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|3 hours 35 min ago||No way Hoke resigns||
That would cost him some serious cash, and I don't think he is getting that kind of pay day again.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Not so much||
Students pay far less for their tickets, so an increase in student ticket sales is a decrease in total revenue.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Except||
Stub hub did not exist 40 years ago, so the comparison any farther back then 10 years seems fairly useless.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Unfortunately||
That is what everyone thought when RR was hired. Sooooo, let's see who wants the job before we get to excited.
|1 week 5 days ago||Innocent until proven guilty||
This sounds bad, but let's get some details folks. Remember that Ray Rice's wife was also arrested for domestic violence at first. So, let's see what happened, than we can talk about what a bad year it's been. This is the downside of extremely timely reporting.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Um no||
This offense gets first downs, so it is actually way better than 2008.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||2008 defense not so bad||
The defense in 2008 was actually pretty good. Watch the games again sometime, in the first half we were always in games because of the defense. The problem was that the offense was three and out every possession. Combine that with a super hurry up offense and the defense was on the field the entire game. No defense can hold up under that.
I always thought that defense and the DC got a really bad rap for something that was a problem with the offense.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
I think the 2008 team gave us hope of getting better, where this team just gets worse. I think some forget just how bad that offense was. They rarely got first downs.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||its a great point||
When you look at the top coaches in college football, how many of them were hired by their current school as a hot head coach as opposed to a great coordinator. Saban and Meyer jump out as the examples of those that were hot head coaches beforehand. But, without having done a thorough study, I would bet most were good coordinators before this job.
I, personally, would go for Hermann if I could not get Jim Harbaugh. I think that is your best bet for lasting success, or even success.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||One has to wonder||
One has to wonder how much of it is also getting a full recovery. Most players that come back right away from an ACL are still not at full speed. He may be reaching the point now of full recovery and really hitting his stride. The time on the bench may have actually helped him recover fully.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I agree||
He took some flck for that, but it was absolutely the right call given his QB's play this year and the momentum of the game. That is a place where you could absolutely blow the game by being to aggressive.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||One caveat||
One caveat tow what you said, that MSU does not match it. Don't be surprised if all this does is get Mullen a big raise to stay where he is. There is a tremendous amount of money in that part of the country for football, academics be damned!
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Mythical wait list||
I have said it before, but the wait list for Michigan football has been a myth for quite some time. I got my season tickets in 2007 the same year I signed up for season tickets. My sister did the same in 2005. Both of us gave a couple hundred dollars. The wait list has not been in existence for at least a decade. And in any discussion on attendance one can not ignore the changing population in the state. The state of Michigan has faced a huge population decline over the last two decades and an aging population that has stayed. Those numbers only point towards ticket sale disasters.
Now, if you want to point toward student ticket sales declining, I am completely with you on that one.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Cheer up?||
I am not down. I don't think it has to be a big name coach to have success. In fact, I think an up and comer might have a better chance to succeed. My post is not a pity party, just an honest look at the landscape and what Michigan should do.
Do you think the jobs at Miss State and Miss are not getting competition? They are competing for a national championship this year. They have no problems recruiting and will have even less problems now. Unless they decide to not give them a raise, which is unlikely, why leave a great job where you can compete at the top to come rebuild? It used to be that you could not win at those schools, That is not the case anymore. It's not that Michigan is not a great job, it's that the other jobs are pretty good too now, and they pay the same and allow you to recruit the same. There just is not the big advantage anymore.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not Michigan specific||
This is not a Michigan specific comment. It's really true across the board. Big time schools have trouble luring in big time candidates unless they have a past connection. Sark was nowhere near USC's first choice and you will see the same thing happen at Florida this year. Penn State pulled in Franklin, who was from PA and at a school where he did not have a chance to compete, I don't see that sort of candidate available this year. But maybe I am just missing it.
You are right, we got Rich Rod, and something like that could happen again, but that was certainly a fairly unique set of circumstances and if you remember we were rejected by the likes of Schiano that year as well.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||problem with that||
Is there are no big name coaches that are coming to Michigan. Not in this day and age. The money is not that different, all the programs are on TV now, and if you are in a power 5 conference you can recruit well - name doesn't mean as much as it used too. Why go some place like a Michigan or Florida with all the pressure and eyes on you and no real benefits. Plus you will always live in the shadow of the other greats of the program.
You could theoretically see the Harbaugh's coming here because of the Michigan connection, but they would have to be willing to come to college and Michigan would have to be willing to wait until January, possibly late in January. Neither of those things are likely.
