this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|6 hours 13 min ago||Thread needs a new title||
the content in this thread has nothing to do with UM being a sleeper pick this year.
Possibly the best thread jack ever.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Trading Up?||
What do you mean by trading up? While Navy and Air Force have decent to pretty good teams, Army has been awful at football for a while now.
|1 day 11 hours ago||It's the old catch-22||
Everyone wants to utilize the best players as much as they can but they when someone gets hurt on special teams, it's 'why are they playing special teams'.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Not sure||
if you're implying that the man wearing #7 is Harbaugh, but that's more then likely Rick Leach.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Nebraska-OU||
That was lost before Nebraska went to the Big 10. When the Big 12 went to 2 divisions Nebraska and OU were in separate divisions and didn't play each other every year. They still played each other now and then but the annual rivalry had ended.
|2 days 13 hours ago||It will be interesting||
If Harbaugh brings UM back to what we all hope will be a consistent Top 10-15 program, it'll be interesting to see what happens with tickets. The last few years it's really been a no brainer to just go stub hub/secondary market for tickets.
If we start seeing matchup's like #12 MSU vs #6 UM or #3 OSU vs #5 UM in the big house, secondary prices are going to be through the roof. Even the less marquee games will see their demand increase.
|5 days 8 hours ago||The Quick Kick||
Used to see it every now and then back in the day but you never see it now.
|5 days 12 hours ago||True but||
I think you make some valid points but Bo's health issues also played a role in him stepping down as Head Coach.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Return yards||
While true that he has more return yards than those people, he also has waaaaay many more returns than the people you mention.
Number of kickoff returns:
Norfleet - 94
Derrick Alexander - 27
Anthony Thomas - 31
Amani Toomer - less then 27
Martavious Odoms - 54
Ty Wheatley - 31
Todd Howard - less than 27
Stanley Edwards - less than 27
|5 days 14 hours ago||Bear Bryant||
in one of the book's on Bo (can't remember the title, I'd have to check when I get home) Bo told a story about Bear Bryant. It was late in Bryant's coaching career and Bryant told Bo he essentially didn't have the fire in him to coach. Bo asked him why he didn't just quit. Bryant's response was along the lines that there were a lot of people whose jobs at Alabama were because of Bryant. When he (Bryant) stepped down all his assistants would have to find new jobs and more then likely a new coach would replace most of, if not all of, the office personnel and a lot of the suppot staff.
|6 days 6 hours ago||I don't know||
Gardner's 2013 season is one of the best passing season's a QB has ever had at UM. Gardner's 2013 passing stats are all over the single season records and most of them are near the top.
Now, if you said Gardner was broken by the end of the 2014 season, I'd agree 100%.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I'm guessing||
the next head coaching job the other guys got wasn't at one of the premier football schools in the country.
|6 days 15 hours ago||1999||
What game did Brady not start in 1999?
|6 days 15 hours ago||One could say||
getting the UM job after Bo retired was his Mulligan because his head coaching stint at Illinois didn't exactly set the world on fire.
|1 week 27 min ago||There was a fairly big write up||
on this blog about the play a year or two ago with interviews of Moeller and Holtz thrown in. If I remember correctly, there were 3 different options on the play and it was up to Grbac to decide which one to call when they got to the line.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Hoke's eye for talent||
I think that's a fair question but at the same time recruiting highly ranked recruits is only half the battle. Developing them to be good college players and utilizing those players to maximize their strengths is the other half. I think most of us agree that Hoke and his staff weren't that great at the latter.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Yeah||
If you're eligible for a 5th year, your first 4 years are essentially a tryout to see if you'll be granted a 5th year. Harbaugh wasn't here for these guys first 4 years so all he had was film to see what they did in games and then in spring practice to see how hard they work, attitude, coachability, etc.
|1 week 14 hours ago||You must have stopped checking||
before you got to the early 80's when Clemson won the NC.
|1 week 2 days ago||Maybe I missed these||
but the 1991 ND game (Grbac to Howard). I'd also throw in the 1978 OSU-UM in Columbus. Tied 0-0 at halftime and then UM comes out and dominates the second half to win 22-0. I'd also put the '84 Miami (FL) game on the list.
Also, one of the most dominating performances I've seen between matchup of Top 5 teams - the 1997 PSU game.
|1 week 3 days ago||Antonio Bass||
was a recruit in the 2005 class and was getting plays called for him his freshmean year. While I doubt he would have supplanted Henne as QB, had Bass not gotten hurt I'm guessing he would have been getting a lot of reps at QB in 2007 when Henne went down. Should Carr maybe have tried for a more a high profile recruit in 2006, maybe but Carr was pulling him some pretty highly rated QB's everry couple of years.
|1 week 5 days ago||PSU undefeated years||
In 1968 I'm not sure how much their SOS played into it. By the middle of October the AP rankings went USC, OSU, PSU. The top 3 went undefeated the rest of the way so you had a #1 vs #2 matchup in the Rose Bowl.
In 1969, PSU was #3 heading into late November and wikipedia says "November 29 #3 Penn State which won at North Carolina State 33-8, had been considered for the Cotton Bowl Classic, where the Southwestern Conference champ (Texas or Arkansas) would go. Before Ohio State's loss, however, the players had voted to accept a bid to the Orange Bowl, because they preferred going to Miami instead of Dallas, even though the Nittany Lions went to the Orange Bowl the previous season and defeated Kansas 15-14. Certain to move up to #2 regardless of how the Texas-Arkansas game came out, Penn State unexpectedly had passed up a chance to go up against the #1 team in the nation.
So in 1969, PSU had only themselves to blame for not playing Texas in the Cotton Bowl in a matchup of what would have been #1 vs #2.
1973, yeah their SOS probably didn't help them.
|1 week 6 days ago||Saturday||
is supposed to be pretty strong winds all day.
Part of the British Open has always been luck of the draw with regards to weather on Thurs and Fri.
|1 week 6 days ago||Don't forget||
the US Open at Pebble Beach where he was the 54 leader and then shot something like 80 on Sunday. McDowell ended up winning it that year.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Texas deal||
Once Texas has the Mexico and China markets locked down, their deal is going to massive.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Blurry vision||
That's interesting about the blurry vision cause looking at the replay's, Kolesar came real close to stepping out of bounds.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Respectfully disagree||
I think it has more to do with Molk and the oline. Denard lined up next to Fitz in 2012 but Fitz didn't have anywhere near the same success as he did in 2011.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I kind of understand||
what you're saying but it's not Fred's fault he was the running back coach on some of UM's worst offenses. Fitz was a beast in the second half of 2011, and then the oline cratered in 2012 and 2013.
I'm not saying Fred is without fault but there were a lot of other problems going on with the offense that were probably out of his control.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Got Beilein too||
Marting hired Beilein.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Really||
Neither Auburn or Alabam were interested in Rackwon McMillan out of Georgia? According to Rivals the #1 inside LB recruit in the 2014 class?
Neither Auburn or Alabama were interested in Vonn Bell? 5* DB out of Georgia in the 2013 class who Rivals ranked as the #4 safety in the country.
