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|15 hours 48 min ago||I'm pretty sure||
Ace said in his twitter feed that he'd be writing it up. I'd assume a transcript and analysis by the end of the day on mgoblog front page.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Republican politics in Michigan||
There are far many other GOP'ers in Michigan with money beside Dave Brandon, and many with far more influence. In fact, if Brandon is using party politics to try and save himself, that would piss off even more GOP'ers. Rick Snyder is the face of the Michigan GOP now and in the near term, esepcially if he (likely) wins re-election, and from some political heavyweights I know still in Michigan, Snyder and Brandon are NOT happy best buddies. My take is the political angle Brandon is throwing out is a simple red herring.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I think Patterson is the Belein we've been looking for||
For those looking for the football equivalent of Beilein, it's basically Gary Patterson.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Huh, that's funny||
His response to an email I sent him about improving lighting around parking lots during night football games was to embed a video of a live version of the Doobie Brothers "Takin' it to the Streets" . I'm guessing I might need to invite him with me to Pine Knob to see that J Geils Band reunion concert next summer.
"Hey! The Schliss is here! And he brought his LP collection!"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm starting to come to this conclusion also||
As much as we made fun of Gittleson, the results on the field of having a cadre of NFL caliber lineman who you'd without a doubt say "yep, we'll get the 3rd and 1" speak for themselves. And its not the "we don't have talent" meme... I would wager our lineman recruits in the past 4 years have been about equal in star ratings to what we were pulling in during Carr's prime. Some of it is Funk, some of it is Borges's grab bag schemes, and some of it is definately NOT being able to be outmuscled on the OL. I think if you look at the RR era folks, we were generally not outsmuscled (outside of OSU, and maybe MSU-- but I tend to chalk the MSU stuff up to not being able to pick up / coutner a jailhouse blitz in the A-gap multiple years) and if you look at the Mike MArtin / David Molk season, we were pounding people away in the running game from a spread offense because our linemen were nimble and strong enough to redirect the DL's to where we wanted them to be.. Sometimes, as much as our tendency in this modern day to be all spreadsheet and scheme centric wants to deny it, you just can't beat real beef pushing other beef around.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||As long as||
Vince made DB join the "Kiss my ass club", I'd have front row seats.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Bates is 1 for me||
BC is big enough program to be a training ground for Michigan. He (so far) has made what seems to be a successful football hire, and he was responsible for keeping Enrico Blasi at Miami (NTM) during his first couple years along with the magnificent refurb of the Miami hockey arena which shows me all the hockey chops I need (that being the next most likely important hire coming up after football)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Ding dong???||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Snoop Dogg & the rest of the Hollywood "alumni"||
would like to talk to you about your perspective that USC is a worse "business decision". In fact they have 3-4 suitcases and a fully furnished beach house in Newport Beach for your family that would also like to change your mind...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Conference play will be a dogfight||
This could be a year that Wiscy runs away with the conference title by 3-4 games and everybody from #2-#8 is within 2 games of each other with 5-6 conference losses. Thankfully, Bo Ryan will then gack it up in the B1G tourney or NCAA's, while Beilein, Motta and Izzo make their typical runs with teams that improved over the course of the year. Raback it that Minnesota will pull 2-3 huge upsets this year.
My prediction? PAIN....
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Right with you purplestuff||
See my post above, and that's also why an option like Josh McDaniels both excites and scares me. We could be getting Pete Carroll v2... we could be getting Lane Kiffin... we could be getting Paul Hackett.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed with jmblue||
Bill Walsh (had a couple good years at Stanford before he retired again)
I'd also add as a counter though Paul Hackett (ultimately failed but left a ready to succeed Carson Palmer in place for Pete Carroll)
I don't think coming from the NFL is as much of a deathknell as Brian writes... the successful NFL returnees are those who are masterful motivators and solid X & O guys with head coaching experience. That's why I'm more upbeat about the possibilty of a Gary Kubiak than others. Hell I even think if the right situation was there and he was 5 years younger, I'd consider Dennis Green as well. Harbaugh caveats apply.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I like to think||
burt reynolds in smokey and the bandit, but now its more like burt reynolds in "striptease" with the cowboy boots...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||out of these kubiak is my guy||
To me is more Jim Mora Jr than Paul hackett and I would think has motivation to prove himself after Houston. I'd be mildly optimistic, with the realization he may be here less than 10 yrs. Houston was consistent as a winner under him and only got bounced because of playoff issues. If he came he and became our john cooper, I'd live with it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||THis is the definition of bizzaro land|
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Just wait until||
Durant says "He's an All-American player"... then the ennui will set in.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Eh why not?||
You get a Kevin Durant who makes bokoo bucks for your university in the one year he's there, you promise him to come back at any time to finish his degree, that's marketing you can bank on with not just future athletes, but with alumni who want feel good stories about how their school cares. It's minimal cost compared to what the university banked in merchandise sales and potential NCAA tourney money. Think if LSU was able to show Shaq getting his degree there instead of Shaq doing commercials for Univ of Phoenix?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||In conference arms races||
This is a pretty good first blow. Full cost of attendance, honoring it for life (no more shipping off to North Alabama Tech for you son!), and *all* athletes, not just revenue sports. Score one for decency (and for Jim Delaney World Domination)
|4 weeks 3 days ago||No dear God no||
As an alum who's embarassed about thisentire situation as anyone, please don't go to PIzza House and make an asshat out of yourself. You want to protest, show up at 6pm tonight for that candlelight vigil / fire Brandon protest, whatever. Don't be an embarassment at a pubilc establishment- that reflects poorly on you, your fellow classmates, and your alumni brothers in arms. I'm guessing Hoke's going to be enough of a mess.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||In all seriousness||
without getting into CC speculation tangent, if a mid week firing occurred, do you think a temp AD from within would be appointed or an emiterus just to guide the ship until a permanent replacement is found (i.e. bring back Bill Martin temporarily, rehire Bruce Madej)? Now with Lloyd's grandson's issues, I would think he'd be off the table as a caretaker emperor for either the AD or the football team. I kind of half heartedly joked in another thread to bring back Gary Moeller for the rest of the season to act as emeritus HC in a Barry Alvarez role, but now with the way this is shaking out, I'm not sure I want either Nuss or Mattison as interim HC... I know Moeller's 73, but he would be a guy the fan base, probably players, and the current coaching staff could rally around at least temporarily. (not to mention it'd buy us back some universal karma from the way he was shitcanned in the mid 90's)
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Additionally||
one of my best friends was an equipment manager during the late 90's and his "Lloyd threw his headset at me" stories during games were epic.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I work with a number of univ senior employees||
and that sentiment is growing post-MSC separation. They sang her praises when she was here, but now that she's gone, there's a lot of skeleton-in-the-closet realisations going on.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Anybody have||
Gary Moeller's phone number handy?
