Coaching Candidate: Making the Case for Beau Baldwin

Coaching Candidate: Making the Case for Beau Baldwin

Submitted by markusr2007 on September 29th, 2014 at 10:13 PM

OK, so who the hell is this guy?

Indeed 46 years later, "Beau Who?" might be once again an appropriate headline for the 2015 head football coach of the University of Michigan.  At least I think so.

I submit to you that any new head football coach search for Michigan must include youth, energy and proven record of success.  Beau Baldwin is one of the most successful college football coaches in the country right now.

Title: Head Coach

Team: Eastern Washington

Conference: Big Sky

Record: 56-22 at EWU, 66-25 career

Played QB at Central Washington 1991-1993

Coaching Career:

1994–2002      Central Washington (QB Coach)
2003–2006      Eastern Washington (OC & QB Coach)
2007                  Central Washington (HC)

2008–present  Eastern Washington (HC)


Influencers:   John Zamberlin, Paul Wulff, Greg Olson (OC for Oakland Raiders & QB coach of Drew Brees while at Purdue)

QBs Coached: Jon Kitna, Mike Reilly, Bo Levi Mitchell, Erik Meyer (Walter Payton Award winner), Vernon Adams


Defeated No. 25 Oregon State (Mike Riley) in Corvallis, August 2013 (EWU as FCS school).

Scared the shit out of Washington 52-59 in Seattle, September 6, 2014.

Offensive Philsophy:

“The idea is to tempo people and to get on people and to stay on people. But the whole philosophy of that no-huddle is to keep the defense off balance. And from there it’s nice to be able to spread people out and that’s always been my philosophy,” he added. “But you have to be balanced. You have to have the threat of both and I think that goes for any sport. To be a championship-caliber offense, you have to be balanced.”


-No Mid-West ties

-No FBS head coaching experience, just NCAA division II and FCS/Division I.

-Unfamiliar with the B1G

-Too west-centric. Completely unknown in the mid-west

- He doesn't have a wandering eye. Loves EWU. Loves the brand of football at the division II/I level. Says he's very happy where he's at.


- Strong, proven quarterback coaching skills and experience. High performance, numerous accolades won by QB players.

- Creative offensive coordinator, seasoned

- Strong HC performance over 7 years: 66 wins, 5 tournament appearances, 1 championship game. Never had a losing season. 3 time Big Sky coach of the year.

- Players love him.

- Strong confidence, determination, drive to make EWU nationally relevant program



Those who have watched the coach say he always seems so confident, so calm and so sure Eastern will slay any Goliath who gets in its way. Despite their No. 4 ranking in the FCS poll, that’s really what the Eagles were that evening in Corvallis, Ore. — a David with a coach named Beau Baldwin who calmly stalks sidelines with a disguised fearlessness he infuses into every coach and player he surrounds himself with.

“I think they just buy into that mindset, that attitude,” Baldwin said. “You have to live it, that’s what I’ll say. It’s one thing to say it in a team meeting, but as long as they see that you truly believe it then there’s no reason not to believe it. That’s when great things happen.”

Added Mario Brown, a fifth-year running back Baldwin recruited from Oakland, Calif., “It definitely carries over to the team. We’re a representation of who he is.”

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Washington Wildcats (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) (2007)
2007 Central Washington 10–3 6–2 3rd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
Central Washington: 10–3 6–2  
Eastern Washington Eagles (Big Sky Conference) (2008–present)
2008 Eastern Washington 6–5 5–3 T–3rd  
2009 Eastern Washington 8–4 6–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division I First Round
2010 Eastern Washington 13–2 7–1 T–1st W NCAA Division I Championship
2011 Eastern Washington 6–5 5–3 T–3rd  
2012 Eastern Washington 11–3 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I Semifinal
2013 Eastern Washington 12–3 8–0 1st L NCAA Division I Semifinal
Eastern Washington: 56–22 38–10  
Total: 66–25  


Eagle and Wolverine parallels

Eagle and Wolverine parallels

Submitted by blueheron on November 10th, 2013 at 11:31 AM

For long-time MGoBlog readers who'd like a trip down memory lane and into the realm of hearsay and speculation (not to mention a fun distraction from yesterday's events), there's an interesting article on EMU in the DetNews today:…

Of note:

EMU regent Jim Stapleton did not agree with the firing, saying English needed six years to succeed. He said English had one of the best coaching staffs in the MAC, men who won titles elsewhere.

“They did not get dumb overnight,” he said.

* * * * *

He also blamed former players for creating a negative vibe around the program.

