Unverified Voracity Is Mostly About Hockey Coaches Comment Count

Brian March 30th, 2016 at 3:00 PM

So pumped for the Don Brown era. Half because of his defense, and half because dude is on Harbaugh's level when it comes to photos:

Don Brown's seen some things. Some things better left buried. But the law doesn't work like that. The law just keeps bringing things back, like a cat with a hairball.

Basketball roster not exactly set yet. Michigan has lost Spike Albrecht and Ricky Doyle, bringing their 2013 roster to 13. But they don't appear entirely settled with their roster yet:

Mullins, a combo-guard, was super-efficient in the Ivy League last year (36th nationally in ORTG, 44% from three, lots of FTs at 83%) on a team that looks a lot like Michigan, statistically. Michigan also reached out to Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, though it doesn't look like anything is coming of that.

What's the deal with that as regards Spike, then? I don't know. Maybe Spike isn't likely to be the same player, or Xavier Simpson was going to take his minutes. Or Michigan is just keeping options open in case someone who has not decided to transfer does so in the future.

Red status not set either. Red's offered some quotes to news organizations about his impending decision, which seems honestly yet to be determined:

“I’m going to talk to [Manuel]…I don’t want to make an emotional decision because I’m mad at somebody or something, I want to make a decision that’s good for the program,” Berenson said.

Who or what he would be mad at is unknown. This in the Free Press doesn't really sound like a guy who was planning to come back but wanted to anyway:

“There’s no question ... the start of the year, I was pretty much resigned to the fact this would be the last year,” Berenson said. “But as the year went on, it got better and better. I thought it made more sense and it was working.

“I don’t want to be in the way, that’s the other thing. If I’m going to coach, I want to coach.”

The relative success of the team might extend his desire to coach. So… yeah. I said my bit on what should happen already.

Not bad. Wisconsin hired Tony Granato as their new head coach. Granato is a former NHL head coach who is a Wisconsin alum who had a prolific NHL career; he was a Wings assistant. He's bringing his brother Don, the NTDP head coach, and former OSU coach Mark Osiecki with him. Osiecki was doing a not-bad job with OSU when his tenure was suddenly and inexplicably terminated just three years in.

That is a lot of coaching firepower for one program. Wisconsin is going to bounce back just fine. With the addition of Notre Dame this early blip in Big Ten hockey is going to look like just that—a blip. The league has four historical powerhouses; those programs don't just stay down.

Well, most of them…

Not good. Meanwhile in erstwhile Big Ten hockey powers, Tom Anastos still has a job because apparently Sunil Gulati is running MSU's athletic department now. Mark Hollis is making statements that are downright delusional:

I feel really good about where we’re at,” Hollis said. “…I’m also an AD that has to look at, ‘OK, what’s the next five years going to look like, based upon the past five years?’ And from all the assessments I’ve put into this and all the folks I’ve talked to, I’m very confident we’re going to have success here next year and in the immediate future.”

That is the most insane thing I've heard an athletic director say, and I was exposed to years of Dave Brandon. Anastos's teams have gotten worse every year, and this is year five. You can no longer say these things in year five:

Comley left the program bare, though Anastos has been careful not be be overly critical publicly. Most of the players he inherited were not highly recruited.

And guess what… most of the players Anastos is recruiting are not highly recruited. Their recruiting class is bulked up with 20-year-olds like MSU is Merrimack or something, and the guy they seem the most hyped about coming in next year is an overage forward out of the BCHL named Taro Hirose.

Hirose does have a nice line (15-56-71 in 58 games). It probably won't translate. Dexter Dancs came out of that league two years ago with 67 points in 56 games and has mostly been a fourth-liner at Michigan. Before him, Ben Winnett had 58 points in just 39 games; his career high in four years at Michigan was 14 points.

Meanwhile Anastos will not have the services of leading scorer MacKenzie MacEachern, former third round pick and the most Scottish thing not in a bottle. His lone returning draftee at F was –30 last year. I mean… what does it take to fire this guy?

I look forward to having the "Tom Anastos still has a job?" conversation again next year after Wisconsin gets instantly better with their new staff. I'm sorry I'm a broken record about this but keeping Anastos is brutal for the league and what used to be my favorite rivalry in sports.

Etc.: just some dude trying to create Lionel Messi goal, the dessert. OSU's highly touted class has already seen four of five dudes transfer. Willie Henry an underrated draft prospect.


matty blue

March 30th, 2016 at 3:25 PM ^

...the similarities to red are pretty striking.

both were very good players, i think red was a little better; not quite the scorer but it was a different era.  you could make a case either way.

both coached a bit under 3 years in the NHL, had really good second seasons and got canned anyway.  career totals as NHL coaches - red, 204 games, 232 points.  granato 215 games, 241 points.

wisconsin will be back very, very soon.

also, who's more insane?  mark hollis, or graham crouch?  that's some monkeyballs crazy writing, right there. 


March 30th, 2016 at 3:33 PM ^

Heh. The first comment on that Land-Grant Holy Land piece about the problems OSU basketball is having is a trolling UM fan: 

Michigan 2016 Ohio Recruits - Beilein Raiding the State

Xavier Simpson – 2016 Ohio Mr. Basketball

Point Guard – 6-foot, 170 lbs

Lima, OH (Lima Senior)

Ibi Watson – Also had an Indiana Offer

Point Guard – 6-foot-5, lbs

Pickerington, OH (Central)

Jon Teske – 2016 Ohio Mr. Basketball Runner Up

Big – 6-foot-11, 210 lbs

Medina, OH (Medina)

"The team, the team, the team." Bo Schembechler.............


March 30th, 2016 at 3:39 PM ^

From his hiring up till now it's all been nonsensical and has gone exactly as we all thought it would. A guy who had never coached D1 hockey has looked precisely like a guy who has never coached D1 hockey. I don't know why Hollis has abandoned MSU hockey. It's like Hollis only cares to be good at two of his major sports. As long as MSU football stays good I guess he's content to lead their program errode into nothingness? I don't get it. If he was improving year to year- maybe but he's not.


March 30th, 2016 at 4:06 PM ^

what used to be my favorite rivalry in sports.

-Brian Cook
University of Michigan sports blogger
March 30th, 2016

I believe the answer around these parts to any question about sports rivalries is always The Game.


March 30th, 2016 at 4:46 PM ^

I'm sorry, as long as MSU has horseshoes stuffed up their ass in football (and a coach with a facial expression to match) and "Month Of" Izzo in basketball, I have absolutely no problem with their hockey team being complete butt.


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