"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|7 hours 54 min ago||And Andrew Copp scores an||
And Andrew Copp scores an assist!
Not a surprise that his minutes were limited; it's his first game and they have him on the fourth line. Good start, though.
|13 hours 17 min ago||Ely, huh? Didn't realize we||
Ely, huh? Didn't realize we had another Minnesotan on here, there are a few of us. Wave at me as you drive through.
|15 hours 19 min ago||I am of the opinion that||
I am of the opinion that Michigan won't reach its potential until after the transition we expect next year.
And I am of the opinion that while I may wish he chose to time it differently, our coach has earned the right to choose when he steps down. Only Wally Grant and Vic Heyliger (together) can claim an equivalent level of positive influence on the Michigan Hockey program. Even now, the expectations that the team is falling short of are established only because of the quality of Red Berenson.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Virtually every girl? Without||
Virtually every girl knew of this happening? Without their consent? If true, that's horrid and disgusting.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Well, I'm also wondering if||
Well, I'm also wondering if the victim was significantly intoxicated. Not my business but even if it's not an assault it could be something regretted that was exacerbated by LTT showing off to others.
The point is, this doesn't get to Harbaugh's desk if he is just keeping a clip for personal use. Dozens and probably hundreds found out about this first.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I think more happened than||
I think more happened than just this. This is scummy, but he was off the team less than a week later--there's stuff involved here that we're not hearing about. Maybe questions of consent, maybe distribution, but it's safe to say that the aggrieved party has been seriously hurt in some way greater than him just keeping a private file. And has a right to be upset.
|2 days 13 hours ago||We wanted him too. He was in||
We wanted him too. He was in demand. He won some big games. (EDIT: Remember, Alabama actually hired Mike Price, too. They didn't always get it right.)
He also lost some. He's a good coach, but as has been discussed, there are some weaknesses that all of his teams seem to have. They are sloppy. They are defensively average or worse. They don't develop players well. They don't accrue lots of elite talent.
And the results are visible: good teams, occasional contention for conference titles, dangerous offense, head-scratching losses every year. That's good for WVU. That's good for Arizona.
Even if a lot of the bad stuff hadn't happened to him, I don't think he would ever do better than that at Michigan. And that's too bad. But it's reality.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Pretty sure you meant that||
Pretty sure you meant that Hoke did a good job with the DL, since the OL was the primary catalyst of his failure in four years at Michigan. Which, yes, I agree.
|2 days 15 hours ago||My vision of RR was that he||
My vision of RR was that he could be for us what Chip Kelly was for Oregon and Urban Meyer was for Florida. Forward-thinking, killer instinct, etc. It did not happen at Michigan. There are a lot of reasons why, and knowing that Arizona would have destroyed Michigan on the field last year was certainly hard to take.
But I think RR has a ceiling. He appears to have hit it at Arizona. I wouldn't say that it is schematic, though there are a lot of pure run spread teams that are struggling this year; I think he just doesn't produce great players. Yeah, he'll snag the occasional Scobby or Lewan or Slaton, but a lot of coaches do that. As said, he doesn't develop players, and we saw here that he doesn't really recruit well.
He is a good fit for a place like WVU or Zona; they'll struggle occasionally and have some good years. I don't think he can run a top-line program.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Oh, and I totally agree that||
Oh, and I totally agree that not adding a QB was a mistake. Putting all of your eggs in one basket is dangerous; Hoke was at Michigan when Henson left before the 2001 season, he should have known that.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I suspect that moving Gardner||
I suspect that moving Gardner to receive was more an effort to put good athletes on the field, gambling on Denard staying healthy. It was a bit of a moonshot, and it didn't really work out, but they knew they could put DG back under center if Denard got hurt, which is what happened. I think the hope was that Bellomy would only ever have to come in for a play here or there if Denard got dinged on a hit.
