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|21 hours 24 min ago||This raises an interesting point||
Can you put out feelers to potential candidates-- let alone do anything more formal than that -- when you haven't fired the old coach yet?
My gut tells me Hackett will have to make an up or down decision on Hoke before doing any real work on searching for a replacement.
To do it any other way in the days of flight tracker, etc. runs the risk of the whole thing blowing up in Hackett's face.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I still can't reward the Free Press with a click||
But I suspect I've read Seidel's story 50 times before with different names, circumstances and authors.
And I'll absolutely trust you and Brian that he's an idiot.
|1 day 18 hours ago||High expectations||
"Off the charts" expectations and being able to make tough decisions to achieve them.
With players on the field, in the classroom, and with their personal behavior.
With his coaching staff.
With compliance on all rules and regulations.
With the team's on field record.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Kids have the day off||
WMU is closed, too. Sissies.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Kinda nice having Bell's beer||
Kinda nice having Bell's beer garden about 6 minutes away.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Meant to reply to Don's comment above||
The School of Music, Theater and Dance has an ACT minimum of 24. You have to score at least that, then your talent plays a huge role in whether you're admitted.
Music and Art are the two "talent" -based schools at UM. All others are purely "academic" schools.
The reality in the school of music is that most of the students have really high ACT scores just like the students elsewhere in the university. My kid is in the school and has a few friends who are dual music/engineering majors -- unbelievable. At the other extreme, there are a few musical prodigies who wouldn't have gotten in without the lower ACT threshold.
|1 week 13 hours ago||The comparison to U-M's school of music is a good one||
My kid is in that school now.
Over four years she'll take 90 credits of music and 30 credits of liberal arts stuff. She's working her tail off. All kinds of rehearsals at crazy hours. Lot's of late nights in the practice rooms.
When she's done she'll be a solid musician and also have the other "basics" that well-rounded college grads should have.
Why couldn't this model work for athletics, too?
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||I remember watching him play||
He was an incredible punter.
Condolences to his family.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I laughed out loud, too||
I hadn't kept up with his whereabouts since he left the Island of Misfit Toys.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not totally sure, but...||
I think it has something to do with having sex in a tree.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||I hadn't thought of this||
I hadn't thought of this perspective before.
Schlissel could essentially say to Brandon that a change in the program is necessary to move us past this mess. They could stand at the podium together and Schlissel could announce that they mutually agreed that Brandon should step down to let the department move forward. Then he could cite all the good things that have happened in the AD under Brandon and thank him for his service to the University.
Everyone would know it's completely for show. But it lets Brandon save face a bit. And maybe saves the University from having to pay all or some of the contractual buy-out.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||This made me think of a story||
A decade or more ago I was watching a presidential debate during the primaries.
The moderator asked, "What person had the greatest influence on your life?"
The first candidate replied "my dad." The second candidate replied "Jesus Christ." The rest of the candidates went down the line agreeing that Jesus Christ had the greatest influence on each of their lives. And the first candidate asked if he could change his answer to Jesus Christ after reflecting further.
I guess sometimes the situation dictates that you'd better take a certain position or risk your livelihood.
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||You are spot on||
Almost everyone in Michigan knows someone who's life was saved because of the U-M Health System. Blaming U-M health professionals is not an argument that most people will buy.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||His comments about the students are delusional and show his ego||
“One of the things I want to do is to figure out ways I could connect more with the student body.”
"I'm confident in my abilities to charm my critics."
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I think as long as Hoke still||
I think as long as Hoke still has the support of the team he should remain until the season's over. I think the players deserve that.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'll keep showing up.||
Mainly for the same reason that devoutly religious people attend services every week.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
Just because Ross supports Brandon doesn't mean that, in the end, he won't support his removal for the good of the University. I'd wager that Ross loves the University more than he loves Brandon.
He might have the kind of relationship with Brandon where he goes to him and says, "Dave, you've got to consider stepping down for the good of the University. This whole thing has gotten out of control and it's not going away."
This line of logic might be Schlissel's best path through this: He convinces Brandon to step down because the outcry is unstoppable unless he steps down. They negotiate a settlement. Schlissel publicly thanks Brandon for his service, and states that they've mutually agreed that a change is the best way for things to move on.
This whole thing is a huge test for Schlissel.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I read the article twice and||
I read the article twice and I'm not seeing that the regents will be meeting today to discuss this.
The reporter called each regent to try to get quotes. And the story reports that Schlissel will be in a "communications" meeting this morning where the Morris concussion issue will be discussed. But that looks more like an adminstrative meeting, not a board of regents meeting.
Am I totally missing something?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Shane Morris is one tough||
Shane Morris is one tough dude. He took a hit like that and his instincts were to wave the coaches off and play on. I bet his team mates respect the hell out of him.
I hope he heals quickly from his injuries and has a great career at Michigan.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I was sitting in the north||
I was sitting in the north end zone with the play right in front of me.
I didn't realize the full extent of the hit, either. But it was unmistakable that Morris had been knocked silly when the lineman was holding him up after the play. It was a pitiful sight.
I said to the guy sitting next to me, "He's concussed." I totally expected a refs whistle to blow to stop play to bring him out. It looked that bad.
I can't believe Hoke didn't pull him. The students were booing their heads off. They knew what was happening. Everybody in the stands knew. It was surreal.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||And speaking of John Beilein||
Coach Beilein is always willing to learn and adapt to make his team more successful. Coach Hoke (and RR before him) is stubborn (as noted several posts above) on indefensible issues. And his stubborness will play a big part in why he'll probably lose his job in a few months.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The NFL is a complex||
The NFL is a complex organization dealing with issues it's not set up to deal with (and I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt to state it this way). Add to that the media spotlight and new information emerging every few days to react to on the fly.
This is a formula for people in suits not looking very bright.
I hope they learn from these lastest incidences and get a better system in place to deal with the next ones that come along.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. That chant was painful.||
But then I had totally forgotten about the t-shirt cannons they fire into the student section this year.
This must be a "fan experience best practice" idea stolen from minor league hockey.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||And I would add...||
Sometimes a CEO has to step down just to help the organization move past a shit storm like this one.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||My wildest dream||
is that he's just one of several hundred people who do this.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||"I'm...eating a lemon if I'm wrong."||
WIth paraphrasing skills like that Balrog has a bright future in reporting at the Freep.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Agree scoreboard is much improved||
Pardon the double post.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Agree scoreboard is much improved||
The other scoreboard improvement was the large down-distance-yard line window along the bottom. And they updated it quickly.
The in-game highlights from the OSU and Iowa games were very cool.
And I don't think I heard Sweet Caroline once.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I have moved to Grand||
I have moved to Grand Rapids
And I have little use for punctuation
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Wow||
When he takes a shower does it hang half way down his back?