this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Without someone googling it for me, could you pardon my ignorance and let me know what the whole "Elite 11" quarterback is. I for some reason thought it was a select group of quarterbacks across the nation. That doesn't seem to be the case as there are local Elite 11 quarterback camps. Does it mean that if you are a "Elite 11 quarterback" you really are one of the top Qb's in the country, or just your particular county.
Does anyone know if Brian has posted on Bucknuts yet this week? I can't find it. For some reason I am very intrigued by that venture of his. I think it is great to sit back and read what those other folks think of him and his entries, and how dumb they make themselves sound when responding.(not all, but more than a few)
Reading the news that we may schedule UMass finally motivated me to post this: Scheduling weak teams (I-AA, MAC, etc.) shows how subtly the big money in sports like football can corrupt even the most well-intentioned programs.
Do you think the Wolverine players want to play UMass, and not a big game against a national power on network TV? Does it benefit them in any way to play UMass? No, they are playing UMass only for the reason that Bill Martin has clearly articulated: For the money. We're sending out these unpaid kids to bring in revenue for the University.
I understand players can't take the beating of big games every weekend, but we can play more than one (i.e., Notre Dame) out-of-conference. The kids would love it -- they didn't come here to play MAC teams -- and it would be a better football program for them as student-athletes. Does the chemistry department dumb-down its curriculum because it would bring in more revenue?
Today MSU announced they are adding West Virginia and Alabama to future schedules (which already include Notre Dame) and the news breaks that UM is adding UMass. How embarrassing. MSU will play a tougher schedule than we will ... due in part, of course, to the fact that they play us, and we play them.
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With a title that made most of you go "Wait what? Ohhhh... I get it," Steven "Roundtrip ticket" Threet will be likely holding a clipboard in the desert. ESPN reports that former University of Michigan quarterback Threet, not to be confused with current walk-on University of Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan, will go not to Nebraska... or Oklahoma... or Texas... or USC... but to the Arizona Sun Devils and wait out a mandated one year via NCAA rules. While this transfer makes no sense to many, rumor has it he will earn a 1.0 credit of Independent Study coursework for his paper "Reliving Manifest Destiny Through Football"
This leaves many speculating Threet may again fail in 2010 to get the starting position and instead play backup to this guy:
a walk-on who has spent time on the sidelines learning the offensive set apparently better than a scholarship athlete. Note, however, that the fire indicates he may in fact be fiery and fast...
Read more here or, well, here:
Quarterback Steven Threet, a redshirt freshman who started eight games for Michigan last season, has decided to transfer to Arizona State, a source close to Threet said Monday.
Threet also considered Oregon State but developed a relationship with the Arizona State coaching staff and had an excellent visit over the weekend.
Threet wanted to fit into a pro-style offense after having been previously enrolled at both Georgia Tech and Michigan.
The move remains confusing as John Effing Elway's son left ASU saying there was too much competition at the position, most likely the exact reason he left Michigan when RR's 'chosen one' came to campus. SO basically one can presume Threet is transferring more for this: