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Michigan recruiting in a global pandemic

Michigan recruiting in a global pandemic

  • 0:19:07
  • 13 days ago

In this episode, we break down what to know about Michigan football recruiting during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

First, we break down how things change now that spring visits are postponed until at least the summer. We discuss how teams are getting creative with their recruiting pitch, what the keys to succeeding in contact periods are, how Michigan specifically has altered or remodeled its approach so far and what the Wolverines can do differently.

We also discuss how a nationwide quarantine might impact recruits’ approaches to the process, including whether the quarantine might speed up commitments, entice players to stay close to home for college or want different levels of communication from prospective schools.

Episodes of This Show

  • Where no spring practices hurts Michigan the most

    Where no spring practices hurts Michigan the most

    • 0:28:42
    • 14 days ago

    In this episode, we look at how the mass cancellation of all sports activities, including the Michigan football team’s spring practices, most hurts the Wolverines.

    Breaking the impact into four parts, we first begin by looking at Michigan’s quarterback battle. We discuss why the battle hurts one competitor more than the other, how the Wolverines approach the contest now that there are 15 fewer practices and what each competitor must do now.

    Then, we break down how the lack of spring practices hurts Michigan’s early enrollees. We discuss the three incoming freshmen it hurts the most, and where the freshmen go from here. We also discuss position battles that will be delayed a few months, and how Michigan must make up for that lost time.

    We close with a discussion about the Wolverines’ new defensive coaches — and potentially major tweaks to Michigan’s defense — and why losing the opportunity to experiment and work on things in the spring is costly.

  • Michigan basketball early offseason questions

    Michigan basketball early offseason questions

    • 0:43:29
    • 17 days ago

    Reacting to the Michigan basketball team’s sudden lack of an offseason, we break down five immediate questions that come to mind regarding the Wolverines.

    First, we break down what has typically been the most pressing offseason question, discussing if Michigan will lose any prospects early to the NBA Draft. We make the case for Franz Wagner and Isaiah Livers to go pro, but also break down the reasons why returning for another season might make more sense.

    Then, we dissect what to make of Michigan’s potential transfers, why certain players stand out as potential transfers more than others and why transferring is hardly an indictment on the Wolverines or the players.

    Working a bit more quickly with our final three questions, we look at the impact Michigan’s heralded 2020 recruiting class will impact what is a rather connected core upon its arrival. We also look at stylistic changes Michigan’s coaching staff may look to change and just exactly where we would rank the Wolverines heading into the summer.

  • COVID-19 took over March Madness, now what?

    COVID-19 took over March Madness, now what?

    • 0:23:27
    • 22 days ago

    Recapping one of the most unorthodox sports weeks of our time, we break down our experience covering the Big Ten Tournament, our reaction to the swath of news and break down our thoughts.

  • Austin Davis to return and other news

    Austin Davis to return and other news

    • 0:43:11
    • 1 month ago

    In a news-related episode, we spend the bulk of the episode discussing Wednesday's announcement confirming that redshirt junior center Austin Davis would return to Michigan for his fifth season — becoming the first Wolverine to do so since Jordan Morgan in 2013-14.

    We break down the rationale behind the decision, how unlikely it seemed, how much Davis has improved, what he could bring in his fifth season and more. We also look at Michigan's scholarship situation, and how Davis' news might impact that.

    Finally, we close with brief discussions on a few news items that came up this week, looking at Zavier Simpson and Jon Teske's senior night and their legacies and the recent staff changes involving Joe Bolden and Mike DeBord.

  • Michigan basketball is no longer on fire. Now what?

    Michigan basketball is no longer on fire. Now what?

    • 0:39:00
    • 1 month ago

    In a near polar-opposite of last week's podcast, we break down a rough week for the Michigan basketball team, looking at what went wrong against Ohio State and Wisconsin and what's next for the Wolverines.

    Guided by listener questions, we first look at two potential starting lineup changes that involve getting Brandon Johns Jr. more minutes, and what the pros and cons of each of them are. We then look at the Wolverines' rapid decline in performance, and discuss just what went wrong and how it can change.

    We take a brief look at how Michigan's NCAA Tournament prospects change, zero in on perimeter shooting and break down why this is such a critical week for the Wolverines in the scope of the season, even if the stakes in this week's games might not be as high.

