also duty-free guys falling over and grabbing their shins
Slow day for me so I started to think about adding teams to the Big 10
I was going to create a post with a dream 4 universities for the big 10 to add to expand a al the SEC
I narrowed my list to member of the AAU members & Notre Dame
My Best 4 was
- Notre Dame
- University of North Carolina
This would make the Big 10 an amazing B-Ball conference, but it really doesn't add that much for football besides ND.
Also, I doubt that any of the 4 would even want to join our league. I grouped UNC and Duke together, but they have such a history with the rest of the ACC it would be hard to pry them loose.
Non-AAU members could try a Kentucky and Tenn. grab, but I don't think they would leave the SEC
I know mizzou wants in real bad, but who could we pair them with and do they add that much to the big 10?
rutgers? I am not sold on them
Pitt? too regional
What about Texas A&M? Wouldn't that be something. They are an AAU member and they are not happy with their current situation. You could probably even convince Kansas to come with them.
As the season nears, anticipation and excitement grow to the point that some steam must be released. While some choose to release this by posting and re-posting anything even tangentially relevant to the program and others pile on the facepalm "How can you be dumb enough to clutter the board with that!" comments, I think that perhaps an outpouring of creativity and thoughtful expression will help.
Change permeates camp.
Coaches, systems, and scoreboards.
Who will step forward?
What metrics give us most hope?
All weight change is good!
We will sacrifice
The flash of sixteen through Ds
For his post-game smile.
Recruiting has slowed down now that camp has started and the season is approaching. With a limited number of spots left you would expect that anyway. Here's a look at what happened this week and what might be happening in the future. As always you can follow me on Twitter @TomVH, or email me with any tips or questions at TomVH@MGoBlog.com.
6'3", 240 lbs.
Poggi is a 2013 lineman who is already blowing up with offers. Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee are among his bigger names to offer already. He made his way in to Ann Arbor this past week and told me about how that went.
I visited there [Monday], and really enjoyed it. I hung out with the coaches and talked to them about what position I'd be playing there. They want me to work as a five tech [DE] which is what I play now.
The visit gave Poggi a chance to sit down and talk face to face with the Michigan coaches.
I talked to Coach Mattison, he's great, he coached one of the players from my high school at Notre Dame and my dad has known him for awhile. Coach Hoke told me that they really care about the defensive line there, and I thought Coach Montgomery was really impressive. Coach Montgomery is a great guy, he knows what he's talking about.
The timing of this visit was good for Michigan because he's already been out to a few other schools and plans to really focus on his season.
I've taken a few visits down south and decided to go to Ann Arbor before camp starts for us. They've always been interesting to me, their tradition, and I hear Coach Hoke is doing a lot of good things. It was my first time up there so it was good. I would say Michigan is up there, I really like the people down there and the education they have.
Despite the fact that he hasn't started his junior season yet Poggi has somewhat of an idea of when he'd like to decide.
I would rather not prolong my commitment. I don't know the exact date, but I'd like to take a couple official visits. If I know before I can take visits then I would just commit, I don't really have to take the officials.
Poggi is already a huge prospect for the 2013 class, and Michigan has helped themselves tremendously by making an early impression.
6'3", 215 lbs.
Gedeon is another 2013 prospect that recently made it up to Ann Arbor. He also holds a Michigan offer and will be a big part of Michigan's recruiting plans for the 2013 class.
I went to Michigan's camp and Coach Mattison had mentioned that they were having a BBQ. My parents and I went to the BBQ and it went great. That was my first time visiting besides the camps. I've camped at Ohio State, Penn State, and Northwestern too. I definitely want to make it to Penn State, Ohio State, Northwestern, and probably Tennessee for a visit too.
Both the BBQ and Michigan's camp made a lasting impression on Gedeon.
Michigan was my first camp and I got an offer afterwards, so that was my first offer too. Usually you're pretty excited about your first offer so that was pretty sweet. The coaches told me that I'd fit in with the place they have there. I think they have a pretty sweet recruiting class right now and they're starting on my class.
Gedeon said that it helps to know that Michigan is recruiting well, but it's not the only reason he's interested.
It helps to have a good class, they'll probably be top five so that's definitely a plus. Michigan has the most wins, and I've always followed Michigan throughout my childhood, so I've always been a fan.
He plans on using this year to work on his game and leadership skills as well.
