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12/04/2018 - 5:11pm Yeah, definitely shady. Hard…

Yeah, definitely shady. Hard to say whether trustees made him take, or whether urbs used what dirt he had on the administration as leverage to be able to 'retire' end of season instead of getting fired at the start.

11/30/2018 - 9:08am That would increase the MACs…

That would increase the MACs former Power 5 HC count to three (Frank Solich, Terry Bowden). 

One of the other rumors is Ferris State HC Tony Annese. Taking a D2 coach worked out okay when they took Brian Kelly from Grand Valley a decade ago, but Kelly had a couple D2 championships under his belt when he when to CMU.

11/15/2018 - 5:58pm Good post. RR's offense wasn…

Good post. RR's offense wasn't the problem. Scoring fast is great, but it also puts the defense on the field a lot, and if it can't stop the other team.....

Running the program was definitely a problem for RR. Greg Rob I think might have been playing the "adult in the room" role, which probably both detracted from his ability to build it, and made it harder to make a change there.

Hoke and the headset was a symptom of a real problem. He didn't just struggle to run the program, he struggle to coach the team in-game. And besides Mattison, he never attracted the level of assistants that were Brandon's excuse for hiring an underqualified coach.

As an exercise for the reader, think of another example were incompentent leadership resulted in chaos, not in talented staff saving the day.

11/13/2018 - 10:04am Lost opportunities, Henson…

Lost opportunities, Henson 2000, Gardner 2013.


I was a student during Harbaugh's time at UM. The uncanny thing about his playing, in my memory, was his ability to wait until the last second before a potential sack to pass the ball.  

11/13/2018 - 9:53am I just read the wiki on um…

I just read the wiki on um-nd rivalry. A long time ago, ND wanted to join the precursor of the B1G, but Yost organized a boycott of ND, onstensibly because ND wanted to play some players who were in their 7th year of college football, but coincidently the year after NDs first victory against UM. 

I am okay with letting ND pursue being the little brother of the ACC. #goals 

11/06/2018 - 10:58am The player misidentification…

The player misidentification I will remember for a long time is when he called Grant Perry 'Chris Perry'. Not that we all haven't done that, haven't we?....

11/04/2018 - 9:17am "you’ll see some clips of…

"you’ll see some clips of Ben Mason and Tyler Cochran running down on the kickoff. Just as good as they can be."


Isn't it nice to have a HC who is fully engaged on the sideline and sees what is happening on the field.

11/01/2018 - 10:50am I think this is the clearest…

I think this is the clearest route for the offense to replace last years losses: Poole and Iggy. 

How does that happen? Iggy as a sixth man getting minutes backing up Poole and Matthews, and maybe Livers? Flip Matthews and Iggy in those roles? Small ball lineup of Z-Poole-Matthews-Iggy-Livers?

And someone else has to step up. Improvement from Brooks? DeJulius? Johns? Nunez? Can you get 15 minutes a game from Davis backing up Teske, or do you have to play some minutes with Livers at the 5?


10/25/2018 - 9:26am I never realized how much of…

I never realized how much of the dialogue from that movie has a 'ripped from the headlines' feel.

10/14/2018 - 10:18am McKeon looked faster than…

McKeon looked faster than Shea on this play. He stayed with him all the way down the field. There were two Badgers chasing Shea. While McKeon is putting the initial block on the safety, the ILB passes them and leads the chase. Then McKeon catches the ILB, and the safety passes them. McKeon keeps going but the safety gets Shea first.

10/12/2018 - 10:57pm But who does he bump?…

But who does he bump? Matthews? Poole (Matthews to 2?) Teske (Livers to 5, Iggy at 4?) Matthews or Poole as 6th man like Robinson last year isn't that crazy...

08/27/2018 - 3:12pm It's been 20 years since the…

It's been 20 years since the publication of Elwood Reid's "If I Don't Six."

On page 19, our hero describes being recruited by Boston College, and not believing the hype: "I start to wonder how come they manage to lose a handful of games every year to shitbird teams like Rutgers and Maryland."


07/13/2018 - 5:23pm Jamal Crawford: Free Agent

Jamal Crawford: Free Agent

07/10/2018 - 12:15pm Hate to make a negative…

Hate to make a negative comment, but I am not surprised. Brandstatter was great, but he sounded a little rough last year. Mixing up names (e.g. Chris Perry vs Grant Perry). Not sure if too much tailgating, dementia, or back to back games and travel taking its toll.

04/10/2018 - 1:16am Lou Anna

2004 memo to Lou Anna; 20 students raising concerns about Strampfel. There's a lot of bad wood underneath the veneer.…

03/04/2018 - 8:57am Bridges left jab

Bridges was working on his left jab out there today, first on a hard pushoff on MAAR, then on Z when he fouled out. Sparty has a bad attitude this year.

12/22/2017 - 10:10pm Pg

Point guards were 0-6 combined. That seems like a bad omen.

