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06/19/2009 - 12:53pm Bill Martin's job is to make money

Bill Martin's job is to make sure that the athletic department is profitable. If you really want Michigan to schedule tougher opponents, organize a boycott of cupcake games. If the attendance for the Deleware State game is below 100,000, maybe that would be enough of a PR hit to force the AD to make a scheduling change.

06/19/2009 - 12:45pm Oklahoma

Just ask Oklahoma how to schedule. They played TCU and Cinci last year, two programs "perceived to be soft." All those opponents did was vault Oklahoma in front of Texas in the BCS.

06/10/2009 - 6:07pm Not A Michigan game

One game I would change, Michigan didn't even play in it. The play I am thinking of is the catch in the Nebraska/Missouri game in 1997. The receiver kicks it in the air and another Nebraska receiver scoops it before it hits the ground. Literally cost Michigan the outright title.

04/19/2009 - 6:26pm 40time

40 time for a LB only matters if he is on kick coverage. As long as he can tackle, who really cares what his 40 time is.

04/18/2009 - 2:54pm I kind of understand your post but

winning would help a lot and so would more exciting games. You know, like actually moving the ball down field and scoring points. I went to the Utah, Miami, and Toledo games; and I seriously almost fell asleep during those games, not so much Utah, but definately the other two. I am a 24 year old student who's followed Michigan since I was a little, I make noise, but last years team was the definition of buzz kill.

I predict that the atmosphere will be much better this year due to the team being better and the offense being able to get first downs, thus creating the illusion that Michigan can actually win the game.

04/16/2009 - 2:47pm I hope

Tate doesn't go all Jay Cutler on Rich Rod because of this. You know, stop going to class, workouts, and eventually demanding to transfer to Ohio State. That would make a few headlines.

04/16/2009 - 2:43pm You could argue

that basketball is "faster" than football in the sense of as a point guard, you have nine guys confined in a relatively smaller space. Either way, he was a point guard that had to make good, quick decisions, read defenses..etc..

Bottom line, Michigan has three quarterbacks that are around six feet tall and weigh 180 pounds. Michigan needs as many guys that can contribute as possible because who knows how many could get injured.

04/15/2009 - 7:47pm I like the taking away of reps argument

because the problem last season was that we had too many quarterbacks in practice taking reps and thus Threet and Sheridan were totally unprepared for the season.

Let's see, there was Threet, Sheridan, Cone, Feagin, and I need help naming more...

04/15/2009 - 7:33pm You know he worked out for an NFL team right

You know the Packers wanted to take a look at him don't you? NFL teams tend to not waste time evaluating players they think have no potential whatsoever especially with the draft right around the corner. So, he must have some talent.

04/04/2009 - 10:47am How about

Bo Schembacker

04/01/2009 - 8:13pm The Lions wouldn't have to trade #1 overall

Denver doesn't want to have to pay the #1 overall pick. The Lions can trade the 20th and next years 1st round pick, but then they would have to pay Cutler and the #1 overall pick. It's a matter of whether the Lions want to pay Cutler and the #1 overall pick. That's a lot of money to dish out for a team with so many holes.

BTW, I would trade the first pick in a heartbeat for Cutler. He is a proven player that has a lot of playing time left. Cutler's record doesn't matter because where do you draw the line. Rex Grossman has a better record, but he isn't better then Cutler. Jake Delhomme has a better record, he isn't better then Cutler. At least that's what the Bears and Panthers think.

03/29/2009 - 12:26am I would say

RR wants a passer who can run, being that he is recruiting so many wide receivers. I don't think he wants Jackson, Miller, Williamson, Robinson, etc.. to spend 4 years at Michigan blocking all of the time.

03/27/2009 - 9:41pm I hope neither starts

Jeremy Gallon is way better than both of those guys. He was an army all-american, which automatically makes him better then both Odoms and T-Rob.

03/26/2009 - 12:33pm Nothing to complain about?

Utah did go undefeated and beat some ranked teams along the way. If you recall, the Mountain West beat up on the Pac-10 in the non-conference. Which at the time meant little, until the Pac-10 went undefeated in the bowl season. Utah also beat a team that was ranked number 1 for part of the year and came from the SEC.

P.S. Don't give me some BS about how Alabama didn't care and was overlooking them. That argument can be made every year by just about every team that loses their bowl game.

03/25/2009 - 8:45pm It would only be a big deal

if it is Justin Fargas bad and he would be out for this season. I know Sheridan wasn't very good last year, but remember he was obviously much better than Cone or Feagin or they would have seen time.

