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- Maryland has the financial backing of the owner of Under Armour, Kevin Plank (obvious parallels to Oregon there)
- Extra $ due to joining the B1G
- Great natural recuriting area (much better than Oregon)
|24 weeks 14 hours ago||SoFL Resident Here||
Going to be riding it out.... doubtful we'll have power to see the game. Stay safe my fellow Floridians!
|46 weeks 11 hours ago||I will upvote this every||
I will upvote this every time.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Oh boy...||
A RR thread. Let the good times roll!
RR WAS A TERRIBLE COACH DEFENSE WHAT DEFENSE AM I RIGHT RABBLE RABBLE
RR WAS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD BEST OFFENSE EVAR THE OLD GUARD NEVER GAVE HIM A CHANCE RABBLE RABBLE
JEFF CASTEEL RABBLE RABBLE
THREE AND OUT SAYZ RABBLE RABBLE
Repeat ad infinitum.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||As to recruiting...||
Let's not forget that Beilen runs a squaky-clean program. I hate to be *that* guy and make *that* excuse, but lets get real here. BBall recruiting is every bit as dirty, if not dirtier, than FBall recruiting. I don't think there's any coincidence that in certain classes, the top tier guys Beilein targets seem to initially have interest before mysteriously cooling on us down the stretch (or flipping, etc.). This goes double for guys who are under the radar, blow up once Beilein goes after them, and then end up with another program in the end.
I know nobody wants to hear it or really talk about it, but I think this issue is as much of a factor in Beilein's recruiting misses as anything.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Not sure what your beef with||
Not sure what your beef with ESPN is, but maybe try reading an article before commenting on it?
Bill Barnwell, the author, is an old Football Outsiders/Grantland guy and his posts are usually very much worth reading if you have any interest in football statistics or schematics.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||*||
I'll be back in a couple hours to upvote or downvote this post!
|1 year 10 weeks ago||S&P Rankings||
Current S&P Rankings, for reference (Offense // Defense // Overall):
Alabama: 25 // 1 // 1
Clemson: 10 // 4 // 2
OSU: 14 // 8 // 3
M: 30 // 2 // 6
MSU: 27 // 12 // 13
If we can maintain a top-two defense (not infeasible with our returning group) while moving into the Top 20 on offense.... oh man.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||So...||
So... where are the people that wanted Shane Morris starting after the first couple games? Anyone? Bueller?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||*||
The important thing
was achieved: the KenPom spread
covered by UM
|1 year 15 weeks ago||*||
Here's a pretty good summary of what the board thinks:
|1 year 15 weeks ago||LOL||
Wilcox is a shoe-in to get fired at the end of the year. I have a number of USC friends and they all can't wait. Imagine all of the talent of Michigan's D, and none of the results. That's USC. They've gotten torn up all year despite having 5* guys at virtually every position.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Correct me if I'm wrong||
I thought a rugby-style punter cannot be "roughed" once he starts running? This has happened to us already this season, and that's why Harbaugh has lost his mind both times roughing was called against us. You can't 'rough' a punter who is outside the tackle box - he is considered a runner.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||*||
We know ESPN has never been wrong about their Les Miles news...
|1 year 18 weeks ago||"Best of Michigan" Tourney||
There should be a "Best of Michigan" Tourney in basketball. Stupid idea for football, great for bball. Get WMU, CMU, EMU, Oakland, UDM, us and State together (or leave State out of it, whatever) and go at it.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Great Job Adam||
This is a great feature, thanks Adam & Mgoblog team.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Motion||
I move to officially change the abbreviation, from tOSU to Tosu.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||*||
This is also why the coaches poll is absolutely meaningless.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||*||
The funny thing is that even his hindsight is bad. Go for it, in that position? You've gotta be kidding me.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||*||
First of all, no reason for ad hominem pointed at coach Hoke. Yeah, he's just doing his job and there's probably some sour grapes here as well (as well as a stupid comment), but there's no need to get personal.
That being said, the irony of Hoke retroactively giving out some Special Teams advice is rich indeed.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Another Example||
Another example proving Brian's point that "little brother" is the perfect descriptor for MSU's program. If you want to be the big brother, act like the big brother, not a petulent child.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Agreed, But...||
Agreed, but I think the Dave Brandon method of handling public relations (ignore them till they blow up in your face) is still fresh in the AD's collective mind, and once the "trash sites" had started playing up the death threats angle, a statement from the AD was appropriate. Maybe not necessary, but appropriate. Make your public display of support, get it out of the way, move on.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Happens all the time||
Happens all the time but rarely called. Here's one instance where it was actually called last year, the ND long snapper talks about it happening all the time, he seems shocked they actually called it.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Kevin Grady||
Kevin Grady. Would've been ideal in Harbaugh's offense, and I have a feeling a lack of motivation would've never been a problem either.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Ok, maybe 20 years ago,||
Ok, maybe 20 years ago, still, the point stands. Maryland won 33 games in the first 3 years of the Ralph Friedgen era, for crying out loud ('01-'03).
Also, it's 500+ miles from Eugene to the Bay Area and nearly 1000 miles to SoCal. Maryland's campus is within 500 miles of most of OH, Pittsburgh, NYC & all of Jersey, Philly, Baltimore/DC area, etc. There's no comparison.
However the one thing I will say that Maryland needs to do to approach Oregon's level is to continue upgrading their facilities (already in progress, LINK)....
Again, I know it sounds far-fetched on the face of it, but with the right coach Maryland could really go places. I'm not if he would do it considering he'd have to face his mentor once a year, but if I'm Maryland I'm going all-out for Tom Herman.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I know we like to make fun of Maryland||
I know we like to make fun of Maryland, but he has a point. Consider:
Obviously they don't have any great football tradition and the fanbase isn't exactly rabid, but you could've said the same things about Oregon 10-15 years ago. The other problem Maryland faces is that the B1G East is extremely competitive.
However, if they hire the right coach (big if), I could see them seriously competing with MSU and PSU for third in our division on a consistant basis.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Defense First Drive||
To expand on the "why does the D allow more on the first couple drives" Question -
Don't forget, many teams script their first 10-20 plays, or at least have a very good idea of what they want to run right off the bat. This is usually a combination of:
1) New plays that haven't been put on film and the defense won't be prepared for (as Brian mentioned),
2) Plays specifically designed to exploit weaknesses the defense appears to have, and
3) Plays the offense has practiced enough for the coaches to feel confident they will be executed extremely well.
This combination of factors usually results in the opening drives being more successful... I bet if Brian got his hands on that data you would see this pretty clearly. It seems to me that this trend is espically noticeable in the NFL, where teams have more time to practice/prepare during the week. It seems every Sunday one or both teams score on the first drive, and then are lucky to end up with 20 points by the end of the game as the defenses make adjustments and settle in.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||*||
Not a laughing matter, dude. If even half the reports coming out about him are true, Sark needs some serious help.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||*||
Making signs all about OSU still has my vote as the best idea.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Interesting Comparison||
Michigan under Lloyd Carr = Post-Pete Carrol USC
Think about it. Both programs running vanilla pro-style Offense/Defense, both programs burning up the recruiting trail, both programs winning on sheer talent but typically underperforming relative to said talent.
The only reason Carr had more success than Kiffin/Sark have had is due to 1) he didn't face NCAA sanctions, and 2) there were less high-caliber college coaches in the late 90s/early 00s...
|1 year 26 weeks ago||*||
So bad they had to say it twice.