Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
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|1 day 4 hours ago||Welcome. Looks like a good||
Welcome. Looks like a good group of players to build with.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Yeah, his biggest problem is he didn't recruit||
Yeah, his biggest problem is he didn't recruit enough, not that the ones he got were particularly bad.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Welcome Andruu Stuuber!But seriously, looks like||
Welcome Andruu Stuuber!
But seriously, looks like a prospect that could grow into a solid tackle. Glad he's on board.
|1 day 12 hours ago||God some people are petty around here. This isn't||
God some people are petty around here. This isn't even his words.
Hoke seems like a nice guy, a good recruiter, and fielded some good defenses at UM. I'm sure he'll be fine at Oregon, though it will be interesting to see how he handles the Pac12 offenses.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Don't drive and check||
Don't drive and check MGoBlog!
|2 days 13 hours ago||The difference between those||
The difference between those programs isn't the titles; it's the lack of consistent finishes for nearly a decade. Again, Duke might have won it's first title in 1990, but it played for a title in '77 and after a couple of early bumps under Coach K have basically been a top-10 team for about 30 years. Maybe that falls on coaches, maybe not. MSU had some success under Heathcote, and even at the end of his tenure had made the tourney semi-consistently. What UM needs to do is take the base created by Beilein and hire someone who can create a dominant run; they've never quite done that in their history, which is why they aren't considered an elite program. So yes, I agree to an extent it's with coaching, but it's also simply not stumbling over yourself after a decent start. Beilein isn't probably the guy who leads UM to a title, but they can't pull another Ellerbe or (retroactively) Fisher who stalls out the success or, at the bare minimum, fails to keep it in neutral.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Oh, I've gotten into those||
Oh, I've gotten into those same debates, both here and elsewhere. Got into one on a reddit thread that went the way reddit threads do.
I think we can be very good, maybe even sometimes elite. But UM has never really done that consistently during the lifetime of most fans. In the lifetime of most 20-year-olds, UM was mostly blah under Ellerbe and Amaker and recently had a slight uptick with Beilein. But those downbeats hurt your staying power. You look at UNC and KU, and those teams have been consistent for decades now. KU has missed the tourney one time since 1984, and more often than not finished in the top 10; UNC missed it 3 times since the late 70s, but also won 4 titles and had the greatest player in the history of the game on their squad. That's what kills UM; people point at these periods when UM was really good, but it was in the 60s and 70s. The 90s (if Fisher had kept the program clean) could have been the continuation of a great start by Frieder, but it fizzled out and the program has struggled recapturing that.
That's why I think Beilein is a better coach than anyone gives him credit here; he'll get UM and its fans to expect tourney appearances and maybe a decent run here or there, so that the next guy who takes over (again, you need a good hire) can push them up. It'll also help if MSU trends down after Izzo, as that will help with recruiting.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Nobody says that UM can't||
Nobody says that UM can't compete with those other programs, only that they haven't done so consistently for decades. And I know everyone trots out Fisher and says either "see, UM can be elite consistently" or "everyone else is/was doing it, UM just got caught", but UM has been an historically good program, just not an elite one. And basing it purely on titles isn't necessarily fair; in a bunch of single-game elimination tournaments, lots of crazy things can happen. Hell, UConn's got a couple of titles because of it.
I don't know people who still think Maryland or Georgetown are elite programs, and UM should be able to compete with them more years than not. But UNC and Duke have been consistent winners for most of thier recent basketball existence. Maybe if UM can compete for titles, finished ranked most years, and recruit well for a decade or two, they'll be in that conversation. But they haven't, and that sustained success without getting busted has been a problem for years now. It isn't some terrible pox on UM or something they can't remedy, but people keep ranting about how they should be better but fail to provide evidence of how UM gets better and why (outside of maybe Freider and now Beilein) it hasn't consistently happened without some bad consequences.
|2 days 15 hours ago||It's got a lot of history,||
It's got a lot of history, but it's also been a program with a maddeningly inability to remain elite for extended periods of time. Beilein has probably brought the most consistent performance to this program since the early 90s, and we all remember how the Fisher era ended.
But yeah, there has been a good amount of talent that walked through A2.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Yeah, maybe not a shining||
Yeah, maybe not a shining example for Chad Ford on that one.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Good for him. Might even be||
Good for him. Might even be able to catch him playing this year.
