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08/17/2018 - 6:37pm As much as I don’t like…

As much as I don’t like Meyer, I HOPE he didn’t know the specifics of this.  #TMI

08/17/2018 - 6:34pm I love the attempted threats…

I love the attempted threats by Smith’s attorney.  I am guessing this might work on less experienced reporters.

Urban may skate on this but Mr. Smith will be unemployable by the time Brett and his ex are done with him.

08/16/2018 - 1:18pm Because HIS 4 year old girl…

Because HIS 4 year old girl is Jewish and that is the example he is using.

08/16/2018 - 12:25pm MGrowOld. - I also can get…

MGrowOld. - I also can get annoyed at the irrational exuberance going into a season but you have to admit that the endings of 2017 for both teams and how that translates to 2018 are quite different.

By my non-expert assessment (at least in game 1) 

ND should be overall worse on offense in 2018 - with steps back at every position group - particularly OL and the OL-dependent RB - except for QB which was shaky last year.  OL losses augment an M strength on DL and blitzing.  They return much of a “decent to good” defense but iirc their losses were clustered in one area (DL? If so would minimize our potential weak area on OL.)

M should be overall better on offense with steps forward in every position except RB which is a push from a pretty good returning tandem.  They return a similar amount from a “very good” defense with the only large loss (literally) in Mo Hurst.  Many young 2017 players entering year 2 starting - Bush, Hudson, Gary, Hill, Long, Metellus - which should lead to expectations of improvement.  (No idea the makeup of the ND roster in regard to age/experience.)

i believe M will win in South Bend.  I suspect that this game could get out of hand if M weathers the initial storm of ND emotion and gets up early.  I worry that if M wins big the “NC or bust!” clamor will get out of hand before we know if the victory actually meant anything (see UF in 2017.).

08/16/2018 - 11:38am Separate of guilt or…

Separate of guilt or innocence - DJ is/should be gone.  A tragedy occurred and at least some small part of it was due to the culture he created/promoted.

Durkin’s best move is probably to preemptively step down with a statement along the lines of “while I was not directly involved in this tragic incident - as the HC the buck stops with me.  In regard to the other reports, I tried the best I could to improve and motivate my players and team.  In retrospect these methods were not always fitting for the way UMD and I want to represent the university or myself.  I plan on doing some soul searching to become a better mentor, motivator, and coach should another opportunity present itself in the future.”

He can work out a settlement with UMD that costs them less than a buyout but still gets him paid (If they did this for the SC coach who was directly involved/responsible they can do this for Durkin.). Then he sits out a year, takes a DC position in 2019 and sees what that builds into.  If Briles, Petrino etc. can get jobs after a scandal so can DJ, though I think it will be a good long while before he would get another P5 HC gig.

08/16/2018 - 11:13am Per Ira on WTKA yesterday,…

Per Ira on WTKA yesterday, Maryland “can’t” afford to fire Durkin without cause.  If they truly want to fire him (one of) the points of the current investigation is to gather the proof for dismissal.  — This is difficult to prove as even Pitino thought he had enough to sue over.  (SPOILER — He didn’t.) 

IMO - The OSU and UMD cases are similar in regard to the HC.  There is enough gray area to justify keeping the coach if that is the goal.  If the school wants to remove the coach they are best served to fire for “cause”.  The investigations can determine if cause exists.  In the case of OSU the proof of cause is much more clear cut (Urban reported properly or not).  

The difference (again IMO) is that OSU almost certainly is looking for ways to keep UFM and Maryland is looking for ways to rid themselves of Durkin.

08/15/2018 - 2:17pm A good interview.

My…

A good interview.

My personal takeaways:

Asked about this year’s D - “this could be the best group I have ever been around.”

- has about 16-17 guys that could be put in today and perform at a high level (took this to mean ability and scheme knowledge).  Camp is to develop more of those.

- LB —- Gil and Ross still fighting for WLB.  Positive feedback on Anthony and Glasgow (sp?) as backups at MLB and Viper respectively.  Singleton seemed a bit of an afterthought at WLB - “he’s getting there” - and sounds like McGrone headed for a (nominal) redshirt.

