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|1 day 22 hours ago||Brad Bates||
For what it's worth, a Miami alum tells me that while Bates is a very nice human being and loves academics, he "literally destroyed our football and basketball programs." One person's opinion, but we might want to have others with connections to Miami (or BC) weigh in before we crown this as a can't-miss hire.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Ferrigno||
Hoke hired him from a high school to SDSU. I am not making that up. He also coaches TE. Wonder why they can't block.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Best OL||
Best OL is one who hasn't been ruined by Funk.
|3 days 23 hours ago||So is Hoke||
He's a good man. He's graduating players. There's more to life than winning (especially when you're not good at it).
|4 days 15 hours ago||Hindsight bias||
Given the status of the roster, including the fact that Gardner's redshirt request hadn't been granted at the time, and that they wanted to move to a traditional, non-spread offense, it didn't take very much foresight to see that Michigan should have taken a QB in the 2012 class. Hoke's plan at the time, looking ahead for the 2014 season, was to rely on Bellomy, a true soph Morris who hadn't enrolled yet, the possibility of a fifth year from the NCAA for a dual-threat QB, and an unknown true freshman from the class of 2014. Do you think that is the kind of thoughtful, strategic planning befitting a $4 million per year salary?
|4 days 15 hours ago||Stitt's new play||
He has a variation on a tunnel screen that Texas A&M is using to great effect this year. Spavital calls Stitt a genius:
Would love to have him as HC of Offense. Turn everything on that side of the ball to him. (Oh, and get someone besides Ferrigno to coach special teams, please.)
|4 days 19 hours ago||Percentage for injury||
While I don't disagree with a lot of the explanations offered, it sure seems like we have a good source providing information that DG is, in fact, still injured. (This isn't the sole explanation for the problems we are having on offense, or the problems that DG is experiencing, but it seems like it would definitely contribute.)
This highlights one of the worst aspects of the Hoke era, in my opinion -- the failure to take a QB in the 2012 class (e.g., Maty Mauk's class). He would be a true junior by now -- an upperclassman. You can't blame youth when you fail to fill the most important position in the game. And placing so much of the team's success or failure (football is extremely QB-dependent) on Bellomy and Morris seems like very poor planning.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Graham/Hoke/Harbaugh||
Graham's career winning percentage is 64.8%. He has four 10 win seasons under his belt as a head coach. He also has successful stints as a DC.
When Hoke was hired, he was a sub .500 coach with one 10 win season. He also had no experience as a DC or OC.
At the end of his time at Stanford, Harbaugh's career winning percentage was 68%, and he had one bowl win to his name.
Not saying that Graham is a Harbaugh equivalent, but saying he is a "slightly better version of Brady Hoke" is not really fair.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Hoke hired Ferrigno away from a high school coaching job||
And Ferrigno hadn't coached special teams in a decade. Is it really a shock that our special teams play is abysmal?
|5 days 17 hours ago||Hoke's recruits||
We can rely not only on Bellomy, but also Hoke's QB recruit from the 2012 class. He's a true junior by this point, right?
|5 days 17 hours ago||He "may have the OL thinking instead of just playing"||
Isn't this, by defintion, poor coaching? Instead of instructing them in a way that allows them to perform on the field in games, he instructs in a way that has them thinking (and thus playing slowly and getting beat) on the field in games. For linemen who have been under Funk for three years, that is not good.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Ten||
How many players
For a punt Hoke is used to
I only count
|6 days 18 hours ago||Answer||
In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.
|1 week 1 day ago||Michigan football tickets and a Coke?||
I'd buy that for a dollar!
|1 week 3 days ago||Being There||
He is our Chauncey Gardner.
We could say he is our Bill Stewart, but Stewart won 9 games in each of three years following RR's departure at WVU.
|1 week 3 days ago||Livelihood||
Good points. With respect to Hoke, though, Brandon so grossly overpaid him (the only other Power 5 conference team who looked at Hoke -- Minnesota -- passed on him; there was no competition for his services, and he should have been paid commensurate with his lack of success and suitors) that he will never have to work another day in his life if he doesn't want to.
|1 week 3 days ago||Actually, worse boat||
Actually, we had much better options available in 2010. I don't think Brandon was ever interested or invested in performing a true, informed search at the time, but there were a lot of quality names that could have been in the mix four years ago. The options appear more limited right now.
|1 week 3 days ago||LostLetterman's comments||
I have no idea how connected he is, but people interested in a non-sanitized view of Hoke should check out his tweets from a few days ago. (He claims that he has heard from people close to the program.) The positives are there: Hoke has a good work ethic, and he is a good person/people like him, etc. But the comments about Hoke's coaching/mental prowess are pretty damning.
