Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Okay, so I decided to stop being lazy and post my thoughts here (neg me if you want). I understand a lot of people, especially here, are sick of hearing this. But, as long as it is in the "news" it's still news. I am going to post my thoughts about a recent FreeP article as I typed it in my minor fit rage" (please excuse the typing errors):
"I have sat back and watch this story unfold, just knowing that it would go away. But, once again the FreeP has failed the general public. The FP continues to publish biased, off-based 'non'-news. First off, I am a former Division-I football player. I played and started many games for a Top 25 program. We won 2 Bowl Games while I was in school. With that I know exactly what it takes to play and be successful on the that lever. In addition, I also know the rules. I know that as a player there were many days that felt like we were at the Stadium ALL DAY...especially Sundays. A regular Sunday goes something like this...lift at noon (about 1 hour of actual lift time), meet at 2 (yes, it takes about 3 hours to watch the entire a game film), go to practice probably at 6 (quick practice about 1 hour only to get legs going again, walk through for upcoming week, and run for the errors in the game), dinner at 7:30 or 8 (home by close to 9 or 10). Yes, for 4 years I watched no NFL!
(cont.) But, I didn't care...I was winning football games! Now, that seems like a long day, but only a few of those hours actually count towards the weekly limits. As for off-season conditioning program, I can't think of one big-time University that wasn't not required to be there in the summer. In fact, I have dozens of friends that played college ball (yes, it's a small circle) and all had to be at there respective schools during the summer months. When my friends that played at UM would tell me that they could work out on their own, it was unbelievable (about 4 years ago). As players we would joke and call the reuirements "MANDATORY, non-mandatory". Yes, they always made sure to explain to us that everything was non-mandatory, but at the same time we knew it wasn't. Why? B/C, we wanted to be good, we were accountable to our teammates, our parents, our fans, and most importantly our university. In addition, we were refused to be out-worked. Heck yes, we did a lot of things
(cont)...that would be virtually unbearable to the average student, fan, out-of-touch news reporter, and 2nd rate scholarship athlete looking for a free ride. As a great coach used to say to me, "There is no such thing as free ride." College football should be taken as and treated as a full-time job. A scholarship equates up over $40,000 per year for many of these athletes.
I have so much more to say, but I sick of typing. I only hope that no one here is ignorant enough to think that RR is running a unethical program, b/c he EXPECTS (not require) his players to put in hard work. That is a sign of a good program. Some of his past players said it best, "The workouts aren't mandatory, but neither is playing time." Those who are there and putting in the work the coaches tell them that they should do if they want to be the best player that can, will be the ones you see Saturday afternoons playing and the ones walking across that big stage in April!
Yea, I know I am supposed to be boycotting this half-ass thing called a newspaper. However, I actually do prefer the FreeP reporting over Detnews for everything outside of UM sports. Sometime, my wandering eyes do signal my right-index finger to point and click my mouse on UM Football articles. Today they have printed all the details of the "investigation". I don't really say much about it, but this story PISSES ME THE FUCK OFF as an ex D-I football player.
With that, I have posted a rather lengthy reply on that site. Would tell you to go read it, but I know your feelings about that. But, if you do happen to glance it over. Please pot something here, would love to hear replies from some BLUE FANS...
As others have pointed out on this site that RR is more accessible to the media then LC. So I put this out to everyone.
Would RR stand by quietly while Urban was whining to every media outlet that a rematch in 2006 would be a bad idea? As we all know it was Urban's campaign that help cause the pollsters to vote Fla a few points ahead of us.
Personally, I think RR would have publicly debated Urban. I don't know if it would have led to a NC rematch for the Big Ten but it would have been more fun then not hearing from LC at all.
pretty sure this hasn't been posted, but go vote for Rich Rod for the coach of the year at http://coachoftheyear.com!!
he's currently third:
1 Mike Leach - Texas Tech 1,532
2 Joe Paterno - Penn State 1,038
3 Rich Rodriguez - Michigan 925
4 Nick Saban - Alabama 897
5 Brian Kelly - Cincinnati 887
you can vote once per day too!!
I am listening to the Herd and he just said Rich Rodriguez will be on the show after the break. You can listen to it here http://espnradio.espn.go.com/espnradio/index - Just click on listen live. I would guess he is on around 12:45p.
Sorry if this was already posted BUT
Front page of Rivals, Michigan article with the headline:
accompanied by a photo of Tate and Rich Rod after beating ND.
Declares us a 'legit' big ten contender. But thats all due to the fact that we practice too much, right Rosenberg?