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Posted on: September 6, 2012 11:43 am
 

Go Twitter Yourself!

One has to wonder why all the uproar? ESPN wrote a MAJOR piece on it. Every sports rag has it and they are still writing about it.

Why?

Dantonio took care of it.

Yes, the MSU players should have, as Dantonio so elegantly phrased it, kept their mouths shut.

Still. Such an uproar?

Go tweet/twitter yourselves.

Where was the uproar when, on national TV, little Mike Hart made his infamous trash talk?

No one scolded him on his lack of maturity or told him he should keep his mouth shut. He pulled his stunt (and you can see it in his shifty eyes that he knew EXACTLY what he was doing) when any kind of retribution/revenge would happen after he was gone. Lack of stature. Lack of character.

Yes, the MSU players should have, as Dantonio so elegantly phrased it, kept their mouths shut.

Immature, true, but the Michigan players get a chance to get even THIS YEAR.

So where was all the media criticsm of Hart?

So, Coach Hoke takes care of twitter for UM. Good for him. But, just maybe he should spend a little more time keeping his upper classmen, star players out of court.

Ya think? 

Just asking...  
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:42 pm
 

2011 B1G Ten Preview

Again this year, we will be running the "You Make The Call" contest.
 
YMTC is a simple contest. Contestants predict scores for the games in the Big Ten. Whoever does best is declared the winner for the week and we all grovel because the winner is just so good at this! Points for correct calls (W/L) and point scored and margin of victory with bonus points for calling shut-outs and overtime games. ND games are included as tie-breakers (only when ND is not playing a B1G opponent). This year the B1G Championship game is added to the mix. Also, as before, the Army-Navy game will entertain us until the bowl bids come out. All in all, the contest lasts through all 20 weeks of college football.
 
There are 2 rules.
1. No smack, trash talk, disparaging remarks made about teams, schools, or fans/contestants. Violators will be banned from the contest and all records of their participation deleted from the game records.
2. Ballots will CLEARLY name the winning team.
 
Acceptable: Nevada-Las Vegas 13 at Wisconsin 21
Acceptable: Wisconsin 21-13
Acceptable: Nevada-Las Vegas at Wisconsin 13-21
Unacceptable: Nevada-Las Vegas at Wisconsin 21-13 (This will be understood as UNLV winning by 8.)
 
As game moderator (and founder/inventor/executer), MSUSpartan76 is the final word on all game related decisions, including interpretation of ballots.
 
The motto of this contest is "All for fun and fun for all." We intend to keep it that way.
 
So, with that said, the following is a synapsis of the upcoming B1G season. Vitals (sans individual players) are given and pre-seaons predictions for every game are made. The author reserves the right to change these predictions week by week during the YMTC contest since things do evolve, teams gel, players get hurt, etc., during the course of a season.
 

Posted on: December 10, 2010 12:54 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Capital One Bowl -- Fun Facts

Capital One Bowl
 
BCS No. 9 Michigan State Spartans versus BCS No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide

This is the first meeting of the 2 teams.
 
Team Records
 
Michigan State
CBS No. 7 Michigan State, Big Ten (11-1, 7-1) and is rated the No. 37 SOS per CBS.
MSU has averaged 31.3 ppg while giving up 20.1 ppg (11.2 ppg MoV).
MSU is on a 3-game winning streak.
 
W 38-14 vs CBS No. 82 Western Michigan, MidAmerican (6-6, 5-3) and is rated the No. 107 SOS.
W 30-17 at CBS No. 101 Florida Atlantic, Sun Belt (4-8, 3-5) and is rated the No. 114 SOS. ("Neutral site", Ford Field)
W 34-31 vs CBS No. 36 Notre Dame, Independent (7-5, 1-1) and is rated the No. 3 SOS.
W 45-7 vs FCS Northern Colorado, Big Sky (3-8, 2-6).
W 34-24 vs CBS No. 4 Wisconsin, Big Ten (11-1, 7-1) and is rated the No. 62 SOS.
W 34-17 at CBS No. 44 Michigan, Big Ten  (7-5, 3-5) and is rated the No. 13 SOS.
W 26-6 vs CBS No. 54 Illinois, Big Ten (6-6, 4-4) and is rated the No. 12 SOS.
W 35-27 at CBS No. 48 Northwestern, Big Ten (7-5, 3-5) and is rated the No. 76 SOS.
L 6-37 at CBS No. 46 Iowa, Big Ten (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 18 SOS.
W 31-8 vs CBS No. 90 Minnesota, Big Ten (3-9, 2-6) and is rated the No. 10 SOS.
(bye week)
W 35-31 vs CBS No. 88 Purdue, Big Ten (4-8, 2-6) and is rated the No. 20 SOS.
W 28-22 at CBS No. 35 Penn State, Big Ten  (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 15 SOS.
 
