"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
|18 hours 9 min ago||Limited spots...||
...and if he's worthy of a Michigan offer, it'll be because he's really developed late—certainly not out of the question. The only Big Ten schools to offer him have been Illinois and Indiana; other than Wake Forest (where he's committed), the rest of his offer sheet consists of MAC schools.
He was at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp, so the coaches have certainly seen him in action; he also camped at Ohio State. I think the offer sheet tells you how coaches currently view him: a solid talent, but not one who merits top-level offers, at least not yet.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Based...||
...on their skill-sets, the relative lack of redshirting in college hoops, and the general makeup of the roster, I'd be pretty surprised if either MAAR or Dawkins redshirted. MAAR is reportedly doing well handling the ball, he's getting to the line a ton, and he's got a good reputation on the defensive end. Dawkins is supposedly the best athlete on the team. They may not get a ton of time, but I think Beilein will find a role for both.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Major caveat:||
It's one fan watching one game. In the first game, Doyle didn't record a single rebound, while Donnal had five (including three offensive) and went 2/3 from the field. Plus, they're playing under FIBA rules, so there's a 24-second clock—it's hard to write off a guy based on one or two games played under different rules, especially when very few of us actually get to watch them.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Just added mine in...||
...was a little late to fill this one out this week.
EDIT: Seth re-added it, with a notable change. In related news, Seth is a jerk.
|2 days 16 hours ago||I QUIT||
|2 days 17 hours ago||Considered Hurst strongly...||
...but Henry's in line for more playing time this year, and I do love watching Henry play, so I went with him. Again, it's subjective. At this time next year, I expect Hurst will be on this type of list. Same reasoning was behind going with Norfleet over Freddy Canteen. (Also, I think Brian would fire me if I made this list without including Norfleet.)
|3 days 16 hours ago||For people seeing the HAIL 2||
For people seeing the HAIL 2 VICTORS comment on a mobile app: he's been banned for this. Absolutely no place for this here or anywhere.
Sent from MGoBlog HD for iPhone & iPad
|3 days 17 hours ago||Can confirm Weber and Hill...||
Seth saw those two at the scrimmage. Not sure about Onwenu and Peoples-Jones, but given that two Cass Tech guys came down for it, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they were there too. Can't find confirmation, though.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Banned HAIL 2 VICTORS||
Posted a comment about getting Damon Webb out of Cass Tech that was so appallingly over the line I don't care about any past commenting history—what he posted has no place here or anywhere.
|3 days 18 hours ago||He's entering his junior season...||
...so it's pretty early to say. After their sophomore years, Lewis had been a backup behind Terry Richardson and Delonte Hollowell, while Webb was just transferring to Cass Tech from U-D Jesuit. He's a little below where those two ended up ranked (especially Webb), but as I said, there's not a ton to go on yet for comparison's sake.
|1 week 8 hours ago||We have fun with it.||
Thank you for bearing with our stubborn competitiveness and occasionally (or often) exhaustive wordiness. The kind words are very much appreciated. (And yes, that was the intent.)
|1 week 8 hours ago||YES!||
(Also, thank you, Mr. Utah, for providing these entertaining, detailed, and flawlessly accurate recaps.)
|1 week 14 hours ago||He's a redshirt freshman...||
...competing against two redshirt juniors with starting experience at the O-line position that requires the most knowledge of the offense and ability to make calls and command the line.
Any concern about Kugler is way premature.
|1 week 1 day ago||Argh||
My bad. Fixing that now.
|1 week 1 day ago||This is a bit harsh.||
But for what it's worth, I asked two questions—the Indiana-related tempo question and the immediate follow-up.
|1 week 2 days ago||He gets pumped, too.||
This was my first Mattison press scrum—and before I continue, I must thank Adam for transcribing this, it was a solid 20 minutes of audio—and I managed to find myself in the very front. (Everybody bolted for Nussmeier when the coordinators came out. They spoke at the same time in different parts of the room. Thankfully, there were two of us there.)
I thought I gave a pretty wide berth, but when Mattison started getting to the good stuff, he nearly knocked the phone out of my hand several times. I was right in the fist pump/lineman punch path.
It wasn't hard to tell he's excited about this defense.
|1 week 2 days ago||You must not be familiar...||
...with Hollowell's wonderful, ALL-CAPS Twitter account. It's a blog favorite.
I can confirm that he doesn't yell everything in real life. In fact, he was one of the more laid-back guys I interviewed on Sunday.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not at all.||
A couple times he started to answer a question and then stopped himself. I think the offensive players were told to keep things a little more under wraps than the defensive guys—at least, it came off that way. I've interviewed Dawson a couple times before; not confrontational at all, just doesn't mince his words.
|1 week 3 days ago||Edited.||
That was poorly worded on my part.
|1 week 3 days ago||Thought that myself...||
...but the article stated that he's scheduled three visits and is considering a fourth, so unless the reporter screwed up (not out of the question) Sunderland meant he's planning trips to both Michigan and Ohio State.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Think of it this way...||
I want to do this one justice, and a hastily written third post of the day that'll go up sometime around 11 pm isn't going to do it.
Plus, more time to collect RCMB schadenfreude.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well, for one...||
...he was here in the spring, which wasn't the case for Ways. Probably could've worded that better and said something about having more experience with the speed, physicality, and technique required to play the college game; was trying for brevity.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Coaches will still be in||
Coaches will still be in contact, sure. But calls from recruiting reporters get a whole lot less frequent after a commitment, and that can mean a lot if a player is getting serious attention from a lot of big-time schools—at this point, just about every major D-I school has 3-4 dedicated recruiting outlets (Rivals, Scout, 247, a few on ESPN) plus local papers, blogs, etc. publishing recruiting stuff, as well.
