"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|2 hours 45 min ago||And Chris Paul. And if they||
And Chris Paul. And if they have 7,600 students, they're a lot more than half the size of the next smallest. Unless he was saying just undergrad and that 7,600 includes grad students too.
|5 hours 36 min ago||But you kinda proved my point||
But you kinda proved my point - if you want to do an outdoor activity you need to do it really early or late. But that's not always an option. Sometimes the only time you have to do yard work is midday or your kid has a sporting event then, etc. You can call it a dry heat, but high of 120 and low of 90 is pretty brutal. Also - if you like to play golf, most prefer to do that when the sun is out.
|6 hours 31 min ago||I know this is inconceivable||
I know this is inconceivable to some in Michigan, but cold weather is not an easy thing to deal with if you've never experienced it, especially if you have another good option where you don't have to deal with it. It can be downright shocking to those who haven't lived in it. Hell, my neighbors think it's "freezing" as soon as it drops below 60. That's just what they're used to.
If someone from Michigan visited Palm Springs or Phoenix during the summer, they might be put off by the weather too, that doesn't mean they're "soft."
|8 hours 21 min ago||I think we have playmakers at||
I think we have playmakers at WR and more coming in.
|8 hours 25 min ago||I'd like to hear some||
I'd like to hear some elaboration on that omission as well.
|9 hours 49 min ago||All of those guys would be||
All of those guys would be #1, yes. But even 2 of those guys with Elliott now and likely Levert and maybe 1 or 2 other solid guys puts us very safely within the top 5 and maybe top 3 depending on how uncertainty affects LSU and UGA.
|9 hours 52 min ago||I believe it will only count||
I believe it will only count your first vote, then it has a reminder telling you you can only vote once every 24 hours. However, you can vote once per device every 24 hours so get on it!
|21 hours 15 min ago||Seriously. It's funny how||
Seriously. It's funny how this post is called Monday Recruitin' Shuts It Down when he did not, in fact, shut it down. That one's not over yet.
|21 hours 19 min ago||Agreed. I really don't see||
Agreed. I really don't see how that's confusing. Calling a semester "spring" when almost none of it was in the spring would be the confusing part.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Right, which means the sun is||
Right, which means the sun is not shining, despite being called the Sunshine State.
|1 day 10 hours ago||I just don't agree with the||
I just don't agree with the success part. Everyone beat Utah at the end of the year, they were beat up and proved to not be as good as everyone thought. The UCLA win was big, but relied on a frosh QB making a bunch of mistakes in a big road game. And before Sark was fired, Helton was still the OC and the offense was very up and down, despite some insane playmakers.
I'm not saying Helton is bad, I just think SC could do better.
|1 day 10 hours ago||And what if Stanford blows||
And what if Stanford blows them out? No reason to do this now, you could have waited at least a few weeks. It's not like anyone else was coming after Helton.
USC has been pretty mediocre every year he's been the OC too, despite having insane talent at his disposal. I just don't see the appeal. There are probably 20 guys out there with at least his level of qualifications.
|1 day 10 hours ago||"Consistency" is the same||
"Consistency" is the same argument they used for Kiffin and Sark. How'd that work for them?
|1 day 10 hours ago||I actually came to this||
I actually came to this thread looking for your response and it doesn't surprise me. Your reaction is the same reaction people had here for Hoke, minus the "he has turned bad programs around." Helton has never been a (non-interim) HC and has barely been an OC. "Recruits well" and "brings stability" are things you say when you make a crappy hire.
When SC is going after national recruits (the ones that aren't going to SC no matter what) this guys is going to look like a schmuck next to coaches like Harbaugh, Meyer and Saban. Even Mora. He can't talk about the NFL, he can't talk about winning in college, even as a coordinator. And going 5-2 with a supremely talented team isn't exactly something amazing to hang your hat on.
When's the last time a coach made his first HC stop at a major program and had success?
|2 days 1 hour ago||Well yeah they were better||
Well yeah they were better last year, they had Jake Ryan.
I wish people could stop blaming coaches and players and just admit that when both teams play well, OSU is just a much better team this year. That's not complicated. Our D was good, but had weaknesses and that was exploited a couple time this year when a) we faced a bad match up and b) Glasgow was out. We didn't have the horses to run with OSU on O or D and before the season we all knew that. Fortunately, Harbaugh and staff made us good enough since then to cause us to forget how much better OSU was than us, but it bored out yesterday. Ohio State should be playing for (and quite possibly winning) another national title this year. Lucky for us, the picked a poor weather game against a good team to play their worst game of the season.
Don't get all "I don't care if Durkin leaves" because of one game we should have lost anyway.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I'm from GR as well. I've||
I'm from GR as well. I've never used that term before, just playing around. So sensitive this morning.
|2 days 10 hours ago||It was a joke, based on||
It was a joke, based on Brian's use of "rappist" in place of "rapper." Thought maybe you'd get that.
|2 days 10 hours ago||We'll need a kicker as well,||
We'll need a kicker as well, and he's reportedly a very, very good one.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Because Nordin is a||
Because Nordin is a G-Rappist, he actually drove right past MSU to come to AA. And he wasn't quiet about his Michigan fandom. That said, it's been known for some time (even before he committed) that if Michigan wanted him, he was ours.
Lavert Hill is he interesting one. He comes to AA all the time and hasn't been to State College all season. However, that could be due to proximity and his brother playing here as well. The fact that he hasn't flipped yet is kinda odd, honestly.
|4 days 3 hours ago||IMO - better than all of||
IMO - better than all of them.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Considering I think we want||
Considering I think we want our non-Gary DT to be a nose, I'd prefer Elliott. Camp is about 40lb lighter than Elliott and strikes me more of a DT/DE prospect. It's also harder to scout guys when you know they'll need to add 40 pounds because you don't know how their speed and stamina will hold up (or, less likely, if they'll be able to add the weight). It also likely delays when he'll be able to see the field.
