"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|3 weeks 4 hours ago||I now know what to call||
when I am served a Pepsi.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Don't chew gum with mouth open||
Talking to you, McElwain. And Pete Carroll.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Namby Pamba||
Indiana put 47 on us . . . in 2013. RichRod was not our coach then. (We had a coach that said toughness a lot then!)
RichRod's teams beat Indiana both times they played, and Indiana did not hit 40 points in either.
Facts are a terrible thing to lose.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Brady would not have punted on fourth down.||
Brady would not have punted on fourth down.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||DL prospects||
Is that common for an elite DL recruit?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke: No way I would have designed shorts like those.||
ESPN is attempting to get Hoke's take on these shorts. Update to follow.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If Brady Hoke...||
If Brady Hoke were going to type this post, he would not have used the Shift key. (Brady Hoke does not go onto the internet.)
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Crushing MSU||
I do not understand why so many of us believe that we will be "crushing" MSU in the near-future. Yes, I think Harbaugh and his coaching staff are incredible, a 1000-fold improvement on the previous regime. But Dantonio is also an excellent coach who firmly believes his only purpose on this earth is to find a way to beat Michigan. Unfortunately for us, MSU is now recruiting on (or near) UM's level. (The 2016 recruiting classes are basically even, with MSU getting two top-100 defensive ends.) If Dantonio was able to put together top-5 national teams with lesser recruits, I do not see why his program is going to fall off a clif with the recruits they are getting now (even accounting for the loss of Narduzzi).
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Down 3 scores||
I think you're being generous if you believe Hoke and his coaching staff would have had Michigan playing to within 3 scores of MSU this year. (Not only would our secondary be lost, but our QB situation would have been much worse.)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke's flawless logic||
The strength of this team is its defense. (In reality, special teams is also a huge strength.) So at mid-field, you rely on your offense (De'Veon Smith, who gained 46 yards on 19 runs against MSU) on 4th down to salt away the victory? Can't Brandon hook Brady up as a Toys 'R Us spokesman to save us from this?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Falcon's surgery||
Reports (Scout) indicate that Falcon had his ACL surgery at UM.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Answers||
|5 weeks 4 days ago||MSU recruiting||
To me, the biggest issue is that Dantonio and his staff got great results while not recruiting at a top 20 level. Calhoun was a low three-star, as was Cook, etc. Right now, MSU's recruiting class next year is basically on par with Michigan -- 20 recruits versus 21; 88.11 average rating versus 87.85. MSU has two DEs ranked in the top 100 on board. With very good coaching (which I will concede MSU has) and a new level of talent significantly above its historical average, it's hard to see why MSU won't be able to continue competing at the OSU/UM level for the foreseeable future.
(Relatedly, the more troubling takeaway for me from Saturday's game was the line play. E.g., given the amount of injuries to MSU's OL, I had expected Michigan's DL to generate more of a rush.)
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Alignment on last play||
And take a look at the alignment on the last play. MSU had three guys crashing down on the left edge, and we had a gunner outside them going down the field despite the fact that no one was there to receive. That's on Baxter or the gunner.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Special teams gaffe||
Baxter is 1,000 times better than his predecessor, but on the final play, we had a gunner wide left, even though there was no one back to return and no MSU player playing that gunner. Look at the overhead shot available now on ESPN. Seems to me the right coaching call is to have your punt team in max protect formation if MSU is going for the block with no returner.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Rafiki quotes||
"You're a baboon. And I'm not."
When contemplating any MSU fan, remember this, no matter the outcome of today's game.
"Don't dawdle. HURRY UP!"
Wish we had more up tempo aspects to our offense. Baylor hung 41 on MSU's (much better) D last year.
"Change is good."
