Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
Since it's Notre Dame week, I thought you might like to relive some video of last year's game. This is my video response to damefan1 running his mouth last year. Figured I'd post it again for the board to see, just in case you need some extra motivation to get up for ND week. Go Blue!
Edit: Embed is in the first reply post, and here's a link as well:
Lee Roy Selmon has passed away. http://news.yahoo.com/hall-fame-defensive-end-lee-roy-selmon-dies-232215589.html It seems like a lot of great college football players from the 70s are leaving the scene suddenly: e.g., Rob Lytle, Bubba Smith. now Selmon.
In 1975 (I guess it was January 1, 1976), Michigan played in the Orange Bowl. It was the first year that Big Ten teams were allowed to play in a bowl other than the Rose Bowl. Rick Leach was finishing his freshman year as QB for Bo.
Michigan faced Oklahoma and the Selmon brothers, who were en route to a national championship. Michigan was destroyed by these guys. It was always interesting to me that while the outcome of the game was never in doubt, Bo was somehow able to keep the score well under control. If memory serves correctly, Oklahoma won 14-6. (Lytle also played in that game.)
I know a lot of people were happy, yet unhappy, with the game being called yesterday. We U of M fans were left with a feeling of emptiness, as we got cheated out of the 4th quarter, but it was a great call by the AD's. The question for WVU and Marshall is .... at what point does Marshall just give in to defeat. They are down by 24 points with roughly 14 minutes left, and the game has been going on for 6 1/2 hours ... mostly a lightning delay. It was just announced on ESPN that one of the fans who refused to leave the stadium when it was evacuated, and the police have confirmed he was unresponsive after being struck by lightning.
I think it's ridiculous that these 2 AD's cannot come to an agreement after nearly 7 hours, when WMU and U of M were able to do so very quickly. The game is out of hand, and I think it's ridiculous they are going to keep this game going, especially since thay are saying there is at least 2 more hours of storms coming, and the fact that lightning directly struck the stadium and affected a fan.
BnDP posted YouTube links to the game, however I figured it's never bad to have a copy floating of the raw broadcast in case people want to cut up video for UFR's or have for archival purposes. I won't be encoding .mp4's this year. If you're looking to watch the game, I think you'd prefer watching it from YouTube, no?
Some technical notes - This is an mpeg-2 copy (there will be no h.264 garbage this year, yay!), so you can advance frame by frame, encode, etc.
The download is big (roughly 14GB), but it's hosted on a 1Gbit box. This is for the purists :]
I've made it a habit to check out the box score of UofM's games to see if my eyes agree with the numbers. It took me awhile to find this, but the box score for yesterday's game can be found here:
Obviously, the main story told from the box score is a missing 4th quarter. What I also found interesting was the score of the 2nd quarter, UofM 20, WMU 3. I'm paying more attention to the 2nd quarter this year as a result of last year. This next fact has been little discussed on this board or elsewhere, but I find it fascinating. Last year, UofM outscored it's opposition on a cumulative basis in every quarter but the 2nd. Scroll about 2/3 down this link:
to see the cumulative score by quarters:
UM 122 ... 83 ... 95 ... 104
OPP 64 ... 194 ... 92 ... 88
We were outscored by a whopping 194-83 in the 2nd quarters of games last year. I think it was a reflection of the inexperience of the team and inability of the coaching staff (particularly the defensive side) to adjust during the game. As soon as we made a mistake in the first half, things started going south and it took them until at least after halftime to snap out of it. How much of this was mental? How much was due to the program being under a microscope in RR's 3rd, make-or-break-it year? I guess we'll never know. Growing up, when we had a tough first half, I was also told by my dad to wait for the third quarter because Bo was a master of the mid-game adjustment. And he was usually right. Well, last year, we dug too big a hole in the 2nd quarter for the half-time adjustments to matter.
One good aspect of MANBALL (or scoring more slowly if you will) may be that the defensive staff has a chance to make adjustments while our offense is taking 8:33 off the clock. After WMU's first drive of 7:11, their next longest drive was only 4:32. Clearly, something changed, and for the better.
Other highlights from the box score:
* ONLY 1 PENALTY !!! That is shockingly low for a first game. Congrats to Hoke and company. Perhaps, again, this is just a symptom of the players being a little more experienced.
* 21 players for UofM made at least one tackle, solo or assisted. So, yeah, we were rotating players in pretty frequently. We have DEPTH!!! Maybe. (In contrast, WMU only had 12 guys make tackles.)
* Net yards per kickoff was 49.3 for WMU, and only 34.5 for us. There were 9 kickoffs total, so we gave up ~67 yards of field position just on the kickoffs. That has to improve next week.
* We won the turnover battle 3-0. A combination of more experienced skill-position players and more blitzing on defense. Let's hope that holds up. Regress to the mean, please, please, please, ...
Normally, I look at first downs to see how the teams did on a consistent basis. This basically throws out the big plays and looks at the teams across the rest of the 60 minutes (or in this case, 42 minutes.) We were tied 17-17 in first downs, but I think you throw that out this week because of the 2 defensive scores giving them extra possessions. Instead, just look at the yards per play. We were at 7.4, they were at 5.0. Last year we gave up an average of 6.1 yards per play. So our defense was better than last year statistically, but it's hard to say too much until we see how WMU does in their other games.
Anything else stick out to the MGoBoard?
My sister in law noticed that the band mostly played to the east side of the field for the first time in our memory. Her comment was that that was "where the rich people were sitting". We enjoyed it because we are more east than west (southeast to be exact) and could actually hear most of the music. I also hate the fact that I no longer have the yards gained passing and running on the scoreboard. grrrrr!