|6 hours 14 min ago||Go look up the word||
Go look up the word "counterfactual"
|9 hours 23 min ago||Except that those guys||
Except that those guys vastly, vastly underperformed at Michigan the past two years. They were drafted where they were based on their physical attributes and their talent. Devin Funchess is a freak of nature--tall, strong, and athletic. Frank Clark and Jake Ryan have an unnatural combination of size and speed. The fact that contributed so little at Michigan the past two years is just a further indictment of Hoke.
|9 hours 30 min ago||Just makes you wonder how||
Just makes you wonder how many other guys who didn't transfer out of the program under Hoke would have made it to to the NFL.
|2 days 19 hours ago||All the finest pay-site||
All the finest pay-site subscriptions
|1 week 13 hours ago||Relax. We'll all enjoy||
Relax. We'll all enjoy Harbaugh football just fine, but the truth is, most recruits end up at a school that's heavily in the mix around this stage of the process.
|1 week 1 day ago||Sobering||
|1 week 2 days ago||Sounds about right, if you||
Sounds about right, if you ask me. Not sure what the surprise is.
|1 week 5 days ago||Job interviewer: Alex, tell||
Job interviewer: Alex, tell us about a time you had a conflict with a previous supervisor and how you dealt with it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||His whole point is that||
His whole point is that "restaurants are under pressure to generate profit," just as you say. In AA, the pressure is for more Americanized food because there are more Americanized people. In larger, more diverse cities, there is pressure for more authentic food because there are niche markets.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, but...||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, they're gaining a||
Yes, they're gaining a massive competitive advantage against the rest of the Big Ten that really can't be swept under the rug. They've signed 20 to 30 more players than us in the past 4-5 classes, giving them fresh talent to plug in when other recruits inevitably don't pan out. When our recruits don't pan out, they still start for us.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, there was just||
Yeah, there was just something corny about this episode. Sloppy, trite dialogue and too much of it. Felt like a caricature of itself. Cersei is spiteful! Jon Snow is earnest! Brienne is honorable but full of self-doubt! Stannis is tough but fair!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty terrible premier, if||
Pretty terrible premier, if you ask me. I'm really worried about what D&D do with this now that they're off on their own.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Once Joel Zumaya comes back,||
Once Joel Zumaya comes back, it's a lock.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Read recently that NJIT ranks||
Read recently that NJIT ranks higher than U-M in average professor salary. Hidden causal factor in basketball success?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I admit to voting for Hideki||
I admit to voting for Hideki simply because of the sign.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Remember that one time, three||
Remember that one time, three years ago, when we landed the top-rated five-star defensive tackle in the country? Who's a senior on the team now? No?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I really, really, really||
I really, really, really hope Kugler pans out. If you believe that teams are built from the inside out, then it would be pretty devasting for us to completely strike out on landing both the top-rated NT in his class (Pipkins) and the top rated center in his class (Kugler).
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Saying Verlander is "above||
Saying Verlander is "above average" is too kind at this point.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty much||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with you, in general,||
I agree with you, in general, but it's uncommon for a guy to be coronated a starter at this point unless they were a star the previous season. We have no stars from the previous season, which is partly your point. But that doesn't mean that some guys are getting clear separation this spring.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing about taking Ruddock||
Nothing about taking Ruddock would deter "long-term gains"
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The only guide you'll ever||
The only guide you'll ever need is right here:
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Guy is a troll just trying to||
Guy is a troll just trying to rile people up. Ignore.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||It's actually pretty darn||
It's actually pretty darn common
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||I'm excited as hell for the||
I'm excited as hell for the Harbaugh era, but people were raving in 2008 about the tempo of RR's practices and how they were a welcome departure from the slower Lloyd days. Then they were raving about how much teaching took place in Hoke's practices in 2011 and how they were a welcome departure from the hurried RR days. Now they're raving about the tempo of Harbaugh's practices and how they're a welcome departure from the slower Hoke days. Pretty funny.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||They hit their threes. We||
They hit their threes. We didn't. That was the ballgame.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Very unique player that fit||
Very unique player that fit perfectly with the 2003-2008 Pistons. I would have guessed he retired at least two years ago, though.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||One of the QBs will pan out.||
One of the QBs will pan out. We have four guys who are all highly rated, top-20 in their class QBs. Just like any other position, if you have that many talented players, a good coaching staff will get at least one (and probably more) of them to perform.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||That absolutely is elite. I||
That absolutely is elite. I challenge you to find even five other teams in the country with more talent in their two-deep. I'd bet there aren't five teams with a higher 247 Composite average in their two-deep.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||ww||
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Cincinnati to the Big Ten||
Cincinnati to the Big Ten would be great for us, and we should all be advocating for it. It's an unbelievable structural advantage for Ohio State that its the only major football program in the most talent-rich state in the conference. It's honestly a miracle that they don't win the conference every year. Their situation is almost the hypothetical equivalent to UF being the only major football program in the state of Florida. Only if the state of Florida were surrounded by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and other states that don't produce much talent.
