in town for free camps
|3 days 9 hours ago||Scout ran a (free)||
Scout ran a (free) article yesterday that quotes him saying, "Arizona State is my number one school right now."
He also says he wants to take five official visits, with ASU, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, and Rutgers mentioned.
|1 week 6 days ago||Are you like 8'6" at this||
Are you like 8'6" at this point?
|1 week 6 days ago||Rational, coherent thought||
Rational, coherent thought isn't very popular over there, either.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||I mean, he's the brother of a||
I mean, he's the brother of a former player (a couple of years removed) who received interest but no offer from a coaching staff that isn't here anymore. If the bar is below that, it's a pretty damn low bar.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Why is this board-worthy?||
Why is this board-worthy?
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||This isn't specifically about||
This isn't specifically about Russell, but teams like the Pistons should prefer boom/bust prospects. High-profile free agents generally go to big markets or fun places to live like New York, LA, and Miami. Detroit can't offer that. And since having stars is really important in the NBA, that means that the best/only way to get them is through the draft. I'd much rather see the Pistons (or Bucks or whatever) draft some boom/bust prospects, even knowing that most will bust, than draft a bunch of guys with high floors and low ceilings. They can get the low ceiling guys through free agency.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I agree, and I think there||
I agree, and I think there are a few reasons to cool it.
1. We're still in it for him.
2. He's 17 years old.
3. I might have advised my son to do something similar (though maybe not to Beilein & co., since they're such clean, honest guys). The recruiting rules put coaches in such positions of strength over recruits that it has to be tempting to grab any advantage you can. This reminds me a little of the Shane Morris situation. By committing when he did - as a 2013 recruit, before a 2012 QB had committed - he might have kept us from taking a 2012 QB. If deliberate (e.g., if not taking a 2012 QB was discussed as part of his recruitment), that was an extremely savvy move that was great for Shane's opportunity for playing time and terrible for Michigan's QB depth.
Plus, by all accounts, Battle genuinely liked Michigan after that visit, and it's not like he was leaving Langford without any options to play high-level college basketball.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I agree, but he's going to||
I agree about the NBA thing, but he's going to MSU. I expect him to be a fringe "Do I declare?" case for the next few seasons that ends up staying for four years and inexplicably turning into a 2nd round pick. Izzo is the anti-Beilein.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand what||
I don't understand what you're getting at. I stared directly at Steve Wiltfong's balls, searching for satisfaction and answers, and his balls provided them.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I just checked Wiltfong's||
I just checked Wiltfong's balls, and the only guys he's predicted to Michigan (from that group) are Davis, Bush, Hawkins, and Kareem.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I complained for years about||
I complained for years about Hoke's handling of QBs - as did others - and I'm totally fine with taking a shit-load of QBs. It's far and away the most important position in football. QBs make or break teams like no other position, and that alone makes it worth carrying a disproportionate number of them so that you have more shots at getting good ones. On top of that, back-up QBs tend to transfer out (see Harbaugh's years at Stanford), so the roster imbalance thing could work itself out.
My biggest worry actually would be about scaring away top QB recruits with a deep depth chart, but the really good ones probably aren't too worried about that.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Whoa there, Yankee. That's||
Whoa there, Yankee. That's the War of Northern Aggression.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That kind of article makes me||
That kind of article makes me grateful that Brian isn't an idiot.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||As Harbaugh says, "Hungry||
As Harbaugh says, "Hungry dogs hunt best."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I agree to an extent, but I||
I agree to an extent, but I think you're under-appreciating an important distinction. That's whether the coaching staff has enough information and skill to have a more accurate assessment of who's a "3-star," "4-star," etc.
It's hard to win with 2* and 3* talent and consistently beat the odds with your talent development and scheme. I agree with that. But hopefully (probably) these kids being offered aren't actually 2* and 3* talent. They just haven't been rated as thoroughly, recently, and accurately by the recruiting services as they're being being rated by our coaches. I get nervous about last resort offers made to low-rated non-campers or by coaches I don't really trust. (I can think of examples from the Rodriguez, Hoke, and Harbaugh years, but I'll refrain from naming them.) This is a different deal, though. If Harbaugh & co. spend a lot of time with a kid and judge that he's better than another recruit with a much higher rating or better offers, then I have no problem with them trusting their own eyes.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, there's a weird||
Yeah, there's a weird circularity to all of this. High-level offers lead to good recruiting rankings, and a kid basically needs a high-level offer to have a recruiting ranking that seems to warrant a high-level offer. That makes it awkward when a kid commits right after his first big offer and before the recruiting rankings have caught up.
Some of the recruiting sites come out early with rankings, but they aren't stupid enough to ignore what coaches are seeing. Watch, for example, what happens to a kid's ranking after Beilein shows interest or offers the kid. The sites adjust their rankings because Beilein being interested gives them a lot more information about the recruit's ability.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||For what it's worth, Tim||
For what it's worth, Tim Drevno thinks Jim Harbaugh is the gold standard in talent evaluation.
Here's a Drevno press conference from March 31, when he was asked about the spring game draft:
And here's Drevno telling a Bay Area paper about Harbaugh in 2013 (a quote I found while searching for the one above, so I'd imagine there are more):
|4 weeks 1 day ago||... and 10% as loud.||
... and 10% as loud.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||He's the best. Do I see an||
He's the best.
Do I see an adidas logo on that sleeve? Probably means that we can't really read into this stuff.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Rivals has this guy as the #3||
Rivals has this guy as the #3 overall recruit in the country. So a 3*. That's how that works, right?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Brandon didn't say any of||
Brandon didn't say any of that stuff (mythical expectations, politics, etc.). That was Daniel Howes, the article's writer.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'm no Dave Brandon fan, but||
I'm no Dave Brandon fan, but the excerpted quote seems completely at odds with the OP's title and content. Where did he say - or even imply - that he learned nothing? He didn't talk specifics there, but he claims that he's being reflective, thinking about his mistakes, and making sure that he doesn't repeat them.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||That guy's an idiot.||
That guy's an idiot.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Is there any other kind of||
Is there any other kind of German?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It's not fair to Hoke to say||
It's not fair to Hoke to say that he could only sell the helmet and degree. Being an extraordinarily nice, genuine guy who sincerely cared about his players - and whose assistant coaches sincered cared about their players - was a valuable asset in recruiting. Most families want to send their kids where they'll be cared for, and most kids (even elite football recruits) want to be surrounded by adults who care about them.
It's possible that Hoke's pitch appealed to kids with less of an edge or drive than other coaches' approaches, but Hoke wasn't just lucky in recruiting. He could offer something that recruits value and other coaches struggle to match.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I feel like "conditional||
I feel like "conditional offer" would be a more accurate, less absurd term that "non-committable offer."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'm kind of annoyed that some||
I'm kind of annoyed that some sports get more weight than others in this calculation. For example, men's lacrosse had regular season co-champions (Maryland & Johns Hopkins) and a tournament champion (Johns Hopkins), so it contributes three titles while football only contributes one. Men's lacrosse shouldn't get 3x the weight that football gets.
Small deal, though, and this is interesting.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I agree. This is my favorite||
I agree. This is my favorite feature in recent memory.
