"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|5 days 12 hours ago||No that's NHL specific||
We should have a "Pick a Card" of justice for the Big 10.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Just curious||
Why is Mullen not a USC candidate? After the last two coaches full of bravado and a combined 40-21 record (Sark went 12-6 and Kiffin went 28-15), Mullen might be a great pic. USC can recruit by itself, Mullen can develop talent, and has a solid record in a tough conference.
|6 days 7 hours ago||I'm skeptical of it happening||
I'm just using that term because Maryland fans seem to think that's happening. I'm fairly skeptical myself. I think Oregon in a weaker Pac-10 was able to build up (as you mentioned) before Kelly. Maryland has not had that. They're bad right now and that's with a very weak PSU and Michigan not at 100% yet. When Michigan comes online fully, Maryland would have to develop with 3 elite teams in their division, which is more than Oregon faced in their conference.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Yes||
But maybe the contract he signed with Miss St (last year?) prevents him from jumping to a SEC team. That's something I'd have put in place if I was their AD.
If I'm Mullen, short of UA dropping millions to make Maryland "Oregon 2.0", I'd rather jump to a place like USC or Miami. Both can be elite programs with good coaching and I think USC might be dying for someone without off-field issues for the job.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My Ideas on OOC Scheduling||
Michigan played 12 OOC games last season but that includes the B10/ACC matchup which is not scheduled independently by Michigan. Assuming Michigan wants to stay in that 10-12 OOC games a year, here is my plan. Four locals, three regional matchups, and one game against each the A10, MWC, MVC, and WCC gives Michigan 11 OOC games and none of them should be these horrible RPI games. It makes the schedule fairly tough, but with the exception of the regional games (Dayton, Cinncinnati and Notre Dame), Michigan should be favored in every other game. Sometimes Michigan might match up against an elite mid-major but most years that'll be unlikely.
Locals (play each annually or biennially)
Central Michigan (MAC)
Western Michigan (MAC)
I think all of these make sense and should be played regularly. Might have to sometimes miss a year here or there to get the schedule to work but should play as often as possible. These teams don't hurt the PRI and actually are good competition. Playing some of these games at the Palace is a good way to have some "road" or "neutral" games where Michigan fans stil outnumber opposing fans.
Regional (play Dayton/Cinncy biennially, ND and random regional)
Notre Dame (ACC)
The A10 and the American are both solid confrences. Playing potential A10/American champions and/or tournament regulars is a nice RPI boost. These games also get you media coverage in Ohio and Wisconsin. Dayton has averaged 22 wins the last 4 seasons and has had wins in the last two NCAA tournaments. Cincinnati is supposed to be really good this year (Kenpom has them at #14) but they're normally not that good. Last year they went 23-11, won a #8 seed and beat Purdue in OT in the first/second round. They haven't missed a NCAA tournament since 2010 and they normally have a single digit seed (somewhere between 5 and 9 normally). If you beat Cincinatti it's a good win (especially if it's on the road). If you lose, it doesn't hurt your rankings much.
Notre Dame is somewhat difficult to schedule in advance with the ACC/B10 challenge. Obviously can't play them twice in a season. Maybe they could get a deal done with the ACC and B10 to make sure Michigan and ND never face off in the challenge when they're already scheduled. They should have an annual match with ND just to keep the rivalry alive while we wait for the football and hockey rivalries to continue.
I'd like to build up a rivaly with these schools and possible other regional schools like DePaul, Marquette, Butler, Toledo, Valpo, Illinois St., etc. Trading Dayton and Cinni off and adding other regionals when it works gives Michigan a nice regional footprint and adds some spice to the OOC.
A10 Confrence (play one a season, besides Dayton)
The A10 gets it's own section because 1) I always forget it's a Power 7 and listed it before in the mid-majors, 2) they have a bunch of good but not great teams and 3) we never really face these teams outside of tournaments.
The A10 has good team and if we rotate playing various A10 teams it would be a good move for the schedule in terms of both excitment and RPI. It would keep the schedule fresh with new teams on the schedule while guaranting, as much as possible, matchups with teams that have good RPIs. Also, the A10 gives Michigan alums on the East Coast (George Mason, VCU, Rhode Island, George Washington, or St. Joseph's.) and St. Louis (West Virginia of the A10) a chance to see the team. That's always a plus.
