"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
|1 day 45 min ago||Peters throws very, very consistently||
if not super accurately. I watched 25 passes and the ball's in the same place every single time.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Out of state as well: the 1986 Marion Giants||
That team featured Jay Edwards and Lyndon Jones, co-Mr. Basketballs who went on to play together at Indiana. They won three straight titles - the only other school to do that was Franklin in the early 1920's. Even Oscar Robertson and his great Crispus Attucks teams couldn't manage that feat. 7 other guys on the team played college ball. Great coach, too.
My HS beat them during the regular season in 1986 - probably the biggest win at North Central in the single-class era.
The author's original post mentioned Plano West. Plano East features in the best HS sports video I have seen. Check this out; well worth 5 minutes of your time:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That's Norfleet "defending" the pass?||
The scene reminds me of this old recruiting photo:
One of these linemen is Ben Braden. Another just earned his accounting associates from community college.
|5 weeks 6 min ago||The last super positive vibe I recall from a spring game||
was in 2009. A freshman trotted onto the field and largely picked the defensive secondary apart. He was to be the next Michigan legend. His name: Tate Forcier.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||This is a truly enjoyable series||
The B1G is "down" this year, and every team has serious flaws, aside from Wisconsin (but then, their defense is not exactly top-drawer). This list (parts 1 and 2) includes plenty of flawed gems, and a couple of pretty flawless ones as well; all are great reasons to watch conference games. While this B1G season is not as great as 2013's, I've really enjoyed the ride. Thanks for clarifying some of the reasons why.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks Alex, I'm looking forward to it.||
I also appreciate you're not trying for a "best of" list here - as a result it is a lot more interesting.
Troy is a very intriguing player, but, like many individuals and teams across the conference, is at once exciting, talented, young, and flawed. Yogi makes Troy a lot better by getting him the ball in the perfect position.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I'm an IU fan and therefore biased, but||
the most entertaining player in the B1G this season is Yogi Farrell. His offensive game is extraordinary: his ballhandling, passing vision, and ability to create his own shot inside and out make him nearly a complete offensive player. I was trying to think of a better offensive point guard for the Hoosiers, and had to go back to Isiah Thomas.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||It's worth looking at WHY college is so expensive||
as this is unfortunately a huge part of the OP's issue. The fact is that a good college education is expensive, and it has to paid for somehow. Has the growth in administration salaries been problematic? Absolutely. Are professors not teaching enough? Possibly (disclosure: I am a professor), and even probably if your primary concern about universities is their ability to teach young people.
But ultimately, this problem boils down to a shift away from public (e.g. state government) financial support of higher education. The following graph shows this shift at the University of Michigan over the past half-century:
Arguably, Michigan is barely a public university at this point. Revenue from indirect (the fees universities charge funding agencies) are increasing, as is the pressure on faculty to pursue research dollars. If I bring in 100k from the National Science foundation, my university gets an additional 54k. But the major revenue is from tuition and fees. I don't have Michigan data at my fingertips, but at MSU, current in-state tuition is $440 per credit hour. In 1986, my freshman year at Indiana University, MSU charged $45 per credit hour. I am sure the changes in numbers are similar at every public university.
In short, from the time of public university expansion post WW2 until the 1990's, higher ed was readily affordable for most Americans. Indeed, like many of my peers I earned enough to pay for my tuition at IU by working over the summer. That is a laughable idea today.
So, what's the future? Let's consider a "business as usual" strategy: states continue to disinvest in higher ed, and students will bear the brunt of the cost transfer. Schools with smaller endowments and less research dollar opportunities will suffer, raising tuition above levels that can be borne by their middle class students/families. Those schools will either close or shrink drastically. Schools like the U of Michigan will strongly consider privatizing as the annoyance of being beholden to the State outweigh the very small financial benefits. The U of Oregon threatened to do this about 5 years ago! The very rich will continue to attend these schools, and some form of financial support -based on endowment or Federal dollars - will maintain a degree of diversity. Perhaps community colleges will partly fill that gap for the poor and middle classes.
Or... something else has to happen. I hope it does, as my vision above paints a bleak future for American higher ed.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Williams can't really shoot from distance||
but he has the rest of the offensive package. He was a step quicker and a foot higher than anyone else today on the court. When IU is clicking, there are 3 or 4 guys who can nail the three and Troy Williams lurking inside waiting for a feed. It's a very dangerous offense.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||IU's post defense is awful||
This was the first game back for Hanner Perea, the only center-like object on IU's team. He's been out a month with a knee injury. He was rusty and didn't play much. Consequently Doyle was the biggest and tallest guy on the court. IU also switched on high screens, leading to people like Yogi Ferrell trying to guard Doyle in the post.
So, I'd say Beilein intended to make interior offense a priority in this game do to the mismatches evident there, and it worked. It'll be interesting to see if Michigan continues to work on that in future games.
As an IU fan, I found it pretty painful to see the Wolverines score as effectively as they did on the inside. This Hoosiers defense needs a lot of work before Purdue and Iowa come to town.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Bob Knight ranted about this 25 years ago||
Late weeknight televised games are a violation of whatever remains of the battered 'student-athlete' concept the NCAA likes to promote.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I, er, heard good things about wizywig||
and was sad when they disappeared. Many of those streaming sites - I've heard - are just a mess of popups and gross ads. Frontrow is awful.
That said, I've, uh, heard good things about stream2watch.me
Like OccaM suggests above, get popupblocker and you are all set.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Teach them to make breakfast as early as possible||
Shoot, they might make YOU breakfast if you are clever enough. It worked for me!
|17 weeks 3 hours ago||Fred Jackson will be coaching somewhere like Michigan...||
|20 weeks 4 days ago||A note on OR% and DR%||
If there's a big difference between a teams offensive and defensive rebounding numbers, it is often due to strategy rather than weakness. Crashing the offensive boards hard can mean giving up transition baskets. Arizona may be choosing to get back defensively at the cost of some second chances on offense. Bo Ryan's Badger teams are very typical: they famously don't allow the other team to get offensive boards, and they rarely collect any themselves.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||John L. just threw his hat into the ring.||
Then he tripped on his boa trying to leap in after it. Keep your piss warm, JL!
|20 weeks 6 days ago||LES MILES DOESN'T DEVELOP KICKERS AND LONG SNAPPERS!||
It's amazing how people can justify their positions without recourse to reality. The data are pretty clear.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||As an IU alum and fan||
I appreciate Michigan's efforts to make me feel better about the Hoosier's loss to Eastern Washington last week. It worked. Now if Eastern Kentucky can just knock off Calipari's Wildcats, my hoops weekend will be complete.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||The backup for IU QB Sudfield||
ALSO had a season-ending injury, ALSO against Iowa. Indiana had three B10-caliber QBs on the roster last January (all three started multiple games for IU over the past two years), and two of them transferred. Counting those guys, IU's current QB would be 5th on the depth chart.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Shoot, and I thought Depression was...||
... the Michigan Difference.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be in my bunk||
First he teases with that little short out action, than he goes soooo deep.
|24 weeks 16 hours ago||I don't agree with your main point, but upvoted you anyway||
This is a thoughtful, well-written post and I appreciated the perspective. I suspect Michigan has a student code of conduct which would preclude Frank from returning to take classes, live on campus, etc. At the same time I hope Hoke does reach out to help in whatever way he finds appropriate. That might fit the spirit of your position.
|24 weeks 21 hours ago||The point may be,||
that we have a passionate but seemingly non-dangerous blogger who thoughtlessly committed an act of violence. That's the equivalence. Not that the type or target of violence was equivalent, but that the thoughtless, stupid reptile-brain decision to lash out was an experience he did have in common with Frank Clark.
