OT: MSU Football or Basketball school?

OT: MSU Football or Basketball school?

Submitted by AeonBlue on February 24th, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I know I've been reposting a lot of Rittenberg's things the last couple of days but I think this one is especially interesting. I know most of us would argue that MSU is a basketball school but it's interesting to see their responses to the question. Is this a product of recent success or something else?

ESPN reports Threet to retire from football due to concussions.

ESPN reports Threet to retire from football due to concussions.

Submitted by Creedence Tapes on February 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Too bad for him, I wish him the best. 




Source: QB Steven Threet calls it career





Threet, who will be a senior in 2011, has suffered four concussions, three of which occurred last season. The source said Threet is still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and deals with constant headaches.


"Doctors have told him a fifth concussion could be debilitating," said the source. "You don't want to be 35 years old and can't hold up a cup of coffee."


Last season, Threet completed 62 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,534 yards with 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the Sun Devils. He was sacked 23 times for ASU (6-6). It was his first season of play since transferring from Michigan, where he was the Wolverines' starting quarterback in 2008.


The 6-5, 240-pound Threet, who is on schedule to graduate in December, will likely remain close to the program and help as a student assistant and work with the QBs, the source said.


Arizona State begins spring football in the last week of March. Rising junior Brock Osweiler, who started the final two games of the 2010 season (both Sun Devils wins), is expected to be the team's No. 1 quarterback.

Where are people staying for the Spring Game?

Where are people staying for the Spring Game?

Submitted by Happyshooter on February 23rd, 2011 at 5:01 PM

We found the Microtel at $81 AAA rate. I figure it will work given my history of taking notes at the game and then overdoing the night life.

Anyone have a better find? We can cancel the Microtel up until the day prior, so I booked it right off.

TomVH: 2012 Recruiting: Running Backs

TomVH: 2012 Recruiting: Running Backs

Submitted by TomVH on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:51 PM

As Brady Hoke and Co. look to reverse the offensive transition that took place under Rich Rodriguez, running back will be a main piece to getting Michigan where they want to be offensively. With six returning backs and two additions to the 2011 class, Hoke has depth to work with, but would like to add an elite runner of his choosing with the upcoming recruiting cycle.

There are six names that have surfaced so far with Michigan extending offers. Matt Jones (6'2", 200 lbs) from Seffner, Florida who recently commited to the Gators, current Ohio State commit Bri'onte Dunn (6'2", 215 lbs) from Canton, Ohio also received a Michigan offer. Ronald Darby (5'11", 172 lbs) out of Oxon Hill, Maryland is on this list, although he's probably being recruited as a defensive back. Darby has had the most contact with Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory, and says he's definitely interested in Michigan. "They have a strong traditional program. The coaches seem cool, and the education is real strong," said Darby. "I want to commit late in the summer or in the beginning of the season, so I'm going to be looking for the school that fits me best; a place that feels like home."

Keith MarshallOne of the most sought after running backs in the country, Keith Marshall (5'11", 190 lbs) in North Carolina not only has an offer from the Wolverines, but has mutual interest as well. "Coach Montgomery offered me sometime last week; I'm definitely interested. They were one of the teams I liked growing up, and then I started liking Georgia and USC," said Marshall. With around twenty two offers in hand, Marshall will be able to choose from any program he sees fits best. "I plan on narrowing down my list this summer; I don't really have a top group yet," Marshall said. "I'm going to be looking at the overall direction of the football program, as well as the academics." Keith says his biggest strengths are his speed, acceleration, and vision, while he still has a few things to work on. "I'd prefer to play in a pro style offense, so I'm working on getting bigger and stronger so I can run between tackles at the next level," he said.

Marshall's speed has definitely caught the eye of college programs, he reports his fastest time is a 4.25 forty time, and maybe even more impressive he reports a similar GPA around 4.1 overall. Marshall ran for 1600 yards and 18 TD's this past season. 

Greg GarmonTo stick with the theme of both size and speed, Greg Garmon (6'1", 190 lbs) out of Erie, Pennsylvania was the most recent recipient of a Wolverine offer. Garmon says his game is similar to that of Reggie Bush with the combination of his size, speed, and playmaking abilities. Those are some big shoes to compare yourself to, but Garmon is confident in what he can do on the field. "I would like to run in a pro style offense, because I'm more of a down hill runner, but yeah I would compare myself somewhat to a Reggie Bush," Garmon said. 

Specifically with Michigan, Greg is from the midwest and has familiarity with the Wolverines program. "I'm very interested in Michigan. I hope I can visit there soon, I heard great things about it from a friend of mine that goes there," he said. When a prospect says they are very interested in a school this early on it can often be relative, but that doesn't seem to be the case with Garmon. "After everything is done [Michigan] will be one of the top schools I pick from," said Garmon. 

