this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
The Big 12 has formed an expansion committee that comprises Gordon E. Gee (WVU), David Boren (Okla), and Ken Starr (Baylor). All three presidents are pro-expansion. It's no coincidence that Gee is leading that committee either. He has the experience from the B1G. Many analysts are expecting them to target Nebraska and BYU and think they will be at 12 or 14 teams by 2017 or 2018. However, I can't see that happening regarding Nebraska as they are hauling in record revenue with the B1G along with an academic windfall that goes with it.
However, a new report came out confirming that Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas and Iowa State sought to join the Big Ten in 2010. As you know, Nebraska was added and the others were either left behind or joined the SEC. The article ends with an interesting sentence:
"If the predictions come true that the clock is ticking on the Big 12 sticking together, remember what we previously reported from two sources at Nebraska the Big Ten has done its "homework'' to evaluate Oklahoma and Kansas as potential members."
If you remember Delaney's comments. The B1G may continue to expand south and/or east with contiguous boundaries and AAU institutions. Oklahoma and Kansas certainly fit that model. David Boren has been outspoken this summer about expansion too. So, will we see another round of expansion soon? Say 2017 or 2018?
Some nice grabs by Mitchell last night at Columbus. Says on Twitter that he will not commit on this visit.
A game I've been waiting to do for a long time now.
This was a game that featured pick sixes by both defenses and a ton of special teams blunders.
After Michigan cruised to a 31-0 halftime lead, Miami U capitalized on multiple boneheaded mistakes to score 19 straight points and make it a game in the 3rd quarter.
This game has some very interesting notes.
Most obviously: Miami U was still called the Miami Redskins. They changed their name to the Miami RedHawks in 1997.
This was Michigan's first game against a MAC team in 52 years. Their last prior to this was a replacement game against WMU in 1943. Michigan was supposed to play Michigan State on 9/25/1943, but MSU cancelled their season due to WWII, so WMU filled in. The tickets were already printed when the schedule change took place, so the tickets for that game against WMU said Michigan vs MSU on them.
Randy Walker was MU's head coach. He would later take over at Northwestern after Gary Barnett left for Colorado. Walker passed away after the 2005 season and assistant Pat Fitzgerald took the head coaching job over for 2006.
- Mercury Hayes' spectacular diving catch for a TD that nobody ever talks about at 09:30
With Harbaugh at the helm, I believe our future is brighter than any other college team. I wonder if everyone feels the same? Would you trade places (as in trade coaching staff, current roster, recruits)? Their future becomes ours and ours becomes theirs. Our history remains the same, just the future would change.
I believe Harbaugh will build a dynasty that will rival any other programs and even top Bo's record here. Michigan currently has a top 10 recruiting class and that is without winning a game yet and coming off a 5 - 7 season. We can only imagine what it will be like after a few seasons when we are winning Big Ten titles and competing for a national championships.
Am I crazy or being a homer? I know osu just won the NC and has the #1 ranked class for '16 and '17 and Alabama is going to be good every year with their coach and the way they recruit, but I would still not trade situations with them or any other team. Would you? If so, which team?
Elliot Uzelac was the Michigan OL Coach when Harbaugh was playing. He also did stints at Western and Navy.
He's out of retirement at 74 to help turn around Benton Harbor, a team that hasn't won a game in two years. Their last winning season was in 1989.
He's pretty fired up about the Harbaugh hire too.
"Jimmy will do great at Michigan," Uzelac said. "He was a great player and fierce competitor. Michigan needs physical toughness and mental discipline, and Jimmy will make sure they get it."