the season has truly begun now
SBNation has a fantastic take on the hype videos put out by terrible teams (thankfully Michigan is not featured here - these teams were worse).
Slow Jams for Sad Teams, the honest college football hype video mix
Michigan's field goal kick to secure OT against Northwestern puts the 'ish' in 'OTish'.
Rivals #1 overall player for the class of 2014, Da'Shawn Hand, announces his decision today. As most of you all know, he's narrowed his choice down to Alabama, Florida, and Michigan. So if you're trying to figure out how to pass the time until his announcement this afternoon - besides refreshing the MGoBlog browser tab every 15 seconds - below are some links that might fill said time.
Commence with wild speculation.
Da’Shawn Hand’s announcement will be broadcast and streamed live
TIME: 12pm ET
NBCSports Network (220 on DirecTV, 267 Time Warner)
INTERNET LIVE STREAM
(If you’re really creepin’ this post shows you that his statements on academics aren’t just for show...)
Scout’s Rachel Klein will be at the announcement
Rivals is expected to have recruiting analysts Mike Farrell and Adam Friedman there
DA'SHAWN'S RECRUITING PAGES
Position #1 , State #1, National #1
Position #2, National #10
Position #2, State #2, National #6
Position #1, State #2, National #5
247 Composite Rankings
Position #1, State #1, National #4
Video interview from 2012 with some highlights. (I know the rule on B/R stuff, but this seems legit)
Senior Highlights From Rivals
Mike Farell Sit Down with Da’Shawn from 10/26/2013 ($$)
WASHINGTON POST DOCUMENTARY
The Washington Post followed Da’Shawn’s senior season on the field and throughout the recruiting process. You can find all the webisodes here:
A few of particular interest.
EP 3 – Under The Lights Highlights his official visit to Michigan.
Here is the first-hand account of that trip from mgoblogger, Canzio
EP 9 – Then and Now Of note, Da’Shawn has a female kicker on his team.
EP 10 – A Rising Tide - Focusing on his trip to Alabama. Also of note towards the end, his coach is talking to Mike Farrell of Rivals about which school he might choose. UM's Coach Manning visits and his high school coach is seen talking to Manning after the game.
EP 12 – Down To The Wire – His recruiting trip to FL...and plenty of Michigan stuff throughout. The girl kicker gets a tackle, and Da’Shawn gets a suit.
On Da'Shawn's visits to UM he was blown away by the sports marketing professor, Mark Rosentraub. Aka "Professor Needs A Raise." Crain's Detroit has a profile here.
If you want to know which school he chooses before he makes the announcement, click here
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I don't have a lot to say here except to note how RIDICULOUSLY identical both teams are in statistical profile. Rebounding and FT% are EXACT, 3P% is just one tenth off, and Steals, FT% and Assist rate are all razor thin.
I'd like to THINK that a team putting up identical numbers to M in the SEC should be highly advantageous for Michigan. I mean, by and large, they even play our game.
POSS - 64.7 / 62.7
FGA/Game - 58.2 / 54.3
3PA/Game - 19.7 / 21.8
OFF REB/Game - 10.7 / 10.7
It's unreal! It's a freakin' Mortal Kombat Mirror Match!
We will not be beaten at our own game.
How do we fare tomorrow? Here's a bit of a breakdown on the two teams:
Florida's Road: (29-7 - Kenpom - 1st)
W vs. Northwestern State - (Kenpom - 140th)
W vs. Minnesota - (Kenpom - 20th)
W vs. Florida Gulf Coast - (Kenpom - 89th)
Florida has had one of the easier roads to the Elite Eight. The knock on Florida is that they play in the weakest major conference in college basketball. They are Kenpom's favorite team, so if you trust in that ranking, we may be in some trouble. They beat Wisconsin, but also lost to K-State and split with Arkansas.
Michigan's Road: (29-7 - Kenpom - 7th)
W vs. South Dakota State - (Kenpom - 104th)
W vs. VCU - (Kenpom - 16th)
W vs. Kansas - (Kenpom - 10th)
Michigan's loss to Penn State and drubbing by Michigan State were the only real embarrasments of the season. Propensity to slack for the first 10 minutes of a game may put them in a hole. Naismith winner in Trey Burke. Top flight center in McGary. Weapons like GRIII and THJ could have honestly been the focal point of our team at any point in the past 15 years.
I think that we win this game if either THJ or GRIII shows up at all. I wish THJ got more touches per game, as he always seems to hit his shots. Blasphemy, but I'd rather he take a game winning shot than Burke. It just seems like he never misses. I don't see anyone on Florida that scares me like I did with Kansas. The Puppy is going to get his again. I think that we are not seeing a hot stretch from McGary, only seeing him achieve his average potential. He's a solid, solid player. Very skilled. It's a testament to how good this team is that either GRIII or Stauskas is our least valuable starter, when they'd both be 1-2 options in past years.
Title basically says it all and I think both articles raise interesting discussion: an IUPU-Columbus reseacher put together valuations for NCAA football programs that Gene Wojo used in his overall ranking of head coaching jobs in all of football.
Michigan lands at #3 in football program value, behind Texas and Florida, and lands at #8 (tied with OSU) for overall job in football, with the Packers as #1. Those are obviously pretty great numbers for us but I'm interested in what everyone else thinks of the overall rankings.
Janoris Jenkins accepts offer from Terry Bowden to play for the North Alabama Lions. I feel kind of bad for the kid, but you got to live with the consequences of your actions. Either he gets 10 INTs or 0 because no one will probably throw to him and I'm guessing the CB on the opposite side of the field is about 2 orders of magnitude lower in talent than the possible 1st rnd draft pick...
*EDIT* you know once I saw they were the Lions the misleading headline was necessary, lol. It's the offseason, we need a little spice to the MGoBoard