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08/14/2018 - 10:35am How many times do you think…

How many times do you think D.J. Durkin has seen a player die during his workouts? There are flukes, but there are also safety regulations put in place to prevent those things from happening. We don't all need someone to die right in front of us from not wearing their seat belt to say, "Hey, we should probably wear our seat belts."

08/14/2018 - 9:18am Is now a good time to…

Is now a good time to mention that Brian Kelly also helped to cause a death within his program?

As for Maryland, there's no reason to keep Durkin based on the results of the past two years. You can restart that program and get back to where it has been the past two years without any major step back. There are some coaches/programs where the school would probably just try to settle the lawsuit or something and keep their coach, but Durkin isn't Nick Saban or Urban Meyer (or Brian Kelly).

08/13/2018 - 9:11pm It goes all the way up to…

It goes all the way up to Aubrey Solomon, but this is mostly a retro look at recruiting - stories from prior to the Rivals/Scout era.

08/13/2018 - 7:47pm First it was the shoes, and…

First it was the shoes, and now it’s TomVH’s book... That damn Elysee Mbem-Bosse!

08/13/2018 - 7:26pm They tried to use that name…

They tried to use that name instead, but it's copyrighted, so there were just too many potholes.

08/13/2018 - 11:02am "But, IMO, joining the Star…

"But, IMO, joining the Star Mafia isn’t a good look for you."

So. Um. That's where you said something about stars.

As for saying they're MAC-level, I said they're MAC-level based on their junior film. I also said that's the last time we saw them on film, so they could have got bigger, stronger, and faster since then. All those things were in my post.

If you think that's disrespectful, that's okay.

08/13/2018 - 10:10am I really don't give a rat's…

I really don't give a rat's patoot about stars. These evaluations are my own based on their junior film. I've been watching Tyrece Woods in particular for a few years, because he's been coming to Michigan games (and therefore on my visitors' lists) for a while. 

Here's the BBQ at the Big House visitors' list from August 2, 2015 (LINK) in which I mention Woods - and his youth league stats(!!!) - but I guess I just look at the star rankings and don't pay attention to anything else.

08/13/2018 - 8:32am I get that, but Clemson's…

I get that, but Clemson's lowest ranked player (aside from a punter, a position which never gets a 4-star ranking or higher) is #876 overall in the 247 Composite. Woods is #2305.

But I'm not much of a rankings guy. I don't get too wrapped up in 3-stars vs. 4-stars, etc., because there are high-level busts and low-level surprises. And a lot of it has to do with your system/coaching. My issue with the last two guys (Quintel Kent, Tyrece Woods) is their film. It's just not on the level it should be for this kind of offer, and both guys are playing for well known, established programs. It's not like they're playing in the Upper Peninsula with mediocre coaching and competition, no weight room in their school, etc.

I'm willing to concede, though, that we really haven't seen these guys since their junior season ended. Maybe they got a lot stronger, got a little faster, put on some weight, etc. But based on their junior film, they're MAC-level prospects.

08/06/2018 - 9:29pm a) It's funny to me that you…

a) It's funny to me that you give people all kinds of crap, and you can't handle it yourself.

b) You still find the need to bring me up and insult me for no reason. 

07/30/2018 - 6:39pm Yep.

Yep.

07/28/2018 - 2:49pm I didn't read past the first…

I didn't read past the first paragraph, but good for you, Brian. We take too little interest in politics in this country. I appreciate your willingness to put yourself on the line a little bit to talk about things that matter.

07/27/2018 - 1:17pm Hill tweeted out not along…

Hill tweeted out not along ago (a couple weeks?) that he would be announcing his decision soon. I don't think anyone knows a specific date, just that general idea. There were some who thought he would commit by the end of July, and then I've seen some people say he wants to get it done by the time his senior season begins.

So no, I haven't heard anything different, really.

07/27/2018 - 12:30pm Well, one of the little…

Well, one of the little known recruits visiting is Matthew Akuchie from Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. So yeah, building relationships is always a factor.

07/27/2018 - 12:28pm That's always been the way,…

That's always been the way, really. I've been posting BBQ at the Big House visitors lists for a long time, so they're all available if you search for them. I won't post all the links here, but sometimes it's funny to go back and look at them.

Andre Seldon and Tyrece Woods are two guys who have been coming to the BBQ for a few years. Seldon was tiny with an offer from Kentucky, and Woods was a linebacker without much recruiting attention. Now Seldon is a commit, and Woods has a Michigan offer.

