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|3 hours 29 min ago||I am thankful that Michigan||
I am thankful that Michigan has a football program that has such tradition at winning and financial success, it will never let itself be down for too long. The ride back up the hill is going to be even more fun after what we have been through!!!
|5 hours 14 min ago||Mingling and making contacts||
Mingling and making contacts is a meaningful attribute for the candidate? Wow.
|20 hours 54 min ago||You think that Swarbrick'a||
You think that Swarbrick'a resume says athletic experience? Or Hayden? Bama's AD had some experience long ago. Hackett also played college ball. Barely any of those guys are athletic department wonks. Just Hollis and he hasn't done anything good except hire Dantonio. His antics and cheap gimmicky games are the only things that rival Bradon's cheesiness. Significant business experience I a must.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Grandma||
What does grandma think of your avatar young man?
|1 day 3 hours ago||Why?||
Because that person will "know sports"? Do you really think there is something terribly complicated about sports that Hackett or anyone else doesn't know? What if the athletic director only knew a lot about olympic sports, would that qualify them to make football decisions?
Knowing sports and knowing Michigan are two of the easiest parts of the job. Hackett knows those things. The question is whether he will make good decisions when it comes to running the department at a macro level.... so isn't having experience running things as the ultimate executive the most important criteria?
|1 day 3 hours ago||Who cares?||
This is a "head of state" and CEO type position. How much athletic department experience did Swarbrick have before hiring Kelly therby bringing ND back to national relevance?
|1 day 3 hours ago||Your list||
Your list of potential duties for the AD make it sound like ONLY a CEO will do. Who else is qualified to make so many important decisions across so many areas? Who else knows how to properly delgate duties and hire the right executives to run a company? Have you ever noticed that successful CEOs tend to move around REGARDLESS of the type of business they are running? It doesn't matter if you make cars or make computers, the person in charge needs to be someone who can handle the tough decisions and listen to the right people when it comes to hiring his/her executives.
|1 day 3 hours ago||A career administrator...||
.... is not always the best person to make tough decisions that affect the bottom line.
But, in reality, aside from a megolomaniac like Brandon, most ADs, regardless of background are going to use a search committee and hire a winner if they can.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Anti-corporate bent||
There is definitely an anti-corporate angle to Mgoblog. Brian quit his corporate job. His favorite references/authors, etc. used to be kind of anti-establishment. He doesn't get into the "suit and tie" dress up for events. The blog itself used to thumb its nose at established media companies, the athletic department, etc.
This is all fine and well. A blog for for university sports and frequented by students in Ann Arbor is going to have that angle if it is going to be popular. I think Brian will always have a natural distrust for people who have chosen a completely different career path (conformity and the business world), but I also think he can see through it if the facts bear out the person is qualified for their gig.
So, we will wait and see.
|1 day 3 hours ago||No candidates have experience||
No candidates have experience running an athletic department the size of Michigan's. And none of them have resumes that scream "success" enough to automatically offset that.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Brian?||
Did you seriously write this?
"The chances that the best available athletic director is a retired CEO who hasn't worked in an AD ever are about 1%, but This Is Michigan."
One percent? Did you think that through? I know you are aware that hiring people with extensive business experience is the trend in athletic departments.
You know that is especially true for BIG athletic departments (USC, Notre Dame, etc.).
You have no shot at being an AD at Michigan without extensive financial experience (whether inside an athletic department or not).
This is much better than some guy whose strongest qualifications are that he was a coach.
Running Michigan's athletic department IS running a business. Not hiring someone with business experience might even be malpractice on the part of the university.
|1 day 4 hours ago||All CEOs are not a like. The athe||
All CEOs are not a like. The athe
|1 day 4 hours ago||Thinking all CEOs are the||
Thinking all CEOs are the same is like thinking all coaches are the same. They are not. It seems like they had very different corporate careers. I guess you might as well say "oh great, another old white guy....what could go wrong."
|3 days 5 hours ago||Okay, this instantly makes me||
Okay, this instantly makes me think of Drake Johnson. The team seems to have backups that might be better than the starters, but they don't play more. I wonder why. Strangely, they did start Morris over Gardner.
|5 days 3 hours ago||?? They already sold 100k and||
?? They already sold 100k and they count paid attendance. Where's the threat?
|1 week 1 day ago||That is not what Haney said.||
That is not what Haney said. He said he has not spoken to anyone who believes that a Harbaugh would leave the NFL for UM. Maybe his sources just don't have a reason t believe one way or another? Maybe he is predisposed to needing someone to believe it before he will believe it. If everyone gives hm non-committal answers then he doesn't not believe it. If he said his sources don't believe it will happen, that is a slightly different quote.
|1 week 1 day ago||Please delete||
|1 week 2 days ago||Bad at communicating? Is||
Bad at communicating? Is your need to pile on against Hoke so deep, you have to look for faults that are not there? We get it. You are hurt because the team didn't win enough. We all are. Stop irrationally lashing out against the coach because you are a hurt fan. Clark is in jail. Hike is an extremely busy man (who probably works more hours a day than most people really work in a week). There is no problem not talking to Clark at this point. Seriously, are you just looking for reasons to question Any of Hoke's actions because you had a sad face at then end of games this year?
|1 week 2 days ago||What is the difference||
What is the difference between a reason and an excuse? A reason is just a reason. An excuse means you think they should be forgiven for the reason. You can feel bad for someone and not find it excusable of their actions.
|1 week 3 days ago||What?||
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't think 17 carries for||
I don't think 17 carries for 6 yards sounds familiar this year at all. We are not great at running the ball, but we average more than a yard more per carry than Maryland. That is not an insignificant difference.
|1 week 3 days ago||"Enough" detail? Enough for||
"Enough" detail? Enough for what? The kid may have done everything mentioned and more, but there is more to it. As an aside, this is the EXACT reason criminal cases have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. A lot of people have "enough facts" after two minutes.
|1 week 3 days ago||A police report is never full||
A police report is never full detail of what happened. That is just reality. It could have been worse or better. I don't know. But, I also know enough to understand what a police report means.
|1 week 3 days ago||Full detail? You should||
Full detail? You should change the title. Police reports are never the full story. I don't care what he did or didn't do (honestly, I don't), I just feel sad that a website full of UM grads appears ignorant of the legal system.
|1 week 5 days ago||Your mom. Both are overweight||
Your mom. Both are overweight and always sound like they are chewing on something. Neither likes to wear much clothes. And both try really hard, but leave me wanting more. Zing.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not really. Minny is a good||
Not really. Minny is a good team. ODU is better, but hardly elite.
|1 week 5 days ago||Let's just not rag on our own||
Let's just not rag on our own team unnecessarily. When they do some good, I like to acknowledge that too and not belittle what they have done.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think OSU will beat Minny||
I think OSU will beat Minny too, I would just not expect them to roll away early in the 3rd or something. It should be a one or two score game. Same thing with MSU and Maryland. The big ten has lots of teams in the spectrum of mediocre to good without significant seperation. People might call it "balanced" and not very impressive nationally.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wow. I thought there some||
Wow. I thought there some really good defensive plays last week, but if you want to say downing punts were the two best plays, I'll blindly accept it without thinking.....
|1 week 5 days ago||Ohio State's record over the||
Ohio State's record over the year has shown them to be a very good, but not great team. They have one impressive win over a team that was also very good and not great. I don't think Michigan will beat them, but their resume is not very impressive. I expect a good game in Minny today.