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|2 days 6 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh||
Is not your pal, friend.
|4 days 7 hours ago||+1||
For FTFP. Bunch of click-baiting hacks...I never go over there anymore, because I don't want to encourage their ridiculous behavior.
My boycott of the FP continues indefinitely.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Ian Rapaport||
FWIW, Rapaport also posted this:
I believe this is true, but I seriously doubt that Sarah Harbaugh would torpedo any move back to the midwest, where she is from. The Bay Area is nice, but a happy husband is nicer. Also, she clearly has a good sense of humor:
|1 week 2 days ago||Nailed it||
Well done, sir.
The NCAA (and school in general) has done itself a great disservice by disconnecting sports from education. While sports are rightly differentiated from academics, they are certainly a valid, empowering component of education.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I learned more on the field in college than I did in the classroom. No, I'm not a professional athlete. But I double-majored in International Relations and Theatre and I don't do those either.
"Student-athlete" is a stupid and redundant term. Athletes are students--even the pros have to be constantly learning and honing their craft. And athletics are part of education, just as surely as law, business, or medicine.
That we view sport as an entirely different class of education is societal mistake; while I would never argue that football = English literature, I would be just as foolish to argue that philosophy = engineering.
There is no doubt to anyone who has ever been a serious college athlete (I'd like to think I'm in that category) that the field and the classroom are complimentary, not competitive. Yes, they are different disciplines, but they are both part of education, and I believe they are both indespensible to a complete education.
My kids will play sports. Whether they like it or not, whether they excel at them or not, they will play, just like they will have math classes whether or not they like them or excel in them. I believe educating mind, body, and character helps us grow into more complete human beings, and sports can do all three in a unique way. When coupled with the rigors of classroom learning, I believe athletics help create a comprehensive foundation for effective, lifelong thinking and decision-making.
And it's worth saying again: This was an awesome post, Brian. Thank you.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Just can't see it||
I don't see how this team wins out. We're just not that good.
But even if we do, it's time for a change at HC.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So true||
It's hard to find a clip of a Stanford running play where there wasn't a pulling guard (when Harbaugh was there) and when you do, it's usually a FB ISO play.
Power O, Pin-and-Pull, Traps and Whams...ALL...DAY...LONG.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||MSU||
I cannot possibly root for either team, but if you're asking for a prediction, I'm going with MSU by 3-7 points. OSU has not played anyone this year, and they've still lost to Va Tech and nearly lost to Penn State. MSU has played Oregon (and lost) and beat Nebraska in addition to thumping everyone else.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Brian||
I love the UFRs. I know it seems almost pointless this season (or perhaps worse), but this is content that I truly love to digest each week, and very much appreciate. It's stuff like this that keeps me coming back to the blog and buying HTTV.
Please keep it up, and here's hoping next season is more fun.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||1987 Rose Bowl||
The irony of that game--a 15-22 loss to Arizona State--is that it was none other than John Cooper coaching the Sun Devils. He would later become my favorite Ohio State coach in history.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||All of the points||
I think Hoke is a great guy, and I wish he had succeeded here. But I'm not sure you could find a clearer case of a guy that needs to be fired. I am shocked at how many posters are advocating for "one more year" if we can't get a Harbaugh.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Your list||
Might be better than mine. I pretty much agree, though I also believe John Harbaugh is close to a sure thing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||40 time||
I improved my 40 time by 0.2 seconds in college through strength, form, and flexibility training. You can definitely get faster in college.
That said, I reached my ceiling and still wasn't very fast. Some people just have it; I had a buddy who ran in the 4.3s and never trained.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Mullen||
The guy took the worst team in the best division in football and turned them into average or better, and now has them as the #1 team in the country.
Perhaps even more impressive, he's coaching great defenses to go along with his solid offense. Top it all off with his midwest ties and realtionship with Urban, and he's a pretty attractive candidate.
Who looks better (not named Harbaugh)?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
McElwain is between tier 2 and tier 3 for me...but the steady improvement at CSU is extremely impressive, and he has a strong resume besides, including some midwest ties. I think he's ready, but he's no slam dunk.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks||
I'd put him in Tier 3, but I agree he should be on the list. I'm just not sure he knows enought about running a college program, and I'm not sure if he wants to be in the NFL as a HC.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Youth and scheme||
Sure, youth and a scheme change are challenges. But the #107 scoring offense in the country?
It's one thing to be bad, it's another thing to be nearly ineffective. With the talent we have, there is NO excuse for our offensive production. Even Rich Rod's first season--when there was far, far, far less talent--was 99th in scoring offense.
Teams with far worse OC's and far less talent are out-perfoming us. There is no excuse for that.
