RR Will Be Coach for the Next Month

RR Will Be Coach for the Next Month

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on November 24th, 2010 at 12:59 PM

This can be locked and doesn't require discussion but instead thrown up to decimate the Lynn Henning article and the 9 other bs notions that have gone out and around the past week:

UM Ath Dept officials told WTKA that the evaluation of the football program will be like all teams -- after the season, including postseason (HT: MichiganInsider)

Rodriguez will not be fired Monday. He will not be fired after the game Saturday to a chorus of boos by the OSU faithful. He will not be fired in the Shoe. He will not be fired with a fox, he will not be fired in a box.

tl;dr version: Successful Reporter Troll is Successful

Edit: Dave Brandon chimes in

 

DaveBrandonAD Dave Brandon 

 
 
Heard about a "rumor" re: some "big announcement" on Monday regarding M-Football. Add it to the rumor rubbish pile! Happy Thanksgiving!

Annual "OSU Destruction" Hate Week pic for anyone that wants to add some hate to their internet identity

Annual "OSU Destruction" Hate Week pic for anyone that wants to add some hate to their internet identity

Submitted by wallaby on November 24th, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Hey all,

As has become my custom the last few years, I have used powerful digital imaging technology for the forces of good and fashioned some glorified OSU gore for folks to use as their facebook images (or whatever) during Hate Week.

Enjoy!

-brian

michigan wolverine kills brutus the buckeye

Previous Hate Week pics:

michigan wolverine eats brutus buckeye

michigan's rich rod destroys OSU

Dispatch Article - Importance of Rivalry (Carr and Moeller)

Dispatch Article - Importance of Rivalry (Carr and Moeller)

Submitted by Hoke_Floats on November 24th, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Lloyd Carr and Gary Moeller took some grief in Ohio for having the temerity to say Ohio State wasn't the rivalry on Michigan's schedule during the 1990s when the Wolverines were dominating the John Cooper-coached Buckeye teams.

"I can't speak (to) what they do now," Boren said. "I wasn't around enough with Coach (Rich) Rodriguez, to know what they do now. But like I said, they had a couple of other rivalries. It was a big game that week, but it's not something they practice for every practice or all year long like we do."

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/11/24/blog-hunter-ohio-state-michigan-game.html?sid=101

OK

Neg Away..I know Boren is a bit of a talker

I honestly don't care if Rich Rod goes the entire week leading up to the game without mentioning OSU, just as long as he beats them

Which would you rather have - our 2010 Defense or our 2008 Offense?

Which would you rather have - our 2010 Defense or our 2008 Offense?

Submitted by Blueto on November 24th, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Choose your poison -  Which would you rather have - our 2010 Defense or our 2008 Offense?

The Threet/Sheridamnit led offense ranked 109th in the nation in total offense (290.75 ypg) and 99th in scoring offense at 20.25 points per game. This year's defense is ranked 112th in total defense giving up 445.18 ypg and 99th in scoring defense allowing 33.55 points per game. Ironically almost identical suckitude.

As painful as it is to watch, I would much rather have this years defense rather than the 2008 offense. With our offense we have a chance to win every game (and it's fun to watch). On the other hand it is generally true that you can't win if you can't score any points- witness the 2008 10-13 Toledo debacle.

Stuffed Animals and ESPN Bottom 10

Stuffed Animals and ESPN Bottom 10

Submitted by RowoneEndzone on November 24th, 2010 at 11:31 AM

If there was any doubt on whether or not Mark Schlabach from ESPN reads mgoblog it has now been put to rest. 

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?page=bottom10101124

Under the bottom 10 list under "Waiting List" he has Greg Robinsons Teddy Bear listed.  I thought this was great b/c outside of the mgoblog world I doubt many know he pulled it out last weekend. 

