“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|7 weeks 6 days ago||mesmerizing and hilarious||
I couldn't help but notice that "grannyhookup.com" was just above MGoBlog in popularity at the moment I checked..
These web stats are like crack to me. Once I start looking, I can't stop.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Top 10 pick TE||
If I'm not mistaken, the last TE taken in the top 10 was Vernon Davis. If Ebron is even close to his talent level it's a great pick.
They seem like similar players - Very fast for a TE (or very big and strong for a WR). Matchup nightmare. Davis can be frustrating at times, but he's a dynamic playmaker. Let's hope this guy's a similar talent.
TE is kind of the "it" position on offense in the NFL these days, and the Pats, Falcons, Saints and Niners prove the value if the right player is used properly.
Johnson, Tate, Bush Ebron, Fauria and even Pettigrew - that could be a devastating offensive attack. It's also good to give Stafford big targets.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||That is one loaded roster||
Has to be one of the biggest teams in NCAA history - bigger than most NBA teams.
2 seven footers (Johnson, Cauley-Stein)
3 other guys 6-9, 6-10 and 6-11 (Lee, Lyles, Towns)
Poythress is 6-8, and he's the 6th tallest guy!
On top of that, Harrison twins are 6-6 guards, and Booker's 6-5.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I don't disagree with you -||
I don't disagree with you - but if they have a sub-par year, he probably has to watch his back.
More likely, at some point it will just be so uncomfortable he leaves.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh and Niners||
Harbaugh has been spectacularly successful at both Stanford and the 49ers, yet amazingly he's definitely feeling at least some heat.
There have been many stories here about players being sick of his methods, and about Harbaugh's poor relationship with GM Trent Baalke. I know a kid who played for him at Stanford who said he basically tuned him out after awhile; allegedly some 49ers players openly defied him.
Harbaugh is without question a great coach, but he's also pretty abrasive and kooky - heck, we all know the shitstorm his UM comments caused.
He would certainly have plenty of offers if/when the niners push him out (of if he gets tired of dealing with Baalke), but it's not farfetched to believe he has a limited shelf life with a single NFL team. His brother seems far better at handling the political side of big-time coaching.
Long term, he may be better suited to college, with his intensity and rah-rah methods.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Well actually||
If you use the same time frame, (1951-1968 = 1996-2013), we've had 5 BIG championships, 4 Rose Bowls and one NC.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Respectfully, I don't agree||
Respectfully, I don't agree that it's a "myth"; I think it's more of an unknown. Sample size of big men who really developed under Beilein is tiny, as is the list of those who didn't. JB's teams (and his system) haven't placed much emphasis on traditional big man play.
JB has an impressive list of guards who exceeded expectations, with dramatic improvement year to year. Not so much with bigs.
I've been watching Michigan hoops forever. IMO, Beilein is absolutely the finest coach we've had; one of the best I've ever seen. John Thompson was a master at developing bigs, yet he still helped Iverson; JB is a master with guards, and his system is fun and successful. Of course he can be a great coach for some bigs. That doesn't mean it's an ideal fit for everyone.
My opinion has no impact on any kid's choice of college.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Horford could break out||
Just as Morgan did this year. Maybe Beillein's system or personality just wasn't right to light Horford's fire. I always thought he has potential - and he certainly showed flashes of it.
Coach Beilein has a fantastic system for developing guards and winning college basketball games; not as clear his system is as strong when it comes to developing bigs.
McGary and Morgan demonstrated that you can be a successful big in JB's system, but that doesn't prove it's an ideal environment or system for everyone.
Sad to see him go, best of luck to him.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||This is excellent||
Thank you BB. Great information and nice format.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Best of luck to both||
This trend makes being a college basketball fan less fun. I love watching players develop and grow - both as players and as young adults. It's wonderful to see what an impressive man Jordan Morgan has become. As someone above said, we're becoming "Kentucky Lite", and that makes me sad. I know it's not about me, it's just my personal feeling.
GRIII probably doesn't need the money, and from the videos of the Stauskas home it appears they're not desperate either (just guessing; I don't know either family's situation).
I sincerely wish all our guys who go early success and happiness, but I can't help thinking maybe they don't realize what a great experience they have at Michigan.
College is a blast. Real life can be hard. What's the rush? Maybe that's just nostalgia clouding my brain...
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Slightly different take||
IMO, Nik still has plenty of room for improvement. He is a poor defensive player, his lateral movement and his handle need work, and his lack of strength would really be exposed in the NBA.
If goes pro, he could be stuck in a come off the bench and bomb 3's from the corner role.
