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- Go to a community college for a couple of years
- Go to school part-time while working full time
- Found it too far away from family & friends; he may be more comfortable closer to his home
- Enrolled early but was red-shirted; he may feel he has a better chance of seeing the field as a starter at WVU
- Did not like Ann Arbor; the student body, politics, & values too liberal for him
- Found it too difficult to major in engineering and play football; no internal assistance in helping him do both?
- Restored UofM's football program to an elite status
- Won a Superbowl
|16 hours 9 min ago||I appreciated this article and think the author is spot on||
I graduated from UofM in 1966 with no student debt. Worked long, hard hours in the summers and made enough to pay for my room, board, and tuition. Lived a "Spartan"-like life on campus during my scchool years. Typical attire was white blue jeans and a sweatshirt. Did not go out for dinners and partying was pretty limited. " Cheap" dates were the norm. No spring vacation trips. And I didn't feel deprived. I felt I was very fortunate.
The main campus was pretty basic as well. Unlike now, there was not much in the way of frills and sparkle. I've been amazed at the high end construction and life style that's gone on in more recent times.
Didn't ask for and didn't receive any "guidance" from faculty and/or school administrators. I expected to have to think for myself and do it on my own.
No sympathy from me for many of today's students who over extend themselves on loans and major in "soft" subjects that have little practical value to most employers.
They had other choices - maybe not glamorous but economically smarter:
Probably unfair, but my image many of UofM students today is that they are spoiled; i.e. they are privileged and feel entitled.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Replying to Ron Utah re "Objective Evidence"||
Get real man. The amount of information on how this young man performed as a TE is very, very limited. If you think JV experience counts for anything, I have no interest in any further dialogue with you. Furthermore, I seriously doubt this young man would disagree with that assessment. I'm also sure my comments are not going to make him feel bad about himself. Personally, I feel like Harbaugh and his staff could have waited for another year before making him an offer without a serious risk of losing him to some other school. But, like I said, I welcome him aboard and hope his varsity play shows the early offer was warranted.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Agree wholeheartedly with The_JDavis_1's ist paragraph||
I am fully on board with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and don't disagree with any of his decisions.
I do believe, however, that the offering of this young man, so early in his high school career, is based on him being seen as a legacy recruit. Really, there is no body of objective evidence, other than that, to indicate he has earned that offer.
That doesn't mean I think he is not a worthy choice. I like the idea of legacy recruits, but I also believe it can be two-edged sword. How do you think this choice will be seen by other TE prospects who are underclassmen in high school and who have dreams of earning the opportunity to be offered by UofM? Do you think they'll see some sort of nepotism is this? I do.
While I believe it is a little early to offer this young man, I am pleased to welcome him to the UofM. Also, I can see him turning all of this controversy into motivation to prove to everyone he deserved the offer. Good luck to him!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Loved Harbaugh's tweet||
No excuse for cancelling American Sniper in the first place.
Disappointed, but not surprised, at the many UofM alumni and students who dislike Kris Kyle and others like him. Every combat veteran who put their lives on the line, on a daily basis, to protect this country, deeserve our thanks.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||It's all about the process (so sayeth Bo)||
I love that Coach Baxter has a proven and well-developed process for teaching each player how to do their job (and how to measure progress?). It's seems pretty straightforward but well thought out and results oriented. His approach is not unlike what Bo did with each player.
I continue to be very impressed by the talents of the staff Coach Harbaugh has assembled.
It would be quite interesting to learn how Coach Baxter grades the performance of these units and the individual players on those units during the football season.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||The three best BB players in UofM's history are...||
...Cazzie Russell, Rudy Thomjanovich, and Glen Rice.
Cazzie: 3-time All American, 30 ppg average, 2 final fours, 3 Big 10 titles, and 1966 college player of the year. First pick of 1966 NBA draft. Crisler has been termed "the House that Cazzie built".
Rudy: still holds UofM rebounding records, 1970 All American, 2nd pick in 1970 NBA draft.
