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|2 days 12 hours ago||Alabama and the read option||
I just saw Alabama's QB run a successful read option for a TD. Alabama. Even the most pro-style, most heavily advantaged (through recruiting and roster culling) team has realized that using the QB as a runner can provide benefits, and that doing so is not an offense to their football tradition. Maybe Brandon can use his millions to buy his fellow Luddites who want to pretend that the sport has not advanced the past 20-40 years Edsels (the cars, not Randy) and Encyclopedia Britannicas.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Bates' track record||
I know a Miami grad who claims that Bates is a great guy, very focused on academics, but basically cratered their football and basketball programs. I wish others familiar with Bates' tenure at Miami (Ohio) would chime in.
|1 week 4 days ago||2008 Wisconsin game||
Last time we beat a top-10 opponent, I believe.
|1 week 4 days ago||QB recruiting||
2010 recruiting class had Scout 5 star Devin Gardner. Even putting aside the 2011 "Process" recruiting class (Bellomy), we took no QB in 2012. That decision is one of the ones that has and will continue to hurt us the most.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why he hired Gerg||
He was given very little money for a DC, and had little assurances for thr future, so the DC was coming into a situation that might only last a short period. With these restrictions, you get guys like Gerg.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Film sessions with Brandon||
They occurred when RR was coach here; he did not like them. If a genius had to waste time with an officious, useless administrator "participating," he would not like it. We haven't heard anything about Hoke complaining about the movie sessions with Dave.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Lord Grantham||
Didn't he explain to us that it would be 62-24 Oregon, because RR teams can't play defense?
Head must be exploding, since a road team in the third year under a head coach with a freshman QB and RB is beating the #2 game in the country. Oh, and that coach is RR.
|3 weeks 11 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 weeks 2 days 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 weeks 2 days ago||Best OL||
Best OL is one who hasn't been ruined by Funk.
|3 weeks 2 days 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).
|3 weeks 3 days 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?
|3 weeks 3 days 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.)
|3 weeks 3 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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?
|3 weeks 4 days 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?
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Ten||
How many players
For a punt Hoke is used to
I only count
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Michigan football tickets and a Coke?||
I'd buy that for a dollar!
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 6 days 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.
|5 weeks 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.
|5 weeks 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.
|5 weeks 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.)
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke's explanation -- the risk||
"To me, the risk was starting him maybe. I don’t know.”