"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|1 year 46 weeks ago||Puke. Another geriatric||
Puke. Another geriatric retread. Well, it was a nice 15 minutes of hope.
|2 years 3 days ago||Is the money not there? DB||
Is the money not there? DB is spending 9.5 million ro renovate the field hockey facility. 25 million on an indoor rowing facility. A competent football coach is an infinitely better use of that money.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Great question. My honest||
Great question. My honest answer is "someone I've never heard of." No more retreads. No more guys who have been fired multiple times. And for the love of god nobody whose primary credential is that they've coached in Ann Arbor before. Maybe it could be a position coach (recruiting ties in the south would be a dandy bonus).
I could even get excited about an innovative coach from the high school level. Remember when people thought Malzahn was hired primarily as a recruiting ruse? That worked pretty well. There are tons of great candidates out there, but many of the decision makers seem so risk averse that they'd rather hire somebody else's failure than give a shot to an unknown.
If I were to pick a name I've actually heard of, how about Brian Johnson, the QB coach/OC at Utah? He's a super young guy (I've got to imagine this aids in recruiting, as well as not being completely stuck in one's ways) and played in an offense ideally suited for Gardner. I'm also guessing Utah is right around as high a level of program as one can realistically expect to poach a guy from for a lateral promotion.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Kneel down. You can keep||
Kneel down. You can keep that clock moving, there's less risk of a fumble or injury and it loses nothing over an under center run in terms of efficacy. Follow this with a Gardner pooch punt on second down to catch them with their pants down and gain a bunch of field position.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Bullet point number two of||
Bullet point number two of "Smart Borges," if true would be the most damningly myopic and wilfully ignorant of all.
There are many ways to skin a cat, and Borges chooses to attempt it with glue and more fur.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||I'm sure this flouts the no||
I'm sure this flouts the no politics line, but how many of these NBA owners have contributed directly to a political candidate that explicitly supports denial of gay rights? But yeah, the NBA gives a flying fuck about the plight of homosexuals. This is contrived PR bullshit plain and simple.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Off the top of my head: 2008||
Off the top of my head: 2008 undefeated Utah left out for 1 loss Florida (which they validated by thumping Bama), 2010 TCU (not as easy to defend but Auburn still got there just for being SEC). 2011 Bama is selecteed over OkState (who has an easily better resume) and Stanford. 2012 You can make an argument for Oregon or Kstate going over Bama.
Any year there are not 2 and exactly 2 undefeated teams the BCS gets it wrong (so basically USC/Texas and Bama/Texas). The SEC has been left out in the cold once (Auburn) and been the beneficiary a half dozen times at least.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||I wonder if this is||
I wonder if this is symptomatic of the online application process: upload resume, proceed to input everything on resume into various boxes thus rendering the first step completely stupid.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I've often wondered what I||
I've often wondered what I would feel like if I were Denard Robinson, walking past that indoor rowing facility or asinine billboard. I think this exchange from Seinfeld sums it up pretty nicely:
JERRY: Does it ever bother you that this organization-
JERRY: is beating the bushes-
GEORGE: Nope! (Starts heading for the door)
JERRY: to basically give this money away-
JERRY: to virtually anyone, as long as they're not you?
GEORGE: (Standing in the doorway) I'm fine with it! Fi-hi-hi-hine I say! (Leaves)
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I'm not going to comment on||
I'm not going to comment on the reaching implications, but seriously, being able to read the whole paper FO FREE is giving me a wicked halfer.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Upon assembling all the||
Upon assembling all the evidence, it seems obvious to me that there are only two conceivable explanations:
1) DB/Hoke think there is absolutely nobody better than Al Borges. I suppose it's not impossible for someone to think this, but it's a longshot.
2) Athletic Department money is better spent on a 40 million dollar facility for rowing or some kind of highfalutin billboard in a parking lot. I'm pretty sure this is it.
Dave Brandon makes me sad.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I just can't see hanging||
I just can't see hanging one's hat on head to head recruiting battles. Losing a couple guys to Hoke won't kill Meyer's recruiting classes. OSU will almost certainly have a top ten class, and if Meyer closes like he usually closes while Michigan loses a guy or two they could even finish with a higher ranked class. In any matter, having the # 2 class versus #5 or however it plays out isn't a huge difference in my eyes.
We do have Mattison, but you have to respect Meyer's track record for finding coordinators. On offense, they have Urban, just about the best in the biz. We have Al Borges, the quintessential pro-style retread.
I'm not saying I think Michigan will never beat OSU again, but it may not be soon, and I definitely don't believe it will be frequent. Sure, you're technically correct about the jury being out, but it's in about the same way the determination has yet to be made whether Raymon Taylor is of the same calibre as Charles Woodson.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I'm pretty realistic about||
I'm pretty realistic about Michigan's spot in the college football universe, and I realize that our chances of being the flagship program in the B1G all but went kaput the second OSU snagged Urban Meyer. I also think it's reasonably established by now that to be consistently in the hunt for the MNC, a program has to outright cheat or at the very least play fast and loose with moral grey areas (oversigning, abusing medical hardships etc).
