OT: Bielema's hand written note to Arkansas AD in Sept re: Petrino

OT: Bielema's hand written note to Arkansas AD in Sept re: Petrino

Submitted by iawolve on December 11th, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I guess this is on the up and up, but it seems strange unless Ark AD Jeff Long and Bret have known each other for a while. I am not sure on that one. I can't imagine Hoke sending a similar note or even considering that fact he should send a note to an AD in a different conference who has fired a coach. FWIW, Long mentioned the note when he annouced Bielema as the HC so it clearly had an impact on him getting a new job.

 

http://www.arkansasexpats.com/2012/12/10/3751908/bielema-note-to-jeff-l…

 

OT: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore declares for NFL Draft

OT: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore declares for NFL Draft

Submitted by Dilla Dude on December 10th, 2012 at 5:11 PM

 

@ESPNStatsInfo  "Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft. He leaves South Carolina as the school's career leader in total TD and rushing TD."

 
If true, this is great news. Coming back from a horrific injury to try and make the jump to the NFL was quite the surprise. Using the NFL team doctors to speed up the recovery is a pretty smart idea. You'd think a team would have to take a chance with a player like him, right?

OSU's Johnathan Hankins to Leave for NFL (Now With More Comments!)

OSU's Johnathan Hankins to Leave for NFL (Now With More Comments!)

Submitted by Everyone Murders on December 10th, 2012 at 4:29 PM

All Big Ten DT Johnathan Hankins is forgoing his senior year at OSU and entering the draft.  Smart move from a guy I won't miss seeing at The Game one little bit next year.  I think he'll do well at the next level and sticking around another year would not have raised his stock significantly.

While the earlier post of this got locked down for obvious reasons, it's still board-worthy news.  Comment away!

http://m.nfl.com/news/0ap1000000109225/jonathan-hankins-announces-intention-to-apply-to-nfl-draft/

Sagarin Based Bowl Pick'Em Sheet

Sagarin Based Bowl Pick'Em Sheet

Submitted by club_med on December 10th, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Sometime a couple of years ago, someone on the board created a Bowl Pick'em spreadsheet that used Sagarin ratings to create a "Watchability index" that looked for games where Sagarin predicted close games and used this budget his time over the holidays, and also to help him pick winners. I haven't seen anyone post this yet this year, so I figured I'd go ahead and make one up. 

Here is a link to the spreadsheet. It is setup to work with the Yahoo Sports system, so the games are sorted in order of most confident picks (Arizona State over Navy) to least confident (Northwestern of Mississippi State). There's a "PREDICTOR Pick" column which indicates which team the PREDICTOR model would pick to win the game (Sagarin regards PREDICTOR as the best model of game outcomes). If you prefer, you can also pick by RATING and ELO_CHESS differences using the appropriate columns in the sheet. Enjoy.

OT - Ravens fire OC Cam Cameron - gutsy move?

OT - Ravens fire OC Cam Cameron - gutsy move?

Submitted by trueblue262 on December 10th, 2012 at 3:20 PM

John Harbaugh let Cam Cameron go with 3 weeks left in regular season. Isn't this kind of an odd time to fire a coordinator? I can see if you are out of the hunt for playoffs, but they are in 1st place.

Being that he has ties to Michigan, I think its fair to discuss if he would fit on Hokes staff at any capacity. I know we don't have an opening, but we can still discuss it.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8732341/baltimore-ravens-fire-cam-cameron-tab-jim-caldwell 

 

Rivals Headline Re Derrick Green (Good)

Rivals Headline Re Derrick Green (Good)

Submitted by jbibiza on December 10th, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The front page headline on Rivals: "Green says Michigan has the edge."

Sam Webb has been saying that we are the team to beat for sometime, but this is the first time that Green has confirmed that status.  We can definitely use both him and Deveon Smith to bolster a shaky RB situation (especially if Fitz cannot come back to full strength).

ESPN.com College Bowl Mania Group for MGoBloggers

ESPN.com College Bowl Mania Group for MGoBloggers

Submitted by BeatOSU52 on December 9th, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I created a private group on espn.com for all of us to join and compete for bowl game selecting bragging rights.   We will use the confidence point system, as 35 will be your most confident pick and 1 the least confident.  First games start Saturday, December 15, and so please have your picks in by then. 

The name of the group is called "MGoBloggers" and the password is "bighouse" (direct link below).  Please use your MGoBlog username as your entry name so we know who is who.

http://games.espn.go.com/college-bowl-mania/en/group?groupID=20228&entryID=275877

If you don't have an ESPN SN, get one!...it's easy.

Good luck!

 

EDIT (please note):Please note there is a rolling lock feature on this in which I have ZERO control over, meaning people can change their picks for any of the games yet to be played (before kickoff obviously).  Again, this a feature that is mandatory to use for on espn.com that don't have the option to eliminate.