For what it's worth, I'd be in favor of an early signing period for football, especially (critically) if they also allowed prospects to use official visits before their senior year begins.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Given the insane amount of||
Given the insane amount of attention from coaches and reporters that top recruits get these days, I have a really hard time criticizing a kid for wanting to get his decision over with early.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||247 lists him at...||
6'3", 195. Major emphasis by the coaches on getting bigger receivers over the past few classes, and I don't see that stopping.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'd go Funchess...||
...if for no other reason than he provides a serious matchup problem that teams are less used to facing than a guy like Gardner (more solid dual-threat QBs out there than fast, TE-sized wideouts). It's pretty damn close, though; I'd probably go with Jake Ryan if there wasn't the uncertainty regarding the switch to MIKE.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The serious lack of Dr. Dre||
The serious lack of Dr. Dre knowledge around here is really bumming me out.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Who?||
Never heard of him.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||In this brave new world...||
...Texas A&M will dominate.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ron Utah finally liked one of||
Ron Utah finally liked one of my picks!
Ron Utah didn't do a lengthy writeup of how awesome I am at this.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Think you nailed it.||
I'd put the secondary up there with any in the conference, potentially including MSU if their new starters aren't quite up to the standard of their predecessors. The receiving corps is so deep and has such a top-flight talent in Funchess that I'd put them above any aside from Maryland, and Michigan has the advantage of a much better quarterback throwing to those guys.
The linebackers are in the Notre Dame O-line tier, to me ... lots of talent, much of it proven, but a few question marks (how does Ryan's game translate to the MIKE, especially) that keep the group from being sure-fire elite.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not sure, man.||
Sources around these parts indicate otherwise.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Just checked around...||
...it looks like he's attending Alabama's camp, which started yesterday. The GBW guys (read: Sam Webb) seem to feel strongly that he'll end up at Michigan, or at least that U-M had the best shot heading into this round of visits (same goes for Roseboro, FWIW). Likewise for the 247 crew, and while Alabama insiders also seem relatively confident, that seems like a holdover from his past comments about them. The Tide are certainly a threat, and I wouldn't rule out Auburn either, but Michigan looks quite good here.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sensing a trend here.||
It's not a good one.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Fixed.||
Totally forgot they moved that event the next year. Thanks.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||They're trying to get a||
They're trying to get a package centering on David Lee/Klay Thompson from the Warriors. That's a lot more than bad contracts/bad attitudes. Agree that teams in this position don't often get the value back that they give away, but... well, that's probably on the Timberwolves for failing miserably at building a team around Love. Regardless, Love is good enough that they'll get something quite viable in return—too many suitors for them to get left with scraps.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||I agree with most of this.||
I agree with most of this. Didn't mention the potential for a cut just because it would really surprise me if they did that, especially given what Flip said post-draft about where they had GRIII on their board (coachspeak grain of salt and all that, but they claim they had him pegged as a first-rounder).
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I'll be sure to let Pat know||
I'll be sure to let Pat know when those fat Kugler Scale royalty checks start rolling in.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||They're gone.||
The 247 Composite team rankings made them totally redundant, and those posts took longer to put together than any of my other regular posts, recruiting roundups included. Updating every rankings change for every commit from 14 different teams is a lot of really boring work, and 247 now does it automatically.
FYI, Clark's commitment moved U-M up to fifth in the Big Ten team rankings, one spot behind Ohio State. Penn State is assembling a very strong class at the top, but Wisconsin and Nebraska (#2 and #3, respectively) are ahead based on sheer volume of commits at this point.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Make it two.||
Make it two.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Scout has released 2016||
Scout has released 2016 rankings, so those are factored into the composite rankings. DeWeaver just isn't on the Scout list. Like I said, they've only evaluated 25 QBs in the class so far, and they gave a fair number of those guys three stars. That list will change a lot.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think so.||
Even though I don't think Michigan was the favorite to land Cornell (probably ND), he planned to visit campus after SMSB and had U-M among his top group with a decision date closing in. If the coaches wanted him, even if they thought they were behind, they'd at least have brought him on campus and tried to wow him on the visit.
I'm not saying the rationale is necessarily the truth in every case, but I believe it here, especially given that Sam Webb is the source.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Unrelated to each other.||
KLS is being recruited as a weakside DE. Cornell was being recruited as a WDE initially, but he's clearly outgrown that position and gone right into DT territory. Michigan wants a WDE; they don't have need or room in the class for a DT. Dropping Cornell has nothing to do with KLS.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Apologies...||
...I blame the condition called "morning dyslexia," which is totally not a thing I just made up.
I swear I was a history major.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Timestamp is misleading...||
Brian held off for longer than that, but in the drupal editor unless you change the timestamp yourself it'll display whatever time you saved the final draft. This went up well after 11:15 or so.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Upvoted...||
...and clicked multiple times.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I'M SO SORRY, EVERYONE||
Seriously, I forgot how bad this defensive class ended up being until I passed the point of no return for writing this post. The offense features 100% more dilithium, as well as a couple NFL tackles and a Jeremy Gallon, so that trip down memory lane will be a lot more fun.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||For future reference:||
Brian pretty much always has the noon window for posting. Unless things get off schedule (like last week with the Isaac commitment), recruiting roundups are posted at 2(-ish) on Mondays and Thursdays. It's especially helpful to wait to put together the roundups on Mondays, since usually there's lots of stuff going on over the weekend that gets written up on Monday morning on the recruiting sites.
It may not always look like it, but there is some method to the madness around here.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I won't give TOO much away, but...||
...I do have the very next selection in this draft.
Okay, that probably gave it away, but the obvious pick is obvious.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||Not to make y'all feel old or anything, but...||
RoJo committed when I was a freshman in college, four years before I started working here.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||I don't know why this has||
I don't know why this has caught on as my thing, because it's not. TomVH is the king of the vacation commit. I'm the one who has arthritis after that one February weekend.
I've missed one or two commits while on vacation, but it's a rare occurrance.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I feel I now have a personal||
I feel I now have a personal responsibility to tell you DON'T DO THIS. SERIOUSLY. DO NOT PRESS PLAY. THERE'S LIFE WORTH LIVING, AND MAYBE EVEN OPTIMISM WORTH HAVING. DO NOT DESCEND INTO THE DARKNESS.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Nope.||
Nothing at all.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||DAMMIT||
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Quantcast||
The site stats are publicly available here. There's no question the success of the team affects the traffic on the blog—you can see that traffic slowly grew during the 2011 season, when the team was doing well, and in each of the last two years traffic has remained pretty stagnant during the season (and that's despite the basketball team providing a nice boost near the end of those two seasons, too).
