Thursday, the NCAA took a small step toward rectifying this inequity. The governing organization for college athletes gave conferences the ability to give full-scholarship athletes a $2,000 stipend
Couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to...
Brian's latest weekly "Dressing Down of Borges" post, and I suppose the first 150 pages of "Three and Out" have got me to thinking. Besides the obvious record differential, just how has Borges's "grab bag" offense fared compared to last year's?
Through 8 games, it comes down to...Borges losing. 283-278, 5 points. To be fair to Borges, this assumes that Michigan wouldn't have scored in the fourth quarter against Western. So yeah, with equal time Borges's offense would probably be beating Rodriguez's.
Just for fun, I decided to look at the defenses through 8 games. You come up with Hoke winning 117-240, a difference of 123 points.
So yeah, that looks like a net difference of 118 points. We can argue strength of schedule I suppose, but Umass, Bowling Green, and Indiana weren't exactly loaded either. Age and experience caveats still apply.
In conclusion, Hoke Uber Ales. Cant wait to see that 2012 class suit up(or better yet-redshirt!) Gotta love the direction of this program.
(Note: I originally emailed this to Ace for his use in his weekly scouting report. He encouraged me to post it here as a separate thread - so here it is.)
E.J. Levenberry, Jr. (Class of 2013 Michigan Offer)
- Position: OLB for C.D. Hylton High School, Woodbridge, VA (record 9-0)
- Personal Info: Listed as 6'3", Looked more like 6'2" with cleats on. His weight is listed as 230. He might be that big but looked leaner to me. I'm guessing closer to 210-215. Definitely has the frame to put on more weight/muscle.
- Current Offers: Everyone. Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, et al.
- Game: 28 OCT 11 played versus Potomac High School, Woodbridge, VA (record 3-6)
- Outcome: Levenberry's Hylton High won 19-7.
- Weather: Game day was miserable. Drizzly rain for the entire game with temps in the mid- to low-forties.
- Levenberry Stats for Game: ~8-9 solo tackles, ~4 assists (a lot in traffic), 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 dropped interceptions, 2 other pass breakups (one was probably not catchable), 1 incomplete pass thrown to him on offense (got a hand on it but was a bad pass).
- Story on the game: http://www2.insidenova.com/sports/2011/oct/29/hylton-improves-9-0-win-over-potomac-ar-1419235/
- Played the SAM linebacker in their base 4-3 set. Played as one of two up linebackers when they went to 5 down linemen.
- Was the leader of the defense and took the play calls from the sideline. That said, he didn't show consistent enthusiasm and I wouldn't say he was a vocal leader on either side of the ball.
- Showed good lateral movement and was usually around the ball even when he wasn't making a tackle. Had good but not great speed vertically.
- Was very good in coverage and primarily dropped into zone coverage on passing downs. He had one interception and dropped two others - should have had at least one of those two. Very rarely blitzed.
- Seemed to work his way through traffic well and was usually able to shed blocks when anyone got to him. When there was a tackle made, he was usually in the mix. Potomac didn't have any designed runs toward his side of the field but did have a few cut backs that went toward him.
- Showed good tackling technique. He didn't miss any tackles that he had a chance on. Wrapped up well in tackling but no big hits on running plays.
- In pass defense, he did have a few big hits. One tackle sent the receiver about five yards out of bounds.
- Seemed to slow up on some running plays when they didn't go toward him. However, made a lot of stops between the tackles from his OLB position.
- They used him as a blocking tight end for rushing downs (which, given the weather, was about two thirds of the time). No stats on offense with exception of the one pass that he didn't/couldn't catch.
- Neither team played particularly well on offense. The weather was horrible and the offenses couldn't put anything together.
- Game was very chippy. I counted about 10 personal fouls spread out over the game. One memorable set included three personal/unsportsmanlike conduct fouls against Hylton on one play - one on the players, then one on the sideline for protesting, then another one on the players when they protested the first two (45 yards total). Added to this were a whole host of holding and offsides plays on both teams. Both teams had multiple long runs called back due to holds. During the post-game handshakes, a brawl broke out. In fact, the police were summoned but nothing came of it. Levenberry was in the mix (whole team was) but I don't think he was one of the instigators.
- A defensive game throughout. The score, such as it was, implies more offense than what actually occurred. In fact, there was really only one touchdown (from Hylton) that was primarily the result of the offense. One Hylton touchdown was the result of two back-to-back personal fouls that got them deep into Potomac territory. Another Hylton touchdown was the result of a pick six. The only Potomac touchdown was the result of a recovered fumble on the Hylton 1-yard line after the three personal foul escapade drove Hylton back inside their five.
Levenberry made big plays when his team needed it most. His two biggest plays - the interception and sack - both stopped likely scoring chances for Potomac. The sack came when Potomac was on the Hylton five yard line and looking like it might actually score a touchdown. Levenberry came on a rare blitz that got home for about a ten yard loss. One of his teammates then got another sack which drove them back seven more yards. The drive ended with an interception. No points.
Levenberry's interception came late in the game when it looked like Potomac might actually string a drive together and make it close. Obviously, no points on that drive.
He was just okay on offense. Didn't really block particularly well but was serviceable. Couldn't pull in the only pass thrown to him. Just seemed kind of disinterested on offense. He is going to be a linebacker in college and that is where he put in the most consistent effort.
Levenberry was clearly the best player for either team on the field. He made consistent stops in the running game; played excellent pass defense when he dropped back into the zone; and came up with big plays to stop drives when his team needed it. He seems to have good instincts for the ball which was displayed in the pass defense and also usually being in the right place during running plays. He seems to have enormous potential and his game clearly shows why he is generating such early interest. Has the size, skills, and instincts to develop into an outstanding linebacker at the next level.
A few pictures of Levenberry (#10) (apologies for my crappy camera):
[Disclaimers: Observed the player for only one game, so small sample size applies. All notes are my thoughts and not drawn from any scouting reports. I have no association with the player or program, either. I'm just a U-M fan in a locale that I know our scouting experts can't normally get to.]
So, I'm ready for my next fix of NCAA induced Ohio pain. Obviously, something will happen. The question is when. We could have a statement of findings:
- between now and the end of the regular season
- between the end of the season and the bowl
- in the beginning of the new year
- after national signing day
I'd be interested to know if all of these potential dates are still on the table. Secondarily, I'm speculating on what would benefit Michigan the most and hurt Ohio the most. To some degree, having info come dribbling out from the NCAA every 3 - 5 weeks has been glorious. The best scenario I can see is a report right after a (lower level) bowl game, announcing sanctions including a bowl ban of a year (better, two) and the loss of scholarships. This would take away the option of not going bowling this year, and potentially bring Dunn into the MIchigan fold.
At the other end of the spectrum is a complete exoneration of Ohio, announced soon, such that there are no bowl bans and no scholarship losses.
The wild card would be for yet more new information to come out, conclusively establishing the dreaded LOIC and bringing the most significant and severe sanctions.
Anyone have real knowlege of what can be expected?
Per Magnuson's Twitter? is this a joke?
[Ed-Ace: Yes, this is a joke, or at least Payton is just throwing a teaser out there—he tweeted "I'm officially a..." and then nothing else—and Magnuson chimed in with his preference.]