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|7 hours 18 min ago||Full Circle Name Plate?||
They'd need a semi-circle name plate just for the last part of his surname.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Is It Possible That Two of 'Em Might Help?|
|2 days 8 hours ago||Blueprint for Success, If It's Not Mel Pearson or Guy Gadowsky?||
This may be very hard to accomplish, but I’d consider finding an alumnus who played on some good Michigan teams, has had some experience coaching in college and the pros and also has done some college recruiting. Add at least one assistant who has NHL playing experience, and at least one who has college coaching and recruiting experience. It seems to be working now at Boston University where men’s hockey is the major sport.
Boston University’s legendary men’s hockey coach Jack Parker was captain of the team as a senior, an assistant on two back-to-back national championship teams (1971 and 1972) and head coach for 40 seasons until he retired in 2013. He won national championships in 1978, 1995 and 2009, but some thought that he’d stayed too long. He retired with a career record of 897–472–115, but over his last four seasons, following that NCAA championship season when BU was 35-6-4 and featured a Hobey Baker winner (Matt Gilroy) and several players who have seen some time in the NHL, his record was 81-60-14, with only one NCAA tournament appearance in which BU lost in the West Regional semis.
His replacement, David Quinn (now age 50), also played for BU and had been an assistant on BU’s 2009 NCAA championship team, as well a development coach with USA Hockey, an AHL head coach and an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche. His first BU team was terrible (10-21-4), but he followed that up with an NCAA runner-up season (28-9-5) with Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel and a 21-13-5 record last season with another NCAA tournament appearance. His Terriers, with seven players who just competed in the World Junior Championships (six of whom won gold for the USA) currently are ranked 4th in the NCAA with a 14-5-2 record. One of his assistants, Scott Young, played almost 1200 games in the NHL, represented the United States in ten international tournaments and played on three Olympic teams.
|3 days 11 hours ago||So, Magnus, Beware of Cats in Hats?||
|3 days 11 hours ago||"Butt" That's Not All||
Apologies for not including the one player who most likely would have been performing in a post-season all-star game or at least being considered as an early-round NFL draft selection had he not suffered a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl game.
I don't know whether the extent of his injury or the length of the recovery period will preclude Jake Butt from participating in an NFL training camp this coming summer, but, regardless of any risks involved, I believe that there will be several NFL teams considering an All-American tight end with impressive receiving skills and a Michigan team captain as a smart draft pick this year. And that would make an even twenty Michigan players from the 2016 team who might be seen in NFL training camps this coming summer.
|4 days 43 min ago||The Harbaugh Impact on NFL Readiness -- Year Two||
This might not impact how the 2017 recruiting class will end for Michigan, but two years ago, what were the odds that Michigan would have twelve players participating in college football all-star games and two others projected as NFL first-round draft choices this year? Despite the sour ending to the 2016 season, it seems apparent that Jim Harbaugh’s connections to the NFL and the presence of several coaches with NFL coaching experience on Harbaugh’s staff have had a significant impact on making Michigan football players ready for the NFL.
Matt Godin, Delano Hill, Kyle Kalis, Erik Magnuson, De’Veon Smith, Channing Stribling and Dymonte Thomas are participating in the East-West Shrine Game. Amara Darboh, Ben Gedeon, Ryan Glasgow, Jourdan Lewis and Chris Wormley will be playing in the Senior Bowl. Taco Charlton and Jabrill Peppers have been receiving mention as NFL first-round draft choices.
