maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
I am a bit of a collector of sorts, and I have been trying to find ways to contribute to the football program in more ways than just money.
I have the opportunity to purchase 2 REAL and complete 100 million year old dinosaurs that are called Psittasaurus. They have been removed from the ground and they can be mounted in a 3-D posture like you would see in a museum. These guys are tiny though ... about 2 feet long from head to tail. The company I am working with can arrange the two to look like the Denard vs. Notre Dame Heisman photo. Here is the photo and examples of similar dinos that have been posed.
My idea is to have them arranged in that way, and ask that the University put it up for display somewhere in the stadium or player area. It would include the real game photo or redering of it and a plaque. The neat thing is the poses could be quite natural in nature ... one dino chasing the other.
It is also customary to name complete dino skeletons ... of course we would call one "Denard" and just leave the Notre Dame player one unnamed.
Question is ... is this cool or am I dino crazy?
Per Tom Dienhart's (national writer for rivals) Tweet:
New Orleans Saints assistant DB coach Tony Oden may be a candidate for the Michigan DB job, I am told.
Here's a quick bio:
In the press conference where DB announced Rich Rod's termination, he referred to paying for value when hiring a coach. The following is what the DC, OC, and assistant coaches are making at the University of Texas:
DC & OC - $625K
Co-OC/RB, non-play calling - $500K
DB, OL - $425K
DT - $325K
WR - $315K
DE, TE - $200K
The o-zone doesn't mince words trying to depict reality from the other side of delusion, but two of their main points are worth considering.
Basically, Hoke is getting the treatment that they wish Rodriguez had gotten and now they're super-mad that their new coach is finally getting the one thing that they wish their old coach had gotten. Does that make any sense to you?
There's been an awful lot of pessimism in Brian's posts of late, even when the rest of us are pretty happy with the way things have been going. The man's entitled to his grief, but it'd be nice to see him not still chained to the tree stump.
The other thing I've noticed with the new hire is that Michigan fans have become better talent evaluators since Rich Rodriguez left. They used to love his middling recruiting commitments. Now that Hoke has come to power, a three-star kid just doesn't get them as fluttery as it used to.
This is a bigger issue. Tim's recent Hello posts have been served with a lot of salt. Some of the posts call our new recruits mediocre, in more or less words. Even if they aren't the flashiest recruits, it's a harsh attitude to take toward kids whose commitments are saving this year's recruiting class. I only hope they don't end up reading past years' posts and wonder why their "ball skills" aren't being described with the same gusto.
For my own edification, I decided to review the current roster to assess the potential number of openings available for this class.
Here's our current roster of scholarship players or contributing walk ons:
The team is allowed a total of 85 scholarship players.
From what I can tell, there are currently 71 players that are either on scholarship or are contributing walk ons.
There are seven contributing walk ons (highlighted in yellow) and nine potential 5th year players (highlighted in orange). If none of the 5th years or walk ons were given scholarships next year, then Michigan would have room for 30 new players in this class.
If we land Barnett, Rawls, Fisher, Willingham, Clark & Cooper, then we would need 23 scholarships for the incoming class leaving seven for the 5th years and walk ons.
Which of the 5th Years and walk ons should get the remaining seven scholarships next year? Here's my list:
- Van Bergen
If we only end up with 22 or 21 in the class or there's attrition in the spring, then Grady and Leach would be considered for the freed up scholarships.
Does anyone see any errors in my analysis?
EDIT - Removed Lalota and adjusted the numbers to reflect his departure per comments below.
Darian Cooper was on the Scout visit list for this weekend but now he's no longer on there. WTH? If he's not visiting this weekend then it's not likely we're going to have a shot at him. That would be a big disappointment if we missed out on this guy after all the in homes.