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01/19/2016 - 11:13am FWIW apparently Swenson has not taken his OV yet.

Telling.

01/19/2016 - 11:12am FWIW apparently Swenson has not taken his OV yet.

Telling.

12/14/2015 - 5:47pm When I was at Michigan in the 60's,

Ray was still there. We knew he was a legendary old coach, but we had no idea of his story. He was a remarkable character then, and his story underscores just how remarkable a guy he was.

 

11/24/2015 - 2:08pm Bob died

a few days after the Iowa game. It was his last game period.

11/11/2015 - 9:13am M finished 2nd to MSU in '67;

but beat MSU in the duel meet at Yost when Dave "Baby Hughy" Porter pinned at HWT in the last match!

11/04/2014 - 8:52pm Mo went no huddle

with Grbac in his first season as head coach!

10/12/2014 - 8:41pm Hey, I trust the coaches to play the best guy; period.

The notion that Hoke would avoid playing anyone to sidestep media scutiny is bizarre to me. I hope that is not where we are at, because if it is, good luck to us all.

10/12/2014 - 12:38pm Morris did not take part in pre game warmups.

So he is hurt/injured. Bellomy was running #2 in warmups. Simple.

09/02/2014 - 5:09pm Is it an advantage to Michigan

by not disclosing Morgan's injury that involves ND having to needlessly spend time game planning believing that he will play? I think that's all it amounts to.

07/15/2014 - 11:47am My dad died in 1982;

my  brother in 1991; my father-in-law in 1992; my mother in 2003. There has not been a day pass that I have not thought of each of them in some way. I have discovered that it is the same for others as I expect it will be for you too. It is a good thing because you only think of the good times; and in this way, their spirit lives on. I wish you the best.

07/07/2014 - 11:49am Barwis was on

Good Morning America today setting up his new show which airs on Wednesday. Remarkable guy.

06/02/2014 - 11:35am It's not just "pretty standard."

It happens every time. Presuming he pleads to a lesser charge (Impaired Driving), he will likely be placed on Probation where more rules will be in place during period of Probation. Courts take these Orders seriously. Rermember Stonum?

05/14/2014 - 1:23pm My memory and notion only

but it does not seem like M goes after these guys once they have decided otherwise and spent a year elsewhere.

Perhaps baggage accumulates and notions become preconceived and an unwarranted sense of entitlement comes with the kid. Best to let the ship pass and sail on inti the night.

04/25/2014 - 11:37am Well, no matter state law,

it is still a violation of Federal law; the feds are just looking the other way for now.

04/25/2014 - 10:30am This reminds me of Jamal Crawford

and ridiculous NCAA involvement in eligibility issues. Nuts! Just plain nuts.

04/24/2014 - 6:25pm As below:

1. Alum

2. 48

3. 4

4. 0

5. No

6. Bonus Bonus; student ticket package for 6 games in 1966 was $12.

04/07/2014 - 6:16pm Because alcohol is worse

in almost every way (no letters please). Except for its legality, weed is quick, clean, and no after effects. Your liver won't fall out and your brain and memory will remain in tact. Weed does not mess with your training unless that's  all you do. On the other hand, alcohol really affects your conditioning. Simple.

03/19/2014 - 4:49pm If that doesn't warm the cockles of your

cotton pickin' maize and blue heart then watch the YouTube highlights!

 

03/04/2014 - 3:53pm it's always easier said then done,

but I'd like to think I would have done more than slam a couple lockers, especially if I had been a former victim of abuse.

01/20/2014 - 2:43pm In another way, it sends a good message

to recruits. High school football players want to actually play once they get to college. They don't want to sit around and marrinate for a couple years. On the job training definitely has to be preferable especially if they are "star" players.

By playing freshmen, M lets them know that they will play if they compete, work hard, and are meritworthy. Just the right message in my view. 

In any event, the really good ones are not likely to stay for 5 years. The less than good ones may wind up transferring. May as well get it sorted out right from the git go.

01/15/2014 - 10:38am I take it then

that you have the most favorable opinion about Jones of those that are left. Are you optimistic that M gets him?

01/15/2014 - 9:16am Chinchilla fur soft…very funny!

BB; do you get the feeling that the M staff has sort of missed the boat on RB recruiting for 2014, or is it just a function of class size and available schollies? Are these recruits (the Enwere's and Mack's and that type) the sort that M would have been recruiting at the outset or are they just filling out the class?

01/14/2014 - 11:23pm So lets cut to the chase.

Who does KenPom see winning the Championship!? Sheesh, some how some way every game is within a point of his prediction.

01/10/2014 - 2:02pm Somewhere along last season I was amazed

to learn that the M offense was running something like 42 different formations. Worrisome given the limited practice time and time players have with the coaches. How many different blocking schemes was that? Then there were the questions by reporters to Hoke about "what is your identity."

