Gene Smith: "Strong likelihood" of Michigan & ohio being in same division

Gene Smith: "Strong likelihood" of Michigan & ohio being in same division

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on February 18th, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Looks like all the talk of there being East & West is going to be the case.


I asked AD Gene Smith likelihood of #Buckeyes and #Wolverinesbeing in same division- "Strong likelihood"

Michigan offers [greyshirt] DT Brady Pallante. Per Tremendous: very likely on the verge of adding a new commitment

Michigan offers [greyshirt] DT Brady Pallante. Per Tremendous: very likely on the verge of adding a new commitment

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on February 17th, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Steve from Tremendous (and now 247) just posted an article on a new offer Brady Pallante.


#Michigan is very likely on the verge of adding another member to the program (VIP):…

— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) February 18, 2013

He's an under the radar recruit at the moment, and it doesn't look like he has any offers at the moment.  I'll trust the coaches on this one, especially with their familiarity with d-linemen.

The article can be read here (half paywalled, half open).


Edit 1: Hat tip to icefins26 and THE INCREDIBLE HOKE, in pointing out that this may be a greyshirt scenario, at least according to this earlier (but deleted) tweet from Tremendous.

@TremendousUM: Barron Collier (FL) DT Brady Pallante has been offered a greyshirt scholarship by #Michigan. Story upcoming.

I guess we'll have to wait and see to tell whether this is a normal scholarship offer or not.

Edit 2: H/T to detrocks on the WolverineNation article (link here).  The story confirms that he is in fact a greyshirt offer, and not a standard offer.

Uh-oh. #27 is taken??

Uh-oh. #27 is taken??

Submitted by Decatur Jack on February 16th, 2013 at 10:27 PM

There seems to be a slight problem in the Michigan roster.

Derrick Green wore #27 in high school and cites Eddie George (who also wore #27) as his favorite player. When Green committed, he had a #27 jersey on the wall behind the projector screen.

Slight problem: walk-on wide receiver Jonathan Keizer has a claim to #27, according to

So, what number does Derrick Green wear? I hope this doesn't become a big problem. We were able to get Pipkins to wear #56 like he wanted. Hopefully we can do the same here.

Any thoughts?


After doing some research, I've found that you can have duplicate numbers on a roster, but not on the same side of the ball. This is why #27 LB Mike Jones (who is a scholarship athlete) would not have to forfeit his number and is irrelevant to this discussion.

If you look at Michigan's roster, there are no duplicate numbers on offense. There is no evidence to suggest that, as some posited, two players can have the same numbers on offense as long as one stays off the field. I don't where you guys found that rule, but I'd be curious to see it.

I also found that, despite Hoke's statement that he treats all the players equally ("our 115 sons"), scholarship athletes always get preference to walk-ons. The most likely scenario here is that Keizer would be reassigned a number and Green would wear #27.

I had hoped that this thread would become a discussion about what numbers Green could possibly wear instead of #27 in the event that Hoke decides to let Keizer keep the number (a definite possibility, and don't be surprised if you see it happen).

Instead, this largely became a ridiculing of the original post's premise, whether or not player numbers need to be discussed on the board, and the implication that Green might transfer if not granted #27 (which is fine, mea culpa on that last one).

Scouting Report: Da'Shawn Hand

Scouting Report: Da'Shawn Hand

Submitted by Magnus on February 16th, 2013 at 10:23 AM

As I go through the positions for scouting reports each week, I reached defensive end . . . and I figured I would start off the DE position with everyone's favorite recruit, Da'Shawn Hand.  Since Michigan is in his top five, he's a legitimate player for Michigan fans to follow.  It's hard to imagine anyone beating him out for the #1 spot in 2014.  The kid is a beast, and he supposedly spent quite a bit of time playing nose guard because that's where his team needed him, so he's versatile and a team-first guy.…

OT: woman pulled over because OHIO sticker looks like drug symbol

OT: woman pulled over because OHIO sticker looks like drug symbol

Submitted by team126 on February 15th, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Jonas-Boggioni and her husband, Giorgio Boggioni, 66, of Plano, Texas, were driving home through Tennessee from Columbus, Ohio, where they had attended a funeral for Jonas-Boggioni's mother.

The two were pulled over a few miles east of Memphis, along I-40, and were greeted by a pair of black SUVs containing officers wearing "body armor and guns," Jonas-Boggioni told Joe Blundo of The Columbus Dispatch.

"What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?" one of the officers asked.




Michael Ferns and #Project135

Michael Ferns and #Project135

Submitted by Son of Lloyd Brady on February 15th, 2013 at 7:02 PM


The speculation is over as Micheal Ferns has revealed the news everyone was speculating about yesterday. It may have been blown out of proportion by unrealistic expectations but still a pretty cool idea IMO.

The colors look a little off because of my camera, trust me when they’re right on

10:54 PM - 15 Feb 13 from Richland, OH, United States
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OT: Help former player with his research project

OT: Help former player with his research project

Submitted by notYOURmom on February 15th, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hello mgbloggers:

I have in my research class a former Wolverine football player who is doing a project on fan reactions to alternative uniforms.  Could you help him by answering a few questions on this wikisurvey?  The wikisurvey format asks you to choose between two alternative statements based on which you agree with more strongly.  You can answer as many or as few questions as you like, and quit anytime you tire of the task.  Click the link below.

He writes:

Michigan football fans and players, you are welcome to answer as few or as many questions as you would like, and quit anytime. The purpose of this survey is to gain insight as to your preferences for the alternate jerseys that we have used for the Outback Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Under the Lights game, Alabama game, and the MSU away game.


He does not have enough points to start a thread himself; thanks for helping him!


Edited to add:  the survey engine keeps putting up pairs until you decide you are ready to stop - it doesn't have a fixed number of questions and will not ever tell you "that's all folks".  So just stop anytime BEFORE you are feeling like you've done too much.  

Gopher student section very audible "F*ck Bo Ryan" chant, most despised?

Gopher student section very audible "F*ck Bo Ryan" chant, most despised?

Submitted by iawolve on February 15th, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I was watching Wisc gag away their game last night wondering how in the hell this same team shot so well against us while going something like 11 minutes without a FG in the second half when I heard a very audible "F*ck Bo Ryan" chant coming from the what I assume was the student section in The Barn. Admittedly, it is kind of catchy, easy to dance to and was pretty clearly heard so I assume there were many, many people participating. 

This got me to thinking. It takes a special kind of coach to get the opposing fans worked up enough for a large scale eff-you chant. I can't imagine Beilein getting the same treatment or Matta or basically the rest of the B1G coaches (maybe Izzo, not sure), but Ryan obviously got the Gopher fans going, is not popular on this board and was ranked most hated bball coach in an informal poll of some fans for other B1G teams.

Would you put Ryan as most hated bball coach? Who ranks right behind him?