"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|1 day 3 hours ago||If anyone, I'd bet it's Ross.||
If anyone, I'd bet it's Ross. Coaches might want his ability to take on Olinemen releasing in space rather than Bolden's (and to a lesser extent Morgan's) tendency to eat blocks.
|1 day 4 hours ago||That Rutgers is putting||
That Rutgers is putting together a lengthy report about misconduct under Flood likely means that they're going to fire him for cause and try to avoid paying the buyout.
Call it "the Beckman."
|6 days 51 min ago||Will be interesting to see||
Will be interesting to see the LB snap distribution in UFR. Gideon seemed to get far more snaps than usual, and they started right after that play. Of course, that could have been the plan all along and I couldn't keep track of whether they were at Bolden or Morgan's expense. But it did seem like the coaches made an immediate change and went to, at least, an even distribution of snaps
|1 week 1 day ago||It's going to come from 9||
It's going to come from 9 intentional safeties.
|1 week 1 day ago||CyHawk belongs in some||
CyHawk belongs in some grandmother's glass fronted display case.
Land Grant belongs in a pile of scraps outside someone's woodshop.
|1 week 3 days ago||The SEC's in-conference||
The SEC's in-conference scheduling is really crazy.
They have 7 team divisions and 8 conference games with one fixed cross-over game. It both means teams very rarely play teams in the other division and makes for longterm competitive imbalance. It's surprising that the teams locked into a really difficult cross division game (particularly Tennessee with Alabama, but also Florida with LSU and vice versa) aren't pushing to expand the conference schedule to 9 games and do away with the FCS games.
|1 week 3 days ago||Love all the SEC coaches||
Love all the SEC coaches explaining how altruistic they are by scheduling FCS teams.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Hurst thing is based on||
The Hurst thing is based on someone else's observation postgame. Don't actually know if it's true.
Indiana had 90 plays. That includes the OT, of course. But you're exactly right that the first quarter was the problem and that once you burn energy reserves, particularly for a quick twitch sport like football, it's really hard to recover.
FWIW, we went from 4th nationally in opponents plays faced to 23rd based on this game.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not being able to get off the||
Not being able to get off the field in the first half hurt the D-Line a ton, too. You could tell that Henry, especially, was totally gassed in the 4th and Hurst was apparently so tired he couldn't play in the 4th.
So not only were they short-handed without Glasgow, but you had d-linemen facing probably twice the number of offensive snaps, even before OT, than they had in any game this year.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Freddie de Boer||
That Freddie disliked Grantland is a true measure of its quality. He's the same professional troll who wrote that Ta-Nehisi Coates wasn't ready to write for the Atlantic just as he started to blow up.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||DL vs OL||
Even if Allen, Conklin and Kieler can go, olinemen that are recovering from lower leg injuries vs this defensive line seems like a bad combo. Trying to anchor with a knee or ankle sprain against stunts from Godin, Glasgow, Henry, and Wormley all day appears .... difficult.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||That's crazy. What's the most||
That's crazy. What's the most hostile environment he's played in? Oregon? Nebraska?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Running game||
IF, and it's a big if, UM can get the RBs to the second level with some regularity, I'm pretty confident in Harbaugh's and Drevno's ability to screw with the run fits of MSU's secondary and bust a couple of big runs, particularly since their LBs play in much the same way that NU's did last week, ie, see a key and go. If their DL is able to blow up the Oline, that won't matter, but if it's a stalemate up front, UM stands a good chance at having a significant rushing day (with a lot of 2-3 yard runs but with 3-4 20-50 yarders mixed in).
I expect to see a ton of pre-snap formation changes from UM to attempt to mess with MSU's defense and induce them into bad run fits.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I think there are two||
I think there are two plausible arguments you could make about MSU's data being off:
1. You could argue that losing both Conklin and Kieler have depressed the run numbers and that they'll will be back in the starting lineup at something close to full strength, which will shore up MSU's ability to run and protect Cook. It's hard for me to believe that those two won't suffer some drop off in ability from being out so long if they do play, but it's a plausible argument.
2. You could argue that UM's not well positioned to take advantage of MSU's big defensive weakness in the secondary, with Rudock's struggles to push the ball down the field.
That said, Steele's argument, based on Dantonio's motivational ability, seems like a big heap of feelingsball for a stats guy.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||That's the major issue. If||
That's the major issue. If the NCAA remains with CBS, then The tournament would have to start after the Masters, which is the first weekend in April. A three week tournament puts the Final Four right into finals for a lot of schools. Can't see the university presidents going for that.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I've always assumed that the||
I've always assumed that the league saw UM, OSU and PSU as historically the best teams in the east and that their priority was ensuring that each team had a schedule that was home and away with the other two every year.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Maryland's recruiting area||
Maryland's recruiting area might seem better, but I think Oregon's actually in a stronger position. Oregon gets a huge portion of their recruits from California (39 on their current roster) where there's a huge population without many Power 5 programs in close proximity (essetially only the other Pac-12 schools), whereas Maryland has to compete against a huge number of more prestigious programs from three Power 5 conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 10) trying to pull players out of their recruiting area.
Essentially, Oregon's able to position itself as the best option for the just below elite players in California that don't get USC or UCLA offers, or that aren't interested in Stanford, for stylistic or academic reasons, but who still want to stay on the West Coast. That's a really rich recruiting area, where the only real other competition are the Arizona schools, Cal, and maybe UW.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||They were also playing at 9||
They were also playing at 9 AM PDT.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, now. Northwestern has||
Hey, now. Northwestern has TWO bowl wins.
The 1948 Rose Bowl (vs Cal) and
The 2012 Gator Bowl (vs. Miss St)
|7 weeks 1 day ago||#M00N||
I believe Siemian fell down on the potential game-winning 2-point conversion. #M00N was too terrible to be allowed to go into OT.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I think that the Iowa faculty||
I think that the Iowa faculty senate voted no confidence in the regents, not in the new president, though they obviously don't have confidence in him.
This hire is like the Brandon story but deeply, deeply weirder. Like in the Brandon hire, there were 4 candidates, 3 with strong experience in the field (academic administration, in this case) and a 4th from the private sector.
Where it gets weird is that Brandon at least had plausible experience with the university, having served as a regent. People at the university at least knew who Brandon was. The new Iowa president has no background with Iowa nor has he ever had a role in a university setting other than adjuncting at Harvard BS. Where it gets weirder is that, while Brandon had extensive experience as a CEO of a relatively large and complex organization in Dominos, the Iowa guy was president, not CEO, of Boston Market and before that a v-p of IBM. And add in that the guy's essentially been a self-employed business consultant since leaving Boston Market and it's a completely incomprehensible hire for an important university (insert snarky Iowa jokes here).
I'm an academic who is open to bringing in university administrators from the private sector (as long as they dont demand private sector salary levels). This guy is beyond the pale because he's both lied and has clearly been hired as part of a political project on the part of the regents to transform the university, not to lead it.
EDIT: Just looked and the faculty senate did vote to censure the new president for "a failure in professional ethics" for innacuracies on his resume and for failing to list co-authors of papers that he credited to himself.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||The regents don't seem to||
The regents don't seem to realize how counterproductive this kind of thing is to any effort to change the university (and from my reading, they're clearly interested in dramatically expanding distance learning, and likely adjunctification, to try to cut costs). The faculty have authority over curricular matters as a matter of their shared governance of the university. No curricular transformation, which includes accepting distance learning credits toward majors, is going to happen if you don't have faculty buy in. It's impossible to get faculty buy-in when you foist a clearly unqualified choice that they've already told you is unacceptable on the university.
