Education for the second machine age

August 29, 2016 by  
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I’m rereading The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. As I discussed previously, if I only could read only one book on the future of work this would be the book. Its a thorough exploration of how smarter and smarter machines are going to constantly do more and more of the work that humans are doing.

In the chapter entitled Learning to race with machines: Recommendations for individuals Brynjolffson and McAfee write:

So ideation (coming up with new ideas or concepts), large frame pattern recognition, and the most complex forms of communication are cognitive areas where people still seem to have the advantage, and also seem likely to hold on to it for some time to come. Unfortunately, though, these skills are not emphasized in most education environments today. Instead, primary education often focuses on rote memorization of facts, and on the skills of reading, writing and arithmetic––the “three R;s”, as Tory MP Sir William Curtis named them around 1825.

They continue: … its becoming harder and harder to have confidence that any given task will be indefinitely resistant to automation. That means people will need to be more adaptable and flexible in their career aspirations, ready to move on from areas that become subject to automation, and seize opportunities where machines complement and augment human capabilities.

This is what we describe as careers looking more like rock climbing than ladder climbing, in an economy where moving up a predictable and linear career ladder is increasingly toast.

So if ideation, large frame pattern recognition, the most complex forms of communication, and rock climbing are the skills that will most enable us and our children to do well in a world of smarter and smarter machines, what kind of education do we need that builds those skills?

Seems to me one can make a very strong case that the kind of education all kids need is based on the now seemingly discredited liberal arts. Fareed Zakara makes this case well in his book In Defense of a Liberal Education. And as we have explored previously so does Cecilia Gaposchkin (associate professor of medieval history at Dartmouth College and assistant dean of faculty for pre-major advising) in a terrific Washington Post column: She writes:

Modern liberal education still trains the basic intellectual skills of query and discernment that Abelard aimed for, generally now through general education and major requirements. Once mastered – just as in the Middle Ages – these skills can be applied to specialized training – medical school, the public sphere, business, whatever – what the Middle Ages regarded as the practical arts.

But I think those of us who teach, advise, and administrate in these schools routinely fail in explaining to our students just what liberal arts are — and why they matter. I don’t mean the historical explanation based on Abelard. I mean an explanation that seeks to show how and why learning to think critically, to reason, to push the boundaries of received knowledge is the value that they should seek to gain from their college education. Economic value, career value, and social value. Great and successful careers rarely end up having much connection to majors. They do to intelligence, leadership, innovation, creativity, aptitude in assessing uncertainty, ability. Not surprisingly, the corporate representatives I have interviewed to gain insight about why they recruit from Dartmouth routinely echo Abelard in what they are looking for: critical thinking, an ability to deal with ambiguity, to reach conclusions based on considered mastery of research and context, and so forth.

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Deemphasizing standardized testing

August 25, 2016 by  
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For years I have ben an advocate for using standardized tests as the prime way to evaluate the quality of K-12 schools and to hold them accountable. No more!

The appeal of standardized tests was that they moved us away from measuring schools base on inputs (funding per pupil, student to teacher ratios, etc.) to measuring student outcomes. Student outcomes are the right way to measure school performance.

The second reason was the belief that standardized tests were predictive of future success. Largely based on the evidence of the predictive value of the SAT and ACT. That turned out to be wrong.

The evidence is now clear that standardized test scores are a lousy predictor of the outcome we all claim we want: college and career success. GPA is far more predictive of college success. (See the book Crossing The Finish Line.) And employers hire for attributes like the 4Cs (critical thinking; collaboration; communication; and creativity) not what is on the tests. (See this previous post.)

To be clear my reason for wanting to deemphasize standardized tests is not to lower standards. In fact it is the opposite. I strongly believe the bar for student achievement in Michigan is too low. We need to hold school management accountable for more rigorous and broader student outcomes. To do that requires better assessments. The reality is that the non content specific skills that make up the 4Cs are higher order skills than what is measured by today’s standardized tests.

