B1G, if true
|6 days 16 hours ago||So you don't watch MLS and||
So you don't watch MLS and you haven't been to a game but you still know it's a far cry from the European football experience.
For what it's worth, I find that MLS games in the smaller stadia (and seattle, I guess, though I haven't been) have an atmosphere equivalent to the lower tier EPL games/ first division. Pretty constant noise and dedicated support from the supporters sections. A lot of people sitting and watching elsewhere. The main differences in atmosphere (not quality of play) are 1. there's not as much at stake because of the playoff system instead of single-table and the lack of promotion/relegation; and 2. there's not as much consistent traveling support given the distances between teams.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm willing to give MCW a||
I'm willing to give MCW a pass for his regression, based on the utterly embarassing team that Philly's put on the floor this year. It must be really hard to maintain a standard of responsible, efficient play on a team that's not trying to win. The danger the 76ers face is that, in tanking this year, they may have instantiated a series of bad habits in the 2-3 guys they plan to keep that will take multiple years to solve.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Wisconsin's really going to||
Wisconsin's really going to struggle offensively against UK. About the only thing they do that can threaten UK is the ability of Kaminsky to play on the perimeter, forcing their bigs into positions they're not used to guarding. Kentucky's backcourt size means that Ryan's philosophy of inverting the court and posting his guards is unlikely to work, unless it results in open looks for Kaminsky from 3.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think he's way too slow to||
I think he's way too slow to stay in front of 4s that have any kind of ability to put the ball on the floor.
His biggest problem, though, is going to be figuring out how to defend the pick and roll with his limitations. He's not laterally quick and he doesn't provide much rim protection, which is a really bad combo at the NBA level with all the pick and roll that centers get put into. That combo means that Kaminsky's not going to be effective at either the hard hedge or the sag and contain strategies that are the two main ways that NBA teams use their centers to contain the pick and roll.
Indeed, we killed Wisconsin in the first game by putting him in pick and roll situations and hitting the mid-range J or getting to the hole when he hung back. A lot of Wisky fans blamed Ryan's defensive philosophy, but I think it's more likely that game just reflected Kaminsky's inherent defensive weaknesses.
The good thing for him is that Ryan teaches defense in much the way that NBA teams do, so he'll have a step up on picking up defensive philosophies.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Kaminsky||
For what it's worth, si's draft analyst is saying that Frank Kaminsky has NBA scouts very intrigued with his combo of height and skill set. He says that Kaminsky was considered mid-2nd round coming into the tournament but that if he can duplicate his game against Arizona in the Kentucky game, he'll jump to a much higher grade.
Dekker, by contrast, is seen as having hurt his NBA stock, at least for next year. Sounds like scouts want to see him fix his jumper.
Stauskas tabbed in same article as a potential late lottery pick.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||NLRB and Grad Students||
For what it's worth, it's pretty broadly thought that the current NLRB is going to eviscerate the 2004 Brown ruling (related to whether grad assistants are employees or apprentices) the minute it comes before the board. That ruling was itself a reversal of a ruling by the Clinton era NLRB that grad assistants were employees.
NYU recently agreed to recognize and bargain with their graduate student union (itself a local of the UAW) in an effort to keep the Brown ruling from going before the current NLRB. They, in effect, took one for the private university team in an effort to prevent broadscale organizing of graduate students at private institutions.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Based on my very quick skim||
Based on my very quick skim of the ruling (and it's not long) the chair of the NLRB Chicago branch based his ruling not only on the time demands and other constraints that playing football put on players, but on the revenue that football specifically brought into the university. So that might allow for a football specific bargaining unit (while still allowing athletes in other sports to pursue their own unions), similar to the way that there are different unions for differing employee categories in many institutions. (For those familiar with labor history, the difference between the AFL craft strategy and the CIO industrial strategy).
I would expect that CAPA will pursue the AFL's strategy of trying to discretely unionize different "crafts" within the athletic department and try to get a chapter of just football players certified if the appeal goes through, since the revenue brought in there is greatest.
What happens to a unionization effort in a non-revenue sport isn't clear from the logic of the ruling, nor is it clear what happens if say, women's lacrosse players (to choose an example of a very successful but non-revenue sport at NU) want to join the established CAPA union, as the ruling rests on both work conditions and revenue production.
Any ruling about the proper size of the bargaining unit is pretty far down the road, though, at least past the appeal.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not necessarily the case||
At Michigan, it was clearly understood that grad students were employees when teaching as GSI's and that the tuition waiver was an untaxed benefit that accompanied the appointment. When teaching, you got a W-2, normal payroll withholdings, and a tuition waiver.
This carried across departments. My wife, for example, GSI'd in the History Department while pursuing her MPP at the Ford School. She received a tuition waiver and was not taxed on it.
At the institution I currently teach at, employees receive a sizable tuition remission for their immediate family members (Michigan does not do this, Northwestern does). It is not taxed.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||As you suggest, the next, and||
As you suggest, the next, and likely most important ruling (apart from the appeal), will be what exactly constitutes the bargaining unit. If it's just football players, then a union certification vote would have a good chance at passing, given the widespread support there seems to be for this measure within NU's team. If it's all athletes at NU, then the outcome of such a vote is much less clear. I don't think it's clear that it necessarily has to be all athletes, but we'll see.
If the unit is limited to football, or even to revenue sports, however, it will almost certainly lead to a Title IX complaint, which would be, if anything, a fascinating bit of jurisprudence.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Northwestern may have the||
Northwestern may have the lowest proportion of alums and current students who would go nuts, though. Athletics just aren't as important there as they are at other Big 10 institutions.
Those who would be upset, however, do have a big megaphone, as NU has a lot of people in very prominent media positions.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think that bears out,||
I don't think that bears out, as tuition waivers for grad student instructors and tuition remissions for university employees and their families* have never been regarded as taxable income, but as untaxed benefits.
*at universities other than UM. UM doesn't grant tuition remission to employees, thus the many faculty that begin looking for other jobs when their kids are in their early teens.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Given the precedents of grad||
Given the precedents of grad student unions, the answer is most likely no. (not a lawyer) Grad student instructors have been deemed employees at both the public and private level. The vast majority receive tuition waivers either as part of fellowship packages or as conditions of their employment. Those waivers, however, are not taxed.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is an after||
I think this is an after affect of the defensive fiascos of the Rich Rod Era. Call it the Tony Gibson Effect.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Jalen||
Jalen's probably done more to explain, to people who care to listen, how the daily life of athletes (at home, during road trips, in the off season, and during games, in the beginning of careers and at the end of careers) actually occurs. In so doing, he's spread a great deal of knowledge and understanding to the world of sports fans, from a perspective that's too often guarded and hidden (for good reason).
I'd suggest that, whatever your perception of his intelligence (and I think you're deeply wrong and listening to him on countdown or on a podcast will reveal that pretty quickly) he's deepened our understanding of the social lives of athletes and, more generally, sudden wealth.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know, it could be a||
I don't know, it could be a completely unconsious part of throwing his hands up in the air in frustration. To be clear, the amount of time we're talking about here is the time between his heel and the rest of his foot hitting the ground. That's what, maybe .25 seconds?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Bottom guy||
I don't know if Irvin's quick enough to get out to contest the corner 3, which is one of the main duties of the bottom guy in the zone when the point and wing are trapping the ball on one of the wings. Normally teams are willing to sacrifice size for quickness down there.
