At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|1 day 3 hours ago||Well, Tim Tebow is persuaded||
Well, Tim Tebow is persuaded that Christianity is true. Even if you disagree about that, the fact is that he is an awesome person doing good to persuade people of something that he believes brings eternal benefits. It is the sign of an open mind when you can respect principled and good people even when you disagree.
|1 day 8 hours ago||10-2 B1G Runner-Up||
10-2 B1G Runner-Up.
I predict we go 2-1 against Utah/BYU/Minn, winning one by a special teams touchdown. We crush Penn State under the lights. We go 1-1 against MSU/OSU (hopefully we beat the Buckeyes since I will be there), and run the rest of the table.
We have a 1200 yard rusher on the backs of a very improved O-line and at least one of our highly ranked backs being coached up.
Our special teams become a force and make major contributions to several games.
We look back on the season saying that our receiving corps was the weakest link, but progress gives us tremendous confidence for 2016.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Great video||
Pete Carroll has done us a great service with his hawk tackling video. We use it on our high school football team. http://public.hudl.com/club-and-youth-sports-resources/safer-tackling-wi...
|1 week 14 hours ago||Actually, I was encouraged||
Actually, I was encouraged by the article. It states that we have lots of young and undeveloped talent. If one or two of Canteen, Ways, Harris, and Coles shows real improvement we could have a good receiving corps. It does look like we are going to need to lean on the run game early in the season especially, however. And I had forgotten about Chesson's speed. His blocking has so endeared him to us fans that it would be nice to see him turn into a true deep threat.
|1 week 2 days ago||I completely agree about Ole||
I completely agree about Ole Miss. But not Clemson.
|1 week 2 days ago||Actually, that reputation||
Actually, that reputation comes from the Danny Ford days, when it was very true, but that was quite a while ago. I live a half hour from Clemson and am not aware of any evidence of systematic cheating under either Bowden or Sweeney. Dabo is a solid individual. They certainly should not be classified with Auburn or Ole Miss. And let's not make that our default answer when we lose a recruit. Clemson is a beautiful campus and lots of recruits fall in love with it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Mods can you do something||
Mods can you do something about this thread? I know it's the dreadful dead period of summer and all, but I thought we had an understanding that religious and political ridicule would not take place on this blog.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I lived in South Florida,||
I lived in South Florida, near the Glades, for five years. This always freaked me out. I never got used to how casual people were around alligators. I had no idea how overrun Florida is with gators. Our daughter was in kindergarten when we moved there and they taught alligator evasion classes to the five year olds. It's crazy. But not much you can do about it -- except not swim with them!
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||Hey, some of us have to fly||
Hey, some of us have to fly in! So whatever happens it woud be nice to know when the game time is in time to get decent prices on tickets. I have been storing up frequent flyer miles to pay for my four airline tickets, but I can't do anything until the game time is settled. And if I can fly back out on Saturday that is a lot cheaper (and less miles) because it is Thanksgiving weekend. So people have mercy on us fliers and decide on a game time as soon as possible! I have been counting on a noon game time. Can anyone tell me how likely this is? Am I safe buying plane tickets now based on this belief?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The reason Bo focused only on winning the Big Ten||
The reason Bo focused only on winning the Big Ten was that the National Championship was purely mythical. It was just a vote, not a game. Under today's system, Bo would aim for the National Championship.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||It's interesting that both||
It's interesting that both Hoke and Bo had strong personal connections to Ohio. Both recruited heavily out of Ohio. Harbaugh is not himself a guy who came to UM from Ohio and he may just not have the lay of the land down there. New staff comes in from the NFL, and they recruit from their strengths and connections. It's understandable, just as there is a reason that MSU is currently doing well in Ohio. The answer to all of this is on the field. Let Harbaugh exert some dominance over Sparty and go head-to-head with Urban, and our position in Ohio will improve accordingly.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||Everyone needs to be||
Everyone needs to be motivated. There are few who possess such an internal drive that they start themselves up all the time (clearly, JH is looking for such men). But in as large a group as a college football team, there are always guys who need to be provided extra motivation. This is what leadership is about. I do think that recruiting guys who feel grateful to be on the team, rather than entitled, is likely to bring a competitive spirit and an edge of ferocity than hopefully will infect the entire squad. Dare I say, Rudy... even though these Harbaugh recruits are far from being Rudys. (And Rudy was off-side, but that's another discussion.)
