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Comment 27 Sep 2015

Michigan doesn't have the talent, particularly on O, that OSU has....it's just not there.  As for the D, that's another story altogether.  They have a very good D line and good D-backs with decent linebacking.  Don't forget that Hoke recruited well.  Talent wasn't the problem, it was coaching and scheme.  Last year, the coach responsible for the defensive backs had never played the position nor coached the position. 

That's no longer the case.  Harbaugh has put together a very good coaching staff and if you have been watching, their play calling on O has been excellent...execution has been average, until yesterday.  Harbaugh is a brilliant coach (as is Meyer).  If you watch him while the team is warming up he is incredibly active and into everything going on.  His success with prior college teams and in the NFL wasn't just luck.

As a Michigan fan, I'd like to think that yesterday was the new standard.  I don't believe that.  I think the team is a work in progress and will continue to improve, although with some bumps in the road. I predicted 8-4 before the season began and I won't change that until Michigan is past Northwestern and MSU.

As for November 28, it's a rivalry game. On paper you win.  But remember two years ago...you dodged a bullet and last year, before Drake Johnson tore his ACL in the third quarter, the game was even.

The future looks like it could be a lot of fun. 

Comment 23 Sep 2015

Regardless of whether Clark is a head case or not, this is another instance of the NCAA being on a different planet. There is absolutely no justification for not allowing Clark to sit out his year and play at any other program including USC and any and all other PAC12 teams that UCLA will play.  I'm surprised that no one has attacked this regulation in the courts as being anti-competitive. Once a player leaves a program, what is the rationale that allows a team to further control a player? Totally FUBAR.

Comment 03 Aug 2015

I'd like to think the perception of the B1G as a weak conference will change.  Last year certainly helped with OSU winning the NC, but it will take more than that to really change the image.  Other than OSU, and to some extent, MSU, the rest of the B1G has been less than stellar, including Wisconsin, who finally won a bowl game last year.  The SEC has depth in terms of the number of really good teams as well as the talent.  At the very least, the B1G East will be a force. Chryst and Riley...time will tell.

Give Harbaugh a couple of years and Michigan could be seriously good; ditto for Franklin, although I'm not sure just how good he is as a coach - he can definitely recruit.

The trend is definitely in the right direction.  Some of the other programs in the B1G Ten, whom are about to get a big payday when the next TV deal is finalized, need to step up to the plate.

Comment 07 Feb 2015

Factually, you are incorrect, and yes, I'm a Michigan fan.  That Harbaugh was looking at other running backs was all over the news for days before NSD.  I saw it on Mgoblog, on Twitter and heard it on Sam Webb's show at least as early as Jan. 31st.  Google is your friend.  Weber was equivocal and Harbaugh was doing a CYA.  Everyone following Michigan football knew this....to suggest that Weber didn't makes no sense.

What I think you are also forgetting is that Meyer was quoted as saying the following:

 Meyer is always competing with Michigan, he said, and that is no different in recruiting. “We keep score against the rival in everything we do,” he said.

That, to me, implies that OSU won the battle with Weber, which was the case.

Harbaugh was just giving Urban some love.

Relax guys....this should be fun.

Comment 05 Feb 2015

While I'm sympathetic to Weber's situation, at this juncture, if things could be worked out and he could end up at Michigan, there is always the nagging question about the level of sincerity of his commitment.  I would think if the LOI could be rescinded, Harbaugh might take him, but there are no guarantees.

Comment 05 Feb 2015

Not really....I think RB is not Michigan's biggest problem at the moment, but why get me depressed.

Wishful thinking? Not really. Should Weber choose to invalidate his LOI, there is a mechanism to appeal the decision, but that's really not the point.  I suspect Meyer would have little trouble finding another RB in 2016, in addition to the kid you already have committed.  I feel badly for Weber.  He is a 17 or 18  year old kid making a decision that will have a lifelong impact, and it's not starting out well. At the very least, you have a recruit who feels he has been wronged.

I'd say the same thing had Weber's decision gone the other way and had Wheatley decided that he was jumping ship.  From many of the posts on this thread, it seems that most you here feel the same way, which is as it should be.

Comment 05 Feb 2015

That is presumptive.  Unless you were there, do you know what was really said?  The official visit that was made by Higdon was done well in advance of NSD as was the offer, so Weber had to know that, as it was all over MGoblog and Sam Webb was talking about it on numerous occasions.

I think Weber was torn between the two programs and was looking for something, anything, to guide his decision.

The question is what Weber does now....he could file an appeal with the NCAA.

Comment 29 Nov 2014

I know Barrett requires surgery, but did he suffer a dislocated ankle?  For his sake, I hope not.  That is the same injury that Laquon Treadwell suffered a few weeks ago when he was tackled with a horse collar on the goal line.  It is a long road to recovery and it is possible that your ankle is not what it once was.  I hope that Barrett is lucky.

Gardner's going over and wishing Barrett well was very classy.

Comment 13 Oct 2014

Good piece and very accurate. As a Michigan fan and alum with a strong and frequent Ann Arbor presence, I'm delighted you enjoyed yourself.  Over the years, I've had more than a few experiences with Buckeye fans that were fun that travelled to Ann Arbor for the weekend.  Michigan Stadium at night is a lot of fun, and is very impressive (unlike the team).

Michigan fans seem to have gotten somewhat apathetic as a remedy to reduce the pain, but it is temporary.  Support for the players is as strong as ever, maybe more so.  Regardless, with the exception of '11, it's been a long seven years since Carr left, and Hoke and Brandon need to see Ann Arbor from their rear view mirror ASAP.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

So that's three losses in the last four games.

I believe that much of the success of the last two seasons have been due to scheduling.  Put OSU in the SEC and the results would not have been quite so pretty.  There is one legitimate team in the B1G this year, and that's MSU, and Oregon had their way with them big time in the second half last night.  Michigan is a total joke, and I say this as a Michigan fan.  Hoke needs to be put out to pasture.

It's hard to blame a freshman QB for what happened to OSU last night.  The question I ask is with OSU's ability to recruit top talent, why was there not a better QB with more experience, someone not a frosh, waiting in the wings?

Comment 18 Aug 2014

As a Michigan fan, I have to say I hope this turns out to be a rumor.  As much as I can't stand you bastards on game day, I never want to see one of your players get hurt.  Miller seems like a good guy who has given you everything he has and then some.

Comment 18 Aug 2014

As a Michigan fan, I have to say I hope this turns out to be a rumor.  As much as I can't stand you bastards on game day, I never want to see one of your players get hurt.  Miller seems like a good guy who has given you everything he has and then some.

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 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.