|5 weeks 7 hours ago||I've never read anything so||
I've never read anything so incredible.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Two Things||
1) Penn State is up to 19th in adjusted sack rate. The OSU game moved them up 9 spots.
2) Sickels finished with 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, and 0 sacks against Michigan.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||These Ed Muransky stories are||
These Ed Muransky stories are pure gold.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I still have a hard time||
I still have a hard time considering Jabrill a linebacker, so he remains a hybrid spacebacker in my mind. That leaves two traditional linebackers: Gedeon and McCray. McCray has been good as well, but I have no doubt that Gedeon has been the better linebacker through 6 games.
And the stats back that up: 5 more solo tackles, 14 more assisted tackles, 3 more tackles for loss, and an extra 1/2 a sack.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Guh, I can hear you mouth||
Guh, I can hear you mouth breathing from here.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Right. By fair shot I meant||
Right. By fair shot I meant that he was receptive to their message.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Steve Lorenz has said for||
Steve Lorenz has said for awhile that Michigan will get their fair shot. Hard to disagree with him after reading the interview.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Can't be True||
I'm 99% sure you can't give a walk-on a scholarship without releasing a flashy video that publicizes the school and coach
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Source?||
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Seconded. He hasn't been||
Seconded. He hasn't been mentioned at one of the two ILB spots.
|15 weeks 11 hours ago||How the hell did you make the||
How the hell did you make the comic book effect at the beginning??
|23 weeks 5 days ago||No, prep school and junior||
No, prep school and junior college are two different things.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Pro Foootball Focus seems to||
Pro Foootball Focus seems to think Jabrill Peppers is pretty talented, naming him to their First Team Big Ten with a grade of +16.1, ahead of second teamer Vonn Bell at +13.4.
That grade is higher than Desmond King (+14.8) and higher than either of their first team safeties.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||The article mentions that||
The article mentions that Meyer and OSU were at a nearby camp, but doesn't mention that Rutgers is at the same camp.
See, that's what you get for calling on your "ally". There's a pecking order here.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Moving to FS1||
Fuck Clay Travis.
Just had to get that out of the way.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Immediately||
So an hour ago...
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Serious Question||
What would happen if Michigan ignored them and still held a camp? Would there be sanctions, etc.?
|34 weeks 3 days ago||*Sits on Harbaugh's Twitter Feed*||
|34 weeks 3 days ago||lol, like the ncaa would try||
lol, like the ncaa would try to rationalize a damn thing
|46 weeks 3 days ago||The backup plan was totally||
The backup plan was totally Dan Mullen. I have no idea if this is actually true, but I'm just going to say it with supreme confidence and figure I'm right.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Inventory||
Just went through and did a full inventory. It looks like I've got the following:
Ohio State: 1971, 1973, 1975, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1999
Michigan State: 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1987, 1988, 1996
Notre Dame: 1978, 1979
Texas A&M: 1970
Penn State: 1996
Iowa: 1986, 1992
Florida State: 1986
Vanderbilt: 1969 (Bo's first game)
1998 Rose Bowl
Media Guides: 1990 (football), 1992 (football), 1993 (football), 1994 (football), 1996 (football), 1998 (football), 2000 (football), 2001 (football), 2002 (football), 1992-1993 (basketball, year 2 of the Fab Five)
Let me know if you would be interested in any of them, although I can't promise anything.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, it's pretty incredible.||
Yeah, it's pretty incredible. What I listed above is a small fraction of it too. There are lots of Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and others. Most in great shape, maybe 25-30 in all. And then maybe 7-8 media guides. It's quite the haul.
|1 year 1 week ago||I'm not all that impressed||
I'm not all that impressed with Franklin and Penn State, so I can certainly see them beating them. And upsets happen as well. If a coach makes Maryland into a decent team, there's no way they're going 0-12 against the other three over a four year stretch.
|1 year 1 week ago||Psh, they've got that Under||
Psh, they've got that Under Armour money. They're going to become the Oregon of the east coast, don't you know?
But seriously, Maryland produces some really nice talent and although I was being sarcastic, the Under Armour money is not trivial. They're not going to win the division or anything, but there's no reason they can't be an 8 win team on a consistent basis.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I think there's a good chance||
I think there's a good chance that Butt sticks around next year, for a couple reasons.
1) He's a pretty one dimensional player right now. He gets average or slightly below average grades for his blocking in UFRs, and I seriously doubt he'd be able to block an NFL defensive end one on one right now.
2) While there's a chance we could still win the division and league, the odds are greater that we'll fall short. And one of the main reasons players come back are to accomplish additional team goals. Cook and Calhoun have said they came back because they lost to OSU and didn't win the Big Ten last year. It could be a similar situation for Butt.
3) He has a good family situation, so he might not feel as much pressure to go to the NFL than some other NCAA athletes.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||To me, the amazing thing||
To me, the amazing thing about Grantland was that I pretty much hated everything Bill Simmons wrote over the last several years. But the guy had an incredible eye for identifying and fostering talent and that was enough to win me over and get me to Grantland 5-10 times a week.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||YOU SEE THAT CARDALE||
HE CAME TO PLAY SCHOOL
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Did anyone else read the||
Did anyone else read the intro and think of Brian as the Grinch when the Whos Down in Whoville wake up to see everything is gone and sing their Christmas song anyway?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I have tickets to the||
I have tickets to the tailgate and haven't received this email. Has everyone else seen it? Is this definitely for real?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Hmmmm, I'm curious as to||
Hmmmm, I'm curious as to whether 2016-17 could be elite, provided Irvin stays. I don't think we have enough posts on that.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Man, Bobby Jindal has||
Man, Bobby Jindal has completely run that state into the ground.
