|1 week 5 days ago||Second this||
Especially if the plan is to do two years -- both teams would be nicely balanced and likely very good. Cal can't really say that. Even more importantly, he wouldn't have to always be the focus the first year, and the second year he would have a good team around him who know him well.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Most interesting point||
Boone does say in the HBO interview that
Seems like he knows he can't bullshit about that without getting called on it. Probably that's the most true thing he says -- the rest is just, like, his opinion, man. 20/20 hindsight.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||No experience, but||
as a professor, I'd say the most important thing is to let them have some fun at that point, after working hard for three weeks or whatever it is. That's the point of having a game. It's too late at that point to get through to the ones who haven't been pulling their weight in the classroom (i.e., practice) format. But maybe holding a game can remind them of why they are there.
Sometimes you just need to get out of the classroom. Holding a game does that, by getting away from the practice format.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Read the article||
This dog wasn't old and dying. This dog was having problems with another dog.
The owner could just have brought the dog to a shelter.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Probably uneven||
I don't think we will see a lot of it next year (2016), as the goal will be to get the 2016 class up to sustainable numbers. These extra scholarships he is using this year will go to regular recruits next year.
But then there will be as much of it as possible for the following two years (2017 and 2018), as they try to fill some of the many scholarships available with quality placeholders in order to increase the size of the 2019 class.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Rhetorical||
I think that was a cute way of saying that the OP's statement was an assumption and not based on actual data.
I tend to agree with Caesar that the failure of the tweet is that it basically says that you're not a patriotic American if you have a problem with the film.
Totally disagree with Caesar about whether Harbaugh should be speaking his mind.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Correct me if I'm wrong,||
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it true both of his injuries (the earlier ACL and then the meniscus) came after he committed to OSU?
If so, here's one way to explain the apparent disconnect between them giving up on him so easily and his status as the top CB recruit in their class -- they looked at his film from his senior year and he wasn't the player he was before he tore his ACL.
The fun thing about this is that, if Dr. Andrews is right, there is a non-zero chance this guy could end up in the NFL. On the other hand, ...
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I have to think||
I have to think it's been discussed and it's been decided this guy has dug a hole so deep that he will make a good joke for the opening paragraph of any front page article covering an improving Shane Morris this year.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry, my bad||
I thought this was taking place at Huron
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Surprising||
It's not terribly surprising he would say that -- I'm sure there are a lot of "differences of opinion" among the coaches about who to recruit -- but it is surprising he would say that where it could be heard.
On the other hand, it's not at all surprising he would not be aware of the possibility that one of the kids sitting in his classroom staring at their phones might be photographing him and posting what he says, live on the Internet.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||FHDM||
You're making baseless assumptions about why he might be doing this.
He has ties to the school. His two boys went there. He's probably been involved there for a long time. Maybe he prefers getting out and doing things to sitting at home?
Who knows? Not me and you. At 64, he probably also needs to kill some time to max out his retirement benefits. So what to do?
Also your assumptions about his job search, if he is actually doing one, are just stupid. The only thing holding him back is his age. He has a long resume with a lot of success, much of it not at Michigan. A younger Fred Jackson would easily move on to another good job.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Draw||
It's another draw. FIFA makes money off televising them.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||One||
Morris is the only upperclassman.
I wouldn't read much into it. I wouldn't want him doing interviews at this point, either. Even friendly interviews. If he was the returning starter, then sure. But in the current circumstances, no way. I don't think it says anything about where he stands.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
I will look for that. Also responding to Teldar below...
I have to imagine that they must have sat down once he became unable to produce material without someone sitting beside him (around 2010, I would guess) and mapped out the basic storylines and underlying jokes for the last few books -- Snuff and Raising Steam, and the upcoming Tiffany Aching book.
