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Comment 19 Jan 2015

I think Hoke demonstrates why the expression is "lovable loser" and not "lovable winner".

Thanks for all the replies, just a great reminder why I enjoy reading and posting in the comments here.  I appreciate nobody taking my comment personal, it is just a component of sports I find interesting.  

Comment 19 Jan 2015

This is what always gets me.  Just because we don't like a guy's playing or coaching style in sports, we are quick to label them as a douche or an ass or insert derogatory word here, yet if we were to spend a second to explore who they are as a person, we could possibly find that the person that they are is better than ourselves.  Did you know that Harbaugh goes on annual mission trips to Peru?  Did you know that when he was at Stanford, he befriended a kid in the hospital that had just been paralyzed and kept in touch with him and went to his high school graduation when he was with the 49ers?  I could list other things if I want, and I'm not trying to say Harbaugh is a saint, I just always find it interesting on how sports can distort our opinions from reality.

Comment 07 Jan 2015

Urban did try to get DJ Durkin to come with him to C-bus.  Durkin turned him down.  Quote below.

A person familiar with the situation said Meyer has already offered two of his former assistants -- Florida linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin and strength and conditioning coordinator Mickey Marotti -- a chance to join his staff at Ohio State.

As for Mattison, a quote below from Meyer when Mattison was first hired back to Michigan from Baltimore.

"He was the first phone call I made when I got the job at University of Florida to find out if he'd go with me," Meyer told reporters in Columbus on Monday. "We lived next to each other at Notre Dame for a long time. I know he's a great recruiter. We recruited together for many, many years. I've just got a lot of respect for him as a coach.

My guess is that Meyer didn't try to pull Mattison to C-bus with him since Mattison left his Florida staff to coach in Baltimore when John Harbaugh took the HC position there.

Comment 07 Jan 2015

DJ's quote is a little misleading.  Durkin was an assistant under Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2009 before joining Meyer's Florida staff in 2010.  Greg Mattison's relationship with the Harbaugh family goes way back.  He was an assistant coach under Jack Harbaugh at WMU from 1982 to 1986.  So in this particular instance, it actually looks like Meyer tapped former Harbaugh assistants on his rise to Ohio State.

Comment 31 Dec 2014

Happy New Years 11W!  Especially to the ones celebrating in NOLA with me.

Comment 30 Dec 2014

Just some thoughts that I got from my MSU loving wife who doesn't really follow Michigan too much.  Her opinion was that he seemed to be really genuine and humble in the moment, he seemed nervous which she thought showed the importance of the moment for him, and he was funny.  She thought he was well spoken and gave him props for calling out and recognizing th Michigan Daily reporter that was at the airport the previous night for his arrival.  Her response was "wow, that was a pretty big platform for him to recognize that kid.  That was nice of him."  That kid now gets to go into job interviews as the kid that Jim Harbaugh called a go getter to a national audience.

Now after the interview I made sure to let her know that Harbaugh is not known for being humble.  Her response "Well, of course he isn't, he's a head coach and they are all assholes.  You have to be to get to that level, but that doesn't mean they can't be humbled by a moment too."

Just thought her input was interesting since it came from someone who loves MSU.

As for me, I kept looking for some of his bravado.  Some sort of sound bite to get me pumped up.  But when it didn't come, when he didn't give his "this is Michigan" moment like Hoke, at a certain point I actually am glad he didn't.  Sound bites work for the press, but they don't win games.  I'm rather happy with how he did and just want him to get down to business, get his staff in, pull in some new recruits, and start building a team with the players.

Comment 30 Dec 2014

I thought it was a little awkward to not acknowledge Michigan being down, but then after thinking about it, I think that was an attempt to be respectful of the current players on the team and also Hoke.  At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if Michigan has played like garbage, this is about moving forward, and commenting on the past couple of years doesn't serve that interest.

The dismay debacle you speak of is the typicle way coaches avoid answering those types of questions, he didn't do anything out of ordinary of his peers, the difference is it made the coverage because it was live, whereas normally that wouldn't have made the sound bites.

Comment 30 Dec 2014

The NFL reporters have been off on this whole search the entire time. They got it wrong from the beginning and ESPN was the last to report it.  What makes anyone think they would have it right now?  Their sources are from the NFL and would only benefit from painting a picture that harbaugj had no choice but to leave the NFL.  Truth is, the raiders offered Harbaugh more money and he turned it down to go to Michigan.

Comment 29 Dec 2014

So you don't think Michigan's #1 choice was Harbaugh?  Do you really think any offers were put out for anybody else?  The Internet is like a big game of telephone, and sources sometimes have ulterior motives to leak what they want and change the story to what suits them.  That is how a simple phone call gauging potential interest to simply put you on a list of candidates can be turned into a job offer that is turned down.  A coach's agent would love to paint his client as a wanted commodity, it gives him leverage in bargaining and can make him more money.  If the agent lies to a reporter and it makes its way out to to the press, what is the risk?  Michigan isn't going to deny it because they are in the middle of a secret search.  There is no downside for that false information to be put out.  This isn't grabbing the ugly chick after being turned down by all the hot chicks, this is more like stealing the Prom Queen right off the King's arm.

