I did not make this headline up
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Unless I'm missing something,||
Unless I'm missing something, I don't even see the tweet on his timeline anymore
|10 weeks 6 days ago||History is a guide too - the||
History is a guide too - the last Michigan coach to win his debut against Michigan State was Oosterbaan (I believe). Here's to JH reversing that trend.
|23 weeks 13 hours ago||Was this supposed to be||
Was this supposed to be posted as a response to the Halle Berry picture?
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry, but Utah is not a good||
Sorry, but Utah is not a good team. Look at their schedule seriously - they are a fringe bowl team.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Went to sleep early last||
Went to sleep early last night and my Saturday morning alarm clock (aka my 2 year old son) failed to get me up timely. Being rushed, only picks today:
Georgia Southern @ South Alabama +3
New Mexico -3 @ New Mexico State
Maryland @ Syracuse -1
California @ Arizona -9
Southern Illinois +2 @ Purdue
Utah @ Michigan -3
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Good job on the post - I'll||
Good job on the post - I'll be looking forward to it every week.
I'm staying away from the Michigan line - if anything I'd take under 53. I don't see the Redhawks scoring much, if at all, and Michigan is in a down spot giving last week's game.
I'll take Army +28.0. Stanford is coming off a tough loss to USC. Teams that have a week to prepare for the triple option tend to do the best - I like Army to keep this right around 3 TDs.
I happen to think Penn State-Rutgers is an absolute mismatch, Penn State -3. Rutgers was impressive in Seattle but Washington State was clearly overmatched (see the Nevada game). Penn State was one of 2 (Minnesota being the other) to not make the Big Ten look awful last week. Penn State is 4th in the nation in rush defense - Rutgers is 119th in pass defense.
I have Wake Forest under 3.5 wins in Vegas - looking good especially after a loss to ULM. But I'll take Wake Forest +14.5. The Demon Deacons are in the midst of an offensive transition so expect a struggle to score. But Wake isn't bad defensively.
Jerry Kill has done an amazing job with Minnesota, but the team has rarely been challenged in the non-conference. TCU - 14.0. The Gophers defense gave up over 250 yards through the air to MTSU(!?!?) last week. Minnesota's pass defense ranks 99th in the nation in pass yards allowed. Yes TCU has only played one game, but 13 players caught at least one pass (3 with 50+ yards). TCU covers.
Week 1 I had Virginia getting 21.5 against UCLA - not because I think the Cavs are good (I have them under 3.5 wins), but because their defense will keep them in games, even when the offense sputters (which will be often). I don't think Vegas is giving Louisville -6.5 enough respect though. While the Cards haven't played a road game yet, do you really think Virginia's rushing attack is better than the Canes Duke Johnson? Cards by double digits.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||I'd definitely be willing to||
I'd definitely be willing to contribute in some form or another.
Definitely don't have the time I used to - everything changes when you have a child (especially when a second one is on the way - wife is due in December).
I'm still following the lines a lot - went to Vegas and placed some bets on the first week lines but had more action on the win totals (Michigan was off at the time?).
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Believe it or not, this has||
Believe it or not, this has already undergone extensive testing at Purdue. Just ask the search committee who introduced Danny Hope.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||The NCAA is more concerned||
The NCAA is more concerned about maximum number of games. I think there's an argument to add one game, on the basis that every Big Ten team will play at least one conference tournament game each year.
The Big Ten, and Big Ten Network, would object to elimination of the tournament based on television. My guess is Chicago/Indianapolis might have an issue, too.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||How about just stop||
How about just "stop recruiting"? With this year's team it appears I have done just that.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||"They don't graduate their||
"They don't graduate their players."
Actually, with regards to South Carolina that portion is true.
South Carolina had a graduation rate of 55 and an APR of 912, among the worst in FBS.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Even if he is 18, that's||
Even if he is 18, that's irrelevant if he wants to play scholarship football. An LOI must be signed by the student athlete and a parent, if the student athlete is under 21.
So unless Malik is Brandon Weeden, this is an issue.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||This could be laying the||
This could be laying the ground work for a multi-division format that has been predicted for awhile. If the ACC is granted autonomy in choosing its participants in the ACC title game, they could split into four divisions (even with 14 members, uneven divisions), pick the top two for the title game.
They could then make the argument that the other division champs are just as deserving - there you go, there is your play-in to the playoff.
Obviously this situation would require adding another game to the schedule, but it would at least lay the framework.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Funny you say that about Bo||
Funny you say that about Bo Ryan, I was wondering the same about Thad Matta.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||We've gone from Gorgeous||
We've gone from Gorgeous Borges to Dougie Fresh.
And I'm more than okay with that.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||When you don't shave it for a||
When you don't shave it for a REALLY long time.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Quite simply, to maintain||
Quite simply, to maintain this sort of action, you'd have to argue a damage to one's reputation.
Does calling Notre Dame chicken even harm their reputation, in all honesty?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Someone told me that Craig||
Someone told me that Craig James killed five hookers while at SMU. Can anyone deny that statement? Anyone?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I was 9 and sat through the||
I was 9 and sat through the entire game. To this day I know I can get through any bad weather game, based on that one.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Its legal. Your concern, my||
Its legal. Your concern, my guess is, is the federal law prohibiting online gambling. The law differentiates between luck and skill. If the game is one of skill, its legal. Also, if the game is specifically exempted, its legal. Fantasy sports are exempted (and arguably a game of skill), so its legal.
I wrote on the UIGEA back in law school, so I'm pretty familiar with it, FWIW.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Interesting move. There was||
Interesting move. There was much speculation that Johns Hopkins wouldn't join. How does this impact Virginia and Duke? I know the Grant of Rights is in place, but litigation could POTENTIALLY change that (as an attorney, potential is always a keyword, I know), but doesn't this make the Big Ten more attractive for those schools now?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||For all the complaints about||
For all the complaints about the 2014 schedule, the 2015 one will be awesome. I don't mind seeing body bag schools, as long as they aren't the same ones. Ditching Directional Michigan for UNLV is great (I wouldn't mind it if there was a return trip, either - maybe I could talk my wife into a Las Vegas trip).
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Sullivan was previously at UM||
Sullivan was previously at UM in a fairly high administrative role. I want to say she was provost of some sort (off the top of my head). She's got experience working from the academic side.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Touche, but isn't||
Touche, but isn't Northwestern a bit outside the Ivy League's footprint?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||It makes it more likely the||
It makes it more likely the Big Ten sends extra teams to bowl games, meaning more money. If the argument is that money is the driving force behind realignment, the best way to attract new members (should there be an expansion to 16), would be to increase the pot of money.
The top tier teams, even with "parity-based" scheduling, would still make bowl games - most would consider Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin in this group (setting aside Penn State due to the bowl ban).
The "best of the worst" teams would have an increased shot at making a bowl game - probably Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers in this group.
Really the teams who are hurt the most are the programs considered to be good enough that they draw top teams, but bad enough that they can't win - Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue.
