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|7 hours 15 min ago||Bandwagon||
There's probably still a few seats left on the bandwagon, but not for long. Standing room only after this week, if all goes well.
But 22:1 seems low. Maybe to win the B1G. But to win the Playoff? That requires winning six games against top-15 teams, starting this week. 22:1 doesn't reflect that, but it probably does reflect the rapidly dropping number of teams with ANY chance of making the playoff. Two weeks from now, that will be a very small number. These odds anticipate that, I think. Right now, Michigan has a realistic shot at being one of those teams (by winning against both NW and MSU).
Northwestern makes me the most nervous of all the games remaining, OSU notwithstanding.
It's a game between two teams with a lot to prove and a lot at stake. Very hard to know what will happen.
|5 days 20 hours ago||If so, probably not working||
Seriously doubt NFL scouts haven't noticed him. It's probably more about them keeping quiet so maybe the could have picked him up in a later round if Michigan had struggled this year. Probably not happening now, though.
|38 weeks 20 hours ago||I gave up||
I had an email exchange with Brian about it long ago, and he said they were aware of it. I think if an account predates a certain point in time (around the time of the great malware incursion), then the problem arises when you try to change your picture.
Anyhow, I gave up waiting and started a new identity just to get an avatar -- mostly because I like this one so much. Points don't really matter -- the worst part was losing my join date, from mid 2009. People tend to give you more respect when you've been around for a while.
[EDIT: Breaking News! See my post as "Rasmus" below -- there is a workaround for this!]
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, thanks||
I think you're closest to describing the issue clearly. Although they did change personnel -- as I understand it, they only had four OL in on those three plays.
I still haven't read a decent description of what the Pats did. I don't have it recorded, so I can't look for myself.
Can anyone point to video online?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||According to Belichick||
According to Belichick, they only did it three times. The Ravens did adjust, and Harbaugh's stopping the game by walking onto the field to complain to the refs about how they were handling it was part of that.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||They only did it three times||
They only did it three times, according to Belichick. I'm not sure what happened on those plays, and ESPN is no help in telling me. Unfortunately, I didn't record the game, so I can't go back and look for myself.
Baltimore actually adjusted pretty quickly, and the Pats stopped doing it.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks||
Thanks for doing this. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
There are good position switches and bad position switches. Basically, if you're trying to fill holes with position switches, that's a problem. If you're simply trying to get great athletes onto the field when there's no room for them at their best position, that's not so much a problem as a luxury.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Not quite||
That rumor stems from the fact he was hired at Iowa when Mary Sue was president there.
In Three and Out, Bacon says that he was Martin's first choice before Carr retired, but MSC vetoed it once the search started, for whatever reason.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
One of the things about Morris is that he seems like he may take a while to get going. IIRC, he's only had two starts, one in each of his seasons. He needs to start in at least two, maybe three, consecutive games before he will begin to get comfortable.
This is related to the fact he has a very, very strong arm -- it will take some time for him to calibrate it to his receivers and just this level of competition in general. To use a cliche, the game needs "to slow down" for him -- count me as one who thinks it will once he gets his chance.
He also has one big advantage over the other guys -- he is two or more years older than them. That's not nothing. I'd be very surprised if he is not the starter at the beginning of the season. Whether he remains so depends on what happens in those first few games, obviously.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
One thing the NFL-centric guys are missing is the allure of winning a CFP National Championship at Michigan. That's not nothing. How that stacks up against a Super Bowl in Harbaugh's mind is hard to say.
As someone who basically roots for NFL teams depending on the number and centrality of the Michigan alumni on their rosters, it's an easy decision. But Harbaugh played in the NFL, and it may mean a lot to him.
I think the NFL itself truly wants to hang onto him, and a lot of that smoke is coming from an actual fire. They will make a serious offer. It won't be an easy choice.
Regardless, to answer the OP, I myself won't hold it against him if he stays in the NFL.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
Those stereotypical Apple hipsters are almost as big of asshats as someone who would post "Apple sucks" in a thread just to be "cool" (I think that reply must be sarcasm? Funny either way.)
Maybe you miseed the memo, but it's trendy to be anti-Apple, and has been for a while.
But they do keep selling gajillions of machines, because they are quality, like you say. That said, I think the watch isn't unique, and it won't follow the iPod/iPhone/iPad trajectories, but I still wouldn't sell my stock in the company.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW||
He said that neither he nor his agent had been contacted.
I understand the need to lie, or at least obfuscate, from a recruiting standpoint and for team morale. I'm not saying that, in itself, was why he may have "screwed himself."
For me, it's more about generating a major sports media story by holding his dumb off-the-record news conference prelude. If I'm Hackett, my response is, "Well, thanks for not waiting, Les. You just made my job easier."
