Unverified Voracity Punches Whales, Not Dolphins Comment Count

Brian December 29th, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Hey folks. Hope you had a pleasant holiday. I did except for my hard drive dying, then beeping alarmingly, then resurrecting itself. Either I need a new computer or I should hand over this hard drive to SCIENCE so all can benefit from this discovery. Probably the former. Anyway…

Merry Christmas. Stauskas attempts to hit 90% from three, does:

I like to have this man on a basketball team I like.

A non-ringing non-endorsement. Hoke on the Big Ten expanding:

Michigan coach Brady Hoke suspects it won't end there.

"It's probably not finished," he said Thursday in Tampa during a segment with Michigan Radio.

Although Hoke offered no dissension toward expansion, he also didn't endorse it.

"Is it a positive? I think it's the world we live in right now," he said. "As coaches, we have no say in anything, I want you to know. The presidents make those decisions -- people way up in the food chain. But I doubt it's done."

Bo is spinning in his grave right now. As I've mentioned before, at this point I'm all for further expansion since Big Ten Old and Big Ten New (And Purdue Or Something) is a much better setup than seeing Iowa and Wisconsin and whoever else once every million years.

Meanwhile, Michigan's moving to a third hotel Monday for some reason.

Hoke quote, epic variety. Is here:

Hoke on Denard & Kovacs: "So we have a distant cousin of Bob Marley and an accountant as our captains."

Cumong man. Very frustrating to hear Will Campbell speak of his laziness early in his career:

"When I was younger, I was lazy," Campbell said. "I didn't listen as much, I didn't take everything in like I should of. There were people around me telling me, too -- it was just me not doing it."

That's one thing recruiting rankings will always struggle to encompass. Jonathan Hankins couldn't get through three consecutive reps when he hit Michigan's camp as a rising senior, but got it together and turned into a beast. Campbell had that famous picture where he's all throwing guys all over the place…


…and then he doesn't really do much until he's a senior and by then we're just happy when he's okay. Meanwhile, repetition of theme about redshirting: RR threw Campbell on the field as a true freshman despite the fact he was patently unready, and now both Michigan and Campbell probably wish they'd have one more year together in which Campbell improved on his 2012 and maybe moved into the middle rounds of the draft. The redshirt forever.

On the other hand. Will Campbell on his beach day:

It's hard out here. I done fought two sharks, wrassled a sting ray, ate two crabs--had butter out there. It's hard out here but you know how we do it, I'm from Detroit. You know, it was nothing. Two great whites, punched a whale in the face... easy day. Go Blue.

He has never lacked for entertainment. The entire segment is pretty fantastic:

Also in this category. Brendan Gibbons on pirates:

Michigan placekicker Brendan Gibbons grew up a big Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, and has always dreamed of playing at Raymond James Stadium.

Of course, he has a perfectly logical reason for loving the Bucs.

"I like pirates," he said.

Unfortunately, we are doomed since Gibbons no longer looks like Keith Stone.



Made with weed and torn ACLs. A reader sends along a shot of a micorbrewery in Coralville, Iowa, with a very special Extra Special Bitter:


Other than the relatively low alcohol content, perfect.

Exit bizarre decision guy. MSU wing forward Brandan Kearney announced he was leaving a few days ago, leaving Izzo to grasp his hair alarmingly($) and dance on the edge of calling Kearney a danger to society:

One of the more bizarre things I’ve been involved with in coaching. Came back from Christmas and (he) just informed me he thinks he’s better off going somewhere else. Not really happy with his role, you know. Wants more role, wants to score more, wants to do this more, wants to do that more. I gotta admit, it was a little strange for me and the players when a guy’s playing 17 minutes a game, but at the same time it’s gonna open it up maybe for another guy.

Thus ends what was, in retrospect, one of the most overblown recruiting controversies in Michigan basketball history: Carlton Brundidge vs Brandan Kearney. Answer: neither, and nobody in state. Unless I missed a guy from outside the Rivals 150 who is blowing up Amir Williams is the only guy from that instate recruiting class doing anything at a major school at the moment. Michigan did get a guy named Trey Burke that year, so that recruiting class something less than a total loss.

