In a pretty neat article by Matt Hinton, he concludes that "The evidence is overwhelming: Despite some obvious, anecdotal exceptions, on the whole recruiting rankings clearly are useful for creating a realistic baseline for expectations."
This obviously bodes well for michigan, given how we have been recruiting off late. Also, I realize that this topic is frequently discussed, but I thought the information was provided very nicely and in a somewhat novel format so I figure I'd share.
Alabama recently unveiled their new weightroom. The facility cost an apparent $9 million, and, well, looks like what you would expect a $9 million facility would:
I'm sure Meyer's happy that he got him to flip from Oregon, but man. Can we send Heiko to Texas to ask him what he thinks about murder?
I bet he regrets getting that Auburn tatoo right about now. Link
I came across an interesting article today about Northwestern athletics. Apparently they are planning on expanding their relationship with Wrigley Field, and want to have more games take place at the stadium. The article talks about NU having other sports play at Wrigley in 2013 (baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer), but that they also want to bring football back to the stadium in the future as well, once the field is renovated to avoid having both teams use the same end zone like they had to in the Illinois vs NU game a couple years back. Michigan is cited in 2015 as a potential opponent, with the current schedule.
So, what do you guys think of this idea? Would you rather go to a Michigan game at Wrigley or at Ryan Field out in Northwestern? The attendance levels are about the same so tickets should be comparably easy to get. I think Wrigley would be more fun, plus there'd be a lot of pre and post game bars to choose from, although tailgating would be more challenging.
Story link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/chi-northwestern-wrigley-field-chicago-cubs-20130202,0,3232897.story
As promised, here is where the recruiting rankings stand with two days until Signing Day 2013. Michigan still has command of the board, and a few of the Big Ten's best programs still languish in the bottom half of the rankings. Link to last rankings (too many changes to list).
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||ESPN Avg||Avg Avg^||POINTS*|
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
*The product of number of Commits and Average Average
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.
On to the full data after the jump.