this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Yes, this the third thread on this, but here's an article that lays out the facts and has quotes from the actual dispute, as well as an explanation from Larry Merx of the coaches association. Needless to say, Dantonio comes off like, well, his petulant self.
Hecklinski told the coaches "everything starts" in the state of Michigan. Dantonio, who was hooked up to a microphone, jumped out of his seat and cut off Hecklinski, who did not have a microphone.
"OK, here's what we're going to do," Dantonio said. "We're going to get other people up here. We're going to talk about more than the University of Michigan.
"How many guys got a guy that's going to play in the Big Ten?" Dantonio asked the high school coaches. After a couple raised their hands, Dantonio said: "One, two - so the two guys can go back there in the corner and talk about that. All of us right here, we're going to talk about recruiting for everybody. Let's go."
Larry Merx of the coaches association said there was a misunderstanding on the format because Dantonio decided to stay for the entire 90-minute panel discussion, rather than leave after giving a 15-minute presentation, as he had planned.
"I told him we would have arranged things differently had we known he was going to stay," Merx said. "What happened, Mark's a good guy. He helps us out a lot. He's a good guy for high school coaches. He got to a point where he'd spoken and couldn't leave. He didn't want to jump ship and wanted to stick around.
"We'd have changed the whole situation. Because Mark wanted to be good for us, it wound up having the Michigan coach think he had more time to speak, and Mark lost his patience a little bit."
Hey guys, I was able to talk to Dymonte Thomas a little bit ago. His message was simple: I'm going to Michigan. Just thought I'd pass that along. I also talked to Dorian O'Daniel among others today if you want to check it out: LINK
Harvey Updyke rejects plea deal that called for 13 years in prison, and a banning from all University of Alabama sports for life.
"Roll damn tide!" -Harvey Updyke
This guy is an absolute moron, who actually said the following to the judge "There's too much tide in me, your honor".
That being said, Charles Barkley had the following to say.
"That's too much," Barkley said. "Is he an idiot? Of course, he's an idiot. You can't let him off for free. You give him a month in jail and make him donate money to Auburn. You can't put the guy in prison for 13 years. That's crazy."
I would tend to agree with that to an extent, but this really went above and beyond even irrational fandom.
In looking at our recruits by position group, it is apparent that some of the wide disparities between the recruiting sites are position group specific.
In other words:
Rivals loves our offensive line haul, 247 does not. Ave position ranking: 18.7 vs. 31.1 (I included Diamond and Garnett)
247 loves our defensive line haul, ESPN does not. Ave position ranking: 15.0 vs 29.8
ESPN loves our secondary haul, Scout does not. Ave position ranking: 23.3 vs 33.5
Everybody really loves our LB haul.
So, rather than choosing to love and hate various recruiting services based on my overall perception of their kindness to this years Michigan recruits, I was wondering if there might be some MGoBloggers with knowledge of the backgrounds of the guys making evaluations.
A little personal history of the guys (i.e. former positions played/coached, at what levels, etc.) and former predictive performance by position group of previous rankings would be hugely helpful to establishing what each recruiting service has as a "specialty."
Local radio reporting the commit and verified by Scout. IIRC, Armani Reeves was supposed to be along on the visit to cbus today. Any news on Reeves?
Edit: Does anyone else feel a little icky that two players have been kicked off the team and one has decided to transfer just before signing day? I guess if Meyer can't oversign in the BIG then he has to get creative to free up schollys.
I came across this photoshop of Tom Brady on Twitter and had to share it here. Credit to Twitter user @SirDRob
It would be nice if any talented MGoPhotoshoppers could put a Michigan twist on this.