At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
tonight i met an alum from bump elliot's days. he had good stories that i thought i would share.
he was a freshman in 1959 when freshmen weren't allowed to play on the "varsity" team. it was the first year they were using plastic helmets. bump elliot got enough for his varsity team, and a few of the freshmen, but not all of them. as the plastic helmets started to trickle in, more and more of them would get them, in the order that bump thought each freshman thought showed promise to one day play for the real team. this guy was non-scholarship, and so he got the very last leather helmet every worn by a michigan football player. regrettebly, when another plastic helmet came, he gave the very last leather helmet back.
he also told me about a few drills they used to run. bump would put a freshman in a large box and put four ohio state replica jerseys in it. a varsity player would try to get one out of the box while the freshmen were made to guard them.
lastly he said that bump was a stickler for tackling technique and that even though bump was never his coach, he was told that if he didn't learn to tackle properly, he'd never play for bump. so the freshmen tackled each other so much they'd all get hurt. but he said that even today, he knows tackling technique so well that when he watches football, he can tell right as the defender goes in for the kill whether the tackle will be broken.
Nice going dummy. Just when you had gotten out of the ESPN doghouse and onto some of the better games on the four letter, you had to go and say something stupid again.
I always loved his braodcasts on Saturday with Mike Gottfried, but i guess he's self destructive as hell. Who the fuck calls a woman an asshole?
Have fun doing the play by play on ESPN's coverage of that cargo plane flying rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong.
EDIT: He made some really condescending remarks on air to Holly Rowe a few years ago and got banished to ESPN Siberia, the 3rd level Big 12 games. Apparently he called a sideline reporter sweetcakes at the Fiesta Bowl, and when she objected, he called her an asshole instead.
Posted this in the open thread, but I've always enjoyed liveblogs more because they flow better. Figured if nobody else was doing this tonight that I'd put one together.
I kind of remember that some of the MGoblog community were tracking U of M planes on recruiting trips. If Harbaugh is the one, I wonder if he might do what the new Maryland hire, Randy Edsall, did and fly to Ann Arbor or wherever they keep the plane after tonight's game.
So, if you know the plane's ID number and a tracking website, you MIGHT have a scoop.
This Weekly Update is going to be a little tough because so much can change within a matter of days. Here's what's potentially happening in the near future. With Demetrius Hart decommitting to Alabama that leaves Michigan with roughly seven spots to fill.
January 7th Visitors
As of right now most, if not all, of the visitors plan on making it in this weekend. I have received two texts from prospects asking if they should reschedule their visit, though. I'm going to make sure that everyone understands that anything can change at any time. That even goes for the comment I made the other day about current commitments sticking with Michigan. Tony Posada and Dallas Crawford both said they will "most likely" stick with Michigan. That most likely is their way out, so it's not 100%. Dallas is being actively recruited, so that's something to watch. [Ed. He did say he was "solid" on Facebook today, FWIW.]
Anyhow, here's the list of recruits expected to be in this weekend.
- S Sheldon Royster - Royster will be a tough pull for Michigan. Considering Michigan, Rutgers, South Carolina, Miami, and North Carolina.
- ATH Raymon Taylor - Decommitted from Indiana because of a coaching change. He loves Michigan, but ya know, they might have a coaching change.
- WR Devin Lucien - Devin was just offered by Miami today. He really likes Michigan though. He'll be making his announcement on January 30th at his school. He could be making his final decision soon though. Decision is different than announcement. He's said Michigan's standing does not depend on their coach.
- DT Darian Cooper - I spoke with Darian last night, and he said "he thinks" he's still coming this weekend. We'll see if that changes.
- WR Shane Wynn - Glenville product, potentially coming this weekend.
- QB Cardale Jones - Same situation as Wynn. The visit might not happen.
- TE Frank Clark - Same as the two above.
- DE Deion Barnes - This visit looks like it's leaning towards not happening, but I haven't confirmed it yet. I'll still include him here, just not expecting him to be there.
- TE Tanner McEvoy
Army Game Decisions
There are 13 total prospects making their decision public at the Army All American Game on Saturday January 8th. The two that apply to Michigan are LB Kris Frost, and DB Wayne Lyons.
Kris has been consistent with his public stance, and who he names in his top group. I have been in very close contact with Kris the entire time, and it's my understanding that he had his final decision made up around 3 weeks or a month ago. Frost is an early enrollee, and has told me he's comfortable with his decision.
Wayne has kept a lot of his recruitment close to the vest, but the rumor is that it may be between Michigan and Stanford, with potentially Nebraska in there as well. This provides an interesting scenario with Michigan and Stanford's current situation. I don't think anyone can predict the outcome of this one, so we'll have to wait and see what hat Wayne picks up on Saturday.
6'5", 330 lbs.
I put this on the board a few days ago, but Chris Bryant has decided to hold a press conference to announce his decision on January 21st.
Chris has always been very high on Michigan, and has been out to Ann Arbor a few times. The interesting scenario here is that Bryant is likely down to Michigan, Arizona, and Ohio State (if they offer). Stanford was also a school that Chris was very interested in, and he's aware of the potential coaching changes that could take place at Michigan. All of this could obviously change from now until January 21st, but I think Michigan is in strong position right now.
- The silent commits that I've alluded to are still intact. I know of two for now, and potentially a third soon. Some of them could decide to go elsewhere. They're still in place for now.
- If Michigan makes a coaching change, and makes it fast, there could be opportunity for that coach to bring in some of their recruits. Specifically Jim Harbaugh with his current commitments. I've spoken to a few Stanford commitments that are going to wait to see what happens, and make a decision from there. I've spoken to four, and only one has said he will stay with Stanford 100%.
- Early enrollee Greg Brown is in Ann Arbor, and ready to go.
- Again, all of this information could easily change in the next few days, so don't take it as 100%.