Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Per Tremendous -
Add another name into the bag. Per a couple tweets by Mike Farrell at Rivals, it sounds like LB EJ Levenberry Jr. wants to re-open his recruitment. I don't think he's officially de-committed from FSU, but it sounds like he is having second thoughts for sure and plans to visit Michigan. We had a good rapport with EJ during his recruitment, so I may be able to get to the bottom of what's going on.
Well this should be interesting....
edit - Here's the link to Rivals regarding the situation.
Right now I have to say my son made the right decision in choosing Jimbo
and FSU but that Michigan degree and Greg Mattison's relationship with
my son are hard to resist.
edit 2 -
And just like that #Michigan pulls out of the Levenberry race unless they lose a commit per levenberry's father
Jerry Sandusky has been quoted by his lawyer as saying that even if we are to believe he's guilty, the thought of a cover-up orchestrated by Spainer, Schultz, Curley and Paterno is "ridiculous". Apparently he's very upset with the sanctions and professes his love of Penn State through his lawyer. His attorney believes sentencing will happen in September, and reports that Sandusky is preparing a letter to read into the court record. Also, Sandusky is hoping for another trial or another opportunity for "the truth" to come out.
In the minor Penn State news portion of this post, former US Senator George Mitchell has been appointed Athletics Integrity Monitor within their AD, and will submit four reports annually for five years to the Board of Trustees, NCAA and Big Ten. Mitchell is famous for his report on steroid usage in baseball.
From the Ed-S-itor: Some of you may have noticed the new ad on the top of the site:
(Don't be fooled by this size; in real life, it's really big!)
Meet the latest sponsor of MGoBlog, Sports Power Weekends. What they do is put together group travel for Michigan's away games (Dallas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, etc.) So instead of doing the driving and the booking and the ticket scrounging you just give these guys about what you'd pay for all of that anyway and they do it for you. They have a limited number of spots based on how many tickets and bus seats there are.
I have images in my mind of busloads of MGoBloggers singing "The Victors" all the way to Sound Bend. I have to take the family caravan to that one, but I'm gonna try to meet up with the bus at some point.
Their message is below. And yes, it's not too late to be
in there for Alabama in one month (ONE MONTH! EEEEEE!!!!!) -S
I just returned from the BIg House, where a great fellow named John Simon gave an awesome tour to my 42 preschoolers (and a bunch of dads!)
So, we did an abbreviated tour of the towers, only going up to the club level. 4-yr-olds really want to get to the locker room and have lots of time on the field!
Anyway, we spent quite a while in the locker room, and there was one major change from my visit there a
week year ago:
The #21 locker is now completely different from the rest of them. It is done up in dark wood, the top says "Michigan Legend - Desmond Howard" and inside the locker where the block M goes is an oval plaque that resembles the jersey patch. Here's the locker:
Here's the locker in context:
John, our very informative tour guide, told me that there was a work order for another FOUR legends lockers. So we heard back in June that Ford, Oosterban, and Kramer's numbers were being "legended," so who do we think the fourth is? Harmon? Woodson? Wistert? John did not speculate.
Other items of interest:
As an earlier poster noted, Fitz's 28 is no longer there. However, removing it has seemed to wreak some havoc with locker placement, as Kenny Wilkin's #41 is now in its place:
John said that would have to change as Hoke demands the lockers be arranged numerically.
Finally, a completely gratuitous pic of Denard's locker:
This morning I posted a full scouting report on Richmond (VA) Hermitage tailback Derrick Green. This will probably be my last scouting report for a class of 2013 kid, unless some new offers emerge for the class. Most people expect our last spot(s) to be taken by Green and/or LaQuon Treadwell, although I'm not confident we'll get both. In the coming weeks, I'll probably move on to 2014 kids.
Anyway, Green is a very solid running back. I don't think he's the top running back in the nation like Rivals does, but I can't argue too much with the sites who think he's among the top six or seven guys.
The title says it all - wondering when the "Countdown to Kickoff" starts? Would it be August 1st? And please God more Doug Karsch