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|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks, friend||
Thanks for the kind words. I am not unemployed yet, and i am hopeful that I will get a few months of pay on the way out the door to soften the blow. But all of that said, I would take what I am going through any day compared to what Cali has been dealing with. Not even close.
|4 weeks 26 min ago||So sorry||
Cali, I don't know you (other than from your posts), but I can't express how sorry I am for what you and your family are going through. I am also a 98 grad; and the thought of losing a spouse so young is unbearable to me. If you need anything at all, just want to talk to a complete stranger to vent or whatever, just respond to this message.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Go sit in the corner and think about how bad this thread is and how bad you should feel for even raising this topic.
Come on, man.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||size||
Without sounding creepy, I think that the issue with McCaffrey is that he just didn't look as physically mature as some of the other prospects. He is in definite need of 1-2 years in a solid S&C program. As a result, unlike some of the other top QBs, he doesn't look remotely ready to step in and play this coming season, if he were needed. I get the sense that this was the major cause of his drop. His throws during the Army practices were supposedly pretty good, as was his vision and touch.
Fortunately, there is no scenerio in which he would be called upon to contribute this coming season, given that we have a returning starter (who, while not necessary Tom Brady [NFL edition], played pretty damn well for a sophmore in his first season starting), as well as an experienced backup (O'Korn) and a highly-touted RS Freshman (Peters) ahead of him.
I would not worry about the drop much.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||meh||
This could cut both ways. Yes, they lose a potential future contributor, so yay. On the other hand, if he was suspended for a year and switching to WR, then he may never have contributed much at all, and now he opens up a spot for Urban to take another 7* player, the way he is recruiting.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Tom VH||
So let me get this straight: JPGenius has TomVH rated at a 5*, but ANT0824 has him as a low 4*? Is there some sort of 247 Composite ranking that we can look to for this to get a true sense.
My personal opinion is that Tom VH displays excellent pad level and has a high motor, but he is going to need to bulk up if he is going to be an instant impact WoF difference maker.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I see your point||
I know that the instant reaction is to disagree with bluinohio. After all, how do you call the guy who has won the National Championship 4 out of 8 years, barely ever loses, and has made the playoffs every year overrated?!?!
But there a shred of rationality to what he says. If you start with the premise that Alabama recruits a talent level that is so far ahead of every other school (partially because of available local talent and reputation and partially because of $$EECC recruiting begman tactics), then Alabama SHOULD be winning all of these games, even with average to above average coaching. If an NFL team was awarded the first 10 draft picks picks every year, after a few years, the talent level on that team would be so dominant that any competent coach would be able to win regularly. That is the equivalent of the talent advantage that Bama has. They have gotten the #1 class - often by a wide margin - every year for a number of years running. Their team is so stacked that any above average coach would likely have real success.
Now, this does not take away from what Saban has done, or mean that he is NOT an elite coach. It just calls into question whether his coaching is elite, or whether he just benefits from the insane talent that he beings in. Put differently, if Saban had Michigan's 2016 roster, or FSU's or Florida's or OSU's or Washington's roster, do you think that he would have won the National Championship? Not saying that he wouldn't, but it is uncertain, since Saban has never (since coming to Bama) had to coach anything but the most talented roster in college football.
All of this said, Saban is the CLEARLY the best recruiter out there - which is a part of coaching - and even with that recruiting advantage, he is still a good actual coach. I am virtually certain that with the same talent, Brady Hoke or Rich Rod would not have had as much success.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Meh||
Not bring critical - if this helps us recruit even one iota, I am totally down with it. But, all things being equal, I would prefer that the captains have some association with the university (Jeter, Brady, Woodson, even Jordan because of the apparel deal). But, if the players, recruits and Harbaugh like it, go for it.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||agree, but||
I agree with you that it is the media / fans who are turning this into a spectacle. And he owes nobody any type of announcement or media circus at which he pulls ahat off the table. He is totally free to just show up on campus in AA or Alabama next week and go to work. It is actually kind of an awesome attitude.
But, if he doesn't want the attention, then he has to realise that understand that the easiest way to get rid of that attention is to just make a simple announcement (or even a 4 word tweet) that says "I am going to [Michigan / Alabama / Slippery Rock]" and be done with it. The lack of announcement is actually increasing the attention significantly.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Najee||
What the hell does this have to do with Najee Harris?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Meh||
One the one hand, I think that him issuing the statement shows some maturity: He screwed up publicly, acknowledged it and apologized. Many kids his age would not have the maturity and humility to do so.
On the other hand, the kid received an offer to attend the University of Michigan on full scholarship, with a spot on our football team and an opportunity to be coached by Don Brown (his coordinator), GMAT (his direct position coach), oh, and Jim Freeking Harbaugh. If he doesn't want to accept that offer, and wants to go to another school, that's fine - there are a ton of great schools and programs out there. But, for him to be trashing us to others and to go so far as to say "F*ck Michigan" because some graduate assistant misspelled his name (by the way, Solomon of often spelled Soloman, so while not excusing the mistake - attention to detail and all - it is not quite the heinous act that he has made it into), seems immature.
At this point, it is irrelevant - I think that we can collectively remove this kid from our recruiting board. He is Georgia (or some other SEC school) bound. Move on to other prospects.
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||not ridiculous, but extreme||
While many will neg your comment, I think that you make a very good set of points. For a RB, the greatest influencer of success is the OL. Year after year, Bama has the best OL in college football. That isn't likely to change over the next 3 years with the crop that Bama has coming in this year. I am fairly certain that a decent 3* could have decent to above average rushing yards running behind that line. For a guy like Harris, he could be looking at a Heisman, a top 3-5 draft spot and likely a few national championship game appearances.
That is not to discount Michigan. Harbaugh has us moving in a great direction and once we smooth out the roster after 2017, we might be a top 5ish program regularly. But, we don't have anything approaching the OL that Bama has and will have. Look at our returning linemen and those who will play significant snaps over the next 3 years. Now go look at Bama. Jabberwock has a good point.
That said, I think that he overstates that point. "Michigan wouldn't even be in my to[p]10" is going way too far. Like Alabama, Michigan runs a pro-style offense that will prepare Harris for the NFL. We are also a blue chip school, so he will get as much hype at Michigan as anywhere else (see Jabrill and Denard for recent examples). And, despite what many perceive as a week OL, our offense was downright prolific for much of the season. So, while I see the case for Bama, to say that we wouldn't be top 10 is silly.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||talent||
I hear what you are saying, but at the end of the day, why is it that OSU and Bama have been flat out dominant for so long? Sure, Saban and Meyer are once (or twice) in a generation coaches, but they also have the most talented rosters year after year.
I believe that Harbaugh at least in the discussion of being as good as Meyer and Saban. But even if he is, when we play OSU yearly, you have equal coaching with a roster advantage to OSU. That's not the recipe for long term success.
At the end of the day, watching Clemson dismantle OSU, and watching Bama easily handle Washington, the thing that jumped out at me was the incredible athleticism and talent on both Clemson and Bama. We need to get our program up to that talent level to routinely be in the playoff picture.
Also, as to the point about being 5 points away from undefeated, I hear what you are saying, but keep in mind that we accomplished that with a team consisting largely of seniors. I think that the OP's point was that for the next few years, we will have a team that is either upperclassmen who are less highly-touted or athletic, more touted players who are freshmen and sophs.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||Personal plan||
Here's my plan:
January 4-7: Check MGoBlog every 15-30 minutes, to see if there is any update on what T-shirt Najee is wearing or whether any family members of his have tweeted info that could be overanalyzed as a clue as to where is is playing.
January 8-9: Pretty much the same as January 4-7, but change the freuqency of MGoBlof checks to every 2-5 minutes.
Najee Harris Decision Day: Refersh MGoBlog constantly, bemoan Brian's server issues, continue refreshing. Be either really happy or really disappointed.
January 10-February 1: Back to checking MGoBlog every 15-30 minutes. There has to be some new info on our other targets or new surprise targets, right??? Feel a bit ashamed that my happiness is even a bit related to the college decisions of 17 year old kids. Ah, who am I fooling, I love all things Michigan related and feel no shame!
February 1: Log into MGoBlog liveblog for from the moment I get to work until all LOI are received.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||go for it||
Throw in a racist / sexist / homophobic / ignorant comment while you are at it and hit for the cycle.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||awesome||
Seems credible. Join date of today, check. Negative point total, check. Source is a direct link to Najee (girlfriends, via distant familty connection), check!
You wouldn't happen to be a Nigerian prince, would you?
Ah, F it - I choose to believe!
YES!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!! #! Recruit in the country for 2 years straight!
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||question||
I am curious - is the film that you are referring to Peters film in which he looks awesome or McCaffrey film in which he looks sub-par.
Either way, likely doesn't matter all that much, as one was a true freshman who redshirted and the other is still in high school. It may be true that Peters will take over and lock down the QB spot starting in 2018 (or even 2017 if he is better than Speight / O'Korn), but it is probably too too early to make that call now.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Najee's Brother||
With Fisch leaving, the the NCAA considering increasing the number of coaches allowed, I am just saying that a guy with Najee's brother's obvious smarts could have a place on this staff. Does he know anything about football? Georgia wouldn't care.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||prick||
I know, what a prick to not take into account the feelings of random fans of competing schools when making the choice of which college he will attend. I mean, who would even want to go to Bama. Aside from competing for the National Championship EVERY YEAR, consistently producing more NFL talent (especially at RB) than just about any other school, having tons of attractive girls and nice weather, what's so great about them anyway?! Clearly only a prick would choose Bama.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||awesome||
The lack of hat ceremony, committment extravaganza or even a twitter announcement is just awesome and completely refreshing in today's day and age. Totally badass move by Najee, regardless of which school he chooses.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||camps||
While I think that your question is interesting, and I would be curious as to the answer, I think that the primary benefits of the camps are not necessarily measurable.
