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|1 day 1 hour ago||Film study supervisor||
Didn't he land at Toys 'R Us?
|1 week 2 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.)
|3 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.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Locked up MI and OH||
While that may have been the narrative, the actual facts say otherwise. For instance, the 2006 Carr class had four MI recruits -- Brandon Graham (the top MI recruit), Quentin Patilla, Quintin Woods, and Obi Ezeh. Of the top five recruits in Michigan that year, UM got one (Graham) and Michigan State got three. The next year, still under Carr, all of the top recruits (I'm looking at Rivals) went out of state. Nothing was "locked down."
And RR took the most recruits from OH in a year of any UM coach in the past decade.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||RR and MI/OH||
What if I told you RR's first class had the same number of MI recruits as Carr's last class, and one more than Carr's second-to-last class?
What if I told you RR's three classes combined had one fewer MI recruit than Carr's last three classes combined?
What if I told you in the past decade, the class with the most recruits from OH was a RR class?
The MI media's take that UM under RR had abandoned recruiting in MI and OH was just a hatchet job, and it was so easy to disprove -- just look at the numbers.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Failure||
If your measure of failure is anything other than a national championship, then there sure are a lot of failures out there. If every year you are the best person in America at whatever your job is, I tip my hat to you.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great season||
Congrats to a great Michigan team on a great season. (And really, congrats to a great program!)
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Single by slapper||
Was the hitter out of the box by the time she actually hit the ball?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||"About to receive a thrown ball"||
There is no way that "about to receive a thrown ball" could be construed to cover the entire time a ball is in flight to that defender. It would completely vitiate the rule.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Flashing bunt||
Just catching the tail end of this Florida game. Does that hitter from Auburn (top of 9th, last out) always show bunt before her swing? With two outs, I doubt there is any really threat of bunting. It sure seems to give her less time to take a decent swing.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||Hoke's SDSU years||
He had one 9 win season at SDSU and one 4 win season.
In his eight years as a head coach prior to coming to Michigan, he had two seasons of 9+ wins. In his four years as head coach at Michigan, he had one season of 9+ wins.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||First upset with Harbaugh||
I believe our last victory on the road as a 3 point (or more) underdog involved an 87 yard by Denard in ND's stadium (longest ever) and a certain coach who is now at the University of Arizona.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Durkin was Special Teams/LB coach at time||
Durkin coached LBs and special teams that year at Florida.
|26 weeks 22 hours ago||Brady Hoke was the author of the Brady Hoke swan song||
Brady Hoke had years to recruit and develop a QB. He didn't. He took Bellomy in 2011, didn't take a QB at all in 2012 (!), took Shane Morris in 2013, and Speight in 2014. The chasm at QB that Hoke has left his successor is worse than anything that RR left Hoke.
Also, recall that it was not always a given that Gardner would even get the medical redshirt and play in 2014. Imagine Michigan's 2014 campaign without him. Failing to secure and develop quality QB recruits was not only a significant reason why Hoke failed at Michigan, but will have negative effects on our team for at least another year or two.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Same program for all position groups||
It would seem fairly obvious that such an approach is suboptimal. Not surprising, given the previous regime's defense of a suboptimal punting strategy (we are comfortable with it -- it's the way we've always done it), but disappointing. Given Michigan's resources, why wouldn't you tailor the program to the position group and individual athlete?
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Improving your chances||
It's not that a modern offense is needed to win; it's that modern offenses improve your chances of winning, all other things being equal. Furthermore, we do not have the talent of Alabama, do not oversign, do not cut (medical redshirt) players, etc. Moreover, even Alabama this year has gone no-huddle, uptempo. I haven't watched them much, but I saw Alabama's QB score a touchdown on a read-option. Straight-up, RR WVU read option. I couldn't believe my eyes. What has Saban been complaining about the last couple years? Very fast, no-huddle teams. It puts the defense at a disadvantage. Who have they lost to? Auburn, Texas A&M.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||1950s? Try 1990s||
His last three years brought him back down exactly to .500, but for his first 10 years, Jackie Sherrill had nearly the same success Mullen has had for his first six years at MSU (although Sherill actually won his division once).
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Stanford and Shaw||
Harbaugh had one year at Stanford with double-digit wins -- 2010 (12-1). In 2009, they were 8-5.
