in town for free camps
Fluff piece from Baumgardner about the interesting week that Coach Harbaugh had.
Coach once spent an hour watching a cop directing traffic.
ND Offensive lineman Matt Hegarty, who started 11 games last season after recovering rom a 2012 stroke, has decided to transfer after graduating in May. From his comments, it looks like Brian Kelly is looking to give his staring spot to someone else:
"They also explained that with many younger players in the wings, they wanted to develop them more heavily in the rotation -- a need that I understand and appreciate."
I'm not sure if we would try to snag him and add to our OL depth or not, but given his experience, I hope we entertain it. Especially if there's impending attrition we haven't heard about yet. Even if we don't go after him, he's an impressive young man.
Here's the article link: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/12419537/matt-hegarty-tra...
As I'm sure many of you are aware there is a certain poster on this site claiming that he has a copy of the 2015 playbook.
This poster, not a player himself, claims that he received the book from a walk-on player, and has posted in several threads thus far. He also offered to, and ultimately did, disclose a little information from the book.
I'd like to think that I speak for the entire board when I say to anyone that has confidential information of this nature when I say...
SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!!
Seems like a slow news week, so here's a short M-Live piece about the offensive side of the game.
Re: Methodical drives...
"In 2010, with Harbaugh running the team and Drevno coaching the offensive line, Stanford ranked third nationally in this category -- as 22 percent of the team's drives qualified as methodical.
That group also finished the year No. 2 nationally in offensive efficiency, running the same basic principles Harbaugh will install at Michigan."
ESPN just went live with their preview of Spring Ball. It's nothing new, but for the content-starved offseason, it's worth a read.
I was inspired by the most recent MGoBlog roundtable at WTKA to look into the 1925 football season, specifically the Northwestern game played at Soldier Field in what must have been horrible conditions. The story is well-told by Northwestern Wildcat Football.
The weather was so bad that only 20,000 showed up at the game, well short of the number of tickets sold. Northwestern actually punted on their first play from scrimmage, and Benny Friedman fumbled the kick. The ball was recovered by an NU player, who started running towards the end zone. But he was so caked with mud that he was tackled by NU's captain, Tim Lowry, on the 2 yard line. NU couldn't score a touchdown and so had to kick a field goal. Those were the only 3 points scored against Michigan that year.
The only other score of the game was a safety that NU took intentionally to avoid disaster. At the time, the team that took a safety got the ball back on their 30 yard line. The aftermath, as described by the book:
The rest of the game was a series of punts... Northwestern put all 11 of its players on the defensive line... Northwestern pulled off one of the biggest upsets in history. Yost was furious and played a major role later in getting the rules of football changes, so that a team that has suffered a safety must free kick the ball to its opponent. .....
After the game the Wildcat fans waged riots across Chicago, Evanston and on campus. Ecstatic students returned from Soldier Field and doused an abanadoned fraternity house with oil, setting the buildingon fire. By the time firemen arrived, students had thronged the fire and were chanting and singing wildly. The firemen turned their hoses on the rioters in an effort to calm them. The students overpowered the stunned firemen, took their axes and destroyed the fire hoses. Students also attempted to burn down what remained of Northwestern Field, but were turned back by waves of police. The mob moved into downtown Evanston and built a bonfire so large that the heat melted the overhead wires for the city's trolley system, sending the trolley supports crashing. The Evanston chief of police had to send in men armed with tear gas to disperse the fans.