Alabama
CBS No. 18 Alabama, Southeastern (9-3, 5-3) and is rated the No. 11 SOS per CBS.
UA has averaged 34.6 ppg while giving up 14.1 ppg (20.5 ppg MoV)
UA is on a 1-game losing streak and lost 3 of the past 7 games.
 
W 48-3 vs CBS No. 120 San Jose State, Western Athletic (1-12, 0-8) and is rated the No. 19 SOS.
W 24-3 vs CBS No. 35 Penn State, Big Ten  (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 15 SOS.
W 62-13 at CBS No. 93 Duke, Atlantic Coast (3-9, 1-7) and is rated the No. 54 SOS.
W 24-20 at CBS No. 8 Arkansas, Southeastern (10-2, 6-2) and is rated the No. 5 SOS.
W 31-6 vs CBS No. 43 Florida, Southeastern (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 17 SOS.
L 21-35 at CBS No. 19 South Carolina, Southeastern (9-4, 5-4) and is rated the No. 2 SOS.
W 23-10 vs CBS No. 79 Mississippi, Southeastern (4-8, 1-7) and is rated the No. 34 SOS.
W 41-10 at CBS No. 60 Tennessee, Southeastern (6-6, 3-5) and is rated the No. 57 SOS.
(bye week)
L 21-24 at CBS No. 12 Louisiana State, Southeastern (10-2, 6-2) and is rated the No. 6 SOS.
W 30-10 vs CBS No. 21 Mississippi State, Southeastern (8-4, 4-4) and is rated the No. 25 SOS.
W 63-7 vs FCS Georgia State, Colonial (6-5, 0-0) played its inaugural season in 2010.
L 27-28 vs CBS No. 2 Auburn, Southeastern (13-0, 9-0) and is rated the No. 4 SOS.
 
Team Statistics
 
Michigan State      
Rushing Offense: 168.83 yds/gm (No. 40), 4.87 yds/rush, 1 TD per 16.6 rushes
Passing Offense: 237.83 yds/gm (No. 44), 67%, 8.30 yds/att, 12.41 yds/comp, 2.62% int/att, 1 TD per 15.6 att
Total Offense: 406.67 yds/gm (No. 39), 6.42 yds/play
Scoring Offense: 31.33 pts/gm (No. 39), 0.495 pts/play
Passing Efficiency: 152.46 (No. 17)
 
Rushing Defense: 121.92 yds/gm (No. 21), 3.59 yds/rush, 1 TD per 40.7 rushes
Pass Defense: 215.83 yds/gm (No. 60), 56%, 6.49 yds/att, 11.56 yds/comp, 4.26% int/att, 1 TD per 23.5 att
Total Defense: 337.75 yds/gm (No. 31), 5.03 yds/play
Scoring Defense: 20.08 pts/gm (No. 26), 0.299 pts/play
Pass Efficiency Defense: 116.99 (No. 33)
 
Net Punting: 38.22 yds/p (No. 26)
Punt Returns: 12.89 yds/r (No. 16)
Kickoff Returns: 18.79 yds/r (No. 110)
Turnover Margin: 0.5 TO/gm (No. T-26)
Sacks: 1.67 s/gm (No. T-82)
Tackles For Loss: 5.17 t/gm (No. T-87)
Sacks Allowed: 1.58 s/gm (No. 40)
 
Red zone offense (No. 5): 43 drives, 39 scores (91%), 30 TD (17 rush, 13 pass), 9 FG
Red Zone defense (No. 13): 41 drives 30 scores (73%), 21 TD (8 rush, 13 pass), 9 FG
  
Alabama      
Rushing Offense: 175.25 yds/gm (No. 36), 4.97 yds/rush, 1 TD per 17.6 rushes
Passing Offense: 260.33 yds/gm (No. 28), 69%, 9.22 yds/att, 13.35 yds/comp, 1.47% int/att, 1 TD per 14.7 att
Total Offense: 435.58 yds/gm (No. 27), 6.86 yds/play
Scoring Offense: 34.58 pts/gm (No. 21), 0.545 pts/play
Passing Efficiency: 165.85 (No. 6)
 
