Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Michigan Tuesday: Jimmy Hires Another Offensive Analyst

There is hardly any sports news right now with the NBA on vacation, Spring Training yet to begin and the NFL draft still months away.    So when Jimmy does something it gives ESPN and other talking heads something to talk about.  

Since Jimmy's last hire headed to Oregon instead of joining his staff, I'm sure this hire will get similar inspection.    Reports are that Jimmy has hired Norv Turner's son Scott as an offensive analyst.   I can't wait to hear how Pete spins this one?  Let's take a few guesses....

  • Harbaugh hires Norv Turner's son so he can make his way back to the NFL and hire Norv has his OC.

  • This is just a way to really hire Norv and have his input on game plans.

I don't know if Scott has any 5 star kids ready for college in a few years, but he does have some nice experience. 

Pitt offensive assistant (2008-2009)
Pitt WR coach (2010)
Carolina Panthers quality control coordinator (2011-2012)
Cleveland Browns WR coach (2013)
Minnesota Vikings QB coach (2014-2016)

This seems like a strong hire as Scott is very well regarded in NFL circles and another guy to help develop QB's and WR's.

  • 2018 4 star NJ RB Iverson Clement had a good visit to Ann Arbor last weekend.

  • Michigan also offered Dayton 2018 RB Tavion Thomas.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Michigan Monday: Another Sign Our Coach Is a Rock Star

If you follow this blog, you know that I have wrote posts on how Jimmy is a Rock Star and at another celebrity level then maybe any other coach in college football.   Yes, Urban and Nick have more hardware, but Jimmy is a Rock Star like no other.

It's not even worth mentioning his twitter battle with ESPN SEC water carrier Peter Finebaum.    I'm sure rock stars barely have time to worry about radio talk show host's that takes calls from crazy SEC fans. 

I'm talking about getting an invitation and attending Michael Jordan's 54th Birthday party on Friday.   Folks who get an invite to this type event are the elite of the elite in the sports world.  Jimmy was there in a "jumpman" sweater and hanging with the likes of AI.

A Rock Star!  We know Jimmy is a fan of AI as he has sported his jersey before at satellite camps.

  • Michigan Basketball took a tough loss last night on the road at Minnesota.

  • Congrats to GR3 winning the NBA Dunk Contest!

  • Former commit and weekend visitor, GA 2018 offensive guard Jalil Irvin was blown away by his visit to A2.

  • This is Andre the Giant Big!  Michigan is recruiting IMG's 2018 offensive lineman Daniel Faalele  who is 6'8 and 400 pounds!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Michigan Friday: Another Recruiting Tool For The Wolverines

Many of you have seen Clemson's Castle that just opened for it's football players while they're not on the field.   It is a place where the football players can work out, hang out and get treatment.   It's a really great recruiting tool.   If your a 4 or 5 star guy and it's very close between Clemson and another school, this building is so nice, it might swing the pendulum to the Tigers.  

So facilities are a big deal when it comes to recruiting.   Michigan has a couple indoor practice facilities and regular weight rooms, etc.   Now they will step it up a level with a new Football Performance Center in the Bennie Oosterbaan Field House.    It won't be over the top like Clemson's new facility, but it will bring the Football Program a great space to work out and hang out.   As these areas, are where the players spend the most time anyway. 

The $21 million project calls for a 32,000-square-foot performance center to be built within the 78,000-square-foot field house, which will be used for strength and conditioning training for the football program. The project also calls for the addition of a 5,000-square-foot mezzanine level.

Here is a rendering that has been out since last Spring:

  • Michael Johnson who was expected to take a job on Jimmy's staff, will now take the Oregon's WR coach role.  I wonder if ESPN will cover this now?

  • RIP former Wrestling Legend and Michigan HS Football Coach, George the Animal Steele

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Michigan Thursday: Some Wolverine NFL Updates

  • Chad Henne re-signs with the Jags.   No, he isn't an NFL star but he has had a nice career and hopefully has a nice nest egg for his retirement.

