"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Likely out-of-division easy-turkeys for Nebraska and MSU put them in the Legends contention discussion. Northwestern could be 0-2 after a trip to Wiscy next week. Of course, Michigan is ALWAYS in the discussion on MGoBlog. In terms of out-of-division degree of difficulty, Michigan hosts THE GAME but does not face Wisconsin.
Some of you might have heard this brief on-air essay by John U. Bacon last Friday on one of the three stations of the Michigan Radio network.
I waited until Michigan Radio posted it online before starting this thread. You can read the post and listen to the Bacon podcast at this LINK.
Bacon's suggestion is a simple, elegant, traditional solution to much of what ails collegiate football and basketball right now; end the eligibility for freshmen in intercollegiate athletics.
John's suggestion is not in a vacuum. He is explicitly linking it to the establishment of minor leagues for basketball and football, and the implicit message is to push athletes who are less interested in four years of college and more interested in professional sports, to go directly to professional sports.
What John does in this essay is little more than to set out a premise for discussion. As a boradcast radio podcast, he is not given enough time or space to develop a full brief on the subject. Which makes it particularly sutiable for further discussion on the MGoBoard.
This is one of the more definitive and forceful policy positions to be taken by Bacon, who is customarily a reporter and storyteller. And I could not agree with him more. Freshman ineligibility would unquestionably be good, in just about every imaginable way, for student-athletes as athletic students.
Freshman ineligibility would only be bad for students who wish to use college exposure to get to professional leagues. Let those players go. Colleges should not be capitalizing on those players, and those players should not be using their college days in that fashion. Freshman ineligibility would actually help the development of developmental leagues. There would be, or should be, players who do not want to waste a year of their athletic development as a university student. Again, let them go. We'd be left with a population of student-athletes who are more dedicated to their collegiate careers.
Talk amongst yourselves.
For a long time, officiating crews have had chains to measure whether the spot of the ball is beyond 10 yards from the original LOS. They now also have instant replay to review things. But what about the spot itself? We saw in NW-Ohio that the spot of the ball was a game-changing call, and it looked like a questionable spot. (I thought we got a bad spot on a 3rd and 1 in our game as well, although it ended up not mattering.) Why does the sport accept this?
It seems very strange and contradictory to me that football is willing to put up with spotting that seems like complete guesswork on the part of a line judge who is often far away from the play itself, only to then bring out the chains and measure everything. Is there a way to use technology to improve this?
And NW only dropped to 18, which seems right.
9. Texas A&M
12. South Carolina
20. Oklahoma St.
21. Texas Tech
22. Fresno State
23. Northern Illinois
25. Virginia Tech
The AP Poll has Michigan at #18 and NW dropping to #19.
9. Texas A&M
14. South Carolina
20. Texas Tech
21. Fresno State
22. Oklahoma St.
23. Northern Illinois
24. Virginia Tech
Just when I thought the Lions had a real shot at finally winning in Green Bay... Those chances have taken a huge blow with this news. LINK
Clowney told his coaches last minute that he was too sore to play. Spurrier's response - If Clowney "wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants," Spurrier said. "But he if doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play. Simple as that."