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|1 day 15 hours ago||Durkin and Moeller?||
Not sure how I feel about it. Re: Moeller, look at Cleveland. Of course, that may be, in large part, because the team, in general, stinks. Re: Durkin, the last two seasons were awful for Florida, 4-8 and 6-5. Again, it may not be indicative of Durkin's ability to coach, but I cannot help but notice that against ok to great teams, Florida was giving up a lot of points - 30 against Kentucky, 42 against Bama, 30 against LSU, 42 against Missouri. They did better against Georgia and FSU, in the 20s.
|4 days 9 hours ago||As another poster mentioned||
Houston has been going hard after him...per several sources...and he does have Houston (as in the city) ties (Rice)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You've got to feel bad for the players as well....||
Like someone else said on here, many probably see Hoke as more than just a coach. It never is easy seeing someone you care about getting a heap of bad news. Also, I am sure that it will be a tough/uncomfortable hour for Hackett. I believe that he has a good relationship with Hoke. Being forced to give him the ax (based on the circumstances) will surely be, to say the least, uncomfortable.
I just hope that if Brady is, in fact, fired, the admin really does its best to bring in a top notch coach. I am very much afraid of the ND coach-carousel scenario post Lou Holtz. With two unsuccessful coaches, we are certainly on that track. Another bad hire, and it will really take a whole lot of digging to get us out of the abyss. I can't help but think about ND - Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham, Big Tuna - and how much the bad coach pile up killed the ND brand. I really don't want that for our program. Time to shell out the $$$.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know what these ESPN announcers||
Are smoking. Brady Hoke should not be dismissed? He should be back next year? Are they watching the same game I am?
|13 weeks 7 hours ago||Kenyon does have a very beautiful campus||
...the setting is very lovely.....
I live in LA and have been to UCLA's campus countless time. I think UCLA has a nice campus although I am not sure if I would go so far as to call it beautiful. It does have some very beautifully majestic buildings in the central part for sure. When I think beautiful, I think of campuses like Colgate, Princeton, William & Mary, Rhodes College, Chappel Hill....places with a nice blend of history, beautiful (and diverse) architecture, and a lovely setting. Although, you can't beat UCLA's weather 9/12 months of the year..=)
|14 weeks 1 day ago||When I went to U of M (96-00)||
it was ranked right around 22/23. Berkeley and Northwestern were ranked ahead of Mich (Berkley was around 20 and Northwestern around 16/17), UVA was right there with us, and UCLA was around 30-32, along with UNC.
In the past 8 years or so, UCLA shot up, Mich fell a bit (along with UNC), while UVA/Berkeley/Northwestern remained around the same ranking. Even though Michigan slipped a bit, it is still considered an elite university domestically as well as internationally, is regarded as one of the top research institutions in the world, 90% of its departments/grad programs are ranked in the top 20, with many in the top 10, and Michigan gets ranked consistently in the top 25 in the other major global academic rankings (i.e. ARWU, which really were in their infancy and were not given much consideration, when I was in school), so a small slide on US News is really nothing.
ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) ranking #22 in the world
QS World University Rankings #22 in the world
The Times Higher Ed World University Rankings #18 in the world
......so 'bleep' US News
|23 weeks 9 hours ago||I am rooting for Holland just because I would||
love to see Argentina beat Brazil.
Although I would not be surprised if Argentina pulled it out against Holland. From what I am seeing, Argentina is playing much more agressively, attacking the Dutch goal really well.
Both teams have a stronf midfield though, something which was absolutely non-existent for Brazil yesterday....
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Quick question for those who read the books and watch||
I saw the first four seasons of the show and mid-way through this season purchased the first five books.
I am thinking about starting with the third book (which covers season three and four) and skipping the first two books for now. Would I be missing some things (sub-plots not in the show that started in the first two books) in the third, fourth, and fifth books if I skipped the first two books? I still remember, relatively well, what happened in the first three seasons, which I have been told keep relatively close to the books. I am mainly trying to be lazy and skip the first two books, for now, but also do not want to miss anything significant that may not have been covered in the show.
Appreciate your thoughts...............
|26 weeks 2 days ago||One of my favorite players||
Tony embodied class on the field and off the field. He sort of reminds me of Barry Sanders, an elite talent yet very humble, quiet, generous to fans, just an all around good guy.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I graduated over 15 years ago so I am not||
sure if these courses are still offered but I really enjoyed: Field Archaeology, Greek and Roman Archaeology, History of Early Christianity, and Neuropsychopharmacology (bio-psych course).
I was a bio major, so these were a nice break from my usual chem and bio courses.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Sterling is dangerous||
because he knows his way around the legal court. I am sure he is also surrounded by some of the best attorneys in the LA area. He has shown himself, in addition to being a blatant racist, to be an arrogant, aggressive, and unpleasant person.
