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|23 hours 6 min ago||Maybe it wasn't easy being||
Maybe it wasn't easy being coach and dad at the same time, even if he was in a different position group. Some sons play for their dads, but some deliberately go somewhere else instead. (Locally, the son of UMD's hockey coach, who is a legit D-1 player, committed to play several hours away). It's possible that Wheatley and/or Wheatley Jr found the combination difficult.
Or he may just be moving around. Five years in one spot as a small position coach is kind of a stall on the career.
|1 day 9 hours ago||No firm word on it but Mel is||
No firm word on it but Mel is probably an option. He may be the guy. College hockey doesn't exactly have a robust underground rumor mill culture, though, so it's hard to say.
|1 day 9 hours ago||"Mailing it in" because a||
"Mailing it in" because a program legend has continued to coach for a year when Manuel came in a couple of months before he had to decide to re-up?
The Manuel hate is absolutely absurd at this point. He's been on the job for a year and people are expecting him to set the world on fire. Most of the stuff he has continued to do has been the stuff that Hackett did.
Wait for him to actually do something that's bad.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Nobody could have expected||
Nobody could have expected Connor and Werenski to stay (Connor's performance regretably overshadowed Werenski, who from the World Juniors was scorching hot and who was not infrequently Michigan's best player on the ice, keying Michigan's offense with his incredible puck control). Compher and Motte, however, were surprising.
And they add to the list of guys that have left in the last few years that one wouldn't think really needed to. Copp was the stunner, to me. He seemed like a Jed Ortmeyer type from the moment he came to Michigan, a guts-and-glue type that would lead the team and contribute in a dozen different areas. He grew up in Ann Arbor, loved Michigan, and played like it mattered.
When he departed (also leaving, the more understandable Dylan Larkin) it was the siren telling anyone that paid attention that something wasn't right in the locker room. Compher and Motte getting out of dodge is more confirmation, to me. Either Michigan wasn't that pleasant to play for, or they just knew that without the top end talent around them they couldn't maintain their terrific production the way the team was coached. Either way, they knew it was time to go.
And Berenson wasn't prepared for it, and he's left with a team that is short on talent and short on coaching, who at three games below .500 is incredibly fortunate to even have the record that it does.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Ugh. I think it's worth||
I think it's worth pointing out that despite shot disparities the 2011 run to the final featured much more responsible defensive play and a team that maximized what it had on the roster.
And, importantly, that Mel Pearson was on the staff of that team.
A young team that lost almost all of its offensive talent should adjust its style of play, slow down the game, avoid mistakes, and try to pounce on its occasional advantages. This team appears to be playing as if Brendan Morrison and Kyle Connor are still on the roster.
It's interesting that the Hunwick run began with an injury to Bryan Hogan that many thought was the end of Michigan's tournament streak. After all, Hogan was often peppered with good shots and Hunwick was just a guy we signed to be a career backup. Instead, Michigan transformed its play style in front of Hunwick, won the CCHA tourney, and went on a solid 2.25 year run.
I wonder if Hogan's injury gave Mel the ability to tell Red that they needed to adapt.
|2 days 21 hours ago||To what position? And that||
To what position?
And that may be why Wheatley is looking around. It's never been a secret that he wants to work his way up. If we take off the Michigan-man blinders, it's pretty normal for coaches to bounce around from team to team, learning and coaching and gaining new responsibilities as they move around. A position coach moving to a place of more responsibility, if that is what Wheatley is doing, isn't remarkable at all.
It feels different because Wheatley is a Michigan Man, but he is also a guy who is pursuing a career. Coaching is a vocation, and one that often requires people to change jobs to move up.
Michigan just doesn't have the space to do that.
It's not that weird, really. Jim Harbaugh's entire coaching career existed without attachment to Michigan until last year. Most of the staff has bounced all over the country. It's a job for them.
|3 days 14 min ago||I'm just guessing that you're||
I'm just guessing that you're arguing with someone on mobile.
|3 days 16 min ago||Those are all valid||
Those are all valid possibilities. I said "if both he and Michigan" because I have no insight into why he appears to be shopping around, but the evidence pretty strongly suggests that he is shopping around. Whether that's because he just wants to move up (reasonable and commendable) or because Michigan is getting cold feet is not knowable. But one of the sides clearly isn't completely sold.
|3 days 35 min ago||That 10th coach is not an||
That 10th coach is not an offensive coordinator, which was what the remark you are responding to was about. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and guess that you didn't realize he was referencing a suggestion that someone make Wheatley an OC just for his recruiting prowess.
Because putting someone in a coordinator position just because they can recruit would be monumentally stupid. Now, if Wheatley is ready to move up, fine, but you need a coordinator to first and foremost know what they are doing.
|3 days 39 min ago||Well, one of them has||
Well, one of them has apparently talked with Jacksonville about its RB coach position...
I'm pushing back against the "bad OLs don't matter for great RBs" meme a bit because people are getting a bit carried away. Yeah, Cook was great and got some big plays. However, one of those was on a third-and-forever draw play that Michigan was not in position for (hello, wide open holes--we used lesser guys to accomplish basically the same thing a number of times this year) and another big play was a pass in which he was lined up against Mike McCray. He spent a lot of time plunging into the line for little or no gain.
He has also had games where he was frustrated the entire game (including against Don Brown's BC defense last year) as have other great RBs. We ourselves saw Saquon Barkley get throttled in Michigan Stadium this year, and any Lions fan of any advanced age knows that Barry was stoned in his fair share of games, and there was no one better at running without space than him.
|3 days 48 min ago||Nobody can blame you for||
Nobody can blame you for pizza at all.
|3 days 53 min ago||And the last two times Bama||
And the last two times Bama has played LSU we've also seen that great RBs can get shut down if they have nowhere to go.
|3 days 56 min ago||Where there's smoke, there's||
Where there's smoke, there's fire. Sam is not denying that Wheatley is looking around or getting contacted, or even that there's serious discussion with Jacksonville.
If he and Michigan both wanted him to stay, I don't think we'd be hearing all of this.
|3 days 11 hours ago||By the way I agree that's an||
By the way I agree that's an incredible pic.
|3 days 11 hours ago||It's a service for all of us.||
It's a service for all of us. This is the weblog of record, after all.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Michigan has, in the past,||
Michigan has, in the past, been hurt by guys leaving early and guys going to the OHL instead, but there are plenty of quality players that want to play in college that aren't coming to Michigan.
And, on the basketball side, we got a big break when Caris came back... and that didn't work out well for anybody.
|4 days 1 hour ago||5-2 Minnesota midway through||
5-2 Minnesota midway through the third. They have a five minute major and just converted a 5-on-3 to get to the current score.
Don't think Michigan's coming back here.
|4 days 1 hour ago||This thread isn't worth a||
|4 days 1 hour ago||I follow the local pro teams||
I follow the local pro teams as well, often there's something there to root for.
Tigers not sure if they're rebuilding. Wings are eh. Pistons aren't going anywhere.
Gonna be a long offseason.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Fun with stats: Guess how||
Fun with stats: Guess how many times Michigan has outshot its opponent in an official game this season?
C'mon, you can do it.
Just guess a number.
It won't hurt.
The answer is...
Yeah, I was surprised it was that high, too. They outshot Arizona State in their trip down there, and outshot LSSU in both games of that series (one of which they lost, amusingly).
They've been outshot in every other official game, sometimes horrendously. Somehow they've managed to win 6 of those games and except for the PSU series haven't really even been embarrassed yet.
(For advanced stat guys, my recollection is that the CORSI numbers are even worse).
|4 days 1 hour ago||BU is a model, hopefully.||
BU is a model, hopefully. Their legendary coach won one last title amidst some mediocre years (I think Red was hoping for the same) but he's been replaced and they're a perennial power again.
Still not sure how we beat them this year.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Just go and have fun. It's a||
Just go and have fun. It's a great sport and Mariucci is a great place to watch a game.
You'll know how to spell the name of the state by the time you're done, though.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Ouch. Sorry. I'm vague about||
Ouch. Sorry. I'm vague about which year, though (as befits my knowledge of the era).
|4 days 1 hour ago||Good updates. Is Lilly King||
Good updates. Is Lilly King still swimming for Indiana, or did she turn professional?
|4 days 1 hour ago||They aren't nobodies but I||
They aren't nobodies but I think this is the least talented team Michigan has put on the ice since the 80s.
|4 days 1 hour ago||There are serious fans and||
There are serious fans and there are, I think, a lot of sorta casual fans who will pay attention if it's worth paying attention to. We did, after all, sell out the Big House, and as recently as last year UM-MSU sold out the Joe.
This year is the lowest the program has been in 30 years, though, so even those with serious interest are having trouble finding the energy to pay close attention. A pity, because when the basketball team is flagging (as it is) a good hockey team can be a great outlet for hungry fans, and has been in the past.
|4 days 11 hours ago||BTW is there any realistic||
BTW is there any realistic way Clark doesn't get his sixth year?
|4 days 11 hours ago||The Harris loss stung, but||
The Harris loss stung, but getting one of these guys would probably be more important. We need depth, and we need guys ready to dominate a year later.
|4 days 11 hours ago||There's a lot of talent here.||
There's a lot of talent here. It's very green talent. The second year of Brown has traditionally been where his defenses take off. That is mitigated by the loss of so much high quality experience, experience that also made adopting some of Brown's concepts quicker and easier IMO.
I think we'll see a lot of variance. A game or two where we wonder if they exist, a game or two where we are reminded of last season, and some head scratching bad plays that grind out teeth.
A lot to look forward to in 18. Hey, there's that again.
|5 days 6 hours ago||This has been a strange||
This has been a strange injury, in part because we haven't been told exactly what happened. Have we even heard, officially, that he tore his ACL? We heard "surgery" and "season-ending" and I think that's been it.
So it's really hard to say.
If we just knew, for example, that it was an ACL/MCL tear, we'd know: 1. it's bad. 2. He can make a full recovery. 3. He probably won't be performing at 100% to start the season.
Since "just" an ACL seems like it would be a positive at this point, I don't see any reason to believe that he'll be a force at LT next season. It would be a very pleasant surprise.
If he were that would be a huge boost to the line. I'm just not seeing it. And I echo your frustration elsewhere regarding the problems of depth.
EDIT: I do want to say that we as fans have no real right to know exactly what is going on with Newsome, and the primary concern is obviously for his long-term welfare. The discussion above just regards the unusual way we speculate about his playing status.