"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
Michigan's kicking woes this season forced the coaching staff to search for another scholarship kicker in the 2011 class. Rich Rodriguez had secured former Boise State commit Matt Goudis (6'0", 165 lbs) after many thought Goudis would stick with Boise. Once the old staff was fired Matt decided to take his talents to South Beach and commit to Al Golden at Miami, which left Brady Hoke searching for another solid kicker.
Lucky enough for Hoke he had already established a relationship with uncommitted kicker Matt Wile (6'2", 215 lbs) out of San Diego, California. Wile's head coach John Morrison says that relationship wasn't too hard to build. "Matts dad is the orthopedic surgeon on the athletic staff at San Diego State where Brady (Hoke) came from. They offered Matt two years ago at SDSU," Morrison said. "You guys are getting a heck of a coach, too. We're sad to see (Brady Hoke) go. I'm a big fan of his, he'll get that thing turned around really fast, I watched him do it at SDSU after 4 or 5 guys butchered it."
"It's funny now that Coach Hoke is out at Michigan, it's almost like it was meant to be for Matt. His dad and his grandfather are both Michigan grads. About 7-8 years ago Matt traveled with his dad to Ann Arbor when SDSU played Michigan, and went out on the field at halftime to kick field goals," Morrison recalls.
The coincidence has struck a cord with Wile, and he is scheduled to visit Ann Arbor this weekend (January 21st). Matt holds offers from Air Force, Michigan, Nebraska, and Washington as well. "He actually pushed back the visit to Nebraska to take the Michigan trip. I can't imagine he won't have a great visit, he already knows the coaching staff and he's already been on campus with his dad," said Morrison. "Coach Ferrigno (Special teams coach for Michigan) was actually out here the other night to see Matt, then he swung by the school to pick up his transcripts." The transcripts seemed like just a formality since Wile holds a 4.0 GPA.
Even though the cards seem to be in Michigan's favor, Coach Morrison doesn't believe Matt will make his decision while visiting Ann Arbor. "He told Nebraska that he won't commit on the Michigan trip. He wants to sit down with his family, take 24 hours and think about it. He's been very up front with all the schools. I would be surprised if he committed on the visit, but I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to commit after 24 hours," he said.
Wile averaged 42 yards per punt this season, kicked field goals and extra points, was captain of his team, and the kicker for the West team at the Army All American Game.
If I say it enough times, it is bound to come true.
After crashing his motorcyle in Chicago -- while having a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit -- Bob Probert told the arresting police officers, "Just charge me with the usual." Such a bad-ass.
It helps him because it means he has the grades to actually get into Michigan. He is very impressive. This would be a huge get. Also, his kickoffs have great distance. Something that we havent witnessed at Michigan for a while. Itd be nice to have opponents start on the 20 or worse for a change.
He looks good. I like the Michigan background. We need him, and with Ray Taylor committing, things could start to pick up with recruiting. Hopefully Coach Hoke can work some magic these last couple of weeks.
when Jordan Walsh was offered. His mother cried when he got the offer.
"This is a program in transition, this is a program that's going back to hard-nosed, big-boy football," Brandon said. "We're in the process of putting the pieces in place to afford us to do that consistently and effectively.
Goud to know you Matt. G, but I think we might have
someone even better. He punts as well as he kicks FGs and kick offs. He might even give Hagerup a run for his money on the punting end, or at least a great back up. Solid tackler as well, come on down Mr. Wile.
With his dad and grandfather as alums, it seems almost inconceivable that he will not go blue, unless he really wants to be an Air Force pilot. My daughter has known the fight song since she was old enough to talk (and definitely wants to go to Michigan in 2018), so Matt probably knows the fight song pretty well, too, and has probably heard a LOT about the benefits of a Michigan education.
Harbaugh football is not just "hit 'em in the mouth." There are sophisticated strategies, but they all serve a physical approach. As a defender, you know that after all the deception, someone big is going to run into you.
Being intimately familiar with a specific college while growing up does NOT mean you want to go there; if anything, it might make you too familiar, searching for something new.
Cases in point. A very hot chick I new in high school was daughter of two UM grads -- knew the fight song, wore UM stuff, etc. She went to Stanford.
Then there's me. My dad was a Domer, mom a SMC-chick. Aunt went to SMC, other aunt to SMC, uncle to ND. My 5 older cousins were SMC, ND, ND, ND, SMC. Grew up knowing ND fight song, watched every ND game on TV from age 2 to age 18, etc. And, of course, I went to UM. Didn't even apply to ND.
So, I wouldn't assume Matt is a given to come to UM.