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01/03/2016 - 8:46pm No he's playing in the army

No he's playing in the army all American game next week. It's a different game.

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12/01/2015 - 10:49am I agree.  I had a coach who

I agree.  I had a coach who did the same thing and it created divisions in the team.  We had a player who broke drinking rules and the team voted on their suspension.  It was uncomfortable and everyone knew who voted for and against it.  

11/25/2015 - 2:00pm Jabrill is amazing, but The Players' Tribune uses ghostwriters

I don't think it takes anything away from Jabrill because what is impressive about this piece is Jabrill's life and everything he's overcome, but most of the content on The Players' Tribune is written by a staff of ghostwriters.  

From the NY Times in March -

"Like nearly every post on the site, the Ortiz essay was not written directly by its bylined athlete but instead crafted from a recorded interview with a Tribune staff producer"

Edit - I meant to post this as a reply to earlier comments about the actual writing in this piece, but it looks like this just posted as a regular comment which just makes it seem kind of snarky.

11/06/2015 - 4:31pm I don't know.  Like all

I don't know.  Like all success stories, it's part talent and part coaching, but I didn't follow Sherman in college enough to have much of an opinion.

I think Jim Harbaugh is an incredible coach who knows how to recruit and develop talent and we are lucky to have him.  I was just pointing out that Sherman may not have been the best candidate to put front and center as it's been well documented (at least in Seattle) that they didn't have a great relationship.  Not all players and coaches get along and that's fine.

11/06/2015 - 3:57pm I'm not sure how Sherman

I'm not sure how Sherman would feel about being front and center on this graphic either.  He doesn't have the best relationship with Harbaugh.  Sherman and Doug Baldwin both blame Harbaugh for their low draft status and what he said or didn't say to NFL scouts about them.

Regardless, Harbaugh definitely knows how to develop talent as we've seen with this year's team.  As a Michigan fan, I'm happy he's our coach and as a Seahawks fan, I'm happy Richard Sherman fell to the 5th round.

09/24/2015 - 3:56pm There were similar rumors when Kiffin was at USC

I wouldn't be surprised.  There were always similar rumors when Kiffin was at USC both as head coach and when he was an assistant.  

Sarkisian is another one to watch.  There are tons of rumors from both his time at Washington and USC (as assitant and head coach) involving co-eds and alcohol.  College sports are filled with scumbags...

04/27/2015 - 4:36pm Please consider giving to Direct Relief over UNICEF

Great thread.  My father runs an NGO in Nepal and because of this I've travelled and studied the country extensively.  First off, I'd like to say that giving is clearly better than not giving at a time when the country clearly needs help, but not all NGO's in Nepal are equal in terms of how they spend their money and how much good they actually do on the ground.

For background, there are anywhere between 5,000-60,000 NGO's operating in Nepal and only 191 cities/ municipalities.  Clearly not all of the NGO's there are legit and most of them even the big well-known ones (UNICEF and Save the Children) do little more than sit in vast compounds  on the outskirts of Katmandu and conduct study after study.  I'm happy to go into details if anyone is interested, but after meeting with UNICEF and Save the Children in Nepal, I will personally never give another dime to them.  I'd rather have my money go to a charity that is actively feeding, housing, educating the population that they're supposed to be helping.

I also have mixed feeling about the Red Cross.  They are better mobilized to do the heavy lifting on the ground that needs to be done, but their record is far from spotless.

I'm giving to Direct Relief because they have a team mobilized in the country and a good track record of delivering medical relief in disasters.  My father's NGO is also setting up a fund that I plan to give to, but I'm not posting any info on this as I would rather recommend Direct Relief since I have no ties to them.

12/07/2014 - 10:07pm Gene Chizik. He was lucky he had Malzahn.

Gene Chizik. He was lucky he had Malzahn.

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12/04/2014 - 9:21pm Mora has benefited a ton from USC sanctions

Mora has had a cake-walk recruiting against a weakened USC (post-season ban, scholarship limits, post-Kiffen mess) and I'm not sure if any of his success is sustainable or more importantly repeatable at Michigan.  I've watched most of UCLA's games this year and they've underwhelmed consistently with the exception of the USC game.  Last week's loss to Stanford was abysmal.  I think this is a dangerous hire because his 3-year track record at UCLA could well be a blip and there isn't anything else on his resume to go on.

09/23/2014 - 3:37pm Yeah I hate this situation

Yeah I hate this situation too.

Pre-Michigan, Nuss was definitely one of the top up and coming coordinators in college FB likely to land a big HC job in the near future.  He was seriously considered for the Washington job last year and many insiders preferred him to Peterson.  I would put him on the short-list of candidates for any HC vacancies.

That said, I don't know how we can hire him given the offensive debacle this year.  I don't blame him for much of it since it is far too small a sample size and we don't know what constraints he's working with.  He's only had spring and fall to try and install a new offense with players he didn't recruit and is just getting to know.  He's working with a group of assistants who he hasn't worked with before and who may be grossly incompetent.  It's a pretty tall order.

I feel like if Hoke and staff goes (which I'm personally ready for), Nuss is going to be the one that will go on to have a ton of success and it will sicken me that we let him go...