If you can figure out where to put Maryland and Northwestern, hats off to you.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||A terrible team? No. By||
A terrible team? No. By that logic, Maryland would have a significantly better shot at making the Title game.
A decent team who isn't great? Maybe, but keep in mind that a loss to a divisional opponent is effectively worth two.
Example: Michigan plays Nebraska and Wisconsin in crossovers; Ohio plays Iowa and Wisconsin; and Rutgers plays Northwestern and Illinois. Assume Michigan and Ohio lose BOTH crossovers, but both beat Rutgers.
Even if Rutgers wins out, they would need BOTH Michigan and Ohio to lose at least once more.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Wait, Rick Pitino resigned||
Wait, Rick Pitino resigned from Minnesota midway through the year so his son could take over as head coach?
The two situations couldn't be anymore different, actually. Richard's dad probably had some influence, but he wasn't the most recent coach at Minnesota.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||While Minnesota has the money||
While Minnesota has the money to pay for a big time coach, there is little reason to take this job if you are established. Having to compete with Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, MSU, and Wisconsin on a yearly basis (not to mention Iowa, Purdue) is not exactly easy.
I tend to agree its a very good hire. Somewhat risky given Richard's lack of head coaching experience, but he's a great recruiter, when given the resources. The Gophers are going to have to upgrade facilities if they expect to keep him, and if they want him to do well.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I've actually heard the||
I've actually heard the samething. I don't remember where I heard it from, and while it would be a different style than Beilein, it should would help bring recruits in. Not to mention the resources are greater at Michigan than VCU.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Its also a coincidence that||
Its also a coincidence that Florida got one of the easiest draws for their Sweet 16. Let's connect the dots . . .
Florida plays FGCU. Who at Ohio used to be at Florida? Urban Meyer. This was clearly Gene Smith's way of appeasing Florida fans after stealing their coach.
I might have upvoted your post if you would have added that tidbit, but alas, you did not.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||On a serious note, don't||
On a serious note, don't waste your time with Caesars Windsor sportsbook, unless you are cashing the winning bet in person. I wagered on a parlay, won, mailed in the ticket and was told that I did win, but they couldn't mail the winnings. They offered to hold the money at the casino or I could pick it up on Toronto.
|2 years 1 week ago||The argument has been used in||
The argument has been used in the past by various committee chairs when stating why a Big Ten team was not seeded on the 1 line. It's been a few years but the statement has been made before.
|2 years 1 week ago||One thing the committee has||
One thing the committee has been consistent on from year to year is that the Big Ten Championship is played too late. Unless the game paired a team, or teams, that wouldn't make it in without an autobid, the game is meaningless for the committee.
|2 years 1 week ago||I think Wisconsin is probably||
I think Wisconsin is probably too low right now to worry about them taking Michigan's spot in Auburn Hills. There are two potential spots in Auburn Hills - MSU likely gets one. Worry about Marquette - as they could stake a claim.
As for Lexington and Dayton - those places are likely going to be hosting the winners of the play-in sites. I've seen Lunardi project other places as hosting the winners of the play-in games but the distance simply doesn't make it likely.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Given the latest rumors about||
Given the latest rumors about membership offers on the table to North Carolina and possibly Virginia/Georgia Tech, this is extremely timely.
Which leads me to one of two conclusions, either (1) you shared this with Jim Delany a short time ago or (2) you are Delany himself?!?!?
|2 years 5 weeks ago||All your conferences are||
All your conferences are belong to us.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Sandwich game for Michigan -||
Sandwich game for Michigan - coming off big win against Illinois and a huge game against Indiana coming up. I'd take the 'Cats with the 19 (eventhough Michigan is 13-6 ATS), but Michigan still gets the win.
The line is down to 16 now, after opening at 19.5 FWIW.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Agree with The FannMan, but a||
Agree with The FannMan, but a couple other thoughts . . .
Procedural and substantive are different - Procedural is sort of like getting off based on technicality; substantive is getting to the meat of the issue, if you will. Most, if not all, attorneys will seek to bounce a case procedurally - you avoid having to litigate the case, etc.
Doesn't mean the NCAA can't win, but former players have at least a somewhat viable suit, giving them some leverage to negotiate.
The key issue here is class certification. In many cases, if a judge certifies a class for a class action, more likely than not, the defendants end up settling with the class. That may not be the case here, since there is likely billions on the table. A number of factors go into class certification, one of which includes how the members of the class are or are not similarly situated to one another. For example, how similar (or different) are Ed O'Bannon and Kris Johnson (little used frosh on the 1995 team)? The more the defendants (NCAA) can show that the members do not have common claims that predominate, the less likely the judge would certify the class. Keep in mind, this could (eventually) apply to multiple sports, possibly even sports that do not have video games (or other external revenue streams).
|2 years 15 weeks ago||On another note, Goodell has||
On another note, Goodell has discussed eliminating the NFL entirely.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I am denying rumors that I||
I am denying rumors that I have accepted the Tennessee head coaching job.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||They need help too, though. A||
They need help too, though. A win and a UCLA loss might not be enough - there is a pretty large point differential.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||If ECU is only joining for||
If ECU is only joining for football, where do the rest of their sports go? I assume C-USA won't keep them for the rest . . .
|2 years 20 weeks ago||So-so week for me last week.||
So-so week for me last week. 2-4 ATS, 4-2 O/U = 6-6 overall.
1. Illinois @ Ohio (-27.5, +/- 51.5)
Illinois is 2-6 ATS, including 0-3 on the road. The Illini have looked to pack it in for the year. I'll take Ohio to cover and the over.
2. Michigan @ Minnesota (+12.5, +/- 46.5)
Looking at the numbers makes this pick against conventional wisdom (Minnesota 4-1 ATS at home, Michigan 1-3 ATS road). With that said, give me Michigan to cover and the under.
3. Penn State @ Purdue (+3.5, +/- 51.5)
Nittany Lions are 3-0 ATS in road games. Must win game for Purdue, as they very well could be short the minimum six wins for bowl eligibility. Penn State to cover and the under.
4. Nebraska @ Michigan State (+2, +/- 44)
I've gone back and forth on this one. I think Nebraska is the more balanced team, but Sparty has the better defense. The situational numbers for both teams are dreadful - Nebraska 0-3 ATS road, Michigan State 0-5 ATS home. Spartans haven't hit the over at home this season, either. Give me Michigan State with the points and the under.
5. Iowa @ Indiana (-1.5, +/- 55.5)
When I see a line that is completely unexpected, I usually stay away from it. I tend to think Iowa is the better team, but the Hoosiers are coming off a big road win (hey, when you are IU any road win is big, right?) and must beat Iowa in order to have a shot at being bowl eligible. Oh and Indiana controls their own destiny for the Leaders Division. I'll take the over and reluctantly take Iowa with the points.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||1. Michigan State @ Wisconsin||
1. Michigan State @ Wisconsin (-6.5, +/- 41.5)
Since 1999, home team is 8-3 SU, but 6-5 ATS. Including the Big Ten Championship, four of the last six games have been decided by less than seven points. With that said, I'll take Wisconsin, who seems to have hit their stride, but I'll take the under.
