|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know Dave Ablauf all||
I don't know Dave Ablauf all that well, so take this as just an opinion, but when I volunteered for the athletic department when I was a student (2001), I worked with all the SIDs, including Dave, who was great from the little contact I had with him (football SID is obviously much busier than most of the other SIDs). So he's been there for a very long time and was Bruce Madej's right hand man (I assume he has taken Bruce's place with Bruce retiring). I doubt Dave is just a "Brandon guy" and is instead bringing up Harbaugh comments that were pretty disrespectful. I remember being on this blog when they were said and everyone ready to go to their local Ann Arbor torch & pitchfork store to skewer Harbaugh for life. I seem to remember a Mike Hart comment being "well, he just blew any chance he had of ever being Michigan coach"....time heals all wounds (and then some) I suppose.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That 2nd point is key here.||
That 2nd point is key here. The recruits Beilein appeals to are the ones you want because they're gym rats and love the game and have a strong desire to get better. I'd rather have the kids that sign up because they buy in to what Beilein is selling in terms of becoming better than say, the top 25 recruit that signs up because of the glam & glitz of a Midnight Madness or the prestige of being a basketball player at a Kentucky or Kansas.
Not to mention, looking at previous years of the top 247 recruits, outside of the top 5 or 10 recruits, it's pretty hit or miss with the top guys. At this point, I'll trust Beilein's ability to identify the guys he wants out of the remaining guys that aren't in that top 5 or 10.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Important Question||
Let's consider this before we get excited - how often is Bacon right/wrong with these types of things?
Also, making a guess means you should probably still bet on the field here.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Oregon had a bye week last||
Oregon had a bye week last week, so they had 12 days to prepare for this game.
I think the OL injuries had an effect, but as many have said, I don't Oregon's D is good and that certainly wasn't effected by OL injuries.
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||Actually, NCAA busted Spence||
Actually, NCAA busted Spence for a year (like McGary) for that failed drug test (also for ecstasy), but he (and his parents) fought it saying it was slipped in his drink and got it reduced to 3 games. His dad threatened to sue the Big Ten because of the yearlong suspension.
Given that he clearly lied about it being slipped in his drink, dude should be suspended that full year (or worse given that he lied). But the more important matter here is that he gets help for what looks like an addiction.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Utah||
Wait, you said the Utah game scares you a lot. A lot a lot. But you gave it a 6.5 on the worry-meter, shouldn't it be like an 8? Because yes, that game makes me more nervous than any game, save MSU/OSU. If M loses there, they are 2-2 (most likely) and the players could easily lose confidence yet again, ala last season. Then they have to go on the road to Rutgers with that lack of confidence, and gulp, 2-3 could be staring them in the face....
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Honestly, I felt immediately||
Honestly, I felt immediately after the game that it wasn't as bad as the scoreboard indicated. In part because of the final boxscore, but also, it just didn't seem THAT bad while I was watching it. Having said that, it did seem like one team (ND) was in complete control and knew exactly what they were doing, while another (M) seemed to be feeling things out and scrambling to have it all come together. Given the change in OC and the change in defensive philosophy, it would seem this would make a bit of a sense....here's to hoping it gels as the season goes along.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Recommendation?||
Ace, glad to hear you're doing better and hope it continues. If I may ask, do you have any recommendations for a type of doctor you went to for food allergy tests/advice or for CFS? The reason I ask is that I've suffered through something that I'm not sure what it is. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, but the treatment I've had for it has put it into remission according to my GI doc. All the while, I'm still suffering all kinds of symptoms of something, GI related symptoms as well as some strange chronic fatigue/light-headedness/lack of focus that comes and goes at random times. Getting the Crohn's in remission has helped, but only like 20-40% helped. While I don't necessarily think I'm gluten intolerant (I don't feel worse after eating pasta/bread), I do think it could be a different food allergy issue or CFS even (though again I'm not sure that I have that as my situation isn't as bad as a number of stories I've read on the internet....but I am glad I have an office job because there is no way I could do physical work when I'm suffering through one of my "fatigue bouts"). So in summation, do you have a type of doc you could recommend? CFS seems to be something that all the docs I've talked to don't have much of a clue about and food allergy seems to be well down their list of possible causes.
Thanks! And keep spreading the word, chronic illness f'n sucks.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||At least the first part of||
At least the first part of that is inaccurate. ND got 3 points off of the turnovers. So the question becomes how do you lose by 28 and give up less than 300 yds of offense? I mean, it was 21-0 at halftime with 0 turnovers at that point.
I'm with a number of the folks that are saying this wasn't as bad as the scoreboard indicated, but it was as bad as what your eyes were seeing. ND looked in complete control and M was just looked like they were scrambling, trying to fit into new systems on both O and D. The most alarming thing to me though is how this team completely wilts and essentially quits when the going gets tough, specifically on the road. Guess I fell for all the offseason "this team is so much tighter, we're all best buds now, leadership everywhere" talk.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||3rd? It's only been UNC and||
3rd? It's only been UNC and UM, no?
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Not really what he said. He||
Not really what he said. He said he'd be a Buckeye for life, as in "someone born and raised in Ohio", not a OSU Buckeye.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Not according to Roseboro||
Not according to Roseboro himself - http://mgoblog.com/content/friday-recruitin-checks-frequent-flyer-miles
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Come on man, that's not what||
Come on man, that's not what he said at all if you are referring to his twitter comment.
I can't embed since I'm at work, but Farrell said he's getting a NC St. feeling early in the week but that is NOT his pick just yet. Did not mention Roseboro being a lean nor that he actually felt that's where he'll pick.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Interesting. I wonder if his||
Interesting. I wonder if his choice will boil down to what position he wants to play, instead of what school. UCLA saying "you're our next Anthony Barr" has to be pretty enticing for a recruit.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||The mad scramble of crystal||
The mad scramble of crystal ball choices/flips to UM for Bilal started with Steve Wiltfong. He's generally "in the know" with a lot of Midwest kids, but he isn't always right. I bet the majority of the picks for UM for Bilal have to do with Wiltfong making his for UM. Here's to hoping Wiltfong's right!
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||Scout has him as an OLB as||
Scout has him as an OLB as well
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||Effect on KLS's recruitment||
So would this effect M's recruitment of him? Does he want to be a pass rushing OLB in college and thus make it less likely to choose M if they only want him at DE? Maybe nobody knows, but I'm curious if the recruiting sites are putting him at OLB on their own choice or is KLS saying this is what he wants to be in college?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I'm massively worried. It||
I'm massively worried. It helps that Hoke is hyping him up a bit, but nonetheless, it's definitely a major concern that won't go away unless he does somewhat solid against ND.
On the positive side of things, it sure seems like true freshman Cam Robinson is going to be starting at LT for Bama...and they're Bama.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I like her writing for the||
I like her writing for the most part and this in no way takes away from her writing style, but I find she writes for people that don't actually pay attention to college football. Or maybe I just pay way too much attention to college football.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Brandon didn't set up that||
Brandon didn't set up that home and home, Martin did. In fact, Brandon tried like hell to get it moved to a bigger venue (i.e. Giants stadium) but UConn didn't budge. I agree that with Mr. "Brand", he's going to want a large stadium with lots of people watching, so I imagine it will be 2 solid teams with solid tradition/history.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||UCLA has already been||
UCLA has already been announced in a home & home for 2022/2023. Va Tech is set for 2020/2021. Arkansas for 2018/2019. Oklahoma for 2025/2026.
I wonder if these new home and homes will be for that far out or will the athletic dept double up and Power 5 conference opponent home and homes.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Not UConn||
As long as it's not like when they announced there would be a monster opponent for the "new" Big House after they finished the club suites.... and then it was friggin UConn, I'm happy.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Most people have no idea what||
Most people have no idea what is considered a high BAC level, so if they say below the legal limit, then they know it was not much to drink.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Dinardo said on twitter that||
Dinardo said on twitter that it's on at 6 pm
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure what this||
I'm not sure what this means. Does it include the nickel spot? Or is it just the boundary and field corners and these 3 are the leaders for those 2 spots?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Isn't Kalis at the 2:19||
Isn't Kalis at the 2:19 mark? Or is that Kugler?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I thought Hurst was the most||
I thought Hurst was the most impressive in that video. High hopes for some Mike Martin DT penetration from him in his career.
Is it Aug 30th yet?
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||Am I the only one that thinks||
Am I the only one that thinks it's reflective material and won't look nearly as bad on game day/in person as it does in this pic?
Having said that, I like the standard home uniforms way way better.
|16 weeks 9 hours ago||I actually kind of agree with||
I actually kind of agree with this. I think the numbers and stripes on the sleeves are of the reflective material and you won't notice it all that much on actual game day. But in this picture, it looks horrific because of how obvious the material is.
It's definitely not better than the standard jerseys, but I don't think it will look anywhere near as bad on game day as it does here....at least I hope so.
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||Best Snyder quote||
In that Snyder article, there is this quote....and it's amazing. Given that weight rooms/locker rooms are basically outdated after 5 years and the arms race to update them to recruit the best talent is ever present, Snyder lays down the law....of course, he's at a school that probably has little hope of recruiting the top talent, so maybe this is self serving a bit.
"Everybody is building Taj Mahals," Snyder said, "and I think it sends the message -- and young people today I think are more susceptible to the downside of that message, and that it's not about education. We're saying it is, but it's really about the glitz and the glitter, and I think sometimes values get distorted that way. I hate to think a young guy would make a decision about where he's going to get an education based on what a building looks like."
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I meant it more as who my||
I meant it more as who my friend sees as the brains behind the MSU D.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I think he played||
I think he played conservatively because the D lacked the ability to get to the QB on a consistent basis.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||My MSU friend has zero||
My MSU friend has zero worries about Narduzzi leaving, if that tells you anything.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Agree||
MM and RVB were absolute hosses that season. I believe both (I'm 99% sure MM did) said that the level of coaching they got once Hoke and staff came in was light years ahead of what they were getting before. Makes sense with Hoke, Montgomery and Mattison.
I'll give Rich Rod credit for being one hell of an innovative offensive mind, but man did the D absolutely suffer while he was here.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Given the Swenson commit,||
Given the Swenson commit, Bredeson and Yarbrough looking solidly possible, and under the radar Michael Jordan (who I would imagine will blow up given immediate offers from UM and OSU after seeing him in camp), I'd say M is sitting pretty well for the 2016 OL class at the moment. It does appear they are mostly going after OT's though. Maybe Bredeson is a OG since he's listed at 6'4".
Side question - is M strongly going after the 2 highly rated Ohio OL (Kraemer and Eichenberg)? I was reading that ND may lead for both.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Only Bama and USC have a||
Only Bama and USC have a better avg rating per recruit than UM right now on the 247 Composite....that's amazing given last season and all the negativity in the media/fanbase. Well done Brady and staff!
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Cass Tech Pipeline||
Let's not forget how key Weber is to keep that CT pipeline going. A ton of young talent (Onwenu, Hill, Peoples-Jones, etc) upcoming and this has to help with those kids.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Well, let's say you really||
Well, let's say you really like this other person and you know they really like you too, would you suggest not seeing each other and not talking to each other? Would you commit to making this person your significant other without talking to/seeing each other?
I think maybe just relaxing and taking the fact that Weber is visiting as often as he is as a really good sign.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Reasonable Expectations?||
Expectations for him seem to be sky high but what is reasonable here? 300 Yds for the season? 500? Manningham had 27 catches for 442 yds as a freshman. Funchess had 15 catches for 234 yds as a freshman. I don't think either of those guys came in as an early enrollee as Canteen did, but I have to think something like 400 yards for him seems reasonable.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||While I agree that it's more||
While I agree that it's more important, I would not say it's far more important. Depth is critical for a program (see UM OL since Hoke has been at UM) and while more 4-star recruits pan out than 3-stars, the majority still do not pan out as hoped. Thus, most of these kids are lottery tickets and the more you have, the better.
I think what the sites should calculate is a rolling 4-year average to see how teams are doing with the full 85 schollies. That way schools that take 25-30 kids in a class for 2 years in a row a couple years ago aren't held back by the fact they can only take 15 or so in the next 2 classes. This way, they could also take into account kids that don't qualify or transfer early or leave for whatever reason early.
|17 weeks 4 hours ago||I get that it's your||
I get that it's your immediate reaction here, but come on....none of us have all of the details here. It sure seems like M has put all their eggs in the Weber basket for one. And while Harris' relationship with Borges didn't help things when he got fired, I'm sure it has more to do with Damien's first brush with what college football is, first and foremost - a business. And as such, he has to make a business decision more than an emotional one (being an M fan growing up and idolizing Hart). Let's not forget that Derrick Green grew up a lifelong OSU fan, wears #27 to honor Eddie George and yet he and OSU went their separate ways.
And most of all, he was 16 when he made his M commitment. I can't tell you the number of things I absolutely believed at 16 and then 10 months later, completely did not believe anymore.
|17 weeks 4 hours ago||Ha, TAMU offered him||
Ha, TAMU offered him today.
Best of luck to Mr. Harris. Hope he goes Big Blue if he can't Go Blue.
|17 weeks 10 hours ago||He also said he "will be||
He also said he "will be playing WR and pursuing my Master's degree at MSU"....maybe he actually meant Master's and is being ambitious about his education, but something tells me he meant Bachelor's.
I'm definitely surprised about this one, best of luck to him.
|17 weeks 12 hours ago||Considering Chambers extended||
Considering Chambers extended his visit from 1 day to 2 days at UM (and this was after he was there the first day, so clearly he was impressed enough that he wanted to stay another day), that has to be pretty counterintuitive to this "wanted to commit to MSU, but BBQ delayed it" sentiment. I guess we'll find out soon enough, but I'd be a little bit surprised if it weren't M.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||While this may be a good sign||
While this may be a good sign for the Tackles and Guards, what does it potentially say about Center? Kugler seemed like the most sure fire, can't miss guy in that 2013 OL class. Maybe he'll be playing Guard?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||To be fair, we don't know how||
To be fair, we don't know how well this staff recruited until 4-5 years from now. Or to put it another way, rankings are nice and all, but how hard the kid is being recruited by other top teams tells me a lot more. For example, this year, Chris Clark is a big time get and that's regardless of his ranking. Urban and OSU wanted him very badly, ND/MSU roughly the same.
