no, YOU'RE off topic
I know this has been discussed previously, but here is a good article by Dan Wetzel explaining why the Big Ten Title game should be played outdoors, and I totally agree. Right now Indy is slotted to host the first game, but the conference only has Indy and Chicago in the running to host it annually. I dont like the idea of Indy hosting it b/c its a dome, and Chicago would be cool, but its actually a small venue (62k) considering other conference venues...so you can imagine the cost for tickets would get outrageous. Other possibilities stated in the article include...
"Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Bettendorf, Kalamazoo, Steubenville, Thief River Falls, Sheboygan, Cheboygan"
I personally like the idea of Lambeau Field hosting the event.....its outdoors, and its a bigger venue (73k) plus the mysic of the stadium woud add to the game/atmosphere.
I thought Dan made a great point with...
"Besides, some of the greatest games ever have seen snowflakes dance in the air, a cinematographic treasure. This is just one way the Big Ten can differentiate itself on the crowded conference championship weekend.
Outdoors says the league is proud of what it is – a conference built on Woody and Bo, Butkus and Bubba and generations of players and fans who grew up behind auto factories and on family farms and in towns that never make those “cool cities” lists.
And they’re long past tired of apologizing for it."
Recently, while reading some of the Sparty meltdown about our success in recruiting, I noticed that they talked a lot about MSU having 90+ offers extended to high school athletes. The talking points continued that losing nine or ten prospects to U of M was no big deal, they would still get a lot of highly ranked players.
This made me wonder if there is a data base or site that would list all of MSU's offers. It would be interesting to see who they have offered, and how many have already committed to other schools. I did a Google search and did not find a list. Any suggestions?
The rest of the text is behind the Rivals paywall, but they interviewed Lemming who stated we have extended more offers than any other school. He estimates the number around 200-300. Not sure where we have fallen previously in the Top 20 most offers by college, but it is interesting point.
This is a significant amount of coverage by the staff who will eventually turn many recruits away just due to numbers or not make "top 5" lists for many other recruits so I am not sure of the net effect in the end. Is it a way to get our name out there or simply going after everybody we want? I don't know the correct strategy or if there is one. At least we have some early commits so I guess that is a good thing. I just wonder what happens once we go into fall evaluation how much more that offer number would increase, I assume at some point you would stop making offers fairly early on since we won't sign a Houston Nutt sized class.
Didn't see any notion or discussion of this on the board, but Lloyd was on this afternoon, talking of course about the Hall of Fame induction and the Mott fundraising, but touched on a variety of topics, including things like "why wasn't our offense like the Capital One Bowl all season long?" and the whole 2007 season. Podcast is up on WTKA's site-
I'm thinking it's the one labeled "Lloyd Carr" on the list. They really don't have things in perfect order or separated by show right now. But at least they have them. Worth a listen if you have a half hour to kill (also surrounding podcasts with talk pre and post about him).
This is not news as far as I am concerned, but it will be news to some. A few days ago, when it was announced that Gene Marsh of Lightfoot, Franklin & White in Birmingham AL had been retained as counsel for Jim Tressel in the NCAA investigation, I got into a big board-fight with some of the members who apparently had no knowledge that Gene Marsh had in fact served (brilliantly) as Michigan's own NCAA defense-counsel. The thread had started with numerous attacks on Tressel for lawyering up, and some personal attacks on Gene Marsh.
I immediately weighed in rather emphatically on the side of Gene Marsh, and the fight was on.
Anwyay, here's Gene Marsh (the guy that many MGoBloggers wanted to attack) in today's Columbus Dispatch, on the subject of ... Michigan:
Marsh, a native of Dayton, said he was in the Army infantry for three years before enrolling at Ohio State. When he showed up on campus, he was "all business," taking 20-plus hours per quarter on his way to a bachelor's degree, then a master's in 1978.
"I didn't go to one Ohio State football game during that time," Marsh said. "The last game I attended there was about in 1988. So I am not a rah-rah fan."
In fact, he and fellow attorney William King from the Birmingham, Ala.-based firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White worked with Michigan during its committee-on-infractions hearing last year.
"I think it's safe to say I had absolutely no ties to Ann Arbor," Marsh said. "But they were a great institution to work for, and they made me proud because they were so forthright about everything. When you are lawyering a case, you just squeeze the fan element out of it."
Illinois OL Jordan Diamond just tweeted that his decision will likely come sooner than expected. I sent him a text to see how soon was soon. He said:
Yeah, my decision will come sooner but I'm still evaluating schools. It will probably be the first game of our season.
Jordan plans on visiting every school that he's already visited to do his final evaluation. Previously he had said that he wanted to take his official visits and take his time throughout the season.