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06/29/2018 - 4:55pm Logically, the only reason a…

Logically, the only reason a kid could prefer MSU to Michigan is that he likes the environment and culture there more, and I am highly suspect of any kid that prefers the MSU environment and culture. I don't think it's any mistake that most of MSU's highly ranked recruits (ie. the ones that had or could have had Michigan offers) have flamed out. MSU has had much more success with the under the radar guys than the blue chippers.

06/29/2018 - 4:24pm Exactly. Plus, in the short…

Exactly. Plus, in the short time he's been on the job here he has done a good job of turning around our crappy OL recruiting momentum from 2017. Could not be happier with coach Warinner hire. 

05/21/2018 - 10:20am Get well soon Ace!

Thanks for "playing hurt" all these years. This blog would not be the same without you. I will be rooting for your speedy recovery and better days ahead. 

05/03/2018 - 4:08pm Who says Mo's condition is

Who says Mo's condition is treatable? All I've heard is that it's treatable only with surgery that would definitively end his playing career. 

05/03/2018 - 1:41pm Len Bias

Think you meant to say a Reggie Lewis (or Hank Gathers) situation? Len Bias OD'd. I don't think there was a heart condition there. 

05/02/2018 - 6:42pm Pep's Title

Interesting that he hasn't gotten the OC title, when he very much seems to have the role. I wonder if Harbaugh is taking a page from Belichick's playbook here. BB commonly doesn't elevate his coaches to a coordinator title until they've had a prove it year, and after a departure will go a year or more without an official OC or DC. For example, he hasn't named a new DC yet after Patricia went to the Lions, but Brian Flores, the LB coach, is effectively filling the role and calling the plays this season. Pretty sure Patricia went through the same thing before he got the DC title. I think it's a good idea generally when someone is rising up through the ranks, but in this case, where Pep has a history as a successful OC seems like a bit of a slight. 

04/30/2018 - 9:24pm Yeah, I’d be surprised if

Yeah, I’d be surprised if either of them were rated super highly for the NFL draft. Neither is a prototypical NFL player. Bush is under-sized for an NFL LB and Hudson will be viewed as a tweener, too small for LB and without the demonstrated coverage skills for an NFL safety. My guess is they both return unless they are dying to go pro early.

04/28/2018 - 4:22pm Great pick by the Raiders!

Great pick by the Raiders! Good luck blocking Hurst and Khalil Mack!

04/28/2018 - 11:05am Confirmed

Nice job crapping on my point, but it's now been confirmed by multiple sources, including Mike Mayock who said he spoke to "10-15 teams" and despite every GM loving him, almost every team had taken him completely off their boards because of the heart condition. 

04/27/2018 - 10:32am No offense, but I'll take

No offense, but I'll take Bill Belichick's opinion of Mike Lombardi as a talent evaluator over yours.

04/27/2018 - 10:02am Heart Condition

I listened to a Ringer podcast this week with Mike Lombardi where he said that despite the medical "clearance" that Mo recieved, he heard a number of teams still had concerns and had taken him off their boards completely. Doesn't mean they're right, but in the risk averse world of NFL front offices this stuff happens. It was for different reasons, but remember when La'el Collins fell out of the draft completely despite being a 1st round talent because his ex-girlfriend had been murdered? You would have thought that in the 6th or 7th round someone would have said, "screw it, I'm taking him, if turns out to be a murderer we'll just cut him"....and of course he ended up being completely cleared a few days after the draft. 

04/27/2018 - 9:30am Ugh, there were long

Ugh, there were long stretches of this podcast where Ira barely let anyone else get a word in. Very grating when he’s by far the least interesting and insightful person on the panel.

04/18/2018 - 5:26pm Serious Question

How does one accumulate so many negative points in such a short period of time? Were there really that many downvotes, or do the mods have a super-neg ability?

04/18/2018 - 5:22pm I took the OM response to

I took the OM response to mean "let's agree to disagree". I don't think this is necessarily a positive development on the substance of the matter, but at least procedurally it means that they've rested their case and it's now up to the NCAA. 

04/11/2018 - 12:11pm Shea

Isn't the most likely explanation just that Shea is by far the most talented QB they've had under Harbaugh? I mean, he was the #1 player at the position coming out of high school for a reason. 

04/09/2018 - 4:41pm The worst candy

Necco wafers is the worst candy. A pink Necco wafer is virtually indistinguishable from a pepto bismol tablet in terms of taste and texture, and that's not even the worst flavor (which is licorice)!

