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|1 hour 39 min ago||recruiting stars||
Who cares how many stars the players had in high school?
How many made the NFL? You'd be better off looking at draft results.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Coach K||
Coach K is a lot of things (not all bad). I'd include "self-promoter" and "shady" in the list for sure.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Brooklyn||
That classic always reminds me of this not-so-classic:
|5 days 7 hours ago||prior staffs||
I'd like to find a long-time insider and ask them how the Carr and Rodriguez staffs fared by that measure (efficient use of practice time).
|1 week 3 days ago||recruits||
When I think of that team I'm sometimes reminded of the late '90s group at Michigan. Several heralded players (Willie Mitchell, anyone?) whose on-court production didn't match their recruiting ranking/stars/whatever. Looking at the group:
* McCormick: WYSIWYG, pretty much. He was a McDonald's AA and wound up going in the first round.
* Turner: Maybe left a little early, but was pretty productive player.
* Rellford: Another McDonald's guy who always looked like a football player (which he was in high school, IIRC, at a high level ... same school as AC) out there. High-energy, decent mid-range baseline jumper, not much else. I think he had a cup of coffee in the NBA. Relative to expectations, an underperformer ...
* Wade: Good role player ... not sure about the Top 50 ranking.
* Henderson: Pretty high-profile recruit who never really put it together in college.
* Jokisch: Rellford light. I thought he was much better at football.
* Joubert: Let's start with his height, which was closer to 6'3" than 6'5". He's easily one of the most overrated recruits of the modern era. If he'd been a Top 100/150 guy, you could say he met expectations. Top 10/15? Not so much ...
* Thompson: I don't remember him having a high profile as a recruit. Seemed like a regional, lower-end Big Ten guy. Quite productive at Michigan ... poor man's (or maybe middle class) Louis Bullock. Anyway, he was in his first year at that point.
We're left with what, then? A mature big man with NBA potential (McCormick), a fringe NBA point guard (Turner), a guy who was starting to blow up (Tarpley), and a bunch of role players. Sounds pretty "NIT" to me when you consider that the NCAA field was only 32 back then.
Where's Rockymore, by the way? I thought he was pretty good. Did he play that year?
|1 week 4 days ago||better yet||
He's a young sociopath, full stop.
|1 week 5 days ago||"Somehow she turned that into||
"Somehow she turned that into moaning about how the rest of the country treats money as a status symbol while the Bay Area stayed true to their roots, man."
Yes -- by doing so she marked herself as a (temporarily transplanted) coastal journalist, junior class. (Quite disappointing that Ms. Wang, in her rebuttal, seemed to take that assertion at face value without applying any critical thinking to it ...) Thou shalt take gratuitous potshots at flyover whenever possible.
Classic NoCal humblebrag: "Look (obliquely, not directly) at how cool I am!"
What's hilarious is that a subset of the SF Bay population is *extremely* competitive on socioeconomic issues. As noted above, they try to be coy about it, but it's not hard to miss. Well, not if you pick up on little nuances ...
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||walking on||
OP: "... why not go to a good college and walk-on?"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||MGB||
Easily one of the most interesting posts I've seen here recently. Good work!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||rating||
OP: Thanks for your contribution. I'd give it at least 7 or 8 out of 10 on the MGoBoard scale.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||future||
55-year-old versions of these kids raid pension funds.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||patience||
However unlikely this scenario may seem to some people here, the last thing I want is for Chatman to transfer to (say) Oregon, take a year off, and end up being Jalen Rose "Lite" and a borderline NBA prospect (or better).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||motivation||
I suspect self-promotion (on the part of the tools pushing this) is important here. I can imagine them putting this "initiative" on a CV.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Chicago||
Agreed on Chicago.
What -- seriously -- does it say that the "angelic" molder of men Coach K and Bill Self are consistently successful there? Don't tell me it's 100% "tradition."
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||history||
This is "Willy the Wolverine" all over again. It's obviously a bad idea at face value. What's also bad: These little @#$%s (please pardon my language) surely have a plan to benefit financially (like the WtW guys) from their venture.
To those criticizing Brian, well, I get it at some level, but I'd suggest (in words that our little friends might use) that you "look at this from fifty thousand feet." I think these kids _are_ baby Brandons. They're planning to do some "monetizing" of the UMich "brand." They deserve nothing but scorn. Just look at the guy's picture. It says t-o-o-l.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||technology||
"... willing to wreck anything if they can point to a bigger number in the spreadsheet ..."
