|51 weeks 1 day ago||I don't particularly||
I don't particularly disagree, just think you are overstating it. Yes, Beilein is good at identifying kids who can immediately come in and provide non-disaster minutes.
Out of those late adds, excluding Caris, only MAAR started on a tournament team, and he had the tenth highest efficiency and usage rate on a team that was in a play-in game. I also don't know yet whether any of those players are going to produce beyond their limitations.
Did Beilein correctly identify diamonds in the rough, or did most staffs at schools of Michigan's resources and regard correctly manage their roster so that they didn't need to use up a multi-year roster spot on guys like Dawkins and Spike.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||There is, obviously, another||
There is, obviously, another way to look at this.
Caris Levert is a huge success story. No need to debate that.
On the other hand, Dawkins, MAAR, and Spike as underclassmen all had the kinda same profile:
1) Older players - two were from prep programs, and the other was literally the oldest he could be and still be in his graduating class - and already very developed for their class.
2) Thrust into larger than optimal roles on mediocre teams because of a badly mismanaged roster. Spike, for all his dramatics and NCG performance, was below average efficiency and scoring 2.6 PPG before being forced to become the leader of the team his junior year when he was far more suited to a bench/role player spot.
3) Generally lowly recruited because of being very limited players. So far moments of appearing to rise above those limitations have not come to fruition.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||LOL. "Athletes don't think||
LOL. "Athletes don't think like that". Glad you are there to clarify how all athletes think.
And they all would have to sit out a year and waste half of that eligibility.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||First off, the vast majority||
First off, the vast majority of Alabama's medical hardship guys did not publicly dispute them. It was still assumed that when Alabama was oversigned come signing day and non-contributors started dropping, that it was processing. People are just applying the same standard of doubt.
Second, you say Michigan isn't Alabama until they are publicly disputed, then you (very oddly) dismiss the guy who publicly disputed his medical hardship from Michigan.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||They are going into their||
They are going into their senior year at Michigan, would likely transfer to a less prestigious academic school, and they would have to sit out a year.
If given a choice of staying at Michigan and not playing or attempting to find playing time elsewhere, they very likely made a wise decision.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||LOL 1) Those quotes pretty||
1) Those quotes pretty definitively settle the discussion: It was Beilein that pushed Max out the door, not the other way around.
2) Beilein pushing him out the door in order to get Wilson, Wagner, and Doyle - all who were ineffectual and played extremely limited minutes anyways - is not a good argument for Beilein's coaching ability.
Are you arguing with him or just agreeing in an insulting manner.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||It would matter as Michigan||
It would matter as Michigan is currently a few scholarships over the limit.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||You should break that down a||
You should break that down a little bit.
The four games he missed they were 3-1 with a loss at Iowa.
The four games you are talking about that he was in the roster, they were 1-3 with losses to Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin and a win against Maryland. In those games he averaged 20pts, 8reb, and 6assts.
So basically, the games you picked actually support the idea that having your best guy playing at a high level necessarily makes a big difference.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Two points: 1) One mid first||
1) One mid first round pick on the roster and a bunch of guys that aren't even sniffing the draft is pretty weak "NBA talent". Its made even worse that that one guy is the last remnants of the 2012 class and none of the classes since look to have NBA players in them.
2) I would bet that the people who are saying that Beilein must recruit better and get NBA talent aren't that satisfied by 8/9 seed, injury-free, best case scenarios.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||This team kinda looked like a||
This team kinda looked like a bubble team when Caris was on the floor for the first 14 games. Let's quantify some things:
I think with Levert, Michigan would probably be 22-9 and likely a middling eight seed with very little chance of advancing past the second round. I think we would have spent most of the year on the good side of the bubble, and would finish the year looking like a bubble team next season.
That isn't really a "huge difference" to me.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Dead period starts on NSD||
Dead period starts on NSD though. Hard to form the relationships with the coaches.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||He plays football in class 7a||
He plays football in class 7a in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale suburbs. In the vacinity of Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, and Plantation.
You all act like he was playing in South Dakota.
The staffs at Temple, Syracuse, and Illinois all managed to find Weaver and offer him before Michigan did. Then Weaver showed a lot of improvement on his tape, and more teams offered.
Michigan was not a necessary component in this.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||A bigger problem than||
A bigger problem than recruiting classes filling up is that I think the next few months are a dead period. Not a whole lot a kid can do to decide on a school.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Fair enough. That would be||
Fair enough. That would be better that what I said.
I don't think those throwing jabs have been convinced that Swenson's side is untrue yet, nor do I think most will get this message.
The choir is sure digging it though.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Or its just a movie quote.||
Or its just a movie quote.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I'm thinking that he is just||
I'm thinking that he is just quoting a movie he likes and not taking a shot at a high school kid on twitter.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I don't know if Enis really||
I don't know if Enis really believed that or not, but I don't think the coaching staff would have honored his commitment. They weren't scheduling his official either.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Its not all the words of one||
Its not all the words of one side.
I'm comparing the words of both sides with the known circumstances and past relevant evidence.
If Swenson had said nothing about it, and someone said:
"Oh well Swenson refused to camp for the coaches because he knew he had slacked off and wasn't any good, and the coaches told him he no longer had a spot back in the fall but he did nothing about it until two weeks before signing day"
I would be very incredulous of that story.
For the record, I'm incredulous that Swenson knew nothing about his scholarship being in jeopardy, because it wasn't a well kept secret.
But after so many recruits have come out and said that they didn't have much contact with teh staff and then decommitted, I find it easy to believe that the staff kinda left an overly naive and loyal kid in a difficult spot. I mean, Sam Webb and John U Bacon have kinda confirmed that the staff didn't actually say "You don't have a spot" until it was way too late.
The only question left for me is: Was the staff negligent with good intentions (made a mistake letting the kid down easy), or negligent with bad intentions (not being explicit with the kid until they knew they didn't have the spots).
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Because similar info has come||
Because similar info has come from multiple recruits with no reason to lie, and I find it hard to believe that Swenson was told all of this and decided "I'll just wait until my recruitment is completely fucked and then make a big stink."
Plus the story about Swenson says things about him that the author can't possibly know. How does the author know why Swenson didn't work out for the coaches over the summer?
I'm willing to believe that the coaching staff dropped subtle hints that he should start looking around (although it seems that they more often just don't contact the recruit), and that Swenson naively waited and hoped that everything would just work out.
I find the story that Swenson was aware that he wasn't good enough so he avoided working out for the coaches, and then was told in the fall that he didn't have actually have a spot to be less believable than Swenson's.
I also find it fairly unbecoming that not only is the kid without a spot two weeks before signing day, but that someone is leaking out stories about him that make him look like shit.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||My exact words: There is a||
My exact words:
There is a pretty well established history of Harbaugh and staff simply cutting off communication with recruits, rather than explicitly telling them what is going on.
I never said anything about pulling his offer.
Do you think they would have honored Enis' commitment if he hadn't decommitted?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||You are right. No one said||
You are right. No one said "lazy". They said "complacent with his work ethic".
And they didn't say he is lying, they are just saying that everything he has said about his communication with the coaches is untrue.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Like I said, all of those||
Like I said, all of those guys had very limited contact with the coaches and ultimately got the message that they should commit elsewhere. The difference between them and Swenson is that Swenson wouldn't budge until the coaches told him explicitly.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Why are you calling them the||
Why are you calling them the "facts"?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Swenson said he was scheduled||
Swenson said he was scheduled for his official visit Jan.15 and that Michigan postponed it a week. When he hadn’t heard the details about this coming weekend, he called the U-M staff to find out what was happening.
“They said, ‘You’re not going to come up anymore,’” Swenson said. “That’s pretty much all that happened in that phone call. We didn’t talk that much longer.”
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Kiante Enis in November: "I||
Kiante Enis in November:
"I haven't had real solid contact with Michigan. Once a month maybe. I mean I'm still pretty solid though. I don't plan on decommitting at all really, I just haven't had much contact with them."
Now he has decommited while only having visited Indiana and an upcoming visit to Miami (NTM).
