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|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'd guess you'll see a little||
I'd guess you'll see a little more playing time transfer attrition soon. Most of the guys we've lost under Harbaugh so far have been 5th years or behavior issues. But one consequence of having two large classes in a row is that you wind up with 63 guys who are freshman/sophomores in 2017. Normally, you can look to more juniors/seniors graduating to free up playing time in the future, but given that our roster is so young that may not be the case at some spots. Some of the guys who are 3rd string will be behind guys with similar eligibility and they'll probably look for easier opportunities to play elsewhere once the competition has settled. Not the worst thing in the world, the best players play and you'll see a more even distribution across classes.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Mark Richt David Shaw Phil||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Rockets and Clips. He was a||
Rockets and Clips. He was a serviceable NBA starter. Dude's game definitely was better as a pro than he was as a college guy, for the most part.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Ha ha. Rich McIver. So many||
Ha ha. Rich McIver. So many memories. Calip actually evolved into a good player by the end of hte year but he wasn't a B1G first option type.
Eric Riley had to be the skinniest motherfucker in history.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I used to hang out at the||
I used to hang out at the pool hall in the Union back then and would alway see Makhtar up in there getting grub in the basement. Wendys, Little Caesars, Subway. Probably not the best diet plan.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Right. In 89 we needed him||
Right. In 89 we needed him for depth especially after Kirk Taylor blew out his knee. Sad, dude was a baller and was never the same. Anyway, Pelinka played a bit role, pretty minor. The 1990 team returned basically everybody except Glen Rice (huge exception obviously) and so there wasn't much playing time. We also added Michael Talley and Tony Tolbert who were more highly regarded recruits than Pelinka had been. Especially Talley, who had been Mr. Basketball in Michigan. Pelinka had a knee issue or something too so anyway he didn't play in 89-90 and redshirted. Pelinka played some (based on my 25 year old memory) in 90-91 which was the team w/o much talent led by Demetrious Calip that was in between the guys from 89 and then the Fab 5 but even on that relatively talentless NIT team he was a role player at most. About the same during the Fab 5's freshman year but he was more effective as a role player who could spot up. By 92-93, was was really the top perimeter sub during the Fab 5 sophomore year where he played real minutes. Could hit a 3 and good FT shooter.
Completely different skillset as a 2, so this is probably a bad comparison. But maybe in terms of performance, talent and impact to a Final Four team, you could kind of equate his role in 93 to maybe 2013 Jordan Morgan. More famous for his agent stuff but still worth remembering as a player if you've been following M basketball for that long.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||There goes his chance at ever||
There goes his chance at ever playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I feel like Outkast never||
I feel like Outkast never quite got the respect that they deserved, maybe not from a critical standpoint, but in terms of mainstream and radio attention.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Eh. We're not a true blue||
Eh. We're not a true blue blood program but I'm not sure that I agree men's basketball doesn't have a tradition of excellence. Mens hoops has won as many national championships and been to more national championship games (4 vs 2) than softball if you compare both during the period since Hutchins took over. In a sport with 10 times the depth of quality competition and parity than softball has. That's not a knock on the softball program which is fantastic, but I think you might be selling the history of the basketball program short because your fandom coincides with a lot of the dark years.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Your point about it only||
Your point about it only being February 9th is a good one. I wonder what will transpire over the next month between 2/9 and 3/9?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Right, your decisions aren't||
Right, your decisions aren't good when wasted. Which is why you figure out a plan before you get totally hammered whether it be having a sober buddy, taxi etc so that neither you nor anyone in your party is driving home drunk. Pretty basic stuff.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Not illegal, but I don't||
Not illegal, but I don't agree with that not being immoral. Being drunk in the passenger seat is fine, if the driver is sober. If the driver's drunk, both driver and passenger should have known that calling an Uber was the right play. There are some basic rules to having a night of drunken fun without screwing it up for the rest of the world and he violated one of them.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||8 for 12 on commit, high, and||
8 for 12 on commit, high, and very high.
2 for 12 on the moderates and low with just Ruiz and DPJ.
Just at a glance, this suggest that there are certain guys that we know there is strong mutual interest (obviously), but that past that it's a guessing game and a lot changes before signing day.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||Apples and oranges. The||
Apples and oranges. The salaries for an NFL star QB (in real dollars) back then are table scraps compared to what Brady has earned. Guys back then had to have real jobs after football and sometimes out of season for football.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Or...he could lie in bed all||
Or...he could lie in bed all day with Giselle and count his millions.
That's what I'd do if I were him, but I guess this is why he is the GOAT and I'm not.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Willie motherfucking||
Willie motherfucking McGinnest showing these motherfuckers that trophy. And the audio goes away.