  • Michigan has 14 players going to the NFL Combine in Indy.  That is #1 for all schools.  Here are the players:
Ben Braden (OG)
Jake Butt (TE)
Taco Charlton (DE)
Jehu Chesson (WR)
Jeremy Clark (CB)
Amara Darboh (WR)
Ben Gedeon (LB)
Ryan Glasgow (DT)
Delano Hill (SS)
Jourdan Lewis (CB)
Jabrill Peppers (SS)
De'Veon Smith (RB)
Channing Stribling (CB)
Chris Wormley (DT)

Wolverines that didn't get an invite include:  Matt Godin, Kyle Kalis, Erik Magnusen, and Dymonte Thomas.

On a side note:  Chad Kelly who is related to Hall of Famer Jim Kelly got an invite and then the NFL resided it, due to off field issues.

  • Jalen Rose is going to do an ABC Pilot with the team that does "Fresh off the Boat".  Couldn't be prouder of Jalen who has made some great choices after his playing career.  I hope this Pilot does well.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wolverine Wednesday: Recruiting Bullets

  • Michigan has offered 2018 4 star DT Dare Rosenthal who is 6'7 and 290 pounds.  Dare used to be an Alabama Commit.

  • Michigan also offered 2019 DE Stephen Herron on a visit to Ann Arbor on Tuesday.

  • 4 star GA OL Jalil Irvin, who used to be a Michigan commit will visit Columbus and Ann Arbor this weekend.

  • NJ RB Iverson Clement will visit A2 on Thursday.

  • 4 Star NV TE Brevin Jordan and 4 Star NV QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson are both in the process of scheduling a visit to A2 in April.  These would of course be un-official visits.

  • Harbaugh is headlining an Alabama High School Football clinic in March.

  • If your wondering who is the fastest Wolverine on the current roster is:  It's very close between David Long and Chris Evans. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Michigan Tuesday: It's Clear Who Runs Michigan Football

I love that the University of Michigan has given the keys to the kingdom to Jim Harbaugh.   This might be the first time that has happened at this historic program.   I know for a long time, Bo didn't even have a contract while he was at Michigan.    It was also clear during the disastrous David Brandon time that he was the man in charge.  

Now, Michigan is paying two coordinators a $1M each, Greg Mattison I believe is getting paid in the $750,000 range and Greg Fry just signed for 1/2 a million a year.    He is also hiring a number of guys to be on his non-coaching staff and I expect those folks are making $150 - $250K a year as well.   Wisconsin has lost a number of head coaches because they wouldn't pay their assistants a competitive salary.

The latest hire is Michael Johnson the former OC for the 49'ers and UCLA to Jimmy's non-coaching staff.   Johnson is also the father of the #1 Dual Threat QB in the 2019 class, Michael Johnson Jr..   Jimmy also knows Johnson during his brief stay with the Chargers. 

It's also expected that the NCAA will approve one more coaching role for each program, which will give each program 10 assistants.   If that is approved, Michael Johnson could fill that role. 

Since hiring high school coaches and fathers or mothers of recruits is a common practice, there is a new rule from the NCAA coming that you can't hire "a individual associated with a prospect" within two years of that prospect enrolling.  This rule only applies to non-coaching roles.  This hire would seem to be outside that two year window for Johnson Jr. and would not apply if he gets a full time coaching role.

  • Matt Baldeck a freshman at Ole Miss is now heading to Ann Arbor to be a long snapper.  I don't know how the transfer rules work for walk-on's and if he will have to sit out a year if he is not on scholarship at either school.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Michigan Monday: A Couple of ND Commitments

Michigan next year needs to replace starters and many positions including cornerback and wide receivers, which are the two positions that Freddy "Footwork" Canteen played for Michigan.   Freddy had shoulder surgery last spring but wasn't on this roster this past season.   He announced he was going to transfer many months ago and has found a new home at Notre Dame. 

I had high hopes for Freddy at Michigan but he never seemed to find a spot on Harbaugh's Wolverines.   Freddy played 7 games at Michigan and we wish him nothing but good luck at ND.  I have no idea when he will be eligible to play as he wasn't on the roster this past season. 

  • A ND recruiting win happened this morning when 4 star Cass Tech CB Kalon Gervin committed to the Fighting Irish. 

  • Michigan Basketball got its first road win of the year at IU last night.  They are still a bubble team.  Needs a good run in the Big Ten tournament.