and... i like them? I think I like them.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Lewis||
I think where Lewis could struggle is in run support, although I wasn't specifically watching him when we ran, since I wanted to see the Oline. He's still pretty small for a corner. Peppers on the other hand is a beast, so where his coverage and defensive knowledge could lag Lewis, he might be better in run support and so might be out there more on first and second down as opposed to maybe just 3rd and long.
Lewis sure looked fantastic though in coverage.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Lax||
Not so fast my friend. I believe michigan could lose all their games, and if Fairfield loses to everyone but michigan, we would be in a 3 way tie. Unlikely, but still a possibility. If the tie breaker was goal differential, I wouldn't like our chances as our win was only by 1 goal.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Good game||
I saw the game, and was impressed. Maryland looked like a final 4 type team, and Michigan played them tough. The defense looked great, and so did Schlosser.
I would say Lott is the MVP right now if I had to choose. Lott is really doing it by himself for the most part, and against some of the top face off guys in the country. I think he has a chance to get first team all ECAC, which would be a Michigan first.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||OSU||
OSU will certainly be tough, but we get them at home, and they are really struggling with face offs. With Lott playing well, if we get them on a good day, it's certainly possible we give them a game.
They are definitely better than a 1-5 record indicates.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Saban||
Saban probably called Nuss to save him from having to cut the kid. /s
|4 weeks 4 days ago||3 way||
It would have to be a 3 way tie with bellarmine and one of OSU or Fairfield. Those 2 teams still have to play each other, so it would also have to be with the loser of that game, and bellarmine would have to beat that loser as well. Will be unlikely.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||10||
I believe I counted 10 different wolverines with goals. Only paras had more than 1(2).
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Bellarmine||
They already lost to michigan and Air Force, with the top 2 teams in the conference left. They lose tiebreakers with Michigan and AF, so they need to beat both of the top 2 teams in conference to not be in last. Not impossible but not likely.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||great effort||
Wow. What a win for Michigan. Basically guarantees they will make the conference tournament.
MVP has got to be Lott for this game. Wins 21 of 24 face offs, including in OT. He'll easily win conference specialist of the week.
Defense played fairly well. Not a lot of easy things for Bellarmine, and buckled down in crunch time. Offense was also very balanced. Only Paras had more than 1 goal. A road conference victory against a pretty good team, and a stout defensive team is a great sign.
This team had 2 goals for the year. Beat OSU (obviously), and make the post season. Looks like one is locked up. People also thought 4 wins for this team would be optimistic. We're basically halfway through the year and they've met those expectations.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||Rest of the schedule||
I think we've also got a chance to get to 5 or more wins this year. We should be favored against HPU, Furman and St. joes, and should have a chance against Bellarmine and Robert Morris. Maybe even Air Force if we catch them on an off day, but I feel like they match up poorly for us. The rest of our schedule is a good Fairfield team and a bunch of NCAA tournament regulars.
Would certainly take some luck and we'd have to avoid injuries, but it's possible if this team keeps getting better as the year goes on.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||Exciting||
What an exciting game. I was literally shaking when we went to overtime, just as I was during under the lights 1.
By the way, I think in all 4 program wins, we scored double digits. 14 against Mercer, 11 against St Joes, 20 against Mercer and now 14 against UDM.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Great win||
What a great win for this team. They have definitely taken a step forward from last year. They are still very young and prone to mistakes and mental lapses, but when they were on, they were able to impose their will.
Brad Lott should get the game ball. He was completely dominant on face offs. UDM just had to put a long pole out there and hope to win the ground ball. He was also dominant in the 4th and overtime, when it really counted.
One guy I was disappointed in was Kyle Jackson, right until the 4th quarter. For a while, it looked like he was just content to pass off the ball to his teammates, and wasn't being aggressive. That was the same fault I had as a player, so maybe I was being too critical. Thankfully though, when the game was on the line, he took control, and netted a hat trick. With the game on the line, you want your best players to step up, and he certainly did tonight, along with a few others.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Great win||
Exceeded my expectations and that should really help this team with their confidence. They needed a win, and got a convincing one.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||No way||
No way he keeps that offer if dantonio sees this. After the season they had they won't have any trouble getting a QB, and won't need to deal with this kind of thing. Compared to the Carlos Hyde video this looks way worse.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Underclassmen||
On the bright side, the big ten keeping upperclassmen around while other leagues lose them could help the B1G close the gap on the field.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
Yeah, and with a 4.3 GPA. Very impressive.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Ash||
Arkansas was pretty poor, but I think Mattison would have been able to do better than 89th in the country in points against with that talent considering the turn-around he had with the 2011 Defense. I am definitely not sold on Ash.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Logan||
Gerald was a very solid goalie, and losing him adds a lot more question marks for the team. I've heard good things about Zonino, so I guess we'll see how he does now.
I also wonder how a goalie would get an injury like that. I remember last year against Bellarmine he came out to check an attackman on a break and came away with a bum shoulder that did not look good.
Good luck on the recovery Gerald!
|15 weeks 2 days ago||B.O.B.||
Saturday after the rumors came out, B.O.B. supposedly talked with some of his recruits heading to the UA all american game and told them he wasn't going anywhere and what was in the news was just made up. I don't remember his exact words, but it came secondhand from TomVH.
If true, I'd feel bad for those kids being lied to, although B.O.B. was really in a tough spot.
Also tough luck for Penn State.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Media Training||
I know that freshman lacrosse players had to take media training during their first few weeks on campus, learning how to talk to reporters and learning about building their personal brand for how they want to be known. I'm sure the football guys are even more prepared and likely practiced.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Charlie Weis||
Charlie Weis. Schematic advantage for the win!
|23 weeks 6 days ago||B1G Lax||
B1G Lax starts in 2015. This spring they are still in the ECAC.