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I thought it extreme because||
I thought it extreme because it pretty much stated that Swenson was completely aware he sucked and avoided the coaching staff and then lied about it to everyone.
It would be hard to paint Swenson in a more negative light, given the known circumstances.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Per Swenson and his coach,||
Per Swenson and his coach, they had a scheduled official.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||That seems to be a stretch.||
That seems to be a stretch. Even if Swenson literally thought "Oh man, I suck now. I better not let the coaches know it", how would anyone but Swenson know that?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I did read it again. This||
I did read it again.
This article states that the coaching staff made the decision in the fall because Swenson was lazy, told Swenson, and that Swenson handled that information by fucking himself over.
That does not jive with what Sam Webb said or what we have heard from other recruits.
That the coaching staff informed Swenson that he didn't have an offer and would have to walk on very recently seems pretty established at this point.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||"Blunt" doesn't necessarily||
"Blunt" doesn't necessarily mean actually communicating with a kid:
|1 year 14 weeks ago||You're driving at the fact||
You're driving at the fact that people outside the Michigan fanbase would be more likely to believe the kid got screwed over.
I'm driving at the fact that people inside the fanbase are gobbling up the growing mudslinging directed at Swenson.
Eye of the beholder.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Swenson's telling matches||
Swenson's telling matches very well with what Weaver, Scott, Enis and Coulter have all said before. That the coaching staff just tends to let silence do the talking. They just go ahead and fix the glitch and let things work themselves out. This time they ran into a kid that wasn't budging.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||But we have huge pieces of||
But we have huge pieces of evidence that support Swenson's side of things over this explanation:
1) There is a pretty well established history of Harbaugh and staff simply cutting off communication with recruits, rather than explicitly telling them what is going on. Kain Coulter at Stanford. Weaver, Enis, and Scott so far at Michigan. Matt Falcon's parents didn't know anything about his son's status until they call Harbaugh a few months after his surgery. If the staff was this open about where Swenson stood and what he need to do, it wouldn't mesh with their history.
2) The timing of this doesn't work at all. They were getting red flags because he didn't come up and work out over the summer, but it takes 6 months for them to notify him? Sam Webb makes it sound like the decision was made recently and that was wrong. If this is true, the decision was made months ago, and they have talked to him several times without being truthful about it to Swenson.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||It certainly seems the||
It certainly seems the attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder, because you seem to really like the anonymous story from the Michigan side.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Someone close to the Michigan||
Someone close to the Michigan program is saying Swenson is a lazy liar who avoided the coaches? You don't say...
|1 year 14 weeks ago||You do realize that, even||
You do realize that, even with the Swenson drop, the staff is planning on being about 9-10 scholarships over the limit come signing day?
I'm not sure how you can distinguish this from Alabama tactics.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||FYI, Michigan didn't get back||
FYI, Michigan didn't get back from the Citrus Bowl a month ago.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Its a "Quiet period" after||
Its a "Quiet period" after January 30th, so the recruiting process becomes more difficult.
Plus the contact with Northwestern is extremely recent.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I mean, recruiting insiders||
I mean, recruiting insiders have been saying that they don't think Swenson ends up in the class, they do however say NW is recruiting him. Swenson himself says it was due to "unforeseen circumstances".
I mean, you should be able to come up with a good idea of the circumstances here.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Jake Butt>>>>>>>>>Jeb||
Jake Butt>>>>>>>>>Jeb Blazevich
And they got a whole new offensive coaching staff as well.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Georgia's new OC has coached||
Georgia's new OC has coached 4 NFL TEs in college and was an NFL TE coach. He was the guy who coached Hunter Henry in 2013 and 2014.
Look up the answers to these questions:
1) What TEs has Harbaugh coached for more than one year who have been to the NFL.
2) What is the most receptions a TE had in a season during Harbaugh's time in Stanford.
Not knocking Harbaugh at all, because he uses TEs well, but the echo chamber is starting to mythologize Harbaugh's TE usage/development.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||What are you talking about?||
What are you talking about? Having your error being broadcast on national television is not admitting it. "Welp, guess I was told wrong" is not admitting your error.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||The article did mention||
The article did mention Nebraska throwing for 320 yards against them.
Didn't mention Vernon Adams throwing for 300 yards on them with a broken finger on his throwing hand.
Didn't mention Western Michigan throwing for 365 yards on them.
Didn't mention Central Michigan throwing for 285 yards on them.
Didn't mention Indiana throwing for 308 yards on only 37 passes.
That's pretty much every team that really used a spread passing game against MSU torched them. Not just Alabama.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Allow the player collective||
Allow the player collective bargaining organizations that can police themselves.
It isn't about "paying players", its about giving players to organize and gain footing in negotiations.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Following an arbitrary set of||
Following an arbitrary set of rules doesn't make someone better than another who doesn't follow that arbitrary set of rules.
Nothing about following NCAA's rules makes a program more ethical than a program that doesn't because NCAA rules are ethically bankrupt.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||This might be a decent||
This might be a decent argument if the B1G wasn't full of freshman and sophomore big men who are outperforming anybody on Michigan's roster:
Caleb Swanigan, Ethan Happ, Jordan Murphy, Thomas Bryant, Diamond Stone, Vince Edwards, Deyonte Davis, Isaac Haas, Keita Bates-Diop.
When you are a big man in year three, as Donnal is, and you look as lost as he does, time is running way short.
And then in the case of Ricky Doyle, he has plainly regressed. Its hard to have patience on a player when he is trending in the wrong direction.
Wagner has looked really good at times and DJ Wilson still has time to work out some major issues in his game, but having a season like this where you have no viable big men (and you can't point to departures as an excuse) is unacceptable. There is good reason to think its going to be a gaping hole next year as well.
Also, fun note: Ricky Doyle is leading the big men with 5.4ppg and 3.3rpg. Max Biefeldt is averaging 8.8/4.4 for Indiana (while shooting 64% from two and 54% from three).
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Playing by the NCAA's rules||
Doesn't bring a program above reproach.
Michigan's basketball program brought in 13.6M in revenue. The coaching staff was paid 3.68M. The total cost of scholarships for the basketball team was roughly 750K.
The football program turned in 91M in revenue against 27M in expenses. They paid the coaching staff 8.5M, and the total cost of scholarships for a team of over 100 was 5M.
Those of you feeling good about yourselves because JB doesn't grease the wheels a bit need to get off your high horse. The entire system is based off of exploitation.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||How dirty does that draft||
How dirty does that draft kings advert make you feel, Brian?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Cardale Jones is 6'5" 250lbs||
Cardale Jones is 6'5" 250lbs and has a plus arm.
Jake Rudock is 6'3" 208lbs and doesn't have a plus arm.
A three game flash might have been enough to convince GMs that Cardale could meet the potential his physical attributes provided.
I doubt a three game flash would be enough to convince GMs that Jake Rudock can overcome his limited physical attributes.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Ummmm, on that 2014 clip, he||
Ummmm, on that 2014 clip, he clearly underthrows Duzey (?) by a good bit, making it a very tough catch and leaving yards out there.
Perhaps Iowa didn't throw downfield very often and had more natural receivers as deep threats, leading it to be a combination of limited sample size and Jehu Chesson's lack of adjustment?
I mean, how many throws did he make 20-yards downfield for Iowa last year? 15-20?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||On the coaching staff. From||
On the coaching staff. From the point where Michigan got their last first down and a punt with a few seconds left was a good possibility, Baxter should have been coaching up Baxter to fall on the ball if there was any trouble. He also should have been getting his guys ready for max protection with Peppers deep behind the O'Neill in case of trouble.
Huge failure by the special teams staff.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||He only has offers from||
He only has offers from Vanderbilt and Kentucky. All of those other teams are listed as "interests".
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Counterpoints: Chesson has||
Chesson has more yards from scrimmage and TDs than Kings, not counting the kick return (which Kings doesn't do).
