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|10 hours 34 min ago||He's "fallen" to a top 15||
He's "fallen" to a top 15 position. His combine numbers will be amazing.
Coming back would be insane. Jim Harbaugh should be telling him, "Hey man, we'd love to have another year, you're awesome. But, as a guy who has coached in the NFL, I need to tell you that you should take this opportunity and enter the draft this spring."
Or something to that effect. It's the only honest thing he can say.
|10 hours 39 min ago||Michigan went for RichRod||
Michigan went for RichRod because Les Miles was off the table. I am 100% convinced that Bill Martin was unavailable for that phone call because he knew he didn't want to take it.
Honestly, I don't see any reasonable candidates for the coaching position in either 2007 or 2010 that would have left our program in any remotely better shape than what we wound up with.
Except one. The same guy, both times.
|15 hours 24 min ago||As Michigan fans, I would||
As Michigan fans, I would expect a bit more realism from the optimistic side of the fanbase. Not that the sky is falling, but that guys who flash talent in one season aren't guaranteed to make significant developments in the following year. Some guys don't take that next step.
Also, I would be delighted if Newsome were ready next year, but the guy's leg was messed up to what appears to be a much higher degree than just a torn ligament. Multiple surgeries, a month of inpatient rehab... that doesn't sound good at all.
Here's the thing with the receivers: I don't think we can count on Crawford and McDoom and Perry all taking big steps next year. Not because they aren't talented, but because sometimes guys hit snags. They have trouble making catches or they have trouble running crisp routes or being in college invites personal discipline issues that keep them off the field (Perry this year, for example).
I am optimistic about our receivers not because I expect everyone to transform into a great player, but because Speight will be able to hit his guys and because the receivers graduating were good but not worldbeaters. It won't take huge growth for the current receivers and TEs to replace the guys that are graduating, and if either one of them or someone like DPJ can bring skills to the table like winning high-point passes that's a real positive.
Skill positions are young but promising. But the offense is going to rise or fall on the OL.
|17 hours 6 sec ago||These videos are delightful,||
These videos are delightful, first college football stuff to really make me smile since... you know... that.
The acceptance video is just hilarious. The thread title really understates how perfectly the players and team are handling this.
|19 hours 34 min ago||Kugler was clearly in the||
Kugler was clearly in the conversation this season, albeit not close enough to win a job (he did, essentially, get passed by a freshman himself). How much did Dawson play, though? The left side was wide open for a competitive guy to step up after the Newsome injury and Dawson wasn't in the picture.
|19 hours 42 min ago||Awful news. Devastating for||
Awful news. Devastating for Ken and family.
|22 hours 6 min ago||I didn't say they were B+. In||
I didn't say they were B+. In the cases of Thomas and Perry both were very good college backs (Perry, of course, won the Doak Walker his senior year) but I don't think either of them were truly elite pro prospects. And Hoard, though a great player, wasn't even the #1 option on his own team.
|22 hours 9 min ago||"Out of the box." Barry||
"Out of the box." Barry didn't start until his junior year. Herschel and AP were Heisman finalists (and both have arguments that they should have been winners) their freshman seasons.
|22 hours 14 min ago||Nobody else was calling,||
Nobody else was calling, probably. He got an opportunity to work for a top-end P5 program as a coordinator. It was his one shot and he took it. Seriously, what other program with the recent success of Oregon would take a shot at a guy with no coordinating experience?
Sometimes people reach and take a shot at something. And sometimes they fail.
|22 hours 17 min ago||Hoke wasn't the only||
Hoke wasn't the only defensive problem (promoting the LB coach to DC in 2014, as discussed in this thread, seems to have been the start of the trouble) so I don't think firing him would be enough.
And, let's face it, our last two coaches failed in part because their assistant coaches could not get the job done. You could ask almost the same question about Rich Rodriguez and the practicality of just firing GERG. Hypothetically, RichRod with Don Brown as DC is a pretty good combo, right?
But head coaches are responsible for their staffs. Helfrich was incapable of 1. Seeing the problem and 2. correcting the problem.
Much the same way Hoke was incapable of seeing and addressing serious offensive problems early in his tenure when he had time to correct them. Hoke isn't the one who couldn't coach OL technique, and Hoke isn't the one whose mad genius playbook combined with completely unoriginal game-long playcalling to sink Borges, and Hoke wasn't the one who ruined Devin Gardner, and Hoke wasn't the one who couldn't teach RBs to run through holes that were open.