But yeah, I would agree that the staff has done a great job recruiting, considering where M has been since the 2007 season (when these kids M is recruiting were in the 5th grade and thus all they really know is M being not good).
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Very interesting that this is||
Very interesting that there is no USC or ND on there. I thought USC was really making a move for him and he has an official to ND planned.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||He's still there. He and||
He's still there. He and Weber fly back tomorrow I believe.
Hayes has been the ultimate "the last visit to school X blew me away. They are my leaders now" recruit and like everyone has mentioned, there's a ton of time until he has to sign on the dotted line, so I wouldn't say this one is over.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||In State Recruits||
I bet Malzone's effect is bigger with the in state kids. Hard to ignore the 2 straight state titles he's won and the undefeated record he has as the starting QB at Brother Rice. He's building a legacy in state.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I was about to post the same||
I was about to post the same thing. His senior year was also Charles Rogers' senior year (Rogers went to Saginaw High)....if I remember correctly, those 2 were considered the top 2 recruits in state that year (I know that Rogers was), both from Saginaw.
Interesting side note, my high school had a chance for a state title in Track & Field Rogers' and Schweigert's senior year (which they did end up winning) and going into the 100m dash finals, all the people in the stands were abuzz with "Stu or Charlie, who's going to win?" and a junior no one was talking about won - Kelly Baraka.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Not if it breaks down the CT||
Not if it breaks down the CT to UM pipeline we all have enjoyed so much.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Yup, but based on what I've||
Yup, but based on what I've read/seen, I think that might too much of an uphill climb for OSU. Brother at UM, calls UM "home"....but if they do pull him in, now THAT would be a statement....and would be vomitrocious as a UM fan.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Correct. No commitment from||
Correct. No commitment from Cager....yet. Sounds like OSU is now in the lead for him.
What's interesting about the Alabi commitment is that, while I'm sure they think he can play, is that I'm sure this is part of the concerted effort to get into Cass Tech. I think they were the first to offer 2017 Donovan Peoples-Jones....will be interesting to see how/if it pays off.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Sam Webb has (or||
Sam Webb has (or maybe "had") been sending extremely positive vibes
|18 weeks 3 days ago||For what it's worth, the 11W||
For what it's worth, the 11W guys seem to be more worried about UK than UM. Jeremy Birmingham said that if UK wins 7 or more this year (admittedly, not likely), then Harris likely goes there.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not going to read too||
I'm not going to read too much into this article as it just seems like a recruit that just didn't like what Urban was selling and then a blog eagerly picking up on the negative reaction and running with it....but if Urban really is saying that he never blames players to the press, then he's a hypocrite. He frequently said to the press how the DB play last year disappointed him. That's not any different than Borges saying "we failed to execute". Not that a major D1 football coach being a hypocrite is much of a surprise of course.
Of course, this is all silly because recruits pick one or the other based on what they want in a program. It sure seems like a number of recruits have picked UM because of the family atmosphere and Hoke & staff being super genuine. And other kids (i.e. Damon Webb) picked OSU because of the super competitive, demand to be the greatest that Urban sells. This isn't to say that these two staffs don't do what the other does, just that the other sells it better or their strength is selling that aspect.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||No, but it had Pallante, who||
No, but it had Pallante, who is similarly rated.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Hypothetical Finish||
If M hypothetically finishes the class with these guys (realistic, but also tough):
Weber, Cole, Wheatley, KLS, Roseboro, McMillon, Reynolds, generic high 3-star we haven't heard about yet, then this year's class finishes well above (based on 247's composite) last year's 20th ranked class, which also had 16 members.
Now, there are 2 key factors here, landing an elite talent at the top (KLS or Harris) to compare with landing Peppers, and the fact that the 2015 class rankings are not finalized and we know the majority of these guys will drop at least a few spots as senior season late risers jump up. But still, even accounting for the probable drops, this hypothetical class would be solidly better than last year's and probably finish somewhere around 15th overall with only 16 members.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Ahh, ok. If that's true,||
Ahh, ok. If that's true, then it makes sense. Thanks.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Night Games||
Brian, wouldn't you say one of the positives of Brandon was bringing night games to the Big House? UTL games have been great for fans and hugely popular for recruiting. I know it was probably only a matter of time until night games happened (need to keep up with the joneses for $$/recruiting purposes), but still, he is the one that made it happen, no?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Or more specifically, George||
Or more specifically, George Campbell's uncle.
What makes this extra strange is that Campbell flew up to AA on his (or his family's) own dime 3 or 4 times last year. If they are that swayed by bagmen, how are they flying him up there that many times? In conclusion, maybe M does have bagmen.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||It really doesn't matter if M||
It really doesn't matter if M is 2nd-5th on July 7th, it matters if M is 1st on Signing Day....a guy like KLS could visit for the PSU game, be blown away and have M 1st the rest of the way. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm not too worried about where we stand right now....OVs and how this season goes will have a lot of say in if M finishes in 1st with a lot of the guys out there.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Comrie||
Let's not forget that Mike Comrie wore #39 while he was in AA.
|23 weeks 12 hours ago||To be fair, MSU is being||
To be fair, MSU is being mentioned by way more top 250 guys than I can remember in the past. A number of which could realistically end up there (Weber, Cole, Scott, Cornell). They might be trying to cash in on their B1G/Rose Bowl champs cred by going after the big boys first before going to the high end 3-star guys they normally get.
|23 weeks 12 hours ago||M is recruiting Cole at WR.||
M is recruiting Cole at WR. Of course, they could change their minds on that.
KLS is the biggest need at this point I think. I would love to get Harris back in the fold, but he shockingly (given his M fandom) seems to be more and more of a Buckeye every day. In the end, it sure looks like it's going to be a solid class. Maybe no 5-stars (unless they can snag KLS or Harris), but still a lot of top 250 talent.
|23 weeks 12 hours ago||Honestly, I'm surprised more||
Honestly, I'm surprised more tall TE's don't do this. If you can add good weight and are athletic enough to play TE, chances are you could end up a dominant OT. I think OT's careers last longer (and are generally better compensated) than TE....limited limelight though.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||2 2016 QB's?||
Does anyone know if they are only taking 1 QB in the 2016 class? Reason I ask is because they'd offered quite a few guys, a number of which were interested (specifically Shea Patterson).
|26 weeks 6 hours ago||Ha, alright, 99.9% of the||
Ha, alright, 99.9% of the time it's best.....or 99.8% (Landon Collins's Mom)
|26 weeks 7 hours ago||I think this comes down to||
I think this comes down to how hot the seat is for Hoke after this season. I think Harris wants to go to M, but doesn't want instability/uncertainty, which is totally fair given his pedigree as a recruit. It seems pretty clear from the interviews and tweets that his Mom wants him at M and that's always the best sign.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Buddy of mine that has Scout||
Buddy of mine that has Scout subscribtion is saying the WOTS is M's coaching staff has cooled on Crawford a bit. If true, not sure if it's due to the recent suspension or the wanting to visit other schools, but it might explain why Crawford is a lean to somewhere else. Not saying M's coaches have rescinded their offer, just that they aren't recruiting him that hard.
|26 weeks 12 hours ago||Good. Since M doesn't play||
Good. Since M doesn't play ND anymore, this is the best case scenario of an in-region flip.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Hope you're right, but can't||
Hope you're right, but can't be a good sign that Wiltfong changed his prediction to ND today. Wiltfong is usually very very accurate with the Midwest prospects.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Hope you're right, but can't||
Hope you're right, but can't be a good sign that Wiltfong changed his prediction to ND today. Wiltfong is usually very very accurate with the Midwest prospects.
