"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
|6 days 17 hours 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.
|6 days 17 hours 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.
|6 days 18 hours 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.
|6 days 18 hours 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.
|6 days 19 hours 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.
|6 days 19 hours 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.
|6 days 22 hours 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?
|1 week 17 hours 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.
|1 week 18 hours ago||For shits and giggles||
|1 week 18 hours 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.
|1 week 19 hours 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.
|1 week 20 hours 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.
|1 week 21 hours 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.
|1 week 22 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not sure but||
Countess, Lewis, Taylor and Stribling all are in the box score.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||Subject line||
First word in the subject line is 'Hypothetical'.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah||
Nebraska hiring Riley is a total head scratcher.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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?
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||Okafor||
could go to Europe, China, etc. and train for his chosen career...and get paid while doing it.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 3 days ago||This||
I think lowering the shot clock will be more of a benefit to the teams which are good on defense.
|1 week 5 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.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wouldn't they need to happen||
for UM to bring in another two transfers? What is UM's scholarship count at now?
|1 week 6 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.
|2 weeks 15 hours 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.
|2 weeks 20 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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:
|2 weeks 1 day 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
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 8 hours 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Who is she on Madmen?||
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||What a quote||
"I don't golf. I coach football."
|4 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 6 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??
|4 weeks 6 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).
|5 weeks 15 hours 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.
|5 weeks 2 days 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.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Continue to practice||
If you're on a medical scholarship, are you allowed to practice?
|5 weeks 2 days 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.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh||
has been hanging out with Beilein too much.
|5 weeks 3 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
|5 weeks 4 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.
|5 weeks 6 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.
|5 weeks 6 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.
|6 weeks 20 hours 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.
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Bunting??||
No talk about Bunting. Baring a big off-season and fall camp is he off the radar until 2016?
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 2 days 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.
|7 weeks 2 days 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.
|7 weeks 2 days 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.
|7 weeks 2 days 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Pretty sure||
Louisville was still in the Big East when they beat us in the NC game.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 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????
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 17 hours 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.
|8 weeks 17 hours 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.
|8 weeks 18 hours 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.
|8 weeks 20 hours 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.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Your last 2 sentences||
Maybe I'm reading them wrong but we had an experienced 5th yr QB heading into 2014.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||It's not that uncommon||
If Pitino is speaking about it, I'm guessing it happens more then we know.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Reread his post||
He clearly says this is Bo Ryan's first FF.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Bo Ryan||
this is his second FF. Wisky made it last year too.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Sullinger||
was from Columbus. I get what you're saying though.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 3 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).
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Who knows but||
Levert is from the Columbus area.
|8 weeks 6 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.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Best coach in 50 years???||
You think Dantonio is a better coach than Saban???
|9 weeks 8 hours 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??????
|9 weeks 14 hours 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?
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||In his prime||
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Have you seen his entire will?||
Maybe he did leave money to other institutions and causes.
|9 weeks 17 hours 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.
|9 weeks 22 hours ago||Preferred walk on vs walk on||
What's the difference between a preferred walk on vs a non-preferred walk on?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Agree||
I'd like to see at least one Big Ten team make it to the FF - preferably Wisconsin.
|9 weeks 1 day 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.
|9 weeks 1 day 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.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Here's a few||
If what has been reported about UNC bball players taking classes that never really existed, I'd have to throw Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Bill Guthridge and Matt Doherty in this group.
Rupp wasn't exactly a saint either, was he? (and I'm not just talking about his racial views).
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Heck||
Hoke had some darn good recruiting classes too. If you look at UM's average star/player it's pretty much Top 10-15 each year for the last 4-5 years. When you look at the recruiting rankings for Big Ten teams over the 4-5 yrs, OSU and UM are 1 and 2...and 3rd place isn't even close to UM or OSU in terms of the number of 4 and 5 star recruits. Hoke and his staff just couldn't develop the players once they go to AA.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||UM's defense||
also had the good fortune of playing some of the worst QB's in college football. Going by ESPN's QBR ratings, UM got to face (for comparison's sake Devin Gardner's QBR rating was 49.7)
CJ Brown, Maryland, 48.8
Trevor Siemian, NU, 43.3
Hackenber, PSU, 35.8
Andrew Hendrix, Miami (OH), 35.5
Kameron Bryant, App St, 33.5
Zander Diamont, IU, 19.4
So essentially UM's defense got to go up against 6 QB's who performed worse then Devin Gardner. That would make a lot of defenses look good.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Basketball recruiting||
Depending on who you listen to and how much stock you put into what they say, who a school has supply their gear can have a big impact on some basketball recruits.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||This is comedy||
For one, I thought most people here feel time of possession is one of the most over rated stats in all of football.
