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05/26/2018 - 5:12pm 4-star

Technically, Kyle Kalis was a 4* recruit. A high 4*, but I think only 1 service actually gave him a 5* rating.

04/05/2018 - 11:49am $7.6 million

Looks like they purposely paid Urban $7.6 million to beat out Harbaugh’s $7.5 million.

03/13/2018 - 4:05pm 4000+

If I had to guess, it probably has something to do with having three consecutive 4000+ passing yard seasons with a below-average set of receivers and running backs around him. The best WR that Cousins has had in Washington is DeSean Jackson who peaked about 5 years ago, and was really only ever a speedy deep threat guy.

Kirk Cousins behind the Vikings re-built O-Line passing to Thielen, Diggs, and Rudolph while handing it off to Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray seems like an extremely potent attack. Plus, they already rode their defense to a 13-3 record this season, and it is hard to see that side of the ball dropping off much.

03/11/2018 - 10:25am Harry Hiestand & Greg Studwara

The only thing that worries me a little with Warinner’s track record is that his two most successful stops did not really stop producing after he left. Notre Dame if anything had even better O-Line play with Harry Hiestand after Warinner, and Ohio State hasn’t really missed a beat with Greg Studwara.

No doubt that Warinner is an upgrade over Drevno, but I also wonder how much being in those specific offensive systems/culture magnified his coaching prowess.

03/10/2018 - 4:13pm Tom Herman

Herman is going gangbuster re-establishing Texas’s recruiting base/dominance. Texas just got a commitment from a 5*/#26 overall WR Jordan Whittington

03/09/2018 - 9:06am Harbaugh

It is outright baffling that no school wants a grad-transfer QB that was a starter at Michigan and has 3-year of tutelage under Harbaugh.

03/04/2018 - 6:51pm 216lbs

How long until the NCAA finally adds a 216lbs weight class to sync up with International/Olympic wrestling standards?

More and more collegiate wrestlers every year are attempting to represent their country on the international stage, but everyone who is in the 216lbs weight class internationally are at a huge disadvantage. They either have to drastically cut weight every season to drop back down to the NCAA’s 197lbs class or stay at their Olympic competition weight, but wrestle athletes who are potentially 60lbs heavier than them.

03/01/2018 - 12:45pm Not just images

It included using my name and quotes. Also, Jalen Ramsey clearly didn’t give Texas A&M permission to use his image. So as a whole, the practice seems odd that it is legal.

03/01/2018 - 11:23am Comparison

Maybe this is apples to oranges, but...

I was a student recruiter for my undergraduate college for 3 years (partly because there was a scholarship tied to the position), but every year they would have renew/re-sign a blanket release statement that they could use our name and images on any recruiting material. This included my picture being used in college brochures, my biography being printed in their website, and quotes I gave about the school. All to convince prospective high schoolers to apply.

So it makes sense to me that the same would be required for former players or alumni.

03/01/2018 - 10:03am Alternatively

I was just thinking that including all the accomplishments on the side would be sufficient without including players’ name.

Or if they wanted to include some successful players, they could have made it more balanced by featuring players from Warinner’s other P5 coaching stops: Kansas, and Notre Dame. I honestly don’t know which players from those schools Warinner personally coaches, but it would show that he has been consistently successful over the course of his whole career vs. just one stop.

Anyways, just an interesting recent debate about players’s images/name being used without their permission for promotional purposes. I’m a little surprised that schools aren’t legally required to obtain written permission first, but I’m not a JD, so who knows...

03/01/2018 - 9:19am Must have missed it

Sorry, I must have missed it. Why was it removed?

I only tagged Jalen Ramsey due to recent events since they are closely related.

02/20/2018 - 9:35am Advanced stats...

How often does a 16-17 year old recruit care about looking at “advanced stats?”

Rather they’ll see that Stanford ended the season ranked in the top-25, the conference runner-up, and had a Heisman contender. If a recruit sees that as “under-achieving” then how do you think they view an 8-5 season with no marquee wins?

02/19/2018 - 12:54pm 9-5

Ok.

#19/20 Stanford was 9-5 with a Division Championship, Pac-12 Conference Championship appearance, and wins over 5 teams with a winning record.

In comparsion, unranked Michigan with a 4th place division finish, and 1 win over a team with a winning record.

Seems pretty legit.