  • Michigan basketball is on fire

    Michigan basketball is on fire

    • 0:31:52
    • 1 month ago

    In a basketball episode, we break down Michigan’s rapid rise, and where things stand for the Wolverines looking forward.

    We begin by breaking down how different things look than a month prior, as we even re-read some of Juwan Howard’s quotes after Michigan’s four-game losing streak, and how they look paired with the Wolverines’ success today. We also discuss which elements Michigan has improved the most at, dissecting the Wolverines’ improved post defense, transition defense, overall defense, offensive cohesion and leadership.

    We then break down how Michigan’s last eight games (especially the last five) can alter the outlook for the Wolverines’ season, as they host Wisconsin, travel to take on Ohio State, host Nebraska and visit Maryland to close the regular season. We take a peek at the Big Ten standings and potential seeding scenarios, then close with a bracketology breakdown, looking at potential seeding, and how the next four games and Big Ten Tournament can change that.

  • Michigan's top-10 2021 recruiting targets

    Michigan's top-10 2021 recruiting targets

    • 0:45:41
    • 1 month ago

    In this recruiting focused episode, we break down the stories behind Michigan’s top 10 targets of the 2021 football recruiting class.

    We begin by looking at two three-star in-state prospects in East Lansing wide receiver Andrel Anthony and Detroit Country Day’s Caleb Tiernan. We explain why both of their frames make them intriguing prospects for the Wolverines, establish top competitors for both prospects and handicap Michigan’s standing in the two races.

    We then break down outside linebacker Jamari Buddin, another in-state recruit Michigan will have to battle for. We look at Sherrone Moore’s recruiting impact in-state and in big matchups. We also begin to look at top-200 prospects, breaking down the surprisingly national recruiting race for Californian defensive tackle Victory Vaka, and the less surprisingly national recruiting race for Virginia wide receiver Malcom Johnson Jr.

    Returning to the state of Michigan, we next break down offensive and defensive lineman Rayshaun Benny, who hails from a local power where Michigan has had difficulty recruiting in recent years. On the other side, we break down Clarkston native and fellow four-star lineman Rocco Spindler, and outline why Michigan is the strong favorite.

    Our episode concludes with a look at three top-50 prospects. The uphill battle for Iowa tight end Thomas Fidone, in-state running back Donovan Edwards and Virginia running back TreVeyon Henderson. We discuss Michigan’s competitors for each player, and outline how the Wolverines can make an impression this spring and summer.

  • Is Michigan basketball back on track?

    Is Michigan basketball back on track?

    • 0:26:09
    • 1 month ago

    Taking a look at the Michigan basketball team, we break down the Wolverines’ win over Michigan State, and what it means moving forward.

    First, we look at what some of the keys to Michigan’s win. We dissect improved defense from Franz Wagner, Eli Brooks and the entire team, how far the Wolverines’ bench has come, the positive impact on the stat sheet and beyond that Isaiah Livers’ return to the lineup can bring. We also look at some schematic changes, and the team’s energy in the surprising win.

    We then break down what the Wolverines’ final eight games look like, and where Michigan still needs to improve to come out on top. Among the areas discussed include consistent shooting, more offensive production from Jon Teske, more reliable showings from the Wolverines’ sophomore class and furthering some recent trends. We then close by looking at Michigan’s bracketology breakdown, and other notes to watch in Michigan’s pursuit of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Reacting to Michigan State's new coaching hire

    Reacting to Michigan State's new coaching hire

    • 0:34:45
    • 1 month ago

    Following the news that Colorado head coach Mel Tucker had accepted the job to take over Michigan State’s head-coaching vacancy, we dissect what the hire means for the Spartans and, indirectly, the Wolverines. 

    First, we look at how good of a hire Tucker is for Michigan State. We break down his background at Michigan State, Ohio State, at big-time programs such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and in the NFL, and opine on what he brings to East Lansing after one season with the Buffaloes. We also look at the optics of the hire, including whether Tucker was in the wrong for initially saying no to the job, the timing and how the situation changed so quickly for the Spartans.

    Next, we look at what kind of program Tucker is inheriting. We look at what kind of recruiting impact Tucker will have, how and how much that will impact Michigan, the importance of Tucker’s offensive coordinator hire and what the next two years can and should look like for the Spartans on the field.