Spurrier and Petrino defend oversigning - WSJ article

Spurrier and Petrino defend oversigning - WSJ article

Submitted by kenfizzle on March 1st, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Interesting read from the WSJ:


Notable quote from Spurrier:

He said the Big Ten, which has curbed oversigning for decades, is making a mistake by doing so. "I think that really hurts them a lot," Spurrier said. "They end up giving scholarships to a lot of walk-ons."

prototype M football jerseys created by a fan

prototype M football jerseys created by a fan

Submitted by mgolf4 on February 28th, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Here is a link to some prototype uniforms for football that a fan seems to have created: http://umgoblue.com/talk/Concept-Michigan-jerseys-m163569.aspx

I picked up the link following Stonum Woolfolk and Roundtree on twitter. While they seem to like the idea of changing the uniforms, I am a traditionalist, at least with regard to our home uniforms. Anyway just thought it might be fun to discuss. The fan's name is Tom Summers and a link to his twitter can be found here ---> http://twitter.com/#!/t_sizzle7494

Also, if someone could just embed these photos, that would be much appreciated.

edit/ Here are links to the individual prototypes. The guy must have used a Nike model since he forgot to remove the swooshes from the shoes and gloves.

Away: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5053/5475435492_597361871c_o.jpg

Home: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5212/5475435350_6edf9b1fd0_o.jpg

Alternate: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5172/5474838093_dc006b8f6e_o.jpg



TreezyUM12 Roy Roundtree 
@CornellStone22 man them uniforms are raw
TWoolf29 Troy Woolfolk 
@TreezyUM12 I know bra I'm try to start a petition for them.lol



OT: Purdue's WR Smith denied 6th year of eligibility

OT: Purdue's WR Smith denied 6th year of eligibility

Submitted by timtebro on February 28th, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Danny Hope's mustache just got whiter as his big time WR Keith Smith was denied a 6th year after tearing his ACL early in the 2010 season. Since the NCAA made a decision on this matter, does this mean that the DG redshirt/no redshirt will be released soon?

link: http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/022811aaa.html

First Year Winning Coaches: Brady Hoke

First Year Winning Coaches: Brady Hoke

Submitted by HAILtoBO on February 28th, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Mike Reiter mentions in this little slideshow a list of first year coaches that will win the most games next season. I firmly believe in what Brady Hoke has been doing and how he's been attacking this program with recruiting and leadership. Its good to see the media on his side and supporting. Just a little small read to keep the In Hoke We Trust going.


TVH Weekly: Devin Fuller, AJ Williams, and More

TVH Weekly: Devin Fuller, AJ Williams, and More

Submitted by TomVH on February 28th, 2011 at 11:24 AM

The Michigan offer blitz is in full effect with over 100 offers already extended by the coaching staff. The 2012 offer list is here and for the most part accurate. There have been a lot of questions asked about the number of offers being thrown out. It's probably not going to be a normal thing in the future. These coaches are new to the neighborhood so they're trying to make their presence known.

Giving out offers to high profile kids does a few things for the coaches. It shows everyone that they're serious about recruiting high talent kids to Michigan, that they think they can land some of them, and that they want to build relationships for the future. In year one, this is probably a decent strategy. Here's a look at some of the recent happenings.

Devin FullerDevin Fuller

6'0", 185 lbs.


Old Tappan, New Jersey 

Fuller is an outstanding athlete that brings a lot to the table at many positions. He has made a name for himself in his area, and his film is really impressive. He was recently extended a Michigan offer and very excited about that.

It's a huge [offer] for me and my family. I know they have great tradition over there, and they all know how to win. Plus the academics are great as well. I don't have a top list yet, but Michigan was a big one, I must say. The coaches see me at quarterback, but they will give me a chance at any other positions. I'm probably looking to make my decision in the summer time so I can get it over with.

As Devin said the Michigan coaches have told him he can try quarterback. He's an all round athlete so it wouldn't be wasting a scholarship if that didn't work out.

A.J. WilliamsAJ Williams

6'6", 260 lbs.

Tight End

Cincinnati, Ohio

Williams is a big tight end prospect who has been offered by Michigan, Boston College, Illinois, NC State, and Toledo among others. He's a little raw, but obviously has the size. 