In addition to the above and the ECAC teams, I heard a rumor Maryland was making a trip to the big house and we would play all but one of the future B1G lax teams. Hoping that comes true.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||This huge||
This is a huge get for JP. In 2016 JP has 2 of the top 12 recruits locked up. One attack and one middie. Generally those top 10-ish kids only go to ACC schools, and for JP to get 2 in one year, for a team that only has 2 wins ever is huge. It'll probably be 2018 or so before these top kids really have a shot at reaching their potential (which seems like forever), but I'm excited already.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Henry Adams||
Jamie Munro (who used to be the Denver coach) was raving about this kid earlier this week. He plays for a powerhouse program and looks very good. His highlights looked a bit like summer ball to me (cause it was), as a lot of defenders were playing with flat feet, etc., but there is no question the kid has some serious skills. His hand/eye coordination is great and he can catch the ball at crazy angles near the crease and get off a quick shot on cage. Would love to see him in some non-summer league games playing at full speed.
Regardless though, this is a huge pickup for JP. I've said all along that the hardest thing to recruit for him will be elite attack, and a top 10 recruit at attack can do wonders for a program. One Peter Baum, Mark Matthews or even Logan Schuss type could really elevate the team quickly.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Fly fishing||
Is that guy going fly fishing again and Saban is worried that his players will miss practice to go with him?
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Beard||
According to the CTK video Miller and Heitzman both have camp beards.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Nice||
Looks like a quite a few challenging games, but a few winnable games as well. Florida, Northwestern and Hopkins all in a row is one tough 3 game stretch for a new team.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks||
Thanks for posting this. Heidt won best goalie and Young is a middie I've heard about before. Those two positions seem to be where our recruiting excelled in our first class with Jackson, Hernandez and Logan.
A top attackman will be tough to come by for a new program, but I'm hoping we can land some stud defenders soon. Putting a decent defense in front of Logan will really help this team improve quickly.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||#27||
Already got a couple #27 jerseys! I have been waiting for someone to breakthrough with that number since Calvin Bell.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Emil||
I guess I don't know enough about the specific rules, but if he stayed enrolled at the university, would that cause an APR hit as well? Doesn't seem all that different to someone who blows out their knee and chooses to stay in school and get their degree. Those don't seem like "academic" issues that should cause a hit to the APR to me.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke||
I wonder how Hoke's recruits would match up on the size/weight measurables in that chart. I'd guess closer than bleacher report might expect.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Slightly||
Big ten has last year's laxpower #3, 5, 12, & 14.
ACC has #2, 4, 10, 15 & 17
4 top 20's vs. 5 top 20's. 2 top 5's vs. 2 top 5's. 4 top 15's vs. 4 top 15's. I stand by my slightly, while acknowledging that laxpower isn't perfect so there is of course plenty of subjectivity with this type of analysis no matter how you measure it.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Great news||
I'm definitely excited about this from a lacrosse perspective. Michigan will now play in the strongest conference nationally that will get an auto-bid, and the conference will only be slightly behind the ACC now. It also gets Michigan a lot more lacrosse exposure on the east coast in the Maryland recruiting hot-bed. Both of those things will help Michigan become a nationally competitive program relatively quickly.
Only question remaining to be discussed is what happens with JHU's TV deal with ESPN. Big Ten has been reluctant to show lacrosse games, however if they are looking to get into TV sets on the east cost, this is certainly one way to do it.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Friday||
I think they also got a tour of NBC sports studios and a EOS partners, which is an investment company on Friday. Very cool that the guys are getting a chance to do these types of things off the field. The UM network is a great thing, hopefully the recruits notice.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Progress||
Capilla, I think this team is progressing along just as we'd expect, and to be honest games like this and Hobart have exceeded my expectations. Next year I think we will still be underdogs in these types of games given that we will be playing almost all freshman and sophomores at that point, but the third year in I'm expecting the big jump as we will have two experienced classes in, plus a third group of Freshman. There are a few Freshman on the field right now who look like they are ready for this level of play, but are still inconsistent and a handful of guys who are ready should not be enough to be competitive against this type of schedule just yet.
Two weeks in a row we had a chance in the 4th quarter to actually beat an ECAC team. We were right in both games and neither seemed to look like a fluke.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Nice||
I'm pretty excited to see him develop once he gets some more talent around him. Watching the inter squad scrimmage last fall it looked like he was easily te teams best feeder.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Competition||
Not sure if that's the case. I believe Hobart has been a sub-par faceoff team so far this year, so it may just be that as Brad Lott is out (who was near 50% the last couple games himself), Wylie is facing some favorable competition. Sounds like we might be close to having two options now, which is huge.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Encouraging||
That sounds lilke an encouraging first half. I think Hobart is better than their record indicates. And for Michigan to do that while a number of their regular players are out is very encouraging. Hopefully our second half keeps it close and we can take a step forward.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||HPU||
Interested to see how this one goes. I'm not sure we can say we are favored to be honest. How we looked against Marquette and how we looked against Army is such a big variance who knows what team will show up tonight. High Point is inconsistent as well given how young they are.
I'm hoping we can just avoid the transition and make them play us 6v6. Teams seem to get on runs against us with their transition and I'd like to see us correct that against a team we should be able to match up with.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Surprised||
I thought this might be a trap game, but did not expect us to play this poorly. Happy we did well on face offs and in goal, but we really struggled even getting shots on cage. Turnovers were up and clearing below 80% so maybe that contributed to the shot problems. Hopefully the young guys are just experiencing some inconsistencies as they grow.