I'm excited for the John O'Korn UFRs, even if that has to wait a year. There's a real chance that guy's a 2-year starter as Michigan's QB, and I hardly know anything about him.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This might be the most||
This might be the most anxiety-inducing thread in this site's history. It really communicates what kinds of terrifying, awful shit can happen to people.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I hope the NCAA cracks down||
I hope the NCAA cracks down on this. It's hard to imagine that it's good for a 13-year-old to believe that he's already guaranteed a scholarship in college..... not to mention to have to interact with college coaches and recruiting reporters. There's no reason this couldn't wait at least until high school starts.
Plus, even if it isn't "dirty," I'm skeptical that the offers are sincere. Coaches know they can just back off of a kid who doesn't develop as they hope.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Correction: a fake breasts||
Correction: a fake breasts appreciation site that fills leftover space with Michigan football content.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It'll be interesting to see||
It'll be interesting to see whether this affects Sam Webb's ability to get information. IMO, Sam is hands-down the best at what he does among the Michigan guys, but people have said that his primary source is Singletary.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||A sense of joy and wonderment||
A sense of joy and wonderment
|9 weeks 6 days ago||It's amazing how far out of||
It's amazing how far out of its way boxing goes to ensure that no one watches its sport.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Oh, got it. I didn't realize||
Oh, got it. I didn't realize that the NCAA just gave its approval. Damn.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||But why announce the Hatch||
But why announce the Hatch medical now unless you're pretty sure someone is coming (Brown or Williams)? If we miss on both, we'd might as well just keep Hatch on an athletic scholarship, and that would be weird after yesterday's announcement.
I think another possibility is that they want to announce the Hatch thing now so that a commitment doesn't lead to a wave of "Brown/Williams forced out Austin Hatch" stories.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||The good news is that we're||
The good news is that we're still in the running for Robert Washington's brother.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly, I think the||
Honestly, I think the likeliest path for Bielfeldt to return is by paying his own way. The Bielfeldt family is exceptionally wealthy... like this wealthy... and we have a clear scholarship crunch right now. I'd hope that Max would be welcomed back if he doesn't take up a scholarship - and offered a scholarship if we somehow end up with an extra one - but I think it's fair for Beilein to make paying his own way a condition for a fifth year. That fifth year really isn't guaranteed to anyone.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Page views. Bluecrush is||
Page views. bluecrush is getting rich from this shit.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Sure. What's your position||
Sure. What's your position on the battles in American Sniper?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Politics, sports, and the||
Politics, sports, and the internet just don't mix very well. Anyone familiar with the "end of the internet" sites that got some attention here during the Harbaugh hiring could attest to that.
Honestly, I hope that Harbaugh (and every other coach) steers clear of politics. Even if this isn't the most controversial issue, there are plenty of landmines out there for coaches who want to talk politics.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'm adding "The Children of||
I'm adding "The Children of Shawn Kemp" to my list of possible band names.
|12 weeks 3 hours ago||It's not really similar to||
It's not really similar to either one (Northwestern or Michigan). Cal is excellent at a lot of sports other than football and basketball, sometimes pretty good at football and/or basketball, and rarely great at either.
I think it's hard to find a good comparison for them, but if anything, I'd say Cal is the West Coast's University of Virginia.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I'm getting the sense that||
One benefit of having an NFL coaching staff could be that these guys have thought about how to improve a team via free agency. It'll be interesting to see whether this is a one-time thing to plug immediate holes or we see a lot of it while Harbaugh's here.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I realize there's about a 1%||
I realize there's about a 1% chance of Babcock in Ann Arbor, but can you imagine having our flagship programs in the hands of Jim Harbaugh, John Beilein, and Mike Babcock? That would be unreal.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Dude, careful. You might||
Dude, careful. You might have just cost yourself $6 million.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I respect the outside-the-box||
I respect the outside-the-box thinking, but saying that Lee Humphrey would be your choice from all basketball players, past or present, really might be the most ridiculous statement in the history of MGoBlog.
In the guy's senior season, he averaged 10 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist per game at Florida. He then couldn't stick in a Lithuanian basketball league and apparently is out of basketball at the age of 30.
I'd probably go with Michael Jordan over Lee Humphrey. Hell, I'd take Sauce Castillo over Lee Humphrey.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||I'd add STAEE, partly because||
I'd add STAEE, partly because I think it's unclear to a lot of people and partly because I love that shit.
Actually, though, I'd like to propose an amendment to STAEE/Staee. I think it should be "StAEE." One of the special things about that photo is that the "t" is inexplicably not capitalized.
|13 weeks 16 hours ago||And possibly for good||
And possibly for good reason. Here's Drevno last week:
"That’s what coach Harbaugh does so well. I’ve never been around a guy that’s better than him at evaluating talent. Outstanding. And he can pick a lineman, he can pick a receiver, running back, DB- I’ve never been around a guy [like that]. He was a great player and he was a coach’s kid and they’ve been around it all their life. They don’t know any different.”
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not trying to be flip,||
I'm not trying to be flip, but why is that sad?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The criterion is only||
The criterion is only perplexing because this isn't our world and isn't the way that we chose colleges. Right now Jaylen Brown is projected to be the #1 overall pick in the 2016/2017 NBA Draft. If that happens, he'll likely get a very large shoe contract. I mean, Derrick Rose got a guaranteed $185 million over 14 years from Adidas. Even if Brown doesn't come close to those figures (and he probably won't), there's massive money there.
Now maybe the college he goes to doesn't matter because there will be a bidding war regardless. But if you were his age, with a relationship with Adidas that likely would lead to tens of millions of dollars a couple of years from now, wouldn't you be tempted to stay the course with Adidas and minimize the possibility that they look elsewhere? Add to that that people around him are likely steering him to Adidas schools and it's really not perplexing.
Honestly, if you're a one-and-done NBA superstar, your shoe company means a lot more for your career than your college does.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Then what happened?||
Then what happened?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||As one who finds a lot of||
As one who finds a lot of recruiting stuff creepy, this really doesn't bother me. A photo of adults on the Diag (or wherever that was) seems much more innocuous to me than grown-ass men tweeting 14-year-olds to try to get "intel."
With that, I am curious about the OP's question. Do we know about a recruit who was on campus today?
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||I like that idea, too.||
I like that idea, too. "Unretire" them for one game per year in which we actively honor those guys. That's also pretty creative, and it'd be a nice addition to our homecoming traditions. If that's the plan, then I would make them something that players earn (via good behavior and strong play).
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||My two cents||
I've said this before, but I love the idea of legends numbers and dislike the execution.
What I love about them:
What I would like to see change:
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Fire him?||
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||At least he won't be getting||
At least he won't be getting Brian in trouble with Google anytime soon?
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||True, but you get elite||
True, but you get elite football players for three years and elite basketball players for one.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||That's what she said.||
That's what she said.
It's nice to see fluff articles written for an audience other than 70-year-olds who only get information from News/Free Press fluff articles. Baumgardner does a good job of speaking to more engaged Michigan football audiences (e.g., most of MGoBlog).
