"The amount of professionalism that he has ... there's probably not another guy in the country that would have handled it the same way," Durkin said. "He's not only one of the best coaches in the country, he's one of the best people. He absolutely has the respect of everyone -- coaches and players, alike."
"I don’t care if Jim Harbaugh is medically insane (he is), if you run the coach out of town who took your team from absolute embarrassing garbage-pail irrelevance to conference-dominating powerhouse in ZERO YEARS, you are not only stupid, you don’t care about winning."
Arnett: free'd. Derek Dooley backs down from the torrent of terrible PR, grants DeAnthony Arnett a full release. Clearly he is transferring to either Michigan or Michigan State at this point. There's conflicting information out there about his eventual destination; Kyle Meinke says "everything he's hearing" is MSU; earlier in the week Sam Webb said essentially the opposite on GBW before this all went down. We'll find out soon.
CEASE PANIC. You probably weren't panicking about the prospect of a QB like Denard Robinson making an early exit for the pros, but he has submitted paperwork to be evaluated. Remain calm.
Michigan junior quarterback Denard Robinson has filed paperwork to the NFL Draft advisory board, but he made one thing very clear Friday morning.
He expects to return for his senior season.
"Oh yeah, I expect to be back," Robinson said. "That's it."
The mean streets of Whitehall. Seriously.
I just don't even know.
Winning more hearts and minds. Dooley's quest to piss off every high school football coach in the country continues unabated:
“Coach Dooley said there is a ‘possibility’ you might not be coming to Tennessee,” Henderson told the AJC. “He said you have two options: ‘You can stay committed to us, wait it out and see what other players do. Or you can de-commit and try to get some attention from other schools but that doesn’t mean you can’t come to Tennessee’ or whatever. He was very iffy about everything. He wouldn’t say anything concrete. He kept on using that word ‘possibility.’”
“I thought it was a bunch of crap. I guess if Tennessee is out there looking for other linebackers, then I can go find another place to go. Tennessee is where I wanted to go, and that’s where I’ve been loyal to ever since June. But it is what it is.”
Henderson spent six months committed to Tennessee and now has about a month to find another landing spot. Derek Dooley's pants are still stupid and Clay Travis claims he is incensed when people order Chick Fil A instead of hamburgers. This is almost certainly false but we're done fact-checking negative things said about Derek Dooley at this here blog.
Emerging youngsters (and a fifth year senior). Kevin Koger talks up a few members of the team he believes will make some noise next year. Your winners are Jerald Robinson, Thomas Rawls, and Darryl Stonum. Stonum:
"He's been great for the defense," Koger said. "He's embraced what happened and grown from it. "They talk all the time about how great a look he gives them on defense. I was talking to [cornerback] J.T. Floyd yesterday or two days ago about how he got beat a couple times by Stonum. We've got a lot of guys giving great looks."
Borsething. AA.com's pictures of the year capture somewhat insane women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth tebowing in agony:
Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark’s senior Nick Stauskas is the perfect replacement for the scrappy Novak. Like Novak, Stauskas plays with a huge chip on his shoulder and is willing to scrap it up a bit with opponents. Stauskas is also an excellent shooter with deep range, a flashy passer and a guy who takes the floor with a significant amount of confidence.
Currently ranked No. 79 nationally in the class of 2012, the four-star wing is part of an excellent Michigan recruiting class and he should be able to contribute right away.
He's still outside of the Scout 100, something their primary analyst has said will be fixed when they redo their rankings. It appears Michigan's 2012 basketball class will be three consensus top 100 four-stars. This is exactly what everyone expected last January.
There's an 18-minute reel of one game Stauskas featured in; it still doesn't have Stauskas missing a shot but does give you a fuller picture of his game. Has some work to do on defense.
In the realm of all possible uniforms, is there even a single one that you would like Brian? You seem to dislike every option. If you are upset about a BCS bowl patch, just take a breath and think we are in the BCS bowl.
Are you a park ranger at Yellowstone? Say hi to Yogi Bear for me. - the_big_house 500th
For me, it's not the BCS bowl patch. It's the Adidas stripes on the sleeves, which really are there for one reason: to help Adidas sell more crap. They don't look good, they have no meaningful historical precedent, and they violate the quirky but uniquely Michigan principle that we should prevent corporate advertising from too deeply penetrating our football experience.
I think the point is not that Nike uses them for K-State, but that these are not "Adidas" stripes. Lots of teams have been using these types of shoulder stripes for longer than Adidas (or Nike for that matter) has been making football jerseys.
And besides, if these were "Adidas" stripes, there would be three of them:
No offense, but bashing the stripes just because we have Adidas uniforms is a pretty weak criticism of them as well. There are many, many football teams with uniforms that feature stripes on the shoulders.
If you don't like them, fine, but the stripes aren't something that are unique to Adidas. If you don't like them because they aren't traditional enough, well, our away uniforms aren't traditional enough to begin with.
