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|1 hour 19 min ago||Wouldn't do us any good||
The practice only has any value if you are signing a full class of 25 guys, can't backdate early enrolees to the prior class, and are still under the 85 total scholarship limit.
UM signed 14 guys this year, so next year can legally bring in 28 to replace 14 departing seniors. So this isn't really something we need to think or worry about anytime soon, most likely.
USC took one guy like this because they couldn't backdate (sanctions on prior class) and were still well short of 85 total guys (due to the sanctions). One lineman who just knew he wanted to go there didn't bother with visits or the recruiting process and they were able to sign one extra guy. The lineman will go on scholarship as soon as he arrives on campus and will count toward the next class's total.
If you have one sure bet in the class, you may hold back on having him visit officially just in case, but I doubt the situation ever comes up here or is that useful/common in most instances. An extra guy now still counts down the road, and the way the numbers add up you are usually not going to have enough total scholarships to take that many guys anyway.
EDIT: The practice also really doesn't apply to preferred walk-ons, unless the coach is an idiot. The guy going to USC is a 4-star recruit. If you are taking up any of your 85 scholarships on guys who might otherwise be preferred walk-ons, you aren't getting ahead of the game at all.
|1 day 7 hours ago||And produced the Butkus Award winner last year||
A true sophomore who was pretty much not recruited by anybody out of high school. I'm sure he's super pissed to be associated with that "shit show".
|2 days 2 hours ago||Money||
IIRC, it is still one of the most expensive sports to fund in terms of scholarships, equipment, etc. Even with a venue in place, it would cost a lot more than other sports (which is part of the reason we got men's and women's lacrosse at the same time).
|6 days 23 hours ago||What people?||
No one said Ryan wasn't that good (at most people maybe doubted the efficacy of moving him to MLB, which I still think was a mistake, despite his fantastic play at that spot since it wasn't worth the loss in pass rush ability). Folks who didn't think Clark played well just weren't paying attention. He regularly beat his guy only to see the ball quickly out of the QBs hand this past season. The folks who know (coaches) voted him 2nd team all-conference as a junior even though his numbers weren't off the charts. And the NFL scooped him up quickly despite off-field problems.
Throw in the loss of Taylor/Countess and you have a ton of question marks and no reason for optimism based on the team-building and recruiting prowess of Brady Hoke (outside of maybe Peppers, like I mentioned).
|1 week 9 min ago||Losses||
Frank Clark wasn't just the best guy on the team, he was a top talent who went in the 2nd round of the NFL draft. And we lose Beyer opposite him who was the #2 guy in sacks and solid against the run. Ryan was a Butkus finalist on a team that was horrendously bad. We need to replace something like 40 TFL between those guys to tread water.
Even if Peppers is the revelation many assume he'll be, this team is going to have a hard time getting appreciably better on defense. Combined with an offense that isn't exactly primed for improvement this looks to me like a long year.
On the bright side, Harbaugh will get the benefit of the doubt and be allowed to build the fantastic team he's capable of putting together.
|1 week 15 min ago||Could be worse||
The offense lost its best skill position player (by a mile) and a QB who, before being the last man left on a sinking ship, accounted for 50 TD in his first year and a half as a starter.
Unless there are a ton of surprises, the offense isn't going to get much better, even with Harbaugh at the helm.
|1 week 1 day ago||Context this year||
Illinois and Maryland have both hit 50 home runs (tied for 21st nationally). Texas A&M, Miami, and FSU are the only Power 5 schools with more. MSU has hit 43. Cal leads the Pac-12 with 41 while league leader UCLA has 28.
The Big Ten isn't better simply because the big boys stopped hitting as many home runs. While overall numbers did drop, the Big Ten (at least among the top teams) is hitting home runs at pretty much the same rate as everybody else.
|1 week 1 day ago||Baseball power numbers||
Illinois has hit 50 HR this year to their opponents' 20. They aren't playing small ball. The IU team that went to Omaha hit 53 HR to their opponents' 18. As for changes, the seams on the ball were lowered this year and power numbers have gone up nationally, yet the Big Ten is thriving.
