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- Stay on the payroll, but donate the rest of this year's salary to the athletic department?
- Apologize to the football players and fans?
- Send in a letter of resignation but volunteer to stay on if the regents and AD ask him to?
- He has an opportunity to eliminate the Kinesiology 'requirement' for football players that currently exists
- He'd enjoy molding the new, young QBs currently on UofM's team and doing so with new ones in future years
- He can write his Job Description such that the AD has limited control over the HC and the football program
- He can bring his own staff with him
- He'd love to coach against Urban Meyer (and restore the '10 year war' scenario)
- He'd also relish coaching against Dantonio and MSU
- There are no downsides to leaving SF for Michigan because he won't fail as HC
- Any bowl game (75 points)
- 2nd or 3rd place conference bowl (125 points)
- Conference game championship game appearance (300 points)
- Conference game championship gme wins (500 points)
|1 week 2 days ago||Everyone here thinks Wisconsin is a better HC job||
I live in northern Wisconsin and everyone here thinks the HC job at Wisconsin is better than the one at UofM. And, they know Madison is a better place to live than Ann Arbor. Of course, you first have to listen to them talk about the Packers before they will even address college football. That's just the way it is. A different perspective.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's exactly my point, True Blue Grit||
To reiterate what I said originally - "the 'best' AD for today is the one who matches up 'best' with the current needs of the school and its athletic department."
I don't know why many people on this board seem to insist that previous AD experience is necessary. I do know that whoever decided to hire Don Canham was the real visionary and is the person(s) primarily responsible for all of the good things that followed.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Don Canham was to the AD position that Bo was to the...||
... football HC position.
Now, take a look at Canham's incoming resume and the key characteristic of his style. He had no previous AD experience and brought a business / marketing ("corporate"?) mentality to the AD position. So, maybe the "best" AD for today is the one who matches up "best" with the current needs of the school and its athletic department.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Let me help you get it straight, DoubleB||
As the previous posters stated, and as most everone agrees, there were no experienced players, none, on UofM's 2008 offense (except for Schilling). So, there was nothing for RR to build on or carry over.
On the other hand, in 2011, the offense, headed by Denard, had plenty of plenty of players with experience running the read option. That means there was an opportunity to build on and utilize that skill set during a transition to "Manball".
Does that help?
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Hackett will begin the search for a new coach, fire Hoke just...||
...before the OSU game (or let Hoke announce it will be his last game), and then hire the new coach. Depending on how all of that goes down, UofM will either remove the "interim" from Hackett's title or begin a search for a new AD. That's my prediction.
Re everyone's obsession with the need to hire an AD with previous AD experience, what about Don Canham? He was arguably UofM's best AD and he had no preious AD experience.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Hackett will begin the search for a new coach, fire Hoke just...||
...before the OSU game, and then hire the new coach. Depending on how that all goes down, UofM will either remove the "interim" from Hackett's title or beging a search for a new AD. Thast's my prediction.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I never said Brandon was a "good guy", I said it didn't matter||
I never said Brandon was a "good guy" or a "nice guy". I said it didn't really matter. What mattered were the results of his decisions.
Same with Hoke. Nice guy or not is really not important. He hasn't performed, so he should be out.
I did offer the caveat that, contrary to what some say about Brandon being out of touch with the fans & students, he was very responsive to a large segment of the fanbase clamoring for a "Michigan Man" by hiring Hoke.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||What makes you believe Brandon is not a "nice guy", not that...||
...it should be a factor in any decision re his fate.
I disliked many of his decisions, especially the one to hire Brady Hoke. At the time, however, in hiring a "Michigan Man" with roots on Lloyd Carr's staff, didn't Brandon satisfy the desires of a large part of the UofM fan base, alumni, and former players? Wasn't Brandon being responsive to them and their desires?
I also disliked how little support Brandon (and that same segment of the fan base) gave to RR and I was also disappointed that, in large part, it was because they didn't "like" him, his style, his grammer, his offense, etc. I felt he never really have a chance, given the roster he was left with and the internal BS he had to endure from day one.
