mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
|4 days 14 hours ago||I like Kenny Williams too,||
I like Kenny Williams too, but implying that you wouldn't be happy having Iverson because he wasn't "a shooter" is almost literally insane.
|1 week 3 days ago||I will never hate on an||
I will never hate on an incoming high schooler, but this is a terrible signing. We have absolutely no need for a big.
The only way this isn't an overt disaster is if there's attrition, which I don't want to see.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think I'm alone but I||
I think I'm alone but I totally love the 2012 Alabama jerseys with the simple maize shoulders.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not a David Shaw strategy||
I'm not a David Shaw strategy fan, but I am a David Shaw personality fan. And I do have to admit that it gave me a bit of pause the way he reacted to Feldman's question about Harbaugh. It's not a great sign when the man's number 1 protege can barely hide his contempt for him. There's clearly bad blood and I hope it's just wounded egos doing the bleeding.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This is related because||
This is related because Costello isn't coming here and he's going to Stanford instead - anyone catch the discussion of Stanford's cutting-edge new virtual reality QB training suite? I have the brakes on slightly with my enthusiasm because Shaw is an investor in the product, but I have to admit that it looks completely revolutionary. Use the Googles and watch the videos.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||I don't understand this||
I don't understand this comment. We're a team coming off a terrible season with a sucking void at the position and essentially noone in the mainstream media picking us to be in the top 25. "Slightly above average" is punching above our current baseline.
The only thing we can do as fans to help rebuild this program is to adjust our expectations accordingly. Powerhouses are built just like all houses - brick by brick.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||WHAT||
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Webb really thinks we STILL||
Webb really thinks we STILL have a shot with Weber. He says he'll divulge the information that has caused him to hold this opinion on signing day once we know either way.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||1.) I don't think any of my||
1.) I don't think any of my rules apply to Weber.
2.) I don't think you meant any harm by it, but I sort of object to your characterization of working with a bag man as a "low character" behavior. Except in truly egregious outlier instances, getting a couple g's for dad's church or to get your car fixed carries essentially no possibility of punishment whatsoever and certainly doesn't represent any moral hazard.
I also think it's really naive to believe that at least some of our dudes aren't getting the occasional handout. This is major college football. It happens and we shouldn't stress when it happens here, down south, for Michigan State, or at OSU. It's only when parents are selling their kids for ransom or when boosters are buying abortions or hookers that morality or "justice" interests are implicated, I'd argue.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I would look up the word||
I would look up the word "heuristic."
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Whoa. Paragraphs not working||
Whoa. Paragraphs not working on phone? Weird. Will try to fix.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||This combined with my own||
This combined with my own intuition combined with what Sam said on Recruiting Roundup this morning probably means that Clark, Wheatley or both are headed here.
There's no way that Pickard wasn't slow played given what we'd heard following his visit.
I'm bummed that a kid who had so much love for this place won't be playing here. Best of luck.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Ruh roh. That QB depth||
Ruh roh. That QB depth chart...
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Does anyone think that the||
Does anyone think that the Jake Pickard offer is condition on somebody bigger not accepting? At this point I'm beginning to feel that this must be the case. I haven't heard one person with a pulse say anything other than that we're the far and away leader, and his visit was probably our most successful visit.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I remember on a MGoBlog||
I remember on a MGoBlog Roundtable podcast from about a month ago Craig Ross saying that we'd rue the day we let the 'Nova game slip away. At the time I thought that was insane but I certainly get it now.
|13 weeks 9 hours ago||I agree - elaboration would||
I agree - elaboration would be beneficial. But here's all anyone knows:
1.) Sam Webb and several other recruiting "insiders" have repeatedly and recently said that they would expect that Mike Weber will take another visit to Michigan before signing day. They've also said that he wouldn't have committed to OSU had he known Harbaugh was the coach, but after Hoke was fired he didn't feel he could jeopardize his future by failing to reserve his spot.
2.) On Friday morning, a Detroit News article comes out where Mike Weber says that he won't be taking an official visit to Michigan before signing day in all likelihood. The Board melts down.
3.) AFTER that article was published, Sam Webb made two important and unequivocal comments in his recruiting roundup section. First, he stated that the key words in the Detroit News article were that Weber PROBABLY would not take an OFFICIAL visit. Second, in responding to a question asking him to predict a surprise commit for the class, guessed Gentry and then followed up by saying that he wouldn't put Weber in that spot because if Weber committed it wouldn't be a surprise.
Again, all I'm saying is that important dudes think we're in this. I fully agree that the information available to the public suggests we're totally out. But I get the impression that Webb is pretty sure he knows something we don't. And considering that Webb and Wheatley are bros, I think we should probably take his comments into consideration.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||I don't think we should write||
I don't think we should write off Mike Weber yet. I acknowledge that the "smoke" hasn't been good but a lot of "deep web" guys think that he's a silent commit. With a gap that big I think we should just wait and see.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||This guy gets my||
This guy gets my "irrationally excited about" award. I liked Gentry from the moment he showed up on Nussmeier's radar back before the season started.
I enjoy weird recruits - guys with unique or distinct skillsets that make them difficult to benchmark because they don't fit a "future professional" footprint. Gentry's that guy. Absolutely titantic and can really zip around with a good arm. He reminds me a lot of Jamarcus Russell.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||1.) Don't count this kid||
1.) Don't count this kid out. We're getting major vibes from the plugged in guys that we have nothing to worry about. I will agree that this directly conflicts with the information that's publicly available. I'm just saying that the right people feel there's a chance.
2.) You can't blame him if he chooses OSU. Elliott progressed last season from looking like a tentative wimp to looking like a future round 2 guy within the course of one national title winning season. Anyone who doesn't see the appeal in that is a homer.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||It sounds like revisionist||
It sounds like revisionist history now, but I've been a fan of Gentry's since we first began recruiting him when Nussmeier arrived. I'm thrilled to see that he's a possibility to enter the fold now. He would be a stellar second lottery ticket with Malzone, especially since the skillset between those two kids is entirely distinct.
Gentry has an unusual skillset - he's a monstrous kid who can really run and he's shockingly elusive. His arm strength is also very good although he does the Michael Vick thing ("I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO SO I WILL THROW THIS AS HARD AS I CAN") too often. I don't know anything about his leadership abilities but that's sort of intangible anyway. It also must be noted that NM football is seriously backwater, so the competition he played is likely very bad.
Overall, you want this kid in the class. I'll be the first to admit that there's a particularly strong chance he's buried on the depth chart in four years no matter where he goes. But I can also imagine a world where he's a Drew Tate level guy, and you want that as a lottery ticket this late in the game.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||If this is correct, it||
If this is correct, it probably means that Manning won't be retained. And if THAT is correct, it probably means that Brian was correct about his belief that Manning contributed to the tirefire at cornerback this year. His recruiting prowess certainly warranted retention.
|16 weeks 2 hours ago||This is super weird. I can||
This is super weird. I can get turning down Michigan, because that's not everybody's dream. If anything, Harbaugh's return proved that the public's perception of a job's prestige is not the end-all be-all for all candidates. But he accepted, contacted our recruit, and then bowed out because of MONEY?