2. Iowa @ Northwestern (-6, +/- 49.5)
Crucial game for the Hawkeyes, as a loss likely eliminates them from the division race. Iowa has been tough to figure out this year. I'm inclined to take the under with a weaker play on Iowa with the points.
3. Purdue @ Minnesota (+3.5, +/- 51)
I'm still of the belief that the Gophers will be bowl eligible, but that makes the game against Purdue a must win. I'll take Minnesota with the points and the over.
4. Michigan @ Nebraska (-2.5, +/- 57.5)
At the beginning of the year I took Nebraska, here. I'm really unimpressed with Nebraska, and seeing how the 'Huskers defended Ohio State's offense, I'm less concerned about Michigan's chances here. Still, its very much a tossup. I'll take Michigan ATS and the under.
5. Indiana @ Illinois (-1, +/- 58.5)
Illinois has become a complete tirefire. It wouldn't surprise me to see them lose out. When was the last time Indiana won a road conference game though? November 27, 2010, against Purdue. Still, I'll take the Hoosiers and the over.
6. Ohio @ Penn State (PK, +/- 50)
I'll admit, I was wrong on Penn State. They have proved to be much better than I thought and have shown the ability to bounce back after an 0-2 start. The Nittany Lions defense has been pretty good - that could very well be the difference. If the Buckeyes win, I expect the over to pay. But I'll go with Penn State, and the under, in a rare 5:30 PM start.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Given that my wife and I are||
Given that my wife and I are expecting our first on October 14th, but her doctor says the baby could come any day now, mine could very well be spent in the hospital.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Point taken. Still, the Irish||
Point taken. Still, the Irish have won 4 of the last 5, with 3 of those wins coming by double digits.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||I'll take (all with the points)||
New Hampshire (Regardless of the line, but I do like Minny to win)
Penn State (I think the loss to OU has created a massive overreaction, PSU could very well win this one)
Ohio (UCF is actually playing a team that has a defense this week, UCF is much better offensively than Miami though - should be close for the first half)
Massachusetts (Depth is a concern for Indiana, but the entire team is a concern for UMass - until I see the Hoosiers blow out a weak non-conference opponent, I'll pick against them)
Iowa (although 5 might be a bit high - the home team has dominated this series)
Notre Dame (I can't remember the last time Purdue beat ND offhand, let alone kept it close)
Michigan (I'm wary of this one, too, but depth should show through in the second half)
Michigan State (CMU simply isn't good, with that said, MSU was less than impressive offensively against Boise - assuming Maxwell doesn't throw three picks, Sparty should roll)
Wisconsin (Line originally opened at 11 and has dropped. I'm thinking this is a massive overreaction to Wisconsin getting by Northern Iowa - a decent FCS program)
Nebraska (If Burkhead doesn't play, all bets are off. Nebraska's defense is the difference in this one, if Burkhead plays)
Northwestern (A true toss up game here. I tend to think Vanderbilt is a better team, but something tells me the Cardiac Cats get the job done)
Arizona State (I was surprised by how dominant Illinois was last week - they contained Carder and forced key INTs - the Illini face the "High Octane Offense" this week, and on the road)
|2 years 29 weeks ago||I wonder how much of his||
I wonder how much of his comments have to do with the UM-MSU rivalry. In recent years, MSU has had the upper hand and, arguably, more talent. With graduation, maybe he realizes this year's game is a toss up, if not leaning towards Michigan.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Texas coaching staff is||
Texas coaching staff is overrated, especially in light of recent years. I'll take issue with the Ohio staff being on there as well - the crew hasn't spent a season together in their current roles, let alone one game. I'd argue USC should be somewhere on the current list, how they were left off is beyond me.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Whose secondary will be||
Whose secondary will be worse, 2011 Minnesota or 2012 Notre Dame?
|2 years 32 weeks ago||I did not notice the MGoPatio||
I did not notice the MGoPatio ad, but I did notice the A-1 Bail Bonds ad at the top. I take it bail bond agencies in Columbus couldn't pony up the cash for ad placement?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||#RememberTheFive||
|2 years 35 weeks ago||33% can mathmatically not||
33% can mathmatically not make it, but realistically, how many can?
When looking at Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Wisconsin, the Badgers can still lose three in conference and make it. Its not along the lines of the PAC-12 South fiasco last year, but basically sets up Wisconsin for a repeat appearance.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||What may seem as a tough||
What may seem as a tough schedule now, may in reality be easier years down the road.
Looking at the Big 12, for the longest time the better division was in the North, especially with Colorado and Nebraska. Missouri was so-so, same with Iowa State. The South was Texas or Oklahoma. Only recently did the power switch to the South with the rise of Oklahoma State and the decline of Colorado in the North.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Its strictly a one year||
Its strictly a one year waiver, though. The one year waiver does make sense - most 2012 recruiting classes are full. To not have the waiver would mean a team bringing on a PSU player would have to pull a scholarship.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Chicken broccoli bake was||
Chicken broccoli bake was good, but the chicken patty sandwiches were definitely underrated.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Finally a legitimate||
Finally a legitimate question. SVP talked yesterday about the "unretiring" of numbers in the context of other Michigan sports teams greats (Kaline, Bubba Smith [MSU], Barry Sanders, and Isiah Thomas), which is completely the wrong way to approach it. It should be on a number by number basis. For example, evaluating whether someone is worth to wear Ford's number, Howard's number, etc.
I'm not sure how you would tally my vote. I'm open to the idea, but would prefer a case by case basis. Simply giving someone a retired number for the sake of reusing it - I would be against.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||A case can be made in almost||
A case can be made in almost any sport for the regular season being meaningless then, if you just look at a low seeded team winning a championship. Prime examples are the New York Giants (2011), St. Louis Cardinals (2011), and Green Bay Packers (2010), just to name a few.
Any sport where there is a playoff, you run the risk of a lower seeded team winning thereby "devaluing the regular season".
In the NHL playoffs, you need to be the best team for at least a month, if not more. Take the Kings, for example. LA won an extraordinary amount of road games and beat the top three teams, by seed, in the West. Its not like they had the benefit of playing weak teams, as the NHL reseeds after each round.
I guess if you want to argue the regular season being meaningless, we could go to only the best team in the West and the best team in the East, recordwise, facing off for the Stanley Cup. But Vancouver was eliminated on April 22nd and the Rangers on May 25th.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||John L. Smith impressed in||
John L. Smith impressed in his first year in East Lansing, so they kept him for a second year. Sparty was so impressed with the second season, they kept him for an additional two. In fact, it took self-abuse for MSU to fire John L.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I've never had a problem with||
I've never had a problem with Michigan scheduling tomato cans, just don't make them the same tomato cans. I get we want to benefit the Michigan MAC schools, but there is no reason we have to schedule two in a season.
Obviously I'm not thrilled with seeing Akron in 2013, but it beats seeing the same directional Michigan schools over and over.
