When character assassination knows no bounds

When character assassination knows no bounds

Submitted by iawolve on December 6th, 2010 at 11:24 AM

I understand that opinions are like a**holes and that everyone has one. However, I typically expect that the person holding such opinion would have the slightest exposure to the subject of their opinion.You can imagine my surprise when I read an article from Jennifer Floyd Engel from the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, which sits along side the Dallas Morning News as the two major newspapers in the Dallas Metroplex area. Jennifer is a Mizzou grad who started covering the Dallas Stars and has branched out into other areas for the paper and sports radio. Having previously spent 12 years in the Dallas area, my opinion of her has already been formed, but this part of her unhinged Big 12 rant even surprised me.




"However, whatever, just beat them. Send Nebraska to the Big Ten, or whatever name E. Gordon Gee decides to slap upon that league, with a big fat reminder that their Big 12 legacy was never all that impressive and they will barely be missed at all.


Remind Nebraska why it was never the bellwether team of this conference and why it will not be in the Big Ten. Show the Huskers what Wisconsin and Ohio State and possibly Michigan (if Jim Harbaugh replaces that slimy little RichRod) will do to them."


Apologies for not knowing how to put the above in a nice box. Pretty strong words for someone at a major newspaper who has no horse in the race in regards to Michigan and I strongly doubt has ever met RR. Slimy? F*ck off random sports writer in Texas. This is ridiculous. At least teenage recruits don't read newspapers anymore.  Feel free to spam [email protected] star-telegram.com or call 817-390-7697, your choice.


CC: Harbaugh's extension offer

CC: Harbaugh's extension offer

Submitted by michgoblue on December 6th, 2010 at 10:51 AM

By now, most have heard the news that JH has been offered a sweetened extension to his current deal by Stanford.

Link:  http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5889922

Putting aside Stanford's AD's optimism, who knows whether JH will sign it.  Who knows if he is in contention for the Michigan job or if there even is a Michigan job.

But, this public offer does impact my view of Brandon's handling of our coaching situation.  My opinion is now that Brandon is mis-handling it.  Why?  There are two possible decisions that DB can reach in January, and regardless of which he reaches, he JH's public extension offer by Stanford makes DB's handling poor:

1.  DB decides to keep RR, either because he thinks that RR is the best option or because there are no better alternatives (and if JH signed an extension, there really aren't any, regardless of whether you are pro-RR or anti-RR).  If this is the outcome, than DB screwed up in his process.  Delaying has already cost us a potential super-star compliment to Denard in Dee Hart.  It has also cost us our only QB in the class.  I know that Sousa was not a 5* prospect and he is considered to be a project at QB, but so was Denard.  The fact that kids are decommitting and other feel compelled to comment on the situation on twitter has really hurt recruiting.  If the end result is to keep RR, then this should be done yesterday, so that we can have stability and end the drama surrounding our program.

2.  DB decides to fire RR.  Here is the one reason that I have not been mor down on DB - I bought into the conspiracy theory that DB has been delaying his decision because his plan was to go after JH and he did not want to create a circus surrounding JH forcing JH to sign an extension with Stanford on the even of his big game like Miles did.  If this was his plan, it jsut got blown sky high by Stanford's AD beating him to the punch.  If JH signed with Stanford and DB decides to fire RR, then our only worthwhile replacement is gone and we are left with who?

I have become increasingly frustrated by DB's delay.  Not because I want to know for my own edification.  Because, as expected, this delay is hurting recruiting, increasing negative attention on our program and causing uncertainty that cannot possibly be good for this young team as it prepares for its first bowl game in 3 years.  I personally could see dealing with this if DB was doing so to prevent putting JH in a tough spot before his bowl game, but now JH is in that same spot regardless.

2 caveats:  (1) Notice that I did not express an opinion on which decision DB should make.  That is not the purpose of this post.  Personally, both JH and RR are creat coaches, and I am happy that I don't have to make this decision. 

