"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
This is not news as far as I am concerned, but it will be news to some. A few days ago, when it was announced that Gene Marsh of Lightfoot, Franklin & White in Birmingham AL had been retained as counsel for Jim Tressel in the NCAA investigation, I got into a big board-fight with some of the members who apparently had no knowledge that Gene Marsh had in fact served (brilliantly) as Michigan's own NCAA defense-counsel. The thread had started with numerous attacks on Tressel for lawyering up, and some personal attacks on Gene Marsh.
I immediately weighed in rather emphatically on the side of Gene Marsh, and the fight was on.
Anwyay, here's Gene Marsh (the guy that many MGoBloggers wanted to attack) in today's Columbus Dispatch, on the subject of ... Michigan:
Marsh, a native of Dayton, said he was in the Army infantry for three years before enrolling at Ohio State. When he showed up on campus, he was "all business," taking 20-plus hours per quarter on his way to a bachelor's degree, then a master's in 1978.
"I didn't go to one Ohio State football game during that time," Marsh said. "The last game I attended there was about in 1988. So I am not a rah-rah fan."
In fact, he and fellow attorney William King from the Birmingham, Ala.-based firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White worked with Michigan during its committee-on-infractions hearing last year.
"I think it's safe to say I had absolutely no ties to Ann Arbor," Marsh said. "But they were a great institution to work for, and they made me proud because they were so forthright about everything. When you are lawyering a case, you just squeeze the fan element out of it."
Illinois OL Jordan Diamond just tweeted that his decision will likely come sooner than expected. I sent him a text to see how soon was soon. He said:
Yeah, my decision will come sooner but I'm still evaluating schools. It will probably be the first game of our season.
Jordan plans on visiting every school that he's already visited to do his final evaluation. Previously he had said that he wanted to take his official visits and take his time throughout the season.
Over the past few years (read the RichRod era) and that is when I enrolled and graduated out of Michigan, we have excelled in bringing in talented offensive and skill position players while screwing up our defensive recruiting.
This year we are looking like a more balanced class. This may have multiple factors like attrition, coaching changes and need based recruiting behind it.
However, I'd love to hear opinions or if someone has some epic research on which positions are tradionally the most difficult to recruit for at Michigan?
From my observations over the past 3ish years - Defensive Line, Safeties
Last year, Michigan went 4-4 in head to head recruiting battles against Michigan State. This year, Hoke and his staff are off to an 8-0 start!
Against Ohio State last year, Michigan went 0-12(!) head to head on the recruiting trail. Currently, Michigan is 1-2 (1 of Ohio St. commits being Brionte Dunn, who has legitimate interest in Michigan).
Compared to last year's results, Michigan recruiting has taken a complete 180. Rather than beating the Illinois and Pittsburghs of the world, Michigan is going head to head with Alabama, Oklahoma, and Ohio State for recruits. Let's hope that Hoke and Co. can keep it up!
This is so stupid I can't even watch the whole two minute video. Apparently not much in the way of intellectually stimulating activities to keep the natives busy in Columbus.
Note that even their zombies cheat - they won't stay dead.
Sorry I can't get the video to embed.