this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 year 15 weeks ago||The elder McQuaid||
The father was an outstanding athlete, all-state in football and basketball, 6'3, fast, and solid, definite Big Ten safety prospect. His knee problems led him to go the basketball route at CMU. In that era Michigan football was about the only thing going sports-wise in Michigan, wouldn't surprise me if the father still has some fondness for U-M going back over the past decades. His comments, to me, seemed like hints that his son would be really interested if offered. I'm sure the coaches are well aware of this. Beilein did go down to Texas to see him play in late January, that started the first flurry of articles.
|4 years 1 week ago||Very favorable schedule for ND||
I don't think MSU will beat them in South Bend. And while there are games after MSU that they "could" lose, the toughest two are USC at home and Stanford on the road. So it may be up to Michigan to save the world from an October full of ND hype.
|4 years 1 week ago||I'd guess slight underdogs||
Both teams return a lot of talent, the game is at home. The last two games could have gone either way. The only real difference is familiarity with a system (1st vs 2nd year), which leads to the "slight underdog" comment, but I think that's sometimes overblown. I was in South Bend 25 years ago for Holtz's debut and his new system looked pretty good (no punts), in part because his offense wasn't what one would have expected based on his Arkansas/Minnesota game films. Michigan will be able to do something similar in prepping for this one.
|4 years 1 week ago||MHSAA information is wrong||
HSSports.net has Rockford on the road for Lowell (week 1), Muskegon (week 5), Grandville (week 7), and Jenison (week 9).
|4 years 1 week ago||Allen Jefferson||
He was part of a great one-two punch in the mid-80's (think the other guy went to Wisconsin).
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Basically||
Because the belief is that a coach deserves both public and private, behind the scenes support, especially from those with ties to the program. Failing getting private support, at least people shouldn't be creating problems.
Edwards' comments, while public, symbolize the fact that Rodriguez didn't have private support. His behavior with the JT Floyd/#1 jersey issue, which could easily have been handled privately, is further evidence of this lack of support. He went public, created a PR problem, instead of dealing with it privately -- and fully resolving the issue that way.
Your Obi Ezeh example is disingenuous. Edwards' job isn't evaluating coaches/players in public. Brian's is. I wasn't happy when U-M hired Brian Ellerbe and was glad when he was fired, but if you told me, circa 2000, that Glen Rice was running around privately bad-mouthing U-M I wouldn't be pleased. If Rice came out in public ripping on the guy, while he was there, or after he was fired, I think people would wonder why he wasn't being supportive or at least staying quiet rather than allowing his comments to be used to undermine the program.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Braylon's statement||
Braylon said that he was okay with Hoke giving #1 jersey to whoever he wanted to give it to. So Hoke should give it to JT Floyd.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||I'd like to see it on Sunday too||
But Brandy has some major logistical issues with flying to Lions games anyway, squeezing in a Saturday night taping as well wasn't his cup of tea. Though listening to him groggy reacting to another Lions turnover was entertaining.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Agree||
I think the way to read any Brandon interviews (at least the football parts) is to read it three times: Read it under the assumption that he's decided to jettison Rodriguez, read it under the assumption that he's decided to keep him, then read it under the assumption that he's not sure. I think, if anything, that his statements about "selling Michigan" to recruits, not coaches, don't bode well for Rich (for the record, I'm more pro-Rodriguez than anti).
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Points per possession also has a major weakness||
It doesn't take into account initial field position--and doesn't also account for lousy FG kicking, which is not the offense's fault. That's why the advanced metrics, which take into account likelihood of scoring given starting position, are even more relevant.
For baseball geeks, we've gone from RBIs to Bill James' runs created to PECOTA and other complex metrics. The main reason for choosing the least favorable, less sophisticated metric is to advance a position not supported by more developed metrics. I understand why Brian finds that less than useful.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Bowl game||
Michigan has a lot of banged up players, in particular Denard. I suspect the bowl game will feature the offense's best performance of the season. Now maybe that won't be enough to outscore the opposition, but I'm actually looking forward to the bowl game.
BTW, without Andrew Luck where would Jim Harbaugh be likely to coach next year?
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I think that's the point||
Field position matters when your team has a reasonable chance of stopping a drive. Field position matters a lot less when you're not stopping the other team. This is especially true when you're down 2 or more scores -- you need possessions and an onside kick, especially a surprise one, is a great way to get those possessions.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Brilliant||
The best satire takes reality and twists it just a little bit to create absurdity. That's why this is so perfectly done, it reads like a typical Rosenberg piece with all the snarky asides.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Telander and Bo||
Telander played DB at Northwestern for Alex Agase. 20 years later he wrote a book that was very critical of college football, "The 100 Yard Lie". In the book he attacked Agase for, among other grave sins, telling Telander he needed a haircut.
Bo Schembechler was close to Agase and was asked about the book. The questioner asked whether it had more credibility because Telander been a college football player. Bo said (paraphrasing) "I don't know how much of a player he was, I can't remember designing too many plays to go away from him".
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I don't think it's because of||
I don't think it's because of his talent as much as because of the "outside" reaction to his signing. A lot of U-M fans feel defensive of him because they think he got a raw deal from the press in February. I think that's the main difference with Witty -- Witty certainly filled a need himself and was missed last year, so I'm not sure that's a good comaparison.
