Visit Reactions: M Winning Solomon Back?
yeah, still want
After gaining a commitment, losing it, looking out of the picture, and then crawing their way back in, Michigan made their latest push for four-star GA DT Aubrey Solomon on his official visit for the Maryland game. Solomon was accompanied by his mother, who came very prepared, and the most critical aspect of the visit from M's perspective was winning over—Solomon's interest in Michigan has always been very strong while his mom has been a skeptic. According to Sam Webb, they pulled out all the stops:
Front and center for most of the visit were Gwen Bush and Devin Bush Sr. They were with mom a ton with one observer offering, “Gwen hardly left his mom’s side.” And as we speculated heading into the visit… “Momma Gwen” having sent her own questionnaire out during her son Wayne Lyons’ recruitment before deciding to send him to school on the other side of the country (from Florida to Stanford) really appeared to help forge a connection. For good measure Wayne was also on hand for the Solomons to meet.
The vibe between Mom and Bush Sr. was noticeable. One observer said, "they went back and forth like they've known each other for years."
Rashan Gary and his mother, who was visiting for the weekend, hosted Solomon, though his mom wasn't able to get together with Gary's; she did, however, have lunch with Greg Harden, Michigan's director of academic counseling—he played a big role in landing Gary.
Both Sam and Steve Lorenz believe Aubrey himself wants to go to Michigan, but they still have work to do to win over his mother. Lorenz:
If the choice was 100% his, there would likely be some 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions coming back the Wolverines' way. However, it appears to not be fully his decision. We reported on Sunday that mom was impressed with what Michigan had to offer. That remains the case in the grand scheme of things, but according to a second source we spoke with on Monday, the visit reportedly could have gone better from Michigan's standpoint regarding impressing Solomon's mother.
Also of note: Sam is getting the "distinct impression" that Clemson, not Alabama or Georgia, is the school closer to home with the best shot at Solomon. I'm not sure how to take that: on one hand, that looks like some tough competition is taking a step back; on the other, well, head-to-head recruiting against Clemson can be quite the experience. Michigan made progress this weekend; we'll see if it sticks after more visits.
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[Gerald Herbert – AP]
It feels like this season has flown by – last week, the initial playoff rankings were released and the committee trolled all of us: instead of putting in the four undefeated Power Five teams in the top four spots, they put Texas A&M ahead of Washington, despite the Aggies’ loss to Alabama a few weeks ago. Of course, college football has its funny ways of settling these things, as A&M was upset by a Mississippi State team that still has a losing record. That – or Ohio State’s demolition of Nebraska – was the most meaningful result on Saturday.
On to the week that was.
--- Somehow, ALABAMA and LSU seem to bring out the worst in each other; despite being able to play perfectly normal games with relatively sane scoring margins, when the two get together in the Saban Bowl, low-scoring, bone-rattling contests are the norm. This time, the Tide prevailed 10-0 in a game that was scoreless through three quarters. There were some missed opportunities: each team missed a field goal and Bama was stopped short on fourth-and-goal. Still, it was an ugly game. Both quarterbacks struggled mightily through the air, combining to go 21-43 through the air for 197 yards, and each threw an interception. The story of the game, however, was Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts’s excellent performance as a runner – he was the only player to hit 100 yards on the day, ran for the game’s only touchdown on a 21-yard scamper, and the Tide’s spread running attack was reasonably effective, though the scoreboard didn’t show it. Meanwhile, star LSU running back Leonard Fournette was held to 35 yards on 17 carries. Bama’s defense was as ferocious as ever, holding the Tiger offense to just 125 yards of total offense. The Iron Bowl should provide the Tide with a challenge, but that game’s at home and they easily have the best odds of reaching the playoff.
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DE JONG GOAL
ASU 0 UM 1 EV 09:12 Assists: Warren & Sanchez
First of all, it’s hard to tell a lot from these because for some reason the Pac 12 Network decided to post the recap with really quick cuts and zoomed in. Replays a la Michigan Stadium’s pore-o-vision cameras means I’m working from what I remember while watching the stream.
