landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|4 days 20 hours ago||Brilliant sir. Simply brilliant.||
Brilliant sir. Simply brilliant.
|4 days 21 hours ago||I was just in Italy on my||
I was just in Italy on my honeymoon. They have baby on board stickers, but in Italian it's Bimbo on Board.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Indiana has a Duke grad||
Indiana has a Duke grad transfer at CB too right? Everett something, played with one of their rb's in high school w D Hand. Think he was #2 at Duke
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||hmm....||
At a game back in 06 I met a guy who was an AD at a private Ohio high school, and his first move to was to change the school helmet to a winged helmet. I can't remember what school he was in, but obviously a huge Michigan fan in the heart of Ohio. He said people were sending him death threats over it.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
I'll take 2 tickets to the gun show please.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I was at work...||
and a female co-worker was bringing some items into the office and left her car parked in front of the building, doors unlocked. I climbed into the back seat and then called her to tell her she forgot to park her car. She came down stairs, got in the car and I grabbed her from behind the seat. Possibly my best prank ever.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||but...||
is that really a function (or result) of the AD?
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Logged in to agree and upvote||
I like change and I live in the DC area...it was nice that Michigan played at Maryland on my birthday weekend. I also travel to NY a few times a year so it's nice not having to travel to A2 or some relatively small midwestern town to watch a game. I would love to see the addition of any of the following(realistic or not) Oklahoma, UNC, Duke, UVA, VT, ND, GT or Texas. VT has an awesome stadium and would be a lot of fun to watch Michigan play there at night. UNC-Duke are supposed to be a package deal I think, would love to see them compete in the B1G in basketball every year.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I mentioned this before||
but there is really a different culture at OSU and UM. It "feels" different on the campuses. Facilities aside, the vibe you get from the people, the attitude around campus...feels at home. COmpare it to a company like Deloitte or ESPN that overwork and underpay their staff, because your reward is having worked for them...opposed to tech companies that have every benefit imaginable. It comes down to preference...which is probably the most diplomatic way of putting it.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I agree...||
The only stories we've heard are from de-committed players and their coaches. We have no idea what was told to players and when. Let him earn his paycheck, because he's earned the right to make those choices.
Ultimately, there will never be a shortage of players who desire to play at Michigan, and if the national media continues to write bad articles...so be it. Who are the most hated football teams in America? I'd bet the Patriots and Alabama..they seem to be doing ok despite the public vitriol.
|18 weeks 14 hours ago||Yeah this sucks||
because it's on the weekend. And I had tickets to see Tom Papa at the DC Improv on Saturday, which has been rescheduled.
But the grocery stores will be empty by tomorrow night and schools will be closed on Friday, for ALL of next week, because DMV does not do inclement weather well. I expect to work from home until Wed.
I'm about 15 miles (2 hours with traffic) from Downtown DC.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Who cares?||
If he hasn't progressed on the field in 2 years, then why should he be offered a spot?
Why waste a scholarship on someone who most likely won't see the field (if what their saying is true)?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||No, it's not a violation.||
No, it's not a violation. Public or not, coaches spend time calling and contacting colleges to get their kids recruited. They don't just use Scout and 247 evals.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||lol no...||
Babe Ruth played against fishermen and warehouse workers, and all caucasian players. It is a very legitimate argument to suggest that he wouldn't have been as good against other full-time professional baseball players. You think Ruth could hit 714 home runs on today's MLB pitchers? Seriously?
Even Joe Montana has said he couldn't compete at the same level if he played today because offenses AND defenses are much more complex than when he played. (Also, salary caps - the Dallas and SF teams of the 90's wouldn't happen today)
Being great in your era doesn't make you automatically great in any era. Similarly, there are Academy award winners who won because of a down year for movies. You're assuming the someone who was revolutionary in 1925 would be equally revolutionary in 2015? Or that a physical specimen from 1955 would stand out as much as one from today?
In the 60's NFL offensive linemen were on average 6'3 250. http://www.businessinsider.com/nfl-50s-tim-tebow-would-have-been-an-offensive-lineman-2011-10?op=1
Today that's an average TE or an undersized DE. There is nothing wrong with the game being better, faster, and smarter than it was, and it doesn't take anythign away from former greats if they couldn't compete today.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||If I were to venture||
a guess..he does what Mike Dantonio does, but with better players. I would think there are 10 coaches who could've won a title with Bama last night. I also think if a handful of coaches were in charge of Clemson, then they could've won as well.
Brian Cook (I'm assuming)
I think Herman, Harbaugh, Kelly, and Meyer could've beat Alabama with Clemson last night. They are some of the best offensive game planners today.
Despite winning, Did anyone feel that Kiffin excelled this year as an OC considering the talent he had?
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Great Offenses are||
2 dimensional, and great defenses are always GREAT against the run, turning the offense 1 dimensional. Great defenses stop the run with a defensive line, and little else, and do no tneed to blitz to pressure the qb. If an offense can't run, and the qb has to drop back and pass 50 times a game...against 6 or 7 in coverage with no balance, how can they be successful?
|20 weeks 12 hours ago||I missed this.||
He played there as a Fresh and Soph before transferring for his final 2 years at STA.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||So...||
nothing about Long?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||They really are different schools||
with different cultures. Everyone will say, they have a family atmosphere, but not all schools have a "friend" atmosphere. Michigan coaches and players used to hang around after practice and talk with each other, shoot the shit...no one in a particular rush to leave. I didn't notice it, but it was pointed out to me by other around me. That is unusual, because even when I played football, after the final whistle, it was a rush to go do something else.