Beilein and company are proven developers of guards, and with his strong work ethic, Nik could improve as much next year as he did this year. He could become a high draft pick and serious contributor right away - a lethal scorer in the Klay Thompson mold.
With his current liabilities, I'm not sure he'd be given the chance. I absolutely feel he can help his NBA future by staying another year.
I don't think it's a given that his game would improve as much sitting on the bench in the NBA. Greatly depends on the situation/team/coach he ends up with.
Conversely, THJ's example hints that Beilein, his coaches and system are less proficient at developing bigger guys. He doesn't have a track record of developing front court players (or swingmen) into NBA-level talent.
THJ made a giant leap this year, and his college career resembled GR3's - obvious talent, loads of potential, not much year-to-year improvement. GR3 seems like an NBA player stuck in college - he won't truly thrive until he's in the show.
As for Mitch, it's all about his back. If he feels (and his doctors confirm) that he's completely healed, he can dramatically improve his stock by actually playing a full year in college. Really, his stock can only move up as long as he actually plays. I doubt he'd get any guaranteed money if he goes pro now.
That said, if his back is still balky, he might as well go pro and make as much as he can, as fast as he can.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Waiting for someone to mention||
Joubert. So much hype, so little effort. Had a friend who screamed "canned heat" every time he shot the ball (= every time he touched the ball).
Skiles just torched him.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||way-back machine||
Butch Wade and Loy Vaught
Both were Morgan-like in their intensity, toughness and leadership. Vaught had a bit more ability to score, but I loved watching them both work. Relentless.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Beautifully Written||
Congratulations to you for a masterfully written tribute - and thank you Jordan! His career at UM proves that the ideal of the Student-athlete isn't quite dead yet.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||PBGC||
A friend works for the PBGC; I asked him about Detroit some time ago. He made it clear that government entities are not part of their mission. From Wikipedia:
"...to encourage the continuation and maintenance of voluntary private defined benefit pension plans" - key word "private".
While I haven't lived in Michigan in years, I wish only the best for the city and those who work/ed there.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Optimistic...but wary||
Ohio's defensive game plan was atrocious.
It was shocking that Fickell didn't follow the "formula" for crushing our offense - release the hounds!
We really struggled whenever an opponent (even Nebraska!) loaded up the box and dared us to beat it.
I'm hopeful our line will be improved next year, but we need a better scheme to beat press coverage/loading the box, and Devin needs to make better, quicker decisions (which should happen with experience).
From a talent standpoint, I feel we're adding depth and talent every year. That didn't translate into wins this year, but I'm cautiously optimistic next year will be better.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Injuries were critical...but improvement is needed||
With Ross in there, many 10-12 yard runs would probably have been limited to 5 or 6.
Furman simply does not stay with/behind deep receivers. Wilson would have limited those wide open deep balls. Miller's inaccurate passes saved us from 2 more TDs.
Having PeeWee to help eat up space/linemen could have helped, but he's been out, and by now we should have some alternatives - every team has injuries.
IMO, having a blazing fast ball hawk in the secondary could make a huge difference, and another year of bulking up should help stiffen our line and linebackers.
OSU has a great line, Miller is an incredible athlete, and Hyde will be playing on Sundays. Tough task to stop them - but we shouldn't get gashed so easily.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Another grateful lurker||
I sincerely appreciate having a fantastic place to feed my obsession with my favorite team and alma mater.
The negativity and lack of civility from some of the people who post comments can be frustrating; I hope you realize there are tons of people like me who enjoy this blog every day, and are grateful for everything you and your team do.
|36 weeks 3 hours ago||Frosh RB's hung on to damn ball||
I'd say the rb's looked much better than "ok". On a wet, cold day our freshman rb's had ZERO fumbles. Impressive.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Game IS on cable in SF||
Just a quick public service - for those in San Francisco, Comcast has the game on channel 715.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||First, run a clean program...||
I agree with mad magician - this is paramount. Don't cheat, make sure kids attend class and graduate. The quality of a Michigan education should be a differentiator for many kids and parents.
After that, of course the most important thing is to beat OSU (and ND) regularly.
Next, have a winning record EVERY year with no exceptions. While I still support RR and the new regime, last year was inexcusable.
Fourth, play a real schedule. I will never again fly across the country to watch UM play a MAC/div II team. Isn't it more interesting to win some/lose some against top teams than to beat up on some grossly inferior small school? Yes, I know we lost to a MAC team last year, but it was the exception that proves the rule.
Fifth and last, be in the BCS mix every year. If all the other goals are met, then this one should follow fairly easily.
As for recruiting disadvantages - if Norman, Oklahoma can still be a recruiting hotbed, then UM has nothing to worry about. I'll take a crisp fall day in A2 over anyplace else in the country.