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|12 hours 41 min ago||Thank you. Fixed.||
Thank you. Fixed.
|12 hours 49 min ago||What do you mean? Views for||
What do you mean? Views for this article are blowing up today. I'm sure that has nothing to do with what it's sharing the front page with.
|12 hours 56 min ago||Let the man have his||
Let the man have his opinion.
You do realize how much Dave Brandon did for Elliott and his family, right? He's got a good reason to be biased.
|1 day 3 hours ago||So now you're onto ad hominem||
So now you're onto ad hominem and argument from ignorance. You've been thoroughly answered and presented with consensus statements that don't dispute your primary thesis (that Rodriguez sucked at coordinator hiring and therefore had to go).
I think we're all done here.
|1 day 3 hours ago||By the way I think you can||
By the way I think you can make your argument without getting accusatory and defensive. The consensus on Rich Rodriguez, then and now, was that he deserved to be fired because he made awful hires for defensive coordinator.
The question remained why was he such a failure at Michigan, because that is most relevant to Michigan right now. We aren't hiring Rodriguez back, but we are VERY interested in not making the same mistakes over again.
It does seem that Rodriguez had a hole in his ability in that he couldn't manage a defense well enough even to pick the right coach for it, and he apparently lucked out by having Casteel fall into his circle at West Virginia. It's well to remember that the "Keep Rodriguez" plan circia 1/1/2011 was absolutely to get him Casteel, and give the pair one year to turn it around, but that would have been a year of recruiting with a noose around their necks and a team that had apparently given up on him by the bowl game. So if you're asking me do I still think it was the right move to fire RR at that time: yes. He should have been gone after the Ohio State game.
I think we should recognize that EVERY candidate we could hire has some things he's bad at. Unfortunately for Michigan, RR's was apparently revealed only here, and only when it was too late.
I also think Michigan probably would have been better off had we kept Rodriguez, but that's less of a positive for RR and mostly a damning statement about how bad Hoke was.
|1 day 3 hours ago||From Three and||
From Three and Out:
That comes from Rodriguez and RR's director of football ops, Mike Parrish.
Madej: I'm searching for the board post now. He brought it up to me and a group of people on a tour of Schembechler after the remodel.
Martin: An interview after 3&O came out asking him about whether various things were true. He said they had Casteel, and for the same contract assistants always got, but then he was flipped by more money. Martin appears to have his facts not entirely straight since $10k probably wasn't as big of a deal as the surety.
|1 day 5 hours ago||You make a good||
You make a good circumstantial case, but this was no myth; it's the story both Rodriguez and Casteel told, respectively, to John U. Bacon and Bruce Madej, and if I could find it I'm pretty sure Martin corroborated it. There was still a sense in 2008 of fighting the good fight to tamp down escalating coaching salaries, and Michigan was certainly capable at that time of the hypocrisy you described above, where they'd pay millions for Rodriguez but not another $50,000 a year for one of his assistants.
With coaching changes you have to leave room for an extraordinary amount of people not acting in a manner you would identify as rational, or perhaps sane. Only in the afermath can some of the ridiculous stuff get sorted out, if it ever can.
Shit happens quickly and with a level of informality that is terrifying to those of us who feel so much is at stake. Casteel wasn't going to uproot at that time unless Michigan offered him a substantial raise, and they wouldn't, and Rich Rod tried to convince him to come anyway and Casteel said no he'd rather not, and people got on a plane.
|1 day 14 hours ago||We were at 700 S. State for||
We were at 700 S. State for my whole time. I made room 7 into 007.
|1 day 19 hours ago||The friend is Mike Pettigano.||
The friend is Mike Pettigano. He used to be the Brian Cook for Penn State, now he works for a newspaper that covers Central New Jersey, so he always has stuff for me about Peppers from their sports desk.
|2 days 9 hours ago||New Jersey Catholic Schools||
New Jersey Catholic Schools are dirtier than Ohio's Catholic League. I've worried that Michigan's CL will start going that direction; until lately it was so dominated by Bo guys (and the Bo-like but non-Bo guy Al Fracassa) that things have stayed fairly clean.
