Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
(Yes, this is bad)
Saving you all the legwork of checking the aptly titled APR of 928 message board post, these graphics demonstrate the disappointing numbers that, yes, have existed before a guy from West Virginia showed up. While nearly every school in the Big Ten has seen a steady increase of APR (or at least plateaud as is the case of Iowa), Michigan has faced a freefall from numbers that really weren't all that great to begin with. For example, Michigan's highest APR (958 in 05-06) would be 1 point greater than PSU's worst season.
The obvious goat of the Big Ten is Minnesota, with the only penalties of any team in the Big Ten in 2007-2008 (3 scholarships). Northwestern's numbers are mind blowing and also shoot to hell any developed belief that "perhaps the APR is bad because the academics at Michigan are a bit better."
Numbers can be improved upon, obviously. Purdue is an excellent case as seen above: despite ridiculous numbers the first four years, their numbers have increased and taken them out of Kenny Loggins territory. If they continue to post poor numbers, Michigan will find themselves without health insurance because they live in the Danger Zone.
In short, Captain Obvious held a press conference to notify the public that this needs to improve. OSU has had top caliber talent for the entirety of this stretch and still managed to average over 950. A high amount of attention will have to be paid on player eligibility and STOPPING THE DAMN TRANSFERS. BUILD A WALL. SNIPER ON THE UNION ROOF. WHATEVER.
Actual APR for 2009-2010 is 946. Phew.
I'm pretty upset that Michigan snubbed this kid. He really could have helped us. A mean huge left tackle that blocks people to hurt them! He is an animal. A kid out of the mold of Jake Long or Taylor Lewan. See his videos on youtube. He says that he wanted to go to UM, but we didnt pursue him. He is in Ohio, and is now commited to ND. The kid is solid, and we screwed it up. This is a great class so far and he would have made it a lot better. Wish they would have focused on him a little more and he would have been a Wolverine.
Presenting for discussion ... *not* a Freep article:
* To some degree, I believe in all this "toughness." I don't think it was lacking under the prior regime, but there are worse things to emphasize. I won't be surprised if it improves.
* Navarre (who, to be fair, has always seemed like a good guy) seems to be equating toughness with the pro-style offense here: "We're going to have a fullback in the game, the quarterback's going to be under center." I do not agree. John does not seem to believe that spread teams can be tough.
* More from Navarre: "I know they're doing a lot of mental toughness things they've been doing for years that we got away from a little bit." Where's the evidence for that?
* We've seen Griese's comments about "effort." I wonder if he watched the Oregon game in '07?
With all the obvious targets (defensive coordinator position, etc.) provided by the RichRod regime, why is it that we continue to hear about things like "toughness" and "understanding the rivalry?" To me it's evidence that a bunch of brains locked up when Rodriguez lost too many games. If Griese et al. would restrict themselves to GERG, academically shaky recruits, etc. they'd sound a lot more reasonable.
I looked at Tom's update and the comments in that thread and didn't see it mentioned. I asked the question there as well, but it has moved down the main page and doesn't seem to be getting many views because of that so my question hasn't been answered.
My question is in relation to Wilson. He wasn't mentioned in the update and is someone we had seemed to be making progress with. With all that is going on with the DB's and how quickly things are progressing with some of them I was wondering if anyone had any insight into what is going on with Wilson.
He is one of the few true safeties we have in our sights and I was hoping we would pick someone like him up (a guy who played the position in HS and is projected to stay there in college).
So, any information would be welcomed. Thanks!
The podcast will be up shortly, apparently they're working again. Hopefully this increases their page views, not trying to lift content. I use TuneIn radio to get their broadcast.
Day: Sam doesn't believe we've dropped for him, but Day is extending his timeline for a decision. He's been in for multiple visits to M, his brother is a big M fan, and the parents seemed impressed on their trip here. Day doesn't do many interviews, so people are getting the impression we're slipping. Webb still believes we're in decent position.
Pipkens: He's a beast and dominated the Nike camp. In better shape than he was in the winter, which was a concern. Can be a 5* dominating force if he keeps improving his conditioning. He's also talking about moving his timeline out, but M still in good position.