"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
"The experience he has from last year is starting to show," Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said. "He’s making shots, and he made some gutsy plays against Portland. He’s got a confidence about him that he can get the job done."
Conference play has come, and Big Ten teams can safely retreat to their thunderdomes to clobber each other in peace, insulated from the braying mockery of the national media. There is still upheaval. Michigan has fallen apart. Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke have been confined to the Touliers Palace.
Colorado and Michigan will renew their short but exciting rivalry with a single game in Ann Arbor on Sept. 17, 2016. While not officially part of the Pac-12/Big Ten schedule series set to commence in 2017, it will mark the fifth time the schools will play, the first since 1997.
The Oregon State University football team will travel to the University of Michigan to play during the 2015 season, Beaver Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Wednesday. …
“This is an exciting opportunity for our student-athletes, staff and fans to visit not only one of the great venues in college football but all of sports,” De Carolis said. “But make no mistake, we will make this trip with the goal of winning a football game.”
So… that ND gap can be filled by a marquee opponent instead of road games against middling to not so good Pac-12 teams. Take a picture: GOOD JOB DAVE BRANDON WOOO! Also good job Bill Martin for having luxury suites that make it important to not have home schedules like this year.
Now, about canceling the Horror II and pretending that never happened…
Notre Dame hiatus just that. Whenever Michigan and Notre Dame take a break in their series there's a small cadre of folks suspicious that it's a front for an end to the whole thing. This does not appear to be the case, tinfoil hat folk. From the Tribune:
"This was either in place when I got here or it was a request that came shortly after I got here," Swarbrick said in a phone interview Wednesday. "I didn't even know it wasn't known, frankly. It had been cooked into our scheduling model for at least three years.
"I don’t think somehow (Michigan athletic director) Dave (Brandon) had been informed when he came aboard. When he called and we started talking about dates, I said, 'You know Dave, we had this bye built in and I scheduled games.' He was great. We just made it work.
"We're going to keep playing each other. It's important to both schools. This initiated with a request from up there years ago, and we said OK."
Since this is Notre Dame there is the slight but real chance Swarbrick means "heaven" by "up there." In any case, ND is coming back after the break. On the schedule. Not to the realm of teams that win a lot of football games.
But what does Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon intend to do with those two open dates on the schedule?
"Stay tuned," he told AnnArbor.com by phone on Wednesday.
You're too small. This is something that is true about Chris Wormley and Tom Strobel despite being people of this size:
Football is weird.
BONUS: Well done, photobomber who must be Wormley's younger brother or something.
ZomBCS lurches on, makes more sense. There will remain some semblance of the red carpet bowl tier that fans have gotten used to over the past decade or so, as Stewart Mandel reports that the as yet undefined selection committee will also hand-craft the four bowls that are super special but not hosting playoff semifinals. The top twelve get in, no exceptions—you're still not in the top 12, Michigan State, go away—and there will be some restrictions due to Rose/"Champions" bowl business. As a bonus, they've also decided to un-screw the bowl schedule by playing all six of the red carpet bowls on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
"We didn't want the top four teams to just come out of the blue at the end of the season," Swarbrick said.
This is to provide some transparency, I guess, but if they are prioritizing conference champs that's data you don't get until the season's over, making the previous polls a pointless exercise. I'd rather do away with the whole poll mentality in case some of the dumb from previous systems leaks into the new one.
Budget bits. Michigan's released its 2012 athletic department budget, which is the usual: about 10-12 million in the black with 4-5 of that set aside for a capital reinvestment fund. Things that jump out:
Michigan is budgeting $2.4 million for "hosting, food, and special events" in the 2013 FY, a threefold increase on FY12. Alabama game effect?
Premium seating is sold out for football and "essentially sold out" for basketball. Someone high five Brady Hoke and John Beilein.
Despite having two fewer football games, "spectator admissions" are projected to drop only slightly, from 43 million to 39 million. Ticket price increase is a part of that and they must be including their 4.7 million from the Alabama game in that item.
They made $3.9 million more than they expected last year.
More OHL rumblings. It's the incredibly annoying part of the year where OHL teams try to swoop in on committed players just for the hell of it. Plymouth traded for incoming defenseman Connor Carrick's rights, and then signed him. (Apparently. I can't find anything other than the link-free MHN article.)