Please note that this is a comment on performance, much like I would say that a football player had a bad game, not a comment on his affiliations.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Yes, because Levert is||
Yes, because Levert is playing for John Groce and Illinois right now.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Crazy how the responses have||
Crazy how the responses have changed from just a few years ago. Michigan no longer commands the awe that it once did, that's for sure. I don't think it will take a ton to bring Michigan back, but Harbaugh and Wheatley certainly have their work cut out for them.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||While I agree that he doesn't||
While I agree that he doesn't have breakaway speed, he looks a step up from De'Veon to me. Higdon turns a corner or two in his highlights and outruns some guys; you never saw that from Smith in his HS highlights.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||It appears not, but as Brian||
It appears not, but as Brian and others have mentioned, he's more of an NFL guy and it wouldn't be too surprising if he was never interested in the position.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Butch Jones Agent||
Butch Jones agent, you da real MVP. I think he parlayed little to no interest from Michigan into a fat raise for Jones. Pretty well done on his part.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Done know why it wasn't||
Don't know why it wasn't clickable. This should be better, unless I screw it up again...
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Read the MLive Article Instead||
For those who refuse to read the Freep, thankfully Baumgardner also tackled this topic on MLive and you can still read about Mone here: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2014/09/truly_one_of_a_kind_michigan_d.html
|2 years 11 weeks ago||After the Ray Rice incident,||
After the Ray Rice incident, everyone in America should know that every single thing that happens in a casino will be caught on film.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Do you have a link to the||
Do you have a link to the Week 2 picks? I looked around and couldn't find it.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||And he's enrolling early too.||
And he's enrolling early too. I agree, I think with his combination of strength, size, and the fact that he'll have 6 months in the program, he'll definitely feature somewhere in the rotation next year.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||It's going to be interesting||
It's going to be interesting to see where he plays. I think he's a strongside defensive end if Michigan goes back to the Under next year, but a 3-Tech all the way if they stick with the Over.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Man, read my previous posts.||
Man, read my previous posts. I don't troll. This is something I legitimately think. People, including many Michigan fans from what I've seen here and elsewhere, like to have it both ways when it comes to the way sport types interact with the game and the media. Personally, I don't particularly like Johnny Football overall, but I like that despite numerous attempts to crush his spirit, he still plays football and carries about his business on his own terms.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Man, we've got a lot of||
Man, we've got a lot of crotchety people on this board. You can't both complain that Hoke never says anything interesting and also rag on someone like Manziel. At least interesting things happen when Manziel plays and talks.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||As a Nats fan I just want to||
As a Nats fan I just want to say thanks to Dombrowski. Going to see Fister this Friday, and I'm excited.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||It does mean he can, but||
It does mean he can, but people are speculating that he won't because he's going to be fed up wuth risking his health for free. Which is certainly something to consider for him.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Can't confirm, he hasn't been||
Can't confirm, he hasn't been named in the rumors yet.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Eh, this one isn't over. He's||
Eh, this one isn't over. He's only ever been there once, he's on a visit high, and it's completely across the country. We'll have another chance at this one.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Thanks for the explanation,||
Thanks for the explanation, what you're saying does make sense.
And I did notice the 385 pound guy. Holy crap, there is a lot of sprinting in that young man's future.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Where's the Beef?||
I'm curious as to why we don't have more guys on the lines over 300 when we're not a spread team. Alabama has 15 guys over 300 pounds, and while I know they play a 3-4, we also have a nose tackle position. It just seems like guys like Kalis and Dawson should be headed in the opposite direction.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||HAHAHA pay a student athlete||
HAHAHA pay a student athlete for their image?! You got jokes!
|2 years 19 weeks ago||People have been teeing off||
People have been teeing off on this on twitter. Rice gets two games but Terrelle Pryor gets five for getting free tattoos when he wasn't even in the NFL. It's also a four game suspension if you test positive for adderall. Just a farce.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||The Thunder should redshirt||
The Thunder should redshirt McGary IMO, it just makes sense
|2 years 27 weeks ago||That's why they're so mad,||
That's why they're so mad, the SEC has a league rule that prevents them from doing so.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Hey man, I live in DC, you||
Hey man, I live in DC, you never know how ridiculously technical and beaurocratic an organization can get.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Illinois is within 100 miles||
Illinois is within 100 miles as the crow flies. What's the rule say, is that driving distance or map distance?
|2 years 27 weeks ago||If HTTV doesn't get funded||
If HTTV doesn't get funded then they don't get any of the money pledged meaning the return on a pledge (assuming you're on the margin) is much higher than any beveled guilt. You have to think about that as well.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I've been dragging my feet||
I've been dragging my feet but plan to get in before the deadline. I imagine there have to be a few more like me out there.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Man, that would be great, if||
Man, that would be great, if only it were actually funny.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Yes, yes it was.||
Yes, yes it was.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||So our offensive coordinator||
So our offensive coordinator watched 10 to 12 guys throw all over the country and decided that Malzone was worthy of an offer?
No thanks, don't want, five stars only plz.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||A couple things: First of||
A couple things:
First of all, I said they weren't highly ranked when they committed. Beilein's strength has been landing guys before they blow up, whether that be while they're still in High School or when they get to Michigan. And if you can pull it off, it's actually the most efficient way to do things. You get high caliber players without having the equivalent level of competition for them. And most of these guys end up 4 or 5 stars before they get to Michigan anyway!
