Not many throws but they were pretty good. PFF B10 QB grades from last week:
The highest passing grades from Week 2 among B1G QBs – led by Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook pic.twitter.com/QDAzJUn43y
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 11, 2018
Do not read the replies, which are all #TalkinBouttheBuckeyes. Unfortunately the PFF news isn't all good. Their list of Michigan's top five offensive players against WMU drops off pretty rapidly and implies that if any OL scraped over a 70 rating it wasn't by much:
Michigan's highest-graded players on offense from their win over WMU pic.twitter.com/rtEEQiT8cN
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 8, 2018
In the past 70 has been "this person isn't terrible"; if they've still got the same scale they're attributing much of Michigan's success to WMU dorfs. Which is accurate.
Quick! Who does Rutgers have committed at running back? Recruiting services should probably give a running back who decommits from Rutgers six stars:
Following in the footsteps of fellow former Rutgers RB commits Saquon Barkley and Jonathan Taylor, Stevie Scott leads all freshmen and is tied for 4th nationally in carries per game and is 2nd among freshmen and 8th nationally in rushing yards per game #iufb
— Punt John Punt (@PuntJohnPunt) September 10, 2018
Imagine being Rutgers and watching two Heisman-quality RBs you had committed play in the Big Ten, a conference you would like to join but cannot.
[After THE JUMP: George Perles features, which is never a good thing.]
It takes something to stand out in this context. MSU is a failed institution and has been one for decades. Even in the context of Larry Nassar stories this one stands out as appalling:
Erika Davis told her coach what happened, including that the assault was videotaped, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Grand Rapids and includes her name. Her coach, Martha Ludwig, confronted Nassar about what happened and demanded and received a copy of the recording, according to the lawsuit.
George Perles, who resigned as athletic director in 1992 and is a current Michigan State University trustee, later intervened and the complaint was dropped, according to the lawsuit. Perles forced Ludwig to return the video, resign and sign a non-disclosure agreement, according to the lawsuit.
Perles is a trustee, naturally.
A man named Mikey. Bobby Loesch on the star-crossed Illinois receiver:
Before he was 18, he was 3.
The first time I saw Mikey Dudek play football was on a swampy night in the fall of 2012. I remember walking up to the field in north Naperville and seeing a player in my lucky number and immediately writing him off due to his height and complexion. First impressions, right?
Even playing WR for a team with the greatest RB in my school's history (Joey Rhattigan, who went on to play for Princeton), Mikey stood out. The speed, the cuts, the agility, the hands. He was a constant deep threat, and even though he always contributed, it still almost felt like he was underutilized as a junior. He -- along with that aforementioned RB and a truly special senior class -- led Neuqua Valley High School to a perfect regular season and state semifinal. Both of those things had never happened before in school history and have not happened since.
Worth your time.
Shon where are you Shon. Michigan's basketball schedule is out, including TV information, and the thing that rather leaps out: a dearth of BTN games. Fully 15 of Michigan's now-20 conference games are on FS1, CBS, or some flavor of ESPN. Only Michigan's two games against Northwestern and one-offs against PSU, Rutgers, and Minnesota are in Shonland.
The most B1G injury. Alas, the punter:
Jake Hartbarger out 6-8 weeks with bone bruise and possible fracture. Rocky Lombardi or Tyler Hunt to punt.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) September 11, 2018
Lombardi, who's a freshman backup QB, had a 32 yard punt against Arizona State after Hartbarger was injured.
In other league injury notes, Adrian Martinez is day-to-day after his scary rollup injury got MRIed and came back showing no ligament damage; he might play this weekend and you should expect him in the Big Ten opener. Also, Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is out for the year and seeking a sixth.
Paid that men their moneys. This is a couple weeks old but got lost in the preview shuffle and may still be of interest: basketball's assistants got major boosts and should be proportionally harder to poach as a result:
Assistant coaches Saddi Washington, Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Haynes each received raises of at least $55,000, according to contracts obtained Friday by The Detroit News via the Freedom of Information Act.
Yaklich, 42, and Haynes, 34, who are both entering their second year on Beilein’s staff, will each make $75,000 more this season, bringing their base salaries to $300,000 and $275,000, respectively.
Washington, 43, who is in his third season at Michigan and is currently serving as the interim head coach as Beilein recovers from heart surgery, will remain the highest-paid assistant and have his base salary increased from $250,000 to $305,000.
Those raises bring Michigan's assistant pool up to par with MSU and Indiana.
The worst tournament in sports, continued. The NCAA hockey tournament is projected to continue to suck for the foreseeable future:
2. It seems like there is no change for NCAA regionals in the works. The NCAA will have a bidding process for 2020-22 regionals and has identified 12-13 potential sites that could host.
— Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski) September 4, 2018
Here's a bet that only one of those will be anywhere near the Midwest, which supplies almost a quarter of the NCAA's teams.