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|2 hours 6 min ago||Michigan football tickets and a Coke?||
I'd buy that for a dollar!
|2 days 4 hours 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.
|2 days 5 hours 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.
|2 days 6 hours 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.
|2 days 6 hours 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.
|6 days 13 hours 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.)
|1 week 2 days ago||Hoke's explanation -- the risk||
"To me, the risk was starting him maybe. I don’t know.”
|1 week 5 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.)
|2 weeks 1 day 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?)
|2 weeks 4 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?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Special teams coaching||
The resume of our special teams/TE coach would suggest he has had more success and focus on coaching the TE position than special teams.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Scoring 7 points against capable defenses||
Are you asking whether we would rather have the 2010 Michigan offense or the 2013 Michigan offense? Believe it or not, many would choose 2010. Negative rushing yards for multiple complete games may be your idea of doing well against good defenses, but not everyone agrees. Putting up 158 yards total against Iowa (albeit with both positive running yards and positive passing yards) might be a great achievement in your book, but others might reasonably disagree. Some of us would also take the 2013 Arizona offense over the 2013 Michigan offense. Putting up 42 points on a fifth-ranked Oregon squad in a victory is something you surely discount. I'm sure they would trade that game for our domination of Akron and UConn, right?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke's comments about OL play||
I don't think we should expect much honest criticism in his public comments. Or, if his public comments actually reflect his true assessments, we should all be terrified. E.g., October 2013, after 27 for 27 performance: "I've got a great offensive line coach. I've got a great (offensive) coordinator."
|12 weeks 1 day ago||The Ball State turnaround myth||
Bill Lynch's last three years at Ball State: 5-6, 5-6, 6-6 (2000-2002).
Hoke's first four years at Ball State: 4-8, 2-9, 4-7, 5-7 (2003-2006).
Each of Hoke's first four seasons was worse than any of the previous three seasons under Lynch.
Regardless of the positives and negatives of Hoke as Michigan's coach, saying he "turned around" Ball State is about as accurate as saying he always wears long sleeves and a headset, that Rich Rod never got angry on the sidelines, and that Bill Lynch never threw his gum on the sidelines -- namely, not accurate at all.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Unfortunately||
I just envisioned Hoke burning a timeout because we weren't ready with a number for Peppers. Too soon?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Any names you want to throw out?||
Just so we can daydream a little? Unfortunately, while the Harbaugh brothers are two of the absolute best coaches in the business and also have ties to the program, I don't see either one coming to Ann Arbor. No up and coming (or established) superstar coach even seems like a possibility at this point.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Where Ball State was before Hoke||
I do not see how this myth continues to live on. Here is Ball State's record the three years prior to Hoke's arrival (under Bill Lynch):
5-6, 5-6, 6-6
Here are Hoke's records at Ball State:
4-8, 2-9, 4-7, 5-7, 7-6, 12-1
Each of Hoke's first four years was worse than each of the three years prior to his arrival. Only in Hoke's fifth year did he improve upon Lynch's record (and only by half a game). He had one outlier year, and used that to propel him into a better job. But his record isn't anything like those of coaches who consistently and significantly improve the results of the teams they take over (e.g., Harbaugh, Meyer, etc.). Heck, Turner Gill had a better track record of improvement in the MAC during the same time period, taking a Buffalo team that had won 1 game (2003), 2 games (2004), and 1 game (2005) under the previous coach, and then leading them to 2 wins in his first year, 5 in his second, and 8 in his third (and beating Hoke's ranked Ball State team for the MAC championship).
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Our offensive line||
Thank goodness we have the OL coach who led Colorado State to seasons of 4-7, 6-6, 4-8, and 3-9 before hooking up with Hoke. I have to imagine that Funk and Tony Gibson share notes.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Normal speed at Ball State||
Ball State under Bill Lynch (last 3 years):
Ball State under Brady Hoke (first 4 years):
In other words, each of Hoke's first four years at Ball State was worse than each of the last three years of his predecessor, Bill Lynch. (Lynch also got a shot at a Big Ten job and has most recently coached DePauw.) This is not a turnaround. I presume the poster meant that not equalling 6-6 or 5-6 for the first four years was not achieving the "normal speed" that Ball State had achieved under Lynch. No one denies that he had one very good year at Ball State (out of six).
While he may love Michigan, be a good uniter of the program (which it needed), etc., some of us are not impressed with what he did at his previous stops.
|27 weeks 8 hours ago||Still unknown||
As I understand it, this still does not explain why so many people find the show The Big Bang Theory funny. I assume our best minds are still trying to figure that one out.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||One answer||
Okay, figured out that it's on CBSSports.com, not CBSSportsNetwork.com, on the web. Still don't know about the apps, so I'll defer to others on that.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Game available online?||
Sorry for the dumb question, but I've only had to use the Watch ESPN and BigTen2Go apps before. Will the game be viewable using the CBS Sports app? Is there a different way to watch it (CBSSportsNetwork.com)? Neither one seems to be showing the earlier game. (At work for the day.) Thanks for any help.
|30 weeks 4 hours ago||Even better||
Meyer asking Harbaugh "What's your deal?" after Michigan runs up the score.