landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Chantel Jennings, over at WN, wrote up a nice piece on Al Borges and how he enjoys recruiting for Michigan. Here's the link. The good parts:
“It’s Michigan -- that’s the bottom line,” Borges said. “We’re going to make people understand the advantages of coming to this university, and they go way beyond playing football. We just completely embrace that concept as a staff, and I think it resonates with the kids.”
“I love recruiting here,” said Borges, who has coached at Auburn, UCLA, Indiana and Oregon, among others. “Because it’s the best sell of any place I’ve ever coached.”
There are a few other money quotes in there, so it's worth the read, but it basically confirms what we already know about this staff: they love Michigan, they're honest, they genuinely care about the players, and they do a great job of letting the high points speak for themselves.
Also, how gorgeous does he look in these sunglasses?
(The answer: of corges Borges looks gorgeous)
Cowboys Classic is an 8pm start on ABC.
The Game against ohio is a Noon start, and you can bet your ass it will be on ABC even though MGoBlue does not say it.
Ivan Maisel has an interesting piece on the roots of the Fielding Yost and Knute Rockne feud. It's a concise snapshot of the roots of the rivalry, and good fodder for the "slow season" we're in right now. The article is here: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7954463/hate-fueled-football-great-rivalries .
I've always enjoyed the rivalry, finding the Irish to be one of the classier rival fan bases, and less prone to cooler-pooping and couch-burning than some fan bases. Yost's delight in running up points and pissing off opposing coaches with a sharp tongue makes me think of him as an earlier-day Steve Spurrier type.
Choice bits from the Maisel article include:
When Yost became head coach in 1901, he transformed the Wolverines into the most dominant program in the nation. Michigan didn't lose a game under Yost until 1905. These were known as the "Point-A-Minute" teams, both for their margins of victory and to reflect the head coach's personality. Chicago sportswriter Hugh Fullerton would describe Yost's methods as "tramp on the injured and hurdle the dead."
Yost believed Rockne cut corners in recruiting, promising employment and scholarship aid that the rules did not allow and looking the other way when Irish players participated in pro football games on the side.
According to Adam Gorney of Rivals, consensus 5 star safety Su'a Cravens will indeed make it on campus. How his visits and Michigan and OSU go will determine if he visits Nebraska. Still seems like a longshot given his timeline, but the key in recruiting is to get a player on campus. I don't think it's possible to overestimate how huge of a get Cravens would be.
The Michigan vs. Bama Cowboys Classic tickets are on sale now for those with 1-49 priority points that have yet to place an order. I actually ordered 3 of them just a little bit ago. However, I accidentally selected a will call pickup. This is an issue since I ordered them with my debit, yet on my brother's Mgoblue account. Anybody know of a way to rectify this? Anybody else stake their claim to tickets this morning?
College Football 101
100. Funny Press Conferences
You can't go wrong with funny press conferences. The interesting thing about press conferences is that they are the only time you hear from coaches and players. We fans tend to define coaches and players by their responses in press conferences. Brady Hoke said, "This is Michigan for God's sake!" That made Michigan fans like him right away. Les Miles seems like a funny and crazy guy because that's how he responds in press conferences. We don't know these coaches personally, so we shouldn't assume this is how they are. But anyways, here are my top five press conferences that are guaranteed to make you laugh.
This one's not for content.. Just for laughs.
- John L Smith Slaps Himself
- Urban Meyer: You're a Bad Man
- Brendan Gibbons Brunette Girls
5. Have a Great Day
Les Miles has many funny press conferences, but here is what he had to say about the rumors of him coaching at his alma mater-- Michigan.
4. John L Smith after Ohio loss
Not only did John L Smith slap himself after losing to Notre Dame, but he got just a little upset at his coaching staff after this one...
3. I'm a Man; I'm 40
Although some people think this is not funny, it truly is. What is really happening is OSU coach Mike Gundy stepping up for his player-- or at least his idea of it. He calls out the reporter and says some things that you usually wouldn't hear at a press conference.
2. Steve Spurrier and Ron Morris
This is just halarious! Steve Spurrier called out Ron Morris and basically said, "I'm going to do individual interviews for everyone except Ron Morris because he sucks." He goes on and on and on. This is a classic.
1. We Need More Dogs
NOTHING BEATS THIS! This is awesome! I don't need to say anything. Just watch the video.. Meow
Hope you all got a good laugh out of this!
Check back tomorrow for some good content. It's the first rivalry. Also, Michigan Football 101 starts tomorrow. See who or what is #101.