Hail to Victor's bank account. The hottest name in coaching has found a new home. Funny thing is he didn't have to drive too far for this one. The former Stanford coach has touched down in San Francisco to take over the reigns as Head Coach of the 49ers with a contract worth $25 Million over five years. The big question is how will 'Captain Comeback' fair in the NFL. With his "Ra-Ra, Do it for the gipper" coaching style, it may be hard to get through to a group of grown men who already have their money as opposed to kids with star-eyed dreams of fame and fortune in the NFL. One thing is for certain though - Ann Arbor, MI has just gotten colder.
So what's next for U of M? Stanford's Head Coach and former Michigan assistant coach under Bo, Jim Harbaugh is seemingly out of the picture for a number of reasons and Les Miles has turned LSU into a national powerhouse down in the SEC. For those who want to stick to the roots and bring a 'Michigan Man' in, it looks like your only hope is Brady Hoke. The current San Diego State Head Coach is responsible for three total bowl games (including two wins) and an overall record of 47-50 between his time at SDSU and Ball State. Sure he isn't the sexiest girl at the dance but if it's a 'Michigan Man' that fans and alums want then this is the best for right now. Also, keep this in mind. Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and Lloyd Carr were all far from being 'hot' coaching commodities. Rich Rod was one of the few 'big name' coaches that Michigan sought out. Is Hoke the answer for the Wolverine football program, who knows? Whoever it is, best of luck to them; especially since 'Little Brother' is getting tired of running 'Big Bro' off the field.
- Mo Tray
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It was the best of the season, yet it was also the worst of the season. The Detroit Tigers found themselves atop the American League Central Division heading into the second half of the season with All-Stars Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson, Brandon Inge, and Curtis Granderson leading the way.
However, the magic that seemed to propel them to the top of the division seemed to diminish as well as their lead when their plaguing injuries and severe lack of offensive production rose to the surface.
After pealing off three of four wins in a recent series with the White Sox to break a tie for the division lead, Detroit went on to lose three of four in the following series against the Texas Rangers.
The seemingly only bright spot of the series for the Tigers came off the arm of Justin Verlander in a dominating 13-strikeout performance in the closing game of the series.
With Magglio Ordonez seemingly on the decline of his offensive prowess and no signs of Carlos Guillen returning to form, the lineup needs some sort of power injection to force opposing pitchers to challenge lone .300+ hitter, Miguel Cabrera.
As the trade deadline gets closer with each passing hour, the general consensus around town is that the Tigers are in desperate need of an offensive boost. Rumors surrounding slugger Adam Dunn and other potential trade candidates have yet to come to fruition.
Whether or not Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski adds another bat to the lineup still remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Tigers fans are pleading for some consistency for the ballclub as they enter the final third of the season.