I am Confused

I am Confused

Submitted by dieseljr32 on November 24th, 2010 at 11:30 AM

This topic may be too weak to be considered Board worthy.  I felt like I needed to get a consenus from masses here at MGoBlog.  So, instead of posting comment after comment on separate posts I wanted to centralize my confusion into my own post.

My question I am proposing is this:  What the heck happened this week? How did it turn into hate Ohio State week to bash on Rich Rodriguez and speculate on whether or not jokes like Lynn Henning are right in their assumptions week? 

I just do not get it.  For those who are mad that we lost to Wisconsin by 20, why are you mad?  The vast majority of Michigan fans expected Michigan to lose.  We lost.  Yet the day after, people are mad we lost?  Why?  Wisconsin is a good team.  They have three RB's who could be a starter on any team and be productive.  They went up against Michigan's defense who we already knew was going to get ran over and they did not surprise us.  They got ran over. 

If you take a look at Wisconsin's worst rushing performance this season it was against Iowa (142 yards on 38 carries, averaging 3.7 YPC).  Wisconsin's ground game put up over 200 yards three times and had 300+ yards three separate games.  They are a brutal team.

Can't we focus on the positives?  Michigan is bowl eligble for the first time since 2007, guaranteed a winning record, and they have the first QB in NCAA history to rush for over 1,500 yards and throw for over 2,000.  Yet people are mad?

What’s that you say?

What’s that you say?

Submitted by Motown20 on November 24th, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I like Rich Rodriguez.  He seems like a stand up guy.  I really hope Michigan beats OSU for his sake.  I’d like to see the guy have a chance to enjoy himself for a change.  For all the s*** he’s been through, he deserves it.

Arrogant Michigan Alumni who try to influence others with their money irritate me.  They irresponsibly give anyone else, by association, a bad name.  Those of us who grew up in Michigan were here first.  I’d like to see a stat on what these people donate and what they get in return from the University.  Then, compare that figure to what the taxpayers of Michigan contribute (without the benefits).  And for the record, if they were not in those seats on Saturday, the stadium would still be full.  Filled to capacity with fans who want to watch football, not talk about the stock market.

Do people honestly give a s*** what Chris Spielman thinks.  Ask dude how many National Championships or Super Bowl teams he played on.  Is he an authority on what it takes to be a champion?

 

If Braylon Edwards, Les Miles, and Gary Moeller are Michigan Men, I can understand why we went another way.

 

A National Championship is all that really counts.  Winning the Big Ten means you are better than 10 other teams (half that are usually terrible).  You win the Big Ten, you talk big s*** in the Midwest.  You win the National Championship, you put on your jersey, take a trip cross country and never have to say a word.  Have you seen the Fox commercial with Bradshaw, Long.  You know, guys with “rings that matter”.

 

“This offense will never work in the Big Ten”.  Bring Auburn or Oregon, who have similar types of offense (stolen from RR), into the Big Ten this year.  Both have average (25-50 ranked) defenses.  They kick everybody’s ass.  Data:  Oregon 52 - Jim Harbaugh 31 and Auburn 24 – Les Miles 17.

 

Coach Rodriguez and his staff have done an amazing job in recruiting kids out of Florida.  “but what about the state of Michigan?”  To that, I say - Mack Brown.   Look at Mack Brown in Texas.  How’s that going for him?  You should win 8 games a year by default with the talent he gets in that state.  You know who is number one in recruiting this year, according to pundits?  You need another example you say? How about Urban Meyer in Florida.  “Hey Urban, you got all those 5 stars the past 2 years, how could you possibly be losing?”

So, the authorities say “Harbaugh is rumored to go the way of Michigan or San Francisco”.  I say let him go to San Francisco.  Then, bring in Singletary as our new DC. 

 

When, in the last 30 years, have you felt absolutely confident we have had the team to win the National Championship?  I mean, we play any team, anywhere and win.  Not just the Big Ten Championship (see above).  For example, OSU has been "so" dominant in the Big Ten the last 10 years, but what do they have to show for it?  Outside the Midwest, they are a joke.  What does that make the rest of us?