Also really surprised by Marquette given how well we did against them in the scrimmage. Maybe it's good news for us.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Maybe not||
I'm not sure the law of large numbers applies here. The law of large numbers needs the players to be chosen randomly. The players are not really random. They are genetically bigger, faster, stronger, competitive, and probably testosterone driven than most of the rest of us. If sexual orientation is based on genetics as many argue, we are looking at a portion of the population that shares quite a few genetic traits and probably doesn't represent the full spectrum of genetic possibilities.
Likely there have more than a few though.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Game||
Watched the 2nd half, and it looked like after Michigan went down early in the 4th they upped the pressure and that led to BU running away with it. Watching the offense, it looks like we still don't quite have the athletes to break down the defense 6v6 consistently. I saw a lot of shots running away from the goal, forced feeds and shots from far out, which shows me that we're still outmatched physcially.
Kyle Jackson did some nice things, and the man-up looked to at least generate some looks. Lott looks like an upgrade, although it seems BU adjusted to him by the 4th.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||charge and block||
I think both the charge and block calls need to go as they stand now. Taking a guys legs out shouldn't be allowed, but basketball is the only sport when a defender gets a foul for being in the offensive players way. Just man up and let the guys play.
Those two calls turn most pickup basketball games into a jerry springer drama fest. Ruining the game at the grass roots level and encouraging a culture of unnecessary drama.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||face offs||
Heard we still had trouble with face offs. Anyone know what the deal was with brad Lott? He wasn't on the inactive list the team twitter account posted yesterday, so I wonder if he is low on the depth chart or was suspended or something.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||wow||
I would love to see this happen. Having two traditional powerhouse programs in a league associated with the midwest would really help legitimize B1G lacrosse and help the game expand beyond the east coast, both of which will help Michigan get the lacrosse recruits they need and make them a better know commodity on the east coast. Of course that will make it pretty difficult for Michigan to compete for conference championships, but in the long run should be a good thing.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Defense||
Defense I think is more correlated to athleticism, size and effort and less correlated to skill, so it seems intuitive that it wouldn't leave you. Your opponent could get hot and make lots of shots in a row, but if they are all contested, you are getting blocks and steals and not allowing drives, I think it is less likely so. By being a good defensive team, you can get the opponent out of their game by forcing them to take bad shots, hurried shots, etc and that doesn't really depend much on luck but more so on effort and athleticism.
There would be variance in the shooting percentage of your opponents as they have good or bad luck from time to time, but forcing them into harder shots via defensive effort seems like something you can control. And when the opponent consistently takes harder shots, it makes it much less likely they will catch on fire offensively.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Punts||
I thought Hoke said returning kicks, as is in kickoffs not punts.
I'm not sure I'd want Denard returning punts if his grip isn't strong enough to throw the ball. Could make catching the ball and holding onto it tough. If he muffs a kickoff he will have time to just pick it up before defenders get there. But not on a punt, they will already be there, and punts are trickier to begin with. You want experience and sure hands to return punts.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Team rules||
Alcohol, even if you are of legal age, often is a violation of team rules when you are in season. I don't know the football team's specific rules though so who knows.
And that was a very well written apology.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Tough schedule||
Even new program high point could be a challenge. They tied NCAA tournament team Colgate last month in a scrimmage. Scrimmage yes, but sounds like they've got some talent.
Having watched the intra squad scrimmage, michigans offense should give them some opportunities to pull off some upsets this year. The defense is very young, and it may be a while before they play together as a team defense, so until that happens may we have trouble keeping pace with some teams. Hopefully that happens by the end of the year in time for the UDM game.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Size||
Last year had 8 games, so they either had to put 8 small tickets on one "sheet" or 4 big tickets on 2 "sheets". This year we have six games, which fits on one sheet but with smaller sizes than last year.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Maybe not||
Devin took a while to get going today. With no practice he may not have gotten going last week.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Gardner||
He makes such good decisions to pull it down and run or to scramble. Gotta believe he starts next year.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Maxwell||
Come on guys, give the guy a break, remember, he was groomed for this..Ha!
|1 year 32 weeks ago||yeah buy||
Lebron and the president could tell you who he is...
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Great question||
I think we've got to play a possession game, and shorten the length of the game overall. Use the full playclock. Knowing that bama will be heavy on running the ball, they should use up a lot of clock as well. If we can get a few key stops and use up some play clock, that will give us a shot.
Offensively I think we've got to find a way to get Denard loose. Bama has never seen a Denard like QB, and if we can find ways to get him loose and get them guessing and "thinking" it will really open things up for us. So to do that, I'm thinking we need screens/draws to slow down their rush, attempt some long passes to keep them from loading the box, and try to get Denard to scramble when the first or second read isn't there. I'd even consider calling some designed scrambles where we send guys deep to open up some space and Denard delays his run.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Interesting||
Interesting hire, glad to hear he is a great culture fit and excited to hear more about his philosophies and see what he can do.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||2013-2014||
Quint kessinich said that JP was "killing it on the recruiting trail" with regard to the 2013-2014 kids on one of his ESPNU broadcasts during the NCAA tournament. It won't be long before we are competing for conference titles if these classes are top 15.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Lacrosse||
Curious, what kind of lacrosse stuff did they have? Any helmets or gloves?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Tires||
Nothing is more important than snow tires in the winter. I have driven sports cars basically every winter, and with snow tires I never once had an issue, and always felt more in control compared to driving my wife's SUV with regular tires.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Team rankings||
Would be interesting to tie a team ranking into this. So if Alabama returns 40% of last years #1 defense and air force returned 40% of the #85 defense (or whatever it is) Alabama would show as returning more.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||pack it in||
I think we are talking about 2 different things here. We are talking about putting all 6 defensemen 10-12 yards from the goal, or putting all defensemen like 5 yards or less from the goal.