08/27/2014 - 8:19pm Totally fine to be upset

Totally fine to be upset about her broadcasting, but the joke in the original title thread was about her being a woman and that's what I reacted to. 

08/27/2014 - 7:59pm I know you're just trying to

I know you're just trying to make a joke, but your thread title hints at sexism which isn't cool.  I get it they're women and there are hardly any women who do play-by-play, so they must be the same...  

You don't have to like Beth Mowins or Pam Ward, but give them a little respect. 

08/08/2014 - 9:15pm + 1 for Twin Peaks

Would that make Dave Brandon Bob?

08/08/2014 - 9:13pm IMO - These are the least

IMO - These are the least revolting of the alternative uniformz they've inflicted on us.  I want to freak out because NO MAIZE PANTS and all, but I find this way less revolting than any of the previous attempts.  I guess this feels like Stockholm syndrome.

06/26/2014 - 12:34pm I agree.  I don't think that

I agree.  I don't think that we can become an elite football nation without elite cheers.  Outlaw chants are weak.  They need to spend some time at Yost.

05/14/2014 - 3:16pm Add another 20-40k for camp income

Keep in mind that in addition to base salary, there are also other benefits that frequently come with coaching gigs.  Tennis camps are hugely lucrative and head coaches can usually bank on an additional 20-40k coming through this stream in the summer when school isn't in session.  

05/12/2014 - 11:43pm re: men's tennis

I don't know about water polo, but in re: to men's tennis making the tournament isn't good enough.  The ncaa field is 64 and the women's program is consistently top ten and wins the big ten regularly.  There's no reason that the men should be barely making the tournament and not in the running for a big ten championship (dominated by Illinois and then Ohio State in recent years).  Michigan has tradition and a top tier tennis facility.  The only thing Michigan tennis has stacked against it is cold weather, but that's an issue for all big ten schools.

I'm actually happy to see Brandon make these kind of moves.  Head coaches pay is ridiculous even in non-revenue sports and when you have the facilities and tradition that Michigan has finishing middle of the big ten year should never cut it.  The expectation for revenue and non-revenue sports should be the same and a lot of the coaches that he's gotten rid of simply didn't show that much improvement year over year.

02/20/2014 - 4:28pm Rivals Top Dual-Threat Quarterback?

Vince Howard was unbelievable for East Dillon.  I'm still upset Michigan couldn't pry him out of Texas.

01/08/2014 - 8:59pm You could make the same claim

You could make the same claim re: player development about anyone on staff during the Carroll years.  They had a ton of 5* kids and a ton of success, so that naturally equals a lot of players drafted.  He is a good recruiter and did play a part in bringing in that talent, but I know that the last two years at USC (2012 & 2013) he completely lost the team.  I had friends on the team and they didn't just dislike the guy, they hated him and it wasn't isolated to them.  The whole team hated his guts.  Kiffen would be a terrible decision for Michigan right now.

01/08/2014 - 6:38pm Mike Norvell (ASU)

Mike Norvell (ASU)

01/08/2014 - 6:21pm No thanks. He doesn't work well with people.

Lane did well for USC when he was surrounded by many other coaches as an assistant, but he lacks player development skills that are necessary for success at the college level. USC tanked the past two seasons prior to his firing because he was so unlikeable. His players at USC hated him and didn't start playing again until he was out. With so much development to do, he would be disastrous at Michigan.

01/08/2014 - 5:29pm Why do you think this would

Why do you think this would be a great hire?  Besides his past two seasons at UCLA, Mazzone has been fired at every stop after 2-3 years.  His resume reminds me a lot of Borges...  

I'd be more interested in Mike Norvell from ASU than Mazzone.  

06/01/2013 - 10:56pm Yes lots of teams do this

Yes lots of teams do this now.  I know the USC men's tennis team has done this in the past too.  

Here's an article that was written on olympic teams training with the seals.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/story/2012-04-16/navy-seals-olympics/54506732/1

04/08/2013 - 1:09am He tweeted his support for

He tweeted his support for the team before the Syracuse game, so I don't think it's theoretical that he roots for Michigan. 

04/01/2013 - 3:57am Trey Burke fights on the side

Trey Burke fights on the side that fights for the living!

03/30/2013 - 2:00am Not true. Michigan has more

Not true. Michigan has more NBA level talent.

06/10/2011 - 5:26pm Thank you! This is more funny

Thank you! This is more funny and less offensive to me now.

06/10/2011 - 5:04pm Am I missing something about the caption?

While I'm fully enjoying OSU's implosion, I just don't feel great about mixing this in with a "Hello" post.  This is a great recruit to land and it just feels wrong to use this as an opportunity to work in another OSU dig.  Please let me know if I am missing something obvious. 

06/07/2011 - 11:27pm watching the fallout...

watching the fallout... priceless.

06/07/2011 - 6:32pm I would just like to add

it's all your fault, it's all your fault, it's all your fault, it's all your fault!

05/22/2011 - 10:15pm Van Persie is a decent

Van Persie is a decent striker.  Unfortunately he gets injured a lot. 

