Unverified Voracity Acquires Pig

Submitted by Brian on May 29th, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Important! The offensive line has purchased a pig.

God bless the offensive line for keeping the team's entertainment quotient off the charts even after Denard Robinson departs.


World series. Congrats to softball, which endured some harrowing times in the super regional to get to the Women's Softball World Series. A two-run double from Ashley Lane rescued Michigan in the elimination game.

On to Oklahoma City, where Michigan gets #1 Oklahoma. Grumble about not re-seeding goes here. Michigan plays tomorrow at 9:30 on ESPN2.

We don't like things. Scott Dochterman FOIAed the dickens out of Iowa to get information about their seeming about-face on the recruiting deregulation that Mark Emmert spearheaded about a year ago. The revelations are about what you'd expect: fusty muttering about big spending oblivious to the Big Ten's place in the money standings. Urban Meyer (in a text message):

there are already teams that have made plans to have separate scouting depts. [sic]. there has already been nfl scouts that have been told they will be hired to run the dept. (hired for over 200k). I checked with an NFL friend and he confirmed that there was much conversation about this. Appealing to scouts because of no travel. Also, there has been movement to hire Frmr players/coaches with big names to work in that dept. and recruit full time. This will all happen immediately once rule is passed.

Emmert comes off as extremely frustrated that a year-long high-profile working group got bushwhacked by Big Ten teams who had simply not been paying attention. MSU's president chaired the frigging committee and was super pissed you guys about how everything went down:

"I find it interesting that I was advised by the conference to vote for these rules being assured that they had been discussed within the conference and we were involved in the committee process.”

She adds, “I must admit after all of our integrity and power coach discussions, I found the press release — the tone, the method and lack of conversation with Mark (Emmert) or me prior to release — very disturbing.”

Delany responded that "minds were other places" because, uh, football. Or something? Whatever they were busy with it certainly wasn't making sure Rutgers wasn't on the verge of becoming a national laughingstock.

Emmert was eventually forced to back down when other power conferences awoke from a refreshing year-long nap and agreed with whatever the Big Ten happened to be thinking that day. Emmert probably spent that night looking at his paycheck and thinking "still worth it."

Yoink. Hockey matches the football program's Drake Harris heist by securing the services of NTDP defenseman Nick Boka, a one-time MSU commit who thought better of it and is now headed… er… going to stay in Ann Arbor. Boka is a high profile defender who got an early invite to the NTDP and brings that grinding edge:

A good-sized kid who is probably still growing and he has a lot of upside to his game. He is not a flashy offensive-defenseman although he moves the puck well and isn’t afraid to skate it up either. He is quite mobile and plays aggressive. Boka showed some physical play at the back-end and plays sound position as well as controlling gaps. He looks to have pretty heavy shot from the point too.

Boka should come in for the class of 2015.

If he gets any taller he'll have to become two-dimensional. Tim Hardaway pumped up Caris LeVert to Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg, stating that the kid is still growing. A lot:

"The guy people are sleeping on is Caris LeVert," Hardaway told Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg during a recent ESPN podcast. "I think he grew an inch or two this past year, they plan on him being 6-foot-8, 6-foot-7-1/2 (next year). He's not done growing.

"He's going to be an athletic, defensive guy who can grab rebounds, push it on the break and hit that wide-open 3 … he's going to be the X-factor for the Wolverines next year."

A 6'8" small forward is a luxury few teams have. And LeVert doubles as a sail!

Nick Saban and I are basically twins now. I'm creeped out by this development as much as anyone else, but he's the only coach in the SEC who thinks they should add a ninth conference game. He's concerned that fans are getting fed up with seeing Middle Tennessee State and Memphis in the middle of November. Meanwhile, other guys in that league are saying stuff like this:

“For me, when you add a ninth game, that’s seven more losses for our conference,” Freeze said.

And this from James Franklin:

When’s it going to stop? Two years from now they’re going to say, ‘You know, we probably ought to schedule an NFL team. You’re probably going to have to play the Jets. You’re going to have to play the Falcons.’

Congratulations on destroying the slippery slope argument even more than politicians, James Franklin. Where does it all end? You're going to have to play a team of cyborgs with swords for eyes, James Franklin. That's definitely happening. And then they're going to take your wife home.

Saban, on the other hand:

“The biggest thing we all need to do in some of these decisions that we’re making about who we’re playing and what we do is, ‘What about the fans?’ because one of these days they’re going to quit coming to the games because they’re going to stay home and watch it on TV.

“Then everybody’s going to say, ‘Why aren’t you coming to the games? Well, if you play somebody good we’d come to the game.’ That should be the first consideration. Nobody’s considering them. They’re just thinking about, ‘how many games can I win, can I get bowl-qualified, how tough a teams do I have to play?’”

I find this… awesome? I do. These are strange days in college football.

Fast! Hype for Delano Hill continues apace as he runs a 10.97 in "cold, wet and windy conditions" to win the PSL 100 M and won a regional with a 10.7. Already at 200 pounds, he won't have to add the kind of weight that would rob him of some pretty excellent top-end safety speed.