“A lot of those guys fought against his hiring,” Stapleton said. “(English) had internal battles all the time. There was a culture of former players who did not want to see him succeed. … They never liked him.”

* * * * *

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Inside the box score - Game 3

Inside the box score - Game 3

Submitted by ST3 on September 18th, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Inside the box score - Game 2, was bumped to Diary Status and front-paged linked twice last week, so I think I'm OK with making this a regular feature. [Ed-M: Yes! Yes you are!] I know that the folks just like having a handy link for the box score, so let's get that out of the way first, and then we'll follow with my commentary:

    The BIG story coming into this game was Eastern Michigan averaging 331 yards per game rushing, and how could our rebuilding defense match up with that? During the first quarter, I was starting to believe that Mike Hart was the second coming of Fred Jackson. After that, our defense calmed down, and I found out that Mike is actually an offensive quality control coach. So how did we do against the greatest rushing attack in Ypsilanti? The EMU Fighting Emus tallied 10 rushing first downs, 207 yards rushing, and 4.5 yards per carry. 67 yards came from the 4th best QB in the state of Michigan, Alex Gillette. I was impressed with his running, but EMU could never get the passing game going. I'm a little worried about what this says about our chances against Scheelhaase. Could we be looking at another shootout?

     Time to get inside the box score:

* First downs: UofM 24, EMU 12. Now that's more like it.

* Average yards per rush: UofM 7.5, EMU 4.5. That's a healthy serving of MANBALL right there.

* Net yards per punt: EMU 40.2, UofM 29.7. Mr. Hagerup, we eagerly await your return. Please obey your curfew and get your homework done. Thank you.

* Net yards per Kickoff: EMU 51, UofM 38. Giving up a first down's worth of field position with every special teams play is not special.

* Vincent Smith had 118 yards rushing. If there is a baby seal nearby, you can bet that Vincent has a club ready. He's looking better and better.

* Denard was 7-18 passing. Let's hope that was just a result of the injured arm they referenced on the B1G Network telecast. I'm not seeing 70%. I'll take 60%. <50% has me worried.

* FG attempts: UofM 1 for 1! I realize it was just 21 yards, but let's let the young man get his confidence up a little before throwing him out there for a game-winning 50 yarder into the wind.

* 23 players showed up in the defensive stats, lead by another linebacker. With all of the running EMU did,  that's to be expected, but doesn't that feel great to see 2 weeks in a row?

And finally in our official's names section of the post,

* The linesman was "R. Studd." I wonder if he's related to Big John.

Your thoughts?

Mikoyan Goes to the Big House - Part I

Mikoyan Goes to the Big House - Part I

Submitted by mikoyan on September 17th, 2011 at 6:59 PM

So I had the chance to watch the game from the field today.  It was my first time watching a game at the Big House from the field and I'll have to say that it was pretty awesome.  This is actually my third game of photographing from the field and I'll have to say that it a little tougher than I expected.  It was alot more crowded on the field at the Big House than it is at Rynearson (duh) so it was a little tougher to be where I wanted.  All in all, I had a blast though.

Anyway, these are my pre-game pictures.  I have to go meet a friend, so I will post the game pics later.  Enjoy. 

Pictures of Our Upcoming Opponent

Pictures of Our Upcoming Opponent

Submitted by mikoyan on September 12th, 2011 at 8:08 PM

So anyways, thanks to another blog ( ), I have found myself in posession of a press pass for the EMU games.  So I've been given a chance to take some better sports pictures than what I can get from the stands.  Anyways, here are some pics from the last two EMU games.

EMU vs. Howard: 

EMU vs. Alabama State: 

But the cool part is that I will have a press pass for the game on Saturday, so I will be on the sidelines at the Big House.  I can't wait for this opportunity.

Why does Eastern Michigan Play D-1 Athletics?

Why does Eastern Michigan Play D-1 Athletics?

Submitted by Zone Left on May 7th, 2011 at 5:44 PM


The PAC-12 announced an enormous media deal this week that’s worth a reported $22 million per school per year. The Big 10 and SEC have monster TV deals in place that virtually ensure profitability for their member athletic departments for the near future. That’s life on the top of the FBS division, and there’s no doubt that football is the key driver of both revenue and expenses.

This diary is about the other half. The financial straights of the lower tier of FBS, specifically the MAC, Sun Belt, and post Boise State WAC are also largely driven by football. Unfortunately for them, the train has fallen off of a cliff instead of chugging towards the land of monocles and gold toilets.  These schools are reduced to selling home games to artificially increase attendance numbers and playing body bag games to pad revenue.