Another thing is that recruiting information is always spotty. Some totally unknown recruits might have visited for the BBQ in the past but word never really got out. Maybe they're preferred walk-ons at Michigan now or ended up at a MAC program or something. There are no official lists for these things, so we just have to go by the publicized information, tweets, etc.

07/27/2018 - 11:26am Thanks, PaulWall.

Thanks, PaulWall.

07/27/2018 - 11:25am I don't think it's great…

I don't think it's great that he's not coming for the BBQ, but he's also not visiting the other teams involved (Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State), so I think it's just a weekend that doesn't move the needle in any one direction or another.

I think Michigan is in a pretty good spot as long as he's still planning to take an official visit in September.

07/27/2018 - 9:47am I appreciate the compliments…

I appreciate the compliments and your input.

Not to insult you, but if I thought removing that content would increase traffic to my website, then I would get rid of it. To a certain extent, my website is about my love for (Michigan) football. On the other hand, it's also a side business of mine. Those pictures generate traffic, some of which probably wouldn't be available otherwise, so that would be messing with my bottom line. Lots of businesses - magazines, websites, TV shows, fast food restaurants - have come to the conclusion that, for lack of a better phrase, "sex sells."

Furthermore, the links I post on a nightly basis are a way for me to generate traffic and discussion without spending a ton of time creating the content. I usually only have time to write one post per day, and sometimes I don't even have enough time to get that done. So getting rid of those posts would be roughly the equivalent of cutting the number of my posts in half, which works for some sites, but not necessarily in the (sometimes) fast-moving world of college football.

So...I get what you're saying, and I don't want to be dismissive. You're not the only one who thinks that way. I'm just not sure there are enough of you to make up the difference.

07/25/2018 - 7:04am Agreed.

Agreed.

07/19/2018 - 10:25am Most of it is ridiculous,…

Most of it is ridiculous, but "The Bachelorette" is real.

07/19/2018 - 10:24am That's true. That's a…

That's true. That's a societal commitment on another level, though, since the majority of Israelis are required to serve in the military. It's soldiers breeding soldiers over there.

07/19/2018 - 8:50am On a slightly different note…

On a slightly different note, I have heard military recruiters discussing a lack of participation in high school sports (particularly football) has been hurting the military's recruiting numbers. If kids aren't playing sports in high school, they're either not in shape or not mentally prepared for the rigors of the military.

07/17/2018 - 9:43pm Maybe I'm wrong, but I think…

Maybe I'm wrong, but I think maybe the effort to fix the site is sucking away the time that used to be devoted to writing new content.

07/17/2018 - 9:41pm I'm right here.

And it's at…

I'm right here.

And it's at touch-the-banner.com.

07/17/2018 - 9:38pm IMO, it was a bit of…

IMO, it was a bit of throwing out the baby with the bath water. There were issues with the old site, largely having to do with functionality. I think most people would have been fine with basically copying the old site but updating some of the things that didn't work. Don't fix it if it ain't broke.

07/16/2018 - 9:52am I didn't hear about any…

I didn't hear about any significant visitors for this past weekend. The month of July is usually when the coaching staff (of every school) goes on vacation, so you rarely see big visit weekends during the first few weeks of the month. That's why Michigan had their big recruiting weekend toward the end of June, and it's one reason why you see The Opening take place at the beginning of July - because none of those kids are taking visits at that time.

The next big recruiting weekend will be the BBQ, so don't expect much news on visitors this coming weekend, either.

07/16/2018 - 9:43am I heard it a while ago, but…

I heard it a while ago, but things change. I put together these visitor lists sometimes over the span of months, and when 17-year-olds change their minds, that's what happens.

07/15/2018 - 8:11am A quote from him:

"I played…

A quote from him:

"I played rugby for many years and it is fuck all like a bunch of cunts arguing about brexit on a Michigan sports blog."

https://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/can-we-please-stop-politics#comment-242995037

07/15/2018 - 8:02am Get a room.

Get a room.

07/15/2018 - 8:01am He said "good."

He said "good."

07/13/2018 - 1:28pm I don't know if that takes…

I don't know if that takes care of most of the issues, but it's a start.

07/12/2018 - 10:10pm "Every living creature dies…

"Every living creature dies alone."

07/12/2018 - 10:08pm They didn't take down his…

They didn't take down his tight end film. Just look at the second half of the Hudl highlights posted in the OP.

