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11/25/2017 - 5:40pm Come on ....

They needed a QB and picked up what they could. It was a good move that didn't pan out.

And yes, there are some freshman and sophomores who are contributing right away because they're that good. But the OL is poor and it's way too early to judge Harbaugh for that. And combine that with mediocre QB play and what do you expect?

Anything less than 10-2 next year and the criticism is warranted. For now, the coaching staff is still subject to the laws of college football physics

11/25/2017 - 5:08pm But they didn't

For the most part

10/19/2016 - 2:52pm Coaches challenge

That's the only thing that would make this acceptable to me.

10/19/2016 - 2:51pm Dumb dumb dumb

So a questionalbly appliable rule is unquestionable for 46 minutes a game, but can decide a game for 2.  Idiotic.

04/09/2016 - 6:21am a bit of righteous indignation?

Yeah, fine, he couldn't stop it, but he could do a little better than 'it is what it is' as a response.  He should be calling out the SEC and friends as the anti-competitive wusses that they are.

04/03/2016 - 6:19am force may be a bigger problem than concussion

Researchers are increasingly coming to believe that it isn't necessarily concussions that are the problem, but rather repeated forceful impacts to the head.  So if they could come up with a metric whereby there was a maximum force load per day (a very big if), that could be a major advance.

04/01/2016 - 11:54am Apples and Oranges

In the broad sense, there is truth in your overall point.  However, the article linked to here is about a local sports channel.  That's a totally different animal from the national networks.  The model for the local networks is completely different, with absolute dependency on commitment to local teams.  And I would not want to depend on that commitment in LA.

01/29/2016 - 4:12am If you're suggesting that the

If you're suggesting that the kids and their families were naive for believing that an offer meant a 'commitable' offer, and that a 'commitment' meant a commitment, then fine, that's probably true.  And should they have taken the hint, be it through silence or other suggestion?  Probably (and certainly, Swenson should have come to camp in AA if asked to do so).  But considering that our reputation for the last while had been that we honor our offers and commitments, did they maybe have some reason to believe that they could depend upon an agreement they had entered into?

01/29/2016 - 3:59am Go Blue-ish?

So, I'm going to assume that you, like most of us, like nothing more than when a recruit announces for Michigan full of enthisiasm, loving the Maize and Blue and counting the days until he gets to step foot on campus (maybe just like you and I did from the time we knew we were going to Michigan until we actually got there?).

But, because of the fact that they are going to get a free ride for football (not exactly a walk in the park in any sense of the word, and since their talent level apparently renders them expendable to Michigan, hardly any guarantee of a future lucrative career in the sport), any feelings of love or loyalty they feel toward this university that we love are meaningless, and they have no right to feel hurt that that dream was taken away from them?  I don't quite remember how this went with Weaver, but there's no doubt that Swenson was Blue all the way.

Not only that, but they should continue to feel that loyalty to the university enough to show gratitude (which by the way, they both did anyway) to Harbaugh just for taking them in the first place, like thanking a girlfriend who just dumped you for having spent any time with you at all in the first place.

Give me a break.  Again, it happens all the time, and I don't think Harbaugh is a bad person (and I want him to continue to do what is necessary to get back to the top), but no, it's not a great look for us, and yes, these kids do deserve some sympathy.

01/28/2016 - 4:08pm denial

Yes, but Weaver and Swenson didn't really commit and decommit and act like divas, did they?

I think you'll find that most of us who are uneasy with this aren't even saying that we don't think Harbaugh should do what he has to do to get the best players.  But to deny that a few kids are getting hurt along the way is just nonsense, seemingly intended to allow you to make yourself feel that you are still entitled to feel that everything we/he does is the right thing because we're Michigan and he's Harbaugh. 

Really, it's not unlike the people who trot out the 'college players should be paid' line to justify Chris Webber's actions and claim Michigan didn't deserve to be punished or tarnished.  Yes, college players deserve to be paid and it's bullshit that they need to struggle to buy a new jacket in the winter.  But that doesn't change the fact that Webber knowingly broke the rules and that Fisher and Michigan probably should have known.

The world is full of tough compromises and purity may be an unattainable goal (if it even should be a goal).  But don't try to get up on your high horse and claim it's the kids' fault in the first place.

01/16/2016 - 9:31am Amazing game

There was a moment in that game when we were making the comeback after having been down by 20 or something like that when they committed 2 consecutive shot clock violations and then took a timeout (or maybe it was a TV timeout) and the crowd was going absolutely nuts.  I have still to this day never heard The Victors sung louder.

