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|2 days 1 hour ago||And it has to have all been true...||
...because Carr never created an account here to go on record with a refutation.
Getting back on topic, though...one thing I've learned over the past few years is that when certain important boosters turn on a coach, recruiting can go south in a hurry. (Or maybe the correct phrase in this context is "go north"?) Once it gets to the point that the boosters are funding the buyout, the school probably doesn't have much choice.
It's sort of like early retirement. You may not want it, but when they offer it you know the alternative to acceptance is probably undesirable.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Baylor's down to their||
Baylor's down to their third-string quarterback and they haven't missed a beat. It must not be as QB-dependent as you think, or they recruit the position so heavily and so well that they've got three great quarterbacks on the roster at a time.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Thanks, that makes||
Thanks, that makes sense.
Although I don't think it was true yet in the '80s. Coaches salaries hadn't inflated; if there were buyouts they didn't amount to much.
|3 days 3 hours ago||You mean, the same way Hoke||
You mean, the same way Hoke went 11-2 with the same players that Rodriguez had taken to 7-6 and crushing 30+ point defeats at Columbus and in their bowl?
Sometimes life's not as simple as you seem to want to believe.
|3 days 3 hours ago||I'll go one step farther||
And suggest that we were in a better place when Harbaugh was hired than we were at the end of 2007, too. It wasn't showing up so much in the results on the field, but in retrospect the problems in the department were already visible. There was no succession plan, nobody knew what to do when Carr retired even though he'd essentially given a year's warning--or it'd be more accurate to say that too many people knew too many things to do (Miles! Anyone but Miles!) and nobody was strong enough to push anything through. (Well, oddly enough, except for Carr, who reached out to Rodriguez. He was strong enough to get something done, not strong enough to get general consensus for it.)
That's the kind of long-range planning that separates good programs from bad, and we didn't have it. It wasn't like that when Bo retired. Moeller's leaving was sudden, which was harder, and there were multiple plans in play, but it got sorted out pretty quickly and the divisions it caused were patched over because...well, I suppose because Bo, especially looking back on it now and seeing how quickly those patches fell off and the divisions reappeared once Bo wasn't around any more.
Compare that to 2014, when Hackett was brought in with a plan that basically everyone bought it on, and executed it. I didn't have any doubt where we were headed once Hackett took over; I hadn't had that feeling about Michigan football in a long time. I think when we're able to see it from the long perspective 2014 will look like a good year.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I might be forgetting somebody.||
I might be forgetting a lot of people--I welcome corrections.
But the last coach I can remember getting fired and immediately landing another head coaching job was Fred Akers in 1986. It used to happen pretty routinely, but not any more.
And I don't think it's an accident that the change more or less coincides with the rise of ESPN and other national sports media. A coach's problems at his school were local news back in the 60s and 70s. I didn't have any idea people in Missouri were unhappy with Dan Devine, or Maryland with Jerry Claiborne, and I wouldn't have cared much if I'd known. But now everybody knows everything whether they want to or not, and I think it makes it a lot harder for an AD to sell a recently-fired coach to his fanbase. (Well, in Devine's case it was the Packers, not another college, and he left before Missouri had a chance to fire him. But the principle's the same.)
|3 days 5 hours ago||A one-player hole is a lot||
A one-player hole is a lot easier to fix, though. One grad-student transfer and the problem is solved.
Do we really need to revisit January 2011? In the entire history of Michigan football there have only been seven seasons where we had three losses by 20+: 1892, 1934, 1936, 1962, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
We'd just had three of those losses in succession. Alums were at each other's throats to the point that by some accounts it was damaging recruiting (something sure as hell was). Dave Brandon was the athletic director.
How much worse could things be?
Or, to answer your question more directly, there are a lot of things more important to a college football program than the quarterback. The QB, whoever he is, is going to be gone in three or four years tops. Good programs stay good for decades at a stretch; what makes them good programs isn't who happens to be the quarterback at the time.
|3 days 5 hours ago||He just did.||
He just did.
|3 days 6 hours ago||The program was in much||
The program was in much better shape when Harbaugh arrived, and I'm guessing Harbaugh would agree.
When Hoke got here we'd just suffered three of the worst beatdowns in program history, in successive games, and we'd suffered through a couple of the worst recruiting seasons in my lifetime. We also had some problems in the AD's office that I don't think I need to rehash. We had some good players on the roster but from a whole-program perspective we were a mess.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Often wrong but never in doubt.||
Huard, midway through the third quarter: "They need to turn the game over to Saquon Barkley. Just let him run it between the tackles."
(6:00 - 3rd) Barkley, Saquon rush for no gain to the PENNST20, PENALTY MICHIGAN personal foul (Wormley, Chris) 15 yards to the PENNST35, NO PLAY, 1ST DOWN PENNST.
(4:50 - 3rd) Saquon Barkley run for a loss of 3 yards to the PnSt 47
(1:00 - 3rd) Saquon Barkley run for 1 yd to the Mich 41
(14:35 - 4th) Saquon Barkley run for a loss of 3 yards to the Mich 6
(10:00 - 4th) Saquon Barkley run for a loss of 4 yards to the Mich 37
Huard: "Why. Why. Why?"
Wickheisen: "Brock Huard is frustrated."
Huard: "What has happened in the first three and a half quarters that makes you think you can run the ball?"
There's a lot of contemptible second-guessing that goes on in announcing booths and press boxes but nobody's quite as egregious, or as unapologetic, as Brock Huard.
|3 days 7 hours ago||A conscience.||
He's not aware of it yet. But one day he'll notice he has it.
|4 days 2 hours ago||NFL only.||
College rules don't recognize the slide. They don't protect you when you do it, and they put the ball where it is when you hit the ground.