Glen: most points in UofM history, les UofM to an NCAA Championship, All American in 1989
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Player Position Changes||
I do not recall any significant switching of players from one position to another (e.g. from RB or WR to DB) at UofM under Hoke but I recall MSU doing it with great success with several players during the past few years.
Being able to match up a player's strengths and skills with the team's needs and then coaching them to successfully make the changeover is huge.
I wonder if JH and his staff will be doing any of that during the spring and fall practices.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Are Chinese students accepted because they're qualified...||
...or because they're wealthy, or both? And, I wonder how one determines if they're "qualified".
Seems like comparing foreign students with American students would be like comparing apples & oranges (in the best case).
SAT/ACT scores are only one measure. And, I would question the validity of that score (i.e. How difficult is it for the test to be taken by someone other than the applicant?)
Personally, I think there's an advantage of having a diverse student population, but I also believe there can be unintended consequences if a large percentage of qualified in-state students are priced out and/or left out.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I'll bet they both...||
...run excellent practices but the players still won't be able to execute on game day.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Spot on, JayMo4, with this comment...||
..."None of Beilein's teams have been particularly good at defense, rebounding, or post play".
Also, agree that a high PPP masks these shortcomings. Looks like that won't happen this year. Enjoyed your well thought-out comments throughout this thread. Keep them coming.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||The main reason Harbaugh comes is...||
...the opportunity to create a lasting legacy - the coach who restored UofM to its rightful place as an elite football program. He can build on the traditional tenents of Bo Schembechler and add a few of his own (maybe actively suppporting the needs of players who want to major in something other than programs like Kinesiology). Harbaugh is at the age where he is likely thinking, at least to some extent, about that aspect of his life - what does he leave behind?
Most of you young people on this board probably don't think along these lines, but I can guarantee you his father is at an age where he does. His father's legacy will be, in large part, determined by the success of his two sons, not so much the success he personally had as a coach. I would not be surprised if Jim's father has counseled him along these lines; you have an opportunity to rebuild UofM or to win a Superbowl; which is more important and long-lasting?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh playing out the season at SF..||
..is markedly similar to waiting until after the OSU game to let go of Brady Hoke. Harbaugh made a commitment to his players, coaches, and organization to stay through the last game and UofM (Hackett) honored a pledge to wait until after the season to review Hoke's performance. They are simply fulfilling their respective commitments.
|20 weeks 11 hours ago||Graduated in 1966, pre-Bo, and we were shut out in...||
...our first three Big 10 games in 1962 (28-0, 37-0, and 17-0) but it was still "great to be a Michigan Wolverine". I'd never been to a Michigan game before that and I just loved going to the games and everything that went with it. Losing made winning the Big 10 and Rose Bowl a couple of years later that much more special.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe, just maybe, WVU is a better place...||
...for Michael Ferns. Some possibilities, after a year at UofM:
One of my sons went to UofM and loved it. Another did not like UofM/Ann Arbor and graduated from PSU.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Gary Moeller went 6-24-3 at Illinois..||
...before he came back to Michigan.. How'd that turn out?
|21 weeks 5 hours ago||Locals say Ohio State's Tom Herman is coming to Wisconsin..||
sorry about the double click
|21 weeks 5 hours ago||Locals say Ohio State's Tom Herman is coming to Wisconsin..||
...because all UW needs to become elite is to improve their QB talent/play. Given Herman's success at recruiting and developing QBs at Ohio State, it's a great fit.
|21 weeks 5 hours ago||People here don't think Michigan is a better job||
And given what's happened in Ann Arbor during the last 7-8 years, they could be right.
Also, Wisconsin has a well-established football identity (Big, NFL caliber, O-line, elite RB, etc.). Michigan doesn't really have one at this point.
|21 weeks 8 hours ago||The first & foremost qualification is the ability of the Head...||
...Coach to put together a first rate coaching staff. If the HC can't do that, he'll fail, even if he get's a "10" on all of the other 8 criteria. For example, because of the multiplier effect and their responsibilities, those staff coaches will interact with players 10 times as much as any HC.
