and... i like them? I think I like them.
I was having a discussion with my friend after we saw that that Billy Donovan had gotten a contract extension worth 2.2 million per year. I was arguing that coaches and students are similar in the fact that both get "scholarships" since both can take classes free of charge. She argued that the students are getting degrees not just free classes but I don't agree with that point, since students aren't guaranteed degrees, just that the classes are free. So if students and coaches both get access to free classes but coaches are getting paid millions of dollars, the NCAA and universities can't really point to the scholarship as a fair form of compensation to the students. But the main question I have for the board is was I correct in my assertation that coaches can take classes for free? I'm not one to be too prideful to admit I'm wrong plus I'm interested as this may change my point of view on the whole athlete compensation thing (but probably not). Thanks guys.
A fire killed 2 firefighters four doors down from Tom's house (mansion? estate?), and he witnessed the whole thing. He is such a class act -- get his comments and reaction.
[MOD ED- removed pointless rivalry reference because WTF]
"@rivalsmike: Hearing that #Florida #FSU #Alabama and #OhioState are top four for nations No 1 RB Damien Harris right now from good source."
I understand this is coming from Farrell who is a polarizing guy but he's fairly plugged in. This isn't great news on a Friday. Thoughts?
New Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier appeared at a private dinner that was attended by about 100 men in Ann Arbor. He gave a short speech and then participated in a Q&A session. Overall, I was very impressed with Nussmeier during the entire evening.
He looks and talks like a former quarterback who has had success coaching QB’s and the offense. He looks as if he could put on the pads and play at his current age. He speech pattern is quick; he was in constant motion moving around the podium as he spoke.
Coach Nuss played it close to the vest and obviously did not provide any confidential information. He explained that he spoke with a number of other coaches prior to taking the Michigan position and feels honored to be at Michigan working with Brady Hoke, who he says is universally well liked and respected in the NCAA coaching community. He mentioned the tradition, academic reputation and all of the other positive aspects of the university as attractive factors in his decision to come north.
He is very enthusiastic about being at Michigan and living in Ann Arbor. Regarding the current team, he noted that they are extremely young and inexperienced on the offense. He stated that the two most important things he is trying to convey to the offense is to contain the line of scrimmage and protect the quarterback, quoting some statistics of how the ability to score decreases substantially when a quarterback is sacked in any offensive series. He emphasized that QB is the most difficult position to play on a football team. He was very positive about what Devin Gardner brings to the team. In response to a specific question Coach Nuss stated that Shane Morris “has all the talent in the world and only lacks experience, as he has played only one game during his short career at Michigan.” Further, he was very complimentary of freshman quarterback Speight.
Audience members posed questions about the comparison of recruiting in the SEC versus the B1G; Coach Saban compared to Hoke; and his intent to stay at UM over the long haul. He adroitly dodged those with a splendid sense of humor. The crowd was really enthusiastic about Coach Nussmeier in control of our offense.
Interesting read on Michigan fandom. Being that I am a "walmart" Wolverine because I went to NMU, I found the article echoed many sentiments on this blog, most folks on this site do not care where you went to school, which I appreciate. I feel like the only people I ever hear walverine from are folks from MSU.
From the article: The argument goes that only those who attended Michigan can call themselves Michigan fans. The rest? They’re mere “Walmart Wolverines”—fans who could have picked any school to cheer for, as well as any other, just like we pick the pro teams we want to follow, with no other connection than geography.
Link to article: http://johnubacon.com/2014/03/whos-a-real-michigan-fan-and-who-isnt/
Happy Friday and GO BLUE!