Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
Says he wants to graduate early and compete for a championship. Both jobs done with this move. Grayson's program is much better than Newton's, at Georgia's highest level of high school football. It's also worth noting that Newton County schools do not have a early graduation program, while Gwinnett County schools do.
Bottom line for Michigan is Kurt Taylor will go up against the best high school competition Georgia has to offer (in addition to a clash with IMG Academy in Grayson on August 26) this 2016 football season, and it looks like he'll be in Ann Arbor by the spring of 2017.
YouTube user Gamecox68 has put out a few great videos like this. One was posted here back in January of last season's highlights. They also posted a fantastic recap of Harbaugh's hire and what followed.
This video is from the Citrus Bowl on and is mostly media spots, the recruiting cycle, the camps fiasco, spring practice (including at IMG), firing over bows on twitter, Ford Field, the Spring game, and some other random stuff. It was posted last week, so it doesn't include the camps that have already taken place. Great (long! like 2 hours long) recap of the offseason thus far. Watch the other videos as you have time as well, as they're all great.
Ben Kercheval (who?) over at CBS Sports posted a piece yessterday about the 16 most irreplaceable players in college football right now. #16 (which, why he didn't just go with 15 is beyond me) on the list is Michigan's De'Veon Smith. Granted, the stated premise of the article is not to list the best players, but the foundational players for a team that would most greatly affect their team should they for some reason not be able to play next season. Still, I found Smith to be a profound choice.
Yes, he's our best back. The coaching staff showed their hand a bit on Smith during the spring game, looping him in with other surefire starters and stars. Still, I feel like we're deep enough with experienced RBs to be able to fill the gap should Smith not be available. Between Isaac and Johnson, I feel confident we'd be okay at that position and our offense, though it'd look a little different maybe, wouldn't suffer much.
As far as who IS our most irreplaceable player, the name that comes to mind for me is Jourdan Lewis. Our depth at CB is not comparable to our depth at RB, and Smith is no Lewis in regards to greatness. Losing Lewis would certainly be a huge blow that would radically affect our defense. We might have to slide Peppers over into coverage (though I would imagine Stribling would take the edge and Peppers would lean closer to the inside), which would have an adverse effect on our LB depth as well. Aside from Peppers just not being as good in coverage as he is in roaming the field destroying people and blowing up screens, taking him out of the nickel role he played last year or the LB role Brown plans to use him in this year would shift our entire defense and leave us even more thin at our thinest spot.
For those reasons, I think you could make an argument for Peppers as well. But I think it'd be worse having to move him away from the middle of the field and more off to the side in coverage in addition to losing the best cover corner in the game. I'd rather have half the field locked down with Lewis and be thin at LB than have half the field locked down to a lesser extent with a player who is still growing in his coverage abilities and STILL be thin at LB.
So, who do you think is our most irreplaceable player? Did he get it right with Smith? Is it Lewis or Peppers? Or someone else?
FWIW, the top five from the article is 5. J.T. Barrett, 4. Leonard Fournette, 3. Deshaun Watson, 2. Baker Mayfield and 1. Christian McCaffrey, which I think is a pretty accurate top five. Also, I like the fact that we're the first team on this list. Shows that we have stars but also have depth and aren't reliant on one player too much.
The next wave of lawsuits are being filed, except this time it is more than just the NCAA, and includes conferences and universities as well. This IS a big deal and has potential to be very problematic, particularly if conferences and individual schools are held liable.
Former college football players at Penn State, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Utah and Vanderbilt are suing the NCAA, their former conference and -- in some instances -- their former school over how their concussions were treated.
Six class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday represent the start of the next wave of concussion litigation in college sports, even as the NCAA finalizes a $75 million settlement from a different lawsuit related to concussions. Chicago attorney Jay Edelson, who is leading this latest effort to sue the NCAA, said 40 to 50 class-action lawsuits will eventually get filed on behalf of tens of thousands of ex-football players.
"The goal of the suits is to get people who are injured financial compensation -- something that hasn't happened as of yet," Edelson said.
A federal judge in Illinois gave preliminary approval in January to the NCAA's settlement from a 2011 lawsuit brought by former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington over how the association handled concussions. The judge had one significant caveat: Athletes could still sue their university, conference and the NCAA as a class under certain terms, meaning the NCAA didn't receive the blanket immunity it sought.