At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|29 weeks 1 day ago||This makes sense.||
Schlissel was on board with the Harbaugh hire fairly early on, but he would have had no idea who a good choice for interim AD would be.
This was all very tightly planned and carefully orchestrated. Hackett was obviously chosen for his connection to the Harbaugh family, and Ross suggesting him is certainly plausible. There was obviously a lot of negotiating going on with multiple parties before Schlissel pulled the trigger on Brandon, as Hackett clearly implied at the very start that a major coach was in the works and wouldn't be avaiable until after Christmas.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||No commercial timeouts.||
Bringing stuff to the stadium in general - a thermos of hot chocolate was very helpful for November games.
Haven't been to the stadium in a while, but throwing toilet paper (as mentioned above) was a whole lot of fun.
Generally, give the game back to the students to be their day to celebrate their team. Alumni and the rest should come second to them.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I was around.||
Took me a while to join after going to Drupal, but I continued reading anyway.
My old favorite was gsimmons85, (first name Greg, not Gene). He was a high school coach in North Carolina or somewhere and always had a lot of good analysis and perspective on stuff.
Had his own blog for a while, but he quit it.
I remember this getting posted a lot:
|30 weeks 4 hours ago||I honestly think Hoke was gone||
after the Minnesota game regardless of what happened afterwards. That seems to be when Schlissel intervened to set the process in motion. Easing Brady out in a way that didn't look like Jim was shoving his old friend aside to take his job seemed important.
I suspect the handshake deal was in place around the first week of October. From there is was just a matter of meeting Jim's conditions for taking the job.
|30 weeks 5 hours ago||A valid point.||
The only wrinkle in the plan was what was going to happen if the 49ers made a run in the playoffs. I'm sure there were contingency plans in place, but at some point Jim would have had to decide between abandoning his team or following his dream.
Thus there may have been a situation in which we would need a backup plan. Apparently there really was a reason Mullen never signed that extension he was offered.
|30 weeks 5 hours ago||Brian revealed in the podcast||
it was Mullen.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Reading between the lines on various sites||
I think the problem with Henson was that he was disclosing stuff the athletic department didn't want out.
Brian almost certainly already knew the stuff Henson was posting, but was under orders to keep it quiet. It's clear that Jim didn't want the information generally circulating as he didn't want the distraction from coaching the 49ers. There would have been hell to pay if Henson's posts had resulted in Harbaugh not jumping to Michigan after all.
Thus I think the anti-Henson sentiment was motivated by minimizing any damage his disclosures might cause. Discrediting him and discouraging people from repeating his info went along with that.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Don't think||
there's going to be much Monkey Rodeo associated with Michigan football for a while.
Rodeo Monkey is retired.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||THE POWER OF 'BAUGH COMPELS YOU||
THE POWER OF 'BAUGH COMPELS YOU
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I would guess||
Jack Harbaugh. His connection to the Harbaugh family was crucial, and Jack has made no secret of his desire to get Jim to Ann Arbor.
In fact, it appears that a lot of the negotiation with Jim went through Jack to keep Jim's agent and the NFL people in general out of the loop.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know,||
but I strongly suspect Hackett was Jack's suggestion. He'd played under Jack and they had remained close through the years.
I was initially baffled by Hackett and why he was chosen. As I dug into his history and learned of the connection to the Harbaugh family, it became clear as to why he was there. Everything about this points to Harbaugh being the primary target from Day 1.
Jack's fingerprints seem to be all over everything.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||What I think I know, based on||
seemingly reliable message board comments:
(a bit edited for brevity, contains some speculation to fill gaps)
Schlissel initially had no clue as to how to deal with a major sports program and was not ready for the firestorm that erupted from the boosters after the Notre Dame game. He thus commissioned a study on the impact of Michigan in the community that looked at various options and how it would impact the University as a whole.
