...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
According to Rivals he is. What's your opinion?
This article by Spencer over at EDSBS was only pretty good until I got to Thad Matta. Now, I must share it with you all.
Thad Matta: "Le Miniature"
My favorite thing about Thad Matta's hair is that it's like a normal person's hair that has gradually shrunk over time, perhaps after repeated dryings on high heat.
I find this surprising and depressing.
Athlon ranks Hoke 2nd only to newcomer Urban Meyer. Commence the wails of righteous indignation from E. Lansing that Mark Dantonio is ranked under Hoke.
1. Urban Meyer (OSU)
2. Brady Hoke (Tremendous!)
3. Mark Dantonio (MSU)
4. Pat Fitzgerald (NU)
5. Bret Bielema (Wis)
6. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
7. Bo Pelini (Neb)
8. Jerry Kill (MN)
9. Tim Beckman (IL)
10. Danny Hope (Purdue)
11. Bill O'Brien (PSU)
12. Kevin Wilson (IU)
Updated with Chris Balas tweet and Scout board link.
Stefon Diggs going to Michigan isn't going to happen.
First, here's what Diggs had to say:
“I was going to go to Michigan, but as of now, I’m not sure,” he said. “Maybe Auburn or Florida. I’ve got four left, so we’ll see how it goes.”
The deal breaker betweent the coaches and Diggs took place last weekend though. Apparently Diggs and the coaches had an arrangement for an in-home visit but Diggs took an official visit to Cal instead, without telling the coaches. So the coaches showed up while Diggs wasn't there.
This, something else, or maybe a combination have caused the coaches to make the decision to not continue recruiting Diggs. Again, it's by the choice of the coaches, not by Diggs, that he is no longer being recruited.
A lot of questions were getting asked in the other thread so I figured I'd make another thread to answer because it seems like the news would be of interest to a lot of people.
A few people didn't believe me so here is what Chris Balas tweeted:
Balas_Wolverine Chris BalasDon't expect WR Stefon Diggs at Michigan next year, but U-M will take another receiver in this class. Might find out who sooner than later.
And a link to a Scout board, skip the first one and the people fighting about spelling and you have multiple posters corroborating what I posted:
One thing I have read about in some of the articles is the disconnect between Tressel's behavior (win at all costs, cheat, look the other way, etc.) and his "senatorial" demeanor and "molder of young men" meme with his players. Even today, over on the OSU boards, there are quite a few defenders of Tressel being "a good man" who got the shaft. It is clear that many in Buckeye Nation are in denial.
Having said that, Tressel really set himself up for failure. Publishing a book on life lessons and pontificating while at the same time, looking the other way and being willfully ignorant about his own players shows a monumental failure in judgement.
This failure on Tressel's part also reminds me how appreciative I was of Carr. For all of Carr's failings, his reputation will never be tarnished like Tressel's. Think about it: Carr was voted a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Tressel will never enter those doors unless he pays admission.
It also has caused me to reflect a bit on RR. I always thought he was a man of good character, but I guess I wonder now. This character and integrity thing is a pretty slippery slope. It is complicated. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't put up a few character posts written by me sometime in the last year or so.
Much has been made of Tressel's ability to mold character in players who had made questionable choices. I guess this can happen on occasion, but sometimes, you make trouble by recruiting guys with bad decision making skills.
You see this in pro sports, with the NFL and NBA putting a lot of time into figuring out the character issues of players they recruit. Someone can have all the talent in the world, but if their work habits and personal habits are no good, how far will you get?
My personal thought is that all of us need a healthy does of humility. The proud can fall at any time. I'm glad that we dodged several bullets, and hope that Michigan coaches quietly lead with integrity, in a way we all can be proud of.