And second of all, just because Michigan had deep runs in the tournament 2 years in a row, the traditional basketball powerhouses don't just go away. Programs like Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Kansas, Ohio State, UCLA, and UConn don't just go away because they have one bad tournament. They're going to gobble up the majority of the 5 stars year after year. So yes, I'm fine with Michigan pulling in underrated players that blow up, it's the best way to succeed.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Seriously dude? Those runs||
Those runs were driven by players that turned out to be far better than they were ranked when they committed. I think that strategy is working just fine.
You're like the Veruca Salt of recruiting: ''I want a five star and I want it now!''
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I just wanted everyone to||
I just wanted everyone to know that following winter conditioning I have also put on about 22 pounds by working out and eating everything in sight. While not all of it is good weight, I fully plan on leaning out and should be at a healthy playing weight by fall. Can someone please let Hoke know? I do have a fifth year to work with.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||If Hagelin counts as a silver||
If Hagelin counts as a silver medal all by his lonesome then they clearly did the math wrong. That means we get two each for Davis and White and that makes it 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||The guy a few spots ahead of||
The guy a few spots ahead of him in ESPN's rankings of Ohio players, Marc Loving, has done very little this year at Ohio State. If he wasn't ready then there's no point in having him run around and waste minutes. I do think it was worthwhile.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||The last two games against||
The last two games against Nebraska and Penn State have been interesting for Michigan's KenPom ranking. They've basically held steady in the rankings at around 20-21, but their offense has risen from about 15th to 5th best in the country while their defense has dropped from a peak of 48th to 77th. With the way their offense appears to be improving, they can definitely move up if they can just figure out how to get that defense back down towards last year's level.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Rotating the Defense||
I think one way to get better is to stop rotating guys so ridiculously much. There really didn't seem to be any appreciable benefit to rotating every single position. The starters are your starters for a reason: because they're better than the guys behind them. Rotate the defensive line just enough that they don't get tired and play three inside linebackers, but other than that, I think this defense will perform at its best with only token subbing.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Ya, you read the OrangeBloods||
Ya, you read the OrangeBloods report I presume? Some very shady stuff going on there and very disfunctional as well? The thing is, that's not for him to decide. That's what resignation means. Yet he felt the need to interfere completely.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||#franklin4texas||
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Hoke clearly went for that||
Hoke clearly went for that last touchdown because he was worried about padding Michigan's tempo free stats. I would've thought that was obvious.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||I'm not sure that there are a||
I'm not sure that there are a lot of takeaways from Penn State's game against Indiana, unfortunately. They play such a different offense than us, so any struggles that Penn State revealed on Saturday may not be repeatable for our offense.
On defense it's going to be interesting to see what Mattison does. Unfortunately I see him playing a lot of two deep to prevent Allen Robinson from destroying us in the long game, so we'll have to see if Penn State can sustain long drives. I see them scoring somewhere in the low to mid 20's, so we just have to get above that.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Probably two, which relies||
Probably two, which relies upon McGary and GRIII going pro after this season. Zero if they don't go pro, but let's be honest here.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I agree with Cincy, I thought||
I agree with Cincy, I thought the forums were excellent. The chats they held and the information they dropped there was second to none. Tom had as good of connections as anyone except maybe Sam Webb, but when you consider how expensive Scout is, Wolverine Nation was well worth it. I thought it was the best value in recruiting coverage, but now without the forums it's just not even worthwhile.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||I'm always surprised that so||
I'm always surprised that so many of these kids pick up gear for each school they visit. You've got a whole lot of t-shirts and sweatshirts to give away when you choose your school then.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||My favorite thing about this||
My favorite thing about this team right now is that they seem good enough on both sides of the ball that Michigan can enter a game with a comprehensive gameplan and feel comfortable that they're going to be able to execute it. It seems pretty clear that they were going to allow Notre Dame to dink and dunk their way down the field because they thought that they couldn't be stopped on offense. Teams like Michigan State and Nebraska don't have that kind of freedom, and I think it's an underrated aspect of success in football today. You're going to come up against a lot of different styles of play and it's nice to have the ability to adapt.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||If you were impressed by Rees||
If you were impressed by Rees I don't think you were watching the same quarterback as I was. He did some good things obviously, but that's more about the Notre Dame coaching staff realizing his limitations and putting him in a position to succeed. He has very little arm strength and loses his accuracy on anything past 15 yards. There were several times a guy was wide open and he couldn't put the ball in the right spot. He wouldn't have a hope of hitting even a fraction of the throws that Devin was making. In my opinion, he's a decent QB but one that you'll always have to put in a position to succeed, he's never going to win a game by himself. You correctly pointed out the receivers though. I think Jones and Daniels are very, very talented and Niklas will only get better. They're the talent that carries that offense right now.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||What do you think of Pumking?||
What do you think of Pumking? I had it for the first time this year and I really didn't like it. I've read a lot of reviews on Beer Advocate that people didn't like this year's batch, even those that have liked it in the past.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Hmmm, born without ears and||
Hmmm, born without ears and eyes? That's a bummer.
Watch her perform "Your Sex is on Fire" on the YouTubes and see if that doesn't change your mind really quickly.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Magnus has you||
Magnus has you covered: http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2013/09/visitors-michigan-vs-notre-dame.html
It's not as comprehensive or up-to-date as some of the pay sites, but it's got most of what you need.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||It's pretty cool to see but||
It's pretty cool to see but you've got to hope that Henry passes him at some point. There's just no way his ceiling isn't higher than Glasgow's.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Couple of Thoughts||
OSU was missing Bryant and Roby. They weren't elite in this game, but that doesn't mean they can't be. Just like Michigan was missing Thomas Gordon, that affects the game.
