|6 weeks 2 days ago||https://twitter.com/eliyudin/|
|12 weeks 3 days ago||The MSU experience metric...||
Is an interesting one, albeit in the feelingsball department more than anything. If you lose a star upperclassman, that's bad. If said player picked your school (over his childhood favorite and the one he thought was a better football fit) primarily because he was told there would be no repurcussions for not bothering to go to his classes... there's an Ewing Theory On Steroids situation possible.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Benny's is on the overrated||
Benny's is on the overrated list for me (though I do like it - it's just not remotely special). Its reputation primarily comes from people geeking out over seeing athletes there because it's close to the area where many of them live.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Dissing Leopold's is||
Dissing Leopold's is capital-N capital-O (also capital-K) Not OK.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I would say especially NTs.||
I would say especially NTs. Less height can mean better leverage, and they don't need as much arm length as the guys on the edge do to fight with lengthier, more athletic liinemen.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||One should not drop bananas||
One should not drop bananas unless absolutely necessary (or you get the multi-banana box). One must hold it behind you to prevent being hit from behind by a shell.
This rule is of course no longer applicable when approaching a new set of mystery boxes, because you don't want to miss out on a new mystery box when the worst thing you can get from it is another solitary banana.
|18 weeks 15 hours ago||And most importantly, Zaxby's||
And most importantly, Zaxby's is awesome. I maintain that their marketing campaign should be "zaxby's: actually as good as all the idiots say Chik fil a is."
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I cheated. It is.||
I cheated. It is.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Not going to look before I||
Not going to look before I ask because you can't make me...
FSU's is the same Marcus Lewis who decommitted from Florida to commit to Michigan, but then couldn't work things out academically to go to U-M, yeah? From DC Gonzaga.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Black didn't do the full day||
Black didn't do the full day of workouts at the New Jersey Opening camp (he skipped the testing, IIRC), but he did get picked to the elite group when they separated them out for the 7-on-7 portion of the day. He was solid there, but had a much more notable performance the day before at the New Jersey Rivals Camp.
A lot of kids who were great at one of those two were just OK at the other - the nature of camps on back-to-back days.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Probably unfair to ask anyone||
Probably unfair to ask anyone to be as intelligent as Kovacs (intelligent though JKP is on the field). Probably not quite as physical as Kovacs, either.
A version of Jarrod Wilson that plays in the box has always been my comparison: always around the ball, rarely flashy doing it.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Awesome guy. I first got to||
Awesome guy. I first got to know him covering basketball for mgoblog, and even after I moved out of town and hadn't been to a home game in years (while still working for the Wolverine), he recognized me walking down the street on my way to a game as a fan this Fall.
Really sad he's gone.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I believe the proper||
I believe the proper diacritic marks are "Papier-mâché"
|28 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't realize how bad the||
I didn't realize how bad the block in the back call was until seeing it described here. The broadcast commentary guessed it was on Lewis (which was certainly not the case, except inasmuch as it wasn't legitimately on anybody, so it could be illegitimately on everybody), but even assuming the Hill block is what was called, the force isn't enough to be why that dude fell down, and it was close enough to the side that a reasonable official doesn't call it.
|31 weeks 14 hours ago||"Again, they aren’t getting||
"Again, they aren’t getting bled to death by paper cuts. It’s more like a video game, where they don’t notice the heinous alien lurking around the corner, get vaporized the second they cross its path, and then get to restart from the nearest checkpoint."
|32 weeks 4 days ago||It was at 3:15 in the third,||
It was at 3:15 in the third, but not as routine as I had remembered on a curl route. Pass was actually broken up by the defender (which I didn't notice live).
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Possible, but not the one I'm||
Possible, but not the one I'm thinking of. It was in the first half or early 3Q.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Haven't gone back to watch...||
but I thought there were four drops. The two from Butt, then one directly through Poggi's hands, and then either Darboh or Chesson (can't remember and have to go back to check) dropped a slant right through his hands, as well. Might not have been considered a routine one, though.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Yep, that's what I'm saying.||
Yep, that's what I'm saying. If you're relying on that guy to cover a slot receiver, you'd better get home (obviously there's no way know if BC would have had this been a pass play, but it seems like a safe assumption) or have a linebacker-style guy who can carry slots downfield (fortunately, Michigan has one).
|33 weeks 2 days ago||What's the move if it's a||
What's the move if it's a pass and #1 and #2 both go vertical? Safety covers #1, #2 should be free up the seam. I guess the concept is that the pressure comes quickly enough that #2 can't get enough space over the PUP's zone?
|34 weeks 20 hours ago||thx.||
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Oklahoma faces Tom Herman two||
Oklahoma faces Tom Herman two weeks before Ohio State. A little information-sharing to work in favor of the Buckeyes?
|48 weeks 4 days ago||For those down on Michigan's||
For those down on Michigan's program after a disappointing year, it's worth noting that three of the four teams making championship weekend (all except Loyola) were U-M opponents. UNC and Brown pasted Michigan early in the year, but the Wolverines almost upset Maryland late in the season.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||It is what it's going to be||
It is what it's going to be (in basically every sport - not just lacrosse). Schools aren't going to stop recruiting early. A couple years ago, the lacrosse pundits were saying, "it'll stop when a school gets burned by it," but that's happened a few times now, and it hasn't slowed things down in the least.
Sicne lacrosse is so skill-oriented, as opposed to being strictly about athleticism - it's closer to basketball than football, for example, in that regard (but even well past basketball in the skill/athleticism balance) - so teams will never really be bad by missing out on late bloomers, they just won't reach heights they could have otherwise. Really, it has helped and will continue to help parity in the sport.