Neither Auburn or Alabama wanted Joey Bosa? 4* defensive end from Florida who Rivals ranked as the #4 defensive end in the 2013 class.
Neither Auburn or Alabama wanted Michael Hill? 4* defensive tackle who rivals rated as the #1 recruit in South Carolina and the 10th best defensive tackle in the country in the 2013 class.
At least according to rivals all these guys show offers from Alabama and Auburn, and in Bell's case he visited Alabama, but all went to OSU.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting||
Either Gus hasn't been playing attention to OSU's recruiting or there's a good amount of 4 and 5 stars from the South that didn't interest Auburn and Alabama.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||History||
FSU has already come to AA once.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There's a few||
Florida/Florida St, Georgia/Georgia Tech and Clemson/South Carolina.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Amen||
Watching the opponent put points on the board right before the half was way to common of an occurence last year.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||They also played||
3 more games. They'd still probably have double the amount of TD's UM scored in the first 12 games, but they scored 40+ pts in the Big Ten title game and in the playoffs.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Depending on how much stock||
you put into it, Hand wanted to pursue an engineering major. The UM coaches tried to steer him away from engineering while Bama said gave him the green light on engineering. Of course, like you said, I'm sure on the field performance played a big role too.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Downsides||
I'm guessing that most of the guys who get drafted would end up going to the pros and not back to college. A lot of these players who would possibly get drafted out of high school/after their freshman year come from homes that aren't in great economic shiape. If you get drafted and have a guaranteed contract for 5, 4, etc. years, why would you go back to college?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Another thing too||
I don't get the BTN because for me to purchase it, I'd have to buy a bunch of other channels too as it's in a 'sports package'. I have no interest in upping my bill an extra $40 - $50 a month. However, if I could get only the BTN for something like $10-$15 a month, I'd probably order it.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||See OSU and Auburn||
Didn't OSU pretty much tell a kid he shouldn't play anymore and so the kid transferred to Auburn?
Heck, it took 3-4 doctors before one of them figured out the pain my wife was having in her abdomen was kidney stones. As much as we assume the medical staffs at these big time programs are perfect, you very well could get conflicting reports as to what they think the problems are and what they think the further risk of injury is.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
I think the new staff is key. Obviously, recruiting rankings don't always translate to the field on Saturday's but when you're talking almost entire classes not translating, to me that is probably more of indictment on the coaching staff then the kids. I'm not expecting miracles in the first year but the cupboard that Harbaugh found at UM is stocked much better then the cupboard he found at Stanford.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Dline under Hoke and Co.||
Kind of agree. Hoke and Co. seemed pretty good at turning maybe (and for lack of a better word off the top of my head) questionable guys into solid players but it didn't really seem like they took anyone to that elite level. Maybe they didn't have anyone who, despite recruiting rankings, could have been that elite dlineman...I don't know. While the dline was always pretty solid since the departure of Martin, it always seemed to lack one elite lineman who could consistently cause havoc by himself.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Honestly||
I realize recruiting rankings aren't the end all be all, but I think the biggest issue was the previous coaching staff. To me what happens over the next couple years will be interesting. If Harbaugh and Co. are able to turn some of these guys into extremely solid contributors, I think we'll have an answer as to why the 2013 class maybe hasn't done as much at this point in their careers as some of us had hoped.
You mention both DB and RB are places where guys can contribute immediately. Well, Lewis is coming off a darn good sophomore campaign. Both Smith and Green have seen a lot of action, and while I'm not that high on either of them, I'm guessing there aren't too many running backs that would have run for 1000 yds behind UM's oline the last couple of years. Tyner walked into a juggernaut of an offense. I'm not saying Green's production matches Tyner's but if Green is at Oregon playing behind their oline and with Marriota, I'm guessing he has a lot better numbers then what he's put up at UM.
McCray was in a tough position. LB has been one of the better and deeper positions on the UM roster for a couple of years. Heck, Gideon actually looked real promising at the end of 2013 and then all but disappeard in 2014.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||2013 recruiting class||
should hopefully start to pay dividends this year. They're either redshirt sophs or juniors. I agree it'd be nice to have had some more of these guys step up but they still have half their careers to make an impact.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Center depth||
is Kugler and Glasgow. If Kugler starts at center and Glasgow starts somewhere else on the line, should Kugler get hurt, they'd more than likely move Glasgow to center and bring in someone else to replace Glasgow's position.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Steve Spurrier||
might want to have a conversation with you.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||WR speed||
By no means am I saying that we have burners at the wr position but I think we might be underestimating how fast they might be. Only on the rare occassion did UM attempt a pass more then 30-40 yds down the field the last couple of years. If they did, Gardner was usually planted on the turf or scrambling out of the pocket by the time the receiver got 30-40yds down the field.
Not sure if we're going to see many passes thrown that distance if Ruddock is the QB this year. My memory might be off but from Brian's UFR's, it seems Ruddock is pretty good at the short to intermediate throws but his arm strength might not be great for the deep, deep ball.
While I think Harbaugh will get some burners at the wideouts my bigger concern with the wr's this year is route running and quickness. The precision of the route running and ability to make a quick change of direction during the route will be critical this year.
|5 weeks 26 min ago||Yeah||
Recruiting the state of Texas is much easier for Nebraska when you can tell recruits they'll probably be playing in the state of Texas 2-3 times a year when they were in the Big 12.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||I get what you're saying||
and taking a lot of the other variables out - he might only have 3 years of eligibility left compared to a new recruit having 4, but Williams would also have 1 year under his belt with the UM coaching staff plus he'd be 2 years older then a true frosh, so hopefully physically more mature and ready to play the dline.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Paul Brown and Earl Bruce||
were head coaches at Massillon.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Curious if||
this is safe for work?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Moeller||
After back to back 8-4 seasons in '93 and '94 there was some discontent starting to surface with Moeller.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||True except for 2013||
2013 was one of the most prolific passing offenses in UM history.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||highly regarded running backs||
Drake Johnson didn't seem to have that much trouble getting past the line of scrimmage when he got opportunities to play. Did the oline just magically improve once Drake started getting carries or was Drake the only running back that was able to find the holes the oline was creating?
Like I mentioned above, I'm not saying the oline was a strength but the running game seemed to get better once Johnson started getting carries.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Running backs||
The running game seemed to have pretty good success once Drake started seeing a lot of time. Heck, I think even Smith ran for 100+ against Northwestern.
By no means am I saying the oline was a strength but by the end of the year I didn't see it as a very big weakness. It would have been nice to see what the line looked like all with Drake as the running back. I'm probably one of the few on this board that doesn't think that highly of either Green or Smith (for various reasons).
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Sumlin||
Kind of agree. He's been all offense and no defense pretty much at both places he's been head coach. He got Chavis to leave LSU to be the DC at A&M so we'll see if Chavis can get the D turned around.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'm guessing||
without reading the link the UM AD just has really good accountants and they figured out how to show the AD supposedly has a deficit.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Since 1980||
until the advent of the Big Ten Conference Championship game (a span of 31 years) there were only 7 years where OSU or UM didn't win or at least share the Big Ten Title. While other programs definitely got better and weren't the dormats they were in the 70's, the conference was still dominated by UM and OSU, just not to the extent it was in the 70's.
