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- Former commits who have left Michigan for good, and aren't coming back.
- Former commits (even current commits) who are visiting schools, but would definitely be interested in Michigan if Harbaugh is the new coach. (Cole? Clark? Kinnel? Others?)
- Current uncommitted prospects who waiting to see who the new coach is, after which they may commit to Michigan. (Iman Marshall?)
- Former recruits who never considered Michigan, committed elsewhere, but who might consider Michigan with the coaching change. I'm wondering if there are any guys on the West Coast who would fall in this category. It also would be awesome (but unlikely) to pry prized recruits away from MSU or OSU.
- Coaching staff. Although, this should be settled fairly quickly.
- Recruiting. JH will have an awful lot of work to do in January and the beginning of February. There will be plenty of speculation on whether we can (or should) flip some recruits back to Michigan. Plenty of discussion on recruiting needs.
- Basketball. This appears to be a down year. But there will surely be discussion, and if things really tank, we can always shift to recruiting.
- OT Season. You haven't been here long (unless you were a lurker.) With football season over, people can post about a lot more stuff (as long as it avoids the really inflammatory politics, religion, inappropriate kind of posting.)
- Michigan, like the Bears, was historically cheap. For too long, there was the "This is Michigan . . . people should be grateful to come here" nonsense. Michigan is now opening their pocketbook, because they have been forced to.
- Michigan, like the Bears, has had glory in the past. The Bears are one of the only two remaining original NFL franchises. They have more victories in the regular season and post season than any other team.The Bears have more players in the hall of fame than any other team. We all know Michigan's past glory. The point is, both teams have a fan base that wants a return to winning ways.
- Michigan, like the Bears, have not been good in the last 5 or so years. This makes things worse, and creates more pressure to "get it right."
- Michigan, like the Bears, is an attractive place to end up. Whoever brings Michigan (and the Bears) back to success can write their ticket. I could see a number of people finding both Ann Arbor and Chicago attractive.
- Bears fans have abandoned and turned on team. For this reason, tickets should be available, and cheap. Plus, the Sunday before Christmas there is more availability.
- The Lions should trounce Bears, and go to the playoffs.
- There's always plenty to do in the Chicago area.
- Regarding being a Lions fan. Well, the Lions have sucked for so long it doesn't hurt Bears fans that much. Packers would be a different story. Still, if you wore Michigan gear, and had the Harbaugh to Michigan poster, you wouldn't get too many complaints.
- We have really now had 7 years of being bad, not just 4.
- Ohio State has largely righted the ship with Urban Meyer.
- We (seem) to have a legitimate chance to get Jim Harbaugh.
- Michigan would be better with Horford. At least this year. However, Horford may not have ended the year ahead of Doyle. The other thing is, Horford is happier with a different offensive set, so this was good all around.
- I think it is doubtful Michigan would have been co-favorites with Wisconsin with Horford. McGary, now that's a different hypothetical. More painful, imhe.
- I really don't care much for hypotheticals. Horford is gone. What is, is. Sports, and life, is full of so many "what if's" and "if onlys." If only McGary was here. If only RR had had Casteel as defensive coordinator. If only Michigan had won a few more games, and Gardner hadn't been injured, nor Peppers, and Clark hadn't assaulted his girlfriend. Sometimes things don't work out.
- They get spanked by Wisconsin. Most likely scenario in my mind, end of discussion.
- They manage to beat Wisconsin, are left out of final four. Karma.
- They manage to beat Wisconsin, make it into final four, and are spanked by Alabama. Shuts up OSU a bit. Something like ND making it to the MNC a few years ago.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Remember the first rule of points||
To the OP, you need to remember the first rule of points. NEVER talk about points. Just suck it up and take your beating. You only make it worse when you whine about negs. Which you implicitly did with your edit to your OP.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Let me be more clear||
Well, obviously, recruiting will be better with any coach, and will be much better with Harbaugh. That's so obvious I don't know what to say. Except, that's not the answer I wanted.
