things go poorly
Temple forward Anthony Lee told ESPN today that he will be transferring to Ohio State. Lee, a 6' 9" power forward, was one of the most sought-after transfers on the market. His finalists included Iowa State, Indiana, Louisville and Notre Dame, although many schools came calling when he announced his transfer from Temple.
Lee was coveted by Indiana with Vonleh going pro. Tom Crean has some great potential players in his backcourt, but Indiana's frontcourt is a cratering hole now with Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Etherington and Luke Fischer transferring this year.
The next big Midwest transfer prospects to look out for is West Virginia sophomore guard Eron Harris who supposedly will consider Michigan among other Big Ten schools, and Virginia Tech freshman forward Trevor Thompson.
Temple transfer Anthony Lee told http://t.co/FJtJDXPuUb he is headed to Ohio State. Will play next season for Buckeyes.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2014
Maybe it's a State of Indiana thing? Not to be outdone by terrible ND and Purdue videos, the Indiana Athletic Department has released it's own RAWK MUSIC video highlighting a half empty stadium and a bunch of white kids rapping.
First of all, let us all hold hands for a second and bask in the glory of a 5-0 start....
Okay, now that that's done, I wanted to comment on the amazing time my friends and I had in Bloomington yesterday. Apart from the douchey student section cheering Denard's injury (ARRRRRGH, STILL PISSED), the people at IU were friendly to us. Sure, we got the usual jeers from IU students (if I heard "Ann Arbor is a whore" once, I heard it 100 times), but it was very tame compared to Columbus (assumed) and East Lansing (experienced).
At one point, we were actually welcomed into an IU tailgate, given beer and food, and even invited to kick some IU student ass in flip cup (which we did). To be honest, we were actually treated worse by some MSU fans we ran into IN BLOOMINGTON than we were by any of the IU faithful.
Then, after an amazing tailgate, my friend and I were even further impressed by the maturity of (most of) the IU fans in the general seats. They were courteous and kind, and didn't throw any objects or verbal obscenities our way, even when we were at our "worst" (mostly cheering right behind their head on 3rd downs).
My point here is, the students may be douchey, but the overall fans were very kind and welcoming to opposing fans. I highly recommend a trip to IU in the future to anyone who may be considering going. IU is (mostly) classy. Go Blue!
My homage to this week's game.
I considered "WHERESIER DEFENSE" with a picture of Gerg, but I chose to focus on the positive.
The weather today in Bloomington is supposed to be windy (10 mph) with a 30% chance of rain. IME this will benefit Michigan's defense by limiting the downfield success of Chappel. In turn, this shouldn't affect Michigan's offense the way it will Indiana's.
What does the MGoCommunity think?
For this week's installment of opponents' press conferences, we have Bill Lynch, head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. I personally think they make a better vacuum than a football team (I have a Hoosier Wind Tunnel which sees basement duty), but the Big Ten being what it is, our boys in blue take to the field against these guys Saturday, so here we go with Other People's Pressers!
(P.S. a friend of mine sold Kirby vacs in college for a week, but got sick of it when he kept getting lost on his way to prospective buyers' homes - oh, if only we had GPS back in the mid-late 90's.)
On Michigan's Offense:
- "Denard Robinson is scary good. Then the way the other two kids came in and played it shows the depth that they have. "
- Credit to RR and how the team has really bought into his offensive philosophy with the success UM is having. Says we have a great scheme with the right players, execute well, good depth (esp. at QB), and are well-coached.
- On Denard, every team (on film) has tried to do something different to stop him and none of them have succeeded. IU has to stay within their system (on D) and try to stop M's offense.
- On whether having had Kellen Lewis helps gameplan against Denard: "One of the unique things with Denard is that in so many situations, he's the lead runner. The tailback or the other back is really the blocking back. And that is what makes it difficult because the quarterback in many cases is the unaccounted for guy. And now you have to account for him as well as everybody else... That's why it is very difficult to defend their offense."
- Have to play the gaps well in order to have a chance at defending Michigan's offense: "The biggest thing is that you have to be very gap-sound. If you get a guy out of a gap they will gash you. "
- On Michigan having outscored its opponents 56-10 in the first quarter - "They're explosive. " Talks about being confident and matching UM's speed/intensity early.
On Michigan's Defense:
- Mentions that 3-3-stack or 3-5-stack is similar to the D employed when RR was at WVU. Key is that LBs show a lot of movement and attack from different positions/angles. Need to be aware of where the LBs are lining up.
- Michigan's defense will have to decide how to stop IU's offense, just as IU has to gameplan for M's offense. In-game adjustments also important.
- UM has "good pass rushers and they have a blitzing type scheme where they can bring people from a lot of different directions."
On individual players:
- Tandon Doss: Didn't put up big numbers last week, but great job blocking downfield. Also very versatile, able to play any position.
- Ben Chappell: Needs to keep up his level of play and execution. Preparation is key and feels like Chappell is well-prepared.
On team execution:
- "...it is very important that we go back and work on fundamentals. So often, history tells me that when you get into creating new schemes in a week, and you play poorly because you are thinking too much instead of just playing. That's why you must trust the system, and it goes back to great fundamental play."
- Mentions that they need to block and tackle better, and spending a lot of time on this.
- On tackling, says players sometimes too focused on making the big hits rather than wrapping up - again going back to stressing fundamentals.
- On turnovers, can have a huge impact. Sounds like he is stressing ball protection on offense, as he cites the Colts winning 26 straight games (really?) without a turnover (really really??)
- Special teams did a good job, especially on kick returns. Did a good job fielding kicks (us too, please!)
On the gameplan against Michigan:
- On defense, gap discipline, if they don't maintain gap discipline, will get gashed by RB or QB.
- On offense, need to have good run-pass balance in order to take pressure off Chappell.
- Can't try to change up what they do on offense as a reaction to Michigan's offense (I guess I'm assuming he thinks UM will score some points), but must stick to their playbook and execute to be successful.
- On defense, need to create turnovers, which they haven't done the last 2 weeks.
- "We're a little different than we were a year ago. We were a sellout blitz team, where we played zero-coverage behind it, where there was no help. We were sending as many as we could and still have each receiver accounted for, so it was a little more of a high-risk blitz than we're running right now."
Other game-related notes:
- Health - says team is healthy, shouldn't be a problem there. No mention of any specific injuries.
- "It's the first conference game and they're all important. The one we have in front of us is always the most important and that will be the approach we're going to be taking. I'm sure our players expect that when they come in here this afternoon."
- Confident in this team. "This team has been an easy team to coach, in that they come to work every day."
- The level of play and intensity has to go up now that they're in conference play. His players understand that.