We are indeed blessed to be joined by the guys from SBN’s Arkansas Expats for the last edition of this year’s blogger exchange. Check out our thoughts on their meticulous interrogation over here:
1) With all the suspension news in Columbus, what’s your take on the NCAA’s decision to let these guys play?
Well, objectively speaking, it’s hard for us to really justify why, if an offense is worth suspending players for, the suspension can be postponed until *after* the upcoming big game. We suspect there are a lot of players and fans at other schools (the A.J. Green situation at Georgia comes to mind) who find that more than a little curious. More than anything, the whole debacle just illustrates the ridiculousness of the NCAA and it’s enforcement policies.
But, speaking as Razorback fans, we’re very, very glad the Tat 5 are going to be playing. We’d rather have our best go up against your best, without any excuses either way regarding the outcome. It’s more appropriate competitively, and it’s a lot more fun to watch as fans. So yeah, in this case we’re happy that it all turned out the way it did.
It’s been a while since we’ve been blessed by our friend Kevin’s work, but since you all got shiny new computers and stuff for Christmas, he decided to provide us all with something to help get excited about the big doin’s in the Big Easy:
It’s a bit quiet in Columbus… not a creature was stirring, as it were.
Here’s the soundtrack for this week’s journey through the recent past. It’s from one of my favorite artists, and the greatest Thanksgiving movie ever ANDIWILLFIGHTYOUIFYOUDISAGREE. Ahem.
Although I usually don’t take requests, I almost made an exception for Coach Rodriguez.
What a great week of football- three days worth of collegiate goodness, interspersed with some NFL stuff, lots of food, and the occasional neighborhood game. Although, this year things ended up being a little messy.
I guess you could say that the mess all started on Thursday, when our friends in burnt orange managed to lose their rivalry game against the Aggies. As you can imagine, the good folks at Shaggy Bevo are taking this well, particularly given that most of the losses happened in Austin.
The Longhorn’s collapse is the first time in recent memory that a team has gone from the BCS championship game to not even being bowl eligible. As a “fun fact”; this BCS season will be without the following names: Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Les Miles, with the jury still out on whether Bobby Stoops gets an invite. You know who’s going to be at the BCS Ball? Jim Tressel. Again.
Fridays’ games were just as exciting, with Auburn performing the “Greatest Iron Bowl Comeback Ever To Be Vacated” against ‘Bama after being down 21-0 in the first quarter. Granted, Alabama QB McElroy was injured in the second half, but the Tide followed their protocol and inserted the next person with the same haircut. Read More
Back in the late 1960s, Michigan picked up a new head coach, some guy by the name of Schembechler. His coaching style irritated a lot of the people at Michigan. He worked his kids like dogs. Players left the team in droves.
But Bo had a method to his madness. He was going to whip these players into men. In the locker room, he erected a sign that proudly read “Those who stay will be champions”.
And then he went out and made those men into champions. Bo Schembechler was the greatest coach Michigan football has ever known, and probably ever will know. Those players who left the team became nothing more than a motto for his newer players, and he used their weakness to make the rest of the team stronger.
It was brilliance and it drove Woody Hayes insane.
Fast-forward to today.
Michigan just lost two more players to transfer, LB Marell Evans and DL Vince Helmuth have both announced their intent to transfer and will no longer be with the team.
How many players have now transferred out of Michigan since Rich Rodriquez took over as head coach? 10? 20? Seriously, does anybody know? And does Justin Feagin count, since he was only kicked off the team for selling cocaine to UM students?
The second season of RichRod hasn’t even begun yet, and Michigan fans are touting their fourth “star quarterback” of his era (five if you count Ryan Mallett). Every position has been hit by transfer and dismissal, and very few positive things have been said by the outgoing players.
The point is that these kids are not being worked to death by a great coach like Bo. These kids are simply not being given what they thought they were getting when they signed on at Michigan.
Rich Rodriquez is no Bo Schembechler, and the evidence of that keeps piling up.
Yes, Michigan has a weak schedule this year. Yes, they will likely win more than the 3 that they won last year. Yes, they will get better.
But if anybody thinks that the mass exodus that we are seeing now resembles the 1969 Michigan team, you’re sadly sadly mistaken. Clinging to the “but RichRod had a history of awesome second seasons” is not going to cut it.
His players know it, and you know it. The rest of the college football world knows it too.
But for some reason, the Michigan fans refuse to see the writing on the wall. By the time Jim Tressel has won 8 in a row against Michigan, they might be angry enough to see it too. Let’s hope they cling to Rodriquez as long as we clung to John Cooper.
Let’s take a journey back in time. Let’s try….oh, I don’t know….say, February 6th, 2008.
That was the day that Terrelle Pryor, 5-star QB from Jeanette High School in PA, announced that he was not going to sign a letter of intent for any school. At a nationally televised press conference, Pryor made the decision to make no decisions.
He quickly announced that his selection would be among four schools, Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon and Michigan. Before that day, it was believed that Pryor would end up a Wolverine, but there was no clear indication of any school becoming his new home. But after Pryor’s announcement, Michigan’s chances were quickly fading. Extra time meant bad things for the maize and blue, and having a new coach and a program in transition was not going to be viewed favorably with Pryor taking more time to investigate.
Pryor was supposed to be Michigan’s prize recruit and the QB that Rich Rodriquez needed. Now, with the graduation of Chad Henne, the transfer of Ryan Mallett, and the sub-par skills of Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan, Michigan needed a quick QB for the new spread system.
They did a quick re-evaluation of their needs and grabbed the first QB they could find. they needed speed and they didn’t care where or how they got it.
Two days later, Michigan blogs were celebrating their new recruit who had committed to Ann Arbor.
Scout.com labeled him as a dual threat, and the rest of Michiganville began partying and mocking Terrelle Pryor. One blog commented “who needs Pryor, we got Feagin!”.
Six weeks later, Pryor officially committed to play football at The Ohio State University;
Pryor would never amount to anything, and Feagin would develop into the best QB in the Big Ten, if you listened to Michigan fans. The sycophants up north truly believed that.
Feagin spent most of his freshman year on the bench, and backing up his flailing team during garbage time (usually referred to as “the third quarter” when they played decent teams). He saw some snaps at QB, some at WR, some on kick return.
But sure enough, he was the future of this team. As soon as we can get into his sophomore year, he’ll take over the starting job and we’ll be back in the BCS! That was the call of the Wolverine! Thank God Threet is gone, now it’s Feagin’s turn!
Let’s play a little game of “where are they now”, shall we?
Terrelle Pryor was recently named as the pre-season Offensive Player Of The Year in the Big Ten.
Meanwhile, Justin Feagin was released from the team because he was trafficking cocaine from Florida. One of his drug deals went bad and he found himself on the receiving end of an angry client who tried to set fire to his apartment in retaliation. Basically, Feagin took the guy’s money and didn’t deliver the coke.
Once again, we laugh at the Michigan football program. They can’t seem to get anything right.
Rule #1, boys. When your client pays you for coke, deliver the coke. Otherwise, you’re not behaving like a Michigan Man.