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|4 days 20 hours ago||Fair enough||
care to comment on the reasons you consider Stritzinger's film more impressive?
|1 week 11 hours ago||Eh||
Wilcher's language is filled with qualifiers.
I wonder if he's just downplaying it in the media (Urban reminds Wilcher of all the coaches at different schools who have worked with him), but won't be sending Urban any players from now on.
That, or Urban is even more persuasive than I thought, because I don't buy it for one second that he didn't know Drayton was on his way out.
|1 week 6 days ago||To AZ-Blue||
Congratulations on calling out an 18/19-year-old Michigan fan for doing what all the professors at UM do on a daily basis: collect data and synthesize it.
What makes you so grand as to shit on a fellow fan's hobby? That cigar you're holding or the smug look on your face?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Eh...||
Given our track record we'll get hit with this while bagmen and bagwomen run around other conferences unimpeded.
Also, NCAA will offer OSU an extra head coach to recruit while Urban coaches the team. Somehow, Harbaugh and his harbarians will beat OSU this year.
C'est la vie.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Pure evil?||
Man, I don't like Urban or OSU, but evil? Urban doesn't do the St. Saban Hospital Medical program, his players kept their noses cleaner than ours did this year, and I don't get the impression his recruiting is as dirty as any of the SEC programs.
He pre-empted his players getting into fights in the UM game by publicly promising suspensions for anyone who fought.
I understand he was dirty at Florida, but I wouldn't put him on the pure evil train.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||Agreed||
It sucks, but it helps us.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||Good for the conference means good for recruiting and rankings||
This doesn't just help OSU, but the rest of the Big Ten, well the Big Ten East anyway.
Recruiting: most of the best recruits want to play with/against the best. If you aren't the best this year, having the best in your league helps you recruit: "come help us become the best by beating the best"
Rankings: top 4 teams get into national playoff. Conference reputation factors for which four teams get picked. See: TCU.
|8 weeks 56 min ago||A lesser athlete||
A lesser athlete would have gone with Kozan
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Almost as great||
as the upset Hermes almost pulled against Barbados Slim
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Keep it up!||
Love having updates on your work with the communities, kids, and gardens.
|19 weeks 10 hours 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.
|19 weeks 4 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.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Would you like a tampon with our victory?||
Women handle PMS far better than you do a Michigan win.
|38 weeks 5 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.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Vincent Smith,||
Martavious Odoms, and Drew Dileo
|1 year 6 hours 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
|1 year 6 hours 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.
|1 year 5 days 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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!
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Co-sign||
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Millenium||
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