A wise coach is wrapping up attackmen and goalies relatively early, and waiting a bit longer on midfielders to see if some develop athletically and skill-wise to be better than those they would have wrapped up early.
|50 weeks 13 hours ago||Harbaugh probably makes more||
Harbaugh probably makes more in a year than the entire Hawaii athletic department (and won almost as many games last year as Hawaii has in four years running). I'm sure he's not losing sleep over that one.
|50 weeks 14 hours ago||They were a D-1 program for||
They were a D-1 program for barely a decade (and despite making two NCAA tournaments, had never won a game in the tournament) before Tierney arrived. They certainly weren't Eastern Michigan, but the level they're on now was not only unprecedented, but not a realistic prediction, either.
|50 weeks 18 hours ago||And BIG TENNNNNN||
And BIG TENNNNNN
|50 weeks 19 hours ago||Quint's onto something with||
Quint's onto something with his disappointment in Michigan, but I think it's overstated to a degree. U-M didn't choose to build the way Marquette, et al did (for better and for worse). Other new programs take a ton of transfers, get late recruits (in a sport where plenty of kids are now committing before they even play high school ball(!!!)), and sort of paper over gaps.
Michigan 1) immediately promoted a club team instead of having 2-3 years to recruit before ever picking up a stick, 1a) didn't cut any of those club kids (for reasons of both loyalty and pragmatism), and b) recruited like a top-ten program, since that's the goal.
The recruiting hurt them to a degree, both because of the late start and also because a lot of the kids they pursued had made commitments as 9th, 10th, 11th graders before U-M even had a program. They had some pretty good recruits in a couple of those classes (outgoing middie/attack Kyle Jackson and goalie Gerald Logan among them), but this year's sophomores were really the first class where they were on even footing timeline-wise with the programs they want to recruit against - and of course they were way behind in "product on the field to show for it" terms, so they only got a few of those recruits.
The way they've built the program sacrificed short-term success for a hope of more long-term success. That Marquette doesn't seem to he going anywhere indicates that maybe they went too far in that direction, harming both long- and short-term, but they'll be headed in the right direction.
As for going backwards this year... A team wth so little depth (again, only full recruiting classes of the talent they expect in the sophomore and freshman groups, despite some good players in the upper classes) can't sustain long-term injuries to the program's two all-time leading scorers - and certainly not at the same time.
They probably should have gotten 2-3 more wins this season, but they're another year or two from panic time (and the 2016 class is good enough to likely be on solid footing going forward).
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Well "Great Lacrosse State"||
Well "Great Lacrosse State" doesn't quite have the same punnability as "Great Lax State" ...
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Your representation of the||
Your representation of the lacrosse conference affiliations is wrong. All four (soon to be five, with the additions of Notre Dame and Penn State and the loss of Maryland) were in the ACC.
However, the league didn't have an automatic bid, so they were functionally independents. Still, their conference affiliation was ACC, nothing else.
Also, it's called "lacrosse" (or "lax" if you're 14). "LAX" is an airport.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||I love the way Loyola plays,||
I love the way Loyola plays, not so much Notre Dame. Add in the rivalry factor, and that Michigan played Loyola, not Notre this year...
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Lacrosse, when abbreviated,||
Lacrosse, when abbreviated, is never capitalized. LAX is an airport.
Lax is a slang term for lacrosse, but even that should be relegated to the 14-year olds who are more concerned with their sick flow and whatnot than the actual sport.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||A handful of the away ones||
A handful of the away ones will be televised on the host team's websites - usually for a fee (including today's game).
The April 14th game against OHio State is a holy lock to be on BTN.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||VICTORY!||
|5 years 35 weeks ago||They're playing Ohio State in||
They're playing Ohio State in the big house before the spring game. Everything else is pretty fluid at this point. I has a post on GLS a month or so back with a "best guess" schedule. It still applies from my perspective. I'll put up another GLS post next time I hear something.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Great Lax State shall live on||
Great Lax State shall live on (maybe with a little less focus on UM).
|5 years 37 weeks ago||I think the three players||
I think the three players have different skill sets. Just because they're the same size, doesn't mean they're headed for the same role in college.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Because height and weight are||
Because height and weight are THE ONLY THINGS used to project position.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||He is without 2 NFL Draft||
He is without 2 NFL Draft picks at receiver. There's something to be said for Lindley's ability, but you don't think they had a lot to do with his success last year?
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Michigan briefly recruited||
Michigan briefly recruited his older brother (Tyler? I think) a couple years back. He ended up at an Ivy League school, iirc.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||No individual RBs were||
No individual RBs were mentioned (except to mention that Hopkins can also play FB).
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Note how short those sections||
Note how short those sections were. Not a whole lot of talk about those positions (one question apiece, probably, with a bonus Lewan-specific question).
|5 years 37 weeks ago||5-tech is a defensive end. 1-||
5-tech is a defensive end. 1- and 3-tech are the tackles.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||He's said 26 a lot of times,||
He's said 26 a lot of times (sometimes "we'll go over [the 25 number] by 1"), and specifically said yes to the number 26 on Monday.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||That's not a typo. He was||
That's not a typo. He was used as a stand-up DE/LB in the spring game.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Hey everyone, watch me reply||
Hey everyone, watch me reply to a months-old post. Here I go:
To be fair, Ohio State is hardly (will hardy be) the closest D-1 team to Madison. Marquette will be just an hour or so away, Notre Dame just a handful of hours (3ish?), Ann Arbor and Detroit about 7-8 and Ohio State about 8-9. Bellarmine is shorter at almost exactly 8. Denver and Air Force are going to be a plane trip no matter what, and the East Coast schools would probably be a plane trip as well.
On the other hand, you're underestimating Michigan's distance from the East Coast (10+ hours to Phildelphia, probably the closest true East Coast city), and that's probably a plane trip for them anyway.
From a pure travel standpoint, Wisconsin is barely in a worse situation than Michigan (if at all)
|5 years 37 weeks ago||They always always always||
They always always always practice kicking in the Big House. Last year they had 2-3 full scrimmages in Michigan Stadium.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||In the original post, that||
In the original post, that was obviously a little joke along the lines of "whoever likes Michigan guys the most is the best."
As for the overwhelming sentiment against ESPN, I'm on your side. They certainly hit the nail on the head with BWC, at the very least.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||They're apparently headed for||
They're apparently headed for a really small class, according to most sources I've seen.
Howeva, I'm not much of a follower of Nebraska recruiting, and couldn't really tell you who they have a good shot at (besides Andrus Peat, whose brother signed with the Huskers in February).
