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- Late in the season.
- When there are other compelling Big10 games.
- When Michigan is doing very poorly, and no one wants to watch them.
- For tradition, or doing something new?
- For DB, or against?
- For more profit, or believe there is enough money pouring in already?
- Hatch's faith in God is very important to him. He could have said, "curse God and die" but he didn't. He could have been angry with God at the loss of his family, but he wasn't. Having said that, Hatch finds the perfect balance in expressing his faith. On the one hand, he doesn't hide his faith in God, but is open in acknowledging it when asked about it by Shriver. On the other hand, Hatch is not aggressive, obnoxious, or in your face with his faith (as some have accused Tebow of doing.)
- The second thing is that I wish the piece had been able to talk about the bond between Beilein and Hatch. The story of Beilein taking the time to be at Hatch's bedside after the accident is incredible. You can tell that he is partly a surrogate father. For Beilein to do this, it is obvious that he also is a man with faith in God. Beilein is not the only one: assistant coach Jeff Meyer is a strong Christian, as was former player Morgan, as was former MVP Trey Burke, as are some on the current team. Like Hatch, none of them, not Beilein, nor Meyer, nor Morgan, nor Burke, are aggressive and obnoxious about their faith in God. But neither do they deny that God is in their lives, and is a guiding principle. There are many athletes and coaches on Michigan's teams who come from this perspective. There is a somewhat hidden spiritual foundation that is significant in the kind of players being recruited, and the kind of atmosphere the coaches have developed. As is appropriate, their faith life is not typically a matter for public discussion, which I believe is wise. I would simply say that this dynamic is a bit out of step with the wider culture at U of M, and yet, it is a healthy dynamic that bodes well for the future.
- OLB Osa Masina
- OLB Keisean Lucier-South
- OLB Asmar Bilal
- CB Iman Marshall
- CB Marcus Lewis
- DT Darian Roseboro
- DE Tyrone Wheatley
- DE Jalen Bates
- Michigan Football:
- 910 wins
- 42 titles
- 131 seasons (however many)
- est. 1879
- Starting safeties will be Jarrod Wilson & Jeremy Clark.
- Green/Smith 1 & 1a at RB, while Hayes & Johnson are 3rd down RB.
- Funchess is catching more consistently (thank goodness.)
- Mo Ways won't crack depth chart, but contribute on spec. teams.
- Gardner is clearly the starter (like we didn't know) because of "intangibles."
- (as noted above) Peppers stays at Nickel, not starting as boundary corner yet.
|1 min 14 sec ago||I'd agree with your recollection||
Even though it wasn't a scholarship offer, it was clear to a number of coaches that Graham Glasgow had the potential to develop. Becker saw this. He was really an unknown, because he came to football so late. We were extremely fortunate that a Michigan grad was his coach.
A significant part of recruiting is not just bringing in the 4 & 5 stars. Everyone had a pretty good idea that Peppers was a tremendous talent. When you are bringing in 4 & 5 star players, you are going to be good. Look at what Alabama and Ohio State have been doing. But there is only room for so many 4 & 5 star players, and even some of them are busts. When you can bring in a hugely talented player that is not adequately scouted, and thus not highly rated, you have improved the overall quality of your class.
An example of someone not being highly rated, to some degree, is Canteen. Because of where he played and the lack of film and exposure, not everyone saw how good he was going to be.
Beilein has done a great job in Basketball of identifying players who fit his system, but flew a bit below the radar. Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, and now Caris LeVert are great examples of this. This is a way that teams can exceed projections and escape from the anaylsis done by the Mathlete (i.e., that you can predicate success based on top offensive and defensive recruiting classes.
|11 hours 14 min ago||Definitely some back story||
The Glasgow brothers played ball at Marmion Academy, a small Catholic high school in Aurora, Illinois. Their coach was Kurt Becker, former offensive guard (9 years) for the Chicago Bears, and prior to that, offensive guard for Michigan. Graham was a basketball player, but tried out football as a High School Junior. With one year of experience as a junior, Tressel saw Glasgow, and was prepared to make him a preferred walk on. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill saw the same thing, and arranged an official visit. Becker wasn't about to let this happen without alerting Michigan. The rest is history. Shortly after Ryan Glasgow came to Michigan, Becker left to take a coaching position elsewhere.
