In a nutshell, the Fiesta Bowl is going to look bad, really bad, when the results of an internal investigation are published next week. The rise of the Fiesta Bowl from a nice mid-major bowl to a BCS powerhouse was perhaps the product of something more than a favorable location and luck.
And guess what team is tied for the most appearances with six? The team that describes the Fiesta Bowl as their "home away from home and Columbus west?"
Sweatvest's own Ohio State Buckeyes. Why am I not surprised.
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EDIT: Just realized it's in the other spring day open thread, my mistake. Feel free to yank, mods
Massachusetts LB Camren Williams (6'2", 215 lbs) is on his way home from a visit to Ann Arbor this weekend. He took in the visit with his teammate ATH Armani Reeves and his father who happens to be a Michigan fan. Here's a look at his film and what he had to say about the trip.
TOM: I know you got to Ann Arbor on Friday, so can you take me through what you guys got to see the first day?
CAMREN: First we got right in to the academic meetings, and it was probably one of the best academic meetings I've ever been to. They covered everything, they have internships for the players they can help you with, and they're also starting to give all athletes iPads instead of books which is pretty cool.
TOM: After the academic side did you get a chance to meet with the coaches?
CAMREN: Yeah, we met with my position coach Mark Smith, Coach Hoke, and Coach Mattison. Coach Mattison said he thinks that I would probably grow into a SAM. They kind of run a 5-2 look, so he said I might be able to play WILL too. Coach Hoke talked about where he wants to bring the program. He wants the old Michigan back, and he wants to bring in the type of players that they used to bring in. He wants the excitement from the fans back and he basically just wants Michigan to be back where it was.
TOM: What did you do after meeting with the coaches?
CAMREN: We got a tour of the facilities and the whole campus. The Big House was huge, obviously. It was amazing though, you could tell the fans are right on top of you and it's one of the loudest and the biggest stadiums.
TOM: You did all of that on Friday, so what did you guys do today [Saturday]?
CAMREN: We checked out the opening practice. It was cool, there was a lot of media and alumni there. You could tell they were excited to see how Coach Hoke was going to handle everything. Even though it was the first practice you could tell they were trying to get the tempo high. The defense had to pick up the ball and take it into the endzone every time like they were picking up a fumble.
TOM: You went on this visit with your teammate Armani and your dad, what did they think of the trip?
CAMREN: My dad was amazed. That was the school that has been in my ear since I was born, and I've always worn those colors. He was amazed with everything. Armani, Michigan is one of the few places that you can see the history of the school. You can't really compare a lot of things at Michigan to other places. Like the locker room was incredible, and it was cool to be able to share that with my best friend. He said he definitely wants to see the school again and get back up for another visit. He's going to make his decision in December, but they're definitely up there for him.
TOM: Armani's not deciding until December, but you're deciding in June so what did this visit do for Michigan and how would you rank it from 1-10?
CAMREN: This visit was probably a 10. The visit was huge, it's definitely up there in my favorite schools. I want to make my decision in June, so I definitely want to get back up here for another visit. I really like Coach Hoke, Coach Smith, and Coach Mattison a lot. It's going to be a great place and I'm really interested in looking into Michigan more.
TOM: Wow, was there anything that stuck out to you to make the trip ranked that high?
CAMREN: It was really the little things that added up to one big positive. A lot of the little things that Michigan has and not a lot of other places do are what made me like it. The access some of the players have to certain things, the attention they get, and Coach Mattison being one of the highest paid defensive coordinators in college football is big. He coached all those great players with the Ravens and now he's at Michigan. All of that just made it great.
TOM: So what's next since you're going to be making your decision relatively soon?
CAMREN: I'm really down to Michigan, Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. This was the first visit and then I'm going to Penn State next week, North Carolina on the 9th, and then Wake Forest that same weekend. I also know that I'm going to be back up to Michigan for another visit too.
So not exactly a seasonal post, but saw it on the yahoo front page in a story about 2 star players who bombed the wonderlic. First, the relevant Michigan part: Schilling scored a 35, which is the 6th highest score at the combine this year. Great job!
Now, the sad part. Apparently, Patrick Peterson was one of 4 guys who scored in the single digits (ouch) along with kids from South Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma State. No, there's no trend there. Priceless quote:
"Peterson plays like a low-test guy," one NFL decision maker told PFW on the condition he remain anonymous
The other star is Georgia's AJ Green, who scored a 12. Scouts say a higher score is more important for offensive guys who have to learn sets than for defensive guys (like Peterson) who can just react.
"He will get it," one evaluator said. "You're going to have to take it slow with him and let him start at one position and let him learn on the run. He's not going to be able to handle learning all three positions. If you ask him to be an X, Y and Z, you're setting him up for failure."
Also on the yahoo front page is a link to an article on the Dagger (yahoo bball blog) about Michigan beating UT while scoring no FT's.
GO BLUE! BEAT DOOK!
This whole Tenn mess stole the spotlight away from Vogrich and the rest of Michigan's great day. Michigan got little or no coverage today because every highlight package was of Pearl talking or the Tenn kids saying they quit.
Then all the talking heads(just as Brian predicted) used the distractions as an excuse. Were they distracted when they got out to a 6 pt lead in the 1st 15 minutes?
Right now on TCM, John Wayne in a 1953 film, according to an amazon.com editorial review,
"plays a gleefully corrupt football coach who buys players in an attempt to build up the football program overnight at a small Catholic school."
A representative quote from one of the characters in the film:
Steve Aloysius Williams: Oh, it's a fine game, football - noble game. Originated in England in 1823. An enterprising young man named William Weber Ellis - who studied for the ministry, by the way - found his team behind in a soccer game, so he picked up the ball, and ran through the amazed opponents for a thoroughly illegal touchdown. And that's how football was born - illegitimately. So, it moved to America where someone took advantage of a loophole in the rules, and invented a little formation called the Flying Wedge. So many young men were maimed and killed by this clever maneuver that President Roosevelt - Theodore Roosevelt - had to call the colleges together and ask them to make the game less brutal. He was, of course, defeated in the next election. In spite of this setback, football became an industry. The price of a good running back often surpassed the salary of a professor. And when some righteous committee unearthed this well-known fact, there was always a coach that took it on the chin. I just got tired of picking myself up.
I turned it on midway through, and thought I was watching Nick Saban in black-and-white. Four stars are out of five.