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Comment 22 Jul 2015

I just figure this article on multi-year scholarships is pertinent to this conversation.  For your enjoyment, Michigan wasn't included in this article since they didn't finish in the Top 25 in football or basketball in 2013-2014, so we don't know where they stand.

As you can see in the linked article, only 1 of the 28 schools listed offered multi-year scholarships until eligibility is expired (Oregon).  The truth is, outside of Oregon, a 5th year is never guaranteed and never has been, not even at tOSU.  The fact is, Harbaugh actually gave Heitzman an opportunity to stay by giving a tryout, when it is more common for schools to let the 5th year seniors go with their degree in hand if they don't have room.  In my opinion, Heitzman got a pretty good deal, the only issue one may have, is that Harbaugh was very direct about the circumstances behind earning that 5th year, but hey, at least it was honest compared to just quietly reviewing Heitzman's status during the spring and then just not renewing his scholarship if he didn't like what he saw. 

Comment 15 Jul 2015

From what I have read, Notre Dame is still claiming they have the largest deal.  Rumor has it they were given UA stock as part of the agreement and that it has doubled since they signed on.

Comment 11 Jul 2015

Elevenwarriors.  So, please don't tell anyone or they may pull my Michigan Man card.

Comment 09 Jul 2015

Congratulations.  It is hard to turn down a deal like that.  I have two kids at LSU with full rides.  It was hard at first, but I got over it real fast.  You can't have a greater gift than graduating college with zero debt.

When you are looking at things, make sure to be comparing total costs.  Tuition is only one component of cost, so when thinking about the money, you need to look at the big picture.

Again, congrats to your daughter.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

NorCal, thanks for the comment, but I do believe my statement holds.  Here is the reason why.  Currently, Michigan has not gotten a commitment or signed a recruit that had a prior connection to the two high school coaches they hired.  (The only parent hired was of a transfer from Stanford). As for the two high school coaches, one of them is well documented.  He is Chris Partridge, formerly of Paramus Catholic fame / infamy.  Fame because of his connection to Rashan Gary, who is a single recruit and has not committed, and infamy, because Partridge was so hated by his peers in New Jersey, that Rutgers rescinded their job offer to him because they feared hiring him would hurt their recruiting of their own state.  Michigan hired him after Rutgers backed out of hiring him.  The other high school coach that was hired came out of Ohio (his name escapes me), and so far, none of Michigan's 21 commits hail from the state of Ohio, so obviously none  of the current commits have a connection to him.  These are the reasons why I say one can't equate the current recruiting success of Harbaugh to two coaches prior links.  Now, if Michigan lands Gary, I will concede that having Partridge probably helped, but Since Gary hasn't committed, I don't think that can be said.  Also, if a kid commits from Ohio, then if the former Ohio coach was previously connected, then having him probably helped with that recruit.  

Comment 03 Jul 2015

Thanks for the reply.  Ok, I see now.  He more or less is saying that he has hired people that can relate better with high school level players due to their previous backgrounds.  Sorry for misinterpreting the statement.  I appreciate you taking the time to clear it up.  Thanks for the great work Birm and I hope you enjoy the 4th with your friends and family this weekend!

Comment 03 Jul 2015

Your "evidence" is essentially gossip.  You have a guy quoting "sources" from the same people that said there was no way that Harbaugh was going to take the Michigan job.  Instead, there were a large number of outlets quoting players after Harbaugh was let go supporting him.  Link here or here as an example.  If you want more quotes of players going on the record, you can easily find it by googling it or you can look at the film of the locker room after his last game there and see it.  I just don't see anything that supports the gossip that was said, the gossip that probably was pushed out by the front office of the 49ers to try to justify their move.  This pure and simple was a decision made by the front office and not because the players were sick of him.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

The coach went on to acknowledge that perhaps some of Michigan's recruiting success could be tied to the hiring of high school coaches and parents

Ok, I'm going to call it.  This coach obviously is in an Ohio school, and probably a traditional tOSU pipeline.  I'm going to guess Ginn.  I say this, because so far, no Michigan commits have been previously tied to the two high school coaches and parent that Harbaugh brought in, so I don't see a coach without any previous rooting interest making that statement.  I believe Ginn is the only current coach at a tOSU pipeline that has recently sent kids to Michigan, so I believe it is him. 

Comment 03 Jul 2015

Is it me or does anyone else feel this write up is selling Weber short?  In my opinion, a running back that is a home run threat is a nice to have, but not necessary.  I think field awareness/vision is more important for a back, and Weber has this in spades.  Throw in his tough running and hard work ethic and he is likely to produce a minimum of 4 yds/carry, but probably should be closer to 5 in tOSU's offense.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

even with many of the players.

This appears to be a commonly repeated false statement.  A number of players actually came out with supportive statements for Harbaugh, even after he was already gone.  Alex Boone is the only player that had any negative comments, and was it because he felt that way or was he attempting to be a loyal Buckeye alum discrediting Michigan's new coach?  Even another player came to Harbaugh's defense after Boone's comments.  If only 1 player out of 65 had something bad to say, I think you are doing pretty well.

Comment 02 Jul 2015

All right, I'll let this one slide.  You've wiggled your way back into my good graces with that apology, even if you have mistaken me for M Man.  Once again, if anything should happen to me, such as a banishment from Ramzy, or the less feared option of death, Maize and Blue are yours (my cats).

Comment 02 Jul 2015

CC, I agree with you.  I think the QB's passing ability in the offense is more important than his running ability.  What I mean by this is the offense will work best with an accurate passing QB that is a respectable runner, but not necessarily a home run threat himself.  If the defense doesn't perceive all three being equal, they will try to scheme to take away two of them while challenging the offense to beat them using the perceived weakness.  For Braxton, that typically meant teams took a risk with the passing game.  Nothing against Miller, but in my opinion, JT and Cardale create a tougher balance of the three options to defend.

Comment 02 Jul 2015

Now wait a minute DJ, I've been saying for a while now that 11W has more Michigan content than Mgoblog, but that never warranted a mention.  Now that Mr. Fancypants Brian from Mgoblog is beating that drum, he gets all the credit.  I’m hurt.  You hurt me real deep, and to think, I was going to leave my two cats to you in my will.

Comment 01 Jul 2015

Was Rahsma really Rashan's mom or someone trolling a thread?  Considering the individual created the account two months ago and didn't feel the need to comment until now either lends credence to it being his mom or it points to a very patient troll with some great foresight waiting for this very moment to strike.  

I really don't think the answer to that question matters though.  We will never truly know, and it is probably best to just take them at their word.  Probably the best policy when commenting on a forum like this would be to treat the other users like the conversation is face to face, and if/when commenting about someone, it is best to proceed like you are saying the comments with the person in the room with you.

Comment 01 Jul 2015

she invited some of it.

I'm sorry, but I don't agree with this sentiment.  To me, it feels too much like blaming the victim.  I don't really think any of us have a right to judge a recruit or their parent's based on their college decision or how they go about making it.  I really feel bad for them that they have to make such an important life decision under a microscope.

Comment 01 Jul 2015

In her defense, she wasn't so much discussing her son's recruitment as much as she was defending herself.  She only addressed a comment that accused her of looking for a handout and she also addressed the comment that she would tell him what school to go to and then it appears she left the discussion.  I agree that she shouldn't feel the need to defend herself on the internet, because it doesn't really matter what any of us have to say, but then again, I've never been judged by a large number of fan bases that have never met me.  If it really was her and she felt the need to vent, then I hope it made her feel better.