it's a major award
|1 day 11 hours ago||One reason.||
Because that's how it's spelled.
|1 week 21 hours ago||For now...||
|1 week 21 hours ago||To add to this...||
Very excited to be collaborating with Alex on hoops stuff. Among other writing ventures, he contributed to my old blog, the long-defunct The Wolverine Blog, and we've kept in touch ever since. Can't wait to see more quality basketball coverage on the site; you all should see the increase in volume and quality on that front pretty soon—already putting our heads together about how best to approach the season preview and in-season content.
Congrats, Alex. This is gonna be fun.
|1 week 6 days ago||Do I really have to spell out...||
...that Walton is a much better athlete than Spike? If I do, there you go.
|1 week 6 days ago||Well...||
I've stood directly next to both of them on several occasions, which provides a decent frame of reference. Walton is definitely bigger.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Tried to change it...||
...from my old pic, which was taken after my freshman year of college, and the system didn't comply. Forgot to fix it. I'll get one back on here before long.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||If you're having a hard time...||
...remembering me, it's because I was the skinny guy who didn't do anything except laugh at Marques's jokes and try not to get frostbite.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Right, the bad rappist version.||
Acceptable nicknames for that B.o.B include "Andre 1000" and "Andre 300".
Yes, there's a theme there.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||SEEEEETTTTTTHHHHHHHHHH||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you.||
This was definitely a fun one to write.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm using the 247 Composite.||
Barnes just missed the cut (#313 overall). The Michigan players you mentioned, however, were within the top 250—we switched from top 100 to top 250 last week and I think Seth forgot to make the changes for Michigan's offense. I'll make sure it's corrected next week.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||For one...||
...it helps give a general sense of the talent level on each side of the ball. Also, it's free information, so you might as well have it—it's not like we're omitting which players are considered the stars on each side of the ball.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||Good call.||
I'll pass this along to Seth. Thanks!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hi, I'm Ace.||
Notably, I'm not Brian, who said, "Until Brandon and Hoke are out, that's my plan. I'm not going to the Maryland game, and you* shouldn't either."
*Meaning everyone, not me, since he said earlier in the podcast that I still had to go games because that's kinda my job.
Maybe next time don't use quotes.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke said he didn’t see the||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Yikes.||
Blocked. Sorry it stayed up that long. People who are confused by this and the following several comments—there's a deleted post in this thread that very much merited the reaction.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Right, I get those two confused for some reason.||
Both have ten carries on the year to Edwards' 16, while Cobb's at 92, so neither seem to be a big factor in the offense this year.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah...||
...they ran one jet sweep with Edwards in this game (very short gain) and faked one or two more. The other RB backup—Rodrick Williams, the aforementioned former starter—only saw action on special teams; he's been almost entirely phased out of their gameplan, it appears. Cobb took just about every snap.
Oh, and no bubble screens or even fakes in this game. I know they're in the offense with Leidner, so I can only assume Streveler isn't very comfortable throwing them; either that or with how well the run game was going they just didn't need a constraint play at all.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||That's not true.||
Not sure which chart you're looking at, but Connelly has their most likely B1G record as 6-2 (31.1% chance) with an almost exactly equal chance of finishing 7-1 or 8-0. There's also a big chart near the top with the expected wins for each team, and it has MSU at a very reasonable 5.83. Not saying these rankings are perfect (they aren't), but that looks totally fair to me.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I understand this sentiment.||
I really do. But seeing this comment after spending Friday night at Wayne State, then several hours editing video and writing this post over the last couple days... well, I'd prefer if you just kept that thought to yourself, Don.
EDIT: Also, this is kind of a strange thing to say regarding a post primarily about a rock-solid Michigan commit.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||My bad.||
That definitely merited inclusion. Here you go.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||hahahahahahaha||
no, that did not happen.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Haven't seen enough of him...||
...in the secondary to get a great feel for how he'd fit on defense, though obviously MSU recruiting him on that side is a positive sign. I'll say this: he's really good with the ball in space and is a tough runner for his size, so utilizing him in the slot like Michigan does Norfleet has a lot of potential. I'm just not sure you want to take the ball out of Kelly's hands. He's a heck of a playmaker.
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||New OC||
They brought in former Wyoming HC and Mizzou OC Dave Christensen this year. Trust me, they've really turned up the tempo.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yikes.||
That was not a good typo. Fixed.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Nice catch.||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Seth did his best...||
...with Michigan's personnel in the diagram, but by no means take that as gospel. U-M has totally locked down info on the injury front, so it's pure guesswork at this point.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Now this.||
This is how it's done.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||dammit, man.||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Co-sign all of this.||
I got extremely lucky—my physician went above and beyond in continuing to question my initial diagnosis and eventually coming across the right one, but in my experience (and hearing those of others) that's far more the exception than the rule. Seeing someone who will test for allergies is my best recommendation, and in this regard a lot of "alternative" medicine practices are ahead of the curve.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Just want to thank everyone...||
...for the overwhelmingly positive and extremely helpful response to this piece—my Twitter feed is now stuffed with delicious-looking gluten-free recipes. I'm continually amazed by the strength and generosity of this community. It's always scary to open up like this, but every time I do, I wonder why I hadn't done it far sooner. I can't thank you all enough for that.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I wish I had one...||
...but thus far the GF cookbooks I've found have been a little underwhelming—one, in fact, didn't properly identify which ingredients/foods to avoid, and I was able to recognize this despite being very early on in educating myself about the allergy.
