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|2 days 1 hour ago||A positive spin||
Dave stocked the department with so many unqualified dipshits whose only positive trait was loyalty to him that there's gotta be a massive blood letting of the department. And since SO many people are gonna get the hatchet, it's a turn off to potential candidates. So let Hackett fire everyone for the next year until the department is lean and mean for the next guy to stock with people who aren't shit at everything.
|4 days 5 hours ago||It's nice to have friends||
Friendship is one of the truly enriching aspects of the human condition.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Is it possible this bat is||
Is it possible this bat is actually a vampire that's been slowly draining Michigan football throughout the down times?
|6 days 3 hours ago||Let's not get too hasty||
Maybe Hoke is just days away from completing his time machine that will allow him to go back in time and re-write the endings of all his losses this year and turn them into victories. Let's not make any rash decisions.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's easy to take shots at a||
It's easy to take shots at a coach and program when you know everyone's going to be fired.
|1 week 2 days ago||Milestones of infamy||
1. I was one of the people who got queasy when he got hired, and he never really convinced me he knew what he was doing when he hired Borges to coach Denard instead of finding some non-Rich Rod connected spread OC out there. I wanted him to be a Stoops who would hire a tough offense to defend and concentrate on the defense, and instead he hired a mediocre pro style OC and asked him to figure out how spread works while they had Denard.
2. The point I was convinced he had no idea how an offense should look was when Denard got hurt and we subsequently found out that that they looked and Russell Bellomy and Devin Gardner and thought Russell was the better option.
3. Kansas State was when it became clear this would probably not ultimately work out, because Shane showed nothing there.
4. Notre Dame this year was the point where him being fired became a real possibility, because it was clear Borges was not the sole cause of the offense being garbage.
5. Minnesota was when I knew he would not see year five. Putting aside ConcussionGate, Shane Morris looked like walk on 4th string thrown into a game due to horrible injury luck, not like a guy who could run the offense in a year. It took away the last hope for Hoke that maybe Devin wasn't all that good and that Shane could take off and save his job.
|1 week 4 days ago||What AFMich said||
Plus their AD wants NFL experience.
|1 week 4 days ago||Florida's AD||
Has decided NFL experience is paramount for Florida's next coach. I don't know why, but hey, he's the guy who hired Ron Zook and Will Muschamp. And reportedly was ordered to hire Urban Meyer against his wishes, and who turned down Spurrier for a return from Washington. It's possible Jeremy Foley has no idea what a good football coach looks like.
So yaaaaaaay, Florida has voluntarily decided not to pursue the most qualified college coaches. This is what it must have felt like for non-Michigan fans watching Michigan make their hire after RR.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||They would react||
The same way they would react to anyone with a performing arts degree.
If players are allowed to major in the pursuit of sport as a performing art, then the study will have to be more academicly rigorous than it currently is. More oversight, more theory classes, just a general upgrade from the way sports have been treated by colleges. What UNC did was just decide none of their athletes deserved an education of any sort. That's not the same thing as treating sports the same as other performing arts.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The only real difference||
Between pursuing sports and pursuing say, musical studies, is that poor people also like sports practically no one under a certain income level cares too much for that form of music.
Aka, the only reason not to allow athletes to pursue their sport the same way musicians and drama students can pursue their study is just straight up classism. Yay that's valid.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's gonna be rougher than some of y'all think||
There's not a quarterback on this roster who can play worth a darn. It's a mentally soft team that's used to being told how great they are even as they get the poop kicked out of them. There's going to be a lot of guys who decide they don't want to get yelled at.
Look at Harbaugh at Stanford and look at how rough it's been for Harbaugh disciples at Vanderbilt and USF early on. You can't just waive a magic wand and have a physically dominant OL that blasts holes open. OL take time to develop, toughness doesn't happen over night, and it's going to take some mighty wizardry just to get over 50% completion percentage from the quarterbacks.