Big Ten titles won between 1980 and 2010:
13 - UM and OSU
5 - Iowa
4 - Wisky
3 - Illinois, MSU, PSU, NU
1 - Purdue
0 - IU, Minny
UM and OSU combined won/shared the conference title more times then all the others combined.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||To be fair||
has Tiger ever come from behind on Sunday to win a major? That isn't to say he's never not been in the lead on Sunday in a major he's won, but for the 12 majors he's won, he's been the 54 hole leader in all of them, no?
His loss to YE Yang in the PGA I think was the first time he didn't win a major after he held the 54 hole lead.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Hitting out of rough||
In addition to the recovery time, the increased strength to hit out of the rough would help. It's similiar to baseball. The HGH/roids isn't going to make your swing better but instead of a deep fly ball to left center being an out, it's now a home run. In golf f you can get an extra 15-20 yds out of your swing that's huge.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||True but||
You're exactly right that every program 'fills in' their class with 3 and 2 star players. The top programs in recruiting though usually load up on 4 and 5 star players.
Below are four of the better programs year in and year out with recruiting. Shown are the number of 4 and 5 stars and the total number of recruits over the last 4 years:
Alabama: 17/26, 17/25, 19/26, 19/24.
OSU: 16/25, 18/24, 16/23, 14/27
USC: 13/15, 12/12, 11/19, 21/26
FSU: 13/19, 11/21, 16/28, 15/20
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Periodic overtime||
I'm assuming by periodic overtime they mean constant overtime.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Considering||
the second longest current streak by an nhl team making the playoffs is 9, I'd say what the Red Wings are doing is pretty impressive.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Larry Coker||
wasn't all that great. Butch Davis got that program turned around. Coker just got lucky he was promoted when Davis left. Coker's record at Miami went: 12-0, 12-1, 11-2, 9-3, 9-3, 7-6.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Recruiting Rankings||
You can continue on all you want, but the teams that have in the BCS title games and are consistently in the Top 5/Top 10 in the country year in and year out are the teams that are also at the top of the recruiting rankings.
Yeah, not every 5 star pans out and yeah, some 3 stars turn into studs. In this day and age though if you want to be a consistent player in the NC conversation you need to have damn good recruiting classes.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No doubt but||
Harbaugh has won everywhere he's been.
San Diego: 7-4, 11-1, 11-1. In 2005, Harbaugh's second year, San Diego won a conference title in football for the first time ever. The football program started in 1956.
Stanford: 4-8, 5-7, 8-5, 12-1. Stanford had gone 16-40 the 5 seasons before Harbaugh arrived.
SF: 13-3, 11-4-1, 12-4, 8-8. San Francisco hadn't had a winning record in the 8 previous seasons before Harbaugh arrived.
Is he guaranteed to take UM to the promised land? No. But if you look at his track record, all he has done is win at every place he's been head coach.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||What's your problem??||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Basketball players||
at least imo probably have it the hardest. At least with football most games are on Saturday and you're missing very little class time. With basketball you have games all 7 days of the week and due to TV they might have a game that isn't starting until 9pm eastern time. A weekday away game at say PSU means they are missing class the day of the game and probably not getting back to their dorm/apartment until the sun is almost coming up the next day. On top of that the amount of class time the players miss due to conference tourneys, the NCAA tourney and possible early season tourneys is huge.
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||NBA Finals||
Bill Russell: 11-1
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
Wasn't sure. Regardless, as of now the roster in 2016 for running backs is heavily tilted with upperclassmen.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Roll Man Offense||
That chart could be fairly misleading. I'd much rather see a chart that encompasses the results of all the pick and rolls each big man was involved with, not just how much the man setting the pick scored.
How many turnovers did the big men have off the pick roll? How many times did the player with the ball score off a jump shot or drive to the hoop? How many times did the pick and roll work good enough that an off ball defender had to help which freed up his man for an open jump shot.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||We need'em||
In 2016 Smith and Green will be Seniors and Johnson, who is coming off a second knee injury, a junior. Issac is listed on Mgoblue as a Junior for 2015.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||yeah||
As bad as Schilling was he at least had some good commentary at this point. He mentioned if you get the out at first, with first base open you can either pitch around or intentionally walk the Player of the Year from Florida.
To many bad plays in the field and no timely hitting for UM sealed their doom in this game.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Also, due to gender differences||
I would think that sliding head first for a girl could be painful to the chest area due to their breasts and that the breasts might add extra friction to slow them down on a head first slide.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, agree especially||
since if they throw home to get Romero, even if she's out you still have 1st and 2nd with only one out. Now a sac fly, past ball, infield hit deep in a hole doesn't score the runner from second like it would have Romero if she was at 3rd, but a base hit still probably scores from the runner from 2nd.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Getting top recruits who will RS||
Why does everyone think there's going to be a massive redshirt program going on? Harbaugh believes in competition. The best players play. If a true freshman has earned the right to play, he's going to play. Yeah, there's certain position groups that lend itself to redshirting (oline and QB). However, in this day and age if you're a top recruit you aren't going to college to redshirt you're freshman year. You're going there to play on Saturdays.
Is there going to be some redshirting? Sure, but there's still going to be plenty of guys who aren't redshirting.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I guess||
it probably depends on your point of view. He was a player that was fun to watch and in some cases probably gave people a reason to watch during some down years. He gets celebrated on this board a lot but I don't think he ever made 1st team All Big Ten.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Some people would||
say they haven't really been playing much between Sept - Nov the last few years.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||His dad||
was a wr for the Broncos.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Notre Dame and Utah game||
Blaming the loss of these games on turnovers is just wrong.
ND was up 21-0 at the half and Michigan hadn't turned the ball over yet. ND's TD that put them up 28-0 came after a UM punt. Only the FG to make it 31-0 came after a UM turnover.
Utah's first FG came after a UM punt. Utah started on their own 3 and drover 79 yds for a FG. Utah's first TD came on a punt return for a touchdown. Utah's FG to make it 13-10 right before half came after Michigan kicked off thanks to Henry's defensive TD. Utah received the ball to start the second half and marched down the field to score a TD. The FG to make it 23-10 came after Michigan didn't make it on 4th down in Utah territory Only one of Utah's scoring drives started in UM territory.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||It was 28-28 in the 3rd quarter||
One of OSU's later TD's was a defensive touchdown and OSU's offense did not have their way against the UM defense all game long. In fact, the score was 14-7 late in the second quarter. OSU tied it up right before the half.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Nice write up||
Ross - I know he gets dinged some for his size but I remember a couple of plays last year where he absolutely clocked the olineman. So much so that while Ross wasn't credited for the tackles, his aggresiveness and success in taking on the block completely blew up the play. (yeah, two plays is very small sample size but it shows the potential is there??)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know||
Where Hoke's teams, with the exception of 2011, didn't seem to show a ton of improvement over the course of a season, I'm expecting the opposite with Harbaugh. I'm thinking the UM team we see on the field in November will be a much better team than the one we see on the field at the beginning of the year.