In the event, it didn't work out. But I think the effort was worth the risk; Gallon was not known to be a big-game receiver going into the year, and large portions of Denard's success in 2011 were due to Junior Hemingway's ability to win jump balls. I think their hope was that DG would provide that in 2012, a key component of a non-RichRod offense that had Denard at QB.
And really the rest of the season was fine, as far as DG integrating into the offense. Many suggest that Michigan would have won at Nebraska had either Denard lasted or DG been the backup; I don't find that certain at all. Michigan was getting almost no offense whatsoever prior to the injury, and Al's track record on the road was terrible. I cannot believe that a team that always struggled on the road against teams like Iowa would suddenly pull it together late in Lincoln.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Neither of them smoke.||
Neither of them smoke.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Maybe. But: 1. Nobody keeps||
Maybe. But: 1. Nobody keeps the foot to the gas in blowouts, and 2. Great offensive teams score anyway. Michigan is not a great offensive team.
|2 days 21 hours ago||After last year and after||
After last year and after Utah it seemed pretty clear that we could hope for improvement, but that there was a pretty solid ceiling above which this team could not expect to ascend.
Now, we have comfortably beaten three teams that we should have comfortably beaten, and thumped one good team.
It's promising. But cruising through the B1G undefeated? I have serious doubts. Playoff-ready? I honestly don't think we have the athletes. Michigan was beating a bad Maryland defense only 6-0 at halftime; things just aren't there yet.
I'm hopeful that the rivalry games are winnable; I'm hopeful that a good bowl is in our future. But I don't see how this team won't lose at least once and probably twice more in the regular season. Maybe, maybe, we go into The Game with a chance for a share of the division title and a trip to Indy. Maybe. But that's the best I believe we can expect.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Season is still early. We'll||
Season is still early. We'll know more after the next two weeks. I expect OSU to round into fine form by the time they come to visit; I am trying very hard, and mostly unsuccessfully, to suppress ecstatic visions of what we will do to MSU in two weeks.
|3 days 20 hours ago||This is no surprise at all.||
This is no surprise at all. It's a significant game, worthy of a good time slot, and it's not going to be at night. This is an easy no-brainier.
Almost certainly on ABC, too. If that's decided after the weekend, I would guess that both teams losing could thwart that.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Honestly, this is just "meh."||
Honestly, this is just "meh." It's not ugly, it's not cool, it's not crazy. The logo is fine, but it's something I'd expect to see designed by a tourism board. It doesn't bother me, but it has no hook to it either.
FWIW while the image appears to be a scope, consistent with the "exploration/vision" theme of the design, Lewis & Clark most certainly did carry a significant quantity of arms with them and made use of them with some frequency.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Yeah. If Northwestern players||
Yeah. If Northwestern players were wearing, say, Oklahoma jerseys, they would be a top five team right now. Our defense is great, but Northwestern beat a good Duke team and absolutely throttled a Stanford team that is suddenly lighting up the Pac 12. They're good and have one of the best wins in the country.
I think it's a tossup. No way this should be a big line.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Woodson's epic interview:||
Woodson's epic interview: "Same old Jay."
Yep, same old Jay. And same old Charles Woodson.
|5 days 7 hours ago||What's the precedent for||
What's the precedent for this? When has it happened? Strong is not the first African American to coach in college football, much less other sports. When has a furor erupted before?
Do you think that, if he should be fired, it is because of race?
|5 days 8 hours ago||There might be a furor at a||
There might be a furor at a place like Michigan. I'm not at all sure that would happen at Texas. Not everybody sees the everything through the prism of grievance. The culture in Texas and, surprisingly to us, large swaths of the south overall, is more harmonious than what we are accustomed to in the North.
At any rate, I would be more inclined to lend credence to your theory if there were any precedent for it. So far that has just not occurred; the only time I can even remember such an issue coming up was when Ty Willingham was fired from Notre Dame, and that dissolved almost as quickly as it began.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Fair points, but money and||
Fair points, but money and winning are, respectively, powerful motives to overlook old issues.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Honestly, why should this||
Honestly, why should this matter? Was he hired on merit, or was he hired to check a box? If RichRod had been a different color, would he/should he have gotten a fourth year? Hoke, were he a minority, received a fifth?
