Why can't football season be here already?
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Why can't football season be here already?
Is "terrific" this year's "tremendous?"
And I'm not ready for that kind of change. I think Coach Hoke needs Summer two-a-days just as much as the players do.
terrific was used in the same sentence twice. That's tremendous.
still missing some of the Legends coaches BH is the last.
Did Mark Dantonio ask that last question?
My guess is Joe Rexrode.
Not Joe. He's in London covering the Olympics for Gannett.
no one takes "professional" journalists seriously anymore...
Yeah, but it was more of a mumble with gritted teeth.
And finally, some talk about Michigan football rather than arrests and farewells, this season can't come soon enough!
It was hard to tell, there was a bunch of weeds in the way.
No it was some spartan sitting on a couch.
Is it just me or does it sound like he's setting up to play Fitz earlier than we expect?
It sounds like it is a strong possibility. Not sure how to take that answer really.
I mean what did Notre Dame do with Michael Floyd's DUI? IIRC he got off light, but I can't remember the specifics
He was "suspended indefinitely" which turned out to be missing spring practice. He still got to participate in voluntary summer workouts despite being suspended, and he was reinstated by the start of fall camp, not missing a fall practice or single game (for his 3rd offense).
But that's not the standard Michigan should be using.
That's what I thought. I agree that isn't the standard we should hold athletes to but every situations different. It's his first offense. Who knows, there could have been an emergency of some sort. After all, doesn't he have a family already? He's in a different spot than many college athletes.
The initial "No," made me swell with pride. I thought that he was stating that under no circumstances will they play that game. Then, he backed off of that statement and said that "as of now, they are indefinitely suspended." That makes me think that we may not stick with it. Don't get me wrong, I want to see Fitz on the field again, but I also want to make sure he realizes the gravity of his mistake.
I'm pretty sure the initial "No" was indication no decision had been made, as opposed to no, he isn't playing
Plus, he threw in the "poor judgements that a lot of 18-23 yr olds make" comment...
admissions of how much he drank as a college athlete. Hoke will probably try to walk a thin lin between meting punishment that serves as a deterrent to Fitz and others, while also empathizing with him. Other factors will include whether Fitz routinely imbibes or whether he got caught in an isolated event.
We have a legal system to provide punishment when someone endangers others by operating a vehicle under the influence. As for the football team, sweeping pronouncements by the public or media about whta punishment a football coach should resort to aren't very useful. Hoke is closer to the situation and clearly knows how to run a team. I also think he has the integrity to deal with Fitz first in a manner that is most appropriate for Fitz -- I think Hoke will want him to take away something other than just punishment. Michigan football is like a family, and you approach family members differently based on the approach that will best ensure the message is received and the unacceptable behavior is not repeated.
Honestly, I hope so. Listen, I'm all for standards, but good lord I want to win that game. And I just don't think we can do it without Fitz. Make him run stairs, curfew with ankle bracelet, home breathalyzers, I don't care, but I want him on that field. Sparty will finally feel vindicated for letting all their sketch people play immediately, of course, but when's the last time they beat the national champion?
But winning games is not solely what Michigan football, or any sport at Michigan is about. The sports programs are about turning men (and women) into champions. As much as I want to win that game, I want far more for Hoke to ensure that Fitz and Clark, whether Clark stays or goes, get "it". If that means Fitz or Clark miss the first game, or the first two, or three, or the entire season, so be it.
Those who stay will be champions. Not those who stay will win 9, or 10, or 11, or whatever games. The football program forges men and those men become champions, and as a consequence we win games. If we have a program that creates champions, the wins take care of themselves.
This is Michigan fergodssakes, not the SEC.
How can people be so confident in someone who has barely seen the field. Even a 5* super recruit shouldn't instill the kind of confidence I see on the board sometimes. This is Bama we're talking about!
I understand that, and agree with it. I'd counter with the fact that this incident happened in the summer, not during the season. I am sure the court will impose some sort of community service punishment, and I have absolutely zero doubt Hoke has Fitz doing a lot of extra workouts, or cleaning the locker room or something, coupled with a curfew and counseling. Is this not enough to show him the error of his ways? Why is the only acceptable penalty missing game time? If a normal undergraduate got a DUI, should he have to miss his midterms as punishment?
Did anyone see/hear Dantonio's bit? He spent the first section of his talk boasting about how good MSU was going to be. He seems like such a dick.
I am excited/nervous about beating state this year just because I don't know how Dantonio will take it. He has already shown signs of agression during coaches clinics so if you couple his natural hate for UM with losing to UM it could spell disaster. Plus I am curious to see how many losses to Michigan it takes before all the goodwill he has built up with Sparty nation deteriorates.
I watched about half of the posted videos. Dantonio and Pellini were the only ones I saw who gave an extended intro. with video highlights. Most coaches gave a 15-30 sec. intro. Dantonio's lasted nearly 5 minutes. I don't really care about his boasting. He has a right to be proud of State's wins the past few years, but yes, he does look angry and sounds like he has a chip on his shoulder, like he sees himself as the Rodney Dangerfield of B1G coaches.
I should not be this excited about a generic press conference, and yet here I am. Late July is a cruel <insert derogatory-but-not-discriminatory noun here>
Glad to see you, kind of. But we're glad you're here. So thanks.
Love the "kind of," thrown in there. Not exactly Fort Schembechler but a media-lover, Hoke is not.
I didn't completely understand his answer about going after Penn State players. He said:
"we've kind of made a decision that we're going to stay and recruit the guys and keep our business our business."
I think he meant that we are not trying to lure current Penn State players but are focusing on our own recruiting. But he wasn't crystal clear. Can someone enlighten me a bit?
which you've probably already read by now. But just in case:
Q: When you talked about Penn State kids you said you'd keep your business your business. Does that mean you're not going to recruit them?
I know this is more of a p.r. event than anything else, but it sure would be nice if the reporters present didn't ask so many idiotic questions. I watched the beginnings of several of the clips, and I was just blown away by some of the questions. The worst I've come across, though, I think is the first 2 questions (asked by the same reporter) for the I.U. coach to dicuss their game with Penn State. Wilson pointed out it was their 11th game of the season, so he hadn't put much thought into it yet. I mean really. Why even ask that question? If the reporter was trying to get at something, he should have worded the question to directly address what he was getting at. As it was, it just sounded ignorant.
Hoke isn't going to be writing any stories for the media. He isn't going to say anything controversial, and he isn't going to reveal anything about the team. The media is now on a Gerber diet for as long as Hoke is the head coach.
Serves them right.