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|3 days 12 min ago||Cousin... why a spoon?||
'cause it's dull, you twit! it will HURT MORE!
|3 days 11 hours ago||just chiming in so that it's clear to anyone reading||
...that the MGoBlog community is well aware that "the middle east," and "Africa" and "SE Asia" are not countries, and that the notion of "democratically chosing a government" in actual war-torn nations and/or to establish democratic processes in historically impoverished/developing nations is an intensely complicated undertaking, often involving the destablization of entrenched figures with significant power who do not take kindly to attempts to establish any process involving "the people"...
in other words, this topic is worthy of high-level academic inquiry and a gift like this supporting such academic work is a big deal--one of many reasons as to why this university continues to represent the Leaders and Best.
|4 days 2 hours ago||what i absolutely agree with and||
take solace in at this point is that, while we aren't yet at the signed-contract/press-conference point yet, we are consistently seeing incremental progress and basically all credible reporting is moving in the right direction; knock-on-wood and all that, and there are certainly plenty of ways this could go sideways, but going from 60-40 to 61-39 then 62-38 etc. etc. feels about as good as one could hope for at this point...
|4 days 6 hours ago||this could be a mutual||
parting of the ways; ie. since the team and JH are the parties to the contract that involves the payment of the reported $5M (I haven't seen this doc anywhere...?) they could certainly reach another agreement between the two of them to a lower buyout figure or even no buyout at all (just a cancellation of the last year of the contract). Hackett being involved could be helping to facilitate this kind of resolution, but I guess we'll have to see how it shakes out to know for sure...
|1 week 16 hours ago||plus one||
for the Blues Brothers reference
|1 week 2 days ago||I was just there over||
thanksgiving break (my brother in law was coaching in the Chicago Prep Bowl), and it was striking to me how small (in a good way) it felt on the inside... seemed like all of the seats have good lines of sight and should feel close to the action. Enjoy!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh:||
I'm So Meta Even This Acronym
|2 weeks 2 days ago||due diligence||
there are plenty of reasons to reach out to Coach Miles now, and as indicated above, doing so does not have to have any sort of exclusionary effect on the Harbaugh of Harbaughcisco... in most business scenarios (and coaching searches as well), if you failed to check off an obvious box on your to-do list for candidates, you would be accused of not having done your due diligence in properly weighing all your options. i am clearly on the Harbaugh-train, but i really can't read "UM reached out to Miles" as anything other than "we were always going to talk with him at some point, and today became that 'some point'"... if there was an offer involved, that would be different, but there's no indication there was discussion of an offer; moving on...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||fully acknowledge that this is unverifiable...||
...from a link/source perspective, but earlier today Gregg Henson discussed this exact point by claiming that one of his "connected" sources has told him that Jack Harbaugh has told Jim (so, hearsay upon hearsay...) that if you take the Michigan job, you stay there until you're done.
if you're inclined to listen to him say it directly, here's the link http://gregghenson.com/podcast-me-on-wbbl-in-grand-rapids-this-am/
since you can't really rule it out completely, I think Hackett just has to consider that the possibility that JH may look at the league again at some point in the indefinite future (having gotten us turned around to the point where people say Michigan is "back"), is simply a risk that we have to be willing to take...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||excellent et cetera||
not trying to re-Harbaugh another thread, but glad to see Brian agrees with Harbaughing all of the Harbaughness.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||absolutely||
although continuing proper habitat conservation efforts for these guys is key...
“The wolverine is a famously tough creature that doesn’t back down from anything, but even the wolverine can’t overcome a changing Coaching climate by itself,” said Earthjustice attorney Adrienne Maxwell. “To survive, the wolverine needs the protections that only the
|2 weeks 3 days ago||wishing you all the best Ace||
your reporting and contributions to the blog have always been greatly appreciated, but they pale in comparison to the importance of your personal well-being and health. Here's hoping you, your family, and your doctors, can help get you back up to full health; we'll keep you in our thoughts... take care!
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||didn't he also say they are presently coaching?||
hard to think of present coaches that are surprising/haven't yet been talked about that would I would like... NFL (outside of Harbaughs): Tomlin? Payton? (not Carroll, surely...); what do you think about NCAA?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||or Avant v Northwestern||
definitely a beaut
|5 weeks 3 days ago||timing||
setting aside all the caveats that would otherwise apply, it seems like there are two primary possibilities for the timing of a potential firing here, 1. is the immediate (or close) aftermath of the OSU game; and 2. after the Football Bust on 12/8... as one of Bo's boys, I tend to think Mr. Hackett will wait until after the Bust, to let Coach Hoke & his staff handle the outgoing seniors' last big event, and to allow for the "evaluation process" to take place as well...
so yeah, a bit turtle-ish, but with purpose
|5 weeks 3 days ago||100% agree||
"it's a quick leap from pointless moralizing to dismissing a guy forever as only that one thing in that one moment."
thanks for putting this sentiment into words Brian; he's clearly made the wrong decision, and will have to deal with the consequences, but that doesn't mean we as fans should think of the guy as a "waste," someone to simply crumple up and toss in the trash... here's hoping he can pull out of this and make a positive life for himself
|5 weeks 6 days ago||was actually pondering...||
...this last week; these are likely the last two games for Fred Jackson as a Michigan football coach, as I agree with the earlier comments that there is basically zero likelihood he survives this next coaching change... if he did, it would be the fourth head-coach transition and fifth HC that he'd worked for at Michigan.
