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09/03/2018 - 10:03pm Fire Pep Hamilton. Can…

Fire Pep Hamilton. Can anyone name a single positive thing he's contributed to the program? I cannot think of anything. He's not a recruiting savant and he certainly hasn't shown much play calling ability. Have our QBs developed anymore than they otherwise would with Harbaugh, or another coach....like Jim McElwain if he were named OC the rest of the year. I just haven't been impressed. 

09/03/2018 - 4:44pm Braylon has always been a …

Braylon has always been a "me first" individual. I had several friends on the team when Braylon was on top of his game. They all rolled their eyes whenever people asked about Braylon. He was a great college player (with an occasional case of the drops), but he has always had questionable character and was universally regarded as an entitled, spoiled brat and a**hole by his teammates.

01/27/2018 - 1:58pm And for the record....

None of the MSU players were charged, tried and convicted except the four kicked off the team. And, ultimately, FSU ended up paying the accuser in the Winston case nearly a million dollars due to irregularities in their investigation. His case wasn't as cut and dry as you make it out to be (and neither are any in the OTL report, or Brandon Gibbons case, or Grant Perry's for that matter). Calling someone a blind douche is a bit much, wouldn't you say? Not sure exactly what I said to prompt that reaction other than not wanting to crucify Mark Dantonio, who I personally think is a smug human being. I just don't like the "guilty until proven innocent" crowd. Let this thing play out. Clearly something is amiss at MSU and we'll soon know a whole lot more once investigations and trials are complete. Due process, my friend!

01/27/2018 - 6:53am Dantonio

I should note that even though I think Dantonio did things by the book, he's awfully tone deaf in this whole thing, too. He cares more about clearing his name than anything else, which is human nature, but he should've held off on statements or issued a press release that he'll comply with any investigation. Ultimately, given what happened with the gymnastics coach, whoever is in charge of MSU or their athletic department should put both Izzo and Dantonio on administrative leave until relevant internal and external investigations are complete. This will impact the current basketball season and maybe extend to the football season, but what's most important?

01/27/2018 - 6:34am Art Briles

He denied any wrongdoing and we saw how that turned out. Listening to statements, I think Dantonio actually tried to do things by the book and was not an enabler. He still might not survive this, but if he's cleared of the in house discipline of only calling the player's mom, then he did everything he could do. He actually kicked four players off the team last year before any of the recent media firestorm. And Corley was going to be a beast. A huge loss that probably would've been allowed to stay on the team at places like FSU (does Jameis Winston ring a bell?) or Baylor. I don't like Dantonio, but actions speak loudly.

On the other hand, I think Izzo is lying and is hyper focused on winning at all costs. Gameday was more important to him yesterday. He's tone deaf. He sounds like Art Briles did a few years ago.

01/26/2018 - 8:12pm Dantonio was right....

MSU is not Michigan's little brother....they're not part of our family. Oh yeah.....and pride comes before the fall. What a joke! Even if he didn't do anything wrong, which I don't think is the case, now is not the time to make statements of innocence. Totally tone deaf.

01/20/2018 - 7:37am Izzo is a Snarky A-Hole

I think he's being sarcastic by saying this, which is totally tone deaf. He's getting questions about Simon and thinking that everyone is acting as if she molested all those girls with the calls for her head. Since the questions are about Simon rather than Nasser, he's making a snarky, tone deaf comment. Did we get the right person???

01/19/2018 - 2:26pm University Presidents

Whether it's MSU, UM, PSU, Harvard, UCF, or any other institution of higher learning, the University/College president is concerned with three things in my experience: 1) The research portfolio of the institution, 2) Big capital projects (new academic buildings, dorms, stadiums, etc.), and 3) Making the people that pay for 1 and 2 happy (i.e. big donors, Federal and state governments, corporations). They spend most of their time going to meetings and events with government officials, big donors, corporate leaders, and other University leaders both internally and nationally. For better or worse, most don't spend time worrying about students and their needs. They have other administrators to take care of the "small issues" whether it be a Dean of Student Affairs, Chief of Campus Police, etc.. Whether something like the Nasser situation ends up on their desk is a big if. And if it does get there, what is the moral compass of the leader? Do you legitimately investigate and jeopardize your work on 1, 2 and 3 above or sweep it under the rug, cover it up, pay people off, and hope it doesn't go public? I think MSU's president went with the latter and it will jeopardize a lot more than if she did the former.

