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Comment 03 Jul 2015

OSU got a good RB in Weber. Hope it goes well for him, except for that one game in November. I think there was just too much ground to make up with the Hoke disaster for him to come to Michigan. Michigan fans will always raise their eyebrows at the timing of Drayton's announcement. But I suppose things like that go both ways.

I do expect Michigan to be very competitive against the Buckeyes going forward, perhaps more than most on this board feel. The OL cratered under Rodriguez. It took several years to grow under Hoke. With Drevno as OC and OL coach, and the number of upperclassmen on the OL, they are going to be much better starting this year. I also think that Harbaugh will stay at Michigan longer than 4 years. San Diego and even Stanford were stepping stones. And he would have stayed at San Francisco except for the disaster that was Jed York. Their loss was Michigan's gain. Michigan is a destination head coaching position. I doubt Harbaugh goes back to the NFL unless things line up perfectly.

Comment 17 Jun 2015

Michigan fan here. Darrell Funk is no longer with Michigan . . . he was not retained when Harbaugh became the head coach.

The new OL coach, Tim Drevno, is also the offensive coordinator. Last year, he was the running game coordinator and OL coach at USC, where Max Tuerck earned All-American honors on the OL. Previously, he served as the OL coach with the 49's from 2011 - 2013, coaching Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, and Alex Boone among others. (Boone might be your best resource to find out what Drevno is like. I'd assume someone on the board is in touch with Boone. You already are aware of how Boone feels about Harbaugh.) Drevno was at Stanford from 2007 - 2010 (under Jimmy,) coaching the tight ends for two years and the O-line for two years. Under Drevno, the O-line was 2nd in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, and they anchored a brutal running game for the Cardinal.

Suffice to say, Drevno is an upgrade over Funk. His tenure at USC, the 49's, and Stanford speaks for itself. He is heavily involved in recruiting at Michigan. Currently, Michigan has commitments from Bredeson (#1 OG at 247), Onwenu (#8 OG at 247,) and Swenson (#10 OT at 247.) They are in strong contention for Terrance Davis (#9 OT at 247.) And it is possible they would sign a 5th OL in the class.

I won't make excuses for the OL play at Michigan. It has been substandard for a long time. Having said that, OL is the area with the longest lead time needed for development. If you look at the depth chart, Hoke's first class is only now redshirt Juniors. They were expected to have made the jump in this coming year. Should Drevno coach them up, and they have the requisite strength development and mastery of footwork, we could see a significant jump in the OL this coming year.

One more thing. It has long been rumored on Michigan boards that there are several unannounced medicals out there yet to become public. My understanding is that at least two of these are on the OL. The depth chart is not perilous, but recruiting a strong OL class is critical to what Harbaugh wants to do. If there are two medicals, plus attrition of one or two, plus graduation of one, a class of 5 on the OL is needed.

I think a few of you on this board forget how critical a solid OL is to the overall success of the team. I for one believe that if Michigan had had a better OL, it would have significantly changed the record over the last few years. Harbaugh gets this, and you will see an emphasis on the OL going forward.

Comment 12 Jun 2015

I think you're setting your sights too low. TOSU could win ALL their games with the 2nd string. I think, it would be a bit more fair and interesting if OSU played their 2nd string the entire season. Just think of the glory:  "OSU goes undefeated, wins Big10 title and National Championship with 2nd string, prepares to play and beat the Browns." Yep, that's it.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

So, my user name makes my allegiances clear.

Regarding the OP, as a 2-star recruit, I'm definitely interested in seeing how this guy pans out. I'm really not sure whether he will be a bust or just be someone who hasn't been seen yet. Don't know. Ideally, he redshirts, and has a lot of potential, and is coached up. But who can say? Obv. my hope is that seeing guys live in these camps gives the Michigan coach staff the opportunity to uncover guys that have gone under the radar and don't have the rankings they should. We'll see, won't we? It's obv. Michigan can't waltz in to a 4 or 5 star home like OSU can, and have their pick of the litter.

Regarding Harbaugh and shedding his shirt, and his twitter, and his personality, some will like him, and some won't. It really doesn't matter what I think. What matters is what potential recruits think. Michigan fans seem to think that 16 - 17 year olds will eat this stuff up. TOSU fans seem to think that he is a weird wacko with no dignity that 16 - 17 year old will steer clear of. I guess we'll find out. I'm personally biased, but I kinda think it is pretty cool to see a 50 year old guy who is willing to play ball with kids.