F you Goodell.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmm||
Guy's been in the NBA for 24 years now. Not seeing it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Nah, offenses played well but||
Nah, offenses played well but there was a lot of horrible defense in that Rose Bowl. It wasn't a better played game than the Orange Bowl. Just prettier to watch because the quality of play was concentrated in the skill positions rather than the DLs.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||If you squint hard enough,||
If you squint hard enough, you can almost picture the fullback going into motion and shuffling to foreshadow the inevitable 2 yard run on first down.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe. It's not clear that we||
Maybe. It's not clear that we get voted in over a UW team that also had one loss, a conference championship and came off of a blowout win in their CCG against a team that we beat at home in less convincing fashion. I mean, maybe our wins and schedule were enough but conference championships do carry some weight and the records were the same. Finishing strong matters a lot in votes and they closed with big wins over WSU and CO and we're still finishing with an L in our last game in that scenario. We'll never know. Certainly we weren't getting in over any of the other 3 teams.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||RoJo was bad but kind of||
RoJo was bad but kind of cancelled out by Warren since both were 5 stars who went to the opposite school of the one that they were expected to choose. And while RoJo was a serviceable player and managed to be roster filler in the NFL for a bit, he didn't exactly light it up in college or with his cups of coffee in the NFL.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Travis Johnson. DL in 2000.||
Travis Johnson. DL in 2000. He infamously went to bed a Wolverine and woke up a Seminole on signing day. First round pick of the Texans. Capping a disappointing recruiting class during the good times that might have been the difference (along with special teams) between truly competing for a national championship in 2003/2004, or having 3 losses. There are probably worse examples that I am forgetting, but the combo of talent and how it went down was worse than any of the other examples mentioned in this thread.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I've come to not care||
Yeah, I've come to not care much about individual players. Recruiting ratings are better now than they used to be a long time ago. There were no SPARQ measurements, fewer all-star games, less tape, fewer camps besides the school camps etc.
Still, recruiting is fairly inexact on an individual basis with lots of variation from rankings. Guys like Hart, Edwards, Brady were not highly regarded. But on a team level across 85 guys, those variations for both over and under performance tend to even out so aggregate rankings are extremely important on a team wide 4-5 year basis. The key is to get a lot of talent. You can miss on guys, it's ok, there's lot of good players. You can't have severe depth chart gaps though, so be wary of misses for a position in back to back years as that's when you really get into trouble.
The one exception to that is dynamic QBs. One of the two primary formulas for winning a national championship- besides just overwhelming your opponents with strong defense and cross the board talent like Alabama/mid 00s USC/Miami/90s FSU is to be a good team that has a superlative talent at QB like a Vince Young, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, DeShawn Watson, maybe you could include Tim Tebow in there. A playmaker like that is just so incredibly valuable.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||He stayed four years,||
He stayed four years, graduated I assume, and then left before 5th year. Never really played except for a few garbage time snaps. Probably wasn't quite ready to be QB compared to Griese in 96/97. Just better players in front of him then in 98/99 with Brady/Henson I guess. Probably never know if he was good and they were just better or if he wasn't quite as good as his recruiting rankings.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Breaston was fairly well||
Breaston was fairly well regarded as a recruit actually. He was a borderline top 100 guy in summer and then fell a bit because he was an early commit. People knew that he was a stellar athlete, that was clear. But there were questions about his size obviously. I mean even in the NFL he had a thin build and as a freshman he was tiny and probably like 160 pounds or something. Also, he played QB rather than WR in HS which probably hurt his rankings a bit as his ability to play his college position was unproven. Pretty successful as a HS QB. Played on the same HS team as Mundy if I recall correctly.
He was definitely one of those guys like an Antonio Bass who really gets played up as a practice legend before he ever takes the field. But obviously in retrospect you can see that his quickness and playmaking justified that take.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Rivals had him as the #49||
Rivals had him as the #49 receiver. Late bump from a 2 star to 3 star once his senior film came out. He committed early and didn't really do any camps or anything like that so he wasn't well scouted by the services. Don't think an athlete like that would be so overlooked nowadays but there was a lot fewer camps and less video of guys back then.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I have a few of the old||
I have a few of the old Rivals rankings from 2001 in some old files I keep because I've been following this stuff for way too long. FWIW:
Sanderson 3 stars, Not Ranked RB (This was a late bump from 2 stars. He was a better athlete than his recruiting rankings indicated. But also, weirdly, Rivals used to ding guys for character or academic issues. So back then if you were a good athlete but had grade problems, you might be a 2/3 star even if you were a top recruit. Ummm, in general.)
Simelis 4 stars, #23 OL. OL were just all grouped together. Simelis and Stenavich were kind of the two highly recruited guys for OL while Lentz and Henige were sleeper-ish.
Lentz 3 stars, #48 OL.
Stenavich 4 stars #20 OL.
Could probably dig up 90s info but would have to go through old computers in a box somewhere. someday.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I really like Beilein.||
I really like Beilein. :(
But it's time.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||That's probably what||
That's probably what Charlie's thinking about too.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, although once you get||
Yeah, although once you get South of ~Ashby/Alcatraz it goes downhill pretty quickly. Because Oakland, obviously.