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01/05/2017 - 6:42pm Vastardis

Since you discussed walk ones onthe DL, what about Vastardis on the OL? Has the build to be a real lineman (as opposed to the other walk ons on the OL who are below 300) had some D-1 scholarship offers (ODU, Air Force, and, apparently, Northwestern) and got some camp chatter from Harbaugh.

A redshirt freshman 2-star walk-on as a starter is a scary thought, but it wouldn't surprise me if he made the 2-deep.

12/12/2016 - 2:50pm That math is only accurate if

That math is only accurate if you assume each committment is an independent event.  If there are positive (or negative) relationships between the committments, then the chances could be higher (or lower.)  Since these are mostly different positions, I don't think there would be any negative relationshios.  But if getting one recruit excites a later recruit or if the spacing of the announcement dates were planned, then there would be positive relationships. 

12/05/2016 - 12:01pm Good hire for Purdue; WTF is Brohm thinking?

This is about the best possible hire for Purdue.  No big name coach (except one looking for a last payday before retiring) is going to take the job and Brohm has done well for himself so far as both an OC and an HC.

But this is more likely tot stall Brohm's career rather than serve as a stepping stone to bigger things.  I'd have thought his .750 winning percentage and back to back conference titles would have gotten him a place with more winning potential than Purdue, but maybe they opened up the Big 10 network coffers and made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

10/22/2016 - 2:04pm George the cat

I also have an exotic shorthair (like George) and she does stand on two legs more often than any other cat I know, though not as often as George seems to. It is remarkably adorable and that video is awesome.

09/26/2016 - 6:08pm Wow

He's at least a foot taller than most of the other players on the field. Is that video taken from him playing in a pee wee league?

09/25/2016 - 10:03am Recruiting?

But can 'analysts' recruit? I thought only official coaches could have contact with recruits. I guess he could help identify recruits, but is that really his strong suit n recruiting?

09/19/2016 - 6:29pm No legs means no knees

I don't think your waist touching the ground means you're down, so he'd be good until his elbow hit the ground. It would pretty hard to tackle him without hitting his head, so that's good. In the other hand, he would probably struggle to see over the line.

09/15/2016 - 10:45am Drake

Those comments on Drake are not at all encouraging. Is he the most snake bit player ever at Michigan? And do we know what the current injury is? Could it be an actual snake bite?

09/11/2016 - 11:27am Agree.

It seemed from first viewing that they were consistently getting run pressure against the left guard. I saw Bredeson get beat a few times and I wondered how much Braden was playing. If he was also getting beat as bad as Bredeson, that's not good. The rest of the line, though, looked fine.

09/10/2016 - 6:22pm Bama

Alabama is right now beating Western Kentucky in the 4th Quarter, 24-3. But Bama has only 80 rushing yards at less than 3 ypc. I'm not watching the game, but I'm going to guess they're running into a stacked box and after scoring enough points through the air (2tds on 330 yards) they've taken the foot off the gas and are content to keep slogging into stacked box. (They're backup qb is in on this most recent drive.). This is exactly what Michigan did today, although they performed rather better through the air and put up more points.

I wonder how many Crimson Tide fans are complaining that they can't run the ball and they're tired of the excuses,

09/15/2015 - 3:08pm News article confirms most of this

Here's an article from  which seems to confirm most of that, namely that Caroo was involved in a fight between his girlfriend and another woman.…

08/18/2015 - 8:42am Unless the cat moved the

Unless the cat moved the ladder to that position himself, what sort of dumbass puts a ladder right next to a operating cealing fan?  Also, my cat would totally climb that latter and try to touch the fan, although she would try to smell it first, which would end even more poorly.

08/15/2015 - 2:18pm Where next?

If it he wants to play, he wants to play.  If he knows that he won;t make the NFL, the only time he has left to play football is in college and he correctly assessed that wasn't going to happen at Michigan.

Yes, he's giving up a Michigan degree and a Michigan education, but you can get a good education elsewhere, too.  Indiana might want him, or Purdue.  And if he has to drop to the MAC, Ball State is a pretty good school and close to his family as are some of the schools in Ohio.

Sure, none of them are as good academically as Michigan, but they're good enough academically that I would not necessarily advise him against leaving if he were my kid.  It's important for him to be happy and have the chance to fulfill his dreams, too.

Regardless, best of lock to Samuelson.  It seems like it was a tough decision and he left in the classiest possible way.  I hope he manages to see the field wherever he goes next and succeeds at everything else he wants to do in life.

07/27/2015 - 8:39am My guess

I would guess that they add BYU and one of SMU or Houston to get to 12.  The two Florida schools would be interesting if they want to "expand their footprint," but neither really bring that much to the table outside of that.  Similar deal with Cincinnati.

