February 1 - Friday
The basketball team is regressing. Brian gives a few observations from half of a particularly rough outing against Minnesota.
February 3 - Sunday
Sunday Recruitin’. Hey, Trotwood Madison might yield some great recruiting results.
February 4 - Monday
Unverified Voracity, Now with Really Long Categories and a youtube link of a Big House tour with Bo.
Monday Recruitin’ says FL QB Justin Feagin and TX WR Terrance Robinson are committed. Also, Terrelle Pryor is now likely to announce on signing day, probably.
February 5 - Tuesday
The Leopold Brothers are leaving Ann Arbor.
Tuesday Recruitin’ with lots of Pryor talk. Where will he go, when will he announce, etc. Also, Roy Roundtree has been removed from the board.
CFB Blogging award nominees.
Yep, Pryor will sign tomorrow.
A few sources popping up that are saying Pryor will commit to Michigan. Including an OSU fan who sat next to Jerome Bettis on a plane who was in turn with Charlie Batch the night before. Sounds legit.
February 6 - Wednesday
Signing Day is here! And what a haul: FL OL Ricky Barnum, OH WR Roy Roundtree, and FL RB Michael Shaw. Also, Pryor’s commitment is off again. No word on when it will happen.
Allegedly, Pryor is leading toward Penn St.
What? Seriously? I mean... we all understand that the surest way to murder your prospects for the NFL is to get "coached" by Jay Paterno, right?
I think we're out, bizarrely. At this point Penn State is a much better option for Michigan fans, as PSU's class outside of Pryor is pretty crappy everywhere except linebacker, especially if this Shaw switch is legit (upon which more later). If there's any school in the country guaranteed to staple Pryor's butt to the bench for two years and then concoct an offensive scheme that minimizes his talents, it's Penn State.
Nick Perry has committed to USC.
Despite some wavering earlier, Shaw is for sure in. However, now there is panic over McGuffie who has not yet sent in his LOI.
Signing day recap. Rodriguez did a good job in just filling the class with anyone, let alone getting a number of highly rated, potential contributors. This is reflected in how the overall ranking was maintained throughout the coaching transition. There are concerns though that there is only one DL and three DBs.
Rodriguez presser notes. Still waiting on 1 to 3 players: Pryor, McGuffie, and Demens. But the post is updated that Demens LOI is in.
February 7 - Thursday
Is there a German word like schadenfreude that means making fun of someone else's future but it actually turns out just fine for them and then you want to forget you ever said anything in the first place? Cause that’s what happens when you write a post about how Michigan State brought in a terrible recruiting class and they’re claiming they’re going to play in the Rose Bowl and isn’t that just ridiculous? No? Ok, let’s move on.
February 8 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Takes Nine Steps, Then Shoots. Joe Tiller is not happy with Rodriguez for violating a “gentlemen’s agreement” about poaching recruits from other Big Ten programs. Brian shreds this idea. Also, FL WR Martavious Odoms still hasn’t signed and could yet join Michigan’s class.
More shredding of the gentlemen’s agreement idea. Almost every coach in the Big Ten has poached players from within the conference.
February 9 - Saturday
#1 ‘M’ hockey is in the midst of a weekend series with #2 Miami. They won the first game. A second win would really strengthen their position for the rest of the season.
February 10 - Sunday
February 11 - Monday
The Stupidity of Hope. Boy if that doesn’t sum up the last decade. This very long post deals with Pryor and parses the various rumors and statements from the last few days.
Unverified Voracity Ducks. Lots more about snake oil and refuting arguments about Rodriguez’s dishonorable tactics. Apparently, Tiller was trying to take one of Brady Hoke’s Ball St. commits on the morning of signing day.
February 12 - Tuesday
Recruiting review of QBs and RBs. Here are the fun YMRMFSPAs:
QB Justin Feagin : Pat White
RB Sam McGuffie : Noel Devine
RB Mike Cox : Mister Simpson
RB Michael Shaw : Antonio Pittman (although everyone expects Shaw to play WR)
February 13 - Wednesday
Brandon Moore : Mario Urrutia
Kevin Koger : Carson Butler, minus the attitude
February 14 - Thursday
Darryl Stonum : Mario Manningham
Terrance Robinson : Steve Breaston
Martavious Odoms : Devin Hester
Roy Roundtree : Jason Avant, on a starvation diet
February 15 - Friday
Hockey recap of last weekend’s series with Miami and the upcoming games against a very bad LSSU team.
Brian wrote a piece for Fanhouse criticizing Alabama’s oversigning practices. This made a lot of Alabama fans mad. He responds to them here.
Unverified Voracity BEHDL DEH TOOTH. Rodriguez shocked many by holding an open, undergrad try out. Some interesting tidbits were shared.
What I can vouch for is that Barwis is amazing. His presence is absolutely terrifying, he's so incredibly motivating that even in the brief time I was there I would have done absolutely any drill he made me do as hard as I could. He's a very, very special coach - you want to do exactly as he says because you're so very sure that it'll make you better. During the suicides that we did at the end, he singled me out because I was lagging and screamed at me; I've never willed my body to go faster ever in my life. Awesome.
February 18 - Monday
The basketball team has won three straight, and there is mild excitement for the program. So much so that the court was rushed after a win against a mediocre OSU team.
Unverified Voracity Briefly. Pryor is looking more and more like a OSU vs. PSU battle.
More back and forth with Alabama fans about oversigning.
February 19 - Tuesday
Another hockey recap. ‘M’ is now up five points on Miami in the CCHA. More importantly:
Hokay. It's like this. By virtue of Michigan's performance to date they have locked up a tournament bid and will be no worse than a two seed no matter what happens from here on out. Michigan could go 0-6 the rest of the way and be a two seed.
Dann O’Neill : Jake Long
Kurt Wermers : Matt Lentz?
Elliott Mealer : Matt Stenavich?
Rocko Khoury : “uh, that other un-touted guard person”
Ricky Barnum : Rod Payne?
Patrick Omameh : ????
February 20 - Wednesday
Boubacar Cissoko : Chris Houston
JT Floyd : Charles Stewart
Brandon Smith : Jamar Adams
February 21 - Thursday
Mailbag. Lots of smoke about bad news coming from the athletic department. Maybe something along the lines of players being funnelled into easy classes.
Unverified Voracity was Going to Wonder about the Sky but it’s Obviously Green. Varsity Blue looks at Rodriguez’s ‘99 Clemson team to try to determine how a big, slow, white QB (ie Threet) will perform.
February 22 - Friday
Brian is heading to NYC for a rest. Posting will be sporadic for awhile.
February 25 - Monday
Taylor Hill : Larry Foote
Marcus Witherspoon : Shawn Crable
JB Fitzgerald : Victor Hobson
Kenny Demens : Chris Graham
Mike Martin : Terrance Taylor