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- Was hired by Bo Schmbechler in the Mid 80’s and worked for U of M for 11 years.
- His Salary is currently $500,000 and DB’s is $850,000, so Michigan can definitely increase his salary.
- Was named first chairman of the Playoff Selection committee
- Was also AD of Pittsburgh for 4 years. So he has plenty of AD and administrative experience.
- His wife is from Ann Arbor
- Yes he hired Petrino (who is still a great coach), but he handled that whole motorcycle situation well.
- Not going to a hurry up when down 3 scores in the 3rdquarter
- Leaving your two best offensive player on the field late in a blowout loss to Notre Dame (1 getting injured because of this)
- The continual use of the NFL style punt causing your team to be one of the worst teams in the nation at punt return yardage
- Bernard Robinson Jr. - Left for the NBA after his Junior year. Helped us win the 2004 NIT, He was a very versatile player and one of my favorite Ellerbe Recruits.
- Kevin Gaines – Dismissed from the team after his freshman year, but he was good. Averaged almost 12 ppg, 4 rebounds, and 4 and a half assists per game as a freshman. Had league troubles though.
- Manny Harris – Left after his junior year for the NBA. Helped lead us back to our first NCAA tournament in 11 years. Averaged 18.1 ppg, 6 rpg, 4 asts, 2 spg.
- Adrian Arrington – Left after his RS Junior year for the NFL. Had an awesome Capital One bowl game win with 9 receptions for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- Sam McGuffie – Transferred after his freshman year to Rice. Unfortunately had a couple concussions during the season. He was always exciting and no one will forget the Mcguffie Mix tapes!
- Ryan Mundy – Graduated from Michigan but had one year left of Eligibility and transferred to West Virginia. Never played a ton for Michigan, but showed he was a talented player since he had a good year with WV and is having a very productive career in the NFL. Has over 200 NFL tackles and is a Super Bowl Champion!
- Dan O’Neill – OT/G that transferred once Rich Rod got here. Transferred to Western and had a decent career. Was a top 10 T out of high school.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Late to the game||
Sorry I know I am late to the comment,s as I am just catching up on the last couple of days of articles. I was glad to hear Brian defend Gardner from the first question in the mailbag and think the person asking the question gives the rest of our offense WAY TOO much credit. Solid backs, receivers, and tight ends? Our backs are average, they barely have any Yards after contact and constantly pick the wrong holes to run through. Other than Funchess we don't have a consistent receiver. And Funchess has been hurt since the 2nd game of the year. We've seen key drops from the receivers and not one of the receivers other than Funchess is a big play threat. Jake Butt is a good Tight End, but is still slowly working his way back to the Jake Butt of last year with his ACL injury. Other than him, no tight end on our roster has impressed me at all. You also have to put some of that blame on Nussmeir and Hoke as well. There has been lots of bad play calls and the coaches inability to get the team up to the line of scrimmage early has cost this offense (and Gardner) on many plays. When the offense gets upto the line with 9 seconds left on the play clock that means Gardner doesn't have time to read the defense and definitely no time to call an audible. By no means do I think Gardner hasn’t had his own issues that have hurt us, but he also is not the majority of the reason for our struggles. Almost any QB would struggle with our offense right now.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Jeff Long = Top Candidate?||
I think Jeff Long is possibly the top candidate to fill the AD position. Here’s why:
Not sure if this last piece of information helps or hurts him, but he did go to high school with Brady Hoke. Including being on the same football team and baseball teams as him. The two are friends.
|1 week 4 days ago||Question||
Why does everybody think that an NFL coordinator is going to leave their job for a college Head coaching position? I can only think of two cases where that has happened without that Coach being Fired from NFL (Charlie Weiss- ND, Will Muschamp -Aub def cord). I know there are a couple other position coaches that left for college, but that is different.
My thought is that most NFL coordinators eventually would want an NFL head coaching job. If they are already a desired coordinator in the NFL (which I hope they are if Mich is looking at them), then they are probably in line for an NFL job soon. For instance if Austin leads the Lions defense for a couple good years then he might start seeing NFL head coaching offers come in this year or next year. Also switching to college means you have to go on the recruiting trail. Granted some guys like that, but I can’t see that as being a selling point to most guys.