Boise State brings nothing but football (no other sport, not a large market, pretty far away geographically) and I wonder how long their football team stays good with Peterson gone and wonder how good it would be with stronger competition.

The good news for the Big12 is that 6 of those 7 schools would definitely say yes (does BYU want to stay independent?) and each is a reasonable if not exciting addition.  So they can get to 12 and get their championship game with ease.

07/21/2015 - 12:10pm Me too

I'm with you.  I love Draftageddon.  In depth discussion of players from other teams that I otherwise might no little about?  Endless snark?  Mgoblog authors doing stupid things?  How can you not love this?

06/03/2015 - 11:29am No way is Captain America

No way is Captain America NCAA-eligible.  He profits off of his own image when only the NCAA is allowed to profit from his image.  The PEDs he took are irrelevant.

05/27/2015 - 3:56pm Rudock ain't no hero and

Rudock ain't no hero and that's understood.  All the redemption he can offer is being just pretty good.

05/26/2015 - 7:55am beech volleyball

I like your thinking, good sir, but you clearly have the wrong trees playing the game.  Willows are known to be the best at volleyball as their drooping branches give them a great ability to spike the ball.

Plus, trees are more mobile than you think.  In recent years, some have become very ent-ish and if the opposing team were made up of plant-haters likes orcs or cornhuskers, the trees could move quite swiftly to defeat them.

About the only problem I see, though, is that sand is not really our natural soil.  If it were dirt volleyball, we'd be unstoppable.

05/18/2015 - 4:29pm Flying trash and bodily waste in storage containers

So, a cross between playing in East Lansing and Columbus, but with more smog and less air.  Sounds like hell.

03/16/2015 - 2:55pm Good point

His name should obviously be "Tiny."

02/18/2015 - 5:19am panic attacks

I never suffered from PTSD, but I did go through a period when I had somewhat frequent panic attacks.  My memories of those attacks are clear and, as far as I can tell, accurate.  Unless PTSD-related panic attacks are fundamentally different from other anxiety-related panic aattacks, I'm not sure you can draw the conclusion you're drawing from her account.

02/18/2015 - 5:12am miss st.

I was at the Gator Bowl when we played Mississippi State.  Other than how annoying the cowbells were, the Miss. State fans were very friendly, before, during, and, especially, after the game.

Things might be different at the traditional SEC powers, but I wouldn't tar all fans in the conference.

02/18/2015 - 5:11am whoops

posted in the wrong place.  Ignore.

01/19/2015 - 2:36pm Peppers "behind" Arnette

Arnette's comment about how good it would be to have Peppers "behind" him suggests that Peppers is moving to safety, unless he meant Peppers would only be behind him metaphorically.  Given the positional depth charts, this isn't necessarily a bad move, but it kind of spoils the Woodson 2.0 thing a bit.

Or, perhaps I shouldn't read too much into off the cuff comments by recruits...

01/13/2015 - 9:57am 9-3, though 8-4 is more likely than 10-2

My money would be on 9-3.  I think we're very likely to lose to Utah (good team plus the 1st game PAC10 road game idea still gives me the heebiejeebies.)  I think we lose to OSU and at least 1 of MSU, PSU, and Minnesota.  (The third the least likely.)

Utah is having some coaching turmoil, so we very well could win that, and it's not impossible we sweep the trio I mention above and even OSU is winnable, I think.  On the other hand, our non-conference schedule is rough, as BYU and the other OSU aren't pushovers and the first B10 game scares me a bit as its a road game and it might take some time for the team to gel under a new coach and with a new (inexperienced) QB.

So, while I think 9-3 is most likely, I think we're more likely to fall short of that than exceed it.

01/07/2015 - 3:01pm But he claimed that hiring a

But he claimed that hiring a ST coach meant no TE coach and Drevno doing OL.  But there's still space for either an OL or a TE coach (or a OL/TE combo coach) even if everything else in the chart is accuratedly predicted..

01/07/2015 - 1:27pm Don't you get 9 assistants?

Don't you get 9 assistants?  Isn't there room for one more on staff above what Brian has posted above in the chart?  By my count, there are 8 assistants (Drevno, Wheatley, Morton on offense; Durkin, Mattison, Manning, Jackson on Defense; and ST coordinator.)

So, unless I'm missing something, there's still room for an OL coach or TE coach.

11/29/2014 - 12:40am I was wearing my Michigan cap

I was wearing my Michigan cap in a Florida supermarket this week and the elderly bagboy asked me when I thought Brady would be fired (turned out he grew up in Flint and retired to the South) and if I thought Harbaugh would replace him. He seemed more skeptical Miles would leave the SEC than Harbaugh would leave the NFL.

