ACE: Taylor McNamara Considering Michigan Visit

ACE: Taylor McNamara Considering Michigan Visit

Submitted by Ace on November 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Taylor McNamara, a four-star TE to Rivals, ESPN, and 247 (and a three-star to Scout) just sent out this tweet:

@taylormcnamara1 Taylor McNamara
Considering canceling an official and taking one to #Michigan...

That would obviously be huge for Michigan, and would fill the void left by Pharaoh Brown's decommit/parting of ways. He's already taken visits to Colorado, Notre Dame, and Washington, and has scheduled visits to Oklahoma and Cal over the next month. This is one to keep a close eye on.

[EDIT: I should note that McNamara is currently a very soft commit to Arizona, but it really looks like he'll be heading elsewhere. I don't think the hiring of Rich Rodriguez will change that.]

ESPN has Michigan as a Breakout in 2012

ESPN has Michigan as a Breakout in 2012

Submitted by Ziff72 on November 23rd, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I know there are a lot of  bad articles submitted everyday, but I need to submit this as a finalist as the worst article of the year.   I saw the headline and was intrigued and even more so when I saw Michigan on there.   "2012 Breakout Teams- Michigan"

The article highlights

1. The spread is a gimmick and Michigan doesn't need it

2. Hoke is recruiting like a mother in the trenches

3. The schedule is tough in 2012.

Let's analyze.

1. We can and have debated the merits of #1 forever, but the fact is we still run it 70-80% of the time and will probably continue to do so in 2012.

2. Yes, but this will have little impact in 2012 and in fact we will be weakened in 2012 losing Martin, RVB and Molk which he doesn't mention

3. Yes, which is why we probably won't break out in 2012


Not sure if an intern cut and pasted an incorrect title and headline or the editor cut out all of Huards "insight", but this is comically bad.

I mean talk about Denards progress with Borges, Toussiant, 4 of 5 lineman returning, back 7 on defense, Mattison.  You can at least make a decent argument on while we could be good next year, but his article is basically telling us why to have hope for a 2014 break out year.

Complete Debacle

I just cut out the Mich part

"Michigan's goal is to get bigger and more physical at four spots -- offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and wide receiver," says Luginbill. "They have really loaded up at the linebacker and defensive front spots. They want to have a Stanford- or Alabama-like mentality when it comes to physicality." The Wolverines currently have ESPN's sixth-ranked class.

A brutal schedule looms for the Wolverines in 2012: Alabama in Arlington, Texas, to open the season, and road games against Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State. However, Hoke can build some very positive momentum for next season if his team can beat the Buckeyes this weekend and earn a BCS at-large bid. As good as that accomplishment would be, bigger and better things await Michigan in 2012. 

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OT: Authorities Looking Into Hawaii FB Point Shaving

OT: Authorities Looking Into Hawaii FB Point Shaving

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on November 23rd, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The Associated Press reports

An anonymous letter has raised allegations that University of Hawaii football players are involved in a point-shaving scheme, but police said Tuesday that they don't have enough information to launch an investigation.

University President M.R.C. Greenwood said in a statement that the admissions office received an anonymous letter Nov. 3 that accused unnamed players of intentionally playing poorly to affect the final score as part of a gambling scheme. Officials immediately alerted Honolulu police and the NCAA, the statement said.

The WWL chimes in to note:

NCAA has been in contact with Hawaii since early November regarding point-shaving allegations


Semi-OT: Help with Youtube Playlists for Michigan Videos

Semi-OT: Help with Youtube Playlists for Michigan Videos

Submitted by MGoPietrowski on November 23rd, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Many of you know of the legendary MGOBLOGGER known as WolverineHistorian. Many of you have watched his video recaps on the youtubez and basked in moments of Michigans great history. I spent a good chunk the other day organizing all of his (and a few other game recaps by others) into playlists, by the year, in order of games played throughout the season, with the extracurricular videos at the end. (1997 took me a good 45 minutes.) 