There's a way to pursue these changes that include the faculty as part of the shared governance of the university. As was the case at UVA, regents, largely those appointed from institutions that don't have experience in shared governance, are ham-handed (insert Iowa pork producers joke) in their attempts to impose such changes and they serve to increase resistance to change rather than to create it.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||She had many faults, but it's||
She had many faults, but it's at least partially to her credit that UM weathered the economic collapse of 2007-9 better than almost any other institution, public or private. When the UC system had required furlough days for faculty and staff, when Harvard and Yale had to open short term lines of credit to meet payroll, And when universities across the nation suffered deep cutbacks and cancelled innumerable faculty searches, UM went on relatively without a hitch, expanding programs and hiring new faculty when almost no other institution was.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Keep pushing that argument||
Keep pushing that argument that "a Michigan degree travels." It's not uncommon to see UM gear, car stuff, etc around the NYC metro area, whereas Auburn's pretty rare.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Which is how playing QB||
Which is how playing QB works. If your primary target is open, that's where the ball goes.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||The one time the public got||
The one time the public got to see the QBs in competition, at the practice open to students, almost everyone came away saying exactly what Harbaugh has said, namely that Rudock was the best QB and that it wasn't close.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I think Boren's family also||
I think Boren's family also paid his way (which is the rule for infra-conference transfers, I believe)
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||And yet, he probably made a||
And yet, he probably made a good decision for his development as a football player
|10 weeks 15 hours ago||I think you mean "Since||
I think you mean "Since Rudock is a starting QB for Michigan, it's easy for grumpy bloggers to hate him."
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I think they're awful and||
I think they're awful and totally antithetical to the player centeredness that makes soccer unique.
They deemphasize fitness, which is so central to the sport. Unlimited substitutions don't force the difficult choice between saving subs for tactical switches vs. replacing a tiring player. They make tactical changes way too easy, and overemphasize in-game coaching in favor of allowing the players on the field to adjust among themselves. There's a reason that American players are generally regarded as tactically naive, it's that they're told what to do all the time and aren't allowed to develop tactical understanding.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Long quote from that||
Long quote from that article:
As a rookie, Rodgers' six substantial outings included a scrimmage against Buffalo, four exhibition games and the fourth quarter of a December night game in Baltimore.
He was brutal every time out.
In each of the exhibition games, Brett Favre started before turning it over to Rodgers. Until his 20th and final series, when the Packers scored a touchdown in Tennessee with the aid of a 33-yard penalty for pass interference, Rodgers had not generated a point. Sixteen possessions ended with punts, two on interceptions and one on a fumble.
If the No. 2 quarterback job had been awarded based on performance in training camp and games, it would have gone to Craig Nall hands-down.
Against the Ravens, Rodgers threw an interception, fumbled twice and was sacked three times.
As the 2006 draft drew near, Rodgers told NFL Network that he had heard the rumors of the Packers possibly selecting a quarterback with the No. 5 selection in a move that would likely end his career in Green Bay. Ted Thompson, the general manager who had drafted Rodgers with the No. 24 pick the year before, didn't rule it out.
A month before the draft, a panel of 18 personnel men were asked to compare Rodgers against that year's quarterback pool led by Matt Leinart, Vince Young and Jay Cutler. Not only didn't Rodgers draw any first-place votes, he had only one second and three thirds. Eleven scouts put him fourth, and three others even had him behind Brodie Croyle and Charlie Whitehurst.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The prime example to back||
The prime example to back this notion up is Aaron Rodgers. Bob McGinn, who's the main Packers' beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has said numerous times that he thought Rodgers was going to be a total wash out after watching him practice and talking to scouts during his rookie and second seasons. It was only after a couple seasons in which he changed mechanics, studied the offense, and practiced as a backup that the light really went on for him.
Given the potential upside that a great qb can bring (a decade plus of playoff and championship contention) and the at least anecdotal evidence that playing too early on a bad team can harm a qbs development, I would think that more franchises would hold off on playing high picks so early.
And even if this article is totally off-base, the Michigan recruitment office should be circulating it to every high end offensive recruit that's considering UM vs. a spread team.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Don't forget that one of the||
Don't forget that one of the main people implicated when the story broke was Bill Clements, the governor of Texas (he had been head of smu's board of trustees).
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I think they actually have a||
I think they actually have a new president.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Harris||
Not really understanding the Dileo/Gallon analogy. Harris is like 6'4. With more weight, he's going to be a classic downfield receiver.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Bizarre situation that's very||
Bizarre situation that's very reminiscent of the Brandon hiring. Three candidates with deep experience in the demands and criteria of the job and the fourth candidate with no relevant experience gets hired. Strange changes in the search procedure late in the process.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Even 150 would be a pretty||
Even 150 would be a pretty bad sign. This is a defense undergoing a scheme change, with almost no returning starters and guys playing DE in a 3-4 that are at least 20 pounds under the ideal weight for those positions.
I'll feel good if we do something like 225 at somewhere north of 5 ypc. The backs should be able to bust multiple 15-20 yard runs.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I agree about riding around||
I agree about riding around for pleasure on game day, but bringing a bike, parking 4-5 miles from the stadium and riding in might be a good option for the OP to get through the game day traffic. I would always ride in when I lived on the north side and it took a fraction of the time it would have taken to drive with the game day traffic. There are racks off Keech near the Facilities Service Building.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||To people's credit, we||
To people's credit, we haven't seen a team that gets better as the year goes on for a looooong time.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Capote was talking about||
Capote was talking about something different than historical fiction, though. He was talking about the kind of creative non-fiction that he helped to pioneer with In Cold Blood, where the author utilizes the tools of fiction writing, particularly conveying the interiority of characters (ie, their inner thoughts) based on the author's best guess of what they would have been. That's kind of the opposite of Bacon's practice.
And I still don't think it's a novel.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The rumors I heard went||
The rumors I heard went further than this (which seems like standard practice, ie give to the AD, get benefits from the AD).
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Did you find any truth to the||
Did you find any truth to the rumors that Brandon's AD was attempting to poach donors to the university's academic programs and general development office?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Great, now you've clued all||
Great, now you've clued all of our future opponents in to Green Ass Smack.
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||If Thomas would have executed||
If Thomas would have executed his block, it would have helped. Booker, the guy he blocked, made the tackle.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It was Bolden. He overran the||
It was Bolden. He overran the play, missed the runner, and nailed Ojemudia right in the hip.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Think they were doing some||
Think they were doing some unbalanced line stuff in the first half to see how Utah reacted.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Poggi (when in) and Braden||
Poggi (when in) and Braden were the main offenders in the running game for what I've seen on second watch of some of the game. There were some good creases that were ruined when Braden got trashed or tossed aside. Poggi isn't good at targeting yet (understandably given the recent position switch). Wouldn't be surprised if Hill takes some more of Poggi's snaps. Impossible to know about the Dawson/Braden comparison without seeing practice.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Bolden seemed like weak link||
Bolden seemed like weak link in nickel. Overrunning plays or late to react. Would like to see more Ross as 2nd LB in that alignment
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Pitt wasn't looked at because||
Pitt wasn't looked at because of PSU. They didn't want in state competition within the conference
|12 weeks 3 days ago||From the initial skims of the||
From the initial skims of the opinion, it doesn't look like the judge got into the facts of the underlying conduct (other than putting quotation marks around "independent" every time he mentioned the Mills report). The grounds for overturning were three due process claims.
