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|12 hours 20 min ago||I don't think Michigan State's D||
is as good as they've previously been. But the teams that have been able to do the most damage on them have been no huddle teams. They got completely gassed by Oregon and Nebraska, and Nebraska's not even that great.
Alas, Michigan does not seem well equipped to do the same type of damage to Sparty as those two teams did.
|1 day 11 hours ago||RichRod was far closer to a sure thing||
Than Petrino would be. Rodriguez left his alma mater due to its mismanagement of its athletic department. Petrino has snaked every employer he's ever worked for, and left every job he's ever had in flames.
I'd rather have Nick Saban's hair dresser coaching the team than turn the keys of Michigan over to Bobby Petrino.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Two quarterbacks||
with buckets of raw natural ability who never really developed the ability to read coverages and who got worse at those skills under Loeffler. I hope he put those on the resume.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I think Addazio is a better choice||
than quite a few names I've heard thrown around. Like if Mullen ends up at Florida, Miles decides he's too old, and the Harbaughs stay in the NFL, he immediately becomes one of your better fall back options. No, his record isn't what you'd want. But it's not 2011 when Hoke got hired with all these awesome coaches out there at mid majors.
If you ask me to choose between him and some lifelong NFL assistant with minimal coordinator experience, I pick Addazio every day and 5 times on Sunday. Hell, at least the OL will be good.
|2 days 1 hour ago||The problem with Hoke is not||
The problem with Hoke is not that, "Oh he doesn't wear a headset." Hoke defenders just want to reduce everything to that so they don't have to critically analyze how worthless Hoke is on the sidelines. He doesn't coach the offense. He doesn't coach the defense. He doesn't coach the special teams, as many coaches who similarly defer to OC/DC do. He coaches the DL and stands there. If the entire team ran like a well oiled machine, we'd all have to admit that maybe his hands off approach to everything works.
Except there's not one element of the team that isn't utterly dysfunctional except for the elements Greg Mattison has direct control over and the DL. EVERYTHING ELSE is a cluster-f of disorganized grabassery. So Michigan has a $4m DL coach who just stares blankly and claps while everything else he's supposed to be managing crumbles in front of him. He's so removed from most of the gameplan and what's going on that he's barely a few steps above the HS coach Bo ripped.
Bottom line, a head coach that doesn't keep a tight grip over what's going on with his program isn't a head coach. He's like a school teacher that just expects his students to all do their homework and prepare for in class work without ever holding them accountable who is then stunned that nobody's done their work.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I love Chryst||
I love his brand of physical offense (not all "pro style" offenses are committed to being physical and HITTIN' PEOPLE. His definitely is). I was impressed by his integrity that he didn't chase the Wisconsin job, which is probably his dream job, because it would have been a real knife to all those Pitt players who dealt with Graham job hopping on them in only 1 year. I was really expecting Pitt to run away with the ACC Coastal this year.
....but they haven't done that. I mean, they're still right in the thick of the ACC Coastal race, but the losses to Iowa and Akron proved that they're still a mediocre team. Them being a Coastal contender is more of an indictment of the division than a sign of major progress. I still think he'll turn Pitt into a top team in the ACC, but it's going to be a slower build than I thought.
I don't know how Michigan can hire him without a lot of stuff going wrong in their coaching search.
|3 days 17 hours ago||If Brandon||
was able to fire Hoke without more or less firing himself, he would have done it instead of standing by him during the concussion situation.
|3 days 17 hours ago||If Michigan ends up with a defensive head coach||
I'd love to see Stitt hired as OC. Someone's going to hire him as an OC this year, I bet. I'd rather it be Michigan than whoever ends up being the next Illinois coach.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Night games and the||
Night games and the occasional fun road uniform.
|4 days 5 hours ago||The home uniforms should be left alone||
No tinkering with that. But the away uniforms have traditionally been tinkered with well before the uniformz era, so I don't see any reason why they can't play around with those a bit. I for one loved the Alabama game uniforms with the old fashioned shoulder deal. I'd love to see them come back on a regular basis.
|5 days 3 min ago||Everyone is wanting a Harbaugh||
I'd rather have an AD who has managed to hire a sitting NFL coach away from a NFL team before than ADs who have never done that. It's uncharted territory to hire someone like Jim or John Harbaugh away from the NFL given their success there, so Long's hiring of Petrino is as close to relevant job experience as it gets.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Well||
It's a pretty strong sign for an AD when he's able to hire a good coach. Generally that's looked at as a positive. He was able to hire a guy NOBODY would have thought was getable, handled the absolute mess Petrino caused with dignity, refused to let the hiring process turn into a political mess with the NWA and Little Rock crowd hijacking the hiring process, and it's all turning out well.