Getting the assessments right matters a lot because not only are we not holding schools accountable for what matters most in college and career success, but by measuring a way too narrow set of skills, we are driving out of non affluent schools what matters most. Including:

  • Right brain skills (See the book A Whole New Mind)
  • College writing (the ability to communicate thinking in writing)
  • Arts and music
  • Non cognitive skill development (See the books How Children Succeed and Helping Children Succeed)
  • The 4Cs/deeper learning
  • “Rock climbing”skills (See this previous post)
  • Extracurriculars  (See the book Our Kids)
  • College matching

If we are serious about college and 40 year career success (not a first job) we had better get what we are holding schools accountable for right. What we need to come up with is an assessment system that actually predicts college and career success. if not we are harming both our kids and employers.

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Jobs-altering technology

August 22, 2016 by  
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One of the new economic realities, that can’t be altered by politics or public policy, is that smarter and smarter machines are going to accelerate creative destruction of jobs, occupations and even industries. The job, occupation and even the industry you work in today are less secure than yesterday, and will be even less secure tomorrow. Both stable occupational skills and predictable career ladders are increasingly toast.

The new reality is that none of us have a clue what the jobs and occupations of the future will be. Today’s job are not a good indicator of what jobs will be in demand when today’s K-12 students finish their careers in the 2050s or 2060s. We simply don’t know how and when smarter and smarter machines are going to change labor markets.

(For those interested in exploring this topic in depth I highly recommend The Second Machine Age by Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of the MIT Center for Digital Business. Or watching the You Tube video Humans Need Not Apply.)

Two recent New York Times highlight this new reality. The first is entitled Uber Aims for an Edge in the Race for a Self-Driving Future. The Times reports:

A world in which cars drive themselves may come sooner than once thought.

On Thursday, Uber said that it would begin testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh in a matter of weeks, allowing people in the city to hail modified versions of Volvo sport utility vehicles to get around the city.

Uber also said it had acquired Otto, a 90-person start-up including former Google and Carnegie Mellon engineers that is focused on developing self-driving truck technology to upend the shipping industry. Those moves are the most recent indications of Uber’s ambitions for autonomous vehicles that can provide services to both consumers and businesses.

And they come after Ford Motor’s announcement this week that it would put fleets of self-driving taxis onto American roads in five years.

Bloomberg in an article on Uber’s Pittsburgh launch writes: “The goal: to replace Uber’s more than 1 million human drivers with robot drivers—as quickly as possible.”

So much for Uber being the leading edge of the so-called gig economy worker. But its not just Uber drivers who are in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Its everyone that drives/pilots a vehicle for a living. In the Humans Need Not Apply video they estimate that is three million Americans and seventy million workers across the globe.

The second article is about AT&T moving from connecting people and delivering content through wires to one where AT&T is providing services through the Cloud. The article is entitled Gearing Up for the Cloud, AT&T Tells Its Workers: Adapt, or Else. (Worth reading. The article deals with the challenges of retraining workers from today’s AT&T skills to tomorrow’s AT&T skills.)

The Times writes:

Long ago, a phone system created wire lines between callers, and operators moved plugs in their switchboards to connect people. Over time, that was automated to become something closer to a computer, with digital fibers and wireless towers. Much of the setup, however, still needed lots of people to tend hardware that had been built for particular tasks, like feeding one neighborhood’s calls into a nationwide backbone of wires, fiber and switches.

Today, Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and chief executive, is trying to reinvent the company so it can compete more deftly. Not that long ago it had to fight for business with other phone companies and cellular carriers. Then the Internet and cloud computing came along, and AT&T found itself in a tussle with a whole bunch of companies.

AT&T’s competitors are not just Verizon and Sprint, but also tech giants like Amazon and Google. For the company to survive in this environment, Mr. Stephenson needs to retrain its 280,000 employees so they can improve their coding skills, or learn them, and make quick business decisions based on a fire hose of data coming into the company.

