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- Possibly one of the lower ranked OL decides to reopen his recruitment.
- Possibly one of the lower ranked players in the recruiting class reopens his recruitment.
- Possibly one of the existing players on the team doesn't get a 5th year.
- Najee Harris (irrelevant , because of early enrollment)
- Alex Leatherwood
- Donovan Peoples-Jones (irrelevant , because of early enrollment)
- Aubrey Solomon
- Isaiah Wilson
- Jay Tufele
- Cesar Ruiz
- Tedarell Slaton
- Darnay Holmes
- Harbaugh was a pro, and brings professionalism to the program. This is a great thing.
- He is bringing in a higher caliber of player, and I believe this will only continue.
- He has an incredible coaching staff. Mattison, Drevno, Brown, Zordich, I just don't see weak links in the assistant coaching staff right now.
- The facilities are coming up to the level they should be at.
- If Michigan loses to OSU, I really don't want them in the playoff. Prove you belong by destroying OSU.
- If Michigan wins, I'd love for OSU to just have to go home. But if they got in to the playoff, I'd love for Michigan to put an even worse beatdown on them the second time. 'Cause that would tamp down all their endless blather about how great a coach Urban Meyer is. Plus it would mean that Harbaugh would be 2 - 1 against OSU and Urban Meyer.
- I'm curious on the scouting of talent, and how that happens. How involved are Harbaugh, Drevno, and Brown? Is that position coaches? Is it GA guys? Are there scouts who regularly head out around the country to ID talent? Is this something the recruiting coordinator heads up?
- Who makes the decision on who to offer? And what kind of offer is given? (Commitable, non-commitable.) My sense is that some guys they would take a commitment from any of the week and twice on Sunday. Others, they slow play. The only way fans get a sense of this is from how highly ranked a player is.
- In past years, I remember Brian talking a lot about the "floor" and "ceiling" of a player. The sense of the floor was that if a player was polished, and ready to go, he had a pretty high floor. The sense of the ceilling was that if a player had very strong physical attributes (size, speed, strength, etc.), but was lacking in coaching, he had a higher ceiling, but wasn't ready to start. Do you have any feel for how the floor and ceiling of a player affect their recruitment.
- I think Clemson will lose to FSU, but even without the loss, they fall behind us.
- MSU and ND have already been terrible. Wanting more just is piling on to me.
- Put Houston and Ole Miss in a similar category.
- Tennessee has been exposed.
- It knocks them out of the playoff picture
- It puts us in the playoff
- We have a senior laden team, and could struggle more next year.
- It evens the record between JH and Meyer.
- OSU will have a lot of experience next year, and be harder to beat.
|1 day 10 hours ago||You are correct||
You are correct . . . the visit was cancelled, and it seems extremely unlikely that he ends up here at UofM. My point, however, was that IF he (and anyone else on that short list) wanted to come to Michigan, they would almost undoubtedly be a "take," and Michigan would make room.
|1 day 11 hours ago||That's a great question||
You're asking the right question, and the hard question.
I don't know the exact answer. But I do know that you always make room for a handful of players. That handful for me?
I think an RB drops out if Harris signs. And a CB drops out if Holmes signs. If Leatherwood and Slaton both want to come, I think an OL drops out. If Solomon and Tufele both want to come, it is possible a DT drops out.
Currently, Brian does not have Harris, Leatherwood, Slaton, or Holmes coming to um. If Brian is right, this is all a moot point anyway.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Recruit OL Hard||
I'm all for taking at least 8, if not 9 guys on the OL. Let 'em fight it out. It all starts in the trenches. The DL has done much better in the last few years. But the OL still isn't there, and that keeps us from winning at the highest level. I attribute a lot of failure to the OL play. I guess I would definitely take eight guys. And if Leatherwood or Slaton (only one of those two) want to commit, well, you take them as number nine. That would qualify as taking the "best player available."
|3 days 6 hours ago||Want OSU to lose||
I definitely want OSU to lose. Definitely, totally, positively. I can't bear the thought of them winning, and don't want to even think of them possibly winning the NC game. Nope. They need to get their butts kicked.