There is no reason DB can't bring in some of the lower level CUSA schools (Memphis, UAB, Tulane).
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Brandon picked an interesting||
Brandon picked an interesting time to talk about price increases, especially with a pretty weak home schedule. Keep in mind he indicated future schedules will have dates filled shortly - maybe a way to sooth the masses?
Keep in mind if FBS schools go the route of compensating players, especially with Spurrier-like numbers, the money is going to need to come from somewhere. Licensing fees and ticket increases may be met with some resistence, but likely will still bring the money in.
You can only charge so much for a hot dog and coke.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Where will Carroll go when||
Where will Carroll go when Goodell drops the hammer on him - Arena Football?
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Holland was a great guy.||
Holland was a great guy. Fortunate to have met him in classes at Michigan.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||When I read the title I||
When I read the title I figured it was Will Smith, former Ohio DE. Needless to say, even if it was him, I wouldn't have been surprised.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Maybe ESPN will change their||
Maybe ESPN will change their mind and take him back.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Well it was the next logical||
Well it was the next logical step after tattoos.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Exactly what part of Sharp's||
Exactly what part of Sharp's response is "constructive"?
|2 years 45 weeks ago||With an athletic department||
With an athletic department budget as large as Texas' is, I understand the frustration of Longhorn fans with weak teams Mack Brown and Rick Barnes have fielded.
Looking at the surpluses, assuming they are accurate, many of these schools are going to struggle to provide stipends for their student-athletes, if they are required to pay all of them, regardless of sport.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I was actually thinking Iowa||
I was actually thinking Iowa v. Virginia Tech is weak. VT is a program in disarray while Iowa could be a NCAA Tournament team this year. McCaffrey has put together a solid class.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Unless Paterno was that||
Unless Paterno was that designated person, McQueary failed to report up.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Too bad we can't include||
Too bad we can't include former college football coaches. If we did, we could add gems like Dean Pees (Kent State) and Jim Wacker (Minnesota).
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I was actually thinking the||
I was actually thinking the opposite. Mack is a fantastic recruiter. Was great at UNC and certainly has the resources at UT. But look at his teams in recent years. He has numerous off the field problems with his players (lack of control) and his big time assistants have been leaving.
Being a solid head coach is as much being in control of the situation as giving the appearance of control. Mack has neither.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||My immediate thought was Kid||
My immediate thought was Kid Rock.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I'm glad you said "most" and||
I'm glad you said "most" and not "all".
|2 years 45 weeks ago||In fairness, Saban was smart||
In fairness, Saban was smart to get out when he did.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||The SOL is a huge problem for||
The SOL is a huge problem for McQueary. If he's inside that timeframe, he at least has a colorable argument that he was fired for reporting what he knew. Outside that timeframe, it becomes tougher.
With that said, PSU will likely argue that McQueary wasn't fired for reporting, rather, he was fired for a failure to report. It would have been different if McQueary reported out to police when the incident occured, but he sat on it for 9+ years. Acting in that way indicates a failure to report, not an afforded protection of a Whistleblower law.
Wouldn't be surprised to see this one get kicked on Summary Disposition. If what is coming out now is true, McQueary has made more and more bad decisions, beginning with his failure to report.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Seconded. Loved the dude in||
Seconded. Loved the dude in Lubbock. Dude's a boss.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||What's interesting is the||
What's interesting is the number of people outraged at what Bo Ryan did. Ryan's restrictions of transfers within the Big Ten is warranted, but the out of conference transfers, like the ACC, was likely a bargaining chip. Essentially "tell me where you want to transfer before I authorize a release". Might have been one of those things that an ACC could have been listed and Bo would have still allowed it.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||The problem is more so in||
The problem is more so in basketball than in football. In football its relatively easy - 12-14 game schedule. In Michigan's case, they know they'll play Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Ohio State every year. The remaining two games rotate every two years - easy enough. The non-conference games are mostly determined for the next few years.
But with basketball the only certainty is the conference games. Non-conference schedules aren't known anything more than the year in advance.
The prohibition on transfers within conference are fair, but the out of conference ones are tougher to calculate.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||While what you say is true,||
While what you say is true, if you live in Toledo, which I do, you know the Rockets struggle to sell tickets, even when the teams are doing well.
The problem is a number of teams have APR problems - can't just chalk it up to a "its Gene Cross" argument.
And the APR comes more than a year after - if what you said was true, it would be the current coach's problem (this was his second year).
|2 years 48 weeks ago||RIP Dick Clark - there's an||
RIP Dick Clark - there's an argument he made MTV what it is today.
On a light note, at least with Seacrest there will still be one dick on NYE.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Don't tell Dave Brandon||
Don't tell Dave Brandon
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Part of the problem is with||
Part of the problem is with the way the APR is calculated.
Essentially, a player transferring somewhere else, player quitting school, and a player going pro are all treated the same.
We can debate about whether a coach knows a player is one-and-done when he is recruited, but can a coach really control transfers? Doubtful.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Part of it is a proof||
Part of it is a proof problem.
Alcohol disapates at the rate of an ounce per hour. Marijuana can stay in the system up to 30 days after the last usage.
Assume an athlete drinks and smoke marijuana on Friday night. Assume drug testing is done Monday morning. Alcohol would be out of the system on Monday morning, where as the marijuana would not be.
I don't want to read too much into your post, but if you are advocating treating alcohol the same as marijuana, it would require nightly testing.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||FWIW law schools are not||
FWIW law schools are not undergraduate schools.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Written off implies he was||
Written off implies he was legitimate at one point.
When was Bayless actually legitimate?
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Thought he turned his life||
Thought he turned his life around. He was on ESPN Radio (Cowherd, I believe) awhile back promoting his book. Seemed like things were going well.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Glad to see Feldman landed on||
Glad to see Feldman landed on his feet at CBS after being ousted from ESPN by Craig James, the alleged hooker slayer.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Apparently its not just Big||
Apparently its not just Big Ten fans that dislike Ohio. Its West Coast Conference fans (Gonzaga) as well.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend?
|2 years 52 weeks ago||Tough non-conference schedule||
Tough non-conference schedule for sure. What are the chances Syracuse is bowl eligible, though?
|3 years 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 4 days ago||Thanks for the link and||
Thanks for the link and image, interesting.
Only problem is in determining that the letters correspond to in seating location for other stadiums.
|3 years 1 week ago||He will be paying just over||
He will be paying just over half of what the suit was for. Further, he doesn't have to pay a dime for three years.
Now he has to get back to baseball, where he can work on shedding the title "Laughingstock of MLB Owners".
|3 years 1 week ago||They got the letters right,||
They got the letters right, just not in the right order.
Still good enough to be admitted to school in Columbus, right?
|3 years 1 week ago||Dude, too early. I know its||
Dude, too early. I know its nice weather and all, but most people are too focused on MArch Madness.
|3 years 1 week ago||Duke relies a lot on three||
Duke relies a lot on three point shots - and they tend to go cold, a lot. The other 2s - Missouri, Ohio, and Kansas - tend to rely more on points in the paint. Points in the paint are a bit easier to count on, that is, unless the opponent clogs the middle.
|3 years 1 week ago||I had some weird results, as||
I had some weird results, as you can see.
