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06/21/2018 - 4:38pm There is no such thing as …

There is no such thing as "random coincidence".  

 

06/20/2018 - 4:23pm It all starts with good…

It all starts with good recruiting.  The question is defining a good recruiting class.  Previous data sifting indicates the teams with the most 4 and 5 star recruits tend to rise to the top of rankings each year (have the most in-season success).  No one should be surprised by that.  Nevertheless, many teams have sustained success without grabbing a handful of top 100 players each recruiting cycle (e.g., MSU, WI).

Furthermore, recruiting isn't the end-all in fielding a successful football team.  Harbaugh continually attracts good coaches.  Harbaugh is himself a top-tier coach.  Brown is clearly at the top of the profession.  Harbaugh and his staff have NFL cred, which is attractive to D-I kids who seek to play in the league.  Good coaching goes a long way in attracting talent and developing it.

With all that said, I understand how fans of UM football (myself included) expect better recruiting results.  Last year was kind of a "WTF?" moment.  Michigan reduced to gathering up a bevy of 3 stars?  Unthinkable with Harbaugh at the helm.  We want to recruit at the OSU level, or at least within shouting distance of Meyer and his crew.  An we don't want a kid from our backyard going to WI, especially if its a position of need.  Perhaps the biggest issue now regarding recruiting is the uncertainty regarding the direction or trend of this program.  Winning begets good recruiting classes.  At a time when the luster of the Harbaugh hire had worn off, and when followers naively expected 10+ win seasons to be the norm, 8-5 happened.  A lousy bowl game showing happened.  Some high recruit defections happened.  Shit happened.

This season could right the recruiting ship.  We are set up for a helluva season.  A tough schedule.  If it turns out the way we all hope (not what the oddsmakers are predicting) it will be a terrific platform for recruiting.  But we have to win some games we are not expected to win.  We have to beat some really good teams at their house.  I see this season as a real turning point.

 

06/20/2018 - 4:06pm Elite speed, elite…

Elite speed, elite athleticism.  If he adds length he will add stars next to his recruiting profile.  Hope we can hang on to him.

04/09/2018 - 3:49pm Some dads aren't worth getting back with or worth having around

Don't know about Rashan's dad but if he didn't even bother to come see him play ball in high school and doesn't contact him now that he's on a trajectory to be an All-American . . .  that says something about dad.  The important thing is having ONE parent that loves and supports you.  Rashan has that.  His mom clearly loves and cares for her son.

04/09/2018 - 3:19pm There's no way to test your premise . . .

But I would hazard a guess our lackluster season had alot more to do with poor O-line play, poor QB play and the team being very inexperienced vs. cameras in the locker room.or in the dorm room or on the sidelines.  

04/08/2018 - 1:16pm We knew how the games came out, because we all watched them

So this was supposed to provide insights into the program from Sunday until game day.  It was a nice mix of personal stuff, a little practice stuff, school stuff and fluff stuff.  

Lots of viewers seem to have the same takeaway re the QB:  lack of leadership.  What happens on the sideline and in the huddle often translates on the field.  That was not a confident bunch and the field generals were not consistent in their play or inspirational in their leadership.  

I find it almost humorous that Pep Hamilton has been mercilessly trashed on this site post-season and now he is seen as a capable coach who really knows his shit.  Which really means most of us don't really know shit (about DI college football).  Me included.

04/08/2018 - 1:06pm They've hopefully established the floor . . .

Now let's see if they can reach the ceiling if there is a next season.  Let's have "All or Nothing, the Sequel" become "Beat the Shit out of ND, MSU, Penn State, Wisky and OSU".  That's just a working title, but I think you catch my drift.

04/08/2018 - 1:04pm You are right about Jim Harbaugh

His remarks seem very canned; very cookie cutter coach-speak.  Give me Don Brown yelling at the top of his lungs with "fuck" in every sentence.  That's who I would lay it on the line for every play, every day.

