to play football, not to play trumpet
I'm rarely pleased with ESPN, but last night they got it right. Alabama fans would love to claim that last night marked Alabama's 14th National Championship, even though that number, for all intents and purposes, is largely fabricated. So last night, I couldn't have been happier to see ESPN stop kissing the SEC's ass, and get the facts right.
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Today the Blockhams are attending services at East Pneumonia Lutheran Church, and youngest son Desmond has recruiting on his mind. It won't be long before he heads back to the South Quad for spring classes. Sitting beside him is the middle child, Chalmers, better known as 'Bump'... who we'll get to know better on Thursday.
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The AAUM announced on their Facebook page that ticket info for the 2012 JerryWorld game will be announced later this month...so that everyone has access, here is a link to some info (albeit not exactly the same) on the AAUM site.
Rivals has a non-paywalled article (Link: http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1316740) asking and analyzing whether Michigan should move Ryan. He was at SAM linebacker this year, but could potentially have a position move to play weakside defensive end in the upcoming season.
As is typical with a Rivals or Scout teaser headline, the answer is "no." Their reasoning? First, it is questionable whether Jake Ryan's frame can sustain the additional weight needed. Second, and probably most important, between Roh, Jibreel Black, and Frank Clark, Michigan already has solid candidates at both SDE and WDE. Keeping Ryan as a SAM LB allows Mattison to put more of his best players on the field at one time.
This analysis makes sense to me. However, it makes me wonder whether we should expect any position changes in the coming year. I suppose to really answer that, we'll have to see how the incoming class performs, and which guys are truly strong enough and good enough to compete for PT right out of the gate. While there has been lots of love expressed for both Bolden and Pipkins, it is definitely too soon to slot them in as starters. Exhibit A is Ryan. As good as he was in this last campaign, Ryan was undoubtedly helped by a redshirt year. I'm sure that Mattison will get guys on the field right away if their practice time warrants it. He already did with Countess. When others perform the same way, position changes will become more obvious.
T-Bob must feel like a kid whose dad got thrown out of a little league game for arguing with the umpire, except this was the National Championship game and Hebert kind of has a point. I thought Miles showed great restraint given the circumstances.
Final Coaches' Poll:
3. Oklahoma State
6. Boise State
8. South Carolina
10. Michigan State