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01/14/2019 - 1:15pm ... and MSU at #6.

I can…

... and MSU at #6.

I can live with that.

01/04/2019 - 9:03am Is it my imagination, or…

Is it my imagination, or does this seem a trivial post?

Asking for a friend.

01/04/2019 - 9:02am You are so brave.

You are so brave.

01/04/2019 - 9:00am A BIG night for Michigan…

A BIG night for Michigan Wrestling.  Congrats to the Team.

Perhaps we're a wrestling school too?  Just a questions for us to wrestle with...

01/02/2019 - 4:49pm Actually, you read that memo…

Actually, you read that memo incorrectly.

It said that, "Chris Carter will be going after T&A".


01/02/2019 - 4:43pm This is exactly why OSU has…

This is exactly why OSU has him teaching an Ethics class next semester.

Drop mic.  Walk away.

01/02/2019 - 10:12am My best guess is 14th.


My best guess is 14th.

Go Blue!

01/02/2019 - 10:09am Recruits care.

Recruits care.

01/02/2019 - 9:20am "The most egregious…

"The most egregious reference of straight up paying players at any school listed dates back to the mid 90's guessed it...Michigan basketball."

"My god do some research." 

Start with the Ed Martin relationship with Detroit players - NOT Michigan players.  Then get back to us.

01/02/2019 - 8:50am…

01/02/2019 - 8:44am So your school was so…

So your school was so concerned that they dropped Div 1 sports (I am familiar with the U of C story), BUT you're not sure about "following" Michigan because we use academics as an excuse for losing?

So if Michigan dropped Div 1 sports, you couldn't follow us anyways.




01/02/2019 - 8:31am…

12/31/2018 - 4:22pm We could win - honest we…

We could win - honest we could - if we would just lower ourselves to everyone else’s level. - I don't think that this is the sole determinant of Michigan's ability to win.  But it is a hindrance.

You want to tell me the Fab Five weren’t paid? - well, two were.  But if you had taken the time to actually research it at all, you would see that the payments occurred before they came to Michigan from a guy who was at that time was not a Michigan booster.  But you obviously don't care about facts.  Never let the facts get in the way of a biased accusation - right?

I forget, did they ace molecular genetics? - you didn't forget.  It is not a class at any school.  Anywhere.  But your point is that they didn't take tough classes, which is fair.

Brandon Gibbons was raping girls and Taylor Lewan got kicked off the team for threatening the girl to keep her from reporting. Or, wait, did they play out their careers at Michigan? - There was one girl.  Gibbons was expelled from the University.  Not our finest moment to be sure.  Lewan's accuser could not prove that he threatened her and later retracted her statement.

We aren't as good and we're speculating as to why.  There are many many reasons.


12/31/2018 - 3:52pm Q:  Do you know what the…

Q:  Do you know what the similarity is between a Michigan student and an Ohio State student?


A:  They could both get into Ohio State.

We're not a Harvard or Stanford or Notre Dame.  We were aware of that.  We're okay with that.

OSU has made big steps in their academic standings.  Congrats.  But, they really had nowhere else to go but up.

OSU has clearly excelled in football and have dominated the series over the last 25 years.  You're elite in that way.  Congrats. 

But in very few ways is OSU an equal school to Michigan academically.  Read any US New & World Report on colleges, any Times Higher Education, any QS Top Universities, any Forbes, etc.

Let's look at the QS Top Universities:  Michigan #20 - OSU #89.

So... Congrats on your 27 ACT score.  If in your mind, this trumps the fact that no unbiased organization agrees with you that OSU is an academic equal to Michigan, you are a Buckeye.

Go Blue!


12/31/2018 - 3:29pm The academic angle is…

The academic angle is overblown. - Perhaps, but it does exist.

Michigan does not have the same academic standards when it comes to football that Stanford has. - correct, but not too far behind.

If you are a 5 star recruit and are interested in Michigan, as long as you meet the NCAA's minimum standards, have no criminal history, you're getting into Michigan  - not true at all.  Sorry.  I know for a fact that this is not true.