Carrick committed to Michigan as a sophomore in high school and as a small defenseman who was a mid-round draft pick he's the archetypical guy who should play in college, so the only way this makes any sense at all is if Carrick was concerned about playing time. Michigan does return six guys who had a regular-ish shift last year and adds Trouba. But this isn't John Gibson bugging out at the idea of backing up Hunwick—Carrick only has to beat out one of Chiasson, Serville, or Clare to get PT. Stupid move for a guy who has about a 12% chance of playing 200 NHL games.
Meanwhile, an OHL source telling Matt Slovin that Jacob Trouba is 50/50 to be in Kitchener this fall is something to mention, but my initial reaction to that is eyerolling given anonymous OHL sources' tendency to play up their chances at everyone. Trouba has been more insistent that he'd be at Michigan than anyone save Jack Johnson. If he backs out that would be an all-timer. I need a sufficiently condescending youtube video to embed in these situations.
As far as Phil Di Giuseppe goes, Rivals' Michael Spath seems to be a little more optimistic as of yesterday's Inside the Fort post.
So much for the U.S. men's gymnastics team being a two-man show.
Sam Mikulak was impressive during the first day of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials Thursday, threatening to break up the grip national champion John Orozco and Danell Leyva have on the role of top Americans heading into the London Olympics.
Looking as relaxed as if he was competing in a college dual meet for Michigan, the 2011 NCAA champion posted an all-around score of 91.80, the best on a day many of the other contenders to make the five-man Olympic team faltered.
Leyva moved past Orozco into first place in the overall standings, which combine scores from nationals and trials, but couldn't top Mikulak, at least for a couple of hours. Mikulak remained third in the overall standings but drew closer to the top two heading into the finals Saturday.
Mikulak was also interviewed by espnW. If he makes the team he is a lock to have an NBC equivalent of Tom Rinaldi narrate a sepia-toned profile, what with the broken legs == broken dreams angle.
I know this sentiment isn't very popular around here
I know this sentiment isn't very popular around here, but I agree with you for the most part. My rationale is more that I'm tired of ND continuously snubbing the B1G and benefiting financially for remaining independent than variety's sake though. I understand why they're doing it, I just don't believe the B1G should help them accomplish their goals.
but then I'd be told I'm a mamby-pamby wimp who's afraid Michigan might lose, I'd explain that's not the case . . . and next thing you know, someone would storm away from the blog in a huff, not to return for months . . . .
Why should Michigan give App State credit for an amazing victory and walk away with a tough lesson learned; when they can just reschedule the game and properly act the part of the neighbirhood bully this time.
I'm temped to root for App State this time around.
Do you really want to be 0-1 against this school forever? They're moving up to I-A. We're going to cross paths eventually. I do think the "honorable" thing to do would be to take them on in their stadium, though.
Does anyone think Michigan will take Appy State, of all teams, lightly this time around? I see no possibility of "evening the score," "expiating" some sort of past wrong, or any other gain from playing a team a second time that Michigan had no business losing to (or probably even playing) the first time around. The whole point is, the rematch is pointless -- it does nothing to change or undo the result the first time around. Appy State won, it's in the books -- time to move on, rather than using it as a cheap publicity stunt.
TOC's Chris Vannini? He's also the JCB's Chris Vannini. We own part of his soul too! He's been jamming out Euro 2012 posts for us for weeks, did March Madness coverage and will continue to be a regular contributor.
Talented guy. And thats a fun piece that Brian linked on Detroit FC
I like playing App State, here is my reason. Brandon wants Michigan in the news, he wants to get Michigan's name on primetime as much as possible, as the football season grows closer all the talk will be about Michigan vs Alabama that is a good thing, next year as the season gets closer all the talk will be Michigan vs App St. Getting people to talk about Michigan football is a good thing, I have no fear of App St next year, and Michigan will be in the national news.
Don't bitch,don't talk,just lace up the shoes and beat the shit out of State...
and I think that on the whole, a lot of us can appreciate that motivation.
My counterargument to doing that in this specific case is that while for the casual fan of football, this will be a lot of fun to talk about, for me personally, it will be extremely painful. My emotional response to The Horror was functionally identical to my emotional response upon finding out a friend of mine had passed away. Said friend has been gone for many years now, and I don't get choked up anymore talking about it, but that doesn't mean I really enjoy talking about how he died. Sorry if that sounds overblown or hyperbolic, but it really is how I feel. So as much as I'm all for having Michigan in the news, this isn't really news I want to have conversations about for months leading up to the season.