Rushing Defense: 123.33 yds/gm (No. 22), 3.64 yds/rush, 1 TD per 67.8 rushes
Pass Defense: 172.67 yds/gm (No. 12), 53%, 6.13 yds/att, 11.64 yds/comp, 6.21% int/att, 1 TD per 30.7 att
Total Defense: 296 yds/gm (No. 6), 4.77 yds/play
Scoring Defense: 14.08 pts/gm (No. 5), 0.227 pts/play
Pass Efficiency Defense: 102.51 (No. 7)
 
Net Punting: 36.9 yds/p (No. 49)
Punt Returns: 13.08 yds/r (No. 14)
Kickoff Returns: 24.82 yds/r (No. 14)
Turnover Margin: 0.92 TO/gm (No. 14)
Sacks: 1.83 s/gm (No. 74)
Tackles For Loss: 5.33 t/gm (No. 79)
Sacks Allowed: 2.67 s/gm (No. 98)
 
Red zone offense (No. 52): 53 drives, 44 scores (83%), 32 TD (17 rush, 15 pass), 12 FG
Red zone defense (No. 6): 29 drives, 20 scores (69%), 10 TD (5 rush, 5 pass), 10 FG
 
Common foes
Week 2, Alabama 24-3 vs Penn State (at Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
Week 13, MSU 28-22 at Penn State (at State College, Pennsylvania)
 
Statistically, the only factor that stands out is the Scoring Defense numbers. UA has a 7 point advantage over MSU.
 
Coaching records
 
Mark Dantonio
7th season as head coach
51-35-0 (0.5930)
1-3-0 bowl record
1 Conference Co-Championship
 
1980-2003 (asst)
2004 Cincinnati 7-5-0 (bowl win)
2005 Cincinnati 4-7-0
2006 Cincinnati 7-5-0 (did not coach bowl win)
2007 Michigan St. 7-6-0 (bowl loss)
2008 Michigan St. 9-4-0 (bowl loss)
2009 Michigan St. 6-7-0 (bowl loss)
2010 Michigan St. 11-1-0 (conf co-champion, bowl tbd)
 
Nick Saban
15th season as head coach
133-53-1 (0.7139)
5-6-0 bowl record
1 conference co-championship
3 conference championships
1 NCAA title
 
1972-1987 (asst)
1988-9 NFL (asst)
1990 Toledo 9-2-0 (conf. co-champion)
1991-4 NFL (asst)
1995 Michigan St. 6-5-1 (bowl loss)
1996 Michigan St. 6-6-0 (bowl loss)
1997 Michigan St. 7-5-0 (bowl loss)
1998 Michigan St. 6-6-0
1999 Michigan St. 9-2-0  (did not coach bowl win)
2000 Louisiana St. 8-4-0 (bowl win)
2001 Louisiana St. 10-3-0 (con.f champion, bowl win)
2002 Louisiana St. 8-5-0 (bowl loss)
2003 Louisiana St. 13-1-0 (conf. champion, bowl win)
2004 Louisiana St. 9-3-0 (bowl loss)
2005-6 NFL HC Miami, 15-17-0
2007 Alabama 7-6-0 (bowl win) ** 5 wins vacated due to NCAA sanctions
2008 Alabama 12-2-0 (bowl loss)
2009 Alabama 14-0-0 (NCAA title, conf. champions, bowl win)
2010 Alabama 9-3-0 (bowl tbd)
 
The 7-Year Itch
Dantonio in 7 seasons is 51-35-0 with 1 game to go, 4 bowls (1-3) and 1 conference co-championship.
Saban in his first 7 seasons was 51-30-1, 4 bowls (1-3) and 1 conference co-championship (not counting the 4-year hiatis in the NFL).
Both left a program before a bowl game and those 2 bowls were wins (not counted in their records).
 
Looking at it from the other perspective...
Dantonio in his 4 seasons at MSU is 33-18-0 (0.6471) with 1 game to go, 3 bowls (0-3) and 1 conference co-championship.
Saban in his 4 seasons at UA is 42-11-0 (0.7925) with 1 game to go (not excluding the vacated wins), 3 bowls (2-1), 1 conference championship, and 1 NCAA title.
 