Little would be worse for the prospect of increasing the number of African American coaches in college and the NFL than allowing an unwritten pressure to prevent schools from firing such coaches when the teams underperform. If such a pressure existed, a team would be reluctant to hire an African American, for fear that they would not be able to deal with underperformance if it occurred.
Look, college football has some unpleasant racial history in its past. But the fact that Bear Bryant had to get trounced by "Bam" Cunningham's USC team to start fielding black players hasn't prevented Alabama from getting the best African American recruits. Ole Miss is recruiting just fine and they have both a history of segregation and a mascot who represents the Confederacy.
Maybe coaches are just judged on the content of their coaching.
|5 days 8 hours ago||To be fair, it will take||
To be fair, it will take Riley time to develop the team the way he wants it.
But I don't think anybody really believed in him when he was hired and it is hard to see him succeeding now. Nebraska needs a Dantonio type that is excellent at developing players, since they can no longer recruit the way they used to when they won big under Osborne. I think Herman would have been a great hire for them, but they wanted none of it.
For what it's worth, I thought Florida's hire of Mcelwain was pretty weak, too, but so far things look pretty good over there.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Hoke really wouldn't have||
Hoke really wouldn't have been ok if he had just flipped the Rutgers and Maryland games to wins, would he? Of course not. It was already over--fans had bailed and so had recruits. It would scarcely have been less intense if the Shane Morris incident hadn't occurred; that mostly served to wreck DB, Hoke's last hope of protection.
Same thing wrecked Gene Chizik at Auburn. He had barely finished brushing off the confetti from his national title before the fans stopped even showing up at games. Strong is looking at the same revolt here.
|5 days 9 hours ago||To be fair, OSU had a 13-year||
To be fair, OSU had a 13-year transition in which they endured John Cooper, the ultimate coaching Manchurian Candidate.
|5 days 9 hours ago||They should go after Art||
They should go after Art Briles or maaaaaybe Gary Patterson. Briles produces. Yeah, his teams aren't great on defense--back up the bank truck and hire a great DC (except ours, we like ours). Hasn't he shown enough?
Both he and Patterson have taken tiny football also-rans that could hope to be no better than 4th or 5th in their own state and turned them into perennial national championship contenders. It doesn't get recognized enough how astonishing that is. Neither of these teams have any business being better than Texas at any time, and they OWN them right now.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Dantonio is, alas, a very||
Dantonio is, alas, a very good coach, but is he well-suited for Texas? Michigan State allowed him the time to develop his program and does not demand much from a coach as the head of a program; at Texas you're expected to charm the donors as well as produce a football team. Further, while Dantonio has improved his recruiting, recruiting great players has never been his strength; he gets his guys and coaches them up. That has not, in the past, been the Texas profile.
And in that state it never will be. Now, perhaps a coach can adapt--Urban Meyer's offense certainly handled top recruits just fine--but Texas is a place that demands success right away. Strong is practically gone, and he hasn't even coached a season and a half yet.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Never thought I'd feel||
Never thought I'd feel sympathy for Texas fans, and it's not like they don't have some pretty serious recent success to look back to, but I'm getting close here. What a trainwreck. We, of course, know how that feels.
It's easy to pile onto programs that are falling apart, popcorn in hand, but I genuinely think Strong has been dealt a bad hand here, even if he has played it poorly. What's most startling about this, if true, is that the player in question is a freshman--that's supposed to be one of "his" guys.
Really, Texas looked like things were improving after the Cal comeback, but they still haven't notched that W. The Saban/Chip talks will begin to accelerate now.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Remember how Colin Kaepernick||
Remember how Colin Kaepernick carved up the Packers under Harbaugh a couple of years ago?
It really is a tragedy that Gardner never got to play for Harbaugh. I believe he would've been great.