a terrible blight on our fine country
A question to the journalists among you:
Is there any line that is drawn between legitimate press and Op-Ed press, especially licensed defamers like Drew Sharp in terms of accessing UM press conferences? Is it like a nightclub where bouncers can be placed at the door of the press conference with unbridled discretion as to who can or cannot get in, even if they have a press pass? Or, as appears to be the case, does our athletic department have limited control over this?
Reason I ask is the ever increasing virtual competition news media like the Free Press battles for viewers/subscribers, appears to have instigated a blurring of the lines between legitimate news and Op-Ed, where shock journalists (Sharp for example) have for years written derogatory pieces meant more to generate chatter and notoriety and clicks than convey accurate news. Yet there they sit, front at center, volleying questions to the same coaches they continuously defame. Perplexing.
I’ve always wondered this and I figure since it’s a down time in the year, what best time to ask.
So the NCAA announced Oregon's slap on the wrist with a feather for their recruiting infractions. Most of the penalties will make next to no impact on Oregon football. What do you guys think, does the punishment fit the crime?
The penalties include:
- Public reprimand and censure.
- Three years of probation from June 26, 2013 through June 25, 2016.
- An 18-month show cause order for the former head coach. The public report contains further details.
- A one-year show-cause order for the former assistant director of operations. The public report contains further details.
- A reduction of initial football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (25) during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (imposed by the university).
- A reduction of total football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (85) during the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years (imposed by the university).
- A reduction of official paid football visits to from 56 to 37 for the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
- A reduction of permissible football evaluation days from 42 to 36 in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and permissible football evaluation days from 168 to 144 in the spring of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- A ban on the subscription to recruiting services during the probation period.
- A disassociation of the recruiting service provider. Details of the disassociation are included in the public report (imposed by the university).
EDIT: Sorry, forgot to link to source - NCAA official announcement link here
Last year I created a topic that asked for your way too specific predictions for 2012. You can see the link to it below, as well as other prediction threads for 2012. It's kind of fun to read everything in hindsight. (Hint: Nobody predicted ND to the title game) My thoughts on the 2012 team was that we would be a better team, but due to our schedule we would have some regression on our W/L. I was bullish on our team's talents, but bearish on the record. I'm much more optimistic about this year.
That said, what are your predictions for 2013? I want W/L, who we lose to (if we lose), and maybe where our rivals will end up, as well. If you want to get crazy and predict a prop bet type situation, then by all means.
Also, Hoke is unbeaten at home. This year, we see Nebraska, ND, and OSU. Next year, we don't really have any competition at home all year. What are the chances that Hoke is still unbeaten at home going into year 5 at Michigan. Has that been done?
So here's my call for 2013 -
- Gardner is very good, but throws some untimely interceptions that we don't want to see. He may even lose a game in this fashion. However, he doesn't approach the average INT numbers of Denard, and has an amazing game against OSU.
- MSU and ND are much easier wins than most anticipate. One will be a double digit win. The other will be a touchdown or less, but with us feeling like we were in control all game.
- We lose to NW. In the third quarter, a bad play in our defensive secondary will make us loathe our youth and shed a tear that we have no walk-on players in our defensive backfield anymore.
- The OSU game will be decided in the last 5 minutes.
- Even if we lose 2 conference games, we will be in the title game at 10-2. The team that won between OSU and Michigan will lose the title game. We will end at 11-2, as will OSU.
- We will not see as much Derrick Green as we expect to.
- UTL II will be the deciding factor that lands us 3 more 5* recruits. Hand, McDowell, and Adoree. I'm not even sure that all of them will be there for that game, but if so... it's gon be electric.
- ND has 5 losses. MSU has 6 losses.
EDIT: As far as 2012 predictions go, Logan88 was dead on, sans BTCG:
I did a search for this and came up with nothing so I thought I would start a thread so I could get feedback from fellow posters and hopefully Brian or Seth.
I am wondering when we would expect our copies of the HTTV magazine if we funded the kickstarter? I ask because I am a little worried that I may have missed out on receiving the email that requested our mailing address (like I did last year) and therefore would end up waiting until mid August to get my copy (again, like I did last year).
I guess what I am wondering is whether anyone has received that email and if Brian or Seth could give us a little update as to where things stand in regards to the expected dates we should see them in the mail. Another reason I am slightly worried I missed something is because I thought the original date that was put forward for either shipping or delivery was July 3rd and not having received the request for my address yet, I was thinking I missed something.
I'm sorry if I seem impatient, I just don't want to miss something like I did last year and end up getting my copy a month and a half late. Any updates would be appreciated.
UM at 9.5, with Vegas favoring the over.
I fully expect it to go like this..