That said, I'm not going to be disappointed with Camp or anything.
|5 days 5 hours ago||That's incredible. Also super||
That's incredible. Also super weird, by mostly incredible.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Yeah guys, I think we're just||
Yeah guys, I think we're just not that good. This is a few games in a row now that this team just looks like a bad team.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Although I certainly don't||
Although I certainly don't want to lose Durkin, I'm confident in Harbaugh's ability to bring in highly qualified assistants. We have deep pockets, a big name HC who guys want to coach under and a ton of defensive talent.
These are the problems big time programs have. Their assistants get a ton of credit and get poached for HC jobs. It happened to MSU and OSU just last year. We'll be OK.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Getting Gary plus Elliott or||
Getting Gary plus Elliott or Camp, let alone Elliott and Camp, would be an enormous haul.
|1 week 5 hours ago||I think Brandon Watson could||
I think Brandon Watson could replace Peppers next year, maybe Tyree Kinnell or Brian Cole.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Not a lot of FBs get drafted,||
Not a lot of FBs get drafted, but not a lot of 3rd string RBs do either. And I have a feeling that if the choice is between being a bench warmer RB or getting PT at FB, I bet he changes his tune. Our FBs get lots of touches, they aren't just pure blocking backs.
|1 week 9 hours ago||I wouldn't say DeWeaver,||
I wouldn't say DeWeaver, Tucky or Flowers are Michigan level recruits. The last two guys might be Rivals 4-stars, but they aren't 4 stars on the composite and certainly don't have Michigan level offer sheets. And we had DeWeaver but chose to go after better recruits, and we landed one.
Justin Layne is good, but I think we'll have 3-4 WRs in this class better than him so that is explained away.
I'll give you Sammons and Hill, I'm not sure why we haven't gone after them.
|1 week 10 hours ago||It's not a waste of time. Not||
It's not a waste of time. Not every kid who grows up in OH has OSU as their dream school. Wormley, De'veon and Dymonte all had OSU offers and picked Michigan, Strobel, Kalis, McCray, Gedeon and Kinnell as well.
Sometimes OH kids are turned off by OSU, sometimes our O or D scheme fits them better, sometimes our depth chart at a particular position looks better and sometimes kids are turned on by all the NFL experience on our staff.
The article answered its own question quickly - Michigan just doesn't have the relationships in OH right now. But we've been making inroads and we'll be snagging elite OH recruits again soon.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Durkin is an Ohio guy. He has||
Durkin is an Ohio guy. He has spent his last few years in FL, but he's from Youngstown and played at BGSU. He spent his first 6 years of his coaching career at BGSU and ND, and I know he was the guy at UF in charge of recruiting the Midwest.
|1 week 20 hours ago||I agree with you on the||
I agree with you on the significant others part (not sure why you threw that in there) but busy people have limited time. I never said I was neglecting my other clients, just that they got less of my attention than some others. Is that the way it should be? Probably not, but that's the way it is. Coaches need a few guys like Enis who don't need a ton of time devoted to them so they can focus on continuing to add prospects to the class.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Agree. I've made many, many||
I've made many, many bets with OSU folk, but never on sports. They've always been of the "Heads I win, tails you lose" variety and I'm undefeated.
|1 week 1 day ago||I was thinking the same||
I was thinking the same thing. It's as if the recruiting experts picture Harbaugh saying "Hey Durkin, I've got a devious plan. When a recruit has a special occasion in his life, we'll be happy about it and want to celebrate it for them. But we won't stop there. We'll take a picture of it, so he can see how happy we are for him. It's genius."
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll take the devil's||
I'll take the devil's advocate side of that argument:
Michigan's staff, during the season, has very limited time. In terms of recruiting time priorities, I imagine it looks something like this, in order:
1. Uncommitted recruits
It's entirely possible (if not likely) that Enis falls under #4 above. That doesn't mean the coaches don't want him, but if they feel like there isn't a threat there, they'll focus their limited time elsewhere. I work in sales, and I need to be smart about my time. If there is an account that's mine and I know they're going to be loyal, I won't spend as much time on them as if there is a bigger account under threat from a competitor. But that time spent doesn't reflect how much I value either account.
|1 week 1 day ago||I thought the same thing.||
I thought the same thing. It's one thing to take an official when you're committed elsewhere, but it's another to pay your own way for a second trip to a school you've already seen.
Add in the fact that when he took his first visit to Michigan, Sarkissian hadn't been fired yet, so he had genuine interest in Michigan even before all the turmoil at USC. Now it's late November and the situation at USC hasn't cleared itself up yet and Camp is paying his own way for another trip. Also - Michigan and USC are the only schools he's had officlas to, so if he decides to flip from SC, Michigan has to be the favorite. I think we should feel very good about him.
|1 week 1 day ago||late January would be best.||
late January would be best. Get in him here just before signing day so it's the last place he sees before signing day.
|1 week 1 day ago||Agreed. If he's a no-go||
Agreed. If he's a no-go against OSU as this suggests, there's not sense in blowing a year of eligibility on a bowl game, even the Rose Bowl. We're losing a lot of defensive lineman in the next couple years, it will be nice to have one experienced guy around for a while.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think Shelton Johnson may||
I think Shelton Johnson may be a decent option at BUCK/WDE next year. He's the same size as Reuben Jones and was a more highly touted recruit. Currently listed at 225, I bet he's around 240 by next fall and could be a nice option, especially on passing downs.
