somehow we're only 124th
|18 hours 41 min ago||possible||
I found this hard to fathom myself. But there is recent precedent. Andy Reid spoke glowingly of Philly to Chip Kelly. And it really helped.
So I guess I'm saying there is a chance.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I'd like to help you in this fine endeavor....||
..... so an upvote for you good sir.
|5 days 18 hours ago||I'm an old guy too||
I got it. ;)
|6 days 5 hours ago||Cumong man||
That's what you mean by problem solving? Sheesh. You're a creature of the State. Without it you don't exist.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Eh||
Lemme know when the field of social work solves an actual problem first.
|1 week 1 day ago||he doesn't want to have a heart attack. literally.||
Cutcliffe has a bad ticker. He wants to be at a place with less pressure. He ain't coming here.
|1 week 2 days ago||not just for the Lions either||
Jeez I miss Killer.
|1 week 2 days ago||thank you||
There are precious few places these days where you can count on readership that gets that one.
|1 week 2 days ago||slight correction||
The Flexbone's direct ancestors are the Wishbone & Run-N-Shoot. Flex the Wishbone's RB's out to the slot and make a small adjustment to the FB depth and you have the Flexbone.
And when it was first run back at Hawaii ~25 years ago the playcalling was vary much a mix of Wishbone vs Shoot. By '94 it had really become the run dominant animal you see now. Though you'll still see some Shoot in the passing game.
|1 week 5 days ago||which would not be bad||
The O would put a lot of butts in seats. I do think the O has evolved a bit from the Houston days though. Maybe because Briles can recruit a different kind of player to Waco. Baylor runs way more deep stuff than Houston ever did. Unless the opponent's secondary was of GERG quality Case Keenum was dumping the ball off quite a bit. Yards per catch was definitely lower.
|1 week 5 days ago||i know he's not available and not coming if he was, but ......||
Briles would be awesome. While his offense is spread in personality the X's & O's are expressed as Yeoman's old Veer. Don't think this would be a huge adjustment. And for MANBALL types there is plenty of power blocking if the defensive alignment dictates it.
|1 week 6 days ago||he's a freakin' genius||
Gus can run anything anywhere. His first success as HS coach was running a Wing-T. When he left Springdale he was throwing 80% of the time. His first season at Tulsa was if I recall something like 170/270 run/ground yardage split. Next season with weaker thrower at QB Gus turned it around to 270/170. Whatever we have he can score with.
I highly doubt Cowherd's mystery man is Gus. But if it is, and he's gettable? Yes, we want him.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||cumong man||
You're kidding right? GaT is just a *wee* bit better than Florida.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||no no no||
Yikes. Zona under the previous coach ran a system a heckuva lot closer to RR's than Carr MANBALL.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"I would tell you this, that||
"I would tell you this, that the role that I'm playing as Athletic Director, as interim Athletic Director"
Ok, that is about an obvious Freudian slip as they come.
Its also a big whiff of Alexander Haig: "I am in control here, at Shembechler Hall".
|3 weeks 4 days ago||yes||
This. I don't know if Nuss will or deserves to stay. But my reading of the things that have and haven't changed since Borges left leads me to this very conclusion. I do think Hoke has imposed constraints on Nuss.
Some things really were Borges' fault. The OL is nowhere near the tire fire it was LY. Run plays mate better with pass plays. Borges' twisted take on base/counter/counter-counter basic theory exists no more.
But other things really do have Hoke's imprint on them. Like the execution (and as John McKay said, I'm in favor of it) of our 2-minute Chinese fire drill.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||not quite||
Graham is not necessarily a spread-to-pass guy. At Tulsa was spread-to-run after 1st season. He hands this off to the OC and gets out of the way. Which is why a Graham/Stitt combo is so tasty.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||some of us have to live with other people||
Our only child is a 12-yo son - with a big pitching arm - who can wear a different Tigers t-shirt to school for weeks before repeating despite growing 5 inches in the last year. What makes him happiest makes the whole family happiest.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||yes to this||
Aranda caught Anderson's eye by coming up with X's & O's that gave Nevada's Pistol run game fits. Was able to graft two-gap principles onto a one-gap defense to stymie the backside of a zone run without sacrificing on the front side. He's an excellent technician.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||loved it.||
True dat. If you've never seen Ernie you're missing a good time. My 12-yo saw it thrice.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||right coach wrong reasons||
Yes Graham hired Malzahn and later Morris. Those moves in and of themselves weren't a big deal. The big deal was that he let them run their offenses without interference.
People forget what a big deal this was when Graham took over Tulsa. Malzahn had a very rought time of it at Arkansas because McNutt wouldn't leave the offense alone and he eventually sidelined Gus completely.
Graham trusted Gus and told him he was being hired for his offensive expertise and would be left alone to show it.
At Auburn after Newton "graduated" the cupboard was bare. I think 4 of 5 OL graduated as well. So the points dipped a bit and Chizik started meddling with it. Gus leaves and a year later everyone at Auburn realizes the wrong guy was head coach.
Graham can credibly lure a guy like Bob Stitt to Ann Arbor. When he tells a coach he'll be allowed to do his thing you can take that to the bank.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||nononononononononono||
For the billionth time, Heeke did not hire Kelly.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||He really did this at Central||
If we hire Heeke the first thing he'll do is ignore football and re-sign the wrestling coach.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Pick another metric to bitch about||
There is no less consistent stat then defensive turnovers.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'll take him||
Except that Codger Clint turned out to be right on the money with that speech.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||fwiw||
My db sez that on average the tenure at non-P5 schools is ~20% longer.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||of course they party||
You *have* to party in Mt Pleasant, otherwise the natural gas smell gets to you. They do know how to live it up.
