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|3 hours 2 min ago||In another thread tonight||
RR was criticized for not hiring a DC that specialized in the 3-3-5. The pool of experienced DCs that are both good and available is usually pretty small. Trying to use an average salary to pry one away from their current job doesn't add many options, Robinson wasn't even close to the 100 highest paid assistants so I doubt Shafer was either. Now narrow the pool to coaches experienced in running the 3-3-5 and there's not much left. Casteel was planning to come and we got beat out by a small amount.
The problem wasn't that the budget wasn't enough for a decent DC. It wasn't enough for a sure thing. They could have had someone who already worked well with RR and his assistants and who had successfully run his defense. Instead they gambled that things could still work out if they saved a few bucks. Maybe RR deserves most of the blame for not pushing harder.
Brandon made sure he wasn't going to repeat that mistake. I doubt very much the next AD will either.
|3 hours 6 min ago||That buyout wasn't paid until 6 months later.||
Micihgan was hoping to pay a reduced amount and was willing to let RR get a lot of bad press to do so. It blew up in their face, which might make one question some of their other decisions in handling that transition.
|4 hours 32 min ago||He was good enough for Matt Millen to hire.||
So there's that on his resume.
|6 hours 28 min ago||Why?||
He's supposed to be a QB guru. Looking at the progression of Gardner and Morris under his tutelage, his next job rates to be a step down.
|7 hours 2 min ago||Maybe he wants another chance to prove||
himself at the highest level. He's more aware of the pressure that comes with it this time around. He might welcome it.
|9 hours 58 min ago||I have to ask,||
what's unusual about a HC dictating what basic defense or offense his coordinators should run? It's what his assistants were used to teaching. It's his team and he's ultimately the one most responsible for the production on both sides of the ball. This isn't a defense of RR, just a criticism of that tired old critique.
|11 hours 19 min ago||Brandon tied to Hoke||
to that extent seems incredibly unlikely. He's done nothing to support Hoke this year, only saying the same thing he did about RR, that he'll be evaluated at the end of the season. DB is a lot of things, but he's not an idiot and he does care whether our teams are successful.
To your other point, I don't want a coach who looks at our program and thinks that a very low bar for improvement is a plus. I want someone who thinks he can turn us into a NC contender. The more distant that possibility looks, the worse for attracting those coaches.
|11 hours 29 min ago||The idea that we'll drop off the radar in terms||
of a coaching search is pure fantasy. If anything, not being bowl eligible will intensify the speculation nationally. I'd be very surprised if our job isn't the most talked about from the OSU game until it's filled.At least bowl practices would give people something else to cover.
|13 hours 56 min ago||Nova is so horrible that he leads the Big Ten||
in passing yards and YPA.
|14 hours 9 min ago||You're not being fair to Schlissel.||
What signs has he shown of incompetence? Even if he wasn't all that knowledgeable about the timing for hiring a new coach, he's not living in a bubble. Surely there are people letting him know that being too deliberate will be a problem.
Let's just suppose that you're right. The new president is completely incompetent, listens to know one or couldn't care less about the football program. If the new AD is hired in January, his first priority is still going to be replacing Hoke. Winning or losing a game or two isn't going to change that. Unless you're also assuming that the new AD is also going to be completely incompetent. In that case, maybe he or she will hire someone even worse than Hoke.
|14 hours 26 min ago||exactly||
Going one step further, losing out does no one any good. It makes our job opening less attractive, hurts the players and makes the turnaround harder.
|1 day 3 hours ago||That's very likely true.||
QBs commit early. Remember RR was only able to get Justin Feagin as a late pickup.
|1 day 7 hours ago||No||
There are first hand accounts of Peppers running drills before games and clearly not being ready to go.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I have one name for you, John Beilein.||
Basketball recruiting is generally considered dirtier than football and Michigan is an easier school to recruit for in football anyhow, We're already getting very highly ranked recruiting classes. We just need to pair them with a first rate coach.
