Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|1 year 19 weeks ago||Quote||
"While Michigan’s specialty is a fourth-ranked pass defense ..." - I'll take "things I would have bet my life savings against if I heard this predicted two years ago" for $200, Alex.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Wife Day||
I'm getting a wife - wedding day is tomorrow in downtown Chicago!
You have no idea how much work it took to get the wedding to be on this weekend.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||PSU Online Mindset||
If you take a look at BSD, or *gulp* Blue White Illustrated, its been definitively decided by the fans who post there that the Freeh report was: (1) a set-up by the trustees to frame poor innocent Joe Paterno for the fact that they themselves were actually pedophiles; (2) total lies made to justify the fees charged; (3) some other conspiracy whose end goal was to frame Paterno; (4) not "due process"; and/or (5) nothing more than mere allegations that haven't been proven one iota.
So, if you start from the premise that the report is totally wrong/a frame job, then you can see where these trustees are coming from. That said, they only think it is wrong because it makes a conclusion that they don't like - there is no evidence that the conclusions ARE wrong, but since there isn't an email from Joe saying "Go get'em, Jer!" Paterno must be 100% innocent and in fact a victim of all of this.
In short, delusional.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Question||
Mr. Bacon has said many times that he gave RR a book to read for "factual accuracy," but that he did not agree to necessarily change what RR requested. My question then is, what did RR request be modified or omitted? What did Mr. Bacon actually modify or omit based on these requests?
Admittedly, I am not sure if this breaks any kind of ethics, or if there is some sort of editor privilege, but I really want to know what was left out at RR's request, and what he felt was bad enough to object to but was left in anyway.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Not a judicial system||
I'm aware, but the lack of any follow-up stories with any kind of legitimate paper trail has me concerned. As it stands, I just don't like how the NCAA has so much wriggle room to ignore those more-recent allegations, and that OSU fans can hold on to the hope that the key players in the scandal follow what seems to be the Ohio omerta.
When can/should we expect to see the notice of allegations amended, or a new one put forward? As their August hearing date creeps up with seemingly no further NCAA action, I remain skeptical that any of the new reports will actually be taken into account, and thinkg that OSU will somehow skip away unscathed by pointing the finger at Tressel (as the NCAA pretty much invited them to do in the original notice of allegations).
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Evidence||
From following a few OSU blogs and talking to some OSU fans over the last few weeks, I think their major argument can be summarized thusly: The NCAA doesn't have any rock-hard proof of anything that has come to light over the last few weeks, and therefore, can't conclusively prove anything from the SI article, the OTL piece, or any other source which has made accusations in OSU's general direction. Therefore, all of those accusations will not be any part of any forthcoming NCAA decision or penalties. Basically, they are arguing (hoping?) for a free pass because the right people have and will remain tight-lipped, and in the meantime, fully believe that every accusation made against them in the above-mentioned sources is false until proven 100% true.
Any comments/insight on the NCAA's process when dealing with that situation? Does OSU get the benefit of the doubt where an accusation can't be backed up with a clear paper trail, or can the NCAA piece together enough evidence to bring the hammer down? I admit that my biggest worry is that absolutely all of the recent accusations will be completely ignored, and they will merely be penalized for the "Tressel knew and failed to report" thing, receiving something like 3 years of probation and a 3 year show-cause on Tressel, but no post-season ban, no scholarship reductions, or really any other punishment of substance.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Fail||
Not to mention, the Lloyd faction that made him a candidate in the first place will never let him be fired no matter how badly the team performs.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Job quality||
It doesn't help that the AD has taken steps to make it less attractive, from creating this delay sure to hamstring the next coach to (presumably) not casting a wide net. Would we have been able to hire Muschamp if we moved before the UF job opened? Gotten Harbaugh in November? We are seemingly only looking at candidates that never would have been interested and doing it far too late.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||2 Hours||
Take a look at the log - the plane was only in Baton Rouge for 2 hours. However, that doesn't explain why it went from Thomasville (FL - GA border) to Baton Rouge to Savannah... Baton Rouge is very out of the way.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Miles' Age||
Note: This post ignores the negative things about Miles that have been tossed around, e.g., politics, oversigning, etc.
