"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
Ok guys this is a thread I have wanted to start after NSD (and before spring ball just to make some of us look stupid). Lets do a bold predictions thread for the upcoming season. Just to add some format, how about we do one bold prediction about the offense, one bold prediction about the defense, and one bold prediction about for the upcoming freshman class. I'll start with mine
1. Offense- Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stephen Hopkins will run for a combined 1500 yards.
2. Defense- The defense will be ranked somewhere between 50 and 60 in yards per game.
3. Freshman class- Chris Barnett make the biggest impact outside of anyone on special teams next season (not the boldest prediction, I know).
Because they have a long stretch of minimal college football activity ahead of them, ESPN has naturally released an early preseason poll. I don't have a problem with too many of the rankings, but Notre Dame at 14? Really? I know it's unofficial but ND's preseason rankings surprise me without actually surprising me every year. Some are head scratchers.
4. LSU Tigers
5. Oregon Ducks
12. Texas A&M Aggies
17. Auburn Tigers
18. Georgia Bulldogs
19. Texas Longhorns
20. Florida Gators
21. Missouri Tigers
.24. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Rich Rod spoke in depth with Dennis Dodd of CBS. (Link: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/14640415/rich-rod-we-thought-it-was-just-getting-ready-to-take-off?ttag=gen10_on_all_fb_na_txt_0001)
Most of the things are stuff we've heard him say before..."we were almost there; lots of drama; took longer than I expected." Something new that I hadn't heard him say was a critique of Dave Brandon and his position to make the decision that he made:
"Were you treated fairly by Dave Brandon?
Rodriguez:"To say publicly how I was treated would be self-serving. Everybody says three years is enough time. If you don't know all the factors maybe you make that conclusion. If you're here in the middle of this for three years fighting all the battles. ... We'd like to be able to finish the job. I can't sit here a month later and say this and that should have happened.
"What I am going to do to make sure the next job I get, we win the national championship and everybody is pulling in the right direction. Dave's been on the job -- what? -- nine months? He knows the business world. I did the best I could to tell him or show him what was going on in the football program. I tried to show him as best I could. He wasn't involved in athletics [before getting to Michigan]. I've been a head coach in Division I for 10 years and coaching for 25. I know college football."
(Note: Brandon played defensive end under Bo Schembechler at Michigan. He is also a former Michigan regent. Brandon came to the school after serving as Domino's Pizza CEO.)
That's an interesting place to needle Brandon on. I don't think it's fair to say he "wasn't involved in athletics." As Dodd points out in his note, he did play for Michigan and as a Regent from 1998-2006 he undoubtedly was involved in athletics at least little bit. Seems like sour grapes to me.
I am in the military and live in Omaha, and this has been some of the biggest news here over the last few days. The radio stations are eating this story alive. The media and Pelini are continuing a hate/hate relationship that has being going on for some time now. Apparently Wilson announced at Indiana that Raymond was leaving for Nebraska just a few hours before Pelini's signing day presser. A reporter asked Pelini several times at the presser, and he kept declining to comment. This looks really bad on Pelini's part IMO. Several people that have called in on the radio have split opinions. Some believe a recruit commits to a school, while others say this is wrong to deceive a recruit like this. Either way, Husker Nation is quite split out here, and with NU's brutal schedule next year, I could see this thing getting bad with Pelini and the media if they start to lose some games. In my opinion it was wrong to do this, I was wondering what others' thoughts were, as we are outsiders looking in on another program?
EDIT- I'm not sure what everyone's issue is with the post. If you read the article, you will know that Wilson is the coach at Indiana and Raymond is the DB's coach from IU that is headed to Nebraska. Charles Jackson was recruited all the way up until signing day by the previous DB's coach, who then split yesterday(the day after signing day). What is hard to understand about this?
Second EDIT- Please read the article before you decide to comment folks. Thanks.
An interesting read....Scout's Scott Kennedy is essentially "prophesizing" that Michigan (along with Fla and Miami) will have a top 10 class next year.
Interesting that Saban's 1st makeshift class, after being also hired in January, finished 22nd similar to our 27th, and then the following year, with a full 12 months, landed the #1 class.
With the following FACTS....
1. Hoke and Mattison are sublime recruiters (Meyer calls Mattison the best in country).
2. The 2012 recruit pool in Michigan/Ohio is the deepest its been in a decade.
3. Michigan will be attractive to those recruits for early playing time, in addition to the normal reasons.
....it is NOT a stretch to think that Michigan can land the top overall recruiting class next year, is it ?
"To a degree … we're blowing a lot of it up ..."
In today's DetNews, the new coaches discuss their vision for the offense:
Reading between the lines (which I'd invite everyone to do), I think Vincent Smith may have a reason to be nervous:
"It's a different style of run game," Jackson said. "You have to have a back who can go down hill and do it successfully quite a bit. We have a couple guys built for this and a couple guys we'll have to wait and see."
Speaking as a fan of the spread 'n shred, I'm intrigued by what Borges and company might be able to do with the returning players. His remarks about Denard make sense to me. (Aside: I wish they'd go easy on the whole "toughness" / "physical" theme. I'm tired of it already. Do they think the O-line played soft last year? Does anyone else think that?)