Also, the problem with Ferentz isn't whether he should or shouldn't be fired, because it's obvious that he should. The problem is that they're locked into a long-term deal where they owe him vast piles of money. He can't be fired because they can't afford to.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||I didn't know Clay had an||
I didn't know Clay had an account here.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||You are correct about the||
You are correct about the ranges, but those are only approximations for their final rankings. Since they only use 6.1 for 5 Stars and only release 10 5 Stars right now, there's a decent chance Campbell is still in the top 25, but not a 5 Star right now.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||He's a Tennessee fan, SEC||
He's a Tennessee fan, SEC homer, misogynist troll god who has made his living off of writing click-bait columns with "controversial" points of view. Past projects include boob power rankings, defending Darren Rovell, and defending Brett Musburger's unprofessional fixation on Katherine Webb during the national championship game. He's atrocious.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Please, warn people that||
Please, warn people that you're posting something from Clay Travis. If I would have known, I wouldn't have clicked on anything that idiot wrote.
In fact, I would prefer if what he wrote didn't get posted at all. If it has to, it should come with a warning.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Hand is actually listed as a||
Hand is actually listed as a strongside defensive end on all of the recruiting sites. If Taco has the pass rushing ability and speed to get to the QB, you'll want him more on the edge than on the interior (which the SDE is in this defense), up to a reasonable size. Plus with Hand coming in and looking at that SDE depth, that would be a much better place for him to play early since the talent and depth seems to be a lot lower.
To me next year it's:
Clark (Sr, 50% snaps)
Wormley (RS Soph, 40% snaps)
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I'm sure this has been asked||
I'm sure this has been asked before, but do you use your predictions to make a well placed bet or two from time to time?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Agreed, but after having two||
Agreed, but after having two camps and a full offseason to do so, the question has become "can he"?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||The secondary is the most||
The secondary is the most fascinating to me.
-Terry Richardson seems pretty buried at this point. That's a pretty big bummer for a 4* guy with an offer from Alabama.
-Channing Stribling must be the steal of the century.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Also, thanks for the great||
Also, thanks for the great information! Nice to have someone with insider knowledge around.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Would that 2015 OL happen to||
Would that 2015 OL happen to be Matt Burrell?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Some of the recruiting||
Some of the recruiting writers I follow on twitter were retweeting some of his stuff from his (Lattimore's) visit to the BBQ, so I clicked and read through his reactions. My impression was that he was almost begrudgingly really enjoying everything, like he didnt want to be having fun and liking it, but still was. It's good to see that he's taking an official visit too. I still don't expect him to choose Michigan, but at least we're making them work for it.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||That was my original||
That was my original sentiment as well, "These kids aren't very smart for realizing that MSU is still MSU, they're just being sold the same product in better packaging", but the more I think about it the less that actually makes sense. The reason the hire was so brilliant was that's exactly MSU's problem. They've been a top ten defense by traditional and advanced metrics these past couple of years, and there's nothing to indicate that might change anytime soon. The coaching is clearly very, very good. All they needed is to dress up the product in a fresh set of clothes. I think that's what makes the hire so worthwhile for them.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Actually neither DeBerry nor||
Actually neither DeBerry nor Settle has an offer from Michigan yet. DeBerry visited this spring and has offers from a who's who of college football and it doesn't look likely he'll get one from Michigan at all for whatever reason. And Settle will probably get one if he visits with Hand this fall. Their only two DT offers are Alabi from Cass Tech and Shy Tuttle out of North Carolina, according to Touch the Banner, which is usually very on top of these things.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||That picture of Lewan and||
That picture of Lewan and Bear is stunningly, beautifully bromantic.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Well the West Coast Offense||
Well the West Coast Offense is about timing and accuracy/decision making so you would start there when looking for qualities. I would say that biggest thing that he's lacking right now is foot work, which looks pretty poor. And his mechanics just aren't very good either. If you go to his highlight tape and watch the throw at the 0:53 second mark, he's rolling out and he throws off of his back foot and doesn't get any legs into it at all, he just kind of throws it like you would in the backyard. Obviously he's still really young and has plenty of time to develop, but he needs so much more work than a lot of other quarterbacks and there's no guarantee he'll get there.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I don't believe that they||
I don't believe that they were ever going to offer him. Which isn't to say that he has no talent, he just doesn't come close to the skill set that they want at the position. They have offered one 2015 QB and shown interest in half a dozen others and he was not one of those.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Agreed, it's pretty obvious||
Agreed, it's pretty obvious that he is both talented and that Michigan is completely disinterested in him. There are plenty of good QB's out there that Michigan will never pursue because they have a very specific criteria for their QB skill set.
However, it is interesting that State is starting to pursue some kids with some legs on them. Although Terry and Campbell aren't quite dual threat, they're not statues like all of the guys they've been recruiting for the past 5 years either.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Jake Butt||
Good to hear he's at 237, 2 pounds higher than Funchess. Everyone knew he would see the field this year but that weight definitely confirms it. Hopefully he struggles less with the blocking than Funchess did.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||No worries, I didn't downvote||
No worries, I didn't downvote you or anything. I was too excited to search for "lion trough" to bother.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Lion Trough?||
|3 years 23 weeks ago||I hear he didn't have the||
I hear he didn't have the competitive fire necessary to play for Hoke.
Hoke looks for people that live, eat, and breath football. He said, "Jamarco, I want you to eat an actual football for me right now, son". But Jamarco wouldn't do it. Do not want.
