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01/17/2019 - 10:02am This is going to sound so…

This is going to sound so stupid that I can't believe I'm typing it, but it has stuck in my memory when these bad PR situations come up so judge away.  

 

In the old Jake Ryan movie "Clear and Present Danger" there's a scandal involving one of the president's close friends being found to having involvement with drug trafficking.  All of the president's advisers are telling him to downplay his relationship with this guy or even deny it.  Harrison Ford's character (Jack Ryan) advises the opposite.  He suggests saying, "This guy wasn't just a friend, he was one of my BEST friends."  Don't give the narrative anywhere to go.  

In this case by hiding or downplaying the back story it became a story.  If Warde comes out and outlines what was in the OP then perhaps we're discussing how they set the example for vetting a potential second chance and they have this under control.  Now they look stupid.....even if they were very thoughtful in their process.  

01/17/2019 - 8:51am This is a very complicated…

This is a very complicated and sensitive issue that often leaves me conflicted.  In general I am someone who believes in second chances under the right circumstances.  But with serious issues like this or athletes who have been involved with domestic violence.....what constitutes a second chance?  

I don't know enough about this coach or her involvement with the Nassar atrocities to have a meaningful opinion.  But what I hope organizations learn from this is that if you're going to stick your neck out in a complicated situation like this to offer someone a second chance, you have to do a lot more homework and messaging.  

If Michigan came out and explained what Plocki said in this interview BEFORE announcing the hire, perhaps the reaction would have been different.  The way they handled it was not going to be sufficient to explain why you felt it necessary to offer a second chance.  In this case it is probably best that she is no where near our program and rebuilds her career elsewhere. 

This same situation may play out with Kareem Hunt this off-season.  Some NFL team is going to do some homework (hopefully) and determine that he has done enough (hopefully) to be worthy of a second chance (if that's even possible).  Before you see it come across the bottom line or show up on Twitter that team better have their entire story ready to tell.  

01/14/2019 - 10:11pm I think he runs a bit of a …

I think he runs a bit of a "gimmick" system despite his obvious talent as a coach.  In the regular season in a tough conference I think that teams can plan for that zone and they end up losing a few tight games, especially since their offense is usually clunky.  

In the tournament with short turnarounds and limited prep time on a weekend they can be a terror with that zone if you aren't prepared.  Look what it did to Duke's youth tonight - settled for a ton of 3s that had no chance of going in and looked lost for most of the shot-clock.  

Good coach, but in a Rich-Rod way. 

01/08/2019 - 1:33pm The way I prefer to ask this…

The way I prefer to ask this question to prevent the obvious Rice/Webber/Burke/Stauskas/Rose answers is this.....

Which former Michigan player in the dark period (i.e. between Fab Five/Traylor era and when Beilein broke the NCAA drought) would you add to the team?  So the players you're talking about there are more like:

  • PG - Daniel Horton, Louis Bullock, Dion Harris
  • SG - Jamal Crawford, Bernard Robinson, Lester Abram
  • SF/PF - Laval Blanchard, Brent Petway
  • C - Josh Asselin, Graham Brown, Chris Hunter, Courtney Sims, Epke Udoh

I always thought Blanchard would have thrived for Beilein being a 4 in his system so he's tempting even if he's slightly redundant to Iggy/Livers.  Crawford is the best player on that list obviously so you'd have to take him, especially since he could play multiple positions.  Finally, any of those centers would be a great addition to pair with Teske.  

01/08/2019 - 1:22pm Chris Webber was a 30%…

Chris Webber was a 30% shooter from 3 in his NBA career.  I think that's plenty for a stretch-5, especially when you consider he was a good enough ball handler to create his own shot.  

01/08/2019 - 1:21pm You're flat wrong if you…

You're flat wrong if you think Burke or Walton match Z's defense.  Z is on a completely different level than both players and only Gary Grant from Michigan's past is probably in the conversation. 

 

In fairness to Burke and Walton, they weren't coached by this coaching staff and probably would have been more than adequate defenders in this system.  Both were hard working, tough, alpha-dog guys that were decent-to-good at defense.  But they aren't Z.

