"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
This Saturday marks the end of the Justin Boren / Michigan / OSU saga. Justin's last game in Columbus, his last meeting with Michigan, his last Big Ten game.
What a long, strange trip it's been with Justin.
It is, in my mind, the worst-reported and most underreported story in the history of Michigan football. Here was a kid, a really good player and the son of one of Bo's boys, who left suddenly, inexplicably, and on his way out, was party to the strangest press release in modern memory.
It was the "famliy values" meme; which gave rise to a couple of years' worth of weird, unfounded and increasingly strange presumptions and rumors about the Rich Rodriguez football program. All of them false. Justin was not a lazy kid or a lazy football player. Justin did not leave Michigan because he didn't want to run. It wasn't about "scheme." To think, as some did, that it was about abusive language in Rodriguez practices; that's a joke. Mike Boren is the biggest goddamned fucking hardass in Pickerington, and Justin once recounted how his dad yelled at him so fiercely at halftimes of his high school games, he thought "somebody might call the cops."
In fact, the real weirdness was sourced in the Boren family, and the simple story behind Justin's departure from Michigan was his parents' rage when they learned that Justin's younger brother Zach was not getting a sholarship offer from Michigan. Mike and Hope Boren yanked Justin out of school, within days of their learining that Zach was not getting a Michigan scholarship. The story is old now, and despite the fact that no reporters ever seemed to want to touch it, the "famliy values" knock on Rich Rodriguez was inevitably defeated by the truth and the balm of time.
But as Justin's collegiate career and the story of his unprecedented transfer from Michigan to Ohio State comes to a close, it is sort of funny to have a look at this Cleveland Plain Dealer article from a year ago, giving a charming little snapshot of "Boren family values." What a psycho-crew.
I did a graph of Michigan points scored vs OSU points scored over the last 100+ years:
Note that the longer a coaching staff exists, the more points OSU scores - these are the red trendlines.
Also note that at or just after a coaching change, the OSU points scored decreases dramatically - these are the green arrows.
Major Points of Inflection:
1938 hire of Herbert O. Crisler (0.816 win %)
1968 hire of Glen (Bo) Schembechler (0.802 win %)
1990 hire of Gary O. Moeller (0.771 win %)
Note the Carr (0.763), Oosterbaan (0.656) and Elliott (0.548) did not make a blip in the general trend.
Also note that when the OSU score pushes past 30, in coach change occurs, the exception being the 2nd year of Elliot, where the 1st 50 points put on Elliot did not cause a change, but the 2nd 50 pt clip resulted in the hiring of Bo.
Coaching changes at Michigan tend to occur when OSU puts 30+ on Michigan, the last being 42 pts in 2006.
After the coaching change, points given to OSU tends to drop quickly.
Note: When RR was hired, OSU scored 42 and last year only 21 a 50% drop-off.
For me with Buckeye-Cable its channel 227, but 24 hours of Michigan-Ohio State games tomorrow for those who need something other than the Lions game to watch.
Assuming the Marching Band coming to Columbus this weekend. We will need the noise down here. If they are here, are they performing on Friday evening? In the past they have been at Pickerington High School. If anyone has further information on chance to see them please reply.
This could have been already posted but buried in the poop storm of late, but just a reminder for all you lucky ones still in Ann Arbor, Fans are invited to attend the live Coach's Radio show at Pizza House in Ann Arbor at 7pm.
• Listen Live from 7-8 p.m.
Listen live Wednesday night (Nov. 24) to the final Rich Rodriguez Coaches Radio Show of the regular season on WXYT radio (affiliates). Fans are invited to attend the live show at Pizza House in Ann Arbor. Read More