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Oh hey|
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Whoops, fixed.||
|5 years 38 weeks ago||He also says he's on the same||
He also says he's on the same page as the coaches, so if he's taking visits, it's with their blessing at this point.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I don't think there was any||
I don't think there was any intended implication to that statement, but I did notice the wording while transcribing.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||They don't sell out. They||
They don't sell out. They have wide (but short) visitor stands and plenty of standing room.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I might put up the Richardson||
I might put up the Richardson one tomorrow morning, since his visits seem to be a hot topic right now.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Bonus tidbit for those who||
Bonus tidbit for those who read comments, since I forgot to include it in the main post:
I was pretty surprised at how tall James is. With reports saying he's as short as 5-11, he was at least an inch or two taller than me (I'm 6-0), so the knocks on his height may be overstating the issue quite a bit.
Same with Terry, by the way. People are saying he's as short as 5-7 or 5-8, but he's a solid 5-10.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Is the lake suddenly under||
Is the lake suddenly under the jurisdiction of the NCAA?
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Is the lake suddenly under||
Is the lake suddenly under the jurisdiction of the NCAA?
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Every kicker had them under||
Every kicker had them under RR. They're private, individual kicking coaches that are not affiliated with Michigan or on Michigan's staff. To the best of my knowledge, they're generally only used during the off-season, but I guess guys could travel for a workout with their kicking coach (or vice versa) if they had the means.
I believe Brendon Gibbons' kicking coach, for example, was/is Chris Sailer.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I think EMU would much prefer||
I think EMU would much prefer a cross-town beatdown for a million bucks than to travel on the (actual) road and lose not only football games but also money.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Elbel is owned by Rec Sports||
Elbel is owned by Rec Sports (the parking area - or former parking area, I guess) is under control of the bands. Elbel is not going away as an area for students any time soon.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||On the contrary, I don't||
On the contrary, I don't think the post is misleading at all. It comes to the exact same conclusion you do: that Chris is not as dominant in high school as his talent would suggest, but that he could (and should) be able to turn in a very successful college career.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Its also possible - nay,||
Its also possible - nay, likely - that the recruiting sites have a bama offer for him, but I just didn't do a good enough job keeping the post draft current.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Scout and ESPN recently||
Scout and ESPN recently released new rankings, so theirs are probably locked in until after the season, with some minor adjustments. I imagine Rivals and 247 will have an update in the next couple weeks.
As for after the season, check out Friday's FNL primer, where I talk about likely movement in commit rankings.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||whoops, missed adding him to||
whoops, missed adding him to the chart. Fixing momentarily.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Npt committed to Michigan||
Npt committed to Michigan (and if he's taking visits to schools other than OSU, hey, maybe he's on the market).
|5 years 39 weeks ago||It would be an NCAA violation||
It would be an NCAA violation for media to be present.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||4.53 is absurdly fast. The||
4.53 is absurdly fast. The days of FAKE 40 times under 4.5 are mostly gone, except for the fastest kids in America.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Mostly because we're||
Mostly because we're operating on the assumption that his 40 time is exaggerated in its excellence.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||In one of his other||
In one of his other citations, Floyd got in a fight at a party, and was only ticketed for MIP. He was described in the police report as having blood on his hands and clothes - not exactly an innocent underage drinking incident.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||I don't think Brian's joking||
I don't think Brian's joking about the sociopathy thing (though to my inexpert eye, Pryor's issues seem to be more in line with the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder than sociopathy).
|5 years 40 weeks ago||It's clearly intended as a||
It's clearly intended as a "going to Michigan == gay"-type potshot (as in both == bad). If not, what's the intent of phrasing it that way?
To say that there's no negative connotation is giving way too much of the benefit of the doubt. Was malice intended? Probably not, but it was intended to be - at the very least - a light mocking.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||I generally like 11W, but||
I generally like 11W, but making a potshot gay joke is below their usual standard, IME.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Sorry, got your e-mail||
Sorry, got your e-mail (today's other post had the URLs right), but missed one today.
I'll try to behave myself going forward.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||If you want to see Michigan||
If you want to see Michigan commits play, you might have to travel a bit out of Ann Arbor (and probably not see many competitive games), but De La Salle plays at Dearborn Fordson that Friday night - probably the best game of the week from a competitive standpoint - Catholic Central plays Inkster in Novi, FH Harrison should curbstomp Stoney Creek, and OLSM should do the same to Stoney Creek.
If you're coming from the South (or willing to travel South), Allen Gant's Sylvania Southview team plays Toledo Start as well.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||I meant that to be "the power||
I meant that to be "the power they once were" as a reference to the past couple years when they've been down a bit compared to historical standards. Horrible wording on my part, apologies.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||I believe it's because they||
I believe it's because they are a prep school, and those types of school often take on "little" versions of nicknames. Think of things like "Little Giants," etc. Since it's a Polish-founded/themed school, and there's a big Eagle on the flag of Poland, they're the "Little Eagles" or "Eaglets."
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Gaaaaaaahhhhhh. I hate||
Gaaaaaaahhhhhh. I hate Drupal.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Poor wording on my part. I||
Poor wording on my part. I meant uncommitted to Michigan.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||I would put Wormley above||
I would put Wormley above O'Brien (assuming either O'Brien or Pipkins, I'd rather have Pipkins). Ohio recruiting guru Duane Long continues to fawn over Wormley, even though he's sounding more and more like a Michigan lock every day. That's rare for Long, who usually hates on players leaning away from Ohio State.
Wormley is an elite athlete who needs to put it all together to see maximum success on the field. O'Brien is a big body who doesn't have the athleticism of Wormley (in fairness, they're projected for different positions, but even within their cohorts, Wormley seems better), and though his potential isn't maxed out at this point, it's seems to be much lower than Wromley's.
That said, I'd gladly take either of them, of course.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||It's not as much the rankings||
It's not as much the rankings (or lack thereof) for specific prospects - that's to be expected. The problems are more along the lines of their not having the first fucking clue about who is committed to certain schools.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Yes. That's kinda the point.||
Yes. That's kinda the point. Hence this commitment being a Big Deal.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||He won't be able to practice||
He won't be able to practice with the team (or even be a full-time student) until January 2013 if he wants to maintain his 4-of-5 years of eligibility.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Just as Tom's quote says: He||
Just as Tom's quote says: He can join the 2012 class IF Wilson picks elsewhere. Not "he's in the 2012 class, but will become a greyshirt if Wilson picks Michigan."
