who fails upward better: Whitlock, Kiffin, or Brandon?
The link below is to an MLive article about Will Hagerup and what he has been doing to get himself back on track. It sounds promising and I hope he succeeds.He even spent time working in a steel factory and said he's learned to appreciate what he has.
I thought an important part of the article was the support he has from the entire athletic department. After his suspension, he had to go through weekly meetings with Brady Hoke, Dave Brandon and of course Greg Harden. He said all of these meetings including with Dave Brandon continue to this day. Some of the meetings with Brandon last 3 hours. This is a tremendous committment to turn one young man's life around.
I don't agree with everything Brandon does. You have to give him credit here. I think few people would expect the athletic direcor to take that much time out of his week for one player.
As I said before, I hope Will has learned his lesson and uses these tremendous resources he has to his advantage.
( It's not paywalled. I guess I just assumed everything on wolverinenation was)
So ESPN has these The Good, The Bad, and The Future posts about all of the position groups. The one they posted today is on the Special Teams and there is no mention of Hagerup. I used the google search function and didn't see a post regarding him not returning. Am I missing something? My understanding was that he was suspended for the 2013 season but would return for his Senior year in 2014. I think it'd be a huge boost to our special teams if he returned and Wile could just focus on kicking.
Magnus mentioned this issue in profiling Matt Wile today in his TTB countdown and I seem to recall this issue coming up recently on a front-page post here as well: punting averages don't give you much meaningful information about a punter's performance because they are skewed by pooch kicks and other short-field situations. So, I was wondering whether there might be a more sophisticated way of measuring punting performance.
I was originally just going to ask, “hey, can anybody suggest a better way of evaluating punting stats?” and see what suggestions arose. But before doing that, I figured I might as well run a quick Google search and see if anything good came up. Not surprisingly, I found something. On a page called “Iggles Blog,” a guy came up with the following method:
To calculate this statistic, you need to know (i) the yard line from which each punt was taken, (ii) the gross distance of the punt, and (iii) the distance of any return. I am pretty sure items (ii) and (iii) are available, but I am not sure anyone keeps track of (i) (I did a quick Google search for that too, but came up empty). But if the data necessary to calculate this statistic is (or becomes) available, this seems like a much more useful way of comparing punters--though perhaps not as useful as comparing the number of star systems under their control.
A couple items from my wife who is at the Women's Football Academy today:
- Will Hagerup is practicing/working out and is in the building today.
- Jake Ryan is "looking good" and still on schedule to return mid-October.
Nothing really revealatory, but I figured it was worth posting first-hand confirmation of two positive facts.
Apparently it's a lot harder for punters to stay out of trouble than we thought. The latest offender: LSU punter Brad Wing.
Now, I would think that it would be even dumber for a specialist like a punter to get in trouble than a regular player. 32 men per year can make six-figure salaries by being good punters, but it's not a position a team is going to take a big risk on. Guys like Hagerup and (maybe) Wing are seriously jeopardizing their earning potential when they get in trouble; in contrast, superior athletes get many more chances to perform and stay out of trouble.
Will Hagerup continues to take the funny facial expression world by storm. His latest contribution is this gem (LINK):
Many thanks to QB Waggle for the blank:
Here are two other, not-as-good blanks:
Do your darndest.