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|3 days 23 hours ago||I think it's more complicated||
If that were true, every kid with an offer from both would go to OSU. I think the decision making process has a few more variables than that.
|1 week 1 day ago||He's a cool guy||
He's young, he's black (a lot of athlete's he coaches/recruits are too), he's a good recruiter, he played at UM, and he just generally seems like a cool, personable, charasmatic guy. That's probably why kids like him and he's a good recruiter. Maybe the secondary wasn't great under him last year, but that's one year. That doesn't make him a bad coach. I'm personally disapointed he's not coming back, but I wish him luck.
|1 week 2 days ago||Coaches have value||
The coaches get paid because they have value. This is just a small piece of their impact, but when a guy like Harbaugh gets hired he has an immediate financial impact, and not just on football. The price of a ticket for the basketball game when he was rumored to be announced went from $30 to to upwards of $300. I'm guessing football tickets are back up, apparel sales are up, etc. Seeing pictures of Harbaugh at local restaurants must be good for their sales. Having a coach that win games makes a huge financial impact which gives them value. So does having a coach that loses games and doesn't go to bowls. I'd guess UM's bottom line in Hoke's last season is not what Harbaugh's first season will be. Don't get me wrong, it seems a little wrong that coaches get so much and the kids get so little, but lets not let the fact that the kids don't get much equate that the coachs don't have value.
|1 week 3 days ago||Question||
Does Dad having dinner with his son count as an in-home visit???
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Recruiting & Perception||
That's all I was going to say...recruiting and the idea that Meyer/B1G can beat Saban/SEC. I hate to say it, but I'd rather have the whole B1G be down, then OSU be up (unless that means UM is also up with OSU). But, if we're down, as we currently are, I'd rather the whole perception of the conference be down as well. I want UM to be the ones to beat down the SEC, not OSU. I don't want any positive publicity for OSU in any way as long as they are better than UM. It would be one thing if we are trading wins and conference titles with OSU and it was an even matchup. But, we they are the only ones winning them and UM is down I don't want any success for OSU. It just makes it that much higher of a mountain to climb to ever be better than them. And, that NC just makes it harder for UM to go up against top recruiting battles with OSU.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What little I know of USC||
I didn't watch a single game of them all year long except for the bowl game. But, USC's offense and particularly their o-line looked darned good. I recall hearing the announcer say they had one of the better o-line's in the country and particularly Tuerk was the best center in the country. They are also really tall. Three of the five lineman are 6'6" or over. I don't know if that's good or not to be honest, but just an observation. They also looked particularly athletic and pulled really well and had good footwork. They may be younger than UM, but I'm pretty comfortable saying they are better, plain and simple, and it's not just coaching.
The other thing is they have balance on offense in that they can both run and pass. They have a QB that is really good, and they have a ton of talented and fast recievers. Juju Smith, Agholor, Dixon, Adoree Jackson, etc are all playmakers. We don't have anyone like that right now. After watching their bowl game I'm not sure how they lost 4 games with all that talent. I personally don't think their o-line or offense is anything like ours and don't think we can expect anywhere near the same level of production, but that's just my thoughts after watching one game of USC against a solid B1G team.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Depends on how the school prioritizes sports||
I think it depends more on how important that sport is to the athletics program versus the success of the team. After a quick look at UM's S&C coach responsibilities, all sports not football fall under Favre's watch (athough he doesn't directly coach them all) and even men's basketball doesn't seem to get any more priority than field hockey, at least as far as coach assignments go (although I don't see an assignment for hockey so I wonder if they have thier own coach). Obviously I'm not there and don't see if the other assistants, GAs, or interns are working men's basketball and not field hockey. But, a friend of mine was a GA there last year so I could ask him.