11/30/2015 - 9:48am Not worth an extended

Not worth an extended argument, as I see your point, and obviously Shoop is excellent.  But if you want to focus on 'not his players' as an issue, perhaps you'll recall the defensive recruiting under RR and think of what Mattison inherited.  And while they may not be Shoop's players, BO'B recruited some outstanding defenders.

Mattison's record takes a backseat to no one.  Your overall point appears to have been that Franklin is wasting the talents of an outstanding DC, and that's fine, I agree.  But I'm not sure that 'better than' is really that supportable.

11/29/2015 - 11:07am ??

His DC is better than Greg Mattison?

11/12/2015 - 9:44am Good town

There's still plenty of political bullshit to go around, and that can be a drag, but overall it's a good place to live.  Lots of good bars, and as you found, very friendly people.

The thing about people getting friendlier north of London may be true, but being from NY myself, I tend to be wary of the 'people from big cities are dicks' motifs.

11/11/2015 - 3:23pm Belushi's, London Bridge

The UM London Alumni Club is having an event there:

And the game starts at 8:30, not 7:30 as an earlier poster said.


10/22/2015 - 12:28pm Breaking News

17-yr old Soon-to-be-Sports Stars in College Find Easy Alcohol and Sex on Campus

Jalen is not alleging that anyone at UM paid for him to have sex.  If you think this doesn't happen at literally every big time program (and yes, even with the squeaky-clean program Beilein runs, even here), you're nuts.

And as far as 'Jalen should keep his mouth shut' goes--the guy is getting paid millions to talk about sports.  When an issue comes up that he has some experience with and he doesn't give up the goods, he's stealing from his employers.

10/19/2015 - 3:47pm Hilarious

That is one of the dumbest things I've seen in football.

The Pats look confused for a second or two and then realise there's only the snapper blocking, and come back to the ball like, 'Are you serious?'

09/28/2015 - 12:15pm The late, late show

I hate 8PM games, but only because for me it means sitting down to start watching a football game at 1AM.

09/20/2015 - 12:51pm What history with Speight are

What history with Speight are you referring to?

And, I am reasonably pleased with what the team has done so far, but that cannot be credited to Rudock.

I need a life because I have the temerity to criticize a QB who has been demonstrably mediocre?  What is the point of having this website if reasonable criticisms are out of bounds?  Is this just  a cheerleading blog?

09/20/2015 - 6:33am Criticism is not (and should not be) hate

Let me add my name to the chorus finding this thread dumb.

I agree with you--anyone saying we'd beat Ohio State with a better QB is a moron.

But if you're looking at what Rudock is doing and are in any way satisfied or think he's doing OK, you may also be a moron.The interceptions are bad enough.  But the absolute inability to hit any pass of more than 5 yards is ridiculous and will make it impossible for us to compete against good teams.  And the 'it's all the receivers' fault' or 'he's still learning the system' excuses are getting very old indeed.  His passes simply have not been accurate or even really all that close.  Fact of the matter is, while Speight may not have completed either of those late passes, they were pretty damn close to right on the money, and far more accurate than any 5+ yard pass thrown by Rudock.

Should we trust this staff?  Of course, but if anything that should only make us more uneasy about what sits behind Rudock.  I went back and read Brian's QB preview after week 1, and it was startling--I've never seen such variance between a prediction and the facts on the ground.  I'm not faulting Brian here, I'm merely pointing out that Rudock has not been as advertised.

Game management?  Yeah, OK, but let's not forget that with the running game (and perhaps more importantly, offensive line) we had with Griese, we could afford a passing game that was middling.  We don't have that luxury here, and Rudock is no Griese.

As for this 'let's be happy being mediocre' garbage--is there not a MAC team you should be rooting for?  I think most of us are willing to agree that it will take some time for us to get back to the top.  But in the meantime, I think we're well within our rights to make legitimate criticisms of a QB who is performing at a level well below what was expected (and well below the level of a legitimate DI QB).

04/24/2015 - 9:23am One that keeps popping up in

One that keeps popping up in my list is 'SchindlersFist'.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is a good name; but I do marvel at the utter tastelessness of it.

04/04/2015 - 9:55am What a load of crap

If Hoke's reign had been successful, you and everyone else on the board would think this was a fantastic thing. It wasn't, and no doubt we're better off for the change that's come in the form of HARBAUGH. But the idea that you're looking at this as some kind of indication of why he failed (rather than the fact that he was simply a mediocre football coach) is absolutely laughable. I'd put the over/under on the impact/indicative nature of pictures/quotes in the weight room at 0.000001%. And I'd take the under.

