Big Ten Basketball: 17 worst losses this Pre-Conference season


“Our effort was not up to standard tonight which i take very personally,” said Northwestern Coach Chris Collins after losing at home by 13 to a middle tier MAC team.

“I can’t explain it. If I had an answer for it I would tell you guys. We got out-everythinged,” he continued.

“We didn’t give them any resistance to start the game.”

Collins and the Wildcats getting dominated at home by Central Michigan is troubling, but it’s just one of many very bad losses that Big Ten basketball has suffered this non-conference season. Let’s break it down.

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Jim Harbaugh going to Michigan possible again

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It’s time for the Michigan football community to put the Jim Harbaugh, hopes, dreams and wishes to bed for good back to the forefront. It’s not maybe happening; and people inside the program, have clearly gone all-or-nothing on Jim Harbaugh, who we previously had heard was staying in the NFL. For certain.

Perhaps not. There are lots of outlets “reporting” a deal is imminent. None of them are the Associated Press, the New York Times or anyone on par with the credibility of those organizations. MGoBlog, 24/7 Sports, something called “Detroit Sports Rag” all think this happening, but they could all be jumping the gun.

On the other hand, there’s a reason we’re into the third week now of the Michigan coaching search, and that reason is not Bob Stoops.

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Les Miles confirms that he isn’t taking Michigan Wolverines job


Les Miles is known for doing some crazy things on the football field every now and then. “The Mad Hatter” has also a reputation for making post game press conferences interesting for a change. He often deviates from the boring “coachspeak” script and likes to be funny and compelling during his media availabilities. Those media sessions will remain in Baton Rouge for the time being.

He will not be relocating to Ann Arbor.

(Update: Michigan goes all in on Jim Harbaugh, rumors he’ll move to UM gaining steam)

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Update on the Michigan football coaching search


The Michigan football program is not what it used to be- but you already knew that. With just one national title since 1948, Michigan football lives in the past as much as anyone in college football.

That’s not why the Maize and Blue coaching search has so many obstacles though. Yes, Michigan football strives to find an identity again after decades of mediocrity, and that is a hindrance to finding the right guy. However, there are political, institutional, corporate, structural, internal…let’s just say there are multi-layered issues; of the non-football variety.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Bob Stoops to Michigan rumors gaining steam


Is Bob Stoops going to be the next coach of the Michigan Wolverines? Well, some supposed media “insiders” seem to think so. (Of course, “insider” is a word like “troll,” it’s lost all meaning since everyone misuses it these days) “Big game Bob” might bolt for Ann Arbor. On the other hand, it could just be Stoops’ people sending out feelers through the media so that Stoops has more leverage at OU.

So this could be a way to increase his salary/status. Or it could be the real thing.

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Top Five Michigan football Coaching candidates

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The Florida Gators will lead the coaching carousel this silly season, but the Michigan football head coaching job will likely be next. Then Illinois, Kansas and Virginia will battle for third choice. (Indiana will be next after them).

Basically, Brady Hoke can’t be fired until after the new year, because of financial concerns. They could likely fire him on January 1, 2015, but it probably won’t be before then. According to Hoke’s contract, signed on March 28, 2011, he will be owed $2 million to buy out the remaining two years (2015, 2016) left on his contract. The second to last year of his deal begins on January 1. Firing him at any time in 2014 would cost that $2 million, plus the buyout amount.

Still the Michigan football program can just do all of this back-channel. And they likely will. So Wolverines supporters should be ready for a new regime.

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Jim Harbaugh to Michigan chances dwindle, Raiders the favorite

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Fox Sports Jay Glazer reported on if the San Francisco 49ers will fire head coach Jim Harbaugh before the end of this season this morning:

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Oakland Raiders more likely for Jim Harbaugh than Michigan

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Jim Harbaugh to the Michigan Wolverines next year? Not so fast. It turns out the Oakland Raiders could actually be the landing spot for the man forever in pleated discount khakis. There are sports books taking bets on where Jim Harbaugh will coach next season. (Here are the latest odds). Also, the Bob Stoops to Michigan rumors are starting to gain more momentum. (Here’s the latest on that)

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Michigan kicks Frank Clark off the team for domestic abuse charges


As if Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines need any more drama this year. This nightmare season has produced yet another Outside-the-lines type storyline. Now Frank Clark is the latest awful episode to occur under the watch of Brady Hoke.

According to MLive:

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi four of the past five years.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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Brady Hoke likely won’t be fired until 2015 begins


Lane Kiffin, as much an anybody, probably embodies the notion of “failing upward.” In both college football and sports in general. You know what “failing upward” is. For further clarification…look at the CV of George W. Bush. No one embodies “failing upward” more than Bush 43.  Brady Hoke seems to fly under the radar on this topic. Instead, everyone talks about his imminent firing. (We’ll get to that in a moment)

But what’s over-looked is that Hoke shouldn’t even have been here in the first place. He wasn’t qualified.

This tweet from Grand Rapids radio personality Len O’Kelly sums up Michigan’s “win” yesterday.

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