I think he'll have a trajectory like Taco where he eventually outgrows that position and ends up as a SDE, but until he gets that big I could see him as a pass rushing specialist on the weak side, but big enough to hold up against the run if he needed to.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's what you get for using||
That's what you get for using Bing. Plus, Google was founded by a Michigan grad and is a major employer in Michigan.
|1 week 1 day ago||Everyone has already said it,||
Everyone has already said it, but yeah that's a great video.
|1 week 2 days ago||Devil's Advocate here:||
Devil's Advocate here: although Rudock faced a comparable DL, he benefited form a far better OL protecting him. Our OL has been pretty darn good in pass pro this season. Penn State's OL....has not, to say the least.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yeah, that's kinda my point.||
Yeah, that's kinda my point. I was just throwing plausible reasons out there, just saying that it might not be Brady Hoke.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's a good mnemonic, but a||
That's a good mnemonic, but a desert is definitely inhabitable. People live in Vegas and the Middle East, for example.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hoke's first year certainly||
Hoke's first year certainly had a handful of things break our way. Take our last two games - an OSU team in total transition turmoil and and VT team who deserved to be in a BCS bowl less than us. We probably had 8-4 talent on that team, and some breaks got us to 11-2.
|1 week 2 days ago||God, for real. Is it possible||
God, for real. Is it possible this isn't Hoke's fault? There could be other reasons he wasn't good at Michigan. Maybe we had a fucking awful OL or maybe he was a late bloomer. Maybe this just isn't all on Hoke.
And seriously, give it a rest.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes. People believe all kinds||
Yes. People believe all kinds of stupid shit.
|1 week 2 days ago||The weird part is that people||
The weird part is that people tape that kinda stuff and put it on the Internet. It serves absolutely no purpose but for people to laugh at you.
|1 week 2 days ago||This post is about OSU, who||
This post is about OSU, who we play this week, not MSU.
|1 week 2 days ago||Speaking of which - is that||
Speaking of which - is that how people in Ohio speak? Guys sounds like he's from Mississippi or something. (Full disclosure - I know like nothing about southern accents).
|1 week 2 days ago||That was another one of those||
That was another one of those passes that was complete only because it was a poor throw. Peppers was in perfect coverage until the ball was underthrown and he had to find it.
|1 week 2 days ago||If we beat OSU and MSU goes||
If we beat OSU and MSU goes to Big Ten championship game, I think we go to the Rose Bowl regardless of who wins that game.
|1 week 4 days ago||I remember watching him on||
I remember watching him on the Whitecaps. He was supposed to be the next Griffey Jr. Hopefully he still will be!
|1 week 4 days ago||It gets way more stupid than||
It gets way more stupid than this. This level of stupid happens in Markley 50 times per weekend, every weekend.
|1 week 4 days ago||This times a million. And||
This times a million. And Twitter. When I did really dumb shit, no one sober saw it so it didn't exist by morning.
|1 week 6 days ago||Actually, why this won't||
Actually, why this won't happen: $$$.
At football rich schools, they make more money by having 2 home games in 2 years against a tomato can than by having 1 game every 2 years against somebody good. Most of the teams in question have very strong schedules as it is and tend to sell out those OOC games. Plus, this would likely take the place the whatever is the hardest OOC game they already have, so all they would be doing is giving up a home game every other year.
Also, this easy game is likely necessary for 1-2 teams per conference to make a bowl. Like Auburn or Indiana this year. If Auburn played somebody good and lost this year in place of Idaho, they miss a bowl. And that costs the conference money. It's in the conference's best interest to get as many teams bowl eligible as possible, which is why these 14 team leagues like the Big Ten and SEC aren't in a hurry to go to 9 conference games like the Pac-12 did, even though it's the best thing to do.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not to mention almost beat||
Not to mention almost beat Northwestern.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's about as good as the||
That's about as good as the options Baker Mayfield had.
Recruiting can be tough to predict.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I highly highly highly doubt||
I highly highly highly doubt that.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||No, it's absolutely a||
No, it's absolutely a "hindsight is 20/20" situation.
People are way too critical of these burned red shirts. It's getting unreal. You're gonna have to play a lot of freshmen, and a chunk of those guys aren't going to contribute as much as frosh as you think they will. But coaches don't have crystal balls to know this. Hoke played Thomas because he was an insanely athletic kid who he thought could contribute early on, getting lots of special team reps as a frosh so he's ready for solid PT as a soph. That didn't happen, but that doesn't mean it was a bad decision at the time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That said, his current career||
That said, his current career is currently in baseball with the Yankees organization so it didn't work out too badly for him. But selfishly, yeah I wish he would have done that too.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The list of things going on||
The list of things going on in the world that are worse than this injury is incredibly long. That will not change any time soon.
However, this is a football blog and it's likely, despite the world's tragedies, that we discuss things that are bad purely in a football sense.
Why am I explaining this to you? Who knows.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||People overuse that term "the||
People overuse that term "the worst" (usually to be funny, and it often is) but you are dead on here: this is literally the worst. I honestly can't think of any thing that is worse than losing a child.
|3 weeks 23 min ago||I used the word might, as in||
I used the word might, as in it's possible. I'm not predicting that but I also don't think it's out of the question. Yes, Butt is a very good TE, but Nauta is close to a Jabrill Peppers-level TE.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Not sure there can be a 3-way||
Not sure there can be a 3-way tie anymore...