Mine resulted in Kentucky out in the Elite 8. South Dakota State, Colorado State and South Florida were in my Sweet 16.
But it did have three of my four Final Four that I had - Michigan State, Kansas, and Ohio State.
|3 years 1 week ago||Best news all day. Thank you||
Best news all day. Thank you for this.
On another note, I love how no one negged this post. Usually there is someone who will - good to know we are unanimous.
|3 years 1 week ago||The non-conference SOS||
The non-conference SOS argument doesn't hold much weight for teams who are solidly in the bracket.
Where it helps are for the last teams in and in differentiating top seeds (Drexel/Iona and Michigan State/Missouri). Michigan didn't need a strong non-conference slate because of their conference schedule. In most seasons, power six conference teams can get away with two to three tough non-conference games and the rest being easy wins.
Want to see why a tough non-conference schedule isn't always the best? Ask Long Beach State. Had they not won the Big West's automatic bid, they likely would not have been in the NCAA Tournament as an at large team.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Even the two seed is likely||
Even the two seed is likely out of reach. Duke and Carolina will be either on the 1 or 2 line. Missouri and Kansas will be on either the 1 or 2 line. Syracuse and Kentucky are 1s. That leaves two spots - even if Michigan State or Ohio drops down, I don't see Michigan replacing them - especially if Baylor wins the Big 12.
FYI - the Big Ten Tournament Title tomorrow will not affect seeding. The committee has said it time and again that the game takes place too late. I don't agree, but they have been consistent in that approach.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Could have had another if||
Could have had another if Western Illinois would have pulled out the win on Tuesday night.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||You're going to need to||
You're going to need to define "good" for me. We had more than 5 verbals in one weekend, fergodsakes.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||The last picture of Weber||
The last picture of Weber looks like he is demonstrating the proper technique for "The Shocker".
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Yeah its pretty sad really.||
Yeah its pretty sad really. What's even worse is I don't doubt that is what you heard. As good as BTN is, there are some people who know nothing over there.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Hope for a speedy recovery.||
Hope for a speedy recovery. Kick cancer's ass.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||They would be wrong, and here||
They would be wrong, and here is why:
MSU, Ohio, and Michigan would all be 1-1 against each other, so move to tiebreaker #2 - common opponent. Assuming Wisconsin finishes fourth, and why not, considering Wisconsin finishes tied with Indiana or Purdue in worst case scenario - Badgers would be fourth, they won the season series over both Indiana schools - that would be the first common opponent.
MSU swept the series against Wisconsin, Michigan won their only game against Wisconsin, and Ohio split. Ohio takes third.
Move to the next common opponent, Indiana or Purdue, depending on finish. Let's assume Indiana. Michigan and MSU split against IU - nothing there, move to Purdue. Michigan split against Purdue, while MSU swept Purdue. Michigan takes second.
MSU, Michigan, and Ohio, in that order. If BTN is saying differently, they don't understand the tiebreaking system.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Consistent being the keyword.||
Consistent being the keyword. I'd take Dayton in the past ten years any day over Saint Louis. Billikens were nothing before Rick Majerus arrived. Dayton coaches have gone on to big time programs (Oliver Purnell and Brian Gregory, to name a few).
|3 years 3 weeks ago||In a three way tie, Ohio||
In a three way tie, Ohio would be third, being eliminated based on their record against Wisconsin, who can finish no worse than 4th. Michigan would finish second based on a split with Purdue, while MSU swept them.
This is one time when it pays to lose to the not so good teams (Illinois and Northwestern), rather than the good ones (Purdue and Ohio).
|3 years 4 weeks ago||For the sake of all of us||
For the sake of all of us here at MGoBlog, please keep your pants on.
But in all seriousness, is Coach Hoke planning on having the entire 2013 class in place prior to football season?
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Looking more and more like||
Looking more and more like the late-Coach Paterno was the fall guy.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||This is a legal determination||
This is a legal determination - it was an arbitration case. Rules of law are followed. That one person being "stupid enough" to not follow the rules? That's all you need to find a flaw in the chain of custody.
"Unless of course you're the type of person that thinks that only evidence found the exact correct way is actual evidence." - Yes, I do. And I believe most judges (and arbitrators) would agree with me. Don't like the procedures? CHANGE THEM. You don't manipulate the procedures to get a desired outcome.
"you may get off for going 20 over the speed limit but that doesn't mean you're not guilty." - Not true. You are not guilty. It doesn't necessarily follow that you are innocent, however. HUGE difference between "not guilty" and "innocent".
It doesn't matter if you don't like the result or not, the point is understanding the reasoning for the result. If you can't understand the reasoning, then you will never understand what the outcome really means.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Sorry, but what you just said||
Sorry, but what you just said is completely and utterly false, but I'll attempt to break it down.
(1) "His test was positive and nothing changed by this ruling." - Not true. Braun is not suspended for 50 games now.
(2) "He got off on a technicality." - Partially correct, but is it his fault MLB can't follow THEIR own procedure?
(3) "He challenged based on the fact that it sat for 48 hours prior to being shipped to Montreal for testing." - I lied. Not everything you said is false, you got this one right; my bad.
(4) "This ruling hurts every clean athlete, and now we will see every dirty athlete rush to challenge positive rulings based on this." - NO NO NO and a thousand times NO. If MLB follows the procedure, unlike in this case, the argument simply won't work.
(5) "He's guilty period." - He's not guilty, period. Similar to police failing to give Miranda rights, etc. When the MLB (and the police) fail to follow procedure, the individual is released and determined to be not guilty. The individual isn't necessarily innocent, but is CLEARLY not guilty.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||A person who gets off by a||
A person who gets off by a technicality in a criminal case is "not guilty". Hence, Braun is "not guilty". Its a legal determination that is being dealt with, here.
Its the same result as if he had not tested positive, but many will still consider him an offender/cheater/etc.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Its embarassing for baseball||
Its embarassing for baseball because they didn't follow procedure.
There is no provision in the current testing that allows for a challenge based on substance. The only exception is if MLB approves the substance prior to testing. What happened was, essentially, a broken chain of custody. The test wasn't sent out in the acceptable timeframe.
Why does it matter? (1) Its in the rules (2) it COULD have potentially been tampered with. If you are going to have safeguards in place, they need to be followed.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||They are scheduled to meet in||
They are scheduled to meet in Bloomington in 2017.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||I would actually say Penn||
I would actually say Penn State's, to be honest. Navy should be better next year. Temple has been good recently, and Ohio University and Virginia will be no cakewalk.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||The game is at Chicago -||
The game is at Chicago - Soldier Field.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Much appreciated||
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Great addition from a||
Great addition from a basketball standpoint, though.
Word is Louisville may be leaving as soon as 2013 for the Big XII - its the consensus pick for an 11th team. So the Big East would be at 12 then.