- Married to a Chip
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||proviso||
Yes, but TO margin is not a repeatable skill. 3rd down conversions may be.
|10 weeks 8 hours ago||no||
I might be the only WR fan on the planet who thinks Pastorius was overrated.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||not quite||
Actually, that riddle goes like this: "If half a hen can lay half an egg in half a day, how many pancakes does it take to cover a doghouse?"
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I said it all week||
"Or why a heretofore deep and competent secondary gave up 404 yards to Gary Nova"
Why? Three reasons. 1) Ralph Friedgen, 2) Ralph Friedgen, and 3) Ralph Friedgen
|10 weeks 5 days ago||are you sure?||
Interesting that you think hiring Enos is a feather in Heeke's cap.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||um, no||
Interesting idea, except for the fact that Jones & Kelly weren't hired by the same AD. Kelly was hired by Deromedi. Jones was hired by Heeke. And Heeke hired Enos.
In fact Heeke seemed to dislike Kelly more than a bit. When Heeke first hit Mt Pleasant in the new job his first dealings were with the wrestling coach.
If you wanna go ask Deromedi that might be an idea.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||minor fail||
You forgot to mention Rutgers' biggest asset: new OC Ralph Friedgen.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||you really think Phil Knight is gonna let him go?||
Helfrich ain't going anywhere. He was born and raised in Oregon and is very happy there. Read the recent Grantland piece.
Butch Jones: I question a guy who had Dan LeFevour for 3 seasons and couldn't get a better YPA than Kelly did in Danny's freshman season. Especially when Kelly had the kid riding the bench to start the season and basically had to make things up when the original starter - Brian Brunner - went down.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm being serious here, not sarcastic||
So........ who exactly was kicked out for not adding value? Can you give a name? Any name will do.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||No||
I have a problem with a head coach who has Dan LeFevour for 3 years and can't get a higher YPA out of him than Brian Kelly did in his freshman season.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||no doubt||
Oh absolutely. I remember well the mess Chip Kelly made of Oregon.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I had to sit down||
Fred Jackson? Oh please no. Not a chance.
Hecklinski? I could see that.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||no pushover||
If you think Rutgers sucks, think again. Any team whose OC is Ralph Friedgen most definitely does not suck. The Fridge is back doing what he does best.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||now now||
Dominos' pizza was crap *long* before Brandon became CEO.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||good call||
Kansas is probably a step down from NC State. Don't know that home ties would be enough.
But hell yeah he should be a candidate here.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||slight correction||
I believe the term you're looking for is "crapweasel".
|12 weeks 6 days ago||ugh||
I have found the ESPN play-by-play charts to be very problematic. Most games have at least one or two records that are very difficult to parse mechanically.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||nope||
Those archives are empty.
|13 weeks 16 hours ago||hold on||
You don't really think Bellomy will be in the mix do you?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||+1||
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Enos, Enos, Enos||
We looked good against CMU LY because they are coached by DAN ENOS. The Chips put themselves in a 16 point hole on Saturday against Chatta-freakin-nooga before finally waking up and playing like the bad MAC team they are.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||not good enough||
Much thanks for the preview, but Grinwis isn't pimped nearly enough. Yes he is better than Louro. Louro *might* have more longterm upside. But Adam is clearly better right now. No question.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||can't take it anymore||
Wife went to CMU, and one of my husbandly duties is keeping up on the football team. Am close to telling her I need to be released from this as long as Enos is still coach. I think AD Heeke has to go too. Which ain't happening.
Also, am contractually obligated by said wife to include a "fire up" salutation in all CMU football posts. So, Fire Up Chips!
|16 weeks 21 hours ago||ah, memories||
Why is Math so much fun?,
Everyone seems to say.
When all other Subjects
Are work work work,
Math is just like Play.
Oh yes, just like Play.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Old Bit Police||
I'm sorry, we were looking for "that's what she said".
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Junior?||
Jake was arguably the team's best player as a soph.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||No||
Later. After the victim regains his health.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||the real shame||
One moment of abject stupidity and the arc of the victim's life is changed. I can't help but think of all the hard work he put in over years and years to get to the point where he's a Michigan student at a great university..... then poof, a bunch of internet commenters cry over the loss of a thug from the football team.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||priorities||
I'm hoping this doesn't ruin the *victim's* life. At this point why give a damn what it does to York's life?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||excellent news||
Molk's skill set is probably a better fit for Chip Kelly's scheme than San Diego's anyway. Good for him.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||You owe me||
I will never get those minutes back.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Wait a minute.....||
Elon Musk is not evil?
|20 weeks 15 hours ago||Go Bucks! No, not *those* Bucks......||
It sure would be nice if we could take this soccer fever and give a UM team member a boost this weekend. Goalie Adam Grinwis plays for the local PDL Michigan Bucks and the Final 4 is being hosted at Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac this weekend. Semis are Friday night with the Bucks kicking off against Jersey Express @ 7:30pm. If they win the final is Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
The quality is pretty high, and this Bucks' squad might be better than the one that went to back-to-back title games a few years ago.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||Spoke too soon......||
And...... it turns out Fabio was cut today:
Sounders fans lament they didn't have a place to stick Fabio while he develops. And he was taking up an international slot which Sigi Schmid wanted to clear so he could bring back a couple of players who are nearly done rehabbing.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||Gotta say I'm surprised Fabio||
Gotta say I'm surprised Fabio has hung on this long. Didn't think he was athletic enough.
Adam Grinwis is someone who should definitely be drawing an MLS check soon.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Can't believe Brian didn't bring him up||
Pozbang for the only guy here who brought up Fagundez. Already a proven pro who has the tactical acumen too many Nats guys don't have. One of the few MLS'ers I make it a point to follow as much as I can. Just needs to get that paperwork done in '17.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||+googleplex||
Verily, dos a cero.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||needed 1 more scoreless inning||
My cousin nearly set the MIAA record for ERA with Hope back in the day. 6' 4" and plenty of heat.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||While the final score in '76||
While the final score in '76 looked bad we did lead by 5 at the half. And that team was a ball to watch. That was racehorse basketball and Green was electric.
