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|8 hours 17 min 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.
|3 days 1 hour 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.
|3 days 3 hours 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.
|3 days 20 hours 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.
|5 days 5 hours 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.
|6 days 6 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 2 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.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not sad to see him go. He is||
Not sad to see him go. He is one hell of a coach.
|5 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||Email Brian. Throw some cat||
Throw some cat .gifs in there too.
|6 weeks 4 hours 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.
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||/thread||
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 6 hours 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.
|7 weeks 23 hours 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.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||...this is really bad news.||
...this is really bad news.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||This passage of the book||
This passage of the book causes me actual, tangible physical pain every time I read it.
It's... this dull ache of grief. Or loss.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Well, when you play||
Well, when you play "I-wanna-go-home" ball by punting from the OSU 38 yard line, you get what you deserve.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Brother, we are very, very||
Brother, we are very, very broken.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||All CEOs are not bad news.||
All CEOs are not bad news. Do you guys even know who Hackett is?
Hackett is a dude who moved up the ranks in a massively conservative, change-resistant institution with a "brand" that was squarely on the wrong side of history. He led the push to return the business towards profitability not by doing the old thing better but by doing new and modern things in an innovative way.
I'm not saying this will or will not work out, and I'd prefer proprietary AD experience too. But U of M Athletics is, actually, at least superficially like 1980s Steelcase, and I think this blog's audience would very much appreciate if Hackett tried to fix the football program by getting fresh instead of getting back to basics.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||It's truly disturbing when||
It's truly disturbing when someone expresses an opinion and you can't tell if it's ironic or genuine.
If you actually believe what you wrote here and you're happy about it, you're not a good conservative - you're a nihilist. And this comes from someone who leans right.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||That game totally owned||
That game totally owned
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I see what brian is talking||
I see what brian is talking about. I'm not a basketball savant but Doyle is, to my eyes, obviously the best center
|9 weeks 6 days ago||While it's of course||
While it's of course completely obscessive and bizarre, it's a pretty cool idea and I wouldn't mind throwing a hundo at it. It would be a pretty good barometer for how much fan support he'd get on day one, and the money goes to a good cause at the end of the day. It's gotta take off, of course, first.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||/NOISE FROM SNOWBLOWER FILLS||
/NOISE FROM SNOWBLOWER FILLS THE ROOM
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! Various||
I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! Various social institutions will begin "fuck[ing] him, background and all" forthwith. First: the team - a proper penalty for a proper violation; he is no longer a Wolverine. I think that's good. Second: the courts - he might be charged with a crime, which is a good thing if he did it. Third: the University - he might be expelled, which might be warranted if that's what the University decides it wants to do.
The issue, bro, is this post you just made right here. Why must completely unilateral condemnation be part of the pile? It doesn't help us in any way, and doing the opposite (that is, thinking of reasons why this might have happened) does help us better understand other humans, which, in turn, minimally decreases the chance that bad things will happen to others.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||You're mad at people who||
You're mad at people who don't want to take responsibility for their actions.
That anger is misdirected here. Nobody on this board is advocating that Clark (1) should remain on the team, (2) that Clark should not be subjected to the legal system, or (3) that Clark should not be subjected to the University's student disciplinary procedures. Clark will either choose to take responsibility for what he did or social institutions will obligate him to do so.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||You're the one missing the||
You're the one missing the point.
You are correct. I would not provide these explanations (again, not excuses) to "the face of the woman he hit" because that would not be kind to do and because that person deserves an ameliorative wave of kindness coming at her right now. She deserves to be left alone and to heal and to not lectured at by me or Brian or anybody.
I would, however, provide those explanations to a group of divested observers without personal stake in the matter like the commenters on a message board. I would do that because discussion of the products that led to a lamentable outcome are worthy of investigation.
An explanation is not an excuse.