As regards Meyer and Harbaugh and coaching cahones, well, Meyer has the rings. Harbaugh doesn't have a thing. I'm sure neither Urbs nor the team are the least bit scared of Michigan. The Buckeyes have had Michigan's number for a good 10 plus years. So we'll just have to see. But I feel confident that Jimmy is better for Michigan than RickRod or Hoke, and that Michigan will be more competitive. I fully expect Michigan to lose to MSU and OSU this year. But I also expect that they are NOT going to lose to the rest of the teams in stupid ways, although they might just not be good enough to win a couple other games. And I expect that Michigan will be winning their share of games with OSU within the next few years. Honestly, I am of the opinion that having Michigan and OSU both at a high level is more fun and good all around. Many of you would prefer that Michigan stay bad permanently. We'll just have to disagree.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

Regarding attrition, the thought is that there are a number of seniors who were redshirts, and who never have really seen the field, who won't be extended a scholarship for the 5th year. There also are at least two and possibly three guys who could be legit medicals. Lastly, there is always some unanticipated attrition, 2 - 3 guys. If you add it all up, the class could easily end up close to 25.

Comment 05 Jun 2015

Kiante Enis is the nephew of Curtis Enis.

Electronic timed 10.53 100m dash, currently top time in Indiana at that distance. 4.35 40 time. I don't know about that, but the 100m time is legit. Insane stats in HS:  3,189 yards and 49 touchdowns on 299 carries (10.7 YPC). Thing is, not sure what this really means, because the HS is so small, has NEVER had a D1 recruit, competition is bad, etc. Still, 6'1" & 190 lbs, with 10.53 speed, is legit.

He hasn't had many offers from big schools, possibly because he wasn't visible at a small off the radar school, not scouted extensively. The track season has changed that a bit. OSU doesn't need the likes of him because they can focus on 5 stars that are well known and well scouted. Michigan needs to beat the bushes for diamond in the rough recruits.

Comment 12 May 2015

As a Michigan fan, everything I say is automatically suspect on this board. Still, just a few things . . . I don't think the suspension fits the crime, so to speak, when compared with other suspensions in the league. Second, I really don't know exactly what happened to the footballs. I do think a good part of this punishment is a witch hunt, and the feeling that Brady was "cooperative" enough. Third, I do believe virtually every team does whatever they can to gain a competitive advantage. With this particular issue, I'm sure that the procedure will be changed for all games starting this season. You'll see uniformly inflated balls that aren't under the control of any team, but directly under the direction of the officials or the league. Fourth, it is easy for a lot of people to hate both BB and the Pats as Brady, with their success for many years, and their perceived arrogance. Outside of Michigan and New England fans, most people hate the Pats. It kind of is like hating the Yankees, or hating Alabama football and Nic Saban. Lastly, I would not want to be Indianapolis, nor Goodell. They have made powerful enemies in Kraft and the Patriots. Any predictions on the score of the N.E. / Indy game next Fall?

Comment 09 Apr 2015

Love that Harbaugh did this. Of course, Meyer would do the same. I immediately thought of Woody in particular, but also Bo. The PC crowd drives me crazy. Regardless of what you think of the movie (and I happened to like it, seeing it twice,) censoring and shutting down the movie because it potentially traumatizes a viewer is just stupid and wrongheaded. Of course I love Michigan, but sometimes, it really attracts boneheaded leftists.

Comment 15 Mar 2015

Princess Bride. Love that movie.

Animal House. Have seen it too many times.

Comment 26 Feb 2015

Fascinating question (on parents.) I'd like to know what the parents will do. And opening the checkbook, as noted, is not the answer. Respect for others and for their property was lacking. I also don't let off the hook those who were present, but didn't do a thing.