The question then would be how to help him shape the previously-planned chapters. Someone would have to find ways to get him to phrase things and put words into the characters' mouths. You can't ask ALZ patients questions -- even yes or no answers can be problematic -- they tend to panic. You have to guide them. I guess I envision them (or more likely, just one person) sitting and talking with him about the book, getting him to live in that world, as it were. Discworld would likely have become quite real for Pratchett when talking about it -- I imagine those recordings must be heartbreaking and fascinating all at the same time.
He would also have sat down around then with Stephen Baxter and planned The Long Earth series -- the first of those books (2012) has a fair amount of Pratchett's whimsy to it, but the following two have less and less. Baxter is pretty much wholly without a sense of humor -- I do appreciate his style of hard science fiction and what might be called "hard" alternate history, but without Pratchett to shape them, the characters suffer. It will be interesting to see if Baxter will proceed with the fourth and fifth books that were planned for the series -- no doubt Practchett's concepts are in place for those.
EDIT: Apparently, the fourth book in the Long Earth series will be published in June, called The Long Utopia.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Another good starting place||
Another good starting place is Night Watch -- it has a time travel aspect that allows Pratchett to explore Sam Vimes' backstory and generally sort of revisit his earlier Discworld. For me, it's his strongest, most fully-realized book.
Among the early books, Mort is the one I remember most clearly.
As someone who is currently the primary caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient (not early onset -- mother-in-law, an academic who worked her whole career at the University of Michigan), I'd love to read an account of how Pratchett's care was handled. He was prolific in his last years, still writing up until about a year ago. He must have had some very loving people in his life, who were able to help him work within the limitations of the disease as it advanced through his brain.
The story of how they did so well in this would be inspiring to hear. It also says a lot about him as a human being, facing it as he must have. Each patient handles it differently. Though early-onset is a somewhat different animal than what we're facing (turned 90 last year).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||No||
Both have scholarships now.
Last year he was suspended for Spring practice and then the season opener.
It will be interesting to see what Harbaugh does if it is just this one probation violation, and nothing more happens before the season starts.
If I'm Harbaugh, I'm wondering if this says anything about the culture of the team. Who was he drinking with?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, it seems likely this is one of those||
Nobody really had any clue who Hoke was referring to. This could have been Miller's plan all along, at least since it became clear that his being drafted into the NFL was not happening. Smart to stay at Michigan and get a real graduate degree. The timing of this could be related to the graduate school admissions process?
Seems like it would have leaked if he was not participating at all. He's currently still on a football scholarship with eligibility remaining, so still part of the team? If so, seems possible he will stay that way through the Spring game, just to help out -- they could certainly use him if they are really going to try to play a game.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||?||
For what it's worth, he did use names:
"Wilton is a very large man (6-feet-6, 235 pounds), a big guy. He can see everything. He's a pretty good athlete, throws the ball well, but he doesn't seem to have had a ton of experience. … Wilt makes a lot of nice throws and is a good-sized kid."
"Shane has a very strong arm, which everybody knows. He spins it well. He just has to understand that's not really the most important thing. ... Now it's a matter of what can you do with it. How do you utilize it. His arm strength is tremendous. He's really comfortable as a quarterback. That's fun to watch him in the huddle, and he has a really good command of what we're asking him to do."
"Alex should be a senior in high school right now. ... I know he's got a lot going on. He has handled it unbelievably well. He is unbelievable in terms of his ability to not let things bother him, to be consistent, and to jump right back in and play the game. If a play doesn't go right, he's right back in, ready for the next one. Short-term memory is phenomenal for a quarterback."
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure||
Not sure, but I think one leg has the Block M and the other leg has the stripe all the way around.
That imbalance might be okay in a funky sort of way if not for the color blocking above it, which just doesn't work for me.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Not a factor||
For athletic scholarships, it's a level playing field in that respect. The NCAA exists largely for that purpose.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Bingo!||
That's the fundamental hypocrisy of the rule. There are additional layers built upon it, but that's the nub.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||The thing||
The thing is many students change schools between undergraduate and graduate programs. A student accepted for graduate school at both Eastern Washington and Michigan is going to choose Michigan. It's a better school, with more resources.
