Michigan Football Saturdays
A blog dedicated both to celebrating the history of the Wolverines as well as following the exploits of the current Maize and Blue as they attempt to win another National Championship!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Stepping on the gas: Recruiting for 2016 and beyond
Matt Doherty was the Director of Player Personnel at the U (Univ. of Miami) when he was hired by Coach Harbaugh. Because Chris Singletary already held that title at Michigan, Doherty is taking the title of Recruiting Coordinator. The addition of Doherty will give Michigan a foothold in talent rich Florida.
From the high school ranks comes (Coach) Chris Partridge who will be the Recruiting Operations Coordinator. The job was posted on U-M's website Jan. 27 and states "Responsible for the planning, coordination, execution and assessment of recruiting operations. Directly responsible for the coordination and liaison of high school coaches and talent stakeholders in the college football prospect market." Partridge coached current U-M players Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
WR Gallon looks to top off amazing year with bowl victory
Jeremy has posted a reception in a program record tying 38 straight games. Furthermore, in his last seven games, Jeremy has caught at least 5 passes each game. In 2013, Jeremy became the 10th player in Michigan Football history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. In fact, Jeremy is only 47 yards shy of setting a new Michigan single-season mark for receiving yards. However, he has a new QB who will be throwing him the ball in his final game as Devin Gardner is out with an injury. It will be interesting to see if true freshman QB Shane Morris, who will be making his first start, will be able to deliver the ball to Jeremy. Jeremy will likely have a huge game as he does for Shane Morris what Braylon Edwards did for a then true freshman Chad Henne in 2004. That is, Jeremy will likely be the go-to guy for the youngster as Morris tries to find his way. Jeremy should finish his stellar Michigan career with a big game tonight. Go Blue!
12/29/13- Post-game Update: Jeremy caught 9 passes for 89 yards and broke the Michigan records for single-season receiving yards and consecutive games with a catch (39). For good measure, Jeremy also completed a pass to Justice Hayes for a successful two-point conversion. Go Blue!
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Shane Morris will be only the third QB in Michigan Football history to start a bowl game as a true freshman
When Shane Morris leads the Wolverines today in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, it will mark only the third time in the 134 years of Michigan Football that a true freshman has started a bowl game at Quarterback. In fact, only five other Michigan quarterbacks have ever started a game during their true freshman season. They are:
- Rick Leach- 1975: 11 games including the 1976 Orange Bowl
- Rich Hewlett- 1979: The M/OSU game
- Chad Henne- 2004: 12 games including the 2005 Rose Bowl
- Ryan Mallett- 2007: 3 games
- Tate Forcier- 2009: 12 games
Friday, February 08, 2013
On signing day Wednesday, the highly touted signal-caller Shane Morris (Warren DeLasalle) was the first recruit to get his signed LOI into the Wolverines. "Sugar" Shane is left-handed which is a rarity for a Michigan QB. In the past 35 seasons, Michigan has only had two left-handed quarterbacks start games (Rick Leach, 1975-78; Demetrius Brown, 1987-88). Go Blue!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
If this is what progress looks like, I sure would hate to see what regression looks like. Michigan capped off its 2010 regular season by suffering a 30-point drubbing at the hands of the rival OSU Buckeyes. The loss means the Wolverines lost five (5) of their final seven games of the 2010 regular season and relegated the team to a losing Big Ten Conference record for the third consecutive season. The defense is one of the worst in the nation as are the Special Teams Units. The fact that the Wolverines qualified for a third-tier bowl game should not be enough to keep Coach Rod as the Head Coach for another season.
After the OSU loss, Athletic Director David Brandon tersely maintained that there were no changes to announce and that he would do his evaluation after the season ended which presumably means after the bowl game. Coach Rod's contract may have something to do with the timing of A.D. Brandon's decision if he in fact decides to terminate Coach Rodriguez. The contract (.pdf) is a six-year deal. Coach Rod is currently in year 3. (See sec. 3.01: Term of Agreement and Employment). Section 3.01 (b) provides that year 3 of the contract runs from Jan. 1., 2010- Dec. 31., 2010 and year 4 commences Jan. 1. 2011. This is potentially very important because of the contract's termination provisions (Article IV). Section 4.01 (a) provides that if the University terminates the contract in year 3 (i.e., in 2010) the severance pay-out to Coach Rod is $4 Million. However, if the University does not terminate the contract until year 4 (i.e., after 1-1-11) then the severance pay-out drops to $2.5 Million. A savings of a cool $1.5 Million to the University. It is also interesting to note that section 4.01 (a) provides that the parties agree that the University may terminate Rodriguez' employment without cause "...by giving to Rodriguez thirty (30) days' advance written notice of the termination of his employment."
A.D. Brandon's stated desire to do his employment review of Coach Rod after the season makes sense when you consider that within a week or so of Michigan's bowl game that the severance pay-out will drop by $1.5 Million. Thus, after the bowl, A.D. Brandon can give the proper notice, save the University over a million dollars, and get the Football program back on track by hiring the right coach. Go Blue!!!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
2010 Spring Football Media Guide
• Table of Contents / Pages 1-2 / 1.08 MB
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The allegations have come down but Rich Rod is staying
The hastily organized Victors' Rally that was held Sunday portended the release of the NCAA notice of allegations into Coach Rod's practice policy rules infractions. The allegations released today cited five (5) potential Major Violations committed by the Wolverines' Football Program. One of the questions that the University has to answer for the NCAA is whether the allegations demonstrate that Coach Rod failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failed to adequately monitor the members of his staff. Despite this inquiry, incoming A.D. David Brandon unequivocally stated that Rich Rod is going to be the Head Coach next season. Sure. Why not? Coach Rod's "leadership" only brought the first allegations of NCAA Major Violations in the 130-year history of Michigan Football. This is a dark day. Coach Rod should voluntarily resign but there is not a snowball's chance in Hawaii of that happening. Go Blue!