I’m sure there are other instances that I don’t know of where a coordinator leaves on his own free will to be a college head coach. But it doesn’t seem to be a regular occurrence by any means.
|1 week 5 days ago||The article wasn't that bad||
I agree 100% with ahw1982 on this. Rich Rod never once says anything bad about the university in this article. He pretty much just mentioned how there was drama unrelated to football. How can you blame him for saying that? He got shafted and that is why ESPN wrote an article about it.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm much higher on Chad Morris then Brian is||
I hope we make a push for Chad Morris and not really sure why Brian thinks their offense has been overrated. Here are their stats:
2013: Offense was 11th in the nation in YPG and 9th in the nation in PPG.
2012: Offense was 9th in the nation in YPG and 6th in the nation in PPG.
2011: Offense was 26th in YPG and 24th in PPG. And that’s with a first year starting QB in Boyd and a Rookie Sammy Watkins. Also his first year so he was still installing the offense.
Doesn’t seem to have any M or Midwest connections and more of an open offense which might hurt him with some of the old crotchety alumni. But overall I like him more than any other offensive minded Coordinator.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Those are not facts!||
First off. I don't care what "facts" you have. There is no way Michigan (under Hoke) could beat Oregon, no matter how depleted Oregon was. So give credit where credit is due. I haven’t seen anyone say Rich Rod is the next Saban, however I do think Rich Rod is a good coach and he is a much better coach than Hoke.
Secondly, you said “It's about fit and RR fits better in the Pac 12 than in the Big Ten. RR's emphasis is on speed while the Big Ten is size and power.” That is not a Fact that’s an opinion. Ohio St has been a spread offense with lots of speed for a while and definitely all the years that Urban has been there. Yet last year they only lost once in the big ten. The year before Ohio State won EVERY GAME! So to say speed doesn’t win in Big Ten is just plain wrong and not a fact!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It means Nothing if we win||
USA today has Rutgers ranked as the 51st team in the nation. Their best win was either a 3 point win vs 67th ranked Wash St. or a 7 point win vs 66th ranked Navy. They lost to Penn St at home who just got whipped by Northwestern. Rutgers is just a mediocre team.
If we win Saturday this means nothing! Will it be nice...YES! Will it change the Hoke's job security or signify that this team is actually good...NO!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||14-9 Michigan||
14 - 9 Michigan wins
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Coaches can't comment on recruits||
GoWings2008 - Coaches can't comment on recruits. So when have we ever poked fun of a coach for saying they cooled on him?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think U of M was recruiting him anymore||
Once they got Duncan Robinson UM pretty much stopped recruiting SG's for 2015. So I don't know if it is actually a "loss". Maybe that's why it doesn't feel like a big deal. I think if we lost Derryck Thorton Jr. we would all feel a little worse!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Last 3 losses and we haven't even been in the game||
Not only has Michigan lost 8 out of its last 12 games, but the last 3 losses have been horrible. Not one of the games did Michigan have a chance at winning in the 4th quarter. You add on the multiple bad decisions that Hoke has made like
And People are fed up. I think you saw a lot of people start to jump on the fire Hoke Bandwagon after ND. Then the Miami win didn’t help because it was a close game against one of the worst teams in the nation. Then to have a fringe top-25 team in Utah come into the Big house and dominate you just made everything mentioned above more magnified. ESPN and the national media have taken notice that attendance is down and that fans are unhappy. When you can’t fill the Big House against a PAC-10 team, then you have a problem. ESPN knows that and that’s why the attention has grown nationally.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Last email - Hagerup||
The last email states that Hagerup is inconsistent. Well he has been in the past, but he wasn't our issue on Saturday. He averaged 43.5 yards per punt which was over 5 yards per punt more than ND's punter. Last year 43.5 yards would have had him as the 24th punter in the nation. Not too shabby. Hagerup's shortest punt was only 38 yards which is what the ND punter averaged for the game. So actually Hagerup easily won the punting war in that game. I do agree that our Special teams as a whole is terrible. For some reason we still use the standard punt, which allows more returns then the spread punt. Wile missed 2 important field goals which not only took points off the board, but also gave ND good field position. On offense we had 4 turnovers and 1 other turnover on downs. All of which gave ND great field position. So I don't agree at all with the last emailer mentioning Hagerup as to put blame on him.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||QB coach has only had a couple months of practice with him||
You are correct that those things can be corrected with coaching, but Nuss truly has only had about a little over 2 months of hands on contact with Gardner. He gets about a month in the spring and a month in fall camp. Hard to change bad mechanics in a short amount of time especially when you have 50 other players to work with and teach your new system. I know what you are saying, but it's hard to put it on all on Gardner when you o-line is crappy, you had 3 different systems and 3 different OC/QB coaches, and you were a WR for 3/4th of a year during your career.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Don't understand how anyone can freak out about basketball||
