Friday, April 29, 2016

Michigan Friday: So Satellite Camps are Back

Well, that bad decision didn't take long to get reversed and now Jimmy gets to work like the crazy man he is over the summer.  

Start looking for new dates and locations.  Jimmy has already teamed up with Kirby Smart from Georgia on an Atlanta camp.   If you can't beat them - join them.

  • So how was Laremy Tunsil's night?  He goes from the #1 pick and drops down to Miami at 13 after 10 minutes before the draft, a video of him with a gas mask of him smoking and a text conversation of him taking money hit his Instagram.   He also admitted taking money from a coach.   Many people thought Ole' Miss was paying kids when they had that huge (in number of stars) recruiting class 3 or 4 years ago.  It seems it was confirmed last night.

  • So why has OSU been so dominate over the past few years?  I think last night's 5 first round draft picks was another sign.   I'm thankful everyday for Jimmy!  The couldn't cook rumor didn't seem to effect Eli Apple's draft staus at pick #10.  Let's hope we see some Wolverines go today.

  • Da’Shawn Hand's DL coach at Alabama is resigning due to possible recruiting violations.   That interesting - maybe it wasn't that hurricane simulator?

  • There seems to be a lot excitement over Michigan Basketball's recruitment of MI SF Jamal Cain, who visited and got offered this week.   He is a 3 star guy that seems to be a good candidate to bounce up the rankings.   If you missed it this week, that Columbia point guard picked Cal over Michigan and Syracuse.  I got a graduate transfer they should sign - Spike!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Breaking News: The NCAA Recinds Satellite Camps Ban

The Division I Board of Directors today rescinded a rule prohibiting Football Bowl Subdivision coaches from holding or working at camps and clinics away from their school, adopted earlier this month by the Division I Council.

The board members also directed the Council to conduct a broad assessment of the FBS recruiting environment.

The camps and clinics rule received widespread attention after its adoption, with supporters contending the rule would keep coaches on campus with current student-athletes and steer recruiting toward the scholastic environment. Detractors believe the camps provide opportunities for previously un-recruited student-athletes to be noticed by high-profile coaches and possibly receive scholarships.
The Board’s action means the camps and clinics rule currently legislated is in effect and football coaches may be employed at any camp that follows Division I camps and clinics rules.

“The Board of Directors is interested in a holistic review of the football recruiting enviro
nment, and camps are a piece of that puzzle,” said Board of Directors chair Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina. “We share the Council’s interest in improving the camp environment, and we support the Council’s efforts to create a model that emphasizes the scholastic environment as an appropriate place for recruiting future student-athletes.”

More at the above link...................   

Michigan Thursday: How The Wolverines Might Be Drafted

At the end of the season, there was some concern the Wolverines wouldn't have any draft-able players.    Michigan hasn't really lit up round one in recent years and there won't be any Wolverines drafted tonight either.  

Michigan fans will have to wait until Friday or Saturday before they hear a Wolverine name called.  Here is my take on 3 players that I expect to get drafted.

DT Big Willie Henry:  I loved Willie for a couple of reasons, he was late edition to Brady Hoke's 2012 recruiting class from Glenville, OH and turned into a really good college player.   He also was a great run stopper at Michigan.  I will miss the big guy chasing QB's around the Big House this fall.   I will have to dry my tears with the arrival of Rashan Gary.    Willie is a bit of victim of a deep DT class this year but could be a 10 year run stopper in the league.   BHB Draft Prediction is 3rd round. 

C Graham Glasgow:  As been one of the big risers up the drafts board this year.  Graham was invited to the Shiners game and played so well he got invited to the Senior Bowl.   He went from a free agent to maybe picked on Friday.   Another guy who's story that I loved.  If you remember, he was not offered a scholarship out of HS and was deciding between Michigan and OSU for a preferred walk-on spot.   He picked Columbus but showed up on the Michigan's roster the next fall.  Smart kid.   BHB Draft Prediction is 3rd Round. 

QB Jake Rudock: As we know he was only a Wolverine for one year but it was a 10 win season and helped Jimmy make a huge splash back in college football.   Someone will take a chance on him for a back-up role in the late rounds as a Jimmy schooled QB.  BHB Draft Prediction is 6th Round. 

Expected Free Agents include:

Sione Houma - Could for sure make a roster with a need for a FB and a special teams player
Joe Bolden- His concussion history could be a problem when making a roster
Royce Jenkins-Stone - Could find a home on Special Teams
Joe Kerridge - See above for Houma
Wayne Lyons - Didn't really participate as a Wolverine
Desmond Morgan - Will be signed at a FA but questionable on a roster spot
Mario Ojemudia - If healthy has a great shot at making a roster
Blake O'Neil - Had the biggest blunder of the year but has a big leg
James Ross - Will be signed as a FA and could make a roster
AJ Williams - Probably a OG at the next level
Jarrod Wilson - Will probably get a FA spot and could make a team.

Good Luck to all the Wolverines this weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wolverine Wednesday: Night Game in Iowa

Sounds like the Michigan at Iowa game will be televised in primetime on November 12th.   That is going to be one cold football game with temperatures probably in the 30's. 

  • ESPN lost more talent yesterday when it was announced that Skip Bayless contract was not going to be renewed.   Skip's talent was being the guy that Stephen A. Smith yelled at.

