we could have had him. Moeller offered the schollie to Ricky Powers instead.
we could have had him. Moeller offered the schollie to Ricky Powers instead.
I don't think so.. I remember that Bettis chose ND early on.
You should read his book it's not bad at all.
In his book he said something to the extent that he was pissed that Bo didn't tell him he was retiring but he told Ricky and that was a slap in the face for Bettis. Said that showed him that UM wanted Ricky more than him.
Again I recommend everyone to take a look at his book. It's very interesting to see how his life was from being little to growing up through football and in the NFL.
Bettis also talked about his signing day many years ago. He had multiple hats ready to go and couldn't decide between Michigan and Notre Dame. He was going to go to Michigan, but Bo Schembechler saw another running back the last night in Ohio, and that turned him off.
...Bo said that he always regretted Rick Mirer getting away...he said he didn't even bother recruiting him because he just assumed he'd go to Ann Arbor, having been a Michigan fan since he was a little kid.
Not exactly as bad as Alabama taking Bo Jackson for granted (nothing in the history of recruiting could have been as big of a mistake as that), but proof that Bo could whiff with the best of them at times.
I believe it was Mirer who was the QB Bo was visiting when the game where Dierdorf went off how Harbaugh was the first U-M QB to do this and that in the NFL was on and Bo had to turn red faced and tell the kid something like "you'll be the next one, son!" Didn't get him.
That's what I've always heard.
I read the account fron the "BO" autobiography written w/ Albom, but I admit that was over 20 years ago the last time I cracked that book.
Grbac had a much better NFL career than Mirer, anyway.
Tim Tebow, who had us and Florida.
It certainly would have been interesting to have had Tim Tebow as a junior in the first year of Rich Rod. Might have changed the trajectory of the entire era/program.
Joey Hudepohl. Let's see if anyone has the desire to Google him and figure out why he was supposed to be a Michigan Man. What a shame he went elsewhere.
Why should he have been a Michigan Man? Beacuse Urban Meyer coahed at his HS after he graduated (I know it isn't this, but I saw his name in the list of notable people associated with St. Xavier).
Joe Hudepohl was the only thing standing in the way of Michigan becoming the 1993 NCAA Men's Swimming Champions?
FUN FACT ALERT: I know him. Nice guy. He was my dad's neighbor in Tampa, and they'd always bet a bottle of wine per Steelers/Bengals game (him from Cincy, my dad from PGH).
/Cool story, bro.
I'd take Forrest Gump over Shane "Footsteps" Falco anyday.
Inigo Montoya. Man we would have ruled the fencing world with that one!
I can think of one guy that would have changed the course of history if he had decided to come to Michigan. He is one of the least respected athletes ever on this board, and I pretty much agree with the sentiment that he is an idiot, but Terrelle Pryor is that guy. He would have easily gotten us to a bowl game in 2008. He would have been a monster in RichRod's offense, and a significant upgrade over Sheridan and Threet would have easily won us the NW and Utah games. I don't have a problem saying that we would have beaten Toledo or Purdue with an upgrade to the QB position either. Even against MSU, we were leading 21-14 before the defense tanked in the fourth quarter. A remotely competent QB maybe wins us that one. That makes us 7-5 or 8-4 in RichRod's first year, with a good recruiting class coming in and a lot of positive vibes. The guys who don't buy in are marginalized, not validated. Recruits don't listen to the guys who are negatively recruiting against RichRod.
The next year, an upgrade at the QB spot in both experience and athleticism probably gives us wins over Iowa and MSU. Possibly an upset against OSU, since we lost that game because Tate turned it over five times.
I'm discounting the off-the-field issues, of course, because RichRod isn't a cheater like Tressel, and probably wouldn't be letting his guys drive "loaner" cars.
Other than Pryor, I can't think of a single big-time recruit who may have changed the course of history for us -- a guy who would have been such a hugely important upgrade at a postion of need that he would have changed the outcomes of multiple games within a season at a turning point in our history.
I don't miss the RichRod years in the slightest, and I generally think that he sucked at Michigan, but I have never stopped thinking about whether he could have succeeded if just one or two bounces had gone his way.
And have thought so since day 1. I don't think you can assume he would've gotten into the same trouble in Ann Arbor...
Do we still recruit Denard, or does he not want to be a back up for that many years? Or does he come anyway and at least redshirt?
If Pryor is just a knucklehead and we do get into trouble, is it contained to him and is he dismissed and we're with a back-up? Does he draw some other kids into it? Do we get into enough trouble that Rich is fire for REAL infractions? (Rather than staying with the nonsense infractions we got, but enough real embarrassment he has to go. He wouldn't get the show cause because he opulent lie about it and cover it up). Then are we a GERG interim program in 2011? How awful is that? Harbaugh is already in the NFL by 2012...do we end up with Hoke anyway, but a year later, actually disgraced, and no Denard?
I might not agree with it all, but this is a terrific post.
Basketball: The Big Dog. No one could have matched a front line of Howard, Webber, and Robinson. Seriously would have been the college equivalent of Parrish, Mchale, Bird.
Football: Peyton Manning. There would have been no "split" of the 97 championship. Period.
There also would have been no Woodson Heisman. Although, it would've been a Peyton Heisman instead.
Troll the World!
He wanted to come here. His dad flipped out on him said he had to go to OS. Rest is history, or whatever.
Probably would've come here if the timing had worked out but he ended up being a 1st rounder for Ohio. No good
...but my sister, who went to Notre Dame for women's basketball over Michigan. Wouldn't have to ignore her for one week during the fall (or for all football season this year). Also, getting tickets and Michigan swag would've been a lot easier/cheaper.
Drew Henson in 2001. All the regular season losses that year were close, and mostly on the offense. If he had stuck around, we probably could have run the table and lost to Miami in the NC game.
Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals was a fabulous 3-sport athlete who was recruited very heavily by Bo Schembechler and would have come to Michigan if he hadn't decided to take advantage of his position as a first-round pick out of high school in the '74 baseball draft. Think Braylon Edwards, who could also throw a strike from left field.
The Golden Bear, for a non football choice. Troy Smith might be my take for football. Could've put us in the 2007 NC game (not having him on the other side of the field would've probably meant the win vs Ohio), and possibly meant a win in that NC game. Imagine the difference a NC win in recent memory, against Urban Meyer no less, would mean for Michigan in terms of recruiting now.
Jim Harbaugh, amending the topic slightly to coaches. I can't express how much I wish we had hired Harbaugh instead of Rich Rod. Turns both Stanford and San Fran around. Guy knows how to compete and coach. Bare cupboard or no, Harbaugh plus Mallet would'nt have done worse than 8-4, and would've been BCS bound in 2008, and NC contenders by 2010.
I love Hoke, but would trade him for Harbaugh plus no RichRod fiasco six days a week, and twice on Sunday.
Bo Jackson with outta doubt...he would of helped in 2 sports. Best athlete ever period.
Seantrel Henderson anyone?
After seeing.g just how game changing and explosive he can be, I would've liked to have seen DeAnthony Thomas play for us.