At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|14 weeks 1 day ago||Mike Williams. USC. They||
Mike Williams. USC. They found him on a basketball court in Florida.
Unbelievable college receiver without blazing speed.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||8 sounds good and let's put||
8 sounds good and let's put the first round games on campuses. Give the better ranked teams a reward and inject some flavor and atmosphere into these games.
Maybe this will send a Southern team to a northern campus in December. Something that people have been wanting to see for years.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The last||
The last coach of Michigan could likely will be answering this ad. And he was killing it in the recruiting service rankings.
Let's not forget who is in charge of things. We might be going too far into nerdville whining about recruiting rankings. Also let's not forget what Dantonio's 2 and 3 stars have been doing to Michigan for most of the last half-decade.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Stanford might have been the||
Stanford might have been the worst Pac 10 program of the last thirty years when Jim took over. Throwing winning percentages around when analyzing the job he did there is pure intellectual dishonesty.
What he did there was a miracle. He left before he could chew up successive ten wins seasons and pump up his W/L.
Instead, he went and won seventy percent of his games in the pros with average at best quarterback play.
OSU fans root for a program that got fat off a cheater's mill under Tressell. The NCAA came to town for two weeks and let the whole thing just slide by with no meaningful investigation. A decade of a coach who preached integrity, qualifying borderline students and keeping them compensated with a network of freebies and do nothing summer jobs.
To prove they learned no lesson, they hired Meyer and his unmatched record of criminal coddling down at Florida
Their fabulous record during that stretch is the product of everything Michigan refuses to ever be.
We should be glad of it.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Totally. I still have a lot||
I still have a lot of faith that once Michigan starts being really good again at football, the above is how the fan base will really feel about things like the Izzo drool fest. There won't be this strange worry over whether State wins a game against Louisville in late March.
Stumbling around in football has caused a widespread insecurity among the fanbase. Also the stumbling has coincided with the explosion of social media and all the junk that gets tossed around on there.
But it's all about taking charge of the interaction by knowing what matters most to State fan. That is flexing their flabby sports fan muscles in the face of a Michigan fan and drawing a reaction.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Years of Spartys in my family and among friends has taught me..||
The best way to cope with Sparty fan during these March droolings over Izzo. When they bring the game up, tell them you saw "parts" of the game and you "checked the score later on". And then say something like "pretty exciting huh?" Be nice and positive.
It really ticks them off.
Remember the psychology: it's attention they want and a close second is they want to rub it in you as a Michigan fan. If you aren't drawn into a discussion of any depth, it gets to them. If you act like it's fine, it gets to them.
I like to throw in things like "yeah State looked pretty good when I was watching. Exciting stuff."
It works like magic. It's a middle ground between arguing about Michigan v. Michigan State and the other extreme of acting like you don't care and didn't watch.
That second thing never works and makes you look weak.
If they can't get to Michigan fans, a huge part of the fun is sucked dry.. That's as important as the actual success to them. Maybe more.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The cure for the angst I am||
The cure for the angst I am seeing on here from a lot of Michigan fans: move out of the state. I lived out of state for almost a decade during the Sparty's basketball height in the early 2000s.
In March you didn't get bombarded with the media and their fans like you do in Michigan. No one cared or knew much about them.
The other upside was as a State grad no one knew about Michigan State and they'd always ask me questions about my time at Michigan. Kind of like I got a Michigan degree with the lesser State level effort and requirements.
If you can't move like I did, just know it's going to be OK. You are a captive audience that doesn't represent the normal world out there.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is cool if it||
I think this is cool if it fits the relationship among the people involved. Assume that it does given Jay is Jim's son and Jim is one of the best on the planet at his job.
Since we don't know the nature of that relationship and we don't jack about recruiting for the most part, this might be genius at work.
At least allow for the possibility of all the above before labeling based on your own biases and collective ignorance.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I was one. Lawyers produce||
I was one. Lawyers produce nothing. But I'd love to see that world without them thing tried out for a test run at some point in time.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Lawyers produce nothing. They||
Lawyers produce nothing. They mostly shuffle paper around. Plus the profession is extremely high stress.
When that hits home and it hits home that it won't ever change, you'll jump ship. If your lucky and can afford to jump ship with no family counting on the paycheck you are making as a lawyer.
If they are, you are trapped. For life.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Many many benefits and I don't feel like I miss anything||
I second getting rid of TV.
Did it last July fed up with the cable bill and fed up with my general inertia of life. I go to bars for Michigan games or chill and listen to Brando and Dan.
It became just as enjoyable. The radio announcers do a super job of describing everything.
I started writing books and went from zero to a couple grand a month in income too. Took that TV time and made it writing time. Create rather than react to what others create.
The other thing is I notice I am a better listener because talking to people is actual entertainment, not just more noise.
And I exercise more....and... and.....
TV is a weight on progress in life. Never knew how much until I got rid of it.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know wny any receiver||
I don't know why any receiver who wants to learn the craft of being a receiver for the next level would play in that system. There are so many turn and stand in space routes because teams get caught over playing the run.
Harbaugh will recruit lights out over the long haul and that includes huge improvement in the next class. Michigan gives him way more access than he had at Stanford. He recruited amazingly well there.
|25 weeks 15 hours ago||A year that might make a lot||
A year that might make a lot of fans go "hmmmm". He hadn't touched power numbers like that since his 20s.
Not really even close.
The list of guys who made one year power number jumps like he made in the twilight of a career is mighty short and includes Bonds and Mark McGuire. Plus Victor was post knee surgery. Playing in a major pitcher's park.
Couple that with the obvious fact that the market for a power hitting DH is way way more lucrative than one that hits for just average, and.... Well it's just interesting.
