this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Sports talk radio in ACC country is referencing a report in Orange Bloods that the Big XII has had informal discussions with Florida State, Miami, Clemson and VA Tech.
It's way too early to take it seriously but it's a little more "confirmed" than reports we saw over the weekend.
Chantel Jennings, over at WN, wrote up a nice piece on Al Borges and how he enjoys recruiting for Michigan. Here's the link. The good parts:
“It’s Michigan -- that’s the bottom line,” Borges said. “We’re going to make people understand the advantages of coming to this university, and they go way beyond playing football. We just completely embrace that concept as a staff, and I think it resonates with the kids.”
“I love recruiting here,” said Borges, who has coached at Auburn, UCLA, Indiana and Oregon, among others. “Because it’s the best sell of any place I’ve ever coached.”
There are a few other money quotes in there, so it's worth the read, but it basically confirms what we already know about this staff: they love Michigan, they're honest, they genuinely care about the players, and they do a great job of letting the high points speak for themselves.
Also, how gorgeous does he look in these sunglasses?
(The answer: of corges Borges looks gorgeous)
Cowboys Classic is an 8pm start on ABC.
The Game against ohio is a Noon start, and you can bet your ass it will be on ABC even though MGoBlue does not say it.
Ivan Maisel has an interesting piece on the roots of the Fielding Yost and Knute Rockne feud. It's a concise snapshot of the roots of the rivalry, and good fodder for the "slow season" we're in right now. The article is here: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7954463/hate-fueled-football-great-rivalries .
I've always enjoyed the rivalry, finding the Irish to be one of the classier rival fan bases, and less prone to cooler-pooping and couch-burning than some fan bases. Yost's delight in running up points and pissing off opposing coaches with a sharp tongue makes me think of him as an earlier-day Steve Spurrier type.
Choice bits from the Maisel article include:
When Yost became head coach in 1901, he transformed the Wolverines into the most dominant program in the nation. Michigan didn't lose a game under Yost until 1905. These were known as the "Point-A-Minute" teams, both for their margins of victory and to reflect the head coach's personality. Chicago sportswriter Hugh Fullerton would describe Yost's methods as "tramp on the injured and hurdle the dead."
Yost believed Rockne cut corners in recruiting, promising employment and scholarship aid that the rules did not allow and looking the other way when Irish players participated in pro football games on the side.
According to Adam Gorney of Rivals, consensus 5 star safety Su'a Cravens will indeed make it on campus. How his visits and Michigan and OSU go will determine if he visits Nebraska. Still seems like a longshot given his timeline, but the key in recruiting is to get a player on campus. I don't think it's possible to overestimate how huge of a get Cravens would be.
The Michigan vs. Bama Cowboys Classic tickets are on sale now for those with 1-49 priority points that have yet to place an order. I actually ordered 3 of them just a little bit ago. However, I accidentally selected a will call pickup. This is an issue since I ordered them with my debit, yet on my brother's Mgoblue account. Anybody know of a way to rectify this? Anybody else stake their claim to tickets this morning?