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|3 days 12 hours 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 6 days ago||Although, to be fair, doesn't||
Although, to be fair, doesn't ESPN have the most accurate rankings and evaluations for basketball?
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||You can tell Jake Ryan has||
You can tell Jake Ryan has spent a lot of time under Hoke's tutelage.
|2 weeks 13 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Tried that. Doesn't work.||
Tried that. Doesn't work.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Irving? I believe he is||
Irving? I believe he is already on the Cavs.
|2 weeks 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 13 hours 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.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Seth, so sorry to hear this.||
Seth, so sorry to hear this. You and your family have my thoughts and condolences.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Some other type of||
Some other type of rehabilitative activities would definitely be in order. Counseling, community service, attending seminars on the effects of violence against women, or maybe even some type of probation (would entail a criminal conviction which could further hasten his decline). Something to get him to wake up to his immaturity and thoughtless actions. You're probably right in that a switch to OU isn't going to do the trick, especially if he gets the waiver.
Sidenote: props to Missouri for being willing to take some action at the expense of the quality of football team it puts out this season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan does and has had||
Michigan does and has had numerous players that use and possess marijuana. I can't think of Michigan accepting any transfers like this, but Michigan makes plenty of compromises to get talent out on the field. Need I remind you that Frank Clark was arrested and charged with second degree home invasion for stealing a laptop between his freshman and sophomore year. If I recall, the case was lingering in court, almost went to trial, and then was dismissed. Since then, I think Frank Clark has done a great job avoiding any other trouble and has been a great contributor to the Michigan football team.
Granted Michigan doesn't accept a lot of transfers so my comparisons is slightly different. Also, I think your biggest frustration is that it seems Stoops is just trying to boost the quality of his football team without really caring whether DBG is actually making progress towards refraining from any criminal activity. I think it would be properly stated that I hope Michigan doesn't make such a blatant talent grab without any care or consideration for whether it is the right move to make for the team, the university, and the Ann Arbor community. It will also be doubly frustrating and unfair if he gets the waiver and Ty doesn't.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Magnus, do foresee the||
Magnus, do foresee the transition being a permanent one, or just until Mattison and Hoke have more personnel that better fit the 4-3 Under?
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||That might be overstated||
That might be overstated depending on how much he was impacted by the core injury for which he had surgery recently(ish). Hoke also have him the number 2 jersey which tends to indicate confidence that he will be a big contributor. The 2 jersey doesn't have the same expectation as the 1 jersey, but it is positive Hoke has confidence in him. As for his on field play last season, he appeared good but not great. Will be interesting to see how he develops this season, especially now that he has had an offseason not filled with knee rehab.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe you're less sensitive||
Maybe you're less sensitive about these things than others, although I hypersensitive is incorrect. Regardless, the context is completely different. Obviously Polish people have faced (and maybe still do face; I don't know) bias and prejudice in this country, but it is different than the Native American experience. Beyond the fact that the above poster has just linked a newspaper offering state bounties for killing Native Americans while referring to them as "red-skins" and then claims the killing the collective population of Native Americans is worth less than $200, the US has a long history of killing (intentionally or unintentionally) and displacing Native American populations, under a variety of broken treaties, all under the collective mindset of them being "redskins" or inferior people.
Furthermore, your argument isn't a good one. Your reasoning reads: because you, personally, don't mind Washington using a biased and offensive term about your country of origin or ancestors, then Native American population should be fine with Washington using the term "Redskin." If they aren't, then they are hypersensitive. Well, your subjective feelings that Native Americans should tolerate the name because you could tolerate the hypothetical situation where the Washington renames its team to the Polacks have little to no bearing on whether the term is offensive and should be changed. If Native Americans want the name changed because of its derogatory reference to their history and culture, a valid defense to keeping the name isn't we could change it to another offensive term, with an entirely different history and context, and some people affected by the offensive term wouldn't mind.
Additionally, I'm sure some people of Polish descent or who are Polish would not like the name "Polack."
Finally, if it seems an unnecessary change to you or it seems unfair the Washington fans have to change their team name, ask why is it so essential that Washington keeps the name Redskins? Because of the franchise history of a professional football team? First off, the history and tradition of the team comes from the players, fans, and coaches. Obviously the name Redskins is a placeholder symbolizing that, but the larger placeholder is that it is the Washington professional football team, not the Redskins. Second, are we really willing to continue using an offensive term with centuries or racism and oppression behind it and that completely ignores the tradition and heritage of a people indigenous to this country just to allow a professional football team to keep its name? It would seem more important to change the name to respect the Native American population's history and remember Washington football's history as the moments its players excelled and its fans showed their loyalty.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I believe Phil Steele picked||
I believe Phil Steele picked Praeter for his All-Big Ten 2nd Team. Might be the time to snap him up before he slips away.
Another funny post. Great job. These are a joy to read.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I second this. I only took||
I second this. I only took Great Works of Literature with the focus on Primo Levi my last semester, but I wish I had taken some classes with him earlier. Although some of the other comments about his repetition are true, his knowledge and passion were generally unrivaled. I thoroughly enjoyed how he challenged us to delve deeper into the material and think differently about it.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Dumb ligaments.||