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01/23/2019 - 1:44pm Thanks for this post. It is…

Thanks for this post. It is an interesting subject as I think there is an emotional response from fans regarding who is enrolling early. 

I think your assessment is spot on. On average it can help freshman see the field and contribute earlier in their first year, but after that first fall, everyone basically resets now that they know what is going on and the better players float to the top as sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

01/23/2019 - 11:52am I worry more about the make…

I worry more about the make-up of the CFP selection committee and less about what the media keeps going on and on about. 

For the most part, I think it works well in college basketball and there is a similar dynamic in the selection for top seeds. 

01/23/2019 - 11:35am I'm pretty sure Nick Saban…

I'm pretty sure Nick Saban is not selling his recruits. I think he's on the other end of that transaction.

01/22/2019 - 1:32pm I don't have an exact count,…

I don't have an exact count, but there were many times Shea was clearly frustrated as the play clock was running down. Was he mad at the call? The time it took to get it in? Who knows, but there was clear frustration on his part.

The other issue you mention was Shea's inability (either from the coaches or because of him) to change the play once they line up. I don't know if that is true or not, but if true that seems like such a self imposed hindrance. 

01/22/2019 - 1:16pm All of the questions are not…

All of the questions are not there highlighting one of the core errors made in data interpretation. People think they are learning something they aren't. You have to dig into the details and specific situations to truly understand performance. 

01/22/2019 - 1:04pm I agree many of the takes…

I agree many of the takes are pure feelingsball and I challenge anyone claiming "BE BETTER!!!" to clearly articulate one concrete example of how it could be better.....HOWEVA...stats don't always tell the whole story. Compare Michigan's rushing game in 2016 vs. 2018 

Season rushing stats: for the past three years:

2016: 213.3 yds/game, 4.9 yds/carry, 41TD's

2018: 203.8 yds/game, 4.8 yds/carry, 26TD's

Season totals would tell you Michigan had a slightly better rushing attack in 2016 vs 2018.


Rushing stats against Wisconsin, MSU, OSU, and Bowll for the past three years:

2016: Wisc 130/3.0/1 , MSU 192/4.6/3 , OSU 91/2.1/1 , Bowl 89/2.5/1

2018: Wisc 320/6.7/3 , MSU 183/3.5/1 , OSU 161/4.0/2 , Bowl 77/2.6/0

Looking at how Michigan fared against four of the better opponents shows Michigan had a slightly  better rushing attack in 2018 vs. 2016.



01/22/2019 - 12:32pm What does S&P say about…

What does S&P say about third and long conversions on passing plays. What does it say about average yards gained on first down passing plays? What does it say about fourth quarter passing when trailing? 


01/22/2019 - 12:21pm It's not an issue of being…

It's not an issue of being Sensitive Sally's.  It's about maintaining a Michigan focused sports blog the majority of people enjoy engaging with. There has been a long standing rule of no politics. (yes, Brian breaks his own rule sometimes). It's not that hard of a concept or rule to follow. The real question is why someone feels the need to blatantly go against a rule which exists for a reason.

01/22/2019 - 12:13pm How it has made it this long…

How it has made it this long is amazing.

01/22/2019 - 12:12pm I think this was a Drevno…

I think this was a Drevno issue which hopefully is gone now. I know there were a lot of comments from players about how complicated Drevno made things even down to his terminology. 

01/21/2019 - 4:54pm I don't think Rob wrestled…

I don't think Rob wrestled in college. I can not find any records or stats for him in college as a wrestler. Very good wrestler in high school.

01/21/2019 - 1:25pm I hate flops. I propose that…

I hate flops. I propose that a player laying on the floor which causes an offensive player to trip should be called a personal foul. That way the offensive player has a choice when the defender flops: try to shoot over the guy laying on the ground, or basically return the favor and flop themselves drawing the foul. 