Mid Majors (play each confrence once)
Missouri Valley: Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Evansville, Illinois St., Loyala Chicago, etc. Gives Michigan another regional game (except Wichita) and gives us some good mid-majors. Half this conference is ranked 150 or above in the RPI with 3 in the top 75 of Kenpom's rankings.
Mountain West: Boise St., San Diego St., Fresno St., Colorado St., UNLV, New Mexico and Utah State all give Michigan intriguing games. Also, it allows alumni out west to see Michigan when they're on the road.
West Coast Confrence: A very good mid-major confrence with Gonzaga, BYU, St. Mary's, Pepperdine, etc. Normally the WCC has a couple of tournament teams (between 2 and 3 a year) which means good RPI numbers. Gives Michigan alums more chances out west. Michigan doesn't often play these teams so it'd add more intrigue to the schedule.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||How does an assistant coach not leak this?||
Why did it have to come from a player? It's really disgusting that none of the adults on that team stood up for the players. All of them should be fired after the season. Basic negligence.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Why would there be a change?||
A drunk otter picture was 100% better than anything he could have written. It summed up things nicely.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Only if||
Only if he wore his hanging chad costume.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Non-compete laws are getting struck down left and right||
Judges are really starting to question the legality and validity of these rules. Basically have realized that forcing someone to sign a non-compete in order to get/keep job is illegal. Judges have said recently that employees must be at a job for X number of years before a non-compete is signed or a bonus/perk must be included with non-compete to make it a real trade (rights for $) and isn't a hostage situation with your job in the balance.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Love Lowe||
Too bad that there isn't a MGoBlog webiste out there for all of sports. Ideally Lowe would jump over there and just get into the weeds (great new podacst by the way on policy, not politics) of basketball. Even at Grantland he had to dumb down (a bit) his content.
The interviews and content Lowe can get on his podcasts are amazing. Getting a breakdown of SVG's takeover of the Pistons (no real trade possibilities for Monrow) and the whole Jordan play by play with Reddick were great this summer. I loved his interview with Chris Hayes where they just reminisced on the great 80's/90's battles of their favorite teams was fun.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||My (Early) Thoughts||
Illinois - Tom Herman
Maryland - Justin Fuente
South Carolina - Manny Diaz
USC - Lane Kiffin (just kidding), Josh McDaniels
Purdue - Matt Campbell
Rutgers - Al Golden
Arkansas - Tim Beck
Indiana - Dino Babers
West Virginia - Jeff Casteel
Colorado - Bob Stitt (giving Brian a 2nd team to root for)
Miami (FL) - Mark Richt
Georgia - DJ Durkin (ugh I know)
Virginia - Raheem Morris
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Kerridge?||
Half of the teams don't use a FB and I can't think of another FB that is great at wiping out LBs as Kerridge.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Small mistake Brian||
The pull player that gets the shrapnel is Glasgow. Kalis has fired off the line and takes the backside OLB I believe.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||South Carolina's||
Absolutely love it. Neat and clean. I also love California's. A freaking bear! It's awesome. "California Republic" is so nice and clean.
Worst has to be Mississippi for obvious reasons.
Does anyone else not really like Michigan's flag? Elk? Moose? Why? Do they even live here? Latin? I'd love for a flag to be the color of our state flower (Iris lacustris). How many state flags are dark purple. It's a cool flag color. A yellow Macinac Bridge on a purple flag, with the Great Lakes faded behind the bridge. Could have "mishigamaa" on it.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||They do it in Eindhoven on bike paths||
Way less weight to carry but the idea isn't a far off fantasy.
|42 weeks 11 hours ago||As a recent grad (not at U of M)||
I couldn't tell you the number of times I heard "faggot" or "retarded" or "gay" used negatively without thought to the originality/meaning of the word. For some reason these words (not "faggot" so much because that's so clearly hurtful) have taken on a second meaning and are just dropped into speech without much thought. I for one am glad that people are highlighting the issue with using these words. Now do I think speech should be banned? No. But should individuals be encouraged and/or reminded to not use these words? I think the answer is clearly yes.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||I really wish he didn't have to sit out a year||
If a HC leaves, any player should be allowed to transfer without sitting out a year. It just seems fair. Either that or make HCs sit out a year themselves.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Ugh||
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Wasn't that his first ever NFL game?||
As a rookie you expect lumps at the beginning of the season.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Killed her on a break||
Dumped her body later (hours or days) when the search was getting really serious.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Uhm... his current job||
He has a job now. He shouldn't walk out midseason.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Which one of the MI players would you say no to?||
Hart, Gallon or RVB? I think all 3 would be good hires.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||If it's not Harbaugh it has to be Herman||
I wouldn't be too upset with this staff...