In the 7 losses, there were only two games where they significantly lost the time of possession battle - Minny and MSU, and those games were over heading into the 4th quarter. In addition, in 6 of the 7 losses they were losing, if not losing by a lot, heading into the 4th quarter.
Notre Dame game: score at end of 3rd Q, ND 28 - UM 0. TOP: UM 33:04, ND 26:56.
Utah game: score at the end of 3rd Q, Utah 20 - UM 10. TOP: UM 33:32, Utah 26:28.
Minnesota game: score at the end of the 3rd Q, Minny 27 - UM 7. TOP: Minny 34:40, UM 25:20.
Rutgers game: score at the end of the 3rd Q, Rutgers 19 - UM 17. TOP: Rutgers 30:46, UM 29:14.
Michigan St game: score at the end of the 3rd Q, MSU 28 - UM 3. TOP: MSU 33:46, UM 26:14.
Maryland game: score at the end of the 3rd Q, UM 16 - Maryland 9. TOP: UM 34:00, Maryland 26:00.
OSU game: score at the end of the 3rd Q: OSU 28 - UM 21. TOP: UM 34:05, OSU 25:55.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know if I agree||
with all the ideas on here. I do agree that a neutral site hosting the tournament isn't a good idea either. However, if you're a parent or relative of a player you might not be able to make your travel and accomodation plans very far in advance. If you have a closely contested race that comes down to the final weekend, you might not know where you son is going to be playing until the Sunday before the conference tourney starts.
The 3 weekend tourney idea sounds great unless you're a parent who has to scramble every Sun/Mon to get your travel plans set for the next weekend.
Why not just rotate the host arena each year among the members of the conference? One year UM hosts, the next year MSU, etc.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||The exceptions||
as i mentioned earlier mainly have to do with how far into the season you are. In a lot of cases it's a judgement call by the coaches but if a player is good enough to be competing for time, you try to get him on the field on Saturdays. You can try all you want in practice but you can't replicate what it's like to be in the line of fire on Saturdays. You put him in the line of fire and see how he responds.
There's nothing like a real game for teachable moments and to show you where a player really is and to help speed their development. If you're recruiting at a high level and have solid player development, you're going to be cycling through players (year after year) on a pretty regular basis.
This whole mantra about needing to redshirt is comedy really. Every coach redshirts, but every coach plays the best players. Heck even Dantanio, who does a ton of redshirting, plays true freshmen. if a guy is good enough to play, you get him on the field. If he isn't, he doesn't play and you redshirt him.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Kentucky||
They might have missed the tourney a couple years ago but they've been to the FF three of the last four years and are the #1 seed heading into this years tourney.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Smotrycz||
He was slowed by injuries this year but last he averaged 28 minutes, 11 pts and 6 boards per game. He was a 4* recruit out of high school.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I think both teams should get possession||
in the overtime, but I don't think they should use the college rules. If the team that gets first possession scores, they kick off to the other team. If the team that receives the second kick off doesn't tie the score, game over.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||NHL overtime||
is that a proposal for the playoffs or just the regular season?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know||
If the NFL wants to adopt the college playoff rules for regular season games, that'd be fine but I don't think I'd like to see a playoff game decided in that fashion.
Similiar to the NHL, they have one set of rules for regular season OT games and another set for the playoffs.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Being a life long Raiders fan||
I can say pretty confidently that over the last 10-15 years, I wouldn't use any personnel move by the Raiders as an example that proves much of anything...other than the Raiders make really bad personnel decisions.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Underclassmen||
While there are a lot of underclassmen, a good portion of those underclassmen played significant minutes on a team that lost in the NCAA final last year.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||This||
Over the course of a 30 game regular season it's tough to get up for every game. Some games the intensity isn't going to be 100%. Is UK unbeatable - no, but they are going to come ready to play in the NCAA tourney.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||The best players should play||
In general, if you're competing for a spot and you're the best player, you should play. Who cares whether you're a true frosh or a senior. IMO, this is particularly true in the first half of the year. Now if it's game 10, 11 or 12 and the true freshman hasn't played, that makes the decision a little tougher. From all accounts Hoke and his staff had their scenario with Kalis and decided not to play him.
