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And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:52 PM (permalink)
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I know several people here enjoy reading my blog and my writing, so I thought I'd give you guys a heads up.
 
http://genuinelysarcastic.../where-did-you-go.html
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:15 PM (permalink)
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"Only the good ones come to Michigan"
-Dennis Franklin
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:41 PM (permalink)
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As for the turning point, I generally look at the 2005 recruiting class....but you are right, the problems may go back even further
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:56 PM (permalink)
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With under a minute left in the 3rd quarter on November 24, 2001, 8-2 Michigan trailed 6-4 Ohio State 23-7. Facing a 3rd and 7 at the 10-yard line of OSU, Michigan quarterback John Navarre dropped back to pass, and saw Marquise Walker get inside of the man covering him in the slot. Navarre's pass hit Walker square in the 4 on his chest as the defender tumbled to the ground in vain, trying to get a hand on the ball. What that freeze frame above doesn't show is a split second later, the ball bouncing off of Walker's chest and hands and falling to the ground as Walker tumbles helplessly into the endzone without the ball. It was an open touchdown, and Walker dropped it. Hayden Epstein missed a 27 yard field goal attempt on the next play. Michigan lost to the Buckeyes by six points. Instead of winning the game and winning the Big Ten and going to a BCS bowl, Michigan was upset at home in Jim Tressel's first season, fulfilling the serpent's prophecy, and was then dumptrucked by four touchdowns by Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl.


Well, that puts me in high spirits...haha

Go Blue!!

Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.

 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:16 PM (permalink)
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Wonderful. Brought back memories and ideas to piece together and say "oh yeah." I Basically felt like the cop in V for Vendetta, when he started putting all the genocide, and changing of government together realizing when it all started to go down hill. I want nothing more than Wolverine football to be fun again.
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:54 PM (permalink)
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EFWolverine


I know several people here enjoy reading my blog and my writing, so I thought I'd give you guys a heads up.

http://genuinelysarcastic.../where-did-you-go.html


I had no idea you blogged. Good stuff man.
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:13 PM (permalink)
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Tressel's arrival at Michigan was big when it came to the state of the rivalry but it didn't affect the day to day operation at Michigan. It may explain why OSU got better, but not why we got worse (besides the obvious recruiting implications in Ohio). We posted one top 10 defense between 2000 and 2010, that wasn't because of Tressel, that was something internal.

The story I've always heard is that we fundamentally changed our approach following the 2001 season. We made a conscious decision heavily scale back recruiting the prima donna type recruits. We relied heavily on the football camp in the summer in evaluating prospects as opposed to going out. We didn't take full recruiting classes, if we didn't land our plan A or B guys that was it as far as filling needs. When we struck out we literally struck out. The demands on guys in the off season was scaled back big time and spring practice became a joke (we held many of the starters with established jobs out team activities). We didn't require off season workouts, guys came and went as they pleased. We didn't innovate, we didn't change our personnel with the times. We clung to 250lb LBers and 220lbs safeties that couldn't run or cover. We didn't recruit mobile QBs when everyone else was doing so. We fell behind and it caught up with us in a major way.

Now we had the opportunity to fix all that in the coaching purge of 2005. Lloyd could have gone out and hired the best coordinators he could find, or even a coach in waiting that would have drastically eased the transition. That didn't happen, we stayed in house and while we had a banner year in 2006 it was fools gold built on a paper foundation.
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:04 PM (permalink)
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Outstanding!!  You put into words how many of us, unfortunately, feel today and the past 10 years.
 
For years and years we had unbridled optimism that we could and would kick anyone's butt.
 
Basically, IT'S NOT FUN ANYMORE!!
 
Thanks for putting it so well!!
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:24 PM (permalink)
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Man do I miss watching UM football with my dad, back in the 80's and 90's....I never had this type of "I hope we dont embarrass ourselves" mentality vs any team. We were just tough, physical, talented and had solid coaching. Thats a recipe to compete with any team imo.
 
I mean for christs sake, wth kind of effort did we come out with against Uconn, akron, PSu, Iowa last season! ERRGHHHHH!!!!   Talent was young excuse I understand,  but what is the excuse for lack of effort, wheres the heart, and never say die attitude gone? "our team gave up" Ill personally never forget reading and WITNESSING that event.
 
I cant wait to see the quitters back in action in 9 days.
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:08 PM (permalink)
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If you liked the 80's and 90's you would have LOVED the 70's!
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Friday, August 22, 2014 6:02 AM (permalink)
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How times have changed. I really hope this wave of down football is over for us. Thanks for the blog EF , good stuff.
Hardcore Michigan Fan. Always have been always will be.
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Friday, August 22, 2014 8:26 AM (permalink)
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I will say, there are some environmental changes surrounding Michigan football that has had an impact on the state of the program. The midwest and the state of Michigan experienced a significant population shift 1990-2010 that reduced the number of available D1 prospects. Further dwindling the pot Michigan took/were allowed to take less risky academic cases. A number of kids that we took that became stars would not be recruited today much less signed and admitted to U of M. If there's even a hint that a kid MAY not qualify we don't pursue often times which has hurt us with a number of kids. We rarely if ever get transfers from other schools and JUCO players which many schools use to bridge the gap and fill holes aren't an option in 99% of cases.
 
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Friday, August 22, 2014 9:34 AM (permalink)
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I will say, there are some environmental changes surrounding Michigan football that has had an impact on the state of the program. The midwest and the state of Michigan experienced a significant population shift 1990-2010 that reduced the number of available D1 prospects. Further dwindling the pot Michigan took/were allowed to take less risky academic cases. A number of kids that we took that became stars would not be recruited today much less signed and admitted to U of M. If there's even a hint that a kid MAY not qualify we don't pursue often times which has hurt us with a number of kids. We rarely if ever get transfers from other schools and JUCO players which many schools use to bridge the gap and fill holes aren't an option in 99% of cases.

 
No disrespect intended MF4L but I believe UM has stayed away from academically risky recruits in Bo's time also and I'm sure further back.  Also, the whole Midwest has taken a big hit in population the last 20 years or so.  It doesn't seem to have hurt Ohio State.
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Re:And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion... Friday, August 22, 2014 10:16 AM (permalink)
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An outstanding read & a very accurate take on the current condition of the UM program.

If I may offer a touch of constructive criticism...It would be wise of you to make this the last time you draw parallels between war & football. I don't want to be overly critical or dramatic but there is absolutely no reason to compare the two because they are not comparable. A bad day on the football field ends in you losing by 30. A bad day on the battlefield ends in your family & friends huddled around a closed coffin in agony with sadness & grief.

Keep up the good work.
*WARNING* The above comment may be partly, or entirely, tongue in cheek. To avoid confusion please read carefully & look for indications of sarcasm before responding. Thank you
 
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