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||They were a great idea.||
They were a great idea. Doing it any other way can still result in seasons like this. The bigger problem is having 14 teams where you barely play the teams in the other division. The Pac-12 has no problem with geographic divisions because they play 9 conference games and only have 12 teams so you play 9 or 11 other teams every year, meaning you only miss 2, so you can never miss the 3 best teams.
Our problem was adding Maryland and Rutgers. And it's a rare problem that traditionally good teams like Wisconsin and Nebraska are both not all that great. The last few years these divisoins would look pretty balanced, and will again.
15 years ago, the SEC East was way better than the West because Florida and Tennessee were the powers in the conference. Then it shifted and the West was way better, now it's maybe balancing back out again (our would be had Georgia not laid an egg).
Point is, you can't choose divisions just based on who is good now, because that stuff goes in waves.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||As long as it's not Utah||
As long as it's not Utah beating them. Even a 2 loss Utah team would have to be ahead of us.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Of course not. But he's||
Of course not. But he's saying that Baylor/TCU were penalized last year as one loss teams for not having a conference title game, and ND will likely be in the same spot if they beat Stanford - 1 loss, no conference title game. And ND will have beaten all of one good team - Stanford.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Not Ohio State, just||
Not Ohio State, just somebody.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Doesn't matter what his||
Doesn't matter what his blocking is like. Nauta is an elite level receiver as it is. His floor is basically Devin Funchess. He will play as a freshman if he comes to Michigan, no doubt about it. He might be our best TE too, even if Butt stays. He's that good.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||If Dantonio has been cheating||
If Dantonio has been cheating at recruiting he's been doing a really shitty job at it.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Yeah but that stuff tends to||
Yeah but that stuff tends to change. Especially after seeing how much the FB gets the ball in our offense.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||I could see Winovich there.||
I could see Winovich there. He's more of a FB than a TE and it's not like he's getting a lot of PT at TE.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That's a shame. I eat cereal||
That's a shame. I eat cereal literally every single morning.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's a goddamned shame it||
It's a goddamned shame it took this long to get to Honey Nut Cheerios because they are unequivocally the best cereal.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sure it won't. We really||
I'm sure it won't. We really don't have a pass rusher in this recruiting class unless you count Ronald Johnson and he's much more of a SDE and not a pure pass rusher type edge guy.
I'd bet the recruits are just happy we landed another great recruit.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I love it how so many of the||
I love it how so many of the answers are "Totally, as long as you can free load off of someone else."
Be a fucking grown up. And what happens when the person you're free loading off cuts their cord? If you want something, pay for it. Cable is not all that expensive.
The real answer to your question OP is "No, if you want to watch a variety of sports in good quality on a nice TV." If some of that stuff isn't of value to you, you can make it work.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And all your buddies will||
And all your buddies will think it's super cool to huddle around your laptop while it buffers when you have them over for the game.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed. People forget him,||
Agreed. People forget him, but he was a recruit ranked similarly to Kemp (maybe a little lower but not much) we stole from Nebraska at the end of the cycle last year. He'll be in the battle for sure.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||His Twitter also says he's a||
His Twitter also says he's a Michigan commit, but apparently that's tenuous at best and he and the new staff haven't spoken much at all.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I actually see Kemp as a SDE||
I actually see Kemp as a SDE in college. His frame looks like it can add weight and I don't think he quite has the athleticism for BUCK. I know Fowler was 265, but he was a freak and few will be able to play that spot that well at that size.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing against Outback, but||
Nothing against Outback, but I feel like I already have a good understanding of his homeland because I've had a Foster's.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously, I'm really||
Seriously, I'm really dropping the ball on that one. I always think how cool would be to have a SoCal MGoBlog pool party/game watch party but then things get busy and I remember how my wife maybe won't think that's as cool as I do.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||When we come home for||
When we come home for Christmas, I'm taking my 5 year old son to the Youngstown St game, his first live Michigan sports experience. I'm not sure who's more excited, him or me.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Fine, but that's not the||
Fine, but that's not the system now. Guys get four years, and almost nobody has a problem with that. Some players earn a fifth year, but many don't. This does not come out of nowhere - these guys understand that a 5th year is no sure thing.
And they all seem to graduate. I can't remember a guy who was "denied" a fifth year who didn't leave with a degree. Countess, Furman, Mike Cox, Heitzman - these guys all have bachelor's degrees from Michigan.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||So was current starter(ish)||
So was current starter(ish) Jeremy Clark.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Although I agree it's rare -||
Although I agree it's rare - it does happen and guys like Braylon weren't really needed as freshmen because we had good upperclassman receivers. Mario Manningham was a guy who contributed right away, just ask Penn State.
That said, let's not forget we have Brian Cole and Grant Perry. One more year for those two wil make a big difference.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Biases aside, UGA is not a||
Biases aside, UGA is not a better job than Michigan or USC (or a few of the other schools you named). Recruiting is only one piece of the puzzle, and if being in a talent-rich state with no competition then ND would be the worst job in the country.
Michigan has history, we have great academics and Heisman winners and NFL stars and tons of fucking money and the biggest stadium in the country. UGA comes close in a lot of those areas, but they don't have the national cache that Michigan does.
The top recruits often care little about what state they're in. Top recruits leave their home state all the time. UGA's top recruit is a kid from Seattle.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I take it Ace didn't like my||
I take it Ace didn't like my Dancing Bear nickname suggestion. Sure it's inappropriate, but no one will say anything because they won't want others to know why they know it's inappropriate. Everyone will just chuckle warmly to themselves.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||Highly unlikely DJ Wilson||
Highly unlikely DJ Wilson gets more minutes than Aubrey Dawkins. My hot take is that Dawkins is the third best player on this team behind healthy Caris and Walton. Dude will play a lot. He's gonna be like GRIII who can shoot.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Ahem, I believe Wagner is||
Ahem, I believe Wagner is 6'10" and a half.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||She was super hot in that||
She was super hot in that movie. Not irritating at all.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I agree he won't be fired.||
I agree he won't be fired. It's his first season and every major program is looking for a coach this year.