04/08/2018 - 12:59pm Here's my New Yorker Magazine style review of "All or Nothing"

Pretty muchg nothing.  We didn't win any more games in the retelling of the season than we did first go around.  This is clearly a "heavily edited" version and vision of the 2017 season.  I'm guessing there was alot more discontent in that lockeroom than they showed, which I guess makes sense since this was probably supposed to help recruiting on top of raking in some cash.  Because of editing (and Michigan had unfettered control of this from what I've read) its hard to get a true feel of what was going on behind the scenes in this "behind the scenes" look at Michigan football.  Wild speculation:  Not much leadership on the offensive side of the ball, and especially at QB.  Some kids are born to be natural leaders in the huddle.  Maybe we will get one of those guys some day.  From what I've read that guy might very well be Shea Patterson.  Last thing:  these are kids with a big job.  Div I Power 5 Conference football is big buisness and a big stage.  They acquit themselves well with respect to being under the microscope for a series like this.  They all come across as decent human beings, smart people, articulate spokesmen for the university.  That in and of itself was worth the price of admission.

03/20/2018 - 4:18pm I would like to ban the use of the word "salty"

except as it applies to seasoning food or sailors who have been out to sea for extended periods of time without a shower.  Any other use is kind of dumb.  So many better words to describe Coach Sampson as a dick.  Yeah.  That one.  Dick.

03/20/2018 - 4:16pm Zone defenses aren't legal

in many middle eastern countries.  That's a definite thing.

03/20/2018 - 4:14pm Was this decision made by

Pep Hamilton?

 

03/20/2018 - 4:11pm Have the paddles at the ready

I thought Valenti was going to have a cardiac event.  What a brutal takedown of Izzo.  This guy is the Rush Limbaugh of sports radio, only ten times smarter, which makes him only 20 times less smart than most posters on this site.

03/20/2018 - 4:08pm I guess you could say

"Bombas Away!"

03/20/2018 - 4:00pm high seed--kiss of death in first two rounds

But now everything returns to normal and Michigan as the highest seed on the left side of the bracket starts cleaning up on the pretenders.  A&M won't be able to guard our inside-outside game.  We continue to defend at an elite level.  Wagner comes out of his slumber.  MAAR hits a few more 3s.  Jordan Poole capitalizes on his new-found fame and puts together solid performances off the bench.  Duncan Robinson snipes in a few treys.  Teske bumps and grinds with the TAM bigs.  It's all coming together sports fans!!!

03/20/2018 - 3:56pm the wooden bench

that says "winner" on it.

02/07/2018 - 5:24pm New strength coach needs to put some meat on all those DBs

Surely one or two of them have the frame to put on 80 lbs of muscle and eventually play OT as a fifth year senior.  Is HGT a banned substance in the NCAA?

02/07/2018 - 5:08pm This team has multiple personality disorder

This particular UM bball team a) plays down to competition, b) forgets they are playing DI college basketball and what that is supposed to look like or 3) plays at an elite level when up against elite-level teams.  Everyone acknowledges they are better defensively and on the boards.  But man, they can't consistently play the kind of offense we are accustomed to with Beilen teams.

They aren't going to get "white hot" like last year's team did at just the right time.  Zavier Simpson is a sophomore guard who can't shoot, even though he has lots of talent and works is butt off on the defensive end.  Charles Matthews seems to be pretty much a one trick pony, and defenses are now taking away his "slash to the bucket dribbling with his right hand into the paint" move.  Wagner may be good for 20 points on any given nite.  But then again he may not.  The pieces haven't fit together offensively on a consistent basis.  

They can be a fun team to watch.  They have potential.  But they can be frustrating as hell on any given nite.  And whatever they are, or whatever they can be, they are not going to go deep in the NCAA tournament unless there is some Beilen magic dust that hasn't yet been sprinkled this season.  

01/29/2018 - 3:26pm UCLA vs UM in January

84 degrees on the beautiful UCLA campus last weekend.  Co-eds in shorts and halter tops.  I doubt any of this would ever influence a serious student-athlete but then again . . . 

01/23/2018 - 4:14pm Just how many Dbacks does one team need?

Apparently alot under the Harbaugh method to our madness.  First scrimmage will be the Dbacks vs. the Tight ends.

01/18/2018 - 3:51pm What if Pep is really good?

It doesn't seem the haters are taking into account Harbaugh hired the guy to a very important coaching position when he had other alternatives.   Face it, we had a below-average O-line, especially when it came to pass pro.  Once Speight was sidelined we had no real experience at QB, and what we had didn't produce.  You do remember O'Korn running for his life (including times he should have just moved up in the pocket) and Brandon Peters missing his share of relatively easy throws, right?  You can't put all that on Pep.  I'm not sure you can put any of it on Pep.  So many folks on this blog seem to think Pep is the problem, or as I like to say, using the familiar acronym, "PITP".  Catchy, huh?  Well, you can all just PITP up a rope.  I've said my piece.  Now let's get the boys to come together and win one for the Pepper!!

