"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|2 years 10 weeks ago||last year||
Nebraska had the third best class in the big ten and a top 20 class nationally. This year's class is different but the ripping of Nebraska's recruiting is quite frankly puzzling to me.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||also..||
...while you dismiss ojemudia and strobes both got offers from good programs outside the b1g, the SEC is not the be all end all of d lineman.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||fear of the run...||
...led to our coaches having the do gain too much weight. Our 270 and up ends are too slow while other teams have that quick 240-250 rush end that, while they might get washed on the occasional run, will still get a sack or better a game.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Atwater Vanilla Java Porter||
it is both delicious and made in Detroit.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||except...||
Wile out punted Hagerup last year based on the averages..
|2 years 10 weeks ago||come on now...||
East Grand Rapids? Sure Grand Haven, but East Grand Rapids? :)
|2 years 10 weeks ago||he's right...||
N W, MSU, PSU, and OSU are all lovable. And from there 6 losses is just a couple of bad breaks away.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||my Droid won't let ne change||
the spellchecker correction of H one. my sincerest apologies as I used the app which apparently won't let you change. If it does please explain to me how.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||not agreeing with him but...||
blind faith is the worst thing you can have as a fan. If fans had lost faith and stayed away the Lions would have been sold to ownership with a clue long ago. Just as a for instance. And I repeat I AM. NOT AGREeing with him,
|2 years 10 weeks ago||they had||
them gain too much weight. Joke and Pattinson are unwilling to have that light weight speed end that you need to rush 4, apparently due to fears against the run. Run defense wasn't as bad as people think but pass d will be terrible due to lack of rush unless a miracle occurs.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||technically||
Horror III, everyone forgets Toledo in 2008 (which was the worst Toledo team in 20 years) was II. Toledo will go down as the first M A C team ever to beat Michigan
|2 years 11 weeks ago||D a m n...||
I hate autocorrect on my phone...so n of a b itch droid...
|2 years 11 weeks ago||remember||
if it happens to a Lion its alright. if the lions gets within a foot of doing something illegal its the worse thing ever. And if it's Clay Matthews trying toe clothesline someone? That's just good aggressive play. Welcome to Roger Goodels NFL
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Matthews is getting nothing||
The NFL officiating is a wholly owned subsidiary of Roger" King Roger I" Goodell Inc. and the Packers are one of his boys. Remember how the Pack got away with internationally taking out D el mas knees a few thanksgiving ago and no comment. And Dietch-Smith's line play (which is how he's a starter in greenback but somehow gets cut in Carolina...oh wait Car isn't part of the Goodell club)
|2 years 11 weeks ago||just fyi||
just as an FYI the" forearm shiver" to the head of Cutler was a shove in the back. look it up on YouTube as" s u h shoves cutler" and note that there a no comments that think it was a blow to the head. And lets not forget the legal tackle of Rhondda barber that was laughably called a horse collar. So that's 2 myths busted
|4 years 31 weeks ago||I did say...||
...that I expected him to play. Heck, in the right system I still believe he could actually excell. Though I'd need to see where he ends up to say anything for sure.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||That article is dependent on...||
B. Said Talent that leaves excelling elsewhere (see Family Values becoming an All-Big 10 Lineman and Ryan Mallett exploding in Arkansas).
|4 years 31 weeks ago||A key issue we don't know....||
...about will be how the team is able to run the ball with its Running Backs as its impossible to say based on the Spring Game (a team lacking its best linemen, particularly at key positions like LT and C) is not going to show a running game that we can competently evaluate.
A good running game allows for things like Denard Robinson bootlegs, which should be good. A bad running game leads to too much Denard running (last year) or too much passing (likelier in this offense). Most of the running backs were fairly highly recruited (Shaw was being presuded by Nebraska, Penn State, and Iowa for instance). So they should have the talent for it. And if you added up the RB's combined numbers last season they didn't do that badly when they had chances overall (a lot of the issues in short yardage had to do with using Vincent Smith in a role he simply wasn't suited for particularly less than a year after ACL surgery).
|4 years 31 weeks ago||The only problem is that...||
...the prevalence of the one and dones (and two and dones) is really leading to the deterioration of the quality of both the NBA and NCAA games (and I believe I read an interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a year or so ago where he said that some of the behavioral issues in the NBA in the recent past were due to 19-20 years being able to declare and get ultra-rich at that age).