At this time, he's a member of the 2013 class, with the chance to move into 2012.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||That's not the case, however.||
That's not the case, however. He has accepted a greyshirt offer at this time, and has not been offered as a member of the 2012 class. Framing it your way is inaccurate.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||As far as I can tell, ESPN||
As far as I can tell, ESPN likes to release their rankings all at once, then when they add additional ratings (for previously unrated prospects) they hold it and release tham all in a second wave, likely after the summer camp season ends.
The fact that Williams doesn't have a ton of film available running routes and catching passes also makes it tougher for them to rate him as a TE.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Grad student exception||
Grad student exception waiver.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||I would say that's partially||
I would say that's partially a product of his team being terrible. The previous year, he was one of the most efficient passers in the nation, and as a freshman he set an NCAA record for consecutive passing attempts without throwing a pick.
His offensive line was god-awful each of the past two years, and he was one of the most sacked QBs in the nation two years running. I would say consistent pressure had a lot more to do with his step back in passing than an inability to hit receivers.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Wilson's not nearly as||
Wilson's not nearly as run-oriented as people seem to think. Don't get me wrong, he definitely can run and do it well, but he's been a pass-first guy all three years at NC State. After taking out sacks, he only ran it 104 times last year (and that surely includes a few scrambles on designed pass plays) compared to 534 pass attempts (573 dropbacks, if you include times sacked). Cam Newton and Denard ran nearly 250 times.
I don't think it would be as serious a transition for Wilson as many people think. It would be adding another weapon (a QB who can run when things break down) to Wisconsin's arsenal, but they aren't going to ask him to take snaps back there and be Denard, just like NC State didn't.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Theoretically yes (depending||
Theoretically yes (depending on the nature of the contact), but the school can apply for a waiver, and I'm certain the NCAA would grant it in a case like this.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||As of right now, Clark is a||
As of right now, Clark is a member of the 2013 class (in a way). If Jarrod Wilson picks a different school, Clark will be considered a 2012 commit for the purposes of these rankings.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Unfortunately, Colorado||
Unfortunately, Colorado (especially the Denver area) is a bigger hotbed than Michigan is nowadays. I think with a couple new D-1 programs in the state, Michigan will rebound soon er rather than later in terms of high school talent, though.
Re: Coaching, see the comment above about Judd Lattimore. He's been unofficially hired, and I asusme the school will issue a release about him after the 1-week public announcement period is over.
I'll have more on him on Great Lax State early next week.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Ohio recruiting expert believes Kalis will go Blue.||
Let's not rip content from premium message boards, plz.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||The Illinois offer was not in||
The Illinois offer was not in his Rivals profile at the time that I wrote the post this morning. If it had been, I would have included it. It's not like I'm dogging the kid because I don't like him, I was just compiling the available information on him.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||"if at all" is not in there,||
"if at all" is not in there, the first part is.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||As I mentioned above, nothing||
As I mentioned above, nothing substantive has changed in the post. Just aligning the images properly after uploading to mgoblog.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||After doing a bit more||
After doing a bit more research, totally agree with you. That's the one part of the post that I think I was dead wrong about..
I didn't realize he had Cincy and Illinois offers.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I'm not saying I speak gospel||
I'm not saying I speak gospel truth. My opinion is a wild-ass guess based on the (admittedly limited) information available. To accuse me of doing otherwise is reading way to far into things, in order to ferret out some ludicrous hidden agenda.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||None of that was edited into||
None of that was edited into the post. The only edit that took place was adjusting the alingment of the pictures, because the mgo-interface screws with it between my blogging software and the finished product.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I believe (not positive)||
I believe (not positive) that's the rule with greyshirts: pay your own way and can't practice as a freshman.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I don't see what's snarky||
I don't see what's snarky about saying a preferred walkon and/or greyshirt will hardly contribute in his career. That's the norm for these guys. I even said that there's a chance he surprises, not sure what else I can say without being dishonest.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Do you want me to sugarcoat||
Do you want me to sugarcoat things or be honest?
|5 years 44 weeks ago||New England (an official||
New England (an official region per the census, as far as I understand) actually should include every state East and North of New York.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Nothing in New England is||
Nothing in New England is remotely close to Connecticut. Massachusetts is behind that, then there's a cavernous gaping hole before Rhode Island, et al (we're talking 0-2 signees per year for the other states).
|5 years 44 weeks ago||He's reportedly in summer||
He's reportedly in summer school now, I assume as retakes in a couple of core classes (disclaimer - total speculation on my part). If that goes well, and he's a lot closer to qualifying by the time his senior season starts, I would guess the heat for him might rachet up.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Honestly, especially a few||
Honestly, especially a few years ago, the LSA was/is easily the worst conference in the MCLA - by an enormous margin. Sure, A&M may have been the best, but being the best of the LSA means very little. They had one good win all year (7-5 over Colorado), and the NCAA football equivalent, for example, would be the Sun Belt Champion.
The best player on a Sun Belt team is probably worse than most players on a BCS-league team, except the talent disparity in MCLA lacrosse is light years wider than that in NCAA Football. It's changing for the LSA with Texas starting to keep some decent players at home, but in all honesty, some of the most important players on Texas A&M in 2007 would be third-line or cut from Michigan's 2007 team, much less the MCLA juggernaut that Michigan turned into.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Michigan will be able to step in D-1 and succeed right away (they absolutely will not), but using Texas A&M as an example... it just doesn't apply.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Both Ohio State and Penn||
Both Ohio State and Penn State have yet to show a full commitment to the game (well, Penn State is now, with the hiring of Tambroni). I think that, more than any location or tradition issue, has been holding them back. Same story with Notre Dame and not fully funding scholarships until the past 10 or so years.
If Michigan shows full commitment to lacrosse (and it sounds like they will, as Brandon has talked about building a lacrosse-only facility ASAP, and Michigan wouldn't have added the sport without fully funding scholarships), I think the road will be a little less rocky. Especially in comparison to Ohio State, which doesn't have the great institutional reputation on the East Coast that Michigan does.
The question is, to what degree is hiring a club coach (JP) rather than undertaking a national coaching search, a sign that they aren't putting every resource available into the sport? Obviously the reason isn't that they're refusing to put in a full effort (and I happen to believe JP will at least hold his own as a D-1 coach), but to show loyalty to JP. As long as he's the coach that pretty much anybody who's interacted with him - including Hopkins's Dave Pietramala - thinks, Michigan should be fine.
That still doesn't mean it's going to be a quick sprint to the top.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I'm referring to the pole||
I'm referring to the pole itself, not the players. The 6-foot shaft is a liability offensively, and its purpose for existing is defensive only.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I said it above, but for now,||
I said it above, but for now, I'd be surprised if Michigan tried to tap the Canadian well right away. JP has spent the past several years building up connections in MD/DC and NJ/LI, so look for him to go there first.
There are plenty of programs (Syracuse, as you mentioned - and for the record, Native Americans qualify for a full scholarship to most American institutions - and Detroit, kind of talking about opposite ends of the overall talent spectrum) that have already spent years building those Canadian connections.
Sure, down the road it could become a great source of talent, or maybe a couple here and there in the first few years of D-1, but to expect a suddent influx of Canadian talent is misguided, IME.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Michigan hasn't had a||
Michigan hasn't had a Canadian player in JP's tenure as club coach (at least as far back as the rosters on their site go), so I'd be surprised if he has a lot of connections there. He's been more focused on building up DC/Baltimore and NJ/LI-type connections than in Canada.
That said, Trevor Yealy (and I assume others) spent the past offseason playing junior ball in Ontario, so maybe there could be some connections forged.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Uh, as big as the talent gap||
Uh, as big as the talent gap between the best and worst D-1 teams, it's much, much bigger at the club level.
Trying to go from one of the worst club teams to one of the best NCAA teams has almost no relevancy in Michigan going from the best club program (by far) to an average-to-good D-1 team.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||A 10-man is used far less||
A 10-man is used far less freuqently than the full-court press, for sure. However, ther riding tactics (with less pressure, but still enough to force turnovers here and there) are far more common than that.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||It's the classic story of||
It's the classic story of building up a power (anybody who's ever started a Troy/FAU/Eastern Michigan dynasty in an NCAA Football game knows what I'm talking about). You're going to have to build a tradition before you can get a lot of the elite recruits, unless there's a special "in."
There are different ways to get that "in" (I, for one, will not complain if Michigan keeps taking kids from Georgetown Prep), but the best strategy to building a dynasty is to build tradition by making the most of what you've got.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||The point of thelong stick is||
The point of thelong stick is to be able to check the offensive player (or prevent the from dodging - driving in basketball terms, basically). It has no offensive purpose.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Adding onto this, there are||
Adding onto this, there are defense-oriented short stick midfielders (specialization, ho! Michael Bartomioli from the 2008-10 michigan teams is an exaple), and though they're subbed in to play defense in their own half, they also will play a bit of offense - mostly in fast-break (unsettled) situations.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Considering a bunch of||
Considering a bunch of lacrosse players play football in the fall (all this and more on Great Lax State later this week!), I wouldn't be surprised if Magnuson was friends with some lacrosse players.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||All substitutions have to||
All substitutions have to occur through the box, which is a 10-yard segment of the sideline between the two teams' benches (which are always on the same sideline).
Stall warnings are subjective, it's whenever the officials determine that the offensive team isn't making an effort to score, but rather just hold onto possession.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||The "ride" in lacrosse is||
The "ride" in lacrosse is analogous to a full-court press in basketball. Of course, since you're using a stick and a tiny ball on a huge field, instead of your hands and a big basketball, it's much easier for an aggressive ride to cause a turnover, therefore it's used a bit more than a full-court press.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||OK, after reading the whole||
OK, after reading the whole thing, a couple points:
Great information, looking forward to the next installment.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I see a couple of data||
I see a couple of data errors. Off the top of my head for this year's roster, there are at least 2 players from California, but your chart lists none.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||We did not offer him. There||
We did not offer him. There were some mistaken reports of an offer, though.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||The abandoned-lookinh||
The abandoned-lookinh building was going to be purchased by the lacrosse team for their proposed facility. Since the varsity move, that's nolonger an option, and I imagine it'll stay abandoned.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Lacrosse not happening at||
Lacrosse not happening at Elbel. End of story.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||In fairness, Avery was||
In fairness, Avery was committed to Harbaugh-era Stanford at the time (who knows how good they'll be under the new coach). Murray literally did not have a non-MAC offer before immediately jumping on the Ohio State scholarship.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Michigan's coaches are/will||
Michigan's coaches are/will be there, so if he's as impressive to them as he is to the likes of Allen Trieu, et al., I would guess he'll get an offer soon.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||No, Dunn was covered in the||
No, Dunn was covered in the previous week's article.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Agreed on the Carolinas not||
Agreed on the Carolinas not being a recruiting hotbed. From what I understand, its high school scene is far less developed than even Michigan's. Of course, with multiple D-1 teams in the state, it could develop quickly, but at this time I don't think it's considered a hotbed area.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||He wasn't "cut the first time||
He wasn't "cut the first time he tried out." Rather, he had an injury as a true freshman that prevented him from trying out, and he tried out for his sophomore season, and made the team as a redshirt freshman.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Regardless of which player it||
Regardless of which player it was, the point remains the same: you need to have a documented injury in your original redshirt year to get the benefit of the doubt from the NCAA. With no vested interest, Wake Forest wasn't willing to play ball, which meant no 6th year.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||People really like Meter, and||
People really like Meter, and I think having him in your good graces is worth a lot in the lacrosse world (at least as far as Michgian goes).
That said, I think the bigger deal is having an 'in' with Brother Rice (goalie Christian Eckert is going to Michigan, and though he's unsure about playing lacrosse, everything I've heard indicates that he plans to at least try out) is a bigger deal, as the Warriors (YTW) probably produce more D-1 talent than the rest of the state combined over time.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||To be fair, that year Brother||
To be fair, that year Brother Rice absolutely pasted everybody except Upper Arlington (OH) and Western Reserve Academy (also OH). WRA beat a couple of Maryland teams themselves, and even per LaxPower's computer rankings, Brother Rice was higher nationally than any Michigan team had ever been (or will ever be).
