"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|1 day 6 hours ago||misleading how?||
I am not putting down any of our current players, but let's look closer:
Funchess was great and a huge get. I agree. Chessen and Darboh are also rounding into great and very good wide receivers, as well. After that, it gets a bit dicey. Henry and Wormley are solidly above average, and Wilson is looking like he, too, will be above average. Bolden? Really?
So Hoke got 3 good receivers and two good DL players in his first class. Pretty decent, and that has contributed to our winning 9 games and possibly 10. But, compare that to the haul that Urban got in year 1: Bosa (one of the top DL players in the country), Zeke Elliott (one fo the top RB in the country), J.T. Barrett (last year's Heisman candidate), Von Bell, Jalin Marshall, Gareon Conley - these are the types of recruits that lead to NC contention. Does Joe Bolden really measure up to those guys?
|1 day 7 hours ago||why not?||
Obviously he was joking, but do you believe that OSU does not engage in SEC-like recruiting practices? If so, I suggest that you google Terrelle Pryor (and his many "borrowed" high-priced cars), Maurice Clarrett, Tatgate and a host of other OSU recruiting issues, and when you are done with those, take a look at some of the allegations about OSU's current coach back when he was at Florida. Also, OSU's former coach, only gone for a few years, was forced out because even the pathetic NCAA enforcement arm found that he created an environment in which there was a lack of institutional control!
I hate the O$U / Urban Liar type jokes as much as anyone, but what the poster that you responded to said is totally fair.
|1 day 7 hours ago||spot on||
This is dead on.
Much of Harbaugh's success / failure this year and next will be predicated on players recruited by Hoke. If Harbaugh does well, he will rightly get the credit for developing these players; if he struggles, most rational fans would give him the benefit of the doubt and understand that Harbaugh inherited a roster that - while not a bare cupboard - is lacking in depth at numerous positions and will lose even more from the inevitable attrition associated with even the smoothest coaching change.
By year 3-4, however, most fanbases (and the media, which unfortunately drives perception to a large degree) will expect results and will blame any lack thereof on Harbaugh. The kids recruited this year wil be sophmores / juniors during those years. If this class produces some of the home run hitters that Meyer's first class produced, we will be set up nicely for some great success during those years. If not, we could still be struggling against our chief rivals in years 3-4 of Harbaugh, which wouldn't go over well, even for Harbaugh.
|1 day 13 hours ago||disagree||
You missed a few points in Mad Hatters post:
1. He only said to fire him if he went on an interview during the week leading up to the game. while you say "get all the details," his firing comment was only if Durkin did actually interview during the week fo the game. If so;
2. He didn't say to fire him for thie shit defensive performance. He said to fire him because we put in a shit defensive performance and he spent time during the week leading up to the game on an interview with Maryland.
I am totaly with Hatter on this one. This is our biggest game of the year - I would expect everyone who has involvement with the team - players, coaches, assistants, trainers, etc. - to be singularly consumed with winning the game for the 6-day period between our Penn State win and kickoff. If he is taking even 15 minutes to conduct an interview (and by the way, I am sure that he would also spend time talking to his agent if he is interviewing, as well as others such as his wife and family) than he isn't singularly focused on winning the game.
I understand that the following analogy involves an area totally different from football, but I think that it applies. I am a litigator, and I conduct fairly high-value, intensive trials. While I have several cases on my plate at any given time, when I have a big case going to trial, during the two weeks before the trial, all of my other cases are put off to the side (or handled day to day by those working for me or one of my partners), and I am careful to schedule my trials for times in which I will not be distracted by personal obligations (for example, I never schedule trials shortly after my kdis birthdays or during June because my kids have end of the year shows). The point is that in the lead up to my trials, I am singularly focused on poring over every bit of information available to allow me to be better prepared than my adversary. And, for larger cases, my clients expect nothing else. I, personally, would expect that the D coordinator at Michigan, who is responsible for coming up with the defensive gameplan, would be similarly obsessive and not wasting his time interviewing with Maryland!
|2 days 15 hours ago||Totally agree||
I was just about to post the exact same thing. To me, with his lack of speed, and his ample power and blocking ability, Smith has the skill set that screams fullback", especially in this offense. Harbaugh loves to get the FB involved in the offense, both in terms of direct snaps and even a few passes. Smith's RB experience will make him deadly in that spot. It would almost be like having two fully operational RB on every play (as opposed to a RB and a blockey RB). If this happens, I would hope that the RB is more of a slasher that can compliment smith.
|1 week 8 hours ago||or||
You may be right that he was close but just wasn't ready to go, but if the injury was enough to keep him out of arguably the biggest game of his career, then he might not have been as close as you think.
|1 week 8 hours ago||emotion||
While I generally agree with your on this, there are a few scenerios in which the emotion element could swing in favor of PSU. For example:
-Rather than playing with sky high emotion, MSU could come out a bit flat after a hugely emotional win in Columbus.