02/17/2018 - 4:03pm Reception - Andrew Dakich

I wonder what kind of reception the Crisler Center is going to give Andrew tomorrow. He kind of talked about expecting boos and jeers recently:

Though Dakich doesn't expect the same reception Bielfeldt and Albrecht got in their respective returns to Ann Arbor when Ohio State plays at Michigan on Sunday.

"I expect to get booed," he said. "What's crazy is when Spike and Max went back, they were cheered for and it was pretty cool to see. But I just know with the way this season is going, I'm at Ohio State, I know I'm gonna get booed. I get it. It's part of the rivalry and makes it fun."

With how things have been going recently, I wouldn't be surprised that if Lady Luck takes about another steaming pile on Michigan by have Dakich get his first double-double/career-high game.

02/13/2018 - 11:59am Unbiased

However, if you were comparing them side-by-side. Bosa has more TFLs, sacks and QB hurries in about half the snaps as Gary. So you can kind of see where Anderson is coming from...

02/13/2018 - 9:31am "Ohio State is helping archrival Michigan in recruiting..."

Bruce Feldman touches on it as well during his recent Si article on Calvin Anderson:

Ohio State is helping archrival Michigan in recruiting one of the nation’s hottest commodities.

Another big deal for Anderson is how formidable some of the Wolverines’ 2018 opponents are, especially the end-of-season matchup with Ohio State’s vaunted defensive front.

“In the Big Ten, they have bigger defensive linemen, and for me to be able to display that run-blocking ability is gonna be a big benefit of going to Michigan. In the Big 12, you’d have really good edge rushers that I’d play against. I’m comparing styles of offenses.”

Anderson does mention that Texas and Michigan are currently tied for his leaders with Auburn, Oklahoma and TCU behind in that order.

02/11/2018 - 8:57pm Huge variance in Heavyweights

It is a fair question because there can be a huge variance in the NCAA heavyweights. For example, Kyle Snyder is 5'11" and 220lbs, but Adam Coon is 6'6" 285lbs

So realistically, Coon has the size to play OL, but I have no idea if he has ever played a down of football in his life.

02/11/2018 - 8:53pm Weight classes

It is still pretty crazy to me that Synder and Coon are considered the same weight class with a 60lbs difference.

This has probably been asked before, but why doesn't the NCAA have a weight class between 197lbs and Heavyweight? The Olympics seem follow the United World Wrestling weight classes with a 97kg (~215lbs) weight class right before the heavyweights.

02/11/2018 - 6:54pm Snyder vs. Coon

I know everyone treat Kyle Synder like he is living legend, but I think Coon has a legit shot tonight. Coon just has such an overwhelming height and weight advantage that I think Synder will find hard to overcome.

  • Adam Coon: 6'6" 285lbs
  • Kyle Synder: 5'11" 215lbs

Plus, Coon is used to wrestling at this weight whereas Synder is a still adapting.

02/11/2018 - 10:53am Buyouts

Are they really okay with it though? I’m willing to bet that a large part of why Harbaugh hasn’t gotten rid of either Pep or Drevno is because the top brass doesn’t want to pay their contract buyouts. Combined, Michigan would owe the 2 of them around ~$8-9 million AND still have to find the money for Harbaugh to hire 2 more coaches.

02/09/2018 - 7:04am Grant Newsome

Grant Newsome can live a full, healthy life!!!

02/08/2018 - 7:40pm NCAA Investigation

Does anyone know if the NCAA is still investigating the situation at Ole Miss with Hugh Freeze?

Granted, I’m not fully aware of all the details, but didn’t the scandal boil down to Freeze using escorts to attract big name recruits to Oxford? If that is the case, would the NCAA hold off on making a decision on Shea Patterson and the other transfers until they concluded that none of them were involved as well?

02/08/2018 - 12:42pm Re: Ed Warinner

I still find it illogical that Ed Warinner somehow willingly agreed to leave Minnesota where he was a Running Game Coordinator/OL coach making $375,000/year to be an “Offensive Analyst” making $250,000/year.

That seems like a clear demotion in position and salary, which only makes sense if Warinner was actively looking for a cushier job where he could still earn a 6-figure salary.

02/08/2018 - 10:51am Re: Dan Enos

I’m wondering if Dan Enos only signed on with the implication that Drevno or Pep would be moving on, and he would step in as OC.

