to play football, not to play trumpet
|1 day 12 hours ago||If there is any place you||
If there is any place you want a pipeline, It's IMG.
I know he had an off game, but Rashan Gary only looked like the third best player on the field when Paramus played IMG.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Harbaugh should have just||
Harbaugh should have just bought him hookers and blow like they do in the SEC.
That's so much less creepy.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I see what you did there.||
I see what you did there.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Harbaugh told God to do it.||
Harbaugh told God to do it. God listened.
|1 day 21 hours ago||It's 9:20 and Alabama just||
It's 9:20 and Alabama just scored on MSU again.
|1 day 22 hours ago||The Situation and Snooki will||
The Situation and Snooki will be co-presenters.
|1 day 22 hours ago||That's what I thought. I||
That's what I thought. I don't want to keep going to the 5th year QB well, but you'd have to give it a good long look.
This team with a (healthy) Taysom Hill would be sick.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Same here. Tried many times,||
Same here. Tried many times, never got past the 502 errors. I gave up until after 5:00.
I wonder why some people can get in . . . is it lucky timing or something else?
|1 day 22 hours ago||But only after they bitch for||
But only after they bitch for nine months about this one.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Count on it. Of course,||
Count on it. Of course, Harbaugh will be on to something else by then.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I have a feeling those||
I have a feeling those late-signers will get an earlier start so they can be in the show.
|1 day 22 hours ago||It pretty much was put||
It pretty much was put together at the last minute. I thought everyone did a great job on such short notice, with no playbook to work from.
|1 day 22 hours ago||That's what's so great about||
That's what's so great about Harbaugh . . . he out-markets DB while being authentic the whole time. A DB production would have come off as slick and cynical and over-produced.
|1 day 22 hours ago||ND will scream bloody murder||
ND will scream bloody murder if he does it for us next year. Count on them having their own copycat show with him in it. We may have seen the last of Lou. But it was great while it lasted.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Holtz really stepped up. He||
Holtz really stepped up. He did great. If I was an ND fan, I'd be pissed that he did so well for Michigan.
|2 days 10 hours ago||For now . . .||
For now . . .
|2 days 12 hours ago||"Lost" is an interesting||
"Lost" is an interesting choice of words.
I would have gone with "Cast aside like a Saturday night hookup at 6:00 AM Sunday morning".
|2 days 12 hours ago||Signing Day||
Signing Day Central:
Here is the link to the SOTS stream:
|2 days 18 hours ago||Not me. A thousand things||
Not me. A thousand things could go wrong. Him signing tomorrow means they all went right.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I could never be a D1||
I could never be a D1 recruit. I would not know where to find a fax machine.
1982 called. They want their fax machine back.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Farewell until Thursday,||
Farewell until Thursday, everyone.
|2 days 22 hours ago||So this is why I got a bunch||
So this is why I got a bunch of 502s.
This is just a preview. Whatever happens tomorrow, I won't find out about it on MGoBlog.
|2 days 22 hours ago||He did a Big Will on us.||
He did a Big Will on us.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Bucky Buchanan looks like he||
Bucky Buchanan looks like he knows something.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I want every single player to||
I want every single player to finish the game with 4 fouls. I don't want any bullets left in the gun when the fight is over.
|3 days 9 min ago||For those keeping score in||
For those keeping score in recruiting rankings:
Michigan: 856.25 Penn State: 2.
|3 days 11 min ago||Penn State: Suck it,||
Penn State: Suck it, Michigan. We stole your walkon.
|3 days 14 min ago||I thought it was Harbaugh||
I thought it was Harbaugh yelling at Big Ten refs.
|3 days 17 min ago||No, but you can see it from||
No, but you can see it from here.
|3 days 3 hours ago||+ 1,000.||
|3 days 3 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh is The Greatest||
Jim Harbaugh is The Greatest Showman on Earth.
|3 days 3 hours ago||We should get an extra 10||
We should get an extra 10 point bonus for picking up #1 Gary.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Basketball, the Sprng||
Basketball, the Sprng Game, Cheerleader uniforms . . . anything but football recruiting.
|3 days 3 hours ago||How can I Pos this? Like a||
How can I Pos this?