I've got all of the playlists set up and ready to go on my Apple TV at home, but I wanted to share the playlists with you. Here is the problem, i can't seem to find a way to access my playlists as a guest on my youtube channel. In essence, I don't know what I can do to post them to where you can find them. I know that it will be mid April before we know it, and we'll all be going through football withdrawl. I'm stoked to be able to go back and watch past whole and partial seasons, but want you guys to have access too.

Anybody know how I can make these playlists available, findable, accessable, etc.?

I'm not trying to steal WH's thunder. He did all of the work, and great work at that. I am simply OCD and wanted to get the videos in order for my own purposes.

Let me know how I can do this.



Is Spygate Legal in NCAA

Is Spygate Legal in NCAA

Submitted by Ziff72 on November 23rd, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I have heard some chatter recently about stealing play signs in some various things I have read.   Just curious if anyone knows if this kinda thing is considered honorable/legal in college football.

Personally I have no problem with it and think it's all fair game.   I just don't hear about it talked about much in college where you would think it would be more common considering the lunacy of the rivalry games.  You would think coaches would look for any advantage and even if it wasn't true there would be more conspiracy stories/rumors out there.


Scouting: OSU vs Purdue game notes

Scouting: OSU vs Purdue game notes

Submitted by SFBayAreaBlue on November 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 AM

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Know your enemy

Not much time this week, but I wanted to put up some plays from the OSU games, Neb game wrap will come out during the down time before the bowl game.  Win or lose vs TSIO, revisiting the beatdown will be something fun to do in a week or so. 

Unbalanced I-Form

OSU used a lot of unbalanced sets against Purdue, so our CB's have to be ready for it and talk to the LB's so that we can get properly aligned. 


On this play, the boilers are in man coverage so when the TE flops, the OLB goes with him. This means the the DE no longer has contain so both he and the DT on that side shift down a gap. The OLB needs to be aware that his man is now ineligible to go downfield, so he doesn't have any coverage responsibilities, or he's got backs coming out of the backfield. 


Purdue is betting against Miller's passing game and has 8 in the box, 9 if you count that CB who is kind of playing center field on the backside. The two receivers are man'd up by the CB and FS


OSU continues to have problems identifying who to block with their zone scheme.  Both the split end and the LG completely whiff leaving the two frontside LB's unblocked. 


There is a danger of a playaction rollout on this play.  If that safety is so far off of the split end, there's a lot of room for him to do a post deep cross, so it's important for the backside DE to keep contain and respect Miller on a rollout. 


With the missed block, this is an easy TFL for purdue, but their frontside defenders have also beaten their blockers since they maintained outside leverage and the LB forced the RB to bounce. 


On this play we've got the same formation, but it's flipped.  Again, Purdue is selling out against the run.  They're showing 9 in the box as that CB is faking a blitz, but he steps back and is in man coverage with the split end.  Again, the TE is inelligible, so guy #5 up there has contain on the strong side and guy #1 has contain on the weakside. 


Again, there's a real danger for playaction on that post or crossing route.  The SAM backer has to get into a pass drop if he reads pass blocking from the linemen.  This play turns into a lead draw, so he's okay, but he's in a tough position because he has to help in coverage and watch for the cutback once he sees that the action is going weakside. Fortunately for Purude, the DE beats his block and the FB fails to pick him up. 


So this results in another TFL, but if that SAM evacuates his area too quickly, there's going to be a huge cutback lane.  

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Urban Meyer Thread -- Wednesday, 23 Nov

Urban Meyer Thread -- Wednesday, 23 Nov

Submitted by markusr2007 on November 23rd, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Urban Meyer quoted by ESPN 12/23:

I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place. I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.

Of course, this is Urban's secret code language for "I've called up Hernia Movers and they'll be at my front door on Monday."

Yet Central Ohio News confirms Meyer has accepted job:…

Mod Edit: We're going to do the thread consolidation thing again. This is your Urban Meyer thread for today. The only additional threads allowed are seriously new news. If a reliable news source (not Joe Schaad, Deadspin, or Sports by Brooks) says there will be an official announcement, then create a new thread. [zl]