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Mailbag: Berkley Edwards, Alabama Math, Burke's Bees
Berkley Edwards: already on the roster, but named "Dennis Norfleet"
Guys, are the Michigan coaches really not offering Berkley Edwards? I understand he is small, but as fast as he is and the fact he is a legacy makes me question the thought here. I’ve noticed this hasn’t been mentioned at all since the ever mature Braylon went on Twitter to complain. At the very least, I hope the coaches reach out the Edwards family and keep any discussion out of the social media.
What I don’t get though is if he is someone Nebraska considers, can Michigan afford to overlook him? I know I really think that the Buckeyes not recruiting Mike McCray is going to come back to haunt them. I don’t want Berkley to come back and haunt us.
Berkley Edward's chances went from okay to slim when Michigan flipped Dennis Norfleet the day before Signing Day and from slim to life support when Brady Hoke went Donkey Kong on 2013 recruiting. At this point Michigan can afford to overlook someone Nebraska offers two scholarships and an earldom, let alone considers.
Michigan has 17 kids in the class and is going to somewhere between 22 and 24. Even if we take the most Edwards-friendly number, six of those seven scholarships are earmarked for:
- Ty Isaac
- Two wide receivers
- Three defensive linemen
So then you're talking about adding Edwards over another corner, safety, TE, or WR. Is a pint-sized tailback most likely to make an impact on special teams really a priority over one of those spots, especially when you already have three running backs in the class and recruited a seemingly-superior quarkback prospect in Norfleet the year previous? No.
Add in the likelihood that whoever Michigan is pursuing for spot 24 at one of those other positions is going to be a four-star type and it's a blowout. Offering Edwards makes no sense. McCray, a consensus four-star ranked in the top 100 by Rivals and ESPN with two dozen BCS offers including Oklahoma, is not even a comparison.
Edwards might have a shot if Isaac ends up at USC and Michigan can't latch on to another touted guy at tailback. Even in that situation it seems unlikely since Michigan is loaded with tiny darty return guys who are the only tailbacks Fred Jackson doesn't think are the second coming of Earl Campbell. He just does not make sense on the roster.
Wouldn't you rather have another safety? Safeties are important, yo.
I am not sure I followed your latest post. There might be something I am missing. I am not a fan of Brandon or this game, but I don't see how a home-and-home makes us better of financially. Let's say a bad opponent home game nets us 5 million. Playing Bama at home nets us 7 million. And for arguments sake lets say the return of a home-and-home with Bama would be in 2013.
The way it is
2012 Jerry Game: 4.7 million + 2013 crap team: 5 million = 9.7 million
2012 Bama: 7 million + 2013 at Bama: 0 = 7 million
2012 crap: 5 million + 2013 crap: 5 million = 10 million (but you don't get to play Bama; but the band is happy)
I would choose home and home if it was me because it is not my money and that is more fun, but I don't think that is the best choice financially. I would choose both over more UMass games.
The thing you and the OUTRAGED at OUTRAGE gang in the comments are missing is the ticket price. Apparently a game like Michigan-Alabama can support a ticket price range from $125 to $285. This is at a minimum 66% higher than Michigan is currently charging for bodybag games, not the 17% suggested in your email (remember that Michigan has to shell out about $2 million to get the one-off games in the No Bama scenario).
When the ticket prices came in 30 bucks or more—potentially much more—above what Michigan is charging for their "premium" game this year that changed the math drastically. Maybe that pricing is not sustainable over 110,000 tickets like it was for the 25,000 Michigan was given for Jerryworld, but… yeah, it totally is. Find me a Michigan fan who'd be less likely to buy a season ticket package this year that had 'Bama on it but was $50 more expensive. That person does not exist.
A correctly priced monster home-and-home is financially comparable to the dual punching bag scenario even without considering the ancillary benefits that will come from increased interest in season tickets, suites, goodwill from the fanbase, donations, etc. It would have made more sense for both Alabama and Michigan to schedule a game in Ann Arbor for 2013, then figure out where the return game goes later.
In the long term this is largely moot. After the Pac-12 agreement kicks in Michigan will have a road nonconference game every year except when the ND series takes its brief breaks. It's hard to imagine them adding a third opponent who would require Michigan to travel.
I just hate getting sold a bill of goods, is all.
Keep Crisler ArenaCenter weird.
Hey Brian. My buddy works with the guy that buys the costumes (and tickets) for the students wearing the lobster suits. With Smotrycz transferring, the lobsters are going to become bees through a glorious transformation. I hope this insider tidbit helps you get through the slow period and maybe even leads to some cool visions on your current meds.
