Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
So I just saw this on ESPN and don't know how this hasn't been posted yet. But anyway, the NCAA is adding a new type of redshirt that coaches can use to extend eligibility.
"For the class of college athletes who will enroll in 2016 -- these students will start high school in a few months -- the changes are, indeed, significant. Current initial-eligibility standards require entering freshmen to graduate high school with 16 core courses passed and a minimum 2.0 GPA matched with an ACT or SAT score on a sliding scale.
The 2016 standards mandate the same 16 core courses but stipulate that 10 must be completed by the start of the student's senior year of high school and that all 16 are finished in four years. So effectively say goodbye to the practice popular in basketball of reclassifying to enjoy a fifth year of high school.
And the minimum GPA jumps to 2.3."
It goes on to say that 40% of the freshman class would not of qualified under these new rules. I don't know how much this would effect Michigan's recruiting as they have higher standards than the minimum (see Dorsey).
One major difference between academic redshirts of the future and partial qualifiers of the past: Academic redshirts don't lose a year of eligibility. After their first year in college, academic redshirts are left with four years to play four seasons; partial qualifiers had four to play three.
And as long as the academic redshirt passes nine credit hours in his first semester (or eight quarter hours), the athlete is eligible to continue practicing for the remainder of the first year and play the next season as a redshirt freshman.
Inspired by the Shane Morris photoshop thread I decided to visit future. I'm happy to report that all is well in the program and fans are enjoying a glorious time. I'll save you some surprises but I did bring this back.
Probably has been discussed before, but besides Desmond Howard, who else deserves to be considered a Michigan Football Legend? Obviously the overwhelming choice would be Woodson, but who else among the greats of UM, have earned legendary status?
So I'm watching the replay of the Michigan vs. Alabama 2000 bowl game, and I'm blown away with how many of our guys from this roster played in the NFL. Is it the most star studded team in the history of our program? My criteria is simply how many guys played in the NFL vs other UM rosters. I will list all the guys I can remember, and it's up to you mgoexperts to find guys I'm missing and maybe another team that had even more.
In no particular order...
Tom Brady, Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Thomas, Jeff Backus, David Terrel, Ian Gold, Rob Renes, Josh WIlliams, James Hall, David Baas, Justin Fargas, Drew Henson, Chris Perry, Larry Foote, John Navarre, Cato June, Marquise Walker ,BJ Askew, Bennie Joppru, Shantee Orr, Victor Hobson
That's 21 by my count, and that's even more than I expected.... thoughts?
Per Bruce Feldman and Luke Zimmerman via Twitter
"The Charles Eric Waugh saga has come to its logical conclusion. As first pointed out by twitter user Bryan McClure (ironically by mass/spam messaging multiple sports and college football writers), Waugh was formally booked in the Boyd County Detention Center on one count of probation violation and another for failing to comply with the sexual offender registration.
Waugh could still additionally face a Class A misdemeanor for his use of social networks with members under the age of 18 and coupled with the two other charges should turn into prison time (particularly considering that he was previously allowed to avoid any for agreeing to the probation in the first place).
While the ramifications (including but not limited to Alex Anzalone's decommitment) continue to linger and it remains probable that the events of the last week turn into a cautionary tale for college athletic departments across the country, hopefully this is the last time we hear of Waugh."
Not surprising given that he was a quarterfinalist (I believe) last year.
The link pretty much says all there is to say... although Rittenburg suggesting that Gholston should be on the list is mildly amusing given that the first two criteria are Integrity and Maturity. I guess we can watch for that.