February 1 - Thursday
The blogger awards continue with the Keith Jackson Award for best prose. The winner is EDSBS.
Ronald Johnson has reportedly dropped Michigan. Internet rumors surround shady things and Johnson’s mom. Also Donovan Warren looks likely to go to USC.
Yet later (I said this was approximate): someone starts forwarding a creepy email around purporting to be inside information on the exact circumstances of the drop. It levels Lebron's mom-type accusations at the Official Mom of Rojo and implies that shady doesn't begin to cover said circumstances. None of it will ever be proven true; all of it will filter into Michigan recruiting lore. The ghost stories hardcore recruitniks tell each other when they like to simulate misery now include Ronald Johnson's mom.
Blogger award for best individual CFB post. This one goes to EDSBS too.
Blogger award for best Pac 10 blog. Bruins Nation wins.
Oui Oui, It’s a DT. Relando Sagesse decommits from Illinois and commits to ‘M’.
Suddenly, Donovan Warren is going to join the class.
A recruiting disaster on par with 2000 is officially averted. Warren will be a Wolverine in the fall and we have our first five-star corner since Marlin Jackson. Of course we had to go the panicky, crazy-ass route to get him, but there you go. Recruiting, ladies and gentlemen... recruiting.
February 2 - Friday
Unverified Voracity is Internet Meme Crazy with links to lots of Warren excitement, and Rob Parker thinks Amaker deserves more time.
Blogger award for best audio thing/podcast. Another win for EDSBS.
New reports are that there might be a chance with ROJO. This appears to be the first use of the recruiting board emoticons (Nefarious Eduardo and others).
February 4 - Sunday
NOJO. He’s going to USC, but I think ‘M’ came out on top of this exchange:
In the end, USC and Michigan ended up with a strange cross-country cornerback exchange program and the end result of this recruiting year is the same: somewhat disappointing but still okay, especially with the so very shirtless recruits at cornerback and quarterback.
February 5 - Monday
Brian’s annual rant against a ranking system in which he complains about Pairwise.
Unverified Voracity and Stuff. The Daily looks at what an Amaker departure would mean for commits Manny Harris and Alex Legion.
February 6 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Haet Official Journalist because they don’t like recruiting rankings or bloggers.
February 7 - Wednesday
Early signing day news: Finch is going to Florida, Hello Boubacar Cissoko, and Vance Bedford is returning as DB coach.
2007 Recruiting: Offensive Backfield. Profiling Ryan Mallett, Avery Horn, and Vince Helmuth. Projection on Mallett:
Projection: Carr irritates me by wasting his redshirt year; Mallett starts for three years afterwards.
Carr Signing Day presser. Ryan Mundy, Will Paul, and Marques Walton are all gone. This is likely not true:
Hello. Marques Slocum's epic journey has finally reached a successful conclusion.
But he is qualified now and will be able to practice in the spring.
2007 Recruiting: Wide Receivers. Profiling Toney Clemons, Junior Hemingway, and Zion Babb. Clemons will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, so let’s look at Hemingway’s prediction:
Projection: Does not redshirt but I find this less than annoying because we need to spread out all these receivers over a few classes. Hemingway is the most polished and ready to step in. I doubt he sees much action with Manningham and Arrington in front of him, but candidate 1A to be Michigan's go-to guy in '09.
February 8 - Thursday
Hockey conference CHA is hanging on the edge of existence, so the CCHA should be broken up to create two stable conferences.
2007 Recruiting: Tight End and Offensive Line. Profiling Martell Webb, Steve Watson, Mark Huyge, and David Molk. A two man OL class will not be helpful in the coming years.
General Excitment Level (Molk): Good pickup and a fine member of an OL class that he's the third best player in. Unfortunately, we don't have that OL class.
February 9 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Hockey Hockey Hockey. ‘M’ is tied for first in the nation in shorthanded goals, and Chris Summers and Tim Cook are switching positions.
2007 Recruiting: Defensive Line. Profiling Ryan Van Bergen, Renaldo Sagasse, and Marques Slocum. The latter two were both 20 years old by this point.
February 12 - Monday
Unverified Voracity is on the Ceiling. The Big 10 Network is telling local network stations not to bother bidding on telecast packages. This is a cause for concern that many games will be stuck on cable channels that no one gets.