The higher the profile of Cincinnati, the worse for Ohio State, and the better for us.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||See my comment above.||
See my comment above.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio State has 93 scholarship||
Ohio State has 93 scholarships committed right now, from my count. Big difference.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||I've been on this blog a long||
I've been on this blog a long time, and this may be the worst board day I've ever seen.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||No, you forgot that we're||
No, you forgot that we're somehow the only team in the country that has three consecutive recruiting classes of <20.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||No he's saying that instead||
No he's saying that instead of telling kids that you recruited and accepted into your football family, "you'll never play here again," Meyer should say, "every day is an open competition, and I'm going to do my best as your coach to make you the best player you can be and have the best chance to compete."
|11 weeks 2 days ago||In the last five classes,||
In the last five classes, during which Ohio State has signed 121 recruits, they've prematurely "lost" 19 of them. They still have to clear about eight guys from the roster prior to the start of the season.
Here are the 19 who have already been "lost", their 247 composite star rating, and the reason for departure:
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, I'm not sure what Ace is||
Yes, I'm not sure what Ace is talking about when he says the cuts this spring will be "just normal roster management." Having to shave eight players off of your roster because you signed 27 recruits without the space is not "normal roster management." It's oversigning. No one else in the Big Ten is in this situation.
I take issue with two other comments:
They've officially "lost" ten (not including Reeves and Dunn), and that's precisely because they oversign and have had to shave a ton of guys from the 2011 and 2012 classes. Saying they "lost" them is doing OSU a service. Go look at those kids they "lost." Most were buried on the depth chart and transferred, flat out quit, or were dismissed. Only one was a medical. As I said above, they've cut 20 kids in the past four classes, and they'll have to cut eight more before the start of the season. That's ridiculous, and no one else in the Big Ten does anything similar.
No we're not. We have 80 scholarships officially committed right now. Ohio State has 93. We're doing things just like MSU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and every other Big Ten team aside from Ohio State.
Sorry for the fisking, Ace, but I think you guys are just being contrarian here.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Disagreement||
Good post, Ace, but I think you're dismissing Ohio State's oversigning too easily.
According to Rivals, they've signed 122 players in the 2011 through 2015 classes. We've signed 101. For Ohio State, 20 of those guys have disappeared from their roster (not including graduates/early enrollees or the three career-enders you mentioned), and as far as I can tell they still have 93 scholarship players as of now (pending official announcements of the three career-enders and nonrenewed fifth years).
By comparison, we've lost 13 of our 101 recruits, and as far as I can tell we are currently at 80 scholarship players (not counting walkon scholarships or new transfers).
So, can we explain the roster management decisions for all of these other early leavers who signed LOIs to player for Ohio State?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||You nailed it.||
You nailed it.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand why in the||
I don't understand why in the world a coach would ever do what Petrino did. The path of least resistance in this situation is to do what Urban Meyer is doing at Ohio State: just sign them all and sort it out later. Both courses of action are equally unethical from an intent standpoint. Petrino is making it more flagrant and sensational by renegging on a promise the day before signing day. Meyer will be (or has) renegging on (approximately 24 over the past four years) promises in a more behind-the-scenes fashion.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Those are the number over the||
Those are the numbers over the past five years, but the point stands. They're still up 24 recruits on us over the past four years.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Bottom line: You've signed||
Bottom line: You've signed 105 kids over the past four recruiting classes. That is ridiculous and criminal.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||My response is that our||
My response is that our previously large class sizes have nothing to do with. Our retention has everything to do with it.
We signed only 14 kids this year, only 16 last year. You may argue that we signed 27 in 2013 and 25 in 2012. Well, guess what, Ohio State signed exactly the same number of kids in 2012 and 2013 and their class size this year was 27 and last year was 27. That's 24 MORE RECRUITS IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS that they have to work with compared to us, and 30 MORE OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS. Let that sink in. Over the past five years, Ohio State has had 30 more scholarship players than us in their system. That's more than a full starting lineup's worth of players. They've signed 132 players during that window; we've signed 102.
I looked back over the past five years, and Notre Dame has signed 16 more kids than us. Penn State, which supposedly got the death penalty at some point in that window, has signed eight more kids than us since 2011.