Like a thousand times.
|3 days 9 hours ago||If you do a 2017 Swim Lanes||
If you do a 2017 Swim Lanes on Wednesday evening, I will hunt you down and boil you in Snake Oil.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Final Episode?||
You will need to do one of these every hour, on the hour, until 9:00 AM tomorrow the way rumors fly around this place.
|3 days 9 hours ago||He's saving it for the Big||
He's saving it for the Big Show!
|3 days 9 hours ago||Agreed. We can say all we||
Agreed. We can say all we want about how recruiting rankings don't matter and how the way they do them is questionable. But in terms of predicting NC-level teams, they have been damn reliable.
Plus a top ranking creates a buzz that builds momentum. Kids want to go to a "hot" program.
Harbaugh + a 10 win season + a NYD Bowl blowout of the SEC East champ + a Top 3 recruiting class makes us as hot a program there is in the country aside from NC participants Alabama and Clemson.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Dave Brandon comes||
Dave Brandon comes back.
|4 days 18 hours ago||They've had a great run in||
They've had a great run in the last 20 or so years. They've been an elite ptogram when you consider there are 100+ D1 programs.
|4 days 18 hours ago||A-List Blue Bloods (This is||
A-List Blue Bloods (This is all time, not just the last 20-25 years):
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
B-List Blue Bloods (Just below the A-Listers):
- Penn State
Nuevo Rich (Dominant programs in the last 20-25 years, but were weak before that):
- Florida State
- Kansas State
Flash in the Pan (Dominant for a short time, or for the tenure of one coach):
- Virginia Tech
Way Too Soon to Tell:
- Ole Miss
|5 days 27 min ago||Yeah, it could be really||
Yeah, it could be really great . . . or it could be really lame. I wonder if each attending famous person has some role to play and will they reherse it?
|5 days 33 min ago||That's not the current one||
That's not the current one (Aurum), but it's still badass.
|5 days 36 min ago||I wish the Super Bowl had||
I wish the Super Bowl had said no for him, but que sera sera.
|5 days 41 min ago||And nobody in Alabama cares.||
And nobody in Alabama cares.
|6 days 3 min ago||If you are paying your own||
If you are paying your own way and don't count toward a scholarship, can't anybody be on the roster? How is that different than just "Walk On"?
|6 days 6 min ago||3. You forgot recruiting.||
3. You forgot recruiting.
|6 days 7 min ago||BossT!||
|6 days 9 min ago||You're doing the Lord's work,||
You're doing the Lord's work, Alum96.
Feel free to post one every hour starting Monday.
A request (but only if it is easy to do): Please put the recruit's position next to his name.
At this point, it's all about positional needs more than the ranking of the recruit. A high 3-star in some positions is more cause for celebration than a 4-star in other positions.
|6 days 15 min ago||Even more than Eubanks? /s||
Even more than Eubanks?
|6 days 17 min ago||It's awesome that there just||
It's awesome that there just happens to be a .gif for that.
|6 days 20 min ago||How does the "Preferred" part||
How does the "Preferred" part work? What exactly does that get you?
|6 days 46 min ago||Not a bad safety school,||
Not a bad safety school, Stanford.
My safety school had "CC" at the end of its name.
|6 days 58 min ago||Exit Zero, baby! (Born||
Exit Zero, baby! (Born there.)
|6 days 1 hour ago||With enough Johnson, you can||
With enough Johnson, you can have all the Pie you want.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Stanford is starting to piss||
Stanford is starting to piss me off.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Rappers telling other rappers||
Rappers telling other rappers to get oof their lawn.
No matter how young and cool you are at time, you will eventually wind up old with some young rascal on your lawn.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Me too. I love it.||
Me too. I love it.
|6 days 3 hours ago||I'll bring the pudding.||
I'll bring the pudding.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Asteroids on some guy's||
Asteroids on some guy's first-generation PC . . . Coomdore, TRS80, something like that.
It took him a half hour to load the game from a cassette. The PC had no hard drive.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Kenpom is God. Does he do||
Kenpom is God.
