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|4 weeks 6 days ago||Keep it up!||
Love having updates on your work with the communities, kids, and gardens.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I'd love to see him stay as DL/DT coach||
I think he'd be great in that role. DTs have outperformed (Pipkens has been hurt), and Hoke connects with students. Also provides continuity. I don't think he'd struggle with the ego check of being bumped down.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This is what happens||
This is what happens when someone in a position of authority ignores the will of the people for long enough that they no longer trust him to make good decisions long term even if he bends to their will in the short term.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Would you like a tampon with our victory?||
Women handle PMS far better than you do a Michigan win.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I don't see Smith transferring||
I just don't see it. Quiet hardworker who chose us early and made zero noise when we also got Green and had D Harris committed.
If we had known last year we'd end up with Smith, Isaac, and Green, we wouldn't have known what to do with ourselves.
You don't need a great OL and a great RB stable. Either a great OL or great RB group will do it. I'm confident our OL will be serviceable. Here's to hoping these three RBs (plus Drake Johnson and whomever else) get it done.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Vincent Smith,||
Martavious Odoms, and Drew Dileo
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Oh c'mon||
How about Jordan Kovacs wasn't recruited because he was undersized, had average speed for his position, and already had a knee injury. How many college coaches ask HS players to fill out a Wonderlic?
If you take out DL, OL, and QB in your argument as well, that leaves you with LB, CB, S, RB, WR, and TE. Off the top of my head, you've got Kyle Berger, Michael Ferns, Ian Bunting, Nic Weishar in 2014 class alone between M, OSU, and ND. I'm sure there were plenty of others.
Looking at the NFL, there aren't as many white players at RB, S, CB, and WR. As recruiting rankings tend to rate NFL potential, it would make sense that many highly rated players at these positions would be non-white. Correlation =/= causation
|41 weeks 2 days ago||I think all programs do this||
Much like Alabama hands out 100+ offers a year.
You bring players and coaches in to show off your program and build relationships. Some kids you offer and pursue hard. Others you offer and don't. Others you offer preferred walk-on positions. It doesn't hurt them to bring in players, even if they don't offer them. I imagine sometimes they host a kid mainly to start building a relationship with a coach.
|42 weeks 6 hours ago||That's right||
The 4th and 5th year guys are from the 2010 and 2011 classes right now. These were lost recruiting clases both on OL and for DT/NT. We're just young as all get out in the positions where you need 22-year-old grown men.
Best case scenario would have been all the 2012 recruits panning out after two years on campus, which is unrealistic and would still yield an incredibly young line.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Unrealistic expectations||
This assumes every player from the 2012 class pans out ASAP. How many teams bring in 4 lineman and have all 4 ready to start prior to their third season (i.e. two years later)? I'm going with few to none, even with an OC that keeps to one philosophy.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Double-A gap blitz||
Is what this says to me (besides the obvious get bigger against the run). We've watched MSU tear us and others apart with it for years.
A lot of teams ran quick 3-step drops. Not enough time to get around the edge on the quarterback. But send JMFR up the A-gap with Ross up the other. If that's what we're moving to, then we can also breathe easier because we'll be in more press coverage instead of being off 10 yards.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||That's not always how it works||
We learn early on by watching social interactions in school that the kids who react to the bullies are the ones the bully targets. Bullies want to get a rise out of the victim.
The best trick is to laugh along a little bit, act like it doesn't bother you, and get away. When you can't get away, you might try dishing it back a little bit to hope he respects you and finds another target.
Martin tried that trick, but it didn't work. I'm guessing at some point he told Incognito straight up to stop it, but that didn't seem to work either. Hence plan C: the media.
I research bullying for a living and am happy to point you to research to back up these points.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Hey, let's all bully||
Hey, let's bully the kid with Asperger's because other kids in his high school do! I mean, this happens in every high school, so maybe we just need to get over ourselves and get on with bullying kids with Aspergers! It'll toughen him right up!
