|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, lots of no huddle with CU||
Major tempo. Pace reminded me of Indiana. Ran nearly 90 plays.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Bunting played||
Was in on the M first play on O actually, so I guess technically started. Was in on Evans' first couple runs. Also in on Darboh's TD. Saw him a couple other plays as well. He he just wasn't targeted. I'm not too worried about impact, at this point. Multiple TEs played obviously.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Don't know about your guess on Replogle||
but yeah, Barkley's numbers with that O line last year were pretty eye opening.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||The financial motive||
For NCAA for this ruling has to be very low, I would think. Football is a cash cow for conferences, not the NCAA. The latter's revenue is nearly entirely the money it gets through selling broadcast rights for March madness. NCAA gets nothing from conference tv contracts with ESPN, b10 network, fox etc. that I know of. The bowl games aren't NCAA events per se. Obscene profits are going somewhere, just not directly to NCAA.
Now why the dumb decision? Not much would surprise me at this point.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Probably that jerk||
Mickey Dolenz. Or Davey Jones .. another likely candidate. They're the young generation and they've got something to say, after all.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Was only||
responding to MonkeyMan's implication that somehow Meyer is unique because his great teams have struggled with weaker teams on the schedule from time to time. That description fits a lot of great coaches and great teams.
Meyer laying an egg against MSU in 2015, yes, that one is hard to explain. But if Jim Harbaugh replicates Meyer's success at UF and OSU at Michigan, I'll gladly take it even if I had to endure a rare flop.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||But most national champions||
have a near miss or scare or two on their resumes by season's end. Michigan struggled to beat Iowa at home in 97. Colorado had its 5th down against a crappy Missouri team and went on to win the NC. Tressel's 2001 OSU team almost lost to Purdue and Illinois in consecutive weeks during their 2002 run. Auburn had to scratch and claw at home to beat barely beat a Clemson team that lost 7 games in 2010. FSU is the one of the few teams in recent memory that I can think of that handled their regular season schedule pretty comfortably and went on to win national title. It's incredibly difficult for any team to play at its highest level week after week.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||No other pro teams||
true but the state of Ohio doesn't have the equivalent of Auburn. That's certainly something else. Can't imagine there's signifcantly more pressure in Tuscaloosa than there is in Columbus, but who knows. To me, it's splitting hairs if there is a difference.
Biggest thing with Meyer to me -- and with Saban, too -- is that it doesn't look like they're having much fun at times. I'm sure they love what they do most days, but from the outside, it appears there are times when all of the joy is gone from the job. Especially Meyer, and this year there seemed to be several of those days for him.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Tom and Daisy||
Will know. Or Nick C.
This lit nerd appreciates the reference.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||You missed the||
article. Changes the meaning. No possession, the way I read it. Just declarative statement, and a true one at that.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||He's been there since 05||
Saban's been at Alabama since 07. So head to head against Nick for 9 seasons. But yes, point stands. Probably feels like 15 to Miles
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Also for the youngins||
Andre was a high school teammate of Glen Rice on a spectaculy good basketball team at Flint NW that included Jeff Grayer, Anthony Pendleton and others.
Didn't Andre play a little Bball at State too? Know he concentrated on FB, obviously, but I seem to recall him being on the team for a couple of seasons.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||That's in Minnesota, right?||
Univ. of Woebegone?
Woot-woot. NPR jokes.
[okay I let myself out ...]
|49 weeks 22 hours ago||Hmnn. For the FB||
dive, sure. Better long speed than Houma or Kerridge. For crushing Mike LBs? ... call me skeptical.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Me too||
Shoe on the other foot, we would have been screaming for a personal foul if a 300 lb. Sparty DL pulled the same kind of move. Nothing to gain by jumping on that pile, but a lot to lose.
|1 year 1 week ago||Fair enough. Correct, they didn't throw 70.||
Still think KK's point stands. He clearly thought Bert was taking a jab at spread guys and he was obviously pissed Bielema came into TX HS coaches convention touting the supremacy of manball when majority of TX HS programs run spread (according to Kingsbury). Anyway, the way his team beat AK underscores the point he was making about "physicality" at the beginning of the clip -- i.e., you can play spread and still be physical. That was my take anyway.
|1 year 1 week ago||Well TTU spread them out||
Watched a large part of it. Tech forced the Arkansas D make plays in space, which they didn't do very well from the 30-40 snaps I watched. Spread to run and spread to pass is exactly how they tore them up, from what I could see. Isn't that what Kingsbury was talking about? Bielema makes a claim at Texas HS coaches' convention that his man ball style is going to kick your ass, especially if you play spread ball (implying it's not physical)? And Texas Tech just shoved it down his throat by both spreading the ball and being more physical?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Agree with this.||
Doesn't look like a Power5 arm. Small sample size in this particular video, as you point out. So could be wrong, but I've watched some of his other vids and I don't recall his arm jumping out at me. Like his versatility though. Will be fun to watch what position he ends up at. "A football player," as coach Harbaugh would say.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Good Lord.||
I imagine half the MAC would be jealous.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||We''ll look forward to your next post||
in 2024, Tom09!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Agree. I'll be surprised||
and fairly disappointed if the run D isn't anywhere from good to great, particularly if the offense protects them better this year, keeps them fresher for end of ball games.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Turn over margin, exactly.||
What were we last year -16 or something like that? Awful. There were only like 3 or 4 teams worse. Half that number would still be painful. Don't see getting near double digit wins unless they hit positive range.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Had to look up Larping||
Cheers for the friday chortle.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||That's one place||
where Morris has been effective (small sample size) and seems pretty dangerous. Has some pretty good wheels. When Griese made those scampers, I was always like "How in the hell did he just get away with that?" Morris, on the other hand, looks like he could run away from a few linebackers in the B10.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Essentially agree. However, I hope they show||
a little more resiliency, which could come pretty quickly. I will be dissapointed if they don't look like a tougher team this year. They may not be physically ready to do what JH's 2010 Stanford team was doing, but they could make substantial mental strides. And if they do, it should make a huge difference in the other parts of the game. Doesn't mean they'll win as many as we hope. But would likely mean there won't be dissasters like we saw last year ... MSU, ND, Rutgers ... ugh too many to list.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||So pissed ND||
is off the schedule for foreseeable future. That cheap shot on Gardner to end a blow-out game was such a D-bag move. Max Redfield doesn't have to have his head on a swivel this year. Got a freebee. Enjoy it,Max. Here's hoping someone else lights him up -- legally and cleanly of course. A little Hindu karma over Luck o' the Irish.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I kind of like||
strudder. I think she's onto something. #StrudderIsBudder
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Agree here.||
Bryant may be good right away. Maybe not. IU doesn't have much proven behind him, so can't see how the poster above can say they're going to have a much better front court. Michigan can at least throw out some bodies.
