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- 2-21 vs. ranked teams prior to this season
- basically one stellar season, in a year in which a lot of things lined up for MSU (e.g., a very experienced roster and a very good QB)
- personality conflicts with many other coaches, former players, etc.
- very questionable game/clock management in the biggest game of his career (Bama)
- this gray-shirt story, if what's described is roughly what happened
|2 hours 1 min ago||Just to pin some dates to||
Just to pin some dates to this:
The final game of the regular season is Dec. 28. The wild-card round of the playoffs is Jan. 3/4. There are no weeks off until the week before the Super Bowl, which is Feb. 1. Signing Day is Feb. 4.
If the 49ers go on a run, hopefully Harbaugh quietly communicates his honest interest in the Michigan job long before the Super Bowl.
|6 hours 29 min ago||Everything needs money to||
Everything needs money to survive - companies, university athletic departments, Save the Children, lemonade stands, your public library, a state government, etc. - but that doesn't mean that they all need a CEO with business experience to function well. I'm with TennBlue on this. Those skills are hugely important to a healthy athletic department, so you need people with the skills around, but I think it's dangerous to have that mentality guiding the department.
|12 hours 25 min ago||Hoke's not staying. I made||
Hoke's not staying. I made the same argument in a thread yesterday, but Hackett effectively told us yesterday that he's firing Hoke. He said that he'll be the one to make a decision about Hoke's future. The only relevant decision he can make is to fire him. If he "decides" to keep Hoke, then the next AD could just come in and decide to fire Hoke himself.
In other words, the only relevant decision that Hackett can make is to fire Hoke and he told us yesterday that he'll be making a relevant decision. Hoke's gone. Hackett's being respectful, because a lot of people like and respect Hoke, but I think it's very clear that Hoke's gone.
|12 hours 32 min ago||My initial impression is that||
My initial impression is that I don't want this guy as the long-term AD. The frequent references to his leadership of a "global corporation" are offputting in the Brandon aftermath and cringeworthy more generally. I also read/hear many of his statements and wonder what the hell he just said, if anything.
I have a feeling that he's going to push for the job. Hopefully Schlissel goes out and gets a successful athletic director to run our athletic department, not a successful businessperson. They're different jobs that require different types of people.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I don't even see the evidence||
I don't even see the evidence that Mark Stoops is a better coach than Hoke. The best thing I've heard anyone say about Stoops is that he's a good recruiter. So's Hoke. And although Hoke's overall record is pretty lousy - and his team's current performance is even worse than that - Hoke's been a MAC coach of the year, Mountain West coach of the year, and Big Ten coach of the year. Stoops doesn't have anything near that on his resume.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Something tells me that||
Something tells me that "don't hire potentially successful people because they might earn opportunities elsewhere" isn't a hiring strategy that's adopted by many high-functioning organizations.
|1 day 17 hours ago||You really think that Mark||
You really think that Mark Stoops and Butch Jones are on that short list of top choices? I have no idea what people are seeing in Mark Stoops. If his last name weren't Stoops would you feel as strongly about him?
|1 day 17 hours ago||He's basically a hitman who||
He's basically a hitman who will weigh in on the permanent AD search. I can't imagine he's making many serious long-term decisions for the athletic department beyond this. So yeah... not bad compensation for what he's being asked to do.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Totally disagree. By saying||
Totally disagree. By saying that he'll decide Hoke's future, Hackett just told us that he's going to fire Hoke. If he decided to keep Hoke, then the next AD could just come in and decide to fire him. The only "decision" by Hackett that's relevant is a firing and Hackett just told us that he's making a relevant decision.
And that makes sense to me. There's no reason to leave blood on the hands of the permanent AD, especially when so many people like and respect Hoke as much as they do.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Maybe point the camera in the||
Maybe point the camera in the other direction if you want to give us an actual indication of how attendance looks right now?
|1 day 20 hours ago||I'm happy for Faith and||
I'm happy for Faith and Michigan softball. But MGoSoftball, someone politely suggested that you put a "(softball)" in these thread titles - before others impolitely suggested it - and there's no reason for you not to do it. There's less ambiguity when the name is Faith than when it's Alex, but still.
Again, though, good news and Go Blue.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Come on, are you really||
Come on, are you really pretending to be a Michigan fan? Your posting history leaves no doubt that you're a Sparty.
I like having other schools' fans here - even MSU fans - but it helps when they act like adults.
|2 days 21 hours ago||He wouldn't need to signal||
He wouldn't need to signal that to UM. He could literally just call Schlissel and tell him.
Much more likely in my mind is that he's trying to communicate to his Miami coaches, team, and fans that he's committed to his current group and their current run at the playoffs. In other words, he won't be the type of owner who ruins a potentially good thing by distracting everyone with Harbaugh talk over the next couple of months.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Back to RCMB, amigo.||
Back to RCMB, amigo.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Yeah, I'm a little skeptical||
Yeah, I'm a little skeptical about this one.
|2 days 21 hours ago||If I'm putting that together||
If I'm putting that together correctly, Bacon is guessing that we'll get one of the 4-5 "insider" (i.e., U-M) guys who are very well known. Are there that many names on that list? Jim Harbaugh and Les Miles, obviously. John Harbaugh? Who's next? It seems like a big jump to a guy like Teryl Austin (and I wouldn't call Austin a name that won't go away).
By "another Rich Rod," did he just mean that he won't be a major surprise? Mullen's name has been out there, for example, and although he's an "outsider," he wouldn't be a major surprise.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Another point about Mullen is||
Another point about Mullen is that I think his records give a distorted view of MSU's performance (making it look more positive than it has been). He gets credit for playing a nightmarishly difficult SEC schedule, but here's who MSU has played out-of-conference since he's been there:
2014- Southern Miss, UAB, @ South Alabama, UT-Martin
That's garbage. Throw in a couple of conference games against teams like Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas, and those 7-6 type seasons really don't look all that impressive, even for MSU.
EDIT: In my post above this one I meant to write "former employers," not "former players." I have no idea what Mullen's relationship is with his former players.
|2 days 22 hours ago||There's no risk-free||
There's no risk-free candidate, but Mullen has some definite question marks.
I can forgive a lot of those things, but it's much easier to forgive some negatives when you're looking at someone with Harbaugh-like positives. Mullen's a good candidate, no doubt, and I want Michigan to look closely at him... but I want Michigan to look closely at him. We need to figure out what we'd be getting with this guy. As a candidate, I see him as much closer to Todd Graham territory than Jim Harbaugh / Bob Stoops territory. And that's fine, since that's the territory where we'll probably have to find our coach.
|3 days 22 hours ago||+1, with "unrelevant" being||
+1, with "unrelevant" being the difference between a +1 and a -1.
|5 days 14 hours ago||These kinds of comments about||
These kinds of comments about Harbaugh's marital dynamics creep me out. None of us has any idea of what's going on between Jim Harbaugh and his wife, nor do we have any basis for making statements about what she's entitled to ask for or expect. Marriages are funny things, and the Harbaughs are fortunate enough that they can be picky about a lot of things that other families have to be flexible with (e.g., where to live). I mean, Jim could retire tomorrow and I'd imagine they'd be fine for a long, long time.
|5 days 21 hours ago||If that's what it'll take,||
If that's what it'll take, Jim, we can find a different position for Mr. Schlissel.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Isn't another interpretation||
Isn't another interpretation that he employed assistants who were generally good assistant coaches but generally not good future head coach material? Maybe that's not ideal, but it's very different from saying that they were a bunch of mediocre assistants. In fact, it's probably hard to win as much as Lloyd did with mediocre assistants.
My guess is that a big part of why we're struggling now is that our assistant coaches aren't as good at being assistant coaches as the guys on Carr's staff were.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Wasn't that Stewart Mandel||
Wasn't that Stewart Mandel with his yearly "crush"? Definitely one of the weirder things we've seen in college football writing lately.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I'm inclined to believe what||
I'm inclined to believe what we heard about Pat Forde here. And as a result, I'm inclined to believe that Pat Forde sucks at his job.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I mean, the guy even said||
I mean, the guy even said it's a bold prediction. Do we have to mock everything that seems even a little implausible? There's nothing crazy about Bob Stoops, a former Florida DC, possibly being interested in Florida after 15 years in Oklahoma and at a time when people there seem to be getting bored with him.
Would I be a little surprised if Stoops left Oklahoma for Florida? Yes. Is it a stupid idea to an extent even approaching Gruden, etc.? No, it's not. I'd be less surprised if Stoops makes this move than I was when RR moved to Michigan in 2007.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I can't find it now, but I'm||
I can't find it now, but I'm pretty sure that Kelly had a news conference while he was at Oregon in which he was asked about coaching in the NFL one day. He very honestly said that NFL coaching is the highest level of his profession and it's something that he'd consider one day.
I'm rarely "he's not coming" guy, since who knows, but Kelly's not coming.
|1 week 2 days ago||Bacon's in a tough spot with||
Bacon's in a tough spot with things like this. All that people really want to hear from him are rumors and predictions (and predictions mostly because they offer a veil to communicate rumors without actually saying anything about them).
But if he's not hearing anything - and he's probably not hearing much that's meaningful, even if he implies or believes otherwise - it's hard to please this crowd right now.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's way too early to know||
It's way too early to know what Schlissel wants and where he'll take Michigan athletics. At the moment, I'm feeling like there's about a 60% chance that he takes it in a positive direction, a 30% chance that nothing comes of it (because he decides this isn't the hill he wants to die on), and a 10% chance that he actually goes too far in a damaging way.
Then again, I'm probably more tolerant than most of integrity at the expense of wins in college football. But I also care about wins and I think that a lot of things that people talk about as integrity issues really aren't (e.g., see Brian's excellent post yesterday).
|1 week 2 days ago||That's honestly mind-blowing.||
That's honestly mind-blowing. From the Caesar part, to the double-mention of bacon, to Mott's of all companies being behind this, to what the hell "Clamato" is, I have so many questions.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well, I'll give you credit||
Well, I'll give you credit for interpreting my comments in a way that's more ridiculous than I would have thought possible.
I'm talking about how, in an abstract sense, we should approach the question of "Do colleges serve their student-athletes well?" I'm not talking about hiring fortune-telling admissions officers. I'll be more specific about that next time.