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01/23/2019 - 12:11pm Do not want. However, what I… Do not want. However, what I want or don't want doesn't really matter. I'll just say that imhe, this definitely WON'T make bowls great again. There are so many issues. The problem is different constituencies. For me, I loved when there were maybe 5 - 6 important bowls (Rose, Orange Cotton, Fiesta, Sugar) scattered over New Year's Eve and Day, over different TV networks. I could gorge on football for a day and a half, definitely watch whatever bowl Michigan was playing in, and watch part of several other bowls. I could (theoretically) go to any of those bowls, because New Year's (and the day before) were holidays. When games are spread out, it is much more difficult to make them. But there is more than that. Imagine the game between the number 1 and number 8 seed. You have to travel, quite likely an expensive ticket. If you are a fan of the 8 seed, you know you are likely going to be killed. If you are a fan of the 1 seed, you know you are likely going to have 2 more games. Why would you want to go to a quarterfinal when you can likely go to a semifinal or final game? The NFL model is different. You are playing at the home field of a team, all the way until the final game. What that means is you have a built in fanbase until the very end. With the possible exception of Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Michigan Stadium would be full of Michigan fans. Same with any top 20 team. But that's not the college model. More than that, college stadiums aren't designed like NFL stadiums, which are better equipped to deal with games in December and January. For these reasons and others, I'd prefer to go back to no playoff: just two teams in the championship, rotated between the 4 or 5 major bowls. If there were 5 games between NY Eve and Day, with one of them being the championship game, I think it could help. Some kids would still opt out, but I think it would be more meaningful than the current setup, or even worse3, an 8 team playoff.
01/22/2019 - 8:44pm My mother was a high level… Dreaded double post. Nothing more to add!
01/22/2019 - 8:43pm My mother was a high level…

My mother was a high level athlete in the early 50's. She played basketball, baseball (not softball), volleyball, and was a diver, all on a collegiate level. (I honestly don't know how you do all those things . . . obviously before my time.)

She especially excelled at volleyball. The game was a bit different then, but at 5'11", she was the designated spike specialist. Mom would target one of the better players on the other team and spike it to knock them out. (Not literally, but they would sometimes be pulled because they "missed" a number of balls. Which was the strategy in spiking at them.)

The point of this story is that after her playing career ended, mom was a collegiate coach who gained lots of weight. Eventually, about 40 years later, she died of obesity related complications. I saw first hand what obesity could do to a person, and how this was something that happened to a former athlete. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this with all kinds of athletes.

01/18/2019 - 6:07pm IIRC, you used to post links… IIRC, you used to post links to your wife's recipes. And I think her cooking helped with your health? Not sure if I'm remembering that correctly. But still, to the question, "I can think of no grouping of experts more uniquely qualified to render opinions on the quality of gravy options than that.....can you?" the answer in your case would have to be your wife, amirite?
01/17/2019 - 12:05pm I wish Faehn was at Michigan… Double post
01/17/2019 - 12:05pm I wish Faehn was at Michigan… I wish Faehn was at Michigan, but completely understand, with the circumstances, that this was not going to happen. I don't think Faehn was greatly at fault, and agree with the assessment that the biggest problem with the hiring was clear and transparent communication about the hiring, and why it was ok. However, given that the team wanted Faehn, pretty conclusively and unanimously, it is pretty dubious to keep on throwing out there "concern for the safety of the girls." The concern is for damage control and protecting your own hide. As regards what Faehn didn't do, I really feel for her. Confidentiality is part of this, and not rushing to judgement. If there is one thing I have learned about mandated reporting, it is the importance of followup, and really verifying that a reported situation has been dealt with.
01/16/2019 - 3:56pm home made. Generally, you… home made. Generally, you have more control and better ingredients.
01/16/2019 - 8:28am I think there could be more…

I think there could be more OSU analysis here, and an understanding of what they are doing, etc. And yes, I have read articles at 11w as it pertains to Michigan. It really depends on the writer and the slant. I would welcome that.

A lot of fans at both sites are pretty much "F OSU" or "F Michigan." And a fair amount of those same fans are pretty much trolls about the other team. So the comment sections are often worthless.

