Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|1 week 17 hours ago||At Sapori Trattoria, an||
At Sapori Trattoria, an Italian restaurant in Lakeview Chicago. It's a delicious place. Was on a date and convinced my date to watch the comeback at the little bar there. Bartender was a Kansas fan. I remember telling him I was skeptical we could come back down 10, but he said he wasn't confident with any Kansas lead. He was right. I watched overtime on the screen over my dates shoulder. It was a wonderful night.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Or maybe he decided the sure||
Or maybe he decided the sure thing was better than holding a spot open for Brown. There's a difference between recruiting Brown, a theoretical one and done, and passing on talented players at the risk of coming up empty with Brown. If they locked Brown down earlier, he would have taken the spot. Just because a player is a 5 star talent-aka one and done-doesn't mean you pass on other possibilities out there. He recruited both Brown and Wagner with hopes of getting or or both, depending on how the situation plays out. We have one, Wagner. Beilein went outside his typecast mold by recruiting Brown, but made a judgment call to take Wagner. Probably for good reason.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||When you're rookie of the||
When you're rookie of the year and then follow that up with two back to back all star seasons, with one season being an MVP season, one can see how he could be arrogant. But I guess his humility, combined with his trying childhood home environment make him an easy target for fan ridicule. Sorry his knees aren't holding up. I'm sure he loves the fact that his knees can't hold up in the last couple seasons.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you Brady Hoke. Your||
Thank you Brady Hoke. Your commitment and dedication to the University and the players has been unparalleled. I thank you for your time and shouldering the burden of leading this Team for the last four years. Lord knows it was not easy. I wish you the best going forward. Good luck with all your endeavors.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||It was a bad joke.||
It was a bad joke.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Great story. Thanks for||
Great story. Thanks for sharing. Rooting for him even more.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||WOOHOO!||
Congrats for Glenn. Great news! Hope he kicks ass, has a fun time, and makes Michigan proud.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||It will be interesting to see||
It will be interesting to see if Michigan coaches use Bunting this year as a purely pass catching TE. At 6'7, it would seem he might be useful on third downs. Given his experience at WR, Michigan could flank him out and use him as a big target. Then again, we have a lot more pass catching options than before. Then again, he is 6'7.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Couple things||
Does he know that Thomas Gordon was Michigan's other starting safety last season (or at least started most of the games)? Also, he conveniently forgets that Wilson was dropped in and out of the S lineup just as much as any of the other starters at S. That being said, I think we can be excited about Wilson too. He has improved each year and hopefully will put together an impressive season as an upperclassman. Also, I am not fully buying the Lewis supplanting Countess hype until we see more from Lewis in fall. Both Taylor and Countess have really good speed and, although smaller, are impressive athletes. I am slightly confused as to questioning their athleticism. Any attacks over the top had to do more with them getting beat on WR routes or moves, play calls, or just height issues rather than just any old WR with decent speed blowing right past them. Additionally, Countess rarely got beat during the season. It wasn't until Locket served him (and the other corners) up on a platter in the bowl game that we could say someone was blowing past Countess. Okay article and Nick generally does a solid job, but seems more like off-season speculation than anything particularly insightful.
|44 weeks 16 hours ago||Gotcha. Yeah Randle is a||
Gotcha. Yeah Randle is a ridiculous player and athletic specimen. He was definitely bulling his way right to the basket. Going right through GRIII or around any of our bigger players we tried to match up with him.
|44 weeks 19 hours ago||Agree with mostly everything||
Agree with mostly everything you said, but in regards to the UK game, so much of being bullied by them was an inability to keep their perimeter players in front of us on the defensive end. When UK's perimeter players blew past our defenders that requires Morgan or someone else to come over and defend. That allowed several UK forwards to have wide open dunk or put back attempts as the person guarding them was forced to rotate. It was a problem all year long.
