Bacari Alexander fired

Submitted by Bambi on March 26th, 2018 at 2:48 PM

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Disappointing for the former Beilein assistant but not surprising. Only won 16 games in 2 years and had that weird suspension earlier this year. Interesting to see the difference between his career trajectory and Lavall Jordan. Hope he lands on his feet somehwere.

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Occam's Razor

March 26th, 2018 at 2:50 PM ^

He got suspended earlier in the year for telling a player to suck his dick during practice according to the player's father. 

I'm sure if the W-L record was improved that would be allowed to slide a bit more. 

snarling wolverine

March 26th, 2018 at 2:58 PM ^

Not that I condone that or anything, but it's not unknown for coaches to use the odd vulgarity now and then.  

That seemed like more of a pretext for the player/parent to get back at him than the underlying cause.  I don't know the whole story but I'm assuming that player was someone Bacari inherited from the previous staff?

 

DrMantisToboggan

March 26th, 2018 at 3:15 PM ^

But - and I didn’t know him so this isn’t gospel - I always got the sense that Bo was tough love. It was hell during practice but off the field he loved all his guys. With RichRod I get the sense that he’s really just a very temperamental guy and a stickler and (apparently) not a great person.

wolpherine2000

March 26th, 2018 at 5:54 PM ^

...was a graduate student and team statistician for Bo at Miami. Measured and Appropriate are not words that my father has ever used to describe Bo's use of obscenity. He has said that handing off the stats clipboard to Bo at halftime, he was held responsible not just for the accuracy of the stats, but also what they represented...

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

March 26th, 2018 at 4:47 PM ^

I dunno, this latest issue he's had notwithstanding, I always got the impression he cared a ton for his players.  The way Bacon described it, RR learned way back in Bumpkintown, WV that if he was going to run the offense he basically invented, every player had to execute damn near perfectly or the ballcarrier would get murdered - the offense being predicated specifically on not blocking various defenders.  So in order to get the point across and not allow the defense free shots at his tiny ballcarriers, he felt he had to become a yelling maniac.

Heptarch

March 26th, 2018 at 5:37 PM ^

Sure.  But then Bo was also from a time where his parents and grandparents hadn't completely fucked up the world they expected him to inherit.

For the record, I'm a GenXer, not a Millennial.  I just have some sympathy for them given the unique challenges they have to deal with.

DrMantisToboggan

March 26th, 2018 at 6:08 PM ^

I've never understood this line. It's tossed around like this isn't the greatest time in history to be alive. Each generation inherits the problems of the last, and what millennials have inherited is no more fucked up (it's actually less so) than the generations prior. There's basically a major war once or twice a generation. There's generally a massive economic correction or two. Previous generations have had to fight much more in the way of civil rights...do you mean to say that millennials world is worse than the one inherited by a generation of Black Americans that decided they were going to risk their lives for civil rights, or women in America who decided they were putting their foot down to have a say in our political system (I know that you wouldn't insinuate that, just making the point).

 

Point is, yes, Millennials will have to work to navigate and manage the problems of this world, but acting like other generations didn't have similar challenges and like life isn't the best right now when compared to any point in any generation prior is a bit outlandish. 

snarling wolverine

March 26th, 2018 at 6:38 PM ^

Each generation inherits the problems of the last, and what millennials have inherited is no more fucked up (it's actually less so) than the generations prior.

Strongly disagree here. The national debt is projected to reach a staggering $21 trillion next year, and for all that, we still haven't figured out how to pay for the Boomers' retirement. The country has never had such a narrow worker-to-retiree ratio as it currently does, and it gets worse by the month. Today's young adults are inheriting a total structural financial disaster in the making.  It's incredibly irresponsible what we are doing right now regarding the governmental budget.  

DrMantisToboggan

March 26th, 2018 at 6:40 PM ^

Listen, I am absolutely here for a discussion on our crippling debt and how social security (which, I would love to discuss which generation's idea that was) will not be a thing in 50-100 years, I feel you, but in aggregation there is no way to argue that what faces this generation is relatively horrific. Everyone (who is of age) has voting rights. We've long had the Equal Pay Act. Even war is more humane now than it was 40 years ago. There was a time when social security didn't exist. We will figure something out - we always do. It might not be great for everyone, but being 30 in 2018 is not at all worse than being 30 in 1999 or in 1968 or 1943, yada yada yada.

bo_lives

March 26th, 2018 at 7:08 PM ^

I would at least argue being 30 in 1999 was maybe slightly better than being 30 in 2018. The economic growth of the 2010s pales in comparison to the growth of the 90s. We'll see how the next 50 years go... After all, Millennials are the first generation since the Great Depression who aren't expected to be richer than their parents. Overall I agree with the sentiment that every generation has its challenges and things have been progressively better since basically the Revolutinoary War. I think the biggest issue that is up in the air is what the combination of massive debt and demographic shifts will mean. From 2018-2035 there is projected to be a precipitious decline from >4 workers per retiree to <2.5 workers per retiree. It's not entirely clear what changes that will bring.

