|06/04/2018 - 11:19am||I think Beilein would rock in the NBA||
Look at Stevens. Both were guys who made their names in college fashioning systems to fit limited talent that led to consistent success. That's the kind of college coach who succeeds in the NBA.
Greasy doofuses like Calipari and Pitino and to a lesser extent Donavon who know less about basketball than Ace but who are good at getting an 18 year old's mama to like them always flop in the NBA, because recruiting accumen doesn't mean squat.
|05/23/2018 - 2:57pm||It's actually Deadspin, Imo||
If your "satire" is such that the legion of people you're supposed to be mocking actually think you're great and speaking for them, you're a pretty shitty satirist or you've willingly decided to switch sides and be a gross shit head for a paycheck.
"Aw but I never told anyone to send rape and death threats at writers of other sites" well too bad you gutless shithead your boss did so grow a set or don't whine when people call you out for it.
|05/19/2018 - 2:35pm||He'll be playing for June Jones||
He's basically faster Colt Brennan so I'm hyped.
|05/17/2018 - 2:39pm||Imagine how full of shit you have to be||
To be the head coach at ALABAMA and then throw shade at another school for making up a national title based on absolutely nothing.
|05/04/2018 - 10:49am||I think the issue||
Is that "pro style" as we've talked about for years in college is a meaningless term. There is no pro team running a "pro style" college offense. When Harbaugh was in SF, he was out of step with most of the league in how few times his team went 3WR+. Teams in the NFL are huddling less because of the radio communication to QBs. NFL teams are in shotgun 60% of the time and rising. At this point, pro style means "you use a lot of formations," "your QB is primarily a passer" and "your QB/WRs are the engines of the offense." With the Big 12's RPO based stuff filtering up to the NFL finally, the NFL's only going to look more and more like the Big 12, not less.
As far as Urban goes though, I'll believe some of this when I see it. If you cut Urban, he bleeds Lou Holtz wishbone stuff. I just have a hard time believing that he'd ever fully go away from pounding run game and QB option. We've seen him be talked into going into that direction for recruiting purposes before at Florida, but when push came to shove, it just meant big slow John Brantley trying to run Tim Tebow's offense.
|04/27/2018 - 1:39pm||American Business||
Went up the craphole when the idea of "executive experience" became a thing and executives started getting paid off the stock price instead of getting really great pensions. Focus shifted from "make sure this company is here in 20 years so my retirement doesn't evaporate" to "make the stock price higher by hook or crook so I can cash out."
|04/26/2018 - 4:01pm||That's not really fair to the car industry||
It's not the car industry's fault that the banks collapsed the global economy giving bogus home loans, and that when the shit hit the fan suddenly nobody could get a loan to do anything, killing the car market as well. We can say Chrysler and GM weren't doing as well as they could and put themselves in a position they shouldn't have been in, but you can't bail out the assholes who actually collapsed the world economy and then tell industries and their workers who didn't have anything to do with the collapse but who suffered as a result to go pound sand.
|04/16/2018 - 9:05pm||He beat Bama twice||
Bama has spent a decade+ annihilating the conference. Of course schools in that area who are already doing increasingly nutty things to try to overcome the Bama advantage would kick the tires on him. He'd still be there if he hadn't messed with Houston Nutt.
|04/09/2018 - 12:16pm||The entire administration of MSU should be flushed||
And if they won't do it, the state of Michigan should force them to. "Oh but if we do that it'll cause us to get killed in a lawsuit." Good, settle it and pay out the ass if you have to. If the law doesn't currently allow it, the state should pass one allowing colleges and corporations to go after execs/administrators who through incompetence or worse cause them to have massive lawsuit payouts. Make Simon have to chip in to pay back the victims of her incompetence, or at least bankrupt her so she doesn't just walk away from this scot free.
It's a travesty for any college to behave the way MSU has and then try to defend themselves this way. They're partially state funded, it's up to the state to force the issue here.
|03/30/2018 - 1:37pm||Fun Fact||
Loyola is tied in US News with Tennessee, South Carolina and Auburn at 103. Sure, they're better than your average crappy religious college (looking at you, Liberty) but they're pretty dang mediocre academically.
|03/20/2018 - 4:15pm||Fun West Texas A&M Fact||
It was formerly known as West Texas State, and the football team produced a metric s-ton of professional wrestlers, including: Terry Funk, Dory Funk Jr, Dusty Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Bruiser Brody, Stan Hansen, Tito Santana, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and Bobby Duncam Sr. Dick Murdoch did not actually attend West Texas State, but bluffed his way into playing in alumni games. Actual future all pro football players Mercury Morris and Duane Thomas also starred there.