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||The coaches hold up their end.||
To use a real-life example, they told four-star linebackers Alex Anzalone and Shane Jones not to visit once they knew Ben Gedeon was going to commit. I'd dig up a link, but that one's relatively common knowledge.
If one of the Cali QBs wanted to visit, it's too late—the coaches offered them early, tried to get them on campus (and did, in the case of Josh Rosen), and the outlook wasn't good for landing any of them, so they moved on. If the coaches didn't feel comfortable with Malzone as the quarterback in the class, they wouldn't have offered him.
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||They weren't going after||
They weren't going after other cornerbacks until Crawford decided to take visits. Crawford decommitted because he's always really liked Notre Dame—they were the prohibitive favorite until Michigan offered and ND didn't until months later, after they'd changed defensive coordinators. Just because Michigan commits don't take visits doesn't mean other coaches stop recruiting them...
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||There's way too much of this||
There's way too much of this to get into serious detail, and it's a really nice day anyway, but here's a short response:
Of course it's all hypothetical. The stated premise of the entire article was to use examples of things that could have happened if the policy had not been in place. I used the word 'hypothetical' in a comment above this; perhaps you missed it.
It's also informed by far more information than you seem to think; occasionally, you have to read between the lines, and perhaps consider the fact that, in three years of working and interacting closely with several recruiting reporters and a well-connected boss, I may be privy to information I can't just flat-out say in a post.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||This isn't as far off as you||
This isn't as far off as you might think.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||To those Sparties:||
Connor Cook dropping this far isn't necessarily a statement about his ability as much as it is a product of the strategy behind these drafts. At this point, Brian and BiSB have their quarterbacks. A couple very solid options—Cook and Christian Hackenberg—are still on the board. Instead of drafting a QB before we have to, Seth and I are building strength at other positions (well, hypothetically, in Seth's case) and waiting for the other to blink first.
Stay tuned, because this gets real interesting later.
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||I got trustworthy insider info...||
...at one point during McDowell's recruitment that he was on the verge of a commitment, to the point that there's a Hello post draft saved somewhere that'll never see the light of day. It's clear after everything that went down that when all was said and done he preferred Michigan State, and his parents were the ones pushing for a Michigan commitment. I'm not saying McDowell wouldn't stick to his pledge—in fact, he stuck to his guns even in the face of enormous public and private pressure from his parents once he decided he wanted to go to MSU.
My statement is simply that, with all else being the same, I believe McDowell would've ended up at MSU whether or not he'd have committed to Michigan at one point. The fact that he didn't is a testament to his will to go to the school he really wanted to go to, not the one his parents wanted him to choose. I find that admirable. What's in the post is a hypothetical, nothing more.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||To add to BiSB's answer...||
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||I've covered Funchess since he was in HS.||
I hope he gets paid like he deserves to, and if he decides he wants to do that as soon as he can, that's great—he'll have earned it.
You're complaining about an offhand joke made in parentheses about the possibility that Michigan could lose their most talented offensive player after next season. I definitely don't hate sports. I'm pretty sure I have a very reasonable outlook on sports, and a track record to back that up. Maybe, somewhere in that likelihood of yours, is the chance you're taking one word far too seriously.
EDIT: This was a response to a comment that may or may not show up anymore, depending on whether you're using the mobile app.
|13 weeks 16 hours ago||Nova||
It's only included as a link in here, so if you didn't click on it, I really can't encourage you enough to watch the Gary Nova/Wrecking Ball video:
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||Fixed.||
Thanks for the heads up.
|13 weeks 20 hours ago||I will never understand||
I will never understand a college sports blogger's decision to closely cover the most important and controversial issue facing college sports in our time. Perhaps he's doing his job.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW||
Even with his senior season, I'd put Morris in the top category. Tons of talent, very high rankings even after the dropoff, huge amounts of hype, and he has an artillery piece connected to his left shoulder.
There was plenty of trepidation about Gardner's wonky passing motion and accuracy out of high school, too...
|13 weeks 2 days ago||When we first did this...||
...we did a whole roundtable after the season in which we picked All-B1G teams, raked our original picks over the coals, and ranked each of the MGoTeams 1-4. Seth's squad won by a 2-1-1 split decision, though it's worth noting Heiko voted for his own, totally ludicrous, team.
Last year we didn't get around to doing a draft because we completely underestimated how much time the HTTV hoops/hockey edition would take to put together. We're a little more on top of things this year.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Alex Malzone...||
...committed six days ago.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Guiton graduated.||
The most likely backup candidate is redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones, who, yes, is still playing both football and school. He's huge now (6'5", 250), but not near the same level of explosive runner as Miller, and the jury's still out on his accuracy, too. Should be an interesting situation to monitor.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||It's called playful banter.||
And, like, I did bring up John Cooper in the very first question over here. It cuts both ways.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Agree on a lot of this, but...||
...defense is a significant concern, one I probably should've highlighted more in my response. UConn's offense may have been extremely guard-driven, but they also had a seven-foot center playing 40% of their minutes who posted a 15% block rate, fifth-best nationally. Rim protection is a big deal, especially with the way charges are being called now.
Even though Michigan hasn't boasted a real shot-blocker, just having solidly built centers inside to alter shots helps the defense. I don't see the team getting better in that regard unless one of the freshmen really surprises. With the offense almost inevitably taking a (hopefully small) step back next season, that's gonna be a problem.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, Jordan...||
...were you a legit college center?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Per hoop-math:||
In halfcourt sets this season, Robinson shot 49/63 (78%) at the rim, easily the best mark among non-centers and better than anyone on the team save Jon Horford (33/38), who did so on far fewer shots and with the benefit of more wide open looks and putbacks. GRIII was assisted on just 57% of those makes.
