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|19 hours 28 min ago||Short-term memory on Donnal||
"It took a long time for Beilein to realize that Moe Wagner, now the focal point of his team, needed to start over Donnal, let alone get the lion's share of the minutes."
I'm a huge Moe Wagner fan. I think he'll be a first round pick after next year. I am glad he is now getting 28-30 minutes a game, as he should be. But when, exactly, was the "long time" that Beilein should have put Wagner in as a starter over Donnal?
- Was it against Marquette? Donnal played 21 minutes, 6-8 FG (1-1 from 3pt), scoring 15 pts with 3 Reb in a 79-61 win
So Donnal was bad against SC; Moe was worse: in his 16 min, going 0-2, scoring 2 pts with 3 Reb.
Still Beilein recognized Donnal had limitations, and Moe had more upside and UM needs his athleticism now, and it was at that point he started working in Moe more. He should have, in retrospect, played Moe 25-28 minutes against VT (instead of 18), when he had a good game and Donnal had a horrible one, but a) UM lead that whole game and shockingly (at the time) blew it and b) as shown above, Donnal had a body of work which showed he could meaningfully contribute to big wins. But immediately after VT, Moe started getting 25+ minutes a game (except UCLA, when Moe had 4 fouls). So again, what was the "long-time"?
I know people like to bag on Donnal b/c he looks so unathletic, but it wasn't just last year he played good games which helped us win against quality opponents. Still, he appropriately has been moved to the bench as Moe has developed, as Moe is just plain better than Donnal, now (though neither of them is good at defense or rebounding). We don't have to keep bagging on Donnal that it was obvious that it should have happened basically at the beginning of the season.
*Moe also did basically nothing in his 11 minutes against SMU, scoring 3 pts, which matched his 3 fouls.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Tops are not good on basketball uniform||
They look like they don't fit -- they're too tight/don't have enough material for the top half.
At least they haven't gotten torn or ripped, so far.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Here's some info for you||
"“Once they figured out that I was actually hurt, I’d say the entire attitude of the trainers and the coaches completely changed for me,” he said. “They were a lot nicer, more caring, wanting to help me with my injury. Everybody except Wilson.”
Under Wilson, IU maintained a tent in one corner of its practice field where injured players would spend practice doing light workouts under the supervision of the strength staff.
The workouts, Carovillano said, were always designed with players’ injuries in mind, and he believed them safe. But, he said, Wilson’s attitude toward players in the tent demoralized him.
“He would come over and yell at us, saying, ‘I’m paying $70,000 a year for you to sit on your ass,’” Carovillano said. “That happened about halfway through the season and carried on to the end of it. If you were injured, he just wanted to make you feel like crap. He just wanted to make you feel bad, so you basically would stop being injured.”
And there's more of him generally not giving too craps if a player is injured. At least at OSU he will literally be paying players!
If Columbus has a press core that gives a hoot, or if alumni get aggravated, maybe this will make Urban uncomfortable. But that's doubtful.
|1 week 17 hours ago||This is the correct answer||
USC is way to high; Michigan should be ahead of Wisconsin (same record -- go to head-to-head; it's not like Wisconsin had an impressive bowl victory).
|1 week 19 hours ago||Yep, per recruit ranking, is basically all the matters||
Granted if you have 32 recruits and another team has 19 recruits, the 32 recruit team with a similar per recruit star average clearly did better.
But take 2015: Tennessee "ranked" #4 and Clemson "ranked" #9 -- big "win" for Tennessee's future, vs. Clemson, right? However, Tennessee had 30 recruits at 89.43 (with one 5 star) and Clemson had 26 recruits at 89.19 (with 3 stars). For #5 Georgia, it was basically the same, and so on. I would argue these schools all had the same class.
It would be more accurate if these sites put the teams in tiers (e.g., in 2015 Alabama, USC and FSU would be Tier #1; Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, etc would be Tier #2), but that would eliminate marketing and discussion opportunities (e.g., "We've got the #4 recruiting class! We beat you guys -- you finished #6!), so that will never happen.
But when looking at the state of certain programs, it's useful to keep in mind.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Yep, it's basically three things||
1) Watson was an elite recruit (#1 Dual Threat) and he played, when it counted, like an experienced, uber-talented QB should. He had issues this season with turnovers, but in terms of the "MAKE PLAYS" category, he did so when it counted.
2) Clemson recruits at a high level -- just not Alabama / OSU / LSU level. But that's basically the only schools clearly in front of them, on a per recruit basis, esp getting 5-stars.
And if your overall talent level is not quite the same as your opponent (as Clemson was vs Alabama), see point #1.
3) They were lucky. Clemson "should" have lost to NC State. The guy missed an easy FG to win the game. For us, we "should' have lost to Iowa -- our problem is we actually did, b/c the Iowa guy made the kick. Thus Clemson goes to the playoffs; we go off to the Orange Bowl.