Edit: Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to Space Coyote's first post.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Brian, you may not want to||
Brian, you may not want to test the gods again with the phrase "Michigan's D was already bad last year, it can't get much worse"....I remember reading something eerily similar on this site about the OL entering the 2013 football season and we all know how that turned out.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I don't see why we would have||
I don't see why we would have known about this a long time ago. I mean, what business is it of the media/fans to know that he has decided to fully focus on zen and inner peace in a grad program? Beilein may have known, but I don't see why anyone outside the program would know.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Not to rain on the "this||
Not to rain on the "this probably means McGary is coming back" parade, but Horford seems like a guy pretty serious about education and his future endeavors....what if UM didn't offer the best option for grad school for him and that's why he's transferring, not playing time?
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Big question is if Damien||
Big question is if Damien Harris will be at that Junior Day vs MSU
|41 weeks 2 days ago||OLSM Daelin Hayes is visiting||
OLSM Daelin Hayes is visiting this weekend too, correct?
|42 weeks 3 days ago||A "high-floor, low-ceiling"||
A "high-floor, low-ceiling" guy....it actually sounds a lot like a number of the guys Hoke recruits.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||She's nowhere near as bad as||
She's nowhere near as bad as Rothstein was when WN still existed. There wasn't a single article he wrote where I read something I didn't already know beforehand. His mailbags were the most awful things ever, he'd answer every question with a completely vague, noncommittal "answer" that wasn't an answer at all.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||That is 100% true. I once||
That is 100% true. I once emailed a writer at SI about one of their articles online because of the title and he got back to me saying "I don't write the headlines, much to my chagrin. Editors always go with something attention grabbing"
|43 weeks 7 hours ago||OSU started 11-0 in 2010-11||
OSU started 11-0 in 2010-11 and finished 16-2....this is what this UM basketball team should be striving for. :)
|43 weeks 7 hours ago||Curious||
Do we know how long it's been since ANY B1G team has started 8-0 in conference? I get it's been a while for UM to start 8-0, but when is the last time a B1G team has done this? I'm going to guess 6 years just for fun.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||And thus, you enjoy UM's||
And thus, you enjoy UM's campus more than MSU's, validating my point.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think this is that||
I don't think this is that difficult to grasp. You visit MSU's campus and UM's campus and you will find one more enjoyable than the other. Just because McDowell happens to like MSU more and has more fun there doesn't mean UM's efforts are poor and that you need to analyze what has gone wrong. I mean, I don't think Urban and company are analyzing how they "fell short" when Peppers enjoyed UM more than OSU. It happens.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe I'm hating on MSU too||
Maybe I'm hating on MSU too hard, but what on earth have they done to deserve still being a #1? They beat a solid (but not great) Kentucky team, filled with freshmen playing their 2nd NCAA game ever. They beat an OK Texas team on the road. They beat OSU and Minny at home, in OT. I just don't see how they are still a 1 seed at the moment. It just seems way too based on W-L record without enough regard to strength of schedule.
|44 weeks 6 hours ago||Honestly, it sounds like they||
Honestly, it sounds like they have to convince the Campbell family of an OV, not George himself.
|44 weeks 11 hours ago||As much as I like hearing||
As much as I like hearing this, I think we have to face the fact that once Stanford offers (why wouldn't they at some point?), it's all over....unless Shaw goes to the NFL I guess and even then, he still probably goes there.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Stauskas showed plenty of||
Stauskas showed plenty of signs of that last year (hence the "not just a shooter" meme)....not sure Irvin has shown that quite yet.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||More like it would help save||
More like it would help save the 2016 class. By the time UM is getting credit for a bounceback season, if it should happen, a lot of these 2015 kids will have made up their minds on where they are going or where they are taking visits.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||On a side note, you'd have to||
On a side note, you'd have to go back to Will Campbell to get the last #1 in-state player UM got, according to Rivals. In fact, most have gone to MSU. If McDowell does pick MSU, that will be the #1 player in-state 4 of the past 5 seasons for MSU....granted, none have been superstars (Gholston, Thomas, Burbridge) on the field for them.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Basically happened in 2011,||
Basically happened in 2011, with Arnett now at MSU - http://rivals.yahoo.com/Michigan/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2704
Missed out on top 2 instate kids in 2012 too, only one to a rival though - http://rivals.yahoo.com/Michigan/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2924
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Wow, so Mone dropped out||
Wow, so Mone dropped out then.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Seeing how he's only 16-ish,||
Seeing how he's only 16-ish, he could still be growing.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||It seems understandable that||
It seems understandable that it was co-DC's when Urban was first hired since he didn't know Fickell, other than what he saw on TV, and I'm guessing there was a lot of pressure from the Ath Dept to retain Fickell. But to hire another co-DC after Withers leaves seems to say that Urban doesn't have a lot of faith in him, but is pressured to not fire him. Fickell probably has a lot of fans in the Ath Dept after falling on the sword when Tressel left.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Could have to do with limited||
Could have to do with limited schollies too. 3-deep for 2015 season:
CB - Countess (Sr), Lewis (Jr), Douglas (So)
CB - Peppers (So), Stribling (Jr), Richardson (Sr), Watson (Fr)
That's pretty deep....of course, some of these guys may move to safety.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Based on what I've read, OSU||
Based on what I've read, OSU soured on Holley and stopped recruiting him....so unless LJ is able to change their minds about him, Holley may remain with PSU.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Fickle and Withers were||
Fickle and Withers were co-DC's for the past 2 years, but yeah, kind of says a lot to me if I'm Fickle that Urban doesn't have much faith in me now that he's hired another co-DC.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||As much as I like Peppers'||
As much as I like Peppers' potential, maybe we should hold off on saying Fitzpatrick's potential is nowhere near as good as Peppers' before Peppers even steps on the field as a UM player?