Specifically, this is about Eastern Michigan football and EMU athletics. What, if any, benefits does the school derive and what are the costs associated with those benefits? Why do they field teams at all on the D-1 level?

College sports have a purpose. The NCAA says that its purpose and the larger point of intercollegiate athletics is to promote things like sportsmanship, integrity, the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence, respect and leadership. These are all good things to promote and I believe athletics can help cultivate those qualities. However, a good club program or the intramural programs that most universities run with student fees can accomplish the same goals and provide much greater access than D-1 athletics. Thus, in my mind, schools must derive some other benefit from D-1 athletics than simply promoting certain values in its athletes—of which Eastern has about 465.

Every FBS school should probably ask itself what benefits it derives from big-time football. It’s a shockingly expensive undertaking, can give the school tons of press (both good and bad), can generate enormous revenue, and can be a significant drain on student funds. It’s easy for the University of Michigan to make a cost-benefit analysis for its football team and athletic department in general. It generates many millions of dollars for the athletic department and is a self-sustaining enterprise. Sure, it’s attached to the school, but it costs the school nothing. The Board of Regents never needs to worry about eliminating a student program to fund football.

Eastern Michigan has a tougher time. Last year, EMU’s athletic expenses were $24.64 million, a whopping 9.2% of the school's General Fund. For a little perspective, there are about 23000 students enrolled at EMU, of which about 2% are intercollegiate athletes. They use their share of the 90.8% of the budget spent on items other than athletics, but 9.2% of the budget is used exclusively to support athletics. Sure, some of that $24 million comes out of TV deals, sponsorship, and ticket sales, but the database shows that to be only about $1.7 million. Everything else comes from the General Fund in some way. By the way, tuition went up 3.8% in 2009-10 at EMU.

However, EMU could still justify athletics if the non-monetary benefits made athletics worthwhile for the school. I think sports teams at U of M make valuable contributions to the student body. Aside from pride, I firmly believe that the Michigan diaspora—I see shirts everywhere—stays engaged with the school in large part due to the visibility of the sports teams. This has benefits for job seeking grads, networking alums, and helps donations to the school. Maybe this is the case at EMU too, but it doesn’t help too much. They only received about $3 million in gifts last year. Even if all of those were directly the result of athletics, there are still almost $20 million that the school gives each year to athletics. People don’t go to games and EMU athletics aren’t on TV unless they’re getting drilling by a Big 10 team in September.

The world has changed. Regardless of why (and let’s not get into it), Michigan doesn’t have money to waste. Why is a public university spending almost 10% of their General Fund on entities that only directly benefit 2% of the student body and don’t produce discernable benefits for the student body, alumni base, or school? Michigan and Michigan State are different. Their athletic departments aren’t a choice of resource allocation for the school. If the department closes, the money disappears. If EMU closes its athletic department, there are over $20 million, by my count, that can be reallocated to improving education, facilities, or even lowering tuition.

Why can’t EMU de-emphasize athletics and expand its club offerings? They could bus to CMU, WMU, Northern Michigan, Toledo, etc and play at a rented high school field on Saturdays. The players could work out at a student gym instead of a team gym. The same could be done with other sports. Just as many students could play, but for millions less. If I was a Regent, I’d ask why.

Ron English and EMU recruiting

Ron English and EMU recruiting

Submitted by Jasper on February 1st, 2011 at 12:23 PM

In this busy season of recruiting, I thought at least a handful of people might be interested to see how Ron English is doing at EMU:…

What I found remarkable there is the lack of players from Michigan.  I realize that stocking a roster with only Michiganders is unrealistic when the in-state competition is considered, but I'm surprised that the numbers are so low.  2010 and 2009 are similar.

Did his Family Values comments ( hurt that much?  Or, has he just kept his focus where there are more players?

Lax: CCLA Tournament Preview And More!

Lax: CCLA Tournament Preview And More!

Submitted by Tim on April 30th, 2010 at 10:01 AM

CCLA Conference Tournament

Michigan will participate in its conference tournament this weekend, trying to take home their fourth consecutive championship. The field is as follows:


Michigan and Buffalo are the top two seeds, by virtue of winning the North and South Divisions, respectively. Michigan State and Eastern Central Michigan also make the field from the North Division, and Miami (That Hockey Miami) joins Pitt from the South Division. Eastern Michigan earned the third North Division slot, but was disqualified because they be cheatin', yo. Central Michigan takes the spot instead.

In the first round, Michigan State and Miami are the favorites to advance. In the semi-finals, the Spartans should probably take down Buffalo, but that was the case last year as well, and it didn't turn out that way. Michigan should win the whole thing, regardless of which teams they face.

