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|16 weeks 6 days ago||Don't forget||
Don't forget that Harbaugh's comments, which, like Brian said, were from the hip in true Jimmy fashion (with maybe some selfish agenda in there too), actually changed things for the better at Michigan. The leadership of the athletic-academic counseling department was shed after the Ann Arbor News investigation, which I know was spurred by those very comments.
The fact is that Michigan IS BETTER for him having called it out. It's the difference between blind patriotism, which smells an awful lot like M's tendency in the late-Carr and post-Carr eras to turn a blind eye to reality in favor of to turning the be-all-end-all of tradition as, and true patriotism, which is calling out something you love because it has lost its way. His response to Mike Hart's comments were also refreshingly truthful about the Michigan Man concept at a time when said concept was already twisted out of context and about to become completely hollow in the same way our tradition did.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||warms my heart with soothing layer of hot grease||
"He will not get yelled at when ordering at Blimpy"
As an Ann Arbor native and former long-time employee, this just warms my heart with a soothing layer of hot grease.
Gotta Love Brian. Gotta Love Jim.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||beaten to the punch||
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Watt isn't just an NFL||
Watt isn't just an NFL starter. Try almost unanimous defensive player of the year.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||44-16 M||
|1 year 37 weeks ago||You heard it hear first ...||
... Ace is predicting that James Ross will bolt for the NFL after his junior year:
When Wangler gets to campus, James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone will both be juniors ... Assuming Wangler takes a redshirt year, he'll compete for Ross's open spot as a redshirt freshman ...
I'm pretty sure I'm reading the first part correct, that Ross will be a senior when Wangler is a redshirt freshman, but if Blue's human missle blows up to the point where he's ready to jump to the pros after year three (as a linebacker, no less), that bodes especially well for his 2014 campaign and, hopefully, this fall!
Of course, this could be a simple error (either mine or Ace's), but we prefer to be bold in our predicitions around hear, amirite?
Welcome to the family Jared.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Frankly, I'd prefer he just||
Frankly, I'd prefer he just stay under a rock tootin his own busted horn.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Scary awesome||
Dangnabit this is awesome news, though scary how football recruiting, for Michigan and in general, is beginning to catch up with basketball recruiting in terms of building classes a year or more in advance of signing day. I think it's definitely going that way with and it's good to see Michigan at the leading edge and doing so well at the same time. It really bodes well for a long and illustrious Hoke era. GO BLUE!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Packard and Stadium||
I grew up just off that corner and have no idea how that plays into the Little Brown Jug. Can't wait to find out!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||"But continuity is never a||
"But continuity is never a bad thing." I understand you're really talking about players, and especially offensive lines as a group, but that's a pretty a tough blanket to throw out there considering GEEERRRGGG. I know he's a coach, but did anyone get better under his tenure?
Interesting look at Penn State. Looks to me like just one automatic loss and three tossups to small dogs (Mich, Nebraska, Wisco -- with M and Neb at home and Wisco probably leaning strongly to a loss being in Camp Randall -- but who knows whats up with the Badgers now?) The easily could get tripped up in spots like last year, then upend someone in return. Considering the depth and the true frosh qb, I'd say 7.5 wins is the over under and it becomes personal preference as to which way you go. The schedule looks pretty cake, so I'd lean slightly to 8-5.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I don't think what he's||
I don't think what he's saying is mutually exclusive to a recruit getting a chance to spend time with Borges and learn how he would be used. A lot of recruiting is the constant contact, time spent in person visiting the athlete on their turf, etc. Borges can be a weak recruiter and still spend enough on-campus time with recruits so they can get to know each other. It could be that's not enough, but recent results say otherwise.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||To your first point, that||
To your first point, that reeks of coach speak: there is a kernel of truth in there that is pretty solid but can't be extrapolated to all situations and in those is a nice way for a coach to hedge their bet and keep expectations realistic. I think Henne as a freshman is an example. What does Borges mean by "learn the offense?" It seems he means knowing and operating it at a certain, profficient level. I don't think anyone would argue that Henne knew the whole offense by the end of his freshman year, but he didn't have to be to have success, or lead the team to success, which is what I think a lot of the comments on this post are about. The coaches pared the offense down and tailored it to Henne's strengths, rate of learning, and the strengths of the offense in general (BRAYLON being the closest thing to Tacopants anyone has actually seen with eyeballs and not their imagination). They gave him more and more by the end of the year and he lit up Texas in the Rose Bowl.