Other then Mitch Mcgary, none of the other players that have been drafted were rated in the top 50 propescts of their class at the time of their commitment. Arguably next year's go to guy and hopeful NBA prospect (Caris Levert) was a 3 star that was headed to Ohio University. Yet we have still had 5 draft picks and have been to the final game and elite 8 the last two year. So I think people need to take a chill pill. On top of that Beilien himself has said that he doesn't want the one and done players. In a lot of cases that is going to eliminate some of those top guys (pretty much Kentucky's entire roster) that just want to come play for 1 year and be gone. So I wouldn't look for Beilien to make a drastic change in his recruiting. Will you see a little uptick in some high quality guys...YES. But don't expect a loaded recuriting class like a Kentucky, Duke or North Carolina every year either.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Not that Worrisome!!||
JCV16, I don't think the donnal stuff is worrisome at all. Donnal still had 6 pts and 5 rebounds in both of his first games. As ACE said, they are playing under international rules which are different. Even if he is behind Doyle then that doesn't mean that Donnal is "not that good". Maybe that speaks more to how good Doyle is. And why would he transfer because of 2 international games that mean absolutely nothing? Even if he was behind Doyle there is still plenty of minutes to go around.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting||
It's interesting that Kyle thinks MAAR is more likely to redshirt then Dawkins. Statistically MAAR has had much better games each of the two games. Also MAAR can and probably will play some time at point and which will make him more valuable.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||210 lbs as a sophmore!||
He's 210 lbs as a sophmore in HS. He still has 2 full years before he is even going to start school at U of M. Then another 3 months before he sees any action after that. I think he is probably going to weigh a lot more in 2 years and 3 months then he does now.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The bar used to squat is typically 45 pounds||
Not that it matters, because it shows him working hard and that's really all that matters, but the bar is most likely 45 lbs. 45lbs is the standard olympic lifting bar weight and the weight that is most commonly used as a squatting bar in a gym. A 10lb bar would bend with any kind of serious weight on it. So bare minimum the guy is squatting 245. Which isn't too shabby for a kid coming out of high school. Plus he has very good form and goes all the way down. I've seen multiple guys in the gym go down about 1/3rd of the way and think that is 1 rep. This kid goes all the way down which is activating his glutes, quads and hamstrings.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Bigger in height yes..||
Height isn't everything. Chatman and Wilson might be slightly bigger in height, but they are giving up a lot in weight and strength. Chatman is only an inch taller then Robinson, but gives up over 20 lbs to him. DJ Wilson is 2 - 3 inches taller, but still gives up over 15 lbs. Let's be real here, neither one of those two would start at the PF over GRIII. I could see Chatman push Irvin for time at the 3 in this scenario, but you are talking about replacing a 3-year starter at that position who has helped take us to a final four and a elite eight apperance as our starting PF. Would not have happened.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Everyone Already Mentioned is Great||
So I wanted to Name some players that have not been said that I liked or could have been very good:
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed on Hardaway and Burke!||
The reason in the article are great and right on, but I don't think you guys are giving Burke and Hardaway enough defensive credit from last year. Neither one was Aaron Craft or Victor Oladipo by any means, but they were a good defense backcourt. Hardaway was consistently responsible for guarding the opposing teams best player (assuming they were a guard or wing) and typically did a pretty good job slowing them down. The closest thing we have to that this year is Levert and he gets beat off the dribble regularly and also needs to add another 10 - 15 lbs of muscle to become a very good defender. Burke was great at picking someone's pocket and rarely got beat off the dribble. Also Burke had 13 blocked shots last year. That would put him tied for 2nd with Jordan Morgan on this team. So yes the reasons Brian gave were correct, but you also have to look at our personel. Having 2 strong backcourt defenders go to the NBA is also a BIG reason.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Totally Different Situations||
-Brady Hoke took over a team that was a 7-6 the year before and Auburn was 3-9 last year.
-Michigan had a Jr Qb that was being talked about as a heisman canidate and Auburn had a converted CB running their offense.
-Michigan played a very soft schedule only playing 3 teams that finished in the top 25 (Mich St, Nebraska, Virginia Tech). The only team in the top 20 they played (Michigan St) they lost to. Auburn played 5 teams in the top 25 and 3 of those teams were in the top 10.
-Auburn won the SEC where as Michigan DIDN"T win the Big Ten.