As Ace says, that guy has a really tough job and is frequently caught in no win situations when penetration splits the point and the wing.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||1-3-1||
It seems like the times when the 1-3-1 has been most consistently effective lately has been when the opponent is coming out of an offensive timeout, because it essentially makes them scrap the play that's been drawn up, recalibrate, and get into their zone breaking offense. If opposing players don't recognize the zone quickly, it can burn quite a bit of the shot clock and get them into a late clock situation before they force the zone to adjust to much ball movement.
I know it changed the momentum of several games (Florida State is the one that comes to mind, but I know there's at least one other) but after those games, I think most teams are now drilling against it. When it gets pulled out multiple times in a row, teams know how they want to attack it and can revert to what they've done in practice.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||And would be right in the||
And would be right in the middle of finals...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Scoring lull||
That was the least concerning scoring lull of all time, made anxious only by the stakes and finality of it all. Like Brian says, the lull was the result of a missed Stauskas dunk, a missed GRIII tip, a missed half-hook from Morgan that went in and out, a wide open GRIII shot from the bottom of the circle (after which the announcer actually said "He can't believe he missed that"), a couple missed free throws from Lavert, and turnover after a nice slip pass from Horford to a cutting GRIII.
Apart from the long contested Stauskas 3 against the 1-3-1, they never fell into the passivity around the perimeter that they did against Illinois. Great looks that just didn't fall. Oh well, that's basketball. If the looks like that are there for this team, it's going to be extremely rare when they don't go down at that rate.
Also, nice announcing team for these games. Particularly like Ian Eagle's "Morgan with a rack attack!" call.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Qatar||
Qatar's really, really easy to get to from Europe. Like a 5-6 hour flight from almost every European capital. That whole stretch of coast from Qatar to Abu Dhabi is already a pretty big tourist destination. They'll have no problem selling the tickets.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Spike, despite a couple||
Spike, despite a couple timely threes, had a rough game. A couple bad turnovers and he overdribbled against the zone.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Woodson's an OK coach. His||
Woodson's an OK coach. His biggest problem is that he coaches for a team owned by Tommy Boy. No coaches are successful under Dolan because players quickly discover that the owner wants to be their friend and will cater to their every demand.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Because he just signed a new||
Because he just signed a new contract before last season and has an $8 million buyout.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Sterling's a better owner,||
Sterling's a better owner, but a worse human being...
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Disagree about the Knicks||
Disagree about the Knicks talent.
Once you get beyond Carmelo, who can opt out after this year (and this move is all about convincing him to stay) the Knicks are remarkably talent poor for the amount of salary they have committed. They have $50 million committed next year to three frontcourt players that are breaking down and that no other team has remote interest in ($23 million to Amare and his uninsurable knees, $14.5 million to Chandler, who's breaking down, and $12 million to Bargnani). Add in $12 million committed to JR Smith and the $9 million committed to Ray Felton over the following two years (ie 2015-16 season) and you have a team with very little flexibility in the short term.
They've also shipped away all but one of of their draft picks in the next three drafts. They retain only their 2015 first round pick.
About their only decent assets beyond Carmelo are THJ and Shumpert, who are also the guys they should keep as they're on inexpensive rookie deals.
I guess Jackson can try to sell Carmelo on one more tough year and then the opportunity to build around him once they clear the terrible frontcourt contracts, (plus the additional money the Knicks can offer), but Carmelo should really think hard about Houston, with no state taxes and the chance to play with Howard and Harden.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Stauskas||
Given the rookie salary structure in the NBA, there's not a vast difference, finanicially, from being a late lottery pick and a guy in the early 20s, roughly $1 to $1.5 million over the five year life of a contract (15% total). That difference is mitigated by the ability to get to a second contract (where the real salary escalators take effect) one year earlier.
Here's the rookie scale:
Now, it if was a matter of him pushing himself into the top 5-6 picks, then it would probably be financially worthwhile to do so (though the extra year of salary might still weigh against it) but if it's just a matter of 5 spots or so, it doesn't make sense, financially, to return.
Also, the place that Stauskas is going to learn what skills he needs to develop to play in the NBA at this point is the NBA. He's not going to learn how to play NBA defense (laugh all you want, teams are paying a huge amount of attention to complex defensive philosophies in the post-Thibs era) at the college level. It's going to take him a year playing in the NBA at least to understand how to play NBA help defense (watch how lost THJ and Burke are defensively sometime). He's also going to learn a lot more about how to run wing pick and rolls and occupy floor spacing positions (the two things he'll be called on to do a lot in the NBA) playing in the league than in his role in college.
I'd love for him to come back, because he's really fun to watch for M, but financially and basketball-wise, he should probably move on.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Read Zach Lowe on grantland.||
Read Zach Lowe on grantland. You'll learn an incredible amount about how defense in the NBA works and how much attention coaching staffs pay to defensive design and coordination.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas is listed as the #17||
Stauskas is listed as the #17 prospect by Chris Mannix at SI. If he's got that kind of grade, he should probably go. Getting picked in the first round gets him 3 years of guaranteed money, plus two more team option years. He could come back and get into the back end of the lottery, but waiting a year for a jump of 5-6 places may not make sense financially.
He's not NBA ready defensively, but almost no college players are (NBA defensive systems are just much more complex).
|7 weeks 6 days ago||No, I'm just refuting the||
No, I'm just refuting the "now, everyone is boring" argument.
I actually find, apart from Shaq, that late 1990s, early 2000s moment the historical low point of the league in terms of being interesting, both on and off the court.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Really?||
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Irvin||
Quietly, Irvin had a vital role in the run that closed the gap in the second half with a quick 5 points (3 and 2/3 foul shots). If nothing else, he's a great option to further space the floor.
I would like to know what the thinking was in putting Irvin on Ronnie Johnson during Purdue's last offensive possession in OT. I guess it was to try to defend him with height since Spike couldn't stay in front of him at all, but it was not surprising that Johnson crossed Irvin over almost immediately and got fouled. I would think Caris would be well suited if that was the intent, rather than Irvin, who doesn't strike me as someone particularly suited to defending Johnson's quickness. At any rate, it was an interesting approach that didn't really work.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||I think he got the charge as||
I think he got the charge as a help defender, not as the primary defender, but I could be wrong.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||On the Valentine play, they||
On the Valentine play, they were talking about cupping the ball, not the defender.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||GSI's at UM receive tuition||
GSI's at UM receive tuition waivers (essentially scholarships, as the department that employs them pays their tuition to the university) as well as monthly wages. They are taxed only on their wages. I would expect stipends for athletes to fall into the same area of tax law.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||That's also the move Jalen||
That's also the move Jalen pulled on Kobe in the finals.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I want him to have said it right before he took||
I want him to have said it right before he took the shit, too. So I'm going to assume he did.
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||It's certainly not Henne's||
It's certainly not Henne's entire career, as he had 37 INTs and some number of fumbles that I can't readily find online.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Key term there is "pre season||
Key term there is "pre season hype." It's why the Grady Brooks Memorial King of Spring Hype exists.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Refereeing is also below||
Refereeing is also below varying the snap count timing and being prepared for the double A-gap blitz.
|26 weeks 6 hours ago||Yeah, no kidding. You're at a huge stadium with||
Yeah, no kidding. You're at a huge stadium with lots of stuff going on. Chances are, they're not going to even notice. If they do, either deflect, distract, it tell them you can't tell if you're uncomfortable telling them it's a naughty chant. This is hardly the most difficult parenting dilemma most parents will face at the game. That will likely come from drunks or someone asking for money.
|26 weeks 6 hours ago||Honestly, if your grandkids are in first grade,||
Honestly, if your grandkids are in first grade, they know those words. They may not know what they mean, but they hear them everyday at recess.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||I think the question embedded||
I think the question embedded in your last sentence is fair and well put. Its worth asking how much nostalgia for an idealized past shapes Brian's (or anyone's) present day experiences, particularly in something that he (and many others) have participated in across the arc of their lifetimes.
I dont think it's fair to suggest those emotions are wrong (not saying this is what you were doing) but it is fair to ask why they exist/what contributes to them/how well they represent the actual past.
Edit: I don't have a firm opinion on how much of a qualitative change there has been to the gameday experience, beyond the obvious changes to the built environment of the stadium. I've only been to one home game in the Hoke era (the "Fill Me Up, Buttercup" OSU game, which was jarring). More importantly, I don't have the long span of attending from childhood/teenage years to the present that many of the strongest critics of the gameday atmosphere seem to have.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Apologist.||
|28 weeks 3 days ago||The game columns, though,||
The game columns, though, have always been Brian's account of how he experienced the game and the gameday experience as a whole. The picture pages, UFRs, etc., are more focused on breaking down what happened and attempting to assign some type of quantitative evaluation to the action on the field. The game columns don't try to portray the ideal or only way to have experienced the game, they're not an attempt to understand the team as a coach would, they're just his own attempts to make sense of his experiences with the game writ large. They're essays, not studies.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||It's always productive to||
It's always productive to argue that someone else's experiences and emotions are invalid.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||That was an impressively||
That was an impressively terrible snap. Usually you see the punter jump. On that one, he just turned and started to run backwards.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Another passing spread, what||
Another passing spread, what is that, 5 in 6 games? (I honestly can't remember what CMU ran).
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Eh, of the throws they kept||
Eh, of the throws they kept reshowing, the throw to Gallon on the post was inaccurate, the cross field throw to Chesson was fine, a ball that gave only him a chance to catch it, and the throw to Funchess was a dead on back shoulder throw. Funchess made it look difficult by slipping in his cut, but the ball was right where it should be.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Sad Tennessee fans.||
Sad Tennessee fans.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||This is not a gimme FG.||
This is not a gimme FG.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||You don't remember bad Stevie||
You don't remember bad Stevie Brown very well.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||There is no reason not to||
There is no reason not to commit pass interference on this next play.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||UGA wasting lots of time||
UGA wasting lots of time
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Did Georgia let them score||
Did Georgia let them score there?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Butch Jones gutsy on the 4th||
Butch Jones gutsy on the 4th down and it pays off huge.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||The throw to Funchess at the||
The throw to Funchess at the goal line wasn't even inaccurate. That's exactly where you're supposed to put that ball, low and outside so that only your guy has a chance for it.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||So, if you're Indiana, and||
So, if you're Indiana, and you've never beaten Penn State, do you rush the field?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||42-17. There's going to be||
42-17. There's going to be some heat on the new D-coordinator at PSU.
Edit: to be fair, the last two tds have come on 30 and 8 yard drives.
|29 weeks 4 hours ago||Awesome. Found my wife, kids||
Awesome. Found my wife, kids and myslef in the top row. Thanks.
|29 weeks 19 hours ago||Just to add on to this, Glasgow was also all state||
Just to add on to this, Glasgow was also all state Illinois in his first year of organized football, which speaks both to a great degree of natural ability and an ability to pick up at least some technique very quickly.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||We need a new president! Oh,||
We need a new president! Oh, wait...
We need a new provost! Oh, wait...
We need a new Dean of LS&A! Oh, wait...
Lots of turnover in the top positions at UM right now.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It's the speed control gauge||
It's the speed control gauge from a paddle boat. It makes sense as a trophy. Both cities linked by the Ohio River. Thumbs up.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||That's kind of awesome. Ohio||
That's kind of awesome. Ohio River cities, it's a steamboat captain's thingee. Far better than the "Heroes Game."
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Against UConn, my memory is that the first came||
Against UConn, my memory is that the first came when he threw high to Gallon on a half roll after not setting his feet ( there may have been some pressure causing the roll, but not much on the actual throw). The second came when he under threw Chesson into the wind.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||I'm predicting we run David||
I'm predicting we run David Molk out there in Jack Miller's jersey. Hoke plays dumb to vast improvement, credits "good week of practice."
|29 weeks 3 days ago||The only coach...||
How about Stanford? That's, shockingly, become the premier program in California.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly, that's not Mason's||
Exactly, that's not Mason's ceiling, it's Minny's ceiling.
I actually think Mason's firing had a lot to do with him so openly campaigning for the OSU job that Tressel got it. Minnesota fans could stomach 8-5/7-6 but not with a coach who clearly wanted to be somewhere else.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||And notice the largest cats||
And notice the largest cats at the sweater's .... center.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Good point about the||
Good point about the differences between UConn and EMU. Edsall showed that you can win at UConn. Pasquiloni was a terrible hire, but I don't think it's a dead end job (though the new conference makes it more of a MAC level job than it was previously).
I mentioned Louisville because I don't know if Narduzzi would be competitive for jobs outside the East Coast/Midwest (say Washington if Sarkisian left for USC), just given the regional difference in recruiting. Louisville's the only one job in the Midwest or East I could imagine opening up via a coaching change. I do think you're right that he's likely reluctant to leave, given his long wait and Louisville's promotion to the ACC, but if USC or Texas came calling, he'd have to seriously consider those jobs.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I generally agree, but||
I generally agree, but English had more questions about his coaching ability when he took the EMU job than Narduzzi does. He had overseen the defense in the Horror as well as coordinated the defense at Louisville under Kragthorpe when they took their major step backwards.
The risk of Narduzzi jumping too early for a job like UConn is that there's going to be a lot of secondary jobs opening up this off-season after USC, Texas (presumably), and other places fill their jobs. If someone like Charlie Strong goes to USC, Narduzzi might be better off throwing his hat in the ring for the Louisville job.
