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03/20/2018 - 2:41pm AD

The AD said that he was told by the President and the Board that eliminating football or dropping it down to FCS was not an option.  

03/20/2018 - 2:40pm Current Athletes

I read that current athletes would be able to remain at school on scholarship. I don't know about athletes that have committed but not yet enrolled.

02/16/2018 - 4:21pm My only question

Who upvoted this thread?

08/31/2017 - 6:14pm Good Move

It's sad to see guys that are producing leave, but the current team wasn't going to get any better. They were on their way to becoming the post-WS Phillies by hanging on to guys too long-- they still might be given the Verlander and Cabrera contracts, but at least they're trying.

Not sure if they're getting enough for the players they're giving up but given the changing value that teams are placing on rentals vis-a-vis young players, I'm also not sure how much more could have been expected. 

 

08/31/2017 - 6:14pm Good Move

It's sad to see guys that are producing leave, but the current team wasn't going to get any better. They were on their way to becoming the post-WS Phillies by hanging on to guys too long-- they still might be given the Verlander and Cabrera contracts, but at least they're trying.

Not sure if they're getting enough for the players they're giving up but given the changing value that teams are placing on rentals vis-a-vis young players, I'm also not sure how much more could have been expected. 

 

08/31/2017 - 6:05pm Working in Fort Worth

I work in Fort Worth. I don't know the extent of a gas shortage in the DFW area, but I can tell you tthat one of my co-workers had to go to four stations before finding one that had gas. Another had to wait an hour in line to get gas.

My guess is that even if there isn't a gas shortage, the mere thought of one will lead to long lines and high prices this weekend.

12/01/2016 - 1:44pm Taylor OV

Taylor actually has taken his OV. He took it on September 24 for the PSU game. He was also up for the Indiana game in November.

12/01/2016 - 1:41pm Kurt Taylor OV

Taylor took his OV on September 24 for the PSU game. Also, he was just up for the Indiana game. Things could certainly change, but it still looks like he's in the class.

09/29/2016 - 11:59am Nah

Barnett may be a great talent but we've got a ton of talent at QB with Speight, O'Korn, Peters and McCaffery. More is better, but not sure we need him.  

Also, given that he just left Alabama because he didn't want to compete with Hurts, it's hard to see him looking at our depth chart and finding it appealing when there are a lot of other high level programs that are hurting for QB talent. Just looking at the list of schools listed in that article, all of them have a much clearer path to starting QB than we do. 

If I had to guess, I'd say he ends up at Oregon. He was interested in them before he committed to ND (and then to Alabama), they have nothing at QB after Prukop and don't have anyone commited in their class yet. 

09/27/2016 - 3:57pm Are We Still Recruiting Simmons?

I haven't heard anything about us recruiting Simmons or him having any interest in us. Simmons's future seems to be at either LB or RB. We're full on the RB side, with the only guys being recruiting are swing for the fences guys like Najee Harris. On the LB side, we're in on a lot of guys and haven't heard his name among them.

Simmons would have been a nice addition to the class, but it never felt like the staff prioritized him the way that OSU did, so I can understand why he's going there. 

07/05/2016 - 4:07pm Lions

I don't think any of them are close and the Lions are probably the furthest away at the moment. However, the NFL is the league where you can turnaround and build a contender in the shortest amount of time. If Quinn can bring that NE magic to Detroit, they could turn into a contender sooner rather than later.

Overall thoughts:

1.  Lions- As noted above, they don't seem close but there are several recent examples of teams being terrible for extended periods of time and quickly jumping into contention: the 49ers pre-Harbaugh, the Seahawks pre-Caroll, the Saints pre-Payton, etc. You get the right front office and the right coach and you can contend pretty quickly. Not sure the Lions have either, but it could happen.

2. Wings- Historically good front office, some good prospects at GR, new arena coming up. However, they seem to be in neutral. Core players like Zetterberg and Kronwall are rapidly aging. They've had some young players come into the lineup but other than Larkin and maybe Mrazek, not sure anyone looks like a star. DeKeyser, Shehan, Nyquist, Smith don't seem to be developing much. Also, they can't get any game changing FAs to look at them.

3. Pistons- They have a good young core, but not I'm sure there's enough upside to get them into the top 4 into the East. I can see them becoming another version of the Chicago Bulls team from the last couple of years. Consistent, contending but never able to break though, never able to draft high enough and then everyone gets old, expensive and/or injured and all of a sudden your window closes.