IU had an effective offense last year with their small roster, so not sure if it really matters if Bryant makes a big difference at that end of the court. They have scorers. They just couldn't defend to save their lives. He may make the biggest contribution there if he can protect the rim and rebound.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Aaron Shea at||
4:00 with the original Chesson ND bowling ball block.
Edit: Crap, was meant to be in reply to Jack Hammer's comments below about huge running lanes.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Man||
went back and watched that one just now. I'd forgotten how few highlights there were on the "color" part of that vid. I have to say, despite the emo, I did enjoy watching those kids again from that 2008 team. Just an utterly forgettable year, but Brandon Minor trucking dudes. Odoms (when he was holding onto the ball). Koger. Mathews. Some fun moments. Too few of them, but fun none the less.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Well one thing||
I learned from that piece is that Chuckie Freakin' Keaton is still playing for Utah State. Holy Aggie. The Brooks Bollinger of the Moutain West.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Re the "thin topic" .. Even national media||
were talking about yesterday, though. Mike & Mike discussed and Greenberg basically called York out for being ridiculous with the comparison to the Kerr hire, and pointed out that the culture sucked in SF before Harbaugh who turned it into a winning culture. They didn't diss Tomsula but the tone suggested they (like the entire world save for Jed York) were skeptical the departure of JH from San Fran would bring better days to the Niners.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||The Who joke?||
That's Elton John, isn't it?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||And I don't think||
the RB corps was helping much either early on. Seemed like many times there were holes to be had (maybe not gaping but big enough) only to have a RB go somewhere else and see minimal gain. I guess my point is that YPC average may have been better with a little more help from the RBs.
Hopefully another year of development and possibly Higdon or Isaac as alternative options showing better instincts and vision makes a difference as well.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Here here! I look forward||
to Clemson's annual fall off the cliff. It's about as consistent as the tides. Usually a spectacular beatdown (as you note) is involved 8 or 9 games into the season, and of course, everyone knows it's coming. Kind of feels like tradition at this point. Thanks Clemson.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Harbaugh reference||
if I'm not mistaken. Satellite camps. State lines, etc.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||But pulling O'Korn probably wasn't that reason.||
UH started the year 2-3 with O'Korn against a less than brutal schedule. They made the change because he struggled (look at his 2nd year numbers ... ugh), and then went 5-2 with the other guy. Not a ground breaking turnaround but season was going downhill fast and they salvaged it.
My guess is Sumlin (particularly after UH won 12 games) raised expectations pretty high. Levine was an "interim" guy when Sumlin left and later they took the interim away. He took them to 2 bowls in 3 years, but that didn't cut it apparently.
Suspect they thought they could go out and get a hot name, given Briles and Sumlin's successes at UH, and turns out they were right.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||That was from a year ago, though. Borges ball.||
Is he a slot in eyes of Drevno / Fisch / Harbaugh eyes?
|1 year 11 weeks ago||At Miller's level||
it's kind of splitting hairs, I think. Curious, who would you say specifically he's not close to currently in CFB?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||And came back||
from this painful looking hit. Seems like a tough dude.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||"my boys love it."||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Sweet||
free range kaola meat is so much more tender. Yum. Also there's the whole ethics thing. Double win.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Seems like he's slight now, but given||
he's 6', perhaps not a burner, and given his seeming enjoyment of being physical and tackling, is he a potential candidate for safety if he could put on the 20-30 lbs he'd need there?
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Do we really care||
about the "who" as long as someone is making said impact? Give me a pash rusher who teams constantly have to game plan for and who QBs constantly have to worry about ... I don't care what his name is, what class he's in or where he comes from.
Actually, I'll take 2 or 3 of the above, if it's not too much trouble Unknowable-All Powerful-Universal-Force that can make this happen (just in case you're reading MGOblog ... oh what am I saying? Of course you're reading MGOblog) K? Thanks
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Ha we pretty much overlapped||
in ATL though I left in 2012. Had only heard about PF around those last couple years there and only through friends who were Bama and Auburn grads or fans.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Does Brando use that line?||
Didn't recognize it specifically. Was thinking more of the general non-sensical horror / irony of war in Catch-22 but yeah ...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||It's likely Doyel showed up||
at Chatard likely looking for parents to talk to support a piece he had already in mind and perhaps even mostly written save for the quotes. Love it.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Boom||
|1 year 16 weeks ago||The Cass Tech appearence in the||
Addidas ad comes to mind. Assume they have some kind of agreement?
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Really? That's pretty cool||
or do I need my sarcasm meter adjusted? I think you're serious though ... anyway, +1 to you either way!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||And your child's toys||
will now taste like cardboard. But you'll have them delivered to your door in 30 minutes or fewer or they're free. So there's that.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Guy admits he||
makes mistakes and tries to learn from them? Author of the piece, you can have a beef with, but DB on his quoted material here? Not much to see. Guy was clearly an ass at time as AD, but this post is trying to sell something that just isn't there.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Anyone confirm public can get in?||
I may head over for a peek.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||They have the pieces to||
be pretty good but I don't think "big time." Second weekend of the tourney is pretty reasonable, given the scorers they have returning. Last year they couldn't defend a lick it seemed to me. Maybe they'll be better on D, but I can't imagine a great leap forward.
Given their need for bigs, Max should see some pretty good minutes. They're going to be one of the smaller teams in the B10.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Clearly Fitz has||
had some underachieving teams relative to expectations recently. I think the difference between him and say Hoke or Schiano is that the coaching fraternity seems to universally respect him as a leader and football mind, former coaches and players who know the game seem to think he's really good, and his players seem to love to play for him. The latter may have been true with Hoke too but I don't know about Schiano.
Anyway, it feels to me he's a much more respected commodity than his record would indicate, or perhaps better said: he's highly thought of in spite of his record. Perhaps he shouldn't be.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I've heard||
HS football has improved considerably over the last decade or so. My wife's family -- all Hoosiers -- attributes much of it to the Colts' popularity and good run of success under Peyton and now Luck. HS football (in the Indy area at least) is much more popular than it was say 20 years ago both from a participation standpoint and community interest standpoint, they say. Huge crowds at games where that was only the realm of basketball before. It's translated into better coaching, better youth football, etc. Don't have the data to back it up, but anecdotally it does seem that Indiana is producting more major talent than it was 10-15 years ago. Long way from being Georgia or Pennsylvania (let alone TX, FL, CA) but still. If I had the time, I'd try to look at the data. Alas, I don't.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||So true.||
Email is typically a poor form of communcation in organizations, I've found. Fine for short messages and sending to a bunch of people to be efficient - "We may have a conflict and have to push the 2:00 meeting a half hour." But picking up the phone and talking to someone goes a long way in providing context when the subject is delicate. Especially if your message is going to likely rile some people up, and Missouri State's coach likely knew she was going to ruffle some feathers by throwing grenades like "dirty recruiter."
