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02/22/2015 - 6:01pm So i guess Jake Ryan was the

So i guess Jake Ryan was the fastest player on the team then?

11/30/2014 - 4:52pm 4 years ago Adam Schefter was

4 years ago Adam Schefter was reporting to everyone that Harbaugh was taking the Michigan job. So it's not at all clear he has a direct line to what Harbaugh is thinking.

I imagine the truth is that Harbaugh has no idea what he will do. He's probably focused on making the playoffs and once the 49ers season is over, then he'll decide what to do.

09/28/2014 - 8:04am I think Lloyd would be much

I think Lloyd would be much more likely as the interim athletic director than interim head coach. Much less of a day to day grind. He loves Hoke though and I doubt he'd want to fire him.

09/27/2014 - 11:52pm I actually see him as

I actually see him as potentially a good fit if he's paired with a good offensive coordinator if we strike out on the A list candidates. And there is precedent regarding hire a coach from one our rivals given Bo having been an OSU assistant.

09/25/2014 - 8:58am I don't necessarily think we

I don't necessarily think we will get Jim Harbaugh but reports like this mean nothing. Let's not forget when vaunted NFL insider Adam Schefter told everyone that his sources told him that Harbaugh was going to be the coach after Rodriguez.

07/22/2014 - 1:07pm I think if you can fix some

I think if you can fix some of the problems in college soccer from a development standpoint (make the season longer, standardize the rules with FIFA, etc) I do think it has potential to help develop players.

The best players are always going to sign homegrown deals with MLS or go abroad and for the very elite talent that's the best route. And as MLS teams start to all have their own USL pro teams that will help their players get games as opposed go sitting on the bench. But there are going to be a whole host of players who aren't ready for that and can use the development they could get in college soccer. Since it already exists why not take advantage of if and improve it. The more players who can get good development opportunities, the better US Soccer is going to be. Our major advantage over other countries is our population, this will help us to start to take advantage of it.

07/07/2014 - 12:28pm Left Back

Another player to keep an eye on at left back is US under 20 international John Requejo as he just signed with Tijuana and people in youth national team circles apparently think super highly of him.

I also think Andrew Farrell has more of a long term future as a center back as opposed out in the right.

07/03/2014 - 2:52pm I'd also add Shawn Parker as

I'd also add Shawn Parker as a potential option should he make the decision to represent the United States (another German American playing in the Bundesliga who Klinnsman is apparently making a push for)

On Johannson, it's clear he was injured and that's why he wasn't playing as it was just announced he is having surgery on his ankle.

01/15/2014 - 11:47am Supposedly the offensive

Supposedly the offensive coordinator of Cincinnati is interviewing for the head coaching job at UAB. If he were to take that job, Borges would be a good fit there, reuniting him with Tuberville.

01/10/2014 - 11:28pm Interestingly Kiffin has also

Interestingly Kiffin has also never been a QB coach before. When he was at USC, Sarkisian handled QBs the whole time (and called the plays too I believe).

01/08/2014 - 7:14pm I doubt that. Because it's a

I doubt that. Because it's a public university they have to post the job for some specified time period even if they already have in mind the person they are supposed to hire.

12/15/2013 - 12:10pm Yeah he is great at finding

Yeah he is great at finding underrated talent and bringing it to MSU. But it's not like he was putting together bad defenses when he was at Ohio State when he was getting the more top tier talent. The bigger concern would be what he would do on the offensive side of the football.

12/14/2013 - 7:48pm I think they would be more

I think they would be more like to get Dantanio than Narduzzi (with Narduzzi then taking over MSU). More likely Dantonio is in for a big raise as he doesn't get paid much now and I can't imagine he would be leave as long as MSU takes care of him like they should.

People will also float Jon Gruden but he's not coming. Neither is Jim Harbaugh. Art Briles is probably out too with his recent extension. I don't think David Shaw will leave except for an NFL job.

More realistic options include James Franklin, Charlie Strong, Hugh Freeze, Jimbo Fisher, Jim Mora Jr., Todd Graham, Mike Gundy, and Dabo Swinney.

Also Gus Mahlzan but I think he got a recent extension too.

11/15/2013 - 2:38pm In theory it could have also

In theory it could have also been the case that that couldn't guarantee that Hand would be admitted to the engineering school at Michigan. I think it was stated that he was a B student and he may have not have the grades for engineering at Michigan. I think that both the engineering school and the business school have heightened requirements for athletes that many of them wouldn't qualify for.