Just because there is no where else to post this - I don't see Miles' age as a detriment in this situation. Miles can recruit like crazy, and its doubtful he'd be looking to coach until they bring him out feet-first like JoePa. Lets assume he effectively has a 5-8 year lifespan as a head coach - that is plenty of time to stock the cupboard with a huge amount of talent, then run a proper search brilliant young gameday coach, who can start everything off on the right foot and has to maintain rather than rebuild. In the meantime, Miles is underrated as a coach himself - you can't luck your way into multiple 10 win seasons in the SEC. Since it seems like we won't be getting the total package in a coach right now unless Harbaugh has a change of heart or Patterson is on the way, I don't see this situation as that big of a negative.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Stanford||
Huh, mea culpa. I seriously had no idea, but I appreciate the info. According to Wiki: "Its resident population consists of the inhabitants of on-campus housing, including graduate student villages and the "Faculty Ghetto" of single-family homes owned by their faculty inhabitants but located on leased Stanford land. A residential neighborhood adjacent to the Stanford campus, College Terrace, featuring streets named after universities and colleges, including Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Colubmia, is not part of the Stanford CDP but of the city of Palo Alto." The more you know, I guess.
Either way, I stand by my Shenanigans. Stanford U. isn't going to offer a guy that no one cares about $5M, and the fans at the Orange Bowl seemed pretty damn excited.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Live in Stanford||
Either you are lying because Stanford is in Palo Alto and is not a town in and of itself, or you are a student at Stanford making a joke about "living in the library." Either way, I call shenanigans on you.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||MGoPosters vs Average Fans||
I think a common mistake made here is assuming that MGoPosters are a representative cross-section of the Michigan fan base, and the opinions here carry over into the mindset of the rest of Michigan fans. I think that is wrong for a variety of reasons. The readers here tend to be the most die-hard Michigan fans, not the average guys who follow Michigan when its on ESPN or in the local papers. Sadly, the latter outnumber the former by a huge amount. Second, opinions expressed here (especially by Brian) tend to be adopted by most of his readership as fact, while the average Michigan fan probably believes something completely different. See: Harbaugh's academic comments are a negative, Les Miles is evil and hates his players/is unfair/is sleeze. While there is some truth to those things, I think that the average Michigan fan would completely embrace either one of those guys. Blame it on the media, or on lazy fans, but ask the next guy you see at Pistons or Red Wings game about Mile's oversigning or Harbaugh's comments, and be prepared to get quizzical looks and be told that those guys are "Michigan Men" and should be coaching in Ann Arbor.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||RichRod as Plan B||
That idea may have gone out the window following the Gator Bowl. While it may have been plausible before, RR did not give Brandon anything to hang his hat on in selling that plan to the fanbase.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Love for a school||
Bill Stewart's love for West Virginia went a long way too. However, it didn't help a mediocre coach win games.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Wanting to be here||
You just perfectly described West Virginia's methodolgy in hiring Bill Stewart. Hiring a coach because he's loyal, or wants to be at Michigan over making an informed decision and hiring the best available coach will not work.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Plan B||
I do think that Plan B probably was keeping RR... until the Gator Bowl happened. I do not think that Brandon planned on seeing Michigan beat down so badly, and he probably thought that Michigan keeping it close or winning would give him something to stand on to gain acceptance for another year of RR. After that result though, I do not see how Brandon could sell the fanbase on another year. In all likelihood, Brandon would be following RR out the door at the end of next season.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Schedule I||
Schedule I drugs? Either you work for the DEA, or Pablo Escobar... Either way, Bravo.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Source||
My best guess is that it was Andrew Luck. He was one of the few people actually awake at that hour who has any insight into JH's thinking.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Half the problem||
Not getting JH is only half the problem. If Harbaugh was simply unattainable, fine. The problem is, that DB waited 5 weeks to figure this out, and seemingly has no "Plan B" in case this entirely forseeable scenario happened.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Hire someone really good||
Who can we hire that is really good? We seriously couldn't lure back a former Michigan QB who professes to love the school, idolizes Bo, and would have been paid top 5 money. What would give anyone a hint that the Athletic Department could manage to hire even a reasonably average D Coordinator?
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Rebuilding||
I think most are in agreement that at least D and ST need to be rebuilt - if it would take JH just as long to do so as RR, isn't that as damning an indictment of the RR regime as there can be? They could be the same, as long as RR has a 3 year head start?
The RR loyalty is nice, especially in the dark days of the freep jihad, but it's over, man. The plane has crashed into the ground. Even Fearless Leader has laid the flowers on the grave,
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Speculation||
If you want to point the finger at someone for all this speculation, point it squarely at Dave Brandon. His "process" and opacity invites exactly this kind of rumormongering. The news exists to sell the news, and blurbs like this areexactly what desperate for info Michigan fans want.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||More than two people||
Seriously, everyone keeps saying this as if the third person to be informed will be an MGoBoard poster. It's entirely likely that the AD's from several schools and/or NFL GM's are aware of JH's and RR's future. Yes, this seems to be being handled behind closed doors, but that still leaves open the possibility that either coach has told to a higher-up at some other institution what he will be doing face to face. Example: the Maryland AD calls up RR or RR's agent - why would RR not give him the full story? Or the 49's call up JH - why not tell the owner face to face that he's going to Michigan (or at least "I'm already going somewhere else")? Just because nothing has leaked does not mean that DB has been 100% mute on the subject, intending to make his decision without advice or discussion with others, or that either coach has not informed major players what their plans are.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Expectations||
I think the point is to temper expectations. It seems almost unanimous here that the offense will be a juggernaut next year. However, that juggernaut does have a weak point, our oft-injured MVP. Especially since next year is pretty indisputably "put up for shut up" for RR if he comes back, his continued employment basically hinges on Denard's health. I for one do not want to go through next offseason after 6-7-8 win campaign saying "well, IF denard hadn't been hurt, the offense would have been totally awesome! We'd have won 10 and gone to the championship game!" There have been far too many "well, if only!"s the past few years.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Time||
"It took me a long time to come up with those four words, but hey, I still did better than the Conference when they had 4 months to come up with two division names!"
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Vendetta||
Understandable, but what does that have to do with Brandstatter? Rosenberg does not appear in the article, the Freep has nothing to do with this, and Brandstatter didn't even bring up "the media" at all.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||DC Availability||
I agree with you, I was responding to:
"As far as the loss of the good DCs that are out there in waiting so long I think you should look at it from a different point of view. At that point all of the competetion for the guys that we want will be over and the contracts will all be signed, so all that we will have to do is offer enough money to sway them."
I actually can't see ANY DC with any level of success really wanting to come here, knowing that he has one year to turn things around. Michigan has the money to make it rain, but it might be the most doomed job out there.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Insanity||
Having a new coach on board, but waiting for the results of the bowl are mutually exclusive unless that potentially new head coach is incredibly desperate. Why would anyone agree to "Well, we're giving the guy on his way out one more chance, but if he screws it up, you are totally hired! In the mean time, hang tight, because if he's successful in this one particular endeavor, he'll keep his job and you can go back to where you came from."
As for the other competition for DC's being gone.. thats just not how things work. No matter how much money Michigan waves at a DC they want, I very much doubt that any would leave a job that they just took, but hadn't even started yet. Out of this whole mess, the safest assumption that can be made so far is that a coach or coordinator who has already taken a new job in the last month will decidedly NOT be coming to Michigan.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Unusual||
What is unusual though is that he is seemingly the only AD to do things this way - most other programs going through a coaching change (or lack thereof) settled the matter as quickly as possible and moved on. By dragging it out, it invites rampant speculation and uncertainty, for fans, media, and especially recruits.