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|1 week 6 days ago||Regarding Sam's credibility,||
Regarding Sam's credibility, did he ever put in a "gut feeling" for Najee? I followed it fairly closely, and the impression I had was that he was unwilling to go that far--indicating that he had strong reasons for thinking Najee was going blue, but that it was not a certainty. Given the additional info that has since come out (e.g., Najee was enrolled, everything was in place for him to start school this week), it seems to me that what happened was consistent with what Sam was saying.
In other words, I think a reasonable person with access to Sam's info would have concluded as Sam did (and relayed to those on Scout and on WTKA): either (i) Najee was going blue, or (ii) Najee was undecided. Just because the ultimate result appears to have been option (ii), with Najee choosing to stick with Bama, doesn't in my mind discredit Sam. If he had said "IT'S HAPPENING" and posted a Najee-in-a-sock-hat-traversing-the-country gif on twitter, that's one thing. But I think he was pretty careful in saying "look, the guys in Schembechler Hall think he's coming, I have evidence to support that, but I haven't heard confirmation from Najee's camp. So I can't give you a 'gut feeling.'" The outcome wasn't what we fans wanted, but it doesn't mean Sam was wrong or bad at his job.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Schroedinger's Friday||
Schroedinger's Friday Recruitin' Update
|12 weeks 5 days ago||If EMU ends the season in||
If EMU ends the season in front of MSU, I hereby propose that citing this stat should be the offseason equivalent of "the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals" meme.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. For one, we have||
Agreed. For one, we have more depth to overcome injuries that we really, really hope don't happen (like Clark going out and still having 2 top CBs to send out there). Just as big, though, is it is far less likely that our future opponents will "download" our defense and come up with a scheme that will kill us. Don Brown's scheme >>> Durkin's scheme, and I have every confidence that if someone comes up with something that starts to work, Brown will effectively counter in game. Unlike a certain Game from last year that I won't mention.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Assuming Urban allows Samuel||
Assuming Urban allows Samuel to be a ball carrier...
|16 weeks 5 days ago||28-23 Wolverbears||
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I think the rule is that you||
I think the rule is that you get 5 years to play out your 4 years of eligibility, so you can take a voluntary redshirt for a year. But if a player is injured and unable to play for multiple seasons, then they can appeal to have a 6th year to get through their 4 years of eligibility.
So, MSU is claiming that Davis falls into this category. But during one of the years in question where he was "too injured" to play (as opposed to taking a voluntary redshirt), MSU awarded him as scout team player of the week...which sounds an awful lot like a voluntary redshirt year and not a year where he was unable to play due to injury.
At least that's how I understand it--NCAA rules experts on here can feel free to correct me.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't know Luiji was||
I didn't know Luiji was coming to RVa--bummed I won't be in town to see the game.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||That OL...yeah, I think||
That OL...yeah, I think that'd be decent. Long-Hutchinson-Molk-Baas-Lewan.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||If PSU returns to a power (or||
If PSU returns to a power (or even a quasi-power) then the set of three rivals for M, MSU, OSU, and PSU looks a lot better.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Bill Connelly just did the||
Bill Connelly just did the same exercise for the B10 that he did for the SEC (which inspired Brian's post). Similar overall results, with the same outcome for Michigan's three annual games. Worth a read:
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the heads-up.||
Thanks for the heads-up. I'll be sporting Don Brown's 'stache in no time.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Have you tried the Shutdown||
Have you tried the Shutdown Fullcast? Solid Verbal is good, too.
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|38 weeks 4 days ago||True. Or at least not a||
True. Or at least not a high-to-mid first rounder. I think PFF's analysis on him is pretty convincing.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Hoping the Bengals get||
Hoping the Bengals get Doctson or Sterling Shepard. I'm still annoyed that they didn't take Lockett last year after he torched Michigan in the bowl game (and everyone else on KSU's schedule before that).
|40 weeks 6 days ago||In theory, I agree with you.||
In theory, I agree with you. And yet I maybe have 1% of the self-discipline required to not watch GoT this season while waiting for the book.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed, especially given the||
Agreed, especially given the well-documented, non-recruiting-related justifications that the northern schools can put forward (e.g., knocking out some practice time without classes, and leaving more time to focus on exams when they return).
