Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
"George Washington (Philadelphia) prospect Sharrif Floyd informed ESPN affiliate Web site TheBigSpur.com that Penn State, North Carolina, Rutgers, Boston College, Ohio State and Michigan are "in good shape" for his pledge."
Good news to hear. Florida was making a strong play for Floyd, but looks like he'll be staying in the North. I think it's going to be a PSU-Michigan battle. PSU has already secured two commitments from top DT prospects, so hopefully that will help us a little. If we have a respectable season, I think our chances are good to land Floyd. He is also good friends with the Stokes family, so nice to have a Michigan player selling us to him.
Looks like Jewel Hampton, the next in line for departed starter Shonne Greene, is out for the season with a serious knee injury. No official statement from the coaching staff, but BHGP and Iowa's Scout and Rivals message boards pretty much have the drop on the news. Pretty big blow to Iowa's RB corp; next on the depth chart is Paki O'Mera, who is a walk-on, and Brandon Wegher, a true freshman. Wegher was 4 star recruit who was #14 APB on Rivals, so Iowa does have some good talent coming in. This news a big help to M or will Iowa recover?
A few interesting tidbits from ESPN Midwest Recruiting blogger:
1) Jerald Robinson has picked up quite a few offers since committing, but nothing for us to really sweat about.
2) "At first the Michigan coaches were talking about defense," Robinson said. "But after they saw me at their camp (in June) they said they want me to play wide receiver." I know several posters felt that he would be moved to the defensive side of the ball, but I guess that might just be put to rest.
This is a nice little interview with Seantrel Henderson. Two things I like about it:
1. He is intelligent and articulate
2. at 3:25 in the video, he mentions that he really likes Dick Tressel.
I could not agree more. Jim is a Dick
Someone recently posted "when are we going to beat OSU again? and I got to thinking: what advantages do they currently have? What advantages do we currently have? Here's what I came up with, feel free to supply your own:
More money because they're willing to sell their soul
An established successful Big Ten champion coach
A whole team recruited by, and suited to their current coach
A better home state to recruit from, with no legitimate in-state challenger
More instances of recent success
More talent and experience currently.
More innovative coach
Much better uniforms/helmet
Better strength and conditioning
Both can recruit nationally
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any institutional reason that OSU should own us long-term. Sure they have more in-state talent and less competition for it, but we've been able to steal some good players from Ohio and they rarely can do that in Michigan. I think both teams will be dragged down by the perceived weakness of the Big Ten, as long as we have the BCS. The migration of the American population from the Northeast and Midwest to the Southeast and Southwest will continue to be damaging long-term to the clout of Midwestern schools, but as long as Michigan can keep mining Florida we should be fine.
From Slate: an article that directly addresses the fundamental design flaws in the BCS formula, specifically w.r.t. its use of computer polls.
Mostly arguments that have been used before, but this article lays them all out in a logical and convincing fashion.
Hat Tip: Dr. Saturday