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01/17/2019 - 6:11pm He likely heard from Gattis…

He likely heard from Gattis how his "exit interview" went, heard it was like death, and then quickly decided he would prefer to not go through that same experience.

Honestly, can't blame him. I am not in favor of "revenge tactics," but these  coaches likely all became close if not only due to their relatability in their dealings with Saban. Gattis made it sound like that was one of the worst conversations he has had in his life, so I wouldn't blame Enos for not just wanting to avoid it but also wanting to stick it back to Saban. Eventually being a dick comes back to bite you.

01/15/2019 - 2:37pm I could be wrong, but…

I could be wrong, but sometimes I wondered if this was more of a "Shea" problem than an offensive system problem. Maybe the coaches weren't drilling on Shea to do that, but I noticed a change a bit when McCaffrey came in. Granted, I do realize that these are end of game or blowout situations, but I felt as if McCaffrey took way more "chances" with throwing the ball deep as a percentage of his overall throws this past season. And they seemed to work out great when it happened. 

I know that is a VERY small sample size, and while I don't actually agree with this assessment, I did sometimes wonder if Shea made more of those choices to not throw deep against one-on-one coverage himself rather than a flaw with the offensive scheme and/or coaching. And again, my only true reason for feeling that at times was because the offense seemed to change a bit with McCaffrey in control.

01/08/2019 - 1:44pm You may be on to something…

You may be on to something. We could hire Marcus Ray as our Safeties coach (because I am sure either one of Zordich or Partridge will also go to OSU), Charles Woodson do linebackers, LaMarr Woodley coach D-Line, and then after Don Brown goes to Temple we could hire Tyrone Wheatley to finally get the D-coordinator job he so covets. That would be awesome......?

Edit: Bad joke. Sorry guys. 

01/08/2019 - 1:35pm Totally. Might as well…

Totally. Might as well surrender to OSU and shut the program down. Harbaugh can't keep a Columbus coach with major ties to OSU in Ann Arbor, and he can't convince an old man to not take a 2-3 times pay raise and promotion just prior to retirement. Obviously the entire staff hates him and will soon be bolting. It will be Harbaugh and his brother left to coach the entire team. We are doomed and will be the laughing stock of the Big 10. Only thing left to finish digging that crater is to lose to Rutgers. Please don't lose to Rutgers! Quit before it happens!

01/07/2019 - 1:45pm Yes, how dare he take a full…

Yes, how dare he take a full-ride scholarship opportunity and be allowed to play basketball at a major program instead of being our bench-warming comedian who occasionally gets to get on the court.

01/07/2019 - 1:42pm I know most of us are…

I know most of us are speaking out of emotions right now... but I think when the dust is settled we all must look at this with a broader perspective.

Yes, he is going to OSU. But let's say the suspicions are correct, and he takes the DC job at OSU. 

First thing's first, that is a position that couldn't be offered to Mattison at UM unless Brown leaves as well. This will come with a pay raise and a promotion.

Second, Mattison stuck around Michigan for Harbaugh's first four years despite getting demoted to a position coach. I don't recall if his pay stayed the same or not - I would assume he didn't get a deduction in salary. That being said, he still stuck around for 4 more years after being demoted essentially. Mattison loves Michigan. Maybe there is a little bit of conflict with the staff; maybe there isn't. Either way, Mattison gave some long tough years to this program, so to chastise him for going to our rival is a bit understandable but I believe a bit over-stepping it. 

It will be a little bit different if he made a horizontal move without a major pay increase, but I doubt that is the case. 

Mattison is not the enemy. OSU is the enemy. 

01/06/2019 - 11:43pm If Mattison and Brown are…

If Mattison and Brown are gone, there will likely be a ton of unhappy defensive recruits and players. Mattison you can hardly blame, but Brown will cause the Twitters to blow up. Both will be hard shoes to fill and will likely cause some strain on moving the program a step forward. 

01/05/2019 - 2:28pm Harbaugh's first year in…

Harbaugh's first year in 2015 with Fisch had a dynamic passing attack by the end of the season. I had so much fun watching Darboh and Chesson run all over the field, especially Chesson. There is no reason that couldn't happen again. Major difference is QB play and Pep replacing Fisch.