I don't know what games you were watching, but we didn't see the same thing.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||#11 on the West (white) team.||
#11 on the West (white) team. Just tuned in, had to look it up—those jerseys are horrible.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||To be clear...||
I don't blame much of this year's schedule on Brandon—note I don't do that in the post. I do blame him for scheduling App. St. instead of even a half-decent opponent that wouldn't conjure up horrible memories for everyone in attendance, but that's just a small part of the issue. I'm not sure how much responsibility falls on him for allowing the Big Ten to schedule back-to-back road games at MSU, but it certainly doesn't help his cause.
However, the bigger issue here is that Dave Brandon, not the Big Ten, sets the price point. After last season—and given this year's schedule, the recent team performance, and the general admissions fiasco—raising the per-game price of student tickets was inevitably going to lead to this.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||/dead||
|18 weeks 3 days ago||(Sigh)||
All lists of songs written as an offhand joke should be taken VERY SERIOUSLY, and definitely as an indication of my favorite songs ever, as opposed to a few tracks I thought of off the top of my head that would make me laugh if I heard them emanating from Greg Mattison's office.
Also, you're just dead wrong on Freddie Gibbs. This is not a subjective argument.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Wouldn't go that far yet.||
He's got great measurables, don't get me wrong, but calling for Michigan to offer Holloman at this juncture is premature. It's a small class, they've got bigger fish to fry at running back—Damien Harris and Mike Weber are both much more polished runners, and Michigan's at or near the top for both—and Holloman's film doesn't scream "can't miss" to me.
The straight-line speed he shows on tape is great, but he doesn't make many sharp cuts and given the competition he doesn't show a whole lot of power. Unless he improves in those areas, I think he's more of a guy Michigan would take at the end of the cycle and see if they can find a role for him, as opposed to taking him as their top option at running back. Since Michigan didn't take a back in the 2014 class, they really can't afford to take a gamble there in this class.
That said, if they fill their needs and have room for a guy like this, I'm all for putting an offer out there and seeing if he can develop; there's obviously a lot of potential here.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Yes.||
But I don't think Michigan would take Etherington—don't think he'd provide the level of impact they'd want. He's not looking at any Big Ten schools at the moment, either.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||He could be a decent option||
He could be a decent option if he's up to snuff academically, but there's a red flag with him, too—multiple suspensions at FGCU.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, that is the case.||
If TaShawn Thomas gets his release and a waiver, he'd be an ideal fit. Solid rebounding numbers and a top-100 block rate, plus 60% shooting on a high volume of attempts. Yes, please.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|21 weeks 1 day ago||You'd be surprised...||
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Freshman BeeJay Anya||
I'd fade away, too.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||That lob is the main weakness||
That lob is the main weakness of the 1-3-1 no matter who you stick back there — covering the entire baseline with one player is damn near impossible, so you need length up front to prevent those passes from happening in the first place. I wouldn't change how Michigan utilized their personnel at all; LeVert's disruption up top is what makes it an effective curveball defense more than anything else.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Before calling someone a fool...||
...it's always worth checking the byline. Also, notified Brian, think he already fixed it.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||This was supposed to be a||
This was supposed to be a brief overview—like Brian's Wofford thing—and there will be a much more complete preview on Friday if Michigan advances. This was more team-focused than personnel-focused save for the part where I pointed out a potential mismatch, and while Carson puts up numbers in bulk he's not very efficient (99.3 ORtg) — I think Michigan can handle that just fine.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Fixed||
Thanks for the correction?
I've been writing all weekend without any editor. Sorry for the typo in an instant recap.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Reading is hard.||
Reading is hard.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Fixed||
|22 weeks 6 days ago||His numbers are just under||
His numbers are just under Jordan Morgan's, and still quite good (104th in OR%, 417th in DR%), and that's with Ross (17.2 DR%) and Smith (16.7) eating up way more defensive boards than any Michigan non-center. He does tend to give up offensive rebounding chances when he goes for blocks, but he's still solid on that end—much better than, say, Nnanna Egwu—and he's a legit threat on the offensive glass.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||My Comcast guide||
says the same, but like I said, I'm relaying information sent directly to the media from the athletic department. The official site—which previously listed ESPN or ESPN2—has it listed as ESPN, as well.
|23 weeks 10 hours ago||(No subject)||
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||Originally listed as ESPN or ESPN2||
Media relations confirmed this afternoon that it will be on ESPN.
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||He knows.||
He enjoyed it.
Good thing, too, because about half of the team retweeted it. I think they were all on the bus to Indy when it got published.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Huh?||
As opposed to taking nationally televised content and slapping the MGoBlog logo on it? It's in the public domain. It's a great GIF. I'm not sure why this is a problem.
Also, it's not like GRIII is making money off his Instagram account. And it's linked in the post. I'm not even sure why I bothered answering this.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)|
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Here it is.||
[click to embiggen]
|24 weeks 19 hours ago||In my haste to post this...||
...forgot to include another Stauskas three and Dakich gem [click to embiggen]:
Yes, Dakich gets out of his chair and starts stretching the moment Stauskas gets the ball.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||A request:||
Do you happen to still have the video of halftime, goblue16? My video doesn't have it and that's when they showed the full replay of Stauskas trolling the Orange Crush after his buzzer beater. If you've got it, get in touch—would be nice to have for GIF purposes.
EDIT: Nevermind. Got it.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Too late now.||
Closed the photoshop window; adding numbers would've quadrupled the amount of time it took to put this together, anyway. (Any editing beyond a static overlay—like the MGoBlog logo—takes a significant amount of time.)
My best suggestion is to keep an eye on the scoreboard at the bottom.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Extensions that could come in handy...||
If GIFs take a really long time to load for you, there are browser extensions that will delay playback until each GIF is fully loaded.
Chrome: GIF Delayer
Firefox: GIF Delayer
There's also the Chrome extension GIF Scrubber, which lets you have movie-like control over playback. That one is a lot of fun to play around with.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||DONE||
|24 weeks 2 days ago||DONE||
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Looked at the guy's comment||
Looked at the guy's comment history and did what had to be done. As a result, this comment thread now makes zero sense.