Now, theoretically . . . if OSU was 9 - 3, and was NOT in the playoffs, and was playing ND or an SEC team, and had had a string of 9 - 3 years, or worse, I would want them to win. But that isn't the case. So I want OSU to lose. Please, let them lose.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Very, very sad||
This is so extremely sad to me. He should be in the prime of life, and not gone. A loss of hope, of happiness, of meaning. This hits hard.
There's a quote in the ESPN article that caught me:
I would love to hear from mgobloggers regarding their thoughts on marijuana use. It certainly was prevalent on campus when I was at UM. I was never a user, but never thought it was a big deal . . . just a personal choice. Use it or don't use it. Whatever. As time goes on, I wonder more and more about the reality of what smoking weed does to a person, and suspect that it just isn't a good thing. But I certainly don't know personally.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Busy schedule, but great schedule||
Harbaugh's in AA Friday through Saturday afternoon, times departure on the private jet to get there in time for the ceremony, fly back that night, see the recruits late Sat. night and a bit Sunday morning before they head home. That window of time they spend with other coaches and guys on the team . . . you can't be with Harbaugh 247 anyway.
Now what would be mega cool would if it weren't a recruiting violation to bring Najee Harris (bring all of them?) along to NYC. Visit on the plane, go to the Heisman, and then all head back to AA. Now that would be a pretty great recruiting tool! Creative, and would get more complaints out there. More "crazy Jimmy" comments from other coaches and schools. . . ok, I know it can't
|4 days 20 hours ago||OL Play at Michigan?||
I really wonder if Rawls problem at Michigan was the OL. No matter how good an RB, you need holes to run through.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Happy for the future||
I'm happy for the future, and disappointed in the past. But the past is gone. Harbaugh has largely been working with Hoke recruits, and has done a great job. As he brings in his guys, and they get with the program from the beginning, it is only going to bring good things.
While I wouldn't be surprised at "the spot," I just don't think that reflects well. Nor too much complaining about the refs. You can't blame losses on things like that. Take it out of the refs hands.
I also have my doubts about the trenches in one area: the run game. The stats suggest that pass protection was there, and the defense was fine. But I don't think the OL was helping the run game. When that improves, and we have a couple of fully functioning, healthy QB's, we'll be in a good place.
|1 week 4 days ago||My condolences||
I'm so sorry. Pain like this takes your breathe away. God be with you, and give you peace beyond human understanding. You need it now. My heart goes out to you.
|1 week 5 days ago||Don't exactly disagree||
I agree that we were snakebit. I remember all those terrible losses, and others besides.
The thing is, I personally think you can never leave the game in the hands of the refs. Never. You have to control what you can control. I definitely think Michigan got jobbed. But it just looks like sour grapes to non-Michigan fans.
For me, the turning point was that second interception. That is when that familiar sense of doom and foreboding set in for me. Our defense was tremendous, but it is hard to overcome those turnovers.
I also am ready to move on with our OL. I feel like we just haven't been able to impose our will. Also, Hutchinson made the comment that we were playing not to lose, instead of playing to win. I kind of agree.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Nice preview||
Nice preview on the game.
But what I really want to know is what's up with Oliver Martin crystal balled by you to ND? Is that a result of the drug interaction? Or a gut feeling? Or something more substantive?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Many fond memories||
I have many fond memories from this board. I know that some former users lurk more, and post less. Some were kicked out, some just left. I miss Brian commenting more in the threads. CRex was always fun. Some of the best stuff came from guys who are now in the business . . . Tom VH, Steve Lorenz, Sullivan, et. al.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Love Michigan Monday||
I love Michigan Monday. It tends to be an unbiased enemy account.
I do think the Game will come down to the trenches. How does our OL do versus their DL. How does our DL do vs. their OL? Whoever controls the lines, controls the game.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Best Case Scenario||
The question was asked above, "what's the worst case scenario?" I'd like to flip the question and ask, "what's the best case scenario?" In other words, the following are listed as possibilities over at 247:
Out of that list, how many do you think legitimately would have interest? 10%? 30? 50? 100? How many do you think legitimately would sign with Michigan? 10% 30%? More?
