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|2 hours 53 sec ago||Preseason lists - the "Who's||
Preseason lists - the "Who's Who of American High School Students" of college football.
|2 hours 2 min ago||I'm not getting the Wilson||
I'm not getting the Wilson love completely either. He's a fast guy but he accumulated about half his yards in the first three games against Cal, Buffalo, and SDSU, and usually in garbage time. And the variance in his catches is crazy; he had a bunch of long receptions that completely skewed what were decent-if-unspectacular numbers against mediocre competition. Meyer probably loves him now, but Harvin was a different player than Wilson in college and doesn't feel like a lock to keep his spot if he struggles.
Coleman, on the other hand, should put up big numbers in that offense. Yes IU will probably struggle a bit with some shakeup at WR, but that tempo is going to give him a bunch of 5- and 6-man fronts to run against as guys are out of position.
|2 hours 15 min ago||So...||
|4 hours 16 min ago||Nothing quite says||
Nothing quite says "irrefutable evidence" like date-modified properties.
|4 hours 17 min ago||Your hatred feels a bit||
Your hatred feels a bit misplaced if your issue is with a guy hired to run and athletic department and make money just presided over one of the best stretches in basketball history at UM, brought in a competent football coach and helped fix the crater the program was in at the end of Martin's run, and consistently keeps UM in the black while improving facilities. Yes, he is trying to monetize the program to a degree some are uncomfortable with, but he's done nothing to the "fans" and "students" unless we are going to blame him for the Freep fiasco, the RR hiring/firing situation, not having steady recruits for a couple of years, and every other factor related to UM's struggles in football. Because that's what people are bitching about here - UM not winning at football as much as they used to. The athletic department at UM, taken as a whole, is doing fine and many teams are performing quite well.
|4 hours 39 min ago||At this point, most college||
At this point, most college games feel like spectacles; UTLII at least felt like they were trying to keep the focus on the field and not Jerry Jones's junk-compensating flatscreen TV.
|4 hours 44 min ago||I never said Mattison was||
I never said Mattison was great; I agree that he hasn't shown much of it yet. That said, there are, what, 5-10 really "elite" defensive coordinators out there, and even some of them (like Narduzzi) can't be divorced from the head coaches who themselves are defensive-minded. I do think Mattison is a very good recruiter who knows how to call a good defense; that's pretty good given the past 10 years or so of UM football (and yes, 2006 was kinda an aberration).
Nussmeier is somewhat unknown, but he did well at Washington as well and did so with less talent. He's also a young guy who has potential to get better. So while he's not an elite offensive coordinator (again, something I've not said) yet, he definitely feels better than Borges, which really could be the difference between 7-6 and, I don't know, 9-4 with a competent offensive plan.
|18 hours 49 min ago||#LAVAHOTTAKES||
For all the great elements of this blog and its focus on giving a voice to a subset of the fandom, I think it sometimes overstates the problems people have with the AD. Brandon's department makes money year-to-year, which most institutions can't say, has great licensing revenue, has a storng national brand, and for the most part stays above the fray when it comes to scandals. I know Brian and others might disagree with this take and generally dislike Brandon's MBA-ness, but UM is a lot closer to a corporate entity than most would like to admit, and that means unless Brandon absolutely bombs with ticket sales (which he won't because of the secondary market) or has a massive PR screwup, I don't see a reason why he would need to be moved. And for the record, this blog LOVED Brandon after he basically said "what they said" when the NCAA ruled on the Freep issue.
I don't see anyone getting a redshirt (save for Hatch) unless they get hurt or just do not seem like viable options early in the year and Beilein doesn't see a way they can round into shape. As Brian noted, you can't expect guys to return for multiple years anymore, and so you need to get players meaningful minutes as soon as possible so that you know who will be an option next year and beyond, and how that will influence recruiting. I absolutely expect MAAR to get some minutes early on, and Dawkins wouldn't really be served by another year off from college ball unless he just can't compete (which seems unlikely).
I'd be surprised if there aren't UM fans/booster-types who give money to recruits. That doesn't mean they are as intertwinned with the athletic department as you see in the SEC and other conferences, but Ed Martin was a proto bagman in mayn respects and I kinda doubt that was the one and only guy to do so for UM. I love UM and am proud to be an alum, but "moral superiority" is something they sell to old alumni who think Bo was a god; it isn't how you maintain a competitive team year-to-year. I don't believe it is rampant, but I'm sure there are guys who hang around the AAU circuit and those football camps and steer/keep guys at UM when, perhaps, there are other individuals seeking out the recruits' services.
|19 hours 5 min ago||Mattison's defense was fine;||
Mattison's defense was fine; most advanced metrics show incremental improvements; the last two games shouldn't overshadow a pretty good defensive effort all season. As for Mussmeier, yes he hasn't called a play, but (a) we have seen some good offenses come out of Alabama, and (b) the guy he replaced we DEFINITELY saw quite a bit of and it is safe to say he couldn't be worse.
|19 hours 10 min ago||I think it is a bit strong to||
I think it is a bit strong to say Brandon has andered "many alums and money-spending fans." What hurt him this year is a crappy schedule that is (largely) beyond his control. Sure, people on this blog act as if he's personally trying to destroy UM, but to most people the reason they don't want to spend money on football tickets is because the team isn't that good and the schedule looks like crap. Next year I'd expect a near-full return of ticket sales with MSU and OSU on the schedule.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I see know reason why he'd go||
I see know reason why he'd go to Cleveland unless he's really worked up about some legacy crap. Irving looks to be an All Star but his ceiling seems lower than Wade's, and Thompson and Bennett are not going to replace Bosh or his production. Wiggins could be great, but right now he's strictly a defensive guy and who knows if his offensive game will evolve. I'm sure Cleveland could win 50+ games with Lebron, but they aren't any closer to winning a title.
