Unverified Voracity Retires Books Comment Count

Brian May 28th, 2015 at 2:49 PM


[Bryan Fuller]

Let's get ready to softball. Michigan's part in the Women's College World Series kicks off tonight at 7, as they take on six-seed Alabama. Michigan swept Alabama 8-2 and 4-1 earlier this year, but that was before the Tide turned to freshman Alexis Osorio to do most of their pitching. The game is on ESPN2.

Meanwhile in Louisville. Baseball takes on Bradley tomorrow in the UL regional. Michael Baumann has an excellent and concise preview at D1Baseball. On Michigan's first-round opponent:

Bradley has become the poster child for the RPI robbing traditional power conferences of spots in the tournament, as the Braves’ No. 19 RPI — which peaked at 10 — never quite felt right. Going 10-11 in the MVC — which is a good conference, but not that good — is a bad look, and along with an 11-12 record against the RPI top 100, always gave off the impression that the Braves were a paper tiger.

Bradley will need a win out of No. 1 starter Elliot Ashbeck (11-4, 3.11) in the opener against Michigan, and from there, they can try to cobble together something that gets them from the start of the game to closer Matt Dennis (3-0, 1.59, 12 saves) until it’s time to start Ashbeck again.

That sounds as enticing as possible for a 2-vs-3 matchup in which you are the lower seed.

Should Michigan get past the Braves, Louisville (presumably) presents a formidable challenge in the next round. Michigan figures to draw a pitching matchup featuring a projected first-round pick against their #2 starter, who is… not going to be a first round pick.

MLive also has a Bradley preview.

Today in things we are glad no longer warrant a post. Remember the books and the birds?

apr-books apr-birds

Those were deployed in annual posts poring over the worrisome state of Michigan's APR after the Carr-Rodriguez transition year saw a huge crater that threatened to drag Michigan under the red line for penalties. Those posts have officially been retired.

Michigan football recorded a perfect single-year APR score (1,000) in 2013-14 for the first time since the NCAA began monitoring the metric in 2004-05. The program's four-year rolling APR average now sits at 990, third in the Big Ten. The NCAA released the updated figures Wednesday.

Well done, Hoke and academic staff.

Meanwhile I'm growing more and more skeptical of the validity of the APR. As a number of commenters pointed out in the post on freshman ineligibility, any metric that gives Crean-era Indiana basketball a perfect score is not particularly rigorous. But it's better to be at the top of a not particularly rigorous metric than towards the bottom.

Summer camp, 1992. I wish I could bottle old Michigan replay music and have it follow me around, en-jivening my day to day.

It's about that time. Michigan basketball refrains from offering recruits until June 1st of their junior year. June first is just a few days away… and nobody seems to know who is on the list. Or if there is even a list.

Michigan has just two certain spots in the class of 2017—those from the departures of Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin. They are aiming for a point guard in 2016. Assuming they get one that would fill their scholarship slots and push center commit Austin Davis to 2017 minus any attrition. That means they'd have one slot at most with almost no idea where they should use it.

For the first time in a while it seems like June 1st will pass without a solid definition of Michigan's top targets in a recruiting class. It is possible some offers will go out, and more possible still that Michigan finds some gentlemen at their annual summer camp, which is scheduled for June 6th. Here is a 2017 top 100 guy planning to attend from a long way way:

Having already landed its biggest 2016 recruit, Tyus Battle, Michigan is now setting up its wish list for 2017.

One name currently included is Greg Floyd Jr., a 6-foot-8 forward from Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Knicks, Floyd's AAU team, announced via Twitter that Floyd will visit Ann Arbor for Michigan's College Practice Camp on June 6.

Michigan may also offer NY combo guard Kevin Heurter, who is currently scheduled to be a member of the class of 2016 but has a 2017 offer from Syracuse and is very young for his class.

It's a kind of legacy. The SEC has added neutral observers to the press box to determine whether or not a player cannot continue because he has been hit very hard in the head. Get The Picture dubs this the

The Brady Hoke Rule

Woof. On the other hand, APR?

I wonder how Dantonio will get mad about this. This is clearly not trolling. It is the opposite of trolling.

"We know we're not the biggest guy on the block (right now)," Harbaugh said, per a live video stream recorded by The Wolverine. "Michigan State's the biggest guy on the block."

Harbaugh's comment was then met with a clap from someone in the back of the room. He acknowledged that clap, and followed it up by heaping praise on what Mark Dantonio and the Spartans have accomplished.

It is directed at Michigan State and Mark Dantonio, the man who's super power is generating offense from anything and everything. It is master trolling.

I heard you like team in your team in your team. There is a Michigan hype video narrated by the wonderfully scratchy Xzibit. Unfortunately it is not embeddable, which rather defeats the purpose of putting it on youtube. But at least it's on youtube instead of Michigan's terrible proprietary player?

