here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
ESPN on Michigan vs ND in recruiting
win Sat. and send those chickens packing.
Good. Moar for us.
We aren't their rivals. Just ask them. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that we no longer fight for recruits.
not sure if they are related.
[edit: nevermind, fluff piece. ]
More like Desmond Howard piece.
I love me some Desmond Howard, but not as much as that young reporter does...
Seemed more like an inside joke on Desmond... Very disappointing.
To hell with Notre Dame.
Has to be that kids get homesick/ their families don't get to see them play very often. That's good for Michigan.
Also, that's 1 less Midwest power Michigan does not have to compete with. It's basically Ohio and us for Midwest kids, and Ohio is going national too.
Longer term, this helps the B1G and hurts ND, since they are competing against the likes of the kids home team and other national powers.
We will keep poaching those 5 Star kids from the "Midwest Stronghold" of Florida and Kentucky.
Looking at Notre Dame's last few recruiting classes including the one in process (2014), it's interesting to see (counting kids from states with Big Ten schools here):
2014: 16 commitments to date, 5 from the "Big Ten footprint" (now including MD)
2013: 24 commits, only 8 from Big Ten territory (if you include NJ here)
2012: 17 commits, only 5 from traditional Big Ten territory
2011: 23 commits, only 8 from traditional Big Ten territory
I went back a little further, but it seems like the shift for ND has been in process for a while.
I think its a sensible strategy for Notre Dame. If they're going to be playing Clemson, FSU, Miami, they should be recruiting kids away from those schools, thereby weakening their opponents (to at least some degree). If Michigan focused only nationally, the MSUs / Wisconsins would get better players from the only footprint they can recruit and would become stronger opponents, while we're sapping away the best recruits from schools we dont even play
EAT MOR CHIKIN!!
Fry the chickens.
Maybe ND just needs to move to DC or something. I'd be OK with that.
as predicted, and Clemson, V-Tech, and one or two other schools become truly strong, ND is going to be a poor boy a long long ways from home. If NBC hadn't been propping them up the last fifteen years, where would they be?
I hope this is their strategy because if they are going to focus more on SEC land - something that OSU is also doing - then we will have less competition in the Midwest. What doesn't make sense from a marketing/recruiting standpoint is if you are dropping a team because of the recruiting footprint why drop Michigan and not MSU or Purdue?
if we needed it that it's all about the wins.
ND has said this pretty clearly. They wanted to drop one big ten team and Michigan was the only team they could drop and not have to buy them out of the contract. Thus the crappy letter handing at the last second.
Ultimately this was a good thing. Anyone want to have to play ND, MSU, and Ohio on the road in the same year?
Yuuup. Would not care where. Like Hoke said, we can beat them there as easily as we can here.