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08/15/2018 - 9:41am If you're bothered by 28…

If you're bothered by 28-year-olds in decision-making positions, I hope you never visit Capitol Hill.

08/06/2018 - 11:08am I'm partial to the opening…

I'm partial to the opening chord from AC\DC's Shook Me All Night Long.

08/03/2018 - 3:59pm He didn't underachieve at OU…

He didn't underachieve at OU. He had a top 10 team 11 times, 14 double-digit-win seasons, a national championship, and won his conference 11 times. The team he built went to the playoffs last year. Outside of Saban, he is about as close to Urban as they could get.

08/02/2018 - 9:07am They're just going to hire…

They're just going to hire Bob Stoops and maybe take a half-step back. Losing Urban isn't a magic bullet for us.

06/13/2018 - 12:07pm You 100% can be a biologist…

You 100% can be a biologist with a humanities degree if you can get into grad school, which will rely more on MCAT, other application materials, etc. In fact, a lot of places would prefer someone with a humanities degree because they often look to solve problems differently and add new perspectives from the herd.

 

This is doubly true for places like consulting firms.

05/17/2018 - 10:08am Bo is the 4th best coach we've had

After Yost, Crisler, and Carr (Moe would have been better too). Bo benefits greatly from being the first successful Michigan coach to be on TV all the time and beat up on a mediocre conference.

05/14/2018 - 12:04pm President Schlissel has been very active in this regard

He's been working on an entre public engagement program to help profs connect with the larger community.

04/03/2018 - 11:56am Don't we need either Matthews or Mo to leave

So we don't go over on scholarships?

03/25/2018 - 12:38pm FFS. there's no personal cost

It's a tweet. Harbaugh does not sit on Twitter all day measuring himself by the retweets and likes he gets. He's supporting his school and a fellow coach. He'll do the same if hockey wins today. 

03/07/2018 - 3:06pm After years of working in DC

I'm hoping that the market for government relations in Michigan opens up a little bit.  

02/21/2018 - 11:51am The 1992 banner should never have been taken down

The team won the regional with eligible players and the violation occurred in between the Elite 8 and the Final Four. It was taken down by the "Old Blues" because of dislike for the Fab Five. Their first banner should be raised. 

02/13/2018 - 9:27am "ex" is the important word there

M acted exactly the way it should. 

02/07/2018 - 8:07pm Friend is a teacher of his

And disagrees. He’s really raw and probably wouldn’t have seen the field.

02/07/2018 - 4:00pm We did not win the national title

However, we should rehang the first Fab Five banner since it (by winning region) was won legitmately with all eligible players. 

02/07/2018 - 11:00am This is the first time I worry Harbaugh is flaming out

Losing assistant coaches we want, this years recruiting is pretty much a disaster. For some reason we can't recruit offensive linemen. 

02/02/2018 - 11:03am The most dangerous sport is soccer

and the panic when someone starts doing CTE studies of soccer players is going to be hilarious. 

Playing high-level competitive sports is tough on your body.

 

02/02/2018 - 11:00am Playing football for a long time is hard on your body

News at 11.

01/30/2018 - 8:41am Money is fungible

That is all. 

01/23/2018 - 11:29am I'd much rather that Notre Dame have Brian Kelly than Bob Stoops

Who'd almost certainly be their coach if Kelly leaves.

01/09/2018 - 9:11am Alabama was Alabama

and UGA had the team we had last year with some better luck (like not playing Alabama in the regular season). 

01/09/2018 - 9:06am Smart took over a team with back to back 10 win seasons

and a team that went 10-4, 12-2, 8-5, 10-3, 10-3 over the last 5 seasons. Georgia did not go from decent to great. 

01/09/2018 - 9:05am Smart took over a team with back to back 10 win seasons

and a team that went 10-4, 12-2, 8-5, 10-3, 10-3 over the last 5 seasons. Georgia did not go from decent to great. 

01/04/2018 - 1:25pm Yes, a 5 star sophomore QB with a year experience

is top flight and worlds ahead of Iowa 5th year senior transfer and a three star recruited by Borges.

01/04/2018 - 12:21pm None of these are made up or hopeful excuses

It's just a fact of reality. We've had injuries. We've had two losses to MSU where we dominated them and lost on weird bounces. Those are as frustrating as can be, especially this year when we should have just run the ball, but it's also being unlucky and it's silly to garment-rend over it. We're obviously not Iowa, We'd probably have a 8-10 win gap over the last 3 or 4 seasons if the schedules were reversed, including switching road and home games between the two teams.  

