"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|8 weeks 2 days ago||religoius draw to Auburn||
Alex Kozan says hello from the Auburn campus chapel.
Danwillhor is totally correct in that for those players/families where a religious connection is a big deal, the southern schools have a huge leg up.
I'm not sure we know enough from Sam Webb's interview as to have a good sense on how big a deal that really is to Rashan and his mom.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||No way standing around in||
No way standing around in that picture is grounds for dismissal
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The difference||
The difference is you're not likely surrounded by a bunch of highly compensated adults every day who beat it into your skull on a regular basis that you're in a fishbowl 24/7 and should do whatever it takes to avoid said dumb shit.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Drinking?||
I seriously doubt this was just a drinking incident.
Jim has plenty of personal experience with drinking issues. No way he straight up boots a guy off the squad for ONLY that.
Now it may turn out that alcohol was involved in whatever happened. But it's a very safe bet that whatever it was, it was very serious. Jim has been around the block ... publicly canning a veteran player and explaining it with "conduct unbecoming" ... that's smoke from a very significant fire.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Not many tests to cheat on||
Not many tests to cheat on this early in the semester....
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Samuelson||
He wasn't exactly chosen over Pocic. He was a late-ish add when the view on OL numbers had changed (increased)... the Pocic ship had long sailed at that point.
Samuelson was glad to trade up. Pocic was in a different boat than that.
Now you can argue Pocic vs Bosch for sure. That was the real decision at hand at the time.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Personally...||
I try to stop thinking of them as kids once they enter the program. Because they aren't. It slips into my lexicon from time to time as well, but the reality is this is his third year here. It isn't kids' play anymore for LTT or anyone else on the team.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Rivals||
There is a culture of subtle (or not-so) douchebaggery among the higher-ups on that staff that goes back a long, long way. Well before they split up with Tom Beaver.
Glad Brian called them out.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||He was a killer from the get-go||
I was at the UVa game and Charles had two PBUs that were both very nearly highlight reel INTs. When he came in for the injured Steve King, the Hoos targeted him right away ... he gave up a play, but then was a total monster.
If Brian is drooling (rightly so) over #26's coverage in this game, he would be ga-ga over Woodson's first appearance on the field.
It was really only the game at MSU against a very excellent Mushin Muhammad that Charles really took any Freshman lumps.
Charles was all that. He really, truly was. The moment he came into that first game you could see he was on an entirely different level, first as an athlete and second as a guy whose football IQ blossomed almost immediately (I'm talking in the context of a small number of plays, not games or years). I was in the northeast corner of the stadium about 30 rows up, sitting with a buddy who played WR at CMU ... we were just floored at what we saw. It was very plain to the naked eye.
Having him and David Bowens on the field at the same time ... most freakish pair of game-changing D talents I've seen together at 'M.' Good grief, if only someone could have gotten Bowens to go to class....
|33 weeks 3 days ago||hmmm||
I'd like to keep up my track record as a sexist jackass when it comes to such questions and pick some hottie off the women's teams ... but there really were none that stand out from my vintage (early-mid 90s). Though a couple were kind of cute, the teeny little gymnasts never rang my bell. The women's hoops, softball, volleyball, field hockey and T&F teams were pretty barren in those days. Maybe the McCorkel twins on the golf team?
Absent a knockout chica, I'll change up my criteria entirely and vote for pure sports awesomeness and say that the Olympian swimmers of that era that John U recruited (Barrowman, Borges, Wunderlich, Namesnik (RIP) and Dolan) were a mighty crew. It was pretty amazing to have that group of super-accomplished athletes on campus together (more or less -- Dolan and Barrowman didn't overlap). Heckuva run for the Maize & Blue.
|1 year 1 week ago||Loeffler||
I think you are paintng a VERY overly-rosey picture of Scot's track record post-Michigan. No one is talking about him as HC material.
For the record, I was very much on the Loeffler side of the equation in the "who should be calling the plays, Loeffler or DeBoring" debates of the last Carr years (esp '07, when many reported that Scot was the one who finally got his way in putting together the aggressive game plan in the bowl game against UF).
But ... he has not shown anything of significance to support the idea of him being a coaching prodigy. Is he at least a competent grinder? Sure. But that's a low bar. He's turned out to be quite ordinary.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I totally agree with not||
I totally agree with not viewing our team as a 'product on the field.'
I gave up my 20 years-running season tickets when Bradon hired Hoke because I was pretty sure that Brandon expressly DID view our guys as a product. And he saw us as the suckers who would take anything served to us and like it.