Does he do stock picks?
|6 days 6 hours ago||Penn State: Hide 'yo||
Penn State: Hide 'yo recruits.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Maybe Harbaugh can Snake Oil||
Maybe Harbaugh can Snake Oil some Purdue kid.
|6 days 7 hours ago||We'll need to spend them all||
We'll need to spend them all on Linemen.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Looks like someone is trying||
Looks like someone is trying to hack WD's SuperGuides.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Stanford is nice in a Palm||
Stanford is nice in a Palm Springs old-folks resort sort of way. But it does not feel very college-y. It's also a ways from Palo Alto if you are trying to walk.
Everyone has their own opinion, but I would not pick a college because it feels vacation resort-y, ala Stanford, ASU, UCLA, etc. I have the rest of my life to go to resorts on vacation.
College is a truly unique experience that you can not replicate the rest of your life. I would rather go to a "real" college town like Ann Arbor, Madison, Athens, etc for college. I can always go to nice vacation resorts later.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Yes, expect him to reach down||
Yes, expect him to reach down to some 3* committed to a mid-P5 school and offer him a better deal. "Snake oil" happens all the time.
It's Darwinian, but hey, it's a jungle out there. Eat or be eaten.
|6 days 7 hours ago||But not inaccurate.||
But not inaccurate.
|6 days 19 hours ago||You want us to wait 4 whole||
You want us to wait 4 whole days?
|6 days 19 hours ago||Everyone on this board is||
Everyone on this board is somewhere between John Navarre and Vince Young.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Because the Harbaugh staff is||
Because the Harbaugh staff is mean like that.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Congrats on your 20,000||
Congrats on your 20,000 points.
Where's the party?
Should I bring anything? Hookers? Blow? Nacho Chips?
|6 days 22 hours ago||Yeah, the more time goes by,||
Yeah, the more time goes by, the more stunning it is what OSU did to themselves.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
|6 days 23 hours ago||God bless ND. No matter how||
God bless ND. No matter how bad we were, they were always there to make us look like National Championship and Heisman comtenders in September.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Makes sense - Weis off the||
Makes sense - Weis off the books.
|6 days 23 hours ago||You need a reservation to||
You need a reservation to commit to Harbaugh. You don't just "pick up the phone."
Yeesh. The arrogance of some people.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Don't even joke. We're on||
Don't even joke.
We're on shpilkes here.
|6 days 23 hours ago||More at ASU. Bigger party||
More at ASU. Bigger party school.
If there was a CFP for hotness, ASU would be Alabama.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Is it cold and raining at||
Is it cold and raining at Clemson?
Cause I can't imagine that Harbaugh would just let it be warm and sunny at Clemson this weekend.
|6 days 23 hours ago||"Over-recruiting"? WTF is||
"Over-recruiting"? WTF is that.
Alaama gave out 230+ offers. Is that "over-recruiting"?
|6 days 23 hours ago||I feel lucky. And that makes||
I feel lucky. And that makes me nervous.
It should not be a matter of luck. Next time we need a new President and AD, is it back to just a roll of the dice?
Hoping for better oversight next time.
|1 week 5 min ago||Shhhhhhhh!||
|1 week 6 min ago||If Harbaugh wanted him,||
If Harbaugh wanted him, Harbaugh would get him.
|1 week 7 min ago||Not even more effective than||
Not even more effective than Iowa State's.
|1 week 9 min ago||This may be cause and effect||
This may be cause and effect because we are getting the recruit we wanted.
|1 week 11 min ago||What, you don't like||
What, you don't like Eubanks?
|1 week 15 min ago||We already have MSU's most||
We already have MSU's most desired recruits.
And Penn State's.
And if we get Gary: Alabama's, Clemson's, Auburn's, Ole Miss's, USC's, . . .
|1 week 18 min ago||Nothing would happen to Ole||
Nothing would happen to Ole Miss the whole time he would be there.
|1 week 21 min ago||It may be like Christmas for||
It may be like Christmas for us, but it will be like a New Year's Day hangover for the MGoBlog server.
|1 week 23 min ago||Well is it? 4,502.||
Well is it?
|1 week 23 min ago||Well is it? 4,503.||
Well is it?
|1 week 24 min ago||Well is it? 4,501.||
Well is it?
|1 week 25 min ago||If it's for girls, he must||
If it's for girls, he must plan on sneaking out and heading up to Arizona State.
|1 week 29 min ago||Hand transferring?||
|1 week 30 min ago||Dantonio to Oakland. Heard it||
Dantonio to Oakland.
Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another . . .
|1 week 34 min ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 36 min ago||No, he de-re-committed.||
No, he de-re-committed.
|1 week 42 min ago||Elliott is the only name that||
Elliott is the only name that is being thrown around that would make me surprised, pleased, and fascinated.
And curious as shit . . . what the hell is going through this kid's head?
|1 week 45 min ago||Too soon. Forever too||
Forever too soon.
Only Rashan Gary will wash out that bad taste.
|1 week 46 min ago||Would that really be a||
Would that really be a "surprise"? That's like a 50/50 proposition. I think of a "surprise" more like 20/80.
|1 week 50 min ago||Taysom Hill?||
|1 week 3 hours ago||Not "decommitted" though.||
Not "decommitted" though. Everyone agrees it means Harbaugh pulled the rug out from under you and you had no idea it was going to happen. Even if you are not actually a Michigan recruit and you decommit from, say, Alabama. Doesn't matter.
|1 week 3 hours ago||UFucks?||
|1 week 3 hours ago||Dude, that's impressive. You||
Dude, that's impressive. You are going to double your point total on just one post.
|1 week 3 hours ago||His official name is Michigan||
His official name is Michigan J. Frog. For real.
|1 week 8 hours ago||It's a lesson to all of us to||
It's a lesson to all of us to not assume guilt by association.
When he was first announced (and his announcement message had a lot of corporate doublespeak in it to be frank), we thought he was a Dave Brandon clone and we were generally disappointed. He had to win us over.
And he did.
|1 week 8 hours ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 9 hours ago||Urban Meyer Dantonio||
Urban Meyer Dantonio Cook.
Eh . . . stll needs work.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Night games are a great||
Night games are a great environment, get the fans jacked up, get the program national exposure, and give the team a competitive advantage.
Seems a shame to waste them on a boring creampuff opponent.
|1 week 10 hours ago||What's going on in your||
What's going on in your avatar there?
|1 week 10 hours ago||Did the Florida TE catch any||
Did the Florida TE catch any passes in the Citrus Bowl?
Did Florida even have a TE?
|1 week 10 hours ago||I thought you said TWO||
I thought you said TWO penises. That would make me jealous.
|1 week 10 hours ago||"I hate Jim McElwain, I hate||
"I hate Jim McElwain, I hate Nick Saban, I hate Albert, I hate Alberta, I hate our recruiting class."
|1 week 10 hours ago||Eubanks: "Michigan showed me||
"Michigan showed me stuff I've never seen before. Not at Florida or at Alabama. How they throw the ball to their tight end. How they flex the tight end out and use the position as a hybrid. No other school I was considering does that. That shocked me and shook my mind."
|1 week 10 hours ago||+1,000.||
|1 week 10 hours ago||And just took another recruit||
And just took another recruit from Florida.
I'm starting to feel like Florida doesn't like us.
|1 week 10 hours ago||We still have like 10 of||
We still have like 10 of these in the house.
|1 week 10 hours ago||I hear his CUDL highlights||
I hear his CUDL highlights are awesome.
|1 week 10 hours ago||F-yeah. If I was an MGoBlog||
F-yeah. If I was an MGoBlog Mod at the time my kids were infants, I would have sent half the board to Bolivia just for typos.
|1 week 10 hours ago||He was the driver. He popped||
He was the driver. He popped outside the truck on impact, unharmed.
Luckiest. Dude. Ever.
I would immediately go play the Russian lottery and propose to the local Ana Kournikova.
|1 week 11 hours ago||ESPN's ranking brought him||
ESPN's ranking brought him down. They never updated it from when he was an embryo.
|1 week 11 hours ago||TING!!||
|1 week 11 hours ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 11 hours ago||'Crootin, 'Crootin,||
'Crootin, 'Crootin, 'Crootin.
