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07/16/2018 - 10:38am I'm so glad some of these…

I'm so glad some of these screens were captured for posterity. There were about a dozen times last year, watching Teske open the lane, that had to make Harbaugh jealous of how much room Simpson had to drive to the basket. It was obvious that they were working on the pick and roll during practice, given the apparent chemistry between Teske and Simpson, and it appeared that Beilein called it several times after time-outs. I'm definitely interested in seeing how it works with him on the court 25+ minutes, especially when surrounded by 4 guys who can both shoot and drive.

07/16/2018 - 10:24am It shouldn't be surprising…

It shouldn't be surprising to struggle landing a top-flight WR. WRs want to go somewhere and catch passes, particularly TDs. The passing game certainly did not embody that last year. It's no coincidence that the 2018 class was also weak at WR. Until the passing game demonstrates more attractiveness, it might remain a struggle to land a top-flight receiver. The 2017 class came on the heels of great seasons by Darboh and Chesson. All the team needs is for DPJ or Black (or someone else) to have a decent season, grab a few TDs early and some top-flight WRs will again look this way. But, results on the field will be the most important factor.

06/30/2018 - 6:04pm You mean like Braylon…

You mean like Braylon Edwards?

06/01/2018 - 11:37pm The good news is that

the Pistons search commitee is run by 2 coaches with a combined record more than 150 games under .500 and have no college connection since the 1970s.  I'm sure they'll identify the best coach...not Beilein

03/09/2018 - 10:39pm Ole miss won't push back

It would just make them look vindictive and open them up to more scrutiny from ncaa. Their best course of action is to do nothing and make ncaa make the decision. Who knows how long that will take. No way Anderson can have foresight as to how that decision might go. Remember, this is just an appeal by Patterson to the ncaa for a policy waiver. The logic might be completely on his side, but it still relies on ncaa doing the right thing. That's never been a slam dunk.

 

03/03/2018 - 9:40pm Go Blue!

And go big 10, set to dominate at ncaa.

02/25/2018 - 10:51pm None

None. The 2 BTT finalists will be off a minimum of 10 days. If you go out earlier and don't play until Friday, it's even longer. At this point in the year, practicing will only improve you so much. They need to be playing games. If BT teams come out flat, delaney should resign if not be fired. But the BT ad's have been to spineless to stand up to his endless money grabs. I'm not even sure putting the conference at a competitive disadvantage will result in any rebellion.

 

02/24/2018 - 11:07pm No

No

02/22/2018 - 10:18pm The four number 5 seeds are

osu Kentucky Clemson and Rhode island.I would put Michigan's resume up against all those. Clemson is only one that's obviously better. With a chance to rack up 2 to 4 (optimistically) more wins, it's easy to conceive they could jump 5 or 6 teams. There are several teams "ranked" higher than Michigan, but whose resumes are pretty weak. Cincy best win is over ucla. They are vulnerable to fall.

02/20/2018 - 11:05pm I forget, how many O linemen are in this class?

Right.....1. It seems we got in this mess because of the attrition on the o line from previous classes, and that it should be a lesson learned. I don't really care about stars and rankings. My concern is the ratio of dB's to o linemen is 5 to 1. They might be great players and some of last year's o linemen may turn out good (I hope). But I'd rather not play with fire. Aside from all the "antics" from Mcelwaine, there's nothing in his record that he's the one to go get 2 or 3 great o linemen for next year. It looks like there's about 10 elite o line targets in MI OH GA and FL in 2019. I'm just hoping there's someone on the staff that has a shot at landing a few.

 

02/10/2018 - 10:41pm Does anyone else see a disconcerting pattern?

First, Enos uses UM like a handkerchief

Second, one true offensive lineman in recruiting class

Third, not being able to fill final coaching position

Fourth, considering mcilwaine for final coaching position, because to me that certainly seems like settling.

If anybody has the connections to go pull a good offensive mind/recruiter, I figured it would be Harbaugh. 

This doesn't seem to be the year to settle. Next year is critical. On field success is going to be difficult, but imperative to flip the narrative of the staff, and turn the recruiting successes back around. I look at this hire as a chance for Harbaugh to regain some of his innovation.