But it was his responsibility to make sure those things were taking place, and they weren't. Helfrich may be a good coordinator, but as a head coach he was unable to manage his program and to properly address problems with defense.
The way he said that was a cheap shot, but he wasn't wrong.
|23 hours 38 min ago||Yes, and that is one area||
Yes, and that is one area where the elite level players and prospects have been plentiful.
In the past, anyway.
It's what makes the running game move for teams like Alabama, too. They've had some good RBs in the Saban era, but dozens of college RBs could run for serious yardage through the holes those monsters blow open up front.
|23 hours 40 min ago||Are we really going to make a||
Are we really going to make a push to become the fanbase that constantly whines "All conference execs and officials are biased against us because reasons" all the time? I hope not. That would be pitiful.
|23 hours 59 min ago||Which is not an insult.||
Which is not an insult. Herschel and AP were, by some distance, the best out-of-the-box RBs in college football history, in my estimation. AP was playing a different sport from everyone else from the moment he stepped on the field, and in my opinion deserved the Heisman that year.
There's a lot of greatness available to guys that don't hit that mark.
|1 day 13 min ago||Most of the country will be||
Most of the country will be solidly below normal in the incoming cold snap, FWIW.
|1 day 15 min ago||Let's not kid ourselves,||
Let's not kid ourselves, though, we aren't exactly RB U. Guys like Jamie Morris and Mike Hart were great college backs, but pro success by Michigan RBs has been hard to find. Tyrone Wheatley is the only guy who was really an elite-level back and pro prospect in my lifetime, with maybe a small dollop of Tim Biakabatuka.
|1 day 22 min ago||I suspect foul play with||
I suspect foul play with Bama, but that's just me.
|1 day 19 hours ago||"Speedy Florida talent"||
"Speedy Florida talent" sounds like typical shallow media thinking to me. Sure there are fast guys there. There are fast guys in California and New Jersey and Ohio and Texas and even in Michigan, too.
There's clearly a larger quantity of talented guys in Florida than in many other states. Assigning one characteristic or another to it seems simplistic.
What I suspect he has adapted to is recruiting at a place like USF that can't get the most talented guys, and if his team does in fact use a lot of speed players he has found a niche in which guys with incomplete profiles are targeted for one particular asset and developed in other areas.
But that's just a guess.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Where's the bleach||
Where's the bleach
|1 day 20 hours ago||2003 was the worst for me. I||
2003 was the worst for me. I was there, and Michigan was playing incredible hockey down the stretch that season. At one point Jason Ryznar was firing the puck into an open goal... and Minnesota Paul Martin miraculously got his glove down on the ice to prevent what would have been the winning goal.
I drove home to work Friday and then drove back to watch the final that Saturday. I spent the whole game watching Minnesota eviscerate UNH thinking, "this should have been us."
2011 is soul-crushing because it was the final, and all it takes is one shot to win it all. But the way the game was playing out, with Michigan exhausted and UMD dominating play in our end in the OT period leading up to the goal, at least suggested to me that the loss wasn't unjust or a fluke.
Living in Duluth, though, dealing with the aftermath has been kind of tough.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Michigan's history of NCAA OT||
Michigan's history of NCAA OT losses during the streak is just mindblowing.
1993: Lost semifinal to that greatest-of-the-decade Maine team.
1994: Lost flukey quarterfinal to LSSU at Munn (at the FF, Jeff Jackson said "The best team isn't even here.")
1995: Lost triple OT gut-wrencher semifinal to Maine.
1999: Lost quarterfinal to UNH
2003: Lost soul-crushing semifinal to eventual champion Minnesota
2004: Lost quarterfinal to BC
2008: Lost soul-crushing semifinal to Jeff Jackson's Notre Dame
2010: Robbed by refs disallowing winning goal, double OT quarterfinal to Miami (would have had a home FF in Detroit if goal had properly counted no I'm not bitter ok yes I am).
2011: Lost final to UMD. Ugh.
2012: Lost first round to Cornell.