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Depends on what BCS conference team too...||
Though I initially wrote what I did because I didn't think Tate would play much at Miami (like his brother at Stanford), however, upon further review, all Miami has at QB after next season is Stephen Morris (and, in the 2012 class, David Thompson) and in hindsight I could see Tate beating out both of them (since Jacory Harris graduates after next season).
|4 years 31 weeks ago||No, I agree...||
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Well fortunately||
...I think between the last class and the current incoming freshmen that we do have decent depth at Cornerback (Woolfolk, Floyd, Avery, Talbott, Browns, Countess, Hollowell, Trayloer) and Safety (Carvin, Furman, Carter for FS). So at least this wasn't at a position of near term need in terms of numbers. Though its never a good thing for a highly touted recruit to not work out (Christian had an offer from Ohio State, UCLA, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia, so he difinitely had options).
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Christian played early but...||
...if memory serves he was the corner who committed that *really* dumb penalty that got Notre Dame in position to win at the end and ended up in Rich Rod's dog house for doing so.
Also, I think Christian got left put in positions where the fact that his average speed got exposed last season.
I still think he'll be more likely to play where ever he transfers to than Tate is likely to play in Miami (that's not a knock on Tate by the way).
|4 years 31 weeks ago||A note on the Talent...||
I lost my potential post on this subject when the old laptop started producing smoke, however, the idea that Michigan is way down in the talent standings is not nearly as true as some like to think. Most of the guys on the roster had offers from at least one other big time school and many had offers from numerous bigtime programs (if we look at the much maligned defense we have Mike Martin, Kenny Demens, Jibreel Black, MRob, Craig Roh, Kellen Jones, Blake Countess) and a lot of the non-highly rated guys are looking surprisingly good (Carvin, Courtney Avery, and Jake Ryan). Are we the most talented team in the world? No. However, I'm going to put down the majority of our struggles (maybe even 70%) down to a combination of scheme, coaching, and playing predominantly true freshmen (who didn't early enroll) in the secondary.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||To be fair...||
...a lot of this complaint is directed towards the defense (I agree that this isn't the case with the offense). But we generally had a D-Line comprised primarily of Mike Martin and a bunch of 280lbs or less guys, LBs who were converted safeties (thus being smaller, speedier players), though the secondary wasn't as undersized as you'd think (Kovacs being only a little undersized, the corners being average, the Gordons were not undersized, etc.).
I don't know that Rodriquez deliberately chose undersized players, but we did seem small this year on D, and in a way that had nothing to do with having freshmen playing.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||It depends on how Spring goes...||
If you held a gun to my head and asked for my best guess I'd say the following predictions:
Will See Significant Playing Time (and in some cases signficantly more than previously too):
Will See Significantly Less Playing Time
Will Probably Redshirt
WIll Redshirt Unless...
Justice Hayes (if he establishes himself as the best receiver out of the backfield I can see him being a third down-type back as a freshman).
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Cox *supposedly* had issues with...||
...remembering assignments. That's is supposedly what led to his extended stay in the Dog House.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I'd agree but...||
...doesn't a brand new coach have some level of stability? Otherwise, yeah I kind of agree. However, I will say that we stand up very well with the other three programs in his final 4 (Iowa, Georgia Tech, and Michigan State).
|4 years 43 weeks ago||The SEC is rapidly approaching...||
...the sort of critical mass of cheating that led the NCAA to crack down on the old Southwestern Conference in the 80s (everyone remembers the SMU death penalty, but people forget the crackdowns that Texas and I believe Baylor also received). The NCAA is, for the most part, willing to play ball with big schools. But once the cheating reaches a certain level, the NCAA knows that it has to do something. The only reason that college football exists in its present Division I form is because of the last surviving thought of the "student athlete". Take that away and you have tax payer dollar supporting money losing pro-teams (I believe something like 75% of college athletics departments lose money, with football being among the surprising money losers...note that Michigan's Athletic Department is self-supporting, but this isn't the norm).
The SEC is rapidly approaching the casual cheating that the SWC did in the 80s, and the NCAA is going to have to rouse themselves before it hurts college football as a whole.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||If you are refering to Cooper...||
...I should note that he's a 4-star recruit on 2 of the 3 major recruiting services (Scout & ESPN, Rivals has him as a 3-star) and said 3-star has an offer list as long as your arm (with offers from not only Michigan & MSU, but also Georgia Tech, Iowa, Florida, UCLA, and Wisconsin).