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|1 week 3 days ago||Congratulations to Blake on his degree||
Very sorry to see you leave for your last year of eligibility. You represent the very best aspects of a student athlete on and off the field. Thank you for four years of hard work and the best of luck where next you play. I am among those who will miss seeing you in Maize and Blue.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It's hard to establish the value of "returning" starters||
when no one on the offense will have taken a single in game snap in the offense they'll be running in game 1. It's popular (here) to ignore the impact of continual changes to a scheme and coaching staff and focus on the quality of the new coaching staff, but lack of consistency year to year seems to carry a pretty heavy penalty for an offense.
Much as I'd like to see a 3-1 or 4-0 start to the season, that seems a pretty high bar given the inexperience that the offense will have in the early games. If you expect 10 wins then a 2-2 start means they have to run the conference table. Certainly possible, but hardly a likely outcome.
An eight win regular season with a bowl win would be an solid start to Harbaugh's reign here. Any additional wins would be great but have to be viewed as exceeding reasonable expectations.
If the team drops more than two in the non-conference season we'll all be well served to set expectations closer to 6 or 7 wins. Were this Harbaugh's second year I'd have a very different outlook, but of course it is not.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty much as expected - but lots of potential||
Given the split of talent on the Oline it's no wonder that defense dominated.
When Malzone was drafted ahead of Morris so many here announced his banishment to the bench. Not so much. The best tight end the most experienced wide receiver played with Shane. If you look at who was where on both teams, it seems pretty clear that the coordinators arranged to have certain players together on both offense and defense, on both teams.
Everyone looked rough, but you can see that there is talent and drive.
The offense and defense that hits the field on Sepetember 3rd will not look nuch like what we saw today.
I expect that Rudock will be a solid QB, demonstrating the poise, confidence, and expertise gained starting for two years. I hope that Shane beats him out for the starting role. That would mean that we have real quality at QB, and that means 1-3 more games that reason suggests they can win.
Hard to wait for fall.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||However it turns out||
I'll take Harbaugh's opinion over yours.
If he see defensive potential in Norfleet, just maybe he sees something you and many others do not.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh is a great coach,||
perhaps the best coach in football today college or pro. There is no doubt that he is well on the way to geting the team to adopt his world view and become believers. The overall quality of this coaching staff exceeds any staff in college football. The players are hungry, hard working, and have plenty of talent. Were this Harbaugh's third year, I'd say that 10+ wins would be expected with an excellent shot at running the table into the playoffs.
But this is NOT his third year. Top college programs are about stability and consistency. There is far to little coaching time to teach a new system in an off season. Sometimes lightening strikes, but that is far from a given. I love optimism. Hell in the pool I play in I never pick Michigan to lose. But that is my heart not my head.
The reality is that Rudock has experience and was a pretty good QB, but that was in a different system. When this team takes the field on September 3rd no member of the offense or defense will have a single in game snap in the new system. NOT one. Maybe Rudock will start, maybe not. My perspective is that the most important aspect of the offense will be line play. Period. If the line can keep the QB clean and open holes for the running backs, any of our scholarship QBs can get the job done. If not...
Yes Utah has new coordinators, but from what I've read, mostly here, the schemes are unchanged. They have many returning starters. They are at home and charged up to hand Michigan its ass. With or without Rudock 8 regular season wins will be a damn fine start to Harbuagh's legacy.
Could this team get 10+ wins? Of course. Could it run the table? Of course. Cinderella teams happen. If things break the right way. If the injury god takes the season off. When you have a talented team with this kind of coaching, and things start to fall their way literally anything can happen. But that is NOT a reasonable expectation.
As someone said in another thread - it's time to pump the brakes. We can argue about whether or not the big ten was in a slump in the past. These days it's pretty clear that the top of the big ten is as tough a conference as any in college football. Yes we get MSU and Ohio at home, but neither of them are about to lay down and we have some tough road games to play.
I have no doubt that this team will fight to the bitter end in every game, but they can still get blown out.
Rudock dramtically increases the likelihood that if the starter gets injured there is a competent backup to step in. That is the case no matter who wins the starting job.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||So where are the QBs?||
They were drafted and do not appear. I clearly stated that I did not look beyond that. So it's ok to slight some non scholarship players? I stand my my point
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Blue - because I'm not thinking||
Defense is always farther along than the offense at this point in the season. So you have to think that the DC is going to have the advantage. - But - at the same time my heart really wants the offense to step up because while the defense will keep us in the games throughout the season the offense has to score to win the games.
