[Ed-M: Knocked to board b/c it's discussion, not new information.]
Anyone who wonders what "happened" on the Dee Hart decomitt needs to look no further than our pages. We are what "happened" since Dee Hart "comitted"..
We must assume in this hand-held, wi fi in your car world that a highly recruited athlete, especially an out of state kid, is going to read up on what the fans are saying about him and his new team.
what do you suppose Dee Hart saw? about a day of "Hello, Dee Hart" and weeks of "Here comes Jim Harbaugh". The more "we" insisted that Harbaugh is coming, the more incentive we gave Dee Hart to run to one of his other, more stable suitors. Saban just blew a 24 point lead at home in a rivalry game, but I dont hear Alabama fans calling for his head. Maybe they dont write so good, maybe they just got a better attitude.
So now that we have scared off one top recruit, it is time for us to clean up our act, and recognize that a "fan" site does not make it a dumping ground for the bile of a spoiled alumni base.
The fact of the matter is that our embattled coach has produced a player-- not the most hightly ranked recruit-- who just won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as a (true) sophomore. Nobody talks about finding "another Pat White" now that we have Denard playing in this RichRod offense.
Denard Robinson is the most electrifying player in college football. He set a record this year with more than 50 individuyal rushes of more than 10 yards, and he threw for nearly 2500 yards.......yet Denard Robinson is by all accounts, a humble, hard working guy who always brings creidti back to the team, and who teared up when he was named team MVP.
So let me propose a new code of conduct for this site: WWDS What Would Denard Say? Keep it positive or keep it to yourself. Let's try to be Michigan fans, not angry critics who dont even donate to the U.
If its just angry stuff, keep it to yourself. And remember that your rabble rousing can indeed scare off recruits.........and you will blame RR for that, too.
Singer Josh Groban posted this on his (verified account) Twitter page this afternoon:
Coach Rodriguez, I'm very flattered but crying to You Raise Me Up is SO five years ago. #playwelcometothejungle
Update, 3:22 p.m.: Posted intentionally without comment. Readers can draw their own inferences.
So apparently you can bet on everything now, including where various coaches will be coaching next year. Just figured I would share this so that everybody who knows a cousin who waited on a secret AD insider (we can't say who it was because my cousin might lose his $5/hour waitering gig if he committed such a massive breach of trust, but you would be super impressed if we did say who it was) can now take their inside information straight to the bank.
At least on the site mentioned in the article (bodog.com), Harbaugh is a 1/1 favorite to remain at Stanford, 3/2 to coach in the NFL next year, 3/1 to take the Michigan job, and 5/1 to take over for JoePa in Happy Valley.
Rodriguez's odds are pretty much down the middle with a lean toward getting the axe (1/1 payout to stay and 5/7 to go).
Some other interesting prop bets in the article as well (Wannstache, Heisman, UO and Auburn this weekend) so that even those of us who don't know gossipy people in the service industry may be able to make a buck as well. Good luck to all bettors.
I figured with all of the bust/Dee Hart stories the past couple of days nobody would really care, but I recently had an interview for a job here in New York that reminded me how ingrained sports can be in one's life.
It was a pretty typicl interview - a couple of technical questions along with the usual get-to-now-you stuff. Toward the end, the interviewer asked me the most important question of all: Should RR be given another year at UM. My point was given the youth of the program and the school's patience with guys like Amaker and Ellerbe, RR needed at least one more year as well as a strong vote of confidence by the administration. There was a moment of silence, and then the guy said he agreed though he hadn't followed the situation that closely because...he was an Auburn grad and was dealing with his own media circus. We then commiserated for a couple of minutes about the vagaries of media coverage, fandom, and how hard it is to be a fan so far away from your school, and the interview seemed to end on a high note.
So that got me thinking, has anyone else in the MGoCommunity had a similar experience? Has your college sport allegiance ever enhanced or hindered a job prospect or relationship? I'm just really curious.
I was bored today and got caught up in a MGOBLOG link fest and ended up in 2005. I thought this sounded a little like a defense I know and love.
