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|6 hours 50 min ago||Ha, Valenti occasionally calls things||
regarding Michigan as he sees them through his Sparty filter. He always puts things in a way to get people calling in, usually irate Michigan fans. Whether he's trying to be honest or not, I've never heard any evidence that he knows more about Michigan than the average MGoReader. .
|7 hours 1 min ago||If the HC job was filled by Jim Harbaugh is our||
AD job less attractive? If I was an AD candidate I'd be very happy at the prospect of having a top-notch coach already in place. It certainly sounds better than having to fire the current guy, serve on a search committee, negotiate with all sides, deal with the inevitable infghting and not know who you're going to wind up with. If you don't want to work with the new hire, then you don't take the job. Do we want someone who wouldn't hire JH?
Whether it's plausible whether Brandon could hire either Harbaugh, I don't know about that.
|10 hours 49 min ago||not likely||
It was his first season with a big contract. That was when Vick was suspended, so it wasn't a shock that the team struggled.
|14 hours 54 min ago||If John Harbaugh quits,||
I doubt his contract will allow him to go to another NFL team next season. Would he leave Michigan to go back to the NFL? Possibly, but not right away. His new contract would certainly include a large buyout. It's not reason enough to make him an unattractive candidate.
I don't think we'll ever see a bidding war between Michigan and Stephen Ross. Neither side would be happy with that.
|15 hours 45 min ago||a few things||
This program mostly makes polite comments about OSU in the week leading up to that game too. The same with Notre Dame until they decided to end the series. The same they do with everyone else.
Does it make sense that our approach is losing games to them now, when it worked so often in the past? We're losing to most every opponent as strong as MSU.
As far as the fans go, the level of hatred for MSU is not much below that for OSU. I don't know how you think it isn't there. It seems quite appropriate for our 2nd or 3rd biggest rival. It's just not felt as intensely by all of our fans from out of state. It'll never match MSU's level. Their being a team with no other rivals and very few out of state fans.
|15 hours 59 min ago||Then the most plausible scenario is||
that Harbaugh would be willing to come back as an assistant, is it not?
|16 hours 2 min ago||Brandon is keeping quiet,||
very unchacteristically so. That's a strong indication that something is in the works.
|16 hours 8 min ago||Yes, I am.||
The president could easily fire the coach along with Brandon. I don't see that as any kind of a stumbling block. I would expect that interviews with AD candidates are going to involve discussions about Hoke's future. Suppose everyone says they think Hoke has to go? Schlissel would just be making the announcement, not the decision. It's also possible that the timing could help in the search for his replacement.
I don't like the idea of Schlissel firing coaches for their W-L records, but I would have had no problem if he had stepped in and fired Hoke for his handling of Shane Morris. While that might still be the AD's job, it's ultimately the president who's responsible for the conduct of university employees and the welfare of its students.
|16 hours 31 min ago||You actually know Shaw? The other parties too?||
I don't, but frankly, every element of that scenario just sounds crazy. Shaw loves working under Harbaugh so much that he prefers that to being a very successful HC? So much so, that he won't mind his salary getting cut by at least 2/3? Or Stanford thinks it's a good idea to pay a coordinator $3M/year to accomodate an ex-coach who bolted for greener pastures?
I don't get why people think Harbaugh coming back to Michigan is out of the question. I seriously wonder if anyone but some Michigan fans feel that way. It's infintely more likely than some of the other possibilities being bandied about like hiring a Div-3 coach. We'll never know the complete truth abouth coaching searches, but I think there was a good chance Harbaugh was coming here last time unti the 49ers job opened up.
|17 hours 2 min ago||I predict that if Long is hired,||
then Hoke gets fired first. It's a simple solution if that's a problem. for him
|1 day 5 hours ago||Michigan hiring Tressel is one of the most ridiculous||
hypotheticals ever. He was very gracious in public and people that knew him mostly genuinely like the guy. He wrote books extolling the virtues of doing things the right way. He was also the embodiment of the win at all costs mentality. He didn't just cheat relentlessly, he was also involved in other incidents that brought his character into question. I very much doubt he ever coaches in college again. Imo, Michigan is more likely to follow the U of Chicago example than hire him.
I'll add that I couldn't disagree more with those who want Michigan to adopt a win at all costs mentality. I have to wonder if there isn't a division between those who attended the school and those who adopted it as fans.
|1 day 12 hours ago||The oline is one of the few||
position groups that's performing at my preseason expectations.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Narduzzi vs Herman||
Narduzzi might be the better candidate, but I don't see him as suitable for Michigan. It might be okay to snag a coach from a rival. I'm just very uncomfortable with hiring someone whose dream job is to coach at our rival. It leaves us in a vulnerable position. I could see Narduzzi bolting whenever the MSU job opened up,.They already look at him as Dantonio's successor. The dynamics with Herman are different. My main concern would be whether he's qualified for the job.
|2 days 3 hours ago||MSU gave up 3 big runs in the first half for 170 yards.||
Those are some pretty big breakdowns when the QB isn't much of a threat. Other than those 3 big runs IU gained 50 total yards. Once MSU cleaned up its act it was a complete rout.
