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|4 days 14 hours ago||I don't think anyone cares||
I don't think anyone cares whether or to what degree a coach is religious. It would become an awkward fit, though, if the coach in some way wore religion on his sleeve and talked about it a lot in public. Or in fire-and-brimstone ways. This is a public school that embraces the church-state separation. Sort of like this blog.
|4 days 16 hours ago||What a truly inane and||
What a truly inane and ignorant thing to say about Michigan, a place populated by a huge and vast assortment of students -- although maybe you would have been happier at campus with nothing but perpetually drunk bottle-blondes with bleached teeth.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Bo was overrated. Couldn't||
Bo was overrated. Couldn't win a bowl game. And the Big Ten was a league of two.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting that few here are||
Interesting that few here are bothered that a badly injured Gardner is being thrown out there. Michigan is gonna get lambasted for this.
|1 week 1 day ago||The guy calling Gardner a||
The guy calling Gardner a warrior after he gets us points is the same guy who would call for Hoke's head of Gardner had thrown a pick and staggered off the field.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agreed that M, in its desire||
Agreed that M, in its desire to burnish its image, will ignore any coaches whose programs have earned bad reps in terms of graduation rates, drugs, or arrests. Obviously, this approach shrinks an already quite small pool and -- arguably -- eliminates both Patterson (the drug thing) and Mullen (low grad rates). But it's the way it's gotta be. And rightly so.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, he shouldn't have done||
Some lies are worse than others. If this particular lie really went down the way he said it did -- that he was simply trying to insure that his players were being truthful in the face of very serious suspicions -- the lie becomes a somewhat noble one akin to when parents challenge dissembling teenagers. Had I been in his position, and had there been ample reason to doubt the players's stories, perhaps I would have done the same thing. Franklin's version of events, if accurate, suggests a coach who was NOT whitewashing allegations of sexual abuse, and who was actually try to get to the truth.
Now maybe Franklin is spinning here. I don't know. But unless proven otherwise...
|1 week 4 days ago||This post is saddening on||
This post is saddening on many levels.
|1 week 4 days ago||RR deserves a lot of credit||
RR deserves a lot of credit for beating Oregon (twice). But let's see how the season plays out before anointing him a wronged genius. He tended to start hot at Michigan, too. Arizona didn't look great against some tin-can opponents, and I can easily see them going 3-3 down the stretch, losing to UCLA, Utah, and ASU. Admittedly, a three-loss season would still be impressive by Arizona standards (and compared to Hoke's performance). I just suspect Arizona ain't all that.
|1 week 5 days ago||The OP fails to acknowledge||
The OP fails to acknowledge that his (rash, counter-productive) plan is not being received here with widespread support. Imagine how the players will feel when they step onto the field and see nobody in the student-section. The players have dealt with enough negatively already. Don't make your support for them conditional. If you want to protest, march on the Diag or somesuch. But the gameday "protest" will only serve to bring more negative publicity -- when it already seems quite likely that both DB and Hoke will be gone by season's end. Put down the pitchforks. This isn't a JoPa situation. Let due process play out. And don't make the environment even uglier in the meantime; it won't go over well.
|1 week 6 days ago||A D-2 coach? Maybe, if his||
A D-2 coach? Maybe, if his resume is spectacular. A D-3 coach? Are you kidding? It's like one step up from coaching community college.
|1 week 6 days ago||A PETITION: STOP THE ABSURD||
A PETITION: STOP THE RANDOM, IDIOTIC COACHING PROPOSAL THREADS. WE MARCH ON THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT!
