Pacific Rim 2 is going to be about giant robots built to fight Adam Jacobi
|5 days 17 hours ago||He's got a||
bit of Nostradamus in him.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days ago||PICK 6 VA Tech||
So there's at least that. B10!!!!!!!!!
|1 week 5 days ago||Maryland blocked punt with recovery||
in End Zone to go up on USF.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days ago||Hey Kyle Prater actually||
catching passes. TD NU.
|1 week 5 days ago||There are about 5,000||
people there total, it looks like. I've seen HS games more crowded.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I see your Tucker Carter / Carter Tucker||
and raise you a Hutson Mason / Mason Hutson.
|2 weeks 1 day 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 weeks 2 days 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 weeks 3 days ago||Thought I Dan Samuelson||
in just jersey as well, no pads. Did I imagine it?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah this list can get||
lengthy ... Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Barry Sanders, Dick Butkus ...
|3 weeks 27 min 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.
|3 weeks 35 min ago||For or against?||
|3 weeks 3 hours 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.
|3 weeks 5 hours 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Kovacs 2.0!||
well, we can hope anyway ... speedy recovery, Delano.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|4 weeks 15 min 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.
|4 weeks 20 hours 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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 ..
|4 weeks 6 days 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 5 days 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!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yoko's||
Influence. She's ruining everything.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Delano||
But yeah, probably a lot of that kind thing.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Hwuh? Who's unclear||
he's a not Top 100 recruit? No one in this thread.
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 1 day 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 ...
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Japan?||
Hope Hayes-san can write kanji.
|9 weeks 3 days 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.
|10 weeks 59 min 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||If we take him at his||
word, and I don't know why we wouldn't, it's all because of the system.
|24 weeks 1 day 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.
|32 weeks 1 day 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.
|32 weeks 1 day 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.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||All major conf.||
coaches in football tend to vote for their conference brethren. That's not just an SEC trait.
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|34 weeks 1 day 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.
|34 weeks 5 days 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.
|36 weeks 19 hours ago||I don't know, man ...||
His pad level looks too high on the towel twirl ...
|37 weeks 2 min 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.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|46 weeks 19 hours 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.
|46 weeks 20 hours ago||There's a Geico||
ad in there somewhere.
|51 weeks 4 days 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 2 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.
|1 year 3 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.
|1 year 3 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.
|1 year 3 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.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||You didn't work||
out the exchange rate for Candadian inches, bro. Common mistake.
|1 year 5 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 ...
|1 year 5 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.
|1 year 7 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.
|1 year 7 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.
|1 year 7 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.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Tackling in this case =||
|1 year 8 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.
|1 year 10 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.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Is it just me or||
is there a mild redundancy in that name?
|1 year 11 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.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Bobby Herbert's||
kid. Herbert-to-Anthony Carter combo propelled USFL Michigan Panthers to league championship back in the day.
|1 year 12 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 14 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.
|1 year 14 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.
|1 year 15 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.
|1 year 15 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.
|1 year 19 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.
|1 year 20 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.
|1 year 20 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.
|1 year 20 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)
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Drake Johnson #29 getting short end||
In both the Ross Mini vids. Gibbs, whoah.
|1 year 24 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.
|1 year 24 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?
|1 year 25 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.
|1 year 28 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.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||twin responses||
|1 year 28 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.
|1 year 29 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.
|1 year 29 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.
|1 year 29 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.
|1 year 30 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:
|1 year 32 weeks ago||eesh||
A triple lindy. I don't quite know how I pulled it off.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||A different kind of 5-Star||
Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||A different kind of 5-Star||
Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||A different kind of 5-Star||
Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Looks like he's||
trying to pull his arm away from Watford, too, no? I like Dakich, but yeah this absurd. No one outside of IU fandom would think this is anything other than random.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||But their W/L trend lines||
are polar opposites.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||A) That's inaccurate||
He won at GVSU and Cinci with his players.