1. The NFL didn't properly inform Brady of the punishment he faced or what he was accused of.
2. The NFL didn't allow Brady's lawyers to question NFL lawyer Jeff Pash at the appeal.
3. The NFL didn't allow Brady's lawyers to examine the evidence against him.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Schedule dates after the||
Schedule dates after the Maryland game are wring, unless Big Ten really screwed us with games on back to back nights.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Nope. I'll join you on the||
Nope. I'll join you on the "Borges was better" bandwagon. I thought Nussmeier was a total bust. At least the offense under Borges was capable of occasional explosions. Under Nussmeier, it was nothing but a series of 8 yard passes thrown by QBs who looked unprepared and lacking confidence. Nothing at all to stretch the field.
And Bacon at least hints in his book that it was Nussmeier, rather than Brandon, who pushed to play Morris against Minnesota.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Another error||
He also writes that winning the 2012 OSU game (the 26-21 game) would have landed us a share of the divisional title, which is true as we would have tied Nebraska at 7-1, and a spot in the Big Ten championship game, which is false because Nebraska had clinched a spot the day before by beating Iowa.
FWIW, I think this is a minor, minor quibble in what is a highly entertaining and eye opening book.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||That was shocking. I though||
That was shocking. I though charging MPowered, a student group, more than $100k to use the Stadium Club for a weekend long event was even more shocking, though.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Given the balance issues||
Given the balance issues identified here, I have a hard time seeing Braden being successful as a pulling guard. Judging from the Stanford clips of the Baugh-fense, power is likely to be the key base play in the running game.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||If you watch Delanie Walker||
If you watch Delanie Walker clips from when he was in SF under Harbaugh, it's really easy to imagine Hill occupying a similar role. Walker was a great blocker whose blocking ability allowed him to slip by defenders into wide open spaces. About every other game, Walker seemed to get wide open on what seemed like modified wheel routes on play action where he would fake a block and run past the contain defender in the flat.
Once he's fully up to speed, I think Hill's going to be a nice weapon that doesn't see a lot of balls thrown his way, but comes up with a few big gains in important moments throughout the season.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||The med school is in Chicago,||
The med school is in Chicago, but...
Part of the deal with the Chancellor resigning had to do with the effort to create a new, downstate medical school and her efforts to conceal the emails related to the new med school from public records laws by using a personal email address (while doing the same thing for the emails related to the decision to fire the professor that led to the AAUP's academic freedom censure... the details of which quickly violate the 'no politics' rule).
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I imagine if they're firing||
I imagine if they're firing him with cause, which they are, they pretty much have to do it as soon as their internal report determines that he violated injury reporting policy. If they wait for him to coach any games, he'd have a case that he was being fired for on the field results (which would require paying the rest of his contract) rather than endangering player safety.
In essence, they get rid of a coach they were going to fire anyway and save the $3.1 million they would have had to pay him.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||That whole university is in||
That whole university is in total chaos. In the past month, the chancellor and provost have resigned/been fired. Earlier in the summer, they were censured for violations of academic freedom by the AAUP. And now they've fired the football coach. There are also some pretty ugly allegations out there about the women's basketball coach.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||"Tremendous" count:||
"Tremendous" count: 2.
Another return to Michigan tradition
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Courage||
<pedant>The Lion lacked courage. The tin man had no heart.</pedant>
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with much of this,||
I agree with much of this, but I don't think he could have attracted a D-coordinator, given the pattern of incompetence on that side of the ball, that would fixed the D to the extent that Mattison did in 2011.
Also, even if Arizona would have beaten Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game, there's no way they were making the playoffs with 2 losses. Both Baylor and TCU, at least, were in line in front of them.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I can already hear people||
Must be hearing an echo...
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I can already hear people||
I can already hear people complaining about the tipped passes. Navarre redux.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||This suggests way more||
This suggests way more forethought than actually existed.
Martin hired RR because he was one of the best regarded young coaches in college football and because Martin had already been turned down by his first two choices (Ferentz and Schiano, three if you include Miles). The options being bandied about when RR was hired were totally underwhelming.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Given the hooplah, even on||
Given the hooplah, even on Sunday, the Big 10 should have publicly admitted the refs screwed up. Doesn't absolve Hoke's immediate or Brandon's longer term mistakes, of course, but that's a big enough error that it deserved to be publicly known, to inform refs about the rules if for no other reason.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||A lot of NFL teams use the||
A lot of NFL teams use the punter as the holder.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||ESPN has filed a similar||
ESPN has filed a similar lawsuit against Notre Dame's privacy shield over the records of its police force (a police force that has the power to arrest people, which, ESPN argues, trumps the "private institution" claim)
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Stability||
Wisconsin might be looking for stability after having two coaches leave in such short order. Chryst grew up in Madison, was OC for the best Bielma teams, he knows how the place works (ie, won't have the same frustrations as Anderson) and has long been well liked by Wisconsin fans.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks! Great info.||
Thanks! Great info.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||For you or skurnie: How are||
For you or skurnie:
How are the players allowed around NCAA amateurism regulations to play in the NPSL? I assume at least some of the players in the league are professionals? Is this just the NCAA admitting that its soccer season is ridiculously short (and has rules out of step with the rest of the world) and that it's necessary for players to play elsewhere to remain competitive?
I think it's great they're allowed to play, but I just have a hard time imagining why the NCAA's ok with "student-athletes" playing in semi-pro leagues in the offseason.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||He's got the Iowa check down||
He's got the Iowa check down offense down pat. That was clearly a 5 yard crossing route on 3rd and 8.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Bryce is certainly less||
Bryce is certainly less crowded and has better vistas (and way better campgrounds). As a pure experience of that landscape, though, I don't think you can beat the Zion Narrows hike. Once you get away from the heavily trafficked first mile, the base of the canyon, which at places is 20 feet wide and 1000 feet deep, is really beautiful, with ever changing light and hanging gardens. Plus, since you're in the Virgin River for most of the hike, it's a good option to stay cool in the late summer heat.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Ypsi included||
Ypsi is included in the study. The Ann Arbor Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is the criteria the study used, is essentially all of "urbanized" Washtenaw County.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||1st backup||
He's pretty much in a struggle to be the first guy off the bench. Sam Barrington has one ILB pretty locked down. And the Packers seem like they're going to keep Mathews inside on early downs (could change but it transformed their D last year).
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Things were badly broken||
Things were badly broken enough by the end of 2010 that change was necessary. As ugly as things were last fall, I honestly think that a 4th Rich Rod year would have been worse. I think Rich Rod's a better coach, obviously, but things were just so poisonous at the end of that season, the defense was so bad, and Rich Rod had entered into such a state of desperation (remember "I want to be a Michigan Man" at the Groban banquet). Add in Brandon at the height of his arrogance and it's hard to comprehend. Can you imagine what the recruiting would have looked like? Even given The Process, I think that outcome was better than waiting a year,
Hoke was obviously a failure, but he did at least resuscitate recruiting in a way that I don't think Rich Rod could have. And by the time his failure was fully realized, the Brandon issues were much clearer than they were in 2010.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Firing Rich Rod was the right||
Firing Rich Rod was the right decision at the time. Hiring him was also the right decision, but neither he nor Martin managed the problems of program transition in what had become a schlerotic program after almost 30 years without a deep seated overhaul.
