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|19 hours 7 min ago||Prepared to crack open a beer||
Prepared to crack open a beer at 1:30 sharp.
|1 day 19 hours ago||A few||
Red Dragon (2002)
The Prestige (2006)
Super 8 (2011)
The Conjuring (2013)
|2 days 18 hours ago||Hiring a coach||
So if we fire Brandon today or tomorrow, I can't imagine many around here who would not be thrilled. However, aren't most AD changes at the end of the academic year?
Wouldn't that mean an interim AD would be in charge of a coaching search and the hiring / contract negotiation process? I could see an interim being a constraint because I personally wouldn't take a job if I didn't know who my long term boss would be.
|4 days 15 hours ago||AD||
Any chance the UM plane would fly those involved with an AD search? Any chance the ADs of either Ole Miss or Miss State are targets? Just a thought because I agree that speaking to a coach directly in the middle of a season while we still have a coach is highly unprofessional.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Clarification||
To summarize my clarification in another reply, I mean by the Hoke has Meyer's number that the team played by far their best game of the year against Ohio State. They got squashed by MSU and looked bad against some decent teams, but came a 2 point conversion from beating an undefeated top 5 team which was just about in the national title picture. Hoke gameplanned very very well for the game ... with the exception of the play call on the 2 point conversion. Why not utilize your mobile QB?
|4 days 16 hours ago||Clarification||
What I mean by that is last year the team couldn't muster anything against a decent Nebraska team, lucked out against an awful Northwestern team, looked terrible against a bad Iowa team, yet against an undefeated, possible national championship caliber team, we went toe to toe and were one 2 point conversion away from winning. I still highy question the actual play that was called for the conversion ... why not use Gardner's legs on the play and give him some more options?
|4 days 17 hours ago||??||
Wasn't the Ohio State game last year supposed to be a severe beatdown? And also the year before? I do not expect a win against Ohio State, but I do know that Brady Hoke has Meyer's number. With a more talented / better executing team, we would be on a three game winning streak vs the Buckeyes. I see no reason to believe there is a beatdown coming in Columbus. I expect another tight, down to the wire game, and yes I say that even after the beatdown last Saturday.
|1 week 1 day ago||Six points||
1. Stop the run. Do not let MSU control the clock and the line of scrimmage.
2. Attack Cook because our defensive backs will be in a lot of trouble if Cook has time to throw. He is an efficient passer and our DBs allowed Rutgers to throw the ball all over the place. That was Rutgers. This is the defending B1G champ.
3. Run the ball early and often, even if we are not picking up yards, in order to wear out the defensive front 7.
4. Do not put the ball in the air often early. Gardner is rattled right now, so the offense needs to be tailored in a way to let him build confidence as the game goes on. No early mistakes because if he is forced into bad throws early, he may spiral. We need Gardner to play confidently in this one like he did last year against Ohio State.
5. Win the turnover and field position game. If we give MSU the ball in good field position consistently, the game will get away quickly. We can stop MSU on long drives so pin them deep.
6. Do not be too conservative. We can not out-physical MSU the way we could 15 years ago and win, so we have to take some risks. But not early in the game because if Gardner loses confidence in himself early, this game looks like trouble.
Just my $.02.
|1 week 1 day ago||A little OT||
A little OT to your comment so please forgive me ... but I have 0 interest in Helfrich. He is a fantastic offensive coordinator and recruiter but I do not see him as the head of a big program.
Under Kelly, Oregon had a real killer instinct. The opponent would make a mistake (turnover, missed field goal, or even a penalty) and Oregon would pounce and score several straight TDs and put the game away in a matter of ten minutes of excellent play. Under Helfrich, I just see Oregon as a team with an explosive offense but I do not see a complete team effort or a top-notch program. I imagine Oregon will come crashing down soon to a consistent 8 win program.
