I found an interesting write up on that "Bryant Scholarship" thing at the Bama Sports Report, which I don't think was shown here.
Quick note: I'm not trying to rehash this stupid blog war with Bama about the Scholarship thing, I just don't think this particular aspect of it was ever detailed. After reading the author's post I found it compelling and wanted to share it:
In brief, the Bryant Scholarship is awarded to the children of any former player or coach of Bear Bryant. It is not football related, it isn't even an athletic scholarship. Also, it’s really, really confusing....
What that boils down to is that a recruited player, as Scott Deaton was, only counts towards the football scholarship numbers when he plays in a game. If he never plays in a game, regardless of practice participation, he never counts towards the scholarship numbers. If he ever plays, even 1 snap, then he counts. Because Scott has not played, he does not count against Bama’s 85 limit.
If a player is not recruited, he does not count, regardless of game action.
Is this the same as other scholarship players? I see plenty of Michigan players on the sidelines that I've never heard of, I assume they are on scholarship but never play. If we have a guy on scholarship that never plays a down, does he go against our 85 limit or not? I assumed that that player counts, but with this wacky scholarship you can basically have a guy suit up as an insurance policy. Weird.
I find it strange that you can recruit one of these kids, give them a scholarship, but then not have that scholarship count against the limit. This basically gives the coach the ability to maneuver around the 85 limit based on this rule. If the player doesn't play, well then you can have one more player on scholarship to take his place.
Now here's the interesting part, incoming freshman Wesley Neighbors is the son of a former Bryant player. In short, if Saban needs to knock his incoming class down by one, all he has to do is not play this kid for two years.......Bama Sports Report:
If the decision is made to do that by having Wesley Neighbors take advantage of the Bryant Scholarship, then the coaches have to be absolutely certain that he will not play for his first 2 years on campus. They also have to be prepared to have room to count him towards the 85 limit if he plays at any point in time after 2009.
They could give Neighbors a regular scholarship and count him as part of the 85, or they could put him on Bryant Scholarship and sit him for two years, at which point he will then count against the previously signed class...uhhh... my brain hurts....
If the Bryant Scholarship recipient plays during his 1st two years on campus, then he counts towards the recruiting class that he enrolled with. If he does not play during those 2 years, then he does not count as an initial scholarship - again, only counting towards the 85 when he plays, if he is classified as a recruited player.
So there you go. With this Bryant thing Saban can play around with the numbers a little more than the average coach.
So.....why doesn't Michigan do this? Why not have a “Schembechler Scholarship”? Braylon could have been on that. Woolfolk too. If the NCAA is ok with this where is Michigan on this one? It’s a really interesting loop hole in the scholarship talk.
Not that it needs to be brought up again, and I’m not saying this is bad or good, I just thought it was an interesting subject.
A friend of mine who's an Auburn fan sent over some funnies about 'Bama. Well, for our purposes there's nothing like a good joke about the Criminals down at The University of the State University of Ohio State University, so here ya go:
A lady in Columbus calls 911. Hysterically, she says, "Someone's just broke into my house, and I think he's going to rob me!"
The police officer says, "We're really busy at the moment. Just get the guy's jersey number and we'll get back to you."
Q: What is Jim TresseLL's biggest concern?
A: Does the NCAA count bail money as a recruiting violation?
Q: What do you call a drug ring in Columbus ?
A: A huddle
Q: Three Bucknut players are riding in a car, who's driving?
A: The police
Q: Why can't most of the Bucknut players get into a huddle on the field?
A: It is a parole violation to associate with known felons.
The Bucknut team has adopted a new Honor System.
"Yes, your Honor; No, your Honor".
The Bucknuts are expecting a 7-6 season this year.
7 Arrests, 6 convictions.
Q: How will the Bucknuts spend the first week of Spring Training?
A: Studying their Miranda Rights
All these posts about Lloyd (good and bad) got me thinking. The team sure had a lot of great accomplishments during his tenure, and I think it's best to reflect back on the good times, rather than focus on the bad. Here's some interesting numbers I found on the intertubes about Lloyd's regime. Granted, since the intertubes are known to be wrong, wrong, wrong, feel free to point out any mistakes here.
- 5 Big Ten Titles in 13 seasons (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004). These include shared titles. Only the Bucknuts have more over that period, and they have 6. But, 3 of those titles were earned in the last 3 years so they were quite a bit behind until recently.
- 4 other seasons Lloyd coached the Blue to a 2nd place finish in the Big Ten. In fact, his worst finish was 5th 1996. Yeah, I was surprised 2005 wasn't the worst.
