“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|3 years 5 weeks ago||Morris is still but a glimmer in the distance||
The smart thing to do is for Michigan to take at least 1 qb in every class.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Been wondering||
There does seem to be "over recruiting" at some positions even when possible eventual position changes are factored in. I believe this is a strong indication that Mattison and company are not overly impressed with more than a few of the players they inherited from RR & co. The signs seem to indicate Hoke expects there will be far more attrition via transfer as the 2011 season progresses and concludes.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||More speculation.||
I read the JJHuddle thread (have a subscription) and will say that the title of that post is speculation.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||The number of all-start||
The number of all-start events a player may attend is usually regulated by the players state high school association here in the US. For example, in Ohio I believe they have a 2 allstar game limit. So I imagine what is being referred to is the limit whatever governing body Stauskas plays under places on such events.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Interesting topic.||
Professional wrestlers... I seem to run into them all the time.
I rode in an elevator with Arn Anderson and Rick Orndorff. Turns out they had the hotel rooms across the hall from me.
Was enjoying dinner at Max & Ermas when some jerk bumped into my chair really hard. Turned out to be Lex Luger with his friend Sting. They were very nice. We were he only ones aside from the waitress they spoke to. They signed autographs for kids but otherwise played cards (hearts) and pretty much kept to themselves.
Met the (Reich)Steiner brothers in an airport and had a great conversation with them.
Sat across the aisle from Cheryl Ladd on a plane. Tried to talk to her but was all tongue tied and ended up deciding the better part of valor was to drink myself into submission as an excuse for embarassing myself.
Have met several professional baseball players and found most to be pretty cool guys - Chipper Jones was perhaps my favorite.
Best claim to fame was meeting and having the opportunity to speak with Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Joe Paterno all within about a two week period. I met Bo a handful of times after that and despite each encounter being brief, he always remembered me or at least let on he did. The most special time was with my young son in Schembechler Hall - we were just "sight seeing" and he shook our hands and made a big deal over my son.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||This is a perfect example||
The reaction posted is a perfect example of how Buckeye fans react to things. I don't believe the average Michigan fan really appreciates how over the top these people are. Having lived in Cowlumbus for 14 years I can attest to their obession with the buckeyes being religious in its passion and fervor.
Next comes the spin.
There is no way they can simply wish Dodson (or Strobel) well and move on. They will have to rationalize why kids, whose virtues they previously extolled, became back stabbing traitors to buckeye nation overnight. These poor kids will have their good names dragged through the mud. Their houses will be egged. Their cars will be keyed. They will catch crap at school and be booed when they retake the field this fall. I have seen it all before... smh... it is bizarre and it is sad, but it is the reality of "buckeye nation"
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I don't like the whole retro uni movement||
I don't like the whole retro uni movement . Maybe that is why I don't have a specific problem with this design for Michigan's.
It has Dave Brandon written all over it.
It's different and therefore will get people talking about "the brand".
It's controversial and therefore will get people talking about "the brand".
It will sell and might sell surprisingly well with the publicity it will generate. Probably sell better after a Michigan win. My hunch is the players and younger kids will LOVE it.
That said, the only sport that should entertain retro uniforms in baseball. Some of those Pirates / A's uniforms from teh 70's and 80's were really cool. The Red Sox white unis they wore recently with white caps and solid red socks up to the knees were cool.
God forbid anyone ever attempts to bring back the short shorts with long white socks look of 1970's basketball.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Just wondering....||
Wonder about the possibility of a deep pocketed booster paying Pryor, say $100,000.00, to skip his senior season? He cannot be compelled to speak with the NCAA investigators now that he is no longer in school.
I am not saying this has happened.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Had offers from several Big 10 schools|
|3 years 7 weeks ago||He held a workout||
He held a workout in May. Coaches from several colleges, including Michigan, were in attendance. I would have taken O'Connor over the other area product Maty Mauk in a heartbeat.
Is this a sleep depriving loss for Michigan?
I reserve the right to re-evaluate that 3-4 years down the road .
Wish him good luck, except when playing Michigan.