 

The reason we are where we are is because we didn't recruit quarterbacks under Hoke. The contrast between OSU and UM in that regard is a great comparison. Urban Meyer had 2 top flight QBs in the system ready to go when he started, that allowed him to have stability at QB for 6 years. He's had 0 injuries to his Oline before this year. 

 

Michigan has ~7 seniors who see the field. Harbaugh hasn't risen above the deficiencies the way we hoped (he's only coached us to two 10-win seasons, of the three in the last decade). No one is content with this. And, like Beilein, it's pretty apparent that he's going to fire loyal assistants who've underperformed.

 

Which coach could we hire that would be better than Harbaugh? Urban isn't going anywhere, neither is Saban or Petersen or Dabo.

 

Everyone knew this was going to be an 8 or 9 win season because of youth and weakness at QB. Despite that, we probably should have won 10 games this year. It's like panicking about a hurricane you knew was coming. The only way out is through. Go Blue.  

01/04/2018 - 12:55am Good Lord. Get a grip, man.

The strength of schedule between the two teams isn't even close. If Michigan were in the West, they'd easily have been to the Big Ten Title game, almost every year. Iowa's big non-conference game is Iowa State, not Notre Dame, Alabama, etc. Iowa has only played OSU, the best program besides Alabama, 3 or 4 times since we expanded the conference.  

 

Here is the perspective: We made a bad hire in Brady Hoke because we had a bad AD who passed/missed on the best coach. This has happened to every program besides OSU.

 

We now have one of the best football coaches in the country, who despite saying he doesn't want to coach in the NFL, has NFL writers etc saying he'd be the number one pick from teams with openings. We came off back to back 10-win seasons and missed the college playoff by 6 inches last year. This year we had one of the youngest teams in the NCAA because Brady Hoke didn't recruit QBs and O-line well, which meant that when we had to play our 3rd stringer we weren't that good on offense. Despite that, we had a weird monsoon loss to MSU, played Wisconsin and OSU tough, and then laid an egg in the bowl when the OC who's about to likely get fired did a poor job executing and we had a bad fumble (that we actually recovered) that swung the game. Did I mention that we didn't have 2/5 of our offensive line, our starting QB, and our most explosive wide receiver?

 

Jim Harbaugh is the best coach we can have. There is no coach that we could get who is better. We're returning almost every starter next year and have three 4 or 5 star QBs competing for the starting role. We also get out best wide receiver back, and, God willing, our best tackle who had a flukey injury that took him out for one and a half seasons. 

 

01/03/2018 - 12:52pm F*%k Arby's

Go Blue

01/02/2018 - 11:00am Right way to think of it

My s cons team is Washington, and this season reminded me of Washington’s 2015 season where they went 7-6. While there was a lot of disappointment and consternation, Petersen was, and is, the absolute best coach Washington can have. The next year they made the playoffs because they finally had what Petersen calls OKGs, our kind of guys.

Michigan is in the same boat now. Harbaugh is the best coach we could ever hire. He’ll either win or he won’t. There’s no use in having panic attacks over it. The AD did what he needed to do and now the best coach available needs to get the job done. Harbaugh is facing the same choice Beilein did early on: fix the assistants or not win. It sounds like Harbaugh sees the problem, like B did.

01/02/2018 - 9:57am UGA-Alabama will have higher ratings than Clemson or Oklahoma

You think people in New York or California care about the difference between UGA, Clemson, or Oklahoma? If this was a rematch, maybe, but it's not.

01/02/2018 - 9:54am Give me a break

Georgia and Bama have been the best two teams all season. Both scheduled (usually in the case of FSU) tough non conference games. A quirk of scheduling allowed it to happen.

 

Just because Mississippi State fans think they're good because they're in the same conference as Bama doesn't mean the game won't be phenomenal. 

12/14/2017 - 1:53pm The FCC was created by Congress in the 1930s

The radio or television isn't the internet. If these doom scenarios happen because we went back to 2015 regulation of the Internet, Congress will act. Stirring panic helps politicians fundraise and virtue signal. Few people who are actually on The Hill are panicked by this because it's not that big of a deal and no one wants Trump to control the internet.