The Glasgow parents are team doctors for the football team at Northern Illinois. As such, finances were not as big of an issue as they would be for most students.
The basic situation is that both Glasgow brothers were diamonds in the rough, with very little experience, very raw, but with huge potential. Occasionally, someone like that will unsurface, and if you are lucky and in the right place with the right connections, guys like that can end up on your team.
|16 hours 56 min ago||Hate the stupid shirt||
I hate the shirt. I hate the crabbing about Hoke. I hate the "hot seat" media generated nonsense. I hate the stupid Ohio State fat jokes about Hoke.
Happily, I don't think Hoke gives a rip. He's not gonna wear a stupid headset. He's not going to wear a coat or a sweater unless he's really cold. He's gonna wear shorts when he wants to. He's gonna eat when he wants to, and where he wants to, and what he wants to. (Well, that last within reason. I suspect he eats a bit less than he wants to. I am similarly weight challenged, and have to tell myself to eat less.)
I love Hoke, and want to stick it to every doggone fan and rival and media type who continually dog him.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Fine press conference||
You know, I really loved Borges' press conferences and the interaction with Heiko. But at the end of the day, I'm very happy with Nuss and with coach speak. I actually think that the OL would have been a disaster last year no matter who was the OC and the line coach. But I think they will improve to at least mediocre this year. The big thing with Nussmeier is his understanding of the QB position, and working with DG to help him succeed.
Speaking of Nuss and QB's, I think this will also pay dividends with Morris. By Morris having another year largely on the sidelines, nailing down the playbook, learning more about being a QB from Nuss, he will be much more ready to take the wheel in 2015. I think Michigan will have a minimum of 9 wins this year, and personally, I'm predicting 11 wins in the regular season, with a loss to MSU. I hope that Nuss sticks around at least two years, because I think 2015 is going to be really special. By next year, the OL will be solid, there will be depth and experience and skill at every single position, and we'll see Michigan as a solid competitor for the Big 10 and beyond.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Very nice Diary||
Love your optimism. I'm on-board. I do believe we'll lose to MSU, but win every other game in the regular season. I can't predict the bowl game quite you. Keep up the good analysis!
|1 day 21 hours ago||3pm||
3pm. Michigan will win the next 3 weeks. This makes them more compelling. TV drives everything (well, TV money.) As such, ABC will choose Michigan for the late afternoon game.
Noon starts will only happen with a combination of things.
Since I don't anticipate Michigan losing, and the slate of other games is putrid, and it isn't late in the season, you can pretty much guarantee a 3pm start.
|2 days 36 min ago||Great Piece||
I've always enjoyed reading what Brian writes. Once again, he doesn't disappoint.
I mostly get the dread. After last year, how could you not? I think watching the MSU game last year was one of the most painful experiences possible. You just knew that they were not going to score on State's defense. And that Devin was taking punishment all game long, especially in the second half. And that the defense couldn't do it all.
And yet, I have such a strong sense of anticipation for this season. I don't know what the OL will do, but with Nuss, and with what appears to be a very strong offense, and with the OL possibly improving over the season, and with more receivers, I have hope.