As to not getting the burning of a redshirt, I don't know how you don't get that if you watched the Nebraska game. Bellomy, even in year 2, is so very likely not an option in most situations. If Morris is a better option to come in and win a close game or start for a few against the Indianas and Minnesotas of the world, the coaches will and should take that. Coaches don't just give up on games now for future success and based on what we know of Bellomy, that is exactly what they would be doing. Who knows though? Maybe with the whole team running the more pro-style Borges offense, Bellomy will approach something like a capable backup, especially if it's a late-game situation and not a season-long one. If Gardner goes down for the season, you absolutely play Morris and get his learning curve started. Bellomy just seems like a huge long shot to be a starter at any point. A lot of that will depend on how quickly Morris takes to things and recovers from missing a lot of his senior year, and how much Bellomy has progressed.
Lastly, a national title seems quite unlikely if Morris is in his first year as a starter in 2015, even with two years of waiting in the wings. It would actually be much more likely if his redshirt was burned and he had some experience to build on that a title could even be a possibility. You'd likely feel good about a run in 2016 either way, with 2017 being the dream situation if we can manage to get him a redshirt this fall.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||To me, that screams out ...||
To me that screams out Lloyd coaching him to err strongly on the conservative side as a freshman. As another commenter noted, that first Notre Dame game on the road, they didn't even give him many chances to go downfield with the ball, or at least that was my memory. I had the distinct impression, most of all in that game, early in the season that Carr had him totally reined in and didn't loosen up until he had gotten more experience and had adjusted somewhat to the speed and what defenses were throwing at him.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Ehhh ....||
"2700 yards and 25TD are his best marks from his 4 years of starting." Keep in mind that was the only season he had Braylon, and a lot of that WAS Braylon catching jump balls over midgets. I found it interesting that he didn't have a better than average impact according to this statistic, so it's nice to have another data point for evaluating that season. It was was his best season in some senses statistically. I haven't looked at the breakdowns much (or in a while), but it's possible that, mainly because of Braylon, his supporting cast was better as a freshman than as a junior. That team was so much better than his freshman season because of the defense and he was a mature quarterback who wasn't asked to put up points like he was as a freshman. Always fun looking back on the Henne years.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Schroedinger's Jake Long ....||
.... that's guiness-commericial-grade brilliant. We're spoiled in that department, but it's appreciated none the less.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||what about 2013||
I know Brian has touched on it in a few different posts, but probably in reference to single recruits. It would be interesting (and probably a good bit of work) to see the breakdown for 2013.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Well done, but I smell a madlibs contest||
"MSU sources are indicating they dropped him like..."
a match on a couch.
What say ye?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||a word type substance||
Conversationally, a valid word it be. Wrote is as well, but "written" be the one preferred by context.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Christ on a cracker ...||
... alert the grilled-cheese-Jesus and Virgin-Mary-in-anything nutjobs!
|2 years 8 weeks ago||crap this didn't post where I meant it to||
Holy Christ on a cracker ....... alert the grilled-cheese-jesus and virgin-mary-in-anything nutjobs!
|2 years 45 weeks ago||2-star???||
It may very well have been said tongue in cheek, but did anybody think it was crazy for the Hokester to claim Brady would have been a 2-star prospect if recruting sites had been at their current level in the mid '90s? I would posit he would have been a solid 4-star coming out of De LaSalle in Cali as I recall him being fairly touted. A 3-star at the very least.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||The real deal||
Having lived in Oregon the last two years, I can tell you Tyner is L-E-G-I-T. I was amazed at his size at the state track and field championships. He seems to be getting bigger and faster at the same time, which, wow. So I was stoked to see the Introducing entry and that Michigan is at least testing the waters with him. That said, I would guess he's a longshot to go Blue. He seems likely to continue pursuing track and field, which would give Oregon (although not known per se as a sprinter school) a big edge in addition to their home-state advantage.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||... I am probably not even going to take my computer||
Almost touching (almost sad) that you'd even consider the feelings of us addicted to the site. (Maybe you're actually taking your own addictions into consideration?) Anyhoo, congratulations to the both of you, enjoy your time off and don't even consider bringing your computer!
