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08/20/2018 - 11:54am I want to point out that his…

I want to point out that his 2012 team was as garbage an undefeated team can possibly be.

The best team they played all year was probably 8-5 Michigan at home (Michigan was better than Nebraska even though Nebraska finished 10-4. If anyone ever wanted to make the case that 10 wins is not impressive, check out that Nebraska season. Two losses in which they gave up 60+ points, a win over Michigan in which Denard Robinson got hurt early and multiple pull it out their ass wins in the final quarter). 

Seriously, Urban Meyer started 25-0 because he played no one. It would be like Jim Harbaugh and Michigan not playing 2015 Utah, 2015 Michigan State, 2015 Ohio State, 2016 Colorado, 2016 Penn State, 2016 Wisconsin, 2016 Ohio State his first two years. He'd be like 23-1 with the only loss being at the last second to Iowa. 

All this to say, that 2012 Ohio State team would have been dismantled in any kind of playoff. 

08/16/2018 - 1:36pm TL;DR

This is an 11/12 win…


This is an 11/12 win team that could be dragged down to 9/10 wins if the offensive line is average or sucks as it has the last 7 or 8 years. 

08/16/2018 - 10:34am What is the upside of…

What is the upside of keeping Durkin? A player died at one of his practices because his staff pushed them beyond the point of physical exhaustion and did not administer proper medical care. I can't understand any reason why Maryland wouldn't want to move on from that even if Durkin wasn't 100% responsible in that moment. 

Seems like they would want to turn the page. 

08/15/2018 - 6:39pm I think the teams were…

I think the teams were fairly even overall. 

Per usual, Sparty was luckier (just like they were in 2015). 


08/15/2018 - 6:38pm You're not wrong. But I don…

You're not wrong. But I don't think they were overall a better team, just better at one key position as well as lucky. 

Luckily that position should be fixed this year, so I would regard Michigan as the favorite. 

08/15/2018 - 5:37pm Were they? Or was our QB…

Were they? Or was our QB play so atrocious and the fumble luck so one-sided that they eked out a 14-10 win? 

08/15/2018 - 2:02pm *Stamford


08/15/2018 - 10:03am It really wasn't. The App…

It really wasn't. The App State loss came when Michigan had a team that was supposed to compete for a national title. The Toledo loss was just a bad team beating a less bad team. 

08/15/2018 - 10:00am But his hire wasn't…

But his hire wasn't disappointing. At that point he had an excellent track record and was the probably top option available. 

08/15/2018 - 9:54am I kind of agree with him. 

I kind of agree with him. 

Last year was a massive disappointment because you wouldn't expect a season to feel so Hoke-like with Jim Harbaugh at the helm. 

Given that there were zero quality wins, two games that were thrown away due to poor coaching (Michigan State and South Carolina), no victories over rivals, QB and OL regression...I never expected that. Honestly, what was there to be happy about last year when it came to the results? That Michigan probably would have beaten Ohio State with a different QB? 

There were certainly lower points from 2008-2014, but from a disappointment standpoint last year was hard to top*.


*Obviously, the Morris concussion and how it was handled was the most disappointed I've been in regards to the program, but I'm looking at it from strictly football. 

08/14/2018 - 4:57pm Wasn't the issue with…

Wasn't the issue with Gibbons how Brady Hoke handled it in front of the press?

08/14/2018 - 1:20pm Its hard for me to believe…

Its hard for me to believe that if you did not physically harm someone you would respond to that text with anything other than a denial. 

Edit: I should mention that I sympathize with your situation. I know people who've been on either side of these type of things. 

It just feels like this is probably true given the amount of evidence over an extended period of time. Not to mention Zach Smith's general demeanor doesn't suggest this would be all that surprising. But who knows, maybe it could all be false. 

08/14/2018 - 1:09pm Did you send her texts…

Did you send her texts seeming to confirm that the abuse had occurred?

08/14/2018 - 12:12pm It'd probably fall under…

It'd probably fall under helping foster a culture where it was acceptable to treat McNair the way he was treated. 

08/14/2018 - 11:20am Is that last part actually…

Is that last part actually true? Kelly directly ordered it?

08/14/2018 - 11:14am There are plenty of…

There are plenty of instances of athletes dying from over-exhaustion. 

How many instances in the athletic world are there of someone dying from blowing over in a lift?


08/14/2018 - 10:07am I think so too (other than…

I think so too (other than some of the Gibbons situation). 

Just throwing in the devil's advocate response. 

08/14/2018 - 9:53am Opposing fans would probably…

Opposing fans would probably bring up Gibbons, Frank Clark, Grant Perry and LTT. 

Not sure if they would count as some sort of scandal or rather individual one offs. 

08/14/2018 - 9:46am I'm definitely not a Brian…

I'm definitely not a Brian Kelly fan, but Declan Sullivan's death felt more like a tragic fluke. Had any coach or trainer ever seen one of those lifts go over in high wind? I'm guessing they hadn't and thus didn't understand the risk. 