01/10/2018 - 6:17pm Fullbacks

Start, Bench, Cut ....Chris Floyd, Jarrod Bunch, Khalid Hill

01/10/2018 - 3:21pm Now on to RBs....

Start, Bench, Cut.....Mike Hart, Anthony Thomas, Tyrone Wheatley

01/10/2018 - 2:59pm That's exactly what Eisen said....

The question back was "You're cutting the only QB to get you a national title in the past 50 plus years?" 

It is a tough one to pick.

01/10/2018 - 1:50pm Reasons for not going Blue

This isn't surprising. Rumors of Mattison retiring, Partridge leaving and Michigan's poor finish seem to be influences. Top it off with daily stories on ESPN about Harbaugh losing his touch and moving on to the NFL, and I can see a teenager avoiding an uncertain situation. All of this is false except the poor season part, but the poor season adds so much strength to negative recruiting tactics.

Or this could all be conjecture (it is), and maybe he just fits in better at OSU. Maybe he doesn't care about academics, maybe he doesn't meet UM's admissions criteria, maybe he has more friends at OSU, maybe he's getting a car loaner, who knows? We'll never know. And he still might go Blue...signing day is still a month away. Recruits never change their mind after announcing, right?

The sky isn't falling. We'll get more prospects, convert some DEs to DTs, and move on. The defense isn't our problem and it's not going to be a problem because we lost one recruit. OL and getting some playmakers on offense is a bigger concern in my book.

01/10/2018 - 9:32am Shea will be eligible is my prediction

I don't have any insider knowledge, but when the Vegas books have Michigan with the fifth best odds of winning the national champtionship next year at 9 to 1, I'm thinking someone has an inside track on what's going to happen. Everyone knows the defense will be great, but the offense is still a big question mark. If Shea won't be eligible, I don't think Vegas is going to put Michigan in their top 5 or top 10 with Peters or McCaffery at the helm -- especially given our schedule. The odds are mostly about a projection of performance with betting behavior around certain teams and fan bases shifting things a bit.

01/09/2018 - 9:56am Good Points

I'm overly critical. His attitude and demeanor just reminds me of Duke basketball players, and others that have a similar type attitude like Steph Curry. It's a quiet cockiness that rubs me the wrong way, bout you're right, a lot of it is just dislike for the team he plays for. Either way, he was very impressive last night. He handled it better than I would have at his age.

01/09/2018 - 1:12am Hurts is classy

I never liked him before tonight. I always thought he seemed smug and had a quiet, annoying cockiness like Steph Curry. However, he showed a grace that most kids don't show and is the classiest Bama player I've ever seen. Winning is always nice, and Bama won, but he was the star tonight despite getting yanked. Something tells me he's not transferring unless it's a grad transfer. If he sulked on the bench, I'd say yes, but he won't leave with a a knee jerk reaction this offseason.

01/05/2018 - 6:08pm It's not a step backwards...

I think this could be a good hire, but could blow up in Harbaugh's face. I don't think it's a step back from Pep if he takes over the passing game, or from Drevno if he becomes 1a for play calling behind Harbaugh. He's had good numbers at Arkansas, but their defense was horrible. But one thing that's not being mentioned is his in depth knowledge of MSU and Dantonio. Having someone from the "inside" over in East Lansing is something that Michigan has never had in the past. MSU has owned Michigan the past decade, so any edge Harbaugh can gain in this realm is a plus. On the other hand, if Enos gets the OC position and is a complete bust, Harbaugh is going to have egg on his face bringing in an MSU guy that shits the bed. 

I wonder if Enos and Dantonio had a falling out -- or even Enos with MSU. This hire is weird on so many levels. I always had the understanding that anyone associated with Dantonio hated Michigan immensely. And Enos played for MSU. This would be like Roy Manning becoming the DC at MSU (I'd say Mike Hart as OC, but that would never happen). It's a head scratcher, but I'm willing to see what happens. Good luck, Enos!

01/05/2018 - 5:53pm Just replying to your last sentence...