Harbaugh be 'crootin.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Don't say "shitload" around||
Don't say "shitload" around Brian.
Tired, grouchy, diaper-duty Dad at 2:00 AM + the phrase "shitload" = Bolivia.
|1 week 11 hours ago||He decommitted then changed||
He decommitted then changed his mind. Then changed it back. Then . . .
|1 week 11 hours ago||We own Florida. That is all.||
We own Florida.
That is all.
|1 week 11 hours ago||The money quote: "Michigan||
The money quote:
"Michigan showed me stuff I've never seen before. Not at Florida or at Alabama. How they throw the ball to their tight end. How they flex the tight end out and use the position as a hybrid. No other school I was considering does that. That shocked me and shook my mind."
|1 week 11 hours ago||That would be like too many||
That would be like too many Slots for Rich Rod or too many DLs for Hoke.
Where we just see "Tight End", Harbaugh sees many different imperceptible nuances in "Tight End". Like Eskimos do with snow.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Did any of them offer Allen?||
Did any of them offer Allen? Like, committable offer him?
|1 week 22 hours ago||I'm old enough to remember||
I'm old enough to remember when these shows originally ran.
Cool story bro: That time period reminds me of my grandmother's top-of-the-line Zenith color TV that had an actual remote control in the mid 60's. It was a "sonic" remote . . . you pushed buttons on it and they made different "ping" sounds that a sensor in the TV picked up, telling it to turn on/off or change the channel up or down.
There was a motor on the channel dial and when you pushed the channel button up or down on the remote, it would "ping", and the channel knob would turn as if an invisible hand was turning the dial. It was the coolest damn thing in the world for a little kid to play with.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Your crystal balls aren't||
Your crystal balls aren't safe when Harbaugh comes to town.
|1 week 23 hours ago||No need to even recruit until||
No need to even recruit until January.
Just swoop in the week before NSD, pick out who you like, and take them away.
Harbaugh is like the drummer in the band at closing time. He takes whatever girl he wants home. All you can do is hope it's not the one that you have been flirting with and buying drinks all night long.
Cause Harbaugh don't care.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Just a little.||
Just a little.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's because Iowa State is||
It's because Iowa State is the Alabama of . . . Ames, Iowa.
|1 week 1 day ago||They were within striking||
They were within striking distance ot first place. The they had an issue with (the motor?) that caused them to lose speed at the end of the race. I never heard what the actual issue was. Does anybody know?
Edit: Video #2 answers a lot of questions.
|1 week 1 day ago||Brian, once your baby starts||
Brian, once your baby starts sleeping through the night, there is a "Golden Time" between that time and when he becomes mobile.
During those months he's like a brick, you put him down and he just stays there.
My wife and I used to be able to take my son to fancy restaurants during this time. We would just leave him in his detachable care seat and put it on the table while we ate. He would just look around for a little bit and then sleep. We even went to a New Years eve party this way once.
However once he became mobile, life was over for a good 3 years until he was no longer a danger to himself. We were playing Safety every waking second to keep him from eating/throwing/breaking everything.
So, milk those Golden Time months for all they are worth. We didn't realize how precious they were until they were over.
|1 week 1 day ago||Agreed. Brian should start||
Agreed. Brian should start his own blog instead of working for The Man.
He's got an extra mouth to feed now.
|1 week 1 day ago||When Lou Holtz became the||
When Lou Holtz became the coach at Minnesota, he was asked in an interview how he slept at night knowing he had to play Michigan and Ohio State.
He said: "I slept like a baby. I woke up every two hours and cried."
|1 week 1 day ago||THIS. Breast milk baby poop||
THIS. Breast milk baby poop is caviar compared to what is coming next.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well that solves that||
Well that solves that problem.
|1 week 1 day ago||We need more room.||
|1 week 1 day ago||Not to be the "THIS" guy and||
Not to be the "THIS" guy and add absolutely nothing to the conversation . . . but THIS.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's twice he's been wrong||
That's twice he's been wrong in like 200 posts.
|1 week 1 day ago||Does Eric Kattus have a kid?||
Does Eric Kattus have a kid? We should get him.
|1 week 1 day ago||We're missing Judge Judy and||
We're missing Judge Judy and a random Surpreme Court judge.
|1 week 1 day ago||Probably because Harbaugh||
Probably because Harbaugh likes them.
|1 week 1 day ago||And orange slices. Don't||
And orange slices. Don't forget about the orange slices.
|1 week 1 day ago||Happy Day!||
|1 week 2 days ago||Clemson is going to have a||
Clemson is going to have a rent-a-cop keep them from going to the airport until Sunday evening.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good grief, I go to a meeting||
Good grief, I go to a meeting and I come back and we have McDoom committed, a new AD, and potentially Hudson at 3:00.