And if Hubbard doesn't break his leg his NBA career looks a lot better and longer.
|41 weeks 5 hours ago||Man that chart is ugly. I||
Man that chart is ugly. I count 115-333 from two-point land not under the net. Wow that's bad.
|41 weeks 5 hours ago||SAT scores too am sorry to say||
Well we all know why the ACT scores are not, um, balanced.
1st GPN grad to wear the winged wheel: Jimmy Carson. Who I pitched batting practice to as a youngster.
|41 weeks 13 hours ago||I doubt he will be comping his HS coach any tix||
Legwand becomes the 2nd grad from Grosse Pointe North to play for the Red Wings. Go North!
You don't see those pansies from South producing Red Wings.
|42 weeks 20 hours ago||Every day of the week and twice on Sunday||
That right there is a pretty good sign you have a winning idea.
|44 weeks 20 hours ago||Yeah, that's the kind of||
Yeah, that's the kind of stuff I'm talking about. If it weren't in the context of hoops recruiting its a stunt that would attract the attention of law enforcement.
Frieder was a fractured soul that desperately needed affirmation from all the wrong sources. ASU gave him love and Frieder lost some of the drive he had here.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Many years back I happened to||
Many years back I happened to meet a guy who played ball with BJ Armstrong in HS. Would have been '86 or '87. I forget precisely why, but he had the chance to play some friendly hoops at Crisler. Just screwing around. Also got to watch a couple of practices. He described to me how the big names on the team would blatantly ignore Frieder whenever it suited them. Saw a couple of players mock Frieder behind his back. He had little control.
Freider's reputation as a recruiter is well known. Don't know if it exists online, but after Frieder left I remember some recruiting letters getting into print. I remember reading a couple. Embarassing stuff. I know coaches pump potential recruits up but some of the stuff reminded me of how shameful Nixon & Kissinger were when they met Mao. And Frieder was writing this stuff to kids in *7th* grade.
He got stars to campus and then could never rein them in. Its why his best teams often showed up well for big games but snoozed thru many.
And that '89 roster shouldn't have been a surprise to win it all. They should have been favorites. I believe 9 guys on that roster logged 1K+ minutes in the NBA. Give those guys to Dean Smith for a year and they win multiple titles going away.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Zero, zip, nada||
There is *zero* chance we win the title with Frieder as coach. Frieder's success as recruiter was directly responsible for his failures as head coach.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Great article, but its missing something||
Am a little bit surprised not to see our increase from '71 onward linked to the new auto labor contracts signed that year. This state's decline in wealth and population started in earnest then and the resultant decline in HS player quality plainly evident by '76.
|45 weeks 6 hours ago||Wish Pinnacle had a line on this.||
I'd bet $ against it. Outside Sochi? I'd bet $ on that.
|45 weeks 7 hours ago||Mormon toilets *work*||
Remember all of the jokes made about those yokels in Utah? Mitt Romney & the Mormons look pretty darned good right now.
|45 weeks 9 hours ago||Even the Dowager Countess||
I would think the 4th Earl of Grantham should exhibit better manners.
|45 weeks 10 hours ago||I feel bad||
And I'm really a fan of your posts. But fu*ar has been a thorn in my side since middle school.
My dad had an entire speech at my wedding about the name.
|45 weeks 10 hours ago||You're kidding I hope||
Cromulent is my nom de guerre. Not my "real" name.
|45 weeks 10 hours ago||Sorry||
I downvote any post that uses the acronym FU*AR. Too darn close to my name.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Rory Delap had many throws||
Rory Delap had many throws far better than that one. And there was a kid in these parts that had the same skill. OU product and one of my son's fave players Stu Givens.
|47 weeks 6 hours ago||Death to Fran Tarkenton||
To a young Lions' fan the sight of Fran Tarkenton running around was infuriating. Someday Tarkenton is going to assume room temperature and I'm going to dance a jig. I've been waiting a damn long time for that day.
When I was 6 I detested the Vikings as much as Ohio.
Though in FT's defense, how could one *not* suck on That's Incredible? At least he didn't give children nightmares, like Rhonda Bates on Speak Up America.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Beg to differ||
The new EMU coach will do better than you think.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||UK NFL = pretty good||
Actually I spent a good portion of this NFL season watching streams of a UK feeds of NFL games. Can't remember the name of the thing. They had a couple of US guys leading the studio effort in a panel of 4. The US guys were bad and the top Brit analyst was fan-freakin-tastic. I'd bring him over here in a heartbeat.
|48 weeks 9 hours ago||Aim higher||
I'd say more like mid-budget porn.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Which is followed by......||
There are dozens of us! Dozens!
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Ok, so maybe I haven't had my||
Ok, so maybe I haven't had my yerba mate yet and I'm not thinking straight. Seems to me that ([# of plays gaining a first down]/[# of first downs started]) is always pretty close to 1. If you gain a first down, don't you get to "start" it?
|49 weeks 6 days ago||The '76 team was as||
The '76 team was as entertaining a Michigan squad as any that has followed since. That includes the national championship team, the Fab Five and last year's team. Give the '76 team a three point line and they'd average in the low 90s.
That year in the tournament they faced an undefeated Rutgers team that topped the NCAA in scoring average. Lots of biased East Coast media tooted their horn. Less than 10 minutes into the game we led 22-8. An object lesson in racehorse basketball.
Phil Hubbard was an all-time great Wolverine, yet he was not half the player he should have been. Never truly recovered from his broken leg. Was just a guy in the NBA and should have been more.
