“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
This Saturday I will be missing my first Michigan home game since 2004, a streak of 50 games, to stand in a buddy's wedding in Miami. I've been wondering for a while who on the board has me beat. Anyone in the hundreds, two hundreds...?
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Angelique tweeted about this article, and it was a fairly interesting read.
BTN analyst (?) and New York Times contributor Gerry Dinardo discusses the climate of NCAA football, and thinks he has a solution: Let the kids go pro at 18. He suggests that if the NFL created a developmental (aka minor) league system, the kids who are only in it for the money would bolt for the minors, thereby cleaning up all the riff-raff eroding the college game today.
But perhaps the recent N.C.A.A. investigations into major college football programs have given us a wake-up call. If 18-year-olds could develop into professional football players in an organization other than universities, everyone would win. Athletes would not be forced to go to college to pursue an N.F.L. career, and the universities could eliminate those who did not want to be in the classroom.
He even name-drops Mary Sue, who was involved with the Knight Commission during her tenure at Iowa. Gerry does counter himself to some degree by pointing out the obvious, that the NFL has no need to spend the massive amount of money, time and legal proceedings to develop a minor league system, because it already has a free one in place called the NCAA.
He stresses that the universities would benefit by removing all of the student athletes that are uninterested in being students. But I think he's missing most the obvious point, which will happen at every gate on every campus this Saturday. Removing the stud players will reduce the overall quality of the product, which will reduce demand for the product, which will reduce the financial gains of college football.
The biggest problem right now, Gerry old boy, is that regardless of whether or not the system is working, it is bringing in tectonic gobs of money. And so forgive me if I just can't see the NCAA breaking the whole thing up on the conventional wisdom of Gerry Dinardo.
ESPN has posted a fantastic article about the nations top WR. After reading this article, i would absolutley love if he came to Michigan. That seems very unlikely, however, but this kids story is so impressive I'll be rooting for him no matter where he ends up
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So, I see that mgoblog has the unofficial depth chart as of 8/27/11 up under the "helpful stuff" tab. Most of it makes sense. There are a few questions
- Is Avery conclusively the starter over Floyd at CB2?
- Has Campbell truly fallen to 3rd string at DT?
- Is Barnum the starter or is he dinged? And if you are dinged, do you stay at first string even if you don't play a game or two?
- Is Brink really officially the starter at DE? Wow. Props to him, and if this doesn't motivate players with schollies, nothing will.
- In one of the interviews, Mattison talked about having a rotation of guys going in and out, in order to keep players fresh. Is this only on the defensive line, or also true with the LB? With the secondary? Looking at the two deep, I'm thinking that Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, J.B. Fitzgerald, Carvin Johnson, Marvin Robinson, and J.T. Floyd will see a lot of PT. I'm assuming things will shake out over the next couple weeks. I also assume some on my list are more meh, and some I haven't listed (who are charted as 2nd and even 3rd string) will also see significant PT.
- Wiles & Gibbons, starting at P & K. May the force be with them. "Brandon . . . just use the force. let it guide your accuracy. "