If a defender is sitting 10-12 yards out and not pressuring effectively, a good shooter will easily put it past the goalie. All you need to do is have enough velocity that the goalie can't react or shoot around the defender (use the defender as a screen) and surprise the goalie.
If we put all defenders 5 yards away, that would mean the offensive player would be essentially trying to put the ball past 7 goalies (ie shooting through the trees).
In either case, though, if the defense isn't pressuring the ball, under the new rule this wouldn't constitute stalling.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Pack it in||
We tried that numerous times with my high school team for end of game practice situations. Rarely worked with a decent shooter, which was not what we expected. And it wasn't defenders moving out of the way. Maybe d1 defenders will be big enough to truly fill the whole cage.
I also don't like the idea of defenders being coached to take shots in the chest. Once the first kid goes into cardiac arrest because the coach made him jump in front of shots without the proper chest protector, there will be some serious uproar.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Face offs||
I don't like the rule of changing it to 12 inches away. Would completely change the skill of that position and make it more like face offs in hockey. Basically just a scrum. Part of what makes lacrosse unique is that teams can go on runs spurred by face off dominance.
I think the shot clock rule is a good compromise. With it coming after the stalling call, it gives teams a bit more time to be patient. It would be good if we could get back towards two way middies. All that subbing after every possession change doesn't help for the casual fan.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Looks like a test||
Shane won the accuracy on day two, passed Dilfers special test and wasn't even mentioned after the day two rankings. Shane was saying how he thinks he should be ranked up there when he was interviewed, so the TV broadcast seems to be painting the story that Shane has an entitlement attitude. And the fact that Dilfer made the special test for Shane confirms what Dilfer is thinking.
Based on that, this seems like Dilfers ways of teaching a lesson, and to be honest, being named to the elite 11 won't win you one game in college, but learning that lesson might light his fire and keep him hungry.
Also found it interesting that it was said woulard had the strongest arm, while Shane's arm strength wasn't even mentioned.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Already happened||
Michigan has won recruiting battles against at least duke, Syracuse, Princeton, Maryland, Georgetown and I heard one kid had interest from Virginia, although I don't know if that means an offer. We are doing surprisingly well so far in recruiting.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Osu||
So how many of their commits had a Michigan offer?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||My plan||
Keep playing football, but every dime from football for the next X (3?) years goes to the victims and sexual abuse charities.
Doesn't punish the players, students, local businesses, or big ten. It benefits the victims and helps those who may need help in the future, plus hits Penn State right in the wallet.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Yep||
They also watched it to see what our reaction was to the lacrosse coverage that Tim did when deciding whether or not elevate the team to varsity status.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Jp||
A bummer to lose Judd, I know a few local coaches who were really impressed with him. But I gotta trust JP. Like Hoke he seems to make all the right moves, so I am not worried at all, he will find the right guy.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Bad idea||
Yep, I agree completely that it is a bad idea. You would obviously have the intentional missed shot, but also it would cause a lot of offenses to hurry. When they hurry, you will see forced passes and shots, and as a result I think you will see fewer 6v6 goals.
I would rather see them adjust the rules now so that if you have a stall you won't get the ball back on a missed shot backup, in addition to not being allowed to leave the box. I am OK with stalling with 3 minutes to go, but not in the second quarter, and I think that adjustment would take care of that.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Highlight videos||
Here is a link with in depth coverage on most players in the class, including highlight videos for a good number. Unfortunately nothing for Kyle Jackson, who I think we are all excited to see.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||yes||
do a search on greatlaxstate.com. He did a bunch of hello posts and a summary of the class when they signed. Great site.
BTW, that video was made by my teammate at Michigan, who has gone on to win a number of Emmy's. Guy makes some amazing videos.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Shane||
From his tweet it sounded like he had no idea the alabama coach (bobby williams) was visiting him, and then turned down the opportunity to meet him. Bobby was told to just leave a business card and sent on his way. I think coaches just show up a lot of times.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||tweet||
And just 3 minutes ago Shane tweets "#WordsYouWillNeverHearMeSay I'm decommitting from Michigan".
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Positions||
I think there is some bias in positions that can explain some things. An all conference QB is probably more important to a team than an all conference tight end or receiver. So naturally services are going to rate QB's the highest, which explains why the average rating is so much better than other positions.
Additionally, the number at the position make a difference. There is 1 QB per conference and if you only count the BCS conferences, there are 6 first team all conference QB's, covering the last 4 years of recruiting classes. So it would be fairly easy to have ranked them all when each year you put 10-12 inside the top 150 or whatever the number is. On a related note, there are 5 times as many all conference lineman. So to have ranked them all would take quite a bit more skill.
So I'm not sure it is actually easier to predict QB success with so many ranked highly.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||I think||
I think it's the fact that they can't really replace the players they lost due to timing (at least with top rated recruits).
|2 years 5 days ago||Stalling||
I think OSU Stalling works in our favor for this game. Michigan has established many times that they can play an even 1st quarter and other various even stretches during games. If OSU stalls, that slows the game down, and would in theory lengthen the amount of time Michigan could hang even. So rather than the first 10 possessions being 1 quarter, it could now be 2.
And the longer Michigan hangs around, the more the pressure and confidence build to spring an upset.
OSU may also decide that because they are superior, they won't need to stall, and try to play a run n gun style. If that is not what they are used to, it could lead to unforced errors or selfish outside shots, which could also move things in Michigans favor.
