BBrown: Statement From Jabrill Peppers

Submitted by Brandon Brown on November 26th, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I am still 100% committed to the University of Michigan and that is the place where I want to go to college.  With the rumors about Coach Hoke possibly not being there I need to make sure that I have options and have seen other places in case the University of Michigan decides to go in a different direction.  For the sake of my future I need to make sure I have other options.  No need to look into it any further! Go Blue and beat TDS



November 27th, 2013 at 12:12 AM ^

seen a lot of people calling for Hoke's head... yet. I was one of the most vocal blog members against the Hoke hire and I even think he needs to stick around through his contract. Borges, on the other hand, is not a BCS level coordinator.


November 27th, 2013 at 1:04 PM ^

There's been a few, maybe not a lot, but what I'm really talking about is this sort of thing:…

That's on the kid's hello post, where we welcome him to the program and thank him for his commitment. It's probably the first and maybe the last time he visits the blog, and what does he see? A poster--and not a new troll but somebody that's been here since RR days--says it'll be a waste of his talent if he actually has to play for the coaches he just committed to.

One post like that is too many. Wrong time, wrong place.


November 26th, 2013 at 3:59 PM ^

Except that wasn't an extension... his original contract had a term of 6 years and the kicker is that he has an expensive buy-out provision ($4 million this year and $3 million next year). 

Therefore, my point is that Michigan will not pay $4 million to cut him loose. 

As an aside, if Coach Hoke were to terminate (which is governed by Section 4.04 - Termination by Head Coach) that would be totally different than Coach Hoke being fired by the school (which is governed by Section 4.01 - Termination without cause).

Mr. Carson

November 26th, 2013 at 3:53 PM ^

I have never once defended Al Borges in terms of his playcalling or his control of this offense, and I have stated repeatedly that I think he should be fired after the end of the year.  

What drives me insane are the people who take one phrase out of context and use it as a springboard to send flying their personal dislike of the man, or people like Brian who take an fairly harmless statement from Hoke and use it for some grand diatribe about how the administration and coaches are ruining the lives of fans or whatever that hell that adolescent rant was about.

Mr. Carson

November 26th, 2013 at 4:08 PM ^

What I think is that people vastly underestimate the power of internet media to contribute to the narrative that a coaching change may occur, especially on a site with as much traffic as this one.  I'm not saying other coaches aren't feeding the fire.


November 26th, 2013 at 4:14 PM ^

Exactly what I was thinking the entire time.  If a highly touted recruit with a vast support base is openly stating he's keeping his options open because there is now a slight possibility Hoke will be gone after this, it means one of two things:  Rival coaches are trying to drop hints at him that Hoke will be gone, or legitimate sources are telling him there's an actual chance this may happen.

MGoBloggers have not started this rumor, nor are they the ones perpetuating it. It's pretty much an accepted fact that the temperature on Hoke's seat is about to get a little bit toasty depending on the outcome of Saturday's game.  You'd be a fool to think otherwise.


November 26th, 2013 at 5:13 PM ^

That is ridiculous.  There absolutely is a chance he gets fired this year.  Now I'd honestly be utterly shocked if he was let go and think the odds are quite minute at best, but I'm not going to pretend that his job is completely safe at this point.  A loss to Ohio puts him on a piping hot seat with a one year countdown until termination unless he turns it around (with a small wildcard chance we break it off with him after this season). 


November 26th, 2013 at 3:39 PM ^

How many would be one time posters? How many have already banned? How many established members are calling for Hoke's head? Literally no one on the staff is. I cannot think of one person who consistently posts here who has been asking for Hoke to be fired on a regular basis. 

Again: The only thing the vast majority of people are asking for is the worst OC for the past month of college football to be gone.

Mr. Carson

November 26th, 2013 at 3:44 PM ^

Several established posters, but that's irrelevant.  Who cares how many one time posters?  All it takes is one post for that particular rumor to be out there. Recruits read blogs.  When one of them sees dozens posts speculating about a head coach being fired, it's pretty natural to believe it might impact them.


November 26th, 2013 at 3:48 PM ^

I think you are wrong. 2010, when there were hundreds of posts daily about RR being fired? Yeah, I'm with you. But its not even close to the same atmosphere. There's the occasional comment about Hoke being gone, but even then, it usually goes hand in hand with something like: I think Hoke deserves at least two more years so long as he gets rid of Borges. 

There are articles being ran in MSM about Hoke potentially not being the guy, but I think its a real stretch to blame MGoBlog or its members this time around. 


November 26th, 2013 at 3:50 PM ^

I'd have to think that recruits are smart enough to realize that seeing these "dozens of posts" (which I seem to have missed, especially if they come from reputable mgoblog people) are just a natural byproduct of being on the internet and no real indication of the fate of a certain coach. These recruits are probably more informed than 95 percent of commentors with these situations.