fair point that
|2 days 8 hours ago||Peppers||
One difference with Michigan though is that Peppers automatically outnumbers however many blockers you have out there, so screens are pretty much shut down.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Could be MSU's choice||
You never know, this could have been Dantonio's choice. Offers could be pulled for any number of reasons. Maybe MSU won't have spots open up, maybe they like how other recruits are progressing better, academics, a terrible rap video with the kid smoking weed, etc.
I figure it's not worth worrying over. They will get some good players regardless, as will Michigan.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Lax||
If only they drew the lines on the lacrosse field correctly...
Otherwise I can't wait to see it for real!
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Drake||
Drake Johnson looked good. Reminded me of what he looked like towards the end of last year. Good patience and vision, and enough speed to pick up some pretty good yards. Hope we rest Smith against Rutgers and see Drake start to get into a rhythm.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Bad blocking||
Harbaugh said post game it was blocked incorrectly and he expected it was going to be a tackle for loss, but poor defense and a good job by Isaac with a great individual effort.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Nice||
Somehow missed this yesterday. Looks like a talented kid.
He's still a kid though. Just finished his freshman year of high school. So it'll be a while before he's on campus, and longer still before he's an upper classmen.
Very interested to see how some of the blue chip guys coming in this year do. Curran, Noseworthy and Sutherland all look like they could be good. Hopefully a few others too.
|27 weeks 8 hours ago||Taxes||
One thing I've heard is that with taxes so much higher in Canada, there is not much difference between the Detroit/Toronto offer. I hope he sticks around though.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Great Post||
I really enjoyed the video, thanks for posting.
Rudock looked good, and was making plays/throws we haven't seen since Henne. It would be interesting to see some video comparing him to the guy who stole the starting job from him, and what went wrong for Rudock before he was benched. From this game he looks like a pretty darn good QB.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Unfortunate loss||
The team looked very good at times today. Diving for ground balls, some nice plays on offense and some good saves from Logan. I didn't think the D looked all that bad to be honest. A few bad plays, but a number of bad breaks and penalties really hurt.
The biggest issue we had was face offs. I don't think we won one until the 3rd quarter, and they were able to possess the ball all day, and eventually get some good looks. Had face offs been even I'm guessing this game would have been a lot closer. We were definitely some looks, but didn't have the ball enough to generate them regularly.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I'll be there||
Will be good to see the team in some nice weather, and hopefully make this an interesting game. Osu is really inconsistent. We have been playing better lately, and getting king back helps.
|33 weeks 35 min ago||Blocking||
Isn't this why they invented the blocking rule way back when? I thought I heard it was because guys were going up for layups and getting undercut. That's why you never saw people dunk prior to the 70's or whatever because it was too dangerous to attempt.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Great win||
Team looked good today. D played well, lots of contributors on O, king is back and a conference victory. One more win is likely needed to make the conference tourney.
Tracy was playing attack again and looked good. I know he had at least an assist.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Watched on BTN||
It was definitely cool to see the game at home, in HD on BTN. Maryland was definitely the better team, especially at the X and with their defense. We had a number of poor turnovers to start the game which didn't help either.
Injuries also seem to be hurting this team. King is out, a number of defenders are out, and it looked like Joseph may have gotten hurt yesterday. I know he played early, but then Hernandez ran an awful lot with the 1's. I don't know that I saw the 2nd line middies much either.
It was good to see Tracy pick up a couple points. His dodge from X and goal was impressive. I'd like to see him get some more PT. He seems athletic enough to beat his defenders, which is something this team lacks at times.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||DL||
I would draft DL in early rounds here because there isn't much depth. I wouldn't want to get stuck with the reserves on the DL. I'd also draft RB's and LB's later since we have depth and not a lot of differentiation there.
So in my mind the early draft isn't saying DL will be a strength, so much as it could signal lack of depth. Unless this is like changes in players weight during the offseason, where all news is good news.
|36 weeks 9 hours ago||Evolving Rules||
The rules of lacrosse have been changing due to concussions. It's basically illegal now to give out a big physical body check. Girls are even wearing helmets in some states, and their rules have no contact at all. The game is still largely the same, but safer.
I'm not sure I can see Football finding a way to change the rules to keep it safer without drastically impacting the style of play.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Good win||
I think today's game was really a 2nd chance at a team like Jacksonville. They were big, strong, athletic, and last year beat us at home much like the JU team beat us last week.