- 10 of Lloyd's players have been picked in the first round of the NFL draft.
- His AVERAGE wins per season was 9.4...not too shaby.
- His average finish in the coaches poll and the AP Poll was 11th. Michigan was only unranked to finish the year once while he was coach, whereas the Bucknuts finished out of the top 25 3 time over this period.
- He was 28-28 vs. the top 25 during his career. (Used some of Brian's great post here for that info: www.mgoblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/lloyd-carr-versus-coaching-greats-plus....)
- 11-15 vs. the top 10. That's a 42% clip. That might not sound great, but looking over Brian's post shown above, if you take into consideration only coaches that have taken part in 20 games against the top 10, only Bobby Bowden can hold Lloyd jock here as he is winning at a 43% pace in these games. Tom Osborne (God of Nebraska) only won 32% of such games.
- Michigan was pretty sack-tastic for Lloyd. They led the Big Ten 3 times in his career, most 1st place sack finishes during that time period amongst the Big Ten.
- We all know that Woodson won the Heisman in '97.....but here's a great list of other national awards under Lloyds tutelage:
- Walter Camp - Woodson '97
- Vince Lomardi - Woodley '06
- Doak Walker - Perry '03
- Bronko Nagurski -- Woodson '97
- Fred Biletnikoff - Edwards '04
- Chuck Bednarik - Woodson '97....geeezzz he really cleaned up that year...
- Dave Rimington - Baas '04
- Ted Hendricks - Woodley '06
- 12 of Lloyd's players were voted First Team All Americans.
Alright, that's about as much fun as I'm willing to have on this right now. Actually it was kind of interesting researching some of this information. Maybe I'll try to dig up some more stuff at another time. Again, if you see any mistakes here, feel free to correct me.
On a side note, there might not be a funnier award than "Academic All Big Ten". I looked over the names on that list during Lloyds time as coach, and basically you'd see about 4 or 5 names you've never heard of and then 1 where you're like, oh....wow I had no idea this or that person actually got good grades. Most interesting to me was Brian Griese. Sure, he's well spoken, but man did he do some dumb ass things in his day. But, then I think about my buddy who went to Northwestern Law...he's a total moron sometimes. I don't get it. Anyway, here are some more names from that list that you should know: Rob Renes, Tom Brady (is there any stopping his awesomeness?), Jon Jansen, Drew Henson (?!), Jason Avant, Tyler Ecker, Will Johnson, ZOLTAN!!!, Adam Kraus (what's with all the O-lineman? It seems stereotype would label these guys as dumbasses), and of course almost as awesomer than Tom Brady is Mr. Jake Long. Seriously, someone needs to hook him up with that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model or something.
Finally! My 2008 Football Preview from The Wolverine came in the mail! WOOO it's like 200 pages of pure Michigan Football Overkill. Almost the best Michigan Preview Mag....Gotta give the nod to HTTV, of course. I immediately started reading, and came across a really interesting blurb entitled "Front Seven Has to Rebuild Reputation". That, of course, is a hell of an understatement. Here are few facts about the 2007 Defense:
- Michigan gave up over 200 yards rushing in the last three games of the year. They hadn’t given up 200 yards rushing in three straight games in the past 10 years.
- They allowed 156.8 yards rushing per game, their worst showing since, get this, 1969! Weird.
- They gave up 17 rushing touchdowns, the most since 1981 when they started tracking rushing touchdowns. Strange that they didn’t start tracking rushing TD’s until 1981…..how hard is it to record rushing TD’s? I digress…
- 7 running backs totaled over 100 yards against the Wolverines D…….whereas only 1 managed this feat against that dominate 2006 D……..resulting in…..
- Michigan giving up over 2000 YARDS RUSHING last year overall…the first time that has EVER HAPPENED. Wow.
The article goes on to tout how great the pass defense was last year, but, come on, how could it not be with the sieve like quality of our front 7??? Why would anyone bother throwing passes when the rush D is that craptastic?
Anyway, all credit for the stats goes to The Wolverine on this one, just thought I’d share this startling information. I’m pretty sure Brian wrote a post on this before…..but maybe not? I can’t remember.
Now the 2006 defense, in all its glory, was mentioned here. Who could forget that D??? Anthony Morelli certainly won’t…ha ha. Not to give the 2007 D any leeway, but Jesus did we lose a butt load of talent from that squad. When you think back, a good portion of the primetime talent on that team left for the NFL. Just glancing at that list somewhat explains the god awful results from 2007: Woodley, Branch, Harris, Burgess and Hall are all in the NFL. Woodley and Hall alone are two of the top defenders ever to put on the winged helmet…if you peruse the record book their names are as constant as those of Mark Messner and Charles Woodson respectively.