I'm hoping that Nuss brings a laser like focus on what we need to do and who we are; and then just repetitions the hell out of it.

 

EDIT: oops.

01/10/2014 - 2:00pm Somewhere along last season I was amazed

to learn that the M offense was running something like 42 different formations. Worrisome given the limited practice time and time players have with the coaches. How many different blocking schemes was that? Then there were the questions by reporters to Hoke about "what is your identity."

I'm hoping that Nuss brings a laser like focus on what we need to do and who we are; and then just repetitions the hell out of it.

01/09/2014 - 6:27pm Its very disappointing

that so many apparently think so little of Brady Hoke that he would need or even accept his boss telling him how to run his team. It follows that the same can be said re Brandon. Does everyone believe that Brandon would hire coaches that are so weak or of so little character that he would need to tell them how to manage their teams? This whole notion is so antithetical to the M that I know going back to Crisler.

I would suggest that Brady is plenty enough to do what he feels is right for his team, and would more than bristle at anyone who had the temerity to tell him what he had to do. If it came to that for him, I am confident he would simply wave goodbye. Either you want the man as your coach or you don't. Simple as that. I expect for both Brady certainly and Brandon too.

12/23/2013 - 1:37pm Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Brian to you and your family and the entire staff at MGoBlog.

12/10/2013 - 1:41pm He also was Ufer's

spotter for years.

12/01/2013 - 12:22pm Agreed on all points, SRK;

especially the rampant negativism and repeated calls for coaches to be fired. Gotta be hard for any of the young men who play at M, or want to, to see this kind of stuff.

12/01/2013 - 11:28am Well Notre Dame this year

was not exactly a slam dunk. Maybe not 1 play, but Countess intercepted in end zone at end of game. Turn that around and maybe one more play and M loses.

Seems like the margin between very good seasons and very poor or mediocre seasons has been pretty small for quite a few years no matter how you slice it.

You have to like the perseverence of this group this year and yesterday for sure. No matter what had happened along the way, they kept at it. Pretty good.

 

EDIT; In 2006, you could say the hit out of bounds in the 4th quarter against Ohio was the one play and call that cost M that game. So I'd say our best that year was a trip to National Championship game, at least if "best" is meaning optimistic.

11/25/2013 - 1:05pm Also graduated from Perrysburg HS

with Jimbo Leyland and me!

11/20/2013 - 2:45pm Seems like it always goes back to Bo in some way.

You gotta be able to run the football, and you gotta be able to stop the run. If you can't do either, you're in big trouble. If you can't do one or the other, still trouble. Little did we know way back when we were pissed at Bo because his offense was boring. 

11/13/2013 - 2:44pm Far from all the experts, but

everywhere I look mistakes and missed assignments are being made. Criticism of the OL, the QB, and the RB's is all warranted on offense. Little or no gain on 1st and 2nd downs results in 3rd and long and predictability and then failure. It happens over and over now. Crazy.

The defense is better, but sooner or later a freshmen DB is gonna get burned by being out of position or missing a tackle, or just finishing a play. Unfortunately very reminiscent of RR year 1. Yikes!

Does not seem to be getting any better. Double yikes! Doesn't make that bill for seat licenses for next year's tickets any easier to swallow.

11/10/2013 - 12:00pm Don't know why, but

you cannot advance a fumbled punt. Just the rule.

11/06/2013 - 1:13pm Delete

Delete

11/06/2013 - 1:11pm The M AD built itself

just like any private business builds itself. Although Radrick is owned by a public university, it is a private course run by the M AD and no you could not play it as a "taxpayer" even if you paid greens' fees. The tax dollars that go to M do not go to the AD or any part of it, and no rights arise or accrue to anyone who may be a taxpayer on that basis.

This "notion" that because I am a taxpayer and since M is a public institution I have a voice in how the AD is run at M is completely false. Your point ithat the M AD has benefitted from tax dollars is so indirectly obscure as to be almost non-existent. Yeah, tax dollars built the road to the stadium.....that's about it. Not surprised that you would draw conclusions about an "overall philosophy" from this....sheesh. 

11/06/2013 - 12:30pm Well if you mean that

athletic competition is possible at Michigan because other schools AD rely directly on tax dollars taken from that school's General Fund, without which that school could not operate an AD or have a sports team, that's true. But if you are saying M's AD is somehow even indirectly dependent on tax dollars, that is just wrong.

For example, go out to Radrick Farms golf course (U owned and run by the AD) and tell them you are a taxpayer and demand that they allow you to play and see how far that gets you.

11/06/2013 - 11:57am I am not sure you get it.

The M AD does not and cannot dip into any Univerity  Endowments; never has. Those are strictly related to the U and have nothing to do with the AD. It has only been in the last 20 years or so that the AD even borrowed any money for improvements to facilities; in the past nothing was ever even started without first having the cash in hand to pay for it. If the AD did not have it, then they solicited donations for that particular project, and did not commence it until they had the money. That still happens, but now with the scope and magnitude of these projects, the AD is borrowing money.

