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01/18/2019 - 10:33am Saban claimed he wasn't…

Saban claimed he wasn't taking the Alabama job over and over again while he was still the head coach of the Dolphins.  Call it karma or whatever you want, but Saban is the last person who should be surprised by coaches making the best "business" decision for them and their family.

01/09/2019 - 2:46pm I mentioned this before, but…

I mentioned this before, but it was several years ago.  I sent an email to Jim Harbaugh when I first heard they were bringing back helmet stickers, but weren't sure what to use.  I attached a pic of just a wolverine paw print, which would have a similar, but slightly different look to what Clemson uses.  I started the email by saying I wasn't sure who is hired to read Coach Harbaugh's emails, and ended it saying something like "thanks to whoever is reading this".  It was just a quick email where I explained that, although the mascot is the wolverine, it isn't really visible on any of the athletic team's uniforms.  Anyway, about a week later I got this reply:


Nick, thank you for the interest your brother and you have in Michigan Football and also your supporting the  decision to reinstate the helmet stickers. Appreciate very much your thoughts on the design,we are in process of gathering thoughts and again appreciate your input. Jim Harbaugh (I promise)
 

Attack this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.....

I thought that it was incredibly cool for him to respond.  I know it doesn't take a lot of time to quickly type a few sentences and hit send, but it was just a very nice thing to do.  Not sure if your friend has any doubts about it actually being from Harbaugh or not, but if he is, let him know that it is not entirely uncommon for Harbaugh to respond to an email.

01/08/2019 - 1:38pm How?  OSU has been the…

How?  OSU has been the better program for over a decade.  Aside from one "down" year when Hoke beat Fickell, OSU has been the vastly superior program.  You want to talk about history and prestige? Then I'd agree, in general.  But recent history has shown OSU to be the superior program.  Washington had no ties to Ann Arbor, aside from his connection to Don Brown, and he was only at Michigan for a single year.  It isn't like the guy was around for a decade then bolted.  He has family ties to both, OSU, and Columbus.  So, if we go by what you are saying, that Michigan and OSU are the same caliber program, then he is making a pretty good move as he will, presumably, be closer to family and be back where he grew up.  I don't fault the guy for doing what is best for him and his family.  I don't love him going straight to OSU from Michigan, but what is he supposed to do?  Take a gap year and coach linebackers at LSU or something just to water down the decision to go to OSU for Michigan fans? C'mon.

12/29/2018 - 7:15pm I was kind of hoping…

I was kind of hoping Patterson would enter the draft.  I really like Dylan McCaffrey, and what we've seen from him when he's played.  McCaffrey throws the ball on a line whereas Patterson seems to put more air underneath it.  Idk, definitely a disappointing end to the season, but next year has a more favorable schedule and I hope coaching can get this team turned around.  Open up the offense for christ sake.  They have been landing high quality wr's USE THEM!  Spread the field a bit.  

12/27/2018 - 3:02pm Princeton, being an Ivy…

Princeton, being an Ivy League school, is always going to carry a bit more prestige, just on the name alone.  That said, it doesn't seem like the engineering programs are so far about that it would make any big difference in terms of the education she would be getting.  I know it has been said on here that Michigan is the higher rated of the two programs anyway.  I think the bigger factors are cost and distance.  That is a lot of money you could save by having her go in-state at Michigan.  Not to mention the costs of her traveling back home than back to Princeton.  Also there is having to worry about a car, getting the car to her, etc.  Overall, it would seem like you could save close to or more than $100,000 while having your daughter receive the same calibur, if not better, of education than she would have had at Princeton.  That is also without saying that being able to attend the same school that both your parents did would be a pretty cool thing to forever share.  Of course, if your daughter is one of those highly independent kids who wants to make her own path in life, she could do a hell of a lot worse than going to Princeton haha.  Good luck. 

12/10/2018 - 3:11pm Some of the replies in this…

Some of the replies in this thread are incredibly disheartening.  We all love U of M and think very highly of the school, but not everyone does.  It is not like Hill switched to Ole Miss or some other mid-tier Power 5 program, he switched to THE current college football school in Alabama.  I hate Bama and strongly dislike Saban, but the guy is an unreal coach and has been running a powerhouse for damn near a decade.  I have no idea about whether the OSU game had any impact on Hill's flip or if any talk of Harbaugh going to the NFL contributed, but at a minimum I'd imagine they didn't help.  All the bullshit about it must be a bagman or Saban is cheating is just pathetic bullshit.  The recent history between Michigan and Bama football are uncomparable, as are their coaches (which is tough for me to say, but there is no question Saban is the best coach in the country).  Saban also specializes in coaching defensive backs which is not Harbaugh's specialty.  Not that Hill wouldn't have gotten great coaching at Michigan too.  I'm sure there were a lot of reasons for Hill's transfer, not just one, but to pin it all on a theory of him being paid by Bama is just short sighted bullshit which refuses to accept Bama and Saban for the power house program they are.  

