We absolutely need to get this guy. I'm more concerned about winning NOW as opposed to future players' playing time. If this kid can help Michigan win in the 2014-2015 season, then let's get him ASAP.
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Harris had ten points on four shot equivalents in last year's matchup.
Open the floodgates. As you've probably heard, WVU transfer Eron Harris got his paperwork and immediately spoke to a gentleman of distinction:
West Virginia transfer Eron Harris has finally received his release. Told ESPN that Michigan's John Beilein has already contacted him today.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 7, 2014
That is quite interesting. Harris, a DO WANT shooter, is essentially a class of 2015 guy who will be super-ready to play with two years of eligibility. But after taking MAAR and Aubrey Dawkins, there's no question that grabbing him seriously impinges on Michigan's ability to promise 2015 kids like Jalen Brunson and Jalen Coleman playing time—and their ability to offer scholarships. (Maybe less so Brunson since he is more of a PG, but with Walton likely still around Michigan's pitch has to center around the two of them playing at the same time.)
Do you grab that guy? Since Michigan's having a hard time holding onto guards for more than a couple years, I would say yup. Harris is also less of a deterrent to the 2016 kids Michigan seems to be doing very well with since he'll be around a maximum of one year after their arrival.
In the flurry of articles following that tweet two things became clear. One, being closer to home is not as much of a priority as the right fit…
"The fit is more important that the location (of the school)," Harris said. "Eron is used to seeing his brothers and family more than he has the past couple years. But if he has to go to New York or California to find the right fit, then that's what he'll do."
…and two, Michigan's going to have to put on its prettiest dress and bat its eyes:
Within two hours of getting his release, Harris had already been contacted by Butler, Indiana and Purdue as well as Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA.
Harris is a terrific get-your-own-shot shooter who would have an apprenticeship before seeing the floor. If he's fleeing Huggy Bear because of fit, Beilein is pretty much the opposite… and this quote all but begs you to read between the lines:
“It is going to be the place that I can be myself,” said Harris. “I want to be myself. I want to go out there and play basketball and love playing basketball. I am a competitor first, and I want to play instinctively. That is it. I want my coach to respect me and I will respect him."
The art of shade, man.
OPEN THE PRETZEL. One WI SG Brevin Pritzl, a shooting guard out of Wisconsin, blew up over the past couple of weeks of AAU tourneys. This has intrigued Michigan, who's bringing him in for a visit this weekend. An offer is probably not in the offing unless they're really serious about moving on from the dawdling Jalen Coleman, but he's a guy to keep an eye on down the road.
2016 priorities. MI PG Cassius Winston is a highly-rated gentleman in his own right, one who Michigan has a lot of interest in. He's waiting for an offer this summer, but not in June:
“I’m pretty sure, if I know correctly, that I’ll be offered by the end of the summer,” Winston said on Saturday at the Spiece Memorial Run-n-Slam.
To me that says Michigan is going to give Derryck Thornton the first crack before they expand their PG POV. That expresses a level of confidence that Michigan didn't have when they went after Derrick Walton; they offered the other instate PG, Monte Morris, at the same time.
In other Thornton news, current main competitor Arizona picked up their second 2015 commit from a highly-rated PG, which can't hurt.
Hibbity hooblah! It's NFL draft time, hooray. Taylor Lewan will go in the first 15 picks tonight; Jeremy Gallon and Michael Schofield are likely to follow in the next two days. Baumgardner profiles Gallon:
"We've had dozens of guys go off to college and (not make it)) that had circumstances a lot better than Jeremy's," said Rick Darlington, Gallon's former coach at Apopka High School. "He had to fight to get into college. Then he had to fight to stay in college. Then he had to fight to get on the field.
"You look at him now, and it's easy to say he was a great college player in the end. But it was never as easy for him as it was for others. He always had to struggle ... it didn't come easy."
Gallon had to take three classes after his graduation just to get to Ann Arbor, which I know is something that was a problem with admissions. Not in Gallon's specific case, necessarily, but in the sheer numbers of guys Rodriguez recruited that needed serious help. Michigan would not look at Gallon today even if he was 6'4" because hypothetical rising senior Gallon's grades would make them move on.
On the one hand, some guys come through and become Jeremy Gallon. On the other, attrition watch.
In other news, Hoke defends Taylor Lewan again.
I didn't expect anything different, but wow. Various NCAA personages are appearing in front of a congressional committee today to talk about unionization. There is a lot of ludicrous stonewalling like the Stanford AD refusing to state how much his coaches make when you can google it in five seconds—the answer is three million dollars—but nothing quite so faceplam inducing as congressmen taking up irrelevant talking points that have already been eviscerated and left for dead while waving his iPad around:
Congressman Roe: "I just pulled up on my iPad (holds up iPad) that most schools lose money." …
— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) May 8, 2014
Congressman Roe then resumed playing Candy Crush Saga before a brief nap, so he missed this riposte:
— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) May 8, 2014
People in congress are just in congress for no reason.
