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Colleges: preseason Media Polls August 13, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Big Ten, College, GLIAC, MAC, MIAA, Rankings.
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As announced by the conferences, 2007 Media Polls for the Big Ten, MAC, GLIAC and MIAA: (more…)

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Tough act to follow August 11, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in College, GLIAC, News.
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Ready for some ungodly numbers?

I’m not trying to over-glorify the Grand Valley State program – four national titles in five years speak for themselves – but merely illustrate 1) the collective success of last year’s graduating senior class, including Cullen Finnerty, Eric Fowler, Astin Martin, Mike McFadden and others and 2) the standard that whichever quarterback that takes the reins (likely Brad Iciek or JUCO transfer Kasey Peters) will have to live up to.

Put this in persepctive: GVSU has won 28 straight games, the nation’s longest winning streak. The Lakers are 85-5 in their last 90 games and 86-9 since 2000. Last year’s senior class finished 38-3 overall and 12-1 in the NCAA playoffs. GVSU is 60-3 in its last 63 GLIAC contests. That’s darn impressive for any level of football. It also speaks volumes that the Lakers rely on primarly Michigan players to dominate the Division II landscape.

Even more remarkable is that GVSU won fewer league titles (three) than national championships (four) over that five year strength. That speaks to the strength of the GLIAC.

Kelly, Cincinnati raiding Michigan August 6, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in College, Preps, recruiting.
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Brian Kelly’s first recruiting class at Cincinnati has a solid Michigan core.

Kelly, formerly of Grand Valley State and Central Michigan fame, currently has commitments from six Michigan players, and odds are he isn’t done yet, using his strong state ties and the UC’s previous success drawing from Michigan to his advantage.

Marine City QB Brendon Kay and vagabond safety Bruce Horner (rumor has it he’ll suit up at Farmington Hills Harrison this fall after getting the boot from Birmingham Groves) are the headliners. Kelly also nabbed a pair of talented Detroit tailbacks in Darrin Williams (King) and George Winn (U-D Jesuit); a very underrated tight end in Hillsdale’s Sean Hooey and a jet-quick corner in Kalamazoo Central’s Cameron Cheatham.

Michigan’s class of 2008 isn’t as top-heavy as 2007 (or 2009, for that matter), but this year’s senior class has an abundance of players just a step away from high-major status, seemingly more so than in previous years.