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Comment 13 May 2014

This Michigan fan is thinking that this year, not 2015, could well be the do or die year for Hoke. In 2012 and 2013, some very good recruits signed on the dotted line.  Sure, not everyone turns out to match their press clippings, but by now, at least some of the kids recruited for the O-line, although often the slowest to develop, should be showing more than they have to date.  I'm not sure you can blame everything on Borges, although he was a dud.  I'm scratching my head as to why Darrel Funk, the O-line coach is still there.

As Ace pointed out, ticket sales are going in a negative direction, and it's not all schedule.  If this year is another seven or eight win year, It wouldn't surprise me if Hoke were gone, as he should be.

Comment 09 May 2014

That's fine, we can disagree. I can forgive and forget when someone makes a mistake, owns up to it, does their penance and moves on, but that isn't what happened here.  Tressel got caught in a lie and tried to cover it up. For me, there is a line in the sand that was crossed. If you allow people to do bad things and forgive them because of W's and L's, which is very common in sports and in life, and most obvious with OSU fans and Tressel,you end up with something that really doesn't have much meaning.

Comment 09 May 2014

Yeah, I;m not thrilled about losing to Tressel and now to Meyer, but that isn't and never was the point.  I might not have liked OSU and Tressel, but I always respected him until he turned into someone whose need to win became more important than honesty and integrity.  I'd like to think that my engineering degree from Michigan and those of you who have a piece of paper from OSU have something with meaning, something that you earned that reflects well upon you and hundreds of thousands of alumni.  When someone in Tressel's position does what he did, it reflects poorly on the entire university and those that attended OSU, past and present, and that's a shame.   

Comment 09 May 2014

No, they have a two time liar.

It's not bad enough that Tressel helped screw OSU for his lies, but he had character issues at Youngstown State.

I guess "integrity" isn't a word that will be used often during commencement addresses.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

If he really did score a 9, which is below the literacy rate, then someone needs to question exactly how he made it through several years of college.

Comment 31 Jan 2014

Interesting how both Michigan and OSU got new presidents within a week of each other, and both are MD's.  Drake seems to have had more of an administrative background, while Michigan's new pres, also a PhD, seems to have had more of a research background.

It will be interesting observing the directions the two schools will head under their respective tutelage. While all of us are sports junkies and sports get much of the publicity, athletics is really a very small portion of the total budget of both schools.

Comment 27 Jan 2014

The bigger question is whether they would beat them now.  If you think the answer is "yes", you are either:

1.  Smoking something, or

2.  Based on this latest list of power rankings, suggesting that OSU would lose to UNC-Charlotte by an even bigger margin.

Michigan is a very young team which is also very talented on offense. Young teams tend to improve as the season progresses, particularly with good coaching.  I'd have to say that Beilein is as good a coach as there is in the B1G.  Remember, he lost a sophomore and junior to the NBA draft and a pre-season consensus All-American is out for the season, yet Michigan continues on a roll. Their style of play, very few fouls and turnovers and a high ratio of points per possession could make them a force in the tourney.

Comment 20 Jan 2014

You are putting MSU and MICH in the win columns?  Maybe you need to start watching some other games.   Izzo and Beilein, in cased you haven't noticed, can coach.

The way OSU is playing, nothing is a given.

Comment 09 Jan 2014

You've got that right.  A handful of B1G schools shell out the dollars necessary to bring in coaching talent.  Considering how much B1G teams receive in income, with much more money on the horizon, really good coaches need to come here.  Money is a good way for that to happen.  Ditto for facilities for those schools that need their stadiums and practice facilities reworked.

The SEC has made the investment in coaches and facilities and it pays huge dividends.  If that doesn't happen in the B1G, we will remain the second rate conference that we have become.

Comment 09 Dec 2013

The schedule masked the defensive problems.  When you have gobs of offense and continue to win, it is easy to look past the real problems. The Michigan game brought this home in a big way.  While Michigan has had its problems this season, they are not without talent and could easily have won last week. Watching Borges"s game plan certainly helped MSU.  What can you say....MSU has a great defense that stepped up to the plate when they had to and won the game.

Comment 08 Dec 2013

The team is very one-sided and against a very good defense, the cracks in the armor became evident.  To a considerable extent, the defensive woes showed up last week against Michigan and their over 600 yards of offense.

OSU is a good team whose weaknesses were hidden by strength of schedule and a very weak Big Ten. Even the offense, to be perfectly honest, was one sided.  Where was the passing game when it was needed yesterday? A classic case of a big fish in a little pond.

Comment 19 Jul 2013

I would have to disagree.  Ann Arbor is the University of Michigan with about 500 university buildings set within the University's three campuses located within a small city and sprinkled around Ann Arbor.  OSU is a school in one part of a very large city.  You can't go to Ann Arbor without being completely aware of the presence of the university and the shadow it casts. You can go to the bulk of the areas which comprise Columbus with no clue that OSU even exists.

Comment 19 Jul 2013

Comparing Katzingers to Zingermans is farcical.  I am in Ann Arbor frequently and often eat at Zingermans. Their breads are rated as some of the best in the US. Katzingers is a joke by comparison, unfortunately, as I often go to Columbus. It is a Zingermans wannabe.

