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|1 week 1 day ago||Are you like 8'6" at this||
Are you like 8'6" at this point?
|1 week 2 days ago||Rational, coherent thought||
Rational, coherent thought isn't very popular over there, either.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Why is this board-worthy?||
Why is this board-worthy?
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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 22 hours 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 22 hours 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.
|2 weeks 6 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 1 day ago||Whoa there, Yankee. That's||
Whoa there, Yankee. That's the War of Northern Aggression.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That kind of article makes me||
That kind of article makes me grateful that Brian isn't an idiot.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||As Harbaugh says, "Hungry||
As Harbaugh says, "Hungry dogs hunt best."
|3 weeks 3 days 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.
|3 weeks 3 days 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.
|3 weeks 3 days 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):
|3 weeks 3 days ago||... and 10% as loud.||
... and 10% as loud.
|3 weeks 5 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.
|3 weeks 6 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?
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That guy's an idiot.||
That guy's an idiot.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Is there any other kind of||
Is there any other kind of German?
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 5 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 20 hours 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 23 hours 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 5 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 3 hours ago||Correction: a fake breasts||
Correction: a fake breasts appreciation site that fills leftover space with Michigan football content.