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07/19/2018 - 2:12pm I kind of agree with Gardner…

I kind of agree with Gardner over Henson. Yes, Henson was a better player at his peak, but Devin Gardner went 32/45 for 450 yards and 4 touchdowns and ran for another on a foot that was so severely broken he missed the *Insert Generic Restaurant/Store* Bowl a month later. Henson was great, but look at what Gardner did with what can only be considered a severe case of coaching malpractice is incredible and admirable. 

07/16/2018 - 7:51pm They did go balls to the…

They did go balls to the wall for Herman. Doesn't matter how hard you go if he'd rather go to Texas.

07/13/2018 - 10:59am That's true, but he also…

That's true, but he also hired Joe Moorhead, who was a home run and a half. We'll see how Moorhead's replacement does. 

By the way, James Franklin left Maryland after they named him coach in waiting over Ralph Friedgen, then the next year hired Randy Edsall. Who by the way did not retain his OC at Maryland or bring his DC from UConn. The OC? Joe Moorhead. The DC? Don Brown. 

07/10/2018 - 7:54pm Football University isn't…

Football University isn't too prestigious, but that's not to say it isn't impressive that he won. It's a mid tier camp, but there were probably still a pack of other B1G level commits.

07/09/2018 - 9:01am I think both are fair. Brady…

I think both are fair. Brady Hoke was a fantastic cultivator of defensive talent, and was able to get some legit offensive weapons that elevated the offense in stretches. That being said, the offensive line has been incredibly under recruited and deficient during the entire stretch of Harbaugh's time here, so I think it's fair that Hoke shoulder the OL 2015/2016 blame, as a bad offensive line is really the only thing that kept Michigan out of the playoff in 2016. 

07/02/2018 - 5:30pm The company that Sam works…

The company that Sam works under the umbrella of (247) has him independently rated as a four star currently. The composite has him as a 5*, but I know a lot of recruiting writers really only reference their rankings when talking about a player.

07/02/2018 - 3:45pm Yea, that's true but TW…

Yea, that's true but TW cleaned the fuck up in recruiting. Like Absolutely annihilated everyone on the recruiting trail in-state. So it's not like he struggled on both ends. But again, I'm glad it's getting fixed, not to mention I'm not sure how much of running back blocking problems trace back to Drevno.

07/02/2018 - 3:42pm I'm surprised at the lack of…

I'm surprised at the lack of people guessing Myles Hinton. Would be nice to get him officially in the 2020 fold and get him and Barnham helping recruit Georgia and Ohio.

06/30/2018 - 12:38pm Exactly. He reminds me of…

Exactly. He reminds me of Eyabi Anoma. He went from a similar ranking to a top 5 recruit. And Michigan discovered Anoma, but couldn't reel him in. He's gonna be an all american.

06/30/2018 - 12:36pm He's a scottish/nigerian…

He's a scottish/nigerian former basketball player that goes to a small private school in New Jersey and played his first year of organized football ever in 2017. He'll be a high 4* by the end of the cycle, there's just not enough film or scouting on him. 

06/30/2018 - 12:33pm I absolutely don't think he…

I absolutely don't think he deserves any sort of apologies. He's doing well, but to say he deserves apologies implies that the criticism is unwarranted. Last year getting some run of the mill 3* recruits isn't a big deal. But that, mixed with how lost and confused the running backs were in terms of blocking and development wasn't good. But good for Jay Harbzz for fixing shit. Like I'm not trying to say he deserved to be fired, but he fixed at least some of the issues and he's improving.

06/27/2018 - 5:50pm Not sure why Ohio State…

Not sure why Ohio State would be focused on negatively recruiting against us. Unless they just print out the last 15 results of The Game, but that's not negative so much as it is the truth.

06/27/2018 - 5:43pm 18 year olds don't know who…

18 year olds don't know who Chris Webber is. I barely remember Webber and I'm 23.

