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08/13/2018 - 1:58pm Rather than start ANOTHER…

Rather than start ANOTHER new thread, I thought I would keep this one going.

Zach Smith was arrested in Dublin for OVI in 2013. The former OSU WR coach refused to take a breathalyzer. The incident was previously unreported.

And this is why keeping Urban is still not a slam dunk. What more is going to come out? 

08/13/2018 - 10:02am FWIW if they fire him the…

FWIW if they fire him the cost won't be $38 million. That is a sunk cost, they were going to spend that money anyway. The actual cost will be the cost of the new coach, which surely will be less than that. That is extra spending that was not planned. 

It probably doesn't matter in the end because it is very likely they keep him. But their cost of letting him go is something less than $38 million. And that is assuming that they have to pay the full remaining amount of his contract. 


05/29/2018 - 11:38am Spot On

Your analysis is spot on IMHO. 

Home ice matters but is not critical. Before game 7 of the Caps-Bolts series I heard a stat that surprised me - in the previous 20 game seven's in the NHL playoffs, the home team was 9-11. So now it's 9-12. 

And yes, Vegas got the benefit of generous expansion draft rules. And McPhee used them to his advantage. He built a team, as you mention, of solid 2nd and 3rd liners. But unlike teams strapped by the cap, they were able to load up on those types of players. And STILL were able to make trades for multiple first round picks in the last draft and the coming draft. If McPhee used and uses those picks wisely they could be good for quite a while. They even took on some dead cap hits to make the floor. So they are in position to go hard after some free agent, too. 

The really crazy thing is that some of those players (James Neal being example A) were taken with the express purpose of trading them at the deadline as rentals for even more picks. But instead they were actually buyers at the deadline, not sellers. 

As for Fleury, the Pens were totally boxed in. They had to keep Murray. He is younger and cheaper, and they have cap issues that letting go of Fleury helped solve. While he has been a high level goalie for most of his career, he has also had some serious issues in more than one playoff series. In this case Vegas is fortunate that he has had a great playoff run. 

I read that the league is giving the next expansion team (Seattle) the same rules. I wonder if GMs will handle it differently and not make as many side deals to protect certain players. That seems to have backfired in many cases. 


05/25/2018 - 9:57pm I'm not sure why he would go

I'm not sure why he would go back the the NTDP. He's already killed it at that level.

I've seen speculation that he takes the Auston Matthews route and plays a season in Switzerland. Or in Canadian juniors. Or spends a year at Michigan. Personally I think he would be best served by coming to Michigan. Not that I'm biased or anything.

04/20/2018 - 8:25am Irresponsible Idiot?

I know nothing about Michigan high school football, and next to nothing about recruiting.

But it would seem to me that he is doing his kids a major disservice by indulging his UM hatred. A coach who truly has the best interests of his kids as his primary concern should maintain cordial relationships with ALL of the in state college programs. He doesn't have to be best buddies with Harbaugh, or Dantonio or anyone else. But having a public war with any of them is selfish and stupid.

04/06/2018 - 1:16pm Marody

I think it is likely that Marody leaves for the NHL. Edmonton gave up a 3rd round pick for him, they will push to sign him. 

I think Hughes is 50-50 to return. While the skill is obvious, he does still need some work, and he needs to fill out. I guess it depends on who drafts him. Don't forget that he was the youngest player in college hockey this year. Similar to Werenski, I could see him back for one more season. 


04/06/2018 - 1:10pm Bucci

Bucci loves college hockey, which is a good thing. But he is an awful play by play guy. They should put him in the studio. And is he bad. Billy Jaffe should be doing color for these games, there isn't a better hockey color guy anywhere. 



04/06/2018 - 1:08pm Exactly

I feel exactly the same way you do. 

That was a killer of a way to end the season. BUT - that fact that we were there at all is something no one (except Mel!) could have honestly predicted before the season started, and certainly not at the end of December. 

My take from this season is that Mel is the real deal, an elite coach who hit the ground running because of his history here, and took only a half a season to get the team doing what he wanted. I don't think this will be his last Frozen Four here. 

I expect Marody to leave, Norris and hopefully Hughes to stay. Add Jack Hughes, get some expected progression from the returning players, and this team will be dangerous next season. Once Mel gets into a recruiting rhythm I think the sky is the limit. 



04/05/2018 - 10:23pm Overall a good period for us.

Overall a good period for us. Keep it going, boys!