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't planning on drinking||
Wasn't planning on drinking tonight, but after seeing what Auerbach did to the spring game draft thread, I'm reconsidering.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||But that's his point. I||
But that's his point. I think it's an interesting question. My guess it they aren't that forward-thinking, and they'd be fine filling a football-less summer with concussion stories if those stories generate a lot of viewers and page clicks. It's also Michigan and Michigan sells. I mean, on the ESPN college football page sidebar right now, 4 of the 14 stories are about Michigan even though not much has happened with us lately (Wayne Lyons, Jack Miller, Jake Rudock, and Harbaugh's salary). And Glasgow just fell off the front page.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||That's not nearly as relevant||
That's not nearly as relevant as the fact that Borland quit for concussion-related reasons and Miller did not.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Different perspective||
Filthy rich people get to do things for fun - ignoring ROI - that most of us don't get to do.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I think you're half-right.||
I think you're half-right. NFL teams aren't dumb enough to avoid drafting the guy they want because he smoked marijuana. They probably will consider whether he's exhibiting behaviors that will likely get him suspended during his NFL career. The NFL penalties for failing drug tests are pretty harsh, and a lot of NFL careers are being disrupted by drug test failures. Gregory failed two drug tests in college and now this one, which he probably knew was coming and important. Even if the actual transgression here wasn't serious, teams might worry a bit about the behavior pattern.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Well, there goes any hope I||
Well, there goes any hope I had of sleeping well tonight.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||LordGrantham?||
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I wonder if Bielfeldt would||
I wonder if Bielfeldt would be welcomed back if he pays his own way. If that's a scholarship crunch issue and Max wants to return, then it doesn't seem out of the question. Partly that's because Bielfeldt's family is extremely wealthy -- as in there's a Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building at the University of Illinois.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Where do you see that it will||
Where do you see that it will be Red's final year?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||An idea||
I was thinking about Brian's point that it'd be nice to save stickers for uniformz games but that's not how these things work. Maybe there's a way to do something like that. It'd be pretty cool if players earned their stickers all season long but didn't apply them until the OSU game (or even the bowl game). That would keep the helmets clean for most of the season, establish a unique, throwback-based tradition for the OSU/bowl game, and preserve the incentive value of the stickers.
|15 weeks 15 hours ago||The Casey DeSmith thing could||
The Casey DeSmith thing could be a pretty fascinating story to follow this summer. He's potentially a major upgrade who could single-handedly change the outlook for 2015-16, but Michigan will have to do its homework on that one. It'll be interesting to be on the other side of one of these things after the Athletic Department has dismissed a few guys itself.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||This, to me, is the primary||
This, to me, is the primary distinction between our UTL and bumblebee uniforms. If we had lost to Notre Dame and beaten MSU, there's no way that so many would believe that the UTL uniforms were pretty cool and the bumblebee uniforms were hideous.
FWIW, they were both hideous in my opinion, and if we're going to crap all over our uniforms, I'd rather crap on our road ones than home ones, since our home uniforms are the best in college sports.
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||What's frustrating about the||
What's frustrating about the Legends jerseys is that this came so close to being an excellent idea. I love the idea of not retiring numbers but rather honoring past players who wore them with a patch. It keeps numbers in circulation, keeps those former players in present conversations, and is an interesting, unique way of handling that process (one that could grow into a cool, quirky Michigan tradition).
The mistakes were (1) encouraging players to switch to those numbers and (2) making it such a big deal to wear one of them. If a guy who's wearing #21 drinks too much on St. Patty's Day, no one would seriously think that he disgraced the legacy of Desmond Howard. They should just make those patches permanent fixtures on the jerseys and then not worry about who ends up wearing them.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||My apologies in advance to||
My apologies in advance to anything, or anyone, that I yell at or break in the next half-hour or so.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||The tone seems off here||
The tone seems off here because it's an injury, but I'm pretty impressed that the superscript "TM" somehow makes it into the URL as a superscript "TM" (at least in Chrome).
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Kudos to Ferentz for doing||
Kudos to Ferentz for doing this, though it's probably the right decision for him strategically. Let's say he thinks that Rudock would likely go to Michigan and that he'd improve Michigan's roster. On balance, it's almost definitely good for Iowa for Rudock to go to Michigan, since we don't play Iowa, we do play a bunch of teams in Iowa's division, and it's the overall Big Ten record that counts for the standings.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||He started his account 16||
He started his account 16 hours ago and in seven posts he's already has managed to tell us that he went to Harvard, made a six-figure salary right out of college, has a large TV screen in his office that would make basketball-watching easy (though he's not going to bother), and is a Ross MBA (with a reminder of that in his user name). That's not even to mention the stupid comments about Norfleet, nor the $100 bet that he offered.
So yeah, I think we're going to love this guy.
|16 weeks 14 hours ago||What exactly is the worry||
What exactly is the worry here? That Meyer and Dantonio will reorganize their spring practices to prepare for a slightly higher probability that Alex Malzone is the starter eight months from now?
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||Before I sink any more time||
Before I sink any more time into writing it, should I not post about my balls performing an Abbott and Costello routine in my dream last night?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||With a +27 in a win, which||
With a +27 in a win, which was easily the best on his team.
The dude is good.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||This is good news partly for||
This is good news partly for the reasons that everyone is saying (getting guys in shape) and partly because it suggests that we don't have many, if any, guys who plan to leave us unexpectedly this offseason. We've had a few of those during the Beilein years (Smotrycz, Horford, etc.).
|16 weeks 5 days ago||At the time you posted, I||
At the time you posted, I count zero "Really? ANOTHER QB?" posts and quite a few posts that say the exact opposite. Maybe my memory of past threads differs from yours, but my sense is that most here would be fine/happy with Rudock transferring in.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||You probably aren't referring||
You probably aren't referring to me, though I like the idea that someone would demand I leave a room I'm not in.
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||That's a poor comparison.||
That's a poor comparison. Our decision point is right now, and we're realistically talking about one more season, not one more decade. No Michigan fan would want another 10 years of this, but whether to accept a farewell season is a totally different question.
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||I wouldn't go that far, but||
I wouldn't go that far, but if (1) Red wants to finish this contract so that he can give and get a proper goodbye and (2) Michigan doesn't believe that waiting a year badly hurts their prospects for the next coach, then I think giving him one more season is fine. There's no way I'm extending that contract - so none of this "he tells us" stuff - but there's something to treating a legend with respect and crossing our fingers that 2015-16 might write a happier conclusion to Red's career than 2014-15 seems to be writing. Next year could be even uglier, obviously, but at least we'd go into it knowing that it's the end, saying goodbye, and hoping for one last glorious run. If that run somehow happened, it'd be a lot of fun and would help make our memories of Red's time more wholly positive.
