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|21 hours 36 min ago||For a lot of coaches, this is just talk||
But I genuinely believed Spurrier when he used to say, "the day I think I can't do this any more, I'll step down. I'm not going to hang around and wait for someone to fire me."
|23 hours 25 min ago||Sad day for college football||
Spurrier was a real innovator in his day, and also ended up proving an old dog can learn some new tricks. Really respect a guy who took three nothing programs to prominence. Hell, people think of Florida as a blue blood now, and that's all thanks to him.
Few people showed the motivational power of hatred like Spurrier.
|2 days 6 hours ago||ALMOST||
The line opened at 6.5
|2 days 6 hours ago||I dunno man||
That doesn't really work as a comparison. Michigan didn't hire Jim Harbaugh because "well we're Michigan, obviously the best NFL coach would rather come here." It was specific things about Michigan, namely
- Jim's from Ann Arbor and an alum
- His dad coached here
- He was treated incredibly poorly by an NFL team, despite his success, to the point that you wouldn't be surprised if it turned him off from the whole way NFL teams are structured.
- Michigan people really went the extra mile to court him
Without all four of those things happening, there's no way a NFL coach of his caliber comes back to college. It took all of that. If it was any other school calling Harbaugh, they wouldn't have gotten him.
Maryland cannot say that about Chip Kelly. It's just a pipe dream from people who saw Harbaugh get hired at Michigan and don't understand the full story there.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I think the whole Chip to Maryland||
thing is based entirely on the idea that the Under Armour guy will just drop a massive check for him. But the issue there is that Maryland's AD barely has any money, so I don't think UA guy is nearly the spendcrazy superfan people make him out to be for that scenario to come about.
And if you're going back to college, why would anyone pick a school a clear 5th in its division, a division with Ohio State and Michigan back operating at full capability. Especially with his old job + USC + Texas maybe? + Oklahoma maybe? all looming on the horizon as open gigs. It's just bananas crazy.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Edsall should have been fired||
But man, what a low class way of doing it. Leaking it earier in the week, having the guy be dead man walking into the game and all that. But that's Maryland. They did Fridge dirty too, and he actually accomplished things there.
I think Rich Rod, James Franklin and Mike Leach all dodged a bullet by circumstances keeping them away from that clownshoes administration.
|3 days 40 min ago||That's gonna be the funny bit||
The coaches poll and AP poll take so long to figure anything out, so I fully expect Sparty to be ranked above Michigan as long as they hold off Rutgers. But Michigan's gonna be favored by at least 5, which is gonna be funny as hell.
|3 days 42 min ago||I think any but the most||
I think any but the most irrational Sparty fan knows what's probably going to happen next Saturday. They can barely beat Purdue, their defining win now looks like utter trash, and they might lose to Rutgers tonight.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Michigan has played better||
than everyone else in the East. It's that simple. It doesn't mean that'll keep happening, you assume Urban will get Ohio State's head and ass wired together eventually. You also assume Sparty will have 30 different tricks ready for Michigan and are just coasting through their schedule until that game.
But to this point, Michigan has looked like a significantly better team than either of them. It's okay to say that!
|6 days 5 hours ago||You can always tell||
Which comments are from know-it-all grad fans, and which are from SULLY FROM BOSTON. Sully would have gotten his GED but the protctor was a fackin' BLEEPie. The know it all grad fans go on and on about IQ and not being smart enough to be Notre Dame's coach, while not understanding basic game theory.
|1 week 2 hours ago||This assumes||
That it is as easy to win at West Virginia and Arizona as it at Michigan. This is a foolish thing to think.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Is that really wrong from a Fins fan perspective||
Like, imagine you're a Dolphins fan and that's the main team you care about, and you hear your owner isn't interested in trying to poach the best coach in football from his alma mater. Wouldn't that kind of enrage you that he wouldn't even TRY?
I mean, we all know that Harbaugh's not going, but if you're a guy sitting in Dade county desperate to see your favorite team not be shit (which is the perspective Simmons writes from, he doesn't claim to be a NFL reporter or have HOT SOURCES) I could see that being a thing that really makes you mad.
