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- In the top 100, there were four from Ohio. All are committed, one to ND, the other three to Ohio State.
- In the top 250, there were nine from Ohio including the four in the top 100. Seven are committed (ND, Ohio State, and Michigan State). Only two are uncommitted. And one of those, Brendan Ferns, is interested in neither Michigan nor Ohio State.
- In at least two cases, Ferns and deWeaver, Michigan wasn't interested.
- Toledo metro area. This is closer to Detroit and Ann Arbor, and not as solidly OSU.
- Top high schools. We have always gotten players from Cincinnati Elder and Moeller, and should also continue to look at St. Ignatius, St. Edwards, Glenville, and a few others.
- Top players. As said in the article, it is pointless and a waste of resources to waste time on athletes who are set on going to Ohio State. But I get the feeling that often some of the best players aren't necessarily as big on going to OSU as we might thing.
- Brian needs to have a front page post about this. No witty, urbane repartee with himself. No cute pics. Just the facts. As in, what's happening with the site going down multiple times. What's wrong. What it will take to fix it. What it will cost to fix it. Who will pay for it. Who will fix it. When it will happen. Why it hasn't happened.
- Keep the site from crashing. Especially this week. Seth said they upgraded to a new server last year, but it isn't stopping the site from being down.
- Postpone site design and functionality fixes til the off-season.
- Time doesn't heal all wounds, although they usually scab over.
- You can't just snap your fingers and move on, "get over it."
- This is tricky, but having faith doesn't mean you don't have lots of pain.
- Everything "doesn't happen for a reason." I don't see good reasons for cancer.
|12 hours 32 min ago||They announced it tonight||
Go over to mgoblue and read the press release. Wormley, Glasgow, Allen, Morgan, Henry, and several others made it.
|14 hours 34 min ago||Beilein has commented on this||
Beilein has commented on Spike, and it has to do with his recovery. He (and Irvin) have to get into game shape and knock the rust off. This takes a lot more time than most people realize. Your shot, your strength, your stamina, your muscle memory, are something helped by practice day in and day out.
|14 hours 42 min ago||A certain amount of luck||
There is a certain amount of luck involved in recruiting. And there is a strong need to actually see the players you are recruiting. This is why the "camps" run by Harbaugh have been so important, and will continue to be important. (I'm assuming that the NCAA can't shut them down next summer, regardless of what happens down the road).
The diary reranking the 2012 class by alum96 illustrates this. There are a good number of "can't miss" recruits who "missed." I won't say Kalis is bad, but he hasn't been the world beater expected. Bolden was ranked very high, as was Pipkins. Others as well. The point is, recruiting is everything, but rankings aren't.
I have noticed that Harbaugh is somewhat "cool" to several highly rated potential recruits, and very high on others who may not be ranked as highly by the services. His ability to develop recruits who aren't high four or five star guys is awesome, and makes a huge difference. If Michigan can bring in several legitimate 5 stars (Gary? Walker? Nauta?) and develop solid 3 and 4 stars who others have missed, we may well see the kind of killer class that Urban Meyers put together in year one.
Part of this article also dealt with the patience needed by fans. I personally have serious doubts about national championship aspirations next year. But I think given the foundation left by Hoke, and the recruiting by Harbaugh in 2016 and 2017, that we can be in the hunt by 2017 and 2018. I believe we will catch up and be competitive with MSU by next year, and to OSU by the year after.
|15 hours 5 min ago||Question on Viramontes & EE (Reese)||
Like many of us, I have watched with concern the situation with the linebackers. I don't completely blame Bolden, Morgan, or Ross. From what Brian and others have written, I suspect they just don't have the speed and intangibles needed to excel, and that would be true anywhere.
However, the lack of LB depth is certainly alarming. With all the rumblings, it appears to be the case that the coaches are a bit lukewarm about Reese. That raises one question for me. Can someone explain to me why Reese can't enroll early? Does this have to do with the number of open spots in the Spring? That is to say, are we limited to three early enrollments, and they've already been given to other recruits?
The second question I have is about Victor Viramontes. We have recruited him at QB, iirc. But in HS, he also plays LB, and does a good job of it. I know that some are of the strong opinion that you need to take 2 QB's in every single class. I wonder if that remains true with the possibility of transfers. Right now, we have Morris, O'Korn, Speight, Malzone, Gentry, Peters, and Viramontes (along with Rudock). It makes sense to me to allow Viramontes a shot at QB. But it also makes sense to me, if he has the athleticism, to move him to LB unless he clearly has the ability to pass a number of guys up. If he legitimately can compete with O'Korn and Peters, let alone the others, great. But if he is stuck way down the depth chart, does it make sense for him to shift almost immediately to LB?