Michigan State is the only one of our rivals who appears to playing on a level playing field, with only two more players than us since 2011.
This is a major, major competitive disadvantage for us.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Just to be clear in light of||
Just to be clear in light of Mike Weber's ridiculous comments earlier about U-M somehow deceiving him: this is how a program truly deceives a recruit. And it ain't right.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't anyone else find it||
Doesn't anyone else find it strange and problematic that we have at least six fewer recruits than any other team on that list. You might say, "well, we had bigger classes in years past and now don't have space," but every other team has taken just as many players as us the past four years, more or less.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Well, my point is precisely||
Well, my point is precisely that it doesn't "make sense," which is the definition of absurd.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sorry, but this is||
I'm sorry, but this is completely absurd. If Weber or anyone else wanted to get the only ticket for a position group in this class, they should have told the staff before noon on national signing day. What the hell is our staff supposed to do? They waited until the very last day of the recruiting cycle for Weber and Jefferson; those guys didn't commit, so they filled those spots. This isn't deception. Weber should just avoid comment on this and move along. If anyone was "deceived" it was the M staff into thinking that Weber was still considering Michigan.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||'Vert' is masculine.||
'Vert' is masculine.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||You are a scholar, and I||
You are a scholar, and I respect you.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||It's not a crime against||
It's not a crime against humanity to put a redshirt freshman QB in a game.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Hello to you both! Thanks||
Hello to you both! Thanks again for organizing a great MGoEvent!
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Best for Harbaugh to start||
Best for Harbaugh to start from scratch on QB for the 2016 cycle. Will miss the Gary Wright references, though.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh apparently wants to||
Harbaugh apparently wants to fight Mike Riley and Jim Mora, Jr.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Brentwood? Psht||
What's the temp in Van Nuys, where you really live?
|14 weeks 5 hours ago||Building a Jimpire||
Building a Jimpire
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh shits Steve||
Harbaugh shits Steve Sarkisians
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Saban recruited Terry||
Saban recruited Terry Richardson, so his cutoff height must be 5'5".
|15 weeks 3 days ago||"No pass rush" probably||
"No pass rush" probably doesn't compute for DG.
...unless he was paying attention when M was on defense.
I hope he catches on and has a long NFL career.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Traverse City is like Ann||
Traverse City is like Ann Arbor but without the university, a bit less diversity, a lower cost of living, and way way more natural beauty.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I wish I had the time and||
I wish I had the time and fortitude to eternally troll Football Scoop, Kawakami, Schefter, and all the rest with comments on all of their online articles to the effect of HARBAUGH TURNED MICHIGAN DOWN LOL.
Oh well, I'll just have to make sure to do that to Bagheera on this site when I see his posts.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Nice use of the plural||
Nice use of the plural
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Cleveland is a pretty cool||
Cleveland is a pretty cool city. Hate to say it.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||The way the Cotton Bowl||
The way the Cotton Bowl ended, they should've addressed this to Baylor instead of the city of Dallas.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Liberal conspiracy||
|16 weeks 5 hours ago||We just form a f*cking||
We just form a f*cking Jimpire
|16 weeks 15 hours ago||I think safety is just really||
I think safety is just really hard to play, and they get blamed for most big plays. Hence, everyone thinks they're all bad.
|16 weeks 17 hours ago||Awesome to hear. It's too bad||
Awesome to hear. It's too bad he has had injury issues. By all accounts he was as close to a sure thing recruit as you can get.
|16 weeks 19 hours ago||At WR, we really just need||
At WR, we really just need one standout and a couple of other guys who are solid. Darboh has already shown he's pretty solid. Chesson and Canteen, too, kind of. I think one or both of Harris and Cole can step in and be a big time guy right away. WR can contribute immediately. (Ace in hole is Peppers lined up out wide).
