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Comment 16 Jan 2020

But you will always compare. And the point is that OSU didn't win the National Championship. I guess you can be glad Clemson didn't win?

Still, OSU fans will always have a twinge of regret. "If only we had kept Burrows." I definitely don't think that Meyer did anything wrong. Predicting who will succeed and improve is always hard. More than half the NFL general managers get the decision wrong. I live in the Chicago area, and it seems like the Bears have had terrible luck in picking a QB. The Cleveland Browns are in the same boat. OSU fans are fond of pointing out that Michigan coaches didn't start Tom Brady straight through. But NFL GM's drafted 5 other QB's in the 5 rounds before Brady was drafted. Who knew? You're going to have the same thing with Barrow. Who knew? Hindsight is always better than foresight.

Comment 14 Jan 2020

Wow. I'm not piling on, but this is rough. Would love to have some sense of what is meant by "not meeting program expectations." Smoking weed? Inadequate focus in practice and games? Working as part of a team instead of as a prima donna? Skipping class and not applying self academically? I don't expect to know the details, but whatever is going on, it isn't good.

Comment 14 Jan 2020

I think OSU would have won a national championship with Burrows at QB. It's not like you had a bad team or anything, but that's how I see things. A running QB is great, but a great passing QB is better. I'll submit that in general, a great QB who sees the whole field, who get go through progressions, who can put the ball exactly where it needs to be, who rarely gets sacked, is the one single most critical factor in winning a national championship.

Comment 13 Jan 2020

I'm thinking it is most likely Coombs comes back to OSU as secondary coach. HOWEVER . . . 

  1. I'm assuming OSU would have to exceed his current salary with the Titans, just to make a lateral move as a position coach.
  2. What are the chances that someone is interested in Coombs as a DC, or even a head coach? I suspect he could function as a DC, with a focus on the secondary. If he had a D-1 offer, or even an offer in the NFL, to be a DC, there would be a very significant salary bump. Apart from the fact that it appears bridges have been burned, Michigan couldn't match either the positional prestige or the salary bump to keep Mattison at Michigan. If he has a legit DC offer to a legit D-1 school or NFL team, I could see it being really hard for Day and OSU to get Coombs to come back.
  3. Real question:  do you think Coombs would take a DC position with Browns or Titans, or do you think he would take a secondary position with OSU instead, if he had to choose between the two?
  4. Lastly, I don't come on here to act like or be an asshole. And I post a lot less than I used to. I'm not butthurt, because there's no reason to be. (There's an awful lot in life to be legitimately upset about. An internet tough guy OSU asshole fan, probably posting in his whitie brownie tighties out of his man cave in the basement of mom and dad's house, isn't one of them.) Of course it stings that Partridge is gone. But we saw the writing on the wall when Bama tried to poach him a year ago. It was only a matter of time, and that's true with all good young coaches. IIRC, Meyer expected that if his young coaches were any good, they'd be moving on within 5 years. As much as you hate Harbaugh and Michigan, you shouldn't be surprised the same thing happens in Ann Arbor.
Comment 12 Jan 2020

If the Titans win next week, that delays things 3 weeks, until after the Super Bowl. . Is there a point where continuing to win changes things with Coombs? Would there be other doors opening for him, with boatloads of money, if the Titans win the Super Bowl?

Comment 11 Jan 2020

The Big 10 is brutal. There are almost no gimme games. OSU has the ability to beat Nebraska, and Northwestern, and the weaker teams when you're in Columbus. But with MSU, Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, even PSU and Rutgers, you are going to struggle on the road. Michigan barely beat Purdue Thursday night, and needed a double overtime to get it done. And this was at home in Ann Arbor!! Minnesota is 2 - 3, and Michigan is predicted to lose their game to them tomorrow afternoon in Minneapolis.

Of course, that is an oversimplication, but OSU has been hit by injury and sickness, which can make a huge difference. And with the criticism of DJ Carton, remember that he's a freshman. There's a reason they're freshmen, and usually don't see lots of playing time. Michigan has been decimated with the loss of their top scorer 3 games ago. Thankfully, he should be back sometime soon.