Word to the unwise: if you're going to vehemently argue in favor of oversigning, (1) don't, because it's morally reprehensible, and (2) if you do, don't resort to name-calling when your argument inevitably falls flat.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Re: Cole||
Yes, I believe so. His primary recruiter is MSU's DBs coach and Narduzzi is his secondary recruiter, per 247.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Yes.||
This explanation is good enough that I'm not going to fix the typo. He earned that fifth 'n'.
|25 weeks 14 hours ago||?||
The "sic" is in there because, I assume, whoever transcribed the quotes for GBW made a typo, which happens on that site quite often. It's in there to indicate a typo, not that Ms. Harris misspoke.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Argh||
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Oversight...||
...rectified. [Click to embiggen.]
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Too much delay.||
Just went back and looked—there's about a 10 second gap between Spike hitting the shot and the graphic popping up. Doesn't really work for a GIF, unfortunately.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||If I must.||
Thanks for the kind words, all. Many more GIFs coming, of course, though I don't think any will touch this one.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks.||
This was the first post I ever wrote in a car; WTKA's wireless network serendipitously reached the parking lot. Managed to finish up the post just as Brian got there (I anticipated more traffic, was 20 minutes early, and figured I'd give it a shot).
The one decent thing about losing a post is it's easier to write the second time around.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)|
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Oops, thanks.||
But can you blame me, really?
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Looks more like an athlete to||
Looks more like an athlete to me. Totally off the recruiting radar (he doesn't even have a 247 profile) and, based on his film, he'd need to get way stronger while maintaining that level of athleticism—HS running backs consistently knock him backwards or get extra yards after contact, and those are plays that made his highlight reel. He might get a cursory look after posting that SPARQ score; I'm not sure it'll go much further than that.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Not the same.||
In the first game, Michigan's two-point jumpers were happening at the free-throw line. Today, they were more likely to come with a foot on the three-point line. There's a huge difference there—not all two-point jumpers are created equal.
I agree that the offense is having issues producing quality shots for their best players and the defense could be a lot better; comparing this shot distribution to the first Wisconsin game doesn't work for me, though.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Not really||
Not really, and that isn't Wisconsin's style anyway—they'll live and die with their normal ball screen defense, because that's just the way they play and they're not going to make major changes in the heart of the season. Plus, with their lack of size at the 1-3 spots, focusing too much on Stauskas is just going to open things up for LeVert and Walton off the dribble.
|27 weeks 18 hours ago||I can definitely get behind||
I can definitely get behind this, especially since it appears I won't be able to avoid "BUT STACEY AUGMON" if I try to force the Plastic Man nickname.
Nice work, everyone.
EDIT: Now with photoshop.
|27 weeks 18 hours ago||Yes||
There should be plenty of offseason GIF material, GIFs Of The Athletic Year tournament included.
|27 weeks 19 hours ago||Yes, he did.||
However, he retired in 2006, and that was well after he was particularly relevant. I think it's time to bring that one back. It just works so well for Caris.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||This is a really excellent||
This is a really excellent point. Very tough to make significant adjustments when playing four games in nine days, which they just did (from Indiana on Feb. 2 to OSU last night).
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Opacity help?||
Received feedback here and on Twitter that some people love the images and some can't read the charts. Just updated them to make the background pictures more opaque—is that better for people or still too cluttered?
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Or...||
...emotions are often more misleading than the actual numbers. But it's Friday, so perhaps let's not get into a lengthy, semantics-based debate over my use of the word "comfortable."
|27 weeks 6 days ago||KP Win Probability Chart||
I'd say it was pretty comfortable. Iowa never got closer than four points behind in the second half and Michigan responded quickly each time.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Even though KenPom adjusts||
Even though KenPom adjusts for schedule, blowouts can skew the numbers a bit, and Iowa had a lot of wide-margin wins in their non-conference schedule, plus the blowout of Minnesota—that moved them up seven spots (from #12 to #5) on its own. It also helps that none of their losses are even remotely bad, and most of them were quite close.
|28 weeks 15 hours ago||June 20||
According to the linked 247 article, a parent/guardian still has to sign a LOI if the prospect is under 21 (why this is the case, I have no idea, but the NCAA is weird like that). However, he can sign an athletic-aid agreement when he turns 18 on June 20th, and if MSU allows it he can even sign one of those before he's 18.
Basically, even if his mom refuses to sign the LOI, McDowell can end up at MSU without too much issue.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||After banishing him to the||
After banishing him to the nosebleeds for two years, they actually yanked Bacon's credential entirely before the 2013 season.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|29 weeks 13 hours ago||No reason||
No reason for that type of speculation, especially since McDowell's interest in MSU grew when they were in the midst of a Rose Bowl-winning season while Michigan lost the B-Dubs Bowl. There's a much simpler explanation than the one you're fishing for.
|29 weeks 18 hours ago||I planned to do that with free throws...||
...and probably should've mentioned this in the post, but all the makes at the end came after off-ball/non-shooting fouls when Michigan was in the bonus or intentional hacks at the end of games.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Here you go.|
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Great point.||
I meant to mention this in the isolation section and forgot—another remarkable part of this run by Stauskas is that his production (or non-transition production, at least) has come almost entirely within the flow of the offense. I expected to see a lot more late-clock heroics, but they weren't necessary; Michigan is generating shots so well in their halfcourt sets that he doesn't need to go end-of-clock Trey Burke all the time.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
That got counted in the official box score as a turnover for Spike and a steal(!) for Appling(!!). Criminal.
In other Spike statistical oddities, the jumper off the stolen inbounds pass against Iowa is his only two-point make in Big Ten play, and he hadn't attempted a two-pointer in conference play until the Wisconsin game (he's now 1/3, with one attempt in each of the last three games).
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks.||
And sorry, Cheeks, but your avatar photo isn't MGoFriendly. Might take a little while to show up (due to the site cache) but I've replaced it with a more appropriate "Cheeks" picture.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||My mistake||
Posted before I had the chance to watch the tape, saw YouTube listed "10 AM Automatic" as being on the soundtrack, and presumed YouTube was correct. Oh well. New Black Keys is decent enough by highlight tape standards.