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Awesome!||
Let's be cool with horrible behavior because other people do it.
It's one thing to tell a joke or to rib on a friend. It's a whole other thing to mistreat someone when you do it. If your friends kept ribbing on you for your height or sexual oritentation or whatever, you'd probably laugh along until you realized they were going overboard. Then you'd tell them to stop. If they don't listen and continue, then they're being assholes. Period. Full stop.
You might be able to just find new friends, which is the best solution. But on a team, especially when you're the younger player, there isn't much room to just get away. You're stuck.
I get the basic argument that people need to have thick skin because the world can be a bitch, but I don't think that argument should be used to normalize other people's shitty behavior.
|44 weeks 6 hours ago||Map's missing 5 UM recruits||
It's a nice map, but it's missing the following UM recruits:
Mason Cole (FL)
Michael Ferns (OH)
Bryan Mone (UT)
Wilton Speight (VA)
Maurice Ways (MI)
I'd post a comment to the page with the map but don't have an account.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Probably||
The recruitment's been bizarre, but he himself has stayed out of the limelight. Beyond that, all we've got is hearsay and his parent's opinions.
If the coaches think he's got or can be coached into the work ethic and the level of character they want, then I'd say we want him.
|45 weeks 5 hours ago||Co-sign||
|45 weeks 5 hours ago||I agree with you||
I hate the assumption to that not choosing UM = bad person/hates school
What I was trying to convey is that it appears UM have a certain recruiting pitch: this is what is important to us.
That does not mean those things aren't important to Malik. I have no idea what is important to him. At the same time, he might be confident in his own ability to grow into a man, and want a school with more focus on something different. Or he may see that the style at MSU can grow him into the type of man he wants to be. Or he could just prefer partying--I don't know. From the information we have, he doesn't seem to want what we're offering.
With the second paragraph, I was trying to make an observation of our general recruiting style, and how it will appeal more to some students than others. There are athletes with certain mindsets that we might miss out on due to that stance.
|45 weeks 7 hours ago||Oh and on the parenting and life decisions dilemma||
In my experience, it is easier for the son to make a mistake, admit it, and ask for his parent's forgiveness than it is for a son to get over the resentment at his parents for being forced into a life decision he doesn't want.
I have no idea of all of this media whirlwind is true or what. But if what we've been reading is mostly factual, then I hope he makes his own decision and owns it.
|45 weeks 7 hours ago||He'll be fine||
I think it is very important he makes his own choice. If its Sparty for partying, so be it. Things may change in a year or two. He may have enough of parties and focus on school and football at MSU. He may realize he wants something different and transfer. Or he may party himself out of football. Unfortunate, but so many other students do this and we don't pass judgment on them.
As to Malik and UM. It's obvious we're not the fit. It's unfortunate that our "family, school, football, and grow into an upstanding man" recruiting style isn't for all 17 year olds. Such is the decision Hoke and company have made for recruiting. It will cost is kids like Malik, but it can pay dividends in team cohesiveness, work ethic, etc. (time will tell how successful it will be, though I do prefer Hoke's approach compared to Saban's/Kiffin's/Meyer's).
I have no problem with us not getting him. The fit doesn't appear to be right for either side at this stage in Malik's life. Next.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Millenium||
hand and shrimp
|45 weeks 5 days ago||I worked in a Top 25 University UG Admissions Office (Not UM)||
My two cents:
Your being in the top 10% of your high school class (which, I'm guesing with 8APs and a 4.0uw, you are), is your biggest asset. Second is your 8 AP classes. So long as you have done decently on a few of the AP tests (a few 4s or 5s), that is very strong as well.
The commenters are right, getting that 29 up to a 31 makes you a much easier acceptance. If that's a 31 and your essay shows interest in academics, I'd guess you'd be above 50% chance.