This is a guy who, when violating clear NBA by-laws by unilateraly moving the Clippers from SD and being subsequently fined $25 million for violating said clear rules, turned around and sued the league for $100 million, even though he was being fined purusant to clear rules. Not wanting to litigate, the NBA settled with Sterlking for a $6 million, taking it out of Sterling’s cut from expansion fees, which amounted to, essentially, not receiving$6 million.
The legal analyst for ESPN seems to think that Sterling's removal is a done deal and that the sale is foregone conclusion and will happen very quickly and that Sterling has no foot to stand on.
I have litigated my share of cases and know, from experience, that nothing in law is clear. Most is mud. The pertinent language in the constitution, pursuant to which this vote will go ahead, is open to interpretation. Was a conversation taped in private a "willful" violation of the league rules? Well, that is certainly not a clear cut answer, and is most definitely open to interpretation. However, even if the arbitration panel finds in the affirmative, Sterling can pursue other legal avenues, anti-trust for example (arguing that a forced sale of his team in this circumstance is an illegal restraint of trade that could make him accept a below-market price). Now that course of action he can pursue in a court of law, not before an arbitration panel.
When you get into the realm of the courts, the legal process all of a sudden gets a LOT longer. There are a lot of "tools" within the rules of civil procedure (all sorts of motions), that one can use to stall. There is also the discovery process. That can take ages. I have worked on cases where just discovery took years. Just deposing every single owner can take forever. Personally, I do not think the antitrust case is super strong, Sterling might not prevail in the end, but litigation could last anywhere from weeks to years, so no, this is not a done deal. I am also sure that the other owners are doing their legal homework before they vote and are preparing for the possibility of a lawsuit. Depositions can be pretty brutal and the skeletons can start marching right of the closet.
There is also the issue of his wife who, incidentally, has her own history of racism( http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/30/wife-of-don...). Assuming they do get a divorce and she gets half the team, what then? If she does decides that she does not want to sell, on what grounds can the owners vote her our?
I know people want this guy to be gone but, realistically, people need to get ready for a looooong ride. Financially, it would make sense for Sterling to sell honestly; the longer he holds to the team the more the value will fall as sponsors will bail, etc. However, I do not get the impression that he cares.
|33 weeks 11 hours ago||I guess I am trying to gauge||
where one would draw the line for athletes versus owners/managerial types, across all professional leagues. I realize that it presents a number of issues: (a) What is egregious enough to warrant a boot ou the door, repeated use of racial slurs, attacking fans, sexual assault?; (b) Who makes the decision, the individual team or the league?
I think that most active professional athletes would not make disparaging remarks openly but what if they were caught making egregious comments, evidencing clear/ingrained racism/anti-semitism, etc.? I return to Rocker again, because he is as close to a Sterling example as you will get with a player. Just as a refresher, the guy's quotes include: "I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark. . .next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS. .. right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about NY are the foreigners. . . How the hell did they get in this country?" and called his teammate a "fat monkey".
Should players of Rocker's racist/homophobic (repetitive) calliber get the boot?
|33 weeks 11 hours ago||I agree that Sterling should have been||
gone much earlier. Why that did not happen, who knows. I heard some BS excuses that since he was never actually found guilty (he settled most cases) the league (commish) felt it should not pry. This is a BS excuse as there is evidence of him making some pretty blatantly racists/offensive statements on the record (in depositions, etc.).
I think the reason why it came to a head now is that what he was saying on tape is (a) fresh (as in pretty current), and (b) it touched very close to home with the NBA itself, making disparaging remarks about Magic, etc.
Before, he was likely perceived as some old dude that had some housing discrimination cases, sexual harrassment cases, but I don't think many people really knew the extent to which he was a racist/asshole. You know, people don't get into the nitty gritty until the proverbial poop really hits the fan (hindsight is always 20 20). I think he was perceived, to a certain extent, like Al Davis, some old white unpleasant crochety guy and the public, in general, did not pay him much attention, as is the case with most owners.
As to why the commissioner never did anything before, well it was not in the spotlight and he likely felt he should leave sleeping dogs lie. Also as to Sterling being this AMAZING person, his coat is not as clean as people think. He has been around the NBA long enough (I think since the early 90s) in an executive-type capacity, he certainly must have been aware of Sterling's skeletons.
|33 weeks 11 hours ago||Interesting point||
Never thought of the "who is the employee? The league or the owner?" argument. Perhaps the league should have some more power in the more egregious cases, i.e. Rocker. Then again, what is egregious....it can become a slippery slope.
|33 weeks 11 hours ago||Umm....||
I am NOT defending Sterling. Perhaps you have not read my comments carefully and I did not make it abundantly clear. I think Sterling deserves to go....period.
