Shouldn't be too hard to have that one quick conversation with a kid to avoid all this negativity.
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You will not be surprised that the Rashad Weaver decommitment set off another media/twitter/message board tempest. The guy who called Kyle Flood "real" two weeks before his grade-fixing scandal came to light has weighed in. Teddy Greenstein has resumed calling Michael Spath a hack so he doesn't have to actually address Michigan's point of view. Lawyers from Alabama have invaded my mentions.
This is not a good state of affairs. It is not the End of Integrity, as the pearl-clutching wing of the fanbase has fretted. The decommits will sign elsewhere; they won't have to transfer or take a medical midway through their careers. Finding yourself with a guy who would be better off elsewhere is inevitable and it's better to rip off the bandaid.
Michigan isn't in this situation because it's evil or untrustworthy, but rather because it's been disorganized and sloppy. There are countless examples just this year of similar decommits that were handled much better, like when Florida commit Isaiah Williams flipped to Washington State in December. Was that a voluntary switch? Not bloody likely. Did it cause a rending of garments and beating of the breast? Not at all.
Michigan took a number of early commits from fringe players, and they did so without checking up on grades. While there have been no complaints from anyone other than Swenson and Weaver, the sheer number of decommits looks bad even if Michigan has valid reasons for consciously uncoupling. There was no reason to take commits from a slew of academically questionable three stars this summer. Michigan gave them a plan to get right and they couldn't get there, which is fine. More or less dropping contact with them is not.
Meanwhile Michigan's two talent-based decommits were given broad hints but not told flat out until they did not want to take those hints. Whether or not this is how it's done elsewhere, that's the equivalent of breaking up with your girlfriend via meaningful eyebrow arcing and the occasional pursed lip. It results in confusion and people buying you gun racks.
Erik Swenson should have been explicitly dumped as soon as he did not show for Michigan's summer camp, and certainly by October, when his midseason senior film arrived in Ann Arbor. Weaver got enough of a message that he started looking around in November; his situation should have been made explicitly clear by midseason at the latest as well.
This is both ethically better and less damaging to the program. A Swenson set loose in October is both more capable of finding an appropriate landing spot and less capable of setting off a media firestorm. If Rashad Weaver simply flips to one of the four schools he visited over the course of the season his decommit is as newsworthy as that of Isaiah Williams, ie, not newsworthy except to Washington State fans.
So. To prevent further outbreaks, pick up the damn phone. By December.
Shouldn't be too hard to have that one quick conversation with a kid to avoid all this negativity.
One time when I was in high school a guy's mom called me and broke up with me for him.
"Hi, recruit? This is Mrs. Harbaugh..."
You must be so young! We didn't have helicoptor parenting when I was young... we were handed something to eat on the way out the door in the morning and not expected to be seen again til dinner time. And this seemed... normal.
"Be home by dark".
That was it. You were on your own until then.
But man, you better be home by dark or you got your ass whipped.
Just because there were not a lot of rules does not mean they were not damn serious about the ones they had.
I got in a lot of trouble, but for a lot worse than not being home on time.
I recall many times seeing the sun sinking behind UM Hospital and standing at the top of the Arb sled run thinking to myself: "Head home for dinner, or one more run?"
Only if I couldn't feel my toes anymore did I ever head home...
Same for skating at Burns Park. Of course they had lights so we could go back after dinner if our homework was done. And our parents drove us to and picked us up from these activities 0 times. Awesome!
Home be the time streetlights came on. My mother never saw me for at least 12 hours a day. Funny, she never complained about it either.
I was given breakfast and told to go outside and not come home until dark. When I got home at dark, they yelled at me asking where the hell I had been all day and that I was late for dinner!!!
CPS would be called.
Well being you're from Texas you forgot to include them telling you to go cut your own switch....
It was tough, but I didn't grow up in the Peterson house.
ha that sounds familiar. "youll go to bed without dinner" was no empty threat, it usually worked - though parents today would likely be arrested
You had it easy! Two thousand of us lived in a discarded clam shell in the dumpster of a Chinese restaurant. We had to get up every morning and stick a nail in our ear and then jump off a 400 foot cliff. When we got home dad would blow us up with an atom bomb!
Yeah but, we're not complaining... we're reminiscing!
I don't think the Monty Python bit was meant to be nostalgic...
That is a fantastic sketch
There were a hundred and sixty of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road.
You were lucky!
I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah."
However, that tells you everything you need to know about the guy. At the end of that call (were it not for HS angst/emotions) I might be laughing.
to ease your obvious heart-ache.
Could Durkin's departure at the end of the season have anything to do with notification, at least with respect to defensive players, Harbaugh's answer after signing day notwithstanding?
I would like to think that, with the size of the staff (coaches, quality control, recruiting, etc) that Coach Harbaugh has, what happened with Durkin shouldn't have had an effect. Add to that the fact that the general lack of communication has been rumored long before his departure, it's even more doubtful this had any impact at all.
