Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Michigan Tuesday: I'm Clearly A Basketball Jinix

I enjoy watching John Beilein's team play basketball.   I'm not religious about watching it like I am a football game.   My Saturday revolves around the football game and most everything else has to be scheduled outside of that game window.    If Michigan Basketball is on TV, I of course will turn it on to watch. 

This season has been a bit up and down for the young Wolverines.   They have had a couple good wins and couple bad loses.   I watched them lose a big lead in Columbus and play poorly in Hawaii against LSU.   I didn't catch the MSU game this past weekend as we went out to lunch, I also didn't see the Texas or UCLA wins.   I did catch the end of the Purdue game, to see Michigan lose it at the buzzer.  So I got to thinking, this team really plays well, when I don't watch them live. 

I started to test that theory last night.  I watched the first half and Michigan barley scored 20 points and were down by 10 at half-time.   So at the half, I took a break from the game and kept checking the score on my phone.   I see Michigan gets the lead and then I turn it back on.   I watch the Wolverines miss free throws and shoot air balls from three.   It's now clearly me, so I turn the game off and keep track of the score on my phone.

With two minutes left, it looks like Michigan is comfortably ahead.   I turn the game back on, to see Michigan miss two free throws and Maryland hit a 3 pointer with 3 seconds to take the lead.   Ok, it's clear I'm the problem!  :-) 

Yes, I turn the game off and followed the ending of the game on my phone.  MAAR hits two free throws for the win.  Verdict reached! 

  • Michigan made the Sherrone Moore hire official.  He will coach the Tight Ends.

  • Michigan Basketball is now in the top 25, at #23
  • Rice LT transfer Calvin Anderson seemed to have a positive meeting with Jimmy yesterday.  Lets hope he takes a visit to Ann Arbor.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Michigan Monday: Farewell to Keith Jackson and Chris Partridge Stays in A2

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"Let me tell you about Keith Jackson".   By know you have heard about the passing of legendary college football play by play man Keith Jackson.   Many of us grew up on Keith calling college football and Michigan Football games.  I get frustrated with todays announcers, because in my eyes nobody can come close to Keith Jackson.  In fact, he is attributed to naming Michigan Stadium - The Big House.   Which of course, is the name of this blog.    Thank you Keith for a mountain of memories and rest in peace greatest of all time!

  • Michigan was able to keep and sign one its hottest assistants in Chris Partridge on Sunday.   Chris is considered one of the best recruiters in the country and was being recruited by a number of schools to join their staff.   Chris has been coaching LB's, but is expected to move the open Safeties coaching position.   Alabama came hard after Chris, but he is very loyal to Jimmy and Michigan and they were able to get a new deal done. 

  • One of Michigan's top targets on the board, DT Tyler Friday was expected to announce his decision last Friday.   The NJ prospect had been a strong lean towards Michigan but was trending hard to OSU in the final few weeks.  One of the reasons on the quick change was the potential loss of Chris Partridge from Michigan's staff.   Tyler did not commit on Friday and has delayed his decision for a couple of weeks.   Maybe Michigan has another chance?  We will see.

  • Michigan Basketball had a great win over Sparty on Saturday.  Beating the #4 team in the nation on their floor is no easy task.  Congratulations to Coach B and his entire squad!

  • Trey Burke had been ripping up the G-League and is now back in the NBA with the Knicks.

  • Sam McGuffie former Michigan and Rice tailback has been selected to US Bobsled Team and will participate in the Olympics.

  • Speaking of Rice, Jimmy is expected to have lunch with Rice OT Calvin Anderson today to discuss playing his 5th and final year of eligibility in Ann Arbor.   Calvin is looking at graduate transfer situations and many schools are in need of a talented OT.  Calvin is a smart kid and graduated from Rice with a Mathematical Economic Analysis degree.  Wow!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Michigan Friday: Wolverines Add Coach #10

As mentioned here yesterday, one of the candidates for the 10th assistant job seems to have been hired.   It's Sherrone Moore from CMU who is expected to come in and coach the TE's and be the Recruiting Coordinator, which is the role he filled at Central.

  • Been a coach at CMU for 4 years
  • Prior to that he was at Louisville for 5 years, 3 as a grad assistant and 2 as a the TE coach
  • Played two years at Oklahoma on the offensive line
Sounds like a solid hire, but not a splash big name.  Having a younger guy that can recruit, isn't a bad thing at all. 

  • There seems to be some mystery on what the heck is going on with Kareem Walker.  It seems Kareem broke some team rules and the rumor mill was spinning that he might be off the team.  A number of Michigan reporters responded last night that he is still on the team.

  • FSU has hired it's second assistant from MSU as Mark Synder current DE/Special Teams coach has left for Florida State.

  • Alabama to hire Texas A&M's Jeff Banks as Special Teams Coordinator.  Why is that important? Because that was probably the spot that Saban wanted Chris Partridge for. 

  • Scott Turner is going to be the QB coach for the Carolina Panthers.  He was on Jimmy's staff this past year, hard to say he did a super job with Michigan's QB's this year.  (he was not able to coach the QB's on the field or in practice).

  • Rice OT Calvin Anderson, a 2 time all-conference USA player is looking to take a grad transfer 5th year.  We will see if Jimmy kicks the tires.

  • 2018 Rochester 3 star CB Vincent Gray is expected on campus this weekend.  I would put him on commit watch.

  • Past Michigan visitor Athlete Michael Barnett has been offered by Nebraska.  It seems Michigan let him know that his scholarship spot has been filled.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Michigan Thursday: More Coaching Rumors

With the NFL filling head coaching positions, its time to fill out staffs.  This means Jimmy's staff and coaches will start to get offers and new opportunities.   

Bruce Feldman mentioned on twitter that he wouldn't be surprised if Pep Hamilton joined Gruden's staff in Oakland.  For many Michigan fans that would be a positive hire for Michigan's program.

There is an interesting term in Dan Enos contract that his salary right now as $150K unless "Coordinator" is added to his title, which would include a $750K raise.   This is probably in place until Pep or Tim (or both) move on.   Dan did not come to Michigan to make $150K.  He also still could be getting paid from the Razorbacks.

  • Another name that could come in as the 10th coach is ND Mike Elston who is the Assistant head coach at ND.  Mike played LB at Michigan. 

  • Next name is CMU's assistant head coach Sherrone Moore.  Sherrone played on the offensive line at Oklahoma.

  • The third name is Chris Bryant former Michigan offensive lineman and currently the Director of High School Relations for the Wolverines.

  • Michigan has lost a staff member in Norv Turner's son -  Scott Turner, who will be going to the NFL and Carolina Panthers to work with his dad and the rest of his family. 

  • Still plenty of rumors that Saban is trying to hire Chris Partridge.  Insiders expect him to stay in Ann Arbor with a raise and taking over the Safety Coaches Position.

  • Former Michigan DC and EMU head coach Ron English has been hired by the Gators to coach DB's.

  • There is a proposed new Redshirt rule - that would allow kids to participate in 4 games in a year and still keep their redshirt eligibility for that year.