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|1 day 9 hours ago||Depending on how much stock||
you put into it, Hand wanted to pursue an engineering major. The UM coaches tried to steer him away from engineering while Bama said gave him the green light on engineering. Of course, like you said, I'm sure on the field performance played a big role too.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Downsides||
I'm guessing that most of the guys who get drafted would end up going to the pros and not back to college. A lot of these players who would possibly get drafted out of high school/after their freshman year come from homes that aren't in great economic shiape. If you get drafted and have a guaranteed contract for 5, 4, etc. years, why would you go back to college?
|1 day 11 hours ago||Another thing too||
I don't get the BTN because for me to purchase it, I'd have to buy a bunch of other channels too as it's in a 'sports package'. I have no interest in upping my bill an extra $40 - $50 a month. However, if I could get only the BTN for something like $10-$15 a month, I'd probably order it.
|2 days 13 hours ago||See OSU and Auburn||
Didn't OSU pretty much tell a kid he shouldn't play anymore and so the kid transferred to Auburn?
Heck, it took 3-4 doctors before one of them figured out the pain my wife was having in her abdomen was kidney stones. As much as we assume the medical staffs at these big time programs are perfect, you very well could get conflicting reports as to what they think the problems are and what they think the further risk of injury is.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Yes||
I think the new staff is key. Obviously, recruiting rankings don't always translate to the field on Saturday's but when you're talking almost entire classes not translating, to me that is probably more of indictment on the coaching staff then the kids. I'm not expecting miracles in the first year but the cupboard that Harbaugh found at UM is stocked much better then the cupboard he found at Stanford.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Dline under Hoke and Co.||
Kind of agree. Hoke and Co. seemed pretty good at turning maybe (and for lack of a better word off the top of my head) questionable guys into solid players but it didn't really seem like they took anyone to that elite level. Maybe they didn't have anyone who, despite recruiting rankings, could have been that elite dlineman...I don't know. While the dline was always pretty solid since the departure of Martin, it always seemed to lack one elite lineman who could consistently cause havoc by himself.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Honestly||
I realize recruiting rankings aren't the end all be all, but I think the biggest issue was the previous coaching staff. To me what happens over the next couple years will be interesting. If Harbaugh and Co. are able to turn some of these guys into extremely solid contributors, I think we'll have an answer as to why the 2013 class maybe hasn't done as much at this point in their careers as some of us had hoped.
You mention both DB and RB are places where guys can contribute immediately. Well, Lewis is coming off a darn good sophomore campaign. Both Smith and Green have seen a lot of action, and while I'm not that high on either of them, I'm guessing there aren't too many running backs that would have run for 1000 yds behind UM's oline the last couple of years. Tyner walked into a juggernaut of an offense. I'm not saying Green's production matches Tyner's but if Green is at Oregon playing behind their oline and with Marriota, I'm guessing he has a lot better numbers then what he's put up at UM.
McCray was in a tough position. LB has been one of the better and deeper positions on the UM roster for a couple of years. Heck, Gideon actually looked real promising at the end of 2013 and then all but disappeard in 2014.
|3 days 10 hours ago||2013 recruiting class||
should hopefully start to pay dividends this year. They're either redshirt sophs or juniors. I agree it'd be nice to have had some more of these guys step up but they still have half their careers to make an impact.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Center depth||
is Kugler and Glasgow. If Kugler starts at center and Glasgow starts somewhere else on the line, should Kugler get hurt, they'd more than likely move Glasgow to center and bring in someone else to replace Glasgow's position.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Steve Spurrier||
might want to have a conversation with you.
|1 week 1 day ago||WR speed||
By no means am I saying that we have burners at the wr position but I think we might be underestimating how fast they might be. Only on the rare occassion did UM attempt a pass more then 30-40 yds down the field the last couple of years. If they did, Gardner was usually planted on the turf or scrambling out of the pocket by the time the receiver got 30-40yds down the field.
Not sure if we're going to see many passes thrown that distance if Ruddock is the QB this year. My memory might be off but from Brian's UFR's, it seems Ruddock is pretty good at the short to intermediate throws but his arm strength might not be great for the deep, deep ball.