 

02/07/2018 - 10:46pm The self scouting shouldn't take too long

The easiest way to improve is to bring in more players, preferably good ones. Yet this class has ONE true o-lineman. That's embarrassing for a school like Michigan. A major program like Michigan has 2 glaring holes at tackle, and they can't reel in better than a long-term solution, and a potential project. I hope the staff is trying to come up with an answer to that. Honestly, I don't care what the 10th coach does on the field, who can figure out the make-up of Harbaugh's staff? I just want the best suited person to go into the homes of 50 2019 o-linemen and seal the deal on 5 of them (no less). I don't care if you need to raid a pro staff, don't care if you have to pay another million dollar salary, don't care if you have to bring some old guy out of retirement, hell I don't care if he's never coached before, as long as he goes and gets 5 studs for drevno to coach up. What's jimbo covert doing now days? Hell what's Steve Hutchinson doing now? He could use some visibility to boost his standing among HOF voters. Desperate times call for desperate measures, not self scouting

02/03/2018 - 9:43pm I don't think it should be overlooked

that UM and Harbaugh are the main beneficiary of this potential ruling. It won't be the deciding factor for the ncaa, but I bet it will be considered. Will the big 10 offer any support? Doubtful as no other schools are impacted. The sec will be opposed (except for Florida). And there's no reason to think any of the other conferences will offer support. It's easy to see why the kids (and lawyer) think the case has merit, but it's difficult seeing the ncaa act based solely on a school initiated petition. Remember, this is not a lawsuit (like nutt). It's only a petition. Now, if the ncaa felt that a lawsuit would follow a denial, it might think differently. I don't know if any of the families would be willing to go that far, especially since it would essentially rule out 2018.

 

01/30/2018 - 4:17pm It seems that poor first halves

have become the norm with this team. Poor shooting and a struggle to reach 20 points has been going on since the non conference season. Any chance we could get a big picture view comparing 1st vs 2nd half performances this year? If my memory serves my correctly, the majority of these performances have occupied at home. Perhaps the lack of enthusiasm of a home crowd has contributed to these slow starts. I certainly would not blame beilein for not having the team ready, as they seem to execute a good offense, but just don't hit shots.

01/04/2018 - 4:27pm I don't think

considering Jedd Fisch is a bad idea. Aside from this year, with UCLA, he's only had one real OC stint, with a talent-poor Jacksonville team. He's coached under some good offensive minds (Shanahan, Spurrier) and cut his teeth under some good defensive guys (Capers). It seems that recruits have been able to relate to him.

But, if you're looking for the Don Brown of offense, I think I found the guy:

Courtney Messingham. Here's his NDSU bio:

http://gobison.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1133&path=football

Admitedly, it would be hard to hire him away from a longtime friend at NDSU, but a significant raise at UM would go a long way toward making it work.

 

 

11/24/2017 - 10:53am You drop

I'll be at deer camp and offer no explanation...Please, explain.

10/29/2017 - 8:42pm The grad transfer rule

also comes into play. Any player that still has eligibility come their 5th year can look around the whole college landscape and try to find a better situation. It's almost like college free agency and recruting rolled into one. And, not necessarily out of anything negative. Sometimes it's just the natural course of things, like Shane Morris. If you have the talent to play as a freshman, the head coach might as well try to get something out of you early, rather than lose a full year and not get it on the back end. Kareem Walker will be an excellent test case. Although he was a RS for academic issues, his pedigree and his performance on a few carries suggest he could be a legitimate 1-back. Will it be at Michigan? Will  he stick around for a 5th year if a team like Rutgers offers him the opporutnity to carry the load (Big 10 ramifications aside)? I'm sure, if Harbaugh had his way, he would have redshirted Samuels, but if he's as good as expected, there's no guarantee that he'd last 5 years.

 

 

10/20/2017 - 7:56pm Wait...

I thought we wouldn't get any more recruits since Addison's visit was screwed up. Someone please explain.