It's hard to see how there was a serious decline in the QB's play during the game. He threw for 11 yards and 0 INT.
|2 days 10 hours ago||I always loved beating them when their||
sole goal was to ruin our season. I don't like being on this side of things, but a win Saturday would be the first step on the way back. I wouldn't mind seeing their playoff hopes dashed either. Go Blue!
|2 days 10 hours ago||There's a third option.||
People are making posts about coaches that have a snowball's chance of even being considered for our job.
|2 days 10 hours ago||I don't think this was calculated,||
at least not to become a D-1 HC. He's 50 and coaching at a level that no D-1 school hires from. He's making about what a MAC position coach gets.
He wasn't a listed assistant coach at Nebraska, must have been a QC job. He was a GA at Wisconsin too. Since working in Lincoln, he's twice dropped to lower levels of competition, skipping the FCS altogether. At some point one would think he'd move up if he had the ambition or capability for a bigger job.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Delusional is in the eye of the beholder.||
|2 days 15 hours ago||Good post, but I have a couple of quibbles.||
I don't think his Michigan ties grade goes from low to an A based on his boss. One of the main reasons to want Michigan ties is their value in recruiting.
Along the same lines, I don't see it as a big plus if Bates is his AD here. I'm sure there's some upside to it, but it's going to make it harder to sell him to the Michigan community. It would remind me of Hoke or RR bringing along their assistants because they're familiar with them, not because they were searching for the best candidates. That's standard for assistants, but we've also seen the criticism it engenders when the team struggles.
|4 days 12 hours ago||We've scrimmaged against Kent St more than once.||
I think Beilein's had one every season. It's incorrect to say we could have a closed scrimmage or exhibition games. We do both.
|4 days 15 hours ago||agree and disagree||
I don't see the new AD taking a chance on a small name hire either. I agree that the Harbaughs will be the top targets. The question is what will they do if that's not happening.
Perhaps it matters who the new AD is. For example, I don't see Jeff Long as someone who is going to be timid. The new AD is going to be given a mandate to change some things. High on that list will be the direction of the football program. I expect to see them make a big push to get someone whose stature fits the job, regardless of style of play. It'll be his job to sell the new coach to the Michigan community. They have to know they can do a far better job of that than we saw from Bill Martin.
Is the pool described in your last sentence any deeper than Les Miles? I guess we could add Hoke and Ferentz, but Miles is the only plausible name I see.
|4 days 18 hours ago||don't think so||
It makes little sense to sacrifice competitiveness in order to make a statement. The message will be muddled with the idea that you're simply being cheap, while still taking in a ton of tv revenue.
Schlissel is clearly unhappy with Brandon's marketing and pricing. That's where he's making changes to lessen the commercialization of our sports. He's not a fool. He knows about our football tradition and he surely knows it's a lot easier to fund the AD when the football team is winning.
I don't think he'll be in favor of throwing around $15M/year to lure Saban or Jim Harbaugh here. I think that's little more than a fantasy of a few fans anyway, no matter who was in charge. There's a middle ground between offering record contracts and opting out of paying competitive salaries. I expect our top choices will be names that command big contracts and that's what we'll offer.
|5 days 7 hours ago||I can believe it.||
The punch went right over Izzo's head.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I don't get this comment.||
Who's hell bent on running a particular offense? Some former players and a portion of the fanbase? I'd guess there's a bigger portion of the fanbase that's resigned to this philosophy than there is in favor of it, especially after the last couple of seasons.
In all likelihood a new AD is going to be making this call. It'll be his biggest and most scrutinized decision for years. Whoever it is, I'm sure he has his own ideas about the direction of CFB. Maybe he'll be willing to severely limit the possible candidates in order to avoid having a more modern offense. Maybe he'll say Hoke was on the right path, he just needed to execute better. I expect him to be more open minded and I'll be surprised if the next hire is a low profile coach who plays manball.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Neither side||
would want any part of that.
|6 days 10 hours ago||I don't think Brandon wants to get fired and fight||
for his full buyout. It's a black mark on his resume and he may still harbor political aspirations. A termination with cause would be messy for everyone involved. I would bet both sides have already been negotiating the terms of his departure. Ultimately I expect he'll be allowed to resign and get a partial buyout.
There is nowhere to move Brandon. Are they going to make him the interim coach? He's too high up for that to be a viable option.
|6 days 15 hours ago||I think that's right.||
This is a lot different than 2007. People were optimistic about the direction of the program back then. Our program and our fanbase have been humbled this season. The arrogance may still be there, but it's mostly been put on a back burner. I think there's going to be less tolerance for those who make petty complaints about the new coach and his staff. Complaints about a lack of loyalty are another matter.
I'm assuming Graham gets hired only after it's clear we can't land one of the big names on our list. There would probably be a negative reaction to anyone not named Harbaugh if it looked like we didn't bother to try for one of them.
|6 days 15 hours ago||An option would be to fire Hoke||
before Long takes the job. If a stated reason for letting Brandon go is the shoddy safety procedures exposed by the handling of Shane Morris, it's not a stretch to can them both at once. I would assume that every candidate will be asked how they would deal with Hoke. It could be that they would all prefer their first major action to be hiring a new coach rather than firing the old one.
|6 days 15 hours ago||He was able to hire two coaches||
that few would think he had a chance of landing. I like that he is willing to aim high rather than settle for someone certain to take the job. Petrino might be a mercenary who would leave when a better job beckoned, but he's a proven winner. Not many places can do better than that. I have to wonder when was the last time we did.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Zero chance of the regents||
making an official recommendation to fire Brandon and the president keeping him on. They already know where he stands on the matter. No way they would be taking a disagreement public in that manner. That would just be terrible PR for all concerned.