Even Grant Perry seemed to have a bigger impact his freshman year that same 2015 season than he did the rest of his career, at least in the second half of 2015. That 2015 season was so vastly different with the passing game.

I guess the running attack was much worse, so maybe Harbaugh became too reliant on running the ball once it became a strength? I don't know. I just know I wasn't highly disappointed with Rudock throwing the ball for 300 yards per game in the second half of that season. 

01/04/2019 - 12:35pm This about perfectly sums it…

This about perfectly sums it up. I am a good dude, do not have any criminal past, and am one of the most respected people in the company I work for, but there is also baggage behind the scenes that I wish I could take back in my life. We are all products of screw ups and triumphs. Some are more public than others. It is important to take into perspective someone's life as a whole to define a person and not just specific incidents. That is very difficult to do as we are in fact human where "feelings" can get in the way of open-mindedness, but I find that staying humble and real about yourself allows for more understanding and greater perspective/wisdom. 

Basically, what Frank did was in fact, to put it simply, not "good." But that incident doesn't tell you everything you need to know about Frank Clark. You don't have to agree with what he did and be OK with what he did, but to say that is who Frank is - a "woman beater" - doesn't give Frank any chance to rectify what he's done and grow as a person. 

That may not be exactly what you were saying, but I think it extends the conversation a bit. This is a beat down path, however. I just hope Frank does good with the blessings that he has as he is definitely capable of that. I am blessed to have grown up with a good family and good home situation, so it is hard for me to judge someone who hasn't.

01/03/2019 - 2:32pm Also, you have Ruiz. I think…

Also, you have Ruiz. I think he will be an All-American before all is said and done and potentially next year. Bredeson has also been looked at very highly by the "critics" and is an AA candidate for next year - another year under Warinner won't hurt that. It will take a couple more years at least to develop a full line of AA linemen - I do think if Warinner sticks around that is possible. I think it will be difficult to keep him on staff, however.

01/02/2019 - 2:19pm This is 100% correct. 

I…

This is 100% correct. 

I would say the vast majority of people believe in recruiting related success - Alabama is exactly that with success in recruiting translating to the field. And I am not making a coaching argument here at all, but you cannot deny that correlation with Alabama and even Ohio St.

I have heard Marcus Ray say multiple times in the past that guys from Ohio like Charles Woodson came to Michigan because of their success against OSU. Until that happens, we will continue to get good to great talent with a 5* kid here and there, but we will never be able to recruit at the level of OSU and for sure not Alabama. 

This is why coaching is so important as well. You need to out-coach your opponent who has greater overall talent in order to beat them, which in turn will help increase your talent pool. Michigan is a elite brand, and because of that they have the ability to potentially recruit at an elite level unlike a school like MSU. But just because you have an elite brand doesn't mean you pull in elite talent consistently across the roster - This requires putting a product out on the field that translates to success over your competitors despite talent level (unless you fork over the $$$ to recruit, which won't happen at Michigan).

And this is also exactly why I will never say that Harbaugh will never be able to win it all. All it takes is either a few wins over OSU or OSU all of a sudden hitting a lull, like it does with every school at some point in the history of football. Once either of those happens, Harbaugh should be able to start grabbing the Harrisons and Crouches of the world on top of the other talented kids that are already coming. Yes, we got Dax Hill and Charbonnet, but those are also different kids. They didn't come to Michigan because Michigan is all of a sudden turning into Alabama/OSU, they came for reasons that make sense to go to Michigan and not those other schools. 

All that being said, there is opportunity. It just hasn't been taken advantage of yet. And again, I am not making arguments for or against Harbaugh and his coaching staff's abilities, but I am merely adding to your point about having an "OSU" problem.

 

12/27/2018 - 7:10pm This might be the only way…

This might be the only way Don Brown leaving won't set the defense back at least a couple years. 