12/07/2017 - 6:06pm Eight teams

I don't know what the definitive Strength of Schedule is. There is a good case that OSU's was higher than Bama; but OSU had two losses. So, Alabama. But why is 3rd place SEC better than 2nd place B1G Wisconsin? And if losses matter, UCF? And if two loss confernce champs are really the ticket, why not USC, which hasn't played any of the other playoff teams this year...


So an eight team playoff would give us Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, OSU, USC, UCF, Alabama, Wisconsin. Looking forward to that UCF upset of Clemson in the opening round....

09/23/2017 - 10:32pm Yes it does

The science on climate change is in fact really really good. And we should take the predictions of climate scientists very seriously.

Go look up hansen's 1981 paper.

Then meditate on this. Scientists predicted the time and location of the eclipse well enough so that millions of people drove through insane traffic jams to go where they could see it.

Then consider the predicitions of weather scientists about the strength and landfall of harvey, irma, and maria.

But you think climate scientists dont know what they are talking about? Sorry, no sane person would believe your position, bruh.

11/15/2016 - 7:13pm Lineup

I most want to see on the floor is Watson, Wilson, Walton, Wagner, and Abdur-Rakhman, jst to mess with the announcers.

05/13/2016 - 3:41pm rotations

Think about the rotations.
The actual rotation had Donnal/Doyle at the 5, and Dawkins as the backup for the 1-2-3. Dakich, Chatman, Wilson and Wagner filled out the few remaining minutes.

With a healthy Levert, you have MAAR (and Spike if healthy) competing for the third guard in the rotation, or you have MAAR competing with Dawkins for the 3 position.

With Spike but no Levert, you have Walton-MAAR-Spike at the 1 & 2 (and Dakich gets to redshirt) and Dawkins competes for minutes at 3 and 4.


01/23/2016 - 4:44pm Harry reasoner is not a michigan man

Harry Reasoner is not a Michigan man! I want a Michigan woman or man on a Michigan video. Get me Carole Simpson! Or Bob woodruff (j.d.)!

05/22/2015 - 2:24pm Tony Boles

As long as injury cause attrition counts, Tony Boles.

Then, Jon Vaughn leaving after one really good year, because after you saw what happened to Boles, who wouldn't? But yes, Vaughn means we didn't really miss Boles that much, next man up, eh?

04/04/2015 - 3:13pm piped in music

Went to Sparty-PSU game in 09. Piped in music all over the place. Thought "this sucks, glad Michigan doesn't do this." Doh.

02/02/2015 - 10:49am little sister

Well, if they chanted 'little sister', do you think we could get away with playing this over the PA at Crisler? Maybe the pep band could learn it.....

01/29/2015 - 10:25am coaching not clapping

I don't think it is clapping, so much. It is just that he was not a head coach. The plan was to bring in some good coordinators and let them do their thing. Mattison mostly did, but the OCs did not. The HC cannot be a figurehead, number one, he has to hold the coordinators accountable, which he never did with Borges or ST. Also, the staff isn't just coordinators, and Hoke did not fill the staff with good guys all the way down, as it seems Harbaugh is doing. More generally, he was out of touch, as concussion-gate showed; that was not a result of feel-good coaching, that was bad, stupid, player-alienating coaching.

I don't think the Bo/Woody/Bobby/Bear tough bastard style is a good one, I think you can be a good strategic and motivational coach and be a relatively good guy. And I don't really know that Harbaugh is a bastard, being intense and demanding is not the same thing as being abusive.

01/27/2015 - 9:11pm To what drug would you have attributed

A lineup of albrecht, maar, irvin, dawkins, doyle?

12/02/2014 - 10:48am Bo

But he is named 'Bo', there is a positive probability that is enough confuse Hackett into thinking he is hiring his old coach.

11/14/2014 - 7:39am athletes at Brown

Rumor has it that 700 SAT scores at Brown will get you on the wait list, maybe a 1 in 20 chance of admission, but 700 SAT scores and can play a sport will guarantee admission. Now Johns H

10/02/2014 - 8:42am implicitly malicious

On point 2, I don't think Hoke is explicitly malicious, he isn't punching kids in the mouth, or sending them out to get hurt, but I think in his value system, old school toughness outweighs regard for player safety. I would say that he follows the letter of the new rules, but Saturday that did not happen.

I think that is related to the 2-3 record, I think we see a remarkable lack of player development, and that can only be attributed to incompetence. I think that reinforces people's view that the same incompetence means adequate player safety procedures were not implemented, there is no reason to attribute them to a specific plan not to implement them or to subvert them.

With regard to player safety, change needs to happen much faster than the changein play on the field over the last 18 months, so it is understandable why people think Hoke and Brandon are not the ones to do it. As a corollary, if Hoke is fired mid season, Nuss is more likely than Mattison to become interim precisely because he is less associated with the program.

04/21/2014 - 9:33am dynamic

$295 for seven games? That's $42 per ticket, I got tickets for Wis in 2010 for $45, single game, no donation. Not a good game, but on the nausea scale no worse than Nebraska 2013 for $110. Yeah, I can see why students might take a pass. 