If I was an NFL fan of a hopelessly bad team, I'd be real mad if my team didn't at least make Harbaugh turn them down.
|1 week 6 hours ago||A couple of things||
1. It's now 8 years later. A once sturdy, excellent scheme isn't necessarily a great scheme (especially for an underdog program) a decade later. The things that made Casteel's 3-3-5 hellish to go against are now commonplace for defenses, so it's not exactly this wild changeup D on the schedule.
2. Arizona was and remains a low ceiling program in the grand scheme of college football. You've got to convince Texas/California kids to come to Tuscon, and while that doesn't SEEM so tough, nobody's really managed to do it consistently better than Rich has.
3. The Pac 12 is crazy harder than the Pac 10 was for the two decades before the revenue explosion and all the recent coaching hires were made.
So yeah, none of this is all that surprising. I don't think it sheds much light on the Michigan issues since this is all happening 5-8 years later and at a much, much lower end program than Michigan is.
But man, that whole Rich Rod disaster where a lot of us thought Michigan had hired a modern savior and ended up with a guy who just didn't fit and where nothing seemed to work and where former alumns seem to be sabotaging an already bad situation sure does look a lot like Texas under Charlie Strong.
|1 week 6 hours ago||You don't think||
That the current trajectory of Michigan football makes it easier to talk about RichRod dispassionately?
I mean yeah, there's still people who pop blood vessels over it and come on. Things are great now, don't do that. But hey it's a college football team's blog and people like to talk about wider things in the sport.
|1 week 22 hours ago||They've also had some crazy high injury/academics||
Years where they lost multiple starters. I think a lesser coach would have posted 4-8 or 5-7 records in some of those seasons. And you look at how coaches with good backgrounds have struggled at major programs when inheriting a bad/mismatched roster, and Kelly's job following the absolute crater Charlie Weis left is even more impressive in my mind.
Messes fall in his lap, he adjusts and does the best with what he's got. That seems like the sort of thing that projects well to an NFL coach. His demeanor was an issue early on, but he's managed to get that in better control too.
I also think it will be funny as hell if Notre Dame fans Nebraska their way out of the best coach they've had in two decades and end up with someone crappy who puts them right back where they were before Kelly.
|1 week 1 day ago||Brian Kelly makes a certain kind of sense||
for college to NFL transitiion. He's always been really flexible with his offenses, and ND fans are absolutely ridiculous with the way they treat the guy who saved their program from nearly 2 decades of shittiness.
Dantonio makes some sense too, but he could end up Schiano'ing on NFL players.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pretty sure||
That his shackles are of his own making. I think it's clear Harbaugh wants him to open things up a bit compared to how he was at Iowa, but he had some turnover prone games in weeks 1 and 2 and has decided to go into a shell a bit.
I think that's why Harbaugh spends so much of his pressers building Jake's confidence up. He wants him to try to make a few more plays and have the confidence in himself to do it.
|1 week 2 days ago||A Michigan fan||
Mocking another school for loving it's traditions even though they seem kind of weird from the outside is pretty crazy to me. Michigan fans love traditions! Everyone came together to get Dave Brandon fired because he didn't respect the traditions in Ann Arbor.
SO why hate on another school for going back to their traditions that their fans and alumni took pride in before some goofs were allowed to rebrand them away?
|1 week 2 days ago||I dunno if Texas fans will go for that||
They seem to be pretty hung up on the fact that Strong didn't have a ton of HC experience, and he had 4 years. I doubt they'll go for someone with even less HC time put in.
Of course Nebraska was obsessed with finding experience because Pelini was a coordinator before they hired him, and they ended up with an old (very nice) turd. So I won't vouch for Horns fan wisdom on this.
|1 week 2 days ago||Maybe||
If Lloyd was a significantly worse as a coach and SIGNIFICANTLY x100 worse as a person.
|1 week 2 days ago||Borges never tried||
To replace Denard or Gardener with someone as woefully unprepared as Shane Morris was. By many accounts, that was something Doug pushed for. He also at least tried to integrate the QB run game, even if he didn't really understand how to do that.
