alternate headline: man does job
This is incredible.
Talk about the gamble of a lifetime.
Apropos of the union debate, Dennis Dodd examines the National Letter of Intent and its implications for athletes. He calls it "a three-page document that represents a combination of Golden Ticket, American Idol pass-through and indentured servitude," says the signing process is in strong need of reform. ("Who says you have to sit out a year if you want to transfer after signing the NLI? Well, the NLI.")
Per mlive tweet, Magnuson is gone due to shoulder injury through spring practice. Not cool - a very thin position and this is our projected starting LT. Sigh.
Hoke said Erik Magnuson won't be available for spring practice with a shoulder injury. Look for David Dawson to rep at tackle.
Many of us were holding on to high hopes that Malik McDowell would choose UM but given this latest update from 247, it doesn't seem likely. Quote from McDowell's father traced back to a conversation with Wiltfong that is currently floating around Twitter reads "I want him out of Michigan. I don't care if that's Ohio State or Florida State".
It looks like M is out. Many believed our hopes were riding on his parent's affinity for Michigan even though Malik preferred MSU. Now it looks like his parents are urging him out of state altogether, thus crushing M's chances. Good luck to him with whatever school he chooses.
The Daily just published a story ( http://www.michigandaily.com/blog/wire/former-ad-martin-gibbons-incident-never-came ) late this morning with Martin denying any knowledge of the allegations. This seems pretty far-fetched that he wouldnt have even heard of it given that the Ann Arbor News was publishing stories the day after the incident about a reported sexual assault involving a UM football player ( http://www.annarbor.com/news/crime/investigation-of-reported-sexual-assault-by-u-of-m-football-player-continues/ ).
It doesnt seem possible that the AD at the time wouldnt have been aware of a press report of a sexual assault involving a current football player...but then again with Martin he has proved to be unreachable and preoccupied when he is either on a yacht or playing racquetball.
Clearly the athletic department will be forced to say something more on Wednesday (Hoke's press conference for signing day) or say "no comment" to tons of questions then as I think its safe to assume the questions will be focused much more on Gibbons than any signing day issues.
As many people here know, former Rutgers OC Ron Prince is now with the Detroit Lions. Rutgers just announced that former Marlyand head coach Ralph Friedgen has been hired as their new OC. At his peak, the Maryland and GT offenses were pretty impressive. He's a bit over the hill at 66, so remains to be seen what he can do with the Scarlet Knights. Good coach, though.