- Solomon and Dwumfor will be tasked with filling the slack of the Hurst departure.  Being able to get them meaningful snaps last year allowed them to learn a lot even if they didn’t know the whole defense at the time.  (Got the feel he was talking more leadership than specific position for those two.)  DEs did not come up.

- CBs - first 3 mentioned - Hill, Long, and Watson.  Noted Ambry is pushing.

- Safeties - praise for starters and noted JKP as coming on and highly skilled athlete.

It is clear that Don remembers the Jerry DiNardo “high risk - high reward” comment from the year one camp tour and it still doesn’t sit well.  Says every pressure look is repped 50-100 times between Spring and Fall camps.

08/14/2018 - 12:25pm Slightly OT but I am…

Slightly OT but I am surprised I haven’t seen more said in the media about OSU having to name Day as the interim because Johnson, Schiano, and Wilson all have skeletons in their closets already.

08/14/2018 - 10:20am Per UMBig11 yesterday, it’s…

Per UMBig11 yesterday, it’s Patterson, Peters, McC in order at present.

08/14/2018 - 1:29am I was thinking the same…

I was thinking the same thing re: quality of coverage.

i also was surprised not to see Howard Griffith on-site.  Maybe he excluded himself (or was asked to) since his son is now on the ND team?

08/13/2018 - 10:12pm Watching the M camp program…

Watching the M camp program on BTN now.  Not much other than fluff so far but, DID THEY REALLY JUST SHOW THE MOON GAME AS A “MICHIGAN CLASSIC” as the lead-in?!!!

I swear I just saw a shot of Dave Fucking Brandon on Hoke’s sidelines...... uhhhhhh

08/13/2018 - 3:37pm Hey, thanks for reminding me…

Hey, thanks for reminding me of 2 highly ranked OL targets that M not only lost to ND but also  are doing well enough to be starters.....

08/12/2018 - 11:58pm Rodas Johnson HAS been out -…

Rodas Johnson HAS been out - mutual or from the M side as far as I know - since his visit to campus or shortly after.  It actually seems like he has slid down on a couple of teams' boards since that time-frame.

08/12/2018 - 11:45pm Meh - Color me a little…

Meh - Color me a little skeptical when an account created TODAY is fishing for info and takes offense when someone gets a bit snarky.

Most likely this person has never lurked here at all - which would lead them to expect snark - or is an opposing fan fishing for comments pro-or-con to use for mockery --- (The "MGoBlog is melting down" thread over at RCMB is over 300 pages... )

08/12/2018 - 3:12am I agree but also feel that…

I agree but also feel that the staff wanted Davis as a fullback.  Sure they told him he would have a chance to compete for the tailback position - and I think they did - but always assumed he would make a great FB if TB wasn’t in the cards.

Kingston didn’t want to be a fullback and left after that became the clear position for him if he was going to see the field at M.  I don’t think that is a bust, just a miscalculation by the staff on how adamant Davis was about his position.

08/11/2018 - 5:05pm I think it would be…

I think it would be difficult for Barrett to turn heads this early at Viper based on his primary focus on offense in High school.  (Possibly the most difficult position to master on this D?)

08/11/2018 - 5:01pm But but but.... I thought…

But but but.... I thought Bell was a 3* scrub/desperation pickup and our receiving corps would be dog crap once the 2017 class leaves!  (Obviously way too early to tell on Bell but glad to hear he is getting notice)

08/10/2018 - 10:03pm I would hope/imagine M…

I would hope/imagine M started to address/ look into this as soon as M shoes came up in that store owner interview as part of the UNC shoe-related suspension story.

Also - are we sure that MBB and Football are the only programs that get special shoes?  (In addition to the non-team people/donations.). I think Ira noted on WTKA that he saw a pair of size 9’s on the site.  Not sure any/many on those teams wear shoes that small.

08/10/2018 - 8:14pm This is getting me in the…

This is getting me in the football mood.  Can’t wait for the BTN show on Monday!!

Sure it will be hype and the usual coach-speak, but normally one can get a few good tidbits (despite DiNardo) along with a little actual practice footage.

08/10/2018 - 8:06pm FWIW —Michael Spath did say…

FWIW —Michael Spath did say on WTKA today that his insider said “don’t be surprised if the starting line isn’t what you assume it will be”.    Insider noted unit cohesion was valued over pure talent at each position with Warinner (sp?).

