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- always great at not turning it over
- always great in kicking game
- Don't turn it over
- Win the kicking game, specifically punting and kickoffs
- Be effective running the ball (yd/carry)
- Be efficient passing the ball (high in yd/att and td/att, low INTs)
- A guy who coaches to stats that correlates with wins; i.e., don't commit TOs (getting them is random but preventing them is certainly not), don't commit penalties, have NFL kickers and punters, smart/tough/accurate QBs, and an effective running game (yd/carry, not yd/game or # carries)
- A guy who doesn't accept anything less than excellence. He doesn't have to be a prick about it (see Beilein, Bill Snyder), just unflinchingly sets the bar at the top. Players will do what they're coached to do or watch from the sideline.
- A guy who is almost obsessively organized. Precision, planning, and structure are keys to a successful operation.
- A guy who is sincerely interested in developing players in the classroom and in society.
- A guy who can manage the ex-players and the factions, and who can speak to power. I don't think he necessarily needs to tell the AD to but out, b/c if he does, then we need a new AD. (I have no idea what DB does when he sits in--it could be perfectly fine.)
- Stevie Brown
- Brandon Graham
- Mike Martin
|10 hours 44 min ago||Clearly...||
Wolverine Devotee's aunt is none other than RollDamnTide.
|10 hours 45 min ago||If you were duped by a family member...||
...you have bigger issues to deal with than mgoblog.
|15 hours 10 min ago||The guy I have a Stitt-like affinity for:||
What I believe in:
|17 hours 46 min ago||lol||
You can't spell success without "us."
|17 hours 47 min ago||Bo : Woody :: Mullen : Meyer||
Bo : Woody :: Mullen : Meyer
|1 day 10 hours ago||Don't really understand the point of this diary||
Just because you did some research doesn't mean it needs to be published.
Firing a coach should be a case-by-case basis, and simply is it good for the program to continue in the current direction. And unless you can provide circumstances for all of the cases, it's uninformed at best.
And then to say, essentially, "thanks for reading all this, but there's no real conclusion here," is a big waste of everyone's time.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Well...||
...at least they adjusted their goals appropriately, down from the infamously failed "Go State" attempt a few years back.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Only...||
...if we properly spell "shan't."
|1 day 17 hours ago||Here's what I want:||
I don't care if the guy runs spread, pro-style, or the god-damned flying wedge. Any offensive scheme can succeed. The same goes for defense. I have my personal preferences when it comes to scheme and philosophy, but as long as the guy has the above, Michigan will be Michigan again.
|2 days 4 hours ago||You've never seen an AD fire a guy, then get fired?||
I don't think it will be directed, but if Brandon is going to continue doing his job his way, then he'll take one week to decide whether or not to keep Hoke. And since there's almost no way we make a bowl game, I don't see how Brandon can conclude that Hoke's the guy (given Brandon's track record).
|2 days 6 hours ago||Gutless cowards||
Instead of writing to the AD, how about you come to the Campus Inn and hang out in the lobby on Friday? When you see Gardner, go up to him and say that to his face.
Oh, and let us know when you're going to do it, because I want to be there to witness the epic beatdown.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Disagree with Sam on this one||
Brandon reviews season immediately upon conclusion; he would've fired RR sooner if not for the Jan. 1 bowl game. What date did he fire RR? Jan. 8 IIRC. So, assuming a 1-week review period, DB would then fire Hoke on Dec. 6. Schlissel fires DB the next day.
It's been done before, wouldn't surprise me to see it that way again.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I thought the defense would be elite...||
...but injuries to Peppers, Taylor, and Morgan have been significant problems.
Imagine our man coverage with Taylor and Lewis on the outside with Peppers at nickel.
I know we've struggled with bump man and also receivers getting separation, and those things are best worked out in 1-on-1 period in practice. But when both of those units are subpar, it has a spiraling effect. DBs perfecting their technique against WRs who can't separate lulls you into a false sense of confidence.
Also (here comes the I-told-you-so part), I said back in August that, having had a heavy emphasis on bump man when I coached, it usually took a full year of seasoning before a player was really good with his technique. Two things with that: one, I used the word usually, and two, guys who are immensely talented can sometimes make up for technical shortcomings.
Also, I don't know exactly what's going on with Ben Gedeon, but I thought he would be an all-B1G performer this year. That kid is the best natural tackler I've seen at Michigan in a lot of years, maybe ever. However, when pressed into duty against Ohio last year, it seemed like he was in the wrong gap a lot of the time, hence Hyde's big day.
