the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
|3 days 9 hours ago||Amen||
Even the announcers commented at one point they were having problems reading the numbers during the bowl game.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Just guessing||
but the big ten is going to let the Citrus continue to have first pick of Big Ten teams that don't qualify for the playoff or other big bowls???
|4 days 18 hours ago||Pinstripe Bowl||
NY weather can vary that time of year. Would be interesting to see some of the more southern teams (geographicly) from the ACC play in some nice cold weather.
|1 week 3 days ago||Was watching||
Youtubes of the punt return last week after the Keith Jackson thread. He doesn't say 'Goodbye Buckeyes'. He's describing the play and then 'Goodbye', decent pause and then 'Hello Heisman'.
|1 week 3 days ago||Beefing up non-conference schedule||
I don't know if it's beefing up the non-conference schedule so much as replacing ND on the non-conference schedule.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah||
Assuming Hoke and Meyer keep dominating Big Ten recruiting like they have, that is almost 2 automatic losses for PSU since they'll have to play UM and OSU every year. 7-8 wins a year means they're going 7-3 or 8-3 in the rest of the games.
|1 week 5 days ago||Lacks Physical speed||
Maybe lacks 'game' speed. Wasn't his 40 time at the combine or pro day one of the fastest out of the group of safeties?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Big House||
Wasn't Keith Jackson the one who first called Michigan Stadium, 'The Big House'?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||100th UM-OSU game||
Not sure if that link works but it's Keith Jackson doing the intro to the 100th UM-OSU game.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Come on Ace!!!!||
You're going to bring up Keith Jackson, get our hearts and ears all sentimental and NOT at least give us an audio clip of the man. Talk about a tease!!
Just kidding. Good post - I used to love listening to him. Luckily, when he semi-retired and was only doing west coast games I was living on the west coast and got to listen to him for a few more years.
Pretty sure he came out of his 'west coast only' retirement to call the 100th OSU-UM game in 2003.
(Edit - went back and re-read the entire post and saw you tried to find one. The first I didn't make it to the bottom cause I stopped reading when I saw all the Chris Berman faces)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Cincy and UConn||
would probably love to join any 'BCS' Conference - Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big 12 or Pac-12. Those are the two schools that are going to be hit the hardest from the demise of the Big East.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dr. Robert Smith||
Comedy. Had forgotten about that.
Thank you - I needed a good laugh today.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||With Saban remember||
that he's also coached at MSU and LSU. Neither of which were great programs when he took over at those schools. Also, when Saban took over Alabama the Crimson Tide wasn't that good either. They went 7-5 in his first year.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Doomsday||
It's kind of funny to see people worrying about whether Beilein can keep the recruiting going. It's a valid concern, but a fun concern to have.
One thing people seem to have forgotten is that in the fall of 2014 Stauskas, Albrecht, LeVert and Horford will all be juniors or seniors. Unless one or more blow up next year that should hopefully be a pretty solid group of upperclassmen with a good amount of experience returning. Not saying that guarantees a deep tourney run and elite status, but you mix in some solid younger guys and that has the makings of a pretty solid team.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
It'll be interesting to see how the whole team adapts to life without Burke. I'm hoping in the off-season McGary can continue to develope the 12-15' jumper as well as one or two solid moves moves with his back to the basket in the post. Combine those items with his ability to put the ball on the floor for one or two dribbles and get to the basket and he could be an absoute terror.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Burners'||
While speed is great, it's not like the receivers UM is recruiting are running 4.8's or 4.9's in the 40. 40 yd times to me at least are over rated, especially when you start comparing two guys who runs a 4.43 vs say a 4.55. Rarely if ever is a player going to run 40 yds in a straight line during a game. The few instances might be in a punting/kick off situation or if a ball carrier breaks free and has a straight shot to the endzone.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ace - question||
How do you calculate how many 3, 4, and 5 star recruits a school has in the composite box up top?
Up top in the composite box with all the schools, it indicates that MSU has no 4 star recruits but then when MSU's recruits are listed individually 4 of their players have a 4th star from at least one service.
With OSU, in the composite box up top they are listed as having five 4 star recruits but then down below all 7 of their recruits have at least one 4th star from one of the servces.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||McCarron||
I was going to throw out a comparison to Andy Dalton.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Filling Stadiums||
Good point about the plan for inter division games. If I'm any team in the west other than Nebraska, Wisky and Iowa (teams who sell out or come close to selling their stadiums every home game) I sure as heck want to see OSU or UM coming to town every year because I know that's one game where the stadium will be sold out or darn close. If I'm Illinois, NU, Purdue or Minny the last thing I want to hear is that I'm probably going to be hosting Rutgers, Maryland and Indiana a lot more than OSU or UM.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||MSU @ ND||
might be primetime. That will be on NBC and this only lists the ESPN/ABC games.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Stanford||
probably hasn't come up as a possibility because why would Stanford want to do that? Every road trip in conference play would be end being at least a trek half way across the country.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Is Brandon only going after students?||
or are season ticket holders/suite holders who don't show up to a couple games and/or show up late to games going to have repurcussions as well?
Now 5000 no shows/late arrivers in a group of 25,000 is going to be much more visible than 3000 no shows out of 85,000 but if the goal is to make people attend games and show up on time then whatever Brandon is planning on doing should apply to the season ticket holders as well as the students.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah||
In terms of the overall team rankings quantity of recruits plays a big role. I usually look at average star per player. USC last year is a good example. On rivals their class for 2013 was ranked 13th. However, their average star per player was 4.42. Texas A&M was ranked 11th but their average star per player was only 3.35. A&M brought in 31 recruits while USC only had 12.
