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03/19/2011 - 5:26am Try the podcasts

I live in NYC now and listen to the WTKA podcasts which are really great as you can basically just listen to recruiting roundup if you want to. WTKA's site has been linked a whole shit ton on the site so I wont re-paste it, just google it. 

03/09/2011 - 12:33pm Good for the Lantern

I was actually wondering how the OSU student newspaper would come out on this, I think it shows a lot of journalistic integrity calling for more serious penalties.  Those students should be commended.  (FWIW, I would hope that the Daily would have the same standards if we were in a similar situation, e.g. if MSC DBrandon decided not to punish the program a year ago...)

 

 

03/09/2011 - 12:21pm This informant is going to get disbarred

ABA Model Rules 1.6 (and whatever the Ohio equivalent is, I think it is §1.6:400) create the attorney-client privilege.  By emailing Tressell (not an attorney or an empoyee of an attorney involved in the representation or potential representation) the attorney-informant violated his professional responsibilities and is subject, and most likely, will face sanctions up to and including disbarrment.  I know that this part of the scandal will get lost on a lot of people but, it is an incredibly serious violation.

 

Edit: Got beaten to the punch a little, sorry.

03/08/2011 - 7:19pm Coach-player confidentiality?

I dont remember learning about that one in school...? 

03/08/2011 - 7:12pm Where is the Big Ten on this?

The original Pearl suspension was handed down by the SEC (shocking, I know). Where is the Big Ten? He needs to be suspended for some Big Ten games... this is ridiculous. 

03/08/2011 - 7:04pm Akron and Toledo

So he misses Akron and Toledo? Lovely. I like that OSU is the most penalized program in D1-A over the past 10 years and every single time the punishments are so minor... Failure to promote atmosphere of compliance anyone? 

03/08/2011 - 3:26pm Why is everyone naming the all geriatric team

Look, i love the woodsons and Bradys as much as the next guy but everyone is throwing out the all NFL team circa 2005... I mean Urlacher? Dude is like 40. (how long will it take someone to google Urlacher and correct me for not stating his exact age?) IMO the player i would pick is Matthews, maybe Polamalu or Ed Reed. 

03/04/2011 - 10:48pm Recognizing C-Web

No matter how you feel about C-Web, nothing can happen until Jan 2013 (See Dave Brandon's Comments at http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-basketball/in-bringing-back-jimmy-kin… ).  At this point, if C-Web reaches out to the University (a nice little donation to Mott wouldnt hurt) then I think the Athletic Dept. should welcome the man back. Yes, he screwed up, royally.  However, our MBB Program has been fairly pathetic for the past 15 years and, in my opinion, we need to get this guy back into the fold so he can help on the recruiting trail a little bit. I am sick and tired of constantly losing basketball recruiting battles to Sparty and that school down south.

Go blue! Beat State tomorrow!!!

 

 

 

 

02/28/2011 - 10:29am Time for a commit

Obvs it wont be Richardson but... Its time for a commit already. Weve given out close to 100 offers and it would be nice to get things rolling a little bit.  I know it is incredibly early but I just want one! Even TomVh saying there is a silent commit or Sam Webb having a gut feeling about a guy! PLEASE!!!

Wormley, RJS, Goddin, someone, anyone, just make it happen already!

02/27/2011 - 8:40pm How wins look

After watching this I am less worried about how the win looks than I am that MSU is gonna be PISSSSEEEDDD when they play us. 

02/20/2011 - 12:13am The changing timeframe of committing

I agree that he will wait a little but I think it has less to do with how the D plays and more RJS wanting to soak up the spotlight a little more.  It seems like with each year, recruiting becomes crazier and crazier.  Think about it, we had one recruit who basically had his whole segment live on ESPN (and it wasnt even NSD) and another recruit publicaly announce he was going to one school and then just not send in his LOI and go elsewhere. 

Now does that mean that RJS, Richardson, Ross, Wormley etc., are going to wait just to soak up recruiting attention? No, not necessarily,  but I do think that more recruits are going to wait longer, or only give soft verbals (i.e. go on other visits and take other calls... think Dee Hart (too soon? I'm sorry)) so that they can maximize their offer numbers and the media attention they get.  I hope that I am wrong in the case of RJS, I just wouldnt hold my breath waiting for the kid to commit. 

Go Blue!

02/18/2011 - 12:46am FOR TOMVH!

Any chance a guy like Efe Scott-Emuakpor gets an offer? I know hes offer-less at the moment but he's Rivals 250 watch list (I believe) and hell, the dude is 6 foot 5 inches. I would love a big guy like that who could hopefully turn into a real red zone threat, especially after Conway has been diverted to the JUCO ranks. 

 

 

 

02/15/2011 - 10:09am Way too early to tell...

Pump the breaks hombre, WAAAAYYY too early to make any predictions... we havent even seen any of spring ball yet.  This is a dumb prediction.

Wait and see how Denard and Devin do in the Borges ball.  How do our running backs look, can anyone emerge as the "go to guy" like in Michigan days of yore.  Do the taller receivers like Stonum start to dominate in the more Pro-style offense? How does the D mature? Any LBs step it up to help Demens? Does the defensive backfield mature? Is T-wolf a beast again?  Just pump the breaks, wait at least until June to start looking at predictions. 