Sometimes being right is miserable.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Bosch tools||
Very unlikely he's related to the Bosch family of Bosch Tools. The company in question is a massive German multinational ... as in more than $50Billion in sales and 300,000 employees. (The home tools business is a relatively small part of what they do ... they are also a HUGE auto and industrial components manufacturer -- it's just that consumers recognize the brand because they come in contact with the tools.)
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Flip that script||
As Leon said in one of his finest moments, you gotta topsy-turvy them:
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Nope, Yost would thrive with the pass||
Tape don't lie ... see the 1:34 mark:
Looks like a beautiful downfield square-in he was running them through.
(Quick, someone find Mike DeBord and tell him (wherever he is) that even back then passing in the middle of the field was not against the rules.)
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Mister Simpson||
Westwood, he is NOT a Michigan Man:
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I think 300 would be a pretty||
I think 300 would be a pretty solid number as well ... and I think the delta between Total Offense and Devin Gardner Offense is likely to be well under 50 yards.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Stribling||
He's all of about 15 months into playing CB seriously. Prior to the 'M' camp before his senior year he was all about playing WR.
Something tells me when we get through these freshman growing pains we are going to be VERY happy with him on the field....
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Very excited to see...||
... Mikey Weber as a Wolverine. (fingers crossed)
I go back a ways in recruiting (LoL) and I am struggling to remember being more excited about a pair of RBs in one class than I would be with MW and Damien H . Could be our answer to UGa's class of Gurley/Marshall.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Love the picture of the sportswriters||
Always a high goober factor in that crew....
|2 years 9 weeks ago||NCAA and MSU||
>>MSU is too small of a program for the NCAA or the national press to waste their time with.
That is exactly why the NCAA might do something.
They would never voluntarily do something to a program that matters (financially).
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Future secondary||
Even if we got JuJu, I doubt we would see a lot of Peppers+JuJu+Dymonte+Countess. I can see Dymonte taking Thomas Gordon's spot next year (he had better!) but I doubt JuJu displaces Jarrod Wilson ... more likely that he would be Wilson's successor.
It will be interesting to see if Raymon Taylor can hold off Stribling (maybe), Hollowell (probably) and Lewis (maybe) by the end of NEXT year.
I would bet we do see lots of Peppers though....
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Glasgow's cheese||
He was standing immeditaely next to Taylor ... so Lord only knows what was being said. It might have been all Glasgow could do to not fall over laughing at that point.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Canes||
It is amazing what southerners can do to make you crave chicken. Chick Fil A was first, now Canes comes along and wham! I believe D Terrell might even call it bomb-@ss.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Funchess to WR||
Because Mike Williams and stuff....
|3 years 9 weeks ago||How about the Sparty OT commit?||
Ace, what did you think of Finley?
I don't want to read too much into your comment about the CT line's struggles -- and the absence of praise for Finely. (well, actually I *DO* want to ... but figure I should ask)
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Mistaken Massey||
You show Pat as a 3/4* borderline. I think you were thinking of Mike, the TE, class of '04.
Pat was a near-consensus 4*+ guy in the same class as Pierre Woods -- 2001?
In the 'where is he now' annals, Pat is a big-time guy (for his age) in high finance these days, just FYI. Works at a very well-established private investment firm in OH.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Great Daily article, BUT...||
... the editors need to bone up on their Michigan timeline: in the spring of 1990 the Fab Five were not months away from enrolling, they were a year and a few months away.
1991 was a pretty darned good calendar year in Michigan sports, following up on the disappointment of 1990 (which included the aforementioned hockey tourney screwing; the Bo Kimble and Loyola catastrophe in hoops; being ranked #1 in football twice only to lose the heartbreaker at ND and the Sparty mugging of Desmond in the end zone on the extra point, relegating a very talented team to the Gator Bowl; and missing on Michigan uber-legacy Eric Montross in hoops recruiting).
In 1991, Desmond won the Heisman and we earned a trip to the Rose Bowl, the Fab Five signed on in the Spring and then immediately turned the world upside down whenthey showed up in the Fall, and we finally made the NCAA hockey tournament that Spring.
Among the students who were hard core sports fans, I wouldn't say the hockey part of that was as big as the others (it clearly wasn't) ... but emotionally it was HUGE. The sense of relief, accomplishment and pride for that group of guys was really palpable on campus. I think everyone who had felt that kick in the gut along with the 1990 team was openly overjoyed in 1991. I remember people hugging in the stands and screaming their minds out about it. To me it was the start of what would become Yost as we know it.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Lacy not practicing is about||
Lacy not practicing is about as devastating to them as Mike Hart not practicing while he was here. In other words, big whoop. The guy is an absolute load, better than any RB we faced last year. He has seen tons of action already, and that is a veteran OL and QB he's working with.