A Grand Reunion
Of the 20 coaches on the sidelines for the upcoming Capital One Bowl, 9 (3 MSU Head Coaches, 6 MSU assistant coaches) have prior coaching/playing experience prior to 2007 (and their current positions). This does not include current MSU assistants who arrived for the first time in 1997 or later.
 
2007-10 Nick Saban is the Alabama Head Coach.
1995-99 Nick Saban was the Michigan State Head Coach.
1983-87 Nick Saban was an assistant coach (defensive coordinator / defensive backs) under then MSU Head Coach George Perles.
 
2007-10 Mark Dantonio is the Michigan State Head Coach.
2000 Mark Dantonio was an assistant coach (defensive backs) under then MSU Head Coach Bobby Williams.
1995-99 Mark Dantonio was an assistant coach (defensive backs) under then MSU Head Coach Nick Saban.
 
2008-10 Bobby Williams is an assistant coach (tight ends/special teams) at Alabama.
2000-02 Bobby Williams was the Michigan State Head Coach.
1995-99 Bobby Williams was an assistant coach (running backs) under then MSU Head Coach Nick Saban.
 
2010 Brad Salem is an assistant coach (running backs) at Michigan State
1995 Brad Salem was a graduate assistant coach (quarterbacks / wide receivers) under then MSU Head Coach Nick Saban.
 
2008-10 Jim McElwain is an assistant coach (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks) at Alabama.
2003-05 Jim McElwain was an assistant coach (receivers / special teams) under then MSU Head Coach John L. Smith.
 
2007-10 Joe Pendry is an assistant coach (offensive line) at Alabama.
1980 Joe Pendry was an assistant coach (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks) under then MSU Head Coach Frank "Muddy" Waters.
 
2009-2010 Sal Sunsari is an assistant coach (linebackers) at Alabama.
2001 Sal Sunsari was an assistant coach (linebackers / special teams) under then MSU Head Coach Bobby Williams.
 
2007-10 Don Treadwell is an assistant coach (offensive coordinator and wide receivers) at Michigan State.
2000-02 Don Treadwell was an assistant coach (wide receivers) under then MSU Head Coach Bobby Williams.
 
2007-10 Harlon Barnett is an assistant coach (secondary) at Michigan State.
1986-89 Harlon Barnett was a defensive back under then MSU Head Coach George Perles.

Why MSU should win.
1. 11-1 going for 12-1 (school single season record)
2. 0-3 in bowls under Dantonio
3. Big Ten Co-Champion, no Rose Bowl, no BCS Bowl
4. Saban's history with MSU
5. Mark Dantonio
6. Edwin Baker, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Bates, Keshawn Martin, Greg Jones, Dan Conroy
 
Why MSU could lose.
1. Slow starts
2. Mistakes (5 of 9 interceptions in final 4 games)
3. Mental errors (fumble on the what could have been game-ending interception at Penn State would have been avoided by taking a knee in the end zone)
 
Why UA should win.
1. Scoring defense
2. 27-28 versus BCS No. 1 Auburn
3. 2009 NCAA Champion
4. Nick Saban
5. Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, Robert Lester, Marquis Maze, Trent Richardson
 
Why LSU could lose.
1. Lost 2 of last 4 (1 win over 1st season FCS Georgia State)
2. South Carolina and Auburn both gave clinics on how to stop the UA rushing game.
3. Rush defense has slipped in last 4 games. Excluding GaSt., UA rush defense allowing 45 yds/gm more than season average (20 yds/gm including GaSt.).

Posted on: December 4, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Crisis in Ann Arbor (part II)

Affiliated Press -- Dec. 2, 2010 Ann Arbor, MI
 
Crisis in Ann Arbor Continues
 
Continuing on the situation first made public on Oct. 9, 2010, the Crisis in Ann Arbor worsens.
 
As reported in October, there critical shortages included paper bags, mortuary makeup and resorative wax. Obviously connected in some way to the State of Michigan's economic woes, the list of shortages is growing longer.
 
Mayor John Hieftje has confirmed reports of a total absence of facial tissue in the city and surrounding areas.
 
"These are serious shortages. We are considering a declaration of a state of emergency."
 
As if to confirm the reported shortage, The Department of Sanitation reports a significant increase in the number of empty Kleenex boxes being recycled.
 
Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez allegedly has a cache of tissues, at least 20 cartons, stashed away, according to an anonymous graduate assistant.
 