That fact actually makes this a pretty saavy firing by UConn, as they can try to make a hire before the cascading effects of the several big time hires change who's available.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, Penn State may have the||
Yeah, Penn State may have the biggest disjunction between the attitudes of "fans on the internet" (seething resentment) and "fans in person" (incredibly nice and generous) of any fanbase in America.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||That Illinois/Nebraska game,||
That Illinois/Nebraska game, in particular, will tell a lot about both teams. It would help us a lot if Illinois is actually good (and that 10 point loss to UW does not look bad right now).
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Ogreron||
Are recruits really going to sign on for an interim head coach, though? And there's no way that Ogreron is named Kiffin's successor, his one HC gig at Ole Miss was a complete and total trainwreck (that's a bad job, in that the fans expect far more success than Ole Miss has ever achieved historically, but even by Ole Miss's normal standards, he was a terrible coach).
|29 weeks 6 days ago||See, I thought of this...||
Fast forward to 1:47
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Isnt this what a lot of||
Isnt this what a lot of people here wanted? Dropping ND periodically for marquee matchups? MSU actually did it with home and homes with Alabama and Oregon. We got stuck with Colorado, Oregon State, and Utah.
|30 weeks 10 hours ago||/shudder||
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Jim Grobe is on the way. Yes.||
Jim Grobe is on the way.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||yes.||
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't ennui an||
Isn't ennui an emotion?
Actually, forget it. I don't really care.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||It's ok, though, because||
It's ok, though, because they're just glue guns.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Do those same posters claim||
Do those same posters claim that players have no heart? Because they do it in basketball season a lot. Up to and including the recent Wooden Award winner.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Well, on that thread alone,||
Well, on that thread alone, there's the pic of the creepy van with "Candy" written on the side.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||That's why I think comments||
That's why I think comments should just be locked on interviews like this if Brian's concerned about recruits being insulted. That was, apart from the guy who made some hur dur comment about "if that was a girl," a reasonable conversation that arose organically about the ethics of the publicization of recruiting.
But I can also imagine how he would be insulted that his interview was the trigger for that conversation. Just lock the comments.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I generally agree about your||
I generally agree about your point about the misrepresentation of what posters on that thread were saying (I looked myself, too), but given the high possibility that comments could be misinterpreted by the interviewee, maybe just locking any interview threads is the best approach.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Bryant's a year older than||
Bryant's a year older than those guys. He came in with Hoke's first class.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Will the band go to both MSU||
Will the band go to both MSU and OSU next year? And then do you think they'll designate an annual away game, or will they just try to go to PSU when OSU and MSU are both at home?
|30 weeks 3 days ago||What are they going to do||
What are they going to do next year, with MSU and OSU away? And the year after that, are they going to travel at all? With MSU and OSU at home, do they go to Penn State (whom I think has denied space for visiting bands in the past)?
[I don't mean these questions rhetorically. Does anyone know?]
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's because the||
I think it's because the center's position has the best perspective on how the DTs are lined up. From a stance as one of the tackles, it's hard to tell where that far DT/DE is positioned.
In a crowd noise situation, it's probably easier for him to make himself heard.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||That was my impression as||
That was my impression as well. Don't know if they talked about it on TV, but the wind was a significant factor in the passing and kicking game.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I was in the same area||
Yeah, I was in the same area and that perspective really showed how badly he's playing. It's hard to do anything with that kind of penetration in the middle.
If Glasgow can't snap is Kugler an option? I know they hate burning redshirts, but it's still early in the season and Miller's getting to the point of "just try anything." Admittedly, a true freshman center is on the desperate level of "anything," but it's getting close.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I think he has some kind of||
I think he has some kind of leg strain. He didn't look like he was running top speed (from my perspective in the stands) and really didn't seem to follow through on any throws. That could be skittishness against a pass rush, but he got hit right in the mouth four straight throws at the beginning of the ND game and just kept delivering.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||There were definitely some||
There were definitely some people displaying why the "no beer in on-campus stadia" rule is in place, including the guy vomiting his way down the stairs in the aisle between EZ 1 and 2.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||My five year old twins made||
My five year old twins made the whole game. They really got into high fiving everyone around them and getting the section singing the victors. They had also slept almost the entire way up from NYC, and that definitely made the difference. We were in the very last row of the end zone, which was a blessing too, because they had some space to move around (there was about an eight foot walkway on the top of the temporary bleachers in the end zone).
|30 weeks 6 days ago||That was in response the guy||
That was in response the guy above's point that Paterno was just covering up for his buddy.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Unfortunately, convincing||
Unfortunately, convincing people to go to the Michigan game doesn't seem to be a problem. Still $175 on stubhub for the cheapest tix. Best case scenario is that they lose to Indiana and the prices collapse the week before the game.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||1. Didn't the $60 million go||
1. Didn't the $60 million go to setting up and financing child protective services in the state of Pennsylvania?
2. How are the faculty at PSU hurt by the sanctions? If anything, the school accepting the sanctions made their institution look like a serious, rational place.
3. Most reports say that Paterno and Sandusky were not close at all.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Was stonewalling the NCAA||
Was stonewalling the NCAA really an option, though? Imagine how that would have looked. Accepting the penalties probably prevented further damaging effects on the institution at large.
We're not talking about payments from boosters or tatoos. We're talking about criminal sexual abuse of a minor that was covered up by the university's highest administrators according to the report the university itself commissioned. Cooperating with the NCAA and accepting the penalties did a lot to partially repair the university's public image. After the Freeh report came out, that was about the only option PSU had.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||I totally feel you. It's the||
I totally feel you. It's the two six year olds that are going to the game that have us getting the hotel room.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Was the Penn State BOT this||
Was the Penn State BOT this publicly visible before the shit hit the fan? Has it always been a place for this kind of grandstanding, or is there a new group of trustees elected in the wake of Sandusky that treat it as a public platform?
|30 weeks 6 days ago||IIRC, Penn State also had||
IIRC, Penn State also had some very contentious reorganization of the way they deal with season tickets that required steep increases in donations for some longtime ticket holders that led to a lot of fans seeing their seats moved around and others giving up large numbers of season tickets just prior to the who Sandusky mess happening. It's kind of a perfect storm for declining attendance.
I've also always thought that Penn State would be particularly hit by fan dissent/declining interest/whatever is going on because it's so far from any population centers. There are a lot of potential fans who live 3-4 hours away (Pittsburgh, Philly, New Jersey, suburban DC), but a lot less that live in the 0-3 hour range, and 3-4 hours, each way, or a hotel stay at inflated prices, is a pretty significant commitment of time and money.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||In her defense, she's taking||
In her defense, she's taking that job at a critically important moment for Rugers-Newark, as the state university system figures out how to integrate the operations of the Medical College of New Jersey into the Rutgers system. In short, New Jersey's state medical school used to be independent but now is falling under Rutgers' institutional umbrella. Figuring out how that's going to work has to be a fascinating managerial task.
And there's always the PATH train...
