this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 year 40 weeks ago||Helpful||
Thanks LSA! This is, in part, what I was hoping for, responses with some sense of what voters might be up to. As for me, I am not unhappy with our current position giving our performance to date, but many friends in the SEC, who have discussed poll positions with me, had espoused the need to "drop MICH" because of that loss to an unranked team. Given that a number of SEC teams had done likewise this past week, I thought I'd run it by more "like-minded" people, MICH fans...like myself. Not sure what all the negativity is for in the down votes, but, to each...
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Agreed||
I've been wondering about that myself...you think its Anti-B10 bias? Or lack of faith in their offense?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Fixed||
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Last Names Are Different||
FWIW, I believe it is Chris Peterson - Boise State, & Gary Patterson - TCU
|2 years 5 weeks ago||A Club!??! Really?||
"The Swamp" is a hangout/restarant across the street from campus on University Ave. Having eaten there a few times myself, I can tell you it is by no means a club. If it is a club, then so is TGIF, or Applebees, or Outback Steakhouse, or, well, you get the idea.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Thank you for you most considerate response||
First, I cannot disagree with your personal experience, nor do I want to, and yes, the weather plays a role, however, the attractiveness of the B1G institutions is STILL a major draw for talent which is also looking for a top notch education. With Michigan, and many of the conference schools, facilities are not a problem and are on par with what is available across the top tier programs around the country. What appears to have happened is that the recruiting of top talent has not been consistent through the years. There was a time when Michigan fielded great sprinters, distance runners AND field event athletes...every year, and not just conference class, but national class. In the SEC, sorry, don't throw stones, they are that good, to get money, you have to be able to come in as a freshperson and score at the Conference meet. To get serious support, you have to be able to come in and scorte at the National meet. As one coach put it, "potential gets me fired."
Also, I'd like to point out that southern talent 'does' come north. A few years ago, a set of twins, highly sort after distance runners came up from Del Ray Beach Atlantic high school to run at Indiana. The Florida 4A H.S. state triple jump champion, and number 3 ranked TJ in the nation, when to Wisconsin out of Gainesville Eastside; the 4A State Long Jump Champ went to Iowa out of Gainesville Buchholz H.S. I mention these as an examples known to me as I coached against the twins during their H.S. career, and coached the other two during my tenure at the respective schools. The selling point in the past, as it is now, is what does being in your program under you tultelage get or do for me? Does your track record (pun only partially intended) indicate that I will improve, become national, even world class before I graduate? WIll I have a shot of winning conference and National championships as an individual and as a team before I complete my eligibility.
Lastly, there is great talent, WITH speed for sprints, STRENGTH, as you pointed out, for field events, and stamina for distance running right in our back yard. Recruit to keep it at home, and then get the top talent you can get from elsewhere. If the opportunity is appealing enough, they will come.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||As a lover of T&F||
It pains me to see the depth that UM has gotten to. Spent many a year in SEC country, know many of the coaches personally, watched them recruit and train their athletes, even sent some of my atheles to them and their programs (before you ask, none of my D1 prospects wanted to go "that far north," trust me, Michigan was always HIGHLY spoken of around them!). So somewhere I lost contact with the happenings in AA as it pertains to T&F, but, WOW!! Not in my lifetime have I seen these types of team results.
Great people, I'm sure, talented people, I'm sure, both athletes & coaches, but production WITH character has always been a hallmark of all Michigan Sports!
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Been Thinking this myself||
And, along with the poster below, seems that things need to change in a hurry for these coaches to feel as if they have job security.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Whoops!!||
that response was intended for WolverLaker.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Not so fast my friend!||
As a former football & track guy athlete and coach, I've heard it all before. I wonder what Mike Holloway & Urban Meyer (the coach @ UF when these athletes were recruited) have to say about Percy Harvin & currently, Jeff Demps?!!? Relax dude, track, as you know, is a LARGELY non contact sport...that's what makes the difference. And, oh by the way, Herschel Walker STILL runs a 4.4 40!!
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Yay!||
That is all.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||A Bit of A Correction||
Minor though it maybe, it is, nonetheless, simply the University Athletic Association (UAA) and has been for several decades.
Additionally, as a former graduate student and Gainesville resident with ties and friendships still in the community, including UAA, I can tell you my visit this past summer was quite distrubing. The problems facing the institution, infrasturcture, administration, and most of all faculty and staff is mind boggling. Given the range of issues, too numerous to address here, it caused me raise the question, "Why are you returning to work this Fall?"
As for money, the UAA is not hurting for money, having just completed a $15 Million dollar Women's Lacrosse and Soccer facility. Having seen it in person, sweet though it is, in light of the academic short fall, I once again scratch my head.
I am VERY glad and PROUD to be BLUE!!
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Why Not?||
After all, in his 1st season, he produced a Remington Award winner!!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||STUNNED!!||
As with others, can't say I saw this coming. Smotrycz's comment about out of respect to the coaches he will not say more at this time sounds REAL ominous!! Hopefully it's nothing bad or personal...we will see. I wish all of them the best.
As for his departure due to the fan base, perhaps people need a refresher. I suggest going back to the ESPN "30 on 30 - Fab Five" documentary to see what the Michigan fan base can do to the players and coaches! Those were REAL ugly comments and threats from Michigan supporters. Let's hope it wasn't anything approaching that.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Yessss!!||
I most definitely will!!