That's my interpretation obviously. I too have purposefully hurt people for no good reason. Just being wild, just being irritated playing basketball. Thankfully I didn't do worse than tweak a guy's ankle, but hell, I meant to hurt him. Felt awful immediately afterwards, and apologized - the guy never knew I meant to come down hard on him, but what I did has bothered me occasionally late at night for 20 years.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I'm enjoying a Shorts Autumn Ale right now||
tasty, easy to drink, a surprising finish. What's not to like?
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, Wayne State, MSU, and Michigan||
all have statewide votes for 'Governors', 'Trustees', and 'Regents'. Everyone can vote, whether they attended the school or not, or whether they loathe one or more schools.
It's a hell of a way to determine the executive council for a university.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Domers?||
Pretty sure the Fighting Irish aren't paying squat for Michigan scholarships.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Trust me - you don't want to wear that.||
The smell alone will really bother most people, let aloe the sight of it....
|26 weeks 5 days ago||170 might be generous||
He's a pretty small guy. Very, er, striking, but not exactly your standard-sized QB.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Hell, I think he lost the stake, too.||
Now the darn tent just keeps falling over.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||That was in 2005 under JL Smith||
and it was a dick thing to do, but they did it after winning the game. As opposed to before a contest in which they were a big underdog... and proceeded to lose by more than the spread.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||I suspect Dantonio is thinking of the GoBlue skywriting||
which is pretty clearly on the AD. Yes, even Mark Dantonio wants Dave Brandon gone.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Actually the top program in the nation in couch burning is||
West Virginia U. Gotta go to Morgantown if you want to truly learn at the feet of the couch-burning giants.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||I no what u mean!||
Speling and Capitalization drime me crazy as well - does that bug u 2?
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Narduzzi typically starts in the booth||
and then comes down to the field at some point in the second half. I'm sure the obvious answer is you get a better view of what's happening on the field from the booth, and a better feel for how your team is doing on the sideline. The answer to this apparent conundrum is simple: the coordinator should be wherever he'll get the most information to help him make the right calls.
|30 weeks 3 hours ago||And even if it does||
they have internet access inside the fence, WD. Just don't tick any of the guards off and you can keep posting during your time there!
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Besides, Hoke doesn't want to play elven men anyway||
Ferrigno: I don't think we have eleven men on the field.
Ferrigno: There aren't eleven men on the field!
Hoke: ELVEN MEN?
Ferrigno: Yeah, we'd better call time out.
HOKE: WELLL, WE DON'T WANT EM.
Ferrigno: We don't want time outs?
Hoke: ELVES. SLIGHT BUILDS. QUICK, I GRANT YOU THAT, BUT TOO QUIET. I NEED TO HEAR FOOTBALL. I CAN'T HEAR FOOTBALL WITH YOUR ELVES, DAN.
Hoke: MAYBE THAT SORT OF THING IS OK AT OREGON OR NEVERLAND, BUT THIS IS MICHIGAN FERGODSSAKES. MANBALL! MY MEN - M E N - ARE ON THE FIELD!
|30 weeks 5 days ago||You must be a very flexible person, then!||
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Shoot, Michigan may be a bigger tire fire than...||
Kansas, after this past weekend.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||You can only cast one vote, Saunders||
this ain't Chicago.
|31 weeks 21 hours ago||Plane tracking!||
This plane has just landed at a university town airfield. But which one? Apologies for the grainy quality....
|31 weeks 1 day ago||DB's claim to fame is selling shitty pizza||
to millions, which he did for years and years. He's obviously a cocky guy who believes in his abilities. While almost everyone here sees the rest of this season as a horrific problem to be solved, DB probably sees it as an opportunity that closely mirrors his experience selling pizza. This is to be his finest moment: convincing thousands to show up, wallets open, for the football equivalent of cheese on cardboard.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Those tickets are all sold||
I doubt gate receipts on Saturdays are a major part of the ticket revenues. Demand for next year's season tix is presumably cratering right now, but the financial cost of 60K failing to show next home game is probably just concessions sales drops.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||And to the mighty Ypsi tower you chose as Avatar||
Could it be the proudest erection in southeast Michigan? It could.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty sure regent candidates are picked by each political party||
From the little that I know about them, official support for a candidate can be handed out as a reward for party loyalty. Do they appear on the primary ballot? I'm struggling to remember. Brian may have to snuggle up close to the party elite of his choice to have a shot at the nomination.
Frankly, using popular statewide elections to choose regents/trustees is a lousy idea. The average voter knows nothing about university issues, let alone each candidate's position on them. If the voter is a Michigan State fan, s/he is likely to vote for the stupidest name on the ballot for Michigan, and vice versa. Or simply the stupidest candidate: I'm convinced George Perles (Perles! The guy landed State on probation and subsequently sued the university over his termination!) was elected to the MSU board of trustees by M fans. Is it any wonder that we endure awful regents/trustees in this state?
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I dunno - those jerseys are selling like hotcakes.||
I kind of think that Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry....
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Aah, it's not that hard||
just wait a bit - Gary will turn it over hilariously and head for the sidelines.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Anthony Carter's winning TD reception against IU||
was a play action pass. Everyone knew it'd be a throw in that one, too. I seem to recall exactly this point: Michigan's longer passes were all PA, and you can't just remove the run fake from the play.
|33 weeks 2 hours ago||Good to hear there's a short-field punter||
wouldn't be BIG TEHNNN without a short field punter.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Really good looking Miami team here this afternoon||
Nice unis, solid play on both sides of the ball. Play with passion and smarts. Not sure why they've lost their last 18 games, because they've got it together today.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Bell almost never lost yards||
He played behind some poor offensive lines, too. People'd make contact in the backfield and he'd wiggle/run through/drag his way 3 or 4 yards closer to the end zone. Great consistency.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Several of those "years coaching" numbers are just wrong.||
Ferentz is in his 16th year, Wilson is in his 4th year. Here's what I came up with, in order:
Iowa - Kirk Ferentz (16th)
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Intriguingly enough, Iowa was playing...||
Ball State. BSU is actually pretty good. Their head coach is Pete Lembo. He has gone 26-14 in three-plus years in Muncie. That's a very successful record for a Ball State coach, as we know. In 13+ years as a head coach, Lembo is 114-50. That is, his teams have won substantially more games than they've lost. Most major-conference athletic directors will tell you that this is an important criterion when you're hiring a coach from MAC and MAC-like conference.
All academic of course, but interesting to consider.
|35 weeks 33 min ago||Quinn might not||
Man, he got beaten down in that game. So much turf dripping off the helmet. It's a pity the field is no longer grass.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||And big noodles parked outside the stadium!||
There is a WOW! factor today that was simply missing during the first decade of this century. It's an apples and oranges comparison.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||The technical term for that game was...||
Yakety Sax Yards (Youtube link). Click and enjoy!
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Schools get in hot water not over the initial violation...||
but when they break more rules trying to cover it up. If this really just broke at the end of July, and ND complies with whatever rules apply, then there will be no real damage to the program. Whether those guys remain on the team is of course a different issue.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Not enough Athletic Dept level creativity in this thread.||
Those AD guys are imagineers, people! "Major" has a different meaning to the kids today! Think of the Appy State rematch - that's the kind of excitement we're trying to generate here!