|17 weeks 15 hours ago||It's not really about||
It's not really about trusting Schefter as much as it's about trusting his source. I'm sure that Schefter heard that. Then again, that's the only logical response for a "well-placed 49ers official" whether the 49ers are trying to trade Kaepernick or not.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with the critique||
I agree with the critique that there's a big difference between the top few guys and everyone else but for a different reason. Think about a bell curve. The top few guys tend to be extreme outliers, standard deviations removed from the rest of the distribution. Even as you get into the middle of five-star territory, you're getting back into normal human range. If I remember correctly, Peppers ended up as the #2/#3 recruit in the country. In my mind, that's in the range of the potentially wild outliers, not just the crazy-good prospects that you'll get lower in the five-star range.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Every year I'd be paranoid||
Every year I'd be paranoid about this B1G South (Duke, Illinois, Indiana, UNC, Purdue) ascending to the NFL because it's just too good and too powerful to compete against mere college programs. Same goes for the B1G East.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe I misinterpreted your||
Maybe I misinterpreted your post. I thought you were arguing that Hoke/Borges didn't adapt to RR's players. I think the numbers suggest that they adapted pretty well (with early success) but didn't adjust well after Denard and the other RR guys left. Hoke's staff was worse at running their own offense with their own players than they were with keeping the RR/Denard machine going.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Questionable. Here are||
Questionable. Here are Michigan's offensive efficiency (FEI) ratings for every year for which Football Outsiders has data:
2007 (Carr): #56
That trend is much more consistent with the story that Hoke's offense faltered when RR's recruits left than it is with the story that he and Borges didn't adapt well to RR's talent.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||For that reason (and the||
For that reason (and the possibility of injury), I'm a little nervous about designing an offense according to the Week 1 starter's strengths. Maybe Malzone, Speight, and Morris are more alike than I think, but you obviously don't want to be in a situation where Speight's being asked to run a Malzone-based offense or vice versa. Then again, I'm sure the staff is on top of that.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Even in 2011, Hoke and Borges||
Even in 2011, Hoke and Borges did much more to adapt to the talent on the roster than people remember. They tried to lay a foundation for future years' manball, but the 2011 offense looked much more like RR's 2010 Michigan offense than Hoke and Borges's 2010 SDSU offense.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||If the choice is between||
If the choice is between believing the insider posts or believing the press conferences, I'll take the insider posts. But I take your point. Probably best not to put much faith into any of this stuff right now.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know, the criticism||
I don't know, the criticism of Hoke is all over the place these days. I'm trying to remember which guys fans thought deserved more playing time. Drake Johnson comes to mind, and he lost time early in the season to younger guys. The same goes for Dennis Norfleet and would have gone for Desmond Morgan.
I'm not sure the "didn't give young guys a shot" criticism is fair. And it definitely wasn't responsible for Hoke's downfall. You could make a case for poor handling of the QBs or shitty assistant coaches or lack of attitude/edge, but it definitely wasn't the upperclassmen first thing.
|18 weeks 11 hours ago||The vague language doesn't||
The vague language doesn't concern me much, and it didn't concern me much with the Gibbons saga. If Coach K says, "We dropped him because he probably raped a couple of girls," then he's (1) admitting uncertainty, (2) being extremely unfair to Sulaimon if the allegations are false, (3) probably opening up Duke to legal action if the allegations are false, and (4) putting the girls in an even worse situation, since they apparently don't want this to be a big, public story (like the Winston thing). And who would that serve? He knew, like Hoke knew, that everyone would figure out what this is about, but when there's uncertainty about what actually happened, it's a difficult spot for a coach.
That's not to say that Coach K handled this well. We'll see. But people were very quick to rush to judgment about UM's decisions in the Gibbons situation - wrongly, I think - and it's reasonable to let this play out a bit before vilifying Krzyzewski and everyone else at Duke.
|18 weeks 13 hours ago||There might be other reasons||
There might be other reasons to prefer Speight, but Malzone's recruiting profile is superior (unless the 2014 QBs were much better/deeper than the 2015 QBs). The one outlier is ESPN.
And it looks like the only (reported) major offers for Malzone were Pitt and Wake Forest, while the only (reported) major offers for Speight were Miami and NC State.
|18 weeks 14 hours ago||My understanding...||
PACK YOUR BAGS = almost certain starters
UNLESS SOMETHING STRANGE HAPPENS = probable starters
FAIRLY SAFE BET = (slightly) better than 50/50 to start
IN A BATTLE = frontrunner but 50/50 or worse to start
PUSHING FROM BEHIND = unlikely to start but challenging
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I have a feeling that we have||
I have a feeling that we have some very surprising depth charts ahead of us, with some of the surprises turning into actual starters.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||"It's that first day of||
"It's that first day of school. I will lay my clothes out tonight. I will triple-set my alarm and be here attacking it with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."
By "it," I'm thinking he means his day and not his alarm clock. My disposition toward attacking my snooze button with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind probably explains why Harbaugh is the head coach of the University of Michigan and I... am not.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Are you forgetting about the||
Are you forgetting about the most quintessential product available in America in 2015: the selfie stick? I'm dying to run into someone using one of these things.
|19 weeks 9 hours ago||So, this||
So, this exists.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Good. Now I'll know what||
Good. Now I'll know what number to wear in the "Malzone's calzones" section. We need some redemption after the Smotrycz's lobtrycz thing.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Seeds 11-14 aren't going to||
Seeds 11-14 aren't going to win the BTT. They'd have to win five games in five days, including some against much better-rested (and just better) teams.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for posting this.||
Thanks for posting this. It's fun to think about how the rally to fire Brandon will be read and interpreted by future generations of Michigan fans.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Do we know what's up with||
Do we know what's up with Seth Towns (2016 SF)? For awhile it seemed like his addition was inevitable, though I'm not sure if the OSU offer changed that (Towns is from Columbus). Suddenly, Towns is really highly rated... #56 in the country to ESPN and #60 in the country according to the 247 Composite.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I was talking about families||
I was talking about families earning a little more than this, but even so, a household income of $250,000 would put a family somewhere near the 98th percentile in the U.S. (if the website I'm looking at is correct). I'd imagine that most people in the 2nd percentile of household income rightfully consider themselves poor. Why isn't the 98th percentile wealthy?
To me, "upper-middle class" implies something like the 65th-80th percentiles. If you're in the 98th percentile, you're wealthy.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I have a related pet peeve:||
I have a related pet peeve: the way that people use "upper-middle class." I had friends in college whose parents made hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and the kids still said they grew up in the upper-middle class. I have no problem at all with people who grew up wealthy, but would it kill extremely wealthy people to acknowledge that, yes, they actually are wealthy?
|19 weeks 6 days ago||There are many legitimate||
There are many legitimate criticisms of the prior coaching staff, but a lack of warmth and authenticity with players isn't one of them.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||I'll admit that I don't know||
I'll admit that I don't know much about Rudy T. as a player, but I'm not sure about that one and I definitely don't get why Crawford's on that list. And if I'm taking a second Fab Fiver, it's Juwan, not Jalen (partly for Juwan's defense and partly because Michigan has more options at guard). Give me:
PG - Trey Burke
|19 weeks 6 days ago||There was a narrative that||
There was a narrative that Jim and John are engaged in the most bitter, intense sibling rivalry in history -- so intense that Jim wouldn't leave the NFL until he matched or surpassed his brother in Super Bowl rings. I'm sure they're competitive with one another, but they sure seem to like each other.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||This should be unpopular with||
This should be unpopular with some people, at least here...
I think psychology, feelings, and motivation play an enormous role in sports. People mock "feelingsball" or whatever, but I think our past couple of football teams have been softer and more delicate than they should be, and when they started hearing boos, reading harsh articles, getting nasty tweets from our fans and rivals' fans, etc., they disengaged. That's not to say they quit, but they detached themselves in ways that hurt our ultimate football record. And that's totally normal and human. Some of Harbaugh's former players have said he's successful mainly because he convinces (or forces) guys to do things that they'd never otherwise do. I think that's big.
