MLive: Michigan retaining top draft-eligible players may become the exception

MLive: Michigan retaining top draft-eligible players may become the exception

December 29, 2016

David Mayo discusses the early-ish departures of Leonard Fournette and Dylan McCaffrey, along with how some Michigan players could benefit from skipping bowl games (LINK).

Hit the jump for some pictures of the lovely Viki Odintcova.


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    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    I don’t think the player who skips a Bowl game is a bad person, but dont like or agree with the decision
    As for coaches who ditch, I feel the same way. I get why Brian Kelly skipped his Sugar Bowl with Cincinnati after jumping to ND, but I didn’t like it

    Here’s to hoping our team doesn’t have to deal with this much. GO BLUE

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      Joined: 8/12/2015
      Dec 30, 2016 at 11:04 AM

      I can sympathize with the player who is facing the loss of millions of dollars if they get injured in a meaningless bowl game. Like you, I don’t like this development, but I understand it.

      This is one more part of the dismantling of college football as we know and love it. The bowl games outside the playoffs will become increasingly meaningless, and top players will more and more opt to avoid them. The teams that are best positioned to get into the playoffs each year will get the best talent, and we will see a cementing of a handful of teams — maybe 12 to 16 — that separate from the rest.

      When Harbaugh was first announced as coming to Michigan, I commented in various places that the timing was fortuitous because were were entering an arms-war in college football. The window of time to enter the top teams was closing. Michigan slipped in just in time. Another poor coaching hire could easily have made Michigan miss the window and be left out for a long time, perhaps forever.

      Many say “these things run in cycles,” but my response to that is this: “In the past, perhaps, but we are entering a different era.” Notre Dame is in trouble: they may never recover from the string of poor coaches and poor results. If Tom Herman does not do miracles at Texas, it’s possible they too will founder for a very long time. USC is a program in the wilderness. I think we’re seeing Michigan State’s run come to and end.

      So … the playoff games rise in importance; the other bowls diminish; top players will opt away from playing in meaningless games; we’ll see top players gravitate to a handful of teams that seem best able to get to the playoffs. Eventually we will see programs wither and die. None of this will happen over night. But in the next 10 years we’ll see a good deal of this come true.

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    Joined: 8/12/2015
    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    By the way, picture #3 is outstanding. I am not a fan of tattoos, and the tattoo on her left shoulder is … disappointing.

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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Dec 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM

      I’m not a tattoo fan, either, but I can overlook it with her.

      • Comments: 278
        Joined: 8/12/2015
        Dec 30, 2016 at 11:19 AM

        Agree … as far as tattoos go, that one is overlook-able. Particularly relative to *everything else* going on in that photo.

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