this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|9 hours 46 min ago||I doubt he was.||
He got mentioned early, but the interest in him seemed to fade quickly.
|12 hours 42 min ago||Look at what the Reds got for Cueto as a guide.||
Price is worth more.
|12 hours 48 min ago||That's highy speculative.||
It's a good decision, but you can't really argue that waiting until so close to the deadline to even field offers maximizes their value. You always risk the number of sellers going up and the number of buyers dropping. Hopefully, it works out.
|12 hours 55 min ago||If Mullen's concern is for the students,||
then is he in favor of 5 year guaranteed scholarships too? Has he been in favor of 4 year guaranteed scholarships, or is this just him wanting his own job to be easier?
The flip side to his argument is simple. If players are eligible to play an extra year, then there will be fewer scholarships available for incoming freshmen every year.
The scope of his solution doesn't fit the potentiall problem. After a few years, few recruits will need to take an academic redshirt. Students will adjust to the new standards.
How many freshmen does he redshirt as it is? (Of those, how many are coming back for their fifth year?) If all, then the rule has no effect. If most, then it has a minimal effect. If none or few, then it again has a minimal effect. For the freshmen that do play, who are they taking playing time from? Is it the other freshmen that aren't ready, or from players already on the roster. In other words, just how often would one true freshman's ineligibility directly lead to burning one from someone who wasn't ready? Beyond that, how many of those freshmen would prefer not to play, given the option? Ultimately, I think it's a tiny number.
|20 hours 21 min ago||The change in schedule happened because of realignment.||
The schedules need to have 3 home/3 away versus division opponents. That wasn't possible last year without changing the rotation of some games.
|20 hours 31 min ago||I don't know.||
If Brandon ignored the OSU game, two bad things could happen. OSU uses your logic and ignores it too. Much more likely, is that the opinion of one school about a rivalry doesn't carry as much weight as both schools'. The system didn't automatically grant AD's requests, as I understood it.
|20 hours 46 min ago||Hackett's done a masterful job with the cards he was dealt,||
but those were fantastic cards. Getting Harbuagh was a coup. That he was available was pure chance. The Nike contract was great. That it was up for renewal, again pure chance.
Hackett could have done just as good a job and had to settle for a very good coach, but not a spectacular hire. Say Jim Mora, Jr. Season tickets sales improve, but not dramatically. Fans wiould wait to see real improvement on the field. If we're still on the old Adidas deal for a few more years, he's left looking for ways to boost revenue and/or cut expenses. That's generally the part of the AD's job that draws the ire of fans.
Lastly, he was replacing a blunderous and reviled AD. There were obvious little things available to earn goodwill. Some were even directed by Schlissel.
I don't want to take away any credit. I'm very happy Hackett is our AD. Still, I think the opinions of his performance would be a lot more tentative if not for some circumstances beyond his control.
|21 hours 36 min ago||Overall participation in HS athletics is at an all-time high.||
At least as of 2013, the latest year I found statistics for nationally. I'm not sure how that relates to anecdotal evidence that football is dropping because kids are specializing in a single sport. There are a lot of variables. Football requires more players than other sports. It's more subject to getting dropped at smaller schools, which could accelerate a decline.
|23 hours 28 min ago||Participation in Ohio HS football dropped nearly 20%||
from 2008-2012. Participation nationally is dropping at a much slower rate.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Yes, and where they also ignore UM-Dearborn, Mich Tech||
and private schools like Kalamazoo College.
|1 day 14 hours ago||They have been recruiting Bridges, despite his always being.||
considered a longshot. Remember that his spot was taken by Battle for awhile. If they felt better about their chances, probably they hold off on offering Watson. The problem is that their plan B guys aren't going to wait forever. They decided not to offer Cumberland and he comitted to Cinci. They just just went through the eval period and didn't offer Watson until it was over. He was planning to commit soon too.
