Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wolverine Wednesday: Pep Was Not A Fan of DJ Durkin

DJ Durkin only coached Jabrill Peppers at Michigan for one year and it seems Pep wasn't a fan.   He was on the Rich Eisen show yesterday and gave Rich his $.02:

“Coach Durkin was a different guy,” Peppers told Eisen. “His tactics were different. It felt extreme at times. I’m just as shocked reading all the stuff that’s going on now, because I thought he was only like that because it was his first time coaching us. He was defensive coordinator, so he was just trying to get us to buy into how he wanted his defense to play.
“And I thought once he became a head coach he would calm down a little bit, become more of a people person, a players’ coach. But I wasn’t really following him once he left because a couple of guys, including myself, didn’t like how everything went down when he left.”
With the current situation at Maryland and being able to recruit Don Brown,  I think Michigan will take its current situation vs. the coaching situation on defense when Jimmy got to Ann Arbor.  (I still think many fans would like Jedd Fisch back on offense).

  • 17 Days until Football  

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Michigan Tuesday: The Sub Emerges For a Day

Fall Camp
Jimmy likes to keep things behind closed doors and Fall Camp aka the Michigan Submarine has been submerged for a few weeks now.   Yesterday, the Big Ten Network came by for their annual visit and Jimmy pulled the sub up and let a few cameras in practice.   He even talked to the network, which is a rare occurrence.

I watched the BTN TV show and have followed a few notes on Twitter.   Here is my takes on the most important bullet points from the day:

  • Each player was required to show its full inventory of shoes and it was complete and 100%.  No suspensions are expected for Shoe-gate.  Well done guys!
  • Players looked bigger and stronger from last year
  • The offense line looks better in drills but did struggle a bit against one of the best defenses in the country.
  • Jimmy would like to name a starter at QB "sooner rather then later"
  • Jimmy would not discuss Maryland and DJ Durkin
  • Jon Runyan was getting first team snaps at LT
  • The defense is crazy good and fast
  • Overall run game looks better

Nothing ground breaking and it was nice to see Shea Patterson throw a few balls in practice video. 

The rumor mill is spinning that Elysse Mbem-Bosse who left the program last winter is a former player who sold his shoes.

  • Derrick Walton has signed an NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls.  Congrats Derrick!  (its not a 2-way deal with the G-League like he signed with the Heat last year, its regular NBA contract).