You should never go into fall camp thinking certain players are going to redshirt. Even when you break fall camp, you might have an idea of some guys who look like possible redshirts but nothing should be written in stone.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||NFL||
Part of the reason the NFL is moving that way is the rules are stacked in favor of the offense. If the NFL rolled back the rules when it comes to hitting QB's and how the DB's can play to what they were 20-30 years ago, I'm guessing it'd wouldn't be so free flowing.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||IBB||
A base on balls is generally bad for the pitching team. With an intentional base on balls, you take the bat out of the hands of someone you don't want to hit.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||15 years ago||
the shot clock was 35 seconds. So if the pace is different today then it was 15 years ago, it's not because of the shot clock.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||True but||
the level of compeition that he sees night in and night out in the WCC is not near the level that he'd be seeing in the SEC.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||NIT Bracketology||
The last few posts I've seen on this board with the NIT bracketology I want to say UM isn't projected to make the NIT.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm going to go out on a limb||
and say the defense probably only practiced for the equivalent of the first 25 minutes of a half. They almost always seemed to run out of gas right before the first half ended and let the other team score.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||It's probably tough||
to get a guage on a guy like Wagner. At least in the video's I've seen posted on this board, the quality of his competition didn't look that great.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||Contributing more then Caris as freshman||
That's pretty much out of necessity, no? Walton and Caris get hurt so someone is getting thrown to the wolves. If Walton and Caris don't get hurt, neither Dawkins nor MAAR see nearly the same amount of time on the floor as they are.
If Burke and Hardaway had both gotten hurt, I'm guessing Caris would have seen a lot more time his freshmen year.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||Maybe but||
While I agree that the 'big' concusstions that were used to seeing with LB's, WR's, RB's, DB's probably do not occur with olineman, I'd guess there are a lot of minor trauma's that occur with the olinemen. On just about any running play these guys are firing off the ball into a dlineman or an LB. While the violent hit that usually occurs that really rings someones bell probably doesn't occur, there are probably tons of minor ones.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Weaker schedule this year?||
UM's non-conference schedule in 2011 was: WMU, ND, EMU and SDSU. All at home. I'd say this years non-conference schedule will probably be tougher then 2011.
With conference play in 2011 OSU had their worst year since 2001. OSU will probably be preseason Top 3 if not #1 this year and I'd be surprised if they aren't undefeated when they come to AA. MSU was ranked around 20th in 2011. That might be similiar this year.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Not if||
your ND at home trying to prevent the opponent from kicking a FG.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||QB||
I think most people expect QB to be one of the weaker positions on the field this fall. A lot of us are hoping Harbaugh can work some magic and we'll hopefully have a serviceable starter. I don't believe too many people are thinking Harbaugh is going to turn one of these QB's into an all-conference type of performer in 2015.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||If they are||
it's be super quiet with regards to information leaking out about practices.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||It's a fine line||
Burning redshirts wasn't Hoke's biggest problem, it was player development. If Dymonte Thomas had been Honorable Mention/2nd team all Big Ten last year and was looking to be one of the better safeties in the Big Ten heading into 2015, I doubt too many people would be moaning about the fact he didn't redshirt.
Urban Meyer expects his youngsters to play special teams. One of the reasons Brionte Dunn was in his doghouse was Dunn didn't want to do special teams.
I don't think too many coaches who recruit at a high level (which we all thought Hoke was doing until the bottom fell out) go into fall camp with a preconceived idea of who is probably going to redshirt. Would they like to redshirt some guys? Sure. But part of recruiting top recruits is early playing time. You need to have the philosophy that the best players are going to play...no matter whether that's a true freshman or a 5th yr senior. You can't be going into the homes of the top recruits and telling them they'll be redshirting their freshmen year if they come to Michigan.
Look at OSU's 2 deep roster heading into the NC Game. There's a number of true freshman on the 2 deep. Carroll at USC consistenly played true freshmen as well.
To me the burning of redshirts is more a by product of Hoke and his staff seemingly not knowing who the best players were and over time not developing the players. If you think Harbaugh is going to bring in stud recruiting classes and redshirt most of them, you're going to be disappointed. You compete, you win the job, you play.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
Maybe Maryland is one of these teams that tends to play to the level of their opponent.