Great staff too: Orr on top with assistants Frieder and a certain Jim Dutcher. Though actually by '76 Dutcher had already left for Minnesota. You may remember his work - Kevin McHale anyone?
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Frieder was not a good coach.||
Frieder was not a good coach. One of the era's great recruiters, but therein laid the germ of his problems with player development and Xs & Os.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||You forget||
Um, no. Rickey Green had quite the 'fro in '76 and moves that Baxter could only dream of.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, that Indiana game I||
Yeah, that Indiana game I think was the last of the regular season. Epic stuff.
Some people would call Grote a hustler. My dad said he epitomized "leather jacket basketball". He said if Grote could get away with it he'd wear brass knuckles on the court.
My dad liked Grote a lot.
|52 weeks 13 hours ago||Congrats!||
You sir, have won the interwebz.
|52 weeks 13 hours ago||He had the worst luck too||
Felt bad for Rogers. After the first collarbone injury he stayed on the straight and narrow. Had a great rehab and looked fabulous in camp. Then the 2nd collarbone break and everything fell apart.
|52 weeks 17 hours ago||Penn's help is conditional of course||
Of course, if you're a political prisoner in Cuba Sean's help ain't gonna be forthcoming.
|1 year 1 day ago||This dominance will continue||
Army (and to a lesser extent Air Force) will not knock Navy off the top until they modernize their athletic departments. Full explanation here:
|1 year 1 day ago||This is true.||
You got it. And there is plenty of distaste for AF's coach in particular. You should try Googling "air force" and "howdy doody".
|1 year 4 days ago||Kelly offered Martin the DC||
Kelly offered Martin the DC at CMU, but he stayed back to become the head coach. Kelly then offered Martin the DC position at Cinci, but Martin stayed home. He only joined Kelly when he got the ND job. Kelly would have liked to give Martin the DC job in South Bend, but no way is ND going to allow a lower div coach to jump up all the way to a major BCS coordinator position without some top shelf experience.
|1 year 4 days ago||"Offense hardly matters since||
"Offense hardly matters since that's Brian Kelly's show; Diaco's departure might put some wobble in a unit that's been pretty good ever since he figured out how to defend Navy."
Um, no. Chuck Martin had more of Kelly's trust than anyone else he's ever coached with. If Kelly had Martin on the offensive side of the ball there was a good reason for it.
And no, Diaco never figured out how to defend Navy. He just had massively superior defensive lines. Look at the #s ND gave up when they removed the first string defenders. It was not pretty. Birddog covered this in some detail.
|1 year 4 days ago||While written from Navy's||
While written from Navy's point of view this is an objective look the deep structural issues all of the academies face in football and explains why the Middies are currently the dominant program and will likely stay that way in the near future:
"Mike" is one of the best cfb bloggers around; you'd do well to read his stuff. And because I'm a big Ivin Jasper fan, GO NAVY!
|1 year 1 week ago||Of course, we ain't them||
Baylor moved the ball pretty well in the air against KSU.
|1 year 1 week ago||Fred can do better than that||
No, according to my Fred Jackson Hype Generator, the comment would have been something along the lines of "He's like Tom Brady, but smart".
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I bet not. They don't run a||
I bet not. They don't run a spread at USC, so there would be some down time before he got his own guys recruited. Given the media pressure there this would be a replay of Ann Arbor. At Zona he had a big head start. The offense already ran a form of the spread. He likes the place and they like him. He might move, but not yet.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Coaching tenure at non-BCS||
Coaching tenure at non-BCS schools averages about 20% more than BCS schools. Monken & Turner ain't getting fired after a single season. Molnar and Chow are on thinner ice. Firing Wilson ain't happening.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||There is another explanation||
This is a move to make things easier on the Ohio student. One less letter in the alphabet to memorize. Next up for elimination will be that pesky letter "Y". Is it a vowel or consonant? Who knows? Just get rid of it.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||No, back in Springdale Gus||
No, back in Springdale Gus was throwing 80% of the time the last couple of years. And his first year as a true OC at Tulsa he threw the ball plenty. It wasn't just about attacking defensive adjustments against the run.
In years 2 at Tulsa he had a new QB who wasn't quite as good a passer. And Herb Hand had been in his ear for a year about amping up the spread run game. That's the season when you really saw what Gus' offense looks like now. But with the right QB Gus has no problems going back to the Mustain/Springdale days.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I don't know why......||
You seem to think he *really* put the entire thing on a cheap DVD. And how to run it as well.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||There is only one coach to call||
Dino Babers, Dino Babers, Dino Babers.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Ohio seems to have a habit of||
Ohio seems to have a habit of recruiting players that look old. Granville Waiters.
That just may date me a bit.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||1st time I heard Dierdorf do||
1st time I heard Dierdorf do a game was 1986, with CBS. Opening week of the NFL regular season, the marquee game - defending champs the '85 Bears at home vs Cleveland. A 45-35 win that turned out to be (arguably) Chicago's best game of the season. He got to do the intro by himself and was so good I about fell off my sofa. Think William F Buckley with a midwest accent.
The next season he was in the MNF booth. You have earned your retirement sir.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I can't believe this kid||
I can't believe this kid doesn't have offers from at least 5 MAC schools already. Nice comfortable feet in the pocket, though sometimes he's throwing off his back. Preferred walk-on? Yes please.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Too soon?||
I blame Borges.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Back to the original post, in||
Back to the original post, in what alternate universe was Briles "having a bad time"?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I've been beating the drum||
I've been beating the drum for Art Briles for a long time. Ain't gonna happen here. Briles is a Texas guy thru and thru.