01/16/2019 - 11:43pm The downside to that option…

The downside to that option is what your home schedule looks like every other year. OSU, Indiana and either Maryland or Rutgers. Yuck.

01/16/2019 - 11:26pm Texas is the reason the…

Texas is the reason the Big12 lost Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, and Texas A&M. Texas is also the reason Oklahoma (and their sibling who has to go everywhere with them Ok St) are always brought up as candidates to move to another conference.

01/16/2019 - 11:13pm I truly do not understand…

I truly do not understand the willful ignorance of many people on this board regarding the football scheduling. 

Michigan is in the same division as PSU, MSU, and OSU. Math and logic dictate you will play two of those three on the road every other year. Look up the historic performance of those three programs and please tell me which two you want on the road in the same year. 

If you have any common sense... are not hung up on nostalgia....are not still pissed Michigan had to play at MSU twice in a row over five years ago (under a different AD and coach)...I garauntee you your answer is MSU and OSU.

Had Michigan had to play OSU and PSU on the road either this year or last year, the same people who bitch about the current schedule would bitch about that schedule even more.

Warde is doing the right thing regarding B1G football scheduling by not caving to the stupidity of wanting PSU and OSU on the road in the same year.

01/16/2019 - 8:25pm Thank you for the response…

Thank you for the response. It sounds like you mostly believe the offense maximized it’s potential given the constraints of the players, yet you also believe a change in coach (Gattis) should help the team improve on one of it’s deficiencies (short passing game). 

While I mostly agree with your assessment, I still think Harbaugh has a philosophical issue holding this team back in big games. I don’t think he trusts his players in tight situations. I was amazed watching Clemson in the National Championship game. Dabo and his crew trusted their players and gave them chances to succeed (or fail) multiple times in big situations. Multiple times I thought “no way would Harbaugh allow Shea to make a throw like that at this point on the field or in the game”.

01/16/2019 - 5:34pm Does he have tickets for the…

Does he have tickets for the game?

01/16/2019 - 2:42pm I appreciate the post and…

I appreciate the post and the sentiment about board posters making generic comments. 

I am interested to hear your assessment of why the offense seems to bog down to a point of being a detriment to winning against good teams. 

If I am inferring correctly, you are saying it is not play design. 

I would agree with this. I think Harbaugh and team do a pretty good job of running similar plays out of different looks as well as running a variety of plays. It was also clear during the OSU game that their linebackers knew exactly where to be on the majority of run plays. The announcers went on and on about it. So if it is not the design of the play which failed to net Michigan the plays needed to be successful, what was it? 


01/16/2019 - 2:24pm Is that you John Wayne? Is…

Is that you John Wayne? Is it me?

01/15/2019 - 11:37pm I can only hear this in a…

I can only hear this in a teenage boys fake cracking voice.

01/15/2019 - 4:14pm  A little analysis of the…

 A little analysis of the Rivals 5 stars:

Total = 30


There are 16 different colleges of choice represented in the top 30. Led by:

LSU = 4

Oklahoma = 4

Alabama = 3

Texas A&M = 3

That's 14 out of 30 going to 4 schools


There are 13 different home states represented (caveat - I listed IMG Academy recruits as being from Florida even though that is not really accurate). Led by:

Texas = 6

Florida = 4

California = 4

Louisiana = 3

Georgia = 3

Alabama = 3

That is 23 out of 30 coming from 6 states.


There are 13 different positions represented. Led by:

WR = 5

CB = 5

OT = 4

SDE = 3

That is 17 out of 30 playing 4 positions.


Some random fun info:

 - All three Louisiana based recruits are going to LSU (Orgeron going to Orgeron)

 - Of the three Alabama based recruits, 2 are going to Auburn and 1 is going to Georgia (Must have been a real ugly bagman fight)

 - Of the six Texas based recruits, 3 are going to A&M, 2 to Oklahoma, 1 to LSU (Ok, cool, Hook em there Herman)

 - Of the four California based recruits, one each to USC, Oregon, Florida, Clemson (Helton will not be at USC after next season)

 - Of the four Florida based recruits 2 to Alabama, 1 to FSU, 1 to Georgia

 - Of the three Georgia based recruits, 1 to Michigan, 1 to Clemson, 1 to Oklahoma (Kirby Smart not building fences?)