And that's not where psychology ends. For example, in my opinion, the home-cooking that you get in places like the Breslin Center and Cameron doesn't result from a conspiracy... it results from refs not wanting to get screamed at and booed. Totally human. I think the brilliance of Dantonio-Narduzzi's defense is partly that they recognized that with the officials. It's really unpleasant for an official to throw a pass interference flag on play after play, especially when you're throwing them on the home team and getting screamed at every time that you do.
So yeah, even as a numbers guy (which I am), I think feelings, emotions, psychology, etc. play a major role in sports outcomes. Unfortunately, I think we've generally been on the wrong side of it for the past few years.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I think this is mostly true.||
I think this is mostly true. I just commented in Ace's post that it's interesting how many kids cite our top academics as a reason for their interest in Michigan. My guess is that, in general, we're getting kids who are more interested in academics than other programs. At the same time, I don't think we turn away or avoid many more low-academics kids than other programs. The result, I'd guess, is that our average or median player (academically) is quite a bit stronger than most schools' average/median player, but our academic floor isn't much higher.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||It's interesting that||
It's interesting that Michigan gets a boost from so many top athletes for its academic prestige. There's debate about how high Michigan's admissions standards are relative to other football programs and how much that hurts us in recruiting (my view: a little but not much). On balance, though, I think it helps our football program to have top-notch academics, since it seems to attract more top recruits than it pushes away.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||The Donnal hype seemed fishy||
The Donnal hype seemed fishy last season. If he was as dominant as people were saying last year, they would have played him. Morgan came on at the end of the season, but we had serious big man questions after McGary went down and a roster that could have made a national title run with just one more good big man.
With Duncan Robinson, we have no idea. By rule, he can't play, so there's not as much to infer from what's happening with him, positive or negative.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||That's an interesting||
That's an interesting thought. As long as he's reasonably agile, I don't think he's too big for QB, but you're right that he probability has more positional versatility than most pro-style college QBs.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, this is a different||
Yeah, this is a different question I'm answering, but if Morris and Charlton improve immensely this year, I'm feeling really good about this season. I think QB is easily our biggest question mark on offense (and the most important position in football), and DE is easily our biggest question mark on defense (and maybe the most important position on D). Both of those guys have the tools to be really good, but they're both still so raw.
As far as who I expect it from, give me Mone, Kalis, and Gedeon. With what those guys have shown and the coaching they're about to get, I'm kind of expecting all three to get drafted one day.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|20 weeks 5 days ago||College isn't supposed to||
College isn't supposed to provide you with the appropriate response to every possible scenario that could arise in every job that you might hold years later. A good college teaches people to think, listen, communicate, empathize, create, scrutinize, etc. If you want technical training, there are programs for that, and if you want training in the very particulars of a job, that's on your employer. My guess is that your college experience - if it was a good one - helped you with that phone call, even if it was in ways that aren't obvious to you.
I, too, was forced to take undergraduate classes that I didn't have any interest in at the time. Some of them became the foundation of my college major and careers (which I never would have guessed), others planted seeds for future hobbies, and, yeah, a few are just weird footnotes in my life (hello: linguistics). But I like that. I needed time to explore different fields when I was 18 years old, and I'm glad that a lot of good schools encourage that kind of exploration.
|21 weeks 13 hours ago||No, that was me. Sorry, I||
No, that was me. Sorry, I didn't realize it would be such a bad one.
|21 weeks 14 hours ago||I like Bill Greene. Is that||
I like Bill Greene. Is that weird? I find almost every OSU and MSU reporter to be an unbearable slappy-apologist, but he's the clearest exception in my mind.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I agree. If anything, with||
I agree. If anything, with his mom as connected as she is, we might be bringing on Lyons to entice his mom to come to Ann Arbor.
That's an exaggeration, obviously, since Lyons will be a very welcome addition to the secondary next year.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||So we've learned that schools||
So we've learned that schools will hide the following information from recruits until after signing day:
|22 weeks 11 hours ago||Or just he's just going to do||
Or just he's just going to do this for every commitment, as he should. He's not a reporter, he's a coach. He shouldn't be publicly celebrating the big names and ignoring the less known kids.
|22 weeks 11 hours ago||Williamson is down to Florida||
Williamson is down to Florida and Michigan, probably to pick Florida.
It's seriously possible that we'll finish #2 for Williamson (Florida), Weber (OSU), Clark (UCLA), Marshall (USC), Smith (#2/3, UCLA/Georgia), Jefferson (Ole Miss), and Arnette (OSU). That would be a punch to the balls, although finishing #2 with just a few weeks to recruit probably bodes well for this staff's future recruiting.
|22 weeks 15 hours ago||I could be wrong, but I don't||
I could be wrong, but I don't think Jay Harbaugh did his "amaizing" thing yesterday before/during the Burnett stuff. Some people interpreted his "blessings on blessings on blessings" tweet to be about recruits, but he has pretty clearly established that he throws down an "amaizing" when a guy commits.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Some details ----3-star WR||
Some details ----
3-star WR to all four major sites.
247 composite has him as the #85 WR, #688 overall in the country.
Offers from Washington St. (committed since 7/14/14), Arizona St., Colorado St., Miami, and Utah.
According to 247, 6'0.5", 165 lbs. 4.69 40m.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||But what makes a school a||
But what makes a school a "smart" choice involves a lot more than which school has a higher probability of getting to a title game in the next 4-5 years. Among a million other things, the components of a smart choice could be about setting himself up for non-football life with a high-quality degree, being coached well, having an opportunity to play, being in a social setting that's healthy, having access to a support structure, etc.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I'm taking it as good news||
I'm taking it as good news that he's genuinely undecided. That's better than what seemed like the most likely alternative, which was that he's basically sold on Georgia but wanting to look around to be sure.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Your avatar scares the shit||
Your avatar scares the shit out of me.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Tennessee added another||
Tennessee added another recruit today (their 29th), a few days after telling Marques Ford that they wouldn't honor his months-old commitment because they found some dudes they like better. I wonder who gets booted next.
We should all take a moment to be grateful that we didn't hire Butch Jones.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||He camped at Wisconsin before||
He camped at Wisconsin before getting the Wisconsin offer, which is probably a good sign. The only other camp appearance that 247 shows is to OSU, where he doesn't have an offer.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I have a kind of different||
I have a kind of different perspective on RB depth. RB is the one position where I really don't care about a kid's experience. If not taking an RB in 2015 makes Michigan extremely appealing to a great crop of possible 2016 RB prospects (and having one more place for an RB), then I'd be fine taking a couple in the next class and passing on RBs in 2015.
That would leave us with Green, Smith, Isaac, and Johnson in 2015, the same guys and a couple of true freshmen RBs in 2016, and Isaac, the 2016 RB class, and the 2017 RB class in 2017. That seems fine to me. We'll be relying heavily on youth if Isaac gets hurt or flops, but if you're going to rely on youth anywhere, it's at RB.
Then again, if they find an RB they really like - Booker or another guy - it's obviously a good move to take him.
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes, we're all Marshall.||
Yes, we're all Marshall.