Obviously, you want more than 12 recruits but if UM only signs around 20, their class will be ranked pretty high but they probably won't be ranked #1 because there will be schools that have good classes but sign 25-28 kids.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Actually||
if you watch some other videos of the anthem, the person on the ice singing the anthem stops singing very early into the song.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Summer work||
doesn't necessarily mean there are going to be coaches there/watching. I'm sure the players know drills they can do whether a coach is there or not. It's probably not much different than a bball player going to the gym and working on this free throws, shooting, dribbling by himself or with teammates.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||NBA Second round||
Pretty good comparison. I don't believe there are guaranteed contracts if you're drafted in the second round. If you're a second round draft pick and get cut in camp, you might be sol. It's why underclassmen usually only come out if they are very confident of being a first round pick.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
If McGary could shoot the three, I'm guessing we would have seen some pick and rolls where instead of rolling to the basketball, he rolls to the 3 point line. Kind of like what the Pistons did with Lambeer.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||OSU||
Losing Thomas is big, but I think that's about all they lose. Some of the younger guys started playing a lot better towards the end of the year. I'd guess they'll be right in the thick of the big ten race next year.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
Even Kerr and Kellog commented on Hancock moving and that they thought it should have been a no call.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Burke block||
I wonder which referee made the foul call. The referee in the video/gif above is in no position to make the call. It looks like he's completely blocked by Siva to be able to tell whether Burke fouled Siva with his body or not.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Louisville??||
I think Siva was their only sr that started. UK will be ranked pretty high too. OSU will probably be up there. They have most of their players coming back and a couple of the younger guys really started stepping up towards the end of the year.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||FT Shooting||
For a team that is considered a vrey good outside shooting team, it's head scratching how they struggle at the line. GRIII was their best free throw shooter tonight Even when Burke was going to the line, I was thinking just hit one of two.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
There were a number of items that hurt UM, free throws maybe at the top of the list but that's been a problem all year, but I can't believe those are three of the best refs in D1. That was a badly officiated game all around.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
It's been an issue all year.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||It could be worse||
when they go to two divisions in football in 2015, they could name the divisions the leaders and the legends.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Stauskas 3 in second half||
To me this was huge. Florida had come out on a 6-0 run to start the second half and UM's offense looked totally out of sync. Stauskas 3 in the corner seemed to put a huge dent in the momentum Florida had been gaining.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Carter-Williams||
It'll be interesting to see who UM picks on C-Williams to start the game. Burke's only 6'1" at best. Do they throw Stauskas or THJ on Williams and let Burke start off on Triche?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Good shooters||
Indiana has some pretty good 3 point shooters: Oladipo 44%, Watford 48%, Hulls 44%, Sheehy 34% and they combines to go 3-14 against Syracuse.
I like the fact that Beilen is familiar with the 2-3 from his days at WVU and they have 5 days to put the gameplan in.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Fencing||
Was looking at the Director's Cup website and points for the Fencing National Championship is included in tomorrow's release. ND got 2nd in fencing.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Notre Dame||
is going to get points for men's basketball, women's basketball which just made the Final Four and men's hockey.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Alford||
Alford's had 4 coaching stops in his career before taking the UCLA job and with the possible exception of Iowa, he's done a solid job at the other 3.
The first stop was Manchester, Division 3. They went 4-16 his first year. By the time he left after his 4th year they had made 3 straight trips to the d3 ncaa tourney and were 31-1 and ncaa runner-up in his 4th year.
Southwest Missouri St: stayed there 4 years. In his 4th year they made the sweet 16. He left for Iowa after that. They haven't been to the ncaa tourney since.
New Mexico: in 6 years there he won 4 conference titles and made 3 ncaa tourney appearances.
I don't know if he's going to set the world on fire at UCLA but I doubt he's going to bomb either.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Mgoblog||
For starterrs, I'd just like to see his picture at the top of the blog. Maybe Brian doesn't want to jinx it and is waiting until the season is over.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Morris vs Bellomy for second string||
While Morris might have beaten Bellomy out for second string, that might not affect who would play in mop up duty. If the coaches wanted to redshirt Morris, they might have thrown Bellomy in for garbage time. However, if Gardner got hurt and was going to be out for a few games, Morris would have then gotten the nod.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Called Gardner run plays||
Other than some bootlegs last year, did they really call that many running plays for Gardner? I thought a good amount of his runs came on scrambles.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||experience||
Sure Morris can get some game reps this year and sit in 2014, but I think if he isn't able to redshirt this year, he won't redshirt next year unless it's injury related. If he's healthy in 2014, the coaches will want him to see mop up duty to get him as much game experience as possible before 2015.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||picture at the top of the blog||
What are the chances we can get a trey burke picture at the top of the blog to go with Denard?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||40 yd runs||
There's really only a few times a game where any player might run 40 yds in somewhat of a straight line - punt coverage and kickoff coverage (but you'll probably be dodging blockers at some point), a wr on a fly route, a ball carrier who breaks into the open field.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Sullinger||
He could have improved a lot by coming back the extra year. If he would have developed a mid range jump shot, he probably would have gone higher.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
I haven't seen much out of GRIII when UM has played the top level big ten teams to make me think he's ready to make the jump to the pros. When you consistently disappear against the best teams on the schedule, it makes me think he'd be spending a lot of time on the bench in the nba.
If his dad managed his money right, the money factor shouldn't way to heavily in his decision making process.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Kind of disagree||
If Collins can get one or two really solid recruits that will make a huge difference. Where as one or two really good players aren't going to make a big difference in how well a football team performs since there's 22 guys starting, 1 or 2 guys can make a big difference in how a basketball team performs.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Washington||
That was such a downer. UM was up something like 12-6, had to put together a nice 4th quarter drive and was attempting a FG to go up 2 scores. Washington blocks the FG and returns it for a TD. One or two plays after the kickoff Navarre throws a pass to Perry out in the flat. It bounces off of Perry's hands and is intercepted and returned for a TD. Within a matter of minutes (and probably less than a minute on the game clock) UM went from possibly being up 15-6 to being down 20-12.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Special teams disaster||
The irony is Oregon drove down the field on their first possession but stalled. They attempted a FG, which UM blocked and ran back for a TD. After that it was all Oregon on special teams.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||VCU||
was almost the perfect opponent to make UM look real good - an undersized team (I think only one starter was over 6'5") that likes a fast pace.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||GRIII||
Didn't he tend to do well against weaker competition during the season but tend to disappear against the tougher opponents? I don't think he came close to putting up 21 and 6 against IU, MSU, OSU or Wisconsin.