04/08/2018 - 3:30pm I don’t think this is

I don’t think this is accurate. My previous comment was deleted (maybe because for Freep link?) but there’s an article that quotes the contract which says that Michigan had a right to review the 2nd rough cut and provide comments and request changes based on certain limited criteria (defamatory material, etc) but no right to sign off on final cut. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if in practice Amazon generally took Michigan’s comments since they want to make more of these going forward and need to be on good terms with the teams portrayed.

04/06/2018 - 3:52pm Wrong. He got a $7.5M buyout

Wrong. He got a $7.5M buyout from Florida (…) only 3.75M of which was payable this year, and that's before taxes (the house was bought after taxes), and his Florida contract is likely his high water mark as a coach. He's just fallen several rungs down the coaching ladder, and may or may not ever work his way back up there again. In any event, not trying to argue McElwain is a poor man, but I just don't understand the impulse to make light of what looks like a genuine act of kindness and generosity on his part. $400k is a lot of money, even to Jim McElwain. 

04/06/2018 - 2:18pm To put it into context...

McElwain's salary this year is $300k. 

04/06/2018 - 2:09pm Unless you're a billionaire

Unless you're a billionaire (which McElwain is not) $400k is not a "small sacrifice". 

04/05/2018 - 9:54pm Kelly was fairly flexible

Kelly was fairly flexible with his QBs in the NFL, and non-running QBs like Foles had success in his system. This is probably the best case scenario for Speight. I wish nothing but the best for Wilton. He gave a lot for Michigan football, and was a blown call away from bringing us a win over Ohio State playing with a broken collarbone.

04/05/2018 - 11:04am Where did you hear that? That

Where did you hear that? That would be an odd move IMO. 

04/04/2018 - 4:05pm Based on the below article

Based on the below article (apologies for the Freep link) Michigan had a right to review and request changes, but no right to sign off on the final cut. That said, I'm sure the staff exercised restraint on the situations where the cameras were allowed to follow and what was kept behind closed doors. 


In addition, Michigan's contract outlined its right to "review" and "provide its comments" on the "second rough cut" of each episode. The university had the right to request edits based on factual errors, student privacy policies, "any depiction that would constitute an actionable defamation or false light depiction of the University, the Team or any University Individual," any unknown legal violations, confidential team information regarding football strategies, plays, personnel evaluations and recruiting information.…

04/04/2018 - 12:42pm Just seeing what the players

Just seeing what the players are like behind the scenes, if the dysfunction in the coaching staff was apparent, and how things went off the rails will be fascinating to me at least. I don't know how any die hard Michigan football fan could not be interested in this. 

04/04/2018 - 12:40pm Should all be released at

Should all be released at once. That's how it normally works on the streaming services. 

04/03/2018 - 11:12pm He mentioned DPJ as the best

He mentioned DPJ as the best receiver, with Black getting back into form and Martin making a move. No mention of Crawford or McDoom at all.

04/03/2018 - 11:06pm Sadly we got over our skis

Sadly we got over our skis going after Najee Harris and lost A.J. Dillon in the process. Dillon would have been a beast here.

04/03/2018 - 5:59pm Where there's smoke there's fire....

Jay's comments about Kareem the other day could not have been more tepid. Would love for him to put it together, but it seems like he can't get out of this own way and is perenially in the doghouse for one reason or another. Really hope we hit on one of the incoming freshman at RB, because it's looking shaky past Higdon and Evans on the depth chart. 

04/03/2018 - 5:55pm Except at RB.

Except at RB.

04/03/2018 - 5:39pm Serious Question

Who is Tru Wilson? Is he a walk-on? 

04/03/2018 - 4:15pm It's hard to imagine Beilein

It's hard to imagine Beilein forcing Watson or Davis off the team. That would be pretty out of character. I feel like he has an understanding with Mo that this is his last year. It was apparent when he took him out with MAAR and Robinson last night for a final ovation. 

04/03/2018 - 2:38pm If he went to the Patriots it

If he went to the Patriots it would be a great story, as he's the son of a former Pats player and chearleader. I'm not sure if he's a system fit, however, as the Pats normally like huge run stuffing DTs. They definitely need interior rush, though, and if he's on the board it would seem like a no-brainer from a talent/need/immediate impact standpoint. 

04/03/2018 - 1:26pm I love Mo, but PFF seems to

I love Mo, but PFF seems to be way higher on him than the mock drafters/scouts at large. He's been falling out of the first round in most of the recent mock drafts I've seen. Seems he's getting knocked for lack of prototypical size (although he is about the same size as Aaron Donald) and perhaps also the heart issue. If he does fall that far, he'll be a huge steal. 