Football allows the intellectual part of my brain to evolve, but it allows the emotional part to remain unchanged. And this is all I want from everything, all the time, always. --Chuck Klosterman
This is where I think the internet and its tendencies toward groupthink can be dangerous.
I was at the Appalachian game. It sucked, hard. It was one of the most embarassing outcomes I've witnessed. But on this blog, people here are building it up into a Greek tragedy, refusing to call the game by its name, and generally acting like they have PTSD from it. Everyone keeps reinforcing each other's "trauma" from this game. If we were still in the depths of the downward spiral that game arguably started, OK, but we're not. We went 11-2 last year and won a BCS bowl. We beat Ohio. We've recovered.
It's time for people to pull it together already. Stop calling it "the Horror." Comparing that game to the loss of a friend? Come on man. No football game can possibly be that bad.
I like playing them as well. Never going near them again is just being a shitty loser. They're making the jump up to FCS and that jump is expensive. I'm fine with inviting them to our house, giving them a giant check, and a firm handshake. Being able to be gracious in defeat often says more than being gracious in victory. I'd have no issue with them becoming a semiregular visitor as they find their footing in FCS.
They were in FCS all along, and have won several championships at that level. Do you mean they are moving to FBS?
If you do mean FBS, I see rumors, and I see official statements that they are "exploring options," but I don't see that they have officially made that move. It looks like they are not going to move unless a conference (either Conference USA or the Sun Belt Conference, presumably) accepts them as a member. If they don't start their move very soon (like in the next month or so), they will still be in FCS when we play them again, just like they were last time.
I should have just said Div I and saved my hassle of confusing the sub divisions on a Friday afternoon, argh. Anyway my understanding is in 2011 App State announced it was pursuing a move to FBS after a recommendation from an evulation committee. They have two issues, a conference spot and a bigger stadium. UMass made it into the MAC so quickly because they're sharing Foxboro with the Patriots and that got them out of needing a stadium expansion. App State needs to get some money for the stadium and of course find an open spot as the conferences shuffle around.
My understanding was the 2014 date was to give App State some time to find a FBS space before they played us. The date also gives them a payout of at least 440k dollars that they can use to help their credit rating when it comes time to get loans for stadium expansions.
Basically they're supposed to be FBS by the time they get here, although very newly minited FBS. If they're not, then maybe there is an escape clause in our contract with them, we'll see.
I'm trying to get into hockey in general, and since I'm a UM fan, college hockey. can someone either explain to me how college hockey recruiting works? (wrt OHL and all that good jazz). Or point me to source of information. I know what the frozen four is. Commence.
Thanks in advance, especially if people end up being helpful and you know....not..."Internet message board-y".
It's just like College Football recruiting. Players can't be contacted specifically until like their junior year of high school, which for a lot of people is when they're 17ish.
The OHL problem is that the OHL draft is for 15 year olds. So there's usually a 2 year gap when a player is OHL drafted, and when schools can contact them. And for a lot of players, waiting for the NCAA just isn't that smart. Why wait 2 years playing at a lesser level of hockey only to find out that the school you held out for (a Michigan/North Dakota type) doesn't actually want you? Unless you're a top prospect, there's no guarantee so why not just take what's been given to you
If you're doing nothing, how do you know when you're finished?
Why does anyone care about when the polls are released or if their are polls at all? I understand Brian's point about issuing an official poll, but let's not pretend that if the AP, Coaches, Harris and the New Bowl Committee all decided we're not going to issue a poll until week 8 that we would all sit here and wonder boy I wonder who is going to be #1 in week 8. Maybe in 1978 it might be interesting, but with so much info and data out there a top 10 that is about 90% correct will be formed in your head at the end of each week. You can't clear your mind in a vaccum and take your bias out of it.
The major issue I see favoring poll announcements during the season would be noticed in a year where their selections varied significantly from what the other polls suggested. Whether they hold any weight or not, the AP and Coach's polls would obviously set a standard in the minds of the fans which would create serious pressure on the committee to make choices that resembled expectations. It's smart for them to get ahead of the curve thus giving themselves weeks to argue why they've made the decisions they have which if anything would potentially then shift the other polls into alignment.