B) How does winning, regardless of who recruited the players, impugn a guy's coaching capabilities? Is the jury still out on Brady Hoke because he hasn't stayed in one place long enough to play with a roster of 100% his guys? Perhaps. What about Jim Harbaugh? With 3 years at SDSU and 4 at Stanford, coaching with others players, was it dumb of the 49ers to hire him?
Kelly's not Larry Coker. He's won at all 4 stops. And in his case, unlike a Coker, he's elevated the programs he took over (CMU, Cinci, and now ND). I think we have good evidence it's not a coincedence or just luck of the roster, given his track record.
Also, we don't assess NFL coaches like that. "To be fair, Jim Harbaugh is winning in SF with some players left over from old staff... To be fair, we can't really say Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians can coach even though the Colts made the playoffs, because a lot of the roster was left over from that Jim Caldwell 0-16 team."
Kelly''s an ass. People don't like him. I get it. I'm not a fan either. But it's not hard for me to imagine why an NFL GM or owner might think, "Hmmn, we should bring this guy in and at least talk to him."
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Kelly's not a likeable guy||
but he's won everywhere he's been. To say he's had one good year at ND is true, but ignores his career. Plenty of NFL HC's have been hired on lesser HC resumes. Doug Marrone just took the Bills job this week.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Have lived||
in Atlanta the last 9 years. An Irish victory will do little to stem the tribalism and triumphalism of the typical SEC fan, I suspect. Will take repeated National Championships by other conferences/teams over several years to change the tune. And even then, it may not sway opinion.
Despise ND. So Roll Tide.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The university spent millions||
of borrowed dollars, however. A couple hundred million in debt service to consider.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||My bad||
meant to reply to different post.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||They||
know how far they have to go to compete with the best. A long way, obviously. If they come out and practice and play hard next week, that will be a positive and suggest some good senior leadership.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||The implication||
he didn't want to play for Michigan is what people are objecting to, I suspect.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||How dare you||
state a reasonable opinion about the prospects of the Pokes on a sports blog!
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I agree with this.||
They had the kid in camp, had several eyes evaluating him, liked what they saw, and wanted him aboard. In 4-5 years, we'll know how wise the offer was, just like we'll know how wise the offers were that went to the kids the star gazers love. No one is a sure thing.
Until they get on campus, stay healthy, develop, stay out of trouble, stay academically eligible, reach their potential on the football field, etc., we'll get fans either bitching or way too over excited about an unknowable future about recruit X. Not a lot in between. Probably a non-productive discussion, but it makes for decent off season debate and distraction.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Classic||
|2 years 16 weeks ago||A bunch of dudes||
over at MLive said them for me.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Curious why?||
Tough to argue with those selections for me on the defensive side of the ball. Marcus Rush may be a bit high I guess.
I hope they lay an egg but that defense was excellent last year and probably better this year. In a conference with a bunch of running QBs and average talent at wide out, what team is going to challenge them through the air? On most Saturday's, they'll make teams one dimensional and dare them to pass.
In non-conference, Boise is bringing an new starter and Dame looks like a mess a QB right now. Domers don't look to have any scary receiver threats other than Eifert. State gets both in EL.
They have a bearable conference schedule with OSU & Nebraska at home. 2 easy-ish road games and 2 tough games at Michigan and Wisky.
This is not directed at you, per se. Just seems like a lot of Michigan fans assume Sparty may soon be going back to being Sparty. I just don't see it this year. 8 home games. Probably the conference's best defense. Even if their offense is just barely functional, they'll win a lot of games.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Apparently||
people over 40 have no taste ...
"Instead, I'm aiming for the 20- and 30-somethings—people who've developed musical taste."
All the bands and peformers on his list north of 40 excepted, apparently.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Isn't Morgan||
The immediate future at MIKE post Demens?