So, I don't think you can find a more casual fan than an old Florida bagboy and he wanted aharbaugh and thought it was possible.

11/18/2014 - 9:33pm Panda

Definitely has the closest body shape to Brady and the eating bonus will appeal to him.  Plus, they say "Slow down, relax," all the time, which is in keeping with Brady's philosophy on offensive tempo.

11/08/2014 - 2:33pm So, the Beef O'Brady's Bowl?

So, the Beef O'Brady's Bowl?

ETA: Which no longer exists, having been replaced by the Bitcoin Bowl.  There's an appropriate metaphor in that, too, I'm sure.

11/02/2014 - 12:34pm Different interaction with the media

Only reading the transcript and not seeing the video, but it seems like Hoke and the press interacted differently in this presser than previous ones (even after previous wins.)  There didn't seem to be as many testy exchanges, Hoke actually provided some specific answers (to injury questions, no less!), and their seemed to be more humurous banter.  Was Hoke more relaxed, were the media less aggresive, or am I reading too much into this?

10/29/2014 - 3:59pm general question

Would violations of HS recruiting rules make a player ineligible at the NCAA-level?

10/15/2014 - 2:06pm Brandonian Rhapsody

OK, bored at work, so I decided to follow on in full to your start:


Is this the real life?

 Is this just fantasy?

DB's caught in a landslide,

please God make this reality.


 Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see...a new AD.

He’s just a rich boy, he needs no sympathy,

Because he’s easy come, easy go,

Rarely high, often low,

Who the new AD is doesn't really matter to me, to me.


Brandon, almost killed a kid,

Took a blow up to his head,

But left him in, could be dead.

Brandon, that’s what your coach did,

I hope you haven’t thrown it all away.


Brandon, ooh,

I hope this makes you cry,

If you’re not gone by this time tomorrow,

Please don’t carry on as if nothing really matters.


Too late, your time has come,

Send shivers down my spine,

Team’s sucking all the time.

Goodbye, Dave Brandon, you've got to go,

Gotta leave us all behind and face the truth.


Brandon, ooh (anyway the wind blows),

I don't wanna lose,

I sometimes wish you’d never been hired at all.


I see a little silhouetto of a man,

Brady Hoke, Brady Hoke will you wear a damn headset?

Hurry up and temp,

Very, very frightening to you.

(Brady Hoke)Brady Hoke.

(Brady Hoke)Brady Hoke,

Brady Hoke has got to go



I'm just a poor fan, Brandon don’t love me.

I’m just a poor fan from a poor family,

Spare me my team from this monstrosity.


Easy come, easy go, will you just go?

Bismillah! No, he will not just  go. (Please just go!)

Bismillah! No, he will not just  go. (Please just go!)

Bismillah! No, he will not just  go. (Please just go!)

He will not just  go. (Please just go!)

We will have to let you go,

if you won’t on your own go.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Oh, mama mia, mama mia (Mama mia,  please just go.)

Beelzebub has a devil put aside for you, for you, for you.


So you think you can mock me and continue to lie?

So you think I will love you and let this slip by?

Oh, Brandon, can't do this to me, Brandon,

Ya gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here.


(Oh, yeah, oh yeah)


Who the new AD is,

Anyone can see,

Who the new AD is,

Doesn’t really matter to me.


Because Brandon really blows.

10/15/2014 - 1:49pm Who the new AD is,
Anyone can

Who the new AD is,

Anyone can see,

Who the new Ad is,

Doesn't really matter to me.

10/07/2014 - 4:24pm In the back

Do you see the guy in the back row peaking over the shoulder of the bearded, long-haired fellow?  You can't see his shirt, so my guess is that he's wearing a hockey jersey and is, therefore, Brian.

10/07/2014 - 1:27pm 3 consecutive 9 win seasons

3 consecutive 9 win seasons for a team that hadn't won more than 6 in twenty years plus the first three bowl wins in team history.  Plus a very successful stint in Div II.  Someone is going to hire him soon, probably this offseason.

It probably won't be Michigan, since the northern-most place Hudspeth has coached is one year as Navy's OC.  My money is on Mississippi State hiring him to replace Mullen who leaves for Florida.  But, I also would have liked to see what Brian had to say.  And I'd prefer Hudspeth to most of the names Brian has mentioned.

10/07/2014 - 1:20pm And Arkansas St. lost 3

And Arkansas St. lost 3 coaches in 3 consecutive seasons.  No one really questioned those coaches quickly abandoning Ark. St. because, well, Arkanasas St.  Poaching Bohl from Wyoming is much closer to poaching Freeze/Malzhan/Harsin than it is like ASU poaching Graham.

