Our fanbase and recruiting

Our fanbase and recruiting

Submitted by rbgoblue on December 2nd, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Well, Rich got ripped a new one a few weeks ago by some who objected to his suggestion that the negativity in our fanbase was hurting us on the recruiting trail.  Well, I certainly wouldn't think it has helped us here... Bye Dee, would have loved to see you share a backfield with Denard.

 

Any objections?  Neg away...

Rodriguez' confidence

Rodriguez' confidence

Submitted by Farnn on December 2nd, 2010 at 9:34 PM
Over the last few weeks it seems to me RR has shown more confidence in this team than at any point in the past 3 years. Before he was always cautious with how he described the team; as if he knew they would be bad though he obviously couldn't say that. But now he really seems to see greatness down the road. He may be just trying to win support and keep his job, but from the way he enforced team discipline (Hagerup) I don't think that's his personality. Has anyone else noticed the change in outlook? Or am I seeing something that isn't really there?

From Banquet, Denard promises victory in bowl game, Dave Brandon on bowl destination

From Banquet, Denard promises victory in bowl game, Dave Brandon on bowl destination

Submitted by InRodWeTrust333 on December 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Per Angelique twitter account,

Denard to seniors re: Bowl "We're going to let you all out with a big victory. No matter what team, we're going to get a win"

and Per Mark Snyder

AD Dave Brandon on bowl destination: "Frank (Beckmann) thinks we might be going west, I think we might be going in a different direction."

CC: Does the bowl game really matter for RR?

CC: Does the bowl game really matter for RR?

Submitted by sammylittle on December 2nd, 2010 at 8:49 PM

I have seen several people comment that the bowl game is make or break for RR.  I can't see how the bowl game makes much difference.  Our bowl opponent has yet to be determined and could be either very tough, mediocre, or somewhere between.  The main arguments for replacing RR:  bad defense, losses to rivals, 33% winning percentage in conference will not be changed by a bowl victory.  The main arguments for retaining RR:  improvement, youth/inexperience, offensive genius, etc. also will not be changed by the bowl result.  I have to believe that DB has a good idea about what he will do and is just checking with his subordinates and being sure he is not too hasty in his decision.  Also, like an NFL receiver in the end zone, AD's must complete the process or any decision they make will be void.

UM Academic All-Big Ten List, 1953-2009 & Academic All-Americans

UM Academic All-Big Ten List, 1953-2009 & Academic All-Americans

Submitted by FL on December 2nd, 2010 at 7:24 PM

For those who asked about how many Academic All-Big Ten recipients the football program has had over the years, follow the link below. Over the last 10 years, we've had between 7-12 per year, with a high of 16 in 2005:

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/052109aaa.html

Also, a list of Academic All-Americans (hail Space Emperor!):

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042709aaa.html

Which players will primarily play secondary next season?

Which players will primarily play secondary next season?

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on December 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Who on our roster will remain in the secondary next season. Here is a list of our secondary from the roster at http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mich-m-footbl-mtt.html. I have omitted the walk-on types.

I know some of these guys are already linebackers, but other than Kovacs and Vinopal, who are going to be the players contending for spots at the more traditional free/deep safety positions.

I think there is a chance that either JT Floyd or Woolfolk displaces Vinopal from the starting rotation, and the one who doesn't replace Vinopal ends up as the other starting corner.

Mike Williams S RS JR
Jordan Kovacs S RS SO
Jared Van Slyke S RS JR
Floyd Simmons S RS SO
Ray Vinopal S FR
Thomas Gordon S RS FR
Carvin Johnson S FR
Brandin Hawthorne S SO
Josh Furman S FR
Cameron Gordon S RS FR
Marvin Robinson S FR
Troy Woolfolk CB SR
Cullen Christian CB FR
Terrence Talbott CB FR
Tony Anderson CB RS JR
J.T. Floyd CB RS SO
Courtney Avery CB FR

The Meeting

The Meeting

Submitted by Ziff72 on December 2nd, 2010 at 3:48 PM

So I have no idea what happens in an evaluation meeting between AD's and their football coaches, but do you think RR gets a chance to plead his case?

Does he get an hour to put up graphs of Freshmen starters, FEI indexs, returning starters, WVU highlights,academic progress, recruiting etc.. and sell it to Brandon while he is sitting at the table? 

I thought of this going thru the excellent thread on the state of Stanford's defense.  The last few days have been filled with a lot of garbage, but I have been impressed with the number of charts and graphs and arguments people have laid out.  It got me to wonder if Brandon actually looks at stuff like that?

On one hand you would think he is the man that has to make this decision, he should know every single thing about the program and have looked at it from every different way and he has had his staff put together the same type of graphs and records for him to look at.

On the other hand I can't picture Brandon looking it over and saying "boy the FEI index shows us as the #1 offense RR is back".   I'm picturing him making a decision on more of an overview and feel. 

Curious how geeky you think Brandon gets on this stuff.  What do you think?