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01/03/2016 - 8:07pm You sir, are an

You sir, are an idiot.

Saying Jon Fox isn't a good coach because he won in Denver but won't go .500 after only one year as head coach of an utterly terrible bears team/roster is just moronic. Are you forgetting that Fox was successful before Denver as well? And that he's been the head coach in Chicago for a single season?

There are plenty of great coaches available for hire, inside and outside the NFL. Personally, I think the Lions should go after either Chip Kelley or Vic Fangio. Both would be great hires... Which means neither will happen.

10/21/2015 - 11:03am Lol back. Top three

Lol back. Top three companies: Walmart, Exxon, Chevron. The lowest employees in those companies are paid little to nothing. If you think pointing to energy companies will serve your argument, while you're on Google, feel free to search the oil atrocities taking place in Africa. Then come back and tell me that those companies' lowest employees are paid based on the amount of revenue those companies turn.

10/20/2015 - 11:06pm No offense, but literally

No offense, but literally none of that has anything to do with whether or not players should be paid.  You don't get paid in this country for being poor.  This argument is actually one of my biggest pet peeves about this entire topic.  Name me one company in the entire country that makes large profits and whose lowest level workers are not underprivileged, underpaid, and uneducated.  That's like saying that McDonald's workers should be paid millions because the product they create is worth billions and they come from underprivileged areas. 

10/09/2015 - 2:14pm I'm not sure the reason for

I'm not sure the reason for all these poster's backlash.  I agree with her.  I understand the "market" economics at hand, but college football and professional football are supposed to exist in separate markets altogether.  The more that college athletics increase salaries, publicity, etc., the more that the line between amateur and professional atheltics decreases.  

Name another amateur sport that pays its coaches as much as college football.  What's more, the salaries beat out most professional sports.  Notre Dame's new Showtime series is yet another example of these blurred lines.  

Yet people wonder why these high school kids act like divas and celebrities--its because we give them that status.  They are surrounded by all the same components that celebrities and professional athletes are surrounded by.  In the end, it will be College Football's own fault when the term "amateur" gets removed from its title and it's left paying 17 year old kids millions of dollars.


09/27/2015 - 8:38pm Rawls wasn't the issue here.

Rawls wasn't the issue here. I'm not sure what it was at a threshold level, but ultimately it came down to coaching in some form (whether of the running backs, OL, or both). Our backfield recruits were, IMO, the best in the nation in terms of prospects. We had Justice Hayes (4 star, #3 overall RB), Derrick Green (5 star, #1 overall RB), Dennis Norfleet (4 Star, #5 overall RB) and Fitz (4 Star, #8 overall RB). And who was our best? Deveon. I'm not one of those persons who is all about stars and recruiting, but those numbers tell me that either every analyst got 5 different players wrong, or our coaches couldn't develop talent. I'm going with the latter. Just look at the players that were similarly ranked in their respective classes and how they panned out. Derrick Green is a perfect example. The number 2 RB in his class was Greg Bryant who went to ND (and now left for academic reasons). Bryant is head and shoulders above green in terms of development and play. These aren't coincidences people. There's a common denominator.

09/23/2015 - 12:24pm I've posted similar articles

I've posted similar articles before, but every coach of a physical sport should require the players to do yoga. My rugby team saw a rash of injuries one year and decided to institute yoga the following season. Since then, we've seen our injuries progressively decline by large amounts. Hopefully all of M Football is doing it, not just the O-Line.

07/29/2015 - 8:02pm Vivant is the old church

Vivant is the old church renovated as a brewery in GR. I think I've been to just about every decent brewery in Michigan and that might be my favorite, followed shortly thereafter by Greenbush

03/30/2015 - 1:19pm I'm curious if there is any

I'm curious if there is any cryptic message in this tweet.  I think so.  He's well known for doing that in the past.  This is a rather random thought that doesn't make sense.  Think: how does Michigan = Prestige WorldWide?  That's not a normal comparison one would make.  And why did he capitlize "wide" at the end?  If I had to guess, he's sending some sort of message with the use of the word "wide," but I'm not sure what it is exactly.   