The best rushing defense LJ Scott has played against is #58 Air Force. He had 23 yards on 11 carries. He has 223 yards (over half his total) on 31 carries in the games against Purdue and WMU, ranked 108th and 126th in the country in YPC allowed. It is also of note that Michigan has turtled up on offense and ran into 8-man fronts for half to all of the last 5 games.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||No, not really||
They don't employ a fullback much, typically go with a lot of receiver-heavy shotgun formations, and their two main running backs (Christian McCaffrey is their starter) are 200lb not-quite-scatback types.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I guess I defend Smith too||
I guess I defend Smith too much here, but that first -3 play seemed to unfold completely differently to the Isaac touchdown. Isaac was out in front of Glasgow for the sweep but then slowed up when Glasgow was able to get turned north and south. That never happened on the Smith sweep, as Glasgow had to take that linebacker (with what may have been a block in the back). And on that play, who is Mason Cole supposed to be blocking there? He runs by the unblocked corner and doesn't seem to target anyone. Maybe Smith was following him upfield since he was the free blocker and Glasgow was tied up behind the line of scrimmage?
On the -1, Smith follows his lead guy, but Braden can't get through the hole. I'm having hard time figuring out how you can be sure he missed a lane to the inside when Utah had 9 men in the box and all of them stacked the line at the snap.
I honestly don't know the answer on these, but I just don't follow how you are so sure that's how those are supposed to play out.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I don't think you are very||
I don't think you are very good on the NFL stuff, Brian. I'm pretty sure those top 10 seasons are generally a factor of rookie QBs starting for horrible teams in a pass happy era of the NFL.
Robert Griffin - laughing stock who lost his job to pro-style JAG Kirk Cousins
Mike Glennon - Backup QB for TB
Cam Newton - completely stunted after rookie year and currently heading up one of the worst offenses in the NFL
Teddy Bridgewater - one season with as many turnovers as touchdowns. I do expect him to have a good career, but not enough there to make an argument either way yet.
Russell Wilson - Only QB on this list that is a true success, but he made his draft profile at one of the most devout "pro-style" programs in the country.
The no-huddle, get to the line and get the playcall (of a very short list) from the sideline causes QBs to be very limited in the ids and reads.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Arizona State ran 239 against||
Arizona State ran 239 against them
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Kalis couldn't pull cleanly||
Kalis couldn't pull cleanly because Braden gets blown up into the backfield just like he did on the QB sneak that got blown up.
I thought Kalis was bad, but Braden was atrocious in this game.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Perhaps, but he doesn't seem||
Perhaps, but he doesn't seem to kick the guy out so much as he doesn't get pushed too far back into B Gap.
The tackle had to maintain the edge with the end flying into the backfield, but Braden did nothing to keep him honest. He really could have been nonexistent because the tackle wasn't crashing the hole, and Braden wasn't engaged enough to do anything if he tried.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||100% agree. Braden and||
100% agree. Braden and Glasgow got completely destroyed on this run. If either has any control over their mark, that run is bust up the middle like the previous on that drive.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||On the fourth and 2, I||
On the fourth and 2, I completely disagree that Smith can get away from the guy in the A-Gap if he just follows Kalis. That backer is behind Kalis's pull while Kalis is still 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. That is a loss of yardage whether Smith follows Kalis or cuts up as he did. One way he is running at the tackler, the other way he is getting pulled down from behind.
On the next clip where he misses the outside cut, I think you have to look at how badly Braden is getting blown up and losing the edge to the Utah lineman. That lineman can disengage and string that run out at any point because Braden simply didn't get a bit of leverage.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||NFL personnel also are less||
NFL personnel also are less restricted in their ability to prepare and have a lot more continuity.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Lightning quick 6'0, 180lb||
Lightning quick 6'0, 180lb slot receivers are common enough that most programs can have a few.
Lightning quick 230-240 linebackers are hard to come by. There are only a few every year.
The difference in athleticism between NFL level slot receivers and middling college slot receivers is a lot less than the difference between the same tiers in linebackers.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Both of the passes to Manley||
Both of the passes to Manley and Duzey look drastically underthrown because there was no one behind them and passes thrown a couple steps farther could have resulted in touchdowns.
I think they failed to adjust because both were expecting longer passes and couldn't come back to them. KMM is Iowa's all-time leader in receptions and Duzey is projected to be one of the first tight ends drafted last year. They are both really good players.
In the Dudeck example, he adjusted because appeared pretty clear they were targeting the pylon and the ball was placed exactly where it should have been.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||1370 If you look you also||
If you look you also see that Clark lowers his head and plants his helmet into Braxton above the wings first. Swatting at the ball also doesn't prevent a solid tackle when the ball is held high and away from the body like unsuspecting QBs do.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||1364 There is a pretty||
There is a pretty clear trend there, and 26th is kinda middle of the road for an opponent-adjusted metric like FEI.
The results you have there suggest that Michigan's defense went from above average/good to mediocre during Mattison's time.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||1352 Its difficult to||
Its difficult to have a discussion with such and ill-defined term as "bad", so here is how I would put it:
the demotion and anemic pass rush numbers during Mattison's time (especially with talent that graded out well with the NFL) are clear indicators that Mattison wasn't good enough.
I'm not arguing that this play is a sign of bad coaching, just that Mattison is definitely not above reproach. Most aspects of the defense were very reliable, but Mattison bounced quite a bit between schemes and player positions, and in some aspects the players on the field just didn't perform up to par.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||1346 He did lower his||
He did lower his head a bit and missed a ball that was served up to him on a platter, so I wouldn't say it was a great fundamental play. I think he kinda went for a kill shot when he could have stayed a little more composed and may a play for the ball.
Wouldn't agree that it is a sign by itself of bad coaching. Just a young player missing an opportunity in the heat of the moment. That happens.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Not to take a side either way in this||
But Harbaugh did demote Mattison in favor of a DC with less experience, and I'm pretty sure Durkin will be handling the BUCK/rush end positional duties that Frank Clark would fall into in the new scheme.
I consider Mattison's continued presence on this staff as a matter of Mattison's desire to stay in the area more than an endorsement by Harbaugh.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Taking your clues on ethical||
Taking your clues on ethical treatment of amateur athletes from the NCAA, are ya?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||That isn't even a valid||
That isn't even a valid rationalization given in all four occasions he didn't contact or respond to the recruit regarding his scholarship status.
If your scenario was the case, the staff would have had to inform the kid that they were no longer wanted, rather than ignoring them until they went away.
He basically just fixed the glitch.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||426 Not many. In the||
Not many. In the games Michigan lost, it was established early and often that the offense was not going to do much to win the game.
Being overly aggressive in the passing game was also absolutely not the problem.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I 491 I did some digging||
I did some digging on that time because I was bored and because I didn't believe he was that fast after watching the tape.
That time was posted in the Randolph County Meet. All 8 runners posted their best times on the season in the sprint. Most posted their best career time in that sprint. And the majority posted their best career time by over a quarter of a second in that sprint.
Are we sure those timers were perfectly accurate?
|2 years 1 week ago||If your point is that Beilein||
If your point is that Beilein will take one in three of his 3* big men recruits and turn them into valuable role players, I will certainly grant that.
However, the Beilein magic we generally are referring to means taking a high 3* or low 4* and making them B1G player of the year candidates.
No big man Beilein has coached at Michigan has taken the career arc of Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway, Darius Morris, or Caris Levert. Not even close.
|2 years 1 week ago||Cronin didn't look like he||
Cronin didn't look like he was set to blow up, and Donnal barely saw the floor. But Doyle is looking like a quality player.
Anyways, out of the other players there, you have one that turned into a decent player, and the "poster child for Beileining" didn't even make All B1G honorable mention. Morgan was a great "glue" guy who directed the defense very well, but he never rose above "competent".
|2 years 1 week ago||3* magic doesn't extend to big men, apparently||
|2 years 5 weeks ago||It is really hard for me to||
It is really hard for me to believe that the toe injury was that hindering to the guy running down an all-conference safety in that gif, or that it had much of anything to do with his dropsies. I also wonder if his catch percentage had much more to do with the complete abandonment of downfield passing (Gardner's completion percentage increased and YPA cratered last year).