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||Handled with class. Thanks||
Handled with class.
Thanks and good luck, Justice.
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||That sound hard to achieve.||
That sound hard to achieve. Can someone comment on the joy of having healthy, unsuccessful kids?
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||So... Brady Hoke?||
So... Brady Hoke?
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||Derek Jeter does pretty well||
Derek Jeter does pretty well on those criteria. He was smart enough to hold off on getting married, too.
I mean, from Wikipedia:
He had a well-publicized relationship with singer Mariah Carey from 1997 to 1998. Jeter has also dated former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, singer Joy Enriquez, television personality Vanessa Minnillo, and the actresses Jordana Brewster, Jessica Biel, Minka Kelly, and Hannah Davis.
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||For what it's worth, ESPN||
For what it's worth, ESPN just got around to rating Ulizio. They rated him as an OT and assigned him a 78, which is a relatively high 3-star. For comparison's sake, the other OTs with 78 ratings are going to Alabama, Boston College, Stanford, Nebraska, USC, Texas, Arizona, and LSU. Jon Runyan Jr. is a 76 (as an OT).
So ESPN seems to think pretty highly of Ulizio. Then again, they could just be giving a Harbaugh/Drevno-recruited offensive lineman the benefit of the doubt.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Switch the 1970s to Led||
Switch the 1970s to Led Zeppelin and I'm on board with everything until the 2010s. I'll leave the last one to the young'uns.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||This wouldn't work with an||
This wouldn't work with an even spread, but isn't this an argument for betting the underdog in Brady/Belichick Super Bowls? You're saying that these games tend to be closer than the line predicts.
Sample size problems, obviously.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||From my experience, this -||
From my experience, this - "Ohioans have a Bo-like loyalty that can only come from a fandom borne under siege" - is extremely true. Men, women, older fans, younger fans.... the M fans down there are committed.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for compiling this.||
Thanks for compiling this. He certainly seems deserving of a roster spot, even if it's hard to tell what he'll ultimately do in college.
More importantly, in the context of high school football uniforms, a black and silver version of the Michigan home uniform is pretty damn cool. It looks like the numbers could use some work but damn.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||It's pretty crazy that this||
It's pretty crazy that this class is as small as it is, especially in a coaching transition year. My guess list is pretty similar to yours. FWIW, Lorenz just predicted John Kelly to Tennessee. We're getting a lot of Reuben Jones, Nolan Ulizio, and Jake Pickard predictions right now.
My guesses, from my most confident guess to my least confident guess:
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I'm confused. Why does your||
I'm confused. Why does your thread title say the opposite thing that the linked story does?
My takeaway: Belichick is a dick. News at 11. And I can remember five MGoBlog threads on this topic, which seems like at least four too many.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting. Can you say||
Interesting. Can you say more? I just watched his senior Hudl film, and I'm pleasantly surprised by his athleticism. Then again, to my amateur eye, he does look like he throws off his back foot too often.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||You know, believe it or not,||
You know, believe it or not, Fred Jackson actually was a very good recruiter for a very long time while coaching the position where recruiting ability is arguably most important.
I think it's a little sad that Jackson is getting the farewell he's getting from Michigan fans. There's a reason why 58 straight Michigan head coaches over 875 years all decided to retain Jackson. Maybe RB production has slipped a bit lately, but Jackson has done a lot over the years for Michigan football.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||You guys might be reading too||
You guys might be reading too much into that. Fangio, Seely, and Roman all coached under Harbaugh, and the other coaches are the guys who just hired those three. Fox hired Fangio as a Bears assistant (DC), Del Rio hired Seely as a Raiders assistant (ST coordinator), and Ryan hired Roman as a Bills assistant (OC).
|23 weeks 5 days ago||That's kind of my point,||
That's kind of my point, actually. Based on their 2016 offers, it seems they think the top-rated prospects really are the top prospects (deserving of their first offers). They'd probably love to get some of the top-rated prospects for 2015, too, but they're understandably - and probably wisely - focused on kids who aren't committed yet or who seem like they might realistically shake loose from their current schools in the last few weeks before NSD (e.g., because of a coaching change at their own schools).
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Also, it might be telling||
Also, it might be telling that most of the 2016 offers are going out to very highly rated recruits and most of the 2015 offers are going out to relatively low-rated recruits. I'm guessing that means that our coaches' evaluations are roughly in line with the recruiting rankings, but they're scrambling a bit to fill the 2015 class (with guys who look good enough and actually might be interested).
If they were offering a bunch of low-rated 2016 guys, I'd be inclined to think that they're just looking for something different from the recruiting services' criteria. That doesn't seem to be the case. They're scrambling, which is understandable, since they have so little time, so many NFL guys on staff who don't know the 2015 recruits, and so few commits in this class or prospects who recently visited and expressed interest.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Pickard is definitely closer||
Pickard is definitely closer to Hill than Butt in the rankings, but the 58th-ranked TE thing might be a little misleading because the services ranked him at different positions. Here are his rankings:
Michigan is recruiting him as a TE. His other notable offers are Wisconsin, Oregon, Nebraska, and then some lower-tier power conference schools (Illinois, Purdue, Syracuse, Rutgers, BC, etc.).
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Well, you're really throwing||
Well, you're really throwing some Coldwater on this one, aren't you?
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Are you sure it wasn't the||
Are you sure it wasn't the Brothers Grimm? That quote has Wilhelm's fingerprints all over it.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I think the "cupboard is||
I think the "cupboard is stocked" argument is tricky. Based on recruiting profiles (and retention), I agree that we're stocked. But I worry that our guys have been developed poorly relative to guys in other programs. Getting great raw athletes out of high school is helpful - and Hoke's staff excelled at that - but a lot of the guys on today's roster are probably behind where their recruiting profiles and experience suggest they should be. In that way, our cupboard might not be as well stocked as it seems.
This is probably more of a concern for our upperclassmen, who don't have much more time to develop, than our younger guys.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Also...||
"I'm going to find out what the NCAA will legally allow me to practice tomorrow and probably exceed it," the Michigan State coach said Saturday after a 71-64 loss to Texas Southern. "That's what I'm going to try to do."
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Izzo is a piece of shit. How||
Izzo is a piece of shit. How a head coach can say that he was "happy as hell" to see kids get hurt is beyond me. On top of that, he (1) takes this opportunity to complain yet again about how unlucky he's been with injuries, and (2) drags Stauskas/Beilein into this by saying that Stauskas played all summer, stating that he doesn't think guys should play in the summer, and then pointing out that people might negatively recruit against coaches whose guys play too much.
There was a time when it was unpopular around here to criticize Izzo. I'm glad that time has passed.
|24 weeks 3 hours ago||This. I get the sense that||
This. I get the sense that Harbaugh and co. are just trying to get their hands on each team's recruiting class and shake it as hard as possible to see if anyone shakes loose. I'd expect them to try it with MSU's class, though I'd be a little surprised if anything comes of it.
This staff is in a really tough position with 2015 recruiting. Harbaugh was hired about a month before signing day (during the dead period), his staff is just in place now, many of them have been in the NFL and don't have relationships with 2015 recruits, and our 2014 season fell apart so early that there's hardly anyone left in this class and hardly anyone came to visit during the season.
They should be trying everything they can, including going after rivals' commits, and it still might not get them very far with the 2015 class.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||I agree. If I were a coach,||
I agree. If I were a coach, I think I'd ask my recruits to tell me as soon as they're sure - and promise me that they're really sure - but then have fun with the process. "Fun" could be an ESPN hat dance, a celebratory dinner with mom and dad, or whatever. As long as I knew the deal and could plan accordingly, I'd be fine with kids doing the silly NSD hats on ESPN thing.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||He could always commit to the||
He could always commit to the coaches and then hold off with announcing publicly until NSD. I probably would have kept a lower profile myself, but before we criticize these kids too much, let's remember that they're young and this is a fun, one-time opportunity for them to do this stuff. I definitely didn't have cable news networks asking me to announce my college decision live on one of their broadcasts.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I just read the OSU thread||
I just read the OSU thread with the Weber rumor, and I don't think there's much reason to believe the guy. He provided no details on Weber, his source, or why he'd have access to information. He probably saw something public with Weber - that Wheatley visited Weber or Weber followed Wheatley on Twitter - and figured that he'd set himself up to claim some unwarranted insider credit if it happens.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||That's what sh... never mind.||
That's what sh... never mind.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh’s record with QBs is||
Harbaugh’s record with QBs is undeniably excellent. After a long NFL career as a QB, he was the Oakland Raiders’ QB coach from 2002-2003, where he helped to turn Rich Gannon into the NFL MVP and the Raiders got to a Super Bowl. He spent the next three years as head coach of the University of San Diego and molded an NFL QB (Josh Johnson) at a school that produces very little NFL talent. From there he went to Stanford and turned Andrew Luck into one of the best college QBs of his generation. Then his most recent stop was with the 49ers, where he turned Alex Smith’s career around (for the better), before making something of a very young and raw Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick sucked last year, but Harbaugh’s record with QBs is stellar.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||If I'm a high school QB who's||
If I'm a high school QB who's trying to get to the NFL, I don't give a damn about OSU's pre-Meyer track record with NFL QBs. I care a lot about Meyer's record and the record of his coordinators. I mean, if a 2015 QB avoids Michigan because Rodriguez QBs are better in college than the NFL, that would be damn stupid. That kid should be reading up on Harbaugh's record at USD and Stanford, along with what he's done in the NFL.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't be surprised if||
I wouldn't be surprised if it's OSU's Joe Burrow (#12 dual-threat QB; ranked #379 in the country; from Athens, OH). There has been talk that Burrow's family wasn't pleased with the Tim Beck hire at OSU, possibly because Beck was the Nebraska OC who showed little interest in Burrow. Joe Burrow's dad and brothers apparently played for Nebraska.
Here's some information about it -----
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Hey, pal, your browser||
Hey, pal, your browser doesn't support iframes. Stop talking shit about my browser.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I'd imagine this was||
Yeah, I'd imagine this was Harbaugh greeting Baxter at the airport when he moved here from CA. It'd be a little weird if Harbaugh accompanies his assistant coaches to the airport to get a "Boarding the plane!!!" photo right before a recruiting trip.
Maybe this plane is used for recruiting, but it might have just been an Operation: Harbaugh Staff kind of deal.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||If anything, that might||
If anything, that might support Auerbach's claim.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||In general, I'd evaluate them||
In general, I'd evaluate them similarly, though I'm quite a bit higher on Zordich (I'd give that an A-/B+) and lower on Jay Harbaugh (I'd give that a D/D-).
In Zordich's case, he's originally from Youngstown (birth & high school, at least), and I'm sure he had other opportunities after coaching for the Eagles but preferred to go home to YSU. I have a feeling he'll be one of our best recruiters and better position coaches.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Should we tell Jed York that||
Should we tell Jed York that Harbaugh wears a suit to say "What's up?" to some high school kids and staff?
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I'm half-expecting Craft to||
I'm half-expecting Craft to come off the bench at some point today. I think he's been there since OSU started playing basketball.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh is supposedly||
Harbaugh is supposedly talking about building an Alabama-like recruiting department (or team). My based-on-nothing guess is that he talked to Manning about a leadership position in that department if the assistant coach thing doesn't work out.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I have no idea if this is||
I have no idea if this is true, but my guess is that Michigan fans (or at least MGoBlog readers) tend to overrate Roy Manning and underappreciate Fred Jackson.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||We definitely don't need||
We definitely don't need another RB coach. I think getting Drevno some help on the OL would be nice (and maybe ideal), but if not OL, I don't think it's crazy to add another coach on the defensive side. As Mat said, you could squint and see five very good offensive coaches on this staff (Harbaugh-QB, playcalling; Drevno-OL/RGC; Fisch-WR/QB/PGC; Wheatley-RB; Baxter-TE). Then again, I'm not sure that's how they're hoping to use Baxter, since he'll have special teams and academics duties.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||He probably was happily||
He probably was happily underemployed there. Zordich was born and raised (through high school) in Youngstown. After his stint coaching with the Eagles, he probably had more prestigious options but saw value in going home to coach YSU.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Great moment in recent UM||
Great moment in recent UM basketball history. One of many.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||For the purposes of your||
For the purposes of your "told you so" post a year from now, will you be taking credit for any of the records you mention here (9-3, 10-2, 11-1)?
|25 weeks 1 hour ago||Come on. The blocking was||
Come on. The blocking was great, but Elliott's a damn good college RB.
|25 weeks 9 hours ago||I agree. This was||
This was Brian/MGoBlog at its best, and I thought it demonstrated a useful role for blogs to play in news events like these. I'm one who actually likes having big, old, high-profile newspapers around. I think they tend to be reluctant to run with really shaky information, since being embarrassingly wrong undermines the credibility of their institutions -- and they survive on that credibility. If you're running footballinsiderguy.com, you can take some shots on ridiculous information, because if you're wrong you just get a new URL or quit the blog thing and go back to your other job. If you're right, people think you're really an insider.
At the same time, it's nice to have someone who feels credible passing along that gossip before it's rock solid, especially when that gossip comes with an honest judgment of its legitimacy. And it's even better when it's from a site like MGoBlog that's established enough to want to protect its name. I thought MGoBlog did that very well here and it helped to make the search fun.*
*Also making it fun: Harbaugh.
|25 weeks 9 hours ago||I was going to make the exact||
I was going to make the exact same observation. I googled her before I did and decided that today's Allison Janney looks too old to actually be that woman, but maybe this is some weird past form of Allison Janney who somehow made it to Harbaugh's press conference?
|25 weeks 9 hours ago||Do Harbaugh and Dougherty||
Do Harbaugh and Dougherty know each other? Is it possible that Harbaugh floated Dougherty's name as a favor to a friend who was about to be unemployed and could use the positive publicity?
|25 weeks 12 hours ago||Based on what?||
Based on what?
Did you look over Michigan's faculty hirings over the end of her tenure, compare those hirings to peer schools' hirings, and walk away disappointed? Do you think the research output has been lacking lately? Are recent Michigan alumni not competing on the job market as well as they did a few years ago? Maybe UM students' final exams and papers aren't of the quality that they were in the early MSC years?
What on earth is a claim like that based on? Ranking colleges isn't like ranking college football programs. The latter is tricky. The former is damn near impossible, especially when it comes to picking up meaningful changes in the rankings over a few years.