Also, welcome to the comments section.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Kearns has been in touch with||
Kearns has been in touch with him—I believe Nussmeier still has to go over his film, and perhaps watch him throw in person, before he gets a potential offer. He seems like a good bet to be part of the next wave of offers.
I haven't seen anything Michigan-related about Dillman in a while, and another dual-threat getting an offer before him might be telling—though, that said, they seem to be casting a pretty wide net, so I'm not saying he's necessarily out of the picture.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Not really.||
He's stuck to that timeline in everything I've seen so far, and the fact that he canceled his OSU official instead of rescheduling to a later date when he decided to visit MSU over the weekend supports this, I think. Of course, his father is the one speaking to the media for the most part, so who knows what Malik himself is really thinking, but for now I'd still expect a NSD annoucement.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Part one:||
|30 weeks 15 hours ago||Yes, he's canceled visits.||
Yes, he's canceled visits. Yes, he's probably ending up at Ohio State. Yes, there's a chance this visit—like the others—never actually happens. Again, however, things pop up in recruiting that we never know about, and he sounds very serious about getting on campus. If Mattison (his primary recruiter) and the coaches thought he wasn't serious about visiting—especially in the wake of multiple canceled visits—they wouldn't waste their time recruiting him.
|30 weeks 15 hours ago||Maybe?||
But that's a bit of a stretch considering he had to eliminate another school to make that official happen—and he's not canceling another visit to check out a Michigan game, either. Really, really tough to see a positive here.
|30 weeks 16 hours ago||This isn't unusual.||
High school athletes, believe it or not, have busy and often-changing schedules; in-season planned visits often fail to materialize for that reason. Here's a quote from the article linked in the post:
He also talks about academics—specifically mentioning Michigan's computer engineering program—tradition, and gameday experience (and says he wished he had been at U-M/OSU) as his top factors. If he's just blowing smoke, he's going the extra mile to do so.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Oops, thanks.||
I'm surrounded by so many Brians/Bryans that I'm just calling everyone that these days, I guess.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Holy crap||
Great catch. You can even see the kid throwing it, though he's mostly obscured by the wall of tall white dudes in front of him.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Sometimes||
There can be a couple factors that go into a late-ish offer, and academics/admissions can certainly be one of them. There are a few others that I think are more likely in Fitzpatrick's case and more common in general with this staff:
I'm not sure which category (or categories) Fitzpatrick fell under, but I'm glad he's got that offer now—he's a really impressive prospect.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||The numbers surprise||
Per hoop-math, 85% of Stauskas' threes last season were assisted. This year? 91%.
He is taking a slightly higher percentage of his shots inside the arc, but the returns on those shots have been very good, and his three-point percentage is up a couple points from last year (45.9% compared to 44.0%); eliminating some of those unassisted threes may be helping his shooting.
Also, it doesn't take too much to give him an opening to shoot. On one play last night, Walton tried to take his man off the dribble and got maybe five feet inside the arc—and nowhere near the paint—and the threat of the drive was just enough for Stauskas' man to sag off a tiny bit; Walton kicked it out, the shot contest was a split second late, and Stauskas drilled the three. His release is really, really quick.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Sent this to Brian.||
Sent this to Brian. The exchange:
Me: dammit, this dude is so right: http://mgoblog.com/content/unverified-voracity-bids-crystal-adieu#comment-2366955
I guess we're still in deep denial.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||...which is precisely what I||
...which is precisely what I said in the post.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I'd say so (obviously)||
The UMHoops post in question focused on on-ball defense, which wasn't particularly fair to LeVert since, at the time, he was victimized by a lot of off-ball switches (esp. with GRIII) that put him into bad matchups against post players — those counted against him and he still had a better points per possession against (0.846) than Walton (0.877) or Albrecht (1.05)(!).
LeVert may have his shortcomings against bigger players defensively, but there's a reason he's Beilein's go-to defensive stopper at the point late in games. He's quick enough to hang with point guards, his length allows Michigan to switch on the perimeter without worrying about serious mismatches—you're gonna have a 6'6" guy switching with another 6'6" guy—and smaller guards have a tough time shooting over him or cleanly passing the ball around him.
Walton still has issues playing the correct defensive assignment and he takes a few too many chances at steals, while Spike really needs to be hidden on that end of the floor. I don't think it's an unreasonable statement by any means to say that LeVert is the best player on the team at defending point guards.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think it's possible||
I don't think it's possible to draw a Fab Five connection that makes any sense. This was just before Michigan was willing to pony up big-time money for basketball — Frieder took the Arizona State job in 1989 because he was frustrated by the lack of financial support for the program.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Per Wikipedia (unsourced,||
Per Wikipedia (unsourced, unfortunately): Iowa State called Orr to inquire about hiring assistant Bill Frieder, and when Orr heard how much they were willing to pay Frieder, he negotiated taking that job himself and let Frieder succeed him at Michigan.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Ha, that was Door #2.||
And I couldn't bring myself to open that door over the holidays.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks, SC.||
KSU hit their fair share of hitches in this one, but the video I had cut out a lot of replays and the Fox Sports cameras didn't do a great job of showing stuff downfield—I assume they were running that three verts play you mention. In retrospect, I may not have picked the best game to look at but I wanted to see them in a recent game against solid competition.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||He does a fair amount of||
He does a fair amount of spotting up, actually; per hoop-math, six of his nine made threes this year have been assisted. I think Beilein would be much more willing to put him and Walton out there at the same time—allowing Spike to spot up more—if that lineup wouldn't be very small and defensively deficient. As it is, I think he's being utilized the right way.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Tough to say without looking||
Tough to say without looking at the specific play, but with GRIII that's been a consistent issue throughout his career. His defensive recognition isn't great—he's involved in more than his fair share of missed boxouts and blown switches—and while he's greatly improved his on-ball defense, that stuff keeps happening. I think it's a combination of fatigue—he definitely prefers guarding smaller threes instead of big fours, and Michigan's lineup doesn't afford him that luxury—and youth.
