I feel the same way unfortunately.
Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
I feel the same way unfortunately.
The minute I watched MSU hand us our as* with a dominating defense I began to wonder why he'd prefer UM over MSU.
Some kids actually want to go to College...
Because he is not playing for either team this year, and hopefully has the foresight to see how outstanding Michigan's defense will be in a year or two, and because Narduzzi will be a head coach somewhere else by then?
but your staements are just wishful thinking.
MSU has had a better defense for the past 5 years.
MSU has a ridiculously better defense this year.
MSU has proved it has better defensive coaches.
MSU has made no indication it will be without Narduzzi's services for the forseeable future.
MSU has shown no indication it won't be better for the next 5 years as well.
Unless a recruit grew up loving Michigan, or actually wants a higher quality education, I don't see why any defensive recruit (particularly in the midwest) wouldn't choose MSU over Michigan.
you have to look at this idiot everyday.
You're obviously a smelly pirate hooker.
Although I share your fears, it stings to not only realize I'm not the only one but also to read it in print.
HEY COACH B, your insight is very aprreciated by me and many people, especially those who understand the information. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
doesn't negate the sentiment. I get it, you get a lot of flak, but you should just ignore them. They're people on the internet. Posting something like that is asking for a fight.
Maybe it was a trap to get me and likeminded people banned. But Brian said tread lightly so I will.
Brian can see for himself what he's paying to have posted. Whether it eventually ends up rating a call from the athletic department or not...
Yeah, I don't think the status quo can last much longer.
You and M-Wolverine sure are impressed with yourselves aren't you?
Trust me, you two are making this site as unreadable as all the other "trolls".
exist but I also think that posters have done a very terrible job of bringing up those criticisms in an appropriate manner. I think that if more people spoke with respect and decency, the criticisms would be perceived with more validity than they are now.
And note, I'm not saying that you are part of the group that does not have ability to show decency. I'm speaking more about the problem in general.
I have a bad feeling he is going to Ohio State.
you just get that sense. Or he is going to the SEC. . .
I mean, if Nick Saban can convince DaShawn Hand that Alabama has a better engineering program than Michigan, I'm sure Urban can convince McDowell that OSU has better defensive coaching than Michigan. Kids will believe anything these days.
I'm sorry, I hope this does not come off as smartass or ignorant, but the set up of your post just comes off as highly unprofessional.
I respect that you have a tough job, especially dealing with one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in all of sports. And we can become especially insensitive on the internet where we can hide under a certain layer of anonymity. That doesn't mean you should stoop to that level with passive agressive remarks.
In regards to recruiting, your track record does speak for itself. That being said, if I were in Malik's shoes, and I saw how you posted this conversation and how you interpreted it, I would not particularly feel like talking to you. It would not reflect on my feelings towards the school; but when making what will be one of the most important decisions of my life, speaking to someone who handles things in this manner would not be a priority for me.
All of the work you do around here is appreciated, and I hope that you can learn to ignore the ignorance you are faced with.
I debated on whether to include the last comment or not but the way I went about it before wasn't accepted by some for whatever reason so why not?
Either way I'm not going to stop doing what I'm supposed to. I just thought I'd try the 8 Mile approach. "I know everything he's about to say against me."
I do live in a trailer wit my mom.
Next time, BBrown posts just the general gist of the conversation and whiny MGoPopulace will be all "OMG WHY DON'T YOU POST THE ACTUAL TEXTS INSTEAD OF YOUR INTERPRETATION".
This was my thought exactly. The old addage of not being able to please everyone is obviously true in most arenas but it's glaring here sometimes. Just trying to share my information.
Dude, you're the best & most accurate recruiting guru on here. Keep it coming, both the good news & the bad news. You do a great job & you've got a great attitude.
I have never seen anyone ask that of Sam Webb, Tom VH, or Steve Lorenz.
Right, but I think recent events demonstrate that the MGoPopulace for whatever reason doesn't like BBrown. Whatever, I don't have a horse in the race, I don't really care, I just think it's funny.
A lot of people bitched about Ace, too, when he took over for Tom VH.
People REALLY liked Tom VH when he was here (for a damn good reason) and it is borderline impossible to follow up someone as widely revered as him.
Just a very vocal minority that feels the need to post EVERY thought that pops into their head. Do not confuse amount of points with amount of respect or quality of posts.
But it looks like it will shape up as a good year. As soon as Hoke can start winning more he will go back to having great recruiting classes.