You probably need 2 hands to count the number of games that Michigan lost but yet had a chance to win with less then 4 minutes left in regulation. Should we just call Michigan unlucky?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Want a player to stay until he graduates||
In order to get the player to stay wouldn't the amount of money in this bucket have to be pretty darn close to what a player thinks they could make in the NFL?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
Not sure what happened after the 2004 season but at the tail end of his career, they weren't bad.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Well||
Brian has the last 8 years of Red in his post. The last 8 years of JoePa were:
2005: 11-1, Big Ten Champs, final ranking #3
2008: 11-2, Big Ten Champs, final ranking #8
2009: 11-2, final ranking #8 or 9 depending on poll
2011: 8-1 (5-0 in the Big Ten)
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Assuming the former||
Based upon high school recruiting rankings there's only one team in the conference that has comparable/better rankings and that's OSU. If you go back and look over the last 4-5 years at the number of 4 and 5 star recruits that each team in the Big Ten has gotten, 1st and 2nd are OSU and UM and the 3rd place school isn't even in the picture.
As we've seen lately, what you do with the recruits once you get them on campus is just as important as getting the recruits. Hoke and his staff were pretty darn good at getting the recruits to AA, but they were pretty darn poor when it came to doing much with them once they were in AA.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Agree and||
if you go back and read some the UFR's early in the year Brian noted the oline was creating holes but the running backs (Green/Smith) weren't hitting them. I think they definitely got better as the year went along but I also think Johnson was finding the holes that earlier in the year the others were missing.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Physical nature of NA basketball||
Kind of agree. Someone posted a video highlight of him the other day and honestly, I didn't think the quality of the competition in the video was very good. It was just a 3 minute video so who really knows but based off of the video, I'm not sure he'd be getting a lot of minutes next year.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Why wouldn't he think he'd play QB in the NFL?||
After his brief stint of starting at QB at the end of 2012, I think most UM fans were salivating at what he would be as a 5th yr senior in 2014. He wasn't a world beater in 2012 but for a guy making only a few starts there were enough glimpses in those games that most people thought if he improved some each year, 2014 had the potential to be a pretty special year.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||I don't know||
if putting Craig James name on the list of alumni adds a lot of prestige to the high school.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Separation between QB's||
I'm guessing there will to some extent be some separation between the QB's after Spring practice. Will it be enough to say there is a clear #1? Who knows.
I'm guessing what the QB's do in the off-season might play as a big of a role as Spring practice in determining who starts. There's an entire new playbook to learn and after only 15 Spring practices I'm guessing there will still be a large portion of the playbook to learn. Will any of the QB's come back with a broader knowledge and understanding of the playbook after the summer? Did any of the QB's seem to develop better chemistry with wr's during the course of the off season workouts?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Smith got Wally Pipp'd||
Smith got hurt and Kaepernick took over. Kaepernick performed well enough that Smith never got his job back with Niners.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Agree for the most part||
This isn't Oklahoma in the mid 80's where you Aikman and Jamielle Holloway battleing for the job. One a true drop back pocket passer and the other a wishbone QB where you had to decide on 2 offenses which were completely opposite.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||True but||
they've also made the Elite 8, four of the last 5 years and been in the FF three of the last four years.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Henne and Gutz||
Did Henne really beat him out? Everything that was reported was Gutz was hurt and that's how Henne got the job. Of course, he performed well enough that he never lost it.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Playing the best guys last year||
That's a valid question, imo. However, the coaches did make a change at QB for the Minnesota game. They gave Shane a shot to grab the starting QB job and even before concussion gate, Shane hadn't done anything to show the job should be his.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Dream Team||
As long as Jordan was going to be on the Dream Team, Isiah had no chance of being on the team.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I'm guessing||
it mainly has to do with new TV markets that a conference could bring in. None of the schools you list would allow the Pac-12 to enter new TV markets. So more then more likely the TV revenue of the conference wouldn't go up but the amount of schools dividing up the revenue would increase. I doubt the Pac-12 is interested in any of those schools.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||What money??||
At some of those first and second round games barely half the arena is full. March Madness makes their money by selling the TV rights. Ticket sales are just a tiny percent of the NCAA's profit on March Madness.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Depends||