Time to move on.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||You snooze...||
You snooze, you might well lose your spot in this class the way Hoke & company are recruiting.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||What's your point?||
What's your point.....smh ..... that OSU's f***up was greater than ours on some morality scale?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Not where I thought this was going||
I figured you were going to speculate about Dantonio's history with Ohio State and if what is going on in the buckeye state was happening when he was there might it might be going on at MSU now.
I'm not sure the impact on recruiting short term. I mean, there will be some for sure, but I think long term the impact could be significant. If the NCAA were to slap OSU with sanctions similar to what USC got - specificially a recduction and limitation of scholarships it could open Ohio up to a lot of programs. The state is already heavily recruited but even more top kids could leave for places like Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame not to mention other Big 10 schools, WVU. The real danger is SEC schools getting a foothold and siphoning off top tier talent out of Ohio. That would not only hurt the buckeyes but Michigan as well not to mention the Big 10 in general.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||He was given a choice||
He was given a choice, resign on his own or be fired.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Give it a rest already. If||
Give it a rest already.
If you seek the truth, then yes, Rich Rodriguez committed NCAA violations that tarnished Michigan football's image.
Is that what you want to hear Carr say?
I have no problem stating that. It is the plain and simple truth.
Let me ask you this, if Bo were still alive what do you think his response to that question would have been?
|3 years 12 weeks ago||buddhafrog sums it up well||
That was a good post. Short and to the point. And ohhhh sooooo sweeeet!
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I am biased here||
O'Connor is the guy I want to see in Maize and Blue.
What might help him is that he is a helluva kicker besides being an outstanding QB
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Good post.||
I basically agree.
However, I do feel that RR remains a part of the Michigan program and will forever.
It is painfully obvious that some will continue to wistfully dwell on the promise they saw during the RR era and truth be know, that's okay.
The focus does need to shift to the current coaching staff and the future of the program. That transition has begun, but there isn't an on / off switch that can flipped. Grieiving is a process that must be allowed to run its course.
A good season this fall would help. A great season would be even more helpful in helping people move on. But RR should not be forgotten, imo.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Always like Kiper||
Always liked Kiper and found McShay to be an annoying foil at best.
I think McShay has picked up his game and now offers an informed counter opinion to Kiper - the two of them together "works" now.
Mock drafts are fun. The key is to not take them too seriously. The best anyone can do is make an educated guess the overwhelming majority of the time. The best prognasticators might get the top 3-5 selections correct any given year.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I see you are in agreement||
I see you are in agreement with RR's attitude on this. I respect that. Don't agree with it, but are entitled to your opinion.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Just being realistic.||
1) Hoke wants to play "man ball" or power football and this roster has been built for the spread.
2) Depth along both lines is very thin. A significant injury or two in either of these units, but especially the DL, would be disasterous. And unfortunately injuries are common in football.
3) We were 7-6 last season and our best win was probably over UConn. Looking at the 2011 schedule I believe we should win 7 with a couple of games being toss ups and probably 3 losses minimum. I would take 8-4 going into the bowl game. A good season, but not a great one.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||You raise a good point||
I for one am not epecting a great season from Michigan football in 2011.
There exists a belief that had Michigan fielded even a medicore defense to go with last season's offense that the team might have contended. Now that Mattison is back and a defensive minded head coach is in place there seems to be an expectation that Michigan is back.
What we saw in the spring game was very much a work in progress. I anticipate a winning season next fall but not a great season. This team will continue to struggle until the roster is rebuilt.
BTW, rebuilding the roster is the primary reason I was skeptical of the RR hire and yet pulled so hard for him to succeed. For if RR washed out, I knew it would mean another roster makeover and perpetuate the "rebuilding" of the program.
Hoke has a 6 year contract and I fully epect it to take at least 3 years to return to consistently contending for Big 10 and national honors.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I believe you are missing a point||
Playing devils advocate with your argument:
If RR had come in and only lost 5 games in his first three seasons he would not have felt so threatened by what the former players represent.
I believe RR felt tremendous pressure to live up to Michigan. He came in confident of his methodology and went about molding the program into his vision for it. That was to be expected and was for the most part accepted at first.
RR was also naive and overconfidence, some might say arrogance, can have that impact.
Most, including former players, recognized that change was needed in Michigan football. It is important to remember the change most were advocating -> Les Miles, Urban Meyer, Mike DeBord and even Brady Hoke. What BM gave us was drastic change.
