that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|1 day 19 hours ago||I will never hate on an||
I will never hate on an incoming high schooler, but this is a terrible signing. We have absolutely no need for a big.
The only way this isn't an overt disaster is if there's attrition, which I don't want to see.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I think I'm alone but I||
I think I'm alone but I totally love the 2012 Alabama jerseys with the simple maize shoulders.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm not a David Shaw strategy||
I'm not a David Shaw strategy fan, but I am a David Shaw personality fan. And I do have to admit that it gave me a bit of pause the way he reacted to Feldman's question about Harbaugh. It's not a great sign when the man's number 1 protege can barely hide his contempt for him. There's clearly bad blood and I hope it's just wounded egos doing the bleeding.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||This is related because||
This is related because Costello isn't coming here and he's going to Stanford instead - anyone catch the discussion of Stanford's cutting-edge new virtual reality QB training suite? I have the brakes on slightly with my enthusiasm because Shaw is an investor in the product, but I have to admit that it looks completely revolutionary. Use the Googles and watch the videos.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand this||
I don't understand this comment. We're a team coming off a terrible season with a sucking void at the position and essentially noone in the mainstream media picking us to be in the top 25. "Slightly above average" is punching above our current baseline.
The only thing we can do as fans to help rebuild this program is to adjust our expectations accordingly. Powerhouses are built just like all houses - brick by brick.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||WHAT||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Webb really thinks we STILL||
Webb really thinks we STILL have a shot with Weber. He says he'll divulge the information that has caused him to hold this opinion on signing day once we know either way.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||1.) I don't think any of my||
1.) I don't think any of my rules apply to Weber.
2.) I don't think you meant any harm by it, but I sort of object to your characterization of working with a bag man as a "low character" behavior. Except in truly egregious outlier instances, getting a couple g's for dad's church or to get your car fixed carries essentially no possibility of punishment whatsoever and certainly doesn't represent any moral hazard.
I also think it's really naive to believe that at least some of our dudes aren't getting the occasional handout. This is major college football. It happens and we shouldn't stress when it happens here, down south, for Michigan State, or at OSU. It's only when parents are selling their kids for ransom or when boosters are buying abortions or hookers that morality or "justice" interests are implicated, I'd argue.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I would look up the word||
I would look up the word "heuristic."
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||Whoa. Paragraphs not working||
Whoa. Paragraphs not working on phone? Weird. Will try to fix.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||This combined with my own||
This combined with my own intuition combined with what Sam said on Recruiting Roundup this morning probably means that Clark, Wheatley or both are headed here.
There's no way that Pickard wasn't slow played given what we'd heard following his visit.
I'm bummed that a kid who had so much love for this place won't be playing here. Best of luck.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Ruh roh. That QB depth||
Ruh roh. That QB depth chart...
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Does anyone think that the||
Does anyone think that the Jake Pickard offer is condition on somebody bigger not accepting? At this point I'm beginning to feel that this must be the case. I haven't heard one person with a pulse say anything other than that we're the far and away leader, and his visit was probably our most successful visit.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I remember on a MGoBlog||
I remember on a MGoBlog Roundtable podcast from about a month ago Craig Ross saying that we'd rue the day we let the 'Nova game slip away. At the time I thought that was insane but I certainly get it now.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I agree - elaboration would||
I agree - elaboration would be beneficial. But here's all anyone knows:
1.) Sam Webb and several other recruiting "insiders" have repeatedly and recently said that they would expect that Mike Weber will take another visit to Michigan before signing day. They've also said that he wouldn't have committed to OSU had he known Harbaugh was the coach, but after Hoke was fired he didn't feel he could jeopardize his future by failing to reserve his spot.
2.) On Friday morning, a Detroit News article comes out where Mike Weber says that he won't be taking an official visit to Michigan before signing day in all likelihood. The Board melts down.
3.) AFTER that article was published, Sam Webb made two important and unequivocal comments in his recruiting roundup section. First, he stated that the key words in the Detroit News article were that Weber PROBABLY would not take an OFFICIAL visit. Second, in responding to a question asking him to predict a surprise commit for the class, guessed Gentry and then followed up by saying that he wouldn't put Weber in that spot because if Weber committed it wouldn't be a surprise.
Again, all I'm saying is that important dudes think we're in this. I fully agree that the information available to the public suggests we're totally out. But I get the impression that Webb is pretty sure he knows something we don't. And considering that Webb and Wheatley are bros, I think we should probably take his comments into consideration.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think we should write||
I don't think we should write off Mike Weber yet. I acknowledge that the "smoke" hasn't been good but a lot of "deep web" guys think that he's a silent commit. With a gap that big I think we should just wait and see.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||This guy gets my||
This guy gets my "irrationally excited about" award. I liked Gentry from the moment he showed up on Nussmeier's radar back before the season started.
I enjoy weird recruits - guys with unique or distinct skillsets that make them difficult to benchmark because they don't fit a "future professional" footprint. Gentry's that guy. Absolutely titantic and can really zip around with a good arm. He reminds me a lot of Jamarcus Russell.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||1.) Don't count this kid||
1.) Don't count this kid out. We're getting major vibes from the plugged in guys that we have nothing to worry about. I will agree that this directly conflicts with the information that's publicly available. I'm just saying that the right people feel there's a chance.
2.) You can't blame him if he chooses OSU. Elliott progressed last season from looking like a tentative wimp to looking like a future round 2 guy within the course of one national title winning season. Anyone who doesn't see the appeal in that is a homer.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It sounds like revisionist||
It sounds like revisionist history now, but I've been a fan of Gentry's since we first began recruiting him when Nussmeier arrived. I'm thrilled to see that he's a possibility to enter the fold now. He would be a stellar second lottery ticket with Malzone, especially since the skillset between those two kids is entirely distinct.
Gentry has an unusual skillset - he's a monstrous kid who can really run and he's shockingly elusive. His arm strength is also very good although he does the Michael Vick thing ("I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO SO I WILL THROW THIS AS HARD AS I CAN") too often. I don't know anything about his leadership abilities but that's sort of intangible anyway. It also must be noted that NM football is seriously backwater, so the competition he played is likely very bad.
Overall, you want this kid in the class. I'll be the first to admit that there's a particularly strong chance he's buried on the depth chart in four years no matter where he goes. But I can also imagine a world where he's a Drew Tate level guy, and you want that as a lottery ticket this late in the game.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||If this is correct, it||
If this is correct, it probably means that Manning won't be retained. And if THAT is correct, it probably means that Brian was correct about his belief that Manning contributed to the tirefire at cornerback this year. His recruiting prowess certainly warranted retention.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||This is super weird. I can||
This is super weird. I can get turning down Michigan, because that's not everybody's dream. If anything, Harbaugh's return proved that the public's perception of a job's prestige is not the end-all be-all for all candidates. But he accepted, contacted our recruit, and then bowed out because of MONEY?
That doesn't sit right with me. I think we'll either take another shot at him and convince him to come to Michigan for a better offer or he never really had interest to begin with.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Not sad to see him go. He is||
Not sad to see him go. He is one hell of a coach.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||That would... be... Link||
That would... be...
Link first. But I think that might be the sign we needed if it's actually true.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Email Brian. Throw some cat||
Throw some cat .gifs in there too.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||The Solid Verbal is - and||
The Solid Verbal is - and I've been saying it for years - one of the best podcasts on the internet. The guys are very knowledgable but come at it from a fan's perspective as opposed to a "seasoned, objective insider" slant. It makes for a very honest and entertaining listen, and they update twice a week even during the offseason.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I understand this position||
I understand this position and I agree. But on the other hand, Jim has done NOTHING to even implicate "stringing us along" - he refuses to address this topic.
I think that the answer is unsatisfying and scary - duder doesn't know what he wants to do yet. I do think that if he decides that he'd prefer an NFL future, he'll be fair and notify Michigan promptly. But that's all he owes the school.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||/thread||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||You guys do remember that -||
You guys do remember that - within the past decade - we literally lost a coach because we couldn't stifle rumormongering, right?
We need to chill. Hard.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Guys, the Villanova and||
Guys, the Villanova and Syracuse games still happened. That's our ceiling. The NJIT and EMU games also happened. That's our floor.
It's a young team. It sucks that it's still a young team because we keep having players leave, but it's the truth.
You can't take on youth, inexperience, roster turnover and rookie breakdowns and come out unbruised every year. The last two seasons were aberrational in that we had lots of questions to answer and they all came back with positive answers.
Last comment in a disjointed post: If Beilien loses every single game for the rest of the year he still might not have blown through the goodwill he's earned over the past three. If you're doubting Beilein at this moment, you're insane. End of discussion.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I don't understand how||
I don't understand how Cutcliffe is suddenly a "hot name." Before Florida and Nebraska's job vacancies were filled some of the national guys were saying that he might be a good fit there.
Cutcliffe is on the wrong side of 60 and has substantial health problems. This is not a guy who will be coaching, in all likelihood, even within six years. He's not a long-term solution anywhere. There is also no evidence of him being anything more than a middling recruiter, and, in Michigan's case, he has no regional ties that might give him an edge.
And that would be fine if he was a bona fide turnaround artist, but he has a long-established track record demonstrating that he's a pretty okay coach and nothing more. Winning in the SEC West at the turn of the 21st century was not as hard as it is today, and winning at Ole Miss is easier than winning at Mississippi State. This is not a Dan Mullen resume. It's a Brady Hoke resume.
And THAT would be fine if his teams had some sort of bombastic signature strength that you could fortify by giving him better resources to get in coordinators so as to shore up his weaknesses. But that's not the case either. He's a guy who assembles okay offenses and okay defenses and produces generally okay teams.
I have nothing against Cutcliffe whatsoever, and I agree that Duke being good is fun. But this is not a "hot name" and in my opinion he shouldn't be a candidate at any "big" job, Michigan included.