When this stuff started coming out I asked a guy who should know if Peppers might have anything follow him and he said no unless Michigan decides to do something on their own. Basically his old school was PISSED when he transferred, and has been trying ever since to sink him and smear him.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Not sure if serious.||
Not sure if serious.
|2 days 13 hours ago||It was getting too||
It was getting too complicated by separating all those thigns out. So instead I decided to just count all wins and losses as equal no matter what level, figuring if you are in the MAC you do get to play against MAC teams but you also have MAC problems all over your team.
Then I made up the difference by giving bonuses that scale with the level you're at. So Les Miles didn't get big builder points because he inherited a Saban team, but he wracked up 33 points in Power 5 bonuses.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Oops. I thought I gave him a||
Oops. I thought I gave him a 3 in both of those. Maybe I accidentally overtyped it at one point. I'm looking over the metrics again and don't see any other weird things.
Hoke was known for execution. When he came here the positives were all "he teaches you fundamental football." Sometimes the things we think are positives don't translate. I could add Hoke as a candidate for 2015 right now if you like but it won't be pretty.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Capping the top category does||
Capping the top category does damage Miles, but I think it also allows us to draw conclusions from other factors than "has won a boatload of games on this level."
From the start my goal was to reperesent the level to which factors, not specific coaches, weighed on the decision of the new coach. Every other category was rated on a scale, while I let relevant coaching success tally up points until it hit a threshold of perfect.
Miles got a -3 for ethics and a -4 for being too old to be around for a long time. Those are things that people talk about as immediate grounds for disconsideration, and I made them relatively small things. In my ratings Les makes up for being an oversigner and a dirty recruiter simply by being really good at coaching offensive linemen. Because of that he rates a 50--exactly as much confidence as my ratings put on Gary Moeller circa January 1990. It makes him my 4th candidate, which is higher than Brian (not in top 7) and Ace (6th) had him in the podcast.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I tried to show what Bo was||
I tried to show what Bo was coming out of Miami (NTM). Moeller wasa 50, which is really high on this scale, despite our misgivings about the fact that he'd only been a head coach for a tiny bit of time and that didn't go well.
This isn't a "is he a better coach" matrix. It's a "what did he look like as a coaching candidate on the day he was hired" matrix. And here's what it looked like when Bo was hired:
That is Don Canham, AD for all of seven months, with a facial expression that is anything but "I just made the defining coaching hire for the next 40 years."
Rodriguez was FAR more established at his hiring than Bo and his two assistants.
|2 days 14 hours ago||It was a BCS league at the||
It was a BCS league at the time, albeit a weaker one. Winning the Big East of that day wasn't appreciably different than the Big Ten now.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I gave that to RR so I'd||
I gave that to RR so I'd better be as tough on guys I suspect a lot more dirt from.
Herman is Urban Meyer's recruiting superstar, and Urban Meyer is perhaps the dirtiest recruiter in the game other than Freese. Meyer is the master of the well-timed fib.Also, Ohio State escaped the Tressel stuff, but the cars and the apartments that come fully loaded, and the blatant lies have to trickle down to a guy on Herman's level.
MSU's problems are of a different nature. They recruit a lot of guys (not all of their guys) who have problems respecting fellow human beings. The result is a lot of violent and negative behaviors both on and off the field that the football staff ignore or even tacitly encourage. Dantonio, like Tressel, bases his moral code on obedience and loyalty, not right and wrong. He's a damn good coach but not a coach Michigan would have been able to tolerate, and Narduzzi has been there every step of the way.
If either of these guys were to be hired at Michigan, there would be a real fear of either of those program cultures being transmitted here, where you can't get away with that kind of stuff. If we're importing a rival's program by hiring a rival's assistant, we should recognize the bad parts of that program could come too.
|2 days 15 hours ago||-2 is a "So what." I probably||
-2 is a "So what." I probably should have had a better title for it. I was trying to capture the zeitgeist of the fanbase at the time of his hire. RR recruited a lot of guys to WVa that he couldn't have to Michigan. Rodriguez wasn't a Beilein and we knew it. I wanted to beat my biases on this.