Off the record, Mayor Hieftje was heard to say that there are a lot of snotty noses in Ann Arbor right now.
 
Byline -- Jack Piooma
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:04 am
 

Big Ten Expansion Completed!!

Affiliated Press -- May 11, 2010 Chicago, IL
 
Big Ten Expansion Completed!!
 
AP: In a late breaking story, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany just announced the addition of a twelfth school to the Big Ten Conference.
 
The new addition will not exactly be new. Former Big Ten school, University of Chicago, has agreed to be reinstated in the conference.
 
The University of Chicago, which is a member of the University Athletic Association in NCAA Division III, will begin immediately to elevate its varsity sports to Division I caliber programs according to Tom Weingartner, Director of Athletics.
 
"The University of Chicago is pleased to rejoin the Big Ten," commented university president Robert Zimmer, "and it has been too long in the coming. This reunion makes a tremendous amount of sense given Chicago was a founding member of the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, which is what the Big Ten was called when we created it in 1896. Also, since Chicago is a founding member of the Association of American Universities and most importantly a founding member of the Committee on Intercollegiate Cooperation, an exclusive research cooperative that includes Chicago and the 11 excellent universities of the Big Ten, we all agree that the University of Chicago is the perfect fit. We are very excited to return to the fold."
 
In an off the record comment, Delany said that splitting the pie 13 ways was not very agreeable to the current arrangement, referring to the 5.6 billion dollars in research funding shared CIC members.
 
Conference realignments for all of the varsity sports will be worked out over the next several months. Chicago's varsity sports will be transitioned over the next 3 years due to scheduling issues, with basketball to begin in 2011 and football in 2012.
 
In a separate interview, University of Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is quoted as saying that he was pleased to be able to schedule Chicago as it would allow him to pad his schedule with something other than a cupcake Division I-AA school, such as Appalachian State or a doormat MAC team like Toledo..
 
-- byline Jack Piooma
Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:01 am
Edited on: June 24, 2009 11:02 am
 

Recruiting for Speed

PREFACE:

This piece was originally posted on the Spartan Message board as Lest we forget (part 3).

For the past several weeks, I have been engaged in a large research project (NCAA football). As often happens during research, interesting things are uncovered that are not directly related to the thesis being investigated. Such curiosities are often worth a digression, so I spent a little time looking at what follows.

First, a little background.

In the Forcier vs. Paulus, who cares ? Gotta Love It!!! on May 3, 2009 10:59 pm, Michwolverines1 posted:

So once again I have proven that you do ABSOLUTELY NO research before you post. Dont throw a hissy fit because RR is going after top talent in speed states like FL and TX. Dont get mad that Dantonioioioio cant compete with the Floridas and LSUs of the nation for recruits.Given the above comment, Florida, Louisiana St., Michigan, and Michigan St. are assessed.

Note 1: The "Interest" column in the Rivals and Scout pages is not clearly defined. Interest could be the school has expressed interest in the player. Likewise, it could be the player expressed interest in the school. Then again, it could be a combination of both, which is likely given that anyone can submit data on a player.
Note 2: There are anomalies and discrepancies between the data in the Rivals database and the Scout database. Scout is the primary source since its database search engine is much more user friendly.

First, a look at the recent 2009 recruits. All of these recruits have signed Letters Of Intent (LOI).

Florida signed 15 players.
Louisiana St. signed 23 players.
Michigan signed 22 players.
Michigan St. signed 23 players.

Of the 15 recruits picked up by Florida in 2009, MSU was interested in and made offers to none.
Of the 23 recruits picked up by MSU in 2009, Florida was interested in and made an offer to Edwin Baker. Baker signed with MSU.
MSU beat Florida 1 to 0 in the recruiting arena.

Of the 23 recruits picked up by LSU in 2009, MSU was interested in and made offers to none.
Of the 23 recruits picked up by MSU in 2009, LSU was interested in and made offers to none.
MSU tied LSU 0 to 0 in the recruiting arena.

Of the 23 recruits picked up by LSU in 2009, UM was interested in and made offers to Barkevious Mingo, Bennie Logan and Chris Faulk. All 3 signed with LSU.
Of the 22 recruits picked up by UM in 2009, LSU was interested in and made an offer to William Campbell. Campbell signed with UM.
LSU beat UM 3 to 1 in the recruiting arena.

