So I know there have been some posts here about this in the past and I know its been buzzing on various message boards for some time.
However, I heard that Colin Cowherd was talking on his show today that its very close to coming out and involves a non-USC, non-Auburn top 10-12 program.
I don't know exactly what that means, but whatever.
Did anyone out there actually hear the show?
Anyone have any guesses or info on who it may be?
I have heard rumblings of Oregon but I'm not so sure.
Anyways, could be an interesting off season for someone.
EDIT: Just to clarify, the rumblings I heard about Oregon were exactly that, rumblings. Multiple people on message boards mentioned them, but no evidence was provided.
The oversigning article on the board today featuring Steve Spurrier and Bobby Petrino got me thinking: how, if at all, will oversigning be brought to an end? We've had plenty of very good proposals for rule-changes ending oversigning in the SEC and elsewhere, but I'm curious how MGoBoard feels these changes can be enacted, if at all?
The two ideas I can think of are:
- Since the SEC is the biggest offender, they change from the inside following outcries from the administrations at Florida and Georgia (links embedded in names), and the oversigning problem dies down immensley in college football.
- The Big Ten, maybe the Pac, and certainly the smaller conferences that share territory with the SEC band together to force a change to the NCAA rules regarding recruiting classes.
I do not know which is more likely. Florida and Georgia carry a ton of clout in the SEC, though they seem to only be joined by Tennessee and Vanderbilt in not oversigning. Alabama is also a political heavyweight within the conference, and has the status-quo and conference commissioner on their side.
On the other hand, forcing a nationwide rule change is no small order, and while I would like to believe the Big Ten would stand up against oversigning, I have no idea the intentions of the other BCS conferences, not to mention the myriad of smaller conferences.
Can oversigning be ended? And, if so, how do you think change will come about?
(I realize these links have been posted before, I'm trying to ask a different question.)
It's not every day that a high school football recruit says that they want to major in nuclear engineering. That, however, happens to be the case for Indiana tight end Pierre Aka out of Pike High School. "I'm a really unique person. When I was looking at different jobs I was interested in engineering came up," said Pierre. "When I was little I was watching this show and I wondered how they created all those buildings, and how did they make sure everything was right. I've always been good at Math and Science, so it seems natural for me."
Not only is it unique for a teenager to have a grasp for what they want to do in the future, but Pierre also understands why he wants to major in engineering. "In the next ten years nuclear engineering needs more people. Creating power sources interests me, and I know not many people are into it but I am," he said. His future job choice isn't the only aspect about him that makes him unique. "I was born in France, and my parents are from Africa. I moved to the United States when I was eleven, so I don't remember too much," Pierre said. His full name is Pierre Jean-Baptist Aka, which gives a great sense of his heritage.
Combine his smarts and self-awareness with his 6-foot-4, 250-pound frame and you have a football prospect that will garner some serious attention. "There's a lot of schools that are interested, and that have been recruiting me right now. I have a top four though of Stanford, Michigan, Northwestern, and Penn State," Aka said. Academics has obviously been a main focus for him, and he's serious about his future. "A school like Indiana, they don't offer my major so they're automatically at the bottom of the list. Michigan and Stanford are both ranked high for their engineering schools, so they stick out to me," he said.
Outside of the classroom and on the football field Aka believes he has a high ceiling, and room for improvement. "I'm a little raw right now. I've been playing since I was in eighth grade, but I'm a run blocking tight end," Pierre said. His high school team runs a spread offense that typically only uses tight ends for blocking. That hasn't stopped him, though, from making his presence on the field. "I finish every play. When I step on that line I'm looking to destroy the guy in front of me. I don't stop until the whistle blows twice, and I'm not the tight end that catches a ton of balls but I still make plays," he said.
With regards to Michigan specifically, Pierre has been in contact with the coaching staff and plans to look further into how he would fit with Michigan. "I've talked to Coach Borges and he said they're going to evaluate me and that we'll stay in contact," he said. While no offer has been extended yet, tight end is a position of need for the Wolverines. The next moves for Aka will be to take visits, and continue to build relationships with coaching staffs.
Here's an article from Rittenberg on Mattison's job to restore the Michigan defense.
Basically, we're going back to the old days. Four man front and all that. No new information, but at the end he says the players have a lot of potential and it's the coaches' job to get them there.
Interesting read from the WSJ:
Notable quote from Spurrier:
He said the Big Ten, which has curbed oversigning for decades, is making a mistake by doing so. "I think that really hurts them a lot," Spurrier said. "They end up giving scholarships to a lot of walk-ons."
Here is a link to some prototype uniforms for football that a fan seems to have created: http://umgoblue.com/talk/Concept-Michigan-jerseys-m163569.aspx
I picked up the link following Stonum Woolfolk and Roundtree on twitter. While they seem to like the idea of changing the uniforms, I am a traditionalist, at least with regard to our home uniforms. Anyway just thought it might be fun to discuss. The fan's name is Tom Summers and a link to his twitter can be found here ---> http://twitter.com/#!/t_sizzle7494
Also, if someone could just embed these photos, that would be much appreciated.
edit/ Here are links to the individual prototypes. The guy must have used a Nike model since he forgot to remove the swooshes from the shoes and gloves.