12/25/2018 - 9:34pm A few years ago my son's cub…

A few years ago my son's cub scout group went to a collectibles store to learn about it.  I chatted with the owner abouty collection from 20 years ago and he said it was mostly worthless aside from a handful of cards.  

I think some of them now are decent because the market isn't as saturated as it was in the 90s, but you won't be retiring on it.  

12/25/2018 - 9:34pm A few years ago my son's cub…

A few years ago my son's cub scout group went to a collectibles store to learn about it.  I chatted with the owner abouty collection from 20 years ago and he said it was mostly worthless aside from a handful of cards.  

I think some of them now are decent because the market isn't as saturated as it was in the 90s, but you won't be retiring on it.  

12/07/2018 - 4:38pm I know others have said this…

I know others have said this in various forms, but here's my take.  I don't want the elite 1-and-done recruits.  I am slightly younger than the Fab Five and thus the peak of my fandom started in their wake and I got to see Michigan sign all sorts of highly touted recruits.  The end result was a lot of on-court dysfunction and disappointment with a dessert of NCAA sanctions.  

I would much rather have the program we have today with very good recruits who stay 2-3 years and consistently hang banners while representing the university well.  Sure, I'd love to win a championship, but there's no guarantee of that even when you do get 1-and-done guys.  

12/04/2018 - 1:43pm Things that have exceeded my…

Things that have exceeded my expectations so far:

  • Teske on offense and minutes played
  • Livers being assertive and multi-positional....also hitting 3s

I expected Iggy to contribute and I expected Matthews and Poole to improve some.  The room left for this team to grow would be...

  1. Matthews, Poole, and Teske continuing to stabilize on their 3pt trajectory from the last few games.  If they end the season hitting 35/40/30 from those three guys on 3pt shots, watch out.  
  2. Developing a little more depth from DDJ, Davis, and Johns.  I don't think there are a ton of minutes to go around, but a 7-man rotation is tough for 35+ games. 
  3. Free throws.  It hasn't burned us yet....but in a close game it might.  One oddity is that I was going to talk about how many more points we would have scored if Matthews, Z, and Teske would hit their FTs.  But really it is about 10 points on the season - give or take a couple.  
12/04/2018 - 1:35pm I think the biggest thing…

I think the biggest thing that surprised me in this chat was Ace still holding out hope for the most raw freshmen (Nunez & Castleton) to contribute by the end of the year.  I know it is early and I know it is garbage time, but they look so lost out there.  DDJ and especially Johns look almost plausible and they are the guys you're hearing Beilein talk up.  

I think DDJ has a path because he's really talented and Brooks is getting those minutes by "not sucking" more than doing anything special.  He's a great swing guard to have, but he isn't doing anything special so DDJ being able to get experience in the next few games is key.

I think Johns gives you a Livers 2.0 option and some insurance in case of injury to anyone in the front court.  

12/04/2018 - 9:32am I also think that blocked…

I also think that blocked shots, while impressive and interesting, don't necessarily reflect defensive performance.  I have seen players over the years highlighted by Brian and Dylan as guys who try to block everything....even at the cost of giving up offensive rebounds or layups on the backside.  I think Sims and Udoh were like that at times.  

 

On the flip side, Teske will have plenty of chances the next two years to pile up some stats.  

12/03/2018 - 8:44am My 2-cents....

If you go…

My 2-cents....

  • If you go with 6, the G5 doesn't get an auto-bid.  They are lumped as an at-large.
  • If you go with 8, I guess the G5 can get one seat at the table.
  • In both cases, I think there needs to be a rule about losses, however.  Something like "If you're the conference champ but have 3+ losses then your spot isn't automatic.  

So let's say NW wins.  They are still a contender for the spot, but with 4 losses they will be considered as an at large candidate.  Unless everyone goes the B12 route where the two best teams play for the conference title, I think you have to have some restrictions.  

