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It's ESPN Insider, but I'm going to include the Michigan section here. Steele's a bit full of himself and everyone on every board hates every announcer (excl. Gus Johnson) / writer (excl. Grantland) / sideline reporter (excl. that blonde on ESPN) ever, but Steele was fairly accurate re. Michigan in 2012. With most putting us squarely in the Top 10, he saw the tough schedule and road games and saw a drop from 11-2.
Well he sees that reversing in 2013. Nothing particularly revelatory for this board, but confirms many thoughts presented here on next year's prospects. Other teams noted are TCU, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, and USC.
Also, for those who HATEARGHHATEHIM Jay Bilas, he just said Michigan is the best offensive team in the country, and can win the national championship.
After a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech capped off an 11-2 2011 season, expectations were high coming into this season for the Wolverines, who were ranked in the preseason AP top 10. I rated them lower than most as their schedule was very difficult, with games against Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State all coming on the road. Michigan would end up losing all four of those games (those teams combined for a 46-4 record), as well as its bowl game against South Carolina. However, while the Wolverines will have to replace record-setting quarterback Denard Robinson, I think Michigan fans will be in for a much better season in 2013. It starts with the schedule, as the Crimson Tide fall off and are replaced by Central Michigan, while Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State all travel to the Big House, where Brady Hoke is a perfect 14-0 in his first two seasons as head coach. Keep in mind the Wolverines lost to the Irish and Buckeyes by a combined 12 points thanks to costly turnovers, and were trailing the Cornhuskers by a single point before Robinson's injury, which could have been a blessing in disguise, as it got backup quarterback Devin Gardner a couple of starts under his belt. Look for the offense to make major strides with a legitimate passing attack, and the defense will continue to be stout for coordinator Greg Mattison. Hoke will also welcome in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. I fully expect Michigan to top its win total from 2012.
I met Scott Schaefer after a spring practice his hear as DC for RR. Very nice guy, very enthusiastic.
He was fired for GERG, and went to Syracuse as DC.
Buffalo Bills hired Syracuse head coach, Marrone, Schaefer hired to replace him this week.
Marrone has now hired Tyrone Wheatley as RB coach.
Not sure if this is thread worthy but I need help finding a solution for 8 tickets together for the Nebraska game next year. We made friends with some Nebraska fans in the Big House back in 2011 and then traveled to Lincoln this year to tailgate with them and experience Big Red Nation. It was a great time and they are great people!
I feel the need to return the favor and he is telling me that he wants to bring six friends with he and his wife. How do I go about finding 8 tickets together? Price really isn't a huge factor. Thanks in advance!
I was at the Outback Bowl, and I saw Countess, Bryant and Ringer. They were all walking around the field with their position groups with the same jersey as everyone else but with different pants. They all appeared to be walking around fine with no indication of an injury.
It doesn't mean much, but I was glad to see them moving around on the field with the team.
I'm also curious. I didn't notice the other two players who were out all year, Wormley and Poole, but I wasn't looking too closely. Did anyone else notice if Wormley and Poole were on the field?
Now with Lewan coming back, Brian and others have made some predictions for what the line might look like. My question for some of the more knowledgeable posters is what type of line and play calling you would expect from Al and why some players would project to right guard vs left guard and so on. I know that with Long Michigan ran a lot of zone to the left, while under Rich Rod, our guards and center needed to get out to the second level.
With Lewan returning and Kalis a mauler, does this mean that we should expect to see runs go left with a pulling guard or tackle? Or are runs expected to go right up the gut? I'm looking for more of an explanation for what Al's offense might look like now with Devin and his lineman and what players are fighting for which positions and why. Do they need to be quick/ strong/ agile? Thanks in advance for the feedback.
Bernie Kosar held a press conference yesterday in the wake of the Seau report in which he discussed his own problems with brain trauma, which have included ringing and buzzing in his head, insomnia, and slurred speech (anyone who has seen Bernie - who is the salt of the earth, AFAIK - do a football game has heard him sound like he was drunk). He said that used to have smelling salts with him on the field at times so that he could get through games and that he sometimes called running plays to give him time to get his head straight.
Anyway, what makes this story different from any others that I've seen is that Kosar reports that he's receiving successful treatment for his head injuries. Kosar and his doctor report that Bernie's PET scans are showing improvement thanks to treatment that increases blood flow to the brain, and Kosar says he feels twenty years younger. The doctor won't say much about the way the treatment is administered, though, and he sounds a little sketchy, but I thought this was at least an interesting claim (and it's likely to be a slow day on the board).