this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I've seen several articles where people have stated that Coach Hoke and this staff are "building something special". My question to members of the board is what aspect of Coach Hoke and his staff's efforts are do you think is attributing to this? Is it the level of talent, the character of the kids, the staff's being completely honest with recruits, etc....
Great article from ElevenWarriors about the long-term powerhouses Delany and Scott are creating while we mere mortals get all whiney about the playoff scenarios...
Thx to user mgm 05 who doesn't have the points but posted this in another thread.
So prepare for a Michigan vs. Oregon weekend festival in Ann Arbor or Eugene with their field hockey, soccer and women's volleyball teams playing each other, culminating on Saturday at the Big House or Autzen Stadium when the helmets meet in the main event. Similar festivities will also happen in Columbus, Los Angeles, Bloomington, Tempe, Minneapolis and the Bay Area.
Football is and was the breadwinner for athletic departments; it's the black line on the balance sheet that cancels out the slew of red lines beneath it. Under this agreement it becomes the yeoman for larger attractions and more consumers while creating efficiencies in everything from transportation costs to promotional activities.
And it will happen with everyone watching on the two most profitable and extensive college networks in the country.
EDIT: Just saw that Brian linked to this article at the bottom of today's UV. His comment:
Can we stop giving credit to Jim Delany's amazing foresight when the conference he's piloting has won two national titles in fifty years?
My feeling is that this article puts some perspective on what the reasoning might be for both Delany's recent comments and how the B1G/Pac12 alliance ultimately benefits. Whether you agree with Delany or not, there's a lot of substance here. Also, yes, our conference should be winning more than 2 national titles in 50 years...
I have seen plenty of posts about Devin Gardner's redshirt, but little discussion of how he might stack up in Borge's offense. Did I miss such a discussion? Unless I am crazy, only one or two of the current QB prospects hold a candle to the guy we've got in house who--presumably--could see the field next year.
Is there any chance, for example, that Gardner outplays Denard for the starting job? In theory, he could be better suited for the Gulf Coast etcetera than Denard, no? Everyone was so high on Gardner for so long and I'm curious about why the relative silence lately. . .
Last year is now a distant, fuzzy, did it really happen memory. 1 mulligan in 40 yrs. Not to shabby. Also I don't see having to use another for quite some time. I've been impressed with the current and future (fingers crossed) recruits that RR has brought into the fold. A lot of technique etc can be taught and refined and size is in a large part predetermined. Pure athleticism and speed cannot, and I've seen a lot of that from this team with more coming.
IF we play up to my expectations this season the recruits will continue to come North and IMHO the conference will have to reevaluate its priorities as far as scheme and what kind of team they choose to field.
No predictions except a much improved product on the field and at least 2 major upsets. Bowl Game yes and with a little 1st yr QB luck, maybe a decent one.
300+ days of WTF are almost over so to all of you I say ....LETS GO BLUUUUE !
With last year being Rich Rodriguez' first year with the blue and maize you cant really blame him or be mad about the dismal record of 3-9 with no bowl elegibility. after all, new coach and new place do not combine to be a good combination. with his steller recruiting, getting 4 and 5 star prospects such as Tate Forcier and Je'Ron Stokes, i do not think it will be long before you see michigan back at the top of the rankings. and lets face it, we were ganna have a bad year anyway with offensive starters Henne, Hart, Manningham, and the #1 pick Jake Long gone, along with linebacker Shawn Crable (even though he esentially costs us the 2006 OSU game with that late hit AND blocked th wrong guy on the field goal that made us lose to Appalachian State).
I think that Rich Rodriguez is a nice fit though. although we dont really have a dual threat QB he can obvioulsy get one and even if we dont Tate Forcier will be a good starter next year (assuming Nick Sheridan starts this year)
thats assuming of course.
from the things ive read today it looks like Forcier will be starting though.
guess well have to wait and see.
The 2010 recruiting class is even better than the 09 one
im thinking this year wil be the .500+ year and NEXT year well all get what we wanted.
The Rose Bowl or the National Championship.
and Maybe even finally beating OSU.
and yes Tate Forcier is a dual threat but hes more Pro style than dual threat
-The Young Blue and Maize Fan
I have been reading the site all afternoon now and thought of something. I am looking for serious opinions here and not promoting anyone, just discussion. What do you folks think of picking up a kid like AJ Westendorp out of Holland Christian. Played for Willie Snead's spread attack and led his team to the Div 4 Michigan state championship. I looked and I don't think he is even on the radar of Rivals and Scout. He is not fast, not ninja quick or anything, but one hell of a competitor. If you watched his last game, you could see that he had a very good arm and played through some pain. He was composed and did all the right things...even set a record or two for QB's in the finals. I am not his Dad or anything but am wondering if he could be a viable pick up in this years class? What do you think?