“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
|4 days 6 hours ago||Good on Pipkins||
Pipkins, despite the injury last year, continues to lose weight.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Or DC again?||
Or DC again?
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||he also escaped war-torn||
he also escaped war-torn Congo before settling in the United States with his family, so maybe wish him good luck for that?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I like the link to 247 for||
I like the link to 247 for the 2010 class - it has a Ricardo Miller from Dr. Phillips (Orlando, FL) listed as Tight End, 6' 4" 225 lbs who enrolled 7/6/2010, and a Ricardo Miller from Pioneer (Ann Arbor, MI), listed as a WR at 6' 2" 208 lbs who enrolled 6/30/2010.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Digital copy?||
Is the digital copy being sent out mid-July as well or earlier?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I would prefer some Wu Tang||
I would prefer some Wu Tang Clan tags on this post.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Was nervous this was a penn||
Was nervous this was a penn state troll when I saw the subject - very glad to be wrong. Welcome Grant!
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Boy this is depressing - the||
Boy this is depressing - the first half of the list is all teams that were really strong and all dropped games they should have won or lost on flukes and the bottom half is basically the last 6 years.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The Renteria for Jurrjens||
The Renteria for Jurrjens trade was not a shining moment for Dombrowski (although it not looking quite as bad as Jurrjens has fallen off the map). Garcia for Iglesias looks like a wash at the moment, but I though Garcia was going to be special.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I think this about right -||
I think this about right - Peppers could have taken visits to other schools and maybe he would not have been considered "committed" any longer but he would have had a spot reserved for him no matter what.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Why is Shane in Seems Like||
Why is Shane in Seems Like Our Kind of Guy and Gardner in Hey-o?
Shane was a 5 star to Scout, 40th overall, 4 star to Rivals, 81st overall, and 4 star to ESPN at 127th overall
Devin was a 5 star to Scout, 43th overall, 4 star to Rivals, 132nd overall, and 4 star to ESPN at 128th overall
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||The Conference Room, the||
The Conference Room, the Conference Room, the Conference Room!
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||Space - you are usually||
Space - you are usually right, but here you are wrong. Golf hat man is a friend of mine and he is a gentleman and a scholar. He also starred in a number of local television commericals becoming the envy of all local actors and the object of affection for a large percentage of women in Washtenaw County.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Ohio State claims he is going||
Ohio State claims he is going to visit Columbus this month as well.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I believe you mean MAAR||
I believe you mean MAAR guards - great!
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||And signing day is 9 months||
And signing day is 9 months away. He already committed and decommitted from one school, so I think keeping the excitement level low is a good idea.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I like the name MAAR, but is||
I like the name MAAR, but is Rakeem Christmas the best name in college basketball?
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Information is public - on||
Information is public - on both Steves' twitters
|13 weeks 3 days ago||But a candle in a Big Crunch||
But a candle in a Big Crunch during a solar eclipse
|14 weeks 6 days ago||How many years back to you||
How many years back to you need to go with Michigan football to get 4 (or 5) players who declared early?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I was wondering about that||
I was wondering about that too...
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Wilson was 8th last time,||
Wilson was 8th last time, brackets indicate 4th.
Are the vibes that positve on Linsday? I hope so...
|16 weeks 6 days ago||2012 team||
2012 team lost in the first round to Ohio - they did not play Duke in the second round.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Sweet!||
That Michigan is an elite team!
|18 weeks 7 hours ago||alright alright alright||
welcome aboard Mr. Taylor!
|18 weeks 7 hours ago||He went with the good guys||
Taylor has committed to Michigan
|19 weeks 4 days ago||thanks for posting. I liked||
thanks for posting. I liked your comment - "I am not familiar with this formula but assume it is complicated," which was my exact thought.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||but they are only 3-2 in||
but they are only 3-2 in conference - it will be hard for them to match us at 14-3...
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||Maybe refrain from calling||
Maybe refrain from calling him "Urban Liar" on this thread? Or all of them?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Brandon, thanks for including||
Brandon, thanks for including the ranking scale. For me though, it seems to be a waste for you to do an interview or profile for any "names to watch" that would be a 0.
