this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 hour 17 min ago||As much as I'm thirsty for||
As much as I'm thirsty for more football, I don't know that I want valuable practice time opened for public consumption. If it's innocuous drills then I suppose it's harmless but then who would want to watch? But if it's running through plays or a full on scrimmage, I'd prefer that other teams not see what we've got cooking.
|1 day 6 min ago||If he can wait until the end||
If he can wait until the end of the season then it make sense to wait. Some folks might simply get injured and make some of the attrition choices for him. Others currently on the bubble would at least get a full season under Harbaugh to prove their mettle. If we don't have to make room for this season, why trim the roster prematurely?
|2 days 47 min ago||Well, that first bit||
Well, that first bit (although oddly worded) basically means, "this is likely to happen but it isn't 100% a done deal yet."
I agree that the second part seemed contradictary. I think the potential conflict--just a guess--is that Norfleet is welcome to stay at U of M to get his degree, but it'd mean he'd have to transfer next year and possibly sit out a year of football. The other choice is to transfer right away and play DII ball immediately, but not be able to get his degree from Michigan.
I agree that more will come out in the wash here. Doesn't seem like this is totally worked out yet.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Apologies for the typos||
Apologies for the typos above. The app doesn't have an edit function.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Ditto all the solutions||
Ditto all the solutions above. You could also contact the country treasurers or county recorders office. Typically when a real estate transaction closes, paperwork is filed with the county for the purposes of notifying the entities of the new property tax payers. At lest in Illinois that form (PTAX) also has a forwarding address for the seller. Another idea is to remover what title company you used during the real estate transaction. Even if it was FSBO they likely used a title insurance or escrow company to close the deal. They will know the sellers' forwarding address.
|4 days 20 hours ago||"On this visit" as in his upcoming visit to Ann Arbor?||
"On this visit" as in his upcoming visit to Ann Arbor?
|6 days 22 hours ago||IIRC, he also had some pretty||
IIRC, he also had some pretty passionate video takes on Brandon and Hoke when we were in the abyss last year after concussion-gate. Just based on his body language and passion, he did NOT strike me as a guy who was simply trying to bash Michigan or take them down for the sake of it. Not saying he has zero MSU bias, but I do think he does a good job of masking it. Looking at those videos, one could easily mistake him for just a frustrated Michigan fan, or at least a guy who is closely watching the games and is capable of forumulating pretty well informed opinions on the program generally. He wasn't masking some Sparty grin savoring our downfall, nor twirling his evil-doer moustache.
He deserves a fair shake.
|1 week 1 day ago||Altitude may be an issue for||
Altitude may be an issue for us too. Hopefully the team can get there a day or two early to help acclimate.
|1 week 2 days ago||It seems like there's||
It seems like there's actually two types of personal lows here: 1) Emotionally volatile low when a person is still passionate and upset at the team. 2) The emotionless abyss. We should have one for each category.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agree. Can't wait to||
Agree. Can't wait for "Countdown To Kickoff" to start. As sad as it is, my house has a countdown to "Countdown To Kickoff." My wife and I watch it every morning on the iPad before we get out of bed.
Here's to over-analyzing every fleeting video clip of the Oklahoma Drill and scrimmage snaps.
|1 week 4 days ago||I could be wrong but if MAC||
I could be wrong but if MAC teams have limited scouting ability, and if they mostly recruit locally, you'd think they'd put a premium on finding under the radar in state talent quickly and getting on their radar. Then hoping if the prospect gets more buzz, hoping that one of the big boys doesn't swoop in and grab them. If anything is think MAC (or MAC type) schools would serve as early adopters of local talent before they hit their junior and senior seasons.
|1 week 6 days ago||It depends if you view the||
It depends if you view the term "bust" as a pejorative term only. Let's face it--some kids just don't work out due to no fault of their own like chronic injury. Is that a "bust"? Or is that kid just a "disappointment"? Is "bust" only reserved for kids with laziness or off the field Forcier Disease?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||He does look good. The only||
He does look good. The only knock on his recruiting as I recall was that the NM prep ranks aren't particularly competitive, so scouts were worried that he might just be a big fish in a small pond. On the other hand, it's not his fault that he doesn't live in a football powerhouse state. If the kid rises in the ranks among the other QB prospects on our roster, then that would speak volumes in and of itself. Pretty excited about our QB situation for the 2017 season and beyond.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||They've got 3 that are not||
They've got 3 that are not only competing to start, but each one has been or could be a legitimate Heisman contender. No way we get 5-6 Heisman contenders. The only way you could upgrade from OSU's QB situation is if we had 3 that were that good but more staggered over the classes to get a run of 12 solid years of QB play shark-teeth style.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Statistically a few will wash||
Statistically a few will wash out and a few will be OK but man it'd be great if we had an OSU style quarterback controversy in a few years.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||First they ignore you; then||
First they ignore you; then they laugh at you; then they fight you; then you win.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The best part about that Gary||
The best part about that Gary review was: "He doesn't take plays off....He's incredibly intelligent. He's a sponge."
Physical ability is great, but it seems like where the Hoke regime fell down was either coaching talented but not internally-driven kids, or not coaching them up well enough. The consensus seems to be that Harbaugh is recruiting attitude & work ethic just as much as talent right now. Gary fits the bill.
Now all we've gotta do is land him.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I do know that some college||
I do know that some college applications ask about family alum status. Don't know how far back they go, or if other affiliations count. i.e. "Aunt went to UofM undergrad", or "Mom was a medical resident at the medical school."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Probably not the question for||
Probably not the question for me to answer. I received an academic scholarship to the DIII school I attended, and it brought it basically in line with the cost of going to Michigan (in state tuition).
So for me the finances were almost identical.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This makes me feel a bit||
This makes me feel a bit better. I got into Michigan--the HONORS college no less--with a 3.6 GPA and a 31 ACT score back in 1993. I ended up going to a division III school because I wasn't ready for a huge campus (although I later went to Michigan for law school).
Not that I'll force her, but I'd love my daughter to at least get accepted to Michigan and have the option of attending. She's not in school yet so I have no knowledge of the current school systems/grading/new scoring on standardaized tests. Looking at those stats, I was thinking "there's no way I would've gotten in these days." Maybe my own stats would have been somewhat inflated putting me in the middle of the pack of admitted students then.
Also, is there a breakdown between in-state vs out of state kids? I was accepted as an in-state kid. My kids will be Illinois residents when applying. Is it TOUGHER to get into Michigan as an out of state kid? I always thought it was. But recently somebody told me that the schools are money driven so much, that if you're willing to pay through the nose for out of state tuition, they're actually MORE forgiving on the academic front than if you were an average kid from, say, Troy or Rochester or Brighton.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As a tribute: http://youtu.be/dcEDqx-CEcY||
As a tribute: http://youtu.be/dcEDqx-CEcY
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Part of me wonders if the||
Part of me wonders if the "mutual
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Favorite vacation spot thus||
Favorite vacation spot thus far has been Canneel Bay, St. John, USVI. Pretty pricey but the experience was great. It's right next to a national park, has seven beautiful private beaches, etc. The rooms are older and semi rustic (no TVs). Some folks call it "glamping." The big upside is the resort only has limited space and the rooms & villas aren't high rises. Some of the high end resorts in the Caribbean you end up fighting for beach chairs. Like a cruise ship on land. With Canneel what you're paying for is natural beauty and solitude.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||And when I say monetize I'm||
And when I say monetize I'm not necessarily saying making this a pay site. However they make their revenue that's ultimately a business decision. Maybe it's purely through ads and the annual magazine they publish. All I'm saying is that if we want the team who truly makes this blog work to stick around, and assuming it takes a large number of hours to do what they do, then the site has to stay economically viable enough to get the core team to give up other opportunities (ie a regular 9-5 job like the rest of us schmucks). At the end of the day the best way to make this blog stay forever is to make sure the core team is compensated enough so they can look at their parents and spouses in the eye and themselves in the mirror and be able to say "yes this is a real job/career" and actually mean it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's really what I was||
That's really what I was getting at RE the economic viability & monetizing this thing. My understanding is that Brian has done the monetizing some extent, but I don't know how much he's done in terms of "succession planning" or creating a turn-key environment. I'm an attorney by trade, and much of what my small law firm does is help entrepreneurs and small business owners make sure that they are doing things in a way that will allow them to eventually sell this assert they've built up over the years. I'm in Illinois not Michigan so this isn't a plug for my own services. I'm sure Brian can find competent counsel in and around Ann Arbor. But I just see so many times where a small business person works their tail off, it's successful for them for a few years, but then when it's time to retire or step back, etc, there's no exit plan. They end up leaving money on the table and the entity they've tried so hard to build up over decades evaporates overnight.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So really it comes down to||
So really it comes down to the question of "what percentage of the roster is redeemable?" I assume a small percentage of kids remained tough and hungry despite any prevailing culture to the contrary. These are the internally motivated kids that rejoiced when Harbaugh showed up. The bulk of kids will adapt to whatever the culture happens to be. Most of these kids may be happy that Harbaugh was coming but also a bit nervous about the inevitable hard work that will follow. And then a few will simply be irredeemable in terms of attitude. My hope is that I'd Harbaugh and company thinks the team is "soft and entitled" the follow up sentiment is "yeah but we can fix 85% of these kids in a year and the other 15% will be gone from the program (transfers dropouts or graduated) within the next 2-3 years."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Does this actually work for||
Does this actually work for previously soft people though? Or is this "old school tough" routine more of a weeding mechanism where the weak ones simply drop out rather than become tougher?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||RE: the "soft and entitled"||
RE: the "soft and entitled" rumors.... I've never been a coach. How does one exactly change the culture? Can somebody actually change the attitude of people already in the program? Do you run off the 2-6 worst offenders no matter the raw talent level and just hope the rest fall in line? Or is it just a matter of diluting the bad attitude with new recruits over time? Even then, isn't there s danger that otherwise solid new recruits get absorbed into the currently reigning culture and the team changes THEM rather than the other way around? Without naming names, in just curious how the general approach would be if a new coach determines that the locker room has an attitude problem.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ditto on all the||
Ditto on all the appreciation. Best fan site on the Internet IMO. The question is--how do we guarantee this keeps going? I suppose the answer is economic viability. If it fit the business model of the site, I'd be willing to pay a small monthly subscription for this place for sure. It'd make sure the creators are getting compensated well enough so they have every incentive to do this forever. Also--piece of advice for Brian--if you haven't done so already, measure & record every metric this site has including financial income. Even if you burn out one day, if the site still has a steady following, you can always sell the business to one of your more enterprising guest writers. You get a nice final cash payout, a new generation of writers get to make their passion their job, and the legacy of MGoBlog can continue rather than being lost to the winds of history.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agree. Tons of original||
Agree. Tons of original content. If there is any "aggregation" it's mostly us plebeian degenerate posters who collectively scour the rest kid the Internet for all things Michigan and then put it on the discussion board for the rest of us to consume. The only two instances I could see the writers in the blog being "aggregators" is during recruiting updates, but even then they sprinkle in original insights and news. And some of the blog entries are digests/highlights of the rest of the blog, so I suppose those blog posts are internal "aggregator" posts. But even then, the items they highlight are often original content from diaries and regular posters.