Looks like Brandon Brown is going to Rivals to work as a writer. Congrats Brandon!
Now we need a 5 star prospect to fill the void =/ alas, good luck Brandon Brown this blog has quality.
Yes, but can we coach him up the way RCMB coaches up their 2 star prospects?
I actually heard about this some time ago but was wondering when there would be an announcement of some kind (as it is not my place to make them). There is something to be said about a site that attracts writers rising through the ranks and then sends them to other outlets. That speaks to the overall quality of the users and the readership here, I would think, as this is a demanding audience typically.
I kinda figured he got a job somewhere since he hasn't posted in a long time....
maybe he was still with his honey on their honeymoon.
I learned from Brian at like 5:30 p.m. last night. Nobody tells me anything!!!
But, I would be willing to pay a nominal monthly fee to keep talent at this blog. Screw the other sites.
I second this.
In the upper right corner, my friend. The more money Brian has to pay people, the less incentive they have to go elsewhere. (I have no idea what Brian pays but I'm guessing it is less than the big boys with paid subscriptions - just how business works.)
That being said, congrats to Brandon! I wish you and your new wife the best.
Brian is like the Pittsburgh Pirates of the blogosphere.
I thought that was the obvious comparison.
low hanging fruit, huh?
How many times can Brian lose his top assistants before the program begins to decline because of a "brain drain?" /s
That said, congratulations to Brandon and best of luck!
His track record is that talent likes working for him as a way of growing a rep. Win win.
One way to attract top up and coming talent is to support them as they move on to bigger and better things. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes, but I don't remember any writers getting publicly flamed on the way out either.
Yeah, but as soon as Ace or Seth run the same article 27 times in a row the week of the Penn State game, the MGoReaders will star their Fire
Borges Seth or Fire Borges Ace campaigns.
As far as I'm concerned, this is the big league and the best place for Michigan content/board.
Good luck Brandon!
That's what they always say before they are scooped up by the pay per click sharks.
Though you haven't yet posted any info from recruits (that I've seen) I'm sure more than a few mgobloggers can envision your content production eventually evolving to a level that attracts some suitors.
You won't believe what these ten former MGoBlog recruiting experts have to say about the top secret methods behind Michigan's recruiting process ---->
MGoBlog is the recruiting little league ?
Recruiting minor league, though everyone says it's not as fun to read any more now that we pay all the recruiting authors and don't treat them as writer/athletes.
Where reps are made
This is an elite blog and will continue to be an elite blog. This is Mgoblog fergodsakes.
Wellllll, Brian just has to execute next time.
I thought that Brian did a tremendous job recruiting for this blog.
Seth has had an outstanding individual effort.
And Brandon played today.
I hope this won't lead to Brian oversigning on blog writers.
Magnus! Magnus! Magnus!
The guy he should have hired the last time he was looking for a recruiting writer.
Yeah, except Magnus would ask recruits what they think their strengths are, then interrupt them halfway through their response to tell them why they're wrong based on the tape he's seen.
What your strengths are..
Erin Andrews ain't got nothin' on me!
Seems to have several things better than you..... you of all people -- "click the link for....." -- should know this.
Love your site for those and the actual football reasons.
While correcting their grammar.
Edit: this was a joke, people. I love the Magnus (no homo).
I love you, too.
Yes, but is he going to twitter stalk high school kids and then act like we're crazy when we say that it seems a bit odd?
I can't go back to that dark place.
Magnus, you have my vote!
Magnus would be right about those strengths and weaknesses.
Somebody make this happen.
Brandon Graham. A guy can dream,
Magnus is the best, and has been for a long time. For whatever reason(s), becoming a member of the staff apparently is never going to happen. Too bad.
Thanks for the compliments. I'm not sure what Brian's plans are at this point for the "recruiting guru" job. I took a stab at it (of sorts) when it came open previously, but as Space Coyote said somewhere else in this thread, I'm not really interested in contacting players/coaches. I prefer to watch film, write scouting reports, etc. I think it creates a conflict of interest when the same guys who rate kids also have to become friendly with them on a personal level in order to get interviews, inside information, etc. That's why I enlisted some help on TTB for a bit to do some interviews, but he moved on to bigger and better things in his professional life, so I let that aspect of the site go by the wayside.
Congratulations, Brandon. Good to see the upward mobility for guys who make a living on the recruiting scene.
This blog is the heavyweight of college sports blogs - the envy of every sports blog I know, no matter what the sport or team. We are fortunate to have this - GO BLUE!
Brian Cook: the John Beilein of Michigan blogs
He loses recruiting writers faster than Beilein loses Sophomores to the NBA.
Soon all Michigan's sportswriters will be MGoBlog alums. And I'll still be in this basement.
— mgoblog (@mgoblog) August 6, 2014
it's one sweeet basement.
a warrior poet
Good for him but MGoBlog should be a desitnation job. Can we do anything to stop this exodus or is it just the nature of the (internet) beast?
Pay the man.
I'm pretty sure. Had a talk with a writer for another mag, and yes an MGoBlog alum, and that's what he said. Brian may not need to pay top dollar because the site -- and it's combination of great writing, loyal fans and massive base -- creates coveted slots for people moving up. Supply and demand.
I'm pretty sure MGoBlog is the biggest single-team oriented site (EDSBS would be bigger but isn't really centered on Florida). I think that goes for college and pro sports
Brian goes by the moneyball aproach?
I nominate this man to take Brandon's spot.
I think we can all agree that ThadMattasagoblin's recruiting predictions are second to none.
I'm not sure 'second to none' means what you think it means.
I could be wrong, but I believe he works/writes for The D Zone now.
Nice try, JM3.
Congratulations to Brandon...
I love MGoBlog.
Pay your dues here and it pays off in the long run. There will be another TomVH, Aquaman, Brandon. Ok, maybe not another TomVH, but you get the point,
we need THE TomVH!
C'mon, Brian, GO FOR IT!
I'd be willing to pay to make this happen.
Join the big leagues and pocket coin, or hire Ed O'Bannon's attorney and sue Brian for shamelessly exploiting the fruits of his labor. While we just sit here and blindly support the oppression because we are addicted to the amateurism of the journalism.
Mgoblog is the new NCAA . . .
Best of luck, my friend.
Hey Brian, can we get RDT to replace Brandon?
The MGoBlog community
What if Brandon was RDT all along?
Damn it. I remember when everyone here was so skeptical of "Coach Brown" until he had a talk with Brian. BB became one of my favorites here. Good luck, hombre. We'll miss you.
I remain skeptical.
I like the guy and thought he improved quite a bit over time but I never really got over the posting quotes of kids arguably without their consent early on. That was corrected, bob got a lot more professional quickly and Brian went to bat for him but that felt un mgoblog like to me. Good forbid though and glad he used this as a platform to learn from the best and turned into a writer the big leagues recognize. Mgoblog is like the Cass Tech for recruiting bloggers now.
Gotta hand it to him....made us laugh with.that recruit writeup that committed to another program only the day prior...that was hilarious...but he nailed the Winovich committment. Nailed it.
Me too Timmaay. It's wonderful for him (I guess) but he generally made me feel somewhat uncomfortable with his style and methods despite fearless leader's fierce public support.
I always viewed him as sort of the "odd man out" when compared to the rest of the team Brian's assembled.
I'll admit to not following Brandon's posts very closely, but I'd agree that both the content and style of his writing seemed quite a bit different than those of Brian/Ace/Seth. This is obviously very subjective, but I just don't care much at all about predictions about where a guy might end up committing in 6 months. Which is not to say that I don't care about recruiting -- I love reading scouting reports, seeing the strengths and weaknesses of the guys who are coming here or going elsewhere. But when it comes to psychoanalyzing tweets or terse phone interviews with16yo kids who would rather be doing something else, I'll pass.
Aside from my (again, very subjective) disinterest in the content of recruiting speculations, I don't think that they lend themselves to the sort of prose that makes this site really extraordinary. It's that prose that I think is really indispensible to this site, and I'm more than OK seeing the task of bugging teenagers take a back seat to it.