In years past, it seems like the lists were made up of offers that there was no way they would actually have considered coming to Michigan. Right now, it seems like every last person on this list would actually consider coming to UM. Is that really possible? Could virtually everyone above on my list choose to come together to UofM?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Wonderful story||
This is a wonderful story. Our church, also Lutheran, has welcomed dozens of refugees, many from Liberia, but also from Iran, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire. I have sat and had a Liberian feast with other young African men now playing D-1 ball. We just can't imagine what they went through, especially their parents. The story that will always stick with me is of refugees fleeing certain death, and having to choose between carrying children and dying, or setting the children down to flee and saving your own life. Reading the story reminded me of how fluid and challenged the concept of "family" was for many refugees. Parents were gone, half siblings, aunts, uncles, it was all a mess, and not like the well-defined nuclear families most of us come from.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Very cool||
Another one: Levon Helm in "The Shooter."
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Arts question||
Well, as regards the art world, how much time and what do you want to do and what are you going to do with your 4 yr old boy? I mean, you've been to galleries, right? My other sister works for the Art institute, so I'm there often enough. But I just didn't think you had the time or the interest to go to galleries or museums. If that's what you want to do, I'll round up some suggestions for you. My other sister often has art on her walls from local artists (she and her husband have transformed their place in Skevanston into an arts incubator, where they host concerts every couple weeks or month or so.)
EDIT: And regards the Signature Room at the John Hancock, rethinking it, I'd probably go to Sunday brunch there. As much as I love Lou Malnati's, I think being on the top of the John Hancock on a sunny day is a more memorable experience. It isn't just the food, it is the ambiance. I mean, a window seat looking out at the Lake or the city is pretty cool.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Congratulations on your daughter||
Congrats. Borderline humble brag, but congrats.
Regarding advice on what to do, I could give some, but not sure what you really want. For South Bend, the campus is pretty, but it really isn't that old. If that's what she is in to, I'd definitely look at Cambridge, Oxford, or Harvard, Princeton, Yale.
It depends where you're coming from, but I kind of like a brief visit in Amish Country (Shipshewana or Goshen). Decent food and something some folks have never experienced.
As for Evanston, my sisters both live there, and I can give advice if you really want it. One of my sisters is in the foodie and arts world, so if there is a kind of cuisine or experience you're looking for, let me know.
One simple thing to do in Chicago is go to the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. On Saturday, they have a lunch buffet that won't kill your pocketbook (the way dinner might). Really, the views are the best you'll ever get, especially on a sunny day. It is an experience for your kids. North Michigan avenue has lots and lots of shopping options. Water tower place is right there. I just don't think you have lots of tourist time for museums, etc., but this is a memorable family experience that might fit your time frame.
On the other hand, if you are on campus Saturday, you probably would have to reserve the latest possible lunch you could.
Back to Evanston, there are a few decent enough deli options there (not that you need that, with several good choices in AA).
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I want to see Michigan kill OSU in Columbus||
I want to see Michigan demolish OSU in Columbus. I rarely want to see a player hurt, but let's just say I'd like to see the DL absolutely punish Barrett for running aggressively. He has run with impunity for 3 years. He needs to be tackled and brought down hard. I'd also like to see him force passes and have both Stribling and Lewis get interceptions. And I want to see Peppers go wild with both punt and kickoff returns, making it to the endzone twice out of special teams.
What happens after that, doesn't matter much to me. But two other scenarios:
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Speculation is fun||
Speculation is fun, but I don't see how Michigan could take 9 on the OL. I'm sure if there's a way it will happen. Still, more guys are going to have to leave early with a firm handshake, and that is going to thin the number of guys we can take at other positions. It is a nice problem to have. But I will wait to see how a third of our incoming class is dedicated to an area with less than a quarter of the players on the field. Eight would be pushing it, but ok for Leatherwood or Slaton or maybe Ruiz. Seven would be realistic.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Wow||
Wow. Just wow. Thanks a ton for posting. As far as I'm concerned, you and your entourage should have rock star seating in E. Lansing for what looks to be a colossal beat down. You will be there, right?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Still many questions||
There are still a bunch of questions I have.
Thanks much, as always, for what you are doing for the fanbase.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||OSU vulnerable||
Seeing how vulnerable OSU is was the highlight for me. I really don't mind that they won. But I have to believe that JH et al are going to look at the tape of that game and it is going to help them. Both in offensive play calling, and in what the defense does (against OSU).
At this point,
No matter what happens, Michigan controls their own destiny. The crummy thing about looking at other teams and counting on them to lose or win or do something is that you aren't looking at yourself and what you need to do yourself. If Michigan loses to OSU, than UM isn't there yet, and SHOULDN'T be in the playoffs.