4. Tigers- Probably the most talented team in Detroit right now, but they don't seem to have enough consistency to get it done this year. Most of their star players are on the wrong side of 30, the Cabrera and Verlander contracts are unlikely to age well and the farm system is bad. I could see them contending this year, maybe next, but also wouldn't be surprised to see them fall into a Phillies-like cliff with all the old players/poor farm system. 

 

05/04/2016 - 1:23pm Can't wait

I've been waiting a couple of weeks for this announcement and now will be waiting anxiously to receive my copies in July. 

04/15/2016 - 12:01pm Hmm...

Obviously, he was upset and let the world know it, but it's completely short-sighted. Who's going to hire him after that? 

Hope that this doesn't keep LaVall from succeeding there. He did some good work here and it would be great to see him to develop into a potential successor for JB down the line.

01/20/2016 - 9:24am Context

A lot of the thoughts regarding the Swenson situation specifically and recruiting in general seem to focus on 'PULLING OPPORTUNITIES IS IMMORAL' or "WIN AT ALL COST OF GTFO."

There is a lot of middle ground. I don't think there's anything wrong with pulling a scholarship or putting a guy on grayshirt as long as therej's a clear and honest expectation between the two parties. My thoughts on the Swenson situation would vary significantly based on how it played out. 

If the coaches were telling him all this time that everything was good,. He visits several times and hears everything was good. Drevno visits his school on 12/5 (per 247 Sports) and tells him everything is good--- and then they just call him this week out of the blue and said we're moving in a different direction-- yeah, that kind of sucks.

On the other hand, if they laid out a clear expectation that yes, you have a scholarship offer. It is contingent on us seeing improvement in your play. Based on timing, we might not be able to give you a definitive answer until January. It's not a guarantee, so if you decide to look around, we will definitely understand. They look at his tape and see that he didn't improve and Drevno gives him the news when he visits the school.--- that's a completely different story.

I would like to think that it's the latter scenario. Given the fact that Michigan needs several OL and doesn't have anyone close to taking his place, that scenario would seem to make the most sense to me. As someone who wants to see the team win and to do it well-- I hope that's the case.

 

01/20/2016 - 8:43am Not great examples

If you're trying to show examples of where the staff screwed a kid or where the situatiion ended up badly for the kid, you didn't choose very well.

Pipkins was told in June that the staff thought he should take a Medical Hardship. They gave the option to stay and finish his degree or plenty of time to transfer. Michigan didn't get any advantage by letting him go from a scholarship numbers perspective. 

By various reports, Falcon was asked by the staff to pass on playing his senior year and focus on rehab. He decided to play and got injured. Based on that the staff pulled his offer in October-- four and a half months before signing day. They also offered him the opportunity to go on medical and get a free education at Michigan.  

Colter is an example of the team breaking up with him where it turned out pretty well for the player. He ended up getting a degree from one of the best universities in the country and also ended up one of NU's best offensive players in a long time. 

Not sure what happened with Swenson, but to say that the staff definitely screwed him by pointing at Pipkins or Falcon or saying that it's not going to work out for the kid by pointing at Colter definitely doesn't make sense.

12/28/2015 - 11:52pm Hamilton

I believe that Hamilton and Swenson are seen as OTs and Bredson and Onewenu are OG. 

12/19/2015 - 3:57pm Aranda

Wonder if Gary Andersen makes a run to bring Aranda to OSU to replace Sitake? I assume that he tried to bring him when he moved last year, so not sure if anything's changed to get him to go now. Still, have to assume that's who he would want. 

12/18/2014 - 11:36am Probably fine

Simply deciding on the NFL shouldn't make him a villian. However, if it comes out that he was never considering coming to Michigan and only used us to drive up his next NFL contract? Well, that would be a little harder to take.

11/25/2014 - 1:38pm At least 9 wins

I'm surprised to hear people think that 7 or 8 wins would be good next year under Harbaugh or any new coach for that matter. As bad as this year has been, we were just a couple of plays away in the Rutgers and Maryland games from having 7 wins right now. 

Even though we're breaking in a new QB, we have a lot of talent coming back on both sides of the ball. Also, while the non-conference schedule should be more difficult, we still have three games at home. The B1G schedule will also be better as our toughest games are at home.