Was the "national title" a gift from Inside Lacrosse? Maybe, but it's not like the honor means anything tangible, so why not give it to a midwestern team, and spur growth in a non-hotbed area? And why not give it to the only undefeated team in the top 30some of the rankings?
|5 years 45 weeks ago||The staff is in on||
The staff is in on high-profile recruits for not only this class, but going forward as well (i.e. the current class is not the upper limit of the staff's recruiting).
|5 years 45 weeks ago||False. There has to be||
False. There has to be documentation of an injury during the original redshirt year (you may recall that this is why Cincinnati's Tony Pike was denied a 6th year a couple years back, despite having an injury and not playing in his 4th or 5th year of college).
This may be easy documentation to BS your way into having, but it is indeed required. (Pike's main issue in that case would have been that he redshirted at Wake Forest as a true freshman, and the Demon Deacons had no stake in providing documentation to get him a 6th year of eligibility at a different school).
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Eh, I'll take the guy who's a||
Eh, I'll take the guy who's a proven all-Big Ten player (regardless of his limitations) over a guy who will be a true freshman.
On that point, it's important to note that Kovacs was a student-body walkon. Would he be willing to pay his own way for his fifth year, opening up a scholarship? Considering he was likely planning to pay for 4 years of college, paying for 2 while playing football for 4 doesn't necessarily seem like a bad deal. I have no idea if this is something he's be willing to do, but it's something to consider.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Check out the semi-recent||
Check out the semi-recent posts on BHGP (and Brian's follow-up to them), and one of the possible takeaways - since there's not enough data or too many interrelated variable to determine causality - could be that the midwest is consistently underrated in terms of recruit quality.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||If Michigan's second-team||
If Michigan's second-team offense had as little depth as Eastern's (or Bowling Green's, or one of the worst teams in 1-AA's) defense, then there's no question Rodriguez should have been out the door, and it has nothing to do with not playing Michael Cox enough.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I believe this is the case,||
I believe this is the case, and was thinking the same thing myself.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I read an interesting point||
I read an interesting point somewhere (don't remember exactly, but I believe it was from imafreak on WLA) that one of Rodriguez's biggest failings was taking the Ray Vinopal-types - i.e. developmental DB prospects - in the 2010 class, but not taking any such players in the 2008 class, when he actually had a couple scholarships to spare on Signing Day.
If we'd had somebody like hypothetical-third-year Ray Vinopal on scholarship in 2010, instead of no developmental prospects in the pipeline, some of the catastrophes brought on by a lack of depth in the defensive backfield could have been reduced (though probably not eliminated altogether).
That, and firing Shafer to bring in a certified incompetent in GERG. There's a reason Shafer's been successful at basically every stop before and since Michigan, ime.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Without beating a dead horse||
Without beating a dead horse (because I could honestly not give a shit less about this argument on the whole, just don't like that the facts are misrepresented), I think Cox may have benefitted from entering the game once his team had 21+ point leads in the second half against out-manned squads, whereas the other guys played from the first down of the game, as well, no?
|5 years 45 weeks ago||The current coaching staff||
The current coaching staff also seems to be recruiting this year (as they did for 2011) with an eye toward filling what they see as gaps in the roster. It seems at this point that they won't need to for 2013, so they can be much more selective about offers/commitments in that class, and they won't need to worry as much about "did we accept a commitment from a guy that took a spot away from another, more highly-touted prospect down the road" (assuming they would even have that type of thought for this class, which is all speculation anyway).
|5 years 45 weeks ago||There was a front-page post||
There was a front-page post about this in January or February. He generally recruited at slightly better than the (recent) historical average at each of his past two schools.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Such is the benefit of seeing||
Such is the benefit of seeing your only playing time come against Eastern Michigan, Delaware State, and Bowling Green.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||e-greed, though the rumor on||
e-greed, though the rumor on the street is that Floyd's injury is something that will take more than a year to recover from. Given that his redshirt year as a true freshman was not due to injury, he's ineligible for a 6th year of playing eligibility, so he might not be able to contribute due to his health going forward.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Uh, while there is a||
Uh, while there is a difference between 5.7 and 5.6, there's a reason that they're both three-stars. If 5.7s were of a "BCS conference" caliber, and 5.6s were not, methinks that (very very important) distinction would be reflected in the star system.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||While I do agree that cutting||
While I do agree that cutting guys is sketchy, and it's unlikely that a lot of these guys aren't on the team in 2012, I don't think not offering a 5th year is all that sketchy. You've given the guys enough time in school to graduate, they can finish their degrees, and they've spent as much time in college as the average student.
If they start going Saban-esque and booting 2nd- and 3rd-year players, count me among those who are skeezed out.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Other reasons for optimism:||
Other reasons for optimism: Rivals's data isn't final yet, either. I guess some players' rankings could get worse as well, but what are the odds that one of two Army All-Americans currently in Michigan's class ends with a 5.6? I'm guessing somebody like Ojemudia is much more upwardly-mobile than someone like Jenkins-Stone is downwardly mobile.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||The email that the athletic||
The email that the athletic department sent out doesn't mention that it's open to the public, which means probably not.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Godin is currently projected||
Godin is currently projected to be a DE, not a DT. Michigan's expected to take probably 2 DTs, along with another DE.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Big Ten Network completely||
Big Ten Network completely oblivious, news at 11.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Dude, the list of schools is||
Dude, the list of schools is right there. You can decide for yourself if they're bigtime offers. If I was trying to be misleading, I would have just said "and 6 of schools that have recently played in BCS bowls are among his offers."
