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- Schissel to provide DB a comprehesive list of items that need to be improved going forward.
- DB to impose further changes on Hoke's staff after the season to improve performance (goodbye Funk, move Manning to LB's, etc.).
- A bunch of posturing about how this was just an anomaly and we are "this close" to turning things around.
|1 week 4 days ago||Larry Foote||
I can see Larry Foote's point, I've had the same thought the last few years. We recruit kids with 4/5 star talent, but they lack the edge you see other teams (see OSU, MSU, etc.) possess. I'm not saying they are bad kids, Hoke has just attracted kids with immense talent that lack the killer instinct on the field. A few off the field incidents might be seen as contradicting this statement.
I guess you could say worse things than "we have nice kids on our team".
To address Brian's point, I do think some of this attitude is present prior to them arriving in Ann Arbor. Once they arrive, nothing is done to help change that.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Used to love hearing the announcers||
including my avatar (but only too briefly), refer to Don Bracken's home town.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Need to keep a focus on Weber||
I know he's visiting MSU, but MSU has Madre London as a redshirt and a commitment from Larry Scott for 2015. Weber will have heavy competition for carries at MSU. Even with Isaac coming on board, the other backs haven't shown anything to date, so Weber's chance to play seems much better with the Maize and Blue. Hoke and Co. need to double the efforts with Weber, no matter their coaching future.
Now about those blocking issues...
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think your last possibility is that far fetched.||
There are several interview examples I've heard where celebrities/famous people/executive types admit they have email and social media accounts in their names that they do not personally monitor. DB strikes me as a guy who might assign some low level lackey to do that type of work for him. I wouldn't be surprised at all if that type of response comes of the UM PR machinery. Could it be true? Who knows? Even Brian has had to make several assumptions on the way to claiming these are from DB. There is no 100% certainty.
In the end, regardless of who sent them, DB needs to go.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||We used to call guys like that||
NGBs. Nice guy, but...
Hoke definitely fits that category.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I think||
one of the DTs missed their run fit on the long run by Coleman. It appeared that McDowell got knocked out of his gap. Could be wrong, but I think that is what allowed the long run.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Good analysis of the first half vs. Purdue||
I wasn't surprised to see Purdue adopt what Oregon had done vs. the MSU defense. In fact, EMU and Wyoming also did some of these same things, they just did not have the athletes to get it done consistently.
The second half vs. Purdue was a different story (or at least the 3rd quarter and the first part of the 4th). I believe if you look at the film, you'll see 45 (Harris) taking a different angle to the bubbles and swings, which basically got shut down. Also, MSU began applying better pressure on the QB, making him hurry the read and subsequently the throw. I'd be surprised to see MSU cover these formations the way they did in the 1st half vs. Purdue. I don't think Narduzzi is that stupid.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
Firing the AD is a huge move. Schliss may have the view that if DB is willing to address some of the issues that are causing the ire, this will go away and we can move forward with DB in place.
I couldn't agree with this more. To me, it seems to be the most likely scenario.
Plus, Stephen Ross' money & influence > all of mgoblog readers money & influence
It's just the Golden Rule in action: He who has the gold makes the rules.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What a luxury||
to have two point guards of this caliber. The play at the PG alone will have us winning our fair share of games. Very interested to see Walton's progress, I anticipate him making a big jump this year.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I hate to say this...||
but I think both Brandon and Hoke are back next year. I just don't think Schlissel will fire DB at this juncture, he will want longer exposure to the situation and time to evaluate. I expect the following:
This is obviously a guess on my part, but I don't think either the Regents or the fan base are going to move our new president just yet. I doubt he evens knows who his actual allies are at this point. Tough to pull the trigger when that is the case.
Also, DB has too much ego to admit failure in regard to Hoke, so on he continues.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Everyone needs to watch this clip||
I don't want to rain on the parade, because Mr. Brandon should be let go (or at least "asked" to resign), but I'm not sure Denise Ilitch actually says anything about DB really. She seems to be alluding more to the issue with Shane Morris and the concussion protocol, IMO.
I'd like to hear what others have to say after viewing the clip. I think it is shows something different than what is being assumed.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Martin||
I'm worried that Mike has an undisclosed injury. He's typically disruptive in one on one situations, and usually very stout at the point of attack versus double teams. I couldn't believe how poorly he played compared to his normal self. I did not see anything obvious with him, but I have to think there is something hindering his play.
I've also got to say I'm becoming a big Countess fan. The kid is confident on the field, and with more experience, we'll have a lockdown corner on one side, and soon. Glad to see him becoming a player.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||SMB Video||
I typically detest all things Spartan, but the Amazing Grace video was just that, amazing. A classy move by SMB, no matter what school they attend.