So if UM loses to Utah, I don't know if that will be an accurate picture of what we should expect from the team for the next 11 games.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Not quite the same||
but if you put any stock in recruiting rankings, the potential talent for this coaching staff to mold is there. I'm not sure how Hoke did it, but each year under Hoke UM competed with OSU. Despite OSU only losing something like 3 games in Urban's tenure so far, UM's lost the 3 OSU games by 5, 1 and 14 points.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I doubt this weekend||
Isn't this a pretty big weekend for recruits visiting AA?
Maybe next week.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||1969||
might want to have a conversation with you.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Agree on Butt||
Probably worded that a bit wrong. Actually, think he can be a stud with the right QB but didn't want to start going all Fred Jackson with hyperbole.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Gotta remember||
for most of these guys, they go on to other jobs after their NFL career ends. It's not like they play 3 years and at the age of 25 retire never to work again. They start working another job except they have a nice stash of money to their name unlike most 25 yr olds.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Much higher then 300K||
The league minimum is 375K.
Pulled from an article in the Houston chronicle that came up when I googled average NFL salary:
The average salary of an NFL player works out to considerably less when not considering the top earners, but these players still make hundreds of thousands of dollars each. Bloomberg Businessweek says the average salary of an NFL player in 2011 was $1.9 million. The median salary was $770,000. When factoring in a typical signing bonus, these numbers can go up well into the $2-3 million range.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||This list||
and what the people on it make does not include endorsements. So while NBA players get a great deal of money from shoe and apparel companies, the salary they make on this list is only for what the team is paying them.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm hoping the TE's||
are actually pretty good. Not that they are game breakers but at least it seems on the Iowa UFR's that the TE's weren't utilized a ton. Butt could be pretty good and has shown good hands. Hopefully, Hill can come back strong. He was showing some promise and getting looks in the passing game before he got hurt.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm guessing||
after the first 70-80 passes his arm was rubber. Why Davis kept asking him to pass at that point is a mystery.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Ohio State||
used inexperienced QB's all last year and won a NC. Dantonio inserted an inexperienced Connor Cook into the starting lineup in something like game 3 or 4 of the 2013 season and won the Big Ten and Rose Bowl. Wasn't Winston a first year starter when he led FSU to the NC?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Doubtful||
the 2001 team wins a NC if Henson comes back. I think it's fair to say they would've had a great shot at making the BCS title game if Henson comes back (especially when you look at the losses UM had in 2001). However, I don't think Michigan beats Miami.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||For shits and giggles||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Coordinator vs position coach||
Just because Gibson is finding success as a defensive coordinator doesn't mean he was a good position coach while he was at UM.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||You never know||
if Henson comes back and UM loses to Miami in the BCS title game, UM is getting all sorts of publicity and coming off probably the best 5 year stretch in program history since Yost. Who knows how the recruiting and program momentum carries forward.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||VaTech||
Molk playing on one leg really hurt in that game. Not that the offense would have been dynamic cause Foster is a darn good coordinator but with a healthy Molk I think the offense might have been serviceable.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||2011 - Michigan often fell behind??||
Only 4 times in 2011 was UM behind on the scoreboard in the second half: ND, Northwestern, MSU and Iowa. There were a few other games where they trailed by single digits in the first quarter or early in the second quarter. Are you saying Borges/Hoke more often then not abandoned their offense in the first or second quarter most of the season if they were behind?
WMU: UM trailed 7-0 in the first quarter. After they tied it at 7-7, UM never trailed again.
ND: trailed 24-7 in the 3rd.
EMU: UM trailed 3-0 in the second. Once they took a 7-3 lead, they never trailed again.
SDSU: Michigan was never behind in this game.
Minnesota: Michigan was never behind in this game.
NU: Michigan trailed 24-14 at halftime.
MSU: Michigan never led after the first quarter.
Purdue: Purdue scored first to take a 7-0 lead. UM tied it at 7 halfway through the 1st quarter and never trailed again.
Iowa: after the halfway point of the 2nd quarter, UM trailed the rest of the game.
Illinois: Michigan was never behind in this game.
Neb: Michigan was never behind in this game.
OSU: Michigan trailed a couple times in this game but both times it was only by 1 point. UM never trailed in the second half.
VT: Michigan trailed most of the first half by 3 and then 6 points. However, UM led at halftime and never trailed in the second half.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Sometimes, you're going to be off||
Michigan's defense wasn't just off against Nova, they were awful.
In the other 7 Big Ten games Nova played here are his passing numbers:
PSU: 15-30, 192 yds
OSU: 17-28, 192 yds
Neb: 8-19, 156 yds
Wisky: 5-15, 46 yds
IU: 16-27, 217 yds
MSU: 11-26, 108 yds
Maryland: 28-42, 347 yds
22-39, 404 yds
Other then Maryland, Nova didn't do squat against any other team in conference play.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
I don't think the lost anyone that is irreplaceable. Although, I'm concerned about the Kalis rumors because that would be 2/5 of what could have been the entire oline returning.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||27 minutes to 15 minutes||
is pretty big. There's no way the defense should have been worn out from being on the field at that point, but then they proceed to give up 2 long TD drives.
Maryland actually had 164 yds rushing on 33 atempts for an average of 5 yds/carry.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure but||
Countess, Lewis, Taylor and Stribling all are in the box score.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||What??||
You might want to go back and check the box score and drive charts for the Maryland game. Michigan dominated the time of possession. Michigan had the ball 34 minutes to Maryland's 26. In fact when Maryland got the ball trailing 16-9 in the 3rd quarter and then went on back to back TD drives, the Michigan defense had only been on the field for 15 of the first 42 minutes of the game.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Notre Dame game||
Michigan didn't turn the ball over in the first half but yet ND had a 21-0 after 30 minutes. The 3 TD drives went for 71, 80 and 56 yards.
|10 weeks 5 min ago||Subject line||
First word in the subject line is 'Hypothetical'.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||Yeah||
Nebraska hiring Riley is a total head scratcher.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||Just a guess||
While I agree Pelini didn't leave an insurmountable legacy and he seems to have rubbed some people the wrong way, he won 9 or 10 games every year (9-4, 10-4, 10-4, 9-4, 10-4, 9-4, 9-3). I'm guessing Nebraska didn't bring in Riley with the hope that he goes 9-4 every year. Riley is going to need win and win big probably very early in his tenure if he wants to coach in Lincoln for a while.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||hypothetical question||
You raise some good points about the gender aspect and I'll be the first to admit I have no idea how the nults and bolts of that work. However, if UM's men's basketball team has an open scholarship/doesn't use one, does that mean the AD and coaches of the women's sports have to figure out which women's sport is going to 'lose' a scholarship because the men's basketball team isn't using all the scholarships they could?
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||Freshmen ineligible||
The NCAA isn't denying players an opportunity to go pro after one year. The player would still have the ability to decare for the NBA draft after their freshman year. Not being able to play in games as a true freshman would probably slow their path to the NBA but in the end they'd have the same opportunity as an engineering student - seeking out a job where they'll be paid whenever they feel like it.