But I disagree on Frost. He'd be way over his head in Lincoln. Dude has barely been an OC, let alone a HC. He'd have a real hard time recruiting and finding a staff. Not to mention all the other HC duties he's never done.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That hot actress (whose name||
That hot actress (whose name escapes me) who is married to Dwyane Wade was first married to Chris Howard.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Apparently his ex thought the||
Apparently his ex thought the same thing.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Me three HALOL||
Me three HALOL
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's always silly to||
I think it's always silly to question the decision of someone who has WAY more info regarding said decision than you do.
Would you question your boss hiring an applicant if you hadn't seen their resume or were present for their interviews?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||If you sit him, you're||
If you sit him, you're sacrificing 2015 for the good of 2019, and if you play him, you're giving up his eligibility in 2019 for better play in 2015. Both are a gamble. However, you know Newsome is here in 2015. In 2019, Newsome might be in the NFL, at another school, kicked off the team or have a season ending injury. Or we might recruit to many good guys behind him that he can't see the field.
You don't know what's going to be going on in 2019, but you know in 2015 he's here and he's one of our best options so you play him.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||We're losing an OL after this||
We're losing an OL after this season and if Harbaugh thinks Newsome has a chance to replace that starter, then getting PT this year is very beneficial.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||*wunderkind||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||For the record, I've never||
For the record, I've never complained about burned red shirts and I always think it's silly. If they guy can play, play him. Worry about 5 years from now 5 years from now.
And you can't rely on hindsight to say whether something was a bad decision or not. The coaches are making decisions based on the info they have at the time. They feel, right now, that's it's worth it to play Newsome. Why fans doubt that is dumbfounding to me.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It's not about questioning||
It's not about questioning anything they do, but in a decision that relies on tons of info that the coaches have and the players don't, and a judgment that Harbaugh and this staff has had to make many times before, it's silly for us to question it. It's like questioning a financial decision made by a company when you haven't seen the books.
If Newsome is the best option, he should play. Harbaugh is cheating Newsome and the team if he passes on him if he's the best option.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly. The complaining||
Exactly. The complaining about burned red shirts is really dumb in my opinion. Would it be nice to redshirt everyone? Sure. But that's rarely feasible. You need to win games, and that takes a lot of bodies over the course of the year. And we want to win next year, and that's easier when the guys we rely on have seen the field already. If guys can play, they should play. Harbaugh should not be thinking about how this will affect 2019 when making a decision.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with most of that,||
I agree with most of that, but I don't think Lewis is very close to being one of the top 15-20 overall picks in the draft. At this rate, he'd likely project as one of the top 5 or so CBs, but he'd have to be even more rediculous than he has been to be taken over the 6'0"+ guys whose production is close.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I highly doubt that he's a||
I highly doubt that he's a slot - he's probably already too big for that. If he plays offense, he's a RB. But my bet is he ends up at safety.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Safety is doable. There have||
Safety is doable. There have been 6'6" safeties.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Doubt he's a DB at Michigan.||
Doubt he's a DB at Michigan. Hang some weight on him and make him a blocky-catchy type in a few years.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. I don't like them,||
Agreed. I don't like them, but this isn't an issue about which many of my fucks will be given.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I know you're joking, but the||
I know you're joking, but the only thing Harbaugh hasn't yet proven he can do better than Hoke is recruit. I'm not saying he won't prove it, but looking at it completely objectively, we can't yet say Harbaugh is the better recruiter.
Point being, asking if Hoke would do anything differently, with regards to recruiting only, isn't necessarily a bad idea.
|6 weeks 22 min ago||Another Samoan? We currently||
Another Samoan? We currently have zero Samoan fullbacks.
He's Tongan, bro.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||Yes. All injuries are exactly||
Yes. All injuries are exactly the same.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||That was me on Saturday||
That was me on Saturday against all my shitty high school Sparty "friends." I say "friends" because it was kids I went to high school with, not any actual friends. I started hitting below the belt, then backtracked by saying stuff like "I'm going to stop before I say something I shouldn't to all these safety school losers."
Sunday morning it looked really juvenile but I was in a dark place.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Eh, that's an underused word||
Eh, that's an underused word in my opinion. It conveys the point quite well. I'm not saying he's correct in using it here, but that word on its own shouldn't be banned.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||If there is MIchigan news,||
If there is MIchigan news, chances are it's been here long ago. I'm all over that shit and I rarely see something before there's an MGoBlog thread.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Lazy mexwolv.||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||You have no reason to say we||
You have no reason to say we pulled the football scholarship to lure in an OSU commit. That's completely conjection on your part based on absolutely nothing. The timing doesn't even work out, since Falcon was told this before Walker's visit.
The reason the OSU situation is worse is because the kid was left high and dry after signing day. This was after official visits and the whole recruiting process, and after the kid moved away from home. That's a lot. Falcon now has a number of months to see what his other options are and make a decision. It also gives him time to rehab and possibly (though unlikely) prove the Michigan coaches wrong. If come March or April Falcon is running and cutting well and MIchigan has an open scholarship (and Falcon hasn't signed his medical hardship waiver yet) he might get a shot.