10/07/2014 - 1:14pm Schiano

He's a massive jackass and his Rutgers teams could never get over the hump to win a very winnable Big East.  (They tended to start the year slowly and/or fail to win the big games at the end.)  He is also coming off remarkable failure at the NFL level.

That said, he'd be a better choice than a lot of other people Brian is listing and could very well work out.  He was successful at a program no one had been successul at in a century, developed a lot of low-level recruits into NFL players, and recruited fairly well despite being at Rutgers in both Florida and the mid-Atlantic.  It would not surprise me at all if he's our next coach and while I wouldn't be happy about it, I also wouldn't be sad.

I also suspect, though, that Part III is NFL and other random coaches, and Brian will discuss Schiano there.

10/07/2014 - 1:09pm Left off coaches

Why no mention of Hudspeth?  Or Rod Carey?  (Or, for that matter, Dave Doeren.  He had a horrible first year at NC State, but they're off to a solid start this year.  If they finish 9-3/8-4 that's a pretty impressive performance in his second year and he had a couple of great years at N. Illinois, albeit with Kill's players.)

10/02/2014 - 6:06pm But now that you did that

But now that you did that research, I guess you no longer know nothing.

09/30/2014 - 2:37pm uniqname

Mine is only about 10 years old, but I'm impressed I was able to get the right password after only a few tries!

09/29/2014 - 6:17pm That was my (admittedly

That was my (admittedly optimistic) take as well: Bacon sources and Rousell's sources do not directly contradict each other.  Bacon did not say that Warde and Manuel were not contacted to guage interest, just that a search hasn't begun.  It's king of like when coaches say they are not in discussions with another team and aren't technically lying because it's their agents who are in those discussions.

At least, that's what I want to be true.

09/29/2014 - 5:50pm No idea if it's tue

I don't know if the story is true or not, but the Hoke/Morris thing has made many forget that Michigan has already been made a laughingstock previously in the week with the Coke promotion.  If true, this may have been in the works before Saturday's game was even played.

09/28/2014 - 12:54pm Coulda been worse

Well, at least it wasn't a link to  (If you don't know the reference, believe me, you are better off and you do not want to google it to figure it out.)

09/28/2014 - 8:52am I'm not disagreeing with you,

I'm not disagreeing with you, but he has a credible resume and is likely to get real consideration for the job.  Maybe I misunderstand the purpose of this list, but I didn't think it was a list of people we wanted for the job, just a list of people who could be called candidates for the job.  Schiano definetely falls into the latter category, for good or for ill.

09/28/2014 - 7:32am Schiano

Since this is intended to be an inclusive list, you really should include Schiano.  He may be a conservative choice, he may be aname that has been bandied around forever, but he's a serious candidate with a real shot of being the next HC.  The other three names at #6, I'm comfortable leaving off because I don't think any are at all likely for various reasons.

09/28/2014 - 7:29am Some lower level D-1 coaches to add

If it's an inclusive list rather than a wish list, here are some possible names from non-top 25 schools (not all of them names I support, but possibilities nonetheless):

Ruffin McNeill

Bronco Mendenhall

Mike Hudspeth

Rod Carey

Terry Bowden (Please, lord, no.)

Tommy Tuberville

09/23/2014 - 12:46pm petunias

Douglas Adams himself explained the petunias in a later book: they were one of Agrajag's forms and he was saying "oh no, not again," in reference to Arthur Dent killing him.

So, the petunias can't be Michigan fans, because Agrajag's combination of paranoia, inferiority complex even when monstrously dangerous, somewhat challenged ethical system, and blind rage clearly mark him as a Michigan State fan.

09/20/2014 - 9:54am new and lame-duck president

Whether or not this matters, FSU has a different (interim) President now than they did for Winston's previous investigation.  Plus, she didn't make the finalist list for permanent President.  So, she has a free-er hand to impose punishment and may have a different view of appropriate punishment than her predecessor did.

Perhaps this explains why Winston is being punished more severely for this than for previous, more important transgressions.

09/19/2014 - 4:37pm Man, that's all kinds of a

Man, that's all kinds of a weird looking cat.  Clearly an over-fed Persian, but she seems to have the ears of a Scottish Fold.  I didn't think such things were possible, and certainly not something rewarded at cat shows.  Must be the demonic eyes intimidating the judges.

ETA: Oh, right, the football game.  UM wins 38-24, and only turnovers by Gardner make it look that close.  Starters in the whole game, but we're grinding them down trying to run out the clock by midway through the fourth.  I think Utah's talent level is closer to Miami than it is to Notre Dame, though their passing offense and option running will test us some.