In general, softball or swimming/diving is unlikely to get much priority anywhere regardless of how successful those teams are. They typically just get one coach for their workouts. At Quinnipiac they prioritize hockey and basketball. Hockey and basketball have their own field house, called the TD Bank Sports Center with seperate locker rooms, weight rooms, and arenas, similarly to the way football has Schembechler Hall. The head S&C coach only directly handles basketball and hockey (although the oversees all sports). All the other sports workout in the fitness center that the students have access to. The head, the assistant, and all of the interns are there for workkout sessions for basketball and hockey. And, I'd guess the hockey and basketball coaches get paid a lot more than the other sport coaches, but that's a guess. By contrast, an intern at QU typically handles golf or womens rugby by themselves. And, teh assistant coach coaches everything not basketball or hockey, but still chips in for those sports.
Every school is a little different. At the University of Maine all hands are on deck for football. So, football will have 3-4 coaches working with that one team. Also hockey has their own coach. But, the assistant coach will handle womens soccer by himself. It just depends on how they prioritize the programs sports teams. I'd guess this comes from either the AD, performance director, or head S&C coach and likely varies school to school. But, it probalby doesn't have much to do with actual team success.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Assistants Recruiting Prowess?||
So, we know that Harbaugh, Manning, and Mattison can recruit. I've heard some good things from TVH regarding some interest from guys that like Durkin. But, what are the recruiting ability of the new guys?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||College S&C "organizations"||
Sorry if this wasn't what you were unsure about, but that's what I gathered from your post. Most FBS schools have a head S&C coach for football-only and another one men's basketball-only. Each of these coaches only coach that one sport year round and no others. In addition, they often have multiple assistant strength coaches, graduate assistants, and/or interns that are undergraduate students or recent college grads looking to get experience in the industry.
Then there is a head "olympic sports" S&C coach. These coaches will also have their own set of assistant coaches, graduate assistants, and interns. These coaches basically coach everything not football and men's basketball. Often one coach will handle 2-3 sports, then the assistants will do the same, and the GA/intern will get 1-2. All hands are on board for the more priority sports, which varies school to school. At some places that could be hockey, others it may be baseball, etc. Other titles you'll see are performance director or something similar.
At Division 1 non-FBS schools, your head S&C coach coaches everything including football, men's basketball, and all oher sports. These schools typically have the same set up in terms of assistants, graduate assistants, and interns, they just have less money, fewer resources, and often fewer coaches. But, almost everywhere you go, if they have football, the head coach is in charge of football and all hands are on deck for football because they are the largest team numbers wise and often the most important to the school. Then, as you go down in Divisions you simply get fewer and fewer number of coaches.
FWIW I have either interned, been a graduate assistant, or assistant S&C coach at Division 2 Southern CT State University, Division 2 California University of PA, Division I Quinnipiac University (no football), and the University of Maine (FCS).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's our business||
Sorry, but it is our business because college football is a business. Just like we argue the student-athletes should be conpensated because they really are different than other students and they put in so much time on thier sport. That's just part of the deal. These kids are on TV and being covered by all kinds of media, so IMO it is our business. Take the good with the bad. If you're gonna be known as a high school kid and get publicity and be coveted and get a full ride to a school, you're also gonna have fans wanting to know this stuff. It's just part of the ever evolving role of the FBS college football athlete.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Aww shucks||
I was really looking forward to seeing what him and Dawson could do as upperclassman. They both came accross as aggressive guys with a mean streak that could really give our o-line some of the toughness we've lacked in recent years. Oh well, best of luck to him wherever he lands...unless we play them.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||He could, but probably not the best idea||
Favre is a great coach. He won the National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) Coach of the Year a few years back. He's authored a number of both research based on practical articles in professional S&C journals as well as presented a number of times at S&C national conferences. He knows his stuff. Of of my buddies from my grad program worked for him there as an assistant and I've seen him present before. I'm sure he could do just fine. Basically Oly sports means everything minus football and basketball which get thier own coaches. He heads up volleyball and wrestling but oversees all the other sports too. That being said, typically football wants football guys with experience. It's not that Mike couldn't do it, it's just that it would be a huge difference in how football is run...not neccessarily the programming of workouts, just the overall year long commitment to one sport and how that works. I'd guess Harbaugh would want a guy with more football specific experience.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Don't see it||
Nothing to see here...double post, my bad.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Don't see it||
Boyle recently quit his gig with the Redsox to spend more time with MBSC and be around his family. There's not way in heck he's leaving his business to move to MI and start working in college football.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Awesome news!||
An old friend of mine is an S&C coach with Stanford football. Boy, that would be incredible if he's going to UM with Turely...I'll have to give him a call.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No friggen clue, so why not say things...||
Geez, it's so hard to know what's what any longer. I figured 8-4 this season and we went 5-7. So much is dependent on how effective our QB is and right now that's a complete unknown. Part of me wants to believe the Harbaugh effect can take all these recruiting stars and turn them into an immediate contender. The realist in me sees potential losses at one of the west coast teams (Utah, OSU, BYU), and MSU, PSU, and OSU. And no one on our schedule has been a pushover recently. Even NW, Ind., Minn., Rut., and Maryland have all shown to be capable teams or even beaten us in recent years. So, I don't effin know...8-4/9-3? Literally anything could happen in any game. Every single one is a toss up until we have data on the Harbaugh effect.