Let me be more clear. There are several categories I was interested in.
Because I stopped following recruiting altogether several months ago, I really don't know the current and anticipated state of things with recruiting. That is what I was asking about.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Well, things change||
Well, things change. Reporters could solidly believe something, (Harbaugh will NEVER leave the NFL) but see how things change.
People are allowed to change their mind, you know. Now, the search engine here isn't sophisticated enough to search on several fields. But if I was able to do a search for mgoblog posts in 2009 and 2010, written by Brian, about Harbaugh, I'm almost positive I would find some very definitive statements about how bridges had been burned, and he never wanted Harbaugh at Michigan again. And there were more than a few posters who felt the same way.
If you held every mgoblogger to every stupid post they put up here, well, it'd be pretty rough. We all say things and write things and believe things, and realize that things change. Same deal with reporters. Graciously allow them to change. (unless they're Drew Sharp: I've had it with him.)
|3 days 21 hours ago||Depends what is meant by "commitment"||
What does it mean to commit? I could see Harbaugh talking to a commit, to find out how solidly they were committed. If a recruit out there said, "Thanks for the call coach, but my commitment is solid," well, that's one thing. But if he called and the recruit said, "Thanks for calling. I'm currently committed, but I'd be open to sitting down to talk with you and my position coach," well, that's a horse of a different color.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Thanks!||
That's exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks for your post. I didn't have Roseboro's name in front of me, but I wondered about him. Marshall and Roseboro would be great additions. And I'm sure that some who have committed are gone for good. I did notice that Damien Harris still hasn't made a commitment anywhere. In some ways, having a small class is very helpful. It would be much easier to sign 9 - 10 more guys than 15 - 20 more.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Well, I'm clueless||
Well, I'm clueless, which is why I posted in the first place. I thought Cole was a commit. Scout has him listed not as a commit, but as a prospect. Like everyone else, I'm eagerly awaiting what happens with the coaching change. But other than those starting class in January, I really don't know what is happening with the current class. It was so depressing to see guys decommitting, I stopped compulsively following recruiting.
|4 days 1 hour ago||The one by Leonard Cohen?||
Leonard Cohen wrote a song called "Halleluia." Which will always remind me of Shrek.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Don't know Handelson||
I don't know of Handelson. Was he Handel's virtually unknown recently discovered Jewish cousin?
|4 days 13 hours ago||I'm so sorry for you||
I'll be praying for you and your parents. I feel terrible for you, and hope that your parents come to their senses, and don't put you in the middle.
|4 days 14 hours ago||It's up to you!||
It is up to you (what will be posted here.). But as a mgoblog participant for years, I'm pretty sure the blog will fill up with stuff. Among others:
|1 week 2 days ago||Mood was very different||
So, I was a student in the late 70's and early 80's. From 1977 through 1983, my time in Ann Arbor, Michigan went 4 - 3 versus Ohio State. I didn't bother checking versus Michigan State, because we dominated them at that point in time.
In my time, Michigan and Ohio State were competitive with each other. I was there during Bo vs. Woody. It was a great rivalry. Yes, I wanted Michigan to win every game, but for the most point, there was parity between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. Either might be favored by a bit, but from year to year, they were largely equals. It was much more frustrating to lose trap games that Michigan should have won.
Of course, I have followed Michigan ever since, and have been to a couple Rose Bowls. The current state of affairs is unimaginable to me: Michigan has not really been that competitive with Ohio State for a while.
|1 week 3 days ago||Another Bears fan, Michigan Alum, & Chicagoan Here||
So I'm another Chicagoan and Bears fan. This is an interesting dynamic. First of all, I want Harbaugh at Michigan, period.
Having said that, the Bears are at an interesting point. While they are historically cheap, there are some parallels with Michigan.
