Isn't Michigan still recruiting him or is he locked out because of Robinson?
Unverified Voracity Might Be Real Maize
1994: when the universe was right-side up. Via Wolverine Historian:
This game featured a halftime interview with one Gerald Ford:
It's over. Everything is over. The FAKE 40 scale has been broken. They said that man could not claim a 40 time with more than five FAKES attached. They said a lot of things. Well, I present you with the first level eight (eight!) FAKE 40 time:
— Northwestern Sports (@NU_Sports) August 7, 2014
Unstoppable run-god Trevor Siemian? That does not sound right. Rodger Sherman figures that whether this is true or false this is the beginning of the end for Pat Fitzgerald. I agree. This has destabilized the entire structure of the sport.
IS IT MAIZE? This poster-type thing makes Michigan's uniforms look far less highlighter-y than they have in the recent past:
Delonte Hollowell front and center
All discussions about this inevitably center on the fact that you can make the same color look vastly different depending on lighting and various other photo doodadery, so let's just stipulate that. But maybe it'll look like a color instead of a fire truck this year.
I am intrigued by your newsletter. 2016 AL SG Josh Langford is arriving on campus today. It is possible there has not been enough chatter about this. Everyone's focused on Tyus Battle after Battle's camp appearance, but Langford is just as highly touted of a prospect, says highly positive things when asked about Michigan, and now 247's Jerry Meyer has put in a prediction for M on their Crystal Ball. He offers a brief explanation as to why:
Duke had been considered the leader in his recruitment but the Blue Devils have only showed minimal recruiting interest to this point.
Sources tell 247Sports that Michigan and Kansas are the two schools in the strongest position with Langford. … A physical guard at 200-pounds or more, Langford loves to attack the rim and also has a versatile and skilled game that would fit great into John Beilein's system of play.
Langford's quotes about Beilein are on the rapturous side, and apparently there's some substance to that.
Meanwhile, Michigan is asserted to be the leader($) for 2016 CA PF TJ Leaf by Scout analyst Evan Daniels. Asserted to be the "slight" leader. That is still an improvement over the perception that Indiana or UCLA was on top.
Leaf's Crystal Ball is a total mess, with five different schools listed—a recent Duke offer has caused a lot of picks for the Blue Devils to come in, there's a random CBS Sports writer projecting Florida, etc. Leaf just visited Arizona, as well. His recruitment could go any direction from here. Michigan probably needs another visit before Leaf's announcement in March or April to feel good. The current plan is for Leaf to take an official in February.
DRIII. Jeff Eisenberg has a rather lengthy article on the second-newest Wolverine, Duncan Robinson. How does a guy go from D-III to Michigan? Bad luck and hard work.
He stood only 5-foot-7 entering his freshman year at Governor's Academy in Byfield, Mass. He suffered an ill-timed back injury that hampered him during the all-important summer before his senior year at Exeter. And even after his growth spurt, he still needed to build the muscle necessary to absorb contact and finish at the rim. …
"His goal is to be an impact player," Tilton said. "He's not a kid looking to play a small role. He'll put the effort and energy in. I have not coached a kid with more passion for the game of basketball. He has a tremendous work ethic. He spends hours and hours on his craft. Basketball is his social life, and that's why he has been able to put himself in this position."
It'll be fascinating to see how this decision works out. Michigan passed on Nevada's Cole Huff when it looked for all the world like he would end up transferring in and seem ready to shut down 2015 recruiting entirely with Robinson in the fold. All Hail Infallible Beilein, of course, but 6'8" two-guards shooting 45% from three do not grow on trees.
Almost ready to shut down 2015 recruiting. 6'6" combo guard PJ Dozier just announced a top five and a plan to visit Michigan this fall, and if he has been shut out by the Robinson commitment he is not aware of this fact:
“Some people will say I like this school because they’re this type of school and I’ve watched them forever. But P.J. is selecting a school that is the correct way in what is going to be the best program and the best fit for him so Michigan is definitely a strong, strong possibility.”
Michigan does have a spot in the 2015 class, and if a guy on Dozier's level—#31 on the composite—wants to take it you probably let him even if it removes the possibility you get a similarly-ranked 2016 guy.
Well yeah. Listen to this man, he is a wizard.
"It's no longer about education," Snyder said. "We've sold out to the cameras over there, and TV has made its way, and I don't fault TV. I don't fault whoever broadcasts games. They have to make a living and that's what they do, but athletics -- that's it. It's sold out."
I am skeptical it was ever really about education but yes probably more so than now; "sold out" is correct.
I would be okay with this. Stunningly, a plurality of coaches in the Power 5 support doing away with cupcakes entirely:
Of the 65 Power Five coaches from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Notre Dame, 46 percent (30 coaches) favored playing exclusively Power Five opponents while 35 percent (23 coaches) were opposed. About 18.5 percent (12 coaches) were undecided.
"About 18.5." Significant digits, man.
Anyway, they did away with the requirement that you have to win six games to go to a bowl, significantly greasing the skids towards a "yes" vote. Pac-12 coaches were the most gung-ho in favor, with only Rich Rodriguez opposed; the ACC was the only conference where more coaches were opposed to the idea than in favor; The Big Ten split down the middle. Hoke was not quoted but was listed as in favor.
Joe Dumars' last transaction. Brendan Quinn notes that the DRIII transfer saga was kicked off by none other than Joe Dumars's firing:
After the Pistons fired general manager Joe Dumars in mid-April, a six-week search for his replacement finally landed on Marist College head coach Jeff Bower.
Bower accepted the position, vaulting from a low-major college coach to an NBA GM.
That left Marist scrambling for a new coach as the summer churned toward key recruiting periods. The coaching search in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., ultimately landed on Mike Maker, a 48-year-old who had led tiny Williams College to a 147-32 record and two national championship game appearances in six years.