07/12/2018 - 10:06pm That depends on your…

That depends on your definition of a bust. The article doesn't say that guys who are bigger are busts in college. The article says they just (generally) don't turn out to be the elite guys. Mike McCray didn't get drafted, but I wouldn't call him a bust. There's space between "Elite of the elite" and "bust."

07/12/2018 - 3:12pm I had Hutchinson as the #1…

I had Hutchinson as the #1 in-state recruit for 2018, so I'm really glad we got him. He got a lot better over his last couple seasons.

07/11/2018 - 8:48am I'll believe it when I see…

I'll believe it when I see it.

Otherwise, I expect him to go to OSU.

No use getting excited about this sort of thing. It's better to be pleasantly surprised than bitterly disappointed.

07/09/2018 - 7:29am Smaller, speedy backs?…

Smaller, speedy backs? Michigan had De'Veon Smith for 2015 and 2016, who was neither small or speedy. They also had Derrick Green (2015) and Ty Isaac (2015-2017). 

07/09/2018 - 7:25am Michigan is currently #5 in…

Michigan is currently #5 in recruiting rankings. Ohio State is #8 and Penn State is #18.

Come back and complain about recruiting when they pass us. Right now there's no point.

07/07/2018 - 8:30am Nah, they do this every year…

Nah, they do this every year and with every team. Go to any team's site, and that team's beat writer is pumping up the commits, their chances with top recruits, etc. Every team has a couple good commits (relative to their program's standing) and then the rest of the guys are sleepers/underrated.

07/07/2018 - 8:27am *getting better

*getting better

07/07/2018 - 8:26am It's amazing that all of…

It's amazing that all of Michigan's commits are likely to hold, could move up, or should move up.

Please share the link when you find it to the team's stock report where their players are likely to hold, could move down, or should move down. After all, if Michigan's guys are moving up because the coaching staff is just that awesome that they only find guys who are getting, then there must be a coaching staff out there that finds highly rated guys who actually suck.

07/05/2018 - 5:07am I think Michigan was hoping…

I think Michigan was hoping to get him on campus one more time before he committed. The fact that he's announcing this early is probably not a good sign.

07/04/2018 - 7:41am You mean he told you to "get…

You mean he told you to "get bent" if you disagree? How horrifying. I hope you can find a safe space with other "get bent" victims to recover from this horrific crime.

07/03/2018 - 6:37am Here's the funny thing to me…

Here's the funny thing to me about the "no politics" rule, whether it's for Brian, his readers, or both:

There's almost nothing more important to discuss than politics.

I wish we lived in a society where politics wasn't such a vitriolic topic. Both sides (why are there only two?) hate each other so much that we can't even stand to read a blog post about politics without calling names, vowing never to return to this space, etc. We can talk about Kate Upton and Reddit memes and Star Wars, but not the economics of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yeesh.

The problem is that too many people want to join a team (Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, etc.) rather than just taking things issue by issue and trying to figure out what's right. Use your brain rather than pledging to a clique.

Also: LOL at the "He broke a rule so I'm never coming here again!" people. Is this third grade? You've all broken rules, whether it's speeding or cheating on your taxes or throwing a cigarette out the window or checking your text messages in a theater. What about your own rules regarding no shoes in the house or no snacks after 10:00 p.m. or no sweets this month? You must be the most disciplined people on Earth if you never break any rules.

07/01/2018 - 11:57am I'm going to sic PETA on…

I'm going to sic PETA on this guy for kicking his dog.

07/01/2018 - 11:56am It's Drupal, not Wordpress.

It's Drupal, not Wordpress.

07/01/2018 - 11:54am Yep. Communication issues…

Yep. Communication issues with parents are OFTEN because the correct thing is not told to the parent by the kid. Sometimes kids want to avoid embarrassment, and sometimes kids just generally aren't great at telling ALL the information.

I had a parent apologize to me just last week, because his kids didn't tell him ALL the information, so he sent me a nasty e-mail that was totally off base.

Anyway, I doubt a bunch of walk-ons were kicked off the team entirely. This is part of the deal with preferred walk-ons coming in, though. The PWO kids have to have a spot on the roster, so the student body walk-ons have to play second fiddle.

07/01/2018 - 11:48am They are giving him a…

They are giving him a medical scholarship.

06/26/2018 - 9:08pm Seth said recently that, due…

Seth said recently that, due to reader requests, he thinks an app will be happening now. The time table on that was not discussed.

06/25/2018 - 9:53pm I don't think you understand…

I don't think you understand how recruiting works.

06/25/2018 - 9:52pm Or maybe he didn't want him…

Or maybe he didn't want him very badly.