I just moved into a new home and I don't yet have cable. I wanted to know if anyone could steer me toward the best web site to stream sports. I tried this Thursday night but I think I picked a bad one because it kept asking me to update my media players and also downloaded a bunch of crap onto my computer. I had to do some major cleanup afterwards. Anyone know of a good safe place to stream today's game or games in the future?
Here's an interview I found from former captain John Arbeznik. It's a good listen. He talks about the letter that has been debated in several threads:
He says that there is a letter and that the letter was signed by 30-40 former players (not 400+). There is a list of grievances that exceeds what was disclosed on the Henson blog. The email that was disclosed by Henson is not the letter - it was a running email intended to record the former player opinions (My sense is that one of the other players leaked it to Henson). John admits that the letter has been presented to the regents and that Stephan Ross has met with the new president to discuss his concerns.
A little early for the College Gameday thread, but just saw that they're doing a Michigan "feature" today: Malaise & Blue (a feature after being in Ann Arbor for the week)
If your week wasn't long enough, if you like torture, or if you're just a fan of the entire country trolling us...tune in at 9am.
In the words of Charles Woodson. "Just win."
"The only thing I can tell you about 1997 is this: In the preseason, the media in Chicago ... everybody there is looking for a story," Carr said. "And the story in 1997 was Michigan, the M stood for mediocrity."
Carr recalled his team's first meeting that season, which lasted for hours as the Wolverines grappled with how to exceed those expectations. Finally, Charles Woodson, a player who just months later would cement his legacy as one of the program's finest players, settled things.
...this ain't '97, this ain't a national championship team, and I...like you, am tired of hearing about the glory days. But some things are timeless. JUST WIN. Just win, whether it's 3-0 or 30-0 and this stuff will eventually go away. And for this year, that'll be just like a national championship.
Link to the article below. Malzone 18/26 for 276 yds and 3 TDs. Grant Perry 10 catches for 131... offer the kid!
Brian has unleashed the Bob Stitt genie - so off to google I went to research the man. Here is an interesting USA Today story from 2 years ago. File for use if there is a house cleaning at end of the year. Or for those more risk averse - just marry Kevin Wilson with Stitt as his OC with Greg Mattison as his DC in 2015 and let's call it a day. (asterisk this with "we have all the wrong players for such a system blah blah" counterpoint: "begin recruiting petroleum engineers immediately")
The best offensive mind you've never heard of was home Jan. 4, watching football way past his 7-year old son's bedtime. The Orange Bowl kept going later and later, the outcome long since decided, but Bob Stitt didn't want his family to miss a single snap. West Virginia just kept scoring and scoring, but even from 2,000 miles away in suburban Denver, Stitt couldn't help but feel a connection to one of the most important games of the season.
The Mountaineers eventually put up 70 points that night, running one play over and over that Clemson just couldn't stop. Stitt recognized the play immediately. He had invented it.
But we're gonna be Alabama and stuff...?
Alabama's traditional, straightforward approach may be the gold-standard formula for winning national championships, but there is undoubtedly a philosophical shift taking place in college football. More and more coaches are ascending the ranks from nontraditional backgrounds, bringing unique ideas and changing the fabric of the sport.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, the nation's highest-paid assistant, was a high school coach in Texas as recently as three years ago. It took more than a decade of setting high school records in Arkansas before Gus Malzahn got a shot on the college level, where his wide-open offense almost instantly became the toast of the SEC. Chip Kelly spent 13 years toiling in anonymity at New Hampshire, honing an up-tempo system that has produced a 42-6 career record at Oregon. Hugh Freeze, a longtime high school coach in Memphis, blazed a trail of touchdowns from Lambuth, an NAIA school, to Arkansas State to a head coaching job at Ole Miss all in the span of four years.
And if you set out to discover who that next innovator might be, you'll invariably be led to a tiny engineering school nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills where Stitt, 48, has built a consistent winner and done things offensively that programs like West Virginia, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech and Cincinnati have borrowed.
Stitt says he'd be willing to move up as an offensive coordinator, but only if the head coach would give him total offensive control. It's not difficult to see why he's so well-regarded in coaching circles, especially by those who run wide-open offenses. At 6-3, Stitt is closing in on his 11th winning season in 13 years. In all but a few of those years, the Orediggers, who play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, have ranked among the top-10 in Div. II in passing offense. This season, his sophomore quarterback Matt Brown is the nation's leading passer, throwing for 3,424 yards and averaging 34.5 completions per game.
Yes but Colorado School of Mines is full of big time athletes...
And all of this is happening at a school of 5,200 of engineering majors where the average ACT score is 29. His recruiting strategy is largely built around the school's petroleum engineering program, which plays well in Texas high schools.
Just like Borges...
At a place like Mines, which has almost no recruiting advantages, offensive creativity would be paramount. He didn't have receivers who could beat press coverage, so he became an expert on the back-shoulder fade pass. His offensive line couldn't block a quick nose tackle one on one, so he ran the option out of the shotgun, and it took a year for defensive coordinators to figure it out. He put in blocking schemes intended to give defenses false reads. He saved his best plays for red zone packages, figuring that his conversion percentage in those situations would be the difference between winning and losing games.
For a little trivia on this football friday, here are some questions for the board-
- Who was the last receiver to score a rushing TD in a game for Michigan? Who was it against and for a bonus point: what was the play?
- There are two Wolverines that hold the career record for most rushing TDs by a Fullback. Who are they?
- Who holds the highest single game passing completion percentage? What's the percentage and who was it against?