Tater

January 13th, 2013 at 8:10 PM ^

It's a great day.  The freshmen got a taste of rivalry intensity in the Big Ten, spotted Ohio a bunch of points, and still almost won.  The pressure of being undefeated is off, and JB gets a lot of coachable moments on tape.   This will make the team better, and it's much better that this happens now than in the NCAA Tournament.

As for Webb: BFD.  Ohio gets another player: not exactly "man bites dog" here.  So what if he goes to Cass Tech.  He's only one player.

 

YoOoBoMoLloRoHo

January 13th, 2013 at 8:30 PM ^

We need to fully acknowledge the threat in Columbus.

Urban is focused on 1 thing - winning championships. OSU is win-at-all-cost. Their last 2 recruiting classes are ranked above ours (per Rivals). They are recruiting nationally (opposed to our regional focus). They are willing to run a SEC-type program. [They hired a SEC coach for starters.]

Brandon, Hoke and company must raise the bar.

- This might sound negative, but I believe UM can strive for greatness and outpace them.

sum1valiant

January 13th, 2013 at 9:04 PM ^

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Scout say we have the #1 class in the country?  Hoke is putting together a monster class that is recognized by every major recruiting site.  We lost out on one kid, and even that is not set in stone.  There's a huge threat in Columbus and I think everyone recognizes that, but don't for a second think that they Meyer doesn't recognize the threat in Ann Arbor. 

DefenseWins

January 13th, 2013 at 9:27 PM ^

Maybe I'm in the minority here but I think the concerns of some of the MGoBoarders are legitimate. Obviously there are better ways to say it, but I agree with a lot of the vitriol. It hurts to lose a highly touted Cass kid to Ohio. No way around that. Meyer is an incredible recruiter and has proven he can get it done. I hate to say it but I really think it's going to be hard to consistently beat those guys.

gutnedawg

January 13th, 2013 at 9:35 PM ^

You should get off Urb's dick. He's winning recruiting battles because of his name and a 12-0 season. They barely beat us (their NCG) last season in the shoe with all of their amazing recruits. I mean come on they squeaked by Indiana and Purdue and everyone is making them seem like Bama.

DefenseWins

January 13th, 2013 at 9:58 PM ^

It's mindless not to recognize Meyer's accomplishments. He's been there for one year. You mean to tell me that you're not concerned about his on the field success when he's recruiting like this given more time there? I don't buy it. I hate the guy too, but he can recruit and coach with the best of them.

gutnedawg

January 13th, 2013 at 11:06 PM ^

Brady Hoke is doing a much better job recruiting than Urb. He doesn't have the name, the rings, or the school that has been on top the last 5-10 years yet he has put two top 5 recruiting classes together and has gone into Ohio and snagged top talent like Ferns, Kalis, McCray, Thomas and others. Of course Ohio is going to get a ton of top kids they have a high profile coach and are a high profile program.

Don't forget who is in Hand's top five without even receiving a visit.

NelzQ

January 13th, 2013 at 9:47 PM ^

Considering this staff has shown little acumen when it comes to attracting top flight corners. Elite players want to play for a coach with a big time resume and reputation for getting players to the league. Any elite corner out there saw clearly that our defensive backs are not fundamentally sound. Coaching.

DemetriusBrown

January 13th, 2013 at 10:58 PM ^

Brought in the 2 top corners from Cass Tech in the past 2 recruiting classes in Richardson and Lewis who also had roughly the same offer sheet as Webb.  The same staff also has had a true freshman in Countess and a true sophomore in Taylor that saw less action in games than the corner that was repeatedly targeted far more frequently in one JT Floyd who was recruited by Dick Rod. 

rossra2

January 13th, 2013 at 10:13 PM ^

i wouldnt hate against greene if he decided to go somewhere else too....michigan doesnt have the mojo right now.....others are simply better currently

Warrior-poet

January 13th, 2013 at 10:50 PM ^

For huge plays, have to wonder about the coaching young Damon would receive. Honestly, not being able to run the ball in that game ( aside from Denard), absolutely killed us in that game and limited play-calling (you're welcome Al Borges)

BILG

January 13th, 2013 at 10:52 PM ^

Lots of OSU tolls here.  Meyer will retire in a couple years to "spend time with his family."  If there is one thing the guy is, besides a sleazily smooth recruiter, it's a great football analyst.  He got the hell out of the SEC when he realized the Saban monster was just getting started.  Urbz didnt want to stick around and get shat on, so he ran like a coward, citing "family reasons." Family wasn't so important when he was cheating on his wife weith a grad assistance. He will run again after Hoke beats him down. 