There are a couple things that have changed, and fraternities and others need to get with the program:

  1. The Internet. Stories like this go viral quickly, and don't go away.
  2. What is socially acceptable. Those in a position of privilege have long "gotten away with" heinous behavior. This is changing, and I'm glad for it. Just because you used to be able to be an asshat doesn't mean that you have license to do the same thing now.
Comment 26 Feb 2015

Good to see that everyone has a good sense of humor. Gotta laugh at yourself. And if any idiot actually is misled to think this is a real story . . . what are they thinking? Regarding Michigan, I'm waiting until the Onion or SNL puts out a "news story" on the Michigan fraternity trashing the ski resort in northern Michigan this January. That fraternity and sorority deserve to be ridiculed.

Comment 25 Feb 2015

Really a terrible night to be a Chicago sports fan. Not only D Rose, but also Patrick Kane from the Blackhawks out for 6 - 10 weeks. It just isn't fun.

If any team knows about "next man up," it is Ohio State. I don't know if we'll ever see something as incredible as having 3 quarterbacks, and two contributing tremendously to a National Championship.

It will be really interesting to see what happens with the Bulls. They are incredibly deep. Obviously, you can't "replace" Rose. But this year, Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler, and Nikola Mirotic have made a huge difference. Actually, I could see them winning one series in the playoffs (without Rose,) and being pretty competitive the next series after that. Still, it sucks.

Comment 24 Feb 2015

My trapped story has to do with a plane, and my regrets at being frugal. I have traveled a fair amount, flying to Japan, Korea, German, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, and obviously, around the country. On this particular trip, I was on a South American carrier on my way to Asuncion, Paraguay, to do service work in slums located at the garbage dump. In Miami, the gate agent asked if I wanted to upgrade my seat for more leg room, for about $100. I declined, which was a big mistake. I am about 6'4", and weigh north of 250 pounds. From Miami south, including connecting flights, it was tolerable, and unremarkable. Leaving Paraguay, however, it was a different story. Literally every seat on the plane was filled. There was no extra space on the plane whatsoever. I ended up in a seat with no leg room. What was worse, the passenger in front of me was pregnant, and had the seat as fully reclined as possible, for 8 hours. The seatback TV was broken. All I could do was suck it up. And I knew that in the future, if I ever have the chance to upgrade to a seat with more leg room, I would jump on the opportunity.

Comment 24 Feb 2015

That's an incredible story. Loved it. Would upvote you, but since I rarely come here, I don't have enough points. C'est la vie.

Comment 20 Sep 2014

This is a problem for the Big 10.

Interestingly, as regards your rival Michigan, they've been doing ok in recruiting. You could argue that they are actually approaching Ohio State's level. In fact, right now, they trail only Alabama and USC on Rivals in terms of the average ranking of each recruit. And that includes a kicker, which drags everything down.

Still, the original point stands, and the Big 10 as a whole really needs to pick up the pace with recruiting.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

I seriously doubt Hoke is going anywhere, at least not this year. If Michigan ends up 9 - 3, even with losses to OSU, MSU, & ND, he'll be given another year. Should Michigan actually win against the Buckeyes or Spartans, it will take quite a bit of pressure off. I won't presume to predict that is going to happen. There are at least three factors, in my mind.

  1. Injuries and other player losses. Who could have predicted that Miller and Spence would be out for Ohio State this year? Certainly not me. For Michigan, to have at least four starters out against Miami hurt  their play (Funchess at WR, Desmond Morgan at LB, and Countess and Taylor at CB.) Getting Jake Butt back at TE has been important, and he is only going to get stronger. Having critical players in or out can affect the balance in a particular game.
  2. Player development. It appears things are finally beginning to jell for Michigan on the OL. There also has been a learning curve for Michigan's secondary with press coverage. There also are quite a few raw WR's who are learning the ropes and getting things down with route running. If these units get things down, Michigan is going to improve significantly over the course of the year.
  3. Turnovers. If Michigan continues to have turnovers at the rate they have over the last 3 games, it is going to be a long season. If they put and end to that, and the defense causes turnovers, well, that would be a huge change for Michigan.

I'm comfortable predicting 9 - 3 this year. Anything between 8 - 4 & 10 - 2 means that Hoke will not be going anywhere.

Comment 02 Sep 2014

You can't underestimate what is involved in a gifted and experienced OL that works well together. Your OL, along with losing a great RB, are key factors, obv. along with Miller being out for the year. Getting back to my original point, how the OL at OSU performs is probably the most critical factor for OSU this year. This week's game, along with MSU, will tell you a lot, and it looks a bit ominous right now. With the tire fire that has been Michigan's OL for the last five years, I feel your pain.