Kansas is going to be tough. What really worries me is UM on the defensive end. GRIII, Hardaway and Stauskas are going to need to help the big men on the glass and hold their against who ever they are guarding. Whoever comes in to spell McGary needs to play solid.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I thought||
if you're gambling you drink for free?????
|8 weeks 1 day ago||True||
but I saw a stat where this is the 5th straight year Gtown has lost to a double digit seed - OUCH!!!
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I'd also say||
another key is how well UM finishes near the rim. If UM is breaking down the press, they're going to get a decent amount of shots near the rim. They need to convert those easy chances. Over the course of the year all most everyone but Burke seemed to have stretches where they have trouble finishing near the rim.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Akron||
Akron's starting point guard got the boot not to long ago. One of their other players injured his back in practice yesterday and couldn't play and they had 2 guys in the hospital overnight with the flu who didn't play. Akron had 4 players out. This game tells you almost nothing about Akron or VCU.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yup||
That's what I have too.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Shazor||
My memory may be off but I thought he was pretty solid in run support but not that great in passing situations.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Path for #1 and #2 seeds||
I agree that the path for a #1 or #2 seed is much more conducive for more advancing. Although with the parity and balance in college bball now it might not be as conducive as it was 10, 15, 20 yrs ago. Assuming you're the ncaa has done a decent job seeding, if you're a 4 seed playing a 5 seed in the second round, you're matched up with a team that is relatively your equal.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Half court offense||
The offense to me is very unimaginative. It's either pick and roll with Trey Burke or a 3 man 'weave' on the perimeter. When it's pick and roll, there's no movement by the other players, they just spot up at the 3 point line. Very similiar with the 'weave' - guys are just doing laps around the perimeter. No back cuts, no off the ball screens, etc.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Another reason||
Since their 16-0 start, they've gone 10-7. I'm guessing it's been since sometime in January when they beat a team away from Ann Arbor that will be in the ncaa tourney.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Practice||
I played DIII ball and at the beginning of the season our practices ran close to 2.5 hrs long. By the end of the season they were 1.5 - 1.75 hrs long. At this point in the season all your offense and defensive sets are in. You're just fine tuning your stuff, trying to stay sharp, keep your conditioning going and going over your opponents.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Carr||
It started with Grbac (and you could probably say Harbaugh even though Taylor and Brown were between Grbac and Harbaugh), but Moeller and Carr had really developed the QB position at UM. At least on this graph Henne, Guttierez and Mallet were all highly ranked QB recruits. I think both Kelvin Grady and Kelly Baraka were both pretty highly rated as running back recruits. I'm sure there were others (Manningham) but those are the ones that I remember.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Possibilities||
UConn and Cincy might be possiblities for the Big Ten but they're way down the list, especially Cincy. Expansion seems to be driven by adding new markets for TV and Cincy brings almost nothing to the table in that regard.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
Those schools are going from a BCS league to a mid major, probably conference USA. The women's bball program has to be stunned. One of the premier women's programs in the country in a good basketball conference getting ready to enter a mid major conference.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||New Jersey||
Does this mean Delany's bold stroke of bringing Rutgers into the Big Ten is starting to pay dividends?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yeldon||
Don't get me wrong, the kid has talent, but I'll be interested to see how he does next year with a very green oline. He had the good fortune to run behind the best oline in the country this past year.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Gonzaga||
Gonzaga is 5-2 against teams in the rpi Top 50 and 11-2 against teams in the rpi Top 100.
Michigan is 8-4 against teams in the rpit Top 50 and 10-4 against teams in the rpi Top 100.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Complete blood bath||
If the season were to end today, the #2 and #3 seeds would probably have to play Illinois and Minnesota in the quarterfinals. It's not out of the question that Illinois or Minnesota could fall to the 8th seed, which in that case the #1 seed in the tourney might have to play one of those teams in the quarterfinals.
To win the big ten tourney you're probably going to have to beat 3 teams that are going to be seeded at least 10 or higher or possibly 8 or higher in the ncaa tourney.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||UConn and Cincy???||
Do they go to Conference USA? That's a pretty big step down for both of them, especially UConn's women bball team.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I'm guessing||
if you look at the 4 teams you mentioned, most, if not all, had very good defenses.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||True but||
after starting 16-0, UM is 7-5 in their last 12 games. They're trending in the wrong direction. We'll see if they can stop the bleeding in their last 3 games.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Henson's Jr year||
That was Henson's junior year.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||To be fair||
Of all those guys listed, Brady had the least amount of game experience entering his junior year with Todd Collins second.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I hope||
Devin Gardner doesn't get added to that list.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Tremendously solid||
I don't know if I'd go that far. Solid - yeah. Tremendously solid - I don't know. Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville and ND are getting ready to leave for the ACC. Not including whatever new schools are coming in your Big East bball even with the catholic schools is going to be:
Losing Syracuse, ND, Pitt and Louisville is going to be a big blow. That's 4 teams that are generally in the upper half of the Big East standings year in and year out.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Shakey ground||
I think shakey ground is somewhat relative. As you mention the other teams that the other 'BCS' conferences might consider poaching are UConn and Cincy. The Big East is what it is now - a mid-major conference where the only real worry is whether teams are going to jump ship to another mid major conference. The pillaging of the Big East by other BCS conferences is pretty much done.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Rutgers||
Rutgers is going to make 1.8 million a month in the Big Ten.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Well yeah||
you want to rotate running backs but if you put a back in only for certain situations, defenses will start to pick up on that and have a pretty good idea of what is coming depending on which back is in the game.