03/22/2009 - 11:13am That was pass interference,

Pass interference and the occasional well-timed holding flag are the only judgment type flags that I see on a consistent basis that can impact outcomes, but there is also a level of consistency for both sides.
In basketball, the consistency is very questionable especially when you have a physical big man or great slasher. You never know what a foul is or isn't, as well as a lack of replays on foul calls. In football, they try to show the replay of most penalties.

03/20/2009 - 8:29pm I wasn't referring to actual statistics

I was making an analogy. A 5 star high school kid is like a college kid taken at the top of the 1st round. They may not pan out at their respective next level, but they have more potential to succeed than those with lower ratings.

I was trying to give a perspective on recruiting rankings that people could relate to. Especially those who use the, they don't mean anything logic.

03/19/2009 - 5:12pm Goaline

I wonder why the wildcat isn't used more often in goaline situations. That's why Tebow is so effective in short yardage: 1. There's an extra blocker 2. He can throw. Anyone that follows recruiting knows the number of skill position players that played qb in high school. They could easily make a 5-10 yard throw to an open receiver to keep the defense from crashing the line with all 11.

03/15/2009 - 10:48pm Questions about 16 team playoff or any playoff

Where would these games be played?
When would they be played?
What about the money? Bowls have established payouts, how would the playoff pay out?

The answers have to meet certain criteria.
1. They have to result in the NCAA making more money then they do now.
2. They have to result in the conferences making more money then they do now.
3. The games would have to be played at sites that ensures some type of competitive fairness and allows the fans to attend.
4. Oh yeah, the games can't be played during finals, blah blah blah, there can't be too many games blah blah blah. Just kidding about this one, academics and health of the student athlete, c'mon just worry about the money.

03/15/2009 - 10:36pm It does provide a legitimate champion

because you are putting teams in a must-win situation against another TOP opponent. If you can't win when it counts, then you don't deserve to be champion.

Last season you had Florida lose to Ole Miss at home, USC lost to Oregon State on the road, Texas lost to Tech on the road, Oklahoma lost to Texas, Utah undefeated, Alabama loses to Florida. Only 2 of those teams get a shot at the title. Florida beats Alabama to get into the championship game, but Texas beats Oklahoma and doesn't get into the championship game. A playoff would take care of this problem along with the countless others that have happened in season's past. Auburn

03/15/2009 - 10:25pm Agree

There are over 100 teams in D-1 and only 2 get a direct shot at the title. The other problem is pre-season rankings mean way too much in determining a national champion. If you start the season ranked in the 30's, you have to be the only undefeated team at the end from a big conference to have a shot at the title. That's what is unfair.

03/15/2009 - 7:19pm Recruiting/NFL Draft

Recruiting compared to NFL draft.

5 stars-1st round pick
4 stars-late 1st till 3rd/4th round
3 stars-4th-6th/7th round
2 stars-7th-UFA

There are first round picks that are busts as well as fourth round picks, but first round picks that succeed tend to become the best at their positions and pro bowlers.

03/13/2009 - 1:21pm I will give Cramer some credit

I give Cramer some credit for going on the show and letting Stewart do what he did. Could you imagine what would happen if Stewart would have done that type of interview with Bush, Chaney, or any other politician for that matter.

03/12/2009 - 4:45pm For now it's Henson

Remember that Drew also played professional baseball while at Michigan and it was his dream to play for the Yankees. Just imagine how good he could have been if he just played football and concentrated on developing as a quarterback.

03/12/2009 - 6:05am I believe

that John Cooper tried rotating quarterbacks with Stanley Jackson and Joe Germaine. The only problem is passing quarterbacks need to get into and stay in a rhythm. I wouldn't mind using Denard here and there as long Tate wouldn't have to sit for an extended period of time.

03/11/2009 - 1:53pm I like the concern

for a guy who switched from FB to DT, was not highly regarded out of high school, and probably will never play a meaningful snap. Anyway, Helmuth probably confused Barwis's diet plan with Alex Mitchell's. I am sure the staff will correct this mix-up.

Threet transfered because he saw the writing on the wall. Between Tate, Denard, and the guys that will be coming in next recruiting class, Threet's playing time and practice reps were going the way of the Coner.

03/11/2009 - 1:35pm He was good enough

to get a Michigan offer during his junior year and that's good enough for me.

03/11/2009 - 1:49am Thanks

I downloaded safari and was able to watch the press conference.

03/10/2009 - 12:34am You can add

You can add Stokes, Gallon, and Feagin to that list too.