You wrote: "Hopefully Harbaugh gets some stabiliy where the only change comes from someone moving onward and upward due to their great success at Michigan." After you initially before this that Alabama's turnover was coaches taking head coaching jobs, I thought your take away was that Michigan's coaches were leaving for other reasons than being great coaches. More often than not, it's been for better jobs, pro vs college preference, regional/alma mater preference, and in year 3, we're seeing a few performance related departures. I agree that turnover should be minimized for stability -- losing people for pro vs college preference and for poor performance needs to stop. I don't think you can stop it for great performance or for people wanting to "go home."

01/05/2018 - 5:35pm No Concerns with Turnover -- Ridiculous Notion

The notion that the Coaching turnover at Michigan is for poor performance or should be of concern is ridiculous.

On Defense:

Durkin left to be a head coach.

Greg Jackson left to be a safeties coach for the Cowboys. Probably preferred NFL to college, or didn't think he fit in Brown's system.

Smith left to be a DC.

On Offense:

Fisch left to be an OC with full control.

Wheatley left to be the RB coach for the Jaguars. This was a mix of him wanting a promotion (OC or lower tier head coach (CMU was looking at him)) and also having a preference for the NFL game. 

Drevno isn't gone yet, but would be a performance/compatibility issue.

Pep Hamilton isn't gone yet, but would be a performance/compatibility issue.

Frey is gone, but is going to work at his alma mater. He's working for a Harbaugh accolite, so if it was a firm handshake from Jim, I don't he'd be going to work for someone who is basically family to Harbaugh.

Special Teams and S&C:

Baxter left because he's a California guy and loves USC. 

Tolbert left for performance. Harbaugh wants the team to be stronger and Tolbert wasn't cutting it.

So, all in all, most have been promotions, going to work for an alma mater, going back to the pros, and a few that were performance related (Pep/Drevno/both and Tolbert).

My guess is that Pep is gone and Drevno stays. The two didn't gel as pass and run game coordinators, respectively. Harbaugh has immense trust in Drevno, and Drevno has a track record of success with Harbaugh. Years 1 and 2 were far from disasters on the offensive side of the ball. Year 3 appears to be an annomaly (fingers crossed). Harbaugh might be making a mistake with blind loyalty to Drevno, but time will tell. 

 

11/05/2017 - 12:02am Looser Jerseys

I think Hurst anf Gary should wear looser jerseys. The holds would be more obvious when the cloth is getting stretched far on every passing down.

11/04/2017 - 11:41pm Fire Jay Harbaugh

The running backs are horrible!

10/22/2017 - 6:44pm What if we get 10 wins?

Is that the mark we need to hit each year for people to be happy. It very well could happen this year. OSU is probably a loss, but Wisconsin is playing at about the same level as UM and MSU. I think we'll beat UW and the rest of the teams minus OSU. Then we go into a bowl with 9 wins with the opportunity for a tenth win. 10+ wins but never against OSU. What if JH is Cooper in Maize and Blue? Is that acceptable? After RR and Hoke, I'd say yes.

10/20/2017 - 5:23pm M Wins

O'Korn is being coached to be a game manager now - no fanciness or cuteness. Don't turn the ball over, get us in FG position, let the defense take care of the rest, and we win. We can afford one INT or one fumble. 19-17 victory - 4 FGs and one TD.

10/15/2017 - 10:51pm The last time Penn State was

The last time Penn State was ranked this high, Sandusky was their defensive coordinator.

10/15/2017 - 1:44pm Or.....

Can Hurst play RT and start both ways? /s We don't need PepCat 2.0....

10/15/2017 - 1:31pm USMNT didn't start Peters!

8====D

10/15/2017 - 1:25pm Cutler

I'll take college Jay Cutler any day over what we have now. He was a 1st round draft pick and made an abysmal Vandy team competitive. Many teams have star players that seem self absorbed and "above the rest" and still have success in the college game. Usually those players flame out in the NFL, but can do great things with talent alone in college - Vince Young, Ryan Leaf, Johnny Football, Braylon Edwards....to name a few. Braylon was the definition of uninterested in anything but himself. I had friends on the team talk about him playing original music in the locker room... R Kelly's Ignition Remix but changing it to "Remix to Braylition." It made 90 percent of the team roll their eyes and they knew he was selfish, but he helped them win many games. If Peters is like this but they still win, I'll take it.

01/07/2017 - 10:08pm Hillarious

I only posted my comment because I'm bored with the whole Najee crootin saga and hoped I'd get some funny responses....yours didn't disappoint, alum96.

01/07/2017 - 9:22pm Speaking of Firm Decisions....