 

 

02/12/2011 - 10:20pm Good luck Demar

I really hope that Demar gets his stuff together, earns his AA degree and decides to transfer to UM.  I would hope that if he can spend two years in Grand Rapids, stay clean, get good grades etc, the media and this blog will be a little more forgiving of the kid if he decides to try and come over to UM, or any other D1 school for that matter. 

02/12/2011 - 8:47pm Others

He has MSU and Iowa offers and according to rivals lists interest in Auburn. 

02/12/2011 - 6:29pm More than 3-2 IMO

IMO its going to take us more than 3-2 to go dancing... Maybe 3-2 with a deep run in the Big Ten Tourny does the trick but Id be much more comfortable with a 4-1 finish and a win or two in the Big Ten Tourny to get us to the ball. 

02/12/2011 - 6:27pm Not a good win at all

That was not a good win at all... Indiana finished the game on something like a 25-5 run... that is completely unacceptable.  Its not like we had our B-squad out there either. It was our complete lack of discipline on D and utter inability to hit a free throw that doomed us. Part of me wishes we didnt win because frankly, we really didnt deserve the W.  I know this team is young but this was a disaster and I am fuming at how weve been playing at the end of games during the past two weeks. 

02/12/2011 - 12:55pm It was a joke...

nuff said... 

02/09/2011 - 10:28am Condolences

My condolences. 

02/08/2011 - 7:46am No chance...

His older sister is a freshman swimmer at UT-Austin... no chance he goes anywhere else. This is a big assumption but... the kid seems super close to his family, he posted all of their names on his highlight video (along with his gpa of 3.85).  Id say goodbye and goodluck to Mr. Brewer. Here comes Gunner!!!!

02/08/2011 - 7:38am Knowing the Lions..

"New" uniforms again?

02/08/2011 - 7:32am Love this kid

Wow, I love this kid. The combo of Academics, wanting to be a Dr. and his speed and 6-4 frame make this kid a must get.  He is the type of person that should be playing for Michigan.

 

Thanks for all of the info BlueMiles, great post.

02/07/2011 - 10:51am Thank you Michigania

I think you put it very  aptly and in a way I was not able to do. 

02/07/2011 - 10:44am I hear this argument, I just dont buy it

I hear this argument and get this general excitement about the trio of legacy's connections.  I just dont think that this necessarily translates into wins.  Can Horford and G. Rob Jr (when he gets on campus) turn into great players? Possibly, I still maintain we are a long way off. 

 

02/07/2011 - 10:41am To be honest, im more mixed on Beilin

I am still on the fence about JB.  I appreciate that he got us to the tourny but IMO his recruiting has been underwhelming and at this rate, we are not any closer to establishing ourselves as a perennial power in the Big Ten. Yes, this team is fun to watch and yes,  I know we just missed on guys like Zeigler but I feel like this has happened a few times.  To be honest, I am getting a little impatient with our MBB team and I think that with the new facilities coming online, we should demand and expect more success from our program going forward. 

 

02/03/2011 - 5:41pm He seems like a high energy guy

There is a video on fightillini.com showing him running through some drills (go towards the end of the video and watch him run the "screen drill"). He seems like an intelligent high energy guy to go along with that great experience as a UM player (1990 Rose Bowl). 

Here's the video. 

http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mallory_curt00.html

 

 

 

02/02/2011 - 9:23pm Or the recruits are just that much better....

Look  around at NFL rosters... the majority of the talent is coming from California, Texas and the South.  Sure the Midwest and Penn and NJ have their fair share of players in the league, but overwhelming percentage hails from the South and west.

This article is a little bit old but it definately shows as much.

http://rivals100.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=259347

Now, the reason why this is so is an entirely different debate.  For certain, the weather plays a huge factor as does a whole other milieu of reasons.

 

EDIT: Please dont take this as me saying the recruiting sites valuations are good or not biased. I am definately not saying that; I am simply saying that there has been a shift towards production from these states away from the Midwest and Plains states.

02/02/2011 - 9:15pm No way...

Dude, I am happy for Bellomy but the guys is really a career backup, maybe one year starting as a RS Sr or something like that. DG is sick and will lead our program to greatness (that is assuming that Denard doesnt do so before him...so DG will be continuing our run of greatness).

 

GO BLUE!!! Everyone get pumped for a strong recruiting class. I have a feeling like there are a few sleepers in this class that will make us happy for 4-5 years to come.

02/02/2011 - 3:37pm It already is a joke

I think the whole things is a joke. These are 17 and 18 year old kids.  How many of the top 50 flame out every year? It is a joke. Look at guys like Ben Rothlesberger (not highly recruited) or even Alex Smith, who had 2 scholly offers and one of them only happened because of who is uncle was.  Sites like Scouts, Rivals and ESPN are fun to watch but lets be honest, there is no way to evaluate a recruiting class until 3-4 years from now.

 

 

02/02/2011 - 2:25pm Hoke just announced him in the presser

YAYAYYAYA

02/02/2011 - 2:23pm Did Hoke not discuss him in the presser?

