The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
I just stumbled on this shirt on M Den. Are they serious? Did they get this idea from a circa 1999 Abercrombie t-shirt? Unbelievable. Who would buy this? This is appalling.
Man, the NCAA has been busy.
Next week, USC HC Lane Kiffin comes to Indianapolis for NCAA hearing for major violations while HC at Tennessee:
The attorney, who has represented individuals and institutions against the NCAA, said Kiffin could be subject to a "show-cause" penalty if the Committee on Infractions rules against him. Former USC assistant coach Todd McNair received a one-year, show-cause penalty, prohibiting him from recruiting for that length of time. Most of the allegations made against Kiffin at Tennessee involved recruiting.Kiffin also could be suspended for a game or games.
No matter what, if any, sanctions the NCAA imposes on Kiffin, they would not directly affect USC. It would be up to the school to make sure Kiffin abides by them. But regardless of the outcome of Saturday's hearing, any compliance-related misstep would worsen USC's NCAA predicament because the school already is on probation.
AD Pat Haden will be chaperone for Kiffin on the visit to Indy.
I'd love to be sitting near those guys on the plane ride. What possibly could a USC Rhodes Scholar like Pat Haden have in common with Lane Kiffin, a BA in Leisure Management from Fresno St.?
Mod Edit: I've added the post's text here and deleted the other thread. It's giving everyone problems.
Another MGoBlog member (GustaveFerbert) mentioned in an earlier thread that Dennis Talbott, the freelance photographer who allegedly has been paying TP to sign memorabilia, is actually Director of Recruiting and Staffing (or something like that) of Limited Brands. Can anyone confirm this?
The founder, chairman and CEO of Limited Brands is Les Wexner. Wexner is also a major OSU booster (he gave $100 million earlier this year alone) and is a member of OSU's Board of Trustees. He is spearheading a $2.5 billion fundraising campaign to boost their endowment over the next few years.
Wexner is good friends with Jim Tressel and, word on the street is, it was not until Wexner gave the nod that JT was finally told he had to resign. Is it possible that a principal player in the "memorabilia for benefits" scandal at OSU actually is a member of Les Wexner's management team?
Mod Edit: I deleted the LinkedIn profile. If people want to search, they can. [zl]
OP Edit: I think deleting the LinkedIn profile is a mistake. It's not like we are heavily pirating LinkedIn for any reason that is related to their business (i.e. networking). The portion of Talbott's profile that was posted here is critical to confirming this is the same guy. I think you should let it stand. IMO.
Any one else really excited about today's visit from 4 star OL Eric Magnuson? I know I am. Here is hoping for the 15th commit of 2012 sometime this weekend. Go Blue or Die!
I have looking for a throwback number 98 that is authentic to color and style to Tom Harmon's Heisman trophy season and it kind of got me thinking...if Dave Brandon wants a new way to market and sell merchandise he doesn't have to do it to the detriment of history and tradition like is about to happen. Why not sell jerseys and other merchandise from historic teams and players such as a #2 Michigan jersey authentic to 1997 or a #21 from 1991. We don't have to stop there, cover all the Heisman winners, all the different #1's, and all the retired numbers and do it authentic to when they played. I know I haven't figuered out how to get around the change from Nike to Adidas and any other merchandise rights issues yet but I think it would be a way to sell merchandise without messing with our classic look just to get some sales. Thoughts?
Many of you are familiar with the 1997 season and the "shared championship" controversy. In the years since, especially the recent ones, I've often thought about how much talent Michigan had that year. This is partly because several guys from the roster are still high-profile NFL players.
When 1997 has come up in my conversations with college football fans outside the Midwest, I've noticed that the majority of them assume that Nebraska would have beaten Michigan if (say) the BCS had existed that year. I could speculate as to why that's the case, but that's not my main point here.
We'll obviously never know how that game might have turned out, but I've long believed that Michigan had more talent that year than Nebraska. How could that be measured?
I decided to look at the '97 rosters for both teams and the NFL database (http://www.databasefootball.com/). Here are my findings (specifically, lists of the future pros from each team):
Michigan wins easily.
* Michigan has more players, 33 to 24.
* Michigan has more "NFL" years, 200 to 152.
* Michigan's players appear to be distributed more evenly through the classes. Notice how many more 4th-/5th-year guys they have. So, more mature talent, right?
* NFL careers (and length thereof) are obviously not a perfect measure of talent at the college level, but I'll bet the correlation is significantly positive.
* On the other side (so to speak) plenty of college stars, including some Michigan Men over the years, have never played a game in the NFL. That doesn't mean they weren't significant contributors at the NCAA level.
* On the database site, classes were clearly assigned based on years in the program. Tom Brady was a junior to them but a redshirt sophomore to Michigan.
* Data goes to only 2009. You'll see that number next to players who were still active that year.
* The presence of a future pro in a given year might not be important. For example, Michigan gets all of Tom Brady's years, but he made a minimal contribution to the '97 team (on the field, at least). I would have looked at that more closely and filtered the non-contributors, but I didn't have enough information for the task.
* Compare '97 to '08. So far, there are only seven guys from that team (Trent, Jamison, Graham, Mesko, Brown, and probably Schilling and Mouton). Martin and possibly others (Hemingway, Molk, RVB, Woolfolk, Koger, Omameh, Roundtree, and Stonum ... too early to tell for the rest, I think) should join them eventually.