If Michigan has a spot open in this class, they can always give it to Falcon if he's somewhat healthy and if they feel the same way that they do now, medical him then.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Offsides isn't determined by||
Offsides isn't determined by where you are in relation to your teammates.
He's clearly behind he ball. Nothing to see here.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||First of all, I'm typically||
First of all, I'm typically in favor of the use of medical hardships in almost all circumstances, even how Saban does it. If the coach feels a player can't or won't play anymore, having a medical hardship scholarship isn't much different than being on the team and not being active.
I don't know all of the details in the OSU case other than the kid injured himself his senior year and was medicalled the following spring. I would want the coach to be more proactive about it, but waiting until April hurts Urban Meyer too, since he wasn't able to fill that spot until the following year.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, but not really. It was||
Yes, but not really. It was always the understanding that if Michigan needed that scholarship, he'd go to medical. We just had one open that year and Hatch got to stay on the team for one season. There was never an intent for him to stay on, which is why he wasn't redshirted. He got some garbage time play, sunk a free throw, and it was great. But basketball is also different than football, and Hatch was told beforehand that this would be the plan, just like with Falcon, so if he wanted to go to a smaller school and play, he could. He chose Michigan knowing full well he'd be on medical scholarship and never a real contributing member on the team.
Maybe that was easier for Hatch to accept since he was in a freaking plane crash and lucky to be alive, but the circumstances aren't all that different. Would it really be better (or even different) if Harbaugh let Falcon get 2 carries against Delaware State before putting on a medical?
You can't officially put a player on a medical hardship before he enrolls anyway (as far as I undertstand it) so if Michigan happens to have an open scholarship next fall (like they did with Hatch) he can technically be on the team for one season without it affecting anyone. Would that make it OK with you? Because, that's still really not any different.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||But Urban did it after the||
But Urban did it after the kid was already enrolled. Not really the same, right? Falcon has the chance to go through the recruiting process with other schools, if he chooses to.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Did you dislike it when||
Did you dislike it when Beilein did essentially the same for Hatch? Sometimes things happen after a player gets offered a scholarship to where they no longer deserve that spot on the team. The only time it's bad is when the player doesn't have a say or they simply get the scholarship pulled altogether. Harbaugh is giving Falcon an option here. It's sucks he got hurt, but this is part of sports.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||State's run is about to be||
State's run is about to be over. They lose almost all of their contributiors from this team and Dantonio is getting old. I hope they fucking enjoyed it because we're going to kick the living shit out of them eveyr year going forward.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget the beautiful||
Don't forget the beautiful throw downfield that Chesson just dropped.
Whatever. I hate saying "next year" but seriously next year we're going to fucking throttle them.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Dantonio won't jump to the||
Dantonio won't jump to the SEC, he's too old. When Saban did it he was about 15 years younger.
Dantonio will turn 60 this spring. If he's not winning, he'll give it a couple more years and throw in the towel.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, that's incredible. I've||
Yeah, that's incredible. I've already watched it 20-some times.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I agree it's reshp1, elite||
I agree it's reshp1, elite speed is very overrated for a RB. How often does a RB get into the open field to where speed is even noticed? A couple times a game? The other aspects - vision, balance, power - come in to play on almost every play.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I bet Enis plays safety.||
I bet Enis plays safety.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||"tOSU?" Just try a little bit||
"tOSU?" Just try a little bit not to be super lame.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Of course it works, and I||
Of course it works, and I have no problem with coaches doing that. Teams need to know where they stand with a recruit. Saying "let us know if you're in or out because there are guys who would like your spot" is part of recruiting.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly. That's "interest."||
Exactly. That's "interest."
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Of course we are. Unless they||
Of course we are. Unless they decommit, like an asshole.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||That's odd. I look at his||
That's odd. I look at his film and think "why is he not the top WR in the country?" He looks like AJ Green to me. Tall, long, fast and can jump.
There's a reason Urban stopped recruiting Ahmir Mitchell with Corley still available.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Smaller linebacker? He's||
Smaller linebacker? He's already 220-something. That's not exactly smallish. Viramontes is jacked. He'll be a plenty large LB.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||You always know the coaches||
You always know the coaches are behind you.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Bold move, Cotton. Let's see||
Bold move, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That would be cool, but if||
That would be cool, but if rather it be Wormley, just because he's got about 100lbs on Peppers.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||MSU has been one of the most||
MSU has been one of the most fortunate teams in the country in terms of injuries the last few years. So I don't feel bad that it's now starting to pile up. These things tend to even out. Now it's their turn.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. Doesn't sound like||
Agreed. Doesn't sound like he still has a spot.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||3 years ago? This is almost||
3 years ago? This is almost as old as the internet itself. Might be the third or fourth website Al Gore invented.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed - and might be more||
Agreed - and might be more important. Walker is the bigger recruit, but we've got a few RBs in this class and I don't doubt Harbaigh's ability to bring them in. We need to up our CB recruiting and Lavert Hill is a very good one. Keeping good with King HS is also a plus.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Don't be so humble, go ahead||
Don't be so humble, go ahead and pat yourself on the back.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||He's not coming here, but it||
He's not coming here, but it might not be moot. This might help us with Carlo Kemp since they play the same position. ND might not want Kemp if Hayes commits, or Kemp might not want ND for the same reason.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||ND was recruiting him well||
ND was recruiting him well before all of this was going on. This happens in recruiting all the time. Michigan has done the same. Kyle Kalis, anyone?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Possibly, but that's not||
Possibly, but that's not what's being discussed. This is regarding the Rose Bowl.