Credit to the defense, goalies and FOGOs. We packed it in and gave up lots of shots, but they weren't great shots. It looked like good team defense. This team was no cupcake given what they did to Virginia earlier in the week. To do this without king and on the road speaks to the effort the team gave today.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Inconsistent||
If the knock on him was that he was inconsistent and not giving full effort during the year, 2 drastically different 40 times doesn't help that concern. Injury? Effort? Or just bad timing by hand today?
Really surprised they didn't use electronic timers. Even my high school had an electronic timer, and that was in the 90's.
|38 weeks 4 hours ago||wow||
Judging by the way that we were outshot, Cal only going 2-11 on free positions and us taking 48 penalites (!) I am surprised we won. Looks like we played really smart on offense, and good for the team to take a road win. Tough to get those wins on the west coast.
|38 weeks 9 hours ago||Movement||
I've seen plenty of movement in prior games. Not sure if we were trying something new last night or not, but I have a feeling the lack of possessions really got us out of synch.
|38 weeks 21 hours ago||Jax||
They definitely have some guys we would have taken. The recruiting process is very early in lacrosse, . But I would think that their upper classmen should be on par with our upperclassmen by now (KJ, Hernandez, Logan, etc.). It's also not a surefire as football/basketball, and plenty of guys develop late.
This team has historically struggled away from home and outdoors, and tonight they just looked off in a number of respects.
I wouldn't say I'd be ready to throw in the towel on the team or the staff at this point. In lacrosse these types of games happen. If you run up on a match up that doesn't stack up well for your style or personel, that team can give you plenty of trouble.
This is still a "young" team in that they still have to learn how to win these types of games. Win road games, close games, games against top notch opponents or games where faceoffs or penalties don't go your way. Last year we just started to learn to win the easy ones. Now we need to learn the tough ones.
|38 weeks 22 hours ago||Yep||
Started with the face off penalty in the 2nd quarter, then the inability to win a faceoff in the 3rd really hurt them. Faceoffs have been trouble all year, and is really something that could have helped stop the runs in the 3rd quarter.
Beyond that we don't seem to winning any of the 50/50 balls and too many careless turnovers on offense. The guys need to learn how to play up tempo without the turnovers.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
If he's playing in the NFL, I'd prefer he play for the lions rather than against them, assuming he's affordable.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Not bad||
Could be interesting as a "practice helmet". The lacrosse team uses practice helmets, and gets a new design each year. The winged helmet is only for special occassions such as game days.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Fan voting||
Never underestimate the power of Michigan fans to vote for Michigan in online polls! Although only 1 other player had 8 points last weekend, so pretty darn good regardless.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||tickets||
Yep, I agree, you should be able to get tickets, but definitely plan on arriving early. I was there 50 minutes early yesterday, and we got some of the last sideline seats. There were seats behind the goals.
Game will not be televised. The building is too small to put a camera up high. An upset could be possible if this team gets hot and plays well, which they are capable of in that building. Notre Dame is traditionally pretty good on defense and ball control, so I'm excited to see how we measure up.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
The Ohio state game will be on ESPNU. I think some games might be on BTN too when the big ten schedule starts.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||I went||
Seeing it in person really made me believe in this team. I wasn't sure if last week was a fluke since I only saw the score, but Michigan was clearly better today. This team is a significant step up from last year. We are dangerous on offense, and not just one or two middies but all 6 guys. Great ball movement, athletes able to reliably draw a slide and more stick skills than we've ever had. You will see quite a few pretty goals in the highlights.
The defense looked markedly better too. 6 goals, but 1-2 were on EMO and a couple were just mental lapses on cuts near the crease. Our D middies and poles held up really well and often times didn't even have to slide.
We are still young though, and haven't played top 20 teams yet, so I will be interested to see how those games go later this year. Face offs started well but then Detroit seemed to have an advantage. Consistency there will be important.
This should be a fun year to watch this team grow!
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Great win||
This was a big win for this team. Great job pulling away in the second half and winning the 3rd quarter. Scoring from quite a few different guys and a nice improvement over last year.