The fact that the AD is a part of the University and subject to supervision by the Pres. and Board in Control has nothing to do with the fact that it is financially completely independent from the University and always has been.

Nor does the AD "make money" for the University. Its year in year out budget is basically a break even deal over time. Yeah, this year they may get ahead on the balance sheet, but that just pays next year's not so much. Except for the rent they pay to the U and the tuition and other charges the U imposes on them, none of their "profit" goes back to the U or the General Fund. That's a fact and saying otherwise won't make it so.

And by the way, the U has always required the AD to pay for itself. It has never been, let us know if you need any help. When Goss left because the AD was deep in debt, the U never said, don't worry, we will bail you out. Instead, Martin was hired and he  worked for free until he got the balance sheet out of the red.

11/06/2013 - 11:17am The Athletic Department

is overseen by a Board in Control. The Director reports to the Board and the University President. So no it is not entirely autonomous from that standpoint; however, from a funding standpoint it is.

If you are saying that by going back in history you will find a funding connection, I would suggest that the farther back you go with M, the greater the independence between the Athletic Department and the University. For example, Canham hired Bo without ever consulting with anybody or getting anybody's OK....he did not have to. And nobody ever told Yost or Crisler what they could or could not do. 

In this regard, M is much different than nearly all other universities including MSU which is among many that are dependent on funding "subsidies" from the General Fund. Hell, the M Athletic Department even pays the University for the tuition of its scholarship athletes including out of state rates if applicable!

11/06/2013 - 10:42am FYI

The M Athletic Department is entirely self funded. It has nothing to do with the University from a tax dollar standpoint and never has. It does not receive anything from the University's General Fund or from anything the state may provide the University through tax dollars.

So if you believe the coaches somehow work for you or should be answerable to you on that basis, you're wrong.

 

10/29/2013 - 7:52pm Bravo.

FWIW I actually look forward to your posts and past others in an effort to try to understand if not actually learn something. From my standpoint, for goodness sakes don't tske the BS to heart.

 

10/21/2013 - 10:24am I went to high school with Jimbo Leyland.

That's what we all called him then, and what everybody who knows him from the old days still does. He was probably the best all around athlete the school ever had, and maybe the best leader as well.

He was a four year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball; and, in his senior year, he was elected captain for each of those teams.

Great guy. Great sense of humor. Great to be around. You can see that in how his teams react to him and love him. He has received a lot of unwarranted (IMO) criticism over the years. The Tigers are going to miss him. 

10/05/2013 - 10:49am This is a very young team at almost every position.

We have great coaches. The players are talented. Patience is a virtue. They will come along maybe even to all our over enthusiastic expectations.

10/05/2013 - 10:38am If memory serves,

he also played for Michigan State.

09/24/2013 - 2:53pm Agree.

Maybe he has  a self inflated notion of himself. Who knows? To be sure he knows stats and the usual sports mantra's (which are boring in and of themselves), but his analysis and opinion compared to Brian's or Craig Ross's or Sam's just does not compare. And aggravatingly and confoundingly, when those guys are on, he interupts and talks over them and their point is lost. Result is very poor radio. As someone stated above, it is not listenable. 

09/24/2013 - 12:27pm Yeah but

That ain't sayin' much.

09/24/2013 - 10:52am Exactly.

Ira has a bad habit of interrupting Sam, who is the reason I'm sure everyone listens. That habit is compounded by his opinion statements, which he nearly always follows with a "that being said" or two so that he really cannot be wrong about anything.

Actually quite maddening just trying to get to the Sam parts sometimes. And no, I do not listen if Sam is not there.  

08/27/2013 - 9:19am Bo ran the option as well.

Once the QB pitched the ball, he was required to block and not just bail out. There's your extra blocker in that scheme.

08/26/2013 - 1:17pm To me, Brady even sounds and acts like Bo.

Perhaps I'm looking through "nostalgia" glasses a bit, but since it feels good to me, I'm gonna continue doing it!

08/26/2013 - 12:39pm Of course, there is no comparison

to Bo's record. I was referring to Brady's coaching attitude, and  approach, a return to toughness and physicality, defense and M traditions to say nothing of recruiting. You cannot help but believe that all will be well.

Nonetheless, if you want to compare the talent on Bo's first team to that of Brady's; there is none. Off the top of my head Bo had 2 lineman that were All Conference, All American, College and NFL HOF. The entire defensive backfield was nearly the same. Bo had 2 great tailbacks, a 240 pound bruiser at fullback, and an accomplished QB who could throw.

To be fair, just not the same.  Was not what I was trying to say in any event. Brady for the record dismisses any comparison to Bo. So there's that. But it IS still there.