Michigan does have a geographic disadvantage that will keep them from elite recruiting territory. - true.

All things equal, recruits generally pick the local school. Michigan will lose most of these battles and never quite break into elite recruiting territory. - Correct.

Does it make sense continuing to run Harbaugh's traditional offense... - not to me.

12/31/2018 - 3:06pm Amen.  However, I do believe…

Amen.  However, I do believe that there are institutional barriers to recruiting.  ND's coach has mentioned this, as well as Stanford's - so there is some basis here.

Coaching needs to take a  big step up and I believe the Harbaugh's up to the task.

12/31/2018 - 2:59pm Your request to "Provide a…

Your request to "Provide a single shred of evidence of payments" is absurd.  It really is.

But let's try this:  "The most common non-cash gifts to recruits are cars. In every major city inside the Southeastern Conference's footprint is a tangle of auto dealerships with varying ties to particular schools."

"Hey, how'd he get that ride? His uncle bought it. How did his uncle buy it? Paid cash. Paid cash, how'd he do that? Shit, we don't know, but here's the receipt where he paid cash, and now y'all ain't got shit."

"We can only get away with whatever's considered reasonable by the majority of the folks in our society. That's why it's different in the SEC. Maybe that's why we're able to be more active in what we do. Because no one ever looks at the car or the jewelry and says, 'How did you get that, poor football player?' They say, 'How did they get you that and not get caught, poor football player?'"

"There might not be a cultural mandate, but describing an October Saturday in the South as a culture accepting of this behavior would be a raging understatement."


Read the entire article.  While it does not mention any of your schools by name, it only mentions the SEC Conference.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Go Blue!

12/31/2018 - 2:35pm Bank statements can show…

Bank statements can show your income and expenditures but are not good indicators of a person's real wealth. 

A Balance Sheet would be preferable. 

As an RIA, I see many of the same reactions to market fluctuations as I do as an Alumnus with our fan base.

I believe the the OP's  points are valid, but to various degrees unique to each recruit.  Of course there are other influences as well that are outside of his Diary, but as a catalyst for discussion - an excellent starting point.

Go Blue.

12/31/2018 - 2:22pm But we're dealing with…

But we're dealing with seventeen year old kids who are often from warm weather states and are listening to other coaching staffs (and often friends and family) about how cold it is in Michigan. 

Cold is a relative term and Michigan is a lot colder than Florida in the winter. 

12/28/2018 - 1:28pm Enlighten us on where you…

Enlighten us on where you came upon this knowledge, please.

I will admit that in the case of Ed Martin's involvement with Chris Webber and others (but NOT all of the Fab Five) we did not exercise adequate institutional oversight.  We can argue all day as to whether Ed Martin was a Michigan booster - since the payments occurred prior to enrollment and also happened with other Detroit area players that didn't attend Michigan - but Michigan didn't look into it and we got what we deserved. 

The on court result?  Back to back appearances in the NCAA finals.  This would seem to support the theme of this Diary.

I will give you the fact that boosters are hard for any school to control. 

The rest of your post is tripe.  Show us your sources or go away.

12/28/2018 - 1:10pm You're forgetting an…

You're forgetting an important rule:

Never let facts get in the way of a good story. 

Carry on

12/28/2018 - 1:07pm Excellent points.  The trips…

Excellent points.  The trips will matter to some 17 year old kids, and to most parents.  It will have no meaning to others.  We can't get them all.  Our message either resonates or it doesn't. 

I do believe that most highly ranked and recruited kids want to 1.  be comfortable but pushed, 2.  improve their game, 3.  have their talent spotlighted, 4.  win championships and, 5.   have a shot at the pros.  Speaking in generalizations - everything else is simply a lower priority.



11/26/2017 - 6:50pm Instead...

We’ll get to listen to different debates over whether the starter is any good or not, or whether his troubles were injury, or the offense of line, or playcalling, or blah, or black, or blah…

11/26/2017 - 6:40pm Thank you Wilton

You are a Michigan Man. Nothing but our best wishes for your future, no matter where you go or what path you choose.

10/24/2017 - 9:02pm I'm surprised

That Penn State didn't offer first.