I've watched baseball for 30 years, I've rarely seen a ball jump off a guy's bat like it did his when he made contact. Sometimes it was down right cartoonish.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||The Saban situation with the||
The Saban situation with the regular NFL flirtations has taught us something.
It's a lot easier to keep him than it is to get him in the first place. Family ties/stability, relative ease and hours of the job, atmosphere, the obvious need for a top quarterback to win in the pros, not to mention competitive pay compared to the pros, makes leaving a great college job very very difficult.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Look it up, but I bet||
Look it up, but I bet Michigan has one of the 3 highest winning percentages in the country from that point forward.
It was Novak. That woke everybody up.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||College should fight back by||
College should fight back by dropping the ridiculous need to wait nearly 4 weeks to play these semi-final games. Take on the NFL last quarter of their schedule with the college football playoff system.
This pandering to pointless antiquated bowl games and the bandits who run them is absolutely silly.
Run a 6 or 8 team playoff in December starting the first weekend after final exams and use campus sites for rounds 1 and 2 or just round 1.
Or let venues bid for the games all over the country.
The bowls can become what the bowls are. ESPN will still pay to show them and we'll still watch.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Three points on the||
Three points on the buyout.
First, no amount of money is going to prevent a match between a pro job and Jim Harbaugh if they really want to make it happen. Speculation would probably never be diminished by a higher dollar amount.
Second is if he is being courted by the NFL and it's serious, it likely means Michigan is back as a national power.
Third is Harbaugh can handle himself perfectly in a recruit's house when addressing the issue. He's been recruiting since before he quit playing pro football. Grinding and learning the art on the job with elbow grease for over a decade and a half save his relatively pro stints as an assistant and then head coach.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||We know what the spin will be||
It's going to be "no good NFL choices" and Michigan was his only decent option this year. With a side order of "he might not be cut out for the NFL".
The only people who will buy any of it will be frightened rival fans and people incapable of any analysis beyond claims made in an ESPN "NFL Insider" segment.
|31 weeks 21 hours ago||"God bless Jim and us all.||
"God bless Jim and us all. Everyone."
(Is that the same story? If not, my bad)
|31 weeks 3 days ago||No different than Harbaugh's||
No different than Harbaugh's strict approach that he is focusing on his current job and not the next one. Two type A guys who ultimately can't work together.
I wouldn't expect him to say anything but what he said. It means nothing beyond a guy who is strident in his belief on staying focused.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
Shefter piled on the embarrassingly bad work he's done on this story with his made-up anectdotes about Michigan not giving IPads to players and being cheap on support staff.
After he realized the offer was fact, he was resorting to "I can't believe it because (insert false irrelevant thing I made up)" to try to cover for his failure for weeks to go actually work the story.
|32 weeks 5 hours ago||Give me Harbaugh or Give me||
Give me Harbaugh or Give me Death.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||After over a half decade of||
After over a half decade of getting our teeth kicked in by Dantonio and his middling recruiting classes, I can't believe anyone is even bringing up recruiting considering the advantage getting the right coach gives a program.
If it came down to it, I'd wait until after signing day to sign this candidate and bank the scholarships. Gladly.
Luckily that will not happen and the new coach will get some very good players in whatever time he has.
The right head coach is everything in college football. We should all know that by now.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Absent solid word from the||
Absent solid word from the candidate himself, the odds strengthening and therefore payouts dropping (on him coming to Michigan) is far better information on what is likely to happen than the stacks of insider rumors we've seen.
I think you should read up on how Vegas works.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Years and years of toil to||
Years and years of toil to get this opportunity for his dream job and it didn't last.
Looking at it on that level plus reading what the players say, I am sick to my stomach a little.
It will be better tomorrow.
Michigan is better off. But I am still not liking any of this.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||The similarities in the type||
The similarities in the type of kids you would get academically are obvious too. He turned those guys into take no prisoners maulers on the football field. Put aside his technical knowledge, which is considered elite by any standard.
He'd have even more access to top athletes in his recruiting here.
One thing people forget is he hasn't won anything yet. He idolizes Bo and it probably drives him crazy that people talk about Bo's failure to win it all.
There is a very personal and massive professional challenge right here at Michigan waiting for him. He always loved a challenge.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Character,||
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan needs to get this||
Michigan needs to get this man.
Zero guesswork on the results he'll bring.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||I agree Michigan failed him.||
I agree Michigan failed him. If you felt compelled to keep him around, he should have been forced to the sidelines for a year ala Stonum on the felony theft. Theft is a big deal because it goes right to the heart of honesty. You have to calculate theft. Plan it. Carry it out.
When they went soft on that offense, the Michigan staff, Hoke in particular failed to impart the necessary lessons.
Clark deserves all the help Michigan can still give him. I don't believe he should have been allowed to still play Michigan football after offense 1. However like then, he deserves sympathy and help. But remaining as a player on the football team was debatable.
This is more than a besmirchment. Had this victim been severly incapacitated or even died, Michigan football and it's handling of discipline would be under some horrible scrutiny.
The other factor is the nature of domestic violence is that this likely wasn't a first-time deal involving these actors. We all lose our cool and act out and then wish we hadn't. But this has very likely happened before and went unreported. That's way different than having a bad moment in time.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||He's done at Michigan. Done.||
He's done at Michigan. Done. As it should be.
I wasn't for bringing him back in the first place. One of the less-discussed stories of Brady Hoke's now-doomed tenure at Michigan is his soft-peddling guys who did harm to the University and team with their behavior. Theft crime, good bye. Simple.
I guess it's the one area where he actually measured up to Michigan State.