So, with that in mind, I present:
Ball State and West Virginia
Think of the back story for both of those games! Brady Hoke goes back to Muncie! Cardinals vs. Wolverines! It's gonna be a Thursday night MACtion to remember, with great new one-off uniformz for both teams under the lights!
But don't overlook that WVU game while you contemplate that first matchup: just imagine the welcoming hospitality Morgantown will offer to Wolverine fans! You know that football program has Michigan ties, right? Don Nehlen was a Bo guy! That'll bring the dinosaur M fans in droves. Be sure to take a spare couch on that road trip, and of course drive safely across Ohio!
|37 weeks 4 days ago||The word on Kasongo - the unadmitted Duck -||
is that Oregon does not accept online class credits on HS transcripts. He's evidently eligible by NCAA standards, test scores, all that stuff. Or so various internet sources tell me... it's hard to get solid information. Evidently he's down to LSU or IU.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||DiNardo should know a bad OL when he sees one||
His IU teams won 3 conference games in the three years he was coach. The Hoosiers generally had some solid skills position players, but they did not have much talent and no depth along the lines.
He's just not going to say anything negative here.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I thought those were live streams only.||
Can you watch a game later from that or other sites?
|39 weeks 23 hours ago||Some college Barry Sanders flavor||
Youtube of the 1988 Oklahoma St - Nebraska game. Yes, every second of it. Barry gives you that Denard feeling every time he touches the ball. He could run sideways faster than most backs could go straight ahead, so many of his highlights feature three or more missed tackles. Sanders averaged 7.6 yards a carry in 1988. And he got a ton of carries.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||We ain't got no Alabi?||
Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all weekend. It's really a blessing he's going to Ohio. Imagine the headlines when he's kicked off the team!
|40 weeks 4 days ago||He looks kinda out of it in that photo.||
I don't think Muddy was losing things in '82 - seems like he was active for years after that - but maybe he had a few too many drinks at lunch that day.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||thanks for confirming...||
I only saw maybe two Illinois games featuring White.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Seems like it's 1982||
Front row: Dennis McClain (Wisc), Denny Green (NW), Earle Bruce (OSU), Lee Corso (IU), Bo (Mich)
Back row: Leon Burtnett (Pur), Smokey Joe Salem (Minn), Muddy Waters (MSU), Mike White(?) (Ill), Hayden Fry (Iowa)
Mike White images online don't look like that Illinois guy, but... that's who it must be, right?
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Big Ten Coach photo - 1981 or 1982?||
I'm planning to use this for trivia at lunch. Pretty sure it was either '81 or '82. I recognize five, maybe six of those guys, but have to track down the rest... Can anybody name the back row? I'm guessing that's Muddy Waters in the middle, and of course Fry on the right.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Marcus Ray wasn't too shabby opposite Woodson, either||
He had more opportunities, since QBs tried to avoid throwing towards Woodson, but Ray certainly made the most of them. Those LBs could play a little football, too.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||I was at that race! Inside of the third turn!||
Mears got passed by both guys on the same lap - I don't recall if he had some car problems. There was a yellow flag very late, but they went back to green and Rahal passed Cogan with a lap or two to go, and stayed just ahead to the line. Great finish, not that it was easy to follow in the stands - some guy sitting near me had a radio, but of course no video anywhere, and mostly everybody just saw the three drivers with a chance to win for a couple of seconds each lap. Watching a big race like that is almost entirely unlike watching football, hoops, or most other sporting events.
I was a HS senior, just graduated. It took longer to get home (Indy's northside) than it took Rahal to drive 500 miles. I had an attachment to Rahal because he was such a nerd - former teacher, big glasses - but not the kind you had at 9. My cup-eating sports moment was the phantom touchdown Rose Bowl. We lost, and it wasn't fair - a brutal experience for an 8 year old.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Or, in short,||
Indiana made more off bowl games last season than Michigan. Hm.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||This video sums it up for me||
I'm glad to see the issue really gaining traction. And, I'm sorry to see people confusing this with 'sissification' or 'just PC'.
This was the powerful ad shown during the NBA finals.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I've been off cable/satellite for several years||
at a savings of, well, thousands of dollars. Netflix streaming and discs for family stuff, so the only thing we miss on is sports. I watch football and basketball, and I couldn't justify that expense.
I rarely have any trouble watching any game that I want. In order:
1. I get some network tv over the air with rather lousy digital rabbit ears. As a Michigan resident, BTN and ESPN are the problem, not the solution - I used to always be able to watch ABC regional and national feeds of B10 football over the air. Now it's more likely the game(s) I want won't be available. But, the quality is usually pretty good when I can get it.
2. Bootlegged sports streams. Sometimes crappy resolution and the sleazy ads are the big issue, but It's not difficult to find them for any game I want to watch. I'm guessing the MGoStaff would rather not see any links to such sites in the thread, but that's what Google is for.
3. Friend's house. I do this a couple times in the fall. It costs me a six-pack and some snacks, much of which I'd consume anyway.
4. Bar down the street. Somewhat expensive, but I spend under $50 a month in the fall watching football in the bar (with wife and or kid/s), which includes beer and wings, and is still way under what I'd pay for cable.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||If he were a bit more clever||
he could have faced the other way next to the H and the I in the end zone and actually started to spell something.
Still, a bold move.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Especially if you imagine that||
R2 is delivering the dialog at the bottom of the screen!
|1 year 1 week ago||My sense is the AD is getting blamed||
here for not negotiating a little better about the rivalry game scheduling. Maybe a little less time scheduling the macaroni noodle and the Go Blue skywriting and a little more time on the horn with Delaney to ensure @MSU and @OSU aren't the same year every year.
|1 year 1 week ago||If you'd actually read the man's post||
you'd see he meant if RR had brought in his choice of DC in Casteel, who most people seem to think is a capable defensive guy. IF that happened, and IF Casteel had built a competent defense, THEN yes, I think you'd be pretty happy with the program. It's reasonable to assume RR's recruiting would have been better if he weren't on the hot seat from Year One on.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||The UMD AD has serious financial issues||
I'm thinking these guys will struggle in road games, since they'll be taking the bus.
But at home, with half the lights off to save on the electric bill, they'll be a force.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||What airport is IGN?||
The web indicated it's a minor airfield in the Phillipenes, so I figured you meant something else!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Harrison had a really clear look||
Levert got back out impressively quickly once it was clear Harrison was pulling the trigger, but Harrison had ample chance to eye that shot, unfortunately. We'll never know if he would have hit that shot if Levert was in his business from the get-go, but Harrison definitely was able to set up, eye, and fly unmolested.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||This is why tourney success is overvalued.||
Last year's top-half of the B10 was pretty clearly better than this one's. And yet only Michigan went really deep in the 2013 tournament. Matchups and the random stuff that happens in a single-elimination tourney winnowed out some really good teams.
So yes, 3 B10 teams in the Elite 8 appears to offer solid support for the conference being the best in hoops this year (and just see how much tougher the league is next year when both UMD and Rutgers join up! Oh boy!), but, if not a one had made it this far, the conference would still have been the best in college basketball.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||It's the skin lotion he uses||
Smells great, too.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I lived down there a long time ago||
and in the early 80's many people in south central Indiana got the Louisville Courier Journal paper - there was a 'southern Indiana' edition with plenty of IU sports news, but it covered UofL sports, too. At that time people in my neck of the woods were about as likely to go to Louisville as Indy when they wanted to hit town, even though both were equidistant. Of course, Louisville as a lot more interesting than Naptown back then.