If Mizzou's coach had called back instead of hitting the keyboard, he would have been free to say the same things to State's coach (though maybe would have toned it down). Their conversation may have been nasty, maybe not. But he certainly wouldn't have to be apologizing. Now the world knows he's a hot head and a bit of ass, and likely other coaches recruiting against him will use to their advantage.
Anyway, I blame them both. He looks like more of an ass than she does, but her email was bush league too. Have your AD call Mizzou's AD if you have that much of an issue.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Thanks. Man they need some||
proof readers over on that blog. It's like foreign language got put through Google translator. Random cap letters. Tense errors. Unecessary possessive apostrohpes. I have no idea what the second bullet event means. What's "bonus settle?"
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I think of||
"Ride of the Valkyries" when I see/read Wagner, which inevitably brings Apocalypse and Colonel Kilgore to mind. "My boys love it!"
Looking foward to BB and FB this year after a rough 2014. Welcome Moritiz!
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Wow I would have||
guessed double that at least for Crew Chief and Car Chief. But I don't follow racing, so what do I know. What's the source? The math doesn't quite work out. 5K per race for 40K annual equates to 8 races total for crew chief? But car chief works 8.75 races? Seems like there are more races than that but again I don't follow closely.
And how benevolent of racing to cover a guy's medical expenses, you know, if he gets hit by a frickin' race car on the job. "We can't give you a raise, big fella, but we'll put your body back together when you get run over. No charge!"
Anyway, cool story for Quinton. I guess I just found someone to root for at the 500 next year.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||My father was/is a State fan||
but he had the grace to let me cheer for UM. For some reason very early on I dug Michigan's uniforms, and really loved the players of that era. Butch Woolfolk, Rick Leach, Stan Edwards, Bubba Paris, AC. In those days I usually had to listen to games on the radio on Saturdays. Michigan just wasn't on TV save for a couple games a year. I would live for catching a few highlights on Michigan Replay on Sundays and I would cut all of the game photos and articles out of the Sunday Detroit News and Free Press (my dad bought me both) and I would put them in an official Michigan scrapbook, which I still have buried in a box in my basement.
I don't have a memory of NOT being a Michigan fan. But mostly I can thank my Sparty father, bless his heart, who would take me to Ann Arbor to see the team I loved once or twice a year, not the one he loved. I've often told my wife that if my son was a huge Sparty fan or Buckeye fan, I don't know if I could be as gracious as my dad. Thankfully my son is 100% blue and I don't have to face that choice.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Nike is so damn brand||
conscious about their own stuff, this bit maddening. I've dealt with them via my employer -- they are a client of my company's and their usage of their brand identity and logo mark is so carefully controlled -- it is disappointing that they didn't get that part right for a prospective client of theirs.
We pitch businesses all the time and knowing our targets' current identity usage is just kind of elementary stuff, and you got to know prior to going to meet with them or you risk looking foolish and at the very least poorly prepared.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Have to agree||
Been to Ryan to see more games than I care to count. Enjoyed my time there only because Michigan was on the field (save for the shoot out in 2001? 2002?). Saw a couple of games not involving Michigan as an NU alum friend's guest -- it's almost an entirely forgetable game day and in-stadium experience. Not awful. Just kind of meh.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Stitt has moved onto||
U of Montana. Forecast is for scoring flurries in Bozeman.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I was going to say Harris||
as I read down the posts but then came to yours. He just put people down all over the field his jr and sr years, as I recall. Crazy good. It felt like he never missed a tackle and just thumped people.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Let's hope we can||
find out who is right in the great "Would Jaylen Brown Start?" debate.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||You know nothing,||
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Spot on, String||
I often long for the days when you had to pick up the Detroit News on the day after national signing day to find out who was coming to UM, and for many of the names on the list, it was the first you'd ever heard of them.
Now's it F5, F5, F5 ... dammit where is my good news!? F5, F5, F5 ...
These kids and their coaches have relationships with other schools and coaching staffs that go back years. Our current staff has primarily been doing other things than recruiting and building relationships with HS coaches the last several years, namely coaching professional players.
Good players will come. Coaches will develop them and get them prepared. Toughness and confidence will become part of of the culture again. Wins will ensure. It's probably just not going to happen nearly as fast as people want it to. I'll take it, though. For the first time in years--probably since Bo--I feel like we have someone genuinely better than anyone else at the helm, with the exceptions of a few like Saban or Meyer, and even then, I think JH will fair comparably.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Diamond Stone just||
committed to Maryland, I saw, and many people think it was the connection to UA and their sponsorship of his AAU team, though he's saying that's not so, apparently. Heard on the radio in Indy the other day that Tom Crean was told by someone in Caleb Swanigan's camp to not even bother recruiting Swanigan (Ft. Wayne) because he wasn't going to an Addidas school period. Probably not a 100% trustworthy source of information, given the report was third hand, but it was the show's host who has some good connections at IU, not a caller. Now Brown saying only Addidas school.
I don't konw ... college football seems to get more press about the seedy underbelly of recruiting (or maybe it's just that I follow CFB a little more closely) but man AAU ball, at least with these high level teams and coaches connected to major shoe companies, seems to have some real gray areas.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Who is not||
just a shooter, they say.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Mosquera-Perea||
and Troy Williams both taller than 6'6", but yeah they dont' throw a lot of trees on the court.
My wife and her family are all IU grads. None of them like Crean much, but will reluctantly admit he's done a pretty good job this year getting this group in the 20 win range. They're all pining for Stevens, though.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||On the Lott trophy, is there a full||
or only partial pinkie digit?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||True I could do||
this but not without cost. When it comes to promotions, salary bumps, bonus time, and the like, it's pretty clear what's valued (at least in my group). And when the CEO of the company or group President says "we need XYZ by tomorrow, make it happen," the choice to turn the phone off isn't that simple, at least not in my particular case. That said, exit strategy is engaged.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||My whole company is weird,||
if that's Baumgardner's definition. In an age of mobile devices, laptops, desktop sharing, video conferencing, and the like, "sick days" is are pretty much a thing of the past in my day to day. Vacations, sadly, are largely an illusion as well. If I'm in cell tower range, I'm dead in the water. "Out of Office" reply doesn't keep my boss from calling me (or his boss from calling him). Doesn't keep my clients from calling or emailing. "Oh, are you on vacation? I'm sorry, but could you ...?"