Two small side notes: Hoke's comments defending the old school punting formation (because he has always done it that way) are telling. And I don't mind the fact that he doesn't wear a headset so much as the fact that he has nothing to say into the headset. The guy is a very good recruiter. (It's funny -- his brother gave the media a quote on him, I think when he received the Michigan job, that said the same thing. It was odd, because he wasn't complimenting Brady's coaching.) But I suspect that he doesn't bring much to the table strategically or tactically.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Repping things in practice||
On a related note, while all teams may have the same number of hours each week, not all teams use those hours with the same efficiency. You can be sure that Chip Kelly's Oregon practices featured far more reps than Hoke's practices. Kelly is doing the same thing in the pros. I won't bother to link all the reports, but he is well-known for running drills (e.g., multiple QBs throwing at the same time, etc.) that maximize reps. He also focuses on sports science to a greater degree than other coaches. While coaches might have "valid reasons" for the way they coach, run practices, etc., not all coaches are created equal. There are better and worse coaches.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Bo Pelini||
We should be so lucky. Bo Pelini has won either 9 or 10 games in each of the 6 seasons he has been a head coach (3 seasons with 9 wins; 3 seasons with 10 wins). Hoke has reached that level 1 time in his 3 years at Michigan. Including his stints in the MAC and the MWC, he has won at least 9 games in 3 seasons out of 11. 1/3 < 6/6 (in Big Ten). 3/11 < 6/6.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||MAC coach||
It's not that he was a MAC coach -- it's that he was a MAC coach with a lifetime winning percentage under .500. Past success is not a guarantee of future performance, but it does have some predictive worth.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly this||
I have posted those numbers repeatedly, because the myth of the Ball State "turnaround" is one of the most persistent and pernicious. I'd modify your last sentence, though, in that it took Hoke five years to surpass any of Bill Lynch's last three years (not just his final season). (I.e., each of Hoke's first four years was worse than each of Lynch's final three years.)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hoke's explanation -- the risk||
"To me, the risk was starting him maybe. I don’t know.”
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Pulling from lower levels||
I don't know anything about Leopold (but this will make me research him), but other schools have done well pulling from the lower levels. Chip Kelly went from OC at New Hampshire to OC at Oregon (in 2007); Brian Kelly had 13 years at Grand Valley State; etc.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Spread punting||
In my mind, the decision to avoid spread punting hurt us on Saturday, and has hurt us in general. Moreover, it is purely a coaching issue. You can't blame RR or youth or "execution." Hoke's inability to articulate a defense of why he avoids spread punting (along the lines of they've alwyas done it the other way, if I recall correctly) was damning, in my opinion. While some here have said that Hoke and the coaches must know more than 99.9% of us about spread punting and must have carefully considered why Michigan will not be using it, etc., the inability to articulate a defense of the decision at least calls that into question.
Also, our special teams coach is someone that, when Hoke hired him, (a) was a high school head coach, and (b) had not coached special teams on the collegiate level for nearly a decade.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Jim Mora Jr.||
ESPN has an article today on Mora turning down both Washington (his presumed dream job) and the Texas job (where they offered to fly out his parents and anyone else he wanted on a private jet to every game). It doesn't sound like he has any interested in leaving UCLA.
And, following your rule, I'll throw out a name (albeit an implausible one): Bob Stitt.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The Ball State turnaround myth||
Hoke did not turn around Ball State. It was basically a .500 program for multiple years before he arrived. Each of Hoke's first four years was worse than each of the three preceding years under Lynch. Only in his fifth year did Hoke barely eclipse .500 (7-6), and he had one fluke year in 2008 (in which his team lost by 18 points as a ranked team to an unranked Turner Gill squad in the conference championship, and lost by 32 in the bowl game). After he left, the program he "built" went 2-10 the next year. (Compare this to excellent coaches who build stable programs with good coordinators -- i.e., take a look at Stanford post-Harbaugh, Oregon post-Chip Kelly.) Even a mediocre coach can have an above average year once in a while. Hoke did not turn around the program.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Ground game was working"||
2.9 is "working" in a world where the average last year was 2.5 on the road (for the whole year), and the HC and OL coach were both retained.
(Our average on the road was 5.56 yards/carry in 2010 -- RR's last year here.)
(Just for fun, I looked up Arizona's run average on the road the last few years: 2.9 in year before RR; 4.5 in RR year 1; 5.25 in RR year 2. It's crazy, because I've been told here that the only thing that has any effect on results is the age of the players, and that Michigan's youth is the sole determining factor of Michigan's success.)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Beat ND on the road||
Yes, we actually beat a Kelly-coached ND team on the road not too long ago (with that offense that Hoke defenders claim was completely ineffective against real teams). We haven't beat any of our rivals on the road under Hoke. (Wasn't that supposed to be one of Brandon's evaluation guideposts?)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Shocked face||
I thought that was your shocked face watching a team with a redshirt freshman QB and a true freshman RB win on the road before the coach has had four-five years to recruit his guys and play them as upperclassmen (the new standard of judgment). Out of curiosity, what face did you have when Arizona beat the fifth ranked Ducks 42-16 last year?