11/29/2018 - 1:29pm I agree with a lot of what's…

I agree with a lot of what's been said here.  Before the season we speculated that it would be DDJ, Nunez, or even Johns because they'd need shooting.  While our shooting is still iffy, I think it is clear that they won't play spot-up shooters who can't play defense and they value flexibility in the rotation too.

My list right now is this:

  1. Johns - I think Davis' hold on his 8th spot in the rotation is tenuous.  Against big teams and on nights with a tight whistle he's going to play and do his part fine.  But having Livers 2.0 in Johns gives them more options and helps mitigate the nights when they need to play small and/or those whistles are going nuts.  I also think he can fill a similar "glue-guy" role to what Livers did last year for a few minutes per game.
     
  2. DDJ - This is less likely, partially because Simpson is going to play a ton of minutes and Brooks has looked pretty solid.  But I do think Beilein wants to get DDJ more minutes and still probably thinks of Brooks as more of a combo guard than a true point.  But DDJ has a huge learning curve and two guys ahead of him, so I'm not sure it is going to happen.  

The other guys probably are bench warmers only.  Neither have looked good in garbage time yet and their roles are blocked by a lot of other people ahead of them.  That's fine - at this rate there could be plenty of garbage time for them to learn from.  

11/28/2018 - 2:32pm I have another qualitative…

I have another qualitative theory to throw out there.   We've discussed the idea that the coaches wanted to protect Shea for the end of the season by limiting his runs - which is both logical and justified looking back on the season as a whole.  

I think the lack of passes is also part of that.  My theory is that the coaches were skeptical that the OL would be able to protect Shea consistently and thus wanted to limit that exposure.  Rudock, Speight, and Peters were not hurt running RPO or Zone Read plays - they were hurt getting destroyed by pass rush.  

The entire off-season discussion on this website was about how the OL has been bad and whatever optimism the Drevno/Warriner change brought was balanced by the knowledge that four of the projected starters were part of the problem last year and the fifth was a guard-sized 3-star left tackle.  So I suspect the coaches wanted to limit the hits Shea took with drop backs and even though the OL did better throughout the season, the ND and OSU games do support there being some validity to this idea.  

I don't disagree with your recommendation or conclusions, however.  I think 3-5 more passes, especially on unexpected down & distance, would be a great upgrade.  I would also suggest that throwing more of those passes to Black/DPJ/Collins/Martin instead of McKeon/Gentry/Eubanks may help as well.  I love our TEs.....but even the best TE is not at the level of an above average WR.  

 

11/21/2018 - 2:59pm UFR came at a perfect time…

UFR came at a perfect time for me to kill some lazy afternoon at work.  My thoughts:

  1. I thought I heard that Solomon was a little dinged up and unable to go the full game.  
     
  2. I worry that our DTs will be even more exposed against OSU if Winovich is out.  I hope that Uche can show he's nearly a full-time guy. 
     
  3. I don't get the Gill/Ross thing just like I never got the Bolden/Gedeon thing.  Is there a way to creatively ask about that in a press conference?
     
  4. For some reason, the UFR videos are always misaligned for me.  When Brian refers to a video at the bottom half of the post, it isn't the one he's referring to.  They're shifted by one or something.  Annoying. 
11/18/2018 - 9:31am We can't lose sight of how…

We can't lose sight of how the narrative has (mostly) been flipped with just one big hurdle to go.  Before the season it was reasonable and rational to say 9-3.  After ND we were about as low as could be.  Now we are 10-1 and playing the Game for it all.

 

Yesterday was frustrating and there will be plenty of minuses to go around in UFR.  But I watched #10 OSU give up 51 points to Maryland.  I watched #7 OK give up 40 to Kansas.  #9 WVU lost.  #1 Bama was tied 10-10 at the half!  

OSU is going to be tough and we have shown some flaws lately....but we are right where we want to be.  

11/05/2018 - 5:21pm I think this would tell the…

I think this would tell the story better to list the overall record against P5 along with any important wins or losses.  That would flush out wins against teams that are just outside the Top-25 or penalize people for losing to EMU.