Etc.: Intermat names Michigan's wrestling recruiting class #1, following on the heels of another strong class last year. Everything Patrick Hruby writes is great and makes me angry. The SEC's recommending that schools put functional wifi in their stadiums, which… yeah. Origins of the alma mater. Hardaway underrated.



May 29th, 2013 at 3:30 PM ^

Game is Tennessee and he has no out of conference big time rival and plays as many crap teams as possible. Florida's crossover is LSU (I think) and they play Florida state out of conference. I understand why the floridAs, Georgia's (ga tech) and so Carolina (clemson) might be wary of st saban. Also, there is nothing stopping saban from scheduling tough teams right now.


May 29th, 2013 at 3:45 PM ^

The SEC does have the worst possible scheduling structure. 8 games in a 14 team conference with protected crossovers means, if you play the one remaining crossover with home and home series, you play every non protected team less than twice a decade. That's both a conference with long term competitive imbalances and a conference where the divisions are barely a conference.


May 29th, 2013 at 3:32 PM ^

I was under the impression that the B1G had some of the greatest working funds because of the B1G Network (even the ones who aren't good at football). Why would they be scared of spending that money in a way that could be advantageous?

Michigan Arrogance

May 29th, 2013 at 3:32 PM ^

The M wrestling team has been recruiting balls out for 2-3 years now, yet they seem to underperform relative to these rankins.

injuries? what gives?


Shop Smart Sho…

May 29th, 2013 at 4:06 PM ^

Can you guys please make the links open new tabs?  I've noticed it more this spring after doing something that seems to be very bad to my right hand during this tennis season.  Right-clicking and then clicking "open in new tab" is sorta painful.  

Just a suggestion.

the Glove

May 29th, 2013 at 4:15 PM ^

As much as I hate to stick up for him, Saban and Alabama have played some pretty tough non-conference games. I'm not say they haven't been like everybody else and didn't have their shit non-conference games as well, but I'm pretty sure they played a Big Ten school in the last 3 years. Not bottom of the barrel either.


May 30th, 2013 at 10:43 AM ^

I hear what you saying and agree completely. However, if all teams recruited the way Bama has been able to the last five years I'm sure you would see big time out of conference match ups. At this point in time I see Bama in the same light as a Floyd Mayweather. They can pick when and where because everyone would love a shot to upset the mighty Bama. Assuming they finish the season with only one loss it's almost a guaranteed title game.


May 29th, 2013 at 4:24 PM ^

I find his opposition to the waiver of the rules both corrrect on the merits, and also unselfish on his part. If there's ayone that would benefit from spending tons of cash on a seperate scouting department with full time personnel guys and unlimited contact of recruits, it would be OSU.

I mean, he's still Urban Meyer, but on this he is right IMO


May 29th, 2013 at 4:33 PM ^

It's funny because playing another conference game is nothing like playing an NFL team. 

It's your conference. You're supposed to play them. They are your peers. 

But yeah. Instead, schedule a lesser team to whom you are like an NFL team. That makes for good sport. 

I understand complaining about adding games but not this. Everyone has to do it. The other conference team is playing you afterall not some MAC school. No competitive advantage is gained by anyone in the conference.

Maybe James Franklin would prefer not to be in the SEC or maybe he'd rather be in the SEC without having to play SEC teams.


May 29th, 2013 at 4:36 PM ^

I think it is time to consider the possibility that Saban is trolling you. Before you know it you will be at his chili cook off eating a chili made of your own...well we all know where it goes from there.

Blue boy johnson

May 29th, 2013 at 4:38 PM ^

Better than the interview with Tim Hardaway on the ESPN podcast, was the interview with KU coach Bill Self. Self made a comment about feeling much better now than he did the last two minutes of the Michigan game, and later Self gave a scouting report of Trey Burke that was very complimentary.


May 29th, 2013 at 4:52 PM ^

Hear all those changes athletic departments are ready to make if the recruiting changes happen makes me feel really bad for these kids.  They already seem to grow really tired of it really fast and feel pressured to make a decision before they can even take an official visit because of the non-stop attention they get.  Seems more and more players who say they want to wait until signing day are now just throwing their hands up and saying "screw it, I'll decide now so all you schools stop bothering me."


May 29th, 2013 at 4:53 PM ^

Not that I'm against WiFi in the stadiums, but doesn't the SEC have an official policy against anyone in the stadium texting, tweeting, or blogging about the game? I'm guessing the people who came up with that policy might have a problem with the conference spending a lot of money to help fans violate that policy. The right hand might need to talk to the left there. 


May 29th, 2013 at 6:25 PM ^

I don't know if you can really call it talent evaluation when a guy grows, but Beilein consistently gets more out of his guys than recruiting services thinks he will.

Burke blew up
THJ blew up
GRIII blew up after he committed
Spike is far better than any of us dared hope
and Caris is blowing up?


May 29th, 2013 at 7:01 PM ^

Kinda funny for Urban to warn of, in essence, a separate recruiting staff when that's exactly what OSU was permitted to do upon his hire. (Which still completely blows my mind - sanctions, who?)