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Given Yeldon, Henry, Lacy and||
Given Yeldon, Henry, Lacy and all the other massive amounts of success the Bama RB's have had, I have to imagine Harris is pleased on the surface.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Delete||
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Basically feels like he's||
Basically feels like he's been in the UM huddle each of the past few games against UM so knows UM's offense well, would be an easy transition
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Also, what should be noted is||
Also, what should be noted is the % of all FBS schools that run a pro style. If only 20% of all FBS schools run a pro style, then having 4 out of the top 25 is roughly the same % as the overall % of schools running a pro style offense.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||That kind of feels a little||
That kind of feels a little too much "what have you done for me lately?" at least in regards to Quick. I'm sure the injury doesn't help but the guy has a 94% save percentage between the last 2 playoff seasons combined. Meanwhile, the Canadian goalies have been some of the most high variance goalies out there, especially Luongo and Fleury. Maybe it's just me, but I feel much more confident with the group of US goalies than the Canadian ones.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Goalies||
It's amazing how much better the US is than Canada when it comes to goalies. The US has Miller, Quick, Howard, Schneider, Bishop, etc. Granted, all you need is one and Price may just that.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Never underestimate what Dave||
Never underestimate what Dave Brandon might do.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||MSU got Oregon to do a home||
MSU got Oregon to do a home and home. OSU got VT and Oklahoma to do home and homes. I think this is all Dave Brandon.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Given that he's flown up from||
Given that he's flown up from Florida 4 times on his own dime in the 2013 calendar year, that seems like a pretty dumb assessment.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||While true, there's something||
While true, there's something about this decommit that says "I'm not that interested in visiting other places, but I'm feeling pressure from XXXX" I know he went on a number of visits last spring/summer with Cole/Scott to see schools like Clemson, Georgia, Florida, etc. so it's not like he hasn't seen other programs. And with how he didn't want this decommit news getting out there, it seems like he's really bothered by the fact that he's going back on his word....maybe even against his wishes a little bit. Maybe I'm wrong, but something about this just seems fishy to me.
Anyway, long way away from Signing Day 2015, so let's see Hoke and company do one of the things they do best...recruit.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I guess what I'm trying to||
I guess what I'm trying to say with this is that I'm not sold on this being a full decommit and that it's unlikely Campbell goes to UM now, as is being postulated by the analysts. If he stops visiting UM over the next 9-12 months, sure, but if he visits for the spring game or the BBQ, I still like our chances a lot.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||To be fair, if I was a WR and||
To be fair, if I was a WR and I saw what Gallon and Funchess were doing (a duo about to set the UM record for most receiving yards by 2 guys at UM ever), I'd be excited.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmm||
Is it just me or does this seem really strange to anyone else? Campbell has seemed very pro-UM, totally sold ("100% committed" back when he made it official) and all I've seen from recruiting analysts is saying how good of a kid he is and how grounded he is. So he's been pro-UM for months and has visited Ann Arbor 4 times in the 2013 calender year on his (or his parents) own dime, including as recently as 2 weeks before this decommit, where he tweeted "adios Michigan, see you again soon". Does this seem like a kid that is not sold on UM? Given his vague comments about the decommit and the fact that TomVH said Campbell didn't want this decommit getting out there, I wonder if he's feeling pressure from family/girlfriend/whatever to stay local even if he's sold on UM. I'd totally get a decommit if he had been to UM once and committed on that trip, but he's had plenty of opportunities to waver, but instead has visited 2 more times on his own dime and been pro-UM. Seems really strange to me....
|51 weeks 1 day ago||FSU's season reminds me a lot||
FSU's season reminds me a lot of the year Tennessee won the NC in 98. They just got done with the Peyton-era, when they were consistently thought of as a NC contender, only to blow it in one form or another (always Florida), so when you lose him, you wouldn't think much of the next team, but Tee Martin steps in and everything clicks. FSU was considered a heavy favorite for NC contender last year with an easy schedule and a senior EJ Manuel, but they blow it one form or another and this year, not much was thought of them. In steps Jameis...
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Musburger said he would wear||
Musburger said he would wear it for the remainder of his career the night it was given to him for what it's worth.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Flags fly forever||
Flags fly forever
|51 weeks 3 days ago||Yes and no. Yes because he||
Yes and no.
Yes because he clearly has room to improve to become a reliable NFL QB.
No because his stock won't be higher than this year given he loses 4 OL and Hyde and every defense will key on him now.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||I have no idea what he'll do||
I have no idea what he'll do but it wouldn't surprise me if he left early. His draft status will not be higher than it is now, considering they'll be breaking in 4 new OL, a new RB. And there is a decent chance he'll have a B1G championship in his belt and maybe a nat'l championship game appearance.
|1 year 2 days ago||While I agree with your||
While I agree with your sentiment, you at least have to add the caveat that Florida has been wrecked by injuries, though were closer to full health at the time of the Miami game. Could say something similar about NW (Colter/Mark injuries).
|1 year 2 days ago||Didn't happen with David||
Didn't happen with David Dawson. Didn't happen with Henry Poggi.
I know it's happened before (Pharoah Brown, etc), but it doesn't always happen.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure that's Cato||
I'm pretty sure that's Cato June in the photo....not that it matters much
EDIT: Aaaand the photo was updated....I've made a Michigan Difference on Mgoblog
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I could have swore it was||
I could have swore it was Kenechi Udeze, who had 3 sacks in that game, that said it. Having trouble tracking down the quote via google search.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I actually think it was the||
I actually think it was the 2004 Rose Bowl against USC. The one where Navarre was sacked 9 times.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Man, as a student from 98-02||
Man, as a student from 98-02 that had hockey season tix for 2 of those years and worked doing stats for the athletic dept in the hockey pressbox for another, I am incredibly saddened to hear that Yost is a shell of itself these days. Back then, I honestly thought hockey games were 1000 times better than football games (in part because I hated the noon football games that were the standard). I never would have thought that Yost would basically become Crisler, circa 98-02. This saddens me to no end.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I'm 99% positive that Devin||
I'm 99% positive that Devin could run 27 QB sneaks IN A ROW for over 27 yards.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Right. I was responding to||
Right. I was responding to the OP who said he didn't see the unblocked LB so Fitz should have cut to the right middle hole, except there is that unblocked LB....not to mention that Lewan and Glasgow are pushing that DT towards that vacant hole in the picture.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||In the final picture, Lewan||
In the final picture, Lewan and Glasgow are still doubling the DT and eliminating him. The UConn player to the left on the edge of the picture (just left of Lewan in the pic) is unblocked.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I don't know....I think a||
I don't know....I think a whole lot of the reason he got fired was because he didn't have all the support amongst the alums, donors, former players, etc. It was a divided program and that's what needed to change the most.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Please see Devin Gardner,||
Please see Devin Gardner, 2010 season
|1 year 9 weeks ago||While the interior has been a||
While the interior has been a problem, I'm not willing to give a complete pass to the T's. I'll be honest, I expected a little bit better from both of them thus far....not that they are playing poorly. TE blocking has been a major issue as well.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||That's not the problem with||
That's not the problem with this year's line...the problem is having a lack of upper classmen on the OL. Glasgow and Kalis are Hoke recruited guys. Miller seems to be an issue of a lack of fit, but Lewan/Schofield would be guys Hoke would recruit and want.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||While I agree that having a||
While I agree that having a OL with 4th and 5th year guys gives you a better chance of having a good OL and a good running game, it's not a certainty....see last year's UM line
LT- Lewan (4th year)
LG - Barnum (5th year)
C - Mealer (5th year)
RG - Omameh (5th year)
RT - Schofield (4th year)
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Here's the thing about OSU||
Here's the thing about OSU defense....Cal only averaged 3.6 yds/rush and 7.0 YPA passing....which paints a much better picture than "gave up over 500 yards". Cal ran 90 plays.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||To be fair, this game could||
To be fair, this game could give the Akron players confidence going into the rest of their season. Their physical talent/ability isn't different, but their mental talent/ability probably is.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I disagree. The RB's did not||
I disagree. The RB's did not put up stats like that under RR. I think you can put it on a good, veteran OL for how good the RB's did in 2011.