That doesn't sit right with me. I think we'll either take another shot at him and convince him to come to Michigan for a better offer or he never really had interest to begin with.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Not sad to see him go. He is||
Not sad to see him go. He is one hell of a coach.
|18 weeks 2 hours ago||That would... be... Link||
That would... be...
Link first. But I think that might be the sign we needed if it's actually true.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Email Brian. Throw some cat||
Throw some cat .gifs in there too.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||The Solid Verbal is - and||
The Solid Verbal is - and I've been saying it for years - one of the best podcasts on the internet. The guys are very knowledgable but come at it from a fan's perspective as opposed to a "seasoned, objective insider" slant. It makes for a very honest and entertaining listen, and they update twice a week even during the offseason.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I understand this position||
I understand this position and I agree. But on the other hand, Jim has done NOTHING to even implicate "stringing us along" - he refuses to address this topic.
I think that the answer is unsatisfying and scary - duder doesn't know what he wants to do yet. I do think that if he decides that he'd prefer an NFL future, he'll be fair and notify Michigan promptly. But that's all he owes the school.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||/thread||
|18 weeks 5 days ago||You guys do remember that -||
You guys do remember that - within the past decade - we literally lost a coach because we couldn't stifle rumormongering, right?
We need to chill. Hard.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Guys, the Villanova and||
Guys, the Villanova and Syracuse games still happened. That's our ceiling. The NJIT and EMU games also happened. That's our floor.
It's a young team. It sucks that it's still a young team because we keep having players leave, but it's the truth.
You can't take on youth, inexperience, roster turnover and rookie breakdowns and come out unbruised every year. The last two seasons were aberrational in that we had lots of questions to answer and they all came back with positive answers.
Last comment in a disjointed post: If Beilien loses every single game for the rest of the year he still might not have blown through the goodwill he's earned over the past three. If you're doubting Beilein at this moment, you're insane. End of discussion.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand how||
I don't understand how Cutcliffe is suddenly a "hot name." Before Florida and Nebraska's job vacancies were filled some of the national guys were saying that he might be a good fit there.
Cutcliffe is on the wrong side of 60 and has substantial health problems. This is not a guy who will be coaching, in all likelihood, even within six years. He's not a long-term solution anywhere. There is also no evidence of him being anything more than a middling recruiter, and, in Michigan's case, he has no regional ties that might give him an edge.
And that would be fine if he was a bona fide turnaround artist, but he has a long-established track record demonstrating that he's a pretty okay coach and nothing more. Winning in the SEC West at the turn of the 21st century was not as hard as it is today, and winning at Ole Miss is easier than winning at Mississippi State. This is not a Dan Mullen resume. It's a Brady Hoke resume.
And THAT would be fine if his teams had some sort of bombastic signature strength that you could fortify by giving him better resources to get in coordinators so as to shore up his weaknesses. But that's not the case either. He's a guy who assembles okay offenses and okay defenses and produces generally okay teams.
I have nothing against Cutcliffe whatsoever, and I agree that Duke being good is fun. But this is not a "hot name" and in my opinion he shouldn't be a candidate at any "big" job, Michigan included.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||...this is really bad news.||
...this is really bad news.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||This passage of the book||
This passage of the book causes me actual, tangible physical pain every time I read it.
It's... this dull ache of grief. Or loss.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Well, when you play||
Well, when you play "I-wanna-go-home" ball by punting from the OSU 38 yard line, you get what you deserve.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Brother, we are very, very||
Brother, we are very, very broken.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||All CEOs are not bad news.||
All CEOs are not bad news. Do you guys even know who Hackett is?
Hackett is a dude who moved up the ranks in a massively conservative, change-resistant institution with a "brand" that was squarely on the wrong side of history. He led the push to return the business towards profitability not by doing the old thing better but by doing new and modern things in an innovative way.
I'm not saying this will or will not work out, and I'd prefer proprietary AD experience too. But U of M Athletics is, actually, at least superficially like 1980s Steelcase, and I think this blog's audience would very much appreciate if Hackett tried to fix the football program by getting fresh instead of getting back to basics.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||It's truly disturbing when||
It's truly disturbing when someone expresses an opinion and you can't tell if it's ironic or genuine.
If you actually believe what you wrote here and you're happy about it, you're not a good conservative - you're a nihilist. And this comes from someone who leans right.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||That game totally owned||
That game totally owned
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I see what brian is talking||
I see what brian is talking about. I'm not a basketball savant but Doyle is, to my eyes, obviously the best center
|22 weeks 3 days ago||While it's of course||
While it's of course completely obscessive and bizarre, it's a pretty cool idea and I wouldn't mind throwing a hundo at it. It would be a pretty good barometer for how much fan support he'd get on day one, and the money goes to a good cause at the end of the day. It's gotta take off, of course, first.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||/NOISE FROM SNOWBLOWER FILLS||
/NOISE FROM SNOWBLOWER FILLS THE ROOM
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! Various||
I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! Various social institutions will begin "fuck[ing] him, background and all" forthwith. First: the team - a proper penalty for a proper violation; he is no longer a Wolverine. I think that's good. Second: the courts - he might be charged with a crime, which is a good thing if he did it. Third: the University - he might be expelled, which might be warranted if that's what the University decides it wants to do.
The issue, bro, is this post you just made right here. Why must completely unilateral condemnation be part of the pile? It doesn't help us in any way, and doing the opposite (that is, thinking of reasons why this might have happened) does help us better understand other humans, which, in turn, minimally decreases the chance that bad things will happen to others.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||You're mad at people who||
You're mad at people who don't want to take responsibility for their actions.
That anger is misdirected here. Nobody on this board is advocating that Clark (1) should remain on the team, (2) that Clark should not be subjected to the legal system, or (3) that Clark should not be subjected to the University's student disciplinary procedures. Clark will either choose to take responsibility for what he did or social institutions will obligate him to do so.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||You're the one missing the||
You're the one missing the point.
You are correct. I would not provide these explanations (again, not excuses) to "the face of the woman he hit" because that would not be kind to do and because that person deserves an ameliorative wave of kindness coming at her right now. She deserves to be left alone and to heal and to not lectured at by me or Brian or anybody.
I would, however, provide those explanations to a group of divested observers without personal stake in the matter like the commenters on a message board. I would do that because discussion of the products that led to a lamentable outcome are worthy of investigation.
An explanation is not an excuse.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||We've all had this||
We've all had this conversation before.
"[PERSON X] did something horrible?"
I love this post because it makes it clear that explanations aren't excuses. An explanation seeks to EXPLAIN why something did or did not happen, or why it happened in the way it did. An excuse seeks to morally or legally immunize conduct.
After this terrible thing happened, I am searching frantically for explanations. Why would Frank have done what they said he did? What went wrong? What can we do better next time?
