Lame Duck Interim Coach: Good or Bad?

Lame Duck Interim Coach: Good or Bad?

Submitted by Michigan Arrogance on May 30th, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Pros & cons regarding the lame duck staff at Ohio State. They are recruiting for the next staff amid pending sanctions. Maybe other candidates get to unofficially audition for the job, but that can't outweigh the impending uncertainty.

Ohio State essentially doesn't have a coach for the next 6 months. Can they possibly hire a new coach before then?

Conference realignment

Conference realignment

Submitted by m1817 on May 30th, 2011 at 12:04 PM

With that school from Ohio potentially being crippled by reductions in scholarships and bowl bans, the B1G divisions could be realigned on a geographical basis and still maintain a good competitive balance.

East:  Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue

West:  Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska

Mike Farrell says this won't hurt OSU with in state kids

Mike Farrell says this won't hurt OSU with in state kids

Submitted by MGoCooper on May 30th, 2011 at 12:03 PM


rivalsmike Mike Farrell 
Will #OSU take a hit in recruiting? Not with in-state kids, we'll see about out of state.
I'm not sure how you can make that statement at this point, especially in the light of up coming events. I don't believe you can make that statement until after the NCAA investiation, and the SI article come out.

1997 Defense tribute

1997 Defense tribute

Submitted by WolverineHistorian on May 30th, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I wasn't going to post this with all the Tressel talk but I figure it's something to watch while waiting for the SI article to come out. 

I put together 37 minutes of defensive highlights from the national championship season yesterday.  Enjoy.

(Sorry, for some reason, I can't get the embed code to work.)

Special Amazon Offer

Special Amazon Offer

Submitted by BlueintheLou on May 30th, 2011 at 11:50 AM


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One time, and one time only. Get Jim Tressel's 'Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving your Best'. Also, in this copy is a special insert chapter on a new addendum. The Chapter is entitled, 'True Success can be Found Under the Table'.
I encourage you all to find your route to success, and I think Jim Tressel's second and probably best book, can show you the way!
Hope this Memorial Day finds you all well.

When was the last time that aOSU and Michigan changed coaches at the same time?

When was the last time that aOSU and Michigan changed coaches at the same time?

Submitted by SwordDancer710 on May 30th, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Stats people, I've got a question: when was the last time (if ever) that aOSU and Michigan changed coaches at the same time? I can't think of any offhand, but I'm curious.

Who Will Be Next OSU Coach

Who Will Be Next OSU Coach

Submitted by Zone Left on May 30th, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Who's next in Columbus? Luke Fickell is supposedly the interim coach, but he doesn't have the pedigree yet to take over full time. Here are a couple of suggestions:

Al Groh?

Urban Meyer? 

EDSBS favorite Ron P?

I personally think Urban Meyer is done coaching, but I've been wrong many, many times before. I'd guess they'll make a run at Gary Patterson, but given the sanctions that may be coming, I think they'll go for a super recruiter who will take a tough job because the obvious candidates won't be interested.

TomVH: Weekly Update: Offensive Linemen Galore and More

TomVH: Weekly Update: Offensive Linemen Galore and More

Submitted by TomVH on May 30th, 2011 at 1:19 AM

As odd as it may seem the 2012 class is already starting to get to the point where fans speculate on who fits where and how many spots are left. The offensive line is a big priority in this class and with two commitments on board the coaching staff is likely looking for 2-4 more. Here's a look at some of the prospects Michigan has a chance with and a few other notes.

As always you can follow me on Twitter for more updates, and feel free to email me with any tips or questions at [email protected].

Jake MeadorJake Meador

6'6", 280 lbs.

Offensive Line

Whiteland, Indiana

Meador is a four star offensive lineman, ranked 241st overall in the country by Rivals. He holds offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, and Northern Illinois. He has also started to hear more from the Michigan coaches.

Coach Borges came down to my school a few weeks ago. He said they really like me and when they get back from spring recruiting they will discuss offering me. If they invite me up to take a visit then that's when they'll offer.

Jake lives relatively close by, but says he isn't too familiar with the Michigan program or Ann Arbor.