06/26/2018 - 1:30pm Oh my fucking god, are these…

Oh my fucking god, are these holier than thou assholes really going to pull shit shit? Declan Sullivan, Prince Shembo's victim, "Jack Roe", and Michael Floyd's severe alcoholism all would like to say lol. I mean, at least Mark Dantonio didn't harass and ignore rape victims to the point of committing suicide. I get negative recruiting, but don't bring the crime bullshit into it when a majority of your preventative measures include "Buying a bigger rug" and "Tickets for police officers"

06/26/2018 - 10:20am Here's a good rule of thumb:…

Here's a good rule of thumb:

1. Generic 3 star from a heavily scouted area, probably a 3 star. 

2. Generic 3 star from a very lowly scouted area, probably has a lot of traits that the staff found, has high potential to rise once the camp scene gives more scouting. Usually has a 

3. 3/4 star in between guy from well scouted area, really depends on fit of the program. Usually is a guy that is a great football player but lacks prototypical size to be a 5 star, or a big lineman without outstanding feet and needs weight room work.

4. Unscouted guys from Florida/Texas/Ohio/Pennsylvania/Georgia: literally just a crapshoot. Could be really good, but trust the coaches.

5. Be excited about any low recruited guy that's a take at this point in the process. Big difference if a lower recruited guy like Joey Velasquez is a take now as opposed to in December. Usually shows they feel very highly about him.

06/25/2018 - 5:08pm That makes me feel a lot…

That makes me feel a lot better actually haha. I try not to be overly optimistic about 18 year olds but he freakin wow'd me, and he's at a similar spot as Zeke before he committed to OSU in terms of rankings.

06/25/2018 - 4:27pm Ugh his agility and footwork…

Ugh his agility and footwork kind of, sort of, maybe remind me of a bigger Ezekiel Elliott. That guy could go 0-100 back down to 0 and back up to 100 so quick

06/25/2018 - 4:23pm I have some really good…

I have some really good sources about Trevor Keegan, and they have all told me this is more of a Penn State-Michigan battle than an Ohio State battle. They mentioned Ohio State's allure wore off a little quicker, and Ed Warriner is the main reason Keegan is probable to Michigan. The recruiting heads think he's probable to Michigan, a lot of area football people think Penn State is the move. 

06/07/2018 - 8:49am If I remember correctly,…

If I remember correctly, teams in the MLB Draft can basically keep drafting as long as they want. But it also makes sense if the Rangers just want to make headlines and not have to worry about signing someone and using bonus money on them. 

06/03/2018 - 11:00pm Man

I'm going to be rooting my ass off for Ryan Hilinski. For those that don't know, his older brother  Tyler Hilinski was the Quarterback that tragically committed suicide earlier this year. Absolutely horrible, and the way Ryan Hilinski has handled it has been incredible. Sorry to hijack the thread, but if you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, please get help. People care, and people want you to be happy. 

/End of threadjack

06/01/2018 - 6:04pm It's very well possible the interview

was important for Beilein even if he knew he didn't want the job. I've known a few coaches that "interview" at jobs they don't want for the sole purpose of hyping up some of their close friends or members of their coaching tree. I have no idea what the case is, but it's possible that he had other intentions.

06/01/2018 - 5:58pm I never

thought he'd be an early round pick. I thought the injury concerns, the older age, the lack of athleticism would prevent that. That being said, I envisioned him being a solid 5th or 6th round pick and hanging around the league for awhile as a very good backup. I didn't see this coming.

06/01/2018 - 8:57am I really enjoy

Garrett Fishaw, but he tends to be overly optimistic. That being said, he does occasionally get the scoops. He was the first to predict Kareem Walker going to Michigan, he was on top of Michael Barrett. For what it's worth, Harbaugh follows him on Twitter, so he clearly isn't just a random fanboy. He does it as his passion and works another job, so I don't blame him for not having all the insider information. His BGRC is a good read, but it usually turns into "if everything breaks right this is who Michigan will get" instead of actual predicitons. 

05/31/2018 - 4:30pm Hot take:

I hope he's good enough to be a top ten pick, and if he is, I want him to leave. Especially with recruiting picking up again, I don't think it's a death knell for amazing players to leave early to be a top ten pick. I think Michigan could possibly have 3 first round picks next year. It's a definite possibility, even though it's unlikely.

Poole I think will be.

Matthews could be with another good season if he adds a piece to his game. 

Teske could if he improves his athleticism a bit, and maybe adds a jumper. 

Iggy could if he breaks out. 

Obviously not likely, but if they do enough to be first rounders, Michigan will be in great shape.

05/31/2018 - 3:59pm It's a great article

I went into it with a few preconceived notions about how it was going to be off, because most 5 star transfers are transferring because they're not good enough. The article does a great job of narrowing it into at least somewhat situations.