|16 weeks 20 hours ago||He was the top rated center||
He was the top rated center out of high school, and his dad is a college head coach. I hope he gets every fair chance to start this fall.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||No, I truly appreciate the||
No, I truly appreciate the story. Very cool insight from your personal experience. I went to an event today and heard some amazing young people talk about their experiences in urban high schools. Made me want to be better at what I do. Great feeling. Hope Tyrone can make our kids feel like that every day.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Awesome story. Thanks for||
Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||He's 42! A man plus two.||
He's 42! A man plus two.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Tyrone Wheatley is a man. He||
Tyrone Wheatley is a man. He had an incredibly tough upbringing and showed incredible responsibility and resilience getting to where he's gotten. I'll take a guy like that on my team any day.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||That's why you get paid to||
That's why you get paid to worry about defense, D.J.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Jabrill seems like an amazing||
Jabrill seems like an amazing kid. He deserves to get the best coaching. I'm confident, finally, that he will.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Sumbich||
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Toss me a discount code,||
Toss me a discount code, mGrowOld
|16 weeks 2 days ago||So, by my count, we now have||
So, by my count, we now have on staff (or are likely to have on staff):
I'm telling you, recruits want to know they're going to a program that can put them in the league, and we should be able to make that argument as well as anyone now. We basically have an NFL coaching staff, and every one of them has college experience.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Gentlepeople: so long have we||
Gentlepeople: so long have we suffered under the yoke of incompetence that we've forgotten that almost every program in the country fields a decent-to-good QB when they have four highly rated scholarship guys to choose from. So, too, will this come to pass at Michigan under the hand of Harbaugh. Calm your spirits.
As Marx said: "So long as college football fans are at the beginning of the coaching transition, they see in their program's incompetence nothing but incompetence, without seeing in the program the talent, desire, and potential, which will overthrow the old regime and restore it to Big Ten championships."
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Awesome. Thanks for the||
Awesome. Thanks for the breakdown. Where'd you pick up your football knowledge?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||One of these guys is going to||
One of these guys is going to turn in an above average-to-good QB performance this next season. Book it.
(Amazing use of the overhead projector in 2005)
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Brady's guys aren't exactly||
Brady's guys aren't exactly getting snatched up by big programs.
I think Brady's biggest failure was not bringing in a staff that suited the largesse of the program he was taking over. He got it right with Mattison. But you don't bring Dan Ferrigno, Darrell Funk, and Mark Smith to Michigan. I mean no personal disrespect to those guys, but they're not Michigan-caliber coaches.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Connections and networking||
You mean marrying a doctor?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||What's he doing with the||
What's he doing with the extra $4,950,000, then?!
|16 weeks 3 days ago||You know how much royal red||
You know how much royal red robin 800,000 buys, Ty?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Josh Smith is the worst kind||
Josh Smith is the worst kind of player you can have on your NBA team. Enough talent, salary, and reputation to be entitled to playing time and to feel like they don't have to play defense.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure, but young guys can||
Not sure, but young guys can learn early on to be winners or losers, and I like that SVG is teaching them to win. I'd still like a point guard upgrade, but if we can keep this core together and add a couple more pieces through free agency/draft, maturation alone could make this team pretty good.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||That is freaking hilarious||
That is freaking hilarious
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I wish Fuzzy Dunlop and||
I wish Fuzzy Dunlop and Kilgore Trout posted more.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Aye aye aye||
Aye aye aye
|17 weeks 15 hours ago||Ojemudia seems to have that||
Ojemudia seems to have that body type, too.
|17 weeks 16 hours ago||People will argue, but this||
People will argue, but this is actually really important for most 18-year-old, type-A stud atlhletes.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Physicalness||
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I know a real estate agent in||
I know a real estate agent in Montclair, New Jersey who was contacted today by a Shannon Mora with a target budget of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Has recruiting ties in||
Has recruiting ties in California
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Wouldn't a 3-4 help mitigate||
Wouldn't a 3-4 help mitigate our weakness at DE and take advantage of our huge strengths at DT and LB?
Any three of Henry, Wormley, Pipkins, Glasgow, Taco, Strobel on the DL
Any four of Ross, Morgan, Bolden, Gedeon, Mario, RJS, McCray at LB
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe Mattison has a huge||
Maybe Mattison has a huge gambling debt to the wrong people and he has to stay on for the money? Ever think about that? Huh?
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I forgot Ty Isaac. Ty Isaac||
I forgot Ty Isaac. Ty Isaac was the #3 all-purpose back in his class. WE HAVE 38 PLAYERS WHO WERE TOP-12 AT THEIR POSITION OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||We have some guys with very||
We have some guys with very strong pedigrees that haven't shown enough yet. I expect Harbaugh to start to squeeze these guys. Look at the top-12 talent we have at almost every position (247 Composite rankings):
Joe Bolden and James Ross were the #2 and #3 ILBs in the country in their class. Mike McCray the #4 ILB, Gedeon #11.
Pipkins was the #6 DT in the country; Mone was #8; Poggi was #11. Taco was the #5 WDE in his class, Marshall #9, and Strobel #10. Wormley was the #6 SDE.
Peppers was the #1 DB in the country; Countess was #10; Terry Richardson was #11; Lewis was #12. Dymonte Thomas was the #11 safety. Kinnel is the #11 safety.
