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|5 hours 8 min ago||I don't disagree with this||
The point I was more trying to make is I don't think he was ever offered a scholarship at Michigan.
|5 hours 14 min ago||There is also no evidence to support Michigan was recruiting him||
Mitchell was suspended at the end of last season for violation of team rules. Does not sound like the the type of player Hoke would look for in one year transfer. The coaches had been talking about chemistry when looking for a transfer and suspension does not seem to fit that mold.
Michigan may have done their homework on him and looked at his records, but I don't think he was ever offered and actively pursued (i.e. had the option to attend Michigan).
|5 hours 25 min ago||Not surprised||
I really don't think this kid was actively pursued the coaches. I am guessing he was using the Michigan name to possibly bolster his profile.
|5 hours 29 min ago||I was using the 247Sports Composite ranking||
which has Day rated as the better player. Jones was rated higher than Day by Rivals, but Scout and 247Sports had Day rated higher. Both are ranked in the same range though.
I think the SB Tribune article did overlook Jones when they wrote their article on DL depth. Jones has not cracked the two deep yet at ND, but he may get there by 2014.
|5 hours 35 min ago||As I said before, I did not discriminate by the reason||
I was only looking at highly rated recruits that did not make it to Notre Dame or left ND within a year regardless of the reason. You could make the argument that Matt James belongs on this list more than Ronald Darby, Chris Martin, Taylor Decker, Blake Lueders, Giovani Bernard, or Deontay Greenberry (players who decommitted from ND just before Signing Day and never signed a LOI to ND).
|8 hours 3 min ago||For 1 year||
The LOI is only good for one year. You lose one year of competition and must be enrolled at the other school for one year before you can play (I think that means if he never shows up at Notre Dame, he would be able to play at another school in 2014 provided he shows up there and redshirts this fall). He can still take financial aid from another school but just would not be able to play for one year.
|16 hours 40 min ago||If you are going to sit out a year might as well do it now||
It doesn't make sense to enroll in a school when you are planning on transferring in a semester--you lose 2 years doing it that way and will not be able to play until 2015. Might as well enroll at another school and sit out your freshman year and redshirt there and be able to play in 2014.
As for Matt James, I wasn't going to include him on this list at first, but I felt he had to be mentioned as he was the best player in that class. I never said these players didn't enroll by choice...just that some of them never made it to ND. His case is a very tragic and unfortunate one though.
|16 hours 47 min ago||The 2 things I noticed||
1. They have some star power on the D line but have little depth now. If Tuitt and Nix go pro after this season, they could be in a lot of trouble.
From the South Bend Tribune outlining how the loss of Vanderdoes could cause a gaping hole at DT in 2014:
2. Their 2012 class has been annihilated. It's one thing to lose one or two players, but they lost almost every blue chip player in that class except Sheldon Day in the course of one year. Unfortunately though they have been recruiting at a high level the past year coming off their miracle season last year.
|16 hours 55 min ago||Reports that he qualified but doesn't want to go to ND anymore||
From his hometown paper:
|17 hours 2 min ago||I wasn't going to include him on this list||
but I felt he had to be mentioned as he was the best player in his class. It is sad that his life was tragically cut short.
All of the guys mentioned above did not make it to Notre Dame/left Notre Dame for a variety of different reasons though (many of them unique), and I tried not to differentiate between them.
|17 hours 10 min ago||If he does not qualify, I don't think he is bound by LOI||
He is only bound by LOI if he qualifies and is admitted by the school. If he does not qualify, he would be forced to sit out a year anyway, so I don't think the LOI would matter. If he is not admitted, the school would have to release him from his LOI.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Always got a shot when you get a kid on campus||
but he is a strong UVa lean though.
|3 days 38 min ago||Minnesota and MSU had a series cancelled due to snow||
I'm not sure how the Big Ten determines standings after that but still pretty screwed up either way.
|4 days 39 min ago||Steve Everitt on Kirk Cousins & Sparty||
"What's up with this Michigan State quarterback," Everitt said during a live radio segment at the MDen in Ann Arbor. "Oh, he had such a good record against Michigan and can 'walk on the streets?' He can walk on the streets? What does that mean? Like, every other Michigan State class for the last 80 years isn't allowed to leave their house? What is that guy talking about?
