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02/21/2017 - 10:47pm Sick family member

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01/17/2017 - 10:53am First of all, Taggart doesn't

First of all, Taggart doesn't lead winter trainings.  That's on S&C coaches.  Also these are voluntary exercises.

That being said, they'll need to work w/ their trainers better in knowing the guys.  Also I assume after a year with DC Brady Hoke, they are probably all out of shape.

12/21/2016 - 9:25am He was part of a trio with

He was part of a trio with Artavis Scott and he really blew up out of the three. Would have been a nice trio to have.

10/03/2016 - 12:02pm I went to the last Michigan

I went to the last Michigan game at Rutgers and I found that the sideline lower rows were mostly Michigan fans.  Like rows 1-20 around the stadium. 

This makes sense considering you have your NYC alums (with big pockets) buying whatever tickets they want on Stubhub.

06/17/2016 - 12:30pm Ron Johnson was admitted and

Ron Johnson was admitted and he's already enrolled (he shows up on the student directory already) so he's doing ok.

Hopefully Hawkins can clean it up and get back in or find a good landing spot.

 

06/13/2016 - 11:40am I always find it to be a nice

I always find it to be a nice surprise when a Top-100 kid commits without waiting until the last month and doing the whole hat dance or other presentation.  I guess we need a little bit of both to keep us interested and excited, but this is a nice relief to have a guy who just wants to sign up and get moving.

06/13/2016 - 11:38am God Bless Jim Harbaugh! 
I'm

God Bless Jim Harbaugh! 

I'm sure they're tired though - that amount of flying and not sleeping in your home gets to you after a while. 

I saw an article in the Detroit News (below) where Sarah was saying that they are "worn out", but that they are looking forward to 5 weeks off around July.  Hopefully, they get to power through the rest of the camps, then get some time off before focusing on the actual football to be played in the Fall!

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wol…

04/11/2016 - 3:20pm OP should clarify it's at

OP should clarify it's at Paramus Catholic and not at Paramus (which is the local public high school). 

 

02/19/2016 - 10:11pm Story is from a month ago

Story is from a month ago

02/19/2016 - 11:55am I dunno.  I always ppl to go

I dunno.  I always ppl to go to the best school possible (if they are choosing a high paying career).  If you are choosing a lower paying career (like pediatrics, etc.) then you should crunch the numbers.

02/17/2016 - 9:28am Does Durkin look like

Does Durkin look like Eminem??

02/16/2016 - 8:33am Title should be - "Retelling

Title should be - "Retelling Random Tweets"

02/03/2016 - 7:33am On phone so can't start new

On phone so can't start new thread, but I think the silent commit is Rashad Weaver instead of Vic. Per the Twitter of Rashad.

02/02/2016 - 12:10pm Love this time of year when

Love this time of year when people who have no idea how recruiting works think they have figured out something that no one else has figured out.  Haha.  Wake me up when the faxes start running. 

02/02/2016 - 9:39am I'm happy with the class

I'm happy with the class either way, but it would be nice to get 4-5 of the guys you mentioned.

02/01/2016 - 6:54pm I'm expecting we get like 4-5

I'm expecting we get like 4-5 on NSD and I'm pretty happy with that.  Gotta know when to cash your chips.

02/01/2016 - 6:48pm if it happens it happens; if

if it happens it happens; if it doesn't it doesn't.  Not stressing this one.

02/01/2016 - 4:00pm Basically Michigan and some

Basically Michigan and some other hat to keep it interesting. 

02/01/2016 - 3:59pm He's following Drevno and

He's following Drevno and Drevno is following him.  Sounds good.  Let's do this.  Need another OT bad.

01/31/2016 - 11:33pm I think we still get Murphy,

I think we still get Murphy, Hill, Nordin, Gary and Simmons.

01/30/2016 - 8:55am No, PC is not that close to

No, PC is not that close to NVRHS. About 30 min away. I actually know a lot of people at PC, including a number of football players, through my church. Actually, funny story, Gary Nova's cousin goes to PC and I spoke to him about his thoughts about who's coming to Michigan. Won't say it here, but he thought highly of Michigan.

01/29/2016 - 4:17pm me.  got my tix through psu

me.  got my tix through psu ticket office.

01/29/2016 - 1:39pm Meritocracy is what I would

Meritocracy is what I would hope for and expect.  A good friend of mine was accepted into MIT, his admissions offer was contingent on maintaining his grades, etc. (fine print in the overall context of an admissions offer).  He had some girlfriend problems senior year (and didn't attack his studies with an EUTM).  He was normally an A+ kid, but ended up pulling a B or B- average in his final semester.  His admissions offer was pulled right before graduation.  He had to scramble and find another school to attend and luckily he got into NYU (although because of how late it was in the process, he didn't qualify for most of the need-based grants and had to take out a lot of loans). 

