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|3 years 3 weeks ago||This, exactly. The other||
This, exactly, GoBlogSparty.
The other reason for MSU fans to not go nuts about the recruiting class rankings is that we've been consistently signing smaller classes. Dantonio has never signed more than the 23 he did in 2007. Which also shows that John L. Smith didn't leave the place in as bad of a state as was commonly thought.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Lyles?||
Did your boys really not offer Jamal Lyles?
He told the DetNews that he picked MSU partly because Michigan wanted him to play TE. I had to come and post here because I'm actually the only MSU fan who follows recruiting left. Everyone else killed themselves yesterday over Monty Madaris waffling at his high school's fax machine.
P.S.-I really want someone to ask Mark Dantonio if he knows what a hipster is. Or a meme.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||If you figure out how to get ND...||
...to play you, let your nice friends up the road know the method.
Izzo gets asked about by fans on his radio show from time to time. The last time I heard it, he responded with something like "I don't know. Ask the pope." Apparently, repeated overtures in many different permutations have been rebuffed.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Just a typo||
It should have read "2013."
/Getting my 2012 trolling in early.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Western is actually sitting||
Western is actually sitting home at (6-6) hoping for some 5-6 Sun Belt and Conference USA teams lose and improve the Broncos bowl chances. There's not a Kalamazoo-based bowl game (The Bells Bowl?) so they're probably at a pretty big disadvantage to more nearby teams for selection.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Umm, not so much||
John L., whatever else you'd say about him and it would all be true, actually mostly cleaned up the behavior problems that had flourished under Bobby Williams. (Smoker's drug use and RB Dawan Moss dragging a Lansing cop being the most notorious) Smith's teams had one ugly incident where the top two TEs beat the crap out of a kid and (supposedly) tried to drown him in the Red Cedar. He suspended both of them for the rest of the season and that's about all I recall. John L's teams were known for bad discipline ON the field, not really off. He also much improved the academic standing of the team from Saban/Bobby levels, if I remember right.
I'm suprised you wouldn't know this, given the Dantonio-taunting potential. Blocking out Bobby Williams' entire tenure seems more like something we'd do in Spartan land.
That's probably the best defense of John L. Smith. Compare the talent he and Bobby had and it seems to me he did about the same with less. Plus, he really hated Notre Dame.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||So, um, Go Blue, is how you||
So, um, Go Blue, is how you say it?
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Just go...||
...ahead and type that name twice more. See what happens.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Why so...||
....on Thomas? I thought the general book on him was that he's a pretty natural, instictual LB?
MSU is not as poor for Big 10 DE sized people as we have been in the past, either. Thomas has a pretty good chance, if he's really all that at LB, to come in and take over Eric Gordon's vacated OLB spot as a true frosh. Nobody among the group of backup LBs has really distinguished themselves that I've seen except Max Bullough, who's the heir apparent in the middle.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||True||
Dantonio inhereited a team much more suited for his preferred system in his first year than Rodriguez did. Suprising, given that we were making a fairly opposite transition, but true. John L. Smith apparently had a pretty good power-running, balanced offense team that he didn't make use of.
MSU 2007 had a decent QB, two very good backs including Jehuu Caulcrick who was almost unstoppable inside the five, a disruptive, experienced d-line and an offensive line that had something like seven guys with starting experience, including four 5th-year seniors. Plus, Devin Thomas emerged from the middle of John L's depth chart as an excellent reciever and Kellen Davis was a very good TE.
He had to do a lot with the D, staring at least three freshman, but they all turned into four-year starters.
Overall, a lot easier than trying to run the Rodspread with Threet and Sheridan.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||This is all true...||
....plus the severity of the shellacking we took has sort of a calming effect. And the game was over by halftime, so we had some extra time to relax and breathe deep.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Per the RCMB...||
...chatter and his statements, it seemed not. Lawrence Thomas said he didn't really like the recruiting process and picked MSU pretty quickly.