Hoke and his coaches won't leave shortages in the team.
Can you advise of other recruits communications?
If everyone is getting the same responses it may provide more clarity. Keep doing yer best.
You would hope that such a pace could be kept up at the collegiate level (maybe not likely), but MaxPreps had some of his stats from his high school career (nothing for this year) and the 36 TFLs and 139 tackles in the last two seasons seem pretty good for a DE even if it is high school. Does anyone know what his defensive stats look like this year?
We goan die?
I see that Coach B has started an interesting debate.
If nothing else, I enjoyed the close-up view of what he does.
I think you should take this down. I didnt see in your conversation where you asked for his consent to publish it. It does not matter how long his responses were. This seems very unprofessional and disrespectful, and perhaps a violation of his rights.
However, this is never an issue as I always preface my inquiries with my position at MGoBlog and my purpose for asking them questions.
Thanks, this helps alleviate a little of my concern that is expressed below.
Ok, thanks for the info. I didnt see this in the text. But, perhaps he knows this from past conversations - which means you two have a professional ongoing relationship. But I am still concerned whether he knew the conversation woudl be published or not. If he had known, he might have wanted to comport himself better, such as giving more explanation or fuller answers. Anyway, if he has the expectation from past conversations that the conversation might be published, then its not a big deal.
And while I hate to be one to yell wolf when there is none, if a private text conversation is published publically, arent there some legal issues if there isn't an understanding it will be released?
This could be wildly off-base, but I wouldn't want Mgoblog to face any issues.
Thanks BBrown......don't worry once Brian brings back posbangs the smartasses will disappear into the internet.
It doesn't respect the guy's privacy and it doesn't provide any new information. We already knew McDowell had gone somewhat cold on Michigan.
The only thing this does is set Brandon up to be able to say "I told you so" when McDowell commits elsewhere.
and though some may disagree about the 'style points' of posting the actual texts, the substance is critical. thank you.
incidentally, there is no 'violation of his rights' issue with showing a text, so don't worry about that.
[nevermind, concern addressed above]
I have to agree with the sentiments of others. It's pretty clear from the conversation that permission was not given from the student-athlete, so to post a transcript of your "conversation" with him is quite the invasion of privacy. His responses basically are screaming "leave me alone and quit texting me," especially after considering that he had been ignoring previous texts. If I were the student-athlete, advising the student-athlete or a coach/teacher of the student-athlete I would immediately tell him to never talk to you again and spread that advice to other student-athletes.
I know we're in the Twitter age and I'm a total proponent of texting/Twitter/etc. However, the level of unprofessionalism in this reporting is jarring.
Maybe some light can be shed on me, but not only is this concerning to me as an educator of high school student-athletes, it's concerning to me as a Michigan alumnus. I would suspect there's a very gray line this type of reporting flirts with in regards to boosters contacting recruits.
I always tell the recruits my position with MGoBlog and my reason for asking them questions. They know that I am reporting on their recruitment and that I am posting it to the site. I even send them the link once it's been posted. Posting our conversations (not sure why that needed quotation marks in your comment) whether it be a text or a phone call is what I always do and they are well aware of that. This really is a non-issue.
My $.02, meaning nothing personal about it: If you really think this was the right thing to do, maybe you shouldn't be texting recruits while representing MGoBlog, and by inference, the University and its fanbase.
Now, I'm a person who veers on the side of giving kids space in the recruiting process, so my views on how people like you should be contacting teenagers like Malik McDowell are a bit on the conservative side. But even at that, this just seems over the line.
posting an interview is one thing. Posting a texting "converstion" (in quotes because 1 word answers are usually not indicative of an actual conversation going on) in which it is clear the guy is just annoyed at this point, is quite another.
It really should be clarified ahead as an interview that will be published if the conversation will be relayed verbatim. Also, if you send him a link to this, how do you think reading this report/post reflects on Mgoblog and Michigan, tangentially, as an impression he would get?
you're going to send Malik the link to this post, where predictably everyone is pissed off at him for, as you put it, "the shortest text conversation ever"? That doesn't seem like a good idea for Michigan recruiting.
Hopefully, he's just sick of the process and attention and this isn't a reflection of his feelings about Michigan. All the signs seem to be pointing the wrong way recently though. Too bad considering some of his previous comments from not too long ago made him seem like a lock.
Something tells me he really didn't want to talk to you