But it does likely eliminate her as a candidate.
|31 weeks 6 hours ago||9 lineman formation from NC||
9 lineman formation from NC St.
|31 weeks 10 hours ago||In case the drive back is||
In case the drive back is dissuading anyone, there are lots of inexpensive hotel rooms available on hotels.com for Hartford. I got one in a sheraton 10 miles south of the stadium for $90.
|31 weeks 10 hours ago||My interpretation was that||
My interpretation was that was a general "pressure" minus, not a Black minus. Still, confusing.
|31 weeks 13 hours ago||It seems that Pratt & Whitney||
It seems that Pratt & Whitney donated a bunch of land (an old airfield) to the state so the land acquisition was free (minus a bunch of tax write offs, I'm sure).
The stadium seems to have been built (by the state not the university) to be a kind of multi-use venue to attract events to central CT with UConn as a core tenant. I know there have been a number of USMNT soccer games there.
|31 weeks 14 hours ago||Wow||
|31 weeks 14 hours ago||I think they just mean grilling's limited to the||
I think they just mean grilling's limited to the little propane grills that take camping fuel cannisters (or at least I hope so b/c that's what I'm bringing.
|31 weeks 16 hours ago||They're definitely not part||
They're definitely not part of the same incident. Mine involved a member of my grad cohort who was arrested and charged with 117 counts related to two armed robberies in Atlanta (where he was from) robberies supposedly in service of an attempt to mount some kind of political revolt. These robberies occurred when he was 1. at an academic conference, and 2. at his graduation ceremony. After he spent eight months in the Fulton County Jail, he was exonerated at trial and the judge formally admonished the prosecutors.
When he was arrested in Ann Arbor (and this is according to his account, after the fact), the provost internally requested that Rackham terminate his fellowship and expel him from the graduate school (this was pre 9/11 but the case involved pretty lurid speculations by the Fulton County prosecuter about armed rebellion). Lewis, in his first year as dean (might have been his first semester), refused, stating that he would be considered the same as any graduate student who had to take a leave of absence. Once he was exonerated, he returned to the program without penalty.
During his tenure as dean, graduate travel and research funding increased significantly, there were a lot more write up fellowships available, and he oversaw a revision of how doctoral programs performed admissions so that admissions better reflected the state of the academic job market (crappy!) and resulted in far fewer doctoral students going into debt to fund their initial years.
I know nothing about the incident CRex referred to (and couldn't quite figure out what happened because I don't know what "grads" refers too, sounds bad though). Sounds like there was definitely attempts by the dean's office to at least dodge CRex in addressing the incident. I will say that, having been on the GEO grievance committee, the lines of authority between Rackham and GEO (as in what Rackham had the power to do in cases of GSI misconduct) almost always required extensive meetings/debates/fights between the union and administration.
|31 weeks 18 hours ago||It's also the first non conference road game that||
It's also the first non conference road game that isn't ND since 2003.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, I know he had a bad game||
Hey, I know he had a bad game last week, but there's no call for wishing that kind of harm on a Michigan athlete.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Nope, he was drafted last||
Nope, he was drafted last year, the last year without a rookie cap was the Sam Bradford draft year (2010).
|31 weeks 1 day ago||And that running back will be||
And that running back will be 38 years old.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Whomever is partnering Chuck||
Whomever is partnering Chuck Long sounds horrifyingly like Pam Ward when there's a big play.
See, for example, Funchess's TD. It's like Pam Ward breaks into the studio and hijacks the mike.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Earl Lewis would be great. He was wonderful as||
Earl Lewis would be great. He was wonderful as dean of Rackham,(and very brave in a situation involving the illegitimate arrest of someone in my grad cohort). He's received exemplary reviews everywhere he's been, and he loves UM as the place where his career began.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, I totally agree with your||
Oh, I totally agree with your observations. I just doubt we're ever going to hear, from this staff, what they plan to do in relation to particular issues. They're quite open (Borges in particular) in discussing why they did or called something, but they do very little in terms of suggesting their future plans. And when they're asked, they're really good at giving nothing answers.
My assumption also is (like yours, I think) that if I see something, they've seen it for a couple of weeks.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||You really think this||
You really think this coaching staff is going to let the press in on what they're thinking? These are all empty answers designed for public consumption. If they've decided it's a mistake to take QWash and Pipkins out or if they've decided to change coverage schemes, we're never going to hear about it in the pressers. We'll see it on Saturday. Ft. Schembechler is back in full effect. About the only thing they answer with specificity is Heiko's precise questions about what the thinking was behind particular plays.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I'm entirely in favor of||
I'm entirely in favor of college coaches who never point to the flaws of individual players in public pressers. I'm sure they do plenty of it in private but no need to publicly call a guy out. Think it builds team unity.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I haven't told mine yet. If||
I haven't told mine yet. If we can't find a willing sleepover friend or sell the tix, I may just say f' it and go with your approach, hoping for a long nap after soccer in the morning.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Reflexively, I found myself||
Reflexively, I found myself thinking "hall of very good," then I saw that the article was written by Zach Lowe, knew it would be incredibly well reasoned and documented, and immediately changed my mind.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Do they really enforce the||
Do they really enforce the "no football throwing" rule?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Pelini on Nebraska fans in 2011||
Then there's this recording from 2011. Doesn't sound like Pelini's had a lot of love for the Nebraska fanbase for a while....
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Wow, Bryant must either||
Wow, Bryant must either really be having trouble with his knee or really struggling in pass pro and target recognition.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Same situation here. Now||
Same situation here. Now leaving kids at home. There's no way mine would make it to even halftime of a night game.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Absolutely avoid 95 at all||
Absolutely avoid 95 at all costs. Unfortunately, from Newark, you pretty much have to deal with the Cross-Bronx, which is the worst of it.
Apart from the Merrit, the other option from the city is to take 684 north to 84, which is about 5 miles longer than the Merritt but has higher speeds and generally avoids the potential messes that arise on 95. From the city it's the whitestone to the hutchinson to 684.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Definitely the moment that Lewan went down. I||
Definitely the moment that Lewan went down. I didn't have much belief in that ordered universe thing though.
Wasn't the int just before the half to Funchess? (Fun chess, thx auto correct).
|31 weeks 3 days ago||I think the main worry||
I think the main worry defensively should actually be that Raymon Taylor got beat twice over the top, which is going to have all kinds of cascading effects if that's a trend.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||OSU wasn't hurt...||
Other than missing a chance to play for the national championship last year. I'd expect that felt pretty adverse to most OSU players and fans.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||This is entirely right. Games||
This is entirely right. Games have internal dynamics that make teams different week to week and even within the game itself.
I think what we saw on Saturday was a young team that panicked when a team they thought was finally put away was suddenly back in the game after the pick-six. Until that play, the story was that Michigan struggled early in a let down week, but finally got things together in the second half. After that, every player, defense and offense started to press at the same time Akron found themselves back in a game that had essentially slipped away.
If that play doesn't happen, we end up with a 20 point win and everyone's like, 'well, that went on longer than I expected.'
|31 weeks 3 days ago||2 Quarterbacks and the||
2 Quarterbacks and the consensus #1 recruit. I think you have some problems with your sample.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Counter-counterpoint||
1. To take the 3 guys you highlight above: QWash, Clark, and Black.
QWash both has been hurt and has barely played outside of week 1 (and he's going to come off the field against most passing spreads). He also plays a style that, when he's playing well, you're not really going to notice, as his job is mainly to hold up to double-teams on the interior line in order to keep blockers off LBs. If we start seeing Ross and Morgan having big games later in the year, that will be a sign that QWash is healthy and playing to his level from last year.
