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|6 days 3 hours ago||I think he'd be a great hire||
But BYU is usually pretty savvy about hiring people who have deep ties to the school and the Mormon faith who are unlikely to want to ever leave. It means BYU has a much shallower pool of potential coaches to hire, but when they get one who works, they don't really worry about him leaving.
We joke about Michigan being a religion to folks, but like, BYU is literally a school based around a religion.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Jim Mora Jr||
I don't think he's leaving UCLA for any other college job. I think he's got his eyes on the NFL. If he had interest in leaving UCLA for another college, he would have left for his alma mater Washington last year (his wife was a cheerleader there too and he proposed to her on the freaking campus).
He's also a pacific coast guy.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't know about fanbase||
I don't think coaches pay too much attention to fans, to be honest. They worry about their athletic director and the wilingness of major alumni to step up and pay for things they need facility wise and assistant coaching wise.
Michigan has not been failing at football because the game is rigged against it. On the contrary, Michigan is a part of the elite college football club who have the game actively rigged in their favor. They've just had crappy coaches and crappy athletic department management and severely underperformed. From being outbid by West freaking Virginia for Jeff Casteel's services to the hiring of a .500 MAC-Mountain West coach, this program has done a lot of self defeating things in the past couple of seasons that have led to this point.
|1 week 1 day ago||I respectfully disagree||
Alabama fans were saying a lot of the same things about "Alabama is no longer a destination" when they were in the middle of their third straight crappy coach in the Shula era before Saban was hired. Oklahoma people said the same things during the decade of horror between Switzer and Stoops (and the Howard Schnellenberger/Rich Rod parallels are pretty strong imo). Or just look at Florida State under Jimbo Fisher.
We live in a college football world where even a mighty blue blood like Michigan or Texas or USC can fall on its ass and suck if it has bad-to-mediocre coaching, and where just being a mediocre-to-okay coach isn't enough to get a former blue blood back going strong after it's been dormant for a while. There was a time where just being Michigan or Alabama or Oklahoma or whatever was enough to have a baseline level of good. That's not the case.
The good news is that ANY program with money behind it can rise if it has a good coach who has institutional buy-in. And a program like Michigan, with tons of money/alumni support/cake walk conference schedule is INCREDIBLY attractive to an ambitious and successful coach as long as he's not going to have to say, put up with his AD sitting in on weekly coaches meetings.
I do not buy the idea that a successful and/or ambitious coach would turn down a major job with major resources unless the AD at Michigan goes out of his way to make the job unattractive.
|1 week 1 day ago||When you switch Offensive Coordinators||
and you have some of the same issues, then it is time to face the reality that the OCs are doing what their boss wants. Hoke wants a slow tempo.
Go watch old Arkansas games from Houston Nutt era that Gus Malzahn was the OC for, watch Auburn from the Chizik/Malzahn era, and watch Auburn now that Malzahn is the HC and see the differences of their offenses based on how much freedom Gus had to do what he wants to do. An OC may be in charge of his department, but he answers to a HC.
Brady Hoke is obviously not sitting there during games barking RUN THE BALL 35 TIMES EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT REALLY WORKING or SLOW THE HELL DOWN FOR MY DEFENSE. But it is very, very clear that these messages are being sent throughout the week during the planning stages for games.
This is what Hoke wants. He wants slow tempo and 35-40 runs a game and however the OC wants to do it is his business. And it's failing and has been failing since Denard graduated.
|1 week 2 days ago||"Don't blame me"||
"Coach, why did your DLine, the one thing you coach, play poorly and not get pressure?"
DON'T BLAME ME, THEY THREW A LOT OF 3 STEP DROPS YOU CAN'T GET PRESSURE ON THOSE
"Well coach, why didn't you all call more 3 step drop quick game passes since Gardner was getting assaulted?"
I DUNNO BLAME THE OC
There's my translation out of Hokese for y'all.
|1 week 3 days ago||There's a saying||
"Don't fall in love with the last second prom date"
Brady Hoke did not get the job at Michigan because he was the most qualified possible coach available that season. He got the job because Dave Brandon is a dumbass and fired Rich Rodriguez at a point in the year where there weren't many available coaches to choose from, so he ended up with Hoke, who at least desperately wanted the job and knew the school well.
Tennessee had a similar situation with Derek Dooley after Lane Kiffin bolted. Florida had the same issue after Spurrier left and it resulted in them hiring Ron Zook. None of those guys were awful hires at the time, because you get whatever you can get when you have to do a coaching hire after musical chairs has stopped.
Brady Hoke had a chance to prove that despite his pedigree he could make things work. Instead he has litany of road debacles and one horseshoe season with some other guy's players. Michigan can do better than this.
|1 week 3 days ago||When Dave Brandon is fired||
or leaves to take on a new challenge, or goes back to his home planet where he is needed, or whatever they end up calling it, the new AD will probably be able to negotiate a new Notre Dame series. 90% of the reason it's ending is because Brandon and the Notre Dame AD hate each other, so hopefully Michigan puts an end to this Brandon tragicomedy so the series can resume before doomsday.
