“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
"@rivalsmike: Hearing that #Florida #FSU #Alabama and #OhioState are top four for nations No 1 RB Damien Harris right now from good source."
I understand this is coming from Farrell who is a polarizing guy but he's fairly plugged in. This isn't great news on a Friday. Thoughts?
New Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier appeared at a private dinner that was attended by about 100 men in Ann Arbor. He gave a short speech and then participated in a Q&A session. Overall, I was very impressed with Nussmeier during the entire evening.
He looks and talks like a former quarterback who has had success coaching QB’s and the offense. He looks as if he could put on the pads and play at his current age. He speech pattern is quick; he was in constant motion moving around the podium as he spoke.
Coach Nuss played it close to the vest and obviously did not provide any confidential information. He explained that he spoke with a number of other coaches prior to taking the Michigan position and feels honored to be at Michigan working with Brady Hoke, who he says is universally well liked and respected in the NCAA coaching community. He mentioned the tradition, academic reputation and all of the other positive aspects of the university as attractive factors in his decision to come north.
He is very enthusiastic about being at Michigan and living in Ann Arbor. Regarding the current team, he noted that they are extremely young and inexperienced on the offense. He stated that the two most important things he is trying to convey to the offense is to contain the line of scrimmage and protect the quarterback, quoting some statistics of how the ability to score decreases substantially when a quarterback is sacked in any offensive series. He emphasized that QB is the most difficult position to play on a football team. He was very positive about what Devin Gardner brings to the team. In response to a specific question Coach Nuss stated that Shane Morris “has all the talent in the world and only lacks experience, as he has played only one game during his short career at Michigan.” Further, he was very complimentary of freshman quarterback Speight.
Audience members posed questions about the comparison of recruiting in the SEC versus the B1G; Coach Saban compared to Hoke; and his intent to stay at UM over the long haul. He adroitly dodged those with a splendid sense of humor. The crowd was really enthusiastic about Coach Nussmeier in control of our offense.
Interesting read on Michigan fandom. Being that I am a "walmart" Wolverine because I went to NMU, I found the article echoed many sentiments on this blog, most folks on this site do not care where you went to school, which I appreciate. I feel like the only people I ever hear walverine from are folks from MSU.
From the article: The argument goes that only those who attended Michigan can call themselves Michigan fans. The rest? They’re mere “Walmart Wolverines”—fans who could have picked any school to cheer for, as well as any other, just like we pick the pro teams we want to follow, with no other connection than geography.
Link to article: http://johnubacon.com/2014/03/whos-a-real-michigan-fan-and-who-isnt/
Happy Friday and GO BLUE!
Minnesota is building a new indoor practice facility for the affordable price of $70 million. Doesn't that seem like alot? How much did Glick cost?
Any MGoCommenters out there who are Jets fans or Eagles fans want to weigh in on this move?
I know there was just an AMA posted yesterday, but there's currently one going on at r/cfb with a verified autograph dealer that is pretty interesting. Basically, if you're a compliance officer at a division 1 school, it pretty much confirms your worst nightmares. Link is here
Q. How do you work regarding paying players for their time and signatures? Is it directly in line with major NCAA violations or how do you circumvent these issues?
A. Its a direct NCAA violation. You are compensating them for a service or good.
Q. Without naming anyone, how many players do you think you could cause a serious NCAA investigation and/or violation off of the business you have conducted with them?
A. Dozens. Heisman winners, top 10 NFL picks, and current Heisman contenders and potentially number 1 overall picks. I did one with a player within the past week. He is probably the top player in the nation at his position and a 1st round pick for sure.
Q.Do you approach players or do players approach you?
In either scenario, how does it usually go down?
A. You always approach players. Usually by just asking them to sign a few things for you (the legal way). Then when they are done, you might say something like, "Hey, I have some pieces in the car....you interested in signing some more?" They usually know what that means....
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