Poor Sparty

If recruiting truly is the life blood of any program as many college coaches like to say, then Sparty will have a date with the ICU very soon. Coaching clichés, commMark Dantonioonly referred to as “coach speak”, are often given out for the purpose of exciting fans or giving the media good sound bites. Most coach speak is not informative and leads to eye rolls and audible sighs. After all, what coaching staff doesn’t want “maximum effort” from their players, or believe that “the team that controls the line of scrimmage and doesn’t turn the ball over wins the game?” Recruiting as the lifeblood of a program isn’t just coach speak however.

Recruiting great talent is critical in building a program that will compete and win at the highest level. John Calipari likes to say that there are 3 important factors in building a great team. #1 is recruiting, #2 is recruiting, and #3 is recruiting. Techniques, schemes, player development, and strength & conditioning are all important factors, but talent trumps them all. Teams with extraordinary talent lacking those qualities have won championships in the past, see 2001 Miami under Larry Coker. On the other side, it is very difficult to win without a minimum level of talent even if you have all the other qualities. If you rely on factors other than talent, eventually it will catch up to you. Usually it catches up when facing a team that is as well coached and conditioned as you are, but has significantly more talent. The 2010 Capital One Bowl between Michigan State and Alabama is a good example. Michigan State fans have reason to be terrified that such incidents will increase in frequency, both in B1G play and nationally. Fear is very much warranted because of what is transpiring in recruiting.

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Caption Contest Results


Winner: "BCS bowls over there…Lesser bowls, come with me." – Forum User Milbury_Mullet

Rest of the Entries: "GUYS, GUYS, GUYS, HOLD UP……I gotta go move my Prius, I’m double parked and blocking in the handicap bus, I’ll be right back, everybody please stay put!!!!!"

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A Chat with Dan Voltz

Michigan only inked  two offensive linemen in their 2011 recruiting class. Therefore, the coaches will be hitting that area very hard for 2012, possibly taking 5 kids. Illinois guard Dan Voltz is one of the Wolverine’s early targets and he recently answered a few questions about his recruitment for UMGoBlog.Rivals.com

Sean O’Connell: How many offers do you hold?

Dan Voltz: “I currently hold 16 offers. They are from Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your top three factors when looking at schools?

Dan Voltz: “Football tradition, academics, and campus.”

Sean O’Connell: Does location matter?

Dan Voltz: “Location does matter. I am a big midwest guy and would love to play football in the midwest. But if there is a school outside of the midwest that I like, I won’t hesitate to look at it.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you have a school you grew up cheering for?  If so will that factor into your decision?

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