"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
Of Michigan interest:
Adam Breneman up to #32
Logan Tuley-Tillman from unranked to #38
Shane Morris stayed at #12
Dymonte Thomas moved down a spot to #36
Laquon Treadwell checks in at #68
Scroll down on the link to find team-by-team schedules. I post this mainly to point out how much A&M and Missouri are going to dillute the SEC brand. For example, Florida's schedule:
Sept. 8: at Texas A&M
Sept. 15: at Tennessee
Sept. 22: KENTUCKY
Oct. 6: LSU
Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 20: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: MISSOURI
There are probably three teams on that schedule that will finish with eight wins and five doormat to meh level teams. I really hope the Big 10 doesn't make the same mistake and add a couple of teams that don't enhance its brand just for the sake of addition.
Congrats to James Ross, who was named to the Rivals High 2011 All-America Team as an OLB, in a free article today.
They state "Ross led his team to a state title win in Michigan - and did so with impressive states, including 151 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. Ross reminds us of Jon Beason of the Caroline Panthers and may move inside at Michigan. He and Kirby [the ILB selection] could have swapped roster spots based on their projections"
Good for him. Also, I love the hat.
You've probably heard most of this but it was an interesting read about Borges and Denard's evolution during the season. The one point I had never heard and found hilarious/scary was Borges consulted with a spread coach before the season. That coach was Florida's Debord, Steve Addazio. Of all the spread coaches he could have met with he met with the only man to slow down Urban Meyer's offense?
I'm always on the board defending coordinators and position coaches because we don't know much if anything that is happening behind the scenes so I have no problem with this move at all, I'm just poking fun. Addazio might be a very good coach I have no idea, but if this season had been a disaster and they came out with this news Brian would have been beyond words he would have been so mad.
I was hoping to hear Borges was more open to keeping some of the spread elements, but they sound pretty sure it's gone when Denard goes.