Say what you will about the man, but he has been a veritable institution within the program for 23 years, which, especially for an assistant coach, is an extremely long time... I mean, Wheatley, Biakabatuka, Hart, Powers, and the greatest of all time, Chris Perry, all came up through his tutelage, and he even made good backs out of Howard, and Floyd and Toussaint, etc.
for a quick trip down hyperbole lane, check the old tag entries here: http://mgoblog.com/category/tags/fred-jackson-hyperbole-tracker
the end of Fred is nigh... long live Fred
|6 weeks 3 days ago||killer title||
to this post... immortality does indeed come in all kids of ways.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||"the product"||
...this is precisely why the intimations on ESPN that Schlissel et al. are looking at NU's AD are all the more interesting; wouldn't be completely impossible that the UM athletic department won't get up close and personal with the student-athlete union issue sometime soon.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||like the Stubbs "Big Blue" koozie...||
...creeping in the background there; anyone know where an interested, fellow protein connoisseur might acquire such a fine beverage accessory?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||what's the basis?||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||true||
thanks for the careful and deliberate work in compiling/reporting this Brian and Ace; this is truly a game-changing event - no way this post and the information in it don't get into President Schlissel's hands.
I personally cannot see any way that he could condone or excuse such behavior on the part of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, which means Mr. Brandon is over.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||you're both||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||it depends on whether you asked for all electronic records...||
... it is possible to request and obtain documents and electronic files (metadata, etc.) through FOIA, so long as you (a) request it specifically, and (b) are willing to pay for it to be compiled and produced in either its native format, or via some other method (in person inspection of the computer, burned to a disc, etc.). If you got into litigation over it, given the recent trends in electronic discovery, assuming you have the right specialists and data miners ready, you'd find it... IF it was ever there.
but that's a lot of money to spend on an "if"
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||in order to add some baseless speculation...||
...doesn't it seem this would be more likely to relate to the potential departure of one of the presumed parties who is leaving (rather than who might be filling such a position)?
the likelihood it involves anything about a possible incoming candidate for one of those positions seems thin, as it seems ("seems"... again, I warned you, baseless speculation) that most sources who'd leak an email to Brian in this context would likely be someone in or around Ann Arbor and/or the university/athletic department, or at least with current ties there...
hopefully we find out down the road (perhaps soon?), but it seems less likely to me that there would be a leak or a source providing Brian info. coming out of the Boston College Athletic Department or the 49ers, etc... anyway, just my admittedly baseless reading of barely existent tea-leaves
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||can of soup here too...||
cue the sad trombone
|9 weeks 1 day ago||word from my friends down in Arkansas is...||
...that they've obviously been watching what's going on in Ann Arbor, and are aware of Long's potential as candidate for replacing DB; they've said that the scuttlebutt down there is that he and his family are super happy in Fayetteville, that he is extremely well-liked and respected within the University community, and that the only position he'd potentially leave UofA for would be to replace Mike Slive as the head of the SEC.
Now, again, that is nothing more than my friend's pro-razorback, SEC-biased view and his reading of various news outlets, blogs, etc., but still...
I personally still think our ADirectorship is a hugely desirable position within college athletics, and Long was (a) hired into the athletic department by Bo, and (b) an associate AD here for 11 years, but I think we should probably hold-off on convincing ourselves that he's already given his notice and is going to jump ship at the drop of a hat...
|9 weeks 1 day ago||one note...||
that Brian has touched on previously is that the next class of recruits is likely to be only 8-10 kids, and several have stated they're coming no matter what happens (include caveats here); but the idea that we can't do anything based on the recruiting effects and NSD is a bit of a stretch
|9 weeks 1 day ago||the thing missing from this...||
"...it seems like if Brandon were going to be fired he would be by now..."
...quote/viewpoint is Schlissel; the man has been in place as President since June (iirc), and he is obviously trying not to be perceived as a hasty decision-maker, which could affect the rest of his tenure as President. Say what you will about the effect of the deliberate process he's undertaken as it relates to the concept and timing of a coaching search, but I don't think Sam can rest his laurels on the idea that Brandon is staying based on the simple fact that Schlissel is being deliberative.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||no, I'm not really...||
involved down there at all (unless you count traveling there a couple weeks ago for my 20th high school reunion)... most of us alums that live out of state only see what the rest of folks see (Grantland, occasional articles like those Brian linked, etc.), but I can tell you that it was pretty clear on my last visit that someone has been ponying up big bucks to upgrade the athletics facilities there; my guess would be that is part of the school's attempts to keep him happy at PA. It's a private school though, so although I'm not an arkansas FOIA expert, I'd guess you wouldn't be able to get his wages through a public records request like you can for University coaches here; any attempt to figure out what it would take monetarily to lure him away with higher salary would be a complete guess on our part. i'd wager most small schools in the area (UCA, etc.) wouldn't necessarily be able to offer too much in terms of salary increase, so he'd probably need to be at a place where he was ready to try his skills at the next level (unless an even bigger school came calling with bigger $$ to make that decision easier for him)
[also, not that it matters that much, but this was something that aggravated me about those articles in Brian's post: no one down there refers to the school as "Pulaski" in isolation. the county that Little Rock is in is called Pulaski County, and since the school's name is Pulaski Academy, everyone down there refers to it solely as "PA" #themoreyouknow]