I'll be curious to see what the contract actually is, because I'm sure it is going to be the subject of a FOI.  It has been reported it isn't simply $8 million a year.  One report states it can get up to that with bonuses and incentives.  Ultimately, I don't care about the money.  It isn't like Meyer is working for chump change, and honestly, I think this puts tOSU on the clock to pay Meyer more.  He is a more accomplished coach, so if Harbaugh is making more, it is only a matter of time that tOSU will have to pony up and pay him more.  This holds for Saban too.  (Not saying either will leave) They both are about to get raises since the market for compensation has been reset.  I don't think paying a lot of money for a coach is a big deal.  Harbaugh may have come for less, but he still is going to want to be fairly paid, and since he is established as a top NFL coach, it makes sense he should get top NFL money.  Sean Payton makes over $8 million / yr, so maybe that is what set the number.  Puting out that kind of money just means you are serious about wanting to win.

Comment 29 Dec 2014

The NFL sources have been the least reliable the entire time on this.  They started with never going to happen and only recently backed off that in the last couple days.  They just want to get every last page click out of this story that they can.  Once Harbaugh is signed as Michigan's coach, the story is over for them and they have to find another headline, so they might as well milk it until it is official.  I've read multiple unofficial reports from Michigan insiders that the contract is signed.  Here is a link to one.

Contract signed.

I agree with you, I think college fans are less patient and more fickle, but only because they are more passionate about their teams which is what makes the college game so much better.

Comment 28 Dec 2014

Hoke was playing to his fan base.  Bo through Carr always talked about winning the B1G as their top priority, so he was following the formula he was taught. 

 I agree with you, I will be curious to see what Harbaugh does.  There are a lot of things he does that show he subscribes to Bo's teachings but he is also more brash.  It wouldn't surprise me if he talked about  getting a national championship.

Comment 27 Dec 2014

Why is the perception that Harbaugh is the one that is creating the Operah?  All he has said the entire time is that he is the coach of the 49rs and he has a job to finish.  He won't comment on anything until the end of the season.  It used to be that this was a respectable trait.  In this day and age, with our instant gratification society, the Internet doesn't handle silence well and just starts making stories up to fill it because they know it will garner page clicks.  The moniker now seems to be "in the absence of real news, create the news".   If it wasn't for Twitter and such, this very well could have actually looked like the model coaching search.  If Harbaugh does in fact come back to Michigan, then the story really should be school identifies its top candidate and goes out and gets him.  

Comment 18 Dec 2014

I've seen those same two things along with a desire to be closer to home.  Maybe it is a mix.  I don't think we will ever definitively know since I don't think he will end up talking about it.  Either way, I'm sad to see him go and wish him luck.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

Not just Michigan fans.  The recognition of Public Ivy schools has been out there for a while and isn't even specific to just Michigan.  The term was actually coined by Richard Moll (A Yale grad) in 1985 to identify the public universities that offered an Ivy School experience.  Along with Michigan, here is a list of the other recognized original Public Ivy's.  Note that the state of Ohio also has one of the originally recognized Public Ivy's.

College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
University of California (campuses as of 1985)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas at Austin
University of Vermont (Burlington)
University of Virginia (Charlottesville)

Comment 17 Dec 2014

Sad to see him go.  I really liked this kid and was hoping to see good things from him.  He really bought into Brady Hoke and the whole Team 135.  as others have said, it has already been anounced he is going to WVU.  The typical transfer restrictions were put in place meaning he couldn't transfer to another B1G school or one that is on Michigan's future schedules.  So if there is a brother deal to be had, then it would mean WVU for both.

Comment 17 Dec 2014

Transfer restrictions prevent Michael from  going to another B1G school or a school on Michigan's future schedules.  It has also arlready been anounced that he is transfering to WVU.  I'm sad to see him go and wish him luck.  Hopefully everything works out well for him.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

I doubt they used "subtle hints" to leave the program just so they can "hope" that a higher rated player commits

Just curious if the new timeline has affected your thoughts on this.  The coaches knew Monday they had a new commitment at a position of higher need because of numbers.  About 24 hours later a player decommits at a position that wouldn't hurt from a decommitment with spots getting limited.  So the coaches wouldn't need to hope, they actually would have known what they were trading for at that time.  Does this change your thoughts on the situation?

By the way, I'm not touting a moral high ground or anything like that.  This is part of the recruiting game, and the most successful college coaches these days are doing this.  I agree with a comment below, a coach shouldn't directly pull a scholarship from a commit, but there is nothing wrong with encouraging a kid or two to look elsewhere.  Especially when you are giving them some time to figure out a place to land.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

The appeal of Bama is that it is a high profile program that competes for national championships every year competing in what is considered the strongest conference.  Throw in the fact that they rely heavily enough on their running backs that they can produce two 1000 yard rushers at that position most years.  The RB's are usually the focus of the offense in the game and in the media.  All these things provide for improved draft stock with reduced wear and tear.  That is the appeal.  Primary back in college = overrated, primary back in the pros is what matters.

Being the primary back at OSU might be less appealing in some recruits eyes compared to platooning at Alabama, although if I were a recruit I would be excited about the opportunity with both.  Potential perception problems for OSU might be that the QB position is the strongest focus of the offense on the field and in the media.  Second strongest focus in the media is the "Percy Harvin" position.  The RB may feel like less of a focus, and at times that may have showed in the lack of Carlos Hyde in key moments, as an example when he was playing.  These might be some hurdles that Urban and the coaches could have to address with RB recruits, but OSU as a program has the same appeal as Bama, so that is what will keep good RBs coming, but could explain why in some instances, a running back would go south to Alabama.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

Weber silently commits to OSU Monday, Green decommits Tuesday on a "mutual" parting of ways, Weber publicly announces commitment on Wednesday, so I think that still leaves three spots since those two things balance each other out for a sum of zero change in class size.