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Maybe a stretch||
but if Michigan is somehow in BCS title game hunt at season's end, and Fitz has good days against Bama, ND & OSU (i.e., spotlight games), those numbers are probably good enough to get invited. That's what we're talking about by "finalist" right? Hell, M. Ingram won with numbers that weren't a ton better - 1,658 and 17 TDs. Nice, but not jaw dropping stats.
But if M is something like 8-4, yes you're right, Fitz likely won't be going to NY with 1,400 and 17.
EDIT: Ingram not a good example. Doesn't account for his receiving yards (335) and TDs (3). Anyhoo, I'd be thrilled if Fitz gets 14K and 17 TDs.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Even though it's private||
I can still hear the echoes of Don Criqui's disgust on the Denard - Gallon reception. #nevergetsold
|2 years 23 weeks ago||That's my expectation||
too. I think Mattison is excited about both. Nice problem to have when you sub a guy and you think you're not losing much, if anything.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||"I could see||
Beyer getting some snaps?" Have to ask: why wouldn't he? Got snaps last year, and Mattison seems to think he and Clark are 1a and 1b.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Jamar Hornsby||
says "Go big or go home."
|2 years 28 weeks ago||True but BB was coming||
off a fairly successful season, bringing almost everyone back, coming off a tourney win and almost knocking off Duke. Football was coming off a decent season in which one side of the ball did fine, but the other side was a disaster, ending with a total beatdown by a middle of the road SEC team (plus changing coaches and systems in 2011). To me, it's very close and I don't know which way I'd lean. Big ups to both.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Pitch doesn't||
feel quite right, does it. Not sure if he's a member here, but one of the recruiting blogs Brian's linked on left side is put together by a Brit.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||If you're talking small town football||
maybe Ohio has the edge. I don't know of any ratings services that ranked kids in a state beyond the first couple of hundred.
Here are 2*s and above from both states 2005 - 2012 from Rivals. If we consider 2s and 3s mid-level talent, Georgia still comes out on top according to these rankings: 1,479 for GA to 1,313 to Ohio. If we consider only 2*s mid level talent, then Ohio has the edge, 920 to 859.
So there goes an hour of data pulling I'll never get back, but I was curious.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||I think Touch the Banner||
mentioned the RB opportunity M is offering, IIRC.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Merely pointing out||
that this claim "Ohio football ALL OVER THE STATE is unmatched by every state excluding only California, Texas, Florida, and maybe Pensylvania" is flawed in my opinion. Georgia being the most obvious omission. My reply was down a ways so you may have took it as a reply to another of your posts. I said nothing about Michigan vs Ohio. It's obvious talent is deeper and programs richer in Ohio, if that's the comparison.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Georgia (in response to Panthers5)||
Over the last decade or so, Georgia has been at least = or > Ohio in terms of top end talent, and a lot better than Pennsylvania. Some of it's geography, but the top 50 or 75 players in Georgia are predominantly going to SEC and top ACC schools like FSU, Miami, NC and Clemson (and GA Tech obvs.). There's a decided lack of MAC & Big East type signees most years (looking at you Pennsylvania).
Back of the napkin analysis to substantiate what I've sensed anectdotally: Look at Scout rankings since 2005. Georgia has had at least 20 players ranked 4-star or better every year, and as high as 30 (2010). Only Ohio's 2012 class got up to 20 4-stars or better over that time. Pennsylvania's high water mark is 17. Georgia has nearly doubled Pennsylvania's 4-Star/5-Star output over that span by Scout's measure, and is on average producing 6.5 more 4* or better players a year than Ohio over the last 8 years.
State of Florida gets most of the pub in the Southeast as fertile recruiting grounds (and rightly so), but Georgia is loaded. UGA and Ga Tech have to battle Bama, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, UF, etc. to keep players in state.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Re wilbon||
He was talking about Northwestern possibly making the tourney for the first time ever. Wilbon is a grad. The rolling over in his grave was a bit of an odd choice but you could tell what Jalen meant was something like "die from happiness." at least that's how I took it.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||It's already stated here||
but recruiting a state like Georgia for B10 is tough sledding. Having lived in the Atlanta area for several years, and reading local press and listinging to recruiting shows on the radio, there's just very little talk or buzz about programs outside the SEC or schools like FSU and Miami.
