fair point that
For those interested, take a look at Jason Whitlock's recent article re: Jim Tressel. This is as close to a defense of what Tressel did as I have seen, and it is laughable. Basically, JT didn't "really" do anything wrong - it is all the NCAA's fault for basically having rules, and so what that JT lied to the NCAA.
For those who are not familiar with his writing, he is a typical media blowhard, who likes to take strong positions and hear himelf speak (on paper). He did write a great piece on Hoke being the right guy for Michigan a few days before Hoke was hired, but that was just about the only good thing that he has ever written.
EDIT: The "Whitcock" reference was an honest to goodness typo - freudian, perhaps, but still a typo. I never do the 12-year-old MLive thing, so my apologies.
Some names of interest:
#2 - Gunner Kiel
#13 - Jarron Jones
#15 - Andrus Peat
#17 - Zach Banner
#30 - Zeke Pike
#32 - Jordan Simmons
#33 - Terry Richardson
#41 - Jordan Diamond
#43 - Josh Garnett
#57 - Adolphus Washington
#60 - Aziz Shittu
#61 - Kyle Kallis (though he de-committed and re-committed to OSU yesterday, Webb says he may be fair game at some point)
#63 - Sevon Pittman
#72 - Bennie Coney
#79 - Eric Magnuson
#94 - Mario Ojemudia (!)
#96 - Dwayne Stanford
#98 - Anthony Standifer (visiting today)
so now that we know what was really going on, I feel for RichRod.
Lets put the defensive implosion aside for a moment, and reflect on a guy who went down with his morals intact.....and our cheatin' bastid of an opponent, who paid for and lied for his success.
Lets reflect on RR's handling of Tate (lookie, no wings!), his concern for Denard vs Illinois, when his job was clearly on the line......even suspending the punter for the OSU game for violating team rules.......did I hear that Tressel once punished an offender by "suspending" him for the first series of the game?
How 'bout the story about Tressel rigging raffles so the big-time recruits win the goodies at a kids summer football camp? We learned plenty about RichRod in his time here.....and he certainly seemed a "stand up guy" to me.
So if you were a college athletic director looking to elevate your bs school with a higher profile in football, who would you hire if the choice was RichRod or Liar Liar Vest on Fire?
Illinois DB Anthony Standifer is visiting Michigan today [Wednesday]. He's coming with his mom, dad, and teammate 2013 WR LaQuon Treadwell (6'3", 190 lbs). The sophomore receiver has been in contact with Michigan, and was also named to the 2010 Illinois All Area First Team.
We're all going up, and LaQuon [Treadwell] is coming too. The visit is really for all of us to see it. It's a new experience for us so we don't know what to expect. We'll ask some questions, but we don't really have any specific ones right now. I just want to see the whole campus and facilities, and especially the stadium. I'm excited to see the stadium. After this I'll think about everything and hopefully I can take visits to Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin, MSU, and Illinois.
Standifer doesn't currently have offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, or MSU but he's been in contact with all of them.
I'm not sure what will happen on this visit, but it sounds like he would like to wait a bit before making his decision. Visits can sometimes change feelings, emotions, and decisions but I don't think Anthony knows yet. I would guess he'll wait to take visits, but wouldn't be shocked if he pulled the trigger either.
In something straight out of the Bizarro episode of Sealab 2021 (yeah, what other blog are you going to get that reference?), former coach John Cooper claims Ohio State's Compliance Department must have been aware of violations and did nothing about it:
“Compliance is not doing their job when this kind of stuff happens and they act like they don’t know about it. When I was coaching over there, compliance was around everywhere. It’s almost like they were trying to find us violating a rule."
Dear Ohio State: You're doing it wrong.
Edit: Come to think of it, this kind of looks like John Cooper
Huge thanks to MGoUser "Mich Fan From Brooklyn" [Endi Mitchell] for attending this camp, shooting the video, taking notes, and conducting interviews. He did an awesome job. Here's what Endi captured from the Future Phenom Showcase that took place in Brooklyn, New York this past weekend:
Wayne Morgan won fastest man award, while LB Devaughn Cholette took home MVP for the camp.
Notes on Wayne:
- Listed at 5'10", 187 lbs.
- Hampered by a hamstring injury from earlier in the week
- 40 yard dash was hand timed. Wayne's two times were 4.43 and 4.35 respectively [featured in the video below].
- 20 yard shuttle times were 4.22 and 4.09 seconds.
- Endi thought Wayne was very aggressive. He went against the taller, lengthy receivers and showed great press ability. He allowed very little separation, and showed the speed to stay with all of the receivers there. He looked like the most athletic player on the field.
- Morgan worked at both corner and safety and looked even more impressive at safety. He closed on routes and was always in position to make a play. It seemed like the quarterbacks didn't want to throw his way, and when they did it was overthrown.
- Wayne is very confident, very vocal with his fellow defenders and even more so towards the receivers. He seemed to have a short memory when he made a mistake, he came back and corrected it the next time.