Also, can you give us an example for 2015 recruits that fall into each of the sixcatagories (or five if you don't think there are any locks)?
|22 weeks 3 hours ago||It is amusing that the only||
It is amusing that the only two reactions from Junior Day that Brandon didn't get were Harris and Cole, and those are the two people you mentioned at the top.
|22 weeks 6 hours ago||Michigan up to 16 in the||
Michigan up to 16 in the Coaches Poll (Michigan State is 18). The 4 teams on the 4 line in the coaches poll? San Diego State, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Michigan. I would not like to be a one seed with those teams as potential four seeds....
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Yeezus is my favorite new||
Yeezus is my favorite new board member
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Any theories as to why||
Any theories as to why Michigan has been so mediocre/terrible except for Denard? Is it conservative play-calling? Running pro-style offenses?
|24 weeks 5 days ago||From above: "One change for||
From above: "One change for this year is that I have normalized the classes so that they all show how the class is dispersed as if they were a 25 person class."
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan vs. Tenneessee||
I was trying to compare the charts - it appears that Michigan and Tenneessee are about even using the Nth best recruit approach, with Michigan clearly having the best recruit - is that right?
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Voldemort is trolling us now||
Voldemort is trolling us now too? Michigan can't catch a break.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Wait - what? "sophomore||
Wait - what? "sophomore cornerback Terry Richardson, who did not play last season and is expected to transfer." Is it common knowledge that Richardson is planning on transferring? He is down the depth chart but I didn't realize this.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||So "not sure how I feel"||
So "not sure how I feel" becomes I hate Hoke?
Also - as I said initially - if f he was wasn't allowed to say he was expelled, don't say anything.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Please delete if appropriate||
Please delete if appropriate - I think this came up in the 11W/bucknuts "article" about the Taylor Lewan "incident" in Ann Arbor after the Ohio game and some ohio fans claimed he was the one to have spoken to the alleged victim.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I didn't say he should||
I didn't say he should publicly reveal this at a press conference. I doubt he was able to say anything at the time (or at least encouraged by the unversity lawyers not to), he just did not need to say that it was a family issue.
I see it as covering for him though - providing a plausible reason, if not the actual reason, that Gibbons wasn't there. Maybe that was in the best interest of the team before the bowl game, it just didn't sit well with me.
As noted elsewhere in the comments - not the most important issue to come out of this at all.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Of course it doesn't "change||
Of course it doesn't "change the reality of what happened," I assumed we were all decent people here and are horrified by what, at least in the eyes of the university if not the police, happened in 2009. But I care in that I don't want the coach of the team I root for to be covering for a rapist.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure how I feel about||
Not sure how I feel about Hoke saying it was a "family issue" if Gibbons was already expelled before Christmas. If he was wasn't allowed to say he was expelled, don't say anything, and certainly don't cover for him.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Nebraska "undefeated at home||
Nebraska "undefeated at home on the year" - except against Michigan!
|32 weeks 4 days ago||2015 commit Shaun Crawford||
2015 commit Shaun Crawford still scheduled to visit?
|32 weeks 5 days ago||My first posbang - I am||
My first posbang - I am excited and nervous all at once.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||This is totally new||
This is totally new information!
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Has the opposite occurred?||
Are the recruits that you talked to on a regular basis that were very positive about Michigan that went elsewhere? For example did you speak with Josh Garnett, who it sounded like was high on Michigan but then picked Stanford.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||I think Brian is trolling us||
I think Brian is trolling us - he picked a score that is not only somewhat possible, but is probable. Therefore, he doesn't really believe it and he really thinks Michigan will win.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Are early enrollment papers||
Are early enrollment papers binding? It appears that if you enroll in January you do not sign a NLI, but I was not clear if someone could sign the early enrollment paperwork but still go somewhere else.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Shoe, thanks for clarifying -||
Shoe, thanks for clarifying - I saw your tweet to Sam and was wondering what that was about.
|40 weeks 8 hours ago||The Game will be at noon.||
The Game will be at noon.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||It somehow seems fitting that||
It somehow seems fitting that the picture has Shane as the quarterback....