Hopefully defensive improvements from Caris, Irvin, and Walton on the perimeter will help keep more of the opposing team's perimeter players in front of them. That would help mitigate the defensive drop-off at the position. However, as you are apt to point out, Morgan was running the defense from his position, which Donnal will probably not be able to do this year. Might make it tougher for Caris, Irvin, and Walton to handle switches and the like. I guess we will see how it plays out. Morgan is a major loss. Hopefully Donnal can fill the void.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Although, to be fair, doesn't||
Although, to be fair, doesn't ESPN have the most accurate rankings and evaluations for basketball?
|44 weeks 3 days ago||You can tell Jake Ryan has||
You can tell Jake Ryan has spent a lot of time under Hoke's tutelage.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||No problem amigo. Good luck||
No problem amigo. Good luck with the transition. I hope it goes well and you get to do some cool stuff.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry, figured I would change||
Sorry, figured I would change it myself. Didn't think you would be on the mistake so quickly. And I concur. It would be cool to be able to keep tabs on fellow Michigan alums and what they are doing in the Metro Detroit area. Hopefully, it is something we will continue to see grow.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Oops. Forgot to make the link||
Oops. Forgot to make the link accessible. Try this: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/lsa/ci.indetroitlsaisonthemap_ci.detail
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Tried that. Doesn't work.||
Tried that. Doesn't work.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Functionally, I think Isaac||
Functionally, I think Isaac is a 2014 recruit at this point if he gets the RS. Nonetheless, probably means we are only taking 1 RB in this class, which is fine.
|45 weeks 17 hours ago||Irving? I believe he is||
Irving? I believe he is already on the Cavs.
|45 weeks 19 hours ago||As the other posters said, we||
As the other posters said, we have a better chance with Roseboro. Additionally, the coaches had Roseboro ticketed as a SDE from the get go but expected Cornell to be a WDE. Once Cornell started growing into more of a SDE, maybe that changed the coaches perspective on Cornell and his abilities. It's better to focus on a guy we have a chance with versus a guy who doesn't seem to interested anymore. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Roseboro plays FB/RB on his team too which would indicate he has decent athleticism and mobility. Plus, I am sure much of Roseboro's weight isn't good weight and he will shed plenty of pounds when he enters a college strengthening and conditioning program.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan's depth chart, when||
Michigan's depth chart, when Weber would step on campus, will (most likely) read:
Junior: Green, Smith, Johnson
Sophomore: Isaac and Douglas
That's 5 RB's with no seniors. Granted, Michigan will probably only be taking one RB in this class whereas MSU seems to be taking two and MSU has several other RB's on it's roster too, so the numbers look relatively even. I would just hesitate to say that this development is what puts us over the top in winning the recruiting battle for Weber. It will most certainly help and might help lessen MSU's focus on Weber, but how Michigan continues to rebuild its relationship with Weber will be more important.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||I wouldn't say that's the||
I wouldn't say that's the most likely scenario. MSU landing Scott probably does help Michigan, but I think Michigan continuing to develop a relationship with Weber is more important. I think the effect of a school landing another recruit at the same position is overstated, depending on what the depth chart looks like and depending on whether the recruit has specifically expressed a desire to be the only recruit in his class. If we end up landing Weber, this is probably only a minor reason it happens. If Weber is feeling MSU, I wouldn't put it past him to commit there even though MSU already landed Scott.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Shitty recruiting?||
Have you been following Hoke's recruiting? Patience. Hoke's first full recruiting class is just hitting maturation. We should see that bounce back year you are referring to.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Slight correction: Devin||
Slight correction: Devin would have been a RS FR in 2011. Regardless, we played really well that year as you are correct to point out.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||As others have mentioned, it||
As others have mentioned, it seemed like we were losing a lot of ground on most of our QB recruits. There seemed to be a lot of general interest in the 2015 class but no one seemed like they wanted to jump on board. Do you think patience and some more targetted interest at some of the remaining targets would have led to success with another recruit?