I'm having an erection lasting more than four hours...should I seek medical attention?

01/07/2017 - 9:18pm Ya'll

Why the hell is a Northern California kid saying y'all? Is this some hint? People don't say y'all in Michigan, but they do in Alabama, y'all.

01/07/2017 - 6:32pm In other news

My left ball is bigger than my right one.

01/06/2017 - 11:22am Nate Silver

He's a self important a-hole that needs to stick to politics. This is a horrible idea!

01/03/2017 - 1:26pm He was program changer

When he came in, he was dubbed the next coming of Woodson and never played a true corner role for UM (when he could have done it in an All American fashion). Instead, the coaches played him everywhere and he did it very well. Who would've thought he would play LB during his time at UM? None of us. He was selfless and did whatever was needed for the team, and probably hurt his draft stock a bit because he doesn't have a cleanly defined position to be evaluated on. Without his ability to play in multiple spots and fill spots of weakness, Harbaugh's rebuild isn't on the fast track it's on now, both on the field and on the recruiting trail.

01/03/2017 - 1:10pm Disagree

Without Jabrill and his versatility, I highly doubt that we have two 10 win seasons immediately after the Hoke dumpster fire. Jabrill covered up many weaknesses on defense with his all everything presence. And field position - without his excellent return ability, the offense would have struggled to get in the endzone more than they already did the past two years. Just imagine how things would've been the past two years without him. Harbaugh played the biggest role in our success by changing the culture, but the rate of change is not as great without Jabrill. He was a program changer for UM and will go down as a legend even without a win over OSU or a championship under his belt. He is simply one of the best.

01/03/2017 - 10:51am Just getting a few more OPs in....

Before the new thresholds are implemented. I suggest you do the same based on your point level. It's our last chance!

01/03/2017 - 10:51am Just getting a few more OPs in....

Before the new thresholds are implemented. I suggest you do the same based on your point level. It's our last chance!

12/31/2016 - 10:14pm People have lost it

We are not Alabama. No other program is remotely close to becoming like Alabama anytime soon. What Saban has done is unprecedented in this day and age, and ranks up there with other stretches of dominance in college sports like John Wooden's stretch at UCLA in basketball (but not quite there since the championships haven't been consecutive at Alabama). In the past 30 years, has there been any other program that has done what Saban has Alabama doing now? It's unrealistic to expect Harbaugh to match this with only two years under his belt. It's actually quite remarkable that the gap between UM and MSU and OSU has been closed so quickly. I understand the frustration with the offensive line, the lack of playmakers, and questionable playcalling, but we're not that far off. A few bounces our way and we're getting trounced by Clemson or Alabama instead of OSU and Washington. Are these team's offensive lines, running backs and QBs doing any better??? Let's all just collectively chill out.

12/31/2016 - 9:27pm Chip Kelly to Arkansas

Bert's days are numbered. Why wait until end of next year if you are Arkansas' AD? I can't see any other jobs potentially coming open this season unless we have some unexpected retirements. Or maybe our rival Rutgers decides to go in a different direction? (not gonna happen bit wouldn't that be interesting!?!)

12/01/2016 - 12:13am Maybe...

I thought the same thing at first blush, but the NE conference would have 5 teams in the CFP Top 25 right now. It wouldn't be like this every year, though.

11/30/2016 - 11:25pm Michigan

Not a Tech fan...I like UVA in football and VCU for basketball, but will always cheer for the Wolverines over any of them. I just live in VA.

11/30/2016 - 11:23pm Not sure what happened to formatting

On Android phone and wrote beautiful paragraphs. Tried to edit again and it didn't work. Sorry.

11/30/2016 - 8:48pm Conference Contraction and Add a Power Conference

How about conference contraction and adding a power conference? Let's have 6 power conferences with 10 teams each. Each team will play 3 non conference games and then 9 conference games to crown true champions. The six champs will get auto bids into an 8 team playoff with two at large spots available for all teams, including non power conference teams or independens, to fight for. The first round games would be played on the same weekend that conference championship games are currently played and the current bowl structure with a final four can remain. This also negates the arguments that an 8 team playoff will make the regular season less important and that an expanded playoff creates too many games for a student athlete. We have 64 teams in power conferences and then Notre Dame as an upper echelon independent. Remove four teams from this mix (Rutgers, for one), realign conferences to give us the original PAC 10 and Big Ten prior to PSU, and let the Big 12, ACC, SEC and new Conference figure out how they'll organize. What four teams would people eliminate from the power conferences and how would you organize the six conferences?