I think that reflects well on Jeff Long. He's made VERY difficult decisions (the kinds of decisions Michigan fans should want their AD to make) for Arkansas football that weaker ADs wouldn't have made, and it's working.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Slive deserves some credit||
The main thing he did was unite the conference and end the back biting that plagued the league in the 90's. He ended the Fulmer Era of every program wasting resources trying to catch their rivals in an NCAA violation so they could stooge them off and get them in trouble. SEC schools stopped thinking, "Win the SEC title at all costs" and started thinking bigger. He guided them in that direction.
He's going to get lifted up as Jack Welch or something, which is excessive, but he was a good commisssioner who managed some very arrogant institutions and got them working together. I wish the Big 10 would look at the legal things the SEC has pioneered and copy them (such as the army of support staffs SEC teams have for grunt work so that coaches have more time to recruit, analyze important tape). And then I see Purdue's AD snarking on SEC support staffs and I think, "God nobody up here gets it."
|6 days 2 hours ago||And he backed that stupid Big||
And he backed that stupid Big 10/Pac 12 scheduling agreement the Big 10 office was pushing for that caused the friction with Notre Dame. He's a conference company man for sure. I'm sure he'd do a bang up job down there in Birmingham!
|6 days 2 hours ago||Are you allergic to||
Are you allergic to context?
This Arkansas team is basically being built from scratch. Petrino, while he delivered results, consistenly had the lowest level of recruiting of any coach in the SEC other than Kentucky and pre-Franklin Vanderbilt. And on top of all that, the school was forced to fire him at a terrible time and basically had to set an entire season of on field results and recruiting on fire the year before Bielema shows up.
So yeah, I think it's a pretty great sign for their program that in year 2 they're already competing against quality competition and are a few bad breaks/bad ref calls from wins over TAMU and Bama. Especially since Bielema is a guy who relies on his ability to build in the trenches and that's typically not something you can do overnight. That they're this far along already suggests they're going to be maulers in year 3 or 4 when he has his own upper classman linemen he's developed
|6 days 2 hours ago||He'd be the best possible AD hire||
Read Steven Godfrey's piece at SBNation on the deep cultural division at Arkansas between the NW region (Where Walmart is HQ'd and where they campus is physically located) and the Little Rock area where all the old money and traditonal influence is located. Michigan has a divided environment, but holy poop it's nothing compared to the deep divides at Arkansas. And Long has managed that with aplomb. He hasn't let those various interests lead him around, he's led them.
Also, the guy is clearly well respected given his position on the CoFoPlayoff.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not big on Miss State||
Terrible out of conference schedule, and LSU/TAMU aren't very impressive wins as the season drags on. TAMU's AP ranking is still based almost entirely on them thrashing a South Carolina team that's turned out to be downright bad. The Auburn win was a very very good win, but Auburn sort of gave it away to them. I dunno. Ole Miss certainly has a better eye test going for them with all that highly ranked speed/viciousness on defense, and the Bama win is more than anything on Miss State's schedule.
I'd have Ole Miss number one for now, but I think next week's Florida State/Notre Dame winner jumps them. This is finally the year where the SEC has taken a really obvious step back. There's only 4 good teams in the whole league. The "SEC gon' get two schools in the playoff Paaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwl" thing is dead.
Big Ten champion is back in the playoff hunt now. I thought Michigan State's 4th quarter issues were due to struggling with their conditioning against no huddle teams, but Purdue made a 4th quarter run against them. I don't like Sparty against Ohio this year.
For right now, I'd go 1. Ole Miss 2. Florida State 3. Miss State 4. Baylor 5. Notre Dame 6. Oklahoma 7. Oregon
|1 week 2 days ago||It makes a lot of sense to me||
Brady Hoke was the choice of coach from the Lloyd era players. GOTTA GET RID OF THIS SPREAD OFFENSE REDNECK COMMUNIST, GET BACK TO LLOYD ERA. HOKE'S YER MAN. So when Hoke fails, either they're wrong, or the players are pussies/shitty/somehow at fault.
It's been a pretty standard line of thinking from people who refuse to admit Hoke's been a failure.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think if you wanted to pry||
I think if you wanted to pry Patterson away, you had to make the offer when TCU was still a mid major. I don't see him leaving a place he built into a BCS squad after all the sweat equity he's put in there.
That said, he's unequivocally the best possible non Harbaugh hire Michigan could make. He's the actual Beilein choice. He has proven that he can look at a high school kid and just KNOW that he could lose or gain 20 pounds, switch positions, and be an all american defensive player within his system. He is a legitimate defensive genius, who also believes in hiring an OC that will make an offense he would struggle to defend.