12/27/2018 - 7:07pm I agree that Harbaugh should…

I agree that Harbaugh should be able to find a serviceable replacement and not miss too much of a step as far as coaching prowess goes, but I believe the major problem will be recruiting. Don Brown is one of the biggest recruiting pluses Michigan has right now. If Don Brown would have taken the Temple job, I wouldn't have been shocked to see most of the recruiting class bolt on the defensive side. Daxton Hill sure wouldnt have committed.

Jim Harbaugh does not have Michigan running like a "Machine" yet, and until he does coaches like Don Brown are essential to keeping stability in the program. Don Brown is the biggest name outside Harbaugh himself as far as coaching goes, so to lose him before the "Machine" is established would set the program back, especially from a recruiting perspective. This does not even take into account how difficult it is to change up defensive scheme and teach it to the current players and perform at a high level.

I hope Don Brown stays until retirement. Michigan needs coaching stability right now among its biggest names. It is in my opinion Michigan's best chance at establishing a dynasty. 

12/21/2018 - 11:53am The only year I believe…

The only year I believe Harbaugh took one lower ranked QB (according to the recruiting services/247 composite) was the year Milton signed. They had two committed but let the other kid go and didn't recruit a second QB because they loved Milton that much. Most years they have got one of the top 2 or 3 guys they wanted, and I don't think they would have accepted this commitment this early from a QB if he was #10 or #15 on their QB board.

Let's say this kid turns out to be nothing better than a 3* or at least never gets the 4* bump. Michigan actively recruits two QB's almost every year until they are happy with what they have, and usually in the end it balances itself out and one commits somewhere else. Other than the 2019 class, this has been a very common trend with Harbaugh QB recruiting. THAT BEING SAID, after all your complaints about Charbonnet and all these other kids that committed prior to their senior seasons (and in turn jumped to 4*'s or received high major offers from other big time programs), I would think that eventually you would realize that recruiting rankings prior to even the Spring/Summer camps are not even close to final. Why you look at the 2020 class rankings as so conclusive at this stage in the cycle is mind-blowing. 

 

12/18/2018 - 9:41am Sam has said he is going to…

Sam has said he is going to make public the story for why he has stood his ground so hard on Dax Hill. So no, you are wrong. 

And seriously, what the heck. Do you guys not know that kids actually DO change their mind at the last freaking minute? You used two examples above of guys that you cannot blame absolutely anyone for thinking they will go to Michigan. Mike Weber changed his mind on signing day after Karan Higdon signed - that is a public statement of fact. And Najee Harris, as has been said 100 times on this board, had his class schedule and room number already picked out among other things. He was fully enrolled. He was coming. Everyone inside the program "knew" he was coming. Then Tua held him hostage at the All American Game (mostly sarcastic), and he never showed up. That was also the reason why Michigan recruits kept on tweeting about denying the thought that Najee was sticking to Alabama during the game, because he had also told all of them that he was going. There is always way more to the story than just "X committed to X." Kids change their mind. Crazy stuff happens. That is recruiting. And that is why Sam and the best of Insiders will never get these things 100% correct. 

From everything Sam has said, and this is based off speculation from listening to Sam for a few years now practically every day, Dax Hill is another one of those circumstances. If he doesn't come, I interpret it as because he changed his mind this week. Again, that is mostly speculation, but the hints Sam is dropping comparing him to pre-transfer Aubrey Solomon as well as many other hints since then say that Dax Hill likely re-committed privately sometime soon around the time Jim Harbaugh made the public statement about staying at Michigan. 

I am only going this far into a prediction because Sam has stated that he will be very up front after Signing Day (which I believe he expects Dax Hill to sign somewhere tomorrow) as to what happened with Dax Hill and why he was so bold and cryptic about him after the commitment to Alabama. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. But I don't believe I am in saying that Dax re-committed. And again, per your examples above, that does not mean that he still can't go to Alabama. I am just saying what I believe has happened so far, and I am sure we will find out all the details soon.

