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|20 hours 22 min 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.
|20 hours 33 min 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 day 22 min 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 day 30 min 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 day 17 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 day 20 hours 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.
|3 days 35 min 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.
|3 days 13 hours 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?
|3 days 14 hours 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.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Maybe||
If Lloyd was a significantly worse as a coach and SIGNIFICANTLY x100 worse as a person.
|3 days 16 hours 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.
|3 days 16 hours 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.
|4 days 9 hours 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.
|6 days 19 hours 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.
|6 days 22 hours 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 8 hours 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 8 hours ago||Players are incredibly under compensated by current system||
But that seems an insane figure. And BI runs a lot of page view dreck.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Miami?||
|2 weeks 3 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 14 hours 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.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Sure, Dave Brandon's gone||
Of course they're going to put the game back. It's only gone because he was a dumb person.
That's the trend now, because realignment has caused many schools to either uproot themselves or find themselves surrounded by new schools, you can't count on your conference slate always selling your stadiums out like you could in different eras (hello Rutgers and Maryland!). So Michigan could really use a yearly OOC game that 1) gets eyeballs (because duh, that's the point of everything) and 2) is guaranteed to sell their stadium out no questions asked.
And Notre Dame, despite their new 5 game agreement with the ACC, can always use games to help fill that 12 game schedule.
And for both teams, it's very difficult to find a yearly OOC partner that 1) has top traditions guaranteeing an audience 2) is good on the field 3) is less inclined to take, shall we say, shortcuts? to get the tippy top players. You can only play Stanford once a year
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Part of the reason smaller schools get caught more||
Is that their boosters have far less experience with the NCAA rules than blue blood programs' boosters who have been in this game a long time.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Leach was an innovator at Texas Tech||
He was so ahead of the curve when it came to spreading the field and picking defenses apart with the pass when he was at Texas Tech, and by the end there he'd built a brand that allowed him to get some really top talent at key positions in his offense despite Texas Tech's limitations.
Well, fast forward a few years and all the other air raid guys run the ball a lot more, especially with packaged plays. New coaches have come along and become the go-to guys to play for if you're a HS WR or QB from an Air Raid system. Leach hasn't really adopted any of those innovations, so his offense is a bit old fashioned now compared to where the rest of college football is going.
And on top of all that, EVERY school in the Pac 12 invested heavily in facilities coaching staff in recent years. SOMEONE had to be the loser though, and it appears to be Wazzu and Colorado. Maybe Leach would have fared better at Purdue.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||2 Things||
1. You touched on it in the column, but Penn State is this year's reminder that if you are talking yourself into a team because, "BUT THE SCHEDULE IS SO EASY!" and nothing else, they will find a way to lose games. You can't schedule yourself out of mediocrity.
2. Stanford may end up winning the Pac 12 North and being in the playoff hunt even with that nasty loss to Northwestern. David Shaw is Lloyd Carr 2.0, for better and worse. "Losing to Northwestern because you choked your own offense out" is the Bad Lloyd. But the Good Lloyd part is "rallies team, plays great defense, still wins 9-10 games." Get ready for it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||If we are going to continue||
If we are going to continue to artificially cap athlete compensation, and claim it is necessary and proper, then it only is logical that we cap coach and administration salaries at equally low levels and funnel all the profits into the university budgets themselves.
It is a monstrous perversity to cap the compensation for the people actually scrambling their brains to earn this money and who often come from low income backgrounds in order to enrich everyone else in the department. The idea that people won't keep watching if the athletes are paid what they deserve is refuted by the fact that the sport has been awash in money with ever escalated coaching salaries and building projects for 20+ years now with no negative effect on the popularity of the sport.
If college sports can be ruined by money, then you have a lot of people getting rich you need to go after instead of supporting a system that steals money from poor teenagers.
Furthermore the fact that anyone in this day and age is naive enough to believe colleges when they claim poverty with their un-vetted athletic department budget figures while more and more colleges make the move to major college football is hilarious. Yeah guys, all these colleges are losing money on football. Sure sure sure.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Oh what the hell, one more (for both John and Brian)||
You left it uncertain in the book, so here and now between us pals: do you think Brady would have succeeded without the influence of Dave Brandon in the locker room and the film room? Brian, what do you think?
Before reading Endzone, I would have said no way, Brady was always doomed because he wasn't accomplished enough. But after reading, I got a much different picture of Hoke as a coach and leader, and now I'm not so sure it was always doomed to go that way for him.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Two questions||
1. Did you find doing the book that you had more or less sympathy for Dave Brandon than before you started doing the project?
Obviously you were always more plugged in than we were so I'm sure a lot of the stories you wrote about you knew before you got them on record, but reading your book I came away with a lot less hatred for ol' DB. He went from being a mustache twirler in my brain to being more of a human, a seriously flawed one obviously, but still a human being. A know-it-all who just didn't know it all.
2. Since your book went to the publisher, have you seen Michigan's Athletic department making steps to rehire some of the important people who helped make it what it was before The Purges started? Is that even feasible for a lot of the people who were let go, or are things still raw with a lot of them?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||2nd Snowflake||
OL couldn't block power for shit tonight, but I'll bet you (yes, you!) a whole dollar that they'll be blocking power pretty well by the end of the year. This coaching staff is not going to panic because they didn't know what they were doing against a great front 7 like Utah has and start trying a ton of OZ or doing a bunch of BS gimmicks.
If they have to sacrifice the whole season and end up with a cruddy first year record, they will do it so that these guys learn the new base play that they must make go. And I trust by the end of the year they'll have learned.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Probably the worst possible opponent||
Imaginable for a first game of a new coaching regime. Michigan's receivers aren't very good aside from Butt, their QB play is nothing special, and their line is adjusting to power and wasn't very good.
So that offense went up against one of the best defensive front 7's in the country, a team whose only real weakness was against the pass, which ain't going to be Michigan's strength. Utah's really good on defense, and I wish Michigan could have opened against a patsy instead but hey that's the way it goes.
I'm not going to freak out, it's about what I expected. They'll get it fixed.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Bohl Ball headin' East||
If Wyoming has a good year 2, that seems a sensible hire to me.