However, personally I do not think there is a difference between a racist bigot like Sterling and vile homophobe like Tim Hardaway. The only reason why Tim "walked it back" as you say is because he realized he let the cat out of the bag and the criticism came shortly thereafter. You don't say stuff like Tim Hardaway said without being a life long bigot. Perhaps Tim truly changed his way, but when he made those statements, you really are naive to think that it was a spur of the moment thing? Do I need to remind you of what he said? Tim Hardaway: "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," Hardaway said. "I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States. And second of all, if he was on my team, I would, you know, really distance myself from him because, uh, I don't think that's right. And you know I don't think he should be in the locker room while we're in the locker room. I wouldn't even be a part of that."
Also, the reason why I mentioned other sports is because I said athletes, in general, get a pass. If an MLB owner made comments like Rocker did, he would, in all likelihood, be gone. If Magic used words like Cracker and Honkie, as Wells did, he would be gone. My point, again, is that athletes seem to get a pass when, perhaps, they should not. Although they are not owners, they still wield influence and serve as role models for kids/youth.
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||My point was that athletes get a pass||
Look what happend to Rocker. He got a 15 game suspension and continued to play in MLB. I know that allegedly Shaq was joking when he said "Tell Yao Minfg, Ching chong yang, wah, ah soh', but most of my Asian friends did not find it funny and, actually, found it very offensive. The matter was brushed off and all was well. Riley Cooper used the "n" word in a very offensive way and nothing really happens to him.
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||Well, we will agree to disagree||
I do not find mocking someone with a disability a "joke". Certainly, my friend, whose brother has a serious life threatening disability, and who works in the disability advocate field would not find it funny nor a joke. This "joke" stings just as much as racist remarks to those who are disabled and those who have family members that are living with an impairment/disability.
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||Magnus...what about if he was still active||
Would you suspend him indefinitely? Would you throw the same book at him that Silver threw at Sterling (Personally, I find mocking someone with a serious disability just as bad and hurtful as racism). Would you give a permanent ban to John Rocker if you were the MLB commissioner? Would you have booted Tim Hardaway for saying that he "hates gay people"? Would you ban Sterling for the comments he made?
I guess my point was (perhaps I did write it correctly) that with athletes, we tend to laught it off, when it is more serious we shake our fingers, but in the end we tend to give a pass. I can't believe that Rocker was allowed to play in the MLB after what he said and that all Riley Cooper got was a team fine of $30,000.
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||What about if Shaq was still an active player....||
Would you suspend him indefinitely? Would you give a permanent ban to John Rocker if you were the MLB commissioner? Would you have booted Tim Hardaway for saying that he "hates gay people"? Would you ban Sterling for the comments he made?
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||The reason I brought it up is because||
players and ex-players, I feel, tend to get a relative pass, be it for making blatant racist remarks (Rocker, Bonzi Wells, Riley Cooper, Shaq), for sexual assault, for fighting dogs, after being convicted of manslaughter......
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||Here is the Huffington Post...=)|
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||Are you being sarcastic? ;)||
But in all seriousness, do you think Shaq should receive some sort of a punishment? This is pretty egregious. I just brought it up because it is somewhat pertinent. Sterling gets the book thrown at him, as he should, but what about players, ex players? Is it ok to say "ok, you apologized....you REALLY did not mean it"....."shame on you...now be good"....all is well?
|45 weeks 5 days ago||college admission has gotten so competitive||
I graduate from Michigan in 2000. I was accepted no problem (as an out-of-state student). I am pretty certain though that I would not get into U of M on my first try today. I had good grades but certainly no 4.0. I graduated with a 3.6 (a mix of mostly As, A-, B+, with a few Bs), albeit from a well reputed/competitive high school (perhaps that elevated the value/worth of my grades). I was in the top 20% out of a class of 1400 people. I also took a lot of advanced electives in high school (i.e. physiology, anatomy, neuroscience, etc., while many people took gym and gym 2). I received a 28 on my ACT, although at the time, I do not think that test scores held as much value. I applied at a time when they still had that silly point system that got bounced after the Supreme Court case. APs/SAT IIs, etc. was just starting out around the time I was graduating from high school so I really did not have any of those behind my belt. I did not have much extracurriculars behind my belt but I did work (sales, counselor) since I was 14. In 1996, when I applied, I think my numbers were good enough, based on my admission stats (got into Michigan, Berkeley, Boston College....wait listed at U of Chicago, Northwestern), but these days, there is no way I get into these schools, especially as an out-of-state student.