Looking at your schedule, you could easily win your next four (NE, @PSU, MN, @NW.) You'll probably lose at Wisconsin and UM. You could beat Rutgers and Purdue at home. @Iowa will be tough. And you could probably lose Maryland, even though you're home. You really need to beat NE on the road, because it will be hard for you to beat Michigan, Illinois, and MSU to finish the season.

I don't think you have a crummy coach, but when you're not elite, it is extremely, extremely difficult to get there. (Michigan has experienced this in spades with the football team.)

Comment 09 Jan 2020

Why would anyone pick Michigan to be in the playoffs? That is pie in the sky lunacy. Absolutely no reason on God's green earth to pick Michigan to do that. And you know what? Even if Michigan somehow managed to beat OSU, it would almost undoubtedly be a fluke, a gift from the refs, kinda like Clemson beating OSU. Until Michigan plays OSU mano a mano, and beats them decisively, fair and square, there is no point for anyone to predict anything for Michigan other than being overrated, losing to OSU, and losing in a bowl game.

Comment 08 Jan 2020

I mean, this is kind of a low news cycle period, so there is a lot made out of minor situations. Regarding transfers, Nico Collins returning was the big one. Center Cesar Ruiz leaving will hurt, but I think that's about it. Of course we'll miss DPJ, and he certainly didn't light the world on fire. I tend to blame that on Patterson, but honestly, there is blame to go around.

Regarding coaches leaving, I'm not surprised that Partridge is gone, and he will be a loss. There have been a lot of rumors about Campanile. The thing is, good programs are always getting guys poached. If you're getting a promotion to OC or DC, it is hard to fault a guy for taking a huge raise. I think I've observed this is happening at OSU too.

Comment 07 Jan 2020

Of course, I'm a Michigan homer, but I have them at 10 - 2 next year. The reality is that they lose to OSU again, in the only game that really matters. I think they beat PSU at home, and just suspect they find a way to lose one more game.

Normally, I would be more concerned about the OL. However, I have faith in Warinner. More than that, for the first time in 20 years, they have depth. They were able to redshirt every single freshman this year, and those guys were able to learn under older guys. Losing Ruiz at C hurts, but I am much more bullish on this group. Even if they take a slight step back, they'll be good. For the first time since Rich Rodriguez, they are reloading, and not starting over. And I take issue with suggesting recruiting was weak:  there are 6 current Freshmen on the OL. Four were 4-stars, and 2 were 3-stars. This means less on the OL than other areas, but still, they had plenty of solid guys. Right now, they've got 13 guys on the depth chart, not counting walk ons, transfers, or incoming true freshmen. I feel much better about the OL than in years.

For RB, incoming freshman Blake Corum is a speedster, and is very different from Haskins and Charbonnet. He may well see the field, and be a great change of pace guy in the RB slot.

I am waiting to see what will happen with NT and DT. This was a weakness, especially against teams like OSU and Wisconsin. Kemp and Dwumfour were ok, but got manhandled. Will another year of experience help? Will Chris Hinton, a 5-star who will be a sophomore, improve significantly? Dunno. There are a few guys who just couldn't cut it.

I am not thrilled about CB, but we shall see. They have to really focus on better recruiting here. They were fortunate to add Green-Warren, a 4-star CB, but he is likely to get burned by speedsters like Jeudy at Bama.

Finally, how will McCaffrey be at QB? I was one who never was in love with Patterson. One thing I'll say is that if McCaffrey gets hurt, I really think the season could go down significantly. We don't have a lot of depth behind him. (Milton may have a cannon for an arm, but I haven't yet heard anything about his accuracy improving. We all saw what a disaster it was for Patterson throwing downfield against Bama. If you can't lay in a pass where your receivers can catch it, you are screwed.) However, I thought OSU was hurt by depth at QB, and it didn't matter for you at all:  same guy started all year long.

I think the big plus will be a full year of familiarity with Gattis at OC, and being somewhat of a spread team. As Urban Meyer said, that doesn't happen overnight. They now are at a point where they're not learning everything new, from scratch.

Comment 06 Jan 2020

I like the way he calls and comments on a game. Perhaps many Buckeye fans want him to be more of a homer, but he can't really do that in his role. As a different example, I really like Meyer's commentary . . . but being in a different role, he can be more of a Buckeye partisan.