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||Yes, and this is the genius||
Yes, and this is the genius of the satellite camps -- Harbaugh and his whole staff get to see their work ethic, toughness, and teachability in person. It seems that these are characteristics he is valuing to differentiate between physically talented kids.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||America Lost a Great General When He Picked Up a Football||
It's interesting that you say this, because if you put a green uniform on Harbaugh he would be taken for a lieutenant general. During my Army years, I had the privilege to know some true warrior generals, and they stood and walked exactly in the way that our coach does. He would have made a great corps commander. There are any number of two- or three-star types that I thought of when I saw the video clips of Harbaugh in Plattville (as a rule, four-stars lose their swagger due to political correctness -- they come across like Saban does).
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I have been following||
I have been following Michigan football on a close basis, via this blog, for only five or six years. Still, I have become amazed at how much professional sports writers know. This guy knows very little about our team. The player ranking was, as noted here, so far off. What does this say, then, about what they are telling us about other teams? They don't seem to know much about what they are writing about.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Well, Player Development||
We forget what Harbaugh and his staff did with much lower ranked players at Stanford. It's true that we lose all our starting linebackers next year, but it's not like we don't actually have players at that position. Thye just need to be coached up. Dantonio didn't get into his present situation by having a boatload of highly ranked players but by developing the players he had. I admit the raw numbers are small, but the underclassmen we have now need to perform. Harbaugh has been pretty good at that in the past.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||Yes. He looks so much better||
Yes. He looks so much better than any other qb on our roster that it's not even funny. Our receivers are going to be very happy to see this guy in camp. He may not be all-world, but he looks pretty good compared to our recent quarterbacking.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||We rushed the field when||
We rushed the field when Michigan beat Purdue to seal the Big Ten championship in, I think, 1980. I was personally smashed in the ribs by an Ann Arbor policeman while hanging from the goal post (which did come down). I was already well medicated though, so no problem.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||It happens one year at a||
It happens one year at a time...
|16 weeks 3 days ago||We certainly saw that a lot||
We certainly saw that a lot in the spring game. While Lewis was pretty much in press coverage the whole time, Countess usually was not. And when he was he usually didn't get a hand on the receiver during his release. I did not see a whole-hearted commitment to press coverage in the spring game film. Stribling also usually did not play up.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||The tickets were pretty||
The tickets were pretty expensive. Much more so than the 2011 game, which was the last time I went (as my avatar shows, I live in South Carolina, so it's not all that easy to make a game). You may be right about prices dropping later, but I was worried that we might look great against early competition and then the tickets will go through the roof. We'll see.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||But infusing culture is||
But infusing culture is Harbaugh's primary genius. The 49ers missed the playoffs the preceding 8 years before Jim's arrival as head coach. So what happened in year 1? They went to the NFC championship game.
So... something like that can happen here, this year. This is why I just paid a huge pile of money to purchase tickets for this year's UM-OSU game with my sons. It could be truly epic.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I agree. Shane already||
I agree. Shane already looked much improved in the spring game, with just 15 Harbaugh practices. He's got the ability and the coaching is likely to pay big dividends.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Malzone also failed to see||
Malzone also failed to see the wide open TE a couple of times when he had to throw it away. But that's to be expected.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed on Morris||
I watched his tape again and didn't see many bad plays, and there were some pretty good ones. The improvement under Harbaugh looks significant and he will get more development in fall camp. And while that big arm isn't everything, it's actually pretty useful for a quarterback.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||True about the TD pass, but||
True about the TD pass, but it was still a nice back shoulder throw. There were two of them in that drive. Shane is much improved. That was very encouraging. Still a lot of work to be done, though.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Good write-up. To me, the||
Good write-up. To me, the running backs were the most disappointing. Does Green ever make the first guy miss? I really wanted to see Isaac, but if he is not really good then you are probably right about Drake. As for the receivers, even worse than the dropped passes was the lack of separation even against backup DBs. Looks like our TEs are going to catch a lot of balls this year. About Shane -- when we watch the DVR of this game, I think we're all going to say that he made some really nice throws. This is a much improved version of Shane, after only ond set of spring practices with Harbaugh. He may amount to something yet.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||It sure would be nice if||
It sure would be nice if Shane won the starting job in the fall. He was the early recruiting gem of Hoke and helped recruit half of that class. Look how much improved he was after just 15 practices with Harbaugh. Fifteen more and then time to develop during the season, and he has all the tools to be a good quarterback.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Are you kidding me? Malzone||
Are you kidding me? Malzone is still high school age. He had issues, but he looked like a quarterback out there. Give him a couple of more years of Harbaugh's coaching, and he could be a tremendous junior-senior starter. Needs more arm strength, though. I 'm excited for the kid.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Certainly, Darboh dropped too||
Certainly, Darboh dropped too many balls. In fact, all the receivers did. But they have all summer now to get timing down and get more in synch.