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|4 min 27 sec ago||To Be Fair...||
I have tried to piece together an argument that we have some quality losses to a few teams, but then we have some not as quality losses in the mix as well, so I think the committee might call it a wash. Not sure if I am going to send this e-mail to the committee after yesterday, of course, but if I can help out our ranking a smidge, I will. We would at least move higher up the list of "also ran" teams.
|15 min 46 sec ago||The Future And Things...||
I sort of had a feeling from the beginning that Hackett was probably the person that was bound to determine the future of Hoke, something which probably makes it much easier for a potential permanent hire if they get to avoid this problem of conducting this search. Other than that, this article takes a little and turns it into a lot, which doesn't sit well with me personally. If Roussel wanted to stir a pot again, he definitely succeeded, it seems.
|2 hours 11 min ago||Cleaning up....||
An Open Letter to Coach Hoke
Kind words, but I think this sentiment has been expressed in enough threads. Also, it doesn't appear that folks are in the mood at the moment.
An article Hackett should read and follow
Not exactly revolutionary, in the end.
|5 hours 37 min ago||Coming Down...||
OT: You say Jim, I say it's John
I don't know that this covers anything that hasn't been covered recently - several times this past week, in fact, not to mention the past month.
|6 hours 55 min ago||Already Covered...||
This made it to the board last night, almost as soon as it was official.
|6 hours 58 min ago||Despondent Resignation...||
I will be one of the first to say that "Despondent Resignation" was probably the name of the port I was sipping during the game yesterday. An entire bottle of port blunts the sadness certainly, but then there is this morning and the frightening prospect of sobriety.
|8 hours 2 min ago||The Final Stage...||
I think we are seeing the final stage in the evolution of Beamerball right here. The transformation of Virginia Tech football into something which transcends the capability to actually score is now complete:
|8 hours 11 min ago||Statistically...||
Up until yesterday evening, winning out was statistically possible, of course, but obviously not very likely - pre-game estimate would have been about 4% or so. If indeed Hoke's chances at rentention were tied somehow to winning out, then his rentention was pretty unlikely too. With even that possibility gone and the prospect of bowl eligibility running through OSU now, retention would be unfathomable, in my opinion.
|8 hours 25 min ago||Embed For The Board...|
|15 hours 59 min ago||If You're Interested...||
The story goes that Pinkel actually turned down an interview for the position in Ann Arbor after Rodriguez was fired, so he apparently was at least considered regardless of his actual interest in the position. Turning down the interview, of course, would indicate that he perhaps thought about Michigan for a moment and then disregarded that thought as quickly as it came. The larger point is that many articles reported him as being a potential target in January 2011.
|16 hours 39 min ago||Now That You Mention It...||
Oh, what I wouldn't give for the first presser to start with this -
|18 hours 34 min ago||Supplemental Question...||
What is the likelihood that anyone is retained from the current staff? I am going to say that it would be exceedingly slim at best. If indeed we are dealing with a new coach in the near future, I would almost rather we got a fresh start, but if they found value in keeping anyone from the present staff, I don't know that I would complain depending on who we're discussing, but a fresh start is probably a good idea about now.
|19 hours 6 min ago||I Suppose...||
Well, it still isn't stealing unless you were being a bit overdramatic regarding the salary which is merely a function of the contract between both him and the university. In that case, you can discuss how you feel he is overpaid perhaps, but to say that it is stealing ignores a lot of sundry details, in my opinion. If you are interested, I don't think most people here would have thought that a win over Maryland was going to save Hoke, but there is really no need to go overboard here.
|19 hours 42 min ago||It's Relative...||
In terms of total offensive yards, at least in comparison to what we've normally managed, we sort of did execute but only because Maryland has a defense that you could easily get nearly 300 yards rushing against. The problem in this particular instance was everything else, like what happened in the red zone and piddly details like that. Overall, of course....yeah....
|19 hours 58 min ago||What To Say To A Cup...||
Let's make sure that werelax with a drink and take out our frustration in a hilarious, irreverent way which doesn't actually offend anyone...
|20 hours 18 min ago||Well, If You Were Curious...||
We afforded Maryland the benefit of 312 yards of offense, the kicker is, of course, what they did with it in comparison to the nearly 400 yards we put up. Theirs was a fairly balanced attack - 13-24 passing for 165 yards, so 6.88 yards per attempt and 12.69 yards per completion allowed by Michigan. Maryland gained 147 yards on the ground on 34 attempts, good for 4.2 yards per attempt.