Alabama being the less rigorous engineering program was probably willing to guarantee it.

There was a player whose name escapes me from a few years ago who stated that one of the primary reasons he picked Notre Dame over Michigan was that Michigan wouldn't guarantee him entrance into the business school.

11/13/2013 - 10:36am Farrell is usually pretty

Farrell is usually pretty accurate. I think there have been a few cases when he's been right on other commits not coming here when our insiders have thought otherwise.

TomVH said something recently that Hand wanted to make sure there was some real suspense when he was making a decision and maybe he is trying to give everyone that.

11/09/2013 - 8:32pm Can we just make a large

Can we just make a large offer of money to the Stanford offensive coordinator and see if he bites. It's unlikely but you never know unless you ask.

Alternatively we can make a similar offer to the Alabama offensive coordinator. I doubt we can outbid Alabama but you never know unless you ask.

Loefflor hasn't really done much as an offensive coordinator. I wouldn't be against him returning as a QB coach .

I'd be all for Cam Cameron but I don't thin he'll come.

The real problem is there aren't that many great pro style offensive coordinators out there in the college game as most of the best offensive coordinators are all spread guys. And I don't know if we want to go through and offensive transition again.

There's always Lane Kiffin. Just kidding.

10/19/2013 - 9:21pm Al Borges did a great job

Al Borges did a great job today as he has a number of games while at Michigan.

The thing that is frustrating about him is not that he is unable to call a good game, but that he consciously chooses not to.

10/16/2013 - 1:00pm I would also really really

I would also really really like to see them get better at the 2 minute offense.

10/16/2013 - 12:56pm Loefflor does actually call

Loefflor does actually call the plays there and is the offensive coordinator. He'd come if offered I think because of the Michigan ties. I'm not sure he's a clear upgrade over Borges though given his time at Auburn last year (where admittedly he wasn't given much to work with). And he hasn't been horrible at VA Tech but he hasn't lit it up either. He needs more seasoning. Maybe in the future but he's not ready to be our offensive coordinator.

09/17/2013 - 10:00am I don't think they gave it to

I don't think they gave it to Devin solely for on-field accomplishments but also in recognition of all the hard work he's done in the offseason and with the expectation that he's put himself in position to have a huge year Akron game notwithstanding

09/09/2013 - 2:14pm I imagine Texas might make a

I imagine Texas might make a run at either Art Briles or Gary Patterson.

Briles would do well there if paired with a good defensive coordinator say Pat Narduzzi.

I see USC going after Kevin Sumlin, getting turned down and having to settle for Del Rio.

04/30/2013 - 2:11pm I mean the thing is in a

I mean the thing is in a class where we're going to recruit 5 or so players we're going to want a mix of top shelf guys and more developmental ones. Even if we get someone like Looney, he's the type whose a one and done type player and we're going to want some other guys in the class who are going to stick around.

Look at someone like Lavert who will be a 4 year player and who is going to be someone is going to be a contributor. We're going to continue to want guys like that and then mix in the McGary types.

And also John Beilen has a pretty freak track record when it comes to identifying under the radar guys.

04/19/2013 - 12:21pm I'm not really a fan of them

I'm not really a fan of them in any way but it seems to me that the Eagles would be the perfect fit for Denard.

If there is anyone who can get him the ball in space and let him do it's thing, it's chip Kelly

04/17/2013 - 11:10am On both McGary and Robinson,

On both McGary and Robinson, look at how much Darius Morris and Trey Burke improved from their freshman to sophomore seasons. If those get coached up by Beilen and can show similar improvement, it would definitely be worth their while to come back.

02/27/2013 - 5:34pm I think it would be better to

I think it would be better to see what kind of success he has as offensive coordinator at Virginia Tech. If he's successful we shouldn't have a problem luring him back down the line. And if he's super successful and manages to get hired as a head coach somewhere and does well, he becomes a potential candidate down the line (like 10 to 15 years from now) to be the head coach when Hoke retires

02/06/2013 - 1:52pm I mean it probably also

I mean it probably also depends how close we get to winning it all. If we win the national championship I imagine both Hardaway and Robinson go (I assume Burke is gone no matter what). Especially since we are not going to win the national championship if Hardaway and Robinson don't play extremely well.

If we wall just short I can see them coming back for one last run. If Derrick Walton is up to par and everyone minus Burke comes back, then we would most definitely have a top 5 team next year as well.