Didn't read the article but Rudock has to graduate from Iowa first. If he isn't scheduled to graduate until May, then I don't think he can transfer until the summer.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Morris redshirt||
IMO, it all depends on where he is on the depth chart. If Rudock were to win the starting job and Morris wins the back up job, why would you redshirt him? It's been a loooong time since UM has had a starting QB take all the meaningful snaps over the course of a season. Now if Morris ends up buried on the depth chart then he'd probably be eligible for redshirt due to never seeing the field. However, if he's buried on the depth chart I'd guess he might consider transferring.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Speight||
You think he'd transfer if Rudock was the starter this year? Speight is only a RS FR. If Rudock were the starter in 2015 then heading into 2016 Speight would still have 3 yrs of eligibility left and the QB spot would be up for grabs.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||You could say||
with the way Harbaugh answered that question we're off to better start organizationally than with the previous two regimes.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Gideon||
was actually seeing a fair bit of time towards the end of his freshman year. However, he all but disappeared last year on Saturdays.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||A couple others||
Kobe Bryant and Cal Ripken,
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Matters for home games||
Lower seed is on the road.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I got the impression||
the athletes from all the countries were housed there.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Santa Clara County is huge||
There's people in SF County that are closer to the stadium then people in Santa Clara County. Santa Clara County extends to the northern border of the Central Valley.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||With regards to the Raiders||
if you put a good product on the field the fans will come. Moving to LA might solve the attendance problem for the first couple of years because of the novelty but if they continue to churn out 4-12 type seasons, attendance will start to tail off.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Exactly||
There's a reason the NBA draft went to 2 rounds. There just aren't many spots available on the roster each year. A good percentage of 2nd round draft picks don't even make an NBA roster.
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||Only other Big Ten rivarly game||
Agree with your post but Minnesota had to come to Ann Arbor the past two years to play for the Little Brown Jug.
|14 weeks 21 hours ago||Fun thread||
A few that I haven't seen mentioned:
1) Nicklaus winning the '86 Masters.
2) Tom Watson coming within one hole of winning the British Open in his late 50's
3) Hurricanes vs BC in '84??? The Flutie Hail Mary.
4) Villnova beating Gtown to win the NCAA title
|14 weeks 21 hours ago||Jordan's last shot||
I didn't know he did anything memorable with the Wizards??
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with what you're saying||
about UM's tatlent (at least according to recruiting rankings) being better then a 5-7 team. However, a difference between OSU's 6-7 season and UM's 5-7 season is the development of the players. As I mentioned Tressell had built a machine where they did a great job of developing players. OSU was a program that was reloading year after year and was suddenly thrown into turmoil during the Spring of 2011. The OSU football program was in a much better place after the 2011 season then UM is after the 2014 season. I expect Harbaugh and his staff to develop these players much better than Hoke and his staff did but Harbaugh is going to be starting from scratch or at the very beginning of developing these players. Meyer walked into a situation where the players, especially the upperclassmen, were well on their way to being solid to stud contributors on Saturdays.
OSU was sitting there ready to be back at an elite level when Meyer took over. The 6-7 record was more of a blip then a trend that had been taking place and finally surfaced. On top of that OSU had an experienced QB returning. I think Harbaugh is going to be a godsend to our UM's QB's but outside of Morris making a couple starts, none of them have any experience.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||OSU's 6-7 season||
is a mirage. Did you not see that stat about what their record is over the last 10 years? Tressell had built OSU into a machine. The 6-7 record wasn't indicative of the talent that was on that roster. Urban Meyer walked into a program that was loaded with talent and had won the Big Ten every year from 2005-2010.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Young Team in 2017||
OSU had a pretty young team this year and won the National Title. If you look at the depth chart for OSU before the Bama game, half of their two deep on defense is a first or second year player. 11 total players were Freshmen, RS Freshmen or true Sophs and 5 of them were listed as starters.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||It works both ways||
MSU has already played Maryland twice but UM hasn't played them yet and UM only plays them once. MSU had to go to Iowa but UM got Iowa at home. MSU has IU twice, UM only has IU once. UM has OSU twice but MSU only has OSU once.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Successful everywhere he's been||
No doubt he has had success at all his coaching stops but I wouldn't necessarily say he was competing for national championships before he came to UM. Before he arrived at UM, he had only made 4 appearances in the NCAA tourney - he actually had more NIT appearances then NCAA appearances before he arrived in Ann Arbor. Now two of those 4 NCAA appearances ended up being an Elite 8 and a Sweet 16.
