At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
Confirming what we all knew back when the leaked BTN future schedules came out.
Michigan to face Florida in the 2017 Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas: http://mgob.lu/J7GHjB
Little early for mock drafts, but Todd McShay's first edition of his 2014 mock draft is up ($, LINK) and he has Lewan going #9 overall to the Bills, the second OL off the board. Here's what he had to say about Lewan:
Analysis: This scenario works out well for Buffalo. The Bills need to upgrade the O-line and provide QB EJ Manuel with more time to throw, and Lewan could immediately help solidify this unit. Lewan isn't an exceptional athlete but he has enough quickness to get by when coupled with his physicality and mean streak. I've written a few times this season that even though Lewan doesn't always look like a prototype left tackle, he is very effective in run blocking and pass protection. Safety might be seen as a bigger need for Buffalo, but typically if you have a chance to take an offensive tackle over a safety in the first round, you do it.
This is pretty similar to the evaluation McShay gave him last April, when he had Lewan also going #9 overall to the Chargers:
The Chargers must protect QB Philip Rivers better. They hope the healthy return of LT Jared Gaither will fill one spot, but they would still need a right tackle in that scenario and Lewan would fit the bill. He has the length to be effective in pass protection, and he's a tenacious run-blocker who gets under the skin of defenders.
OT: Somewhere Bill Martin is smiling - Texas assembles an interesting search committee to find replacement for Mack Brown
I didnt see this posted yet but have you seen the backgrounds of the eight person committee assembled by Texas to conduct their coaching search? To say their backgrounds are somewhat outside of athletics in general and football specifically would be an understatement:
- 1. Steve Hicks, vice chair of the Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons, and owner and executive chairman of Capstar Partners LLC, a private investment firm.
- 2. Robert Stillwell, member of the Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons, retired partner at Baker Botts LLP and an original director of Mesa Petroleum Co.
- 3. Michael Clement, accounting professor, McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, and faculty representative to the Men’s and Women’s Athletics Councils.
- 4. Ricardo Hinojosa, United States federal judge for the Southern District of Texas, former member of the university’s Commission of 125.
- 5. Charles Matthews, former vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil, current president of the Texas Exes.
- 6. Robert Rowling, former member of the Board of Regents and owner and chairman of TRT Holdings Inc.
- 7. Charles Tate, chairman of Capital Royalty, former member of the executive committee of the university’s Commission of 125.
- 8. Pamela Willeford, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and former chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The article does mention an executive search firm will also assist in the process but I truly have to wonder what meaningful input this group is going to be able to offer. But hey, maybe Switzerland & Lichtenstein have better football programs than I gave them credit for.
The recruiting dead period started Monday and runs through January 15. Dead periods, quiet periods, evaluation periods...it can get a bit confusing. Here is what the NCAA says about a dead period:
During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.
The dead period might be the most confusing of all, but here is what is allowed within the above rule:
- Calls (one/week from coach, unlimited from recruit)
- Visits to a college (ie: bowl practices) but meeting with a coach is not allowed on or off campus
That being said, recruiting could be pretty eventless for a little while so I'm open for suggestions. If you have something you'd like me to tackle, let me know and I'll try to pump out some material as my Christmas break is just a day away.
Great article on how the disjointed Skins offense has turned an electrifying QB into a complete mess. This is the passage that really struck me (for obvious reasons):
Coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense hasn't done Griffin many favors. Last season, the Washington offense evolved into a dangerous hybrid of the West Coast, the Denver Broncos' stretch running game, the Nevada pistol read-option, and the Baylor spread. With Alfred Morris carrying the load on the ground and Griffin slinging strikes off play-action, Washington was tied for first in the NFL in yards per play. But Griffin's legs were the glue that held these pieces together. Defenses, while also trying to defend more traditional looks, faced the constant threat of Griffin keeping the ball on a read-option, running a bootleg pass, or simply scrambling for a key first down — or touchdown.
But while playing with a diminished Griffin this season, the Redskins seem to have junked most of the Baylor influence and instead alternated erratically between Shanahan's stretch run game, the pistol, and the "bunch" passing plays that NFL defenses have faced for years. The Redskins have been running three disparate offenses that don't add up to one coherent whole.
In case you ever wondered what made the SEC so much better than the Big Ten, it's clearly the strength and conditioning.
Edit: The Vine Embed isn't working in the original post so heres the link (https://vine.co/v/htnhvV1ZZ0X) I'll embed the video in the comments.