that is nice bonus change
To preface - I am a Rivals guy. That is to say I get my crootin' info from Rivals.
I got to thinking how the meme on Hoke aside from the actual play on the football field has been "well at least he is killing it on the recruiting trail." I took a quick look at the class rankings...
RR hired 2007
RR responsible for classes 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
2008 2009 2010 2011
UM 10 8 20 21
OSU 4 3 25 11
Hoke hired 2011
Hoke responsible for classes 2012, 2013 and 2014
2012 2013 2014
UM 7 5 27
OSU 4 2 2
It is 2014 and all, but sorry we aren't really doing that well on the recruiting trail : (
What is the formula?
Rivals Rating points + Rivals250 Bonus Points = Total Points
Rivals Rating (RR) Scale (Top 20 rated commitments)
(Rivals Rating = Points)
6.1 = 150 points
6.0 = 135 points
5.9 = 120 points
5.8 = 105 points
5.7 = 90 points
5.6 = 75 points
5.5 = 60 points
5.4 = 45 points
5.3 = 30 points
5.2 = 15 points
*Prospects without an assigned rating will count for no points. All FBS committed prospects will have a rating once evaluated and rankings are updated.
COMMENT MODERATION IS BACK.
It's pretty awesome.
I had a request for Brian/whoever does the programming site. We currently have two options for comment sortins "newest first" and "oldest first". Could we add another sorting option for sorting the highest rated comments first? Now that there isn't a cap for the rating of a comment, it would actually mean something to have the highest rated comments at the top.
IThere would obviously be some drawbacks of the sorting method:newer comments would have a lower chance of being seen, but then again, with the standard "oldest first" method, they usually do.
If you don't want to mess with this now that's definitely understandable, as there have been some issues with the programming of moderation system before, but I think it'd be a good option to have.
I read this morning on the Rivals Board from Balas that Hand went to Bama for academic reasons and chose engineering. Hand came to his Michigan official visit wanting to be an engineering student. Our engineering program is far more reknown than Alabama. It doesn't make sense at first glance, but when you get into the story further it kind of makes a lot of sense.
Now this may or may not have happened, but reading between the lines about what the result of Hands recruitment was I assume Michigan said to him "Son, we have seen some kids try to do it and it doesn't work out well. Why not take a look at this wonderful sports management program we have."
Alabama on the other hand said to him "Son, it is difficult, but we have kids doing it right now and they can mentor you and we have processes in place to help you out. It is going ot be mighty difficult, but if you want to give it a shot then that's up to you."
Obviously this is all my assumption. Also, credit the sports managment prof for making a hell of an impression and nearly changing the course of Hands future.
The things we do know are Hand was "steered" toward sports management on his official.
He chose Alabama over us even though we have the superior engineering program (by a long shot).
My question is why did (do) we do this? Why not give the kid a shot if he wants to try engineering? Why do exactly what Harbaugh said we do (and got crushed for saying so)? Why take away one of our major advantages over other schools?
Also do you think my assumptions are off in the first place?
Sorry for bringing this up, but it has been bothering me.
This article mentions that it probably wasn't even his best play of the season because he was unblocked. It also marvels a bit at how it follows Clowney around now.
I don't think it was the best play of the year, but hey, it's the ESPYs. And it looked big. At least Vincent could laugh it off (and shake it off without injury) afterwards.
It might be a bit early to think too much about 2015 for some people, but 2014 recruiting will be done before you know it.
Of interest to Michigan:
#2 SDE Terry Beckner, Jr.
#5 QB Josh Rosen
#16 WR George Campbell
#18 OLB Jashon Cornell
#23 RB Soso Jamabo
#25 RB/WR Jaason Lewis
#47 OLB Malik Jefferson
#72 CB Brian Cole
#86 OT Sterling Jenkins
#87 RB Jacques Patrick
#90 RB Damien Harris
#92 TE Devonaire Clarington
#113 RB Mikey Weber
#149 CB Shaun Crawford
#163 RB/OLB Osa Masina
#167 OT Garrett Thomas
#187 SDE Joshua Alabi
#207 OLB/WDE Anthony Wheeler
#212 TE Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.
#218 WDE Hjalte Froholdt
#224 SDE Darian Roseboro
#239 OLB Cameron Townsend
A lot of people were understandably wary of a board post previewing a hypothetical championship game. I might be in the minority, but I'M OKAY WITH THIS. Consider the actual team's necessary preparation:
This deep in the tournament, all of the teams are clearly very good. To win two games in three days requires more than just a day of prep for the second game. If I were the coach, I would consider having the first day of the week be devoted to the two potential teams to come in the Championship. Reasoning?
First, you want to prepare more than just a day for Louisville/Wichita. You can get to the championship if you just prepare for 'Cuse, but you can easily lose if you're unprepared for the finals. Having 4 days to prep for Cuse vs. 5 days is not as detrimental as having 1 day for Louisville when you could have 2.
Second, not wanting to confuse the team. That's why I'd do it the first day, because otherwise the team gets confused and doesn't focus on Syracuse when it should be. Talking about L'Ville the first day and then the day before the hypothetical game means a good memory refresher and you can start from somewhere other than scratch. (I get this reasoning from exam studying, where one studies first for the exam that will come last in a series, which I have found to be very effective).
Then there are the other forms of reasoning for the fan perspective, e.g., we're not the actual team and can discuss other things, etc. But if the team should be preparing for both games, can't fans do it too?
Thoughts? Does anybody know if a coach prepares the team for both games, or decides to make it as far as possible and hope a day is enough to prepare? It might really be unfeasible to prep for 2 teams the first day, but I think it's also really hard to get over the final four hypothetical victory high in one day and go to work with 1.5 until the next game.