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07/16/2018 - 12:50pm Have you looked at recent…

Have you looked at recent recruiting classes? They are already tipped very strongly in favor of the top programs. I see nothing in this proposal that would push it any further. If you're a high 4* recruit, your name recognition will probably be higher if you pick Purdue over Ohio State.

07/16/2018 - 12:06pm Just because you can think…

Just because you can think of an alternative doesn't make it better.

What is the compelling reason for not allowing college athletes to profit from their likeness? Why the resentment towards those players getting paid?

07/16/2018 - 11:38am Unrenewed 5th year players…

Unrenewed 5th year players shouldn't be much of a problem. Most have already graduated. Most of the remainder transfer to another school and finish the requirements to graduate from their former school.  5th year players that haven't graduated could be given the option of a one year academic scholarship, similar to the medical ones offered now. It wouldn't cost much. Most would still choose to transfer and play.

07/16/2018 - 11:07am Is MGoBlog running a contest…

Is MGoBlog running a contest for worst posts? I missed the announcement, but you earned my vote.

07/16/2018 - 10:05am No and I'm curious as to…

No and I'm curious as to your reasoning.

1. Big schools with lots of appeal already have a big advantage. Suggest a proposal that doesn't favor those schools.

2. Anything involving revenue sharing or Power 5 schools breaking away would tilt the balance more in their favor..

3. Who would make more under this plan, a star at San Diego State or a depth player at Alabama? This would actually give a financial incentive for recruits to consider smaller programs.

07/16/2018 - 9:48am On big issues like player…

On big issues like player compensation I think it's important to realize that the NCAA has no real independent say. It's completely up to their member schools, where there has been a big split between the haves and have nots. The big schools pushed through cost of attendance payments.  

I don't think there is widespread opposition to players earning more money, per se. There is widespread opposition to proposals with unknown and possibly enormous long term financial obligations like free medical care for life. There is a big split between Power 5 and non-Power 5 schools on directly paying athletes more. There is widespread apprehension about any proposals that could blow up the current competitive balance or that gives the players real power. There is widespread opposition to anything that runs afoul of Title IX rules.

A viable proposal that avoids all of those concerns will be popular with schools. I think most ADs are pragmatists, not ideologues. The less drastic the solution, the more support it will have.

 

07/14/2018 - 8:20pm 2 new, 1 from July 2 and 7…

2 new, 1 from July 2 and 7 old if we're keeping score.

07/14/2018 - 2:24pm There are many other…

There are many other worthwhile community service jobs. I think it makes sense for sentences to mandate those that fit the crime whenever possible.

If convicts are going to work on our roads, how about having them fix potholes? We shouldn't need a large work force to pick up after careless slobs. That's an issue that ideally should be addressed by prevention.

 

07/14/2018 - 10:45am Hmm, how well has the Big…

Hmm, how well has the Big Ten done financially? 

1st conference to launch their own TV network, in the face of a ton of naysayers and against a strong push back from cable providers. It's still the most profitable network of its kind. 

Negotiated huge TV contracts after adding Rutgers that have many years left on them.

Consistently have the most profitable bowl tie ins.

I get not liking the move to add Rutgers, but I'm not seeing any bad financial decisions. They even are making Rutgers wait 7 years before they get a full share of revenue. 

07/14/2018 - 7:05am If we're going back that far…

If we're going back that far, Barney Fife would be my #1.

My next top 5 might be Homer Simpson, Cosmo Kramer, Jeri Blank, Elim Garak, Oswald Cobblepot. It's hard not to forget some.

07/13/2018 - 2:09pm Why such a difficult non…

Why such a difficult non-conference schedule? Do they not even care about making the playoffs?

07/13/2018 - 1:21pm 2020, when they are…

2020, when they are scheduled to start collecting a full share of revenue, would be the best time to boot Rutgers.

07/12/2018 - 7:28pm It's not as easy for US…

It's not as easy for US players since Black Friday. Poker Stars alone sent over 1000 qualifiers one year. Bovada is tiny compared to the action just a few years ago.

07/12/2018 - 4:13pm He only dropped from #224 to…

He only dropped from #224 to #225 in 247's ratings. ESPN is pushing his composite way up.

07/12/2018 - 2:47pm Back then (and before and…

Back then (and before and after) only a small percentage of the players pony up $10K. A significant percentage in many years were online qualifiers. Others play in through live satellites. Many more more have backers, including many of the pros. That's the only way I was able to cash.

07/12/2018 - 1:05pm I'll be rooting for Cada,…

I'll be rooting for Cada, but also for the current chip leader who is from Muskegon.

07/11/2018 - 6:47pm Lloyd Carr had something…

Lloyd Carr had something similar happen with a LB from Florida. An assistant took his commitment, but the spot was gone. As I recall, Carr called him right away with the bad news, but the kid was mad and trashed him to the media. 