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Ace, the link to Brandon's||
Ace, the link to Brandon's post is wrong, it should be:
|42 weeks 3 days ago||90% referred to the amount of||
90% referred to the amount of Michigan fans in the outer parking lots walking to the game.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Must be booker then. Glad||
Must be booker then. Glad that is settled.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I am thinking boiler-quest||
I am thinking boiler-quest might be the more appropriate this year
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I like the second write up||
I like the second write up better - it is more honest, as evidenced by:
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|43 weeks 4 days ago||You must be an AMC||
You must be an AMC executive...
|43 weeks 4 days ago||I like this idea, and it||
I like this idea, and it would be more fitting to use the ricin on Elliott and Gretchen than anyone (except Jesse). The only problem - Grey Matter has a market cap of 2.16 billion...
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Austin Hatch is considered||
Austin Hatch is considered part of the 2014 class now - right? Does that mean Michigan would take 5 guys including Hatch?
|44 weeks 6 hours ago||And then if it is like||
And then if it is like Gardner's redshirt the thread will appear like clockwork with the questions asked over and over....
|44 weeks 7 hours ago||Great title - very||
Great title - very fitting.
Being at the game it looked like Toussaint was pretty shook up on the fumble - and indication of what happened to him?
|44 weeks 3 days ago||I got some beers - let's||
I got some beers - let's drink'em!
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Cole/Arnett||
There is definitely smoke with the Cole/Arnett rumors as one of Arnettt's family members was in that twitter conversation with TomVH!
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Plenty of time for Izzo to||
Plenty of time for Izzo to drop the ball - Jabari Parker was the top rated person in class at about the same point and was thought to be an MSU lean
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Got tickets through the||
Got tickets through the Athletic Department and are in EZ 7 - hope we can see the field.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||While I like the entire||
While I like the entire Weekly Six columns my favorite part is always the 6 biggest plays. Is the reason the pick 6 wasn't on the list is the game was so close late that the late plays were disproportionately important?
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Every Kentucky coach that is||
Every Kentucky coach that is
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Every Kentucky is watching||
Every Kentucky is watching Booker tonight. Beilein and Bacari are there as well.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Ojemduia might be limited in||
Ojemduia might be limited in how much he plays on Saturday.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Me as well - Brian and Ace||
Me as well - Brian and Ace cut off Heiko explaining the practice buzz to say we should look at the games, who cares about practice! I would like to hear about it as it may inform why Thomas isn't in there, why Pipkins isn't getting a lot of snaps or why Lewis is playing as a true freshman, something that is not always clear just from the games.
If fact, I wouldn't mind a section of the podcast devoted to practice buzz or what Heiko has learned doing his actual reporting.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Forgive my ignorance - who||
Forgive my ignorance - who besides Heiko wrote for the daily?
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Also glad to see there was a||
Also glad to see there was a reason Hand wasn't wearing Michigan gear - even though everyone else was at the game.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Great read - and the pictures||
Great read - and the pictures in the recruiting post were fantastic
|45 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think the coaches are||
I don't think the coaches are anti-dual threat quarterbacks, they just are trying to get the best guy for their system. I haven't heard of any dual threat options in 2015, but isn't Messiah deWeaver getting a lot of interest for 2016?
|46 weeks 3 hours ago||I am confused as well - are||
I am confused as well - are they still recruting Smith (and Smith)?
Thanks to Canzior/Canzier for the great pictures!
|46 weeks 4 days ago||After reading the UFR I feel||
After reading the UFR I feel even better about the defense than I did watching the game over the weekend.
Only thing I was wondering about was why Dymonte Thomas wasn't in at all on defense.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||who doesn't even have an||
who doesn't even have an offer despite being a big michigan fan. Curse you small 2015 recruiting class!
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Taters gonna tate||
Taters gonna tate
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Norfleet return for a||
Norfleet return for a touchdown!
|47 weeks 4 days ago||the references to Hieronymus||
the references to Hieronymus Bosch don't help either.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||I am really enjoying the||
I am really enjoying the weekly obsessions, and how varied the answers can be.