I've definitely been trying to become more of a leader. Last year I was just a sophomore so this year I'm trying to be more of a vocal leader. I think I blitz pretty well, I'm trying to work on my leverage, get my pad level down, and I also think I'm really good at getting to the ball.
Ben plans on making it up for a Michigan game this season, but isn't positive yet on which one.
I might visit for the night game against Notre Dame. I'm just going to let my recruitment play out and see what happens. I might make an early decision but we'll see what happens.
I think right now for Gedeon some of the bigger schools like Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State are a few that stick out for him.
6'3", 285 lbs.
Dillard is another 2013 prospect that could end up with a Michigan offer. He's not originally from Michigan, but is hoping to learn more about the program.
Most of my family is from North Carolina. It's been six years since we moved to Michigan. I've heard a ton about Michigan's tradition from some of my teachers.
Dillard has gotten a head start on his recruitment, and is already starting to hear from some top programs.
Michigan State invited me to their practice, and I've heard from Indiana, Cincinnati, Stanford, Oregon, EMU, WMU, Michigan, Arkansas, and UCF. I work with Lomas Brown every Saturday and I also train with Mike Barwis at his facility five days a week.
He's heard from a good amount of schools and Michigan has already told Dillard a timeline for their evaluation on him.
Coach Funk told me he wants to watch my first three games of the season. All the [Michigan] coaches liked me at their camp and so they want to watch the first three games and then decide on an offer.
Dillard is an outstanding young man. He's only 16 years old and is already involved within his community. He has been involved with the Special Olympics, and Big House Big Heart Champions for Charity.
With the commitment of DT Ondre Pipkins many fans were wondering where DT Danny O'Brien stood and if the Michigan coaches would still accept a commitment from O'Brien. Danny has a phone call scheduled with the Michigan coaches to talk on Monday [the 15th] about where he stands. He told me that he will still consider Michigan if there's a spot open. I will let you know how the phone call went as soon as he has it.
As I noted earlier in the week, Washington OL Joshua Garnett is now planning his visit for the Notre Dame night game. That's a big deal because he had been previously saying he would wait until the Ohio State game to visit. In the post I made it clear that Garnett and Michigan commit Erik Magnuson have become very close and that Michigan has a real chance of landing Garnett. I want to reiterate that now, he doesn't know where he's going yet but Michigan has a legitimate shot at landing him.
Since the season is almost here that also means official visits will be scheduled soon. The first game against Western Michigan won't be as big as the Notre Dame game visit-wise, obviously, but there are some notable prospects that are planning to make it in. So far commitments Allen Gant and Matt Godin have said they'll be there. There is also a good chance that receivers Amara Darboh and Darius Powe will be in for that weekend as well. Powe isn't sure what date he'll be in yet, but he told me he wants to make it in for a game earlier in the season.
2013 DB Shaquille Wiggins also said that he will be in for the Western game, but I'm going to double check to make sure he didn't mean the Notre Dame game. Most of these aren't set in stone anyway so just keep that in mind. Also these aren't all of the names necessarily, just who I've spoken with so far.
The Big Ten Network teamed up with WhatIfSports once again to "predict" the outcome of the last fifteen years of B1G play had Nebraska been invited in 1996. The big mystery of the 1997 MNC: OSU (or M/OSU split). FWIW they call Nebraska finishing third in the division with three conference losses.
Obviously this sounds crazy, but this is the same company that predicted a 3-9 finish in 2010 with 23ppg, a 95% chance of losing to UConn and a 19% chance of victory at Purdue. Also the same company that had Tennessee besting us in the opening round of the 2011 dance.
Al Borges was the OC for Portland State under the entire tenure of then Viking HC Ernest "Pokey" Allen.
Both coaches went on to great fame at Boise State, including the 1994 Div. 1-AA National Title Game (13-2), losing 14-28 to Cheater McCheatervest of Youngstown State.
Shortly after that 1994 season, Allen was diagnoses with cancer and stepped down as Boise HC in December 1995.
I didn't realize how interesting of a character coach Pokey Allen was, until I saw this tribute footage with mostly Portland State football footage.
Allen was HC at Portland State from 1986-1992, and had Al Borges at his side as OC all of those seasons plus two more at Boise State (1993-1994)
Local Portland TV news tribute to the late "Pokey" Allen.
For Al Borges, it must have been pretty cool to have worked with, and have been associated with such a great football coach and funnier-than-hell co-worker.