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Bill Connelly on Chuck Martin

by Mike (bart), Thursday, March 05, 2015, 07:34

Offense, this sounds very 2013 ND:

The Redhawks were a little too reliant on big plays, however. Down-to-down consistency was nowhere to be found, either via run (3.4 yards per carry on first down) or pass (48 percent completion rate), and the result was plenty of second-and-longs and three-and-outs. And as you see above, when Miami needed yards in the fourth quarter, they were rarely anywhere to be found.


6. The 2015 class was awfully impressive

Chuck Martin did what he could in putting together his 2014 recruiting class, but from a rankings perspective, the results were sketchy: the class ranked 117th via Rivals and 123rd via the 247Sports Composite.

Given a year to sign his first full class, he proved what he could do. Miami's 2015 class ranked 81st via the Composite and 84th via Rivals, second and third in the MAC, respectively. Even with the absurd job that WMU's P.J. Fleck is doing in this department, Martin is challenging more established programs like NIU, Toledo, and BGSU for second-place superiority.

Big Picture:

Miami is one of the most storied programs in the MAC, the self-proclaimed Cradle of Coaches that employed everybody from Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Bill Arnsparger and Bo Schembechler to Jim Tressel, Randy Walker, Terry Hoeppner, and Sean Payton.

Since Hoeppner left for Indiana following 2004, the downfall has been staggering. Miami went 7-4 in 2005 but has managed just the one winning season in nine years and has won two or fewer games five times. In engineering first-year improvement then signing an exciting recruiting class, Martin is hinting that he's the guy to turn things around for the Redhawks.



Hendrix is done ... what now for the Redhawks?

by Mark, Cloud City, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 10:59 @ Mike (bart)

I'm still rooting for Chuck Martin and his team

It'd be good to see him do well imo.

"Short on hope"


fie on Bill for not including Ara in the list of greats

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 08:11 @ Mike (bart)

IIRC Parseghian is still the winningest coach in Miami-OH history, with a record there better than Schembechler and Hayes and everyone else.


And, honestly, ...

by Slainte Joe, Raleigh, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 12:12 @ Jay

fuck Schembechler.


Seriously. Bill Arnsparger over Ara? WTF?

by Savage, Around Ye Olde Colonial College, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 08:50 @ Jay

The more modern guys are understandable in terms of recency-bias and audience recognition. But Arnsparger was a terribly failed NFL head coach for like 2.5 years, and HC at LSU for 3 years where he won a grand total of 0 bowl games. And he gets mention over a man who is unquestionably the best HC in Northwestern history, still holds records at Miami, oh, right, and won a couple national titles at Notre Dame.


He's a Michigan guy

by Mike (bart), Thursday, March 05, 2015, 08:14 @ Jay

people who annoy me more than they should, on account of being so Michigan-y:

Jon Chait

Rich Eisen

Jane Coaston

Brian Cook annoys me about as much as he should

Is there anyone else?


I thought he went to Mizzou

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 08:16 @ Mike (bart)

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So he did. Don't they have a prominent Michigan guy?

by Mike (bart), Thursday, March 05, 2015, 08:26 @ Jay

I forget who, but he's pretty good


Isn't Pete Fiutak a Michigan guy too?

by KelleyCook @, quite pleased with Nov 8th, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 12:39 @ Mike (bart)

He's certainly douchy enough.

providing less clarification since 1991


Jason Kirk is the guy i was thinking of

by Mike (bart), Thursday, March 05, 2015, 16:14 @ KelleyCook

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I'm reasonably sure that Kirk is a UGA grad.

by PAK, Friday, March 06, 2015, 05:51 @ Mike (bart)

At the very least, he's from Atlanta.

None of the "principals" at SB Nation are Michigan Men. They're very friendly with Cook, but by the time they were getting SB Nation together, Cook was already making enough off of Mgoblog that he had quit his job to blog full time, so they weren't able to bring him in.

Their Michigan football blog is Maize and Brew. Initially it was a pretty weak offering for such a big time program, but it has improved its profile a lot as a result of its exposure through SB Nation.


I watched their game vs. Michigan.

by PAK, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 07:44 @ Mike (bart)

It was a compilation of every little annoyance about our offense rolled into one. "Look to the sideline" adjustments. Lots of procedural penalties. No offensive rhythm.

Granted, this was against a team with a lot more talent, and he had Andrew Hendrix at QB, but it was still painful.

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