"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
Very interesting read; Kid is from Michigan.
Sometimes I think we forget the team we cheer for/argue for/are so passionate about is made up of 18-22 year old kids.
At least looks like this one is on his way to a happy ending.
I just bought a PS3 and have NCAA football 2010. I haven't the slightest idea how to download accurate rosters for my dynasty (for some reason my starting Michigan QB is white according to Sony and isn't anywhere near as fast as Denard. UM also doesn't run the read-option according to Sony...please help).
Please be descriptive in terms of how to download and how to install. I found some info in this thread:
But I am so new to this stuff, that I need a little bit more help than this . I know how to sign in to my playstation account on the ps3 and thats about it.
I will be eternally grateful for some detailed help. Posbangs for all :)
For as much complaining that was done during the HC search, what the hell is going on with the DC search? With recruiting time slipping away, getting a DC on board to speak with our wavering recruits (e.g. Countess, Crawford) would seem to be critical.
As we move into week 2 of the Hoke regime, what could possibly be taking so long? We have the big free agent in Shannon, who doesn't seem to be moving anywhere at this point. If we're getting Bedford, why hasn't he moved over yet? If it's Austin, then there's no excuse as he's just hanging out. If we're taking a DC from another college team, I'm sure even that team would like to know in order to fill their spot before recruiting.
At this point, the only thing that would make sense to me is if we're taking someone from a team that is/was in the playoffs. The three most obvious choices in that group would seem to be Greg Mattison (DC, Ravens), Mike Trgovac (DL, Packers) or Jon Hoke (DB, Bears). But even then, there's nothing stopping any of those guys from accepting a job while still continuing to work with their teams (like Weis did after he took the Florida OC position.
While not at HC frustration yet, this is slowly getting there for me.
So the good news is that ESPN.com has a front-page article about Denard Robinson deciding to stay at Michigan. What I find interesting is the 'teaser' link. It currently reads:
"Robinson Said He Considered Leaving Michgan"
Earlier this morning the exact same article was titled:
""Robinson Decides to Stay At Michigan"
Apparently someone decided that the original title was just a bit too positive?
Requisite article link (which I am sure has already been posted):
First of all, yes I am over "it", and fully supporting the program. Maybe the right way of expressing my feelings are that I am too exhausted by following the process, and am disconnecting from it as a coping mechanism. It's not ambivalence, but an act of will. Nonetheless, I think it's fair to have a discussion about Brandon, the recruiting impact that is unfolding from his timeline and ultimate choice etc. Yes, it's not the first time this has been put out there - it's probably the hundredth. This is not about RR. If you don't want to read any more about Brandon, please move on now.
D.Brandon, the legal pimp that shined during the NCAA investigation has shown a limited ability to think outside the family. He limited the talent pool available in his search through this artificial "Michigan man" filter, and it cost the program. I think he made this choice because he was unwilling to do a critical part of his job; working the political angles behind the scenes to "true up" the support of the program from various internal and external factions. Said pimp hand is now looking shriveled like Voldemort's. I think that, regardless of one's like or dislike of the the Hoke hire, we all agree on that. At a minimum, his timeline has led to issues that will surface about 2-3 years from now in the team's available ready-to-contribute talent pool.
Not to belabor it, but why can't Brandon execute a HC and staff change as competently as Florida? Are the fans of the Michigan program asking too much?
Turning to recruiting, I think that the TVH updates clearly show that recruits are not very excited about the new coaching staff (or lack thereof on the D side). This aligns with Brian's vocal concern about bringing in someone less proven to take the reins: this year's recruits seem to agree: the initial impression is that the program didn't exactly advance with the change. At a minimum, to bring some credibility, they had better bring in a star DC who is a recruiting beast to save this important facade. I don't know if Brandon and Hoke's egos can stand for anything out of the ordinary, but I know that the board contributors have floated many great names for DC, all with the "not going to happen" tag. The limbo and general lack of excitement is unhealthy for a program like Michigan. Florida did the HC change properly, and they didn't even go the hypothetical (I know it's done, yes I am over it, move on) path that I suggest below.
Personally, while I can't prove it, I suspect that a head coach hire of an NFL profile like a Gruden, Dungy or even a McDaniels (I know, any of these may or may not have been feasible) would have saved the recruiting year. I think that existing recruits would have "stuck", and new recruits would have been excited. With the current timeline allowed to Hoke until signing day, and the initial stature of the staff itself, this recruiting year is going to create a void similar to what the program experienced in Carr's last season. We all painfully know that there are still many holes that needed filling that will go unaddressed (LB, secondary, big outside receiver come to mind). A NFL head coach generally has a wider "network" to pull their staff from due to the progressive experience that led to their pinnacle. Add the NFL background as an obvious attractant for the HS kids, in particular for those with Super Bowl experience.
Sorry to babble on.
With a new defensive mindset coming from the coaching staff and looking at the roster for next season's team, I'm seeing no reason why this defense can't be at the level of previous Michigan D's before Rich Rod came in.
Possible lineup with a 4-3 defense could look like this..
- DE- Craig Roh JR 6-5 251
- Backup: Ken Wilkins rFR 6-3 270
- DT- Mike Martin SR 6-2 299
- Backup: Richard Ash rFR 6-3 320
- DT- Ryan Van Bergen SR 6-6 287
- Backup: Quinton Washington SO 6-4 315
- DE- Jibreel Black SO 6-2 265
- Backup: Terry Talbott rFR 6-3 260
- OLB- JB Fitzgerald SR 6-3 244
- Backup: Mike Jones SO 6-2 208
- MLB- Kenny Demens JR 6-1 246
- Backup: Isaiah Bell SO 6-1 245
- OLB- Cameron Gordon SO 6-3 207
- Backup: Brandon Herron SR 6-2 220
- CB- Troy Woolfolk SR 6-0 195
- Backup: Cullen Christian SO 6-0 188
- SS- Jordan Kovacs JR 6-0 195
- Backup: Thomas Gordon SO 5-11 205
- FS- Marvin Robinson SO 6-2 203
- Backup: Ray Vinopal SO 5-10 197
- CB- JT Floyd JR 6-0 183
- Backup: Courtney Avery SO 5-11 174
This team has some up and coming talent and the potential to be a very solid defense next year. The appropriate changes need to be made scheme-wise in order to compete with the big offensive lines in the Big Ten, but that can be done. The weight of these players will inevitably continue to grow from this point to the beginning of the season and these guys will be ready to play some hard nosed defense that we are accustomed to seeing at Michigan.