Asking those questions doesn't constitute an attempt to excuse him. And I'm tired of people acting like it does.
Thank you for writing this, Brian.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I harshly criticized you when||
I harshly criticized you when you initially posted the material and I would like to apologize. I am sorry.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Yikes.||
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with all this. But I||
I agree with all this. But I still want to believe.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I actually think this is||
I actually think this is about right. The Big Ten is Wisconsin followed by three teams with questions to be answered, in my opinion. I'm confident OSU and Michigan will find answers to those questions and I think it's possible that MSU will as well.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE||
DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I like creative suggestions.||
I like creative suggestions. I don't like this suggestion.
Do some research into the decision-making process that lead to the hiring of current football coach Matt Mitchell. That would be one of those situations where "even if it's a good idea, it's a bad idea."
|28 weeks 14 hours ago||Pretty sure it ends with "SO||
Pretty sure it ends with "SO IF YOU WANT IT, COME WITH ME."
|28 weeks 14 hours ago||If you are both a "boycotts||
If you are both a "boycotts bad support the team" guy and a "no dancing what an idiot" guy, I recommend thinking long and hard about this paradox while idling your car in a closed garage
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Good fact, did not know||
Good fact, did not know this.
This post, by the way, is an example of why the institutional memory of Group One is so important.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for this post. Also,||
Thanks for this post.
Also, if I'm wrong, correct me! Let's learn about this and present a good proposal based on solid premises.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||...that's not a compromise,||
...that's not a compromise, because the division is over the way football games are presented.
Has this logic ever worked for you in any context?
YOU: "I want to buy this car for $1,000 dollars."
ME: "I want to sell you this car for $3,000 dollars."
YOU: "Okay, let's make the natural compromise - you sell me this car for $1,000 dollars and sell another car that I assume you have to some other sap who I assume you'll meet for $4,000."
|28 weeks 2 days ago||1.) Most games =||
1.) Most games = "pre-scoreboard upgrade" era game day experience in terms of atmosphere.
Posted from phone. Good enough?
|28 weeks 2 days ago||1.) Yes. I hear lots of||
1.) I wouldn't say it is any different than what's going on now, but today I hear lots of people complaining about how things are changing. While I don't agree that all of these changes are negative, the experience has definitely changed. What if we could offer the flexibility of change with the stability of deliniating where change can and cannot occur? This is what I propose.
2.) No. "Those things" are not the "source of our problems." But, as I explain in the post, it will be the next problem we will have to confront if and when a new AD takes over. Do we unwind the Brandon era completely? I offer the approach I described.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Wait - has this seriously||
Wait - has this seriously been proposed already?
I read this Board all the time, but perhaps I still managed to miss it.
If it's a redundant post, please take it down, mods.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Honestly, the boycott was||
Honestly, the boycott was poorly organized and ravaged by dissent anyway. I doubt it will happen.
But I will say this: if you are a current student and you will be attending the game, do NOT allow them to cover up your opposition to Brandon. They will try to drown you out with the band and with the video board. Chant and chant often in between cheers for the players.
Don't leave anyone with any confusion about who you love and who you hate.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Re point # 2: It's one thing||
Re point # 2:
It's one thing to sell shit to me. Personal seat licenses are an opportunity to continue sitting with my friends and family? Nonsense; it's you screwing me by making me pay for what I used to get as a matter of courtesy. But fine, that's life.
It's another thing entirely to sell me shit and tell me it's gold.
This is not North Korea. I do not want to see a stadium that is 85% full and have the scoreboard announce an attendance of 104,000 people. I do not want to hear that you did not sponsor the skywriting over East Lansing and later discover that you did. I do not want to hear on Monday that a player did not have a concussion, hear on Tuesday that the player DID have a concussion, and hear on Thursday that you knew on Sunday that he had a concussion.
I'm a lawyer; I know the difference. Spin is a symptom of an increasingly corporatized culture, and it's a symptom we all have to tolerate. But lying is something different altogether, and I won't tolerate that any longer.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||"We're here kids, get out of||
"We're here kids, get out of the car," I said, throwing the gearshift into park. Their delighted screams filled my ears as I looked over to my wife with pride. She smiled in tired satisfaction. We had been driving for days, and at last the amazing spectacle filled our windshield and lightened our hearts with its splendor.
"Here it is, kids," I repeated, hand on hips, staring directly at the glory we had all traveled so far to see. "The worst post on the whole internet."
|28 weeks 5 days ago||If you're gonna do it, you||
If you're gonna do it, you best keeping bumping this thread.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault.||
It's not your fault.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault.||
It's not your fault.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault.||
It's not your fault.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault.||
It's not your fault.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault.||
It's not your fault.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault.||
It's not your fault.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault.||
It's not your fault.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||That's a completion! They||
That's a completion! They HAVE to review it!
|29 weeks 1 day ago||He was, actually. He was||
He was, actually. He was playing LB, which was strange.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Team obviously sucks but I||
Team obviously sucks but I love the way the guys are sticking together.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||This is mostly putting polish||
This is mostly putting polish on a turd, but I like the way Green has run at times tonight.
It's not where it needs to be, but it's progress.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||lolI actually kinda like||
I actually kinda like this post
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Let's just be nice, guys.||
Let's just be nice, guys.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Didn't post on the Board||
Didn't post on the Board around Nick Sheridan times, but fuck yeah Nick Sheridan. I'll shake his hand any day.
But this thread is for Devin.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's cool, brother. No||
It's cool, brother.
No argument. Not trying to sway anybody. Just gettin out some feelings.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||If and when the shitstorm||
If and when the shitstorm goes down regarding this, I hope that everyone reacts by being honest about mistakes that were made.
Like, you know, BRANDON didn't do.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I think we should take this||
I think we should take this down until it's confirmed. Just one man's opinion.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I... don't believe this is||
I... don't believe this is real.
I'm no Brandon fan, but this doesn't feel real to me.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||No organization more closely||
No organization more closely parallels Michigan's pervasive administrative bloat and athletic underperformance than Texas under Mack Brown. Firing Brady Hoke to hire Mack Brown would be like ragequitting on Comcast to subscribe to Comcast.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||A WILD ADULT APPEARS||
A WILD ADULT APPEARS
|30 weeks 9 hours ago||I don't mind nuance or a||
I don't mind nuance or a contrarian opinion, but this adds no new premises to the discussion and just introduces a conclusion that doesn't necessarily follow.
|30 weeks 12 hours ago||"Never assume malice when||
"Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice."
This quote sums up how I subtly disagree with this article. I understand Hallett's rage at the situation. I also agree with his conclusion that Hoke needs to go because of this. But I disagree that Hoke's actions are best described by the adjectives Hallett chooses:
"Disgusting. Reprehensible. Despicable. Atrocious. Disturbing."
Instead, I think these should be substituted:
Careless. Feckless. Negliglent. Inappropriate. Unacceptable.
