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|20 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmm||
I think Larry Harrison is the crazy uncle of Michigan football and Jim Harbaugh is the deadbeat dad.
The Herbstreit thing is not comparible. Herbstreit's job is to publicly provide a fair and balanced take on matters related to college football, including Ohio State. It was not Harbaugh's job to attack Michigan in an unprovoked manner the way he did. It served no purpose related to doing his job. He could have picked any school to attack, or left it open as "other schools," but by criticizing his alma mater, he knew he'd get his message into the national media.
Secondly, and this is often forgotten, he then defended that attack several times in the press. He used it to raise his own profile. And when Hart criticized Harbaugh, Harbaugh came back to criticize Carr for letting his players act that way. The whole thing was far too ugly to act like it never happened.
So getting back to Larry Harrison ... everyone remembers him, right? Big defensive tackle, who was a starter and becoming a pretty good player until it was discovered that he was lurking through the neighborhoods of Ann Arbor with his pants down, exposing himself to women. Even going up on their front porches and exposing himself through the windows.
So hypothetically, say that Harrison had gone on to become the best defensive tackle in the NFL, going to the Pro Bowl every year. He then retired and became a great coach, making it to the Super Bowl. Would we have to embrace him then as "part of the Michigan family?"
I know these are very different events that I'm comparing. One was a criminal act that embarassed the program unintentionally. The other was an intentional act to embarass the program, but not criminal. But I think most would say Harrison is still persona non grata - yes?
I don't think that Harbaugh being good at what he does should make Michigan fans ignore his actions. Because those actions are not those of a Michigan Man.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Here's another link||
There's no new information here, but thought this was really nice compilation on the all-star games as far as players to watch / teams / numbers ... it's kind of a viewing guide.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Uniform crap = Brandon||
The uniform thing is on Brandon, not Adidas. Yes, Adidas designed uniforms in that couldn't let you read the numbers. And Adidis messed with the shoulder colors. But those uniforms were then presented to Michigan for approval. There was nothing forcing Michigan to use them. Michigan was the home team and could have worn their normal home uniforms.
David Brandon decided that these were good. David Brandon ordered Adidas to produce them for the entire team for a game. David Brandon wants Michigan to wear stupid looking alternates for special occasions.
So poor design by Adidas, but Adidas is NOT the problem. Under Armour, Nike ... they have all come up with some horrible alternates for other teams. It is up to the athletic director to decide if those horrible alternates are what he wants as a representation of his teams....
|25 weeks 15 hours ago||Disagree||
Michigan being among the most profitable brands in college athletics is not new, nor is it Dave Brandon’s creation.
Tom Goss was a dummy who ran the athletic department into the red, but it has been among the most profitable nationally every year since Bill Martin first showed up. It was top two with North Carolina as I recall back in the early 2000s. Don’t have the exact numbers, but I’d be willing to bet top five every year since Martin first took over.
Secondly, this notion that “the kids love the alternate jerseys” is often repeated, never supported. Prove it. Like define the schools that use the most alternates and the ones that use the least and compare their success in the recruiting rankings. I’d be willing to bet that it shows the kids do not like the alternates.
Finally, getting back to the money thing, the special jerseys don’t make Michigan much if anything. They are auctioned off for charity, which is nice. But the sale of alternate jerseys is not that high and is offset by the non-sale of other stuff … people leaving the store with an alternate likely would have left with something else had alternates not been available. Plus, I don’t even think Michigan’s merchandising deal with adidas works that way. I think it most a set amount and they just have more negotiating strength when the contract is up if the sales are high … could be wrong on that last point though.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Won't believe this until I see it||
Sort of surprised that everyone is taking this premise and running with it off such little evidence. Kovacs included his name among the players he is helping and then he appears to be in the clip on defense.
It means something is up, but doesn't necessarily mean he has outright switched to defense. Could just be something they are trying out, with him working on both offense and defense.
Not a big fan of DeBorges, so the explaination that he just doesn't know what to do with him sort of makes sense. But then, if they don't think he's a running back, how hard would it be to look at the roster and see that Gallon and Dileo are two years ahead of Norfleet and realize he could be used to replace them? They figured out how to use Gallon well enough.
Again though, I'm not buying this as an actual move until Brady Hoke comes out and says so. If it's too odd to believe, it probably isn't true....
|28 weeks 6 hours ago||Didn't see anything wrong with Braylon's comments||
Thought Braylon was just supporting his brother. A little upset that Michigan didn't give him a shot, but I don't think it crossed the line that bad, and he came back to say that he still was very supportive of Michigan.
Also, here's another Dawson interview - free one - that wasn't linked:
|32 weeks 5 days ago||The Conley logic doesn't make sense||
The idea that this ties in to Conley does not make sense to me. Conley hasn't decommitted. If he decommitted, THEN Jones was offered, I could see it all tying together. But you don't go out an offer a kid who has nothing but MAC offers because you think you might lose a commitment from someone else. Because if Conley decommitted a month or two months from from now, Jones would still be sitting there as a real option probably. So there would be no need to push it forward now, before the Conley situation has been settled.
I actually think that speaks more highly of Jones too. They didn't have to offer him now, but they did anyway.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||I don't fully understand the policy||
So the whole thing with the no other visits policy, I get why they have that ... you commit to us, and we commit to you with our recruiting strategy that follows. If you're going to flirt with other schools, your spot could get taken.
But if a kid commits to Michigan, decides he wants to take another visit and does that, but the visit only proves to him that he was right in his initial decision and he wants to stay committed ... well, does that mean he is still committed or not?
Because I think that exact scenario has played out a number of times. Greg Mathews is the only one I can think of off the top of my head, but think it's happened.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Yeesh||
This is serious stuff. If he doesn't go to class, how will he ever learn to properly appreciate music. He could be unaware of the existance of AIDS. And his golf score will definitely suffer. Get yourself to class young man.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||The game itself is not safe.||
The game itself is not safe. I think we've all known that for a long time. Saban probably just sees the pace as being mechanism for less talented teams to level the playing field a little bit. And with the talent he gets, he doesn't want that.