And I get the same tales from my colleagues at other companies, so I sense I'm not alone in feeling this incursion.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I don't know how many||
of these kids the new staff will flip, if any. But it's fun to imagine other schools and fan bases fretting about it. "Ah balls! Harbaugh is trying to poach ____."
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Yes to my mind, about||
the only thing that may be postive out of a mostly crap situation. It was going to be a slog even with Caris, but surely they're going to take their lumps now. Can they learn and grow from them in order to position themselves for next year? Let's hope. Pressures and expectations for balance of this year will be low, so maybe that will help them play freely.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Fletch: I don't have any ...||
Doc Jellyfinger: "Children?"
Fletch: "No, elephant books."
The snark was strong with Fletch.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I'd strike the qualifier||
"pretty" ... IMO, it was plain ol' good.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Looks like Herb||
could sell recruits insurance all day long. "Son, I've got a term policy that at your age and health you'd be crazy not to jump on" ...
Boom Ned Ryerson'd
Hand had this back-and-forth with a fan. He's no Wheat, but seems like a good dude.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I thought Bears||
only hired Never-Before-Been-an-NFL-Head-Coach coaches.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Walton in the photo background ...||
just coming down from his jump pass? Or has he already bounced back up knowing Doyle's dunking it home? Either way, cool shot looking over Mathieu's head.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Yes he avoids||
This distinction. Seems to complain about prose style of front page posts from the staff and at the same time bitch about this particular reader post as if it comes from same staff. Whatever. Congrats for calling it but the retrospective I told you so is weak sauce.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||How long is your||
list? Does it go on ad naseum?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I suspect he knows||
he'll put up fairly good numbers straight line.
If he is running 4.7 plus, he's getting some bad advice or isn't paying attention. Last year, 41 guys at the combine at WR position clocked in sub 4.7s, 33 of those were sub 4.6, and 20 were 4.5 or below.
He's a long strider, so I don't think he appears fast. I suspect where he won't fair so well is in some of the quickness drills.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||He's been||
a vagabond to date. 3 years in ATL. 2 in Seattle. Would leave UCLA pretty quickly if he left for UM at this point. Not crazy about his "Washington is my dream job" fiasco either. Good coach. Just don't think a long term solution.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Oops||
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Surprised it to||
so many replies before "collusion" appeared. Thank you.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Man I hope not. Seems like||
he's a hot enough commodity that he's got leverage everywhere and stringing Michigan along would only help him marginally, if at all. However, I don't know enough about his Niners contract, so maybe the "back to college" option is more valuable a card than I understand.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Bingo. Frustrating that||
he hasn't said it, if indeed he has no interest. So I'm left to believe that while it's unlikely he comes, the job appeals to him. It just may not be as appealing as other opportunities. "Not interested" just seems absurd.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Agreed. I don't||
think I watched the same game BiSB did. Defensive breakdowns and poor communication all game long, it seemed to me. Late in the game, Bardo was saying "D" wasn't bad, the offense was just better. It was both -- D was not good on most 2nd half possessions and NJIT's O was good / shooting was lights out.
We made very few possessions difficult for them -- beat down the floor several times with long passes, bad close outs, poor help rotations -- and even when we did make them work for a bucket, they often managed hit a shot or get to the line.
Offense was not much better. If not for for Caris going ham, we'd have lost by double digits.
Very strange John Belein game.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||They hit shots indeed||
and some were difficult contested shots. Problem was far too many were wide open looks from deep or enourmous lanes opening up that allowed them to get to the basket for easy duece or foul. I stopped counting how many times we were getting beat down the floor. This was a lot about effort and intensity, it seemed to me.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Yeah this was my take.||
Too many easy looks possession after possession, combined with NJIT hitting some tough shots down the stretch and being clutch at the line. Factor in some wide open looks that Irvin usually knocks down and what seemed a general lack of intensity and urgency for much of the game = recipe for loss.
My 11 year old son lost it at the final horn. Totally on the floor with tears in his eyes, saying "they don't deserve to lose to that crappy team." I felt for him but had to say, "Well we kind of did deserve to lose that one. Cheer up though, because they're young and there are plenty more games to play, and we have a great coach and leader who I trust will use this to make these guys a lot better in the long run."
The 11-year rolled his eyes at me. Hopefully sometime in February and March, I can say, "Hey remember when we lost to NJIT? Yeah that didn't matter very much, did it."
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I think he's speaking||
in the generic sense when he says "we support the new coach," meaning that it doesn't matter who it is, they're going to get behind him unconditionally.
I would be shocked if a bunch of ex-players knew who the next coach was. 1) Hackett doesn't seem to be operating that way 2) If a large group of people know that kind of secret, it's virtually impossible for word not to leak out. No knock on former players. That's just human nature.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||No issues with this.||
Don't see much downside. It's not like he's airing dirty laundry that's not already known. Like the transparency, if indeed he's speaking for a large number of former players.
I don't necessarily think he's taking a shot at fans or ex-players or other camps, but I suppose it could be interpreted that way. To me it was more about "everyone wants the same thing" ... for the team to be successful on the field, off the field, in the classroom, in the community.
Seems to be saying that that goal is tough to pull off if people are pulling in different directions, and that the "noise" around the program influences young kids, both positively or negativelly depending on what the noise is. If he's trying to lead a group of ex-players to committ to build positive energy around the next hire, then all the power to him. It couldn't hurt and it very wall may help. I think we've seen what the other approach can produce.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||He was the original||
"Fire Borges" ...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Spot on. My sense is ...||
that even if JH came to Michigan, it wouldn't be a decade long stop. Could be wrong but I get the sense this would be Miles' last stop, if he came and he was successful.
Maybe a hypothetical Harbaugh regime is around longer, but it's far from a given.
Anyway, I'm tired of hypotheticals. Would just like a coach at this point. The seemingly inexhaustible bad news around this program is draining.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||TTU signed KK to||
big extension as well, I believe, over the summer. Thru 2020 or close to it. Making well north of $3 million per. Cue Nelson Muntz "Ha Ha" ...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||There was a time||
I wouldn have been very disappointed in such a hire. But if Les Miles is M's coach in 2015, I'd do a little dance. #adjustedexpectations
|1 year 44 weeks ago||At this point I'm||
resigned to Miles as best case, who'll likely make them competitive again and recruit well but utimately won't be a Bo or Tressel-like game changing hire. I guess I'd be fine with that, given the some of my worst fear alternatives.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Smot leaving ...||
Yeah I can't help but think he would have been really productive over time with JB and his staff. Yet hard to argue with the team's success without him.