I think Hoke is over his head. I think the pressure has gotten to him. It's hard to blame him for that, but pressure is part of coaching at the University of Michigan. In that pressure, I think he made a mistake. I think he was panicking about a million separate things and when he looked up, he saw his concussed quarterback taking a snap.
"A mistake" is not an excuse, but it is an explanation. It's just that in making that mistake, he has proven to me that he is not the right man for the job. His oversight placed a kid's brain in danger. That's all I need to see.
|30 weeks 13 hours ago||Okay, I admit, I smiled.||
Okay, I admit, I smiled.
|30 weeks 15 hours ago||This has been one of my||
This has been one of my favorite "bar conversations" with my Big Ten basketball friends for a couple years now. If you start thinking about the parallels between the two coaches, there are so many that it's almost eerie.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I agree. The old-timey||
I agree. The old-timey numbers look totally distinctive and cool without being gimmicky.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Whether or not you find the||
Whether or not you find the explanation credible, Bacon suggested that many lettermen would come forward publicly but cannot because of political pressure.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't address this||
I didn't address this possibility in my post, so we should here. I feel that this is possible, but unlikely. Bacon's reputation, as far as I'm concerned, is extremely polished. For him to tie his to G. Henson's...
I don't think it's something he would say on the radio without an independent source confirming or substantiating. But it is possible.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Haha. Good point guys. I||
Haha. Good point guys. I edited the title.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I feel this is a very fair||
I feel this is a very fair point. The podcast contains NO suggestion that the thing Henson posted was the letter that will be presented to Schlissel.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||SET COURSE FOR STRAWMAN No,||
SET COURSE FOR STRAWMAN
No, I'm not saying that. I used the example of that single game to stand in for a whole host of problems that followed the same exact pattern as this move - short term sellout as a prayer to fix something that is not fixable without major change. I don't need to recap years of history for you - you've been here since 2011. Swapped safeties last year. Position coach boogaloo. Miller SUCKS oh wait looks like Burzynski sucks oh wait looks like Bryant sucks (oh wait, Miller's good!). Gardner to wide receiver will solve everything! Et al et al et al.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Witness: Iowa, 2011||
Witness: Iowa, 2011
|30 weeks 3 days ago||One more comment. Perhaps the||
One more comment.
Perhaps the hallmark of Hoke's tenure has been relying on temporary fixes to avoid making real transitions. From his foot-dragging insistence on recognizing the necessity of installing spread concepts to help Robinson and Gardner to his postion coach merri-go-round, Hoke has proven that he'd rather "just try to get by" rather than taking any major action that would force him to admit that his plan for Michigan football's future is misguided. Assuming Gardner is healthy, playing Morris is just another example of that.
I hope that I am wrong, but I predict this will be his last mistake both of this kind and of any kind. If Hoke is fired, the ultimate irony will be that his hiring and tenure were merely band-aids on a mortally wounded program that needs a complete reimagining from the top down.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Every fiber of my being is||
Every fiber of my being is hoping that Gardner is hurt.
Otherwise, we've just placed one of only two or three likely remaining wins up for grabs without any good reason.
And Hoke hasn't even begun to experience the level of heat he'll see if we lose to Minnesota at home.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't go so far as to||
I wouldn't go so far as to call it an "in," but this is mostly accurate. I do not purport to know any regent candidates position on this issue (to the extent a candidate has a position on this issue.) I also will not disclose any candidate's position on this issue unless that candidate consents to such a disclosure, of course.
My point, though - you can kind of sort of vote on this. But then again if the decision is taking place after January when the terms end, we're in a pretty bad place.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Whatever. Upvoted because||
Whatever. Upvoted because even if this isn't true it's fun.
Also, dat avatar tho
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Perhaps this has been||
Perhaps this has been discussed in other threads, but another issue to consider is that Regents are elected by voters through statewide election. Two regents, Darlow and White, have terms that expire on January 1, 2015. Darlow will not seek reelection.
Regents will sometimes campaign on football-related issues, which is sort of sad but also probably a logical thing to do. If Brandon's approval from Michigan fans is actually as low as it seems to be given the media, perhaps this may make a difference. Also, perhaps the outgoing regents may wish to get something in motion before they're (possibly) gone.
I do not know how Darlow and White feel about Brandon. I will attempt to find out how the Republican candidates feel about him and I will report back.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||This is a weird comment.||
This is a weird comment.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I co-sign this. Jim||
I co-sign this. Jim Harbaugh, as unrealistic as it might be, would be a complete home-run hire that would create a totally seamless gap. We might get a recruiting BOOST from it as opposed to a salvage operation for this class, and long term his history of success is basically unimpeachable. I also think his personality is volatile in a way that will actually be a positive for this program.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I very much want this to be||
I very much want this to be true, but the source doesn't "feel" authentic. Are we sure that it's true that this is the guy who broke Hoke first?
I would feel encouraged by this article if and only if the author has an established track record of "insider knowledge."
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I do see your point, and||
Dammit. Double post. Sorry dudes.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I do see your point, and||
I do see your point, and perhaps the perception will be enough. But John Harbaugh is on the record as being a whistleblower who was ignored, which could easily be milked for some credit if people are interested in appearances.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||I totally upvote this||
I totally upvote this initiative.
Brian owns at UFRs, but he'll be the first to admit that they could suffer from witness bias because they're an attempt to objectively measure a subjective skill. We NEED members of the community to help cross-check for validity and reliability
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Bando? I mean this. Go pet||
Bando? I mean this. Go pet a cat or go on a nice Sunday morning walk or something.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Ok guys everyone is thinking||
Ok guys everyone is thinking it - ban this bigot.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||I unironically agree with||
I unironically agree with this.
Carlos - start a kickstarter. I'll kick in cash. We could easily raise a couple Gs.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with the OP. But as a||
I agree with the OP.
But as a side-point, the future depends on it too. Rodriguez was ran out on a rail. People posted pictures of his departure with his son in the car on this website in celebration.
That looks very, very ugly now. So let's learn from that.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||On the one hand I love that||
On the one hand I love that Brian is connected enough to say stuff like this and keeps us in the loop. On the other hand, given the context of the comment, that's a pretty damning charge to drop on the table without providing some support.
The program is a problem, but I'm not sure Brandon should be the one leading the purge.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||*said in a trembling,||
*said in a trembling, frightened whisper*
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Seconded. This owns.||
Seconded. This owns.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||The MSU line is completely||
The MSU line is completely baffling to me.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||One last note - I'm sure the||
One last note - I'm sure the coaches know about this, and are already working with Braden to improve his technique. But I'm just pointing this out to show that you can improve this. It's good to be a "natural" knee-bender, but it's possible to learn to do it too.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Let's talk about "waist||
Let's talk about "waist bending." Some people get confused because they think it's referring to the actual anatomical waist; it's not. It's referring to bending at the hips, like right above the belt level. Here's a good portion of an offensive line "manual" I pulled off the internet.
"KNEES It is necessary to keep the knees bent. Our knee bend will enable us to move quickly and react to the movement of the defender. Knee bend is the way we lower our center of gravity, which is essential in all of our blocking.
WAIST We can never bend at the waist. When linemen get tired they begin to straighten their knees and so they bend at the waist to stay low. However, this does not lower their center of gravity. It does not matter how low your helmet is, it is your center of gravity which is important. Bend in the waist makes you more susceptible to being pulled forward and beaten. No bend in the waist will keep your chest up and form a slight arch in your back."
Another way to imagine the difference is like this. Drop a penny on the ground. Pick it up without bending your knees. You'll "hinge" at the hips (or the waist); from the side you'll look like the capital letter "L" rotated to the right by 90 degrees. Like this:
If I was facing you, it would end really badly for you if I tried to yank you forward or to the side, because your center of gravity is way in front of your feet and I'd tip you over. But suppose you bent at the knees:
Now look at where the center of gravity is - over the feet. If I tried to pull this dude forward his feet would come with him and he could leverage his strength to compensate.
Now go back and look at the videos Brian linked to - Braden does like the former picture when he's trying to hurry to reach a block.
I have limited coaching experience, but from what I've seen there are three solutions:
1.) Hamstring flexibility needs to increase. Offensive linemen are sometimes extremely inflexible in the lower body because their upper bodies can be so massive.
2.) Squat more. WAY more. It's tough to get tired when your thighs, hamstrings and glutes are so used to carrying big weight that carrying your upper body is a piece of cake.
3.) Focus on avoiding lunging by allowing yourself to "play slow." Sometimes coaches emphasize "getting to the block" so much that it becomes second nature to lunge. Instead, take it easy. Use practice time to make it natural to approach the block keeping good position and gradually speed up the approach. Braden's a slower guy - that's fine. It's possible to succeed at offensive line with bad foot speed. But not if you double down by adding bad leverage to your bad foot speed.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Brian, I understand that you||
I understand that you cannot responsibly disclose what's happened with Bosch, but do you expect that he will play football again, whether this year or in a future year?
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Oh, wow. I hope everything is||
I hope everything is okay with him. Like as a human.
|34 weeks 7 hours ago||So am I the only michigan fan||
So am I the only michigan fan that finds the msu/Oregon line completely horrifying? I stay away from wacky lines like the plague but it's so so so tempting... i cannot imagine msu would lose this game by over eleven frickin points.
I always try to "guess the line" before I see it to sanity check my impressions of teams. I thought I would see MSU +6, maybe even +7. But +11? That seems insane.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||I anticipated having||
I anticipated having offensive line personnel problems, but not having good ones. But I think Glasgow's return creates a good problem.
I have to say that I think if Kalis remains healthy that Cole or Braden sees the bench. Miller's performance - upon live viewing - looked good.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I DIDN'T see what you did||
I DIDN'T see what you did there and this gave me a heart attack, because you are one of the most mysteriously reliable sources.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||ALL OF THE UPVOTES||
ALL OF THE UPVOTES
|34 weeks 5 days ago||The worst. Best of luck to||
The worst. Best of luck to him in recovery. You can fully bounce back from an ACL tear, obviously, so I hope he's not too down about it.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||<blockquote>He watched as a||
<blockquote>He watched as a bystander on Michigan’s 2011 Sugar Bowl team. He considered transferring because of it. He opted to stay, to remain close to his family and friends, only to be pushed to wide receiver for a brief stint the next season. And then, in 2013, when everything seemed like it was going to fall into place – nothing did.
So Gardner did what he’s done his whole life. He leaned on his mother and siblings for support. He also spoke with an old friend, who reminded him that he didn’t need to be anyone but himself.
“Devin’s one of the toughest guys I know,” former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson said. “Devin’s had three coordinators. He’s had injuries. That’s a lot.
“But that’s life, and that’s what I tried to tell him. How a man reacts when adversity hits (makes you who) you are. He’s handled it well and I always say, my hat goes off to him for that.”
Devin Gardner, simply, needed to get back to being Devin again.</blockquote>
Assuming that this is true, has any single player done more for the University of Michigan's football program than Denard Robinson?
|35 weeks 14 hours ago||I like this thread. On the||
I like this thread.
On the topic of retroactive redshirts, I do think that Brian and Ace were on to something in the podcast about both K. Bosch and D. Thomas. Do you all think that the coaches would like to get them redshirts in their sophomore seasons? Do you think they WILL be able to?
For Thomas, I hope that the coaches appreciate the necessity of getting a redshirt year on him. He was, by most measures, the consensus blue chip in his very good recruiting class, and he's not even on a meaningful three-deep at any position. The limitation simply must be mental; getting that guy an extra year seems both desirable and key. As to whether they WILL be able to, I think that's obvious - yes. You haven't heard boo about him. If the coaches want an extra year they can get it.
For Bosch I think it's tougher because I think the answers are inverted. It's very suspicious to me that Bosch isn't rumored to be in the mix for a starting job considering he was first man up last year. I think the coaches want to rotate a redshirt on to him. But can they? Actual evidence suggests that he's probably the seventh or eighth lineman in terms of quality on the coaches' list... but do you want to hold him out?
|35 weeks 2 days ago||That's correct. Thank you.||
That's correct. Thank you.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Great framing of this||
Great framing of this issue.
I'm saying that the coaches' ideal line contains Magnuson at LT. I think Cole is only starting because Glasgow will be suspended for a game and Kalis is also injured. Once Glasgow returns, IF Kalis is healthy, I think the line will be:
MAGNUSON // KALIS/GLASGOW // MILLER // GLASGOW/KALIS // BRADEN
Whereas it sounds like you think if Kalis is healthy the line will be:
COLE // KALIS/GLASGOW // MILLER // GLASGOW/KALIS // BRADEN
That's the bet. Who's number 1 at LT if everyone is available and healthy? You think it's Cole, I think it's Magnuson.
Let's do a friendly, fun wager. You pick the stakes. Money to charity, signature change, winner picks the loser's avatar - whatever you want.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Here it is. The worst post on||
Here it is.
The worst post on the internet.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||To clarify, here is my||
To clarify, here is my understanding of Ace's argument. To the extent my understanding is accurate, I agree with him.
I think the coaching staff has identified six offensive linemen who have established themselves as possibly starting. Within those six I believe that there are internal tiers, but I think the coaches have decided that the five spots will go to the six. I think those six are:
Starting with that premise, I understand that Ace thinks this is how the coaches have decided things:
C: This will be either Miller or Glasgow. Coaches claim Miller has outplayed Glasgow, so MILLER wins. This means that Glasgow will either play guard or RT.
RT: This will be either Glasgow or Braden. I think the coaches can't fit Braden anywhere else, whereas Glasgow can play guard. I personally believe (although I don't think Ace suggested this) that the coaches feel Braden is too tall. So BRADEN wins.