The DeWeaver offer is the one that seems too soon. He seems like he has a lot of potential but with a prospect that seems to still be developing, it would seem prudent to see how he continues to develop. Maybe the situation resembles Beilein with recruits where the coaches are looking at kids who are still developing and trying to project talent and physical skills a couple years down the road. Obviously basketball recruiting is very different. Magnus, has there been any word on whether the coaches have stopped recruiting other 2016 QB's? All the general recruiting evaluations seem to keep mentioning Costello, Henry, and a few others. Does the strategy seem lock DeWeaver down early so we have a QB in the 2016 class and then swing for the fences with a higher rated prospect who could come in and not need to RS? Then we could RS DeWeaver and give him more time to develop. Just a thought.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Seth, so sorry to hear this.||
Seth, so sorry to hear this. You and your family have my thoughts and condolences.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Additionally||
He also struggled a lot in pass coverage, particularly covering TE's. I cannot remember where I was reading it, but someone in the Michigan blogosphere was writing about how offenses learned to take advantage of Ross' aggressiveness. Building on his experience from last season, hopefully he can make fewer mistakes, make a few more big plays, and continue making the necessary and boring plays that he does.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Everybody. But seriously,||
Everybody. But seriously, probably Henry, Lewis, Wilson, Magnuson, and Glasgow. Any of Ross, RJS, or Bolden could too. It will be interesting to see how Pipkins, Darboh, and Butt come back from injury. With the 2012 recruiting class finally becoming upperclassmen, we could see a lot. Going to be interesting.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||You're exactly right about||
You're exactly right about the transfer situation. I doubt Michigan would take a transfer like this situation. I would hope Hoke and all future coaches don't look to capitalize on tough situations like this. However, for players that the coaches already know and who are already in the program, the coaches will probably strive to give them as many chances as reasonably possible. All in all, I hope the situation has gotten DBG to recognize how he can change for the better. But we will see how it plays out.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Although he is 20 and not 14,||
Although he is 20 and not 14, he is still a young man, making plenty of mistakes. Plenty of young men make mistakes at that age. I believe most males don't fully mature until their mid-twenties (and even then plenty of people make really dumb decisions). Lots of kids his age who grew up in as bad of, if not worse, environments end up in far worse situtations or doing far worse things.
You're right that life does have consequences. However, he has already had to face some of those in being dismissed from his team of choice and university of choice in Missouri. As for screwing up over and over again, he has two marijuana possession charges that were dropped (with one being someone else claiming owernship-granted they could have just been falling on the sword) and a forced entry and battery. Yes those actions constitute breaking the law and are bad rather than good; however, the first two do not really shed that much light on his character (emphasize the that). Marijuana use and possession is quite prevelant in the United States, especially in Ann Arbor which includes the Michigan athletics. The vast majority of the time it is recreational and non-violent in nature, much like general alcoholic consumption. To draw a comparison, would you be as mad if he was caught possessing a 6-pack of beer or with beer in the car (without having drank any of it because DUI's are a whole other story).
Now, the forceful entry and battery situation represents a whole other story. It does tend to show a sense of entitlement or possible tendency towards violence. However, if we start condeming people based on one incident of that nature, we are going to have even more people in prison than we already do (which is a lot). As noted above, he was punished by Missouri by being kicked off the football team and losing his scholarship. Granted OU swooping in and offering him a scholarship tends to negate the punishment, but he still has to make a transition to a whole new school with people he does not know. If any of us had to transition to a whole new school as we entered our junior year, that would probably throw off our educational progress and thoroughly damper the college experience. Does that amount to sufficient or proper punishment? Probably not. However, DBG sounds like a kid who could use a degree and the stability of a college degree. I also hope that his time at OU helps provide him a little better direction. Edit: after reading the entire incident report, it does seem like battery/assault might not have been the first time something like this happened. As such, I am really hoping OU gets proactive in getting him into some other rehabilitative activities like counseling, community service, or other activities to get him to understand more about the consequences of violence against women, rather than just throwing him back out on the field.
All that being said, it seems a lot of the negativity really comes from the fact that Stoops and OU probably are not doing this out of altruistic notions but rather because they want an elite WR. Applying for the waiver doesn't sound like they really have DBG's best interests at heart but OU football's, which is quite frustrating. No reason to apply for the waiver. Give DBG a year to stay out of trouble, practice with the team, make new friends, and get back on track with school (obviously I'm assuming he is interested in this part, but I like to be optimistic). If Stoops gets him on the right track, then we really shouldn't be mad that OU gets the benefit of him at WR. After all, isn't this whole college football supposed to be a mechanism to allow kids to create better futures for themselves. I also hope DBG does well and avoids causing any more harm.