That said, I doubt Hackett is so thin-skinned, and he wouldn't let that stop him if he thinks Miles is the best Plan B. But jerking LSU around the way he did in that non-news news conference (if in fact he still wants the Michigan job, then he was in fact jerking LSU around) isn't a point in his favor.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||"may have"||
I don't think there was any reason to say anything at all. I believe him when he says he has not heard from Michgan. By handling it the way he did, I think he showed once again that he doesn't get it.
Let's assume that he is lying, and in fact he wants the job. It's okay to lie off the record, but not on? You go on the record or you don't answer those questions.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||No doubts||
No doubt the offer has an expiration date, but not until at least the time Hackett said he thought we would have a coach. So early January? No doubt Michigan knows the NFL rules for Harbaugh finding out what he needs to know about his options there, and any serious deadline must account for that -- without allowing the NFL to stall.
Regardless, making the Harbaugh offer allows Michigan to move on to working on Plan B. Up until yesterday, probably only the search firm was focused on that. With the offer to Plan A approved within the University and officially made, Hackett can move on to Plan B.
That's really the big news yesterday -- Michigan is now searching for its Plan B. The publicity about the offer puts them in a good position, as it makes the situation very clear. The only person who may have screwed himself is Miles, assuming he wanted the job.
|42 weeks 3 hours ago||FYI||
FYI, Andy and Jim never played together at Pioneer.
They are the same age and they would have known each other as kids for a couple of years before the Moellers moved to Illinois (1977-1979). But the Harbaughs were gone (to Stanford) when the Moellers moved back to Michigan in 1980.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||All that it says||
All that it says is what it meant in context -- that Alvarez, as a former coach, is better qualified to be an AD who "hovers over" his football coaches than Brandon.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||This||
This is more about the NFL wanting to retain Harbaugh. All the NFL people who are saying whatever they are saying are always basically trying to undermine Harbaugh-to-Michigan.
The reality is that Jim Harbaugh's energy is worth a lot to the NFL and they want to keep it going. The Jets are my guess, but it doesn't matter. Pretty much everything from an NFL source has to be understood in that light.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Overall||
Click on the image to go to a larger version. Note the blurb at the top: "The 1979 Football season was not a successful one. ... The team started generating wins when sophomore quarterback Jim Harbaugh came up from the J. V. squad. ..."
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh JV team photo||
Just for fun, and because this post by Brian has moved me from highly skeptical to true believer, I hereby post a detail of Jim Harbaugh's 1979 Ann Arbor Pioneer JV football team photo. I will put the overall of the page in a reply to this. From my wife's 1980 yearbook. She was in his class -- that was their sophomore year -- he went to the prom with one of her friends, but she didn't really know him. He moved to California (i.e., Stanford) the next year. That was John Harbaugh's senior year -- he is number 22 in the Varsity photo below the JV photo.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Ohio||
Takes a year off, then takes the HC job at Ohio (not that Ohio). The greatest thing ever. Also the perfect place for him. Solich just turned 70.
Hoke has a lot of friends in the coaching community, and they can understand where he's coming from. He can get a job if he wants one. It's more of a question of what he wants to do.
I don't really see him in the NFL.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry||
I overstated that, and I should have put it differently, since I'm sure much of the trip went fine, but this is what I was referring to:
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Sure||
You're not alone in thinking that Hoke would get another season, even in this thread.
But, as someone who has consistently thought that, I can't say I still do. I still think Hoke has more support than people here recognize, but I no longer think there is much evidence that he can turn things around next year. This season would have to have gone very differently for that to happen, and I don't mean wins and losses.
Sure, yes, Rutgers was a bad loss -- the whole trip to NYC was a complete mess, not just the game -- and now Brandon is gone. But the other losses are to decent teams that are all having good if not great seasons -- so it isn't that -- it is the way Michigan lost those other games, none of which were remotely competitive. That's what matters.
There has been improvement -- the OL looks good for next year, IMHO. The defense will be fine. I always thought that would be enough -- keep the course and Michigan will win a lot of games in 2015. But the spankings against good opponents this year just don't support that way of thinking any longer.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Exams||
Exams end the 17th and December degrees are conferred on the 20th. So grades are probably due on the Friday the 19th. If his exams take place before the last day, then his grades could be available even sooner.
Regardless, his Fall semester grades would surely be available by the 20th.
So you might be right. I don't know how eligibility rules work.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||This is a common problem||
Here's the thing -- people get hired into jobs like this from smaller institutions all the time. You can't always find someone with the experience you need at a peer institution.
Sometimes those people survive, but there is ALWAYS a learning curve. It takes a while to adjust to a larger, more complex environment. But other times people just can't handle it. In general, you know pretty quickly whether or not it is working out. Like a year or so. Then you hire them a management coach and if that doesn't work, they are gone.