Maybe I'm wrong though. 

08/14/2018 - 9:40am I agree its definitely…

I agree its definitely easier to connect Durkin to McNair's death.

08/14/2018 - 9:13am How could you not want to…

How could you not want to start over if you are Maryland? Keeping Durkin would be the height of stupidity. 

08/14/2018 - 9:10am Your second paragraph is…

Your second paragraph is excellent and applies to the world at large, not just football.

08/14/2018 - 9:09am When you say "people", do…

When you say "people", do you mean the average Ohio State fan or the college football community at large?

Because outside of the comment section on Eleven Warriors, it isn't that hard to connect Meyer to Smith: He hired a guy he knew had abused his wife and he kept him on staff despite knowing the abuse had continued. I think most people understand this. 

The average Ohio State fan excuses this by pretending that Urban Meyer is just some random employee at the university:

"He did all he could! What more could he do other than report it to Gene Smith! The police didn't even press charges!" and so on. 

If Urban Meyer wanted Zach Smith gone at any point before this year, Zach Smith would have been gone. He clearly didn't out of some combination of loyalty to his grandfather, friendship and the illusion of ignorance so as not to tarnish his reputation and team. There's no pretending that he didn't know what was going on. 

If he had John Cooper's record against Michigan after 6 years, he would have been fired last week. Everyone knows the math that's going on right now: Does the potential furor over keeping him outweigh the potential wins

08/14/2018 - 8:09am The beginning of Suffixgate?

The beginning of Suffixgate?

08/14/2018 - 8:07am It probably wasn't fair that…

It probably wasn't fair that O'Korn was the back-up last year, but when given his opportunity to seize the job, Peters didn't take it. 

08/14/2018 - 8:05am This is amazingly false. 

This is amazingly false. 

People were incredibly high on Peters until the South Carolina game. That was his game to solidify his position as front runner and he blew it.

Believe me, I'm someone who thought we didn't even need Patterson up until that performance. 

07/30/2018 - 11:11pm Please win all the games…

Please win all the games this year. 

07/30/2018 - 5:16pm Personally, I wish the UFRs…

Personally, I wish the UFRs that have been skipped from the previous year would come in July just to complete the picture of the season for that particular series. Even if reliving the losses suck, its superior to draftteggaddonn. 

07/29/2018 - 12:54pm I mean, who were the QBs? 

I mean, who were the QBs? 

A guy he had to go get from Iowa that became an NFL draft pick after no one would have expected that in 2014, a Borges recruit that he turned into the single greatest Borges QB of all time (which isn't much, but still something), a guy he had to go get from Houston (which seemed perfectly rational at the time, but in hindsight probably screwed up 2017 quite a bit) and a RS FR that he recruited. 

If Patterson looks worse, then sure, maybe his entire track record is a fraud, but come on. We're not talking about Urban Meyer taking over Ohio State with his QB ideal in place in Braxton Miller. 

07/29/2018 - 12:39pm Doesn't he (or his family)…

Doesn't he (or his family) own a downtown hotel that happens to sponsor a certain podcast from a certain site run by a certain individual?

07/29/2018 - 12:36pm Brian's ran this blog since…

Brian's ran this blog since 2005 correct? Michigan is on their 4th coach with the previous three tenures ending in disappointing to disastrous fashion. Michigan football is 1-???? against Ohio State in that time. They are 5-8 against MSU. They haven't won their division or conference. They routinely lose in excruciating fashion to avoid playing for anything meaningful.

I mean, the team gets the absolute perfect coaching candidate and its been almost meaningless thus far (a lot of times due to things happening outside of his control) when you look at it from an enjoyment/success standpoint. 

I can't imagine this is how Brian pictured things being in 2018 when he started this blog. 

07/29/2018 - 10:22am Probably because people can…

Probably because people can recognize how insanely unlucky he is to 1-2 and 0-3 against the rivals. 

07/29/2018 - 10:19am In the 4th quarter Michigan…

In the 4th quarter Michigan ran 9 plays. They passed on 5 of those downs. They passed on 1st down twice. They passed on each 3rd down. 

In what way did Harbaugh, with a QB who couldn't throw more than 20 yards, turtle? 

07/29/2018 - 10:15am This is of course, yet…

This is of course, yet another...trying to be polite for the sake of discourse...misinformed take. After Ohio State scored to make it 17-14 (after Mason Cole, Wilton Speight and the officials conspired to give the game back to Ohio State), Michigan passed on first down more than they ran. If you're looking at six minutes as the marker, Michigan had a perfectly reasonable 3rd and 4 that saw Amara Darboh open on a routine open slant that Wilton Speight threw behind him. 

Michigan never got the ball back because the officials decided to call pass interference on an action they would then deem not worthy of a call when it happened to Michigan in overtime. 

But please, let's keep going on about how Michigan tried to run out the clock and turtled or whatever else. 

