OT: Keep the Bosch family pipeline running

OT: Keep the Bosch family pipeline running

Submitted by team126 on February 23rd, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Still in the excited state of Kyle Bosch's commitment. It is not hard to imagine our RBs will be renamed WBs (walking backs) with Kyle and Kyle and our outstanding OL classes openning opponent's defense for them.

Just crossed over Tom's twitter and saw this lovely picture:

 

pic.twitter.com/U5gvu3a6

 

In addition to appreciate Bosch family's love for Michigan, don't you guys notice the few big bodied boys on second row? I bet Hoke is working on some verbal offers already for 2019/2020 classes.

 

Eleven Warriors analyzes why RR & Spread failed at Michigan

Eleven Warriors analyzes why RR & Spread failed at Michigan

Submitted by StephenRKass on February 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 AM

(Note:  I struggled with whether or not to title this OT in the subject line. However, it is about Michigan, and Ohio, so I didn't go "OT," even though it is yet another RR rehash.)

Over at Eleven Warriors, their current headline article is (link:) The Spread in the Big Ten:  Why Did Rich Rod Fail at Michigan? This is a followup to an earlier 11W column on Meyer's Spread Failures. I am posting this NOT so there can be another discussion / flamewar about RR & "what went wrong" with lots of hand wringing and readers lining up for or against RR & the Spread. As mentioned here many times, "No Moar RR!!" Rather, I find it interesting that Ohio is looking at this, and wondering what Meyer will bring with the spread. They clearly are curious, and trying to ascertain what to expect in Ohio's future.

FTR, the writer (Fulton) suggests that RR's failure was due to not adapting the spread beyond it's origins. I disagree, and so do many of the 11W readers. RR's offense was doing well by 2010, and would likely have improved in 2011. The major problems, as every mgoblog reader already knows, were:

  • The defense (Schafer, Gerg, RR meddling, lack of bringing Casteel with him from WVa.)
  • The special teams.
  • Lack of institutional support. (Carr et al, not paying enough to bring in Casteel.)
  • RR's failure to fully understand and embrace Michigan culture (including Ohio rivalry.)
  • RR's failure at diplomacy (Josh Groban, anyone?)

They also give Hoke and Borges credit for a number of things, including "getting" Michigan, and adapting to current personnel.

McGovern offered by Alabama - 5th UM OL Target w/Ala Offer

McGovern offered by Alabama - 5th UM OL Target w/Ala Offer

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on February 23rd, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Per Allen Trieu, Alabama has offered IL OL target Colin McGovern. That makes five UM targets/commits who have Alabama offers - Bosch, Dawson, LTT, Lisle and McGovern. Rivals doesn't show Fox with one, but I'd be willing to bet he'd have gotten one had he stayed on the board. So five probably would've turned to six. Plus, it's likely Pocic will receive an offer from Alabama.

As much as I hate Nick Saban, the man obviously has an eye for talent so I'm pumped that he's essentially concurring on Hoke's evaluations. I'm loving that Hoke is identifying top tier talent early and building relationships before talented recruiters like Saban can weasel their way in. This OL class is going to be formiddable a few years down the road.

Scouting Report: Kendall Fuller

Scouting Report: Kendall Fuller

Submitted by Magnus on February 23rd, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I put up a scouting report on Kendall Fuller this morning.  He's a good prospect, but my takeaway is that he seems to be a little overrated on some sites.  I don't think he's necessarily a future superstar or a future first round pick, but he should be a good college player if he can keep his head on straight and become a little more physical.

Brian on the Solid Verbal Podcast

Brian on the Solid Verbal Podcast

Submitted by QVIST on February 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 AM

For those interested, the Solid Verbal (also known as the best CFB podcast on the innertubes) had Brian on for their latest episode.
Here is the description:
 

Ty and Dan talk with Brian Cook from MGoBlog.com about the magic of Brady Hoke, the glow of an 11-2 season, the advantages and disadvantages of playing Alabama next season, and the next step for Denard Robinson. Plus, Dan helps install his own Internet, and Ty’s life is overtaken by Temple Run.

This came from a request from many I'm sure (as well as myself... #humblebrag) and I can't wait to hear it.
http://www.solidverbal.com/2012/02/22/brian-cook-222/
 
Enjoy!

Austin-American Statesman: Greg Davis to Iowa as OC

Austin-American Statesman: Greg Davis to Iowa as OC

Submitted by iawolve on February 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Having lived in Texas for a long time, Kirk Bohls is one connected dude at UT so I have to think this is legit. This is an interesting hire in the sense that UT fans (I attended grad school there so I know a ton of them) hate Greg Davis. I mean hate the guy. This is strange since Greg Davis was there for a NC win and coached McCoy, Young, Simms and Applewhite who were all pretty successful. However, most UT fans claim that they won in spite of Greg Davis since his play calling sucked, particularly in big games. His goal was to out-execute you, which worked against many opponents due to the crazy recruiting classes Texas would regularly pull in. Will be interesting to see where this goes for Iowa who will not have superior talent compared to the teams in the B1G, seems like a double down on Lloyd-ball for Kirk.

 

http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2012/2/22/2817320/greg-davis-hired-iowa-offensive-coordinator-goddammit

 

 

Hoke has 64% approval rating among U-M fans

Hoke has 64% approval rating among U-M fans

Submitted by BlueinDC on February 22nd, 2012 at 4:57 PM

 

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic pollster that often publishes amusing surveys in addition to their political work, asked some questions related to Michigan athletics during their surveys related to Tuesday's GOP primary. 
 
Among the MGoRelated content:
 
  • Among Michigan fans, 64 percent approve of the job Brady Hoke is doing. Six percent disapprove, while 29 percent are unsure. 
  • Among Michigan fans, 26 percent have a positive opinion of Rich Rodriguez, versus 32 percent who have an unfavorable opinion. Forty-two percent are unsure. 
  • Among Michigan fans, 39 percent approve of the way John Beilein is doing his job; eight percent disapprove, while 53 percent are unsure. 
  • Sparty fans approve of D'Antonio along similar lines as Hoke, 68-4-28. They approve of Izzo even more strongly, 78-3-19.
  • Within the state as a whole, 37 percent of Michiganders consider themselves Michigan fans, versus 31 percent who root for Sparty. Thirty-two percent consider themselves a fan of neither. 
  • Voters for Obama in 2008 are slightly more inclined to favor Michigan. Of Obama voters, 40 percent favor Michigan, 27 percent favor Sparty. Of McCain voters, Michigan still leads, at 35 percent, followed by Sparty at 34 percent. (Corrects 53 to 35 for McCain)
 
There are other sports questions in the data. The poll was conducted Feb. 10-12 by automated telephone interview, and has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent. Crosstabs here.