01/10/2018 - 5:12pm Until we start winning the recruiting battles . . .

We can only dream of sustained success in the league and sniff around the CFPs.  Harbaugh is a very good coach.  If you think you and I want UM to win big, imagine what he feels given the pressure and his competitive nature.  He will continue to put together a good staff.  He will burn the midnight oil.  I assume he will tweek the offense if needed.  But without high-end players, we are just wishing and hoping.  A bunch of 3 stars that rate at below 600 nationally probably, just probably, won't get us where we want to be.  Maybe this is just a one year blip on the recruiting screen.  

01/10/2018 - 5:11pm Until we start winning the recruiting battles . . .

We can only dream of sustained success in the league and sniff around the CFPs.  Harbaugh is a very good coach.  If you think you and I want UM to win big, imagine what he feels given the pressure and his competitive nature.  He will continue to put together a good staff.  He will burn the midnight oil.  I assume he will tweek the offense if needed.  But without high-end players, we are just wishing and hoping.  A bunch of 3 stars that rate at below 600 nationally probably, just probably, won't get us where we want to be.  Maybe this is just a one year blip on the recruiting screen.  

01/07/2018 - 4:15pm I think character could be predicted and predictive

I'll bet there are plenty of ways coaching staffs plumb the character of prospective recruits.  I believe recruiting "good character" student-athletes is more important at UM than at many Div I schools.  I also believe having character players creates good chemistry which can transfer onto the field.

01/07/2018 - 4:10pm I could live with some "entitled" five stars

Maybe Harbaugh could then develop them into "unentitled" 5 stars who use their elite athleticism and football skilz to win us some more games!  I prefer that to using the MSU Dantonio diamond in the rough 3 star approach.  I'd even take a nice big pool of 4 stars every year. 

Just a thought.

01/07/2018 - 4:01pm Also soybeans

Some will go for the soybeans.

01/03/2018 - 8:28pm Could it be possible

That Harbaugh has fallen behind scheme-wise on the offensive side

Of the ball as concerns the college game? He's not coaching a bunch of of NFL pro-bowlers. Theres a reason you see so much spread stuff in college these days. There's a reason the QBs in spread offenses rely on the sidelines for pre-snap adjustments. Even Alabama has made moves in this direction.

12/29/2017 - 3:50pm I meant 2017

My mistake.

12/29/2017 - 3:49pm Attendance at bowl games in 2018

Is plain embarrassing. When the cameras accidentally scan the stands it looks like a bunch of parents huddled together at a pee wee football game.

12/29/2017 - 3:47pm To ‘Bama

I also heard he was transferring to Bama, but is forgoing football to be a colorist at a hair salon.

12/26/2017 - 1:33am Your comment is bullshit

Yeah, you.

12/25/2017 - 5:16pm Don't wonder

Patterson if he's eligible.

12/25/2017 - 5:10pm Cut this guy off

Too much mulled wine.

12/25/2017 - 5:09pm Harbaugh decrees victory

He insists that his players win or else.

12/25/2017 - 5:06pm Surprise

Patterson successfully files for preliminary injunction on eligibility and thru an administrative error is declared eligible nunc pro tunc and starts in Outback while law clerks consider the matter

On the merits.

12/25/2017 - 5:03pm In your heart U know

He's right.

12/22/2017 - 10:06pm Spellcheckmate

Morons. If you’re going to call someone a moron you best spell it correctly otherwise someone might call you a moron.

12/22/2017 - 2:23pm Roster balance

Half our team roster is made up of cornerbacks and safeties. OK, slight exaggeration, but it's not a great need right now.

12/21/2017 - 1:06pm We three kings from orient are, bearing gifts

Three highly-touted QBs.  One football.  One starter come the ND game in late August 2018, or whenever.  

Peters:  We have a decent, but not extensive, sample size of Peters under center and certainly under fire, running Harbaugh's offense (and running from oncoming blitzers).  I'd give him an "incomplete" or "to be determined" grade-wise with his limited action.  Made some throws; missed some easy throws.  Seems to have touch on his passes.  Purportedly possesses a strong arm and can make all the throws.  Seemed to have a grasp of the offense even though he apparently didn't have the whole playbook.  

McCaffrey:  Who the hell knows?  Good athletic DNA.  Highly-rated.  A complete mystery as far as an outsider looking in can tell.  