11/19/2018 - 10:38am He was kicking the hell out…

He was kicking the hell out of the ball.  He obviously made all the kicks, but sitting in the stands by the sideline, being unable to see whether it was on target or not, they were boots.  Different than how Nordin has been kicking.  Nordin's kicks this year have been all over the place.  Even when he has made some kicks this year, the ball has a weird spin to it.  They just haven't been "pure".  Accuracy is one thing, but what Nordin has been doing this year has been really odd.  He has the leg to kick it from 60, but he has been terribly inconsistent.  Glad Moody was lights out.

05/30/2018 - 4:51pm Depending on where you parked

Brush park (the lots with all those really old, really big houses on them) is getting redone with new apartments as well as the surrounding area.  That has been new in the last few years.  Brush Street going from the stadium and almost all the way to the hospital has been getting a lot of new business and there are some pretty nice new places to eat along there as well.  All down Cass and into by Wayne State has gone through a hell of a transformation, but that isn't anything really new.  A lot of the older buildings are being renovated and getting power washed and it makes a difference.

03/19/2018 - 2:18pm It's Logical

If Poole misses that 3, I think a majority of people here would say Michigan had an off night and that the best team didn't win.  Idk what Sampson is supposed to say.  They had chances to win and put the game away, they didn't and lost by one point.  When a game is that close for the entire game, both teams have an argument that they were "the better team".  I obviously think Michigan is the better team, but a real solid argument could be made that Houston played better than Michigan and should have won the game.  That said, Kelvin Sampson is a cheating SOB and how he keeps getting NCAA coaching jobs is beyond me, so to hell with him.

02/27/2018 - 7:17am Rumor I Saw

Was that Yzerman had his deal with the Rangers in place for some time and kept the Wings and Senators engaged in trade talks about Green/Karlsson so that Tampa's competitors had little room/time to trade for one of them.  Not sure how true it is, but it's pretty savvy if true.  Either way, moving Tatar hurts, but you cannot argue with what they got.  Still baffled on how they didn't trade Green.

02/24/2018 - 8:27pm FWIW

Influence peddling isn't always a crime.  Agree that it is shady as hell and probably s sign that more is going on.

02/24/2018 - 8:24pm In this circumstance

Couldn't they just say the agent was acting as an advisor?  Listen, I know all of this is bullshit and has been going on forever.  I'm not refusing to acknowledge anything, and Bridges, apparently isn't inelligible.  This is an FBI investigation, that is going to take more time to conclude, and then, after they are finished, the NCAA can look into it.  That doesn't mean shit wont come out and coaches can get fired, but the NCAA isn't going to be able to actually sanction anyone or team for a while.  Whatever happens between now and then is going to be a preemptive measure by the school.

02/24/2018 - 11:35am No, I agree

that all of that is possible or even likely, but the article doesn't go into that.  It doesn't say MSU offered Bowen any money, or that Izzo even knew of the agreement.  Completely agree that it is for sure possible other shit has gone on and is going on, but that is not what the article went into.  People are acting like this is some seriously damning report that Izzo cannot possibly survive, when, in the end, all we for sure know happened was Miles Bridges's mom getting just under $550 for something, and that an assistant of his tried to negiotate a tit-for-tat trade of MSU getting a recruit in exchange for them steering a few players to a sports agency.  This could obviously only be the start of something much larger and worse for MSU, but right now, as is, it's bad, and raises more questions, but isn't terrible to the point that MSU would consider getting rid of Izzo.

02/24/2018 - 11:29am I understand that

But that is not what is alleged to have happened.  Steering someone to an agency is different then that player hiring an agent.  I didn't see anywhere that said Harris or Bridges hired an agent, it is saying an assistant said they would steer them to the agency.  This doesn't mention anything about the players themselves having any idea any of this was going on, right?  Again, I read the article as an MSU assistant agreed to have Harris and Bridges go to that sports agency in exchange for a recruit being steered toward MSU.  It doesn't mean shadier shit hasn't or isn't going on, but this article isn't that damning as some are making it out to be.  

02/24/2018 - 9:31am If I understand it right

The MSU assistant was offering to steer Bridges and Harris to a different agency in exchange from a top recruit being steered toward MSU?  Is that right?  If that is the case, is that an NCAA violation?  It sounds shady as hell, but I honestly don't know if it violates anything.  The recruit and is family aren't getting any improper benefits or really, anything out of this, and Harris and Bridges can go with whatever agency they want to go with.  Again, it doesn't look good, but I honetly don't know if it violates the NCAA rules, in terms of the recruit himself.

