I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Alright, legitimate post time.
Brian's post on the front page regarding the progress of the basketball team since the essential reformatting of the squad, namely the axing of the entire coaching staff by Beilien and the willingness to let two experienced guys walk has gotten me thinking. The basketball team has clearly benefited via addition through subtraction. They are playing better with less experience, and, one could argue, no substantial addition in talent. (Yes, we've got some exellent young guys, but the guys that are gone weren't too shabby).
So the question becomes, was it the changeover in staff that has created the bulk of the positive change this season? Is it Bacari Alexander and the rest that are to be most credited with this solid success?
If so, I want to know what you all think that means for the football team. We've already tried changing D-Coordinators. Didn't work. However, there is some consensus that the initial change was simply because fans, alumni and everyone else needed a sacrificial lamb after that attrocious 2008 season. I'm not sure if we can count the inditial D-Coordinator change when we try to decide if replacing more staff will help the team this time.
The other factor to consider is that, as opposed to the Basketball team, we're not looking at a fresh bevy of talented but inexperienced faces for next season. For the first time in a while, we're going to finally return an experienced, established squad that is familiar with their position coaches and scheme and so on.
Keep in mind that this is not just defensive either. Though the offense was clearly killer this past season, it also had its share of problems. Most notably, turnovers (fumbles) and, in the later season, substantial red zone issues (kicking game withstanding, because I don't even want to get into that).
Obviously, some changes in the coaching staff need to be made. I guess at the heart of the matter is this question:
In light of the basketball team's early season success after a wholesale staff changeover, assuming Rodriguez remains as coach for the 2011 season, and considering both the returning experience of the team AND the problems that plagued a variety of position groups this past season, exactly how much of the staff do you think Rodriguez should replace? Is D-Coordinator enough? Should he gut the defensive side of the ball and bring up position coaches from all over? Do any offensive guys get it?
I don't care so much WHO you want to see brought in as who you think, ideally, needs to be replaced to see the squad perform at a much higher level next season.
Looks like we shouldn't read too much into Oakland's near upset of MSU: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recap?gid=201012140580
They're legit. Played Illinois and Purdue tough, near upset of MSU, and successfully knocked off UTenn. I exxpect them to be a tough opponent for us on the 18th.
Edit: never mind, already posted and missed it
According to the Freep (via UMHoops.com), Carlton Brundidge, Michigan's first commitment of the 2011 class ("Hello" post here) has now signed and faxed his letter of intent to the Michigan basketball offices. Brundidge joins Trey Burke who signed his LOI last week.
Brundidge faxed his letter of intent to the Michigan basketball offices this morning, making his commitment official. Here’s Brundidge’s statement on his signing and explanation of the delay (per Detroit Free Press):
“It means a lot,” Brundidge told the Free Press. “My sister went to the school, and I like going to a program that’s improving. I want to build up Michigan. I want to be the person who helps build it up.”
He said when his father got home during the weekend, they discussed the letter, made certain it was the right decision and moved forward. “He said, ‘Carlton, are you ready to do this?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I was waiting for you,’” Brundidge recalled.
“Carlton is a physically strong, attacking combo guard that will add toughness and offensive punch to our lineup,” said [Michigan Coach John] Beilein. “He is a leader and a winner that loves to compete. We love the fact that we have added another outstanding in-state player to our program, and value the loyalty Carlton has demonstrated throughout his recruiting process. We are thrilled with his decision to become a Michigan Wolverine.”
Welcome, Carlton and thanks for making this official so this guy doesn't have to "feel like a neurotic girlfriend" anymore. Also, excellent Facebook stalking to this guy. Well done to all concerned.
Much speculation that since Michigan lost the Amir Williams sweepstakes, they'll bank one scholarship for use in the 2012 class. UMHoops.com's 2012 recruiting hotboard resides here and its very useful Scholarship Breakdown page is here.
[Edited to make it clear that the Amir Williams decision is firm. H/T Raoul.]
The Big Ten has released its 2010-11 conference men's basketball schedule. The full conference schedule is linked there.
Every Big Ten men’s basketball conference regular-season and tournament game will be nationally broadcast for the fourth consecutive year, the conference announced on Thursday. The Big Ten’s media agreements result in more than 100 games appearing on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network in the 2010-11 season.
Beginning with the conference season, the Big Ten will have one game on an ESPN network every Tuesday at 7 or 9 p.m. ET as part of the network’s Super Tuesday lineup. A second game will often appear on the Big Ten Network that night either immediately before or after the ESPN or ESPN2 contest. Big Ten action continues on Wednesday evenings with doubleheaders on the Big Ten Network typically at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. ET. ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast one conference game every Thursday night beginning on Jan. 6, with other contests on Thursdays airing on the Big Ten Network. Up to five games every weekend during the conference slate will be broadcast by CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network. CBS Sports will air eight conference games, including wildcard selections on the final three weekends of the regular season. ESPN or ESPN2 will show games during the final seven weekends of the season, while the Big Ten Network will broadcast the remaining contests.