I think your 9-6 prediction is a pretty good one though.
|2 years 1 week ago||I agree||
I have to give credit to JP. They play smart and play team defense that keeps them in games. I think they are just missing some play makers on offense and they could make a significant leap forward. Although had they stayed mcla this year I was still planning on being nervous for the offense. Last year ASU really stalemated our offense, so I would expect nothing less from these D1 teams.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Team||
Team is definitely down this year compared to a couple years ago. Harry freid (who is starting D1 now for SJU), brekan kolitz and some of the offensive middies could have made this team a lot better. But even with those guys I dont think they could have won more than three games this year. Gotta agree with QK here.
I have been impressed with what JP has done this year though. In almost every game this team has been competitive for significant stretches of the game, despite being at a large talent deficit. Kind of reminds me of what Hoke did for football. A team that was getting blown out the year before suddenly became competitive in every game with basically the same players. All about toughness.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Great||
I have been waiting to buy some more gear. I usually pick up one or two things each year, but havent seen the tent up selling stuff like in the past. If they ever have gear put in the garage sale I would definitely pay for that. I am overdue for some new gloves and a helmet.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Injuries?||
What happened to weiss? Was he just benched or injured or were we trying to spark the team with Dylan?
Also, what is going on with bryant? He is one of our top scoring threats and we could have used someone to initiate the offense today. They did a great job stalemating our dodgers.
It was nice to see us in another competitive game. We were within two when we had to press out and they were able to put it away.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||10-man||
We have used it. Specifically it cost us a big goal against Jacksonville, but I also believe it got us a goal on a poor clear by UDM. We did well against Mercer with it, a number of times their defenders conceded to just shooting the ball from just past midfield. I bet we dialed it back against Denver and PSU but I didn't see those games live.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Clears||
Weiss has been a big improvement in the clearing game, so not having him, combined with playing Denver, PSU and Air Force hurt quite a bit. Adjusting to the speed of a D1 game may also have taken some time to get used to. I expect the clear will slowly improve the rest of the year.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Outside||
At the big house.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I agree||
The one private school I can recall we did it to was harper woods notre dame, for the exact same reason, a belief of higher academics.
You are right though that some public schools have better academics. Many who attend private school though do it to better their academics, so you could see where that attitude would come from.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||yes||
In fact a black friend of mine did that to his public school when I was there.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Incorrect.||
Not racism. As a former pilot (who is as disgusted as anyone by this, maybe even more so), this is not based on race, but rather a public school vs private school thing.
In many ways, it mirrors the michigan vs. michigan state mentality. Many of these kids were in public school, but wanted to better themselves and strive to be the best, so put forth the extra work to succeed and better their situation while their public school friends were content to get by on natural talent just going through the motions. In my case, my public school was cancelling advanced classes because of budget concerns and I didn't want to hold myself back. So in many ways, it is similar to why many of us chose to go to Michigan, over a potentially easier road through MSU and somewhat incorrectly results in a similar attitude. Not everyone can afford to or should better their situation through a private school.
Regardless of the reason, it's not cool and these kids should have some common sense. An apology is warranted here for sure. I thought the fans and players were gracious losers against Cass Tech, but not the case here. I can guarantee the Principal will be cracking down on a few kids hard for this, and possibly the entire student body. Consider myself embarrased as an alumni.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Emil||
Emil weiss was named ecac rookie of the week for his performance in goal ths weekend. First award of many to come!
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Man up||
The man up was horrible today. Basically turned it over within ten seconds each time.
The clear was great because JU didnt ride, which probably made the game closer than it had to be. They were better 6v6 and in the open field, so some effort in the ride would have really helped them.
Still a few sloppy passes that looked like were a result of the new throwing motion lattimore has them doing. But the stick protection appeared much better than I saw against UDM, so that is a plus.
One thing I would like to see improve is guys are often just dodging down the alley without truly testing their middie defense. Often it looked like we had a step and could have pushed it inside, but instead just swung it to X. Part of that is forcing themselves to run the new offense. But when push came to shove and we did actually push to the goal (the end of each half) we scored both times. Would like to see us get a little more aggresive here.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Well||
Well, it was like a 90 mph rip that even the goalie didn't see, so it's understandable.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||JU||
They looked REALLY good against navy. Based on that we would be more than a couple years away in my opinion. They also looked much better than UDM, which is about how I think we will look next year. They had some young attack who were very creative and skilled. The type of players that make an offense dangerous.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||TV||
Technically the MCLA games were broadcast live, and I think even back when I played we were broadcast live on BYU-TV.
I watched the UDM-Delaware game streamed online and it looked very good.
Hopefully we get our first D1 victory. Mercer has a really good FOGO that might give us trouble, but I think the rest of the game should be to our advantage. Jacksonville looked good enough to give Sienna a run for their money in the MAAC when they played Navy 2 weeks ago. That one could be a tough matchup.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Denver||
I was relatively happy with how this turned out. They are an elite program, and they had their starters in through the third quarter. For being in such a talent deficit, we have exceeded my expectations the last three games. UDM blew out Mercer, so we should definitely be favored in that one.
Also, how about the emergence of Doug Bryant? Two goals in each of the first three games.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Ju||
Jacksonville looked pretty darn good against Navy and noticeably better than the UDM team we lost to. That game was considered winnable, but it looks like it will be a challenge.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||It's simple||
It is well known in the state that michigan is far superior academically. 50% of their students applied to michigan and did not get in, and go to state as a fall back and are left feeling "second rate". So they are on a mission to prove they aren't, all the while we claim ohio state is our real rival, which just infuriates them more.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Encouraging||
We lost 13-9 to Detroit last week (nowhere near top 20), and now on the road at #17 penn state we were only three goals worse and still in the game at the half. A lot of people were expecting this one to be ugly, and to keep it a game against a ranked team for so long is a good sign considering we have yet to get our first recruiting class.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Agree||
I agree with your breakdown, but one other thing did jump out at me. The new way lattimore has them passing (choking up) really had a lot of guys looking uncomfortable and lead to a number of very poor turnovers. This should correct itself by next year, but will cause some growing pains. recruiting guys who do that naturally will also help.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||U of D||
I watched the U of D game against Delaware today. It was 4-4 at the half before Delaware blew it open and won 19-6. U of D certainly looked tough that first half and our guys will have their hands full next weekend.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Very cool||
Thanks for the link, I never thought I would see the day we were the local news like that.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Correction||
Tickets are $10 and can also be purchased directly at ultimate soccer in pontiac.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Definitely agree||
Look at the cornerbacks on alabama and MSU. They both specifically recruit for size at that position and have done well with it. With their front seven providing pressure and the big secondary guys playing bump and run, teams seem to have trouble getting guys open before pressure gets to the quarterback. That technique hurt us last night as well against VT. Smaller cornerbacks could really struggle against the big physical receivers in that type of system.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||field||
Down by the tennis facility. I think that's unfortunate because it's tough for students to get all the way down there and elbel would have provided atmosphere. Of course it's way better than still being a club team.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Yealy||
Yealy of course won't have as great a year as he did against MCLA teams, but he was definitely the best player on the field for the providence game. He also had one drive from the wing that made his defender just look silly. I think he'll still be our leading scorer, with a majority coming from in close but still a few on drives from the outside.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Yep||
They are currently working on drawing up plans for an indoor ~10,000 seat stadium. It would be a first in the lacrosse world and when combined with the outdoor field the team will also have, it would make michigans facilities best in the country and would quickly help make michigan a lacrosse national power. All we need now is a little money...
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Got mine||
I got mine the week we played ohio. I figured they sent them all that week since that would be the week we would be most fired up to renew.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Agreed||
Made it really hard to wake up for an 8:30 class after those nights. But even if those Ohio guys give minimal effort they won't have to worry about failing.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Both?||
I thought meyer was allowed to recruit but not coach and fickell was allowed to coach but not recruit. That was how the ncaa was willing to have more than the max coaches currently on staff. Or am i missing something?
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Agreed||
I had tickets to tonight's game, but because it required a hotel stay did not go. My wife is an MSU grad and would have taken her father, but when they realized it would require a whole weekend to go, decided it wasnt worth the money. I think this is part of the reason tickets were so cheap on stubhub.
In that sense the pac12 game at least saves the home team from having to travel, making it a little more affordable.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||more marketable||
Michigan hasn't gone to a BCS game since 2007, so our large fanbase is eager to travel, and will sell lots of hotel rooms. Few other teams have as many fans that are as eager to travel. In terms of TV ratings Denard Robinson will probably draw better ratings than any other single player, so yet another reason people will want to watch. Plus you've got the feel good story of Hoke and how our team has turned it around.
So many reasons to pick Michigan this year.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Keep in mind||
Michigan was widely agreed upon as the second best team in 2006, much like alabama is today. We had one loss, while all others had two losses and we still didnt get in. If OSU or VT finish with the same record as Alabama, there is no way Alabama should go. If those teams all lose another game, I would be OK with Alabama going as I thought Michigan should have been given the same opportunity in 2006.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||If I were Meyer||
I would take the job, and immediately announce that you arent going to a bowl game as punishment for the compliance issues. Take an immediate stance that you dont approve of what happened and self impose the one year bowl ban. Take the one year off and assume the ncaa doesnt impose anything major. If you took a one year bowl ban i would think the ncaa would agree that it was sufficient.
Once you have that announced, your recruits would realize that they wont be impacted by the ncaa infractions significantly and OSU could effectively leave this in the past starting this offseason. The waiting is currently hurting them as much or more than the ncaa punishment will. Plus, what is the point of going to such a poor bowl game.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Carr||
I was thinking lloyd carr was the source of the rumor. He could have known, had motive to sabatoge it and would have been a trustworthy source that herbstriet would have believed.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Punting||
Hoke has discussed the possibility of punting with Shane. it sure would add an extra dimension to the rollout fake.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Shane||
Saw this one live. Shane was definitelty impressive, but his receivers were not. When you consider that they were going up against two D1 quality corners, it is no wonder they could not get open. And when they did, they dropped it. Shane had nobody open and had little choice but to force things.
Also heard his receivers had 14 drops against plymouth, to give it some perspective.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Championship Tickets||
In related news, has anyone received their Big 10 Championship Game tickets yet? Bought them in July but I'm still waiting.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||division record||
I would think division record is what counts first. if you beat every team in your division but lose two other conference games I don't think it makes sense to send a team that went 4-1 in the same division to the championship game. just thinking about teams with different schedules out of the division, there would not be a way to fairly compare them.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Not worried||
If it really was for disciplinary reasons, better we find out now than after signing day. We've got a ton of good LBs already committed and with this staff I have no doubt they could find another talented recruit to fill the spot.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||private schools||
private schools can and do give needs based tuition assistance. it is not based on athletics. I have also seen academic scholarships at high schools.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||wow||
they were averaging 628 yards given up per game and one team they played was Arkansas state.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||first game in the big house||
last I heard from JP they were also attempting to schedule the first fall shrinkage in the big house against a relatively well known team. targeting the weekend of the Minnesota football game.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Kalalau||
Kalalau Valley (including the trail in) is by far the most beautiful place I've been in the US. Not sure how sleeping bear dunes is up there. Lanikai beach doesn't compare to kalalau either, it's just much easier to access.
