SI Article by Dan Wetzel and Austin Murphy talking about the economics of the BCS system quoting former AD Bill Martin on page 4. Basically says that athletic departments and schools are big losers in the bowls and a playoff system is the post-season solution to the economic blood letting. Check out Ohio State's profit from last years $18 million payout at the Rose Bowl.
The thing that shocked me was the way the current system works. The schools build in a loss to show up and play, while the bowls, cloaked as non-profit, make out like bandits. If you are pro-playoff, this article throws down some really good talking points.
***Side note: Mgo was talking about this issue referencing Wetzel two years ago. During my dark ages period:
Try to remember this the next time you are a bit inconvenienced. This, my fellow board members, is Tradition.
Orson and Holly are looking for your stories relative to tailgating in Ann Arbor. Let the world (read SEC) about the good times to be had.
So in the wake of the Purdue mud bowl I've seen the following. Denard can't read defenses, Denard is slowing down, Denard can't scramble, Denard has no touch on long passes etc. I just checked the football database to make sure who we were talking about. Is this the same guy that plays qb for Michigan as a true Sophmore?
|3||Brandon Weeden||Okla St||JR||QB||10||-72||3391||400||3319||8.3||331.9|
|4||Robert Griffin III||Baylor||SO||QB||11||508||3071||501||3579||7.1||325.4|
|6||Alex Carder||W Mich||SO||QB||10||216||2920||490||3136||6.4||313.6|
|7||Russell Wilson||NC State||JR||QB||10||302||2814||495||3116||6.3||311.6|
I understand that Denard is not above criticism, but everyone needs to understand Tommie Frazier was never going to throw like Tom Brady and Tom Brady was never going to run for 200yds. Please enjoy Denard.
I was viewing the Rivals depth chart for Wisconsin week, and couldn't help but envision next years team. 19 Starters will back for the 2011 season! Schilling, Mouton and Rogers make up the only starters who are graduating after this season. You could also make the argument that with Troy Woolfolk returning from injury, it could be 20 returning starters. The number 19 is in reference to the starters on offense and defense, does include special team players, who all happen to be returning to team as well. May not translate into National Championship, but stll puts a smile on my face. GO BLUE
Depth Chart for Wisonsin Week
Here's the list of recruits that will be on hand for Michigan's final home game. As always this list will grow and shrink as I confirm more people. Looks like this won't be too big of a weekend, but it will still be important. The two official visitors are both important to this class, and would help add some much needed help in key areas.
- LB/WR Kris Frost - Kris just got back from an Auburn visit that he really enjoyed. I think Michigan is still in the lead, but I did talk talk to Kris about Auburn after his trip. He said that Auburn is making things pretty difficult as far as who he wants to choose. Each visit they've done a better job of showing him where he would fit, and how much he likes it up there. This visit to Michigan will be very important for who he picks. His team does play at 7:30pm on Friday, but as of right now he is coming.
- TE Jack Tabb - Jack's team was eliminated from the playoffs, so he will be here.
- OL Jake Fisher (Commit)
- LB Ryan Petro - Florida linebacker, hearing from Michigan and a few other bigger schools, like Nebraska.
- OL Chris Bryant (Maybe) - He's figuring out if he can come
- LB Antonio Kinard (Maybe) - Kinard may be in this weekend. Figuring things out as we speak, should know soon obviously.
- RB Juwan Lewis - Muskegon running back plans on being there. Teammate of 2011 DT Damon Knox
- DT Danny O'Brien