But former Briles' assistant Dino Babers is tearing it up at Eastern Illinois. There are a number of teams in the midwest area that could use a good offense. The Briles' scheme does indeed use Power, and the QB doesn't have to run a lot.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I would include Bryce Petty||
I would include Bryce Petty in that conversation.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Actually in 2007 Briles was||
Actually in 2007 Briles was still at Houston so no, Briles was having a good time winning his 2nd consecutive C-USA division title. Try again.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||For the love of God, please EMU call Dino!||
Assuming the EMU "braintrust" stops listening to Lloyd Carr the first call they should make is to Dino Babers at Eastern Illinois. The guy is in his 2nd year at the FCS school and has them ranked #2 in the entire division. He also runs a fun offense that will put butts in seats.
What offense you ask? Baylor's offense I answer. He was the receivers coach under Art Briles for a couple of seasons. And he's taken the fun to EIU. And last, but (unfortunately) not least, Dino is black. Yeah I know. A guy named Dino Babers is black? Its true. If EMU gets a brain and hires Babers EMU will have a bigger electricity bill because the scoreboard will go crazypants.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||That video of ILB Fox was a||
That video of ILB Fox was a stick-draw and Fox was the man being optioned. If he follows the TE the RB gets the ball. I don't think we have that in our playbook.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Thank you thank you thank you||
Thank you thank you thank you Brian, for mentioning the epic squared Funchess whiff on the interception. Couldn't believe all the tongue baths his blocking was getting around here on Saturday evening. I possess only a fraction of the live observation skills some have here. Couldn't understand why I seemed the only one to pick up on it. Was afraid my eyes deceived.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||We could talk about the his||
We could talk about the his epic whiff on one of Devin's picks.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||If this was 2001 when the||
If this was 2001 when the relative importance of the run vs pass was greater Jordan makes an NFL roster.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Does this mean I won't be the||
Does this mean I won't be the only guy carrying one of those crappy $15 things from Radio Shack?
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Thru a lucky break I'm taking||
Thru a lucky break I'm taking my 11-year old son to his first college football game this afternoon.
I've got one of them Sansa mp3 FM thingies. WTKA is AM. What FM station do I catch the game on in the stadium?
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Thru a lucky break I'll be||
Thru a lucky break I'll be taking my 11-year old to the game. I'll have one of those Sansa mp3 FM radio thingies. Which FM station can I get in the stadium?
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Not a big Butch Jones fan||
Not a big Butch Jones fan here either, but not so much because of Jones himself. I thought it nuts that the CMU AD Heeke didn't hire Chuck Martin to follow Kelly. When Heeke first came to campus Kelly wasn't even the first coach he made contact with - he saved that for the (admittedly very good) wrestling coach. Despite everything Kelly did for the Chips he couldn't wait for Kelly to go and wanted the place free of his influence.
And in 3 years with LeFevour at QB Jones couldn't match the YPA Kelly got out of him as a frosh.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||allow me some pedantry.......||
No, the preferred FJ bit is to say "X is like Y but fast", not "faster". The former implies that Y is good but not actually fast. Which only adds to the hype for X.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I ran into a kid from||
I ran into a kid from Dearborn Heights at a Ypsi tournament a couple months ago who will be classified as a 12 yo next spring that will be bigger than Lorkowski. Not as good though.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Like when was the last time a||
Like when was the last time a GP team other than Woods/Shores won the state title? I didn't think so.
I recognize a number of names from the GPWS roster; they're sons of guys who were youngsters themselves in GP when the 78/79 teams played - Rheaume & Cardinale to name two.
And the best GPWS team didn't even make it out of districts - '75. That team featured a pitcher who was later drafted one slot behind Tony Gwynn.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Um, last year RGIII played||
Um, last year RGIII played for the Redskins. In the NFL. Not for the Baylor Bears.
You know who *did* play QB for the Bears LY? Nick Florence. As a junior Florence put up 9.29 YPA. Of course I'm sure RG3 did much better his junior year. In fact, let's look at RG3's career YPA numbers at Baylor:
So in 2012 Florence put up numbers better than 3 of Griffin's seasons. Baylor's recent success is more then just Griffin.
Check out Baylor's page at sports-reference.com. The Bears' SRS rating (a simple power rating) over the L2Y is the best since the '79 & '80 campaigns.
Baylor is not an easy place to win. Briles has done a heckuva job.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I remember a couple games in||
I remember a couple games in '76 with Indiana that were pretty big. One in particular. But them I'm old.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I was wondering how||
I was wondering how significant the Wisky changes were going to be. Anyone know if kids on the OL are looking for an exit? Wondering if the Badgers will be keeping/integrating the pin & pull techniques their OL is specifically recruited for.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||OSU averaged just 62||
OSU averaged just 62 offensive snaps those last 7 games with just 110 attempted passes over that time. You're not going to get big yardage totals like that. The quality is more important then the quantity. 7.38 YPA with a true frosh QB is pretty good.
And you try doing your job with the nation's sports media hovering like vultures over the program. And Urban Meyer too. Good luck with that.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Roushar is so forgettable....||
... that I couldn't remember 2011. My bad.
No, I'd say Bollman had it tougher than Roushar. The national spotlight was on Columbus and plenty of bad stories leaked out during the season. Roushar was the beneficiary of much better circumstances in EL. He had a boss whose job was safe and who can coach a bit himself. Bollman had Luke Fickell, exhibit 1 for the Peter Principle.
The first starting QB was Joe Bauserman. Bauserman was really, really bad. Bollman had the unenviable task of deciding which QB to play; the limited vet who at least knew the playbook, or the raw but physically gifted true freshman Miller. Handing the job early to Miller would have been a signal to everyone that the new staff was willing to maybe forego a win or two now in order to get more experience for the future. Bauserman had to be allowed to fail first. And fail he did, getting just 5.72 YPA on sub-50% completions.