But by the end of 2010, it seemed clear that the team had quit on him (the Wisconsin/Ohio State/Mississippi State games) and that he had no real ideas of how to fix the defense. It would have been malpractice for any high school coach to recommend that a highly rated defensive player go to Michigan at that point. Also, the "improvement" of 2010 was as tenuous as Hoke's 2011 luckfest. None of the 6 losses were competitive (we never had the ball with even the chance to tie in the 4th quarter in any single game) and we squeaked out a number of wins that could have gone either way against bottom tier BIG teams (Illinois, Indiana, etc). The games were at least exciting, but I imagine there would have been a severe season ticket erosion of the type we saw in late Hoke.
The Hoke hire never should have occurred. The perfect candidate was out there, wanting to "feel the love," according to Bacon. He never did. Now he has and the AD is in a much better place.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||She did a pretty terrific job||
She did a pretty terrific job cushioning UM through the financial crisis, which hit peer institutions really hard. UM managed to make a number of really impressive faculty hires at a time when peer institutions were forced to cancel searches.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Given the limited||
Given the limited scholarships that NCAA soccer teams have, particularly for men's soccer where most scholarships are fractional, those coaches are flat out lying to the parents. Fortunately haven't seen that at my kids' club. They have had kids go onto the U-15 and U-17 national teams in recent years, and they certainly sell that, though in a relatively low key way (it's probably enough to say "we have 2 former players on national teams").
I agree about the community thing, particularly in small town/suburban areas, where high school sports form so much of a community's broader identity. That's the world I grew up in. My kids are growing up in the city (NYC) and that aspect is obviously totally absent from our daily lives, it probably only heightens the power of club sports.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Not to mention that those||
Not to mention that those media "insiders" professionally subsist on leaks from the league office, which has to be a significant reason why Brady had to believe that anything the NFL found on his phone would quickly make it into the public. Whether stuff regarding his wife, his contract or internal union business.
Basically, the NFL has done nothing in the past decade that would lead the players to trust that they can keep players' information private.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Club sports||
It also seems to be the case that the elite club sports can be played at a much, much higher level than high school sports. I know about half of the older kids at the elite levels of my sons' soccer club don't play high school soccer because of a belief that it doesn't challenge them, that the coaching is much worse than the professional coaching that they get at the club, and that it's more dangerous because of the unskilled players and poor referreeing. I know the club encourages this as well.
I think soccer's a bit extreme in this regard, largely because coaches looking to advance are funneled into clubs rather than high schools, but it's undoubtable that club sports structure the youth sports landscape far, far more than they did 10-15 years ago.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Concussions in soccer||
Concussions in soccer certainly should be a concern for anyone whose kids are playing. Soccer, however, doesn't have the huge number of subconcussive collisions that football has. From what I've read, those subconcussive hits, from things ike linemen bumping helmets, seem to be as much of a trigger for CTE as diagnosed concussions.
It's also hard to see how football, as it's currently played, eliminates those collisions.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||The Vikings players in the||
The Vikings players in the Star Caps case used this strategy and played three full seasons as the case worked its way through federal court. There were jurisdictional questions that may now be resolved, but Brady can play as long as the case is being adjudicated.
See here... http://www.startribune.com/star-caps-timeline/129168873/
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Not worst case...||
At least then, there would be another Culvers in the world. Worst case is that he leaves to open an Arby's.
|20 weeks 20 hours ago||You should check out Andrew||
You should check out Andrew Highsmith's new book on Flint, called Demolition Means Progress (U of Chicago Press), which tells a history of this very idea of the connection between tearing down existing structures and understandings of urban progress in the era of deindustrialization
|21 weeks 4 days ago||4-3-3 in name only. Probably||
4-3-3 in name only. Probably going to play closer to a 4-1-4-1 with Brian sitting in front of the defensive line and Rapinoe and Heath responsible for tracking back on the wings.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||4 on 5||
The story goes, and this may be apocryphal, that Vivek had a lot of success defending with 4 and a dedicated cherry picker when coaching his daughter's team, so he either ordered a study or suggested that Malone try it as a strategy.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Should have added that the||
Should have added that the structural political constraints you mention are 100% right on
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Rutgers AD isn't just using||
Rutgers AD isn't just using student fees. It's been drawing on the university's discretionary fund since the 2008 stadium expansion. This at a time when academic departments have seen significant funding cuts. The AD has pretty much poisoned the well (not that the Faculty Support Well is ever really that healthy). I'd imagine any facility expansion pretty much needs to be wholly donor funded at this point.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Rutgers||
More funding? Isn't the Rutgers AD already running a massive deficit and using a bunch of money from the school's general fund?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Zach Lowe Zach Lowe –||
|22 weeks 4 days ago||He was banned either because||
He was banned either because of Title IX or gay marriage posting. He could never quite get the No Politics rule.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Who would even play there for||
Who would even play there for the US? I love that set up, but aside from maybe Rapinoe, who I don't think I've ever seen play centrally, I haven't seen anyone with the ball control and passing skills to play that. I guess Morgan could do it, but there's no way to play with both Wambach and a false 9.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||That was confusing. Did he||
That was confusing. Did he mean False 9?
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Given all the problems with||
Given all the problems with the offense, the US defense has looked really strong since the early bobbles against Australia. In this game, Colombia hasn't really had a dangerous scoring chance.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Yep. Red card is a game long||
Yep. Red card is a game long expulsion. The PK + red card for a foul on a breakaway is always a harsh punishment
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Good call on the||
Good call on the PK.
Wouldn't be surprised if Colombia started to melt down here.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||That was orange. Can't||
That was orange. Can't believe it wasn't at least a yellow.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Can't believe that wasn't||
Can't believe that wasn't yellow on the tackle against Johnston. Late and on the ankle of a defender clearing the ball? That's terrible reffing.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||The last defender was even||
The last defender was even and the ball wasn't headed toward the goal. I've seen those grounds justified as not DOGSO, but I think that was the right call.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Honestly, they don't look||
Honestly, they don't look that talented. Colombia's better at linking short passes together and close control. The US backline is well organized and they've got good speed up the flanks but they struggle to hold the ball under pressure and link plays. Basically, they're reflecting the issues with soccer development in the US more generally.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Er, two beats.||
Er, two beats.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||If you foul someone two bears||
If you foul someone two bears after the ball's gone, you're going to get yellow
|22 weeks 5 days ago||U.S. already resorting to||
U.S. already resorting to blasting long balls out of the back. Totally bypassing the central midfield. They look dangerous on set pieces and not much else.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Fox sports ap if you get FS1||
Fox sports ap if you get FS1 on your cable package?
|22 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW, there are not really||
FWIW, there are not any real success stories of recovery from achilles tears by NBA players (maybe only Dominique). The link below has a list of players between 1992 and 2012 that have returned after an achilles tear (excluded are 8 guys who never made it back to the league). Now, a lot of these guys were on the down side of their careers anyway, but the evidence seems to show that would be foolish to count on Jennings next year (and it would be very Knicksian to trade for a player too broken to contribute).