You ideally want 2-3 backs who can handle all aspects of the position - running, catching and pass protection.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||3rd down back||
To me if you have a 3rd down back, it probably means your back on first and second downs isn't that good at catching the ball or pass blocking (or possibly both). If your back that's out there on 1st and 2nd down can catch the ball and pass portect, you don't really need a 3rd down back do you?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Pre-season NIT||
Maybe it's just me but I'm not putting a lot of stock in how Stauskas and GRIII performed in the pre-season NIT as a barometer for how they'll do in the big ten tourney or ncaa's. There wasn't much in the way of scouting reports for either player at the time of the pre-season NIT and the pressure level of that tourney compared to the big ten tourney and ncaa tourney is apples to oranges.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Good wins||
What's your definition of good wins? Kansas has more wins against teams in the Top 50 of the rpi than any other team in the country - 8.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Illinois||
Agree. They seemed to have turned things around at the right time. 4 game winning streak with wins over IU, at Minny and blow out wins against Purdue and Northwesten.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Guard play||
While I agree that Burke and Hardawy are a solid back court, UM's going to need someone else to step up in the tourney too. So far Stauskas and GRIII have for the most part been no shows against better competition away from Crisler. It'll be interesting to see how Stauskas and GRIII respond on a neutral court in the Big Ten Tourney.
One other item UM might have going for it in the tourney is the teams they play in the tourney aren't going to be able to spend nearly as much time scouting UM as teams in the Big Ten conference have.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Look at entire schedule||
Sure UM just got done with a killer stretch but they've also played some of the worst teams in D1. Binghampton has an rpi of 336 (out of 347 teams). IUPUI has an rpi of 308. CMU is 249 and EMU is 235. Like someone mentioned those 4 teams are weighing down UM like a bunch of anchors.
Brian's mentioned this the past few years - sure you want a few cupcake games but you need to make sure those cupcakes are going to be somewhat decent. You throw a couple teams with rpi's above 300 on your schedule and it's going to hurt your SOS.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Wisky and MSU||
Wisky beat IU in Bloomington and MSU beat Wisky in Madison. I'd count those as big road wins.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Front loaded schedule||
Looking at the OP it's pretty telling how tough the first 2/3's of UM's schedule in conference play was. Illinois, Minnesota, OSU, Wisky, Indiana and MSU all on the road. Every other team listed in the OP has at least 2 road games remaining against those 6 schools and Michigan except Wisconsin.
At the beginning of conference play everryone said there was 2 keys to winning the conference.
1) Stealing a game or two on the road. UM definitely didn't against MSU, Wisky and IU but they walked out of Minny and Illinois with wins. The teams in 1st, 2nd and 3rd right now have the 3 biggest road wins so far in the conference - MSU in Madison, IU in Columbus and Wisky in Bloomington. However, they all still have some tough road games especially if you throw in Wisky and IU still have to go to Minnesota.
2) holding serve at home. So far of the 5 teams in the OP only Michigan and MSU have held serve at home. IU lost to Wisy, Wisky lost to MSU and OSU lost to Indiana.
If UM can hold serve at home they'll probably be right in the thick of the conference race win Indiana comes to town for the final game of the regular season.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Road wins||
It's probably no coincidence that at least right now the top 3 teams in the conference standings (IU, MSU and Wisky) have the 3 biggest road wins in conference play - IU in Columbus, Wisky in Bloomington and Sparty in Madison.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Offense||
The offense is what is so frustrating to me. It's like you said they're either doing a 3 man weave on the perimeter or pick and roll on the perimeter. Do not they not have any set plays to free someone up? No one is moving without the ball. They rarely if ever throw the ball into the low post. For a coach that is supposed to be really good with the x and o's, you'd think he'd come up with a few tweaks here and there over this tough stretch.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||After NC State, Pitt and KState||
None of the other non-conferernce foes are worth a crap.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||It's all about match ups||
How far UM goes in the tourney will probably depend on who they end up playing. A physical team will give them problems. A team that can defend on the perimeter will give them problems. After watching these last 4 games, it seems if you can keep Burke from penetrating, you're going to cause the UM offense fits. Wisky usually trailed Burke on the pick and roll but their big men was set up so Burke couldn't knife to the bucket.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Offense - set plays||
I realize defense is an issue but do they not have any set plays on offense to try and get somone a good open look? It seems the offense is either 3 man weave on the perimeter or pick and roll on the perimeter.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||NCAA Tourney||
If Stauskas and GRIII don't show up on a neutral floor in a huge environment, UM isn't getting past the second weekend of the tourney.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Recruiting battles with OSU||
Recruiting is only half the battle. In the grand scheme of things is there really that much difference between classes ranked 3-5 positions apart (ie. #2 vs #5, #3 vs #8)? Unless you're pulling in a haul of 30+ kids who are mainly 3 stars and racking up points due to the quantity of kids you signed, probably not a ton of difference.
The other battle is developing players. At least so far, I'd say Hoke and company are doing a pretty good job on both of these battles when it comes to defense. They seem to be bringing in highly rated recruits and getting them to play at high levels early in their careers. Offensively, they seem to be doing a good job recruiting (with the possible exception of wr). However, I think it's a bit to early to pass judgement on their ability to develope players on the offensive side of the ball. If the offensive coaches can develope the players as well as the defensive coaches can, I think UM will be just fine.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Duke||
As long as Morgan is healthy I like UM's chances against Duke.
Louisville, VCU and Minny were neutral courts. Kentucky, NC State and Miami, FL were on the road.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Duke's beaten||
Kentucky, Louisville and OSU - currently ranked teams.
Minnesota, VCU, Temple and NC State - all in the Top 40 of the rpi rankings.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Wisky||
beat IU in Bloomington.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Kansas St||
Gonzaga also beat Kansas St.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Indiana and MSU||
Indiana's gautlet starts now? They host Nebraska and Purdue this week.