I'm excited for the UDM game next week. Taking my wife on Valentine's day. And what a huge win for them today too, beating Ohio state. This might be a pretty evenly matched game next week.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely important||
They are by far the most readily available. Employers use them when recruiting (they can't go to every school). High school students use them to determine where to go to college, and thus more qualified/accomplished students end up going to those higher ranked schools.
|52 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes||
Yes, Lax was added because the lacrosse alumni and parents paid for it to be added. Most of the money came from just a few donors, but enough money was raised to endow the program. The athletic department "matched" the donations by adding women's lacrosse. Donors also funded a significant portion of the new facility, although I have much less insight into that. Some of the money probably came from the Stephen Ross donation.
Playing in the big house is pretty cool, and the guys will still probably get a chance to do so once per year after/before the football spring game, but the lax facilities are expected to be the best in the country. This helps with recruiting, as the team is starting to haul in some top-10 classes. The kids believe the university is committed to this new sport and they are putting their money where their mouth is. For such a new program, recruiting classes that highly ranked is an incredible accomplishment.
Lacrosse teams carry usually 45-50 kids, and the average kid gets about a 1/4 scholarship. As the incremental cost of having another kid in a classroom is quite low, and the kid is on average paying 75% of the tuition, the scholarships are not quite as expensive to the university as you'd think.
|52 weeks 6 hours ago||S.I.||
Good to see SI pick this up, although I wish it was the full story, which you can actually read on mgoblue.com.
The funny thing is that since we are well into 2018 recruiting, I half thought this was serious when they said a 2023 kid.
|1 year 1 day ago||Agreed||
Agree completely. The fact that he can't consistently win 50/50 balls makes me wonder about him being ready for the NFL. If he can't do that at this level, I don't see him being a 1st round pick.
|1 year 1 week ago||Trend||
I was curious if the numbers this team is putting up would indicate improvement over the season, or regression. I'd love to see some stats pointing to this team getting better over the year (maybe yards per carry), and maybe give me some hope for next year.
It does look like if you ignore App State since they are just terrible, that from ND on, there is a slight upward trend. But probably nothing significant if you account for quality of opponent.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Not all||
Some sports had donors set up an endowment to fund the sport. Certainly most though.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Funchess||
I've been saying for a few weeks that his play doesn't merit a 1st round pick. At this point, he hasn't shown much other than being a freak athlete. He isn't a great blocker, has quite a few drops, looks like he takes plays off or in this case doesn't know the play all together.
And what should be a strength, jump balls, just don't seem to get thrown his way. 2 offensive coordinators and almost no jump balls. Borges would just toss it up to Hemingway or Roundtree, but really didn't for Funchess. I actually wonder if he has good "ball skills" while the ball is in the air or if it's Gardner.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Good find||
Glad that didn't turn out to be true. I think the report of "not back next year" was taken incorrectly.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Maybe not so good||
What happens if DB announces he will stay on through the academic year like ESPN is reporting, thus leaving Hoke's future in his hands? Or making it tougher to hire a Harbaugh?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Devin||
Devin has said himself that he is willing to play receiver to give it a go in the NFL. Can't remember where I read that but it was recent.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Too much money||
I would take him for 3-4 years, but I doubt schlissel would approve enough money to pay for him. His comments have been about how athletics need to know their place in the university and about not gouging the consumer. Not sure where the money would come from to pay for an A list coach unless some donors would pay.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Film||
Honestly, If I were Dave I'd watch film with the coaches too. After watching the Borges debacle last year I'd want to know WTF was going through his head and if the problem was Hoke or Borges, and if you had confidence that we'd get better.
It wouldn't surprise me if the coaches watched our film and said "well we just didn't execute but we competed and showed some toughness". If I was choosing between making a coaching change or not, I'd sure want to know what I really thought of the current staff before making a move.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Lawrence Marshall||
Isn't Lawrence Marshall Jr. on crutches at the moment? He's a freshman, but seems like a fairly serious injury.
3 career ending injuries is a lot. No matter who they are that will hurt.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Seriously?||
Have they seen him block? Or do they not do that in the NFL? He's got a lot of potential, but I don't think he will even get 1st team all big 10. If he's drafted that high it's a big risk in my opinion.
Right now he is the #69 player in the country in terms of yards. He has 4 touchdowns, with 3 against App State, and is averaging 12.8 yards per catch. He's also been injured and missed game time (which hurts draft stock). I think he's one of our best players, but that seems like a big reach to me.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Non revenue||
I'm a non revenue sport fan myself and i never felt attacked. Some non revenue sports bring in enough money to finance their operations and facilities, but certainly not all. I do worry how the budget balances when we decide to cut 30% or whatever of our revenue.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Jake Ryan||
Happily surprised to see Jake Ryan is leading the big ten in tackles for loss.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||MSU||
MSU is #39 on this list. I think we've got a while before I can put too much weight into these numbers.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Excited||
I'm excited to see the team grow this year. The outcomes of last week's scrimmages were definitely positive and what looks like a step forward from last year. I believe we are still a couple years out until the top 25 recruits get to campus, but I like the trajectory we are currently on.
I also can't wait to see Madaisky and Mosko on D. Add some depth on D and a "quarterback" attackman and this team could really make a leap forward.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Thank you||
Would love to see how this changes from week to week. I think the early season numbers could be skewed by using having played a couple bad OOC teams, and our BCS opponents having their numbers inflated due to playing a number of bad teams as well. Over time as the conference schedule gets going that should move our opponents average.
But it is good to see some progress quantified, which is about all the hope I have left for this season.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Thank You||
Appreciate the update. I'm looking for some improvement from last year any way I can get it. If this season is lost, I'm really just hoping for some positive trajectory for next year that the next coach can build on.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Schiano||
Yes, I think Greg Schiano makes a ton of sense. I have to think he will strongly be considered should the home run hires not be available.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Agreed||
A road game could be good, although I hate that it's a night game. The guys will have time to watch gameday and see what everyone else is saying about them.
If Devin starts well, I think we could be just fine. But if it's another half of 3 and outs, I think the D may give up. A lead at the half could be really important.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I knew||
I knew when I was concussed. I've had a couple somewhat bad ones and knew every time.
I'm not saying Shane knew but as a coach I did have to put some (not all) trust in my kids to tell me when things happened. Some concussions occur with contact that doesn't look bad, and the only one who could know is the player.
It can be a difficult situation to manage.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Letter||
There are things in that list that I know for a fact are not true. There is no way that list (the one that includes hitler) is anything halfway legitimate.
If there is a letter that is being signed it won't have anything to do with that list.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Motivation||
This to me feels like a chance to let DG know he really needs to step it up. Not that we are desperate for Morris to be better than DG. I feel like they may not be that far apart, but going with Morris let's DG know he needs to change his approach or he could lose his job.
I suspect Morris starts, plays conservatively, but DG is back for Penn State.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||No numbers this year||
I'd prefer not to fill those jerseys this year.
I could see Canteen as the next #21. And I think we'd all agree who we want to see wear #2 after Countess.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Schedule||
Yes, Brandon said that a model was built with certain parameters, and all schools agreed to those parameters before the games were drawn. There was no approval or veto process after, and you just had to go with what you were given.
If we had the 2015 schedule this year, I don't think there would be much complaining, and instead we would be talking about what we need to do to make the playoff.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Cupcakes||
Jacksonville, Detroit, and providence were all similar in laxpower to the 3 teams you mentioned, as well as Michigan. Granted they aren't as new, but should be wins.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Stadium||
I don't expect it next year. Last I heard from JP that was still a ways off and I don't believe they have started construction yet. I expect they may aim for 2016. Here's hoping the obannon case doesn't mess that up.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Wow.||
I don't think one of those drills required pads.
But great to see peppers field a punt!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Wow||
Wow. That is a serious schedule. Looks like a 14 game regular season, with 8 of those games coming against teams that were in the NCAA tournament either of the past 2 years.
It'll be a challenge to have a record much different than last year's, but if we can make some progress and steal one of those tough games, it'll give the team quite a bit of confidence.
I hope we get ND at oosterbaan, but only because we seem to play better there and there is no way I'd want to sit out in the cold at that time of year. Maybe they will chicken out on that game and want it played outside.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Center||
Who do we think will start at Center for the first game with Glasgow out? I know last year people were expecting big things from Kugler, but I haven't heard his name recently.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Info||
I've actually gotten some decent info out of the show. In 2009 Dinardo mentioned that the offense was improved, but the defense would struggle, which was spot on. Last year I believe he mentioned we were weak in the trenches.
He usually tweets out his reactions from the day, and while many on this site know quite a bit about the team, he usually finds something we wouldn't expect (such as who is unexpectedly taking 1st team reps, which freshman look good enough to play, etc.).
|1 year 16 weeks ago||problem||
Would we have this problem if our schedule included MSU and OSU? I feel like we play a "kent state" a few times this year and don't have any prestige games to make up for it.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Ford||
I am generally pretty happy with this hire, although I really don't know enough about him to judge yet. I do remember watching the Penn-Drexel game this year and wondering why Michigan's offense couldn't look as good as Drexel's. It just seemed like simple fundamentals that they used to expose Penn's defense.