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Twins born at the end of my||
Twins born at the end of my first semester as assistant prof. That was fun.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||This is good advice, but also||
This is good advice, but also make sure that, when you do go on the academic job market, you get other people's input on you letter and materials. From running junior searches at an R1 (and serving as placement officer) I can tell you that about 1/3 of candidates eliminate themselves off the bat by not understanding the genre of the material they're writing for job applications. Also, go to as many job talks as you can, so you can see what works, and more importantly, what doesn't in your discipline
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Trust me, a lot of them, not||
Trust me, a lot of them, not all certainly, are working late into the night after their kids go to bed, or are getting up at 5 to grab a few hours. And a lot of what they're doing doesn't look like "work." That person sitting at the coffee shop at 11am reading may actually be doing a book review, or doing the secondary research to have their original research speak to their audience
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Studies have shown the||
Studies have shown the average faculty work week to be on the order of 55 hours per week.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Yep. Very few runs aside from||
Yep. Very few runs aside from out wide. U.S. is tactically really crude. Just bang it in high and hope for a knock down. Like English League 1
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Problem is that, out of those||
Problem is that, out of those guys, only Smith can create anything on his own, and Smith creating is almost as likely to hurt as help his team. If the Cavs win 2, it will be a remarkable achievement.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Warriors in 5||
If the Cavs were at full strength, this would be a great series, but they're not.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||This is exactly what's he's||
This is exactly what's he's talking about. I noticed MSU, in particular, bringing the ball up on a wing, looking for a secondary break, and then slowly resetting their offense with the ball up top such that they would be 15 - 20 seconds into a possession before they even started to run an offensive set. They were essentially starting their offense at the same time an NBA team would on the shot clock, only with unnecessarily consuming 10 seconds of game time, while they passed the ball on the top without running anything off the ball or running any on ball screening action.
If the 30 second clock gets teams to initiate offense 5 seconds sooner, it will greatly improve the flow of the game.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||And just to add to this||
And just to add to this point, that stat line reflected a style of play that was unique at the time. Webber was memorable in his ability to see the court as a passing big man, stretch the floor, rebound and play inside. Those Kings teams are so fondly remembered not only because of their success and the way they got screwed in the famous Lakers series, but because they played in a different way than almost any other team at the time. In what was probably the height of NBA iso/2-man ball, the ball moved on the Kings like with no other team at the time. This was largely due to Webber's unique skill set (and to a lesser degree, Vlade's).
In many ways, he was an early version of the skilled big men, who can play in or out of the post, that have reshaped the way that basketball is played.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Here's a different||
Here's a different counter-point, then.
Jalen's one of the very, very few former athletes who is willing to share information about how these worlds that we're all very interested in (or we wouldn't be reading this blog) function from the athlete's perspective at the mundane, daily level. He'll share what it's like to be suddenly rich and living in a strange town. He'll share what it was like to be at an elite, wealthy university after growing up poor in Detroit (and both what he values about that university and how he felt exploited by it). He'll share how athletes manage night life and athletic careers. He'll share how he took care of his body.
That kind of inside information is what lots of people want to hear. I think he does it in a mostly fascinating way that at least approaches the truth as he understands it. It is, in its nature, going to be centered on Jalen, because it's his perspective, and it seems uncharitable to call him out for being self-centered when so much of his current career involves him telling stories about himself that people seemingly want to hear.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||What's the case, other than||
What's the case, other than the need to satisfy a bonded debt obligation on their stadium expansion, for Rutgers to continue to offer D-1 sports? It's bad at almost all of them, the AD serves as a financial burden, stripping money out of both the academic side of the university and out of students through required fees, and they have seemingly few fans. The fact that they have D-1 sports may actually hurt the school's academic reputation on the East Coast, given the association that many in the NY metro area make between big time sports and a lack of academic rigor.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Great defense. "Hey, he's not||
Great defense. "Hey, he's not even a real chief! He's just a stereotype!"
There were lots of native students at Illinois who were understandably offended by a white guy dressed up in a stereotypical costume doing a made up "Indian" dance. There were also some native students who weren't offended. But I find it strange that so many people need to cloak their defenses in a belief that no native people were offended when there have been both movements on campus to get rid of the mascots and while the most prominent American Indian political organization (the National Congress of American Indians) has called on colleges to get rid of mascots since the 1940s.
Here's the resolution from the Peoria Tribal Council, the most direct descendents of the Illini people, asking the University to stop using the mascot:
When this passed, the Peoria tribal chairman said, "I don't know what the origination was, or what the reason was for the university to create Chief Illiniwek. I don't think it was to honor us, because, hell, they ran our asses out of Illinois."
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Your friends are pretty much||
Your friends are pretty much telling partially true stories that they want to hear. The Spirit Lake tribal council endorsed the name, the Standing Rock tribal council didn't.
There's certainly no consensus among Indian people about Indian mascots. For example, the Seminole Tribe of Florida endorsed FSU's nickname but the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma has denounced it. The NCAA has allowed FSU to maintain the name because of the "local support."
My sense from talking with folks reporting and writing about the UND issue is that the fairly overt racism and inequality experienced by many Indian people in the Dakotas, plus Engelstadt's in your face effort to plaster the logo everywhere, plus the fact that he was kind of a Nazi sympathizer*, has led to more opposition.
*On Engelstadt... http://deadspin.com/5256436/deadspin-classic-north-dakotas-nazi-loving-alumni-donor
|31 weeks 3 days ago||It's generally thought in NBA||
It's generally thought in NBA media circles that Thibs is gone no matter what happens to the Bulls this year, with most people pointing toward Orlando as the probable destination (Simmons and Zach Lowe, also the article below).
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Copa||
U.S. is playing in the centennial Copa in 2016, (which is out of the normal Copa cycle) since we're hosting it.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||NCAA officiating||
In the NCAA, #2 for the Lakers would, when he guessed wrong on the pick, reach out and hand check Wade on his hip, allowing him to recover back over the pick, prevent the drive, and therefore not force the set of defensive choices faced by everyone else on the Lakers. That kind of impeding of motion is rarely, or unpredictably, called in the NCAA (watch any Louisville or Duke game, where their defense is largely based on using their hands on the perimeter rather than moving their feet). It's called every time in the NBA and it makes offense much more free flowing.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||All this is exactly right on.||
All this is exactly right on. The Piston's are letting Monroe walk because it no longer makes sense to construct a team with two big guys on the floor because it kills spacing. As I say below, the only decent teams that have isos as a core part of their offense are OKC (out of necessity), and Cleveland and Houston because of the particular players they have.
Almost every other team is trying to score by getting into their offenses early enough to be able to run multiple sets and forcing the defense to constantly shift and move to defend the space created as players shift around the perimeter.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||NBA Offenses||
I took Cuban's point to be more about how officiating (college refs with the charge call fetish, as well as allowing far more perimeter hand checking than ever goes on in the NBA) doesn't prep college players for NBA defense, how the longer shot clock doesn't teach guys to get into the offense early (which is far more important with a 24 second clock) and how the staccato flow of the game, with all the stoppages and over coaching, doesn't teach players to manage energy and solve game problems for themselves in the way the NBA stresses. But understanding exactly what Cuban means is always a pretty futile exercise.
Your characterization of NBA offenses, at least now, is almost completely off base. Of the teams playing iso/hero ball right now that are even in playoff contention, it's pretty much
1. OKC with Westbrook, who both has a terrible coach and has been forced into it because every other offensive threat is hurt, and
2. Cleveland with Lebron and Kyrie, who are the two best offensive players in the East, and
3. Houston with Harden, which is both about his particular skill at getting to the hole, getting fouled or finding an open man, and the result of a pretty bad coach.
Almost every other playoff contender is playing some kind of variation on pace and space, with a ton of ball movement, multiple pick and rolls with off the ball action, and dedication to giving up decent shots for good and great ones (essentially trying to avoid mid-range jumpers for layups or open 3s. You can't seriously watch the best teams in the league (Spurs, Hawks, Warriors) and say that the NBA is the land of hero ball and isolations.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Presumably, the supposed||
Presumably, the supposed starting group played together for most of the spring practices. The spring game was a way to inject fun competition into the end of the process. It certainly was more interesting and seemingly fun than what we've seen in the immediate past.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Newsflash. Writing is hard||
Newsflash. Writing is hard
|33 weeks 2 days ago||They can keep the 5 time outs||
They can keep the 5 time outs if they allow a TO called before one of the media timeouts (which happen every 4 minutes) to substitute for the media timeout. That would stop the awful pattern of TO called at 16:10, 20 seconds of game action, dead ball, media timeout, that totally and unnecessarily kills the flow of the game.
Don't see it happening because it would hurt the ad revenue, but it would dramatically improve the flow of games and stop some of the overcoaching that plagues college bball.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||The first part of this post||
The first part of this post is right on (won't comment on the last part b/c I'm not entirely sure what the reference is to). NBA ball right now, with some exceptions (OKC most prominently, but also Cleveland, both of which still rely to a significant extent on iso ball and 2-man games) is being played with incredible levels of offensive and defensive sophistication.
Watch the Spurs, Warriors, Hawks, any teams that have bought into post-Dantoni pace and space offenses, and you'll routinely see teams running 5-6 pick and rolls a possession at the same time there's a ton of off the ball movement to get shooters open and defenses unsettled. If you watch a significant amount of NBA, college is hard to watch just because the offenses are so static, with a lot of 3 out, 2 in sets and guys just rotating the ball around the perimeter before jacking up a shot. (Belein actually gets about as close as any college coach to running an NBA type offense).
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Khalid Hill||
Hill's been forgotten because of the ACL, but if he's reasonably healthy, he could fit in really well to the way Harbaugh has liked to have his H-back play. Delanie Walker was a really important and sneaky player in his first 49er team who could either come across the formation on a trap block, find soft spots in the short zone, or get down the sideline on wheel routes. We haven't seen enough from Hill to know about his blocking, but he did show a knack for getting open and actually catching the ball last year before he got injured.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Um, central defense seems||
Um, central defense seems like it continues to be a bit of a problem.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Rimando's got to come out for||
Rimando's got to come out for that ball. A high looping cross inside the 6 has to be his.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Bliss is without a doubt the||
Bliss is without a doubt the winner. Trying to frame a murdered player posthumously in an attempt to cover up illegal payments. I don't know how anyone could top that.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||You're not alone||
I agree entirely. He reads to me as a Hunter Thompson knock off (which is what he's really trying to be) but without Thompson's sense for language or interest in the humanity of his subjects. The people in his books feel like charactures rather than actual people.
Tom Sugrue's Origins of the Urban Crisis remains the indespensible book for understanding contemporary Detroit.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I'm pretty sure they'll find||
I'm pretty sure they'll find him a grad program who will take him, if there's mutual interest, since it would probably be a net revenue gain for the program, but I can imagine some fairly reasonable questions about his commitment to a program/the propriety of going outside normal admissions guidelines to admit someone who might not complete the program (assuming a 2 years MA) to help out the AD, etc.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Grad admissions occurs on a||
Grad admissions occurs on a departmental basis. Rackham and its equivalents in other schools are largely administrative (ie, they tell departments how many students they can admit but don't make any actual decisions). Cases like Rudock certainly lie outside the admissions numbers initially allowed by Rackham, et al, but I can imagine some departments might balk at admitting him for fear he wouldn't be committed to the program. I would think he'd have to have at least decent grades and make a compelling case to the faculty administering the program why he wanted to pursue that particular line of grad work.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||The real problem is Nantz,||
The real problem is Nantz, who never seems like he actually enjoys the game. Hecomes across as biding time until he can announce the Masters, where his sanctimony is right at home.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Team play (Pop's ball||
Team play (Pop's ball movement sets oriented around multiple pick and rolls that have taken root in Atlanta, Portland, Golden State and elsewhere) and strong defense (Thib's help side shading and the Heat's insanely aggressive pick hedging) are basically the two trends that have defined the NBA over the past five years.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Admit it, you haven't watched||
Admit it, you haven't watched an NBA game in five years.
Or you're a Sixers fan.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||According to the deadspin||
According to the deadspin story, academic support staff would collect email addresses and passwords for bball players, and tutors were logging into email, corresponding directly with professors as if they were the athletes and submitting assignments. The metadata contained in the assignments indicates original authors other than the players.
On the one hand, that's pretty bad. On the other, very efficient!
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, it's hard to see him||
Yeah, it's hard to see him starting the rebuild job in Boston and leaving without seeing what he could do with a team that's actually trying to win.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I believe the correct term is||
I believe the correct term is Winkelvii
|39 weeks 4 days ago||I think he's still enrolled||
I think he's still enrolled at Stanford, on track to graduate this June (Stanford's on quarter system) and then will enroll as a graduate student at UM in the fall. So no weight because he's not officially a Michigan student yet.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Semis||
I'm all for changing the schedule for the semifinals so theyre always on New Years Day. A lot of folks with a normal work schedule on the west coast is going to miss the early game (NYE is not an official holiday) and the New Years Eve evening semi is idiotic.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Going to be a lot more than||
Going to be a lot more than that when you figure in the settlement with the resort for lost earnings on two floors of rooms for 2-3 weeks plus increased insurance rates for the chapter. I'd guess at least twice the costs of the damages themselves, more if the rooms can't be repaired by Presidents Day weekend.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Free Speech?||
The logical fallacies in this post are almost too numerous to detail... but what the heck.
1. Not a free speech issue b/c Brian/mgoblog isn't a government entity.
2. Neither would it be censorship because it would not be a policy backed by state enforcement power.
3. Mgoblog is in no way affiliated with the university, so it would not be the university promoting censorship.
4. If mgoblog were to decide to eliminate such avatars, the guidelines would be decided by the owner of the site, and those he has delegated to act in his stead.
5. If only Brian had provided some type of guideline...
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Rose Bowl||
Rose Bowl will always kick off at 5 on NYD. The playoff semis will actually be on NYE next year (which is dumb).
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Also Khalid Hill, who's||
Also Khalid Hill, who's essentially a doppelgänger of Delanie Walker
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Low center of gravity. Tough||
Low center of gravity. Tough to bring down.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Rosenberg's back in the fold||
Folks should probably figure out how to come to terms with Rosenberg being the main voice at SI writing about Michigan. He's always had a line to Lloyd and it's clear from this article and the past that he has some kind of connection to Harbaugh and his dad. (I'm assuming he has relationships with a lot of the Bo-era coaches from writing his book). While not much is new in the article, it's clear that some of it results from a one on one talk.