/11 Warriors Da'Shawn Hand'd
|3 years 23 weeks ago||And I agree with that, we||
And I agree with that, we watched him all year, I would be very surprised to see him fall out of the top 10 as well. To me, the bigger travesty is that Michael Carter-Williams would be picked in front of Burke just because he's taller. The guy shot under 30% from three, and had an assist to turnover ratio nearly a full point lower than Burke because he can't hold onto the ball. Any GM that picks him just doesn't value his job.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||The thing about Mock Drafts||
The thing about Mock Drafts is, he's not actually saying how good he thinks Burke is, he's saying how good he thinks the various NBA GM's think he is. It's not so much about knowing the talent as figuring out who needs what and then getting a read on the opinion of the talent available.
A mock draft isn't a fantasy draft.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Have you seen Sammy||
Have you seen Sammy Watkins?!
It's not that hard of a pitch to a receiver, really.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Cooking is a great go-to for||
Cooking is a great go-to for me. Decide what type of cuisine you're in the mood for and then spend about an hour looking around for a recipe that sounds amazing to you. There are hundreds of fantastic cooking blogs, some even have step-by-step pictures for you to follow along, and there are many good recipe websites as well.
Then head out to the store, buy all of the ingredients, and it'll probably take you at least an hour to make a truly great recipe. And the payoff is obvious.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||I almost hope we get Devin||
I almost hope we get Devin Gardner the pretty dang good and not Devin Gardner the monster, because the monster enters the draft and it would be nice for Morris to get another year of learning under his belt before he has to step in.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||For anyone local to DC, I||
For anyone local to DC, I plan on catching his first game of the year on August 30th as long as he doesn't commit to another school before then. If anyone would like to join me it would be cool to have a Michigan representation of sorts/help with scouting.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Seriously, you can find it||
Seriously, you can find it for like $8-$10 a year. It's too ridiculous of a deal to not do it.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||From what I could find, some||
From what I could find, some of the early lines last year were
Michigan vs Alabama (-12)
Those were released on June 11th last year, and you would have won betting against Michigan for every one of those games. I'm guessing the year before it would have been the exact opposite.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Agreed on the MSU game, but||
Agreed on the MSU game, but if that Northwestern game doesn't terrify you then you're a bolder man (or woman) than I. They had us dead to rights last year, Kain Colter does a really good job running that offense, and Venric Mark was a big threat as a freshman and you can only assume he's going to get better. Win or lose, that game is going to be very, very frustrating to watch.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Great Article Brian||
What's the most disappointing about this, in my opinion, is the way that these Southern programs have been able to manipulate perception better than the Big Ten teams. Butch Jones and Mark Stoops both took over absolutely terrible teams and they've both done a better job selling, "We may be terrible right now, but we're about to turn this ship around, and you can come play in the shiny, wonderful, best-conference SEC if you come here" than Michigan State or Nebraska has been able to parlay fairly recent Big Ten successes into results on the recruiting trail. Which means that it's gotten to the point where terrible SEC is better than good to middling Big Ten. That's really, really bad.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||It Does Matter||
The problem is that if you're not beating good teams, public perception of your skill level becomes subject to debate. To this day we don't ultimately know how good some of Boise State's teams were because they were never given the opportunity to prove whether or not they were national championship caliber teams. Due to a greater national presence of college football, the Big Ten name is only going to carry you so far, and if you're not beating a good handful of very good to elite teams, you're not going to get the same post-season opportunities as others.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||IMO, that's the ideal||
IMO, that's the ideal scenario. You rarely want to start true freshman, but you don't really want to start a sophomore without any experience either. The nickel seems like a great way to get both of them on the field for a good number of snaps and take advantage of their otherworldly athleticism, while preparing them for their fulltime safety or cornerback position in the future. And as you mentioned, with Gordon and Taylor graduating when they are, it would really work out.
That being said, someone's going to break their tibia or something because it's football, rendering all of this thought process moot.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||2012 Rivals: OH: 4 top 100||
I said there were some caveats, but I do think it's still a downward trend. All of these sites do have dedicated midwest scouting guys, so I don't necessarily think it's a scouting issue. More guys always get discovered, but you players from all over move up and down throughout the process, not just Midwest guys.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Interesting Note||
So I was taking a peek through these and it seemed to me like the rankings were light on Midwestern prospects. Caveats apply obviously (these are not final rankings, this is just one sites opinion, etc.), but that definitely seems to be the case and it would seem to signal that the rust belt/sun belt trend is deepening.
For the three major midwestern states, the ones that Michigan draws upon most heavily at least, the "High blue chip talent" is falling.
2008 Rivals Rankings:
2009 Rivals Rankings:
2015 247 Sports Rankings:
This may not seem like a lot, but I think it does have some pretty major ramifications for the Big Ten and Michigan. Michigan is going to have to dig deeper down south to get their talent, which is why I think you're seeing them hit a more vulnerable place like Virginia so hard. The Big Ten is going to be fighting for fewer and fewer scraps as well. There's a lot more to be said, maybe I'll throw together a diary on this if people would be interested.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||The opinion on Michigan's||
The opinion on Michigan's class thus far could not be any greater when comparing Rivals and ESPN. Strange, very strange.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Yes, he is a guard, but||
Yes, he is a guard, but Michigan hasn't stopped recruiting him despite only taking 3 OL prospects. Since they always shut positions down when they reach their target number, they must be willing to take him.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Jamarco Jones (presumed OSU||
Jamarco Jones (presumed OSU lean) and Roderick Johnson are probably the next two up. After that, not much else activity right now.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Yes, I could absolutely see||
Yes, I could absolutely see that as well. The good news is, if Taylor holds off Peppers, we know that he earned the spot instead of them playing favorites with an upperclassman. It's a win either way when you have two talented players competing.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Your 2014 starting secondary||
Your 2014 starting secondary could be FS Jarrod Wilson, SS Dymonte Thomas, FC Blake Countess, and BC Jabrill Peppers.
