May 1 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Identifies Counterpunt. CB Chris Richards is in legal trouble. His representation happens to be Nicholas Roumel aka Counterpunt on the back of the program.
Until I was twelve I thought he was one of the six coolest people on the planet.
May 2 - Wednesday
Andrew Cogliano has signed with the Edmonton Oilers and won’t be returning to the hockey team.
Unverified Voracity is Dynomite (!). Beilein is looking at a Vermont transfer named Joe Trapani. He would eventually choose Boston College and go on to be a three year starter.
May 3 - Thursday
The APR has been released. In only its third year, the APR is widely decried for how it punishes small schools. This isn’t equitable, but Brian says many of these schools shouldn’t be I-A anyway.
Those who can't hack it shouldn't be playing. Personally, anything the NCAA can do to nuke FIU and their ilk out of I-A is a good thing. Florida International in no way deserves a Division I football team, but because they want to blow a bunch of money to have one they do. Every game the Panthers play detracts from college football. Hell, the entire Sun Belt fits in this category. Each pitiful Buffalo or FIU or Temple in the D-IA ranks is four or five opportunities for real football teams to avoid playing each other. They're miserable on and off the field. They're a blight on the game. No one will mourn their passing or even notice that they're gone. I-A football is not a right.
May 7 - Monday
Recruiting Board Update. Two recognizable last names have been offered. MD RB Josh Haden (Joe’s younger brother) and IL OL Graham Pocic (older brother to Ethan).
May 8 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity and Such and Such. Jake Long is the #1 rated prospect for next year’s draft by one source and #4 to another. Mike Hart is showing up in the 1st round in certain mocks, but that seems dubious. Also, Jerry Dunn has been added to Beilein’s staff.
May 9 - Wednesday
Now we are reminded of what Jim Harbaugh was doing ten years ago. Making this statement:
"Michigan is a good school and I got a good education there, but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications. They’re adulated when they’re playing, but when they get out, the people who adulated them won’t hire them."
This makes Michigan fans distraught and ND fans gleeful. Brian doesn’t disagree though, but this is who Harbaugh is
This marks the second controversial thing he's said in the past few months, and given his history we can expect more uncensored, potentially unconsidered comments from him in the future.
This affects Harbaugh's chances for the job in no way. The presumption Carr is retiring after the season is universal and Harbaugh just can't be a candidate after one year at Stanford. Anything multiplied by zero is zero.
Basketball recruit DJ Wright has been released from LSU his LOI. Might be a fit for Beilein.
May 10 - Thursday
Rudimentary CFB mems.
Unverified Voracity No So Happy. BTN is either going to be amazing...or it will be available to no one. Also, the college 3 point line might be moved out a bit.
ESPN has named ‘M’ basketball the most underachieving team of the last ten years. Jay Bilas didn’t include Michigan on his ballot because, Tommy Amaker.
May 14 - Monday
Brian has been visiting Canada over the weekend.
May 15 - Tuesday
May 16 - Wednesday
Likely Hello Ben Cronin.
Unverified VoraussityOi Oi Oi. Lloyd Carr is doing his best Jim Harbaugh impersonation by spending a week with Russell Crowe in Australia. If this were ten years later, the entire team would have gone.
May 17 - Thursday
More Ben Cronin background information. Also, this comment is interesting in retrospect:
The instate crop for '08 is very bad anyway, especially with Anthony Crater already committed to OSU. The only other guy who appears to be on the radar of Michigan or MSU is SF/PF Draymond Green, the one-time Kentucky commit who opened it back up when Tubby went away. There have been some breathless headlines re: Green of late on GBW, so maybe he's making headway there.
Hello Kurt Wermers. You won’t be remembered fondly.
May 18 - Friday
Hello Brandon Moore. He was a top 100 guy to Scout and Rivals. Probably will be the last player to wear #87.
May 20 - Sunday
Goalie Steve Jakiel is leaving the hockey team.
May 21 - Monday
Recruiting Board Update. There will likely be 5 or 6 O-Linemen in the class. Also, because it’s still likely MI RB Jonas Gray doesn’t have an offer, it is likely that the coaches already know that Sam McGuffie is going to be a commit.
May 22 - Tuesday
Pistons beat the Cavs in game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Apparently, Lebron James passed up a late shot to Donyell Marshall. But it was the right play.
Toledo will fill a spot in the 2008 schedule. This is a depressing post.
May 23 - Wednesday
Unverified Voracity Goes Ping. Michigan baseball is Big10 champs.
May 24 - Thursday
Bill Martin says he wants to continue the ND series, but move it so that OSU and ND aren’t home and home in the same year. ND has the same problem with USC. However, ND fans believe that Michigan is being, um...chicken.
May 25 - Friday
Hey, the Pistons beat the Cavs again. They’re up 2-0.
May 28 - Monday
Recruiting Board Update. OH RB Michael Shaw has been added. GA S Omar Hunter is expected to be in the class; he would end up at Florida.
May 29 - Tuesday
Brian picks apart a Mark Snyder blog post about how amazing the BTN is going to be. Since there is still much uncertainty about how many people will be able to get the network, it is looking more like it will be a disaster.
Rivals 2008 top 100. Here are some highlights:
They have committed.
#49 Boubacar Cissoko
#53 Brandon Moore
#62 Dann O'Neil
They should commit.
#54 Daryl Stonum
#65 Brandon Smith
In With A Shot
They could commit. It would be nice to pick up two from this category.
#2 Darrell Scott
#7 Will Hill
#12 Shayne Hale
#28 Jonathan Baldwin (almost in the "favored" column.)
#34 Stephen Filer
#83 Jon Major
Guys we've offered that have given no indication they're considering Michigan and live far away and stuff. Guys in this category could end up interested but haven't given any indication they are yet; probability dictates we aren't likely to get any of these guys. One if we're lucky.
#15 Arthur Brown
#20 Deion Walker
#25 Brandon Barnes
#48 Ethan Johnson
#52 Michael Floyd
#69 Antoine McClain
#33 Matt Patchan
Ticketed elsewhere but I've heard of them as Michigan recruits.
#1 Terrelle Pryor
#26 Lucas Nix
#42 Rahim Moore
#87 Kavario Middleton
#100 Robert Blanton
May 30 - Wednesday
The Pistons lose and the series is tied 2-2. Chauncey seems to be broken.
May 31 - Thursday
Unverified Vor--Not this Again? This was really the beginning of a decade of arrogance and domination for the SEC. It was starting with things like Phil Fulmer saying that Michigan doesn’t play a very tough schedule.