Our coaching staff is approximately 40 times better this year than last year. We can be thankful for that.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Dispelling the Ball State myth||
That looks like a (partial) copy and paste from a previous post of mine -- and I completely approve. Great to see people trying to dispel that myth about Hoke. Say what you will about his positives and negatives, but the idea that he "turned around" that program (and variations on that theme, as we see here) is simply (and demonstrably) false.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||To the OP||
Be sure to post your story in the Injury Update threads.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||2008 game with Utah||
It was RR's first year, but Utah did go on to an undefeated season, beating #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and ended up #2 in the AP poll. Incredibly, splitting attempts between Sheriden and Threet, Michigan actually played them closer than anyone else that year, losing by 2 points (25-23). Michigan's two-point conversion attempt to tie the game failed. Utah's DC at the time was Gary Anderson.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||QB Change||
Is this the script of a Matthew McConaughey Lincoln commercial? I don't get it.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke: "I've got a great offensive line coach."||
After the 27 carries for 27 yards performance, Hoke's response to the media: "I've got a great offensive line coach."
The scary part: I think he might have actually believed that.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Re #3||
If Hoke's decisions on playing time were like his decision on special teams, it's not that he didn't communicate his reasoning, it's that he didn't have any. I'll never forget his "defense" of the archaic punt formation that most teams had abandoned: it was the way he had done it before and was comfortable with. Maddening.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke's recruiting||
Given the importance of the QB position in football, Hoke's recruitment of Bellomy (year 1), no QB (year 2), and Morris (year 3) borders on malpractice. Gardner's redshirt question makes the decision-making even worse. (Imagine if Gardner hadn't been granted the redshirt.) As for the non-QB components of the team, it's hard to separate the failure of development from a failure in evaluation, but it sure seems he had less of an eye for talent, and his "excellent" recruiting classes were somewhat paper tigers. E.g., Hoke recruited a lot of OL ranked higher than Omameh. How many of them were actually better recruits?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Fumble in the end zone||
No advancement necessary.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||The edge from his MAC days||
I am not aware of any "edge" from Hoke's MAC days. He took over a .500 team (5-6, 5-6, and 6-6 under Bill Lynch), and proceeded to go 4-8, 2-9, 4-7, 5-7, 7-6, and 12-1 (34-38 overall). In other words, he took a mediocre MAC team, made it worse, but had one outlier year with a handful of seniors who would play on Sunday. The fact that we hired, and then paid a top-10 salary to a coach with no coordinator experience, and who had managed to crack .500 only 3 seasons (out of 8) as a head coach (including that 7-6 season) is really astounding.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Very good point||
Oregon and FSU qualify as well.
Also, Nebraska was one of a few teams to have 6 straight 9+ win seasons (through 2014), and we see what that meant for Pelini.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you||
Thank you for putting this together. Much like the belief that Hoke "turned around" Ball State, the belief that Hoke was a superior recruiter likely dissipates under scrutiny. While his recruiting classes were higher ranked, and the issue is clouded by development issues (e.g., Greg Frey v. Funk), I'm not sure how much of an eye for talent Hoke has. He wouldn't give Jake Ryan an offer -- while Hoke was coaching SDSU. (Ryan was ranked the 763rd player in the country, and Michigan was his only offer from a major program, if I recall correctly.) Omameh was ranked the 1229th player in the country -- lower than any OL recruit that Hoke brought in, to my knowledge. The only Hoke OL recruit that has performed to the level of his ranking seems to be Mason Cole.
Also, attributing the Sugar Bowl victory to Hoke and Carr's players was one of the most shameful parts of our recent history.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Film study supervisor||
Didn't he land at Toys 'R Us?
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Storied program; consistently good; passionate but sane fanbase||
By the way, isn't Nebraska one of only three programs (with Oregon and Alabama) to have 9+ wins each of the past six seasons? (Of course, this led to Pelini's ouster.)
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Florida pitcher||
Does anyone know why the Florida pitcher didn't get drafted until the fifth round (and wasn't the first pitcher chosen)? I thought she and Romero were the two players of the year.