01/10/2015 - 12:47pm Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

01/02/2015 - 3:10pm That SF gate writer

That SF gate writer completely misses the mark in his article. Jim Harbaugh's tweets aren't nonsensensical inner thoughts. In the past, he's actually put cryptic messages regarding the Stanford football program in his tweets. Here's an SI article I remember reading in 2010 about Harbaugh's Twitter account. Those thinking his Twitter account at UM will be pointless to follow should give this article a read:

12/29/2014 - 1:18pm One point of disagreement.

I'm just as psyched for Harbaugh as anyone, but I have to disagree with one point Brian made:

"When Brady Hoke left Ball State after their breakout year, the Cardinals went with an entirely new staff and immediately collapsed back to the pack. When Harbaugh left Stanford, they hired his offensive coordinator, attempted to preserve everything he'd brought the program, and ripped off three consecutive 11-win seasons."

That's not entirely true.  Stan Parrish, Hoke's prior OC, became the head coach.  After Hoke left, Parrish bumped the running backs coach up to OC and kept the Offensive Tackles and Tight Ends coach as well as the DL coach.  Pretty much everyone else left with Hoke to SDSU. 

12/23/2014 - 2:37pm It's pretty easy.  Don't

It's pretty easy.  Don't click.


At the end of the day, reporters are measured by how many views they get.  Websites like ESPN, SI, CBSSports, etc., are no different than Facebook.  They earn revenue based on advertisements which are priced off of views and clicks. 

Don't pander to them by clicking on their articles, now or in the future.  They don't care if they are right or wrong.  They only care if they get you to read their article, because that determines their value to their employer.  Moreover, the more people who click and read these dumb articles only encourage this type of behavior. 

Especially when someone posts the article in MgoBlog, just read that person's synopsis or the comments to get a good grasp on the article instead of going to the article directly. 

12/21/2014 - 1:19pm This.

We're basically recruiting Harbaugh as our next head coach. Therefore, along the lines of the hundreds of posts I've seen on this site regarding high school recruits, I want a guy who wants to be here. If Harbaugh is taking Michigan by default because the bears or falcons job aren't open, then I'd rather him not come. All in or not at all.

12/18/2014 - 8:38pm I imagine it's 49 mill/8yrs

I imagine it's 49 mill/8yrs and that includes incentives. So in other words, it'll be closer to 5 mill a year with the possibility to make it six depending on performance. That would not only make sense economically, but it would explain the outrageous figure.

12/18/2014 - 7:56pm It won't mean anything to

It won't mean anything to UMHS because the funds are completely separated. No revenue from athletics is ever spent on hospital facilities.

12/08/2014 - 9:48am Urban Meyer to ND

There was a time during the Weis era where ND fans were obsessed with Urban Meyer going there that was pretty similar. Flight tracking, rumors, etc. I don't know that it was THIS bad or constant, but there also wasn't as much social media or message board fodder back then either.

12/07/2014 - 8:08am This was already posted two

This was already posted two threads below! Noob.

12/06/2014 - 2:21pm Like I said, I don't disagree

Like I said, I don't disagree with the sentiments. But I also believe that every fan, just like every player, person, alumni, etc., has the right to support the team in whatever way they see fit. I don't think fans need RVB telling them what they do or do not do in terms of supporting certain hires is right or wrong and/or with or against. Supporting be program and supporting a hiring decision are two different things. People always support the program, but do so based on what they believe is best for the program. If you don't believe a coaching hire is in the program's best interest, you don't need to conform our opinion or risk be called a "muggle."

12/06/2014 - 2:15pm Then you get the khakis, then

Then you get the khakis, then you get the girls...

12/06/2014 - 12:49pm Personally, I actually don't

Personally, I actually don't like this letter. For one, because there's no reason this statement can't be made to the players directly versus a social medium. And second, because reading a letter that seems like an "official statement" of sorts on behalf of player alumni, akin to something that would be released by a university department, feels like it continues to drive separation between the program and fans. For me at least. I'm not saying I disagree with the letter's sentiment, or what it asks of fans for the new coaching hire, but just because it feels like something that says "this is the official stance on the coaching search process, and you as a fan have no say in what the proper stance is or should be. If you disagree with this letter, you're in the wrong." Maybe that's just me.

