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|21 hours 1 min ago||Yes, it is a special thing.||
Because Michigan is a special thing. We all know that.
Harbaugh has only one chance in his entire lifetime to fill Bo's seat and right the ship, and this is it. As Bo said in his "team" speech, once players leave college, they'll play for this, they'll play for that. They'll play for a contract. But they'll never again play for a team. I believe (and also hope with all I have) that Harbaugh understands this.
That said, there are similar ties at other universities, so yes--it will happen elsewhere.
|21 hours 48 min ago||+1||
For the Saving Private Ryan reference. One of the best movies ever.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Maybe||
For a few of them (still giving one or two benefit of the doubt). But in some cases (Kawakami) the ignorance has clearly been willful.
That doesn't answer the OP's question of what to do--because there isn't much to do, except be (even more) skeptical of the national media.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Edge of Internet||
Poster said they haven't. They wished Bo one in 2011 (posthumously, obviously), and one to Chad Carr.
|1 day 9 hours ago||And||
We've got $49M to prove it.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Awesome||
|1 day 10 hours ago||I don't think||
There's any way to do what you ask. None of us can read Baalke's mind. But taken with the multiple sources citing offer details, acceptance in principle (apparently), observations about JH's state of mind, the size of the deal, and the generally optimistic views of people we trust (and who have a stake in being credible) I think most people would read his comments as a recognition that JH is leaving his organization for Michigan's.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Third try is the charm||
Edit: Oh, just beat me.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I see an MGoBBQ||
I see an MGoBBQ post to inaugurate the Lobster Thermador Era.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Well||
4 years ago the menu choices were apparently spam, spam and spam. Ribeye? Ok, twist my arm.
|1 day 22 hours ago||What a kid||
What a fighter Austin is. Proud to see him wear the maize and blue.
And Coach Beilein is a mensch.
|2 days 6 min ago||Yes, that||
Willow Run or DTW. City makes no sense.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Don't think it's unexpected||
they have a hyperlink to an alternate site "for use in case of emergency." So I think this isn't a complete surprise.
You know when the first rule listed is "do not post porn" that it's an unusual kind of place.
|2 days 6 hours ago||When the dust settles||
I think it's going to turn out that the NFL reporters were very close to Harbaugh's agent, who saw the Michigan offer as a starting point and had a lot of incentive to create a bidding war amongst NFL owners with deep pockets. Meanwhile, there have been people close to Harbaugh (ex-teammates, family, local media like Sam, JUB, Brian etc) who were saying something else but never got heard by the elites in the NFL reporting biz. Local reporting, especially, got treated like a bunch of bumpkins and hayseeds.
As an alum, and someone who should be connected to Michigan better, it's disappointing that Schefter has arrived so late to the party. I've come to have a really low opinion of the media on the basis that much of what they report on that I happen to know a little about turns out to be distorted and wrong. Still, you'd think he'd have a better sense of this stuff.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Disagree||
Harbaugh is human. He could have a last minute change of heart. I expect Hackett to protect the program and have a couple backups in place in case that happens. That's just negotiation 101.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Mmmm....||
bet it tastes like victory.
I think I've made all of your recipes this year and they've been outstanding. Thanks for posting.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I think||
You've cracked the code. A trade has dubious value since JH can veto anyway, and the Niners have a lot of incentive to get him out of the NFL and away from competitive franchises. Enter Hackett who takes him off the Niners hands and into a non-competitive situation. Then, like at the bottom of a pile after a fumble, is all the stuff we don't know about and may never really know. Bottom line, this opens the door to executing something before the end of the season.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Think so||
This could be very good news.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Hurricane||
in honor of getting Miles.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Yes, but maybe I'm not following you||
If that is the case, I don't see why it's bad for us. I think it would indicate that they don't see any realistic possibility of a trade and are making his departure a fait accompli. I agree it seems on the face of it irrational, but maybe it's worth $5M for them to get started on their own coaching search without the constraint of an incumbent obligation to worry about. The clock will be ticking for them, too.
In reality though, none of us knows the terms of his agreement (I've heard he may be able to walk away without obligation if it's to coach college, and I've heard others dispute that). We also don't know what kind of back room deal is going on between Hackett, the Niners and JH--which I suspect really moots this whole discussion.
All things equal though, I'd think though that early termination would be favorable to us since it allows us to work openly with a firm deadline.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Why?||
I'd think firing means they've given up on realizing a trade value (i.e., he's going to Michigan). Otherwise, not firing him means they want a custody battle because they see a payoff in that. Are you arguing that he'd then be free to negotiate with other NFL teams if he's cut loose? If so, I have to believe he already has a sense for what that market will bear. Or is there some other angle I'm missing?
|3 days 21 hours ago||Delete!||
|3 days 23 hours ago||Good!||
|4 days 1 hour ago||Wish||
I had a Stroh's to celebrate.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Think so||
I was told in another thread exchange that the "buyout" is actually a form of liquidated damages, and would only apply to another NFL team. Going to a college team would not result in a damage to SF per se because they're not in competition with them. Will stand corrected if that was a bum steer, but that's the understanding I got.
|4 days 22 hours ago||There's a thread||
On the edge of the Internet that purports to discredit him. If I had to bet anything, it would be on Brian, who has a stake in being credible, rather than anonymous bloggers.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Those who eat last||
Will be champions.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Deja Vu||
All over again.
|4 days 23 hours ago||VCavman Congrats!||
Welcome to the great big blue fraternity of the Michigan family. I have literally had people say "Go Blue" in places as far away as Switzerland, Italy, Morocco, the UK and (even) Ohio. Take it from me--as an alum, as a proud Michigan dad with an MGoDaughter there, who met the girl of his dreams there, and to whom Michigan has given far more than I ever expected, you are on a fantastic journey. Welcome.
Now stay away from my daughter. With a name like that you can't be too careful.
Just kidding (sorta!!).
|5 days 19 min ago||After her Michigan acceptance...||
my daughter did the same thing to Northwestern (big grin)