So taking a Tressel like bet on a very successful coach in a lower division might make a tremendous amount of sense.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||why fire him now?||
I really can't see and advantage to firing him now. Unless the coach you really wnat is currently unemployed nothing good comes of firing Hoke now. As we have seen before, the longer you go without a coach the more rumours swirl about who has turned down the job and slowly job can become difficult to fill. USC had a similar problem last year. Also, all the coaches Michigan wants are currently employed and would not talk to Michigan mid-season, and if they did you would have to question if Michigan should actually want them.
Better to let Hoke do his job, keep the recruits as much as possible, and worry about it all in December.
The bigger question is why does Brandon still have his job. There is no benefit to keeping that guy around at this point.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||That is what you said||
Your previous post basically said they should cut him. There is no other way to read that.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Actually||
You know, the guy has done some good if not great things for Michigan. Like night games. And the uniforms were great, which is was surprised by. I don't like the idea of messing with the uniforms, but this is the first time I have liked them.
I also think DB has learned from most of his mistakes and tried to fix them. Unfortunately he usually follows up the fix with another mistake. I think the guy wants Michigan to win as much as anyone and would give up all the money in the AD to do it if it would make a difference. But he keeps making big mistakes and in some ways is probably to bias on the football program to be allowed to make the next big decision.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand||
I really don't understand this. I support the coaches and want them to do their best and represent Michigan as well as possible. This does not mean I think they should be here after this season, but as long as they are here I stand behind them 100%. That is what separates us from other schools, or at least it used too.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know||
I am not sure if the assumption that Michigan can pay him more is correct. Especially given the backlash against the athletic director who has payed coaches more and tried to earn the money to do that. I would bet the Mississippi state can pay him pretty well, and probably will after this season. He has a program now that is in contention for a national title in a conference where he will always be able to compete for a title. Given his success this year, he should have no problem pulling in recruits. I really see no reason for him to leave to go anywhere.
We should probably focus elsewhere, though it never hurts to offer.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Irony||
Many feel we need to open the checkbook for our next coach, but the most likely way for that to happen is to have Brandon there to do it. Pick your poison.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Did you see 2008||
We lost to Toledo, and nobody was sure that it was an upset.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think it's the GM||
As has been said, I don't think it is the GM. He has brought in the best reliever possible and when they get here they suck, and more worrisome is that when they leave some seem to be reborn. This points to coaching, and since the pitching coach has stayed the same, I think all eyes point directly there.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Or them going public||
If what Brian says is true and that was confirmed publicly, it would certainly makes things happen quite a bit faster.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||The important point at the end||
Does this mean that Hoke has to start wearing a head set if he coaches again?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||It seems more improbable||
It seems quite a bit more improbable that Hoke would know and lie, especially in this day when everything gets out. See the NFL. Any chance we can all stop assuming the worst of Hoke because we want him fired.
Given his team's performance on the field, I think the most probable answer is clearly a lack of communication within the program.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Props to Brian||
Props on getting this out in the middle of the night. Well done!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Not so much||
The coaches may have been the only ones in the stadium that did not realize what happened to Morris, though I doubt this. But they are clearly the only people in the stadium who have other things to do inbetween plays. I have coached football for many years, and watching the players inbetween plays is rarely done as you are usually busy talking to coaches about strategy or players about what you need them to do. The fact that Hoke did not see what is clear on TV is not surprising at all and is hardly neglegence.
There is a reason that the concussion discussion is focused as heavily on players realizing they need to take themselves off the field, because they are often the only ones that know what happens. If you want to rip Hoke for not taking him off for the leg injury, that is more understandable. But even there Morris clearly signals he is fine. I think it is fairly obvious from the press conference that Hoke had no idea there was a concussion potential.
Again, there are plenty of reasons to think Hoke should be replaced. This is not one. In fact, if he was 5-0 at this point there would almost certainly not even be a discussion about this point. If you need evidence of this, see last year and Gardner, who was left on the field multiple times despite being just crushed.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Another bad post game report||
Ace, this is two in a row. You are better than this. There are a lot of reasons to criticize Hoke, especially right now. But caring for his players is not one of those areas. There is nothing Hoke has ever done to indicate he does not care for his players first. The hit on Morris took place inside the 20 and on the opposite side of the field from the Michigan bench, it is unlikely that the Michigan coaching staff got a good look at the hit. And when he fell against the lineman, there is absolutely no way Hoke saw that from where it took place on the field.
You can rightfully rip Hoke apart for how the team is performing on the field, but lets not let that bleed into unreasonable assessments of everything the man says and does.