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I don't think they changed Les at all actually
national champs baby
Patrick Hruby is doing God's work.
first comment: "EVERY ATHLETE HAS ASPIRATIONS OF WINNING AND WE HAVE OUR FAVORITES BUT IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO OTHER STUDENTS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, TOO!"
stupid Pistons and their refusal to tank properly
rundown of Michigan's riser
needs moar usage
so much for that
This list is completely arbitrary and not a genuine analysis of the relative merits of state fossils.
will be michigan's highest pick in a while
money has to go somewhere
I am only motivated by people who have no opinion about me.
the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
but I thought that draft was supposed to be incredibly loaded?
Grandon started at least a few games last year (four, I think) and I believe was projected as a starting corner going into spring. Probably not anymore.
Those who stay will be champions.
RR needs to step up and make a statement! Time to part ways with those guys.
Wow, ugly incident.
One of the men responded by shoving one of the women backwards. The man was later identified as former safety Joshua Robbins. After being shoved, the resident slapped Robbins, who then proceeded to punch her in the face
sophomore offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele forcibly entered the home and “began punching everybody he could reach,”
Members of the party identified [sophomore cornerback Jourdon] Grandon after he “punched a female guest in her face with a closed fist and began punching other females in the face.”
For my privacy, my new username is "non-Oriental non-Andrew"
Too Bad for Players, Arizona. But once you've crossed the line over to punching women in the face, actually, punching anyone, you've cooked your own goose. What were these guys thinking? Answer: they weren't thinking. I hope the Arizona community doesn't pressure those who were injured to do nothing.
There are so many things I hate about this
I can't help but think to the article at Grantland last week on the Malice at the Palace.
BTW, I have no idea what the racial makeup at the party or among them football team participants is, and honestly, it is irrelevant. Anyone who acts this way deserves to be disciplined.
"It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up." Vince Lombardi
"BTW, I have no idea what the racial makeup at the party or among them football team participants is"
Not sure why you felt you needed to include that statement.
I guess because I thought of the Malice at the Palace, it came to mind, but I don't want to make any assumptions. Probably better left unsaid. Thanks.
This obviously sounds terrible, but we all know newspaper reporting can be a bit exaggerated..."Michigan exceeded practice hours by up to 20 hours a week".
I have just 1 question if a 210 lb and 300lb football player were punching women in the face with a closed fist, don't you think there would be some mention of people being taken to the hospital for treatment?
I'm guessing it's a bunch of overblown BS. Regardless RR will need to come down hard on these idiots. They just had their 1st practice the day before. Classic RR pr disaster.
"I'm guessing it's a bunch of overblown BS."
Yeah... we really shouldn't jump to conclusions based on incomplete.... wait.... what? (irony)
This one has a pretty bright-line rule: NO PUNCHING WOMEN. I don't care if he didn't throw his full weight into the punch, or if he just smacked 'em upside the head a bit...
NO. PUNCHING. WOMEN.
They no longer call me Bisbiño
What if the woman is, like, really really annoying?
[Edit: I guess none of you youngsters have seen the movie "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka." If not, see it. You won't regret it.]
Disgruntled former moderator. I got a lot of problems with you people!
"There was a time I could have been mistaken for Burt Reynolds. I had a moustache and so did he. But he was the number one star in the world, so there wasn't really much confusion."
Sorry but if a woman jumps in a fight and tries to strike me, she will be struck. Not justifying what the players did in this case at all. But if you swing like a man you will be swung on like a man.
White SUV speeding away.
These guys will not be invited to Rich Rod's house for Rita's famous dip.
/said with affection for RR and family
It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future. -- Yogi Berra
Four were charged in Arizona. Fourteen were convicted at MSU. That does not qualify as "making MSU look like choir boys." Anyway, here's my guess on what happens:
The guy who started it was an ex player: will probably be banned from the facilities.
Three current players were charged with assault: probably gone.
One current player charged with trespassing. I'm guessing he runs a lot of gassers but stays.
Those who weren't charged with anything will probably also run extra gassers.
If RR leverages this correctly, he will be seen as cleaning up the mess and lack of discipline left by the previous coach. All of those charged were sophomores and could put a bit of a hole in his depth chart, but I think the rather conservative fanbase there will be more understanding of his having to "root out bad apples."
I really can't imagine RR wanting to pull a Dantonio here, nor can I imagine people in a very "law and order" kind of state wanting criminals to represent their university. His attrition count should be quite interesting this time around.
