spoiler alert: i linked this
Michigan offered a 2017 prospect who was mostly under the radar until fairly recently. Deron Irving-Bey is a 6'5", 271 lb. defensive end from Flint (MI) Southwestern. Cincinnati, Iowa State, Michigan State, and some MAC schools beat the Wolverines to the punch on offering him. He's a raw kid, but he makes a lot of plays for someone who doesn't use his hands well yet. 247 Sports ranks him as a 4-star.
...days until Michigan's awesome defense takes the field and destroy's Hawaii.
Which means we are only...
Read this via OTE. Actually pretty funny.
Best ones: Ferentz, Dantonio, Harbaugh and Meyer.
Some NFL scouts were none too impressed with Cardale Jones, both in terms of mechanics and intellect. Here's the writeup on Jones:
CARDALE JONES, Ohio State (6-5, 250, 4.80, 4-5): Non-qualifier out of Cleveland Glenville High under coach Ted Ginn Sr., redshirted in 2012 and was third string in 2013-'14 until injuries struck. Played spectacularly in three-game stint culminated by a national title. Started eight of the first nine games in '15 before being benched for J.T. Barrett, then declared a year early. "You can't pass a talent like that," said one scout. "If you're going to bet on one, bet on a guy with all the talent if he shows you enough want-to." Passer rating of 97.2, rushed for 617 yards. "Kind of reminds me of a poor man's JaMarcus Russell," said another scout. "At least JaMarcus had some touch. This guy just throws the ball. His mechanics are all over the place." Added a third scout: "Strong arm. Big, big body. Not the brightest cookie in the world. I worry about him when he gets money in his pocket. I just don't know if it's all there mentally." Wonderlic of 25.
Poor man's JaMarcus Russell? That's low.
Edit. Should really put my thoughts on Jones in here instead of letting scouts trash him. His arm is incredible and he should have left last year. Meyer has only ever put one QB in the NFL for any real length if time - Alex Smith. I attribute that to an offense which allows QBs to get away with non-NFL habits. For example, defenses were so afraid of Elliot that Jones could stare down a receiver or only focus on two receivers instead of the whole progression. If Jones had left last year, he would have developed and retained fewer of these bad habits. He is a project. The right coach can work with that big arm of his but much patience is required.
I know weve talked about this subject ad nauseum but after 6 straight OT posts I figured you guys would go easy on me as this is in the news and relevant to Michigan. If its already been posted bomb away.
Justin P. Sievert, ESQ. is a professor of Sports Law at the University of Tennessee, a contributing writer on sports law and sports business for 'the Sporting News' and is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. His firm focuses on higher education and sports law.
In this article he sets the road map for each side in a Sherman Anti-Trust lawsuit if it ever gets that far. IMO thats probably the nuclear option only to be considered if each of the other two options fail (the rubber stamp vote by the Board of Governors and the 86 votes required with each institution voting).
In Professor Sieverts opinion there are two possible cases to be made, one against economic limits and the other against territorial restrictions. Both cases to my untrained eye look as if they could be slam dunks in a similar fashion to Law v NCAA in 1992 which put a 16k salary limit on assistant coaches.
How likely does the case get this far? And does merely publishing articles like this along with the very vocal outcry from coaches, players, recruits and fans -well anyone not in SEC country or beholden to them in some fashion- make it likely that one of the other two options pass first? Can the NCAA and SEC overcome thier hubris before they are humiliated in Federal court?
This is the first time Ive seen a lawyer who specializes in sports law address the issue so thought it was interesting and thought my friends here would too.