04/05/2018 - 8:45pm Bye bye Suckeyes!!

Bye bye Suckeyes!!

04/03/2018 - 9:35am Development

Yes, with Z running the offense this year there was a ceiling. But to not expect him to take a step or 2 or 6 forward next year? That is unrealistic. Beilein's history tells us that the most likely scenario is that he will improve the holes in his game. And Z seems like the kind of kid who will work relentlessly to make that improvement. I am very optimisitic about what we see from him next year. 

For that matter, I expect to see an improved version of Brooks next year, too. Playing the point in Beilein's offense is not easy, to say the least. Let's not forget that Z as a sophmore is a much better version of himself than he was as a freshman. Sophmore Brooks should be a more than capable backup. 

As for DeJulius, see the above. I have never seen him play but to expect a freshman to step in and make significant contributions at the point, would seem unlikely to me. I would think he will get some minutes, but more likely he spends most of the season watching and learning. If he is as good as I read he is, then the following year we will have an embarrasment of riches at the point. 



04/02/2018 - 4:10pm NY Yankees

As a more recent U-M fan (5 years) I have developed the proper hatred for State and OSU. I definitely would NOT be rooting for either of them tonight, and I don't expect any of their fans to root for us. And to me that is OK. 

I am a New Yorker and I have been a Yankee fan for close to 50 years. So I get the pretty much universal hatred that others have for the Yanks, and for Michigan. Twice in my life I have seen some of that automatic Yankee hatred dissapate. Once in 1996, and again last season. Both of those teams were not the usual Yankee teams, they were underdogs. And good fans of other teams appreciated it. Just like I think there are good fans out there who appreciate our Michigan team and most of all John Beilein. It's very hard to hate on Beilein. If there is any reason Buckeye fans are on board this time around, it's him. Nice to see, actually. 

Go Blue! 

04/02/2018 - 10:50am GO BLUE!

My heart says Michigan. 
My wallet says Michigan (I have a ticket at 10/1 bought in Vegas the day before the tournament started).

My head? Who gives a crap what my head says? I KNOW we will play solid D. I really don't think we will be run off of the court, what they did on Saturday is unlikely to repeat.

We need Z to run the offense better than he did on Saturday, and we need to hit our 3's. Not at record pace, just hit at or just above our season average. And if that happens we can win this game and be NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!


03/26/2018 - 3:38pm Optimism

It the time of year for optimism. 

The D was really good last year, in spite of Mo Hurst being gone there is a very real possbility they will be even better this year. I get the feeling that Don Brown is just getting going on what he wants to do and now has both the athletes and the experience to do it. There were a LOT of first year starters last year, not so much this time around. This D should be terrifying for opposing offensive coordinators. 

As for the problem side of the ball (AKA "the offense"), I for one like to hear that Harbaugh admitted he screwed up. Better that than him continuing to stubbornly do the same things that weren't working. He's human, he screwed up, he's fixing it.

It seems like we will be solid at RB and TE. We will be more mature and better coached, therefore better at WR, and solid in the middle of the line. So it comes down to QB and OT. 3 key positions that need to be better. If they are we could have a really, really good season where we push OSU for the Big 10 East title. If not......I don't want to consider that possibility at this time of year. 



03/25/2018 - 1:46pm Mel Pearson

Add in Mel for hockey and things look very sunny in Ann Arbor.

03/18/2018 - 2:23pm Purdue

They put Haarms on the inbound pass. What a concept!

03/17/2018 - 10:25pm Learning the Beilein offense

Learning the Beilein offense takes time. He's there and contributing when we need him the most.

03/17/2018 - 10:20pm Later

Bye bye Buckeyes!

03/17/2018 - 9:56pm Gonzaga


03/17/2018 - 9:53pm NEVER!

Just can't do it. All in on Gonzaga tonight.

03/06/2018 - 4:03pm Hmmmm, I am headed for Vegas

Hmmmm, I am headed for Vegas on Friday. Once the brackets come out I may have to place a bet on us to win the whole thing and one on us for the opening game. 


03/06/2018 - 4:00pm I am surprised to hear

I am surprised to hear that. 

I was at both the Saturday and Sunday games. While the Saturday game was absolutely more intense, anti-climactic is not a word I would have used for the championship game on Sunday. The crowd (more pro-blue than Saturday) was very into it, and the team, particularly Teske, was on point all day. When we went up 18 in the 2nd half it became more of a celebration, but it was not anti-climactic to me. 