MSU still has their gautlet in front of them. Starting on the 19th they go: IU, @OSU, @UM, Wisky.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Advantageous||
It's only advantageous if your opponent can't shoot free throws. IU hit something like 14 straight free throws at the end of the UM game so UM didn't gain an advantage by fouling.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Good shooters||
I think one of the big differences back then (and the diluted talent poolf to expansion probably has some merit) is teams had a lot more guys who were good shooters. Bird, DJ, and Ainge could all shoot really well. Parish and McHale were good in the low post but could also step out to 15-17 feet and drain a jumper.
On the Lakers Magic and Bryon Scott were both good shooters. Early in his career Magic wasn't a good shooter but by '87 he was solid, not great. They brought Michael Cooper and Jamaal Wilkes off the bench - both of who could shoot.
Even the bad boys had a lot of good shooters - Isaiah, Dumars, Lambeer, the microwave.
Now there's guys on the floor who couldn't hit the broadside of the barn. They're role is to play defensive and/or rebound and that's it.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
OSU: UM just does't seem to match up very well against ohio. IU was scoring from both inside and outside today. Michigan doesn't have that inside punch like IU does with Zeller.
I'd rather win the regular season title as well, but the Big Ten tourney is going to be extremely entertaining. Some of the quarterfinal matchup's are going to be really good.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
IU jumped out to the lead and other than a couple stretches in the first half, IU always looked like they were in control of the game. Very impressive.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Especially||
with 2.4 seconds remaining. There's virtually no chance the opponent gets a 3 pt shot off, misses, gets the rebound and still has time to get another 3 pt shot off. Instead of having a man advantage by not guarding the in-bounder, you take that advantage away by putting McGary in the paint.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Big Ten Tourney||
If there was ever a year to get one of the top 4 seeds, this is it. I can't see any team winning 4 games in a row to win the tourney this year. The 5th seed is going to be a pretty solid team and have a major uphill battle to win the tourney. Not to mention, that 4 vs 5 game is going to be a great game in the quarterfinals.
There's a good chance someone is going to have to play Illinois in the quarterfinals. Not that Illinois is a great team, but when they decide to show up they've shown they can play with just about any team in the conference.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Technically||
shouldn't UM be listed 4th at the top? If UM and Wisky finish the season in a two way tie (for whatever place) Wisky would be the higher seed in the tourney due to their head to head victory, no?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Co vs outright title||
I think UM's hopes of winning an outright title come down to whether they can win Tuesday. A loss Tuesday and the best they can probably hope for is a co-championship.
|14 weeks 22 hours ago||Burke iso's||
I'm getting tired of watching Burke iso's or pick and rolls at the end of the half/games. Don't they have some set plays they can call to see if they can't get Hardaway or Stauskas an open shot? Or maybe have someone else start a set play and have Burke come off a screen to get the ball with the option to shoot or penetrate depending on how the opponent defends the screen?
|14 weeks 22 hours ago||Sparty's schedule||
Sparty acutally has a brutal 4 game stretch coming up at the end of the season:
Indiana, @OSU, @Michigan, Wisky
They'll probably lose 1 or 2 of those games. Of course, if UM loses at East Lansing UM will be two games behind State and probably need to win out to have a chance at the conference title.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||If by facilities||
you mean smoking hot coeds and a nice warm climate for most of the year, then yes most of the big ten does have shitty facilities compared to the SEC.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska||
Historically Nebraska's hasn't pulled great recruiting classes.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Minnesota||
Minny was competing in the Big Ten and going to bowl games on a regular basis BUT they decided to fire the coach who was responsible for that success - Glenn Mason.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||More saturday night games||
Understand his reasoning with recruits but I know a lot of fans don't like a ton of saturday night games. Especially, those that travel 2-3 hours to come to a game.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Dual threat in the nfl||
While much of the best QB talent coming out of college will continue to be dual threat, the one thing Newton, Wilson, Griffin and Kapernick (sp?) have in common is they are all really good passers. The dual threats coming out of college that have a chance to make it in the pros are the QB's that can throw. The Pat White/Denard Robinson dual threat college QB isn't going to make it in the nfl as a QB.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
When reading Brian's part about rebounding, I was scratching my head cause it seemed to me OSU was able to keep the game tight late because of their offensive rebounding.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||One thing that would be nice||
is some type of interior post game on offense. When you've got a team like OSU agrresively defending the perimeter, it really opens the middle of the floor for a post player.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Final shot||
I'd like to see Burke try to penetrate as well. If he can get some penetration it opens up a number of options: 1) possible foul on the dribble or shot, 2) if he penetrates and shoots the rebound is probably going to be close to the rim and with the defense rotating to stop the penetration opens up a possible easy put back, or 3) penetrate and dish to an open shooter.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Review||
Don't get the lack of review either. They'll review a made a 3 pointer if there's a question as to whether the shooter's foot might have been on line but they won't review whether a shot got off in time?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||This week||
looks like it could either sort things out or have it become even more jumbled. Everyone in the top 6 plays at least one game against someone else in the top 6 while OSU and UM play 2 games against teams in the top 6.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Heroball||
It's what makes me a little worried about the tourney. This team is talented and can play with anyone but in a tight game heroball could be the undoing of this team in the tourney.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||UM and OSU last game of the year||
In the same division it's guaranteed to be the last game of the year. If UM and OSU are in separate divisions, at least imo, it's only a matter of time until the game gets moved. If there's back to back years or 2 out of 3 years where UM/OSU play the last game of the season and then a week later play in the conference title game, there would probably be a strong push to move the game to the middle of the season.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Agree on the 6 home games||
I'm guessing DB won't be to happy if they only have 6 home games every other year. Maybe you occassionally have a solid home and home but if there's 10 league games, I'm guessing UM's non-conference slate will usually be 2 home games against lesser competition.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Self||
I'm not sure why the separation occured but unless Illinois was going to open the bank vaults, there's probably no way they could have kept Self. Kansas vs Illinois is a no-brainer when it comes to basketball.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||TV Camera angles||
I can't remember the game but there was a UM game this fall (pretty sure it was on ESPN) where for a good portion of the red zone snaps on one possession (possibly more I can't remember) someone in charge thought it would be a good idea to use the camera on the field. It was like you were sitting on the 5 yd line 3 rows up trying to watch the game. It drove me bonkers cause you really could see how the play was developing at all.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||According to the article||
they need the extra money to help fund their other 30+ varsity sports.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't UM already do this||
According to the article UM already does this.