Of the 22 recruits picked up by UM in 2009, Florida was interested in Adrian Witty and Brendan Gibbons (no offers) and made an offer to William Campbell. All 3 signed with UM.
Of the 15 recuirts picked up by Florida in 2009, UM was interested in and made offers to none.
UM beat UF 1 to 0 in the recruiting arena.

The poster above later clarified that he was talking about the 2010 class.

The 2010 recruits.

This data is a snapshot for 6/23/09. The data is evolving, changing hourly.

According to Scout:
Florida has 310 recruits listed as "Interest," has made 113 offers and received 15 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, UF beat out MSU for 0 recruits; UF beat out UM for 0 recruits; UF beat out LSU for 3 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from UF, 23 have committed to other schools leaving 75 still open.

Louisiana St.has 324 recruits listed as "Interest," has made 110 offers and received 15 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, LSU beat out MSU for 0 recruits; LSU beat out UM for 2 recruits; LSU beat out UF for 2 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from LSU, 30 have committed to other schools leaving 65 still open.

Michigan has 175 recruits listed as "Interest", has made 91 offers and received 15 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, UM beat out MSU for 2 recruits; UM beat out UF for 3 recruits; UM beat out LSU for 3 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from UM, 19 have committed to other schools leaving 57 still open.

Michigan St. has 190 recruits listed as "Interest", has made 65 offers and received 5 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, MSU beat out UM for 2 recruits; MSU beat out UF for 1 recruits; MSU beat out LSU for 0 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from MSU, 12 have committed to other schools leaving 40 still open.

Verbal commits:
20 players received offers by both MSU and UM, 4 players have committed: 2 for MSU, 2 for UM
2 players received offers by both MSU and LSU, 0 players have committed: 0 for MSU, 0 for LSU
2 players received offers by both MSU and UF, 1 player has committed: 1 for MSU, 0 for UF
7 players received offers by both UM and LSU; 5 players have committed: 3 for UM, 2 for LSU
19 players received offers by both UM and UF; 3 players have committed: 3 for UM, 0 for UF
27 players received offers by both LSU and UF; 5 players have committed: 2 for LSU, 3 for UF

The data is insufficient to substantiate the claim that MSU can not compete with LSU or UF. What the data does suggest is that MSU is not competing with LSU or UF in a substantial manner.

Now, a look at the verbal commitments. Note: verbal commitments are not iron clad. The 8 Michigan recruits who decommitted is from the 2009 class is, by itself, sufficient proof. Many recruits decommit every year and there is still lots of time before the LOIs are signed in early 2010. Also note that a school that makes an offer and receives a verbal commitment is not required to offer a LOI. A school is only allowed sign 25 new scholarships each year.

MSU 2010 commits include 5 from Michigan
UM 2010 commits include 2 from Florida, 1 from Louisiana, 2 from Michigan, 5 from Ohio, 2 from Pennsylvania, 1 from S.Carolina, 2 from Texas
UF 2010 commits include 1 from Alabama, 10 from Florida, 1 from Maryland, 1 from N.Carolina, 1 from New Hampshire, 1 from New York
LSU 2010 commits include 1 from Alabama, 2 from Florida, 2 from Georgia, 1 from Kansas, 6 from Louisiana, 1 from Tennessee, 3 from Texas, 1 from Virginia

The above data set is too small and, hence, no meaningful conclusions can be reached. However, preliminary results show:
MSU 100% from its/UM home turf (MI, OH, IN), 0% from UF home turf, and 0% from LSU home turf.
UM 33% from its/MSU home turf (MI, OH, IN), 13% from UF home turf, and 20% from LSU home turf.
UF 67% from its home turf (FL, GA, AL), 0% from UM/MSU home turf, and 0% from LSU home turf.
LSU 60% from its home turf (LA, TX, MS), 30% from UF home turf, and 0% from UM/MSU home turf.
From this, one might conclude that UM is hunting on the UF and LSU home turfs, LSU is hunting on the UF home turf, and MSU is staying home. The recruiting year is still quite young. Does this support the allegation that "Dantonioioioio cant compete with the Floridas and LSUs of the nation for recruits?" That allegation certainly is one possibility. Another is that Rodriguez is highly interested in earning frequent flier miles.

The reality is that Dantonio does roughly 60% of his recruiting within a 5 hour radius around E. Lansing (approximately 300 miles).

