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ScottsdaleBlue
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Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:15 PM
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http://m.espn.go.com/ncf/story?storyId=10303206



In two years now, LSU has had 18 players leave early for the NFL draft, which includes Tyrann Mathieu a year ago. This year, seven players are bolting Baton Rouge to pursue their NFL dreams.

Between them, the Big 12 and Big Ten are losing only seven underclassmen. Alabama and LSU alone in the SEC are losing a combined 12 underclassmen.


Reality check!!!!

Michigan has had only one first-round draft pick since Jake Long went #1in 2008. Hell, the only player to leave early was Donovan Warren and that dude didn't even get drafted...

Go Blue!!

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


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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:27 PM
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Some fans are dumb enough to act like guys leaving early is a bad thing for the program, too. That's what's crazy. We want guys to come here and be gone after three years! That usually means they were a pretty special player. Keep plugging those departures with more special players and you'll have what Bama and LSU have: great programs.

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:21 PM
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Yeah that's a problem I wish we had........not saying anything negative.

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:43 PM
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UMWolverine5


Some fans are dumb enough to act like guys leaving early is a bad thing for the program, too. That's what's crazy. We want guys to come here and be gone after three years! That usually means they were a pretty special player. Keep plugging those departures with more special players and you'll have what Bama and LSU have: great programs.


Yep….absolutely! Prime example is L$U next year…they lose Hill at RB and people are pissed. But, that is probably part of the reason they landed the #1 RB and #2 overall player in the 2014 class because he knew he’s be able to step in and play right away. Although, he was an L$U lean all the way regardless of Hill but the rich keep getting richer.

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:09 PM
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That's mostly because the rich live in the south.

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:41 PM
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Great quote I heard on Dan Patrick Show today:
 
From PAC-12 program member "If the SEC is going after a kid, we can't afford him."

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:53 PM
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Yep, but if you're hauling in studs year in and year out at that clip, you've gotta be doing something fishy. I smell a smell that smells smelly!
 
http://outkickthecoverage.com/disassociated-alabama-booster-continues-to-own-bama-program.php
 
Sounds like tOSU all over again.....
 
"Michigan Men" Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke: successfully eroding our past, present and future.....

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:15 PM
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uferfan


Yep, but if you're hauling in studs year in and year out at that clip, you've gotta be doing something fishy. I smell a smell that smells smelly!

http://outkickthecoverage.com/disassociated-alabama-booster-continues-to-own-bama-program.php

Sounds like tOSU all over again.....


 
I won't say that those programs are squeaky clean, but top recruits notice when certain programs consistently send underclassmen to the draft and want to join the action IMO.  a win-win cycle for all parties involved.  we can only hope that UM gets to that point someday



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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:52 PM
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It is essentially impossible for most Michigan fans to truly understand how recruiting works down south, because such antics are completely foreign here.
 
We like to think we're a passionate fanbase and we love our team and program - it is on an entirely different level in the South. College football is literally big business down there, and they treat it as such, in every respect.
 
And yeah, it's a benefit to send kids to the Draft year after year. It makes it easy to sell your program to the top kids. But that's never the sole factor. The tactics that take place at the power programs of the SEC (and ACC) would baffle and confuse most Michigan fans. People meeting recruits at the airport and handing them a brown envelope before they board the plane and head home. Boosters buying a recruit's parents without ever even bothering to speak to the actual player. Boosters and alums using connections to influence the law, like if a recruit has a family member incarcerated, maybe something can be done about that if you just sign with the right school. Schools facilitating the transfer of high school kids to "friendly" high schools to doctor their grades to get them eligible so they don't have to go JUCO, even if it means taking the kid into another state altogether.
 
Someone who knows more about recruiting than all of us put together once said to me: "they didn't stop buying and selling slaves in the South, they just put football helmets on them and call it recruiting now."
 
It's a culture that Michigan fans will never fully understand, because it will never, ever exist here. It's bigger than a coordinator, or a coach, or an athletic director. It's an institution that perpetuates itself endlessly.

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:59 PM
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I believe you 100% EF, but the classic response is, it's happening everywhere including Michigan, and out West..I doubt that kind of happens here and hope it never does, but how can I truly know?

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Friday, January 17, 2014 7:56 AM
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Certain things are happening everywhere. The SEC just takes it to a whole different level.

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Friday, January 17, 2014 8:37 AM
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This is all fine and dandy but it doesn't explain Sparty and OSU kicking our asses every year.  That's not an SEC problem.  That's a Michigan problem.

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Re:Underclassmen leaving early - Friday, January 17, 2014 5:01 PM
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"Those who stay the whole 4 years, might be Buffalo Wild Wings bowl champions.....maybe". This is our problem summed up in one new easy to read sentence.