For breakfast in AA, try Afternoon Delight, although there is typically a wait, even on non-game weekends.  The place is a favorite of many folks who live in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor is one of the best college towns in America and home to an amazing academic institution.  Talking about Ann Arbor and Detroit or Flint in the same sentence suggests that you need a lesson in geography, just as no one would compare the two schools in terms of their academics.

Comment 05 Jun 2013

Gee is/was the president of a major university, not a comic club.  Everything he says, every word, reflects on the university. Even if what he said was tongue-in-cheek, he never should have said it.  Why blame the press...they didn't make the utterances....they came from Gee.

His conduct at the Tressel press conference was laughable, now this.  If the guy is such a great fundraiser, how come OSU's endowment is only about a quarter of Michigan's, which is about to start another major fund drive.  Maybe Gee should have tried to be a bit more like Mary Sue Coleman, another great fundraiser, but without Gee's baggage.

Giving Gee a pass makes the OSU fan base seem in denial, strikingly similar to Penn State's fans who see Paterno as incapable of doing wrong.

Comment 30 Mar 2013

Let's be honest....this team won the last two games with lucky 3-point shots at the buzzer.  They pulled an easy draw and neither of those games should have been that close.  When it comes down to the very end, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  Tonight it didn't work.

Comment 20 Feb 2013

As a fellow Michigan fan, I'd have to disagree with your statement about us getting lots of talent from RichRod's tenure.  Your list, once you get past Lewan, has a few solid players, with emphasis on "few".  Half a dozen or so starters just don't make it.  At this point in time, the lines would typically be replete with top notch players from RichRod's tenure.  That hasn't happened.

Well written piece, but I am a bit skeptical, notwithstanding some of the favorable parts of the schedule.  As was noted, we have no depth at QB, the most important position on the field, although if Miller went down, I wonder just how good OSU would be.  I remain of a mindset that Michigan may start coming of age in 2014, but more likely in 2015 simply based on two years of  excellent recruiting and the length of time it takes to develop linemen.  Having said that, I see no team on the schedule that can't be beaten now that Alabama is behind us.

 

Comment 05 Feb 2013

Michigan fan here...overall great game.  Craft's 3-point shot after time expired, should Craft's foul have given Michigan possession, was Craft fouled on the last play, foul on Burke that wasn't.

Just life in the B1G.

Enjoy Indiana.

Comment 04 Feb 2013

Good interview guys....the link to the interview is posted on Mgoblog, another good source of Michigan info, so lots of people will read what Brandon had to say.  

There is always some criticism of every AD, but I think, so far, Brandon has done a great job. He walks a tightrope balancing tradition with ways of generating revenue.  So far, as a Michigan fan, I am very happy with the job he has done. Every sports facility on the campus is getting a facelift - total price, 900 million.  Anyone coming to Ann Arbor for the bball game tomorrow will be shocked when they see the remake of Crisler.

Comment 17 Jul 2012

The Paterno family is showing the same level of arrogance that Paterno showed when he placed the welfare of the program over the welfare of children.  I'm really not sure why or even how the family is going to change the findings.

I would bet they are running scared.  Paterno's estate is vulnerable to attack. PSU may try to claim Paterno and friends acted outside the scope of their authority. Claims against Paterno, Spanier, etc. may be joint and several meaning that victims can go where the money is - Paterno.

The question I have is how will Paterno's estate get school records.  There is no FOIA available for PSU and a couple of other Pennsylvania schools.  Unless the estate is a litigant, they are bound by the same rules that you or I would have, namely, we can't access the records.  

Screw Paterno and his arrogant family. I for one would like to see the death penalty in place for a couple of years. If this is not the ultimate loss of institutional control, I don't know what is.

Comment 08 Jul 2012

These are still Tressel's guys who are getting themselves arrested.  We shall see about Meyer's recruits, whether they are quality individuals or the continuing line of thugs who have shown up way too often around Columbus recently.

From my perspective, it starts at the head coach and ends at the head coach.  Recruit quality individuals and have little tolerance for bad activiy and the problem eventually takes care of itself, but you can't capitulate just because someone is a starter.

Comment 24 May 2012

And for that, you should say "thank God"

Having several generations of Michigan alums in my family, I didn't stand a chance either, nor did my sons.  My first grandson, born a month ago, wore a Michigan cap as his first garment ever.

I find that I have stooped so low as to include several OSU alums as friends, an admission I don't make too frequently as it definitely relfects negatiively on character.  Having said that, in actuallity, most of my OSU friends and I, once we get past the obligatory ball busting, really spend more time discussion the merits of the programs, recruits, game strategies, etc.

As for RR, he just didn't work on many levels, the most glaring of which was defense.  It will take a couple more years, but just in case Buckeye nation hasn't been watching, a fair amount of defensive talent is joining Michigan this year, and 2013 looks even better.

It is going to be a fun ride.

 

Comment 11 Nov 2011

I am not sure why Penn State even enters the equation. What PSU is involved with is a criminal probe that seems to be outside the scope of anything related to the NCAA. The only positive I see is that with the buzz from Penn State, people will be talking less about this new level of infractions, but rest assured, it will get its day in the sun down the road when formal penalties are announced and PSU will be getting considerably less bandwidth.