Gholston Gone

Gholston Gone

Submitted by Vader on January 3rd, 2013 at 12:58 PM


Breaking News from Spartan Nation: William Gholston Has Informed Mark Dantonio That He Is Entering the 2013 NFL Draft 



Things aren't looking good for MSU next year...

Hearing Cameron Hunt Rumors point toward Michigan...

Hearing Cameron Hunt Rumors point toward Michigan...

Submitted by DrewandBlue on January 3rd, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Does anybody have any new Intel on Cameron Hunt considering switching over from Cal? I know there has been some interest, however I'm hearing twitter is trending "to follow Cameron Hunt, Go Blue! etc..." I'm hearing it's coming from Patrick Kugler and Shane Morris pretty thick.

I wanted to throw it out there to see if somebody had more definitive information. I do not have twitter...

Go Blue


Le'Veon Bell is declaring for the NFL draft

Le'Veon Bell is declaring for the NFL draft

Submitted by FabFiver5 on January 3rd, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Le'Veon Bell met with Mark Dantonio and has decided to declare early for the NFL Draft. Article from MLive is here.

"Upset's not a good word to use, but he (Dantonio) was taken aback a little bit. He thought he had a good chance of Le'Veon coming back."

Hopefully his future NFL team will have a better record against the refs than MSU did this year.

Comments from Michigan Commits at UA practice

Comments from Michigan Commits at UA practice

Submitted by GoBlue21 on January 3rd, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Looks like Derrick Green is being recruited by the coaching staff and several commits...

Shane Morris:

2013 class: “I’m still talking to Derrick Green a lot and I think we’ll get him. (points to Laquon Treadwell sitting next to him) I’m still working on him but I don’t know what his deal is. We would still take him. I know were still recruiting some lineman.” 

Mike McCray:

2013 class: “I’m helping recruit Derrick Green a lot and I think and I feel like we have a great shot at him. I’m also talking to Reon Dawson, my teammate, and I just tell him everything I know about Michigan. It’s going to be close with him but we’ll see.”

David Dawson:

2013 class: “I talk to Derrick Green. He’s really the only one I talk to. I think Michigan has a real good chance.”


There's also comments about the bowl game and other topics as well.

Schools dropping/suing Adidas

Schools dropping/suing Adidas

Submitted by Marcus818 on January 3rd, 2013 at 2:47 AM
I read this article a couple weeks ago and never saw anything about it posted. After reading Brian's uniform complaints and the comments that followed, I figured it should be brought up. It seems Adidas owes factory workers in Asia a few million dollars and Universities are starting to take notice. Washington and Rutgers, who's major sports are with Nike, have dropped Adidas who supply some of their smaller sports. Cornell also has recently dropped Adidas. But the biggest school/contract doing something is Wisconsin. They're actually suing Adidas. Who knows how big this will get or if Michigan will take any action. Unlikely I think, since the contract is worth so much, but hopefully it pushes them away from Adidas when the contract is up in 3 years.

Coach Hoke: The Numbers Thus Far

Coach Hoke: The Numbers Thus Far

Submitted by Swayze Howell Sheen on January 2nd, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Some time back, I created a small diary (click here to see it) which broke down the wins and losses of UM coaches in the modern era. The gist of it was simple: group wins and losses based on the size of the margin of victory or loss, and see what happens.

A few things stood out from that earlier post:

  • Bo's first six years were ridiculous. His teams almost never lost! We'll likely never see a run like that again.
  • Carr and Mo were quite comparable to the rest of Bo's career (excluding those six magical seasons).
  • Carr's (very) slight atrophying was showing up in a few more close wins than what had been the norm.

Although I wanted to wait a few more years to do this, well, boredom set in, and thus again you get the Graph(TM), with Hoke's first two years included:

The Graph

The graph breaks down each year into seven different groups: big wins (by 15 or more), medium wins (by 8-14), close wins (by 7 or less), ties (from when these used to occur), and close, medium, and big losses (the same margins apply).

There is also a summary graph for each coach (again breaking Bo into two groups, the first six years and the rest):

Cutting to the chase, we can observe the following:

  • Hoke has restored one big part of the Michigan Expectation: a large number of relatively easy wins (dark blue part of the bar). Indeed, he already has 13 of these comfortable victories in just two years; RichRod had only 6 in three years.
  • Hoke's current win percentage is in the expected ballpark (around .730, just short of the .750 we saw for Bo after '74, Mo, and Carr).
  • Hoke isn't getting blown out a lot (also unlike the RichRod era, alas); an actual defense helps with this.
  • Hoke's "close win" percentage is more like Carr's; a sign of the times, or a hint at future troubles?

Of course, all of this is quite premature, and the next few years will help us better understand how the Hoke era will likely proceed. And while 8-5 is OK in a given year, it is clearly not OK in the long run (at least, given the expectations we all have from decades of winning). Thus, as Hoke builds the team into his vision of Michigan Football, will he achieve at the level of Coach Carr (five seasons with at least ten wins, including one Mythic National Championship)? Will he continue to win the games we "should" win by large amounts? Will he secure his fair share of Big Ten Championships? Or (dare I hope) will he put together a run unseen since the legendary early days of Bo? Only time will tell. 

My own feelings: having a real defense makes it all possible; stout defense makes most tough games close, and easier games into blowouts. If the offense starts to click, and "Good Borges" becomes the only Borges we see (particularly as the "right" parts are brought in via recruiting), it seems like Hoke is on his way to a successful career at UM. 

What are your thoughts?



Let's all over-analyze things Derrick Green said in his Rivals chat

Let's all over-analyze things Derrick Green said in his Rivals chat

Submitted by Randy Marsh on January 2nd, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Derrick Green had a live chat today at the Army All-American Bowl. UM notes:

  • Michigan has "small" lead
  • Best coaching relationship is with Hoke
  • Says he will still take visits even after committing soon, but just to enjoy the recruiting process
  • The picture with the current commits was both for fun and something to read into

QB Career Rushing Yards since 1971 - Denard #1 with a bullet

QB Career Rushing Yards since 1971 - Denard #1 with a bullet

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on January 2nd, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I went back to 1971 just to see how other Michigan QBs compared in rushing. Denard is certainly one of a kind. The closest player to his stat of QB rushing yards is over 2,300 yards away. I'm not sure we'll ever see his record broken.





Denard Robinson



Rick Leach



Steve Smith



Dennis Franklin



Michael Taylor



B.J. Dickey



Jim Harbaugh



Tate Forcier



Tom Slade



Steven Threet



Nick Sheridan 153 2006-2009

Demetrius Brown



Scott Dreisbach



Drew Henson



Chris Zurbrugg



Brian Griese



John Wangler



Todd Collins



Tom Brady



Elvis Grbac



John Navarre



Chad Henne




DEBUNKED RUMOR: Henry Poggi scheduled to take official to Alabama

DEBUNKED RUMOR: Henry Poggi scheduled to take official to Alabama

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on January 2nd, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Steve Wiltfong@SWiltfong247

#Michigan commit scheduled to take official elsewhere via @247Sports #Wolverines

Paywalled. Let the hand-wringing over "The Policy" recommence.

[Ed-Ace: This was debunked by Tremendous, Sam Webb, and TomVH. So... probably no need to worry, methinks.]