Kugler was the #1 center in the country his class. Dawson the #2 guard, Cole the #8 guard, and Fox the #9 guard. Kalis (#3), Bosch (#8), and Magnuson (#9) were top ten tackles.
Drake Harris was the #7 WR in the country. Butt was the #11 TE in his class, and Bunting was the #11 TE in his class. Brian Cole is the #5 athlete in the country.
Derrick Green was the #5 RB. Hayes was the #6 all-purpose back; Norfleet was the #7 all-purpose back. Shallman was the #2 fullback, Houma the #6 fullback.
Shane Morris was the #3 QB. Malzone is #11.
Andrew David is the #7 place kicker.
Scott Sypiewski was the #6 long snapper.
We have 37 players on our team who were top-12 at their position out of high school. Let me repeat that: WE HAVE 37 PLAYERS ON OUR TEAM WHO WERE TOP-12 AT THEIR POSITION OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. THIRTY-SEVEN.
We have at least one top-12 recruit at every single position except for punter.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke took 4 and 5 star guys||
Hoke took 4 and 5 star guys with offers from everywhere and drove them straight into the ground. No NFL for you.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Capricious||
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Please never write anything||
Please never write anything about Cowherd on this blog. I come here to avoid garbage.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Can Shane get a medical||
Can Shane get a medical redshirt for this past season? I don't think he played again after the Minnesota debacle.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I think this guy has been||
I think this guy has been completely invalidated since he claimed his "source" David Dunn was flying here and there and doing such and such negotiations, when it has been more or less confirmed David Dunn was not part of the hiring process.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Eff that. I'm tired of the||
Eff that. I'm tired of the self-handicapping Michigan football. The wait til next year Michigan football. Oregon State, Utah, BYU, those programs don't have a single player that would've made our recruiting classes. We're Michigan. We have better players. Now we have better coaches. Kill 'em all.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||The actual noun is||
The actual noun is "physicalness." Didn't you ever listen to a Brady Hoke presser? Drevno is making up words. Do not want.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||11-1||
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly. Excellent response.||
Exactly. Excellent response. The deviation between Michigan's actual versus predicted performance based on recruiting rankings is huge. The possible explanations for this deviation are that (1) for some reason, our players' recruiting rankings were measured inaccurately or (2) something about our team was different from other teams. I am willing to wager that that "something" will be corrected under Harbaugh, and our actual performance will fall more in line with our predicted performance, which is very, very high.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, your point #4 is an||
Yes, your point #4 is an excellent articulation of one of the main thrusts of the diary.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Cool. Thanks for putting this||
Cool. Thanks for putting this together. You should send it to Harbaugh :)
Durkin doesn't mess around, huh? Aims high.
Others have said it, but if we have an NFL-heavy coaching staff, that will be great for future recruiting but may make it hard for the 2015 class, as one month isn't a lot of time to build the kind of relationships that most recruits value in making their college decision. Maybe Durkin can pull a few in, but it will probably be hard to start from scratch with a recruit at this point.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, you're supporting my||
Yes, you're supporting my point. This is an "in aggregate" analysis. Over the three-year period, we've had two 5-stars, ten other top-100 players, and 31 other 4-stars, for a total of 43 "bluechip" recruits. Over that same period Utah, for example, has had five bluechip recruits, all lower-level 4-stars. Minnesota has had one.
Based on a CBS Sports analysis, there's a 27% probability that a 5-star will turn into an All-American; a 16% chance for a top-100 player; a 6.4% chance for a 4-star; a 1.8% chance for a 3-star; and a 0.8% chance for a 2-star.
So, on the aggregate, we should get five (5) All-Americans out of our haul. Utah, by comparison should get one (1). Minnesota should get one (1). On the aggregate, we should have much more talent than Utah and Minnesota, for example.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Using recruiting stars as a||
Using recruiting stars as a proxy for talent is not "way off base." There have been plenty of analyses that show they're a good predictor of future success.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Just played Techmo Super Bowl||
Just played Techmo Super Bowl as Harbaugh's Bears. Rolled Minnesota 37-0. Every play was Harbaugh.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I completely disagree that we||
I completely disagree that we have to wait for years to be successful. My contention regarding QB is that we just need a QB to be serviceable, given our massive talent advantage at most every position on the field over all opponents we'll face next season (save Ohio State). Barring Ohio State: Out of high school, our kids would have been signed over the kids at any opposing school next season, at every single position on the field--except for maybe McDowell at MSU and Hackenberg at PSU. The horses are there--they've just been stunted and poorly developed. Again: we have a massive talent advantage over every opponent we'll face next season. What a good coach does--and I'm assuming Harbaugh is a good coach--is maximize talent.