The last question is whether there are any other solid LB recruits who could be poached at this late date from other teams. I find the number of LB recruits on the board . . . disturbing, given the lack of depth at the position.
|2 days 9 hours ago||You're dead to me||
Gil from Omaha?
|2 days 14 hours ago||Time and Talent||
It will take time. It will take talent. And sometimes, it will take a little luck. Time marches on, and talent is marching in. Luck hasn't been on our side.
Next year, with the DL having Glasgow and Mone back, and potentially Gary coming in, we should be better. The OL only loses Glasgow, and should improve. We don't lose Butt, Darboh, or Chesson, our primary receivers. We don't lose Jourdan Lewis or Jabrill Peppers. While we lose a couple of linebackers, that hasn't been the strength of the team anyway. It is critical that Gedeon step up, that at least one of the underclassmen can play, and that we bring in some solid LB's. Hopefully, we have a couple solid RB added to the roster. My point is, we have talent returning, and more talent should be coming in. But this year, we clearly were a step behind in terms of raw talent. Fortunately, OSU and MSU both are losing their best players. (Bosa, Elliot, Cook, among others). The playing field is going to level.
We need to be honest . . . having a 9 - 3 season is a great success in year one.
|4 days 20 hours ago||A couple assumptions here||
So, a couple assumptions here. Most of the readership is male. This is sexist, but in my family, my wife still does a lot of the gift buying. And uses Amazon. She never uses mgoblog. In this instance, I will point out the link to her. My point: if you are a male, and have a significant other who uses Amazon, now would be the time to point out the link.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Now that's worth giving thanks for!||
Now that's worth giving thanks for!
|5 days 12 hours ago||Regarding Ace - where is he?||
Regarding Ace covering basketball, where is he? I hope you sent him to the Bahamas.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Everything and Nothing||
I'm pleasantly surprised at the improvement in almost everything . . . secondary, DL, OL, QB, receiving, kicking, punting, returns. O'Neill stands out as someone I didn't know about and didn't expect.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Wow||
Very touching. Very moving. Glad to learn more about Peppers and his family. His values, and his mom's values, really shine through. And they're a significant part of what makes Peppers, and Michigan, great.
|5 days 21 hours ago||planning on coming||
I'm planning on coming if this still is a go. Possibly with my son. srkass (at) fifcc.org. I will email you later. Let me know what to bring.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Slightly more complicated||
Son has a crappy old cell phone. He wants a cool new smart phone. I'll pay for it. But grades. Not what they should be. Simple to me. Am I being a jerk? Good question. Depends on your perspective. For me, I'm being a Dad, asking for accountability, willing to use bribery and rewards to see things improve. Which they haven't yet.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Different||
This is NOT Michigan Monday. My mistake. That would be Gerdeman, the proprieter/owner of The Ozone. Sorry about that.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Thanks for post||
Thanks for post.
FTR, it is pretty easy to put in a link that works. On the bar above the comment section (when you are composing a thread), there is a icon of a chain (with a blue globe above the chain). The icon is third from the right. Click on this icon, and paste in the link. And you have a link embedded in your thread! If you really want to be fancy, you can type out the link name (for instance, "Big Blue Brotherhood" or something like that). Highlight the link name in the body of the comment. Then click on the link/chain icon (again, third from the right). Paste in the link, and it will automatically be active with the name you have put in the body of the text.
If this explanation is clear as mud (i.e., unclear), there are plenty of tutorials you can find on how to make your threads and posts pretty.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Very cool||
That was pretty cool. Liked it. Liked seeing a bunch of the incoming recruits for both teams weigh in. Looking forward to the next 10 years.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Personally, not upset||
As said by others, I'm resigned to the reality. And it doesn't really matter. There are plenty of other things to do with our time, most of which is better spent.
Having said that, the issue isn't a couple hours on a Tues. morning. No one should care about that. The problem is that this isn't the first or second time. The server struggles with heavy traffic. And functionality is broken. But who cares? The content is good, and having lots of traffic is a good problem, not a bad one. If this was a tiny site with a fraction of the traffic, there wouldn't be any problems. I'd rather have problems because so many fans are interested in the solid content.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Thanks||
Thanks, and that's what I've pretty much assumed. There is a solution, but for whatever personal reason, it isn't happening.