You look at Georgia HS players from last 4-5 years, 95% stay in the region. The top players look at UGA and other top tier SEC schools, particlarly programs in border states like Florida, SC, Alabama and Tennesee. There are a couple exceptions with guys lgoing to ND and Southern Cal, but I wonder how much effort B10 coaches put into top kids from this area and other sun belt states. Return on time investment seems like it would be very low.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Somewhat ironical thing||
about PIttman is that it seems doubtful he would have given a verbal to MSU if Tressel hadn't screwed the pooch in the first place.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Stu has a||
double "s" as well in the surname, if we're correcting things.
As far as your question, here's my take: if Hardaway, Smot and Vogrich start hitting a decent percentage from behind the arc (some good signs of late, no?) and if Stu, Zach and Trey stay the course, this team could go a long way both in the B10 tourney and the NCAA tourney. It's been a fun season regardless. I loved that they're still competitive while their "star" has struggled a bit. How great would it be for THJ to flick the switch? I was sad to see Darius go, but Trey continues to impress. Kid is fearless.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||If the Pats||
let the Giants score with 2 minutes on the clock, might it have conceivably set off a counter lay down? Giants only had 1 TO at that point if I recall. Woudn't it have been prudent of them to return the favor to the Pats and lay down if there were a 110+ ticks on the clock and the Pats had 2 TOs? Granted the Pats needed a TD (and maybe you take your chances with the D, which the Giants probably would), but that scenario almost ensures a longer possession than just having to drive into FG range. What would have been the "smart" play by Coughlin at that point? I suppose the Win probably in that hypothetical upon hypothetical wouldn't be close to what the Pats were facing, given the chip shot certainty of the FG the Giants were setting up for. I guess I answered my own question. Never mind.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Best Player from this||
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I'll take "internet myths" for $1,000, Alex.||
The NCAA doesn't make money off of football. The conferences and teams do. That is, OSU football makes money for the B10 and OSU.
NCAA's revenue comes almost entirely from March Madness and the corresponding television contracts they've negotiated with CBS and other partners.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Trying to convince||
people that there's no "cash cow" regarding big time football programs and the NCAA is thankless work. No one wants to believe it because it's not as good a story as believing the suits in Indy don't want to punish some teams because it would somehow impact the org's revenue. Point them to the NCAA's financials, and they're still not convinced. Bang head on desk.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Disagree. It's almost a certainty||
that one or more 2112 OLs will play as true freshmen, and likely play a lot. M will barely have enough experienced linemen to field a starting 5.
Scholarship players who won't be true freshman: Khoury, Miller, Lewan, Schofield, Omameh, Barnum, Mealer, Bryant (did I miss someone?) ... Of that group, there's one who's been a career back-up, and two current true freshman who've never seen a snap. I don't see a likely scenario where a true freshman or two don't play a key role in 2012.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Japanophiles||
or people who know these types (and are often annoyed by them) probably find this skit amusing. But I have to imagine that's a small crowd.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Bingo||
He'll soon be on the Bruce Pearl-Kelvin Sampson plan. They'll all next be getting NCAA jobs about the same time, which isn't any time soon.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Oxymoran||
It's spelled oxymoran in Columbus, I believe.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||He can't||
Talk about specific players. Cat who asked the question should have known better. What do you want Hoke to say other than "you know I cant talk about recruits."
|2 years 46 weeks ago||536 yards||
NOT GOOD ENOUGH! We want 15 yards per carry and 20 yards per attempt. Punting is for quitters!
