...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Dayton Daily News report Gee wants to "Beat (us) twice" Sorry if this is a repost.
Dude's ready to explode this season. IMO, he's one of most critical pieces to our success this year - take a look at the games he played in last year pre-injury. We won them all...not a coincidence.
Anyone know a good place to park on game days at Michigan for free? I dont mind walking at all since I will probably arrive around 10 am to the UConn game (starts at 3:30, so hopefully I can beat most of the traffic), I dont know the campus too well but any good parking spots for free on campus where you wont get ticketed without a student pass(not sure if Ann Arbor uses them, i go to Dearborn), preferebly near East Quad?
I found this posy on another site I go to and found it pretty interesting to hear the perception of the Michigan program under Carr and the effect it could have had on recruiting and such
Monday I had the pleasure of meeting Coach David McWilliams (former player, DC, and Head Coach of the University of Texas and Texas Tech) at a fund raiser golf tournament for the Boys and Girls Club. There is a very significant former NFL player presence, and I also got to meet Ed "Too Tall" Jones -- who is freakin' HUGE, like scary HUGE!
Anyway, I was paired with Coach McWilliams, and it was great to hear his stories of Coach Royal, of winning the NC, and especially stories of Bo after I told him I am a Michigan Man. He REALLY admired Bo, and told several stories about him coming down to Austin with his defensive staff to take a look at the 4-3 defense, and about his charisma at the national coaching meetings.
As you might imagine, I eventually asked him, "do you think Coach Rodriguez is going to be able to keep his job?"
To which he replied, "if the NCAA doesn't come down on him too hard...you cannot trust those guys to do what is right...sometimes the hit someone for something petty, like what Rodriguez did, and other times they let someone like the Pete Carrol from USC get away with murder..."
I liked where this was heading, so I continued, "do you think that EVERY program would get dinged for 20 minutes over, some forms going missing, etc.?"
"Look," he said. "I am not saying that everyone does exactly the same thing, but the NCAA picks and chooses who they look at and who they don't. Pretty much every program would be on probation if the NCAA looked at every program."
I then turned my questions to what happened at Michigan, and why things had gotten so bad before Carr left.
"I've heard that Michigan facilities were really run down and outdated..."
"You're not kidding," he said. "We go all over the nation for these national coaching association meetings and such. We've been everywhere, and I have to tell you that Michigan facilities were BAR NONE, the worst. Heck, even a school like University of Maryland had better football facilities than Michigan...which surprised me...Wisconsin, they had great facilities, Notre Dame, Ohio State...all great, state of the art...but the two that stood out to me were Colorado and Michigan. And there is NO EXCUSE for that because you can just upgrade a little bit every year."
"Yeah, since RR came in, they've spent millions on the stadium, the weight rooms, the locker rooms, the practice fields..."
"You spend way too much money doing that way," he said.
"So facilities are big in recruiting?" I asked.
"Are you kidding?!? Facilities are EVERYTHING. That is why Mack has it so easy here [at UT]...the kids come in and they're in awe of what they see..."
"So when they were coming to Michigan, and not seeing anything special..."
"They don't want to be a part of it...not when there are so many other programs that have such better facilities...simple as that..." He said.
"Coach, I've thought for two years now that RR didn't have a clue what he was walking into...the phone rang, it was Michigan calling, he dropped everything and he told his wife to pack up the house...but when he got here, and got inside the beautiful old mansion..."
At which point he cut me off..."There were termites everywhere..."
"Yeah," I said. "The walls were rotting, the floors were caving in...and pretty much everything needed to be replaced...I just worry that IF Michigan fires him, we're going to turn into a revolving door program and be looked at as toxic..."
"Michigan should keep Rodriguez and play it for the long haul, not the short term. He's a damn good coach, and if the NCAA doesn't hit him hard, Michigan will keep him, and he's going to be fun to watch with all the talent he can attract to Michigan and that offense...look out!"
So, again, not that Coach McWilliams is THE definitive voice on any subject. But, I think his opinion is VERY weighty and the fact that he confirmed what I have heard about the facilities and the state of the program when RR arrived. Further, I think his thoughts on the NCAA, their findings, and his opinion that Michigan should keep RR were very interesting.
Just wanted to share that with y'all...
"The Rulaz" division
1. Michigan (obviously)
2. OSU (obviously)
3. Wisco (They've earned it)
4. NW (Awesome acads and Fitz is classy)
5. Minn (The Jug and what not)
6. Indiana (Everybody needs a doormat)
"The bitches" division
1. PSU ( Michigan's bitch)
2. MSU ( Michigan's bitch)
3. Purdue (Douchebags and everybody's bitch)
4. Iowa ( Jimmy cracked corn and I don't like Ferentz)
5. Illinois ( Zooker, do you even have to ask?)
6. Nebraska (You're good but you're a rookie; You'll be a bitch and you'll like it)
Protected cross divn games
Michigan - MSU, OSU-PSU, Iowa-WIsc, NW-ILL, Minn-Purdue,
Neb-Ind (I know it sucks; but you are a rookie and you'll like it)
Well, having to stop to not make my head explode over this M-OSU game stuff, I saw our first opponent getting some dap on ESPN. In the know your enemy category-
"Huskies buck trend to find success"
Connecticut is building a football winner all wrong. What do you expect from a basketball school? The Huskies don't get it. You hire a coach, give him three years, boot him out the door -- keep paying him, of course -- and hire another coach. Not UConn. They brought in Randy Edsall in 1999 and left him alone. They hired a who's-he guy, and a dozen years later, only his wife could pick him out of a lineup. Edsall is starting his 12th season in a program built from his blueprint. When he arrived in Storrs in 1999, he took over a Division I-AA program. He shepherded the Huskies into I-A, and in their second season, 2003, they went 9-3.
It would actually be a pretty good thing to parallel to Rich. But with all that's going on in the Big Ten, I have no faith in Brandon making an informed decision on the coaching position, either... (Argh, sorry...can't get away from it...)