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|1 day 10 hours ago||Down south, when people meet you they ask you what||
church you belong to.
That's not usual up north, and I think most people's reaction would be NOYB.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Mullen has accepted 30 committments||
and he has only 19 seniors on his roster.
Math says this isn't the only kid who will be disapointed.
|1 day 20 hours ago||And I count only 19 seniors||
on their roster.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Magnus - am I remembering correctly||
that their initial offers from Michigan were grayshirts? So when they got a scholarship it was an upgrade.
Unlike this case here at MSU which is a downgrade.
|3 days 9 hours ago||re O-Line||
I'm sure he recognized the issue right away. But where, exactly, was he supposed to find experienced O-Line players to tranfer to UM to fill the holes? This isn't the NFL, where you can find free agents. You have to find players to transfer. But then they usually have to sit out a year (see Ty Isaacs) AND they have to be admitted to the school. It's not that easy to transfer to UM, which for example makes the JUCO transfers that other schools utilize an unlikely option.
As for one position group bringing down a team's performance isn't that, for example, a contributor to MSU's losses this year? I seem to recall reading that their DBs are not as exceptional this year as last.
And finally, I'm no football expert, but I was under the impression that the game depended a great deal on the lines. So I'm not sure how effectively one can scheme around a lack of bodies and/or experience on the lines - offense or defense.
|3 days 11 hours ago||His results have pretty much||
parallelled the decline in average age on the O-Line. I'm sorry, that declining age isn't on him. And we have another example of the effects of poor O-Line recruiting (due to sanctions in this case): look at how Hackenburg's production has declined this year due to the lack of O-Line (IIRC, 2 of their starters are converted DL.)
Magnus is in the forefront on criticizing Hoke on not taking a QB in 12. But are you really so sure that taking any QB, just to have a QB, in 12 would have fixed things now? Isn't Bellomy the counter to your argument? Oh, and they did look for another QB - remember the search for a grad transfer/juco transfer? But nothing panned out.
But what's really killed them this year is the interceptions and the dropped passes. You can look at game after game where if the ball hadn't been turned over/dropped so much some losses could have been wins. It's not as if they've been coaching that. And there has been speculation that Gardner's performance has been hindered by injuries. As for Morris, maybe he's not the answer. Or maybe a QB who had mono in his SR year of HS and is working with the 2nd OC in 2 years shouldn't be expected to be ready to start in his 2nd year.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Recced you for the 1st paragraph,||
up until the Gardner bit.
People DON'T consider the impact of youth enough. They keep saying that they are tired of it, that plenty of other teams win with youth.
Well, UM has the 2nd youngest roster in the Big 10, next to Penn State.
There are only 12 seniors, and only 2 of them are on offense - Gardner and Burzinski, who hasn't started this year.
I usually find that the "other teams win with youth" arguements don't hold water when investigated. Someone recently claimed that school X (I forgot which one) was winning with 12, or more, freshman playing on offense. Well, when you checked the depth chart all the starters were SRs or JRs, with 1 SO. The freshmen showed up on the 2 and 3 deep. If your starters are almost exclusively upperclassmen, especially on the O-Line, I don't think that's "winning with youth."
|3 days 13 hours ago||I really believe transition costs are being underrated in most||
pros & cons.
You can dress it up however you want, but the beef with Brady Hoke boils down to he hasn't won fast enough.
Now, he got 1 more year than RR, so I guess that's progress. But I simply don't see this fan base putting up with another 3, 4 years of transition. I really think whoever comes in has to be able to win with the roster Hoke has assembled within 1, 2 years. Any coach who wouldn't find the players for his system on the current roster IMO won't be able to win fast enough (and based on comments on this blog I'd say fast enough is basically the Urban Meyer level of winning.)
Really, with the youth (UM has the 2nd youngest roster in the Big 10) and talent, if UM can't hire this type of coach then as unpopular as it is you might as well give Hoke another year and see what he can do whith his first senior class (2011 shouldn't count, as it's the hybrid Process class) and a QB recruited for his system. I may be wrong, but didn't Brian argue at the beginning of Hoke's tenure that the fan base should be patient in the face of being too impatient with RR and see what Hoke could do with his 1st seniors, since Bo's position was a coach should be given 5 years before being judged?
|4 days 16 hours ago||As a player, Pearson was recruited by Tech & UM||
He chose Tech.
|4 days 17 hours ago||But are they really perfect?||
Sure, they have high winning percentages. But Saban uses oversigning and St Saban's to help achieve that. And even Bama fans joke about punishment for infractions is dependent upon a player's position on the depth chart.