So what I'm saying is that a serious search would consider some of the coaches mentioned in this thread.
Brandon was screwed the minute he restricted his search to just people with ties to the University of Michigan. No doubt he didn't admit (or even realize -- he doesn't seem very self-aware) that was what he was doing, but in retrospect it sure looks like it. He wanted someone to heal the rifts within the program. He chose Hoke, who did achieve that goal, at least for a while. Unfortunately, he just wasn't ready for the job itself.
I do think Michigan will give Hoke another year. If I'm right, then pray that it turns out Shane Morris just needed a little more time on the field to get his bearings. And who knows, maybe Hackett will hire Hoke a good management coach and he can learn how to do his job. That does sometimes work.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Ha ha||
Funny in that it was actually a "there" versus "their" problem.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||God||
Did any of you actually read the article? Yes, they got the apartment through the brother of someone connected to the football program, for $1300/mo in rent. They did pay their rent, but it appears that sometimes it was late.
The landlord only tried to enforce the late-payments clause of the lease when Peppers transferred. A judge threw that out for obvious reasons, and just had them pay their last month's rent.
Was the eviction and lawsuit payback for transferring? Sure, yes, it's possible. People can be assholes. It's quite common.
But it hasn't got anything to do with Peppers' eligibility. Helping someone find an apartment isn't a violation. We know there was a reasonable rent, and we know they paid it. The rest is bullshit that may be indicative of larger problems at Don Bosco (the lawsuit as a threat -- if you move your kid, we will make your life hell), but nothing else.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||That's an insult||
That's an insult to either Yin or Yang, not sure which.
Brandon lacks the balance between extremes expressed in that image.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW,||
I taught undergraduates for many years. So I have some practical sense of what happens inside of a University and in the education and maturation process at those ages. I'm not saying you, but I think a lot of fans have a distorted sense of what is going on here.
I just don't see what you think is obvious, that players on offense are not being developed. The line is still a work in progress, but there is development there. Kalis? Being a five-star is not an automatic guarantee of success. Is there anyone else who is truly performing below expectations? You had two young running backs coming along nicely. One got hurt, but still. Darboh had something resembling a breakout game against PSU. That's good, especially for Funchess against MSU. Jake Butt looks great.
So Shane Morris had a rough go of it -- in his first real, non-mono and its long recovery process, game since his junior year of high school. So what?
I think you can fire Hoke for putting Morris back into that game. There's really no excuse for that. Period. And maybe for being a deer in headlights in general when standing on the field during competitive games as head coach. And maybe for ignoring innovation, whatever. But for a lack of player development? I don't see it.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe so,||
I just don't think having the families of current players basically doing alumni relations (which is, at root, fundraising) is a good idea. Not just because it isn't necessarily a given that being an active former player means you are not a fool, but also because it's a distraction regardless.
These trips are going to be used for fundraising -- besides television money, it's probably the principal reason why the B1G took Rutgers and Maryland. No doubt Brandon wanted to show immediate results on the first trip to the greater New York City area. But mistakes were made, mistakes that may be undermining the team, if what the OP is reporting is any indication.
Hoke has got problems as a head coach on the field, and it's not clear that he is improving in those respects -- that's why good practices continue to fail to translate into good games, but saying there is "no player development" is just wrong.
I think it is likely that you are going to see that thing you find unreasonable happen (next year), right or wrong. But that's mainly because I see improvement despite the chaos, and I still expect at least one big upset win this year -- if it is at MSU, then watch out. But as I said, that's just me.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||First off||
First off, last night was a good win, in which the team showed a lot of heart and basic, sustained competence. Let's not forget that. Only very stupid people will say beating Penn State means nothing.
Second, I don't know if this kind of thing -- arranging for players and their families on a road trip to stay with former players -- has been common in the past, under Carr and earlier. Somehow I doubt it?
It feels to me like a Brandon thing -- he seems hung up on his past and it colors everything he does. If so, then it's a fairly big instance of his incompetence, and something that your family should consider bringing to the new President's office. It may not be a terrible idea, but it certainly sounds like it was badly mishandled.
Third, for what it's worth and this is just me, but I would be interested in knowing what Hoke might do with a competent AD making his job simpler instead of making it more complicated, which is what this thing you're talking about sounds like to me. Just the kind of messy distraction you don't need when you're trying to do Hoke's job.
I don't see the point of trying to hire a new coach with Brandon still in place -- even if you could convince someone good to come, they'd still have Brandon to deal with. So get rid of Brandon, and see what Hoke can do next year (and, ideally, the rest of this year). Then make a decision on Hoke.