My memory fails ... his departure opened the door for any specific scholarship offer? Enable Caris to come aboard?
|2 years 2 weeks ago||He's got a||
bit of Nostradamus in him.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Well help has arrived||
OSU's OL looks about as bad as ours. 11 TFLs. 7 sacks. Week 2 and B10 is basically eliminated from the playoff.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Well help has arrived||
OSU's OL looks about as bad as ours. 11 TFLs. 7 sacks. Week 2 and B10 is basically eliminated from the playoff.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||PICK 6 VA Tech||
So there's at least that. B10!!!!!!!!!
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Maryland blocked punt with recovery||
in End Zone to go up on USF.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Ray Vinopal still||
playing. Glad that transfer worked out for him. He still looks a little small but seems like he's been a starter back there for a while.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||No one's disputing they score or||
what the perception of the score might be to those who didn't watch (people like you). Point is they struggled. Perfectly aceptable verb for that performance.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Game you saw was apparently different than the one||
I watched. PSU couldn't run the ball at all. Got some yardage late on wildcat when Akron started getting worn down, but it was ugly. Don't see how you can claim they didn't struggle Akron had some key drops in the game, and late they got a questionable spot when they were only down 11 and in PSU territory. Could have made it interesting. PSU never looked in danger of losing the game but they didn't not look good. Maybe chalk it up to fatigue from the Ireland trip.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Hey Kyle Prater actually||
catching passes. TD NU.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||There are about 5,000||
people there total, it looks like. I've seen HS games more crowded.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I see your Tucker Carter / Carter Tucker||
and raise you a Hutson Mason / Mason Hutson.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Agreed with above. TWIS was some of my all time favorite stuff||
from Brian. Maybe some serious bias here, but this was just kind of ... okay. Big shoes to fill. I'll read a few more in coming weeks and give him a chance but this was not a rousing start. I never could figure out where Brian had the time to possibly pull off TWIS during the week - always looked like a ton of work. Not surprising he gave it up. Sad, but not surprising. Thanks for giving us several years of great stuff, Brian!
|2 years 3 weeks ago||They still have time to recover.||
Cal in year 2 of Sonny Dykes is likely much better than 2013 Cal, so we probably can't take too much from this particular game beyond they (NU) didn't seem prepared to play, particularly in first half. That's on Fitz and his staff for sure.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Thought I Dan Samuelson||
in just jersey as well, no pads. Did I imagine it?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Yeah this list can get||
lengthy ... Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Barry Sanders, Dick Butkus ...
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I was hoping Allen was an||
option, too. I assumed he did some FG kicking, but maybe not. Doesn't sound like it. Please stay healthy, Matt Wile. Kthanx.
EDIT: Mr. Macky clarifies below. Allen backs up.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||For or against?||
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I think the good news||
is that Shane won't have to be All World next year for the team to be really really good. Put me in the middling range of expectations for him. Like you say, 3 years into college, he should have a good understanding of what's going on and it will be somewhat dissapointing if he isn't among the better QBs in the B10. He may kill it. I hope he does.
But let's face it - most college quarterbacks don't kill it, highly rated or not. And even fewer young, inexperience guys do pull off the kind of stuff Manziel, Taj Boyd, Mariotta types have early. Shane could easily end up a Jeff Driskel, David Ash or Phillip Sims as he could a Christian Hackenberg, There are a lot more guys in the former catergory.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||MIke Leach offense ...||
He likes to fling it around. 56 attempts kind of seems on the low end of a typical Leach game. ... okay I was curious and just had a look. Last year they ran the ball 234 times 719 for a 3.07 ypc. Take out QB attempts, it's 184 for 896 for a 4.9 ypc. Not bad but they just don't run much. RBs carried it 14 times pg last year.
Last year they threw 756 attempts - 58 attempts per game ave. over 13 games. So 56 attempts last night looks par for the course.
4:1 pass to RB carry ratio.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||With you. Not sure if||
tackles on the interior is the greatest measurement of how well someone's playing there. Playing sound technique, occupying OLs who might otherwise release, keeping LBs clean, helping to collapse pocket, penetrating a gap, and so forth may be more important. Obviously tackles are nice, but seems like someone who could consistently do the above would still be a good player, particularly if you have solid LBs behind. Not saying that Glasgow is that guy but speaking generally about interior DL.
Would be interested to hear from a coach on what a staff would look at when grading out a 1 tech.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Kovacs 2.0!||
well, we can hope anyway ... speedy recovery, Delano.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Coaches having lots of information||
implies something about character or grades? Hmmmnn. Inferred on your end, maybe.
What WolvinLA seemed to be suggesting (can't speak for him, so maybe a moot point) is that coaches are making decisions about all types of things -- current roster, recruits, game plans, staff hires, schemes, play calls, the direction they want the program to go, what have you -- and in most cases they are armed with much more information than we (as fans) will ever have. Doesn't mean their decisons will pan out or are above criticism. It's just that we don't have the benefit of knowing the full details and context in which they were made.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I don't think so.||
He's just saying coaches have volumes of more information than a fan does, not that they can't make mistakes.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Total speculation here||
but I wonder -- given who his father is, his likely financial position, and his clear affinity for his alma mater -- should it come a scenario where there were no scholarships left, they'd make it happen anyway if TJ really wanted to come. Assume that he'd have the promise they'd put him on scholarship as soon as one opened up. Greyshirt, effectively.
Now the Wheatleys may not be down with that, but one can hope anyway.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||But wasn't Gutierrez's injury||
a shoulder issue that had nothing to do with getting hit in the pocket? But yeah it seems to me QBs get hurt in general, not because of the style of offense, but because it's football.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||He of "We ain't here to play||
school" Cardale Jones? Love that tweet ...
Edit: ah crap, late to the game on that snipe. what he said below ..
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I don't know. I'll scenario you this: pinned||
inside our 20 with a few ticks on the clock right before half. Devin to Devin to get it to the opponent's 45. 0:02 left as we use our last time out. Wile trots in. Confidently bangs one through for a bonus three spot going into the locker room. Much celebration ensues. High fives in bars across the land, encouraging more than handful of young men to finally get up the nerve to ask that really cute girl out. Sarah, Emily, Tricia. They go by different names, all equally charming. Each of these beauties says yes, of course, ensuring the dream state that Wile's end over end bomb produced will endure until the agreed upon night. Meanwhile, kids ask their parents, "Hey, we haven't been to Disney since we were four. Can we go for spring break this year?" and in their euphoria, parents say, "That's a great idea. Where's the iPad. We'll book the hotel now." And at my house, as she gets up and walks away, my wife winks in a way that says we've enough time before second half kick off, don't we? And then she disappears behind a door to the other room, leaving it slightly ajar.
