this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|3 years 6 weeks ago||iTunes shuffle . . .||
iTunes shuffle has spoiled me, but the follwing are albums I can listen to without hitting skip:
AC/DC-Highway To Hell, Back In Black
Bon Jovi-New Jersey
Led Zeppelin-IV, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti
Miles Davis-Kind Of Blue
Ozzy Osbourne-Diary Of A Madman
Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here
Van Halen-I, II, 1984
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Not a fan.||
That is all.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||The expansion of the conferences||
and the accompanying expansion of in conference play will eventually force Notre Dame's hand. The Big 10 is moving to a 9 game conference schedule. The ACC is now at 14 members and moving toward 16, which almost demands expansion of its conference schedule. Assuming the Pac 12 does likewise, which seems a safe bet given the talk of a Pac-16, a good swath of Notre Dame's opponents will not have room for a marquee (cough) non-conference opponent such as Notre Dame. For example, consider Notre Dame's 2011 schedule if you were to eliminate its Big 10, ACC and Pac 12-16 opponents:
vs. South Florida
vs. Air Force
Not the kind of schedule that fans/viewers like, not the kind of schedule for which NBC shells out big money. They should join the Big 10 and the Big 10 should welcome them. I appreciate that the Big 10 has been able to preserve a contiguous footprint--neither the ACC, PAC 12 can say that--but I would nevertheless love to see Texas in the Big 10.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Agreed.||
The 2005 season included victories over Penn State ("New Math" classic), Michigan State and Iowa. Moreover, while it's never enjoyable to lose to OSU, at the least the game was competitive. None of that can be said about the 2010 season.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I don't think Spielman's commentary was over-the-top.||
The following is, regrettably, entirely accurate:
"Everybody is saying, 'Well, they're all young, they're all coming back.' Well, yeah, they're all coming back. It's on the worst defense in the NCAA they're all coming back. Is that so exciting for you? It's bad. (Nose tackle Mike) Martin is the only guy that could start at Ohio State -- the only guy that could start. He would roll in there. He's a good player. But other than that, these guys would be excellent special teams guys."
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Can't be certain||
that it would be the shortest and surest path back. I'm just running out of patience. Every team has injuries. The recruiting, attrition and poor play are on the coaching staff. Just looking at the other program records cited above, I'm of a mind that if something good were going to happen, or something other than a middling Big 10 team were going to happen, it would have happened by now, and it hasn't.
For yet another example of how the right person at the helm can make a difference, look at Greg Robinson's last gig: Syracuse. Syracuse was absolutely terrible under Robinson and did not so much as sniff a bowl let alone a winning record. Robinson's replacement, Doug Marrone, suffered a huge amount of attrition and inherited some inferior Big East talent. Yet in year two of his tenure the Orange are 7-4 and bowl elligible.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||You are absolutely correct . . .||
Here are the records of coaches in their first three years at historically dominant Division I programs
Bob Stoops at Oklahoma coming off of a 5-6 season under John Blake
2000: 13-0 (National Champions)
Nick Saban at Alabama coming off of a 6-7 season under Mike Shula
2009: 14-0 (National Champions)
Pete Carrol at USC coming off of a 5-7 season under Paul Hackett
2003: 12-1 (National Champions)
Urban Meyer at Florida coming off of an 7-5 season under Ron Zook
2006: 13-1 (National Champions)
Mack Brown at Texas coming off of a 4-7 season under John Mackovic
Jim Tresell at OSU coming off of an 8-4 2000 season under John Cooper
2002: 14-0 (National Champions)
Bo Pellini at Nebraska coming off of a 5-7 season under Bill Callahan
Michigan obviously belongs in this group. Lloyd Carr coming off of an 8-4 season under Gary Moeller:
1997: 12-0 (National Champions)
I don't dislike Rich Rodriguez, and I want him to win. The simple fact is, however, that he hasn't (3-9; 5-7; 7-5*), and as the above records amply demonstrate, you can field a winner, a national championship team no less, in your first three years.
I take no pleasure in writing this, but right now Michigan is Minnesota under Glenn Mason:
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I think the fact that we||
I think the fact that we haven't been competitive against the top teams in the conference is the problem.
Could not agree more. Sub-.300 record in the Big 10 since RR took over at the helm. Michigan has exactly ZERO wins against MSU, PSU, Iowa and, barring a miracle, OSU. My expectations at the start of RR's tenure were that Michigan would have multiple victories against against that group of teams. Is that really out of line?