First, it gets Harbaugh and our staff in front of a lot of top high school coaches in different parts of the country. While we cannot measure the impact of this, you never know when one of these coaches will have a 4 or 5* player who is considering leaving the south. Having worked with Harbaugh at a camp could impact the coach's recommendation to that kid.
Second, it keep Michigan football in not only the national news, but in the local news in locales in which we might not otherwise be mentioned. Again, this is part of a long term process of improving our recruiting reach.
Third, Harbaugh has been targeted as to the locations of his camps, and has hosted them at schools that have rich recruiting pipelines. This might help us with specific recruits in this cycle, or it might plant the seeds for recruits in coming years who might not have otherwise had Michigan on top of their minds.
Finally, I expect that the camps have helped us with specific high-caliber recruits (Harris, if he comes here, would be a great example) and have unearthed a few diamonds in the rough.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Current events||
The 20th of next month is the date on which the next president is being sworn into office. He was taking about Trump. That was why I said no politics.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||No politics||
is this comment really necessary? You are on a sports blog, in a thread about a recruit, on Christmas. Is it really necessary to post political comments? I get that you did not like the election result, but if you want to discuss that, go to foxnews, MSNBC or one of the many politics / news blogs.
Also, before you go protesting a regime as oppressive, maybe wait until they actually do something you don't like and that is actually oppressive.
Relax and enjoy the season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and happy new year.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Silent commit||
He main reason that a kid would give a silent commit is that by giving the commitment, the future coach knows that he is coming and reserves his spot (and can recruit accordingly). At the same time, the kid might not want to face backlash from his current coaches (if those coaches wanted him to go to a different school), his teammates (if they wanted him to go with them to a different school) or the internet (which assuredly has trolls that wanted him to go to a different school and will happily wish him death for disappointing them). Committing silently let's the kid avoid all of the pressures that could be exerted by these various jive turkey factions.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Good pick up||
What I like most about his game, based purely off of the hightlight film, is that he seems to have the ability to create off of the dribble and to get his own shots. That is something that we have been lacking since Burke left.
Also, this kid looks like he still has some growing left to do, and the trajectory of his game seems very positive. He could end up being a top 75 kid when all is said and done.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Moms||
Damn moms!! Who do they think they are?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||snark||
Let me try to save everyone the trouble:
1. Water is wet;
2. I hear we landed on the moon;
3. I think that we have a real shot at getting Harbaugh to come here;
4. Oakland is in play;
5. Something about Steffan Diggs, DeShawn Hand, [insert random 5* that we were close to getting]
Seriously, though, the lack of Hello thread on the board may have been the issue - I was at an event last night, and checked the board every 30 minutes or so after 7 to see if he committed, and when I didn't see anything by 9, I assumed that it was postponed. Only when I got home did I check the main page to see the Hello post.
I think that the way that the app is set up, many users just go to the board for news, since it tends to show up well before the front page content.
Either way, if you change the name of the post to "Jordan Anthony comments on why he chose Michigan" this isn't a bad post, so I was mostly making fun of the board, not the OP, in my mock snark.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||stupid drunk decision||
The problem with what you are saying is that it sounds like you believe that being drunk is some kind of excuse. And it isn't. And just because people used to get drunk, do stupid shit, and get away with it, that doesn't make it ok.
Sure, kids get drunk and do some stupid, harmless shit, and it shouldn't ruin their lives - their judgment was off because of the alcahol, and while they need a consequence, that consequence shouldn't ruin their lives over one stupid drunk decision. And that logic makes sense, if the decision is to bust a window, run out of a bar without paying the tab, slash a tire. You pay for your damage, perhaps pay a fine or some other penalty (community service, etc.) and move on with a good lesson learned.
But, if your drunken stupidity involves physically hurting or molesting someone else, sorry, the drunk excuse just doesn't cut it.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||no politics||
Do we really need to bring up politics in this thread? I think that we would all agree that sexual assault, regardless of who is doing the assault, is pretty bad.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||kind of agree||
He is correct that if one doesn't want to be objectified, they should not do things that make objectification more likely. That may not be ideal, but it is true. Don't go out half naked and them complain that people are staring.
But, the implication of that statement - that I can't agree with at all - that one who chooses to dress in a manner that would objectify them somehow invites sexual assault is just horrible. People are free to look at anyone in any manner that they want, but that doesn't excuse abuse.