Kenny Allen, Ben Braden and Jehu Chesson will be given a chance to audition for pro scouts at Michigan’s Pro Day before the NFL Draft. If Jeremy Clark and Drake Johnson aren't granted another year of eligibility, then, if healthy, they too probably will be auditioning for pro scouts. That would make 19 Michigan players from this season’s team having some chance to be competing in NFL training camps this coming summer.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Green Day Needs An Updated Song Title for U-M Football||
Whether the Cowboys Classic game at AT&T Stadium in Texas against Florida is played on September 2 or September 3, some people just might want to say, Wake Me Up When September STARTS!
|4 days 9 hours ago||In Recruiting, Some "Crystal Balls" Are Not Like The Others||
|4 days 9 hours ago||Would You Be "Bent Out of Shape" If Someone Spelled Your Name||
|4 days 9 hours ago||These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty|
|4 days 9 hours ago||Neil Diamond Approves Your Message|
|5 days 11 hours ago||But What Was Your Rank at the Colorado School of MIMES?|
|6 days 8 hours ago||Whenever I've Walked Past These Marble Columns . . .||
I've never taken them for granite.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Kentucky Could Get Him with Mo' Money|
|1 week 2 days ago||Uh, Your "Boy?" SRSLY?|
|1 week 2 days ago||It's David S. Pumpkins! Any Questions?|
|1 week 4 days ago||The "Always Be Closing" Impact Might've Hurt the Ranking||
If the polls reflect the "Always Be Closing" or "What Have You Done for Me Lately?" impact, then I suspect that Michigan's losing three of four games to end the season doesn't look very good to the people who vote in the polls, even though the Orange Bowl loss could be attributed in significant part to losing Jabrill Peppers for the enitre game (on very short notice) and Jake Butt for the entire second half due to serious injury.
The three Big Ten teams ranked above Michigan won 11 games apiece and closed better than the Wolverines. Penn State won nine straight after getting trounced in The Big House and before they lost to USC 52-49 in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State won five straight before getting crushed by Clemson 31-0 in the CFB semifinals. Wisconsin won six straight before losing 38-31 to Penn State in the Big Ten championship game and then beating Western Michigan 24-16 in the Cotton Bowl.
|1 week 5 days ago||Is Reaching 30 Recruits Still Considered Likely?||
If, as some have speculated, (a) Kai-Leon Herbert de-commits, (b) O’Maury Samuels doesn’t qualify, and (c) Aubrey Solomon, Jay Tufele, Tedarrell Slaton, Nico Collins, and Willie Gay all go elsewhere, who are the five prospects who would have a reasonably good chance to be added to the recruiting Class of 2017 in order to get to 30?
|1 week 6 days ago||"3 or 4 Weird Guy Spots?" -- Any Silly or Very Silly Candidates?|
|1 week 6 days ago||"I Can See Russia from My Apartment!"|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Somewhat OT: What A Night for Boston University Hockey||
Boston University’s record this year is 11-5-2, with one of the losses having been a 4-0 shutout at Yost on November 11. They're currently in sixth place in Hockey East. But last night was a big night for that school.
At one point during the game on the NHL Network with college hockey fan Dave Starman doing commentary, they showed a graphic that listed seven players from Boston University on the two teams playing in the gold medal game; six for USA (F- Kiefer Bellows, F- Jordan Greenway, F- Patrick Harper, F- Clayton Keller, D - Charlie McAvoy and G - Jake Oettinger) and one for Canada (D - Dante Fabbro.) Oettinger never played in the tournament and Harper played only sparingly, but the other four BU players had significant roles in helping Team USA go 7-0-0, with two wins against both Russia and Canada, to win the championship.
This was the first time in the 41-year history of the World Juniors that a North American university or junior team had seven players in the tournament, and the final cut from Team USA was defenseman Chad Krys, a freshman at Boston University, so there might've been eight BU players in the tournament.
Around the time when they posted that graphic showing all the BU players, they said that BU also was playing against Union College that night. It might’ve come when Canada was winning and they said that BU, playing shorthanded without those seven players, also was losing to Union 4-3.
In the end, BU players McAvoy (1) and Bellows (2) scored three of the USA’s goals in the shootout win against Canada, and BU’s sophomore forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson scored a hat trick, including the winner in overtime to beat Union 5-4. Now they all have to regroup and play in one of the Frozen Fenway outdoor games tomorrow afternoon when they're predicting up to eight inches of snow in Boston.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Lesson Learned from 2016 Elections and Class of 2017 Recruiting||
Ignore election predictions from political pollsters and pundits; ignore recruiting predictions from ANYONE until National Signing Day. Until then . . .