HC: Tom Herman
OC/TE: Rob Chudzinski
DC/OLB: Will Muschamp
QB: No idea?
RB: Mike Hart
WR: Jeremy Gallon
OL: Justin Frye
DL: Ryan Van Bergen
DB: Roy Manning
ST: Anyone with a 21st century idea of punting
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Muschamp?||
Would rather have Muschamp over Mattison and in any case Mattison was tied to Hoke. He's not coming back.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Nobody disagrees with toughness||
But ying toughness to being "hood" is ridiculous and dumb. There are tough rich kids and there are soft poor kids. Also, I think of hood as a pretty derogatory term on it's own. To me, and maybe I'm wrong here, hood has more connotations that just being tough.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||That spine blitz was amazing||
Really well timed, really interesting double DE drop off.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Could this allow Michigan to fire him...||
without paying his remaining salary? Does this constitute cause (in regards to deleting emails, not being an asshole via email)?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Breaking FOIA law isn't "catty"||
He's a public employee. He has to follow the rules that every other public employee does.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||My Two Cents||
When Muschamp is fired I wouldn't mind seeing him come here and be our DC assuming Mattison doesn't stay on as DC (which I would like to see).
I think besides the Harbaugh brothers and Sumlin there is no #1 coach out there and those 3 are unlikely to come here (Sumlin even less likely). I could maybe see Jim Harbaugh get canned by Baalke (because Baalke seems to want to be the guy in SF) but he'd have offers from half of the NFL. However, there is a chance he gets fired by Baalke and if Brandon is gone, decides to come to Michigan, but that's a remote chance at best.
Looking at the other options, Mullins has to be on the list. Mississpi St has no recruiting ground and is somewhat competitive in the SEC West. Can you imagine Michigan winning 4 conference games in the SEC West? However, I do think he's guaranteed to go to Florida. If you want a young HC who can be here a decade plus that rules out most of the other suggestions. I think Chad Morris has to be an option but he's never coached outside of the South and only became a college coach (from HS) 4 years ago. Seems like a big jump. I could see him get a HC job at Miss St or somewhere else within the South.
I think the answer lies in failed NFL coaches. Mora, Carroll, Saban and Petrino have all showed this route can work. Jack Del Rio at 51 has good credentials. Sure he failed at Jacksonville but that franchise is a disaster and he did go 68-71 there. He was snatched up by Denver to be their DC as soon as he was fired. Hue Jackson acutally went 8-8 as the Raiders HC and still got fired. He's currently the OC for the Bengals. He;s just 48 and has both college and NFL experience. Pat Shurmer failed at the Browns (who hasn't) but he's from Dearborn, played at State, and is now the OC for Chip Kelly. And he's just 48 and has coached at both State and Stanford. Another failed Brows coach from the area is Rob Chudzinski. He is from Toledo but played at Miami (that Miami) when they won the NCAA in 1987 and 1989. He coached at the U for a number of years and then moved up the ranks of the NFL. He's just 46 and currently working as an assistant for the Colts. I think any of those guys would be decent options.
My non-Harbaugh ideal NFL coaches are Mike Smith (Falcolns) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) but I doubt either gets fired this season.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Some Other Names||
I like your list. Here are a couple of other's I'd throw out into the mix.
Raheem Morris (ex-Buccanners HC)
Paul Chryst (Pitt HC)
Kyle Whittingham (Utah HC)
Todd Haley (ex-Chiefs HC)
Josh McDaniels (ex-Broncos HC)
Rob Chudzinski (ex-Browns HC)
Harold Goodwin (ex- U of M Player, OC of Cardinals)
Kirby Smart (Alabama DC)