I found myself in the same trap, bitching when when we were winning comfortably. The short yardarge plays were frustrating, but it's not like the other guys don't have pads on too. In total, the O made many many more plays than not. As fans, we seem to remember the nots much more vividly.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Agreed. Kid like||
Clark looks like he's going to be a player, and beyer too. Both scream althetic to me. They just look the part. We're just not going to be deep up front inside. Rotation of BWC, Q, and Ash+ ???? (wilkins, rock, Pipkins?) probably won't be a strength, but we should be solid on the ends, improved at LB, and both solid and deep in the secondary. Probably not dominant but should be solid.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Also||
add to this: "Possible causes: an increase in turnovers forced + an increase in sustained drives by the Michigan offense"
This: Fewer total plays.
Through 5 games, there has been about 225 fewer snaps total in 2011 than 2010 first 5 games.
That breaks down as follows:
2010 D snaps 378 and 2010 O snaps 347 for a total of 725
2011 D snaps 248 and 2011 O snaps 248 for a total of 501.
WMU rain out had something to do with those, but no going no huddle on O means games are much shorter and the D is facing many fewer snaps.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||OL depth||
as you point out, is so thin, seems like it would hard to not bring a 5th year guy back along the front if he wants to come back, even if he projects to be a spot player. Who knows. Numbers have to come from somewhere and I guess if the thinking is one of the 5 incoming OLs = a 5th year guy like Mealer (i.e., about the same difference in performance despite the class difference), why wouldn't you go that route? Either way, I think you're right that at least one of the true freshman OLs sees significant time next year. I wouldn't be surprised if a couple do. Which may be okay. Justin Boren did relatively well at that age in '07, though he was an early enrollee.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Mealer?||
No 5th year? Is that your prediction?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Same boat.||
Win these next two weeks, both on the road, and with MSU coming off a bye, I'll adjust my expectations up accordingly.
I see the D not as a strength so much as not a liabilitiy (finally).
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Yeah I love||
these. Format is great for the diagnosis. Thanks for the effort C of D.
|3 years 23 hours ago||My guess is Denard||
was in longer than most of us thought he should have been because the starting O needs the reps. Shortened game in week 1 and low snap count week 2 against ND. Borges said he would like about 70 snaps per game, which would put them around 200-210 for the season. Don't think they're anywhere near that.
1st down is key in all offenses, but especially in this one given the QB and scheme. This O is not going bunch of sucess on 2nd and long and 3rd and long outside of Denard's legs. You may as well have Wile/Hagerup warm up the punting leg after an I-form first down 1-yard carry.
Shaw on KO return. I don't see it. Speed is certainly a need for deep returner, but so is the ability to set up blocks, see where the pursuit is coming from and make quick, accelerating cuts to daylight. Shaw has the former, but I've never seen much evidence of the latter either from the LOS or in the open field.
|3 years 5 days ago||Yep you're right.||
He got there so fast I figured he had to have been in on the play. Mistook the 9 in mccolgan's jersey for heininger's 9. Wish there was another angle for the replay. He must have screamed down the sideline.
|3 years 5 days ago||He was in||
Backfield for pass pro. Smith motioned out IIRC.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Check the||
Jerseys selling like hotcakes thread.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||I say we||
Fight back by spelling Martinez with 2 Zs.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Clearly the driver||
at fault here, and I'm no structural engineer, but damn, that thing seems to topple pretty easily. Inspired by the design of AT-AT Walkers? Glad to read below everyone walked away unharmed.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Hack is||
a bit harsh. He misspoke in live conference call, saying GERG rather than Mattison. He's not Mike Bell, true, but nor should he be. Other than Ryan Stewart, I don't know of another guy on Atlanta radio who played big time college and NFL football. He's kind of boring, but he knows football.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||No. It's a myth that||
College Football is a "cash cow" for the NCAA, and it's consistently perpetuated, even by that main stream media. Just look at the NCAA's financial reports. Here's one from 2008 (first one that came up in google search, but you can dig into ncaa.org to find most recent.) Almost the entirety of the money the organization brings in is from the TV contract for March Madness. The balance is for miscellaneous stuff like the tournaments it runs.