In the words of Bacari: HALOL
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Magnus...||
Another SAM type they're looking at is Jimmy Swain (the fourth!) out of Missouri. Have you had a chance to watch his highlights as well? And if so, who do you like better? Swain night be a slightly better athlete and he's got about 10 pounds on Winovich right now. I think to a certain degree you're obviously hoping that they can add 20-30 pounds and maintain that athleticism so neither one is any guarantee, but both seem like they could be fairly good if they develop correctly.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||He was a great player and I||
He was a great player and I know reporters love questions about how X player might have been overshadowed or Y player might be underrated because he had a superstar teammate, but there's just no way that Timmy didn't benefit tremendously from being on the same team as Trey Burke. He's a great shooter, but if he was the focal point of the offense, he would have been asked to put it on the floor a lot more often and he would have struggled to do so.
I think NBA scouts probably have an excellent beat on his skillset and he'll have a productive career, but not everyone has to be "underrated", some guys can just be "rated".
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Am I the only one that's||
Am I the only one that's afraid we just landed Will Gholston Jr?
Obviously everyone you land isn't going to be a superstar, but I'm afraid the hype might exceed the talent here.
And before you neg me, that's just like my opinion, man.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Well yes, they may be on the||
Well yes, they may be on the decline now as Beamer gets older, but the series doesn't start for another 7 years. Whose to say they don't have Foster or an entirely different coach who has them highly competitive and revitalized?
Waaaayyyy too early to speculate as to the quality of the game at this point.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||DC Alums||
Huge alumni base out here as well. I know a ton of alumni are going to be making the trip for this one so there should be a very strong Michigan presence as well. Should be fantastic.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||This is like Madagascar 3,||
This is like Madagascar 3, but WAY WAY SADDER AND MORE TRAGIC
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Certainly possible.||
Certainly possible. Especially if he visits for Under the Lights Part Deux this fall.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Also...||
He attends St. Ed's in Cleveland, the same school as Kyle Kalis.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||So Braxton Miller and Devin||
So Braxton Miller and Devin Gardner are both putting in work with Whitfield, huh?
When Big Ten defensive backs go to sleep tonight they better say a little prayer of thanks for Andrew Maxwell so that they can still get a few interceptions.
And yes, he's worked with a laundry list of top QBs the past few years like Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, RGII, Johnny Manziel, Roethlisberger. The guy knows his stuff:
|3 years 31 weeks ago||I may be in the minority, but||
I may be in the minority, but I read pretty much every post on EDSBS so I enjoy posts like this immensly.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Not true, my job as||
Not true, my job as "professional MGoBlog reader" is paying excellent dividends.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||I'm still relatively young so||
I'm still relatively young so there are a bunch of graduating seniors posting pictures of themselves day drinking outside today.
And I hate them so, so hard.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||*Everyone backs out of the||
*Everyone backs out of the Kickstarter with under an hour to go*
*Ashton Kutcher shows up at Brian's house, "You've officially been Kickstarter punked!"*
|3 years 31 weeks ago||OSU people are speculating||
OSU people are speculating that Hubbard isn't a linebacker. They were looking to bring in 3 and have told kids they're still looking for 2, thus Hubbard is either a DE or an H-Back/TE.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||You're missing the real||
You're missing the real issue. The real question about Big Ten expansion is: will Rutgers come into Michigan and steal the second-tier kids from MSU?!
|3 years 31 weeks ago||In case you didn't know, I||
In case you didn't know, I don't coach for Michigan, but...
I would love to see them pass on a running back this year and use that offer for a fourth WR or a third LB and then in 2015 go all out on Mikey Webber and Damien Harris in 2015.
It's a win/win for all parties really.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I like Ways better than||
I like Ways better than everyone but Da'Mario from the last class. If he develops well there's no reason he can't be very, very good.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Quite honestly, if you get||
Quite honestly, if you get rid of that little kid Cubs fan in front, Ann Arbor becomes perfect.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I can't read a single post of||
I can't read a single post of yours in a normal voice. Damnit Taco.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Ian Bunting!||
While Notre Dame was busy working out Ways, we stole Ian Bunting from them.
Pretty sneaky, Michigan staff!
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I was dragging my feet but I||
I was dragging my feet but I just put in an order for both. Would love to see a printed copy of the basketball/hockey book in my mailbox come fall.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||A phone call, a text message,||
A phone call, a text message, an email, a carrier pigeon.
If you think about it, he can commit in Moe Ways than one...
|3 years 33 weeks ago||You don't come across as a||
You don't come across as a jerk at all, I think it's reasonable assumption that they could lead. I just know that a lot of the Michigan writers think that Michigan very well could, and I do tend to agree with them.
I'm a firm believer in reading into the quotes that players give after a visit. They all say positive things because most of the schools have their act together, but you can tell based on the verbs and adjectives they use whether or not they truly loved it. I just think he gives off better vibes about Michigan than about VT.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||It's Funny||
Because absolutely every Michigan writer seems to think that Michigan leads for Da'Shawn Hand, but they're all terrified to say it and be wrong, so most of them put down Virginia Tech leads.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I agree that I'm not all that||
I agree that I'm not all that concerned about rhe backup WILL. If Ross were to go down they would move Morgan back over to the WILL and put Bolden in the middle.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I agree that 247 really seems||
I agree that 247 really seems to be doing a great job as well. I have ESPN Insider because I think Tom is on his game and clearly a great guy, but I don't think I would ever pay for Rivals or Scout and I'm seriously considering it for 247.
