January 2 - Friday
A look at how good MSU is after their loss to Georgia in the Citrus Bowl.
Brief hockey recruiting update.
January 3 - Saturday
Army All-American game live blog, that doesn’t exist any more.
January 5 - Monday
The basketball team picked up a solid win over Illinois. The atmosphere is starting to change in Crisler.
January 6 - Tuesday
Recap of commits from the high school all star games, including: Taylor Lewan, Craig Roh, Anthony LaLota, Jeremy Gallon, Justin Turner, Brendan Gibbons, and Isaiah Bell.
My guess as to the relative stock levels of the guys performing:
STOCK UP: Lewan, Gallon, Turner, Roh
STEADY: Campbell, Bell, Gibbons
STOCK DOWN: LaLota
Tuesday Recruitin’ covers the rest of the news from the games.
January 7 - Wednesday
Unverified Voracity Says Happy Trails because Rob Parker has been fired!
Rodriguez made a few appearances on WTKA recently. There will be a spring game again! Also, the search for a new DC continues.
Applications are welcome for a basketball blogpoll.
Liveblog for the basketball game against Indiana.
January 8 - Thursday
‘M’ beat a very bad Indiana team, but they didn’t look very good doing it. It’s starting to look like their record is much better than their quality of play.
Unverified Voracity Buys a Nail Gun. A rumor exists that Penn State DL coach Larry Johnson could be an option for ‘M’ DC.
January 9 - Friday
Michigan picks up a PWO commit from QB Nader Furrha. The hope is that he doesn’t have to be considered in the QB conversation.
The upcoming hockey game is being postponed because of weather related damage.
It appears that the national championship game just happened. Brian is mostly annoyed at the current state of college football.
January 10 - Saturday
The hockey game against Miami is a go again.
January 12 - Monday
Monday Recruitin’. VA QB Tajh Boyd will not be coming to ‘M’. SC DE Sam Montgomery is confusing everyone, but it looks like a ‘M’ vs. LSU battle.
It was a big weekend with two hockey wins over Miami and a basketball win over Iowa.
January 13 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Desires Legislation. Legislation to create an early signing day for football (probably the third week of December) is being considered.
Brian provides a survey to get reader feedback on the blog.
Jim Herrmann and Chuck Heater are rumored as two potential candidates for the DC position.
January 14 - Wednesday
Apparently, the national championship game could be viewed in 3-D. Brian runs down various opinions of this from the blogosphere.
Unverified Voracity Surveys and the results say…
Mobile MGoBlog was the big winner in the "new feature" category and will be implemented ASAP. Better integration with MGoVideo was also popular. A unified ticket search came in third.
About 50% are registered (FYI: even if you aren't interested in posting, logged in users can customize how they see the blog. You can turn some blocks on and off, change the way comments appear, etc.)
About 10% of people who tried to register never get a response. (If this happens to you, email me.)
Most people read the board and diaries, with about half participating on the message board and a small number posting diaries, which is about right, IMO.
Page speed was mostly "good."
People seem to think the level of self-policing in the comments is about right, but they'd like to see better organization of the user-produced content.
Advertising is at a tolerable level.
Illinois basketball game liveblog.
January 15 - Thursday
‘M’ loses to Illinois. The offense is scuffling.
The Big Ten didn’t do well in bowl games. They need to improve their relevance in college football.
January 16 - Friday
Mailbag. Does the spread required too many exceptional athletes? Does Rodriguez have a “Jesus deficit”? Why does Rodriguez have more decommits? And best ‘M’ related fish names.
Hot new DC rumor: Greg Robinson.
I admit a sense of foreboding at this news.
January 17 - Saturday
OSU game liveblog link.
January 19 - Monday
Unverified Voracity, Blissfully Ignorant of the bad weekend that just finished. Hockey lost to Bowling Green, and basketball lost to OSU.
Monday Recruitin’. DT commits DeQuinta Jones and Pearlie Graves are wavering quite a bit. ‘M’ seems to want to take one more WR and one more OL. The OL is likely down to OH Marcus Hall and SC Quinton Washington.
January 20 - Tuesday
Hello: DC Greg Robinson. Also, Jay Hopson might be looking around for a new job.
January 21 - Wednesday
Penn St. beat Michigan, and tournament hopes are dimming. Poor shooting has been their downfall, only 16.7% from three in this one. Also, Brian’s title on this post is “Lehman Brothers” just in case you forgot this was ten years ago.
Unverified Voracity Drives Barwis Into the Sea. Barwis is now embroiled in a buyout issue with WVU, expect an outcry from the Detroit media to follow.
January 22 - Thursday
A deeper look into Greg Robinson.
So… what do we have? A guy who performs with talent and doesn't without it. Yeah, Greg Robinson and every other coach on the planet.
Post-mortem on WRs and TEs. Brian’s predictions were not great.
January 23 - Friday
Unverified Voracity, with Tweaks to the board. Except for this one:
I looked into Drupal's mobile support. It's not good. The relevant modules are out of date. I'm still going to try to get something up, but it will take some more time.
January 25 - Sunday
Yikes. Terrible incident where two MSU players attack Steve Kampfer on the ice.
Kampfer will be fine. MSU offers typical explanations.
January 26 - Monday
Monday Recruitin’ runs down a few likely commits, including teammates Denard Robinson and Adrian Witty.
Robinson will be given a shot to play QB, and Michigan will need him to stay there for at least a year or two even if he doesn't win the job. However, if he doesn't win it Robinson is also a Florida-level corner prospect who figures to find his way on the field somewhere. He's sort of like two recruits in one.
Brian makes the case that the two MSU hockey players should be banned from the CCHA for life.
January 27 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Complains, Lets Go. So here is the first reference to “Gerg”, but there’s no explanation. This is great though:
Gregism #1? Robinson was asked what his top priority was, given a laundry list of options, and responded: "I think it's all of those things." Greg Robinson's TOP PRIORITY: all things. Things that are not Greg Robinson's TOP PRIORITY: no things.
Both MSU players have been kicked off the team, though there’s a possibility they could return in the future.
Mailbag. Does a second ref on the ice help? How much effect does cold weather have on talent?
January 28 - Wednesday
Unverified Voracity Blames Google. Red issues a statement on Kampfer, and it seems like everyone will move on.
Brian is opening up the opportunity for anyone to possibly contribute to HTTV 2009.
January 29 - Thursday
The basketball team lost to OSU. They definitely look like they’re headed for the NIT. That’s what the expectation was heading into the year, but it’s still disappointing.
Post-mortem on the Offensive Line. It wasn’t great. How does 2009 look?
Coupled with the notable improvement at the end of the year, this presages a great leap forward. They could even be… sigh… average.
January 30 - Friday
Friday Recruitin’. Robinson, Witty, PA WR Je’Ron Stokes, and Quinton Washington all appear to be likely headed to ‘M’.
A weekend series against ND will be very important to the success of the hockey team’s season.