  • Four-star Cass Tech DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell continues to visit A2 and it seems his last visit was one of the best visits he has had.   I wouldn't be surprised if he made a commitment to the Wolverines in the next month or so.  Jaylen is related to four-star Detroit King CB Ambry Thomas.  Yes, please for the family defensive backfield.

  • Three-star Flint Southwestern DE Deron Irving-Bey cried when he got his Michigan offer.   His mom is a Michigan fan and his dad is a State fan.  He has offers from both programs.

  • Cass Tech three-star 2017 OG Jordan Reid is doing a mid-week visit to A2.

  • Michigan basketball commit Xavier Simpson is now a top 50 player on ESPN's new ratings and the #4 PG.

  • Former Wolverines news:  Cato June got a RB coach job at Howard and Mike Martin has signed with the Eagles.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Michigan Tuesday: Nike Deal Is Done and Signed

From Mlive:

Michigan's long-awaited Nike apparel contract has been finalized, signed and dated.

And on Aug. 1, 2016, Michigan's athletic department will begin a partnership with Nike that will pay the university at least $173.8 million through 2031 (if Michigan extends the deal completely). If Michigan does not extend the deal, the contract will run through at least 2027.
The figure of $173.8 million is a bit higher than the originally reported number of $169 million that was floated last July.

In the official contract, Michigan will be paid a total of $85 million in Nike apparel and products through the full length of the 15 years, and a total of $88.8 million in base compensation. That figure includes a $12,000,000 lump sum payment made by Nike to Michigan within 10 days of the completed agreement.

The contract was officially signed and dated by Nike executives and Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel on March 16.

  • Ann Arbor resident and ESPN legend Mike Tirico is rumored to be leaving the world-wide leader and heading to NBC.   Not sure how he would work into Sunday Night Football but he for sure will be tagged for some golf events, I'm sure.    I will miss Mike calling Michigan Football and Basketball games.

  • Free Tom Brady - Did you hear his suspension got re-instated yesterday?  Will this story never end?  Hasn't everybody paid enough money for lawyers because a few balls didn't have enough air in them?   What a huge waste of time and money.  

  • OG Darnell Ewell has a top five of Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He hopes to make a decision before his senior season starts.

  • In a recruiting never stops bullet, Michigan hosted a 2019 QB this week. 

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones visited MSU for their Spring Game

Monday, April 25, 2016

Michigan Monday: Jimmy Is Offering Everyone in the 2017 Class

Things are quiet in Schembechler Hall these days. Which is something new for Jimmy after arriving in Ann Arbor.   He has been everywhere and making noise while doing it.  

The 2017 class might make it to 20 spots but it should be a relatively small class.   With that said, Jimmy and staff have an estimated over 200 offers on the street right now for 2017 class, some have estimated it might be closer to 250-300 offers.    Here are a few new ones:

  • 2017 Flint DE Deron Irving-Bey
  • 2017 Walnut Creek (Calif.) WR Isaiah Hodgins
  • 2017 Buena Park (Calif.) CB Elijah Gates

Remember when Braylon got upset that Michigan hadn't offered his brother Berkley?  He ended up going to Minnesota and had a nice freshman year.  After that he was very quiet.  We just learned this weekend that he transferred to Central Michigan.   Berkley will run track and play football for the Chips.

Hudson signed with Michigan in February, and Harbaugh played a big part in getting him to choose the Wolverines.

"He's the best coach in college football," Hudson said. "You can't dislike him. He's just a great coach. When I first met him, it was like I always knew him.

"That is the relationship that he has with you."

It wasn't just Harbaugh that got the McKeesport standout to Michigan, however.
"I love the school," he said. "Academic wise, football wise ... everything played a part, and the football team is just like a family."

  • Dan Wetzel of Yahoo calls out spending in College Football.  He references Michigan a couple of times:
In 2011, the University of Michigan athletic department employed 253 people, according to state records. Four years later, in 2015, it was 334, up 32 percent.

During that period, the average salary grew 22.4 percent, to $89,851. Over a seven-year span, the number of athletic department employees making six figures went from 30 to 81.
Michigan is hardly unique. It's on par with its peers. Critics point to the salaries of big-name coaches, but it's everything that is growing in college sports

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Michigan Thursday: More Basketball Coaching Turnover
The media is saying that UD is in final negotiations with Bacari Alexander to become their next head coach.   Michigan recently lost LaVall Jordan to Milwaukee and now Bacari to the University of Detroit. 

This is really good news for the Michigan program as it needs some "fresh" voices and some defensive coaching expertise.   It's also good to have a Coach B coaching tree as these two with some success could be considered candidates for Michigan when Coach B decides to retire in a few years.

Bacari played and graduated from UD, so it's a really good fit.   Look for Coach B to fill both coaching spots next month. 

  • 2017 IMG Academy 4-star DE Josh Kaindoh has Michigan, OSU, PSU and ND in his top 4.

  • The PAC 12 is now saying they voted the wrong way in the Satellite Camp vote.

  • This guy from CBS Sports calls Michigan O-Line U.  I can see that historically but we haven't been anywhere near that the last 5 years or so.   Under Jimmy, expect the Wolverines to be TE U.