The internet has far better resources. I just got directed to this site as a result of posting this, and it looks quite promising.
Also, if those are your symptoms, they're very similar to mine; I obviously am not a doctor, but in my experience it certainly wouldn't hurt to try to go GF for a while and see if matters improve. I hope you can find a solution, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to email me.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed here.||
Especially if Jake Butt is playing, Michigan should be content to trot out three receivers and mess with ND's safeties using the flex TE. If he's in there, he'll be attacking the middle of the field.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||No.||
No. Te'o was about 20 pounds heavier than Smith, at least in the latter part of his career, which helped him take on blocks and hold up against the run. Smith's athleticism is just outrageous for a linebacker, so while he's not necessarily going to knock a guard back, he does well enough just by being really hard to corral.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for giving that side.||
I'm pretty much in agreement; he's clearly a phenomenal athlete and is well on his way to reaching his prodigious potential. My writeup may not have been entirely fair to him; I think a lot of his lack of impact was due to the lack of opportunities to make one, like you said—he had to cover a ton of ground and did well with it.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Could definitely happen.||
ND looked susceptible to passes out of the backfield, especially if Schmidt ended up on a back. I do expect Michigan to focus more on screens and the like to take advantage, however, instead of tipping their hand with personnel.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Nothing official.||
There's no official word on whether Jake Butt will play or if Graham Glasgow will start; those are Seth's educated guesses. I'm pretty confident that will end up being the lineup.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Only visit he has planned...||
...is for Michigan/OSU right now. I think St. Ignatius (his HS) plays most of their games on Saturdays, so in-season visits are tough to pull off.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Nope.||
I can't blockquote half the article, but he said he loves their OL coach and that "it's hard to turn down a Notre Dame diploma."
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Yeah, I can understand that||
Yeah, I can understand that perspective; McDaniel looked decent enough, but aside from not blowing the occasional assignment it looks like he's well behind the other two in pretty much every regard. Bryant, especially, looked really good on his runs; does a really nice job of planting and getting upfield.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Just talked to Seth.||
Glad you liked the graphic, which was entirely his doing. He's gonna add in your suggestion—I really like that idea.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I can confirm...||
...that it is happening during the podcast recording. There will be video, and we're tying it in to a pretty cool cause to which I have a very personal connection. I'll be consuming a lemon myself, and will write a post next week with the video and details about the cause—this nine-year-old's video (that I happened to stumble across thanks to WolverineDevotee's hashtag) was the inspiration, and I'll explain my personal connection to this next week:
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Patience...||
He's one game into his sophomore season. I bet he'll get an offer. I also bet the coaches would like to look at a few of their 2017 WR options before throwing that offer out there.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Trust me.||
If there's relevant news on KLS, I will post it. With football season starting, recruiting news tends to slow down for a little bit.
Right now he's in the same spot he's been in for a long time. UCLA and Michigan are getting the most buzz, he'll visit officially for the PSU game, and he's also got officials set up to Oregon and Oklahoma.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Lemon.||
I speak for the people, Brian. And justice.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||They listed him on the depth chart for the game.||
One outlet has him as "questionable" to play; everything else I've seen assumes he'll be in there. If he sits, that obviously changes the look of their offense quite a bit.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Per Sam Webb on The Victors Board...||
...another Scout writer told him Roseboro didn't make a planned visit to NC State yesterday ($).
I've heard info myself that strongly suggests Roseboro will choose Michigan, as well.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||And there's this...||
...from the same post, when asked who would start over Darboh:
Predictions are hard.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||My bad.||
I don't read so good. Fixing now.
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 22 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.
|10 weeks 22 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.