Michigan isn't going to sacrifice its principles and it never should. The football program represents the school. It dosn't drive it.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I'd be happier if this lame duck staff||
stopped putting out any more offers. I don't see how that helps the next staff. They should focus on keeping wavering players in place until things settle out. Grant Perry will be there if the next coach wants him. If Hoke survives by some miracle, he'll be in a better position to recruit and finish the class than he is now.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Has it been shown that other students||
were sent there? If so, that would be an even bigger academic issue. It would also show involvement outside of the AD and AFAM departments.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I think Manning is the new Fred Jackson.||
Whoever comes in will likely find a place for him. Everyone else is very likely gone whoever gets the job, excepting John Harbaugh..
Jim Harbaugh took nobody but his coordinators with him from Stanford to the 49ers. He's not likely to bring a bunch of NFL guys here either. I don't think we have any clues as to who he might hire. A current college HC like Mullen would probably bring most of his current staff.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Meyer took full advantage of PSU's||
implosion after their scandal broke.
|3 days 54 min ago||$5M isn't opening up the checkbook for Jim Harbaugh.||
It's an attempt to lowball him. He could likely pull down $7M in the NFL. John Harbaugh is already making that much.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Someone remind me of Hoke's title.||
We have a booster paying his salary and another one paying Nussmeier's. It's not unusual. Auburn has basically had boosters making hiring decisions because they were paying the salaries.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Going one step further, I doubt that they||
would be meeting on the coach's or AD's home turf. A flight to Misiissippi could be to meet Jeff Long. I don't think they're at the point to interview coaches anyway. The AD is going to come first.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Schlissel is not going to fire him for hiring Hoke.||
He's already made it clear what he's unhappy about.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Those strong NFL ties would be valuable||
if we could recruit players out of the league. Otherwise I don't get the point. Doesn't it just mean he'll be able to get a DC job with another team?
|3 days 12 hours ago||Yes, you're spot on about the apology.||
It's the most ridiculous statement I can remember a Michigan coach making. If he wants to apologize to Dantonio personally after the game, fine, but leave at that.
If Hoke's in a mood to make public apologies, I can think of many he could make. He should start with punting on 4th and 3 in the 4th Q. Giving up at that point has to demoralize the team.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Making the elite eight qualifies as a disaster?||
As I recall they were even the favorite to win it all after beating us in the BTT finals.
|4 days 4 hours ago||They talk about season ending injuries.||
Let's not get carried away.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Nussmeier wants to be a HC.||
This job was clearly supposed to be a short stop before he got that opportunity. I've never heard of a penalty for an assistant coach leaving for another job. I doubt it's done anywhere.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Fred Jackson is the better choice than Nuss||
for interim in every possible way. That's not sarcasm.
When was the last time Michigan hasn't kept the interim on a full time basis? Fisher, Ellerbe, Moeller, Carr. If the team plays better under Nussmeier there will be a real chance he keeps the job. In fact, I think he would become the odds on favorite if the Harbaughs don't jump at it right away. Frankly, I think the team will play better for any interim coach, so it won't show much.
While this scenario is better than we have right now, what isn't? Michigan needs a change in direction, not an easy way out of doing so. Name Jackson and it's not an audition for the job. He's a true interim, not someone where people are saying they want to see what he can do. He should have an easier time handling the extra responsibility than any first year coach. Jackson knows the people, he knows his way around the AD and he's comfortable with the media.
Nussmeier is a better HC candidate down the road. That has nothing to do with whether he would be better taking over tomorrow. He's still the OC and QB coach. I can't think of a single person in a worse position to take on extra duties right now.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Chip Kelly???||
So with Brandon around we may have to settle for someone like that? OK.
|4 days 16 hours ago||This is dead wrong.||
Getting the right coach is 100X more important than worrying about this recruiting class. Who's going to be available in mid-December? I'm not crossing any names off the list because we have to wait for their season to end. The coaching search might have started already, but we need to settle the AD position before we get too far.
I'm in favor of naming an interim too, but Nussmeier would be far down my list of choices. He has more than enough to worry about as it is. I hate the idea that we might settle for hiring the interim if the team shows some improvement. Fred Jackson. would be my first choice.