I don't think it has anything to do with his writing style, or lack of prose. TVH didn't have any special way with words, and didn't write any type of prose. BB is just a weird guy(maybe would have fit in better in Izzo's program), and could never fathom why anyone had an issue with his approach. He was always trying to correct people about their opinions, haha, while telling them why he's super ethical, haha.
Honestly, on more than one occasion I wondered whether he could actually damage Michigan's chances with a given recruit because of the strange vibe he gave off.
I agree with all of that. He just gives off a reallly weird vibe, I could never get used to him.
Damn, I remember when Brandon started The M Block way back when I first got into following recruiting. I was so excited when he joined up here! Its amazing how far he's come in such a short time. Best of luck Brandon! We'll miss you!
I remember before he formed The Middle Block when he was writing for Benji. That was a little bit after I got into recruiting. He surely has come a long way! Keep moving up, Brandon! I agree with what others have said about this being a great stepping stone position that many good writers will use on their way up. I have 100% faith that Brian will find a suitable replacement.
I would second..... third for Magnus to be the new MGOBLOG writer.
The people have spoken; we want RDT.
Damnit. Damnit. Best of luck brother!
Good luck to him. Like what he posted here, and I'm sure Brian will bring in another compelling writer.
I knew something up when he started getting cold around here. Ya know, shorter responses, didn't run to reply to everything anymore. I gave him a 1/5 on the blog committment scale.
/s (because, well, you guys know)
Congrats to him. Wolverine Devotee, come on down.
Good luck Brandon. I'm sure he will be adequately replaced. Expectation is for the position after all.
I think mgoblog will be just fine with someone new though. His writing never really seemed up to the bar set by others, however I am clearly in the minority in this view if he was grabbed up by The Wolverine.
Again best of luck over there.
I don't think you are in a minority.
I think I know a guy who has some time on his hand and he knows about bubble screen questions. He would be perfect. He may still be collecting a paycheck from his last gig so he may work cheap.
I thought something was going on with Brandon. Wish him well on his future endeavors.
If you're talking about Al, well, he don't do 'cruitin!
He can write all day about what Harris is up to and may even get Michigan back in his top 5.
That's also Michigan running inside zone. That was a 7 yard gain against Indiana, which means they should be able to run inside zone for at least 3 yards against real defenses.
...and it's Derrick Green making a nice read and cut. The kid has pretty nifty feet, especially since he was 235 or so at the time. He should be even a bit quicker at his new weight of 220 lbs.
Can't believe it hasn't been said yet:
I keed of course
I've been lurking this blog for at least three years and never felt the need to post anything until recently because I've learned more about college football in general than I could have imagined by reading opinions from you regular posters (and of course the Mgoblog writers) . My friends and family come to me for the latest on Big Ten football because I've become so knowledgeable about the game primarily because of this very blog.
So, where exactly does one go to get a new recruiting writer?
It's not like you can study it in school. Most of the guys that do it have connections built up over years. It's does not seem very easy to replicate that when you lose one.
Brandon didn't really have connections when he started. From what I remember and have heard, he hadn't been doing it for very long before Brian hired him.
So I'm assuming Brian intends to reinvest the transfer fee paid for BB to inject some youth and quality into the mgoblog roster. That's how this works, right?
They come and they go, Hobbs, they come and they go.
Brian gets a big fat transfer fee.
And congrats Brandon
I am confused as to why they didn't go after Ace...I feel he is ten times the writer BB was and did an amazing job with recruits when that was his gig...
=s awesome. Lock that dude down Brian!
Well, we don't know for sure that Ace wasn't offered anything. I'm sure Brian has been offered many a time to go write elsewhere
I believe Ace has referred to in a previous article that he is (at least at the time) not eager to move on from MGoBlog
1. Ace gets to continue living in AA. Not sure if he's in grad school or not, but the flexibility of MGoBlog is likely a benefit over other work places.
2. I think Ace is similar to me in the way he looks at recruiting (and similar to Magnus): I like to follow recruiting, I think it's interesting to read the roundups and quotes and all that stuff, but I want no part in contacting kids. I don't mind that other people do it - after all, I read the things those people say when available - but it's not something I want to do.