11/05/2018 - 11:45am I'm still taking the…

I'm still taking the strategy of "win and good things happen" for the rest of the year.  I'm not worried about the playoffs with OSU still out there having owned us for a decade.  Let's knock them off and start worrying about a 1-loss Alabama.  (I think it might be 50-50 also....easier to worry about later).

With that being said, I also think the following:

  • Alabama isn't losing to anyone.
  • It is extremely rare that 3-teams from P5 conferences finish undefeated.  Thus ND and Clemson could fall victim to the unexpected upset before we have to worry.
  • I do think that UCF has a tiny sliver of a chance.  They need total chaos, but I do think the committee would take an undefeated UCF over a 2-loss team.  
11/01/2018 - 11:54am There's a simpler reason…

There's a simpler reason.....Alabama is really easy to hate and watching them lose brings me joy.  Sure, I disagree that it benefits Michigan, but I'll root all the same.  

I am treating this season like an old-school pre-BCS season.  Beat your rivals, win the league, good things will await you.  I don't care what we're ranked, I don't care about scenarios, I don't care about records.  I want to beat PSU and OSU (plus the tomato cans) and then everything else is gravy.  

10/31/2018 - 5:13pm I still feel like you're…

I still feel like you're under-selling Wisconsin a little.  Much like their football team, they've done more with less for years.  Last year they lost two starters and played young guys who weren't ready.  I'm with you on Trice being mediocre, but all of my Wisconsin-fan friends (I live near the border in Illinois) are high on Kobe King.  They think a Davidson-Trice-King-Pritzl-Happ lineup is enough to be on the right side of the bubble and annoy the rest of the league. 

10/26/2018 - 3:39pm There were a lot of former…

There were a lot of former players who gave RichRod a hard time right away.  He was the person who followed Carr, he made a lot of changes really fast, he was different, he wasn't a "Michigan Man", and he did a few things to put his foot in his mouth early.  

As great as Carr was for the program and as amazing as 1997 was (my senior year), it wasn't like he was Nick Saban.  They were known as much for underachieving as they were for kicking John Cooper's ass at OSU.  

10/24/2018 - 11:04am A couple of quick thoughts:

A couple of quick thoughts:

  • Might be worth adding QBR or something to the piece to add more color.  Conclusion will be the same, but more data couldn't hurt.  Also the rushing yards and sack avoidance are part of the benefit of having Shea back there beyond just the stats you mentioned.
     
  • The other point that can't be undervalued is the fact that we have a top-5 defense and thus playing field position and turnover avoidance will benefit us more.  We don't need a gunslinger because about the only way our D is going to give up more than 14 points is if we hand them free field position or scores.  

That being said, I think there are still 2-4 times per game we need to see Shea just take a shot that one of his big, tall, athletic pass catchers will win a 50-50 ball.  

10/23/2018 - 1:06pm See, I disagree.  If you're…

See, I disagree.  If you're going to post something about a recruit it is presumptuous that all of the readers know who it is without doing their own research. 

I'm a little less sensitive about Forum posts, but I think it is expected that you at least throw year/position out there and ideally add ranking, height, weight if you want to be helpful and educational to the readers.  

10/09/2018 - 8:00am For all of the evil that…

For all of the evil that Durkin seems to have exhibited in his time as a college football coach, this one doesn't really register for me. If you recall Wangler was a legacy recruit who was very unheralded as a linebacker. In fact what Durkin said is true, Wangler never played at Michigan on D.  Depending on the context of the conversation and how Durkin said, he may have just been honest with the kid. It is also possible he said it in a dickish way as this piece implies.  

Congratulations to a good kid from a great family who stuck it out and found a way to contribute at Michigan. And thankfully we don't have to worry about Durkin and whether he was using this for motivation or realism or just being a jerk.