On another note, I did my graduate work at UF, the inside word on Zook v Meyer...Zook could recruit 'em, but didn't know what to do with them, Meyer needed help to recruit 'em, insert Mattison here, but once he got 'em, he knew what to do with 'em. UF began to fizzle once the main recruiters had left town...hence the cupboard being bare. Honestly, and now just my opinion, the talent level at FSU had NOT yet caught up with UF, and yet they, UF, still lost before Meyer left/retired. Don't get me started on the bizarre arangement after Meyer's retirement...WOW!! Beyond surreal!!
|3 years 20 weeks ago||It's Okay!||
A double smackdown is permissible so long as the Russian judge scores it well, judges....
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Whoa!!||
Kinda rough RDT!! But true! I had one of my best friends from my childhood go to Ohio, great student, but decided to attend for the ease of the degree. His parents were also friends with my parents, he did graduate, in engineering, FWIW, but more importantly I only know this through my parents....I have spoken to him since he decide to go to school "down south."
|3 years 21 weeks ago||I Tip My Cap!||
Outstanding job! Congratulations to the Coach, the staff, and the TEAM, the TEAM, the TEAM!!
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Simply...||
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Here! Here!!||
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|3 years 21 weeks ago||All the Best to You & Yours!!||
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|3 years 29 weeks ago||I Might Just Add This...||
Everything that happened in the game to both teams, happened within the parameters of the game. Michigan did not cheat. Virginia Tech did not cheat. Neither team was victimized. It was a hard hitting, hard fought, hard won, and hard lost game for each of the teams. This whole notion of "deserving" and being "dominated" by another squad is just, well, nebulous.
Did Sparty deserve to win? Did Wisky deserve to lose? Should Ohio have won since Florida only scored primarily thru special teams? This is how the game is played, these occurences are all apart of what can transpire in the course of a game. All that remains is a given teams' response to the stimulus at hand...our team responded in a manner which made them victorious.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||It's Sports!!||
It's sports fergodsakes! Deserves got nothing to do with it, period. I've been an athlete or coach seems like all of my life in a variety of sports on a number of different levels, and if I haven't learned anything else, deserves got nothing to do with it.
Each season, athletes and coaches of differing abilities get together to prepare and then compete, hopefully to attain their goals. Little separates the sides, but desire. In the end, desire, tenacity, dogged determination...some say will, makes the difference. The amazing difference between Team 131 and Team 132 is that lesson, determination trumps deserving. Those who deserve wait for others to give it to them, those who are determined find a way to take it or make it happen. Last night, Team 132 punctuated it's season with determination, and took the game, the win, and the Sugar Bowl Championship, because, well, that's what determined people do. Kudos Team 132, job well done.
Champions are determined by their response to adversity, deserving people just want the good times to roll, reality is where they meet.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||What's with the tomato cans?!!?||
As the basis for many of my favorite pasta dishes, i must say, I am offended for them! Can't a "tomato can" get some love too?
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Dead On||
From the perspective on a Michigander in Gainesville for many years, even my diehard Gator fiends, I mean friends, had to admit the same. The thought was they were SEARCHING for a feature back, then when they had one...well,...we all saw the results. Future forward here, them Gator teams were also exposed as not being very physical when the likes of 'Bama, & LSWho came a calling, and a maulin'. I for one am not afraid of Meyer taking over at Ohio, we're Michigan fergodsakes! We can handle it.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Here, here. Well said.||
I have remained strangely calm all day today, win or lose, because I recognize, perhaps as a former athlete and coach, that we are in a transition. At the end of the day, we are not yet what our coaching staff intends for us to be, and the puzzle pieces we have may not be what we ultimately want for the coming system. However, they, the coaching staff, are doing an excellent job of working with what they have, but let's not kid ourselves, if we have been overmatched in the recent past, our personnel hasn't changed significantly. A loss to Sparty, I don't like, but, for this team, it is NOT the end of the world, they are STILL learning to play football...., in the B1G...., for a new coaching staff......growing pains are gonna happen. Is this team one of our best? Probably not, but then we've had teams legitimately ranked in the top ten, even #1, which lost to Sparty, not just in EL, but also at Home! I love our kids, we will be fine, they will learn, grow, and continue to develop. Go Blue!
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Not So Fast My Friend!||
While watching the game on ESPN, in the second quarter, tie game, with Denard on the sideline, DG throws an incomplete pass to a covered Hemingway....meanwhile, Hopkins was open down the seam, with no one within twenty yards of him! He was so wide open that if he caught it then, and walked in, he could score now and still not get touched! Yes, we left points on the field, still, I feel for the players...especially the seniors...not like they didn't want to win. What matters now is getting up off the mat and winning the remainder of the games. Gentlemen, this is adversity, not during a game, but after a loss, what shall you do?
|3 years 41 weeks ago||True - Location, Location, Location||
I had a meeting in Madison the Thursday before Nebraska came to town and witnessed the Game Day dais being erected in the middle ot campus nowhere near the stadium! The students of course, flocked to the Game Day setup on Friday & Saturday mornig, then went over to Camp Randall. Just Sayin'
|3 years 41 weeks ago||I Think||
Kenny Dewars is going to bottle them up!
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Hmmmm....||
soooooooo, for your one word,...did you mean multiple?