|1 year 10 weeks ago||The Charge of the Light Brigade||
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Did the ND game really have a future?||
What with the 9 game conference schedule?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Did the ND game really have a future?||
What with the 9 game conference schedule?
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I voted Democrat||
However, I think Silver's analysis is pretty flawed here. How many avid college football fans are really googling for "X college football"?
The validation is that he claims Georgia Tech has a bigger fanbase than Georgia, which is just crazy talk.
I love stats and numbers and believe in man caused climate change! I just think Silver is off base here and is using flawed data for his methodology.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I just peed myself laughing.||
I just peed myself laughing.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I don't see much sense in this move||
The B1G already added Nebraska and gets the coveted championship game, so I don't see Maryland and Rutgers adding much value there.
I don't think either school brings much to the table in football. Maryland was at its apex under Friedgen and even then wasn't more than a regional player. Rutgers has been a middling Big East school the last decade which was also their apex and might diminish as the residue from Schiano fades more and more from the program.
I wonder if the Big Ten Network might try to bundle itself with the Yankee network (YES) and force itself into the New York cable market that way. Maryland is in a nice metro area, but I don't think they have a very intense fanbase. Without some sort of deal, I wonder if this won't dilute the Big Ten viewership on a per school basis.
I don't see the value in a "screw ND" mentality, either. The ACC will probably just pick up Navy, which actually makes ND's deal with the ACC even better.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||PSA: can't bring signs to ND||
PSA: can't bring signs to ND stadium.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Good luck, y'all!||
Good luck, y'all!
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Isn't the better question:||
Isn't the better question: "Who will wear Legends #16 two years from now?"
|2 years 14 weeks ago||The lots opened at the usual||
The lots opened at the usual 7:30 AM for the USC night game last year. I'd expect the same for this weekend's game.
Happy tailgatining, y'all!
|3 years 13 weeks ago||on your realignment notes...||
Boeheim's being a dishonest ass. The decision was made by the Big East and not ND:
Big East commissioner John Marinatto said there were mixed feelings about turning down ESPN's deal initially -- and the divide was pretty much between the so-called basketball members and the football members -- but the announcement of the Pac-12's lucrative deal ($3 billion over 12 years) convinced them all it was the right move.
"The [price of programming] dramatically changed when the Pac-12 announced its deal," Marinatto said. "And we were unanimous. There was splintering before that, but, on that day, we were unanimous 'we're walking away.' College football has firmly been implanted as the No. 2 most popular sport.
"What we bring to the table in terms of assets is very unique and going last and having last at-bats [among the major conferences negotiating new TV deals] provide us the opportunity to evaluate what everyone else has done."
In fact, the Pitt AD wanted to hold off on the contract in an attempt to expand to 12 members.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Mike Martin + banged up = vomit on keyboard||
Mike Martin + banged up = vomit on keyboard
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Wasn't there some mention of restricting Robinson?||
I think Hoke mentioned he wanted to restrict Robinson to 10 or 15 (as opposed to 20) runs per game: http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/30957/confident-denard-robinson-embraces-changes
I think the net effect might be losing a game or two early on as a result, but a much healthier Robinson down the stretch.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Sorry if this has been answered before||
But what the hell was up with Vorax? Is there some insider story about the stuffed animal out there? Or is it yet another mystery of the GERG?
|3 years 25 weeks ago||As a dumb sidebar question||
Why is it that folks can never seem to get the name of ND's coach right? For the longest time, you'd hear folks talking about Coach Davies or Coach Weiss. For a while, it looked like Coach Meyers would take over the Irish until he took over Florida and changed his name to Meyer. Now they've got this new fella, Coach Kelley?
I guess everybody like Coach Willingham enough to get his name right. That's probably because he sucked.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||The correct answer is "whatever makes you most marketable"||
I'd say being able to stamp the name of a Fortune 500 company or a company most everyone's heard of (something like LinkedIn) is going to give any resume a huge boost. If you have that opportunity, it'd be hard to turn down.
Howeva, if you're in something like graphic design, you have to keep in mind that your resume is ancillary. In the case of design, you're being judged moreso by the quality of your portfolio than by resume per say. In that case, whatever option gives you better opportunities to enhance your portfolio with quality entries is where you want to go.