 

10/03/2018 - 7:23pm I'm not sure Hill and Long…

I'm not sure Hill and Long were ever mentioned in the "Herbert got them jacked!" threads.  I am not ready to draw any huge conclusions from a handful of plays for each.  They do seem to have regressed slightly, but the opportunities have been pretty limited for each.  Too soon to tell and neither worries me at this point.  Let's get Gary healthy, Ross more snaps, Hudson staying on the field, and we'll be fine. 

10/03/2018 - 6:51pm Did anyone actually see…

Did anyone actually see Hutchinson get his one play?  I didn't.  I found this strange after a week of hype from the previous game and with Gary getting hurt.  I keep dreading the moment I click refresh on this site and see a post about him being injured.  

10/03/2018 - 1:52pm I think your theory is well…

I think your theory is well founded and logical given some of the data and visual evidence supporting it.  But this theoretical conversation between Manuel and Delany or the head of officials is probably not something that actually happens.  

I would LOVE to believe that there's an expensive lunch happening somewhere and Manuel slides over a picture of the holding penalty graph and says "we know you're screwing us, here's just some of the evidence."  And then he shows footage of Harbaugh controlling his emotions while other coaches are screaming their heads off without penalty. Then he just says "this stops now."  

That would be amazing......and will never happen outside of our imagination.  

09/13/2018 - 5:49pm What the hell does it take…

What the hell does it take to get a holding call at this point?   I'm serious - is this just against Michigan or have college refs given up calling it?  

Better question - is Michigan's OL not doing enough holding given that it never gets called?

09/12/2018 - 12:15pm Two question ideas:

#1 -…

Two question ideas:

#1 - How much value is there (if any) to the development of the roster that back-ups are able to play at the end of blowout games? 
(Last year there were only scattered drives in which the second string got to play because almost every game was close into the 4th quarter.  Did that inhibit the creation of depth?  Did that delay the maturation of younger players?  Did that cause any players to leave since they weren't getting even scattered playing time?  How much will it help that we've had WMU and probably a couple other opportunities this year?)
 

#2 - You discover a magic lamp in the diag and the genie grants you three wishes.  Your wishes have to be related to changing three things in the past decade related to the Michigan Offensive Line that would most improve the current state of affairs.  
(Could include recruiting different players, redshirting, coaching, style of play, etc.)

09/06/2018 - 1:00pm A couple of uneducated…

A couple of uneducated thoughts:

  • On the ball where McKeon had to box out to prevent a near interception, was the ball tipped or was Patterson's arm just hit?  If the ball wasn't tipped, then that should have been pass interference, right?  The DB climbs over McKeon's back before the ball arrives.
  • On the INT you gave most of the blame to Higdon, and I agree that he did poorly.  But I think Ruiz needs more of the blame on this one.  It is debatable whether he even needs to step to the right immediately (before checking blitzers).  There are more protectors than rushers to his right and his footwork seems terrible, stumbling off balance as he tries to recover.  
  • On the fumble, WTF was Ruiz doing??  I've never seen an OL chase his defender two spots over on the line.  Even after he biffs handing off to Bredeson he could still amazingly hand off to Runyan and take his guy for this play to work.

Runyan was bad in this game, but Ruiz had a couple of major issues too in my opinion.  

09/02/2018 - 12:27pm I was at the game, here are…

I was at the game, here are my observations:

  • Solomon played in the DT rotation.  Didn't do much like the rest of them, but played.
  • Marshall went to the locker room limping at some point and that's why you didn't see him later.
  • I never saw Bell, but it is possible he was out there on ST or something
  • Gill, Bush, and Uche got a fair amount of PT, Furbush did not.  His only memorable play was getting beat on the pass where Metellus was ejected.
  • I parked next to the Spanellis family and they told us "you'll definitely see him out there for some plays".  I was expecting him as a jumbo TE, but he only played the one snap when Ruiz lost his helmet. 
  • Peters tweaked his knee in practice, but he was out there dressed and warming up.
08/26/2018 - 7:18pm The band will be in ND this…

The band will be in ND this year. 