Let's put it like this - Maryland's points per play were 0.3898 - ours were appreciably less than this at 0.2319.
|20 hours 23 min ago||Well, The Autopsy...||
You'll be pleased to know that we in fact outgained Maryland - 398 yards to 312 yards. There is that, if you want a glimmer of....something. As for the rest of it, 292 yars of those were rushing but on 45 attempts, so 6.5 yards per carry overall. We managed only 106 yards passing - Gardner was 13-24, which is good for 4.42 yards per attempt and 8.15 yards per completion.
|22 hours 44 min ago||Wow Indeed...||
By current stats in the game, Perrine is 81.3% of the Sooners' offense today. At the moment, it's 427 yards on 34 carries for Perrine, so a cool 12.6 yards per carry. For contrast to show how big this contribution is, the entire offensive output of Oklahoma in the game to date is 525 yards, and 486 of those are rushing yards.
|23 hours 2 min ago||Regarding That...||
I believe Brian also tweeted a few days ago that he was in the throes of a cold, which I can totally identify with as I am too - this season's crud is exquisite, incidentally, if you've not experienced it yet. If he's still under the weather, you would hope he didn't venture out too far today, but then that's just me.
|23 hours 26 min ago||Go Hornets...||
Class of 1996 here. Go Hornets!
This is something we probably thought was a pipe dream when I was there, but it is happening now. Very good news indeed!
|23 hours 43 min ago||Horrible, But...||
It's still pretty bad, but at least it isn't virtually impassable like it was for a few hours this morning. The icing around here was spectacular and scary at the same time. Even Metro Airport wasn't letting flights in or out until about noon or so, and when there's an accident at the entrance to your own subdivision, it's bad.
|1 day 27 min ago||The Door Seems Open...||
Hackett declined to provide any specific criteria he would use when evaluating the program and Hoke, but said Michigan has no plans to hire a new, permanent athletic director before he decides if any changes are needed with the football team.
That passage, in my mind, leave open the possibility that Hoke is indeed gone, but it also means that if they do fire Hoke, the next hire deals with Hackett at the outset, which seems less than ideal on some levels. Then again, it could be that this is part of the reason you have the interim AD do the canning - for the permanent hire, it's the biggest pain they never had to face then.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Overextended Maybe...||
I would tend to agree with this - when even teams doing well (better than they really ever have perhaps, in the case of MSU) cannot regularly sell out games, it definitely says a lot about the state of things in the conference. The Big Ten has all this functional capacity, in a sense, but not nearly enough good matchups to fill it between its own members. Of course, the unreliable weather in the Midwest in the fall does not help matters. but as someone pointed out, it seemed like more people would tough it out than nowadays, a sign of a vastly changed fan experience as well as technology making most any game access by some means in real time.
|1 day 2 hours ago||The Upside...||
Well, that sucked for the Gophers, but the good news for Minnesota is that they'll get the ball right back and get another chance to make that field goal potentially - Imean, it couldn't happen again, right? RIGHT?
Other than that, it was more than a bit distastrous all around.
|1 day 5 hours ago||The Icing Thing...||
To add to what the OP mentions, the icing is indeed spectacular - indeed, they are cleaning up an accident near the entrance to my own subdivision right now. There are now multi-vehicle accidents at I-275 and Telegraph in Monroe County, at the M-5 / I-96 / I-696 interchange, as well as on I-96 at Middlebelt, Greenfield and Telegraph. US-23 doesn't look promising either right now. I am fairly sure we could reach 100,000 (even if only briefly as the forecast is basically suck with continued suck) though as this is a dedicated, motivated fanbase even during seasons such as these, though getting there right now is quite the issue if you're local.
|1 day 8 hours ago||The Weather...||
Speaking to the weather, and as a general note to anyone in SE Michigan who has not yet looked out the window, there is a Freezing Rain Advisory at the moment. At least where I am, there's a decent sheet of ice on the cars, grass and streets right now, so if you're doing something before you leave for the game (as it will be above 32 degrees later and this won't be an issue by kickoff), be careful.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Drinking Indeed...||
I am fairly certain that drinking (also the draining effects of a persistent cold) are why I woke up at my desk at 1 AM. I was not working, but I am married - apparently it is responsibility in this regard which eluded me. Oh well, it was Friday night and I am occasionally allowed to pre-game. Sometimes this season, the more prep time I have had for bracing myself, the better I've been.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Tickets Claimed....||
....so this one can come down for now.
Free tickets to tomorrows game (Maryland) *GONE*
Nothing wrong with the ticket threads, but it's easier to pull them as soon as there is confirmation that they are claimed to keep other things on the board.
|1 day 20 hours ago||CornNation Comments...||
I think someone at CornNation nailed it on the future of this otherwise most glorious trophy:
We could even have a miniature trophy sent to Delany for something to stew over at his desk. No doubt he will find some sort of licensing violations with the conference brand, steal the trophy and have Pizza Ranch slap their logo on it.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Maryland's Rush Offense....||
If you think of how well our ManZoneOverInsideOutside scheme worked last year, you'll have a very clear picture of how successful Maryland typically is at moving the ball on the ground.