The 2007 defense certainly disappointed. Their failure is quite historically significant, and perhaps it says something about the great Ron English. Perhaps he’s not all that we thought? In 2006 he was the lord and savior, but maybe those kids were just so good that any bumbling buffoon could have done at least a respectable job of coaching them up. 2007 really showed how green English was and is as a coordinator. Although he seemed to be really made out of that Bo mold… a tough, hard nosed motivator who the players respected, perhaps he was a little overrated. I, of course, wish him all the best of luck in the future, but am excited about what Shafer brings to the program. His past indicates that he will have one hell of a scary defense, hopefully giving us more moments like the indelible image of Branch walking away from a decapitated Morelli in 2006.
Brians last post just reminded me......I was pretty bummed out by the look of those supposed road uniforms so I did what any obsessed fans would do...I emailed Bill Martin to find out if it was true. I got an email back from some guy named Dave who was sort of dick. Of course, he didn't really answer my question, which was whether or not those were really the new road uniforms. My email to him had that picture in it...here's the email from Dave:
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:31 PM
Subject: Michigan Football Uniforms
Thanks for your interest and passion for the University of Michigan football program.
The home uniform has not changed with the exception of the logo and the away uniform has been modified slightly in comparison to the Nike design that has been worn the past few seasons. The uniforms were approved last fall and have been in production well in advance of the hiring of Coach Rich Rodriguez. He was not involved and linking the design with West Virginia or him is inaccurate and unfair to do. The team's road uniform has been tweaked on numerous occasions throughout the years and this slightly modified design is no different.
We appreciate your input and feedback. I hope you are excited about the upcoming season and like the uniforms once you see them this fall.
If you are interested, here's a little history on our uniforms throughout the years:
1879 White canvas with blue stockings and a belt
1897 Canvas and blue jerseys worn
1912 All blue jerseys with no canvas introduced
1915 Numbers are added to the jerseys
1928 Yellow jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Navy
1938 Fritz Crisler brings the winged helmet to Michigan
1949 White jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Northwestern
1959-68 White numbers added on sides of winged helmet
1968 Block 'M' added on sleeve of home jerseys for one season
1969 Numbers added to the sleeve of the jersey during Bo Schembechler's first season
1974-75 White pants worn on the road
1976 Numerals taken off the sleeve and put on the shoulder of the away jerseys
1980 Names added to the back of jerseys
1994 Michigan enters into agreement with Nike as official apparel supplier
1997 Home jerseys have Block 'M' hologram on the shoulder
1997-2004 Away jerseys have Block 'M' added to sleeve and numbers displayed on shoulder
It's getting out of control folks. Every fall it ravages our hopes and dreams. No, I'm not talking about gas prices or the war in Iraq or anything that's actually important. I'm talking about fall weddings. Let's get one thing straight: 90% of your wedding guests at a fall wedding are totally pissed that they are there (statistic may be inaccurate by 10 to 90%). There are only so many fall Saturday's to go around people! After you and you and you and your friend’s friend all get f'n married over the fall, guess what? I haven't seen a lick of College Football.
This fall is truly Armageddon for Chrisgocomment. This is going to be one of the most fascinating Michigan Football season ever, and guess what? I might as well be in a coma because I'm not going to see shit. The $1,000,000,000 I spent on season tickets is a total waste at this point.....I'm simply just holding my seats for a fee.
Check it out: on August 30th Michigan will run on the field for the first time under Coach Rodriguez. Who would miss this game??? Me, that's who. Flippin' wedding.
On September 20th Michigan will defiantly not lose. That's mainly because they aren't playing a game....but.....think of all the great games I could see if I was at home! Nope, I'm going to some stupid ass wedding. Balls.
On October 11th Michigan will take on Toledo. Sure, not a great game, BUT....we could win! Yep, God Damn Wedding. I'm out.
On October 18th Michigan will take on Penn State for what will no doubt be their 44th straight win in the series. Sure, the game is in Happy Valley so I won't be blowing my tickets...but still...God made HD TV for a reason. And that reason was College Football. Guess where I'll be. If you said a piece of S wedding you are da winna.
So there you go. 4 of our precious Saturdays this fall are buried in deep deep ass. So I implore you, people of America, I'm just one man, please stop with these weddings. College Football is just too important for you to start putting yourself in front of it. You aren't that cool, schedule your weddings for February...there's nothing to do then anyways.