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|1 day 18 hours ago||Nice to have open minds||
Its really refreshing to come to a blog where people express a variety of opinions and some are open-minded enough to consider the "other" side. I don't look at blogs for other teams, but I imagine a lot of them have nothing but homerism.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just like this thread||
Just like this thread was given away for free.
|1 week 5 days ago||error||
Sorry, I meant to post this above.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||almost||
A question mark on the end of that would have earned you my first upvote.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||calculating rank on 247||
Honestly, I don't think it matters much whether a school ends up with the top-ranked class or, say, number 8. All of those will be good classes, and the margin of error in how good a recruit actually turns out to be is greater than the difference between the top 10 or 15 schools at this point.
But I've got time to kill until signing day, so what the hell. 247 has this nifty calculator that you can use to figure a school's score for this class if they add or lose certain prospects. So I'm playing around with the impact of Gary signing with us, of Asiasi and Tagaloa. It's a nice tool because it shows the points that each individual would bring. But I wonder if anyone can help me with a question: Why don't the individual scores add up their recalculated team score?
We rank third on 247 now, with 265 points and change. Signing Gary would bring us 30 points, Asiasi 23.8, Tagaloa 18.27 and Hill 14.31. That adds up to more than 86 new points, but the recalculated number is just 286. Anyone have some insight?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Asiasi and Tagaloa visits||
Have we seen any reactions from Asiasi and/or Tagaloa since their visit? It was this past weekend, right? Would really seal this class to reel them in.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It may blow over||
It may blow over, but that doesn't mean Michigan is handling this stuff the way it should. I agree with brianntb. Who cares if some kids make a commitment and back out of it? They're 17- and 18-year-old kids making decisions that are pretty important to their futures. We're the giant institution. Just do the right thing.
I'm sure recruiting is an enormously difficult and complex task with tons of pressure. But this part isn't that hard; just give the kids a lot more notice if you want to back out of an offer, or be more careful with offers in the first place. It's pretty clear in several of these cases that the staff cooled on the kid months ago.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||not a fair shake?||
Sounds like the vast majority of us are in agreement. It wasn't the most aggregious foul, but the coaches screwed up by not being more up front in steering these kids elsewhere, that it doesn't meet the ethics we would like the program to live up to, and that it creates image problems. Count me in the column of those who think Brian nailed it.
So this is a minor quibble, but I disagree with the notion that Michigan and Harbaugh have or will be treated unfairly over this. What are you saying -- yes, we screwed up, but the criticism is not fair because it doesn't capture every nuance of our perspective? That seems whiny and unrealistic. There's always some sloppiness to media coverage. Yes, it'd be great if every reporter was diligent and conscientious enough to get every fact right and to put them in perfect context. But when does that happen.
Be a big boy and expect that if you screw up you may get blasted, and some of the treatment may be off-target. If you don't like it, don't screw up.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Stroh's||
I miss Stroh's.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||watching online?||
We ditched our TV a couple months ago. Is there anywhere to watch the action online?
|25 weeks 21 hours ago||1. Rudock2. Green3. Harris||
3. Harris (hope he can finish the season)
5. Hill or Winovich
In most cases I'm just going with the person who was in front or seemed best at the end of last season, even though that probably holds less water with a new coaching staff. Rudock was better than Shane last year, Green the top back before his injury Canteen advantaged over a high school player, Wornley and Charlton getting the most snaps (that's my sense, anyway).
For #2 TE it depends on whether you mean H-back or a TE lining up on the line of scrimmage, because I expect Harbaugh will use both and they'll be different people. Hill's a returning starter at H-back, though Shallman will push him. For an inline TE, I think they're trying to replace Williams, and I'm guessing Winovich can catch better than Poggi and block better than Bunting.
Wilson an option for #2 safety? I assume he'll be the first safety. I guess you're counting Peppers as #1, but he's going to play nickel. Hill's getting buzz at safety as is Clark at CB, and I buy it. For kicker I'm going with the highly rated recruit.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||delete||
|44 weeks 5 days ago||more 4 and 5 stars||
I agree with umichsea -- feel like the recruiting isn't where it needs to be to meet expectations down he road. I know we're in good position with a few elite 2015 prospects, but I'm surprised at the number of offers going out to 3-stars, and the number of commitments we're accepting this early from that category. Yeah, yeah, I know -- great evaluator of talent, finds diamonds in the rough who fit his system, etc. I'd buy that if we were going after a few lowly rated kids to go along with mostly 4- and 5-star targets, but it seems like half of our offers are not elite prospects and that those being offered may soon be filling up the class.