I will say a few years back, long before Hoke got fired, 2015 was the year I expected all the pieces to be in place to contend for a B1G championship. There is a physically gifted upperclassman QB recruited for this system. There is an upperclassman highly recruited RB picked for this system. There is an upperclassman-laden o-line with tons of experience. There is a ton of recruiting stars with experience returning on just about every position on defense. Unfortunately however, none of these position groups have yet to perform to expectations.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||They are loaded. They will||
They are loaded. They will always be loaded. We need to be loaded as well and have answers to their talent with equal talent. We have not had a defensive answer for OSU ever since they moved away from the pocket passer QBs. Luckily, Harbaugh is quite familiar with shutting down Oregon. They key is dominant lines IMO. We need this ASAP. We return a ton of guys on both lines. Hopefully Harbaugh's enthusiasm, ability, intensity, etc. can get them to produce.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, Charlton played after||
Yes, Charlton played after Clark got booted, but he was better than Beyer IMO and should have been starting at SDE all year. Based on what I've seen of all the LBs still on the team, RJS and Gedeon are the most talented. Bolden improved a ton but I will be personally unhappy if Morgan, Bolden, and Ross are our LBs and Gedeon and RJS are again coming off the bench.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It's scheme not recruiting stars||
It's not about recruiting it's about offensive schemes and the spread offenses. Indiana can put points on anyone without talent. You don't have to line up and be bigger and stronger than the other team any longer. Putting guys in space evens the playing field. It has nothing to do with recruiting prowess. If it did we'd be killing MSU.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||So much talent on the bench||
Nothing against the guys that have played ahead of them, but we have a ton of highly rated talent that for the most part sits on the bench or has been injured. Guys like Isaacs, Pipkins, Charlton, Gedeon, RJS, McCray, Peppers, and Thomas. I know Isaacs will get his shot and couldn't play last year. I know Pipkins and Peppers have been injured. Not sure what the deal is with Thomas as he was supposed to our "finally we have a ball hawk safety" guy. But, Charlton and Gedeon need to be starters IMO and RJS and McCray need to find a role. It almost sucks that the LB position is so bogged down.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Canteen doesn't look slow||
Canteen doesn't look slow IMO, he just looks thin. Drake Johnson doesn't look slow, although I don't know how confident I am that he is ready next season. We also get Ty Isaac next year. I agree though that Darboh and Chesson so far haven't shown a ton of playmaking ability as WRs. I'm hopeful either Canteen develops some or Drake Harris is healthy next year.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agree, but those positions||
Agree, but those positions have all been recruited well. It's just a matter of whether we can get them to produce. Morris was recruited by Bama. Harris, Lewis, and Peppers all had an OSU and Bama offer. Granted Harris has been injured and it's likely Chesson, Darboh, and Canteen that will be our WRs. But, Lewis and Peppers should be our DBs. Lewis should be very good next year and hopefully Peppers is healthy. I agree they haven't produced and/or been healthy at the level that the players on Bama and OSU have, but there are guys in place that on paper are just as good.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The difference between the||
The difference between the top and the bottom of the big 5 conferences is not what it used to be. There are no walk-overs anymore like there were 20 years ago.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||We are and we aren't||
