Morning Roundup: February 8, 2020

Morning Roundup: February 8, 2020


February 8, 2020
Devin Bush, Sr. (image via ebay)

Devin Bush, Sr. is joining former Michigan coach Chris Partridge at Ole Miss:

I posted this on Twitter, but there have been people upset that Michigan hasn’t hired Bush as a coach. However, there are rumors that Bush doesn’t want to coach. A guy like that could get coaching jobs if he wanted them. Perhaps the coaching grind would prevent him from watching his son play for the Steelers. I don’t really know what the reason is, but from what I’ve heard, coaching is not really in his plans right now.

Hit the jump for more.

Michigan had 11 players selected for the NFL Combine, which tied with Ohio State for second. #1 was LSU with 16.

None of those are surprises, but I thought Mike Danna would have earned an invitation with his performance at the Senior Bowl. Some other notable players left off the list:

This article from 247 Sports talks about class of 2020 recruits who should play immediately, and it includes mention of Andre Seldon (LINK).

Hannah Polite
Alice Matos

13 comments

  1. DonAZ
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    DonAZ
    Feb 08, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    What do you suppose accounts for the high number of Wolverines invited?

    I’ve read that the NFL seems to seek players to that fit a specific profile for their specific need, and it’s not just that they come from a team that played really well. I’m looking at the list of Wolverines and thinking that Sean McKeon must be one of those “fits the mold” type of guys.

    The other Michigan guys I can kinda-sorta see … but not as high-round picks. It’ll be interesting to see how Onwenu grades out.

    By the way … Hannah has an “s” on the end of her last name: “Polites.” You can file that under “Least significant change request ever.”

    • Thunder
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      Feb 09, 2020 at 7:40 AM

      I think it’s what you mentioned (they fit a mold), along with the fact that they played in a good conference, they mostly played well, they played for high-level coaches, etc. I mean, they’re not bad players, but it’s just a little odd that the first team (by number of invitees) is 15-0, the second team tied with Michigan is 13-1, and Michigan is 9-4. You would think if Michigan has that many future pros on the squad, they would be more successful on the field.

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        je93
        Feb 09, 2020 at 10:41 AM

        Either that or, we are underperforming

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          Roanman
          Feb 09, 2020 at 11:48 AM

          I don’t think that is the case for the 2019 season. You don’t have to examine rosters very closely at all to see a disparity of talent between Michigan, Ohio State and Alabama.

          Frankly, I never thought we had a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Wisconsin at Camp Randall stadium. We had absolutely no shot at preventing them from running on us with their offensive line personnel working against our defensive front 3/4, depending on package. This was/is true inside, in particular. The year before, they seemingly forgot that they were good at running it up between the tackles and lost … maybe mostly because they got away from that. There was absolutely no chance that that was going to happen again at home. They were a much better team than we were between the tackles. That probably won’t be the case very often going forward, but Wisconsin has a nice system that’s pretty easy to recruit to and will have tough interior lines going forward for a long time.

          Of our losses, Penn State is the one maybe coulda/shoulda. But again, it ain’t easy to win in Happy Valley.

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            ragingbull
            Feb 09, 2020 at 2:53 PM

            they dont have to be bama, osu or clemson to not get blown out by wisc 28-0 first half. some will excuse it with gattis installing a new O, patterson maybe being banged up, they were light up front on D, etc but thats weak. you dont need to be national championship worthy to at least make it 21-10 at half or something like that. similar story re psu first half. almost losing to army?

            maybe a good team lays 1 total egg or loses a half here or there (while playing complimentary football, with O picking up a slacking D or ST, etc) but its tough to watch experienced teams with decent level of pro talent play 5-6 awful halves of football in a season. and thats slamming your head against a wall, getting absolutely smoked type halves, not simply getting outplayed a couple quarters.

            for a senior QB, experienced OL, some talent at skill spots, and a bunch of smart, tough athletes on D, that team underachieved (in year 5). they were never going 12-0 but to lose a few of those games like they did isnt getting it done. some of the players underachieved individually and as a team, as did the staff. in the end, its on harbaugh to motivate his staff and get his guys playing consistent ball and routinely elevating their play.

            many administrators/alums will never allow michigan to become bama or osu but they recruit enough talent to avoid most of the embarrassments theyve suffered – provided said talent is properly motivated, coached up and deployed

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              Roanman
              Feb 09, 2020 at 3:54 PM

              Wisconsin ground their teeth all year over what they viewed as a bad loss in Ann Arbor, then ran behind their strength straight at our weakness from the beginning of that game pretty much right up to the bitter end. While I agree with Harbaugh’s assessment of having been out coached, I was neither surprised nor disturbed by that one. I saw that loss as baked in from day 1 of camp. Regardless of records.

              • Lanknows
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                Lanknows
                Feb 09, 2020 at 6:26 PM

                This is exactly what many predicted would happen in the offseason. I wasn’t one of them but it turned out to be absolutely true. Strength on weakness.

            • Lanknows
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              Lanknows
              Feb 09, 2020 at 6:24 PM

              When I think of embarrassments under the Harbaugh era I think of one — the inability to beat Ohio State.

              Alright, the punt game loss to MSU was embarrassing too.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Feb 09, 2020 at 1:04 PM

      I think it’s just how it played out. Michigan wasn’t in the top 5 last year (even with early departures) and won’t be next year. Alabama and OSU were and will be.

      Michigan has top 10ish talent and top 10ish production. Alabama and OSU have top 5 talent and top 5 production.

      Michigan is doing great under Harbaugh but they are a notch below the top crust.

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        je93
        Feb 09, 2020 at 6:56 PM

        If Michigan has top10ish talent, but only finishes top10 once in five (going on six) years, then we are underperforming

        • Lanknows
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          Lanknows
          Feb 12, 2020 at 1:03 PM

          Harbaugh is responsible for the talent coming in, but even if he wasn’t Michigan would be producing accordingly.

          Recruiting class rankings:
          5, 8, 8, 22, 37
          Average = 16

          F/+ team rankings
          4, 8, 9, 14, 30
          Average = 13

          Michigan doesn’t have to finish in the top 10 a single time to be a top 10 program. A team that finishes 11th twice is better than a team that finishes 9th once and 40th another time.

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Feb 12, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Harbaugh is responsible for the talent coming in but even if he wasn’t Michigan would be producing accordingly.

    Recruiting class rankings:
    5 8 8 22 37
    Average 16

    Fplus team rankings
    4 8 9 14 30
    Average 13

    Michigan doesn’t have to finish in the top 10 a single time to be a top 10 program. A team that finishes 11th twice is better than a team that finishes 9th once and 40th another time.

  3. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Feb 12, 2020 at 1:06 PM

    @WJE

    If you want to say Harbaugh isn’t producing at a top 10 level the quit dodging and name 10 programs that have been better in aggregate than Michigan over the last 5 years.

    I’ll make it easy for you. Name 4. Not including the 6 most obvious ones: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma.

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