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|1 day 6 min ago||Do they hire an assistant||
God, I hope so. If Notre Dame wanted to find a way to torpedo their athletic recruiting, assigning a coach to chaperone duty would be an excellent way of accomplishing that. Please be that stupid.
|1 day 51 min ago||Stop It.||
While I find the self-righteousness and pretension of the Notre Dame culture as annoying as the next person, I think holding up the dating choice of two consenting adults and equating it to an academic scandal is beyond stupid. There are plenty of incidents we can point to in the past few years to highlight the hypocracy of the ND culture, but this is not one of them. Trying to impugn Justin Brent's reputation because he is failing to meet some fabricated standard for chasteness and decorum simply because he plays football for a private Catholic school is a shitty thing to do.
|1 day 23 hours ago||IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER! IT||
IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!
IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!
IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!
|1 day 23 hours ago||So wait, now we're to believe||
So wait, now we're to believe that this is THE BJ Dickey gracing us with his presence? Color me skeptical.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Every Thursday, 9:00 AM, like||
Every Thursday, 9:00 AM, like clockwork, MmmGoBluBBQ tortures us. So cruel. So deliciously cruel.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Historically, when MIchigan||
Historically, when MIchigan has got it's shit together, MSU's record against the Maize and Blue sinks to about .300 and that's a pattern that has been historically consistent. Those brief instances in history where MSU rises to the top tier of the conference, you see a proportionate decline in Michigan's performance. There really is no prolonged period where both Michigan and Michigan State were performing at great to elite levels concurrently.
|2 days 16 hours ago||This is appears to be a||
Well it certainly would be nice for something to finally go our way in terms of the football program. Seems like it's been nothing by shitty news and bad luck for going on 10 years now.
|3 days 26 min ago||The reason is because MSU as||
The reason is because MSU as a "rival" is not a real threat. When you look at the history between these two programs, when Michigan is competently managed / coached, MSU's performance is about a win every 3 or 4 seasons. That's consistent. Over DECADES of games played. Take away the 1950's to the 60's and the present, where Michigan football was a mess, and Sparty never competes with us.
It's a different story with OSU. There are eras where we are dominant, where they are dominant and where were are equal, but it swings back and forth and it doens't necessarily follow a predictable pattern. OSU is a threat. We will always be in a struggle against them to be as good or better than them.
Bottom line, and this is what the Valentis and the rest of the Sparty brahs always want to downplay, is that the recruiting and talent gap between Michigan and MSU is a real thing. Michigan always recruits better talent than MSU and more oftern than not we squeeze the best out of that talent. This is why the national narrative around MSU is less about how they've risen to the ranks of the elite than how far the Big 10 as a conference has fallen. MSU being 6-1 is not so impressive when Penn State is awful. Michigan is awful. Nebraska is awful.
This also is what makes Sparty insufferable when they're winning. This is why you get incidents like the Night of the Juggalos of a few years ago. Because deep down the brahs all know that such success for them is fleeting and they have to make hay while they can....because eventually they turn back into pumpkins. It's not a question of "if" but of "when".
|1 week 1 day ago||Right||
Quick, everybody check next season's football schedule to make sure the location for Michigan / Ohio State hasn't changed from "Ann Arbor" to "TBA".
|1 week 1 day ago||Hold on...||
I think it's a little harsh to suggest that Bill Martin did nothing for lower profile sports. The first facility upgrade he completed here after he took over was the baseball / softball complex. Bill just did what any AD would do when faced with a massive cash surplus and a campus full of aging facilities. He started with the highest priority ones first and worked his way down.
By the time Brandon came along, all the low hanging fruit was already picked. What else you going to do with all that money? You can't build two football stadiums. Granted, the coaches of the low profile teams have every reason to like Brandon, but that doesn't make him the champion of non-revenue sports at Michigan.
|1 week 3 days ago||The notion that MIchigan has||
The notion that MIchigan has sunk to a level where it is reasonable to make them an analogue to Rutgers is so depressing, I can't even....but it's true.
|1 week 3 days ago||True||
This is true, I don't know your coach, but I can make some inferences from the limited amount of data that you've volunteered....and they're not good.
|1 week 6 days ago||Devin Gardner may not go down||
Devin Gardner may not go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Michigan history, but he may be the toughest.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Here goes nothing....||
Here goes nothing....
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Starts out so innocent, then||
Starts out so innocent, then 10 years later, this is what has happened....
