Our two bye weeks fall before Cincy and Rutgers. Going to be a tough stretch in the second half of the season.
Mods, will you look into the serial down-voter on this post? I'm tired of up-voting everything that is down voted for no reason.
He would be a great coach at any non Big 5 school.
I was right there with you to the very end. Hoke is underachieving with Grade A talent. No one can use the "Richrod left the cupboard bare" argument either, as most top tier schools consistently play stud underclassmen. Put him in a mid to low level B1G program and I think we'd see him get punted to a non-power conference in a year or two. He simply can't hack it against top tier coaching.
Upvote for a solid post overall!
I don't claim to speak for all of there fans, but the majority that I know and speak to on a daily basis don't love him. Many of them question his ability to coach, just the way we do. Most UM fans I know are pretty rational about Hoke and his coaching.
The same can't be said for their rationality regarding the Program in general. The same people that question Hoke will and have told me they're a year or two away from competing for B1G titles and will be back to national relevance in the same time span. I've heard this for as long as I've been in Michigan, which is going on 6 years. General
reasoning optimism seems to come from highly rated recruiting classes, and most UM fans think one of the Harbough's or Miles is going to ride in and rescue them after Hoke is dismissed.
Just pray with me that we stomp MSU this year. In years past, our fan bases could kind of join together in mutual disdain for UM. After last year, they're starting to get a little too uppity about there program and winning the B1G. Its amazing how delusional many of the UM fans still are, I don't want to start dealing with MSU fans on top of them.
My fault.. Sorry Chadwyck11!!! All credit and revenue from this storyline shall go directly to Chadwyck11. I'm a pretty regular reader, thought for sure that if someone had posted, I would've seen it.
At the same time, the more opportunities to make fun of Bert, the better. Especially on a Friday afternoon!
I'm thinking Bert doesn't want Les Miles to be the only "character" head coach in the SEC, so he came up with this stunt. No human in their right mind would think that comment was an appropriate way to describe a new recruit, off camera, let alone on a national stage.
I live in Plymouth, where are you at? I'm showing channel 255 is the HD CBS Sports channel... no blackout for me.
What is Cowher doing on The Weather Channel? Is that massive chin a mobile doppler radar?
MMan may be able to clarify... But I believe I read somewhere that Miles to Michigan was all but a certainty after Carr had left, it took a massive bumble-**ck by then AD (Bill Martin) to screw it up. Had pretty much anyone other than Martin been AD, Les Miles would be coaching TTUN. After Martin bungled the situation, Miles decided he would rather stay at LSU (for less money no less).
Agreed. I wish the Percy Harvin comparisons would stop, he was/is a freak athlete. He had it all, speed, strength, vision, agility, and he could bust tackles. It's like saying every highly rated RB coming in is the next Adrian Peterson. I feel like throwing those kinds of names around sets unrealistic expectations for even the most talented kids coming in, then when they don't immediately produce we all start saying "what happened?" and "is he a bust?".
Even though Jurgen keeps saying that we'll be playing to win, I still expect the US team to play a very Tressel-like game of "play not to lose". I think both Germany and the US will make sure to keep their respective defense's back and their midfielders playing a less aggressive, possession-type game. Neither team wants to get caught in transition because they were being too aggressive in the offensive zone.
Nailed it. I would also add that getting the #2's playing time not only motivates them, but also the guy ahead of them. We've already seen how an unexpected guy (Bosa) can come in and prove themselves worthy of #1 status out of nowhere. Nothing like a little competition to keep the #1's motivated.
And room for some TTUN special programming?
3:00-3:30pm -Cooking with Coach Hoke: The Joy of Crisco "Hoke samples a variety of Crisco themed appetizers, soups, and entree's."
3:30-4:00pm -Cooking with Coach Hoke: Barbeque Fingers "Hoke discusses the pro's and cons's of moist towelettes, paper towels, napkins, and licking ones own fingers."
8:00-9:00pm BTN Dateline Special: The Dangers of Headset Usage at Gametime "Chronicaling Coach Hoke's fight against in game adjustments and sweaty ears by choosing to forego a headset during critical games".
Very optimistic... I like your thinking.
I like your line of thinking, but I raise you 6'3" Mike Thomas and 6'4" Jeff Greene. If we have receiving issues in the red zone, I'll be a mighty damned confused individual.
Upvote for making me laugh. I bet all the fans that caught Bauserman's game balls in C deck appreciate his time on the field.
Is there a story behind that photo? I've never seen it, and it looks like a hell of a brawl is going down in it. Baseball bats, clubs... Quite the scene.
The most ironic affirmation after that game came from Mike Valenti on the Valenti & Foster show (sports radio in SE Michigan). Valenti is an MSU grad who had repeatedly downplayed the Spartan defense (showing respect for our "O") in preparation for game, saying it was going to be their biggest test, blah blah. At some point during the following week, amidst all of the sounds and shouts of "Rose Bowl here we come!", he stated he would have run Hyde up the middle 10 out of 10 times.
Its really hard living in this state sometimes.
NH-IO nailed it. My first choice would have been Hyde up the middle. There is a reason we have 230lb back in our stable, and I cant think of a more deserving scenario to use him than that play. My second choice, run Braxton to the wide side of the field, not the short. At least going wide, he has more opportunities to juke, stutter step, cut back, etc. Going to the short side made it exactly what it was, flawed unless everyone blocked perfectly. The TE got blown up and the rest is history.
FWIW, I feel like we as fans have convinced ourselves that had we converted that 4th down, we would have won the game. There was still quite a bit of football to be played, who knows what would have happened with a fresh set of downs there.
I think it'll be closer than we think. Top to bottom, Michigan doesn't sniff Ohio in terms of college level talent. But in terms of putting 22 guys out there that can play high level football, I think they'll do alright. If we were bringing the top 100 from each state, I think that's where you would really start to see the talent disparity.
I hope we destroy the Michigan squad either way.
I have 2 co-workers with BGE's, and they both rave about them. I still use a LP grill and smoke with a Brinkmann electric, how do you like your Egg? I've been kicking around the idea of buying one, but that's a pretty large investment to take on when I'm putting out some decent Q' already. Incidentally, how does it work as strictly a grill? I know charcoal is the gold standard, but after 9+ hours of work the simplicity of LP really is nice when grilling...
I've wondered the same thing before. I think it all depends on the player, specifically how they handle diversity. Obviously Raekwon McMillian was a huge deal last recruiting cycle, and yet this spring I believe he gave multiple interviews stating (paraphrasing) "I know nothing is going to be given to me, I have to keep working hard and earn my spot". Clearly he was highly sought after, I believe UFM had a direct hand in his recruitment, but he seems to have a great attitude about it.
Eli Apple would be another example.. He didn't lose his black stripe for over a year... But kept with it and now looks like he'll at least crack the two deep. Other 5 star guys, well, they may have transferred. I'm sure other people can drop some names of guys who've committed, come in and faced adversity, and then chose to transfer to a smaller/less competitive school.
Star rankings don't mean anything in college.
Believe me I would much rather watch PSU wallow in mediocrity for a few more years, but I just don't see that happening. I don't think they're anyone's "darling", I think people (and the media) see a new talented coach with great recruiting skills at a nationally relevant program with a tradition of success.
Of course anything can happen down the road, but all signs point to a likelihood of future success.