The creative destruction that is occurring at Uber and AT&T––more broadly in the information and transportation industries––are examples of what can and will happen in more and more sectors of the economy. Obviously this is not a future we would pick if we had a choice. But unfortunately we don’t. Machines are going to be able to do more and more of the work that humans are currently doing as well as creating new industries that will replace today’s industries.

So the challenge for all of us––particularly our kids––is to develop the agility and ability to constantly switch occupations. Our analogy: are rock climbers, rather than ladder climbers, in a world where known and linear career ladders are rapidly disappearing.

We need a lifelong education system that develops rock climbing skills rather than one that develops narrow occupational skills that increasingly have a shorter and shorter half life.

Bill Wagner, Ann Arbor software entrepreneur, summed up the challenge well in a 2011 column:

Preparing people for one job, and one job only, creates a temporary and rigid work force. … Your education must prepare you for a long career that meets constant changes in the job market, and supports your own growth. The only constant during a life-long career is that you’ll need to adapt. The important question for our education system: Are you prepared for all the changes that may come in the future?

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2016 Michigan Football Position Preview: Wide Receivers

August 22, 2016 by  
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The Wolverines are as deep at the position as they’ve been in recent years, led by Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh.

The battle at quarterback has been the story of Michigan football’s fall camp so far, but the man that wins the job will be relying on the strong group of wide receivers the Wolverines return in 2016.

Michigan had a lot of question marks at the position entering 2015, but answered them thanks to the emergence of Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh as two of the best receivers in the conference, if not college football as a whole.

Both Chesson and Darboh return with some familiar faces behind them on the depth chart as well as some new blood from the strong haul in the 2016 recruiting class.

Behind those two, the depth chart is very much in flux. Grant Perry received some time in the slot last season and will look to build on his freshman year. Drake Harris has battled inconsistencies and injury in his career, but saw the field as well. Moe Ways is coming off of an injury and his role is to be determined, also.

The Wolverines should boast a strong, efficient passing game in 2016. Here the the players who will make up that group in more detail:

Jehu Chesson

#86 | Senior | 6-3, 203 pounds | St. Louis, Missouri

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

2015 statistics: 13 games | 50 catches, 764 yards | 9 TDs

Chesson entered 2015 with 29 career catches, but broke out in a big way with 50 in his junior season in Ann Arbor, most of which came in the second half of the season when the passing game began to click. He had been a key contributor on special teams and as a blocker, but finally but it all together and became a wide receiver that could take the top off of a defense.

His emergence earned him All-Big Ten and preseason All-American honors and some see him as the top wide receiver prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. He is still working his way back from injury, but should be able to build on that and be a playmaking threat throughout the season. That will make the man who wins the quarterback battle very happy.

Amara Darboh

#82 | Senior | 6-2, 215 pounds | Des Moines, Iowa

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2015 statistics: 13 games | 58 catches, 727 yards | 5 TDs

Darboh has been a steady contributor for Michigan at wide receiver. He followed up a 36 catch campaign in 2014 with 58 last season. If Chesson is the gamebreaker at wide receiver, Darboh is the consistent target that will move the chains and make a play or two on his own, as well.

Darboh is as sure-handed as it gets and could actually end up being the team’s leading receiver for the second year in a row. His best football could be ahead of him and his mentorship of the younger players at the position cannot be understated.

Grant Perry

#9 | Sophomore | 6-0, 196 pounds | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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2015 statistics: 13 games | 14 catches, 128 yards | 1 TD

Alex Malzone was the quarterback that Michigan built its 2015 recruiting class around, but when you watch the tape of the Birmingham Brother Rice duo, the player that stood out the most was Grant Perry.

Despite all of this, Brady Hoke’s staff never made Perry much of a priority, and he committed to Northwestern. It wasn’t until Harbaugh was putting the finishing touches on the class that he offered Perry and he flipped to Michigan.

