At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
The depth is there, as the potential for multiple breakout campaigns up front defensively for Michigan this season.
Michigan's defensive line wasn't the team's problem in 2014, and it likely won't be in 2015 either.
But, can this group take the next step and turn into an actual force in the Big Ten, as Mattison believes it can?
Up front, things are rock solid. But there is something to address here, as the depth behind those front three need to begin proving themselves to avoid a drop-off in 2016.
For now, though, the middle of D.J. Durkin's defense is in experienced hands
Outside of one player, maybe two, Michigan's wide receiving corps is almost a complete unknown heading into fall camp -- which begins Aug. 7 in Ann Arbor.
Good Mlive Piece: Regardless of the head coach, Michigan's quarterback issues will be biggest area of concern in 2015
Mlive has a good read about several areas of concern for the 2015 football team, including QB, WR's, OL, DE's and culture.
If we're being honest, the quarterback position was the ultimate undoing of Brady Hoke's tenure at Michigan. This is still a quarterback's game, and Michigan suffered from the inability to develop anything at the position, and also the head-scratching confusion over the failure to really make the most of Denard Robinson's talents.
And now the biggie, something some might not want to hear, but also a pretty big reality.
This program needs a culture change. If it didn't, Hoke probably still would be the head coach and we wouldn't be talking about this.
Michigan hasn't been a "tough" football team since a scrappy group of fifth-year seniors demanded as such in 2011. The team looked entitled through portions of 2012 and 2013, and just confused in 2014. But never along the way was anything confused with "toughness."
According to an article on MLive Red Berenson wants answers.
He freely admits in the article that it's mostly just sour grapes, but he says because he never received a good explanation, he thinks the rule does need to be qualified going forward. He is, evidently, going to work with the athletic department to get an explanation out of the NCAA.
My explanation? The ref was/is either a moron or a jackhole. He either made an insanely stupid mistake, or intentionally made the wrong call. We'll have to see how the NCAA goes with that one, because there can be no doubt that ONE of those is true.
This story bothered me. I thought that I would share it with this community in light of all of the coaching/player bashing that goes on in today's sports world. Although it is not directly related to athletics, I think it is relevant in that it illustrates the need for structure, direction and hope that are necessary and many times desperately lacking in adolescent development. Often, sports serves this purpose.
In this win-at-all-costs world that we live in, it is often easy to forget the impact teachers and coaches have on kids. And, on the flip side, as teachers and coaches we can sometimes forget the tremendous amount of baggage and angst that kids carry with them as they enter our classrooms or drills. Circumstances have forced many of them to become great actors. Unfortunately, this young man could not be saved. The reality of it is that we probably lose more kids than we like to admit.
I have two requests for MGoBlog contributors at the MLive (http://www.mlive.com/forums/umfb/index.ssf) level. These are the people with posts like "THIS UNACCEPTABLE RICHROD BAD COACH HIM MAKE ME UNHAPPY!!!"
* Please vent over at MLive. You're lowering the level of discourse here. It hurts my head.
* Take a look here: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/1839 Impressively high number, correct? I strongly believe that success on the field is positively correlated with the number of future NFLers on the roster. My request: Tell me how many guys from classes of '05, '06, and '07 (i.e., guys in their third year at UM or beyond) will play more than two years in the NFL.
Hey, I'm not sold on Rodriguez, either. But I'd like to at least be fair to him.