G1: Glasgow is the best of the remaining linemen and might be better than Braden. So GLASGOW takes one of the two guard spots.
G2: Kalis would win this spot, but is chronically injured and this back injury is pretty scary. So we hope Kalis is ready to go but plan for his absence. KALIS wins, but what's the plan otherwise? It's between Magnuson and Cole. The coaches think that Magnuson might be the best of the linemen, and we need push inside to win. Cole isn't that strong but he's very agile, so Magnuson is better as a guard than Cole is as a guard, whereas Cole can play tackle. So it's MAGNUSON if Kalis is out.
LT: See discussion above. Magnuson is best here but Cole can play better here than at guard. So MAGNUSON wins, unless Kalis is out, which would make COLE go here.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||I just want to put down on||
I just want to put down on the record that I completely and totally love these podcasts. This blog generates a complete load of quality product, but I think your podcasts might actually be your best product. Thank you, Brian and Ace.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||I'm glad someone posted to||
I'm glad someone posted to discuss this. I guarantee Ace is correct. Wager?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Brian is on with the guys||
Brian is on with the guys every Thursday afternoon.
Also, POST THE MGOPODCAST; IT IS SO GOOD. I LOVE PODCASTS SO MUCH
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the link! I||
Thanks for the link! I didn't see it!
For everyone who would like to read alum96's take, click here.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||We can learn nothing from||
We can learn nothing from this whatsoever. It's just for fun.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Yessss||
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Takeaway bullets go||
Takeaway bullets go here:
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I really like these. Just a||
I really like these. Just a difference of opinion.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I just want to say that||
I just want to say that Braxton Miller is one tough, tough son of a bitch. This will impact our season and is worthy of discussion but I really do hope nothing but the best for him. He is a good dude and a great player.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||:( This whole thing sucks.||
This whole thing sucks.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Just for perspective, the||
Just for perspective, the news of this first broke at noon. Let us just get through our own off season without trouble or injury.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Those are valid||
Those are valid possibilities. But of course another possibility is that Hoke is simply being coy and that Cole is being used to push the players who are more likely to start due to experience.
I don't doubt Cole looks good - he was highly ranked at a power school and enrolled early. But a true freshman left tackle who is on the wrong side of 6'4" is an absolutely terrible recipe regardless of the ingredients.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, he straight up said||
Yeah, he straight up said that he'd been approached about OL coaching positions at the college level but turned them down. But my hope is that we start scooting guys his way to work during summers.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||That article was absolutely||
That article was absolutely awesome.
Talk about a guy you want advising your team. I hope Michigan continues to make inroads with him.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
*RECORD SCRATCH SOUND EFFECT*
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, but this obviously isn't||
Yes, but this obviously isn't the depth chart for the first game because he's listed as an ummmm alternate.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not optimistic about the||
I'm not optimistic about the OL, but it's impossible that this lineup will ever be used in a game. A starting five without Glasgow taking up a spot isn't real, sorry.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Uh look at that there||
Uh look at that there completion percentage differential duder
|37 weeks 3 days ago||He also provided his "gut||
He also provided his "gut feeling" about Robinson's transfer yesterday, but by the time I listened to the podcast the news of the committment had already broken.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Sam Webb has previously||
Sam Webb has previously opined that Teske's committment would likely (but far from certainly) sway Thornton and Battle, who both expressed an interest in playing with him.
Awesome score no matter what, though. Also an interesting changeup from Beilein's typical center recruits from what I can tell.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|37 weeks 4 days ago||I understand why Tyriq||
I understand why Tyriq Thompson made that choice.
Good luck, kiddo. On to the next.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||At the onset of the play,||
At the onset of the play, Braden is telling Williams that he's covered. Williams will respond in kind to Braden; it's time for man on man.
After the play, I'm not sure anything Braden says to Williams will matter. Williams can't really abandon his block to help Braden control the 5 tech - that would have just created a different disaster.
Heaven help me for saying this: Braden just needs to execute.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Gucci Mane avatar = person||
Gucci Mane avatar = person making the post is a disgraceful shameshow
Nick Saban moneybags avatar = ???
|38 weeks 3 days ago||This article plus this||
This article plus this comment equals everything that needs to be said about this topic.
This comment is an excellent example of a counterpoint that dialogues with the main piece as opposed to conflicting with it.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I know you didn't write this,||
I know you didn't write this, but Chris Wormley is for sure a redshirt sophomore. And it can't mean "dude who just hasn't played yet" because he also got decent playing time last year. What gives?
|49 weeks 1 day ago||This is awesome obviously but||
This is awesome obviously but how many played in 06 mich/osu? We played this game in college once and the number of players we came up with was sizable.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||That might be true, but that||
That might be true, but that would be insane.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Everything you say is true,||
Everything you say is true, but where did I purport to be anything more than a fan?
|50 weeks 2 days ago||My wish list is Jalen Coleman||
My wish list is Jalen Coleman and Eron Harris for our (functionally) 2015 class.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||There's no sugar-coating this||
There's no sugar-coating this one. This is a (1) high-impact player (2) with a skillset that is perfect for Beilein's system (3) who we were in on early and identified quickly and (4) who we have high need for. When you add in the fact that this would give MSU's bleak scoring outlook a much-needed boost, it is absolutely critical that Harris comes here.
|1 year 13 hours ago||Are you saying "we" from the||
Are you saying "we" from the position of an insider? Because I consume more college football media than 95% of the adult male population and all I've heard are a scatterplot of totally shot-from-the-hip rumors.
|1 year 2 days ago||I... actually agree. I||
I... actually agree. I didn't think I would ever agree with anything like this. But I agree.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||This is a horrible, terrible||
This is a horrible, terrible blow for Michigan and it's BS to sugarcoat it otherwise.
But: the most important thing for Jon Horford is to do what he has to do. Go get it young man.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||*cough* sammy watkins *cough*||
*cough* sammy watkins *cough*
|1 year 2 weeks ago||As a substantive comment,||
As a substantive comment, Stallworth is actually the one MSU committ I really feel we missed out on. This is great news.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I hope NU has retained very||
I hope NU has retained very capable labor counsel. I also hope Fitzgerald is the kind of leader who can also be told what to do.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Feel absolutely terrible for||
Feel absolutely terrible for Payne and Harris. They left it all out there.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||You are not required to join||
You are not required to join a union at any employer in any state. That is illegal. You have the right to associate as you please. In Right to Work states, employers and unions are free to enter into union security clauses as part of their CBAs. This ensures that all employees pay union dues as a condition of employment, but they still don't have to be union members to work. In RtW states, union security clauses are illegal.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Michigan's Right to Work law||
Michigan's Right to Work law amends PERA, but only with respect to its union security provisions. Your point about Right to Work might (but I suspect wouldn't) hold for other states, but it makes no difference here in Michigan.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Are you aware that in March||
Are you aware that in March of 2013 Congress - yes, human Congress, not dog Congress, not bizzaro-congress, not shadow congress - passed the SaVE Act, which incorporated a great many of the Dear Colleague letter's provisions into law? Are you aware that the DOE is involved in rulemaking to write regulations interpreting that Act? Are you aware that these are the standards now in play? Because that's how that works.