C'mon dude, use your brain when reading.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Yeah, they're trolling. Deal||
Yeah, they're trolling. Deal with it. No need to bring stupid crap like that here (or, more accurately, you can bring it here, we can laugh at it for a bit, then I lock thread).
|5 years 47 weeks ago||You think I phrased something||
You think I phrased something a certain way to not hurt a kid's feelings? Give me a fucking break.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Wisconsin also has a third||
Wisconsin also has a third the number of commits that Michigan does. Should the Badgers continue picking up prospects of the same caliber they have now, they'll finish in a very comfortable position in the final standings.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Well, there's a reason he was||
Well, there's a reason he was in the "who's next" category despite his public statements that he wasn't planning to commit ;)
|5 years 47 weeks ago||They've had a DB drafted in||
They've had a DB drafted in each of the past 4 NFL drafts, including two first-day (before the first round got its own day) picks at CB.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||does Rival's Josh Borton read MgoBlog?||
Brian did not invent the term "schadenfreude" (I'm guessing Germans did), and this is not worthwhile content in the least.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||If you think Michigan named||
If you think Michigan named its ice arena after a football coach, you have a loooooooot to learn about Michigan history.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Detroit ain't half-bad||
Detroit ain't half-bad themselves (assuming my dream GWLL scenario doesn't come to fruition).
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Facilities are on par with||
Facilities are on par with some pretty good teams, but I would hazard a guess that the gear is almost second-to-none. Though the Wolverines haven't had that much flashy stuff in the past few years, Dave Morrow (founder of Warrior Lacrosse) has become a big supporter of the program over the past few years.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Michigan lacrosse is going to||
Michigan lacrosse is going to be good a looooooot faster than Penn State Hockey. For one, they have less of a leap between levels. Penn State's current hockey league is closer to the NCLL (less serious lacrosse league) than the MCLA (Michigan's club league, the top one in the country by a country mile). Penn State's club team also didn't have nearly the organizational power that Michigan's lacrosse program did.
For that matter, I don't claim to know a whole lot about PSU's club hockey roster, but I doubt they have a whole lot of guys who were recruited by D-1 schools (partially because hockey recruiting, what with junior leagues, early NHL draft, etc., is a much different and better-scouted animal). Michigan has 3 or 4 players on their roster now who could play at most schools outside of the traditional powers.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I don't intend to say that||
I don't intend to say that new, artificial rivalries will be formed. The point is that Ohio State and Notre Dame have D-1 programs that Michigan will probably play every year - those are long-established rivals, just porting it over to a new sport. Penn State is also a rival (though certainly not to the level of OSU or Notre Dame, at least from the Michigan end).
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Adding to that train of||
Adding to that train of thought: Michigan isn't Detroit, but he actually has a much muuuuuch better resume than Matt Holtz did when he was hired by the Titans. Both club coaches, but Holtz's Spartans were routinely mediocre whereas Paul's Wolverines have been damn near unbeateable.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Indeed they are. The club||
Indeed they are. The club team wore them this past year (they also wore blue, white, and grey uniforms). http://www.greatlaxstate.com/2011/michigan-14-boston-college-7
|5 years 48 weeks ago||If they can be competitive||
If they can be competitive against the likes of Ohio State and Denver, they should be a shoo-in for the NCAA Tournament playing in the MAAC. Just another thing to keep in consideration.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Wow, excellent eye. Didn't||
Wow, excellent eye. Didn't notice him at all. Of course, fat lot of good scouting Denver did him.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I'm not sure it is so much||
I'm not sure it is so much those schools running to hide, but more of a restructuring of sorts in multiple conferences. It definitely makes more sense for those schools to compete in the MAAC if that's where the rest of their sports find their home. I also wouldn't be surprised to see a rebirth of the Great West Lacrosse League sometime down the road.
AHHHHH I just want to publish all my Great Lax State content now, so I can talk about it!
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Yeah, "double-digit||
Yeah, "double-digit thousands" was the rare awkward turn of phrase by Brandon. He definitely meant tens of thousands.
Thanks for the kind words about the TKA appearance. I definitely wasn't at my best (probably a little too excited about the reason I was on in the first place), but I'm not complaining.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Patriot League totally just||
Patriot League totally just slipped my mind. I'd put them in a tier with AE and ECAC, with the remaining conferences well below them.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||True, but how often does any||
True, but how often does any conference other than the Ivy, Big East, or ACC send multiple at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament? And we've established that the door is absolutely closed to joining those conferences.
Sure it happens that one or two at-larges might come from all the other conferences in a given year, but the ECAC is nearly on par with most of them, IME, especially since Denver is a rising power.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I know differently. You||
I know differently.
You are wrong.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Have to disagree with "weak||
Have to disagree with "weak conference." Aside from the conferences that Michigan wasn't going to enter for blindingly obvious reasons (ACC, Big East, and Ivy), the ECAC is pprobably the strongest conference in the nation, and along with America East (the other competition for next best conference), head and shoulders above the rest of the field.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Within 5 years, probably not||
Within 5 years, probably not (with the possible exception of Michigan State). The top few B10 schools in (estimated) order of likelihood to add varsity lacrosse:
My guess would be that, outside of Michigan State, nobody is likely to add it within your timeframe. Beyond that, it remains to be seen.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I would guess that a||
I would guess that a dedicated training facility will be just a few years down the road. The Lacrosse boosters' club had plans to make one for the club program, and I wouldn't be surprised if the money is quick in coming for a varsity squad. Location is the big question.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Just to answer the very last||
Just to answer the very last portion of your question - the ACC exists because all 4 teams are steeped in tradition, and they don't need an automatic bid to make the NCAA Tournament (all four of them made the dance this year without the automatic bid available).
The Big Ten teams have no such tradition of success, and won't leave auto-bid conferences to form a Big Ten until there are the necessary 6 teams.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Haven't heard anything about||
Haven't heard anything about Glick - although the club lacrosse team was hopeful of being able to play there in the future. You have to assume that a varsity program would have a better shot at that.
Shouldn't be too tough to put up some netting behind the goals (they already did it at Oosterbaan for bleachers in the West endzone).
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I have wondered about the||
I have wondered about the Canadian possibility. It's obviously been a huge boon to Denver (in the Final Four this year) and Detroit (obviously they aren't nearly on a Final Four level, but several of their most productive players are Canadians), and seems to be a good source of talent for D-1 programs.