That said, once you got out of the New Albany-Jeffersonville area just north of the river I don't think many people followed the Cards closely. The hills down there were always pretty cream and crimson. As an IU alum I have long wished the Hoosiers maintained a regular game with the UofL, but I guess it wasn't... in the cards.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||All caps M athlete Twitter king?||
Marques Slocum. And there wasn't even Twitter when he was around the program. Just the concept of a Marques Slocum daily tweet is enough to put him at the top of the list.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I largely agree with this||
As an IU alum, I'm bothered by a number of things about Tom Crean, including how he shuffled people out in his second and third year running the program. Crean has definitely skirted the line on oversigning. However, Brian overstates a couple of things here:
Given his knee issues, Creek probably shouldn't be playing basketball; regardless, he cheered on the team from the sidelines for years and earned his bachelors at Indiana. He did get on the floor last year on a much better team than this one. Crean did not run him off.
Abel was going to be a key piece of the team - Jamiemac makes the case well, and I'd add that Remy hit some ridiculous 3 point percentage before B10 play last year. He was not run off.
Crean certainly didn't run off Luke Fischer, who transferred late this past fall. Luke was in the rotation. A fair question is, why are so many guys who earned minutes on the court transferring? That does concern me at least. But it's not an oversigning issue.
Ron Patterson is the kid who ended up at Syracuse. Due to academic issues from high school, Ron had to take a summer course at IU before his freshman fall semester, and he didn't do well enough to be admitted. That was a university rule. It had nothing to do with the IU athletic department.
Brian didn't bring up the Matt Roth situation, but others have on this site. Matt Roth got his bachelors at IU. Matt got his masters at IU. He spent four years on the sideline and the court, and talked on Senior Day. Like many IU fans, I think the team could have used another year of Matt Roth, but I don't think he was mistreated by Indiana University or Tom Crean. If Matt felt that way, he hid it pretty well, since he came back to help out at basketball camp the next year.
Most of the Tom Crean hate around here, and around the league, springs from how he acts on the sideline, and that he's kind of a weird looking guy. The first is at least somewhat legitimate, while the second is sophomoric at best. There are real issues with oversigning under Crean's tenure, and, I think, real issues with kids not staying in the program, but the past two years are berefit of examples of Indiana running off kids to make room for others.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Randle El was more of a receiver/returner guy in the NFL||
He did complete 22/28 passes (16/18 for the Steelers!) with 6 TDs. Mostly he was a speedy all-round athlete and solid football player. I don't see Miller lining up at receiver much, though - he'd seem to be more a running back kind of guy who can throw some, and I doubt he's prototypical enough to excite a lot of NFL teams in that role.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||His comment had nothing to do with Michigan.||
IU alum here. His comments concerned Jeff Meyer's actions while an assistant coach at IU under Kelvin Sampson. Regardless of what Meyer may have done at Indiana (and I hold Sampson largely responsible for, yes, wrecking our program), Crean should never have confronted him, and indeed he apologized to Meyer right after the game.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Well, from those pictures maybe.||
If we spent some time traveling around Alabama we'd see the proportion of cute in that fanbase is maybe not so high.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||A top choice for camping||
The name says it all. It's in cans, which has advantages in the wild, and yes, you can enjoy it for hours at a time. It's also a good change of pace beer - IPA is not usually my go-to, and my wife is not a fan - but you can mix it in nicely with other things at tailgates and cookouts.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Good catch - I couldn't see what happened there.||
Huge night for Sparty.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||David Boston comes to mind.||
But as a team? No, I think you're on to something here.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Was that George Perlis in an OSU jacket?||
sure looked lik it.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Why play the safeties so far off?||
We had 6 in the box - or 7 when OSU had a loaded backfield - and were playing down a man.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||His nose is pretty big||
for Voldemort, but yes, I see where you're coming from. Wonder where he keeps his horcruxes?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I've really enjoyed P-CP this season||
thanks guys. Sometimes a dose of non-bayesian modeling is needed to maintain the balance.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||It's so reassuring to see John Cooper on the sidelines||
He's like that mythical father figure. No matter how it's going on the field, when they cut back and you see Cooper over there, you feel warm and secure, with faith that everything's going to be a-ok.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I checked before I posted||
and you are correct. I didn't mean for my post to appear to be sniping at the OP; I'm just grumpy about football lately and was annoyed by the content. Still... Jhon? Really? It's just impractical - everyone must spell that kid's name wrong.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Tahnks for the update.||
I wonder waht plan C is?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Interesting idea.||
A 'play make' list for the past couple of games would fit on an index card. Seems like it'd be a much easier job.
In seriousness, this might suggest the general mindset - that it's more about minimizing mistakes than rewarding great individual plays. This may boil down to the execution issue. If the right play is called and execution is average, the play ought to gain yards. Great individual plays might spring it, or they might not help that much. But rubbing out mistakes means you get predictable gains. I bet most OCs like predictability more than they like big plays... and I bet Al falls in the first group.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Corgi, isn't it?||
Corgis seem to be this decade's golden retriever. Get one before they're overbred!
|1 year 24 weeks ago||You're right, and it's more than a technical difference||
as it does sometimes come up. Thanks for correcting my off the cuff answer.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Beautiful place, man!||
A little more exotic than N. Michigan, too. I hope your view on the game works out!
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Is Nick's headshot photo taken at Sleeping Bear Dunes?||
the background kind of looks like Glen Lake from up on the scenic drive.
Yes, I am not real into football right now, but am I right?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||You need exactly 7 guys on the line||
The only ones who are eligible are the guys on either end. A covered player is one who is on the line with at least one player outside of him on the line. If Funchess is on the line with another receiver on the line outside of him, he is covered and is not eligible.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Interesting perspective||
I appreciate your post. Having never owned season tickets to anything, I consequently have no leverage with any athletic department. While the average season ticketholder has very little leverage, the actions of many of them will speak loudly.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Great point - whoever had to sit in the film room||
watching the 2013 Michigan offense earned their pay last week. After the first two series I switched over to the IU game, as I don't get paid to watch horrid playcalling.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I remember Demetrious hitting a 60 yard TD||
to McMurtry fot win against OSU. How many TDs have you scored against the Buckeyes?
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I'm grilling up on the roof today||
so I'd say the steaks are... pretty high.
Michigan isn't going to the B10 title game. This is not a Rose Bowl season. That possibility ended in OT against Penn State. And frankly... it's for the best. Do you really, really want to see this team go up against Stanford or Oregon? You really don't want to see that. You don't want the rest of the country seeing it, either.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||It is a good writeup.||
I don't see anything there to disagree with.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Frankly I like Borges' press conferences||
he's a lot more candid than Hoke, and you can get a sense of what they're thinking about for down the road. I also don't think he called a bad game this time around. They moved the ball early, but after State adjusted there wasn't really anything to be had. I didn't see that as a lack of adjustment issue so much as an impossible position issue.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||A friend saw a German Shepard attack a wolverine||
at a remote campsite in the Rockies. The dog went racing up at it, growling and barking - my friend said the dog was half again as big as the wolverine. The wolverine took two swipes.
The first took the dog's lower jaw right off. The second tore its throat out.