Bollman did a very decent job with Miller. In 2011 Miller notched 7.38 YPA and a 138 QB rating. In 2012 under the auspices of certified offensive genius Urban Meyer the sophomore had 8.03 YPA and a 140 QB rating. Improvement right in line for a freshman to soph transition. If Bollman was bad and Meyer really good we should have seen a much bigger improvement. Don't forget too that Miller injured his ankle against Nebraska in 2011 and was not 100% for awhile.
I'm not going to claim that Bollman is a certified offensive genius. But he *is* an upgrade over Roushar.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I'm going to play the devil's advocate here||
Bollman is an upgrade over Roushar.
The hand Bollman was dealt in 2011 was pretty tough. The cloud Tressel left the program under didn't help and everybody in Columbus knew the staff was gone. Including the players. The starting QB was dreadful. He should have been pulled for Braxton Miller much earlier that season. Still, Miller was very, very raw. And the advance gameplanning Bollman executed for Michigan was outstanding. You guys forget that game went down to the wire and Miller was explosive. Bollman did a really nice job of prep with the kid.
I know I'd take Bollman over Roushar any day. Roushar was arguably the worst OC in the B10. Greg Davis was terrible at Iowa but at least he had a lot of injuries - peace be upon AIRBHG - as an excuse. Gus Malzahn or Chad Morris couldn't have turned MSU's offense into a juggernaut LY. But they still have too much talent to look like they did. Bollman for Roushar is a good trade for Sparty.
Look at this from another angle. Tressel allowed Bollman to be his OC for 10 seasons. Dantonio canned Roushar after 1 season. No way this is a downgrade.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Umm.... no. My yards per play||
Umm.... no. My yards per play model had OSU's O ranked well above #70 during the Tressel years and I'm sure Mathlete would agree. You might be thinking of gross stats. Which are, well, just gross.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I don't know if he ever did this but......||
.... I can easily picture Rick Mahorn pulling some guy's arm into his privates to draw a foul. And if Mahorn could do it so could Zeller.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||My wife worked in furniture for a number of years.....||
..... and she tells me that if you bought yours from say, Gardner White its a couch. If you purchased it from a high end place its a sofa.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The the frosh numbers were a||
The the frosh numbers were a lie. Go back and look at the tape. There is no comparison.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Watching Becker, Paris and||
Watching Becker, Paris and Muransky blow holes in the Husky line you could drive a tank through.
Ty Wheatley rumbling for 235 yards on just 15 carries against those same Huskies. Man that guy must have ingested a whole drum full of steroids. His freshman season he looked like a stiff wind would blow him over. The next season he was built like a freight train with legs.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||If a Super Bowl-winning QB||
If a Super Bowl-winning QB can't rape anyone he wants the terrorists have won.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||There is more than one way||
"When he's crushing people's heads like he did at Minnesota he's an All-American; when he's not he's still a major asset."
And that's because when he's not crushing heads he is pinching faces.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I agree. The kid is a freak||
I agree. The kid is a freak but he's not the next Clowney. He doesn't tackle so much as wrap up.
But he does have the makings of a superlative receiver.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Or...||
I believe the technical term is "bazillions".
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Next up||
Adam Grinwis is certainly good enough to do this.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Well, who knows how long Omar||
Well, who knows how long Omar will stay with the Galaxy?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||How much is Netflix?||
Just 4 months away. Any longer and I'll blue myself.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||He's a laugh *riot*||
Besides, I do indeed respect Juan Cole's comedy chops.
Never read ZeroHedge though. Do you always read your own monologue into things?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I'm not sure you'd call||
I'm not sure you'd call InfoWars libertarian. But then I rarely see the place.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Tsk tsk||
You describe Grantland and forget to mention Scott Brown's work?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Not *everything* UM is great||
Come now, you sell yourself short. I do see you have a comedy blog there.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Flying Monkey roll call||
Definitely reason.com/blog is awesome. I'd add the Corner to that.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||If its good enough for Chris Ault......||
Don't know why anyone hasn't mentioned pulling Lewan by himself to his *left*. Line up a TE next to him, have the TE downblock and pull Lewan into space. Nevada runs - or did run it anyway - this from the Pistol to great effect.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Ugh. Its not the||
Ugh. Its not the "undisciplined" DT play that makes that trap work so well against the Lions. When you're running Wide 9 all kinds of traps open up.
Which they are willing to give up because the pass rush trade off is supposed to make it worthwhile. Pass D is a heckuva lot more important then rush D in the NFL.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Kelly already has the most||
Kelly already has the most important assistant of all: Chuck Martin. The guy can coach. I'd dump Diaco and give Martin the entire defense.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Truth is||
Kelly is pretty darned good at handling the wider support communities involved with the program. Its something he took seriously each step of the way.
GVSU was pretty easy and Mt Pleasant did require a little more of his time. The jump at Cinci was huge and the AD there made sure Kelly knew it was an important part of the job. BK stepped up and did by all accounts a marvelous job on the banquet circuit.
In fact that success contributed to an amusing level of griping when he left for South Bend. As though Cinci boosters could somehow begrudge him that job. BK's sales job convinced them he really wanted to stay for the long haul.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Its not that Chizik was||
Its not that Chizik was unimportant to their success, its that he vigorously ran off the guy primarily responsible for their success - Malzahn - and hired a guy to replace him with a philosophy so different that it essentially guaranteed at least a season of failure.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Sheesh||
Yes, he's quite the tool for wanting to move on from GVSU (lower division), CMU (AD didn't like him), Cincinnati (always 2nd fiddle).