The Big Ten is not a small-ball conference in the way, say, the Big West is (where teams like Fullerton, Irvine, Long Beach, and Santa Barbara have had success with big ballparks and few home runs).
Expansion (Maryland and Nebraska are/were solid programs), coaching (which in college baseball is a lot about roster building/management with limited scholarships), and investment have made the difference in the conference.
|1 week 1 day ago||Facts||
Countess first came to Michigan and wore #18. 1+8=9. Then he switched to #2. 9+2=11.
9/11, dude. 9/11.
|1 week 6 days ago||Prep year||
The rumor gained traction because of people who doubted Davis when he committed based on old highlight clips and a low recruiting profile. He's now a top-100 player on 247, ESPN has him ranked above centers going to OSU and UCLA, and he will probably rise in some of the other rankings as he gets scouted more extensively and continues to improve physically.
A prep year was never planned and isn't going to happen.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Trend||
Since the 25th of April, the only people to pick UK are three Kentucky guys and the doofus from Inside the Hall who keeps changing his pick literally multiple times a day. Maybe the UK guys know something, but the panic is overblown and based on pretty much nothing.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"Avoid the clap"||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Pinky's a dickhead||
He freaked out about the rankings for a 16 year old kid and said a bunch of awful shit about a young man who committed to play basketball at a school he's ostensibly a fan of. People pointed out both that the rankings were likely to improve (as they did with guys like Stauskas, GRIII, etc.) and that the kids Beilein offers tend to end up being good at basketball regardless of their ranking (a'la Burke, Spike, LeVert, Dawkins, etc.).
That's why he's been repeatedly banned from this site and makes up new cartoon characters a few times a year so he can return and post his uninformed horseshit incessantly.
There is no reason to argue with him.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Chris Sabo and Hal Morris||
Played on the same UM team as Larkin.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Vacqueyras||
Olivier Ravoire, 2010. Not great.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Kali-Ma!||
How dare you! I actually like the third one, but no one eats monkey brains in it. And no one gets their beating heart ripped out of their chest cavity
Raiders holds up because of nostalgia. Temple of Doom holds up because it is over the top awesomeness.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||You guys are making excuses||
Sure, the legal system declined to press charges against Winston and his university cleared him of wrongdoing in the case, but Harbaugh really still should have used a draft prep segment for Sportscenter as an opportunity to grill this guy he had never met before like a First 48 detective until he confessed to rape on national tv.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke and talent||
He seemed to struggle with the pressure of dealing with an increasingly hostile media/fanbase as the losses piled up, but his coaching didn't get weaker. Jake Ryan wasn't slacking off because Hoke didn't push him, he was playing fantastic football whether the team was winning or losing.
The roster got weaker, not the coaching, primarily on offense. Molk, Lewan, Omameh, and Schofield (award winners and NFL guys) were not replaced by players who were as good as they were. The running game never found anybody as good as Denard or Fitz (two 1,000 yard rushers now in the NFL). At WR, his first team had Hemingway (NFL player), Gallon (single season record breaker), Roundtree (3rd leading receiver in the B1G as a sophomore, huge catches against ND, OSU, Northwestern, etc.), not to mention a pretty good TE in Koger. That is a much different set of weapons than last year when Funchess drew all of the D's attention and no one else was capable of making any big plays.
Hoke's failure wasn't in being too nice, but in failing to recruit offensive players that were as good as the ones he inherited.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The flip side||
At my old high school the freshmen team was coached by more of a player's coach (who also coached the track team) and the varsity by an asshole (who had some significant success the year before I arrived on campus).