Another 1st rounder by Beilein.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I'm late to the discussion,||
I'm late to the discussion, but I mean, there has to be intelligent life out there, somewhere. I doubt I'll ever see it in my lifetime, but the universe is simply too vast to believe we are the 1-in-(whatver)-illion possibility of getting life right.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Good luck to him.||
Good luck to him.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Good? I honestly don't follow||
I honestly don't follow soccer all that much, but it seems like this team isn't designed for the type of play Klinsmann prefers (or at least seems to prefer, as I've gathered he's not the greatest technician). Bring back Arena, I guess.
|3 days 15 hours ago||This will shock people, but||
This will shock people, but MSU has won an NC in hockey more recently than the following teams:
And just beat out BU. It's insane to me that they are this terrible in less than a decade, and they want to keep the band together.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Rogue Wave remains great. Also saw Family of the||
Rogue Wave remains great. Also saw Family of the Year a couple years ago, and they are a good little poppy act. Also, White Sea is fun if you just want a female singer who can belt it out.
|4 days 11 hours ago||I mean, good for them. But||
I mean, good for them. But this isn't some unexpected, plucky underdog. They have the best player on the planet on the roster, a couple of other high-priced stars, and then won a championship. I mean, it was dramatic, but it's not like Cavs fans have been die-hards when LeBron wasn't involved. Congrats guys - now your hats and jerseys with the tags still attached mean more?
|4 days 11 hours ago||Good luck to him; a classy||
Good luck to him; a classy kid who deserved a better break than he got toward the end of his time at UM.
|4 days 14 hours ago||I mean, it's a poster at a site writing something||
I mean, it's a poster at a site writing something dumb. Scour the boards here and you will find the same.
Peppers is good at football. Enough said.
|4 days 14 hours ago||One out of 3 ain't bad, I||
One out of 3 ain't bad, I guess.
|5 days 10 hours ago||I am extremely excited about Hudson on this team.||
I am extremely excited about Hudson on this team. I assume he'll play both ways at times and will be a terror.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Not a surprise. Pro football is super hard, and||
Not a surprise. Pro football is super hard, and Rudock seems like a guy who may take a little time to get comfortable because so much of his game is based on reading a defense and making the right throw. He's not a great athlete, so he can't rely on that to cover up mistakes. But if last year is a sign, he'll figure it out eventually.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Is this news? I mean, he's a large reason why||
Is this news? I mean, he's a large reason why Baylor was as terrible a place as it was for sexual assault victims.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Hardaway was a fine athlete. so basically half of||
Hardaway was a fine athlete. so basically half of the wings were regarded as good+ athletes, and Robinson was an amazing shooter and a transfer to boot. Beilein recruits decent athletes; sometimes they just don't work out, same as most programs.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Great pickup. I can only imagine the type of||
Great pickup. I can only imagine the type of shooter he'll be with a couple of years under Beilein with his athleticism.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I mean, I think this tells||
I mean, I think this tells any team that you can absolutely win a game 7 on the road now, and that being down 3-1 isn't a death sentence. The Red Sox coming back from being down 3-0 to the Yankees didn't destroy baseball. Hell, OKC basically did the same thing the last round (sans the game 7 road win) and nobody batted an eye.
It's a huge win and a major upset, but if "coming back and winning a title" leads to the downfall of the NBA, I'm watching the wrong sport.
|1 week 3 hours ago||MJ sure; I'm not sure about||
MJ sure; I'm not sure about Magic. Johnson wasn't a particularly great defender, and those Lakers teams were so stacked even compared to other teams of that era. Still a great player, but I think I'd rather start a franchise with James vs. Magic.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Nothing is more cringe-worthy||
Nothing is more cringe-worthy than the championship trophy presentation on enemy soil. Credit to GSW fans for not throwing, I don't know, tablets at the people on stage in disgust.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Curry's an amazing shooter,||
Curry's an amazing shooter, but LeBron James is truly a transcendant talent. Curry always felt a bit more like a Steve Nash winning his MVPs - great seasons no doubt, and he's a better defender than Nash, but it always felt a bit like people were tired of giving it to LeBron so they started to give MVPs to other guys.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Pretty fitting that Curry||
Pretty fitting that Curry bricked another 3 to end the game.
Congrats to Cleveland; an amazing game.