12/12/2018 - 4:17pm Even if it is Najee Harris 2…

Even if it is Najee Harris 2.0, that just means that Dax is currently getting his room number, school schedule for spring semester, and filing whatever other paperwork is necessary to be enrolled this Spring. If that is the case, then I cant blame anyone for feeling good about him coming to Michigan still. 

Sam has straight up said there is a story behind this and that he will share it when he has officially signed (somewhere). 

12/12/2018 - 12:15pm I have been thinking this…

I have been thinking this same thing, and just posted something to this topic in the Don Brown thread.

Don Brown did a phenomenal job coaching against Barrett OSU, but Haskins has absolutely rocked his defense. I do think Haskins leaving would really increase our chances against OSU next year to the extent that the new OSU QB is more of a Barrett type of QB regardless of how good he is. 

12/12/2018 - 12:10pm I agree, but I don't think…

I agree, but I don't think this is the time to think about having to replace him. First, I love his style, and I would miss the tenacity and rage our defense plays with under him. And prior to this "Game," his defenses actually performed rather well against OSU. If those defenses would have showed up this year, we would have won. Our offense was good enough. Although Haskins did destroy our defense last year as well, but that is more understandable when you were preparing for Barrett all week.

Not to mention how long it takes to learn a defensive system, which I believe could be a pretty major transition. 

But my biggest concern isn't necessarily the defense but the guys we are recruiting for that defense. Michigan's recruiting class would take a major hit, and that is the most important aspect in my opinion. We need some coaching consistency for once if we really want to start building to an OSU level of talent. Michigan is not to the point where coaching turnover isn't as big of a deal yet. 

12/12/2018 - 12:01pm I am sorry, but explain how…

I am sorry, but explain how you know that with 100% certainty?

I am going to be honest with you here. You consistently take the most negative news that is rumored or reported and run with it as gold, and the most positive news is taken as more of a "see it when I believe it" kind of thing. 

Not every individual needs to be an optimist, but you tend to fall on the reverse spectrum of that scale. 

To each his own, man. But in this instance, I do not think you know for sure whether or not that is true. 

12/12/2018 - 12:32am Which is basically as…

Which is basically as extreme of an example as it was for Solomon to be committed to Michigan right after saying "F Michigan." Neither of those stories were easy to grasp at all as they were such extreme outliers. Isaiah Wilson was heavily rumored to have met the Bagman, to which no one could deny, and stunned everyone including the coaching staff. 

And the dumb thing is that Sam Webb was one of the only people who had the Aubrey Solomon story down and very few would believe him. Which was fine, but if you're going to say he screwed up the Isaiah Wilson case, which everyone did including our own coaching staff, then you need to give him credit for being the one guy saying Aubrey Solomon is likely coming to Michigan.

Sam has more direct knowledge of the Michigan recruiting side of things than any "Insider" out there. Sometimes kids make decisions without even telling the coaching staffs of the teams they are choosing from. Heck, sometimes even the parents don't know. Everyone gets stumped from time to time.

 

12/12/2018 - 12:23am You apparently didn't listen…

You apparently didn't listen as much as I did, because he went into way more detail than that. And he didn't throw out Aubrey Solomon's name and discuss him extensively for no reason, which Sam even said as much.

If you listen to Sam Webb enough, you know to pay attention to his tone of voice as well. And he also very clearly stated in the 1st 6AM segment that he wouldn't be bringing this up if it wasn't for good reason and only to offer a glimmer of false hope. He was a bit too energetic and "happy-go-lucky" for this to be a generic "isn't over yet" statement. 

Yeah, some of this is a bit overboard and over-analysis, but I am telling you with 100% confidence as someone who listens to The Michigan Insider on a daily basis that your assumptions are in fact incorrect. Dax may not sign with Michigan, but there is definitely real legit hope that it still might happen. You don't have to believe that, and that's fine, but your statements are most definitely false. They are, however, safer than allowing yourself a glimmer of hope if your main goal is to not feel defeated all over again. And there is nothing wrong with that. 

To end this, Sam also said somewhere in today's podcasts that he would go back after this is all over and done with and explain to his listeners why he brought this up again. So there is a story.