Other aspects of his defense have improved, so there's little reason to believe he can't shore up his awareness, which sometimes takes a while to come around, especially for a player who's had to work on so many areas of his game.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||There's definitely something||
There's definitely something to be said for that. Beilein mentioned at media day, IIRC, that he's had to simplify his offense at Michigan because he's had so many early entrants to the NBA, especially at the point. We all focus on youth affecting the defense, as we should, but Michigan's in a pattern where they have to re-teach the offense to a new point guard every two years, with the first year being a trial-by-fire learning experience—Beilein was still installing new stuff for Burke during the season last year.
You can tell from the way Beilein talks about it that, while he loves having this much talent, he'd prefer to break that trend and reach the point where his young guys can at least get a year's apprenticeship before having to take command of his complicated, ever-changing offense.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Irvin's one consistent role||
Irvin's one consistent role has been as a defensive stopper when Michigan goes to that big lineup, and Beilein mentioned after the Arizona game that he might start utilizing that lineup more to get stops; it sounds like he's earned the trust of the coaches in practice on that end, and I think he's held up pretty well defensively in the time he's been out there.
Walton shows flashes of being really disruptive—he's got a good sense for when to double down on post players to generate steals—and he's got good size, but he's had some issues with defensive communication (not particularly surprising for a freshman) and fighting through screens. He's been pretty solid as an on-ball defender, though, and the off-ball stuff should improve as he gets used to the college game.
I think both players will be very strong defensive players for their position by next year. How soon it all comes together is a tougher question to answer.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||This.||
Between adding more football/basketball coverage, the fact that those spreadsheets took hours to update every Sunday (my one down day during football season, and even then we spend a couple hours recording the podcast), and the fact that 247 did the work for me, we decided the weekly recruiting rankings weren't worth the considerable time they take to put together. I'll probably do a Big Ten recruiting overview around/after Signing Day so we have something here; otherwise, 247 has it covered.
|36 weeks 15 hours ago||It's certainly possible, but||
It's certainly possible, but so much has to happen before that's even feasible that I don't think it's worth a lot of discussion. The Saban-to-Texas rumors haven't exactly come from any reliable sources yet.
|36 weeks 15 hours ago||This has been the plan all||
This has been the plan all along, but the timeline for setting visits kept getting pushed back to the point that I (among others) speculated that they might not happen. I agree with you that there's a lot of uncertainty here; it's tough to consider any team but Michigan as the favorite right now, but he's by no means a lock.
|36 weeks 15 hours ago||ARGH, fixed.||
As an Ann Arborite, I've never been more ashamed of a typo. Thanks.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Just to be clear||
My original post was pointing out the threshold one has to pass to actually get a rise out of me—the anonymity thing was a side note about how I deal with the rest. If I actually took the stuff on here personally, I would've quit in the first month.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Oh, IT'S ON|
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Absolutely—I totally||
Absolutely—I totally understand why people don't put their real names on here, and that the freedom provided by anonymity cuts both ways (allowing several genuine contributors to post while working other jobs, namely).
That doesn't change the fact that, if a person hiding behind anonymity starts saying things on here that they wouldn't say to my face—and I've never been insulted in person like I have been on here—that I have very little reason to respect their opinion, and a whole lot of reason to want them off the site. I welcome intelligent discourse from any source if it's reasonable and avoids personal attacks; I have no idea who Space Coyote really is, for instance, and I have a great respect for what he brings to the discussion.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||As one of the writers in||
As one of the writers in question, here are the two comments I've taken personally.
1. A guy who'd repeatedly called for my firing posting a comment referencing my mother in the most despicable, offensive way possible. I banned him with pleasure.
2. A poster trying to accuse me of plagiarism without actually coming out and saying it. I defended myself in the comments and didn't ban the guy.
That's it, and if you've read the comments/boards enough you know that there's plenty more out there that I could take personally. I think the writers here have plenty thick skin and take solace in the fact that we're actually willing to attach our names/reputations to what we write, in stark contast to the commenters.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||If you're going to be so||
If you're going to be so intentionally dense, I'd recommend not doing it to somebody with admin powers. Like I said before, there was no need to leave that comment—how hard is it to just not read a post and move on with your life? It literally takes doing nothing. This shouldn't be difficult.
This one's a freebie, since if I blocked/Bolivian'd everyone who's been a buffoon this week, we'd start running out of active posters; I understand that people are generally pissed off right now. Next time, though, I might not feel so forgiving.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Do you think that 11W should||
Do you think that 11W should let me do a weekly Q&A over there? Because I do, in case you hadn't noticed, and it's actually pretty popular—us homers, when we acknowledge our allegiances, can still be quite objective. I mean, Ross' prediction gives Michigan more of a chance than most Wolverine fans do at this point.
Also, you can always skip over a post that a lot of other people clearly enjoy. This comment is pretty unnecessary and, considering Ross has a full-time job that isn't blogging and did this simply as a favor, quite ungrateful given the quality of the analysis.
[EDIT: I tried as long as I could. This thread no longer makes sense because a certain poster refused to stop posting about a post he didn't even want to read. This was not a reply to Gandalf, but a post that should no longer appear here.]