Where's the outrage about how college baseball and hockey work? If you're a baseball player you either have to go pro after your senior year in high school or wait until after 3rd year in college. That's way more restrictive then what would be imposed on a basketball player.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||Okafor||
could go to Europe, China, etc. and train for his chosen career...and get paid while doing it.
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||Agree||
Maybe there's much more involved then what it looks like at first glance, but I've wondered why the NCAA hasn't done something like this.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Since Carr retired||
Arizona and UM have had the same amount of players drafted - 24. That's from the 2008 draft through the 2015 draft.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||This||
I think lowering the shot clock will be more of a benefit to the teams which are good on defense.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Fall camp||
is when you have to be at 85. Right now, you could have 90 scholarships on paper for the 2015 season. However, when a team reports to fall camp that number has to be down to 85. That's why, especially in the SEC, some 'shenanigans' tend to take place in late July/early August.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Wouldn't they need to happen||
for UM to bring in another two transfers? What is UM's scholarship count at now?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The 3rd one will come into play some||
'Allowing only a total of 10 seconds to advance the ball to the front court"
In the past if you had already used 8 seconds and failed to get the ball across half court, you could call a timeout and the 10 second count to get the ball across half court would start over. I'm guessing this means that now if you use 8 seconds and fail to get the ball across half court and call timeout, when the ball is inbounded you will only have 2 seconds to get it across half court.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I get what you're saying but||
one of the big factors with a recruit is the relationship he has with the men who will be his coaches in college. Most of these seniors to be have been in contact with schools for 2-3 years and have a fairly well established relationship with a lot of coaches. Now, some of UM's coaches who came from the college ranks might have some relationships with players, but those who came from the NFL, including Harbaugh, were starting out at square 1 with recruits.
There's still 9 months to go before signing day. I'll be surprised if in 9 months Harbaugh hasn't reeled in a few big time recruits.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Nervous about recruiting||
I'm not sure why people would be that nervous about recruiting. Harbaugh's only been on the job 5 months and hasn't even coached a game yet. If you're a 16/17 yr old kid, most of the time you've been watching college football, UM has been medicore. I think we're all expecting big things from Harbaugh but it isn't going to happen overnight. The best recruiting tool for UM is to start winning again.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||I don't care||
I think it's funny how many people on this board have an inferiority complex when it comes to MSU football. Dantonio is a darn good coach and they have a solid football program right now. I can't wait for Harbaugh to get rolling with UM and hopefully Dantonio can keep MSU at the same level because that is going to make for some epic matchups.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||11 wins not that impressive||
While there are more opportunities to get to 11 wins now, there are only 6 programs that have won 11 games four times in the last five years:
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||MSU recruiting has gotten better||
Going through the last 10 years of Rivals team rankings the average star per player for MSU has been:
2006 - 2.54
2007 - 2.7
2008 - 2.71
2009 - 3.3
2010 - 3.05
2011 - 3.00
2012 - 3.11
2013 - 3.11
2014 - 3.27
2015 - 3.35
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I look at it a little differently||
Most on here are talking about how when cable and satellite providers stop bundling channels that a lot of channels are going to take a hit, inculding the BTN. Maybe I'm wrong but the gist I get from the article is the network isn't bundled with other stations. So if the Longhorn network is able to hang on until cable and satellite providers stop bundling stations, the Longhorn network might be sitting pretty.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Small line up's||
Were those Bull's lineups really that small?
Their first run of 3 straight championships had lots of height. Cartwright was 7'1", Grant was 6'10", Perdue was 7', Scot Williams was 6'10" and Stacey King was 6'11". Pippen was 6'8".
Even their 2nd run of 3 straight championships had a good amount of height: James Edwards was 7', Longley was 7'2", Salley was 6'11". Heck, Kukoc was 6'10". Rodman might only be listed as 6'7" but he was one of the best rebounders and defenders in the game.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||No doubt||
Sometimes the reports from practice are true, sometimes they leave you scratching your head. I've seen enough hype from spring football practice reports over the years combined with Donnal that I don't put too many hopes and projections on practice reports.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Robinson||
Maybe I'm being a bit to pessimistic but until I see Robinson on game days, I'm not completely buying the hype. Donnal was getting a good bit of hype during his redshirt freshmen year, and then left me scratching my head this past year.
|12 weeks 17 min ago||Kind of||
While the vast majority of the accomplishments he's known for have happened in the pros, he went 20-5 as a starter at UM, won a Big Ten title and was 2-0 in bowl games with one of them being an Orange Bowl victory.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
She's probably gotten almost as much pub from dating Tiger Woods as she has from skiing. She's the most succesful women's skier in the US, if not ever, but for the most part unless you follow alpine ski racing the only time you hear of her is around the olympics or possibly the worlds.
By the time the next Olympics rolls around, Mikaela Shiffrin will be getting all the press and endorsements.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||In this day and age||
one thing I think most of us have learned, and I can't believe coaches haven't learned, is nothing is official until someone puts their John Hancock on a LOI.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||What happens after college||
can have an affect on a program. Saban is known for pulling out spreadsheets showing how many Alabama players are in the NFL and what their salaries are. I'm guessing for most of the 5* and a lot of 4* star recruits, their number one goal is the NFL. How many players a program sends to the NFL and how well/how long those players stay in the NFL can have an affect when it comes to recruiting.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Smith/Kaepernick||
You do realize Harbaugh's hand was forced to play Kaepernick? Smith got hurt and couldn't play. Kaepernick came in and performed well enough that when Smith was healthy, he had lost the job. It wasn't like Harbaugh benched a healthy Smith to play Kaepernick.
|13 weeks 7 hours ago||Sean Miller????||
What are you basing that on?
He's been a head coach for 11 years - 5 at Xavier and 6 at Arizona. In those 11 years he has 4 Elite 8 appearances, 6 Sweet 16's and 6 regular season conference championships. I can buy the argument he isn't Tier 1 because he hasn't made a FF, but if you don't have him in the Tier 1 group of coaches, he's leading the pack of Tier 2.
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||Let's be honest||
While the SEC is definitely exhibit A in oversigning, If Delany is serious about looking into this practice, all he needs to do is point his compass towards Columbus.
|13 weeks 13 hours ago||Who is she on Madmen?||
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Maryland and Rutgers additions||
While Rutgers was a pretty bad addition, Maryland isn't all that bad. Obviously, football is the main sport and Maryland isn't that great right now with the pigskin. However, Maryland is actually pretty good in a lot of the non-revenue sports. Their women's basketball team made the Final Four. Both the men's and women's lacrosse teams are usually quite good. Their women's field hockey is usually solid.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||What a quote||
"I don't golf. I coach football."
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Not to mention||
Johnson is having his second knee surgery and Green and Smith will both be seniors when he's a freshmen.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||James Franklin||
I wonder if he's scratching his head right about now??
Last year when he did the same thing, there wasn't a whole lot of talk about it. Now that Harbaugh is doing it, a bunch of people are up in arms. Is it because they perceive Harbaugh as a threat but not Franklin??