"Michigan, for example, charged $70 for most games in 2011 but $85 for the Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State games. In 2012, Michigan State cost $95, and all others were $75. "
I'd guess if OSU doesn't see their ticket sales dip to much, DB will start increasing the cost of the 'premium' games on the schedule.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know||
There's obviously tons of reasons one can throw out there as to why the Big Ten hasn't won a NC. I went back to 2000 and looked at how many Final Four teams each conference has had and it breaks down like this:
Big Ten - 10
Big East - 10
ACC - 10
Big 12 - 7
SEC - 6
Pac-10 - 4
Other - 5
So while the Big Ten hasn't won a title since 2000, the conference as a whole seems to have performed pretty well.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||NCAA Champs||
I think it's interesting to note just how balanced most of those NCAA champions are. All those NCAA champs rank in the Top 20 both offensively and defensively and 6 0f the 10 were ranked in the Top 10 in both offensive and defense.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||What I've always wondered with this||
is what percentage of the population is going to games? 30 years ago the population of the US was a lot smaller than what it is today. Is a greater percentage of the population going to games today? Or is it a smaller percentage of the fans going to games that is masked by the fact that the overall population is much greater.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Big House sells out||
I realize it sells out a lot, but for every game? I'm not aware of a really long sell out streak at the Big House.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Defensive rebounding/height||
At the beginning of your post Brian you touched on another reason why UM is performing well on the defensive glass - they aren't allowing many shots close to the basket. Often times shots close to the basket are a result of an offensive players penetration - either the penetrator is shooting the ball or he passes to another player close to the basket. Once an offensive player has gotten by his defender it forces the rest of the defenders to rotate and help which usually doesn't leave the defenders in a great position to box out and sometimes leaves a 6'4" defender trying to box out a 6'9" offensive player.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||The 'Wow' factor||
Have you forgotten Brian that it's all about the 'wow' factor?
Wow - I can't believe the Michigan football team is wearing a jersey where most of the people in the stands, the announcers and people watching on TV can't make out the numbers on the jersey.
Wow - I don't know if I've ever seen a basketball team have 4 of their jersey's get ripped in the same game.
Maybe the Addidas people had been watching some old Earl Campbell films where he's rumbling through a mess of tacklers and finally stumbles into the endzone with a quarter of his jersey ripped and just hanging on by a couple of threads.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||What makes me scratch my head is||
I know people meet on the internet and I know people have long distance relationships, but...you have a long distance phone/internet relationship for 3 years and NEVER MET??????
At some point don't you want to meet this person? Wouldn't you try to meet over one of the summer vacations? I just can't fathom two people would keep a long distance phone/internet relationship going for 3 years and not meet at least once.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Another option||
to counter the soft hedge is to change who is setting the pick. If you have Hardaway or Stauskas set the screen, instead of rolling to the basket Hardaway or Staukas roll to the 3 pt line. The Pistons did this a ton with Lambier.
The catch though is Lambier usually had a center guarding him so switching the pick wasn't an option for the defense. Depending on who is guarding Hardaway or Stauskas they might decide to have the defenders switch the pick.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly||
McGary is wrongfully criticized a couple of times by OP. As you mentioned, it's the dribblers responsibility to 'rub shoulder's' with the person setting the pick to make it more difficult for the man guarding the dribbler to get through the pick.
The second time McGary was criticized was for setting to shallow of pick. Again, this falls more on Burke. For McGary to set a screen further from the basket, Burke needs to wait a little longer before he makes his move. However, on this particular play the shot clock is running down and Burke might have thought there wasn't time to let McGary come out further.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Interview the day after||
which means he had at least been talking to the Eagles or his agent was talking to the Eagles and relaying messages to Kelly. The Eagles didn't just call on Tuesday and say,'You want to stop by for an interview today?"
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Bonds and Clemens||
The kicker to me is what you said. Assuming use started sometime in the mid to late 90's (Bonds was still fairly thin when he left Pittsburgh for SF in '93), these two were already laying the foundation for a career worthy of the Hall of Fame.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta remember||
Jack Morris spent his entire career facing a DH. The first half of Blylevin's career was either in the AL before the DH or in the NL.
Jack Morris is the only pitcher with 2000+ strikeouts to never have faced a pitcher in the batters box.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Piazza||
has a career batting average of .308. That's extremely high for a guy who spend most of his career playing catcher.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Morris||
He's definitely a borderline guy to me. He started more games, pitched more innings and won more games that any other pitcher in the 80's. Like you say though, the 80's didn't really produce many 'great' pitchers. The HOF'ers were either finishing their careers in the early 80's or starting their careers in the late 80's.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Cars and money||
In my opinion, it's much easier to be willfully ignorant of players receiving money. When it comes to cars, I have a harder time buying it. These coaches spend months recruiting the players - visiting theirs schools, in home visits, official and unofficial visits on campus. I would think the coaches should have a pretty good idea of which players families can afford certain types of cars. If certain players are pulling up in brand new cars, red flags should be going off in the coaches heads.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Spread||
I don't know if it was ignored but after 2000 when UM lost to Purdue and Northwestern - both teams that were running 'spread' style offenses, UM never lost to either and for the most part shut down those teams in subsequent years.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||That's why||
I said 'most of the defense' will be back in 2014.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Bench||
Agree about game changers coming off the bench. I guess I just look at UM's bench this year and see a couple of guys in McGary and LeVert who are going to be pretty solid contributors in the years ahead. Both of these players seem to be getting better everytime they take the court - it'll be interesting to see where they are at after 18 conference games.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Offense||
Agree. I think it's still a solid year away. In 2014, they should have everyone but Schofield returning on the line (including TE), The crazy thing is looking at the defense most of the guys Brian mentions above will be back in 2014.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Maturity||
This will be a big test in a lot of ways for Burke. Craft's a heck of a defender. I would like to think that Burke will have a solid game - maybe not what we've become acccustomed to this year but solid.