Anger bit. Jim Delany talked to USA Today for two extensive pieces, one of which makes me involuntarily shake my fist at nothing in particular when Delany has the balls to make this assertion:
Q: Eight games vs. nine is a hot topic right now. What was the driving force behind the Big Ten going to nine conference games?
A: For us, it's a combination of things. One is the Playoff. Another thing is we're going to get larger (as a conference), we're going to play each other more. We want to be a conference.
Well, you were, Jim. And then somebody had to chase money in a nonsensical way, thanks to the faulty assumption that the current setup wherein sports leagues can involuntarily tax non-fans is going to last in an era of streaming.
This is not a "conference":
What I really like is that every athlete in the Big Ten who plays football will play every opponent inside the four-year period. That's what I like.
That is more of a conference than the SEC's setup where crossover teams without protected rivalries see each other once every six years, but Michigan hasn't played Wisconsin in four years. They may as well be in the Big 12. Going forward they will play the other division less than half the time.
I feel that this has to be intentional trolling. I mean I just…
Michigan's new "historic traditions" football page features an Adidas uniform they wore once. http://t.co/8nwffdIzZi
— Ben Mathis-Lilley (@BenMathisLilley) May 6, 2014
There is subset of MBAs who have their own opposite-day dialect of the English language.
Simplify : offense :: aggressive : defense. "Seven ways that Lane Kiffin will change Alabama's offense" unfortunately doesn't include "make it squintier" but does include this familiar refrain:
3. Playbook simplified
One change won't be too obvious from the seats or living rooms. After playing with in an offense known for complicated terminology, players see a difference in Kiffin's style.
"Some coaches and quarterbacks over-analyze things at times," receiver Amari Cooper said. "Sometimes it can be pitch and catch, let the play-makers make plays."
Cooper, the leading receiver each of the past two years, also likes the in-game adjustments he saw from game film.
"Coach Kiffin calls plays based on matchups and what he sees," Cooper said. "Like I said before, it's a simple offense. If he sees they are in man-to-man coverage and I have a hitch route, it converts if he's close to me, we are going to throw a little fade route and make something out of it."
I really need Al Borges to get hired somewhere so there can be an article about how he's going to simplify offense X.
That article includes obvious balderdash like "finding the playmakers" as if that's a huge overlooked priority for an outfit that saw AJ McCarron throw for 9.1 yards a pop with a 28:7 TD:INT ratio and rushed for 5.8 yards a carry without even removing sacks. But it also gives you some insight into what Nussmeier does:
2. Fullback added
Alabama's been primarily a one-back running team during the Saban era. They used an H-back to help clear the way, but it sounds like the Tide will be using a more traditional fullback in 2014.
Michigan's picked up a one-back offensive coordinator just in time for their four-man fullback crop to ripen. To H-back you go, gentlemen.
Etc.: NFL.com scouting reports are creepy. Remember when John Beilein was not a golden colossus? Why Nick Saban hates the hurry up. Former MI SF AJ Turner is now prepping in NH and might be a guy to keep an eye on if Coleman doesn't work out.
...considering he will have to sit out a year, unless he somehow dupes the NCAA into waiving the requirement to redshirt.
Unless you think him being on the scout team will help the starters, which would be a bit of a stretch
My bad, forgot about the transfer rule.
I really want Eron Harris to come to Michigan. Was watching a video about him from this past season and they kept using the phrase "not just a shooter". I believe that he would be a perfect fit.
I don't really disagree with the tweet about the uniform on the "historic traditions" page. It was a "throwback" that wasn't a throwback. Why not show our classic plain blue home uni and winged helmet?
Most college athletic departments do lose money.
Zero Big 10/SEC/ACC/PAC 12 college football and basketball teams lose money if you strip out the non-revenue sports expenses. I'd guess Michigan's football runs about 90% gross margin.
You are wasting your breath. You are totally right, but you are wasting your breath. When I see Brian talk about "irrelevant facts" I mentally translate that to "inconvenient facts".
The programs make money, so that is why other colleges want a football team. But as you say, the departments themselves are money losers, and will become moreso if they pay out money to players.
Being a money losing department doesn't mean it's a bad business for the school. When you build $20 million practice facilities and other top-shelf amenities for revenue and non-revenue generating sports, you may lose money on an accounting basis, but you're not really losing.
Schools are not-for-profit, so when they have excess revenue, they plow it back into things like coaches salaries, facilities, and whatever perks the NCAA allows. This isn't unlike "not-for-profit" outfits that pay enormous salaries to their CEO's and other top employees (see many hospitals, NGO's, and Charities).
"Profitability" is just a bad measure in this cirucmstance. Successful atheletic departments bring prestige and attention to their university. They increase alumni involvement and offer many opportunities for student athelets and others around them. Measuring success at the criteria with something like "profit" is like saying we "won" a baseketball game because we got more shot attempts.
You don't have to call it profit, you can call it "surplus."
However you spin it, Michigan football takes in a lot more revenue than expenses. A metric crap-ton more. Michigan burns the surplus on non-revenue sports and still come out ahead.
I agree that high-end, successful athletic departments increase alumni involvement. I'm not sure it does to a point that benefits that school financially. As for students, high-level athletics is offered to such a small subset of students that it's a stretch to say students benefit from them. In fact, at most schools, students pay additional tuition to support the athletic department, for which they have the opportunity to purchase season tickets.
