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|3 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan had no reason to||
Michigan had no reason to pressure him to medical as they had the scholarships last year and as a senoir he wouldn't count against this year so.....
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hypothetically speaking, what||
Hypothetically speaking, what if 7 players have all had discussions with Harbuagh already and have stated they intend to transfer? Additionally what if another 4 players have all had a discussion with Harbaugh and were told by him that they will not be coming back as 5th year senoirs? That gets the open spots to 30.
What problem do you have with this scenerio? That 7 players transferred? Transfers happen all the time, especially when a new, more demanding coach comes in.
The fact that the number of spots may have increased from 28 to 30 after the Ross-Douglas transfer and Henry going pro tells me the coaches know exactly how many spots they have and are going to use them all. If they're just looking to cut players why didn't they always plan on 30 spots? Surely they could have found another player they didn't like if Henry was going to stay for his senoir year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The biggest issue, as I||
The biggest issue, as I believe Brian has pointed out before, is when teams have oversigned and then told players after Signing Day, or even after moving in (LSU did this iirc) that they don't have a spot. My arguement is that by Signing Day it will be obvious where the scholarships are coming from, it's just WE don't know now, but the coaches do.
But you do have a point that maybe we are too quick to point the finger at other schools when we don't have the full understanding of their situations, as I believe we do with Michigan.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Here's a reference to a Andy||
Here's a reference to a Andy Staples piece from 2011 re: the 3 over 85 Big Ten Rule.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'll go with the coaching||
I'll go with the coaching staff and Sam Webb's interpretation/knowledge over yours, but maybe that's just me.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||How do you know "it's going||
How do you know "it's going to be VERY DIFFICULT to not be over the 85 the day after signing day"? Are you a coach/involved in the operations of the team? Current player? Just curious.
Terry Richardson leaving was a surprise to no one on this board, not to mention the coaches. I'd think it's highly likely that they know of every 5th year transfer and/or firm handshake that is going to take place over the next couple months. Additionally players that are transferring for playing time/fit etc, that are likely unknown to us, or at least rumored, are likely known by the coaching staff. It isn't hard to get to 10 or so players leaving when you combine 5th years with normal transfers.
Willie Henry going pro and Ross-Douglas transferring were likely tbd's to the staff, which explains why the overall number of 28 spots is now being talked up to 30.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The Big Ten's additional rule||
The Big Ten's additional rule of 3 above the limit is for going over the 85 limit and has nothing to do with early enrollees. I.E. If you only have 20 spots available at signing day to get to the 85 limit, the Big Ten will allow you to sign up to 23 as long as you can explain where the extra 3 spots are going to come from.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||A case could be made that||
A case could be made that Doyle should be the first pick. At PG Walton is obviously better, but Spike isn't a huge dropoff. At the wing levert and irvin are superior, but dawkins isn't a bad option. And none of the 4 position options has really stood out above the others. Doyle is the only proven big, and therefore might be the #1 pick.
Team 1 (in order of pick)
Doyle, Walton, Dawkins, Chatman, MAAR, Wagner
Team 2 (in order of pick)
Levert, Irvin, Albrecht, Wilson, Donnal, Robinson
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Third Option||
I think a third option is most likely here. That Jaylen Brown and the staff have an understanding that if Caris comes back, Brown would no longer be interested in coming to Michigan. Brown has said he is waiting to see who jumps to the NBA, so it makes sense they've had those types of conversations. With Caris gone there's an immediate opening in the lineup that Brown could fill. With Caris around that's not as obvious.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||AND||
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Wasn't this on the front page||
Wasn't this on the front page yesterday?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||No Peppers||
Didn't see Peppers at all, but did see Hallowell a good bit, hope that combined with the not talking about injuries doesn't mean too much.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Assuming no one redshirts||
That's assuming no one redshirts, which seems unlikely in a class that big. Hatch at a minimum will redshirt, I suspect MAAR will as well, and possibly whichever "big" doesn't make the rotation out of Doyle and Wilson. If you have Donnal and Chatman starting, Irving can play the 4 in a pinch, and Bielfeldt/one of the freshman would be your back ups.
