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Kalis makes flip from Ohio State to Michigan

Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 8:44 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

When Lakewood (Ohio) offensive lineman Kyle Kalis decommitted from Ohio State following the resignation of Jim Tressel, many pegged archrival Michigan as the odds-on favorite to land the top 100 prospect. Sunday afternoon, Kalis ended speculation and made it public that he will be a Wolverine.

Why Michigan? "The coaches, recruiting class, feeling comfortable," Kalis told 247Sports.com.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is ranked 61st overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps and is just the latest addition to an impressive recruiting class by new head coach Brady Hoke. Kalis is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Todd Kalis, who went to school at Arizona State and played for the Vikings, Steelers and Bengals during an eight-year career.

Kalis told MGoBlog.com that he would have committed to Michigan several weeks ago following his first official visit but that his coach told him to wait. Instead, he committed following his second unofficial visit to the school on Sunday and has already started recruiting for the school.

The addition of Kalis gives the Wolverines 19 commitments in the class of 2012 and their third Top 100 player. He is also the fifth offensive lineman to verbally pledge as Hoke overhauls the offense in Ann Arbor.
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Kalis makes flip from Ohio State to Michigan

Then again, those schools were not facing media forces that were financially motivated to smear them. Sooooo, we'll just have to wait and see.
LOL - already setting up to blame someone else for what's more than likely going to be a postseason ban I see.... which other schools have multiple offenses of playing known ineligible players and their head coaches lying to the NCAA and trying to cover it up for over a year?

CWergs, over the past decade, there have been 29 D-1 FBS & basketball programs that were alleged to have had major violations but lacked a violation of Bylaw 2.8.1.  Bylaw 2.8.1 pertains to "Responsibility of Institution" (Failure to Monitor or Lack of Institutional Control). Sound familiar?  This is the level of allegations OSU is facing.  Of the 29 programs, only 2 received bowl bans.  The two who did receive bowl bans (Alabama and Mississippi St) both did so because they were repeat offenders.  Feel free to check my facts at  

As for OSU, the NCAA has yet to determine whether repeat offender status applies.  When Tressel received the e-mails, OSU still had a couple of months left on a 5 year probation that stemmed from basketball violations that had accurred several years before the probation period began.  I believe the probation period had expired when Tressel committed his violation by signing the compliance report. I have no idea whether the NCAA will consider this to be a repeat offense or not, but if they do not, I highly doubt OSU will receive a bowl ban.  Of course, it is possible that the NCAA deems it to be a repeat offense.  In that case, I would expect a bowl ban.  Who knows, the NCAA may set a new standard and issue a bowl ban even if OSU is not considered to be a repeat offender.

As for my comment about the media, I have seen many media feeding frenzies before, but never one quite like this.  This is the first time I can recall major media entities like CBS and ESPN that were positioned to gain financially by dragging a school or conference through the mud.  CBS has a contract with the SEC, which explains its bias against OSU & the Big Ten.  Likewise, ESPN is very concerned by the highly successful launch of the Big Ten Network.  In either case, smearing OSU and the Big Ten is likely to bring them additional viewers, resulting in increased profits.  I did not mention this in order to set up someone to blame for OSU's failures.  I'm not very happy about any of this, but long ago accepted that OSU deserves to be punished for Tressel's misconduct.  I mentioned it because there is a vastly increased level of media smearing in this case compared to other scandals I've observed, and my fear is this negative media attention may influence the NCAA to treat OSU more harshly than it otherwise would have.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Kalis makes flip from Ohio State to Michigan

http://twitter.com/#!/GerdOzone/status/90787016178012160



Oh man, its on twitter...It has to be true. I was told an unsuccessful in life e-bay t-shirt salesman was opening a Waffle Haus and calling it gourmet, it must be true...Hey, like I said. When the schools #1 recruit leaves there must be NOTHING going on. God this back-peddling is AWESOME!



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:37 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Kalis makes flip from Ohio State to Michigan

Then again, those schools were not facing media forces that were financially motivated to smear them. Sooooo, we'll just have to wait and see.
LOL - already setting up to blame someone else for what's more than likely going to be a postseason ban I see.... which other schools have multiple offenses of playing known ineligible players and their head coaches lying to the NCAA and trying to cover it up for over a year?

Come on Nitro - you're better than that...

CWergs


Hoke is a Joke
Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:50 pm
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Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Kalis makes flip from Ohio State to Michigan

And Luke Fickel is what? a sub par player and line backer coach - whatever...hater



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Kalis makes flip from Ohio State to Michigan

Does running down a new coach really make the average Buckeye feel better.  Brady Hoke is an honest guy who has experience in many conferences and the NCAA.  There is nothing wrong with mentioning the possible outcomes of the NCAA investigation. There is still a possible post season ban for Ohio State and any recruit should know this up front.


I wouldn't know, as I'm not your average Buckeye.  I'm not so sure Brady Hoke is as honest as you say.  I think he is embellishing the hell out of what OSU's fate may be.  Then again, I think he would be a fool to not use OSU's troubles to his advantage.  That's what rivals do.  I also think he is making the right moves in Ann Arbor.  He is placing emphasis on The Rivalry...as he should...and his decision to hire one of the best DC's on the planet was brilliant.  Anyone who can win at Ball St certainly has my respect, so as a Buckeye, I'm a bit wary of this guy.  When it comes to recruiting, he certainly has raised the bar.  To be fair, the trouble in Columbus must be like manna from heaven to Hoke.  At the same time, the bar needed raising very badly.  Recruiting Ohio has traditionally been the key to success for scUM, so once again, Hoke is making the right moves.  That said, scUM fans really should quit acting like he is the second coming until he actually wins something on the field.

Proving it on the field might not be so easy.  I still don't think scUM has the talent to beat OSU this year.  Next year (2012) will be more interesting...but fortunately that dogfight will be in Columbus.

As for a postseason ban, yes that is possible.  There are precedents...other schools facing similar allegations, even on second offenses, did not receive post season bans.  Then again, those schools were not facing media forces that were financially motivated to smear them. Sooooo, we'll just have to wait and see.


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Since: May 18, 2011
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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 7:25 pm
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