"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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|3 hours 46 min 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.
|4 hours 59 min ago||Not Going Well...||
THE BIG PICTURE
See the big picture....
|5 hours 52 min 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?
|10 hours 13 min 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.
|19 hours 43 min 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)....
|21 hours 42 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.
|23 hours 36 min 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.
|23 hours 49 min 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.
|1 day 9 min 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|1 day 2 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.
|1 day 4 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.
|1 day 5 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.
|1 day 7 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.
|1 day 7 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."
|1 day 7 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
There's the money, of course, but beyond that, the AD's handling of this story at LSU seems like it cuts out any really fulfilling reason to stay for any longer than necessary if you're Les Miles. I couldn't believe that the department would let this story grow, let the speculation grow and even let people write articles about where he might go next until they had this 11th hour revelation based on fan reaction and other things that it wasn't a good idea after all.
If there were even a glimmer of interest from Jimbo Fisher, this is still a story, and I don't see how Miles' relationship with that department is not irreparably damaged.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Interesting...||
Even though there is some fuzzy math in the calculation of attendance figures, it is nice to see that the renewed energy and excitement brought by Jim Harbaugh and this staff at least nominally translated into monetary results that the team and the department can build on. Actually, beyond tickets, it will be interesting to see department results in the spring to know what the immediate Harbaugh Effect was for football.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Trolling MSU...||
I don't know that signs cover this as artfully as possible, if indeed it is something you really are set on doing. If you're going to do something that really gets under their skin but also something that they really couldn't afford to start a public confrontation about, just respond to everything they might say with polite, tactful versions of "That's so cute..." or "Isn't that so special?", the same sorts of replies they've gotten for years no matter how well they've done in a given season.
Personally, I would just watch the game as a mostly disinterested party - we'll have our moments against Michigan State soon enough anyway.
|1 day 20 hours ago||No...||
OSU goes for a ride at Skeeps
No, we won't be discussing people apparently getting dry humped in a bar.
|1 day 20 hours ago||About Ferentz...||
I will say that I did find it amusing that he almost genuinely seemed stunned in the postgame interviews yesterday, almost like he was trying to comprhend a 12-0 Iowa himself. He may very well have been on some level - it has been nearly a century since they've had a perfect regular season, if I remember correctly.
Now, I actually do need to talk to my kids about an undefeated Iowa. I had been putting that off sadly.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Florida-FSU...||
First, the turf at The Swamp already sort of looks like a fairway after I've had a crack at it.
Second, I would not be too shocked if this one remained scoreless for a while longer - both defenses apparently came a bit fired up for this one.
...and 4th and 10 after the incompletion. Fisher looks upset that Maguire didn't go through his checkdowns completely, or he couldn't believe that nobody else knew about the fruit flies in the Gatorade. Either way.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Good To Hear...||
I know folks on Twitter were lamenting how this game would affect recruiting given the number of visitors, but as we can see, so far, so good. I think some folks just overemphasize the effect one game might have, even today's game. Very nice get indeed.
Welcome to Michigan, Jordan Elliott.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Snowflake...||
Durkin's game plan was a tactical disaster
Actually, this one doesn't quite meet the criteria of being worthy of its own thread.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Just Got Home...||
Got home about thirty minutes ago and and turned on PSU-Michigan State.
Penn State needs a TD here...desperately. The normal strategy of settling for field goals or seeing the goal line as an abstract concept which has no fixed point on the field just isn't going to cut it here.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Good Thread...||
I know the immediate feelings that come in the wake of this game - I share them. It was pretty ugly, particularly in the 2nd half.
As other have said though, I think we all imagined this as a transitional year and the expectations of a lot of people were somewhat tempered in August, which 9-3 being the high end of a lot of predictions. Well, we hit the high end then, which in a first year like this one, makes it difficult to be as upset about today as I might be in other circumstances.
Overall, a very nice regular season from Team 136. The future is indeed bright, I believe.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Walking Away...||
Walking back to car, I decided to check the box score -
As for Rudock, the 19 for 32 and 263 yards translates to 13.8 yards per completion and 8.2 yards per attempt. I sort of get the feeling that the 1 TD - if we make a few more of those deep throws - is more TDs, but you can't play it again.
The ground game, yeah, it will be interesting to see how this gets addressed - 25 carries for all of 57 yards, or 2.3 yards per carry. We really needed to get this part of the game going and....well....
|2 days 5 hours ago||They've Been Around...||
They've been around - most game have had one or two of them going, but the switch was made last year to having them user-created as opposed to blog-hosted. It was a move made due to the expenses involved in having a Blyve account that could handle the requisite traffic, but the limitation on the user-created ones is that free liveblogs are traffic-limited to 250 users, I think.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is expected to meet with university President Robert Barchi before the end of the weekend, three people familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media on Friday. The meeting, presumably called by Barchi, is the first evidence the university's administration is preparing to act.
You mean that there was a point at which the powers that e at Rutgers might get tired of being known as the resident managerial tire fire in the Big Ten? Interesting that it took them this long to look as if they might have finally had enough.
|2 days 6 hours ago||About Saban...||
I don't think I am exaggerating at all when I say that any one of my cats probably gives a better, more expressive interview than Nick Saban. It gets to a point where you wonder if they just set the microphone and then walk to a locked room so the droning won't lull anyone into an unconscious state.
|2 days 7 hours ago||My Kids Get It...||
My kids have a decent notion of the rivalries now at 9 and 8, to the point where on days where my daughter has gym, she will sprcifically bring the Michigan gear because her gym teacher is an MSU graduate and has Spartan gear everywhere. You have to admire a fourth grader who, when asked why she does this, says, "Someone has to right the wrong".