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|11 hours 21 min ago||Honestly||
My first thought reading that was this:
I don't know what it is about "little brother" land grant schools, but it turns folks pretty crazy. Especially in the south and Texas.
|19 hours 59 min ago||Note on Doc||
He's still a legend down here in Raleigh because he's the guy who discovered and recruited Philip Rivers. Hard to believe considering how successful his career has been in college and NFL, but Rivers wasn't a highly touted prospect. That's a pretty big feather in the cap for ol' Doc.
|1 day 9 hours ago||It wasn't as insane as the Chizik hire||
It's certainly not a perfect. Hoke did not take Michigan as high as Chizik, and it hasn't gone as low as Auburn went either. But the similarities are there. Hoke would not have sniffed the Michigan job without the support of Lloyd's players, even if he wasn't as big a disaster as Chizik was for Iowa State. Add in the reliance on an exceptional coordinator and the transcendent star quarterback and it starts to really fall into place. I doubt we'll see Hoke on an 8th tier ESPN channel though.
The other thing that seems to leap out from your research is that the ABSOLUTE WORST THING a program can do is let factions within it start dictating hiring decisions. The AD has to be strong and make hires based on who is the most qualified and tell boosters and other factions to stick it if they don't like it.
|1 day 9 hours ago||The UNC report||
Specifically said there were no members of any department except AFAM who KNEW KNEW there was no show classes going on. But it chided members of academic support for not following up on red flags and continuing to send struggling students into the AFAM classes.
The most insane thing to me was that this stuff went back 18 YEARS. That means this was going on when St. Dean Smith was still the head coach of the basketball team. It's truly staggering and again, makes the reports claims that nobody outside of AFAM had direct knowledge of sham classes even harder to believe. They went through 3 inspections by SACS during that time and nothing was uncovered, so unless Crowder was a criminal genius, she had help keeping the lid on this stuff.
And the kicker is that because regular students got these benefits too, it's probably outside of the NCAA's hands. It wasn't improper benefits if regular students had access to the same no show classes.
|1 day 10 hours ago||The Chizik/Hoke parallels are stronger than I thought of||
before this diary. It's not a perfect analogy, but heaven help us all if Hoke had to coach a season without Mattison as DC. It'd make Chizik's one year without Malzahn look triumphant. Both guys rode a once in a lifetime QB to their best season too.
And more importantly, they both got hired more for who they knew and were connected to than the merits of their resumes.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Cumong Man||
That was the most fascinating thing I read all day today. The Terry Bowden stuff alone was worth the diary. Front page worthy.
|1 day 14 hours ago||The basic jist on the UNC stuff||
Is that the AFAM chair woke up one day and decided to use his department to help students who were struggling to maintain a high enough GPA to stay enrolled. Academic counselors pushed students who were struggling to stay above the 2.0 GPA minimum to what ended up being the no show take your A classes. And that's why UNC isn't going to get into NCAA trouble over it* The AFAM no show classes went to students AND student athletes, so it wasn't an improper benefit and thus falls outside of the NCAA's purview.
The academic counselors were rebuked for not speaking up louder about how weird it was that these no show classes all seemed to result in A's for students who were previously struggling mightily to get through UNC coursework. It didn't implicate them in the malfeasance. Everyone involved in the counseling department is saying they "should have done more" which is getting to be the go-to excuse for people who get caught with their pants down.
It's a real GD shame. UNC was always in that club of schools where you thought, "well, maybe you can stay clean and do major sports." And then you find out "nah."
*their NCAA sanctions are over an agent scandal involing their DL coach serving as a runner for an agent he was buddies with and guys receiving cash and goodies.
|1 day 17 hours ago||This sort of thing is a reminder||
No matter how decent or moral your circle of friends/family might be, never forget that there's plenty of people outside of your circle who are morally bankrupt. The whole world hasn't evolved. There's plenty of people who live in your neighborhoods, watch the same shows you watch, go to the same college you went to and cheer for the same sports teams you cheer for who are terrible humans.
