A2-Saline Road Construction Delays to Affect Traffic for 1 or 2 U-M Football Games

A2-Saline Road Construction Delays to Affect Traffic for 1 or 2 U-M Football Games

Submitted by I Bleed Maize N Blue on May 22nd, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Due to the harsh winter and Michigan frost laws, which prevented heavy equipment from being moved until later in April, the start of construction on Ann Arbor-Saline Road was delayed for 23 days, so construction will go into September. There's one bad weather day per week built into the schedule, but any more than that will mean further delay.

This will affect football traffic for App St and possibly for 9/13 Miami (NTM).

(MLive article)

Tremendous has a bunch of positive recruiting news...

Tremendous has a bunch of positive recruiting news...

Submitted by 1464 on May 22nd, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Didn't know how to more appropriately title this thread.  I think more explanation is out the behind a paywall, but here are some of the recruiting items he threw out on Twitter:

- 5* CB Kendall Sheffield would like to visit

- 4* DE Kyree Campbell was waiting on an offer, already set a visit

- 5* CB Iman Marshall is friends with Canteen, very likely to plan an official

- 4* Grant Newsome likely deciding between Michigan and PSU

- 5* 2016 OL Liam Eichenberg has set a return date for another Michigan visit

- Michigan is still a factor for 5* DE Jashon Cornell

Approximately 9 million other 4/5* guys are allegedly high on Michigan right now as well, including Brandon Burton, AD Miller, whoever @_treyjohnb is, and so on.  He drops updates on even more high profile guys. 

How much of this is rooted in reality, and how much is a maize and blue fever dream for Lorenz?  Hopefully a lot of this will be covered in the recruiting post today?

Guys you wish had stuck around longer

Guys you wish had stuck around longer

Submitted by PeteM on May 22nd, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I was thinking the other day about players that started at Michigan, and, for whatever reason, didn't play 4 years here.

The two that immediately came to mind were David Bowens and Antonio Bass.  I remember thinking when Bowens arrived in the mid-90s he reminded me of the speedy Florida State D linemen that we had so much trouble with in Moeller's first season.  In his freshman season against Miami (NTM) my recollection was that he was absolutely dominant.  I forget what led to his transfer (I believe academics), but would have loved for him to stick around.

I don't recall Antonio Bass playing a lot as a freshman, but do remember some crucial runs subbing in for Henne while operating out of the shotgun.  It seemed like he was good for an almost automatic 5-10 yards in those situations.  I assume that with Henne in place he would have played receiver but for his knee injury, but it felt like he also could have been a dual threat QB pre-Denard.

Finally, and this doesn't quite qualify since it involves a coach rather than a player, but I've long wondered how Michigan's football fortunes in the 1950s would have been different if Fritz Crisler had spent another 5-10 years on the sidelines (he was only 48 or 49 when he retired).  His last team won the national championship, and in his last five years he had 2 Big Ten champions and 3 2nd place finishes.  His tenure always seemed too short to me.

Could UM become CB U? (again?)

Could UM become CB U? (again?)

Submitted by BlueKoj on May 22nd, 2014 at 10:51 AM
 

Five-star cornerback Iman Marshall is friends with Freddy Canteen and is very likely to OV to #Michigan (VIP): http://michigan.247sports.com/Board/59424/Contents/Victors-Vault-522-28764473 

 
Apologies for the embed fail...I will endeavor to be better.
 
EDIT: Sorta interesting...
Since1998 Ty Law, CW and Leon Hall were named All-Pro* CBs a total of 10 times

Only FSU has had 3 CBs named during that time (Deion, Rolle, Cromartie) total 4 times

GA had 8 (Bailey, Jennings), VA 5 (Barber), CA 5 (O'Neal, Asomugha), UL 5 (Buchanan, Madison)

* All Pro = 1st or 2nd team AP, Sporting News or NFL Writers...

Jon Runyan Jr ranking move (star-gazers beware)

Jon Runyan Jr ranking move (star-gazers beware)

Submitted by BlueKoj on May 22nd, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Scout and 247 have adjusted his ranking. I'm not worried about this, and I assume it is related more to others "moving up" than Runyan having issues. He now appears to have lost his top-300 and 4* ranking on Scout and I think he moved from an 85 to an 81 (dropping 90ish spots nationally).

Just curious...Did he camp somewhere recently, or is this just relative fluctuation based on others jumping him?

Shaun Crawford tells Helmholdt he remains Michigan Commit

Shaun Crawford tells Helmholdt he remains Michigan Commit

Submitted by Space Coyote on May 22nd, 2014 at 8:16 AM

It's unclear to me if Crawford or his father have yet to talk to Hoke as they were intended to, but this came out last night:

 

Shaun Crawford told @JoshHelmholdt he remains a Michigan commitment: http://t.co/GYwM8uxxVo

— Michael Spath (@Spath_Wolverine) May 22, 2014

Now obviously that still doesn't mean he'll end up in the class, and the tweet alone doesn't indicate if Michigan feels the same way, however, it hopefully gets people to get off of his back for a little while and let him make his decision to hopefully stay with Michigan.

One of the biggest problems I have with decommits is the way fans push them out the door, as if saying rude things about a player either directly or indirectly is going to help Michigan recruit better. It doesn't.

Support the kid's decision one way or another. You don't have to be happy about it if he doesn't pick Michigan, and you should be very happy about it if he does, but for these kids and these coaches, this isn't equivalent to the reality of "Real Housewives" for men. This is actually reality. So support him regardless, and maybe he'll feel more comfortable reaffirming his 100% commitment to Michigan after his visits.

Also, if with a grain of salt, this is good news. Sure, you can still bask in the bad news of the whole situation, or you guys can actually take some good with the bad.

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I'll also add:

 

Sprinter Shaun Crawford of @sehsathletics suspended for 3 days, ineligible for 3 track events throughout postseason http://t.co/LZPD3nLyX5

— Joe Noga (@JoeNogaCLE) May 21, 2014

This does not give you a right to bash the kid. This is an additional fact of something that has happened, but you don't know the circumstances around it. I've already seen people on twitter say some stupid things. Don't be one of those people. Likely, this is some sort of minor discipline issue, not a reflection of grades, violent behavior, or things fans for some reason want to say about potential rivals (otherwise he would be suspended for all track events, not just three of them). If anything, I give Crawford's track coach a lot of credit for this, he won't run in the 100m or 200m, events Crawford finished as one of the tops in the state last year.

Pac-12, Big Ten Commissioners Discuss Autonomy

Pac-12, Big Ten Commissioners Discuss Autonomy

Submitted by sadeto on May 21st, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney spoke about the major conference autonomy movement during a press conference for the new bowl game to be held at the 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara, another opportunity for the Big Ten to lose a postseason game in California: 

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/05/21/sports/ncaafootball/ap-fbc-p…

I hadn't realized the Pac-12 university presidents sent a letter on Tuesday to the presidents of the other major conference universities. The movement to sidestep the NCAA is gaining traction.