And coaches can do an awful lot in 6 months timeframe....just look at what Mattison did in the same 6 month timeframe. Molk won the Rimington and Lewan has turned into a future 1st round pick, that didn't happen without coaching. I'm waiting to judge Funk until these recruits get a couple years in the program. Watching Kalis' development this season will be telling too.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Are we already forgetting||
Are we already forgetting Fitz putting up 1000 yards and 5.6 yds/carry in 2011?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Considering we trust Lewan||
Considering we trust Lewan and Schofield as good players and the list of walk-ons, Freshmen (RS or otherwise) that are good OLinemen is very very very short, I think it's unfair to put this on Funk. But like everyone else, the OL was the most disturbing part of this game. We thought that the interior would be better after last year, but to me, so far, it's worse. Devin and Fitz have had guys all over them almost instantly way too often this season. And I think this comes down to consistency, not ability....which is what Hoke has been saying in the pressers. We've seen dynamite plays from Kalis and to a lesser extent, Glasgow and Miller, but being consistent has not been there. Consistency is almost always the biggest issue for young guys. So at least it can get better....in leaps and bounds hopefully.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Any way you want to slice||
Any way you want to slice this, this is a harbinger of what this team is at this point. I definitely had my hopes raised after last week's game and even pictured the possibility of the young interior O-Line and the D-Line gelling by end of season to maybe even be Nat'l title contenders....but this bursts any and all of that. And makes me worry about possibly winning the Legends division. This team will probably still win 9 games, but the ceiling has been lowered to me.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||If I remember correctly,||
If I remember correctly, current or former players (not working as coaches ala Singletary) are not allowed to initiate contact with recruits, unless they knew them before they were recruits. I seem to remember everyone being in a kerfuffle about James Onwaulu (current ND WR) tweeting at Jashon Cornell, but it passed w/o incident because they went to the same HS.....though if I remember correctly, wasn't Tajh Boyd tweeting at Artavis Scott this summer? Either way, it doesn't sound like CP was initiating contact here, so maybe it was just a better safe than sorry situation.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Besides the obvious answer of||
Besides the obvious answer of "it's going to be a really small class and UM already has 5 commits", they could be checking out his grades, etc. I doubt it's due to talent.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Also, see Antoine||
Also, see Antoine Winfield....the Buckeye I had the most respect for as a kid, dude was an awesome player.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||From what little we've seen||
From what little we've seen in these highlights, Funchess looks improved and that could be a real difference maker this season. If he can put it all together, he can be our #2 receiver this year.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Brian, is there any interest||
Brian, is there any interest in doing a "Looking back at the Tea Leaves from Fall Camp" post after the season to either realize how accurate or ridiculous the bullet points from this article were based on a zoomed in 3-minute clip of a scrimmage? Would be interesting.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Hmmm||
Not much movement with UM commits/targets.....anyone fall out of the Top 100?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Correct. That was one of the||
Correct. That was one of the strangest games ever. It started as the most awful game ever (It was a heat index of like 110 degrees.....I couldn't stop sweating during the tailgate) and ended one of the freakiest with the crazy storm and weather delays and finally cancellation.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Is it well known that UM||
Is it well known that UM coaches are not after Alabi? I hadn't read anything that would give that impression. Are Cole and Alabi the only 2015 offers from MI? I know Weber got one, but given Harris' commitment, might that have been rescinded? Does Stallworth have an offer?Cole and Campbell have a close friendship from what I read about from the BBQ, so that helps.
Given the limited schollies next year, I guess it shouldn't be surprising that MSU could get a number of 4-star in state guys. Of course, there is a LONG time until Signing Day 2015, so there is a lot that chan change between now and then.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||NPH's boyfriend went to UM -||
NPH's boyfriend went to UM - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Burtka
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I would just like to say that||
I would just like to say that this is probably my favorite feature on Mgoblog now. These roundtable discussions are truly awesome to read and hope they continue weekly once the season starts. Honestly, each year I've gotten the HTTV, I've skipped to the end to read the roundtable first, so yeah, I really enjoy these, keep up the good work.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Alabi ranked higher (51), but||
Alabi ranked higher (51), but yeah, it's looking like it could be a Alabi/Cole battle for #1 next year, with Weber having an outside shot.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Others of note||
#9 IL DE Terry Beckner Jr
#14 OH DE Hjalte Froholdt
#18 TX RB Soso Jamabo (isn't David Underwood his private coach?)
#28 CA QB Kevin Dillman
#29 OH DB Eric Glover-Williams
#43 CA DB Iman Marshall
#75 PA OT Sterling Jenkins
#91 OH LB Chris Green
#131 OH WR David Dowell
#139 VA LB Ricky DeBerry
#145 OH LB Justin Hilliard
#147 MI DB Brian Cole
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Hand drops on Scout||
Not sure if this is old news, but I saw that the Scout 300 got updated and Hand dropped down to #11 overall. OT Cameron Robinson jumped up to #2 so this seems like a reaction to the Opening. I could have swore I saw that Hand was the best DL with pads on there, so strange that he would drop at all.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yes, and that loophole will||
Yes, and that loophole will be that their offers weren't "commitable"
|1 year 21 weeks ago||IMO, as long as a Glenville||
IMO, as long as a Glenville kid has an OSU offer, UM has 0.1% chance at best. No offense to Sam Webb and this article, but I think you can safely put the Brian "I'll eat a lemon" stamp on Lattimore/Smith coming to UM.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||They are bringing in the #1||
They are bringing in the #1 QB recruit this year, I don't think Scott is sweating the QB situation.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||That certainly makes the||
That certainly makes the Canteen offer even more interesting
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Seems much more likely to||
Seems much more likely to Vandy if he goes SEC
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Since the Crystal Ball||
Since the Crystal Ball feature is for those where you are quite confident about, my list is quite short....
Westphal - UM
Scott - UM
J Jones - OSU
Dickerson - Stanford
Clifton Garrett - LSU
Lattimore - OSU
Although I feel less confident about Westphal/Scott after yesterday's offers, I feel that Scott will commit at the BBQ or shortly thereafter. It will be interesting if Canteen/Watson commit before the BBQ though. As for Hand/McDowell, I think it's too early to say....while UM is in the driver's seat, there is still a lot of time and a lot of visits ahead.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||You can get it sent to you||
You can get it sent to you via email, which you then can delete w/o even opening, like I do.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Hmmm||
I'm like 99% sure I saw Sullivan say on twitter that Moe Ways was getting a big bump during the next rankings. While it's not surprising he didn't jump into the 250, I wonder if he'll be one of the "other" 4 stars that get released tomorrow....or if he'll end up a high 3-star.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Yes||
And UM @ PSU (UM by 15)....but I think it's safe to say that both those games were shocking outcomes (outliers). When the outcome isn't shocking, Kenpom generally nails it.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Kenpom||
Kenpom is scary good at predictions.