However, assuming JP is hired as coach, he hasn't tapped the well at all in his time at UM. Of course, offering scholarship money is different than saying "hey, come here and pay to play." It'll be interesting to see 1) if he will pursue any Canadians 2) if he will land any Canadians 3) how their style will mesh with his systems, assuming those systems mostly stay the same with upgraded talent and scheme diversity.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Michigan landed Gilman's||
Michigan landed Gilman's goalie two years ago. He ultimately transferred to Virginia, but if Michigan was landing players from Gilman (and guys who are obviously good enough to play at UVa) with its club team, I don't think it'll be as big a problem as you think.
They have two kids from Georgetown Prep coming in next year, for example.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I don't know that the day of||
I don't know that the day of the week was a big consideration, but they obviously wanted it to fall between the MCLA Championship (which they assumed would turn out differently than it did) and the D-1 Final Four over Memorial Day.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I've said this in other||
I've said this in other threads, but on top of the ECAC schedule - as it seems all but certain they'll play in the ECAC - I expect games against your Fightin' Irish, Penn State, Detroit and Hopkins (though there's also rumors of a Navy home-and-home). On top of that, their other 3-4 conference games will probably be filled by the Mercer-Wagner variety of bodybag game, in order to get a few wins to take into the future.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||If they were to use a grass||
If they were to use a grass field - regardless of said field's other uses - it would require a lot of attention from groundskeepers. I don't think the fact that it's a soccer field would change much, as most of the spring/summer would be available for regrowing grass.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||For non-playoff home games,||
For non-playoff home games, the record is 31,078, set by Ohio State last season. They also hold the #2 and #3 spots, I believe.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I think Athletic Directors||
I think Athletic Directors could probably play a big role in scheduling spring practice, and I can think of at least one who wants to Do Everything Big - and home/home series with two big conference rivals in big stadiums would indeed be Big. Maybe it wouldn't be an every-year thing, but I think it's likely to happen down the road.
Last year, Big Ten spring games were spread over 4 weekends, so it's not crazy to think that the teams might play spring games on different weekends. For reference, from last year:
With a little bit of planning, the ADs could make it happen if they wanted. Basically I'm trying to will this into happening, unrealistic though it may be.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Big House seems to me as a||
Big House seems to me as a better venue for a once-a-year (or maybe twice - special occasiona only either way) game. It would be very cool to play in the Big House, but an empty stadium is an empty stadium.
I wonder if Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State could work out an arrangement where they play a "triangle" schedule, with each school getting a home game against one of the other two prior to that school's spring football game (of course, that would require the three schools having their spring games on different weekends).
That would be really cool, and a great way for each school to have a well-attended home game in their home stadium against a Big Ten foe. Some unofficial "Big Ten Championship" could be in play, at least until such a time as there's an official Big Ten Conference.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||It's been rumored (but not||
It's been rumored (but not confirmed) for a few weeks now that they'd be making the immediate jump. My sources all indicate that it's going to be the case.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Unless you have some inside||
Unless you have some inside information that the recruiting sites don't, he never strongly considered Michigan. The Wolverines offered him, but he was all Notre Dame from the moment he got the Irish offer.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Huh. For whatever reason, I||
Huh. For whatever reason, I thought they just retired it when he died.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||From whence comes this||
From whence comes this assertion? Steve Slaton was a finalist in 2006, that seems "close" to me.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Retiring numbers in college||
Retiring numbers in college sports is unspeakably stupid. Other than 98 and Ford's number (er... 45?), Michigan should unretire all the others. I'm willing to hear arguments why the others should remain retired, and am most willing to be convinced re: the Wisterts and Oosterbaan.
What's a cooler tradition, saving Desmond's number so that nobody else can have it, or telling a high school prospect "hey man, see that dude on ESPN? You can be the next to wear his jersey."
They should retire numbers temporarily (i.e. Kramer's was just retired, so leave it that way for 5-10 years), and then put them back on the market after that.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Babs. There shall be no||
There shall be no debating this.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||That settles it, you know||
That settles it, you know more about DB recruiting than Nick Saban.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||From the beginning, it seemed||
From the beginning, it seemed like he only had lukewarm interest in the Irish (for whatever reason). That they kept pursuing him so heavily seems to me to be the only reason they lasted as long as they did.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Michigan is a near-definite||
Michigan is a near-definite to join the ECAC, High Point is not. There has been some talk of Penn State moving to the ECAC from the CAA and the conference going to divisional play. Personally, I'd rather dump the East Coast teams and go with a neo-GWLL, but that's neither here nor there.
It affects scheduling because they'll be playing, like, Division-1 teams now.
Very well. I'll have much more about lacrosse recruiting on GLS once the MCLA Championship is over.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||ESPNU at 5:15.||
ESPNU at 5:15.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Yes, they're going to be at||
Yes, they're going to be at the game this afternoon.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Whoops, didn't update the||
Whoops, didn't update the averages after the recent commitment.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||So you trust yourself over||
So you trust yourself over not only the paid scouting services (which, this is their job. They're not perfect, but they have experience), but also over coaches from such schools as:
Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Purdue, TCU, Tennessee, USC, and Wisconsin, all of whom have offered Kiel but not O'Connor?
Methinks they're a little more experienced in evaluating high school prospects than you are. I don't mean that as an insult, either, just... they make several million dollars a year, in part because they're really good at this.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||They were altering the truth||
They were altering the truth to make for a more interesting story.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Our last three classes||
Our last three classes were:
2011 - 20 (left 2 scholarships open)
2010 - 27
2009 - 22 (left 1 scholarship open)
2008 - 24 (left... 2 or 3ish open)
Taking 17-18 will be by far the smallest class in recent memory, and we didn't have 10 commits in May last time we took a class that small. That leaves precious little room for late-developing prospects, or even a "super" who decides that Michigan is a lot more interesting once we (hypothetically) have a strong 2011.
So, yes, this is an unprecedented numbers crunch. That's not to say it's a bad thing by any stretch (all 10 of our 2012 commits plus our lone 2013 commit are all very exciting prospects), just that it is indeed true.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||There's also the enormous 'H'||
There's also the enormous 'H' in the middle of the field.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||The alternatives are||
The alternatives are predicting he's going to suck, or not making a prediction at all. Since it's my job to make the prediction, the latter is off the table, and I'd much rather put my faith in not having to predict the former.