As for the departure's impact, Kearney was playing about 40% of MSU's minutes but when the going got tough those dwindled to 6-9 per game. He was a quality defender with little offensive game; MSU will probably revert to the twin towers lineup they had scrapped earlier in the year in an apparently futile effort to cut down on turnovers. I'm not sure Kearney's departure is worth much—maybe a game—but in a brutal big ten every little bit helps, or hurts as the case may be.

Oh for pants' sake. One side of the story and all that but a former Louisville player has sued UL for cancelling his scholarship mid-year after

  • two teammates attacked him in the locker room and broke bones around one of his eyes (they were later charged with assault and kicked off the team)
  • he was told not to tell the doctor and other folks how he sustained those injuries
  • a doctor told him to stop playing football after problems with his eyes

Cancelling a scholarship mid-year is against NCAA regulations, FWIW…

Mid-year cancellations must be for specific reasons in the NCAA bylaws or for violating a term of the scholarship agreement. Any cancellation or non-renewal requires the student-athlete to be provided written notice from the financial aid office and a hearing opportunity.

…and it seems like they could easily have medicaled the guy. I'm sure Strong and Louisville have their side of the story. Looks ugly.

As more money flows into the top echelons of the sport it's time to ask why the NCAA has such strict limits on scholarships issued. If a team wants to carry 100 scholarship players, why not let them? All of this oversigning business would be done tomorrow if the NCAA would restructure revenue sports in such a way as to encourage retention instead of attrition, as a hard cap does.

In the barn. The following six true freshman have enrolled early:

  • OT Logan Tuley-Tillman
  • OG Kyle Bosch
  • CB Ross Douglas
  • S Dymonte Thomas
  • DE Taco Charlton
  • TE Jake Butt

For Douglas, Bosch, and Butt the early enrollment should give them a better shot at early playing time. With the thin interior OL it's not out of the question that Bosch is in the mix to play from day one despite being an OL. Douglas will probably have to wait a year with Countess/Avery/Taylor in front of him but the fourth guy will get PT and the race is on for that spot. Thomas may play some as well; Charlton and LTT seem like obvious redshirt candidates.

All but out of the barn. Taylor Lewan:

"I have an idea what I'm doing. I'm almost positive what I'm doing. But at the end of the day, this bowl game doesn't have to do with what I'm going through. ... I'm playing football on Tuesday, Jan. 1, and I'll make my decision, and I'll talk to the coaches about it, and then we'll obviously go from there and what they want to do to get it out.

Is there something that could change his mind?

"No," Lewan said. "No."

So long and thanks for all the fish.

It all worked out. Followup on "how to schedule nonconference games": Michigan did pretty well this year despite the Binghamton game. They approach the finish line of their nonconference slate 15th nationally after playing 5 major teams and avoiding the very bottom of D-I with the exception of the Bearcats. Their peripheral numbers should be good come tourney time after slogging through the brutal Big Ten, and that'll give them a leg up on anyone with around the same record not named Duke when S-curves are plotted.

Fight. James Young vs.  Derrick Walton, go:

Walton is ripping opponents for 30-40 points a game these days to go along with the point guard stuff. There will necessarily be a dip when Burke is gone next year; it may not be a huge one.

Etc.: Elliott Mealer reminisces about the bad thing. Tony Dungy drops in on Michigan. Chad Ford declares Trey Burke "firmly planted in the first round"($), so godspeed Mr. Burke. Going I-A: Why? Stop. Don't. Joe Lundardi has Iowa the last team in, Iowa fans excited. Craig Roh is about to break the Michigan record for consecutive starts.



