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|13 weeks 11 hours ago||How is he going to maintain weight?||
He will need to find thousands of calories every week from someplace. South Quad cafeteria look out.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan Youth Football Development||
Football participation is down heavily in my area in SE Michigan. Most likely concussion concerns but I did not poll parents. I know our HS was never a football powerhouse but in conversations with friends across many cities it appears youth football participation is down state wide. The state of Michigan just does not produce enough 4 and 5 star players to be nationally competitive. Coaches are forced to go out of state where we are competing against a player's home schools. Alabama, Florida, OSU, Texas A & M, USC and Texas just have a huge competitive advantage. Hoke and Co. have a tougher job than what we think. Not excusing his record but just saying these other coaches don't have to be as good to have better records. I think the administration knows this and to keep up appearances you see the "less than" schedule. Here is hoping our national brand helps our national recruiting to get us better long term. In state recruitiment is now just the gravy.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||All Sport Trend||
"Social media killed the sports star". Someone should write a song.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Not making excuses||
This is going to be a rebuilding year. Hopefully they will progress through the season.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Possibly||
I looked at his profile in greater depth. My guess is he is more an OF than a P. The lefty specialist is just a bonus. He needs to be at 85 mph to be a top tier college left pitcher. (88 mph for a RHP)
Going back to the sophomore thing for a second. I think offering sophomores off of their freshmen year and a camp is risky. I can't think of another major college program that does this.
Football has measurables like speed and strength. There is more film on a player. Unless this kid has been seeing 88 mph fastballs with sliders and curve balls from real pitching and not a bullpen camp then this is a risk. You have to play 18U travel ball to see this kind of piching. High school baseball blows and the 16U tournaments don't have a high enough caliber pitching to make those determinations.
I just don't know what the hurry is. I do get the kid from Brother Rice though. He throws really hard and is very tall.
In terms of scholarships - most if not all of these commitments are preferred walk on status except from what I believe is the kid from Rice. He is probably getting a half scholarship to start.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm||
Offereing sophomores - especially slow throwing sophomores is super risky in baseball.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||If you don't want people to think you are a clown then||
Don't act like a clown. Is it really too much to ask the athletic deparment to contact a professor or two in the communications department.
Seriously, if they just said we kicked his ass off of the team for violation of team rules and privacy rules prevent us for talking about it the first time this issue would have been dead to the fan base. Why the lie? Now you are linked to the event and you open yourself up to the what did you know and when did you know it question.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||A ton||
I am excited to see what a motivated Derrick Green can do next year.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Very funny||
I find the longer you do something the more you allowed to say almost anything you want. I bet Narduzzi thought it was funny too and wished he could have said it. I suspect there was more to the story like Narduzzi getting 30 minutes and then going over his time allotment..
|30 weeks 5 days ago||No duh.||
NCAA is about money not education. Hundred million dollar stadiums are not built for amateurs and 3-5 million per year is not paid to college football coaches because they are teaching students how to be great citizens.
It is time we (nation of college football fans) all acknowledge these are semi-pro minor league teams to professional sports and stop with all this academic integrity nonsense.
Either be OK with it or drop your favorite team down to Division 2 where there is academic integrity and student athletes actually need to earn real degrees.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Good luck||
Being an athlete and being a student is tough. Way tougher than anyone realizes.
I wish them all well in their future and they will always be Michigan Men in my book. Like mentioned above, I hope they were able to graduate or get enough credits to finish college soon.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I got blasted for mentioning this.||
Rawls was the name on Talk radio 3 weeks ago that I referred to in a post as good attrition.
Good kid who was not going to play here. He now gets a chance to play and be the big fish in the MAC pond. If he was ever going to go to the NFL he needed to play. We get a scholarship back. Win Win. Sorry it did not work out but this is major Division 1 (Semi Pro) Football.
|35 weeks 9 hours ago||He is not the one||
My god. I am not the person starting the rumors. I was not mentioning names in the start of the post. I heard stuff on talk radio, thought about it and decided it is not necessarily a bad thing.
I am saying attrition can be good. If you have never been in a locker room with someone pissing and moaning about the coaching staff "not playing me enough" then I am sorry. If you have then you know. Disgruntled players are bad for your program.
The players are the ones saying we are not playing as a family. The players are the ones telling the media and anyone that listens that they are leaving.
I am saying if those players are so unhappy as to tell people outside of the program they are unhappy and if they have tried to work things out with the coaches and they are still unhappy then it is better for the progarm if they leave. Really what is the alternative? Another season of pissing and moaning. I think we go 10-2 next year with the coaching staff we have and the talent we have that is staying.
I know nothing positive. Attrition is always bad.
|35 weeks 9 hours ago||Ace Williams||
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|35 weeks 9 hours ago||Not encouraging||
Obviously talk to them first to work out the issues. When these things hit the media it means they aren't working out the issues.
Coaches need to be honest and should not sugar coat it. If they are lazy then tell them they are lazy. If three kids are in front of them on the depth chart then tell them that. If they are a RB and run a 4.75 forty then let them know this is the wrong level. If the player wants a Michigan degree more than they want to play they will stay.
There are 85 scholarships (115 (?) on the roster) while only 22 players start with another 10 or so rotating in. Pros play with what - 53 players on the active roster? Even with injuries our depth should be OK.
|35 weeks 9 hours ago||Morning Talk Radio||
|35 weeks 9 hours ago||Not one name I have heard will kill our program||
I would not consider any of the names I heard on talk radio or chatting with an instigator as a player that would cripple our program if they left.