The CCLA auto-bid is up for grabs, but there are also MCLA At-Large implications. Michigan State has the chance to add two wins, and wash the taste of a three-game losing streak out of their mouths. That would help their bid to the national field. No other team (outside of Michigan, who is in regardless of outcome) will crack the MCLA field without winning the conference.

After Friday's first-round games, I'll keep updated review/previews going in the Diary section. For now, I'll briefly preview Miami, Michigan's likely semifinal opponent (see a brief preview of Central and a Recap of their game against Michigan for more on the Chippewas.

miami_ohio_96.pngThe RedHawks have gone 8-3 on the year, 3-1 in the CCLA South. Their losses have come to Missouri (7-9), Indiana (5-8), and Buffalo (5-7). They played a non-divisional game against Eastern Michigan earlier this spring, beating their Round 1 opponent by a comfortable 15-9 Margin.

miami_ohio_96.pngTheir All-Conference performers include Joe McLaughlin (2nd Team Midfield), Alex Manners (2nd Team Faceoff Specialist), Tyler Wallace (3rd Team Midfield), Brooke Slowinski (3rd Team Defense), Josh Ebel (Honorable Mention Short Stick Defensive Midfield), and Daniel Culp (Honorable Mention Goalie). McLaughlin, only a freshman, has done the majority of the team's scoring, with 22 goals and 10 assists.

Michigan's first game, against Miami or Eastern, will take place Saturday at 4PM at Saline High School's main (East) field. Full preview of Michigan's opponent after it is determined.

All-Conference Teams, MCLA Bracketology, and more after the jump!

All-Conference Honors

The CCLA released their all-conference lists on Monday, and they're full of Wolverines:

1st Team:

  • Attack Trevor Yealy
  • Attack Kevin Zorovich
  • Midfield Anthony Hrusovsky
  • Defense Harry Freid
  • Faceoff Specialist David Reinhard
  • Long-Stick Midfield Matt Asperheim
  • Short Stick Defensive Midfield Jordan Kirshner

2nd Team:

  • Attack Thomas Paras
  • Midfield David Rogers
  • Midfield Svet Tintchev
  • Defense Austin Swaney
  • Goalie Mark Stone

3rd Team:

  • Defense Justin Burgin

Honorable Mention

  • Attack Josh Ein
  • Attack Clark McIntyre
  • Midfield Jamison Goldberg
  • Short Stick Defensive Midfield Michael Bartomioli

Michigan composes seven of the thirteen first-team honorees (Michigan State has four, and Buffalo has two. Those are the only teams represented), and 17 of the 59 total players honored. Making this more impressive is the fact that a number of Michigan players were injured for significant portions of the year (David Rogers, Clark McIntyre, and Michael Bartomioli all missed multiple games), and several more were suspended for one game.

The players who made the first team are likely to gain consideration for All-American honors. Among them, Trevor Yealy is a lock for the First Team, and is in the running for Player of the Year honors.

MCLA Bracketology

A couple conference tournaments took place last weekend, which helped settle the MCLA Tournament field a bit. We now know the Automatic Qualifiers from the SELC (Florida, previously a bubble team) and LSA (Texas State, the only team from their conference who will make it).


Last 2 In: Florida State, Michigan State
First 2 Out: UC-Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount
Out From Last Time: Texas, UC Santa Barbara, Virginia Tech.

I'm waffling on whether Florida State or Virginia Tech (or both, or neither) should be in the field. They were similarly-ranked heading into the SELC Tournament, and Florida State lost in the first round, whereas the Hokies made it to the final. I still like Florida State's overall schedule a bit more.

Other than that, nothing was too tough. Michigan State probably needs to paste Pitt and Buffalo to feel really safe in the tournament. There's still quite a bit of variability with all the auto-bids (except two) still up in the air. If I can get around to it before the official bracket comes out, I'll hopefully have another Bracketology post early next week.

Inside Lacrosse gives their take on a bubble watch.

Baseball: IPFW Recap/EMU Preview

Baseball: IPFW Recap/EMU Preview

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on March 27th, 2010 at 10:56 PM

A home game is now in the books as Michigan downed the IPFW Mastodons for a three game series sweep. Michigan brought the offense, collecting 47 hits for 30 runs. IPFW was the bad team that was expected, and our players didn't disappoint, at least on offense. Pitching had some less than stellar moments, but in the end, the guys that got into trouble kept the losses to a minimum.

Game by game review, series thoughts, and a look at Tuesday's Eastern Michigan game follow: