PODCAST: Some Early-Season Michigan Football Predictions
In this edition of The Maize and Blu Sit-In, Gregg Henson and Art Regner discuss Jim Harbaugh’s international satellite camps, the Wolverines’ early-season predictions and the QB race.
Harbaugh’s Latest Evil Recruiting Plot!
I’m not sure how Harbaugh does it. He has apparently convinced Baylor Head Coach Art Briles that it is a good idea for the Michigan Coaching Staff to participate in a coaching clinic AT Baylor. I understand why Briles would want the Harbaugh “rub,” but would you invite Harbaugh and company into your backyard?
Texas, Texas A & M, TCU and the Big 12 are not going to like Briles letting the Harbaugh into the hen house, but Briles clearly sees a competitive advantage in aligning with Michigan.
PODCAST: Big House Nation With Freep.com’ Mark Snyder 3-4-16
In this edition of Big House Nation, Gregg Henson talks with Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, who is covering Michigan football’s spring practice in Florida. What will the 2016 roster look like for the Wolverines?
PODCAST: Big House Nation With Guest Jamie Morris
Sporting News With Harbaugh Article For No Apparent Reason!
The Sporting News has an article today on Jim Harbaugh and I can’t figure out why? The article focuses on recruiting, but there isn’t anything new, it’s a rehash of Rashan Gary, Isaiah Wilson, Signing With The Stars and Spring Practice at IMG in Florida.
If you didn’t think Harbaugh was the absolute most important story in college football, you should understand it by now. There was no reason for The Sporting News to write this article other than clicks from the rabid Michigan fan base. He’ll, there isn’t even an anecdote about Harbaugh’s breakfast habits or his incessant competitive instincts.
The article displays that Jim Harbaugh is HUGE for college football right now, everybody is predicting a National Championship…soon…for Michigan based solely on Harbaugh, how else do you explain the deluge of article literally about nothing? Even when Harbaugh does NOTHING, these national publications are writing SOMETHING about the Michigan Head Coach.
I don’t mind Harbaugh getting any and all press, but shouldn’t it at least have some content or new information about the program and/or it’s players. I love that the constant press pisses off Michigan’s rivals, that is funny to me, but these types are articles are a complete waste of time.
Make sure you check out the blog Wednesday afternoon as I’ll have a podcast with former Michigan Running Back Jamie Morris.
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Michigan Loses Another Comittment For 2016
In a shocking turn of events, Michigan 2016 OL Recruit Devery Hamilton has decommitted from Michigan 2016 recruiting class and flipped his commitment to Stanford. This isn’t great news as he was the only true OT in the class, but it certainly isn’t the end of the world. When Hamilton committed to Michigan he had Stanford neck and neck with the Wolverines.
Keep this decomitt in mind when you start hearing criticism of the way Harbaugh recruits, these offers are not binding on either side and there is no shortage of players and coached screwing each other over at the last minute. This is exactly why the recruiting game has become so much more cut throat than it had been in the past, you have no choice as a coach than to recruit right up until signing day. If you aren’t, someone else is and these players think nothing of decommitting. So next time you shed a tear for Eric Swenson, remember Devery Hamilton. It’s a cut throat game on both sides and the players are just as guilty as the coaches.
With Hamilton gone, it is unlikely that Harbaugh can pull a rabbit out of his hat and land an OT at this point, I’m sure he could surprise us, but at this late date they will be better off grabbing two highly rated OT’s for 2017. Massive OL Isaiah Wilson is on a visit to Michigan this weekend and has already names Michigan his leader.
Michigan may also look at this as an opportunity to turn Tyrone Wheatley Jr. and his massive frame into an offensive tackle, this move would depend on Wheatley’s willingness to play OL and the depth at TE.
For those asking and concerned, I’m told Michael Onwenu is solid with Michigan, but you know how that goes….
PODCAST: Big House Nation With Gregg Henson 1-20-16
In this edition of Big House Nation, Gregg Henson is joined by recruiting guru of TodaysU.com, Eric Rutter. They discuss the Erik Swenson situation and give some insider info on who will end up as part of Michigan’s 2016 recruiting class.
Has David Long already committed to Michigan?
RUMOR: Longtime OL Committment Out Of 2016 Class
I talked to a few sources in Ann Arbor tonight and it appears longtime Michigan OL commitment Erik Swenson will not be part of the 2016 class. Swenson committed to former Head Coach Brady Hoke in November of 2013 and until recently Michigan was prepared to honor his commitment. I’m told the Wolverine staff made the decision to move on from Swenson based on his lack of improvement since his commitment. Before you get upset with the staff for waiting so long to inform the kid, relax, I’m told Swenson has been told for some time his commitment was not guaranteed and that he should have a backup plan, which he seems to have according to sources who now believe he has had contact with the staff at Northwestern. The Wildcats could very well be his new team.
Many, myself included are more than a little taken aback by this news as Swenson was a loyal Wolverine prospect through the Head Coaching change but Harbaugh’s arrival is a game changer on every level. We’ve all read about the “competition” edict at Michigan and that appear to extend to recruits now as well. Harbaugh and his staff are in Ann Arbor to win and part of winning is making the tough decisions to ensure they recruit the best possible talent to Michigan.
As recently at January 3, 2016 Swenson was still excited about his spot in the class and looking forward to signing his LOI to play his next four years at The University of Michigan.
— Erik Swenson (@Eiek77) January 3, 2016
Harbaugh has to compete with Urban Meyer, Nick Saban and others at the same level, this is now “big boy football.” Just as players change their minds, coaches do too. Michigan fans who are indignant to this type of recruiting need to ask themselves, do you want to win or do you want to always be the “good guy?” Before you answer that question, check your social media posts from the past 7 years and tell me you were good with the results of the Wolverines under Rich Rod and Brady Hoke. The apparent late word to Swenson wasn’t that at all, he was well aware that he was on the radar and needed to show improvement during his senior year to keep his spot, apparently he didn’t achieve the goals set for him as a senior in high school, much like Matt Falcon who was told to skip his senior year in high school to rest his injured knee. Obviously Michigan would have taken Swenson if they didn’t have better options, that is a cold, hard fact, but at this point in the recruiting cycle Michigan appears to have a few options that they feel improve the football team more than Swenson. Does it suck? Yes. Is it a new normal, certainly! Welcome to the world of cut throat big time football.