I just don't think he's likely to leave the place he built from nothing.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't even see a lot of evidence he's a good coach||
He's an offensive coach who never had a top 10 offense after leaving Oakland. He never showed he could adapt when the NFL solved the version of the west coast offense he was versed in. Andy Reid and Mike Holmgren were able to change things up and keep ahead of the curve. Gruden was just a telegenic guy running their offense who had success when their version was tearing the league up. When the league adjusted, he was exposed as a mediocre mind.
He couldn't adapt his system while in the NFL, so I don't see any evidence how he'd be able to adapt his system to college. And we already have Bill Callahan's Nebraska to see what happens when you just dump one of Gruden's playbooks on a bunch of college kids. And that's before getting into how much of a narcissist he is and how much he loves flirting with every open coaching job. The thing is, if he took the Michigan job, he'd be exposed (again) as someone not worth wanting.
|1 week 5 days ago||Les Miles doesn't oversign||
Nobody does in the SEC any more, it's against the rules.
Here's a question I'll ask you: Michigan has had zero problem recruiting. They've outrecruited Miles at LSU a few times even. So either you're assuming Michigan is able to do that while still being "clean" (whatever the hell that means in college athletics) or Michigan is doing what everyone else does. In either case, what do you think hiring Les Miles would do to change that? If the school can recruit top guys without cheating, you think he's just going to start because LOL CHEATING IS FUN?
The problem at Michigan in the last 4 seasons is player development, not the caliber of players coming in as 18 year olds. Les Miles can coach, and he hires good assistants instead of just hiring his friends and force fans to hope his friends are competent.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd rather keep Brady Hoke||
I'd rather keep Brady Hoke than hire Jon Gruden. It's Bill Callahan at Nebraska with more charisma.
|1 week 6 days ago||I mean||
The Vol dude wasn't wrong. Fulmer was a mediocre coach who knifed poor Johnny Majors in the back to get that job, was the king snitch of the SEC and rode Cutcliffe's coattails all the way to a national title. Do you ever hear Peyton Manning bring up Fulmer? Who did him and his dad send his brother Eli to play for? Fulmer or Cutcliffe? And Fulmer didn't even hire Cutcliffe, he was on staff with him under Majors.
And if it wasn't for John Chavis' defenses, Fulmer wouldn't have held on as long as he did. The analogy with Lloyd has some merit but it falls apart on big count: Lloyd Carr might not have been a forward thinker with X's and Os, he might have had a dogcrap understanding of game theory, and he might have had one of the worst sets of eyes for assistant coaching talent in major college football, but he was and is a good man. Fulmer was and is a trash person.
|1 week 6 days ago||The 2008 team was going to be||
The 2008 team was going to be a stinker/rebuilder even if Lloyd was still there, He oversaw a steady rot of the program that was largely masked by the Big 10 nose diving, and got to retire before having his Mack Brown moment where he couldn't manage the rebuild.
Maybe he could have gotten the team rebuilt by 2010; the success rate for older coaches rebuilding after they lead their team down a hole ain't great though. He sure as hell shouldn't have submarined RichRod the way he did though.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Well, I think there's usually||
Well, I think there's usually one to two coaches a year where it's obvious this early, but those guys get fired during the year, like our old friend Charlie did, or Kiffin last season. I cannot remember a time where there was a coach who so obviously needed to be fired during the year who can't be. The whole Brandon AD mess is just looming over everything.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||As soon as I got to the N I||
As soon as I got to the N I started laughing uncontrolably and now there's a room of students doing a warm up who are wondering what the hell is so funny.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||THE FANBASE IS WACKY||
thing is the most message board ish ever, and it's ALWAYS BS. Coaches take jobs that will pay them well and give them the highest chance to succeed......
....but nobody worth a damn is going to come work for Brandon. So as sucky as this is, if getting rid of Dave Brandon means letting him leave in 6 months on his "own terms" so he can run for office, or take a new CEO job, or begin his sex change or whatever the hell he wants to call it, that means one more year of Hoke. And that's tolerable to get rid of Brandon. Not ideal, but tolerable.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Beilein has a lot of class||
And he's probably wondering why he's got to answer questions about this junk now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He's not the first 20 year old to say something dumb||
He won't be the last. Not really a big deal to me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Rich Rod didn't get to coach his own seniors||
Dude takes over a rotted out roster with no quarterbacks on a team built to play dinosaur ball and got shanked by alumni and former players for not being able to win 10 games immediately with the crap left over from the end of Lloyd. And then he gets fired before he gets a chance to coach his own seniors and an upper classman version of the electric quarterback he recruited/developed, all while having to hire DCs with a tighter budget than Brandon gets to use on hiring crisis PR now.