2007 Recruiting: Linebacker. Profiling Austin Panter, Marell Evans, and Brandon Herron. Panter was the JUCO defensive player of the year, but that doesn’t mean much.
Unfortunately, JUCO D Heisman has been about as good an indicator of future success as Actual Stupid Heisman:
Johnathan Batson played in two games for Texas A&M. (He has a year of eligibility left.)
Mickey Pimental was a useful starter at linebacker for Cal.
Jamaal Jackson evidently did little at Texas Tech.
Randy Jackson was a bit player at South Carolina.
Dustin Looman ended up at D-II Winona State.
Proceed with caution.
2007 Recruiting: Defensive Backs. Profiling Donovan Warren, Michael Williams, Troy Woolfolk, Artis Chambers, and James Rogers.
Rogers was expected to switch positions when he came in... except he was supposed to switch to wide receiver.
Poor guy, this started right away and his position confusion would last his entire career.
February 14 - Wednesday
‘M’ basketball lost badly to MSU last night. During the broadcast Steve Lavin compared Tommy Amaker’s coaching style to Dean Smith. Here are the ways they are similar:
The operation of clean programs that graduate their players
Notoriety in the ACC
A fondness for apples
Lack of participation in the War of 1812
A powerful desire to sock Dick Vitale but good
A coaching career dedicated to humiliating Duke
A cutting-edge 1910 fashion sense
Neither improve Michigan players
Aaaand the same number of NCAA tournament bids over the last six years.
Unverified Voracity Scores a Point Per Minute. Rumors persist that Amaker will be back. This is in part to give him a chance with his incoming recruits (Manny Harris and Alex Legion), but mainly because Mary Sue Coleman likes him.
February 15 - Thursday
An FAQ about MGoBlog. Lots of interesting details here, particularly on the origins of Unverified Voracity, OMG Shirtless, and other terms.
The SEC has a reputation of signing impressive recruiting classes, but the truth is they are signing larger classes than the Big 10. Jim Delany recently spoke out about this, and this post looks at some of the reasons why.
Brian is going to Lake State to ski and watch a hockey so he won’t be posting the following day. He gives a transcript of a Seinfeld scene.
February 19 - Monday
Michigan finally has an opponent for the football opener, and yes...they are HOT HOT HOT. Most of the the post is spent talking about the inevitability of playing I-AA opponents in the current NCAA climate.
The newspaper industry is fighting illiteracy with a campaign by “legendary film and television star, Optimus Prime”. My five year old wishes this wasn’t ten years ago.
Brian recaps his trip to the Soo. It’s a humorous read.
As we made our way through the surprisingly crowded concourse after the game, a door opened up and the Lakers, shorn of skates but still in full equipment and smelling like it, emerged from a pair of double doors in front of us. I was brought up short by the convoy and made a WTF shrugging gesture to my travelling companions, at which point one of the Lakers slapped me five. Then they were gone, evidently to ring the victory bell outside. When they returned, I kept my hands in my pockets.
Lester Abram has been arrested. He had some small traffic issues, which Brian has also had, so he doesn’t expect much to come of it.
February 20 - Tuesday
2008 Recruiting Board with all the updates that were made throughout the coming year.
Unverified Voracity is Precious. Ryan Mallett won’t be redshirting, and there is a movement to hire Rudy Tomjanovich.
February 21 - Wednesday
A close look at the coming weekend’s hockey games and how they affected Michigan’s tournament chances.
Unverified Voracity Snaps Back. ‘M’ is in on 8 of the top 10 football recruits in PA. However, Terrelle Pryor is a longshot.
February 22 - Thursday
2007 recruiting grades, a recap of instate recruiting, and a look ahead at 2008 needs.
CA RB Darrell Scott. Early favorite for this year's #1 back, he's transferring to freshman-to-be Michael Williams' school. With USC having locked up last year's #1 and #2 RBs, plus four others in the past couple years, he's more liabile to escape Trojan clutches than most California recruits. Ron English and an attractive depth chart -- the only significant competion appears to be Brandon Minor -- should have us in the running.
MI RB Jonas Gray. From Detroit Country Day and has publicly stated he was big into Notre Dame, but may be backing off that for similar depth chart reasons: ND picked up Robert Hughes and Armando Allen in the last class.