If Hoke were here, I would expect 7 wins from those factors alone. If we get a new coach, I'll be disappointed if we don't do a couple of games better than that.

 

11/01/2014 - 12:46pm Football hires

Yeah, if football hires are what you're considering, Bates hired Shane Montgomery, Mike Haywood and Don Treadwell at Miami, all of whom were disasters. Addazio seems to be working out better at BC. Phillips hired Jerry Kill, which turned out much better.

Now, Long hired Bobby Petrino and Bret Bielema (pretending the John L Smith era never happened). Good hires--character issues notwithstanding.

11/01/2014 - 12:28pm Great Candidate

Being in the Chicago area, I can say that Phillips is pretty well regarded here. He had a good stint at Northern Illinois, where he was probably best known for hiring Jerry Kill, who was at that time a pretty unknown coach at Southern Illinois.

Since coming to NU, he's helped to drive the planning and development for their new lakefront facilities which look like they're going to be awesome. He inherited Fitz so unclear how he would approach hiring a football coach at the B10 level, but the Kill hire at NIU was a winner. He probably stuck with Carmody too long and the jury is still out in Collins but we have Belein so we're fine.

Unlike Brandon, Phillips has a lot of background in college athletics working at Arizona State, Tennessee and Notre Dame before going to NIU. He also seems pretty media savvy, which would be a nice change. He's definitely a Midwest guy as an Illinois grad and has been mentioned for AD openings at Illinois and Penn State in the past. Salary at NU is around $750k according to the Chicago Tribune.

I think he would be a great candidate.

10/01/2014 - 6:47pm Might be true

But we put up 83 points against ND and Minny under Al and 14 under Nuss.

10/01/2014 - 6:24pm Ridiculous

This is a ridiculous statement. We may not be in great shape right now, but let's keep things in perspective. We're not nearly in the hole that Penn State was after Sandusky and they were able to get not one, but two great coaches in O'Brian and Franklin.

Even if you don't take the history into account, Michigan is a top job just based on our facilities, salaries that we'll pay for a head coach and assistants, talent on board (at least based on stars), etc. The attractiveness of the job will also increase if Brandon leaves.

We may not be able to lure a coach from an elite program that can offer a lot of the same advantages, but that's a huge difference from a coach needing to be out of their mind to accept this position or that we'll need to take a complete flyer on a guy the way that OSU did with Tressel.

 

09/27/2014 - 12:25pm Worked for State

Well this worked for State last year when they replaced Maxwell with Cook. Good luck Shane!

09/19/2014 - 2:36pm Nothing New

The article is fine, but there's nothing there that hasn't been completely played to death already. In terms of the "some" who figure that there's no way Michigan keeps Hoke barring a miraculous turnaround, I can only imagine that's the author trolling just about every Michigan board on the internet.

09/02/2014 - 4:10pm He's Fine.

As someone living in Chicago, there's nothing at all about Fitz's job being remotely in jeopardy, even with the awful loss to Cal.

In addition to being Mr. Northwestern due to his playing career and the way he took over after Randy Walker died, the overall perception is that he's done a good job. They win more than they lose and his players graduate-- which is pretty much a recipe for staying forever at NU. He also put togeher a nice recruiting class last year and has another nice one going this year, so the thought is that the future is bright. 

The other thing working in his favor is that Northwestern doesn't fire coaches in a hurry-- this is the same school that kept Bill Carmody as coach for 13 years without an NCAA berth and a 32% conference winning percentage.

The only thing that could do him in is an academic/ off-field scandal or if the program totally tanks and NU wants to get a new coach as they rollout out their new football complex over the next couple of years.  

08/18/2014 - 12:06pm Got Mine

It arrived on Friday. It was definitely worth the wait :)

04/04/2014 - 12:25pm Izzo

I'm not sure why there's this clear need on this board to denigrate Izzo's accomplishments. Yeah, his standing with the media may outweigh reality, but calling him "Jud Heathcote 2.0" is ridiculous. Did he benefit from Michigan flaming out?  Probably, but he's turned Michigan State into one of the best programs in the country, when it wasn't much of anything before he got there.

That being said, I think its reasonable to question where they go from here. I've never thought that there was "doing more with less" argument for his program (hello, that 's Mark Dantonio's meme). He's consistently gotten good players. He's not doing that now, so we'll see how far they go given the poor classes he's pulled in over the last couple of years.

