Unverified Voracity Calls Nine Times

Submitted by Brian on April 23rd, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Support this cause. A bunch of alumni are getting together to help raise money:

On December 26, 2014 Evelyn Grace Spytek - daughter of former Wolverine John Spytek - passed away due to complications following a CMV (Cytomegalovirus) related surgery. In her memory and in support of the National CMV Foundation, a team of eleven former Michigan Football student athletes - John Spytek, Dave Pearson, John Navarre, Grant Bowman, Andy Mignery, Tony Pape, Phil Brackins, Brent Cummings, Jeff Rich, Steve Baker and Eric Rosel - will be running the Columbus, Ohio Capital City Half Marathon on May 2, 2015 to raise money for the cause.

As causes go this is one of the best. Hit it up here to help out.

Har-bonus. Additional items that didn't make the cut for the Real Sports thing:

And khakis:

As for the piece itself, I thought it was fine. Alex Boone's statements were self-contradictory, which made me feel like maybe the full conversation would help reconcile that into something where context makes the first bits less harsh.

Harbaugh himself came off as a guy who is aware that his personality is to the best of his ability but had no plans on changing it; the moment where Visser asks him about the "wear out his welcome" thing and he just says "that must be true" given the evidence was charmingly without artifice or defensiveness. There was some regret in there, but nothing to the point where Harbaugh would consider changing. Even if it meant he spent his childhood playing baseball with himself in the strip mall nearest to my home.

(Does he still do this? Can I buy tickets if that is the case?)

Gumbel's bit at the end was predictably smug, but whatever.

Hilarious aside. Remember when NFL reporters were swearing up and down that Harbaugh would never leave the NFL because he hates recruiting? Nobody asked his wife.

THE LAST BASTION OF zzzz. Don't care, is football coach, must have mandatory football coach opinions unless he's Lloyd Carr. The position is self-selecting gentlemen who value toughness above just about everything else and can't find that value elsewhere.

oh good it's on Limbaugh

no I don't want to talk about it

the problem with politics from the perspective of a sports fan is that there is no difference between the two activities

The Houston Nutt of satellite camps. Michigan's camp schedule in June, via Sam Webb:

June 4th - Midwest stop
June 5th - Prattville, Alabama
June 6th - Tampa, Fla.
June 7th - Pennsylvania
June 8th - Houston, Tex
June 9th - Dallas, Tex
June 10th - California
June 11th -12th - Sound Mind / Sound Body (Michigan)

This is the satellite camp equivalent of Houston Nutt signing 37 guys one year at Arkansas: the thing that gets people up in arms enough to bring down the NCAA hammer. SEC coaches are complaining, the commissioner is bringing it up to the rules committee, even Urban Meyer's against it, another avenue in the arms race threatens to open up, and soon there will be a bylaw saying NOPE. Because when it comes down to it, NCAA laws are for the coaches, not the players.

False alarm? ESPN's Paul Biancardi momentarily had hearts a-flutter yesterday when he asserted, citing sources "close to his family," that national #1 player Jaylen Brown had a top two of Cal and Michigan. That's Cal the school, not Cal the coach who thinks shot clock violations are the way to go in the late stages of a Final Four game.

No offense to Cal the school, but competing against them versus the blue-bloods of college basketball seems like a highly tractable position—no doubt Cal was thinking the same thing.

Alas, Brown shot that down:

Jaylen Brown has not cut his list, he told SNY.tv by text on Wednesday.

“No,” he said when asked if he was down to Cal and Michigan.

Now, that is not quite a response to what Biancardi said. He made no assertion that Brown had dropped anyone—they in fact also mention Kansas and Kentucky in the segment—just that those two schools were the names they were hearing. Biancardi can be correct and Brown can answer that question like he did. And that would be very nice.

Cal, now the home of bizarrely-deposed former Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin, does have a commit from top-ten Ivan Rabb. Despite going 7-9 in the Pac-12 last year they will have some surrounding pieces to entice with.

Brown's recruitment is currently very mysterious, but as we were talking about this on the WTKA roundtable today Sam re-iterated that he was confident that Michigan was in Brown's top two and that the other school seems to keep changing—always a good sign for the constant. I'm still in believe-it-when-I-see-it mode when Michigan goes head to head for the big dogs, but they did get Mitch.

In other big boy news. 2016 SF Tyus Battle is coming off a visit to Louisville that his father rather gushed over($) to Louisville's Scout site…

The elder Battle said all of the pre-visit information with the day and a half spent with the staff on the official visit made for an "awesome" time in Louisville.

"We got a lot out of it," he said. "A whole lot."

The father said the campus tour and atmosphere around the program led him to believe he would be turning his son over to "someone who really cared about him," if Tyus Battle were to pick Louisville down the road.

…and is winding down his recruitment. A lot of people are talking about Duke, which is natural. Though he and Derryck Thornton are not a package since Thornton reclassified to 2015, they are friends. Unless Thornton's going to become the equivalent of a none-and-done, that could be a factor.