But yeah, as I recall, Bo Schembechler knew OSU well and and knew Woody well and focused on beating OSU above all else. Tressel focused on beating Michigan above all else. I personally think Michigan needs to focus as much energy as possible on beating OSU. Anyone who says it is just another game and doesn't have that game circled and highlighted and burned into their skull doesn't get rivalries and doesn't get what needs to happen.

01/15/2019 - 9:02am I was curious, so I looked…

I was curious, so I looked at kenpom to see where it has us. Currently, we are at number 6. Adjusted defense is #3, which is very good. Adjusted offense is currently #20. I'm wondering if the offense is on the rise, but has a ceiling because of Beilein's style of play and the focus on defense? It really doesn't matter. The balance between offense and defense makes a huge difference.

Regarding Duke, they are going to be affected with the loss of their guard. I'm wondering if that shifts the advantage to Virginia in their game this coming weekend.

Michigan, as always, just needs to take care of business. It always has been rough on the road in Wisconsin. This is the first real challenge on the road, and we already almost lost to Northwestern in our first real away game. If we can beat Wisconsin at Wisconsin handily, we might be favored in every game all the way to the last two games.

EDIT:  Just noticed that Dylan at umhoops is predicting Michigan will lose to Wisconsin. Dylan mentions on "The Moving Screen" podcast that Michigan has not had hardly any "tier 1" wins so far this season. The gauntlet is coming up.

01/07/2019 - 9:46am I'm sure he is considering…

I'm sure he is considering retiring. It seems like when to retire and how to retire are the questions.

01/07/2019 - 9:28am I don't have much to add,…

I don't have much to add, but I'm pretty sure several things are true about Mattison.

  • His daughter, iirc, lives in the area (with grandkids) and Mattison's wife doesn't want to move any more.
  • He is already semi retired, with stepping down from DC to DL.
  • He has too much energy to just stay home, and enjoys coaching.
  • He is a consummate professional, and can work under or over people. Under is as important as over.

For all these reason, I just don't see him moving for the sake of a promotion. As long as he has the energy, gets along with Jim Harbaugh, and is having fun, I think Mattison will be around. At some point, he will want to retire, or to cut back. Maybe JH wants to work with him to plan that transition smoothly.

I don't have anything at all to say about Brown or Pep. Personally would love for them to stay, but I realize there is always going to be turnover and movement. However, I do think it is hugely important that Warinner got a raise and is sticking around. Having a powerful and capable and well coached OL is critical to so many things.

01/06/2019 - 2:03am What's fascinating is that…

What's fascinating is that in the top 25 teams, 4 of the top 5 are from the Big 10. Michigan is actually behind PSU, OSU, and Iowa. And 10 Big 10 teams (including Rutgers!) are in the top 25 list.

12/27/2018 - 6:15pm I realize it is a rarity in… I realize it is a rarity in this post, but I agree with Saban. If anything, I'd be fine with going back to just a championship game of two that rotates, or even just going back to bowls and no championship game. I also dislike all the bowls being spread out all over the place in terms of time they are played. I wish there were a ton of bowls on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. And the fact that you have to choose which you're going to watch is no big problem to me. I am NOT going to arrange my schedule so I can watch endless bowl games where I have no dog in the fight. I also would like to see the Rose Bowl revert to being Big 10 champ versus Pac 10 champ. If it was just two teams in the championship, rotate it among the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Rose Bowl. Sorry, Cotton and Peach: Dallas and Atlanta are not where people want to go. They want to go where it is warm, where there is virtually no snow, and ideally, where there is either the ocean or sand. Oh, and I hate Bama and the SEC, but these things are somewhat cyclical and this won't last forever. Lastly, I want to get rid of Rutgers and Maryland. I'd even be fine with getting rid of Nebraska and PSU, but whatever. At least with 12 teams, you can play most of them, get rid of the bottom feeders, and do away with the divisions. They just are stupid imhe. With four teams or eight teams, the cost (for attending the games of the best two) ends up being exorbitant. Who wants to attend the first of three games? Or wants to wait for the championship? It just is too much.
12/26/2018 - 9:53am 1. It's my name

2.  My…

1. It's my name

2.  My avatar is a picture of my wife.

I like having my name as my username because it encourages me to only say something I'd be willing to stand behind publicly. No hiding behind anonymity. We also are all Michigan fans, football fans, blue fans, etc., so an avatar like that doesn't tell anything.

My avatar is always a good reminder. One of these days I'm going to scan in another similar photo. Maybe for the next 10 years.

12/24/2018 - 5:12pm This seems like the best… This seems like the best advice you will get. Just a few things I'd add. First, this is her decision. Where does she really want to go? Second, can you use her position to bargain some, actually with both schools? That is to say, at some point, tell Princeton that she has been admitted, and really needs to decide one way or the other by some certain date. Third, do more in-depth research on both schools. There's no reason not to do more visits, with the specific program and professors interested in. Spend at least some time interviewing each and asking the same questions of each. As much as I like Michigan, that's not reason enough for me to recommend it. And ratings really only go so far. An education from Princeton certainly has name recognition.
12/24/2018 - 9:37am I don't see Harbaugh leaving… I don't see Harbaugh leaving for a long time. He would forever be viewed as a quitter, as someone who couldn't get it done on the biggest stage, who crapped the bed against OSU and Meyer, who never "won" anything. The only way he moves on is if he has clearly established dominance and won at least one, more likely several, national championships at Michigan. The one thing I will say is that I think this gives him plenty of bargaining room at Michigan. He can always go elsewhere, as there is plenty of demand. The other thing that completely boggles my mind is Michigan fans, here and elsewhere, who want another coach to replace Harbaugh. We may not be happy, but if he doesn't get it done, no one is ever going to succeed here.
12/21/2018 - 4:54pm Almost thought this was…

Almost thought this was another thread about Sasha.

12/21/2018 - 4:52pm I've seen double posts…

I've seen double posts inside of a thread, but never a double thread. Maybe they come down quickly?

12/21/2018 - 10:14am BTW. it is "buried the lede,…

BTW. it is "buried the lede," not "buried the lead." A journalism/newspaper thing.

