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05/03/2010 - 3:32pm shocking...you have us losing to msu

i trust your prediction for anything UM related as much as i'd trust an msu student to do my chemistry homework.

04/22/2010 - 11:00pm roh and it isn't even close

with the number of nfl teams running a 3-4 defense he's the prototypical OLB they'll all want. he'll rack up 8-10 sacks this year setting up his coming out party in 2011.

04/13/2010 - 11:13am hmm

I've heard questioning of skill players from a spread translating to the pro's but you don't hear about o-linemen very often. I'm sure Jason Smith from last year's draft might argue with this rationale. Was he so difficult to evaluate that we went #2 overall.

It's interesting how misinformed supposed knowledgeable people can be.

04/10/2010 - 8:08pm this kid is a complete stud

he's got above average speed, great body control and even better hands. i understand the knock on him being skinny but it's mostly his upper body and not his lower (no homo). get him in a college weight training program and he's got the frame to put on 10-15 pounds in no time.

03/29/2010 - 10:27am prob 10-12 years total, then he retires

he's got a proven track record, but doesn't have the necessary talent to consistently win in the big ten. however, the way he's recruiting he'll get there. next year will likely be very rough, but two years from now going forward he'll have an entire roster of players fitting his system.

remember, next year we'll have zero seniors and only three juniors. the future is still bright.

03/24/2010 - 12:16pm your facts and assumptions are both wrong

the population of Allegheny County peaked in 1960 at 1.6M. It is now at 1.2M. Metro Detroit (tri-county area including wayne, oakland and macomb) peaked in 1970 at 4.5M and is now sitting at about 4.4M. the source is wikipedia fwiw. this is somewhat comparing apples to oranges as i'm sure other counties surrounding pitts maybe have seen an increase. besides, now that pittsburgh has cindy crosby that will surely drive people away that can't tolerate his incessant whining.

enough arguing. go blue.

03/24/2010 - 11:37am well, not to get in to semantics

but the scenario you explain is exactly what happened in metro detroit over the last 50 years. oakland county, just north of the D, was one of the wealthiest counties in the country up until about 2004.

i realize pittsburgh is much smaller and in much better shape than detroit hence the mention of the sheer emptiness of detroit. however, both of their populations are half what they were in the 1950's.

03/24/2010 - 10:37am very well said

the population loss has occurred in several rust belt cities (pittsburg, cleveland, st. louis to name a few). however, the sheer size and emptiness of detroit is far beyond anything you'll find anywhere else. it's needed a strong mayor, new leader of education and a weeding out of the corrupt political culture. these three things appear to have happened. now let's see if some changes occur over the next five to ten years.

03/24/2010 - 10:27am yes it is

however, there are pockets in the immediate downtown and midtown area that are pretty decent. political leaders have bled the city dry and most have moved to the suburbs. honestly though, with some recent and future planned development, and bing taking over as mayor, it seems it might, a very small might, have a chance to improve. if you want a microcosm of what has ruined detroit, check out this article:

http://detnews.com/article/20100304/OPINION03/3040437/Does-DPS-leader-s…

03/07/2010 - 7:06pm likely below .500

assuming manny is gone we lose over 60% of our scoring from this year. and we enter next season without a single big man that has played a minute of ball at the college level. i'll root as hard as any other fan, but i'm also a realist. the fact that beilein hasn't more aggressively pursued another big man in this recruiting class is completely baffling. most of the big ten ate us alive up front this year, and i don't see a reason for it being different next season.

03/04/2010 - 12:02pm both looked very good

however, don't take too much from these videos as the drills they're running completely favor the wide receiver. all the corners seemed to get owned but in a game there are 10 other guys on the field and the qb won't have all day to make the pass. not to hate, but arnett's triple move and all that stopping in and out of his breaks looks great but won't be effective/utilized in a game. he does look very, very quick off the line though.

03/01/2010 - 11:36am this will make gary danielson happy

he'll be giddy thinking of tebow utilizing that great vertical for a jump pass near the end zone.

02/21/2010 - 3:16am i'm coming in late here

i watched the video the first time and thought the kid looked great catching the ball in traffic but didn't have the best speed. i watched it again and noticed that every deep ball was a toss up due to the qb's arm strength. the staff saw him in person for 7 vs 7, and that's sure as hell good enough for me. go blue.

02/19/2010 - 12:55pm the rb position this fall will make a big impact

shaw may be the favorite to handle a bulk of the carries with smith coming off injury, but the hype train for toussaint is in full effect. hart has stated on multiple occasions that playing time will be a significant factor in his decision. if toussaint takes off and has the season many hope/expect then that could play a role in hart's eventual decision. of course, for michigan this would be good and bad news, but i'm one of those bird in the hand is worth two in the bush types. give me a great season from one of the young backs on the roster and hope hart focuses on the great success of the running game and not the young talent that comprises it.