07/11/2018 - 6:41pm My question is did it take…

My question is did it take five days for ND to let the kid know? That sounds like disorganization beyond a mistake by an assistant.

The kid's inexperience with recruiting showed. If a staff stopped contact months before, you're not a take. Nice to see he handled it well.

 

07/11/2018 - 3:48pm Why should the NCAA be…

Why should the NCAA be shamed? Louisville was caught red handed cheating. If anything, they were vindicated by Louisville getting caught again.

07/11/2018 - 10:39am Yeah, that happened at the…

Yeah, that happened at the game. That's really the only place I'd worry about wearing Michigan gear. I'm pretty sure she didn't live in Ohio and I doubt they even knew who she was.

07/11/2018 - 8:39am I doubt that. We've had a…

I doubt that. We've had a surprising number of players from Columbus. I've yet to hear a story of anything happening to any of their families. People aren't that crazy down there. It might be hard to believe for Michigan fans, but people who live in Columbus know that.

They are probably OSU fans who have been dreaming about their son playing for the Buckeyes for a long time.

07/11/2018 - 8:34am I'm saying it's wrong to…

I'm saying it's wrong to call him naive.

I'd also say a lot of voters have the same information as Petzold, but he is the only one to put in a CB for Michigan. And that it makes a lot of sense from a marketing viewpoint. I can't say what he actually believes.

07/11/2018 - 7:21am Naivete? I don't think so.

Naivete? I don't think so.

Petzold has people talking about him, something that wasn't going to happen writing for CMU's student paper. He's taking advantage of an opportunity. 

He's also helping drive traffic to a new website and doing it in a way that doesn't lose their credibility, by having the junior writer be the one who sticks his neck out.

If Penn State is indeed a compromise choice, Harrison would be a very strong candidate to flip. He's committing early and there are other, better ways to compromise.

07/10/2018 - 4:32pm Underrated by whom? That…

Underrated by whom? That could mean a lot of different things. If it's by the amount of chatter from Michigan sites, I'd go with Solomon and DPJ. If it refers to players who arrived without much press and haven't made preseason all-American teams, Higdon is a good choice. So is Gentry.

The best outcome for Michigan is if the right answer turns out to be Shea Patterson.

 

07/09/2018 - 7:33pm It's true that Cone didn't…

It's true that Cone didn't return for his 5th season. Hard to imagine RR offering him that choice. I don't believe he ended up at Iowa. Big Ten rules at the time would have meant no scholarship for him and I doubt Iowa level programs would have offered one. You might be thinking of Carr's QB recruit in the 2008 class who flipped to Iowa, John Wienke.

07/09/2018 - 2:35pm "Robinson was beat off the…

"Robinson was beat off the dribble a handful of times and will need to improve lateral quickness."

That seems unrealistic. Duncan has to play well enough to make up for his physical limitations, which he is doing so far. 

07/09/2018 - 12:51pm To each his own.

I'm not a…

To each his own.

I'm not a fan of watching races on TV, but I was excited to go to my first race. Completely hated it. Can't imagine going to another one, but can watch it on TV in small doses.

Baseball is better live, but still good on the radio.

07/08/2018 - 6:40pm OP did not create a link. If…

OP did not create a link. If he had, you'd have noticed it's a subscribers only article. 

07/08/2018 - 5:06pm Harrison is the 3rd 5* from…

Harrison is the 3rd 5* from Ohio in the last four classes. The other two went to ND and Clemson and were both kids Meyer badly wanted.

07/08/2018 - 11:40am I'm not completely writing…

I'm not completely writing off Harrison to Michigan but I'd be more optimistic if he hadn't called Larry Johnson the best DL coach in the game. That's the main reason he'll cite if he chooses OSU.

Also, if it were me, I'd plan to enroll at Michigan early and announce my decision just before I left, not before my senior year started. 

07/08/2018 - 8:02am No, no, no.

A Columbus kid…

No, no, no.

A Columbus kid who has seen OSU have a better season than Michigan year after year, but if Michigan does better this season he's coming here. That's nonsense.

He's a lot smarter than you're giving him credit for. He's got a lot to consider. And by the way, he's planning to decide before the season starts.

07/07/2018 - 3:08pm I've heard similar…

I've heard similar observations to yours about camps. I've also heard of plenty of offers going out after camp performances. While the drills themselves may not mean too much, getting to see the players work out in person and respond to coaching must.

07/07/2018 - 9:29am Semantics perhaps, but he…

Semantics perhaps, but he doesn't say that no one will move down. Steve doesn't come right out and say any will drop, but he makes it clear that some could. Magnus is correct, a category of should drop won't appeal to their customers. Reading between the lines, he doesn't seem nearly as optimistic as some are making him out to be. One example:

"We're going to peg Thomas as someone can move up for the same reason any prospect from IMG Academy is liable to see a fluctuation: the amount of scouting/evaluation at the program is unparalleled compared to anywhere else in the country."