The options included a) hang on to Hoke b) get a cheap, above-average coach, or c) go all out for a top-line coach (Harbaugh). The study concluded that the best option was c), so Schlissel went all in on it.
Jim was contacted through his dad Jack so as to keep the SF media out of it, and they eventually negotiated a set of conditions under which Jim would seriously consider taking the job. Those conditions included a) getting rid of Brandon, b) bringing in an interim he could work with, c) treating his old friend Hoke well, and d) having full control of the football program.
Schlissel spent a couple weeks getting things lined up, then pulled the trigger on Oct. 31. Hackett spent the rest of the season keeping in touch with Jim through Jack and gradually working down the list of conditions to make sure everything was set.
Formal contract negotiations started around the time Hoke was fired, again going through Jack so as to keep all the NFL people out of the loop. The possible difficulty was going to be if the 49ers made a run in the playoffs, as it seemed likely that Jim would stick with his team rather than jump in that case. The Niners' dive out of the playoffs saved that decision point.
Final contract was approved ca. 12/15, with the severance package with the 49ers negotiated with the Board of Regents and Jim's agent at the 12/22 meeting. Hence Brian's tweet that Jim was effectively signed then, pending the final 49ers game.
I may not have it all exactly right, so anybody who knows anything more feel free to correct it. I'm pretty sure that's the basic narrative of how it went down, though.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think he minded all that much.||
He was happy with the situaition at LSU and was in no hurry to move. Coaching at Michigan was also cool and he would have been equally happy to finish his career in Ann Arbor.
So I think that's why he stayed on the list as an emergency backup. He wasn't going anywhere, there was no "swim lane" with him.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|30 weeks 5 days ago||What I gathered||
was that the problem with GH was not that his stuff was wrong, it's that it was stuff that the AD didn't want generally distributed yet.
So posting the latest from Henson was verboten primarily because it might screw up negotiations somewhere or get Brian in trouble with his own sources.
|31 weeks 1 hour ago||(No subject)||
|31 weeks 1 hour ago||This would help:||
|31 weeks 5 hours ago||I suspect Hackett would have preferred a bowl||
so as to keep M fans distracted through the holidays.
From all I have seen, Hoke was a dead man walking after the Minnesota game and he was going to be gone no matter what. The wheels have been turning to get Harbaugh here since September.
Jim seemed to have a concern about the transition, as he didn't want to be seen as shoving his old friend aside to take his job. Not making a bowl made that part easier, but it would have been managed in some other way if they had.
|31 weeks 17 hours ago||At this rate||
he will hit 100% on Monday. A coincidence?
|31 weeks 18 hours ago||(No subject)||
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I really want to read the full story||
of The Harbaugh Plot.
I suspect it started a few days after the Minnesota game. Mark Schlissel is sitting in his office, late at night. He's staring off into space, barely comprehending what he's gotten himself into.
His cell phone rings. "Hey, Mark. Jack Harbaugh here. I understand you have a little problem on your hands..."
(To Be Continued)
|31 weeks 2 days ago||You can be pretty sure that||
any article about Harbaugh that is more than an hour old has already been posted.
Good article, though.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Man, I go take a shower and I come back to this.||
|31 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I'm looking forward to 12 games next year,||
maybe 13. Particularly the 12th one.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I intend to spend my time||
fiercely mocking all the dumb threads that appear at MGoBlog in the meantime.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Golly, I'm perturbed||
that people say mean things on the internet. I shall post a thread about it somewhere. That'll show 'em.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I would not be surprised||
if such a clause were in the severance agreement.
It's not going to matter. Harbaugh will not be returning to the pros for a long time.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||What's interesting||
is that those close to JH and those close to DB have completely different stories as to what happened.
DB thought he had him locked down and then Harbaugh flaked out at the last minute.
JH thought there was never a serious offer and got tired of waiting (and apparently a friend warned him off about DB).
Common denominator seems to be lack of communication and attention to detail, parts of DB's MO.