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Ha, sorry about the lack of||
Ha, sorry about the lack of an "NSFW" tag. I don't post very often, and didn't think about the dangers of linking to SI so soon after the swimsuit issue.
|1 year 1 week ago||RIP, nginx.||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I've seen all the good||
I've seen all the good reviews come in regarding Brown, but I don't think I was truly 100% happy about the hire until I read the following paragraph from Space Coyote:
"In order to defend the spread, Brown tends to move away from his one-high safety looks and move to more of a two-high look out of cover 4. He does this so that he can rotate safeties into run support, either to defend the crease (outside the Tackle/TE, inside #2) or the alley (outside #2, inside #1). He will occasionally use a single-high look and give crease/alley responsibility to the deep safety. His deep safety isn't nearly as deep as Durkin's; this puts even heavier responsibility on the CBs to succeed, as many times the receivers can get over top of the defense without great support over the top. The box is primarily responsible for the run (along with the safeties), while the CBs and in some cases the safeties look almost completely to the pass before helping out in support."
As I interpret it, this means that (i) Brown would not have stuck with the base defense against the OSU spread that I think everyone acknowledges wouldn't have worked, and (ii) Brown's answer to the OSU spread is closer to an MSU-style defense than whatever the hell that 3-3-5 was that DJ came up with this year.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||We also beat out FSU for||
We also beat out FSU for Shelton Johnson last year, I believe.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Kalis and Jalad at Tanagra.||
Kalis and Jalad at Tanagra.
Drevno, his arms wide.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Michigan 35 - 0 Minnesota.||
Michigan 35 - 0 Minnesota. Bonus prediction: Peppers scores his first TD.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Many thanks for posting. I||
Many thanks for posting. I never once have remembered to use the link when ordering from Amazon, and I order stuff from them all the time. Would love for mgoblog to get even a small benefit from that.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Looking forward to the Refs||
Looking forward to the Refs -435 in the UFR chart.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||On one hand, I tend to agree,||
On one hand, I tend to agree, and I'd imagine that if presented with the additional info that Brian dug up Hackett might not have issued the statement.
On the other hand, my immediate reaction to the news that Blake was getting bombed on twitter was a desire to tweet support at Blake (which I did not do, because (a) nobody should care about Random Internet Guy offering support to them, and (b) I assumed that he has been counseled to stay the hell away from twitter for awhile), or retweet some supportive tweets from Devin Gardner or other guys with ties to the program.
Neither of those is a fruitful response coming from random fan base members such as myself--but the statement of support from Hackett at least puts it out there, clearly, and from a source that is likely to filter down to Blake himself, that the real fan base doesn't wish any harm on Blake and in fact fully supports him.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I think it goes something||
I think it goes something like this:
--Kareem Walker (OSU commit) visited Michigan last week, and there seems to be a decent chance that we flip him
--OSU was reported to be in contact with UW commit Antonio Williams after Walker's visit to UM
--Urbz was rumored to have given Walker an ultimatum (initially thought to be 24 hours, but MGoFish later backed off that timeline) to either cancel his remaining visits and reaffirm his commitment, or else.
--Williams decommits from UW.
A Michigan-colored-glasses reading of these events would be that Walker refused to reaffirm, OSU no longer considers him a commit, and has offered his spot to Williams, with Walker potentially flipping to Michigan in the near future.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||28-10 Michigan||
|1 year 15 weeks ago||A whole lot. *also guilty*||
A whole lot. *also guilty*
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Michigan 31, Maryland 10||
Michigan 31, Maryland 10