While I think Harbaugh will get some burners at the wideouts my bigger concern with the wr's this year is route running and quickness. The precision of the route running and ability to make a quick change of direction during the route will be critical this year.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah||
Recruiting the state of Texas is much easier for Nebraska when you can tell recruits they'll probably be playing in the state of Texas 2-3 times a year when they were in the Big 12.
|1 week 2 days ago||I get what you're saying||
and taking a lot of the other variables out - he might only have 3 years of eligibility left compared to a new recruit having 4, but Williams would also have 1 year under his belt with the UM coaching staff plus he'd be 2 years older then a true frosh, so hopefully physically more mature and ready to play the dline.
|1 week 2 days ago||Paul Brown and Earl Bruce||
were head coaches at Massillon.
|1 week 3 days ago||Curious if||
this is safe for work?
|1 week 3 days ago||Moeller||
After back to back 8-4 seasons in '93 and '94 there was some discontent starting to surface with Moeller.
|1 week 3 days ago||True except for 2013||
2013 was one of the most prolific passing offenses in UM history.
|1 week 4 days ago||highly regarded running backs||
Drake Johnson didn't seem to have that much trouble getting past the line of scrimmage when he got opportunities to play. Did the oline just magically improve once Drake started getting carries or was Drake the only running back that was able to find the holes the oline was creating?
Like I mentioned above, I'm not saying the oline was a strength but the running game seemed to get better once Johnson started getting carries.
|1 week 4 days ago||Running backs||
The running game seemed to have pretty good success once Drake started seeing a lot of time. Heck, I think even Smith ran for 100+ against Northwestern.
By no means am I saying the oline was a strength but by the end of the year I didn't see it as a very big weakness. It would have been nice to see what the line looked like all with Drake as the running back. I'm probably one of the few on this board that doesn't think that highly of either Green or Smith (for various reasons).
|1 week 4 days ago||Sumlin||
Kind of agree. He's been all offense and no defense pretty much at both places he's been head coach. He got Chavis to leave LSU to be the DC at A&M so we'll see if Chavis can get the D turned around.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||I'm guessing||
without reading the link the UM AD just has really good accountants and they figured out how to show the AD supposedly has a deficit.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Since 1980||
until the advent of the Big Ten Conference Championship game (a span of 31 years) there were only 7 years where OSU or UM didn't win or at least share the Big Ten Title. While other programs definitely got better and weren't the dormats they were in the 70's, the conference was still dominated by UM and OSU, just not to the extent it was in the 70's.
Big Ten titles won between 1980 and 2010:
13 - UM and OSU
5 - Iowa
4 - Wisky
3 - Illinois, MSU, PSU, NU
1 - Purdue
0 - IU, Minny
UM and OSU combined won/shared the conference title more times then all the others combined.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||To be fair||
has Tiger ever come from behind on Sunday to win a major? That isn't to say he's never not been in the lead on Sunday in a major he's won, but for the 12 majors he's won, he's been the 54 hole leader in all of them, no?
His loss to YE Yang in the PGA I think was the first time he didn't win a major after he held the 54 hole lead.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Hitting out of rough||
In addition to the recovery time, the increased strength to hit out of the rough would help. It's similiar to baseball. The HGH/roids isn't going to make your swing better but instead of a deep fly ball to left center being an out, it's now a home run. In golf f you can get an extra 15-20 yds out of your swing that's huge.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||True but||
You're exactly right that every program 'fills in' their class with 3 and 2 star players. The top programs in recruiting though usually load up on 4 and 5 star players.
Below are four of the better programs year in and year out with recruiting. Shown are the number of 4 and 5 stars and the total number of recruits over the last 4 years:
Alabama: 17/26, 17/25, 19/26, 19/24.
OSU: 16/25, 18/24, 16/23, 14/27
USC: 13/15, 12/12, 11/19, 21/26
FSU: 13/19, 11/21, 16/28, 15/20
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Periodic overtime||
I'm assuming by periodic overtime they mean constant overtime.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Considering||
the second longest current streak by an nhl team making the playoffs is 9, I'd say what the Red Wings are doing is pretty impressive.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Larry Coker||
wasn't all that great. Butch Davis got that program turned around. Coker just got lucky he was promoted when Davis left. Coker's record at Miami went: 12-0, 12-1, 11-2, 9-3, 9-3, 7-6.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Recruiting Rankings||
You can continue on all you want, but the teams that have in the BCS title games and are consistently in the Top 5/Top 10 in the country year in and year out are the teams that are also at the top of the recruiting rankings.
Yeah, not every 5 star pans out and yeah, some 3 stars turn into studs. In this day and age though if you want to be a consistent player in the NC conversation you need to have damn good recruiting classes.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||No doubt but||
Harbaugh has won everywhere he's been.
San Diego: 7-4, 11-1, 11-1. In 2005, Harbaugh's second year, San Diego won a conference title in football for the first time ever. The football program started in 1956.
Stanford: 4-8, 5-7, 8-5, 12-1. Stanford had gone 16-40 the 5 seasons before Harbaugh arrived.
SF: 13-3, 11-4-1, 12-4, 8-8. San Francisco hadn't had a winning record in the 8 previous seasons before Harbaugh arrived.
Is he guaranteed to take UM to the promised land? No. But if you look at his track record, all he has done is win at every place he's been head coach.