Also let's hope Brandon is forced out soon so that a new AD will be in place to pick the next coach, who hopefully won't have a .500 record with no conference championships whose teams melt down every time they take 3 steps away from Ann Arbor. And maybe Michigan will run no huddle in the 4th quarter down by 4 touchdowns.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I wish they'd just eliminate defensive holding||
The NFL and college football have tried to legislate the big BOOM SHOT hits on QBs and Wideouts, and that's good because safety is nice. But they've done nothing rule wise to give defenses some other way to prevent quarterbacks for throwing for 600 yards. It seems the trend in college is to be very lax with defensive holding, while the NFL is going the other way and trying to make football into Arena.
Just let them grab and fight all the way down til the ball's in the air. Give a defensive back a chance to be great. I don't want all football games being 63-56
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Nobody likes Skyler?||
Yeah, how dare she not want Walt to be a drug dealing devil. Why doesn't she let him be kewl.
Skyler4L. It's clear that Walter Jr got his morals from his mom.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||If the Pac-12/Big 10 deal had||
If the Pac-12/Big 10 deal had gone through, Notre Dame would have lost 5 games out of their schedule (USC, Stanford, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State). According to Notre Dame writers and ACC folks, the talks between the two leagues heated up at the same time the B1G-Pac deal seemed to become a done deal. The fact that the Notre Dame/ACC deal includes ND playing 5 ACC teams a year lines up fairly well, no?
It was the Pac side that ultimately canceled the deal, and at the time it was reported that a major sticking point was USC and Stanford not wanting to lose the Notre Dame series. Add in what we know about Dave Brandon's general cluelessness and his gung ho support, and you have your answer.
|20 weeks 18 hours ago||Dave Brandon lost the Notre Dame series||
He was one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Pac 12- Big 10 scheduling deal that was the cause of Notre Dame seeking the ACC membership-5 game a year schedule deal. Dave Brandon was cool with ditching the Notre Dame series so Michigan could play Pac 12 teams that there is no relationship with or longstanding rivalry with. Then he seemed absolutely shocked when USC and Stanford killed the Pac 12-B1G deal and Notre Dame dropped them.
It's just a pattern of Dave Brandon overplaying weak hands and then being shocked when shit blows up in his face.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||The Union Boss...||
....is a psychology senior in college. This ain't the daggum Teamsters we're talking about.
I don't get why we'd assume they're full of shite when they've done nothing deceitful to this point. Their opposition couldn't even do a press release without lying about their position. I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt to an organization that to this point has done nothing unethical or untowards, especially given the other side is complicit in all manner of fraud. I
And even if the players did ask for an increased stipend, WHAT'S SO WRONG ABOUT THAT? What's so wrong with them being able to hire agents? What's wrong with them doing local commercials or being sponsored by Nike? EVERYONE ELSE IS BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE and they're getting a scholarship, medical bills and having to constantly worry about whether their coach will find a way to grey shirt them and pull the little compensation they do get. They can't even switch schools without a headache.
So, NO I don't think this is just about health insurance. This is about players vital to a billion dollar enterprise (that masquerades as a non-profit, further defrauding tax payers) wanting to be treated like grown ass men who are vital to the whole system instead of being treated like an irritating batch of cattle that have to be herded about and controlled.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||They are treated less than employees||
They are currently treated like they are somewhere between an "indentured servant" and "an intern at a really type A company." Employees are allowed to look elseware for employment if they don't like their current situation, for example. They aren't subject to constant online supervision.
Also they aren't asking for money. They want insurance, ability to transfer and independant medical staffs that can't be fired by the coaching staff when they make a health decision that might impact his win-loss record.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Preposterous||
We just watched over the last few years as dozens of longstanding and excellent rivalries were torn apart in the name of TELEVISION MARKET SIZE and MAXIMIZING TV REVENUE. Even the conferences that have "won" realignment have seen their existing rivalries diluted because teams in different divisions no longer regularly play each other. AD salaries are climbing higher and higher, and hell, Michigan hired A CORPORATE CEO to be their AD. Coaching salaries at the top are creeping closer and closer to 10m a year territory.
BUT PAYING PLAYERS ANYTHING WILL RUIN THE SPORT(S) WITH DIRTY MONEY.
You have to be completely clueless about the level of money in major college athletics to think that pay-for-play will fundamentally alter college football in any way shape or form. Major college sports basically exists to make middle aged white dudes in bad clothes absurdly wealthy. It's gonna be ruined by the actual athletes having health insurance? Seriously?
|27 weeks 5 days ago||The biggest issue with NBA-college basketball reform is||
They're competitors, in a way that NCAAFB and NFL are legally not allowed to be. The NFL's antitrust exemption is contingent on them not competiting head to head on Saturdays and Fridays with CFB and HSFB. So the NFL can put in rules that help the college game and strengthen it.