(just sayin')

10/17/2017 - 1:16pm The issue here is not if we broke a few rules

or took a few liberties with our female party guests.

We did.

03/09/2017 - 2:34pm ^ What he said.

X 2

03/09/2017 - 2:27pm Convincing win.

One of their best wins of the year considering what this team has been through in the last day.

Credit Beilein, palyers and the staff. 

10/07/2016 - 1:53pm By Hodor you of course mean


10/07/2016 - 1:47pm Well... only because

he can't afford to buy the tickets with his pizza delivery income.

10/07/2016 - 1:43pm That sounded like Mike Dantonio

didn't it?

08/10/2016 - 11:36am So, let me get this right.

You're not sayin'.

You're just sayin'.

Are you in politics?

08/10/2016 - 11:34am Got your subtle humor

But that game was funnier. Almost felt bad for them.  Then I remembered their dickish fans...

08/10/2016 - 11:12am I agree with your opinion.

So my formula is this:

65% That Mike Dantonio is a darn good coach -  he was going to succeed no matter what.

20% That Michigan floundered with poor coaching decisions.  We floundered.

5% Backstabbing by "Michigan Men", for reasons that I will never understand.

5% Brandon - no real explanation required here.

5% Can be added at your discression to any of the above catagories. 


To me the real question is, "To what extent did MSU benefit from Michigans slump?"  It is clear to me that they would have been very good regardless.  "How good?" is the unanswerable question.

06/22/2016 - 12:44pm Silverado

Outlaw Josey Wales

Blazing Saddles

06/13/2016 - 11:06am Could he actually swim?

Just asking?

Not every kid can make the Michigan Swim Team and everyone needs to go somewhere, Right?


Go Blue!

06/13/2016 - 10:59am Hodor

Hodor, Hodor, Hodor, Hodor...

05/25/2016 - 2:58pm Kind of going out on a limb here...

But I'm predicting that the team with the most wins will win their division and/or conference. 


Captain Obvious

05/25/2016 - 2:54pm Well played sir.

+1 for historical/hysterical knowledge.

05/25/2016 - 2:49pm In a related story

Michigan Maintenance Dept. announcese the the forklift has finally been fixed and is back in operation (running over starting blocks).

05/24/2016 - 3:54pm Excellent

+1 for being a Dude.

05/23/2016 - 10:43am I am wondering how dragons

Would do against the White Walkers...


05/23/2016 - 10:38am That was brilliant.

Like you, I've read all and still was not really prepared for the intensity of that scene.

The comparison to Rutgers is re-inforced. 


05/21/2016 - 7:14pm Actually a window sticker

(In old English)

Your School Sucks

05/18/2016 - 5:09pm I was at the 86 game.

I'd do another away game to Hawaii in a heart beat. 

BTW - also at the 1998 game...

05/12/2016 - 8:12am While you are there

Check out Holland's Our Brewing Company - the brewmaster, Edward, is my son and a Michigan alumnus. Go Brew!

05/12/2016 - 8:04am Probably not MSU students

They are not good a reading for comprehension.

05/11/2016 - 9:17pm Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Flint

Will be there and approves of this message.

If you're intrested plase stop by and lend a hand.

Go Blue!

05/11/2016 - 2:32pm Dear Nick

As Michigan alumn and fans, we officially welcome you back to Michigan.  You have always been welcomed here, even though you ran away several years ago because you couldn't compete with us then. 

A few notes for your trip:

1.  You won't have to make excuses when you leave this time.  We're used to it.

2.  It gets all the way down to the 80's at night here so you should pack your jammies.

4.  You might want to invest in a Alabama-to-English dictionary. 

5.  Be prepared to work.  You know; do coach like things.

6.  There will be many MSU fans here to welcome you.  Learn to duck.

7.  Jim's been expecting you - see #5 above.

8.  We already hate the color scarlet, so don't take that personally.

9.  You can't compete with us now either.

10.  Go Blue


05/11/2016 - 10:30am A +1 for the Cobra 427SC

and +1 for the Koenigsegg CCXR