Despite the success of his teams, given Izzo's lack of success getting players drafted, I'm not sure why a high ranking player would go to State at all. While Gary Harris will likely go in the 1st round, in the 19 years that Izzo has been at State, only 6 players have been drafted in the first round-- and only 2 have gone in the top 15. State hasn't had a player go in the first round since 2006.

As pointed out by the OP, it's not he hasn't had talent. Izzo's had tons of guys who came in highly ranked and ended up doing nothing in the pros such as Kelvin Torbert, Marcus Taylor, Paul Davis. Who is the last guy from State that was even a regular starter in the NBA? Jason Richardson? Zach Randolph? Izzo may win a lot of games, but his track record of getting guys to pros leaves much to be desired.

 

 

 

01/27/2014 - 10:25am Wow.

You expect to see a bunch of decommittments when you have a coaching change (Hi Vanderbilt!), but I don't think I've seen anything like this in a while.   Seems like the off-the-field and on-the-field stuff has caught up to them. 

01/10/2014 - 11:02am Nothing certain

Gopherfan-- I wouldn't say that I'm confident that Jones will flip from Minnesota but it definitely seems like there's a chance it could happen.   He's expressed interest and Michigan's getting his last visit before signing day, which is a good sign.   Even though he only recently got an offer, he has visited the campus before and knows the staff somewhat.  Also, several analysts that follow this stuff a closer than I do are saying that Michigan is in a good position (Michigan has actually taken the lead in 247 Crystal Ball projections).  The other factor is that Jones has always been a soft commit to Minnesota.  I don't think that anyone would be surprised if he switched schools-- whether to Michigan or somewhere else.

That being said, he hasn't flipped anywhere else and Michigan is definitely getting in late.   Given that, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't end up in AA.   But I also wouldn't be surprised if he did end up there.    

 

 

12/23/2013 - 3:51pm Third Stringer/ 2012 QB Recruiting

So if Devin is out, that means that Shane is #1 and I assume that Cleary moves up to #2.   Who is the #3 guy?   Is it Bellomy or Alex Swieca?    Ordinarily, I would assume it would be Bellomy (given that he already used up his RS year as a FR), but given that he hasn't played at all this year and that he might have a chance for medical redshirt for a sixth year, would they keep him on the shelf and use Swieca?   Might it even be Jeremy Gallon? 

I will say that one of the few recruiting issues I've had with this staff is not picking up a QB in the 2012 class.   That's the main reason that Shane had to burn his RS this year and is also directly responsible for us having either two walk-ons backing him up this game or having one walk-on and another guy that just started practicing.  

Does anyone remember what happened with QB recruiting that year?   I was looking on Touch the Banner and it listed several guys with offers.  If I remember correctly, we finished second for Zeke Pike (which seems like a blessing now) and had somewhat of a shot with Gunnar Kiel (who seemed to cool on Michigan after Shane committed) and don't remember being close to getting any of the other guys.   Did the staff just stop going after guys after Shane committed and we lost out on Pike and Kiel?

10/30/2013 - 10:46pm Not a bad gig

Dantonio's not going anywhere.    He's got a good gig at State.  Also, I think that his age and the lack of consistency in State's results are detriments to him getting a better job.   I mean, he had those two outstanding years, but his overall head coaching record is 76-46, which is good but not great.    

I think that the other thing to keep in mind is that there aren't a ton of jobs better than the one that he's got now.   If you look at the BCS, there's only about four to six jobs in each conference that would either a lateral or an outright improvement over State.   Those jobs don't turn over very often and when they do, they're often looking in-house or for the next big thing.

My guess is Narduzzi gets a HC job sometime.   I bet he would have gotten the Cincy job had they not hired Tuberville.

10/30/2013 - 10:46pm Not a bad gig

Dantonio's not going anywhere.    He's got a good gig at State.  Also, I think that his age and the lack of consistency in State's results are detriments to him getting a better job.   I mean, he had those two outstanding years, but his overall head coaching record is 76-46, which is good but not great.    

I think that the other thing to keep in mind is that there aren't a ton of jobs better than the one that he's got now.   If you look at the BCS, there's only about four to six jobs in each conference that would either a lateral or an outright improvement over State.   Those jobs don't turn over very often and when they do, they're often looking in-house or for the next big thing.

