this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
Rich Rodriguez quoted yesterday making a subtle comparison between the way he was welcomed at Arizona vs Michigan.
On occasion, I will wander over to Eleven Warriors, largely because they often have something or other about Michigan. There is a decent article by Ramzy Nasrallah about the plague of fans who personally tweet at recruits.
This article is a followup to a previous article he wrote on the same topic.
Inside the article, Ramzy highlights at least one Ohio State fan who abuses twitter, with the handle Laostar7. Ramzy writes,
Don't get too upset with Laostar7. There are hundreds of Laostar7s. Rather than taking a flamethrower to Ohio State's many intrusive sports enthusiasts I chose to showcase only one. Every fan base has a sparkling collection of Laostar7s. The numbers of members enlisted in these brave militias vary by school.
I hope the number of Michigan fans doing this is slim. But earlier in the article, there is reference to at least one Michigan fan who uses twitter to contact Ahmir Mitchell, among others: John Peters.
LINK: John Peters.
Reading Ramzy's article, and then following the link to @John_Peterz and to Laostar7 is disturbing. And it reminds me why I have zero interest in twitter. Ok, there is a use to twitter, but it isn't for me. Regardless of whether you tweet or not, heed Brian and Ace and Seth and Ramzy, and have NOTHING to do with EVER contacting / tweeting / insulting / calling / talking to a recruit you don't have a prior personal connection to. It is wrong, an invasion of personal space, counterproductive, and for those of us over 30, downright creepy.
Starting in Aug 2016, incoming NCAA athletes must have a 2.3 GPA to compete immediately. Incoming athletes above a 2.0 (the current threshold) but below a 2.3 will be required to take an academic redshirt year. I, personally, don't have a problem with this. In all honesty, I wouldn't be against the threshold going above a 2.3. In my opinion, the transition from high school to college is difficult enough, but kids that struggled in high school to meet academic requirements should (in theory) also struggle in a college setting, and giving them a bit more time and energy to focus on school is probably a good thing (assuming we are believing the student-athlete mantra).
Dan Mullen sees something wrong here. He's afraid he won't have enough players to play with this new rule. In his opinion, the solution is to have freshmen that meet the 2.3 GPA threshold get an additional year to play, or 5 years of actual playing. His reasoning? These immediately eligible freshmen are potentially be punished because they are being forced to play to make up for the freshmen that can't play immediately.
"You might take a freshman and they are being punished for having better grades. They might be forced to play even though they needed a redshirt year," Mullen said. "One of the thoughts I had was there's a mandatory academic redshirt year for a certain group of people...well, if you are above that new standard you should get five years of eligibility. Why punish someone who might be forced to have to play? Instead of punishing guys for doing bad, why not reward guys for doing good?"
Dan Mullen always kind of rubbed me the wrong way, and I was fairly happy when he wasn't needed to be an option for the Michigan job. Of course, my opinion on this is much simpler than Mullen's. If you are worried about not having enough players to play, recruit more players that are also good students (or at least 2.3 GPA students). That doesn't seem that difficult to me, and it rewards athletes that take academics at least somewhat seriously (or as serious as you need to in order to get a 2.3 GPA). But, ya know, SEC.