? No championships for us?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||No apology necessary||
This is the best board post in a long time.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Two words: World domination.||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You want Doyle to get injured||
You want Doyle to get injured all the time and talk in a really whiny, nasally voice?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Only one||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||In hindsight, that was a big||
In hindsight, that was a big recruiting loss. Zettel's been a great player for PSU.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||That would be funnier if he||
That would be funnier if he weren't a U-M graduate (with a degree in econ, no less).
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't see the comparison||
I don't see the comparison beyond possible motivational issues. Mike Williams was an absolute superstar at USC. His level of production was far beyond what Funchess has done. Here are his college stats.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It's not that they expect him||
It's not that they expect him to show his interest. They just want to get a quote - any quote - for their "Miles to Michigan?" story. Also, Miles is just weird enough to possibly give them something anyway ("I'm playin' football for LSU.").
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure how stable that job||
Not sure how stable that Baltimore job was - there were rumors that he was wearing out his welcome there at the time. Four years at a coordinator job, at the salary we've paid him, really isn't that bad.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I know we all love Denard,||
I know we all love Denard, but this isn't that remarkable.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||He mixes things up, uses||
Sounds like confirmation bias.
How are we mixing things up? From my vantage point I see very little variation in our gameplans from week to week, let alone from drive to drive. We don't stretch the field vertically and only occasionally do horizontally. Our OL is beginning to open up holes but I'd hardly say that's due to innovative play-calling.
IMO, Nussmeier is a major disappointment. To average 20 ppg with a senior QB is astonishing. You can blame it on Gardner, and he's certainly had a bad year, but Nussmeier is also responsible for Gardner as his position coach.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It's very doubtful that||
It's very doubtful that Mattison is going to read your rebuttal to him. It also really doesn't matter at this point.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||We should note though that||
We should note though that there was very little negativity entering the 2013 season. We were ranked in the top 20 in both polls. We then opened the season with a 59-9 victory and a win over ND before 115,000 fans. Fan excitement was extremely high at that point. In retrospect it's crazy how quickly everything fell apart.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Cole's play at LT was been||
Cole's play at LT was been remarkable. Normally a true freshman at any OL spot spells doom, much less at the spot that protects the QB's blind spot. He's going to be a star.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I was wondering what||
I was wondering what connection he had to the American Medical Association.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know, but||
I don't know, but surprisingly the OL is better this year despite the loss of both tackles.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||In 2011 there was no one to||
In 2011 there was no one to sign those papers, other than Hoke himself. RR had been fired.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||He isn't wearing a legends||
He isn't wearing a legends jersey.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||If he really doesn't care||
If he really doesn't care anymore and just wants to get paid, he should leave. If he wants to leave a real legacy here (and guarantee that he's drafted as high as his potential warrants) he should stay.
The last guy to wear #1, Braylon Edwards, stayed despite having a much, much better junior year (85 rec., 1,138 yards, 14 TDs).
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty sure you guys mean||
Pretty sure you guys mean uninterested and not disinterested.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I was going to say the same.||
I was going to say the same. Blanchard was something like Brandon Graham: an outstanding player whose talents were squandered on a sadly weak unit.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||I don't know about free||
I don't know about free parking, but the parking structures are a pretty good deal.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||More precisely, it's every||
More precisely, it's every soul who is expected to be inside the fence - regardless of whether or not he/she shows up.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||I have to say I'm amazed that||
I have to say I'm amazed that in 2014, there are still people who believe the attendance figures are an actual count of fans at the stadium. That hasn't been the case in sports since sometime last century.
Attendance in college football is the number of tickets sold (or otherwise distributed) plus all the passes given out for the press box and field, plus I think everyone who works at the stadium. It's basically intended to be as high a number as possible.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||147 replies, and not a single||
147 replies, and not a single "You're a Baller" image (with "NOT" MS Painted in there)?
Disappointed in you guys.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Fun fact: Corso always waves||
Fun fact: Corso always waves a Dixon Ticonderoga pencil on the set - because he used to serve as their business director.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Jimbo Fisher and Bo Pelini||
Jimbo Fisher and Bo Pelini are former Miles assistants.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I was watching that game on||
I was watching that game on TV and turned it off with about 2 minutes left when it looked like the game was lost and there was nothing to see. Whoops.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure Sumlin and Franklin||
Not sure Sumlin and Franklin belong in the top 10 either.
OTOH, I'm surprised Jimbo Fisher and Mark Richt aren't up there. Winning a national title and/or staying for a long time at one place (e.g, Ferentz) usually gets you a nice payday.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm guessing that includes a||
I'm guessing that includes a hefty performance bonus for making the Rose Bowl. I don't think his regular salary is that high.
I don't think the Hoke figure is accurate - pretty sure he's making around $4M a season.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Time to update this||
Time to update this commercial:
Best PSA ever.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Why does the NCAA need an||
Why does the NCAA need an entire year before it can rename the first and second rounds? (The 2015 tournament will still use the "second/third round" nonsense.)
|5 weeks 4 days ago||They don't offer specifics||
They don't offer specifics other than that he was "credited with signing them."