In fact, it is almost less of a big deal to them than when Mike H didn't practice for us. With Lacy out, that other Hart (Dee) and early enrollee TJ Yeldon with both get tons of valuable reps.
Bama's backfield may not have the foursome that LSU rolled out there ... but their top three are better, IMO (assuming Dee is all the way back by the fall). Devastating group, esp since those OLs came back rather than jumping early.
I'm assuming Demens is up worrying at night about tackling Lacy. At least he had better be. He has to play his best game of his career, period. As does BWC, to state a more obvious one. Lacy is going to be running downhill right at those two ... hopefully not right through them though!!
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Bama's QB||
IDK Hart20 ... my Bama in-laws (veteran eyes, to say the least) seem to think McCarron projects out as the best QB they've had in quite some time.
He clearly got a LOT better as the season went on last year. He looked pretty darned good against that LSU D in the title game.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||You are right aaamich fan||
From all I've heard, they are not buddies.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Thx Brian, but would really like...||
Would really like your thoughts breaking down the Va Tech-Stanford bowl game and either of the Clemson games from this year.
Interested to see what you find worked so effectively against the Hokies, rather than seeing what didn't work against them.
(That probably sounds ungrateful, but isn't meant to be....)
|4 years 2 weeks ago||false dichotomy||
Isaac isn't up against Shallman for a particular seat in the next class. There is room for both. They are very different prospects.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||"You know what? All those||
"You know what? All those internet football junkies are freaking out wondering if I'm really no taller than you, or if I'm actually the 6'4" listed on the roster and this is just a picture taken from a deceptive camera angle."
|4 years 10 weeks ago||I have one||
Does Fred J have compromising photos tucked away of Mary Sue, Lloyd, a prominent faculty member and one or more farm animals?
It would be great to hear John U's thoughts on how that guy has managed to keep his no-accountability gig for so long.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Not Moeller||
Miles and Herrmann (or the Herrmanns, as it were)
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Rasmus||
I totally agree with you Rasmus. Methinks this is your proverbial high ceiling late bloomer. The staff uncovered a gem, and he happens to be a kid who understands 1) the value of a scholarship to Michigan and 2) that a gray shirt can very well be playing to the strength of a late bloomer.
I think Tim is just wrong on this one. The fact pattern speaks pretty loudly.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||? for Tim||
Did you personally watch this kid live?
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Fred sez||
Nicely done jaws. But you forgot the Ronnie Lott and Tripp Welbourne parts. He is a safety after all.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Not to nitpick but||
I thnk you meant "still-drunk-from-this-morning Alex Boone"
|4 years 28 weeks ago||That move is more likely than||
That move is more likely than the reverse, as a general rule. Lots and lots of recruits are labelled OTs coming in, only to be moved inside. Schilling, Omameh, Zirbel, McAvoy, Ciulla, Gallimore (yes, yes, a muderer's row there toward the end I know....).
For the most part, that is a doable transition. It is the rare beast whose lanky OL build necessitates a stay outside.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Sheldon Day||
I noticed the same thing rockydude ... surprised a clear top 100 guy on scout (at DT, no less ... widely viewed by coaches as a tough spot to grab athletes) didn't even make the top 250 on rivals.
TomVH, would certainly love to hear your thoughts on Day and Michigan....
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Kinda glad the Rock game clip||
Kinda glad the Rock game clip wasn't in HD. I didn't need to have it presented to me even more glaringly that what we just got. Yikes.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Those who thought Brian was||
Those who thought Brian was overly harsh on Ezeh really surprise me. I thought Ezeh was as spectacularly missing from the play as I have ever seen him.
I was actually hoping to read a snide remark from Brian in the breakdown of the late 1H play where Kovacs forced the fumble. Yes Leach completely FAILed on that play, but watch Obi ... he does his little pause and then AGAIN runs the wrong way. Mouton started right away and took a step outside/upfield on the front side of the play. The RB was looking backside before he got the ball and never thought about going elsewhere. Obi basically just decides he is going to throw himself into the strength of the line as a (semi-)speeding bullet. He just runs up into the wash and makes himself entirely irrelevant as a defender. In fact, Mouton has seen where the RB is going and is trying to come across the line and has found a hole (it won't work if he makes it, because he's too far away ... but at least he is doing what he can), but Obi plows into him from behind.