However, last year in the game when Craft was all over Burke it seemed Burke got frustrated and it kind of snowballed on Burke and affected the team. If Craft is doing a decent job on Burke, can Burke keep his head and realize that instead of dropping 18 pts with a high FG%, maybe this will be a game where he only gets 10 pts but he's setting his teammates up and keeping the offense performing at a high level.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||It's interesting||
You really have to wait and see what happens. I don't know if the Fab Five had the depth that this team has. The Fab Five had 5 really good starters and decent guys off the bench, but other than those 3 lottery picks no one else really stuck in the pros did they? The Fab Five never won a big ten title either.
The '89 team was loaded.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||In addition||
Lacy and Yeldon do a great job of making the first tackler miss.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Alabama||
They've only played one more ranked team than ND.
Alabama: Michigan, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia.
ND: Michigan, Oklahoma, Stanford.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||MJ's era||
I don't think there was any rule back then requiring players to stay in college a certain amount of time. Both Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson left after their sophomore years. However, those were the rare exceptions. I'd also venture to guess that while the money was good back then, the amount of money first round draft picks got wasn't nearly as rediculous as why players get today.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I just hope||
they end the season with at least a 6 game winning streak.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||Under appreciating||
Isn't UM ranked second in the country?? I could understand that comment if they were ranked 7th, 8th, etc, but the media has them second. The announcers during the games I've seen are usually gushing over how solid UM looks.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||Yeah and I'd say||
even splitting those games gives UM a good shot. It's going to be a biatch to win on the road this year. Any wins you can get on the road against Minny, OSU, MSU, Illinois and Indiana is going to be huge.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||Exactly||
It's one game. Some teams have bad games, other teams have really good games. Illinois lost on the road at Purdue. OSU's played Kansas and Duke tough. IMO, both are good teams. If UM shows up with their C game and Illinois/OSU show up with their A game, UM will probably lose.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||Ref part||
to me is key. I doubt a player is going to look at the ref and point at the opposing player if the opposing player is beating his chest. The video cuts off right when Carroll is looking at the ref. It'd be nice if the video was a few seconds longer.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Commit to a school, not coach||
While that sounds warm and fuzzy, who the coach is at a school plays a huge role in an athlete's decision on which college they are going to attend.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||It's tough||
Coaches can leave at almost any time with no repurcussions. If you're a player (especially an upperclassmen) and your coach and his staff leave, you are have to pray that your abilities and skills fit the philosophy of the new coach. I'm not opposed to the new rules if there is a coaching change.
However, if the coach hasn't changed I'm not sure this is a good idea.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Age Limit??||
Is there not an age limit associated with the legalization of pot in CO and WA like there is with alcohol?
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Tressel's staff||
Does that include Bollman as the OC?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio State||
I think they're going to be better next year. They return a ton of people (hankins and simon are big losses though) and they'll be in their second year of a new offensive system.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Conference as a whole||
There's not going to be a ton of depth but I think there could be some good teams. OSU will probably be preseason Top 10, if not Top 5. Northwestern went 10-3 (and lead going into the 4th quarter in the 3 losses) and returns a good amount of people. Nebraska will probably be solid. From there it really depends on what schools like Minny, MSU and Indiana can do. It's definitely not going to unseat the SEC as the best conference, but i think the potential is there for it to be stronger than it was this year.
The big issue will be non-conference play. While the Big Ten wasn't that good this year, they took it on the chin in non-conference play - a lot of losses (some of those to MAC schools) and a number of close wins against mid-major schools. Fair or not, how a conference does in the non-conference slate goes a long way in determining people's perception of that conference.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||The question then||
is will those schools still offer him an 'official' visit. One would think yes just to try and get one more chance at him, but I know Carrol when he was at USC turned down a recruits 'official visit' request because the kid was a solid commit to another school.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
After Sanders returned the punt to put South Carolina up 14-3, I was waiting for the wheels to fall off and a possible blow out.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||True||
but who else is there to run deep patterns on this UM team? Edwards or Manningham was the one running the deep patterns instead of Avant. If Michigan had a receiver like Edwards or Manningham I'm not sure how many deep routes Gallon would be running.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Gallon = Avant??||
Gallon's almost the #1 receiver by default, but your description tends to remind me of Avant - not blazing fast, really good route runner, catches just about anything. Pre-RR era, Gallon would be the 'possession' type receiver opposite a Braylon or Manningham.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Historically||
games in East Lansing are pretty tight. Not saying UM can't or won't win, but rarely does UM have an easy game in East Lansing.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
I like the placement of the bye weeks on the schedule.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||The other issues||
was UM's lack of a running game. The play action is often used to hold the LB's so the tight end can find a hole between the safeties and LB's. However, as you mentioned Funchess in the game usually telegraphed pass and with no running threat out of the rb's, there was no reason for the LB's to bite on the play action.
The other issue is outside of Gallon, UM's wr's didn't do much. Teams didn't worry about having to double team Roundtree or Dileo. You can production out of both wr's and a viable running game, and the field opens up which gives Funchess more space in the middle of the field.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Oline||
This is my big concern. The good news is with the the exception of ND, the first half of the schedule doesn't look that difficult on paper. Barring key injuries, I'll be disappointed if UM isn't at least 6-1 heading into East Lansing. Hopefully by then, the oline will have settled down and gotten comfortable.