We are 10 weeks into the season, after having a full spring and summer and fall camp to digest the changes. We are still pathetic on offense. There is no excuse for that.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Eh||
Gallon wasn't lightning fast, but he was definitely fast. He ran a 4.49 at the NFL combine (zero fakes out of five). His top gear wasn't the fastest, but his quickness was amazing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Joke||
While this is obviously a joke, we could do a lot worse than Schiano.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Futility and failure||
It's no secret that I like Coach Hoke. It's also no secret that I think he should be fired, no matter what happens with the remainder of the season. Consider this: we have the 107th-ranked scoring offense in the NCAA. We are one spot behind Miami (NTM), one of the teams we blew out because they were galactically bad.
Coach Hoke should not get fired for being unlikeable, immoral, or failing to graduate his players. That our record is so poor and the team shows no (or few) signs of fracturing is a testament to how well he takes care of his team.
Coach Hoke should, however, get fired for fielding futile offenses that closely resemble RR's futile defenses. In 2010, we averaged 6.75 yds/play. The problem is that we also allowed over 6 yds/play. In 2011, the average dropped a bit to 6.23 yds/play, and we held our opponents to 5.23 yds/play. In 2012, we were down to 6.07 yds/play, allowing just 4.93 yds/play. The decline continued in 2013 despite two massive offensive outputs (Indiana and Ohio State) when we averaged just 5.44 yds/play and gave-up 5.29. Now? In 2014, we are averaging 5.38 yds/play while we cede 4.76 yds/play.
See a trend? The offense has gotten less efficient each season, and is now at the point where, immediately following a huge blow-out victory over Indiana, we are still ranked #107 in scoring offense.
The big question: WHY?
Nuss is regarded as one of the top offensive minds in the country. I will bet anyone any amount, any time that Nussmeier goes on to have a very good career as an OC and probably even HC after he is done at Michigan. He is not the problem. (It's possible Borges wasn't the problem either)
I agree with Brian: the assistants are NOT getting the job done, and Hoke is not holding them accountable or creating an atmosphere where attention to detail is paramount. Wisconsin fired their O-Line coach mid-season, and turned things around almost immediately. Michigan has been far too patient with Funk, not to mention Jackson, Ferrigno, and even Hecklinski. The offensive staff has not been able to get the players to execute their assignments, and therefore they should be canned, along with the HC that has kept them employed.
That we have MNC-winning coordinators on both sides of the ball tells you that we have adequate football knowledge to be at least competent in all phases of the game. Unfortunately, our offense is a wreck, and shows no sign of lasting progress. Given that we now have an OC known for grooming excellent QBs and getting the most out of his talent, it's plain to see that the final variables are the HC (whom we know is not that involved on offense) and the offensive assistants, who appear to be culpable.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||BiSB||
While Jim Harbaugh is probably my ideal coaching candidate, spread-to-pass seems like the most fun scheme to me.
That said, I agree 100% with BiSB. I DON'T CARE. Whatever works, man. Move the ball and score points. We are currently living in some sort of hellish hell-world where Michigan State is the #5 scoring offense and we are the #107 scoring offense. Plz make it stop.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Conspiracy theory||
Is it a coincidence that we just started running some classic Harbaugh wham plays this past week?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We can haz Harbaugh?||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hello!||
Welcome to the family! Kate approves!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Happy Birthday Coach!||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Please, don't ever, ever,||
Please, don't ever, ever, ever rate '14 Hoke. Please.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Good find||
Seth, what's the basis for giving Jim Harbaugh a "1" in offensive and defensive execution?
Stanford was #5 in oFEI in 2010, and #6 in dFEI. They were #2 in overall FEI, only behind Auburn. They were #6 in dS&P and #3 in oS&P, overall #5.
Hard to execute much better than that, especially when you consider they weren't loaded with anywhere near the talent of some other top teams.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Recruiting||
No, his players are not engineers first. I live near CSM and can tell you that Stitt actively recruits football players in Texas and tries to convince them to become engineers.
Believe me, he's not out recruiting engineers to play football. It's the other way around.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Rodriguez||
Was the best possible candidate at the time. He was known as THE innovator of the zone read/spread to run offense and had turned around one of the worst programs in college football.
There was no better choice.
RR's failure is a combination of factors--his arrogance/obsessiveness about his offense put the defense on the back burner, and when he finally realized he needed to fix it he never hired a guy who knew how or who fit with his philosophy. Just as significant, the university and the alumni never supported him fully.
RR is one of the best coaches in college football, and anyone who says otherwise is just not paying attention to facts.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Nailed it||
I think you nailed the essence of it, if not the title. RR's questionable recruiting did have some negative consequences for our program when a handful of guys he tried to bring in didn't make it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I heard||
It was spray-painted green and "SU" was added to the end of it.