There is no question that Leach was just a disaster here. But Obi ought to have been defender #2 on the scene of the tackle, but instead he does what he specializes in: he goes in completely the wrong direction.
The MLB spot in this D ought to make plays. Obi doesn't. He's just a mess of a football player. He has anti-instincts.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||I'm hoping it was a bit more||
I'm hoping it was a bit more Ed Reed "I'm hurt dawg!" than Tebow tears ... but either way we definitely could use Roh to just go off from this point on. He is the highest-ceiling game changer among our D starters.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||I don't think I discredited||
I don't think I discredited his talent whatsoever -- if it read that way, then that was my bad.
I'm just saying running like Gulliver through the Lilliputians isn't telling us anything one way or another.
Re: the impact of being the son of a coach, I hope you are right in the end. But I am keeping my expectations there in check. I don't think saying he should redshirt is any sort of rip on the kid ... just a recognition of what level of football he is coming from. I see no reason he can't be coached up. And a redshirt is a good thing much more often than it isn't.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Ruh roh||
Someone is harshing the mellow of mgoblog's recruiting vibe....
|5 years 11 weeks ago||The O in Oakland Co stands for OUCH!||
It is just painful to watch football played as poorly as it is in the 248.
Awfully hard to tell much about Conway's film, other than he is a sure-fire redshirt candidate. #1 the level of competition in that league is just pathetic. #2 (probably in no small part as a result of #1) he just doesn't do much at all right now in the critical elements of the higher levels of the game -- sharp routes, reacting to the play (quite noticable on D), etc. #3 it is awfully hard to tell how fast he is because he's just long-striding around out there without any need for precise body movements, 100% effort, etc.
I wonder what he'll think of the ball coming at him on a rope from Devin, Denard or even Tate ... it will certainly be a new experience for him. As will any element of physicality whatsoever. He won't have Tyler McButterpants standing opposite him to just discard at will (like he does when he wants to throughout that film).
Time will tell if that brings out the best in him or if he remains a 'project.' Certainly hoping for the former, but (through no fault of his own) I don't think we'll see much evidence either way this fall.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Clarklakeblue...||
The reason they don't transfer in is the same reason we don't see JuCos but once in a blue moon: the University won't recognize the credits they've earned.
So unless you see an Ivy Leaguer decide he needs to give up his lottery ticket in order to wear the winged helmet, we will continue to not see transfers-in much/ever. Just like it was under Lloyd, Gary, Bo, Bump....
It is a University thing, not a commentary on the coach or the football program.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||moving someone to CB||
I don't see it among our WRs ... but I will be interested to see if they ask Mike Shaw to do it (assuming he's even academically eligible). No whispers to this end yet, just the following reasoning:
Lloyd initially lost him to Jopes because U-M wanted him at corner but PSU promised him RB. The Old Man was too classy to throw the snake oil comment out there, but RR gave him the same treatment as he gave Tiller on teammate Roundtree.
Carr's crew was generally of the opinion that Shaw had high end potential at CB. There was some minor talk of a Woodson analogy -- though that was always clarified as NOT a prediction of the "next Charles Woodson," but moreso just physically reminiscent (size/speed combo, body type, very good quickness, two-way standout from OH, etc) and the potential to be very good at the spot.
IMO CB and RB have some parallel in that experience (while useful) can be trumped (or at least in part covered up for) by elite athleticism. I don't take Shaw's flaws-to-date as a RB (goes down too easily, prone to misread/mistime the hole, sometimes dances) as fatal flaws for his theoretical prospects at CB.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||There are early whispers of a||
There are early whispers of a little personal maturation needed, so I am keeping my expectations in check on J-Rob this fall.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Buffalo Stampede||
So if RR pulls this one out in 2011 as Devin-to-Denard-to-Devin (or the reverse), does that constitute MGoPorn?
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Tim had pretty considerable||
Tim had pretty considerable back injury issues, no? He certainly didn't have the mobility that was hoped for in recruiting.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Nice press box. Does it have||
Nice press box. Does it have a 60s-era Bond-style ejection seat for Freep writers dumb enough to show their face? I might actually donate real coin to Mr. Brandon to help out on that one.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Every time I see Gallon...||
... I can't help but think "Snoop" from The Wire.
That character was a bad mofo ... even if Snoop was, technically, a girl.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||"heartbreaker" = great ... BUT||
|7 years 17 weeks ago||Mississippi||"Why the hell is it so hard to convince kids to leave Mississippi?" [Seriously. I want to know this.] Umm, apparently someone has never been to Oxford to check out the 'scenery.'|