Lessons: don't ever screw around with a wolverine. And keep your dogs leashed in the high country.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Eggs Benedict at Angelos...||
mmm. The problem is the damn line to get in there. Glad to see those guys living the dream!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Jim McKay, Tampa Bay coach,||
was supposedly once asked at a press conference after a rough loss what he thought of his team's execution. He replied, "I'm all for it."
Too bad, since these conferences are all about deflection. "Execution" is a meaningless term.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||There are some similarities to RR's Year Three||
Perhaps the following will be enlightening.
Event 2010 2013
Exciting win over ND Yes Yes
Followup disappointing UMass Akron,
Exciting victory over
After 5 wins to open
Big Ten record four 1-3 2-2
Final Big Ten record 3-5 TBD
*Up to the MSU game, Denard Robinson had been a very efficient passer. Brian identified Denard as the primary culprit for the loss: "We'll see about Denard. I think he'll bounce back but there's a chance it was the early bits that were false. The preponderance of the evidence is still in favor of accuracy, however." How things have changed - here's a line from the offensive review: "Heroes? The interior OL controlled the MSU DL for the most part"
** Everyone knew the OL was not very good, but fan expectations were that Penn State was not up to controlling the line of scrimmage.
There were plenty of differences as well, of course - I don't want to overstate this aspect. Essentially we have two mid-tier B10 teams in 2010 and 2013 Michigan. These are teams that should beat the conference's worst, and don't have much of a shot at the conference's best. The reasons for mediocrity seem partly due to the lack of material the last coaching staff left, as well as problems the current coaching staff has developing and using players. Fans of the 2010 and 2013 teams entered the season with real concerns but also hope. The most insidious snare for a sports fan is to let some early season positive signs inflate one's expectations... but that's what happens to hopeful, emotionally invested people. When those expectations fall back to earth... ANGAAR!
At last I am getting to my key point. I thought firing RR was a bad long-term move for the program: firing almost any college football coach three years in is damaging. I thought hiring Brady Hoke was a step back in every sense. He's not a great coach, as everything about his resume indicated, but he's not a bad coach, either, and like just about everybody, he'll do his job better if he's not up to his neck in boiling water. Hot-seating the guy now is just about as damaging as firing him, and that's on the fanbase and the AD, not on the coach.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||This was going to happen.||
MSU has a great defense. With a poor offensive line, we didn't have much of a shot. I don't get the Borges hate this game, either, and I was screeching at the TV during the Penn State debacle.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Well...||
I'll leave this here (from Maize & Brew) without comment.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Maybe if you're not downtown.||
I saw fans decked out in Maize and Blue at BW3 in East Lansing for the Michigan-IU game last spring, and they had no problem. The many State fans in there were ambivalent, since a Michigan win would give MSU a share of the title.
But for this game? Alcohol and rivalry? I'd try a bar in a non-student-heavy area. Maybe Champps at Eastwood Town Center, or for a less corporate scene, the Nuthouse on Michigan across from Lugnuts Stadium in downtown Lansing.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I could have sworn Mercury Hayes went to Michigan.||
I feel for you. I was born in Ann Arbor, lived 5 blocks from the stadium in elementary school, and became a lifelong fan. Something about being in the crowd as a 7 year old irrevocably sets your allegiances.But, when my family moved to Indiana, I rarely got to watch them (they weren't nationally televised that much in the late 70's or early 80's), and when it came time to go to college, I was happy to go to Indiana University. I was there in the stands the last time IU beat Michigan in football, and grimly watch that game every year, taking no joy in the outcome. At least this year's game was vastly entertaining.
After IU I eventually went on to get a PhD and for the past 13 years I've been proud to be a professor in an outstanding department - at Michigan State University. I've lived in East Lansing longer than I have anywhere else, which means of course that aspects of fandom seep in. I like the community, I love the campus, I enjoy tailgating, walking along the Red Cedar on a crisp fall Saturday morning with my kids (who worship Sparty of course) and cheer on the various floats and athletic teams in the cheesy but very genuine Homecoming Parade. I like the colors - I look better wearing dark green than I do in crimson or maize, that's for sure. Clueless blanket comments about MSU on this board and elsewhere tick me off... just like clueless blanket comments about Michigan or IU do.
As a mid-40's guy who left Ann Arbor when he was 8 years old, I can assure you that fandom doesn't really let go, but perhaps you'll find, as I have, that it mellows some. Life is complicated, and fortunately we're complex enough beings to live with the inconsistencies.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||As a freshman at IU in Alford's senior year||
I loved the guy as a player. As a coach, not so much. He's good enough to win in the Mountain West, but he couldn't win consistently at Iowa. The Pac 12 will be a step up. Then there's all the off-the-court stuff in Iowa City. I breathed a sigh of relief when IU didn't pick him up.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||UMass, Memphis... what do these schools have in common?||
both, under Calipari, made the NCAA Finals. Peak seasons for both programs.
both, shortly after Calipari jumped ship, suffered NCAA sanctions and forfeited their deep tournament runs.
Kentucky has the historically dirtiest program in college basketball.
I think it's a match made in heaven.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Dude just got pwned by a cat with a lime on its head.||
Not all who post here are Leaders and Best, that's for sure. Jeepers.
MSU was in the toilet when Dantonio arrived. He whipped what little he had into immediate shape, has consistently recruited decently, and has an unparalleled record in finding diamonds in the rough and developing talent. Oh yeah, and MSU has completely shaken the lack of mental fortitude label. Pre-Dantonio they'd follow up a big win with an embarrassing defeat.
Offensive development has been a problem post-Cousins, but this is an established top-20 program now. A bad year is 7-6. I don't think State is going away anytime soon.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Talk about hiding in the weeds.||
More a mole than a troll, if I have my spy lingo down.
Of course, I live 8 blocks from Spartan Stadium and hold a degree from Indiana University. We could be in the same cell!
|1 year 27 weeks ago||But can a macaroni noodle||
realy run any kind of route OTHER than a wheel? I've been skidding one across my plate for the past few minutes, and "wheel route" basically sums up the trajectory this noodle can take.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Does that rhyme?||
Somebody with the right accent could definitely say that as a couplet.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I figured he was hurt.||
Makes little sense to be celebrating weirdly on a play like that.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||It's those noon starts.||
Way too early for a socially active student body.
Wait. It's a 3:30 start. But it's cold and rainy.
Wait. There's sunshine. Hmm.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||IU alum here.||
I like the cut of your jib. Not many people can rattle off some key Hoosiers from 20+ years ago. IU has a shot if they generate turnovers, as you say. It'd also be interesting if the MANBALL experiment continues. IU had remarkable success shutting down Penn State's rushing attack, largely because it was pretty predictable. Remarkable in part because everybody else has run all over Indiana... which makes me suspect that Michigan will gameplan to do the same.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Blast from the past quote||
I have no idea what [Coach X] is trying to accomplish. This puts me in the same situation as [Coach X].
Brian wrote that in a November 3, 2010 Picture Pages. It's about shoddy allignment in some misguided attempt to gain an advantage that, instead, plays into the hands of the opponent. Sort of RPS -3. Does that sound eerily familiar?
The coach? Greg Robinson, of course. If you can't stand to read Picture Pages from deep in the 2010 B1G schedule, or don't like watching kids get run over by trucks, I'll summarize: it's about Kenny Demens lining up 2 yards from uncovered Penn State interior linemen. This was not Demen's fault. He was coached to line up that way - not just once, or in one game, either. He was engulfed by uncovered Wisconsin linemen, too.
