this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I just turned on ESPN2, and there is a really nice documentary on about the Loyola High School football program in Detroit. It's focusing on the young men they are developing there. Nice change from the normal media representation of Detroit. I'm not from Detroit, so I don't know much about the school. They seem like great kids.
As i sit here wasting time reading articles on the interwebs, I come across a great quote from Tressel addressing rumors that he won't be returning to tOSU next year:
"This world is ever-evolving with wastes of time," he said.
I suggest we all apply the sweaters logic and put your on-topic player and CC discussions based on twitter feeds from former models, the ESPN Drama and Rumor Hour (formerly known as SportsCenter), and incredibly reliable inside sources who have been consistently incorrect for several years in a sack and bury them all in the yard or under the snow.
Until Jan. 2, when I suggest you check your MGoRumormill sources every 5 minutes.
I just happen to notice things like this, maybe it is just me.
In the DetNews there is a fluff article on Harbaugh that is a reprint from the San Jose Mercury News (http://detnews.com/article/20101230/SPORTS0201/12300434/1131/sports0201/%E2%80%98Uncontrollable%E2%80%99-urge-to-win-at-everything-drives-Jim-Harbaugh) regarding Jim's desire to win. In the article there is an anecdote about when Bo walked into his office to find Jim, 9 years old at the time, sitting in Bo's chair with his feet up on Bo's desk. While the story is amusing, it also shows how much exposure Jim must have had to the program at that young age to be so comfortable that he had his feet up on his Dad's boss' desk.
Additionally, at age 9 (having been born in 1963) he would have been intersecting the program at the same time as Dave Brandon ('70-'74). While those two would not have been hanging out in the bars at that time, I am sure any member of that team (Brandon included) would have watched Jim at Michigan very intently knowing how the old ball boy became the star QB. Particularly an alum like Brandon who has stayed in the Detroit area for his professional career and would have more access to the program when Bo was coaching.
While I previously believed there were probably back channel discussions since they were ex-players, I am only more convinced knowing this new fact that these two probably have had more than just a few casual conversations. I don't propose to know what happens to RR post-Jan 1, but I am pretty sure Brandon knows Harbaugh's position and what his choice will be. There are too many connections for this to not be the case. Either way, we will have a good coach come January.
In a pretty interesting article about the emergence of prominent black QBs this year in college football, Denard gets a nice mention as Big Ten Offensive POY:
Summary: Nebraska singed an agreement with Martinez's father in 2007 to sell athletic NU gear - Martinez committed in 2008.
Looks like you can't tade cash for your kid's commitment (Mr. Newton!), however, according to Nebraska, you can trade a contract that will make you cash for a kid's commitment.
So, you just need to launder the money through a legit business.
That makes sense.