December 29th, 2012 at 5:22 PM ^

Did MLive really transcribe Will Campbell's comments saying that he "should of" done something?  An actual professional journalist wrote that?!  AAAAAAAAARGH GET OFF MY LAWN.


kevin holt

December 30th, 2012 at 2:18 PM ^

It doesn't matter what they believe because written language is only in place as a construct to convey speech, and if it gets the same meaning across as "should've" and sounds the same (and because should've sounds just like should of), then even if they would spell it should of they are still correct in speech.

Then you have the whole crazy idea that over time something that used to be wrong becomes right when used and understood by a lot of people. See: 'ain't,' they in place of he or she, literally meaning the opposite of literally, etc.


December 29th, 2012 at 7:46 PM ^

I love Coach Hoke, but I need him to refrain from mentioning any ganja smoking Rastas as distantly related to players. I guess I'm still not over Floyd and Hangerup.


December 29th, 2012 at 8:02 PM ^

They stay in the first because it's near practice, and has a beach. They stay at the second because it's the bowl mandated hotel for the Big Ten. The third is to create a night before the game atmosphere and get away from all the family and fans who stay in hotel #2. I wouldn't be surprised if after the game they're back in hotel #2.

No 100 scholarships for two easy reasons- 1. That means 100 scholarships for female athletes, and all the cost. Don't like it, call your congressman. 2. Outside of the top 10-15 programs in the country, who is going to vote for this? The Wisconsins of the orld just got some equal footing with scholarship reductions. Do you think Purdue et al want to go back to the Big 2 and the Little 8?....or 10....or 12....or whatever...

And I'd say the hope is for freshman Walton to come close to freshman Burke. Watching the game right now hoping for him to be near the level Burke is playing at right now is going to be tough.


December 29th, 2012 at 9:23 PM ^

"It's hard out here. I done fought two sharks, wrassled a sting ray, ate two crabs--had butter out there....punched a whale in the face..."  I blew up laughing when he said that!  He's a funny dude, I love the way the talks.  I can't pinpoint what it is about him, maybe he has an expressive face, but I find his comments really funny.


December 29th, 2012 at 10:38 PM ^

Speaking of Bo and his grave, I was over there last week to check out where my brother's headstone will be and he's right across from Bo. So I walked over to check it out and there was a brown paper bag on Bo's headstone that had Skittles inside. Anyone know why? Did someone just leave their snack behind?


December 30th, 2012 at 2:37 AM ^

The scholarship limit was 115 when Bo first coached at Michigan.  That was in the days before cable, and only two or three college games would be on TV a week.  The upside was that Michigan and Ohio could play MANBALL, because their second string was often better than the first string of a team like Purdue or Indiana.  

The downside for players was that very good ones would come to Ann Arbor and disappear on the depth chart.  Those kind of players now have very good careers at the Purdues and Indianas of the football world, and often make the NFL.  

Title IX, enacted in 1972, was directly responsible for the reduction of scholarships, because for every scholly in football, schools had to create a Title IX sport to even them out.  In 1973, the NCAA went to 105 schollies.  In 1978, they were reduced to 95.  Finally, in 1992, they would be reduced to their current level of 85.

Maybe it wouldn't be a bad thing if we had those four super-conferences, and they broke away from the NCAA.  They could raise the number of scholarships, because the schools that actually make money from football would all be in the new division.  The increase of money that would come from a real playoff to determine a real champion would more than support the extra schollies for the team and for their Title IX counterparts.

Low Key Recidivist

December 30th, 2012 at 10:06 AM ^

The two early enrollees that I personally think will have the best chance of seeing significant playing time are Thomas and Butt.  

Depth at TE will give Butt an immediate shot.  While safety is a tough position to to break into the two-deep as a frosh, I think Thomas has a shot because he is so talented and physically gifted.  At the minimum, his athleticism will translate to an excellent special teamer next year. 

Rufus X

December 30th, 2012 at 12:29 PM ^

The biggest question raised in my mind after reading this post is "Why is there a town in Iowa called Coralville?" Is there an ocean in the midwest I was not aware of?