10/18/2017 - 1:18pm What I loved about this series

was seeing Wheatley in there on each of the plays, getting after his man. I know it was a corner twice (DE once), but he's getting to his blocks, as he did the few times he was in the MSU game. I was also encourged that they completed a pass to him, which makes this formation dangerous to pass out of, as well. Not that they are gospel, but this is basically what analyts like Booger McFarland and even Huard have been arguing for Michigan to do; line up heavy and make the defense stop them. Obviously, PSU is a (slight?) step up, but when you have FBs who can block and TEs who can block and catch, it makes sense to use them. It seems the more WRs they put on the field, the less likely they are to have success.

10/03/2017 - 3:53pm you labled 2 potential recruits

as dirty. That is not 100% accurate. And, despite what happened with Wilson (none of us know), you imply that he is dirty as well. I know not every school plays cleanly, but sometimes kids change their minds. Reese lives in Georgia, it's not unfathomable that he would change is mind, even after a year+ and decide to stay close to home...especially to play for another winning team. And, despite Ekiyor's affinity for Michigan, no recruit can be blamed for ultimately choosing Alabama. No one knows that there is anything sinister going on. Did other schools think something sinister was going on when Michigan plucked Asiasia out of the west coast 2 years ago. What about when they flipped Gentry out of Texas at the last minute? Did anyone think Michigan's bagman was on the prowl? Maybe in Texas. How many 18 year olds do you know that can hold out on a career/life-changing decision for well over a year, with elite schools knocking on their door every day. It's not a reasonable expectation.

10/03/2017 - 9:00am I understand calling out schools...

especially SEC schools for "possible" recruiting improprieties. I'm not saying it's out of the realm of possibility, but I don't believe that saban has ever drawn any looks from the ncaa, as far as recruiting goes. And, it's not like the ncaa hasn't gone after alabama before. Also, it's not like it doesn't take two to tango in these situations, as we're finding out with the basketball probe. But, it's THREE months before these kids can even sign a LOI. I'd recommend letting it all play out before you go accusing Ekiyor and Reese of being cheaters, because that's basically what your post does.Up until Dec/Feb, they're allowed to change their minds without consequence. Just because they change their mind doesn't mean that they're on the take. Not to mention that you want Michigan to abandon the ethics in which we all take enormous pride. We're all breathing a sigh of relief about having Beilein as our Bball coach because we know the standards that he upholds. I'm pretty sure that we expect Harbaugh to uphold those same standards. Are you advocating that we don't? Oh, and by the way, he is 24-6 so far. And, P.S. grammar man, grammar.

 

10/02/2017 - 4:15pm What's the record, again?

Oh, yeah 4-0. I know this is a tough crowd, but 4 wins and Drevno's got to go and Harbaugh can't manage a coaching staff?  My god. Yes, the offensive line has not looked that great. But, they still look improved over last year, and they've got youth instead of 3 maxed-out seniors. Realy, Harbaugh and Drevno have yet to roll in their own recruit as un upper-classman. Bredeson, Ulizio, Runyan and Onwenwu are still sophomores. I know youth can be overcome but, not all at once. It's clear that Cole is a better center than tackle, but every other tackle on the roster is so young. Hopefully, on the job training this year will save Drevno's job and buy Harbaugh one more year to prove that he can develop his own personnel. I think, at the end of the year, Purdue's defense will be among the best in the Big 10 and this performance won't look so bad.

10/02/2017 - 2:00pm A rematch this year

is not out of the realm of possibility.

09/28/2017 - 9:14am AD comment

I love how the AD says that the FBI report prompted alabma to take an internal review of their program, which produced the resignation. It sounds like they've been waiting for the shoe to drop since they hired this guy. Either that, or they already received word about what was coming down and knew the guy's name was coming out. Either way, will be sad if Avery Brooks gets taken down.

09/28/2017 - 8:11am Getting a satisfactory answer to that question

would require actual leadership from the NCAA, and you know that's not going to happen. Chances are that players and schools are left to fend for themselves since that is the path of least resistance. No matter who you think is mostly to blame: coach, player, executive, most of these players still deserve a shot to play. It will be interesting to see the working relationship between the NCAA and FBI. Given the NCAA's past, I'm inclined to think that the FBI will come in with guns blazing and leave the NCAA to pick up the pieces.