- Oklahoma has four recruits: 3 WR's and 1 QB. That is three out of the top 5 WR's going to one school. Goodness they are not going to slow down scoring points.

- Of course Alabama signed the only RB.

01/15/2019 - 11:43am I believe this was meant to…

I believe this was meant to serve as his official exit post.

01/15/2019 - 12:17am I believe the new saying in…

I believe the new saying in college football is,” the slightest appearance of defense at the right time might win you a champioship”.

01/14/2019 - 11:23pm Defense wins championships…

Defense wins championships. 2019 wins by one in quintuple overtime.

01/12/2019 - 11:53pm Was it at The Continental…

Was it at The Continental Club? He used to hang out there quite often. I was there to see some other groups one night and he did a couple songs as a surprise. That was one helluva night!

01/12/2019 - 11:21pm I do not understand this…

I do not understand this infatuation with the football schedule. I know everyone still has a stick up their ass over playing at MSU twice in a row. That was on Brandon’s watch and in the distant past at this point.

NEWS FLASH...Michigan will play two away games out of OSU, MSU, and PSU every other year no matter what. End of story. History, both long past and modern, says between MSU and PSU, PSU will be the better team most years.  I would much rather have MSU and OSU synched together than PSU and OSU synched together. 

Why is this so hard to understand for some people? Hate on Warde all you want, but do it for something that is actually detrimental to the school or one of the teams. 

01/09/2019 - 11:11pm You mean like how Calipari…

You mean like how Calipari coached John Randle to do on their way to a National Championship? I still can’t believe the refs repeatedly watched him simply run into people and they called nothing or a defensive foul.

If I remember correctly Beilein was not pleased with it either.

01/09/2019 - 11:03pm But I got to cheer the…

But I got to cheer the basketball team while they won a National Championship and you haven’t yet. You must be really disappointed Beilein hasn’t performed better for you.

01/09/2019 - 8:03pm I don’t care how logical or…

I don’t care how logical or correct you are. I’m severely let down now.

01/09/2019 - 4:21pm My use was correct. It's the…

My use was correct. It's the Ohio State University.



01/09/2019 - 1:34pm Impossible! Only Michigan…

Impossible! Only Michigan loses anything and everything to it's rival!!!

01/09/2019 - 1:17pm I believe Harbaugh responded…

I believe Harbaugh responded, "you can Derelick my balls, Capitan". 

01/09/2019 - 1:14pm I bet you really love the…

I bet you really love the anticipation of Christmas don't you?

01/09/2019 - 11:59am My goodness that last…

My goodness that last sentence really hurts. Not as bad as Don's lemon nut, but it hurts.

01/09/2019 - 11:41am Watching the Championship…

Watching the Championship game further solidified my belief that scheme may not be as much the problem as decision making. 

For the last three quarters I kept thinking there is no way Harbaugh would pass this much with a true freshman QB in a big game.

One particular play call was a pass on 3rd and 12 when Clemson was inside their 15 yard line early in the fourth quarter. The Clemson WR made an amazing one handed catch. I believe they finished that drive with a TD. Yes the WR could have easily dropped the ball and Clemson would have had to punt, but he didn't and they scored a TD eventually. Harbaugh never would have made that call. He would have called a run play and later explained that he trusted his D to get a stop. Guess what, Dabo trusted his D to get a stop also if the WR dropped it, but he also gave his team a chance to completely put Alabama away.

01/09/2019 - 11:28am Good call, I was at the Army…

Good call, I was at the Army Navy game and Army's D-line played really well.