He was playing in the NFL during their recruitment. We can assume he was not doing the heavy lifting and going on the road to do in-home visits .
It was probably more of a thing where they might meet him when they took a visit to WKU's campus (at least if it wasn't during the season).
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Good players don't||
Good players don't automatically make good coaches.
I'm skeptical about how involved he really was at WKU. He was playing in the NFL through 2001, so much recruiting was he really doing?
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|5 weeks 4 days ago||At the very least, Harbaugh||
It's easy to say that in hindsight, but Harbaugh in 2002 had no coaching experience, outside of a little unpaid stuff he apparently did on the side at Western Kentucky.
In any event, the man who did get the job, Loeffler, has turned out to be an excellent QB coach in his own right. Maybe the question to ponder is, what if he had been promoted to OC in 2006? Maybe his career trajectory could have been accelerated.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke had already given Clark||
Hoke had already given Clark a second chance after the computer-stealing episode. Let's not forget that.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Football players will do||
Football players will do stupid things and get arrested. It's pretty tough to have a completely incident-free program. What separates some programs from others is how they respond afterwards.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||According to Martin? I don't||
According to Martin? I don't recall him speaking out on this matter.
Carr definitely didn't like Miles, but Martin was the boss - it was ultimately his call.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||The "TMZ" rumor about things||
The "TMZ" rumor about things that allegedly happened 20 years ago? No, it is not "commonly understood" at all. It appears to be a baseless rumor that has gained traction on the internet.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I think sometimes we try to||
I think sometimes we try to over-quantify everything. Athletes are human beings, and their confidence level rises and falls just like everyone else. If we define "momentum" as having increased confidence in victory and playing with more passion as a result, yeah, it certainly exists.
To look at Michigan football, I don't think our defense gave up 400 yards to Gary Nova just because of matchups or playcalling - we were in disarray as a team and not playing together. OTOH, I don't think Gardner was able to throw for 450 yards on OSU last year just due to an unusually good gameplan by Borges. We had early success offensively, the team realized it could play with OSU (a team on a 23-game winning streak, mind you) and it went balls-to-the-wall the rest of the game.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Should #6 be +12.7? It||
Should #6 be +12.7? It sounds like a positive play.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||You've got a pretty idealized||
You've got a pretty idealized vision of pro basketball in Europe. The reality can be quite a bit different.
There can be a lot of pressure on American players in Europe. Europeans tend to expect all American players to be superstars and will often turn on them if they don't live up to that. Fans over there are just a different breed, more aggressive and confrontational (whether to their own players or opponents'). Racism in European countries can be really nasty, far beyond what you'd see in this country.
Some European leagues are also very irregular when it comes to paying players on time and otherwise treating them like valued employees. There are lots of stories of megalomaniac owners who refuse to pay their players after a tough loss, and so forth.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||More specifically, he would||
More specifically, he would have gone here if he'd been in better shape academically. At that time no one had gone pro out of high school in about 20 years, and he wasn't thinking of it until late in his senior year when it looked like he wouldn't qualify for the NCAA minimum. (IIRC he finally did get a qualifying SAT score on his last try, but he'd already declared for the NBA by then.)
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Given that we've won 42 Big||
Given that we've won 42 Big Ten championships, it's generally difficult to say that a non-championship Michigan team could be in the top 15 in school history*. The 2011 team was good team but not a great one.
*(Although you could make a legitimate case for 1985, and maybe 1999) .
|6 weeks 1 day ago||For anyone with a chance to||
For anyone with a chance to attend, they're giving out souvenir championship banners to commemorate the 2014 Big Ten title.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think that's too||
I don't think that's too realistic. We're going to end up losing one or both guys eventually.
It actually might not be so bad if they leave before Beilein retires. We'd miss them but they could gain head coaching experience at a mid-major and then potentially come back here as a finished product. If they remain loyal assistants to Beilein to the end of his career, that'd be great for Beilein's program but then we'd probably be replacing Beilein with a rookie HC who might need time to grow into the job.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It could be LaVall Jordan who||
It could be LaVall Jordan who has the inside track. He's done fantastic work with the backcourt. Hopefully we don't have to make that decision until sometime in the 2020s.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||LeVert.||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It has not been||
It has not been substantiated, and in fact, insiders categorically dismiss it.
It's a nasty allegation to make and disturbing that it's accepted as fact by many here.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This is nitpicking, but why||
This is nitpicking, but why should we have lost to Northwestern? We played terribly, for sure, but NW played no better.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||People say we live in the||
People say we live in the past, but we have nothing on English soccer fans. In their minds, the 1966 WC was last summer.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Beilein had some epic hair in||
Beilein had some epic hair in his earlier days. Here's him at Erie CC:
|6 weeks 3 days ago||So why do so many koalas||
So why do so many koalas carry chlamydia?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Nomenclature||
Southern California is USC. South Carolina is SCAR.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Men's basketball is always||
Men's basketball is always profitable. TV deals are extensive. Hockey also makes a profit, though a smaller one. The rest generally lose money.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||But for athletes, does that||
But for athletes, does that matter?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, his reasoning is||
Yeah, his reasoning is logical enough but it doesn't sound like he has any particular inside information.