A close friend of mine who is close with a prominent member of the MSU-related media was told that MSU is not interested in Arnett becuase of the way his original recruitment went down and that Dantonio doesn't like the kid and would not take him even if there was a need at WR, which there definitely seems to be. According to him, the ball is in Michigan's court; if they want him, that's where he will end up going.
I wouldn't post this unless I knew my buddy talked to his source. This guy is usually spot on when it comes to MSU stuff. He says they feel good enough about Bennie Fowler and Tony Lippett as future WRs anyways. I also know he wanted Arnett to play for MSU so he's not exactly excited about possibly conceding him to Michigan.
Again, grain of salt, FWIW stuff, but he's been right about 95% of the time with MSU stuff. I've also never posted anything of the sort and wouldn't unless I was confident in what I was told.
The away jersey has always been kind of shitty. I really don't mind if they experiment with it. As long as we don't go full on Oregon. Hopefully we settle on a final away design that lasts the tenure of Hoke. Stripes on this jersey are ugly, but the M isn't bad.
Now if I see a bunch more UTL type gear for home games, then I get the pitchfork. Or I think we're the home team for the game at Jerry World next year. So if we pull out some special jersey design for that, I'll be pissed.
Tinker with the away, don't touch the home jerseys.
But... this is the SIXTH!!!one1!!! Frickin jersey we've worn this year! That's not full-on Oregon but it's close. If they tweaked the away jersey every year I wouldn't care. But 6 Jerseys in 13 games is pretty dumb IMO. When I watch Michigan on TV, I want them to look like Michigan. The Michigan MSU Game should look like this:
Not like Baylor vs. The Bumblebees
"Over? Did you say, over? Nothing is over until we decide it is!"
I invited Coach Harbaugh to my wedding. He did not attend.
I prefer the circa-2000 Nike jerseys that the Brady/A-Train teams wore, but these aren't bad and are a definite improvement over the previous away jerseys with the slashies. Also, I like that the players like them.
In a wonderful array of fantastic Michigan coaches, the pointy and unflappable Brady Hoke, the haircut you can set your watch by and stern glare of Red Berenson, the we just keep winning run of Carol Hutchins, and the "I have a plan!" notions of John Beilein, the somewhat insanity of Kevin Borseth is rapidly becoming a favorite. He walked by me and my seatmate well after midnight in Michigan Stadium after the UTL game, shook our shoulders and said "Heck of a thing boys, heck of a thing..." and all we could get back with was "You bet, coach."
If you took the number off the shoulder - have them on the helmets now, is a bit of an overkill - and just kept the rest of it simple, then it looks pretty simple while also modern. I'm debating on whether or not a block M on the shoulder would be a good look.
"the Spirit of Michigan...is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways....and a conviction that nowhere is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours" - Fielding Yost
My guess is he will have a solid game, but next year is when he is really going to blow the lid off. I can see him being next year's RVB - an honorary captain who really steps up to the plate when the team is looking for senior leadership not named Denard.
I thought they actually looked pretty cool by themselves when they were first introduced, but they look horrible on the players in that video.
Having both the block M and the Sugar Bowl logo is too much, its a very crowded look. The stripes look slightly less comical than the shoulders against MSU, when I first saw them I thought they would not wrap around the way they do. Very disappointing.
If Michigan is going to create special jersies for occasions such as these, they need a better design team in place through Adidas or consider switching brands.
This is my first post weighing in on the jerseys, I think. Here goes:
Holy Mother of Christ those jerseys are horrific. They have blue collars a la Penn State, blue stripes a la Nothing Except the Twisted Mind of Some Graphic Designer Who Heard that one of Michigan's Colors is Blue, and numbers with yellow around them that don't really match with all that other blue shit. And then there are logos aplenty. Fuck.
Also, I'm fine with tinkering with the away jersey, but then once we find one we like, why can we not stick with it? Why SO MENNY JERZEEZ? Fuckity.
If Michigan pulls off a big win tonight, these jerseys will be instant classics, just like the UTL jerseys from the ND game. I love the UTL jerseys now because they are synonomous with one of the most exciting games in the history of Michigan Football.
I liked the UTL jerseys even before they won the game in spectacular ' DID YOU SEE THAT!' fashion. The same cannot be said for their away counterparts from the MSU game. I hated those the instant I saw them and my eyes started bleeding.
I know I'm supposed to be talking about football with a big game coming up and everything but....
am I the only one that watched Nik Stakuas highlight video and came away extremely impressed? Holy shit I am excited for the future of basketball. The kid can shoot and disk like it's no one's business.
It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day.
You have to wonder what Danny O'Brien is thinking. First, Dooley is looking like a major ass-hat and then the entire D coaching staff leaves. Does he still really want to go to UT? 5-1 Dooley isn't there by his junior year.
jerseys please. The Michigan classic clean style is the absolute best in the country. Solid white or blue jerseys with no shoulder stripes please. A number on the shoulder is even a little much for me. I don't like these Sugar Bowl jerseys, but I guess it could be worse. Whatever, I hope we kick ass tonight. GO BLUE!