EDIT: This was a response to a message that went bye-bye.
|25 weeks 12 hours ago||That means that shit's||
That means that shit's fucked. I'm not an IT guy, but I'd recommend unfucking your shit.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Nice editing by the News.||
Nice editing by the News. After about three minutes trying to interpret the first question and the first sentence of the first answer, I quit on this.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Eisen's the best. If you||
Eisen's the best. If you can't hide your rooting interest, you'd might as well have fun with it.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||alum96, you're a machine. I||
alum96, you're a machine. I really enjoy reading your stuff and can't believe how plentiful it is.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||True, but the real worry is||
True, but the real worry is about how the exceptions behave. And MSU definitely has some exceptions.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||ahem|
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I think that happened the||
I think that happened the night of the 2010 Iron Bowl (which was a late afternoon game).
Still, I'm open to the idea of an MSU night game, but we'd need a serious police presence that night.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Keep recruiting like this and||
Keep recruiting like this and Alabama will be really good at football one day. Saban just might be building something there.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Okay, I thought you were||
Okay, I thought you were making a stronger claim than that. Personally, I think it makes more sense to evaluate a hire in the context of the other hires than in isolation. For example, I'd be complaining right now if we hired another RB coach / running game coordinator type (assuming that we also get Wheatley).
As for Fisch's credentials, I just made this argument in another thread, but I basically have no idea how to apportion credit and blame for past teams' performance to an individual coach. I rely much more on the opportunities that a guy has received as an indication of what people who see and know much more than I do - college/NFL head coaches - believe about the guy. And in that respect, I'm happy to see that the Jags poached him from Miami to be an NFL OC.
It's not my favorite hire, but I definitely don't hate it, and he's more than qualified for the position he'll occupy.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||That's a ridiculous||
That's a ridiculous overstatement.
Our offensive coaching staff has Harbaugh (a stellar QB coach and seemingly good playcaller / game manager), Drevno (a stellar OL coach and likely good run game manager), Wheatley (an NFL-level RB coach), and potentially Baxter (who has coached TEs for much of his career). It lacks someone to develop the WRs, help Harbaugh with the QBs, and help to manage the passing game more generally. Fisch was an NFL offensive coordinator a month ago, and one who was successful enough coordinating Miami's offense that the Jaguars hired him away.
You're right that he doesn't look like the type of NFL coordinator who's about to head NFL head coaching calls, but he's moving from an NFL coordinator job to a college position coach job... at a position where this staff is a little lacking. We could probably come up with more ideal candidates, but it's far from an awful hire on paper. I share Brian's take on this: "I'd be leery of Fisch as a coordinator since his track record is a little short and uneven. As the kind of sort of third OC behind Harbaugh and Drevno and a WR coach, it's a good get."
|25 weeks 3 days ago||?||
Lots of questions here.
Does Harbaugh have any connections to Fisch? And haven't we been getting regular reports of interviews over the past couple of weeks? And shouldn't we be generally pleased that Harbaugh is bringing in guys that he believes are good coaches who work well with him? And does it really bother you that guys like Durkin, Mattison, Baxter, and Wheatley technically weren't employed when Michigan got them?
Remember that most of these guys are position coaches. This is often the kind of thing where the head coach hires a bunch of MAC guys and no one really cares because no one's really paying attention.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||24/7's Clint Brewster, who||
24/7's Clint Brewster, who knows Fisch personally (b/c Clint is Tim Brewster's son and Fisch coached under Brewster at Minnesota), broke the story of this hiring and has said that FIsch will be QB coach, WR coach, and passing game coordinator. (Still, I'm sure that Harbaugh will be involved as well.)
|25 weeks 3 days ago||This could go on forever, but||
This could go on forever, but if I'm being honest, I think it's almost impossible for us to tell from afar how good coaches are at developing talent at their positions. Some of the outliers seem pretty clear (e.g., I think Baxter knows something about special teams), but there's so much going on for any single position group on any single team that it's really hard to confidently credit/blame a particular coach for any of it.
How much credit does Nuss deserve for Locker or McCarron as opposed to how much of that credit goes to the players themselves, their head coaches, good fortune, OL/WR play, the running game, or anything else? Who the hell knows? And how much blame does Nuss deserve for Gardner as opposed to how much of that blame goes to transition costs (not having enough time), Gardner himself, OL problems, WR problems, bad luck, negativity surrounding the program, or anything else? No idea.
This is the kind of stuff that's fun to talk about in January when a staff is coming together, but if we're being honest with ourselves, we have very little to go on. I tend to trust guys' career trajectories as some kind of indication of how they're performing, since that reflects what people who see and know a lot more than I do think of them (e.g., when the Jags saw enough in Fisch to take him from Miami). With Nuss, the fact that he was hired at Alabama and Florida says something, though Saban's supposed lukewarm feelings about him might say something in the other direction.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry, but there's no way||
Sorry, but there's no way that Manning's credentials as a DB coach are more impressive than Jackson's. I think Mallory is a MAC-level (or Wyoming-level) coach, and I'm guessing that we'll see another coach supporting Jackson there.
I think that people here don't appreciate Fred Jackson as much as they should, but he's obviously not in the prime of his career, and he's being replaced by an NFL RB coach (and not one who was fired or disgraced or anything... one who should still have a job in the NFL today). At the very least that's in the "ambiguous" category, and I don't it's a stretch at all to call that an upgrade.
And last I checked, Harbaugh is a member of the Michigan coaching staff, so I'm not sure why that wouldn't be part of the discussion of staff improvements.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||That's fair, and I'm trying||
That's fair, and I'm trying to be conservative, but Nussmeier's record with QBs prior to 2014 was outstanding. Better than Fisch's record with QBs, for sure, and not that different from Harbaugh's. Since we don't really know how the QB coaching duties will be shared by Fisch and Harbaugh, I think it's fair to call that change ambiguous. Obviously, though, I'm expecting better QB coaching in the coming years than we've had recently (especially pre-Nuss).
|25 weeks 3 days ago||+1, because I think it's a||
+1, because I think it's a fair observation, but look across the board at our coaching staff changes:
HC: Hoke ---> Harbaugh (major upgrade)
I'm sure that people could quibble with a few of those, but in general, this staff is much stronger than the previous one. That should be even more true when the last couple of pieces are added, since I'd imagine we'll see at least one hire on the defensive side who strengthens one or more of those position groups.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Some comfort, 2015||
Some comfort, 2015 style:
|25 weeks 4 days ago||If there were a television||
If there were a television show that consisted only of MSU students/grads trying to define "irony," I'd watch it religiously.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Okay, reading through the||
Okay, reading through the comments, I think Harbaugh is spoiling us a bit. We're talking about a recent NFL coordinator moving back to college to essentially become a position coach (at a place where he has no ties). We're obviously not going to get Adam Gase and Dan Quinn right now. We're a college program.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||This is the explanation that||
This is the explanation that I heard, too.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I'd be shocked if Harbaugh||
I'd be shocked if Harbaugh hired Dougherty, Fisch, and a TE guy. One of those jobs will go to the defensive side. If need be, Baxter could coach the TEs and special teams. He's done it for years.