You make a good point about Villanova though, two Big Five schools in the Big East, for all sports, would make sense.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Agree on TV and hoops, but||
Agree on TV and hoops, but disagree on cash.
Harvard and Yale have the largest endowments at 31.728 and 19.374 billion, respectively. Princeton is 4th, Columbia is 8th, and Penn is 11th.
FWIW, Michigan is 7th.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Statistics back up your||
Statistics back up your point: Minnesota is 6-1 with Mbakwe, 11-9 without.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||I don't really care that he||
I don't really care that he hates Michigan - plenty of people don't like Michigan. He's worthless other than his coverage of the NBA, anyways.
What irritates me is when Northwestern is doing well he mentions them non-stop. When they are doing poorly, he acts like he didn't know the school even existed.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||On paper, Michigan should||
On paper, Michigan should beat Northwestern. But for some reason, Northwestern gives Michigan trouble. Since Coach Beilein has been at Michigan, 2007, Michigan is 5-4 against the Wildcats:
2007-2008 - Split (won at Northwestern, lost at home to Northwestern).
2008-2009 - Michigan sweep (won at home and at Northwestern).
2009-2010 - Northwestern sweep (lost at home and at Northwestern).
2010-2011 - Split (won at home, lost at Northwestern).
2011-2012 - Won at home.
Average margin of victory for Michigan against NU is 6.6, average margin of defeat for Michigan against NU is 9.25.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||And 2 seeds have almost equal||
And 2 seeds have almost equal success, having only lost 4 times, with the most recent being Iowa State to Hampton.
There really isn't much difference between a 1 and a 2 seed, to be honest, at least in the early rounds. The biggest difference is with the Final Four, where 1 seeds are twice as likely as 2 seeds to make the final weekend.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||The win looks good, no doubt.||
The win looks good, no doubt. I have MSU as a 1 seed right now as well, but let me emphasize "right now".
Duke or Kansas can easily pass Sparty between now and Selection Sunday though, especially with Duke having beaten MSU earlier in the season. Spartans have a pair of tough road games and play Ohio at home. Duke has a tough one at Florida State (I still think they will get revenge over FSU) and plays UNC at Cameron. Kansas's only legitimate opponent left is Missouri.
We all have heard that the Big Ten Tournament Championship means little because of how late the game is completed. Unless Michigan State makes the title game, I find it hard to believe they will get a 1 seed, especially if they lose between now and the end of the regular season (especially if Duke and Kansas win their remaining regular season games).
|3 years 5 weeks ago||But miracle implies there was||
But miracle implies there was little to no chance it would happen . . .
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I generally don't mind Bilas,||
I generally don't mind Bilas, even when he is doing games. As long as you separate his bias, he's fine.
However, tonight was just flat out bad. I got the feeling he wanted Ohio to win, and I'm not sure why. Without a doubt, he does have respect for Novak, and probably Burke. Beyond that, he has no use for Michigan.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Sorry but Purdue just isn't a||
Sorry but Purdue just isn't a lock yet. They are probably in, but by no means a lock.
RPI 46, SOS 31; RPI is a bit high. They are 6-6 against the top 50 RPI, which is good, but no marquee wins. Had they won at Columbus, I think you would have an argument.
Further, they are just above 500 in conference and can still finish below 500. When teams are below 500 in conference that immediately becomes a red flag for the Selection Committee.
Wins over Nebraska, Penn State and one of the other three (MSU, UM, or IU) will put Purdue in, barring an early round flameout in the Big Ten Tournament.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Michigan is in. RPI of 14,||
Michigan is in. RPI of 14, SOS of 11, and 7-5 against the top 50 RPI.
I don't see them as a three seed though, and I generally don't put much stock in what Lunardi says. He overvalues some teams while not giving others enough credit. Michigan is likely on the 4 line right now, but could move to the 3 line with a win Saturday and/or strong showing in the Big Ten Tournament.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Coach Kampe is a class act,||
Coach Kampe is a class act, used to be an assistant at the University of Toledo, my hometown. When people mention longevity, they mention Coach Boeheim. Coach Boeheim is a great guy, but Coach Kampe is Golden Grizzlies basketball, taking them through the transition to Division I.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Touche my friend.||
Touche my friend.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||But think of the children||
But think of the children that could be reading this!
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Tid bit nipply?||
Tid bit nipply?
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Well, the "insightful" button||
Well, the "insightful" button just came in handy.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Went to this thread thinking||
Went to this thread thinking it was about Mississippi College football (not Ole Miss), boy was I wrong.
Don't ask why I clicked if I was thinking that.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Mountaineer fan's||
Mountaineer fan's response:
3. Morgantown is a big city
4. Morgantown does.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||They still need to schedule 2||
They still need to schedule 2 more non-conference games.
UTEP and Rutgers have been floated out there as a possibility for one game.
OU's open weeks are 1, 2, 3, and 5. Two of those will be filled with OOC games, two will be bye weeks.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||No split, only 10 teams as of||
No split, only 10 teams as of now, with the addition of TCU and WVU.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||There are rumors about BYU||
There are rumors about BYU and Louisville joining the conference in the future. My guess is, if that happens:
BYU, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State.
Baylor, Louisville, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia.
Unless they split into East and West
|3 years 6 weeks ago||UConn is not a candidate to||
UConn is not a candidate to join the Big Ten for various reasons - stadium size, football tradition, and media exposure to name a few.
With that said, I had an opportunity to meet Mr. Manuel - genuinely a very nice guy. The one thing I do remember about him was his irritation with Bill Martin for refusing to schedule Buffalo in non-conference for football.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||My thinking is 18 months ago||
My thinking is 18 months ago he floated the idea out there about moving the game. He heard the backlash and realized its not a good idea.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||He's going to Maryland, not||
He's going to Maryland, not Ohio, so it can't be the ugliest.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Not a surprise, I guess. Only||
Not a surprise, I guess. Only marquee game would be Michigan State.
In 2013, there are potentials with Notre Dame and Nebraska. Maybe Minnesota? Doubtful on Ohio, simply because of tradition.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Florida State's AD said they||
Florida State's AD said they might seek liquidated damages.
I'm not sure I understand why, to be honest. That's the purpose of the buyout, its supposed to calculate the loss.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Yeah, I think you are right||
Yeah, I think you are right on this one. Especially if they don't get a replacement for WVU for this season.
Syracuse and Pitt have a legit argument about wanting to leave early - if they knew WVU was going to be let out with a cash settlement, they could have scheduled other OOC opponents ahead of time, rather than having a handful of options.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Judging based on his posts,||
Judging based on his posts, you'd think he was the real Dantonio - just as grouchy.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||The ACC keeps stating that||
The ACC keeps stating that Syracuse and Pittsburgh are not in for 2012. Are you hearing something differently? With the ACC releasing schedules within the next month, there may not be enough time to include the teams, especially with the legal ramifications.
With that said, there are teams left who need OOC games, its just a matter of pairing up weeks (although the Big East may schedule conference games around the OOC games, rather than making the teams schedule OOC games around the conference ones).