So I want the offense to exceed our expectations and I'll take the blue by 2
|8 weeks 1 day ago||So why were the non scholarship players removed from the report||
At least for the QBs - I freely admit that I did not look beyond that, but whether scholarship or not they are on the team and were ALL drafted. Pretty sad you guys. Given that the team is stretching to field two complete teams there is a good chance that some of those guys will see the field.
The non-scholarship guys have been working just as hard and giving just as much to the team. They deserve our respect just as much.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||How many scholarship QBs are too many?||
I think that getting Rudock for this season is a good thing. Even if he doesn't earn the starting job he adds excellent depth in case the eventual starter is injured.
Question fo the coaches here. Assuming no one leaves we'll have six scholarship QBs this fall. Now Rudock only has one season of eligibility so he'll be off the roster for 2016. So does Harbaugh take two more QBs in 2016? Does it make sense to have seven scholarships devoted to QBs?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||No people need to be responsible||
It's not about a "perfect" world it's about people understanding that their desire to have whatever information they may want about whomever they have an interest, does not superceed the privacy of that person. -- PERIOD!
A lot of folks trashed Funchess. Now they find out that he was injured (some of course refuse to believe that) and feel guilty for trashing an injured young man. They want to set aside their lack of judiciousness and blame others. The world doesn't work that way. Some of us, and I've jumped to conclusions too, try to maintain an awareness of what we may not know, because we prefer not to deal with the consequence of going off half cocked.
The best, and unfortuantely highly unlikely, out come would be for many folks here to stop and consider what they know before they trash a player (or coach). Sadly we can see from many of the reactions to this post that many folks simply don't want to be burdened with the responsibility for their comments.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I assume that getting busted for underage possession of alcohol||
is a violation of team rules. Perhaps drinking when one is of age during spring or fall camp or during the season is also a violation.
In any event, if he violated team rules then he'll be appropriately punished by Harbaugh for that breach. That's as it should be. In essence, assuming this is true, he's being punished for being stupid.
I drank when I was under age in college. I drank in the dorm or in my residence. I didn't drive or wander around outside. I was careful NOT to put myself in the position to get arrested. Now the drinking age changed to 18 while I was in school so I was able to drink legally rather early during my time in college. That said I didn't drive over the limit (.1 in those days). Mostly If I was drinking in public I was walking home not driving.
My opinion is that this would not be a big deal were he not on the football team. But of course he is on the team, and that sets additional boundaries. Hopefully this gets addressed and he works off his punishment before fall camp starts. That is up to Harbaugh
I have similar sentiments about Glasgow. He didn't drive but was foolish enough to party while on probation. No one was harmed nor endangered. He deserves his suspension, but I hope he can work off whatever punishment is required to convince Harbaugh to reinstate him for fall camp.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Re-retire those numbers - Hang them over the various entries to||
Michigan stadium so fans pass under them on their way to the game and let us all forget the marketing move that brought them out of retirement. Especially Gerry Ford's number which was retired to honor the death of the only Michigan grad to become president of the United States of America.
I opposed bringing those numbers out of retirement and I would love to see them returned to their place of honor. I mentioned in a comment to another thread that Brandon did some astonishingly stupid things. Bringing those numbers out of retirement was one.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||This is a good a place as any to comment on Glasgow||
He's not a kid nor under age. He made an amazingly stupid decision and drank while on probation. However he did not drive and the court merely extended his probation and added to his oversight. The notion that he is unreliable is probably misplaced.
I have no doubt that Harbaugh will make him earn his way back onto the team. I expect that he'll be suspended for at least the first game possibly more than a single game. However any assumption that Glasgow is gone for the season is very premature. Possible certainly, but, assuming that Glasgow is willing to do the required work to return, the most probable outcome is that he returns to the team early in the season.
We'll know by fall. If he's allowed to take snaps with the team, then it's a safe bet that at some point he'll be back. If not...
Mason Cole is one very talented young man. That said I have a hard time believing that he is the best choice for center. My uneducated guess is that the coaches were experimenting with other OL positions and it was convenient for Cole to play center while they moved folks around.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I personally know several people who've been sued||
for going to work for a competitor. The previous employer prevailed in only one case and person elected to return and continue working for them. However the legal process which in a couple of cases went on for several months was very draining and difficult for the new employer and the person to handle.
It is not necessary for the restriction to be enforceable if the threat of suit is sufficient to influence the decisions of the person of perspective employers.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||man - quadruple post||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||triple post||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||triple post - sigh||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome Mr. Terech!||
Welcome to a progran that has a history of walk ons who've excelled. Best of luck and however things go with the football program, welcome to Michigan a university of excellence which offers you the opportunity to achieve beyond your dreams, whether on the field or elsewhere.
