no, YOU'RE off topic
This is per cleveland.com.The story says it's one reason but his wife and many other in=laws are OSU alums.
Edit: Hard to believe he would be such an idiot to let that stand in the way of a career advancement opportunity. Glad he didn't come.
Iowa commit, Karan Higdon 3/4 Star back from Sarasota, FL (Riverview high) recieved a call from Coach Harbaugh this morning with an offer. A last minute visit is in the works.
Obviously recruiting in the final days is an ever changing event. Yesterday at this time our "big board" had 15* well known prospects for 4 spots. Within 18 hours that became 12* well known prospects for 6 spots.
*I included WR Ryan Davis although he is not super realistic, and didn't include WR Auden Tate who is a FSU commit.
So now one might ask what the falling of DE Pickard/TE Snyder to Syracuse/back to Nebraska might mean? Based on the timing of it, plus the 2 new UM openings all announced in a cluster the bullish take is positive in terms of UM staff telling these candidates their spots were going to other candidates. It would appear Wheatley Jr. is taking a spot reserved for one of those 2, and other candidate(s) (Clark for Snyder) are out there the staff feels more comfortable with over the past 36 hours. The bearish take is rut roh raggy.
Crystal ballz can shatter when Harbaugh demands it but here is how it is shaking up.
|TE Clark||UMish||trending UM|
|TE/DE Wheatley||UM||nothing recent|
|RB Weber||UM/OSU||2 ballz to UM since 1/29|
|WR Davis||FL||5 ballz to UF since 1/23|
|WR Jefferson||UM||8 ballz to UM since 1/28|
|WR Burnett||WSU||nothing recent|
|CB Arnette||OSU||5 ballz to OSU since 1/29|
|CB Williamson||UF||10 ballz to UF since 1/28|
|CB Marshall||USC||All USC|
|CB Adams||UMish||5 ballz to UM btw 1/15-1/21|
|CB Bush||?||No ballz|
|LB Smith||GA||massive GA, little movement|
Things are starting to look dour on the CB front which is my main worry here. We need DBs badly, and 2 in this class would be great now that we have 6 spots. Target #2A Williamson is now being crystal balled to Florida by everyone. Target #2B Arnette is on campus in Columbus and even faithful friend Ace is now crystal ballzing him to OSU, along with Lorenz and others. Unless Iman Marshall has given a secret yes this is problematic as all that remains on the board is Rutgers commit Jarius Adams and non offered Markel Bush.
If you take WR Davis and WR Burnette (committed to pass happy WSU) as longshots our known board is only 10 guys for 6 spots with quite a few of those guys heavy leans elsewhere. This raises the prospect of having to raid a CMU/WMU type player to fill the 5th or 6th spot unless some serious aces (no pun intended) are up Harbaugh's sleeves. You could take a WR Grant Perry out of Northwestern but he is a WR and we need to end the class with defensive players by need. I haven't thought banking a scholarship was likely up until yesterday with the 2 new openings and how the board is falling at CB (I assumed Arnette was headed here until yesterday). Maybe 1 scholarship goes to 2016 class.
Projected class by ballz:
- TE Chris Clark
- TE/DE Ty Wheatley Jr.
- WR Van Jefferson - has come out of nowhere to be a UM favorite ?
- CB Jarius Adams
- (cloudy) Wildcard spot - reserved for homerun candidate like Marshall or Smith. If miss, then hmm.
- (cloudy) Wildcard spot - Mike Weber. If miss, then hmm.
It is the offseason, a time for self-reflection, a time to spend our energy focusing on the things in life that are more important than football. If you're like me, there are a series of burning questions that begin to bubble up into your consciousness this time of year demanding to be dealt with. One of the recurring questions that has been simmering in my mind all season, and I write this piece assuming that I am not alone in this, has been: Why does Brian always say "Cumong, man?"
Whenever I would see this in print, I would wonder: is this how Brian pronounces "come on"? If so, why? Is this a thing people say? It seems to have caught on to the point where other people on the board use it as well. What is the origin of this spelling? Has the Michigan accent evolved since I left? I decided to do some research. I present to you what I have learned about the etymology of "cumong".
First, is this phrase mgoblog-specific? The evidence supports the notion that the term is indeed highly associated with this blog. There is actually an entry in the Urban Dictionary, which defines the term as "A word Alabama Crimson Tide fans use to exhort their team before a key play or belt out with a fist pump in celebration." The example given is CUMONG Tide, run the dad gum ball. Git this! However, as I will cover later, this entry was most likely added by an mgoblogger. Outside of that, there seems to be little to no usage of this word on the English-speaking web, with the exception of mgoblog, where its usage is frequent.
How do we characterize this phenomenon linguistically? The word is an apparently intentional misspelling of "come on". It is a kind of metaplasmus, but more specifically it appears to be a version of sensational spelling, in which a word is deliberately misspelled for effect. Examples of sensational spelling include "Froot Loops" and "Led Zeppelin".
Phonologically, this spelling portrays a shift in place of articulation of the final consonant of "come on," moving it from an alveolar nasal to a velar nasal. In other words, the contact between the tongue and the roof of the mouth simply moves further back when producing this variation.
Historically, on this site the first usage came on November 14th, 2012 in this post describing the Michigan-Northwestern football game. In that post, Brian writes:
Git R Done, for values of R that equal racism. If you don't follow me on twitter you missed the saga of the Larry The Cable Guy clan in my immediate vicinity, a group of redneck yahoos that said a lot of things like "LEZ GO CUMONG" and "GIT EM CUMONG," which was annoying when they did that really loudly after a four yard run--now my hopes are all up and it's second and six--but mostly harmless.
I tracked down that original series of tweets. I present to you the first time the phrase "cumong" was used in mgoblog history:
they cloned larry the cable guy and put four of them behind me— mgoblog (@mgoblog) November 10, 2012
send help— mgoblog (@mgoblog) November 10, 2012
LEZ GO CUMONG— mgoblog (@mgoblog) November 10, 2012
Note that the Urban Dictionary entry, which is the only known instance of this phrase on the web outside of mgoblog, was added on November 15th, 2012, one day after Brian made his post highliting the term. This timing strongly suggests that it is not an independent phenomenon. After the initial Nov 15th post, it appeared again over the next couple of days, first in the defensive UFR as a figure caption and then in the offensive UFR. The phrase picked up steam in 2013 and by October of 2014 became an actual tag on the site.
EDIT: By popular demand, a chart! This is number of unique google results by month on the mgoblog site for the word cumong. Notice that there was a sizable jump in its popularity this football season:
In light of the information that spelling of this phrase was intended to portray the dialect of several "redneck yahoo" fans, we can re-evaluate its literary significance. It seems now that the phrase is in fact a kind of eye dialect, a misspelling often used to convey the ignorance of the speaker, even though the spelling may correspond to how the word is generally pronounced. This is the same device Dickens used to convey the way his uneducated characters spoke, and was a common feature in Mark Twain's writing. (That said, I can find no academic work that confirms the substitution of the nasal alveolar with the velar consonant in dialects from the American South).
I asked Brian to comment on this, and he confirmed that the phrase indeed originated from the a group of Larry the Cable Guys sitting around him during that game. I hope you've enjoyed this foray in to mgoblog history and culture, and that I have helped to shed some light on a question that was on all of our minds.
It's originally being reported by some paper I have never heard of, but CBS Sports is citing said paper as "it was not a fit between the two sides." Would have been a nice landing spot for Brady. Also apparently it would be a minor cost savings for UM. (I believe Enos was making $350K or something).
Hoke's contract with Michigan calls for him to receive $3 million after being fired without cause, but it stipulates he must try to mitigate U-M's responsibility for the payment. He must make "reasonable efforts to obtain other football-related employment (such as a head or assistant coach of a professional football team, head men's football coach of an NCAA Division I team or media commentator)."
Per Steve Wiltfong at 247. Hello Ty Wheatley Jr? Also, that random guy from the Harbaugh coaching search is saying on Twitter that Wheatley cancelled his visit to Oregon.
[ED:BiSB - He just put in a Crystal Ball prediction for Pickard to Cuse, with some rumblings that it's heading in that direction. Resume your days.]