...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
I know this has been batted around a million times by now, but according to Scout, now it looks like Kalis' father is supporting him committing to UM right now, but others in his family are maintaining that he should prolong the process for one reason or another. I wish the kid luck in his decision-making and the process.
Not too sure why ... but it seems like other athletes feel sympathy for Terrelle Pryor, and they feel they need to come clean themselves. In an interview today Channing Crowder came out and said he "hypothetically" sold his jerseys in college.
"I'll say hypothetically I don't have any more of my Florida jerseys," Crowder said Sunday. "There were some Jacksonville businessmen that really hypothetically liked my play."
Why come out and sell yourself out over things like this that are NCAA violations, and which also throw your alma mater into the spotlight.
Does this open the door to an NCAA investigation into Florida's program?
It'll be interesting to see what other players come clean on things that went on while they were in college.
Either way ... Ohio State is under the gun mainly for Tressel and his cover up, so none of this nonsense keeps the heat off Ohio State.
I know it's early but I saw 2 things today on Mich Bball that I thought were interesting.
Tim Hardway is nowhere to be found in the 2012 Mock Drafts. I know it's early, but I'll say right now that this is going to be proven wrong. I think he is gone next year and he'll be a top 20 guy.
The 2nd was a story on the easiest non conference schedules. It was interersting when they showed a graph of the hardest schedules. Michigan is in the top 10 hardest schedules close behind MSU which I think most people would find surprising given that all the media does for 3 months is stroke Izzo and make excuses for their lack of out of conference success.
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I read an interesting article posted at SI.com by the folks from Cold, Hard, Football Facts:
I am curious whether there is any of the stats minded guys (or gals) around here who could be cajoled into seeing if the Passer Differential Rating correlation between winners and their ability to pass the ball and defend the pass transfers from the pros to college football. I find it fascinating that the single biggest predictor of success in the NFL is a team's ability to both pass the ball and defend the pass.
With the greater diversity of offenses in the college game that include both run first offenses as well as pass happy attacks there may be less predictive value for Passer Differential Rating in the NCAA, but it might provide anothe point in the debate over which offensive system is the "best."
Important also is the defensive component. Dominant defenses may be able to make up for a lack of a world beating pass attack. What is most interesting about this stat is that it is a team's ability to pass the ball and defend the pass that is most important (think recent Michigan secondary doom) predictor of success. Its not about running the ball or stopping the run, but rather passing the ball and stopping the pass. Its not overall offense or defense that is most important as a predictor, but just passing success and passing defense.
I wonder if there is someone here willing to take up the challenge of seeing if this correlates at the college level...
I haven't followed recruiting closely until the last couple years. My recollection is that RR was getting recruits much closer to signing day and I guess I felt that was more normal. I have no idea what it was like under Carr (i.e. - early or late or even).
Not that its really that special since there is a long way to go, but I thought it was kind of nice to see Michigan holding down the #1 spot on MaxPreps.com, which is the CBS Sports recruiting site.