The freshman team went undefeated pretty much every year while the varsity posted mediocre results. There was a guy a few years ahead of us who started as a sprinter, won the state championship in the high jump as a junior, and was a tall, muscular, athletic dude, basically a prototype WR. The head coach called him "Forest Gump" on a near-constant basis. He quit football to focus on track instead. My buddy was on a league winning 4x100M relay team (he was a junior with three buff, very fast dudes who were a year ahead of us). All four guys ended up quitting the football team at some point due to either a complete lack of playing time in favor of way less athletic guys or just getting sick of the abusive atmosphere (all three older guys were black, and I'm pretty sure there was a racial element to that whole situation as well). Two offensive linemen on those teams ended up turning down interest/offers from places like Oregon State and South Carolina because they were just sick of football by the time they graduated.
If you're such a dick that the most talented guys end up not playing or leaving the team entirely, you aren't doing yourself any favors and your record will probably reflect that.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Unlike Jameis||
I had to pay for my crabs.
Thanks guys, I'll be here all week!
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||IU||
Has Yogi announced he's coming back? Thought that was still up in the air and that with a degree in hand he was more likely to leave.
EDIT: Looks like he's announcing on the 25th. From a Ruth's Chris steakhouse. That smells like NBA to me.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Weird||
The ESPN100 list for 2009 for some reason cuts off at 99, so that one was my mistake. Sorry for the lying accusation.
You are still being dishonest about all your other bitching. You leave off Teske, because you don't have a leg to stand on there (he is and will be ranked in everybody's top 100 when those full rankings are out, ESPN just happens to cut off at 60 for the time being). You're being prematurely alarmist about Davis when you cite the high rankings of guys who didn't have those rankings at the time they committed as cause for concern about his commitment. I'm not speculating about Wagner, scouts (the same people who post those rankings you adore) have said he's a top-(insert number much smaller than 100) caliber recruit, and would be ranked as such if he played in the United States. Same goes for Robinson. Bitching that he isn't ranked highly enough when there is no ranking for that kind of player is downright absurd.
That's two recruiting classes (2015 and 2016), or at least what we know of them so far. In 2013 we took three top-100 guys (the criteria you set for awesomeness). So basically all your complaints center around panicking about Austin Davis (a 16 year old Beilein was eager to land), worrying DJ Wilson can't be any good because he just missed that top-100 cutoff (124 on the 247composite), and bitching about guys we added late in the 2014 class after mass attrition, guys who also turned out to be pretty good players as freshmen.
I have no idea what you see as "par" but I think Beilein is doing a bang up job on the recruiting trail. If you disagree, move to Vegas and bet against the team going forward. Stop inventing new cartoon alter egos every few weeks to come here and bitch about it.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Disingenuous||
Darius Morris was not an ESPN top-100 player, so there is lie number one. Neither was LeVert, who lucky for you came back to school or that would be another guy drafted who wasn't in the top-100 on ESPN.
The ESPN 100 doesn't exist for 2016 kids (it is only the top-60). Teske is #100 on the 247composite and has been rising steadily. As has been pointed out to you many times, guys like GRIII, Hardaway, and Stauskas were not ranked that highly when they originally committed, and they did so later in the process than Teske and Davis. There is no reason to think those guys can't/won't continue to climb the rankings.
Moritz Wagner is foreign and therefore not really scouted by the American recruiting services. Many people have described him as at minimum a top-100 talent.
Chatman was a top-100 guy who I assume you are counting.
Then you seem to be ignoring someone, because even if you include Hatch (whose final rankings were sort of hurt by, you know, falling out of the sky and almost dying), our 10th guy back was Derrick Walton (top-100). The 11th was Zak Irvin (top-100). The 12th was Mark Donnal (top-100 on ESPN).
Unless you are counting Duncan Robinson number 10, and ignoring the fact that he would not have been ranked at the time he decided to transfer (because that isn't how those rankings work), and that he certainly would have been viewed as one of the top-100 prospects in the country after being the top freshman in D-3.
In short, statement one was a lie. Statement two uses technicalities to avoid the fact that three other guys would be ranked in the top-100 if they had been ranked/evaluated at the time of their commitment or if the actual full rankings existed yet. And you ignore that the next three guys on the team were all top-100 guys on ESPN. And that adding Brown or Williams would give us another ESPN 100 guy. Or that a re-ranking would certainly put a guy like Dawkins in that group (How many freshmen had multiple 20+ point games in conference play last year? You know, actual performance rather than just stars.).
