If you can believe a Lloyd Carr QB actually ran for a 70+ yard TD, breaking 3 tackles along the way. From 1996:
Good Friday to you all!
Just curious, what is everyone's expectation of the MIchigan football program in a steady state environment? This is irrespective of any particular coach and happens when we have ironed out the major kinks, have a coach that most are happy with and will be around for many years to come, and are recruiting and performing on a consistant basis.
I understand that the quagmire of the past couple years has tempered our expectations to something more realistic in the near future, but it still seems that many have lost sight of the greatness of our program and have lowered their expectations going into the distant future. And they are absolutely fine with it! One particular poster said it was fine with fielding a good (not necessarily great) team that goes to BCS games every now and again, a la an Iowa or Wisconsin. Boooo!
- Be in the hunt for a NC game going into November 1 out of every 4 years. (I'm in the camp that NCs are a more important focus than winning the B10. If you are in the hunt for an NC, then you are in the hunt to win the B10, but not vise versa necessarily)
- Beat our rivals (mainly OSU) more often than not
- Recruit a top 5-8 recuiting class every year (with a couple exceptions peppered throughout)
- No NCAA trouble (this really goes without saying)
I need some help finding stats that are better than simple raw yardage totals as we all know how flawed those are. What are some good suggestions. I want tempo free type stats, efficiency and all that. I know of Kenpom for basketball. There has to be something awesome for football that I don't know about yet.
There was recently some confusion about whether or not Illinois DB Anthony Standifer (6'1", 178 lbs) had actually received a Michigan offer or not. At first his coach had told him he did receive the offer, but it was later found that there was a miscommunication. Anthony told me that he spoke with the Michigan coaches today and they got everything cleared up. He says that the coaches have told him his offer is pending on his camp performance, and they will also be out to see him in the next two weeks.
By the sound of that it seems like he could very well have an offer soon. Here's a look at his highlight film and how he feels about Michigan.
TOM: Were you surprised to hear from Michigan this early on?
ANTHONY: Yeah I was very shocked and surpised when my coach told me. There are a lot of schools that are telling me they want to offer me once they see me in person at camp.
TOM: What other offers do you have right now?
ANTHONY: Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan, and Akron right now. I'm also hearing from Boise State, I just got an email from Oregon, and Iowa.
TOM: You're from the midwest so I'm assuming you are familiar with Michigan?
ANTHONY: Oh yes, I'm a fan of Michigan. My favorite corner Charles Woodson went there. The atmosphere at the stadium is crazy.
TOM: WIth Michigan contacting you so soon, does that mean anything to you? Does a school have a better chance if they start recruiting you earlier?
ANTHONY: Yeah, it shows that they have a high level of interest in me which is nice. They told me that they're going to be coming out to the school in the next two weeks so they're serious about it. I'm going to go visit the campus and meet the coaching staff sometime in May, probably the first week.
TOM: I know it's all really early, but where would Michigan stand with you if you were to get that offer
ANTHONY: Very high. Michigan is the best school to me. I look at it as an honor to wear a Michigan jersey.
TOM: You've been called a sleeper prospect, and for anyone that doesn't know a lot about you what kind of corner are you?
ANTHONY: I have good size, I'm fast for my size, good at finding the ball, I have good enough hands to be a receiver if I wanted to be, but I still have a lot of room for improvement.
TOM: Do you know how your recruitment is going to play out yet?
ANTHONY: I haven't decided yet, I'm just going to take it day by day for now.
apparently this is official mass exodus day.
from espn.com's big ten twitter account:
"Not sure if I'll be able to post this before my flight to CA, but Michigan CB Cullen Christian tells Superprep.com he's requested a transfer"