Hoke's problem is that he is a mediocre-to-bad in-game coach and a bad developer of talent. It's not that Hoke had better players when he first arrived at Michigan. All of his players, in every year, have been extraordinarily talented. It's just that someone else developed the kids that he inherited. The kids that he had to develop from scratch--who, on average, were more talented than those he inherited--have stagnated or regressed.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I suspect that one of Morris||
I suspect that one of Morris (#3 QB recruit in 2013), Speight (#22 QB recruit in 2014), Malzone (#11 QB recruit in 2015), or Bellomy (#29 QB recruit in 2011) will be serviceable next year. And I further suspect it will not be Bellomy.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry, I didn't explain the||
Sorry, I didn't explain the final step, but I just divided the weighted total by 1.5 to get a comparable figure to the unweighted total. So the actual formula was:
Probably shouldn't directly compare a team's total and weighted total to each other, just their relative ranks. That Alabama's weighted total is less than its unweighted total just indicates that they had a more talented class in 2014 than in 2012.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I'm coming at it from two||
I'm coming at it from two related perspectives:
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing personal, but I don't||
Nothing personal, but I don't want to hear it. Plenty of less talented junior, redshirt freshmen, even true freshmen quarterbacks, who haven't had playing experience, step in for their teams and perform well.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||You're right. Flash back to||
You're right. Flash back to fall 2012. Every Michigan fan and his (or her) mother was crowing about how 2015 would be the year that we would compete for a national championship. Well, it's almost 2015. The only thing that has changed is that Hoke drove the program into the ground. The pieces, from a player perspective, are all there.
Most important, as a first priority, is re-teaching them how to win. Harbaugh is the man for that job.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, there are questions at||
Yes, there are questions at some positions, as there are every season. Fact is, based on recruiting rankings at least, that we have the kind of talent at QB and WR that schools like Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State, and everyone else we play (except OSU) can only dream about. Those teams would've been elated to get the players we have at those positions.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Since we're making a||
Since we're making a list:
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Oh man, I'm tearing up. These||
Oh man, I'm tearing up. These guys love Michigan so much. It dwarfs whatever emotions we have for the program, which are themselves substantial. It probably kills Ricky Leach and Jon Falk--just kills them--to see Bo's Michigan go to shit like it has the past seven years. It probably kills Jim Harbaugh just as much. That's why he's back. Listen to these interviews, and there's your answer as to why he's coming back.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||It seems to me like the ESPN||
It seems to me like the ESPN guys have gotten fat and complacent. Of all the reporters who covered this story, the ESPN guys were clearly the worst at their jobs, to a man. ESPN/the NFL are more like the WWF than real journalism/sports nowadays. Bill Simmons learned what happens when you don't tow the party line.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Can't believe it: I went from||
Can't believe it: I went from the least excited I've ever been about Michigan football to the most excited in just about a week. I believe in Jim Harbaugh.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Bagheera/Baloo/Lord||
Bagheera/Baloo/Lord Grantham/M-Wolverine isn't the only MGoUser who should have their MGoClubCard revoked for awhile. There were a number of regulars on this board that were adamant that there was no way that Harbaugh was coming to Michigan. Why people would beat that drum with such ardor, I will never understand.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||So, in a word, "gritty"||
So, in a word, "gritty"
|17 weeks 6 days ago||My infant son said "Baugh,||
My infant son said "Baugh, Baugh, Baugh" this morning
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Will Campbell actually made a||
Will Campbell actually made a contribution his senior year and got drafted into the NFL. It's too early to say that Pipkins will be as good as Will Campbell.
For me, Pipkins is easily the most depressing recruit we've had in the past ten years. He is at a position of dire need. He was the most highly rated high school prospect at that position. He had swag. He has a great name. He made that great play on Stefon Diggs in the Army AA game. Hype was massive. Great Hoke impersonation. He had three d-line coaches when he came in. Repeat--he had THREE DEFENSIVE LINE COACHES when he started at Michigan. There was absolutely no one blocking his way to a starting role.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||They didn't Baughlieve||
They didn't Baughlieve
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I'll say it: Jim Harbaugh is||
I'll say it: Jim Harbaugh is a goddam handsome man!
|18 weeks 5 hours ago||Hockney's "team of monkeys"||
Hockney's "team of monkeys" comment nicely describes our previous coaching search.
|18 weeks 7 hours ago||Why don't we take it as||
Why don't we take it as seriously as them?