I'm surprised because my impression was that Harbaugh's hiring immediatey made us a hot program, so I don't understand why we would have to settle. I think we've seen enough analysis the past couple years to make the case that number of stars is a fair barometer of future success.
So what am I missing? Like are a lot of these 3-stars going to get a fourth? Please tell me I'm missing something.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Thank you, thank you, thank you||
For the dedication, recruiting, and caring about the kids. Thank you for running the program with integrity, even if not everything was handled perfectly (Gibbons).
Chill on that.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||longer clip?||
I wasn't watching the game at that point but would love to see a longer clip showing Gardner's moment with Barrett? Anyone know where to find one?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||More?||
Wow, I thought the board was done with these after yesterday. Now I'm curious (read leery), how long might this go on.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Thank God||
I've never been able to read more than a couple paragraphs of these posts, so I really don't understand what they're about. Still, thank God.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||not for lesser players||
I disagree with jmambro. If we have an in-state battle for a lesser player I'd prefer to lose that every time. Especially when we're working on a small class, every commitment represents an opportunity cost. Looks to me like there is consensus that Bilal is better than Thompson. To say we'd prefer someone just because a relative is an alum can only weaken the program.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Exile him||
You spelled miner wrong, dumbass. Get out and don't come back!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||ignore||
Don't listen to Gordon. Any more safety messages involving that lass -- like maybe her in a hard hat?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I wish||
Wish I was that harness.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Mrs. Kass||
I'm sure this has been said previously by others, but I miss Mrs. Kass' photo.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||The feel of a national championship?||
The feel of '97? And a year we went undefeated until OSU? Really? God bless you for your optimism, but have you been out of the country the past 6 years?
|2 years 1 week ago||Chris Spielman wanted to go to UM||
Chris Spielman wanted to go to Michigan, but his dad made him go to Ohio. That worked out pretty well for Ohio.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Him||
... not his wife
|2 years 9 weeks ago||you mean 1 years in a row||
We won't finish close to a top 10 recruiting class for 2014, so that will break our streak. A lot of people chalk that up to the class being small, but even if you adjust for the size of the group, I think it's clear that the 2014 class is not quite up to par. Much of the earlier enthusiasm was based on the assumption that we would land Hand and came before verbals from several 3- and 2-star prospects.
I agree it would be awesome to end up with 5 from the top 100 in 2015.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||apology for "fickle"||
Given the amount of discussion about Hoke's comment, I thought I would share this. I sent an e-mail Tuesday addressed to Hoke at the address listed for him on mgoblue.com. It included a link to Brian's column on the issue and expressed the same general feeling. I don't usually do this kind of thing, but I too was ticked.
I was surprised to get a response today: "I would like to say that 'fickle' is not the word I would choose but rather passionate. If 'fickle' was used, I apologize for that."
The message was signed in Hoke's name but came from the e-mailbox of Jennifer Maszatics, whoever that is.
For what it's worth.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||huh?||
We don't know each other, so I have no basis for this, but reading between the lines I assume you had Alpha-Bits for breakfast. You seem like a guy looking for answers.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||dumb move?||
Maybe. But look where Iowa is headed these days. Wouldn't be his only mistake. I know Ferentz had a sterling reputation up until a few years ago, but I think his days are numbered now.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||How he came to Michigan||
I looked to see if this was already posted and did not see it. Apologies if I missed it. Also others can probably tell it better.
Before AC, Michigan never attracted big recruits from the South, especially those excelling in the passing game. An assistant coach went to Bo and told him he should look at this skinny kid from Florida. Bo tried to shrug him off, saying they'd never pull him to Ann Arbor. The assistant informed him that the kid was a lifelong Wolverine fan and dreamed of playing in Ann Arbor. Bo, they say, was on the next plane to Florida.