Mgoblue again has a fluff feature entitled "Get to Know the 2012 Freshmen." (LINK: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080612aab.html.)
Highlighted today are Freshmen Jeremy Clark, Blake Bars, and Drake Johnson. Like last year, I assume they will continue this feature on a regular basis. There are snippets of personal interest attached to each of them, and a link to bio info.
On a completely different note, ESPN has up an article on Urban Meyer and a shift in his values, supposedly now balancing home and work (better than when at Florida.) (LINK: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8239451/ohio-state-coach-urban-meyer-new-commitment-balancing-work-family-life.) Personally, this article hits home, because I too often have not spent enough time with my wife and children. A good reminder for moms and dads to keep priorities in place.
Last year I though Jake Ryan played really well at the SAM. He was inexperienced, but gave 100% effort every play he was on the field. He got better each game, and turned into pretty good linebacker imo. He is young and can only get better. By his play last year, it seems like he could easily turn into another great Michigan LB. My question however, is why is there talk about putting him on the line? Each starting pos. on the line seems almost won by Roh, Black, Campbell, and Beyer. It would be pointless to have him back one of them up since he is very talented. So where would he fit on the line? My initial thought was in Nickle he'd move down to the line. But he did that last year (atleast I believe he did) so why are there questions about it?
Aside from that, I'm loving all the football talk on the board, it's been much needed.
So last night on the BIG network they were showing Nebraska games for mthe last couple the last couple years and it got me thinking about the coaching ranks in the our conference. I don't personally think that there would be any BIG coaches on the hot seat this year but some may disagree.
1. "gods to their fanbase"
Brady Hoke, Urban Meyer, Bret Bielema, Pat Fitzgerald.
Hoke - nough said.
Meyer - Not proven in conference or really in the last couple years of coaching as he quickly faded with his mancrush QB leaving. Should do big things but we'll see how that pans out. Fans still think he is a god come in coaching flesh.
Bielema - He's at the top of his game and the program has stepped into new found fame under his watch. Thanks for the job dad . . . I mean Barry!
Fitz - Yup, I think NW knows that he is about as good as it gets and they love him. Local guy who bleeds purple.
2. Solid for one reason or another
Kirk Ferentz, Mark Dantonio, Danny Hope, Jerry Kill, Bill O'Brien, Tim Beckman, Kevin Wilson.
Dantonio and Ferentz may be somewhere in between the first group and the second group, but I dont know enough about their situation to say so.
Ferentz - This one is tricky to me. He has done some good/great things for Iowa and they have mortgaged 337 corn fields to pay him for it. However, if recruiting is in sign of things to come they are already, and will continue to be trending down. I know, I know they take 2-star farmers and make them servicable, but that seems to have reached its limit with his whole staff gone now.
Dantonio - Oh Mark, what are we going to do wit h you? Unprecedented success over Michigan, bowl games, 10 win seasons, national recruiting power, eye brows and consistently looking like you have indigestion. Mark thought about OSU for sure, but they did not think about him . . . he would have frowned, but he was already doing so. Anyway, he has done great things at MSU, and I think he might now be a lifer there. MSU slappies probably know he's the best they can get, but deep within themselves they long for more.
Beckman - Brand new, who knows, supposedly has some issues with the PSU poaching/coaching staff.
Kill - Still new and they'll give him a chance. I like the guy, but then again I like Glen Mason???
Wilson - The AD knows that IU is not a destination job so they'll stick with him for a while.
Hope - Would seem as though whatever brain he has is contained in his mini-Tiller mustache. While his hatred for Rich "snake oil" Rod is only dwarfed by his inability to SPEAK PUBLICLY and not look like an idiot, this could be a banner year in Boiler Country. This will be an interesting and telling year for Hope and Purdue if they stay healthy. Do you think he knows that he and Kill are the only guys in the BIG to still sport a stache? Go Danny, you get em!!
O'Brien - Wow, sucks to be him. In all honesty I respect the guy. PSU will love him for sticking it out, but were not really gonna know too much about this guy for a long time. Good luck and cange the helmets as well . . . can I get lion logo??
I knew it!! This idiot Mgoblogger forgot a coach in our conference! I'm gonna down vote his ass right now!! you caught me, there's No Bo?? Not that Bo, the one at Nebraska . . .
Bo Pelini - "Do ya ever get the feelin' that you're bein' watched?" - Bugs Bunny, 1938 - Evil Scientist. Minnesota wont fire Kill because they're Minnesota. The same with Indiana, and Purdue. But Nebraska is not any of those places, atleast thats what their more recent program history would tell them. Minnesota won tiltes, National Titles . . . in the 30's though. Nebraska was great in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Even the title that we claimed in '97 was um . . . shared . . .shhhhh! All that to say they view themselves as one of football's elite programs, and its what the entire state prides itself on. Pelini has rescued them from being terrible in the last decade, but many Husker fans might wonder if he is the right man to lead them to glory in the BIG if this year goes bad. Even with their resurgence Pelini has always had 4 losses in each of his years. They were the favorite in the BIG last year if you listened to Jerry and Howard, but that didn't go so well. They will again be one of the frontrunners with expectations so we shall see what happens. Pelini to me seems to be the one guy that with a not so good year this year would for sure be on the "Hot Seat" the next year.
What are your thoughts? Do you see any coaches that are questionable?
AnnArbor.com has Al Borges saying that Rawls is the starter if Fitz misses games. It might not be groundbreaking news but it's unusual that a coach is this candid about players, especially at this point in the season.
"We're just going to the next guy -- we're not really changing anything," Borges said during a news conference at Schembechler Hall. "Thomas Rawls is going to be that next guy. Vince is going to do what he's done, and on we go."
Assisting his old high school coach