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|1 week 19 hours ago||To add to what Wahoo is||
To add to what Wahoo is saying, JP drove the fundraising to take the team varsity. It was his relationships to donors, based on his credibility as the club coach that enabled him to raise the sum required to demonstrate to the Athletic Dept. that lacrosse could be viable from a development standpoint. The donors were motivated to make the investment in no small part by the idea of an immediate jump. In addition, they were trusting a known actor, JP, rather than an unknown.
WD I agree that Michigan needs a new coach. But if the progam had hired an outsider, and been shut down for a year, the transition from club to varsity never would have happened.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A good candidate||
Also a really good candidate. My choice would be Shawn Nadelen at Towson. He hasn't done enough to have really blown up yet, but he's building something there, and is an excellent defensive coach. And he's from the Pietramala coaching tree.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nadelen||
My choice would be Shawn Nadelen at Towson. He's done really good things there, and is a really strong defensive coach. He's a branch of the Dave Pietramala coaching tree.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Mike Pressler||
Pressler is pretty awesome. However I don't expect a program like Michigan to look at him. The rape may have been fake, but the team had a significant behavior/drinking problem under Pressler, which is the kind of thing Michigan won't tolerate.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Has Michigan really been at a recruiting disadvantage?||
The question of recruiting has been raised many times during the discussions of whether JP should get more time. As many have pointed out, a large proportion of the elite programs are recruiting really early - 8th, 9th grade. (including my alma mater - and its an that many of us Hopkins alums wonder about - is Hopkins missing out on too many great late bloomers?)
Anyway, from the same article I linked to above, Quint Kessenich points out that there is plenty of talent left out there after Hopkins and UVa have scooped up the early commits.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||On the subject of coaches to target||
Quint Kessenich's "Fact and Fiction" column on Inside Lacrosse addressed Princeton's vacancy, and who he would bring in to interview. I would say that the same people would be choices for Michigan. Frankly, its a lot easier to recruit to Michigan than Princeton.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||There was lots of pointless||
There was lots of pointless switching on screens. Second slides were late or non-existent. Lots of effort. But very frenetic. Next week, and the rest if the conference schedule, will be ugly.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I watched the first half on||
I watched the first half on the live stream, and Marist is not good. Fundamentally unsound. Michigan was more skilled, but undisciplined on both ends of the field. Communication on defense was lacking. A fantastic goalie performance is being wasted. Too bad.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It really is about coaching||
It really is about coaching at this point. I wouldn't go all "unacceptable," but with the new facilities really needs to come a coaching upgrade. Most likely at the head coaching position, because I don't think JP can hire himself a great defensive assistant. Such an assistant would now be looking at HC jobs.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yes. All this. Look at how||
Yes. All this. Look at how attractive Michigan is to kids from the hotbeds of Maryland and Long Island. You don't think their lacrosse-playing high school classmates aren't interested? When Hopkins coach Pietramala brought his national championship team here for an exhibition in the fall of 2007, his players were ridiculously jacked to visit Michigan, go to the M-OSU game, and experience the feel of a serious Big Ten school.
Its about coaching!!!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan is actually a higher||
Michigan is actually a higher rated squad than Dartmouth. Better RPI, better power rating, better everything. They should be beating a team like Dartmouth. It is as close as they will get to a sure thing.
I have no issue with the transition, except that it should have involved a plan for coaching succession. Clearly, JP needed to be there for the first few years. But he just doesn't have the experience/knowledge/credentials to take this team where it needs to go.
And even programs in talent-rich areas are recruiting outside those areas these days. Denver recruits the three "Cs" - Colorado, Canada, California. Hardly the traditional hotbeds. And the Michigan name is HUGE in the hotbeds of Maryland and Long Island.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||You're welcome. There's some||
You're welcome. There's some good stuff on IL once in a while, so its worth looking at now and then if you follow lacrosse. As Quint points out, many programs are now able to hold on to their talented assistants. But I would guess that this would be less the case if Michigan came calling with Michigan $$.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||Lesser institutions with||
Lesser institutions with similar geographic challenges have been more successful,over the same period. See http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/quint-parity-is-creating-chaos/34286 for a really good discussion of growing parity.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Re conference play, I agree.||
Re conference play, I agree. Rutgers and Penn State have made significant jumps this year. OSU will be solid. Maryland and Hopkins will treat Michigan like the proverbial tomato can. I think everyone had hope for this year given the development of the offense. But the D just isn't there.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Your point serves to drive||
Your point serves to drive home my point. Someone else installed a defense for him. But a defense isn't just installed for ever. It is taught, adjusted, and taught again and again. Along with technique, communication, etc. Select whatever defensive system you want - you better have someone to teach it. Preferably someone who's been there.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I disagree with your premise||
I disagree with your premise that JP can coach at any level. If he could, then he could coach a defense that, as you put it, "is reaching GERG-like levels of ineptitude." He doesn't have the experience and background to develop the defense that Michigan needs, and it is unlikely he can hire someone who can help him do it (anyone who could do so will be getting a HC job somewhere.)