Then when it was clear that Drevno and Pep were not getting any offers elsewhere and Enos was not getting a coordinator title, Enos backed out

02/07/2018 - 7:45pm $$$$

From the sounds of it, Greg Schiano's contract expired back in January 31st, and AD Gene Smith convinced him to stay with a significant pay raise... Smith hinted that Ohio State is about to have their first asst. coach that make $1+ million/year.

02/07/2018 - 11:30am Embed per Bruce Feldman

Highjacking to embed for the board:

 

02/07/2018 - 10:50am Recruiting crown

Well, the only consolation that I can find is that this puts the #1 recruiting class out of reach for Ohio State, and solidifies it for UGA...

yay...

02/06/2018 - 7:50pm Nicholas Petit-Frere???

Did McElwain have a pre-existing relationship with NPF? It can't hurt, right?

02/06/2018 - 5:14pm Recency bias

Recruits are starting to care less and less about historic bluebloods, and players of decades past. They want to see what the program has done recently.

As most people have painfully pointed out, Michigan's O-lines have largely been subpar for the last 4-5 years. The last notable OT from Michigan is Titans' Taylor Lewan, and before him was Jake Long 6 years prior. On the other hand, Ohio State has been consistently sending NFL starters to the league for the last 4-5 years: Taylor Decker, Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley, Pat Elflein and potentially Billy Price.

02/06/2018 - 4:04pm Dr. Myron Rolle, BS, MSc, MD

I think former Rhodes Scholar, and current neurosurgery resident of Harvard/Massachusetts General, Dr. Myron Rolle took academics pretty darn seriously...

01/30/2018 - 10:14pm Pro

These players also look at Pro production, and as much as Molk dominated at Michigan, he was also a 7th round pick with a pretty short NFL career.

01/24/2018 - 9:22am 247 Composite

Somehow the shift in the Rivals final rankings has simultaneously caused Ohio State to lose a 5th star on a recruit, but bump their overall average and class to the #1 spot.

It is almost like Urban is recruiting a “depth class” as well after losing a couple of their top-rated 5* talent, but the middle of their class is strong.

01/23/2018 - 7:54pm One of many.

A whole lot of sleeper of the year candidates in this class...

01/22/2018 - 6:34pm Practice performance

I am curious how much of a chance Alex Malzone had during practice to show his skills. I would imagine that Harbaugh gave him equal snaps to start the offseason, but it still boggles my mind that Malzone's name just never seemed to be in contention for even the backup spot.

Anyways, best of luck to the young man, and hopefully he tears it up in the MAC. Just wish we could have seen Malzone at least once in a meaningful series to see even a glimmer of his potential.

01/22/2018 - 6:30am Bowl game

Maybe Wilton saw the bowl game and realized that he could probably beat out a RsSo. Brandon Peters. Wishful thinking on my part maybe...

01/21/2018 - 10:10pm Brandon Graham

How about no, and we just compromise about Brandon Graham getting #1?

01/21/2018 - 6:30pm Why though?

I really don't follow Utah football all that closely, but if Casey Hughes was a starter/starter-ish for them... Why would he transfer from being the starter at P5 program to another P5 program where he will most likely be behind 2 established starters in Hill and Long?

Was Hughes being passed up on Utah's depth chart? I don't know a good place to look up snap counts to see if Hughes was progressively losing snaps as the season went along. I guess that would make sense then for him to want to leave, and get a fresh start at Michigan.

01/19/2018 - 11:40pm Rankings

Really, the only objective measure we have to go by are college rankings done by publications like Princeton Review or US News, which both have Northwestern ranked above Michigan.

For example, on US News' ranking Michigan is the 28th ranked university in the US while Northwestern sits at 11th. Michigan does have the distinction of being the 4th ranked PUBLIC university, but Ohio State is not far behind then at the 16th ranked.

01/19/2018 - 11:34pm General Studies

The majority of the football team is majoring in "General Studies," so how is that exactly setting them up for future success more than a "communications" or "sports management" degree from any other generic public univeristy?

The players that majored in "General Studies" are not relying on the knowledge that they got by taking a hodgepodge of freshmen-level courses after football, but mostly on the alumni base/relationships of their alma mater. Those same connections exists at other schools too.

 

01/19/2018 - 1:28pm What difference?

Exactly what is the difference in tangible benefits/lifetime income does a football player have with a degree in “General Studies” from the #4 public university in the nation vs. a degree in “Communications” from the #16 public university?

01/19/2018 - 8:33am Agreed.

