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|33 min 3 sec ago||That's What I Said...||
I believe that's rather what I said, that he has gotten a key aspect of team success right, and yes, it doesn't necessarily translate to on-field results directly - football is much more intricate than that, as all of us are well-aware. I merely believe that it is important to note that this is evidence that the cultural foundations of success are being put in place, but yes, I would agree that there are other items which we can rightly criticize. In short, while we talk about in-game management and why certain formations aren't considered and the like, let's not overlook this.
|50 min 38 sec ago||I Will Say This...||
"I took it to heart this morning, they were really talking down on coach Hoke, saying his time is coming," Norfleet said. "Coach Hoke does a lot. For me and the team. There have been times when I needed to see my family at a critical time, or I needed to see my daughter and he was there by my side throughout the way. It's more than (just) football. In life, he's a good coach. And right now, the way people are talking about him I don't feel -- and the team doesn't feel -- that it's right."
I pull this out as an example of something - we can quibble (and rightly) about game management and the record and so forth, but there is an overarching idea here which is the right one, I think, regardless of our own evaluations of Hoke. That is to say, that the family culture and family atmosphere is pretty much installed as a cultural value and I would be a lot more worried if players weren't saying things like this. If Norfleet's words are representative of the prevailing feeling in the locker room then clearly Hoke has got what I think is a key cultural component to team success spot on.
|2 hours 48 min ago||Burnt Orange Nation....||
The folks at Burnt Orange Nation are all over it, of course - LINK
The news came one day after Strong said that Estelle would return to practice this week along with senior offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, who is now serving his second suspension of the season after being suspended for the opener and then briefly reinstated before drawing another suspension several days later.
In addition, they've been down junior WR Daje Johnson since the start of the season too, although he is still technically a Longhorn for now supposedly. Like others, I sort of admire Strong for doing exactly what he set out to do and change the culture in Texas actually. He sort of set this tone in his introductory press conference and he's making it actual policy, which is better than a lot of people in the business world really.
|3 hours 41 min ago||Harbaugh And Management...||
At least from what I gather from various NFL stories, the 49ers management seem to have taken the unofficial stance that, if Jim Harbaugh decided to tell them to shove it one day, there would be very little in the way of hard feelings and a lot of mutual understanding as to the particulars. In other words, "Here's your hat, what's your hurry?".
I also thought I had heard that his contract negotiations with the 49ers were officially tabled until after the season, which seems a bit ominous with regards to his future there. That being said, considering how far he's brought them from the days of Erickson, Nolan, Singletary, etc..., would the 49ers really risk that so easily? I am not 49ers fan, so I suppose I am asking if anyone has that sort of insight.
|4 hours 44 min ago||I Don't Know...||
I am taking this down as I don't know that this is quite significant enough for another thread:
More bad news for Dave Brandon
It seems like the Coca-Cola fiasco was very well-publicized and discussed at length last night.
|5 hours 1 min ago||The LA Times...||
The LA Times story, as you might expect, has a little more to add - LINK
The suit supposedly references, among other things, a game in 2012 specifically where Baucham was running a 103 fever before the game against California and that, despite being told by the medical staff that there was no way he could play, he was instructed by Kiffin to watch practice footage and given a single room at the team hotel. Then it gets a little ugly from the sound of it:
The suit claims Baucham played in the first half and was sent to the locker room before halftime where he was given additional intravenous fluids. During the fourth quarter, the suit says, Baucham collapsed and was carted to the locker room where he received more intravenous fluids. Baucham began coughing up blood and fluids and experienced headache and blurred vision. He was taken by ambulance to USC Keck Medical Center.
Baucham ended up on a ventilator for two days and a CT scan revealed a "sustained brain injury and bleeding into the brain"
|8 hours 3 min ago||Of Minor Interest Perhaps...||
Minnesota, per the Toledo Blade, has made an assumption....
|9 hours 20 min ago||It's Been Building...||
I try not to be super-critical of the staff in public for a lot of reasons, but I will say that the Utah game and the presser afterwards stand out to me as the point where it now simply looks a bit sad when you have the same platitudes being put forth against the results on the field - not just the score, but the way it looked from a technical standpoint, and against a Utah team that still doesn't have a realistic shot in the Pac-12 right now.
