June 23rd, 2017 at 1:01 PM ^

He needs a huge raise.  He's probably the best insurance policy for a Beilein replacement in the event Jordan doesn't work out at Butler so it would be good for the immediate and long term future to keep him around as long as possible.


June 23rd, 2017 at 1:56 PM ^

he'll almost certainly move to another head coaching position.  But 1) I think he's an ideal fit for the staff now, so it would be good to keep him, and 2) the longer he stays here and falls in love with the community/makes it a "home", the more likely he'd be to come back if we come calling. We might have better options, but might not.  So would be good to have a stronger sell to him.

Chalky White

June 26th, 2017 at 7:46 AM ^

I got in my car this morning. Sam Webb was in full apology mode. I can't understand losing your most impactful assistant to NW.

Now Webb is asking if they should hire Crean. There is no way he would hire a Harbaugh and listen to rumors about being replaced by Crean for the next however many years.


June 23rd, 2017 at 2:24 PM ^

In any case, Collins probably told Billy not to lose his number regardless of whether it was Chris or Phil. Either way, it will be interesting to see if this becomes another staffing need to fill, although having your staff in demand is not the worst problem to have, or at least it is nice to have as a feather in your cap. 

Swayze Howell Sheen

June 23rd, 2017 at 1:31 PM ^

is just doing one thing: trying to stay "good" until Coach K retires. That coaching tree is so barren that a couple of ok years at Northwestern will land him a sweet job at his Alma Mater.


June 23rd, 2017 at 2:14 PM ^

Per Brian Snow, coaches are texting him that Donlon is going to Northwestern. He's also not at UM's Elite camp today.

What an embrassment. Richest athletic department in the country and we are losing assistant coaches to Northwestern and Butler. NORTHWESTERN AND BUTLER.

Can't wait to see people polish this turd.


June 23rd, 2017 at 2:29 PM ^

had anything to do with money, though. Meyer is getting close to the end of his career and wants to be near his grandchilden, Donlon wants to work with his best friend. Not sure what anyone in UM's Ath Dept. could do about those things. But Beilein haters have to love having something come up this offseason to complain about after he so thouroughly embarassed them the last two months of the season, I guess.


June 23rd, 2017 at 2:32 PM ^

Keep telling yourself that. Sam Webb posted on his board that a raise would have kept both at Michigan. Someone clue in Warde that he has a $182 million budget this year.

Mr. Yost

June 25th, 2017 at 2:00 PM ^

It's true...

Meyer is basically pulling a Greg Mattison. 

You really think Mattison couldn't go somewhere and be a DC tomorrow if he wanted to? 75% of the schools in the country would fire their guy in a heartbeat to hire him + more than half the NFL.

So yes, people don't only make decisions because of money.

Donlon's case isn't about money either...Michigan has offered him plenty. He's from Chicago and he gets to coach with a good friend. A good friend that may be leaving shortly and could hand him the keys to a B1G job. The same logic says he could stay at Michigan and wait for Beilein to hand him the keys as well. 

What it all comes down to is he likes Chicago over Ann Arbor and coaching every day with his friend (Collins) over Beilein. It's not that far fetched. Michigan is willing to pay, they were willing to pay Meyer as well. Teams are willing to Mattison.

Sometimes people make decisions for things other than money.

Mr. Yost

June 24th, 2017 at 5:40 PM ^

Michigan can afford and has worked hard to keep him. Collins is his friend. You are insufferable.

Just like LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh took paycuts to play basketball with their friends. They didn't automatically sign with the teams that could pay them the most money. Steph Curry and Durant are doing the same thing.

Friendship means something to people. Your comment implies that Michigan wasn't willing to offer him money. They are.

Michigan can also groom him as the next head coach...we knew Beilein is getting up there. So it makes sense to stay from a professional standpoint too. But going to coach with your friend also makes just depends on the person.

But use this as another feather in your Fire Beilein cap. Because you know everything.


Warde Manual has PROVEN money isn't going to get in the way of retaining anyone. This case is no different. 


June 23rd, 2017 at 2:35 PM ^

Screwed by LaVall Jordan twice in one week. He takes Meyer, and then by leaving Milwaukee, they hire the Northwestern assistant, which opens up a spot for Collins to poach Donlon.

The whole chain of events started by OSU and Matta. The Buckeyes are the worst.


June 23rd, 2017 at 2:48 PM ^

You all need to read the linked article.

  • Collins and Donlon went to the same high school (Glenbrook) in the Chicago area.
  • They're very good friends.
  • Donlon still has family in the Chicago area.
  • Donlon was consoled by Collins after being fired by Wright State.
  • Collins called up Beilein and asked Beilein to consider hiring Donlon . . . would have hired Donlon at Northwestern last year if he had an opening.
  • Collins and Conlon's high school coach is an assistant coach under Collins.
  • Conlon's father was an asst at NW, and Conlon was a ballboy at NW.
  • There is an opening, created when a NW took the position at Milwaukee, filling the position vacated by LaVall Jordan going to Butler.

There are a ton of reasons for Donlon to go to NW. It kind of sucks, but I trust in Beilein to find new assistant coaches.