Welcome young man to what I hope will prove to be 4 or 5 of the very best years of your life.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Sorry Mr. Yost - Odds are he would have started every game..||
At this point in the season no one "took his spot". But, based on his interview, he has determined that he no longer has the passion required to live and breathe football. He's wise enough to know what is required to excel on the field and to understand that, for him, that ship has sailed. If you read the interview you can see his regret.You can also see the wisdom gained by self knowledge. No "kid" took his spot, he decided that it was time to move on, and I can assure you that he'll reflect on that decision for some time to come.
This MAN looked at his life and his choices and made what I suspect is the hardest decision he's had to make up to this point in his life. We should all respect that. For four years this man gave everything to the program. If he's decided he's done we should respect him and his decision, and simply thank his for what he's brought to the program
|11 weeks 18 hours ago||Mr. Miller - Thanks for four years of total commitment||
Best of luck going forward. You'll be missed this year, but the best thing for everyone is for you to know and follow your heart.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Talent is not the issue||
If we were looking at a team that played in the same offense and defense for the last five years looking for 10+ regular season wins would be quite reasonable. The talent is there. The consistency in scheme and coaching is not, and as a result the experience, at least on offense simply can't exist. A weak opening OCC schedule would make 10+ wins more likely, but realistically the most probable opening is 2-2.
Given the schedule eight regular season wins would be an excellent result. More than eight wins will be icing on the cake. That is not to say that Harbaugh and co can't get this team to gel early and lead them to 10+ wins. That is possible, it is also unlikely.
Since I never pick Michigan to lose, I'll be picking a 12-0 opening. My heart requires it, but my brain is well aware that eight regular season wins and a win in Harbaugh's first bowl at Michigan will be an excellent start.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Having read three other write-ups of this interview||
I find this to be the most comprehensive. It contains phrasing and additional quoted content that is missing from the others. In a couple of cases it changes the focus of some of his answers.
Excellent job. Thanks
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Sigh||
So let us all understand that questions like this stem from the notion that there is some universal "correct" assessment of what should be driven. One of my and my business partner's passions is teaching high performance driving. I and my partner are software and high tech management consultants. Over the years I and my partner's business vehicles were used 18 month old nine passenger station wagons because we could by them very cheap. Then when the tax laws changed we leased new sedans. Our business vehicles support our business and allow us to take clients to lunch in comfort. Our personal vehicles are our passion. My partner's personal vehicle is a race modified 325i with a M motor.
So at the moment:
1: see above
2: Personal - a highly modifed 1987 corvette - Business - a 2009 Chrysler 300 awd (soon to be replaced when the lease expires).
3: Seriously? No.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Close friend lives in Menlo Park||
Bought their house in the 1970s for about $80k. It's on a postage stamp lot but has a back yard ( a big deal in Menlo). Because of the proposition that caps proprty taxes at a small percentage of the sales price of the house she can't afford to move, but did add a addition so has four bedrooms and a full and 3/4s bath. THe most recent appraisal was just north of $3 million.
She does people's nails as a sub contractor at a local salon. Works about 45 hours a week. She's middle class through and through. Yes she could sell her house and move elsewhere, but her extended family live there.
The ultimate value of your house is NOT a measure of what econmonic class you faill in.
We can argue about divisions between lower and middle class, but if you have to work to pay your bills or fund your retirement you are not weathy.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Against my better judgement...||
I find that I have some points to make.
1: This is Brian's blog and he is free to do with it as he pleases. However, rolling in the destruction of Brandon and relishing his destruction serves (in my opinion) no positive outcome. Brandon is in the past, and the argument that we need to be sure Michigan never forgets rings hollow in the face of the personal hatred that flows throughout his post. For God's sake Brian you won let it go.
2: At one point in my life I dated a woman whose mother was an unyielding destructive force in her family. Upon her mothers's death she arranged for her and her siblings to stay at the cemetery after their mother was buried so that they could pee and the dance on their mother's grave. "Failure" has that sense about it.
3: Brandon did a lot of damage. Inside the athletic department he made waves and dealt with various employees in ways that many of us view negatively. That said every executive has to make hard choices, and it's easy for us to disagree. I have a hard time believing that Brandon ever intended to harm Michigan athletics.
4: As some point in Brian's rant he besmirches Brandon's understanding of his Michigan experience. Based on various comments of his fellow athletes, they would disagree. They attest to his commitment to help younger players to adjust to the program and that he was always there for them.
