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First post... apologies in advance for any structural mistakes.
I saw this video of Deion Sanders (http://www.nfl.com/videos/back-2-campus/0ap3000000654324/Deion-Sanders-at-FSU-I-came-here-to-be-the-best-ever) addressing his alma mater and immediately thought back to Desmond Howard on College Gameday in 2014 discussing "greatness" at Michigan at that time (http://michigan.247sports.com/Bolt/Howard-Not-Seeing-Greatness-At-Michigan-31510579). Desmond said that he "... went to practice this season, and I didn't see anybody who looked like they wanted to be great," and that he "didn't see one guy on that field based on his practice habits that wanted to be great. The only guy I saw who had that kind of swagger about him may have been Jabrill Peppers. They were happy, but I didn't see anybody putting in that type of effort where they wanted to be great, and that's an issue."
I don't think it's coincidence that you have two all-time college greats talking about wanting to be "great" first. IMO, it seems since 2006 and the fallout from "The Game" that that type of desire has been eroding in Michigan's football program. We can debate whether it was due to coaching or players simply lacking that mindset. I personally think it was a combination of the two. Enter Harbaugh.
Harbaugh doesn't want to be second best at anything and we've all witnessed how his relentless competitive nature has brought a swagger, fight and determined focus back to the program. When Harbaugh talked about signing up to sit at the big boy table instead of the smaller one by the kitchen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4JFqtn3Q6A), I think that was his way of talking about being great, being the best and winning all of the trophies and rivalry games.
When you look at what Lewis, Peppers, Butt, Wormley, etc., accomplished in 1-year under Harbaugh and how they're primed for All-B10/All-American seasons, or the way the recruits immediately talk about wininng NCs and going to the NFL, you realize that "being great" mindset is taking hold again! Populate a team, a program with that type of desire coupled with the kind of football playing student-athletes Harbaugh is bringing in and it's easy to picture Towsley Museum adding more NC and Heisman Trophies soon and often.
Desmond Howard wanted to see it and I think this is one of the best things that Harbaugh has done for this program and the players. Thoughts?
A few minutes ago during the Boca Raton Bowl telecast, Desmond Howard was asked my his booth-mate when Michigan will fill their coaching vacancy.
He responded with, "Prooably about this time next week."
That's an interesting timeline :)
No open thread created yet, so thought I'd kick things off. Sparty fans' signs are getting a lot of mileage out of Urban's late-night pizza run in Indy. Here's to GameDay being in AA for The Game next year because it's relevant to the B1G East title, and we can have our own fun. Go Blue.
Desmond Howard reached a settlement with the photographer of his Heisman Trophy pose after his punt return TD against Ohio State. The photographer will transfer the copyright over to Howard in exchange for a cut of the financial benefits from its future use. The photographer's lawsuit against the other defendants for the photo's unauthorized use still remains. Good for Desmond.
I've been looking for some new books to read, and the recent Jon Falk post got me thinking. I've read the more recent Michigan football books, If These Walls Could Talk, I Wore 21, Three and Out. I figured if there was anywhere that could point out a few more good UM books, it was you guys. Any advice?
Turn to espn on your tv ASAP he's on after the commercial break.
Edit: here is the content
- Gives NW a "chance" to beat ohio but their defense is suspect.
- Storm expected: bad weather may favor NW because they like to run and throw short passes.
- Smarter schools being successful a real trend (no mention of Michigan c'mon Desmond!)
- Stoops shouldn't talk about SEC unless he mans up and schedules them.