If you look at the coaching tree of Bo Schembechler and Hayden Fry, you'll see two coaches who knew how to do that. There are many other successful HCs who fit that mold as well.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||And 50 years ago, UofM was...||
... getting ready to knock off the #1 team in the country, Wichita State, the first time any UofM team had done so. UofM would go on to lose to John Wooten's UCLA Bruins in the 1965 NCAA final. Youn knew UofM was in trouble when Gail Goodrich was "fouled" on his first driving layup. That would not have been called in the Big 10. Three UofM players would utlimately foul out in that game, something that pretty much never happens.
It would have been fun to see that team (Cazzie Russell, Bill Buntin, Oliver Darden, Larry Tregoning, and George Pomey) match up against the 1989 team.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||A better question is...||
...will the results of the OSU-WI game finally convince some of the bloggers here that a Spread offense can be really good in the BIG and that a Manball offense might be considered a dinosaur?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||It hurts UofM big time...||
...in recruiting, but will have little or no impact on the HC search. Urban Meyer now has another big star to put on his bulletin board while we continue to fade like a burned out comet. Ugh.
If a coach is considering an offer from UofM, they will pay little attention to OSU's accomplishment. We already pale in comparison (when one looks at the last 10-15 years), which is all that matters, historically.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||There are multiple instances, Brodie, where Carr welcomed ...||
...Hoke with open arms. Here are a couple of references:
"Brady Hoke is a great choice for Michigan," Carr wrote in a text message.
I think from what I know of Brady, which is substantial, (because) we coached together for eight years, he's a guy with tremendous passion and love for Michigan, and for Michigan football and for the guys that play the game," Carr said. "He will take great pride in the way he represents the university and the type of program he is building."
"But I'm so happy for Brady and his staff and the players. Michigan football is where we want to be."
|21 weeks 4 days ago||You've got it backwards, Bagheera...||
.. to cherry pick data to support a conclusion. A real scientist collects data, analyzes it, and then comes to a conclusion.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh's Legacy||
Which do you think is the most meaningful and long-lasting:
I agree. That's what I think gives us the best chance of getting him.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Please, Brodie||
"It speaks to integrity that values the well being of your players, who were all poor fits for RR's O, over wins and losses."
Are you saying the reason RR lost was because he inherited a whole roster of football players who couldn't play in a spread offense?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Well, jmblue, I disagree...||
... and so does John U. Bacon. I never heard Carr give one iota of support to RR. When I contrast that with how visibly supportive he was of Hoke, I have to conclude that JUB, and not your "reliable source", was correct .
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for the update on DeBord, Bagheera||
However, I think Debord being hired supports the conjecture that Carr still has a big influence at Michigan. Debord was Carr's guy. So was Hoke. DeBord comes in after RR leaves. I'm sure DeBord never listens to Carr and vice-versa.
You should care about how a new coach, especially Miles, is received by Carr. If Carr's opinion doesn't matter because he doesn't work here anymore, why are his comments about Harbaugh worthy of head-lined articles in the Detroit News and Free Press?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||No Carr Illuminati?||
Maybe, but why is Mike DeBord the #2 football man in the Athletic Department? How long has he been in the Department? What was his role during the RR years? Was Carr a true "Michigan Man" in how he encouraged his kids to transfer and failed to support the new coach? If Les Miles gets the job, will Carr give him the RR treatment or the Hoke welcome? Sorry, but those are questions and concerns that bother me.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||RR was a big winner before he came to Michigan...||
...and he's proven to be a big winner afterwards. Hoke was never a proven winner before he came to Michigan and, except for the big first year, has verified that he is a mediocre 0.500 head coach.
Neither succeeded at Michigan but the big difference is that one guy was treated like shit, for the most part, virtually guaranteeing he would not succeed, while the other guy was treated like a savior and failed miserably.
It's important to acknowledge those facts, but some bloggers here want to simply say they both failed at Michigan and move on. That's not acceptable. You have to look at why they were not successful.
Disliking someone's roots, accent, use of profanity, wife, music, and intensity are not valid reasons for undermining that person or their program but that's what happened here.
I would like to think this university would accept and embrace that type of diversity, but it did not.
Maybe we get a second chance.