I think his top priority is going to be to develop that dodging/feeding attackman who can serve as the QB of the offense. Hopefully we have some guys coming in or that can step up to a role like that. Some of the recruits I've seen look like they can fill that role, but with the annoyingly early recruiting it doesn't look like they will be on campus for a few years.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Cost||
So how much do you think it costs to have 1 incremental student in a given class? This is often the argument smaller schools make for supporting non-revenue sports.
I would also suggest that most non-revenue sports students graduate, and given the lower scholarship numbers available, the costs are driven down further. In lacrosse for example, the NCAA limit is a whopping 12.6 scholarships, for teams that carry 40+ guys, so about a 25% scholarship for the average kid. The school is probably close to breaking even on the education portion if the kid pays 75% of the way themselves.
Although I don't actually support scholarships for life for non-revenue sports. The majority of kids aren't leaving school early to go pro, and should be pushed to get their degree when they can. Otherwise kids might just stretch it out like a vacation (I know I would have), which is unnecessarily wasteful.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Confusing||
I wonder the same thing. I was expecting Lewis or Allen to get drafted higher, but people said they were too small for the NFL. Those guys sure seemed to do just fine punishing the smash mouth teams to me. I'm expecting a few more of their guys to start making an impact in the NFL but I just haven't seen it yet. Unfortunately I think it could just be the system more than the players that makes them good.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Sergio||
I wish we could have landed Sergio, although I believe he was already committed to ND before we even announced a varsity team. He is a difference maker, and glad he's from Michigan.
He's not quite Myles Jones though. I think Jones might be the favorite for the Tewaarton next year. Myles Thompson will be as well, but without his brother and cousin, I'd expect his production to be down quite a bit as teams will be able to game plan to stop him.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||New Teams||
I think the Marquette/Richmond/U of Detroit style teams are going to be much more common than the BCS style teams. There are many more of them, and in the economic reality of it, giving a partial scholarship to a student who wouldn't attend your university anyway is extremely cheap, and increases the university's profile. It really doesn't cost anything extra to put one extra student in a classroom.
For schools like Michigan, the reality is that they are turning students away, so there is a definite opportunity cost. Additionally, those types of schools don't go half in on something like this, or else it could actually hurt their "brand". They will be expected to build facilities, fully fund scholarships, etc.
I could see one of the Colorado schools adding it, and maybe we get lucky and a Texas or USC adds it, but I expect the majority of growth to come from those small schools.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||weight||
Bullough weighed in at 265 at the shrine game (not end of season I stand corrected) and weighed in 16 lbs less at the combine.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Bullough||
Bullough dropped like 15+ pounds between the end of the season and combine. Losing that much weight over 6 weeks sounds an awful lot like steroids, and NFL teams would shy away from that.
I am also dumbfounded by the lack of draft picks for MSU, but at least it won't help them with recruiting. Top defense in the country graduated a bunch of starters and only 1 gets drafted. I thought Allen would get drafted, or their safety (Lewis?).
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Great video||
I loved this video and look forward to his videos each year, ever since being in his first ever team video. Those videos were good, but his new ones just blow me away. Hopefully recruits see these videos because they are amazing and I doubt any other program in the country has videos like this (at least with this much production value).
The 2016 class will be great. 2 of the top 15 players in the country, including an attackman (which we need) and the grandson of Gerald Ford.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Yes||
It will be on fox college sports, who I think also televised the mcla's when Michigan played there. I remember being able to find a stream online for those through fox.
FYI seeding will be announced Monday.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||ECAC tiebreaker||
The tiebreaker is RPI, and prior to beating ohio state today, Fairfield had a slight advantage over OSU. That should likely hold, but maybe isn't a sure thing yet.
Great overall game today by Michigan, but RMU looked like they didn't show up. Just saw no urgency and really they never threatened. Although credit to Michigan for putting them down quick and not allowing them to make a run.
Great way to send out the seniors and have some confidence going into the Fairfield game.
|1 year 32 weeks 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.
|1 year 35 weeks 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.
|1 year 35 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Saban||
Saban probably called Nuss to save him from having to cut the kid. /s
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||10||
I believe I counted 10 different wolverines with goals. Only paras had more than 1(2).