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Or Hellen Keller||
I would have gone maybe with Stevie Wonder, but that will do.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Not quite||
Except that Nik is better then Cheryl Miller. Or his own sister.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Why did the chicken cross the road?||
Because the classics never go out of style.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||I know one of his staffers I like||
I don't know about the rest of his staff but Chuck Martin is a keeper. If the CMU AD were smart - he's not - Chuck would have gotten the job after Kelly left for Cinci.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||I suppose it makes sense||
You mean the Bears are looking at Peyton Manning? Well, you never know when that neck could go.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||You are not alone||
No bro, pos all the way.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Yes, obviously a dog in||
Yes, obviously a dog in Hunny's situation may need something different for awhile.
But BARF is a trial-tested diet. Ever hear of evolution? I loves me some evolution.
My dog gets his some of his raw meat gently cooked for a short period of time to deal with the shortcomings of our industrialized food supply. For example a chicken thigh gets about 45 seconds per side in over medium heat.
For smaller dogs you might want to pre-prep things a bit. I've heard of some owners using an industrial blender to pre-grind some cuts.
But as I said I didn't think this was the time nor the place to get into specifics. And then you criticize me for not going into specifics. Thanks much.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Best wishes and prayers for||
Best wishes and prayers for Hunny.
Please allow me to be a bit impertinent and offer some advice for your dog-loving future. Maybe you've done this but I'm sure some doglovers here have not.
Feed your dog a species appropriate diet. He'll thank you for it.
Our first dog was a black lab/shepherd/golden mix we named Goliath. Name fit. Thing was a beast. One day when he was 4 I took him out to a local field popular with dogs. Met a nice lady with a pair of dogs. One a pup. The other one was older. She asked me to guess how old it was - a black lab mix. He had some grey around the mouth but a slim and tight frame. The former factor said old, the latter said young. I split the difference and guessed 6.
He was 10. This dog was darned athletic for a 10-year old. I asked her secret. She said "a BARF diet". BARF = bones and raw food. You can look up the basics; I won't cover that here. I told my wife about it when we got home. I wanted to try it; she didn't, I didn't trust myself to do it right. So it passed though I never forgot it.
Fast forward to spring 2009. Goliath isn't doing well. Wife organizes what she thinks is his last trip to the vet. I don't think he's doing quite that badly just yet. Doc agrees with me. Says he will give big G a cortisone shot and "we'll see" in 2-3 months. I lie to myself and say we'll just get another shot then.
In the meantime I changed G's diet. To a BARF diet. No sense pussyfooting around now. I'll make it a shorter story and just tell you that we had G for another 7 months. In that time he lost 17 pounds and a number of his symptoms from the spring disappeared. Most notably his increasing glaucoma which reversed completely. Vet was genuinely suprised to see him; he'd assumed G had passed months ago. I couldn't postpone the Reaper permanently but thanks to BARF he was delayed for a good long while. And after a month of BARF he was even jumping on beds again.
On that last day - December 1, 2009 - I made a promise that I would not make the same mistake with our next dog. He'd get an appropriate diet from day 1. Goliath died earlier then he had too and it was completely my fault. I'm not making the same mistake twice.
We went all of 6 days without a dog. Murphy will be 4 in May; a purebred Golden. The previous owner already fed him an appropriate diet which I considered a nice bonus. I wish I could say that he's perfect thanks to BARF. Thing is Murphy is the product of one heckuva genetic legacy. BARF's true benefits will be seen only as he gets older.
But I can tell you the benefits you get right away: less poop, tighter poop, less smelly poop, less water consumption, sweet, sweet puppy breath long after he's past the puppy stage. The vet will never tell you your dog could stand to lose a few. I'd need a control for this but I'd wager the temperament improves. If you think your dog likes dinner time now, just wait till you start feeding him raw meat. You may find yourself admiring your dog's carnivourous capabilities. My son & I used to time Goliath with a stopwatch. Its never too early to teach a young boy how to make a line on a sporting event.
Anyway, pardon the ramble. Prayers for Hunny.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Ring Ring||
Joe Delaney called to remind you the Chiefs have had some pretty bad luck too.
But yeah, Andolsek's death never got enough attention in this town. He would have made the Pro Bowl his last season had he not uttered one too many racial epithets during play. He and Spielman were pretty tight.
Andolsek was the widest homo sapien I've ever seen. My wife suprised me with a trip to Lions' camp at Oakland U his rookie summer. Far off in the distance I saw an older Lion, a well-known DT whose name escapes me now. Eric Williams? Eric Williams. The guy was working on his own away from everyone else, with a coach. Every few minutes some other player was brought over to go one-on-one with Willams for some snaps. He ate them alive.
At some point they bring Andolsek over. Coach blows whistle and they scrum to a draw. Reset, do it again. Reset, do it again. Now Williams is pissed and decides to dish the kid some extracurricular physical abuse after the whistle. From the view of my binoculars the kid doesn't seem to respond at all. Williams is now just yelling at him. Coach decides to bring someone else in and Andolsek walks quietly away.
I didn't know who the kid was and I look him up on the program. Andolsek, 5th round from LSU. I learn his number and decide to keep an eye out for him after the practice is over.
Practice ends and the players begin the hike over to our part of the field and start signing autographs. I'm keeping an eye out for Rodney Peete. Hard to miss; the guy looked like a movie star from 50 yards away. He gets closer and closer, but someone else gets in my line of sight. The guy is so wide that he blocks Peete from view completely. Its Andolsek. A total eclipse of the Peete. Rodney could have died on the spot and I never would have seen it.
I get Andolsek's autograph and I'm practically speechless. I'd never seen a human built like him before. And never since. They called William Perry the Fridge. Andolsek got a nickname too; the Table. Could have called him the Doorway, because I don't know how he could fit thru one. He would have gone down as maybe the best guard ever to wear the Honolulu Blue & Silver.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||After watching Russell Wilson||
After watching Russell Wilson run the zone read against Buffalo more then he did his entire season at Wisky I'm not so sure anymore. Kelly might well pull it off.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Fake, for now||
Fred Jackson: "Skipper is like Jake Long, only big"
|1 year 51 weeks ago||We can get better fry cooks||
Well, fry cooks with tOSU degree <<< fry cooks without tOSU degree.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Doesn't anyone want to||
Doesn't anyone want to comment about the Bomber? Never been there.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Am a little surprised no one||
Am a little surprised no one has considered Andersen's potential impact on our MANBALL shift.