How am I supposed to get anything done?
|1 week 2 days ago||Que sera sera.||
Que sera sera.
Michigan has done absolutely everything possible, made every right move, dotted every i crossed every t in its recruitment of Rashan Gary. There is nothing more that could be done.
I have been following Michigan recruiting for a long time, and I have never seen as comprehensive a recruiting effort as I have seen with Rashan Gary. We have his mother, friends, teammates, and coaches all on board. His mailman is probably even a big Michigan fan by now.
At this point, if he does not come here it was never meant to be.
|1 week 2 days ago||Alabama would be just as||
Alabama would be just as shady as Ole Miss and Clemson, except that it no longer has to be. That's kinda even worse for us.
|1 week 2 days ago||You joke, but every year we||
You joke, but every year we get at least one recruit who comes to Michigan because he likes the helmets. These are teenagers.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's actually a pretty good||
That's actually a pretty good list. Only 2/3 actual busts, and Mallett's was more of a system change issue . . . he did OK at Ark.
I've been following Ohio State long enough to know that their list of 5-stars has a similar, porportional number of busts.
|1 week 2 days ago||Screw that. I hope a Clemson||
Screw that. I hope a Clemson rent-a-cop makes him stay at the airport his entire visit.
|1 week 2 days ago||Because our shared title in||
Because our shared title in '97 is so much higher up the food chain?
If he's looking at NCs to make his decision, he's focused on future ones, not past ones.
|1 week 2 days ago||He's visited Ole Miss, USC,||
He's visited Ole Miss, USC, and Auburn. If he was susceptible to bagmen, he would be gone by now.
Our relationship with Rashan Gary has been properly stress-tested.
|1 week 2 days ago||I love Wojo, but I think this||
I love Wojo, but I think this is dumb.
Michigan just needs to tighten up its communications with recruits and not give out committable offers so early to marginal 2/3-stars. Those things are minor tweaks. Growing pains for a new coaching staff.
None of that is changing the DNA of the program and having Michigan be an SEC North school.
Michigan does not have to change its values and who it fundamentally is.
We've had in-your-face aggressive coaches before - Yost, Bo, etc. Being sharp and tough and being on top of your game in your era does not mean you've sold out to the darker side of college football.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yeah, I just noticed that. I||
Yeah, I just noticed that.
I think he should do us a solid and commit to Penn State and then decommit in a huff, just to take some pressure off Harbaugh.
|1 week 2 days ago||That means he decommitted||
That means he decommitted from Penn State?
I thought decommits only happen to Harbaugh.
|1 week 3 days ago||He's the #1 recruit. If he||
He's the #1 recruit. If he said he plans to annnounce at Midnight, there would be networks lined up to cover it live.
|1 week 3 days ago||Happy wife, happy life.||
Happy wife, happy life.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here is what I learned from||
Here is what I learned from all this: Michigan is the girl that looks in the mirror one day and realizes she is so much hotter than she thought.
People are fighting to be with us. Feelings are hurt and names are called when that does not happen. It creates a scandal when we look around. We have to be very careful about what we say and how we say it. Our attention or lack thereof beaks people's hearts.
We are not just school A that can be replaced with similar school B on short notice. We matter.
I can live with that.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'll be honest, they are not||
I'll be honest, they are not doing their job if they don't.
We have to hope Harbaugh built a solid enough relationship with her that outweighs what she hears second hand on the internet.
|1 week 3 days ago||When you hit this many, they||
When you hit this many, they are not even offers they are just brochures.