11/07/2014 - 9:11am ^ This.  That's an even

^ This.  That's an even better idea.  As I stated below, I think it's ok to ask Harbaugh's input moreso once he's already hired.  Hackett could inform him during the interview process that if Harbaugh takes the position, they would include his input on the new AD. 

11/07/2014 - 9:08am The best point.

I actually thought the most persuasive part of this article was the following:

"After all, Harbaugh could reportedly leave San Francisco because of friction with the team general manager Trent Baalke, so putting him at ease that he would not have the same issues in Ann Arbor would be a substantial benefit."

This is important for two reasons.  First, it shows that Harbaugh would leave a perfect fit--which San Fran is NFL-wise for him, regardless of success, because of management.  Second, if he's willing to leave because of management, he may be willing to commit based on it as well. 

With the caveat that the list is narrowed, I think asking him for input isn't all that bad of an idea.  The issue is that he's not the coach here yet.  So the conversation wouldn't just be "who should we go with?"  Instead, it would be "would you come here if we went with X over Y?"  There is a very different dynamic between those two questions.

10/27/2014 - 1:08pm One thing I've consistently

One thing I've consistently noticed as becoming progressively worse, which I think can account for TONS of different issues, is angles and form.

Watch the defense try to tackle players.  They consistently take the wrong angle, and try to tackle across the body.  Not only is it a great way to miss or get beat on a tackle, it's a great way to get injured as well.  The only player I saw show good form and angle recognition on Saturday was Lewis, who caused a fumble, by using good form.  Other than that, everyone was atrocious.  Watch this video with Pete Carroll on proper tackling, then watch Michigan try to tackle, and you'll see what I mean.  Michigan constantly tries tackling guys by going high, bear hugging them, and concentrating too much on trying to pull the ball out instead of getting the guy down.…

When it comes to the offense, it's the same deal.  The running backs consistently take the wrong angles and make the wrong cuts.  I can't remember who it was last week, but there was a player that had a wide open path if he would have just run off of his blocker's backside.  For some reason, he took the inside instead and was forced out of bounds.  The backs just run into holes that aren't there instead of making the proper read as to whether the hole will develop or whether they should bounce outside. 

Finally, the offenseive playcalling in the first half of last game was ATROCIOUS.  I couldn't believe the commentators were praising Nussmeier towards the end of the game.  It was clear early on that Michigan's OLine was not going to put up a lot of protection against MSU.  An incredibly easy way out of that situation is to call quick slant routes or WR screens.  I don't recall seeing one of those until late in the 4th quarter.  Instead, Nussmeier was calling deep plays that took forever to develop, and shockingly, a flea flicker at one point.  When the OLine can't protect more than 3 seconds, why in the world are you calling a flea ficker that takes forever to develop?  It was infuriating. 


10/26/2014 - 3:46pm Gary F'in Patterson

Gary F'in Patterson

10/26/2014 - 11:31am I thought he had some pretty

I thought he had some pretty good info, actually. People are downplaying his comments on DB's relationship with Harbaugh and Miles. His statement was in fact that he "has it on very high authority" that Harbaugh and Miles would "never" work under Brandon.

Moreover, he also said that in the last coaching search after RR's firing, when he sat down with the head coaches of NW, OSU and a third major program which I can't remember, the very first question those coaches asked him was whether it was true that Michigan's AD sits in on film sessions with coaches.

I found those statements incredibly damming, especially from a guy who chooses his words carefully.

Another commentator then brought up a great point: if both those statements are true, you've now taken your two top candidates, as well as a host of others, solely because of the personality of your AD.

That blows my mind. The guy has to go.

10/26/2014 - 9:34am Gary Patterson openly said on

Gary Patterson openly said on the Dan Patrick show that he would consider the Michigan job if they offered it to him.

10/25/2014 - 9:13pm I disagree with the OP...

I disagree with the OP... BECAUSE you have nothing to lose, all the more reason to fire him. It's sort of like dating a girl even though you know you're going to break up with her down the line... Looking back on it, why put it off?