Patterson:  We know what he can do in a read option, which is nothing like the pro stuff UM is running.  Hasn't been in a system where he has to do a ton of evaluation at the line of scrimmage--coaches do that for him from the sideline.  Obviously this kid is athletic enough to keep plays alive and has a good arm.  I'm guessing he has leadership qualities and a "we can do this!" attitude that is infectious for those in the huddle with him.  I think that is a possible missing piece for Peters.  If you've played sports, that quality in a QB especially is not to be underestimated in its importance.  I see this guy as the starter under the lights in South Bend for that reason, assuming they are all close talent-wise.

12/21/2017 - 12:46pm I do not take pleasure in another team's misery but . . .

Ok.  The Buckeyes lost some recruiting battles but still have the #2 class in the nation.  Even with their losses I expect every person on this board would trade our recruiting class for theirs in a heartbeat.  Maybe it would take two heartbeats but yes. . . 

That said, I love to see people turn down the Urban offer.  It shows how petty I am, deep down (and also on the surface).

12/21/2017 - 12:38pm Winovich or Mo?

Winovich can't possibly be a first rounder, can he?  Seems like he benefited greatly from the extra attention (double teams) that were given Rashan and Mo.  I think he's a terrific college player--don't get me wrong--but I don't see him as a high pick at this stage of his career.  

 

12/20/2017 - 9:53pm Admission requirements differences

I guess it’s common knowledge that schools like UM, Stanford, and Notre Dame have more stringent admissions standards for their student-athletes than other universities. Does anyone know specifically how different the standards are, say, between an SEC school like Alabama, and Michigan? I just wonder if we “price ourselves out of the market” for a lot of high level recruits because they just can’t meet UM standards. I’m not in any way suggesting that’s a bad thing; just have always been curious.

12/20/2017 - 9:47pm Admission requirements differences

I guess it’s common knowledge that schools like UM, Stanford, and Notre Dame have more stringent admissions standards for their student-athletes than other universities. Does anyone know specifically how different the standards are, say, between an SEC school like Alabama, and Michigan? I just wonder if we “price ourselves out of the market” for a lot of high level recruits because they just can’t meet UM standards. I’m not in any way suggesting that’s a bad thing; just have always been curious.

12/20/2017 - 9:34pm I find it refreshing . . .

That no one on the board is being critical of potential high pick players who might opt out of a bowl game as a way of preserving their future NFL career. It’s a tough issue to sort out for the fan, but when millions of dollars are potentially at stake it’s hard to substitute your judgment for a kid who has sweated blood to get to the next level.

12/20/2017 - 9:28pm Limited snaps? Wonder if coaches will negotiate with guys like Mo and promise to limit their snaps in exchange for a commitment to play in a bowl game?
12/20/2017 - 9:27pm Limited snaps?

Wonder if coaches will negotiate with guys like Mo and promise to limit their snaps in exchange for a commitment to play in a bowl game?

12/20/2017 - 6:11pm Hey! Not everyone has to think like you . . .

A valid point was made. Look at all the top programs that are bringing in multiple 5 star recruits. This UM class is thin. Your suggestion this is a good class because of “hand picked talent” doesn’t resonate with some of us. All recruiting classes are comprised of hand-picked talent. That’s what recruiting is. This wasn’t a year where the coaches said “hey, let’s ignore the top recruiting targets and go for ‘hand-picked’ talent instead”. Don’t think that happened.

12/20/2017 - 6:04pm Wife elgibility?

Can she play the 4?

12/19/2017 - 8:01pm Cogent and persuasive analysis

You nailed it. Ole Miss weathering the storm is best accomplished by Ole Miss keeping their head down and seeking shelter. Being involved in any controversy and/or litigation accomplishes the opposite.

12/19/2017 - 3:51pm My first comment as a commentator

I've been reading stuff on this blog for a year now and also the comments.  Today I just set up my account so I can weigh in on the important issues of the day, football-wise.  Don't know how upvote and downvote works, but my instincts tell me I'm going to be a huge upvote getter in the coming days, months and years.

I'm probably older than most of you and often times wonder why I spend so much time wondering and worrying about whether a particular 16 or 17 year old high school kid is going to choose UM over OSU, Georgia or  . . . .  Anyone else feel like "hey, I need to get a life".

That's all for now.  Let the upvotes begin.  When I get enough, do I get to turn them in for a small bag of curly fries?