01/08/2019 - 1:43pm Gary Grant was a 44%+…

Gary Grant was a 44%+ shooter from three. He only took 2-3 per game, but he would hit the open shot.

I still say, without hesitation, the answer each and every time is Glen Rice. He shot 51% from three his senior year on almost 200 shots!!! He could also rebound. I believe he averaged about 6.5 per game and that was with Terry Mills, Loy Vaught and Mark Hughes on the team. 

Could you imagine Glen Rice playing the four for Beilein similar to how he used Glenn Robinson Jr?

01/08/2019 - 1:22pm It's a fairly closed…

It's a fairly closed industry. You can't limit people too much. It also becomes very difficult to hire new people if you are known as the school which limits advancement. 

It's good to remember Kirby Smart left Alabama to go to Georgia and Pruitt just left Alabama to go to Tennessee. Even Saban has to deal with his good coordinators and assistants going to schools he will need to compete against to be successful. 

01/08/2019 - 1:18pm Maybe part of that burning…

Maybe part of that burning house gif finally collapsed.

01/08/2019 - 1:15pm Don't forget that Urban…

Don't forget that Urban Meyer is still associated with the football program. I have no doubt he was the one who reached out to Mattison given their history. 

For coaches looking to find a position at a good program, it is easier taking a chance on working for Day knowing Meyer is still behind the scenes. 

01/08/2019 - 1:07pm I had to look it up, but…

I had to look it up, but sure enough you are correct. It's right here in my history book..."because Galileo was giant asshole".

01/08/2019 - 12:27pm OHHHH, THINK OF THE CHILDREN…


This thread had little to do with recruiting and neither have your comments up to this point. It was a very self-entitled comment and I pointed the ridiculous nature of it out in a fairly polite way with a little snark. 



01/08/2019 - 12:22pm I would be interested to see…

I would be interested to see the exchange when you walk up to Jim Harbaugh and inform him that he should make Michigan win more so you can be happy about it and that it isn't fair that your Mom & Dad got to be happy, but you don't because Michigan isn't winning enough now...for you.

01/08/2019 - 12:18pm It is also respectful to…

It is also respectful to help the Service Acadamies  fill out their schedules with a quality opponent.

It is also one of the few benefits playing for Army, Navy, Air Force affords. How great to be able to tell your friends and kids you played at the Big House instead of just against SW Missouri State because SW Missouri St was the only school willing to put you on their OOC schedule. 

01/08/2019 - 12:12pm OSU played Navy in 2014…

OSU played Navy in 2014. That OSU team went 14-1 and won a National Championship. Was Gene Smith a moron for doing that? (I agree he is a moron for a lot of other things, I'm focused on this specific point.)

01/08/2019 - 12:06pm WD, you have certainly…

WD, you have certainly proven your fanhood for Michigan, but please go back and re-read what you just wrote. 

You are basically saying Michigan football should be better to satisfy your own desire for happiness and so you can have the same memories other people have. 

The echos of The Team, The Team, The Team must be fading with you.

01/07/2019 - 11:57pm I’m curious, why can’t you…

I’m curious, why can’t you like Dabo? I’m not advocating for him, just curios what stands out about him which makes you not like him.

01/07/2019 - 2:18pm What a great stretch to…

What a great stretch to enjoy the basketball team. If they can win 3-4 more without a loss they will move into the category of a team which does not drop much if/when they do lose a game. 

01/07/2019 - 1:24pm Technically the house in…

Technically the house in your gif hasn't collapsed yet.

01/07/2019 - 12:44pm I agree there is a tier and…

I agree there is a tier and Michigan is in it. I also believe there are further sub-segments within that tier. 

Like you, I fully accept Michigan has to do it's fair share of things to field the talent they do. I said it in a post last week. There are teams that pay recruits, there are team which use steroids, there are teams which use questionable roster management practices.....then there are team that do all it. 

That is the sub segmentation I would prefer the NCAA fix to insure a more even (not even) playing field.