Here are the teams who need additional OOC games (with the number needed in parenthesis): Arkansas (1); Boise State (1); Florida State (1); Hawaii (1); Middle Tennessee (1); Missouri (2); Nebraska (1); Nevada (1); New Mexico (1); North Texas (1); Oklahoma (2); Oklahoma State (1); Texas A&M (1); UAB (1); UL Lafayette (1).
Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico can elect to add a game due to the Hawaii Exemption, but they don't have to. South Alabama added a fifth OOC game due to the Hawaii Exemption.
I know adding another FCS game isn't ideal, but Air Force, NC State, and Wyoming had two FCS opponents in 2011 and that didn't stop any of them from making a bowl game (then again, Eastern Michigan had two as well). Worst case scenario, if Big East temas can't make a deal with any of the previously mentioned teams, they will add a FCS opponent (even if they already have one) so they can at least get the gate revenue.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||"I wanna hear you read some words."||
|3 years 6 weeks ago||I don't disagree with you,||
I don't disagree with you, but as it stands, they are in the BE until 2014. Clearly they won't leave in 2012 (per the ACC), but they may be in for 2013.
Assuming they leave a year early, that messes with the Big East's plans to hold a conference championship, as they would only have 11 teams. Something tells me the Big East would fight to keep one of the two, if not both, unless they get another team to join.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Not until July 1, 2014. So||
Not until July 1, 2014. So for 2013 they are in the Big East, as of right now. Things may change, but last I heard they weren't planning on leaving until then.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||By having MSU at 9, the||
By having MSU at 9, the thought is, essentially, that they will lose two games or less.
You be the judge:
August: Boise State.
September: at Central Michigan; Notre Dame; Eastern Michigan; Ohio State.
October: at Indiana; Iowa; at Michigan; at Wisconsin.
November: Nebraska; OPEN; Northwestern; at Minnesota.
December/January: Big Ten Championship (?); Bowl Game (?).
Wouldn't be surprised to see MSU sweep through November; October could be troublesome as could September. I would think MSU has the advantage against Boise.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Not a problem. Probably||
Not a problem. Probably should have just said regression to the mean.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Thanks. Once I get some time||
Thanks. Once I get some time I'll run the numbers. Its hard to believe that there would be a difference between 10 and 9, but at some point, there has to be a difference. The question is where there ceases to be some sort of correlation.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||It reads||
It reads correctly.
Basically, the idea is a team who forces a net double digit turnovers to the positive in one year will not force as many the next year and their win total will decrease. For example, say Michigan State forced a net 12 turnovers this year; they would expect to decrease their regular season wins from 10 (or, in the best case scenario for them, maintain the same).
By contrast, a team who turned the ball over a net double digit amount should expect their win total to increase. For example, say Michigan State gave up a net 12 turnovers this year; they would expect to increase their regular season wins from 10 (or, in the worst case scenario for them, maintain the same).
Obviously the theory isn't 100%, but there is a pretty strong correlation.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Joe Pa is no longer coaching;||
Joe Pa is no longer coaching; dude isn't even alive.
To sum it up, based on appearance in the commercial:
Tressel (Ohio) - Gone.
Rodriguez (Michigan) - Gone.
Dantonio (Michigan State) - Still coaching.
Zook (Illinois) - Gone.
Paterno (Penn State) - Gone.
Fitzgerald (Northwestern) - Still coaching.
Ferentz (Iowa) - Still coaching.
Lynch (Indiana) - Gone.
Brewster (Minnesota) - Gone.
Bielema (Wisconsin) - Still coaching.
Hope (Purdue) - Still coaching.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Well that didn't take very||
Well that didn't take very long.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Why is the Notorious C.O.N.E.||
Why is the Notorious C.O.N.E. only third?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||In order to be a dirty||
In order to be a dirty recruiter, don't you have to be somewhat good at what you do?
Coach Nutt had the distinction of being asked to leave not one, but two schools.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Michigan is 6-4 ATS at home;||
Michigan is 6-4 ATS at home; Indiana is 3-3-1 ATS on the road. Line has gone from Michigan by 2.5 to Michigan by 4. Realtimerpi.com has Michigan by 11 (80-69).
Michigan should cover against an IU team whose best road win is at Raleigh. Oh, and who can forget, Michigan is undefeated at home this year.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Congrats Is Barwis going to||
Is Barwis going to help with his conditioning?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Wasn't Jack Miller supposed||
Wasn't Jack Miller supposed to try to fill Molk's shoes?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||And risk getting a VD?||
And risk getting a VD?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Yes. 9 teams unless West||
Yes. 9 teams unless West Virginia joins to make it 10.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Its funny how things work||
Its funny how things work out. A few years ago West Virginia was complaining about RR leaving the way he did and about him not wanting to pay his buyout.
Now WVU is complaining about having to stay in the Big East for 27 months and the amount of the buyout.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||The same CRAIG JAMES who||
The same CRAIG JAMES who KILLED FIVE HOOKERS allegedly?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Rutgers had a pretty good||
Rutgers had a pretty good class in place, at least by Big East standards.
Cristobal is a very good recruiter, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a few guys leave. Rutgers was in a bind and moved relatively quickly to get someone. Cristobal is young; he could be there for years to come if he is successful.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Notre Dame has been||
Notre Dame has been perenially picked low in the Big East. If Abromaitis were healthy and playing, this team would be considered a sleeper.
With that said, Mike Brey does a great job at getting the most out of his teams, with a lack of talent. After starting off 0-5 on the road, the Irish are now 3-1 in their last four roadies.
There are winnable games down the stretch: Marquette, DePaul, Rutgers, at Villanova, West Virginia, at St. John's, and Providence. I have road games at West Virginia and Georgetown as losses.
If they do go 7-2, 13-5 should be good enough for a double bye. In case you were wondering, Notre Dame was the #2 seed in the Big East Tournament last year, 8th in 2009-2010, and 9th in 2008-2009.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||You do realize Belichick was||
You do realize Belichick was a defensive coach before becoming head coach, right?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||He could have easily played||
He could have easily played Norm McDonald's character in Dirty Work.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Purdue's, for your reason.||
Purdue's, for your reason.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Yes. What he said.||
Yes. What he said.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||To some extent, you have a||
To some extent, you have a point. ND's schedules are mostly filled out up through 2016 (with dates included).
The problem is, with the Big Ten/PAC-12 alliance, another non-conference game is swallowed up by 24 more teams, 5 of which Notre Dame play on a regular basis (Purdue, MSU, Michigan, USC, and Stanford).
The issue isn't whether ND can call its own shots. The issue is whether teams are willing to give up a home game at least every other year to play ND.
I'm a firm believer that most major conferences will expand to 9 conference games in the near future; that's already underway in the PAC-12 and Big 12. Discussions have taken place about the same in the Big Ten, ACC, and SEC.
Unless the NCAA moves to a 13 game regular season schedule (without a Hawaii exemption), ND is going to have a tougher time filling out a schedule, at least with their "rivals" and/or legitimate teams.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||hart20, great work, as||
hart20, great work, as always.