UM vs. PSU - UM by 16 (off by 1)
UM vs IU - IU by 2 (off by 1)
UM @ Purdue - UM by 6 (off by 1)
UM vs MSU - MSU by 1 (off by 2)
|1 year 37 weeks ago||While it's not necessarily a||
While it's not necessarily a huge surprise for an instate kid to choose UT, this is a 5-star kid choosing the in state school that hasn't been a semi-consistent power since he was in kindergarten. The only thing Hurd has seen is UT being bad or mediocre. Big time kudos to Jones for nabbing him.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I don't know||
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think Miami is the best option out of the #2 seeds Lunardi has here. I wouldn't want to face OSU for obvious reasons (Craft), Kansas has the #5 Kenpom rated defense and has Withey, G'town has the #3 Kenpom rated defense and has 6'8" Big East player of the year Otto Porter. Every time UM faces a top 10 defense (OSU, MSU, Wisco), the offense barely looks better than their horrendous defense. While Miami still has a solid defense (#18 in Kenpom's D ratings), that's basically on par with Indiana (ranked #13) and we didn't struggle to score much against them either time. I'm terrified of UM facing any team with an elite D.
But let's face it, UM is going to get an extremely tough matchup in a hypothetical chalk sweet 16 opponent regardless.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Ahh||
Ahh, didn't realize it was the full 300 updated....thanks
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Same weekend||
Same weekend that Trout committed and Marshall pseudo-committed
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Ferns||
Ferns was actually around 75-80 in the initial Scout 300....I'm guessing he'll be in the next 20 or so prospects when the full 300 is released tomorrow. I know that these scouting services try to get out these rankings ASAP to drum up more interest and get more $$, but there were so many kids that Scout missed in their first Scout 300 a few months ago. Lorenzo Carter was a 3 star, JuJu Smith as well I believe and now they are both top 10. Joe Mixon & Elijah Hood were both well down the list and now both are in the top 60 or so. Just seems like they haven't evaluated enough guys yet....probably best to wait until around now to release a real top 250/300 since a ton of offers go out after signing day for the previous class.
Also, anyone else surprised OSU commit Parris Campbell moved up that high after being unranked by all services?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Agree||
This is entirely "what have you done for me lately?" but it is nonetheless annoying that everyone forgets that Kansas lost to a team that would struggle to even be .500 in any conference in America (Kenpom has TCU 120 spots lower than PSU.....120!!). It sucks but if UM beats PU and IU, then I think they're back in the discussion for a 1 at least. I just want to see UM avoid a tough chalk sweet 16 matchup; whether they are a 1 or 2 seed doesn't matter.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Agree in a sense||
It's fine to snicker about oversigning, sure, but this isn't a case where Saban is in the wrong. Booting these kids was warranted (at least the 3 that were part of the beating/robbery)....if he hadn't, I guarantee there'd be a thread about how could he let this slide, about how he only cares about football and winning. I'm pretty sure Saban was not eyeballing 4 freshmen with solid football credentials coming out of HS for St. Saban's Hospital or whatever pastures he's sending some kids out to in order to get his next class in. All that said, Saban still treats his football program like a ruthless CEO treats his/her business and it's not fair to the kids that just want to have an enjoyable college experience.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||This really isn't about clearning roster space||
Eddie Williams was a universal 5 star recruit, the other 3 4-star recruits (Calloway being a Rivals 100 guy). We can all snicker about how convenient it is for Saban to find room for his next class, but he lost some big time football talent with these guys. The crimes definitely warranted being booted though, just trying to say this wasn't about Saban booting some scrubs off his roster.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||This really isn't about clearning roster space||
Eddie Williams was a universal 5 star recruit, the other 3 4-star recruits (Calloway being a Rivals 100 guy). We can all snicker about how convenient it is for Saban to find room for his next class, but he lost some big time football talent with these guys. The crimes definitely warranted being booted though, just trying to say this wasn't about Saban booting some scrubs off his roster.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||To be fair Ace||
To be fair Ace, before last year's commitment-palooza, there were probably only a couple of kids (Lewis, Dawson, Shallman) that you would have thought "this kid might commit this weekend". Most people thought Bosch was leaning ND if I remember correctly, Fox wasn't even visiting that weekend, neither was LTT (I think), Taco and Butt were maybe leaning M, but seemed like they weren't close to making a final decision. I guess what I'm trying to say is...you might want to stay close to a computer this weekend.....just in case.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Hmmm||
How much did they really recruit him though? I don't believe I heard about Treadwell getting an in home with the coaches when every other recruit they were seriously after did get one.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Interesting||
I'm still convinced that Treadwell would have ended up here but the coaches stopped recruiting him for some reason....maybe this has something to do with it.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||What about 2012 class?||
We got a kid from TN (Bars) and KY (Clark)....and if you want to count Missouri (hey, they are in the SEC now), then you have Pipkens and Chesson as well.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Not all 4 stars are created equal||
OSU is also ranked #5 overall by 247 (#2 using the composite rankings)
OSU recruits point ratings - 1 96, 6 95's, 4 94's, 1 92, 1 91, 5 90's (18 4-stars under 247 rankings, 16 4-stars using the composite rankings)
UM recruits point ratings (in order) - 3 95's, 6 94's, 3 92's, 1 91, 4 90's (17 4-stars under 247 rankings, 17 4-stars using the composite rankings)
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Arkansas is dumb||
This is the move Arkansas should have made. Malzahn was a god at the Arkansas HS level and it can be argued, him, not Cam Newton, leaving Auburn was the reason that team went in the tank.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Florida is way too high||
The only beef I have is with Florida, who is ranked way too high....and probably setting the passing game in football back 100 years. Knocking Georgia for having a bad schedule and getting waxed by South Carolina is ok, but you need to knock Florida's turnover luck this year. There's way too much "turnovers are random, don't buy into it" on this blog to have Florida ranked #6. I'm not even sure Florida is a top 10 team, let alone #6
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I was going to point this out||
I was going to point this out too (#2 on your list). If you want to beef up South Carolina because they lost to 2 very good teams, then you would have to do the same for UM. Yes, South Carolina destroyed UGA, but they don't have any other wins that are impressive (unless you want to count Mizzou/Vandy, which you negged UGA for).
Having said that, I don't think UM needs to be ranked higher, more that South Carolina needs to be ranked lower. At least a few spots lower.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||As always...||
As always, what truly separates the SEC from other conferences - 8 of the 12 1st team D are from the SEC
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Issue||
This is the only problem I have with the podcasts on mgoblog. They don't allow you to fast forward/rewind from your phone, even if you download it. If it stops streaming or if I exit, I have to start all over from the beginning to get back to where I had stopped listening. I'm not sure why it doesn't have the ability to jump forward/backward, just seems odd.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Campbell=Mouton||
I think Campbell is basically the DT version of Mouton at this point, totally awesome good plays from time to time and totally god awful bad plays from time to time. I'd rather have the consistent guy than one of those types, but hey, until Pipkins/freshmen are ready, he's the best we've got.
