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|12 hours 29 min ago||Seconded||
Especially with recruiting news--that stuff is on here almost immediately after the news breaks.
|13 hours 4 min ago||Read yesterday's Thursday Recruiting||
Ace covered this already yesterday
|1 day 2 hours ago||Exactly||
Finebaum is going to be the media personality that ESPN buiilds the SEC network around. ESPN is the same network that has built its ESPN2 morning programming around Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith because it does killer ratings.
They will probably simulcast Finebaum's show on the SEC network in the afternoons. Finebaum's show is like the Jerry Springer of college football. It's a genius move for ratings, but it's just sad that the Skip Bayless and Paul Finebaums of the world prosper by appealing to the lowest common denominator.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Really?||
$24 for a pair of socks from a ridiculed professional athlete with a terrible Q score who has the fashion sense to go to the club in sweatpants and lacks any experience in fashion design. Sounds like a terrific business venture.
Because everyone is dying to pay a premium on socks by Plaxico that cost more than most designer labels.
|2 days 13 hours ago||That doesn't mean I'm going to pay $24 for a pair of socks||
Especially from a guy who is known more for going to jail for shooting himself in the leg than his football career and thought it was fashionable to go to the club in sweatpants. Do you really believe this will be a successful business venture?
Maybe this business works if it was launched by someone famous like Jay Z, Derek Jeter, or Tom Brady. Not by a guy who is a running joke. No one is going to pay a premium for Plaxico socks.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Men's Capri suits||
Fashion's new flavor of the month.
|3 days 8 hours ago||The thread title was mostly a joke||
I just thought it was funny that both Vines involed players coming off serious injuries from last year. Fitz is the player dancing in the first Vine.
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|3 days 13 hours 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.
|3 days 13 hours 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).
|3 days 14 hours 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.
|3 days 14 hours 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.
|3 days 14 hours 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).
|3 days 16 hours 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.
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Reports that he qualified but doesn't want to go to ND anymore||
From his hometown paper:
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Always got a shot when you get a kid on campus||
but he is a strong UVa lean though.
|6 days 9 hours 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.
|1 week 9 hours 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."
|1 week 9 hours ago||Steve Everitt is killing it right now||
Just tearing into Sparty and Notre Dame.
|1 week 14 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.
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 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.
|1 week 15 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?
|1 week 16 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.