Like you get in the mail after you've taken the SAT and got a good score.
|1 week 3 days ago||It's different if we||
It's different if we essentially force you to do it though.
|1 week 3 days ago||I love Harbaugh, but he does||
I love Harbaugh, but he does not get to give zero fucks about this topic. He represents Michigan and is getting paid millions to do it.
He's free to give zero fucks about how people think he should use the TE, but even Harbaugh does not get to give zero fucks about how high school teenagers are treated by Michigan.
|1 week 3 days ago||what is Saban doing to||
what is Saban doing to prevent that class from filling up with 3-stars early in the process?
He's not giving them committable offers. They can not accept any offer.
|1 week 3 days ago||They are a barometer . . . a||
They are a barometer . . . a blunt instrument that is not all that revealing, but they do give you some idea of the "weather".
Not every kid gets an offer from Alabama so it does tell you a little bit. It's the best we have.
|1 week 3 days ago||She offered her honor.||
She offered her honor.
He honored her offer.
So all night long it was on her and off her.
|1 week 3 days ago||Even though it was meant as a||
Even though it was meant as a lecture, this post makes me feel good.
Like being told you have a special responsibility with women's feelings because you are so irresistible to them.
You are not supposed to feel good about it but you do.
|1 week 3 days ago||Thank you. We were all||
We were all quick to embrace all the fussing and fawning over Harbaugh's quirky recrutitng tactics when they created a buzz for Michigan and made us the cool place to be.
Now we have to man up and take the flip side of everybody watching every little move we make.
|1 week 3 days ago||+1,000.||
|1 week 3 days ago||That's Saban.||
|1 week 3 days ago||But we didn't bitch when ESPN||
But we didn't bitch when ESPN covered Harbaugh climbing trees and doing cool things on recruiting visits.
We can't have it both ways. Harbaugh attracts attention to himself. Good and bad.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is a perfectly||
This is a perfectly legitimate article.
There is a perception problem, whether we like it or not, whether we acknowledge it or not.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good. Let us know.||
Good. Let us know.
|1 week 3 days ago||And making them change the||
And making them change the SEC rule they put in place to protect them from themselves.
Their rule about no camps outside of their own campus area was designed to keep Les Miles out of Tuscaloosa, not to keep Harbaugh out of Pratville.
But they overreacted.
Harbaugh living in their heads rent-free.
|1 week 3 days ago||Florida barely got by||
Florida barely got by Michigan with Haeger. They would have been clobbered without her. She defined that team, much more than Wagner defined Michigan.
I'm really surprised that Michigan is not #1.
No matter, though. They'll get to decide it on the field.
|1 week 3 days ago||I have not seen any Michigan||
I have not seen any Michigan stuff, but I did see a "MICHIGAN STATE 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS" T-shirt on a child in Somalia.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's cause they make||
That's cause they make everything there.
What's actually noteworthy is that we see that stuff 12,000 miles away here in Ann Arbor, not the other way around.
A Chinese laborer is probably telling his buddy right now "Wow, my brother just saw the shirt I made in Michigan, USA. We're everywhere!"
|1 week 3 days ago||No doubt about it, Harbaugh||
No doubt about it, Harbaugh is an odd duck.
|1 week 3 days ago||True dat.||
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't necessarily think||
I don't necessarily think they were malicious in this area, but they certainly were unsophisticated about it.
And let's face it, Harbaugh has a lot of strengths but social graces and sensitivity to letting somebody down easy are not likely very high on his list. "Steel your spine and rub some dirt on it" isn't always the best response to everything.
Harbaugh can be fascinating. But he can also be a jerk. I can see a rejected teenager getting his feelings hurt regardless of what was agreed to earlier.
|1 week 3 days ago||There is a corollary to this||
There is a corollary to this problem that is faced by regular University Admissions. They have to accept more applicants than they have slots for because not everyone they "offer" will enroll there. Even Harvard accepts kids that wind up going to Yale.
One of the Yield-Management techniques they use is Wait-Listing. You are flat out told that you are Plan B. They want other "better" candidates for your slot, but if they don't get them, you're in.