08/09/2018 - 2:48pm Also sounds like S.O.P. for…

Also sounds like S.O.P. for a person on administrative leave (and under investigation).

Nothing to see here IMO.

08/09/2018 - 1:51pm This detail may be …

This detail may be “favoritism” but is important imo.  If anyone could enter the draft with no repercussions, roster management would be extremely difficult.  (Pretty sure the combine invites precede the late signing day for MBB.)

08/07/2018 - 6:01pm The cruise ads started…

The cruise ads started popping up for me this week also.  NTTAWWT.

As to the OP’s question, yes I am in full F5 mode just hoping for any camp news. I even find myself going through most of the redundant OSU threads to see if maybe UMBig11 has popped in with a comment.  Soooooon.

08/07/2018 - 10:08am Well,  technically Fickell…

Well,  technically Fickell wasn’t fired.......... so bring back Fickell!!

08/06/2018 - 3:50pm To be fair, this has been a…

To be fair, this has been a common theme about MSU - at least on M boards - since Mandarich or before.  Meanwhile (to my knowledge) this has never been accused of M players/staff.

There is a reason for the double standard here even if just in jest.

08/06/2018 - 3:45pm From what little I have…

From what little I have figured out from the various hints out there, I think that this new issue is more Dantonio and admin related than player.  Something about an assault on a WBB athlete by football players that was covered up/colluded by the higher-ups.  I have no firm info but I got the impression that this was far enough back that it wouldn’t affect the current team.

08/05/2018 - 8:11pm Someone should start a Meyer…

Someone should start a Meyer/OSU snowflake thread...... 

08/03/2018 - 7:25pm Maybe Doc is following the…

Maybe Doc is following the Bond villain plan in which it soon WILL be oceanfront property?  Muwhahahahaha......

08/03/2018 - 7:22pm You may be right.

I hate to…

You may be right.

I hate to say it but maybe I think like a Buckeye.....  one of my first thoughts after the bombshell was whether Gene Smith would “throw himself on his sword” to protect Meyer (or maybe others would throw him on it..)

08/03/2018 - 5:22pm Thanks for this!

FYI - Paea…

Thanks for this!

FYI - Paea is exclusively working as interior OL per Mattison interview on WTKA today.

08/01/2018 - 1:59pm Removing the emotion and…

Removing the emotion and creating a hypothetical since none of us know the truth...

EW hears second hand (or first hand but does not witness anything) that there was an incident - police were called but no charges filed.  He mentions it to Meyer - Meyer says “I am aware and have mentioned to the AD we will handle with Zach.”

Aside from offering any and all help to the victim and being vigilant to see if it happens again, you are asserting that he was obligated to either quit or commit career-suicide for someone who may already have second thoughts about going to others in the first place?  (Taking a leap with no expertise but think there is a lot of “victim’s-remorse” in Domestic cases)

Obviously (to me at least) all bets are off if he actually witnessed abuse.

This is different for Meyer as he not only had the authority to do something but also might be the only person on the staff that was aware of all the previous incidents.  There is scuttlebutt that Meyer WAS trying to do something- only that something was encouraging him to find another job and thus remove the responsibility from him/OSU.

08/01/2018 - 1:32pm Accidentally hit “post” -…

Accidentally hit “post” - just was going to finish up that I think the coaching community still can have some strong “clan-like” influences and someone who airs stuff in public would be shunned.

08/01/2018 - 1:27pm This is a perfect anecdote. …

This is a perfect anecdote.  Once Warriner reports this to Meyer - or knows it has come to his attention and the police his responsibilities are over (unless there is some obscure title 9 rule).

If he felt that strongly about the (lack of) disciplinary action he could have quit, but that is about it.

And MAYBE he did do something.... the rumors/allegations from Bucknuts that the mystery message board poster after this latest incident was in fact Warriner are starting to seem more plausible.  If the wives remained close and he was no longer beholden to Meyer a new unreported (in the media) incident pushed him or someone to act.  (obviously it was someone who knew the history)

If this was true, I doubt Ed would ever offer up the info as I feel that the cochi

07/27/2018 - 5:06pm Re: Speight - I have…

Re: Speight - I have rewatched many of 2016 games (possibly multiple times for RU and PSU) and was surprised how mediocre he looked compared to my memories.

