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|1 day 15 hours ago||I doubt he will get one. The||
I doubt he will get one. The numbers are extremely tight right now (see Depth Chart by Class on this site for updated numbers) plus there are 3 walk-ons ahead of him in line for a scholarship...G Glasgow, R Glasgow, and Kerridge.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Where have you seen that||
Where have you seen that Pickard is being looked at as DE not TE?
|2 days 13 hours ago||Depth chart by class on this||
Depth chart by class on this site has been updated for these 2 commitments...
|1 week 14 hours ago||i think this is very common||
i think this is very common with transition classes...look at Hoke's 2011 class. I dont recall seeing many snaps out of that 2011 class from Tony Posada, Tamani Carter, Greg Brown, Kellen Jones, Antonio Poole, and Chris Rock.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Regarding your concern over||
Regarding your concern over uncertainty for Michigan's few spots, I guess there is always a chance he could tell coaches but wait to announce it publicly until the spotlight on signing day...the silent commit route
|1 week 1 day ago||I think it must be for||
I think it must be for all...it would be very hard to do it for football only given title IX concerns.
|1 week 1 day ago||Current room and board rates||
Current room and board rates for Michigan at link..not sure which room type they get an equivalent amount check for.
|1 week 1 day ago||This is true..see below||
This is true..see below excerpt from an article in Ann Arbor Chronicle about UM budget.
|1 week 2 days ago||I didnt make any judgement on||
I didnt make any judgement on whether its bad or good...Im just making the statement that cutting coaching salaries will lead to more coaches making that jump as you say. its not really that bad but it does have an effect. You make a statement that its so limited but reality is even under the current state of affairs, in this state alone we currently have a football coach (Harbaugh) and a basketball coach (Izzo) who have been courted at various times by both pro and college. The amount of coaches this would occur with would increase dramatically and would also include assistant coaches. There are many assistant coaches on this new FB staff that came from pros that might not have done that if dollars were substantially different....so there are alot of coaches impacted in this state alone not just Harbaugh.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes. If they dont live in||
Yes. If they dont live in dorms, they get a monthly stipend check that is equivalent to the university room and board amount. They are able to spend that however they want on housing, food, or whatever they want. This is why you often see alot of Michigan football and basketball players live far off campus in Ypsilanti or near Briarwood as the housing options are cheaper far away from campus so they can keep more of that housing check for whatever they want to spend it on.
|1 week 2 days ago||See my response below...they||
See my response below...they get a monthly check equivalent to university room/board amount to spend as they wish.
|1 week 2 days ago||Your comment makes no sense||
Your comment makes no sense given that universities are already tax exempt...so this will impact them dollar for dollar spent.
|1 week 2 days ago||That is a very easy solution||
That is a very easy solution in a make believe world where there is no competition...but when you are competing with the NFL/NBA for coaches, it is not easy as you say. That is why coaching salaries get outrageous...a coach can choose between coaching professional or college teams so if a college team wants to keep/get a coach, they need to be competitive with that other alternative.
|1 week 2 days ago||Two questions:1) Does anyone||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think the answer is they didnt really come from Lebron.||
I think the answer is they didnt really come from Lebron.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Here is tweet i mentioned||
Here is tweet i mentioned from an Oregon player also...@MattMcgraw_: Thanks for the gift to our team @beatsbydre !! http://t.co/TXGlAnbFBR
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Oregon players got them||
Oregon players got them too...have seen tweets from their players showing the same. This is no different than the bowl game gifts every team gets as this is their bowl game. Move along - nothing to see here.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||You removed Bosch from "Depth||
You removed Bosch from "Depth Chart by Class" but failed to update any of the numbers/scholarship counts. I updated numbers so they are good now.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||i think the DUrkin hire may||
i think the DUrkin hire may not be as much of a done deal as everyone thinks. Feldman led with the Anderson story in two tweets and never mentioned Durkin at all until he got 100 questions about it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agree..based on the source||
Agree..based on the source (Feldman) and his first tweet, I think its much more likely its Anderson than Durkin.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There is no media person in||
There is no media person in college FB more connected or more respected than Feldman. He doesnt just throw things out there.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||If remaining spots were to go||
If remaining spots were to go as you suggest, it would mean:
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I have heard this before..but||
I have heard this before..but is there any basis for this assesment of Wellman? It seems like it falls to Wellman often since people dont know where else to point to plus there were a decent amount of injuries (which are often based on total chance).