Funchess may or may not excel in the pros, but his departure was met with a chorus of "meh" because he had problem maintaining any consistency of focus and effort that was indicative of the team as a whole.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||451 Who said anything||
Who said anything about a kid getting criticized? Point to me where Brian actually criticized the kids idea.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||372 To those of you||
To those of you criticizing Brian for giving out the guy's Twitter how else would you recommend he fight this?
The way Ace did, by explaining - with humor and class - why it is a terrible idea?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||333 And Ace's post is a||
And Ace's post is a fantastic contrast, showing how to react to a dumb idea without being a colossal asshole.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||322 If you Adam Weiss was||
If you Adam Weiss was your son and your reaction to Brian's post would be to tell him that is just people reacting to his dumb idea, I'd say you are a shit parent.
As it is, you are probably just full of shit.
I like this blogs general opinion that blowing up a high school senior's twitter over a college choice makes one a scumbag, but directing a large readership towards a college sophomore's twitter is fair game.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Well, you are missing: 1)||
Well, you are missing:
1) Stupid ideas and stupid photos on twitter do not make college sophomores "jackoffs".
2) The kid has already had to take down his twitter feed.
If Devin Funchess caught this sort of treatment for his "Wins are just a statistic" statement, Brian would have a hissy fit.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Well fuck me, here I always||
Well fuck me, here I always thought making jokes at another's expense, especially of a threatening nature from a position of power were a common bullying tactic.
I hope if your kid ever comes home from school and tells you a kid in a higher grade was making fun of him/her, you inform him that the kid wasn't a bully, he was just joking.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Sophomore Tim Hardaway >||
Sophomore Tim Hardaway > Sophomore Zak Irvin.
Higher PER, Higher TS%, Higher Reb%, much higher AST%.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||This year's B1G is not nearly||
This year's B1G is not nearly the resume booster as last year's, and I have serious doubts whether a 19-13 team makes the tournament from the B1G.
Regardless, I don't see a remotely likely path to six additional wins in the next 11 games.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Drevno's not overqualified.||
Drevno's not overqualified. He has never been in a coordinator spot before, and being a coordinator and an OL coach seems like a big job, even with Harbaugh taking a big role in the offense.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Do you really think Wheatley||
Do you really think Wheatley and Morton are probable to come in as positional coaches, considering they were positional coaches in the NFL this past season? Both would seem to be taking a step backwards on the career arc, Wheatley especially, as Drevno would be be certainly coordinating the run game.
I could still see the possibility of Morton coming on with the title of "passing game coordinator" but I'm thinking Wheatley may have stopped being at all likely once Drevno was hired.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||He didn't really report a lot||
He didn't really report a lot of details, and what he did could have easily come from the pay sites.
Wasn't he also one of the guys who completely airballed the contract figures as well?
|2 years 17 weeks ago||From my reading, that "Of||
From my reading, that "Of course" is Rapaport implying the Raiders are being a bit ridiculous in claiming to still be pursuing Harbaugh. And I don't think Rapaport will ever be following Chris Balas for his reporting.
I don't really get what is wrong with this.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Well, one of the guys that||
Well, one of the guys that caught the most hell, Rapaport, reported early on that Ross wasn't looking to make a change at Miami and wanted Harbaugh at Michigan. He also reported early on that Chicago was a tight-ass organization and probably wouldn't spend for Harbaugh. He also reported that Arthur Blank had an affinity for Rex Ryan but not so much for Harbaugh.
So the national rumor mill had pretty much come to the conclusion that NY and the Raiders were the only possible landing spots, and both of those organizations are talent-depleted and have a track record for mistreating coaches.
Put simply, there weren't really any good available jobs. The big error the national guys made was becoming convinced Harbaugh wanted to stay in the NFL enough to take a crap job. Even Charles Woodson said at the time that it sounded like a 1 in a million chance, because that is what everyone in and around the league thought.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||At what point do you think||
At what point do you think they made shit up. Some of the guys reporting about what Michigan was doing were complete shit - FootballScoop and that Brandt guy come to mind.
However, everyone - including Charles Woodson - who knew Harbaugh professionally thought that he preferred the pro game and wanted to stay there. You can hardly blame some of these reporters who were simply passing along the overwhelming sentiment amongst Harbaugh associates around the professional ranks.
Is it really hard to believe, given that no successful professional coach has gone from an NFL team to a college team and that Harbaugh went to the NFL the last time MIchigan was looking for a head coach, that maybe Hackett brought enough money, control, and support to change Harbaugh's mind 180?
And the "No good positions were available" isn't really made up. The rumor mill suggests that the Jets, who aren't exactly treating Rex Ryan well right now, and the Raiders, who are a tire fire, are the only likely landing spots for Harbaugh.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Brian, When you say||
When you say this:
"Michigan has decided that they should use Hackett for a transitional period specifically because football has a hiring season and they don't want to throw a guy in right now and expect him to get the thing right."
It doesn't make sense to me.
How does "Hire a retired CEO with no AD experience at the beginning of November and ask him to hire a coach in December" not the same as "throw a guy in right now and expect him to get the thing right?"
Wouldn't Long or Bates already be largely ahead of Hackett in the decision making process, even if they hired him in two weeks?
|2 years 21 weeks ago||And LSU has more talent than||
And LSU has more talent than anyone in the SEC not named Alabama.
To me Les Miles looks like this:
|2 years 21 weeks ago||And the results of those||
And the results of those searches are good enough reasons to not want to do another any time in the near future.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||The bureaucracy musts expand||
The bureaucracy musts expand to meed the needs of the bureaucracy.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I guess you weren't able to||
I guess you weren't able to make the jump from "kid is committed" to "Dan Mullen offered this kid", but just so you know, Mullen did scout him and ask him to play football at MSU.
You will be hard pressed to make any sort of "he isn't good enough for MSU" argument when MSU offered him a scholarship and didn't think to rescind their offer for 6 months.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Brian used up several||
Brian used up several sentences defending Clark from all of the people who were glad to see him sent packing. He even went so far as to say that those "assholes" would probably have done the same thing if they had the same history.
I get the sentiment here, I understand the point.
This is a tragic story to the degree that Frank's past has turned him into the kinda man who chokes and punches his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings.
That said, he's the kinda man who chokes and punches his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings, so fuck him, background and all.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I was turning Brian's words||
I was turning Brian's words back against him.
Instead of publicly sympathizing with Clark and saying that we should just let those close to the victim support her, we should public support the victim and let those close to Clark sympathize for him.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Personally, I think||
Personally, I think perpetrators of domestic abuse should get all of the scorn that can be lumped on them, if only for those like the kids who witnessed this.
And as for those defending Clark from the internet bullies, I offer you advice directly from the words of Dear Leader: "If you're ever in a position to help a person in that situation do it and if you're not then don't puff yourself up about how roundly you condemn such behavior."
|2 years 23 weeks ago||How contrarian do you have to||
How contrarian do you have to be to spend a paragraph talking about it being condescending to express sympathy for the victim and pointless moralizing to express your disgust for Clark, and then turn around and post that picture and five paragraphs sympathising for Clark and moralizing against the assholes waving bye?
And also, were any of those quotes anything other than made up? I'm pretty sure that Frank isn't refusing to look at the camera, he is turning his head so the police can photograph of the bite mark his girlfriend left while he was pinning her to the bed. He did look at the camera for the mugshot.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||He stole a laptop and punched||
He stole a laptop and punched his girlfriend in the face. Those are the two things that really stand out to me. Out of the things you listed, only the Mott visits seem particularly noble, but I was kinda thinking that most of the football players make visits to Mott.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Great. 100 comments in||
Great. 100 comments in support of a guy that punched his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings (who then ran and told their mother he had killed her).
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Be consistent and honest in||
Be consistent and honest in your rhetoric.
Put evenly, it should say: "Knock out Braxton Miller, pick off Logan Thomas in the Sugar Bowl, and they praise your name. Commit felony larceny and then beat up your girlfriend you suspect might be pregnant and you're the devil himself. No in between. No shades of gray," and the no shades of gray might be a little more sensible. Just about everything we know of Clark off the field at this point doesn't provide much room on the spectrum for gray.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Until this year the SEC was||
Until this year the SEC was not a deep league? Remember that Les Miles coaches in the same division. How many times has he reached the SEC championship in the last 10 years?
