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- information that assistant coaches are leaving, since these coaches might be a major reason that the recruit committed;
- information that that Mike DeBord was just hired as OC, since Mike DeBord not being OC might be a major reason that the recruit committed.
|4 hours 57 min 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.
|7 hours 4 min 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.
|1 day 12 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.
|1 day 14 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.
|1 day 15 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
|1 week 17 hours 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.
|1 week 17 hours 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.
|1 week 18 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||So, this||
So, this exists.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 5 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.
|1 week 5 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?
|2 weeks 11 hours 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.
|2 weeks 11 hours 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
|2 weeks 11 hours 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||No, that was me. Sorry, I||
No, that was me. Sorry, I didn't realize it would be such a bad one.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 3 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.
|3 weeks 4 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: