Columbus radio reports that SI will launch their newest round of missiles at OSU a week from today. In true Buckeye fashion, the radio personality said that SI was 'saluvating' over the article. I guess the guy covering the story is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist.
It will probably be some of the stuff that we covered on here last week. But apparently there is new dirt on Tressel going back to his YSU days. It's about both Tressel and players, and there is a pretty thorough history of this 'thing', whatever it is. Popcorn sales in Michigan are peaking right about now...
per TomVh twitter:
RT @mikerothstein: Michigan WR D.J. Williamson has asked for and received a release to transfer, per Michigan spokesperson
(Yes, this is bad)
Saving you all the legwork of checking the aptly titled APR of 928 message board post, these graphics demonstrate the disappointing numbers that, yes, have existed before a guy from West Virginia showed up. While nearly every school in the Big Ten has seen a steady increase of APR (or at least plateaud as is the case of Iowa), Michigan has faced a freefall from numbers that really weren't all that great to begin with. For example, Michigan's highest APR (958 in 05-06) would be 1 point greater than PSU's worst season.
The obvious goat of the Big Ten is Minnesota, with the only penalties of any team in the Big Ten in 2007-2008 (3 scholarships). Northwestern's numbers are mind blowing and also shoot to hell any developed belief that "perhaps the APR is bad because the academics at Michigan are a bit better."
Numbers can be improved upon, obviously. Purdue is an excellent case as seen above: despite ridiculous numbers the first four years, their numbers have increased and taken them out of Kenny Loggins territory. If they continue to post poor numbers, Michigan will find themselves without health insurance because they live in the Danger Zone.
In short, Captain Obvious held a press conference to notify the public that this needs to improve. OSU has had top caliber talent for the entirety of this stretch and still managed to average over 950. A high amount of attention will have to be paid on player eligibility and STOPPING THE DAMN TRANSFERS. BUILD A WALL. SNIPER ON THE UNION ROOF. WHATEVER.
Actual APR for 2009-2010 is 946. Phew.
I'm pretty upset that Michigan snubbed this kid. He really could have helped us. A mean huge left tackle that blocks people to hurt them! He is an animal. A kid out of the mold of Jake Long or Taylor Lewan. See his videos on youtube. He says that he wanted to go to UM, but we didnt pursue him. He is in Ohio, and is now commited to ND. The kid is solid, and we screwed it up. This is a great class so far and he would have made it a lot better. Wish they would have focused on him a little more and he would have been a Wolverine.
Presenting for discussion ... *not* a Freep article:
* To some degree, I believe in all this "toughness." I don't think it was lacking under the prior regime, but there are worse things to emphasize. I won't be surprised if it improves.
* Navarre (who, to be fair, has always seemed like a good guy) seems to be equating toughness with the pro-style offense here: "We're going to have a fullback in the game, the quarterback's going to be under center." I do not agree. John does not seem to believe that spread teams can be tough.
* More from Navarre: "I know they're doing a lot of mental toughness things they've been doing for years that we got away from a little bit." Where's the evidence for that?
* We've seen Griese's comments about "effort." I wonder if he watched the Oregon game in '07?
With all the obvious targets (defensive coordinator position, etc.) provided by the RichRod regime, why is it that we continue to hear about things like "toughness" and "understanding the rivalry?" To me it's evidence that a bunch of brains locked up when Rodriguez lost too many games. If Griese et al. would restrict themselves to GERG, academically shaky recruits, etc. they'd sound a lot more reasonable.