Baby Beilein better be ready for a steel folding chair to the back, is what I'm saying
|03/20/2018 - 12:39pm||This is the natural result||
Of when you allow and encourage people to love institutions more than the human beings who make the institution. Simon was great for the institution because of this or that, and her sin was in trying to protect the institution above individual people. This is not a large sin if you think institutions matter more than human beings, and it's the kind of insidious logic that leads to such evil.
It must be rooted out at all costs. So many administrators have such little care for the individual people who make up the faculty and students of their colleges.
|03/15/2018 - 6:01pm||The Iron Law of Coolness||
Young People Will Always Think The Generation Before Them Was Uncool
(I'm not hoping for a return to 1979 type shorts, but Jesus what's the point if they're below the knee? They're basically man-capris at that point).
|03/13/2018 - 4:52pm||I love his whining||
About how disgraceful and unfair it is he's being punished for acting like a complete dipshit. HEY I SAID I WAS SORRY (after literally everyone who saw the video told him he had acted disgracefully, and not a moment sooner) WHY DO I HAVE TO FACE ACTUAL CONSEQUENCES FOR MY ACTIONS?
I love when he first got his mini-suspension from the Big 10 and he threatened to retire and everyone shouted GOOD, GO FOR IT. What a putz.
|03/09/2018 - 9:38am||A perfectly viable company||
Was hollowed out and destroyed by Bain Capital, KKR & Co. and Vornado Realty Trust, leaving it with mountains of debt that it never got out from under. Thousands of people out of a job, and somehow nothing's been done to end this vampirism.
|02/27/2018 - 4:48pm||They should have their own division then||
Instead of asking people who are extremely valuable to sacrifice their worth to subsidize less valuable players. That people insist on pretending that Michigan and Eastern Michigan are equals against all evidence is no excuse to go crafting a system that indulges such fantasies.
|02/27/2018 - 3:20pm||Brother||
I dunno how that argument comes about, it's so crazy to me. As if a scholarship is some magic thing that you can't quantify, and not just another perk for an employee that has a price tag like any other perk your employer might give you.
|02/27/2018 - 3:17pm||That it hurts your ability||
To maintain an illusion in your mind that major college athletes are students is of no concern to the rest of the world. They are not students now. They are not allowed to be because their bosses are making too much money to allow them to be. Your inability to suspend your disbelief when they get paid as opposed to now, when everyone gets rich and forces them to work hours that make graduating impossible without doing their work for them, says more about you than anything else.
|02/27/2018 - 12:17pm||The cartel is only interested||
In punishing stray offenders, because it lets them keep the artifiace that their system is working and amateurism is viable. This investigation doesn't allow them to do it, because it pulls back the curtain to reveal the entirety of amateurism is a ludicrous sham invented to get away with paying the talent a fraction of their worth.
|02/23/2018 - 5:51pm||One thing we're learning about the Harbaugh era||
Is that it's hard to get guys, even coaches who used to be involved in recruiting at the college level in the past, to embrace recruiting once they've had a taste of the NFL coaching lifestyle.
|02/23/2018 - 11:08am||Caveats about whether this is true aside||
I'll never totally understand why Drevno didn't work out at Michigan. He's the most baffling thing about the staff. Pep I get, you get used to working with Andrew Luck for years and you forget how to dumb stuff down for mortals. But Drevno had a long track record of building stud road grader lines, but couldn't make it work here.
|02/23/2018 - 11:04am||If the Feds had anything||
They wouldn't be leaking stuff to Yahoo, everyone's favorite credulous wanna be college sport cops. How many times does Yahoo have to do these big ballyhooed exposes that end up being nothing burgers before everyone realizes they're just a bunch of mall cops? It basically all boils down to "a bunch of guys maybe got loans, some other guys maybe got a lunch paid for by an agent, but we don't actually know that for sure."
|02/15/2018 - 2:17pm||Alabama's offense got significantly better||
When they went away from his philosophy. Almost anything works when you've got Bama level talent, as we found out when Nuss came here to Bama and what Florida learned the hard way with Nuss/McElwain reunion in Florida. And on top of that, his success as a coordinator was a lifetime ago in football years. The game has changed significantly in 7 years.
His Colorado State success was more or less the result of getting a bunch of transfers from guys he helped recruit at Bama who couldn't get playing time so they went to play for him, and even then we're talking about a guy who went 8-4 and 10-3 at a Mountain West school.
He's a guy who is an absolute abortion on the recruiting trail. An utter disaster in every way, to the point that HS coaches in Flordia basically fired him.
If McElwain had failed at Florida because his defense sucked or his teams were undisciplined or he had lots of off the field problems, I could handle hiring him as an assistant, similar to Lane Kiffin at Alabama. But that's not why he failed: he failed because he's a terrible recruiter and his offenses sucked. He couldn't develop QBs or WRs.
|02/14/2018 - 9:50pm||What the hell is going on||
Florida’s offense was a disaster and he was a pathetic recruiter. I.....I don’t understand at all. How could anyone watch Florida’s patented “nobody knows how to run a route” offense inspire you to hire that guy to coach your WRs?
|02/09/2018 - 4:26pm||Nothing Illustrates||
The lack of young energetic coaches with a background/interest in this form of offense quite like "we're thinking of hiring Cam Cameron."
I understand zigging when others want to zag, but this stuff coupled with this year's awful recruiting effort is finally starting to scare me.
|02/08/2018 - 6:59pm||It was a bad recruiting class||
There's no way around that, no point in sugar coating it. And when you put yourself out there as one of the sports ubiquitous faces and court attention, you're going to draw a backlash and people are absolutely going to tap dance on your face when you screw up. That's the nature of the beast.
There's only one thing for it: win games and don't whiff on your recruiting.
|02/07/2018 - 3:25pm||If Floyd's willing to take a risk||
He should just fight Conor in a kickboxing match. Floyd has zero chance to win a contest where grappling is an element, he's so far behind Conor on every skill he'd need to work on. It'd be like trying to win a debate in a foreign language with a skilled orator when you're just now cracking a 101 textbook on the language.
But kickboxing? Sure Conor would have a huge advantage, but I could buy that Floyd could study how to defend leg kicks before I buy he'd be able to master wrestling takedown defense and BJJ.
|02/07/2018 - 1:00pm||Good||
He's trash. To paraphrase Tommy Lasorda, when a team hires a piece of shit 50+ to Iowa dipshit, I'll get the c---sucker a limo to make sure he's there at the game calling plays.
|02/05/2018 - 2:56pm||I don't know what was the best ad||
But the MLK Dodge ad and the "we're gonna cavity search you in a secret room no wait actually it's cancer survivors who want surprise you for some reason" were the #1 and #2 worst ads in forever.
|02/01/2018 - 12:08pm||11W is right on||
How did we let non-profit academic institutions become so driven by money? What the hell have we allowed to happen under our noses in this society?
|01/26/2018 - 1:58pm||What a horror show||
Let's all stand with the students and faculty of Michigan State as they try to cleanse their university of all these monsters running things.
How did we allow so many universities in this country to be infected with such monstrous parasites at the most powerful positions of authority?
|01/24/2018 - 4:58pm||Jim Mora got fired a pretty good while ago||
That meant every single NFL team had a chance to bring him on, and almost every college did too. Nobody wanted him as either an OC or position coach.
|01/24/2018 - 2:05pm||I mean||
This should serve as notice of what the overall football world thinks of Jedd Fisch, but it's not going to stop people from humping his leg I imagine.
|01/23/2018 - 7:55pm||Canada is as good as they come, imo||
I think his track record of being able to adapt and apply successful concepts regardless of his roster speaks for itself. I dunno if I'd like him as my subordinate at my job though.