Take a look at the offers made:
MSU 2010 offers: OH 16, MI 15, FL 6, NJ 5, GA 4, IL 4, IN 4, PA 4, SC 3, DC 1, MD 1, MN 1, NC 1
13 States, 9 States with more than one offer; 54% from home turf (MI, OH, IN); top 3 hunting grounds (OH, MI, FL) account for 57% of offers tendered.

UM 2010 offers: FL 21, OH 16, MI 8, PA 8, MD 5, TX 5, GA 4, CA 3, LA 3, SC 3, IL 2, NC 2, NJ 2, AZ 1, DC 1, DE 1, IN 1, MN 1, MS 1, NY 1, VA 1, WA 1
22 States, 13 States with more than one offer; 27% from home turf (MI, OH, IN); top 3 hunting grounds (FL, OH, MI) account for 49% of the offers tendered.

UF 2010 offers: FL 46, GA 15, TX 11, CA 8, AL 6, SC 4, MI 3, MD 2, NY 2, OH 2, DC 1, KS 1, LA 1, MA 1, MO 1, NC 1, NH 1, NV 1, OK 1, OR 1, PA 1, TN 1, VA 1, WI 1
24 States, 10 States with more than one offer; 59% from home turf (FL, GA, AL); top 3 hunting grounds (FL, GA, TX) account for 64% of the offers tendered.

LSU 2010 offers: TX 18, GA 15, LA 13, FL 12, AL 9, CA 9, MS 5, MI 4, VA 4, NC 3, TN 3, AR 2, MD 2, OH 2, UT 2, IL 1, KS 1, NV 1, OK 1, OR 1, SC 1, WA 1
22 States, 15 States with more than one offer; 33% from home turf (LA, TX, MS); top 3 hunting grounds (TX, GA, LA) account for 42% of the offeres tendered.

This is very interesting. UM's so-called "national" approach to recruiting has made offers to more than 1 recruit in 13 States as opposed to MSU making offers to more than 1 recruit in 9 States. That UM has made 91 offers while MSU has made 65 offers may certainly be a normalizing factor in that statistic.
What is fascinating is that 64% of the UM offers are for recruits in 3 States: FL, OH, and MI and 57% of the MSU offers are for recruits in those same 3 States: OH, MI, and FL.

This data suggests that UM and MSU have similar targets, turf-wise, and are in similar competitions with other schools, like LSU and UF. Still, it is too early to claim a debunking of the allegation.

Actually, the allegation can not be debunked until all of the LOIs are signed.

Irrespective of the claim that FL and TX are "speed states," the data suggests that Florida recruits primarily close to home as does Michigan St. Michigan St.'s recruiting efforts, according to Dantonio (Dantonio adapts to May's recruiting rule changes [http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/te

ams/mml]), focus on high schools within a five hour radius of E. Lansing.
Louisiana St. seems to have a more "national" flavor to the distribution of scholarship offers tendered. UM seems to be halfway between a regional focus and a national focus.

Speed:

UM has one commit with 40 yd speed of 4.40 or better -- Tony Drake (TX), RB, unranked by Rivals. Fast, but not a "top talent" recruit (not ranked, 1 star). At 5' 8" and 160 lb., he is going to have a rough time in the Big Ten.

UM has offers to the following uncommitted recruits who have speed at or better than 4.40 for the 40 yd dash:

Brandon Ifill (PA), S, 5-11/180/4.40, nat. rank: 18, rating: 4 stars
Josh Furman (MD), S, 6-2/187/4.36, nat. rank: 12, rating: 4 stars
Eduardo Clements (FL), RB, 5-11/185/4.40, nat. rank: 10, rating: 4 stars
Johnavon Fulton (SC), CB, 6-0/175/4.39, nat. rank: 6, rating: 4 stars
O.J. Ross (FL), WR, 5-10/176/4.36, nat. rank: 62, rating: 3 stars
Dior Mathis (MI), CB, 5-9/171/4.28, nat. rank: 21, rating: 3 stars
Latwan Anderson (OH), S, 5-11/190/4.29, nat. rank: NR, rating: 1 star
Chad Hagan (PA), RB, 6-0/207/4.29, nat. rank: NR, rating: 1 star
Corvin Lamb (FL), WR, 5-9/190/4.30, nat. rank: NR, rating: 1 star

MSU has no commits with 40 yd speed of 4.40 or better.