I think that started building last year really when it became clear that the offense was completely out of sync (say, during the second half of the Akron game), so we hired Nussmeier and that should hopefully be a good move given time, but there are still a lot of things that look, well, "out of phase" about in-game leadership to me, and I think we're right to look to Hoke for that and wonder what the nature of it is.
|10 hours 13 sec ago||That Sort Of Work...||
I often tell people that there is a little-known clause which is part of just about everything that we do - at least in most situations - which more or less reads "we have the right to maintain the system". Especially if it is an immediate hazard, sadly there is no time for pleasantries in those cases. Hopefully, you weren't out too long. Equipment fires for us can be bad news really quick.
|10 hours 24 min ago||Interesting Article...||
At this stage of his career, his accuracy and mastery of the system are unlikely to improve. But the more often he’s able to tuck and run in a non-breakdown, non-panic scenario, the more room he and the receivers are likely to find downfield.
It's an interesting thought really, and in combination with a rushing attack that shows signs of being serviceable so far, I wonder if the staff has thought about doing this a little more than they have. It could be that he is injured or that the foot injury robbed him of some mobility, but I keep thinking about Chip Kelly-esque stuff - some inside zone looks but with a mobile QB - and wonder if they have considered emulating it (obviously, we're not Oregon, so no one should expect that sort of explosiveness) on a scaled basis (say, a few times per game) to at least to get into the head of the defense that it might happen.
I don't know, wondering out loud really...I don't presume to be the better judge or to know what the staff sees that we don't. I suppose this is a question I had after Saturday though.
|11 hours 2 min ago||Aside From That...||
Didn't Kiffin have a loan or two brokered with the help of USC as well? I seem to remember reports that USC was willing to go in on his house with him when he first showed up on campus, so I wonder how much he still owes if that's the case. It's a wash from a cost standpoint, but at least we would know that Kiffin would not be getting his own paycheck for the most part.
|11 hours 9 min ago||Tuesday Morning...||
Rich Rodriquez for next Michigan HC
The playful trolling is fine now and again, but I think the Lane Kiffin one might be all we can handle right now, and I am not sure some are handling it too well even at that.
Hoke for Head Coach
There is only one man for the job(s)
I know people are venting, trying to be funny, but we do need to try and not clutter the board too much more than we already have with such things.
DG To Wide Receiver?
I don't know that this is going to go the way the OP thinks - it's been discussed at length, I believe, every time Gardner has had a less-than-stellar game.
|11 hours 31 min ago||How Things Are...||
Things are going rather well at the moment - just got out of what will be my last meeting today, so there is that. Not being a fan of too many meetings but having too many scheduled, I revel in these light days, as I call them, since it means I can get actual work done. Real, actual work. It also means more time spent with my eyes wandering over to the other monitor, where I am right now talking about how things are and....oh wait...
|15 hours 11 min ago||I Think So...||
I can't rememeber exactly which station it was, but I do believe he spent a little time as a sports programming guy at another station. I do remember him being canned from 97.1 sometime in the 2005-2006 timeframe for some reason. I think he might have been pretty close to the guys who put on "Deminski & Doyle" too, when that was around on WXYT, but again, it has been a while since I really thought about Henson's days on Detroit radio.
|15 hours 30 min ago||This Ended Well...||
Don't Go to the "game" this weekend
I go to bed a bit early (for me) and, yeah, this thread probably ended precisely as you might think. As we've established in other threads, a lot of folks around here are a bit more engaged than to sink to a level where burning tickets, as the OP suggested, would even be a consideration.
|23 hours 34 min ago||There's A Limit...||
Be careful what we wish for...
No offense to the OP, but there are plenty of threads for this on the first few pages by now. At some point, enough really is enough with these sorts of threads. We left quite a few to try and stem the tide of further threads, so please read over other threads before posting these things.
|23 hours 57 min ago||Perhaps Domino's...||
To provide a little insight into where the marketing / branding thing comes in, he did help build Valassis when he was CEO there in the 1990s, so when Michigan tickets start appearing in your weekly circular like RedPlum or some of the affiliate brands in the Valassis umbrella, there may not be much shock at this point, it seems.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Team FG Percentage...||
TeamRankings lists Michigan's team FG percentage as 57.14% as well, so as Wile has gone, so have we as a team on this metric, or so it seems. Actually, while a bit paltry, several Big Ten teams have had a more difficult time than we have at least to this point. According to them, we average 1.0 FGs made per game, but so do about 40 other FBS schools right now so it isn't especially telling.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Maybe It's Me...||
I am probably in the "highly engaged" category that the OP mentions, I would think. Obviously, the last several years have been filled with frustrating, even infuriating moments, but barring personal commitments such as family events which have prevented me from being at or watching games here and there, I continue to go and watch despite walking away annoyed sometimes (sometime a lot admittedly). It's easy to wade through it, in my opinion.