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"Call Back on Tuesday?" -- Or Go to Lee Ho Fook||
And get a big dish of beef chow mein!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"First Post, Be Gental" OR . . .||
"First post, be genitals" if you're looking for a way to identify the real dicks among new posters.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Big Test for Michigan Coaches Comes Next Season||
The biggest test so far for Jim Harbaugh’s coaching ability AND his assistants’ coaching ability will come next season. Keep in mind that Michigan will be among the youngest and least experienced teams in the Big Ten next season, and there will be question marks and depth concerns with almost every position group on offense, defense and special teams, except for the fullback position where Henry Poggi and Khalid Hill will return.
If they (a) pick up some additional excellent recruits for the 2017 class, (b) not suffer any crucial de-commitments and unexpected transfers, (c) avoid serious injuries to anticipated starters like the ones suffered before and early this season by Drake Johnson, Grant Newsome and Jeremy Clark, and the Orange Bowl injuries to Jabrill Peppers and Jake Butt, and (d) mold a small group of returning starters and a large group of supposedly talented, but relatively untested freshmen and sophomores into a team that performs as well as Michigan did this year when it worked with a very large group of players with significant experience, then that will go a long way to determining whether Michigan can be back competing with the nation’s top teams.
Somewhat OT -- One Small Key to Next Season's Success: How much will Michigan miss Scott Sypniewsli, Garrett Moores and Kenny Allen?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||"Hyphenated Last Name?" . . . Like This Guy?|
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The Answer to Your Question Apparently Is . . .|
|4 weeks 2 days ago||"Your Future Lies with Vandelay Industries!"||
As a latex salesman.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Sauce Castillo||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Not Writing Off 2017; Hoping for Pleasant Surprises Like . . .||
Grant Newsome fully recovers from his injury and is even stronger and more mobile.
Maurice Hurst, Jr. returns for another season, and is even stronger and more mobile than he was this season.
Mason Cole, Ben Bredeson and Michael Onwenu all become stronger and more mobile, find their best spots on the offensive line and are rewarded with the same post-season, all-conference honors that Erik Magnuson, Ben Braden and Kyle Kalis received in 2016.
If Grant Newsome’s career is over or he’s unavailable before 2018, then a light goes on for Patrick Kugler in his fifth year and he becomes better as a starting offensive lineman in one season for Michigan than his brother Robert was as a four-year starter at center for Purdue.
One of the incoming offensive linemen plays at least as well as a starter as Mason Cole and Ben Bredeson did as first-year players.
Both Jeremy Clark and Drake Johnson fully recover from their injuries, become stronger and more mobile AND are granted an extra year of eligibility.
Najee Harris flips from Alabama, enrolls early and performs at least as well in 2017 for Michigan as Mike Weber performed for Ohio State in 2016.
Chris Evans becomes for Michigan in 2017 what Curtis Samuel was for Ohio State in 2017.
Among Devin Asiasi, Ian Bunting, Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. and Sean McKeon there’s enough consistently good play to offset the loss of Jake Butt at tight end.
Either Wilton Speight’s second year as a starter is equal to or better then J.T. Barrett’s second full year as a starter for Ohio State or Brandon Peters’ first year as a starter is equal to or better then J.T. Barrett’s first full year as a starter for Ohio State.
Rashan Gary has a season that surpasses anything that Jadeveon Clowney and Robert Nkemdiche ever did when they were in college.
Devin Bush, Jr., Khaleke Hudson, Josh Metellus, Lavert Hill, Brandon Watson, and Noah Furbush all become good enough, so that they offset the losses on defense from those they replace.
Four defensive linemen develop well enough to join the rotation in place of Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, Ryan Glasgow and Matt Godin.
Quinn Nordin lives up to his hype and becomes one of the top placekickers in the nation and either Will Hart or an Australian to be named later becomes at least as reliable as Kenny Allen was as a punter in 2016.
There are no serious injuries.