I also like the bye week before Sparty.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Announcers||
They even commented at one point during the game that it was hard for them to read the numbers so they knew who was making the play.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
I thought it was funny listening to Gruden and Tirico say Clowney was the best defensive player in the country after watching ESPN hype Teo leading up to the Heisman.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Favorable match-ups||
It might not have changed the match ups today. A 7-5 Wisky who didn't play in the conference title game probably wouldn't have been playing on NY's Day. The only question is whether an 8-4 PSU would have gotten a NY's Day berth over 9-3 Northwestern, 10-3 Nebraska or 8-4 Michigan.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Mid to late 90's||
I think the Big 10 was possibly the best conference in the mid to late 90's. PSU should have won a share of the NC in '94. Michigan won a NC in '97 Both PSU and UM were solid programs. OSU was a fixture in the Top 10. Saban had turned MSU around, highligted by an upset in 1998 at OSU, which possibly cost OSU a NC, and followed up with a 10-2 year in 1999. Mason had turned Minnesota into a decent program. Northwestern won back to back Big Ten titles. Tiller had Purdue on the upswing. Alvarez had established Wisconsin as a solid program. OSU won a Rose Bowl and a Sugar Bowl. Michigan won a Sugar Bowl and the Big Ten won the Rose Bowl after the '92, '93, '94, '96, '97. ;98 and ;99 seasons.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Northwesten vs Mississippi St||
NU was 9-3 and Mississippi St was 7-5.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Offense didn't play well enough to win||
How much of that is poor play calling versus poor execution by the players? I thought Borges called a good game. As others have mentioned, Gardner did OK. He missed a handful of receivers who were open that would have been big gainers. UM's offense also had a few penalites at really bad times.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Numbers||
Was really hard to make them out on TV when the it wasn't a close up shot. The announcers even commented that it was hard to read the numbers.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||LSU||
I think they were beating LSU heading into the 4th quarter and then just collapsed.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||That's the catch||
If you're going to recruit studs, you gotta figure they aren't going to be around 4 years and some may leave after one or two. Just about every team that is a perenial Top 10 team has the same problem.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||No contact period||
I'm not up to date on the rules but isn't this a 'no contact' period with recruits. Was LM3 allowed to talk to coaches or just interact with players?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||ND's defense||
No one's offense has very looked good against ND's defense this year.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
Guys been playing cornerback for a couple of weeks and he's probably going to see the field? Either he's a natural or our depth at corner isn't that good.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Cheating factory||
The key with this is the vast majority of the big ten, imo, try to do things the right way. In the SEC everyone cheats.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||In this day and age in the nfl||
being able to run a good route and get open is probably just as important as the ability to catch a pass. Not to mention, once everyone is at the line of scrimmage being on the same page as the QB as to what route you are going to run based upon what the defense does.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
As long as some kind of profit is turned on the sales of the new uni's, they'll keep doing it.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||All-Star coaches||
I wouldn't necessarily say either is an all-star coach. However, Richt has the highest career winning percentage of any head coach at Georgia who has been there more than one year. If they win their bowl game, he'll have 6 top ten rankings in 12 years.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Good Hire||
We won't know whether it's a good hire for 3-4 years.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Nick Saban||
You do realize he won a NC at LSU before he went pro???
|21 weeks 4 days ago||More like||
Arkansas hiring a coach who has just won 3 straight Big Ten titles. Tennessee hiring a coach who had a fairly successful run at Cincy. Florida hiring one of the 'hot' coordinators who was next in line to be the head coach at Texas. Mississippi St hiring one of the 'hot' coordinators away from Urban Meyer at Florida. South Carolina hiring a coach who had already won a NC in college. Alabama hiring a coach who had already had a successful run in the Big Ten at MSU and in the SEC at LSU. Georgia hiring one of the 'hot' coordinators away from Florida St. LSU hiring a guy who had been successful in the Big Ten and then a guy who had been successful in the Big 12.
The SEC mainly hires coaches who have either been successful head coaches at BCS schools or coordinators from some of the top programs in the country. The Big Ten seems like they mainly hiring coaches from mid-major programs.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Best athletes on the field||
How does Norfleet see the field at corner? Ramon Taylor had a pretty solid year. Countess should be back and Avery seems like a solid nickel guy who's got plenty of experience. Behind them you've got Richardson and Howell - 2 guys that are about the same build as Norfleet.
Is Countess injury maybe more severe than we know?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
It's one thing if you're projected in the 2nd or 3rd round (possibly even late first round) to come back, but if you're projected Top 10 you can only improve your draft stock so much. Get while the getting's good.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||SEC OCC||
Just out of curiousity what makes the SEC OCC a joke? Next year the Big Ten plays almost as many 1-AA schools as the SEC (10 to 14). Some of the SEC's other non-conference games are: Virginia Tech, Florida St, Miami (FL), Clemson - 2X, Georgia Tech, Louisville, TCU, Oklahoma St, Texas, North Carolina and Oregon.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
I was watching a game the other night and even the color commentator mentioned that most teams have 'cupcakes' this time of year since players are studying for finals.
From my quick glance at this years schedule, UM has 18 home games and 13 away or neutral site games. The 13 road/neutral site games are: 9 big ten games (which includes OSU, Indiana, MSU, Minnesota and Illinois), Bradley, WVU and neutral court for Pitt and KState. That seems like a pretty solid line up of away and neutral site games to get UM ready for the tournament.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||In addition||
Gardner didn't exactly set the world on fire the first few possessions against Minnesota, and that was after a week of practice and preparation.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||3rd down back||
"We're really going to make this move before even trying the guy as a change of pace/third down back?"
Does this mean that we're not going to get to see Dennis in the I-formation on 3rd and short and try to run between the tackles??
|22 weeks 6 days ago||True but||
by the time late November rolls around they'll have a season's worth of experience.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Hey Magnus||
If some of these other others (oline, McQuay - sp?) want to commit, do you think the coaches hold a scholarship for Green all the way until NSD?
|23 weeks 3 days ago||How about||
the nfl just have players sign a waiver that they understand it's a dangerous sport with risks of serious injury and they'll hold the nfl harmless for injuries suffered during their career or injuries after their career that resulted from playing in the nfl?
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Throw in||
The Music City Miracle.