"I love it that Ivy League coaches are coming to our camp and Big Ten coaches are coming to our camp. South Florida is coming. We've got about 70 schools that are coming to our camp."
This post is not about who should/will be our head coach next year, whether or not Brandon waiting to make the decision is the best move or not, and if the question I am raising has already been raised I apologize for missing it.
The point of this post is to simply challenge the generally accepted notion that DB's decision to wait until after the bowl is hurting our current coaching efforts.
It's easy to see why this belief is fairly widely held. Dee Hart withdrew his commitment , and numerous recruits have expressed that they were waiting until DB made his decision to commit.
With this in mind, if national signing day was before or on the bowl game, I would say that these signs make it clear that Brandon's delay is hurting recruiting, but the the thing is that national signing day isn't until freaking February.
What Brandon's delay is doing is keeping Michigan football headlines far more than it would be otherwise, culminating in even more national press after the bowl game when the decision is announced.
I see this announcement having 3 different possible effects on recruits depending on how things turn out:
1. RR does poorly/mediocre in the bowl and DB decides to keep him. Effect - meh, not much. By February the recruits will do what all 18 year olds do and will have forgotten all about this and will sign with RR if they were going to anyway
2. RR surprises people when the team plays above expectation and DB keeps him in a big nationally televised love fest (my bet, like it matters). Effect - positive. Anyone who was going to sign does and all of the extra publicity this waiting game has garnered attracts more recruits
3. It doesn't matter how RR does and Harbaugh is brought to a big nationally televised reunion-themed love fest. Effect - positive. Some of RR's recruits stay, some of Harbaugh's recruits come over, and overall we get more guys than we would have because of the extra publicity Brandon's delay has garnered the program.
So, it seems that the biggest negative effect this delay has had, in my opinion is in regards to the public perception of Dave Brandon, who has taken a lot of the negative feelings off of RR and focus them on his handling of the situation - which would certainly make the announcement that RR is staying easier than right after the OSU game when public opinion of RR was at its lowest (just saying).
Btw, I would love nothing more than to have the error in my thinking highlighted by anyone so I know better for the future.
OT: Iowa suspends Robinson for bowl game. Hampton transfers. 10AM press conf w Ferentz & Iowa AD tomorrow
And the slow exodus starts. Looking more and more like Iowa is on it's way to becoming a doormat in our division for a couple years now. Saw the below post, but this is a recent and substantive development.
LB Desmond Morgan just committed to Michigan. He called the coaches about an hour ago and told them he's a wolverine.
There's nothing like the Big House. I had a great time on the visit, had some time to spend with the players and coaching staff more. The players and coaches are all great guys and good people. It was a tough decision, and I thought about it all day yesterday and today. I called Coach Rodriguez and told him if the opportunity is still there I'd like to join the family, and he said of course.
Morgan had an offer from Northwestern as well.
Article on Rivals... not paywall...
I know rumors were tossed around earlier, but it appears official word is coming soon.