03/09/2015 - 2:26pm ??

You mean the players who signed up to be coached by Red Berenson?

You want him to be fired because you think he's not up to it anymore, that's fine.  But don't couch it in some self-righteous crap about concern for the players.

03/09/2015 - 1:42pm Winning with class

The man has one year left on his contract.  If he and Pearson talk (and do you really think they don't?) and agree now is the time, great.  But if we throw a legendary coach (and the mentor of our ideal target, Babcock notwithstanding) out on his ass with one year left on his contract, I hardly think Pearson or any other coach worth their salt will come rushing in to replace him.

If he wants to, let the man finish out his contract.  I have to imagine Pearson will be available and, with Red's blessing, willing, a year from now.

02/10/2015 - 1:41pm Question:

Is this the first time the words "Thanks NCAA" have ever been used without sarcasm?

02/05/2015 - 7:02pm You've gotta be kidding

The coach leaves in a month, six months, a year, I'm with you, but the next day? You think he just figured it out this morning? Drayton (and surely Urban) were engaged in an extended lie to get an 18-year-old kid to sign away the next four years of his life. All they had to do was wait one more day to publicly release a fait accompli.

There are worse things in the world, and yeah, sure, crap like this happens all the time in recruiting. But to quote Joe Biden, this is a big fucking deal.

01/26/2015 - 10:56am I'm looking forward to Paul

I'm looking forward to Paul Giamatti playing Chad Ford when the movie version of this comes out.

01/20/2015 - 1:25pm On the other hand...

Perhaps he went to the Jags specifically to coach Denard.  That would be an excellent decision.

01/20/2015 - 1:22pm Those were 2 ideas:
1: worse

Those were 2 ideas:
1: worse team than Bills
2: in Jacksonville (not exactly cosmopolitan destination job.  though, admittedly, considerably warmer than Buffalo)

01/20/2015 - 1:13pm Do you honestly think he

Do you honestly think he wasn't expecting to land one of the open HC jobs?  

The 'he didn't like Buffalo' angle (at least enough to leave a job) seems spurious for a guy who went to and coached Syracuse.  As for him not liking his co-workers or owner, shit happens; it's not a great reason to leave.

As for Harbaugh, come on Magnus, is that even remotely the same thing?  Guy leaves NFL to take 'Savior' HC job at one of the most prestigious and historically successful big-time college programs (that also happens to be his beloved alma mater) vs. guy leaves NFL HC job to become vaguely titled assistant coach at worse NFL team in Jacksonville?

I'm just gonna come right out and say it was a bad decision.  And I'm pretty sure he knows it too.

01/20/2015 - 12:59pm I don't know.  HC jobs don't

I don't know.  HC jobs don't grow on trees.  And it's not like he'll be the hottest name on the market next year after toiling away in anonymity in Jacksonville for a year.

01/13/2015 - 6:16am Wishful thinking

The best team almost loses at least one or two games every year, even when dominant.  We can hate that they won it, but let's not take away what they did.  They beat the hell out of a very good team with their 3rd string quarterback.  You can try to denigrate that if you want, but you'll find yourself in pretty weak company.  We can't be hoping for Ohio State to be weak--it's not happening anytime soon.  The only thing we can hope for (and finally there is very good reason for this hope) is that Michigan will soon be just as good as they are, setting up epic battles in the B1G once again.

01/12/2015 - 4:03pm ??

This is a non-comment.

What this season demonstrated, recruiting-wise, is that programs that will soon fire their coach, so that therefore you, as a recruit have absolutely no idea who you will be playing for, do not get top-notch recruits.  Nothing more than that.



01/05/2015 - 11:26am Even a stopped clock...

For once, you gotta agree with those idiots in Columbus.

01/05/2015 - 9:35am Not the end of the world

Honestly, as long as Durkin is indeed coming, this doesn't seem like a major problem to me.  In fact, I was starting to worry that it was (as someone had mentioned) a potential 'too many cooks' situation in the making.

A bit bummed over Marrow and Turley (if the noises we're hearing are true), but come on, aren't we getting just a little bit greedy?


12/27/2014 - 4:33am A little conversation

I think you have to expect that even if everything we've been told is true, Harbaugh will talk to the Raiders, if only out of courtesy (after all, it is reasonable to believe tha Harbaugh has an eventual NFL return in the back of his mind, and the Raiders always need a new coach, don't they?). If Harbaugh has given people assurances in the way he seems to have, a polite conversation is nothing to fear--he seems to be a man of some integrity.