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Actually||
Forget the year, pretty sure Alvarez was still coaching but watching a UM punt bounce off a Wisky player deep in Wisky territory late in the 4th quarter only to have UM recover to set up a game winning FG was pretty positive (and comedy).
|13 weeks 6 days ago||What time||
do you think Michigan is going to get back from their game at Utah?
BYU at least gains two hours when they're flying home. Michigan is going to lose 2 hours. The sun is probably going to be rising Friday morning when the players finally get to their beds.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||It ain't a beauty contest||
As Herm Edwards said - you play to win the game... and FSU won evrey game they played in the regular season. In this day and age when we cry about teams scheduling a bunch of cream puffs in the non-conference, FSU played Oklahoma St, Notre Dame, Florida and Citadel. Now, those teams didn't have the greatest of years but that's not FSU's fault. I'm guessing we could probably count on one hand the number of teams that play 8 conference games and schedule 3 of the 4 teams in the ooc from Power 5 conferences.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Continue to practice||
If you're on a medical scholarship, are you allowed to practice?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Even if Spike redshirts||
there's no room for Brown or Williams. A redshirt still counts as a scholarship. Now if Spike has to sit the year and pays his own way (ie - goess off scholarship for one year), then there is room for one more player.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh||
has been hanging out with Beilein too much.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||FEI rankings||
Granted FEI rankings aren't the end all be all but those 4 teams BYU played finished the year ranked:
Virginia - 35
Houston - 59
Texas - 73
UConn - 106
Michigan was 2-2 after 4 games and the FEI rankings for those 4 teams were:
Utah - 16
ND - 38
Miami, OH - 107
App St - 111
|14 weeks 3 days ago||BYU||
also lost their starting QB in the 5th game, Taysom Hill. BYU was 4-0 entering the game. He was emerging in the Heisman discussion before he got hurt. If he's healthy this year, BYU will give UM a very stern test.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||How would this force the NBA's hand?||
If the NBA maintains their current rules, high school players still wouldn't be eligible for the draft. If the NCAA made freshmen ineligible, the NCAA would have essentially made it a 2 and done rule. I'm guessing there are very few players that NBA teams would be interested in drafting if those players did not play as freshmen.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I think the bigger reason||
might be he found himself without any experienced big men this year. While the Kentucky game might have raised some eyebrows with Beilein, I don't know if you change your recruiting strategy based upon one game.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I doubt BYU||
would be in favor of an 8pm start on Saturday. They are very strict about Sunday being the Sabbath. They request that their teams do not play any games on Sunday's. I doubt they would want to take the chance that a Saturday night game runs into the early hours of Sunday morning.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Medical redshirt||
As WolvinLA2 mentioned a medical redshirt would still count as a scholarship so no scholarship would be freed.
A couple other things with the medical redshirt, and someone corrct me if I'm wrong:
1) The 'medical' part of the redshirt is not granted until the season is over. It has to be shown that the injury is what kept him out for the year (or whatever amount needs to be missed to qualify for a redshirt).
2) I was under the impression that a medical redshirt doesn't occur if a player hasn't redshirted yet. In Spike's case, he would just redshirt if the injury prevented him from playing. Now if you redshirt say your freshmen year and then later in your career have a injury that keeps you out, you could apply for a medical redshirt, which would be a 6th year of eligibility.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Pittsburgh Pirates???||
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Pirates as the worst organization. Historically they haven't been bad and have had a pretty good last couple of years but they just recently snapped a 20 year string where they had a losing record every year - the longest such streak in professional sports.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||The Marlins are interesting||
While in the grand scheme of the discussion they are a bad organization, they also have 2 World Series titles. There are way more organizations in professional sports with 0 titles then 2 titles since 1993 when the Marlins came into existence.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Redshirts||
wouldn't really solve the problem, would they?
If Brown and Williams commit and Levert comes back, while playing time would be a tricky subject the bigger issue would be amount of scholarships available. A redshirt would free up some playing time but do nothing to alleviate the scholarship crunch.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||'Improved' oline||
Yeah, the oline improved throughout the year but if you go back and look at the Ufer's from early last year, one of the constant themes in Brian's summary of the offense was there were holes available but the rb's weren't finding them.
I'm not sure if the oline took a huge step forward the last 3-4 games of the year, rather I tend to think they had been performing decently all year and when Johnson started getting carries they had a running back who was finding the holes.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Second round picks||
are not guaranteed a contract. Only first round picks are guaranteed a contract. If you look back at the history of second round picks, most do not make an NBA roster.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Bunting??||
No talk about Bunting. Baring a big off-season and fall camp is he off the radar until 2016?
|16 weeks 6 hours ago||Kind of agree||
I think we all figured the defense was/is going to be solid in 2015 and that QB was going to a huge question mark. I think most of us are just hoping Harbaugh can get decent play out of the QB. I'm not expecting the QB to really have any monster games in 2015, but I'd rather not see the QB have awful games in 2015 (turnovers, missed reads, bad passes, etc.).
If the oline can continue to improve upon what appeared to be some decent progress at the end of the 2014, I'm bullish on the offense. Not that it will remind anyone of Yost's teams 100 years ago, but if there can be a decent running game and a QB who can move the chains I think we'll be okay on that side of the ball - not dominant but respectable.
|16 weeks 7 hours ago||Agree||
I'm not sold on either's pro potential - at least in terms of becoming a star. In college, they were playing with a loaded team. There were a number of guys who could score 20+ points on a given night. No one player was the focal point of the offense. If some of these Kentucky players were on a different team they might average 17-19 pts/game.
|16 weeks 13 hours ago||To be fair||
in most of the instances where the defense gave up points late in the second quarter, the UM defense hadn't been on the field very much. While the offense hadn't scored a ton of points they had controlled the ball and it was the opponents defense that had been on the field more in the first half then UM's defense.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Agree||
As much as I like the fact the non-conference schedule is getting better, this is one year where I wish UM had 3 MAC schools and one decent opponent. It'd give the team and coaches a chance to see what they each can do on Saturday's.
However, like you, I think the OCC schedule is tougher then a lot of people think. Utah is a decent program and they are going to be sky high for a Thursday night prime time game in SLC against UM. Oregon St obviously plays in the Pac-12 and aren't going to be awed coming into AA. If BYU's QB is healthy, they are going to give the defense a strong test.
All 4 games are winnable, but it's not out of the question that UM could be 2-2 heading into conference play.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Matta - Agree||
I think he's a pretty good coach when it comes to defense but I'm not sold on his abilities to coach the offense. Almost every year, OSU seems to struggle on the offensive end.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||MSU||
They might not have been a great team but a lot of people were figuring they were going to take a step back in 2014/15. Instead, they finish 3rd in the regular season of the Big Ten, make it to the conference championship game in the Big Ten tourney and make it to the FF.