I strongly agree with Brian that Michigan needs to stay the course with Hoke, Transitions, indeed, are brutal, and the last thing we need now is another transition. Actually, I believe that Hoke's ceiling is much higher than Brian and many others anticipate. For an example, you need look no further than Beilein. Prior to Michigan, Beilein was a good coach. Bringing him to Michigan gave him the resources he needed to excel. Brian wrote several years ago of limited expectations for Beilein. Well, Brian's expectations were exceeded. I believe that with the excellent coaching staff, and the recruiting, Michigan football under Hoke will also exceed Brian's expectations.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Very nice article||
While some fluff, it also gives insight into who Devin is and what makes him tick.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Nice to live in Chicago area||
Nice to live in Chicago area. I don't have cable, and don't have time to watch every last game. But going to the neighborhood bar means I can catch most of the games pretty cheaply. With going to maybe two or three games live, watching a few at a friend's house with Tivo and HiDef, and catching several at home on ABC, the season is covered very cheaply. Regardless of which way you go, I could never imagine paying a monthly cable bill. U-Verse keeps on trying to get us to add cable, but with the BTN and ESPN not being in the basic tier, it makes absolutely no sense.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Really agree with you||
I have loved going to several Rose Bowl games, and my time living close to there. Being at the game as the sun goes down, with the San Gabriel mountains overlooking, is an awesome experience.
I will say, my seats at the 1993 Rose Bowl were much better than in 2007. Of course, this was also affected by the fact that Michigan won in 93 and didn't win in 07. But still. All seats are not created equal. Even in Michigan Stadium, I'm not sure I would want to be in the first two or three rows in the corner. I suppose it is better than not going at all, but not much better
|3 days 12 hours ago||I've turned down several tickets at Wrigley||
I've turned down several tickets at Wrigley. It is an old dump, with the team having the worst futility of any in Major League Baseball, last winning in 1908. What is particularly annoying is all the drunk yuppie fans in their 20's. The location is good, being in a neighborhood on the North Side. But the location is always bad, because of all the people who go to Wrigley for the experience, the ambiance, and not for the game.
This is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Don't ask me to go to a game with someone who has minimal interest in watching the game. I'm fine with breaking in kids who are learning the game. But going with someone who mostly wants to talk, to people watch, to eat food, to see and be seen, just isn't for me.
The flip side is true too. If the game is good, and I'm with others who enjoy a good game, I really don't care where I am watching it.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I like the Cell||
But then, I've always had great seats in a club box, and never been in the Upper Balcony.
|3 days 18 hours ago||strong coffee||
Hot, strong coffee. Lots to do yet today.
|4 days 10 hours ago||I've been to Zimmerman's||
I've been to Zimmerman's . . . are there other deli's in AA that are as good or better, but cheaper?
|4 days 12 hours ago||Mrs. StephenRKass||
Cause obviously. How can I love anyone else as much? Sometimes she is out of line, but hey, that goes with the territory. My sweetheart, my avatar, and my downfall at mgoblog one fateful Saturday night several years ago.
Other than my namesake, well, I like so many for different reasons. the mods, the football knowledge guys (magnus, space coyote, steve sharik,) mgrowold (same generation,) Burtontower, WD (but really, you will need to get a life. I fondly remember the days of yore when I could be as obsessed as you.) There are many guys who have left the blog who I miss. Even some of the meltdown guys.
|4 days 20 hours ago||It depends||
It depends . . .
I frankly don't care . . . it will not impact me either way. I'll merely observe that anyone who has been against advertising and upset with Dave Brandon and what he has done to maximize profit and the loss of time honored traditions would be ridiculously inconsistent and hypocritical to support beer sales at Michigan in the stadium.
|5 days 1 min ago||Wonderful, Inspiring Story||
I love stories like this. Cannot. get. enough. So happy for Austin, so glad he is on the team, don't believe his story is finished by a long shot.
Just two additional comments.
|5 days 30 min ago||Michigan will end up with a record of 12 - 1||
Michigan will beat Ohio State, but lose their Big 10 game to MSU and not play for the Big 10 Championship.
Michigan will win their Bowl game.
The OL will be end up much better than expected, and Magnuson will do a great job.
Hoke will get a contract extension.
Michigan will have the highest average star rating for incoming recruits in 2015.
Canteen will be Freshman of the year in the Big 10.
Clark, Ryan, Funchess, Peppers, Canteen, and Gardner will be all Big-Ten.