Perry was thrown right into the fire in his true freshman season at Michigan and struggled early on, but the staff continued to play him and he capped off the season with five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the bowl game against Florida. If he picks up where he left off, he is going to be a reliable target in the slot for the Wolverines.

Drake Harris

#14 | Redshirt Sophomore | 6-4, 188 pounds | Grand Rapids, Michigan

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

2015 statistics: 9 games | 6 catches, 39 yards

Drake Harris famously flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Michigan when he decided to focus solely on football. Since then, he has had injury issues and has not been able to see the field consistently. As a redshirt freshman, he saw the field sparingly in 2015.

This is an important year for him. Chesson and Darboh will not be back in 2017, so opportunities will be there to emerge and build some momentum heading into next season.

Moe Ways

#85 | Redshirt Sophomore | 6-3, 217 pounds | Beverly Hills, Michigan

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2015 statistics: 11 games | 3 catches, 40 yards

Ways falls into the same category as Harris as a guy who could parlay a nice 2016 into being one of Michigan’s top receivers in 2017. The Detroit Country Day alum broke his foot in the spring and is still working his way back, but has the size and length to grab jump balls and be a decent red zone target.

Ahmir Mitchell

#2 | Freshman | 6-3, 205 pounds | Egg Harbor City, New Jersey

2015 stats (high school): 10 games | 47 catches, 872 yards, 27 rushes, 241 yards | 17 total TDs

Mitchell, a four-star recruit, was an early enrollee and physically looks the part of a college wide receiver. Guys like that usually find themselves on the field early He was an excellent playmaker in high school and could certainly be that at Michigan.

However, he is currently suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons and will have to work his way out of the doghouse. If he is able to do this, Mitchell could end up being a special player in time for the Wolverines.

Kekoa Crawford

#1 | Freshman | 6-2, 195 pounds | Rancho Santa Margarita, California

2015 stats (high school): 10 games | 51 catches, 822 yards | 7 TDs

Crawford is another wideout in the freshman class who physically passes the eyeball test as someone who could play right away. He does not have spring football under his belt like Mitchell does, but could see some early time in 2016.

Crawford’s skill set is similar to Darboh’s and I could see him being that type of receiver for the Wolverines in the future and perhaps sooner.

Eddie McDoom

#13 | Freshman | 6-0, 180 pounds | Winter Garden, Florida

2015 statistics (high school): 29 catches, 653 yards | 9 TDs

Michigan is extremely high on what McDoom brings. He was a three-star recruit, but the staff saw something they loved in his game and recruited him hard to Ann Arbor.

McDoom has excellent hands and tracks the ball well downfield. If they feel he can play early, it would not be a shock to see him in a similar role to what Grant Perry had last season.

Nate Johnson

#10 | Freshman | 5-11, 185 pounds | Thompson’s Station, Tennessee

2015 statistics (high school): 15 games | 87 catches, 1713 yards | 27 TDs

Johnson was a late rising prospect and put up absurd, videogame-like numbers in his senior season in high school. He could see some time in the slot this season, but looks like a candidate for a redshirt.

Johnson can play outside, but will need to bulk up a bit, as most freshman do. He is also similar to Perry in terms of the role he could end up playing his freshman year.

The Others

Chris Evans was featured in the running backs preview, but could see some time in the slot, as well. Brad Hawkins will not enroll at Michigan and instead play at prep school this year. His future with the program is in doubt.

Other players at the position are: Simeon Smith (Fr.), Kenneth Sloss (Sr.), Austin Brenner (Jr.), Jake Martin (Fr.), Nate Schoenle (Fr.), Brenden White (So.), Jack Wangler (Sr.)

More Position Previews:


Running Backs


Tight Ends

Offensive Line

Michigan target KJ Hamler will miss senior season with torn ACL

August 22, 2016 by  
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The wide receiver transferred from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (MI) to IMG Academy (FL) for his senior year.

Michigan target KJ Hamler, a 2017 four-star wide receiver, has told Maize n Brew that he will miss the 2016 season with a torn ACL. Hamler made the transfer from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (MI) to IMG Academy (FL) for his senior year.