And as an alum who gave up season tickets years ago due to conflicts with my kid's own sporting schedules, I appreciate DB offering partial ticket packages so I can now resume going to games. I don't dig the shakedown letters to stay on the ticket list, but I do like the fact that I don't have to buy a season's worth of tickets.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Thank you to M Dog||
for posting my exact sentiments. I loved the Fab Five for shaking things at UM up, and for once, making UM the "cool" team to root for. It was fun while it lasted, and even though the banners are down, the memories live on.
And while I'm no longer a Chris Webber fan, I hope everyone that did not have strong memories of his UM playing days got a chance to observe what an athletic freak he was during the highlights that were shown. My 22 year old son was marveling at the things Webber could do on the court while watching Fab Five with me.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||My kids actually bought me tickets for this game...||
for my birthday. I'm pumped to go, but I'm also bracing for the traditional "Asshole" chant upon entering Breslin. My only saving grace will be my youngest one, who is a freshman at the hole by the Red Cedar. May the shitty Sparty gear he dons give me some rest.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||This is simply a great hire.||
When I heard Mattison's name come up, I thought there was no way we could secure his services. Now that he's signed, I'm really pumped. Mattison's pedigree and cache as a successful college and NFL coach are second to none. While I was not high on the Hoke hire, this is the kind of staff hire that really makes me think Hoke has the stones to get the job done. Hoke is obviously secure enough in his ability that he can bring in a top flight DC and not worry about someone looking over his shoulder.
Well done Coach Hoke.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Best wishes to Tate.||
I'll miss the excitement of Tate coming into the game and giving us some "oooh" and "aaah" and "oh shit" moments. He certainly kept it interesting, and I always thought he left it all on the field.
That being said, I hope he can straighten out whatever issues he has and find success. I will be openly rooting for him wherever he lands.
I do have one question, though - why have all three Forcier brothers now transferred from their original school?
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Great recap of each group....||
and I'm proud to admit I'm a member of Cotton Pickin' Blues, with a little bit of Bo Clan peeking through.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Go Blue||
Its all about the team at this point, which I think Hoke gets. I've got tons of concerns about Hoke, his record and his ability to lead a premier program, but we've got to get behind this hire and see if he can make it go. To me, Hoke clearly understands the Michigan tradition and expectations, but we will have to wait to see if he can deliver. We will only truly be able to evaluate DB at this same point in time, when some results are put forth on the field.
I truly believe RR will land somewhere and do a good job. Watch out for him being at Clemson in 2012, a place he knows and where he could find success again. Good luck to him and his staff, they were in a tough spot and in the end, did not deliver the hoped for results.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||The Big Lead||
has some pretty damn good sources in the sporting world, so I take whatever Jason McIntyre has to say seriously. If he is hearing rumors that Harbaugh is waffling, it has some weight with me.
That being said, I refuse to believe Brandon has committed the same mistake as Bill Martin. DB strikes me as a cool customer with way too much savvy to be caught with his pants down. If the Harbaugh deal does not somehow come to fruition, you can be sure he has a solid backup plan already formulated. I have a lot of (blind) faith in DB and his decision making skills.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||I don't understand why so many people in the media||
think DB has to act now. I admire DB because he brings a different, new and aggressive mindset to the AD job. Why does he have to do the same thing every other program does?
I'm certain any decision he comes to will turn up roses, as in Rose Bowl, sometime in the near future.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||You have to respect Green.||
To post comments like he did shows he's a class kid who was raised right. I respect MSU hoops, and now I can quietly pull for Green to play well (when not playing us) and not feel bad about it. He's the kind of player every program needs, a sixth man type who doesn't bitch about coming off the bench and can do whatever his team needs when it is needed, and he provides leadership.
That being said, he still wears that damn green and white...
|3 years 50 weeks ago||This is such an amazing event||
and of course no one but UM would do such a great job getting this put together.
I went to a junior game there on Sunday, and the venue is just unreal. We were on the field standing on a platform on the corner of the rink, and spent all our time between periods and whistles looking up and around the stadium. I cannot imagine how incredible an atmosphere this will be on Saturday. To put it in perspective, my wife, who is not a hockey fan at all, was hacked that I did not get tickets for the Big Chill after being there Sunday and seeing how really cool it would be to attend.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Can we please stop bashing Lloyd?||
He's the one coach who has actually delivered a National Championship in the last 60 years, and people are accusing him of screwing the program on the way out the door. Does anyone truly believe this? Lloyd, while not my favorite M coach of all time, did a damn fine job for our school.
This constant Lloyd bashing meme is worse than political discussions of who is right and who is wrong. How long can you hammer the previous administration for the current one's woes?