Clark has experienced a tremendous body transformation in essentially two years and is still learning to play in that body. He's flashed a bit (knifing through against ND) but so far hasn't figured out how to use leverage to beat tackles. Let's see how he develops across September and October, as he gets more experience. Akron is not a promising sign, though.
Black has been consistently disruptive from the interior. He's still just 270, though, and is going to get washed out against doubles. When he's been singled up against guards he's been by far the best pass rushing lineman.
2. What you're also seeing in the shortcomings of those three players (who are, respectively, a converted guard at NT, a built-up safety at DE, and a WDE playing undersized DT) is the echoing effects of a moment when it would have been crazy for a highly rated defensive player to come to Michigan. If you were a coach, would you have advised your star player to come to Michigan to play under GERG (Black) or for a brand new staff taking over after a defensive tire fire? Even as a Michigan alum, I sure wouldn't have. On the lines, more than anywhere else, it just takes time to know (though certainly not only on the line, see Gallon, Jeremy).
3. Of the other guys playing on the line, it's just too damn early in their careers to know. Pipkins has looked good and Henry flashed a lot against Akron. Heitzman seems responsible if not dynamic. All the others are redshirt freshmen and are thrown in there a year too early because of point 2, and Wormley is just one year on from a major knee injury that before AP, everyone considered at least an 18 month recovery process (and I'd think this is especially true with a lineman expected to hold up against double teams and cut blocks). I expect the next month of games will give some indication of for whom the light is going on.
I haven't watched OSU enough to make any comparison, so I won't.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||He'd have almost the same||
He'd have almost the same amount of qb experience as Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill started at QB for the second half of his junior year (after moving from receiver) and then his entire senior year.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||That's how A&M refers to||
That's how A&M refers to themselves. It matches their helmets.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Technically, I don't think||
Technically, I don't think they suspended him, since his contract doesn't begin for a month. They did, however, call his comments "unacceptable."
But it was a great rant.
|32 weeks 12 hours ago||That must have been a big||
That must have been a big car.
|32 weeks 16 hours ago||That's increasingly how media||
That's increasingly how media outlets are referring to the team as well, including the Washington Post and the new SI NFL site.
|32 weeks 17 hours ago||No one's going to||
No one's going to successfully go after the Chippewas or Seminoles, because the moment they do, the relevant tribal councils will shoot them down with their existing resolutions. All of which basically say that the name has their full support, that they have a close and cooperative relationship, that the university is working to educate local residents on the enduring Indian presence in the area, and that the university is offering educational programs for tribal members and has established a scholarship fund.
There's no analogue for "Redskins" gaining similar support because it refers not to a specific group of people but to an extremely derogatory image of Indians in popular culture.
|32 weeks 17 hours ago||It'll be interesting seeing||
It'll be interesting seeing how long Snyder and Goodell will hold out.
Right now, you have increasing numbers of media organizations refusing to use the team's name. You have a request that the team change its name from the congressional Native American caucus. This weekend, there's going to be a fairly large protest by Oneida Nation members outside of Lambeau, which is significant because the Oneida Nation brings the Packers some significant revenue from gate naming rights (the Oneida Nation Gate is one of the entrances into the stadium). I think you're going to see protests outside NFL stadia anytime Washington plays in areas near significant native populations (which I'd guess would be, in addition to Green Bay, Seattle, Denver, Arizona, and maybe Dallas).
Snyder's a stubborn asshole, but I'll bet they start phasing the name out in about two years.
|32 weeks 18 hours ago||IIRC, he wanted to visit and the coaches basically||
IIRC, he wanted to visit and the coaches basically told him we were full after Pipkins became a silent commit.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, Chad Clifton||
Actually, Chad Clifton returned and played 9 more seasons after being hit blindside by Sapp.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Do those plans extend to the summer, ie, does the||
Do those plans extend to the summer, ie, does the player have to be enrolled to receive the meal plans?
|32 weeks 3 days ago||You're right. He was back in,||
You're right. He was back in, I believe the next series.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||The stubhub tickets usually||
The stubhub tickets usually start to come down about two weeks before the game. If you can wait until game week, I'd expect you'd see tickets at about half that price.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, they've already||
Yep, they've already announced plans for an indoor practice facility and football center on the lakefront, which would be a great recruiting tool as it's right on campus, unlike Ryan Field, and will no doubt look really nice.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Benson||
They were a little more diversified than that. The year we played them in the Rose Bowl, Cedric Benson had over 1800 yards rushing. We pretty much shut him down, but part of the the cost was allowing Young (who went over 1000 himself) to run wild.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Morris||
Having someone take over UT without head coaching experience would be something. That's got to be about the highest pressure job in college football. That said, they did have Muschamp as coach in waiting, and Morris has a lot of experience in Texas as a high school coach (but has only coached at the college level since 2010). I'd be pretty surprised if they went for someone with so little experience in college coaching.
But Kirby Smart...
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Divisional shift||
Even if NU struggles against both OSU and UM this year, they move into the West next year, where right now, they look perfectly capable of competing for the division on a regular basis.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||I can see it from both||
I can see it from both schools' perspective, as he's a pretty dramatic shift from what each now has. For Texas, it's a shift from the sedate, hands-off Mack Brown to a very involved, enthusiastic guy. For USC, it's a shift from a shady Kiffin to an upright guy who won't have USC in the press for the wrong reasons, plus Fitzgerald seems like an enthusiastic players' guy like Carroll.
For Fitzgerald, though, I doubt it. He's already turned down feelers from Michigan, Penn State, and ND. He's not only a Northwestern guy, he's a Chicago guy. And Northwestern's taken steps to improve their facilities and have shown they'll do what they can, financially, to keep him.
I think the only job that he might be interested in is the Bears or maybe the Colts job, but that kind of offer would come after a bit more success, which they're certainly poised for this year and next.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed.||
|32 weeks 5 days ago||It's supposed to be a full||
It's supposed to be a full second. Urban's teams have gotten away with that since Florida.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Spielman's good when he's not||
Spielman's good when he's not calling OSU but he's appallingly bad when he calls them. It's like listening to a local radio broadcast.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||2015 is probably the worst||
2015 is probably the worst non-conference schedule we've ever played and today is almost certainly the last time we play a ranked non-conference team at home until at least the Arkansas series, and that's certainly no guarantee to be a ranked team. N
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Duece off the post!||
Duece off the post!
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Hondo ties Mexico at the||
Hondo ties Mexico at the Azteca.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Eh, he could have sent the||
Eh, he could have sent the keeper off.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Penalty!!! Great quick free||
Great quick free kick by Zusi.
I guess the ref said that Johnson didn't have control of the ball when the keeper fouled him, b/c otherwise that's a straight red.
