Monday, January 16, 2017

Michigan Monday: What Is Going on With Coach Wheat?

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One of the things Michigan fans loved when Jimmy was hired was that he brought in Michigan and Detroit legend Tyrone Wheatley as RB coach.  Coach Wheat's bigtime jobs were at Syracuse and the Buffalo Bills before he got to Ann Arbor.   During those roles he worked for head coach Doug Marrone, who is now the head coach at Jacksonville.

On Saturday night, news broke that Coach Wheat was going to be the next running backs coach for the Jaguars.  That report seems a bit premature as Sam Webb reports that he is looking at that job and other Power 5 roles.    Reports are that Coach Wheat interviewed for the Western Michigan head coaching job but Tim Lester was selected.

We also learned this weekend that Coach Wheat's contract expired last week.  So what is going on here?  I have a couple of thoughts:

1. This could be a negotiation tactic and Coach Wheat might want a larger role and more money at Michigan.   With Pep Hamilton, I don't believe there is a larger role currently on the Michigan staff.

2.  Maybe the coaching styles didn't mess and he was told to look around.

Either way, it seems like a strange situation as Coach Wheat is a very good recruiter and his son of course is still on the team. 

I hope he stays while he looks for a good OC or head coaching role. 
  • Looks like David Dawson is transferring to Iowa State. 

  • Michigan State picked up Pioneer 4 star LB Antjuan Simmons commitment this weekend.   They also offered Michigan RB commit Kurt Taylor.  Kurt fell to a two star recruit on Rivals.

  • Yesterday was a good day for NFL Football,  I hate when officials are too involved in a football game.  During the first half of Cowboys - Packers game it looked like the officials had the Packers and the points.    The officials were also the difference in the Steelers - Chiefs game as well with the holding call on the two point conversion.  (which was probably the right call)

11 comments:

Mike Tebbe said...

Not sure why Kurt fell to a 2* but even prior to that I kind of assumed he might not make the final class. Now with MSU offering so late I'm almost positive he will sign elsewhere.

nan russell said...

Funny, I'm a Packers fan and I thought the officiating was lopsided in favor of the cowboys as Packer's receivers were having their jerseys ripped off.
Must have meant they were doing an OK job.
I don't think you make the holding call on Fisher at that point. It didn't effect the play and it was marginal at best

posty55 said...

Like yourself I just want this situation to end..but if Tyrone was to go....what about the rumours that Thomas Wilcher....a former wolverine...and current coach of cass tech..would become new RB coach...what u think??

mhdfph said...

I always cringe when a coach leaves by Harbs always gets somebody as good usually better to replace!

Eric Carbajal said...

Not sure what game you were watching but refs missed 3 defensive holding calls on Dallas and 1 on Packers in first half. Second half was much better.

Mike Tebbe said...

4* top 100 OG CJ Thorpe is visiting AA next week. He's a Penn State commit.

posty55 said...

Also what do u think about Michigan make by a run at 4* G C.J. Thorpe, a penn state commit...who's father told uncle urb at Ohio state to stay away....hmmmmm

Scott K said...

Wheat is leaving for Jax. Interesting to see who fills his shoes.

Bob said...

You guys are right about the Cowboys Packers game with bad calls on both sides. The call I couldn't believe was the 15 yard penalty for that WR that ran near the huddle and then headed back to the bench. I have never seen that called.

Maya Alexander said...

Interesting to see that so many people care about this topic.

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