It seemed like he didn't really look much at anyone else.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||State pulled...||
...a perfect surprise onside against ND last year. They did it after taking a small lead, which seems best as far as surprise goes. Brett Swenson got the ball to do a nice, slow roll and the recoverer played it perfectly, getting ahead of it and waiting for it to cross the 40, while shielding the slow-reacting ND guys away with his body. I wish I could remember who did the recovering.
Oh, and, BLARGHHHHHATEMICHIGAN111111111111111SMASHDENARDROBINSONSFACE
Thankfully, nothing bad involving onside kicks has happened to MSU in the last few seasons, so I'm sure we'll be okay on that score tommorrow.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||C'mon, it's not like the||
C'mon, it's not like the Gameday crew didn't deserve it.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||He did...||
....according to same paper, along with most of MSU's other top targets, of course.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Doomed to repeat it||
As someone who is irked by the very existence of The Game (the hyped rivalry not the rapper) and all it represents, it really needs to be saved just for tradition's sake.
The biggest lesson of the Big 12 and ACC division splits is to keep the rivals together in sensible divisions and don't try to manufacture a championship matchup, we're going to not make rivalries the highest priority and try to manufacture a OSU-M championship game?
Can Tom Osbourne explain to his new peers what happened to the Oklahoma-Nebraska game and how that wasn't good? And how trying to guess competitive balance is a pretty inexact science taught at Colorado and Kansas State? One problem I see with the since PSU joined data is that you've had at least two pretty improbable things happening during that time.
1.) Michigan's historic reign of winning seasons encompasses most of it. Anybody think any school in the 85-scholarships, everyone's on TV era breaks that?
2.)Joe Pa's reign at Penn State. The average good school would have had to make a hire or three in 17 years since they joined the Big 10, with all the pitfalls that entails. Excellent Big East coaches or promoting assistants who get big bowl wins after Saban leaves might have done Penn State in for a 4-5 period at some point under the normal run of things.
Maybe the compromise would be to say, the geographic ones are the divisions for the next 8 years, we can revisit them if they prove to be uncompetitive.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||It doesn't help||
Mayo doesn't display any more knowledge of MSU stuff than this for actually "covering" that beat. He's a cliche-recycling opinion writer and doesn't seem to do any original reporting. Booth Newspapers (GR Press, Kazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, I think the Saginaw and Bay City papers) got rid of Steve Grinzcel as their MSU beat writer and replaced him with half-assing by GR Press people. The Kalamazoo Gazette (I still get the actual paper paper) actually has a pretty good writer assigned to covering WMU sports. That was probably a sound business decision, as I'm only subscribing to get local news and I'm not going to stop wanting to know what the county commission and township board are doing because the paper's day-old MSU coverage is now of much lesser quality.
My impression is that David Mayo actually knows a lot about boxing, when I hear him on the radio he sounds enthusiastic and informed about it. But when I read him on anything else, I get the opposite impression.
And I'll stand as one vote in favor of sportswriters smoking more weed, not less.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||John L. doesn't get...||
...any slack from you guys, given that the slap was supposed to mock Charlie Weiss? I thought we were supposed to get along when we were disliking Notre Dame. John L really hated the Irish, for whatever reason.
The unidentified MSU player was Nehemiah Warrick, from a game in Madison in 2007. The head he hunted belonged to Kyle Jefferson, who lived.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Gladwell arguing with Steve||
Gladwell arguing with Steve Sailer without pointing out his racial crankery, which Sailer has made himself well known for among people who read leftwing political blogs, would kinda be disadvantaging those reading Gladwell who don't also read Matthew Yglesias.
It doesn't make Sailer wrong about this and I guess it fits the dictionary definition of ad hominem, but I don't see it as a problem with it unless Gladwell actually hadn't even bothered to refute the argument. And it isn't the same as your example, Tha Stunna, because it's an attack on Sailer's prior published thinking and analysis, not an attack on him because of some random characteristic that no serious person would believe to be an impediment to clear thinking.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Clears things up...||
When Colletto had his season as Lions offensive coordinator, I think a lot of us were thinking 'why is this guy even coaching?' and GERG provides an answer.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||You could...||
...just hold an early or mid season Big 10 hockey tourney to replace the college hockey showcase and call the winner the Big 10 hockey champs.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Doesn't compute||
Unless ND's roster is about in the same state as M's was in 2008, especially lacking a QB who could really run the new coach's system to best effect, I don't see how it's a comparison. There's not an equation you can put in where y= new coach success.
