Paying TomVH

Submitted by blueloosh on January 20th, 2011 at 4:44 PM

After following a day's worth of wild and crazy January recruiting news I have become reflective.

Rivals and Scout both offer a lot of information and commentary on Michigan football and its recruiting.  One of the two even edits its content and offers 21st century web design, which is great.  Their only downside is costing $100 to get the meaningful information.  For thousands of people their content is worth that cost--the information has value.

That is why the (1) free and (2) superior content of MGoBlog is so great.  And why we should try to contribute to the site if we can.  The site is a great gift.

But as he becomes more and more valuable to Michigan junkies like myself it is becoming clear that we need a way to contribute $$ to Tom VH.  He is matching the recruiting content of the paid sites and giving it to us for free.  I submit that we should, at least, be telling Tom "thanks," and perhaps telling Tom "thanks and as a token of my thanks please accept this gift of [more than zero dollars]." 

Is Tom on the MGopayroll that we donate to on this site?  If not, I demand that Tom VH promptly make himself donatable.



January 20th, 2011 at 4:50 PM ^

Don't worry about it dude. If he didn't enjoy it and wasn't getting by I doubt he'd do it. Plus his clothes look nice in his twitter profile pic so I'll give the man the benefit of the doubt. Also, how sweet would it be to talk recruiting as your job? Don't feel so bad for the guy.

Don't take this as me discounting what Tom does. Huge asset to MGoBlog.


January 20th, 2011 at 4:59 PM ^

Let's see here.  You, the MGoBlog (UM fan site) want to pay a guy who calls up high school kids about their recruiting process?

It's a nice sentiment, and it's amazing he does this for free.  But that would probably be a big no-no.  I could see that being a gray area that other schools (especially SEC schools) would take advantage of.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:26 PM ^

I'm all for Tom getting more than just props, but I don't know the rules on all this stuff.  Since we're on probation, anything gets me agitated.  Plus, I wouldn't want to do anything that would jeopardize his status.  I can just see people in his position getting propositioned by boosters.

That's all.  TomVH rocks.  I just don't want us getting caught doing something illegal.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:18 PM ^

TomVH is able to talk to kids during the recruiting dead periods whereas coaches cannot.  Don't you see the potential for corruption if all of a sudden School B starts paying someone in Tom's position under the table to pass info on to these kids during dead periods or any other time.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:30 PM ^

Yes, but that's totally different than what's happening.  MGoBlog is in no way connected to the UM athletic department, and as far as I know Tom isn't recruiting anyone, he's simply interviewing them. MGoBlog is no more connected to UM than the Orlando Sentinel is to UF football, but their reporters still interview recruits even though a lot of the recruits probably know their allegiances. 

What you brought up is against the rules, what Tom does is not.


January 20th, 2011 at 5:06 PM ^

Maybe it's the finance guy in me but... I have a hard time coming to terms with a for-profit site that would openly ask for charitable contributions. 

Brian has the site running near perfect.  I love it.  I am an addict.  However, he's chosen the "free" business model (money through ads) and I think it's great for the fans.  He seems to be doing OK with this model.  If he wasn't (or decided he could make a lot more money), he would charge a monthly fee. 

In my mind, you can click on the ads and get Brian his money that way.  That's his business model, after all.  If I were to give him some of my money, it would be a large amount and I'd be looking for an ownership stake in return.  Anything else just doesn't make sense to me.  But maybe I have a very shitty understanding of e-commerce.