02/23/2018 - 11:04am I mean

"There's not a Sparty fan in existence who hasn't already rationalized everything and come to the conclusion that it's just a witch hunt."

That's false, but keep believing it if you want to.

02/23/2018 - 10:28am Thank you

Exactly.  If anything, his mom getting paid gives him MORE of a reason to leave for the NBA, which is why I don't think Miles knew about the payments (whether or not that matters to the NCAA idk).  If you look at some of the players named in the yahoo article, those who are already in the NBA, don't really lose anything.  Sure, the school they played for will get hit, but it doesn't cost the players anything.  If Bridges had gone into the NBA, his name popping up now wouldn't really harm him or cost him anything.  

02/23/2018 - 10:09am What?

Why do we now know “why Bridges stayed another year”? No matter how much money this agent would have given to his mom, it is a tiny fraction of the amount Bridges would have made this year in the NBA. If the most they have on Bridges is that his mom got a total of $550, that isn’t a whole lot. Plus, they can’t show that the money went to Miles or that he even knew about it. Yahoo pumped this story for weeks and aside from a few players who are currently in the nba getting tens of thousands of dollars, there isn’t much going on that we didn’t already assume was happening.

01/17/2018 - 8:07pm Sry

posted twice

01/17/2018 - 8:05pm For coverage purposes

There are a few things.  The biggest difference, I believe, is that Sandusky was directly tied to JoePa, who was treated as a god in PA.  Also, NCAA Football vs. Gymnastics/Track.  Football is one of the most watch sport in the country and Sandusky had a pretty big role in Penn States football program.  Sadly, I think another reason for the difference in coverage is because this is the 3rd major NCAA investigation in like 4 years.  Between PSU, Baylor and now MSU, what is going on at MSU, in terms of abuse and a mass coverup has, unfortunately, already happened, and happened recently.  I think the feeling goes form "oh my god that is terrible, what the hell was everyone thinking?!" to "Oh wow, here we go again", almost like people have been desensatised to it to some extent.  Not saying it's right, but those are atleast my thoughts about the coverage. 

01/16/2018 - 12:42pm Damn man

Seriously?  "Spartans Will"?  Grow the fuck up and realize how entirely jacked up this entire thing is.  Get the fuck outta here.

01/14/2018 - 12:14pm Seriously? haha

Any playoff team playing on the road is going to have a bad record.  8 teams play indoors, if, for some reason, the Falcons or Vikings job came open after this year, I'd bet they will be very sought after jobs.  Candidates woudn't be turning those down just because they play indoors.  Haha, thinking the "biggest reason" Patricia wouldn't take the Lions job because they play indoors is just so insane haha.

01/14/2018 - 11:53am The

Cubs

01/14/2018 - 10:24am The guy

Wore a Goodell Clown shirt while stepping off the plane after winning the Super Bowl.  He has a reputation for being an insane hard worker and is obsessed with details, so much so that Butler credited Patricia for his Super Bowl saving interception.  Patricia has coached offense and defense while he worked his way up and through the Pats organization.  I think he is a good fit for Detroit especially with his relationship with our GM.  The only real arguments against are that he's never been a head coach, very few Pats coordinators go on to success as head coaches, and, it's the Lions, it doesn't matter who they hire, they will always be terrible.  I'm more excited about this hire than I have been for any of the Lions last 3 coaches, Caldwell, Schwartz, Marinelli.  I mean, they were able to get a coach that other teams actually wanted to hire.  That hasn't happened in easily over a decade.

01/14/2018 - 10:14am First time I can remember

Having a GM/Coach combo that other teams in the NFL would actually want to have.

01/14/2018 - 10:13am Not Quin

But Stafford was the one who publicly said he wanted to keep JBC as the OC.  I'd imagine Quinn would have talked to Patricia about keeping JBC, but I do not think Quin was demanding Patricia to keep him.  He might prefer ifhe did, but I think the decision is Patricia's

01/08/2018 - 10:58pm They were

Ranked 12th once and 11th once and top 10 every year for over a decade which included years of being ranked 3rd, and 2nd.  I mean, whatever man, believe what you want to believe, if it makes you feel better to think that every team that is having success is paying its players, go for it, whatever helps you sleep at night.  But any notion that UGA hasn't been an elite program recruiting is just completely false.  