Dempsey shakily converts after a lot of persnickity ref stuff.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||How do you give up a 1 v 1 on||
How do you give up a 1 v 1 on a throw in?
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I think that was a dive, but||
I think that was a dive, but if the ref gives it, it would have to be red with orozco being sent off.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Orozco needs to come out||
Orozco needs to come out asap.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Wow. 3 CR players lined up||
Wow. 3 CR players lined up for a free header. 2=0 CR.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Orozco's getting torn apart||
Orozco's getting torn apart on the right flank.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Well that sucked. Nice finish||
Well that sucked. Nice finish though.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Huge blow.||
Huge blow. Lot is going to ride on Jones now. Cameron's good sitting in front of the back 4, but he's certainly not going to go box to box.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||bein sports paid some||
bein sports paid some incredible amount for the rights to the non-Mexico Concacaf nations to get the US away qualifiers. The US federation has no control over the TV package and I'm sure Costa Rica, et al, were not concerned about making it difficult for Americans to see the away quals.
Does suck, though. firstrow, etc.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||That game was also Breaston's||
That game was also Breaston's coming out party, as he took a punt down to the 3 to set up UM's first TD and almost broke another one.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I totally agree with this,||
I totally agree with this, it's a hole that really rewards knowing the course. You really have to put your second shot in the right place (right side and not too far so that it gets blocked by the trees), and it requires a really delicate 3rd, particularly when the pin's on the back shelf.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I wonder, as the average||
I wonder, as the average college golfer gets longer and longer off the tee, how the course plays as a track for top players. I'd guess most college golfers can reach 2 of the 3 par 5s in two (3 still seems like it would be tough given the dogleg and small, elevated green), and have some kind of wedge on most of the par 4s. I guess the ultimate defense are the greens, which are very tricky.
|33 weeks 18 hours ago||Re: the Dolphins. I guess||
Re: the Dolphins.
I guess black comedy is a form of entertainment.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||And, I believe "Four Yards||
And, I believe "Four Yards Passing" was also chanted just before halftime.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Stanford. And I believe that||
Stanford. And I believe that would have just extended the game to another OT, but I could be wrong.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I have no problem with Ross||
I have no problem with Ross donating all that money (why would anyone?). I also have no problem with municipalities in South Florida refusing to kick public funds into a stadium that would by and large be controlled by Ross and his team. Almost all studies have shown that new stadia or events like the Super Bowl (and the godawful debacle that the America's Cup has been for SF) have a negligible impact on local economies, that often their costs outweigh their benefits, and that owners have been able to extract far more money from local municipalities than is economically prudent. And Marlins Park, which has been a disaster, is certainly playing into this sentiment locally in Miami.
How is the author suggesting entitlement to Ross's money? Isn't he just suggesting that Ross shouldn't be entitled to the money of South Florida's taxpayers to build a stadium that likely won't produce a sufficient return on public investment?
On the stadium/super bowl stuff, see
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Zone||
I think those reach blocks in zone can look bad at first glance, too. I can imagine thinking "holy crap, he got driven two yards into the backfield, he's getting blown up," but his main mission is to wall the DT off to create a seam, not drive him downfield.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||One person I know who||
One person I know who graduated with a comp lit degree is now a name partner at a New York PR firm, and got a job right out of school.
Whee, anecdotal evidence is fun!
|33 weeks 3 days ago||You're misunderstanding me||
You're misunderstanding me (likely because of my unnecessarily blunt first sentence). I think undergrads are a priority for the vast majority of professors, largely because it's difficult to give a large portion of your time to something you don't care about, particularly given the strange nature of university teaching, in which you're "on stage." And undergraduate teaching is often incredibly gratifying. I've never taught anywhere (4 different institutions) where faculty considered teaching undergrads unimportant. (It is considered relatively unimportant for promotion, likely, I think, because it's so difficult to judge, whereas peer reviewed books and articles, citations, etc., are easier to evaluate, particularly by the scholars outside the institution that evaluate people for tenure and other promotions.
The relationships with graduate students are also of a different nature than those with undergrads, much more personal and longer lasting since a graduate student is engaged essentially in a form of apprenticeship, in which graduate students are selected out of huge pools, mentored over 5-8 years, and stay in touch in a much more direct way after completing the doctorate.
Most centrally, though, I meant to imply that undergraduate education is relatively unimportant in the broader distinction between "public Ivy" and other institutions whose status is not considered equivalent (a place like Notre Dame). In my mind, when you talk about public Ivies, you're talking about institutions that combine excellent undergrad education, strong doctoral programs, and institutional support for faculty research. In my mind a public Ivy is primarily distinguised by graduate programs strong enough that their graduates will be considered for most jobs for which they apply (whereas someone from Alabama would likely have to have an award winning dissertation to be considered at many jobs, someone from Michigan or UCLA would not need the same level of acknowledgement beyond their institution).
My view is probably skewed as someone in academia, and I think your insinuation that people write and research just to add lines to their vitae is silly. Scholars pursue scholarship because they're part of a community that's invested in the creation of knowledge along disciplinary lines, and then, hopefully among a broader public.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||To be frank, undergrad||
To be frank, undergrad students are relatively unimportant in creating what we can think of as a public Ivy.
Ivies and Public Ivies are more about graduate programs and the opportunity to train the next generation of scholars. Faculty who place that as their utmost professional goal will always leave a place like Alabama when given the chance because its graduate programs will not attract the best graduate students (who will go to the Ivies and public Ivies because those degrees have so much more prestige on the academic job market).
Money from successful football programs does not normally trickle into graduate education. Penn State is the exception because its affiliation with the Big 10 brought in new access to research money and collaboration previously unavailable, and it still sits on the margins of academic prestige.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||At the undergrad level ND is||
At the undergrad level ND is a very good school. It doesn't, however, have the Research I profile that "Public Ivy" implies (ie, the mix of excellent undergraduate education with a deep institutional commitment to graduate training and research).
ND is more of a liberal arts college with a massively successful athletic program. In other words, its analogues are places like Wake Forest and BC, not Virginia, Berkeley, etc.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||While football dominance||
While football dominance may translate into Alabama gaining more out of state tuition dollars, there's no way it's going to lead it to be considered a public Ivy. That status correlates to academic research dollars, quality of doctoral programs, and general prestige within the academy. Athletic success has at best a negligible effect and may actually harm the final consideration, as many faculty don't consider an institution in which football is afforded so much attention and importance a serious place.
I think Penn State might be the only place where you could argue that football success substantially improved an institution's academic reputation, and I'd argue that was indirect, as the prestige was substantially about Penn State gaining membership to the Big 10.