The nature of Buckeye fans really put Herbstreit in an awkward and untenable position, as regards how he calls OSU games, and regarding how he comments on OSU. This is particularly true when you come to controversial calls, and even more so when those calls don't go in the Buckeye's favor.

Comment 05 Jan 2020

Everything I've read suggests Howard was very highly respected in the NBA. Lebron and Dwayne Wade lobbied for him to get the position at Michigan, In fact, Fran Fraschilla suggests that Howard and Michigan would have the inside track on getting Bronny James and Zaire Wade to play for Michigan when the time comes. Juwan has that kind of cred with guys in the league.

I really think the brilliant move was to bring on Phil Martelli and Howard Eisley, and to retain Saddi Washington. Michigan is also help massively by having Jon Sanderson, a former OSU player, doing their strength and conditioning.

Comment 05 Jan 2020

Yeah, I've certainly thought of that. (that is to say, the irony of Michigan whiners complaining that OSU is cheating, but not raising the same question about Howard.)  It'd be interesting to know the rate of cheating in recruiting football vs. basketball. I think because b-ball players can go to Europe out of high school, and because they can do the one and done thing if they're good enough, there might be less incentive than football to cheat as regards financial compensation. However, I'm pretty positive that some of the one and done kids basically "cheat" by taking a term of cake classes in the Fall, and are willing to flunk or drop out of the Winter term, since they're going pro anyway.

Comment 05 Jan 2020

So with the Titans winning, would things change with Coombs if the Titans kept on winning? Or would OSU just wait until they either lose or win the Super Bowl?

Comment 04 Jan 2020

The whole stinking season it seemed like Shea was off as regards accuracy. In the Citrus Bowl, he sailed pass after pass way over the heads of the receivers. Yes, a better QB will help. Tremendously.

Comment 04 Jan 2020

That's what we're all waiting to find out in Ann Arbor. Another part of the equation is whether they'd be drafted at all, or where they'd go in the draft. To some degree, if they think a better showing next year would substantially improve their position, they might as well stay. Right now, I don't think any NFL teams are licking their chops at the prospect of drafting Niko or DPJ.

Comment 04 Jan 2020

Generally, processing players is bad. Michigan, imhe, made a mistake several years ago when OL Erik Swenson was processed by Michigan and ended up at Oklahoma. Bad look, and a bad decision in the end. However, there are multiple issues. Sometimes someone who is recruited can't make it academically, with SAT/ACT scores or grades. So you quietly let them go elsewhere. Sometimes, it is clear that a player coming in is not going to see the field, with so many players ahead of them. Those players may choose to go elsewhere, but they don't publicize what has happened.

Someone who has been on the team 4 years and doesn't get a fifth year? I have absolutely no problem with that kind of firm handshake. Someone who has been on the team two years? Yeah, I've got a problem with that. They're promised a 4 year scholarship, and that should be honored . . . if they're keeping up grades, keeping their nose clean, going to practice, trying hard. It isn't their fault if there is a glut of bigger, stronger, faster, more talented players ahead of them at their position.

Comment 03 Jan 2020

This thread is about OSU and not Michigan. However, UM recruiting under Juwan Howard has blown away fan expectations. The Wolverines currently have the #4 class in the country (after UK, Duke, & NC.) Michigan has the #12 5 star, #34 4 star, #61 4 star, and #84 4 star. More astounding, the #8 5 star is visiting this week, and the #11 5 star just had an expert predict Michigan. They could easily end up with two or three 5 star kids and three 4 stars, and be moving into both one and done and two and done territory. Beilein never even tried to recruit guys like this. Of course, there is the luster of Howard being in his first year, but none of us expected this.

To put this in perspective, Michigan currently has the top recruit in the Big 10, four of the top 10 ranked recruits in the Big 10, and is in the running for two more guys who would give them the top three guys in the Big 10, and the only 5 star guys in the Big 10. Michigan's Basketball recruiting is becoming like OSU's football recruiting.

Michigan is now a basketball school. (We have to cheer for something, since it seems like we'll never catch up to OSU in football.)

Who knows:  Maybe Lebron will coach at OSU someday.