Longer term, Brandon will end up doing fine, thank you. RR certainly has. I think Hoke will likely end up following in the footsteps of Carr's last OC and DC.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||A Ford fired himself and hired a new CEO at Ford Motor Company||
Why can't a failed football coach resign, especially one that "loves" the school he is working for? Martin worked for nothing to become UofM's AD. Brandon took a big step down in salary to be the AD.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||In your opinion bronxblue, how should Hoke be held accountable?||
In your opinion, bronxblue, how could Hoke show that he is accountable?
Hasn't he already "screwed over the players" with how they're been coached and undeveloped?
Personally, I think it would be huge if he accepted responsibility for the last 3 years by apologizing to the players and fans for what has transpired and "gave back" some of what he ahs taken as compensation.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Jim Harbaugh is coming to UofM because...||
...of his historical ties to Ann Arbor and the school and because he knows he can return the football program to national prominence. That accomplishment would be his legacy. In adddition, Harbaugh knows that:
All my opinion of course, but I think it fits.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know of any "Wisconsin fans" who liked Bielema||
I don't know of any "Wisconsin fans" who liked Bielema and I live in Wisconsin. Makes me question how many such fans you actually know. I would not be surprised if Barry Alvarez realized he made a bad choice in Bielema and may have helped him out the door. and I live in Wisconsin. a Make me wonder how many He
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't need this article to know Devin Gardner is a 'warrior'||
I didn't need this article to know Devin Gardner is a 'warrior' . I have a tremendous amount of respect for the changes he has accepted and the sacrifices he has made for 'the team'. I truly believe the best fit for him was as a QB in a spread and run/pass offense or as a WR in a pro style offense. Unfortunately, he was not really given an opportunity to do either. This will hurt him in the NFL draft. I'm sure he knew that and went with what was best for 'the team' anyway.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I thought Crisler was a colllege player 'rock star'...||
..and that his coaching reached its apex at Michigan. To me, it is most interesting that Yost and Crisler did not follow 'tradition'. They were both innovative and created new ways of thinking and playing college football that were very successful. Some of those concepts then became 'traditions'. I saw similarities in RR and his read option offense. I thought that RR's approach, coupled with an opportunity to recruit truly elite athletes, would usher in a new era of football at Michigan. Very saddened it didn't work out.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Gid rid of the 'Michigan Man' and 'Manball' mentality.||
Get the best football coach out there - before anyone else realizes that person is the best. Kind of like John Beilein bringing in unrecognized basketball recruits. How famous were Yost, Crisler, and Schembechler as coaches before they became the head coach at Michigan?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The big problem is that DB tried to restore 'TRADITION' by...||
...hiring a 'Michigan Man' to lead the football program and return to 'Manball'. I'm sure Brandon could argue that bringing in Brady Hoke was being responsive to the wants of much of the Athletic Department, many former football players, the old head coach, and a big segment of the fanbase. Unfortunately, Hoke and his staff have not met expectations and are therefore 'DISAPPOINTING'.
I find a lot of the bloggers here to be disengenuous regarding the importance of 'Tradition'. If the program was 7-5, 8-4, and then 11-2 in his first three years, we would not be hearing this outcry. The emphasis in the football hire should have been on getting the best head coach available instead of the focus on getting a 'Michigan Man'. The most successful Michigan head coaches were creative and innovative - they did not follow traditions.
Don't misunderstand me. I would welcome a return to the 'traditional' game day experience of the late 60s and 70s. I love the band and consider it to be an integral part of the game, dislike piped in music and modern 'gimmicks', and believe student tickets should be inexpensive.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Re: Rich Rod is a great coach that sucked a Michigan.||
Can't believe you believe that. How in the world can a person be a great coach every place he's been, except at Michigan? He didn't stop being a very good coach upon arrival in A2. It was all of the BS, undermining, and opposition he faced from "Michigan Men" that prevented him from succeeding.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Look, it's really very simple||
Look, it's really very simple as to why this all took so long to come down. There was no attempt to lie or cover-up. We live in an extremely litigateous society and UofM's football program is under the microscope. Because of those factors, the AD has to be very careful about what official statements are issued. So, it would be no surprise to me that there was an extended discussion of the exact wording of their press release. They'd rather get it 'right' as opposed to getting it out quickly. I
FWIW, I'm not a fan of either Hoke or Brandon (I thought Miles was the right guy to replace Carr, believed his hire was opposed by some strong elements in the football program, and liked RR as a 2nd choice), but I do think they are both doing the best they can. That effort may just not be good enough. I believe Brandon will stay and Hoke will be replaced by a new coach with all the right 'credentials'.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Deja vu||
I graduated from UofM in 1966; pre-Schembechler. Under Bump Elliott, our expectations for football were to compete with Big 10 teams and occasionally win against MSU and OSU. The Rose Bowl in 1964 was a big deal. The basketball program reached an apex during that time as Cazzie Russell was a freshman in 1962. So that was fun. Three Big 10 championships in a conference that was the toughest in the country.