In reality though, we know what we have with hoke. We have no idea what we have with him gone. Since it can't get worse, I say we turn that stone and see what's underneath. It can only benefit us.

10/25/2014 - 9:09pm Except that nobody knew Ed O

Except that nobody knew Ed O was Ed O until you got rid of Kiffin... And to answer your question, I think either coordinator could fit the role.

10/25/2014 - 7:30pm Along those lines, even

Along those lines, even though everyone praised it at the time, I actua was turned off by Hagerup's letter to the team. Notably when he wrote "Finally, play for yourself. Pride in yourself means that, win or lose, you worked and competed as hard as you possibly could until the schedule provided no more games to play."

It just seemed a far cry from "The team, The team, The team."

10/25/2014 - 5:37pm Along these same lines, and

Along these same lines, and again not to argue but rather to contribute, another factor that should be taken into account in this discussion is proper form as it relates to the sport. Proper form, as I was taught by my coaches growing up, is just as much about injury prevention as it is efficiency--if not more. When I was a kid, I had a coach who, at the end of every practice, would run a drill where we would just run down the field and jump and fall 3 or 4 times. He did this to teach us proper form on falling and getting hit. I can't tell you how many times I've seen this team do both wrong. Our tackling form is TERRIBLE, and has consistently regressed. I thought it improved dramatically Mattison's first year, but since then I've seen nothing but high tackles, and guys bear hugging instead of dropping shoulders and wrapping up. Perhaps worst of all is the consistent putting of heads down going into a hit. That's a sure fire way to put yourself in the hospital. If you can't see what's happening you can't protect yourself. Things like that are the reason Green is breaking his collarbone or why guys are tearing ACLs. If you tackle high and get turned while your feet are planted, it's a lot easier to tear an ACL than if you're low and your knees are behind you

10/24/2014 - 5:27pm My issue with the post is

My issue with the post is that there is no evidence Wellman isn't implementing these sorts of aspects into his program.  Without that knowledge, you can't directly attribute the injuries to the issues you are talking about. 

Nonetheless, I do wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments.  As a former college athlete as well as someone who is very much into the strength and conditioning circuit, proper stretching, etc. is incredibly important to injury prevention.  While on my team, we saw a rash of ACL tears and other injuries.  That summer, our S&C coach implemented a yoga regimen for the team.  The next year, we saw our injury numbers drop dramatically.  If Wellman isn't embracing such methods, he would be wise to do so.  Just googling "college football yoga" you will come up with numerous results.

Here's a few:





10/18/2014 - 11:52am They never do...

They never do...

10/11/2014 - 11:00am I have a problem with this

"Considering that many players come from families and areas that impoverished"


I have a problem with this argument, and I think it goes towards the "college athletes should be paid" argument as well.  I'm not saying that they shouldn't be able to profit from their likeness, autographs, etc.  That said, I don't think "where you come from" should determine whether or not you should be paid whatsoever.  It's a terrible point that is brought up time and again and yet doesn't apply in any other business/emloyment circumstance.   

10/10/2014 - 3:26pm at least he's predicting

at least he's predicting scores....

10/09/2014 - 3:51pm STOP.  JUST STOP. Why do


Why do people keep saying Gary Patterson would never come to Michigan when HE WAS THE ONE WHO SAID HE MIGHT COME TO MICHIGAN.  It's seriously mind boggling to me. 

GP said in an interview that he would consider Michigan if they reached out to him, but they never did.  So just stop with this "he'll never come here, he's tied there" etc., nonsense.  Name the last time you heard a coach at a successful program openly say on a national interview that he would consider other positions?  You can't.  That's a bold move and not something you say off the cuff. 

Moreover, if we can't get him, why the hell do people keep talking about Gundy?  GP has been at TCU a while, just like Gundy, but Gundy is at his fricken alma mater.  People are passing on Patterson because they don't think he'll leave, but the guy who makes more sense has been at his program LONGER, it's a more national program, and it's WHERE HE WENT TO SCHOOL... how on earth does that make sense? 

We have a legitimate shot at Patterson, probably more so than any other successful college coach, including the Harbaughs and Miles.  