They might not have been great but that's pretty solid.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Youth||
I'm guessing Duke probably wasn't too far behind UM in terms of youth. They started 3 true freshmen and a true sophomore. One of the first subs off the bench for the wings was a true freshmen.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Replay||
While I can see where you could question whether he touched the ball, what you can't question is that the rotation of the ball changed significantly in mid air. The rotation change of the ball is only going to happen if it touches something or someone.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Actually||
if you're a bball ref for a pretty big conference you make some decent money. I'm sure most of them have other jobs. When I say decent money, they're not making 6 figures but they probably make 50-70K which is a heck of a lot more then what high school refs make.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty sure||
Louisville was still in the Big East when they beat us in the NC game.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Tend to agree but||
I think the offense will be a little shaky early in the year. I also think though that people are being a bit pessimistic cause the oline was a grab bag. It's been a challenge to put one good oline on the field the last 3 years so why anyone would think a couple of mish mashed oline units would look good at the spring game is puzzling.
The oline wasn't awful last year and actually started to show some promise over about the last 1/3rd or so of the season. Miller's departure is a bit of setback, but I think the pieces are there to have a decent to possibly pretty good line. QB was going to be an issue no matter who the head coach was going to be in 2015.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Let's look at the losses||
Notre Dame. UM ran 67 plays for 289 yds and ND ran 65 plays for 280 yds. The damage was done at the end of the second quarte though. When ND got the ball with 9:12 seconds left in the second quarter the score was ND 7 - UM 0. Until that point ND had run 19 plays and had the ball 7:29 seconds. UM had run 23 plays and had the ball a little over 12 minutes. ND then went on a 13 play 80 yd scoring drive for a TD. UM then had the ball for 3 plays but ran 2:34 off the game clock. ND got the ball with 1:24 left in the half - they went 56 yards in 6 plays for a TD. So what you're saying is the defense being on the field for 7:29 seconds of the first 21 minutes of the game was asking to much of them to prevent ND from going on a 13 play 80 yd TD drive?
Utah: UM ran 64 plays for 286 yds and Utah ran 75 plays for 308 yards. However, like the ND game the damage, most of it, was done at the end of the second quarter (and in this game the first drive of the 3rd quarter). With 5:01 left in the second quarter the score was 10-10. Utah had run 21 plays and had the ball for 8:03 (UM had possessed the ball 16:57 at this point). What happens? Utah goes on a 16 play 54 yd drive to kick a FG at the end of the half. Both teams get a 15 minute break. Utah gets the second half kick off and goes 67 yds in 5 plays to score a TD. So what you're saying is the defense being on the field for 8 of the first 25 minutes of the game was too taxing for them?
Minnesota: the offense was an abomination. However, heading into this game most people thought this was a game tailor made for the defense - a fairly one dimensional offense with that one dimension being the running game.
Rutgers: UM ran 57 plays for 336 yds and Rutgers ran 70 plays for 476 yards. However, like Utah and ND, the end of the second quarter was where the damage was done. With 7:35 left in the second quarter, UM lead 10-6. Until that point Rutgers had run 21 plays and had the 11:59 seconds. Those 21 plays had gained 127 yds. For comparison, UM had run 19 plays and gained 135 yds. With 7:35 left in the second quarter, Rutgers went on a 1 play 80 yd scoring drive to go up 12-10. UM gets the ball and goes 43 yds in 6 plays to score a TD and take a 16-12 lead. Rutgers gets the ball back with 1:43 left on the clock. What's the UM defense do? They let Rutgers go 75 yds in 11 plays to score a TD with 21 seconds left and take a 19-17 lead into the half.
MSU: like Minnesota the offense was an abomination.
Maryland: heading into the 4th quarter, Michigan lead 16-9. This must be the game where the defense collapsed cause they were on the field too much???? Nope. When Maryland got the ball with 3:09 left in the 3rd quarter, the Terrapins had run 34 plays and had the ball for only 15:08. At this point UM's offense had run 58 plays and had the ball 26 minutes. With 3:08 left in the 3rd quarter, Maryland goes on an 11 play 68 yard scoring drive to tie the game. UM's offense then actually goes on a 53 yard drive and has the ball for 5:34 seconds. When Maryland gets the ball with 9:13 seconds left in the 4th quarter, they go 78 yards in 10 plays to take a 23-16 lead.
Ohio State: UM ran 69 plays for 372 yds and OSU ran 63 plays for 416 yds. However, as we've seen above in other games, UM's problems began towards the end of the second quarter and carried into the beginning of the 3rd quarter. With 2:15 left in the second quarter, UM led 14-7. Up until that point OSU had run 20 plays for 69 yds and only had the ball for 9 minutes. UM's offense had possession of the ball for 19 of the first 28 minutes of the game. So with 2:15 left OSU goes on a 10 play 83 yd TD drive to tie the game right before halftime. After having 15 minutes to rest up, the UM defense lets OSU go 72 yds in 5 plays with the opening possession of the second half. The offense then does their part to help the defense out by going on a 12 play 75 yd TD drive that takes 5:17 off the clock. How does the defense respond? They let OSU go on a 14 play, 81 yd TD drive that takes 6:26 seconds off the clock.
With the exception of the Minnesota and MSU games, the defense was their own worst enemy in the losses. Sure some turnovers didn't help but most of the damage in the losses came at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the 3trd quarter when the defense had barely been on the field. In the Maryland game, the defense had barely been on the field for the first 3 quarters and then folded.
You want to keep playing????
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Defense collapsing in exhaustion||
Do you believe in time of possession as a valuable statistic?
Last year in one of year Unverified Voracity columns you bagged on the coaching staff for having time of possession as a goal for the team to win (mgoblog.com/content/unverified-voracity-you-didnt-course-you-did) but now you take shots about the defense being on the field too much?
What games in 2014 did the defense collapse down the stretch cause they were on the field too much?
Against ND they were down 21-0 at the half and 28-0 heading into the 4th quarter. UM actually won the time of possession by quite a bit in this game (UM 33:04 to ND 26:56).
Against Utah, they were down 20-10 heading into the 4th quarter. Here again, UM actually won the time of possession battle by quite a bit (UM 33:32 to Utah 26:28).
Against Minnesota they were down 27-7 heading into the 4th quarter. Now, this is a game where UM lost the time of possession battle (Minny 34:40 UM 25:20) but UM was unable to stop Minnesota's one dimensional offense.
Against Rutgers they were down 19-17 heading into the 4th quarter and 26-17 less then two minutes into the 4th quarter. The time of possession battle was pretty much even in this game (Rutgers 30:46 UM 29:14).
Against MSU they were down 28-3 heading into the 4th quarter. MSU won the time of possession battle in this game (MSU 33:46 UM 26:14).
Against Maryland, UM was winning 16-9 heading into the 4th quarter. The defense gave up 2 long drives in the 4th quarter, but UM dominated the time of possession in this game (UM 34:00 Maryland 26:00).
Against OSU, UM was down 28-21 heading into the 4th quarter but again, this was a game were UM won the time of possession battle (UM 34:05 OSU 25:55).
So in tthe two losses where UM lost the time of possession battle by a significant margin, UM was losing by 20 and 25 points heading into the 4th quarter. The defense had done their collapsing in the first 3 quarters. In the other 5 losses, UM either won the time of possession battle by a fairly significant margin or it was even. I don't see any losses in 2014 where the root cause could be a late defensive collapse due to being on the field too much.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Wilson||
In the 3 years that Wilson played at NC State, he was 1st All ACC, 2nd team All ACC and Honorable Mention ACC. Wilson was a stud QB at NC State. While Rudock isn't a slouch, his accomplishments at Iowa pale in comparison to what Wilson accomplished at NC State.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Disagree||
The oline was a decent unit towards the end of the year. 2013 is/was hopefully the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the oline's performance.