The ACL was torn during a preseason game between IMG Academy and Carol City. Hamler went down on a play and walked off the field with trainers, but it was much worse than it originally seemed.

Hamler is ranked as the 300th overall prospect, according to 247Sports. He is the No. 42 wide receiver and the 43rd-best player in the state of Florida.

During his sophomore season, Hamler and the Eaglets won the Michigan Division 3 Final over Muskegon. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s repeated the action against Chelsea in Hamler’s junior season. The receiver played a huge role in each game and will be missed at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, especially as the team opens the 2016 season against a tough opponent in Macomb Dakota.

“I’m very excited,” said IMG Academy quarterback Kellen Mond, regarding Hamler before the injury. “He has got a lot of talent on offense, but I definetley trust him to win matchups and be a playmaker.

“KJ Hamler is a straight baller.”

Even though he is out for the season, Hamler still has a college decision to make. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound receiver has offers to play for Michigan State, Iowa State, Oregon, Penn State, Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Toledo, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He has been recruited to Michigan by Tyrone Wheatley.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball favors Hamler to Oregon.

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: A Silent Commit?

August 22, 2016 by  
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Silent commitments can be very fickle, but Michigan may, possibly, have one.

Checking In On DPJ

There isn’t any major breaking news here, but Rivals had a piece on DPJ and a source therein said Michigan is leading ($).

Our source named Florida and Michigan as the two schools believed to be highest up on Peoples-Jones' list and believes that the Maize and Blue holds a slight edge. That is consistent with what we've believed for a long time and while it's not gospel, it seems to make sense given what Peoples-Jones is looking for in a school and where he's visited and will visit again.

Peoples-Jones' recruitment is still hard to read but someone very, very close to him saying that Michigan is at the top of his list is encouraging. Florida is very far from his mother, who Donovan is very close with, which should give U-M fans a reason to be cautiously optimistic.

Also, DPJ is now up to around 6’3”, 200 according to this. The number of 6’3” receivers who can move like him: few.

Tarik Black Has His Decision Set

Michigan is looking to add 3-4 wide receivers in this cycle, and after such a large haul in 2016, they’re really only aiming for elite, top-level guys rather than trying to replenish depth. There are four guys worth keeping in mind: DPJ, Nico Collins, Tarik Black, and Oliver Martin.

Black is a Connecticut native who has elite height (6’4”, 208), great body control and good speed. He would represent a continuation of a recent surge in Michigan’s Connecticut recruiting, with Andrew Stueber (Darien) and Ben Mason (Sandy Hook) already in the fold. And, as Garrett Fishaw details, Black has said a few times before that he’s interested in silently committing before his upcoming season (which starts September 7th) and then announcing at the Army All-American Game.

This weekend, Tarik tweeted, and then quickly deleted, this:

Michigan and Notre Dame have been the main schools tied to Black so far. His only planned official visit is to Ann Arbor. Now, information here is thin, but it’s theoretically possible that Michigan has a silent commit right now from one of their top targets.

Tedarrell Slaton Update

There continue to be good vibes surrounding the recruitment of T.J. Slaton, though Steve Lorenz reported that Western Michigan was hanging around in his recruitment for a while because it was serious about letting him play basketball. But, apparently that’s a no-go ($).

With Slaton, it's hard at this point to get an idea of who is really contending against Michigan. Miami (FL) is not believed to be a factor at all. Florida and Florida State aren't really in it either. Is it one of Ole Miss or Tennessee? Nobody on their end really thinks they have a shot with him from what we've been told as well.

The only hiccup for me putting in a 247Sports Crystal Ball here remains the fact that Slaton appears to be adamant that he will make his decision on National Signing Day. I think Michigan will wait for him until the end, but with the numerous elite targets the staff is in on at offensive line, I want to see some things clear up before I move forward with it. If he was choosing today, I have zero doubt the Wolverines would be the choice.

