December 11th, 2015 at 8:07 AM ^

It just so happens that my blood pressure meds are maize and blue capsules (not joking - that's the color scheme on them), so I like to think I am covered regardless. The only thing is that they do have a diuretic property about them, but I assume those are the memories of the last several seasons before this one being flushed out of me. 

Avon Barksdale

December 10th, 2015 at 10:18 PM ^

From a U of Utah blog: Lance Anderson has dominated in recruiting the state of Utah. Him leaving for Michigan would be a GREAT thing.

He also recruits Northern CA, Georgia, and basically every other state along the West Coast. This would be a good hire.


December 11th, 2015 at 3:51 AM ^

This is my biggest fear regarding Anderson.  If he's interested in being an HC, then BYU has an opening.  It's all they talk about on the local news here in Utah. 

And what makes Anderson an extremely attractive candidate for BYU may also make BYU an attractive job for Anderson . . . .

Work your magic, Jim. 


December 11th, 2015 at 10:01 AM ^

I think Whittingham is a distant pipe dream based on the Athletic Directors existing relationship with him.

I have the feeling Anderson is the backup plan based on how well the interview with Niumatalolo goes and whether he's interested or not.  Niumatalolo, for his part, has a pretty important game coming up.  

I think the way this will work is if Niumatalolo is BYU's coach next week, then we're likely seeing Anderson come here.  Otherwise it'll be back to the drawing board.  

I'm okay with Anderson, his defenses this year weren't great but Stanford lost a lot on the defensive side of the ball.  Last year Stanford's defense was awesome, so he can at least get available talent to play well and Michigan has a lot of that.


December 10th, 2015 at 10:33 PM ^

Harbaugh has100x the brand appeal of Anderson and how many CA recruits do we have again?  It's not easy to get a kid to go cross country even for a mega star coach.  11 months ago the talk was CA was now going to a massive conduit into Michigan. 

Sorry kids are not packing cross country for the Anderson brand when Utah, USC, Oregon Stanford are right there.  


December 10th, 2015 at 11:02 PM ^

They play there every year with Stanford or USC so would at least have them going for them.  Would be curious how many CA kids are on their 85 scholarships.

edit - I count 11 kids on their entire roster which counts non scholarship kids. So assuming they have 100-110ish kids in total like we do that's a good 10% which is a good haul.  Do we have >3?


December 11th, 2015 at 7:29 AM ^

When ND partially joined the ACC, a ND friend droned on about how ND was a national brand and that they need the California games and southern games to better recruit the nation.  He said joining the big ten would kill them as a program as it would sort of turn them into Purdue.  He had a point, but football is about being able to beat your neighbor.  ND = chicken.


December 10th, 2015 at 11:58 PM ^

how many kids did he get from PA or OH to go to Stanford with his savvy?  Because that is what we are asking in reverse.  PA and OH kids have plenty of options "locally" (within a state or two) just as CA kids do (or UT).

Getting a Utah kid to go to CA is diff than getting a Utah kid to go to Michigan.  Same for CA.  Doesn't mean we wont get a Mone or Houma here or there but saying brand Anderson is going to open a pipeline is more pie in the sky stuff we heard last year about the major influx of CA kids that would be here soon.

I'd be fine with 1 kid a class at this point. 

Focusing on TX and FL more reasonably lends to a pipeline to UM in terms of far flung places.


turd ferguson

December 11th, 2015 at 12:25 AM ^

I don't care about potential DCs' pipelines, since I think people overestimate their value.  Anderson is just a really good, smart, creative recruiter.  If he comes here, I couldn't care less whether he gets kids from California, Utah, or Saginaw, but unless everyone is wrong about Anderson's recruiting abilities (including Scout, which named him the 2012 national recruiter of the year), he'd be an excellent addition in that area.  

In that article that I linked, both Harbaugh and David Shaw basically credited Anderson with being the key figure/recruiter in rebuilding Stanford.  Harbaugh's quotes are gushing, including saying that "the key guy is Lance Anderson in all of this, above everybody in my opinion."


December 10th, 2015 at 11:38 PM ^

Let's wait a couple of recruiting cycle and then you will have data to support or reject your hypothesis.  I guess that in 3 years we will have on average 3-4 CA kids on the roster.


By the way, our softball team does not seem to have any trouble getting kids to come to AA when you have fantastic teams on the west coast.  When did that begin to happen? When we hired a coach from UCLA. So it can happen.


December 10th, 2015 at 10:19 PM ^

Don't really like that this is getting leaked before a decision is made.  The only options are we get our man a few days early or we don't get our man and have to get our second or third choice.  So really neutral or bad.  No good comes from an early leak.