Same with this oddball offensive lineup - it's guaranteed to fail against that many guys in the box. And that's not on the players, or the execution - it's on the coaches. The players were told to line up that way, and had no options but to run it. Makes me think of a 19th century debacle:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Frank Clark for OC!||
Guy deserves the game ball of not more
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Missed. That's our decidedd schematic advantage, right there.||
football is weird
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Penn State had nine in the box||
they knew it was coming. Fitz has a crappy line trying to open a hole against the entire defense. I'm no fan of Fitz's running this season, but he had no chance. None.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||The good thing about playing crappy teams||
is that you can play horribly and predictably... and still get your act together to come back. It's not fun to watch, though, and of course Penn State has a great chance of winning this miserable game, still.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||9 in the box on that run. they are reading us.||
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Yes, but that would have been creative||
This is such an ugly game.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Y U no call TO?!||
Awful, aqful call.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Frank Clark has some moves||
How about going jumbo at tailback?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Indiana will totally handle State this weekend.||
Actually, as an IU alum, I'm petrified about this game. Hope is a dangerous thing.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||No. The correct answer is no.||
Do you and your football-oriented friends really want to go to a wedding shower? If so, great, reschedule now.
If not, here are a couple of protips:
Explain to your lovely fiancee that you would be an annoying presence, win or lose, at this wonderful event, and that you worry that coming in late would be unforgiveably uncouth. Tell her you value your and her friends' relationship too much to spoil this important day for her. And take her somewhere really nice on Sunday.
Also, don't get her a vacuum cleaner for the shower.
She may not be incredibly pleased with this plan, but believe me, she will be way less pleased if you show up late smelling of beer and pissed off, which you are likely to be, because it's going to be a rough game.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Yeah, announcing is pretty critical, but check your remote.||
There IS a mute button on there somewhere. ProTip: Football is more fun to watch with the sound off.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||That Pass Offense vs. Minnesota photo is decidedly ungood||
Devin appears to be throwing to the sun in a motion that looks unlikely to be the mechanics one learns in summer camp. But perhaps more problematic... why are the other three Michigan players running toward him? Aren't they supposed to be facing the pass rush and, well, blocking or something? The shot kind of encapsulates all that's been wrong with the offense this season.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Grabbed his jersey,||
got ahold of his facemask, then tried to kick him on the way down.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I agree completely - this is probably the critical point.||
RR's Michigan offense had what, about 6 running plays? Part of what made (and makes) his system effective is that the guys drill the same damn play over and over again. This is college - the kids have a finite amount of time to practice, and getting the reads right against all the things a defense can throw at you is really difficult. I'm sure Gardner's doing his best, but if he's not keeping when he should, or the line isn't blocking quite right, or if Toussant isn't sprinting to the hole, then the play blows up. We can call that a failure to execute - this whole thread highlights key issues, but it looks to me like a failure to identify the kind of run game the team is going to commit to and then practice the hell out of it.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Pride comes before the fall, eh?||
I've heard that before!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||it was 2 and change...||
so you're right on about that.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||The guy definitely went out of bounds.||
Unless there's a new rule, that should be 30+ seconds still on the clock.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||A guy can dream, can't he?||
I totally see your point, plus the service academies and BYU will be very one-dimensional offensively. And jesus, Purdue just missed a chip-shot field goal.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Do you mean the high angle of the camera?||
The TV cameras are way above the field. Purdue's stadium has the highest tv angles of any D1 stadium in the country. Except, I think, for Welsh-Ryan in Evanston. Cal used to be #1 in this weird stat, but they modified the camera layout when they renovated. Why do I know this stuff?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Not me.||
I can only root for the Irish in one game: against USC. I understand your point, it's the rational one, but... it's Notre Dame. I love watching them lose.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I'm starting to think ND may be in for a long season||
it's early, but a really bad Purdue team is looking good against the Irish. This is the rest of their schedule:
MSU, Oklahoma, Az St, USC (pillow fight game?), @Air Force, Navy, @Pitt, BYU (just now rushed for another 30 yards against Texas), and @Stanford.
It's not hard to see 5+ losses for ND in there. That'd seem to put Kelly squarely in the hot seat.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||College football, man||
Amazing what can happen in college football. Terrible sometimes, but amazing.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Delaware State, baby!||
Worst baby seal game - was it the one that spawned the baby seal meme?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Maybe it depends on who's attacking who||
I just recall opposing linemen taking two quick steps and being all in our linebackers' grills. If your front guys are getting overwhelmed half a second after the snap, the play won't end well. As Mattison uses it, the LBs have some specific assignment - a gap to attack, a short zone to fill - and aren't just in 'react' mode. If you're that close to a blocker, there isn't much time to react, after all.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Pretty sure Brady used up his eligibility many years ago.||
Plus it'd just be too weird recruiting yourself.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||There's some interesting stuff happening in Indianapolis...||
Flat 12 and Triton are two I get when I'm down there. However I am sure they are too local to get much attention in a national survey.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||A Syracuse blog developed it.||
"Troy Nunez" was the shorthand. They don't like GERG much in upstate New York, either....
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Right, here's a version of the map.||
Manhattan, SF, and Boston are clearly smaller htan the city limits of Detroit. However, those cities have substantially more people and much higher property values. It's an interesting spatial comparison, and illustrates the physical size of Detroit and the scale of the disaster, but it simply misses other critical factors.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||The Fred Jackson anomaly is clearing up for me.||
The guy must be the J. Edgar Hoover of college football. Fred has the dirt on everyone. That dirt must be of insanely ominous blackmail quality, but with better hands, or perhaps a bit quicker to the hole.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Hinkle (Butler) Fieldhouse is one of the very finest||
college hoops venues. Beautiful campus, too. Catch a game there if you have a chance.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||You're right...||
The Wildcats are 2-9 all time in bowl games, with a 1948 Rose Bowl win and the victory over Mississippi State this past bowl season. They are 1-4 in the past five years, with two tough OT losses.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||That VCU guard would never be much of a cornerback.||
#10 shows very poor hip rotation on the SpikeBreak.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||the U of Illinois is in a class of its own on flat, though||
Purdue is on low bluffs overlooking the Wabash River. Iowa is similar, on the Iowa River. There's some roll to the terrain on MSU's campus. But Champaign County, Illinois, is as flat as it gets.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||If I could jump in on this one a bit...||
the deep country is third-world, but that's not to say conditions in (mostly right around) the big, wealthy cities are good, either. A couple years ago Shanghai had an estimated 5 million illegal workers (like CRex writes, poor people can't just move to the city - they have no Hukou, so no legal household, the children can't go to school, and so on. The city where I was living had hundreds of thousands of these people working doing all sorts of labor, but they couldn't generally live in the city proper. Consequently the villages around the edge of the metro area were overstuffed with migrants - these villages had little in the way of services even before they filled with so many others. You can imagine the state of the plumbing, electricity, etc....
The enormous gap between the mercedes-driving wealthy and the enormous numbers of very poor would be striking anywhere, let alone in a nominally communist country.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Fantastic story.||
I lived in China for four months last year with the family. I was teaching at a university in a wealthy eastern city while my three kids homeschooled in a 25 floor apartment tower. The incredible amounts of corruption you describe really brought that trip back to my mind.You hit it on the head - in some ways China seems poised to transcend us, while in others... it seems like they'll never catch up.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Also both have Memorial Stadiums||
IU's Assembly hall is more striking of the hoops arenas, but UI's Memorial Stadium is more impressive.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Ah, to be trapped in a bar.||
No honey, I'm safe, but it's really not good out there. I'll be home as soon as I can....