TX RB Sam McGuffie. McGuffie's the hurdling whiteboy as seen on Deadspin and every social video site you care to name. His father's from Michigan and there is thorough mutual interest between the two sides.
PA WR Jonathan Baldwin. Ty Law's cousin, the 6'6" Baldwin is one of the top five prospects in a good class of Pennsylvania prospects. Michigan has an early lead but it's tentative.
TX WR Daryl Stonum. A former teammate of Troy Woolfolk and Brandon Herron, he's been very vocal about Michigan's lead for his services. Ranked around #11 in Texas, Stonum will probably be at the tail end of top 100 lists or just off them.
MI OT Dan O'Neill. A solid-four star type, O'Neill is expected to commit sooner or later.
TX OT JB Shugarts. He's leaving the state, is friends with McGuffie, and has been up to Michigan. Will have to fight off OSU, UF, LSU, etc, but a decent shot.
PA LBs Christian Wilson, Shayne Hale, and Andrew Sweat all have Michigan in the top group of teams they're listing. OSU will be a competitor for all three.
CA DBs Robert Golden and Brandon Leslie. From Fresno Edison, the former home of Johnny Sears. Michigan's recruiting both. Golden has repeatedly said that Arizona(!?) leads for his services
Video of a Penn St. fan watching the 2005 game, but the video doesn’t work anymore.
Unverified Voracity Doesn’t Know, but there is a rumor that several players are in some minor drug related trouble, but no names at this point.
February 23 - Friday
With EDSBS, another look at class sizes and statistics on which BCS teams have had the largest and smallest average classes over the last six seasons. ‘M’ averaged 20.3 over that time period.
NCAA hockey and the CHL battle for prospects as the NCAA considers allowing players to be contacted at a younger age.
February 25 - Sunday
Recruiting Board Update with lots of names added. Of interest ten years later: NJ S Brandon Smith and MN WR Michael Floyd.
February 27 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Zoom. The basketball team still has a chance to play themselves into the tournament. They just have to a beat MSU and a 14-1 OSU team.
February 28 - Wednesday
Roast Beast! ‘M’ does beat MSU 67-56.
I will admit that this basketball grinch's heart grew three sizes when Brent Petway threw down a half-court alley-oop from Jerrett Smith midway through the second half yesterday. Even my ambivalence about the possibility of another NCAA near-miss leading to an extension of the Amaker era eroded with every shot of a white-clad slackjaw cheering for Michigan State and every non-turnover possession. It's no fun thinking big picture in the throes of actual sporting competition, and I hereby suspend any and all conflicted musings until the season ends.
The second half pick-and-roll perfectly executed by Jerrett Smith, Brent Petway, and Courtney Sims: most shocking basket of the Amaker era?
The disappearance of Lester Abram is on a par with Amelia Earhart.
The site was attacked by spammers, so Brian puts up a Sam McGuffie highlight film as an apology.
We begin on National Signing Day for football, changes are expected on the football coaching staff (but no one is quite sure what they’re going to be), the Basketball team is 15-3 and ranked for the first time since 1998, and the hockey team, well their season hasn’t been too exciting.
February 1 – Wednesday
The day starts off with a Jonas Mouton commitment.
Corey Peters is going to Kentucky. Looks like he went on to be 2nd team all SEC as a senior and drafted in the 3rd round in 2010.
LOIs are in. Obi Ezeh was listed at RB.
A closer look at DT commit Jason Kates. Lots of varied opinions. Brian goes with Gabe Watson.
February 2 – Thursday
Here is an overview of the 2006 recruits on offense. I will list their name, their YMRMFSPA, and my opinion on how they lived up to that comparison (as well as any other nuggets in this post). This was done by user WolverineKeith. Keith, are you still around?
QB: David Cone = John Navarre – nope
RB: Carlos Brown = Tyrone Wheatley – nooooo
RB: Brandon Minor = Leroy Hoard – going to go with no, though I’m too young to remember Hoard. I believe he at least had consistency at Fullback. Through injuries and scheme, Minor never had that consistency.
WR: Greg Mathews = Marquise Walker – Mathews had a few good moments (2009 Notre Dame), but no
OT: Perry Dorrestein = Adam Stenavich – maybe, I guess
C: Justin Boren = David Baas – nope
Son of former UM linebacker Mike Boren. Potential UM/OSU recruiting battle that never was - committed to UM early on.[Though not before his brother Zack paid a visit to the Rivals premium board and posted something along the lines of "Michigan better get on Boren!!! He's slipping away!!! This can't happen!!!" Yes, exclamation points and all. Little Boren is true blue... and not little at all. You can probably consider him Michigan's first 2009 recruit.]
