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01/20/2019 - 5:36pm Carlson took an unofficial…

Carlson took an unofficial visit back in September.

01/20/2019 - 3:16pm This was to continue the…

This was to continue the reform work Engler started. How could anyone say this with a straight face? Wasn't Engler supposed to be the interim president? I guess interim meant for as long as possible to them.

John and his supporters really needed Perles to go while Snyder was still governor," said a former university insider with ties to Engler. "They really thought they could use their connections with Snyder's administration to get someone on the board who would be supportive of Engler and work with him to do the reforms Engler...started.

 

01/18/2019 - 8:08pm I thought the plan was to…

I thought the plan was to move Partridge up in responsibilities and that's why he went from coaching Vipers to safeties. Don Brown is the primary LB coach. Neither Washington or Partridge had that role.

01/18/2019 - 6:23pm Yes, but Michigan agreed…

Yes, but Michigan agreed because it's Rutgers. They might feel differently if we substituted PSU for them.

01/18/2019 - 3:37pm into retirement

into retirement

01/18/2019 - 3:13pm Tedford was really good for…

Tedford was really good for about five years at Cal. He should have left for a bigger job when he could have. Not sure what happened, but things went downhill for him pretty quickly.

01/18/2019 - 2:22pm I'd bet a lot he was making…

I'd bet a lot he was making less than $415 K.

BC only discloses the salaries of their highest paid employees, currently around $550 K+. No assistants are in that group. And while Campinile had the co-DC title, someone else was DC and presumably above him.

 

 

01/18/2019 - 1:47pm This is nothing new, of…

This is nothing new, of course. The difference is in the details and the amounts. One thing that is new is that schools have to address NFL jobs in buyout clauses. 

I wonder about Partridge's contract. Considering it was renegotiated after flirting with the Bama job offer, I'd expect his buyout to be high.

01/17/2019 - 7:43pm This is a quote from Gattis:…

This is a quote from Gattis:

“When Coach Harbaugh called, it kind of caught me off guard,” Gattis said. “I had just left a meeting with Nick Saban getting my butt chewed out for about 20 minutes telling him I was leaving and he was trying to keep me to stay. It did not go over well. So if there was any band-aid to the bruise or what he left on me it was that phone call. It was exciting to hear his voice and get the chance to talk to him personally.”

I have zero sympathy for Saban and can't get worked up about how Enos left.

01/17/2019 - 9:11am He did a year ago. How soon…

He did a year ago. How soon we forget

01/17/2019 - 9:08am Most are, but DC at Bama >>>…

Most are, but DC at Bama >>>> NFL DLine coach. Whenever you hear Saban (or another coach) set his assistant up with a new job, he was running the guy off. Carr used to find his guys NFL jobs too.

 

01/16/2019 - 8:54pm Saban is still saddled with…

Saban is still saddled with the #1 ranked recruiting class. That will make 8 times in 9 years. Unless that falls off, Bama isn't going anywhere.

01/16/2019 - 8:08pm It's just completely…

It's just completely different. It may well be harder to recruit to Navy, but it's a different type of job.

First, the talent pool is limited. The entrance requirements are high and there's obviously a greater commitment required. It's cliche to say that recruits should commit based on the school, not on the coaches. It rings true with service academies.

Second, the 25/85 rules do not apply to service academies and they have taken some monster sized classes.. That lessens the need to be selective. A good thing since they only get a handful of 3* recruits and they compete in a decent conference.

The coaching does translate. In some ways it seems ideal. As you mentioned, they're undersized and have to rely on technique. Also there's a bagman free atmosphere and high standards for the conduct of the staff. You'd hate to hire a highly ranked recruiter only to find out he's used to cutting corners. 

01/16/2019 - 6:43pm Nearly every coordinator…

Nearly every coordinator also coaches a position group. They just don't necessarily get listed in their job title. I wouldn't expect Gattis to be any different.

01/16/2019 - 5:09pm Recruiting to a service…

Recruiting to a service academy is not comparable. Even the rules are far different.