Since we can't do much about #3, we need to focus on #2 and #1. We're getting there, but as shown in our 3 losses (which all had inadequate QB play), we're not there yet.
|1 week 5 days ago||I guess it's odd, but no idea if has an effect||
Bill Laimbeer looked like he just rolled off the couch, in terms of muscle definition. He also couldn't jump over a large phone book. Still, he could rebound & scrap with the best of them.
What's most surprising about Donnal is he has never displayed, in a big way in games, the outside shooting that everyone raved about during his practice years. You definitely don't muscle definition for that.
Donnal is who he is. He still has value, as a reserve, to this year's team and I just hope he make some more key contributions to a tourney team. He showed last year that he can hae some big games, when it counts.
JB has already correctly made the decision that this is Donnal's last year at U of M, and let's hope Teske (who's not exactly a muscle-bound strongman himself) and others can provide a bigger contribution next year.
|1 week 5 days ago||Possible, but unlikely||
He plays in a mid-tier division in Pennsylvania, so his competition is not top-notch or high-profile. So even if he, say, averages 30 points a game, it won't cause his rankings to sky-rocket.
Not say he isn't a good player. People thought he was going to Villanova before he signed with Michigan.
But unless he blows up in the camps/AAU after high school, he'll likely move up a bit but stay a 3-star.
I do like this from the story.
Good to see another "tedious" game was being played last night, along with our game with Penn State.
|1 week 5 days ago||Great quote||
I watched that move approximately 324 times in college.
It made me the fake lawyer and Cuban expert I am today.
|1 week 6 days ago||Shows recruiting scores are pretty accurate||
Not perfect, or close to it, of course. But when you look at it, you say "Yep, Gary is our best & most promising DL; Asiasi is our best TE; McCray is our best LB; the OL looks about right."
Of course, Hurst is in actuality clearly better than Marshall, and McDoom and Harris could probbaly switch places, etc.
But overall, it shows (again) that having high-level recruits leads to more chances of high-level success on the field. Not earth-shaking info, but good to see some actual data in a year that will have a lot of turnover where will be relying a lot on young, high-level recruits (a la OSU and Alabama, though our recruiting is not quite at their level yet).
Thanks for putting it together.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Exactly...OSU does not want that blowback||
At Indiana football, you can do that stuff and get canned, but it goes away. It doesn't affect much beyond a very regional fan base and the Big Ten Network.
But that same person at OSU football? That program is cared about (one way or the other) by literally millions of people and is key for ESPN, ABC, etc.
The stories that would come out would be legion. Urban does not need that drama. He can find a good OC somewhere else.
Thus, why I would be shocked if it happens.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Riger is a bad troll||
Valenti is a troll, but I admit he is very skilled at radio broadcasting. He knows how to frame his position and give it enough backing with some facts to make you think he isn't just doing a radio bit.
Riger has a decade-plus less experience and it shows -- you can tell he's being ridiculous, which doesn't make him worth the time. I liked him in small doses, but as a regular host, he doesn't remotely have what it currently takes.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I'll believe it when it is confirmed -- seems real unlikely||
A huge public university, even one with an insane, forgive everything, fan base, is going to have problems hiring someone who (allegedly) abused players. There would be a shit storm of huge proportions that would give Urban serious heart palpitations he does not need.
Unless Wilson has been cleared (which I don't believe he has), I can't imagine any major program will hire him. This isn't the Woody Hayes / Bobby Knight-era anymore.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I honestly thought this post||
I honestly thought this OP was missing a (SATIRE) tag.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||I will be very surprised if Wilson is hired||
People have made reference to Woody Hayes etc, but times have changed -- dramatically. Coaches can not lay a hand on players or abuse them.
OSU football is huge, but even at big-time programs, state legislatures, alumni and college presidents are going to have a serious problem hiring someone who is alleged to have abused players.
Unless Wilson is cleared of the charges that got him fired (which as far as I know, has not happened), I can't believe he would go to OSU.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not just talking stats||
By YPC, Mikel Leshoure was a better back than Herschel Walker. That's obviously silly. And I liked Leshoure as a college player.
I'm talking elite skills and measurables, and high usage across more than one year. A real workhorse. That was Wheatley, not Venric Mark. That's Dalvin Cook, not Justin Jackson (the B1G rushing champion this year.)
I will gladly take a Leshoure or a Mark, though. UM has to get better at running the football to salt away games.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, and not just the kids||
Those few with some years on them ,though not necessarily playing time years, need to show they are at least B1G-level players.
But honestly, looking at this depth chart, we will need to run to the right...a lot
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's been awhile||
Honestly, I'm a little surprised by Timmy B matching Ty's YPC, but 300 plus yards against OSU will help with that.