I have no clue what Harbaugh will do. I have no clue what the Bears ownership will do. But if the Bears Matriarch Virginia McCaskey decides to go all in, this could be a hard fight for Michigan to win. The thing is, I haven't seen that she wants to do that.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some more . . .||
Go Tell in on the Mountain
Over the Hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the Mountain
Jim Harbaugh’s done come home
Good Michigan Men Rejoice
with heart and soul and voice
Give ye heed to what we say
Harbaugh’s coming home today.
Rivals bow before him now
And he is in the Big House now
Harbaugh’s home today
Harbaugh’s home today
We Wish You a Merry Harbaugh
We Wish You a Merry Harbaugh
We Wish You a Merry Harbaugh
and a Championship Here
Angels We Have Harbaugh Here
Come, Thou Long Expected Harbaugh
|1 week 3 days ago||Happy Chanukkah||
Happy Chanukkah, for all who celebrate it. My sister and her husband are among the many who observe both Chanukkah and Christmas. They'll celebrate the next 8 days, then our family and others will be over for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.
I'm curious: is Chanukkah much observed in Israel, or more in the US and the West as an antidote/alternative to Christmas?
I know that Passover, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur (and maybe Sukkot) are much more important.
|1 week 3 days ago||Live in Chicago area||
Yeah, I'd definitely go if I were you.
Have a great time, and enjoy the game.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for posting||
I enjoyed this . . . thank you! FTR, I don't think anyone would consider "Jingle Bells" religious. And I think "Happy Holidays" encompasses everything from Hannukah to Kwaanza to Festivus to Christmas to Winter Solstice. The whole point is to be inclusive. Of course, some people will always get their feelings hurt no matter what you do.
The bigger point is to really look not to take offense, especially when none is intended. Some people are just too crabby and get their feelings hurt too easily.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think it was worse 4 yrs ago||
I think the climate on the board was worse 4 years ago. But this is pretty bad. I really try to limit my reading at mgoblog anymore, and I almost never go down the rabbit hole of many threads. It can eat you alive, both in terms of time and of poison.
There are several things that make it different this time around.
As much as I want Michigan to win, I have come to believe that the desire to win at all costs at ANY institution is toxic.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm so sorry||
I'm so sorry to hear of your health challenges. I'll be praying for you, and also sending a small donation to MGoBlog.
My daughter has celiac disease, (which I realize is irrelevant to you.) The point is, it took more than long enough for her condition to be correctly diagnosed. The time waiting for that diagnosis was both painful and slow. I certainly hope they identify something that can be treated and dealt with by you, so that you can continue with your love of writing and your love of Michigan sports.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Multiple answers||
Your answer can be addressed in several ways.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||What is the Impact on Recruiting?||
So, I haven't hardly followed recruiting in the last couple months, especially in the last month after things totally cratered. I'm curious about the impact on recruiting. I'm assuming that anyone who has stuck it out this far (in terms of commitment to Michigan) is committed to the University, not to anyone on the coaching staff, least of all Hoke. But I do have a couple questions:
First Is there anyone remaining committed to Michigan who would leave because the coaching staff was let go?
Second, in the event that someone like Harbaugh or Miles becomes our next coach, are there any decommitments who would recommit? Are there any commitments to other schools who would consider flipping to Michigan? I'd love to see Michigan move quickly, so that a new coaching staff is on board, and has the opportunity to gain some solid recruits in the month of January.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Still don't have a phone||
They still don't have their own phones. We have a cell phone that we give to them when they have an outing or game or event where they need to call us. It isn't a "cool" phone, and it has very minimal minutes on it. They do more of the social connections with friends on their iPods. As it turns out, we're only a block or so away from the middle school, so they can walk home in less than 5 minutes, and aren't too dependent on us to be their chauffer. Oh, and they are close to the last kids in school not to have their own phone. We'll probably break down and get them one before High School starts in the Fall.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Peace and happy children||
World peace might be too much to ask for. Board peace would definitely be too much to ask for. But I want my family to have more peace and harmony. I want my kids to be happy, at peace, and respectful (13 year old twins are a handful.) I also am really looking forward to having my 21 year old daughter and her husband home for Christmas from the Navy. The older I get, the less I need or even want.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Honestly I don't care what OSU is ranked||
Honestly I don't care what OSU is ranked. All of the choices are good.