04/03/2018 - 11:57am Double post


04/03/2018 - 11:49am Absolutely. Look at the leap

Absolutely. Look at the leap Simpson made this year. Poole can be a star next year.  

04/03/2018 - 11:41am Absolutely. He needs to work

Absolutely. He needs to work on a true jump shot. He basically shoots a set shot now. 

04/03/2018 - 11:19am I think we can. If Simpson

I think we can. If Simpson spends the summer in the gym shooting jump shots and free throws,  he could take his game to the next level. Similarly, I'm expecting a jump in Poole's game going into year two. Add to that the best recruiting class we've had in a while, and I think we can more than offset the losses of Mo and MAAR. The key player will be Matthews. Does he come back and can he continue the trend from the tournament where he really turned the corner as a player? I would bet that next year's team may start out somewhat slowly and hit its stride later in the season given the number of talented freshman we'll be relying on. In any event, the future looks bright over the next 2 years at least. 

04/03/2018 - 11:00am I went with Michigan State at

I went with Michigan State at MSG. I'm definintely biased because I was there in person, but that was a lot of fun. 

03/31/2018 - 5:32pm I don’t know enough about the

I don’t know enough about the merits of the case, but unless Ole Miss presented new evidence that UM/Shea’s camp didn’t know about or expect to be presented, I don’t see how the mere fact of their rebuttal changes the likelihood of the ultimate outcome. I mean, everything I had previously heard was that this was a slam dunk case.

03/31/2018 - 5:22pm There are multiple former Ole

There are multiple former Ole Miss students involved transferring to different schools. This can’t be only about UM.

03/31/2018 - 4:01pm Is that Wilton Speight’s

Is that Wilton Speight’s music I hear?

03/31/2018 - 3:12pm I agree with this. Wagner has

I agree with this. Wagner has the biggest mismatch on the floor and we need him to take advantage. He’s due for a breakout game.

03/31/2018 - 2:35pm I would tend to agree that

I would tend to agree that Peters was slow/overly mechanical, even in his best games, and then after the injury he regressed badly in the Outback bowl. I think some of that is to be expected of an inexperienced QB who doesn’t yet have a great feel for the college game. I wouldn’t write him off yet. He’s still young and has the tools where it wouldn’t be shocking if he made a leap in future years. Obviously the ceiling is so much higher with Shea next year but I don’t feel terribly about the Peters/McCaffrey floor.

03/31/2018 - 12:24am Judging by Jaybaugh's recent

Maybe it's just just coach-speak, but judging by Jaybaugh's recent comments, it sounds like O'Maury may be moving ahead of Walker in the pecking order. 

03/30/2018 - 11:34pm Even with our line as bad as

Even with our line as bad as it was last year, if we just had above average QB play we easily win 2-4 more games (MSU, SC and maybe Wisc and/or OSU).  I know those 2 things go hand in hand, as the line got 2 Qbs sent to the hospital, but I feel confident that there is enough talent coming of age now that Warinner will make it work. Sky is the limit for this season. 

03/30/2018 - 10:23pm Let's face it

Many folks on this blog can be quite petulant at times when it comes to our beloved Wolverines. But that's just par for the course as a sports fan. We live and die with our teams. Any clear eyed observer of M football should have seen a rebuilding year coming last season, and when Speight got injured the season predictably went off the rails. I'm fully expecting a big turnaround in football this year, even if we aren't able to achieve all of our goals due to the absurd difficulty of the schedule. When we get back to the pinnacle of college football, and believe me, we will get there with Harbaugh, it will be all the more sweet due to the struggle along the way.

03/30/2018 - 4:22pm Mo Hurst

Despite the PFF love, Mo has been dropping out of the first round in recent mock drafts I've seen. I don't know if that's the heart condition or the lack of prototypical size, but as a Patriots fan, I would absolutely love it if they were able to scoop him up, especially given his lineage (son of former Pats player and cheerleader).

03/30/2018 - 10:53am Jaybaugh

I don't get the Jay hate. He's one of the staff's best recruiters and all of the positions he's coached have done well under his watch. It's hard to be worried about nepotism when all of the Harbaughs in the profession have proven to be great coaches. 

03/30/2018 - 10:47am Kareem Walker

Man, talk about damning with faint praise. 

03/30/2018 - 12:34am If you look at Bridgewater as

If you look at Bridgewater as a comp for this injury it doesn’t give you a whole lot to feel good about. The doctors still have major reservations about his knee, and he plays a much less physically demanding position and doesn’t carry 300 lbs of weight.