Name me one other coach, on any of these lists, who has directly said that he'd consider the Michigan job.... yet Patterson is the one who everybody says is the least likely to come here.  Does no one see how illogical and stupid that is?  

10/05/2014 - 7:57pm Five years ago... When his

Five years ago... When his stock was higher, his team was better, and he still expressed an interest?

10/05/2014 - 6:15pm That's what I'm curious

That's what I'm curious about... I know he's on peoples lists... But why Mullen, Shaw and Gundy above him? I think his track record far exceeds all those guys.

10/05/2014 - 6:13pm Most coaches leave programs

Most coaches leave programs that are in better shape for new positions... Otherwise the new positions wouldn't be open.

TCU is great, but it'll never be able to offer everything that Michigan has. No matter how great they are, they'll always third at best, behind Texas and A&M. Not to mention all the other schools in-state that are at least comparable (Baylor, Texas Tech).

10/05/2014 - 6:06pm That's sort of my point--why

That's sort of my point--why does he seem to be a lifer when it was him who publicly left the door open for the possibility.

10/02/2014 - 2:46pm Firing a coach and possibly

Firing a coach and possibly an AD in large part for issues relating to player safety, and then hiring a coach who was just fired recently for issues relating to player safety... sounds like a plan!

10/02/2014 - 9:49am If you think those people are

If you think those people are regents because of their degrees, you're sorely mistaken.  

10/02/2014 - 9:37am The better question is: why

The better question is: why would he want to buy a timeout if he believed Morris was fine?

10/02/2014 - 9:34am "it has proven to mean little

"it has proven to mean little in year 2-3-4 of a player's college life."

...Just at Michigan.  

Seriously though, I think it basically helps to quickly familiarize readers who are otherwise unfamiliar with players on opposing teams.  It is normally mentioned only when the player is both highly ranked and proven in college.  It's not like you see write-ups on the unproven 5-stars who are sitting third string.  The rankings are more relatable and allow a better picture for readers, IMO. 

10/01/2014 - 6:08pm It's also worth noting that

It's also worth noting that Gary Patterson publicly expressed interest in the head coaching job after richrod, but said he had wasn't contacted. I think he's a perfect fit here.

10/01/2014 - 2:25pm A name I've thrown out in the

A name I've thrown out in the past but hasn't got any traction, and who I think would be great, is Mario Cristobal.  He did a pretty good job with a lousy FIU team, has Florida recruiting ties, and is currently an OL coach at Albama--which means three things: (1) He's highly undervalued, and should be in a position much higher than his current, (2) He's coached under saban, so could possibyl retain the entire staff right now and gel well with them and (3) he has the wherewithal to fix the tire fire that is our current OL situation. 

I'd be curious to know other MgoBlogger's thoughts. 

09/29/2014 - 7:56am Then why, when asked after

Then why, when asked after the game if Shane had a concussion, did he reply "I don't know." I honestly think this staff is trying to cover its ass now

09/28/2014 - 11:38pm The refs didn't see the

The refs didn't see the hit... That they there a flag on? Are you kidding me?

People defending this is just mind blowing. EVEN IF Hoke didn't think Shane was concussed, the announcers were constantly saying for five minutes beforehand how Morris should be removed because he couldn't protect himself due to his limited mobility. And guess what? He gets Fing clobbered just a few plays later! The kid can barely walk, and whether it's his head or leg, you pull him! If everyone watching knows it, the announcers know it, the refs know it, and the fans know it... The coach knows it too. At worst, he acted recklessly. At best, he acted negligently. Regardless, he endangered a 19 year old kid's life. Fire him. Anyone who doesn't take action, either by boycotting games or whatever, is complicit. This "maybe he didn't know" mentality is the same kind of crap that put Roger Goodell in the situation he's in now.

09/27/2014 - 5:33pm The more I watch this game,

The more I watch this game, the less I get upset. I see this as a win:win. Either we win, which is good. If we lose, Hoke absolutely has to go--which is also good. Cheer up everyone!

09/27/2014 - 4:32pm What playmakers?

What playmakers?

09/27/2014 - 4:30pm Another slightly mobile QB,

Another slightly mobile QB, another befuddled Michigan defense...