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||Just to clarify, you would||
Just to clarify, you would bet the MGoWife on Harbaugh becoming the next U-M coach, correct?
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||Sorry to hear. Must've been a||
Sorry to hear. Must've been a cool experience to go through the recruiting process, though. Any fun stories? Negative recruiting? Escorts?
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||Where did you end up going?||
Where did you end up going?
|18 weeks 12 hours ago||As someone who just relocated||
As someone who just relocated from Southern California to the Midwest, I have to chime in: It is very difficult to find a house in L.A. and Orange County for less than $500,000 that is in a safe neighborhood with decent schools and that is within a 30 minute drive to anything other than box stores/chain restaurants or attractive outdoor space. The cost of living--especially if you're buying now--is absurd. Couple that with how crowded and poorly planned the area is, and it's a really tough place to live unless you're absolutely raking and live near the beach.
If you have kids, make less than $150,000 per year (and are financially responsible), and value outdoor space and local businesses, Southern California is not the place for you.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||MOAR RANDO RUMORS!!!||
MOAR RANDO RUMORS!!!
|18 weeks 2 days ago||One thing I've learned||
One thing I've learned through the years: don't take people named Kody too seriously.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Uh...||
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Most Ohio State and Michigan||
Most Ohio State and Michigan State brosephs think the same thing. Should we start a thread for each of them that has the online literacy to create a Bleacher Report username?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Correct||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I agree. Most of these||
I agree. Most of these bastards have very thin skin. The Rosenberg Amazon campaign was a great example of quid pro quo for heinous bullshit reporting.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I think significant media||
I think significant media outlets like Brian and MGoBlog calling them out actually does make a difference.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Why would it matter where||
Why would it matter where Harbaugh is physically located when he calls the kid?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||FACTS! What does it even||
FACTS! What does it even mean?! It's a fact that you told me something untrue and I shouted it to the world sans humility! It's a fact that I was completely wrong and went into shameless spin cya mode! Facts!
|18 weeks 4 days ago||3.2||
|18 weeks 5 days ago||What does Marcellus Wiley||
What does Marcellus Wiley look like?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||The Schefter and Rapoport||
The Schefter and Rapoport reporting is just shameless horseshit. Ascribing vague emotions to Harbaugh like "love" and "surprise" and "conflicted" that are completely meaningless and unfalsifiable. There's so blatantly working a narrative to get themselves out of the massive hole they dug themselves into. I wish there were consequences for shitbirds like them.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty interesting||
Pretty interesting perspective. What a university will pay a football coach could alternatively be used to create a permanent applied research center with support for a large group of scholars to tackle important global sociopolitical problems.
|19 weeks 3 hours ago||Whew, I'm tired. I'm gonna go||
Whew, I'm tired. I'm gonna go to Harbaugh and hope we're closer to Harbaugh in the morning. Harbaugh.
|19 weeks 6 hours ago||Harbaugh pick six!||
Harbaugh pick six!
|19 weeks 7 hours ago||Harbaugh!||
|19 weeks 7 hours ago||Does this mean we're good||
Does this mean we're good again? Guys?
|19 weeks 13 hours ago||What's LIU?||
|19 weeks 14 hours ago||Every basketball embarassment||
Every basketball embarassment ratches up the Harbaugh desperation beyond its already dangerously unhealthy level.
|19 weeks 14 hours ago||Team looks distracted.||
Team looks distracted. Probably not getting enough sleep looking for Harbaugh updates.
|19 weeks 16 hours ago||Yeah, I see it the same way.||
Yeah, I see it the same way. I just don't think it was as simple as Nuss saying, "nope, too controlling, I'm out," which would suggest that Nuss just can't get along with a hands-on head coach, which would make a Harbaugh marriage a bad fit. I don't think Nuss's parting with Saban really says much about his compatibilty with Harbaugh.
All this to say, I'm not crazy about the idea of Nuss being retained and can't really imagine why he would be.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||Pretty sure that was just his||
Pretty sure that was just his alibi after getting a soft firing
|19 weeks 1 day ago||So was the Unabomber. Just||
So was the Unabomber. Just saying.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||No one knows where his||
No one knows where his "heart" is. Least of all Adam Schefter. That was a throwaway, unfalsifiable claim to maintain a shred of credibility on his part.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||HALOL! Hilarious. Throws in||
HALOL! Hilarious. Throws in the "his heart is in the NFL" as the last thread preserving his initial bullshit reporting. "Well, I've been proven completely wrong, so let me just toss in something about his heart something to keep some shred of dignity."
|19 weeks 1 day ago||You'll miss Jesus's birthday!||
You'll miss Jesus's birthday!