02/05/2013 - 4:56pm Kiffin will done soon. I

Kiffin will done soon. I expect next year will be the last for him.

Alternatively USC can let the sanctions run out and then hire someone new.

02/05/2013 - 4:54pm The sanctions in general seem

The sanctions in general seem to have worked out pretty well for UCLA. USC is basically forced to take 10 or so less players than they typically would and it's seems like UCLA has been the biggest beneficiary.

01/17/2013 - 6:29pm I'd say that sports

I'd say that sports illustrated also looks really bad here

01/09/2013 - 9:25pm Does it not seem like a

Does it not seem like a strange time to leave the country? It's obviously been a long season, but why wouldn't he wait until National Signing Day when he could go on a longer vacation without having to worry about recruiting.

01/09/2013 - 9:24pm I imagine they would first

I imagine they would first float to the usual suspects. Jon Gruden, Chris Peterson, Gary Patterson, James Franklin, Charlie Strong, David Shaw. Then assuming they couldn't get any of those guys, they would probably hire either Diaco or someone like Art Briles.

01/08/2013 - 12:32pm Really Alabama is just a step

Really Alabama is just a step above everyone else, including the rest of the SEC.

I mean although we didn't we had no problems competing with the SEC in our bowl game.

And other than Texas A&M and Alabama, the rest of the SEC didn't exactly cover itself in glory during bowl season.

So basically we're trying to get to the level which we can compete nationally (which we're not far away from), to a separate level where we can compete with Alabama (which we are far from, as are many other teams). Alabama has lost 5 games in the last four years for a reason.

04/08/2012 - 8:59am Alot of really good coaches

Alot of really good coaches have struggled their first year at a new school and then taken off on year 2. There's just an adjustment period

Pete Carroll 6-6 in year 1

Nick Saban 6-6 in year 1

Meyer at Florida 7-5 in year 1

Jim Tressel 7-5 in year 1

Bob Stoops 7-5 in year 1

I expect we'll see a whatever season from Ohio State this year but that they will be ready to go in year 2.

12/29/2011 - 4:47pm posted from iPad

He probably won't do this, but he could also file a lawsuit alleging that the NCAA transfer restrictions violate antitrust law. I'm not an expert on antitrust law but I think they're could be a case to be had there.
<br>It's probably not the right move for him to go down that path but it would be nice to see someone try it. It's ridiculous that schools have the ability to limit players choices to the extent that they do.

12/01/2011 - 11:05am posted from iPhone

I agree with the idea that he's learning how to be a head coach. I think eventually he will be ready and be a good coach at a bigger school. But for now he should continue what's he is doing and have a few more successful years at Eastern.
<br>You look at Brady Hole, it took him a few years to get going at Ball State. Part of that was the state of the program when he took over, but in my mind the other part of it was him learning how to be a head coach. And it seems like it worked out well for him. English should follow the same path.

11/29/2011 - 5:13pm posted from iPhone

I don't know UCLA seems pretty desperate to me right now. They'll make a run at Chris Peterson and when that likely falls through they'll be left with Kevin Sumlin or bust. I personally don't think Tressel should be allowed back into coaching but if he is I don't think UCLA would hesitate in going after him. I think their fanbase is desperate and would be willing to overlook his indiscretions.

11/29/2011 - 4:44pm posted from iPhone

I could see the Colts hiring Tressel. They will clearly be looking for a new coach, and he's already been working there as a replay assistant. He always turned down the NFL before because he didn't want to leave Ohio, but at this point why not give it a try.
<br>If he really is available for NCAA jobs though, UCLA should make a run at him.

11/13/2011 - 10:39am posted from iPhone

Yeah Arizona is definitely the better option I think. His style of play would work well I think in the PAC-12. Once the sanctions kick in USC will be down for a few years and the rest of the PAC-12 south shouldn't scare anyone so there's definitely an opening there for Arizona.
<br>I also saw somewhere that RichRod might be a candidate for UCF if that opens up at the end of the season. That would be the absolute perfect fit I think, Big East and Florida.
<br>In any case wherever he goes, the school needs to pay whatever they need to get a real defensive coordinator.

09/28/2011 - 8:15pm Down the line

Down the line and not anytime in the immediate future, the ideal replacement for Borges whenever he decides he wants to move on seems like it would be Scott Loeffler (once he gets more seasoning and success over at Temple).  And if Loeffler had success as Michigan offensive coordinator it would set him up to succeed Brady Hoke whenever he decided to retire (of course Loeffler might get a head coaching job by then).