Nobody's feelings get hurt because you know where you stand right up front. There is no forced "decommit" because you never had a "committable" offer in the first place. You only have a contingency scenario that may or may work out in your favor.
Guys like Saban and Meyer have learned over time to do this kind of "Wait Listing" for Plan B recruits. Look at their public commits through the summer and fall. The numbers are small, and the number of marginal 3-star types are even smaller. They have a lot of guys waiting in the background with no pre-conceived expectations.
They are much more sophisticated about it than Harbaugh and staff have been so far. There is some catching up to do in this area.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well said. I don't even think||
I don't even think the Harbaugh circus is a bad thing. It is certainly a net plus for recruiting.
But don't act surprised when it turns the other direction. Harbaugh is going to be held to a different standard than Dantonio or Meyer or even Saban in this area. Just like he is when he does something "cool" that those guys do too but get no publicity for. Fair is fair.
He needs to act accordingly and do things that may seem unnecessary or not the best use of his time, such as over-communicate with recruits that he has clearly told before that they are Plan B.
It's the price of admission to the Harbaugh circus. It's still worth it.
|1 week 3 days ago||IMO, the coaching staff tried||
IMO, the coaching staff tried to have their cake and eat it too. They kept these guys on the line way too long. They should have cut them loose earlier and more explicitly.
|1 week 3 days ago||VERY well articulated,||
VERY well articulated, Brian.
Fair is fair - we live in a media bubble with Harbaugh. This is the flip side of the media circus that is Jim Harbaugh. It would be foolish to believe that the omnipresent media that pays close attention to Harbaugh climbing trees is going to just ignore Harbaugh "cutting" recruits.
We have to mind out Ps and Qs a lot more now.
I love the non-stop entertainemnt and attention that follows Harbaugh. It's a net plus for Michigan. But we can't have it both ways. That kind of attention cuts both ways.
This ain't Stanford. There are rules, man.
|1 week 3 days ago||"Be home by dark". That was||
"Be home by dark".
That was it. You were on your own until then.
But man, you better be home by dark or you got your ass whipped.
Just because there were not a lot of rules does not mean they were not damn serious about the ones they had.
|1 week 3 days ago||They are much better than we||
They are much better than we have been in making clear what offers are "committable" or not.
Alabama gives out offers like candy. But you don't see low 3-stars committing to Alabama in June on Twitter in front of God and Country just because they recieved an Alabama offer. They are very clear on where they really stand.
We need to do the same thing.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would have given my left||
I would have given my left arm to be so "exploited" out of high school.
|1 week 3 days ago||Wise choice for him to go to||
Wise choice for him to go to OSU then. They always accept the first 3-star that commits to one of the 200 offers they give out.
|1 week 3 days ago||Because it's not like they||
Because it's not like they are gtoing to get a different deal at Alabama or USC.
|1 week 3 days ago||And if he does offer them||
And if he does offer them early, and accepts their committment, he needs to tell them one of two things:
1) You are Plan A. We want you without any qualifications and you will not lose your slot in favor of somebody else. And then honor that statement.
2) You are Plan B. We are interested in you, but we are also looking at other recruits. If we do not go with them, the slot is yours. But not until then. Do not assume you have a slot.
Also, let the Plan B guys know their status as soon as possible. Don't just ignore them.
|1 week 3 days ago||And Bo pulled the scholarship||
And Bo pulled the scholarship because the kid did not keep working hard in HS. He did not pull it because the next shiny object caught his eye.
|1 week 3 days ago||LSU too. There are always||
LSU too. There are always stories of NSD signing day drama with LSU recruits. But they keep pulling in top 5 classes.
Because everyone wants to go there. That's why they have the drama in the first place . . . too many recruits for too few slots.
This is a Yogi Berra "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded" situation. We are afraid that Michigan won't be popular with recruits because Michigan has become too popular with recruits.
We'll be fine.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't think he will do||
I don't think he will do that. He will recruit nationally and sprinkle in some 4/5-star kids from Michigan and Ohio.
|1 week 3 days ago||In Jim Harbaugh's America,||
In Jim Harbaugh's America, you are allowed to cross the state lines.
|1 week 3 days ago||What's long and hard on a||
What's long and hard on a Buckeye?