Here's to hoping it's just Bama's OL being that good than Michigan's DL being that bad.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Right||
Right, what I meant was that he had forgotten to put Thomas in this list (since updated) and McCray was in the Eastern OH group (also since updated).
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Update||
Ace, you forgot Dymonte Thomas and Mike McCray's team is in Western OH, not Eastern OH.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Not HS #||
Wormley wore 47 in HS, which is retired by UM, but soon to be "Legend'd"
To answer your other question, did Carl Diggs ever line up at DE or was he strictly LB?
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Media Guide is up||
The roster on the website isn't up on mgoblue, but the media guide with updated roster is. Link below
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Early NFL Entries||
As long as Lewan keeps doing what he's doing, he'll be a projected 1st round pick and thus a likely candidate to leave early. If Fitz puts out per carry averages like last year with a heavier workload, it's also likely he'd leave early (RB's having short careers and all).
Not sure if there are any other possible early entries, but those 2 definitely come to mind.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I think||
I think that's exactly what they did. That's why Hicks only has 1 red box. They say in their description that the number of red boxes is how many sites were used in the ranking. Since Hicks falls outside the top 250/300, etc of the other lists, they just use the one they have...theirs.
It also explains why Northwestern's center is ranked #138
|2 years 17 weeks ago||USC||
USC has 12 Top 100 guys on that composite list and 3 in the top 10....good lord.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Missing||
Where's Jeremy Jackson?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Photoshop opp||
Someone should photoshop Branch's name out and put "NCAA" there instead.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Any chance||
Any chance Kiffin has found some kind of loophole and is going to sign more than their 18 everyone says they have? I mean, they seem to still be leaders for a number of guys.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||??||
So they have MSU's offense (new QB, new WR's, etc) higher rated than their defense?? That would make me want to buy this game for it's "accuracy"
Skimmed through the ratings and it looks like defenses are lower rated across the board...I think I only saw one team with a defense rating above 95 (USC with a 99), while there were many many teams with offenses above 95.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||ESPN "Rankings"||
Something strikes me as odd here....
#6 class in the nation Providence - 4 commits, 2 in the top 100 (#'s 21 and 23)
#14 class in the nation Michigan - 4 commits, 3 in the top 100 (#'s 18, 27 and 76)
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Addition by Subtraction?||
Talking to some Duke friends, they are all thrilled he's gone....most of them never thought he fit in from the get go. I'll admit, his style of game never seemed to be the Duke style.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Perspective||
This has to do with perspective and nothing to do with understanding English....one person's view of strongly considering is not another person's view of strongly considering. To me, Burke going to a draft advisor and weighing things with his parents is strongly considering the NBA.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Maybe I'm crazy, but the||
Maybe I'm crazy, but the title depicts exactly what is happening in my opinion....the only thing you can question is the word "strongly", but based on his Dad's quotes, I'd say he's pretty strongly considering the NBA. Given he and his Dad's relationship, I'd say he's not just saying these things w/o reason.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I don't know||
I don't know, maybe it's just me, but his father's quotes seem to me that he's leaning NBA at the moment....but could depend on if he's 1st round material, which I assure you some agent will tell him he is
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Addendum||
As an addendum to this, I volunteered for the athletic department (doing stats) at the time so I was in the press box for that entire weekend (literally like noon-11 pm both days) and while the cheerleaders were out there, a large chunk of the student section were waving dollar bills in the air at them and yelling "Jer-sey Cha-sers <clap> <clap> <clapclapclap>". Later, both teams were doing their skating warmups, the cheerleaders and mascot were taking up the entire blue line-to-blue line area and those of us in the press box were like "Hey, if you want to bring your skating cheerleaders, keep them on your side of the ice" and the team was visibly annoyed with this because they were still skating out to the red line, cutting back around them and then back almost to the red line. One of the other student volunteers commented to me "How hilarious would it be if one of the players took out one of the cheerleaders" and we looked at each other and both said "Komisarek....it'll definitely be Komisarek if that happens" and literally right after we said that, he gave that girl the love tap that caused her to slightly lose her balance. We both looked at each other and busted up laughing.
As for the Ortmeyer hit, a couple things to note about it. One, you'll notice that Ortmeyer breaks his stick on the hit up near the top of the stick, where it met Hendricks' shoulder basically, and Ortmeyer only had one hand on the stick when the hit occurs, meaning he hit him so hard, his force breaks his stick off where it met Hendricks' shoulder....insane. Two, up in the press box we had a TV with the game's feed in case of goal reviews, etc and once play had started back up again, they showed Hendricks on the end of the bench and they were giving him smelling salts, but the dude was gone. He looked like a vegetable....luckily, he was fine and has had a fine professional career (the past 3 seasons played entirely at the NHL level). One of the best 5 hockey hits I've ever seen.
Also, to note about the SCSU game, that was the year that Canada beat the US for the gold medal in SLC and the famous loonie that was buried in the ice for good luck for Canada (now in the hockey HOF). So Michigan had buried a block M in the ice for this tournament, but the SCSU players got wind of it and dug it up and ripped it out during their practice, creating quite a bunch of animosity pre-game, much like Denver forcing Michigan to use the visitors' locker room. In the post-game press conference, Hartigan was a mess....dude didn't look up once, just had his eyes buried to the ground. When he spoke, he was barely audible and completely blamed himself for the loss after deking out Blackburn and having an easy, wide open net, only to see the puck squirt off the end of his stick towards the corner.
As for the Denver game, somebody mentioned this, but the press box was literally swaying after Ortmeyer's goal. It was really freaky and kind of unnerving. But at the same time, I was on cloud nine so cared less than I normally would have about the press box possibly toppling down.
Thanks for the memories....I must tell this story once a year to some new hockey friend of mine. Can't believe it's been 10 years, I remember it so vividly.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||No doubt||
Not sure if there's any doubting this class will finish Top 5 on Rivals....question is if it will be #1. If they land 5 more Rivals250 guys, that will be 17 in the Rivals250, which is the same number Alabama had in their #1 rated 2012 class. Again, caveats of guys moving down in the rankings and maybe not having a large enough class to finish #1, but still, my point is made.
EDIT: I take that back, Alabama had 16 in the Rivals250, 1 of their 4-star guys fell outside the Rivals250....they had 9 Rivals100 guys.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Crazy||
Here's something interesting to think about....if Hoke lands Levenberry, Isaac, Treadwell and O'Daniel (all guys that you could say UM leads for), he would have landed 9 players ranked in the top 60 according to Rivals. I know these rankings aren't final and I expect some guys to move down (some guys could also move up....Helmholdt even mentioned the only reason Dymonte wasn't higher was due to lack of film of him in coverage) and there could be decommits, but I don't care what OSU fans say, there would be no way Urban could beat that class given who they are after....again, according to Rivals.
Michigan also has a legit shot with Fuller, Cravens, Vanderdoes and Poggi, all top 60 guys.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||So does it look like this?||
Win 0 games - drop to a 4?
Win 1 game - stay at 3
Win 2 games - possibly move to a 2?
Win all 3 games - move to a 2