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I QUIT||
|10 weeks 1 day 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.)
|10 weeks 2 days 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
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days 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.)
|10 weeks 6 days ago||YES!||
(Also, thank you, Mr. Utah, for providing these entertaining, detailed, and flawlessly accurate recaps.)
|10 weeks 6 days 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.
|11 weeks 20 hours ago||Argh||
My bad. Fixing that now.
|11 weeks 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 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.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Edited.||
That was poorly worded on my part.
|11 weeks 2 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.
|12 weeks 13 hours 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.
|12 weeks 1 day 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.
|12 weeks 6 days 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.
|12 weeks 6 days 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.
|12 weeks 6 days 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.
|13 weeks 15 hours 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.
|13 weeks 19 hours ago||The serious lack of Dr. Dre||
The serious lack of Dr. Dre knowledge around here is really bumming me out.
|13 weeks 20 hours ago||Who?||
Never heard of him.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||In this brave new world...||
...Texas A&M will dominate.
|13 weeks 5 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.
|15 weeks 20 hours 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.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not sure, man.||
Sources around these parts indicate otherwise.
|15 weeks 2 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.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sensing a trend here.||
It's not a good one.
|16 weeks 21 hours ago||Fixed.||
Totally forgot they moved that event the next year. Thanks.
|16 weeks 6 days 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.
|16 weeks 6 days 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).
|18 weeks 5 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.
|18 weeks 6 days 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.
|19 weeks 16 hours ago||Make it two.||
Make it two.
|19 weeks 16 hours 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.
|19 weeks 1 day 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.
|19 weeks 1 day 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.
|19 weeks 6 days 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.
|20 weeks 22 hours 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.
|20 weeks 23 hours ago||Upvoted...||
...and clicked multiple times.
|20 weeks 1 day 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.
|20 weeks 2 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.
|20 weeks 5 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.
|20 weeks 6 days 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.
|21 weeks 6 min 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.
|21 weeks 19 hours 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.
|21 weeks 19 hours ago||Nope.||
Nothing at all.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||DAMMIT||
|21 weeks 1 day 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).
|21 weeks 6 days 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.
|21 weeks 6 days 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...
|21 weeks 6 days 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.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||This isn't as far off as you||
This isn't as far off as you might think.
|21 weeks 6 days 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.
|21 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||To add to BiSB's answer...||
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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:
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Fixed.||
Thanks for the heads up.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|23 weeks 23 hours 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...
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Alex Malzone...||
...committed six days ago.
|24 weeks 1 day 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.
|24 weeks 1 day 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.
|25 weeks 22 hours 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.
|25 weeks 22 hours ago||Hey, Jordan...||
...were you a legit college center?
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||/dead||
|28 weeks 2 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.
|28 weeks 2 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.
|28 weeks 5 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.
|28 weeks 5 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.
|28 weeks 5 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.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|31 weeks 19 hours ago||You'd be surprised...||
|31 weeks 20 hours ago||Freshman BeeJay Anya||
I'd fade away, too.
|31 weeks 1 day 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.
|32 weeks 18 hours ago||Before calling someone a fool...||
...it's always worth checking the byline. Also, notified Brian, think he already fixed it.
|32 weeks 20 hours 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.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Fixed||
Thanks for the correction?
I've been writing all weekend without any editor. Sorry for the typo in an instant recap.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Reading is hard.||
Reading is hard.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Fixed||
|32 weeks 5 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.
|32 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.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Originally listed as ESPN or ESPN2||
Media relations confirmed this afternoon that it will be on ESPN.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 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.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Here it is.||
[click to embiggen]
|33 weeks 6 days 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.
|34 weeks 14 hours 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.
|34 weeks 17 hours 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.
|34 weeks 17 hours 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.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||DONE||
|34 weeks 1 day ago||DONE||
|34 weeks 1 day 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.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Re: Cole||
Yes, I believe so. His primary recruiter is MSU's DBs coach and Narduzzi is his secondary recruiter, per 247.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Yes.||
This explanation is good enough that I'm not going to fix the typo. He earned that fifth 'n'.
|34 weeks 6 days 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.
|35 weeks 19 hours ago||Argh||
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Oversight...||
...rectified. [Click to embiggen.]
|35 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 2 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.
|35 weeks 3 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.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Oops, thanks.||
But can you blame me, really?
|36 weeks 2 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.
|36 weeks 3 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.
|36 weeks 5 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.
|36 weeks 6 days 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.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
There should be plenty of offseason GIF material, GIFs Of The Athletic Year tournament included.
|36 weeks 6 days 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.
|37 weeks 17 hours 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).
|37 weeks 1 day 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?
|37 weeks 5 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."
|37 weeks 5 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.
|37 weeks 5 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.
|37 weeks 6 days 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.
|38 weeks 2 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.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)|
|38 weeks 6 days 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.
|38 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 12 hours ago||Here you go.|
|39 weeks 15 hours 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.
|39 weeks 1 day 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).
|39 weeks 1 day 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.
|39 weeks 2 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.
|39 weeks 2 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.
|39 weeks 2 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.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Part one:||
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Oops, thanks.||
I'm surrounded by so many Brians/Bryans that I'm just calling everyone that these days, I guess.
|40 weeks 5 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.
|41 weeks 1 day 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.
|41 weeks 5 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.
|42 weeks 1 day 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.
|43 weeks 15 hours ago||...which is precisely what I||
...which is precisely what I said in the post.
|43 weeks 16 hours 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.
|43 weeks 1 day 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.