08/29/2011 - 6:56pm posted from iPhone

It's too bad they can't just add TCU, Boise, and BYU. TCU might be locked in to the Big East but the Big 12 just makes so much more sense for them. I know Boise doesn't add much in terms of eyeballs but they are the best team outside any BCS conference in terms of quality of play.

06/04/2011 - 1:54pm posted from iPhone

Marking something privileged and confidential doesn't necessarily make it so

04/18/2011 - 10:29pm It's seems to me like alot of

It's seems to me like alot of the players who had issues with Rodriguez were Carr guys.  Maybe they were turned off by comments that Rodriguez made talking about "the situation I inherited" and "I didn't know how bad things were before I got here" and other things to that effect.  To alot of these guys for who Lloyd Carr is probably a father figure, that was probably insulting to them.  Maybe they felt like RichRod was denigrating Carr to make himself look better. 

It's kind of an insult to them too.  The fact that the program that they bled for and sweat for, just wasn't good enough in RichRod's eyes.  In effect by cleaning house in the way that he did, Rodriguez may have given the perception that he didn't value the tradition that Michigan had prior to his arrival.  Not saying that this was the case, just that they may have had that perception.  And who knows to what extent RichRod made an effort to reach out behind close doors. 

Then you also have stories like the one with Morgan Trent saying that RichRod was talking bad about him to NFL scouts.  Alot of recent players may have been tight with him and may not have taken offense by something like that. 

Really though, Rich Rodriguez wasn't popular with former players for one major reason, the results on the field.  If he had won he would have been hailed as the second coming and the rejuvination that Michigan needed.  It's not like he wasn't complict in alot of this.  We have no idea what kind of reaching he did behind closed doors. 

With that said I'm not going to hate on former players for having an opinion.  They bled and they sweat for the program, they have more of stake in the program than any of us.  They do deserve a say on the programs future, though ideally behind closed doors.   

03/26/2011 - 8:33pm posted from iPhone

Probably only leaves to go to a place like Duke, UNC, Kansas, or UCLA. Though none of those jobs are opening up anytime soon.

01/16/2011 - 8:48pm posted from iPhone

I heard Belichek threw the game with the Jets because he was already focused on coming to Michigan as defensive coordinator.

01/16/2011 - 8:46pm posted from iPhone

I liked Markus alot, probably the best undergrad prof I had

01/11/2011 - 12:37am posted from iPhone

Oregon's problem was Darren Thomas. Against the defense they faced they were going to need a QB that was way more accurate. It's not that the spread doesn't get the job done, it's that your offense can't be one-dimensional. Cause the defense can always take that away. Really the only throws they could consistently hit were those wr screen.

01/06/2011 - 8:14am posted from iPhone

Ty Willingham was a mediocre coach who had two good years at Stanford (where he went 8-4 and 9-3) and whose success in the Pac10 came pre-Pete Carroll to USC.
<br>Further after Notre Dame he ran the Washington program to the ground, going 0-12 his fourth season there (and if you think they should have kept him after that, your crazy). Washington fans absolutely despise the guy and it's really Sarkisian that's cleaning up the mess left behind by him.
<br>Notre Dame's problem wasn't that they fired Ty Willingham, it was that hired Charlie Weis. No one realistically thinks Willingham would have ever been successful there, even if they had given him 10 years.

01/04/2011 - 10:42pm posted from iPhone

I think Harbaugh is a good coach at Michigan and I think he'd win at Michigan, but what if Harbaugh=Jeff Tedford. Tedford also took over a 1 win team and preceded go 10-2 (and one of those losses was an game they should have won against Carroll's best USC team) in year 3 with his stud NFL qb (Aaron Rodgers). Since then he's been decent, but hasn't really got back to that level (though the point where it really began to fall off for him was that Kevin Riley Oregon State game with number 1 rank up for grabs). And certainly no one is clamoring for him as Michigan head coach.

01/04/2011 - 9:42pm posted from iPhone

Yeah my bad, mistake caused from posting on my iPhone

01/04/2011 - 9:41pm posted from iPhone

Interesting on Gruden, last night when Tirico kept trying to talk about Harbaugh and the Michigan job, there was complete silence from Gruden. Not even an attempt to respond. And it happened a few times. Maybe he just didn't want to talk about it (and that's probably the case), but maybe that silence that Gruden to Michigan is on the table.