This also feels like a good time to include his highlights; again, Slaton’s Hudl page is mostly full of basketball but there is this against IMG. It shows a very nimble 340-pounder who can pull with terrifying effectiveness. (See the right tackle at 1:05.)

I’d expect Harbaugh to appeal to Slaton’s competitive inner spirit, as well as the prospect of one day becoming one of the best in the world at a position he may not have fallen in love with yet. Slaton is still just a prospect with potential, but you don’t find many players as big and nimble as him. There should be a spot open for him at the end of this cycle, especially since Michigan is safely in the best position for him.

Fall Football & Georgia

First, here is an article on Leesburg football players Aubrey Solomon and Otis Reese, who played their first game of the year this past Thursday. The team did okay:

“Following Solomon's Thursday night performance, he has moved up in the 247Sports rankings to No. 110 nationally and he is now the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle. Solomon also was invited and accepted an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.”

I usually spurn updates of changed rankings in these roundups, as I’d much rather rely on scouting and film. But, to that end, the upcoming few months will be very interesting and relevant - Michigan commits and targets will be taking to the field and showing off how much they’ve been working and improving when no one was watching them.

As Hudl updates become available, I’ll make sure to keep you guys posted on my thoughts of high school players’ performances. Some guys will be making drastic improvements; those who do not might be losing a spot in the class.

Oh, one other, and decidedly more relevant, thing to note on Aubrey Solomon. Georgia is not going away any time soon, nor would I expect them to. He’ll be around Georgia’s campus quite a bit this fall, so getting him up to Ann Arbor a few times will be important for keeping the Wolverines firmly in his mind. This will be a tight race.

But, on the flip side, I’d like to see a little more confidence from Michigan fans as we fight for top players from the South. Distance can be a factor, and the convenience of a Lee County player heading over to Athens is annoying. But Michigan will always need to fight to hold onto top talent. That’s just the nature of the beast.

Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News ranks Michigan No. 1 in his AP Top 25 poll

August 21, 2016 by  
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Michigan has been ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.

Michigan has landed at No. 7 in the AP Top 25 poll, which was released on Sunday. It marks the highest ranking for the Wolverines since 2007.

Remember 2007? Michigan got upset by Appalachian State (FCS) to start the season, then the team was dismantled by Oregon in the second game. The Michigan schedule for that season was ranked as the 15th hardest in the nation.

This time around, Michigan should find themselves with a 3-0 record heading into Big Ten Conference play.

Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News gave Michigan a first-place vote in his AP Top 25 poll.

“I don't have any profound (reasons why), but the main reason I think I did it was Jim Harbaugh. He's a great coach and I know how he transformed Stanford and we saw how he transformed Michigan last year,” Wolf explained. “And I think they'll be even better in year two than year one with him.”

After starting the season 0-3, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who was coaching Stanford at the time, upset USC. The No. 2 ranked Trojans were favored by 41 points, but lost 24-23. Wolf was on hand covering USC football.

“I saw what he did at Stanford. He made a huge impact,” Wolf mentioned. “I think he's more of a college coach than a pro coach, his personality, I think, works better on the college players than it does pro players. I think he'll be great (at Michigan).

“And you hear stuff from ex-players at Stanford or coaches in the (NFL) will talk, and I know he's kind of crazy -- but he's also a really good coach.”

Since 2000, Michigan has made the AP Top 10 seven times, but never since the 2012 season. The Wolverines went 8-5 with Brady Hoke as the head coach that year.

Michigan Football Ranked No. 7 in First AP Poll of 2016

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The Wolverines also received a first place vote in the poll.

The first AP poll of the 2016 college football season was released on Sunday with the Michigan Wolverines coming in ranked seventh and receiving a first-place vote.

The Wolverines were ranked eighth earlier this offseason in the first coaches poll of the season.

Ohio State is the only team ranked higher in the Big Ten at No. 6. Michigan State and Iowa come in at No. 12 and No. 17, respectively.

Here is the full poll:

  1. Alabama (33 first place votes)
  2. Clemson (16)
  3. Oklahoma (4)
  4. Florida State (5)
  5. LSU (1)
  6. Ohio State (1)
  7. Michigan (1)
  8. Stanford
  9. Tennessee
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Michigan State
  13. TCU
  14. Washington
  15. Houston
  16. UCLA
  17. Iowa
  18. Georgia
  19. Louisville
  20. USC
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. North Carolina
  23. Baylor
  24. Oregon
  25. Florida

Other programs that received votes were Miami (FL), Texas A&M, Utah, Washington State, Boise State, San Diego State, Wisconsin, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Texas, Nebraska, Navy, Northwestern, Western Kentucky, South Florida and Toledo.

Michigan DL Ryan Glasgow Not Taking Senior Year for Granted

August 19, 2016 by  
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The senior spoke to the media after practice Friday and praised his new DC and freshman Michael Onwenu.

Football is a sport where things can change very quickly and careers can be altered with the snap of a finger.

Michigan senior defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow gained this perspective last season when he tore a pectoral muscle in the game against Rutgers, which caused him to miss the rest of the season and his absence was noticeable.

Now healthy and rehabilitated, Glasgow is not going to take his last season at Michigan for granted.

“It makes you think, this game does end,” Glasgow said after practice on Friday. “Having it taken away so abruptly … if I were a true senior, that could have been my last game, against Rutgers. It makes you take every day and cherish it, and not take the days for granted.

“The thing that bothered me was I felt like I was hanging my teammates out to dry. We played a lot of up-tempo teams. We need depth against those teams. You can’t expect four or five guys to go out there and play every snap against a team that’s snapping the ball every 15 seconds.

“I felt like I could have done more. That hurt pretty bad.”

Glasgow is healthy and says he is ready for the season opener on Sep. 3 against Hawaii. Like many of his teammates, he is ready for one last ride to leave a lasting legacy with the program.

“It’s great,” he said. “I really miss playing football. Mostly, I just miss the camaraderie. When you’re hurt, you’re not playing. You have to sit out. You don’t get to play with your friends.

“These guys are your best friends, your teammates, guys you work with all year to achieve your goals. Not being a part of that really hurts.”

Glasgow also is enjoying being coached by first-year defensive coordinator Don Brown, who has brought a ton of energy to practices in fall camp.

“He’s awesome,” Glasgow said. “It’s a little different being coached by him. He’s not as big a screamer as our last defensive coordinator (Maryland head coach DJ Durkin), but he gets the point across.

“He’s a great guy, and his defense is awesome. We’re excited to play in it this year.”

One of the storylines that many have been keeping an eye on during training camp is how the freshman class is progressing and practicing. Michael Onwenu, a former four-star prospect, is one of those players that is turning heads, and Glasgow praised what he has seen from him so far.

“He’s a mountain of a man,” he said. “He’s a big guy. When he was giving us looks as an offensive guard, you’re like, this kid is huge. And he picks up on everything really quickly.

“If you can play offensive and defensive line both, as a true freshman? And you’re rolling through both, whichever side of the ball they want you on, depending on the day? That’s pretty impressive.”

Ex-Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr Leaves CFP Committee

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Carr cites health reasons for pulling out of the committee.

Update: Carr is considering surgery that would require an extended recovery time, per Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News.

Former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr is removing himself from the College Football Playoff selection committee for health reasons. Executive director Bill Hancock made the announcement on Friday.

He will not be replaced this season and the committee will feature only 12 members. This was set to be the first season of three that Carr would be a member of the selection team.

"This is a difficult decision because I have enjoyed my preparations and I have the greatest respect for the other committee members and the playoff itself," Carr said in a statement.

Details of the health issues he is dealing with are not public at this time. Carr went 122-40 in his 13 years with the Wolverines, headlined by winning the National Championship in 1997.

Carr was set to be one of four members that would debut on the committee this season, along with former Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi.

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