|4 years 19 weeks ago||forgot about that moment ....||
... the dorm "yeahs." I remember actually getting in trouble for it because it was during "quiet hours" and people had finals coming up. Classic.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Wow, did you even read that?||
I'm surprised by the number of MGO points you have, because you don't seem to have read this post or the hundreds of others it's built upon. It's sot simply, "we expected 7-5, so we can't fire him." It's what were REASONABLE expectations given as much information as possible (thank you infernets) going into the season. Even then, it's not "so we should keep him." The expectations are just the start of it. It continues with, knowing he's messed up in several talked-to-death categories, it's a matter of weighing results versus reasonable expectations AND considering who would be the best coach moving forward. As Brian has said, he's for keeping him with the knowledge that some of the problems are his fault, but not all of them, coupled with what he has done right with the offense and the recycling of shit that would happen if you hired ANYBODY new at this point.
The reasoned response to this argument, also examined over and over, is that you UNDERSTAND all those factors, but still believe his errors are too egregious for him to stay and you're willing to roll the dice on brining a new guy in despite the fact the offense should take another giant leap forward next year. But you already said you don't understand, that, so ....
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I hope||
.. you're right. If this had been just between UM and OSU, maybe it would have been squashed as quickly as the sponsorship fiasco was. But, they're dealing with other schools with their own agendas and likely the suits that are trying to make a buck selling the sould of college football. Who of those two groups do you think will be harder to convince to do the right thing?
|4 years 34 weeks ago||more ammo for geographic divisions||
If the Game gets moved and Michigan and OSU are in different brackets, what happens to all of the other traditional season-ending rivalries already in the conference (Illinois-NU, Purdue-IU, etc..)? This should be something that a common point for Michigan/OSU and the rest of the league. If you go geographic for divisions, pretty much everybody gets to maintain their rivalries in their current form.
Regardless of the e-mail, if this is about the perennial also rans (I'm looking at you Sparty) thinking it will be easier to get to the title game by going with this short-sighted approach of "balanced" divisions, then they are screwing themselves in the long run. They would be screwing themselves in pretty much the same way UM/OSU would be screwing themselves. The health of the Game is very important, not the end-all-be-all, to the health of the league as a whole. It is a very big asset that the league has, one that the other schools benefit from, no matter how much they may whine. By going geographic, I think both divisions are very competitive, but a natural ebb and flow will always happen, just like it did in the SEC. Does the rest of the league actually think splitting up UM/OSU so they could potentially (like most have said, once in 10 years) twice in one season is actually that good for the conference, especially at the expense of their own rivalries? I sure hope not.
I just think this is situation where the health of the Game and the health of the conference as a whole are actually on the same side of the argument. Let's be realistic, too, should what the Indianas and Illiniois of the world be calling the shots? No. Should they be ignored? No. But Michigan and Ohio State have driven the success of the league more than any other schools and to weaken the tradition they have built hurts everybody.