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||True, although I wonder how||
True, although I wonder how much better the Michigan job really looked compared to Penn State in 1969. I mean Bo himself pointed out that the state of facilities at Michigan when he got there were far from world class at the time. The only thing Michigan really had going for it was reputation. It's not like Canham was going to offer JoePa a massive pay raise to come take over a Michigan program that was state of the art....that might have had something to do with his turning the job down.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Wrong||
Your loyalty to the University of Michigan, whether you're a former player, alumnus, or just a fan, should be above which person is at the head of the program. Calling out all these players who are now lining up to support the team when they were conspicuously absent durnig the Rodriguez firestorm is more than reasonable because they aren't really here to support Michigan, they're here to support "Lloyd Carr's Michigan" and that is the problem. That hypocracy is what has contributed to the toxic environment around this Athletic Department since Bo passed away and if we need to move past it if we're ever going to get back to being elite again.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Rare is the head coach who||
Rare is the head coach who exhibits elite strategic acumen on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. That's why you have a staff that you have to trust and rely on to help pick up the slack. This argument that Rodriguez's success is only as good as the DC he had working with him because "he knows nothing about defense" is a red herring. You can say something similar about every other head coach in college football.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||For all the guys who were||
For all the guys who were dancing on Rich Rod's grave and celebrating the return of "Michigan Football", this is the nightmare scenario. Michigan floundering under the leadership of the Michigan Man, while the guy who couldn't cut it in the big leagues is succeeding in an even bigger league. It's an uncomfortable thing to consider, but we should be asking ourselves, if it wasn't all Rich Rod, then maybe it was us?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry, but clearly Rich||
Sorry, but clearly Rich Rodriguez is a pretty good football coach. It's not like he succeeding at some Mountain West program. He's winning in the Pac-12, a conference which by any quantifiable measure is superior to the Big 10. If the difference between Rodriguez's results at West Virginia and Arizona versus Michigan was how he fit in with the culture, then maybe it's our culture that has to change.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's like saying the||
That's like saying the Atlantic and Pacific are technically only one ocean. Michigan and Huron are separated by a strait and occupy their own individual basins, which geologically makes them separate lakes.
Now the difference in depth between the basins is pretty small and the flow between them is relatively uniform, so hydrologically, they could be considered one lake, but it's all in what definition you want to follow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Infuriating||
Rich Rodriguez did indeed fail here at Michigan, but because of almost none of the reasons you cited.
1. Rodriguez didn't "chase" Mallett out of Michigan. This has been debunked numerous times in the past. Even if Rodriguez hadn't been hired and brought an offensive system that was a poor fit to Mallet's skill set, he was probably on his way out because he was unpopular with his teammates and Bobby Petrino had just gotten hired at Arkansas, which was his first choice of a school coming out of HS. Once you had a team missing Mallet, Arrington, and Manningham, it was probably going to look pretty awful no matter what.
2. Rodriguez's recruiting rankings according to Rivals during his tenure:
Rodriguez certainly left some holes in some position areas, offensive line, specifically, and retention was a problem, but his recruiting was fairly good until the sharks started circling, and even with the shark's recruiting didn't drop off a cliff.
3. This is our failing, not his, and is just an excuse for all those who didn't like Rodriguez because he was an outsider and not MIchigan Man enough for some people. This is a toxic aspect of our culture that needs to be changed from within.
4. The Lion King is a movie, not a book and this comment is beyond stupid.
5. I didn't think you could make a stupider comment than number 4, but I was wrong.
6. The records for Hoke are also pretty abyssmal and trending in the opposite direction than under Rodriguez. There's no way to predict that if Rodriguez had been given a fairer shot that he ultimately would've succeeded, but you can definitely argue that we could have given Rich a fourth year and if things didn't work out to everyone's satisfaction, Hoke would've still been available to hire from SDSU.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Holy crap, that's terrifying.||
Holy crap, that's terrifying.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The close ones do. When you||
The close ones do. When you lose to Utah or Minnesota by a couple of scores, all you do is shake your head in bewilderment and chuckle. When you lose a Rutgers game that was completely winnable, it still hurts a little.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm marveling at how easily||
I'm marveling at how easily uncomfortable situations are defused by the offending party admitting the error and offering sincere remorse. Stands in stark contrast to the clownshow of the past week.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's not an insult if you are||
It's not an insult if you are being obtuse, and frankly, pretending that the only reason Brandon is under fire is due to record alone without taking into account anything else is an obtuse argument to make.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ugh||
Oh boy, I can't wait to see how my "Rich Rodriguez Appreciation Thread" is received.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||At this point, I think it's||
At this point, I think it's fair to say that Michigan's problems reach a lot deeper than depth issues created by a couple of quality linemen that we didn't get because Hoke was hired too late in the recruiting cycle. At this point we've seen issues in decision-making, game preparation, philosophy, and strategy that go far beyond simply concerns about aspects of our player personnel.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Well, Herbstreit is wrong and||
Well, Herbstreit is wrong and applying the same falacious argument that others on the board have made by saying, "If X were true, then Y would be happening". Jesus, there's a thread two above this one taking a poll using that every same, flawed logic. Hoke isn't under fire because of the Shane Morris thing. Hoke is under fire due to the cumulative effect of 2.5 seasons of ineffective football management which has come to a head with the latest variable, Shane Morris playing while concussed, being the final straw.
If Brady Hoke was 5-0, then half a dozen things that have happened during the seaosn thusfar that lead to Shane Morris starting and getting hurt wouldn't have happened.
I guess expecting sound logic would be too much to expect from an OSU graduate.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||No! Dig up stupid!||
No! Dig up stupid!