(Woof on the writing, though. Lou Avery's generic organizational slogans of the week. You probably paid someone to do that. I will do this for free, Michigan. It is already my job.)

More like Steve Albrecht. Someone asked Steve Nash about Spike and comparisons made between the two during a reddit AMA:

"He's a good young player — flattered."

That's dang right.

Etc.: Journalism! Science! Maybe he just likes peeing in condoms. Hooray money, I guess. SEC complaining is the sweetest complaining. Matt Hinton is relevant to your interests: how to build an offensive line. Jabrill Peppers probably not staying five years. Quinn on Battle. Quinn on… Battle.



May 28th, 2015 at 3:08 PM ^

Wow, MSU lost $3 million last year.  We took in $53 million more than them (and $12 million more than OSU) and that was pre-Harbaugh.  




May 28th, 2015 at 3:18 PM ^

It is directed at Michigan State and Mark Dantonio, the man who's super power is generating offense from anything and everything.

While this is a pointedly apt criticism that Brian makes, it's also a conversely painful reminder of Brady Hoke's corresponding and complete inability to generate offense from well... anything and everything

27 for 27, my friends.



May 28th, 2015 at 3:24 PM ^

Harbaugh also heaped praise upon Pete Carroll and USC when he took the job at Stanford, going so far as to call it the greatest team of all time. He knows when to praise someone else, and how to do it so that it is both gracious and motivational for his own team. To be the best you have to beat the best and right now that means going through MSU and OSU. 

Yinka Double Dare

May 28th, 2015 at 3:30 PM ^

Louisville's pitcher who is a first rounder might not be a first rounder anymore. Most recent Keith Law mock doesn't have him in the first round, and his mock is based off what he hears from industry people and scouts, not his own opinion. Funkhouser (great name, insert your Curb gifs now) has had a severe velo drop (like 5 or 6mph off his fastball) of late and having other command problems. 

Unfortunately for us, they'll probably start him against Morehead, which means if we win, we get the guy that Baumann called the best pitcher in the regional.

Blue Noise

May 28th, 2015 at 4:13 PM ^

Hey Lou Avery got a FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLAR advance on writing the script for that hype video...obviously his mind was made up.
Enjoy the rest of your miserable life.


May 28th, 2015 at 4:17 PM ^

History is not on Harbaugh's side here. 

October 17th in Michigan Stadium should be interesting.

You have to go back to the 1948 Michigan national championship team - That's the last time a first year Michigan head football coach beat Michigan State:

1948: Bennie Osterbaan: Michigan 13, MSU 7

1959: Bump Elliott: Michigan 8, MSU 34

1969: Bo Schembechler: Michigan 12, MSU 23

1990: Gary Moeller: Michigan 27, MSU 28 (Clock-gate)

1995: Lloyd Carr: Michigan 25, MSU 28

2008: Rich Rodriguez: Michigan 21, MSU 35

2011: Brady Hoke: Michigan 14, MSU 28

2015: Jim Harbaugh: Michigan ?, MSU ?

Space Coyote

May 28th, 2015 at 4:23 PM ^

Clock-gate was much later. 1990 was the trip in the end zone on the 2pt conversion.

Interestingly enough, out of the 20+ last coaches for MSU, only Saban beat Michigan in his first matchup between the two teams. That dates back into the teens or so. Something like two of 18 coaches for both MSU or Michigan have won the first matchup since WWII.


May 28th, 2015 at 4:22 PM ^

"The Brady Hoke rule"

Really had to dig deep to find someone calling it that.  A wordpress blog from a Georgia Bulldog fan?  In fact, a google search shows only 6 results when searching for "'brady hoke rule' concussion".  The top result is from December 8th, 2014 on thedailygopher.

One is from mgoblog, today, and does not include concussion.

The next is a TomVH article regarding Brady Hoke's rule of committed players not taking visits.

Then, a link to the article that you quote, and it's mobile counterpart, along with another blogroll site linking to the same article.

And yet, you blockquote it for emphasis, as well as embedding it in a <h3> tag.



May 28th, 2015 at 4:44 PM ^

That was neat. I went to the '88/89 camp. I remember it being bone meltingly hot. 


I also remember thinking Gittleson was certifiable. 'You boys think this is hot? Hot was my third tour in Vietnam!'


He also took two kids from two rival schools (can't remember which) and had them face each other while holding 25lbs plates in outstreched arms. 

He said something to the effect of 'See! The beauty of this is that neither one wants to lose by dropping the weight when he's facing his rival!'


Bando Calrissian

May 28th, 2015 at 5:48 PM ^

Love that Desmond cameo in the '92 camp footage, looking like he just walked off the set of A Different World.

Also, really. How Michigan never worked with that Larry Santos dude to put together a Michigan Replay soundtrack... 


May 29th, 2015 at 7:16 PM ^

It is directed at Michigan State and Mark Dantonio, the man whose** super power is generating offense from anything and everything. It is master trolling.


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