I just hope the presidents and ADs actually step back and realize that what is best for all teams and the conference as a whole is a geographic split,. If they are divided, they won't be able to stop the TV suits and Delaney from completely screwing this up. I can't believe anybody else would be pushing this idea but them. Who else would be so stupid (looking at you again, Sparty)? It should take any college football fan worth his salt about two seconds to shoot the following statement down: "Wouldn't it be great for UM and OSU to play twice?" No. The only type of person who thinks that is a TV suit. Like many have said, playing ONCE a year at the same time is part of what makes it so important and BIG. This is why separate divisions for UM/OSU is bad even if they play the last week of the season. I don't want to see a rematch a week later (again, said before) in a souless NFL stadium.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Exactly||
Why the hell are people so scared of a tough division? What the hell is wrong with having to beat Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State as division rivals in order to make the championship game. How is that so frickin different from now? Just because it makes the road harder, doesn't mean it's not better. The Big Ten should be fricking hard and these things move in cycles. The SEC east was stacked for a while, but now the west looks tough as hell with Alabama back, LSU, and Auburn on the rise again. The east is weaker with Florida, then maybe South Carolina as the second best team as Georgia struggles and Tennessee rebuilds. Who cares if it makes an easier road for Nebraska, Iowa or Wisconsin to the championship game because whoever emerges from the East (UM, OSU, PSU, MSU, Indiana, Purdue) division by definitiion has be frickin good and would probably beat them like the Big 12 south usually does to the North, except a Big Ten West (led by Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin, but occaisionally getting a contender from Northwestern, Illiniois and Minnesota) is way better than than the big 12 north ever was.
This is not to mention that yes, The Game would stay as the last of the year and still have major stakes because in most years it will have serious implications on who wins the division and goes to the title game. This also preserves all natural rivalries in the conference (UM-OSU, PSU-MSU, PSU-OSU, Indiana-Purdue in the east, Iowa-W, W-Minnesota, Miinnesota-Iowa and Northwestern-Illinois, plus intersting new ones involving Nebraska's closest potential geographical rivals like Iowa and Wisconsin).
This also doesn't eff up the rest of the sports by going strictly off football, and specifically by going off football as measured by how good schools are right now. Like I said, you never know how things evolve (If you can't see that after the last two years at Michigan, your head deserves to stay up your own anal cavity) and shouldn't base the long term health of the league, and therefore M, on such thinking.
I'm sure Brian has said most of this many times before, but clearly it isn't sinking in. Big ups to those working to channel the RAGE to the ears of Brandon and those who might have a chance to stop the TV suits from calling the shots and effing the whole conference up. Now is the only chance to get it right. If they don't, the conference will suffer even more in the national landscape.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Cheesy Chesney||
They unveiled uber goober Chesney's football video on Sportscenter. It has two Michigan clips in the highlight reel, one of the players touching the banner and of manningham's dagger-heart catch from robo-Henne at Michigan State. That probably explains the photos on campus.
Not suprisingly, the slow country song works as hype-up anthem about as well as a Barney song. God help us if they play it at Michigan Stadium. If they do, it might fit in about 2 hours before kickoff when the kickers are warming up, that's how much energy it has. Again, not surprising.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Wow...||
First of all, very strong work by Tom on getting this interview at a moment in time when Dorsey isn't talking to ANYBODY else.
Second, this is disappointing on so many levels. I couldn't agree more with Brian's post that this reeks of the horrible lack of communication that plagued M for the whole FP Jihad, except that now it's admissions. I also hope the coaching staff steps up their communication with Dorsey and that he gets the treatment any recruit deserves during a process like this.
I can't say there isn't an absolute cut-off when it comes to admitting athletes with a poor academic history in high school, but it doesn't seem like it's an open and shut case when it comes to Dorsey. In other words, considering he was signed off at one point by at least one person, he isn't the epitome of an athlete whose academics are so bad that he shouldn't be admitted however good an athlete he is. My guess is that such an athlete does exist, but I think the whole point is that when admissions looks at recruits, just like regular students, they do it from a broad perspective that includes character, grades, test scores, athletic ability, extracurricular activitiesand an accurate understanding of any trouble that person has gotten into. In most cases, athletic ability is pretty analagous to many other extracurricular activities, like music, for example. A kid might not be the best student, but a musical genius who (again considering many factors) is deemed to be a worthy addition to the university. It sure seems like Dorsey's case is at least open for discussion, and therefore all the bulls**t grandstanding by the media and academic elites is just that, bulls**t.
With that said, it would be horrible form for the university and the program to recind at this point. At the very least, make it a learning situation for the program and the admissions office so things will be handled more smoothly in the future.
Good luck to Demar, wherever you end up.