Warren’s carrying the puck up the boards and sees De Jong start to pinch down in the middle of the ice. With two defenders near him and a big gap between De Jong and the nearest defender, the smart play is to move it and let De Jong skate in a bit.
He does precisely that, settling the puck and shooting after a second or two. His cause is aided greatly by an Arizona State player standing in the middle of the slot, screening the heck out of his own goaltender while defending no one. Arizona State goaltender Joey Daccord never sees the shot, which is a rocket that finds its way outside the ASU screener, inside the Michigan skater, and over Daccord’s shoulder.
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Here's this. Bobby Loesch made it and is a gentleman and a scholar.
It's time for America's greatest rivalry game. Michigan State. Rutgers. This game is the situation, and they play for America's greatest rivalry trophy.
— † Wolverine Devotee (@UMichWD) November 7, 2016
One of these teams will leave with a Big Ten win and The Situation. Noon. Probably on television. Check BeIN Sports 2. No? Does QVC have an overflow channel? Well, I'm sure you'll find it. They televise everything these days. I saw Magic: The Gathering once.
At least you've got your vomit-soaked sidewalks. Michigan State may be 2-7 and playing Rutgers to find out which Big Ten team is going winless in conference, but at least the city it's located in has a detailed bill it would like to present the university.
EAST LANSING — East Lansing has determined what it says Michigan State University is costing city residents.
Right down to the vomit removal.
Fire department calls, police overtime and downtown cleanup after student nightlife are among the issues that cost the city about $3.75 million last year, according to a recent study paid for by the city.
I say just leave the vomit—it's not like anyone can tell that you cleaned it up. And the RCMB agrees!
I remember back in the late 80s when I transferred to MSU. I went to WMU for a year and then transferred. K'zoo was a complete dump. Nothing to do. Other than Lafayette Square, it wasn't happening. I couldn't wait to leave K'zoo and I also couldn't wait to leave GR after the summer was over to get back to East Lansing for the fall terms to begin. Now? K'zoo and GR are so much better than East Lansing. And even they aren't the greatest. But it tells you just how far East Lansing has fallen.
I moved back to Lansing from 2009 to 2013. I could not wait to move away from there again in 2013. It was a mistake to move back to Lansing. Lansing is dismal but almost better than East Lansing now. East Lansing is a complete shell of itself. Just terrible. It lacked any of the vitality it once held. It was is of depressing to see.
That's part of a wildly entertaining five-page thread full of Spartans dumping venom on East Lansing's taxes, generic chain restaurants, city leadership, vacant storefronts, and DUI conviction rate. (That latter might not be East Lansing's fault, guys.) Highly recommended. The Spartans' profession appears to be self-owning.
A bountiful cornucopia in Ann Arbor. NFL scouts have noticed that Michigan appears to be somewhat good this year. ESPN asks which Big Ten players have seen their NFL stock go up and literally every observer starts with something along these lines:
Everybody at Michigan. (laughs) I’ll tell you what, Harbaugh, he just brings out the best in all his players. Shoot, every one of those guys has elevated their draft stock.
Amara Darboh, Mason Cole, Channing Stribling, Jabrill Peppers, Ben Gedeon, Delano Hill, De'Veon Smith, Chris Wormley, and Jake Butt all come in for praise. I'm slightly dubious about Cole's NFL potential given the struggles he's had against 3-4 nose tackles this year but hey man whatever. Michigan is set to have a dozen guys drafted, and you'd better believe that'll perk up recruits' ears. That goes double when scouts are praising Harbaugh's development as the direct cause of said draftees.
Best part of this: no Maurice Hurst. Let's keep that on the low for another year, yes please.
An eye for detail. Dan Murphy on the Harbauffense and the idea that it's a stodgy pro-style attack:
The Wolverines' beefy, pro-style offense snapped the ball 34 times in the first half and averaged 11.8 yards per play. They did it with a litany of creative wrinkles cloaked in the feel-good nostalgia of two-tight end sets and fullback dives. They are like a phonograph that can stream your iTunes through Bluetooth.