Since then, Shaw has gone 11-2, 12-2, and 11-3 prior to this year. That's not much of a regression. And that 11-3 season last year (6 pt loss at Utah, 3 pt loss at USC, and 4 pt loss to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl) and the 12-2 season the year prior (4 pt loss at Washington and 7 point overtime loss at Notre Dame) were without Andrew Luck.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Texas||
I believe it was more than a rumor. I believe there is an article describing all of the things Texas put on the table trying to land him, including flying out relatives from CA to every home game in Texas on a private plane. If he was motivated by the financials, he had that opportunity last year.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Al Golden||
Don't even joke about that.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||"Turned around"||
Each of Hoke's first four years at Ball State was worse than each of his predecessor's final three years. Hoke's fifth year was half a game better. That is not a turnaround by my definition.
2000 5-6 (Lynch)
2001 5-6 (Lynch)
2002 6-6 (Lynch)
2003 4-8 (Hoke)
2004 2-9 (Hoke)
2005 4-7 (Hoke)
2006 5-7 (Hoke)
2007 7-6 (Hoke)
2008 12-1 (Hoke)
2009 2-10 (post-Hoke)
He had one very good year at Ball State with a bunch of seniors and folks who ended up in the NFL. Everyone can get lucky occasionally with a loaded roster or exceptional talent. (That team (ranked) lost to Gil Turner's unranked Buffalo team. Gil Turner is also not a great football coach.) The next year, without those seniors, they were a 2-10 team. No foundation laid for the future.
|31 weeks 15 hours ago||Hoke's BSU teams||
Actually, each of the first four yeas, his BSU team's record was worse than each of the three years immediately preceding his tenure. Hoke had one very good season at BSU and one at SDSU (in eight years as a head coach). He also had a sub-.500 career record, and no track record of success as a coordinator.
|31 weeks 15 hours ago||Timeouts||
Thought the same thing. According the box score, it looks like ASU took its last timeout on the down where Arizona had the personal foul. Would the penalty have stopped the clock regardless? Or would the clock have resumed after the 15 yard walk off?
|31 weeks 16 hours ago||Very difficult||
I'll be rooting for Arizona (if they make it -- this Arizona/ASU game is by no means over), but beating Oregon again will be very difficult. Pulling the upset against the same team twice in a season is exceptionally difficult.
|31 weeks 17 hours ago||RR v Oregon||
True, but Arizona beat Oregon last year as well, and it wasn't close.
|31 weeks 17 hours ago||RR||
Looking back at 2010, with a true sophomore QB, we put 28 points against a #15 ranked Iowa, 17 points against a #17 ranked MSU, 28 points on the road against a #22 ranked Notre Dame. The narrative regarding RR's offense here by some (e.g., the "atrocious" crowd) approaches the myth of the "turnaround" at Ball State (where each of Hoke's first four years was worse than each of the last three years of his predecessor).
D under RR here was atrocious. But look what he's doing at Arizona with a little bit of institutional support and a few dollars to hire a DC. Arizona's defensive FEI is higher than ours this year (#33 versus #40).
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Time of possession||
Utah beat Arizona in time of possession by five minutes.
Despite this, Arizona, using its backup QB for the second half, beat Utah on the road by over 30 points. (Another road win over a top 20 team.)
Hooray Neanderthal football!
|35 weeks 18 hours ago||Candidates||
People should read the very informative posts that Mr. Yost made a few weeks back about the three names being thrown around at that time (Bates, Manuel, Long). He is in athletic administration. They are the best insights we are likely to get.
As I previously posted, I know a Miami (OH) alum who thinks Bates is a very good guy, very focused on academics, but wrecked the football and basketball programs at Miami. One person's opinion (and an opinion I have not been able to discuss with him).
|35 weeks 3 days ago||"Nonsense" -- another Brandon favorite||
In early December 2010, I voiced my concerns to Dave Brandon about the rumor that UM might be considering hiring Hoke (as opposed to the two prevalent options being discussed at that point publicly -- keep RR for another year or bring in Harbaugh). Part of his response:
"I have no idea where this nonsense comes from…but please don’t spend valuable time believing any of it! It just causes you worry and aggravation!!"
Perhaps nonsense is one of his favorite deflecting words that he uses to describe something that is actually true.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Second comment||
I hope Hoke told Dantonio that he wouldn't be back, but Michigan would be.