Year 1: 4-8 is probably the floor, 8-4 is the ceiling
Year 2. 5-7 to 8-4
Year 3 is when they challenge for the Big 10
Year 4 is when they're going to be really good.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bob Stoops' name||
Has a funny way of coming up every year for prominent jobs in the NFL or at places equal to Oklahoma. His agent must really know how to work national writers.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Like there was 3 basic paths for old time successful programs||
1. Hire someone like Bo or Tom Osborne who could win without shaming your school.
2. Choose your schools reputation over football success and become Minnesota
3. Sell out and hire shysters like Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherill or Ron Meyer, and either lose your reputation as a university or over correct into being worse than the Minnesotas of the world to try to get it back.
Neither 2 or 3 are great places to be.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's kind of a mistake||
To look back at the past and the record of a coach like Bo and complain about the lack of national titles. The pre Bowl Alliance-Bowl Coalition-BCS "national championship" was so bloody stupid and nonsensical. Bama won one after losing it's bowl game! And The Big 10 had some really wonky rules that kept Michigan out of some Rose Bowls that if they had been in and won could have meant an AP title or some such. It was just a lot dumber then.
If Bo doesn't have his health problems and was able to coach in the THERE'S A NATIONAL TITLE GAME era, he could have gotten that ring that eluded him, as it did other great coaches like Bowden and Tom Osborne. Of course he would have probably been screwed like Lloyd was by the Rose Bowl deal pre-BCS, but a share of a title is still a share.
Bo and Canham are the reason Michigan is MICHIGAN and not Pitt West. Not trying to take anything away from Fielding Yost and that era of Michigan athletics, but there was a real small number of schools playing top level football in those days. The success Bo had, and the fact that he was able to have success without shaming the university like the Jackie Sherrils of the world, has allowed Michigan to still command a respect that they STILL haven't managed to totally flush away.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No||
For this to happen, some supernatural or magical entity would have to override Brady Hoke's free will and force him to become a good coach. And there is nothing more sacred to me than the preservation of free will, so I cannot consent to this.
He's a shitty coach who got hired by an idiot looking to please a cabal of morons. Lloyd Carr was undone because of his loyalty to unqualified moron assistant coaches, and Hoke was the least unqualified of all the morons when it was decided the post-RR coach had to be Lloyd guy. Let it go, he's not worth the what ifs.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
We saw what happened with Penn State thanks to the recent emails. School presidents complained and the media was on their ass so the NCAA dropped major punishments even though they themselves were worried the punishments weren't legal under their bylaws.
I imagine there's a lot of school presidents calling the NCAA voicing a desire to see UNC thunderfucked. So I imagine something big will come down on UNC athletics whether it makes sense or not.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Also||
Anyone who is HC of a Power 5 program is not a no name. Come on guys, get weird.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Joe Moglia||
Yes he's 65. Don't care because the way he runs his program at Coastal Carolina is completely different from how every other coach does things, so to hell with the normal age curve for coaches. 10-0 this year, has won or shared conference title every year as a HC, made it deep into FCS playoffs and is doing all this at a school that has classes in doublewides because they have no money.
And by God I'm fascinated at how an actual CEO (he's a former CEO of TD Ameritrade and some folks estimate he's a billionaire) can rethink the way a coaching staff does its job. He is meticulous in his preparation and the way he collects data that he uses for various decisions and evaluations, and he forces his assistants to be efficient in how they do their jobs. His staff and him work 9 hour days! And it works!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not just possible, probable||
I don't really think Miss State is better than Bama, tbh. And if they get a loss, they're going to get Baylor'd for that out of conference schedule. And unlike Baylor, who is still in the driver's seat for the Big 12 title, Mississippi State would have to get help from Auburn to get back into the SEC title hunt.