You can't measure everything in dollars, but I think it's a stretch to measure athletic departments in terms of more vague things like "prestige" when there's little or no proof that they are, in fact, beneficial. This is especially true in the case of the non-revenue sports that eat up the athletic department surpluses. They typically have very little visibility and only a few people participate.
As for students, high-level athletics is offered to such a small subset of students that it's a stretch to say students benefit from them.
The benefit to the average student of high-level athletics is not so much the chance to be on the team (which is slim to none), but the chance to have a high-level team to cheer for. Rightly or wrongly, in this country cheering for sports teams is a big part of the college experience.
For a lot of folks, yes, it is a big part of college. I'm just dubious on real benefit. Even at Michigan, most students DON'T get season tickets to football. Imagine being at Rutgers and paying additional for the priviledge of not watching your team play.
The economics get really bad down in the Eastern Michigan realm. I did a diary a couple years back asking why Eastern had D-1 sports. Total alumni contributions for the entire university were lower than the operating deficit for the athletic department at a time when tuition is rising. That's just awful any way you look at it.
My point is they're not losing money at all. At least not the big programs like Michigan. They're just choosing to plow the "surplus" into facilities and other things that would make no sense in a true "business" sense.
a bit lengthy reply, yet here goes.
i presume the purpose of major universities is a handful of key drivers, perhaps summed up a bit unnecessarily succinctly as changing the world. There is a good (though sometimes arrogant) amount of pride to be a top quality university. It exists on this board. It exists on other boards and across various spectrums of life. That pride is the source of pushing to do more, building more amazing facilities, offering more competitive classes and services, and hiring more top quality staff so they can educate and graduate more top quality individuals. Then those minted grads can go out in the world, settle in the various corners and shape the next generation, while hopefully contributing to future generations of UMers, or whatever other school/institution is the topic.
Yet what gets the university to keep the brand (Dave Brandon sighting!), prestige, and opportunity to change the world going? Ultimately the students. Coaches make money yet students play (not delving into unionization here). Administrations offer classes yet students attend. Professors publish papers and yet the students carry the research load.
Keeping the thread going, what gets the best students to attend? Often no one thing in particular, so the result is to offer more. More classes, more facilities, and in the case of this thread, more sports. That may turn some off who don't want so much so they'd rather find a smaller liberal arts or specialized school, yet it's probably fair to say that more is better.
So even if schools may 'lose money', non-revenue generating sports absolutely serve a purpose. And if you can do it, why wouldn't you? Administration officials absolutely make more money than you would initially expect they would, even if not at the level of the NFL's version of non-profit. the schools are still ultimately non-profit though, not beholden to variable compensation (ohio AD aside) and institutional shareholders. yet we all care about UM and seeing the block M at the forefront of academia and sports alike and these individuals in charge have embedded interests (via boosters, alumni, etc.) to push the school's agenda to change the world. The more administration officials can attract a diverse, compelling student body that may be looking for a reason to choose between UM and a competitor, great swimming facilities may be the ticket. Or a fantastic theater program, in addition to a rocking Big House on Saturdays in fall.
Maybe some day there will be some analytics solution to put an ROI figure behind various pieces of a university. until then, and even after, i think the push for diversity in offerings and services remains a very relevant and necessary focus.
That is, until paying the athletes eats up said surpluses!
is not so strong with this one (NYC Blue), for reasons explained in the original post and amplified nicely by jwendt.
...We aren't all bad. Hell, Zoltan was working toward's one his 5th year at Michigan, and he's a space emperor.
I don't understand Brian's angst about the expanded Big Ten.
From a Michgan standpoint, it now means annual games with Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State plus one of Wisconsin and/or Nebraska. Even when the conference had eleven teams, UM didn't play OSU, PSU and MSU every year, but that's now in place with the 14-team conference.
Let's take a look at the five other teams in the West Division--Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Iowa. Those first three programs are kind of meh--even setting aside the Little Brown Jug tradition with the Golden Gophers. I'm not exactly pining for annual games with them as a UM fan and if Maryland & Rutgers "replaces" them, then no big deal.
Why the objection to a nine-game conference schedule? The whole idea is to play more in-conference games because it makes for a better television package and it allows teams to play one another at least once in a four-year period. Would he prefer an eight-game conference schedule? Or maybe ten? I certainly hope the new schedule format (plus the new post-season set up) means no more games with the Delaware States of the world (and judging by the post-2014 schedule, no more MAC teams either).
In all fairness, as one of Michigan's East Coast alumni (I live around 20 minutes from Maryland's campus), I'm very happy with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland because I can see a whole slew of UM teams play in person. It also means not having to spend nearly 8 hours in a car driving up to Ann Arbor on my annual football trek. Instead, I'm headed to Piscataway, NJ for the 4 October game with Rutgers--and I'm looking forward to the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Washington, DC in 2017 as well.
Eron Harris will end up at Ohio St. or Michigan St. Book it. Cuz pretty much Fuck Us.