I don't know too much about them, but if they were to offer I would be interested. I would like to make a decision mid to late June. If they offer then I'll try to get up whenever I can.

We'll see what the coaches say about an offer, or if they ask him to camp. He says he wants to make his decision by June, but that could change if other programs start to show interest as well.

Paul ThurstonPaul Thurston

6'5", 275 lbs.

Offensive Lineman

Arvada, Colorado

Thurston took a trip to Ann Arbor just a few weeks ago and came away very impressed. It seems like his recruitment is starting to wind down now.

I'm probably going to make my decision in July or August. I'll probably see what happens in the next few weeks then maybe take one or two more visits. After that I'll narrow my list down in June and make my decision from there.

Paul has a great offer list including Arizona, Cal, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA among others. I think Michigan has a good chance here, but he keeps everything very close to the vest. I would be surprised if Michigan didn't make his top list, but anything can happen.

Erik MagnusonErik Magnuson

6'6", 275 lbs.

Offensive Lineman

Carlsbad, California

Magnuson is a four star offensive tackle who is ranked 34th overall in the country by Rivals. He holds an impressive offer list that includes Michigan, Cal, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and others.

He told me back in March how great of a relationship he has with the Michigan coaches from their days at SDSU. He went so far as to call offensive line coach Darrell Funk, "The man." The original plan was to come out to Ann Arbor for an official visit, but that plan has changed.

I'm coming out [to Michigan] on June 10th. I'm really strongly considering them so I want to get out there and see it. They have a couple good 2012 commits, and I know the coaches really well, so I really like them.

Erik also recently told me that Michigan was in his top three with two other schools to be named later. Michigan has a very good chance with Magnuson, and the fact that he moved his visit up to June is a really big deal for them. Just something to keep an eye on.

Adam BrenemanAdam Breneman

6'5", 220 lbs.

Tight End

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Michigan already has a commitment for the 2013 class, so it's not too early to talk about it. Breneman is a 2013 prospect that already has offers from Alabama, Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and now Michigan.

I hadn't heard anything from Michigan until last weekend when my coach informed me that they were coming to my school to offer me. I went to a game at the Big House with my family a couple years ago and was impressed. I'll decide soon if if's a place that I want to visit this summer. They'll definitely be a school that will get consideration.

It seems so early, but since he is already wracking up the offers he's already started in with his recruiting process and will evaluate schools this summer.

I don't want to say I'm going to narrow my list this summer, because I don't plan on doing that for some time. I am more going to decide which five to eight schools I want to visit. I want to learn more about some programs.

Plenty of time for Adam to figure everything out and it seems like Michigan is a place that intrigues him. We'll see if they get a visit or not.


In case you missed it last week, New York DB Wayne Morgan has moved his decision date to June 2nd instead of June 1st. There's no set time yet, but he plans on telling all the coaches of his decision first. I will hopefully have some film of Wayne from a camp this past weekend posted soon.

California DT Aziz Shittu is still committed to Stanford but told me there's a good chance he will still end up taking an official visit to Michigan.

Illinois OL Jordan Diamond tweeted that he will be moving his decision date up. He wants to take a few more visits, but has been canceling the most recent [Wisconsin & Auburn]. He told me it will likely come before his first game of the season. Michigan is in good shape.

A new name to potentially keep an eye on, and to go along with the offensive linemen theme is Oregon OL Isaac Seumalo (6'3", 280 lbs). Seumalo is good friends with Cali OL Erik Magnuson, and while he doesn't currently have an offer the Michigan coaches are aware of him. He is a four star and ranked 175th overall in the country by Rivals.

Upcoming visits include: New York DT Jarron Jones [I will have more on him next week] is planning a trip for June 10th, Ohio DB Allen Gant should be visiting in the next few weeks and that is something to keep an eye on, Illinois DB Anthony Standifer is trying to plan a visit in the next few weeks so his dad can make the trip. Ohio tandem Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford had to reschedule their visit from this past weekend. They haven't set the date yet.

Washington OL Joshua Garnett says he wants to take an official visit to Michigan.

If you missed last week's Weekly Update, you can find it here.