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FadeToBlack&Gold
04-24-2017, 06:05 PM
Getting a successful coach to stick around will be difficult. That is always going to be a thorn in our side when recruiting against other programs, particularly in MN.

bose301s
04-24-2017, 06:09 PM
Mel word for word on WTKA just said "I wouldn't have left Tech for any other school except Michigan".

Really doesn't make it hurt less.

geezer
04-24-2017, 06:40 PM
He also said in his presser (paraphrasing) "It's always been in the back of my mind that I might get a chance to return downstate" which wasn't nice to hear. But he's honest.

Madison Husky
04-24-2017, 08:01 PM
Just watched the Michigan press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNCfcfiXTAo

I've always liked Mel, but I have a real problem with his presser. Holy cow. "Michigan has the best student athletes in the world?" You have to acknowledge that there are scores of other schools with equally great talent. All he did was stroke the U-M egos and exhude Michigan arrogance. Not a single mention of thanks to Michigan Tech for giving him his first shot as a player, first shot as an assistant, or first shot as a head coach.

Sorry Mel, but you blew it and you burned some bridges with that attitude. Clearly you think everyone should worship at the alter of Michigan...or perhaps Warde made you drink some "Kook-Aid" of some kind...either way, you'll fit right in at Michigan with that kind of arrogance. You made it easy for me as a fan to move on and say "I don't want you coaching the Huskies anymore."

MGoBlueHockey
04-24-2017, 08:13 PM
Just watched the Michigan press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNCfcfiXTAo

I've always liked Mel, but I have a real problem with his presser. Holy cow. "Michigan has the best student athletes in the world?" You have to acknowledge that there are scores of other schools with equally great talent. All he did was stroke the U-M egos and exhude Michigan arrogance. Not a single mention of thanks to Michigan Tech for giving him his first shot as a player, first shot as an assistant, or first shot as a head coach.

Sorry Mel, but you blew it and you burned some bridges with that attitude. Clearly you think everyone should worship at the alter of Michigan...or perhaps Warde made you drink some "Kook-Aid" of some kind...either way, you'll fit right in at Michigan with that kind of arrogance. You made it easy for me as a fan to move on and say "I don't want you coaching the Huskies anymore."

Would you rather him lie to you? :rolleyes:

J.D.
04-24-2017, 08:16 PM
Dear god, some of you people are insane.

redwing61
04-24-2017, 08:18 PM
Eric Rud got an interview last time. Worth another look?

Flashy Man
04-24-2017, 08:24 PM
Dear god, some of you people are insane.

How about you go back to your celebration and let people work through their feelings over here?

Yeah, it's a shame to see him go, but the program is better for his time here. There's plenty of strong candidates to continue the rebirth of Tech hockey.

Mel had good remarks in the release from Tech.


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bose301s
04-24-2017, 08:25 PM
Would you rather him lie to you? :rolleyes:

He said the exact same things while at Tech, just the standard sound bite type of stuff.

mtu_huskies
04-24-2017, 09:20 PM
I always knew this was a possibility and figured if the day came he would be getting a new job because MTU was being successful. It's a good thing to have our coach wanted elsewhere, but Mel has lost me a bit today. I didn't realize he was always going to leave for UM if he had the opportunity with some of his statements today.


I get the concern over who the next coach will be but Suzanne got it done with a great hire in Mel. Mel wasn't an easy get for Suzanne and she was persistent with who she thought should coach at Tech. I'm excited to see who she can find for our next coach.

UML Puck Hawk
04-24-2017, 09:24 PM
How about you go back to your celebration and let people work through their feelings over here?

Yeah, it's a shame to see him go, but the program is better for his time here. There's plenty of strong candidates to continue the rebirth of Tech hockey.

Mel had good remarks in the release from Tech.


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Huskiefan906
04-24-2017, 10:15 PM
Yes, I would have to agree that it was a bit different than the Mel we are used to.
Still, the shock of the reality has worn off and I am excited for a small number of the candidates mentioned.

Time to put a search committee together with knowledgeable hockey people to assist in the review and selection of the next coach.

As primary host of the GLI, can we switch the order so we get Michigan next season.

Wyattus Magnus
04-24-2017, 10:41 PM
That presser was pretty disappointing, it was almost like he wasn't the same person that was always humble and kind. As Madison Husky said, it definitely made it easier to look forward to a new coach at the helm. I wonder what the current players and recent player alums thought of his comments?

I'm happy that he got the program back up to speed, and am hopeful for the next guy to take it into another gear. Best of luck to him, as it clearly showed he might be a Tech alum, but he's most definitely a Michigan Man.

Signed,
A Michigan Tech Man

Madison Husky
04-24-2017, 11:04 PM
Would you rather him lie to you? :rolleyes:

OK, I assume that comment was a bit tongue-in-cheek, and so were some of my comments...but come on. You're rubbing salt in a fresh wound.

Congrats to UM on getting a fantastic coach. And I am thankful for all he did at Tech.

But I can't take much of that worship at the alter of the great almighty Michigan cause we're better than everyone else arrogant crap that came out of Mel today. It made me want to vomit. So he love's Michigan. Great. As the new coach, he should. They are an excellent academic and $$$athletic$$$ institution. But going overboard like he did and not even coming close to even a 1-second mention or acknowledgement of the Michigan Tech (who gave him his start as a player, assistant coach, and head coach and their community support and donors contributed greatly to his success) was a mistake in my mind...one that will take a while to forgive & heal for Tech fans and supporters.

Anyway, enough venting on this. I do hope Mel does well with Michigan hockey...just not when he plays against Michigan Tech.

giwan
04-24-2017, 11:14 PM
I get the concern over who the next coach will be but Suzanne got it done with a great hire in Mel. Mel wasn't an easy get for Suzanne and she was persistent with who she thought should coach at Tech. I'm excited to see who she can find for our next coach.

But wasn't part of her persistence talking to Mel to see what really had to be done to get the program going? It was NOT just about the HC salary. That's really the easy part. I believe that insight is what brought Mroz in and a new strategy. Which is what made Mel finally say yes.

Burnt Orange Husky
04-24-2017, 11:34 PM
Can someone please start a new thread? This title is just mocking us. As Mr. Wonderful says on Shark Tank, Mel is dead to me. :mad:

Burnt Orange Husky
04-24-2017, 11:40 PM
I believe that insight is what brought Mroz in and a new strategy. When Mroz was here in Austin for an alumni dinner, I asked him to get Mel. He replied, "He won't come. He's the heir apparent at Michigan." Suzanne was definitely the driving force.

Shirtless Guy
04-25-2017, 12:04 AM
Eric Rud got an interview last time. Worth another look?

Have you ever heard of a guy coming back after he's transitioned to coaching the women's game? Not to mention his team took a step back after taking a decent step forward last season...

Burnt Orange Husky
04-25-2017, 12:27 AM
Just watched the Michigan press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNCfcfiXTAo

I've always liked Mel, but I have a real problem with his presser. Holy cow. "Michigan has the best student athletes in the world?" You have to acknowledge that there are scores of other schools with equally great talent. All he did was stroke the U-M egos and exude Michigan arrogance. Not a single mention of thanks to Michigan Tech for giving him his first shot as a player, first shot as an assistant, or first shot as a head coach.

Sorry Mel, but you blew it and you burned some bridges with that attitude. Clearly you think everyone should worship at the alter of Michigan...or perhaps Warde made you drink some "Kook-Aid" of some kind...either way, you'll fit right in at Michigan with that kind of arrogance. You made it easy for me as a fan to move on and say "I don't want you coaching the Huskies anymore."
I couldn't agree more. I've lost all respect for Mel. I grew up in the Peoples Republic of Ann Arbor and every time I go back there to visit my mom, I just shake my head. It's not a city, it's a cult. I don't miss it one bit.

When they publish Mel's new compensation package, please post it to the Forum.

Burnt Orange Husky
04-25-2017, 12:39 AM
Dear god, some of you people are insane.
30 years of bad hockey will do that to you. Now please just go away. I hear your mom calling...