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Sirens just turned off here in East Lansing||
but the storm is moving rapidly due east. Watch out in Livingstone or northern Washtenaw Co.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||and Lennay Kekua knocked the ball loose||
fantastic defense in that one....
|2 years 1 week ago||My own guilty emulator fun is Pigskin 621 AD||
Never played it in an arcade (it's a quarter-sucking game) but it works fine as an arcade emulator. It is a total blast against other people. My brothers in law and I take each other on at Pigskin at reunions.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||double posted... argh!||
So good I had to write it twice. Darn laggy internets. Clean out those tubes!
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Is "easting a hotdog" one of those things||
that you should never, ever look up on urban dictionary? I get worried by that bit you wrote about how it's exceedingly bad your your health.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||In the perfect world, all fans of your favorite teams...||
would be brilliant, witty, and highly knowledgable - not just about your program, its history, the current players, and the strategy and Deep Theory of the sport itself, but also on the best places to eat in town, the more challenging aspects of string theory, and the best up and coming bands no one else has heard of yet.
In short, just like you... only slightly less good looking.
That would also make trashing rival teams and fanbases so much more enjoyable. But in the real world, there are good fans and bad fans, and some of the mouth breathers do root for your teams, complain senselessly about your teams, or at least drink way too much and burn couches in honor (?) of your teams. Some of them are probably a lot better looking than you in spite of the wood alcohol they obviously drank in those critical developmental years. Thanks for the reality check, fellas!
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Well, that wasn't an epithet slung at a player||
Not defending what he said, but my point was that this guy was hurling a different set of insults at his players.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||In 1981 he shoved a drunken LSU fan into a trash can.||
Nearly twenty years later he grabbed an IU student hard by the arm, which was the action that led to his firing. Please keep your stories straight!
Bob Knight treated many reporters with contempt, and in return most couldn't stand him. They reported things that other coaches routinely got away with (profanity, rants, etc). Much of Knight's bad reputation is well-deserved, but it's important to understand that that reputation is also based on what you hear from the media. He was arrogant, articulate, profane, single-minded, and prone to anger, though a lot of the stuff he did was quite calculated.
His coaching style was direct and could be very negative. In that, Knight was really no different in that respect than most coaches of that generation. Bo Schembechler was a longtime friend of Knight. Canham was a longtime friend of Knight. They surely understood a lot about his coaching approaches. The recruits and their families understood what they were getting into when they signed up to play for Indiana. Knight was very honest.
Knight's teams at Indiana won a ton of games, and his teams often performed far better than the sum of their parts. He ran a clean program that graduated kids at a fantastic rate, kids who went on to successful careers in and out of basketball. Off the court, Knight was heavily involved in charity work and regularly visited hospitals around the state. Abusive bully and generous with his time and money, that's Bob Knight.
By the mid to late 90's, there was a sense that he was slowing down as a recruiter and he had a couple of disastrous classes. Some felt his methods weren't changing with the times - certainly I had that sense. Knight's arrogance and obsession with winning must have made those mediocre seasons especially frustrating. Poor seasons also eroded the tolerance Hoosier fans had for his outbursts. I was upset when he was fired, even though I was tired of his antics. I've gotten over it years ago, and I'm sorry that he won't reconcile with IU.
As an IU alum from the glory years, I get why people couldn't stand him, but I also really enjoyed watching Knight's teams develop, and I enjoyed the reflected arrogance - mostly he was hated because his teams were better - and better coached - than most teams he faced. I always thought there were strong parallels between IU basketball and Michigan football.
What's weird about the Rutgers video is how dated it seems. Why would a kid in the 21st century put up with that - especially for a losing program like Rutgers? I have to add that Knight's rants were not much like that. His profanity specialized in the scatalogical. As far as I know he avoided abusive female or gay terms - very progressive in a sense, that Bob Knight.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Yes it is!||
As a kid in Ann Arbor in the early-mid 70's, I got a #74 jersey. Obviously I followed Lewis' football exploits very closely. That's why I chose it as my avatar. That and the awesome hair.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||To add to this...||
I watched the Michigan-IU game a couple weeks ago at BW-3 in downtown East Lansing. Several hundred people were packed in there to watch a long evening of hoops. Rather obviously, most of the place was decked out in green and white. There were at least twenty maize and blue-clad fans as well. As far as I know my wife and I were the only IU alumni there. I heard a little talking, but all good-natured, between MSU and M fans.
The swirls around that game were complex; on the one hand MSU fans generally do not root for Michigan (talk on campus earlier in the tourney tended to the conference-love position, but maybe 60-40 so), but at that point a Michigan win would get MSU a share of the conference title. Finally, everyone in conference seems to be a little down on IU since the Hoosiers have rebuilt things. Not much Crean love, to be sure.
For the most part, though, State fans basically wanted to watch a good game. It was loud throughout, and louder whenever someone from either side made a play. In the final minute, I'd guess the noise swung a little to Michigan, but I could be wrong.
In my thirteen years in East Lansing, I've seen some unpleasant treatment of fans in M gear, but by in large interactions I've actually witnessed have not seemed uncalled for. My dad visited for a game (the OT win over J.L. at Spartan Stadium), and we walked down through student neighborhoods and across campus in maize and blue... and received a few comments, the worst of which was, "you're going to lose today!". And nothing on the way back after a tough loss. That said,there are places I'd avoid on game day in my Michigan sweatshirt (looking at you, Cedar Village).
Drunken idiots of course, are drunken idiots, and, though State sometimes seems to specialize in that, no university can claim to have cornered that demographic. I witnessed some stuff on St. Patrick's Day in Ann Arbor just the other week that rivals any stupidity I've seen up here.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||They lost their point guard...||
and in their case it was an absolutely critical injury. Think Michigan without Burke. The Ducks look very dangerous now, though.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Yeah, but look at what the Griz were able to do after the half!||
Oh, wait. It was 55-17 a couple minutes into the second half.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Right, because the FF walked away with the NCAA title.||
Who would have guessed this year's Wildcats would go on to lose to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT? Not me. But I'm damned happy about it. Clearly, even John Calipari can't simply put a bunch of NBA-projected 19 year olds on the court and win a title. He managed it last year, but flopped this year. I for one will wait to see how his next crop of 'student-athletes' does.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Wow, I really appreciated this video||
Really a view of a different era in college hoops. Thanks for sharing it!
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Here you go.||
Roth says in fact they'd been in contact about the scholarship situation all summer. However, the final numbers weren't clear until after the semester started.
"Obviously, the scholarship situation didn't work out in my favor. Prior to the end of the school year and our meetings, they were very positive. They wanted me to keep building my game and train, even if it was on my own. At the same time, they wanted to help me in any way possible, whether that was play somewhere else or play overseas in a certain league here or there. They did make those options available and offered a lot of support."
Believe what you want to believe, but do note that Mo Creek is on his fourth scholarship year even after devastating knee injuries (he has played some this season), and that Matt Roth has come to IU games this season. So there's evidence that Crean is not kicking IU underperformers off the bus.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Depends on the sport, I think. And the kid!||
I took my then 4 year old to a hockey game, and we stayed for two periods. At a game a week later my then 6 year old stayed and enjoyed the whole thing. Hockey has big advantages: it was easy to get to the bathroom and for food, you get to sit pretty close to the action, and the game moves right along. Plus the kid doesn't have to understand much at all - they'll probably love the violence of guys hitting the glass (I did explain to my girls that the players had lots of pads to keep them safe), and they get the basic idea right away. Then there's the band... they had a great time.