In 2013, UM averaged 125.69 yds rushing/game which put them 103rd in the country in that catagory. they averaged 3.28 yds/rush attempt.
They gave up 2.77 sacks/game, which ranked 109th in country.
In 2014, UM averaged 162.8 yds rushing/game, which put them 62nd in the country and they averaged 4.6 yds/rush attempt.
They gave up 2.17 sacks/game, which ranked 76th in the country.
2014 wasn't the type of oline that's going to be in the conversations of best UM oline's ever. Heck, it was pretty below average compared to most UM olines, but it was better then the 2013 oline.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||VCU ceiling on talent level||
For the 2015 class, they have committments from 3 players ranked in the Top 150. They have the 28th ranked class on rivals.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||VCU won a tourney game with Grant||
In the 2007 NCAA tourney, VCU beat Duke.
While Smart has had more success in the NCAA tourney then Capel and Grant, Grant had more success in the regular season then Smart. Under Grant VCU claimed 3 regular season conference titles and 2 conference tourney titles. Under Smart, VCU has never claimed a regular season conference title and has 2 conference tourney titles.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||yeah||
When my dad and I had seats 4 rows from the field in the middle of the end zone where UM would warm up, we'd usually get the to game about 45-60 minutes a head of time. The stadium wouldn't be very full at all. We loved watching the team warm up, listen to the players and coaches talking and yelling, hear the pads pop in the hitting the drills, etc. As the stadium would gradually fill up, you could feel the buzz and anticipation building.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Morris never been 'the guy'||
Wasn't Gardner on the sideline for most of the 2014 spring practices? I thought Morris was getting boatloads of reps with the ones last spring.
That doesn't mean he was 'the guy' in the fall but most backup QB's probably don't get the opportunity to rep an entire spring with the starters like Morris did in 2014.
|17 weeks 10 hours ago||Your last 2 sentences||
Maybe I'm reading them wrong but we had an experienced 5th yr QB heading into 2014.
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||It's not that uncommon||
If Pitino is speaking about it, I'm guessing it happens more then we know.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Reread his post||
He clearly says this is Bo Ryan's first FF.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Once||
Over that period only 10 teams have won a NC in basketball:
UConn - 4
UNC - 2
Duke - 2
The other winners are Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas, Syracuse, Maryland and MSU. It's a essentially, with the possible exception of Maryland, a who's who of the elite programs in college basketball.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Arizona||
hasn't won a NC during that stretch. In fact, Arizona has only made one FF appearance during that stretch and that was way back in 2001.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||No UConn???||
UConn has won 4 national championships - 1999, 2004, 2011 and 2014. Since their first title in 1999, they've won more NC's then any other men's program.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||MSU has||
7 Final Four appearances in 16 years. That's damn good.
UNC and Kansas have 8 combined over that 16 year period.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Doesn't Duke start 3 true freshmen||
Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor?? Grayson Allen sees a lot of time and he's a freshmen too. Matt Jones is a sophomore.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Bo Ryan||
this is his second FF. Wisky made it last year too.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Depends on the coach and program||
Bill Self has been at Kansas 12 years. He's 52 and I doubt he leaves to take another job in college.
I'm guessing Sean Miller isn't going anywhere else in college unless it's UK or Duke.
Izzo's been at MSU 20 yrs.
Matta's been at OSU 11 years and he's only 47.
Few's been at Gonzaga for 15 yrs.
Donovan's been at Florida for almost 20 yrs.
Rick Barnes has been at Texas 17 yrs (although a lot of Texas fans wish that weren't true).
Yeah, coaches are going to climb the ladder but UM should be a spot pretty high on the ladder.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Sullinger||
was from Columbus. I get what you're saying though.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Kentucky recruiting||
While the coaches might not have a ton of time to directly recruit him, I'm guessing UK getting all the press for being 38-0 and in their 4th FF in the last 5 years is a pretty good recruiting tool.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||UK early entries||
Most of them aren't doing too bad. 12 of their 16 early entrees have been first round draft picks so the received guaranteed contracts. Some of the better performers after Wall and Davis:
Patrick Patterson is in his 7th yr in the NBA.
Erik Bledsoe is in his 5th yr in the NBA. This past off season he signed a 5 yr $70 million dollar contract.
Brandon Knight has been in the NBA 4 years. He made the All-rookie team his first year and has a career scoring average of 15 pts/game.
Michael Kidd Gilcrest is in his 3rd year in the NBA. He made the All-Rookie second team his first year.
Terrence Jones is in his 3rd year in the NBA and averaged 12 pts/game last year.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||As the other poster mentioned||
most of the Power 5 conferences don't have hockey. The Big Ten is the only power 5 conference that has hockey. Most of these smaller schools are in areas where hockey is big (the northeast, midwest and the upper part of the great plains).
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Also remember||
with the draft you're probably going to have a mixed bag of players on both teams oline. Instead of having the first string oline on one team and the second unit on the other, you're going ot have a mix of players on the oline for both teams.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Who knows but||
Levert is from the Columbus area.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Yup||
I posted it in another thread a few days ago but if you look at QBR ratings, etc. Gardner was a middle of the pack QB in the Big Ten last year. For all of our frustrations with the QB play at UM last year, there were a number of teams in the Big Ten who had QB's that performed worse then Gardner.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Best coach in 50 years???||
You think Dantonio is a better coach than Saban???
|17 weeks 6 days ago||You said above||
"Elite coaches don't lose 6 of 7 to their rival" so by your definition Tom Osborne isn't an elite coach and McKay and Bryant had poor stretches against their rival too. Please, enlighten us, what is your definition of an elite coach??????
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Bear Bryant||
had a stretch where he went 1-4-1 against Tennessee. Should we maybe reconsider whether he should be talked about as an elite coach?
Tom Osbourne had a stretch where he went 1-8 against Oklahoma. Shold we not consider him an elite coach?
John McKay had a stretch where he went 2-5 against ND. Should we maybe reconsider whether he's an elite coach?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||In his prime||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Have you seen his entire will?||
Maybe he did leave money to other institutions and causes.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||UNC academic scandal||
Depending on what you read the roots of the scandal might have began as early as the mid-90's. Dean Smith was still the basketball coach at UNC then.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Preferred walk on vs walk on||
What's the difference between a preferred walk on vs a non-preferred walk on?
|18 weeks 8 hours ago||Agree||
I'd like to see at least one Big Ten team make it to the FF - preferably Wisconsin.
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||One concern for next year||
With or without Levert this should be a dangerous team on the offensive end. My main concern, especially with Irvin at the 4, is how well the team will hold up on the defensive glass. With Irvin at the 4, it is a pretty small lineup.
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||yeah||
Can't remember the players name but last year one of the big men redshirted and was supposedly impressing a lot of people in practice. This year, the results on the court didn't seem to match the practice hype from last year.