I wanted to put this in mgo.licio.us, but had no clue how. Sorry mods.
Michigan with USC?
Not real exciting stuff on this slow day. Didn't realize he had interest in PSU until I saw this. They may be a decent fit for him with Coach O'brien having his experience with Tom Terrific. He has two years eligible and may help PSU in their battle with ohio.
Visited PSU last weekend, going to Wisky soon.
Maybe it's just me, but general whining about X recruits' ratings on X sites seems to be on the rise. 98% of this whining is coming from posters with no experience evaluating football talent. The overwhelming number of complaints fall in one of following categories:
- outlier service X is CRAZY to have commit x ranked so low (they are an outlier, after all)
- the only service that gets commit x is outlier service X which has him ranked highly (my advanced highlight film scouting skills put this on good authority).
- commit X has offers from schools X and Y, it is CRAZY that they haven't been given X stars.
If you find yourself making these arguments stop. It's embarrassing.
Recruiting services or people like Magnus who are experienced evaluating talent are evaluating talent independently and will naturally come to different conclusions sometimes. If they all copied each other or coaches' evaluations they'd have no reason to exist.* So conclusion 1: learn to accept differences in evaluations.
Between now and signing day talent evaluators will gain the benefit of summer camps, combines and senior year film. Players will emerge, players will fail to develop and scouts both coaches and not will have more material and time to evaluate. On these bases recruits will move up and down. So conclusion 2: there are 11 months until sigining so don't get worked up about where a recruit stands on a site today.
This may all seem obvious, but it hasn't been observed and it's a point on which I'd like to see this forum distinguish itself from the general internet rabble.
*When there's a discrepancy between a site's ranking and an offer sheet, I'll side lean towards the coaches, but that doesn't mean a site's evaluation is wrong or of no vaue.
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That glorious time of year for football fans when the torch is passed
to a new set of leaders, the hunger for gossip is well fed, and
optimism is recharged, renewed, and rewarded.
This spring we have ample reason to be excited, most obviously because
we're once again coming off a successful season with a BCS win under our belt.
But, those victories are now the past, and it would be wise not to dwell on them
much longer with the national champions looming just beyond our horizon.
Still, with the sounds of pads hitting sleds echoing through the
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A quick search didn't turn up the link to this article, so...
First, the link: http://michigantoday.umich.edu/story.php?id=8143
We hear the name George Jewett once in a while on this board, with some of us recognizing him as the first African-American to ever play football at UM in 1890-- and the last for four decades until 1932, mostly courtesy of Fielding Yost --a story well told in a John Bacon article StephenRKass linked to last month: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120224/OPINION03/202240431/1131/sports0201/Willis-Ward-Gerald-Ford-were-their-best-when-U-M-wasn-t)
Michigan Today has a interesting article linked above that just introduces you to Jewett and his accomplishments off the field as well as on. It's not long and really, really worth a read
As you'd expect, there are some ugly stories of what he faced from opposing teams and fans who weren't, let's say, very "progressive" in their racial attitudes. Even by 1890 standards. But what's really interesting about the article is how accomplished the guy was. Summary:
- Captained the football, baseball, and debate teams at Ann Arbor H.S.
- Graduated as high school valedictorian
- Spoke German, French, and Italian
- Earned his medical degree from Northwestern in 1894, also becoming NW's first black football player
- Practiced medicine in Chicago before moving back to Ann Arbor to run a store on State St. called "The Valet" that pressed/cleaned clothes (evidently more lucrative than medicine back in the day)
- Led UM to an 18-0 victory over the Amos Alonzo Stagg-led U of Chicago (the original Monsters of the Midway)
- Scored 3 touchdowns in one half against powerhouse Oberlin, coached by John Heisman (YTH), and added another late in the game that Oberlin and Michigan still dispute to this day
He passed away after a heart attack in 1908 at age 38. There are probably plenty of folks who live on Jewett Ave. in Ann Arbor who don't realize what a great Michigan Man their street is named for.