I did love that Michigan team and the run to the Sugar Bowl, but I don't think it is right to compare Malzahn and Hoke's first season. Malzahn's first season was far more impressive.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Mike Shanahan||
He could potentially be fired from Washington Redskins and he had multiple disagreements with the ownership. Even though Washington had a bad year I still think he is a great coach. Would love to see him in Detroit.
|43 weeks 9 hours ago||I watched him play||
I actually got to see him play in high school a few times because my nephew has played against him for multiple years in a row. And I will tell you he looks solid. Yeah, he made a few errors here and there, but nothing alarming. Also his team around him was not good. His recievers dropped a lot of passes and his offensive line sucked. Just by watching him though I could tell he has a great arm and had a solid accuracy. He also seemed to move around better then most highschool qb's that weren't there just playing QB because they are a track star. Also I am sure 95% of the "film" you watched was from when the kid was 15 and 16 years old. I'm sure he looks a lot different now.
|43 weeks 10 hours ago||Not sure you know what frehman means...||
Shane is still a freshman until next year. He wasn't here in the spring, so he has really only been on the team for 5 months now. Sounds like a freshman to me!
Henne had a Senior Braylon Edwards and a good offensive line and a good running back in Mike Hart. None of which Shane would have luxury of. Also the first game Henne started was a home game against Miami Ohio. If Shane starts then he will be playing a good Kansas State team in a bowl game. Two incomparable situations.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Agree with JMblue||
How is that guy going to say he feels certain after 10 games that Walton won't leave after 2 years? No one was talking about Burke leaving for the NBA after his first 10 games. He was good, but not leaving for the NBA good at the first part of his freshman year. As JMBlue said definitely no one was talking about Darius Morris leaving early after 10 games. Shoot no one was talking about Darius Morris leaving early even after he finished his freshman year.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||It's only been 10 games!||
As everyone else has already said, this isn't even a issue. It's been 10 games. Just 6 months ago these 2 kids were dancing at their high school proms. They have both shown flashes of being really good and I think that is all you should expect 10 games into the season. They don't have a sophomore Trey Burke to take all of the attention off of them. Last year's freshmen were blessed with being able to play with the best point guard in the nation. That of course is going to help. He made everyone around him better.
Also Beilein and his staff are known for developing players (especially point guards). Look at the big leaps that both Burke and Morris took. Also do you remember the great play they were able to get out of CJ Lee and David Merritt at pg? Give Beilein and his staff some time to work with these kids and they WILL improve.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||He had a qb coach that wasn't Borges||
SDSU had a qb coach that wasn't Al Borges. Yes he was the OC, but he wasn't working with the qb's directly. Can you really say Al devolped Ryan when there was another qb coach working with him?
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Never Looks off Defenders||
One thing I don't see many people mention is that Devin stares down his recievers almost every single pass play. Rewatch each one of those clips above and you will see Devin look the direction of his reciever the whole way. Of course Northwestern is getting a good beat on him because he doesn't try to hide who he is throwing to.
Also I am glad that Brian pointed out the QB regression we have had under Borges. I never understood why Borges got so much praise as a qb guru. He did a good job with Cade McNown, but Cade was also one of the top qb prospects in the nation and had 3 years of expierence before he had a good year. Would you expect a top rated high school recruit to get a lot better in 3 years of starting? I hope so... He walked in to a Senior Jason Campbell at Auburn with a loaded offensive squad which many of the players later went onto play in the NFL. Can you really say that was Borges? Ryan Lindley was good at San Diego State, but like Brian said he had a QB coach there. So how much credit can you really give Borges for that?
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Horrible!||
I think Borges has been horrible this year. Here is why:
1) It doesn't appear he knows how to make any in game adjustments.
2) He keeps blaming the blocking, but he is part of the issue. You can't keep shuffling guys in and out on the offensive line and expect them to start playing great all of a sudden. They need stability and good coaching. Also you got to help the blockers out when they are facing constant pressure by running screens, draws and quick passes. He calls those plays once in a game and then is done with them.
3) He has been predictable. There were at least 5 plays in the last game where Chris Spielman knew what Michigan offense was going to do just by their formation. If Chris Spielman knows what play it is then Nebraska coaches know that also.
4) Borges specialty coming into Michigan was supposed to be Quarterback development. Well since he has been here the qb's are getting worse. Denard not only didn't take a step forward with his passing in the two years he was under Borges, but he may have actually taken a step or two back. Devin was a better qb directly after he was a wide receiver then he is now with a full year of coaching from Borges.