Everyone acts shocked that Harbaugh isn't raking in top-50 RBs on a yearly basis to be in his pro-style offense, but why? A lot of these blue-chip RB recruits want to rake up stats, and being a Day 1 draft pick.

The last time M produced a 1000-yard rusher was Fitzgerald Toussaint in 2011 who went undrafted, and has been bouncing around being a career backup/practice squad member.

The last drafted M running back was Mike Hart in 2008 during the 5th round when most of these recruits were 8-9 years old. Unless, you count Denard Robinson who was drafted to be an "offensive weapon."

01/18/2018 - 7:59pm Ok...

What's the point? Northwestern is a better school than Michigan, but does that mean we want Michigan football to be at their level...

01/18/2018 - 7:30pm Size

From the scouting reports I have seen on Mo Hurst, it seems like he is mostly being mocked low for his size (6'2" 280lbs). Scouts love Hurst initial burst, and his ability to blow past college O-linemen, but at the same time are wary of Hurst's ability to continue to do it in the NFL where the O-Linemen can react a lot faster.

So there is doubt that Hurst can fight through initial contact as easily in the pros where he is relatively undersized as a DT.

01/16/2018 - 11:54pm CTE

Unbelievably sad, looks like an apparent suicide. I wonder if the autopsy will find evidence of CTE.

01/15/2018 - 10:44pm Re: Shea Patterson

When I first heard of Michigan pursuing Ole Miss transfers the first thought in my head was... Wouldn't the formerly highly rated recruits from Ole Miss be the prime suspects of "improper benefits" and still under investigation?

Admittedly, I did not follow the whole Ole Miss scandal very closely other than the basics of Hugh Freeze providing escorts for highly-rated recruits. Do we know which players were implicated, or is the NCAA still hashing that part out? Would the NCAA potentially deny Shea Patterson's eligibility waiver because of it?

01/14/2018 - 8:46pm Beyond rivalry

Honestly, most coaches in New Jersey still apparently hold a grudge against Chris Partridge.

When Partridge was at Paramus Catholics he was accused of "recruiting" other high schools' players, which is not allowed under New Jersey's high school athletics rules (i.e. Rashan GaryMinkah Fitzpatrick).

I didn't follow the story super closely, but IIRC, the investigation was unable to conclude if CP contacted the athletes first, or if the athletes contacted CP first, but it was suspicious that Paramus Catholic's program had like 30-40 players transfer onto the football team during his time there.

01/11/2018 - 11:34pm 7 scholarship players

I was just looking to see what Chris Holtmann started the offseason with... 7 scholarship players (only 1 point guard).

Holtmann said things were getting so dire that his staff was scouting local rec leagues for potential depth.

 

01/11/2018 - 10:50pm TJ Edwards

Where did you get 10 lost starters on defense?

Looking at their depth chart are losing their 2 DEs, 2 OLBs, 3 CBs and a FS. Looks like that are returning their NT, 2 ILBs, and a SS. A lot of holes to fill no doubt, but ILB TJ Edwards coming back should be huge, he's going to be a solid leader for that side of the ball. Plus, they fended off FSU to retain DC Jim Leonhard.

In any case, Wisconsin's strength is going to be their offense next year. An 2-year starter in QB Alex Hornibrook, true freshman phenom RB Jonathan Taylor, 5/5 OL (4 of which were All-B1G), and I believe their top-3 WRs (Quintez Cephus, Danny Davis, and AJ Taylor). Their only major loss on offense is TE Troy Fumagalli. Paul Chryst is an offense/QB guy who should be able to take an experienced group like that and elevate them to the next level especially behind the legs of Taylor and the holes made by that OL.

01/11/2018 - 10:23pm Chris Holtmann

I got to hand it to hand it to them for landing what seems like a solid hire in Chris Holtmann. I am not sure what type of recruiter Holtmann will turn out to be, but from an "X-and-Os" and development standpoint, he's doing remarkably well. OSU's roster was decimated with transfers when Matta left, and he's turned what was left behind (+ Dakish) into a cohesive team that works.

01/11/2018 - 9:19pm B1G

Not just Michigan, the top of the B1G is looking to be stacked with experienced depth again.

Wisconsin is returning essentially their whole offense: 5/5 starting O-Linemen, QB Hornibrook, top WR, and RB Taylor.

A lot of the projected early entrants at Ohio State just announced their return as well: RB Mike Weber, HB Campbell, WR Dixon, and DT Dre'Mont Jones.