In 2013 four of the seven teams in the SEC west finished in the top 20.
In 2012 three of the seven teams in the SEC west finished in the top 15.
In 2011 three teams of the six teams in the SEC west finished in the top 5(!).
In 2010, five(!) of the six teams in the SEC west finished in the top 15.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Whatever the case, football||
Whatever the case, football players are supposedly compensated for their sacrifices with an educational service that others go six digits in debt to obtain. Most of what Brian is saying is a bit wrapped up in the "college football amateurism is a myth" argument (and he is correct in that).
That means that the academics that the athletes pursue reinforces the value of a Michigan education and therefore must be both offered and provided with great consideration. Its worth noting that UNC's scandal, which Schlissel mentioned, was only about 50% athletes.
IMO, you can either acknowledge the hypocrisy of big-money college athletics, provide compensation, and make enrollment encouraged but not necessary, or you can hold the enrolled athletes to the same standard as other students. Anything inbetween and you are going to run into pretty big problems.
Put briefly, any problem one has with Schlissel's statements should be directed at the current nature of revenue-generating college athletics, not at Schlissel's statements themselves.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Actually, the data seems to||
Actually, the data seems to point to a fall off after the first three seasons (after Saban's uber-classes passed through) and that 2011 was an abberation. From 2008 to 2013, 2011 is the only year where we can say he actually had a team that was really good on both sides of the ball. Every other year it was a good-to-great defense carrying an average offense (with 2013 flipping that script). I wonder what his overall FEI and S&P would look like for those years.
With regards to some of your other points:
1) You talk about him not really having an elite QB or RB in his time there (other than what Saban left him) as if it is just an unfortunate circumstance. That he has had a ton of trouble identifying and developing capable QBs is a huge knock against him, especially considering the unique set of needs this team will have next year. Is Les Miles going to get any quarterback or running back on this roster to the level needed to compete against the top of this conference?
2) And the fact that he may be in the best situation for recruiting high school talent in the nation is a very relevant here. He and Mullen may rely too much on JUCOs but only one of them has any sort of excuse for actually having to rely on JUCOs. And when you compare where Miles teams end up performance wise versus the talent he can tap in to easily, it is easy to come to the conclusion that he underperforms relative to talent.
3) You state that he could have had stellar records in 2012 and 2013, but in your examples his record pretty much ended up right at the median of the range. You are basically just saying that if Miles had gotten really lucky the last two seasons, he would have had a great record (which assumes incorrectly that coaches who lose close games are suffering from bad luck). But to that end, the same could be said about Hoke, and if he had had a few lucky bounces in a couple games, you wouldn't even be posting this diary.
4) We may judge Hoke quite a bit by his record against the middling crap that is the B1G, but consistent 10-3 seasons aren't that great if they are combined with a losing record to OSU, MSU and in bowls.
Miles ultimately isn't a bad choice. But Mullen has actually got his teams to perform above their talent level, and he has a pretty good knack for QBs which will be the biggest problem facing the next coach. So I still vote for Mullen between the two.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Has Bronxblue ever sent you||
Has Bronxblue ever sent you an email asking why you write UFRs or UVs?
Couch it in whatever flattery he likes, its still a loaded question that read, in short, "What do you want to get out of taking shots at Brandon?"
|2 years 26 weeks ago||This shouldn't have been a||
This shouldn't have been a diary due to content (or lack thereof).
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Look at this depth chart that||
Look at this depth chart that scout projected for 2008 and tell me anyone would have been able to run a "run a more conventional offense pretty well":
Neither coaches were left with great offensive personnel their first year. The difference between the two is that Hoke had a superlative offensive playmaker at QB, while the guy you say RR should have based his offense out of - Minor - spent 2 years on NFL practice squads before washing out of professional football altogether. Hoke also managed to get insanely lucky in drawing the worst OSU team in a long time and winning flukey games against ND and VaTech.
RichRod has shown he can build offense out of bruising backs and pass first quarterbacks at other stops, he just didn't have much talent at all to work with at Michigan.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Brian: Zettel on the||
Zettel on the interception in the post-game presser:
"Our linebackers told us, the defensive linemen, that they were running a screen, and then when I came around I got the feeling it was a screen because the offensive line was blocking. And then the ball was there, and I was in the right place at the right time."
Apparently something tipped the linebackers off presnap and Zettel saw what he was looking for.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Its also worth noting that||
Its also worth noting that six of Michigan's points against PSU came when the offense got the ball in PSU territory, and another 7 came when PSU practically gifted a 43 yard TD.
Offense gets credit for those, but some massive caveats apply.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||As one of those idiots who||
As one of those idiots who wanted at least to see what Morris could do, I was wrong.
But I don't believe I was wrong because of what you say. I was wrong because I had expectations that Morris might be able to perform the way kids around his recruiting profile had performed: Kenny Hill, JT Barrett, Anu Solomon.
I was not wrong because Devin was better than I thought, I was wrong because Shane Morris was much worse than I had ever expected.
So two questions to you:
1) Do you expect to see 2013 ND/OSU Devin to make an appearance this year?
2) Did you expect Morris to be as completely unprepared as he was?
|2 years 28 weeks ago||You must not know anyone who||
You must not know anyone who isn't a Michigan fan, because if you did you would be aware that Michigan has looked like a joke for some time now.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||God, imagine how flat they||
God, imagine how flat they would have been against Miami, Utah, and Minnesota if what fans showed up hadn't. If they had to siphon energy from the fans to reach that level of energy and performance, they may have passed out en masse on the sideling with a 2/3rds full stadium.
Every week, we hear about how hard they worked in practice when no one was there, and how it didn't translate to the field when everyone was there.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||And at this point, everyone||
And at this point, everyone (and I mean everyone) strongly suspects that the administration isn't very concerned with what the students think. The administration's actions betray a belief that attendance is inelastic and that they can expect people to show up and spend money regardless of prices and quality of performance.
This boycott seems to me to be about making a statement that fans and strudents are not a captive audience and their opinion does actually matter.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||The entire article rests on||
The entire article rests on the idea of the fans as community and what not while ignoring that it was the administration its defending that has worked so hard to turn community into commodity and fans into customers.
The fans are just now finally treating Michigan football by its bottom line, entertainment value, brand pride, etc. How long has the administration been doing it. Why not balance this letter out with a call for the the administration to stop marginalizing the fans, students, band, former players, etc. with its actions?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||If the team wasn't playing so||
If the team wasn't playing so badly and the game management not so terrible, we would probably be inclined to think this was an unfortunate and correctable oversight.
However, this is another sign of incompetence and this one endangered a player. It was then followed up by indifference and obfuscation.
So yes, if this coaching staff wasn't doing such a poor job of managing the team we wouldn't be as angry about this. However, that is because the poor management has removed any doubt that the gentlemen in charge can fix the problems at hand, and are likely to allow them to get worse.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||So the argument here is that||
So the argument here is that instead of not going, one should go and loudly voice his or her disapproval?
How is it better on the players to show up and boo and chant for firings?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||If we are to believe what we||
If we are to believe what we are told, the team plays a LOOOOOT better in practice where there are no fans. So a boycott may bring a win or two.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||So when you are getting||
So when you are getting repeatedly embarrassed on a national stage every Saturday, does doing so in front of 50K rather than 100K actually matter?
Is morale worse for this team if the stadium was half-full instead of 80% full against Minnesota?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||I don't see how him being||
I don't see how him being pulled after one more play comfirms or disaffirms a head injury vs a leg injury.
That isn't what I meant to imply.
I believe the nature of the hit and his behavior on the field suggested a head injury. He seemed to be obviously in worse shape after the hit than before, and there wasn't contact to his ankle on the hit. Do you actually believe that Morris shouldn't have undergone some sort of evaluation following the hit and subsequent collapse against Braden?
If they actually left him in to throw a pass against live competition in order to confirm he wasn't able to continue, its even worse.