Obviously, I'd hate for my school to be engaging in those kinds of activities, so my barometer of success is very simple: have a top ten-ish type season (11-2 with OSU and BCS wins is dandy to me). Or, absent the quantifiable victories, just be more exciting/entertaining than frustrating/predictable. Having a ten win season against this year's schedule would have been a really tall order, but the second half against OSU, the Bellomy fiasco and the sheer degree of Bama destruction were enough for me to file '12 under "not successful."
I'd put Hoke at one out of two so far, and my pointless speculation is that this is about what I should expect for the near future.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Except every play with Denard||
Except every play with Denard at quarterback.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Brandon's new bowl jerseys||
Brandon's new bowl jerseys will include a scrolling LED display on the chest which Al Borges will use to inform the Gamecock defense that, yes, this play will indeed be a run.
Jake Ryan declaring for the draft will seem like a real possibility.
Denard scores a magical but ultimately meaningless touchdown.
South Carolina 13 Michigan 7
|3 years 2 days ago||Borges' largely unremarkable||
Borges' largely unremarkable career spans three decades. Knee jerk? Not exactly.
Preemptive reminder: position does not prove competence.
|3 years 2 days ago||I wish the powers that be at||
I wish the powers that be at Michigan were equally capable of making obviously beneficial decisions in such short order.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||To put it succinctly: this is||
To put it succinctly: this is going to get much, much worse before (if it ever) gets better. The "this will never, ever be a pass not even one time out of a hundred WR package" has already returned. Hoke has shown this season that whatever supposed acumen he displayed for clock management and controlled aggression last year was a mirage. Down 14 with 7 minutes left? We don't need no hurry up, fergodsakes.
In fact, the word from Schembechler Hall is this weeks installation consistes entirely of fitting Kerridge's helmet with a megaphone so he can scream at opposing defenses, "Hey morons, I'm motioning this way! The run is going here!"
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I really need to know the||
I really need to know the details before forming any kind of opinion on this. The way drunk drivers are sometimes entrapped and the sometimes ludicrous punishments that are enforced is an issue I take umbrage with. We place all DUIs under the same umbrella, but are being blackout drunk and plowing your car headlong into a children's street hockey game and being pulled over for DWB, subjected to a breathalyzer and narrowly missing an arbitrary mark at all similar? I'm not saying either of these are what happened in Fitzy's case, merely that DUIs can range on the moral outrage scale from completely despicable to completely null.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||"The only downside for us is||
"The only downside for us is if the message isn't heard and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it."
Let me disambiguate that a bit: The only downside for us is if Jerry keeps raping boys and someone finds out, we're going to look like we did exactly what we're doing.
This could not happen to anyone.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Wow that's disapointing.||
Wow that's disapointing. That may be literally the most unintriguing set of 3 PAC-12 matchups possible.
No top end contests. No cool away city to visit. No Rich Rod 2 electric bugaloo.
It beats MAC-cakes, but only by the slimmest margin possible.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||At least they only play it||
At least they only play it once. A person can smile and ignore something for two minutes, but Michigan Football has literally ruined the seven nation army games for me.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Sycophancy.||
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Note to self: verify personal||
Note to self: verify personal recollection.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Very interesting. But i||
Very interesting. But i think you've enormously overvalued top draft picks. A couple of your top coaches, Gailey and Pinkel in particular are being tremendously skewed by single players. Practically every draft pick has a good to outstanding college career. There are all americans and all conference players galore in the late rounds. A dozen 6th and 7th hrounders demonstrates way more developmental acumen than a single top pick.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Correction: we were Michigan||
Correction: we were Michigan not Oregon. Perhaps you missed last season.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I'm confused. Is the||
I'm confused. Is the supposed point of the sign that Communication and Family Resource Management are more rigorous concentrations than General Studies or that we are kicking their asses in undeclared players (one can't help but notice the disparity in column totals)?
|3 years 44 weeks ago||It has been astounding to me||
It has been astounding to me that if my social media and the media at large are representative, about 9 of every 10 people have taken "enabling child rape doesn't sound like something Joe Pa would do" to mean "enabling child rape isn't something Joe Pa did."
I had been feeling for the last few days that I had been taking crazy pills. Thanks for the sanity.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||
That's the issue 1 doesn't always play 2 at least not truly. The bcs generally picks two top 4ish teams at pseudo random then bills it as 1 vs 2. Unless there are two and only two undefeated teams and both from solid conferences, the idea of picking a legitimate 1 vs 2 match up is laughable.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I have no idea what compelled||
I have no idea what compelled me to click that link, but, dude, THE FUCK!?!?!