If we're looking for somebody who runs a stylistic type of offense but also gets the big-picture of the program, I'd try calling Briles, then Gundy, then Graham, then Sumlin, and possibly Bielema / Chryst / anyone else who can build a Wisconsin-esque team at Michigan.
|1 week 1 day ago||Bob Stoops||
Why is it that every time there is a big opening, there is a huge rumor of "Bob Stoops to (fill in the blank)"? I just cannot ever see him leaving Oklahoma and I do not get why so many speculate he is itching to leave Norman.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Customers||
I never again want to hear an AD referring to alumni, students, and long-time fans as "customers." Never again.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think of him as one of the||
I think of him as one of the best ADs in the country. But I can't see him leaving SEC country.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Premiere New York program||
The Buffalo AD wants UB to be the premiere athletic program in the state of New York. UB is the flagship of the SUNY system, but there is no guarantee of athletic dominance.
Maybe he has not heard of Syracuse Football. You know, Syracuse, a program with some real history, like a national championship and a Heisman winner. And the same Syracuse team, who Buffalo last beat in 1899.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Bad call||
My BS is from a MAC school so I follow the MAC closely. This is a bad call by UB.
Quinn took over a bare cupboard in 2010 and the team went predictably 2-10. They improved in 2011, 2012, and again in 2013. Had UB won their final game in 2013 against Bowling Green, they would have won the MAC east. This year the team is down most of their best offensive weapons and a guy on defense named Khalil Mack.
This was going to be a step back year and everybody knew it. It happens in the MAC all the time. Bowling Green lost all kinds of seniors after 2005, then in 2006 with freshmen all over the field BG went 4-8, and then in 2007 BG tied for first in the MAC East and went 8-4. Quinn had the UB program pointed in the right direction but this was going to be his rebuilding year.
And besides ... EMU has a new hot coach named Creighton. The EMU team isn't playing hot but the coach is full of energy. Wins are going to come EMU's way.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Funchess||
Wow!! That's the kind of effort play that can make a game.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Uniforms||
I ... actually ... kinda like the alternate uniforms. They look sharp under the lights.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Illinois, Kansas, Florida||
Kansas has already fired their coach. Illinois' Beckman is a dead man walking. Florida's Muschamp is another bad loss or two from out of a job.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In that incredibly unlikely scenario ...||
... Hoke still gets fired. The Shane Morris issue is not going away because the media will not let it go away which means recruiting will be that much more difficult. So long as the media remembers the Morris incident and Hoke is the coach, Meyer and Dantonio will sit kids down with their parents and have a little discussion about how they respectively will watch out for the well-being of the kids. This discussion carries on with an iPad on the dining room table playing the video of Morris helped off the field dazed and confused followed by Hoke's awful press conference.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Malzahn||
It can happen
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Bohl||
Craig Bohl wouldn't be a hit hire but I think he could be outstanding. He built a powerhouse at NDSU and is one of the best game coaches I've seen. Hiring Bohl could be like when OSU hired Tressel. Small school powerhouse, not a household name, but could be the right pick.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Malzahn||
Gus Malzahn leaving Auburn for Michigan would make no sense. It would be like if Bielema left Wisconsin for Arkansas.
Oh wait ..
|4 weeks 3 days ago||It is too late for Hoke to||
It is too late for Hoke to salvage the season but not too late for the team to salvage the season.The only viable step after Saturday's Morris concussion incident and the press conferences / releases of the past 24 hours is to fire Hoke and advance an assistant to interim head coach. The interim has got to be somebody who can light a fire under the whole team and get them to play to their potential and also somebody who is respected by the whole community.
Paging Greg Mattison.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Failures all around||
I said Saturday evening that Hoke would have some big questions to answer to Brandon and possibly to the B1G and NCAA. Playing a concussed player is the kind of trouble that brings investigations. How on earth has Hoke not been proactive and spoken to his boss about the situation?
Brandon will have questions to answer to the university administration and likely the B1G and NCAA. How on earth has Brandon not asked the head coach for his perspective on it?
Failures all around.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Defensive||
A little defensive? I'd hate to see a lot defensive
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Leach||
He said / she said rumors of a player being forced to practice with a concussion got Leach fired from Texas Tech. Here the whole world saw a kid who could barely stand and had to be helped to keep balance forced into game action. Time to move on ...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Mattison. And I call him an||
Mattison. And I call him an HC candidate if he's interested. If not I hope the next HC retains him because he is the most valuable coach on staff.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ravens fan here||
I'm a big Ravens fan so with that in mind, I'll say this: John Harbaugh for Michigan head coach (if there is in fact a vacancy.)
Look at his record and look the Raven's play style. How is he not a fit for M? Also, he would most likely retain Mattison as his defensive coordinator. I think Mattison is a guy we need to keep around here as he is truly an elite DC. (And honestly if he were actually interested, I wouldn't mind Mattison taking over as HC but I can't imagine him being interested.)
Also, I've heard numerous times there is severe friction between John Harbaugh and the Ravens front office. He wanted to cut Rice on the spot after hearing of the incident in Atlantic City and has wanted to cut him the whole way but the GM and owner superceded him leaving him feeling as though he had no voice in team management. If that friction is indeed bad and one of the best coaching jobs in college is indeed open and there is indeed a better AD in place, I could see him ready to make the move to the college ranks and succeeding.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||My take ...||
1) Who is your starter at QB moving forward?
If Gardner is healthy and can get the ball out fast, it's his game. If not, Morris.
2) What is your defensive philosophy? (more press man/ more zone/ good mix of both)
Keep it as is. The D has not been the problem.
3) How do you cure the offense?
The offensive line is not getting the job done ... duh. So screens, draws, zone options, slants, etc. More ways to get the ball as quickly as possible into a playmaker's hands wearing the correct color of jersey not behind the offensive line. Fewer traditional runs and fewer downfield shots.
4) Are you changing any of the starters?
Open up offensive line competition. Find five starters who are getting the job done best. For playmakers on offense, keep it as is unless there's health problems. On defense, keep it the same.
Just my $.02.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||He certainly didn't break the||
He certainly didn't break the law but this is just another addition to a list of questionable behavior by Winston. I think a suspension is appropriate if nothing else to let him know that he is not above consequences. And I imagine NFL GMs are taking note. Nobody likes headcases but everybody knows that kids eventually grow up.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||To me what hammered it home||
To me what hammered it home wasn't that Rice hit his fiance. We already knew that part of the story. It's how hard he hit her and how little remorse he had afterward that got to me.
When I first heard about it, I figured it was possible that she was really drunk and her lack of consciousness had less to do with physical force than it did a whole lot of alcohol. Or maybe I was hoping that would be the case because I hated to think one of the best and hardest playing backs in the leauge could be a scumbag near the level of Jerry Sandusky.
Upon seeing the video, I was chilled to the bone. He hit her with an incredible force, and he's one of the strongest men out there. I'm not sure from the video if she was knocked unconscious from his fist or her head hitting the rail but I am confident that hit was strong enough to do serious brain damage if she was hit in the wrong place.
Even more chilling was how he just picked her up and dragged her out. He didn't have a look of remorse. He didn't fall to the ground in tears. When the elevator stopped he didn't go panicking for help. He dragged her off to his room as if she were a sack of potatoes.
Cut and indefinite suspension are appropriate. Regardless of what criminal charges have been / will be filed, Ray Rice and his now wife will need some serious counseling work. If Rice ever resumes an athletic career or revisits Rutgers or his high school again, he will need to have very seriously changed his attitude and temper. For the time being, I hope he stays quiet and he and his wife take their counseling as seriously as possible. I know nothing about her or their relationship (beyond the aforementioned video) so I will not pass any judgement on her character or decision to marry him / stick by his side.