"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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|26 min 34 sec ago||Good News....||
The Jake Butt selection seemed like an obvious one to me - I don't know that there was a more productive, more clutch TE in the conference and finally he was in a system that he could find a home in really. Chesson is a great choice by the coaches too - I would imagine they would all definitely want that sort of threat in their receiving corps. Congratulations to them both!
|2 hours 47 min ago||For A Short Tenure...||
For a short tenure, if indeed Hackett rides into the sunset in the next month or so, he certainly accomplished some of the more amazing feats and implemented some of the most impressive culture changes in the history of the department, not the least of which was of course the Jim Harbaugh hire. As fans, alums or whatever your connection, we should be forever grateful and yes, a statue seems appropriate.
|4 hours 11 min ago||No Rumors...||
I would have to think that if the current openings were the sort of openings for which Hoke would be considered now, you would probably see his name being floated for a few. It seems like it is - on a summary level - almost that simple. That being said, it's early on in a lot of these searches and who knows really....particularly at mid-majors, which is where I could see him if he took another job. As others have said though, he's a serviceable defensive line coach and that probably opens the door a little wider in terms of options. I guess a lot would depend on Hoke himself, should offers come along.
|5 hours 52 min ago||That's Pretty Awesome...||
I thought it was pretty awesome, this scene....
|5 hours 58 min ago||Don't Pass It Up...||
Yeah, don't pass up experience in your career simply because the campus you would be working on happens to be the campus of a rival school. I don't see how one cannot separate their professional life from their fandom - that seems like a relatively easy thing to keep separate. That's not the sort of thing that should enter into a discussion of career really.
As an example, the doctor at Michigan that was my allergist growing up was an OSU grad, and the dude worked wonders with my histamine levels despite the fandom disagreement.
|8 hours 36 min ago||About This...||
I am sort of intrigued by the fact that USC or Stanford - by appearances - haven't been showing their own players a little more love, unless of course they've either conceded already or are just in general a little nonchalant about polls in general. Not that winning this vote may matter in the end (you are contending with 16 jounralists), but it's nice to support your team all the same, I feel.
|10 hours 13 min ago||Not Too Worried...||
I have confidence Frost could probably turn UCF into a dangerous team at the very least inside a few years, but this is definitely a project and a half to take them from 0-12 and not even competitive in many games to something that teams would take rather seriously. As for our game, I don't think there would be cause for alarm - now, if it were 2-3 years out, that might make it interesting if things go well for Frost.
|13 hours 2 min ago||Embedded...||
It gets funnier as you repeat it too...
|13 hours 6 min ago||Same Problem...||
I was having similar problems, and I think a lot of people did, come to think of it. I personally blame that same gold thread in the boxers for creating undue interference, but even if I am wrong, it is definitely something simple and correctable, or indeed something that involves a slight wardrobe change (at least near transmitting equipment).
|21 hours 30 min ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
I could be wrong here, but I imagine that any Big Ten team in this predicament that goes would be one of the so-called "Tier 3" bowls per our agreement with the committees, which I believe means either the Quick Lane or the Armed Forces Bowl, or perhaps both if two 5-7 teams from the conferences should go.
|1 day 29 min ago||One Of Those Days...||
Jordan Elliot has scheduled in-home visit with Texas
Nice try indeed.
Jordan Texas schedules in home Elliott with visit!
Unexpected. That might have stood in a slower time
What is clear is that the current state of the board is such that if we wrote a paper, we would have some very insightful stories indeed...
|1 day 1 hour ago||Tuned In Now....||
The price I apparently have to pay to watch this for a time is that I must listen to DiNardo's attempts at being insightful.
However, it was nice to see both Lewis and Peppers recgonized on the defensive backs list, as they should have been. Not surprised by Desomnd King beating everyone out in that group though.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Interesting Choices....||
The Jack Allen one was pretty amusing - even I had the same reaction as the TV crew, one of "Huh?" when they lined him up at RB. There are plenty of good ones though, from Penn State playing volleyball with a wayward pass before Nassib catches to a pair of heads-up fumble recoveries by Texas A&M LBs in the same game. I'll be interested to see which one wins honestly.
|1 day 2 hours ago||That Helmet...||
If you ever wanted to discourage helmet-to-helmet contact or anything that even sniffs of targeting, that would be the way to do it. Surprised more teams don't adopt this in retaliation (or perhaps to mitigate the risk of being flagged) for so many awful calls throughout the season.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
The thing that struck me about the photo that Schneider chose for his tweet had York as a speaker somewhere, and then I had to ask myself what organization would invite Jed York to speak to them about a subject. I assume there's an organization out there dedicated to the cause of taking a functioning operation and turning it into smoldering wreck - that's the first thing that came to mind anyway.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Good News...||
That's definitely good news that Jake will be back for the bowl game. I don't know if there had been more than passing references to the AC joint sprain in the past day or so, and I didn't know when of if anything more substantive would be said.