They have this 'dynamic' pricing, i guess it's diodic, increase prices when demand is high, god forbid you lower them when demand is low.

04/13/2014 - 1:36pm fast pace

I have a vague unverified memory of a lot of fast pace three and outs under R*** R** that didn't work out too well. The 'fast pace' advantage is really a 'maintain possession' advantage, which isn't an actual feature of the the spread, it's just assuming that the dang thing works.

03/16/2014 - 9:14am great chart

That is a really nice chart, it shows that a 10-12 seed is more favorable than an 8-9 seed. This is likely because they almost always play a 1 seed in their second game, as opposed to 10-12 only playing a 2-4 somewhat less often than an 8-9 plays a 1. Randomizing the seeding cohorts (3-4, 5-8, 9-16) would be fairer.

02/20/2014 - 9:24pm Right on

People didnt go to all the games back in the day but tickets were relatively easy to sell. Also, it was defacto general admission back in the day. Also, you could yell bullshit after a bad call, does that still happen?

I also went to nebraska this year. 2012 game was nw, 2011 utl, so highs and lows. Nebraska was very, very low. Not quite as low as the tryouts for place kicker at halftime of wisconsin 2010, but close.

Hour long lines? Psu 1998. Didnt go to a game for 12 years after. Course im just a grumpy old man, love 7na the song but hate the piped in music. Disjointed comment, i swear its not the bourbon.

11/11/2013 - 4:27pm Is running Hoke's plays

what makes the offensive line play the way they do?

08/06/2013 - 12:48pm 21-6, 7-0

second half of 70s, not the first half.

04/09/2013 - 3:39pm Can you call

a foul on the backboard?

04/09/2013 - 3:34pm Siva's trajectory

appears totally unaffected by anything Burke did, even a blocked referee could see that.

04/01/2013 - 2:20pm Spike thinks

Elijah Johnson is coming after him in that last picture...

10/08/2012 - 9:41am Great Shots, I agree!

Thanks for sharing.

09/11/2012 - 4:15pm Colors

Here is the official university blurb about the plethora of colors used by different units. Notice how they page displays two completely different colors called PMS 7406.

09/02/2012 - 11:00am Why I-formation

I don't know enough to comment on the "Run Denard more" debate, but even if you aren't going to run him, what is with the I-formation? I thought I read some stuff here that last year it just didn't work. 


Other play call questions: Option to Rawls when you need 1 yard? Why do so many running plays from the spread look like the backfield is huddling after the snap?

09/01/2012 - 10:05pm Name or nickname

Glenn or paul, ok. Or maybe name him after a coach with a little bit more humane attitude.

09/01/2012 - 7:48am Cronyism is good

Cronyism is bad when you hire poorly qualified people because you like them.

Cronyism is good when it helps you hire superstar assistant coaches.

07/13/2012 - 2:00pm Death to the BCS

The Death to the BCS guys have it right: A 16 team playoff, all conference champs plus at large teams by committee to fill out the brackets, and run by the NCAA. Rounds 1-3 in December at higher seed campus, championship early January in Pasadena, the bowls can do what they want. The number of teams and games is not excessive, it is pretty much what they do in FCS, D2 and D3.

07/13/2012 - 1:52pm travel to big...

Watchu talkin bout willis? Their last two games in B1G country were both against Penn State, in 2011 and 1989. There only other games outside the South in that time were at UCLA in 2000 and a couple trips to Hawaii. LSU played at Washington 2009, Arizona St 2005, Arizona 2003, Notre Dame 1998 (Gerry DiNardo!) ...Just for reference, Michigan's last regular season away game outside the midwest was Oregon in 2003. The last one that Michigan won? Syracuse in 1999...

12/20/2011 - 9:47pm Stuckey isn't that old

he is just not that good, at least as a point guard. Prince's contract is for four years I read, and he is not overpaid for what he can contribute. They do have a lot of 2-3-4 players, hopefully Knight at point guard makes them better than Stuckey did.

12/04/2011 - 8:42am BCS is a joke.

In a rational world, State would not be ranked below Michigan: they beat UM, they were ranked ahead of UM until losing a very close championship game against an opponent we didn't play. Now maybe UM would have beaten the Badgers, but we will never find out.


All of this is qualified by the fact that the BCS is a joke. At least 2/3, the Bowl part isn't a joke since the Bowls are calling the shots, but the Championship and Series parts are a joke. A football team that wants to play for championships instead of $17 million dollar exhibition games would be advised to switch to FCS.

12/01/2011 - 12:31am No clear national champion

It doesn't matter who plays and wins in 'National Championship Game', there will not be a clear national champion. For that you need Championship Subdivsion, or D2-3.


News Flash: The BCS is a joke.

12/01/2011 - 12:31am No clear national champion

It doesn't matter who plays and wins in 'National Championship Game', there will not be a clear national champion. For that you need Championship Subdivsion, or D2-3.


News Flash: The BCS is a joke.