Even so, we need help even if we win out. I expect that to happen, but it's not guaranteed to.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||If Utah wins out they won't||
If Utah wins out they won't be in the Rose Bowl. Unless you meant we rematch them in the playoff.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Your daughter is clearly||
Your daughter is clearly still rebelling against you. Which is why she's marrying that dweeb in the first place.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Lots of Z names in your area.||
Lots of Z names in your area.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||It's possible he sees||
It's possible he sees Michigan's future and also sees that Saban will be 64 this month. The Saban era at Bama will end at some point, and schools like USC and Texas (and Michigan) show how hard it can be for a big program to replace a good coach.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||This may be a new thing for||
This may be a new thing for the football team, but not for the student body in general. When I was in college, it seemed like every third kid I met was from NJ. Some of my best college buddies are from there.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I bet that's the one or does||
I bet that's the one or does make sense to keep secret since he's committed to another school and maybe he doesn't want that school to know at this point.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||After taking a 14pt lead, of||
After taking a 14pt lead, of course.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||He's committed to Nebraska?||
He's committed to Nebraska? Then he's definitely ours.
|8 weeks 54 min ago||The tire fire the USMNT has||
The tire fire the USMNT has become? Are you pining for the old days of US soccer dominance or something?
As an aside, if Mexico can't beat America in soccer, that's pretty sad for them. Literally every person who has ever lived in Mexico plays and loves soccer. I'm not sure this is an exaggeration. Most of our country couldn't give two shits about soccer once they outgrow AYSO at age 10 or so.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||Forget comparing it to poker.||
Forget comparing it to poker. Betting on sports teams (which is pretty close to betting on sports players) is considered gambling. I don't see why "the Saints will beat the Cowboys" is gambling but "Drew Brees will outperform Brandon Weeden" isn't.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Fuck you guys, I don't need a||
Fuck you guys, I don't need a Maserati anyhow.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Are you saying our defense is||
Are you saying our defense is like 1997 and our special teams are like 1991?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Was that a regular thing? I||
Was that a regular thing? I don't seem to remember guys who were used once or twice to burn a redshirt.
And if they were - what if there was a good reason for it? I know Hoke didn't work out, but that doesn't mean everything he did was wrong.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Nope. This was the fifth||
Nope. This was the fifth game. That ship has sailed.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||People in this board go way||
People in this board go way overboard with the redshirt thing. A redshirt is for players who are not ready to play. You don't sit a kid who can contribute in the hope you get a 5th year out of him. Kids lose a year due to injury, they go pro early and the transfer. You don't sacrifice what is best for the team this year to maybe make 2019 better.
Plus, it's entirely possible Kinnel starts next fall in Wilson's spot. I'd rather he get some time on the field, even if it's special teams so he's not seeing college players for the first time next fall as a starter.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||ND will get throttled by USC.||
ND will get throttled by USC. Write that down.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Are you sure? Stop looking||
Are you sure?
Stop looking ahead to Saturday - we still have Monday's practice to get through. And don't ignore your Monday classes either. Hell, looking past your Sunday dinner could leave you malnourished for Monday's classes and practice.
We're the fucking fans. We can look forward to 2017 if we want (and sometimes do). It will affect nothing.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Honestly, I'm gonna be pissed||
Honestly, I'm gonna be pissed if they score at all.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||In response to both of you:||
In response to both of you: most teams haven't had too many high profile games yet, so some of the rankings are based on last year's results, and rightfully so. OSU won the national championship by a mile, so they should get some benefit of the doubt until they actually lose a game.
Similar for MSU - no reason they shouldn't be ranked high until a team actually knocks them off. They still play us and OSU so that issue will work itself out in a few weeks.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Seriously. Florida is||
Seriously. Florida is undefeated and just trounced the #3 team in the country. I'm surprised they aren't higher, to be honest. I wish people could try to be a little objective before they scream SEC bias (especially since most of the AP voters are not from SEC country and therefore would have no reason to give them bias).
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Have you seen Northwestern's||
Have you seen Northwestern's offense? Not exactly lighting the world on fire.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I think Game Day would prefer||
I think Game Day would prefer a non-night game. Their show runs until noon Eastern, and if the game doesn't start until 7 or 8 Eastern, that would impact the crowd that shows up.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I actually don't think ESPN||
I actually don't think ESPN has any inherent SEC bias. Sure - they talk about the SEC a lot, but that's because they have lots of good teams with large fanbases. This should not be a surprise. However, they also talk about ND and OSU a ton when they're good, for the same reason. When Michigan was a top team (and even a lot of the time they weren't) ESPN gave us tons of air time. Same thing for teams like Texas and USC.
And all things being equal, ESPN would rather push a big Big Ten match up than a big SEC match up because ESPN/ABC has our primary TV rights and not the SEC's.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I think the fact that none of||
I think the fact that none of those games will be on and ESPN/ABC channel helps us. They've done non-DIsney games before, but if it's close I'm sure ESPN wants to promote themselves.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||UCLA-Stanford is on a||
UCLA-Stanford is on a Thursday night, so it's pretty unlikely they pick that game.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Not 100%. It's likely both||
Not 100%. It's likely both Florida and LSU are undefeated - that's probably a bigger match up.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||In addition to the ones||
In addition to the ones mentioned above, WVU-Baylor is a good match up (though not as good as ours), and Alabama-TAMU. I don't think any of those get it, but after Florida's game yesterday, I think Florida-LSU will be a good option.
That said, since Game Day hasn't been in Ann Arbor in a while and the Harbaugh factor, I feel like Michigan-MSU is the no-brainer option here.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||These things are picked weeks||
These things are picked weeks in advance. And if you look at who's playing on the Disney channels this weekend, it's not a surprise they were picked over us. Oklahoma-Texas, Miami-Florida St., WVU-OK St (both ranked, btw), Arkansas-Alabama (who were both ranked preseason), Clemson-GT (same), Wisco-Neb (same) and LSU-South Carolina.
