this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Dex is right. I was in way over my head. My bad guys. I just got too carried away. I didn't plan on making anymore posts about night games, but now I definitely won't. My other two were not well thought out, but please click and read what he has to say. It is actually pretty well thought out.
The Freep just posted the top-50 recruits in the state and where they are going to college. After Campbell, MSU seemed to have a run on the in-state talent, though read into that what you will.
That said, what do people think of RR's in-state recruiting. Sure, UM can get virtually any big-name kid in MI that it wants now, but do you think that D'Antonio's continued inroads with the local coaches may erode this ability later on? I'm still of the belief that RR maintains good relationships with local pipelines like Cass Tech, but I'm also worried that the rest of the state may be overlooked for the sake of other states.
I've been meaning to post this for awhile, but I wanted to point out to any Michigan fans nervous about how the spread option offense might perform or look in future years -- instead of looking back south at how Rich Rodriguez's offenses moved the ball at West Virginia, look 150 miles north at the Central Michigan offense.
CMU's head coach Butch Jones is a disciple of RichRod and I'm using that word very carefully. When he came to Central from West Virginia, Jones even lifted a lot of Rodriguez's catchphrases ("hold the rope") and an identical banner hangs in the CMU weight room as the one Mike Barwis/RichRod put up in the new Michigan room (Through these doors walk the best conditioned, most disciplined, and hardest working football team in America).
CMU runs the same spread option that Michigan now does, with one major difference -- Jones was smart enough to adapt the offense to fit the strengths of Dan LeFevour. (Also, CMU's running backs are nowhere near as talented as Michigan's so they run the ball with RBs considerably less). So, you still get the same zone read runs, but there is a lot more four and five WR sets and downfield passing, mainly because Jones was lucky enough to inherit one of the best QBs in the country.
The result -- last year LeFevour threw for 3,650 yards and ran for 1,100. He's on pace for 3,400 yards passing and 600 rushing this year and that's with the weakest defensive teams on their schedule yet to come.
The upshot is that while I have no doubt that Rodriguez would like to recruit QBs who are mobile and quick (a prerequiste in the spread option, no doubt), if Beaver or Forcier or some future QB shows the aptitude for throwing the ball that Pat White apparently doesn't and will never possess, you'll see a lot more balance out of the Michigan offense. I personally have no doubts that Rodriguez will be able to maximize the abilities of future offenses.
Nice article on Espn from Mark Schlabach, detailing how CMU and Dan Levour are going to prepare for their game versus Georgia this week.
In the article Schlabach tails Levour for the entire week. He follows him to his classes, the first one he mentions is this:
"Tuesday, 11 a.m., Billiards Class
LeFevour takes his position near a pool table in the Student Athletic
Center, which is known as "SAC" on the CMU campus. For the next 45
minutes, LeFevour practices breaking balls on the felt-covered table.
The class is taught by a graduate assistant coach on the school's
softball team. She carries a textbook entitled "Precision Pool,"
apparently teaching as she learns."
So apparently CMU not only has classes designed for football players to take, not only are they not taught by real professors, but by other people in the athletic department, who are learning as they go along, Who wants to bet that normal students are allowed to take this class?
How you feel about academic integrity now. Of course if the Ann Arbor News had this on Umich it would take 4 days of front page news, when other schools do it, it's mainly filler information in a fluff piece.
Basically the whole summer the Ann Arbor News held us hostage saying it was going to bomb the Michigan Programs, however it was things that not only occur at big time programs such as Michigan, but small time as well!!
To be fair, the article also mentions him taking a Yoga class and says that he is on track to graduate in interpersonal communication, you know instead of just personal communication, which I geuss is just communication with yourself or extraterrestial comminication. I don't know how Yoga and Billiards help you get there, but I digress.
"I took all that algebra and calculus when I was a freshman," LeFevour said.
As a math teacher and former engineering grad, I find this dubious. For two reasons, for his major it is doubtful that he needed calculus even with the focus in insurance. Very few people take calculus for fun. Second, if he did take algebra in college, which is quite possible , he would at least have to take some other classes such as trignometry, or geometry before he could even attempt calculus. Possibly, he took stats.
Again, I'm not belittling Lefour or CMU just pointing out the double standard. How one media source's fluff, is another's hard hitting atom bomb news.
Good luck to CMU with their game on Saturday, and I wish Lefour was in the maize in blue.
It's great to have football back! I went to see my school team, Central Michigan, play Eastern Illinois tonight. Man that student section is loud when you're right in the middle of it. Hopefully, we got our 3rd straight MAC Title and win our 2nd MC Bowl in 3 years. Good to start the weekend right. Time for my #1 team, Michigan, to take it to Utah baby! (God, i hope that statement is true!!)