It is disappointing to miss out on him. We're picking up solid prospects, but not obvious game changers. That being said, you can never be certain how the roster will shake out. There's always the possibility of unexpected attrition. I don't think Michigan is completely done recruiting Bridges. He can still schedule an OV, even if there isn't room for him at the time.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Indiana was the favorite until the moment Michigan offered.||
Then it was all over. I know the feeling, but can't feel the least bit sorry for them.
|1 day 15 hours ago||No, Bridges does not have an offer.||
He canceled every planned trip here. Honestly, I don't think he's ever had any interest. He only talks about us because we're the other in-state school. It's great that he has nice things to say, but the coaches must surely have a good idea of his level of interest.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Bridges is/was a pipe dream.||
He mentions Michigan, but has never even set foot on campus. His family lives an hour away and he's made multiple trips to MSU. That's a strong indication that he has no interest in coming here.
|1 day 15 hours ago||That may be closer to the truth. As I recall, Webb didn't||
exactly endorse that report, but passed it along fwiw. In any case, Nauta has interest and is planning an OV.
|1 day 17 hours ago||How is any of that the least bit relevant?||
|1 day 17 hours ago||Quite recently Sam Webb quoted one of Scout's southern||
analysts. The gist of his report was that Nauta would end up at FSU or Michigan, with a real chance for either.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I don't like either, but the white is a lot better.||
The all maize doesn't make me think of Michigan. The helmet is kind of lost. At least it stands out with the white tops.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Why are you so sure about that?||
Harbaugh is well known for using players on both sides of the ball. Why not use it as a recruiting pitch, especially as you're doing it again? I recall several recruits mentioning that possibility.
|1 day 22 hours ago||It was even worse. Williams cut off the other driver.||
He pulled his gun because the guy honked at him.
|1 day 22 hours ago||You should have left out your second sentence.||
Otherwise, I agree.
|1 day 23 hours ago||You're mixing up Caleb and Xavier Kelly.||
Caleb visited campus in March. Nobody we're recruiting has yet taken an official visit with player hosts. IMO, it's a good thing Kelly knows that much about our team. It shows a level of interest beyond what one might expect from a CA kid.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Jedd Fisch played tennis in HS, not football.||
|2 days 8 hours ago||Corley has been thought to be leaning towards MSU||
with OSU as his second choice. But you'd rsther hsve him, because he understands the rivalry? I recommend following Brandon's advice.
|2 days 9 hours ago||That doesn't count as a conference game for UVA.||
|2 days 11 hours ago||Yeah, what a tremendous handicap.||
They got a good coach, too.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Well done, Seth.||
It's not so easy to have tongue in cheek proposals taken so seriously. I think you're on the right track, but I'd make several adjustments. Bring back the U of Chicago program and add them to the Big Ten. Remove the most junior member from your to remain at ten. Make all schools who have repeatedly been caught cheating ineligible for the playoffs. Use the current standard for major infractions.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Personally, I find it ridiculous to wreck the regular||
season just to make the playoffs neater.
I don't think there is any way the playoffs ever become that exclusive. Who's going to decide that some schools get permanently left out? There are more than 64 power conference schools now, with more holding that ambition. This organization would end up fighting a lot of political battles, probably legal ones too. I'll stick my neck out and say it will never happen.
|2 days 17 hours ago||14 teams are much better for scheduling than 16.||
Every team gets an even number of home/away games in their division. There are more common opponents. I'd say it was better in every conceivable way.
The Big XII just needs to stabilize which probably involves adding teams. Other than that, I don't see how further expansion is inevitable. Every P5 conference has lucrative TV deals, including the Big XII. None stands to gain much by changing the status quo.
|2 days 17 hours ago||The reports at the time were that Oklahoma and OK St.||
asked to join the Big Ten together. I'm not sure why they've been left out of this story, but the Big Ten had no interest in that OSU. Just taking Oklahoma wasn't seen as an option.