Yes, I am stealing from my own post, but I think It deserves it's own dicussion:
*-Did anyone actually break down the Fandom Endurance Badges and the standards for which one earns one? I know Northwestern 2008 is Fandom Endurance III because it was freaking cold, in the middle of a miserable season, and it was Northwestern, but I am wondering if the Central Michigan "Return to your Cars" game is Fandom Endurance II? Does the weather play a more central role than the opponent, which is to say, could a horrible weather game that Michigan won lessen the degree of a badge? Thoughts?
I'd love to hear opinions on this from someone who has a Fandom Endurance II from Boston College 1996 and Central Michigan 2006.
Also, does Virginia 1995 get a Fandom Endurance I for being so freaking hot?
When it comes to recruiting, other than the recruit, who is most important to keep positive relations with? ... High School coaches. The kids look to their coaches for advice on schools.
This brief article gives a sense of what the in-state coaches are thinking, so far, about the Hoke hire, and what they thought of RR. Should be a big recruiting positive.
I wanted to do a quick update on Maryland DT Darian Cooper, because there seems to be a lot of buzz about him.
He has maintained this whole time that Michigan's coaching situation was too much for him, and he eventually eliminated Michigan. I spoke with him when Brady Hoke was hired and he still felt the same way. I spoke with him the other day when Mattison was hired, and he said the same thing.
I spoke to him again tonight, and he said, "The coach came by the house today. He was cool, but I wish I had met him earlier. I'm pretty solid with my top three." His top three are Iowa, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.
If he decides to visit then there would be reason for excitement, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. Don't take this as 100% because Brady Hoke could push hard, but as of right now it's not something to get excited about.
Hoke & Borges seem determined to install a more power-football-based philosophy at michigan. Let's think about this a bit: The thing that really surprised me about how RR deployed Denard last year was the straight-ahead, between-the-tackles nature of the playcalling, Watching that video of Denard highlights made me think that there's something unique Borges could work in terms of developing a scheme. It's not like Denard was some rogue athlete who runs around before letting plays develop. He's at his best when he can make a single move and accelerate into the secondary. The coaches have to have picked up on this if they've watched any footage of the past season.
So, as we move into spring practice territory, it really seems like it would make sense and not be too difficult to keep some elements of the QB lead-based offense. They've essentially got a great running back who happens to be able to throw for 2500+ yards. I really look forward to seeing how they build the offense this spring.
Yay for Michigan, Hart, Henne, Long, Manningham, Arrington, Carr, but Mattison got BOOM DEBORD'D. I'll add the second half to this post when it finishes processing.