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|4 min 52 sec ago||Fair points.||
|9 hours 42 min ago||Tennessee fired Dooley||
Tennessee fired Dooley quickly. Chizik was fired at Auburn a year after winning a national title, and let's not pretend that Auburn is somehow a complacent place when it comes to coaches. We're talking about a place that tried to replace a very successful Tommy Tuberville with Bobby Petrino. They threw money at Will Muschamp this past year to shore up the defense, and if Gus Malzahn has another bad year his seat will be red-hot even as he maintains credit for two BCS title game appearances (one win) in the previous six years.
Kentucky hired a well-known coordinator. Who is, by the way, eating the B1G's lunch in recruiting in the Ohio Valley with the types of players that used to go to Illinois, Purdue, and even MSU. And Dan Mullen only got off the hot seat by contending for the playoff last year.
Question about your first paragraph: is there any data regarding the qualifications of Darell Hazell that includes a time period AFTER his time at Kent State?
|10 hours 16 min ago||That's not a bad position,||
That's not a bad position, and perhaps my ferocity in the OP distracts from this. The B1G has a few solid teams (of course heavily skewed in the East) which keeps the schedule healthy, but having some no-threat loser programs to stomp on makes the season smoother. That's how FSU had so much success in the 90s, torching a pathetic ACC and playing two big games a year.
|10 hours 19 min ago||This makes my point for me.||
This makes my point for me.
The fact that someone could say, rationally, that UCF is a better job than B1G teams with real success in the past tells us how pitiful lower-B1G schools are. The same would never, ever be said for a school like Mississippi State or Arkansas. They are the "better job." But, in the pecking order, they are just as far down the line in the SEC as Illinois is in the B1G.
The difference is that Mississippi State and Arkansas care. That's why the SEC is deeper.
|10 hours 29 min ago||Banner year, too. Yet Darrell||
Banner year, too. Yet Darrell Hazell is still a coach.
Note the words "bottom half." Michigan and Ohio State care, and when PSU gets out of its own way it will care and it will win. However, there are too many teams like Illinois and Minnesota that won't take the next step.
At least, not yet.
|10 hours 33 min ago||Actually, this is a good||
Actually, this is a good question, since I spit this out in a few minutes and it doesn't really make the point well as written. The issue is that mid-range SEC teams, unlike mid-range B1G teams, are willing to make real changes when they don't win enough. David Cutcliffe was fired from Ole Miss with a winning record in conference. Houston Nutt got the axe at Arkansas because he won but not quite enough. Auburn could sell Netflix a 2-season hit drama series consisting only of the intricate plots of its various coaching changes over the last 15-20 years.
Meanwhile Mike Riley is coaching Nebraska.
|11 hours 33 min ago||I'm legit shocked here. No||
I'm legit shocked here. No idea what to make of this--is Claeys boldly making hard choices to win games? Is he under pressure to make changes already? Was he being undermined from beneath?
The whole selling point with Claeys was continuity and the existing progress of the Kill regime. He pushed for a contract in season for recruiting purposes. Now, the staff is getting slashed.
Honestly I think this could be a bold move by Claeys both to chart his own path and to correct known shortcomings with Kill's philosophy. It's possible.
It's also possible that Minnesota is about to disintegrate in chaos. I really don't know.
|19 hours 50 min ago||Why not? It looks like a||
Why not? It looks like a serious weakness. There was some discussion of this on yesterday's LB thread, but that was buried amidst 200+ responses. I think this is a legit topic.
Your post sounds like someone who likes the sound of their own writing.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Alum96, you've done a||
Alum96, you've done a write-up on the next class. My casual reading of it suggests that Michigan isn't even in on any particularly great LBs for this year. Honestly, given the situation we're in right now, that seems like a mistake. Is there anyone that Michigan has a shot at that could be legit starting material if they get on campus? Can you give us a rundown on the position?
|1 day 14 hours ago||They're pursuing one. There's||
They're pursuing one. There's almost zero chance that he gets it.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Interesting idea, one of the||
Interesting idea, one of the better ones on the thread. I would expect Dymonte to be needed at safety, though. We lose Wilson, and we're going to need him in the back.
|1 day 14 hours ago||This is dead on. And I think||
This is dead on.
And I think you might be on to something, with perhaps our best hope being a great recruit that can start right away.
The upside is that the staff can legitimately promise a good shot at playing time. I'm surprised we're not in on more top LBs.
|1 day 14 hours ago||It's a real worry. LBs were a||
It's a real worry. LBs were a weakness this season and we lose both (well, all three for those rare occasions that we're not in nickel) after this season. The DL looks like it will be monstrous, especially with real and potential recruits coming in for depth, but Gedeon is the only guy who could even see the field this year. It's reasonable to think that he'll grow in the offseason, but it is not reasonable to think that another guy will just emerge out of thin air and be a plus player.
And that could be a problem.
|1 day 14 hours ago||That's what we said about the||
That's what we said about the OL going into 2013, and boy were we wrong. Just wishing things to be automatically better in the next season does not make it so.
And Morgan, while not an All-American or anything, was a plus player. Right now we're looking at playing guys who could not push Bolden off of the field this season. And that's a real worry for me.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Good pics. They totally||
They totally destroy your assertion. There are the usual visiting fan sections, which of course are almost entirely OSU fans. And there's the occasional red-clad fan scattered throughout the rest of the Stadium. It looks visible, because red is a loud color. But it's just a scattering. Nothing close to 20%, even remotely. Nothing like the last couple of seasons. And absolutely nothing that won't happen at every stadium for every team in America.