(Every now and then they go to another place like Northwestern or PSU)

08/22/2018 - 10:25am I think it will be a 2-game…

I think it will be a 2-game suspension for him, the AD will get slapped on the wrist, and some random staffers will be let go.  They don't have the guts to fire him and they know that the PR associated with doing nothing will be brutal.  So two games, he's back for their first meaningful football game.  

I also predict that within 2 hours of whatever announcement comes out that Brett McMurphy will post an interview with the staffer who was reassigned after the encounter with Smith that further adds to the bad PR around this.  

08/21/2018 - 11:11am Unfortunately you're…

Unfortunately you're correctly talking about the pessimistic side of the equation.  In order for 2018 to be better than 2017 you're banking on some combination of the following:

  • OL Coaching staff/strategy is significantly improved/simplified/rational
  • The fact that 7 of the 8 guys contending are returning players and 5 have starting experience helps.  All of them except JBB are still  young and thus should expect improvement with experience.  
  • New strength coach
  • Kugler was part of the problem last year on the interior, which was the biggest part of the issue with drive killing negative plays.  (i.e. it is easier to scheme around your OT getting beat around the edge than it is your interior getting owned)

I think all of those things will help.  But to expect the improvement to be drastic is foolish.  We're hoping for stability and minimizing the drive-killing blunders.  We could run the ball pretty well in 2017 and that should continue.  So if we can just reduce the passing screw ups we'll see benefits.....but we're at least a year away from being "good".  

08/21/2018 - 11:04am I'm curious how you think…

I'm curious how you think Runyan compares to Mason Cole.  Both were not the size you'd want in your OT and both were better suited to the interior.  On the other hand, both were smart players who could play any of the 5 OL positions - which I think is a valuable trait.  Working against Runyan is 2-inches of height and his lack of star rating.  Working in his favor is that he's the son of one of the best OL of all time.  

I personally like that he showed up this year and flat out earned a starting spot with a new coaching staff and with everyone's attention on this position.  Sure, I wish he was 6'7" tall and had a twin who could play the other OT position, but I'm not as terrified as some people are.  

08/16/2018 - 1:25pm My initial thoughts:

My initial thoughts:

  • Surprised no talk of Ambrey on offense
  • If Runyan was really 6'6" wouldn't we be thrilled to have an upper-classman who could play all 5 positions and was the offspring of one of the best OTs in Michigan history holding down the critical LT spot?  Maybe he's Mason Cole 2.0 and if that's true, then maybe the doom isn't as likely as we think.
  • No Watson mentions at CB?
  • Disappointed that McCaffrey seems buried at QB.  I'm highly skeptical that he's actually behind Milton.  
08/12/2018 - 10:43am While I'd bet against a 21…

While I'd bet against a 21 point win, this unpredictability is what makes the UM-ND game special.  Unlike the other rivalry games later in the year, we have no idea what to expect.  

  • There's no preseason to get a read on the teams like the NFL
  • The media has limited access to practice
  • There's a ton of turnover every year in college
  • Both teams usually start with a good ranking....sometimes deserving, sometimes based more on reputation and recruiting rankings
  • Both teams will have a bunch of young players trying to figure things out that early in the season

All of the OPs points about ND are true and could result in a struggle for them.  We can also point to Shea, the coaching changes, experience for the WR and get optimistic.

Or an ND fan can point out that our OL was horrific last year and lost the one good player to the NFL.  And that Hurst is in the NFL.  And that they are at home at night.  

The beauty of the UM-ND game is that anything can happen!  

08/10/2018 - 10:59am I think Johns could play the…

I think Johns could play the 5 for a few minutes in the right situations and be valuable, not a liability.  Jordan Morgan is about the same size.  DJ Wilson was touted for his occasional minutes at the 5 and he was skinny.  Even Nick Ward is only like 6'9".  

But that's not the point - against the Haas, Ward, Happ types of centers you're strategic with the match-ups - you either play Davis for post-defense or you play Johns to draw them away from the hoop since he can shoot from outside.

The thing I suspect will surprise most people about Johns is that he's probably a better 3pt shooter coming in than Livers or Iggy.  