My guess is Narduzzi gets a HC job sometime.   I bet he would have gotten the Cincy job had they not hired Tuberville.

10/13/2013 - 12:09am 3-3

Wins against IU, Nebraska and Iowa. Losses to Sparty, NU and OSU. If you made me choose an over/under on 3-3, I'd take the under. Not seeing how we win the projected losses. Can definitely see us blowing one of the projected wins.

After the way this season has started would a loss to any of the teams left on our schedule surprise you?

10/02/2013 - 10:59pm Tropp

I saw that Corey Tropp was supposed to be playing for the Sabres until he broke his jaw in a fight last week. For any of you that remember his hit on Kampfer a couple of weeks back, you may want to google the clip of this fight as it'll restore your faith that what comes around goes around.

10/01/2013 - 5:11pm Film

Just looking at the film, I'm surprised that Dillman is so highly rated as a pro-style QB.   On the highlight reel, fewer than half the clips are of him passing and most of those are just him hitting guys within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage--  most of them right up the middle.

Overall, there are some great clips as he's obviously a great athlete, but in terms of his passing ability, his film doesn't look as impressive as what you usually see from a top QB prospect-- much less a 5-star guy ranked as the #3 pro-style QB in the country.   Did he do great on the camp circuit?

Also, why is considered a pro-style guy?   Just because he plays under center?   He would definitely seem to be a better fit as a dual-threat guy given his running ability.

 

 

 

 

09/30/2013 - 12:49pm Good fit

Narduzzi should get a shot somewhere given the success that he's had at MSU.  My guess is his ceiling for a HC position is a mid-level job at a AQ conference.   He's done well enough for an Illinois/ NC State/ Texas Tech sort of a job.   He definitely shouldn't leave State for a dead end job like EMU.

I don't think that he has the national recognition to get a USC-type job right off the bat.  I don't think that's a slam against Narduzzi, I just don't think those jobs go to coordinators very often.   Not counting where a coordinator was internally promoted, the only recent example I can think of is Muschamp going from UT to Florida.

08/19/2013 - 2:28pm Not Surprising

At this point, it wouldn't have made sense for Jacksonville to start Henne over Gabbert.   Jacksonville's not going anywhere this season and they want to see whether they can salvage Gabbert or if they need to draft another QB next season.    Henne's gotten a number of chances to start and hasn't done much with them.   At this point, his best bet seems to be developing into a quality backup like Shaun Hill.

08/06/2013 - 6:12pm Lawrence Thomas?

Based on 247, State recruits with M offers

2014:  None

2013:  Reschke, Finley, Jones--   discussed above

2012:  Burbridge, Madaris--  Burbridge discussed above, maybe Madaris?

2011:  Lawrence Thomas, Ed Davis-- I know we wanted Thomas, pretty sure we wanted Davis too but not certain about that.

 

 

 

08/06/2013 - 6:02pm In other years

In other years, losing in-state guys to State (if that is what might happen) would be a concern, but as this year's class is going to be small, a lot of guys that might have gotten an offer aren't going to get one leaving them for State.  

Kyonta Stallworth is a four-star guy with offers from UCLA and Florida.  He probably would get an offer if we had a 20+ member class, but we can't even offer Chuma Edoga, who appears to be a much better player who loves(ed) Michigan because of small class size.   You could go down the list with guys like Campbell and John Kelly  who might not get offers or guys like Weber or Alabi that might not get recruited as hard.    Doesn't mean they can't play or that State won't be better having them--  it's just the circumstance of a smaller class.

What would be totally Sparty though would be to have Michigan pass on those guys and have them go out-of-state.   That meltdown would be fun to watch.  

The only guy that would really both me if we lost to State would be Cole, but when was the last time State beat us for an in-state Plan A guy without academic issues?   Lawrence Thomas in 2011?    We lose one in-state battle every four years,  I can live with that.

08/01/2013 - 1:36pm Quick Question

Is the role that State hired Blackwell to do similar to the role that Chris Singletary has with our team?   

08/01/2013 - 1:07pm They needed to do something

State needed to do something to improve their recruiting in-state.    As a state, Michigan doesn't have that much talent and with only a couple of exceptions, Michigan is getting who they want and State's getting leftovers and legacies.  In the last two classes, State's gotten very little in Michigan.   Out of their 31 recruits in '13 and '14, only 8 have been from Michigan.   Out of those eight, only four had BCS offers from schools other than State.   Importantly for us, only two had Michigan offers (Reschke and Finley-- which were both late offers and issued after they committed to State).  