I appreciate you posting your own pics, and I respect you sticking around the thread to continue discussion. Shows some integrity. But, from your pics, your assertion about visiting fans is 100% wrong.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Have you been to OSU or||
Have you been to OSU or Nebraska? A surprisingly high volume of fans of teams whose primary color is red have red coats.
|1 day 17 hours ago||No. I was there in 2000.||
I was there in 2000. When they had lost to Michigan a lot, when they had John Cooper as coach. When Michigan twisted the knife they were beaten down by life. It was a tomb.
That's how it is almost everywhere.
|1 day 17 hours ago||How many people own maize||
How many people own maize coats? It's winter, people wear winter clothes. It's hard to use t-shirts in this weather. A maize out would look embarrassing because most people can dress properly for it.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Dude, our defense got||
Dude, our defense got pulverized in the second half. Of course it was quiet. And of course there were some OSU fans there. Thanks to the color contrast, they're impossible to miss. You claim to have attended a big game in the SEC, so surely you noticed that there were thousands upon thousands of visiting fans? Pretty standard down there. I know it was true in every SEC game I went to.
Look, the fans got punched in the mouth. That is not the time to evaluate whether or not it's a "first-class" fanbase, particularly in contrast with a team that is the defending national champion.
This is just someone angry about a loss looking to turn the anger on any available target. Since nothing on the field is available, he has turned to the stands. As have others. I mean, I understand the frustration, but this is lame.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Holy Cow. Go Blue. Beat||
|2 days 23 hours ago||24 HOURS AAAAAHHHHHHHH||
24 HOURS AAAAAHHHHHHHH
|3 days 1 hour ago||Yes.||
|3 days 22 hours ago||This is written poorly enough||
This is written poorly enough that it's hard to get the point, but it sounds like you are criticizing the OP for focusing only on the negative and not looking at the "whole picture."
Which suggests that you haven't actually read the whole post, or the other UFRs posted on this site. Like, at all. Because Brian pretty explicitly writes in this post that Peppers blew the TD pretty badly but that otherwise he was terrific and that removing him from the defense would be a horrible idea. He has actual charts that literally compile ratings from the entire game. You know, the whole picture.
It's possible that I am completely misreading your post, because I have a hard time understanding how you could have misread the OP on this scale.
|3 days 23 hours ago||This. Happy Thanksgiving.||
This. Happy Thanksgiving. Beat Ohio.
|3 days 23 hours ago||"Free safeties ought to be||
"Free safeties ought to be boring" becomes much easier to understand if, like me, you've spent some time on Sundays watching the Raiders play defense just to see Charles Woodson. And noticed that Woodson is rarely involved except to clean up the messes of other people, occasionally poaching a brilliant interception here and there.
There are times where chasing down a run near the endzone seems like a fruitless excersize that delays the inevitable; Michigan has had teams in the recent past where that is the case. What's great about Wilson's early rundown, plus his sideline pushout at the 2 later on, is that with this defense preventing a touchdown on one play often means that no touchdown occurs at all. This has been explicitly true both on those plays and in game like Minnesota.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Kalis still has a lot of||
Kalis still has a lot of time. I think we'll remember him fondly before he's gone.
I really am disappointed that Green hasn't worked it out. He still has a year to find a way to be productive, and he's shown flashes of impressive physical attributes... But with two staffs and three years it hasn't happened yet. And, yeah, at some point it's not the coaching. Some guys just don't emerge the way we expect them to.
That's one of the things that is so delightful about Jabrill Peppers, who has been absolutely everything we could have hoped.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I don't like them. Kinda||
I don't like them. Kinda plain, and maize letters/numbers/logos don't look as good.
But they are way, way, way better than the normal uniforms we have this year.
|5 days 12 min ago||Jim Harbaugh's humility.||
Jim Harbaugh's humility. We've long known that he has been a loose cannon in the past. He has at least two legendary not-so-polite postgame handshakes. He has, in the past, taken shots at Michigan's academics. He has, in the past, gotten under people's skin.
And I was fine with that, because he's a winner and everything he does is about winning. So if that means he instantly becomes the most hated man in the Big Ten, so be it.
But from his opening press conference and Chrisler appearance, he has refused to engage in trash talk (EDIT: and the shoutout to Zuniga was outstanding). To bad-mouth other programs. To make guarantees. To take subtext shots at other coaches.
And, rather than just establish a football empire, he has embraced his role as a community figure. Selfies with fans, visits with Chad Carr, get-togethers with non-revenue sports teams, sneaking into the Grave Walk... all of it awesome. And he has, from all appearances, been a great guy, too. He took a vacation with his wife. He supports his coaches' families. He has never to this point chewed out a player and embarrassed him publicly, despite his fearsome reputation.
I thought we'd get a brilliant coach that made us roll our eyes in loving exasperation once a month. Instead, Jim Harbaugh hasn't put a foot wrong in the last year.
And we're winning football games all the same.
|5 days 1 hour ago||If Durkin wants to get a||
If Durkin wants to get a head-coaching job this year, he'll leave. There's no getting around it; the market is wide-open, and good programs are going to be desperate for coaches. Durkin is a rising star, so he will get looks.
If MD wants him, they'll make an offer. If he declines, it's because he thinks he can get a better job. Perhaps this year, perhaps (we can hope) an even better job next year. But he's going to go.
|5 days 19 hours ago||I agree with this.||
I agree with this.