With Maker gone, Robinson started looking around. May this transaction be more in the 'Sheed department instead of the "everything after the Billups trade oh and also the Billups trade" department.
Etc.: Thanks, Landon. Autonomy passes. No one knows what that means yet. Impact figures to be minimal in basketball. Scrimmage details. You have to register, because you need to be bombarded by emails. The NFL is suddenly open.
Also, in 2016 are we exclusively pursuing Tyus Battle at this point or are we also still going after Cassius Winston and Derryck Thornton?
Assuming I'm understanding this correctly, if Michigan goes 5-7 (not that I'm expecting it...), we can still go to a bowl game?
If this is one of the first decisions out of the gate by the Big 5, it's not an auspicious beginning.
the people having the survey said "hypothetically, if there was no win requirement for a bowl game, would you be in favor of only playing power 5 teams."
if the Big 5 do get to do their own thing, would there even be enough bowl games where they needed to take a sub 500 team? With the Big 5 plus ND, it looks like there's 69 teams. How many bowl games can you have with 69 teams? How many people are going to want to watch a 5-7 vs 6-6 bowl matchup?
I don't think it'll take to long before this 4 team playoff expands. Once this playoff gets to about 8 teams, bowl games are almost going to become irrelevant.
Most of the bowl games are already pretty irrelevant. They're just glorified exhibitions.
Thanks for the clarification.
Hypothetically, I think they should only play Power 5 teams and still have to win at least 7 games for bowl eligibility.
The biggest thing to me with bowl games is the bowl practices. I still think our 3-8 team hurt the development of the program that much more because they didn't have the 15 extra practices that come with being a bowl team. Rather than worry about playing in bowl games, if I'm a coach worrying about winning < 6, I make sure I can have that team practice to prepare for the next year.
Hell, it would still be optional, if the best rebuttal is 'we don't want to.'
'They didn't earn it' isn't very convincing to me. It's not exactly a prize anyone wants to win. Plus, it's an argument that you'd probably only make if your team is consistently bowling.
Add a forfeiture clause for turning down bowls if that's a concern.
I could not be happier about the real maize coming back. You can actually tell from the Countdown to Kickoff videos that the maize part of the helmets are darker than the maize part of their practice kits. I hope it means a switch to the real maize is underway.
Why is everyone calling a uniform a kit all of a sudden?
It's the stupid World Cup. Damn foreigners!
Darker and redder. The absence of that red is what really stuck out to me as non-maize in our most recent uniforms.
...but I found "Significant digits, man" very amusing.
In that Snyder article, there is this quote....and it's amazing. Given that weight rooms/locker rooms are basically outdated after 5 years and the arms race to update them to recruit the best talent is ever present, Snyder lays down the law....of course, he's at a school that probably has little hope of recruiting the top talent, so maybe this is self serving a bit.
"Everybody is building Taj Mahals," Snyder said, "and I think it sends the message -- and young people today I think are more susceptible to the downside of that message, and that it's not about education. We're saying it is, but it's really about the glitz and the glitter, and I think sometimes values get distorted that way. I hate to think a young guy would make a decision about where he's going to get an education based on what a building looks like."
i do not get the criticism brandon/the athletic department has taken is relation to the colors worn by michigan.
brandon is a michigan man, he played for michigan and in service to the michigan "brand' he bleeds highlighter-yellow-and-blue
Shouldn't the caption read DELONTE HOLLOWELL FRONT AND CENTER
4.83 I MIGHT believe.
I swear I read something from Brandon a while back where he said they were going to be slowly migrating back to Maize as the color. Maybe I'm taking crazy pills though.
Thanks for that. Love me some Adobe Doodad.
Virtually no one understands significant digits, Brian. It's the Curse of the Engineer.
That's about as good a preview I've seen this year from a national publication. That it came with glaring errors like Wormsley, the omission of Ryan Glasgow from the DL discussion, and posits the replacement of Glasgow at Center by Kugler, speaks volumes of the value of national vs. local/blog reviews in today's world. Very solid overall, however.
That 4.38 clearly was wind-aided.
Meanwhile, I'm shaking my head that I watched all 1:50 of that video expecting something interesting to happen.
The color standards for the uniforms? Or for that matter, the playbooks of our opponents? Tax dollars, you know.
The 2016 class could end up being Teske, Leaf, Thornton Jr., and Langford....
and replace him with Battle. That'd be a great haul for JB.
Leaf is the guy I'm really excited about. I hope we can land him
What happened to shoulderpad technology through the years? I watch that 1994 video clip and Wheatley & Co. look HUGE. I remember in high school everyone wanted HUGE shoulderpads, I guess to look tough. I came out looking like a skinnier Jake Butt. I was a tall, lanky TE who had smaller shoulder pads.
But I look at today's players and they all have smaller shoulderpads that "fit". I notice it a lot on the QBs of today as well.
Has shoulder pad technology improved a lot or is this just player preference (smaller shoulder pads give the defense less to grab on to?). Just curious if we have anyone with equipment manager experience who can comment.
Better fit can give opponents less to grab, and can increase range of motion. Do you remember trying to raise both hands over your head to catch a quick pass in those big, bulky pads?
Shouldn't the poster tag read: DELONTE HOLLOWELL FRONT AND CENTER ?
That '94 MSU game was really, really fun. I can't remember how it happened, but my dad somehow got ahold of tickets in about the 20th row on the 50 under the press box, as opposed to our normal seats, and that's where we got to sit for the Ford jersey retirement and everything else. Thanks, WH.
For a second, I was wondering why Coach Beilein was recruiting the guy that scored the GWG in OT of the 1998 NCAA Championship game. And then I realized that this article mentions Josh Langford, not Josh Langfeld.