12/11/2018 - 1:55pm I just finished up posting…

I just finished up posting about this... Did not hit "post" fortunately. His direct words. "Pump the brakes. Take a pause. It is not over"

Check out the links below for the segments.

I think it is imperative that we following this advice...

 

DO NOT TWEET AT RECRUITS. 

 

Segment 1 where he first gets into it

Recruiting Roundup

08/30/2018 - 1:24pm Congrats man. My daughter is…

Congrats man. My daughter is 1 and a half, and there is nothing more rewarding than coming home to your child after a long day and visibly and verbally thrilled to death that you're home. It can be exactly what you needed to get through the rest of the day. The early months are the hardest for dads, especially with an ever-growing connection between you and your baby. But man.. it's great. Soak up each day like it's your last. 

08/28/2018 - 6:59pm I heard about how Zach Smith…

I heard about how Zach Smith went to a rehab center and left after a few days without completing his treatment and then how the OSU staff accepted him back despite the fact that he did not even complete his obligations. I did not, however, hear about it in this sort of depth. The fact that they let him back after not even completing his treatment is bad enough. Just paints a very VERY bad picture.

08/28/2018 - 1:27pm Which is why I sort of made…

Which is why I sort of made that same response in the comments. We all know that there are individuals out there who literally made a "check list" of possible transfers, so I was hoping to at the very least allowing them to cross off a few of those names. Just trying to save a few lives if possible.

08/28/2018 - 12:25pm I guess to be fair... Sam…

I guess to be fair... Sam never really said "there are no transfers." He just addressed individuals who were rumored to possibly be transferring. So we can all still freak out if we want to.

08/28/2018 - 12:24pm And just to be clear for the…

And just to be clear for the sanity of some, the "Tarik Black rumor" is only regarding what has already been made public in that he fractured his foot. There IS NOT another Tarik Black rumor. 

08/26/2018 - 5:51pm You can't compare season…

You can't compare season stats on WR's last year to get any significant data about how their performance will be this year. Shea Patterson at the very least will bring up the level of everyone's play. WR's cant catch balls that dont make it to their hands. 

Besides, every WR outside Grant Perry and Walk-Ons was a freshman last year. And they were all highly rated and have been raved upon in fall camp. We will be fine... This doesnt mean that Tarik Black isn't a loss. Those are not mutually exclusive.

08/26/2018 - 5:42pm He's hobbling around but…

He's hobbling around but should be fine. 

08/22/2018 - 11:06pm I actually have more respect…

I actually have more respect for Drake. It sounds like he was the only one who demanded at least a suspension based off the Twitter reports, and he followed through with that. I still wish he would have resigned after dealing with all the BS he had to face from the BoT and everyone else on Urban's disciplind, but he clearly didnt do what Urban wanted. And while that was completely unreasonable to wish for, it still would have been awesome to see.

08/22/2018 - 2:20pm Yeah... no.

If by some…

Yeah... no.

If by some miracle that does happen, I will be crying laughing. And not because I think Dantonio is a bad coach, which he is not, but for many MANY other reasons. 

08/20/2018 - 8:48pm I have never fished there,…

I have never fished there, but I have clients who fish there regularly and hear nothing but awesome things. One of the offshore fishing meccas of the world. 

08/13/2018 - 11:09pm It would be nice if the…

It would be nice if the media would ask these same questions instead of just reporting what everyone says happened. The fact that McMurphy was the only one who decided not to trust what was being said in public and do some actual research gives further proof that investigative journalism is somewhat lacking at the moment. Surprise: People lie. 

Just like you said, there is no possible way that Urban Meyer didnt know he had a suspended license. I dont know how you just accept that and move on without at least asking a bunch of questions. Makes no sense.

08/13/2018 - 6:11pm That is what I read as well…

That is what I read as well. He was one of 3 or 4 freshmen named by umbig11 I believe. 

08/11/2018 - 6:32pm As others have said, Ambry…

As others have said, Ambry Thomas was a dynamic playmaker on offense at The Opening, which was a bit of a surprise at the time. I would take this more as a nod to his athleticism and overall skillset and trying to take full advantage of it instead of a knock on the offensive side of things. If anything, I believe the skill positions are spots of surplus for this years team with all the talent at WR and #1 & #2 RB as well as the tall athletic TE's.