That being said, he turned out ok and does well now in finance.  But that being said, I wouldn't expect any less from an institution like MIT or Michigan, for that matter.

01/28/2016 - 5:56pm Are we still in it for

Are we still in it for Asiasi?  Hope so.

01/26/2016 - 3:53pm Compared to how I felt in the

Compared to how I felt in the middle of our 5-7 season under Hoke, I don't feel bad at all.  For all of you who think we were non-controversial and the media didn't hate us then, just harken back to the Shane Morris Concussion-Gate scandal.  Losing to every team we played AND being in the middle of a scandal. 

Our situation today is dealing with optics and understanding that Harbaugh is a polarizing guy.  First world problems.

01/26/2016 - 12:22pm Delete this post please. 

Delete this post please. 

01/25/2016 - 10:23pm I think we all agree that

I think we all agree that substantively this is isn't very different than what most of the big programs are doing.  CFB recruiting is confusing to begin with - commitable offers vs. non-commitable offers; redshirts, greyshirts, prep years, etc.  Bottom line is this coaching staff is doing what they have to do to make our program a contender.  Honestly, I think they did not even expect that the first year would have gone so well and, unfortunately, they were flat-footed in gauging the class size and how many top tier recruits would be interested in Michigan.  Think about it, last year, Harbaugh had trouble getting 14.  I don't think he predicted that he would be double that and telling guys "I'm sorry, there's no more room".

01/25/2016 - 10:18pm I don't think most of us have

I don't think most of us have problems with being selective and choosing the best athletes for our program.  The primary problems here are (1) optics, (2) communication or lack thereof and (3) getting used to the stark change from the past coaching staff.

1 - Optics - Doesn't look great at first, but substantively not very different than most big programs.  We'll get over it and Michigan fans need to ban together, but this type of stuff could easily be avoided and should be avoided going forward by being more selective initially.

2 - Communication - It would have been better to give a hard "no" during the summer or fall to get this out of the way and not have it linger on.  Once senior tape rolls in, review it, and make a quick decision.  Trying to be nice and letting the kid consider himself a "commit" is not the way to go or, at the very least, ask the borderline kid up front, "are you ok with being a Plan B?"  If the answer is no, then move on. 

3 - Change in Coaching Staff - Gut check in terms of the change from the nice guy (but ineffective) Hoke routine.  Hoke had a policy of (monogamous) loyalty no matter what.  I.e., we took the no visit policy seriously and believed in hard firm "commitments".  Clearly, the current staff is more open-minded about commitments - they see it as somewhat open-ended on both ends.  This is a big change; not necessarily a "bad" change, but every change takes some getting used to.

01/25/2016 - 10:03pm Lesson learned for next year

Lesson learned for next year is don't offer sleeper recruits at satelite camps.  I don't blame them this year because it was Year 1 and they had no idea what would happen, but now that they know, I hope that they adjust their "yield formula" and be a little bit more selective in order to prevent these situations going forward.

01/25/2016 - 3:55pm Well, I think it's even

Well, I think it's even dumber for a Michigan fan account to accuse a Michigan recruit of being unethical.  Violates the don't tweet at recruits rule as well as don't tweet riduclous and/or dumb things at recruits rule. 

01/25/2016 - 3:19pm It's a song.  Some dumb Mich

It's a song.  Some dumb Mich fan account sent him a pic of his tweet with the words "Explain?" and it was obviously just song lyrics. Wish we could ban all of those Mich updates/24/7/nation, etc. accounts that just annoy kids all day long and steal content.

01/25/2016 - 11:29am Going to be really good after

Going to be really good after a redshirt year!

01/23/2016 - 1:13pm Yea, it's bad here in NJ. 

Yea, it's bad here in NJ.  About 1 foot so far, more coming.  Everything is shut down.  I'm eating PB&J sandwiches at home with the kids watching Netflix.

01/22/2016 - 11:30pm That's good.  I'm hoping Ibi

That's good.  I'm hoping Ibi and Xavier will provide a nice spark next year! 

01/22/2016 - 6:46pm Three cheers for logic and

Three cheers for logic and reason!

01/21/2016 - 2:44pm We also have a home and home

We also have a home and home coming up against Washington in a few years so some of these names might be relevant at that time as well. 

01/21/2016 - 2:42pm No doubt we all saw the 247

No doubt we all saw the 247 crystal balls, etc., but Washington getting filled up at DB is another convincing fact for our collective (pre-)conclusion. 

01/21/2016 - 1:30pm I got an email invitation as

I got an email invitation as well, but can't attend because of work. 