RR was doomed from the moment he was hired in some regards. Being the one to usher in such drastic change he was never, and I do mean never, going to be fully accepted at Michigan. Had RR and the spread enjoyed a bit more early success, had RR been able to field even a mediocre defense, the result would have been positive change in the sense that his successor could have been of his mold. That RR failed and did so on such a grand level gave Dave Brandon no choice but to move the program back towards where it was before.
Will the spread ever make it's way back to Michigan? Only if Hoke fails on the same level as RR failed will there be a chance for that to happen.
But leave no doubt, RR did not fail because of the spread offense. RR did not fail because of not being able to establish a healthy relationship with former players - he would have overcome that with winning seasons. RR failed because he fielded the worst defensive teams in 130+ years of Michigan football. The one thing he never embraced is one of the two things that have permeated Michigan since Bo arrived - Defense Wins Championships.
The other thing, of course, is The TEAM, the TEAM, the TEAM. RR failed here too. This is really where the former players enter the picture. You might need to have been closely associated with the program to fully appreciate what I am about to write - once a member of The TEAM, always a member of The TEAM.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Several former players||
Several former players I know have stated they felt the previous staff was ambivalent towards them. That RR and his staff tolerated them but never embraced them or what they consider Michigan to be. More than one stated (and I paraphrase) that they were made to feel passe by RR and his staff.
It is not the "break from traditions" that was RR's mistake. No, it was the loss of continuity that permeated the program with each passing day of RR's tenure. RR's decision-making in this regard isolated his program from what is the very strength of the Michigan program.
Hoke has worked hard to bring the boys back to town and not only that, he wants to integrate them into the program. He has embraced the former players in a manner RR was not interested in doing. These recruits talk about the current Michigan players and how they are genuine, humble and sincere. Pay attention because some of them also talk about seeing the former players and how they act the same way.
Continuity. Tradtion, Family. These are the things resonating from Hoke's program and coaching staff. Not just Hoke, Mattison and Mallory,but the entire coaching staff. This is what is being embraced by the former players.
Now, you should not interpret my comments as being anti-RR. While I do feel RR made a poor decision in not educating himself about Michigan and embracing its rich and storied history on a level he might of I also feel Michigan never embraced RR as it might have. The truth is RR is a good football coach, a good man, but a terrible fit at Michigan.
If blame must be assigned for RR's failure it needs to be laid at the feet of Bill Martin (and MSC) for hiring him and placing in him an untenable position. Bill Martin should have known better and might well have. To his credit, I believe BM recognized and became caught up in the growing rift within Michigan that swirled about Lloyd Carrs management of the program, but instead of acting decisively as a leader should he allowed that coaching search to turn into a fiasco leading to the cop out hire of RR. And, yes, that is exactly what it was.
However, what needs to be addressed and promoted and even revelled in is this - Michigan is being reunited under Hoke (and Brandon's) leadership. There is a positivity about the program that has been absent since the latter part of the Carr era. The energy is coming back into the program and that bodes well for all of us.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Hour;y projected forecast.||
Went to weather.cpm and looked at the hourly forecast for tomorrow. At game time they were predicting 30% chance.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Waiting on weather report||
We will probably wait until late tonight or early morning to judge what the weather will be. Right now the game time forecast is 30% chance of rain. That's not too bad, but I still don't care to sit out in the rain when I can watch it live on the BTN.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||One of my favorite Wolverines.||
May Peace be with you and your loved ones Vada.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Exactly||
It is the curse of the so-called fab five. It's like they cannot help themselves.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Very poor timing||
Driving while under the influence is simply unacceptable. I lost a niece to a drunk driver - the guy was doing over 80 mph on an exit ramp and rear ended her stopped car. Beyond making an extremely poor decision his timing was poor as well. Call out Duke / Grant Hill & co. and get yourself arrested for DUI. Geesh.... just get a frigging clue.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||That was a very good Michigan||
That was a very good Michigan team. Wayman Britt, Ricky Green, Phil Hubbard. They were unfortunate in having to go against that Indiana team that probably would have been undefeated for two consecutive years had Scotty May not broken his wrist. Good times. Fond memories.