Stodgy is what Michigan will see this weekend in Iowa City. Michigan's got a new thing every week.
Don Brown, football dude. This is a week old but I must have missed it. The WaPo on Don Brown:
Yes, Brown and Michigan: “It’s a perfect place for him,” said Compton, whose father was Brown’s high school coach and Brown’s wife’s high school biology teacher. “He looks good in the colors. It’s perfect. Perfect! He likes that weather. It’s a natural fit for him.”
In that passage lies another thing about Brown, 61: Three former players go beyond the normal, fond recollections of former players. They effuse, and say old teammates do likewise. Somehow, this seems like big toughness mixed with big, big love. ...
Ihedigbo said: “That demeanor. That presence. He truly cares about you. It’s one of those things where you feel like you’re in it together. It’s not just trying to get the most out of you.”
Michigan has exceeded even the towering expectations placed on them by optimistic folks (hi!) preseason, and looks set for a showdown against Ohio State that could change the shape of the Big Ten for years to come. Still cannot get over what a great hire Brown was.
Old-school playcalling. Great Dr. Sap piece on the evolution of playcalling:
In the 1970’s, Bo would talk on the phone with Hanlon who was upstairs in the press box. After asking, “What do you want, Jerry?” Bo sent in the plays with offensive guards that rotated in and out of the game. It looked and sounded like this:
In the 1980’s, rotating wide receivers became the method of communication. The clip below can be summed up thusly, “Oh geez, Mo, let me handle this! AC, you tell Wangs to throw you the damn ball! Now THAT is how you do it, Gary!”
After a few delay of game penalties in critical situations, a change needed to be made.
Rotating guards bringing the playcall in! That is absolutely insane from a modern perspective. Also don't miss the Bo smirk at the end of the first video. Probably thinking about this going down in the huddle:
BRANDSTATTER: and he says to get your ass in there
BRANDSTATTER: CUT IT IN, he says
RB: in what
BRANDSTATTER: man... just get your ass in there
RB: i will take this under advisement
Etc.: Mike MacIntyre talks to SBN about how Colorado is good now. Marc Tracy on Harbaugh's Heisman push for Jabrill Peppers. A first look at Iowa isn't pretty. More Peppers gushing from NFL scouts. Ibi Watson exists. MSU had a lot of injuries so they lost to Illinois and their third string QB and three of their top four WRs out. Joe Kerridge will make his NFL debut this week.
The British ain’t comin’. [Patrick Barron]
This season is so fun we realized after Ace and Brian did a Gimmicky Top Five of favorite subplots for the podcast that there have been way more good ones they left out. So we reopened the floor to the rest of the MGoBlog crew to see if we could come up with something more comprehensive. We invite you to keep adding to the list.
Favorite Irrelevant Plotlines of this Season
- Will Rutgers get a 1st down?
- PFF hates kickers and punters
Which awesome play will be unnecessarily put on film this week?
- Which possibly correct call will Harbaugh blow his stack on?
- Jourdan Lewis vs. Egg Twitter
- How loud will McDoom chants be at road games?
- Harbaugh's glasses
- Opponent fans sarcastically cheering when their team finally does something good
- Khalid Hill's YPC and TD/carry ratio
- "Peppers is Overrated."
- Hammer Panda
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There are three more scheduled chances to see this Michigan team before the cruel passage of time and Hoke’s redshirting policies rip it apart. Then we’re into the murky waters of the postseason, about which I am learning as I go since that’s out of the realm of my experience.
INSIDE THE MINDS OF IOWA FANS
Night road games against an opponent who’s already conceded, well, we’ve been there before. Let’s check in on the zeitgeist among this week’s commodity holders. BHGP is responding sharply to market trends.
However Go Iowa Awesome is where the guys who made BHGP live now. What are they saying?