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 40 weeks 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.
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 44 weeks 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.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Yeah||
Yeah, and with a 4.3 GPA. Very impressive.
|1 year 45 weeks 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.
|1 year 45 weeks 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!
|1 year 47 weeks 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.
|2 years 3 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.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Charlie Weis||
Charlie Weis. Schematic advantage for the win!
|2 years 3 weeks 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.
|2 years 5 weeks 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.
|2 years 8 weeks 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.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Fly fishing||
Is that guy going fly fishing again and Saban is worried that his players will miss practice to go with him?
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Beard||
According to the CTK video Miller and Heitzman both have camp beards.
|2 years 16 weeks 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.
|2 years 17 weeks 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.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||#27||
Already got a couple #27 jerseys! I have been waiting for someone to breakthrough with that number since Calvin Bell.
|2 years 23 weeks 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.
|2 years 24 weeks 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.
|2 years 25 weeks 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.
|2 years 25 weeks 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.
|2 years 36 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.
|2 years 36 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.
|2 years 36 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.
|2 years 37 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.
|2 years 37 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.
|2 years 37 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.
|2 years 38 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.
|2 years 38 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.
|2 years 40 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.
|2 years 41 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.
|2 years 42 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.
|2 years 42 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.
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 49 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.
|3 years 2 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.
|3 years 3 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.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Maybe not||
Devin took a while to get going today. With no practice he may not have gotten going last week.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Gardner||
He makes such good decisions to pull it down and run or to scramble. Gotta believe he starts next year.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Maxwell||
Come on guys, give the guy a break, remember, he was groomed for this..Ha!
|3 years 12 weeks ago||yeah buy||
Lebron and the president could tell you who he is...
|3 years 12 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.
|3 years 12 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.
|3 years 14 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.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Lacrosse||
Curious, what kind of lacrosse stuff did they have? Any helmets or gloves?
|3 years 15 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.
|3 years 15 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.
|3 years 15 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.
|3 years 15 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.
|3 years 15 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.
|3 years 15 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.
|3 years 16 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.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Osu||
So how many of their commits had a Michigan offer?
|3 years 18 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.
|3 years 18 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.
|3 years 20 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.
|3 years 28 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.
|3 years 28 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.
|3 years 28 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.
|3 years 28 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.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||tweet||
And just 3 minutes ago Shane tweets "#WordsYouWillNeverHearMeSay I'm decommitting from Michigan".
|3 years 31 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.
|3 years 31 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).
|3 years 32 weeks 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.
|3 years 33 weeks 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.
|3 years 34 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.
|3 years 34 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.
|3 years 36 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.
|3 years 36 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.
|3 years 36 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.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Outside||
At the big house.
|3 years 36 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.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||yes||
In fact a black friend of mine did that to his public school when I was there.
|3 years 36 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.
|3 years 37 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!
|3 years 38 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.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Well||
Well, it was like a 90 mph rip that even the goalie didn't see, so it's understandable.
|3 years 38 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.
|3 years 38 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.
|3 years 39 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.
|3 years 39 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.
|3 years 40 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.
|3 years 40 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.
|3 years 41 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.
|3 years 42 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.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Very cool||
Thanks for the link, I never thought I would see the day we were the local news like that.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Correction||
Tickets are $10 and can also be purchased directly at ultimate soccer in pontiac.
|3 years 46 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.
|3 years 47 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.
|3 years 47 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.
|3 years 47 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...
|3 years 49 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.
|3 years 49 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.
|3 years 49 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?
|3 years 51 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.
|3 years 51 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.
|3 years 52 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.
|3 years 52 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.
|4 years 1 week 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.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Punting||
Hoke has discussed the possibility of punting with Shane. it sure would add an extra dimension to the rollout fake.
|4 years 2 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.
|4 years 3 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.
|4 years 4 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.
|4 years 5 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.
|4 years 10 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.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||wow||
they were averaging 628 yards given up per game and one team they played was Arkansas state.
|4 years 14 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.
|4 years 15 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...
|4 years 16 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.
|4 years 16 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.
|4 years 16 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.
|4 years 17 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.
|4 years 17 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.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Denard injuries||
Played three games, injured in each game. Twice on the first scramble of the game.
|4 years 20 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.