The upshot being that he's most likely going to be SI's main guy for access inside Harbaugh-era Schembechler Hall. It sucks that his shitty reporting for the Freep landed him such a national platform, but it is what it is.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||For what it's worth, I don't||
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any love lost between Rosenberg and Brandon. Brandon attacked Rosenberg in all but name in his presser about the NCAA thing and Rosenberg, in this very article, says that Harbaugh "coveted" the job in 2011 but Brandon botched the search.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||I would imagine halftime so||
I would imagine halftime so it doesn't getted missed in the ESPN broadcast with the end of the Iowa / Ohio State game.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Kialis||
If your pulling guard takes more than 4 hours to get to the hole, contact your physician immediately.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||One big reason is to avoid a||
One big reason is to avoid a "he quit on his team" narrative (ala Petrino) if he does have interest in returning to the NFL one day.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||That assumes he sleeps||
That assumes he sleeps
|49 weeks 3 days ago||The issue is really in these||
The issue is really in these JCs that exist, in part, as places for schools (Ole Miss, KSU, Miss St) to stash non-qualifiers, because those institutions have really shaky accreditations and very marginally qualified faculty. Places like WCC don't fall in this category. UM will admit from JCs, but not the ones that exist as football way stations.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||State employees are governed||
State employees are governed by state law. The NLRB only oversees fair labor practices in private sector employment
|49 weeks 5 days ago||We sure don't squeeze||
We sure don't squeeze slightly overweight guys into beltless slacks the way we used to.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||My bad||
Ah, I misunderstood "Oklahoma has been a great program for years" as referring to the years prior to Stoops, ie, downplaying the Stoops turnaround, not as referrring to the longevity of Stoops' success.
And no, now that I'm no longer misunderstanding, we're not disagreeing at all.
And yes, Mora > Stoops > Harbaugh is the proper order, with all being total coups should they come to M.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Stoops.||
Oklahoma was equally bad as, if not worse than, UCLA circa 2011 when Stoops took over. The 1990s were kind of a lost decade for OU, with Gary Gibbs, Schnellenberger, and John Blake (who would go on to be one of the real bad guys in the series of UNC scandals) combining to be just over .500 during the decade. Just before Stoops took over, Blake had gone 12-22 in the previous three years.
Stoops has done it over the long haul but he also turned things around almost immediately. Stoops took Blake's players and went 7-5 then 13-0 in his first two years.
So Stoops's reclamation project at Oklahoma even more impressive than what Mora's done at UCLA (which is impressive in its own right).
|50 weeks 1 day ago||I'd argue that most college||
I'd argue that most college tours for non-athletes don't spend much more time on academics. The norm seems to be "There's the library, now let's look at this awesome climbing wall in the gym! Now let's check out the Sundae Bar." Always confuses me that potential students aren't encouraged to sit in on classes (at least that's the case at the institution where I teach, which is a large, private university).
|50 weeks 5 days ago||They hate it crossing||
They hate it crossing semesters because a football game is hugely disruptive to a campus in a way that a basketball of a hockey game is not. Also, any plan that involves games during finals weeks (roughly the second two weeks of December) is a non starter.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Similar thoughts are in Peter||
Similar thoughts are in Peter King's column today, along the lines of "there's always one unexpected firing in the NFL and this year's might be Sean Payton."
|51 weeks 1 hour ago||Who knows if he's a||
Who knows if he's a possibility, but he should have the requisite amount of hate for OSU after this morning.
|51 weeks 4 hours ago||Exactly...this is not even||
Exactly...this is not even the dumbest Michigan coaching search in the past 5 years
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Doyle and Spike obviously had||
Doyle and Spike obviously had really nice games.
The big thing from that game, however, might be Chatman getting more comfortable on offense and beginning to learn what he needs to do to rebound at the college level. The game on offense looks like it's starting to slow down for him. Defense is still fairly rough, but, given his talent level, if he's starting to figure out how to fit in to the offense, that's huge for this team. And rebounding seems like it will be one of the big challenges for this team throughout the year, so if he can contribute the numbers from last night, it will be a tremendous help.
Caveats related to Syracuse playing zone and Chatman's role in zone busting being necessarily different than in the normal offense certainly apply.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||I don't remember feeling that||
I don't remember feeling that Doyle got screwed out of a clear charging call at any time. I don't remember the first two calls but Doyle clearly flopped on the last one, where SU got the layup with under a minute left. (The really terrible miss by the refs was the push on Irvin's dunk, which should have been a flagrant because it was such a dangerous foul by a player making no play on the ball. That was the kind of foul that starts a fight 10 times out of 10 in a pickup game.)
On Dakich, when he's not wearing his sports talk radio host hat and is reading the game as a coach, he's quite good. His point about Spike moving without the ball to take advantage of the space in the SU zone before the behind the back pass/Doyle dunk was really insightful. I get about 3-4 of those things I don't otherwise notice in the game from him. In his first year as a broadcasters, he provided even more of that stuff, but he's shifted significantly from focusing on analysis to emphasizing personality, which is annoying but almost certainly the kind of thing that advances one up the broadcasting hierarchy at ESPN.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||The rankings were fine. The||
The rankings were fine. The attrition was terrible. That would have done him in at Michigan.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh and the NYC media||
Harbaugh and the NYC media would be a total disaster. He's self-aware enough to know that. If he stays in the NFL, I expect it will be in a job no one is talking about because it will come open after a late season collapse.
|52 weeks 3 hours ago||In same boat. Hoke should be||
In same boat. Hoke should be fired, but the "improvement" in RR's last year was fools gold. A bunch of marginal close wins (Illinois, Indiana, UMass) and every loss was a blowout where we never had the ball in the 4th quarter with a chance to tie.
That year was a lot more exciting because of Denard, but this team never quit on their coaches like RR's last team did.
|1 year 4 days ago||YES...||
|1 year 1 week ago||People on mgoblog have always||
People on mgoblog have always been idiotically pessimistic about basketball. If you went through the game and postgame threads the last two years, you'd find innumerable posts about how Jordan Morgan couldn't play, how THJr didn't try, how Stauskas was one-dimensional, how Belein needed to throw the ball into the post, and how the team in general lacked heart..
People just kind of overreact and act irrationally when they're fans.
|1 year 1 week ago||This is a pretty good||
This is a pretty good response to Detroit tying it up.
|1 year 1 week ago||I think they were blaming||
I think they were blaming them for throwing stuff in the wake of the melee, which is a totally justified criticism.
|1 year 1 week ago||Couple things||
Grantland did a great oral history:
Also, 'Sheed was regarded as one of the most most level headed guys in the lockerroom and one of the best teammates in the league, at least in his later years. Just not cooperative with the media and incredibly antagonistic toward refs (including being double t'd and thrown out of the McDonald's high school all-america game). But not a surprise to see him trying to calm other players down.
Edit: And I just lost 30 minutes of my life watching this...
|1 year 1 week ago||One of the best weird rumors||
One of the best weird rumors to come out of the whole thing was that the fan that squared off with O'Neal was the guy who played Turtle in Entourage. He wasn't, but the similarity was striking enough to give it some life
|1 year 1 week ago||Required any time Pat Forde||
Required any time Pat Forde is mentioned...
|1 year 1 week ago||Better than his||
Better than his dad...