(I suppose these predictions aren't specific enough . . . c'est la vie.)
|5 days 4 hours ago||It's the most wonderful time of the year||
There's something about this time of year that is just . . . good. Every season has it's place, but I'm really looking forward to this season.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Thanks for update!||
I always love reading the recruiting updates. So right now, I'm curious which of the following recruits are a strong possibility for coming to Michigan:
Are there any of these who aren't realistically considering Michigan? (for instance, I haven't heard much about Masina, am doubtful about Marshall really leaving CA or Bates leaving LA. I also don't know what to think about Bilal.) Are there any of the above who have provisional, non-commitable offers? Ace just mentioned an offer went out to OT Robertson, but I won't believe there's real interest until he comes for an OV.
We already have 10 commitments. My understanding is that we might have room for another 5, with standard attrition rates. If we received a commitment from KLS, Lewis, Roseboro, and Wheatley, would we fill our needs and be done?
|5 days 18 hours ago||I'm sold out for Hoke||
It isn't that I dislike Harbaugh exactly. But knowing what I know now about both Hoke and Harbaugh, I would choose Hoke 10 times out of 10. Hoke's character, his concern for his players, his goals as a coach, make him the perfect coach as far as I'm concerned. There may be a few better coaches out there in terms of X's and O's. But I don't care. Hoke is here for the long haul. He has surrounded himself with a great staff. He knows the game well enough to coach aggressively.
Here's where I believe Hoke strongly trumps Harbaugh, and where Hoke is better suited to the college game than Harbaugh. I strongly believe Hoke will do much better than Harbaugh with stellar recruiting. Look on the front page: Iman Marshall wants to take an official to Michigan. Our biggest problem in recruiting this year is that we won't have enough room for all the 4 & 5 star players who want to commit here! Maybe in the NFL, it is only about winning, but not in college. I actually believe that over time, Hoke's methodology is going to work to perfection.
My son will never play Div. 1 football. But from his time in football over the last 5 years, I have seen good coaches and bad. I would much, much rather my son play for Hoke than for Meyer, or Saban, or Brian Kelly, or Harbaugh.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Have to partially agree with all who responded||
I'm replying to myself (HA!) but this is really a response to all who have a problem with Rosenberg. I would agree that there seems to be no ownership on his part for his reporting. Taking responsibility for your mistakes and errors in judgement is critical. Interestingly, in the very article Rosenberg wrote, Hoke took ownership: he blamed problems from last season on his own poor leadership, and not on the (lack of) senior leadership.
For there to be real reconciliation between Michigan and Rosenberg, he has to take responsibility for what he did, or at the least, what he did poorly. (He may actually still think on some level that he did the right thing.) I don't know Rosenberg, so I don't have the least idea whether he has the ability to do this or not.
This is the same kind of problem many people have with Chris Webber. His failure to own up to anything is the main reason there have been problems in his relationship with Michigan.
Because I don't IN ANY WAY want to rehash what Rosenberg did and wrote, and what happened under RR, it really is pointless for me to go down the road of what Rosenberg was culpable for in "stretching" and "countable hours," etc., etc., etc. However, it is my general observation that there are usually two sides to a story.
Lastly, I think that one of the major benefits of forgiveness is for the person offering it. In other words, people who hold grudges and refuse to forgive usually end up in a place that isn't that good. I guess I would say that it is worth letting go of this whole thing, with two caveats. First, I don't know how much I would trust Rosenberg in the future. Second, for him to be reconciled (slightly different than forgiveness) he really needs to man up and take ownership for his own wrong doing. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Here's the quote from Gardner||
For those of you who don't want to click through, here's the money quote:
|6 days 1 min ago||Great Article||
I understand why many readers won't click on anything Rosenberg writes. But I really liked the article. It underscores the atmosphere that Hoke has brought back to Michigan.
For those of you who can hold your nose, it is worth reading. For those of you who refuse, I'm block-quoting chunks of the article.