07/29/2018 - 9:50am They had 5 total yards of…

They had 5 total yards of offense because Higdon cut into a defender that was blocked and Wilton Speight missed an open slant on 3rd and 4. On top of this, Ohio State was gifted an extension of their final drive on a bogus pass interference call, denying Michigan the ball again. 

The plays that were called had Michigan set up to win that game. The players failed to execute them. Anyone who complains about this is being foolish. 

07/20/2018 - 6:50pm I guarantee Michigan wins…

I guarantee Michigan wins the division and beats both OSU and MSU this year. 

07/19/2018 - 1:52pm "Otherwise a very good…

"Otherwise a very good season". Are seasons only three games long?

Speight was nowhere close to very good most of the season. He was, at best, fine the first part of the season. When the team hit the garbage portion of the schedule - MSU, Illinois, Maryland - he lit things up. He was atrocious against Iowa and I guess get's an incomplete the rest of the way because of the shoulder injury. 

His performance this year showed exactly why there should have been a competition: Because he isn't very good. He's fine. He's middle of the pack. He's okay. He's average. And he won the job because average is actually the best Michigan could produce last year. 

07/19/2018 - 1:46pm You mean the QB who played…

You mean the QB who played well against the garbage portion of the schedule before falling apart against Iowa? 

07/19/2018 - 1:45pm What's frustrating is that…

What's frustrating is that it looked like he was starting to get a hang on things during the Wisconsin game. Then the OL decides to get him killed, he looks bad in the bowl game...and now here we are. 

07/18/2018 - 2:14pm He sure can. It doesn't mean…

He sure can. It doesn't mean that as readers we can't make suggestions to try and help out. 

07/18/2018 - 2:11pm See guys, the MGoBlog staff…

See guys, the MGoBlog staff has the pulse of their readership! 

07/18/2018 - 1:24pm Suggestion: Why not create…

Suggestion: Why not create an offshoot of MGoBlog for this type of stuff? Could link to it on a side bar. 

I say this as a soccer fan (probably more than the average MGoBlog reader): You are an interesting writer, even if its a subject I dislike or don't really care about (never thought I'd spend more than 3 minutes reading about Ann Arbor politics!) and I wouldn't mind reading more USMNT takes. But I wonder if it wouldn't be more organized to give the subject its own space as it doesn't really pertain to Michigan athletics. 

07/17/2018 - 11:06pm Definitely this. 

I feel…

Definitely this. 

I feel like this reflects in a lot of the football writing on the site as well. 


06/26/2018 - 6:05pm This is probably an unfair…

This is probably an unfair way of looking at it, but I think the concern people have over recruiting stems from a time period starting with Hinton's commitment on August 5th 2017 till today. 

From that point on, what would the player average be for the typical Michigan commit in both the 2018 and 2019 classes? How would it compare to Ohio State and Penn State's over that same period? Given that Mazi Smith is Michigan's first top 150 player since then, I imagine the gap would be much larger than what we are looking at for the 2019 class. 

It just seems strange. Everything appeared to humming along fine and then it just stopped. Recruiting, coaching, was all just off once the season started last year. Maybe a weekend like this is a turning point. 


06/26/2018 - 1:32pm Honestly, if the DTs aren't…

Honestly, if the DTs aren't hacking it next year, just throw Greg Mattison in there. Dude's looking like a monster run stopper.

06/26/2018 - 1:31pm To be fair, those rankings…

To be fair, those rankings are mainly volume based at this point are they not? 

And isn't Smith the first top-150 recruit the staff has locked up in quite some time?

Recruiting concerns are legitimate given how our in conference rivals are doing and how last season panned out. 

I think the ship will right itself next year with a big season and the last year will be a blip, but its been disappointing (both recruiting and last year's play) given Harbaugh's reputation. 

05/28/2018 - 11:57pm So sick of dumb

So sick of dumb people.

Speight was involved in an offense that returned something like 9 starters and was backed by a legitimately great defense. He was bad to okay until a three game stretch against the worst part of the schedule. He then reverted to bad to okay after that. 

Comparing that situation to the roster of Ole MIss is absurd and not the same. 

05/28/2018 - 5:18pm Up until last year, the

Up until last year, the handling of Peppers in 2016 was the only knock anyone could really have on Harbaugh. 

05/28/2018 - 5:16pm He didn't have nearly the

He didn't have nearly the team that Michigan had in 2016. Even the other weakest part of the 2016 team (OL) was superior to what Ole Miss was throwing out there. 

05/28/2018 - 12:09pm Speight was fine. When he

Speight was fine. When he started getting all kinds of praise came after the weakest portion of the schedule (Maryland, MSU, Illinois). Then he melted down against Iowa (pre-injury) and mixed nice throws with disasters against OSU. 

I would expect Patterson to be much better, but who knows. I thought Peters was going to take the starters job during the bowl game and that obviously didn't happen.