It seems that these days getting into well reputed schools, including Michigan, has become extremely extremely difficult. These days articles about kids being under extreme pressure, spazzing out, spreading themselved too thin are all too common. I don't recall doing too many all-nighters in high school. It seems that in order to make oneself attractive to admission committees, you have to be the president of this club and that club, be on varsity, compete in math/science competitions, while getting straight As, and having plenty of APs, SAT IIs and the likes behind your belt.
4.0 and 29 ACT score, along with extracurricular/good recs, to me sounds pretty solid. You don't have that much to lose. You migh as well apply. You never know. Perhaps something will resonate with an admissions officer in your essays, recs, etc. Michigan supposedly takes a look at the application as a whole, according to its admissions office, and does not reject stricly on scores (unless the score is really bad, which in your case is not an issue...29 is a pretty respectable score). A number of posters on here seemed to imply that your ACT score needs to be higher in order to have a good shot. I disagree. I think a 29 is pretty respectable and based on that graph that one of the posters put up, you seem to have a pretty decent chance. I suppose a higher ACT score could not hurt, but with everything that you have behind your belt, unless it is a ridiculously uber competitive year for out of staters (nothin but 4.0, 36 ACT applicants), I would think that you would, in the very least, get on the wait list. I would be shocked if you were flat out rejected with your grades, ACT score, APs, etc.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Personally,||
I am rooting for Peyton, just so I don't have to listen to idiot reporters argue (an idiotic argument) as to which Manning is the better QB (simply because Eli happens to have 1 more SB than Peyton). Any reporter, even suggesting, that Eli is the better QB (even post season), should be put on the first one-way space flight to OGLE-TR-56b.
|1 year 1 week ago||I don't think the question is that stupid.....although||
I am not sure if it warrants a thread.
I would say the blame really rests on the performance of this year's team, which in turn rests with the coaching staff, by they way they (ill) prepared the team and by their opposite of smart, at times clueless, playcalling. The recruits don't need social media/disgruntled fans to understand that a five-loss seasons is simply unacceptable at a school like Michigan, and that when something stinks, usually the coaches' heads are on the chopping block. You are expected to perform year in year out as a school like Michigan, and when you fail to meet expectations, the seat gets hotter. That is pretty intuitive.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Watching Gallon and Dileo making plays makes||
me wish that they had a few more years of eligibility. Gallon can make crazy plays and Dileo is just a, generally speaking, reliable receiver, sort of an Avant type in that he catches most things thrown his way. That being said, I think we will be doing ok with Butt and Funchess at TE and I hope that Darboh and Chesson develop well. Chesson has already shown flashes of great potential.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Brandon was saying that this is still a fine season (although,||
with the Iowa loss and what likely will be a major spaking by OSU, I am not sure if he can say it now with a serious face) to save his face. He hired Hoke et al., and does not want to look like a gump for the hire. That being said, he seems like a bright guy and, I am certain, he realizes that we suck and that, perhaps, there may not be any improvement with the current dirty dozen of coaches. Like I said previously, I cannot imagine him standing behind Hoke et. al. with another 7-5 season, or a several more seasons of 7-5/8-4. With the bowl game, we will likely finish 7-6. I hate to admit it, but Dantonio/Narduzzi are infinitely better than what we have at Michigan right now, and that is just not right.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I am not sure if it is as bad as ND was under Big Tuna||
, certainly the defense is better, but it ain't looking rosey. I have to think that another 7-5 season, or a couple of 8-4 seasons, with repeat losses to MSU, OSU, and Hoke will be on a major hot seat, if not sent packing altogether. I know that Brandon is a stubborn SOB, and that he firmly believes in Hoke, but he is also a busines guy and, if we continue to seriously underperform, it will affect ticket/merchandise sales, and I would like to think that is something that Brandon will not be all too pleased with.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Does not surprise me...||
The level of offensive impotence on this team is absolutely staggering. Other than that first drive, NU defense (just like just about everybody else) completely shut down our offense. It was so painful watching the offensive effort. We could not convert a 3rd down to save our life, Gardner was eating dirt, per usual, overthrowing/underthrowing receivers while on the run as he was getting blitzed, etc. etc.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||umm||
Do you still like the play calling after you looked at the film?
“Yeah. There’s not even a question about it.”
Either Hoke is completely clueless about offense, or he is trying to avoid, essentially, throwing Borges under the bus.
His response to the following question seems to suggest that he may, in fact, be clueless.....
Does it get to a point where you can’t or shouldn’t run play action from certain sets?
“Certain sets, maybe. I think you’re right.”
Duuhhhhh......Come on man. You are the head coach of a major program...you need a reporter to tell you that your offensive coordinator is making some dumb decisions. Oh, wait, you liked all the play calling after you looked at the film.