Rivals may have the best rankings, but in terms of subscribing, it's hard to see what value they add that other sites can't cover. 247 does a good job facilitating discussion, and they're not afraid to say where they think a school is actually at with a prospect, which is ultimately what people want.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||My thoughts||
I think you're going to see next season unfold a lot like OSU's season did this year. At the beginning expectations might be a bit too high as they are still young and people overvalue how smoothly they can transition to a team without Burke, but then Beilein coaches them up and they get steadily better until they peak at "very good but are they great?"
|3 years 34 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 34 weeks ago||I could be wrong, but won't||
I could be wrong, but won't his eligibility expire in 2016? You only get 5 years and he has the redshirt year (2012), the sit out year (2013), and then playing years (2014-2016). And then we play them in 2017.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Man, two phenomenal posts the||
Man, two phenomenal posts the morning after the game. I'm not sure why I read anything else.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Not necessarily a surprise,||
Not necessarily a surprise, but it seems like he was the staff's top target at SLB.
It's so strange how the 2013 and 2014 classes have flip flopped for Michigan and Ohio State. They got Bell, Apple, Bosa, and a bunch of other national guys while we scooped up all of the Ohio guys and they couldn't stop talking about their "national focus" under Meyer. Well this year they're getting all of the Ohio guys while we're pulling in Cole from Florida, Mone from Utah, and we very well could land Peppers, Hand, and a whole bunch of other national guys. Just weird, very weird paradigm.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||I punched a wall, then||
I punched a wall, then vomited in the hole. Now I'm dry-walling the hole.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I know the engineers may||
I know the engineers may scoff, but that's also a pretty damn accurate description of my econ brain as well.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Kinda Sucks to be Berger||
With it being the offseason, him being from Ohio, and since the recruiting battle for him is seemingly the most competitive, both fanbases really seem to be flowing their competitive juices in the direction of his decision. There's going to be some high quality gloating and teeth gnashing when he comes to his decision in a couple months.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Good write-up Ace. I feel||
Good write-up Ace. I feel like everyone is focusing on the Havoc defense, and rightly so, but the other thing I feel teams have to watch out for is guarding the 3 point line in transition. I saw them hit many open looks from 3 when they were able to push, drive, and kick and that would obviously be nice to avoid.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I've only seen The Simpsons maybe 15 times...||
Can someone explain who the bee guy is and how that fits Iowa and who Northwestern is and why that fits?
Apologies for the ignorance.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I didn't hate Tom Crean||
I didn't hate Tom Crean before this game but holy hell do I do now. He's neurotic/twitchy, puts himself and his actions in front of his players again and again, classless, and whiney.
The best thing I can say for Tom Izzo is that I only hate him in those 40 minutes that Michigan/Michigan St are playing each other. The same is mostly true for Bo Ryan and Thad Matta. But Crean is just a loathsome child. I think the Big Ten is going to get rather sick of him very quickly.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||FWIW Craig Roh has now||
FWIW Craig Roh has now mentioned both Willie Henry (on twitter) and Chris Wormley (on WTKA) as guys to watch out for on the line.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||It's actually the best thing||
It's actually the best thing that could happen to Speight as well if you think about it. Now coming off his (presumed) redshirt year he gets an equal opportunity to earn the starting job in a straight up QB competition instead of being entrenched behind a guy with a year of starting experience.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||I read somewhere that they||
I read somewhere that they only have room for 34 this year.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Great hire||
It seems to have been a fairly easy choice, very cool for him.
I hope one of his first calls go out to a Mr. Kyle Berger
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Who's Da'Shawn Hand??||
HAHA JUST KIDDING THIS IS AWESOME
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Word economy lesson: "to let||
Word economy lesson: "to let go of" could be said as "will release".
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Make sure you figure out||
Make sure you figure out exactly which recruits are going to be there and chant their names. It is your direct responsibility to recruit these kids, and if you don't chant their names the have zero motivation to come to Michigan.
Do your duty, citizen!
|3 years 42 weeks ago||But credit to the coaches as||
But credit to the coaches as well. He gushed about the program according to an interview I read, but the coaches are the what makes him do that.
This should also satisfy Brian a bit. It's worth using a scholarship on a fullback if you can get a guy like him. His highlight tape is fantastic.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||And by that, I obviously||
And by that, I obviously meant in 18 minutes.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||From what I understand, when||
From what I understand, when he wraps up some loose ends and just gets more comfortable, like taking parents on visits, seeing a few more campuses for comparison, that sort of thing.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Obviously the coaches saw||
Obviously the coaches saw enough to offer him and this may seem like sour apples now that he's committed elsewhere, but I was actually hoping that Marshall might not end up at Michigan. He looks like a poor man's Taco Charlton to me. Look at his highlight tape, he never beats blocks. He's not as athletic or quick as Charlton and I don't know if he'll provide much more than some second string depth with the players they've been bringing in.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||That's a Groce child? You||
That's a Groce child? You don't even know the kid, you shouldn't be slamming him like that.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Camp Circuit||
It will be interesting to see if he hits the camp circuit like Shane did. He certainly has a lot to gain in the rankings and it's never bad to get more time throwing the ball, but I've read he has a personal QB coach of some sort so maybe it wouldn't be as helpful for him.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Did read, did enjoy. Would||
Did read, did enjoy.