I, for one, hope that 58 yard leg is needed.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Agreed. Maybe they'll||
turn it over at a slightly higher clip than teams the last couple of years did, but this staff does a great job of teaching and preaching not giving away possessions. Will be fun to watch this these guys develop. Timing is great for this Euro trip, given how young they are and how inexperienced 4-5 of these guys are who are going to get a lot of minutes.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||dont care who's||
1a, 1b or 2 as long as the O can move the ball via the RB position (not rely on DG) and greatly reduces neg yard plays. They'll all get carries. The best backs will get the lions share. Name on front is more important than name on back of Jersey. Boom cliched!
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Yoko's||
Influence. She's ruining everything.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Delano||
But yeah, probably a lot of that kind thing.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Hwuh? Who's unclear||
he's a not Top 100 recruit? No one in this thread.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||He's always done that. That's his M.O.||
You said recently, as if to imply he's doing something different than he did 4-5 years ago.
If you're going to get defensive when people call you out for a post that seems to be raising an eyebrow at John Belein and his track record, good luck to you.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Right. Other than Morris,||
none of them were at the time Coach B offered and they committed, IIRC. But maybe he means there were that talented even if not ranked there ...
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Japan?||
Hope Hayes-san can write kanji.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Not a bad idea but I wonder||
if it's even possible, given it's the conferences, TV networks and bowls themselves that run the post season, not the NCAA.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Curious minds want to know ...||
I'm an overtipper pretty much regardless of quality of service, which probably isn't a great policy, but having waited tables back in the day, I understand that service staff get shafted a lot by knuckleheads.
Same applies Im sure for bell hops, cab drivers, whatever. Some people just don't tip, for whatever reason.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I'm in agreement here||
I think Mitch and JMo move a lot better too (or anticipate a lot better) than Jon. I couldn't really characterize what Jon's game is from an offensive persepective. Not a low block post up power game type player. Seemed like a lot of face up mid-range jumpers when he got the ball.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Has there been chatter||
talk about possible destinations or good fits for Jon? Seems like he (and his family) are looking for an offense that features low post more, I gather?
I don't know enough about what programs may have room next year and run something more along the lines he's looking for.
Anyway, always seemed like a great kid. Wish him success.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||If we take him at his||
word, and I don't know why we wouldn't, it's all because of the system.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Butch Wilfork's||
nephew. Cousin to Nick Stauskus. Used to ride the bus with Lester Abrams and John Wrangler.
Don't you remember, he was up at the Corral one night when we were there... he's a good dancer. You must have seen him ... I was amazed, he does a Marengay... I tell you if I was a girl I'd be impressed.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||It's a valid point, as experience is invaluable,||
but part of that equation of youth vs. experience is physical development as well as skill development. Magnuson, Kalis, Glasgow, Bosch, Butt, Henry, Pee Wee, Wormley etc., yes, all have some experience now, but none are as strong or as skilled as they are going to be down the road.
And when "young" guys are matched up against 22-23 year olds who've maxed out their college skill level and physical development, even if their game experience is no greater than the "young" guy across from them-- they still have some advantages typically.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Not in direct response to your comment||
but yours covers some of the things I was comtemplating so thought I'd put this TLDR comment here ..
To replicate 2013 numbers, Michigan needs to replace 129 catches, 1,821 yards and 11 TDs lost to graduation of Gallon, Dileo, Fitz and J. Jackson. Gallon is the key loss, obviously.
Returning is 104 catches, 1331 yards, and 12 TDs, with the bulk of that coming from Funchess, Butt and to a lesser degree Chesson. No other returner had more than 6 catches and all of those came from the backfield via Northfleet on the little jet sweep hand-off passes, or Hayes and Kerridge randomness. Williams had one catch all year. As we all no doubt recall, a TD! Yay!
Can we replace those 129 graduated catches? Seems like it will be tough:
First, let’s take out the 18 balls that Fitz caught and assume somewhat similar production from RB corps. Call it a near wash but not quite Fitz senior level. (-18 goes to -3)
Funchess, without a Gallon type that teams have to be aware of, may do well to get back to 49. But l think he’s talented and physically gifted enough to make a jump anyway. I call for him to grab an extra 1.5 per game, so call it +20 for a total of 69. (+20)
Butt, I think, will have a big leap and get near Sophomore Funchess production. Call it just shy at 43, but that more than doubles his freshman production. (+23)
Chesson. Another year in system, another spring and summer. Necessity of being more involved. Estimated increase in catches by 1/game. Call it +10 to 15 more than last year for a total of 27. Could be conservative on this, but I may be out on a limb on Butt. Even out? (+12)
Darboh. I see a RS Chesson type year, slightly better out of necessity/depth. Call it 20 catches. (+20)
That’s a subtotal of 72, still 57 balls short of the 129 lost.
Okay so now let’s call the 14 balls that Houma, Hayes, Northfleet and Williams caught a wash with similar one-off catches that will likely be replicated in 2014 from random guys. (+14)
Now we’re down to a deficit of 43 or so. Can M get those via the following?
Rational me is doubtful but fan me thinks it can be done if OL and running game is much improved. Am I way off base here in projections? Fun to speculate.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||All major conf.||
coaches in football tend to vote for their conference brethren. That's not just an SEC trait.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||The Robinson call||
was the right call, though, so that didn't seem to be it. During the press conference, Coach B said he was "in control, believe it or not" when someone asked about the Stauskus "assist" in pulling him away from the one ref. He kind of smiled and made that remark, as if that whole episode was calculated.
I assumed he was frustrated with the grabbing and clutching that wasn't getting called, but total guess on my part.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I thought Shulman||
at least tried to raise the point a couple times about McGary. But yeah, listening to Dickie V is painful any game. This one, especially so.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||This is the kind||
of moment that if they guy plays for your team, you love it. But if he plays for your rival, different story. Say Harris does someting similar in AA in a hypothetical Sparty win in a few weeks, no doubt some M fans cry foul. All part of the rivalry.
I love Nik's confidence (and even his moments of cockiness) because shooters thrive on it. They know the ball is going in, and when it doesn't, the know the next one is going in, and when it doesn't, they know the next one is going in.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||But he was elusive on||
That's Incredible!, you have to admit. No one could tackle that guy. Mad scrambling genius. Ran circles around that tool John Davidson.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Did you know||
Spikes dad was a baller in Gary? #DakichGoToReferences
I don't love Dakich all the time but for the most part like his willingness to be very opinionated. He's the anti Dickie V to me, willing to piss off fans if he thinks someone needs to be called out. Doesnt mean he's always right but so few guys do it, it's refreshing to me. He's made some questionable moves on Twitter however as others have pointed out.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I don't know, man ...||
His pad level looks too high on the towel twirl ...
