Denard skipping 2 days of Minicamp to graduate

Denard skipping 2 days of Minicamp to graduate

Submitted by canzior on May 3rd, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Title says it all.  Denard will attend minicamp today in Jacksonville, today, then will head to Ann Arbor for graduation tomorrow.  Gotta love this kid, even though it's no surprise. 

Will miss him in A2

Football Outsiders projects Michigan to finish 7-5 in 2013

Football Outsiders projects Michigan to finish 7-5 in 2013

Submitted by Leaders And Best on May 3rd, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Football Outsiders did a preliminary projection and simulation of the 2013 Big Ten Standings today. They projected Michigan to most likely finish 7-5 and 4th in the Legends Division with a potential win range between 5-7 and 9-3. I was pretty surprised by this as usually Football Outsiders models are some of the better ones in football. Article is ESPN Insider ($):

4. Michigan Wolverines

Projected finish: 7-5
Win total range: 5-7 to 9-3
Chance to win Big Ten: 1 percent

This projection model isn't too kind to the Wolverines, a program with an elite historical tradition but one that is still seeking its identity in the Brady Hoke era. The offense was prolific in spots under quarterback Devin Gardner after he took the reins midseason, but there is youth along the offensive line that will probably keep Michigan from being a contender. If the Wolverines can help themselves on defense and special teams, it can ease the burden. But Michigan started twice as many drives from inside its own 20-yard line (24 percent) as its opponents (12 percent) and lost the field position battle eight times, including in four of its five losses.

OT - Roy Roundtree signed by Bengals

OT - Roy Roundtree signed by Bengals

Submitted by rpel84 on May 3rd, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I didn't see this posted on here.  I'm excited for Roy.  After coaching against him in High School then watching him play for us and being fiends with his cousins. I was excited to see him come home to the Bengals.  Congrats Roy you will be great.  Bengals are defiantly in need of a few quality receivers.  Wish we could have gotten Denard too !

How many M FB games have you been to/favorite section to sit in?

How many M FB games have you been to/favorite section to sit in?

Submitted by DISCUSS Man on May 3rd, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Just generating a little friday discussion since it's been a slow couple of days (though in most cases, no news is good news).

I have been to the following-


1995 vs Purdue
1997 vs Notre Dame
1997 vs Ohio
1998 vs Syracuse
1999 vs Ohio
2000 vs State
2002 vs State
Entire 2003-2006 seasons
2007 vs Notre Dame
2007 vs Minnesota
Entire 2009-2010 seasons
2011 vs EMU
2011 vs Purdue
Entire 2012 season
Spring games 2006-2013
My first game was quite something to remember. 5-0 and was probably one of the 5K that stayed through that snow and rain storm. I don't have season tickets yet, but I've been on the waiting list for a couple years. I get my tickets through a vendor at my work. But typically the tickets I get are in Section 20.

NCAA Suspends Rule Change for Football Recruiting

NCAA Suspends Rule Change for Football Recruiting

Submitted by Bo_Knows on May 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 PM

NCAA board of directors has decided to suspend the recent changes to football recruiting (rule changes related to unlimited text messages, printed materials, and unlimited contact.) (LINK)


The details are highlighted below:

At its meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday, the board adopted the March recommendations of the Rules Working Group after several of the proposals, designed to create a more meaningful and enforceable NCAA rule book, were met with widespread criticism by the college and high school coaching communities.

In March, Proposal 13-3 received more than 75 override requests from NCAA membership, mandating a review by the board.

Also suspended:

• The remainder of Proposal 13-3, which would have allowed for unlimited contact initiated by college coaches to recruits.

• Proposal 11-2, which called for the elimination of the requirement that only a head coach or assistant coach could perform the functions of a recruiting coordinator.

• Proposal 13-5-A, which would have removed restrictions on printed materials mailed to prospects.

The decisions Thursday do not affect basketball.

Personally, I think this is great - for the recruits and their family, and recruiting in general.  It would have been insane for both coaching staffs, recruits, high school coaches, and the NCAA to monitor/enforce. 

fergodsakes, 75 schools opposed to rule change. 

Devin Gardner putting in work this offseason

Devin Gardner putting in work this offseason

Submitted by Leaders And Best on May 2nd, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Looks like Devin Gardner went to work with QB coach George Whitfield:

George Whitfield Jr. @georgewhitfield 3m

The Devin Gardner Project is up & runnin'! The new #Michigan leading man has been awesome! #nitro @dg1two #explosive


Nice column this afternoon: Webb on Peppers & his Michigan Visit

Nice column this afternoon: Webb on Peppers & his Michigan Visit

Submitted by StephenRKass on May 2nd, 2013 at 3:03 PM

There's a nice column by Sam Webb in the Detroit News this afternoon about Jabrill Peppers and his visit to Michigan.

(Michigan scores big on visit from five star CB  Jabrill Peppers.)  LINK:

In brief, his visit went very, very, well, and put Michigan up.

"Everything (on the visit) caught me by surprise," admitted Peppers. "It is no secret that I grew up a Michigan fan. Obviously I had high hopes for the visit, but they clearly exceeded those. I was just like, 'Wow.' I don't want to give too much away (laughter), but it was a good visit."