Bo won 29 percent of his bowl games.  Lloyd won 46 percent of his bowl games.  Combined they had 1 National Championship.  In ’97, if we would have played Nebraska, let’s be honest, we would have gotten our a**** kicked.

 

I hope Dave Brandon has the b**** to make a decision on his own, without alumni influence or previous player influence.  If the rumors are true, and you are getting calls, ask Tom Brady what he's done in New England the past 6 years?

 

Finally, Michigan has always stood for class.  The haters are going to hate.  Sometimes you need to be humbled.  Those with integrity will acknowledge the constructive criticism, make necessary changes and work harder.  The arrogant and proud will blame someone else.

P.S. – Dave, when you got ‘em on the phone, ask him politely to cut his f****** hair.

Compilation and Comparison to Recent National Championsip Teams and Their Run-Up Seasons

Compilation and Comparison to Recent National Championsip Teams and Their Run-Up Seasons

Submitted by justthinking on November 24th, 2010 at 10:57 AM

A Consideration: Take a good look at these recent National Championship Teams and how they got there. Most had plenty of Ups and Downs before their NC Season -- some more than others. The Combined Average Points Allowed in their NC Seasons was 14.2, again telling the tale that DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Yes, Michigan must improve on the Defensive side of the ball (obviously), but by looking at these other teams I am trying to show that most of them slogged through the muck with plenty of Losing and 5 Loss Winning Seasons before reaching the pinnacle of football success.

We are not as far away from the top as we seem, IMHO. Keep The Faith!

Go BLUE!

 


Compilations of National Championship Teams Since 2000, and Their "Run Up" Seasons Prior To Their NC Season.

 

OKLAHOMA'S RUN TO NC IN 2000

YEAR

RECORD

AVE. POINTS ALLOWED

1994

6-6 (.500)

22

1995

5-5-1 (.500)

25

1996

3-8 (L)

36

1997

4-8 (L)

32

1998

5-6 (L)

21

1999

7-5 (W-5L)

19 (improving)

2000

13-0 (NC)

15 (STRONG)

  • Two .500 seasons, followed by three losing seasons, a Five Loss winning season and then the NC season in 2000.
  • Average Score in 2000 NC Season: 37-15.
  • Big 12 South. Kept very good Nebraska and Texas teams to 14 points in each of those games. It was the lowest score for Texas that year, who averaged 38 points in their 9-3 season. Also, lowest points scored by Nebraska who was averaging 48 points in their 10-2 season as well. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

 


 

MIAMI'S RUN TO NC 2001

YEAR

RECORD

AVE. POINTS ALLOWED

1997

5-6 (L)

26

1998

9-3 (W)

25

1999

9-4 (W)

17

2000

11-1 (W)

16

2001

12-0 (NC)

10

  • Losing season in '97, followed by 3 & 4 loss winning seasons with increasingly stronger Defenses. Noticeable improvement in NC season with a SUFFOCATING Defense.

 


 

OHIO STATE'S RUN TO NC IN 2002

YEAR

RECORD

AVE. POINTS ALLOWED

1999

6-6 (.500)

24

2000

8-4 (W)

19

2001

7-5 (W-5L)

20

2002

14-0 (NC)

13 (Suffocating)

  • A .500 season in '99, just four years from NC, followed by Four Loss and then Five Loss winning seasons. Defenses were improving and then noticeable improvement for NC year in 2002.
  • Average score in 2002 was 30-13. A VERY TOUGH Big 10 year to win it all. Their Defense held when their Offense stalled (under their season average of 30 points per game). Wisconsin game 19-14; Penn State game 13-7; Purdue game 10-6; Michigan game 14-9. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

 


 

USC's RUN TO (SPLIT) NC IN 2003 (& 2004/no chart)

YEAR

RECORD

AVERAGE SCORE

1996

6-6 (.500)

