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|2 days 3 hours ago||I basically agree to an extent||
Before you get buried under a torrent of vitroil I say I agree to an extent. I see as many risks as benefits to a mid-season change. Nussmeier or Mattison may lead us to a decent Big Ten season record but if you make one of them interim you potentially complicate the decision at the end of year. I'd like to see things play out. If the ways things are playing out so far don't change dramatically the decision will be easy. If they do change that makes the decision more difficult but also adds some relevant data points to be taken into consideration.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Coaching searches||
This may relate to the diary entry you linked as much as to this post but I've always interested in trying to identify factors that lead to succesful transitions. I was sure Gary Barnett would succeed in Colorado, Neuheisel at UCLA, RichRod here etc. based on the fact they'd all done well in past at places with less recruiting pull.
I do think suspect moving from a smaller pool to a bigger place (Cinci to Notre Dame, SDSU to Michigan, SD to Stanford) requires:
1. The ability to hire and retain a staff that handle the responsibilities at the next level. While West Virginia is a major program, I wondered if RichRod knew what was in store for him with the media/fans/athletic dept etc when he got here, and obviously there were questions about the staff he brought with him.
2. The ability to recruit at the level you are moving to.
For the successful I'm curious how many adjusted their staffs as they moved programs and how the successful v. unsuccessful coaches faired as recruiters.
|1 week 5 days ago||Football Outsiders||
I thought they made some interesting points that largely back up my assessment. It was clear and well-deserved loss, but it didn't seem like a 31-0 loss watching it.
|1 week 5 days ago||The game was a bit fluky||
I'm not saying that the loss wasn't a debacle, or that we had any legit chance to win. However, with all those caveats, I think that this analysis reflects what I thought watching. We were mediocre -- not terrible -- on offense. In a normal game when we're playing like (moving the ball 30 to 40 yards on drives) we get one of the field goals, and some how punch in another score or two to end up with 10-14 points with a loss that ressembles ours to Notre Dame last year more than this one did.
|1 week 5 days ago||Basically agree||
I basically agree with you but my intent was to persuade folks not censor. I met with my typical success in this arena.
|1 week 6 days ago||Funny||
Not a bad point but I wasn't sure what visibility reply #145 to someone else's post would have
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Countess and Fuller TD||
I don't disagree with the basic point that the corners didn't play well, but think that the fade to Fuller was basically undefendable from my vantage point. Yes, Countess fell a couple of steps behind but Fuller caught the ball while leaping backwards in the air. Unless Countess can seriously outleap him I think that one was just a perfect (or lucky) throw by Golston.
To me, the offensive ineptitude was worse than the defense's problems. Despite the 31 points, I think the D will be fine. As Brian points out, we stopped their running game. The corners may have been playing poorly but Golston made some great throws that not every QB will complete. On the other side, however, despite Devin's strong start, I never felt like we had any rythym offensively. I'll wait for the UFR but it felt like Devin was under a lot of pressure but that may also have been a product of him holding the ball too long.
Brian mentions Chesson being open on one play but I'm also curious overall as to whether the receivers were generally open and not thrown to, or just not open.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Coaching searches are hard||
I've been wondering what leads to a successful coaching transition. I thought that Gary Barnett was destined to succeed in Colorado, that Neuheisel would do well in LA, that RichRod would dominate the B10.
My sense is that it's a complex combination of the coach's Xs and Os skillz plus recruiting plus staff plus the status of your biggest rivals plus chemistry plus fit of players for system etc. In other words, very complex.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||2010||
I'm a bit tired of this debate, but we scored points against Iowa and Wisconsin in 2010 -- we just couldn't stop them. Regardless, RichRod ain't coming back and the question now is where we go from here. I would like to see Hoke get this year, and absent a disaster next.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Fun to watch||
And I don't care if it was posted before. Post it everyday until the next preseason game.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Marriage||
I supposed there are more early marrying midwesterners than Brooklynites, but my experience is that we're delaying marriage to our early or mid-30s as well.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||1996 Colorado game||
That's funny about the '96 Buffalo game. I was also in a car having a heart attack during that last play
The Michigan Daily was great, and fun that they chose our campus.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||He's been working on this for awhile||
Here's an earlier post about him being intereviewed on NPR:
I'm glad to see he's doing this. I've met him once, and know a bit about him from living in the area and everything I've heard suggests he's a great guy. It's nice to see he's putting energy toward helping others.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Sports and Family||
My uncle passed away not long ago, not the same as losing your father obviously, but your piece made me think about him a bit. He was a huge fan of Boston's pro teams and BC, and I went to games with him when I was out there. The day he died he was planning to go to a Bruins game, and his family put the ticket in the casket with him. I guess my point is that I agree sports can be a huge bond within a family.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry||
Sorry to hear about the tough times you went through, and hope things have gotten better.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Two games||
Best home game probably 1997 Michigan-OSU thought UTL comes close.
Best away game was 2000 Orange Bowl overtime win. Great game. Incredible perforamnce by Brady. And Alabama fans were very cool.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Brandon and Money||
Brian write "Meanwhile, what do I care about the amount of money flowing into Michigan's pockets? It does me no good. It doesn't seem to do anyone any good."
Here's how money might be beneficial. The biggest challenge Michigan has to return to the elite of college football is recruiting -- Michigan isn't a hotbed of high school talent and getting talent from Ohio and Penn is going to be touger and tougher with Franklin and Meyer around. While this may change, Michigan cannot currently compete for recruits by paying them. So when we go up against Ohio State or Oklahoma or MSU for a football player (or any other athlete) we have the following things to sell: coaching, tradition, academics and facilities. When our performance is down, like it has been for football for most of the last 6 years, it becomes more difficult to sell coaching and kids probably don't care as much about tradition if they didn't grow up Michigan fans and have
What we can offer are outstanding facilities in terms of weights and other machines, indoor practice facilities, academic centers etc. These may not require infinite amounts of money but they aren't free. Perhaps we've maxed out on what can be offered in these areas, and there's no point in putting more money into them, but I understand that ours are now elite and keeping them at that level is important.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Denard||
Will never get tired of Denard posts -- and I wish I were in town when the Jags come preseason but will eventually watch him play again.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Color me skeptical||
I've heard about the importance of speed now for about 20 years, and about how the Big 10 isn't fast. It seems like every great team these days is described as being known for its speed. I'm not saying speed isn't important, just that I doubt that MSU's defenders are significantly faster than ours.
Consider the source, I know, but collegefootballsnews.com compared the times at the NFL combine between conferences and the Big Ten players were essentially as fast as the SEC (position groups varied but there were as many faster B10 groups as slower).
My theory is that well-coached players "play faster." They flow toward the play as split second faster, or get through a crowd more efficiently. That doesn't mean that 40 times aren't important, but I just don't buy that Michigan coaches are unaware of the role of speed or that our players aren't as speedy as the Spartans.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Great pickup||
I really enjoyed reading the kid's quotes. He seems well-spoken and level-headed which seems like a trend among players we've been getting lately. I really do believe that this year or next some of the talent we've been building up with show itself on the field.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Elite 11||
Does anyone know how many QBs make the "Elite 11". I had assumed, you know, 11, but the quote says that Malzone secured one of the final 18 spots, which makes me wonder if there are 18 Elite 11 spots, or some higher number will 18 left to fill.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||A couple of games||
Of games I've been to I can't recall an atmosphere like the 1997 OSU game. When Woodson ran the punt back our entire section rocked back and forth.
The 2008 Capitol One Bowl was obviously a disappointing game to be in, but I loved seeing Lloyd go out beating the defending national champion and seeing what the offense could do when cliciking.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I agree||
I agree about Sanders being a better back and a more obvious case. I do remember there being a debate for a few years nonetheless. My point was that Gardner, like Sanders, has less around him.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Gardner v. Miller||
To me the Gardner v. Miller debate harkens back a bit to the Barry Sanders/Emmitt Smith debate of the 1990s. Pro-Smith people would say he was more consistent in gaining positive yards on nearly every carry than Sanders. Sanders people would point out that the Lions didn't have Aikman, Irvin, Novacek etc., making Sanders more impressive.
Similarly the argument for Gardner is that he has less around him with a dysfunctional line and no Carlos Hyde. On the other hand he's the complete focus of the offense so he gets more chances to shine. Having watched Miller play Michigan the last couple of years he's very good but I would still take Gardner who, at his best (see Notre Dame & Ohio State) can take over a game in way I haven't seen Miller accomplish. I also thought Gardner was impressive in first starts in 2012 with virtually no practice time since he'd been playing receiver.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure what you are talking about||
I'm not sure how you this becomes a left-right issue. Deborah Gordon is a civil rights/employment law attorney -- I don't know her party registration but most people in that area are liberal. While the federal government is investigating certain schools' policies that doesn't mean mandating what is described in the article.
|20 weeks 12 hours ago||This class||
Maybe the answer is as simple as an 8 win season followed by a 7 win season but the previous two classes seemed to start out much faster than this one. Are there reasons for that other than struggles on the field -- such as the geographic distribution of players we are pursuing? Or have the coaches given out more offers earlier in past classes? The players we have for 2015 look solid and I imagine that our class isn't small compared to other schools, but my recollection that last year and the year before our classes were about 2x the size.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Questions||
I'm a huge fan of Mgoblog, and believe that Brian knows more than I do about college sports. That said, I'm not sure I understand what Brian favors. It seems to me that there are two possibilities. A small stipend spread over basketball/football (plus possibly non-revenue sports), or unrestricted market-based payments to stars like Johnny Manzeil, RGIII and Denard. My concern about the latter is that I think that it would further reduce whatever competitive balance exists. If Alabama, Ohio State, USC or Michigan can pay what they want for a player will Indiana, Vandy etc. be able to compete (okay, compete less than they can now)? And if they can't compete will anyone come to watch increasingly uncompetitive games.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Horford||
Yes, Horford was there and spoke. He got a nice round of applause. I didn't find his speech particularly memorable (mostly just thanking everyone) but he did end it with a peace sign which seems Horfordesque to me.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Alex Legion||
I don't know if Legion technically qualifies since he never ended up here (and then transferred 12 times), but my recollection is that he was a 5 star and Amaker's biggest get.
As for a player that was okay in his role but who I hoped would be Nik Stauskas -- Matt Vogrich. I know he wasn't 6'6'' like Nik but his shooting resume out of high school was impressive.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Don't agree||
I think Horton was the highlight of the Amaker era. He may not have played well every game, but he was fairly consistent and a leader on the court.