Would ride again, 4 stars.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Great Read||
As a follow-up, perhaps you could look at the assist rates and transition baskets when McGary and Morgan are on the floor to better understand the offensive efficiency numbers? If McGary passes better and creates more offense off of turnovers, you should be able to find it in there, especially as the year goes on.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Picking nits||
Picking nits: Donnal is from Ohio, not Indiana.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||It's even more of an outrage||
It's even more of an outrage because he goes to Montgomery Bell Academy, home of 2012 commit Blake Bars and 2014 recruit Alex Bars. They've had plenty of time to scout this guy and they've completely whiffed!! Fire everyone!
|3 years 47 weeks ago||At first I thought my||
At first I thought my favorite part of the first Trey Burke one was the filthy crossover.
But then I noticed that instead of crashing the boards, Hardaway Jr. starts running back on defense as Burke is releasing the shot because he is already certain that the ball is going in! Wooooowwwww.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||I take issue with saying||
I take issue with saying Michigan's defense isn't good. They're ranked 39th on KenPom. They're not "great" or "suffocating", but they are definitely good.
In fact, I think in many ways their defense is an expression of Beilein's offensive philisophy, just on the other end of the floor. They're not going to be really aggressive and try to disrupt the other team's flow, but take what the offense gives them with opportunistic blocks and steals and just constantly getting their hands in your face to contest your shot. But there are 347 Division I teams, if you're ranked 39th I would say you have a good defense.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Michigan 81 Northwestern 62||
|3 years 50 weeks ago||McGary has never lifted weights before???||
There is a downside and upside to that I suppose.
Downside: All elite athletes should be lifting weights. I personally lifted weights in high school...for swimming.
Upside: He's going to get way, way better over the next few years.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||But Anderson also runs a||
But Anderson also runs a completely different scheme in the 3-4. Some guys can play in both schemes, while others can't. I don't know enough about Sheehy to know how the difference would work out for him.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||"Taco Adds Beef"||
Is the type of headline you put on your resume when looking for a new job. Fantastic.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||I know Tom has mentioned that||
I know Tom has mentioned that all of the offensive linemen were told they would be taking five and that he had heard from one of them that he would be upset if they took a sixth. I'm kind of hoping that if they do land a sixth one it tends toward the Samuelson side of things where the guy isn't very highly rated so that the current commitments don't feel threatened. They all committed early (orginally at least), and they deserve to know what they're getting in to.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||MORE LIKE||
MORE LIKE GREAT WHISPERING EYE, AMIRIGHT?
quietly shows himself out...
|4 years 1 day ago||But enthusiasm doesn't||
But enthusiasm doesn't necessarily lead to good things. McGary is enthusiastic about playing basketball, but that high energy can lead to good things (like 5-5 FG's) and also mistakes (like 4 turnovers). I think he sometimes doesn't know how to stop talking and just let the game stand for itself, a lot of what he says doesn't add a ton of value for me.
Also, I just don't like the sound of his voice. Just a preference thing.
|4 years 1 day ago||So Northwestern beat Baylor||
So Northwestern beat Baylor at home beat Kentucky at home...
Northwestern is better than Kentucky, you guys!!
|4 years 2 days ago||Incredible||
Amazing how on the day Brian writes in Unverified Voracity about underwhelming coaching hires, one of the league's best coaches gets poached by the SEC. That just says everything you need to know about the league.
|4 years 3 days ago||In my opinion, Shane held||
In my opinion, Shane held onto his 5th Star because his ranking is based on his arm strength and camp performances. His high school season and sickness didn't change either of those things.
|4 years 1 week ago||I think the issue with him is||
I think the issue with him is his measuables. He's not tall enough to be a defensive end but he's too large to be a linebacker. His lack of a true position is the thing that's really, really holding him back right now. If he can get up to 6'4" or 6'5" he'll see offers come in.
|4 years 1 week ago||All you need is one that's||
All you need is one that's willing to try it, and I don't think it's true that none would. It's hard to find success in the NFL, even with a regular coach, and coaching hires are really challenging. You have your choice of has-beens that have already proven they can lose somewhere else, up-and-coming coordinators with no head coaching experience, or college coaches. It's an inexact science obviously, and there's no reason that no one would take a chance with Kelly.
|4 years 1 week ago||Tennessee (coachless), Auburn||
Tennessee (coachless), Auburn (coachless), Oregon (not a good fit, and could be coachless), and Ole Miss.
The general consensus is that Michigan would be the best fit for him, but that something is holding him back.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||That last sentence makes||
That last sentence makes Magnus so damn happy, although hipster Magnus discovered James Ross long before his sophomore record was going to come out.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||So we obviously all need new||
So we obviously all need new hobbies now, or we support this farce. Can anyone teach me how to play banjo or knit?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||JUST GOING TO LEAVE THIS HERE||
|4 years 2 weeks ago||The things is, getting||
The things is, getting Michigan in the neighborhood was never a reason to support the move for me, it was just the consolation prize.
Now Michigan would come out to the East Coast, what...every 6 years??
|4 years 2 weeks ago||O COOL I LIVE ON THE EAST||
O COOL I LIVE ON THE EAST COAST AND I DIDN'T WANT TO SEE MICHIGAN PLAY WITHOUT HAVING TO HOP ON A PLANE ANYWAY.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||For the love of all that is||
For the love of all that is holy, if they don't put Maryland in the same division as Michigan so the very large alumni base in DC gets a game every other year, I will be rather pissed about this whole deal.
And yes, I'm aware we have a lot of alumni in NYC. And no, I don't care about them more than myself.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I will be there, and with my||
I will be there, and with my girlfriend if she's interested. I got excited for this when I saw it in the email, it was a great idea.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Employ Lloyd Brady||
At the end of the article it mentions that he's looking for a job in financial services. Someone get Lloyd Brady a job!