One year at ASU under a new coach is such a small sample. More relevant than his ranking would be how he comes across in interviews and his background. As long as he wants to be a good recruiter, he should do fine.

My priority would be that he's a good coach. DL is a big position group that relies a lot on technique.

01/16/2019 - 3:23pm He would have played defense…

He would have played defense here. I thought FSU was trying him at safety.

01/16/2019 - 1:54pm Engler became a Republican…

Engler became a Republican because he thought GOP stood for Gravy on Pancakes.

Recycling an old joke about Chris Christie from the Simpsons. 

01/16/2019 - 1:43pm Yes, I was going to post the…

Yes, I was going to post the same thing. Rivals had an article debating whether Johnson or a TE from Florida did the most to boost their stock, so a big move was expected.

01/16/2019 - 1:39pm While it's true that…

While it's true that applications were way down, that was expected. It's why MSU took an extra large freshman class the year before.

The BoT is moving against Engler because their membership changed in the last election and it was an issue for the new members. They're pushing to fire him and his supporters are worn down.

01/15/2019 - 9:40pm If I wanted to tank in the…

If I wanted to tank in the NHL, I'd just put in a bad goalie.

01/15/2019 - 8:00pm He's completely lacking in…

He's completely lacking in empathy and thinks other people are just like him.

01/15/2019 - 7:52pm He was a recruiter. Was…

He was a recruiter. Was learning how to coach on the job.

People were pissed that he was coaching CBs when he had played LB. I think that idea is overblown here quite often. Most likely Roy was working under Mallory who had the entire secondary the year before.

01/15/2019 - 2:54pm Dobbs had dropped to #48 the…

Dobbs had dropped to #48 the last time Rivals released new rankings so this is a big move down. Barnett moved back up to #98. They're MSU's only recruits in the top 400, but at least they have dynamic new coaches

01/15/2019 - 1:09pm Bush was #101, btw.

Bush was #101, btw.

01/15/2019 - 12:17pm They got Tua's brother, who…

They got Tua's brother, who is going to school in Tuscaloosa, and Bear Bryant's grandson. They aren't bad prospects, but when recruits are that easy to reel it's easy to believe they weren't really their top choices.

01/14/2019 - 2:52pm We signed the #7 recruit…

We signed the #7 recruit from NJ in 2019 and no one in 2018. Quite a drop off from 2016 and 2017.

Ohio was a better state to target when Meyer was there. Day has already said he's going to focus more on Ohio than Urban did and he's hired our best Ohio recruiter.

I'd like to see us make more inroads in PA. We used to do much better there and Gattis should help.

01/14/2019 - 2:44pm 140.

Plus BC is a much…

140.

Plus BC is a much harder place to pull in good recruits, as opposed to Clemson, FSU, Miami. So yeah, 19th is pretty damn good, maybe even justifies your ALL CAPS.

01/14/2019 - 1:23pm Just to add to Matt's point…

Just to add to Matt's point about dragged out recruitments, I think this offer was an indication that Beilein had waited long enough for Ethan Morton to decide. Morton's a 6'4" SG from PA who's ranked a little higher and was offered in October. Beilein doesn't throw out many offers at all, much like Stanford in football. 

01/14/2019 - 10:10am Manny Harris was a top 40…

Manny Harris was a top 40 player.

01/13/2019 - 9:39pm Washington was not one of…

Washington was not one of Brown's two main assistants. That's crazy talk. Mattison left for a big promotion and probably double his salary. You might have a point, but that's not the way to make it.

01/13/2019 - 8:56pm If you read the comments on…

If you read the comments on Twitter it's terrible. Same with ESPN, Yahoo sports, MLive, etc. Why are you reading the comments? You should know better.

01/13/2019 - 8:38pm What's more important. his…

What's more important. his experience in play design or his lack of experience in play calling? I think the former is what this team needs the most. I'm also very happy to see Jim following through with his change of emphasis in skill position recruiting. 

01/13/2019 - 6:16pm He must like this recruiting…

He must like this recruiting class, Giles Jackson in particular.