(2) Yes, I know that there is a post entitled "Reputable rumor: Harbaugh . . ."  That just talks about a rumor that JH has already signed an extension.  This is a discussion about actual news - that Standord has publicly offered JH an extension.

OT - The BCS bowl matchups

OT - The BCS bowl matchups

Submitted by bighouseinmate on December 6th, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Somehow, I feel in the minority here, and maybe elsewhere too, but I believe the BCS bowl matchups this season are some good ones. My own personal feelings of the matchups follows:

BCS title - The #1 and #2 for a good part of the season, including swapping the top spot several times. Considered by many to be two of the most explosive offensive teams in the country, even if defense isn't the priority between them. Should be a very high scoring, entertaining game.

Rose bowl - This is the one that I feel many people feel differently than me. Most would have loved to see a Wisky/Stanford matchup, but I believe that TCU is a top five team. This might be the strongest opponent in a  BCS bowl game a mid-major has played so far. Wisky is a senior-laden, experienced team that rarely does anything to beat themselves, playing ball-control offense very well and with a stout overall defense. TCU is known for it's defense. They currently have the top overall defense and are top-five against rushing and passing. Against AF, a team that averages 318yds/gm on the ground, TCU held them to 184. Should be a good, smashmouth type football game and a win by TCU would definitely elevate the status of mid-majors.

Sugar bowl - A great SEC/B10 matchup, even if it's that team down south. Lots of storylines in this game, including: Will Mallett get a victory over tOSU before his recruit-mates from UM will? Will tOSU break it's SEC BCS bowl curse?

Orange - As I said in the Rosebowl piece, most would rather see Stanford in it, however, the matchup of them against VT could be a good one. VT is riding an 11-game win streak after a disastrous start to the season. They dropped out of the top ten, and the rankings, just to raise themselves, not only into the top 25, but all the way into the top ten again. One has to wonder: If they had beat BSU, would they be unbeaten and playing for the MNC instead? A win over a very good Stanford team would be a great end to their season. Stanford, on the other hand, is riding an 11-win season, losing only to the #2 team(after leading them at the half). No comments on what a win would do for Harbaugh.

Fiesta - Probably the least competitive bowl, though it does have some interesting storylines(at least for us). UConn could be the worst BE BCS representative, although Pitt might say otherwise. Even so, UConn is a team that we beat and a win by them over OU raises their status, along with the BE's, in everyone's eyes. On the flip side, OU might feel slighted by the BCS in that their opponent isn't even a top 25 team. A win means nothing, really, while a loss would very likely tell the cfb world that the B12 is on a serious decline. I doubt UConn wins this one, but I do remember 08' where Alabama came out flat and stayed that way in a loss to a team everyone thought they would beat handily.

All-in-all, I think these are the best matchups possible out of all of the teams, with some of the interesting storylines that are centered amongst them.

First Impressions for Michigan V Mississippi State.

First Impressions for Michigan V Mississippi State.

Submitted by Bluemandew on December 6th, 2010 at 9:53 AM

My first impression is that I can’t wait for our offense to take on a sec defense and see how it stacks up. At first glance this should be an interesting match up. Since MSU’s D only gave up 17 to Auburn our offense can’t make the kind of mistakes with drops and turnovers we have been prone to in big games this year. If we cut down on those kind of mistakes  this should be a great game. I have heard that MSU’s O is suspect and I was very impressed with the way our D started out against OSU. IF our D can give that for four quarters we win this game easy.

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Submitted by monuMental on December 6th, 2010 at 9:33 AM

This is the first in a series of wallpapers leading up to the 2011 Gator Bowl. I wanted to have a basic name-of-the-bowl-game-themed wallpaper in place while I work on the opponent-specific graphics over the next few weeks. I also might produce a state-of-the-program commentary and will hopefully finish that Denard Robinson Action Figure behind-the-scenes article I've been promising. If there's time left after all of that I'd like to write a less-hyphenated version of this paragraph.