It didn't work at LSU because Ed Orgeron is a hopelessly stupid idiot and Matt Canada doesn't like to be told what to do, especially by people who don't know very much.
|01/23/2018 - 7:54pm||Monster Hire for Maryland||
They continue to do everything right to grow their program into a contender, aside from petitioning for the divisons to change to that "Inner/Outer" format that was considered before they went East/West.
|01/22/2018 - 12:28pm||Extremely excited||
If this means a team that has the perfect quarterback to run it decides to go full spread in the NFL. The success Chip Kelly briefly had with the Eagles without a stud QB should have caused a wave of college offensive coaches coming into the league as assistants and instead that wave was stopped by a steady diet of NFL nepotism hires.
|01/19/2018 - 12:16pm||Welp||
I feel bad for Frank Wilson at UTSA. He had the beginnings of something percolating there, and then they underacheived this year and all his hopes of moving on to a better job evaporated. Now he's tied an anchor around his neck.
|01/18/2018 - 3:40pm||The Offense is Harbaugh's||
It was Harbaugh's when it was good, it's Harbaugh's when it was bad. People want to praise or blame a coordinator because they could leave or be fired and that's an easier thing to get up on than to holler at Harbaugh.
I'm kinda baffled people haven't figured out that coaching titles under Harbaugh are meaningless.
|01/18/2018 - 10:48am||It makes you despair||
Whether it's the Catholic church, Penn State or Michigan State or countless other examples, the fact is clear: the larger an organization, the more likely it is deplorable behavior will be swept under the rug because "we've got a reputation to protect. It can't be true" no matter how much evidence stares you in the face.
"It can't happen here" are the famous last words.
|01/17/2018 - 3:06pm||I'm not sure||
You'd ever get a guy transferring once and then also doing a grad transfer. If you transfer from a smaller school to a larger school, the odds you graduate early are pretty low. Functionally this just seems like allowing kids who maybe aren't the best student to get the one no strings attached transfer that the smarty pants kids already get.
|01/17/2018 - 10:51am||It's a completely foreign concept for me||
For the Florida State coach to be someone I respect and whose teams I enjoy watching. I dunno if he'll change how I perceive them or if they'll suck him into their vortex of awfulness.
|01/12/2018 - 5:07pm||It's a really fun development||
I've been aching to see how a true triple option team with P5 recruiting would do. Georgia Tech is so hamstrung by their academics and by their lack of fan support/cheapness with assistants that it always feel like CPJ is having to make chicken salad out of chicken excrement there every year. When you look at GTech assistant coaching salaries and then look at what the programs who compete for top Atlanta talent pay assistants, it's stark. I remember when Charles Kelly turned down the GTech DC job to go to FSU as a *position* coach with the promise he'd probably replace Mark Stoops (he ended up doing that) because FSU offered more money for him to do that on top of the promise. They've never given him that Brent Venebles type difference maker DC that could make GTech into something real scary and interesting.
Arizona has easier admissions, a willingness to pay for their coach, and if Coach Ken is able to get a big DC hire, he might do some real damage. Imagine a program that concentrates all their recruiting on defense because their offense can make due with kids that fit the system. That could be real scary.
|01/12/2018 - 4:48pm||He's wanted a Power 5 job for years||
It's just hard for triple option guys to get that kind of look. There's a huge stigma on it that "it can help you be competitive if you've got nothing as a program, but you can't win a title with it"
Also BYU ain't Arizona. The big itch for him is proving he can win at a P5 school with his offense. Signing up to go coach at BYU with their weird failing attempt at Notre Dame independence isn't an enviable coaching move, which is why Bronko left and why they didn't exactly have people knocking down the doors for the gig when he did.
|01/09/2018 - 10:46am||It's not really uncommon though in rebuilds.||
Rebuilds can go one of two ways: a total blow up year 0 start from scratch, or you can take what you've got and coach it a hell of a lot better than your predecessor. If your philosophy is wildly different from the guy before you, you're probably going to blow it up. If your philosophy aligns with the guy before, but you think you can do it a lot better, you'll probably go the 2nd direction. If the previous guy was a total Derek Dooley, you'll have to blow it up whether you wanted to or not because well, Derek Dooley.
When a new coach takes over a power program, he almost always recruits well out of the gate. There's a new hope and new sense of optimism around the program, unless it's just a dire bad hire like Riley to Nebraska (which was a real first for me. I think you'd have to go back to Schnellenberger at Oklahoma to find something that was that toxic that quick, and he was an alcoholic). But if you hire a lemon, results start to peter out quickly, and those last few classes tend to be real bad.
So if you get a 3 and out or 4 and out, you take over a team where the upperclassmen were usually highly sought after, talented kids who were misused by the previous staff. If your philosophy lines up with the previous guy and those pieces fit what you want to do, you can do a pretty quick turnaround and win some games. Then in year 3 or so, you hit the point where the kids who could play have graduated, and you're left with upperclassmen who are kinda stinky and underclassmen who are inexperienced. That usually means a big step back.
All that is to say, nothing about how this is going for Harbaugh is all that extraordinary or unexpected to be honest. This is pretty much how this would be expected to go unless Harbaugh pulled some miracles out of the hat, or unless you didn't really have a realistic appraisal about the state of the program after the RichRod/Hoke years. This wasn't Kirby Strong taking over after a solid decade of excellence but not quite excellent enough Georgia, and it wasn't Urban Meyer taking over for a perennial Big 10 champion/contender Jim Tressell. This was a pretty sizeable rebuild after one "Michigan is BACK" rebuild had fizzled and fell apart.
Harbaugh's time at Michigan looks a heck of a lot like Nick Saban's at LSU, and that turned out pretty good, I'd say.
|01/09/2018 - 9:56am||They put together plenty of cohesive gameplans||
They didn't look very good on offense this year, no. Please don't pretend the year before didn't happen or the massive improvement in year 1 of Harbaugh compared to Hoke's last year.
Harbaugh put Rudock in the NFL when the guy had spent his career at Iowa looking like a mediocre turd, and Speight went from "hopelessly incompetent" to "hey wow he's pretty decent if he doesn't get hit." He inherited a pathetic quarterback situation specifically, a pathetic offense in general, and yes, a deeply toxic locker room culture from his predecessor. He inherited a lot of guys used to clapping and excuses instead of competition, and that takes time to infuse.
|01/09/2018 - 9:36am||Darnold's at USC||
And yeah Darnold's typical USC hot trash getting by on excellent USC skill position talent. But Josh Rosen at UCLA? He's going to be a pro bowler.
|01/09/2018 - 9:33am||I don't think it's good for your sanity||
To compare the clean up effort of a program that spent 7 years fumble farting in the darkness to programs like Alabama and Georgia. Georgia under Richt was comparable in some ways to Lloyd Carr Michigan, and instead of hiring Rich Rodriguez to follow their Carr, they hired someone who is really good, especially with the defense, and hasn't changed all that much about what made Georgia's offenses good since Richt saved the program from decrepitude. Saban's been operating a death star for over a decade now. Neither situation is comparable to Michigan.
People have to be realistic about how deep the hole was and how toxic the culture was for Michigan before Harbaugh was hired, and how much work has been done to change that and bring in high level players who are constantly sharpened by competitive high level guys behind them.
|01/06/2018 - 4:38pm||It's kinda bizarre to me||
We have a career's worth of evidence that Jedd Fisch is pretty much a replacement level pro style offensive coordinator. Not an incompetent, not a world beater. But because he left right before Michigan had to play a season with all underclassmen, people think he's a messiah. Very odd.
How did UCLA's offense look to y'all? You know, the team in the lesser division in a garbage conference with an NFL QB?
|01/05/2018 - 4:34pm||Maybe he'll be the new Dick Vermeil||
Dick was arguably better the 2nd time around, and he had a similar career path of "get a head coaching job insanely young, burn yourself out, become a broadcaster then come back a decade later." Being in the booth during the games is much more helpful than being a studio guy, because you actually do have to watch the stuff instead of BS'ing.
But I can't help but wonder how Gruden adjusts to the NFL as it exists now. His offenses were built around running that Holmgren/Shanahan version of the West Coast offense with inside/outside zone for a run game. Teams were so overwhelmed by zone blocking that teams were running up insane rushing totals with dudes off a scrap heap. That's not the case any more obviously, and he had a lot of problems getting his passing game going in Tampa the way it worked when he was an assistant at Green Bay and HC at Oakland.
If he modernizes and brings in young hungry assistants with similar philosophies but new ways to skin the cat like Vermeil did, he'll be successful. If he tries to do what he always believed in the same way he used to do it, this will be an unholy flop.
|01/05/2018 - 4:26pm||I don't really like the Roundtables when it's Ira and not Sam||
I think Ira tries to talk too much and overwhelms the discussion. It's the MGoBlog roundtable, so obviously I wanna hear from Brian, but I also like having an environment where respectful sane people can push back at some Brian ideas and we can hear stuff discussed.
I don't really wanna hear Ira like, give a speech where the only response you can have at the end of it is "yep" or hear from some moron who still thinks total yards matter in the year of our lord 2017.