Uh. Don Brown is reputedly a finalist for the Temple job:
We could find out today the new Temple football coach. Three DC's Mike Elko (Texas A&M), Manny Diaz (Miami), & Don Brown (Michigan) are thought to be in the running. Based on some conversations, my gut says Elko is the favorite, but we will see.
— Marc Narducci (@sjnard) December 12, 2018
Elko has turned it down, which is strange for a 41-year-old guy with a decent but not great resume and may indicate that the job's not particularly attractive. Brown is 63 and if offered would have to decide between what's probably his last shot at a head coaching job and a potential playoff-level team at Michigan going forward in the event they ever beat OSU.
FWIW, Brett McMurphy just reported that Diaz is next up.
Finding guys 8 and 9. That's what the next three games are about for basketball, and it sounds like Brandon Johns is on the verge:
Leading up to Michigan's latest game, Johns played the role of South Carolina's Chris Silva on the scout team. Silva was first team All-SEC last season, and Johns did his best to impersonate him.
According to Michigan assistant coach DeAndre Haynes, Johns was banging in the paint, dunking, and knocking down 15-footers. He had his best two days of practice.
"But when he's Brandon Johns for Michigan, he's not doing it," Haynes said. "We told him, 'You shouldn't have to be Silva for you to play this way. You have the same game.'"
Beilein asserts that Michigan "dummies it down" for young players on offense and that the issue with their playing time is executing consistently on defense, which is quite a statement from John Frickin' Beilein.
Gonna need a whole new tournament just for us. Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology has ten(!) Big Ten teams in and Northwestern on his "next four out" list. That is the whole league aside from PSU, Illinois, and Rutgers, and includes two teams projected to have losing conference records (Iowa and Minnesota).
Michigan gets a 1-seed, naturally, and is shipped to Columbus along with Michigan State. Lunardi dumps Louisville and Kentucky outside of the South, which might be on accident since early in the year Lunardi does some sloppy stuff, but you have to figure that if Michigan is indeed the #1 in a regional in Louisville they won't set up a potential road game.
That's well down the road but the point is that the team that wins this league is probably getting a one seed.
[After THE JUMP: Hugh Freeze!]
Few says it out loud. Why is the NCAA not taking swifter action now that they have a frickin' FBI court case providing copious evidence that a half-dozen programs violated a bunch of NCAA rules?
NCAA president Mark Emmert said earlier this week he doesn’t expect any schools to be hit with major sanctions this season, making certain that this investigation will drag out for a long time – potentially years.
The FBI released its findings and information to the NCAA in November so it can begin its own investigation.
Few doesn’t see what the holdup is.
“I’m disappointed. I don’t think this is something the NCAA needs to take their time on,” he said. “There’s teams out here who are competing for Final Fours and national championships and they don’t need to stall this thing out. They need to make decisions and roll with it. I think that’s on Emmert. Emmert needs to step up and be a leader and make some quicker decisions.”
What is the point of even having amateurism rules if programs like Louisville that break them every other Wednesday don't get flamethrowered?
Inevitable embiggening. Various CFB power brokers are unhappy with the four-team playoff, per Nicole Auerbach:
It’s an appropriate thing to begin thinking about,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Athletic this week. …
“Everyone has the same feeling; expansion is inevitable,” said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who served on the CFP’s selection committee from 2014-2016. “When you can do it, and I think we need to serve more people. I think four was the right way to get started. In my opinion, we need to take a look of adding more teams into the Playoff, giving more opportunities."
Chuck Neinas, who you may remember as one of those guys who gets paid a ton of money to do coaching searches, has been circulating the plan that you see on every message board: autobids for the five P5 conference champions, two at-large spots, and a spot for the top G5 team. The problem:
Conference championship games would be eliminated.
I have no idea how you're supposed to get a true conference champion in a 14-team league with 9 or even 8 conference games. I mean, I do, but I can't see the Big Ten having a six-game division schedule followed by the top three teams in each division playing dynamically-scheduled crossover games against each other.
It's notable that Alvarez is coming out in support of playoff expansion when Jim Delany is happy as a clam to be excluded three of the last four years.
That's quite a landing spot. Todd McShay has his first mock draft up, and Rashan Gary lands second:
Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan*
The Niners are seeking an edge rusher -- among other things -- and Gary provides explosive closing burst and elite athleticism. He's a nightmare to block and would provide a jolt to San Francisco's defensive line.
I wrote a column last year about guys who leave you feeling vaguely unsatisfied about their careers in Ann Arbor; Gary is about to be an unshakeable #1 on that list. Devin Bush lands at #21, FWIW, and Dwayne Haskins is #10. It would be nice if Haskins was one-and-done. Obviously.
The last unbeaten. Both Ken Pomeroy and John Gasaway have "who will the last unbeaten be" columns up. Pomeroy's is based on his projections; Michigan is second behind Nevada in likelihood, because once Nevada hits conference play they're going to be huge favorites in most games. Michigan not so much, in fact the most likely scenario that provides college basketball with its last unbeaten team is:
Unlike last season, the unbeaten chase figures to last a while. There’s essentially no chance the last unbeaten loses before the New Year, and it’s very likely multiple unbeatens survive to at least that point. According to the simulations, the most likely day for the last unbeaten to be crowned is Jan. 19. And the most likely scenario is a Michigan loss at Wisconsin in a noon ET tip, leaving Nevada as the last team standing.
Gasaway is making predictions and has Michigan lasting until an Assembly Hall ambush on the 25th of January. That would be nice. I mean, the bits before the ambush.
Etc.: I've discovered a mid-season peace-out even more baffling than James Hudson's. You can't score a goal this way. Liberty hires Hugh Freeze, which is perfect. Annual Harbaugh NFL thing directly refuted. More Zach Smith details. At least we have our honor. Theo Mackie catches up with Beilein protege Mike Gansey.