It wasn't a red-carpet treatment that allowed Brady Hoke and Co. to set the visit standard by which others are now being measured. Turns out, it was exact opposite. "Real recognize real," Peppers said matter-of-factly. "That's the shortest and sweetest way you can say it. Real recognize real. They didn't put on a show. Basically who they are — they remind me of my coaches right now. That's how comfortable we felt there.

Jabrill is also very positive on Mattison. He says:

"I love the way Coach Greg Mattison uses his corners and his scheme. It absolutely fits into my style of play — aggressive (and) fearless. He wants his corners to be fearless. If he wants you to go lockup on an island, you had better lockup on that island. If he wants you to come off the edge, you better come off the edge ready to bring some pain."

He added: "The players (at Michigan) were as cool as could be. I don't even really know how to explain it. It is just a feeling you get."

Sam has a lot more to say . . . Obv., Peppers is an incredible talent, which everyone agrees with.  It basically comes down to his visit to Stanford.

Question on DB/S Recruiting

Question on DB/S Recruiting

Submitted by Chi-Blue on May 2nd, 2013 at 2:10 PM

So on the Scout/Michigan front page they list an offer going out to 3 star saftey prospect from Florida Quincy Wilson. I know many of us are hopefull/confident about getting Peppers, but what position are we recruiting him for? How many DB's are we taking? Last I saw I thought it was 3 with the hope of . . .

J. Peppers - Safety

P. Westphaul - CB

M. Nicholson - S

Obviously any attrition would change this, does anyone know out DB recruiting situation?

Recalling My First Experiences With MGoCulture

Recalling My First Experiences With MGoCulture

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on May 2nd, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I thought I might share some background on my first experiences with deep dives into MGoCulture, if you will.

It began in the early 1980s on an unassuming street in Northville, and it began with a 1977 Ford Econoline and its owner –both pictured on this page for the University Of Michigan Club Of Greater Northville (LINK). I spent many hours, when I was a wee lad, sitting in this van as it sat in a driveway wondering what it would be like to be at a Michigan game before I actually went to my first one in 1985.

Lou was our next door neighbor, and his daughters babysat me and my sisters quite often, so we spent an awful lot of time at their house. Actually, we even spent mornings before school there once in a while, waiting for the bus, whenever my parents had to go into work especially early. I was in elementary school, and like so many kids in southeast Michigan, I was a Michigan fan, but I suppose at the time that I didn’t know what this meant precisely. Lou knew in meticulous detail, and it still impacts my life to this day.

Most of their house was similar to the colonials around it (including ours). At the time, most of us on the street had not graduated from 1970s décor, so browns and burnt sienna were not uncommon, and linoleum floors ruled the day along with the odd shag carpet. There was one room in that house next door that was an aberration, but a beautiful aberration – the office.

I still remember first stepping into that office and being awestruck – if it had a block “M” on it, or Bo’s likeness (even Bump’s likeness, as Lou went to school mostly during Elliott’s tenure) or if it was simply Michigan-related, it was in there.  There was a board on one wall with dollar bills signed by names as diverse as Dan Dierdorf, Reggie McKenzie, Don Canham and even Bennie Oosterbaan. It was just dollar bills, but also signed photos, a few game balls from different decades, pennants and so on. Even though he likely had better things to do than explain all of these things to me, that is precisely what Lou did – the beginnings of my knowledge of MGoHistory and MGoCulture begin in that office just off the kitchen of the house next door.

Lou taught me “The Victors”, and not just the chorus. He even taught us “The Yellow And The Blue” and even let us attempt to play these songs on the organ in his living room. Actually, when we came over to the house sometimes, we would be quizzed on our MGoKnowledge. He took his self-imposed role as the neighborhood purveyor of all things Michigan quite seriously, and I know he still does even now. When I find myself buying MGoGear and supplying MGoTrivia to my niece and nephew, as well as my kids and my meighbors, I know exactly who I am channeling.

The Michigan flag flew proudly on the flagpole in Lou’s front garden. When the pole was ripped from the ground and thrown into the street by a June 1983 storm, it was actually the first thing that was replaced. Not even nature would prevent Michigan from reigning supreme over Morgan Circle. I watched as he installed the new pole, saying not a word, and at the end of that back-breaking day, in a ceremony to which we were all invited, the new Michigan flag (the old one was never found after the storm) went up with a “Go Blue!” and then some grilled delights on his back porch. He was dedicated to his university, and I think I picked that up as well, for the first thing that goes up every game day is the flag.

I don’t think I ever told him, and maybe I should this season as I walk past Edgewood and Snyder, where he tailgates more often than not, but I credit him primarily with starting me down the path that made me not just a knowledgeable Michigan fan, but a proud alum and MGoFanatic. Indeed, there are times on MGoBlog when, in the middle of a post, I stop to ask myself how Lou would respond.

Like many on this board, I come from a family that has Michigan ties from within as well, but when I think about who inspired this level of fandom and who inspired me to want to be part of that culture, I think of that house next door to ours in Northville and its resident Wolverine.

Thanks, Lou.