Similarly, if you're into programming or web design nothing sells like "go to this website and see this nifty bit of code I wrote." A small company is much more likely to give a summer intern that opportunity. My first internship was at a 10 person company and I wrote code for their flagship software. They let me hand out demo CDs with my segment of their software. That ended up netting me an internship the next summer at a Fortune 500 company.
I guess there's a lot of "it depends" in my answer. Big companies are safer because you'll be able to stamp "Famous Company" on your resume, but working for a small company can have tremendous upside, too.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I too think Collins is most at fault||
The extent of that fault, however, is unclear. What is clear is that Collins wasn't using appropriate information to inform his decision. Was Collins's approach typical for others making similar decisions? If so, his error was systematic. If not, why did he use those particular means for gathering information? Did he lack education? Was he properly educated but using an improper procedure?
|3 years 35 weeks ago||You should really read the report pages 17-20|
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Could it be that they see||
Could it be that they see things differently than you? Perhaps they even agree with the findings?
You seem to be coming at this that Brian Kelly had some sort of "Code Red" moment, ordering Sullivan up into the lift and that's "the truth" that everybody knows and the family is party to covering up.
In fact, it's really not. Kelly and the coaching staff made the decision to practice outside. The decision for videographers to use the lifts or not was made by the video staff (Collins). Collins was using improper information to judge whether lifts were safe to use, although he was diligently checking in on the conditions.
There were many failings along the way for this tragedy to occur. Some demand a pound of flesh. Others just hope that policies and practices change (which ND has taken steps towards) to prevent this from happening again. Unfortuantely, neither will restore Declan.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Actually, this response is||
Actually, this response is consistent between even old and new regime. Will Yeatman got a DUI during Spring 2008. He later violated his probation during the 2008 season, leading to his suspension from football and school. Yeatman left the university of his own accord.
That's pretty consistent with the Floyd case. It's also consistent with the treatment of "normal" students at ND for DUIs.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||A scholarship is in the works||
A scholarship is in the works already.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Scout changes for the Irish||
Kayak & Tuitt up to 5 stars, G. Atkinson and Hanratty down to 3. That's a net neutral on the average Scout ranking.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Quick Florida Stats||
1999 - 20.9 points against per game
2000 - 21 papg
2001 - 14.8 papg
So he had one great year as DC and two average years while at Florida. Overall tendancy was to give up lots of points to the good teams.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Mr. Forcier - 0.0|
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Last coach poached from the Bears...||
Ron English, for whatever that's worth. Of course, English never coached a down with the Bears either.
I think it's tough to judge a guy's ability to develop talent based on the NFL. His Florida track record is probably more relevant, correct?
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Isn't the rumor that Tate isn't enrolled at UM?||
I've seen it posited as fact elsewhere that Tate didn't make the grades and is out of UM for at least a semester.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||I'd think the favorite is his brother||
Nepotism sounds bad, but Jon Hoke (current Chicago Bears DB coach) actually has a pretty solid resume:
1982 Dayton (DB)
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Hoke||
I think we'll be circling in on a Hoke hire once we start to hear names crop up that are definitively worse than his, guys like Ron English or a myriad of coordinators.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Gruden||
Gruden has interest in every major coaching position since the end of his Bucs gig. Hell, while he was with the Bucs I think he took a rumored trip to Tennessee. If he's demanding his brother be the OC with a $1M salary and successorship, I really don't see this happening even if he has some interest in the job.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Weren't these Gruden's demands to Miami?||
1. $3.4 million salary
2. $1 million salary for his brother Jay to be the OC
3. If he met a certain winning standard, Jay would become his successor
4. A private jet for recruiting and personal uses
I sort of have my doubts that Michigan and Jon would come to some accord if they above is true.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||This class is shaping up to be probationary||
I recall that when ND hired Charlie Weis, he wanted to stay with the Patriots on their Super Bowl run. Doing so really hurt their recruiting class that year. Ultimately, that class really killed them in 2007 since there was almost no depth.
I see Michigan in a similar position now. The only real hope to salvage this class is that an established coach comes on board and convinces a number of verbal commits at his current school to flip to Michigan. Even then that's not terribly likely.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Yeah, but Gruden put a down payment on a house in Ann Arbor!||
Are we gonna go with the co-Head Coach model?
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Interesting||
If this is about Les Miles, one should probably note that he's in Dallas at the moment.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Jon Gruden must really be into real estate||
He's been putting down payments down on lots of houses since he left the Bucs.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Let me guess||
The guy owns the local 31 Flavors, am I right?
|3 years 50 weeks ago||As another note||
Search firms also typically vets a candidate.