The receivers bailed him out multiple times - something our Frosh and a less than 100% Perry were not as able to do last year- but the biggest difference seemed to be the OL.  Pockets seemed to be just a bit better - either slightly longer or more reliable as far as complete busts.  As much as we complained about that OL group at the time,  Speight probably stays upright and 11-1 is still on the table in 2017 with the 2016 line.  Patterson or 2018 Peters will a better QB than Speight though imo.

07/27/2018 - 2:38pm Crap!  Now I have to go over…

Crap!  Now I have to go over to RCMB to confirm that their thread on this topic is at least 3x as large as this one.  The Gibbons / Lewan connection is their go-to thing every time an issue is brought up re:MSU.  (Also they were sure Conklin was going to take his LT job fairly quickly on the Titans.)

I don’t condemn TL for what he did in college, but I don’t think he was a great person either.  I did see an article last year (?) about he and Conklin and how they were bonding while both started families.  Pretty sure Taylor admitted that he had needed to grow up a lot to take the role as a husband and father.  Still doesn’t erase the past.

07/26/2018 - 1:16pm I think your auto-correct…

I think your auto-correct may have just revealed more than you would like about yourself.

To your points about about Sam above, I think you are way off comparing him to Chat sports dude.  Sam is a HUGE cheerleader and always spins and/or creates talking points to put things in the absolute best possible light in Michigan’s favor but he always seems to base this on info from reliable sources.  With Harris, I have no doubt the info from Sam was good that folks from M had gone through the pre-enrollment process with him - even read from a non-Sam source that Najee’s mother had been exploring employment and housing opportunities in the region.  What he didn’t say or didn’t know was that Najee was doing the same with ‘Bama.

i don’t pay for 247 so I can’t comment on whether he is “clickbait-ey” with his posts on that site.

i also really like Steve Lorenz on 247 (miss you on the board Aquaman!) and he is pretty confident that M “is in the top 2” for most of the top rated targets we remain after.  Unfortunately, “If you aren’t first you’re last” in recruiting.  We will see how this goes.

07/26/2018 - 1:14am Agree - Herron is obviously…

Agree - Herron is obviously not the potential 5-Star we were hoping for when he committed but is still a (potentially) very good football prospect.  Z. Harrison also looked less than stellar in some reps at the opening but he gets more of a pass due to his off-the-charts athleticism.

07/26/2018 - 1:08am I can’t comment on…

I can’t comment on athleticism, but based on size I always thought DiCosmo was more of a comparable to Herron...I.e. a bit too short to be a true WDE and thus more of a OLB/pass rusher hybrid (or a true OLB in a 3-4 which is obviously N/A at Michigan in terms of a base set).

07/25/2018 - 9:07pm While I agree re: Oliver and…

While I agree re: Oliver and Gary vs. Bosa - the NFL isn’t known for its innovative thinking and may fall back to projecting him as his brother 2.0 and thereby “overvaluing” him - his final position may come down to how his measurables at the combine compare to those guys and his brother.  (He is easily a top 10 pick in any event)

Bush is a wildcard - you see these stories of how he is the new prototype NFL linebacker but again have to wonder if will teams fall back to old tendencies come draft day.

As for Hudson - I REALLY want him to stay for his Sr. Year but if he has a great season he should probably go.  The thing holding him back - Being a “tweener” - isn’t going to change with one more year in college. 

 I would be surprised if Shea doesn’t go pro unless he has a disastrous season.  Everything I have heard or read indicates that this is HIS plan.  I think that M is fine as we are truly screwed long-term if Harbaugh can’t create a good starter from Peters, McCaffrey, Milton in years 4,3,2 respectively.

07/25/2018 - 9:49am Do you mean JOK?  Peters…

Do you mean JOK?  Peters didn’t play vs. OSU.

07/24/2018 - 2:39pm Interesting that he is…

Interesting that he is ending his “playing” career but not his football career....maybe going to be a GA under Brown this year?

07/23/2018 - 12:25pm I feel bad for those he has…

I feel bad for those he has effected with his behavior.

 

That said, the Craziest thing about this that I have seen is that apparently some posters on Bucknuts (one of those OSU sites) claim that the unknown whistleblower is actually Ed Warriner who is trying to bring down OSU for a personal grudge against Smith.

While I guess it IS possible, I doubt he would have time to spare from his work hiding the “round” Earth, 911, Moon Landing, and JFK conspiracies.

07/23/2018 - 12:11pm I actually saw a post …

I actually saw a post (within a random thread) over at tRCMB that this involves a past incident where MSU football player(s) physically assaulted a MSU WBB player and it was hushed/covered up by MSU coaches.  (No clarification re: the type of assault.)

I am pretty sure this was one of the myriad of incidents that was mentioned in the ESPN piece on MSU, but the word is that now they have “proof”.

07/17/2018 - 7:09pm You are incorrect.  It IS…

You are incorrect.  It IS much more mobile friendly using a browser.  

What IS correct is that I (and you?) preferred the convenience/feel of using the app vs. going through the browser on my phone.  I am learning the new way and adapting, but would love a new blog-approved app that would allow access without using my phone browser (while still allowing advertising for revenue purposes for Brian and Co.)

07/13/2018 - 4:26pm Moorhead’s wife has to be…

Moorhead’s wife has to be super-hot........

 

Also - What Harbaugh did at Stanford was better than what Franklin did at Vandy.  And he did it without a sexual assault coverup (allegedly).

07/10/2018 - 2:53pm Ojabo has 1 full year of…

Ojabo has 1 full year of Football training in the US.  At least there is a track record at the school, with the coaches, and with the ranking services/evaluators for a kid In NJ - from a school where they had Anoma (sp?) just last year.  I don’t know the NJ specifics, but I assume there is decent game film on Ojabo and no matter the competition level at least it is a know quantity.

Ther is no track record (that I am aware) of Euros coming and being successful at the NCAA or NFL level or a way to gauge quality of competition — which is why people are more reserved for this young man.  However, somebody HAS to be the first to hit it big coming direct from Europe.  Let us all hope that in 3-5 years people are asking if a prospect from Europe can “be the next Welschof”.

07/05/2018 - 2:56am I think it is fair to guess…

I think it is fair to guess that BP will be gone AFTER this year with the buzz about Milton and McCaffrey.  What doesn’t make sense to me are the folks that think he will be gone before this year if he isn’t in the 2-deep at QB.  He would have to sit a year whereas he can be a 2-year grad transfer after next summer if that is what he chooses.

With Perry and Martin - I hope it is a battle.  I like Perry but don’t think he has the top-tier athleticism that you would prefer in the position.  Martin seems to have that in spades from his recruiting and camp numbers just needs to equal Perry in route running etc.

Snarky comment re: Taylor.... what you said is a pretty safe bet as it wouldn’t take much for him to be better than most on the blog think......  (I wish the kid well no matter what - seems like a great young man.)

06/30/2018 - 1:48pm 11.1?? Not 10.9!!

Sorry -no…

11.1?? Not 10.9!!

Sorry -no longer interested.......

The 247 National guy’s were saying that Zach Harrison (#1 overall recruit on 247, #4 on composite) is the only other DE that has that combo of size and athleticism this year.

06/30/2018 - 1:29pm I think Hinton prefers to…

I think Hinton prefers to play SDE but has the size to play inside (almost) already.  I actually look at it as he will need to earn the right to play End / prove he is explosive enough to edge rush - just like I think Gary could play 3-Tech with a little more weight if it were not such a loss to move him from end.

06/30/2018 - 1:20pm There are only a few targets…

There are only a few targets on the outside that I am aware M is pushing for.  One is Luke Ford a Top 150 kid from CA who claims he wants to take a visit.  More likely/promising is Cornelius Johnson out of Connecticut (Don Brown/Tarik Black connections) who is currently a top 300 kid who is being hyped for a possible rankings jump while competing at the opening this weekend.  Believe this is a ND/M battle at present although I admit I hadn’t seen much about him until recently.  

Wandale Robinson is also being recruited as a slot/offensive weapon ala recent commit George Johnson.