27-22

1997

6-5 (W-5L)

21-21

1998

8-5 (W-5L)

27-19

1999

6-6 (.500)

29-23

2000

5-7 (L)

26-28

2001

6-6 (.500)

25-17 (Improved D)

2002

11-2 (W)

36-18 (Strong O & D)

2003

12-1 (NC)

41-18 (Strong O & D)

  • A .500 in '96 season followed by two, Five Loss winning seasons, followed by another .500 season, then another losing season and then again another .500 season just two years before NC year in 2003.
  • A weaker Offense and Defense combined for 5 years from '96-'00, and then Defense takes a noticeable improvement to holding opponents to 17, 18 and 18 points per game average. Offense is still MEH in 2001 with the 6-6 season, but jumps for '02 and then in '03 for the NC season. Better D over Carrol's 3 years and a much higher powered Offense.

 


 

LSU's RUN TO (SPLIT) NC IN 2003

YEAR

RECORD

AVERAGE SCORE

1998

4-7 (L)

31-25

1999

3-8 (L)

20-24

2000

8-4 (W)

27-20

2001

10-3 (W)

32-23

2002

8-5 (W-5L)

25-18

2003

13-1 (NC)

34-11

  • Two losing seasons followed by four and three loss winning seasons. Those four years saw about the same output from the Defense. Then a Five Loss season in 2002 right before the NC season, but notice - the Defense showed improvement that year. The '03 season showed a SUFFOCATING Defense, allowing only 11 points per game average in their NC season.

 


 

TEXAS' RUN TO NC IN 2005

YEAR

RECORD

2001

11-2 (W)

2002

11-2 (W)

2003

10-3 (W)

2004

11-1 (W)

2005

13-0 (NC)

  • A good run up in prior seasons, unlike previous NC winners who had plently of BLAH seasons before their NC season. 2005 had Texas averaging scores of 50-16, with a wild Offense and Great D -- DUE TO VERY WEAK N & S BIG 12 CONFERENCES.
  • A 70-3 win over a 7-6 Colorado team, who had 4 straight losses leading up to the Big 12 Championship game.

 


 

FLORIDA'S RUN TO NCs IN 2006 & 2008

YEAR

RECORD

AVE. SCORE

2002

8-5 (W-5L)

26-25

2003

8-5 (W-5L)

30-21

2004

7-5 (W-5L)

32-21

2005

9-3 (W)

29-19

2006

13-1 (W)

30-14 (STRONG D)

2007

9-4 (W)

43-26

2008

13-1 (NC)

44-13 (STRONG D)

  • Three Five Loss winning seasons starting in 2002, with MEH Defenses followed by a 9-3 season with an improved D in 2005, which was Urban Meyer's 2nd season. The 2006 NC season showed a slightly better Offense, but a much improved D, holding opponents to 14 points per game average. A slight slip in their '07 season with 4 losses, but their Offense was really starting to roll. This was followed by their 2nd NC season in 2008 with a high powered Offense and a SUFFOCATING D.

 



LSU's RUN TO NC IN 2007

YEAR

RECORD

AVERAGE SCORE

2004

9-3 (W)

29-17

2005

11-2 (W)

30-14

2006

11-2 (W)

34-13

2007

12-2 (NC)

39-20

  • Les Miles had a 2007 team with a good Offense which put up an average of 39 points in that 12-2 season. The Defense was good, but not SUFFOCATING, compared to allowing just 11 points per game average in their '03 NC season.
  • Two NC's in just four years is a great accomplishment, but it also brings high expectations from their fanbase to keep it up.
  • After '07 NC, 2008 and 2009 were also winning seasons, but they came with Five Losses (W-5L) and four losses respectively and the LSU fanbase started getting more vocal in their displeasure.
  • 2008 averaged scores of 31-24 (MEH D) and '09 was 25-16 (Good D, Meh O). Their high-powered Offensive output since '07 dropped dramatically (from 39 to 31 to 25 points per game), but the D did their part in keeping opponents to just 16 points per game average.