I'm sure you've all heard from MSU fans who point out that Mark Dantonio did a similar transformation of systems in 2007 and went 7-6 with players John L. Smith went 4-8 with. As fun as that game might be, the truth is that Dantonio got a squad that fit his system pretty well: a steady QB, a thunder and lightning tailback duo, seven big offensive linemen with starting experience, an NFL quality TE, an NFL quality WR/KR, a good front four on the D-line, with two NFLers, three good safeties, a decent CB, two good returning kickers (one was a kickoff specialist) and a redshirt frosh punter. He added a few guys who made impacts as freshman.
I don't follow M close enough to really compare MSU's 2007 roster to what Rodriguez had in 2008, but I think you actually have to make that comparison of rosters to compare the situations at all.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Not a fair gloss...||
...of the guy's argument in my opinion, but the thing I really liked was the 'think like university president not a sports fan' thing. I think that's something a lot of people aren't doing when thinking about expansion, especially when they say Pitt or ISU. Those only makes sense if they're just hot to add a 12th team so they can stage a championship game.
Dunno how much you read of Frank the Tank, but I took his general point to be saying that Texas makes sense because they'd be a big splash PR wise, be a great market for the BTN, would fit as a research university and would be a great addition in the Big 2 sports. And he conjectured that Texas would have to at least give it a look because of the additional money they could reap for athletics from the BTN contract, which is so much better (according to him) than even the disproportionate share of Big 12 revenue Texas gets. And the money and opportunities for research that being part of the Big 10 would get them. That sounds pretty sensible to me, who had initially discounted Texas to the BTN as crazytalk.
Just as a fan, I don't want expansion. I don't see the need for a championship game. If the problem is the long break between season and bowls, or the loss of attention, you can address that by scheduling games later in the calendar. If the Land Grant Trophy was obscured by snow, that'd probably be a good thing for all mankind.
I see by the link below, ND's AD basically said 'No, witless, you're full of crap. We do too care about conference.'
|4 years 50 weeks ago||ND doesn't seem to need a conference||
They seem pretty happy without one. As an MSU fan, I certainly don't support some Big 10 ND ban. We've got a historical sorta friendly rivalry with them. (Old timers say ND helped legitimize what was then MAC and MSC football and that we probably don't get into the Big 10 without that) Plus, they're a win we can get and often get more credit for then is deserved.
As for expansion, I've been reading this guy's stuff on it.
He makes a lot of sensible points. The main summary is don't think like a fan, think like a university president, about whether the new member would burnish the conference's rep, academically and athletically. Or at least not hurt it in either area. One interesting thing that came up in his comment section was the loud opinion from some ND fans that they would be very unhappy with academic affliation with 11 universities that do non-Pope-approved research. I dunno how widespread conservative Catholicism is within the ND fanbase, but I bet it's a factor among enough influential alums that would be a factor they'd have to consider.
As for the Big East having leverage over ND, I don't see it. My impression is that our mutual friend doesn't care enough about basketball to be strong armed by the Big East. There are also so many basketball conferences that they could absolutely find a home.
|5 years 5 days ago||I thought...||
...Grey was the MSU homer and Bakita was the U of M homer, but I'll take your word that it's the opposite, as I'm not so sure. Whichever one the MSU homer is, I seem to remember he predicted something like 10 wins for us in 2009. Ahh, August...
|5 years 6 days ago||Sure about that?||
Kazoo resident, MSUer here. Simonson sounded to me like he was still pretty heavily on Rodriguez's side. He segued into one of his ultra hilarious comedy bits about how the Freep was moving its headquarters to Breslin or some such (what MSU did to get dragged into it, I'm not sure. I tend to think that Freep vs. Rodriguez is an inter-Blue affair that only interests us for entertainment value. He also bashed John L. late in the foolishness) and that the Freep was reporting that Bin Laden was hiding out in Schmbe.....oh, it's too lame to even type. Simonson sucks, but he sucks less than NPR I'd already heard or whatever national crap 96.1 was running after Sean and Terp end at 6 p.m.