The flow here is that Brandon will say to the search firm "What about Coach X" and the firm will investigate and report one of the following:
A) X has no interest
B) X has a skeleton in his closet
C) X has interest, here is where negotiations start
If a search firm is actually being used, I think we can deduce that the obvious candidates (Miles and Hoke) are ruled out at this point. It indicates that Brandon is probably going to try to hire somebody he's not personally connected to.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||It's up to you||
I mean, do you really want to quite masturbating?
|4 years 1 week ago||Legit question||
What is the "value add" of this set of names/logos over what you could get off of Bleacher Reports? I'd argue most of this is actual worse.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I realize QB depth looks rosy now||
But I'm firmly in the camp that you should take a quarterback in every recruiting class. I'm not suggesting anything is afoot, but you never know when injury, trasfers, or other attrition will occur. In 2013, if Gardner has to miss a game for some reason, it'd sure be a lot better if his replacement was a junior rather than a sophomore.
I realize you're probably not going to get a superstar, but having a body with a profile that matches your system is good enough for a "depth" QB.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||All I have to said||
Is you raise me up! Thank you.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Remember when Urban Meyer was at Utah?||
He'd accepted the Florida job but coached the Fiesta Bowl against Pitt. Don't see why it's a big issue.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Just to be fair to Kelly||
Once the tower fell, "practice" only continued in the sense that Kelly ordered an assistant to take the players to the other end of the field to keep them out of the way of emergency personnel. Kelly and Swarbrick both were by Sullivan until emergency personnel took him away in an ambulence.
"Kelly continued practice" is a myth perpetuated by FREEP type hatchet reporting on the part of Brian Hamilton.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Hope you're not clamouring for Harbaugh||
That dude takes arrogance to 11.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||That's a good point||
The contract stipulates as "for cause".
The process for that is unclear, though. Would that have to happen immediately?
|4 years 3 weeks ago||re: Harbaugh||
The real issue with Harbaugh comes down to his ultimate ambitions. Is Michigan a destination job for him or does he have designs on the NFL?
By my understanding, some NFL teams (namely the 49ers) will be considering Harbaugh this offseason. If his goals are indeed the NFL, he will probably have the opportunity to go there as soon as January 2011.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Who knows||
The again, we're not the ones in charge of balancing revenues against costs for the AD.
And considering the state of "the economy", I'd really hate to be the guy who makes a $1.5M decision when the effects are at best immeasurable.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Not according to this||
If this is in fact his contract... read pages 4 and 7.
"Contract Year Three" is $4M and "Contract Year Four" is $2.5M.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||$1.5M||
The contract posted on mlive and linked through this blog suggests firing Rodriguez on or before 12/31/10 costs the school $4M and on or after 1/1/11 only costs $2.5M.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Ohio State||
|4 years 7 weeks ago||I almost wonder if it's||
I almost wonder if it's already too late for the defense and therefore too late for Rodriguez. Assuming he has a one year mandate to get the defense rectified, or else. You'd think year one (mind you 8 months of a "system") would yield only an incremental improvement and the real, difference making pay-off would come in year two. Assuming that's the case, our Lord and Saviour couldn't turn the defense around in time to save Rodriguez, barring some water-into-wine type scenario where unlikely heroes miraculously emerge from the depths of the current linebacking and defensive back corps already on campus.
With regards to an actual candidate, my thought would be that you're hoping Casteel would come over as suggested, but that presumes a) Stewart is fired and b) Casteel doesn't see Michigan as a sinking ship. Otherwise, if you demand experience then you're looking for somebody who's fallen on hard times. That person matches the profile of either a Greg Robinson circa December 2008, present day Jon Tenuta, or Moeller pulling a "Captain Freedom" type comeback.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Now we've got them where we||
Now we've got them where we want them.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I dunno about #2||
Shouldn't it be just a bit concerning that Akron held IU to fewer yards than Michigan?
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I don't think so||
My understanding is that each class has a limit of 25. Since Rogers signed and came to UM, he counts against the 2010 25 limit.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Same as you beat any offense||
Win the battle at the line consistently and keep the ball in front of you so you don't give up the big play.
