"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
So a guy I used to work with left the company about a year ago to follow is passion of coaching. He got a job coaching the defensive line at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, AZ. For those of you that don't know, Chaparral produced Craig Roh and Taylor Lewan and is the current home of Michigan target Andre Y. I recently reached out to him to ask about Andre Y and what he may be hearing about Michigan and here is what he had to say:
"You know we have two kids already playing at Michigan, Craig Roh, and Taylor Lewhan. So you know they are already in his ear to make it a chap-town trio up there. Both are studs, you saw what Craig can do this past season, freshman all american. and Taylor should start at Tackle in the fall. He's the next Jake Long, Trust me. Yes Andre Y. is a beast, I told him how impressed I was with Rich Rod, his staff and the facilities when we (chaparral coaching staff) went up to Ann Arbor last spring. Dude I fell in love with Michigan; I'm a big fan now. But we will see, he is high on SC , UCLA and Washington, what can I say kids here grow up watching Pac 10 ball. But he said he was definitely going to take a visit to Michigan. I guess we will see."
Not a whole lot of new information but I thought it was cool to hear what he had to say about his time with Rich Rod and what not. Anyways, I will try to make it to a Chaparral game this fall and will share my thoughts on Andre Y.
so, despite the fact that the NFL rule change is so much hot air, the one thing it does accomplish is that it reopens the debate on how overtime should be handled. there seems to be general consensus that pure sudden death is stupid and broken. the college OT system—equal possessions from the 25—is better, but has never seemed perfect to me. here are my primary gripes with it:
- the 25 is too close. starting every possession in field goal range encourages conservative play. the only way to not have a legitimate shot at 3 points is to take a long sack or two short sacks/TFLs (out of 3 plays!), or to give up a turnover. lots of overtime games turn into field goal penalty shootouts.
- no special teams. overtime strictly pits offense versus defense. got a great punter? return man? too bad, they're sitting on the bench.
- no game clock. college overtime is nearly 15 years old, and every time i see a score bug sans game clock, it still weirds me out. this makes overtime play slow and deliberate. the NFL's sudden death OT suffers from the same problem, with the philosophy "pretend it's the 1st quarter again".
anyhow, those are just some ideas that i've been kicking around for a while, and think could work well and make for pretty compelling OT football. would you want to see them implemented in the NFL? the NCAA? i'm interested to hear comments.
I have read a good part of the posts and threads on being dead right and dead wrong on 2010 football. Interesting, and some good points.
I believe we will have a winning season. The experience, seasoning, and continuity with Gerg as the DC will make a difference.
However, there are at least two variable factors that make it impossible to predict whether we have six wins or nine.
First, it is impossible to predict injuries. As we saw with Molk last year, and with the running backs to some degree, critical injuries are especially bad for Michigan, because of our lack of depth. If we largely remain healthy through the season, I believe we will be on the upper end (eight or nine wins.) On the other hand, if we have significant line injuries, if Tate & Denard go down, if our fastest receivers go down, we could be sunk. Of course, our opponents will have to deal with their own injuries, another variable affecting the W-L column.
Second, it is impossible to predict the ability of the incoming freshman class, and even to some degree the red-shirt freshman and early enrollees now going through Spring Practice. We will have a clue after the next month of practice, but only a clue. You just don't know for sure until guys are on the field. For instance, I remember criticism when Mike Hart was recruited and given a scholarship. He definitely proved the naysayers wrong.
If we can survive this year, each subsequent year should improve. The reason is that our depth will improve, and we will be able to bring solid players in off the bench. In fact, even this coming season, if we can make it to at least the half-way point with few injuries, the incoming freshman will be better prepared to step in and contribute. In our secondary last year, the lack of depth was disastrous.
My best guess is 7 or 8 wins. However, if we stay healthy at all the critical positions, if we have a higher success rate among freshman then is typical, if turnovers go down, if one or two of our critical rivals have a devastating injury (or crime spree, etc.) we could go as high as 9 wins, even 10 with miracles. If we have terrible injuries ourself, we could go down to six wins. My hope, even if this happens, is that RR still gets another year. I have felt consistently that 2011 will be the critical year.
After two years with RR, I believe more strongly that the program was not in good health when he arrived. I think it is comparing apples to oranges to compare RR's record at WVa and Tulane to UofM. Because those programs didn't have the high expectations present at Michigan, he was able to make a much larger impact in a shorter amount of time.
I've been wondering this since last fall, but I have not gotten a lot of responses to this question. Does Spartan Stadium have a nickname equivalent of the Big House? Anything Sparty fans use to fondly recall numerous beatdowns?
If not, I vote the first nickname be the Halfway House.
Tonight, I signed my 8 year old up for the 2nd season of tackle football.
My wife complains that I should pressure the coaches to make him quarterback.
I disagree - linebacker has 4x the slots to play than the quarterback and linebackers get to run the defense like the QB runs to offense.
In addition, there is no pressure on a LB - only sacking glory.
PLUS LBs get to kill QBs - basking in glory while the QB gets concussion love from their stupid supermodel (gold digger) girlfriends.
What say you?
...He understands (and even communicates effectively with) infants.
#7 for the win.