OSU will continue to be a program too big to fail with a sleazy win at all costs coach that will have them in the top 10 every year. But it wont be enough to beat well coached UM teams stocked with talent.  Hoke's more homely papa bear style still seems to resonate with many kids and their families as we have seen over the last 3 recruiting cycles.  I like the kids we are bringing in, and its not like these are 3 stars I am rationalizing because they are "good character guys with high upside."  These are top rated recruits choosing UM.

DemetriusBrown

January 13th, 2013 at 11:10 PM ^

They inherited a program that had been to 1 bowl game in 3 years and turned in 2 top ten classes in the 2 full recruiting cycles that they have had.  This year's class may be top 5.  They have pulled more talent out of the state of Ohio in two years than Dick Rod or Lloyd did in the past 4 or 5 years.  They have one of Ohio's top 3 recruits in Ferns.  They have dominated the state of Michigan after the previous staff failed miserably in it's own state.  

Mbrierle

January 14th, 2013 at 12:06 AM ^

Smart move to ditch the shit Michigan program. Hoke is an average coach and will continue to get average results.

How does getting neglected of a #1 basketball ranking by your rival taste? Congratulations on beating us in 2011... Looks like you're really holding on to that one. Losers

the Glove

January 14th, 2013 at 12:33 AM ^

Congratulations on your continuous use of a pathetic schedule. I mean having a schedule next season with only 4 teams that had a winning record this season is an improvement for your team. Really going out there and getting that tough competition with Florida A&M, Buffalo, and Cal (3-9). It's not like Michigan played the 2 teams that played in the National Championship for their non conference schedule or anything. How many teams did Ohio play that finished in the top 25?

buckeyejonross

January 14th, 2013 at 12:53 AM ^

That's a lie. I either discuss OSU/Michigan related topics or make fun of Michigan fans who say something egregious (aka what everyone on this blog does to Michigan fans who post stuff that's dumb). I never call out anyone who isn't already negged or called out for a dumbass comment. I've been here for like 4 years.

buckeyejonross

January 14th, 2013 at 1:07 AM ^

1) OSU has scheduled in recent years USC, UCLA, Texas, Washington State, Washington, and Miami to play in the non-con and every single team listed above was ranked when they played OSU (and usually ranked top 10). So "continuous use of a pathetic schedule" is wrong. Schedules are made years in advance (you'll notice OSU plays Oklahoma, Tennessee and Va. Tech in coming years also) so when Cal was scheduled they were coming off decent, Aaron Rodgers led, years.

2) Alabama was literally the first time Michigan played a tough non-con game since, what, Oregon? In 2007? You play ND every year. They've had three good seasons since 2000.

3) You lost to us? You can't say UM lost to Nos. 1, 2, and 3 which makes them good losses then immediately call into question the validity of one of those three teams for having a joke schedule. You were on that schedule and you lost to them. Are you then a joke by default?

 

Magnus

January 14th, 2013 at 8:38 AM ^

I have my doubts that Notre Dame would have beaten Ohio State.  Notre Dame isn't very good, and they got a bunch of lucky breaks throughout the year.  They struggled with an 8-5 Michigan team, a mediocre Pitt team, a 7-6 USC team, etc.  There's a very real possibility that the Buckeyes would have beaten the Irish.

Wolverine Devotee

January 14th, 2013 at 11:54 AM ^

What's wrong with being white?

And your Rose Bowl winning 2009 team struggled with navy who runs the same offense. In their season opener. They had an entire fall camp to prep for the triple option. Michigan had one week and it was after a loss to the defending and eventual MNC. 

Triple option is not something Michigan exactly sees very much.