10/25/2015 - 9:12pm Jon Gruden.....

since he's a candidate for every job opening

10/23/2015 - 1:09pm Gunner Kiel?

One player I would be interested in seeing as a grad transfer, assuming he'll have enough credits to graduate from Cincinnati after this year, is Gunner Kiel. He was such a highly touted QB out of high school and had a pretty good year at Cincinnati last year. He was injured early this year and hasn't played, but still shows up as top 10-15 NFL prospect at QB for the 2016 draft. He has one year of eligibility left. Would a year with Harbaugh be enticing for him to raise his draft prospects assuming Harbaugh would want him on the roster? He could go from a Round 6-7 or undrafted position to first round with a solid year under Harbaugh's tutelage.  

10/23/2015 - 12:25pm Not Speight

He went to an elite prep school and knows the value of a Michigan education if professional football isn't in the cards. Unless the University of Virginia, Northwestern, Stanford, Notre Dame, Boston College, and the like are potential options, I don't see him leaving Michigan. 

10/23/2015 - 12:18pm Grad School Transfers

I'm wondering if Harbaugh will continue to look at grad school transfers going forward or if the large number this year is a product of having open scholarship slots due to a very short recruiting window for a new coach. People keep talking about Taysom Hill at QB, and I think this actually might have some legs, even if Harbaugh likes what he's seeing from O'Korn. We have Gentry and Malzone, and I like their promise, but unless they are the next coming of Andrew Luck, I don't see either one taking the reigns next year. The same goes for Peters coming in as a true freshman. The other viable QBs (Morris and Speight) are strictly backups -- if they can't beat out a hand picked Ruduck who has been incredibly average, then I don't see them beating out a hand picked transfer QB in O'Korn. 

Aside from Hill, are there any other potential grad transfers at other positions like Lyons at DB or O'Neil at punter?

09/04/2015 - 3:12pm Best RB Recruit = Peppers

I wish we could clone Peppers and have one of him on offense and one on defense. In the past 10 years, I've watched recruiting videos on all our committed RBs, and none of them touched the plays he makes on his offensive highlight reel. He could be another Adrian Peterson if he played RB. But....having an elite DB instead is a nice consolation prize.

09/04/2015 - 11:31am Utah played a solid game....

Utah played nearly flawless football minus a few late hits, two missed field goals, and a hail mary interception at the end of the first half. Other than that, there weren't many mistakes on their part. It's tough to beat a better than average major conference team that doesn't turn the ball over and we only lost by seven. It doesn't make it any easier to swallow the loss, but the team didn't quit, they didn't give up any big plays on defense (when is the last time this happened against a better than average team?), and they shut down a vaunted run game. If Rudock connects on any of those long balls, we probably win the game or at least force overtime. One other element that's overlooked in the game is the importance of special teams. Utah had an outstanding punter and punt game. Without this, who knows what kind of damage Peppers could've inflicted. We got a glimpse of it on his kick return. Not every team will have a great punter, so this part of our game will not always be neutralized.

08/28/2015 - 2:52pm I'd say fear of Harbaugh.....

but Illinois is not on the schedule this year.

08/28/2015 - 2:43pm Auburn 2012 to 2013

The quotes about offensive line coaching give me the most optimism for the upcoming season. We've had so many good OL recruits on paper, but they haven't shown the promise their star-ratings suggested due to bad coaching and youth. I'm not going to predict a B1G championship or playoff appearance, but with the new staff in place, I think 10-11 wins is possible despite a 5-7 season last year. Auburn went from 3-9 in 2012 to the national title game in 2013 when Malzahn came on board and totally revitalized a moribond offense on a team that had a solid defense. This sounds awfully similar to our current situation, and with only 2 games that look like sure losses on paper (OSU, MSU), the impact of Harbaugh could lead to a quick turnaround. Even so, I'd be content with 8-4 and see it as decent progress.

08/28/2015 - 2:16pm O'Korn v Peppers

If Peppers sees any meaningful snaps on offense this year, will the coaches force O'Korn to wear a different number next year? Or will Peppers change to #2 as some suspected when we had Legends numbers? I hope Peppers stays #5 and builds his own legacy personally.