Saturday, February 11, 2012
Football Soap Opera
The saga continues at the University of Meeechigan, where it looks like LSU Coach Les Miles is having a change of heart. Rumors around Ann Arbor (major whore, by the way) were swirling about how bad the UM AD Bill Martin botched this whole thing. After hearing Martin was dead set on Ball State's Brady Hoke, the Michigan faithful went to the top and asked for their Board of Directors to get Martin back on track and try to sway Miles back to the dark side. Below is the abridged version of the Detroit Free Press article. To see the whole article, click the title.
Miles appears to be a Michigan coaching candidate again. Miles had a phone conversation Friday morning with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin and school president Mary Sue Coleman, according to several people with knowledge of the call. Michigan received permission Nov. 28 from LSU athletic director Skip Bertman to speak with Miles, as long as it was after the Dec. 1 SEC championship game. So asking LSU again for permission was not an issue; U-M is believed to have initiated Friday's call. LSU athletic director Skip Bertman said Monday night he didn't know if Miles had had contact with Michigan. But he said he doubted anyone could sway Miles to leave LSU.
When Tom Osborne started looking for a new Nebraska football coach, he hired a search firm to help. When Bill Martin sought a new Michigan football coach, he figured he didn't need a search firm. Think about that. Osborne is one of the best coaches in the history of the sport. Martin was a casual football fan before becoming Michigan's athletic director. Yet Osborne is the one who used a search firm. If Martin had hired a search firm, he likely would have a coach by now.
Who has ever heard of an Athletic Director botching a coaching hire? Sounds new to me too! Maybe UM's AD will get the job done, unlike you know who.