I would love to hear how the Sandusky scandal and its aftermath affected the relationship between the AD and faculty institutions at Penn State (as well as the way that those dynamics play out at the other schools).
|33 weeks 3 days ago||That is truly an awful cover.||
That is truly an awful cover.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||A lot of times, coaches will||
A lot of times, coaches will signal players that are up, but obviously hurt in some way, to go down so that the next play doesn't go off with a significantly compromised player. I'm not saying that's what happened here but that guy did clearly catch one in the junk.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||He's apparently injured. I||
He's apparently injured. I think he must have some kind of chronic injury in his knees or ankles, because he's never been able to stay on the field at NU or USC.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I'll bet it's a story about||
I'll bet it's a story about oversigning and the ethics of encouraging non-performing players to look elsewhere. If that's the case, it'll contain nothing that isn't really known at this point.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Purdue actually went to the Rose Bowl that year||
Purdue actually went to the Rose Bowl that year after NU gacked up a game against a terrible Iowa team shortly after their crazy game with us.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, that game is going to||
Yeah, that game is going to be four verts fest.
If you saw the opening TD in the South Carolina game last night, that's my greatest fear, Wilson taking one step toward the interior dig and getting beat over the top to the post.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I completely agree that it's not going to do||
I completely agree that it's not going to do anything to eliminate the empty at kickoff problem (and may exacerbate it what with the seemingly multiple queues students have to go to) but I think, beyond UTL and OSU, your regular pattern of heading to stadium 40 min to an hour before game time should get you perfectly adequate seats. Really, beyond the first 4 rows in the corner, where there's the potential of celebrating with players post game, wouldn't you rather be in the 30s to 40s? I'll bet entering 30 min before KO makes that easily attainable most games.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||A bunch of tickets seem to||
A bunch of tickets seem to have been recently released, as there are a lot more tickets, at less expense, on stubhub right now, going for around $90. I think they're all in the temp seats in the end zone.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I can remember my first game as a boy, catching||
I can remember my first game as a boy, catching full sight of the noodle and realizing it's immensity.
|34 weeks 3 hours ago||They're going to have a heck||
They're going to have a heck of a shot against Penn State.
|34 weeks 3 hours ago||Some fine material||
Some fine material here
SU fan here
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Hayes||
Just from an opportunity standpoint, it seems like someone has the potential to break out as the third down back. Given his reputed skill set, I'd think Justice Hayes is the best candidate. He hasn't shown much so far in games, but his carries have mainly been in mop up duty, not the kind of plays that showcase his supposed ability as a receiver and space guy.
The caveat, if course, is how well he handles pass pro. If he can't do that (ala V. Smith) he probably won't see the field much.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I think over time this||
Yeah, I think over time this will seem cooler, and I particularly like the idea of being accountable to the number, but right now, it feels forced.
If you compare it to the #1, that kind of evolved organically from Carter to Alexander to Terrell to Edwards. It was probably a mistake to stop awarding it, or to give Edwards control over it (it's never been clear to me how much control Braylon has, but regardless...)
As an initiative of the AD, this feels like a marketing attempt, but once we've had 5 people or so wear each legends number, fans might come to associate them with the long line of players that have worn them, and they might acquire the same feel as the #1, of a number initiated by a great that then has a bunch of memorable players wearing it, a number that current players strive to wear in the same way Braylon sought out the #1. And having prominent juniors and seniors switching jersey numbers will come to be a tradition of the program.
But for the first few years, it's going to feel awkward.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Hayes||
Justice Hayes, as 3rd down back, is another candidate. He's never shown much, but he's also never been in a position to maximize what's supposedly his best skill, taking people on in space.
If he wins the 3rd down back job, he'll get that opportunity. He'll be playing mostly against nickles and his running plays will be mostly draws, where there's a bit more space at the line. He'll also get a fair number of reception opportunities. Borges loves that throwback screen to the RB leaking out the back side and also likes the swing pass to the back out of the backfield. He'll also probably see a fair few number of catches as a safety valve as plays bread down. I could see him going for something like 300 yards rushing, 400 yards receiving with 5-6 TDs.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I agree. They'll challenge||
I agree. They'll challenge our secondary and our ability to tackle in space. I wouldn't be surprised at all if IU led the league in passing yards.
That said, it's nice that we'll play them right after playing another passing spread team in Penn State the week before, so it shouldn't be a huge week to week adjust for the D.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||It sounds like Froholdt is||
It sounds like Froholdt is visiting those schools on his own dime, not as official visits. Which raises the interesting question: could schools fly recruits in from overseas for officials?
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Shea picked up some kind of knock from a bad||
Shea picked up some kind of knock from a bad tackle in Stoke's preseason US tour. Hughes was pissed.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I don't get his||
Yeah, I don't get his critique here. The NCAA usually gets banged for constraining s-a's ability to act as agents on their own behalf, of holding them to incredibly one sided contracts that constrain their movement and their economic agency (ie the transfer rules and the ability to profit from their own likenesses). This is an example of the NCAA imposing new structural constraints on Penn State but granting its s-a's agency to determine whether they want to be limited by the inability to compete for championships.
Is he suggesting it was inappropriate for other coaches to contact them? And that represented an intrusion into their lives (if so, I'd like so see a bit more detail about the nature of this intrusion or the excesses to which coaches took it). If he's just critiquing the transfer possibility, isn't Bacon endorsing the same constraints that many people use to criticize the one-sided nature of the NCAA's scholarship system?
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Penn State is an interesting||
Penn State is an interesting case to see how the current era of rising ticket prices/mandated donations effects a team likely to struggle. We've already seen attendance decline at Tennessee, but State College has the added difficulty of being a total pain in the ass to get to, sitting at least 3 hours (and substantially more than that once you figure game day traffic) from the state's population centers. Now, at that 3-5 hour zone, they've got a tremendous number of potential fans (basically the Northeast corridor from NYC to DC plus Pittsburgh) but 8 hours of travel time plus tickets that cost what $100, $150 once you factor everything in is a big ask for a team that's not really playing for anything.
Plus, they have really, really bad home schedules in 2014 and 2015. 2014 is Akron, Umass, Temple, OSU, MSU, Northwestern, Maryland. 2015 is Buffalo, San Diego State, Rutgers, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois. You're talking essentially two marquee games out of 13 games across two seasons. Even if I was a huge PSU fan, it's tough to justify laying out that kind of money for those games if there's no potential for a Big 10 championship. I wouldn't be surprised to see those numbers drop into the 80s if they struggle this year. If they're exciting and competitive this year, I'd expect that bottom number to hold pretty steady with season tix.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||He also suggests that||
He also suggests that Paterno, in his last five years of coaching, was essentially a figurehead whose arrogance wouldn't let him envision a Penn State without himself, who had little grasp of who his players were or the daily operations of his team and whose efforts disrupted practice and game management. That's not really a surprise from the outside, but it's far from the true believers (and JayPa's) accounts of St. Paterno.
|36 weeks 4 hours ago||Last UTL the SEC game (which I think was a 430||
Last UTL the SEC game (which I think was a 430 start) bled into the first series. No one watching ESPN saw the opening kickoff, not to mention touch the banner or the Desmond ceremony.
|36 weeks 4 hours ago||In any context?So you're OK with someone||
In any context?
So you're OK with someone wearing, say, long shorts and shower shoes at a decent restaurant (I have seen this)?
|36 weeks 1 day ago||If Johannson plays like that,||
If Johannson plays like that, it's going to get pretty crowded in the US attack.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||B-H pull one back. Flick||
B-H pull one back. Flick header.