Look, this is a great offense with a great player running it so not every team is going to be able to go out and stop it. The best part of this offense is that "tricks" or "scheme" aren't really going to beat it. You have to soundly win match-ups upfront to have a chance. If you blitz too heavily or drop too many in coverage, there are too many good options to take advantage. ND did a decent job, but came up short primarily with their safety play. I'll be interested to see how this offense does against Iowa, Wisconsin, PSU, and OSU since those defensive units might have the horsepower needed to stop Michigan.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Rivals has separate||
Rivals has separate positional rankings for "strong side" and "weak side" defensive ends. This guy isn't the best end in the country, but he's really good.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I'm sure I'll get neg-banged for this||
On the one hand, Rodriguez deserves a lot of credit for recruiting and developing Denard into what he is today. Whether his system is easy or hard to call in-game is irrelevant, especially since Rodriguez is more of a system coach anyway.
On the other hand, when ND is in a worse position than Sheridan/Threet (Montana was a bad JC player and Rees was a frosh) for about 45% of the game due to Crist's injury, then yes this was an easier win for Rodriguez than it was for Kelly. Kelly made some tactical/strategic mistakes throughout, but most of those were trying to overcompensate for his version of Sheridan/Threet.
I know Crist played imperfectly when he was in the game, but I'm not sure if Michigan pulls out that win if he played the whole time.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Are you sure it was "words" and "mouth"?||
Do I need to visit urbanthesaurus to see if those words have alternate meanings?
|4 years 15 weeks ago||that doesn't make sense to me||
The murder happened June 25, 2004, which was before his first camp at CMU. I don't see how this could impale his reputation within Michigan.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Opposite Day||
What everybody assumes will be an offensive shoot out instead becomes a very defensive battle.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Denard gets the glory in the offense||
But it's not that different from an option attack. If the offense wins the battles up front, Denard will look like a rock star. If the offense loses the battles up front, he'll be bottled up. Sure, Denard has the talent to make some gains on bad and broken plays, but he's not going to put up UCONN numbers if the line is getting crushed.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||If you're stopping Denard/Pat, you're too late||
It's the same as any other offense: you win the battle in the trenches. Games where the defensive front seven beat up the WVU line were games in which White struggled (see Pitt 2007).
The offensive systems may change, but football never does. Veer, Spread, West Coast, Pro Style, Run 'n Shoot. It doesn't matter. Win the battle up front soundly and you can stop any offensive system.
If Denard or White are running at your second level consistently, you're in trouble, but that's true if any running back consistently gets to the second level.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Agree with all that with one||
Agree with all that with one exception: RR isn't off the hot seat, even with an 8-4 season. He doesn't get fired at the end of the year, but that doesn't mean he'd be back in 2012 with 100%. I realize the conditions under which UM goes 8-4 or better in 2010 and fireably bad in 2011 are 5% territory at the most (least?), but they do exist.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Are you sure about the DL?||
I thought Kerrigan was a pretty good player.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Don't call my name, don't call my name||
|4 years 15 weeks ago||You know who really annoys me?||
People that imitate owls.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Why so pessimistic?||
I'd say at least a thousand.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||This seems like a typical sports meme Brian debunks||
I've seen fast guys run fast on grass and on turf. Reggie Bush looked just as fast on that field in 2005 as he ever did. Manningham looked fast in 2006. I think that when field conditions are poor, such as at Soldiers Field in Chicago guys might be slowed down, but I don't see it as a factor here.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||ND doesn't allow signs in||
ND doesn't allow signs in their stadium, so there's that.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||"two felony arrests for home||
What's that you say? Hide your kids? Hide your wife?
|4 years 16 weeks ago||I'll agree with you||
I think a 3 is a much more appropriate rating. Sure, each of these guys have shown flashes and promise in the past, but between your top three guys, you only have a collective 145 carries for 789 yards (5.4 ypc) and 5 TDs rushing, as well as chipping in 19 catches for 130 yards (6.84 ypc) and 3 TD receiving. So you have "hope" that these guys will do well, but we really haven't seen how any of them hold up over the course of a season. Contrast that to the DL which you call a 4, surely the Tailbacks are much less of a known quantity and it'd only be reasonable to call them a 3. There isn't a Mike Martin in this group. Hell, there isn't even a Van Bergen.
That's not to say this group can't be great or even the strength of this team in 2010, but if you were to predict which unit would be more likely to be stronger in 2010, wouldn't that be the DL going away?