12/19/2014 - 12:30pm NFL will always be there

I'd be very surprised if some version of "In the long term, the NFL will continue to be an option for you, but this is almost certainly your only chance to coach Michigan" doesn't make its way into Hackett's discussion with Harbaugh.  Sure they'd love him to stay forever, but the best way to fend off the desire to win the Super Bowl objection is to make sure he understands that that dream will still be plausible. 

12/18/2014 - 12:12pm It's all about narrative

I think the issue for many of us is that the narrative is just so damn compelling.  With all the talk of how Bo was his hero and idol and his love for Michigan, it is incomprehensible to us (particularly alumni) that you could be offered the chance to come in (with no real financial loss) and be the savior of the university that we have to presume he feels as much about as we do and then turn it down.  

It is true that none of us will ever be faced with the choice of coaching Michigan or an NFL team, but we all believe we would choose Michigan.  Whether that is a realistic conclusion (kind of like "I never would have cooperated with the Nazis") is another question, and is an easy choice to make when its not a real one.  Still, I'd like to say that I'd do the right thing (in both hypotheticals).

He may not be hated if he turns us down, but I don't think he'll ever be loved, or considered a true Michigan Man if he leaves us in the lurch in our hour of need.

12/10/2014 - 10:20am Let's not talk to anyone

Let's not talk to anyone other than our top 3 choices.  That way if they don't pan out we can start a search from scratch in January!  Great idea!

12/09/2014 - 1:05pm College experience?

My issue with NFL coordinators would be the complete black hole in the portion of the resume in which you get some sense of their ability to recruit.  Yes, it's great that you can say you coached x, y, and z players in the League, but if you can't deal with parents or deeply egotistical 16-year-olds (and let's face it--who wants to?), it's far from clear that you can get them to come play for you.

12/06/2014 - 11:22am The Eye Test

Based on what we've seen out of him first hand against us alone, he should get a look in.  He's been a consistent winner and seems to do it the right way.  Worth a look, just in case Christmas never comes.

12/03/2014 - 4:35pm Yes, I was joking.  So much

Yes, I was joking.  So much so that I didn't think the old '/s' was necessary...  Ahhh, well

12/03/2014 - 4:33pm Jeez...people are touchy. 

Jeez...people are touchy.  Lighten up!

12/03/2014 - 4:04pm Are you for real?

No, at no level would I (or most sane people) entertain the idea of any current NFL player (or anyone who has never coached a game in his life) as the Head Coach at the University of Michigan.  Maybe Pioneer High.

12/03/2014 - 3:50pm Recruiting? Two years as OC?

Only recruiting experience=1 year as 'recruiting assistant at LSU?  2 years as OC (for the Broncos, who could pretty much be OC'd by Peyton himself?)

No thanks.

12/03/2014 - 3:46pm ???

Yes, because coaches usually take jobs on the expectation that the crappy team that had to fire its coach the year before will be championship level in year one.

Do you expect that?  Does anyone but the most deluded in this fanbase?

12/03/2014 - 3:44pm Can we get Hoke to earn his buyout?

If the Harbaughs respect Brady so much and don't want to hurt his feelings, can Hackett maybe get him to call Jim and beg him to take the job to clean up the mess he's left and restore Michigan to the point that no one ever again questions whether Michigan is a destination job, fergodsakes?

12/02/2014 - 2:00pm Bargaining power

Brian is 100% right on this, and this was my first thought on seeing that FootballScoop nonsense.  Why would Harbaugfh give away long term bargaining leverage by announcing that he's not interested in the one viable competitor to whatever NFL team would acquire him in a trade.  Answer: He wouldn't.  We may not get Harbaugh, but nobody (other than Harbaugh himself) knows that for sure at this point.

12/01/2014 - 11:38am Again, agreed

Don't get me wrong, Michigan shouldn't back away assuming they can't get him.  They MUST offer the job and do all they can to convince him to take it.  But if the GM/Coach thing does come up, you couldn't blame him for taking it.

12/01/2014 - 10:31am Agreed

I totally agree with you--just assumptions, but, as you say, probably fair ones.

As for what the current Jets and Raiders GMs think, I can't speak to Oakland's situation, but if you listen to NY media, Idzik (Jets' GM) has very little chance of surviving the year.  He and Rex are almost certainly gone.