Though we may be tied for last in the B10 (or 10th place.... what's the difference anyway)
We are #1 in Points For
eh? eh? Discuss
Just wondering if somebody can tell me the name of the Michigan Bar in South Bay? Also, if anyone can tell me what its like there I would greatly appreciate it. Go Blue!
I am wondering what the mood of the MGoBoarders is regarding how we'll fare against Purdue. They had a pretty impressive win against OSU, but they were creamed by Wisconsin. The also beat Illinois and lost to Notre Dame. They are a hard one to predict. We're one win from a bowl. Do we get it?
DISCLAIMER:This is meant to be an **objective** analysis of how David Brandon's other political aspirations mean for his AD candidacy. It is simply meant to provide context to the discussion of his potential hiring, and nothing else. I am NOT trying to start a political debate.
Brandon's window to join the 2010 gubernatorial election is basically closed, and it is extremely unlikely that he would run. The basic reality is that the GOP field (in which Brandon would participate) is basically already full of three, "top-tier" candidates who've already laid the groundwork for campaigns, begun to seal up endorsements, hire consultants, and soforth. It'd be extremely unlikely (not to mention pretty foolish) for Brandon to run in 2010.
As for the future, that's a different story. The guy lives in a congressional district where he's unlikely to ever win as a Republican unless he relocates, but the guy's always had statewide aspirations anyway. The smart money right now is on a Republican to win the governorship in 2010 -- that means Brandon would be unlikely to run until 2018 (assuming the GOP incumbent seeks a second term; at earliest, Brandon would be angling for 2014).
Sen. Stabenow is viewed as a potentially more vulnerable Democrat, relative to Sen. Levin at least, and she's up for reelection in 2012. This would by far be the most tempting and most likely race for Brandon to enter in the immediate future, and I would imagine he would be atop of the national GOP's recruitment list. Races of that sort usually need about a two-year lead time to be run properly, meaning that if Brandon were to assume the AD position in late 2010, he'd effectively be leaving the job as soon as he started. Levin is set to face reelection in 2014, however, at which point he'd be 80 years old. That puts Levin in retirement range, but it's no guarantee for a vet like him, and certainly not without precedent in the Senate for an octogenarian to seek reelction.
In short: For David Brandon to become AD, he would need to wave off a challenge to Stabenow in 2012 to probably satisfy U-M. If we want him to be seriously paying attention to his job for more than two years, it would likely require a commitment for him to wave off any 2014 gubernatorial or Senate races. The guy's youth is probably an asset in a race now; down the line, he'd be a little older of a candidate should he forfeit opportunities for the Michigan AD job. It would seem he'd have to forsake a lot of political aspirations to take the job.
California DB Tony Jefferson recently announced his intention to take an official visit to Michigan, although committed to UCLA. Jefferson is a four star safety with a fake [ed: !!!] 4.5 40 time. As I mentioned in a different thread, my computer broke again, so this will be somewhat brief, and in a different format. I spoke with him about the change in his recruitment, and here are some bullet points about what he said:
- Wherever he goes, he will be enrolling early, which means he will be deciding soon.
- His visit will be November 7th for the Purdue game.
- "The coaches (from Michigan) have been talking to me for awhile now, and they've really turned up the intensity. That's part of why I'm taking a visit. I've been talking to coach Singletary and Rich Rodriguez. They've basically been telling me that I'm a priority for them, and they really want me."
- "I've been watching their games, and I really like the way they've been playing defense. I know at Michigan I could get a really good education, and always be fighting to play in a bowl game; I like that."
- "I have a really strong feeling towards Michigan. I get along really well with their staff, and Tate Forcier has been talking to me alot. He's a San Diego boy, and he's been telling me about how much he loves it."
- He said that UCLA hasn't done anything wrong, he just doesn't want to second guess himself.
- His final list is UCLA, Florida, Michigan, and Miami.
- An interesting side note: He has a lot of family in Florida, and confirmed that if he committed to Florida, his family might move there.
It seems like Florida has the best shot, but he seemed sincere when he said he has a strong feeling towards Michigan. Since he's never been on campus, you never know. The coaches have definitely shown him they want him, and he mentioned that it means a lot that they're showing so much interest. He'll visit Florida on November 28th and will decide shortly after.
So i decided to watch the game again, particularly focusing on the offense to see how the drives developed and where we missed opportunities to move the ball and score.
From my view, the offense killed itself on numerous drives via penalties, dropped passes (oh so many dropped passes!), TOs, and missed reads (quite a few of these too!).
As i watched that game i saw 2 trends that seem to have continued (for whatever reason) from the Iowa game to this one:
1) Missed reads: Tate seems to be missing a lot more reads during this latter part of the season than he did earlier on. On various occasions he had open receivers (by this i mean receivers with 7-8 yard cushion on defenders) but decided to throw into double and triple coverage numerous times. Along this line, he had some throws that were up for grabs kind of throws
2) Dropped passes: Man did we have too many of these. Koger? Granted, Tate had quite a few low throws but they were "catchable". The worse thing about these drops is that they happened mostly on 2nd or 3rd downs, which either killed drives or put our freshmen QBs in tough 3rd and long situations.
My overall thoughts on the offense and this game is that we lost this game as much as they won it. We seriously undermined our ability to put up points. We ran the ball quite well but killed ourselves by not executing. Yes, our defense blew many coverages and we gave up 35 points but this offense, if they would have executed as they can, could of gone toe-to-toe with Penn State.