05/30/2018 - 4:05pm Is Jordan Poole

getting hurt?

05/27/2018 - 8:58pm 2018.

Defense is probably about even, Offense may be a slight downgrade at every other position except QB, but Shea is so much better than Speight, so i'll give 2018 an edge.

05/20/2018 - 4:17pm The Usual Suspects

was my favorite movie ever hands down, but it feels weird watching it after all that Kevin Spacey shit came out. Also the director was kind of a perv.

05/18/2018 - 8:48am Glad to see that

Shea Patterson, Karan Higdon, Josh Metellus, Josh Uche, Aubrey Solomon (Decommitted not a man of his word), Ben VanSumeren, LaVert Hill, Kareem Walker, Quinn Nordin, Donovan Jeter, Brad Robbins, Ronnie Bell, TeCory Couch, and Cade McNamara are all people without high integrity. Maybe this is why Michigan went 8-5, because Harbaugh keeps recruiting people without high integrity. 

05/12/2018 - 4:20am Maizen

is the type of guy to complain that the beer his buddy gave him for free isn't the right brand or isn't cold enough.

05/09/2018 - 3:11pm My Good Friend

roomed next to Shane at Michigan. He's quite arrogant and kind of a dick

05/08/2018 - 12:51am Yea if you ignore

the fact that Stanford has had more first round picks in the last 10 years than Michigan. 

05/07/2018 - 8:53pm That's a bad

opinion. What do you want the coaches to say? "Honestly this guy is as good as we could get, even if he's a bit of a bum". Regardless of how good he is or isn't of course the coaches are stoked about him.

05/07/2018 - 8:44pm Fair point on the Celtics age.

I must've just assumed guys like Smart were way older because they've been around so long.

In terms of Payton, I guess you could say up until this year he's looked more promising, but this is Dario Saric's second year in the NBA. Saric may not be lights out, but Payton is a poor shooter, a poor free throw shooter, and is borderline abysmal at anything outside of 3 feet. His passing is below average and he's a replacement level defender at best. Even if you consider them equal players, getting an extra first round draft pick makes it a win, plus it's easier to find production at the point guard position than a stretch 4. I'll give you Gary Harris, he's been fantastic, but Zach Lavine has missed a lot of games over the past couple years. I'll withhold judgement on him until we see him play a full season again. 

And my point about Steph Curry wasn't that he wasn't was too injury prone to be good, but that no one would have expected the leap he took. It took several years and finding the right coach to unleash him.

05/07/2018 - 5:40pm Boston is definitely not younger or less experienced.

Al Horford is a 31 year old all star that has been to the conference finals several times. Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier have both played roles on a conference finalist, same with Jaylen Brown, though Brown is very young. Not to mention, Boston has a SIGNIFICANTLY better coach in Brad Stevens. 

As to your point that there's no Durant, Curry, etc on this team, that may be true. But If you go back and look through the "process" picks, they made the right call or decision on most of them. 

Ben Simmons is by far the best player in his draft class. 

In 2015, they picked Jahlil Okafor over Kristaps, which is undoubtedly a giant blunder. 

2014: They picked the only player in a class to be selected for an All star team in Joel Embiid, and chose Elfrid Payton, and flipped him for Dario Saric, a second round pick, and a future first round pick. Saric has been better than Payton, and better than just about every player taken after him. The lone exception being Nikola Jokic, who was taken in the second round, and possibly Clint Capela. 

2013: They got the top prospect in the draft prior to his ACL injury at 6, and drafted Michael Carter Williams 11th, and then flipped him for a first round pick. Yea, it wasn't a great pick but flipping him for that asset directly led to Fultz. 

There's really only two legit stars that they passed over, Giannis in 2013 and then Kristaps in 2015. Every other draft they basically made the right decision and continued to keep the team loaded with assets. You mentioned they don't have a Curry, but it took Curry 5 years to get healthy and break out. Durant, Harden, Anthony Davis, Kyrie and LeBron were all top 3 picks. The point of the process was to get those top 3 picks in the hopes of drafting a superstar. They have 3 guys with that potential in Fultz, Embiid, and Simmons. In a vacuum, you take 5 years of sucking ass for 3 legit talents every day of the week. Yes they have injury issues, but that's part of the gamble. Steph Curry had bad ankles which allowed the Warriors to sign him to the most team friendly deal in NBA History. Sometimes you gotta risk it.