Only a -3 is a problem.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I mentioned to Brian when||
I mentioned to Brian when reviewing this that it needed some context and he said he'd give it later. If Brandon's been firing off one of these hate messages once a week or so since he got here, that's alienating about 300 people, i.e. 1/1,000th of the 300,000-strong waitlist Michigan used to have and has no longer thanks to Brandon's leadership.
Of all the things we have against him, "sometimes gets mad on the internet" is hardly his greatest fault. It absolutely does give a window into his personality when he's challenged.
The thing I find far more appalling is the criminal FOIA dodging by deleting emails. Public employees' work emails are public because the public is ultimately responsible for their employees' actions. Not only is he breaking the law, he's charging more than the cost of the fine to the media the fine is supposed to be paid to.
I would find that grounds for immediate dismissal, and there ought to be a lawsuit against the university that forces it to take fees off of FOIA requests, and pay a punitive fine in lieu of however many potential public records were destroyed. It seems to me a classic case of a public employee thinking he's above the law, and a public institution granting an official the power to thwart the people.
|3 days 10 hours ago||In Defense of the Emails||
|4 days 3 hours ago||I was CC-ed on the email||
I was CC-ed on the email chain for a bit as we had an outside consultant doing some high-level tracking stuff. I got lost on the details between computer engineers but I think this was a much more involved confirmation than a forwarded email--from a non-computer geek it did appear the original emails had been transferred in some unalterable state, and were being tested with IP pings and such.
|1 week 9 hours ago||I found a way to get us more||
I found a way to get us more tiny flags. There were banners of Big Ten West teams all around Michigan Stadium so i ran up there and grabbed them. Maybe Wisconsin will complain in like 20 years when they visit next but who thinks there will be a Big Ten or football or a world in 20 years?
So: we have tiny flags again. Tiny flag shortage over. Sorry some of them are purple.
|1 week 13 hours ago||1386...||
|1 week 16 hours ago||Notre Dame has released a||
Notre Dame has released a statement assuring the public that this one is at least 82% real.
|1 week 1 day ago||If you guessed this is why we||
If you guessed this is why we stopped playing you...don't win because there is no more winning, just the darkness.
|1 week 1 day ago||3 Players taking medicals?||
Edited it because crazy speculation from misunderstood context, and I find speculation on players who won't be here next year distasteful.
|1 week 2 days ago||Well we planned to kill it||
Well we planned to kill it off but now the thread has infinite lives, god mode enabled, holds every item in Castlevania II, and skipped to the last boss.
[EDIT: Okay so on googling I got the castlevania code confused with the fake ending one]
|1 week 2 days ago||ADC: DB-less Domino's on the rise||
We look stupid when a bunch of people criticize Brandon's tenure at Domino's and get key facts incorrect. I've let the threads stick but it's getting ridiculous, and there are not enough people with knowledge of the pizza business around to refute falsehoods properly.
Since it's super OT just gonna nix the thread this time. DB's old business isn't off limits because his success there absolutely has informed his approach to Michigan, but considering all the calls to fire him from the board and this site in general I'd like to at least be able to say we didn't encourage false crap like "Domino's is so great now that he's gone" to be attached to him.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is just false, man. He||
This is just false, man. He wasn't forced out. He turned that business from a family-owned business with a too-strong culture (and a nut at the top) to a successful IPO. He brought a professional culture to a company sorely in need of it. It's probably accurate to say that trying to duplicate that success at a non-profit was the key to his failure at Michigan, but you can't argue his tenure as CEO was anything less than anyone with an interest in that company (including as a consumer) would want.
They've got a whole different corporate culture now: instead of being this closed off cheap pizza factory who make their delivery people wear stupid clothes they focus on being super transparent.
Give credit where due. It makes the criticism more believable.
|1 week 2 days ago||Are you sure he's||
Are you sure he's gone?