02/19/2010 - 11:18am you're forgetting devin thomas

let's look at the facts here. i believe msu led the big ten conference in passing last year. they run a pro style attack with a very good qb that will be a junior next year (senior when arnett arrives). michigan is home to a coach that, for the few years before he came to ann arbor, ran an offense at wvu that was over 70% run. over the past two years, while clearly lacking talent and/or experience at the qb position, he has struggled mightily to run an sort of offense.

i know rich rod has guided offenses that had great passing games (see his time at tulane and clemson), but that was many years ago. i'm as big of a michigan fan as anyone, but this is real simple. if we start to show some flashes of having a good passing game, a kid like arnett will absolutely pay a lot more attention. until then, i understand the kid looking around.

01/29/2010 - 11:33am yes, i was aware of this

charlie's staff could recruit very well. it was other aspects of their job they struggled with.

01/29/2010 - 11:26am "they're new and making waves"

too bad the irish can't say the same thing. zing!!!

01/26/2010 - 4:37pm this is a real tough call

before his UM visit he and his parents were favoring Rutgers and Ole Miss for various reason. then he visited UM and was blown away and rumors were UM was in the lead. however, he still goes on the rutgers visit THEN shuts down his recruitment.

i'm thinking rutgers may have somehow won this battle based on the fact he decided not to take a visit after rutgers, but did take a visit after UM. however, this is an 18 yr old kid so who the hell knows.

01/20/2010 - 12:03pm i hope he's ready for the obligatory call from the freep...

about what a horrible man rich rod is and how they made him practice too hard.

best of luck to him at temple and in all future endeavors. go in peace and most important of all, go quietly.

01/09/2010 - 3:03pm good hire

it'll be interesting to see what he goes with on the offensive side of the ball. he could keep that wide receiver coach that led the offense in the bowl game and continue with the pass happy spread. if he switches to the offense he ran at auburn there will def be some bumps in the road of this transition.

01/08/2010 - 3:27pm bc of the challenge

same reason spurrier left his gig at florida. just like players, coaches want to make it to the highest level. sneaky pete probably thinks he is a better coach than his last go around. not to mention he's getting close to 60 and figures this is his last shot at the pro's. he can sign a big time contract and retire after this stint with the seahawks, whether it's successful or unsuccessful. then he can go bang that grad student he lives with at some place in malibu.

01/08/2010 - 1:26pm he was always on the 3 yr plan

pete carroll sold this to him and on the fact he was reggie bush 2.0. honestly, he's a dynamic playmaker at the college level but was a bit injury prone. the comparison to bush will continue with teams evaluating him for the draft and i think he'll go in the middle rounds. he'd be a solid 3rd down back.

01/08/2010 - 1:15pm uh hell no

are you aware they lose their starting qb and a majority of their impact players on defense. i don't even think you can put them in the top half of the big ten right now for next yr (behind osu, wisc, iowa, msu, and UM!)

01/07/2010 - 1:26pm this guy doesn't know anything

you can put much more stock in what this blog has for recruiting coverage than what bill kurelic says.

with that said, i'd certainly take a mathis commitment.

01/06/2010 - 12:10pm florida state makes me more nervous than miami

miami took three very good backs this recruiting cycle. florida state hasn't had a big time rb recruit the last couple of seasons.

01/04/2010 - 5:06pm brewster's affinity for players from texas

no other school from the big ten recruits Texas like he does.

the kid moves real well for 235 lbs. most kids want to put on weight, which is often times more difficult than a kid losing weight (in this case 15 lbs seems like a bit much). i like this guy as a dark horse for immediate playing time given our running back depth and coach rod's use of bigger backs as a change of pace.

01/04/2010 - 4:26pm i actually do like aa.com

and you can be 99% certain that other big ten coach is tim brewster.

12/31/2009 - 3:10pm pretty simple

leadership and point guard play. merritt and lee didn't fill up the stat sheet but they got everyone focused and set up the offense.

we need to realize that last year was a miracle and be grateful. after sims and harris, our next four best players consisted of two walk ons and two freshmen that were basically unrated recruits.

Beilein is a hard-working, smart coach. He's recruiting well and will absolutely get this turned around. It'll be hard this year and next, but we need to stay patient and keep supporting the team.

12/31/2009 - 2:40pm this year is bad but next will be worse

for as poorly as harris and sims played they're by far our best two players. not to mention our only two guys over 6'4" for next year will be redshirt freshmen and a true freshman. i'll keep rooting and i absolutely have faith beilein will get this thing going but the 2011 season is the soonest we have a shot to be one of the better teams in the big ten.

things that've screwed us: losing udoh, not getting benzing in, cronin being injured. also, i won't name the player but a certain someone with the chance to be a redshirt senior next year absolutely must not be brought back. we need to use that scholarship for a big man in this year's recruiting class.