Football money (TV contracts and Bowl payouts) goes to conferences and subsequently to teams. That's why Slive, Delany, and co. are so powerful. The short of it: while Miami not playing college football wouldn't be a great thing for college football, it would have almost zero impact on the money NCAA organization sees.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Agree on Koger.||
This wouldn't surprise me, given they took him to Media days with Martin and Denard (which sent a signal to the team how the coaches think of him), plus the way Coach Hoke gushed about him the other day at the news conference. He's being positioned as one of those guys, it seems.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||I wish we||
could say offense is a given. It will probably eventually be pretty good if our scary thin O-line stays healthy, but I think most Michigan fans, even the RR haters, would be feeling a little more secure about the O right now if Denard was in Year 3 of that system. But that of course would mean we'd be already completely depressed about the prospects of the D, rather than slightly hopeful the D could be middle of the road, which we'd all take in a heartbeat.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Fair enough. They||
weren't the same team when he went down last year.
I like Northwestern's chances to do some damage if Persa stays healthy. Got a lot of starters back. Almost every unit should be improved on both sides of the ball, plus solid coaching and a good kicking game.
That's a game on Michigan's schedule that I look at and think "toss up at best" (given it's the first road game and one week before MSU).
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Okay I like||
Dan Persa too, but with Martinez, Denard and Cousins in the same division, this is choose your poison.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I've reread this 5||
times. I can't make heads or tails of it. If Big 10 fans want ND, we're to hope the SEC plucks an ACC team? And then we want "the ACC to pluck one one of the big hitters in the conference" ... what conference would that be?
The Big East could lose its BCS auto bid after the contracts up, and that would push Notre Dame out of BCS consideration? How does the Big East potentially losing an auto bid have anything to do with Dame and its position with respect to the BCS?
WVU, Cuse or Pitt might do the trick? Okay. Seems like an possible solution to something. Perhaps.
I love the last sentence. Excellent summary of ... well, again, I don't know what.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||But nobody||
but Tressel himself "technically" knows the situation.
You have to have coached college football to weigh in, Coach D? Hello: non sequitur.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||That's got||
to be a pretty infrequent experience for Martin off the field, running into dudes bigger than he is.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Is he still coming? I assumed||
he wouldn't be attending the event and thus no one to talk to.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Is that Koger||
on the left? Making Brady look almost petite.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Coaches||
Can't speak publicly about recruits until they sign an LOI. And they won't comment at all on this recruit if he signs an LOI w/MSU. Speculation will rule the day on this one.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Word is he'll likely||
being more like in H-back role when his time comes.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||That's gold, Jerry!||
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Tim Prister's||
forthcoming top 10 lists. (I got a sneak preview)
Best 10 College QBs of All Time
1. Ron Powlus (obviously)
2. Paul Hornung (tie)
2. Joe Montana (tie)
3. Tony Rice
4. Tommy Rees
5. Darlyle Lamonica
6. Brady Quinn
7. Carlyle Holliday
8. Rick Mirer
9. Steve Berlein
10. Peyton Manning
Greatest College RBs Evah!
1. Jerome Bettis
2. Armando Allen (tie)
2. George Gipp (tie)
3. Darius Walker
4. Jonas Gray
5. Allen Pinkett
6. Jim Crowly
7. Marchy Schwartz
8. Elmer Layden
9. OJ Simpson
10. Barry Sanders
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Isn't that the same||
Navy staff ranked #8 that, oh I don't know, beat ND the last 2 years? Ah, tunnel visioned domers. Bringing the comedy.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Would be my||
First call, if I were the AD. There are probably some sanctions for the program in the future though, but as I write I'm thinking that's probably a good scenario for a coach trying to revive his mojo. Low expectations built in in early years, if there are bowl bans and scholarship reductions. It will be fun to watch where this story goes.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Me too ... This seems huge.||
Maybe the the holiday weekend? I agree with sentiment elsewhere in comments here that Kelly is likely done, and perhaps sooner rather than later. Can't believe Oregon is still claiming this is on the up and up.. Doesn't matter if it was $500, $5,000, $25k, or $250K. The weren't paying for recruiting info, clearly. They were paying for someone of influence to steer kids to Eugene. The head coach was in the middle of it and blessed the payment, if Lyle is to be believed
I'm not buying Lyle's " I wish I'd studied the guidelines" defense either. If he didn't sense something fishy, he's clueless.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Agree that the manball with mobile QB||
is viable in the B10 (Mike Vick does it in the NFL, right?). But Smith wasn't really a huge threat running (not like Denard or Pryor, anyway). Michigan fans remember him differently than most, I think, because he killed us. But he had only had approx 1,200 yards rushing in three years and averaged jsut 4.2 ypg. Pretty pedestrian.
