… he’d name a college football coach his chief of staff. We’d never find out anything again.
The second-biggest game of Week 1 will be played in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday afternoon when No. 11 Michigan and No. 17 Florida square off. We just have no idea who the starting quarterback will be for either team following the opening kickoff.
It could be you; it might even be me. We just don’t know, and neither coach seems willing to help us out here.
During a press conference on Monday, Florida coach Jim McElwain told reporters that when it came to the Gators quarterbacks, the team has “a plan in place” but that he won’t name a starter.
“We’ll leave that for [Michigan] to guess,” McElwain said.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has yet to release his team’s roster for the 2017 season, so it’s not hard to figure out how he’s approaching this situation. He told reporters Monday that he won’t be naming his starting quarterback either, and specifically mentioned that Florida hadn’t named theirs.
“We’d love to have that information,” he said.
Christ, this is silly. And to think grown men get paid millions of dollars a year to act like that.
Media files FOIA request to see Michigan’s roster.
Michigan answers with a legal request seeking an additional 10 business days to respond.
“Due to the large number of requests currently being processed by this office, it will not be possible to respond to your request within the five-day period accorded by the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. However, under Section 5 (2) (d) of the Act, the University is permitted to extend the deadline for not more than 10 business days beyond the initial due date. The University will respond to your request on or before August 25, 2017.”
Greg McGarity thinks they’re doing it all wrong.
Say what you will about Jim Harbaugh, the man is a master at salesmanship. Check out the header to this ESPN puff piece.
PAWWWLLL vs. Harbaugh – who ‘ya got?
UPDATE: Somebody may owe somebody an apology.
Forget about those friggin’ satellite camps. It’s stuff like this that really gets the Greg McGaritys of the college football world’s panties in a wad:
Michigan’s assistants will set a new standard for college football coach salaries, with three — offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, defensive coordinator Don Brown and passing game coordinator and assistant head coach Pep Hamilton — making $1 million for the next three seasons.
LSU and Alabama both had two assistants at or above $1 million last season. No public school has had three at a time, according to USA Today research.
That’s not even the worst of it. Drevno and Brown have five-year deals and Hamilton has a four-year contract.
The startled reaction many people had to that Monte Kiffin million-dollar-a-year deal back in the halcyon days of 2009 seems so quaint now. Hell, 2014 seems long ago, for that matter. Unless you’re McGarity having to defend the reserve fund against the next salary onslaught.
Damn that Harbaugh.
He claims he didn’t have time
for that shit to watch the national championship game.
“Well, I heard it was a great game,” Harbaugh said. “I have it TiVo’d. I fell asleep. But I heard it was an incredible game.”
Gotta get your rest.
Looks like the importing of SEC-style recruiting tactics to the Big Ten has been a complete success.
“He said, ‘[I’ll keep this] short, sweet and to the point: I’m not leaving,’ ” Wolverines defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow said Tuesday of comments Harbaugh had made to the team (via MLive.com). “He said [the NFL rumors] are ‘lies made up by our enemies.’ ”
Harbaugh himself reiterated that language Tuesday at Michigan’s annual banquet. “A lot of this talk is coming from our enemies,” he said (via MLive.com). “From coaches who, and you know the names. You probably know the names of the top three that I’m referring to. They like to say [I’m leaving] to the media, they like to tell that to recruits and their families to try to manipulate them into going into another school besides Michigan.
Enemies! A similar paranoiac style worked wonders for Richard Nixon.