After the bowl destination and opponent were announced yesterday I did some superficial  research on Mississippi State and was surprised at how close they played some of their highly ranked opponents (they only lost to Auburn by 3 and Arkansas by 7 in double overtime). I realize that the W-L column and game scores are statistically less significant than other data sure to appear over the next month in the writings of football minds much greater than mine, but I didn't have room for a grid of opponent points per possession adjusted for field position, strength of schedule and coach seat hotness so all you're getting on this wallpaper are the basics.

The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper Preview

All of the 2010 Wallpapers

Season Wallpaper - Denard Robinson Action Figure

Game 1 Connecticut Wallpaper - Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear

Game 2 Notre Dame Wallpaper - Touchdown Jesus Says "No Good"

Game 3 Massachusetts Wallpaper - The $550,000 Cupcake

Game 4 Bowling Green Wallpaper - Wolverine vs. Falcon

Game 5 Indiana Wallpaper - Good at Basketball

Game 6 Michigan State Wallpaper - Sibling Rivalry

Game 7 Iowa Wallpaper - Maize is Blue

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - The Eyes Have It

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - JoePa Halloween Costume

Game 9 Illinois Wallpaper - We Be Illin'

Game 10 Purdue Wallpaper - I Think We Can! I Think We Can!

Game 11 Wisconsin Wallpaper - Cheesehead Cross Stitch

Game 12 Ohio State Wallpaper - The Game

Thanksgiving Wallpaper - Turpigskin

BigTen Offensive Player of the Year

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl

Where to find 2010 end of season strength of schedule rankings?

Where to find 2010 end of season strength of schedule rankings?

Submitted by StephenRKass on December 6th, 2010 at 5:46 AM

The BCS caliber team thread below got me wondering:  is there a 2010 end of season strength of schedule ranking?

I suppose it doesn't really matter, but I think Michigan faced some pretty good teams this year. Truly, our defense lost several games for us. In particular, our decimated defensive secondary, caused several losses. If you add Warren & Woolfolk to this year's team, we end up at least 9 - 3, and there aren't so many calls for RR & Gerg's head on a platter.

In a way, I'm fine with 7 - 5, given the circumstances. Not happy, but fine. I'm just a broken record, but 2011 is the year that will tell us a lot about RR & Michigan.

At Least We Beat One BCS Caliber Team right?

At Least We Beat One BCS Caliber Team right?

Submitted by FL_Steve on December 6th, 2010 at 2:19 AM

With UConn going to the Fiesta Bowl to take on Oklahoma, our resume might be looking a little stronger after all.

But I digress,

Hey descent match up against an other SEC team, much better than playing Mizzo in my opinion. New Years day bowl, the last one went over well. Added recruiting, hopefully Dee Hart will be on the sideline for this one (I believe he could travel with the team right, if he enrolls early? Maybe not since classes would not have started yet? Either way hopefully he will be there). Also 8-0 against Non-conference opponent last two years, lets keep the steak alive, also one last time for Denard to go dilithium this year and pad some stats.

And lets not forget about the seniors, and all the players going their first bowl game!

The Big Ten games are all on at the same time!

The Big Ten games are all on at the same time!

Submitted by pdxblue on December 6th, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Jan 1st in the am (just after lunch for those of you on the East Coast)

Jan. 1 12:00 pm Dallas Football Classic
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Dallas, TX ESPNU
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Outback Bowl
Penn State vs. Florida
Tampa, FL ABC
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Capital One Bowl
Michigan State vs. Alabama
Orlando, FL ESPN
Jan. 1 1:30 pm Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
Michigan vs. Mississippi State
Jacksonville, FL ESPN2

I remember when the Rose Bowl would get upset if 2 Big Ten vs Pac 10 games happened in a bowl season.  Now there are multiple Big Ten/SEC games and they all compete with each other.  Seems like poor planning. 

Do Big Ten ratings suffer as a result? 

Should the Big Ten try to to work some changes in future years?