And nobody is talking about Hoke's ludicrous (paraphrasing) "Morris could have taken himself out" response after the game.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Here's the thing: Morris||
Here's the thing:
Morris didn't wobble/collapse after the dude rolled up on his ankle. He wasn't taken out after the dude rolled up on his ankle. He played a couple more plays after that.
He wobbled after he took that head-to-head shot. When he was taken out, that hit was the last he took.
Everything that we saw pointed to him being taken out because the headshot made his condition significantly worse.
Yet they are acting like that hit never happened.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Or you can believe that maybe||
Or you can believe that maybe Morris didn't suffer a concussion and that these guys are actually telling the truth about what did happen.
That is completely irrelevant.
An already injured player takes a nasty helmet to helmet collision.
That player nearly collapses and clings to one of his lineman to stay upright on his way back to the huddle.
Multiple players signal to sideline that the player is needing attention.
Player gives an extremely unconvincing, drunken, "no I'm ok" wave.
Not only do they leave him in the game, but they CALL A FRICKING PASS PLAY
Then they pull him, even though he had not taken a hit on that play.
Then he is reinserted into the game after a duration short enough that it seems impossible that a proper concussion check was performed.
Plus, Bellomy found his helmet before the playclock even started, giving the chance to sub him instead.
Plus, the officials specifically asked Hoke if he wanted a timeout, and he declined - only to punt on fourth down a few plays later because he obviously didn't feel that enthused about the chances of winning the game.
So to finish, a question: if the head to head collision, wasn't a thing, why did they bring him out after that? They didn't bring him out after any hit to his leg, so why did they bring him out if that is the only potential injury to address?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||This is a joke. People||
This is a joke.
People wanted Hoke fired before this game, but most accepted that it would have to wait until the end of the season.
Then he topped all of his other failures spectacularly in a way that jeopardized the health of a player. It appears that he has lost control of the team and the situation.
I don't know who you are talking to that is painting this as a morality tale, but this is about Hoke being inept. Furthermore, he is inept in a way that damages the team from week to week.
That's why folks want him gone.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Are you sure about the||
Are you sure about the spread-to-run?
Utah brought in Dave Christensen as their OC this year. He was the HC at Wyoming for the last few years, but before that he was the OC at Missouri for almost a decade.
He coached guys like Brad Smith and Chase Daniel, and his offenses were consistently towards the top in tempo, total yardage and passing yardage.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Out of their last six games||
Out of their last six games against real opponents, Michigan has drastically underperformed against 5 of them. Sample size stops being a possible explanation for horrible results when they occur again (MSU) and again (Neb) and again (Iowa) and again (KSU) and again (ND).
|2 years 34 weeks ago||UNC has already established||
UNC has already established that the NCAA has given up on this sort of thing regardless of how much visibility it has. It doesn't have power to do anything, and the courts are already trampling the "student-athlete" line.
I think ND brought this to light to get in front of any public fallout had the information emerged from a different source. And as far as that goes, I'm not sure it matters how thorough the investigation was because that is all buried by FERPA.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||At Auburn he inherited a||
At Auburn he inherited a mountain of NFL talent.
At UCLA, he was hired to be the OC after the OC was promoted to head coach, so its really hard to say how much he had to do with the offensive performance after he arrived.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||1993 National Championship.||
1993 National Championship.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||There isn't a significant age||
There isn't a significant age difference between the lines, and inexperienced guys (Hurst made a living in the backfield) were blowing up the oline.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I'm sorry, but loading up a||
I'm sorry, but loading up a punch and hiding it when his friend walks by, only to throw it when neither guy has much of a chance to do anything about it is gutless.
And that act alone shows that it was premeditated and he had a chance to think about the situation before throwing the punch.
Call it a "mistake" if you want, but it plainly wasn't a mistake "of the moment", and wouldn't have happened without a fairly strong disregard for his fellow human beings. He deserves just about every harsh word he has received.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||What about Furman and South||
What about Furman and South Alabama, OBC?
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I agree with a lot of the||
I agree with a lot of the sentiment of this piece, but I would counter with some items:
1) There were five guys who were likely to take on a leadership role, and Fitz, Gardner, Schofield, and Gallon were all known to be kinda quiet, easy-going guys. Lewan almost certainly dominated that locker room.
2) The only part of the team that failed was the offensive line, which Lewan dominated even more.
3) The inconsistency you pointed out can be looked at another way: when things were ok, they stayed ok or improved, when things started going bad and the line struggled, it imploded. That seems to point to a problem with leadership to me.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Its really hard to believe||
Its really hard to believe he's coming back for the love of Cleveland, when his return coincides with Cleveland being absolutely stacked with commodities.
If they didn't luck into the first pick, the talk about trading for Love isn't happening, and Lebron probably isn't going back.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Thrill of Victory (1-10, with||
Thrill of Victory (1-10, with 10 being greatest thrill):
Beating ND doesn't really mean a whole lot, at least not in comparison to the other two. Just don't expect to beat the other two, with OSU seeming like a tremendous uphill climb and having huge B1G championship ramifications for at least one of the teams.
Agony of Defeat (1-10, with 10 being great burning agony):
Losing the last game against ND kinda sucks. ND and Michigan are pursuing a lot of the same guys in recruiting, especially Crawford with his "winner" comment, so that would be nice. Also, ND seems to be like the only game on the schedule that would make a difference between mediocre and excellent. Lose to all three and its another crap season.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Does this sound familiar to||
Does this sound familiar to anyone else:
"He doesn't have great size and he doesn't have the speed of a Ty Lawson, but he does have a little change of pace. He could be a better version of Tyronn Lue. Obviously he's a little undersized and not the greatest athlete, but he can really, really shoot. When you make shots, you automatically become quicker. He probably has the biggest balls in this whole draft. That goes a long way."
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Still disagree on Bradley.||
Still disagree on Bradley.
1) In addition to the terrible attempt at net (which was far closer to the net than that Ronaldo attempt, directly in front of the net, and without a keeper in net),
2) and the disastrous turnover (which was far worse than you make it out to be)
3) he also laid a pass to a streaking Dempsey a full yard behind him, squandering one of America's first good opportunities
4) (while better than against Ghana) he was still sloppy with the ball, having a meager pass success percentage
5) and had much less of an impact on creating opportunites than Moutihno (whoscored.com credited Moutihno with 5 key passes to Bradley's 1)
EDIT: I forgot about how he fumbled the ball at the top of the box on what eventually became Dempsey's goal.
Ultimately, he took a step up from Ghana, and he still ranked as the weakest midfielder, at least behind Jones, Beckerman, and Bedoya (Zusi couldn't really find his range).
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Is there a better view,||
Is there a better view, because it looks like a good, not great, shot that caught the goalie flat-footed.
At least to my unexperienced eye.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||To be honest with ya, all of||
To be honest with ya, all of that kinda supports McCants claims to me. "Head cases" that feel that class is like prison, would be likely to need that sort of help to make it through three years at that sort of institution.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Second time you have||
Second time you have mentioned this thing with Chris Brown and Lewan, but I see nothing anywhere on google.
What's the story? Any links?
|2 years 47 weeks ago||First off, the intervening in||
First off, the intervening in a fight was Lewan's story, and Lewan also said he may have pushed someone. At least part of that now seems like a complete lie, as it appears that he threw a punch and came away thinking he knocked the guy out. Resolving that is not a waste of time and money.
He also has repeatedly said that he didn't say those things to Gibbons' acuser, so if you think he was defending a friend, you also think he is lying about that too.
Lastly, IMO, you are looking at the way he behaved in the MSU game through some blue shaded glasses. It was completely unacceptable and has nothing to with Gholston's helmet tug. And to denounce it because it gives MSU fans ammo is kinda sad.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I find that less awesome than||
I find that less awesome than not going to the scorers table to check any stats one has amassed.
|3 years 11 hours ago||This is not a player, this is||
This is not a player, this is an owner.
This is not an action, is a set of beliefs.
His plantation-style attitude towards his players would not be tolerated by his players, future free agents or the NBPA.