01/13/2019 - 3:12pm Maize n Brew has a brief…

Maize n Brew has a brief interview with him.

https://www.maizenbrew.com/football/2019/1/13/18181081/rice-grad-transfer-dt-zach-abercrumbia-shares-interest-in-contact-with-michigan-wolverines-harbaugh

01/12/2019 - 5:11pm Overacheiving - Rugers

Overacheiving - Rugers

Underachieving - OSU

01/12/2019 - 3:16pm He tried to poach Partridge…

He tried to poach Partridge a year ago too. 

01/12/2019 - 2:49pm I might as well stick…

I might as well stick another Maryland - Alabama connection here. Jalen Hurts may be coming to the Big Ten East. He was seen with Locksley at the Maryland basketball game yesterday.

01/11/2019 - 9:25pm It was an actual letter. I…

It was an actual letter. I don't think they posted it anywhere.

01/11/2019 - 7:13pm Was he first or did you just…

Was he first or did you just hear it from him first? There were rumors of Walker leaving for at least a year.

01/11/2019 - 7:09pm No idea whether this was it,…

No idea whether this was it, but a couple of days ago he tweeted that Kalil Branham had decomittted. He retracted it and blamed his source, an anonymous poster on MGoBlog, which he used an insulting name for.

He's done plenty to raise their ire. My guess is that he's been trying to contact players, recruits or their families and there's been some confusion among them about who he is.

01/11/2019 - 5:11pm Gattis may just start his…

Gattis may just start his recruiting work by making Julian Fleming less of a long shot.

01/11/2019 - 1:51pm Rutgers hired him out of the…

Rutgers hired him out of the HS ranks. He was there 4 seasons until Ash was hired and got rid of the old staff. The funny thing is that Ash probably would have tried to poach him if he was already at BC.

01/11/2019 - 1:45pm Saban goes through a lot of…

Saban goes through a lot of OCs. No job security there and not a single one promoted from his staff.

A couple of his recent hires were prominent former HCs who had stains on their resumes. There are a few more of those available at the moment. One's in Italy. In that regard, he can hire whoever he wants without worrying about what the school or the fans think.

 

01/11/2019 - 1:08pm Eh, this worked out a lot…

Eh, this worked out a lot better for Temple than if he only stayed for a year. Schools are no better than coaches at standing by any commitments they make to each other. For the most part, they follow what's in the written contracts and that's about it.

01/11/2019 - 11:58am Illinois is not small in the…

Illinois is not small in the middle. Their starting center is taller than Johns and has a pretty strong post up game. His backup is a 7 footer who weighs 260.

As mentioned above, a strong reason not to play Johns is Illinois' high pressure defense. 

01/11/2019 - 11:52am His size and athleticism is…

His size and athleticism is similar to GR3. Their games have little else in common.

01/11/2019 - 11:37am You can do more than one…

You can do more than one grad transfer if you have enough eligibility. They're both treated the same way.

01/11/2019 - 11:03am Are they showing signs of…

Are they showing signs of cracking under pressure? Next you can argue that you don't want them to be a #1 seed because that brings extra pressure. It probably does. 

No matter what their record, the NCAA tournament is a high pressure environment. The team that wins will handle it.  #1 seeds win a lot of them. This Michigan has strong leadership and mentally tough players. Enjoy watching them win.

01/11/2019 - 10:56am Maybe I'm blind, but I'm not…

Maybe I'm blind, but I'm not seeing that on the list. Also, it was in a letter he sent. Not quite like he's posting on Twitter.

01/11/2019 - 10:42am I'm trying to follow this…

I'm trying to follow this. Drevno was here for 3 seasons. Was Harbaugh supposedly trying to push him out after one, but it took two more years? Makes no sense. I don't recall Drevno interviewing for other jobs after his first season. His interviewing for a HC job at WMU tells us nothing except that would be a promotion he would take.

When he did leave, it came after he was demoted and had nothing at all comparable lined up. Warinner was already on staff. Drevno was clearly pushed out, but there's no indication Harbaugh wanted to do it earlier.

I think I'm agreeing with you.