While Andersen is a great defensive coach, the run D innovation his DC Dave Aranda has pioneered may actually work in our favor. Looking forward to Brian breaking the Xs & Os down next season.
|2 years 4 days ago||So?||
From the article:
"McVay made more than the CEO of the American Red Cross, which has revenues of $3.5 billion."
True, but most bowl organizations are less corrupt then the ARC.
Salvation Army >>> Red Cross
|2 years 5 days ago||Thing is, I actually believe||
Thing is, I actually believe that.
|2 years 1 week ago||Anything Petrino does is||
Anything Petrino does is going to be interesting. Ark State has had a lot of success doing things a certain way with Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn. They'd like to keep doing things in that way. Chucking it out the window for Petrino doesn't make a lot of sense.
|2 years 1 week ago||No||
Ark State has a good thing going. They're trying to extend it, not start over.
|2 years 1 week ago||I don't believe Gus Malzahn||
I don't believe Gus Malzahn thinks Chizik is a good guy.
|2 years 1 week ago||Grow a pair||
Are apologies really necessary? I think not.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||This is the big question||
This is the big question SoMiss folks have to ask themselves. Was it worth it to can 17-year man Jeff Bower to hire Larry Fedora? Everybody knew that Fedora wouldn't last too long in Hattiesburg. Bowers was a good coach who won consistently with the budget he was given. Kids graduated at a decent clip and Bower represented the school well. But Fedora brought the Golden Eagles to heights they hadn't seen before.
Thing is Bower is only 59 years old. I wonder if he would consider coming back.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Easy vote for Jordan. He||
Easy vote for Jordan. He started as a freshman and made meaningful contributions in the midst of a giant tire fire. McGloin did not succeed until removed from a tire fire.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||what do they think of?||
Death to web designers that hide links.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I can't believe this, but my||
I can't believe this, but my middle-aged eyes can't find the link to click.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||HERE IS THE DISCOUNT:||
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I don't see the 2yrs/8.98||
I don't see the 2yrs/8.98 deal. Got a link? All I see is $26 for 2 yrs.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||What, no votes for Smith &||
What, no votes for Smith & Gee?
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Um, a lengthy career says||
Um, a lengthy career says otherwise. 127-73 at 4 stops before Minnesota. Jackass he might be, good football coach he definitely is.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I've been saying it all||
I've been saying it all season and its nice that the feed showed some of you; Adam Grinwis is a really good keeper and has an excellent shot at a productive pro career.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I did that once. April 27,||
I did that once. April 27, 1984 at Joe Louis Arena. I purchased the very last ticket from TicketMaster. Seat was horrible and the reported temperature at one point hit 120 degrees.
Pretty good game though.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I maybe got that beat....||
..... 7th grade boys team.... seconds winding down in the 4th and up by a couple and a fluky play puts the ball in my hands. I didn't want it, couldn't find anybody to pass it to and the other team was bearing down.
So I thought - I don't know how I had the time to actually work this idea out - that if I threw the ball high enough that the clock would run out before the ball came down.
Derp. Derpity derpity derp.
Had I attempted this gambit say, in 9th grade I may have been able to run a rough calculation then go to plan B: soil myself. Needless to say there were still some seconds left though thankfully I didn't cost my teammates the game.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I don't know if those corners are any good.....||
.... given that TD ball was awfully late. QB made it way harder on the receiver then it needed to be.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Other way around||
The Crew have a good relationship with Akron because Porter is a great coach.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Yeah, that sure was a smart||
Yeah, that sure was a smart move to run Gus Malzahn off wasn't it?
|2 years 5 weeks ago||If the QB pulls the give and||
If the QB pulls the give and tosses right NU might have scored. They had the right numbers in the box. Someone was supposed to block Demens. The odd alignment cause confusion. I'm guessing the left guard didn't do his job.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Yet another solid effort from||
Yet another solid effort from Adam Grinwis in goal. I keep touting the kid and y'all keep ignoring me.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||If I've said it once I've||
If I've said it once I've said it like 5 times here: Adam Grinwis is a really good keeper. More people need to pay attention to this kid.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Following Gus Malzahn is not||
Following Gus Malzahn is not the best of career moves. Following Gus Malzahn and trying to install an offense diametrically opposed to the traits that Gus Malzahn selected for in his recruits is *really* not a good career move.
And finally, running Gus Malzahn out of town and replacing him with an OC that will need at least two years to get some suitable talent to run an offense is legally actionable malpractice.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Let me help you with that......||
... its a nice first try but I think we can spiff it up a bit. How about the Spartan Citation for Union and Manumission?
There. That looks about right.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||even better...||
... a leprechaun holding a bottle of whisky. Would still be better.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||You underrate just how big||
You underrate just how big the losses on the OL were. All 4 of those guys were starting for their respective NFL teams on Opening Day the next season. Its believed to be the only time in NFL history that has happened.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Came close to using Minny.||
Came close to using Minny. Only a light lean on PSU. Would only recommend those if you can get better than WA prices.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||A point in Deion's favor:||
A point in Deion's favor: when Jimmy Johnson got him in Dallas he stuck him in a zone first defense. That's like giving Rembrandt finger paints.
Also, I'm not sure what position Everson Walls played at the end of his career in Cleveland, but at the end of his time in Dallas he was playing at safety, not corner. And for more than just a season.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||You did not, good sir. Any||
You did not, good sir. Any joke worth doing is worth doing over and over and over again. Never gets old.