Whether or not you think justice was met, the fact of the matter is that Sterling put the league in a position that was antagonistic towards their labor union and their fans. Furthermore, Sterling may have put himself at a huge disadvantage for all future negotiations with talent.
These are actions Sterling forced the NBA into as a matter of pragmatism, not ethics.
|3 years 1 day ago||I would posit that saying||
I would posit that saying something is a "desperate heave" doesn't imply that it was the wrong move.
For example: UTL I. That game was full of desperate heaves that turned out to be Michigan's only sustainable offense.
|3 years 1 day ago||The only guys on the roster||
The only guys on the roster next year that seem like viable candidates for time on the wing were Levert, Irvin, and Chatman, who were all likely to be starters.
The need for a wing to back them up definitely made it into the "desperate" category.
For more evidence, it is no coincidence that Beilein went after one guy who is literally as old as he could be and be a senior in high school and a guy that played a year of post-grad basketball.
He needed guys that would be able to contribute, so he went out an took a flyer on two of the most physically developed guys he could find.
|3 years 6 days ago||I'm wondering whether Brian||
I'm wondering whether Brian bothered to read that top listed article on google about Jack Johnson.
That coppernblue article is pretty whithering and encompassing in its critique of his style of play and the shortcomings in his game. It talks less about Corsi than Brian does.
And then Brian fires back with some positively Tebow quotes. Brian doesn't take Corsi as evidence that he isn't very good, but he takes quotes from his coach saying he "plays like a man" and his teammate calling him a "thoroughbred" as evidence that he is good?
Gotta say, Brian, I think you would be mocking yourself if your argument was fed back to you in any other context.
|3 years 1 week ago||"And he did rather well to||
"And he did rather well to start at Michigan before the full weight of Rodriguez's recruiting came to bear."
I think this needs a little more explanation, as this seems to boil down to "Had David Molk for a year".
|3 years 1 week ago||Holy crap.||
|3 years 1 week ago||I apparently don't watch||
I apparently don't watch soccer enough, cause I don't really get it.
That defender doesn't run in a straight line, he tries to cut him off, he stumbles and then takes a circular path as he tries to redirect Bale. Bale sprints past him, but hardly seems that difficult when the back had his momentum going in the wrong direction at the start.
I also am having a hard time figuring out what the guy in goal is doing.
Was that an especially out of the ordinary goal?
|3 years 1 week ago||Well present your case.||
Well present your case.
|3 years 1 week ago||MCW: EWA = 5.5, good for||
MCW: EWA = 5.5, good for 21st among NBA PG.
Trey: EWA = 1.8, good for 38th among NBA point guards
MCW: Wins Produced = 2.5
Trey: Wins Produced = -1.0
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Rather remarkable that we||
Rather remarkable that we have reached the point where Seth refers to Freddy Canteen as if he had 40 receptions last year, and everybody just kinda nods their head and goes with it.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Ferns, Speight, Cole, Mone,||
Ferns, Speight, Cole, Mone, Pallante, Harris, with Beatty, Ways, and Bunting joining prior to the end of April bringing that total to 9. The remaining seven committed before the beginning of the season.
I would be surprised if Michigan gets a fifth non-kicker before the end of April, and would also be surprised if they had more than half of their 16 or more spots locked up before the season starts.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Possibly, but he is||
Possibly, but he is supposedly high on FSU, Alabama, Florida, and will be visiting Auburn this week.
I think all four of those schools will be very much in the mix with the three you listed.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Harris has really opened||
Harris has really opened things back up, and the Rivals guys are pretty confident in their report that Michigan is outside of his top 4.
Michigan will be in his final group as long as they have a productive ground game, but he probably should get a "Contender in a top 3-7" vibe.
Frustrating recruiting class to this point.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Utah is 23-43 with Trey Burke||
Utah is 23-43 with Trey Burke starting.
The 1-11 start they got to the season also saw Marvin Williams and Jeremy Evans injured (starter and 6/7th man). And even if that isn't that big of a factor, it was a 12 game stretch, which can hardly show any real effect. They are currently on a 3-18 stretch with Burke starting.
Also, even if Burke did mark a big improvement, that was an improvement over John Lucas III and Jamaal Tinsley, who really have no business being in the NBA.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||To come to your defense a||
To come to your defense a bit, Trey did have 14 uncontested field goals and scored at least half of those points when the game was well out of hand. And he had a ludicrous 118 touches in the game, so he is gonna have big numbers. However, even though he had all those touches, he only had 3 turnovers, which is ridiculously good.
Stephen Curry was otherworldly, however, as those numbers of his came on 60 touches. That means on average he contributed well over a point every time he touched the ball.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||http://www.csnchicago.com/pre||
He actually apologized for the gestures first, deleted the message, then apologized for the image. From the quotes from the IHSA guy, I think he changed things a bit to avoid any insinuation that he meant to flip the bird.
From the video you can see in that link, however, it does just appear to be a move of frustration in the moment, rather than flipping off the crowd or anything like that.
Like inadvertently dropping an f-bomb, I would say.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Note that that list||
Note that that list apparently includes graduate transfers, kids who didn't seem to land at any other program, ands kids who may have gotten a nudge from their coach.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure he is||
I'm pretty sure he is practically always referred to in that or a similar manner.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I read this discussion and||
I read this discussion and find myself wondering why Craft isn't referred to "as not just a shooter", and Stauskas isn't particularly lauded for his gritty winnerness.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I only compared the two||
I only compared the two players. Didn't really make a comment on racism.
Unless you are referring to my opinion that Chait shouldn't be annointing himself the authority to tell white people they are racist, to which, meh...
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Watched a lot of games and||
Watched a lot of games and heard commentators refer to how much of a communicator and defensive glue Morgan is a lot more than they talked about how he "can't play above the rim".
And Morgan is an overacheiver and a great contributor, but he isn't as gritty and isn't the leader that Novak was.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I never said anything about||
I never said anything about Jordan Morgan's race.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I'm aware he is important,||
I'm aware he is important, but he is about as important as somebody who averages 20 minutes a game can be.
And that is less important than what Novak, who averaged about 35 minutes a game his jr and sr years, was.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||That first one is BS. The||
That first one is BS.
The "White Guy Telling White People What White People Don't See" is silly to begin with.
And furthermore, his example simply isn't true. Jordan Morgan was constantly praised for being a gritty and intelligent overacheiver by announcers, commentators and writers.
The real difference for the treatment of the two is that Novak was the unquestioned leader of a team that drastically overacheived despite his physical deficiencies, while Jordan Morgan is splitting time as a role player.
If Morgan was oft-bloodied, always yelling, and played 35 minutes a game, it might be a different story.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Hasn't Brian already touched||
Hasn't Brian already touched on FERPA's likely irrelevance on a couple of blog posts?
|3 years 9 weeks ago||A couple points: 1) Why||
A couple points:
1) Why would you say the linebacker numbers are ugly when they have a better success percentage than both the corners and safeties?
2) Perhaps the lack of impact from the SAM was due to the position being filled by a back up for most of the year. A full season of Jake Ryan in 3rd/4th and long, and there would likely have been more of a positive impact from the position.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||This would be somewhat||
This would be somewhat applicable if the team was some indistinguishable blob of incompetence, but it isn't. SAM and MIKE were two spots where the team wasn't broken, but that is what they are addressing with the personnel moves.
IMO, they are taking their strongest personnel away from the position where his skill is most productive, and putting him where he makes the defense possibly more sound, even though it takes away a good bit of the schematic advantage his superior talent provided.
Sounds to me like the defensive equivalent of the tackle-over formation.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||I'm kinda tired of seeing so||
I'm kinda tired of seeing so much emphasis being placed on Jack Miller's size (6'4/290lb) being a problem when Nebraska lists their starting center, Cole Pensick, at 275lb. He was second-team All B1G. First teamer Corey Linsley is only 295 IIRC.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Damien Harris took down all||
Damien Harris took down all Michigan related stuff from his twitter
|3 years 17 weeks ago||In the second half, KSU had||
In the second half, KSU had four real drives (I'm taking out the drive after the INT and the kneel and the game ender) - two of those were 60 yard drives that took a combined 13:23 off the clock, one included three first downs before the fumble, and the other got extended twice by Michigan penalties before KSU ultimately had to punt on 4th and 5 from the Michigan 45.
