Really Beano, it might just be time to hang em' up. The sunset may well beckon old man.
I mean c'mon:
"Is this what they had in mind when they started football back in 1869? I don't think so."
Dude, they didn't even have the forward pass in mind, not to mention pads, helmets, 6 points for a touchdown, team buses, Boise State University, ... hell they had to commit recruiting violations via telegraph.
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There have been a lot of articles written about NCAA sanctions will impede the Trojan's recruiting in 2011 and beyond. I wanted to see strictly based on the numbers what USC will be able to do this year in recruiting.
The USC Depth Chart lists 16 scholarship players as either a Senior or RedShirt Senior. I also counted 4 RedShirt Juniors who were low on the depth chart and unlikely to earn a 5th year. By my count USC will have somewhere between 16-20 scholarships available for 2011. Take into the NCAA banhammer and they are down to 6-10* available scholarships.
*This number may also get bigger if Juniors and Seniors on the team decide to transfer
USC already has 7 Verbal Commitments but obviously some of those players may be looking elsewhere. However 6 of them are from California (the other 1 from Las Vegas) so they may stick it out. And since there is a scholarship reduction not all of the Freshman would probably redshirt may be afforded that luxury (Michigan fans know all about that). USC coaches will have to make some tough decisions on what positions they want to focus on recruiting the next 3 years.
In relevance to Michigan football directly I don't think this means too much. I believe the only recruit Michigan and USC are competing for is OL Andre Yruretagovena. In 2011 USC will have only 3-4 Offensive Tackles on scholarship so I believe they will still be pursuing Andre. I am hopeful he goes Blue and Michigan is playing in a bowl game while USC is not. GO BLUE!
St. Xavier LB Sean Duggan is on his way home from his trip to Michigan. His Dad couldn't make the trip, but his Mom and Uncle (who's the equipment manager for the Detroit Lions) came.
Sean first told me he didn't have words to describe the visit. He said everything about it was awesome. They first toured the normal buildings, academic center, and the Big House. Sean and his family said they were in awe. He couldn't believe the size, and how nice it was. He was trying to compare it to his current field in high school, which holds 10,000 people. It seems like everything really blew them away. They got a chance afterwards to eat some local food, and take in campus.
They then met with the coaches. Greg Robinson sat with them, and talked about his experience, and why he liked Michigan. Sean and his family were very impressed that Rich Rodriguez actually sat with them for an hour to talk about everything.
He told me his Mom loved everything she saw, and so did Sean. Before this visit Sean didn't know too much about Michigan, but this visit vaults them into his top three.
I'm on my phone, so forgive me if there's any errors.
I put together a little welcome for Herbie on the blog Corn Nation:
Figured the MGoFamily would get a kick out of it.
2 minute (obviously prewritten) response stating he knew nothing about what went on.
I mean what's the point in staying here? U of M has contributed greatly into making the conference powerful. So powerful that the conference is now stealing other teams from other conferences. Yet that's all that Michigan gets in return is a bunch of crap. It's to the point where Michigan will have a hard time competing because their program will be under much more scrutiny than the other teams in the conference. Every player we recruit now will have to have a perfect record with great grades.
I'm sure other conferences would love to have Michigan with their tradition and academics. Or if Michigan went independent I'm sure teams would line up to have a chance to play them. I'm just wondering what other people think about this. Should Michigan consider leaving the Big Ten?