I think the likely scenario is this season will be great but not TOO great to jeopardize Mullen poach efforts.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Totally didn't expect them to drop an undefeated team down||
I can't argue with dropping FSU below Oregon, but man it's weird to see the poll trying to be logical instead of warped insane person AP voter logic we've been raised with.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is only negative||
If you're the sort of person who pines for Michigan to become Florida State. All sounded like great stuff to me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||A trophy for a Nebraska game||
Should involve someone in a car with all their belongings crossing the state border into something resembling civilization.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I mean||
People have a right to be steamed about those comments. Harbaugh's going to have to make amends with some folks about it, because it was a total low blow and disengenous. I mean, every school, especially the top academic ones with top sports, has that major that all the athletes seem to end up majoring in. It's a pot-kettle type of thing.
If it's a dealbreaker, then we're through the looking glass and the school is officially being run by butthurt crybabies who can't get over anything.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Everett Golson threw their season away||
I don't really have a problem with coaches telling the truth during a press conference. Golson flat out threw the game away for them against a far inferior team. I know Arizona State was ranked higher, but they looked worse than Notre Dame at everything besides, "QB's ability to avoid handing ball to other team."
Kelly wasn't unfair, is the point. He didn't foist his own failures off on a player. He held a guy accountable publicly. Jimmy Johnson did that all the time, and he's one of the greatest football coaches ever. Spurrier has done that too, and he's one of the best college coaches ever.
I'd rather have that than some mealy mouthed passive aggressive blaming of "execution" when your offense is stupid, or blaming "turnovers" for losing a game you had already lost due to poor scheme long before any turnovers happened.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||He won't make it to Year 2||
Because there's going to be a new coach who will want his own guys in. And most of the names being talked about for Michigan are offensive coaches with their own preferred scheme, so why would they keep around someone who doesn't do things their way?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The only scenario where Greg stays that makes sense||
Jim gets hired. John calls him up and tells him, "hoo boy, that Mattison was the best DC I had in Baltimore, ya gotta keep him." Jim asks Greg to stay, and Greg says yes. That's it.
The key to that scenario is that the head coach made the choice. Not the shit we've had with the AD firing the OC and hiring his replacement. The head coach should be the sole decider on who works on his staff. if the head coach wants someone on his staff, that's the way it should be. Nobody should be forcing the HC to keep coaches because they were nice to the right office people or have the right friends in high places. That kind of buddy buddyism got Michigan where it is right now.
The only say the AD should have in the coaching staff is on the salary budget. If the HC wants someone and the school can afford it, there you go.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No||
Good coaches lose their jobs in coaching transitions. It's part of the deal. These guys have to work with each other, and asking a new coach to work with remnants of an older staff that isn't loyal to him is like asking for a disaster.
Hodgepodge coaching staffs are acceptable when you're transitioning from one successful coach to a new coach. I get why so many Michigan fans seem to want to keep someone like Mattison or Nuss or whatever. If it was a situation like when Lloyd took over from Moeller, that'd be fine. But that type of thing doen't work when you've had to fire the HC. Greg Mattison is not the only good defensive coordinator out there.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Big 10 programs have GOT to invest more||
in football. Everyone's flush with TV cash, but they're still crying poor because they're trying to feed a million non-revenue mouths. Schools like Michigan can handle having 8287483897387 sports, schools like Purdue can't. They need to stop trying. SEC schools put the vast majority of revenue back into the football programs, and look at them versus Big 10 programs.
We're at a place where a national championship contender from the Big 10 has to go undefeated in conference. If you lose to one of the 4-5 schools with a pulse, you jeopardize making it the the championship game. If you lose to anyone else in the conference, it's the black spot on your record. You can lose a tough out of conference game like Sparty did and remain in the convo, but Ohio State's loss to Va Tech has effectively ended all hope for a playoff for them.
This isn't really tenable for the conference going forward. If you slip up, you're dead because you won't get a chance to prove it was just a slip and not an indictment of who you are.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I cannot BELIEVE Sparty collapsed in the late 3rd quarter...||
against a spread team. That's literally never happened before ever this season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He's a shitty coach||
Who's never won a thing without John Elway. Nobody in the NFL wants him, hence why his last job was with the one owner nobody who has any options would ever work for. And then he failed there because of course.