Again - I don't expect you to be aware of these things. Only big time legislative nerds would be. But perhaps it would alleviate some of your concern about the process and some of your disdain for law.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Are you aware what happened||
Are you aware what happened in 2013 that, I dunno, might have led to the revision of the policy?
Look, dude, seriously - I think you have a pretty defensible position about how we're moving in a bad direction. I won't agree or disagree. But "haha law" doesn't really have integrity when Congress, you know, passes A LAW by, you know, voting on it. That law explicitly requires universities to adopt DOE-OCR advisory policy as implemented in the 2011 Dear Colleagues letter.
Be mad if you want, but sometimes people pass laws we don't like. Happened to me a bunch of times. Happened to a LOT of people a bunch of times.
EDIT: To be clear, not all of the OCR's advisory policies are included in the Campus SaFE Act. For more details, do your own research on Cornell's excellent online law library.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I hate the word "should," but||
I hate the word "should," but to be clear - the law requires the University to have a policy allowing for individuals accused of sexual assault to be disciplined by means of a hearing. The law places certain requirements on those hearings which you may or may not disagree with.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I won't give you the answer||
I won't give you the answer from all angles because I'm not billing for this time. But in short, the "Federal government allows the University to expel a student committing a 'crime' for which he was never tried and convicted" because the Federal government just may have required the University to adopt the disciplinary hearing standard of review used here. The Campus SaVE Act, included as part of the VAWA reauthorization, requires schools to institute a hearing process. Further, a proposed regulation that interprets the SaVE Act might just force schools to utilize that standard of review in the hearing process. Schools that don't may be subject to Clery Act penalties.
I have no interest in a moral/political/normative debate but that's the descriptive legal landscape. Stray from it at your peril. If you want change, write your congressman or something.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I don't know if we'll||
I don't know if we'll necessarily win but it's fricking incredible we're back in this game.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||This is very sad. Let's be||
This is very sad.
Let's be real: this is Michigan State, not an unaccredited trade school run by Central American drug cartels. Her fears seem... overblown.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||The change in the standard of||
The change in the standard of proof is likely a red herring in this instance as it pertains to unraveling why Gibbons retained his eligibility for so long and why it's coming out now. Instead, I think the bigger issue is eligibility requirements of the moving party (that is, the person or entity who initiated the proceedings). The victim in this case voiced her intent to remain separated from both prosecution and, evidently, from OSCR investigation. Thus, the University's hands were tied at that point - prior to the revision of the policy, no action could have been taken. But under the revised policy, the University could institute proceedings and OSCR could investigate and adjudicate.
I think this changes the focus of what questions we should be asking significantly. Instead, I think, given all we know, the unanswered questions are as follows:
1.) Why, after the "interim" policy was instituted in 2011, was Gibbons not investigated with the University as the movant until 2013? Was it because the University could not do so (was the standard for movant eligibility changed in the interim document?) or did the University simply decline to do so?
If it could not have done so, this puts conspiracy talk to bed. If it merely did not do so, questions about why the delay occurred until near the expiration of Gibbons's eligibility should take center stage.
2.) Once the proceedings began, due process required Gibbons to be able to attend, to present evidence, and to cross-examine witnesses. Did this occur before or after the November document was issued by OSCR telling Gibbons that evidence existed to prove the claim?
If it occurred before and the November document was an official decision, that makes it look really bad that Gibbons played in the Iowa game, because a player had been judged to be more likely than not to have raped somebody played in a winged helmet on a football field. If, on the other hand, due process rights had not been afforded, I'm less disturbed by the fact that Gibbons played in that game.
3.) All the above being said, at what point did Hoke know that a University investigatory body had determined it was more likely than not Gibbons had raped someone?
If it is before the Iowa game, Hoke deserves censure, possibly up to and including discharge in my own opinion. If it is before the Ohio State game, Hoke deserves censure as well, but the conduct deserving of censure merely becomes lying about why Gibbons would not play as opposed to playing him despite the investigation. If it is before the bowl game, I don't think Hoke's behavior is deserving of criticism. "Family business" is a broad term and he is surely under pressure to not comment on Gibbons's status with the University. He may not have been candid, but I don't think candor is warranted with respect to the press.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I'll reserve final judgment||
I'll reserve final judgment until we know more. But I'd be lying if this didn't look absolutely awful on its face given what we know right now.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||I've been critical of your||
I've been critical of your work before, Brandon, but this is excellent reporting. Great article.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||It shouldn't hurt. But it||
It shouldn't hurt. But it does.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Yes I am glad we all have||
Yes I am glad we all have heard 36 Chambers before. But isn't the bigger news for M (aside from the Bucks getting a great player) that they're basically out of room for both Lattimore and Smith?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Faces with names is fun!||
Faces with names is fun! I'll list the ones I know:
LEFT TO RIGHT:
Furbush, Canteen, Watson(?), Ways (standing), Harris, Winovich, Bunting, Campbell(?) (standing), Speight(?), Cole, Marshall, Ferns, and Pallante.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||How do you figure? MSU was a||
How do you figure?
MSU was a great team last year, and this year they return almost all of their impact players AND they get a full year of a healthy Gary Harris with another year of experience?
MSU is, in my opinion, the clear (but not distant) preseason #1 team in the Big Ten. I think we're in the next tier with OSU. But I don't object to their #2 ranking in the slightest.
The Big Ten is a meat grinder, and MSU stacks up well.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I need to think about this,||
I need to think about this, but I can't decide whether it's crazy or brilliant.
I also really like the suggestion about the NCAA athlete solution, but - again - I'll need to think more about this.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I've thought about this a lot||
I've thought about this a lot because it's an issue independent of player performance. We can go around in circles for an eon debating about why we can't run because player evaluation isn't as objective as it could be to really gain traction.
But what I think the most proximate cause of the loss of this game was the coaching staff's inability to recognize actual probabilities and do risk assessment on our second-to-last drive. What's the risk reward here?
As the Mathlete mentioned, the chances of driving 80 yards with no timeouts for a game-tying touchdown are low. But are they dramatically lower if you manage to pin them, say, at the five? Is it lower by as much as it would need to be to sacrifice the chance at taking a shot at the field goal, which would win the game with virtual certainty (barring onside kick fiascoes)? I don't have the math in front of me but I submit no.
Put another way, I think the 40% chance of winning the game is worth more than the reduction of tying on a touchdown from "almost definitely not happening" to "almost definitely definitely not happening."
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I also want the Mathlete to||
I also want the Mathlete to clarify his point here. I think this is the best way of asking the question which will clarify his answer:
Let's assume that we have the ball on Penn State's 27-yard line. Remember, we are up by 7 points - approximately a minute remains in the game. Penn State has exhausted their time outs. It is third down. This was an actual situation Michigan faced during the game.