I don't think even the most delirious OSU fan could see them run the table and win out. For the sake of the Big 10, I would prefer that OSU get beat soundly by Wisconsin. It would reflect poorly on the Big 10 to make it and then be humiliated by a much better team.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||He never lost me||
Hoke never lost me. That doesn't mean I am going to argue for him, nor does it mean that I'll stop going to games when he is fired. But he never lost me, and I still think Hoke is a good coach. I'm almost at the point where I'd like to see the team win against Maryland, Ohio State, and the Bowl Game, and Hoke still get fired. That way, the majority of the fans who think he is the problem will be satisfied with blood. Many great recruits will jump ship. And we'll get to experience what a real tire fire is.
This post of mine is stupid, and invites a negative response. It reminds me of the reason why I need to just walk away from the blog altogether. I guess I just strongly dislike the presumption of the question, "when did Hoke lose you?" The fan/blog hive mind is an incredible thing, which is beyond me to stand against.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I need to be more clear||
I need to be more clear. I think MN has a very good team. We lost badly, I fully agree on that. What I was trying to say was that losing to Minnesota was losing to a very good team.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Went to the NW game||
I went to the Northwestern game. It was . . . interesting, to say the least. I can't respond to everyone, but I am not going to argue for Hoke. And it is a waste of everyone's time to get into pissing matches with other fans about the future of the program. What's done is done.
I simply think that if Peppers had been healthy, if we had had Ty Isaac, if Gardner had been healthy and mobile, if the OL had been where they are now at the beginning of the season, we would have won a couple more games, and the discussion would be very different. Yeah, and if wishes were fishes . . .
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I think the team is much better than given credit for||
I think the team is much better than given credit for. Imhe, Michigan has improved an awful lot over the course of the season. I really expected that to happen, largely because of the OL.
I think the defense has done remarkably well, particularly given the loss of Peppers.
The skill positions haven't been as good as we want, but part of that was the OL developing, part of it injuries (Green and Gardner.)
I think that Minnesota is much better than given credit for, and don't call that a bad loss. The single game I really wish we would have won is Rutgers. I am incredibly depressed when I think about Michigan football, because I think it is a foregone conclusion Hoke will be fired, and I think that is not the solution.
I do think we will beat Maryland, and I think that Michigan will play OSU much better and tighter than hardly anyone expects.
Oh, and I actually think that in terms of player personnel, Michigan is pretty well set for the coming year. While I'd dearly love to see Hoke get another year, I'm assuming that the Mongol hordes won't allow that to happen.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Thankful for this Post||
I'm thankful for this post. I haven't posted much the last several months, as the negativity has been too much for me. However, like a moth drawn to the flame, I can't quite quit this blog. Thanks for your perspective.
Speaking of perspective, I'm thankful for time away from this blog to think about what is really important, which means I've spent more time with my family, more time doing things that matter, less time on the internet.
I'm thankful for the time I had in Ann Arbor, and thankful for so many blessings from God in this life. If I had to pick just a couple, I'd say I'm thankful that God is patient and forgiving, and I'm thankful for good people around me, from a wife and children to good friends. I think I'll just stop there.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Biggest change is OL||
It appears our OL has jelled. This was predicted: they are young and were not used to playing together. Regardless, assuming our OL play is solid, and we have three RB available (Green back, along with Smith and Drake,) that opens a lot up.
Conversely, we will be hurt by the loss of Clark, but that is more than compensated for by their loss of Diggs.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||You're on your own.||
You're on your own.