Are we more concerned about Dorsey because he's a great athlete than we would be if he was a great violinaist? Sure. That's why we're on this site rather than MGoOrchestra.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||From the other end of the phone line||
I can comment on being an unnamed source for journalists. Generally speaking, as noted above, the unnamed source is useful to the reporter in pointing him/her to the actual story.
The source also can give background and context as well as the scoop -- and that information helps the reporter be fully educated on the matter before seeking on the record comments from the target of the story.
The whistleblower unnamed source is far less common than the "informed party who knows where the bodies are buried" type of unnamed source. Whistleblower information really has to be vetted thoroughly because it may be false, may be incorrect, or may represent a misunderstanding (such as players who, like Rosenberg/Snyder, didn't understand the countable/non-countable rule).
In contrast the "hey, you might want to talk to John Doe about that sewage contract, there's something fishy there" information doesn't need as much vetting -- the reporter just calls John Doe. Rosenberg and friends relied on the supposed whistleblowers, but it's clear that they did so in a very haphazard, sloppy manner. Not that they or the Free Press will ever admit that.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I had an e-mail exchange with Paul Anger||
He's the Freep's editor/publisher. It was clear to me after three times back and forth that he was being totally disingenuous. If the editor/publisher of a paper is going to throw out weak red herrings instead of making an actual defense of a major story, that casts doubt on everything his paper does.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Jerry Hanlon's razor?||
Insert "Jerry probably wanted to apply the razor to his wrists after seeing that OSU quintuple penetration photo below" joke here
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Context of the question is important||
There's a very good chance that the D-line will be better in 2010 than it was in 2009, even with the loss of Graham. That may well be the point that Van Bergen was making.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Not (Paul) Anger||
It's sports editor Gene Myers who supposedly has ties to MSU boosters.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||For all the bashing of Courtney Sims||
(and I certainly partook), a Courtney type player would have made this team a lot better this year.
I've seen Jon Horford play, he's no Al, but Al wasn't always dominant either, just extremely athletic. The one thing I've noticed about Jon is that he has great hands, he catches the ball well, doesn't waste motion after getting it, and goes up with his shot. He'd be a very useful addition to this team.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Eight championships||
Four games each day, Friday and Saturday. The "biggest" divisions get the early afternoon slots.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Lowell||
It was Lowell's performance in the 2002 state championship game (where they tore apart Brother Rice) that really brought the spread to Michigan HS football. Other schools were running it a lot too, but Lowell's version with Mark Catlin was devastating. So it became the offense de jour, supplanting the wing-T. A couple years later they got Keith Nichol at quarterback and it became even better.
They're a system program, and their guys learn the system from an early age, so they're going to be tough to beat. And they've got some major speed. No, they won't have anyone nearly as fast as Gardner, but I doubt he breaks any long TD runs (30 yard runs, yes, not breakaways).
No, I have no ties with anyone near Lowell, just have seen them play more than a few times over the years. They will be Inkster's toughest opponent to date, by far.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||AD does matter||
But it appears that David Brandon is campaigning for the job and that he has support among the Regents. Since everyone in the know says Brandon did the dirty work for his good friend Lloyd in campaigning against Miles two years ago, I don't see him changing his mind about Miles as AD.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||More worried about Brandon||
Brandon was making a lot of phone calls to donors and Regents in late 2007 and U-M's behind the scenes interest in Les Miles seemed to go downhill at about the same time. That's the sort of manipulator with a hidden agenda we don't need.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Mouton punching someone with||
Mouton punching someone with a helmet on is a bit different from sucker-punching and grievously injuring a bystander.
What Mouton did vs ND is akin to what Winston did at Wisconsin. Funny how Winston seems to get into such scrapes on and off the field.
What Winston did to Sturges is akin to what Mike Milano did a couple weeks earlier. If Mike Milano was reinstated to U-M's team and blew out his knee and people here were disappointed about the injury, you'd have a point.
Of course Milano was never reinstated. And if he had been, you can be sure Michael Rosenberg would have written another "Rodriguez trying to win at all costs" column.
We're still waiting for Rosenberg's column on Winston's reinstatement.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Bad news for your Spartans then||
If Iowa bombs Michigan like that, then you can kiss the Spartans' Big Ten hopes goodbye, because there's no way MSU will compete with the Hawkeyes either.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||She's no Rick from Dearborn||
Now that's a caller/Internet maven who needs to make a comeback tour.
"HA HA MSU NO BIG AL 4 U!!!!"
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Maxwell articles||
Maxwell's written two diaries so far for the MSU website. Both also appeared in his hometown Midland Daily News. The first one included the reference to 14-hour days. It has disappeared from the Midland Daily News website, while the second diary is still available online (http://www.ourmidland.com/articles/2009/08/25/sports/2045800.txt).
So MSU not only scrubbed the article from their own website; they also got a newspaper to scrub it from its website.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Uh, Worm||
Sturges wasn't a party to the first fight. He was an innocent bystander when Winston showed up. Conroy was the one in the first fight. You know, the sweet young man who made one bad decision in that game at Yost.
Making one bad decision and getting into trouble seems to be a pattern at MSU these days.
Chuck Manson's problem was that he made two bad decisions. We can all agree that the LaBianca murders compounded his legal problems considerably. If he'd just stuck to the Tate murders, then he could have gotten off the hook for just making one bad decision.
As for a reason for a second chance, I think the headline over Rosenberg's column the other day says it all. You know, win at all costs. As a wise man once said, maybe Dantonio should check himself.