What happened next was the five-yard delay of game penalty. But we both agree this was an egregious error on the part of the coaching staff, Gardner, or both. We had a time out and using it wouldn't have spared more than a second of game time. We both agree we should have used it, so let's assume that we did. We are now in hypothetical world.
Third and 9, the ball is on the 27 yard line. Let's even give Hoke and Company the benefit of predictable football and say that they would have run Toussiant again for a loss of three. Do you, Mathlete, based on the math, advocate kicking the field goal or punting on 4th and 12 from the 30 yard line with approximately 50 seconds remaining in the game?
If you do, then the real problem was the clock management. This is, in my opinion, a completely egregious and - pardon the term - inexcusable error on Hoke's part.
If you do not, then we have two problems - the clock management and the conservative strategy.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Caulcrick ran for 4.5 ypc and||
Caulcrick ran for 4.5 ypc and 39 TDs over his four years.
I hate MSU too, but let's not pretend Caulcrick was some obscure useless weirdo.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Caulcrick was a very good||
Caulcrick was a very good running back.
He would be getting carries for Michigan if he was here right now.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||You're mad. I get it. But||
You're mad. I get it.
But it's time to stop posting.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Obviously the comment is||
Obviously the comment is utter garbage, but it's presented without context. Did the other posters on the site shut him down at least? Occasionally you see people posting bullshit that ignorant here but it doesn't necessarily reflect on the entire community.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||First, people have different||
First, people have different names. I'm sure you're not the first person to notice that OH GOD HIS NAME LOOKS LIKE KAREN WHICH IS A NAME FOR A GIRL TRADITIONALLY.
Second, thanks for sharing updates about this kid in your program, '14. I've noticed you've posted about him before and about other things happening in your coaching career. Keep developing kids, encouraging them academically, and spreading the good word about our program.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Depth chart surprises are||
Depth chart surprises are ambiguous - they're either good (new player owns) or bad (expected starter sucks). In this case, though, Stribling's apperance is likely a great sign. Avery, Countess and Taylor are known quantities and I wouldn't be upset to watch any of them play corner; I doubt any of them magically started sucking over the offseason, although that's a possibility if Countess didn't recover well from his injury. We also suspect Hollowell is starting to come on.
Nonetheless, even with all the fixed variables in place, Stribling moved past Hollowell on the chart, bumped Avery to FS (unless people think Avery's move had more to do with his injury, but why would a back injury make him a better fit for FS?), and even moved Countess over in the nickel, suppressing Thomas at the same time.
In short, I think it is more likely that Stribling is really coming on eary as opposed to Avery suddenly sucking, Taylor suddenly sucking, Countess never having recovered, and Hollowell and Thomas not being as quality as advertised.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||This isn't good, but it||
This isn't good, but it replaces one X with another X.
For the first time, Michigan is going to benefit from... meaningful depth?!?
The existence of Darboh's redshirt year is also beneficial. I think a lot of things are pointing to the fact that next year is The Year, but this doesn't automatically place this year in jeopardy.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I think this is definitely||
I think this is definitely not good, but it remains to be seen if it's actually a dark portent of doom.
If this move signals a lack of confidence in one or both starters, that's RED ALERT status of bad. Wilson has been up and down - but mostly down - so far in his admittedly short career. Maybe the coaches either feel like he's not not ready yet (which would be merely horrible for this year), or it may mean that the coaches doubt his long-term potential (which would be death and doom for a long time because there's no safety depth to speak of).
If this move signals a lack of confidence in the backups at safety, that's merely a troubling sign. It would mean that Furman just plain isn't ever going to work out (which wouldn't surprise me), and it would only be tremble-worthy if either Gordon or Wilson gets injured. I think this is the most likely possibility.
If, however, this move merely means that a senior facing a squeeze-out is being put in a place where he might get more playing time, then that's just blah average. This is more likely than Wilson just sucking, I think, but less likely than a massive sucking void of safety depth. Of the three "starting" positions at corner, Countess and Thomas appeared to have the field and the nickel locked down. Thus we had three other guys (Taylor, Avery, Hollowell) for one spot, with the second best player for a backup in case of injury at any of the three "starting" corner positions. That places the third best of those three in the "promise for the future but no chance of playing time" void, along with Richardson and the freshmen who are all definitely going to redshirt.
On a related note, thinking about this problem in depth really illuminates how disturbing the depth chart is at safety going forward. Wilson and Thomas basically MUST turn into servicable starters, or Michigan is in big time trouble.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||It's obviously two reps on||
It's obviously two reps on one day but during those two reps on this one day Kyle Kalis looked Real Bad.
Go Kyle! You can do it.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Yikes. Butterfield? It's||
Butterfield? It's time to go home now, Butterfield.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||You're entitled to your own||
You're entitled to your own opinion, but this isn't an opinion that is shared by many people about Campbell.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||That's a fair criticism, but||
That's a fair criticism, but Campbell's strength is his accuracy and decision-making. He's had lapses before but they come rarely and seldom last for long.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Campbell has great||
Campbell has great potential. His committment will mean a lot for MSU.
As for the ramifications it has for us, I'm torn. On the one hand, I think Rosen is a superior quarterback to Campbell. That being said it doesn't look like Rosen is coming here. That's not good, because I wouldn't have been disappointed to see Campbell in a U of M uniform at all.
The state of Michigan has two players I badly want in 2015 - Cole and Alabi. I would also like Weber, and I would have liked Stallworth, but those are second-tier needs. Campbell was probably a tier below that, although we can't afford to swing and miss at bigger QB targets in 2015.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Whether or not a player is||
Whether or not a player is carrying too much weight does not boil down to an analysis of "good, unless fat, then bad." Green's body fat percentage could be in the single digits and his weight could still be problematic; certain players cannot stay agile and athletic above a certain weight threshold. Whether or not that will be a problem for Green remains to be seen and it's pointless to speculate about it now, but it would be really rare for a running back to be at 240 pounds and still remain agile and speedy enough to do the kind of damage we'll need from Green.
Around ten years ago, a physical marvel named Greg Jones played at Florida State. Jones was extremely fast and cut to shreds, but was so musclebound he could scarcely maneuver. He kicked around the NFL after college but was often relegated to fullback, where he couldn't survive because he was never anything more than an average blocker.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Let's assume, for the sake of||
Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that the tweet is correct and MSU cleans up in the state during 2015. That's unequivocally not good, although it might not be crushingly problematic long term. Recruiting is the right proportion of relationships with players and families and relationships with schools and associated institutions, and the last thing you want is a recent history of recruiting success from an in-state rival at a former stronghold.
Michigan is obviously recruiting very well to start 2015, and the class will be small. But if - and remember, it's a big if - MSU nets the Cass Tech trio and Cole, that's a really, really big problem.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Does it seem strange that||
Does it seem strange that he'll announce the day before pro evals come back?
I can't tell whether that suggests he'll stay or go.