Fascinating article on basketball recruiting, focusing on Maryland coach Gary Williams. Maryland has gone downhill recently, largely because of an inability to haul in top-flight recruits. As the story points out, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to, except that Williams refuses to play the game that now characterizes recruiting.
"Williams believes he lost at least two local players because of cheating and cited three other cases in which cheating took place. Williams declined to detail his allegations because he would be 'run out of town.'
'Nobody has ever accused me of cheating in recruiting in my career,' Williams said. 'That is a good thing, supposedly. But people turn that around and say, 'He won't play the game.' You do it [my] way, and you are criticized for not cheating.'
Seems Beilein's another coach who avoids playing that game, emphasizing untouted recruits, coaching, and the system. Clearly, he's not as interested in playing the recruiting game as some others, and that's affected our ability to get recruits like Nate Lubick. (From what I hear, Georgetown was a little more *ahem* considerate when he visited there than Michigan was.)
I would LOVE, truly LOVE, to see what coaches like Matta and Calipari have done to draw all these 5-star recruits to their largely unheralded programs. Michigan got caught, and our program has changed entirely since then. But we're just the ones who got caught.
Brian's Fanhouse post about the "dozens" of tickets sold for the Humanitarian Bowl made Fark's front page today: http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=4090683
I spoke with Travis Hawkins last night, and got him to tell me it was down to Penn State, Oregon, and Maryland. Further looks say it was really down to Oregon and Maryland. He chose to stay home. If you read my interview, he said his Mom really wanted him to stay home, and he listened. He also said he wants Jason Ankrah to go where he does, so keep an eye on him as well. In my opinion, I think the distance was the ultimate factor. He really seems to be attached to his family and community, and in the end, that might have been the deciding factor. Although he said he wanted to set up a visit to Penn State, it never happened. I'm still not sure if Jason Ankrah will end up there either, because I think it would've already happened. With his teammate now heading to Maryland, it could be a possibility that they land him. Either way, I think Michigan is out of the picture for him as well. With the addition of the "book end" defensive ends we already have, I'm not too worried. If we've all learned anything through out this, it's that anything can happen. We'll find out more as the day goes on, and I will keep you updated.
So the Guardian has a photo album of Olympians and their tattoos. The first one up shows our guy Phelps, and you can see on his hip bones the Olympic rings and a block M. Their caption:
"Michael Phelps has two tattoos peeking out of his trunks - one of the Olympic rings, the other an M for his home state, Maryland."
Now, I am unfamiliar with British loyalty tattoos, but is it common practice to just put the first letter of your city/region as an emblem? I mean, are there guys with L's on their shoulder blades for Liverpool? N's for Northumberland?