While I always enjoy reviewing these statistical analyses, I'm more of a bottom line guy. 6-18 in the Big Ten the last three years while getting owned by the top half of the league is a poor performance regardless of any other statistics. The question remains: is this something that you believe will improve enough over the next year to keep RR? I just don't know. I'll leave that to DB and trust his judgment.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I disagree with your assessment.||
1. Stanford has a fanbase that couldn't care less about football. This is not the case at Michigan. Harbaugh knows the passion that surrounds the Maize and Blue.
2. Harbaugh knows he would be king in AA if he can turn the program around. He saw how Bo was worshipped, and that is available to him. He could have long term stability, which is not a hallmark of NFL coaches.
3. The NFL is about to have a labor stoppage by most accounts. Based on a review of the coaching situation by Peter King, it appears teams may take a pass on hiring new coaches and paying them big bucks to sit around. Also, a new coach may end up only having a few weeks to implement their system once the labor deal is settled. Not exactly stable and not exactly a great way to start a NFL coaching career.
4. The NFL is littered with college coaches who failed at the transition to the NFL. Why potientially join those ranks? See Spurrier, Steve, and Holtz, Lou, among others. And those two had won national championships.
Just my $0.02.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Great piece, Brian.||
I think a lot of us are on the fence. I fully supported the RR hiring, as I wanted something new and exciting in Ann Arbor. I got what I hoped for on offense (for the most part), but everything else has been an unmitigated disaster. RR's record speaks for itself, and I'm starting to wonder if the Big 10 job was too big for RR.
My tipping point is RR's contention that he understands big rivalries like OSU vs. UM because he lived through WVU vs. Pitt. C'mon, really?
As a passionate fan and alum, I don't like instability and would have preferred RR to be the man and have established himself as such. However, college football is a results oreinted business, and he just isn't getting it done, whatever the underlying reasons. I'm personally tired of the upper half of the Big 10 having their way with my beloved Maize and Blue. After a 6-18 conference record, I find that unacceptable. And I also refuse to keep pummelling Lloyd Carr for his deficiencies at the end of his tenure. Lloyd did a great job, and stayed too long, but some of that is on Bill "Sailboat" Martin.
I also buy into the idea that Dave Brandon will do what is absolutely best for the university, the alumni, the fans and the program. If he decides to keep RR, I'm on board. Make a switch? I'm on board.
|4 years 1 day ago||This confirmed what I had thought...||
about our offensive efficiency and how/when we put points on the board. The analysis is excellent.
Even given this data, I still don't understand why the hell we start out so slow against the better teams and pick up steam later. The data doesn't really talk to that issue. It seems like we are always 21 points in the hole before we start to see some real spark in the offense. I wish I knew what to credit that to: inexperience, adjustments, the other team getting bored, etc. Hopefully it is something correctable. If we can score first and put the pressure on the other team, I could see the opponent getting buried by us. I still daydream about what could have been against little brother had we scored on that first drive.
|4 years 1 day ago||Sadly, I lived on 1st Little in Markley,||
and we were not allowed to participate. You'll notice the first floor under FUCK is dark. Hold on, now that I think about it, we did participate in a "lights off" fashion.
|4 years 2 days ago||Bielema joins...||
one Mr. Danny Hope as eternal coaching douchebags. I think I have to now put Bielema in the lead, as he will last longer at Wisky than Hope will at Purdue, and I'm looking for a real long term hate affair. Looks like I have my wish.
|4 years 2 days ago||That there's some diversity in opinion...||
A lot of differing perspectives in this thread. I'm an old fart ('87 grad, and no, not 1887). I grew up worshipping Bo and hating OSU with a passion that still burns. OSU is evil, and that is not subject to negotiation. I do have a few thoughts on this thread:
1. OSU is evil incarnate. Can't be said enough. I just hate the Buckeyes, and especially those queer gold pants they hand out after beating M.
2. I'm tired of "fans" bagging on Lloyd. The guy was classy and won a national title. What the hell else do people want? He represented our school and program with class. Leave him alone and give him some respect. Who gives a shit if some of his guys weren't conditioned like Olympic decathletes?
3. I supported the hiring of RR. I still do. He brings a totally different angle to the game, one which I still think can deliver big results. He also may be more demanding that Lloyd, but I want to see that translate into wins. I certainly think the Barwis effect is helping, but we as a program are not at the level any of us wants. I think we can be there next year, however. We have had to display something no Michigan fan has a plethora of, and that is patience.
4. OSU is just an awful school with a scum sucking fanbase of lunatics.
5. For the record, I did respect Woody. No one was ever as talented at throwing yard markers.
P.S. RIP Rob Lytle. One of my absolute favorite Wolverines when I was growing up.