Mike Lantry, 1972
There are 5 performances to choose from and Denard is nominated for 2 (kind of cannibalizes his votes) and Sparty's Cousins currently leads:
If you're looking for a little pick me up on the recruiting front, 6 out of 7 recruiting experts over at ESPN predict Diamond to Michigan. It's behind a paywall, but I'll link for those that can access:
Also interesting to see tOSU the favorite for Davonte Neal and Jamal Marcus even though they are supposodely over their cap for the year already. There is a lot of negative you can say about Urban, but his history at Florida was actually on the right side of the law when it comes to over recruiting, so this will be interesting...
So, someone planned a homepage takeover on ESPN, spent a lot of timing building a very cool piece of creative, and just had some really bad timing.
EDIT: Total embed fail.
In looking at our recruits by position group, it is apparent that some of the wide disparities between the recruiting sites are position group specific.
In other words:
Rivals loves our offensive line haul, 247 does not. Ave position ranking: 18.7 vs. 31.1 (I included Diamond and Garnett)
247 loves our defensive line haul, ESPN does not. Ave position ranking: 15.0 vs 29.8
ESPN loves our secondary haul, Scout does not. Ave position ranking: 23.3 vs 33.5
Everybody really loves our LB haul.
So, rather than choosing to love and hate various recruiting services based on my overall perception of their kindness to this years Michigan recruits, I was wondering if there might be some MGoBloggers with knowledge of the backgrounds of the guys making evaluations.
A little personal history of the guys (i.e. former positions played/coached, at what levels, etc.) and former predictive performance by position group of previous rankings would be hugely helpful to establishing what each recruiting service has as a "specialty."
According to ESPN reporting on ESPN, Urban Meyer asked off his assignment announcing the Michigan-Ohio game tomorrow.
I'm going out on a limb, and saying this probably has something to do with him becoming the new coach of the Golden Bobcats.
I didn't see it coming, but the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) just joined the ESPN v. OSU case a couple days ago.
For those unfamiliar with the case, ESPN is trying to use a FOIA-type law to get potentially juicy emails from OSU. ESPN thinks those emails will contain information about NCAA violations. The two are duking it out in the Ohio Supreme Court.
Welcome the feds to the fight. See the documents announcing the DOJ's entrance here. My first reaction was shock. Now, however, I have a clue about what's going on.
OSU has been arguing that FERPA, a federal student privacy law, means that it can't share the emails with ESPN. ESPN says that FERPA doesn't cover these emails, and even if it did, OSU is not required to follow it because following FERPA is optional for state schools (all the statute does is condition federal aid on your school's compliance with the law).
Here's my guess at what happened next: OSU calls the federal agency responsible for enforcing the laws and says "hey DOJ, ESPN is saying your statute isn't worth wiping oneself with." The DOJ then comes out swinging, ready to defend the federal law.
While the DOJ will presumably be filing a "friend of the court" brief that he judges don't have to factor into their decision, I guarantee they will read it closely. Another bad thing: the DOJ's got a ringer. She clerked on the Supreme Court, she's ultra-smart, and basically she does this for a living. She regularly defends federal laws from these types of challenges:
This is really starting to get interesting now.