09/06/2017 - 9:08am This is a great point

Harbaugh's biggest influences are Bo and his Dad, two guys who truly valued student athletes over stars (if they would have had stars in thier days). And, at his first two schools (SD and Stanford, he had to recruit differently than powerhouses like alabama and usc. I'm not saying all 5 star recruits are risky students, but I think, in Harbaugh's mind, he'd rather take a 3 or 4 star player who wants to be at Michigan, and who has a good family background and is a good student, rather than pursue an elusive 5 star recruit. Of course, there will be exceptions. I think he stayed after Solmon as much because he liked him and his family, as he realized that he was a great player at a position of need. Plus, he recruits players over positions. If he gives his coches football players, he trusts that they'll figure out how to put a team together. That doesn't always play well to higher star recruits, who mostly excell at 1 position. The success of players llike Furbush, Metellus, Hudson, Gentry, etc. will only solidify that approach. It's a lot easier for scouting services to grade a player at one position. That runs counter to Harbaugh's philosophy.

08/13/2017 - 5:27pm 7 is a "small" group of players?

What does it take to constitute a large group of players? Must be SEC math.

08/12/2017 - 6:16pm I wonder how many times

Samuels was tackled one on one in his career? It couldn't have been too many. There probably weren't even more than a dozen or so players in NM who could even bring him down one on one. Nobody at the LB or DB position would even think about taking him on below the waist with those thighs...they'd get bludgoned. I saw one guy jump on his shoulders and bring him down. Of course that will change in the Big 10. He looks like he'll give Saquon Barkley a run for his money as the freakiest RB in the conference.

08/12/2017 - 5:52pm I take away these 2 things...

Offensive line is the area of concern and that he feels great about the defense.I think he has complete faith in the defensive coaches and players. The only quesion on offense is how quickly Frye and Drevno can develop the younger O-linemen. I've got to believe that Speight is the clear leader at QB, but he'll never say it. If he's acknowledged that Peters has fallen beind, there's no way O'Korn is as good as Speight. But, he'll never put it out in public because he's loyal to O'Korn for coming on boad early and because he needs him to be ready as a backup.

08/11/2017 - 3:21pm I hate pre-season games

But, I carved out a few minutes last night to turn on the Redskins game, since they signed Kalis. Over the last 2 years, I've always been puzzled as to the difference of what I see when watching him in a game and the accolades he received (earning big ten honors can't be that cheap). Sure enough, in the few plays that I watched him, he remains the master of blocking no one. Who knows if he was over-rated coming out of HS, but it's certain that he didn't get the proper coaching his first few years at UM...along with the others. If the Redskins were willing to take a chance on Kalis, when his film is so bad, they must be hurting for OL. Yet not Kalis nor Braden not Magnusun (all with great pedigrees) got drafted. That shows how badly they were coached. There is no way that the current offensive line, even with the youth, would be any worse than last year's. It will be improved by just having another guy or two actually hit a defensive player, even if it's the wrong one.

07/18/2017 - 11:45am With the addition of Doolittle

the Nats have 4 lefties in their bullpen (Romero, Perez and Grace) and another one one with ML experince on the DL (Solis). I don't think they'll trade for another lefty, especially since Doollittle has closing experience. It has been their right-handers who have done the most damage this year.

06/08/2017 - 1:48pm When you think about it

This is the first real test for Smith. He didn't hire Matta. He "oversaw" the "tressel" disaster. urban happened to walk through the door to bail him out of that mess. Now, he's canning their best b-ball coach in forever(?). With the timing of it, he certainly put himself in a bad position, not that I have any sympathy for him. I can understand osu fans being pissed. Not only did they like matta, but deep down they might know that this might be the point in time that smith gets exposed for the clown he is. Boy, does all this sound familiar?

02/27/2017 - 1:42pm That's a great defensive clip

and, it shows, not only the preparedness of the defenders, in knowing when to switch and double-down, but also, how much effort comes into play.  You can't half-ass those double-downs, and leave a big man to back down Wagner. You can't half-ass getting back to the 3-point line, and fail to contest an open shot. Big props to X and Robinson, in that clip.They were all oveer the court. You can almost always tell, within the first 5 minutes of a UM game, if the defensive effort will be good enough. If it is, they can, at the very least, hang in any game. If it's not, you might as well, change the channel. 