12/31/2009 - 12:26pm maybe

but he's a similar prospect to crable coming out of high school. they have similar body types, speed, and offer sheets. crable was very good his senior year but in no way a "man among boys." let's wait until he proves something at the next level before we anoint him the next brandon graham (this was a man among boys).

12/31/2009 - 11:57am we have other cb prospects rated higher on our board

the staff initially wanted dior in the slot bc of his great quickness and speed. we're slated to load up on other corners they like more. he's a very talented player but is very, very small (5'8'' tops).

12/31/2009 - 11:49am and for some UM is in Miami

you're really adding a lot to this topic.

12/31/2009 - 11:39am it's his hometown

my reason for mentioning it is UT's proximity to atl and the chance to use the term hotlanta whenever possible.

12/31/2009 - 11:31am the news on michael taylor is what caught my eye

a highly regarded, true mlb would be a huge get. it'll be a tough pull to get him out of hotlanta but our depth chart has to be extremely appealing.

12/30/2009 - 3:21pm if you go to weiner's circle...

make sure you order a chocolate milkshake. it's $20 but well worth the money.

12/22/2009 - 10:21pm last year was my first spring game as well

and i will absolutely be back next year. nine months without michigan ftball is entirely way too long. i shall be watching the defense veryyyyy closely.

12/22/2009 - 9:17pm i understand the concern

however, if parker is remotely concerned with usc's depth chart all he has to go do is go to scout.com, click on usc, then commits, filter for 2009 and see that they had four safeties ranked in the top 6 in the country. they are stacked at the position while michigan could use a tad bit of help at that spot.

12/22/2009 - 4:37pm well look at that

only one of those three teams has been in contact with him from the very beginning. he has family in the A2 area. we only took one guard in last year's recruiting class and don't have any in this one (assuming pace is slated for center). hmmm.....

12/21/2009 - 9:59am i wouldn't take nd even if they begged

who the hell wants 25% of our conference to be made up of teams from Indiana? that's not exactly the recipe for long term ftball success.

12/18/2009 - 2:46pm crabcakes and football!

that is not what maryland does on Dec 19th

12/18/2009 - 12:28pm somewhat with you

i prefer mcshay to kiper at this point but you've gotta give kiper his props. he cornered this market and built his "brand" from nothing. he's definitely entertaining during the draft and i hope he stays around for a long time to come. i'd argue with saying what he has is "99% crap." a majority of the teams out there make bonehead decisions and have shitty scouting. drafting is a crap shoot that very, very few teams are truly good at. kiper is usually, yeah the carson butler thing really turned me off, pretty good at overall talent evaluation. it's the mental aspects that these teams have to assess and where most teams make mistakes. at that level, the talent differences are usually somewhat marginal (outside of freaks like moss or peterson) and it's the preparation and hard work that determine how much success a player will have.

12/16/2009 - 1:46pm edited accordingly

there might be small children out there reading this!

12/11/2009 - 1:06pm 100% agree

in 20 years people will be amazed they ever allowed it in the first place. you used to be able to smoke on airplanes back in the day. how ridiculous does that sounds now?

12/09/2009 - 10:09am no, i don't think so

bc it says they can count towards either year. we only signed 22 last year and witty didn't make it in. therefore, we can sign 28, count a maximum of 3 to last year, and bring in 25 for next year.

12/09/2009 - 10:05am nope, had no idea

looks like i'll just have to start my own channel. give me a few years.

12/09/2009 - 9:59am so this gets rid of the "maxiumum of 25 freshmen" thing right?

this says we can sign 28 this year and, assuming everyone qualifies, have them all on the roster under scholarship next sept??

12/09/2009 - 9:55am good

F espn. every day i wish there was another sports channel option other than them. i wish cnn would fill the void and have some sort of sports illustrated channel or something.

12/09/2009 - 9:36am nothing new

Michigan definitely made an impression during his visit but the longer it drags out the less likely he flips from Ark.

12/08/2009 - 8:59pm incorrect

kelly has signed on to be offensive coordinator. stoops is in negotiations for DC ad belichick is currently signing on the dotted line to become HC. man, ND is going to be awesome.

12/08/2009 - 2:06pm mlb is a joke

i like going to a tig's game as much as the next guy and will always root them on. however, when one team can spend 50% more than the second highest team's payroll the sport gets to be a joke. the problem will only continue to get worse. that's what makes the nfl so great. a team like the packers can be good every year and it's not just a function of it being in a major city and being able to spend a bunch of cash (we'll see how long this lasts though).

the funniest thing to me is how excited the yankees get when they win. shit, teams like the yankees and red sox should be embarrassed when they don't win considering the huge payroll advantage they have over smaller market clubs (which make up about 20 teams). i love it when teams like the marlins win it.