Maybe some voting help from some internet bots now that the espn college football traditions poll is done...
|2 years 36 weeks ago||yes||
There were a couple main donors, however the entire purpose was to endow lacrosse scholarships to raise the team from club to varsity status. That fundraising effort began in the fall and would have happened regardless of hoke or rodriguez.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Lacrosse||
I find it amazing that the additional $5 million in lacrosse donations during the year were barely mentioned in the article when the total donation increase was $5.3 million.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||OSU||
Always root for OSU to have a strong season so when we beat them it hurts that much more. If they fall apart completely over the next few years it will hurt the status of the rivalry, so I would like to see michigan and OSU as the top two teams in the big ten.
Also, MSU has not arrived as a true contender in my mind until they beat OSU. Given that they skipped playing them the last two years this would be a chance to legitimize (or disqualify) the succes they had last year.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||next year||
how does this guarantee anything for next year? I got 2 in 640, but didn't read anything about next year.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Disagree||
After having watched Nebraska's bowl game last year, where they lost to Washington who they had already destroyed earlier in the year, I think we have a good chance. Nebraska had a few games last year toward the end of the year where the offense really struggled. To me it looked a bit like the Rich Rod offenses that teams had trouble defending in September but had figured out by November. Combine that with a road game against an unfamiliar opponent, and I think we have a good shot. That is my pick for our best game of the year.
Our defense will hopefuly be coming together by that time of year as well.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Denard injuries||
Played three games, injured in each game. Twice on the first scramble of the game.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Good idea||
But the western teams will be played away. Not saying the east games will be played at home, but the western games are away. A lot of first year teams play mostly away games, so you never know.
It might also be a good idea to wait one year to play on the east coast. If we are completely terrible we may not want recruits to see us just yet.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||maybe sooner||
Last I heard they have about 3 games left to schedule, so it may be finalized before the fall. The Fall schedule is wrapping up as well, with those games likely taking place in early October. First home game is targetted for October 2nd, after the Minnesota Football game. I've got that whole weekend blocked on the calendar already. It will be good to finally see how we do against some top notch competition.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Creativity||
What I think makes some of these Canadians so valuable is their ability to create offense by breaking down a defense. Their unconventional and creative style of play can really expose a defense. If Michigan is going to compete with the big boys, they are going to need some offensive players talented enough to initiate and offense and breadkdown a defense.
Having amazing athletic talent like Will Barrow is one way to do it, another is by having the creative stick skills that so many canadian players have. There aren't a ton of canadian players out there, but it may be easier to steal an under the radar player out of canada than to take the next super athlete from long island.
Additionally, team Canada is at least as good as team USA. In terms of hall of fame type players, they certainly produce more than their fare share. If we are looking for elite talent, canada is one place we can get it (even if it is limited in quantity).
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Canada||
I think Canada is a big source of talent as well. Denver rode a number of Canadians all the way to the semifinals this year. With Hill Academy playing brother rice annually, and with Michigan reasonably close to Ontario/Toronto, Michigan should have a shot to pull a few Canadians each year.
BTW, fantastic diary. Excellent job!
|2 years 44 weeks ago||got mine||
section 44! Gotta ask to find out before you get them in the mail though.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Dang||
I thought asu was the better defensive team when I saw them in ann arbor earlier this year. Sounds like asu was able to dictate the pace play. Good season boys...
|2 years 47 weeks ago||How about...||
Regents approve varsity lacrosse? Hoping for some good news to come from that meeting very soon...
BTW, the new Crisler looks amaizing.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||He did||
Must be because we own that stadium!
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Cuse||
Cuse looked rather uninspired yesterday. They better be ready next week because Maryland was clicking.
Also saw Denver for the first time yesterday. Really like those Canadians they have.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||nice||
I love the hidden ball plays. I ran something similar with my team to score the game winner against Troy Athens in the last 30 seconds of the game. Excellent way to cap off a game.
The plays take up almost no practice time and if they fail you still maintain possession. Very low risk play, but could result in big reward.
Michigan ran a play like that to beat Georgia in the national quarterfinals in 2008.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||denver||
Yep, they will be at the DU game today. Hopefully I get to see that one on tv, they certainly won't go unnoticed and I'm curious to hear what the announces might say.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Congrats||
Congrats to Emma that is a huge honor. And she's only a junior!
|2 years 48 weeks ago||tournament||
I like the draw Michigan got. It will be nice to play Oregon again and hopefully show the game earlier this year was a bit of a fluke.
Sparty must really like their draw as well. They are favored against Florida State, then play BYU who they already beat and then play Colorado State in the semi's who they played to overtime. It could be an all Michigan final, which would be a great showing for our local talent.
With regard to Varsity, the board of regents has the final say and they meet on May 19th. Good news could come just in time for the NCAA final four, which would be great publicity.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Comeback||
I followed Tims liveblog and it sounded like a heck of a comeback from sparty and JP just got his guys to buckle down in the 4th.
Did you see what started the scuffle in the third quarter? Was it a sparty cheapshot to greiners head as he was subbing?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Seat pads?||
How much were they per seat?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Points||
There is a listing of the points on mgobue.com so you can see where you would rank. A lot of people donate near the minimum, so donating a little more beyond that can get you a nice movement. This will be my first year and I got two in the valiant section!
|2 years 51 weeks ago||maybe not that long...||
Once Michigan/Notre Dame is the norm as final 4 teams...