Maybe I just have an extremely long fuse, or maybe I adore my alma mater a bit too much, but I don't ever want to be indifferent to Michigan and Michigan athletics. I may bitch about it, post numbers that I personally dislike and know could be better, but I do it because I care about the results. I can compartmentalize my feelings on games pretty easily (maybe this is not healthy), but I don't foresee not tuning in when I can do so.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Posting The Photo...||
I am not sure if you can post it directly from the phone - did it come with a link or something which denotes origin? We could try to find it for you if you can provide the reference.
Otherwise, you could perhaps e-mail to yourself, upload it to a photo sharing site and share it by placing the HTML code they provide in post (while in plain text mode) and then resizing it appropriately. Let me know if you need assistance.
|1 day 4 hours ago||To Add Perhaps...||
Like you said, this is how Spurrier is and I think - in the conference and environment in which he has to operate - this works and it is pretty amusing in that context.
I don't know that a similar shtick goes over quite as well up here in this neck of the woods, and that's only because - if I might borrow from the Five-Tool Coach thread below - there would likely be blowback from some elements about this being the prevailing nature of a prominent face of the institution. I could foresee cultural problems in that sense, that's all, or at the very least - if we were to be looking - it would make for a harder sell.
This is just an observation, of course. If we do end up looking at some point here, the school may need to expand its horizons, but personally, I don't mind that Hoke tries - even if it doesn't come across well to some - to stand in front of the team and take flack for performance.
|1 day 6 hours ago||This Was Interesting...||
Jeter could convert his rarefied experience as a marquee subject of journalism and publicity, plus his credibility with other star athletes, into a vehicle to deliver “inside” access to other players.
I will admit that I am interested to see how Jeter Publishing, as it was called here, pans out because I could see some interesting and insightful media coming out of such a project if done correctly.
|1 day 6 hours ago||The Outlier Perhaps...||
Minnesota is definitely the outlier when it comes to the mix of pass and run in their offense with respect to the Big Ten. Many teams in the conference is somewhere within 10% in either direction of being balanced. Minnesota has run 252 plays, 187 of which are rushing plays or 74.2%. Indeed, 945 of their 1,344 yards of offense, or about 70.3%, has come on the ground.
|1 day 7 hours ago||No Specific Policy...||
As far as I know, only the ACC has anything akin to an organized injury reporting procedure like the NFL's and while there has been talk in other conferences, there is no overarching policy regarding this at the college level.
The Big East toyed with something like this a few years ago but never implemented it, so it stands that, in most corners of FBS, coaches and programs are not obligated by any external regulation to tell anyone who is injured, how they were injured and for how long. That being said, individual policies by program tend to vary greatly in my understanding, although no one is too eager to say too much, and it seems like many schools do get some information out there with waivers and selected communications between teams and the sports information staff. The point is that there is no real standard.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
This is probably one of the more refreshing threads in the last 24 hours or so actually, and indeed, it is very good news. Glad to see Molk (and any past Wolverine) get a shot like this even though it comes under the sad cloud of an injury to one of his teammates.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Other Interesting Stats...||
The funny thing about the situation that drives like these have been creating for Michigan is that we are in the upper third of Division I teams when it comes to yards per play (6.1, per the stats I got from TeamRankings), but comfortably in the lower third on points per play (0.36, which is good for #76 in FBS play right now). They also track a nice metric - yards per point - which is an interesting mesaure of how hard you have to work to score - we would be #96 at 16.8 yards per point.
|1 day 8 hours ago||From A Numbers Angle...||
Without speaking to win probability, of course, it is important to note that they are losing 51% of their net rushing production so far her against someone who was getting 38% of the carries to date. It's a significant loss for them...highly so. It probably helps us from a strategic standpoint in that we could just go with a "get Nova" sort of emphasis on defense.
Now, speaking to estimated chances - if you're interested at all - it was 68% on Massey's site last week. The Utah adjustment, if you will, brings it to 58% in our favor, so make of that what you will.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Interesting Really...||
RIght now, the cheapest seats are $70 or so in the north end zone if you went through MGoBlue, or at least that's where it was when I last checked early this morning. Similar seats are now going for less than half of that on Stubhub in the same sections. It's not even really an argument pricewise.
|1 day 10 hours ago||False Alarm...||
META: The Side Board Works! - NOT
Yeah, sadly it isn't quite there yet, although I have had marginally better luck with it during lower traffic periods. Unscientific observation, of course.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Similar Feelings...||
If I had to choose in this scenario, I find myself having similar feelings to yours.
It seems like that in 2008, we were undermanned in key places on top of the entire team, under a new coach as it was, being bsically a project. Right now, we are - at least on paper - rather well-manned at those same positions, but we have an offense which - under a new OC - is sort of in "project" mode again. I see it like a workplace scenario - If I am at least confident that I've got the right people (or most of them at least) and it is just a matter of getting them to work together like I need them to do, that makes me feel a bit better.