Sausage Fruits From The Factory Comment Count

Brian July 25th, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Okay, I did get two questions answered. One: I asked Illinois center Ryan McDonald about J Leman's American flag tie. Had he seen the picture? Yes. Does he just wear that thing? "Every time I see him with a tie it's in an American flag tie." But he apparently didn't wear it to the wedding. "If you're in a tux, you can't pull that off."

J Leman picture goes here.

The other: I did get my question about the number of tight ends on the roster off. Rodriguez responded "well, now that's not entirely true, we threw to Owen Schmitt quite a bit and sometimes he lined up at tight end," at which point I gave him an "aw, come on" kind of beaten-down puppy dog look and he went into a spiel about how at Michigan they have the sort of tight ends they've never had at West Virginia and how they're looking to use them. I asked further about what was the rationale for having them split into the slot when traditionally slot receivers in the spread are 5'8" electron guys.

Rodriguez: "You want to look for mismatches part of what we're experimenting with that with the tight ends. If they can prove to be a mismatch on the field we'll use them; if they can't, they won't."

This was not as revelatory as I hoped, but it wasn't about how he feels about leadership, man.

Clarification: The stuff about Michigan hating children by ducking out of Lamarr Woodley's golf this is a miscommunication and they'll be there next year.

Observation: Curtis Painter has an unbelievable amount of product in his hair.

Theme: Rich Rodriguez would like you to know he's not married to running 70% of the time. This came up at various times as people came in and out, most artfully asking if he was stupid enough to run Steven Threet 30 times a game but all polite like. Rodriguez: "We've been pigeonholed as a club that runs. We have to have enough flexibility to go a couple different ways. You see one spread and it's not like another spread. The spread you can go a lot of different ways."

Later, he was asked about recruiting and segued in to this bit: "We don't have to have Pat White. Pat's a special guy but you can get a guy who can move a little bit and be accurate, we'll go with that." There was a followup about that and Rodriguez made an interesting point: "We're practicing the same plays when Shawn King is the quarterback and Pat White, we just call them differently. In practice we don't focus on one or the other. In the game we were calling what's working."

Stonum. "Stonum is five months ahead of him because he got there five months ahead." Stonum's chances of playing are better because he enrolled early.

Zinger. Much was made about this "apostles" bit that Rodriguez has going on; at one point Rodriguez clarified the deal: "We've always had a group of leaders; we let the players pick. Sometimes it's as simple as picking pregame music. It's not like we're making major decisions. They're making suggestions."

Angelique Chengelis then got off a pretty good one: "there's only one Jesus Christ." Rodriguez, thankfully, did not claim that happiness for himself.


This would be slightly interesting if I knew who Rodriguez was talking about: "He looks stronger. He's done a great job according to Mike and looks like he has as far as getting stronger across the board; he's got a terrific attitude."

Pick your favorite player. That's who he's talking about.

On recruiting: "We trust our own judgments... recruiting rankings are a little overblown but not always. Would I take a roster full of five star guys? I would, if they have the right attitude."

"I think we can go anywhere in the country. Our base areas: Michigan, surrounding states, also an emphasis in Florida. Fortunately for us we think we've got enough of a brand name to at least give us a shot. Some of it is system-oriented, but a lot of it is just the player and attitude all coaches want in athletes."

Observation: no one wants to talk to Purdue LB Anthony Heygood.

Boilerplate: "The thing i like about camp is that it's all football from morning to night. In the spring guys have classes and all that and they've got responsibilities and the like. We'll certainly know our guys better at the end of August. I will know our team a whole lot better after 30 days."

Minor HULK SMASH moment: At this point the Dis-paaatch guy actually asks the us against the world question, which is always "do you think the team is adopting an "us against the world" mentality?" Rodriguez says "no."

Weird: Players vote on captains before the last regular season game.

Opinion on something that's not that interesting. Rodriguez was asked about this movement towards national officiating crews instead of conference-affiliated ones: "National officiating crews are a good idea; just want the games to be consistently called. The attempt to go national is an attempt to be more consistent." He also said he hadn't noticed much of a difference between conferences in bowl games and such.

Joke about referees: "I used to yell at them a lot when I was younger, but then I figured out they aren't going to change the call so I stopped."

Carlos Brown gon' take some snaps, probably. Carlos Brown was brought up; Rodriguez dubbed him a "wildcard" because he missed so much of spring when he sliced his finger open. This led into a good question from someone who I couldn't identify: "how many guys will touch the ball at quarterback this year." Rodriguez repeated the question with an arched eyebrow, paused, and then exclaimed "good question! I set the over-under: 20"

Then he said this: "we've got to be creative, moreso now than we might have to in the future."

My take-home: hello, Wildcat.

Also, on Feagin: he has to "make his mark in the first two weeks" and will be "given everything he can handle mentally."

How do you feel about the Big Ten perception Ohio State blah? "If you want to change that perception, you've got to win."

Oops. The past few years there were a lot of schools visiting West Virginia, but not ones that he thought he'd play. Including... uh... Ohio State.

The last bit in this quote is reassuring for me, though: "There's no patents on schemes. We never give them everything. Like we never tell people why we call this play in a certain situation. They bring us stuff here, We try to get smarter every year, learn some things from people all the time."

