the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
I've updated the recruiting board with... well, I already wrote it, with this:
Update 2/18: Added a bunch of tables. Should finish the remainder soon. New names all over. Definite assertions that Michigan leads for PA linebackers Dorin Dickerson and Jeremiah Hunter and is co-leader with UVA for PA CB Darrin Walls. Questionable assertion based on message board speculation that M and UVA lead for OH DL Antonio Reed.
Still work to do on it. Keep pants on. Short commanding sentences rule.
Good hire? Maybe? I lean towards yes. Stripling's been with JLS since 2001 so he has more familiarity with the spread offense than anyone on Michigan's staff. He's seen it in practice every day for four years. He was a coach at Indiana back when they didn't suck. In his two years at Louisville the Cardinals recorded 77 sacks. And he's been a defensive line coach an awful lot. No offense to Sheridan, but he didn't seem to have the appropriate experience to coach defensive linemen, which may be why he'll be a linebackers coach with the Giants.
More important, since those articles are pretty lean on information you well-informed fans didn't already know, is this Bob Miller post. In it he says it would be a good idea to ratchet down expectations from Swystun as a freshman since he'll be so young. He destroyed Midget AAA last year and a U17 tournament this year but hasn't been tearing up the AJHL. He does have 13-16-29 in 47 games, so he's doing pretty decently, and UND, BU, and Denver were all pursuing him, so he's certianly not a marginal recruit at all. Sounds like he'd be better served as a class of 2006 player, but he's scheduled as an '05 recruit and that likely won't change. He's ready to graduate HS and move on.
Also in the above-linked post: info on Kessel that basically amounts to "ain't dead yet." Speculation on USCHO and elsewhere had Kessel basically down to Wisconsin and Minnesota, but Spath dropped a hint that while it is indeed a two-horse race, Michigan is one of the contenders.
Do we really have a shot at pulling a kid who lives in Miami away from, uh, Miami? Maybe. Take this useless internet speculation for what it's worth, but some dude on the Miami board says, "Believe it or not most knowledgable sources in Florida thaink this kid is Michigan's to lose."
I think I side with "not" in this case but Baas and Hutchinson both came from Florida, along with freshman Grant DeBenidictis, so what little success we've found in Florida has been along the offensive line.