12/20/2018 - 9:09pm Que sera, sera. But I have… Que sera, sera. But I have wondered about this for a long, long time. There are just some things potentially drawing him to Michigan. Would be delightful to see.
12/20/2018 - 4:52pm I do think it was a mistake,… I do think it was a mistake, and I have never gotten my hopes up that Quavaris Crouch is coming to Michigan. However, there are several things with the climate on the team, and the support staff, that really hit some of the things Crouch is looking for. There are some teams where the climate and the teammates and the coaching and support staff are definitely not a fit. It isn't all about the highest ranked teams. Michigan is up and coming, could use his unique set of skills, and would be a good fit for Crouch culturally. (EDIT: I LOVE LEMONS, BUT WILL LEAVE LEMON EATING TO OTHERS. I'M NOT PARTICULARLY SUPERSTITIOUS, BUT I AM MORE HOPEFUL THAT HE MIGHT ACTUALLY END UP AT MICHIGAN.)
12/20/2018 - 1:38pm I would go Rose Bowl and… I would go Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl, then Fiesta and Sugar. And really don't care about the rest.
12/20/2018 - 1:33pm Have these always been the… Have these always been the big bowls? I remember the Cotton, Rose, Orange, and Sugar bowls 50 years ago, and remember when Fiesta joined the party. But somehow, I never included the Peach Bowl with the other games. Correct me if I'm wrong.
12/20/2018 - 1:30pm I'm enjoying the videos… I'm enjoying the videos. Only other comment: there's always been a lot of smack talk about MSU & OSU grads working at McDonalds or Walmart, etc., and having very limited financial resources. For the life of me, I can't believe Michigan alums can only come up with $20 or $30 for a donation. That is like totally chump change.
12/20/2018 - 1:18pm One summer about 35 years… One summer about 35 years ago, I was at the CCRB just shooting around by myself. Things were much slower in the summer. 4 guys needed one more kid to make a team and asked if I would join them. They were better than me. A LOT BETTER. Tim Mccormick was there. Also a kid from Ann Arbor home from Syracuse for the summer, Erich Santifer. I don't remember or know the other two, but they were of the same caliber. Even though I was dead weight on the team, they didn't care, and kept on winning and winning and winning. And after a while, I was plumb beat. But they kept on passing me the ball and telling me to shoot. Smh. On another occasion playing pickup ball there, I was matched up on Glen Rice. (Being that I was 6'4", I was the only one remotely big enough to guard him.) The biggest concern I had wasn't being humiliated. It was the possibility of somehow causing a freak injury. I didn't mind "guarding" him (what a joke.) But I was careful not to do anything that could hurt him. Good memories, humiliation nonetheless.
12/20/2018 - 1:03pm I am 100% fine with this. It… I am 100% fine with this. It is Higdon's decision, not ours. We are upset because our entertainment value is affected, and because this lessens the probability that "our team" wins. He is making a wise business decision for the good of his future earnings, and for his family. The whole idea of "student athlete" is really a joke, in my mind. Not completely a joke, but largely. These guys are incredible athletes, and they are in a sense "selling" themselves based on that ability. If they scored 2400 on the SAT's, they'd probably get a full ride for that. If they had incredible musical ability, or artistic talent, they could get a full ride for that. But in many, many ways, athletic endeavors, while fine and worthwhile, are questionable as part of the core mission of a university. Discussions on race are fraught with danger, but really need to be part of the discussion. So many of these kids are black, and many of them are from settings of poverty and school systems that have very few people head to college. I am delighted and happy they have the opportunity to attend UofM. I am less delighted that they are taken advantage of for our entertainment, and that they are largely segregated from the general student population and general mix of classes. (I started in chemistry and chemical engineering, and ended up with a degree in philosophy. In 4 plus years, I don't know that i ever had a single football or basketball or hockey player in any of my classes. Of course it happens, and my experience isn't predictive of the whole. Still. I strongly suspect that most of the guys on those three teams are highly segregated from the general student population in the very courses they take, and the academic expectations. I talked to one prof who said it was significantly worse for basketball players than football players. I digress.) TL;DR. I'll just say I support Higdon in not playing in the bowl. Oh, and one final comment. Anyone commenting on Higdon having a daughter is really taking a cheap and judgemental shot, and showing their cultural ignorance and elitism.
12/19/2018 - 6:35pm This is a great post. I… This is a great post. I think that Washington, Moore, and Warinner all helped tremendously with recruiting. And Partridge continued to be a great recruiter. When you add Mattison, Brown and Harbaugh, you now have a group of guys who all do a great job in reaching out to high school students. I hope they all continue with the staff into the next year. I have two questions: 1) Who are the candidates for WR coach? Is this McDaniels' position going forward, or is he a true interim? 2) What do you see Devin Bush doing? He has been a defensive analyst for 2 seasons. With three children attending college in Florida, and Devin declaring for the NFL draft, I wonder how much longer Bush will continue as defensive analyst at Michigan. (EDIT: I see that Gwen Bush stayed on at Michigan as a recruiting administrator after her son graduated a couple years ago. That's a good sign that people like to be at Michigan and want to stay there.)
12/19/2018 - 5:49pm Threadjack: I really don't… Threadjack: I really don't want to start another thread, but I did have a question. In looking at football players from the State of Michigan, I see that we got Mazi Smith and Karsen Barnhart. Great guys, and a great part of the entire class. Having said that, I was bummed to see other top 10 guys going to MSU, PSU, Wisconsin, Purdue in the Big 10, and LSU, Georgia, and Colorado out of the conference. I'm sure we would have taken Brown, Dobbs, Barnett, and Dixon, and probably Bradford. Do any of you know if we dropped the ball somewhere and sometime (Dobbs?), or if there just was an affinity elsewhere (Brown, Dixon?) Are things repaired in the relationship with Belleville? I completely understand the need to recruit nationally, and to take the best players possible at any position. Looking at 5 star players, they come disproportionately from Florida, California, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio, and a few other football rich states. But the two 5 star kids from Michigan went to MSU (Dobbs) and Wisconsin (Brown.) I really hope that Michigan is seriously in the running for any 5 star kids coming from the State.
12/19/2018 - 2:28pm Here is the link for Brian… Here is the link for Brian Cook eating a lemon: https://youtu.be/sVZsw9pyZoY I really don't care whether or not someone eats a lemon, or obscenely peculiarly shaped lemon candies, or soils themselves with excrement simultaneously. Still, what I'd really like is for the trolls and Debbie Downers and Negative Nancys and Chicken Littles to quit saying the sky is falling, and that Harbaugh is no good and will never beat OSU and that we can't have nice things, etc. Michigan is getting better, and will continue to get better. Harbaugh had a gargantuan task, and is well on his way.
12/18/2018 - 5:13pm You know, football isn't… You know, football isn't horseshoes. It doesn't matter how close you lose . . . a loss is still a loss. And yet. Two of the four years, Harbaugh really played OSU strong. Could easily have been a win those years. Of course I'm disappointed. We're all disappointed. But still, I am 100% glad Harbaugh is here. For many and various reasons, Michigan had been slipping for a long time. The physical plant was substandard. Even with Bo, there was too much of "Michigan is Michigan, and we don't need to upgrade facilities." Several of the AD's were terrible, culminating in Dave Brandon. Rich Rod was a bad cultural fit for the program. Hoke was not a great head coach, as much as I liked the guy. It takes years to set up an OL factory. We are well on the way to doing that with Ed Warinner. I feel the DL is in good hands between Mattison and Brown. OSU exploited the lack of top end speed in the secondary, and I don't know that we could have done much about that, other than recruit faster safeties and cornerbacks.
12/18/2018 - 1:33pm You're somewhat right about… You're somewhat right about the negativity. I have to confess, I don't come here as much. And when I do, I come more for news, and less for reading the comments. When I came to mgoblog a dozen years, the vibe was different. It still is there some of the time (a positive fun vibe). I personally think there is still too much hubris in some quarters of the fan base. I also think there could be a lot more understanding of what it must be like to be a fan base of Purdue or Illinois or Minnesota or Nebraska. I mean, the reality is that Michigan is 10 - 2. I also just have been more and more convinced that the OL tanked from RichRod on, and has taken forever to rebuild. I think going forward, it is only going to be better, which will help tremendously. As for the transfer defections, it sucks, but as I've said in other threads, I'm not terribly surprised. I think, at the end of the day, Michigan will be ok. My only request, for those of you who live pretty permanently in the BPONE, is to remember this is a game. The number of fans whose whole perspective and attitude towards life is shaped by the vagaries of the football team is kind of sad. I look out my window, and the sun is shining, I'm losing weight, my daughter is coming home from the Navy, my high school kids are gradually coming out of the black pit of HS negativity, and I have a lot to be thankful for. Hope you do too.
12/17/2018 - 8:18pm I think this is a sign of… I think this is a sign of things to come. And honestly, I get it. There really isn't institutional loyalty, but I don't know that there should be. We are rooting for guys wearing maize and blue, but they are largely in semi-pro teams to groom them for the NFL. If every kid wearing maize and blue was wearing scarlet and grey, and every OSU kid was weaing maize and blue, well, 99% of us would root for the color. Not the kids (unless we were parents or were vested in some other way.) Of course, there are some kids who legitimately want to be at a certain program and get a degree from said program. But I think the number of kids in this bin is relatively small. The kids should be paid. As much as we mock OSU, many of the kids are "not coming to play school." Increasingly, I feel many of the kids are there for our entertainment. Given the sums of money involved, I feel that something is wrong with the lack of compensation. These are often kids with questionable academic bonafides. As regards Fields, and Solomon, and Hudson, et al, there are a host of reasons they can choose to transfer, and I don't blame them.
12/17/2018 - 4:37pm I generally don't comment on… I generally don't comment on the negative tweets and posts, and don't have time to go through and negbang Diagonal Blue or others. At the same time, I'd really appreciate hearing from someone who can share whether they think something is wrong, or if this is largely sour grapes. The reality, imhe, is that people who aren't playing are not going to be happy. We are now living in a time when there is no patience to "wait your turn." Every single kid out there (and just as much so their parents) think they are a star, and going to the NFL, etc., etc. But not everyone is going to make it, either at Michigan, or beyond. I am pretty sure that Bama and Clemson and Auburn all have tons of kids coming in, many of whom wash out. I like Jim Harbaugh as a coach, but suspect that there will always be some players (and parents) who are unhappy with him and with position coaches. You are never going to have 85 kids who are all starting and all "stars." For every Chase Winovich, for every Rashan Gary, for every Devon Bush, for every Donovan Peoples-Jones, there are a couple or three guys who don't make it. Honestly, my own son, from high school ball, ended up quitting the team. He wasn't up to the work and the sacrifice, given that he would mostly be on the bench. It has to be extemely difficult and disheartening for kids and parents having a high level of success at every lower level. Some people just can't handle the truth.
12/17/2018 - 2:16pm One Solomon comes in, one… One Solomon comes in, one Solomon heads out. Still crummy. However, it certainly seems to be the case for many of the guys on the team that they have a lot of tight bonds. I don't see mountains of discontent, although, obviously I don't know what it is like on the team. While I was a student, there was a kid in the apartment next to me who was a walk on. He ended up quitting the team. Sometimes, it just doesn't work out.
12/12/2018 - 11:12pm I know absolutely nothing…

I know absolutely nothing insiderish. But I completely believe that Harbaugh staying makes a difference, and Washington as a lead recruiter makes a difference, AND YET, I think there is a lot more to this, more that we won't ever know. Recruiting is slimy, and Michigan is fighting to win. Michigan won't do "whatever it takes," but there are people fighting for Michigan who will do a lot more, stuff that stays private.

12/12/2018 - 4:03pm I have a different question… I have a different question. Kind of an optimist question. Is there a limit to how many we can take? If all seven wanted to come to Michigan, could we accomodate them all? I have lost track of all the transfers, dismissals, injuries, decommitments, and how many commitments in December can be counted towards 2018-2019, and how many we can accept in 2019. Right now, I see 23 hard commitments. Can we have 25 or 28 hard as a total? And how do December commitments factor into the total? Can any be slotted into open 2018 slots? It'd be nice, at least theoretically, to take all seven kids. Or even more, with some surprises like the visit this last weekend of a kid currently elsewhere. (Again, Hill at Bama, DeLoach at FSU, and Ellis at Baylor, plus someone else who is an OL committed elsewhere.)
12/12/2018 - 11:15am Wow. Looking at top 10 picks… Wow. Looking at top 10 picks, 6 DL, 1 OL, 2QB. Of course, I'll believe this when I see it. Still, this really underscores how important line play and QB play is for a team. Not that receivers and running backs and linebackers and the secondary and special teams aren't important, but the DL, QB, and OL are so critical to team success. Being in Chicago, we see the value of the DL. With Khalil Mack at DE, it has made a huge difference to the team. The same goes for Bosa, for Gary, and in the future, for Zach Harrison. You see it with DL like Frank Clark and Ndamukong Suh and a host of others.
12/11/2018 - 7:00pm I just want to very briefly… I just want to very briefly second what a number of others have said: 1. Document Everything. 2. Get the best legal representation that you can find and afford. (in my experience, sometimes, believe it or not, the best lawyer for you is NOT the most expensive.) 3. Be careful what you say and to whom you say it. Best of luck. Actually, I'm praying for you: forget about luck.
12/11/2018 - 4:39pm Too many of you guys have… Too many of you guys have your panties in a bunch. I'm with MGrowOld. If you're going to have a revenge tour, and troll PSU and MSU, and call the loss a mirage, well, this is what you can expect. And tbh, I think it's pretty well done and pretty funny. And I'm guessing Winovich feels the same way. Only way to change things is to actually win the game vs. OSU. I'll tell you one thing, I'm not going anywhere near OSU boards anytime soon.
12/11/2018 - 2:08pm That's great news. And even… That's great news. And even if it doesn't happen with Dax Hill, it is absolutely awesome that Harbaugh has put a marker down (that he is not going anywhere. Ignore those jive turkeys!!) The one other thing I'll say is that people need to quit with the accusations of bagmen, extra benefits, etc. Trust me, it happens at Michigan. Maybe not as much as some places, but this is part of the reality of the landscape for top rated players, especially from families with challenging economic circumstances.
12/11/2018 - 1:44pm I love this program. It is… I love this program. It is great that it focuses on economic factors rather than race factors. The reality is that low income, low education, cultural factors are more critical than racial factors. I have seen predictors that suggest children of single moms who didn't graduate from high school, regardless of race, are much, much more likely to end up ensnared in crime, more likely to continue a low income cycle, more likely to struggle academically. Anything Michigan can do to help break that cycle would be absolutely awesome.
12/11/2018 - 11:49am I know Beilein won't go all…

I know Beilein won't go all that deep. But I think an 8 - 9 rotation is reasonable. I like Livers, and he should continue to play, but we need to have someone else to back up Teske, especially when going small isn't helpful. DDJ is more of a luxury, but would be helpful behind X & Brooks.

