and... i like them? I think I like them.
I spoke with 2013 ATH Dymonte Thomas tonight and he told me that his father is now able to go to the BBQ at Michigan on Sunday so they will be attending.
Dymonte told me that Michigan is number one for him, and he also happens to be Bri'onte Dunn's cousin.
Didn't see this posted anywhere else...
Rodriguez available to caddie
Former West Virginia coach on bag for friend at Greenbrier Classic Monday
By Jim Workman
Assistant Managing Editor
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — He may be out of work until his television career as a football analyst with CBS Sports begins this fall.
But former West Virginia University and University of Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez knows how to spend his idle time.
He’s in town for The Greenbrier Classic.
Monday, he actually caddied for his friend Dave Alvarez in a Pro-Am golf event on The Old White TPC.
“Some of my good buddies knew that I needed work,” he said with a grin. “I work pretty cheap right now.
“I don’t know how I’ll do (as a caddie),” he said just before the round began. “I’m sweating already. I’ll probably get fired after about six holes.
“I had a chance to come down here for a couple of days. I’m getting ready to go to Oklahoma to do a TV shoot with (Sooners head football coach) Bob Stoops. I wanted to be around another day and see the facility and hang out with my friends.
“It's going to be fun.”
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.register-herald.com/todayssportsfront/x1443105012/Rodriguez-a...
Some people have been wondering with Butch Davis' dismissal today how it affects the recruiting of 4* RB Greg Garmon.
Greg had listed a top 3 of Iowa, Illinois, and North Carolina, with UNC in the lead, but Greg told me today things are definitely changing with Butch out as Head Coach.
What does that mean for Michigan? He's not sure. Greg isn't very high on Michigan, and the coaches don't seem to have him high on their board either.
With Ohio RB Brionte Dunn visiting the BBQ, and Muskegeon RB Juwan Lewis likely to jump on an offer, I don't think it's a major concern, but just letting you all know.
Tons of chatter stating that Butch Davis is out at UNC. Not good -- some are jumping to conclusions that the NCAA might be dropping the hammer. Well, Greg Garmon might have one less school to consider (although he has dropped us, apparently).
I will be at the Luncheon Friday with my wife Tabitha. If any of you are there and want to say hello that would be cool. I will have the home Michigan jersey on with the #17...BigWeb17
Tabitha is part of the Big10 Fan council and has a post luncheon meeting/drinks, thats how I scored a ticket.
The map you see below is a compilation of all the players that have been on the U of M roster starting with Bo and ending with RichRod.
There is a lot of information here...but lets start with the Michigan/Ohio region and work our way out to the rest of the country.
Michigan vs Ohio
There has been a lot of discussion on this board about the Great Wall of Tressel, and how he shut down the border. Lets take a look at how our roster was compiled with Michigan and Ohio kids over the past few decades.
A couple of things stick out here...
- During Bo's era 1 out of 4 kids on the team were from Ohio. From Lloyd's tenure and to the present it was 1 out of 10.
- Our presence in Ohio started to decline long before Tressel got there.
- RichRod always caught a lot of flack for not recruiting Michigan players, but he averaged more Michigan players then previous coaches (Yes, I know we are dealing with sample size, and most of his roster was still Lloyd's players.)
Here is a look at some of the raw data I was working with...
Rich Rod's Midwest:
Regional and National Footprint
The graphs you see below break down our roster by Region....
I was pretty amazed to see that 82% of Bo's roster was compiled of MidWest kids. I'll update this or do a Part 2......but it will be interesting to see how Hoke's first class will break down once it's complete. Right now its leaning torwards Bo's percentages.
** note: All data was pulled from http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/football.htm
[Ed-M: I used basically the same database for this year's HTTV article on recruiting Ohio, and ran into a similar problem: walk-ons. Bentley doesn't say who's a scholarship player and who isn't. Also the nature of a 4- to 5-year turnover cycle makes it hard to see what effect a coach is having except by tracking trends, not total % of players. For example, Bo's Ohio recruiting had been trending down for a long time in his later years, so that when Moeller took over it looks like the story is Mo recruited nationally and Bo was a Midwest guy. In truth, Bo took over a team from Bump that had been capping at 80% people from a mitten- or trash can-shaped state. Bo started by scouring Ohio but once his program was established he went all around the country. To wit:
If you break that into trend-lines...
...the conclusions are radically different than the percentages above suggest. Also RR and Mo weren't really there long enough to make any judgments, except the first chart shows a pretty radical growth in Ohio prospecting by RR replacing in-state success of Carr.]