But Michigan does have another shot:

"He's probably just going to go through the process and just pick a school," the father said. "It's not that we don't like the recruiting process, but there are some other things that he needs to get along with.

"He will visit Michigan on May 8 and after that we will see."

Michigan will have openings after the departures of LeVert and DEFINITELY JAYLEN BROWN*.

*[Unless Brown sticks to his statements he might stay two years.]

This is not your job. FSU's trustees are complaining that Florida State, which was bombed by Oregon in the CoFoPoff, was disrespected so thoroughly as to be placed third in the final rankings:

"I think the perceived bias of the ACC in general, [with] Florida State falling to No. 4 in the rankings and still being undefeated and being [No.] 3 at the end of the season … a one-loss ACC team or two-loss ACC team is going to have a hard time breaking that top four," Gruters said. "I think the top ACC team over the next four or five years, we're going to be in that [No.] 5 to 8 category. And we're going to be on the outside looking in."

You are. And it will be justified. Florida State's season was a series of high-wire escapes indicating that it was nowhere near the team that steamrolled to a national title the previous year. Voters and the committee reacted appropriately. In a sport like college football there is not enough data to just exclaim "just win baby"; FSU drop was not about bias but performance.

I did not know that #talkinboutthenoles extended to the trustee level. In retrospect I'm not surprised, though.

All right. Michigan gets a home game with Xavier in the new Gavitt Tipoff, which is basically a Big East/Big Ten challenge with less overall oomph since the Big East is short on teams. Unfortunately, the Stain Train is out of eligibility. Michigan does get to match up against Trevon Bluiett, who was quite good as a freshman.

Xavier was a six-seed this year, reaching the Sweet 16 before losing to Arizona in a tight game. They lose two starters but return a large group of experienced players; they appear to have an excellent replacement for Stainbrook in junior-to-be Jalen Reynolds, who had a virtually identical shooting percentage (62%) on a similar number of shots.

Hope you like night games. Minnesota joins Maryland and Utah as night games on the road—though Utah was always going to be at night since it is on Thursday. Add in rumors that PSU could be at night and Michigan searching for one at home and noon kicks are dead, man.


As per usual. Michigan is again murdering the field in the EDSBS charity challenge. You can go here to increase the damage.

Etc.: Don't get your hopes up that Bielfeldt might stick around.  The Daily profiles LaVall Jordan. Cassius Winston has a top five with M and MSU in it.



April 23rd, 2015 at 1:22 PM ^

Awesome comment from Brian. There is a small meme on this topic that goes something like "you can't tell the relative virtues or quality of a conference until they play each other in the playoffs."  That meme is wroing. 


April 23rd, 2015 at 1:52 PM ^

The ACC was BY FAR the best conference when it came to playing OOC. 3 top 15 SRS wins (us over uga, bc over usc, vt over osu) was more than all other conferences combined. ACC also went 10-7 vs power5 teams and 7-6 vs SRS top 50. The Big 10 had a nice bowl season but they went 6-11 vs power5 teams, 4-9 vs top 50, and had 4 losses to bottom 60. ACC inferiority is a lazy and tired narrative.


April 23rd, 2015 at 10:37 PM ^

The problem with FSU wasn't that they didn't have a lot of marquee wins. The problem was they won every game by the skin of their teeth. If they had performed even close to what they did last year then they would have deserved a #1 ranking.


April 24th, 2015 at 1:31 PM ^

wouldn't believe it IMO. Being an inferior conference does not mean you won't win some games against other conferences. A marquee win over a better opponent is just one factor in how a good a team is--the other 11 matter just as much. And there the ACC loses. Most of the good teams at the top of the ACC had terrible games against similar teams from other conferences. 


April 23rd, 2015 at 1:34 PM ^

I am going to enjoy Jordan as a coach while I can, because I have to believe he will be a successful head coach some day soon.  

Bittersweet, I love to see the success of players as they leave early to the NBA, but miss seeing them in AA.  This will be the same feeling with Jordan. Perhaps this will just eventually set him up as a replacment to Beilein after Beilein retires from his very successful tenure at Michigan and 2nd National Championship (hey, if I could dream of hoverboards in the 80s, I can believe this too).


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April 23rd, 2015 at 2:47 PM ^

I just noticed that the @umichfootball Twitter account deleted the tweet about the summer camps and MGoBlue.com no longer has the article they wrote about it.

Michigan Arrogance

April 23rd, 2015 at 3:26 PM ^

I love the khakis - decision fatigue is a real thing. I can't stand having to start the morning with a decision 1 of 10,000 for the day just seconds after I wake up. It's exhausting.


April 23rd, 2015 at 6:36 PM ^

in the hands of Rick Patino.  No problem. He probably even knows some great restaurants that he could take him to for after hours dinners or what not.