In contrast, over the last two classes, we've recruited 11 players from Michigan, eight of whom either had or presumably would have gotten other BCS offers (I added Jourdan Lewis, who I assume would have gotten other offers if he hadn't committed early) and five of whom had State offers.

I credit them for adjusting and doing some nice work recruiting in Ohio and Illinois, but even those markets are getting more difficult for them as Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame are getting the best prospects.  The bigger problem for them is that they've lost several battles to up-and-coming programs like Northwestern and Kentucky.   If they start losing more battles to those guys, they're really in trouble

Dantonio has definitely upgraded their recruiting but I'm not sure where they go from here, even with Blackwell.

08/01/2013 - 11:47am Great move by Sparty

After getting walloped by Michigan and... good grief Western Michigan... in recruiting in the state, they needed something like this.   Blackwell should provide some good connections in Michigan-- not to mention helping out with other HS programs outside of the state that were sending kids to SMSB.  

07/30/2013 - 10:43pm Like the move

Jennings definitely seems like an upgrade in talent over Knight and the Pistons really didn't give up anyone that was a sure thing to be in their rotation next season.   Also, 3 yr/$24 million seems reasonable.  

I do share concerns that he doesn't seem to be a great shooter who compounds that by shooting a lot, but look at thost Bucks team, outside of him and Monta Ellis, who else would you want to shoot the ball?  The last two seasons with Monta Ellis, the Bucks' 3rd leading scorer were J.J. Redick and Drew Gooden.   The two seasons before that, without Ellis, the other primary option was John Salmons.  

One can only hope that with a better supporting cast, he won't need to shoot as much and he'll continue to increase his assist rate (which has gone up every season).  Also, as far as shooting, he did have a good year from 3 last season (.375) which is something that this team needs.

Overall, the roster definitely seems like it has more talent and it'll be interesting to see how it all fits together.   

07/16/2013 - 10:47pm Thanks

Thanks for pointing out that article as I had missed it.   I agree with his point that a frontcourt with Smith and Drummond would be great defensively, but it would be tough to give up on Monroe.   Still, if the Pistons could parlay him into a good PG and/or a good pick in next year's draft it might be worth it.  

Overall, I like what they've done this summer.   KCP looked good in the Summer League.  Datome looks like a good pickup and if they can figure out what to do with Smith, they'll definitely be much better.

Unfortunately, I don't seem them as any better than a 6 seed at best, which is likely a first round exit and a low draft pick (which goes to Charlotte I believe). 

07/12/2013 - 2:58pm Can't wait

Can't wait to get my copy of HTTV.    Last year's issue was awesome and this one looks like it'll be as good or better!

06/13/2013 - 1:00pm Visits

Tremendous tweeted out that Jones visited Michigan on 4/4, MSU on 4/5 and hasn't been to OSU since 2/10.

06/13/2013 - 11:11am Ouch.

Given that the conventional wisdom seemed to suggest UM was gaining ground but still trailing OSU, not getting the opportunity to have another shot with him on campus doesn't sound good for us.   

06/06/2013 - 3:38pm I will say...

That while the writer's view of Hand may be a little out of bounds, I'll give him credit on what he said on Winovich.   While a good part of OSU nation is saying that Winovich didn't have a commitable offer, or that Ubs cooled on him or that Winovich was scared of competition-- the guy says straight out that Michigan just beat OSU for him.  He could have taken the easy way out and given the Buck fans what they wanted to hear but didn't.

The other interesting thing that I read there was that he thinks Jamarco Jones is trending away from OSU and will end up either at MSU or Michigan, which means that he thinks he'll end up at Michigan-- because, well, obviously.   

05/30/2013 - 10:07am This is ridiculous

After firing Rice and Pernetti, Rutgers needed to hire someone with a completely clean reputation.    It shouldn't have mattered whether those claims have merit--- given Rutgers' situation, they should have automatically disqualified Hermann.  A low-DI school or a school looking to replace an AD under ordinary circumstances could go ahead and take a chance with Hermann.  

A school coming off a huge player abuse controversy while moving into the Big 10 hiring someone with a trail of issues (including player abuse)?    Just a stupid, idiotic move.