52% of PSU households call NCAA sanctions too severe

52% of PSU households call NCAA sanctions too severe

Submitted by BlueinDC on August 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 AM



A Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll found that over half of Pennsylvania households that include either a Penn State graduate or a member of the family who attends the school believe the NCAA sanctions against the school are too severe.
Fifty-two percent of PA households affiliated with the university said the penalties against the school were too severe. Thirty-two percent of Penn State households said the penalties were appropriate, while 12 percent said they weren't severe enough.
(As a point of reference, a "Penn State household" was defined for the purposes of this survey as individuals from a household that said that they, or anyone in their family, had graduated from Penn State -- or, alternatively, anyone who said an individual in their family was currently attending the school. Twenty-four percent of Pennsylvanians said they or someone in their family had graduated from PSU; 6 percent of respondents said a member of their family was currently attending Penn State.)
Overall, 44 percent of all Pennsylvania adults called the penalties too severe, versus 33 percent who call the sanctions appropriate, and 14 percent who call them insufficient.
Among Pennsylvanians who have children under the age of 18, 41 percent called the NCAA sanctions appropriate, 40 percent called them too severe and 13 percent said they were not enough.

Green names top 6

Green names top 6

Submitted by seegoblu on August 2nd, 2012 at 9:36 AM
From another site, pay walled, Derrick Green is down to six schools. "In no order they are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Ole Miss and Oregon," said the 6-foot, 225-pounder. "Oregon is my wildcard team. I've never been out there but I want to keep them in the mix."

OT: Chance Stewart commits to Wisconsin

OT: Chance Stewart commits to Wisconsin

Submitted by detrocks on August 2nd, 2012 at 9:28 AM

According to Steve Wilfong, Chance Stewart just committed to Wisconsin.  Stewart is a four-star quarterback from Sturgis (MI) in the 2014 class.     It appeared that he was one of the guys in the running for a Michigan offer along with Kizer, Key, Henderson and others.    

Hopkins and Houma as Hester

Hopkins and Houma as Hester

Submitted by JeepinBen on August 1st, 2012 at 9:52 PM

No, not this one 

This one

Much has been made of the fact that we once again have a 3-Deep of fullbacks – including 2 on scholarship. They’ve been discussed often as ‘fullbackian fullbacks who fullback in fullbackian ways’ or something similar, but I think that Borges has more plans for these guys than just being a “classic” Michigan fullback. To break it down simply, there are 2 schools of fullbacks: The 6’ 240lb linebacker-meeters like this guy

- great fullback name or greatest fullback name?

and the West-Coast Fullback.

Now the 1st type of fullback has one job and one job only – lead blocker. Out of the I he hits the hole before the running back and takes out the first defender he sees.

This type of fullback often drove many including the fearless leader Brian and myself to anger when we would line up in an I, the fullback would shuffle-shuffle-shuffle one direction and totally tell the defense where the run was going.


(14 seconds in. It worked, but it was Purdue)

I don’t believe that’s what we’ll be getting with Borges. I believe that Borges will be asking a lot more of his fullbacks, he actually already has. In the same vein, Hopkins is a converted RB who has handled the ball a lot and Houma is a triple-option FB who rushed for a ton of yards in high school. Also I think the best corollary to what we’ll see from our fullbacks in the future (Hopkins and Houma) is how Jacob Hester has been used, both at LSU and on the Chargers.

We’ve seen that Borges treats the fullback as a receiver (5:58 of the clip below. Thanks to SC Wolverine for finding it)

We saw often that Borges isn’t afraid to line up in a heavy I, split out the tailback, and hand it to the fullback on a dive. Sometimes with great, sometimes with terrible – THEN GREAT – results.

(See 4:59. Hell, just watch it all again in all its glory)

Doing this like 5 times in goal line situations of course lead to easy rollout Denard TDs on a fake dive as well.

Jacob Hester is listed (now, as a 5year pro) at 5'11”  235#. The new weights from B1G media days list Hopkins at 235# and Houma at 221#. Looking at some clips of Hester Highlights from the Chargers we see a couple of designed fullback pass plays:

Let’s hope we get a lot of those TDs from Hopkins and Houma going forward. 

Michigan vs SDSU 2004 Highlights- Hart's Breakout Game

Michigan vs SDSU 2004 Highlights- Hart's Breakout Game

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 1st, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Finally. After all of these years of trying to find highlights online, and bugging people to upload them if they had them. I finally got a DVD copy of this game. This was a close call and an ugly win. But this game had a lot of historic things to it.

Braylon Edwards broke Marquise Walker's career record for receptions (but he fumbled after he caught it). This was the game where Mike Hart was "noticed". His first career start. This was also the first game that I attended with a group of friends that still go with to this day.

The broadcast was from ESPN with the Beckmann & Brandstatter WJR radio broadcast playing over it. It may be a little a faster than the video in the beginning for some reason.

Check out the cheap shot on Henne by that SDSU dirtbag at 15:06.


EJ Levenberry Jr. possible de-commitment

EJ Levenberry Jr. possible de-commitment

Submitted by robbyt003 on August 1st, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Per Tremendous - 

Add another name into the bag. Per a couple tweets by Mike Farrell at Rivals, it sounds like LB EJ Levenberry Jr. wants to re-open his recruitment. I don't think he's officially de-committed from FSU, but it sounds like he is having second thoughts for sure and plans to visit Michigan. We had a good rapport with EJ during his recruitment, so I may be able to get to the bottom of what's going on.

Well this should be interesting....

edit - Here's the link to Rivals regarding the situation.


Right now I have to say my son made the right decision in choosing Jimbo
and FSU but that Michigan degree and Greg Mattison's relationship with 
my son are hard to resist.

edit 2 - 

 Mike Farrell ‏@rivalsmike

And just like that #Michigan pulls out of the Levenberry race unless they lose a commit per levenberry's father

Sandusky Speaks Out and Minor Penn State News

Sandusky Speaks Out and Minor Penn State News

Submitted by justingoblue on August 1st, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Jerry Sandusky has been quoted by his lawyer as saying that even if we are to believe he's guilty, the thought of a cover-up orchestrated by Spainer, Schultz, Curley and Paterno is "ridiculous". Apparently he's very upset with the sanctions and professes his love of Penn State through his lawyer. His attorney believes sentencing will happen in September, and reports that Sandusky is preparing a letter to read into the court record. Also, Sandusky is hoping for another trial or another opportunity for "the truth" to come out.

In the minor Penn State news portion of this post, former US Senator George Mitchell has been appointed Athletics Integrity Monitor within their AD, and will submit four reports annually for five years to the Board of Trustees, NCAA and Big Ten. Mitchell is famous for his report on steroid usage in baseball.


From our Sponsors: Away Game Travel Package Deal (Tickets, Transport, Hotel)

From our Sponsors: Away Game Travel Package Deal (Tickets, Transport, Hotel)

Submitted by Seth on August 1st, 2012 at 2:56 PM

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