But NBA and NCAA don't have that kind of relationship, and often have games on at the same time competiting with one another for ratings. Hence why the NBA has spent the last 20 years undermining and (successfully) harming college basketball. They're never going to do anything that helps college basketball unless it's an overwhelmingly positive thing for the NBA, and even then, they're more likely to continue undermining.
|30 weeks 8 hours ago||These numbers bring up one question||
Which member of the Harbaugh coaching tree will be the new head coach at Michigan next year?
|31 weeks 7 hours ago||If you listened to that tape||
and heard anything other than LOUD NOISES, you're a better man than me. We don't know what was said, other than "Piece of crap" seems awfully tame for that kind of reaction. AND there's no discussion of what might have been said throughout the game leading up to that point.
So yeah, let's not act like we know for sure what happened there, other than, "Jerk said stupid things and got a weak shove from a ballplayer with bad judgment."
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Well||
All that does is punish good programs who can recruit at a high level for having the temerity to recruit good players. You don't necessarily know if a kid is going to be one and done until he gets on campus and lights it up. And then you'll be stuck with major, name brand programs who drive revenue for everyone else being on weird cycles where they're good one year and then godawful the next.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||How could the NCAA end one and done?||
It's an NBA policy. The NCAA has never been in favor of it. The NBA could easily cut back on the one and done rule by either 1) dumping age requirements 2) moving them up to 3 years 3) getting creative and doing something like count college years towards NBA veteran service time so that kids who stay in college and develop are also working towards their payday, instead of treating all rookies the same way service time wise.
They don't want to do any of that, or didn't in the Stern era, because the Stern NBA couldn't give two shits about colleges.
|33 weeks 4 hours ago||What the Podcast Title Made Me Think Of:||
BIT BY BIT, THE PIECES FIT! THE SOVIET MACHINE AD-VAAAAAAAAAAAANCES.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||"Do we really believe at this point"||
Yes, he no longer has the village idiot calling the plays and organizing the offense. I think it's perfectly reasonable to expect him to improve.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I'm just going to guess||
that the idea of it just makes Brian so sad that he wants to put off having to talk about Scot Loeffler bringing the Punt and Shoot (Yourself) offense to Michigan until the last possible moment. It certainly worked wonders for Auburn and Virginia Tech.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||As long as it's not Scot Loeffler||
It's going to be Scot Loeffler, isn't it?
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Also||
"Don't ever hire Scot Loeffler, he's stupid"
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I love Mazzone||
He's a guy who has spent the better part of 10 years coming up with pro style takes on common spread concepts. Aka, what Borges has spent the last 3 years trying and failing to do.
The only school with comparable resources as Michigan who had an OL as inexperienced was UCLA. They won 10 games in a stacked Pac 12. Yeah, that would be a kick ass hire.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Oh you misunderstand me||
I don't think Penn State should turn up it's nose because of a lack of ties. I don't see HIM taking the job. I'm reading Penn State folks who think OH FRANKLIN WOULD LOVE TO COACH HERE, SEE, HE'S FROM PENNSYLVANIA! as if nothing happened in the past few years to make a 40-something year old coach being courted by Texas think twice about Penn State. With Schiano, he'll take the job if he has to walk from Tampa to get it.
And no, if Rutgers was still a 1-2 win a year program like it was pre-Schiano, it would not be in the Big 10. No amount of TV market projection is going to cover up a program that has literally never won in its history. Schiano won there. He put them on the map and made them something other than, "Well, if Rutgers ever gets its shit together, it could maybe be something!"
Even if Schiano only won 8 games a year there, that would be an insanely good accomplishment given Rutgers' history. People have made a big deal about Franklin having winning seasons at Vandy, and he deserves credit, but what Schiano did at Rutgers was a tougher accomplishment.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||^^^^THIS||
I've been amazed to see so many Penn State people losing their minds over Schiano. I mean, sure, getting Franklin would be a great hire, but he has no real ties to Penn State other than he's from the state and there's no real word out there that he's even interested. Schiano has a FAR stronger track record than Al Golden, who seems to be the It Boy (God I want his publicist).
If you give me the choice between a guy who is the difference between Rutgers dropping to FCS and joining the B1G versus a guy who can't beat Duke for a division championship with Miami, I know which guy I want.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Texas State football makes no sense anymore||
It's weird enough to see Texas A&M being a successful offensive program that lights up scoreboards and highlights. But seeing the most Texas A&M-like coach in the country go to Austin would just break my brain irrevocably.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Speed||
On those jet sweep deals, the runner typically has to slow down a bit at the mesh point to make sure he doesn't screw up the handoff exchange. With the Mine Sweep (Damnit, that name should really take off, the play was invented at Colorado School of Mines and the name rules so damnit), the guy can take the ball at full sprint without worrying about an exchange.