Football on the other hand is pretty tough for little kids. Usually you're sitting pretty far away from the action, and they can't understand it well anyway. Even if they kind of get it on tv, they will be mystified in person - no slow mo, no closeups. Then there's the problem with how slow the game actually goes, and challenges getting from to and from your seats. Plus the weather issues - kids get cold a lot faster than us big people. I took my then 10 year old to a football game, and frankly it wasn't that great even then. Football is a lot more fun for you with friends, anyway.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||that would explain the rather unfriendly crowd, wouldn't it?||
still not much of one, though!
|2 years 8 weeks ago||That's a really great idea||
Low-angle camera views of tose first round NCAA games show tons of empty seats.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||If he'd schedule a Senate home and home with Appy State||
I'd vote for him. If it were full pads, I'd buy a ticket.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||What about Terry Hoeppner?||
Aside from the brain cancer, I mean. Hoeppner got the program on the right track, IMO.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I'm on the faculty at a CIC school||
and... I just don't get this aspect of the B1G expansion.
It's true that conference schools are in the CIC. So is Chicago, and UW-Milwaukee is a guest member. It's a prestigious group of research universities. There are certain rather modest advantages to collaborating with scholars at those other universities. We share libraries (though that is not such a big deal in the Internet age). A plus for grad students is they can take courses at other CIC institutions. As far as I know, not many do this - one grad from my department has done so in the dozen years I've been here.
I can see that CIC membership could be perceived as an advantage by a university thinking of joining the athletic conference. Administrators probably get warm fuzzies thinking of the annual trips, lengthy hand-waving presentations, banquets, paid golf outings, and whatever else it is that administrators do at top-level meetings.
That said, I can't think of a single colleague who ever pointed to CIC membership as a factor in why they decided to work with anyone at another school. It's no easier or harder to obtain a big Federal research grant with a team comprised only of CIC members. It was just as likely or unlikely that I would join forces with a professor at Rutgers or Maryland before the athletic merger.
The athletic dollars is what is driving this bus. Academic research collaboration may be correlated, but is certainly not causal. Just look at Nebraska.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||That's the problem with you Michigan hoops fans.||
Too much emphasis on the three. Look what that otter is bringing you in the lane! Not just the high-efficiency two, but the opportunity for and-ones at the line! Foul trouble for the opposition bigs! Cute otter accessories for the ladies!
|2 years 11 weeks ago||It seems fairly clear what happened.||
The fans were counting down the shot clock on the other team. This girl got confused and thought time was running out - when she got the ball she heaved it. Just a teenaged kid making a mistake, but having it pay off. I'm sure it's happened to all of us in different venues.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Poggi would be a great dog name.||
Poggi the doggie!
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Way late to this party, but what the heck.||
Maybe Jalen knows something we don't?
|2 years 13 weeks ago||It is not due to bracket strength - it's due to Florida.||
KenPom's numbers for Florida are ridiculous, though that's because Florida is absolutely blowing the doors off the SEC. The Gators played a pretty solid preseason slate and, aside from two pretty close non-home losses, have been crushing opponents. The last time they won by less than 15 was... well, last March. They've won 16 games by at least 15 (and often 20+) points.
Are they really that dominant? Hard to say until tournament time, given the quality of the SEC, but this guy is going by Pomeroy's numbers, and that's why they have the big numbers.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||ARE practiced at WR over the offseason before his senior year||
when they lost to... was it NC State (going off memory here) in the first game with hapless QB play, he moved back. So he actually got in vastly more study and reps at that position while in college than Denard has.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||All good talking points he raises....||
the NBA players argument is the best, I think. But the only stat the conference falls short on is championships. After all, as he points out the B10 is as good as the top major conferences at making the Final Four. Or look at title game appearances: over the past 10 years only the ACC has made more title games (4), while the B10 is even with the ACC, B12, BE, and SEC at 3 games. Also impressive is that three different teams made it: Illinois, MSU, and OSU. They just didn't win.
That parity is borne out in the Pomeroy rankings. I looked at the conference alignment of the top 8 teams in the end-of-year Pomeroy rankings for each of the past 10 years. All but 6 were from the top 6 conferences:
P10 - 4 SEC - 7 B10 - 14 ACC - 15 B12 - 16 BE - 17
That suggests that the B10 has been a bit lower than the top in terms of "elite 8" rankings, but not substantially so. If there's a gap, it's at the very, very top. In the three title games involving B10 teams, the conference team was substantially out-talented by the opponent.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Safety play in that Navy game was wretched.||
I've gotten used to seeing guys take the right angle in recent seasons (thanks Kovacs!), but it's a good reminder that teams have cut M up with long runs after short passes for many, many years.
How about charting it?!
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Uniforms have to do two things||
1. Be structurally sound / keep players covered.
2. Clearly differentiate between sides (for the clueless) and identify players
Really, this is a pretty minimal standard.
The Minnesota ripped jersey problem sounds like a quality control issue. Maybe a cruddy batch came out of the factory and didn't get caught. The fact that it hasn't happened much at all before this game indicates it's probably not a systemic thing. But it reflects poorly on the company's ability to either conduct QA/QC testing or on training 12 year olds to sew a seam effectively (I kid! I hope.). Not sure how the Michigan AD could be blamed for this, but it's something to file away for the contract review.
Michigan's unis have been ok at indicating "yeah, you're watching Michigan", even the "special" one-off ones, though not mucking (much) with the helmet design may be the main reason why. The bowl uniforms failed the player identification standard, though, as the numbers were not distinguishable. This is a basic error. Like you, I blame Michigan's approval procedure for this, but I don't think Adidas should get a pass for shoddy design. It's a basic failure that implies that the design people really don't understand the minimal requirements and have cut right to the marketing.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I see him more in an Antwaan Randel El model||
After playing QB at Indiana, Antwaan was drafted by the Steelers - he mostly was used as a receiver/special teams guy. He threw on plenty of trick plays during his career, and is the only receiver to throw a TD pass in a Super Bowl, and finished his NFL career with the highest passing rating of anyone who threw more than 20 passes. (Wikipedia, so it must be true).
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Some young fellers need to grow into their ears||
Or at least get their brains caught up to their actions.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||out of the running backs?||
Vincent Smith might be the best pass blocker on the team. Pound for pound he certainly is, and he can flat out stop people.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||John L. is still available!||
He has B1G experience! SEC! And a personality we need in the conference. I bet he'd grow a mustache, too. Probably one like your avatar's....
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I won't be watching the title game, yet again.||
The degree to which I care which team wins that game can be measured in degrees Kelvin, and it ain't a big number.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Handily? I wish.||
I hope they win too, but anticipating a handy win is extremely optimistic. Since 1978 Michigan has won exactly ONE game in the Shoe by 7 points or more. One time. This is an undefeated Ohio State team and a plucky but flawed Michigan squad. This is their bowl game. We beat them last year. The set up looks like a Buckeye victory, but if we get out of there with the win, it's going to be a really close one.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Thanks for your comment.||
You're right of course about Walker's use of the spread and its incredible impact on the game, most iconically through the ripples of that 2000 win. The key to lasting impact though is continued modification, both to suit changing personnel and to keep opponents guessing. Fitzgerald has clearly managed to do that. I didn't know there'd been as much turnover at OC, though it makes sense - they are surely in demand.