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Agreed on the corners. Unlikely||
they'll have two corners as good as the Dennard / Waynes combo. Obviously Waynes returns but Dennard seemed like a once a decade kind of corner to me.
Loss of Lewis at S will be tough too. Drummond is good, but who's next to him? Won't be as good as the Lewis/Drummond combo. With the defensive backfield surely a downgrade, I don't see how they are as good as they were this year. They'll be good, most likely. But tough to be great given the quality of players they're losing.
Combo of Allen / Bulloch unlikely to be replaced with equitable talent/production. True, there is some talent behind them. Just inexperienced.
A lot comes down to schedule again, and MSU gets everyone tough in conference at home save for PSU (who may be in shambles by that time). Road games at Purdue, Indiana, Maryland and PSU. Has to be one of the weakest away conference schedules out there.
Kudos for Sparty for going to Auzten, though. That will be a fun non-con game to watch.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Lord of the rings, IIRC||
Was a single volume before the publisher put it out in 3 installments. This kind of thing isn't new. But yeah, agreed. Smacks of money grab.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||There are||
millions of fans of CFB who didn't attend the university they cheer for. Without that interest, CFB would be a shadow of itself. Most notably, Ginger in Chicago wouldn't have the Big Ten Network or ESPN 2 or U to watch Sparty club Illinois without non-alum fans of CFB.
Likewise, there are thousands of students who are totally apathetic to sports teams on big campuses and feel no connection whatsover to XYZ field or Coach ABC.
Good rant, though. Kid was pretty annoying / entertaining.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||There's a Geico||
ad in there somewhere.
|3 years 1 week ago||Okay but on that||
particulat play, Lewis's head was behind. Could have easily been called a clip if it wasn't called a personal foul. No complaints on that flag. You want kids to be aggressive but play smart.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||People don't mention Wake and the||
the SEC for good reason.
Quality and depth of conference is doing wonders in recruiting for traditional doormats in the SEC like Ol' Miss, Vandy and Kentucky.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||USC/Oregon||
success vs. SEC success in the national title games? I'll take the latter. If Michigan had to share the kind of success LSU, Florida and Bama have had to share recently in NC games, I'd be okay with that.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Excellent read on||
both sites. Well done, chaps. Also, ventured over to MSpaint like Champion Today for the first time. Thumbs up to that guy, too.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||No kidding. Can we get a refund||
on your ND guy? He had his staight-delivery-no-sense-of humor-ray gun set to stun.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Anyone recall how||
effective MSU was in keepting Braxton Miller contained last year? Miller had yards but I don't remember how many came out designed runs vs. drop back-nothing there-scrambles.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Was just going to point||
out OSU geography fail but see you've already taken care of it. Good work. The New Zealand All Blacks warm up ritual, the haka is based on Maori tradition.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Right, because Meyer's||
national championship teams weren't fundamentally sound, played soft in a soft conference, etc. C'mon people. He's unlikeable but there's a reason he's considered a elite among coaches.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Centers, please stop||
toying with the fan base. Grumble, grumble. I assume this bodes well for a Kugler run at the spot in 2014. Anyway, back to thinking positive thoughts. Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||You didn't work||
out the exchange rate for Candadian inches, bro. Common mistake.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Instead of "what are you watching,"||
WifeinLA shouldsay: "Hey WolvinLA2, whacha doing?"
Other favorite lines from Phineas & Ferb:
Brady Hoke is taking over recruting in the entire tri-state area!
Hey ... where's (chris) Perry?
Time to get out the GoBlue-inator ...
yeah, I watch too much of that show myself, I guess ...
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Thinking same thing||
... Brian's not old enough. Phineas and Ferb is some of the most tolerable Disney content out there. When my kids have Disney Channel on, I ordinarily want to throw something at it. P&B? I'll actually sit down and watch with them. Clever stuff usually.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||What's the Tebow story? Did||
he finally have that second head growing from his armpit removed? I always suspected that was the source of his bad throwing mechanics.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Agree. Expect that unit||
to be much better, particularly if MSU is okay at running the ball, which I think they will be. Less talent at RB but some of their OL troubles last year (injuries and shuffling) shouldn't be as bad this year. Also, seems unlikely their receivers will have a 2-year case of the dropsies.
I'm curious to see if they'll be able to move the ball against ND, in South Bend. Even if they can't, they play enough of a weak schedule to build some confidence on the Offensive side of the ball early in the season. I expect them to be at worst a 1-loss team when Michigan goes to EL.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Plenty of schools||
compare to Michigan and OSU. Texas, Oklahoma, Penn St, Nebraksa, and ND, to name a few. Rabid fan bases for decades. Alabama as a "newcomer?" That's pretty funny.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Tackling in this case =||
|3 years 9 weeks ago||They likely won't find the||
quality of back they had in Bell, true, but the OL should be much better given all of the injuries and shuffling they had to do last year. May be a wash in the running game--less talent in backfield but better blocking.
Passing game will be considerably better, I expect, becasue they can't possibly drop that many balls again this year, can they?
The D looks like it will be as good as last year, maybe better statistically given the schedule.
Will be interesting to see how well they move the ball against ND in South Bend. If they win that game, they should be 8-0 when Michigan goes to EL. Michigan possibly undefeated too? Would be cool.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||But Nebraska||
has never "had the base." Seems to me they'll recruit like they always have, hitting California and Texas hard, and picking off kids from other nearby states like Colorado and Missouri. Maybe that will change they longer they're a part of the B10, but I don't why it would. Three recruiting classes into their tenure, and they still seem to be following that pattern. I agree they will struggle to have classes that compete with M's and OSU's year to year, but over the long term, I would expect them to be at or near the top of that next tier.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Is it just me or||
is there a mild redundancy in that name?
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Watson looks||
the part. 180-185 lbs seems reasonable, given the video and photo. If true, would already make him one roster's larger corners a year from hitting campus.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Bobby Herbert's||
kid. Herbert-to-Anthony Carter combo propelled USFL Michigan Panthers to league championship back in the day.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Nicely done.||
QB may be one of the B10s stronger position groups, as a conference, it surprises me to say.
It will be interesting to see what Hackenburg does in his first "big" game against M - big environment, big buzz.
No Tre Roberson love? I think he's one of the more dynamic athletes in the conference and I would be surprised if he's not on the field a bunch. If he's not a QB, I wonder if they put him elsewhere, though from my understanding he's only been working out a QB. Regardless, IU's O looks like it will give people fits and the Hoosiers are probably not an auto W for anyone this year. I think they'll knock off an unexpected team or two and raise some eyebrows. Maybe Mizzou (UTL game)? They have some very winnable conference home games. Brutal conference road schedule.