We are and we aren't. We do have talent and all the resources to get there. And, the right coach can turn things around quickly. Saban's done it. Meyer's done it. D'Antonio's done it. And, Harbaugh's done it. Harbaugh appears to be that kind of coach. There's no reason to think that if he is as good of a coach as Meyer and D'Antonio we can get there sooner rather than later. I am cautiosly optimistic. I think we have a LOT of maybes that need to be proven before I'm on board with being close next year. But, we're not light years away with the right coach either IMO.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Different offensive systems||
OSU's system doesn't appear to have as difficult of reads/decisions for the QB to make as Harbaugh's pro-style likely will IMO. Plus we don't protect the QB as well nor run the ball as effectively as OSU does. And, both Barrett and Jones are better runners that the defense has to respect. All those things go together. If we can get the running game going consistently that will make a big difference and we get back a lot of returning offensive lineman. But, OSU has done will in all those other areas that help the QB that we have yet to do.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yes and No||
Yes, I do think Harbaugh's confidence, charisma, intensity, etc. will give the team a sense of confidence that will help them to play better that Hoke et. al for whatever reason couldn't. And, yes we have enough talent that if we play our best we can play with anybody on a given day. But, that's on a single day. We haven't shown that we have the talent to do that consistently.
Maybe the QB position will make big strides this offseason. Maybe the offensive line will take a big step forward and get a consistent running game going. Maybe we will develop a recieving downfield threat. Maybe our DBs will turn the page. And, maybe we will develop a consistent pass rusher up front. I mean the talent is in place to do that. We have a highly rated Morris with all the phsyical tools and a highly thought of Speight. We have a lot of highly rated offensive lineman and a lot of returning starters on the line with a crap ton of talented backs and Ty Isaac coming into the mix. Darboh and Chesson are upperclassman, Canteen has impressed, and Harris is a really highly rated recruit. The combination of a healthy Peppers, Lewis, and Countess seems great on paper with a senior Wilson. And, Charlton, Henry, Pipkins, Wormley, and Ojemudia all as upperclassman seems like a quality d-line with quality backups at every spot except maybe WDE.
But, that's a heck of a lot of maybes that were very inconsistent in the past. In my mind we still have a ways to go before I am comfortable thinking we are all that close. It appears the talent is there, but getting it to produce consistently in so many different areas that it haven't done so yet is more than I'm willing to expect. I'll be pleasently surprised if I'm wrong, but I'd prefer to be cautiously optimistic.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||And, I missed basically the||
And, I missed basically the whole thing ugh! No sound on ESPN, crappy internet connection, grrr. Can someone please post up a video of it once it's up? It didn't seem as eventful or long as Hoke's. I'm guessing it was mostly thank you type stuff.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||And, I missed basically the||
And, I missed basically the whole thing ugh! No sound on ESPN, crappy internet connection, grrr. Can someone please post up a video of it once it's up?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||For some unknown reason I||
For some unknown reason I have no sound coming from my television on ESPN only at the worst possible time. God must hate me grrrr!
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||I love the confidence and passion||
I appreciate Hoke for who he was (great recruiter, family orientated, cared about UM, etc.), but for all his talk of toughness and passion, his teams rarely showed it on the field. Now, maybe that's the problem with inheriting another coaches players and having multiple systems that the players just couldn't seem to be successful at. It's hard to be confident and play aggressive when you don't know your assignment. But, this lack of confidence, toughness, aggressiveness, whatever is what I miss the most. I can't wait to see some aggression, confidence, and pridefulness come out of our players. And, we have an upperclassman-laden offensive line and an uppderclassman-laden defense that should be primed to do this.