in town for free camps
Michigan loses to Michigan State . . . duh.
Cincinnati Reds swept out of playoffs.
Fantasy football team drops to 0-5.
Let's beat Iowa. Please.
I would like to focus on the future of Michigan's defense without blaming anyone (i.e. Carr, RichRod, Shafer, GERG, Bill Martin, etc.) for why it's so bad this year. I would simply like to look forward and ask:
Is Rich Rodriguez (with or without Greg Robinson) capable of fielding a competent defense next year? By competent, I mean lower than 60th in the nation in total defense).
I've been a big supporter of RR and have spent countless hours defending him to relatives and friends that don't want to hear any of it. I keep telling them to wait and be patient. Today, one of these friends asked if I thought the defense would be even decent next year. I didn't have an answer.
Any thoughts? Will Woolfolk make enough of a difference? Is there an underclassman likely to make a big improvement next year? To fill in for Mouton? Are there any OMG shirtless defensive recruits seriously considering UM? I'd like to offer comforting news to the doubters, but it's hard to do when it seems like the D could actually be worse next year.
I'm sure you've all heard the "coach-speak" regarding the 24-hour rule: enjoy (or in our case, sulk) for 24 hours and then start preparing for the next opponent. Nothing can change what happened yeterday, we can only control what happens next.
Next is a good (not great) Iowa team.
4-1 on the season with their only loss being on the road at Arizona (who lost last night to Orgeon State.)
- 1271 pass yds/861 rush yards
- 46.7% 3rd down conversion
They are know, of course, for their defense which is currently ranked at or near the top in points and yards yielded.
I was as nervous for the State game as I was when I was playing. I can only imagine how the players felt. You find out a lot about yourself after a loss like yesterday. I'm quite confident the team gets focused, settles down, works their asses off, and comes into the game this Saturday with a nice big chip on their shoulder.
After watching our defense struggle yet again this season I couldn't help but think about a good (not great) big 10 defensive player who in high school had great grades, bloodlines and wanted to play for Michigan and yet couldn't get a scholarship offer for reasons i have never understood..
I live in Northern Ohio and in 2005 a very good friend of mine's son set an Ohio high school record scoring five touchdowns in a playoff game. He also played some cornerback when needed. As a season ticket holder who did a small amount of recruiting for Michigan in the early 90's I started bringing the boy up to games and alerted my contacts to take a look at him. In 2005 he was invited to several camps (Michigan included) and began to get scholarship offers. By 2006 he had received offers from every MAC and Big East program as well as lower tier Pac 10 and ACC schools but nothing from Michigan. After the 2006 season he was invited back to Michigan's camp when they were trying out QBs and he basically shut down every wideout they placed in front of him but still no offer. His dad, an ex-Louiseville Cardinal DB made it known that they were growing tired of the recruitment process and would commit early in 2007. Michigan was #1 on their list but they weren't going to wait his entire senior year to see if an offer would be forthcoming. I again contacted the football department and told them what I knew about the kid - good grades, good family and outstanding athlete - basically everything Michigan wanted in a player and yet nothing. No offer, no communication - nothing. So when Northwestern offered early in his senior year they accepted and shut down all recruiting. After that I called and asked why no offer - all I was told was "he's 5"10 and we want taller corners" and that was the end of it.
Today Jordan Mabin is a starting DB for Northwestern. If you remember, he was played especially well against us (motivated maybe?) and I cant help but wonder how we would look if we had bothered to offer a tremendous athlete with good grades who happened to be "only" 5'10.
I had been under the impression that all Big Ten games during the 3:30 ABC/ESPN slot would be available nationally. I have Directtv at home here in Maryland. Because the UNC-Clemson game was on the ABC station here (DC), regular ESPN was blacked out because the national ESPN feed had that game. The Michigan-Michigan State game was on an ESPN alternate or overflow channel. I watched the first 3 quarters at home on that channel (no HD though). At 6 pm we had to go over to a neighbor's house for a social event and the host and I tried to find the game there on his TV. He has FIOS and ESPN was also blacked out for him, but we couldn't find any alternate or overflow channel with the Michigan-MSU game. Was it there, but we just couldn't find it or is this a reason to avoid FIOS? (It was available on a computer in his house via ESPN3.)