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Forcing a team to prepare for||
Forcing a team to prepare for three QBs sure didn't help ND in 2007 against Georgia Tech. I don't expect UM 2010 to be ND 2007, but at the same time a coach's unwillingness to name the starting QB before the season is more often than not a portent of bad things. That might not be true in this case, but it's not a completely unreasonable statement to make.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Shaq||
Shaq Evans left ND because he couldn't crack the two-deep AND he was far from home/homesick. UCLA makes a lot more sense than Oregon, which was 750 miles from home.
I don't think Michigan would have been a consideration at all.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||The world is changed. I feel||
|4 years 17 weeks ago||OSU fans, Michigan fans,||
OSU fans, Michigan fans, Brian and the FREEP united, Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes... The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
|4 years 17 weeks ago||This really, really sucks. I||
This really, really sucks. I suppose; however, it was inevitible once the conference expanded. As Brian notes, this is a losing battle at this point. I think it's most disappointing since this ramification obviously wasn't seriously considered at that point.
I don't think anybody from UM or OSU would have elected to add Nebraska, ND, or Texas, or even all three, at the cost of The Game and it's really a shame that Brandon and Smith didn't have the foresight to consider that.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I think the weak-link||
I think the weak-link argument is debatable, but M-P claimed:
Even if the weak-link model is valid, it doesn't favor a defensive improvement since 2010 CB is even worse than 2009 Safety.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Boner time.||
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I will be proud that||
So you won't be proud of Forcier?
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Sew old one! Sew like the||
Sew old one! Sew like the wind!
|4 years 18 weeks ago||So in the accounting of||
So in the accounting of "Winners and Losers of 2010 Expansion", Michigan is firmly a loser now, correct?
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Dumb question||
Is it possible that her tweet was correct? Unless we've heard directly from Tate himself (not his dad), isn't it at least possible that Tate did in fact put in for his transfer paperwork and is mulling his options before making a final decision and that somewhere along the way those actions came to Hotty McHotHot's source's attention? It's not really like that's totally implausible. Didn't Turner transfer before he informed his family?
In short, I guess I'm just saying that unless we've heard contrary from Tate himself or somebody in the AD, Hotty McHotHot quite possibly reported the truth.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Look at 2009 ND||
Scored ~30 ppg, good for #30 or so in the country. #8 yardage offense with 451.8 ypg and the #5 passing offense. Yet, they went 6-6 when they gave up ~26 ppg (#63), #86 in ypg at 398.
The offense may well turn out fine, even great. But I don't see how one can reasonably expect the #76 scoring defense to improve to even being average (i.e. in the 60s) after not only losing it's two clear best starters to the NFL, but also with putrid depth in the secondary. Hell, even if the defense moves up to to the 60s range, that doesn't look much better than 6-6 for Michigan.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||The tailgating thing is||
The tailgating thing is enforced. They do let you park in fields nearby the campus (White Fields) and you can tailgate in those.
Even for Domers it is hard to get a lot pass.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Wings!||
So if I hear a bell ring, is that Tate earning his wings?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Woolfork should look in the mirror||
If the QB largely responsible for four wins is "diseased" I wonder what term he's using for the defense that gave up 500 yards back-to-back to Illinois and Purdue.
Edit: added a "for"
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I don't get this||The train of thought really derails at "Because Notre Dame won't join the Big East for football, it could make them join the Big Ten." This fails twice. If ND is going to end up joining a conference, why won't they consider the Big East? They play almost as many Big East games as Big Ten games anyways. And if ND doesn't want to join a conference, then they just won't join a conference. If they get kicked out of the Big East, then I'm sure one of the ACC, CUSA or Horizon League would take non-football. Further derailment at "The Big East hopes that would satisfy the Big Ten's expansion dreams and not gut the Big East out of existence." Why would that satisfy the dreams? Why would that stop a hypothetical acquisition of UConn or Syracuse or Pitt or Rutgers? If anything, wouldn't that push expansion efforts further to try to secure the north east markets for the BTN?|
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Conference Refs||
At what point do we have to consider that having officials with specific conference affiliations represents a major conflict of interest and calls the integrity of officiating into question. At this point, it's in the Big 10's monetary interest for Iowa to remain undefeated and qualify for the championship game, since doing so would likely lead to a second Big 10 team in a BCS game and a double pay out of the sweet BCS pot.
Whether or not there is an actual conspiracy in play, the outcome simply looks terrible. Many commentators in sports media (Bob Davie, MNF crew) all quipped that you have to start to question the integrity of Big 10 officiating... I wonder when it will become a national issue.