Looks like the Urban Meyer effect is starting fast: Jameis Winston, who was/is committed to Florida State, will be taking an official to Ohio. I will be very interested to see which recruits he is able to poach away from other schools.
I want Hoke and Meyer to start a new 10 year war. That we win decisively.
Updated with Chris Balas tweet and Scout board link.
Stefon Diggs going to Michigan isn't going to happen.
First, here's what Diggs had to say:
“I was going to go to Michigan, but as of now, I’m not sure,” he said. “Maybe Auburn or Florida. I’ve got four left, so we’ll see how it goes.”
The deal breaker betweent the coaches and Diggs took place last weekend though. Apparently Diggs and the coaches had an arrangement for an in-home visit but Diggs took an official visit to Cal instead, without telling the coaches. So the coaches showed up while Diggs wasn't there.
This, something else, or maybe a combination have caused the coaches to make the decision to not continue recruiting Diggs. Again, it's by the choice of the coaches, not by Diggs, that he is no longer being recruited.
A lot of questions were getting asked in the other thread so I figured I'd make another thread to answer because it seems like the news would be of interest to a lot of people.
A few people didn't believe me so here is what Chris Balas tweeted:
Balas_Wolverine Chris BalasDon't expect WR Stefon Diggs at Michigan next year, but U-M will take another receiver in this class. Might find out who sooner than later.
And a link to a Scout board, skip the first one and the people fighting about spelling and you have multiple posters corroborating what I posted:
An interesting article on the payout for the Big Ten bowls this season. Big Ten Teams Share Bowl Payout Equally I've read in a couple other threads that people think Indiana is getting the best deal for not travelling, but that's not really the case. These statements were assuming that the revenue is split equally, but that's not true. The Big Ten covers travel expenses up to 100% of the revenue first, then it divides the profits equally. Well apparently with the exception of Nebraska, since they are new. But all that the Big Ten will reveal is that they don't get an equal share. The assumption is they get less, but there is the possibility they get more. Considering that 10 of the 12 teams in the conference are going bowling, the assumption is the Big Ten loves the present bowl system and would hate a playoff. Maybe, but it seems like at least three teams may not have their expenses fully covered, since Penn State, Illinois and Purdue are all keeping 100% of the revenue their bowl hands to the Big Ten. Since the article is on PennLive.com they only detail the extra expense that Penn State will have to cover on their own, estimated at $200k-$600k more than the $1.2 Million the bowl is paying out. But Penn State won't be in the red, their equal share of the profits will be about $2.6 Million so they still have their heads above water. Not as far above water as Indiana, who has no travel expenses at all, but still, Penn State is clearing $2 Million to be equally shared amongst all athletes in their various programs. So I'm sure the Penn State swim team is very greatful that Wisconsin doesn't keep the bulk of their Rose Bowl profits like in a more Texas style arrangement, because the Grand Daddy of them all pays out some serious cheddar (pun intended).
Here's the top four ( out of 10!) in the payout list and their related expenses expected. I guess the hotels in LA aren't that much more expensive than the ones Michigan will be forced to reserve in New Orleans. Check the link for all the details.
Bowl (Big Ten team):--- Bowl pays conference --- Big 10 pays for travel expenses
Rose Bowl (Wisconsin) --- $22.3 million --- $2.3 million
Sugar Bowl (Michigan) --- $6.1 million --- $2.050M
Capital One Bowl (Nebraska) --- $4.55 million --- $1.775 million
Outback Bowl (Michigan State) --- $3.5 million --- $1.775 million
I decided to compile a chart listing when all of our recruits plan on making their decisions. Here it is:
|Jehu Chesson||December 21st or 22nd|
|Jordan Diamond||February (National Signing Day)|
|Bri'onte Dunn||By the end of December (Early Enrollee)|
|Joshua Garnett||January 25th or 26th|
|Zach Banner||January 14th|
|Jordan Payton||Unknown. Visiting Cal on December 9th. Likely to take his time making a decision.|
|Darius Powe||January 5th at the Under Armour All-American game.|
|Yuri Wright||January 7th at U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Note: Decision date may be moved back. Tentative official visit to Michigan scheduled on January 13th. (Thanks, Waggles)|
|Monty Madaris||Unknown. Taking official to Michigan in early January, decision likely sometime after that.|
|Taylor McNamara||Late December or early January. Possibly January 7th at the U.S. Army All American Bowl.|
|Alex Kozan||By the end of December.|
All dates reflect what the recruit has most recently stated, to the best of my knowledge.
Jon Chait (UM alum) wrote in his NY Magazine Blog about paying college football players (posted here by yours truly). Brian commented thereon last week and now Chait responds to Brian:
Rivals 4* and #239 player in the country OL Alex Kozan will make an official visit to Michigan per SWiltfong247 Steve Wiltfong.