Anyway, it was a LOT of fun to be there both days. Go Blue! 

03/06/2018 - 12:42pm Or......

I kept wondering how awesome we would have been if Bamba had come. He and Mo together would be unstoppable. But after this weekend, I'm not wondering any more. This team has been great, and a lot of fun to watch. 

The 2019 class should be very interesting. With all of the crap coming down from the FBI, does a program with a spotless reputation benefit? Maybe we attract 1 or 2 of those 5 stars that usually go elsewhere. 

03/05/2018 - 4:13pm Barclays would also be a

Barclays would also be a fantastic venue, and Michigan would have the same home crowd advantage it had at MSG. 

The ACC tournament is there this week, I am pretty sure it was there last year, too. I don't know about the future, if they don't have it booked Delaney should absolutely be looking into it as a future venue. 



03/05/2018 - 10:56am Agree

I was also in the building on Saturday (and Sunday). I agree, about 60-40 M.

I was surprised, I expected 70-30 or even better. But I think you are right, they expected to at least get to the final game, so they likely planned in advance. 

03/04/2018 - 4:32pm Overwhelming Michigan crowd

Overwhelming Michigan crowd today.

Go Blue!

03/04/2018 - 2:42pm Intense

I was there yesterday and headed out soon for today's game.

I was also surprised at how many State fans were there. I was expecting it to be a mostly maize and blue crowd.

Electric works but is not the first word I would use to describe the atmosphere inside MSG. My word would be intense. You could feel the intensity of the game on the court and in the stands. It was a great day.

03/03/2018 - 10:56pm Just boughy my tix for

Just boughy my tix for tomorrow, can't wait!

Go Blue!

03/03/2018 - 6:16pm Definitely want another shot

Definitely want another shot at Purdue. Unfinished business.

03/03/2018 - 6:13pm Wow

The intensity in the building was amazing. The crowd was pretty evenly split, which surprised me. The Sparty inferiority complex is alive and well.

Masterful coaching job by JB!

What a fun day.
Go Blue!

03/03/2018 - 5:49pm Intense

I was at the game. One of the most intense and fun games I've ever attended in any sport.

I'm not sure how much they showed JB on TV but in 5 years of watching his team's I've never seen him this intense on the sideline. He wanted this one BADLY.

He's a true credit to the University and to coaching in general.

03/02/2018 - 11:04pm Go Blue!

Picked up tickets in 115. Expensive but worth it.

I'm expecting a heavy Blue crowd.

Can't wait!

03/02/2018 - 10:57pm Find a way

Hayden leaving some juicy rebounds early.

We gave up over 50 shots.

And won. Good teams find a way. This has turned into a good team. Go Blue!

02/25/2018 - 4:33pm Recruiting?

Is Warinner known as a recruiter? That was not Drevno's strength. There was a recent article where Urban was quoted saying he only hires assistants who are top recruiters. So hoping Warinner helps on that area.

02/23/2018 - 10:11am Beilein

Regardless of how this all shakes out, we are very fortunate to have John Beilein as our coach. It's pretty obvious that he runs a squeaky clean program. 

Running a clean program has probably hurt him in recruiting in the past. Hopefully in the next recruiting cycle or cycles some high level kids see the value of staying out of trouble, maybe the next time a Mo Bamba type is interested we can actually land him. 


02/20/2018 - 10:16am Agree...mostly

I agree with your larger point that we are going nowhere as long as the offense continues to be a disaster. 

But I do think there is reasonable hope for improvement. I'm not saying we are going to be an offensive force but I do think it wil be better.

The receivers were very young, are talented, and almost surely will be better. If Shea is eligible that is a huge upgrade at QB from last year. Even if he is not, Peters could/should be better than what we saw last year. All of the TEs are back and can only get better. The line was clearly handled very poorly, with only 1 coach and 1 scheme they could and should improve. 

Will all of that happen? Probably not. But enough should for the offense to be better. How much better? That's the big open question. 

And that is not even getting into the play calling. I really believe that Harbaugh knows what a disaster it was last year, and won't let that happen again. He may be crazy but he is not stupid. 


02/14/2018 - 3:59pm NO!

As a Giant fan for over 40 years I will give this a definite NO!

Do you know how bad you have to be for the Giants to fire you mid season? 

IMHO he rode the coat tails of Aaron Rodgers to get the Giant job(s). He was better as a coordinator than as a head coach. But he could not have been worse as a head coach. Totally over his head and clueless. Plus the players on both sides of the ball hated him. 