Having said that, the point that Brian made would have mitgated this issue. Communication is key in any fruitful relationship...
Well said. I agree. Hopefully Michigan makes these very important changes in how they communicate quickly, to cut this story off at the knees.
already too late for that. This one day story has become a one week story and growing.
Who is this story impacting? We've gotten 3 commits in 48 hours, one for each "decommit".
It seems the only people this story interests are the recruiting press & message boards...
Exactly. We have more recruits than we have room for still. It doesn't seem like this is really "affecting" anything. This will only be an issue if we don't win this fall.
Both of the siuations could have been handled way better. Hopefully Harbaugh learned something. I don't see him taking so many summer tour guys in the future.
In the summer, Harbaugh was the new coach at Michigan and getting into the recruiting mix with big time players and campers. Lots of excitement, but no visible results. By Jan. 1, Harbaugh is the magician that turned the team around to a 10-3 record with a New Year's Day spanking of Florida. That got the attention of the big time recruits that had been courted by Harbaugh and the staff. Suddenly, some really good players were ready to turn blue.
Yes, could have been better handled, but Harbaugh created a good problem to have. We went through the opposite problem in 2014 as the team sank to 5-7 and recruits melted away.
member of the long list of self-rightous reporters that know everything.
I'm not even on Twitter but saw some recent exchanges with a few morans from across the Twittersphere. I'd rather they just get ignored and all ow them to go back to worrying about Roger Federer's serving.
and there are these nuts who are relentless on Brian because of this recruiting stuff. I'm sorry, I know it's 2016, but I'm pretty sure they don't know Brian. There's no damn decency anymore. Stay away from Twitter. it's a nasty place.
One question though - are there more coming or was Weaver the last one? Cause if there are more on the way it would be good for Michigan to get in front of this as fast as they can and not (as the great Don Canham used to say) turn a one day story into a two day (or even longer) story.
I dont think it serves anyone's purpose associated with Michigan to have these keep coming out individually.
Dytarious Johnson will not sign because of academics. He's it other than guys like Johnson and Elliott.
We've heard there are more coming, but we don't know the circumstances around them at all. Could be similar to Swenson or Weaver, or the players could not make a fuss at all. One thing is for sure, if another one happens it's going to be a big story now. If something funny happens on signing day and one of these kids makes a big deal out of it them, it could be one of the biggesr stories of this signing day, and we do not want that. Signing day is 8 days away, let's handle this stuff right now.
One thing I think people ahve to realize is that the press is not going to give us a fair shake now. No matter what the circumstances, if we get another "decommit" or two before signing day it's going to make the front page of ESPN. So we have to play this smart and a little defensive.
Sounds like the vast majority of us are in agreement. It wasn't the most aggregious foul, but the coaches screwed up by not being more up front in steering these kids elsewhere, that it doesn't meet the ethics we would like the program to live up to, and that it creates image problems. Count me in the column of those who think Brian nailed it.
So this is a minor quibble, but I disagree with the notion that Michigan and Harbaugh have or will be treated unfairly over this. What are you saying -- yes, we screwed up, but the criticism is not fair because it doesn't capture every nuance of our perspective? That seems whiny and unrealistic. There's always some sloppiness to media coverage. Yes, it'd be great if every reporter was diligent and conscientious enough to get every fact right and to put them in perfect context. But when does that happen.
Be a big boy and expect that if you screw up you may get blasted, and some of the treatment may be off-target. If you don't like it, don't screw up.
We were all quick to embrace all the fussing and fawning over Harbaugh's quirky recrutitng tactics when they created a buzz for Michigan and made us the cool place to be.
Now we have to man up and take the flip side of everybody watching every little move we make.
But it would be hard to get out in front when the recruiting rules don't permit the school to comment.
but there is nothing stopping them from making general statements about their recruiting policies and practices. It would be a hell of a lot better than tweating out vague movie quotes that can be widely interpreted.
. . . would add clarity to situations like these which would benefit both the institution & the individual.
An early signing period would help ameliorate these kind of problems, but it could convert some of them into Bama-style "we encourage you to transfer" situations after the kids are enrolled. What if a kid like Swenson signs at the earliest possible opportunity, then fails to develop? Like Brian mentioned, it's far less damaging to tell a formerly committed kid he can't sign than to tell a kid who is already enrolled that he'll have to transfer somewhere.
I'm not saying we would do this, but I can certainly picture some schools that would.
Guys like Swenson and Weaver wouldn't have been giving the opportunity to sign at the early signing period, so their situations would have cleared up a little earlier. Think of it as David Reese not being given the go-head to enroll early. The coaches aren't going to give a guy an option to lock his spot up early if they aren't sure they want them.
I don't even own a gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack. What am I going to do with a gun rack?
I don't have enough point to pos or neg. but I loved that scene from Wayne's World!