"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
I did a search, and didn't see this on the board anywhere.
Mike McQueary, the primary whistleblower in the scandal with Sandusky and the football team at Penn State, made additional revelations in a recent article at ESPN.
- Mike McQueary shared that he himself was sexually abused as a boy. Details about how and when and where and who did not come out. He revealed this info with about a dozen Nittany Lions players on the team at the time the scandal came out.
- McQueary also shared with these players that he did indeed try to stop the abuse when he came upon Sandusky by slamming locker doors.
EDIT: (I failed to include this in my original post.) McQueary also was deliberate in going to those in authority about Sandusky (i.e., Paterno.) If I understand correctly, McQueary clearly believes that Paterno did not respond appropriately, although McQueary loves and doesn't exactly blame Paterno. I suppose that is one of the things that will come out when he takes the stand.
McQueary is in limbo until the case is resolved. No college will touch him or hire him as a coach. His career was in essence completely ruined. With no job and source of income, he is living at home and sleeping in his childhood bedroom.
Sad, sad, case, and these revelations shed a bit more light on what happened, and also give a sense of his motivation in not covering things up, but seeing that Sandusky was exposed.
The #51 prospect in the country via ESPN has flipped from PSU to Florida.
DT Thomas Holley felt that he was more comfortable with the Florida coaching staff than the PSU coaching staff with BoB gone to the Texans. This is actually the 3rd prospect that Florida has flipped in the past week.
Somewhat of a relief because Holley could have flipped to Ohio after the Larry Johnson hire but Holley said Ohio was never really an option.
What in the world is Florida doing to recruit these kids after such a poor season?
First, Michigan scored 34 points in regulation. I don't think anyone was unhappy with how the 3rd quarter worked; despite the 1st half, we were in a position to win. Then, we put on the brakes, which presumably gave the game away. Let's see how that worked.
with 6:35 left in the game, Michigan led 34-27. Herein lies the following drive:
7 rushes, 1 pass.
What did this "putting on the brakes" do?
It gave us the ball on the PSU 28 yard line, on first down, with NO PSU timeouts left. The time read 3:10.
We ran twice, for 1 total yard; there were less than 2 minutes left and Michigan was within field goal range at the 29.
I just don't understand how this could be construed as a failure. We took off 4 minutes left, and drove to within field goal range; if we made the field goal then the game is effectively over as we're up by two scores with less than 2 minutes left.
Michigan then takes a delay of game. (Blame goes equally to Borges, Gardner, and Hoke). The DOG makes it 3rd and 14 from the 32 yard line; there are 80 seconds left and PSU has no timeouts. What would you do here? an incomplete pass gives PSU 30 more seconds, a QB draw is OBVS(!), and a run is also OBVS(!).
Borges chose to run it, and we lost 3 yards, taking us out of field goal range. Yes, this was a problem, but I think it follows sound game theory. A run takes the clock down to 50 seconds, and the punt means PSU has to drive it 80 yards, with a FRESHMAN QB. I mean, everything had to go perfect for us to lose. Playing not to lose isn't really a bad strategy when everything has to go perfect for you to lose. I don't think too many people were moaning about the choice to punt it after the failed run.
Then, people are bitching about the OT. In OT #1 and #3, all we had to do was make a field goal. I don't know what everyone's seeing, but I still think that game strategy dictates that you just take the 3 free points and go home with a win. The fact that Gibbons missed/had blocked 2(!) field goals is not on the play calling.
OT is really what gets me. How does a pass, an end around, etc improve our odds of winning? We've got one of the best FG kickers in Michigan history, and were out around 25 yards. Of course, a TD could win it; DG also has 3 TOs at this point. Why not just take the easy 3 and go home?
Wanted to get PSU view of Michigan so I went over to Black Shoes to see what they had to say...
Know Your Foe, Week Seven: #16 Michigan Wolverines
Brief Interviews with Horrible Men: Michigan Edition
Just the Stats: Penn State vs Michigan
Just another thing to get us by till the DEF UFR. Oh I almost forgot...
EDIT: Mgo.licio.us has a post, DAGNAMIT.
Just noticed that Mark Snyder has some comments about the upcoming game against PSU up at our friends the Free Press, and got to wondering what observations others have to make about the Nittany Lions.
It looks like Penn State's defense got exposed a little against Indiana, and we all know that they are down. But I assume a fairly stiff test and a pretty full house for a game between these two traditional powers this week.
Snyder notes that establishing Funchess makes us less one-dimensional in the passing game, but that the run game, while better, has yet to really establish itself as a serious threat. He also observers that Minnesota's QB showed we may be vulnerable up the middle on defense (though Leidner was tough, and only needed to fall forward a few yards to get positive yardage against us, from what I observed).
I have not watched PSU play, but am itching to start obtaining a fix on next Saturday. Any ideas about how we stack up in these areas against PSU, on how it may go more generally against them?