Anyway, Simonson will turn on Rodriguez whenever Rich stops coming on his show. He's not about Green or Blue. He kisses up to Izzo something fierce, but not Dantonio because Izzo comes on his show and Dantonio doesn't. (Which makes me like Dantonio as a person a bit more, but as a head coach a bit less)
My west Michigan sports radio ratings, which I'm sure everyone is dying to read:
118. The Huge Show. Blowhard, knows less about any given topic than anyone this side of Colin Cowherd. Ego needs to regulated by the FCC, etc.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||When MSU...||
...ran the 4-2-5 in the John L. Smith years, finding a "bandit" that could cover worth anything was a big problem. SirDarean Adams (who was a pretty fast LB and actually returned punts in 2007 under Dantonio, before he got first suspended for an off-the-field incident and then ineligible) manned the position for 3 years and couldn't cover down the field. The staff continued to call defenses that had him defending the deep middle and he continued to not make plays on the ball when he was in the safety-type role. His predecessor was Tyrell Dortch, a converted RB (who got carries on the 1999 squad before the coaches decided T.J. Duckett was more valuable at RB than LB) who came back from a gruesome leg injury to start in 2003. He seemed to do better in deep coverage, but that may have been teams not zeroing in on the defense's weakness in the first year of John L. regime.
The idea of U of M having the two hybrid types rarely responsible, if I'm understanding the general defense correctly, for covering deep zones seems like a way around that problem.
There's actually been a lot of jabber that MSU will run a lot more 3-4 look next year.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Greg Jones||
Jones had said all along he wouldn't leave if he got anything less than a first round grade. With all the talk about the NFL CBA, it seems like being drafted in 2nd (where Jones is generally graded by draft sites of unknown veracity) this year could be as good as being drafted in the late first round next year. Plus, he'd get his signing bonus before any possible lockout.
I think he'll be helped as a player by staying for another year and work on his pass drops (if we've got anyone who can teach him pass defense, arghh) and getting bigger, but I don't know that his bank account will be helped that much, even if he has another excellent season. To say nothing of the injury risk.
He's talked about promising his mom he'd get a degree and all the sacrifices his parents made, working multiple jobs when he was growing up. He also seems a bit different of a guy than what you think of as the average football player, saying he wanted to be a music teacher, and just being sort of quiet.
I gotta say I appreciate him making choices that seem to privilege my amusement over his financial interests.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||That's why...||
...I'm really, really glad Woodson won, even though he's a Wolverine. Of your buddy's arguments, none really offer any support for "Charles Woodson was NOT the most outstanding college football player in whatever year that was." The lack of truth in labeling just irks me.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||If we have to become Tenwelve...||
....this is the alignment I generally like. It also makes much more sense with the presumed aim of getting BTN on more cable systems than Pitt would.
Keeps M and OSU in one division. Repeat games are lame and breaking traditions is lamer, so you guys still have to play OSU at the end of the year. No OSU/M literal championship games, assuming, you know.
Keeps MSU and M together and keeps Minn, WI and Iowa together. These are really less of a big deal, because you could take care of them by guaranteeing one out of division rivalry for each team. I'd take Wisconsin for MSU, they just bother me for some reason. I think they're crowding their side of the lake. Just play the interdivisional games early to make championship game repeats less pernicious.
Continues the fond hopes of George Perles that MSU/PSU will become a real rivalry and hotly contest the glued-together stuff from a closet trophy with championship implications.
I don't buy PSU/OSU/M in one division as a problem (assuming, you know) because things change and you can't base your divisions on that. In the short term, Iowa has as good a claim to pretender to the crown as PSU does. Nebraska would alleviate all the football balance concerns.