Another thing is that Ambry isn't likely to start or play a majority of the snaps despite his talent due to who is ahead of him, so this is a way to get him on the field more. Cant have a guy like him just sit the bench. I would expect a few snaps a game but likely not much more because of depth, but who knows. 

08/09/2018 - 9:46am Google and Wikipedia.

Google and Wikipedia.

08/08/2018 - 9:08am Exactly. This does not…

Exactly. This does not disprove the notion that Urban Meyer has a "win at all costs" mentality. Urban chooses who is on his staff. Not the AD or the "higher up" that he reported this incident to. And just because he potentially "reported" it does not mean it was reported with the correct intentions. Again, Urban had the ability to fire Zach Smith. The fact that he didn't makes it clear that he didn't want to, whatever that reason might be. 

08/06/2018 - 5:13pm I believe this has more to…

I believe this has more to do with Wandale Robinson and Giles Jackson trending elsewhere than Kyle Ford and Cornelius Johnson. There were looking at signing 1 from each of those groups of 2 from how things looked.

08/04/2018 - 8:40pm Instantly my favorite player…

Instantly my favorite player. 

08/04/2018 - 8:39pm I believe you are correct on…

I believe you are correct on that sir.

08/03/2018 - 1:55pm Doesn't sounds like it. He…

Doesn't sounds like it. He is currently at the "rover" safety position and was graded out as the best Safety the last 4 practices of camp AFTER being injured for a big chunk of camp. I don't think they want to remove him from Safety. Besides, the staff likely knew about Crawford at this time and did not move him, so I would be shocked if it happens.

Edit(!): Props to Mr. Miggle. Beat me to the punch.

08/02/2018 - 10:04am It helps both, but in my…

It helps both, but in my opinion is better for Michigan. The reason for that is proximity to home, which is a major part of why the only schools Zach is considering are all in the same region. Ann Arbor is, if I remember this correctly, approximately 2.5 hours from home vs. around 6 hours from home for Penn St. Maybe his parents hate Michigan due to their OSU fandom or for whatever reason hate Harbaugh, but if proximity to home is more important than who you root for or root against on a typical Saturday, then Michigan likely benefits more from this. Especially if Zach does in fact favor Michigan personally.

Then again, it's all just speculation. We will find out soon enough. 

08/01/2018 - 6:42pm They never put any of their…

They never put any of their athletic coaches on administrative leave.

08/01/2018 - 12:11pm Meant to say "that much more…

Meant to say "that much more appealing... even for Mom."

08/01/2018 - 12:10pm Not that this is probably…

Not that this is probably the time to say this or something to glorify, but at this point with this Urban Meyer news, I wouldn't be surprised if we end up getting his commitment. Mom apparently loves the OSU coaching staff, and I don't know how this doesn't at the very least make you re-analyze your previous judgement. If that was the main reason for holding strong with the OSU vibes, and now that comes into question, then I just don't see how Michigan doesn't become that much more appealing. 

07/25/2018 - 12:53pm I laughed out loud. Job well…

I laughed out loud. Job well done.

07/12/2018 - 5:42pm This is exactly why you don…

This is exactly why you don't complain about Summer commits prior to rankings updates. This is not to say that we are now recruiting at Ohio St. or Alabama levels, but if you include the targets we are after, this looks a LOT like the 2016 class.

07/12/2018 - 5:39pm He moved down because others…

He moved down because others behind him moved ahead of him. That is all. 

07/06/2018 - 9:54am I could root for an OSU…

I could root for an OSU upset. I'd be fine with that.

07/02/2018 - 12:33am Only difference is that…

Only difference is that Harrison did not live in Columbus his whole life and doesn't have the personal ties to OSU. From what I have heard, he wasn't an OSU fanboy. Doesn't mean he isn't likely to go to OSU, just saying that it isn't the same situation as most kids from Columbus if he does decide to go a different route.