The NFL has to have a way for the ball carrier to give himself up, because he can't just end the play by going to ground.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Looks like Good Borges is in Hawaii this week.||
Their QB (Potter) has 169 yards of total offense and three TDs, and it's still the first quarter.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Stanford did this too.||
But if I remember right, it's something Harbaugh inherited there. I think it had started the year before he arrived.
I don't think I've seen it anywhere but Stanford and Michigan...except the service academies, where it obviously makes sense because nobody gets a fifth year.
|4 days 3 hours ago||might have been worth a try...||
...but even a cannon's going to have trouble in 30-40 mph winds.
It was miserable down here today, about the way you guys describe the '08 Northwestern game. Not quite as cold (Columbus was probably colder than here though) but the rain was horizontal and furniture was blowing off the deck. You never quite get the full impact, watching it on TV.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Could we maybe put Hoke in||
Could we maybe put Hoke in the booth for a game before we call somebody else's announcing "Hokeian"?
I actually think he could be pretty good at the job. Color, I mean, not play-by-play.
|4 days 3 hours ago||He went one better...||
...he said what Franklin should do, it repeatedly didn't work, so instead of saying "hmm, I guess I was wrong" he gave Franklin a reaming for doing it, without mentioning it had been his own recommendation too.
That's his MO. There's nobody worse.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I think his wife has the equivalent of a no-trade clause...||
...and I'm willing to bet that SC is at the top of her list. Too much risk of health problems down there.
|4 days 4 hours ago||which is inconsistent with||
which is inconsistent with this how, exactly?
|4 days 4 hours ago||100+ kids aren't all||
That's always been my reaction to the man, but they seem to be snowed over pretty well during recruiting. I've never understood that. When I was that age I really appreciated honesty and sincerity in adults; I'm sure I'd have appreciated it even more if I'd been a sought-after recruit.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Others have already pointed out that that's false...||
...but even if it were true, I'd make a rough guess that there are about 35 non-P5 FBS teams better than the worst P5 (Kansas), and probably a dozen or so FCS teams that would be favored to beat them too.
P5 is no guarantee of quality.
|4 days 6 hours ago||The B1G marketing division would like to have a word...||
...they recommend that the SEC rename its divisions: the West will henceforth be known as the Gauntlet Division and the East will be referred to as the Mid-Major.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I hope to see him kick off many, many more times.||
A dozen or so kickoffs next week in East Lansing would be good, for starters. Don't care if they're touchbacks or not.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Well, for one thing, many of||
Well, for one thing, many of the same people play at both sites, so the DraftKings customers who have been harmed are also FanDuel customers. Formerly loyal customers, now pissed off.
And even if they didn't share customers, they have a common interest in the public perception of the integrity of the game. People getting ripped off at another website by FanDuel employees does FanDuel's reputation and business considerable harm.
And even if they don't care about their reputation with customers, the sites share common regulators.
It's some of the most moronic management behavior I've ever seen. Of course the employees care more about the money they're making on the side playing the games with inside information than they care about the future of the company they work for, but the guys that own and run the company should have their priorities the other way around. Faced with the knowledge that their employees are ripping off industry customers, do they rein them in? No, they wink and say "try not to rip them off too bad" and shoot themselves in the crotch.
They think they're Wall Street, they think they're too important too regulate? I don't see any former FanDuel managers holding cabinet-level seats in state or federal government, or sitting on gaming boards. DraftKings' response to all this was to try to get their customers onto their twitters. "RT to protect your right to play the game you love." I think they might be about to find out how power really works.
They've probably still got time to clean up their act and avoid the worst, but I'm not seeing any evidence they will.
|1 week 2 hours ago||He went for two...||
...because he couldn't go for three.
I thought we'd already settled this.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Indiana has lost 13 of their||
Indiana has lost 13 of their last 14 regular-season conference games. Ohio State's won their last 30.
It's a long, long way from barely-good-enough-to-beat-Indiana to what's going to be needed in a couple of weeks. Let's not pretend otherwise.
|1 week 6 days ago||Weirdest season ever.||
That Missouri mention got me over to the Fremeau website to see if it's confirmed by FEI or S&P+. It isn't--they're good, #22 and #14 respectively, but not top 5.
But even though Missouri isn't one of them, four of the top 8 defenses in the country according to dFEI are attached to offenses so bad that the teams have losing records: Boston College, Washington, West Virginia and Vanderbilt. B.C. is #3 and they're 1-7. They're #3 out of 128 on defense, #126 out of 128 on offense. And it's a tempo-adjusted stat--it's not that they're taking the air out of the ball.
Nothing like that has happened before. Before this year you have to go back to '08 to find even one team with a losing record and a top-ten defense. And nobody's ever been top-five on one side of the ball and bottom-five on the other. Not even RR could pull that off.
And on the offensive side the top two teams in the country, schedule-adjusted, are Bowling Green and Western Kentucky. That would be weird enough, but what's even stranger is that in the raw ranking before the schedule adjustment they're both behind Baylor, but Baylor's schedule has been so awful that the adjustment favors teams from the MAC and Sun Belt and moves them in front.
Can that be right? Is there something wrong with the published Fremeau numbers?
|1 week 6 days ago||It's true that they hadn't||
It's true that they hadn't been good--they were 8-16 in conference play the three years prior to Kill. But it's hard for a Michigan fan to call that "complete and utter ruin" when we were 6-18 those same three years.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||2011.||
Kill's first season.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||For all the "complete and||
For all the "complete and utter ruin" they were under Brewster, I also remember them going to bowl games in '08 and '09 while we were sitting at home.