Can you make a run to the Final Four or the Title Game without stud recrruits - sure. There's a number of recent examples to prove it, but if you want a program that is going to make consistent runs to the Elite 8 and Final 4 you need to land some stud recruits.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
and if you look at the NIT fields the last 3-4 years it's not common for an at-large to be at .500. There might be one team that is like 16-15 but most of the at-large bids are usually at least 3 or 4 games over .500
|15 weeks 13 hours ago||Agree||
The fact they go to commercials before the kick off and after the kickoff is stupid.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||In this day and age||
of spread offenses and 3 play scoring drives I don't think getting rid of the clock stopping after first downs is going to put in a major dent in the overall game time in D1 division. The reason the difference is probably so great between D1, 1-AA, D2 etc. is TV timeouts/commercials. When you look at the scores from any given Saturday and most of the scores are 45-27, 42-28, etc. the amount of time spent going to commercial breaks after scores is huge.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Jerry Hanlon||
because all he did was put out stud olines year after year. I'd love to see an in depth interview with him.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||Bunting's size||
While it good be a huge asset in the passing game, it can also be a liability when it comes to blocking if his technique isn't solid.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||Agree on Hill||
Everyone seems to be focues on Bunting but Hill was actually starting to make some contributions in the passing game before he got hurt.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||How is this much different||
then Bo saying a Michigan man will coach Michigan??
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||Not necessarily true||
I know a number of people who got accepted to multiple schools for their graduate program and ended up rolling at a school of lesser prestige. They school they enrolled at offered them a way better package when it came to the financial aspect of attending grad school.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||Wilson||
wasn't a marginal contributor at NC State. He redshirted his freshman year and then started the next 3 years and was quite good. He was named first team All-ACC at least one of those years. The big issue as far as I remember was NC State's coach wanted Wilson to focus on football but Wilson wanted to continue playing minor league baseball in the summer months.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||Maybe this has changed||
but I thought the original rule stipulated that the school he currently attends does not have a post graduate program that the school he is transferring to has.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||This||
the quote from the article in the OP says that only 14% of the population graduate in 4 years. It doesn't say that only 14% of students ever graduate. I went to college 20 years and most of my friends didn't graduate in 4 years. I don't know if it was as low as 15% but it definitely wasn't anything out of the normal for people to take 4.5 to 5 years to get their undergrad degree.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah||
One of the things that come into play is how many conference regular season champs don't win their conference post season tourney. Those teams get automatic bids to the NIT. I was looking at the NIT fields the last 3-4 years and most of the teams from the power 5 conferences that made it were a few games over .500. There were a few years were there were almost no teams with less than 20 wins that made the NIT.
At this point, UM probably has to have a decent finish just to make the NIT.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||OSU defense||
I don't know if OSU's defense was that great heading into the UM. The week before against Indiana they gave up 395 yds of offense. 281 of those were on the ground and the Hoosiers averaged 7.8 yds/carry against OSU.
The week before that they did okay against Minny but still gave up 218 yds rushing at an average of 5 yds/ carry. The week before Minny they played MSU and gave up 536 yds of total offense.
Don't ask me why but imo something clicked for OSU's defense between the michigan game and the BT Title game.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Oline||
The oline wasn't that bad in 2015. Once Johnson was the featured back, the running game seemed to do pretty well. If you read some of the UFR's from earlier in the year, the oline was opening some holes but Green and Smith weren't always getting to the holes.
2015 wasn't a vintage UM line by any stretch, but they were better then the 2013 and 2014 units. I'd like to think that with another year under their belts and a new coaching staff, we're going to be seeing an oline that is closer to what most of us expect out of a UM oline.
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||Equivalent of taking a 2016 QB recruit||
No, it's not the equivalent. While he's not eligible until 2016, he only has 2016 and 2017 to play. A 2016 recruit isn't done until 2019 (or 2020 if they stay 5 years).
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||Yes||
Unless he and his family are paying out of their pocket to go to UM, he counts against the scholarship limit.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Great shot at National Title||
If Henson comes back in 2001, I think they have a great shot at the BCS title game. I tend to think they would have gotten mauled by Miami though.