The only departing player who will get a serious look from the NFL is Watson, and that will be based more on his enormous, er, everything than anything unbelievable he did last year. We'll miss him, but teams tended to run at the gaping hole next to him this year and that--combined with his entry into the doghouse early in the year--limited his effectiveness. In terms of personnel, Michigan should be better next year. Other than Watson, Michigan lost its worst starter, a third-down edge rusher, and an adequate corner. There are still questions (who is the nickelback (and dimeback, for that matter)? Can we find effective outside linebackers? Who starts on the DL next to Branch and Woodley?) but Michigan has good players at at least seven defensive positions. There should be no excuses next year.
Of course, there's that whole coaching thing. Michigan's soft zone got downright ephemeral after the year of safeties who were anything but. Michigan avoided man coverage like it was the clap, sacrificing any element of surprise in favor of keeping someone (or three someones) behind the play. The end result was a hair-pulling, garment-rending extravaganza not seen since erroneous reports of Joseph's death reached Jacob. (BLAM! Ten years of Sunday School!) This year forcibly disabused me of the notion that Jim Herrmann will change or Lloyd Carr will pull ineffective players who are really swell people, so Michigan's underacheivement relative to talent will probably continue, but there will be more talent and more experience next year. That should count for something.
Just thought this was kind of similar to the beloved 2010 defense on steroids, with no man coverage and 3 deep everywhere with lots of guys coming back and losing your worst starter and a tealented but frustrating starter. Maybe 2011 defense=06. We can dream.
If anybody else has any good posts they remember it might be fun to look thru. I found a commit post on Carlos Brown that Brian almost got giddy over as it appeared to be Lloyd snake oil and a humourous look at our sleeper fb/lb recruit Obi Ezeh and hoping Jonas Mouton might leave USC behind.
He just tweeted:
"rich rod better not get fired!!! imma be pissed if he does"
Interesting, since it's the first I've seen from a recruit or current player directly addressing the issue.
Is this really the type of person who we want coaching Michigan football:
1. Punched Jim Kelly and had to miss several games - hurting his team because of the broken hand.
"Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh broke a bone in his throwing hand Saturday when he punched former Buffalo Bills quarterback and current NBC-TV analyst Jim Kelly in the head because of negative comments Kelly made about Harbaugh a week earlier. Harbaugh told ESPNEWS, "I regret throwing the punch, but I felt I had to do something since my toughness was being questioned." http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-746436.html
2. Coach arressted for DUI during season
2. Coach arressted for DUI during season
ENCINITAS, Calif. - University of San Diego football coach Jim Harbaugh was arrested early Sunday on a charge of drunken driving after being stopped for running a stop sign.
Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, was released after 7½ hours at the Vista Detention Facility. He is to appear in court in December.
“I’m upset at myself about it, and more embarrassed for everyone else around me, the team,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “My No. 1 concern is the players. I’m trying to set a good example for them. There’s a consequence for making poor decisions and now that applies to me.” http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/9902673/
3. I was at Michigan when Harbaugh was quarterback. One night he tried to get in a fight with one of my friends "Do you want to play 'fistball"? was the clever line he used.
4. He was a good quarterback. And he may be a good coach (what was he in his third season something like 8-5?). But I'm not sure what kind of a person he is. I do know that I don't want to take the chance that his selfish and unstable behavior, as demonstrated over a long period of time, will embarrass our great university.
It's past noon on Friday, so honestly, who's working at this point? On to a really important topic as we contemplate the coaching direction of Michigan football: What song should Rodriguez have picked to feature at the Football Bust? Maybe Bon Jovi, Livin' on a Prayer, a Big House favorite? Perhaps DB could have followed that with Won't Get Fooled Again? What song should be featured at next year's Bust (hosted by Coach X)? I welcome your views.
The hits just keep coming. It seems DB now has his own Blog.
Feel free to check out his post on The Politics of Bowling. I'm look forward to a post that discusses Coaching Decision Timelines and How it Effects Recruiting.