It means a lot that [Michigan] offered. I love the way the staff is honest and I love how it's a big powerhouse. It means a lot that they were recruiting me from the beginning too. Kind of like a friend that was with you since childhood, if someone else comes a long you still like the childhood friend better. I'm going to try to make it up there after basketball season, and really get everything going then.

Williams sounds very interested in Michigan and is also hearing from Iowa, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. The coaching staff has already made AJ feel comfortable, as he mentioned about honesty. They told him they would be recruiting him, that they would offer, and everything they've said to him that would happen has happened. That's made an impact on him.

Allen GantAllen Gant

6'1", 182 lbs.

Defensive Back

Sylvania, Ohio

Gant was talked about a lot before the 2012 recruiting class started, and has seen his recruitment consistently gain profile. He doesn't have a top list yet, but still sees Michigan as one of his top schools.

I talked to Coach Funk and Coach Mattison sent me something last week. I don't have the exact date set up, but I will be visiting there soon. I think they might offer me either after they see my film, or after I go to camp. I'm just focusing on a place where I know I can be happy, and I can contribute right away.

Grant's play speaks for itself, and he should be in the top 20 players in Ohio. Considering the amount of talent in their state this year, that's pretty impressive. Although I'm sure he'd like to make a name for himself, Michigan fans probably know him best for being related to Charles Woodson and being the son of a former Michigan football player. 

Names to Keep An Eye On:

DE Javonte Magee (6'5", 262 lbs) Texas: big time defensive end from Texas is close to an offer. Will probably be hard to pull from Texas, though.

OL Prince Eshan (6'3", 295 lbs) Texas: teammate of Javonte Magee says that he hopes to get a Michigan offer. He likes the snow, and wants to check out some teams to the north. 

DT Jonathan Taylor (6'4", 315 lbs) Georgia: Huge defensive tackle with a very impressive offer list could be hearing from Michigan soon. 


Terry Richardson Offered by Ohio State Today.

Terry Richardson Offered by Ohio State Today.

Submitted by MgoViper on February 27th, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Scout is reporting that Terry Richardson received an offer from OSU. TomVH, what are your thoughts? Is this the dagger in the coffin?





Edit: You guys can neg me, but i really don't care. 

Schilling does well at Combine

Schilling does well at Combine

Submitted by Ziff72 on February 27th, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Well it's a pretty blah day but I saw that Schilling put up one of the best bench press numbers for the OL (30), but more importantly beat Boren (28).  He also had one of the best agility times in the 20 yd shuttle and did ok in the 40yd dash.  No shocker that Schilling dusted Boren in the 40 where Boren had one of the worst times at the combine.  I guess Boren really doesn't like running.  

For some reason Schilling can't jump very well Boren beat him there. Boo.






100 Offer Recruiting Update

100 Offer Recruiting Update

Submitted by umhero on February 27th, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Michigan continues to make offers for the 2012 class at a rapid rate.  The offer to PA OT J.J. Denman is the 100th reported by either Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports, or our own TomVH.

With that in mind, I thought I would provide a summary from the 2012 offer list:

The 100 offers include:  

  • 7 QBs
  • 9 RBs
  • 13 WRs
  • 7 TEs
  • 21 OL
  • 12 DEs
  • 12 DTs
  • 9 LBs
  • 5 CBs
  • 5 Ss 

Among the 100, 66 are on the Rivals 250 Watch list and 37 are either 4 or 5 Star player on Scout.


Also 247 Sports recently reported that 5 Star WR Stefon Diggs plans to visit Michigan in the spring.

Diggs added that he plans to visit Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Carolina during a trip south this spring. He also plans to check out Michigan where his former teammate, four-star Class of 2011 cornerback Blake Countess signed last recruiting cycle and will attend the Nike Football Training Camp at Georgia in April.

But we shouldn't get our hopes up too much because he also said this:

“I’d prefer to play my college football somewhere where it’s warm- down south,”

247 also reported that LB Camren Williams will visit Michigan on March 12 (does anyone know if that's a Junior Day?).

BTW - For comparison sake it's interesting to note that Scout is reporting 45 offers and Rivals is reporting 40 offers by Michigan State. 

Mallett "speaks" about drug use at combine

Mallett "speaks" about drug use at combine

Submitted by Tagg on February 27th, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Ryan Mallett speaks, or rather doesn't speak about his alleged drug use at the NFL combine in Indy.

To see the video you will have to scroll the thumbnails underneath to find him. He is wearing a black #9 shirt.