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|1 hour 59 min ago||From MVictors today||
|13 hours 27 min ago||Whose||
not who's (which always = who is).
|13 hours 29 min ago||Good thing the AD released the medical statement||
so that they could get ahead of the story... ugh. This is a boondoggle.
|20 hours 41 min ago||Why can't I downvote this?||
I would like to.
|21 hours 13 min ago||It's also impugn||
|1 day 4 hours ago||MGoVideo has the GMA piece|
|1 day 5 hours ago||Hoke has been reprimanded for player safety before||
...in 2004 at Ball State (LINK):
|1 day 12 hours ago||Our starting left tackle in 1965, Charles Kines||
was 6'1", 230 lbs. The starting takle, Tom Mack, was 6'3" 220 and was the 2nd pick in the 1966 NFL draft and played for the LA Rams for 13 years (at 250 lbs).
|1 day 13 hours ago||And college football pre-1971||
isn't a very good point of comparison to today's football anyway.
|1 day 18 hours ago||It just aired||
It was fairly basic, I thought. They tied it to the general issue of concussions in football, comparing and contrasting the college rules and the NFL rules. Brady didn't come out looking very good.
|1 day 19 hours ago||+1 for correct use of whomever||
And I also agree that someone with a proven track record at a school at a power five conference should be a basic consideration. Although we thought we had that in RR... sigh.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Impossible||
Cold War has assured me that the national media are not interested in this story.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Agreed, but... Saban's a defensive-minded coach||
and he's done okay. Same with Pete Carroll at USC. Urban and Spurrier are primarily offensive-minded guys.
I don't think there are many coaches who don't have more expertise on one side of the ball than on the other. They need to combine that expertise with an ability to be a good manager of talent and assistant coaches. To me that was Rich Rod's failing -- he couldn't coordinate or manage the coaches on the defensive side of the ball. And it's Hoke's failing too (on the offensive side).
|1 day 19 hours ago||Can Rachel Nichols attend the presser?||
She held Goodell's feet to the fire. I was impressed with her.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Exactly||
Look at how much Kansas lost when they fired Weis today: $7 million. $1 million is chump change.
|1 day 21 hours ago||The problem is that the team sucks and the coaching is abysmal||
Booing doesn't make that better or worse.
|1 day 23 hours ago||This is a pretty weak defense||
No matter what the refs did or didn't do, the coaches are responsible for the players. I think that you're right that the refs bear some responsibility. But Hoke has said that the well-being of the players is his priority and he didn't act to protect Shane when there was literally nothing at stake. It's pretty reprehensible (at worst) -- dangerously incompetent (at best).
|2 days 12 hours ago||Here's the sequence||
I'd be interested in your take once you've watched it.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Here's a clip for your viewing... displeasure. Sorry.|
|4 days 13 hours ago||This is a widespread problem||
nationally and at the University of Michigan -- the increase in University administration and the increase in their salaries.
See, e.g.: http://www.ips-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IPS-One-Percent-at-State-Universities-May2014.pdf
And specific to Michigan: http://www.michigandaily.com/news/faculty-denounce-adminstrator-salaries-and-ast-letter-regents?page=0,0
|5 days 21 hours ago||Sure||
I'm not criticizing Hoke for playing coy. Here's what I'd say:
Coaches hold their cards close to their vest when they can. Normally the starters are obvious. So if Hoke were asked who's starting at LT, he'd presumably say "Mason Cole" because any other answer wouldn't give him any advantage. In this case who's starting isn't obvious because both of our potential starters have not played well of late. And Hoke shouldn't tip his hand, because we could actually lose to Minnesota and we can use every advantage.
So the sad thing is really that the team is in this position: on the edge of survival in a crap Big Ten, with very poor quarterback play.
|6 days 32 min ago||I don't know about that||
It seems more likely that he and the coaching staff have made the decision but aren't telling anyone what it is. That's everyone's impression, anyway... although you could be right that he's actually being indecisive and is pretending. But that seems unlikely considering the broader pattern, which is to reduce communication of such things to the media.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Yeah.||
It's a little sad that we need to play these games with Minnesota, though, isn't it?
|6 days 1 hour ago||Same for the OL||
|6 days 22 hours ago||HEY||
Lay off Reader71. He provides a lot of value here and is an ex player who deserves our respect.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Yep. He handled it with all the grace of an anonymous internet||
poster. As you might have expected, it make me see red.
It's amazing... I've dealt with corporate customer satisfaction reps that were so good, I could feel my anger and annoyance melting away, even at local department stores. Only we have the AD who is uber-corporate yet finds a way -- no, goes out of his way -- to aggravate alumni.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Exactly right||
I also think that some portion of the fanbase was willing to accept a 2014 Michigan team that went 9-3 and was competitive in the losses. But 9-3 with competitive losses? That's a pipe dream unless this team improves radically.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I could if you really want me to||
I was also thinking about posting this awful exchange I had with DB himself (or someone in his office). It was a year ago, when they had that stupid Kraft noodle in Michigan Stadium the day before the first game. I told him that I didn't want advertising in Michigan Stadium (in general, although I didn't like the stupid noodle either). I sent the same e-mail to Brian Townsend. In both I used my University e-mail account and indicated that I was an alumnus and a tenure-track academic (now I'm tenured) -- my school is in the AAU, and in the same class as Michigan.
DB sent me a hostile, condescending e-mail. I was really shocked and upset, to be honest. I figured that I wouldn't get any response, or if I did, it would be something like "Thanks for letting us know how you feel and for your passion for Michigan football! Go Blue!" Instead I get this bullshit snark. Brian Townsend, on the other hand, sent me a really lovely response. He's a genuinely nice guy and/or realizes that he gains nothing by picking fights with alumni.
I was too pissed to think of posting the e-mail exchange when it happened, and then I forgot about it over the offseason, but now DB has pissed me off again.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I just wrote an awesome e-mail to the regents||
complaining about the direction that the Athletic Department has been going in, so if Dave gets fired I'm going to take credit if that's okay with you.
I'm pretty sure they care more than anything else about the opinions of a thirtysomething alumnus in the humanities who's now a professor at a rival school.
|1 week 17 hours ago||I know what to think||
and it's not at all positive.
I know that you agree, Bando. This is horrible.