01/08/2018 - 5:41pm Haha

And you're delusional if you think that "UGA suddenly is recruiting at an elite level".  Since 2001, Georgia has had 2 recruiting classes ranked outside the Top 10, and they were ranked 11th, and 12th.  Georiga has finished in the Top 8 in recruiting rankings each of the last 4 years.  So UGA has actually been recruiting at a very high and elite level for well over a decade.  I'm not sure how you can think two years of Kirby Smart means that all of a sudden Georgia is somehow paying players to be there, when a lot of the players on that team weren't recruited by Kirby Smart.  I think SEC recruiting can be dirtier than any other conference, but I don't think the success of Saban is a result of him paying players to come to Alabama.  Maybe, just maybe, Saban is a hell of a coach?  You don't have to like him, and I certainly don't, but it's hard to ignore his constant success and his ability to maintain it.

01/08/2018 - 5:40pm Bama

I think teams that try to play the way Bama does end up getting beat up and lose.  Teams have very rarely beaten Bama at their own game because they are just too good at it.  Although, considering Kirby Smart was coaching there less than two years ago, he might have some added info which won't hurt, but regardless, I think this one is all Tide...again....boo 

01/08/2018 - 4:19pm Is

Ole Miss playing tonight?

01/05/2018 - 11:18pm From what I remember about him leaving

He felt an OC at an SEC school was a better path to getting a power 5 job.  He was also going to make substantially more money at Arkansas.  You don't turn around a 3 win team to make them bowl eligible for three straight years and then think to yourself, "yeah, this head coaching thing isn't for me".  He left to make more money at an arguably, higher profile position.  I'm not saying he is a good hire for Michigan.  I think it is uninspiring, but to say he wasn't good at CMU is flat out wrong.  I was mad at him leaving because you don't typically see head coaches leave a school they have relative success at to be a coordinator.  

01/05/2018 - 4:31pm That's a BS stat though

Kelly did a great job, Butch Jones took over with a slew of players Brian Kelly recruited and ran the MAC then, wisely, left when those players did.  Enos took over a team that was a lot worse than any team Butch Jones took over.  It is not easy to turn a 3 win team into a bowl eligible team in 2 years in the MAC.  

01/05/2018 - 4:26pm What and who are these "faithful"?

I was at CMU and was pissed he was hired because his offense is really different from the offenses of Brian Kelly and Butch Jones.  CMU fans, like myself, don't like him because he ditched a head coaching gig to be an OC and a mid-bottom tier SEC school.  You can argue whether the move is better or worse than lateral, but he had a better shot at getting a power 5 head coaching gig if he stayed at CMU and continued having .500+ records year after year.  I don't think anyone was happy to see him go.  If you go to a MAC school, going to a bowl game is pretty much the goal.  In his last 3 years there CMU was bowl eligible.  If a guy takes a 3-9 team and makes them bowl eligible within 2 years in the MAC, that is pretty good.  Plenty of MAC schools who get players like Lefevour and Antonio Brown have a solid 3 year run with maybe one really great season then the school doesn't have any success for the better part of a decade.  He helped reload CMU after Butch Jones left.    

01/05/2018 - 4:18pm Ruined CMU?

How?  CMU lost Dan Lefevour, lost their senior WR Bryan Anderson, their best defensive player Frank Zombo, and their best DB in Josh Gordy.  Oh and some guy named Antonio Brown decided to leave after his junior year.  So Enos took over a CMU team that lost a ton of its talent.  Had two seasons of 3-9 before having a 3 year record of 20-18.  He left CMU to take a pay raise and be OC at an SEC school, which pissed off a lot of CMU fans.  He did not "ruin" Central by any means.

01/03/2018 - 2:04pm I mean he got

Picked up by the Ravens almost immediately after the season was over.  He was a pretty good OC in Buffalo, but typically, coordinators who are fired midseason do not get hired to be a coordinator at that same position the following year.  I don't doubt that if Roman stays in the NFL he will get another OC gig.  But, generally, anytime someone is fired midseason, they are not hired to that same position at a different team that offseason.

01/03/2018 - 1:54pm And

Wisconsin really improved with CMU's transfer :P

01/03/2018 - 10:07am From what I remember in Buffalo

Roman was solid in Buffalo.  The year before he got there they had the 26th ranked offense, and after his first year they were ranked 13th in total offense.  I believe he was kind of the scapegoat for Rex and his staff.  The defense was the bigger issue in Buffalo (team ranked 26th in total defense in 2015) but Rex wasn't about to take the blame so he fired his OC...which makes sense...I think Roman would be a strong hire.  I'd be more excited about him than Enos.