But, yes, since the O.G. Ty Wheatley roamed the Big House, we haven't had a, "Dear God, will you look at THAT guy!" back. Even now, looking at his Wolverine Historian YouTube video, Ty's size, strength, speed and power are literally awesome.
Hopefully Evans, Najee, Walker, SOMEONE can be that back soon. But I won't count on it, because history has shown those talents are very rare.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So true. No idea what he's doing||
There was one edge play where I startled my son yelling, "BLOCK SOMEONE! ANYONE!", when Braden wandered down the field, leaving any FSU player untouched, letting FSU make a one one tackle.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What WRs were you watching this season?||
The Iowa game was plain bad. Chesson's whole season was a massive disappointment, considering how great he looked at the end of last year - he had something like 500 yards and 3 tds. A bit of that is on Speight / chemistry issues, but I watched every game and he very frequently just wasn't getting open. Maybe it was injury-recovery, but he just didn't have a good year.
Darboh had some big catches, but he had plenty of chances to make plays and just didn't, e.g., the 1st quarter non-catch that he couldn't focus on getting a foot in because he bobbled the ball when he didn't cleanly catch the ball at the highpoint.
I'm worried about a lot of position groups matching this year's production next year (e.g., CB, DL, even our soon to be very young OL), but our young WRS have a great chance of matching, if not improving, over this year.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Very good signing||
The kid has talent and he's excited about Michigan. A good combo.
He puts up a few more games like he did against Dakota, and he'll sky-rocket up the rankings. He'll have high-profile chances, as his HS team will compete for the Class A title.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well, it wasn't actually a member of the bball program||
It was Ant Wright, who played here and now works as an "insider" for Scout.
But yeah...I'm all for being positive, and think this is a good signing, but that quote was ridculous.
Trey was Mr. Basketball in Ohio (a better basketball state than Michigan) and then came in and averaged 15 and 5 a game his freshman year. He was plenty college ready, though obviously he improved the following year (to be national player of the year).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||DCFC is perfectly fine. Some of their fans?||
As pointed out, delusional. They literally act like they own soccer in metro Detroit.
I've been to DCFC games; they are fun. They've done great work in Hamtramck. But it is decidedly minor league soccer, as far as product.
If MLS wants to come here, it will be a different product and they'll draw a different fan base than DCFC -- they can easily co-exist. But the Northern Guard et al somehow don't want to be coopted, yet want to have control. Just enjoy your league, your team, and let the MLS folks do their thing.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"...absurdly self-important and aloof"||
As someone who has a) attended DCFC games and b) is related to a DCFC supporter, and has seen him at recent Christmas parties, this is accurate.
Their supporters act like they invented being a fan.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||Or Lethal Weapon||
It's not Christmas without rampant, knock down, fist fights and gun battles.
Oh, and if you want something fun to wear for your next Christmas Party:
If you need me, I'll be sitting on the beach, earning twenty percent.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I get where you are coming from...||
...and you are correct on a few things (e.g., no "inalienable right to attend a university'), but you are significantly overstating some things.
For example, "you do not have a right to due process...":
"The student accussed the university of violting his due process rights by presuming his guilt ahead of a hearing, not allowing the accuesed student access to witnesses and evidence...The judge in the case agreed."
I have no comment on this Minnesota case, as I have not read any details.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Of course it's for TV||
They drive the bus, and it's their dollars (along with super rich alum donations) that essentially built all those shiny facilities, including the revamped Crisler Center.
And, based on previous games, do you think we'd have had much of a different turnout if it was 7pm start? Instead of about 2,000 people, maybe we would have had about 2,500.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Everyone (literally everyone) does it||
Do people not follow college basketball? Literally every Power 5 team schedules "garbage" teams like this.
Here is Michigan State's home non-conference schedule:
Here's Ohio State:
Home games, in December, are basically always going to be against medicore to bad opponents -- there might be one exception (e.g., when we play UCLA next year), but that's it.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Orr wasn't fired||
So you are comparing him (correctly) in my view to Johnny Orr -- a guy who won two B1G titles and also lost in the finals. Orr left UM because he figured out it is a football-first school; UM didn't fire him.
And if you think Warde is going to fire one of the most respected coaches, among his peers, who is the best coach UM has had since Orr after a .500 B1G season, you are legit crazy.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Fine, critique the style of play||
I don't disagree with that. Sports should be fun to watch, and this team plods way too often. If UM would have lost to UT, I would have been ticked.
But, ultimately, programs are judged on wins and losses, first. And I am just pointing out wins and losses, recognized by the NCAA, were very hard to come by at UM for quite a long time before Beilein gets here.
Also, as I pointed out elsewhere, we have more athletes coming. I am excited to watch a team with Wagner, Wilson and Matthews next year. If Simpson improves (most people loved him as a recruit, because of the "dog" in his game) and Poole is as good as advertised, supplemented by "traditional" Beilein players like Robinson and Teske, the team next year should have more wins and also be more exciting.