-Or, MSU could come out with TOO MUCH emotion, causing them to lose fundamentals, take stupid personal foul penalties, etc.
-Or, perhaps, for a crop of seniors who have lived through a really difficult and emotional time at PSU, PSU is the one that comes out on fire.
I do think that you are likely right that MSU does have the emotional edge, but I am just pointing out that with anything so inherently unquantifiable and "feelingsball-ish", you just never know.
|1 week 13 hours ago||awesome||
Go blue! Beat Ohio State!
|1 week 2 days ago||Peppers||
And, Peppers is a freshman.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sparty||
I know that it won't happen, but your question didn't limit the answer to games that might happen.
I really want to see us line up against Sparty with some non-Big10 refs. Sparty "won" on a bad combo of poor officiating (that did impact the outcome) and a total fluke play. I would like to see newly improved Rudock and company hang 50 on those bastards.
|1 week 4 days ago||Muffed punt||
That would be an epic dose of karma. Throw in a few BS calls or non-calls against MSU for good measure.
|1 week 5 days ago||Glass half full||
A few points in response:
1. The total yardage numbers aren't really that far off. 479 vs. 402 isn't that huge - both games were shoot-outs on offense. Also, keep in mind that Michigan had several drives in which their offense scored in a minute or so of total time, which results in more possessions over the course of the game and hence, somewhat inflated yardage totals.
2. As you noted, sure, Indiana moved the ball well, but we were able to get a whole bunch of red zone stops. I, for one, do not care how long a drive is if it doesn't result in a touchdown.
3. This was our first game adjusting to the loss of arguable our best DL performer, and one who would have been critical to stopping precisely the type of offense that Indiana runs.
4. In the end, we played our worst defensive game of the season, and came away with a win. I expect that Harbaugh, Baxter and Durkin will have the defense and special teams working their collective asses off this week to correct whatever went wrong this past week.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Langford||
Looked good last week.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What?||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Milk and steak||
You mean steroids and vitamins.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Typo||
Steak, not steam.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Wine||
Long, long week at work. Looking forward to a glass or so or red wine with steam for dinner. Estancia Cabernet.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||ummmmm...||
Is there really any age at which news relating to a random 16 year old boy is better than an orgasm.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||In order||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Premature banging?||
Did I sleep all the way through Friday?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
That's a lot of repressed anger and hate that you have built up against a guy I expect that you never met.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Eh||
It's ok. Not great but better than anything else that is on from 9-12 on a Saturday. It's better when we are relevant. Had we won MSU, we would he involved in a lot more of these CFP discussions.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Team shirt||
I think you may have to be on the team to get one of those. Just guessing though, but I do know that other teams do stuff like that.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I knew it||
When I read that comment, my first thought was "how long until his dudeness responds"! Good stuff.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan||
So, if this game goes for, say, another 4 hours (as it seems like it will), what channel will we be bumped to? Or, would they hold off on our kickoff?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Those questions||
Were actually better than what we see asked by reporters at most Michigan press conferences.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Let me add||
That I will divert the whole discussion by blaming it on RichRod, his defensive recruiting and his lack of fit.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||WOW||
There is so much win in this post. First of all, those ribs look INSANE! My wife and kids bought me a smoker for father's day this year (Weber, 22 inch), so I have become obsessed with new smoker recipes. This one is the best I have ever seen.
Also, those handles?! Are they only available for the Egg, or can I get something equivalent for my Weber?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Amateur||
My wife and I do media blackout every weekend for Michigan games new Dvr and watch when the kids to go sleep. Here are some tips:
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you, thank you||
Thanks. I am doing the DVR / complete media blackout thing today, and would have been upset if I got home and the game didn't record.