What striker do you suggest they buy?  There isn't a plethora of world-class strikers on the market (see Liverpool paying through the nose for Andy Carroll).  Chamakh looked to be a good purchase this summer, but he never settled in the squad.  As far as goal-keepers go, Szczesny is young and has been solid.  Money would be much better spent adding some brutes to the midfield and on defense.

05/22/2011 - 7:33pm All Abramovich cares about is

All Abramovich cares about is winning the champions league.  Even if Chelsea won the premiership this year, I'm pretty sure Ancelotti would still be out.

05/22/2011 - 7:31pm It's not choking when you

It's not choking when you have a squad with significantly less depth.  Arsenal wouldn't even compete with the likes of Man U, Chelsea and now Man City if not for Arsene Wenger.  I'm not an Arsenal fan though, so I would love for Kroenke to fire him and watch them plummet out of the top 4.

05/03/2011 - 2:14pm Oregon, Oregon State and

Oregon, Oregon State and Washington regularly sell-out their stadiums.  By comparison the Big Ten can probably depend on Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin to regularly sell-out.  I agree that the Big Ten has more rabid fans, but it's not that lop-sided.

04/28/2011 - 10:16pm There is no nice way to say

There is no nice way to say this - Locker does not even have average "smarts." Even the local  Seattle media pretty much admit this.

02/26/2011 - 2:02am posted from iPhone

Because he's Socrates

02/12/2011 - 1:57pm Usually mgoblog is a

Usually mgoblog is a safe-site to browse while watching recorded premiership games. Obviously not today. Title of this thread gave it all away.

01/20/2011 - 10:38am Did Kanye write that for

Did Kanye write that for him? 

01/20/2011 - 1:18am It is a bit weird.  Usually

It is a bit weird.  Usually college coaching follows the Weekend at Bernies/ JoePa model with two younger coordinators propping up the head coach, but I don't think their age will hurt recruiting.  In fact, nothing appeals to recruits more than a little werther's original.

01/19/2011 - 9:25pm Neither. Special teams all

Neither. Special teams all the way!

01/18/2011 - 7:05pm The fear of Ray Lewis

The fear of Ray Lewis decapitating any recruit who dares to go elsewhere.

I get your larget point.  GERG's resume minus Syracuse was strong and ticked some of the same boxes (DC at major college program and NFL), however this is the first time in a few weeks that I've felt optimistic about anything Michigan football related, so I'm going to go with that for now. 

01/18/2011 - 6:56pm This is exactly what would

This is exactly what would happen to me if I tried to embed video. +1 for the effort.

01/18/2011 - 6:53pm Thank you John Harbaugh!

Dude give out DC's like candy.

01/18/2011 - 12:36am Disagree.  I prefer doom with

Disagree.  I prefer doom with silver hair and puppets. 

01/15/2011 - 7:30pm Not Really

Rich Rod and Brian Clough both share an offensive philosophy in their respective sports, but beyond that they couldn't be more polar opposites.  Clough was an alcoholic and egomaniac who never endeared himself at Leeds United because he was so outspoken and made a point to bad-mouth Don Revie and his players.  I've never heard anything remotely negative that Rich Rod has said re: Michigan or Carr.  Rich Rod strikes me as an earnest/ humble guy.  While these are both cases of classic change management, IMO the parallels are limited.

01/13/2011 - 7:19pm + 1 to help you on your way. 

+ 1 to help you on your way.  If you do make it back to positive territory, I think a "Hello (Again): FuManBlue" post would be appropriate or at the very least a diary chronicling your adventures in Bolivia.

01/12/2011 - 11:02am Nice to see Greg getting some

Nice to see Greg getting some recognition.  I had the opportunity to work with Greg while at Michigan and he's someone I can honestly say changed my life and I think anyone who has spent some time with him would say the same. He makes you better on and off the field.

01/12/2011 - 2:45am Sorry Profit - must reply..

I'm curious did you ever see the documentary "who killed the electric car?" focusing on the GM EV1.  They seemed to come to the conclusion that it was a combination of california consumers, car companies unwilling to really go "all in" on the product marketing and eventually Dick Cheney and the US Government who all conspired to kill it.  Anyhow, definitely an aside although parallels to M football exist.

01/12/2011 - 2:27am posted from iPhone

As a general rule, I don't like past players saying negative things about the current players and/ or coach. If this was on his personal facebook, it's a bit different but privacy isn't what it used to be and you should be aware.
<br>I like Beilein and think he will have success, but I do think his criticism of michigan's recruiting is probably valid. I was around the athletic dept in the early 00s and there was definitely an attitude and complacency held by coaches that michigans name should recruit by itself. It's pretty much the Michigan man belief applied to recruits- Michigan should only consider kids that only want to go Michigan. It seems ok, but true blue chips will have other equally attractive options and need to be actively recruited. I didnt have much visibility into football or basketball, but in other sports i saw coaches take middle of the pack kids instead of going after a blue chip that they might have to work harder to land.
<br>To win big games and compete in championships, you need to land top blue chips in every class and occasionally sell Michigan to them

01/12/2011 - 12:14am Thanks

Your comment made me laugh on an otherwise difficult day. IOU +1 when we return to normalcy