Bottom line. Brandon is NOT the anti-Christ. Yeah he made many mistakes. Some so obviously stupid that they are utterly indefensible, but they hardly require his crucifixion. Brandon did some good things, some bad things and some astonishingly arrogantly stupid things, but I'm pretty sure his intentions with regard to the program and his alma mater were always good.
Brian, you won. You've ground your hated enemy beneath the treads of the internet tank that is mgoblog. You have vanquished your enemy and can hear the lamentations of his women. What more do you want? Let it go. The legacy of that victory is that it will be a long time before anyone at the athletic department takes the fan base for granted. Nothing is served by looking back. Nothing is served by conflating Brady's history at Michigan with Brandon's. Nothing. In the best interests of Michigan athletics in general and Michigan football in specific it is time to move on.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Despite the outrage expressed about LOIs here||
If they are not a 5* then it is highly unlikely that they'll get a scholarship if they don't sign an LOI. Simply put if you won't sign the LOI then why should I believe you'll actually show up in the fall? Now it's perfectly reasonable for the student to arrange that the scholarship and LOI are signed at the same time, but if he's not willing to bind himself then why should the school give him a scholarship.
An out of state scholarship at the University of MIchigan is worth something around $200K and at Michigan athletes who perform beneath expectations do not get cut. The school makes a bet on the outcome and pays either way. I find it hard to view them as being exploited.
|15 weeks 15 hours ago||Given the exposure that mgoblog got during the Brandon purge||
it seems fairly certain that members of the CSG would be familiar with this blog. If not one has to ask if they are remotely aware enough of campus life to represent the students.
This is only my opinion for course, but given that Brandon approached the CSG to assist him to increase student involvement, I would expect that every member would at least spend the time to get a basic understanding of the drivers surrounding the issue. It seems highly unlikely that they would not be exposed to the blogs existence.
If these guys had written a new song and using their own resources arranged to publicize it to see if it became popular, I'd have no problem with their efforts. Personally I think it's an amazingly stupid idea, but they are welcome to waste their time and resources as they choose, or not depending on the outcome.
That is not what happened here. They tried to leverage Weiss's position on the CSG to use university resources to pay to implement a vaguely stated concept and push through its adoption. At that point they opened themselves up to a public response, which could take various forms.
Many people here loved the demonstrations against Brandon for what they perceived as stupid and harmful abuse of his position. Very few people suggested that Brandons opposition work through channels to get their concerns addressed. Similar, if much lesser, abuse of position occured here, with similar, if much lesser, consequences.
If nothing else, it seems likely that all the members of the CSG will consider public reaction to their notions of how to use university resources. If so then they have all learned a valuable lesson.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||Room got a little dusty||
must have gotten some in my eye.
I sang in the glee club for three years. At the end of the fall and spring concerts we always invited any former glee club member in the audience to join us on stage to sing the yellow and blue. Can a current student indicate if that is still true?
Having a a sixty or seventy year old stand next to me and perform that song with us really gave me a special sense of the tradition that bound decades of generations of Michigan alumi together.
For the record, I still remember the words to Laudes.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Just maybe it's time to give the Hoke hate a rest||
There were a large number of factors that suggested any coach hired in 2011 would face very difficult challenges. Hoke wanted the job so badly that he signed up for a job for which there were few top coaching talents waiting in line.
He gave everything he had to the job. Recruited at the top level and unltimately failed to succeed in his fourth year. That is terribly sad and too much of the fallout landed on a bunch of players who gave their all to a losing season.
Still, none of those guys have a bad word to say about Hoke. Consider that without Hoke, Harbaugh would not be here. Consider that if Harbaugh has early success a lot of that success will be because of Hoke's recruiting. Consider that across the board in what has been the most merciless assaults on his personal character and competence by an enraged fans base, Hoke has never been anything other than gracious
The man gave Michigan his very very best and made tough decisions in an attempt to advance the program. I rather doubt that many of you have ever worked 100 hour weeks month in and month out and failed anyway. Yes he was well paid, but you can't ask more from anyone than everything he or she had to give.
He's not just a "nice guy". He is a man of honor, grace, and integrity. Whether in success or failure those attributes, which he taught his players by example, is deserving of your respect.
The words that Harbaugh spoke about building on the foundation of the coaches that preceded him, mentioning Hoke by name, were not just PR. They were real. If the coach that we all look to, to be the savior of Michigan football respects Brady Hoke's efforts at Michigan, can any of us do less.
Let it go. Look forward not back and remember that Harbaugh has a tough hill to climb. Lets all try to give him time to climb it.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||This young man is a class act||
Best of luck Mr. Bellomy. Thanks for all your hard work. May you find success throughout your life.