Here is a key quote near the end of the article (part of which was referenced above.)
Some comments on how Hoke views last season:
Hoke on character, and why he coaches:
On who Hoke is, and how he runs the program:
There also is a fascinating section where he talks a bit about what happened with Gibbons. Bottom line: this article expresses very well many of the reasons I believe Hoke is the right man for Michigan. I believe he will succeed, and that under him, Michigan will be the right kind of program.
EDIT: Some mgobloggers need to learn to let go of grudges, to forgive, and to move on. You know, Rosenberg may never be your favorite writer or columnist. But for crying out loud, we all do things we regret. I wouldn't be surprised if Rosenberg has regrets. In the same way that York needs a second chance somewhere else, I'm glad Rosenberg got a second chance somewhere else.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Where's the copyright rules?||
As regards t-shirts, I assume there are basic copyright infringement rules that don't allow you to use a bunch of things, i.e., the words "Michigan," "University of Michigan," U of M," "Michigan Football," "Go Blue," etc. Can you link to what is allowed and what isn't allowed? There is no point in coming up with ideas only to find out that you can't use them.
I guess the one shirt I'd wear is a Navy shirt with a Maize "Mgoblog" emblem on the chest. (The block "M" with the script banner across the base of the M.)
I'm just personally not going to wear many of the t-shirts. My wife is from Cleveland, and I'm not going to wear a bunch of the Ohio centric shirts. Shirts that are about Bo or about Carr don't work for me, nor am I going to wear a Woodson shirt or a photobomb Brian shirt. (even though thrown in with HTTV.) Is "Leaders and Best" copyrighted? "Hail?" "Victors Valiant?" "Champions of the West?" "Maize and Blue?"
This shirt would be instantly dated, but I could live with that, especially as an HTTV add in.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Be nice||
Be nice. As it is, most of our plans are settled: she takes two to 6 Flags tomorrow, back in time for football practice the next two nights, pep rally Saturday, then on Sunday church, football pictures, brunch, scrimmage, bonfire, games, to bed for her first day back to work and kid's first day of school Monday. Full weekend.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Thanks for PSA||
Thanks for PSA. Most of this is common sense. I'm so thankful that negbangs and posbangs came back, because they make things work better all around.
There is one kind of on-topic off-limits post that comes up every now and then. It happens when an off-limits topic (politics, religion, personal life, as mentioned above) intersects with a Michigan athlete or coach. Obvious examples that have occurred in the past would be discussions about Gibbons and his situation, or Lewan and the charges against him, or most recently, the situation with York. How do the mods define what is "personal" and when the personal becomes public? As an example from our opponent, when do the actions of former OSU QB Pryor (in tattoo parlors, with Corvettes, etc.) become legitimate for public discussion? If photos are taken of athletes in questionable activities, are these in the public domain?
Most of the time, the private, personal lives of athletes stay that way, as they should. But especially with social media, the lines between personal and public have become more blurred.
Only one suggestion: I think that wherever the mods choose to draw the lines, they should be consistent for both our opponents and for Michigan athletes. In other words, if we're digging for dirt on the guys at Ohio, we should be open to the same for our own players. (and my thoughts on the lines are that we should be generous in not disclosing information that we wouldn't want disclosed about ourselves.) Just my two cents.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Few other notes||
Most of the comments above have to do with the OL, understandably so given the problem there. Here are a few other notes:
Can't wait for season to begin. Would also like to hear pressers from Mattison begin.
|6 days 18 hours ago||What a game||
That was fun to watch, although I hope that Michigan is more in control of games this coming season.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Reading, swimming, last weekend before school||
Since it is the last weekend before our kids go back to school, we'll try to do something as a family . . . maybe go to the beach, maybe 6 Flags again, maybe the pool, maybe a bonfire Sunday night. Kyle has football practice every day this week from 6 - 8:30pm, plus scrimmage on Saturday, so between chores, football, church, and life, I don't know we'll be able to do much else.