...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
To TomVH or anyone else in the know, I just read a scout blurb in which Curtis Grant said he wanted to visit Michigan sometime over the summer. I wasn't aware we were a player in his recruitment, do we have a legit shot here?
Rarely are there players that mean as much to a team like Charles Woodson, Troy Smith, Vince Young, and Adrian Peterson.
Did Michigan need a Charles Woodson in 2006? Maybe, but probably not. Did Michigan need Vince Young? No. What Michigan needed was slightly better coaching, and/or J'ai Eugene, or maybe a healthy Antonio Bass to be explosive enough to turn the corner vs OSU and take it to Florida in the national title. OSU never belonged on that field vs Florida. Michigan's power running game in 2006 would've done the same to them as Michigan did to them in 2007. Don't forget Vanderbilt players quoted in saying that Michigan was a better team than Florida in 2006.
Michigan was probably one player away. One player away from getting to a national title. Maybe it would've been an interception that changed the OSU game. Maybe it would have been better coverage by J'ai Eugene, or another similar prospect that we missed out on during those seasons, but a single player could have been the difference in that game.
Single players rarely make or break a football program, but it's often that single players can make or break any game throughout the season. I promise you, despite the fact that Michigan has signed a solid secondary, it's likely that the Michigan staff will be kicking themselves they couldn't bring in Dorsey somewhere down the road.
I can't remember ever being as upset and mad as I am today. No, I don't know the situation top to bottom, so I'm not placing the blame on anyone particular. All I can say is that a young man was offered a scholarship. accepted it, and months later denied despite his hard work to achieve the minimum to play college football.
I just hope things get turned around at Michigan, because it just sucks to be a fan right now with the mess that's been going on for years.
I have a question for anyone who knows about this process. I am fairly certain that the admissions process for athletes is significantly more lenient than that for the rest of us. I had a 3.7 GPA in High School and was waitlisted. Something tells me, if I could run a 4.3 I wouldn't have been.
So my question, is this. Why does the admissions department all of a sudden have strong moral ground when it comes to Dorsey? Does it not seem that there is something more here?
Question #2. Although this is a total consipracy theory: Does the recent publicity of the Kentucky Basketball recruit who miraculously made the grade in their last semester hold any merit in this conversation?
I admit I am uninformed but am just finding this entire situation very strange (if DD was seen to be unfit, they wouldn;t have waited until now).
I guess my point is that the admissions department has never played the moral authority before (with dozens of athletes who barely passed the academic requirements) so why now? Something tells me, D.Brandon found out something that made cutting DD go the better option than dealing with more scrutiny. Thoughts?
I'm leaving for Walt Disney World tomorrow with my wife and 20-month old daughter. I'm packing and as I was picking t-shirts to bring came across one of my favorite fashion items--the "Charlie Weis Should Probably Eat Less" t-shirt. At first, it made me chuckle (as it always does), but then I got to thinking...should I bring this shirt?
The message itself still rings as true as ever, and the horrified looks I'll get from politically correct moms will be priceless. But...is this shirt old news after the vanquishing of the Fupa from South Bend? Will the picture with Goofy while wearing the shirt be as funny 20 years from now?
As I wrestled with this decision, I figured that I should turn to the mgoblog family for advice. So...umm..help, please.
In the neverending saga that is Demar Dorsey, i thought it was interesting this post on twitter a few minutes ago...
So, although we are all dissapointed by his departure, seems like it could be the right move if other schools are not interested in his services as well..
OK, let's pretend that the rumors are totally true, and by now there's way too much smoke for there not to be any fire. Nebraska and maybe Missouri to the Big Ten, and the entire Big 12 South to the Pac-10, minus Baylor plus Colorado.
Assuming this happens, four schools are left way out in the freezing cold. What next for ISU, KU, KSU, and Baylor? I see one of two options, and these stand even if you replace Colorado or Okie State with Baylor in the Pac-10: dissolve, or regroup.
Dissolve - Kansas will be the most desperate of the four, as they have the most to lose with a basketball brand to protect. I see them making a pitch to join the SEC or Big Ten, whichever will have them and li'l bro K-State, even at a bargain price. I think Kansas would see membership in a major conference as critical to protecting their brand, and would see whipping-boy status when it comes to revenue sharing as a necessary evil. ISU and Baylor might be happy to join C-USA - they might actually compete there. Missouri, if left behind by the Big Ten, would probably make a similar SEC pitch, but with less bargaining power.
Regroup - Say they don't get the nine votes or whatever to dissolve. The Big 12 conference still exists, and Don Beebe still has a seat at the BCS table. I wouldn't be surprised at all, especially if Missouri is rejected from the Big Ten, to see the remaining schools go to C-USA, the WAC, and the MWC schools and say, hey. We're still the Big 12. We're still BCS. This is your big shot to jump from mid-major status to Big Time, and there'll never be a better chance. No time like the present. You take BYU, TCU, Utah, Boise State, Fresno State, Houston, and Memphis - that's seven schools to go with the five left behind. Rice or SMU for the filthy-rich alums if you need an 8th. The Big 12 stays alive, probably without quite the awesome TV deal but with a cut of the BCS revenue. The MWC, WAC, and CUSA reshuffle, probably with the MWC teams folding back into the WAC and a couple of them like Louisiana Tech reconstituting CUSA a little bit.
Which seems more plausible?