With that said, I take issue with Navy not exactly being known as a football powerhouse. In the early 2000s and late 1990s, the Middies weren't great, to be sure. Their program is getting better, but the program once was a powerhouse.
Navy won the 1926 National Championship, an undefeated season. They have also appeared in the Rose, Sugar and Fiesta bowls. Not bad for a program that has to fight an uphill battle against other non-service academies.
Also, who can forget the Army/Navy game? Regardless of whether you are an Army or a Navy fan, or even a football fan, its a great event to watch.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Agreed||
He isn't at Michigan now. Coach Brady Hoke is. Let's talk about him.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Want to know how bad it is?||
Want to know how bad it is? There are GAS PUMPS underneath the east side of the stadium.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Wilson wasn't as valuable as||
Wilson wasn't as valuable as most people think. Remember, the year before he arrived they did make it to the Rose Bowl.
As for the linemen, you do have a point, but they seem to magically generate great O linemen every year.
As for the success, look at the schedule:
at Oregon State
at Penn State
Asssuming they make a bowl game (but not Big Ten Championship) they have 13 chances to win 11 games (either lose a regular season and a bowl game or two regular season).
Nebraska is probably the closest to a for sure loss, after that?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Thanks for pointing this out.||
Thanks for pointing this out. The wins and losses of the team analyzed have been removed. Corrected version is now posted.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||The Strength of Schedule is||
The Strength of Schedule is based on the 2011 Schedule, not the 2012 one. So Boise State isn't included in MSU's schedule ranking (otherwise it would be a tougher schedule).
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Seth||
If you fixed the table in my diary, thank you.
If you didn't fix the table in my diary, thank you for the steps on how to properly post tables in the future.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Interesting piece put out by||
Interesting piece put out by the times. A report about a week ago indicated the Trustees had prior knowledge of the the situation, as much as a few months before Paterno's firing. If that's the case, the Times piece looks more like a CYA by the Trustees, especially since there is a movement in State College to have the Trustees recalled (or cleanse the board).
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Considering the creation of||
Considering the creation of the Big Ten Championship game, split divisions, as well as Nebraska's program, what is your experience with Nebraska joining the Big Ten? Is it overall positive, negative, neutral and why?
|3 years 9 weeks ago||182||
|3 years 9 weeks ago||USA Today reports that Kiel||
USA Today reports that Kiel is not enrolling at LSU, and will enroll at Notre Dame.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||What would be the purpose of||
What would be the purpose of the investigation? If he knew about the 1998 investigation by police, what would that prove? The statute of limitations for any crimes committed at that time would have expired. Outside of proving Paterno had knowledge of the investigation, which may mean little, what's the purpose, outside of pure curiosity?
|3 years 10 weeks ago||To be more palatable than||
To be more palatable than Dantonio isn't saying much.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Point taken, it is an||
Point taken, it is an additional $6 million for the second team in a conference making a BCS game, not the full amount.
However, the spot would be worth just as much if a non-AQ was there. Rather than divide the total amount the two conference teams secured (among each other) and creating a bigger mess, I left it with the full amount.
EDIT: If you know where I can find the exact figures (for the years where two teams from a BCS conference made a BCS bowl AND for the years the $14-$17 million range was listed), I'd gladly rerun the numbers.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||They turned it back, I||
They turned it back, I believe, but the Big Ten (and other teams) kept their portion from the bowl game.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||I'm not sure how expense||
I'm not sure how expense money is calculated (whether it is wrapped in the bowl payout or if its separate), so that's a good question.
Teams do make money based on selling bowl apparal as well as selling tickets. Unless you are a top tier team in drawing power, you're selling some tickets, but not enough to turn a substantial profit. Some teams even lose money when selling bowl tickets.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||I know as much as the next||
I know as much as the next guy that Ohio cheated, we get it.
Unless the rules are changed, Ohio should be able to share in the Big Ten money for bowl games. There are no exceptions for NCAA violations that would prevent that. Don't like the rules? Change them.
Additionally, Ohio's athletic budget is roughly $126 million. Since when is $400,000 a windfall in that size of a budget? Its not even 1% of the budget.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Yes. Jim McElwain is taking||
Yes. Jim McElwain is taking over as HC at Colorado State. Pease goes to UF though.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Being back in Ohio now, the||
Being back in Ohio now, the slogan means little to me. What I would like to see, though it will probably never happen, is allowing Ohio residents to purchase a license plate with the block M on it. They allow you to purchase license plates with various images support Ohio colleges (Ohio and Cincinnati are the most common).
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Since when are we talking||
Since when are we talking about John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox?
|3 years 11 weeks ago||No system is foolproof. Every||
No system is foolproof. Every system will have its supporters and detractors.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||"Even if Alabama beats LSU,||
"Even if Alabama beats LSU, LSU will still be the NC."
The winner of the BCS NCG is the National Champion, so whoever wins tonight is the champion; if LSU wins, they are the NC, if Alabama wins, they are the NC. Its not up for debate if Alabama wins whether LSU can be NC.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I'm okay with the argument||
I'm okay with the argument that Ok State should be #2, if you think they are the best team.
But with regards to the BCS not doing its job if OK State gets votes, I disagree. I wouldn't be surprised to see some lone ranger-type give Boise State a vote, to be honest. Its as much about teams who are deserving as it is about the media drumbeat.
Assume Ok State lost to Stanford - my guess is Ok State no longer gets votes, but would Stanford? I think you are going to have this problem, that is the voting BCS title argument, regardless, unless you pair two undefeated teams.
The rogue voters mean little - the winner of the BCS national title is the national championship. This isn't a 1997-1998 scenario where the two best teams couldn't meet because of bowl contractual issues.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||All the BCS is designed to do||
All the BCS is designed to do is pair #1 against #2. If they paired #1 and #2, the BCS did its job. Its irrelevant of the records and if they played each other, IF the teams are #1 and #2.
Again, if your problem is that Alabama is not the #2 team, and Ok State/Stanford/whoever else was #2, I'm not going to argue with you. However, if your point is "I don't like rematches" or "what about the records?" or something similar, your argument will fall on deaf ears; that's not the BCS's job and you might be misunderstanding how the system works.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||My point is, national||
My point is, national championship and Rose Bowl aside, Michigan didn't belong in the NCG.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Michigan wasn't the second||
Michigan wasn't the second best team that year, sorry. This coming from a Michigan alum who would have loved to see them play for a national title that year.
Heck, based on the result of that game, Ohio wasn't the second best team.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I don't follow your point.||
I don't follow your point. The BCS is supposed to pair #1 vs #2. If you believe Alabama and LSU are the top two teams, then the BCS did its job. If you don't believe they are, then the BCS failed.
Long story short, if you believe Alabama should be #3 and Oklahoma State #2 then they failed. But if you think the current matchup pairs the top two, the point that it is a rematch is irrelevant.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Fact: CRAIG JAMES may have||
Fact: CRAIG JAMES may have KILLED 5 HOOKERS just before that picture was taken.