He was, however, incredibly efficient throwing the ball. Ridiculous TD to interception ratio.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Awesome||
comment about the coach calling OSU and not getting a peep back. Thanks for the piece.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Are you talking M only?||
It's not typical, but it happens. Sometimes true freshman LBs play at high high level. Chris Borlandand and James Laurinaitis are a couple of good Big 10 examples, both major contributors as true freshmen. Max Bullough played significant minutes for MSU last year.
It's not ideal, obviously, to have kids that young playing LB in a major conference, but if they're talented enough, they'll get on the field.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I can see both sides here||
but I’m kind of in agreement. I don’t mind being petty and giving them the cold blue shoulder.
Still, I think it's wise to recognize that despite the decline of traditional journalism, a parochial newspaper with very little readership outside the state can still frame a national conversation about national, very public organization. They reported a bunch of allegations (most of which were wildly innacurate) from several anonymous sources -- weak sauce all around -- but it didn't matter. Viola. Shit storm.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||You mean "jabs."||
Bill Martin is the resident expert on jibes.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I just subbed||
"grittiest" for best and voted guilt free. [Cue Team America theme song.] Also, we're priviledged as Americans to have the freedom to bitch while turning a blind eye to our hypocrisy. That's why we don't live in places like Tajikistan or Liberia. Kovacs, in fact, has garned a total of 0 votes from those backwater nations. I've seen the analytics.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Maybe I missed||
a joke in there, but isn't Hardaway Jr. in Europe right now with Team USA U20s? Maybe you saw THJ's doppleganger?
EDIT: slow on the save. Brick was on it.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Telling Terry he's a||
troll is a strange form of encouragement. (okay just kidding ... vague pronoun joke).
|3 years 12 weeks ago||He's somewhat||
Mobile but not in the Denard, Cam, Pryor sense of mobile. AU lost a ton on O, as someone else mentioned here, esp up front. Wisconsin would go from dangerous to pretty lethal with someone like Wilson who can throw and buy some time with pretty good athleticism. Saw him live vs Ga Tech last year. He's scrambled a few times for good yardage but he won't remind anyone at auburn of Newton, if he goes there. I'd like to see him go to Wisconsin just to see how good they can be with a pretty legit athelete at QB.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Phillip and Eric Brackins||
were from Pigeon Forge ... not sure if they were last though.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||My bad ...||
Haven't caught Rec Roundup in a while, or not since the podcasts went jenky (though I believe they're back up?) Anyhooz, I hereby retract my uninformed snark and will just tend to the perma grin this OSU misery causes me ... it's kind of like Viagra: "if it last more than five weeks, consult your doctor ... "
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Close enough||
on the last name. Sam won't hold a grudge.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||That's pretty||
Weak sauce for the Onion. Subject's kinda out of their league with sites like EDSBS around, leaving and breathing the CFB world.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Right. One||
Could argue that with the departure of Nebraska, that's the preferred conference to be coaching one of two powerhouse teams and getting to BCS championship games more frequently. Easier path than the current big10, presumably. Who knows, though.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Mario's||
Home town currently = Ojemudia. Just FYI. Thanks for the chart. Very user friendly. Speaking of Mario and looks like a LB comment (which several people have said), if that's his best position on the field, the log jam of LBs in the last 2 classes gets jammier. I guess a better problem to have than the no option depth we've had the past couple of years.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||In fairness to florida||
Muschamp was coach in waiting at a Texas, has roots in the SEC both as a player, coach, and a recruiter, and would likely had a head gig already if texas had not made the promise of the future job, plus paid him the stick around money. It took a top job to get him out of Austin.