Michigan's conference schedule:
- 28 Purdue at Michigan 2 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 2 Penn State at Michigan 4 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 5 Michigan at Wisconsin 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 12 Ohio State at Michigan 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 15 Michigan at Indiana 8 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 18 Michigan at Northwestern 9 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 22 Minnesota at Michigan 7 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 27 Michigan at Michigan State 7 p.m. ESPN/2
- 30 Iowa at Michigan 4 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 3 Michigan at Ohio State 7 p.m. ESPN/2
- 6 Michigan at Penn State Noon/3 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 9 Northwestern at Michigan 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 9 Indiana at Michigan 4 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 16 Michigan at Illinois 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 19/20 Michigan at Iowa 4:30/1 p.m. Big Ten Network/CBS Sports
- 23 Wisconsin at Michigan 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 26 Michigan at Minnesota 4:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 5 Michigan State at Michigan 2 p.m. CBS Sports
- 10 Big Ten Tournament Game 1 2:30 p.m. ESPN2
- 10 Big Ten Tournament Game 2 25 min. after Game 1 ESPN2
- 10 Big Ten Tournament Game 3 7:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 11 Big Ten Tournament Game 4 Noon ESPN
- 11 Big Ten Tournament Game 5 25 min. after Game 4 ESPN
- 11 Big Ten Tournament Game 6 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
- 11 Big Ten Tournament Game 7 25 min. after Game 6 Big Ten Network
- 12 Big Ten Tournament Game 8 1:40 p.m. CBS Sports
- 12 Big Ten Tournament Game 9 25 min. after Game 8 CBS Sports
- 13 Big Ten Tournament Game 10 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports
All dates and times subject to change All Times Eastern
MGoBlue.com now has the full season's schedule posted. Article on the schedule here. The season starts with a Fri Nov 5, 7 pm exhibition vs. UM-Dearborn and the opener is Sat Nov 13, 7 pm vs. South Carolina Upstate. The non-conference schedule highlights:
The Wolverines have a 13-game non-conference schedule, with 10 of those contests being played at Crisler Arena. Highlighting the non-conference schedule is an appearance in the 2010 Legends Classic. Following games against Bowling Green on Nov. 18 and Gardner Webb on Nov. 21 in the Ann Arbor regional, the Wolverines move on to the championship round at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. U-M opens against Syracuse on Nov. 26 and will play either UTEP or Georgia Tech the following night.
In the 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Maize and Blue will travel to Clemson on Nov. 30 for a challenge matchup at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Wolverines and Tigers last faced in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, a 62-59 Michigan victory in Kansas City, Mo.
The Wolverines close out the non-conference schedule against Kansas on Jan. 9 at Crisler Arena during a Big Ten bye date. It marks the first time the Jayhawks have visited Crisler since 1985.
Coach Beilein conducted a Q&A today after practice. Video available at UMHoops.com.
- Lots of emphasis on fast break in practice today. Given the 25 second clock they'll face in Europe, this is especially important.
- Stu "very solid" over the past eight days. Not up and down, consistently good.
- Colton Christian re-injured his hamstring and is questionable to play during the EuroTour (but will go). Everyone else is healthy.
- Looking to get more folks attacking the basket. Manny's gone - need more to take on this responsibility.
- Will only play man during the EuroTour. Haven't had time to put in any other defenses.
- Really pleased with the team's progress along the learning curve after a week of practice, likes team's attitude.
Extensive observations on today's practice are now available at UMHoops.com.
Go there for the whole scoop, but here's the teaser:
The teams looked to be divided into two groups: In maize, those who looked to be in the regular rotation. In blue, those who aren’t there yet. The maize side consisted of: Tim Hardaway Jr., Blake McLimans, Jordan Morgan, Darius Morris, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Evan Smotrycz, and Matt Vogrich. The non-rotation guys: Jon Horford, Corey Person, Eso Akunne, Jordan Dumars, Josh Bartelstein.
Positive reviews: Darius Morris, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway, Jr., team chemistry
Then there's this:
One last side note: Laval Lucas-Perry, who was dismissed from the team in June, will transfer to Oakland. He’ll have one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out for a year.
Finally, UMHoops.com is reporting that the Big Dog's son, Glenn Robinson, III (2012 recruit) now has a Michigan offer. His current offer list is Missouri State, IUPUI, Indiana State and Valparaiso, but it's early. If he does end up at Michigan, the team will include the sons of four NBA players in Robinson, Hardaway, Jordan Dumars and Jon Horford.
When people hear your name they’re going to automatically think of your dad, but can you describe your own game? Is it different? Yeah, he was a little bit bigger, more of a forward and I’m more of a 2 or a 3. I play more on the outside but I still have his shot. I think a lot of people say that I have the same form and everything as him, the midrange game is the same, and I got his outside shot, too. We’re a little bit different because he was a forward but other than that — I can probably dribble better than he could — we’re kind of the same player a little bit.