I can see what you're saying, but reading the initial reports of the AZ incident seem a lot worse than the initial reports of the MSU incident. Maybe it's the level of closed fist woman punching in AZ? i'm not sure. Could also be the 10-30 football players comment. There's no telling what charges will eventually be handed out in AZ.
Arizona fans are infamous for being the worst in the PAC-12. Not entirely sure he'll get the overwhelming support on this that you think he will.
Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order because it is better organized.
If this turns out to be true, looks like these boys will be joining the Breakfast Club.
It's been a lot. Its been a roller coaster that for some reason seemed like it would never get good. But you know what? We kept fighting. It's like that old saying goes, "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions." -David Molk
This is a good opportunity for RichRod to kick some kids off of the team to make room for more three star slot receivers and "hybrid" safety/LBs who can't play football.
Those awful recruiting classes that have doomed us to BCS bowl wins and top-10 preseason rankings. God I am still so mad at him for screwing us over like that!
It is spelled HOKEAMANIA. Our coach is an ass-kicking American citizen, not one of the Beatles, for Christ's sake!
The two best players on that defense were Mike Martin (Lloyd Carr) and Ryan Van Bergen (Lloyd Carr). The majority of the guys were recruited by Rodriguez, but there really weren't any stars on the 2011 defense that were recruited by him. Kovacs is a solid player, Ryan is a solid player, and Demens was recruited by Lloyd Carr. You're giving a lot of credit to a guy who recruited a bunch of so-so players, a couple impact guys (so far - there could obviously be more who develop), and zero superstars yet. He was good at recruiting offense (Denard, Roundtree, Toussaint, Lewan, etc.), but that was always seen as his specialty. He pretty much sucked at recruiting defensive players, and he sucked even worse at developing them. There's no way around it.
Twitter - Recruiting Update: May 20
The guys in his first full class were RS freshmen when he got fired. Complaining that there were no superstars at that point is just silly. It isn't a surprise that the best players on the team were seniors (and there were only 3 who played in the Sugar Bowl, so it isn't like they dominated the roster by any stretch). That is almost always the case and Rich Rodriguez isn't to blame for not having a time machine so that he could go back and be solely responsible for their recruitment. Mike Martin also signed his LOI when Rodriguez was the coach and never played under Lloyd Carr. Same goes for Demens. Bringing them in is a testament to Coach Carr, but acting like RR had nothing to do with their recruitment/development is again, just silly.
You also left out Craig Roh (honorable mention all-conference last year) and Blake Countess (who I think will certainly earn that star lable).
Do you really think the defense is going to suck next year or be at a talent deficiency (like, say, having one upperclassman on the roster in the entire secondary)? Would you actually change your mind if/when the facts prove otherwise, or is this concept ingrained like it is for so many others?
The development charge is also weak. Brandon Graham (led B1G in TFL two years in a row, all-American, first round pick), Stevie Brown (dramatic improvement as a senior, draft pick), Jonas Mouton (2nd team all B1G, 2nd round pick), and Donovan Warren (all conference despite busted ankle and natural slowness) had no trouble playing well under RR. Martin and RVB didn't exactly see their production skyrocket with a new staff either. When the guys who "didn't develop" are Obi Ezeh (he of the 5+ second 40-yard dash and three week stint in NFL camp who was obviously worse than a sophomore on his own team) and sophomore BWC, you are totally reaching.
TOTAL DEFENSE RANK
2011 17 (Hoke)
2010 110 (RR)
2009 82 (RR)
2008 67 (RR)
2007 24 (Lloyd)
2006 10 (Lloyd)
Hard not to see the trend there. I'm not sure there is one easy explanation, but...
I actually think the defense ranked 67th in his first year isn't bad considering all of his upperclassman were actively working against him. Can you even imagine Martin and Van Bergen working against Hoke and not giving it their all?
Part of your job as a coach is to get those kids to play hard for you. If they're fighting against him, 1/3 of it might be those players' attitudes, 1/3 of it might be outside expectations, but at least 1/3 of it is how the coaches handle them.
I never said RichRod had nothing to do with players actively working against him. On the same frame of mind, players who are supposed to be upperclassman and team leaders who actively campaign against a guy who has been on campus less than a year get a much bigger part of that blame. Mike Martin, Denard Robinson and company knew a shit ton more about Michigan football and teamwork than any upperclassman RichRod was left with
Not going to lie, it must suck to have a job that depends on the efforts and whims of 18-22 year olds. You can say what you want about those upperclassmen, but in the end, they're still ~22 years old. If RR needed them to be the leaders of his squad, he should have worked his butt off trying to get them to buy in or leave. That's what he really needed coming after a guy that was as loved by his players as Carr. Instead, it just became more difficult to deal with and ultimately hurt them in games, as evident here(notice the announcer pointing out all the seniors).
RR was good at laying down the law and being a disciplinarian when he needed to. Hope he gives these kids the appropriate punishment
The explanation is always players. You don't expect a defense to get better when they lose Branch, Woodley, Hall, and Harris and we didn't (that 24 ranking is inflated by playing a 3-9 ND and a bad Big Ten that sent Illinois to the Rose Bowl and doesn't reflect the beatdowns to App. State, Oregon, and Wisconsin). Then we lost far and away the two best players on the team (Crable and Adams). By 2009 we were down to less than 25 scholarship guys on defense and Rodriguez's first class were still true freshmen. We then lost Graham, Brown and Warren, saw Woolfolk/Heininger/Jones knocked out for the season with injury, and replaced everybody with either a total newcomer or a senior who had hardly ever sniffed the field before.
The mystery is really solved when you look at the recruiting classes 3-4 years before each season. Crable, Burgess, Hall, and Woodley came in 2003 and we were good in 2006 (and didn't peak until those guys were seniors).
In 2005 our linebacker class consisted of just Brandon Logan (never started). The DB class was Johnny Sears (kicked off team by Carr), Chris Richards (booted by Carr for St. Patty's Day assault), and Brandon Harrison.
In 2006 the DB class consisted of Stevie Brown and Jonas Mouton. I'll let you figure that one out. The rest of the LB class was Obi Ezeh (thrust into the lineup but always struggled, benched as a senior), Cobrani Mixon (transferred to Kent State after 2006 season, ended up all MAC first team two years in a row), and Quintin Patilla (transferred to GVSU when RR arrived, never played there as far as I can tell).
In 2007 the LB haul was Austin Panter, Marell Evans, and Brandon Herron. Warren and Woolfolk made for a nice CB haul, but at safety we only got Artis Chambers and Mike Williams (left team due to head injuries).
We also added one quality d-lineman per year in these classes (Taylor, Graham, RVB)
When you don't add a corner for two years, don't add a true safety for three, and your two best linebackers are converted DBs, you are probably going to have some struggles in the back 7.
That's a lot of words to try and justify a simple fact. The defense got worse every year RR hand his hands on it. You lose players every year... usually your best most experienced ones. That is college ball. What happened at Michigan was epic (in its awefulness). Seems like you are going through contortions trying to absolve the coaches. Why?
Coaches don't make teams good or bad (except through recruiting, and they impact teams that will show up years down the road). Larry Coker and Charlie Weis walked right in and had fantastic immediate success. Bill Belichick had a losing record over a long period of time before Tom Brady wound up in his lap. Jim Caldwell can take a team to the Super Bowl or to the worst record in the league.
Our defense sucked from 2008-10 because our recruiting actually did suck from 2005-07. In 2008 our recruiting got a lot better on both sides of the ball (thanks to both Carr and Rodriguez). Lo and behold, the defense is back on track in 2011 and the team is winning BCS bowls.
It isn't about absolution or blame. It is about understanding what makes a team good/bad/mediocre in college football. Bo wasn't just smarter than all the guys Indiana ever hired. Gary Moeller didn't get a lobotomy before he went to Illinois and a supercharged brain enhancement when he got the head job at Michigan.
As such, to bitch about Rich Rodriguez's recruiting efforts here at Michigan when the team is in fantastic shape as his players enter their junior/senior seasons is not only stupid, it can lead to poor practice when mistaken assumptions about "his types of players" and dumb memes about "in-state recruiting" go unchallenged and become the conventional wisdom.
Again... let's keep perspective.
Our recruiting was not 110th in the nation between 2005-2007. But that is where our defense ended up.
If you think coaching has no impact, at all... zero... nada... on the quality of a team (aside from recruiting) then I don't know what to say to you. We live in different worlds.
Actually, our defensive recruiting was probably one of the worst in the big ten if not the worst from 05-07 after everything was said and done (transfers, players kicked off the team, etc...)
Yeah... I agree. But that isn't what I said. Can you seriously tell me you think our recruiting was 110 in the nation during that time? Let's see... what teams were better than us defensively during the 2010 season:
The entire MAC (except Eastern)
all the Louisiana "alternate campus" schools
don't make me continue....
If you think our recruiting was worse than all of those schools you are trying too hard to find an answer other than "in addition to all the other problems, defensive coaching sucked during the RR years."
