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|2 days 3 hours ago||Don Canham?||
IIRC, Don Canham had no experience running an athletic department either. That seemed to work out OK. So let's not assume Hackett will be Brandon; hopefully, if he keeps the job, he can be Canham. Hire a guy like Bo and people will priase his tenure forever.
|4 days 1 hour ago||We ran it competently in those days||
It is possible to run the ball effectively without spreading the field. We just have neither the coaches nor the skills to do it. If we could block effectively and the RBs could find the holes, we could move the ball. If the QB could pass and the WRs didn't drop the ball, defenses couldn't overplay the run. We just do not have any of the parts to make this offense work. You don't even have to look at Alabama to see it can work. Look at Wisconsin. Or look at MSU. Those last two teams never recruit at Michigan's level, yet they are far more adept at what Hoke wants to do. How do you explain that?
|4 days 1 hour ago||This is baffling to me||
We have Tom Harmon throwing the ball to Anthony Carter, and we can't score TDs? I hope the new coach retires the "legends" jerseys idea, and let's players keep their numbers and--we can hope--develop their own legends with those numbers. I somewhat understand and can sympathize with Gardner's struggles this year. I do not for the life of me get why Funchess doesn't seem to play with any real drive or desire.
|1 week 2 days ago||Helicopter?||
We'll buy him a helicopter with a big block "M" on the tail. That beats the traffic and we will also be able to monitor his whereabouts.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not just that||
I haven't spoken with a soul who says they AREN'T coming to Ann Arbor, so that must mean one of them--maybe both?--will be there soon.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well . . .||
at this point, whatever works.
|1 week 4 days ago||Perfectly understandable||
We did have a BRANDON fall from grace this year too,albeit for conduct that was not criminal in a legal sense.
|1 week 6 days ago||Took the words out of my mouth||
including "cachet" which I was about to use. The 2015 Harbaugh is going to be a much greater draw than the rookie-at-a-big-time-program Harbaugh was his first year at Stanford.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Arkansas||
I see this as more of an Arkansas v MSU matchup given the brevity of Ryan's tenure at UM.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Crap||
you're right, of course. I just have that OSU debacle in my head from 1968.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He knows lots more than we do, but||
Bo turned Michigan around in one season. Urban turned ohio around in one season. No doubt, there are other examples at other schools I do not follow so closely. Coaching changes may be hard, but they can be immediately successful if there is talent to work with. I really think we have talent to work with. But we need a coach who can do something better with it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, but||
We'll have 114,000 screaming fans in the stands in AA, so that gives us the edge.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing wrong with a Brown degree||
But if I had wanted to go to Brown, or a school such as Brown, I would have. One of the reasons I picked Michigan was an opportunity to enjoy the spectacle of big time college athletics in addition to getting a great education. I suspect that is a factor in others' decisions also. I would hate to see athletics marginalized at Michigan, notwithstanding that we can all agree education is the primary purpose of and reason for selecting a university.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||So nice to see coherent offense||
I had forgotten how well Harbaugh used his TEs, and how well he could read and beat a blitz. Highlights, I know, but still. Watching those guys play was truly entertaining.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Soylent green is people||
What is soylent blue?
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Regents?||
So I am guessing the Regents approve of these fireworks?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The real heroes||
The guys who spend hours dissecting one depressing game after another so we can see in more detail just how and why we sucked. Man, I don't see how you can stand doing it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Time to change the sign||
as long as DB/Hoke are around, that gate should read "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Good point||
Now all we have to do is find a coach who has won a couple NC's, and we're good to go.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Ned to check further on FOIA||
I am not an expert on the Michigan public records law, but if the athletic department has a policy in place that provides for the deletion of emails after a certain prescribed period of time, and the law allows for that sort of systematic clean-up of emails, and that is all they are doing, there may not be a problem. if they are deleting emails that have been requested, that is a different issue, of course.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Lose out||
There is a greater probability, I suspect, of losing out than winning out, the way things have deteriorated. I certainly hope not, but we have witnessed some dreadfull football this year. Bright spot, however: we are 1-1 all-time against App State now.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Mandich||
I remember his angry comments at the end of the Ohio State game in 1968 when the borderline-psychotic Woody Hayes tried a two pioint conversion to make the score 50, and explained he'd gone for two because "you can't go for three. IIRC, he said something to the effect that "we'll see those guys next year at our house," although that doesn't begin to capture the seething in the comments. So Dantonio runs up the score with a meaningless TD at the end--which no classy coach EVER does--and Hoke puts out a fucking apology for some dumb-assed stake in the ground at the start of the game? Lord, deliver us from this buffoon and give us a coach with fire who gets pissed and knows how to craft an effective game plan and develop players.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Please, no||
There has to be a better available option.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Forget something?||
Harbaugh seems to have had a modicum of success in the NFL, like virtually right off the bat. He also established a foundation at Stanford that enabled Shaw to step in and continue to win with the players Harbaugh recruited. His success in college was in a Power 5 conference, not Butler or San Diego. Yeah, and he is a Michigan Man who beat Ohio State. But to suggest he is another Hoke and we like him becaus ehe is a MM and had one great season at Stanford is pretty astonishing.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||maybe so||
And I don't sell the relationship angle short. But the chances of keeping MSU on top in the SEC over the long haul seem to be much weaker than getting Michigan to the top and staying there in the Big Ten East. When all is said and done, Michigan is still far and away the better brand, and selling that brand against our competition has to be easier than selling the MSU brand against Alabama, LSU, etc. I get that times change, and maybe 18 year olds don't know much about (NCAA football) history, but if we can start playing sound football again, Michigan should be easy to sell to recruits. We just have to get beyond the 7 years of bad coaching hell (with one exception) we are going through.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||That makes no sense||
Brandon can be fired tomorrow. A new AD can be hired at any time--you don't have to wait until the football season ends. So fire Brandon, find and hire a new AD over the next six weeks, and he will be in position to hire a coach as soon as the season ends and changes can be made. Seems easy.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Wrong about the OSU AD||
It was Gordon Gee(k), the OSU president, who made teh comment about Tressel firing him.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Makes perfect sense||
Fire Brandon now. Hire a new AD--no unwritten rule says an AD can't leave in the middle of football season. Give him time to survey the field for possible candidates, evaluate the current bunch (it's only fair) and be poised to make a move as soon as the seaon (again mercifully) ends.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||To hell with ND||
Always makes me feel good when I have a chance to say that.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||He needs to find a football coach who wins||
Bo wasn't a big name when he was hired, but Canham made a brilliant choice. We need a guy who produces an excellent and organized football product, who can identify coaching talent to assist him, and who runs a clean program. It doesn't matter what his name is. Agree re 2, 5 and 6. 3 and 4 don't bother me.