somehow we're only 124th
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This is the first column from anonymous Coach X, who "helms a top NCAA football program". The column discusses the recent college footbal scandals and the pressure on college coaches to win.
Relevant Tressel bit:
From the average college fan's perspective, Tressel was about as clean as it gets. But for coaches who are actually in the business, well, we knew he did have some issues at Youngstown State, and there was a lot that went on with Maurice Clarett's situation after he got to Ohio State. To a lot of college coaches, seeing Tressel getting into this kind of trouble with the rules wasn't shocking.
I recommend the article for those with ESPN Insider. Pretty interesting stuff.
I was listening to Bill is King online when he had Phil Steele as a guest. Someone eventually called up and asked him to break down what he thought of the wolverines chances in conference play. I'm sure this is not news to anyone that buys his magazine, but it's food for thought to the rest of us.
Link http://team247.podbean.com/ click on hr2 of Aug 26 (about 35 minute mark)
Quick breakdown of what he said.
He likes what Hoke is doing. Hoke will have to defense turned around quickly. He thinks it takes about 2 years to really install the pro offense (new blocking schemes, QB needs to learn how to take snaps from under center etc.). Expects Denard to take snaps from shotgun 30% of the time. Hoke needs the athletes on defense.
The schedule is tough. Does not expect UM to get 4 big ten wins. UM may be underdogs for the away games at NW, MSU, Iowa, Illinois. We are probably underdogs for NEB and OSU as well. We will probably need 2 or even 3 upsets to top 4 big ten wins.
Sounds like he is not too high on Michigan this year, but he does end his response by saying that he expects UM to be one of the favorites for the Legends division next year.
As we near the upcoming season I always use the weekend before to brush off my tailgating gear and make sure everything is in good shape. Just wanted to get the Mgoblog community's take on some good tailgating music while a make a new play list for this year.
I know this was discussed ad nauseum a few months ago, but I wanted to revisit it. Sometimes, when faced with something we don't like and given no options to resolve, we actually warm up to an idea. Whether it be complacency or a shift in opinion, I'm starting to think the Leaders and Legends conference names aren't as bad as we initially thought. Am I wrong?
As an example, my wife and I named our son Hudson. I got the feeling that a lot of people didn't like that name as it wasn't really common and sounded kind of funny the first 20 or so times we said it. Almost two years later, everybody loves the name and doesn't see him as anything but Hudson.
In retrospect, some names are beyond salvagability. Beaner's Coffee was a stupid idea when it was created. It was still a stupid idea when it was finally changed.
So, am I suffering from some weird sort of Stockholm Syndrome (or Chicago Syndrome, as it may be) for feeling like these names are growing on me? Or did we all just overreact a bit when the conference names were released?
I'll pose one last question - What if the Big 10 had ALWAYS had the Legends and Leaders divisions? Would you have accepted them as tradition, or thought of them as an embarrasing representation of the conference?
Lee Corso just predicted 5 wins for michigan, saying we have a tough schedule. Kirk and Desomnd both agreed on 8 wins.
Everyone needs to give Corso an extremely hard time now on Septemer 10th.