01/21/2016 - 12:38pm Truth is always somewhere in

Truth is always somewhere in the middle of the two sides.  Another reason to wait a few days or weeks before reacting or overreacting to any news.

01/21/2016 - 11:38am Congrats Lloyd!

Congrats Lloyd!

01/21/2016 - 11:09am That's actually not true. 

That's actually not true.  Once a recruit, you're always considered a recruit.  In addition, once a booster, you're always a booster.  NCAA doesn't have specific time periods as to when your status terminates.

01/21/2016 - 1:53am Of course Derrick Green could

Of course Derrick Green could have stayed.  The point is that every decision has a cost.  If Derrick stayed another year, that's one less recruit in this class - i.e., Gary, Bush, or whoever you want to picture. 

The coaches are making decisions that they think are best for the program.  In addition, there are direct and indirect results from every decision, including both positive and negative impacts on prospects. [Note - by saying that coaches make a decision, I don't mean they push guys out, they can simply be honest by saying, "I think you are 5th string and you won't see much playing time next year" and if the guy leaves then I don't see what is wrong with that.]

Those of you who think that there are clear-cut win-win situations with respect to every decision are likely mistaken.  There are side effects to even the best-intended decisions.

01/21/2016 - 1:49am And that is why I said we

And that is why I said we only heard one side of the story.  Apparently, the degree of explicitness was sufficient in the case of Rashad Weaver and Kiante Enis since they started planning visits right away.  We don't know if Drevno felt that he was being explicit to Swenson nor do we know what was actually said.  

Any miscommunication, in particular verbal miscommunication, is often attributable to both the speaker and the hearer.  Speakers believe they are saying what they intended to say and hearers believe they are hearing what they hoped to hear.

Without the other half of the story, it's near impossible to gauge with any forensic certainty what the actual statements were and what they were intended to mean. 

01/20/2016 - 9:44pm I'm not any less proud to be

I'm not any less proud to be a Michigan fan today than I was yesterday.  I think this could have been communicated better, but it's not something that will keep me from supporting our coaches and program.  They did what they thought was best for the program, but they might not have done it with the best communication according to one side of the story. 

For next year's recruiting class, the coaches can tweak the formula to assume better yield amongst higher ranked guys.  It's a process guys.  Let's live and learn.  I'm moving on and I know Erik will find a good spot.

01/20/2016 - 9:40pm The FreeP story says that

The FreeP story says that Harbaugh called and left a message (and you know he was on the west coast).  In addition, I don't think Harbaugh was in regular contact with him - his primary was Drevno, therefore, it didn't seem unusual that Drevno was the one to break the news (even after he told him to take all 5 official visits a month ago).

In addition, that Bobby Kunz kid seems to be sensationalizing this whole thing too much (and I don't think he's even a kid like he says he is because he keeps changing his story as to how old he is, etc.) but thats besides the fact.

01/20/2016 - 9:35pm In sum, this is one side of

In sum, this is one side of the story, but even in this side, it is apparent that the coaching staff told him to take all 5 official visits a month ago.  That's pretty much the story right there...

Staff was giving him hints, then Drevno had to make it crystal clear that there is no spot. 

Result sucks and I wish it worked out, but honestly, this is what happens when you're between a rock and a hard place.  We all want them to pursue the best class and win games and not hold onto guys that they don't think will perform (e.g., Derrick Green), but the fan base is in love with because of stars. 

I don't think this story is black and white, clearly, there is some lack of communication and they were not seeing eye to eye as to what the real status was.  Hopefully, they'll learn the lesson that they need to be more upfront (if not already) and this issue was compounded because of the transitional nature of this recruiting class.

01/20/2016 - 2:23pm Just got to be the last one

Just got to be the last one to have him on signing day. 

Getting tired of all this negativity today.  Especially from Michigan's own "twitter reporters".  I just feel like what's the point of airing dirty laundry.  Just giving Sparties and Buckeyes more fun things to retweet. 

01/20/2016 - 2:04pm I don't see why guys like

I don't see why guys like "Bobby Kunz" or "Shane Kinnee" are trying to blow this up.  Honestly, they're making it look worse than it is and we don't even know the coaches side of the story.  They are also doing this in crunch time right before NSD and I can bet you they will be the first ones who whine when we miss out on top prospects. 

01/20/2016 - 12:01pm NYC is usually fine.  Most

NYC is usually fine.  Most places are still walkable.  Also the sidewalks have steam run underneath to keep them warm (and smelly).

01/20/2016 - 11:59am He wasn't a coach, but he was

He wasn't a coach, but he was on the official staff.  They also have a few guys that were on the staff, but weren't publicized like Weist (not sure why they had a distinction) like Finotti, etc.