In going back to my main point, I really hope that Michigan is very judicious in what they reveal to OSU over the next 5 games. Only reveal what you have to, and what you need to in order to sow doubt in their minds. I also hope that for the rest of the season, a significant amount of time, and some in practice each week, is given to prepping for OSU. I know all about coach speak. But cumong, look at the next 5 games. Are you really concerned about MSU? Iowa? Indiana? Maryland? (forget about Illinois. That's a foregone conclusion.) Yes, you have to throttle those teams, and can't overlook them or look past them. But IIRC, Bo was preparing for OSU every single week. I'm sure Harbaugh hasn't forgotten that. This is the critical year to beat OSU.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||OPSEC very important||
OPSEC is very important. Her name has never been put up anywhere. We never discuss ship location or movement, particularly current or future. We don't discuss when and whether she will be in a port of call until after the fact. We never discuss strategy or missile payloads. (That's far above her paygrade, and she wouldn't know anyway). I have been very careful only to cite information that is from public, searchable news media sources. The fact that the Mason was attacked, the fact that 3 radar sites in Yemen were fired on by US Naval forces yesterday, the fact that no one on the Mason was injured, all of these facts come from news stories. Oh, and even when we communicate, and FTR communicate about things stateside at home, or how she's doing, it is always private and not for public dissemination. You have to take OPSEC seriously.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Complicated question||
This is a complicated question. Our daughter joined, as I alluded to in the thread somewhere, partially for the educational benefits. That is to say, the GI Bill would allow her to go to college mostly debt free. She also can take classes while in the Navy for free (albeit online classes.)
However, what I came to realize is that in the enlisted forces in the Navy, there are a few areas where there are highly technical skills that need years of training. Those working with nuclear reactors, in avionics, as computer network technicians, in some language areas, have abilities and skill sets far beyond many enlisted sailors. The Navy pays out significant bonuses for those who reenlist in these areas, because they can't find and retain enough sailors. This won't apply to her because it is unlikely she will reenlist. Her compensation, so to speak, is having the "free" training which enables her to do her job, and the experience which will open doors to certain jobs when finished with the Navy. I'm glad my daughter joined, but I wouldn't really say she is "well compensated." She certainly isn't dumb as a brick.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||You are correct||
You are correct. Sometimes, in the interest of shorthand, you use a word that isn't really correct. In communicating with my daughter, there are an absolute ton of Navy acronyms that briefly and succinctly describe an area or a weapon or a strategy, etc. I tried to communicate simply and intelligibly without an overlong post.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Ok||
Ok, we can dispense with the argument that anything our military does overseas necessarily has anything to do with our freedom here in the US. If I hear you correctly, what you're saying that we should stop believing that what the military does abroad has anything to do with our freedom or safety at home. I understand what you're saying.
The most we can definitely say is that those who serve in the military do so at the pleasure of the President, the Pentagon, and Congress, and have chosen to potentially put themselves at perrsonal risk in the service of our government.
While there is a difference of opinion, that kind of debate and argument doesn't belong here. It is good for me to avoid any kind of overall statements about freedom and the purpose or need or utility of the military.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Extremely aware of OPSEC||
I'm extremely aware of OPSEC. All information posted came from public media sources. Sorry I didn't provide links to articles. If you do a simple Google News Search on "USS Mason," you can find all the links yourself. The exception as to info shared by my daughter was what it felt like for her personally when they knew they were under attack. I never ask and don't want to know of ship movements yesterday, today, or tomorrow. I don't know and I don't want to know the ship's missile payload. I don't want her to ever put up any classified info. And FTR, even when we chat, it is never in a public forum. I appreciate and agree with OPSEC concerns.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks||
FTR, I was fully aware of what you posted on the Saudi jets. Obviously, I've been following the story closely. I simply chose not to comment, so as to try to stay away from political commentary as much as possible. Still, it certainly gives the context.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Definitely agree with OPSEC||
I definitely agree fully with OPSEC concerns. I don't want her to put anything out there that compromises her, or the ship, in any way. We never talk about ship movements, future actions, etc. etc. Anything posted comes from articles easily found via a Google News search. Nothing (other than what it felt like personally when under attack) was revealed by her, which is as it should be.