Would you be in favor of hiring a rival coach for Head Coach?

Submitted by sheepdog on October 20th, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Pretty straightforward question (and pretty hypothetical because this doesn't seem like a legit question to have to answer this time around).

If a rival coach of the caliber of a Kelly, Dantonio, Meyer or one of their capable coordinators (like a Naduzzi) showed interest, would you be in favor of this for the HEAD COACHING job at Michigan?

Also, does anyone know of some examples of this happening before?  Recent example would be USC hiring Sarkisian from Washington, although not the same level as aformentioned rivals.  

Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with it - even Tressel or someone - as long as we win.  If we didn't win, the world may end.  Our (arguably) beloved GMatt has had stops at both UM and ND, and was embraced again by the UM community a few years ago, as a DC though, obviously.


EDIT: In case anyone was confused about which position I am referring to, it would be our J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach.



October 20th, 2014 at 4:37 PM ^

I've been backing Tressel throughout "the process" or whatever hell we all currently occupy with Michigan, the AD and any potential coaching search. People talk about how the next coach needs to be elite, an excellent recruiter, a national level hire etc. Tressel ticks all the boxes.

And for people who question the guy's ethics vis a vis tatgate its pretty obvious that he was the one who paid the penalty for what was clearly an institutional level compliance problem. Gee walked, Smith actually consolidated his power and tOSU moved on to Meyer. Pretty sure the NCAA would scale down his penalties. 

Jim Tressel is a hell of a football coach. Period. People talk about second chances and redemption. I'd say taking over as the Ira and Nikki Harris Head Football Coach at Ann Arbor would be a start. Also, he could fire Brandon.



October 20th, 2014 at 8:54 PM ^

He's a great football coach.  He's a big name.  His hiring would generate SO much buzz around our program and a LOT of kids would be confident of a Michigan resurgence and want to be part of that.  

Tressel and Jim Harbaugh are the only real home runs out there.  

For all of the confusion and fear it would cause the Buckeye nation, my first preference would be Tressel.  His hire would be GLORIOUS.


October 20th, 2014 at 4:21 PM ^

say what you want about Tressel being a sleaze ball - but I don't buy it for one single second.  He was the fall man for the university and he did take the bullet for OSU. 

Tressell was a class act, and I still believe it to be so.  He was a guy with high character and class, and that was what made it so damn hard losing to them because unlike Dantonio, Tressell was a good man and not a douchy dick.

Tressell is a great man of good character and was made a fall man for the Ohio State University's greater good.

Would I want him as our coach? maybe. Boy would that be something.



October 20th, 2014 at 8:58 PM ^

I guess Tressel's contemporaries in honesty would be Urban Meyer (heart issues never returning to coaching), James Franklin (rape investigation), Joe Paterno (pedophile defender/facilitator), Bobby Petrino (something about girlfriends and Harleys), Nick Saban (that whole injury thing, never coaching at Alabama etc.) and on and on.

Look, the coaching profession isn't full of ethical guys. Except Lloyd Carr, perhaps...and he would have been run out of Ann Arbor on a rail in 2007 had he not walked away.


October 20th, 2014 at 4:48 PM ^

At what point do we stop moralizing as a fan base so we can have nice things? James Franklin rape case cover up, Joe Paterno covers for a now convicted pedophile, Brian Kelly puts a kid in a tower in 50 mph winds to film practice but the school "apologized", Mike Leach locks kids with (alleged) concussions in sheds, Nick Saban oversigns and his players get strange injuries causing them to end up at Colorado State...so does Auburn etc. etc.

Tressel was clearly a player in a very signfiicant institutionally approved series of violations over years. He was also an exceptionally good coach. He was also the coach who took the fall for that school. Not the president, the AD, compliance...nobody. Well, TP, perhaps.

The elite ones (Miles, Meyer, Harbaugh etc.) they all come with moral/ethical/behavioral issues. Why not redemption? Can we not also have nice things? Or does our "moral compass" come first. Dave Brandon could have written that last line.