Hoke: "In the Notre Dame game the cornerbacks were a little bit embarrassed"

Hoke: "In the Notre Dame game the cornerbacks were a little bit embarrassed"

Submitted by massblue on September 17th, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Apparently, during a radio interview Hoke has indicated that Lewis and Peppers were going to stick at CB position partly because our CBs were embarrassed during the ND game.  I, for one, have not seen much from Peppers so far, but Lewis was really aggressive during the last game and a half and seems to have the speed and the quickness to recover from his mistakes.  Peppers, by all accounts, is supposed to be faster so this looks very promising.

 

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Calling Football Stats People - Download Box Score Data

Calling Football Stats People - Download Box Score Data

Submitted by stbowie on September 17th, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Does anyone know a good free source for downloading box score data? Primarily interested in this year's games, but somewhat interested in previous years as well. I'm looking to put together some statistical summaries of B1G games and would love to not have to enter data by hand if it's already out there (and free).

Thanks and Go Blue!

OT: Texas QB David Ash Retires Due to Concussions

OT: Texas QB David Ash Retires Due to Concussions

Submitted by Sports on September 17th, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Texas Coach Charlie Strong today announced that starting QB David Ash will retire from football due to repeated concussions. This makes So. Tyrone Swoopes the starter. Due to reduced depth, Strong has added intramural star QB Jimmy Greenwood to the roster. 

http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/09/17/david-ash-texas-quarterback-concussions

http://www.lostlettermen.com/article/texas-football-longhorns-add-intramural-qb-jimmy-greenwood

Michigan vs Texas home-and-home announced for 2024, 2027

Michigan vs Texas home-and-home announced for 2024, 2027

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on September 17th, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Per @umichfootball on Twitter.

Kapooya.

MGoBlue release-

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The athletic departments at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas have reached an agreement in principle to play the first-ever home-and-home football series between two of college football's most recognizable programs. The two schools rank first (Michigan, 912) and third (Texas, 876) in all-time victories.

The Wolverines will host the Longhorns at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 31, 2024. The return trip by Michigan to Austin will take place on Sept. 4, 2027.

"A match-up of this magnitude doesn't come along all that often, and when it does it's special for both programs and the great fans that support each institution," said Brady Hoke, U-M's J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. "This also is a special series for all fans of college football, and I anticipate great games just like the first contest played between the two programs."

 

I'll be 29 when they play in 2024 in Ann Arbor. And when they play in 2027 in Austin, It will be the 100th anniversary of Michigan Stadium and the 30th anniversary of the 1997 national championship....

OT: Jameis Winston suspended for First half of Clemson game for vulgar comments

OT: Jameis Winston suspended for First half of Clemson game for vulgar comments

Submitted by Jaqen H'ghar on September 17th, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Ty Isaac appeal denied, will sit out this season

Ty Isaac appeal denied, will sit out this season

Submitted by MGoSteelers on September 17th, 2014 at 12:10 PM

 

 

Ty Isaac's appeal was denied. He'll sit out the season.

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 17, 2014

Isaac is the team's scout RB right now, will have 3 years left starting in 2015.

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 17, 2014

 

Considering the team's depth at RB, this is good news.

Defense: Utah v. Nebraska

Defense: Utah v. Nebraska

Submitted by MGoClimb on September 17th, 2014 at 11:55 AM

To get an idea of how Michigan stacks up against Utah, I took at look at the closest thing that we have to a comparison. In back to back weeks, Fresno State played Utah (9/6) and Nebraska (9/13). Here’s a comparison of how Fresno State faired against their respective defenses.

Items to keep in mind:

-Utah played Fresno State at home; Nebraska played on the road at Fresno

-I looked at Fresno State’s top two leading rushers from each game

-Fresno appears to have had a QB competition. They played two against Utah, but settled on one for Nebraska. Brian Burrell played the entire fourth quarter against Utah and both drives resulted in touchdowns. Burrell then took every snap against Nebraska.

-Week 2 to week 3 improvement caveat

-There is no transitive property in football

  Fresno State Offense v. Utah Fresno State Offense v. Nebraska
Weather Salt Lake City: HI 87 LO 62, 0.10” precipitation Fresno: HI 102 LO 72, 0” precipitation
Halftime score 31-7 27-5
Final score 59-27 55-19
Total yards 338 346
Passing yards 283 241
QBs Brandon Connette: 16/24 177 yards, 7.4 avg., 1 td 0 int Brian Burrell: 30/59, 241 yards, 4.1 avg., 1 td 0 int
  Brian Burrell: 8/16 106 yards 6.6 avg. 2 td 0 int None
Rushing Yards 55 (not a typo; see below) 105
Tailback #1 Marteze Waller: 15 carries, 61 yards, 4.1 ypc, long 23 Brian Burrell: 9 carries, 59 yards, 6.6 ypc, long 66 (no typo)
Tailback #2 Brandon Connette: 16 carries, 40 yards, 2.5 ypc, long 13 Josh Quezada: 10 carries, 28 yards, 2.8 ypc, long 16
Drives on offense 16 18
Punts 8 13

I didn't want to clutter the chart, so if there is additional data you feel is pertinent, please share.

Bryan Mone article in today's Freep

Bryan Mone article in today's Freep

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 17th, 2014 at 9:49 AM

There's a nice article on Bryan Mone in this morning's Freep. His story is inspirational, and he is yet another in the parade of high character guys on Michigan's team.

Mone is Tongan, and is strongly motivated by his brother, 7 years older, with significant physical and mental limitations.

Houma, another Tongan from Utah, was instrumental in Mone's recruitment. The sky is the limit for Bryan.

He has Hoke teaching his position and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison comparing him to another Tongan, Haloti Ngata, whom Mattison coached with the Baltimore Ravens. Mone has a long way to reach that, but there's a goal.

OT: Vikings flip-flop yet again, Adrian Peterson barred from team activities (with pay)

OT: Vikings flip-flop yet again, Adrian Peterson barred from team activities (with pay)

Submitted by Sopwith on September 17th, 2014 at 9:41 AM

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11541346/adrian-peterson-barred-all-minnesota-vikings-activities

From Friday's generally lauded decision to keep AP off the field to Monday's sudden change of heart and epically inept press conference by Vikes GM (after reconsideration in view of the 30-7 loss to the Pats) to today's double-reverse, the Vikings are reaching new heights of organizational rudderlessness.

Upshot is that AP still collects his $$$$, but will not see the field under the rarely-used "roster exemption" rule until his legal process resolves.  If he doesn't reach a plea deal, his trial is unlikely until after the season. 

According to the Vikings, they flip-flopped "after giving the situation additional thought."  Translation:  Sponsors pulling out (e.g., Raddison Hotels), others lecturing them and the league with critical press releases (e.g., Anheuser-Busch), even getting cracked on by Minnesota's Governor.  

When a beer company is getting on a soapbox and lecturing you about morality, you're due for some "additional thought."

MGoBusiness people: how does such a profitable PR juggernaut like the NFL look like they've never taken a class or read a book on crisis management?  How does a fantastically successful corporation botch something like this so consistently?

I'm not looking to start a thread debating the "merits" of corporal punishment (there aren't any) but I'm fascinated by the organizational meltdown and ineptness of such a slick corporation and it's franchisees.  What gives?