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I do not know Jim Harbaugh||
but he strikes me as the kind of guy who would want the pressure of being the head coach of Michigan or an NFL team like his brother.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Right on||
Bo coached at OSU and Mo was a team captain there IIRC. That doesn't bother me, but I suspect he's happy with his broadcasting gig.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||The staff should be able||
to identify admissions issues before signing day. That's on the coaching staff.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||There was a time when||
as a Michigan fan you could reasonably expect to beat teams like Wisconsin. That's no longer the case.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Spielman's commentary was right on . . .||
re: scheme/philosophy and recruiting. Where is the NFL talent on the defensive roster? Outside of Mike Martin (maybe) there isn't. Too many three star, undersized and inexperienced defenders flailing around out there. Sub-.300 Big 10 record after three years is downright embarassing. No wins against MSU, Iowa, PSU or OSU (sorry, but it would be a minor miracle for Michigan to beat OSU in Columbus next week). I've been a MIchigan fan for as long as I can remember, and for the first time, I no longer expect MIchigan to win. I don't even get upset anymore. I expect Michigan to get pushed around the field on defense regardless of their opponent. Remember when 7-5 was a down year? I'm just frustrated right now.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I attended||
the 2008 game at Notre Dame. Setting aside the final score and the soggy weather in the second half, I had a good experience. I wore Michigan attire around campus on gameday and encountered no problems. It's a nice gameday atmosphere. Their marching band plays a pregame show on the steps of some building. Also check out the usual suspects: the grotto (the night before) the Golden Dome and the library with Touchdown Jesus. ND fans in the stands were pretty friendly on average too. Hopefully you'll walk out of there with a big Michigan win.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I think anything without||
Notre Dame or Texas really isn't a big score. I love the idea of Michigan v. Texas on what I'll assume would be at least a semi-reglar basis; however, Texas, seems like a reach to me for the Big Ten in terms of geography and culture (Austin is in Texas but it's not of Texas).
If the Pac 10 goes to sixteen teams, I think it's important for the Big Ten to keep pace, because I suspect the SEC and ACC will raid the Big East and/or each other.
So I'll go with these five additional teams:
Pick two--Missouri, Syracuse, Rutgers
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I don't dislike Moore,||
but nobody does it better than Connery.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Come to||
Penn State: legendary coach; 2nd best home uniforms, white-outs look pretty impressive.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Awesome||
Thank you for posting that. Can't wait to share it with my dad.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Ballot||
I'm hoping the SEC and Big 12 voters splilt their votes between the two candidates representing each of their respecitive conferences and that Gerhart emerges as the winner.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||atmosphere||
I attended two games this season: the ND and OSU games. There was a stark--and considering this season's arc I suppose not altogether unexpected--depreciation in the level of excitement from September 12th to Saturday's game. I thought the ND pre-game and game atmosphere was electric. Things were more subdued Saturday.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I'm a CNY guy myself. Did||
I'm a CNY guy myself. Did you go through Canada? We had a half an hour plus wait at Sarnia.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||When I saw the amount of red||
milling about the Stadium before the game I was concerned; what I saw/heard inside was appalling. I'm not looking forward to seeing how the stadium appeared in the aerial footage during the broadcast. It pains me to say this, but I seriously doubt we'll ever see that much maize/blue in the Horseshoe. Ira Weintraub suggested on the post-game show that there is a way to formally address this problem, but I lost the signal at that point. Anyone know what he was suggesting?
|5 years 35 weeks ago||That was the best flyover||
I can recall. Loved the sheer volume of it.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Marquis Walker||
Not sure if he meets the "famous" qualifier because his NFL career never really panned out, but he was one of the better ones for the Maize & Blue. In my senior year of high school football, I played against him. I recall that he played a lot better than his freshman status might otherwise have suggested.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||agreed||
what might have otherwise been comical was aggravating today
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Excellent point re: Warren/Hemmingway "kick catch interference"||
I was actually expecting a flag to be thrown just because of how the play "looked" but could't come up with a rule book justifcation.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Thanks for posting the link||
I had Googled Coach Barwis months ago hoping to find something like this but had turned up nothing. Anyone out there already have a copy? Care to post a review?
|5 years 40 weeks ago||TP's NFL prospects at QB are not good||
No great revelation here, but quarterbacking in the NFL is about making good decisions. TP is only a sophomore, but his play on the field has suffered not only from poor mechanics but also poor decision-making. Moreover, various off-the-field remarks that he's made fairly suggest that he's immature and that he's not particularly heady. If the NFL's his goal, he should switch to WR or gain 15-25 pounds and move to TE, positions at which he'd be a matchup nightmare. Now if Tate, Denard & company could just beat the Buckeyes on November 21st to drive home the point a little further . . .
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Agreed||
My interest in Major League baseball, the NBA (and even the NHL, to a lesser degree), have waned significantly over the last decade: I watched the Tigers' World Series run in '06, but beyond that . . . not so much; however, I always watch Michigan Football every Saturday and at least one NFL game every Sunday.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||I like that broadcast crew||
I was ambivalent about McDonough, but after attending this season's ND game and then watching the recorded broadcast, I thought he did a good job of conveying the excitement I had experienced in person. Regarding Millen, I gave up supporting the Lions after Sanders retired, so his tenure as the Lions' GM never bothered me, and I think he's a better than average color guy.