And mostly, I'm just resigned to the reality, and don't get upset. It is what it is. Whatever. However, when someone else puts up a thread, I still struggle not to weigh in with my 2 cents. What can I say?
|6 days 19 hours ago||Wow||
You know, I'm at the same place. I prefer mgoblog to other sources. But it becomes pointless to come here when there is big news. On Saturday and Sunday of gamedays, on signing day in February, possibly during the NCAA tourney, when there is a big recruiting commitment, it is sometimes better to go elsewhere. I never thought I'd say that.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Fascinating factoid||
I just scanned through the Rivals 250, and made some observations.
Generally, I think this is an outlier year for Ohio. I strongly suspect that Michigan will continue to recruit Ohio. It makes sense for Michigan to focus on three things:
|6 days 20 hours ago||You are most correct||
You are most correct. Brian doesn't owe me or his readers a thing. He can do what he wants, when he wants, how he wants. This is the reason why I am not starting any more META threads on the topic. I only commented in this thread as to what I would "LIKE" to see happen. But just 'cause I'd like it, doesn't mean it'll happen. Yeah, my 14 year old son would like a cell phone. So what. I don't owe him one. Brian doesn't owe us anything.
At this point, I'm "hoping" that something will happen with the site in the off season. But between hockey, basketball, exhaustion, HTTV, and being married, I'm dubious about anything happening to improve the site functionality. And you know what? I'm ok with that. I still love the site, warts and all.
Also at this point, I'm done complaining, and just expect things to continue broken indefinitely. I expect the site to be down most of the day Saturday and Sunday, win or lose. I expect the site to bog down. I expect a new thread on the board to vanish from the front page in a matter of hours, pushed down by many other new threads with speculation about recruiting, or coaches leaving, or Zeke Elliot, or birthday cake, or what someone is drinking Sat. morning/afternoon/evening, or why their unique thought shouldn't be buried in a snowflake thread, or posbang threads, ad nauseum. That's ok. After all, I can go to the News or other outlets for actual news about Michigan, and there should still be stuff on the front page.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Let it go||
|6 days 21 hours ago||Touch the Banner was down too||
Touch the Banner was down too. Any explanation?
|6 days 21 hours ago||Agreed||
I agree, but would definitely have a priority list.
I've started threads, I've given money to beveled guilt, I've been frustrated, but nothing. At this point, I don't care about how the site looks, I don't care about broken links, I don't care about broken functionality. Please, if nothing else,
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR LOYAL READERSHIP! Silence is not golden.
p.s. I would gladly donate all but 100 of my "points" if that would help. Sadly, it won't. I'd gladly give more money if that would help. I don't see that this is the issue. I would reassure you that I love the site, the long form journalism, (almost) everything, but that doesn't seem to make a difference either.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I like that||
I like that. In fact, I think I might add that to the bet.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Always dubious of silent commitments||
I'm always dubious of silent commitments. But this seems a decent way to signal if he is really considering Michigan.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Very sad||
This is very sad, and so hard. My heart goes out for mom and dad especially. There are many hard things I have to do as a pastor. This is close to the top of the list. When someone so young dies, even younger than Chad, it is one of the hardest things in the world. There is a lot of pain, and a lot of tears, but no relief. There are a lot of questions, but no good answers.
Never say, "at least," as in "at least he didn't suffer," or "at least he died young," or "at least you had him five years," or "at least you can have more children." There is no "at least" when you lose a child.
Never say, "be thankful" in much the way you never should say "at least." Saying "be thankful" almost sounds like a lecture.
There are some of you who know the Carr family personally. I'm sure you will be there for them. For the rest of us, have eyes to see those who are suffering and in pain. Be ready to say "I'm sorry," and to cry together, and hug a lot, and be quiet together in the pain. Simply being a good friend who cares is the best thing that we can offer in situations like this.
|1 week 16 hours ago||No. Just no.||
Our best scenario is to win against Ohio State. Period. That is in our hands. I'd be thrilled is PSU beat MSU. However, that's backing in, which isn't really satisfying. Actually, for me, the big thing is being able to whip Iowa. That would make me happy. Beat the Buckeyes, demolish Iowa, and play in the Rose Bowl. I don't want anything to do with the 4 team playoff this year. Next year is more than soon enough for me.
|1 week 2 days ago||what was lavert thread?||
what was deleted thread about?
|1 week 4 days ago||Wish LTT well||
Wish LTT well. Sad way to end football career at Michigan. Hope that this was a learning experience for him, and he moves forward in a good way.