I agree with your overall point, that's a large class, just hoping a couple of them can redshirt.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I don't think you take a 5 in the next class||
I don't think you take a 5 in the next class. We'll have Donnal and Doyle worst case as Sophmore eligibility (assuming Doyle plays as a true Freshmen), and with the recent stance that Donnal is a 5 for now, you don't need another 5 until at least 2016. Doyle and Donnal don't seem like early departure risks, but Irvin and Chatman could both be gone by 2016, so a stud 2 or 3 is needed most in 2015, and a stud PG in 2016 at the latest. I think that is reflected in the current target/offers for 2015 and 2016.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Bigs Recruited Since McGary||
Doyle is a 5
Donnal is a 4/5
Wilson is a 4
Chatman is a 2/3/4
Beilein's system, the one that's taken the team to 2 Big Ten Championshipins in 3 years, the Title game last year and the Elite Eight this year plays with only 1 true "Big", so I'm not sure what you wanted him to bring in the past 2 classes since McGary. Another 5?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Budding star||
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Ross||
I had to stop reading after this line: "On the weak side, UM can go with one of two sophomores, James Ross III or Royce Jenkins-Stone. Ross seems like the favorite heading into the opener." Not sure what info I can get from someone who doesn't know Ross is 100% starting and a buddy star.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Drew Allen||
A quick google searched returned Drew Allen, who's graduating from OU and looking to transfer. 3 Star recruit, I don't know anything about him, but he's looking at the likes of Maryland and Arkansas State, so I'd have to think he'd entertain Michigan.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||when talking about uniforms,||
when talking about uniforms, i specifcally mentioned penn state and notre dame. penn state added names to the back of their jersey's this year, which in my opinion is a much bigger change than a one or two off unique jersey per year. Notre dame has changed theirs more than we have.
I get not liking the uniforms, i just don't get the massive OMG freakouts that come with them. I watch football and cheer on michigan for the actual games, players and plays. Fashion doesn't play a big role in my fandom.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I'm not sure we do now, or||
I'm not sure we do now, or did years ago (have the most recognizable and powerful brand in college football). Similar to how many fans can't imagine a recruit every wanting to go to another school over THIS IS MICHIGAN FERGODSAKES (TM), many people on this blog wear rose colored (or maize as it may be) glasses when it comes to our uniforms and the overall brand. There are many schools that have history and prestige simlar to Michigan. Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, Texas to name the most prominate. I agree the winged helmet is likely the most famous helmet, but our uniforms are no more recognizable than Penn States or Notre Dames. Everybody needs to relax on the uniform hatred.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Strange Coaching Setup||
OU seems to have a very unique coaching setup.
1 Co-OC is also the QB's coach
1 Co-OC is also the WR's coach
Center and Offensive Guard coach
TE and OT coach
DC is also the DB's coach
Assistant DC is the LBs coach
Special teams coach also coachs DEs
And then they have a coach for DL
I guess it's not that strange, but I've never seen the offensive line coaching broken up. Overall heirarchy seems to be complex too with all the Co-coordinators and assistants etc.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Agree. If this doesn't get||
Agree. If this doesn't get tagged or front paged it should be reposted every couple days to keep it on the front page.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Yes, they did all play last||
Yes, they did all play last year, just like there are talented players playing significantly for the first time this year who will be high draft picks (like 5 star safety Clinton-Dix).
2/3 of their dline returned and their average rivals ranking went up with the one loss being a 3 star senior replaced by a 4 star senior.
They started a so, jr and 2 srs at linebacker last year, all 4 stars. This year it's 2 so's, 1 jr and a sr, all 4 stars with the exception of now the senior is a former 5 star.
They replaced 5 star Kirkpatrick with 5 star Milliner, Lester got a year older, they replaced a 4 star sr with a 3 star junior cb and now start a 5 star so at safety instead of a 4 star sr.
All that is to say I think this years Alabama D is just as experienced and talented as last years.
Like I said, they don't rebuild, they reload. They have more than 4 high draft picks on this years team, I just mentioned the 4 that are supposed to go in next years draft. Pretty sure Haha and Depriest will turn into high draft picks among others.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Actually Bolden played a||
Actually Bolden played a majority of that game...yikes-er??
|3 years 22 weeks ago||I said the numbers were||
I said the numbers were comparable, meaning as a whole. I specifically pointed out the lower %.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Just looked up a mock draft||
Just looked up a mock draft (the first one from the google search) and they had 4 Alabama defensive players going in the 2nd round (Milliner CB, Lester S, Mosley LB and Williams DT). I'd bet that some of them move up throughout the year and the results are similar. I'll bet you $1.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||who said 42% was more or less||
who said 42% was more or less 56%? I specifically stated except %.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Arkansas (Wilson) had the||
Arkansas (Wilson) had the following stats:
22/35 for 63%, 185 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT
19 rushes for 17 yards, No TD
They threw the ball more, and with a much better percentage, but if you remove the PI INT and account for Denards rushing TD, I'd say the numbers are comparable. Michigan went for bigger shots, thus lower %, but had more yardage.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Why's that? What actual||
Why's that? What actual information do you have? It's disturbing how dumb our fanbase can be when it comes to other teams. You probably have nothing of substance to back your claim. Keep regurgitating your wisdom though.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Any backing info?||
Do you have any backing info regarding Alabama cutting corners in the classroom? Complain all you want about over signing or medical scholarships, but you probably have no idea about the classroom aspects of Alabama football. You sound like an ignorant sheep for much of your post.