Comparing yardage conceded in the MAC with yardage conceded in the Big Ten and acting like it reflects the value/ability of the defense is intellectually dishonest. USC was ranked in the 90's in pass defense in 2010, it doesn't mean they didn't have a better defense than many teams ranked ahead of them. It also doesn't mean Monte Kiffin didn't know what he was doing.
OK.... how would you describe our defense in 2010? Where would you place them in the pecking order of D-1 teams?
These are rhetorical questions, don't feel the need to answer them. Just go watch the UMass tape.
I would describe our defense as very few scholarship players that are not freshmen. Some might call it decimated. If your point was that it was one of the worst in college football, we already established that. Recruiting rankings matter much less when half your class is not on the team
Hoke has said they made the mistake of not reteaching fundamentals on the line after the 97 national championship. They suffered the next year for assuming the players still grasped those concepts. How does this insight from our coach factor into your paradigm of only the recruiting class mattering and not the coaches?
A Journey of Father and Son
I'm not sure if that's true. The '05-'07 classes netted Michigan Jonas Mouton, Donovan Warren, Ryan Van Bergen, Brandon Graham, Terrance Taylor, Steve Brown, Obi Ezeh, James Rogers, and Troy Woolfolk. I think there are a number of Big Ten teams who didn't get that much talent/production from the '05-'07 classes. Michigan was probably middle of the pack, at worst.
If you can explain away any of the examples I mentioned I'd be happy to join your world. But I'm guessing, like everyone else it ever gets mentioned to, you can't but will choose to stick to your guns because believing it is all about players and that the fearless leader is just a scout and a figurehead wouldn't be as exciting. Did Bo just coach a lot worse in 1984? Carr in '05? Did Rich Rodriguez get way better at coaching offense in 2010 after forgetting how to do it for two years? No, no, and always no.
Also, acting like recruiting rankings = how good you are doing at recruiting, is the same fallacy that got Charlie Weis a 10 year contract. If you can look at the guys we actually brought in, especially at linebacker and in the secondary, and tell me we were set up for any kind of success then you are just saying "Michigan can't be bad because they haven't been before and I'd be mad if they were." You can put any number you want next to it, but a two-year haul that produces Brandon Harrison, Stevie Brown, and Jonas Mouton to play 7 positions is a failure. You can't coach up invisible cornerbacks and linebackers who are playing in the MAC.
The explanation for all of the instances you cited, and the ones you didn't is that success and failure in a complex endeavor is complicated, not simple. Your mistake is that you are being absolutist and looking for one factor that explains the complete whole. If you do that, you end up with simple, and stupid, answers.
Recruiting matters. Coaching matters. Luck matters. Leadership matters. Lots of other things matter.
If you insist that coaching has no effect on the quality of a team then, yes, you live in a different world.
I never said coaching had no effect, but that it is infinitely smaller than people think and never explains swings between good or bad. If the same coach can have such drastically different results, how can you argue that it plays a significant role? Jim Caldwell went 14-2 in his first year with the Colts. He went 2-14 in year three. Same guy, night and day difference in results. Unless you assume some crazy phenomenon where he is really good at his job one year and terrible another, the dramatic change is all accounted for by changes to the roster. Maybe a better coach would have won the Super Bowl that year, maybe a worse one wouldn't have won a game this year. Still, coaching has nothing to do with whether the team is good or bad. Charlie Weis did the same shit when he went 3-9 as he did when he went to multiple BCS bowls. He just didn't have the experienced, future NFL draft picks on his team.
Any coach is either good, bad, or somewhere in the middle. If Gary Moeller is a good coach (and we assume this makes a positive impact on team success), his terrible record at Illinois makes no sense. If he's bad, then his incredible success at Michigan makes no sense. If he's somewhere in the middle but can have either fantastic or terrible results based on external factors (namely the players on his team), then you are finally starting to see the light.
Jim Harbaugh says hello.
The guy who had a losing record through his first three seasons at Stanford? I think I've heard of him. Funny how he got way better at coaching once Andrew Luck got a few seasons under his belt.
I just can't explain it. Luckily for Stanford, his predecessor didn't waste 3 years waiting around to be awesome. That guy must be really great.
I'll give you a hint -
It's a good thing Alex Smith was such a phenom, too!
Jim Harbaugh: riding his quarterbacks' coattails to the top!
I'm sure there are a number of factors, and they are each important. However, if you believe coaching matters, "just very little," how do you account for a guy coming in to perennial poopers like Ball St and San Diego St and, in time, turning each into dominant programs, and then righting a foundering Michigan ship, as well?
I think there is one easy explanation and he has a fantastic head of hair.