12/14/2017 - 11:52am Small, rural ISP providers

I work for a senator from a rural state, and that's who we've heard from the most on this issue. Better to have Congress regulate separately as needed than to hand it over to the FCC. The idea that all these doom scenarios will happen without reaction from Congress is quite frankly absurd. Two of the biggest ISPs already have regulations placed on them that are akin to NN as part of past mergers.

12/14/2017 - 9:11am Going back to the chaos of early 2015 will doom us all

Will we survive? We are playing another bowl game in Florida. 

 

*It's also just a vote on whether or not the internet is a public utility, not net neutrality. If the doom scenarios come to pass we can easily pass net neutrality laws. 

11/15/2017 - 9:26am MSU beat us

And beat the team that beat us.

10/25/2017 - 2:14pm Have a friend who's his teacher

Said he's got to get stronger, but smart, should be right in the competition in 3 years or so.

10/24/2017 - 4:14pm Right

That's why it's frustrating.

10/24/2017 - 2:24pm Signed back in just to Lol at the TCU comparison

TCU's last 4 seasons: 6-7, 11-2, 12-1, 4-8 all with a much easier schedule. 

 

 

10/24/2017 - 2:17pm The frustration comes from comparing ourselves to OSU, I think

Urban has won 85% of his games (90% at OSU) and Tressell won 82% at OSU.

That being said, Harbaugh will almost certainly be fine (although the QB situation is disconcerting) and Brian is right to not wade into the fire on this one. Harbaugh is the best coach we could have because there are only a handful of guys at his level or higher. 

10/24/2017 - 2:05pm In that scenario, winning out likely gets a Rose Bowl birth

In the least. The most disconcerting thing is Harbaugh's inability to recruit a quality QB for 3 years after being told by everyone in football that he's a "QB guru." 

10/23/2017 - 10:06pm With their third string qb

Urban’s team is always locked and loaded regardless of injury. Hopefully, after Harbaugh has his recruits as upperclassmen, we’ll be the same.

10/23/2017 - 3:22pm There is only one

Bob Stitt

10/22/2017 - 11:09am This is true, we should chill out

But the frustration isn’t unwarranted either. Harbaugh’s record against winning teams isn’t very good. The last time we beat a team with a +.500 winning percentage was Wisconsin last year on Oct 1. We’re 7-5 in the last 12.

Yes, gap year, etc. Part of the frustration is knowing that our rival won a title in year 3 with a third string QB.

10/21/2017 - 11:43pm Why would I root for them?

Doesn’t even make sense.

10/21/2017 - 11:25pm The problem is Harbaugh doesn’t win games he shouldn’t

At least here. In year 3 Urban has gone undefeated and won a national title in another season. Brian Kelly went to the national title game in year three. In year 3 Dantonio only went 8-5, next year he went 12-1.

Harbaugh is the best coach we can get. He’s also going to go 1-2 against MSU, 0-3 against OSU. He’s been outcoached, even in the wins, against the top tier of the Big Ten (OSU, PSU, MSU, Wisconsin) There’s a lot of talk about next year, but we (weirdly) have no reason to think QB play will be better. Apparently you have to be really smart like Luck and Ruddock to run Harbaighffense.

10/16/2017 - 9:27am Zero Chance

Leach is a perfect fit of weird for Wazzu. Nebraska fans would go nuts losing to a FCS school once in awhile. 

10/08/2017 - 2:11pm The guy has kicked our ass over three coaching tenures

Maybe we should just stick to calling him Dantonio? It doesn't matter what formation you're in if you can't block. We haven't recruited well on the offensive line for years and we are paying the price.

09/25/2017 - 3:55pm Friend's a teacher at his school

Says he's really smart, pretty good. Probably a perfect situation where he can spend a few years getting stronger, etc. 

09/25/2017 - 1:32pm He's completely right, as well

UCLA is way better at football and basketball historically than MSU and their academics are top-notch. It'd be like if Ohio State had Northwestern or, I guess WIsconsin's academics. 

09/11/2017 - 10:14pm Rutgers did not give Washington a dogfight

Washington ran basic packages and scored on them easily when they needed to. They just lost to EMU.

09/08/2017 - 3:07pm It will be funny when more soccer CTE studies come out

and there's mass panic. 

09/05/2017 - 11:09pm Washington

I made a pact with a buddy in grad school. We didn't think too many others history Phds were going to be interested in watching football every Saturday. We went 3-9, Washington went 0-12, but I've watched almost every Washington game since.

 

Needless to say, rooting for Harbaugh and Petersen has been a delight.