You aren't employing cold hard facts to analyze the situation. You are using selective information to act like a douche.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Agree on the Rams||
Definitely don't think both happen, just pointing out how easy it is for these teams (on their own) to come up with that kind of money.
I think Carson will be used to leverage a new stadium in San Diego (political wheels seem to already be turning down there). The Hollywood Park site is being designed to accomodate two teams (separate offices, owners box, etc.) and can then be used as continued leverage for the Raiders.
I expect the Rams in LA in 2016 with maybe the Raiders to follow if they can't get a deal done in Oakland in the next few years.
This also doesn't include the public efforts to build a new stadium in St. Louis, which could very well lure a team like Jacksonville. In short, the league is not short on cash.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Obviously it happens||
That ratio (6,000 out of 20,000) just seems high to me. Or if its accurate, it seems like more guys would/should speak up. Terry Bradshaw played with Webster. If roughly 15-20 guys from every team he played on are having the same kinds of issues, you would think he wouldn't be on TV every week promoting the hell out of NFL football, or that Howie Long wouldn't allow his kids to play if such a big chunk of his former teammates were on their way to being completely incapacitated mentally.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Stadium||
The proposed budget for the Hollywood Park stadium being built by Stan Kroenke is $1.86 billion. The proposed Carson stadium is $1.7 billion.
That's two buildings in a city that still doesn't have a team or a concrete plan for one.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Article||
It says the NFL thinks 1/3 of former players will develop Alzheimers or dementia? Does that seem incredibly high to anyone else? I mean from an actual estimate standpoint.
We see plenty of retired players on TV regularly and I don't get the impression that every other guy they know from their playing days is having major mental health problems.
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||Memory?||
McGary missed the entire B1G season and the tourney with his back injury. Whatever luck was involved in keeping him for a second year was pretty much mitigated by the fact that he didn't play that second year anyway.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Not arguing your larger point||
Just want to point out that some of those guys became "elite talents" after committing. GRIII was a 3-star who wasn't offered by Purdue, IU, or ND. He blew up over the course of his senior year, but when he signed he was basically an Austin Davis level recruit (a guy who also has a year to climb the rankings if his play continues to improve). Hardaway ended up just a 3-star on the composite. Stauskas was a 3-star when he committed who climbed into the top-100 as more people scouted him. That is 3 NBA draft picks (obviously elite-level talent) whose rankings didn't reflect their ability when they signed on.
To your program identity point, I think we're already at a level above Wisconsin and have been. McGary, Irvin, Walton, and Chatman were all top-rated guys pursued by just about everybody. Wisconsin isn't getting those guys unless they are from Wisconsin (a'la Dekker). They also aren't in on guys like Brown or the guys you mentioned who ended up choosing other powerhouse programs. Obviously we want to land as many of those guys as we can get, but that is pretty damn hard when you're going up against UK, Duke, Kansas, UCLA, etc. Hopefully another great run this year will cement us in the group that elite prospects can and do consider.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Very exciting||
That development and the surprises in store for next year are going to be a lot of fun. You have an incredible foundation in place with LeVert/Irvin/Walton/Spike. You could maybe even throw Dawkins in there after some of his freshman accomplishments. Then you have an incredibly long list of guys poised to become contributors or flat-out explode. How much better can Donnal be if he improves his shot and doesn't have to guard the 5? Wilson has a ton of potential we haven't even seen yet. Robinson shot 45% from 3 at Williams. And he's 6'8". How does Doyle look when his conditioning and confidence improve after a year on campus?
Wagner (Who knows how good he could be?), Chatman (Does he begin growing into his body and become the guy people forecast out of high school?), maybe another blue-chip guy who could still end up on this team.
Going to be an absolute blast watching this team win and continue to develop.