08/07/2018 - 2:54pm I'm still willing to argue…

I'm still willing to argue about the #3:

  • Tripp - I'm not sure if Tripp's stats actually match my memory of him playing from when I was a kid, but I think he was one of the best safeties they ever had and was at least a 3-year starter who also returned punts for two years.  He finished with 227 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 8 INTs.  
  • Marlin - Was good throughout his career, including as a safety for that one season (or partial season).  I didn't split out his stats.
  • Brown - Was terrible until he found his calling as a hybrid box safety and then he was pretty good - contributed/started for four years.  Finished 186-4-4.  
  • M-Rob - Had his moments but barely played. 


On the other hand....

  • Shazor - had two pretty good years and then flamed out....literally.  Finished with a total of 186-5-4 and was remember equally for big hits and blown deep balls.
  • Dymonte - Played sparingly for three years.  His lone year of contribution was solid and I guess he gets credit for sometimes returning kicks and that one awesome punt block.  Finished 127-1-1.

And with #2, I see your point about it not being just one guy.  But when that guy might be the best player to ever live at his position?  Maybe make an exception....  

08/07/2018 - 1:47pm Sorry, I'm about the same…

Sorry, I'm about the same age as you and when I close my eyes and picture an all time defense it is #3 at Safety (Tripp Welborne) and #2 at Corner (Woodson may be the only one.....but he was the GOAT).  

08/07/2018 - 11:35am It is definitely complicated…

It is definitely complicated when an employer, university, or sports team has to do an independent investigation that doesn't align with the legal system.  But it happens all the time and is their duty to complete.  Osuna got suspended 75 games and Elliot lost most of a season when the legal system hadn't caught up.  

Whether they had to talk to Courtney Smith or not, it didn't take the media long to find out there were NINE reports filed from 2012-2018.  They can quietly not-renew his contract at some point just to avoid having to deal with what was clearly a problem situation.  Urban could pat him on the back, write a nice referral, and get him a job somewhere else - preferably far away from his ex-wife.  

Instead, it looks like they did nothing.  If Urban did report it in the past, then no meaningful action seems to have taken.  I think the actual outcome is that they either completely ignored it and didn't do anything all the way up to another "please don't file charges" scenario like at Florida.  

All that being said, I'm still expecting a short suspension of Meyer and some sort of hand slap to Smith.

08/06/2018 - 2:09pm Today's post at UMHoops is…

Today's post at UMHoops is worth a read for anyone who's a subscriber there - and if you aren't, you should be.  Basically he said similar things to Brian but gets into the future of the class a bit more with names.  Specifically, Michigan is likely done with all of the similar 3.5-4 star guys you've heard about all cycle.  They'll keep the 5-starts and Wagner on the line until the spring when they have a better feel for their ability to find another spot.  He also talks about Beilein following the trend of "positionless basketball".  

08/04/2018 - 8:22am Seth - a few thoughts I…

Seth - a few thoughts I would love to hear your opinion about....

  • What's the deal with Oliver Martin having the same jersey as Shea?  Camp battle to see who keeps it or something more?
  • For all the talk about Higdon getting bigger, he's listed as the same size as Long and Watson. Which of their measurables is the most BS?
  • No mention of walkon QB Sessa and his 6'8" 210 pound frame?
  • I didn't think I would see the day when Bredeson was heavier than JBB.  I am not sure how excited to be about that.
08/01/2018 - 11:24am The AD at Ohio State stuck…

The AD at Ohio State stuck up for Jim Tressel the entire time and has a long history of defending the program against any and all negative events.  The only way firings like this would happen is with significant public out-cry.  None of the OSU fans will call for his firing because they're winning.  Just like no MSU fans called for Izzo or Dantonio because they're winning.  The local media in Ohio goes out of their way to avoid any negative story about OSU so you're not going to get pressure from them.  Thus it falls to the national media or focused groups......call me skeptical.  

07/27/2018 - 2:20pm I am a long time fan of the …

I am a long time fan of the #1 jersey despite it's more lack luster recent history.  I am glad you mentioned Butterfield and brief contribution.

