August 2, 2007 · 1:06 PM
All I can say is, if a kid who sat behind Reggie Ball for four years and has all of one good meaningful half of play against a pretty weak defensive team to show for his current resume is already the fourth best quarterback in the Atlantic Coast Conference, some folks need to step up their recruitin’.
That is one weak looking bunch.
August 2, 2007 · 11:32 AM
Sometimes, one observation leads to another.
Whatever impact the Arkansas soap opera has had on the court system and the email and phone messaging habits of school officials, it hasn’t stopped the Nuttster from racking up a lot of early commitments for the class of 2008:
Running back Devin Thomas, of San Antonio, committed on Tuesday, and his pledge was Arkansas’ 10th in an 11-day span and 19th overall.
When Arkansas has nineteen verbals on the second day of August, something’s afoot in the world of college football recruiting. The reasons, no doubt, are varying, but you can’t deny the results.
As of today, the top nineteen schools in both Rivals’ and Scout’s 2008 recruiting rankings have a minimum of eleven verbals. UCLA has 23. On August 2, 2007.
Like it or not, that’s a major challenge for the NCAA. I’m not sure what the answer is, but issues such as an early signing date and matters like text messaging need to be considered thoughtfully pretty damned soon and a workable consensus reached.
August 2, 2007 · 8:39 AM
It looks like Jim Harbaugh won’t be invited to any alumni dinners in the near future:
Three months after former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh made disparaging comments about the way Michigan administers football and academics, the fallout continues.
Harbaugh, now the coach at Stanford, has lost one of his closest friends, and drawn the ire of at least one current player.
Michigan senior tailback Mike Hart said Wednesday during the Big Ten kickoff that he has absolutely no respect for Harbaugh.
“He’s not a Michigan man,” Hart said. “I wish he had never played here, but it is what it is.”
Here’s a little perspective on the brouhaha, courtesy Can’t Stop The Bleeding:
Harbaugh hasn’t backed away since then:
I would use myself as an example. I came in there, wanted to be a history major, and I was told early on in my freshman year that I shouldn’t be. That it takes too much time. Too much reading. That I shouldn’t be a history major and play football.
“He’s a guy I have no respect for,” responded Michigan senior Michael Hart, who plays the running back position on the football team when not tending to his obligations as a general studies major. [Emphasis added.]
It would all be extremely amusing bulletin board material if there was any chance of these two teams getting together in the Rose Bowl, but nobody seriously disputes the fact that schools like Stanford, Northwestern, Vandy, Rice, and yes, much as we all hate to admit it, Notre Dame, have it tougher than even the better academic football schools. Graduation rates may not tell the entire story, but they tell enough of one. At 71%, the players in Ann Arbor lag well behind the ones in Palo Alto (94%) – and the ones in Lincoln (88%) too.
In Michigan’s defense, that’s a pretty decent graduation rate.