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, there will be a||
Yes, there will be a corresponding Q&A up at 11W tomorrow; I'll be sure to post a link, as I have another Q&A with 11W's Johnny Ginter that'll go up here tomorrow. (I'm also the guest on 11W's Dubcast, which will be posted at 4:15 today, for those of you who are interested.)
|38 weeks 4 days ago||The earlier games went long,||
The earlier games went long, so the Michigan game will come on as shortly after FSU/Northeastern is over. Best guess right now is between 7:15 and 7:30 EST for tipoff.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||There's a laughable rumor||
There's a laughable rumor on The Site With Zero Credibility by That "Insider" suggesting that Michigan will pursue John—not Jim—Harbaugh, the coach who won a Super Bowl last season and then inked an extension. You can give up any hope of that happening now. It'll be less painful that way.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I got a lot less nice||
I got a lot less nice when he tried another half-apology on Twitter, if that makes you feel any better.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||It's true.||
I also write under the monikers Greg Dooley, Tom VanHaaren, and—to switch things up and troll—Jason Whitlock. The conspiracy deepens.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I thought Walton did a very||
I thought Walton did a very nice job running the back end of the 1-3-1, actually. That spot requires a player who's quick enough to cover the entire width of the court, and Walton certainly fits the bill; McGary being smack in the middle of that zone makes it tough to exploit any size issue underneath. Also, Walton's displayed a knack for grabbing defensive rebounds, which is an unexpected bonus.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Cripes, man.||
The reason I said the thing about writing an FSU preview before is that I didn't have any need to look at someone else's FSU preview. The reason I said the thing about Dylan and I being friends is that I value that friendship and certainly wouldn't steal content from him; that would put quite the strain on our friendship, not to mention the fact that I'm good friends with Joe Stapleton (of UMHoops) and our assigned seats at Crisler are right next to each other.
I appreciate you admitting your error in judgment; I'd also recommend trying a little less hard to hold onto any possible point in your favor when you're clearly in the wrong here.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||It's entirely possible that||
It's entirely possible that could happen, though I'll say with certainty in this case that it didn't, since I wrote so much in the last couple days that I didn't get the chance to read what was posted on this site, let alone any other. (Tonight's job is catching up on the defensive UFR.) Also, I'd already written an FSU preview for HTTV Hoops; I didn't exactly need any help today.
I do appreciate the response; I don't appreciate the "I'm not saying, I'm just saying" tone of this post or your original post. If you see an issue like this again, a much better way to handle it would be to email me or Brian, wait for a response, and then make such a serious accusation if and only if you think it's warranted.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
I appreciate that. Basketball/football overlap can get crazy but I do enjoy the opportunity to post this much copy about actual games.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I should have access to full||
I should have access to full game film of this one sometime over the weekend, and at that point there will be many GIFs, that one included.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Fixed||
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Are you accusing me of||
Are you accusing me of plagiarizing Dylan? Because Dylan and I are friends, the VCU press is both "vaunted" and called Havoc, and that's quite an accusation to drop in such a manner. We happened to write very similar sentences about a thing that happened. That's going to happen every once in a while when we write about the same topics.
EDIT: Also, I'd have to be quite the idiot/asshole to link to the post I'm "plagiarizing" in the very same post in which the offending quote appears. I'm both of these things at times, certainly, but I'd hope at this point I'd get more benefit of the doubt than that.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||This official site provides||
This official site provides this link for live audio; it isn't working yet, though hopefully that's because the game hasn't started. It's also on 950 AM (Detroit) and 1050 AM (Ann Arbor), as well as Sirius channel 85, though that'll be the FSU broadcast per the game notes.
|39 weeks 18 hours ago||I learned my lesson (again).||
Not going against KenPom for the rest of this lifetime.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Honorable mention; click the link.||
Honorable mention; click the link.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||If I edited the podcasts||
If I edited the podcasts instead of Brian, this would've been deployed weeks ago.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Given that they were one of||
Given that they were one of my most time-consuming posts—those take forever—and the 247 Composite basically rendered them entirely redundant, we decided before the season that they weren't worth putting together, at least not on a weekly basis. When the football/basketball overlap ends I might throw something together, and I'll definitely do a signing day update.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Zero, according to the depth||
Zero, according to the depth chart by class. That assumes no attrition and every fifth-year getting renewed, however, which never happens. My guess is they'll take 2-3 more players.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||He's one of the "two new||
He's one of the "two new guys" Yost mentioned. Obviously a target at this point.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||The two Glenville prospects||
The two Glenville prospects (Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith) keep mentioning Michigan; they're presumed Buckeye locks and definitely longshots but the Wolverines are at least in the mix. CO RB Kalen Ballage is still a possibility; the coaches have been contacting him more as of late. OK S Steven Parker keeps mentioning a potential trip to Ann Arbor, though we'll see if that materializes.
Other than the prospects mentioned above (and the three you mentioned), any additions to the class are likely to come from more late offers at this point.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||He's gone.||
Email account he signed up with revealed he's a guy who spends time starting some epically stupid flame wars on Howard Stern message boards. No thanks.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Incorporates program success||
Incorporates program success from previous seasons, returning personnel, and consensus freshman rankings. Full explanation is here.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't execute.||
I didn't execute.
|41 weeks 18 hours ago||SHOTS FIRED||
|42 weeks 18 hours ago||Yeah, I was referring just to||
Yeah, I was referring just to the defense there, which hopefully can be deduced from the context and, uh, Michigan State's offense.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Tremendous news!||
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Posted it.||
Last link in the honorable mentions.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Fixed||
|44 weeks 15 hours ago||It really depends on the||
It really depends on the year. I think overall there may be more of a trend towards prospects enrolling early; at least at Michigan, however, it's been inconsistent. By year:
2013: 6 early enrollees
Anywhere from 3-7 seems typical—2011 was the transition year, obviously, so it makes sense that the number was unusually low for that class. While the recruiting process has sped up in many ways, it's still tough for a lot of prospects to graduate early—it takes a fair amount of planning and extra work, and these guys already spend a lot of their free time on football (and often other sports, too)—and many (like those at a lot of private schools) aren't allowed to by their high school.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I spent all weekend either in||
I spent all weekend either in a car or at that game and we recorded the podcast when I'm normally beginning to compile GIFs. Nobody requested anything when I asked on Twitter. Y'all get what you ask for, and I'll also remind you that this is a free blog. Sorry if you were disappointed but this was just about all I could muster.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I like them this way, too,||
I like them this way, too, but with the normal number of GIFs it totally bogs down for people with slower connections and can even crash browsers. The lightboxes are a necessary evil for now—I get complaints every time I post more than one un-lightboxed GIF on the front page.
|45 weeks 15 hours ago||Graphics mistake||
I'm assuming that was a graphics mistake on the TV crew's part. I can assure you that this is the film from the St. Eds-Erie McDowell game; if you have any doubts about that, click on the link to the newspaper recap from the game.