May 1 - Thursday
Brian realizes that he was premature in announcing that MN WR Bryce McNeal had committed. He likely will soon though.
Yep, looks like McNeal is in based on his Myspace page.
May 2 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Seeks Novelty. There’s a picture of the $290,000 personal check that Beilein wrote to WVU for his buyout. Also, he is in on a CA PG named Darius Morris.
Mailbag: How do Rodriguez’s recruits compare to those at WVU? And will ‘M’ produce as much pro talent and if not will that hurt the brand? Will there ever be a playoff and wouldn’t it diminish the regular season?
May 5 - Monday
Recruiting update. VA RB David Wilson’s recruitment is heating up. ‘M’ is in on him, but VA Tech seems likely.
Good news from the OHL draft as both Jon Merrill and Jared Knight were both picked on what appear to be flier picks.
May 6 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Thinks He’s Younger than Hannah Montana. The 2010 hockey class is shaping up nicely. The basketball team now has the funding for a practice facility.
APR numbers are out. Football is down slightly, but basketball is in a dangerous place.
May 7 - Wednesday
Charlie Weis doesn’t like excuses, but all he does is make them.
Unverified Voracity Drop its H. Uh oh, Rodriguez has given #1 to JT Floyd, and Braylon isn’t happy. In hindsight, this sounds more like sarcasm, but apparently not in 2008.
Edwards, poised to be one of the dominant NFL receivers of the next ten years, is going to be a resource both financial and otherwise no matter what happens here. But there's no reason to annoy him, or annoy fans who like a tradition that dates back 30 years (Tyrone Butterfield excepted), or remove whatever small recruiting juju exists when you dangle the 1 in front of a kid who knows what it means.
May 8 - Thursday
Rodriguez has been touring as many alumni club meetings as he can, and attendee reports are gathered here.
I asked him what the strongest position group on the team is so far; I was hoping he'd reply "defensive line" or "tailback" because that'd at least confirm my hope that U-M will be kickass at something this year. He leaned back and scratched his chin and told me he'd not thought about it like that, but he'd have to say: linebackers. I was a little surprised. My girlfriend told him that I'd been expecting he'd say "defensive line." He said, "Yeah, but your boyfriend's not thinking about some of those freshmen we have coming in." How to take that? I don't know. Either the whole team blows worse than I'd feared or he's extremely impressed with that handful of four-stars he and Lloyd scored.
May 9 - Friday
A long post explaining and refuting various playoff criticisms.
May 12 - Monday
Recruiting Update. Things seemed done at QB with Newsome and Beaver; however, there are persistent rumors that Tate Forcier will still commit. Rumors almost as persistent as Brian calling him Jason. Also, Keith Nichol is transferring from Oklahoma and might end of up ‘M’ too.
May 13 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Remembers Wolverine Great Chris Carter. In other Michigan prep star coming home news, SG Laval Lucas-Perry is transferring from Arizona and will join the basketball program in January 2009.
May 14 - Wednesday
Banner contest time! Unfortunately, last year’s winner only lasted a few days before the Horror. The nice thing is that the post includes a screen shot of pink MGoBlog in those early days of September.
The NCAA tries to fix APR. Fails.
EDSBS Charity Bowl. I think it’s the first. Michigan leads so far.
Brian is going to be out of town for a few days. Light posting ahead.
May 15 - Thursday
Unverified Voracity Defeats Tornados and wins the charity bowl.
Orson's moral is "never get in a fundraising war with Michigan"; mine is "I really should be asking for more donations."
May 16 - Friday
May 19 - Monday
Recruiting Update. Bryce McNeal is officially committed. IL OL Michael Schofield added to the board.
Unverified Voracity Attends Other Sports because they’re all (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Track and Field, and Men’s Tennis) doing very well. Also, Braylon won the battle of the #1.
May 20 - Tuesday
May 21 - Wednesday
Mailbag. Is Michigan now a hot destination for recruits? Is OSU hotter? CMU has trouble retaining players, and how many possessions will the offense use to put up all the points they will score?
May 22 - Thursday
The All-Carr Team: Offense. This is fun look back, but here is just the first team:
QB - Drew Henson (2000)
WR - Braylon Edwards (2004)
WR - David Terrell (2000)
RB - Tshimunga Biakabutuka (1995)
FB - Chris Floyd (1997)
TE - Bennie Joppru (2002)
LT - Jake Long (2007)
LG - Steve Hutchinson (2000)
C - Rod Payne (1996)
RG - David Baas (2003)
RT - Jon Runyan (1995)
May 23 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Lists Insultees. Brian lists them all, but Cris Carter isn’t one of them.
May 26 - Monday
Memorial Day. No posting.
May 27 - Tuesday
DE - Lamarr Woodley (2006)
DE - Glen Steele (1997)
DT - Alan Branch (2006)
DT - Jason Horn (1995)
LB - David Harris (2006)
LB - Larry Foote (2001)
LB - Victor Hobson (2002)
CB - Charles Woodson (1997)
CB - Leon Hall (2006)
S - Marcus Ray (1997)
S - Jamar Adams (2007)
May 28 - Wednesday
Recruiting Update. FL LB Brandin Hawthorne added to the board. Keith Nichol is headed to MSU.
Unverified Voracity Seeks Help because MGoBlog 3.0 is coming soon!
After a few days pounding away at MGoBlog 3.0, my initial reaction is: this is going to be so cool if I don't go insane and do something rash like challenge Charlie Weis to deep-fried-butter-eating contest or try to dunk on Jason Maxiell. If you've got mad Drupal chops and can answer questions like "Images: wtf?" and "WYSIWIG editors: wtf?" and "am I going to kill performance by enabling like 600 modules, wtf?" please drop me a line.
May 29 - Thursday
Brian needs to get some things off his chest regarding sports blogs. His grievances are:
Creepily Stalking Hotties
Erin Andrews (this is specific to the first)
May 30 - Friday
So the baseball team is in the NCAA tournament. They are a #2 but actually hosting their regional. They are joined by Arizona, Kentucky, and EMU.
May 31 - Saturday
Baseball regional open thread. ‘M’ lost to Arizona and will play Kentucky in the elimination game.