Kick Out The Jams

March 26th, 2018 at 7:18 PM ^

You may certainly be correct that "today's young adults are inheriting a total structural financial disaster", but the young adults of the 1930's inherited 20% unemployment rates, soup lines and rising fascism in Europe.  Ask the families of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, or the families of the four little girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing if they think life was so much easier in the early to mid sixties.

I'm not saying things are a bed of roses now, but today's young people aren't the first to inherit a messed up world.

MichiganTeacher

March 26th, 2018 at 9:30 PM ^

You might not be saying it, but I'll say it: things are a bed of roses now.

FFS, people consider themselves poor if they don't have air conditioning, a mobile phone, a second brain aka the internet, and not just a doctor but a doctor who specializes in whatever they need. 

R-O-S-E-S.

tasnyder01

March 27th, 2018 at 8:53 AM ^

We expect the trend to continue. Our parents had better lives than our grandparents. Our grandparents better than their parents. And now we are expected to have a worse one. We deal.

I'm a 27 year old actuary, have studied basically two hours after work almost every night after work since undergrad. And yet, I live in an apartment with other guys while my parents owned houses on military salaries at this age.

I think its foolish to dismiss the benefits both generations received. We received many, but some benefits won't be there for us. Medicare and Social Security are due to become bankrupt. The job market was/is worse. Etc.

I understand paying your dues -- I have -- but to say "its easier" is to miss the things that are harder. Financially, our generation does not have it as easy as people who went before us. Just look at expected wealth: we are the first generation to have it decrease in almost 100 years. Again, we expected the trend to continue; it didn't.

/end rant.

Heptarch

March 28th, 2018 at 8:20 PM ^

I don't have the numbers to hand right now, forgive me.

But at the very least Milennials have to deal with crushing debt to get a college education... that doesn't really help them in the workplace as it used to. The only thing worse than putting yourself in such debt is not having a college degree.

Add to that the fact that they are inheriting a world where climate change is wreaking havoc, wealth disparity is at an all time high, politics is more divided and polarized than at any time in modern history and wage growth isn't even coming close to the growth of prices...

Then when they bring these things up, their elders are doing the same things they've always done:  Pretend the problems don't exist in the hopes that they'll go away or that they will "self-correct" and accuse the younger generation of being entitled.

I can understand why they're pissed.

UMfan21

March 26th, 2018 at 3:16 PM ^

My HS coach was the same way.  Also he worked for the local Sherriff, so it was a bit more intimidating in a small town.  I remember one halftime we were losing and he was in one of his tirades just chewing us out.  Took a kids helmet and threw it, whizzing past a kid's face.  It hit the cinderblock wall so hard the helmet cracked and equipment manager had to scramble to get a new one.

He was a piece of work and the reason I quit football.

jmblue

March 26th, 2018 at 3:29 PM ^

Our coach was OK.  He picked his moments to go off.  When he did, we knew we'd really screwed up, because he wasn't usually like that.

What I don't like are the coaches that seem to be yelling all the time, no matter what.  I wouldn't want to play for someone like that.

 

Rabbit21

March 26th, 2018 at 3:31 PM ^

I'll never forget the waves of tobacco juice and obsecnities pouring onto my face as my facemask got shaken back and forth.  Didn't love it, but it was a hell of a motivator to fix whatever the coach was pointing out.  I don't even remember the guys name anymore, just remember he was a dick.  I do remember the guys who got on my case, but actually taught me something at the same time.

Hail-Storm

March 27th, 2018 at 9:31 AM ^

used to go off on me every game multiple times when I was 11 in my first year of club.  I used to hate it, but halfway through the season I realized he was yelling, but he was also showing me what I was supposed to do. So once you got past the yelling part, you realized he is teaching you.  He also would send you back in to correct what you did.  The best feeling was being yanked from a game and going over to get yelled at, and him telling me good game. 

My first boss after college was a Navy guy and operated similarly.  He'd yell and give you a hard time to get you to stand up for your position.  He'd see if you could dig yourself out of a hole in a meeting, but would bail you out if you ended up digging to deep.

cjmcgow

March 26th, 2018 at 3:29 PM ^

UDM alum here. The kid that he did this to was a JUCO guy that Bacari brought in this year. Even though I was all for the hire, it's been a complete dumpster fire. Especially with the 7 game suspension that happend earlier this year. Plus our best player just annouced he was transferring just two days ago which may not have helped. I was at the UDM/Mich game at LCA and that was by far the worst game I've ever watched and had enough after that. I didn't expect to win, but the team looked like they didn't even try and that was his first game back after that suspension