Suggestion for future Obession: who is mostly to prove the Heininger Certainty Principle/Theory this year?
|47 weeks 6 days ago||It seems like he could play||
It seems like he could play for Michigan this year - like LeBron could play in the NBA after this junior year of high school - could play this year. Just an unbelievable athlete. And he fits the Pattern? Even better.
|48 weeks 6 hours ago||Berkley Edwards is a freshman||
Berkley Edwards is a freshman at Minnesota.
|48 weeks 6 hours ago||I think you meant to say he||
I think you meant to say he is the best WR on the roster, but given the quaterback situation, he might be the best QB as well.
|48 weeks 9 hours ago||My favorite week of the||
My favorite week of the season is here. I am giddy looking forward to the season and all the mgo content this week. I can't wait to see how the program moves forward.
Another sign the season is upon us? New banner - I like it.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Impressed that Ace beat the||
Impressed that Ace beat the board - well done. Although, it seems like you are trying too hard...
|48 weeks 6 days ago||I read this and agree with||
I read this and agree with almost everything in it. Is it that much more impressive how well Kelly is recruiting the last couple of years or is likely the high-water mark and it will get increasingly more difficult for Notre Dame to get such highly ranked recruiting classes?
|49 weeks 5 hours ago||Is it just me or are others||
Is it just me or are others have problems enbiggening the second and third charts? I get the dreaded not found error.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||fantastic work guys - and it||
fantastic work guys - and it actually downloaded from itunes, unlike every podcast from last year. I did feel like it was bizarro world with Brian not the most pesmoistic guy in the room.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||It also looks another fishy||
It also looks another fishy account has a link posted, an "MGoShoe." What kind of name is that? and not even 20000 MGoPoints.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Is less than a minute pretty||
Is less than a minute pretty good?
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Boom! committed - according||
Boom! committed - according to everyone on twitter
|50 weeks 4 days ago||This marks the completion of||
This marks the completion of the 2013 recruiting profiles.
No! What about Scott Sypniewski?
|50 weeks 4 days ago||I liked the line about Lewan||
I liked the line about Lewan going to BW3 ordering a salad and 5 chicken breasts and correcting the servers when they tell him he can't order that. I am guessing that is not the typical order...
|50 weeks 5 days ago||yup||
|51 weeks 6 hours ago||Never assume you are the only||
Never assume you are the only drunk person on mgoblog.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Will be interesting to see if||
Will be interesting to see if Ohio, Oregon and Stanford are all undefeated heading into November if the voters would jump the winner of Oregon and Stanford over Ohio.
|1 year 1 day ago||About the best possible news||
About the best possible news that could have come out of the BBQ!
|1 year 3 days ago||@mspeedkills posted on||
@mspeedkills posted on twitter that Malik McDowell confirmed that he will be attending the BBQ
|1 year 3 days ago||You linked to the M Block and||
You linked to the M Block and not Touch the Banner? Magnus is going to be mad...
|1 year 3 days ago||The soul dong, it is punched||
The soul dong, it is punched so many times...
|1 year 3 days ago||Anyone know if there is a||
Anyone know if there is a Grantland piece on Gardner today?
|1 year 6 days ago||Ace - are the recruiting||
Ace - are the recruiting updates back to twice a week or is this week unique beacuse the bbq this weekend?
|1 year 6 days ago||You are correct - it is||
You are correct - it is strange that the names are beneath the quotes - I thought the press release had flipped Moeller's and Carr's quotes.
|1 year 1 week ago||welcome back recruting||
welcome back recruting profiles! I am looking forward to Sypniewski's profile and of course his YMRMFSPA
|1 year 1 week ago||Pacific Rim||
Excellent Pacific Rim references! And you didn't take the easy way out and try to figure out which kaiju Bollman most resembled
|1 year 2 weeks ago||You made steve cry.||
He is just sitting in the corner saying what did do I wrong a2_electricboogaloo...
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Most likely John Runyan Jr.||
but maybe Chuma Edoga if he got an offer?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||best name class of 2016?||
Zach Sandwisch was at Michigan's camp this year. I will pronounce his name as sandwich, regardless of the correct pronunciation
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Chad Henne?||
How did Henne's freshman year compare? I would have assumed the talent he had would at least approach USC's talent for Barkley's freshman year.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||APR||
If Damon Webb is going to make fun of Michigan for academics he should probably know the difference between to and too.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Interesting - Mike Farrell of||
Interesting - Mike Farrell of Rivals just tweets that if Hand were picking today, the choice would be Michigan...
