Has anyone else read the Newton article on Yahoo! Sports by Dan Wetzel?
It discusses an interesting result of the NCAA ruling on Newton's re-instatement of eligibility. Basically, the future is cleared for third-party "go-betweens", non-agent "agents", and even the parents for asking a school for compensation in return for their son's(or even daughter's, in the bigger women's sports) acceptance to play for them with no fear of any lasting repercussions to the player, team, or even the person doing the "asking".
There is also an interesting poll there. Right now, the leading vote getter is that Newton should be suspended for the entire season(at 77%), second is no penalties(17%), third is suspension from SECCG(5%), and last is suspension for a half of the SECCG(1%). My question would be just who are the 17% that agree that no action should be taken against him?
With all the coach talk, I wanted to ask the question when the team practices again. Is it after the bowl selection? Any chance Tae Odoms makes it back for the bowl game?
For those that DO want to discuss the biggest topic at hand, consider this...
Dave Brandon has stated many times that he will wait until after the bowl to make any decision. This could be 100% wrong but here's my theory behind it...
-RR and the players have "earned" the bowl and deserve to play in it no matter what. Good move
-Harbaugh (yes) and his players have earned their bowl and deserve to coach/play in it. Good move
-RR will be fired or resign as coach of UM after the bowl, and Harbaugh will be named coach after his bowl game.
If you think about it, it's the best way to go about the process without ruffling too many feathers. Stanford won't be pissed about UM "stealing" Harbaugh before their huge, potential BCS bowl. RR gets to cap off the season with his players, as he has earned it. It will appear that DB went through a full evaluation process, which I am sure he has done anyway by now. And as we know, the buyout is lower.
Sure recruiting might suffer, but with the dead period beginning on Dec 20, it's not as bad as some may think. And IF Harbaugh is the guy, he will likely bring some recruits. Going through his current commits, some are from NJ, NY, IN, PA, GA, LA. Like him or not, we know that he is a great recruiter. Not to mention, this is obviously a long term move and not just about one season or recruiting class.
I just keep thinking that if DB really wanted to keep RR, he would say it now publicly for many reasons.
Again, for those that DO want to discuss, what are your thoughts? I think it's already a done deal. Please no facepalms, atomic bombs, etc. Boobs are okay. We are ALL Michigan fans and support the team no matter what.
[Ed-M: Interesting stream of consciousness post that captures one fan's emo experience watching the Ohio State game. Knocked to board from diaries, but not a bad read if you get through it]
I get to Miami Mike's, a local sports bar at about noon. Yes, I didn't miss kickoff. I'm expecting a loss, but I still have some optimism. You never quite know, do you. But on Saturday we did. We all did. We all knew deep down, even if we felt like we could win, that we were going to get our asses kicked by Ohio State. I make some conversation with the Buckeye behind me. He doesn't seem like the average buckeye, he was kind of an okay guy. He doesn't fully know what he's talking about, but I have nobody else to talk to. Anyway, after the first two drives, I've lost all hope. I knew that there was no way it was going to be close after the two failed redzone attempts.
After the kickoff return, I put my head down. It's not going to be like last year, where it was somewhat respectable, we are going to get killed this time. Then, the buckeye behind me starts to get annoying. He has his parents with him, which made things worse, because they kept asking stupid questions like "Are we at home or not." I then had to listen to him answer. But, they all know the words to the fight song, nevertheless, I have to listen to it. He starts taking shots of tequilla, and then he really starts to say some annoying things. "That's what seperates the good recievers from the shitty ones, right there." "His names Boom because he knocks people over." "Dammit, we couldn't sack that bastard, that slippery bastard." He said that after Denard escaped a couple of sacks, and ran for five, on like third and fifteen.
At this point, I'm thinking to myself "We went three and out, shut the fuck up, why are you getting so pissed for god sakes." He also continuously bitched about the holding call on the ninety yard run. I keep thinking "Jesus Christ, you're killing us what's the difference between first down at the twenty and a touchdown. There's no way we're coming back." But then I realized, I can't do anything. There's nothing I can do to change it. I can watch the game every Saturday, and cheer or sulk, but it won't make our players better. I can't do anything to improve Michigan football, as much as I want too, I can't. I can't play, or coach, or do anything. Whether I like it or not, or like the guy behind me or not, we got our asses handed to us on a platter on Saturday, and there's nothing I can do about it.
I was just reading ESPN's update on Big Ten recruiting found here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=5870702. Among other things it says:
One name to keep an eye on is 2010 Florida signee Jonathan Dowling. The former Under Armour All-American was considering an official visit to Michigan last season before deciding to end his recruitment and stick to Florida. Now that Dowling and the Gators have split, Michigan could be in play.
Dowling was a 5 star #1 ranked saftey, and #10 overall to ESPN. Scout had him as a 4 star and the #5 saftey. And Rivals had him as a 4 star athlete, #176 overall player.
I follow recruiting pretty closely and this is the first I've heard of Dowling having any interest in UM. While unlikely, if this is true, this would be an enourmous pickup. TomVH or any other insiders care to shed any light on this?
Would be a great pick up for the class. Nice quote by Kris as well
"It really was my dream as a child to play at Michigan"