I am grateful for what he did for us during his time at UM, but it is time to retire Threet’s record for best conference win in the RR era. I could not have fathomed at the time that the 2008 Wisconsin win over a top 15 outfit (who then also finished the year with a similar ranking, not hitting a ND type dropoff after we beat them) would have been our biggest conference win all the way out into 2010. Time to ring up another big one in front of the home crowd. Would love to see Bielema all sad panda on the sideline.
Edit: I confused their record last year with 2008 where they finished more humbly. I don't follow the cheese heads closely enough.
While walking back to the car from the Michigan/Purdue game, I heard an unfortunately conversation between two Michigan fans. Long story short - they were talking about how they planned to boo Ezeh.
Now, I know that Ezeh has been the subject of many, if not all, our consternation, but seriously - DO NOT BOO ANYONE. I can't believe that I even have to bring this up to those who actually might think about booing. First off, that's going to look horrible to the recruits that will be there and second, Michigan football is family. That's not meant to be cliche - it's the truth. I love Michigan and I will root for the uniform until I die, so therefore, I will root for anyone that wears that uniform, no matter how much he may be lacking in LB instincts. Ezeh has been the butt of many jokes and drawn a ton of ire, but he is still a Michigan Wolverine and for that, I will thank him for his services with thunderous applause.
SIAP, I scanned the board and did a search, didn't see any thread like this elsewhere. I want to subscribe to a recruiting service to go with the awesome updates from TomVH. I have heard ESPN is crap so I guess I am looking for the advice from the Mgocommunity on what is a better service. Rivals or Scout?
The whole "pay for play" thing is out of the player's hands. One cant control one's parents, especially when they see dollar signs.
but the "caught 3 times cheating" bothers me much more.
1. How many cheating accusations until a Michigan student is tossed?
2. doesnt leaving early so he could avoid the cheating hearings mean he is unlikely to have successfully completed his courses? shouldnt that cause an NCAA eligibility problem?
3. Has anyone else noticed the denials coming out of Florida related to denying they had leaked the info, not claiming there was nothing to it? After all, indicating claims against a student are false doesnt exactly violate confidentiality.
4. What would the FREEP do with charges that Michigan kept a player on the roster through three accusations of academic cheating?
The "pay for play" demands by parents dont seem like a bigger violation than the fundamenttal character of the individual. I am surprised the cheating allegations arent getting more play.
This weekly update is going to have a little bit of everything in it:
As always I will have a permanent list in the diary section as I confirm more recruits visiting. It looks like this might be a small group, though, with the playoffs still ongoing. Two big visitors are confirmed for officials though:
LB/WR Kris Frost - Kris just got back from a visit to Auburn. I know that he enjoyed himself, which he usually does, but the Michigan visit comes after the Auburn visit and his parents will be with him. I still believe Michigan is in good position.
TE Jack Tabb - Tabb has been trying to schedule his official visit for awhile now. His team was eliminated from the playoffs, so he will be in. The coaches really want a tight end in this class, and Tabb would be a good option.
6'0", 190 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Wayne has his official visit to Michigan set for December 3rd, and if you remember Michigan at one point was on the outside looking in. I asked him what made him decide to include Michigan as one of his five official visits.
I like the school, and the coaches are real cool. They did a good job of recruiting me, and I see how bad they need defensive backs. I'm still going to Nebraska and Stanford, too.
Lyons is going to announce his decision at the Army All American game. He had injured his knee earlier in the season, but has already recovered from that injury. In fact, Wayne played in his team's last game, and said he's good to go.
5'11", 180 lbs.
Malcolm was in for an official visit for the Illinois game, and came away impressed. His coach on the visit:
Malcolm enjoyed himself, and he was at a real good game. He sat with all his position coaches, and they were saying some good things. He's going to Cincinnati on November 20th, and doesn't have any other visits scheduled yet.
Malcolm doesn't have a date set for deciding his school. He is still committed to Cincinnati, and I wouldn't be surprised if he stuck with that commitment. We'll find out after he takes his visit to UC on the 20th.
6'4", 285 lbs.
I was on hand for Cyrus' first playoff game this past Friday. His team won 56-28, and if you follow me on Twitter you'll know that I am very high on one of his teammates. 2012 ATH DJ Foster (5'10", 180 lbs.) plays running back, slot receiver, and cornerback for Saguaro currently. Foster had 5 total touchdowns in this game, which was exactly what he did to this opponent during the regular season.
Foster hasn't heard much from Michigan, and his coach even asked me why Michigan hadn't been in contact. Both DJ and Coach Sanders from Saguaro thought it was strange that Michigan wasn't recruiting DJ harder, especially since he and Cyrus are best friends.
I took my first video interview with both of them, which didn't go as planned. Here's the interview with Cyrus below, which I had to cut myself out of because I couldn't hear him, and had to keep telling him to speak up.
The Dr. Phillips group visit isn't happening until after the playoffs. It hasn't been rescheduled yet, since they don't know when they'll be done. Dr. Phillips went 11-0 last year but lost I believe in the quarterfinals, so they don't want any distractions. The uncommitted teammates want to get up to Michigan before they say yes or no.
Maryland DB Blake Countess has scheduled his official visit for December 3rd, which is the same day as Wayne Lyons.
DT Kevin McReynolds is not likely to pick Michigan. This could change, but as of right now it's not looking good.
An emailer asks, "If you had to guess will Michigan get Sammy Watkins, Timmy Jernigan, Cyrus Hobbi, Avery Walls, Mickey Johnson, or Anthony Zettel?" I think we have a good shot with Watkins, Walls, and Zettel. I'm not convinced yet with Hobbi until he takes his official. I don't think we'll get Jernigan or Johnson. I will tell you that I'm nervous with regards to Avery Walls. I think Oregon has made a big push for him.
Does the football team lack the killer instinct to put games away? Or at least stomp on the throat of the opponent when you have them down? Specifically to go up by 2 scores.
Fumble on the 1 yard line against Indiana to go up by 2 TDs
Missed FG against Ill on 4 and short
Interception by Denard in the Red Zone against Purdue
I am going to chalk this up to a young offense, with nearly everyone returning next year. We did well against some of the non-conference schools, but in the B10 teams are much tougher, and no one rolls over (save Indiana against Wisconsin).
I was glad to see the Hopkins TD put away Purdue, And I would qualify that as improvement, not only for the game, but for the season as a whole. I certainly hope we get a couple of opportunities in the next 2 weeks to put a game away and the offense jumps all over it.
Tin foil hat alert : The possibility does exist that Rich Rod and Dave Brandon have teamed with the BTN, ESPN, and Rotel/Velveeta to keep games close and sell more ads.