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|13 weeks 2 days ago||For those down on Michigan's||
For those down on Michigan's program after a disappointing year, it's worth noting that three of the four teams making championship weekend (all except Loyola) were U-M opponents. UNC and Brown pasted Michigan early in the year, but the Wolverines almost upset Maryland late in the season.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||It is what it's going to be||
It is what it's going to be (in basically every sport - not just lacrosse). Schools aren't going to stop recruiting early. A couple years ago, the lacrosse pundits were saying, "it'll stop when a school gets burned by it," but that's happened a few times now, and it hasn't slowed things down in the least.
Sicne lacrosse is so skill-oriented, as opposed to being strictly about athleticism - it's closer to basketball than football, for example, in that regard (but even well past basketball in the skill/athleticism balance) - so teams will never really be bad by missing out on late bloomers, they just won't reach heights they could have otherwise. Really, it has helped and will continue to help parity in the sport.
A wise coach is wrapping up attackmen and goalies relatively early, and waiting a bit longer on midfielders to see if some develop athletically and skill-wise to be better than those they would have wrapped up early.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh probably makes more||
Harbaugh probably makes more in a year than the entire Hawaii athletic department (and won almost as many games last year as Hawaii has in four years running). I'm sure he's not losing sleep over that one.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||They were a D-1 program for||
They were a D-1 program for barely a decade (and despite making two NCAA tournaments, had never won a game in the tournament) before Tierney arrived. They certainly weren't Eastern Michigan, but the level they're on now was not only unprecedented, but not a realistic prediction, either.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||And BIG TENNNNNN||
And BIG TENNNNNN
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Quint's onto something with||
Quint's onto something with his disappointment in Michigan, but I think it's overstated to a degree. U-M didn't choose to build the way Marquette, et al did (for better and for worse). Other new programs take a ton of transfers, get late recruits (in a sport where plenty of kids are now committing before they even play high school ball(!!!)), and sort of paper over gaps.
Michigan 1) immediately promoted a club team instead of having 2-3 years to recruit before ever picking up a stick, 1a) didn't cut any of those club kids (for reasons of both loyalty and pragmatism), and b) recruited like a top-ten program, since that's the goal.
The recruiting hurt them to a degree, both because of the late start and also because a lot of the kids they pursued had made commitments as 9th, 10th, 11th graders before U-M even had a program. They had some pretty good recruits in a couple of those classes (outgoing middie/attack Kyle Jackson and goalie Gerald Logan among them), but this year's sophomores were really the first class where they were on even footing timeline-wise with the programs they want to recruit against - and of course they were way behind in "product on the field to show for it" terms, so they only got a few of those recruits.
The way they've built the program sacrificed short-term success for a hope of more long-term success. That Marquette doesn't seem to he going anywhere indicates that maybe they went too far in that direction, harming both long- and short-term, but they'll be headed in the right direction.
As for going backwards this year... A team wth so little depth (again, only full recruiting classes of the talent they expect in the sophomore and freshman groups, despite some good players in the upper classes) can't sustain long-term injuries to the program's two all-time leading scorers - and certainly not at the same time.
They probably should have gotten 2-3 more wins this season, but they're another year or two from panic time (and the 2016 class is good enough to likely be on solid footing going forward).
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Well "Great Lacrosse State"||
Well "Great Lacrosse State" doesn't quite have the same punnability as "Great Lax State" ...
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Your representation of the||
Your representation of the lacrosse conference affiliations is wrong. All four (soon to be five, with the additions of Notre Dame and Penn State and the loss of Maryland) were in the ACC.
However, the league didn't have an automatic bid, so they were functionally independents. Still, their conference affiliation was ACC, nothing else.
Also, it's called "lacrosse" (or "lax" if you're 14). "LAX" is an airport.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I love the way Loyola plays,||
I love the way Loyola plays, not so much Notre Dame. Add in the rivalry factor, and that Michigan played Loyola, not Notre this year...
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Lacrosse, when abbreviated,||
Lacrosse, when abbreviated, is never capitalized. LAX is an airport.
Lax is a slang term for lacrosse, but even that should be relegated to the 14-year olds who are more concerned with their sick flow and whatnot than the actual sport.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||A handful of the away ones||
A handful of the away ones will be televised on the host team's websites - usually for a fee (including today's game).
The April 14th game against OHio State is a holy lock to be on BTN.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||VICTORY!||
|5 years 1 day ago||They're playing Ohio State in||
They're playing Ohio State in the big house before the spring game. Everything else is pretty fluid at this point. I has a post on GLS a month or so back with a "best guess" schedule. It still applies from my perspective. I'll put up another GLS post next time I hear something.
|5 years 2 days ago||Great Lax State shall live on||
Great Lax State shall live on (maybe with a little less focus on UM).
|5 years 2 weeks ago||I think the three players||
I think the three players have different skill sets. Just because they're the same size, doesn't mean they're headed for the same role in college.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Because height and weight are||
Because height and weight are THE ONLY THINGS used to project position.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||He is without 2 NFL Draft||
He is without 2 NFL Draft picks at receiver. There's something to be said for Lindley's ability, but you don't think they had a lot to do with his success last year?
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Michigan briefly recruited||
Michigan briefly recruited his older brother (Tyler? I think) a couple years back. He ended up at an Ivy League school, iirc.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||No individual RBs were||
No individual RBs were mentioned (except to mention that Hopkins can also play FB).
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Note how short those sections||
Note how short those sections were. Not a whole lot of talk about those positions (one question apiece, probably, with a bonus Lewan-specific question).
|5 years 2 weeks ago||5-tech is a defensive end. 1-||
5-tech is a defensive end. 1- and 3-tech are the tackles.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||He's said 26 a lot of times,||
He's said 26 a lot of times (sometimes "we'll go over [the 25 number] by 1"), and specifically said yes to the number 26 on Monday.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||That's not a typo. He was||
That's not a typo. He was used as a stand-up DE/LB in the spring game.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Hey everyone, watch me reply||
Hey everyone, watch me reply to a months-old post. Here I go:
To be fair, Ohio State is hardly (will hardy be) the closest D-1 team to Madison. Marquette will be just an hour or so away, Notre Dame just a handful of hours (3ish?), Ann Arbor and Detroit about 7-8 and Ohio State about 8-9. Bellarmine is shorter at almost exactly 8. Denver and Air Force are going to be a plane trip no matter what, and the East Coast schools would probably be a plane trip as well.
On the other hand, you're underestimating Michigan's distance from the East Coast (10+ hours to Phildelphia, probably the closest true East Coast city), and that's probably a plane trip for them anyway.
From a pure travel standpoint, Wisconsin is barely in a worse situation than Michigan (if at all)
|5 years 2 weeks ago||They always always always||
They always always always practice kicking in the Big House. Last year they had 2-3 full scrimmages in Michigan Stadium.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||In the original post, that||
In the original post, that was obviously a little joke along the lines of "whoever likes Michigan guys the most is the best."
As for the overwhelming sentiment against ESPN, I'm on your side. They certainly hit the nail on the head with BWC, at the very least.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||They're apparently headed for||
They're apparently headed for a really small class, according to most sources I've seen.
Howeva, I'm not much of a follower of Nebraska recruiting, and couldn't really tell you who they have a good shot at (besides Andrus Peat, whose brother signed with the Huskers in February).
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Oh hey|
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Whoops, fixed.||
|5 years 2 weeks ago||He also says he's on the same||
He also says he's on the same page as the coaches, so if he's taking visits, it's with their blessing at this point.