Theme: The other side of "salty language." Talking points from Morgan Trent and Tim Jamison when asked about how Rodriguez was different from Carr. Trent: "he's a little more intense, a little more vocal. He wants it to be chaotic environment in practice so we're ready during the game." Jamison: "He brings a lot of energy, it's great for us. He's not going to pat you on the butt. He demands greatness of you. You need to get better every day. You need to get ready to compete."

Tim Jamison: "I don't think anyone else is going to leave. I think everyone else is ready, confident, and has brought into the program. We're just working out hard, watching TV, hearing about how bad Michigan is going to be. I'm not going to brag on what we're going to do, but we're excited to go into training camp."

Stock answer. Jamison on defending the spread better this year because Michigan has a spread: "As the year went on we got better at it but we can't help but get better at it this year."

What kind of football will people see out of Michigan? American football. Ha. Jamison: "You're going to see a team that's very conditioned, very physical, anxious. We're anxious to see what we're going to do as well."

Awww, Lloyd Carr. Jamison, laughing: "The Brown Jug is the only rivalry Carr broke down from start to finish. From the beginning to the end, every year."



July 25th, 2008 at 1:52 PM ^

I heard from a rock solid source that a university student at PSU on his 21st birthday got so shitfaced that he broke into the football facility via windows and got into the weightroom. He then used dumbells to break mirrors, windows and other doors to gain entrance into the athletic training facility where he proceeded to undress (save the underwear) and knock over all the eliptical and exercise bike machines in the room. Next, he called the police and claimed to have been beaten up by football players. After the awesome phone call he finds a football helmet and some soft shoulder pads (probably for guys with weak shoulders) and makes his way to the trophy area. He then breaks glass in the case, picks up the heaviest trophy and prepares to throw it through the window just as the cops pull in and find him. His excuse, "I'm just real drunk." 10,000 bucks worth of damage. True story. CLASSIC!! I'm hoping for YOUTUBE footage from the security cameras.


July 25th, 2008 at 2:28 PM ^

Your "rock solid source" is The PSU student newspaper, and, well, I'll C+P:


"When police responded to a "fight" in Holuba Hall yesterday, they didn't expect to find the man who called them to have caused $5,000 worth of damage to the Lasch Building on his 21st birthday."


So, close.  

Tim Waymen

July 27th, 2008 at 4:59 PM ^

Rivals claims that someone is close to committing. Anyone know anything about that?

It seems like low 3* FL RB Vincent Smith is going to commit somewhere soon. Call me crazy, but I'm kind of hoping he doesn't commit to UM. It takes up the space of someone better. I am an ass.


July 28th, 2008 at 12:58 AM ^

I'm sitting here watching a piece on Michael Phelps on SportsCenter and he says he's lifted ZERO weights his entire life up until this past year, then they show him dicking around on a nautilus machine in some bullshit fitness room and so I'm thinking... Holy crap, if BARWIS trains Phelps... could he make him faster than a porpoise????????


July 28th, 2008 at 2:20 AM ^

And training to increase Phelps' explosive burst off the starting platform and his push-turns off the wall use the same muscles as a DE firing off the LOS.

 I was obviously exaggerating the OMG BARWIS-effect for comedy, but seriously I think he could help Phelps more than him dicking around on the nautilus or cybex machines I saw him using on ESPN.


July 28th, 2008 at 7:40 AM ^

While I agree that common sense says standard athletic training like Barwis provides would make Phelps better (if it's true he doesn't do it in the first place), common sense also says it might be kind of hard to improve upon setting 22 individual world records so far in his career.

chitownblue (not verified)

July 28th, 2008 at 10:54 AM ^

As someone who was involved in top-level swimming since I was literally 5, I can assure you that "explosiveness" is not a relevant quality in swimming.

chitownblue (not verified)

July 28th, 2008 at 1:31 PM ^

In the most civil way possible: It is true that "explosiveness" could help pushing off the wall. A start is 100% reaction time. That said, the amount of advantage to be derived from being marginally better at pushing off the wall is miniscule compared to the amount of time gained by being better at swimming, or even being technically better on the turn itself. So, I guess I'm saying that if I were to devote 4 to 5 hours a day to swimming/conditioning, spending hours a day with Barwis in order to get a marginal gain on a miniscule portion of the race wouldn't cross my mind. Cfaller can feel free to contradict me.


July 29th, 2008 at 10:39 AM ^

what's your opinion of the new suits?  essential?  cheating? insignificant? seeing as how the olympics are right around the corner... Also, what about those guys that stay underwater longer? is that really an advantage? serious question.


July 28th, 2008 at 1:35 PM ^

I'd already assumed the B10 champ knew his stuff better than I, but your explanation makes a lot of sense and I appreciate you going to the effort

chitownblue (not verified)

July 29th, 2008 at 11:04 AM ^

You mean the long spandexy shorts that guys are wearing? I'd say they're absolutely essential. It's hard to call it cheating when everyone is doing it - but I guess that if you consider the rate at which World Records have fallen "cheating" in the historical sense, there may be a point. There's more resistance at the surface of the water than underneath, so if you can stay under, it helps. That said, international competition has forced swimmers to come up after 15 meters or be disqualified.