G/T: Steve Schilling = Steve Hutchinson – no
Bullets on basketball win over Penn State. Dion Harris was 7/11 from three?!?!
Unverified Voracity: Um, No. The Chicago Bears are going to interview Ron English for their DB position. RCMB is obsessed with Brent Petway, very odd.
February 3 – Friday
DT: Jason Kates = Gabe Watson – no
DT: John Ferrara = Norman Heuer – I don’t entirely remember the effectiveness of Heuer, but I believe he was a quality starter so I’m going with no. Didn’t Ferrara end up at OG?
DE: Adam Patterson = Lamar Woodley – not at all
DE: Quintin Wood = Shawn Crable – nope
DE: Greg Banks = Rondell Biggs – Eh, sure. It’s hard to really evaluate these guys who went through GERG and all.
LB: Brandon Graham = Victor Hobson – I don’t think the positions are a good comparison, but I will go with yes, even better.
LB: Quintin Patilla (two Qunitins in one class) = Larry Foote – not a bit.
LB: Cobrani Mixon = Sam Sword – no
LB: Obi Ezeh = Obi Oluigbo – ah yeah I guess so, and even better, though don’t you have to feel for Obi Ezeh? He had a rough career.
S: Jonas Mouton = Prescott Burgess – no, I don’t think so
S: Steve Brown = none listed
K: Bryan Wright = Hayden Epstein – no
This might be too insensitive to say, but I don’t think it would have been terrible if some of these had decommitted before signing day.
Unverified Voracity: MGoBlog is gonna Blog is much more worried about losing Ron English.
English is expected to accept the offer.
This, of course, has turned the Michigan message boards into radioactive waste. Funny: a year ago everyone was wondering what the big deal about this English guy was. A year of half-competent safety play and way, way too conservative playcalling (not English's fault) and the idea of losing him to the NFL is the cause of more garment-rending than any position coach departure I can remember... ever.
Biggest rumor is Malone to the Saints, English to the Bears, DeBoard to OC, and Loeffler is interviewing with the Patriots. Not what people wanted to have happen.
February 4 – Saturday
More speculation and concern. English was offered by the Bears, but first he wanted to gauge his chances as ‘M’ DC. The response he got was “how about CO-DC?”
As Yoda might say: either do, or do not. There is no "co-."
February 6 – Monday
Apparently basketball lost to Iowa and the coaching news still isn’t good, so here is a META post about common phrases that need to die. It’s still true today, though dated. Most notably, the inclusion of “gut”. Sam most not yet have been using that word to signal great things to the fanbase.
February 7 – Tuesday
A look at the rest of the basketball season. Making the tournament shouldn’t be a problem.
Barring total collapse, Michigan is in. They probably need three more wins the rest of the season (Big Ten tournament included) to be assured of a bid.
Unverified Voracity: Duck Duck Goose. English looks to be gone, most likely. Also, the opening of Terry Malone’s recent job is posted.
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February 8 – Wednesday
Another coaching rumors post. English is gone, but Hermann sounds gone too. Possible replacements? Mike Trgovac, Teryl Austin, and Jon Tenuta.
Unverified Voracity: What Part of " Un" (not sure that’s the correct title). Brian creates rampant internet speculation with previous post mentioning Jon Tenuta. Also Jonas Mouton wasn’t too happy about English leaving right after signing day.
February 9 – Thursday
‘M’ hockey down the stretch. The team is likely to get a #2 seed in the tournament, but the team is just ok, not exactly inspired.
Official Ethics of MGoBlog. Fascinating post. Kind of the Magna Carta of MGoBlog. If you are skimming this post: READ THIS (sorry, I had to draw attention to it).
And just like that, Ron English is the new DC. Interestingly, this is the first mention I’ve seen of eventual MGoBlog merger partner The Victors.
February 10 – Friday
Michigan loses to OSU in basketball. The post ends on this ominous note:
Amaker's recruited two types of players: guys who would come to Michigan even if Hitler was coach and guys no one else wanted.
Unverified Voracity: Gazongas (!). Jim Hermann might not be gone. Might move to ST coordinator.