Comment 02 Sep 2014

Hope he figures it out, as he seems to have plenty of talent. Meyer doesn't want to cut him from the team, but Baugh is now on a pretty short leash. It is sad when a gifted young man who has been given such a great opportunity throws it away. And the reality is that there are plenty of other guys ready to step up and step in.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

Look forward to the day when this isn't newsworthy. I suppose, with all the publicity he got, as the first openly gay player to be drafted, it makes sense that Sam get publicity as the first openly gay player to be cut. He should be judged not by his personal preferences, but by his abilities to make tackles on the field. In fact, his personal preferences should be completely irrelevant to whether or not he makes an NFL squad.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

I love Brady Hoke. (no homo.) I love everything about him. I love how he relates with his players, and with their families, how he doesn't take himself too seriously, with how he just has fun. I love his coaching staff. I love that he feels really bad about Braxton Miller, and comes from the same town. I love that Brady Hoke isn't fake and plastic. I love that he isn't mean and miserable. I love that he can make fun of himself, flub his line, and he just comes off as a coach. I don't even care about the fat jokes, because let's face it, he isn't thin. I love that he says "Ohio," (which I don't do,) and that he won't wear red. You can tell that at least some players feel the same way, because his recruiting keeps on getting better, even though the record hasn't. Ohio State has an awesome coach with a great record, which I doubt Brady Hoke will ever match. But you know what? I'm happy for you, and I'm happy for Michigan. I know a bunch of y'all think Hoke is on a hot seat. He isn't. He'll be around for a long time, which makes a bunch of OSU fans giggly. Ummh, time will tell, but I don't think OSU's recent overwhelming winning record against Michigan is going to continue much longer. Don't know if it will be this year, or next, but Michigan will be punching OSU in the face. Finally, my boy is only in 8th grade ball, and I'd be shocked for him to play in college. Just doesn't have the speed and size. But if he did play in college, Hoke is the kind of coach I'd want him to play for. Ted Ginn feels the same way, and that's why Frank Clark and Willie Henry are at Michigan.

Comment 22 Aug 2014

Fascinating article. It has always been my contention that you are looking for trouble any time you are starting a Freshman QB, especially a true Freshman. The problem is the time it takes to master the playbook. It takes repetition, and time to work out the kinks, both in practice and in game situations. When a QB has a couple years of seasoning, hopefully as an early entry, then a redshirt and then a full year playing only in mop up duty, they have learned the playbook and have the timing down cold. You'll just have to see how Barrett does. Sometimes early season success can be particularly cruel and deceiving. A Freshman QB can think they have things down, only to be destroyed by a crafty DC and seasoned secondary.

There is one set of circumstances where Freshmen QB's have more success. It involves a highly skilled, motivated and gifted QB, surrounded by veterans at every position. When that happens, they can make things work. The fact that OSU is breaking in many new guys at OL gives me pause. OSU has a tremendous defense, but I don't know if they will be completely able to carry the team. I don't know, but I think you really now are one year away from significant success.

One last thing:  someone here who is more of a stats wizard should find the NCAA stats on Freshman QB's in a starting role. I believe that will corroborate my position (Freshman QB's are trouble) and give you a picture of what OSU might expect this year. (EDIT:  yes, you would need to separate true Freshmen from redshirted Freshmen.)

Comment 22 Aug 2014

I don't even know what to say. I mean, I believe in miracles, and that would qualify, but really? All I can think of is Desmond trolling OSU and SEC fans and being a homer. If Michigan ends up 6 in the country, every last doggone thing went right (OL came together, Gardner stayed healthy and played within himself, defense completely gelled and was dominant, key injuries to some of our strongest opponents.) Hope springs eternal, and I am an optimist, but this is beyond me to predict. Or even hope for.

Having said that, I don't think Hoke is nearly as fat and stupid as many OSU fans think, and Michigan is on the rise. It has taken years to rebuild after the disaster and travesty that was RR. Michigan has been doing a good job of recruiting, and right now is on track to have the highest average star rating of anybody in the Big 10, albeit with only 14 - 15 total in the class. I am really looking forward to 2015 and beyond. Just not this year, not yet.