|01/12/2011 - 6:10pm||This whole argument is||
This whole argument is silly. Why stop at national championship? Shouldn't our goal be to be the best college football team that ever was or ever will be? The point of choosing goals is so that you can strive for something concrete and you have a bar by which to measure your progress. In order for your goals to be meaningful, you need to have a realistic chance of achieving it and it has to be in your control. Problem with saying the NC is your goal is that you don't necessarily control it given our current system (ask TCU). Winning the Big 10 championship is the highest goal that we can achieve and we control. And, if we're winning Big 10 championships, we're necessarily going to be in the NC hunt. Trying to impart some deep significant deficiency in our program because of this goal is a stretch. Let's move past this.
Welcome Coach Hoke and Go Blue!
|01/07/2011 - 11:02pm||The parallels are there.||
The parallels are there. Patterson has had longer term success than Gillespie, but I note that Gillespie had success in the Big 12, whereas Patterson was in the Mountain West. Also, regarding your countpoint to my undersized argument, I can also point to West Virginia's victory over Oklahoma in the 2008 Bowl Game.
|01/07/2011 - 9:49pm||Gary Paterson is Billy||
Gary Paterson is Billy Gillespie. His system is also premised on getting undersized guys - an underdog strategy that a Goliath like Michigan need not pursue (like RR's spread). I'd prefer Miles as HC and Hoke as DC and assistant head coach. Short term stability and name recognition, potential long terrm coaching answer.
|01/07/2011 - 9:33pm||Combo: Miles as HC/Hoke as D. Coordinator||
What about Miles as HC and Hoke as DC and assistant HC? Best of both worlds: a known quantity at HC to stabilize the program in the short term and a potential heir (with a trial period) in the long term. If Hoke loves the program as much as has been reported and DB is willing to pay top dollar as indicated (including, presumably, for coordinators), it seems like this arrangement could appeal to Hoke.