What people don't get is the letters of rec and extracurriculars mean very little. Unless your extracurricular is something you've really self-started (e.g., starting and running a non-profit), or something academically focused (e.g., president of engineering club and you've held an engineering internship), it doesn't really matter. Having that one intense academic interest that you've cultuvated already shows you'll contribute academically/intellectually to UM.
Admissions offices all talk about wanting well rounded students, but they mean they want students well-rounded academically. Like wanting to double major in Classics and Biology or something like that. Not "I was all-state and captain of my HS soccer team". As impressive as that is to most people (me included), there's just a lot of state champions out there across the country at team sports. Admissions Offices aren't focused on improving the level of intramural soccer.
Hope this helps
|45 weeks 5 days ago||The view in my admissions office||
Was that taking it 2-3 times showed persistence (well, and the financial ability to do so), whereas taking it 7 times showed obsession/desparation. Also, you have to figure out how to view a superscore across 7 attempts.
A superscored ACT/SAT across 7 attempts took advantage of variance, and was therefore highly likely to be inflated. A superscore across 2 attempts was viewed as more of a: "here's about what the student will do on an above-average day"
|46 weeks 1 day ago||At first I was thinking glass houses||
Because we had three students (Ash, Furman, and Rawls) all announce transfers, and I was thinking: the fact that we just do it less is no argument that we're any better.
But then I remembered that Ash, Furman, and Rawls will all graduate, so we honored the 4 year (3-year in Rawls' case) scholarship. I imagine they would rather go elsewhere to see more playing time, but it is also possible they received a firm handshake. However, I see UM as having held up its end of the bargain: 4-year scholarship and/or graduation, with graduation being the more important.
Shaky moral high-ground: still ours
|47 weeks 3 days ago||I imagine you're just messing around||
but for clarity, I'm not calling 11-year-olds teenagers.
I'm saying they're early adolescents by 11. So, for Damien Harris (age ~16), I'm not expecting you to use the developmental nomenclature of "adolescent", but at least go with teenager over child.
Child is both incorrect and can be demeaning. I'll let the amateur linguist Chad Ochocinco enlighten you on the intricacies of "child, please".
|47 weeks 3 days ago||You're kidding me right?||
Impressive generalities here. Child, really? Child, please. By 11 they are early adolescents, so at least go with teenager.
Children can be fickle. Teenagers can be fickle. Adults can be fickle. Of all things to call an athlete who is making a life decision based on a continuously fluid situation, fickle is not the one I'd use. There is nothing fickle about considering other schools because the coach you built a relationship has been let go. I'd go with smart or mature instead fickle.
If he starts talking about wanting to go to a school based on their local candy store, and then changes to say he prefers another school because they have a good fire department, then you can start slinging around fickle.
I do agree with your conclusion, however. Also: Fickle is Einhorn.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||I'll take a shot at next year's line||
I'm admittedly on the Kugler hype train, so here's where that leads me:
LT - Magnusson
LG - Glasgow/Bosch
C - Kugler
RG - Kalis
RT - Glasgow/Braden
I think the coaches continue with the best five strategy, and I believe Kugler will be in the best five. Since he's really only a fit for center, it let's us move Glasgow to whichever position is weaker, either LG or RT. I think they'd probably rather keep Glasgow inside with the importance of the IZ, but if Bosch grows well and no better option at RT, Glasgow could bring some stability to the tackle positions.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Why not||
LT - Magnusson
LG - Bosch
C - Kugler
RG - Kalis
RT - Glasgow
Glasgow is going to start. The question is where. I think Kugler starts, as he is a more natural center, and aparently has the head for it. I think Glasgow does too, but get the best five out there. I think Bosch will continue to improve, and Kalis will spend the off-season learning. Bryant may find a way back in, but health, man. Health.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Datbull||
Wait, Datbull (4 lyfe!) was announcing the game today? I couldn't hear in between all the praise being lavished upon Maxx Liedner
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Perception||
He was four star across the board to all three services. For our 2009, that was the definition of blue chip.
Roh, Stokes, Robinson, BWC, Forcier, and Lewan were the headliners.