01/02/2018 - 4:13pm Agree

Peters was just such a let down yesterday.  I had high hopes for him since he was the first QB Harbaugh had an eye for and with the redshirt year to sit and learn, thought he would have been better than what he showed.  Of course, he can still improve and might become the player we all hoped and wanted him to be.  Just made it harder to watch the Rose Bowl and how Georgia played with a true freshman at QB.  

01/02/2018 - 4:10pm This is supposed unrealistic, right?

Because I don't see Tee Martin taking a step back from USC OC to Co-OC at Michigan.  However, I think Wheatley would consider coming back to be OC, unless he is deadset on remaining in the NFL (and with the way the Jags have run the ball this year, who would blame him).  

01/02/2018 - 4:07pm Didn't really bomb

He was going alright, improving and going to bowl games, which is really what most MAC programs really want.  He's the one who decided to leave CMU to get a pay raise as an SEC OC.  Nothing about what he has done has been inspiring or leading me to believe he would be some great hire for U of M.  But he isn't Drevno and that is really the only positive I can see aside from the idea that he is a good recruiter.

12/13/2017 - 1:54pm I don't understand why anyone would go to North Korea

I just don't get it.  They are a government who would activly look for a reason to detain imprison someone, let alone an American.  I can understand the argument for trying to take a stand or make a statement by playing, but a random national team event isn't it.  Seriously, stop going to North Korea, there is really not a lot of good that can come out of it.    

12/10/2017 - 12:00pm The Datsyuk trade

Was fine at the time.  It was assumed the Wings had a shot to land Stamkos after they had cleared cap space by trading Datsyuk's contract.  That said, the way he used the cap space after Stamkos resigned with Tampa was terrible.  The Wings could be in a great cap situation, but they aren't and Holland is soley to blame.

12/10/2017 - 11:58am WTF was that?

Seriously?  What the hell is with "Kenny boy"?  Are you and your droogs done ranting about the WIngs now?  Btw, you're about 2 years late on the "Ken Holland should be fired" wagon.  Poor draft picks and prioritizing the streak over actually competing for the Cup is a huge reason why they are stuck where they are now.  Unlike you, I don't see a reason Yzerman would come back.  He has built a great team in Tampa, don't know why he would give that up right now.  He could have been the GM years ago had Holland agreed to take the promotion and give the reigns to Yzerman.  Holland has made poor draft picks and treated young talent like pieces of shit in public.  Calling out Mantha the last two years and the bullshit that went on with AA.  Holland and Blashill need to go, but they needed to go at least a year ago.  Watch, don't watch, I don't give a shit, but that garbage you typed seemed nothing more than a guy who drank too much, watched a shitty Wings game and then vented while playing Singing in the Rain in the background, Georgie Boy.

12/07/2017 - 7:07am Do you

Believe it now?

12/06/2017 - 4:27pm Idk

Jimbo was doing pretty good at FSU and Smart seems to have Georgia rolling, at least for the time being.  Also, like it or not, Dantonio has been really good at MSU.  FWIW Saban also gave Josh McDaniels his first coaching job as a grad assistant at MSU.

12/06/2017 - 4:20pm na

na

12/06/2017 - 4:20pm I think

The fans might have had something to do with it....again

12/06/2017 - 4:17pm FWIW

I heard that Brohm wanted the job but that (idk if this is true) had been hearing serious backlash from Tennessee fans about them not wanting him.  Mix that in with the apparent toxic situation their AD and really, that entire department was in, I can see why he would turn it down.  He's also in one of the weakest divisions in power 5 football.  If he is able to turn Purdue around to make them a respected/feared team on the schedule, he will be in for a big time coaching job with a bigger paycheck.

12/06/2017 - 4:12pm It's Pruitt

A friend of mine is tied in pretty well with boosters and the athletic department there.  Told me the saga is finally over and that they are hiring Pruitt as their next head coach.  He's expecting it to be made public shortly as there is really no way Pruitt can coach in the playoffs while trying to salvage the recruiting class for the early signing period.

10/16/2017 - 8:09am Possibly

But if Leach comes in, there will be a lot of boosters who right out of the gate wont like him.  His leash will already be short and I doubt Nebraska will be willing to endure the losing seasons and smart ass press conferences in order to get to the possible winning years, which would take a couple years.  Again, I think it would be really similar to RichRod and Michigan, only Leach isn't some folksy, aw shucks guy, he can be a legitimage jackass to the media and establishment.  Which is why I doubt Leach leaves since he has a program he built, in a conference that he is already competing to win.  Of course money talks, but Leach seems like the guy who would be willing to take less money to be able to have a little bit more freedom from the AD.  I mean, he was too much of a prick for Texas Tech to keep him and they had really never had success before or after him.