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This was a very good and fair||
This was a very good and fair assessment of the defense and some of the scary holes in 2016. It really shows how recruiting was hurt by lack of success on the field with key misses at DE - Hand/McDowell last year and the decommitment of Roseboro this year. Just having 2 of those names on the roster next year would alleviate almost all of your concerns about DE in 2016. I also like your analysis because of the inclusion of the variability/volatility number. The reality is we have no idea how these position will work out but the variability shows the upside/downside. Having depth at a position removes the variability because you can more safely assume that at least one player out of a group will pan out and it dampens the effect of an unexpected injury.
LB is really interesting...the experienced rotation of last year and this year is going to lead to a very inexperienced group in 2016. Word throughout the season was that Winovich was impressing in practice so hopefully that lottery ticket works out. There is always a possibility that Michigan can actually get a top LB in 2016 class that can contribute immediately given Harbaugh/Durkin potential to recruit a top 5 star.
Finally, I really like your lottery ticket analogy...it is the right way to think about these things as no one really knows how players will develop. The more possibilities you have, the more chances someone will turn out to be better than expected or will develop into that star player you expect...there will always be players that dont turn out to be as good as expected whether due to injuries or overoptimistic projections. You correctly point out why Ferns transfer did hurt Michigan even though it will have little effect on 2015 season...he was a lottery ticket that potentially could turn out to be a great LB. Now there is one more less of those. When depth gets light, it forces your lottery tickets to work out - Lawrence Marshall being a perfect example. Marshall simply needs to work out because if he is one of the players that doesnt pan out, then depth at DE becomes a disaster.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Friday night drinking threads..||
Friday night drinking threads..
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I didnt really state any||
I didnt really state any opinion on whether things will change or not. Perhaps I extrapolated too much from the post I replied to....but my post was mainly in response to the common view on this site that since A) the players liked Hoke and B) Michigan lost a lot of games, then it must be that Hoke didnt work the players hard enough and let them slack off. (I know the poster I replied to didnt state this exactly).
But since you did ask me what I think about '15, I will answer you but the real answer is I have no clue. First off, I think the team would be much improved even under Hoke due to another year of experience at OL, DL, and RB so any improvement is not solely due to the new staff. That said, I think there is some optimism as there will be a more experienced staff that has gotten results at previous locations but there are still alot of holes due to poor recruiting at several offensive positions so its hard to predict too much of a jump. While Hoke had good classes overall, his mistakes at QB recruiting (Bellomy in 2011, no QB in 2012....yes 2yrs and only QB was Bellomy) and some key misses at WR (Treadwell) means there is a talent gap vs where they need to be to win a B1G title.
So I would guess a baseline of 8-4 with potential variation of 2-3 games better/worse either way depending on luck and if any breakout stars emerge. But Harbaugh should be able to get a top 2016 class which will bring future optimism but the concern will then move to defense as alum96 has suggested. Michigan's poor record the past couple years has had them missing out on most of their top targets (Hand and McDowell last year alone) and there is a scary lack of depth at DE and LB after next year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Agree...this is why the Ferns||
Agree...this is why the Ferns transfer hurt a bit even though it will have no effect on 2015. The poor win totals led to some big recruiting losses that could have helped these issues..especially on DL with Hand and McDowell last year and Roseboro this year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Countess slacked off? Im not||
Countess slacked off? Im not sure I saw anyhting to make that claim...getting beat by a quicker receiver is not the same as slacking off. Yes - there are guys on every team that may not give as much effort as others. I take issue with the common complaint here that players were able to get away with being slackers under Hoke. Sure - this could have been an issue but there is no way to know that was the issue. There is a possibility that some of these guys arent as good as originally thought.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Agree...there is proven||
Agree...there is proven talent returning on defense but not on offense. Offensively, there is too much hope based on guys who didnt play (Isaac, Speight) or have potential (Harris, Canteen)none of the guys on offense who have played have shown themselves to be potential first team B1G next year (other than maybe Jake Butt). The strength of the offense will likely be a better than average offensive line.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I fins myself very annoyed by||
I fins myself very annoyed by "vague" posts like this that just blame things on "guys who got away with being slackers under Hoke". Who are these guys? Im not sure what basis you have to make a claim like that. Either you are A) making a silly generalization based on nothing other than the fact that Michigan lots alot of games so lets blame it on unnamed slackers or B) have some inside knowledge that none of the rest of us know about that you know of specific players that were slacking off despite you not being at practice. The reality just may be that the guys tried really hard and just couldnt get it done.