For a football player, that's not an option. That doesn't seem right.
What the redshirt rule does is allow graduate students to play football. They should be able to choose where they go, like any other graduate.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting||
Interesting that the Big Sky commissioner says the perceived problem may be addressed when the rules are adjusted to make them more "student-athlete centric" ...
In truth, the grad-transfer rule is one of the few rules that is "student-athlete centric". If anything, it should be strengthened -- I wonder if that's what the BIg Sky is hinting at. I'd like to see it provide a full degree, accomodate NFL draft preparation, and allow the student to return to the grad program if they are not drafted.
As for the sentiment of the FCS coaches not wanting to be seen as a "farm system" or whatever for the FBS, I wonder if that coach would take a job at Oregon, if offered? As the OP suggests, there's an element of hypocrisy in there.
But it is a legitimate question, I think -- the best 5th-year players being harvested from the FCS to round out depth, and not just the FCS, also the MAC, Mountain West, and so on. I don't know how many actual, real-world examples there are of this, but it does seem like it could be increasing.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||It should be easier to watch||
I mean, Michigan has done everything it can possibly do to right the ship. All the behind-the-scenes bullshit that has consumed the program and derailed the players for the last three plus four years is gone.
If Harbaugh can't find a solid QB quickly, it will be a long season, but still it won't be hard to watch -- because we will be watching players develop.
This season is all about developing into a team that can and will beat Ohio State. Anything else is gravy.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||100||
The "100" (=100% real) thing in that tweet seems like a good sign. If we're reading tea leaves and all.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Okay||
So one form of gambling ("lottery") is a better analogy for recruiting than another form of gambling ("crapshoot")? It doesn't matter, but I can't agree -- the odds of a five-star being a contributor are better than those of a three-star. In the lottery, the odds for every ticket are the same. Playing dice, the odds are part of the game.
Despite your various straw men, I get what you're saying, but I'm not talking about skipping out on a three-star one year to get a four-star the next year. If you read my post, you'd know I expressly said we should NOT do that this year, or next.
You're also ignoring my premise that a critical mass of junior and senior leadership is necessary for success on the field. These are "kids" we're talking about, and there is a significant difference between ages 19 and 22.
And yes, it's possible uneven attrition will render the whole balance problem moot by 2017 and 2018. But if it does not, then what? If you take 56 (the B1G maximum) in those two years, you start the cycle again, resulting in teams that aren't ready to play.
It wasn't just uneven attrition that got Michigan into this mess. It was two problematic coaching changes in just three years. Ignoring the problem isn't going to fix it.
Finally, even if we accept your premise (i.e., limiting the role of redshirts in player development) and four years becomes the standard in order to move the maximum number of players through the program (i.e., buying the maximum number of lottery tickets), then balance becomes even more important, as does the wisdom of putting one's thumb on the scale in 2017 and/or 2018 just enough to shift the momentum toward balancing things out in future years.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||2018||
If you are sitting there two weeks before signing day in 2018 with 22 top recruits at positions of need already in the class thanks to great seasons in 2016 and 2017, and you are looking at a tiny 2019 class, then yes, you have to think seriously about "banking" some 2018 scholarships by giving them to worthy walk-ons for a year to get the numbers up in the 2019 class...
The principal reason for this is that recruiting is still a crapshoot. Some years you are going to get more players who don't work out than other years. That's just reality. The uneven nature of high school competition basically guarantees that. It's important to try to have a decent amount of new blood every year, to absorb the tyranny of the law of large numbers.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||No ESPN||
How did you manage that?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The article||
The article doesn't mention the fantasy app, which is a different app. But it is from the same source, so it's certainly possible it has the same problem.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||And||
And I'm not sure how many people really understand how important it is that this class be as large as possible (whatever the number is), to help even out the classes and ensure a steady supply of juniors and seniors on the roster in future years.
