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|16 hours 25 min ago||Unlike college, you can't||
Unlike college, you can't pick your players and they can't pick you. While I agree that he's a great talent, I'm doubtful that his approach works on everyone. On another team, he maybe stuck with a team which has more guys he can't reach or who don't like his style. Maybe he gets the control to make decisions that allows him to cut guys, maybe he doesn't, but he gets that In college by recruiting who he wants. Some players in the NFL more central to the franchise than in college (think Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, etc), and if you don't win them over, you might not succeed. Same in college, but there guys turn over quick.
|17 hours 2 min ago||I think the NFL doesn't||
I think the NFL doesn't realize how lucky Jim Harbaugh was to go to the 49ers. In reading the recent Grantland article, the thing that struck me most was how the tactics that Harbaugh uses are more geared towards college players. Harbaugh is a very controlling guy and he's lucky that he went to the 49ers and not another team, because the players bought in (at least for a bit). Think of how his NFL career might have been if he'd been in Tampa Bay, where the players couldn't stand the controlling Greg Schiano. Part of it probably is that Harbaugh is more likable than Schiano, but he's really rolling the dice if he goes to another NFL team. He should come to Michigan where he's appreciated.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I don't think that his||
I don't think that his unhappiness over not getting the QB coaching job would keep him from taking the offer. It's going to be about whether the money and fit are right now. If he's not won over by this offer, there are other fish out there.
|1 day 12 hours ago||This is a good thing for a||
This is a good thing for a number of reasons. First, it says that the offer is out there are it's his to turn down. If he does, he wants to be in the NFL and there's nothing Michigan could have done to change that. If he ends up taking it in 2 weeks, recruits and everyone know today that he could be the guy and that Michigan is dead serious about being a national contender as soon as possible. Any recruit looking around could be missing out on playing for national championships at Michigan under Harbaugh in the next 4 years.
The other thing it does is put other coach's agents on alert. If the deal falls through, I'm sure that there are other very successful head coaches interested in the Michigan job who have agents that will be contacting Michigan. Chip Kelly makes 6.5M/yr. Going to Michigan would be a nice raise. Same thing for Stoops, Mora Jr, etc. At 8M per year, the place to be right now is Michigan. Period.
One last point that I think is important. Florida just paid 5M to get Jim McElwain from Colorado St. Plus McElwain himself owes 2M. No buyout on Harbaugh means that we can offer extra money per year, making the 8M / yr easier to swallow. Plus, Hoke was paid 4.1M, so this is only a 3.9M /year increase. At 100,000 tickets for 7 home games, that's an increase of $4.50 a ticket.
|2 days 14 hours ago||With a coach trade, he works||
With a coach trade, he works out a new contract with a team and the 49ers agree to release him in exchange for picks. It's not just that he has to "approve" the trade, he has to sign a completely new contract with the team.
|4 days 4 hours ago||The confusing thing about||
The confusing thing about "trading" a coach is that you don't really trade him in the way you trade a player. Assuming the 49ers trade to Oakland, then Oak and the 49ers work out a potential compensation package, then Oakland and Jim work out a contract and the trade package is in exchange for the 49ers releasing Harbaugh from his current contract. Therefore, there is no incentive for the 49ers to release him early and there's no risk he's a free agent after one year (or will refuse to coach for Oakland) if they make the trade.
Also, in reading about it, the LA times had a nice article about the trade of Jon Gruden to the Bucs. According to the article, the reason that trade was so fruitful for Oakland is that the Bucs were ready to offer the same package to the 49ers for their coach (Steve Mariucci) and the Raiders, not wanting to lose out on a bunch of picks to the 49ers, were wiling to make the deal. Gruden was still under contract for 1 year, so the Bucs payed a huge ransom for Oakland to release Gruden, allowing the Bucs to sign him. They must have had a deal in place with Gruden knowing that he'd only be released in the event that the deal was worked out, otherwise he could just go somewhere else.
|4 days 11 hours ago||SF can save money on the||
SF can save money on the buyout they'd owe him if they fired him by letting Michigan sign him. That's assuming he's not staying in the NFL.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Is it possible that Ross||
Is it possible that Ross wants Harbaugh in Michigan to keep him away from the Jets? If the Dolphins make the playoffs and decide to keep their coach, you could see Ross wanting to keep Harbaugh away from the Jets who play in his division. Kills two birds with one stone.
|1 week 3 days ago||Can I throw some support for||
Can I throw some support for Todd Graham as a candidate. He's won a lot of places and turned several programs around, but he also has a history of finding coordinators who are good like Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris. That's a really good sign.
|1 week 3 days ago||A truly great moment in press||
A truly great moment in press conference history:
"Belichick, who had been assistant head coach of the Jets, became the Jets' next head coach. The following day, at a press conference for his hiring, Belichick wrote a resignation note on a napkin ("I resign as HC of the NYJ."), and proceeded to instead announce his resignation in front of the press"
|1 week 4 days ago||I would be shocked if Hackett||
I would be shocked if Hackett doesn't know whether Harbaugh will entertain offers from Michigan by now. At the very least, that question must have been asked and answered. If it's a no, I'm not interested, then Michigan knows and moves on. If it's a possibility then Michigan probably knows that too and maybe waiting to present him with a formal offer when the time is right. At this point, the two major vacancies are filled and there's no competition at the college level for the Michigan job, so the longer this goes, I have to believe that harbaugh said he's interested and they're waiting to negotiate/offer until the time is right.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Richt used to have a monster||
Richt used to have a monster buyout clause to fire him, but it looks like UGA lessened it substantially when they re-did his deal in 2012. It was 4.8M after 2012, 2.8M after 2013, and it's 2M now. On the flip side, it looks like he no longer owes the school anything if he leaves (instead of 2M). He's signed through the 2016, so UGA probably has to decide whether they're going to extend him this offseason.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It seems likely that the||
It seems likely that the delay is to avoid some sort of contractual issue or to allow for a buyout. I think Michigan has many options that are better than Hoke at this point. Not all of them are as favored as hiring Jim harbaugh, but they exist. Hoke makes almost twice what most coaches at D-I schools make. I'm sure many coaches would jump for the opportunity at the money, prestige and opportunity that Michigan is. It's just a question of finding one guy who's right. Hoke isn't that good, so holding onto him because you're worried there might not be a better option is silly.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm speculating Les Miles||
I'm speculating Les Miles gets a new contract. It's about time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm pretty sure this is the||
I'm pretty sure this is the first time since 1967 that Michigan went the whole season without being ranked in the top 25 in either poll at any point in the season. That's two years before Bo.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||According to||
According to this:
Hoke is the 7th highest paid coach in ncaa football at 4.3M and Saban is highest at 7.3M. Top nfl coach makes 8M. That's 3M difference. With 115,000 fans, that's $26 dollars a season for the best coach in football. That's a couple of bucks a game. I would easily pay $26 dollars a year extra to have a team with top-notch coaches that win games. The idea that we can't or shouldn't pay top dollar for a badass coach is rediculous. Why would we want or accept anything less than the best when we can get someone who wins?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'd say that a win today||
I'd say that a win today would be great for Hoke in the job department. Maybe not for keeping his job at michigan, but definitely for helping him get his next job.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||On October 25th, 2014, Brady||
On October 25th, 2014, Brady Hoke gave one of the best post game press conference speeches of all time when his Michigan Wolverines lost to the Michigan state Spartans, dropping their record to 3-5.
“ Well, I’ll start off by saying this: do not blame that game on the defense, OK? I don’t care who you play — whether it’s a high school team, a junior college team, a college team — much less a Big ten team. When you turn the ball over five times — four interceptions, one for a touchdown, three others in field position to set up touchdowns — you ain’t going to beat anybody I just talked about. Anybody. All right? And that was a disgraceful performance in my opinion. We threw that game. We gave it away by doing that. We gave them the friggin’ game. In my opinion, that sucked. Ah. You know? You can’t turn the ball over five times like that. Holy crap! I don’t know who the hell we think we are when we do something like that. Unbelievable. Five turnovers. One of them for — We’ve thrown four interceptions for touchdowns this year. That might be an NCAA record! And we’ve still got six games left, so there’s no telling how many we’ll have. That’s pitiful! I mean, it’s absolutely pitiful to perform like that. Pitiful! ”
At the end of the press conference Brady responded to a question from a reporter asking about the Wolverines' chances for recruiting. Coach Brady replied in a rememerable, high pitched sounding voice with:
“ What’s that? Ah — Recruiting? Don’t talk about — recruiting? You kidding me? Recruiting? I just hope we can win a game! Another game.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||This might be the most time||
This might be the most time he gets on the court all year.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||I just want to go back to||
I just want to go back to winning on saturdays. Everything else will work itself out.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Oh Chryst, not another||
Oh Chryst, not another coaching candidate.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It's about time. This team||
It's about time. This team has struggled with leadership since the rich rod years, I don't care who it is, it's great to see people step up and lead. Hopefully this week was a turning point for this team.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Clearly they heard the||
Clearly they heard the message about playing people with injuries and decided not to play Morris. I doubt espn heard anything from this coaching staff about the status of Morris. They flat out refuse to talk about injuries every time the question is asked. Whoever they heard that from clearly did not know whether Shane would or would not play.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||But, Brandon wasn't there.||
But, Brandon wasn't there. Very telling.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||His pressers are a waste of||
His pressers are a waste of time. Why take questions if you're not going to answer any. I feel like you need to win a lot to be in a position where you can give the big FU to the media and it's okay with the fans.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Tom Brady has amazing||
Tom Brady has amazing leadership qualities. He'd be a great head coach. When he clapped, Michigan would win.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I heard that Bill Belichick||
I heard that Bill Belichick hasn't said that he isn't interested in the Michigan job. Until that happens let's keep him on the short list.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||He's also one of 32 owners||
He's also one of 32 owners paying Rodger Goodell $44+ million/year for his services.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Come on Hoke. Admit that it||
Come on Hoke. Admit that it was a bad idea to put him in and stop making excuses. It was a bad idea, doesn't matter if you didn't know, it was a bad idea. You saved a timeout, but it was the wrong thing to do. Be a leader and show some accountablitity for your actions. Maybe the players will learn from that more than anything else.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||This is tradition:||
This is tradition:
Let's get back to this.