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Where is Heiko? Trapped in||
Where is Heiko? Trapped in Borges' office?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||recuiting?||
This would seem like an ideal weekend to get recruits on campus and see all the Michigan greats, but it looks like it is one of the slowest recruting weekends in a while...
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Adoree Jackson is originally||
Adoree Jackson is originally from Illinois, which probably explains the Illini being in the top 4.
Lorenzo Featherston is an early candidate for best name of the year.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||excellent!||
Was looking forward to see this post! For the other early enrollee freshmen - LTT, Butt and Douglas do you see them redshirting? Or will Butt see the field?
|1 year 11 weeks ago||First 2015 commitment?||
First 2015 commitment?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||That puts Michigan is the||
That puts Michigan is the ballpark of LSU (with 12 predicted uncommited prospects) and Alabama (with 13 predicted uncommited prospects). Not bad company. By way of comparison, Ohio State is listed with 3 predicted prospects and Michigan State has 1.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Peppers for sure||
But Webb vs. Westphal is more of a toss-up.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||This post is already outdated!||
Where is the Juwann Bushell-Beatty commitment post? Moar content!
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Omameh to 49ers||
Patrick Omameh to the 49ers
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Sure do||
TE Nic Weishar just committed to Notre Dame
|1 year 13 weeks ago||It is bad terminology on ESPN's part||
The dark horse thing comes up in their "blue chip battles" and you can only list a favorite, other teams in the mix and a dark horse. TVH wanted to point out that VT was next in line and that would not have come across if he said they were in the mix with Alabama and South Carolina.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I like ESPN when it has positive information about Michigan||
Other than that, I like 247
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Both are coming back||
Per every twitter account ever
|1 year 14 weeks ago||you thought wrong!||
Although there is only one Hardaway declares for NBA draft thread
|1 year 15 weeks ago||If Brady Hoke can turn the tide in Ohio||
then John Beilein can inspire a quad post!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||The players asked Kathleen Beilein for permission||
"We planned it," said Mitch McGary, Michigan's fun-loving, 6-foot-10 freshman forward. "I think the older guys asked Mrs. B first. She said it was OK."
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Nothing great||
Pretty surprising given how rabid jayhawk fans are. rockchalkblog isn't terrible. The best twitter account (aside from kuboobs of course) is @fakejeffwithey.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||The nine game conference schedule should help||
Although it would nice to go to Camp Randell every other year than High Point Solutions Stadium (and yes I had to look up Rutgers stadium's name and it is terrible)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Tempering expectations||
He has talked about visiting Ohio, Florida and Alabama. Also he said one reason he was at Michigan for three weeks in a row was that there he wanted to see the basketball games. I think Michigan has put themselves in a great position in Drake but I don't think it is realistic to expect a quick commitment from him.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Drake Harris just decommitted from State||
I take that as a good sign (although the writing has been on the wall for a while)
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Mine as well||
But she is as a big a fan as me. I know how lucky I am
|1 year 20 weeks ago||return visit for Hand||
I thought Hand and his coach were arlready planning on a return trip for Under the Lights 2 - did I imagine that - I feel like I'm taking crazy pills....
|1 year 20 weeks ago||great article and charts||
You can definitely see the year by year improvement under Beilein and the generally terrible Ellerbe years. Amaker is missing from the charts though.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Why two coaches for LB?||
Magnus - why do you need two coaches for linebacker? Are the inside and the outside that different? Would it make sense to have two WR coaches or is where the WRs lineup less important for coaching purposes?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||TTB rating?||
Magnus what would his TTB rating be now?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Excellent post||
As a long time Kansas basketball fan (all my family is from there) I can appreciate this post. I remember the bad tournament loses much more than wins, especially VCU, Bucknell, Viriginia, UTEP, etc. The 1997 loss to Arizona still bothers me to this day, and I can only blame Ryan Robertson for that terrible loss.
It has been much more fun to be a Michigan basketball fan - the expectations are lower and every game does not have the chance to ruin my day. This Michigan team is also more fun to watch than almost any Kansas team I can remember the 1997 team notwithstanding). I know come tournament time, I will be enjoying each Michigan game and tolerating each Kansas game.