A great defensive coach with some good athletes, some of whom have a pretty good stick, can build a defense. While a great offense depends heavily on the skills of its players (see the passing and shooting skills of the top teams,) a great defense is less skill-dependent, and more dependent on athleticism and coaching. (yes, of course skilled players aren't all you need for offense, and skill certainly helps with defense.)
They might be able beat Dartmouth, but I'm not sure I see who they can beat in conference play this year. Hopkins and Maryland won't be pretty (both might have started slow, but please look at the destruction they rained down on Towson and Princeton today.) Penn State and Rutgers are quite improved, and OSU is about where they've been for the past couple of years.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||It is and it isn't. There is||
It is and it isn't. There is a LOT of talent out there right now, in non-traditional places that are becoming traditional. Michigan is obviously a huge name. But building a program depends on coaching. Bryant was nothing before Mike Pressler landed there after the Duke fiasco. Denver was a mid-tier program just beginning to challenge the big dogs before Bill Tierney decided to take off for Colorado. Time for JP to move upstairs to development and alumni relations.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think the argument||
I don't think the argument can be made right now that Michigan is middle of the pack. It should be, but isn't. Middle of the pack implies that on a given day Michigan could challenge top teams. Maybe not win, but also not be treated like a tomato can. This far in, Michigan should not be a tomato can.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||In principle, losing to Brown||
In principle, losing to Brown is nothing to be ashamed of right now. Brown has been rebuilding for longer than Michigan has been building. However, it is quite clear that Michigan can't play defense. Yes, Brown has high scoring offense. But there has been little improvement in the defense since getting blown out by NC to start the season.
I agree with WD regarding JP. He built a great club team, and did an amazing job transitioning the program to D1. But he's going against some amazing coaches and developers of talent. I don't see how he is going to develop a defense that can keep Michigan in games like this. He just doesn't have the background. (look at who is coaching great defensive teams - former All American defensemen/former assistants to great defensive coaches.)
This is an age of parity. But the schools that are taking advantage of this parity have really talented coaches. See Quint Kessenich's article on Inside Lacrosse on parity: http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/quint-parity-is-creating-chaos/34286. Quint makes some really interesting observations that when applied to Michigan's case point a finger directly at coaching. I wouldn't worry about players leaving if JP is transitioned into another role (think Alumni Relations/development - he's an awesome fundraiser.) Worry that players will cool on Michigan as a destination.
There are some really talented young coaches out there. Bring one to Michigan.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Outside of the hotbeds of||
Outside of the hotbeds of Maryland and Central New York (and neighboring areas,) the new places to find talent are the three Cs of Canada, Colorado, and California. That's one of the main reasons yesterday's game was in Orange County. The state of Michigan has some talent, but not like these newer recruiting areas.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||More and more games are being||
More and more games are being streamed, and the quality is getting better and better.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Logan was very impressive in||
Logan was very impressive in goal. He made the saves he was supposed to, and then some. Moving Kyle Jackson back to attack was clearly the right move. He's too good to have off the field. He will have extremely tough competition for B1G POY, but I agree that he'll be in the conversation. My $$ is on Ryan Brown.
Michigan has clearly recruited some excellent athletes - they won this game between the restraining lines winning contested ground balls, clearing with sheer speed, and putting pressure on Delaware's clearing game. Some of these D-middies have serious wheels.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Given the state of early||
Given the state of early recruiting in Lax (yes, completely ridiculous) it was going to take a few years for Michigan to even get a chance to compete for elite talent. But it was only a matter of time.
I am just thrilled that I am going to get to see my Jays play M in the Big House this year! Nicest thing about JHU joining the B1G is that the JHU-Michigan game is now played in the actual Spring season as opposed to being an early season February game.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Just started watching a few minutes into the second.||
And this is some ugly looking hockey.
|24 weeks 20 hours ago||He is a good sign that things||
He is a good sign that things are moving in a positive direction. Very early commit - he was a a sophomore, and on a bunch of watch lists. Means that M is starting to recruit in the same waters as the elite programs.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||No targeting?||
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Let's remember that a)||
Let's remember that a) Wisconsin does not have an athletic dept that is similarly self-sufficient, and b) the state government is busy slashing the budget of Wiscy to such an extent that their academic reputation is already taking a hit. Methinks this might be envy....
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Don't forget B1G Lacrosse affiliate member Johns Hopkins at #12||
Don't forget B1G Lacrosse affiliate member Johns Hopkins at #12
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Re: Jedd Fisch, he is||
Re: Jedd Fisch, he is planning on being here for a while. He just sold his house in Baltimore, and bought one here. He was in Baltimore over a decade ago, and has made multiple stops since without putting down roots. So this is the first place since then that he and his family are calling home.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||It's real simple - the whole||
It's real simple - the whole thing was written and published in 6 months. So there was no way it got the complete editing process that most books get. That is quite clear. It really needed editing. Still a great book.