02/27/2017 - 10:52am Don't forget

he's completely unselfish. What other coach in the country would wear a "Chad Tough" T-shirt on the sidelines, on an ESPN game? It can't be quantified, but, you can't tell me that there's no corelation between JB's eagerness to emrbrace everything UM, and loyal his kids are to UM. Not to mention the fact that, I'd rather have a coach who shows up to work in a shirt and tie, instead of a $2000 (or whatever the price) suit, like most of the "elite" coaches. You think the players don't notice how much money those elite coaches sink into their wardrobe?  Give me JB, any day.

02/24/2017 - 2:21pm You know you're in trouble

when your fellow SEC schools (however new they might be), start poking fun at your troubles. I've seen funnier satirical articles, but this is a decent attempt to poke fun at ole miss by the Texas A&M  SB nation web site, goodbullhunting.com. Normally, a good satircal piece depends on its subtlety. This piece hits you over the head.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/35b6a15f-1623-32a0-8db2-f4504da71e92/repor…

 

 

 

02/22/2017 - 3:31pm He probably wasn't looking forward

to any more road trips like Hawaii took last year, to Australia and Ann Arbor, in less than a week. Hawaii's a GREAT place to live. It's not a great place to build a college football power.

02/16/2017 - 11:13am Yes, if this "outrage"

leads to an ncaa rule restricting the hiring of high school coaches and potential recruits, who does it hurt? It hurts high school coaches and recruits. And, it protects the ncaa status quo. So, you know it's going to happen. If UM knew that they couldn't sign Rashan Gary, would they have even pursued Partridge? Why would you force programs to, potentially, make a decision on whether to pursue a high-quality coach, or a potential recruit, or even an entire school?

02/08/2017 - 8:04am I love those 3 pics in the paint

Like most successful team, this team must learn to work inside-out. Dakich hit the nail on the head last night, that their inside game fuels their outside shooting, and that game really highlighted it. There's got to be a huge discrepancy in offensive officiency from when either a player drives into the paint, or the ball is passed into the paint, compared to when it is passed around the 3 point line. One possession, Wilson dribbled into the paint and 3 spartans collapsed on him. I think he hit Walton for an easy 3, but Robinson was also wide open. It was a beautiful play. See if they can keep it up.

01/17/2017 - 3:36pm Josh Falo

is still out there, in play. If no more receivers are added, maybe the focus could shift to bringing in a TE. Maybe another Asiasi, last-minute commit. Spending a few days with 5 or 6 current commits can't hurt.

01/17/2017 - 12:35pm If we're throwing out

names of ex-UM running backs, and/or old guys, and guys that are great Detroit athletes and Cass Tech alums, I nominate me (not really Harlan)!!!

 

01/11/2017 - 9:28am It's the 2nd 4-star decommittment

for nd, in 2 days. That leads to the question, are any other commits on the verge of decommitting? Looks like there's some hokey talk about the committments "trusting the process". That sounds like somone trying to put a band aide on a broken bone. Maybe Aaron Banks isn't out of play, after all.

 

 

01/10/2017 - 12:31pm great point

Remember, the grad transfer rule is one of the few things that the ncaa has instituted that has benefitted the athletes, particulalry, the student-athlete. Chances are, it's not going to benefit a future NFLer (QB's maybe being the exception), but someone like Dieter, who got everything he could out of BG, and had a chance for one more football challenge. While I wish Dawson and Canteen good luck in their future, the grad tansfer was not meant for athletes to re-open the recruiting process, in search of multiple suitors. It would be great if there was a "blossoming" 5th year-eligible tackle out there, somewhere, who wasn't ready to give up his football career. I suppose this is where it pays off having your staff plugged into other schools, listening to all the rumors out there. I wouldn't hold my breath, though.

01/03/2017 - 2:15pm I'm still solidly in favor of the grad transfer rule

but, has anybody else noticed the trend of the athletes including the phrase "I'm opening up my recruitment", as if they are preparing to go through the whole undergrad recruiting process, again? I can't imagine most staffs have the time to invest in grad transfer recruiting. It seems to me, in the grad transfer situation, that the onus is on the athlete to find the best fit, especially since the rule seemed designed to benefit the athlete, more than the schools. Good luck to Dawson and Canteen, but, honestly, in reading their annoucements, I get the feeling that they're more concerned with the recruiting process, than finding the right fit, both academically and athletically. I hope it's not the start of a negative trend.