Comment 03 Jan 2020

That call sucked. And not even reviewed . . . "incidental contact." Smh. But pretty typical for calls. Thing is, there's no point in complaining about bad calls. In this particular game, Michigan lost pretty convincingly anyway. It would have been different if it was close, similar to your game with Clemson. It wasn't close, at least by the 4th quarter.

Oh, and if you're interested, there was another bogus call . . . unnecessary roughness / "roughing the passer" against DE Aidan Hutchinson. It completely changed the complexion at that point in the game. But again, just what I've come to expect, and there's no point in complaining anymore.


Comment 02 Jan 2020

Well, enjoy your schadenfreude, as you should. I expected Michigan to lose, and they did. To be totally honest, I expected them to do much worse than they did. Michigan kept the game close through halftime, although when you have 3 field goals in the first half, it isn't a good sign. And the refs had nothing to do with anything in the game outcome (unlike for OSU.)

Patterson absolutely sucked as QB. He had absolutely no accuracy past about 15 yards. Glad he is gone. One of the Michigan OT's has entered the transfer portal and is doing a graduate transfer (Spanellis,) but he wasn't playing. Must have seen the writing on the wall. I am waiting with bated breath to see if Collins and DPJ go to the NFL or transfer or stick around another year.

For the record, I expect the following for next year:

  1. Michigan will probably be better, with at least 10 wins. (This depends on Dylan McCaffrey.)
  2. No one from Michigan will win the Heisman . . . not in September, or in December.
  3. Michigan's recruiting ranking for 2021 will be slightly higher, maybe around top 5?
  4. Michigan will again lose to OSU, and thus not win the Division, or the Big 10, or go to the playoffs.
  5. Harbaugh will continue as head coach.
Comment 31 Dec 2019

Why thank you. (A true troll, in my mind, should not be overtly obvious. It shouldn't be a crass insult. It should go over the heads of some. And if very few actually get it, well that's probably a sign it's ok.) As for Michigan getting bent, I completely get you. I don't expect you to ever root for Michigan in any way, shape, or form. I don't ever root for OSU. In fact, if you had won the National Championship (againg) this year, it would have been unbearable. The most I'd ever want from you is grudging respect for a well played, hard fought, deserved win.

And I completely get taking no comfort in our loss this year. Football fandom of Michigan will continue to be half dead to me until we beat OSU. I am hoping that we are getting closer, but it is hard to be positive.

Comment 31 Dec 2019

At the end of the day, at this point in time, Michigan was demolished last year and this year by OSU. Michigan wasn't robbed of a thing by OSU in 2018 and 2019. OSU had a better game plan, better execution, better players, and it showed.

Honestly, I'm too salty because of the last 15 years to be objective. Michigan sucked, plain and simple, at the end of the Carr era, and through Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke. This happened to be at the same time as Coach Tressel and then Urban Meyer. OSU has been in a golden era of dominance. I truly believe that Harbaugh is a good coach, and the program has improved greatly under his watch. Unfortunately, it hasn't really mattered because of the complete and utter domination by OSU, especially with Meyer. I am in some amount of despair because with the playoff system, it seems like Bama, OSU, Clemson, LSU, and Oklahoma are going to get the majority of 5 star kids out there, stay in the top 5 in recruiting, thus making it near impossible for the next tier (Florida, FSU, Georgia, Texas, ND, Michigan, Stanford, Southern Cal, etc.) to break through into the top.

It isn't a perfect analogy, but right now, this is kind of like being an NFL fan of an AFC team other than the Patriots for the last 10 years. For the Jets, Dolphins, Bills, and even the rest of them, you know that Brady and Belichick are out there, and your chances of beating them are slim and none. This year might finally be the year when the Patriots are removed from the equation. But in a 19 year span, since 2001 when Brady first became the starting QB, they have won the AFC East 17 times. Can you imagine being a Jets or a Dolphins or a Bills fan? It would be torture, and nothing you did would be good enough to beat the Patriots. Maybe the worst year of all for Brady and Patriot haters was 2016, when led by Brady, they came back from far behind to beat the Falcons. If you can imagine being a Bills, Dolphins, or Jets fan, especially the Jets, you get a good idea of what it feels like to be a Michigan fan right now.

Oh, and it is irrelevant to this post, but I fully expect Michigan to be slaughtered by Bama tomorrow.