landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|1 day 18 hours ago||Big two?||
Hopefully our numbers will change significantly, but as of now, it's hard to put us together with OSU. Their class is obscene. The good news is MSU's recent recruiting success (trending upward the last couple years) might be tapering off. And of course, our class should still end up in the top 10, which is nothing to be disappointed about. Perhaps more important is shoring up specific position groups (e.g., OL).
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Your last tournament||
They let you fight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu against a 9 year-old for over three hours? And you lost?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Istanbul||
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Bates at Miami U.||
I don't know the full details, but the short version was that he is a very good guy, cares tremendously about academics, but cratered their non-hockey athletics. Bates inherited Hoeppner (who left for Indiana after Roethlisberger's big year), and then hired Shane Montgomery, Mike Haywood, and Don Treadwell. I think they had two winning seasons spread over the eight seasons that group coached Miami.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Bates||
Some Miami U. alums would disagree with you on Bates.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||NFL v. College||
I absolutely agree with your conclusion and reasoning, but one quibble: Gene Chizik and Larry Coker would dispute that "if you win a national title you get at least a 10 year window before you are ever back on the hot set."
|22 weeks 5 days ago||2007 Michigan, Don Brown, and the spread||
The first game of 2007 for UM was a loss to App. State 34-32. App. State's previous game was a 28-17 victory over UMass (where Don Brown was DC) to win the 2006 FCS Championship.
The second game of 2007 for UM was a lost to Oregon 39-7. Oregon's OC was Chip Kelly, his first year after serving as OC for UNH. The last game for Chip Kelly at UNH was a 24-17 loss to UMass (with Don Brown as DC) in the 2006 FCS Quarterfinals.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||MSU's recruiting||
Their average (88.68) is virtually idential to UM's (88.87). The delta between our recruiting classes and theirs has narrowed significantly, presumably due to the sustained success of their program under Dantonio. Compare this, for example, to 2007 (UM:88.71; MSU:76.97) or 2010 (UM:86.87; MUS:81.73).
|24 weeks 18 hours ago||2005?||
2005? (Not that I'm saying at all that this is a bad hire.)
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Greg Robinson||
Greg Robinson? Too soon?
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Jacob Eason||
Any indication he might be interested in us now? I know we were listed as one of four a month ago when rumors around Richt started swirling.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||This analogy||
Brady Hoke would have fallen asleep at a recruit's house while trying to decipher this analogy.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I now know what to call||
when I am served a Pepsi.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Don't chew gum with mouth open||
Talking to you, McElwain. And Pete Carroll.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Namby Pamba||
Indiana put 47 on us . . . in 2013. RichRod was not our coach then. (We had a coach that said toughness a lot then!)
RichRod's teams beat Indiana both times they played, and Indiana did not hit 40 points in either.
Facts are a terrible thing to lose.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Brady would not have punted on fourth down.||
Brady would not have punted on fourth down.
|31 weeks 13 hours ago||DL prospects||
Is that common for an elite DL recruit?
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke: No way I would have designed shorts like those.||
ESPN is attempting to get Hoke's take on these shorts. Update to follow.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||If Brady Hoke...||
If Brady Hoke were going to type this post, he would not have used the Shift key. (Brady Hoke does not go onto the internet.)
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Crushing MSU||
I do not understand why so many of us believe that we will be "crushing" MSU in the near-future. Yes, I think Harbaugh and his coaching staff are incredible, a 1000-fold improvement on the previous regime. But Dantonio is also an excellent coach who firmly believes his only purpose on this earth is to find a way to beat Michigan. Unfortunately for us, MSU is now recruiting on (or near) UM's level. (The 2016 recruiting classes are basically even, with MSU getting two top-100 defensive ends.) If Dantonio was able to put together top-5 national teams with lesser recruits, I do not see why his program is going to fall off a clif with the recruits they are getting now (even accounting for the loss of Narduzzi).
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Down 3 scores||
I think you're being generous if you believe Hoke and his coaching staff would have had Michigan playing to within 3 scores of MSU this year. (Not only would our secondary be lost, but our QB situation would have been much worse.)
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke's flawless logic||
The strength of this team is its defense. (In reality, special teams is also a huge strength.) So at mid-field, you rely on your offense (De'Veon Smith, who gained 46 yards on 19 runs against MSU) on 4th down to salt away the victory? Can't Brandon hook Brady up as a Toys 'R Us spokesman to save us from this?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Falcon's surgery||
Reports (Scout) indicate that Falcon had his ACL surgery at UM.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Answers||
|31 weeks 3 days ago||MSU recruiting||
To me, the biggest issue is that Dantonio and his staff got great results while not recruiting at a top 20 level. Calhoun was a low three-star, as was Cook, etc. Right now, MSU's recruiting class next year is basically on par with Michigan -- 20 recruits versus 21; 88.11 average rating versus 87.85. MSU has two DEs ranked in the top 100 on board. With very good coaching (which I will concede MSU has) and a new level of talent significantly above its historical average, it's hard to see why MSU won't be able to continue competing at the OSU/UM level for the foreseeable future.
(Relatedly, the more troubling takeaway for me from Saturday's game was the line play. E.g., given the amount of injuries to MSU's OL, I had expected Michigan's DL to generate more of a rush.)
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Alignment on last play||
And take a look at the alignment on the last play. MSU had three guys crashing down on the left edge, and we had a gunner outside them going down the field despite the fact that no one was there to receive. That's on Baxter or the gunner.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Special teams gaffe||
Baxter is 1,000 times better than his predecessor, but on the final play, we had a gunner wide left, even though there was no one back to return and no MSU player playing that gunner. Look at the overhead shot available now on ESPN. Seems to me the right coaching call is to have your punt team in max protect formation if MSU is going for the block with no returner.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Rafiki quotes||
"You're a baboon. And I'm not."
When contemplating any MSU fan, remember this, no matter the outcome of today's game.
"Don't dawdle. HURRY UP!"
Wish we had more up tempo aspects to our offense. Baylor hung 41 on MSU's (much better) D last year.
"Change is good."
Our coaching staff is approximately 40 times better this year than last year. We can be thankful for that.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Dispelling the Ball State myth||
That looks like a (partial) copy and paste from a previous post of mine -- and I completely approve. Great to see people trying to dispel that myth about Hoke. Say what you will about his positives and negatives, but the idea that he "turned around" that program (and variations on that theme, as we see here) is simply (and demonstrably) false.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||To the OP||
Be sure to post your story in the Injury Update threads.