 



** ALABAMA'S DYSFUNCTIONAL RUN-UP to 2009+ **

YEAR

RECORD

AVERAGE SCORE

1996

10-3 (W)

24-15 (Strong D)

1997

4-7 (L)

22-23

1998

7-5 (W-5L)

21-24

1999

10-3 (W)

29-20 (Decent D)

2000

3-8 (L)

21-22

2001

7-5 (W-5L)

27-19

2002

10-3 (W)

28-15 (Strong D)

2003

4-9 (L)

25-26

2004

6-6 (.500)

25-16

2005

10-2 (W)

22-11 (SUFFOCATING D)

2006

6-7 (L)

23-19

2007

8-5 (W-5L)

27-22

2008

12-2 (W)

30-14 (Strong D)

2009

14-0 (W-Cycle Break)

32-12 (Strong D)

2010

9-2 (so far)

35-13 (Strong D)

 

  • I don't know if there has ever been a more cyclically dysfunctional team than Alabama. Starting in 1996 through 2009: A 10-3 winning season, a bad losing season, a Five Loss winning season, a 10-3 winning season, a bad losing season, a Five Loss winning season, a 10-3 winning season, a bad losing season, a .500 season, a 10-2 winning season, a losing season, a Five Loss winning season, a 12-2 winning season, and a 14-0 NC season.
  • Over 12 years, the six, 2 or 3 loss Winning Seasons all had Great Defenses allowing just 15 points per game average (Surprised? No). Those great seasons were ALWAYS IMMEDIATELY followed by TERRIBLE seasons 4-7, 3-8, 4-9, 6-7 respectively. Then, those TERRIBLE seasons were always followed with three, Five Loss winning seasons (W-5L) and one .500 season. Then, coming full circle, the good winning season with the Suffocating Defense followed. Thus the crazy, dysfunctional cycle of Alabama Football.
  • As in past cycles, '08 (W) followed the Five Loss (W-5L) '07 season as Alabama went back to a Great Defense (allowing just 14 ppg) and 12-2 record. BUT (change of direction) in 2009, instead of falling off the planet again with a terrible losing season, they go and win a NC with their highest output Offense of 32 points per game and their second most Suffocating Defense, (giving up just 12 points per game average) in a 14-0 season. They are again continuing to buck the crazy 14-year rollercoaster trend in 2010 by averaging 35-13 scores over 11 games in a 9-2 season, thus far.

First Question: How did the Crimson Tide fanbase fare MENTALLY over those horrifically cyclical seasons of big wins, then big losses, and then Five Loss winning seasons (repeat again and again) for over a decade before the last two, "cycle breaking", back to back, incredible seasons of '08 and '09? (Me thinks Michigan fans would have been suicidal at that point).

Second Question: Is the excessive medical redshirting by Nick Saban at Alabama making the difference in "Breaking the Cycle"?

The thing about RRod that upsets me (The Game)

The thing about RRod that upsets me (The Game)

Submitted by Thatguy2525 on November 24th, 2010 at 10:47 AM

I'm sure this has probably been discussed on this board many of time, but I just wanted to add my thoughts and get yours this week before the game.

I was looking through ESPN and noticed an article about the game. http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/20233/buckeyes-prepared-for-upset-minded-michigan Now as much as I hate tOSU, I do think ol sweater vest himself is a great coach. He emphasizes the game more than anything and I respect that. His main thing when he was hired was to beat us and man have they ever.

Rich Rod has been aware of the game, but seems like it's not his main focus. I know he has bigger plans, but I think beating them should be right behind national championship. I also think that should be in the back of his head all year long, game planning for them.

I guess I just want more emotion out of him for this game and hope that maybe he will have some things up his sleeve. God I pray that this horrible streak comes to a end now, this weekend. Everyone thinks next year for sure, but this year would be even sweeter.