"It's ridiculous. Once every nine years, they scrape out some ridiculous extra-second (victory) or tackle a receiver in the end zone that doesn't get called, and it just happens. Once every 10 years, they get some cheese, and their players will talk trash, and I'll take heat for it."
|4 days 1 hour ago||Steve Everitt is killing it right now||
Just tearing into Sparty and Notre Dame.
|4 days 6 hours ago||LSU is looking for a neutral site game in 2014||
Wisconsin is in talks to play them in Texas in 2014. LSU has already said no to a neutral site game at Lambeau as they do not want to play even a semi-road game in the North.
Getting a marquee program to play a road game a year in advance is near impossible.
|4 days 6 hours ago||What do you expect him to say?||
The 2014 schedule is going to suck?
This is how spin works. Say something hazy like "stay tuned" to deflect. Anyone getting their hopes up about the 2014 schedule changing is going to be disappointed.
|4 days 6 hours ago||We don't have an open date in 2016||
Big Ten goes to 9 conference games in 2016. Our home schedule is screwed in even years for the next two cycles (2014 & 2016) and possibly the foreseeable future.
Only way to add a game to 2016 is to buy out Hawaii or Ball State.
I don't see Brandon buying out App State or Miami (OH) with Utah at home and @Notre Dame already on the schedule in 2014. Besides, it is near impossible to find a marquee opponent only one year in advance.
|4 days 7 hours ago||It's too late to change the 2014 schedule||
especially to try to add a marquee opponent. We already play 2 major opponents in the nonconference with Utah at home and Notre Dame on the road. There is no way he tries to add another big name opponent to that schedule
Brandon is just trying to put spin on a bad situation in my opinion. The 2014 schedule is pretty much set in stone.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I think he is talking about the future||
Arkansas in 2018 and Virginia Tech in 2020. Brandon can hype these games up as much as he wants, but they are not a substitute for Ohio, MSU, or Notre Dame.
Hopefully our marquee crossdivision games will be home in even years. but I thought there was no way the Big Ten could do what they did with the MSU & Ohio games and Nebraska & Ohio the last 2 years so I'm not counting on the Big Ten office getting anything right anymore. The Big Ten schedulers have screwed us over 2 times in a row now when they have remade the schedules.
|4 days 7 hours ago||It will also be interesting to see if Adidas steps up||
Adidas signed Michigan to a $66.5 million contract over 8 years in 2007. For comparison, Alabama just signed the most lucrative Nike collegiate deal worth $30 million over 8 years in 2010--not even close to what Michigan got. Will Adidas continue to overpay to try to make a dent in collegiate sports?
|4 days 7 hours ago||Still depends on money as well||
Adidas is paying Michigan the highest paying apparel contract in collegiate athletics. Nike or Under Armour is still going to have to field a competitive offer.
|4 days 7 hours ago||The interesting thing is the Notre Dame game||
If the Notre Dame game were to ever come back, Michigan would want it home in even years to offset MSU and Ohio on road. Notre Dame probably would not be conducive to that as they play USC on the road in even years. Brandon made it clear he is going to try to schedule marquee nonconference matchups to be home in even years.
This scheduling quirk may prevent ND rivalry from returning in the foreseeable future as well.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Per Dave Brandon on the schedule||
Sounds like MSU and Ohio both away in even years and home in odd years is here to stay for the foreseeable future. The only thing that could change the schedules at this point is conference expansion which does not seem likely in the near future.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Also the crossdivision games will be the same opponents in 2015||
Michigan will play Northwestern at home and Minnesota on the road in 2015. That means the earliest we could play Wisconsin is 2016 (last played Wisconsin in 2010).
|5 days 4 hours ago||Why would they put our 2 rivalry games away in the same season?||
FU Big Ten
|5 days 4 hours ago||They had Datsyuk and Malkin last year||
but the core of the roster is about the same as last year. And this year Russia had Kovalchuk. After Canada, Russia had probably the most talented roster.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Ovechkin made it over in time||
It was his first and only game. Ovechkin had a goal and an assist.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Plans on visiting PSU on May 18th||
Don't think we need to worry about PSU though especially after this SI report just came out: