further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
Now that stipens for athletes is just around the corner (they begin in the 2015-16 school year) for the Big Ten and other Power Five conferences, it's time to consider how much money will be involved and what kind of disparity there will be between schools. David Jones, of pennlive.com has an interesting article that includes a table showing tuition and incidental expenses (labeled Stipend) from 2014-15 for each Big Ten school.
Jones discusses the competing interests within universities that will play into determing the amount for these stipends: ADs want them high enough to help lure top athletes while other university officials want to keep them low enough to not scare off prospective students and their parents who are trying to figure out how budget for college expenses.
Jones also points out that "Penn State coach James Franklin is on record recently as saying the expenses stipend is definitely on the table as a recruiting factor." Even though the stipends in the table below are for the current academic year and not what will be paid next year, it's no surprise that Franklin is willing to use stipends in recruiting, given that Penn State's incidental expenses or "stipend" is more than double the amount for some of the other universities, including Michigan.
Not much new information in the article, more of a summary of things we already know.
I really like that Drevno plans to organize the offense around the strengths of the QB, instead of putting a square peg into a round hole like we've been doing since 2008.
With the plethora of offers going out I hesitated to single this one out for a post, but the kid's highlights are really impressive and we are by far his best offer to date.
According to Sam Webb this morning Rakeem already has a great relationship with coach Wheatley.
In Football, Stigma of Concussion Creates Incentives to Hide It - March 2nd Article in Chronicle of Higher Ed
March 2, 2015 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Brad Wolverton
This is an interesting read on concussions featuring a lead interview of Jeff Kutcher - photo below, Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of Michigan Neurosport.
Courtesy of Jeffrey Kutcher
After football players at Virginia Tech take big hits during games, the university’s medical staff performs a series of concussion tests on the sidelines, says P. Gunnar Brolinson, the team’s head physician.But before evaluating for concussion, he says, his staff members often look as well at a player’s shoulder, knee, or back, even if the player did not appear to suffer an injury there.
College athletes are intuitively at a greater risk for concussion than in HS due to the higher magnitude of impacts but this is not reflected in the historical incident data. That is changing if only incrementally. This article gets at some of the root cause for what might be an under reporting phenomenon due to the "toughness" culture, damaged goods concerns from players and hysteria from the media and fans.
This came up on my feed... thought I'd share.