The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Although we may despise Notre Dame there have been some valuable contributions by Notre Dame football blogs. One of the best was the Pick Six contest that the now defunct Notre Dame blog Blue-Gray Sky used to operate. Before the season you pick 5 ranked teams and one unranked team that you think will end the season with the highest rankings after the bowls are done.
I enjoyed entering the contest when Blue-Gray Sky was still around so with Brian's approval we're bringing Pick Six to MGoBlog.
- A: Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Boise State
- B: Florida State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Nebraska
- C: Wisconsin, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, TCU, Arkansas
- D: Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgia, Mississippi State
- E: Missouri, Florida, Auburn, West Virginia, Southern Cal
Coach Hoke announced at his presser today that the voting for team captains would take place this Sunday.
On that, a couple things...
- Anyone know how many we'll have?
- Who do you want to see as captains?
I'm guessing there'll probably be 4. That sounds about right for football, I think. I'd like to see:
- Martin and Molk - both senior leaders and anchors of the DL and OL. Both show up to play with intensity.
- Denard - The obvious leader of the offense... By all accounts really worked hard in the off-season getting everyone together for 7-on-7's.
- Kovacs - The guy's work ethic, determination, and persistence, to go from being a walk-on to a multi-year starter is exemplary.
If there's a fifth, I'd want it to be Woolfolk, for battling back from that injury and putting in the work to bounce back strong.
I know this is a little overreactive since we haven't seen a game yet, but the news on the DL is getting frustrating. All we heard about for 8 months is how we have 97 DL coaches on staff and every coach has coached DL for at least 25 years a piece. These coaches were going to turn the potential of the DL into the 75 Steelers.
So far this camp we've heard an undersized walk on has earned a starting job, our 1 defensive star has no technique and needs to show more effort and nothing of note from our other 5-7 scholarship guys that have shown great potential or we've heard great things from previous years practice reports.
Since I thought this dline was going to terrorize qb's all year I'm getting worried. I've had little hope for BWC since the day I saw him at the AA game, but RVB, Roh, Martin , Black were supposed to be killling fools this year.
I was getting mad when something dawned on me. Maybe Hoke is pulling a Bo and intentionally riding the DL like Bo rode Dierdorf in 69. This is the anchor of our d and they must play well for us to win the Big Ten. If you're starting to get worried let's all tell ourselves Hoke is pulling a Bo and this DL is going to look like the Lions when they get unveiled in 10 days.
Seems a little weird for our dline leaders to be taking a dump, I think Hoke is pulling a fast one.....I hope.
The article is paywalled, but the information is very much in the header: Yes, an Ohio site just named a Wolverine commit as their top in-state prospect.
Attempted jinx? You decide, but congratulations to Chris Wormley.
Cincinnati Oak Hills OL Caleb Stacey was Michigan's second commit of the 2012 class, pledging all the way back in March, when people were still freaking out about Brady Hoke's ability to pull a solid class together. Stacey, of course, is still committed, while any concerns about Hoke's ability to recruit have been shunted aside for full-scale Hokeamania. Caleb was kind enough to agree to an interview as he prepares for Oak Hills's opener against Cincinnati La Salle.
ACE: What are your goals heading into your senior season? Doing anything special to prepare for Michigan?
CALEB: Heading into my senior season there is only one goal on my mind, and that is to take my team to the state playoffs for the first time in school history since joining the GMC conference. Preparing for Michigan right now really isn't on my mind much because I have another season to play in high school, but I'm definitely trying to get better week by week -- whether that be working on footwork, getting stronger in the weight room, or really focusing on fundamental things like hand placement and zone steps.
ACE: Do you have any visits planned at this point?
CALEB: Yes, I have a visit planned for the ND game. Although it's an unofficial I'm still ecstatic to get up there again. Already have my hotel booked!
ACE: Have you been talking to any other recruits, either in your class or 2013 players? Now that you're committed, are you doing any recruiting yourself?
CALEB: I try to do as much recruiting as I can to help The Team out. When I get a chance to talk to some of the recruits I really sell what a great place Michigan is and how when you visit there isn't much you don't like, if anything.
ACE: With the news that Tony Posada is transferring, it looks like Michigan is going to have to rely upon some young players on the interior line in the very near future. Does the prospect of being on the two-deep as a freshman change how you approach preparing for college? Have the coaches asked you to do anything specific to get ready for Ann Arbor?
CALEB: It doesn't really change how I approach preparing. I'm always going to work as hard as possible at what I do. That's just the type of player I am. The coaches haven't really told me anything specific I need to prepare for when I arrive on campus, just to be ready to work hard and have a great attitude.
Many thanks to Caleb - who's already caught on that at Michigan, "The Team" is capitalized, often thrice - for taking the time to answer my questions. He asked that I make sure to let you know that you can follow him on Twitter. Help a future Wolverine out, MGoTweeters!
Greg Mattison played his college football at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Division III). He played for arguably one of the great football college football coaches of all time, Roger Harring, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Michigan's DC Greg Mattison played for Harring and the UW-LaCrosse Indians (now called the Eagles) in 1969 and 1970. These were Harring's first two years coaching at UWL finishing 5-5 in 1969 and 5-4-1 in 1970.
Harring never had a losing season and finished 261-75-7 (.771) 12th all time among college coaches and 4th among Division III.
I found this document from the UW-LaCrosse online library a very interesting read about Harring and Mattison. There are season summaries for Harring's football teams for 1969 and 1970 which include Mattison in the team photos. He wore No. 63 in 1969 and No. 66 in 1970.
1969 UW-LaCrosse Indians Team Photo: 8th row (top row) first player on the left is Mattison:
1970 UW-LaCrosse Indians football team: Mattison is in second row, 5th player from the left (No. 66):
Also, apparently Greg Mattison was drafted in 1971 by the Washington Redskins (see page 9).