Spreadsheets are a mixed blessing. Wonderful technology, weapons of mass destruction, too ...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||duplicate||
My holiday wish (which was not granted) for MGoBlog was to see no posts in the board that are duplicates of the "Hello" post.
This is a particularly bad violation, IMO. The Hello post is already up. Do we really need two areas to collect comments?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||starz||
I really enjoyed reading this. I have a thickheaded former colleague (of the STARZ DON'T MATTER variety) who is going to be getting a link very soon.
As much as it pains me to say so, this evidence makes Sparty's talent evaluation (or whatever it is they're doing up there) seem more impressive. They've sent a lots of 3s and 2s to the NFL. (By the way, the colleague I mentioned earlier also believes that MSU's success is all about Dantonio "taking over the state.")
|4 weeks 4 days ago||tree||
With all respect to Loeffler, I have viewed him, Cam Cameron, and a few others as the default sub-Harbaugh "Michigan Men" coaching choices of all the dumbass "Michigan Men" that have plagued the program. We can do better (and clearly have recently).
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Keith||
IMO he exceeded expectations during his RS Freshman year. He was a low 3-star recruit who contributed meaningfully for the better part of two seasons. Good luck to him.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||elite circle||
I'd agree that the average NW (especially) and ND students probably have better baseline socioeconomic networks than the average UMich student.
UMich may have the same absolute number of high-end students. This is probably truer now than it was when I went there (where, during my first weekend, a guy named Barry from Stuyvesant HS very politely explained to me that UMich was viewed a safety school in certain circles). Look at the bases (approximate number of undergrad students):
See? Try comparing the richest 8K at UMich to the student bodies of NW and ND. I'll bet they're similar.
My point (at the risk of stating the obvious) is that you can, in many areas, find whatever you want at a school with the size and prestige of UMich. (At the other end, at least in the old days, you could also have the pleasure of meeting kids who were the *only* UMich students in their rural hometowns. Less common nowadays, I'll bet ...)
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Aside: With all respect to the K-College grads on this board, I could *never* understand why any in-state students would bother with that place when its student body (in terms of grades and test scores), when blown up to UMich size, would be just about the same academically. Especially when tuition was much more expensive ... I guess I never understood the small-school charm.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||similarities||
Agreed -- it's almost bot-like. There have been other interesting posts touching on socioeconomic issues.
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While I'm here, I think the answer is staggeringly obvious: Go to UMich FFS. I might give the same answer even without the $30K disparity.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||MGoBoard|
|5 weeks 1 day ago||timing||
It wasn't just Jews. If you weren't a WASP back then (e.g., if you were Greek/Italian) you faced subtle discrimination in that region. Lately? Not so much ...
Reference (not necessarily authoritative, but consistent with what I've heard):
BTW, I have older relatives who were on the wrong end of that back in the day.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||words||
If you're going to butcher something, at least do it correctly: PRE-Madonna.
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||again||
Sorry, sierragold, I have to comment on this post, too.
"I just don't ever expect to hear about the U of M Fraternities doing this kind of damage at a ski resort ..."
What they did is extreme and disgusting. There's another post here (recommended reading) that goes into gory detail about another incident. That alone should (IMO) alter your expectations. You don't *ever* expect to hear something like this?
"... does give a black eye to the U of M ..."
Sorry -- no *reasonable* person is going to use that to smear UM. Only people that like to say "scUM" will make a big deal out of this.
"... they are representing the University of Michigan as long as they are enrolled at the University ..."
Sorry, no -- this is a private affair.
"Face it you would be laughing your ass off if it was any other University."
Nope -- I'd chalk it up to a bunch of 20-something idiots under the influence of some bad groupthink (the dark side, btw, of Greek System culture).
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||yes||
I agree with this and your other posts. The OP sounds like a bit of a Boy Scout with the Moral Majority tone of his/her post.
OP: You're "disappointed?" Really? Is it your expectation that all 40K UMich students behave themselves at all times? That appears to be the case and it makes you look silly and naive.
Were those guys a bunch of idiots? Surely. Does it reflect poorly on the whole university? NFW.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||soundtrack for w777's post||
"... ever since Rich Rod let them take the state over ..."
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Hand and engineering||
Maybe his numbers (grades, test scores) were way outside the engineering school's range for incoming students. It may have been that simple.
Who knows? They may have been outside Alabama's, too. But, schools that make use of "bag men" are probably more likely to sweet-talk recruits.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||nature||
No one as mentioned Antelope Island, so I may as well ... it's pretty cool if you're in a hiking mood:
Little bit of a poke from SLC ...
Most people are pleasantly surprised by the range and quality of diversions in the area. SLC is underrated IMO.