"The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about." -Wayne Dyer
The Bob De Carolis referenced is a former Michigan guy. As noted in his OSU profile:
"He started his Michigan career in 1979 as an administrative assistant.He was promoted to assistant business manager in 1980; at the same time, he was also named the head softball coach.De Carolis was Michigan's softball coach from 1980 to 1984 and his Wolverines had a third-place finish at the AIAW national championships.
"De Carolis was promoted from assistant business manager to business manager in 1983; in 1987 to assistant athletic director for business; in 1990 to associate athletic director for internal operations; in 1994 to senior director for financial operations; in 1996 to senior associate athletic director and became responsible for all athletic facilities and venues at Michigan
"Under his leadership as senior director for financial operations, De Carolis led negotiations with Nike for an all-school contract for athletic shoes and apparel -- one of the first of its kind in the country.He established a long-term relationship with Pepsi-Cola for beverage rights, to all athletic venues.
"De Carolis also spearheaded a "gift brick" donor program for Michigan Stadium, developed a comprehensive capital improvement program and coordinated the development of a master plan for the renovation of Michigan Stadium."
"This is a program in transition, this is a program that's going back to hard-nosed, big-boy football," Brandon said. "We're in the process of putting the pieces in place to afford us to do that consistently and effectively.
Is this really true? Last year, if the selection committee had ended up with the same rankings as the BCS, there would have been four SEC teams in the major bowls, but only one Big Ten team (Wisconsin). See the pre-bowl rankings here: http://espn.go.com/college-football/bcs
Would Delany really agree to that?
The only support in the article is a link to a couple of tweets saying it's theoretically possible to have the top 12 teams make it. Without more solid confirmation, you have to consider the possibility of some limits on number of teams per conference.
Probably the only drawback to the new playoff system as a Michigan fan is giving up the preferential treatment we've been able to count on. Of course I hope and expect that we'll be in the top12 frequently. Still it'd be nice to know we'd still have a decent shot at a major bowl in that one of seven or so years when we ended up with an 8-4 record.
"The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about." -Wayne Dyer
That's true, but my point was not so much that it definitely would have happened that way last year, but rather that it could have. Given the strength of the SEC in recent years, it seems totally possible that the committee would consider the relevant factors and choose 3 or 4 SEC teams and only one Big Ten team.
The ACC and Pac 12 have relatively little to lose by this, since they would very rarely get a team ranked outside the top 12 to qualify anyway. The Big Ten and maybe to a lesser extent the Big 12 are the big losers if they no longer have parity with the SEC in major bowls. I also have to wonder how this will impact the way the cash will be divided up.
I am not sure why Brian has an issue with it. Swarbrick's comment makes sense. You don't want to go through the whole season having no idea where you stand, in the minds of those making the decision.
Obviously, the only way it can work legitimately, is if the weekly poll is the answer to the question, "If the season ended today, which teams would qualify for the playoff, and which teams would qualify for "top six" bowls?"
The weighing of conference champions obviously can't happen until, you know, the conferences have actually been won. So there is clearly going to be some suspense, just as there is today with the NCAA basketball tournament.
The more interesting question is how recusal will work. On the basketball committee, no member can vote on or discuss his own school, or a school from his own conference. But the NCAA tournament is WAY over-inclusive. No one who has a realistic chance of winning is excluded. (The 8th seed is the highest that has ever won it all, and they take 16+ seeds in four regions.)
But in this system, the difference between being #4 or #5 is HUGE. That decision could be very substantially altered, depending on who is defined as "recused". And even the difference between #3 and #4 (which affects who you play in the semi) is pretty important.
If you recuse anyone who has (or could be claimed to have) a rooting interest in any of the top twenty teams, I'm not sure who will be left to vote!
I'm excited that there are no return games to Colorado or Oregon St., but my fear is that Brandon won't fill those spaces with comparable opponents. I mean, The Horror IV is starting to look like a real possibility, at which point I'd rather the team at least play someone who could be good in a couple of years versus basically nothing.
Also, I'm okay with the BCS mid-season rankings. I'd rather know early on where the biases are, as opposed to seeing some random SEC East team win the conference title in a one-game playoff and then find out that 3-loss LSU is the #3 choice for some crazy reason.