 

I do think you sold McMurtry a little short.  He was more of the primary receiver in his four years, outpacing the yardage of Kolesar, long time NFL guy Chris Calloway, and freshman Desmond.  He wasn't a star, but he was good and hung around the NFL a couple of years.  

07/25/2018 - 3:48pm I think a lot of those…

I think a lot of those Michigan players are going to see their draft position skewed by the group-think in the NFL combined with combine performances.

  • Gary - He'll dominate the combine, has a clear position, and is the right size.  He stays high.
  • Chase - He'll get dinged because he isn't 6'5" and 265 pounds.  Probably stays in the top 3 rounds.
  • Bush - No matter how fast he is or how productive he is I think he slides because of his tiny stature.  
  • Hudson - The NFL didn't know what to do with Jabril Peppers, why do they suddenly know what to do with Hudson?  His size and "Viper" position get lost in the old school group think and he probably falls.
  • Hill/Long - Who knows?  Lewis fell to the third round despite an awesome career/season and was behind a ton of lesser CBs because of his size or speed or not enough INTs.  
  • Shea - It is a horrible year for QBs in the draft so if he has a good season he could easily get over-drafted by an NFL team.  Or he could be back for his last year.
  • Kinnel - Who knows?  A solid year and he's a late round pick since almost every DB under Don Brown has been drafted.
  • Higdon - Mid-round draft pick since the NFL treats RBs as cannon fodder. 
  • Gentry - Could get drafted anywhere based on his unicorn status.  Gesicki went pretty high from PSU.  
  • Any OL - hahahahaha.....we can dream, right?  
07/23/2018 - 5:18pm I have no problem with the…

I have no problem with the kid choosing Stanford.  Losing out to them is different than a kid that says he's serious about school and then goes to Ole Miss or Alabama.  Good luck to him there and I hope David Shaw says a prayer that Harbaugh built that program to where it can attract kids like this.  

My problem is that you don't need to go out and tell everyone you're 100% solid when you're not.  Either be honest or don't say anything - why is flat out lying okay in our culture?  I hope he was up front with the coaches and they with him.  In this case there's no way Harbaugh would have pulled his offer if he came out and said "it is between Michigan and Stanford once I confirm my transcripts with both schools."  

Maybe that's a pipe dream - but why come out and say that he's solid to Michigan?  It won't actually calm the rumors or chatter and now he looks like someone who's word can't be trusted.  Oh well - I like our DEs just fine even without him.  

 

07/17/2018 - 5:48pm My wishlist for the next…

My wishlist for the next round of improvements:

  1. Get rid of the "recent post" items in the header.  They take up too much room, they are redundant to recent posts below, and they're horrible for mobile.  The idea is okay, but just turn them into a list somewhere - not a huge picture.
  2. Fix "the jump".  When we get into UFRs or in-season posts that are large, clicking on the jump should take you where you were, not having to rescroll and find it.  What's the point of calling it "a jump" at that point?  Might as well just post headlines on the front page with a brief description rather than a portion of the article - maybe that's the compromise.
  3. Improve the mobile experience.  Doesn't have to be an app (though I loved it).  But I want to see and have access to posts without multiple clicks and lots of scrolling.  

I know most people will add things about comments and voting - which I'd support.  But my consumption of MGoBlog doesn't require those to be enjoyable as much as the way in which it is consumed.  

I'm glad the site is evolving and I will be patient.....while visiting less often for now. 

07/17/2018 - 5:42pm I'm trying to reserve…

I'm trying to reserve judgment until I see how the site responds to Football season and whether improvements are made over time.  This is always a slow period and I really don't want to be a "get off my lawn" old guy.....so I'll keep an open mind for now.

With that said, I definitely visit less.  With the old site I could see whether there was new content immediately on my PC or Mobile.  Now it takes multiple clicks and scrolling with either platform, so I take those steps less often.  I think the amount of user content has decreased and that plays a role too.  Maybe those won't matter come August....