"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
I posted a topic a while back asking if anyone had heard of any deals for purchasing NCAA Football 12 like Dell.com had last year, but no one had heard of anything. I found this, and I thought I'd share it if anyone is interested.
If you purchase the game at Amazon, you get a $20 credit to your Amazon account. You'll most likely have to wait a couple days after it releases to receive it in the mail, but if you don't mind that its a pretty good deal.
As everyone knows by now there are several Michigan commitments and targets at the Nike event, The Opening, in Oregon. You can watch some of the events tonight on ESPNU at 9pm. The first part of the week was spent with the prospects running combine drills to figure out their Sparq training score.
The Sparq score is determined by using an equation that combines the prospect's forty yard dash, shuttle, powerball* (measured in feet), and vertical leap. Here are a look at the scores for the Michigan commitments and targets, and you can also see the rest of the scores here. The finals video is here.
|DB Anthony Standifer||4.61||4.38||38||30.7||91.77|
|DB Terry Richardson||4.55||4.22||31||33.2||87.93|
|DE/LB Mario Ojemudia||5.02||4.44||35||30.1||79.29|
|OL Erik Magnuson||5.38||4.78||41||22||77.85|
|WR Dwayne Stanford||4.73||4.35||40||34.9||101.64|
|OL Kyle Murphy||5.31||4.52||42||28.3||96.21|
|DE Adolphus Washington||4.97||4.57||42.5||24.6||91.89|
|OL Josh Garnett||5.38||4.68||38||28||90.81|
|OL Adam Bisnowaty||5.31||5.34||44.5||25.6||79.89|
|OL Zach Banner||5.54||5.34||44.5||19.6||79.89|
|TE Ron Thompson||5.27||4.51||38||25.4||75.51|
Top Three Scores:
|DB Daje Johnson (TCU)||4.34||4.01||45||40.8||146.52*|
|RB Derrick Henry (2013)||4.54||4.29||42.5||39.2||134.19|
|RB Altee Tenpenny (2013)||4.49||3.92||41||35.1||133.77|
As you can see this testing isn't necessarily set up for the bigger prospects to score high. The forty times were, I believe, laser timed also. That's at least what people were tweeting that were at the event. Take from this what you will, just interesting to see how they all stack up if nothing else.
Derrick Henry is also a 6'4", 222 lb running back. He's in the 2013 class and took second in the preliminary ratings.
Ohio RB Bri'onte Dunn only had a 40 time recorded, it was a 4.77.
*The powerball is throwing a weighted ball from their knees as far as they can.
**I believe Daje' Johnson's score is a record
This is not really new news -- but AP and ESPN reporting that tSIO will release its response to Tresselgate tomorrow:
This response, according to the articles, is LIKELY to contain self-imposed penalties. Could include bowl bans, no appearance in Indy for B1G Title, etc.
So... of course I sit around all day asking how this affects UM recruiting. Hell, I see it's going to rain, I ask how that affects UM recruiting.
Does this move up Dunn's timetable? He is "still" committed to tSIO, but wanted to see what penalties tSIO would get. We all thought that meant late October or so, when the official NCAA ruling comes out (after August hearing). But, tSIO's letter tomorrow will include self-imposed penalties that certainly will be the least of which the NCAA will order. Thus, if here is a 2-year bowl ban, for instance, Dunn's going to know the minimum of how bad it will be.
Consequently -- maybe a formal Dunn de-commitment is in the off'ing in the near future, hence we can all keep jamming the F5 even more often.
I happened to notice today that the construction crew appears to be building the scoreboards in horizontal segments. (They are actively working on it today.)
I had thought they would just swing a couple big chunks up there one day. Does anyone know how this is going to be done...and more specifically, if there is a scheduled day or two we should be on watch for the screens to be put up?
(I seem to remember someone here mentioing they knew someone working on the project.)
This more or less broke last night, but Jaleel Johnson officially committed to Iowa today. He was considering MIchigan earlier in the process, but was down to Iowa and Michigan State.
This is a big blow for Michigan State. As of a week ago, they were pretty confident that they had him in the bag. With Danny O'Brien focusing on Michigan and Tennessee and rumors that Norfleet is looking down South a bit, Michigan State is running out of big names on their board. It's possible that the only blue-chip recruit they end up with is Se'Von Pittman, but MSU fans can't feel too confident about that commitment given some of his comments.