Braxton Miller ... grumble, grumble.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Nothing objectionable.||
I suspect people, like me, are little surprised that words like honor, integrity, respect wouldn't be enough, but that the specificity of guns, drugs, etc. would have to be spelled out. The former cover the latter, plus a whole lot more, for those who take those words to heart and live by them.
But there's obviously a reason that they are being very specific.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Wondered the same thing||
regarding Bellomy's potential return. Optimistic predictions for Ryan have been around for a while, but everyone seems mum about Bellomy. Granted, I may have missed some chatter. Would be nice if he could return for at least that November stretch to have some options if somehow Devin couldn't go.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||He didn't get banged up, that I remember||
Used to live in Atlanta and my son still follows UGA a bit. He likes Aaron Murray (not as much as Denard or Devin, mind you). As I recall, Huston Mason asked for RS and they were able to get it for him, so now he and Murray are separated by a year of elibigility
I was curious who else took snaps, so looked it up. Christian Lemay and Parker Welch had some garbage minutes, it seems. 9 attempts between the two of them.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Harbaugh's quote that really fired people up||
is here in Brian's take on it originally. http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/harbaugh-harbaugh-harbaugh.html
Plenty of articles you can google and peruse at your leisure. Some people were really vocal and pissed off at the time. Some were fairly indifferent.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Florida can sell||
the Jeff Demps story. Does Jackson have that kind of track talent? Olympics kind of track speed? Don't know that much about Demps and his track training other than I think he did manage to run for Florida for the majority of his career there and grabbed a spot on the U.S. T&F team for the 2012 games (though IIRC bc someone else was injured). Would be tough, though, and I tend to agree with you. Unless Jackson has that kind of track talent, I would guess football wins out.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||IIRC he put||
Marcus Lattimore 1st or 2nd team all SEC a couple of years ago before Lattimore stepped on campus. Pretty ballsy pick but turned out to be a pretty good one. But yeah, like most of the comments in this thread, predictions are virtually worthless 3 months before kickoff. There will inevitably be guys on the final coaches and media All B10 teams who are not even listed in Steele's.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||This year's||
Keith Nichol Honorary Position Switch preseason All Big 10 pick by Phil Steele. Nichol, suffice it it to say, went on to exactly no All B10 recognition as a senior, as a I recall.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Oklahoma seems about the||
same as Nebraska on an academic level. I know the AAU thing and all that, but Nebraska got booted anyway, didn't they, so that seems like an arbitrary reason to not consider a school at this point.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||ND DLs going high||
Nix and Tuitt. If Lynch had not transferred, this projection would have had 3 ND DLs going in top 17. Sheesh.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||There's a numbers crunch||
at IU, so I'm not sure if there was ever much of a conversation. They have 12 scholarship players (including their 6 incoming freshman) and 4 walkons returning. Don't think they're looking to fill spots.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Don't believe||
IU was an option. Walk on interest from Purdue, Butler and UofM only, as far as I know. (at least from big time programs)
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Drake Johnson #29 getting short end||
In both the Ross Mini vids. Gibbs, whoah.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||I think Mitch||
Will be a leader next year if Tim stays or goes. Enthusiasm and passion, plays tough, vocal, does the little stuff, hustle plays, all about team, big personality, has the respect of his teammates I would think coming out of this run. I.e.,. his play in NCAAs has already positioned him for the role. Would love for Tim to stay but don't think there will be a huge leadership hole if he doesn't. I may be wrong but I'm not too worried.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Ferrell seems like a||
Good kid, though. Michigan recruited him hard as I recall. Agree crean is a d-bag but not sure how that makes him "deserve" Yogi. Because Ferrell isn't as good as Trey? What point guard is?
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Michigan was||
physical with Wolters, it seemed to me, and the officiating was letting the contact go. I think it made him uncomfortable, Burke had to play with a lot of contact too. Refs have allowed a lot of contact on him all year and he has still hit shots. Tonight they didn't drop. Most were good looks. 2-3 seemed rushed in an effort to get going but overall I liked how he didn't try to force it too much. Found his teammates and played good D.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Win or lose on Sunday||
this game seems pretty important for their prospects in the tourney. They could have folded but kept plugging away and found a way to stay together. Trey Burke, what more can be said that hasn't been said 10,000 times this year? Coach B will be showing cut ups of him for years. Already missing him and he isn't even gone yet.
Also, was very impressed with the calmness of the coaching staff when the team was struggling and down double digits in 2nd half. Team seemed to reflect that calmness.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||twin responses||
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I believe "5-6 losses"||
was the quote and clearly remember Dakich having a saracastic chuckle at the thought. 5-6 seemed high to me at the time as I didn't see Indiana losing that many. They still may not. Anyway, that quote stuck with me as the losses started to pile up for these teams. Beilein knows this league.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||That's a good point||
Wasn't specifically referring to this case. Just a general statement about coaching career ladder. From the two people I know in the biz I've heard he same from both: early career is often tough. GAs paying dues, first real job working at D2 schools that play in front of 8,000 people. That kind of thing.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||I think his point||
is "we're a blog so we can do this, it's what makes us different than traditional news media, and if you want the straightforward no non-sense reporting, you already have that avenue but we take a different approach" rather than "we're just a blog." That was my take anyway.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Disappointing that||
Montgomery is leaving but I can't blame him or pin any failure on Hoke and Co. It's a tough racket, working your way up through the assistant coaching ranks. For every guy who gets a head job opportunity somewhere, there are probably dozens who never get one. It's a lot of travel for assistants in the off season, a lot of bouncing around from program to program (some by choice, other times by getting let go when head man gets canned), a tough life on a young family. I don't know Montgomery's personal situation, but I do know a couple of guys in their 30s who are in the assistant ranks. There are some tough, lean years. Sticking around to be the position coach at one school long term is not a priority for most fo these guys, I wouldn't expect (esp. when they're relatively young like Montgomery). Getting experience in different systems, exposure to other HCs, networking, etc. is the road many take to increase their chances of bigger opportunities. Thank him for his effort while at M and let him go. Between Brady, the two coordinators, and the other guys who've seen some years in CFB, I have no doubt they'll bring in someone who will be good for the kids, good for the program, and good for the staff.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Special AKA's||
song was def 80s though, maybe it works for both decades. A protest song that makes you want to get off your arse and ... ahem, dance:
|3 years 33 weeks ago||eesh||
A triple lindy. I don't quite know how I pulled it off.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||A different kind of 5-Star||
Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young.