February 13 – Monday
Nevermind, Jim Hermann joins the Jets.
All the excitement over Ron English will evaporate right quick if Carr glares at his new defensive coordinator every time a cornerback lines up within spitting distance of a wide receiver. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. We need aggressive, clever pudding. Or something. This metaphor died.
Unverified Voracity: I AM THE LAW. The 2007 recruiting class looks to be a very good one for the state of Michigan.
February 14 – Tuesday
Part 1 of Brian’s third down research project. It’s a tough read without the graphs he’s referencing.
Unverified Voracity: Vrooooom. Mike Davis is likely out as IU basketball coach (helpful to ‘M’ in the Patrick Beverly recruitment). Steve Szabo is the rumored name to be added to the defensive coaching staff.
February 15 – Wednesday
Part 2 of the third down conversion graphs, specifically looking at FSU, spread teams, and OSU. But still no graphs survive.
Overall, I'm pleased. We retained Loeffler, got rid of Herrmann, and found a young, charistmatic defensive coordinator who was pursued by three NFL teams and hired by Lovie Smith. Neither new coach has any connection to the Michigan program--thus they are likely to be the best candidates available. We have a linebackers coach with eons of experience.
Minivoracity with a curling link.
February 16 – Thursday
Another post on the third down conversion stats. Another post that time has ravaged.
February 17 – Friday
And how to improve the third down data and graphs for next season.
Unverified Voracity: Rain Weddin Etc. The blogosphere analyzes Brian’s third down data. Also:
You could probably start referring to the "Michigan Basketball is Michigan State Football and Vice Versa" thing as "eerie" if Michigan were to beat MSU tomorrow, officially kicking off a Spartan season of infinite pain, sending the RCMB into a conniption fit, and causing Brent Petway to chang his IM screenname.
February 18 – Saturday
February 20 – Monday
‘M’ did not beat MSU in basketball. Brian tries to remain rational. He says: don’t fire Amaker, but Amaker is struggling to recruit.
February 21 – Tuesday
2007 Michigan Football Recruiting Board. Lots of information here. Some interesting tidbits:
I'd think Michigan will attempt to pick up a second player for insurance purposes -- Stephen Threet?
Two instate blue-chippahs, Ron Johnson and Dionte Allen, have received offers and are expected to end up in the Maize and Blue sooner or later.
Unverified Voracity: Sweep (!). Lloyd knocks Charlie Weis out of the EDSBS Coaches’ Death Match.
February 22 – Wednesday
It appears that the basketball team beat Illinois, though the score isn’t given. Tourney hopes still alive.
February 23 – Thursday
Brian answers questions from readers. These center on both coordinators.
Unverified Voracity: Seeya. K’len Morris is looking good in high school, but Leter Abram’s ankle is not.
February 27 – Monday
Recruiting board update. QB Mike Paulus added (remember when he almost came to play for Rodriguez?), also WR Leonard Hankerson, and TE Ryan Van Bergen.
Unverified Voracity: Mean Team. Jerome Jackson is rapping, and
The hockey team is a vast disappointment. There's no other way to put it. The latest indignity: a 3-0 third period lead turning into a 4-3 overtime loss in a game that the beautiful woodland creatures of Ann Arbor were fortunate I missed.
February 28 – Tuesday
Brian reviews his football offense preview.
So. I am a Michigan fan from birth. I have two degrees from the school. In 1997 I wandered around the field after the OSU game, dumbstruck, childlike. If anyone I know gets married during the fall I will not only avoid the wedding, I will deliberately sabotage the marriage by any means necessary. Take what follows for what it's worth. Feel free to look upon this preview with a jaundiced eye. I have this pattern: "This is the year, man, 2003! AAAAARGH THE PAIN THE PAIN AAAAARGH. Ok. This is the year, man, 2004! It's the year! AAAAAAAARGH MY EYES ARE BLEEDING. This. Is. The Year. 2005."
But... this could be the year.)
Ok, so I'm ready to hit the hay, but I wanted to get this wallpaper up for those of you already looking forward to Saturday. Hope you enjoy it! I'll try to post a mobile version soon. Additionally, I will attempt to get another wallpaper for February up before Saturday. As always, I welcome constructive criticism and/or large sums of money.
Desktop Version (16:9, sort of):