These hawkeyed vikingers were brave enough when they could hit undefended monasteries on the Northumbrian coastline. But trapped in a tonne in the middle of Mercia with Alfred’s retooled fyrd bearing down, the likelihood of a saga-worthy victory seems dim. You can’t just surrender—you came too far and have too much pride for that. But even a modest danegeld—you know, to cover some of that 10-year boone you granted to mediocre Halfdan—looks pretty good right now.
ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND SECONDARY TICKET MARKETS
|@IA||$85||$151||$195||$189||$145||$106||$101||$89||at game||they losing|
|IU||$65||$40||$55||$57||$55||$65||$78||$75||NOW!||last chance for history|
|@OSU||$250||$282||$275||$311||$349||$298||$320||$289||at dips||M fans targeting|
I ended up calling the Michigan State market pretty closely, and this game is following some of the same patterns, minus the upcharge for the rivalry. As with that game, if you’re going to Iowa, the cheapest way to get in would be to look online on the way and find someone happy to have you stop by en route to take their tickets off their hands.
I would expect them to stick closely to face. All the upcharges are gone, but it’s a night game and that means a lot of older Iowa fans selling and quite a few younger non-season ticket holders making this the one game they’ll attend this year. There will be some available at the stadium, and I’m guessing plenty in the vicinity of $60-$70 of the print-at-your-hotel variety on the online market.
Weather won’t be a factor.
Except it’s cold, which is expected.
IS IT OKAY TO PRETEND TO BE A HOME FAN TO GET SEATS TO A ROAD GAME?
I got asked this on twitter. It’s dishonest. Dishonesty is bad.
But, so: we did this a couple of weeks ago. I ended up getting a ticket for MSU from someone who thought he was selling to a fellow Spartan. On one hand, I felt bad. On the other hand, the drunk Spartan sitting behind us kept putting his feet on my seat and his knees in my back long after his wife urged him to stop. He was “taking a poll” of every Michigan fan in his vicinity as to whether they went to Michigan, and quizzed me mercilessly on the layout of Mosher-Jordan before finally clapping me on the back and saying “okay I believe you went to Michigan, unlike these Walvy clowns.”
Another Spartan patted me on the back as he was leaving early in the 4th quarter and told me to “enjoy it now because Trump’s going to deport your ass.” If the unwitting seat-seller would rather have these two back-patting paragons of society in the stadium than a Michigan fan, he can have a two-point conversion gif.
WHEN TO BUY INDIANA?
They’re on their way up (toldyaso!) because we all just walked out of that stadium realizing Chris Wormley is a once-a-decade level kind of player we’ll only get to see in the Big House one more time, and he’s like the 4th or 5th thing on that list. Indiana doesn’t suck, but I don’t think Hoosiers are driving this market. I think Michigan fans are realizing they aren’t going to have another opportunity to be there for this.
WHEN TO BUY OHIO STATE?
It’s dropped below $300 for singles, despite the Nebraska blowout, which has Buckeye fans thinking they can still get to the national championship game this year and erased some of the doubt from the Penn State loss. But you can get two singles in a section and make it work.
I kinda want to see what happens at MSU, but State is such a tire fire right now and Michigan fans could be so pumped after an Iowa road win that you might want to bite the bullet and jump now. I think they may get to $250, which is the standard for this game on the secondary market, but under $300 for the greatest Game since 2006 is worthwhile.
Tickets come down before E-tickets.
Some of the resellers don’t do this but on Saturday morning you can go on TiqIQ and find some inexpensive non-E tickets. Reason is obvious: they don’t want to go to the game to sell them, and it’s too late otherwise. This can be a pain, especially if you buy tickets that are out of the way to pick up. On the other hand they can be a steal on Saturdays, and for a night game you actually have the time to go get them.
BEST DEAL ON THE SPONSOR’S SITE RIGHT NOW
Think of three friends from college you haven’t seen a game with since. Row 1 by the pylon has its ups and downs. You might think Chris Evans is McDoom when they run him on a jet sweep on the south side of the field. You also might have a better view than someone on the sidelines when Evans goes out at the 1 yard line, so unlike Harbaugh, when they fail to overturn it you can keep your hat.