05/07/2018 - 4:50pm I disagree

it's much more entertaining for me when Kanye talks. We all know he's dumb, but it's like an Onion article everytime he opens his mouth and I can't wait to see what he says next.

05/07/2018 - 4:34pm It's ok dude

just say you don't agree with him. Because no one shows up to your job and criticizes you for having opinions. No one should ever keep their mouth shut, because everyone has the right to voice their opinions on different topics.

05/07/2018 - 4:29pm She'd be a great hire

but I think Ettore Messina would be the best hire of the cycle. The only issue is he's so good he'll probably wait out for a perfect opportunity or for Pop to retire

05/07/2018 - 4:28pm Michael Carter Williams

was basically parlayed directly into Fultz. They have the Rookie of the Year, a 23 year old center that averages 23-11-2 blocks in 30 minutes a game and is probably more skilled offensively than all buy several players in the league. They have Dario Saric and Covington who are both skilled and versatile offensive players while Covington is a good defender. They have the nearly unanimous first overall pick last year as well as another prime pick either this year or next, as well as gobs of cap space. Calling it a waste of half a decade is only true if you assume the 76ers would be in better shape had they not done this. And Hinkie fleeced every team that ever did business with him. Calling a team with a core of guys with as little experience as them as "nowhere close" to a championship contender is a little shortsighted. Sometimes you need to get your ass kicked to learn how to win. 

05/07/2018 - 3:43pm Go back and

read old scouting reports and mock drafts. No GM in the NBA is taking Bosh and Wade over Darko. Nobody. Carmelo would've been nice, but he and Larry Brown hated each other in the Olympics that year, and I have a hard time believing they'd have worked out well. Not to mention, Darko sucking led the Pistons to getting Rasheed Wallace. It's very possible that Darko over Melo won them a title. Bosh or Wade would've been amazing, but nobody was taking them over Darko.

05/07/2018 - 3:40pm He should've

been fired the second he gave Jon Leuer and Langston Galloway $10 million per a piece. They're fine players, but he bid against himself and no team has ever said "shit I think we could have gone farther had we just signed Jon Leuer". They could've found cheap young players to fill that role.

05/07/2018 - 2:36pm Yea because

averaging 9-5 in 20 minutes while shooting 45/35/75 as a second year big sucks. Definitely couldn't find a role for him on this Pistons team. 

05/07/2018 - 2:04pm Give me Hinkie

or give me death. 

Between taking Stanley Johnson over at least two picks including a Brooklyn pick from the Celtics, Kennard over Mitchell, The Blake Griffin Trade, Henry Ellenson over Skal and Caris LeVert, giving Jon Leuer, Langston Galloway, Ish Smith, and putting us in cap hell, and not developing any young players: SVG has fucked us.

05/07/2018 - 12:17pm That's true

but also in state offers mean a lot more than out of state offers, because there's a huge opportunity for bridge burning in the state. 

05/07/2018 - 12:15pm I still think

Michigan should take him if he wants to come, but I don't think his talent is worth expending all our resources on him if he's made it clear he does not want to be a part of the program. I think he's expendable enough.

05/06/2018 - 9:46pm I'm trying

to stay as unbiased as possible, but I agree with you on Dobbs. I still would like him at Michigan because I think he's good, but I don't see top 100 talent, and the rumors I have heard about his personality remind me of Malik McDowell. I don't know any specifics but High School coaches are usually very reserved to spread negative criticism of high level in state prospects, so the fact there's so much out there should be concerning. I do hope he succeeds wherever he goes because you have to be a massive shithead to believe otherwise. 

I do disagree with you on Barnett. I think he's got stud written all over him.

05/05/2018 - 9:44pm Our hazing

was basically making the freshmen clean up bags and carry shit in from practice. Nothing out of the ordinary. I went to a couple of quality programs and it was always made clear to us legit hazing was never tolerated.

05/05/2018 - 8:27pm Yea let's

leave the incredibly disgusting racial connotations at home today, ok bud? 

05/04/2018 - 10:45pm Eskimo brothers

with Vince Edwards. #CoolStoryBro

05/04/2018 - 10:44pm Holy shit,

it's nice to meet you Mr. Palin!