The only reason he suggests Thomas could move up is increased scouting. Mentioning fluctuation obviously indicates a chance of moving down. Not a hint that he believes he is currently underrated.

07/07/2018 - 8:59am Exactly why Hinton can't…

Exactly why Hinton can't move up. He's already rated very high. The only way to see him against elite competition would have been if he camped. He's expected to dominate in his senior year, so it's hard to use that to push him past other elite players. It's a much different situation for a 3* who didn't camp.

The other caveat is that all-star games provide another opportunity for players to move up. Steve didn't discuss that, because that's another step away.

07/07/2018 - 8:33am I agree with your general…

I agree with your general sentiment about the recruiting sites, but most of your specific points are untrue.

He said the one player who didn't camp won't be reevaluated live (presumably because he plays in CT), but would be based on his film.

Two of the commits transferred to IMG. He said both could move up because of the increased scouting and level of competition. He definitely did not say they would move up and they weren't in his category of should move up.

Steve's comments seem consistent and level headed with explanations that generally made sense to me. The only one that struck me as odd was about Trente Jones and his teammates.

07/06/2018 - 5:51pm There have been rumors about…

There have been rumors about Izzo and his main assistant Stephens in recent years.  At the least, being involved in recruitments that looked shady.

Dawkins' emails also mention dinners with Izzo and attempting to broker a deal for Bowen with Stephens. If the latter one was true, that should have led to MSU reporting Dawkins and ending all contact with him. My opinion is that Bowens didn't go to Louisville because they had the only dirty coaches recruiting him. Rather, Adidas outbid what Dawkins and others were offering.

07/06/2018 - 5:42pm Interesting. They have to…

Interesting. They have to have a source to target that assistant. Stone or Dawkins are the obvious options. I can't help but wonder if UA is the main target.

07/06/2018 - 2:24pm Yes, Stone visited here in…

Yes, Stone visited here in the fall of his sophomore year. Beilein was in on him early, but stopped recruiting him early and never offered.

07/06/2018 - 12:44pm Their former 5* center,…

Their former 5* center, Diamond Stone was previously linked to $14K in payments from Christian Dawkins' agency. 

07/05/2018 - 5:35pm One more small correction,…

One more small correction, it's Spencer Rattler.

Too bad we can no longer upvote OPs. Appreciate yours.

07/04/2018 - 5:58pm If you knew that, you should…

If you knew that, you should have included the date in your OP. It's relevant info and you have to know people would assume this was new.

Very poor form.

07/04/2018 - 10:17am I'm sure the coaches will…

I'm sure the coaches will know before we do. But there's no way anyone knows now how many spots will be available. They can make a (highly) educated guess of a range. That's it for now.

The early signing period is going to change recruiting dynamics along those lines. More decisions have to be made when the coaches have less information. 

07/04/2018 - 8:18am A few comments.

You keep…

A few comments.

You keep talking about APB. That's a designation the recruiting sites use. It's not an actual position on the field. Michigan has a plan to use Jackson in a variety of ways. It's not the same one they have for Gray, who will be a running back.

The comments about him being a west coast player, what do those even mean? Of course most of his offers are from out west, he's from California.

Scholarships are starting to get tight. That could possibly impact Jackson. It's not going to impact Trevor Keegan. 

07/03/2018 - 7:50pm I would strongly advise…

I would strongly advise against reading anything into taking walkons. 

Moody was always going to get a scholarship. It was just a question of whether he would be in the 2018 or 2019 class.

07/03/2018 - 5:56pm He won't need an out clause…

He won't need an out clause. Signing the contract doesn't force him to play baseball. It does lock in the Rangers rights in case he decides to play baseball. A long shot, I am sure.

07/03/2018 - 5:50pm I predict more use of the…

I predict more use of the SAM in 2019. I have a feeling Josh Uche is going to force his way onto the field.

07/03/2018 - 4:25pm We were never recruiting…

We were never recruiting McCaffrey. Other than Wilson, Weems is the only one on that list committed, to a terrible DePaul team.

07/03/2018 - 3:40pm Relevant quote from an…

Relevant quote from an article about his visit; “(Viper is) the spot for me,” he said, “because I’m physical and I can do it all.”

https://www.maizenbrew.com/michigan-football-recruiting/2018/6/26/17507264/2019-4-star-s-viper-lewis-cine-recaps-great-visit-to-michigan

07/03/2018 - 2:36pm I'd include Wandale Robinson…

I'd include Wandale Robinson along with Giles Jackson. It sounds like we would take either one, but not both.

Also, isn't Cine being recruited as a Viper?

07/03/2018 - 2:14pm Jake Moody is now on campus…

Jake Moody is now on campus and officially in the 2018 class.