If Bill Snyder and KSU wanted anything other than to make the second half as short as possible (which they did - KSU had the ball for 21 minutes in the 2nd half), the score would have been worse.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||That would seem like a very||
That would seem like a very Ohio thing to do.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Gus Malzahn => Bryan Harsin||
Gus Malzahn => Bryan Harsin => Al Borges. Talk about a drop off.
The most depressing thing about this: Al Borges would only get about $100K pay raise to make what Harsin made last year.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Definitely an athletic kid||
Definitely an athletic kid who has shown flashes.
However, he hasn't picked up the ability to make his reads at the same rate of Ross and Morgan. As a result can play tentative, leaving him soft at the point of attack and unable to get adequate depth when he drops into coverage.
Thought he played his best game in Ross's absense against OSU, but the ILBs kinda got beat up in that game.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Shifting the goal posts on||
Shifting the goal posts on the guy from "unbeatable juggernaut" to "top 20 team".
But they overcame a 20 point deficit against GaTech at GaTech once their backup QB got acclimated in his first start.
I think they are still a top-20 team.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Ohio St finds themselves in a||
Ohio St finds themselves in a very similar situation as Michigan, personnel wise. The relative performance between the two teams will be the truest matchup between staffs yet.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Hall was dressed and on the||
Hall was dressed and on the sideline, which I took to mean that he was ready in case Elflein didn't perform.
And explanation using the aggregate age of the interior line is a very nebulous explanation for this lines troubles. Maybe it effects the probability of the staff being able to put together a good line, but it doesn't supplant the obvious explanation that Miller, Bryant, Kalis, Magnuson, Bosch, and to a lesser extent Glasgow could not consistently perform the assignments they were given.
Meanwhile, Elflein and Decker can.
Although I should note that I suspect Elflein and Decker are getting much easier assignments from their coaching staff, as well.
Next year will be a good judge, as both OSU and Michigan will have 4-5 guys on their line from the recruiting class of 2012 or later.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Gus has a flair for the||
Gus has a flair for the dramatic that suits him in basketball where exciting individual plays occur with some frequency.
In football, where big plays are typically well-orchestrated plays coming together in subtle ways, he reaches and sounds gimmicky, like with that "OMG WHAT A MOVE" he threw out during that long Miller run.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I think Hall was in uniform||
I think Hall was in uniform because Meyer didn't make the decision until he saw what Elfein would do. It seems very much like he hedged the Hall punishment to protect himself.
Didn't work out for him anyways, and all is well that ends well.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Apparently Pat Elfein did as||
Apparently Pat Elfein did as much to take that spot as Marcus Hall did to lose it. And Pat Elfein is a RS Freshman, which points to the real annoyance: OSU has turned two of their 2012 guys into capable starters, Michigan hasn't been able to pull it off with any of their 2011 and 2012 scholarship guys.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Bollman/Warner putting up 34||
Bollman/Warner putting up 34 with that personnel at a neutral site really puts the 41 Michigan scored in a different sort of perspective.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I wish it would be Hoke, but||
I wish it would be Hoke, but Dantonio is going to give Urban heart problems.
It would be a Saban acolyte.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Shalique Calhoun was a 3*||
Shalique Calhoun was a 3* 2011 kid, just like Heitzman and Clark.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Gotta be fair here, everyone||
Gotta be fair here, everyone of those guys have done as well or better than one would have expected given their circumstances.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||At this point, continued||
At this point, continued steady improvement makes him a pretty good player next year (he was a pretty good play already down the stretch). He came in raw, didn't redshirt, and he has undergone some massive growth in his three years at Michigan.
I would imagine he is just now getting to a place where he can focus on the sort of technique that takes a DL from good to great while having an understanding of his own physical abilities.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Broken containment and a||
Broken containment and a playaction with an absolutely perfect pass and catch. Not all that novel or repeatable.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I'm a non-alum that lives in GA||
So I guess its ok that I feel kinda crappy about this team.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Players from that 2010 team||
Players from that 2010 team that ended up drafted:
Vincent Brown - WR - 2011 3rd Rd
DeMarco Sampson - WR - 2011 7th Rd
Ronnie Hillman - RB - 2012 3rd Rd
Miles Burris - LB - 2012 4th Rd
Ryan Lindley - QB 2012 - 6th Rd
Jerome Long - DT - 2012 7th Rd
Gavin Escobar - TE - 2013 2nd Rd
Leon McFadden - CB - 2013 3rd Rd
TCU had 8 guys drafted that was on that roster and they went 13-0. The Utah team that you are referencing went 12-0. SDSU had talent on offense, at least, to rival those teams that completely overwhelmed their opponents. They went 5-3 in conference and were the third highest-scoring team.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||That that play would have had||
That that play would have had no effect on the participants in the B1G Championship is a pretty strong indictment, however.
Devin completes that pass, and OSU is still the favorite against MSU and Michigan is still in the bottom half of their division, unfortunately.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||It certainly does||
It certainly does
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Take a look at their coaching||
Take a look at their coaching staff - it definitely isn't just Saban making that team a juggernaut on the field and recruiting. That staff includes Nussmeier, Smart, and Christobal who could all manage consistent double-digit win seasons at Alabama.
Could probably manage back-to-back 8 win seasons at Michigan, for that matter.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||"but he thinks he's 'going to||
"but he thinks he's 'going to go blue'"
Is that not the most pathetic recruiting quote ever?
Who cares how he phrases "commit to Michigan", I wanna know if that god-awful T-word, "thinks" is a direct quote. If not, what is?
If we have reached this point and he merely "thinks" he is going to commit to Michigan, momentum has swung way far away from Michigan at this point.
2014 is going to be another very tough season, considering the schedule, and Hoke really needs to make sure he stops the bleeding if he wants to last to see the upperclassman filled fronts he's been desperately needing.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||"I don't like people||
"I don't like people disagreeing with ME, though I'm fine with them disagreeing with someone else."
When the one disagreeing with you is a guy with his finger on the ban button calling you a hated, falsely-entitled jerk, maybe that is a valid statement.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I'm not really sure about||
I'm not really sure about that.
1) The season did a lot to him. It wasn't the board that led him to stop charting with the Iowa game.
2) The board is easily avoidable, and I suspect that there are things we do not see that have contributed more than the board/comments.
3) Go back and read that picture pages that was mostly a very defensive and combattive response to Space Coyote. If anything, Space Coyote has been extremely respectful in an atmosphere where most have vehemently disagreed with him (including me).
4) And like I said earlier, there were valid complaints about putting interviews with HS soph on the front page of this blog, or soliciting interviews with high schoolers via text and posting them verbatim. Brian's response to them was a combative dismissal that basically added up to "Haters gonna hate".
I think Brian's disposition has effected this blog negatively, and is at least somewhat responsible for the issues he addressed in this post.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||That's exactly what I was||
That's exactly what I was thinking. Coaching rumors = "Holy crap, I may have totally misjudged the direction of this team!"
Its kinda scary, too, as the conference schedule looks much the same with the OSU and MSU road games, and the ND flipping back to South Bend. Big-time development is necessary to avoid another 8-4, 7-5 season.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||The trouble is he inherited||
The trouble is he inherited that overwhelming (for the MVC) offensive talent. And early indicators are not good at Michigan regarding offensive player development.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||My guess:||
Because Brian's mood for the last two months has been morose, negative, and combative and has posted a podcast and blog post with 500 posts about how the tenor of the board has become negative and combative.
Because Brian took multiple shots at one of the best commentors and most active members of the MgoBlog community that he had already banned with the note: "I hated that guy! For three years!"
Seems Brian's emotional state has a huge effect on the blog and board, so if you like either, you might be concerned with it.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||THIS is not the place to||
THIS is not the place to specify and resurrect a discussion that is not going to get any more resolution. I just think there has been more to certain controversies than "people just want to complain/don't like Brian".