Morning Roundup: February 15, 2020

Morning Roundup: February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020
Only one person wearing this jersey can be on the field at any given time

Pat Forde writes about Michigan State’s hiring of Mel Tucker (LINK). Spoiler alert: it’s not positive.

Tucker talks about shoulder chips and stuff (LINK).

Hit the jump for more.

Camp film of 2022 prospect Julian Armella came out this week and caused a bit of an uproar on Twitter. People – including the camp organizer – were praising Armella, but as a coach, I think this is almost all terrible technique:

Armella’s a sophomore in high school, so he has time to learn. But somebody told him this is good – and he celebrates afterward – so it seems there’s a shortage of good guidance here. I haven’t talked about camps on this site for a while because I’ve focused less and less of my energy on them as the number of camps has exploded. But in general, I find them to be useless for big guys without pads. I do think 7-on-7 is useful, but it should be taken with a grain of salt.

This happened:

Remember Isaiah Wilson, who eventually signed with Georgia over Michigan?

Sommer Ray
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    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Is there supposed to be a link?

    “This happened: remember Isaiah Wilson, who eventually signed with Georgia over Michigan?”

    • Thunder
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      Feb 15, 2020 at 11:19 AM

      There’s a tweet in between there about a Michigan baseball player getting ejected from a game.

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        Feb 15, 2020 at 12:16 PM

        Ah. I used DDG as my phone browser, so stuff like that often doesn’t come through

  2. Lanknows
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    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    My Tucker take – it doesn’t matter how good of a coach he is. MSU is screwed in the short-term and the hire is about damage control through the next couple years of losing.

    See where they are at 2 or 3 years from now and just as importantly see where their conference rivals are at. Maybe OSU will have sunk back from their heights. Maybe PSU and UM fanbases will have chased off the coaches who have raised up their programs so far. There is not room for 4 powerhouse programs in the Big Ten east so they have to wait for an opportunity to rise back up. It’ll probably be with their next coach at the soonest.

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      Feb 15, 2020 at 9:14 PM

      Wait a minute……….Theres three powerhouse programs in the B10 East?
      Besides the Buckeyes who are the other two?

      The Mel Tucker Band can be seen live , in color this fall at Spartan Stadium; playing hits such as
      Can’t you see……
      Can’t you see……
      How much money
      They payin me…….

  3. DonAZ
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    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why MSU hired Tucker the way they did. Well, except for panic. You throw that kind of money at someone who’s a bit of a certainty, and Tucker is not (yet) that. It seems to me the better thing would have been to put Tressel in as interim and let the dust settle on 2020. The downside to that is in recruiting. But MSU’s recruiting has not been off-the-charts, so I doubt an “interim” coach would push it that much lower.

    • Lanknows
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      Feb 15, 2020 at 12:48 PM

      There’s no such thing as surefire but a more proven and safe option (like Fickel) is not going to take that job. I think recruiting is going to be suppressed for a while regardless so it probably made some sense to find an ambitious energetic and young low-cost hire. It’s going to take a few years to dig out from the hole they’re in as a program.

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        Feb 16, 2020 at 4:40 PM

        I understand the logic but it looks like a desperation move from an AD who has no idea what he’s doing. Considering how late this is all going down, the benefit of getting your new coach in now seems minimal. If MSU had gone interim coach for now and hired a new coach in November they wouldn’t have to overpay the way they did, would have a lot more choices of coach and assistants and wouldn’t have started the clock on their new coach with a year that’s likely going to be bad no matter what.

        How much worse off is MSU if they hire Tucker in late November, for $2 million less per year, and the ability to build a staff from a larger pool of candidates? As it currently stands, he’s stuck with his OC and DC from Colorado, has swung and missed on the ace recruiters he wanted, has generated even more bad press for MSU and will be responsible for a potential sub .500 season.

        On top of that, will he have the support of Dantonio and those loyal to him in the AD? Or will this look like another RR hire where the previous coach wanted someone else?

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    Feb 15, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    I’d be more concerned with Tucker if he was successful in pulling Marrow & Clinkscale. Recruiting would have shot up immediately, probably still just below Michigan/PennSt, but likely ahead of Dantonio

    All that would be left is leveraging of the portal, and a would-be 5yr rebuild could spark something more interesting, right away

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