A bowl win would be a great cap on this season and great momentum going into next season.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Not Going Well...||
THE BIG PICTURE
See the big picture....
|1 day 8 hours ago||Interesting...||
I will probably watch some of this just to see if I can hear the color commentary being done with Tom Bodett's voice, which would definitely make things interesting, if nothing else. Still, I have to wonder if Knights Inn or Red Roof feel a bit shorted that they couldn't get in on some of the bowl action - there is always the next round in a few years, when a few more are created, eh?
|1 day 13 hours ago||Question #2...||
With regards to question #2, it probably isn't the wrong plan if we hadn't bet on Ohio State not taking some inspiration from games played against us in more recent weeks. I could be wrong, but it didn't seem as if we were ready for them to run as many stretches and veers as they did, and those were the plays where we needed something from our LBs that we definitely weren't seeing. You might fix that with a mobile QB, which necessitates changes to how your offense operates and is defended by other teams, but you can also expand the repertoire of the defense that you run to account for such things.
|1 day 22 hours ago||The Conditions....||
I definitely don't envy having to play in these conditions, but of course great thing about football is that so long as some team of poor grounds personnel can keep the important portions of the field reasonably clean, onward they march. I mean, as a Lions fan, I seem to remember losing one in worse snow conditions anyway (the temperature was warmer, as I recall)....
|2 days 33 min ago||If I Had To Choose...||
You know, I said something in another thread but now I am of two minds on this -
Head-to-head, we probably match up a bit better against Florida and could probably create situations where they score even less than they normally would.
For fun, the Miles / Harbaugh dynamic would be interesting - two coaches who played for Bo at various points going at it would make for an extra interesting game if you're a Michigan fan, if nothing else.
I could deal with either.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Come On Now...||
Hello: Jordan Elliott
You know, I didn't post the other deletions here thinking maybe people would assume that news like this does not escape the notice of the blog basically the moment it happens, which was yesterday in this case. I was wrong.
Goodbye: Jordan Elliot Decommits Due to an Embarrassing Amount of Hello Posts on Mgoblog
The next person to post a "Hello" thread for this might very well be shamed appropriately.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Bowl Games...||
While I understand that people are concerned that the proliferation of bowl games leads to the diffusion of their overall quality, making the ebb and flow of bowl season a little less consistent (and it can be from a quality standpoint), I also see where these are opportunities for teams who in other circumstances would not sniff a bowl but perhaps once in a blue moon. That being said, I don't see a problem with giving a lot kids - some of whom might be playing their last year of eligibility - well, one more game.
Admittedly, I am a bit of a junkie - I will watch the ones that I can usually.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Other Reports...||
As an alternative, there's also some buzz in the opposite direction, with some other reports saying that as far as the athletic department knows, nothing is imminent, so take it for what it is worth. It just seems to me that Durkin might hold out one more year at least to see what's out there, but then when you look at what's open right now, he might have his choice. It doesn't seem like there is much out there right now on this, but I could be missing something.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Coaching Changes...||
I could be wrong, but it seems like this year has the fastest and most crowded coaching carousel in quite a while. I do wonder what direction Rutgers will go in now though - I imagine there's someone up-and-coming that would take them on, or indeed someone looking for a shot at potential redemption. Speaking of that, I wonder how many coaches that we haven't heard from in a while end up with jobs this time around. I have to assume at least a few.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I Can Deal...||
If the Tigers (8-3) and Wolverines (9-3) pair up Jan. 1 in Orlando, the game would feature a pair of former Michigan players as opposing coaches, as Les Miles and Jim Harbaugh both played for Bo Schembechler in Ann Arbor.
I would think this is the sort of matchup that Michigan would want if it were given to them. I don't understand the reluctant attitude from some folks honestly. I must admit it would be interesting to see two guys who played for Bo at various points coaching in the same game.
|2 days 7 hours ago||The Complete Carousel...||
SBNation has a rather comprehensive run-down of the carousel here - LINK
It also includes a long list of which teams were in a position potentially (although much of it was just based on rumors) to lose or gain personnel depending on the situation. It is rather interesting to reflect on just how much activity there has been on this front already and how many teams could potentially be involved in some manner.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Citrus Bowl...||
Based on what I can see, the consistent prediction for Michigan at this point is the Citrus Bowl, and a fair number of people are predicting that the opponent is Florida. That could actually be a rather interesting if somewhat boring game potentially. If it shakes out that way, of course, the larger point for me - I would say - is that a New Year's Day bowl is not a bad cap to the first season under Harbaugh.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Nice Raise Potentially...||
Campbell made $495,000 this year. He might get at least what Rhoads made, which is around $2.2 million.
If that's the case, nice raise indeed. According to the article, there was a late play to make Campbell the highest paid coach in the MAC - over and above Fleck - but I doubt it involved potentially matching that sort of money.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Yikes...||
Wow. I often walk out of offices smiling when they tell me, "Well, you're not exactly who we wanted on this project, but at the same time we're pretty sure that you can't fuck it up too badly."
I am shocked he didn't add, "Don't worry, Bill. Illinois football practically runs itself, something your predecessor just didn't appreciate."