Nuss just tried to close his eyes and pretend Gardner was AJ McCarron or that Shane Morris was a starting college quarterback.
|1 week 2 days ago||Mack Brown was a disaster for his last few years there||
There's no talent on that team. Mack's last few recruiting classes have produced minimal if any NFL players. He's also got plenty of political friends to make Charlie's life miserable.
And on top of all that, the Longhorn Network folly that ran Nebraska/Colorado/Texas A&M/Missouri off opened the state up to other conferences, and now most of the top Texas HS kids are going into the SEC West. So not only is the job much harder due to Mack's incompetence, but it's much tougher to recruit than it's ever been for the Longhorns.
This is what happens when you let politics keep morons in charge long after it's become apparent they've lost their minds. Both their old AD Dodds and Brown should have been jettisoned long ago before they could do the kind of longterm damage they've both done to Texas.
|1 week 3 days ago||I always compare Borges to Bollman||
I think they're both perfectly fine, workman offensive assistants. But everyone at Ohio wanted Bollman's blood because their offense was sputtering, and I think a large part of that was Bollman was being asked to coordinate a spread-ish type offense and that's not his background. Borges got asked to do the same thing at Michigan, and yeah of course it didn't work. It's rare you find someone with the kind of brilliance to wildly change up what he runs and immediately grasp all the details of why a certain philosophy will work and implement it.
But if you let Bollman do his type of offense, the results are pretty good (but not like, BEST OFFENSE EVARRR). If you let Borges do what he wants to do with the personnel he likes, it'll probably be pretty okay. And if Borges was here in the Jedd Fisch role, he'd probably be doing as good a job.
I just don't blame Borges for being hired to coach personnel he didn't understand how to use. That's the fault of the guy who hired him, or the guy who insisted someone with Borges' background be hired instead of finding an OC with experience with run spreads.
|1 week 6 days ago||Considering it probably mortally wounded their conference||
Yeah, it was not just greedy, but stupid as hell. There's a lot of schools that could sustain a network all by themselves due to their fanbase. Michigan could, no doubt. Ohio State could. USC proooooooooobably could. Alabama definitely could. In a different era, Tennessee could. Texas is special in the way all blue blood college athletic programs are special, but it's not completely unique either.
The difference between Texas and those other schools is that the people running those other schools had the sense to know that starting their own national TV channel would irrevocably screw up their conference, and that nobody will pay money to see intersquad scrimmages or to watch their program play the Rices of the world long term. It's more profitable long term to be in a stable, healthy conference.
It already cost them 4 of their most valuable tv draws, and it cost them a lifeline out of the conference once they should have realized they had made a mistake. It'll ultimately cost the conference Oklahoma, who is going to eventually leave when it gets a chance. All for a little extra money.
|1 week 6 days ago||That article at BC||
That the EDSBS gang subtweeted on the Fullcast was an all time monument to idiocy. I didn't think he could top his, "Hey, Shawn Watson MADE Bridgewater" column he's probably destroyed by now, but he managed.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here comes the boom||
If I never hear that song again, for the rest of my days, I will be so happy.
But I'm a young guy and I'd rather there be NO music of any kind besides the band. Any music that gets played at a stadium is going to probably be stuff I don't like to listen to in my personal life, and I don't really think anyone is going to want to hear a playlist off my iPhone either. So let's just listen to the band together.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Players are incredibly under compensated by current system||
But that seems an insane figure. And BI runs a lot of page view dreck.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Miami?||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Always happy to see Bielema get the business||
But come on. He beat the snot out of you last year. That was a real asskicking. TTech won convincingly, and that's cool. Good for them!
For a guy who would be on the hot seat if it wasn't for his playing career and that huge contract Tech game him with zero evidence he had any idea what he was doing, this doesn't seem that smart a thing to do. It certainly doesn't help disprove the idea that he's too immature to be running a major program.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The idea that playing two||
The idea that playing two good OOC games is somehow a competitive disadvantage for Michigan isn't true until Purdue, Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers, and Indiana stop being garbage glorified G5 teams Michigan is stuck in a conference with.
Adding Notre Dame + a rotating Utah-ish level team is actually the prudent decision to overcome that handicap of having useless ass Maryland/Rutgers/Indiana every year.