I'll put it like this: If I wanted a more urban (no pun intended) environment, as far as the people I was around, then I would go to OSU. If I wanted a suburban private school type environment, then I would go to UM. One of the things I passed along, is that OSU has more attractive girls...the difference is at Michigan, the same girl has parents who are CEO's. Yes, it's a stereotype but it illustrates the attitude. My family friend who played at M married a girl on the softball team whose dad is the owner of a very profitable business on the west coast.
|22 weeks 8 hours ago||Not so fast||
my friend. When you were 18 and a senior in high school, girls are one of the most important things in life. Getting laid by a high school girl and a college girl are different/ Don't underestimate how important it is. Every recruit I have spoken with about visits has talked about the girls.
As far as Hoke, he is a great guy. The first time I spoke with him was when he visited my friend Coach Harris, and was told that I was a big fan. So John called me, and handed Hoke the phone and he talked with me for about 10 minutes. He is everything you would expect. He is the guy you would trust your kid with, because there is no question he cares about what he does. He could succeed in a place like Wisconsin or a Notre Dame. He isn't the kind of recruiter that can outmaneuver guys like Saban, Harbaugh, or Meyer, but with a strong brand behind him, he can pull in a top 20-25 class every year.
Not that my opinion matters, but I agree with him being in over his head. Had he hired a better staff, then things most likely would be different.
|22 weeks 15 hours ago||Actually true||
It could be the difference between speaking with dean of a college, and just a professor, or someone else just giving you a run-down of the program. The red carpet gets rolled out for the big time recruits. Other guys don't get as much attention.
|22 weeks 15 hours ago||Yep,||
I went with Hand on 3 visits, OSU and 2 to UM.
|22 weeks 15 hours ago||Just the recruit and parents||
Anything else is a violation.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Out of curiosity||
Doesn't Sony have to get permission from the league in order to use league logos and trademarks in the movie? Why wouldn't the NFL just deny use of them, forcing Sony to make a movie using a "fictional" league and teams?
|22 weeks 1 day ago||2006||
was pretty exciting as well..
Do you mean Harbaugh predictable with playcalling?
Saban is pretty predictable.
College basketballl hasn't been good for years, but no one here will care because M football will be better.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||yeah but...||
London was underperforming at UVA, because he couldn't develop talent. They have 2 5* players on that defense and they are somehow worse than they were coming out of high school.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I posted a breakdown||
of an OSU visit and a Michigan visit in the past. I have been to Michigan on recruiting visits twice. I have second hand knowledge on visits to Maryland, Indiana, OSU, SoCar, Florida, FSU, Clemson, Tennesee, UVA, VT, UNC, Duke etc.
First, visits during games are not ideal. There isn't enough time for coaches to spend with recruits because of game day. Keep in mind, most games are at noon or 3:30, so the kid will be lucky to talk to the coach more than 5 or 10 minutes pre-game. During the 2012 OSU/UM game, We were allowed to go to the coaches locker room with Urban for about 5 minutes, while the other recruits were eating. Our group also included the #1 player in the country, so that is unusual.
Ideally, unofficial visits take place during spring practice and you follow up with an OV during a game the following fall. It's a good opportunity to see coaches in practice, and talk with other kids and recruits. Hoke and Mattison's wives were always around. so there really was a family atmosphere.
On visits, recurits and parents will tour the campus, including the indoor facilities (M has 2 indoor fields), Schembechler Hall, another building which is a study facility for athletes. They have an M-Pact program which is used to essentially mentor kids about their future. Most senior football players will have 5 more years of football in their life. The ones that get to the NFL will have about 8. The lucky ones will have 15. What is left after that? It's eye opening for many kids who never thought about it like that. They have programs where they can pair current ahtletes with former athletes whether it is career advice or help dealig with situations. Former players actually still use the M-Pact program, including guys in the NFL or who are recently out of the NFL. Another example would be allowing a student-athlete to shadow someone in the career of their choice, to evaluate whether ther would want to pursue that career.
There is ususally a meeting with the dean of the school, that the recruit intends to major. In the evenings, recruits usually go with players and parents will hang out with a coach or other parents.
There is also a tour of the locker room, with jersey's laid out, helmets, etc and other items that recruits are interested in for photo ops. They are allowed to walk through the tunnel and out onto the field as well. VT will allow you to take a picture with anyone jersey that doesn't belong to a current player.
On UV, you must pay for everything. Even meals in the facility will be charged. We paid to eat at the buffett at OSU. (the food was meh) Maryland has a fantastic buffett and a patio on one end of the endzone where recruits can sit and watch the game. On OV, 1 hotel room for parents, and 1 for the player is paid for. Many charges are reimbursed, as opposed to paid for outright. Compliance officers are around the entire time, for example making sure that the recruit comes back to his room at some point for the night if other people are in the room with him (for example a cousin or a teammate on an UV) otherwise it could be a violation.
On day2 of a weekend visit, typically Sunday morning, recruits will meet with position coaches. They will watch film and coaches will generally show how they plan to use a particular player in their system. (For D, Hand, Mattison was showing clips of all the things he did with Terrell Suggs)
What pushes kids over vary obviously. Coaches play a huge role of course, but second to that is how much fun they have with the current players, probably more than how well they get along with other recruits in their class. For the most part, expecially for the top guys there is minimal difference between the big schools. Facilities and perks are all top notch, fans are all excited and crazy.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||UR Grad here...||
|22 weeks 5 days ago||All part of the plan||
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Naughty by Nature is||
from Jersey I believe, but "nephew" is commonly used when speaking to a younger guy around.
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