I have no idea how he would get along with college kids, but I don't want to find out. There have to be better candidates out there. 


02/11/2018 - 10:50pm Before the season there was a

Before the season there was a lot of speculation that Matthews would leave for the NBA after this season. Is it safe to assume at this that he will be back next year? A 2nd year in this system could be fantastic.

02/08/2018 - 7:58pm Flip

I might flip Newsome and Anderson just to take some pressure off of Newsome. But yes that line could be very nice!

02/07/2018 - 11:13am Elite talent

We have plenty of elite talent. Most of it is on the defensive side of the ball (Rashan, Chase, Solomon, Bush, Hudson, Hill, Long). But some of it is on the offensive side also (DPJ, Shea, Black, Ruiz). 

We don't have as much elite talent as OSU but we have enough to compete. It's time for the coaches to be elite and put the players in a position to succeed. 


02/07/2018 - 11:09am Harbaugh

Not a good year for Harbaugh. First on the field, now off of it. 

I know it's popular to bash Drevno and Pep. But to me it all comes back to Harbaugh. The offense is his. The 2 OL coaches with differing styles is on him. The lack of a dedicated WR coach is on him. Play calling is on him. 

That all being said, I have not lost faith in Harbaugh. He may be quirky but he is not an idiot. And he has an outstanding track record as a coach. I have no doubt that he knows that things went badly and he has surely done a lot of soul searching. He is not going to just plunge ahead and keep doing the same things over and over. I am sure he has lost more sleep over this season than anyone else. I am confident he is going to change things. Didn't we read that he made a comment to a recruit about making changes? And Drevno apologized to the O line. They know. And they will change. 

Even with this less than elite recruiting class, the team for 2018 has PLENTY of talent. The D will be top 10, if not top 5. As for the O, I have to think that the competing O line coaches was the biggest reason the line was as epically bad as it was. It can and should be better in 2018. It's not going to be elite, but they can get to adequate. Add in Shea at QB and some maturation from the young receivers, and things can and should be much better. Will we win a national championship? Probably not. Can we seriously compete for the Big 10 title? I think we can compete. 

There is no doubt that this is a pivotal season coming up. Now the team is more or less set. It's time for him to get to work planning out how they will succeed. Go Blue! 


01/29/2018 - 3:30pm Sava's

+1 on Sava's. Nice atmosphere, very good food. 


01/29/2018 - 3:25pm VPN

VPN is the way to watch games, make sure you have the Fox Sports app and Watch ESPN. That covers most games but you will need a VPN to access them. 

For authentic Macanese food outside of the casinos try a place called Cafe Litoral.  Ask in your hotel, concierge should know it. 


01/26/2018 - 3:38pm Who else

You are right, and it begs the question - how many other schools across the country have similar situations, even on a smaller scale? It would be very surprising if more does not come out from other schools. It is my hope that the publicity from this case will encourage more girls/women at other places to come forward 



01/24/2018 - 10:07am 2024

Based on their history, the NCAA should finish their investigation and announce their wrist slap in about.....2024. 



01/23/2018 - 4:55pm FWIW the New York Post

FWIW the New York Post dropped an article about this travesty this afternoon.…

It's mostly information already known around here, but it's good to see this starting to get national attention. 

They are not kind to State, to say the least. They do not paint them in a positive light. 


01/22/2018 - 1:48pm If only

If only we had this kind of goaltending 2 years ago, we may have beaten North Dakota and very possibly won a national championship. Oh, well. 

The Mel effect is strong here. Making the tournament in his first season would be tremendous. 

I think Marody leaves after this season. I am sure the Flyers will push that agenda. But hopefully Norris and Hughes stick around for one more. If so then a run to the Frozen Four is very possible. 



01/22/2018 - 10:41am Jack Del Rio

The latest rumor for the Giants DC is Jack del Rio. 

Pat Shurmer should be named HC tomorrow, I would imagine he will start naming assistants later this week. 

01/22/2018 - 10:20am I wonder

I wonder if he is not getting the interest that he was hoping for from bigger time programs, and rather than settle for a lesser program at this point in time, he is going to wait. 

I hope he ends up in a good place that will help him progress towards an NFL career. 



01/18/2018 - 12:39pm Viper

I thought I read that they were looking at him as a viper. Which is a critical as well as glamorous position in our D. And could/should make us more attractive to him.