What's awful about this is that I feel like I have to categorize how bad these losses are because 1993 and 1999 and 2004 and 2012 are "only" heartbreaking. Whereas 1995, 2003, 2008, and 2011 make one want to drink bleach.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I have stated repeatedly that||
I have stated repeatedly that Red has earned the right to choose when he retires. He made the program what it is, and without him it does not get nearly the attention here and in other places that it does.
But that does not mean he cannot be responsible for the current state of the program. It is a price I accept, but the current team on the ice is indeed his responsibility.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Do we even have a chance with||
Do we even have a chance with Gadowsky? I would imagine that staying at PSU would seem pretty attractive right now.
Lucia has a harder time fighting teams like Saint Cloud for talent than he used to, but he doesn't seem to be able to succeed with the talent he puts on the ice, either. Even if he can't just win a recruiting battle by coaching at Minnesota anymore, Minnesota ought to be at least as competitive as SCSU and North Dakota and they aren't.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I'm curious how much of||
I'm curious how much of Michigan's ability to adapt and play a game suited to its talent (2003's great forechecking team that pounded that astonishing, high-flying CC team and came this close to winning it all, vs. 2011's astonishing defensive masterpiece that also came this close to winning it all) was a result of Red's smart choices and how much was a result of Mel Pearson. 2011 was a coaching masterpiece... but Mel Pearson may have been the one with the paintbrush.
"Guys losing their fear of God" seems to be a nice way of suggesting that playing for Michigan isn't all that pleasant. I don't know if Red knows how to deal with modern athletes, and there doesn't seem to be enough leadership in the locker room to overcome it.
|2 days 24 min ago||One could argue that player||
One could argue that player development in general hasn't been good. Some guys have grown (Zach Hyman for example) but for many players the skills they've shown on the ice have been the ones they've built themselves.
That last year's offense was keyed by a guy who came in with his skills already equipped before joining the team doesn't seem to be a huge coincidence.
|2 days 26 min ago||I wouldn't be a significant||
I wouldn't be a significant college hockey fan if it weren't for Red. He should have retired sooner, but he has earned the right to get this wrong.
I hope he gets it right this spring.
|2 days 30 min ago||Is it possible part of||
Is it possible part of Warde's reason for delay was the challenge of getting up to speed on an important hire so quickly? Hockey wouldn't be a total mystery to him, but with everything going on elsewhere as he steps in that could theoretically be a big ask.
I hope the big name, if it exists, isn't Don Lucia.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Hearsay from classmates in||
Hearsay from classmates in high school? We're digging a bit here. That hearsay may or may not be accurate. It also doesn't necessarily have anything to do with what he is now. Four years is a long time, particularly in young adulthood. I would speculate that a lot of people on this blog changed and grew quite a bit between 18 and 22 years old and might not be fond of everything they said or did when they were a teenager.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Things may have been||
Things may have been different for Shane if there had been different circumstances.
And they may not have been. He might just not be cut out to be an elite college QB.
No matter. He played for Michigan and by all appearances he worked hard and he endured potentially serious physical injury due to coaching incompetence and he was passed over multiple times as a starter and he has never, ever complained or said anything that could harm the program.
I'm sorry it didn't work out for him as a starter, but these things happen. I'm not even saddened by what-might-have-been. Life happened. He played for us loyally for four years. I am delighted that he has acquired a Michigan degree and that he has an opportunity to find a place to get real playing time.
Michigan man. Good luck!
|2 days 20 hours ago||It's an old Steve Spurrier||
It's an old Steve Spurrier line that he would use to dig at Tennessee, back in the days when Florida owned them.
I mean, that period in the 90s when Florida owned them. Because, this year excepted, they basically still do.
|2 days 20 hours ago||What evidence do you have||
What evidence do you have that Meyer has peaked at OSU, apart from your lying eyes? Do you have any idea how good their recruiting class is this year? Do you have any idea how many players Michigan loses from this year's defense?
You simply have no evidence to make the assertions you are making. A couple of good Evans runs against bad opponents and some nice McDoom end arounds? Nice plays, nice players. There's a lot of room between what limited things they've accomplished as freshmen and a team that is ready to compete for a national title next season. A lot of room.
As it happens, I have argued that the skill position players next year will be able to nearly match the quality of the guys this year (though that "decades" remark is a big stretch). But the defense, which you decline to address, will take a significant step back in talent.