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Miles is the clear #2 for me||
Miles is the clear #2 for me (I don't consider Stoops a realistic possibility), but Harbaugh has the advantage of being younger, NFL experience (for help with recruiting, if nothing else), and having his college success at Stanford instead of the SEC. Doing what he did at Stanford is like Mullen doing what he did at MSU, minus the sleaze of things like signing 40 kids every year.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Our Chatter = 103.8 +||
Our Chatter = 103.8 + 45.3*(Their Chatter) + e
|19 weeks 2 days ago||A fixer-upper in a marginal||
A fixer-upper in a marginal neighborhood
|19 weeks 2 days ago||You're the only one||
You're the only one
|19 weeks 2 days ago||We need to start a list||
We need to start a list
|19 weeks 2 days ago||We need to harness our||
We need to harness our collective will to create some system to hold all these jackass media heads accountable for being totally totally wrong about their pronouncements.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Austin Panter. Guy was a||
Austin Panter. Guy was a program changer.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Your disgust would be||
Your disgust would be tempered by 6 million per year, though? Or 4?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Wow, this Kawakami guys||
Wow, this Kawakami guys really presents himself like a piece of shit.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||So Hunter Lochmann left U-M||
So Hunter Lochmann left U-M for a position with the White House?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Gotta start that thread!||
Gotta start that thread! Outta my way!
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Every single year the||
Every single year the expectation was that we would win the national championship.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||So we're not gonna have||
So we're not gonna have another Harbaugh positivity bang tonight?
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Christ, it's been hours--can||
Christ, it's been hours--can I get an update on Gregg Henson's thoughts???!!!
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh is not coming, you||
Harbaugh is not coming, you mouthbreather
|19 weeks 4 days ago||It's hilarious how all the||
It's hilarious how all the people with connections are doubling down on their stance. Like Brian said, some people are going to look very, very wrong after the dust settles (not that there are ever any repercusions for having no humility and shouting like an asshat).
Even more hilarious are the people on this board who are getting so dug in on either side. Why? If you don't know what's actually going to happen, then why take such an entrenched, personal position on this? Just be hopeful that we might get the best coach on the planet as our next coach, since there's plenty of evidence to suggest it's a good possibility. What's the point in insisting that we won't get Harbaugh if you don't actually know that?
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I thought Les wasn't offered||
I thought Les wasn't offered the gig. I don't really understand how rumor mongering could break a deal anyway.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Isn't it well known that||
Isn't it well known that Miles was never offered in '07?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, everybody here wants our||
Yes, everybody here wants our old quarterback who happens to be one of--if not the--greatest football coaches in the world to be our next coach, and there's a very realistic chance of that happening.
What's your problem again?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh believes in magic.||
Harbaugh believes in magic.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty much, yes||
Pretty much, yes
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Sequence of CC events over||
Sequence of CC events over holiday break:
1. Michigan hires Harbaugh
2. 49ers hire Brian Kelly
3. Urban retires due to family reasons; Fickel promoted to HC
4. Dantonio and Narduzzi indicted over PED scandal at MSU; Perles named interim
5. ND hires Urban
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Yes. On my big board of||
Yes. On my big board of reasons for wanting Harbaugh, this reason has been steadily rising up the list.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||5%||
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Harbaugh once did a||
Jim Harbaugh once did a no-handed pushup
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Are you suggesting he threw||
Are you suggesting he threw the game yesterday in order to allow him to meet his deadline for becoming Michigan's coach? Are you calling Jim Harbaugh a cheater!
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Nice recognition. You know||
Nice recognition. You know who could really maximize Cole's potential going forward?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Might explain his historic||
Might explain his historic meltdown at Rich Rod's end.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||What else is he going to say?||
What else is he going to say? Jim is a good soldier--he's just there to win football games blah blah. Did we expect him to proclaim something like there's no way I'll sit down and talk with those sumbiches I'm goan to Michigan.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Are we still feeling good||
Are we still feeling good about Harbaugh?
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Why don't you take your||
Why don't you take your schtick to an NFL or MLive board. I hear they're looking for wimps like you.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Isn't the point that owners||
Isn't the point that owners make money from the teams they own?
|20 weeks 14 hours ago||The "shades of mediocrity"||
The "shades of mediocrity" and "I need ______ to comfort me" lines worked. I would've used TomVH for better comedic value, though.
|20 weeks 18 hours ago||Happy weekend. Harbaugh?||
Happy weekend. Harbaugh?
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Have you ever been to Provo?||
Have you ever been to Provo?
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Seems like your butt is||
Seems like your butt is officially out