MSU has offers to the following uncommitted recruits who have speed at or better than 4.40 for the 40 yd dash:

Ibraheim Campbell (PA), RB, 5-11.5/190/4.39, nat. rank: 77, rating: 3 stars
Dior Mathis (MI), CB, 5-9/171/4.28, nat. rank: 21, rating: 3 stars

Funny. The fastest recruit by either school is a local kid (Mathis).

The next update will set the bar for the 40 yd dash at 4.50 seconds.


ENDNOTES:

Dantonio adapts to May's recruiting rule changes

That is a membership link that can be accessed via Yahoo Sports.

The revelant passages:

Other programs get a lot of mileage out of their camps, too. But its crucial at Michigan State, where recruiting within a five-hour radius is paramount. In the past two years, 39 of the 44 players who have signed with Michigan State lived within five hours of East Lansing.

Dantonio said he wants to branch out more to Florida. He signed two from the sunshine state in February. He had five assistants scouting Florida in May. Hence, May film evaluation isn't limited to just inner-radius prospects. But the first obligation and responsibility for Dantonio and his staff is to know as much as possible about all of the prospects within the five-hour radius, where the Spartans have a better chance to get commitments.

 

An interesting, related article: Programs must go national to find system-fitting players

Posted on: June 7, 2009 9:18 am
 

What's so special about The Brez?

What's so special about The Brez?

With 15,000 seats, it is by no means the largest basketball arena. Certainly the 53 game home winning streak (2000 to 2002) is impressive but it's not the longest in the NCAA. In the 20 seasons since it opened, the Jack Breslin Student Events Center has stood witness to a remarkable 4 undefeated-at-home seasons and a 267-38 (0.875) home-court record, one of the best in the country. 99 different opponents have come to play, but only 19 of them have ever won.

The Brez is home to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, a perennial basketball power. Yes, there are other great basketball teams. However, such notable teams as Louisville, Nebraska, Arkansas, UCLA, UCon, Florida, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, UNC, UNLV, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Duke would rather submit to a colonoscopy than come to East Lansing, knowing it's a hostile environment, knowing just how difficult it is to escape with a win. 9 of 89 OOC opponents have ever won. Only 1 OOC team has ever won twice.

What's so special about The Brez?

Maybe it's championship magic. The NCAA Champion Spartans had a 28 game winning streak entering into the 2000-01 season. During the off season, Coach Izzo bought the championship floor from the RCA Dome in Indianapolis and installed it (Lupe did the design). The Spartans continued undefeated on that floor for nearly 2 more years (25 games) before falling by 1 in a thriller against Wisconsin. During that time, a myth that the Spartans were invincible at home took hold and grew. While that myth has since been debunked, the Spartans are 130-12 (3 OOC losses), including the current 39 game OOC winning streak, since the floor was installed. Duke was the last OOC opponent to win (12/3/03).

Maybe it's the Izzone ("Always Imitated. Never Duplicated."). With close to 4,000 members cheering the Spartans on, the Izzone creates a loud, exciting and intimidating atmosphere, and a considerable home-court advantage. The Spartans at home can always rely on their sixth man.

Of all the games played in The Brez, there will always be one in particular that stands out. Feb. 20th, 2007. The day No. 1 fell. The day that the Izzone proved their reputation was well-deserved. Wisconsin was a model of greatness, a school-record 30 wins, after over No. 2 Pitt and No. 5 Ohio State, until Feb. 20th, in the Brez. It was all the Izzone. The Izzone, even for them, was in rare form. The Brez rocked. It was deafening. It continues to echo even today.
Posted on: December 13, 2008 10:31 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 10:15 am
 

Dear Lil Sis (part VII)

December 13

Dear Lil Sis,

    I recently read where your coach is upset with the fans, unhappy with comments he has heard with regard to the season just ended. Perhaps if you and your girlfriends on the team were to cease giving away free teeshirts at Wal-Mart, you would reap a benefit.
    You might consider setting up outside of Toys R Us for your teeshirt giveaways. Certainly there is a good prospect of gaining better fans. These new fans would likely be much more mature and there is all likelihood that these new fans will understand that football is just a game.
    While there, you should avail yourself of the many educational toys. Purchase of a Speak-And-Spell and other instructional gadgets will surely help you prepare for the spring semester. Indeed, using it while on teeshirt duty would benefit not only you, but also all your girlfriends on the team.
    Just think of how your teammates will be so envious of you and your new toy!

With all the love there is,

    Little Brother

 
 
 
 
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