03/10/2009 - 12:31am Things can still balance out...

20 Scholarships
4-5 WR
2 QB
2-3 RB
1-2 OL

9-12 Scholarships for Offensive Players

8-11 for Defensive Players

Depending on how things play out with commitments, this class should very well be balanced on both sides of the ball as far as numbers go. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe there is only 2 senior starters on defense. (Graham and Brown) So this class doesn't need to be defense heavy.

I think this is funny because when Rodriguez got here, all I heard from OSU fans was that Michigan wouldn't be able to recruit WRs to play in this offense. Now, in his second full recruiting season, Michigan fans are concerned that we are getting too many WRs.

03/09/2009 - 1:40am Noon games

I don't care about whether we have night games or not. I just hate going to games that start at noon. Start a petition for no more noon games, except for maybe OSU (to maintain tradition).

03/03/2009 - 6:25pm Kind of Surprised

I am a little surprised by only 1 DL offer so far. Again, it is really early in the process, but Michigan is so thin at DL that I would have expected a higher number of offers.

03/03/2009 - 6:20pm Lions Draft

So the breaking point for you is if the Lions draft a QB with the first pick. Let's see, recent Lions first round draft picks that I can remember.
Qb-Joey Harringtion
RB-Kevin Jones
WR-Charles Rogers, Mike Williams, Roy Williams, Megatron
OL-Jeff Backus, Aaron Gibson, Stocker McDougale, Cherilus
LB-Chris Claiborne, Ernie Sims
DB-Terry Fair, Michael Westbrook

I don't care who they draft as long as it is a viable NFL player that could make a pro bowl someday. The Lions have proven that no matter what the position, they don't know who to draft.

02/20/2009 - 5:38am Hartline

Hartline's stats
52 rec. 694 yards 6 tds

21 rec. 479 yards 4 tds He wasn't injured either.

His stock must be on the rise after such a significant drop in production. It must have been because there was a new offensive line, oh wait they all returned like everyone else on the offense except for the QB. I wonder what caused the drop in numbers. The only plausible reason for him going pro would be he is about to flunk out of OSU (doubt that's possible) or he graduated; because I doubt he will even be picked.

I didn't say that pyror averaged twenty throws a game, I said he only threw more than 20 times once. Anyone that thinks he is a good passer, look up his stats on ESPN.COM. They have a game by game breakdown. I tried finding Pyror's pass efficiency ranking and he is not on the ncaa list because he didn't attempt enough passes to qualify.

FTR, the reason I don't think he is a good passer is from watching him play, not his numbers. His athleticism allows him to be productive in the passing game because you have to account for him taking off and college defenses don't have the linebackers and lineman to contain him. So, Ohio State runs deep routes that either drives the safeties downfield (Pyror takes off) or they hesitate (Pyror may take-off) creating a one-on-one jump ball downfield with the corners or they run screens because they are simple and don't require you to read the defense or they run him on a roll-out which cuts the field in half and makes reading the defense easier and the throw easier. That's their offense. Made for a kid who is a great athlete that has very little quarterback skill. That's what I meant by the coaches saying he was an average passer, it was in the play-calling. (If this sounds familar, Purdue ran something similar when they had their third-string QB who was converted to Running Back then back to QB)

02/19/2009 - 9:04pm I guess we just disagree on what good means

The guy only threw more than 20 times and for more than 200 yards once last season. He had less than 10 completions in 6 games last year. The man is a great playmaker, but he just isn't a good passer. He was 100-165 for 1311 yards and was sacked 21 times. When Henne was a freshman, he was 240-399 for 2743 yards and was sacked 29 times. My point being that I am not calling Pyror an average passer, his coaches and teammates are. So, I guess that they are the dumb ones.

P.S. He only had 5 completions against Michigan and he was picked off by Stevie Brown. If Stevie picks you off, there is no way you are a good passer.

02/19/2009 - 4:29pm Pyror

I think the reason people say that Pyror can't pass is because of his mechanics and the types of throws he is asked to make. For example, he doesn't throw far-side out patterns and 12 yard in routes like Henne was asked to do because it was too dangerous. Pyror just shot-puts the ball down field and puts more air under his deep balls than a mesko punt. His receivers would make great plays on the ball and make the catch.

I think the fact that Hartline declared early for the draft should tell you that his teammates don't believe in him. 5th round caliber receivers don't leave school early when they will be the number 1 receiver with a "stud quarterback" throwing them the ball. For example, Adrian Arrington entered the draft because he knew Steve Threet wouldn't be able to get him the ball and thus hurt his draft stock even more.