That dream is slowly becoming a possibility.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Nice||
Nice to see we took it easy on them.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Cancelled||
Facility is on indefinite hold as the property the building was planned to be on is not on university property and would have been owned by the boosters. The athletic department wouldnt be comfortable using a building they dont have legal control over. The funds dedicated to the building are also being used towards the varsity fundraising, so additionak fundraising would be needed.
|3 years 4 days ago||rumors||
I think the direction the rumors are moving means we must be really close to an announcement. It does worry me about recruiting though. This late in the year will be tough to get top level recruits. Additionally we will soon be losing Yealy, Fried, our facer, goalies, Chad Carroll and a number of other talented role players. Will need some big recruits to step up quickly.
I'm getting ready to send in my donation. I know JP was asking for 5, 6 or 7 figure donations, do you think that includes decimals?
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Great game||
Arizona state really tightened up on D and stalemated michigans dodge and redodge. Seemed like ASU didnt really drop a 3 slide to the back pipe, so they were able to recover quickly and cover both sides well. They also did a nice job against the 10 man that second half, really not turning it over much and generating a number of scoring opportunities when they broke it. I was impressed with the hustle on ground balls and with greiner. Won a lot of clamps and seemed like a vocal leader.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||saturday||
I will be there Saturday. Looking forward to a great game and a little cottage in pizza!
|3 years 2 weeks ago||What is funny||
What is funny about that is there is an award he was given for being an outstanding math or physics student that is on display in east hall. When i was in school it was partially covered by a book to hide his name, but that was removed a couple years ago. Guess he was a little too smart since he was so hard to catch.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Ucsb?||
Was ucsb at full strength? This is the type of domination I would expect if 10 players were suspended. Ucsb played sparty to a one goal game and was ranked in the top ten, so they are a talented team.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Good to hear||
It's nights like tonight that I am thankfully we play indoors. I was outside for a high school game tonight and I still cant feel my toes.
Does BC have a really good facer or was this just an off night?
|3 years 3 weeks ago||More than one or two||
It's a little more than 1 or 2 people, unless those are 7 figure donors. I am optimistic that it will happen, maybe just not 2013.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Great performance||
BYU was undefeated and considered a top 5 team. This was a fantastic performance and I think the most goals we have ever beaten BYU by. It will be interesting to see what "little brother" does against BYU tonight.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Games to see||
There are a couple very good games coming up in ann arbor. They play byu on friday, who is their traditional rival. The first weekend in april they play arizona state and i think colorado state, which should make for good competition.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Congrats to your||
Congrats to your niece.
Coming in to this year I thought this would be our 2nd toughest game of the regular season. On the road, early in the year while still finding their identity and against a team that is very motivated to beat Michigan. Arizona State will probably be our toughest. They are extremely talented as well. I think that game will be played in the M soccer stadium, in front of a large crowd and returning alumni.
Hats off to JP on a great spring trip!
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Good for him||
Glad to hear he is doing well. If I recall correctly two members of his family played for Virginia, so this was always a dream for him.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||He's not a victim||
Anyone who claims this kid deserves a second chance is crazy. He cleary knew what he was doing. He got a good education at Orchard Lake St Marys, and was enrolled at the 2nd best academic university in the state. He knows the difference between right and wrong. He's not a complete idiot, he knew exactly what he was doing. It was not just one computer, I thought I read that he was involved in over $100k worth of computer theft. He repeatedly did it over and over again, and did it intentionally.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Yealy||
I gotta say I'm a little surprised Trevor Yealy didn't make the all-decade team...
Thanks for the update Tim!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||JP||
I think JP would do a fantastic job and is certainly qualified enough that I hope he does get the job. Having said that if a big name were to come here, he would be recognized immediately by recruits and the national lacrosse community.
If a big name were to come aboard, keeping JP as an assistant would be a great move. He already knows the current kids and recruits, has relationships with the alumni (who will be paying for a part of this) the athletic department and university.
I get the feeling donor money is the last bit holding this up. It's quite a bit of money we are being asked to raise. If you assumed 10 alumni per year, and every alumni were to donate from the past 30 years were to donate (overly optimistic for sure) it would still be a VERY large donation per person. I think they are counting on some large single or corporate donors.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||In State||
3 of the 13 new additions were from in state this year. This may be the article you are referring to.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||football||
One thing to keep in mind is that we have a fantastic football program and most of the east coast schools do not (duke, princeton, hopkins, syracuse, Cornell, etc.). When Johns Hopkins came here to scrimmage in the fall of 2007, they chose to come here during a home football weekend. They had traveled to notre dame and OSU in prior years, always going to football games. The Hopkins kids don't have that college experience. So that is something we have to offer that they do not.
Connor McGee is transferring from Michigan to Virginia (I think he's at Virginia now), so there are players who have been choosing to go to Michigan and pay to play rather than some D1 schools. Connor is from Maryland and was one the #1 ranked team in country in 2009 (Gilman).
I do not think it will be long before we are competitive (similar to Ohio State), but it will take us a while before we crack the top 10 and can make a playoff run like ND did this year.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I agree||
Yes, I agree it's just under consideration. The email I had received this morning was written in a way to indicate it was a done deal, which it is certainly not yet.
The 2013 timetable is actually what I had heard prior to this morning as a target. I think the hardest part will be raising enough money to fund the initial scholarships by that date. The team already operates close to a varsity level in terms of facilities, etc, so the fundraising would be the biggest hurdle.
When U of D Mercy announced a varsity team they went D1 2 years after the announcement, and they had no team to start with. Michigan has a lot in place already thanks to all the great work JP has done.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Confirmed as just a rumor||
FYI, I confirmed this is just a rumor. Nothing has been written in ink. There are goals of doing this by 2013, but right now they are just goals.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||women's ice hockey||
I believe the intent was for the new women's ice hockey to help with title 9 issues. I have not heard what the plan for women's lacrosse is.
I also heard the rumor, but the email I received was not from JP who typically sends the updates on this stuff, so I would still classify it as a rumor for now.