further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Sorry if already posted. Interesting article about picking the best of the Big Ten in different football areas (AD, Fans, Mascot, etc).
Not to pile it on or anything, but in ESPN's article about Denard being good to go for Saturday's game against Indiana, apparently it's a matchup of 4-0 teams:
The 19th-ranked Wolverines will face the Hoosiers on the road Saturday in a matchup of 4-0 teams.
Just another thing to add to the heaping pile of crap from ESPN.
I was about to post about how upset I am over penalties, and how this is going to ruin our season and coaches need to get players to do a better job. I was going to post that Rich Rod is not getting the right players and all kinds of other nasty things.
But it turns out UofM is 87th in the nation with 19 for 186 yards through 4 games tied with ND, BYU, ILL and others
It does seem they have come at bad times and ruined drives but not as bad as I thought
And a few might have come during garbage time and on special teams and should probably not be the basis for a crazy rant
However, Indiana is pretty disciplined. They have only committed 11 penalties for a total of 110 yards. I know it may seem like I am looking for something to worry about... but this worry seems as important as the D or the special teams
I believe the only thing that can stop Denard is a false start.
FWIW MSU is 3rd in the nation at 37. So our stereotypes are still somewhat intact
PSU is the best team penalty wise in an automatically qualifying league (they have only committed 11 for 70 yards)
I'm basically done moving and have the internet again. It might take a little while to get caught up, but here's the weekly update with information about this past weekend's visits, and a little extra as always.
6'3", 278 lbs.
Flint, Michigan (Powers Catholic)
Danny is and will be one of the top in-state prospects for the 2012 class. He'll also be vital to Michigan as they'll be looking for a big-time defensive tackle in 2012. O'Brien was in Ann Arbor for the Bowling Green game and received some good news:
I was at the game with my Mom and Dad, and Coach Rodriguez came and talked to us right after his press conference. He said that he can't give me anything in writing until next August, but that I have a verbal offer from the University of Michigan. My Dad is a Michigan fan, so he was excited, me and my Mom were really excited too. It's a relief to know that I have that offer in hand now.
O'Brien has Michigan and Tennessee (his first offer) as his top two for now, but plans to take his time and some official visits. Michigan has had an advantage distance-wise, as Danny has been able to attend every home game so far this year. Their performance is also helping:
I really like how Coach Rod has turned the program around. Before the season everyone was talking bad about him, and that this was his last season with Michigan. He's shut everyone up about that with these wins. I also like how aggressive the defense is, and I like Mike Martin, too. Denard Robinson is obviously fun to watch also.
O'Brien has homecoming on October 9th, but said he still plans on showing up to Ann Arbor to watch Michigan take on MSU.
As a bonus, Danny is best friends with 2012 in-state DE/DT Matt Godin, who loves Michigan. Godin will also be at the MSU game, and has been talking to Danny about potentially playing together in college. If Michigan continues to have a good season then Michigan could push themselves in the lead quickly for O'Brien.
6'2", 185 lbs.
Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
Gant is the son of former Wolverine Tony Gant, but has said in the past that he's a fan of Ohio State. Michigan has done some good things in Allen's mind both on the field and in his recruitment. He got a chance to see both in person this past weekend, and liked what he saw:
The visit was good, and I got a chance to talk with the coaches too. We mainly talked about how the season was going, how I was doing, and we talked a little about school and the recruiting process too.
Gant hasn't publicly stated a top group yet, and he told me he plans on taking his time with things so he can take in as many schools as possible:
I can't really say there's a top group yet, I'm mainly keeping my options open to anyone right now. I'm looking around the country to see what would fit me best. There's no top list, but Michigan is a school that I really like, and they'd be in the top group if there was one. I really like the football facilities, and it's a great atmosphere to play in.
Like O'Brien, Gant plans on taking his time with everything and taking visits. Allen will be one of the top prospects in Ohio for 2012, and looks to be an excellent national safety prospect as well. Michigan needs to continue what they're doing and continue the contact with Allen to stay in prime position.
- Georgia safety Avery Walls was named to the 2011 US Army All American Game. Michigan is still in a favorable position for Walls. He told me that he will be making his decision next month, after he visits Oregon this weekend, and Cal on October 9th. He's graduating early, so he wants to make sure he is accepted into his school of choice, and then he will make it public.
- Running back Demetrius Hart took a visit to Arkansas this past weekend, and will be heading out to Alabama this coming weekend with his mom. I said this on Twitter but I am, at this point, not concerned with Auburn. People were speculating on what that meant, and I think Alabama is a bigger threat at this point. The Auburn Rivals site had an article about Hart almost committing, which I can say 100% was not the case. Demetrius doesn't like to let anyone down, or hurt anyone's feelings. I'll tell you this too, there will be no more official visits after the Alabama game, but there could be another unofficial visit potentially in November. We'll see what happens.
Can there be any doubt left that Rich Rodriguez is an offensive genius? In his first year of truly having moving parts on offense with some experience in his system, he’s taken two sophomore QBs into multiple UM record books, fashioned the Heisman front runner, and developed the Big 10’s most explosive offense.
To offensive prospects:
“Our offensive system takes players, many of whom have not been first team Blue Chippers, and makes them world class, even making Heisman discussions. Come to Michigan, join the most explosive offense in the country, have the most fun, in front of the biggest and best audience in the country, get one of the finest degrees of any major football program school, and give us the chance to do for you and your potential what we have done for Denard, Martavious, Roy, Daryl, Mike, Taylor, David, Patrick, etc.”
To defensive prospects:
“Look at what we have going on with the offense. They are explosive and our system has the stuff of national championships, but we are in dire need of help on defense. Come to Michigan to not only give yourself a chance at early playing time (look at how many freshmen are starting or in our two-deep), but to solidify the final piece of the puzzle that can carry us to glory. You are the lynchpin! You are the key to our true success. Oh, and don’t forget playing in front of the biggest and best audience in the country and getting one of the finest degrees of any major football program school. Oh, and did I mention we have wings on our helmets?”
I caught a bit of Hoosiers on television the other day for the 83rd time and I thought how much it seems to mirror our situation.
-Coach brought in from outside to a tight rabid community that doesn't like change.
-Coach comes in with some funny ideas about schemes and conditioning
-Coach notices his talent is quite lacking in numbers and talent
-Coach clashes with players when they rebel against his teaching.
-Fans are all unhappy but divided on wether he should stay or go
-It looks like it will all end before he has been given enough time to implement his program when he is saved by an unreal talent.
-Now Denard was not refusing to play due to the death of his coach and then held a press conference for RR, but at this point do you think if Denard would say "coach stays I stay coach goes I go" the entire question of RR's job would cease to exist and sports talk radio would die? I see a movie in about 5 years.
Rosenberg can play the dick trying to get rid of Dale