The final running back boasting a Michigan offer (thus far) is Norman, Oklahoma back Donovan Roberts (6'0", 195 lbs). Roberts highlight film is the epitome of a physical back. He breaks tackle after tackle, and doesn't seem to shy away from contact. "Every time I get the ball, a lot of backs will try to just get out of bounds if they're by the sideline, but I'm more of a physical back. I'm going to do everything I can to get that extra couple yards," said Roberts. 

Donovan has been in communication with the new coaching staff, but is still building the relationship to get more comfortable. "I want to learn a little more about the coaches, because I know they're new. I've always loved the way that Michigan plays," he said. "The coaches told me how they're going to be switching up the offense to more of a pro style, which is good. They told me how they want to fix Michigan, and what they're doing with the program." Talking to him you would think that he grew up in the state of Michigan, with how he speaks of the Wolverines. "Michigan has always been a high caliber team. I've always watched them and they've always been a top team. We're definitely going to work out something to see if I can come down there in the spring or the summer. I just have to figure it out with my parents," said Roberts. 

Although he's from Oklahoma, and Norman at that, Roberts says the hometown Sooners aren't a big draw for him. "I have interest in Oklahoma State, but not as much with Oklahoma. A lot of people think I would because of where I'm from. I'm just trying to look around, and see everyone that's interested," Roberts said. As far as a timetable or timeline for his decision, Donovan is just letting everything fall into place. "Some people try to wait it out, but I'm just going to go with the flow. If an opportunity comes by and I want to commit early, then I will. I'm probably just going to see how everything flows and take it from there," he said. 

While he's had no in person contact with the Michigan coaches yet, Donovan feels 100% comfortable and confident that these will be the coaches to turn the Michigan program around. "I've really enjoyed the fact that they've shown interest in me. Those coaches are there for a reason and they're trying to get the program better, I think they're going to do it," said Roberts. 

This list will definitely grow as Michigan continues to find new running back prospects that fit with what they're looking for. They have targeted some of the top backs in the country and judging by the early feelings from some of these prospects, the Michigan staff has put themselves in a position to contend for their services. 

Speaking of Presidential Trivia

Speaking of Presidential Trivia

Submitted by Wolfman on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Although I realize the author of the other piece on this topic was just having fun, I don't know why he didn't just leave Ford at center, where he actually played well enough to receive offers from both the Lions and the Pack.

And to leave the Gipper off completely was an egregious error.

Now for the trivia: Can you name the only man to ever be a king, congressman and then president? 

Don't anticipate this one staying unanswered for too long, given the overall intelligence of the audience.

Matt Godin Visits, Reacts

Matt Godin Visits, Reacts

Submitted by TomVH on February 23rd, 2011 at 11:22 AM

DE Matt Godin just got back from an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, and I caught up with him to get his reaction. There was no commitment on this trip. Matt will take a little more time with his decision just to make sure it's right.

TOM: How was the trip?

MATT: I loved it. It was probably a 9 out of 10.

TOM: So walk me through what happened, and who you met. What made it a 9?

MATT: I came in and saw Coach Singletary in Schembechler Hall. That was my first time there, so I was blown away by that. It was awesome. Coach Singletary took me in to see Coach Montgomery, and I sat with him for awhile. He told me everything basically, how they would use me, the scheme and where they want me.

TOM: How do they want to use you on the field?

MATT: They said probably in the 5 technique, possibly playing around 290. They said that would let me stop the run, but I could still get some pass rush in too. [Ed.: This would be the strongside DE spot.]

TOM: Did you get a chance to meet with Coach Hoke and Mattison, too?

MATT: Yeah, I talked to Coach Hoke for about 30 minutes in his office. We talked about everything, and you can tell he doesn't take any crap. He's ready to bring Michigan back. He was basically telling me how they need defensive linemen, and they think I can help bring Michigan back. I talked to Coach Mattison before that, and he threw on the Ravens film to go over. It was funny because I brought one of my friends and he joked before hand that Coach Mattison would probably put the Ravens film on.

TOM: It sounds like the trip was a success then?

MATT: I absolutely loved it, a lot of it was more of what the coaches were saying and how they want to bring Michigan back. Also, at some schools you don't really see the players that much, but I walked in there and all the players were in the locker room joking around. It was a good experience, especially for my dad to be there. He's a season ticket holder for 30 years, and for him to see his son get a scholarship from the university he loves is great. 

another spring game question

another spring game question

Submitted by deshawn swimms on February 23rd, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Did not really see this addressed before, but does anyone have an idea if the spring game will be an actual game or another scrimmage this year? Any idea what Hoke use to do at SDSU or Ball State? I know a lot of other teams have split themselves up into two completely different teams for the spring game and I think it would be pretty sweet to see a Denard team vs a Devin team.

Spring games

Spring games

Submitted by AeonBlue on February 23rd, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Looks like Wisconsin will be the next to start charging for spring games. I know there's rumor of Michigan doing this to benefit mott children's hospital that brian (somewhat?) confirmed along with rumor of coroporate sponsors. Not sure how I feel about this.