I will miss the lobstryczs, but good on the Maize Rage for keeping the weird quotient high. I suggest someone purchase an enormous buffalo head mask so they can be Bielfeldt's Buffalo. Someone should wear a fez for no discernible reason. He should have one of those huge faces of himself wearing the fez, as well, cocking an eyebrow and looking suave.
Also also we're going to need a giant Canadian flag for Stauskas. And some guys dressed up like beetles who click their mandibles alarmingly during free throws. And there should be a moose. A live moose. With moose teeth. Wearing a toque. His name is Graham the Brown Moose, and he sets huge screens. In the event a live moose is not permitted in Crisler we will innovate.
In addition, on certain defensive possessions Crisler should adopt the disconcerting Yost penalty-kill hooting. Whenever Stauskas hits a three the entire student section should shout "You're my buddy, pal!" There will be a Mark Twain impersonator as well.
Addendum: we need a prominently located fat shirtless guy. On his chest we will paint an image of Glen Rice raising up for a three-pointer. He will not be allowed to shower. We should think about putting a hat on him as well. Hats are crucial for the entire operation. People should also dress like the future people in Bill and Ted.
These are reasonable suggestions. /jedi hand wave
Did anyone else find this part of the e-mail hilarious?
"At the very least, I hope the coaches reach out the Edwards family and keep any discussion out of the social media."
Perhaps Braylon could learn from the example.
I really can't blame Berkley if he ends up at MSU.
Kid has got to make the best decision for himself and one that he won't regret later. It's Michigan's right to offer scholarships to a select few just as it's the recruit's right to make the best option for himself.
Hope he ends up here in the end. Never got to see Braylon live would be awesome to watch his brother.
Thank you! Please don't sign a kid because of his last name. If he is a five star or high four star sign him. Hoke can be picky and needs to be at this point.
If Michigan weren't pretty much guaranteed to pre-sell everything in site every year regardless of the home schedule, there might be an argument for a big bump from having a heavy hitter on the schedule.
Right now, said heavy hitter who wants a return home date and therefore is a liability as compared to just playing a neutral site game and keeping the directional schools on a full pre-conference home schedule. Paid road game (neutral site) better than unpaid which is what you get in a home and home.
But what do I know? Not much.
It's just gonna be a great event and awesome for the players. That's what counts.
Just let it go already. I've been waiting for this to die down but it just doesn't seem to be happening. I think the decision to schedule the neutral game with Alabama was brilliant. Who cares about the money. That wasn't Brandon's intention ever. Who doesn't see that? The reason is the excitement it's generating in Michigan football. ESPN is rating it as one of the best upcoming games of the early season and I am excited as hell to watch it. Everyone is talking about it including our players.
I feel like a giant cutout of this head belongs in the student section, now.
maybe older bro can fund his way. Seems like a win-win.
Looks like Braylon made over $25M during his NFL career. For him to get upset about his brother not getting a scholarship is kind of like me getting upset when I go to the store and they don't let me use a coupon for 75 cents off. I sort of understand the pride thing, but maybe these guys need to get over their egos. Lots of us get academic scholarhips to lesser schools and decide to pay more instead for a better school. Same with football. Goodluck trying to make the NFL from Indiana, but if you emerge as a starter/kick returner at Michigan, your chances are much better.
This is a topic I've always wondered about before. If a big time booster wants to pay for a football player to attend U of M, its obviously not allowed by the NCAA. However, if the player is a relative/brother/child whatever, this is an effective way to help the team, by getting the player in and saving the scholarship.
It's not just about the money. Obviously his brother could pay his way, but that's not the point. Tim Hardaway Jr. could pay his own way too, but we still offered him a scholarship because he earned it and deserves it.
Think about your job (be creative with this since I don't know what you do). Let's say you feel you deserve a promotion based on your work product, experience, whatever. If your boss came to you and offered you the same salary as the higher position but the he actually promoted a handful of other employees and passed on you, you'd be a little upset about it, right? Or maybe more analogously, your boss knows that you have a lot money so he doesn't promote you because your family can pay for your stuff.
People like to be awarded for things that they feel they deserve.
I'm not saying Berkley doesn't end up here, but it's not a slam dunk.
I don't have enough points to post this on the board, but I thought it was funny. This is a video from bleacher report claiming that the Michigan recruiting class isn't as impressive as it seems. They claim that Michigan doesn't have one recruit in the ESPN top 150. It's crazy that these people are hired to make videos and write about college football.
Man, Jacobi has fallen quite far these past two years, from one of the best bloggers around to making crappy videos for BR.
I don't trust that writer. He spells his name wrong.
If you had enough points to post it on the board, you would have immediately lost them all for posting Bleacher Report.
Brian, exactly how many bottles of pain meds did they give you after your surgery?