While Meyer seems to have recruited more than his fair share of problem children. (Hernandez is at the top of this list.)
|5 days 11 hours ago||Deleted||
Showed up in the wrong place
|5 days 15 hours ago||You might want to listen to hoke's press||
Conference. He stated that he made the decision,, spoke with Hackett re it. Hackett told him it was his (hoke's) decision & the university stands behind it
|5 days 15 hours ago||That doesn't mean anything||
Gruden, dungy, cowher, etc come up every time too. Sports writers probably have a macro set up with their names. But mentioning their names doesn't make them serious candidates
|5 days 18 hours ago||Do you really have that low an opinion||
Of hoke's ethics? That he only disciplines players when the public eye forces it?
|6 days 10 hours ago||See previous examples for possible responses:||
Csont'e York was suspended while being investigated, and dismissed from the team about a week after charges were filed.
Darryl Stonum was suspended from the team for a year and dismissed from the team about a week after he violated probabation.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Take up your beef with AD Martin & Coach RR.||
When Brandon & Hoke came on board there were no charges against Gibbon's and no sexual misconduct investigation.
It was only later, after the sexual misconduct policy was revised, that a misconduct investigation was conducted. And based on the leaked information,once that investigation resulted in findings against Gibbon's, he no longer played.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Excuse me.||
Hoke isn't the coach who didn't recruit sufficient O-Line players, which shortage Michigan has been suffering from this year and last.
At another university, Hoke would have had the option of recuiting JuCo transfers to fill the gap. But that's not a viable option at Michigan, so he had to recruit freshman and wait for them to mature (4 or 5 years.) Next year the O-Line will finally have 4 upperclassmen starting, the most since 2012.
And to forestall the "the O-Line hasn't developed,"yes, it has. There is a noticable improvement from last year to this, and from the beginning of the season to now. It does take SOME time to develop O-Line men, and 2 of the O-Line men are in only their 3rd year with the team, and 1 is in his first!
|1 week 1 day ago||Disdain & dismissiveness?||
Sounded like the truth to me.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not ncaa's jurisdiction||
This is a legal matter. State ag/doj are probably the interested parties
|1 week 1 day ago||"his track record isn't nearly as impressive"||
His track record is 20 years shorter
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes||
And he apologized to hoke, and asked the ad to apologize on his behalf to the rest of the student athletes
|1 week 2 days ago||Do people even research before they make statements||
It took Schiano 5 years to get a winning record (oh, and the 2 previous years were a downward trajectory.)
In his 11 years at Rutgers his record was 68-67.
This seems awfully similar to Hoke's record before he was hired at Michigan.
And Hoke's record at Michigan is 31-18, which is deemed fireable by the MGOBLOG community.
|1 week 2 days ago||Like it did from 55 to 75||
But this time the school has more than 2 games broadcast a year, and the TV money to go with that
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm calling BS||
Their 1st team on offense is all JRs and SRs with the exception of one SO. When you go to the 2 and 3 deep is when you find freshmen.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's your opinion.||
Seth did some analysis on when Oline players can be expected to be good, looking at UM 1993-2011. [http://mgoblog.com/content/hokepoints-when-will-o-line-be-ready] Answer: only 1/3rd will be solid+ by their 4th year.
UM's 2014 O-Line:
LT: Cole, FR
LG: G. Glasgow, RS JR (and former walk-on)
C: Miller, RS JR
RG: Kalis, RS SO
RT: Braden, RS SO
|1 week 3 days ago||The amount of talent that hoke||
Inherited is debatable
|1 week 3 days ago||It's the 25th percentile score||
But the president did say something in his remarks (don't have the exact quote) expressing a concern about admitting kids who can't do the work
|1 week 3 days ago||His statment was||
"The past two years have gotten better, but before that the graduation rates were terrible, with football somewhere in the 50s and 60s." So the transition year would seem to be included in "before." Could be even earlier, as MGOBLOG used to report on APR during the RR years, as it was concerning.
|1 week 3 days ago||Based on Schlissell's comments to The Daily||
wrt APR and graduation rates, I believe this needs to be examined for all CC candiates. Since the president is on record this way, no point in selecting a coach who can't get his recruits admitted. [See Demar Dorsey]
A quick look at Utah State shows that its APR hasn't been so good. It was 912 in 2004 (1st year in online database.) Now, it has improved through 2012, to a current high of 988. The average during Anderson's tenure is 965.
As a school, Utah State is much less selective, accepting 97% of applicants. Minimum SAT scores are about 150 points lower than Michigan
He only has 1 full season at Wisconsin, so hard to judge that. Wisconsin is harder to get into than Utah State, but is still easier than Michigan.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nice post.||
I know that there's no convincing anyone. But I get tired of all of the lazy/revisionist comments. I really should lose my password.