12/11/2018 - 11:13am You're 100% right, forgot…

You're 100% right, forgot about that. Will make a huge difference in some games. Against SC, it was very helpful that Iggy was almost automatic at the line.

12/11/2018 - 11:06am It's nice and all, but…

It's nice and all, but really doesn't mean a thing in Dec. Several things need to happen.

  1. X needs to drive and dish when teams sag off of him at the 3 pt line. (And he needs to continue to shoot the 3, especially against cream puff teams, to improve a bit.)
  2. We have to develop the bench more. Johns? DDJ? One other guy?
  3. Charles has to be wiser about driving and shooting and ball handling. Ditto Iggy.
  4. Re:  Iggy, if he can learn to pass more, it will help. It is great that he is fearless and all, but when you're triple teamed, there has got to be a couple guys open. Find them and pass the ball.

I'm sure there are other things, but those are my four.

EDIT:  Definitely add improved FT shooting, as per mdog.

EDIT:  And I'm glad, looking at ESPN's draft board, that only Matthews and Poole are listed, and not Brazdeikis. Stay another year, young man!

12/10/2018 - 3:58pm I'll kind of agree it was… I'll kind of agree it was ugly. OTOH, I like to see lockdowon defense, and I like to see a ram-it-down-their-throats running game. Which the Bears definitely had!
12/10/2018 - 1:22pm Others more tuned in have…

Others more tuned in have said the polls are somewhat meaningless. Michigan is doing well and is improving, which is mostly what matters. I want to see the following:

  1. Figure out what to do with X if teams are daring him to take the three.
  2. Develop another Big. Davis? Castleton?
  3. Develop a couple more. Johns? DDJ? Need more depth to spell starters.
  4. See Brazdeikas take the next step. He has been great, but I think he can do more.

If several of these things happen, Michigan will be fine.

12/06/2018 - 4:40pm I refuse to choose. Want all… I refuse to choose. Want all the championships! It's like saying, what do you like better: steak or lobtser? Beer or wine? Blondes or brunettes? Porsche or Maserati? The beach or the mountains? Harbaugh or Beilein? I definitely follow football a bit more. But I love Beilein and what he has done and would dearly love to see one of his teams win a national title. One other thing: I HATE the word "natty." Hate it.
12/04/2018 - 11:08pm What did he do? With… What did he do? With redacting, late readers don't know whether to neg him or not.
12/04/2018 - 2:04pm The nice thing about v 3.0… The nice thing about v 3.0 of mgoblog is that you can go to the board to see if anyone else has posted on your topic previously. There's a nifty button under the 7 message board posts. It is entitled "Go to MGoBoard." It has the latest 35 posts. And it also has a feature that lets you page down and down and down and down!! I would encouragte you look at the publish date of anything you wish to link. If it is older than today, you would be wise to look at the MGoBoard history. Obv., if you are putting up a post of something brand new, or something from a very obscure news source not covered extensively, you will probably not find a duplicate post. Of course, the best kind of post is first person new information not out there anywhere!! And the worst kind of post is hottakes or snowflakes or polls/questions, i.e., "How many wins do you think Michigan will get in basketball this year?"
12/04/2018 - 11:16am I definitely want Michigan…

I definitely want Michigan to do whatever it takes to keep Yaklich coaching at Michigan, including coach in waiting. In some ways, it would be great for Yaklich to be promoted to Assistant Head Coach, and for Beilein to eventually step back but stick around. They seem like the rare coaches who could work next to each other for a long time.

I also am wondering about recruiting, which wasn't the focus of this discussion. Still, I'm wondering if any high school kids are watching Michigan and considering how they would fit. I'm wondering if Brazdeikis is one and done. I'm wondering if there are any 2019 class recruits looking at Michigan and wondering if they should have considered coming to Ann Arbor. I'm wondering who Beilein has his eye on. I'm wondering if we have room for one more 2019 recruit, and what this does for years following.