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Without revealing too much of the paywalled article on 247sports, Coach Heck visited Jordan Wilkins (4* RB from TN) school Monday. I thought this brought up some interesting discussion points...
1. Michigan is still looking for a RB for 2013. Do we really need one?
2. Even though we haven't heard much about him, Wilkins sounds to be the next top choice at RB after Isaac (coaches told him they're looking for one more RB and they want him "to be the guy.").
3. This brings up timing questions... if Coach Heck visited and talked to him on Monday, but Isaac announced on Tuesday?... hmmmm
4. How does he look / how would he fit in? (I'll leave that to the gurus on the board)
5. What does he eat for breakfast? (but seriously, I hesitated posting this, because I thought the board got a little obsessed with Isaac, but maybe we've learned our lesson?)
Wetzel says that B1G has given up on campus site playoff games due to emotional attachment to the Rose Bowl? Seems to side with Brian on the obvious benefits to the B1G with on-site playoff games. If true, I'm highly disappointed. His point re: 3 travel games in less than a month - two of which requiring air travel - really hits home. Particularly for an out of region alum like myself.
There are several MGoLawyers on this site, and there have been at least a few recent posts about law school and the profession, so I thought this might be worth posting:
You'll see that the tone is a bit annoying (even if the issues are real). Also, Sweat's father is apparently in a position to help him with future employment.
This isn't exactly an exhaustively researched report, but there has been nothing in the diaries lately, and I thought I'd bring up a foreboding bit of Michigan history for you all. As we prepare to enter the 2012 season, I got just a minor sense of foreboding thinking of a few parallels to another well known season.
The year is 2006. Michigan football rebounds from an extremely disappointing 7-5 2005 campaign that sees losses to OSU and the bowl game to have a breakout year. The juniors on the team finally seem to gel completely and Michigan storms to an 11-2 record, including playing one of the most epic games in one of the most storied rivalries ever.
The following season, the pundits say, if there were ever a Michigan team that was primed to make a big run, it was the 2007 Wolverines. A truly gifted senior QB entering his 4th year of starting, who looks poised to make that leap to true stardom. A lockdown left tackle clearly produced by the NFL's most crack genetic engineers. A tailback that had emerged from a rash of injuries the previous season to prove a star, and a defense that had lost a few pieces but had improved so vastly from the seaon before that an upward trajectory could only be expected to continue.
Of course, we all know how that went.
Consider the 2011 Wolverines. Fresh off an extremely disappointing 7-5 campaign that sees losses to OSU and in the bowl game, the Wolverines put together a breakout year. The team seems to gel and Michigan storms to an 11-2 season including playing in one of the most epic games in one of the most storied rivalries ever.
For the 2012 season, Michigan will feature a truly gifted senior QB entering his 4th year of starting. He seems primed to make the leap from extremely talented to true stardom. Michigan features a lockdown left tackle seemingly produced by the NFL's most crack genetic engineers. We even have a tailback that emerged from a rash of injuries last season to prove a star, and a defense that made a stratospheric leap that bodes extremely well for the future.
Now, I'm not saying that Michigan 2012 is Michigan 2007. These teams are extremely different. But, it is the middle of the off season, and with Hoke heading things up, it's all sunshine and lollipops. What fun is that? Maybe it's good to be a little scared?
Space Emperor (of Space) Zoltan Mesko is taking up his other title, "philanthropist for mankind," in a fundraiser at The Royale for the Boston Children's Hospital on June 9th. Titled "ZoliOke," the fundraiser is described as a celebrity karaoke event with presumably New England Patriots players filling in the celebrity roles (those are the only celebs he has referred to on Twitter anyway). Apparently there will also be auctions at ZoliOke that will get you up on stage to sing along with them if you are the highest bidder.
If you're in the area and want to buy tickets, ticketmaster has them on sale for $50+ $6.50 surcharge:
If you aren't able to make it and still want to donate, he's also got a page set up so you can do that too:
likewise, if you're able and would like to be a sponsor, apparently The Goodwin Group is your point of contact.
or @TheGoodwinGroup on Twitter
I know it's not in the Michigan area, but I figured we should do what we can. After all, kids and their families who need help aren't just at Mott, and we are kind of pretty good at this fundraising thing.
Let's Go Blue!
We all appreciate the updates from Aqua over at his Tremendous blog, and he has an update on 2013 DL Maurice Hurst Jr. The following part sticks out:
"Anyways. Why am I posting this update? I talked with Maurice for a split second tonight, who said he plans on visiting in a couple weeks. I also talked to a current commitment and they informed me that Maurice plans to commit to Michigan when he makes that visit."