What is weird though is EVERY running back on the roster has been rumored at one time or the other to be transferring according to chatting with an instigator.
I guess if you name everyone you have on your depth chart you will end up being correct on one of them.
Chat: I sense a loss in your family. Has someone recently died? Yes. Could he run? OMG Yes but just not as fast as Scout / Rivals said he could. Hmm. I am guessing the player that leaves will have a last name with five letters in it. Wow! How does he do it?
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Are we really debating the word that describes our season?||
Did it feel like they were prepared for KSU? No. Unless Lockett is the second coming of Jerry Rice, Michigan's secondary defense was not prepared and looked lost. Moreover, our linebackers filled the wrong gaps and our linemen did not contain the QB.
The reality is that third rate football programs are stronger, more skilled and better coached than us and we are now talking about 6-7 years not one.
However, because of money owed to the coaches and the lack of direction from the AD, it is easier to make excuses. Our players are young. We had injuries. Bad luck. Bad referees. Our kicking game let us down in the PSU OT game. The OSU defender made a great play on the two point conversion. They hit a 61 yard field goal - who does that? If only Joique did not fumble in the snow. If only Stafford did not throw his 20th interception in 5 games.
Same team. Same coaching problems. Same upper management problems.
If we are looking for the word that describes it and we don't want to use devastating then use LIONIZED or SOL - Same Old Lions.
All I know is this. Our players deserve better. From all accounts they are good kids with tons of talent. It is the adults who are letting them down. If you are making millions of dollars per year you should be great at your job. Average or good for $4 million per year is not good enough.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Bigger Long Term Problem||
The State of Michigan needs to produce more D1 4* and 5* football athletes for our program to recruit locally and to be more successful.
Recruiting is hard on a long term basis if Florida, Texas & Ohio produce the bulk of kids playing D1. Those kids will naturally grow up rooting for a local program.
MHSAA rules really screw our state in almost every sport. They force the private (expensive) programs to take care of development.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||U of M Hospital||
Has the best burn unit in the region. Excellence is not just about football.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||If only there were a couple of JUCO tackles ready to play||
Oh wait, there are two 4 and 5 star JUCO tackles ready to play but they are going to Alabama and OSU.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Hemingway scores||
|39 weeks 1 day ago||It did not bother me yesterday||
You had to go for it.. No one was stopping their running game.
The play call was fine. Four options to win it. Better ankle he runs it and we win.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Revoke season tickets of those who sold||
Lots of Red in premium seats.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Recruits & Opportunities||
Honestly, outside of Alabama is anyone really playing for a national championship? Saban is head and shoulders above everyone else including the guys over at OSU. In fact, if you are a Freshmen or Sophomore at Alabama it will be difficult to get playing time. Any athlete who relishes the opportunity to play and to play early in their career needs to look at a program like ours. There are ample opportunities to compete and to play early at Michigan - especially if we tweak the coaching ranks.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Go Blue Devin||
Hang in there. We all face adversity in life.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Perspective time||
I think the coaches have failed. I think ticket prices are too high for amateur athletics. I hate that athletics influence our lives disproportionately and that pro athletes can make 20 million just by cheating and taking steroids. I hate that a very good man is struggling with who he is and his future and that he somehow thinks that this is all his fault. Gardner is a Michigan man through and through. Just like Denard, if he has a future playing football it is at WR. I despise the anger fans have at Devin. However, I hate even more that millionaire coaches can't figure this out and are not able to help him. After the loss to OSU we need to put in Morris and push Gardner back to WR. That gives us Funchess, Chesson, Darboh and Gardner at WR. We will have two pretty good RB's and a five star QB. If our coaches cant figure out the obvious then yes they should be fired.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Alabama recruits jucos and just got a 5* Juco||
So does Auburn, so does eveyone in the SEC. I get it. We don't care about national championships only fighting for the Big 10 Championship and maintaining our academic reputation. However, if our academic reputation mattered so much answer this question. Why did I have 20 football / basketball / hockey athletes in my summer Communications 101 class but none in any of my first year engineering classes? Later when I transferred to LSA I did not have any athletes in my statistics classes nor in my economics / 200 level accounting classes. They also did not exist in the 400 level economics classes.
I will tell you why. Athletes in revenue producing sports have almost no extra time to go into Pre Med, Engineering, Pre Law or the BBA programs. Athletics is a full time 8 hour per day job and we are kidding ourselves if we think otherwise.
Honestly, we have bigger academic problems if taking 2 or 3 Jucos per year matters academically. Just take the Juco kids and "teach them up" so that they will do well and then go win some damn football games. Our elitism is killing this program.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||College Ball gets no support in the North||
There needs to be two NCAA seasons. One for the south and the west and another for the midwest and the northeast. Games start in February where all the northern teams travel down south or out west. They start games up north in the middle of March. I assure you in the middle of April it still sucks to play travel ball in Michigan. I have a HS sophomore catcher who has been to the camps. Coach Bakich is a very good coach. He seems to have some quality assistants and a good system. Heck, I stole his baseball warmup drills from him when I managed last year. I believe he will in a couple of years compete for a big ten title. However, the reality is that the majority of baseball kids are trying to get south and Coach Bakich will have to continually find the diamonds in the rough and kids like this last kid who developed late or was under the radar. The good news is baseball is a late bloomer sport so if he is good at development and looks at player development as a 3-5 year process he should compete long term. The kids down south are all looking to blow out and go pro after 3.