I was listening and didnt hear his name mentioned...

02/02/2011 - 2:14pm Anyone watching Brady's Presser...

Love all the shoutouts to both Fred Jackson's recruiting work and the "groundwork" that coach Rod and his staff laid for a lot of these committs.  Brady is one class act! 

Go blue!

 

02/02/2011 - 2:07pm Wow, never believe everything you see on Twitter!!!

so many false stuff being put up regarding him and faxing LOI to Ark. 

02/02/2011 - 1:59pm Really gotta give Rich and Brady Credit...

Yes, it was super awkward. Yes, it seemed like Rich was fishing for a compliment or two. Yes, Brady probably should have mentioned that Rich did a good job of laying the foundation for the class (he made a similar comment but didnt mention RR but name) but overall these two were absolutely professional and cordial towards each other.  I would imagine that when you are in the business as long as those two gentlemen are you learn that its not personal.  Brady Hoke never advocated RR to be fired, that decision was DBs decision alone.  I wouldnt imagine that an interview with RR and DB would go over as smoothly. 

 

 

01/21/2011 - 6:50pm How I long for good Michigan MBB.... sigh... :(

How I long for good Michigan MBB.... sigh... :(

01/21/2011 - 6:49pm Oversigning

I know it has been discussed seemingly ad nauseum here (especially when for 48 hours we thought we were getting the hatter instead of hokeamania)but the NCAA really needs to step in here and do something about this.  It is disgusting and IMO really goes to the hypocrisy that is "amateur" college sports in this country. The athletes are amateurs but the schools are allowed to operate like cut-throat big business (which their athletic departments are, at least in some places).

01/21/2011 - 6:43pm Yup...

I sure hope so.. the kid is a BIG get for them... Its amazing what paying for your QB can do for you in boosting your national profile.

01/21/2011 - 6:42pm Westerman

Thanks for catching the typo Dennis, it is much appreciated.

01/20/2011 - 4:44pm impressive video

His power on the FGs is impressive...on that 37 yarder it looked like it had an extra 15 yards of clearence.

01/20/2011 - 4:36pm On a serious note...

Anyone have any leads on how the rest of the staff will be filled out?

01/20/2011 - 4:35pm Page

Page was my graduation keynote...seemed like a nice guy; boring speech. Eitherway, go blue!

01/19/2011 - 6:39pm Night of Champions

I think the most interesting thing (besides the Mealer work) was what Brawis did with the night of champions. I really hope this stays and becomes a Michigan tradition. I think it was a great recruiting tool.

P.S. I know that Night of Champions was RR's idea (or at least he seemed to get credit for it inthe media) but it was all about SC stuff so I think its a fair assumption Brawis took the lead on the competition events themselves.

 

EDIT: if not the lead, at least a large role

01/18/2011 - 10:09am Good move Frost...

Enjoy Auburn when they get crazy amounts of trouble for paying CamCam and the NCAA actually decides to do something about it because their cash cow has gone onto the NFL.

01/18/2011 - 10:07am I disagree...

I highly disagree. There are occasions that it is  easier for a much older coach with vast amounts of experience to relate to the younger player than it is for a coach who is just 15 or 20 years older.  Making this broad generalization is stupid and dangerous. Hire the guy for DC who (1) wants to be here, (2) can make good in-game and pre-game decisions and adjustments and (3) can recruit his tail off for Michigan.  Things like age shouldnt come into play for a coordinator job, its not like he his being hired to be DC and coach-in-waiting.

01/18/2011 - 9:57am I love Stonum

He rocks the non-perscription wayfarers.... he rocks the Pink m gear... forget Adidas, we should have Stonum be our outfitter.

01/18/2011 - 9:53am Ugh..

Ugh, after watching frost in the All Star game it was apparent what a bright future this kid has at LB. I HOKE that we can somehow manage to steal him back.

01/13/2011 - 7:54pm By the athletic department?

It is possible that DB and the assit. ADs are calling around the country encouraging people who know and like Hoke to come out and say so... This would be neither (a) shady or (b) unusual. Remember, M football is a "brand" and PR is important to increasing/sustaining the value of your brand.

01/13/2011 - 7:52pm Heres to "Hok"ing... haha get it

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01/10/2011 - 11:46am Announcing before the "open period" is over

I really don't think an announcement before the 7 day period closes would be a huge problem.  Who legitimately would sue and what sort of relief would they be seeking? No court would give a plaintiff monetary compensation if they didnt lose anything by having the announcement made before the period is closed. Moreover, given that previous major college head coaching experiences is a requirement, I cant fathom a plaintiff who has both standing and the inclination to actually bring suit.  

In short, someone could sue (seeking injunctive relief), I just dont see it happening or being a huge concern for the GC, unless hiring before the open period closes is something that is a problem and the GC is worried about setting a precedent or a potential suit about another job opening. 

01/10/2011 - 11:42am Religion is not equal to expectations

The two are not necessarily the same... I think when people talk about football being their religion they are saying that it consumes their whole life, all week, all year.  This doesnt necessarily mean that it is winning at all costs or there is an expectation of competing for a national championship every year.