Besides, it's sunny and warm in northern Wisconsin and I'm trying to come up with some Lions stuff to wear to the next Packer party.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Outdated strategies from 1968||
"Outdated" - does that apply to Bo's 1968 coaching philosophy and values or is it limited to HC search methodolgies?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Asking people on this blog to ID HC candidates is useless||
What should asked is how the last successful HC search was conducted. That would be the one done by Don Canham and resulted in the hiring of Bo Schembechler. If I recall correctly, Canham's approach was pretty simple. He just asked the experts to ID the best coach. In 1968, if fans had been asked to identify the best coach to replace Bump Elliott, virtually none of them would have said 'Bo Schembechler'. Bo was A pretty good MAC coach, by the way.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Re "EVERY coach loses a dumb game"||
That's simply not true.
I agree with Alum 96 - the frustration with Carr was that his teams underperformed, big time. For example, in Carr's "great year", he had 31+ NFL players on the roster, but they barely won several games and just squeaked out a win in the Rose Bowl.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||UofM Defensive Backfield Coaches||
Probably too early and too many injuries to evaluate how the coaching changes made last year are working out, but it is a concern. I liked the idea of Uof M DB players being more aggressive in their coverage, but I'm sure it takes more time to do that as opposed to "soft" or "zone" schemes. Unfortunately, MSU has a several year head start over other BIG teams who are now copying their style of DB play. Sure wish UofM's staff would come up with something original, creative, and effective.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Utah game day experience||
I urge you to leave the tailgate early and arrive at Revelli Hall (~3/4 mile from the UofM Golf Course and <1/2 mile from the stadium) at least 45 minutes before the start of the game. The UofM Marching Band gathers there, plays a few numbers, and then head to the stadium to different cadences. It's a great game day experience and a wonderful way to psyched up for the game.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Give UofM's Center some help in pass blocking...||
... and that will make a huge difference. To my untrained eye, our biggest problem on offense was our center getting pushed back by ND's huge nose guard and DG stepping up into our center. I kept waiting for our center to get a little help from one or the other of our guards, but it never happened. I don't think changing centers will solve the problem.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with...||
...your assessment of the faculty and administration at UofM.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Curious to know||
When Bo got hired at UofM, he wasn't exactly a household name. Certainly not a top 25 HC. Yet he was identified and offered the position by Don Canham. I wonder if there are any Bo-type coaches out there who currently are under the radar.
I think what got me enthused about RR was that he had developed an offense that was new, innovative, and successful. He was certainly high profile, yet he failed here.
If Hoke doesn't make it, I would like to see UofM take a chance and go after a younger coach who has all the right attributes to be successful herre for a long period of time.
I don't know how one identifies that person, but Canham found a way to do so.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke has his job through 2015, period||
In another thread, Justingoblue provided a link to a copy of Hoke's contract.
The 6-year contract expires at the end of the 2016 season. It provides for discussion of a contract extension at the conclusion of the 2015 season. So, unless there is some major cause for termination, Hoke will coach at least through 2015.
The contract provides for bonuses based on four outcomes as follows, with their perceived value:
Up to n ow, I don't see any cause for firing nor do I see any basis for extending his contract. Personally, I think Hoke needs to at least appear in the Big 10 Championship Game in both 2014 and 2015 before an extension would be considered.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Severity of the punishment is another issue||
The point is Mitch knew it was a punishable offense and did it anyway.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Mitch, not the NCAA, is the problem||
I would love to have seen Mitch come back for this season, but it isn't going to happen.
He knew the possible consequences of getting caught but went ahead and did it anyway. That's irresponsible. Now, he is being held accountable. Don't blame the NCAA for what Mitch did.