"Only Southerners are racist" is a lie that has been told in the industrial midwest, agricultural midwest and Northeast for a century to avoid examining their own prejudices and to avoid looking too closely at the people around them who might just be garbage. It also ignores that racism is a human failure, not an intrinsically American one or regional one. There's just as many rich racists with fine degrees from exceptional universities as there are slack jawed yokels who can only spell the n-word correctly.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Brother||
There ain't nothin' disturbing about dancing in a sorrowful way to some Smiths or Morrissey solo stuff. You're not crossing any lines until you start scratching MOZ in your arm with a fountain pen.
|2 days 13 hours ago||You're not wrong||
I would say the John Harbaugh rumors are completely off though. Like, when they whole thing boils down to, "Well he's from there, his dad was an assistant there and his wife loves the state" then you've officially hit Gruden territory where it's all vapor. He's coming up on almost 20 years of coaching in the NFL.
I'd say Jim is POSSIBLE. But I just have these visions of smartass jerks going, "Oh MICHIGAN SUCKS SO BAD LOOK HOW CRAP MICHIGAN IS THEY COULDN'T HIRE THEIR FIRST CHOICE, JIM HARBAUGH WAS RIGHT THERE," when he really probably isn't. If major college programs were capable of hiring top NFL coaches, it would have happened and it just hasn't. So if Michigan pulls it off, it's going to be the greatest hiring coup in college athletics history. It's chances are nonzero because Jim is a unique individual and Michigan is a unique institution.
The Urban thing sure was a unique twist, but it's hardly unique for a college coach to leave a college program for another college. Lane left Tennessee for USC. Dennis Franchione left Alabama for Texas A&M. The space in between and the health care aspect for Urban made things a bit more unique, but it's ultimately something a lot less rare than a successful NFL coach leaving the NFL to go back to college.
|2 days 13 hours ago||You tell 'em bud||
I hear he listens to Morrissey, so he's probably a gay latino too. This "wife" business is just a coverup for his Spanish speaking Manchester liberal gay agenda.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Yeah, that sorta works||
I didn't think that was the same because he came out of retirement to coach Stanford, and I think being his age when he came back to football made any decision to hire him by a NFL team a bit more compicated than "Holy shit Bill Walsh is available?!"
Jim and John Harbaugh would get the "HOLY SHIT HE'S AVAILABLE!? GO GET HIM" response from NFL teams.
|2 days 15 hours ago||1. Never, in the history of||
1. Never, in the history of football that I have been able to find, has a succesful NFL coach left to go to a college program. If you have success in the NFL, other teams are going to offer you a great gig regardless of your relationship with your old team.
2. For this reason, John Harbaugh seems like the biggest pipe dream that ever existed and is "Jon Gruden is totally taking the Notre Dame/Tennessee job you guys!" He has no ties to college football and 31 other NFL teams will line up to take him when he leaves Baltimore. John has spent his professional life in NFL environments and has seemed perfectly happy with the way NFL teams operate and the role of the coach in the NFL. He just seems to have a deteriorating relationship with the owner and management over Ray Rice.
3. I would give Jim a slivver of a chance just because of all the rumors that people in the NFL think he's just not cut out long term for an NFL team due to his control freakness. A head coach in the NFL just isn't going to be allowed to have a ton of say over personnel, and if Jim really can't take that, he could very well end up back in college.
But again, look at the history of coaching hires. If you can find me guys with Super Bowl appearances or championships who voluntarily went back to college, then point em out because I haven't found them. Getting your hopes up for the Harbaughs seems like setting your sights so high that when neither shows up people are going to act like Michigan has "fallen" because it couldn't pull of the Most Insane Coup of a Hire Ever.
|3 days 14 hours 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.
|4 days 13 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.
|4 days 13 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.
|4 days 13 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.
|5 days 4 hours 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.
|6 days 19 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.
|6 days 19 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.
|6 days 19 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.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Night games and the||
Night games and the occasional fun road uniform.
|1 week 7 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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."
|1 week 2 days 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!
|1 week 2 days 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
|1 week 2 days 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 5 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