Those all looked like bigger match ups a month ago, and the rivalry games (Miami-FSU and OU-Texas) were always going to be primary network games.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I mean, they're only one spot||
I mean, they're only one spot ahead of us. Are we really getting worked up over one poll spot at this point in the season? That will work itself out.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Probably because people think||
Probably because people think Alabama is really good. Whether or not this has been proven this year is debatable, but it's not exactly a stretch. People think Georgia will be good (I among them) and they got beat. albeit handily, to one of the top teams in the country, and the top program in the country over the last 7ish years.
That's not SEC bias. They're basically saying "we think Alabama is better than Utah and outside of those losses, we think Georgia is a little better than Michigan." Is that really such a stretch?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Is there Southern bias?||
Is there Southern bias? Which Southern schools are ahead of us that shouldn't be? Clearly Alabama, LSU and Clemson should be ahead of us. Ole Miss and Florida as well - both have a very good quality win. TAMU is undefeated so I'm not sure why they wouldn't be ahead of us.
The only one you could argue for is FSU, who hasn't played anyone yet but also hasn't lost. Are they going to rank a one-loss anybody over an undefeated FSU at this point in the season? Probably not.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ew that both of the guys you||
Ew that both of the guys you list as "talent" are Buckeyes. At least throw someone else in there.
Secondly - why would either of those guys do that? That's a major step down, and I can't imagine a scenario where BTN is willing to pay more than Disney for a guy both want. BTN is just second tier - you hope that the second tier people they find can do a decent job.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||We need a long drive to start||
We need a long drive to start the second half to keep our D fresh. If our D starts to get tired (and we don't have a big lead by then) I won't feel very good about this game. Surprisingly enough, they've run more plays than us so far.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuudock!||
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not sure we had "anyone||
I'm not sure we had "anyone in the entire country" as an option.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||This offense is driving me||
This offense is driving me fucking nuts.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||No, those uniforms are sweet.||
No, those uniforms are sweet. Best road unis we've had.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Seriously. Run the gaddamned||
Seriously. Run the gaddamned ball.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||He's not saying he knows of||
He's not saying he knows of thinks he's being disciplined, just speculating as to why he didn't make the trip. Sometimes guys do something like show up late to a meeting and the coach says "you're not making the trip." We're all speculating here anyway.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||You no have DVR?||
You no have DVR?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. BTN2GO will||
Agreed. BTN2GO will definitely have both.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I believe our game is on the||
I believe our game is on the main BTN channel nationwide.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I will never subscribe to any||
I will never subscribe to any TV service that doesn't include every single Michigan football game.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||When does DeVeon get his||
When does DeVeon get his second star upon thar?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||And he sat out all of last||
And he sat out all of last season, so it's possible they counted that.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Are you serious? I feel like||
Are you serious? I feel like it would be an upset at this point if we didn't win the national championship. Name one team outside of maybe the Patriots who has a chance against us?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||We will find a way to get him||
We will find a way to get him on the field, but I agree with you. With Mone back, that likely moves Hurst to 3-tech, and our interior 2-deep is Henry-Glasgow-Wormley, Hurst-Mone-Godin and that doesn't include Taco who maybe gets snaps at WDE/Buck. Who of that group is Rashan Gary getting PT over?
Luckily, those other guys will tell him that frosh DL don't get much PT and we lose a lot of them after 2016.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||DeShawn Hand is not Rashan||
DeShawn Hand is not Rashan Gary. Gary is another level. But as crazy as this sounds, our DL depth might be better than Alabama's this year. Recruiting stars won't agree with that, but on-field play might.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Donnie Corley might be our||
Donnie Corley might be our best receiver the day he arrives. I'm surprised he's not ranked higher.
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||Not anyone important.||
Not anyone important.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm not that scared of||
I'm not that scared of Likely. Our punting game is so good, he won't have any opportunities. Very, very rarely has a returner had a chance to return a punt against us.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I hope we run the ball at||
I hope we run the ball at least 75% of the time and only throw every now and then when it gets so incredibly obvious not to. I say we just really shorten the game, win 28-0 or something and get home without any injuries. No reason to get fancy or give anything away. Maybe run a handful of plays we have no intention of running in an important game so that MSU spends time preparing for it.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Hart was a Michigan commit||
Hart was a Michigan commit and we led for him for a long time - he knew Ricardo Miller and his family well, he was a very solid commit.
But we started to suck and RR's job was clearly hanging by a thread. That's why he decommitted. But if we were rolling, I would have been surprised had he decommitted.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I disagree with this. He||
I disagree with this. He recruited Taco for that spot in between, and I don't think anyone of us thought Taco would get as big as he's gotten. Remember, when he committed, he was 6'6" 220 or something like that. Most had him pegged as a WDE until after his frosh year when he got huge.
Taking one guy a year (and getting a good one each year) is a typical way to recruit that position. He also recruited Frank Clark the year before Ojemudia. So really, that was a spot with a lot of hits.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||But Dante Fowler is more like||
But Dante Fowler is more like the ideal guy there, and most guys who are athletic enough to play that spot won't be 270. If Frank Clark were still here, he'd be playing it at 270+ too, but most won't be that big.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Don't be surprised if someone||
Don't be surprised if someone like Mike McCray moves to that spot next fall, depending on how the younger guys look and how our LB depth chart shakes out. If McCray isn't a starter at LB, they might try to move him to BUCK to get him on the field more often.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Ever.||