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Think about it. You're an M||
Think about it. You're an M player who's heard nothing but criticism and noise all year. And you come out, in need of support, and see your student section empty. Yeah, very helpful idea.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||An empty section is just||
An empty section is just insulting to the players and recruits. Carry signs. Form a sign. But don't just leave the section empty.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Also it's unclear whether we||
Also it's unclear whether we actually have a "huge pool" of talent. We have a lot of 4-stars. But this doesn't guarantee anything. See also Texas and Florida.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||The call was pretty fucked.||
The call was pretty fucked. But we didn't get screwed by refs conspiring against us. We mostly sucked. And how quickly you forget that 2 or 3 obviously bad calls went in our favor. Whining about refs is for losers.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Don't you think it's maybe a||
Don't you think it's maybe a little embarrassing that the new president, at a meet-and-greet with students and alumni, will field a bunch of football questions? It's a school first. This isn't Oklahoma.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan State does better by||
Michigan State does better by coaching up three-star talent. And MSU definitely has a ceiling.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Re Mullen and Shaw, it seems||
Re Mullen and Shaw, it seems to me that coaches tend to choose jobs based on 1) money and (2 odds of immediate success. Loyalty has less to do with it, except in cases when a coach is offered by his alma mater. Stanford is Shaw's alma mater. He's staying. But if Michigan offers Mullen more money that florida does, I could see him coming here. Right now M has a better shot at success than does Florida, which has too much competition, and whose best players will soon graduate.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Part of the problem w out||
Part of the problem w out highly ranked recruiting classes seems to be that the recruiting services tend to overestimate the quality of high school talent in Michigan. Our pipeline to Cass Tech has given us countless blue-chips who turn up to be less than. And absent Ohio, where Urban gets dibs, the Midwest in general has overrated talent. It's a big problem that's no going away.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Have you ever been to||
Have you ever been to Starkville? It's a giant asphalt parking lot surrounded by a boiling swamp. It's nowhere you'd want to live if given half an alternative. Makes Ole Miss seem downright sophisticated.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Please. Michigan is a far||
Please. Michigan is a far better job than Miss State in terms of status, pay, resources, location, and competitive odds. MSU will never win the SEC, which is too stocked. And MSU will always have a ceiling in terms of talent and money. M has far greater potential, less competition, and a higher ceiling -- assuming DB is out.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hard to even begin to||
Hard to even begin to describe how stupid and unviable the Tressel idea is.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Just a guess. But probably||
Just a guess. But probably because they were bad fits with the HCs and their systems.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think the emphasis on||
I think the emphasis on "Midwestern roots" in recruiting is, in many ways, just another one of those myths people perpetrate. Sure, roots can help. But even a HC with some past Midwestern experience doesn't necessarily know the current crop of high school recruits and coaches. Who cares if the guy coached LBs at Indiana A&T eight years ago? Second, the HC mostly recruits through his assistants, and his assistants can and likely will have Midwestern roots. Third, the recruits themselves -- especially those inclined to attend "national" programs -- generally don't give a shit where the HC is from (unless he's from their own hometown or somesuch). They want to know where he's going. And most local kids are already inclined to go to local schools, regardless of the coach's roots.
Mostly, the Midwestern roots thing can go the way of the "Michigan Man" thing. Just get the best guy. Even if he's from Bolivia.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He's highly skilled||
He's highly skilled obviously. And smart. But he's also a narcissistic loose-cannon who just would not seem to fit Michigan's sensibility and need for stability. And coming off our ConcussionGate, I doubt you want to hire another coach who had his own ConcussionGate. I appreciate that he likely got at least somewhat railroaded at Tech. But still. Why would M ever even consider going there? Imagine the press. Come on, man.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||At this point, I doubt DB||
At this point, I doubt DB wants to stay. What he does want, I'd imagine, is the best possible buyout and spin-control (and, perhaps, legal positioning) he and his attorneys can wangle. And, given DB's contract and CEO-ness, I'm sure they can wangle plenty. Which takes some time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There are reasonable||
There are reasonable arguments on either side of the when-to-fire-Hoke question. Either way, though, his departure would seem to be inevitable. What matters most is that a new AD is in place asap, so he can begin the coach-hunt sooner rather than later. Ideally, you want a new coach in place as soon as the season ends. You can't do that if you're still shopping for a new AD. So I'm guessing (or hoping) that Brandon goes now-ish. Give his replacement time to get the lay of the land, do his due diligence, and start making subtle inroads with coaching candidates (because we all know feelers can and will go out before the season ends). And, btw, Brandon's continued absence seems to confirm that he's on his way out.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why would somebody who||
Why would somebody who actually shuns the spotlight be appropriate to head Michigan, a team that needs a commanding presence who's able to handle the relentless scrutiny and public demands required at Michigan? It's kind of a CEO position. This guy doesn't fit the bill.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||For the zillionth time, he||
For the zillionth time, he didn't go around secretly urging players to transfer. He just told the ones who went to him in fear that they might be a bad fit -- Mallett, most notably. He told whether he agreed, and told them they should do what's best for them. That's very different. He was just doing what was in the players' best interests.