Thursday, January 9, 2020

Michigan Thursday: Old Names - New Places

Brady Hoke is a head coach again, for a place he was a head coach before.  San Diego State where he coached for 1 year (2009-2010) before taking the Michigan job.   Rocky Long Brady's former DC stepped down as head coach yesterday and they quickly named Brady head coach.  

Brady has had a very bumpy road since being fired from Michigan.  He was at Oregon for one year,  Tennessee for one year, NFL Carolina Panthers for one year, SDSU as the DL coach last season, and now head coach again.  The only job he wasn't fired from (after 1 year) after Michigan was SDSU.   

Nick Sheridan, former Michigan QB under RR now is the co-OC at Indiana where he joins Mike Hart who continues to be the RB coach.  

Good luck to these coaches! 

  • Speaking of former Michigan coaches:  There seems to have been 2 people in the world who thought Coach B would be a good fit in the NBA: John Beilein and Dan Gilbert.  He is having a terrible first year with a terrible roster.  It's going to be very strange to see him coaching at another NCAA school next season.  Maybe this was Coach B's retirement plan?

  • The National Director of Recruiting for 24/7 Steve Wiltfong criticized Michigan Football's recruiting approach as un-organized, putting too much on the assistant coaches and not the norm compared to other schools.   Interesting take:  Michigan seems to do well in recruiting every year with a top 10 class, though its clear OSU and Alabama have better athletes on the field.  Matt Dudek recruiting coordinator is also very well respected in the industry.   I would say Michigan has to find top tier athletes, top trier students, and guys that aren't interested in "getting paid" which has to be a pretty rare combination in todays market.   This goes to my take that Michigan, ND, Georgia Tech, Stanford's of the world is not going to be able to compete with other schools breaking the rules.   Case in point, The University of Miami has some of the best talent in the nation in a 20 mile radius.   They have been down because after getting in trouble, they have changed their "recruiting investment policy" and kids are electing to go to other schools.  

  • There continues to be positive buzz about 2020 5 star guard Josh Christopher to Michigan.  I would pump the breaks a bit, but things seem to be heading in the right direction.  

  • Georgia is losing a number of players lately.  Including it's QB to the NFL, Offensive lineman, and a 2020 5 star RB who just got let out of his LOI.   Cade Mays' father (one of the offensive lineman transfers) had a part of his pinky amputated when a folding chair at a UGA event failed.  That is one hell of a story and seems to be accurate as the Mays are expected to be suing the chair manufacture and UGA.   Sam Pittman the former OL coach has also left to coach  Arkansas.  Former Michigan commit LB Otis Reese is now officially in the transfer portal as well.  No word if Michigan is interested as its really not a position of need like the DL or OL with the loss of Ruiz and Spanellis last week. 

  • Michigan takes on Purdue tonight at Crisler. 

  • Michigan DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell has entered the Transfer Portal 

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