Now, I don't know if it's a seniority thing (though I guess not based on the coaches' comments and Peppers starting from day one), an attitude thing (where he's not mature enough to understand the importance of mental preparation), or a football IQ thing. And while I think Bolden, Ryan, and Ross have been fine to good, having a mistake-free Morgan and a gap-sound Gedeon would add quality and depth.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Recruiting may hurt Hoke's case||
If anything, the great recruiting makes the results even more damning. When you have a roster almost everyone who's analyzed such things rates as top 10 talent in the nation, and you can't even go 0.500, that'll get your ass fired real quick. Back when the previous coach failed to make a bowl game, the "Michigan Men" all said that regardless of the experience level of your roster, you should always make a bowl game. Well, the previous coach had subpar talent (go check NFL rosters for M players who graduated from 2008 - 2010), but the current coach has no such excuse. These are his stud recruits, recruited to play the system he installed, in the philosophy he instilled. While I'm not expecting a B1G Title in Year 3 of full recruiting classes, there should be signs and moments of greatness and the program should be progressing. This is obviously not the case.
EDIT: Michigan NFL players from recruiting clases 2005 - 2008:
If other guys from those classes are/were in the league, they're getting coffee.
|4 days 4 hours ago||My feelings about this Saturday's game:|
|4 days 17 hours ago||Is there a way...||
...Michigan could grow an endowment to the athletic department, a la Stanford (whose athletic endowment fund is in the hundreds of millions). There's a reason why they dominate the Sears Cup (Cap One cup, or whatever it is now).
Baseball has 11 and two-thirds schollies? No wonder Bud Middaugh was cheatin' his ass off back in the '80s.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Tressel was an OC at Ohio State||
So he had a decent resume.
|5 days 4 hours ago||The #1 guy I go talk to if I'm AD:||
Not to coach, but to ask him how to build a program and who he thinks is a good coach. Teams that make the fewest mistakes (TOs and penalties) win games. Go look at national TOs lost and penalty yards per game stats over the last several years. Wisconsin is consistenly at the top of both of those rankings, and I believe this is Alvarez's doing. For those of you too young to remember Wisconsin before Alvarez, go watch some 1988 Michigan vs. Wisconsin on Wolverine Historian's YouTube channel.
Alvarez made Bret Bielema look like Vince Lombardi and now he's going to pluck a Mormon out of the Rockies, put him in Dairy country, and make him look like Belichick. Alvarez was ND DC during their late '80s/early '90s heyday, and then turned Wisconsin from doormat to Rose Bowl regular.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Man||
Watching that Ohio Rutgers game is depressing.]
Switched over to SEC ball and am watching what I wish our football program was like.
|5 days 12 hours ago||What happened?||
The article claimed noon to 3, but I had GVSU vs. MTU, now the CBS scoreboard show.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Translation:||
Payne, Appling, and Harris were too nice, while Trice, Valentine, and Dawson are pricks. They have that Izzo/Crean 'fire.'
|6 days 7 hours ago||And...||
...some be posting better than this.
|1 week 2 days ago||You beat me to it||
And with us being spectacularly bad on TO margin this year, that probably explains the discrepancy between third down and point differentials.
I'd love to see the correlation between TO margin and point differential year-to-year.
|1 week 2 days ago||What does being Mormon have to do with it?||
Here's a bio of an unnamed coach:
This coach is a mormon and is a Utah graduate. By your reasoning, he'd never leave Utah. But someone not in the dirty SEC took a run at him, and now Wisconsin has a good coach.
The difference is, obviously, that Utah is now in a Power 5 conference, so Whittingham would be harder to pull than Gary Andersen, but it's still possible. The weather wouldn't bother him, Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities are a good place to raise a family, and the program and university has it all. There is no good reason not to express and gague interest.
In addition, I go ask everyone who I think is a grade-A coach if they're interested. If so, pursue. If not, ask for their recommendations. So if I'm AD, I'm asking Saban, Pete Carroll, Belichick, Spurrier, Harbaughs, etc.
|1 week 3 days ago||Request||
Please include Kyle Whittingham of Utah in your analysis.
|1 week 3 days ago||Request||
Please include Kyle Whittingham from Utah in future CC diaries. Not likely to pull him, but then again you have Dantonio on your list.
|1 week 3 days ago||Holy schnikies||
As bad as things are around here, at least we're not Miami (YTM):
And my favorite from the comments section:
|1 week 3 days ago||Well||
The off-campus environments are totally different, but IU's campus is absolutely breathtaking and is an idyllic setting for a college scene.
|1 week 4 days ago||I actually liked them...||
...and I thought the blue pants was the best part. Reminded me of this:
|1 week 4 days ago||To all of you who think Mississippi State...||
...is a better job than Michigan: