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- they'll keep stability in the program (e.g., keep attrition down and recruits in the class)
- they know something about college football and are very good recruiters, which is helpful for a guy (Harbaugh) who's a terrific football coach with no college experience
- they seem to be building a pretty good defense
- you're close with them, trust them, and want to work with them
- whereas you'd typically worry about the former head coach undermining the current head coach, Hoke really doesn't seem like a guy who would do that
- the players like and trust them, they're good influences, they'll keep some stakeholders happy, etc.
- you get to work with a guy you like
- Hoke: you're probably much more natural and happier in a non-head coaching position
- Hoke: you're one of the few high-profile head coach who seems humble enough to accept a demotion... especially at the school you love with the players/"sons" you love
- Mattison: you're probably not real excited about packing your bags and starting a new job at age 65, so if you want to keep coaching for a bit, this is probably the place
|6 hours 55 min ago||But with Notre Dame it's not||
But with Notre Dame it's not true. Kids applying to Michigan don't necessarily think about applying to Notre Dame. It didn't even cross my mind, honestly, and I think I might have been accepted. Partly that's because I'm not Catholic. It's probably true that ND is harder to get into than Michigan, but the two schools aren't coupled like Michigan and MSU are (for reasons of geography, religion, tuition, etc.).
On the other hand, most kids applying to MSU either also apply to Michigan or would apply to Michigan if they thought they'd get in. It's a completely different situation. Similar to ND, Michigan and OSU don't have this academics thing going on, because I don't think many kids growing up in Ohio want to go to Michigan. OSU fans hate us because they're fucking crazy, not because we associate ourselves with a really good university.
|7 hours 17 min ago||I think I agree, but in the||
I think I agree, but in the absence of party affiliation, how would those election outcomes realistically be determined? Most people don't spend time really learning about candidates, so they rely on cues like political party and endorsements to help them figure out which candidate they probably would like if they really looked into it. Political party is obviously pretty flawed / peripheral when it comes to understanding how someone would behave in a job like university regent, but I wonder if you'd get winners based on who has a nicer last name, distributes more/prettier lawn signs, appears on the ballot first, etc., if people couldn't rely on political party.
The best-case scenario would be the public truly learning about its candidates, but that's not about to happen, so I'm not sure which is the least bad alternative.
|7 hours 33 min ago||Ugh||
The fact that you can't see past politics to have a healthy perspective on life doesn't mean that everyone else has that problem.
|8 hours 3 min ago||And how about... (3) If you||
And how about...
(3) If you want leftist, I'll show you leftists, and not one of them is a Democrat.
|8 hours 19 min ago||This post is probably a good||
This post is probably a good reflection of why it's best to just avoid politics in this endorsement kind of way (and more generally). Another way to handle this kind of thing, Brian, is to offer a few candidates opportunities for Q&As and skip the endorsement. Hopefully the better ones would look better in their responses, and politicians have a habit of avoiding conversations with people they think will make them look bad. There'd probably be a lot to learn if someone refused a conversation about open meetings and the like.
|9 hours 59 min ago||There's also an academics||
There's also an academics side to this. The reality is that many MSU students would have gone to Michigan if they had gotten in, and the reverse of that is not true. When you're 18 (or any other age, for that matter), it's shitty to have someone tell you that you're not good enough to go there, so people naturally resent those places. Plus, even if they didn't apply, most MSU students/alumni have to deal with a more widely held opinion that they would have gone to Michigan if they had been up to it.
MSU is a perfectly fine school, so I'm not shitting on their academics. But there's no doubt in my mind that this is part of why they seem to hate us so viscerally when our response to them is more eye rolls than hatred.
|11 hours 38 min ago||Nor should it be Schlissel||
Nor should it be Schlissel who makes that decision. If I were an AD, I'd be pissed if the university president made his own decisions about when to fire coaches, whom to hire as replacements, etc. That's the AD's job.
Brandon needs to be fired before Hoke. That's partly so the new AD can make the call on Hoke and partly because there's no reason to restrict the new AD's flexibility by having him step into a situation with no coach and an panicky need to get one ASAP.
|11 hours 42 min ago||Great, well framed post,||
Great, well framed post, Brian. Thank you. I like this as a way that blogs can communicate gossip with some transparency and discretion in a way that more formal news sources can't (and probably shouldn't).
It's especially nice to see you rein in the Carr conspiracy theories. They've been getting a little more ridiculous than usual lately.
I'm not the first to suggest this, but I, too, would be interested if you've heard anything about John Harbaugh. There has seemed to be more chatter about him than Jim, but I don't know if that's totally baseless.
|23 hours 54 min ago||For me, the Brandon question||
For me, the Brandon question is basically a litmus test. I'm just done with the guy. Maybe, maybe if he could pull off a Harbaugh then I could stomach him for a little while longer, but I'm really sick of the guy. And I think it's almost inconceivable that a Harbaugh (or anyone near that level) comes to work for him.
|23 hours 58 min ago||I posted something similar as||
I posted something similar as a baseless, likely-to-be-incorrect prediction a little while back. I personally think that DB is gone, so that wasn't part of my prediction, but in the (unlikely) dream scenario that John Harbaugh actually becomes our coach, you can tell this story:
If you're John Harbaugh, you keep Hoke/Mattison in the program because:
If you're Hoke/Mattison, you consider staying because:
If the John Harbaugh thing happens - which I think is a huge, huge "if" - then I don't think a scenario that has Hoke or Mattison staying is implausible. And honestly, if this somehow helps us get John Harbaugh, I think most of us would be fine with it, no matter how frustrated with are with the coaching right now.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Yeah, when it comes to||
Yeah, when it comes to Dantonio, it's one thing to resist claims that we need a "Michigan man" coaching Michigan. It's another thing to want to hire a guy whose existence is built upon a profound, unyielding, unhealthy hatred of us. I'll pass on that one.
|1 day 7 hours ago||No problem with it at all.||
No problem with it at all. In fact, among a sea of guys who aren't standing out to me right now (aside from the Harbaugh types), Tom Herman certainly deserves some background research.
Personally, I'd say no Tressel because he's Tressel and no Dantonio because he's Dantonio, but if Meyer wanted to come (he doesn't), I'd let him write his own check.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I agree (with your last||
I agree (with your last couple of posts). In fact, my guess is that there's a guy out there right now who basically knows - because he's been told - that he's going to be the Michigan AD soon.
I like that Schlissel didn't fire DB immediately after the protest, just because I think that's the wrong message from a new president. Being deliberate is good. Now is the time, though, because the AD needs time with this. You can't fire Hoke before DB, because any athletic director should feel like he's allowed to make his own decisions about who's coaching his teams, and there's no reason to restrict an AD's flexibility like that. So fire DB soon, give the new AD time to look into his options and make sure there's a move out there this year that makes firing Hoke the right move, and then let the new AD be the one to remove Hoke and bring in the next guy.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Seriously, the people who||
Seriously, the people who declared 2014 a great year for UM sports - in February - need to be punched in the balls. I can't remember, but I might be one of them.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Thank you. If this is the||
Thank you. If this is the reference - and is it? - the OP shouldn't get people's hopes up like this. This fanbase is in an emotionally vulnerable state.
|4 days 4 hours ago||(No subject)||
|4 days 8 hours ago||A suggestion that you can||
A suggestion that you can take or leave:
Since you've already posted all of these, maybe it'd make sense to create one new forum diary that links to the other 14 diaries and contains any overarching thoughts or observations that came to you while doing this?
I'm thinking that might be a way to give context/analysis to these and show people where they are without burying any other diaries that people are working on.
|4 days 10 hours ago||All conversation about Bob||
All conversation about Bob Still hinges on whether we're talking about him as HC or OC. If it's OC, you can probably sign me up, though I need to see more about what his offense is and whether it's likely to translate well to this level. If it's HC, there are so many major questions to answer... about recruiting, ability to handle this spotlight, plans for a defense, general rule-abiding, and on and on... that if he's the best choice we're seriously doomed.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Monthly meetings with||
"Monthly meetings with students will be held with Athletic Director Dave Brandon to address topics relating to all 31 teams and Michigan Athletics."
LOL. Unless that happens, in which case not LOL
|5 days 14 hours ago||I think the backlash against||
I think the backlash against the pink uniforms sometimes goes over the top. I'm cynical, so I think the NFL (especially) and college football do this mostly to endear themselves to females, who could bring them big money. Still, awareness is a real thing, and sometimes the self-interests of people looking for money actually intersect with the interests of the rest of the world. Maybe we'd be better off if we spread the awareness stuff out a bit more (across breast cancer, prostate cancer, global poverty, human trafficking, ... whatever), but breast cancer is genuinely terrible and I'd imagine that these efforts have helped the fundraising efforts, along with getting people to pay more attention to monitoring themselves and their loved ones.
Stepping back, I love that you collected $5 from each player for breast cancer research and got your kids thinking about how to contribute to the world. I think that's a really nice move. All the best to your family, as well.
|6 days 4 hours ago||A little more info on Xander||
A little more info on Xander Diamont.
He's a true freshman from California whom 247 says had no offers other than Indiana. Their composite ranking had him at #2004 and he was the #92 pro-style QB in his class. Here are the schools where the pro-style QBs ranked nearest him (above and below) committed: Florida International, Arkansas State, North Texas, Missouri State, UMass, and Abeline Christian. And I mentioned that he's a true freshman.
Good luck, son.
|6 days 4 hours ago||If Indiana somehow wins that||
If Indiana somehow wins that game, we need to hire Kevin Wilson sometime in the next 10 days.
|6 days 4 hours ago||It'd really be nice if just||
It'd really be nice if just this once - coming off of a bye week - it looks on the field like we've thought more and smarter about the MSU game than MSU has thought about it. I keep going into these games thinking that it'll be interesting to see what our coaches have cooked up only to watch us poop all over ourselves (under both Hoke and Rodriguez).
|6 days 5 hours ago||Sorry, I don't know how I||
Sorry, I don't know how I missed that line.
If you're into the Offensive FEI stat, which is opponent-adjusted, OSU is currently #29. So that's not quite as lofty a ranking as the total offense statistic that was reported by Eleven Warriors suggests. On the other hand, it's still pretty damn good, and I'd imagine that a lot of damage was done in the VA Tech game, when OSU had a reasonable excuse for why they struggled (Braxton injury + Bud Foster smarts).
|6 days 5 hours ago||My early sense is that I'm||
My early sense is that I'm going to like this guy. Not just for this AD process but generally.
|6 days 5 hours ago||No problem. Now if you don't||
No problem. Now if you don't mind downvoting me 7,300 times, I'd appreciate it.
EDIT: Upvoted to get you closer to 7,300 points so that you have enough points to do that.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Negged in hopes of getting||
Negged in hopes of getting you below 5,000 so that you can experience the joy of getting to 5,000 all over again.
|6 days 6 hours ago||I thought hockey nicknames||
I thought hockey nicknames are all about the "y" sound at the end. Is that just the Red Wings? Ozzie, Stevie Y, Shanny, Chelly (Cheli? Chelli?), ...
|6 days 6 hours ago||For the record, I think moon||
For the record, I think moon dust is composed of whatever Section 1 doesn't think it's composed of.
|6 days 6 hours ago||I think he's more intriguing||
I think he's more intriguing that any other coordinator I've seen mentioned. He's supposedly a top candidate for the SMU job right now (along with Chad Morris), and I'm sure his name will come up for other openings soon. He might not be ready for a head coaching job as high-profile as ours yet, but he's definitely a guy for whom Michigan should do its homework.