Paul Endacott is my homie...
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Fun event||
A pretty standard breakfast, but a good number of the Michigan delagation shows up, as well as Michigan grads who are in Congress. A different member gives the keynote each year, Sandy Levin was last year and Mary Sue speaks as well.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Brian in DC summary||
MGoBlog in DC
In December, Brian was nice enough to come to DC and do a question an event for the Washington, DCMichiganalumni group. There was a great turnout for the event. Some of this is really out of date (recruiting, New Years bowls, Lewan leaving), but some of it is still relevant.
In the off season, he is going to overhaul the blog and switch it to a magazine style layout so stories do not get lost as easily. Will also have "drill-down pages" for some of the smaller sports, softball, lacrosse, so that those sports don't get lost on the board.
Will eventually add a subscription model, the site will remain free, but subscription could offer no ads, a copy of Hail to the Victors, a tee shirt and discounts at Moe's.
Is going to do a basketball podcast in the winter, but probably not much more with the podcast. For a recruiting podcast, listen to him with Sam Webb.
When asked how much time do you spend on UFR - he just said a lot.
Said 8-4 was fine, about what people expected, keeps the momentum going on for the program. Pointed out that everyone has been worried about Denard getting hurt for 3 years and when it did, Gardnerwas able to step in. Gardnerwas much better than the coaches thought he would be - and everyone else I guess. Brian had a great line about Denard, said he will not be the best Michiganplayer of all time, but he will be a lot of people's favorite Michiganplayer.
Next year, the defense, assuming they can replace his binky, Jordan Kovacs, will be in great shape. Was impressed Quinton Washington, thinks Pipkins will back him up, although he will play a lot of downs. Thoughts Pipkins was bad this year because he lacked technique, and pointed out he got pancaked by a running back, but Brian thinks he will be really good as an upperclassman, said his faith is in part from the Heininger Certainty Principle - Heininger went from a liability to a strength on the team because of the coaching and the technique he learned. Brian believes that will be there as long as the defensive coaches are there. Brian thinks that linebacker will be a strength with three quality players in the mix. Likes Ross a lot once he bulks up.
The offense line will be the question mark next year having to start 3 freshman. But was pleasantly surprised by the development of Michael Schofield who should not be a disaster in place of Lewan. Said it says a lot about the end of Carr recruiting and Rodriguez recruiting. Thinks once all of Hoke's recruits are in place, team will be in a position to compete for national titles. The difference going forward is attrition will be for guys not getting playing time not simply leaving the team because they didn't get along with the coaches or coaching changes. Looking forward to freshman TE Jake Butt and RB DeVeon Smith (and Green if he commits). Things the pro style offense could look like Stamfordor New England. In the New Englandversion, Jake Butt and Devin Funchess play the roles of Gronk and Hernandez. Doesn't think WR will be that great. Didn't know about the redshirt for Gardner, but thought the staff should try and redshirt Morris next year, but burn it before putting Bellomy back out there, unless up 50 points, then put in Kennedy.
Thinks there will be a ten year war with Ohio- and guessed that Michiganwould go 4-6 (including this year). I asked if that meant Urban was the better coach and he said Ohiohas natural recruiting advantages and we would see.
Said we need to give the coaches (read Borges) two to three years to get their own players, switch to a pro-style offense before can accurately judge them. The worst criticisms about Borges that we have are probably not valid yet. Pointed out the most legitimate criticism was how badly the missed on Belomy and Gardner. They see both guys in practice and thought that Belomy was a legitimate option and Gardnerwas not. Noted that kicking game (save for kickers) was really bad and that the coverage was not good. Not sure why the staff has not adapted. Also questioned why they are huddling so long, thinks you lose something by taking that long, getting set and allowing the defense to sub in.
Despite the above, the staff are really highly thought of, tight-knit group. His sources said the staff was night and day compared to the coaches under Rodriguez. Really professional group of guys, great teachers.
