...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Saw this tweeted from Dylan over at UMhoops. The tweet was from Melanie Collins, who apparently does some work for BTN. She claims a "very reliable source" informed her of the transfer request. Also mentions it was "not yet confirmed". Take it for what it's worth.
Also, after looking her up google, she looks kinda hot. So there's that.
[mod edit: She has since deleted the post and followed up stating
Wow really struck a nerve w/ ppl. Like I said, NOT confirmed. We'll see what plays out.
[mod edit edit: the great TomVH has spoken to Forcier's father, who claimed no knowledge of this and laughed at the notion.
Penn State's preview is on BTN. Their QB's don't look that hot, but they have Evan Royster coming back. Still, I'm getting more confident that we can beat them.
1. reducing the ridiculously high turnover rate, and
2. added size in the trenches -- on the OL and especially DL to stop the run.
I still think those two areas will be greatly improved from last year. As for turnovers, UM finally has a experienced QB and offensive line. That should help a lot Think of the turnovers that stick out from last year (Purdue, Iowa, MSU in OT, OSU all game, etc...)
As for the size on the DL, we have added A LOT of good weight. Plus, our yound DL has added experience. The 90th run defense should be quite a bit better.
Even if the DB play is as bad as last year (it was looking improved, but see above), which is as bad as possible, I think the team wins at least 2-3 more games based on the factors above.
This is in no way an attempt to minimize our situation, which is serious. It does however help to keep it in perspective. The loss of Troy Woolfolk is is something we will recover from as a team, and he will be back next year even better.
With UConn coming in, interesting how things seem to parallel at times. While the situations are far from comparable, last year mid-season their top defensive back was killed in an on-campus shooting incident which obviously rocked the team and community (I am an M alum and all-blue but live in CT). They had a rough patch and lost some games after that but rallied toward the end of the season. We have a few weeks to do the same and I think we will.
I think if you were to ask Randy Edsall if Michigan could come back from this he would have to say..."yeah, they can", and without bitterness.
Let's be thankful for what we have and get everything back on the positive. Regardless of where I live (I in fact have one child currently in each University - yes we will all be there), I think Michigan comes out strong Sept 4 with a big win.
Just came across an article on the front of The Wall Street Journal (Online). Talks about new polices/rules that will take effect this year.
- "Starting with the Wolverines' season opener against Connecticut on Sept. 4, all designated smoking areas on Michigan Stadium grounds will be gone."
Good move IMO. Go Blue!
I almost didn't have the heart to finish this thing today with the bad news from last night, but all of the comedy and overly optimistic people raised my spirits. We have a great community here at MGoBlog and I'm glad to be just one small part of it. Go Blue!