I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I think of all of those that left our program for whatever reason (NFL, attitude, playing time, academic, team rules, etc.) Turner's departure should be the most telling.
If he transfers to another D1 and has a very successful career that is very telling.
If he transfers to another D1 and is mediocre-to-does nothing that would be very telling.
If he transfers to a non-D1 for football that is very telling.
If he never plays football again that also would be very telling.
I'm not sure how much affect this will have on RR's tenure at UM, his success in continuing to recruit Ohio, etc., as this fall's W/L record will decide most of that. However I think Turner's future will be very interesting with regard to RR and his staff and how they manage a program.
I've heard a lot this offseason about Kenny Demens, Mike Jones, and even Mark Moundross challenging Obi and Mouton for playing time but I havent heard anything about JB Fitzgerald. GERG didn't even mentioned him in his press conference, which is odd because I really thought he'd be in the mix after getting on the field a little bit last year. Did I miss something? Does anybody know why he's apparently fallen off the radar?
Justin Turner transfered out from the program. He was not kicked out. Not asked to transfer. Not belittled or treated as an outcast. He was tested, he was pushed, and in the end, he decided, himself, that it was more than he wanted. This is his choice, and I wish him well. But it is not a bad thing.
Take heart, my friends, for it is on the days that men realize their limits that a group realizes its growth. It is on the days that the deserters abandon the army that the unit can finally believe in itself. We did not just get weaker. We got stronger. And it is a very, very good thing that we did so.
Those that stay will be champions. Those that fight will see victory. Those that press on are a valuable commodity in a way that those who don't can never be. To be a champion means to be a team of greatest value. Bo knew this. You push your players, you ask more of them than they think they can possibly give. Should they find their limits, then their value has not increased. They don't have to abandon the team. They can remain, and they can help out. But to be a champion means to be of greatest value. Greatest value is an indefinite term that continues to grow constantly. A champion never finds his limit, because he knows he can always have a value greater than he currently does.
We are not weaker, we are stronger. We are not closer to failure, but closer to success. This is not lying to ourselves. This is the truth. Other teams want to be champions. We must have more value than they. And with those that stay, we will.
The team has done nothing wrong today. The coach has done nothing wrong. Justin Turner has done nothing wrong today. Practice continues, and our value grows. And as always, and forever, it's great, to be, a Michigan Wolverine.
So, our collective dongs are sore from the pain inflicted by Justin Turner's departure. I thought that I would open a topic about what people see as reasons for hope in the upcoming season.
My top three are:
1. We should finally have an O-Line that is an asset, rather than a liability. Not only will this impact the running game, but it will give our QBs time to let plays develop (which should hopefully lower the # of turnovers). Our line is much bigger than last year, returns its best player (Molk) and finally contains some upper-classmen.
2. We return pretty much everyone on the offensive side of the ball, with the exception of the RBs. This is tangentially related to #1, but in addition to the line, we now have experienced QBs (either one) and experienced receivers. As for the RBs, while we all loved to watch Minor rage and Brown, both of them were hurt as much as they were healthy, and while talented, their inability to stay healthy may have cost the offense in terms of continuity.
3. Death (for opposing QBs) Roh - While we lose B. Graham, if anyone can step up and be a monster on the D-line, it is Roh. From all reports, he is significantly larger, and has worked his ass off in the offseason. I think that he could have a monster year.
So, those are my 3 reasons for optimism, despite today's other crappy news.
Simple math question for you Mgoblogaholics.
(# of conference wins with Bo as coach) + (Rushing yards for Biakabutuka in 1995 game against OSU) + (number of career INT for Charles Woodson's) + (Jersey number of Rob Renes) + (# of starts for Jake Long in 2004) + (price of Jon Falk's new book "If these walls could talk" at www.moesportshops.com) = ????
Good luck and happy addition!
This should be an interesting question, it will involve some math abilities but shouldn't be too hard to find all the info out there on the internet.
Todays winner will have their choice between $20 coupon code to use at moesportshops.com or this Adidas block "M" hat http://www.moesportshops.com/products/view/822/49
Also I will be giving away some bigger stuff (jerseys, polos, etc.) in the next few week as well, waiting for some new gear to get delivered.