somehow we're only 124th
I saw this on the ESPN Big Ten Lunch Links.... This should be a new shirt in the MGOSTORE.
Enjoy ----- http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten
Jim Mora said this...
"When you're talking about UCLA, it's one of the great schools in the world -- not just America, but in the world," Mora said. "It's a safe, beautiful campus in a great area of town. I mean, we don't have murders one block off our campus."
But he wasn't talking about two USC students who were killed in April. He attempted to apologize but apparantly doesn't understand what an apology is.
"After learning the details of the shootings downtown earlier this year, I can understand how my comments on the radio yesterday could be interpreted as insensitive to the victims and their families," Mora said. "The interviewer and myself were talking about UCLA football and the tremendous attributes of the UCLA campus and I truly regret and I'm sorry if my words caused any pain. That was not my intention."
Lane Kiffin goes all Forest Gump...
"I don't really think that's something to joke about," Kiffin said Thursday, when asked how he felt about what Mora said. "That's all I got to say about that."
...then immediately says more "about that."
"I would like to say that our staff does not negative recruit," Kiffin said. "There's so many good things to talk about here, as far as the school and the history of the program.
"It's the greatest place in the world, so there's no need to talk about other places."
In conclusion, the fact that I follow college football recruiting makes me feel dirty. I'm going to take a shower now.
“HOW BIG IS THE BIG TEN?” – POSITION ANALYSIS – DEFENSE
This is yet another portion of the series “How Big Is The Big Ten?”
This time, we shall take a look at how average heights and weights stack up at various position groups on the defensive side of the ball. I have made a few minor formatting changes at the suggestion of some MGoUsers here – I have listed the heights in feet and inches rather than just inches, and I have added a column next to Michigan’s which shows the averages of all other Big Ten teams and compares it to Michigan.
SOME METHOD / BREAKDOWN STUFF:
You will note that this is simply broken down into five groups – DE, DT, LB, CB and S. The reason for this is that not every two-deep I could find (and I did search for updates since it has been a couple weeks), makes the distinctions to which we might be accustomed when describing the defense, such as SDE, WDE, MLB, WLB, FS, SS, and so forth (whatever nomenclature you prefer). Further, I did not want to wager guesses in those cases (although for some teams I would have a fairly good idea) and risk presenting something inaccurate.
The hope was to create a composite of sorts here, actually focusing on that more than I did with the offensive portion of this analysis. I tried to be careful about this, of course, to ensure that it would be descriptive enough even if you wanted to talk about weak side / strong side and the like.
Beyond this, I did not really change any methodology from the offensive portion.
Below are the compiled statistics. The second table illustrates the relative lack of dispersion across position groups by showing both standard and average deviation. Averages for the "Big Ten" column exclude Michigan for purposes of comparison.
|DEFENSE - LEGENDS DIVISION AVG. HEIGHT IN TWO-DEEP|
|DEFENSE - LEGENDS DIVISION AVG. WEIGHT IN TWO-DEEP|
|DEFENSE - LEADERS DIVISION AVG. HEIGHT IN TWO-DEEP|
|DEFENSE - LEADERS DIVISION AVG. WEIGHT IN TWO-DEEP|
Looking at these particular statistics, it would appear that, at least physically, we stand up well to the average Big Ten defense in 2012. Indeed, we match the average height at DT and CB and exceed it by an inch in the other groups. For weight, we are lighter at DE and CB on average, slightly heavier at LB and DT and on par at S. Again, different teams recruit and develop for different schemes, and you can definitely see that looking at the individual team statistics here.
One other thing that sticks out is the relative lack of variation across teams, save in a few notable instances. What that says to me – in a way – is something that we may (or at least, I) already assume. The Big Ten is indeed a mature conference, if you will, with a fairly entrenched prevailing philosophy on this side of the ball. That isn’t necessarily profound, but these tables do seem to support that notion.
Although this did not end up being quite as transparent as I wanted it to be because of the widely varied levels of detail between teams, I wanted to share the results with the community for their edification. Hopefully, these analyses are helpful in some way, for they have certainly increased my appreciation for the complexity and the considerations of the modern game.
The athletic ticket office has the 2012 M Football schedule posters available, for those in the vicinity of the greater AA area. Pick yours up now, before the vultures swoop in during Fan Day and leave you with nothing to get autographed.
Magnets (thank you, ALRO and Al Glick) are not yet available.
Doug Karsch interviews Ricky Barnum.
In light of the board's infinite football knowledge recently recovering the Aaron Shea incredible blockitude, I have another play I've been trying to find for years. I was young when I was at this game, so I don't remember many details, but any help would be appreciated...
Michigan was on offense near the south endzone (I think) and Todd Collins was at the helm. From what I can remember, he took the snap, rolled to his right, then gave the best throw fake I've ever seen. I think more than one defensive player bit on it, then Collins basically hid the ball on his hip and walked into the end zone.
I remember being blown away by the fake at the time, but can't remember any of the game details. It was a long time ago, so I'm hoping my memory of that moment isn't way off.
Ring a bell to anyone?