But still awful.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||There are huge, huge issues||
There are huge, huge administrative issues in establishing such a department.
What qualifies someone to teach in such a department? In a moment when rankings hold so much importance and % of faculty with PhD and % of tenure-line faculty are key determinates of ranking, what degrees do faculty hold? What do their appointments look like? What unit or school does the hiring? What disciplines do they publish in? What qualifies someone for promotion? What are the research-teaching-service balance expectations? What does tenure mean in such a department? How do the people appointed in such a school fit into the faculty's broader role of the shared governance of the university? What does the university's accreditor think of such a department? Etc, etc.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Trey made the right choice,||
Trey made the right choice, but he better start knocking down shots or Exum's going to start taking his minutes.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||You're interpreting as||
You're interpreting as general a critique that's very targeted and specific.
Schlissel's lines about academic oversight are targeted at an athletic department that previously had been
1. Poaching donors from the academic side of the university, breaking long standing agreements that the AD would not impinge on those donors.
2. Blocking faculty oversight of student-athlete curriculum, which is legitimately within the faculty's shared governance purview.
This is very much targeted at the AD Brandon ran, vis a vis the rest of the university, not some generalized view of athletics and academics in the broader world.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Exactly. The bonded debt||
Exactly. The bonded debt remaining on the stadium renovations means that there can functionally be no downplaying of the importance of football within the broader university.
What this statement does show is more evidence that Brandon ran the AD as a fiefdom unto itself, in a manner that was antithetical to the broader university's mission. Blocking faculty oversight of the curricular habits of student-athletes is consistent with the reports about Brandon attempting to poach donors from the academic side of the university.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Interesting. You may be on to||
Interesting. You may be on to something there. Everytime he comes off the field after a mistake (and this may be true in general ... tv just doesn't show it) Nuss looks like he's teaching about some fine detail of what went wrong with his footwork.
I think the reality is that DG's futility this year is a combo platter of 1. physical limitations that are hampering a QB that had learned to turn to his athleticism after his first read was covered, 2. playing in his third offense in five years, 3. an offense that forces him to do things that he does badly, particularly fitting the ball into the small windows of a short passing game with no deep threat and going rapidly through progressions in a congested field, and 4. a learned practice of not keeping his eyes downfield so plays have very little time to develop.
Add in an offense that just looks badly coached, particularly among the WRs and RBs, and we have the current mess.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Gallon was very good and, for||
Gallon was very good and, for all his faults, Borges ran an offense where the WRs stretched the field deep. We now have an inaccurate and very likely injured QB in a passing game where virtually all of the throws happen within 10 yards of the LoS. There's no reason for CBs not to squat on routes at 10 yards, because we're incapable, whether by design or because of circumstance, of pushing the ball down the field.
Add in that our #1 receiver drops 1/3 of the accurate balls thrown to him, and you have this mess of a passing game.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Go watch last year's ND game,||
Go watch last year's ND game, he was firing balls to Gallon on skinny posts in tight windows 35 yards downfield. In Borges's offense, he pushed the ball downfield consistently on a line. Either he's damaged physically or he's been coached away from that.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I think this gets the||
I think this gets the narrative of improvement that suddenly stopped correct but misrepresents the turning point. Last year against ND (aside from the one brain dead play) Gardner stood in against the rush and went through progressions and played a startlingly great game... It was MSU last year that broke him. That's the point when Gardner lost all trust in his oline and just started dumping the ball to the first read, regardless of whether he was open in not.
Compound that lack of trust with a change from a first option who consistently got open with one who drops about half of the balls thrown to him and an offense incapable of generating big plays, requiring DG to hit a series of short passes into congested coverage, and an inability to escape the rush the way he did in his initial years, and you have this year's offense.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||If Funchess doesn't drop half||
If Funchess doesn't drop half the balls that hit his hands, how much better does Gardner look as a QB? This is a level of futility that goes so far beyond DG. Bad coaching, bad individual play, bad attention to detail. You see mistakes at every level (Smith not hitting the correct hole, Funchess with probably a 30% drop rate, Gardner throwing balls on completely incorrect trajectories). About the only high point on offense is Hayes's blitz recognition.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Why can I upvote this only||
Why can I upvote this only once? What is it about Morris's play that's led anyone to think he's remotely a better option?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I would not be surprised if||
I would not be surprised if Hackett was kept on to do some kind of "administrative review" of the AD after the new guy is hired, basically charged with separating Brandon's new hires into categories of "competent" and "Brandon toadie," which he could then pass on to the new AD.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||If only Sonny had EZ-Pass||
If only Sonny had EZ-Pass
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Courtesy of Rog and Dave.||
|1 year 6 weeks ago||RR's third year record is||
RR's third year record is better than it looks. Several of the wins (ND, Illinois, Indiana just off the top of my head) were close, down to the wire things. The losses were not. We were never in a situation where we had the ball with a chance to tie the game in the 4th quarter in any of the games we lost. By the end of the year, the team had clearly quit on him. His stay was pretty much untenable by the end of that year.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Regents||
The Regents' responsibilities are primarily fiduciary. That's why all the renovation and new construction, including that sign board thing, have to get regents approval. They may also have some role in university -- state/local government relations (thus the fireworks vote). They also are responsible for runnning presidential searches, and likely informally sign off on high administrative appointments on the level of provost and athletic director, though those are formally the President's responsibility. They don't so far as I know, have responsibility for signing off on faculty appointments.
Generally, anytime the Regents get too involved in the actual operations of the university, it turns into a giant mess. See the recent goings on at Illinois.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||The concussion thing will die||
The concussion thing will die down, but holy hell, would it come back in force if we hired Leach. Is that really how anyone wants the next coaching regime to start?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||So you're imagining a thought||
So you're imagining a thought process by a big name coach that goes like this:
"Well, I don't trust the guy hiring me but he won't be around long. Then they'll hire someone else who I probably don't know at all. That seems like a good bet! I'll take it!"
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Since when is engineering||
Since when is engineering considered "hard science"? Isn't it, by nature, "applied science"?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Did they ever appoint a new||
Did they ever appoint a new fulltime dean of LSA after McDonald retired? I can't believe how badly the provost/president screwed up what should have been a slam dunk appointment.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||The players clearly disliked||
The players clearly disliked Kiffin. There have been few signs of an analogous situation here.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'm in general agreement with||
I'm in general agreement with the sentiment here, aside from the money being fungible part. IThat money was directed into specific parts of the university and is not fungible elsewhere. (And I have no problem with this, donors are well within their rights to do this kind of targeting as long as they don't have the power to say "you need to hire a scholar who believes these things with my money").
There were, however, rumors that Brandon intervened with Ross to get increased amounts of the donation he was making for the athletic department (and I have people who I trust in other parts of the university that he has done this to donors in other academic segments of the university).
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Exactly. We shouldn't be mad||
Exactly. We shouldn't be mad at Brandon for what happened on the field on Saturday. That's Hoke's realm and he owns the disorganization that was on full view. We should be mad at Brandon for the clown show that occurred between 7 PM Saturday and Schlissel's statement yesterday.
And we should be mad about the larger pattern of blindered decision making that's gone on within the athletic department during his directorship, of which the latest events are just the most egregious example.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Exactly. The same thing||
Exactly. The same thing happens with a lot of UM professors with kids in high school, they either try to get into administration or start looking for other jobs because UM provides no tuition remission for their kids.