this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Although the home pages won't stay as they are forever. It is interesting to look at the two right now.
www.freep.com has a bunch of normal news with Granholm as the main article/photo. Buried somewhere in the sports section is an article about other coaches supporting RR and the practicegate.
www.detnews.com has a main article/photo about how other coaches are coming to his defense and support RR.
If they are just reporting the news, why are they so different?
For those who were at work and may have missed it. Herbie will be on sometime in the next hour.
From AnnArbor.com: http://www.annarbor.com/sports/rich-rodriguez-kelvin-grady-a-perfect-fit...
|"We’re not in full pads yet, but what I’ve seen in three days, Kelvin Grady’s going to play for us this year," Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Wednesday. "He’s a very quick learner, he’s very coachable, he’s got ball skills. And I think we have a position that fits him perfectly in that slot."|
I used Rivals' commit lists and looked to see which recruits had offers from both schools. Some of the 5 star recruits didn't show if sparty offered but it's a safe guess that they did so i counted them, otherwise if it didn't show one of the schools I didn't count it.
Year Competition recruits M Wins MSU wins
2010* 5 2** 2
2009 6 2 4
2008 6 4 2
2007 4 4 0
2006 2 2 0
2005 3 3 0
** maybe 3 doesn't say whether or not Jeremy Jackson was offered by MSU
sorry i don't know how to make tables look pretty
M Wins: DG and Austin White (again not sure about Jackson but he had offers from most of the Big Ten so…)
MSU Wins: Will Gholston and Mylan Hicks
One trend I noticed while doing this is the number of in-state commits for state has increased dramatically in Dantonio’s tenure
Year # of commits
*still not complete
So basically, John L. Smith was useless. He barely tried to compete and failed miserably when he did. Dantonio decided to fight back and has been mildly successful. He won last year but that wasn’t unexpected. Smith wouldn’t have but Dantonio is a much better coach. Right now, it’s neck and neck and it will take this year and at least next to determine who’s winning in-state recruiting. Even with Danonio apparent focus on in-state recruits and M coming off the worst season in its history we are still borderline winning. Once M gets back to its winning ways I think most years it will look like the 2008 class. With M getting most of the recruits but Sparty stealing one or two, and you know what I’m ok with that.
I know it's pretty shoddy statistics and I am welcome to feedback, but I hope i made your work day more enjoyable.
When Jimmy Hoffa took over the Teamsters he made a list of those who he would keep, and those who he was going to dump. He told his confidants that it is better to make this decision right away rather than do it piece meal over time. It was Jimmy’s belief that doing it this way would inspire loyalty and confidence from those he kept while leaving him less vulnerable to damage from those who he did not have faith in.
“When you take over a new operation, some people will tell you that you ought to lie low, and look around before you do anything. But that’s not me--because I just don’t think that works.”
The above is of course a quote from Bo, taken from John Bacon’s book, Bo’s Lasting Lessons. If you read chapter 4, you will get an idea of how Bo went about taking over a new operation. He did not pull any punches. He put it all on the line right away and let the chips fall where they may. Bo even risked losing very important players including Thom Darden, Reggie McKenzie, Glenn Doughty, Billy Taylor and Mike Taylor. (Yeah, any of you remember those guys?) Bo wasn’t going to play favorites. He was going to treat them all like dogs.
You have to remember at that time that Bo was basically a nobody. There were numerous influential people who didn’t like or want Bo. He as really sticking his neck out.
Of course, this was a different era. Political correctness hadn’t yet reared its ugly head. Yet, it was still a big chance Bo was taking. Alienating star plays and boosters would not seem to be an exceptionally bright move on his part. It was a risk. In the end, it worked out rather well.
So, that got me to thinking. Rich Rod’s entry and Bo’s entry were under quite similar circumstances. Both came in when the team was down. Both were outsiders. And, from what we hear from former players, both are disciplinarians and believe in hard work. And, both favored a run based offense.
What if Rich Rod had come in the same way as Bo? What if he had worked to eliminate the malcontents and slackers in his first few weeks? What if he had just slammed his darn fist down and said this is how it is going to be--take it or leave it? Could Rich Rod have gotten away with this? And, would it have been better for him over time? Did Rich Rod compromise himself just to get along in Ann Arbor?
I happen to like the hire. I think RR and Michigan are going to be just fine over time. It is a different world now in college football. There is much more competition and a whole lot more money involved. There are more politics than you can shake a stick at. Personally, I would have supported RR had he come in with guns blazing. Perhaps I am in the minority. Maybe I am totally wrong. But, as Shakespeare said, a coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only one.
Bo was very hard on that 1969 team. Very hard indeed. I am pretty sure he had many people wondering if he wasn’t just some maniac coach who was going to destroy the program. However, things did work out okay. Very okay.
I leave you with this quote, again from Bacon’s book:
“The funny thing is, the guys on the 1969 team probably stay in touch better than any team I coached. As much as they hated the workouts then, they all brag about it now.
They stayed. They were champions. And I kept my promise.
And we have kept that promise ever since.”
I can’t help but think how much differently Rich Rod may have comported himself had Bo been there to mentor and support him. Maybe he would have just pulled that trigger on day one, and maybe he’d been much better off. Maybe.
I'm sure many of you saw today's college football live start their 50 states tour with the State of Michigan. I for one was pissed when I heard the analyst, when asked how to break the losing streak to Ohio State, say its going to take 2 - 3 years or even a new coach. Are people really already writing off Rich Rod as someone who clearly isn't the answer? I'm not!
The dude said later that we were going to lose our first game to Western Michigan because they have "the best qb in the state." Then when asked who the best player in the state is he said "the quarterback from Central". So really this guy might just be another idiot from ESPN that doesn't know anything.
I think if the QB situation is solidified by the end of the year this year, and Michigan turns it around like RR has done in all his 2nd years, OSU may be more vulnerable coming into the Big House this year than they have been in a long time. If the chips fall right we could be celebrating a victory in late November in Ann Arbor.