But your point is dead on. There aren't tons of proven guys at the highest level period.
Edit: Colin already said it.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||SC had||
Sanchez, Booty, Corp, and Mustain all on the same roster at one point, if I recall. A lot of HS Star power in those four guys. Never hurts to have several talented kids, particularly if they aren't afraid of competition.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Always seemed||
Antithetical to Bo's "the team, the team, the team ..." to me. Plus I'm in the They look crappy camp. Always did. Always will.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||DB should talk to Jerry Jones/Super Bowl Folk||
or Delta airlines about selling more tickets than seats. It's definitely possible.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Didn't Rojo prefer to||
play receiver and Michigan was recruiting him primarily as a CB? That's my recollection. I know I recall message board folk saying "Carroll is just feeding him what he wants to hear ... once he gets on campus, they'll switch him to DB." Carroll kept his word on that one, though.
Still, a very strange recruitment indeed.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I don't keep||
up much with OSU recruiting, particularly this time of year, but anyone have any insight why OSU hadn't shown much interest in Bolden or Ringer (who by most accounts are a couple of the top linebackers in the state)?
Are they targeting other prospects out of state who they think are better (e.g., Ross) or is there just not a big need in this class for LBs?
|3 years 21 weeks ago||I wouldn't be||
Too sure on Tressel. If NCAA comes back with show cause, it will be unprecedented if the try to keep him.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Little margin for||
Worse. I suppose he could go 9-0 in his first 9. I'd rather they hire a top guy if it comes to that.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Agreed. If they're healthy, there's||
almost no chance that Floyd and Kovacs aren't back in 2012. Even if they eventually get beat out for starting positions in 2011or 2012 (which isn't a given), they'll be among the top back ups and would still see plenty of time.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||They get OSU||
minus the Tat Five, though. If the game was in EL, I'd say Sparty would be favored by a score. In Columbus, I still think they'll have more talent on the field than the Bucks without Pryor, Herron, Posey, and Adams (throw in Thomas for the hell of it). If they win that, they get a open date before Michigan and then Wisco at home with a new QB ... I'd like to think they'll struggle early like WolvinLA suggests they might ... just not confident it's set up to happen.
I normally don't have a rooting interest the ND/Sparty game, but this year I hope ND demoralizes them.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||C'mon, he didn't suck.||
He threw too many picks for a guy with his experience, but 64% completion percentage, 20 TDs, almost a 149 effeciency rating (good for 22nd in the country), threw for more than 3,000 yards, and he ran for 7 scores. And he also took his team to their first SEC championship game ever, one of the best seasons in memory for a lot of USC fans. I also think you'll find that his numbers have gotten better each year, not flattened or regressed.
If he totally sucked, not many people would care about his boneheadedness. But he's a pretty good SEC QB even if to date he hasn't become the player his physical skills led many to believe he'd become.
That said, he's had more than enough opportunities to grow up. Bring on Connor Shaw.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||2010 won't||
repeat because of the conference championship game. Nothing to worry about there. If Sparty misses OSU and PSU some particular year with cross over games, it's likely that if they somehow win the Legends div, they'll get one of them in the Championship game. And if they win that matchup, the rest of the conference won't be able to complain.
Sidenote: I didn't realize how painful it would be to type "Legends" for the first time. Part of me still wants to believe this is all an elaborate practical joke and Jim Delany will appear with Ashton Kucher one day on the set of the B10 network to tell us all we've been punk'd.