01/03/2017 - 9:21am It simply doesn't matter to osu/meyer

Meyer left Barrett in the game, up until the end, just to try to get points on the board, to preserve his non-shutout streak. I'm surprised he let Beck make it back to columbus (or, do we know if he actually did?). He's just following the example of the most successfull coaches of our time; belicheck and saban. They simply don't care what outsiders think of their actions. As long as it gives them a better chance to win, and their bosses sign off on it, they will do whatever it takes. And, as long as they keep winning, their bosses will sign off on anything. Is it hard for people, with integrity to swallow? Hell yeah. But, I hope UM never suffers from a similar affliction. I'm confident that Harbaugh lays his head on the pillow, every night, knowing he's doing the right thing. That's still important.

01/02/2017 - 3:31pm well said

So many of those thoughts ran through my mind, as the game was unfolding. Along with one "fantasy" thought. Can we start a petition to convince Ty Jr. to move to OL? Every time he's lined up in-line, next to the rest of the line, dwarfing either tackle, I can't help but dream about him as the next great tackle. I know his preference is TE, and  his athletic ability predisposes him to that position, but, he sure could, possibly, make a big difference at OL.

 

 

12/15/2016 - 2:24pm Echoes of earle bruce at osu?

dantonio's put 4 QBs into the NFL, over his tenure, and has put more players, overall, than UM. That's going to win you a lot of games. Of course, it's also going to raise expectations. They had to rely on a 5th year QB this year, and it didn't work out. Could this be a Loyd Carr situation? It's possible. But, you don't just turn on the man, for one bad season. The last 5 years, they've ranked in the top 35 (composite) in recruiting. All of that has led to success unseen since the the 50's and 60's. But, osu turned on bruce after one down year (a winning year), and that ended up benifiting UM, so I'll take any meltdown in spartyvill.

 

12/15/2016 - 12:57pm there's a difference

between a coach being hired by a "more elite" program (Hermann and Strong) and what petrino did. He showed up to a school, for an interview, before the current coach was fired. This speaks to a complete lack of integrity, which, I believe has been demonstrated time and time again. And, there's a difference between a coach moving up the ladder, every few years, as opposed to what pettrino has done, often looking for the next job, the very next year. Here's a good summary of how deep his lack of ethics runs (apart from infideility), courtesy of SB Nation:

 

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/1/9/5288648/bobby-petrino…

 

Even factoring in the friendship of the wake forest guys and the louisville coordinator, you have to be a bit naive to think that, who the head coach, wasn't factored into the equation. Not that I'm a big fan of dabo swinney, but, my take is that the same guy wouldn't look to approach anyone  at clemson, just based on the type of man that swinney appears to be.

 

 

12/15/2016 - 9:20am come on, man

You know that petrino's faults run much deeper than his infideilty. It encompasses pushing for jobs that are already filled, it encompasses bailing on teams and players, and being a coward, it encompasses abusing his power and being deceitful. And, even though I don't know him, I would bet a pretty penny, that he's just a terrible person. Which, apparently makes him a perfect partner with jurich and pittino. Do you really think it's a coincidence that louisville ended up as the receiver of the information, and acted on it? When this wake forest guy looked around the acc, to choose which school to approach, I'm sure there was the figurative neon sign pointing directly to louisville. It's a school that has proven, over the last decade, to have no ethics or morals, as a sports program. They certainly lived up to that standard, in this case.

 

 

12/14/2016 - 10:38am leaping panther

I don't know if it will still be posted, but when I clicked on the Pepper's story, there was another link to a Weater Channel story about a panther leaping a canal. While a live wolverine is still the most awesome sight, in nature, seeing that panther glide of the canal is pretty awe-inspiring. Check it out, if it's still there.

12/09/2016 - 6:01pm I'll grant that Irvin's last drive

was, completely within the flow of the offense, but you can't tell me, that you didnt half expect that he'd bounce the ball off his foot, or fumble it out of bounds.