|1 day 2 hours ago||#2 feels a bit high just||
#2 feels a bit high just because I'm still worried about the tackle positions, but top 1/4 in the league should be expected. It'll be interesting with Franklin going to PSU - Vandy had a decent rush defense last year, but the SEC's mediocre offenses probably helped a bit. But the recruiting limitations are starting to be felt, and depth looks to be low along that line. I think they'll be fine, but I could also see the bottom fall out a bit.
|1 day 3 hours ago||But aren't they replacing||
But aren't they replacing half of that secondary? Again, I feel like I'm always needlessly contrarian about MSU around here because I really do think they have a good team, but history is not filled with teams replacing half of their defense and being just as good the next year, especially if the replacement players are moderately-regarded recruits.
|1 day 21 hours ago||still not going to change the fact you are||
still not going to change the fact you are watching Purdue play football
|1 day 23 hours ago||You seem like the most lovely||
You seem like the most lovely person during these games.
|1 day 23 hours ago||This is just silly. I know||
This is just silly. I know Neymar and Silva are out, but there is no reason Brazil should have given up these many goals.
|2 days 2 hours ago||That chart is sobering,||
That chart is sobering, though I suspect we'll see an uptick this year with both tackles likely getting some playing time, and guys like Denard and Brown likely seeing more NFL time. But yeah, the team hasn't been producing NFL players up to the previous standards, and it is showing. That said, the 2009 inflection point chosen is probably the worst one you could have for this program, given what happened around that time.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Incredibly sad for your loss,||
Incredibly sad for your loss, and condolences to you sand your family.
|2 days 5 hours ago||MSU's scheme is really solid,||
MSU's scheme is really solid, but relies on so much going right in that backfield that I'm not sure how consistent it can be. I get player development is a major part of their success, but it will be interesting to see how they handle replacing basically half of their defense this year with decent but unspectacular players recruiting-wise. I know people talk about Calhoun as a 1st rounder and the DBs look to be good, but freaking Alabama struggled last year after losing a bunch of guys on defense, and to think MSU is just going to keep rolling out monster units seems unlikely.
I've always said that MSU's defense should be good next year, but let's see how that team looks with a top-20 defense (think Iowa). It really might be the difference between 3-4 losses and the 1-loss year they just had.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Good to know a sports talk||
Good to know a sports talk station in Jacksonville has a poor view of a team located 1,000 miles away. Personally, I think UCF is the 2nd-best team in the entire state of Florida, and that Miami (YTM) and Florida are immensely overrated.
|2 days 5 hours ago||And yet he also made some||
And yet he also made some great calls and gutsy calls to nearly beat OSU last year and that incredible win against ND a couple of years ago at UTL. Hoke isn't great, but I can be just as selective as you to support a completely different narrative.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Meyer has the edge||
Meyer has the edge offensively; his defenses at OSU have been incredibly underwhelming, and it often feels like he barely understands what is going on out there.
Far too often people measure "game management" based on performance on the field, but that can be due to so many factors (such as talent and scheme) beyond simply a coach's undefined ability to "lead men". I don't think Hoke has shown particular adroitness in some games, but he's also the type of guy who isn't afraid to go for it on 4th down or call a specific defensive scheme in a tight situation. Hoke's problem is his teams haven't been that good the past couple of years, and while some of that should fall on his shoulders, there are a litany of reasons beyond his leadership for their struggles.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Because (a) Gibbons was only||
Because (a) Gibbons was only a "PR nightmare" to the denizens of this blog; most places seemed to treat it as part of bigger issues dealing with sexual assaults on campus, but it didn't feel like the school handled it any better or worse than other schools, and (b) because every time OSU does anything they find a way to make themselves look horrible in the process. By all accounts OSU's administration absolutely blew it, repeatedly, with Tressel, and have had a number of issues dealing with player suspensions and brushes with the law. Not saying UM has been fantastic, but in the court of public opinion it definitely feels like OSU has the lower profile.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Are there no other topics to||
Are there no other topics to talk about? I know this is the offseason, but jebus people are just reaching to get into arguments apparently.
|2 days 17 hours ago||I kinda doubt Al Borges would||
I kinda doubt Al Borges would say anything inapporpriate or unprofessional about UM to a former recruit. By all accounts he likes Hoke and doesn't seem vindictive. What continues to hurt UM's chances is significant uncertainty about the line's performance and, frankly, a substandard record the past couple of years.
|2 days 17 hours ago||The only thing that has||
The only thing that has changed with this revelation is that two idiots have been punished, not just the one. Just because someone talked a bit to you doesn't justify punching that person in the face.
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|3 days 2 hours ago||Good for both. Again,||
Good for both. Again, preseason award lists sometimes feel like "guys I've heard of" and not much else, but both Ryan and Clark should have solid final seasons, and who knows?
|4 days 2 hours ago||How ESPN creates content in the summer||
|4 days 2 hours ago||It's one thing to get in a||
It's one thing to get in a bar fight and be underage, but when you bring stuff like cocaine into the mix that's bad news. I know we joke around here about OSU having lax enforcement, but I suspect Urban will punish him sufficiently and, hopefully, try to help figure out a way to not be so destructive.