I thought BB improved as a writer to better fit what he was trying to do over the course of his time here. It began on a pretty bad foot, but I thought he made strides. I'm sure the crew here (particularly Seth, who helps edit a lot of the content) helped in a big way, but it comes down to BB putting in the work to take the next step himself. So congrats to him on that.
My personal feeling is that MGo doesn't need a BB though. Not a slite against BB, or Steve L, or TomVH (ok, any blog needs a TomVH), but I actually think Ace's recruiting roundups are a better and more significant contribution to the blog, and that the fit for the types of things those guys are doing is better for the recruiting sites. Obviously, people love the free content here, but I just feel that market is oversaturated or getting that way, and MGoBlog is better off remaining with the current crew of Brian, Ace, Seth, and the intermittent escapades of a meandering Golden Retriever in a football uniform known as BiSB.
what I thought was the case, as I felt BB's writing style and ability weren't quite up to the standards I was used to reading on MGoBlog. The front page content here takes the back seat to absolutely no site on the internet, and while I eventually came to appreciate the content that Brandon contributed, it felt from day one of his time here that the the ability to craft his thoughts into written word was not one of his strengths. Yes, Brandon seemed to be making strides, but how much of it was was self-improvement vs. editing, we'll probably never know, which is fine anyway.
As I (and others) have posted in this thread, more or less kiddingly, if there exists any chance whatsoever of re-hiring TomVH, then I hope it is pursued to the nth degree. And I'd be more than happy to pay a nominal monthly or even a yearly membership fee to see it happen, if that's what it would take. Otherwise, unless a top-notch up-and-coming talented writer becomes available, lets see the site work with Ace's recruiting roundups.
A membership fee would drive down the traffic to this site significantly. There are certainly plenty who would contribute, but there are also lots of people who wouldn't. One of the things this site has going for it is "Hey, it's free. Don't complain about free stuff." If people start paying for memberships, THEN they actually have a right to complain about quality, frequency, and types of content, not to mention ads, format, membership, freedom of speech, etc.
Lots of folks have, solicited and otherwise, suggested a membership fee. Let me say it again:
It. Will. Never. Happen.
MGoBlog seeks to be the place for the best content on Michigan sports for free, and our entire business model is built on that. That's who we always want to be. If you feel like you should pay for this stuff, or that you're really happy you didn't have to pay for this stuff when you used to not have money and now you do have money, hit up Beveled Guilt, which revenue goes directly to paying for better content.
a starting point. I'm sure it can be frustrating that you lose the talent so quickly. At the same time it is something the blog should look at as an accomplishment. I sensed something with Brandon because it seemed things were being shown on his twitter account that were never posted on the blog. It seemed like he liked the contact more than the writing perhaps. Maybe I was seeing something that wasn't there. I wish Brandon well in his career and have every confidence that MGoBlog will find a quality replacement.
I don't agree with everything on the blog but I would definitely hate to be without it. As Magnus and Space Coyote have mentioned, I could never be the one chasing these kids for a story but there is a place for it and I'd miss the updates if they were not on the site. It's not like it is going to end if the blog decided not to chase these stories. I think it's important to do it tactfully and I have confidence in you and Brian to keep things under control. That puts you in front of most sites.
Brian's journalist tree is much more impressive than Lloyd's coaching tree. . fwiw.
Thanks for all the work Brandon. Your notifications of recruits going silent was an amazing indicator.
Brandon seems like a good fit at Rivals
Nice passive aggressiveness ... but I totally agree.
That gentleman was a real credit to MGoBlog. I always looked forward to anything he wrote.
Is one of the Rivals guys leaving?
Whatever happened to Andy Reid?
glad to know recruiting journalism is mostly your ability to tweet unsolicited at minors.
Good luck to ya. I'm sure we will be hearing big things from you in the future.
The league needs to do something about all these "one and done" writers. Could you imagine what kind of team we would have if these guys stayed all four years?
So does this mean M-Wolverine can come back?