Inside Michigan Football

Inside Michigan Football

Submitted by DY on October 30th, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I watched Inside Michigan Football last night for the first time all season (I know, I know. Why?). I’m curious if previous episodes this season have followed the same format. The game recap is presented in NFL Films-style, ground-level – much of it in slow motion – footage, spliced with sideline footage of a few position coaches and locker room player interviews. The radio broadcast is played over the video and there are few acknowledgements of the score. This accounted for nearly 25 minutes of the broadcast. There isn’t actually any “inside” analysis or breakdown of the game. Aside from a brief clip of Hoke’s postgame media presser, the only segment with Hoke was Brandstatter asking Hoke about his favorite last-minute Michigan win, set up with a clip of Wangler to Carter against IU in 1982 (Hoke mentioned both last year at Northwestern and Denard to Roundtree vs. Northwestern two-years ago). Has Hoke been absent from analyzing the games in other episodes this season or was this a special occasion?

I also watched Spartan All-Access following Inside Michigan Football and the contrasts between the shows spoke volumes on the state of the respective programs. SAA profiled Lippett and Langford during the first two segments with comments about each player from Dantonio. Lippett and Langford praise the coaching staff for putting them on the field in whatever position would best maximize their talents. Only about 5 minutes at the end of the broadcast was dedicated to the game recap, but at the very least Dantonio gives a brief breakdown to the camera directly after the game. Both shows use the same highlight presentation style (my guess is that is coming down from the Fox Sports/BTN creative departments to mimic The Journey as much as possible).

I can’t decide if erasing Hoke from Inside Michigan Football is better or worse than previous years of him sitting there saying nothing of substance to Brandstatter about the game highlights.It also appears Tim Hortans pulled their sponsorship of those awful Coffee with the Coach segments. It did make me miss the days of Carr on Michigan Replay in the evening after games looking all weary and hoarse doing the highlight breakdown.


Improving athletic performance

Improving athletic performance

Submitted by BIGBLUEWORLD on October 30th, 2014 at 2:08 PM

On October 14, 2014 m1jjb00 presented a statistical analysis examining the relative incidence of football injuries: "Comparing injuries across the Big Ten".  According to his calculations, Michigan had the second highest rate of injuries among fourteen teams.  Since I have 24 years of professional experience in the health and fitness field (also worked as an addiction counselor), I thought it was time to speak up. I put together a diary titled, "Reason for so many injuries".

In summary it said: When a human being trains to get bigger and stronger, in the process their neuro-muscular system, the kinetic chain, becomes tighter and less flexible. For optimum athletic performance, training must include various compensating modalities to regain and increase freedom of movement, such as stretching, yoga, myofascial release, massage, etc. The various types of resistance training (i.e. weights, cables, elastic bands, body weight, etc.) must be taken into consideration.  

Multi-planar activity incorporating twisting movements (Transverse Plane) develop coordination and support joint stabilization.  Flexibility, mobility, agility are central components of a complete, integrative training program.  These areas are often undervalued or neglected, not only in gyms around the world, but even in the most sophisticated professional environments.

Some people's comments noted that I did not make an airtight case to support the conclusion which I reached. I agree that's a legitimate question. However, athletic training is a complex, evolving field. When you study practices such as Olympic training, body building, power lifting, martial arts and yoga, just to name a few, you find tremendous diversity in methods people use to improve physical performance. There's a lot of disagreement, even among top professionals in the upper echelon of sports science. This is far from a mature, exact science. So then, was "Reason for so many injuries" an overstatement?

No, it is not.

The time is way overdue for someone to speak up for the well being of these young athletes, who put their health on the line for our football team. The University of Michigan is a world leader in many areas; I expect nothing less from our strength and conditioning program. John Bacon recently reported that NFL scouts find U of M football players lacking in key parameters of physical conditioning. When you take a look at the work of people like Paul Chek, Kelly Starrett, Gray Cook, Naudi Aguilar and Shannon Turley, you see we lag behind. 

Making a convincing case that details the deficiencies of our current training regimen, and mapping out a comprehensive program that would help prevent injuries and improve athletic performance is not really practical in the parameters of a football blog. In this context, I can only summarize and indicate directions where we can move forward.

So moving forward, I propose we begin a conversation which will consider some of the methods our football team can use to improve their athletic performance. Of course, this applies to all sports in general, and your own personal health and fitness as well. Please note: I'm not a statistician. I study this field intensively, including human performance in general, work with amateurs and professionals, and speak from personal experience. I would like to invite you to contribute any information you think is relevant, or personal experience you feel is interesting. I'm not expecting to avoid controversy, but prefer to engage it in a respectful, courteous way.

Let's begin by considering a comment from Blueinsconsin. He noted there's "incompetence at the top of the program", and made a really good, if somewhat unlikely suggestion, that we "steal Shannon Turley from Stanford". Bluesnu provided this informative link to an article about Turley:…

Shannon Turley at Stanford is one of the tops in his field. Some of his innovations are now being practiced at all levels, even well received by the NFL. He employs dynamic, multi-planar methods of training, and utilizes a functional movement metric (that is, he monitors and tests for flexibility and range of motion) to gauge the progress of his players.

I've seen many indications that such progressive training methods are lacking with our football S&C training. They may well be being employed for other sports at the University of Michigan. I'm curious about that, and welcome any information on this subject.

In a conversation with Bluesnu, we discussed the relative merits of Hypertrophy training (getting bigger) versus training for Power (generating force with speed). I presented this analogy: "Would you rather have a 300 lb lineman who is carrying all sorts of dysfunctional, neuro-muscular internal restrictions, lumbering around like a water buffalo? Or would it be better to have a 285 lb lineman who has been trained to move and "deliver a blow" (quote from Greg Mattison) with the speed and agility of Chuck Norris?"

Now of course bigger and stronger is necessary. But take a look at this video which demonstrates combined functional and martial arts training. Then you decide if these methods would make our football players more athletically powerful, efficient, and less susceptible to injury.

If the topic of health, fitness, and S&C training generates an interesting dialogue without  too much kneejerk negativity, we might continue this conversation further.

Thanks. Peace.



Liklihood of top college coaches leaving current jobs

Liklihood of top college coaches leaving current jobs

Submitted by Cranky Dave on October 30th, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I haven't seen the linked article posted elsewhere on the board.  The author looks at 29 of the top college coaches and the liklihood of leaving current jobs after this season.  Several mentions of Michigan and Florida specifically.  Interesting to compare this assessment to those of people on this board, like Ron Utah, who've posted CC diaries.

Equipment: Michigan to wear pink gear Saturday (confirmed).....

Equipment: Michigan to wear pink gear Saturday (confirmed).....

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on October 30th, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Not only was the loss last week annoying but them not wearing the pink gear like I had said was a big egg on my face. I figured since it was their last October game, they would wear it then since that actual makes sense.

Well, it looks like they're going with the option that makes no sense.

Michigan will wear their pink gear on Saturday for breast cancer awareness month. Saturday is November. Breast cancer awareness month is October.

Unless Michigan plans on wearing white socks at home for the first time since UTL I, they will not be wearing these:

By the looks of this picture tweeted by @umichfootball

they'll be wearing a new version of the pink gloves. I have not seen these anywhere on the internet. 

Also, Michigan will wear a non-Maize or White mouthguard for the first time. We're getting closer to touching the actual uniforms, people.

Here's the coaches gear that was posted recently

RIP Don Bracken

RIP Don Bracken

Submitted by twohooks on October 30th, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Former Michigan (80-84) and NFL punter passed away last night. There are no articles regarding Don's passing as I have learned this news from a friend and former Wolverine on my Facebook page. Don visited my school in the early 80's and exemplified what a hero should be, I'll never forget the 10 good minutes you spent with me, Don. My condolences to his family, friends and teammates.

Zander Diamont - O/U for total yards on Saturday

Zander Diamont - O/U for total yards on Saturday

Submitted by Drew_Silver on October 30th, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I have no doubt that Coleman will have a good day against us - he may be the first RB taken in the NFL draft.

But I think the key to UofM winning the game is limiting Diamont's damage.

He threw for 11 yards against MSU and ran for 13 (lost 25 for a net of -12)

I am thinking Diamont will throw for something like 100yrds against us and run for 25 yards on the read option keepers

Coleman will rush for nearly 200

So UofM gives up ~325 yards to IU in total

anyone think differnetly?


I think this is a winnable game, if the offense shows up and we have no turnovers

Possible Outcomes For The Remainder

Possible Outcomes For The Remainder

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on October 30th, 2014 at 8:28 AM


Just a brief diary this week about what the statistical crystal ball might hold for the remainder of the season.

For those of you who regularly check Massey and Sagarin and other sites which calculate ratings and/or projected win probabilities, you may have already figured this out, but for those of you that aren’t in the habit or have not yet dared to dream (a terrible dream, of course) at looking through these stats, here’s the current estimate.

In all seriousness, of course, we’re not quite doomed yet, although it would be fair to say that our chances at redemption grow fainter by the game, and by redemption, I mean at least gaining a berth in a certain bowl which, if you live in Metro Detroit, is within rather convenient driving distance. Actually, that’s probably not a conventional definition of the term “redemption”, so we’ll just keep it at “bowl eligible” and leave it for now.

Here’s the matrix – blue indicates a hypothetical win, with each number being the Massey estimate of this occurring (numbers current as of yesterday mid-morning). The estimated probability of each of the remaining possible combinations of wins and losses is in the final column:

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So, yeah, the most likely single combinations of events is beating Indiana and then cruising to a cool 4-8 mark on the year, followed by losing out and going 3-9. After that, the next most likely combination would put us at 5-7 with wins against Indiana and Maryland.  You can see where this is going, of course.  Our collective chances of winning X number of games are below:

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Bowl eligibility – 3 or 4 wins – currently sits at 12.18%. Hypothetically, if we beat Indiana, the chances at becoming bowl eligible rise to 20.06% if no other numbers change. If we lose on Saturday, the estimate on bowl eligibility would fall to a very manageable (if you want to call it that) 1.73% - if we don’t change any of the other probabilities in the matrix.

Gardner on The Journey

Gardner on The Journey

Submitted by DowntownLJB on October 30th, 2014 at 8:16 AM
Last nights episode of the journey on BTN featured Devin Gardner discussing a little about the MN game, some time visiting his old school and his mom. It was nice... Until they added details from the MSU game. It looks like it reairs at midnight among other times. I recommend watching. Well the first couple segments with him anyway...