Said the real battle will be when Mattison retires (he thought it might happen after a big ten title or Rose Bowl win), who will take the DC position. Said it probably comes down to Curt Mallory, the DB coach and Jerry Montgomery, the DL coach. Whoever is elevated, if they do a good job, would be the internal candidate to take over for Hoke in 10-12 years. Said after Bielema left is even happier about Hoke.
Bielema led to a discussion about paying coaches, Brian said it came down to priorities, Arkansas and Wisconsin have almost the same athletic department budget, but Arkansas willing to pay more, especially for assistant coaches. Wisconsin has the money chose not to. Reflection on the SEC/Big Ten - Mississippi State has 8 teams, Ohio State has 40+ including a rifle club. He also mocked the crew team having an indoor rowing facility, thought they should be outside.
Oh, Brian thinks the big ten will go winless in the bowl season.
Doesn't look good for Treadwell, but may be in good shape on Green, just because every other school fired their coach and Miamiis Miami. Thinks they might be in good shape with Conley and Dawson. If Conley commits, he might end up at WR, especially if Mike McCray's teammate, Reon Dawson, signs with Michigan. He hopes that the staff will pursue Eldridge Massington, who recently decommitted from USC. The staff wants to add a linebacker because one of the young linebackers might be leaving the program for medical reasons.
Brian loves Stauskas - even more than appears on the blog. He is also delighted that the NBA does not focus on a player with his skill set so he will be a "foundational" player for the next couple of years. Impressed with how much Hardaway changed his game during the off season. Pointed out that people have really stepped up after Douglass and Novak (the aneurysm of leadership) left. Specifically mentioned McGary as a leader of the freshman, didn't complain that he wasn't starting, went to the older players and asked what he should do. Compared McGary to a puppy.
Brian is very excited about this team - final four caliber - but also the direction of the program. Sees the strength of the team on offense, hard to double team guys when there are so many offensive weapons. Thinks the weakness is on defense, young team, not great shot-blockers, slow on rotations. Going to lose Big Ten games, like to Indianabecause of defensive liabilities.
Brian is very impressed with Beilein, including his ability to change up his style, moving from a 1-3-1to man, adapting to the team's strengths, like more alley-oops this year. Says Beilein reminds him of a chemistry teacher - compared him to Walter White on the first episode of Breaking Bad without the meth or cancer. Also very high on the assistants, including Bacari Alexander and LaVall Jordan. Thinks that they could be head coaching material, but will probably stay to see how this group of players develop.
Odds and Ends
Brian was depressed and didn't want to talk about hockey, said real chance they will miss the NCAAs. Not sure why, the team has talent. Did say the goal keepers we not to blame as much you might think. Was asked a question about Red if he was going to be pushed out, said that Red was the Hockey Bo, could stay as long as he wanted, but would step away if it came to that.
Brian is not a fan of expansion, and did a straw poll with 80% of the audience against it. His ideal expansion plan would be to go to 20 and have everyone that joined in 1990 or later be in the other division and he could forget about them. He also doesn't think the big ten people really have a clue, both for the future of television and how the conference should be aligned. Brian thought the future was a la carte with only the true fans paying for football on cable, and grandma watching matlock on netflix. If that is the case, Rutgers, even though they are in NYC, doesn't make a lot of sense, they do not have a passionate fan base. Brian noted that Louisville is in a much smaller media market, but they are the only game in town and have a huge fan base.
For alignment, Brian pointed out there is a major problem with Michigan and Ohio in different divisions - if they are playing for the big ten title the week following the Game, do they play as hard, do they not show the whole bag of tricks, or rest starters? Would be a de facto division championship if they were in the division.
Regarding Dave Brandon, he said that the Hoke hire was great, but everything else is reducing the program and the experience. Said that he doesn't want to see a Lions game at Michigan Stadium, that Michigan is unique and Brandon is turning it into something generic. Would tell him not to make Michigan into pizza if he could talk to him. He pointed out that we do not watch college sports because it is the best product that is the pros, but there is something special about college sports.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Brian in DC||
I took some notes on the event and sent them to Brian to see if they were ok. I am less than 100 points so I can't post, but I could send them to shoe and he could post the summary if it is ok.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Thanks||
I have been lurking too long...
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Big Ten Recruiting Rankings||
Ace - will the recruiting rankings be updated before signing day?