"Hi, Gary, Mark. Yeah... the President guy. You, uh, you know,doing anything around 1pm today? I'd like to talk to you about an opportunity I have... yes, I'll bring Zingerman's. Yes with extra pickles.... No, no, Mr Brandon will DEFINATELY not be there."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Watched the first half||
at a local Fricker's with some friends who were Purdue alums but Minnesota natives. My wife and I left at halftime from the mental butt hurt and planned to just go to bed. But I wanted to subject my brain to more pain so I kept watching.. and watching... and watching until I was curled up in the sitting fetal position on my La-Z-Boy like a 6 yr old girl watching Frozen for the first time. Then Buffalo Stampede happened. It was magical. Let it go...Let it go... can't hold back Navarre anymoooo-ooo-re
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'd put Randy Walker and Glenn Mason up a notch||
Walker was on track to have Northwestern humming as a new entrant into consistent winning programs which is saying something at NW. Mason was always consistent in winning at Kansas and Minnesota-- but that was his problem, at KU and Minnesota, you just can't get the recruiting you need to make a top notch jump. I was always afraid of a Glenn Mason team at Minnesota, because even though you had better talent, you were always weary that he'd get just enough from his RB's and defense to beat you when you made mistakes. He was always jsut that one win away from really breaking through. And the tire fire that Minny became after Mason was fired is testament to his talent. If this was five years ago and Mason had just been fired and sat out a year, I'd put him as a top candidate for Michigan's job.
But your basic premise is solid-- the MAC is no longer a consistent grooming ground for quality head coaches. With the demographic changes in the Midwest, the excess talent that the MAC programs used to be able to suck up (especially in Ohio) is either gone or now going to Cincinnati and the expanded Big Ten schools (Penn St, Neb). Now Mountain West and Sun Belt teams seem to be where promising HC's go to get their start.,
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I like McElwain||
Comes from the Saban school of "Process" and CSU seems to be coming back to their traditional water level-- competitive Mtn West team. My worry about him was he was with John L up in East Lansing...
On Matt Wells, I have a lot of friends at Utah St and they really think he's impressive. He's not a westerner by any means, but landed the job when Gary Anderson left for Wiscy. I'm still wait and see on him to make sure it isn't a honeymoon period we're seeing.
If Butch Jones can make more progressin turning around Tennessee I'd think he'd be the guy I'd target, even if that meant an armed mob marching from Knoxville to Ann Arbor. I'm still holding out hope that we'd be able to land Shaw from Stanford somehow....
I've been also trying to put together the formula for a successful NFL hire in the college ranks. Seems like you have to be mildly but not too successful (8-8 to 10-6 type coach with propensity to be in Wild Card discussions every year), but also younger, served under a top notch head coach, and a solid X & O's guy who can motivate. (People forget that Pete Carroll for all his rah rah was a very highly regarded defensive coach in his first NFL run from a scheme POV). Does anyone fit that bill? If not for the regional implications I'd say Jim Schwartz would, also fitting the template may be Gary Kubiak, Eric Mangini, and Josh McDaniels.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||oh yeah||
And did verlander figure it out now? He was dealing like a vintage frank Tanana on Fri night.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||as long as the tribe doesn't blow it||
There's that extra half game hanging out there. Porcello wins tomorrow and that's a 4 game lead with less than ten to play. I'll take it.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The only reason I enjoy Vandenberg AFB||
I work for the USAF and I have to travel to Vandenberg AFB regularly. Vandy is in the Central Coast region of California north of Santa Barbara by about an hour. The ONLY two redeeming qualitie about that region are (1) fantastic rich red wines and (2) All-you can eat Tri-tip days at the Vandy Officer's club. $8.95 per person and I'm not going to confirm whether I ate more than 3 lbs of meat for lunch....Tri-tip for president!
And agree on the spice rub swap out... haven't tried Stubb's rub but for true Santa Maria Tri-tip, you need to have it a little heavy on the garlic powder and pepper. Although Stubb's BBQ sauce would work well post-cooking with this since it's vinegar-y and pepper-y.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||game watching in alpena area?||
Up north here in alpena area for labor day 2014 weekend. Looking for fellow wolverines to watch app st game with, preferably at place with good beer. Anyone know if cheboygan brewing co has TV's?