Actually, what am I saying?! This is Michigan -- of course everyone has read alum96's work and knows all about it.
Anyhow, it seems pretty clear to me that what they've done is look at the recruiting classes of programs they think are poachable. I mean, probably this is UConn's best OL recruit? So they take a good look and like what they see. Boom!
Nebraska poachable due to coaching change.
Texas not so much, but it seems like there's more to that story.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Community colleges||
I think most of those are from community colleges, many (most?) of which don't have football programs. There are a lot of very good students in community colleges, usually for financial reasons, but sometimes other things.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Juco vs high school||
Seems to me two very different things are getting conflated here. Getting into Wisconsin out of a "junior college" football program (where a college transcript is being assessed, and credits are being transferred), versus getting into Wisconsin out of high school.
The three examples of high school problems are Craig Evans (DT, Michigan State), Chris Jones (WR, Toledo), and the 2015 OL prospect Sam Madden.
The article the OP links to implies the problem was credits, not grades. But that seems like it can't be right -- I mean, how can there be any confusion about credits? You need X, Y, and Z. Uneven grades seem a more likely problem.
The only actual mention of a Juco problem is Serge Trezy (S), who was delayed (something about an online course) but it looks like he made it in -- he appears to be enrolled for this Spring -- he's got a picture and everything on their official football site. Maybe Anderson was unhappy that he couldn't get more Juco players in, but it doesn't seem like there was all that much confusion about it, as we seem to be talking about just one case.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I read that||
I read that (the ST position) as Jim wanting Baxter to mentor Jay. I imagine Baxter will have pretty much full control over special teams, so it kind of gives Jay a role where he's independent of his dad. Because otherwise, with regard to the TE role, it's safe to assume Jim will be keeping close tabs on him.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Much bigger deal? No more disappearing scholarships?||
I haven't seen much of any commentary on another measure that was passed, one that was opposed by the Big 12 and the SEC -- that athletic scholarships can't be "reduced or canceled" for athletic reasons.
I'd like to see the fine print on that one. How does it work? Is that only for four-year scholarships? Could an SEC program cut a player and give him a different scholarship?
See OP's orginal link for a mention of this, but no real explanation.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||John Baxter actually gets the most time||
Kelly basically has the keynote, an event all to himself on Thursday night.
Dantonio gets an hour. Harbaugh only has a half an hour. I guess that makes sense, as it's not like he is going to talk about what Michigan did this past season.
Interesting that the "new Michigan offense" session takes place in the big hall -- they must be expecting a lot of people for that! ... If Harbaugh stays for that, he won't have to leave the room -- it starts immediately following his talk.
Also, Baxter (the new special teams coordinator) has 75 minutes !!! all to himself on Saturday, also in the big hall. That's some serious respect.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||OL||
You're making some leaps about the OL. Four out of the five starters from two years ago are gone.
They lost three senior starters off the OL last year. They lose 5th-year starting guard Jackson this year. Also Kruse, another unquestioned starter when not injured, is gone this year.
NFL tackles are great to have, but ask 2012 Michigan about their role in the overall success of the OL.
Not to downplay the potential of the Allen brothers. But they are both natural centers. One of them will have to play guard. They will be helped by the presence of Clark, but he is a converted tackle.
So I don't think we can jump to too many conclusions about how well an OL without a true guard will do. And they won't have the kind of depth they've had the past two years, regardless of how good the starters are.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Idk||
I mean, MSU has only five or six starters back on offense, and they lose key players in their secondary.
Re: Oregon, I have to extend them the same assumption I'm giving Michigan -- they will find a QB. Now, that said, they lose their starting center and a guard (plus Fisher), which I deemed the kiss of death for Minnesota, but somehow I think the Ducks have the OL depth to absorb it.
That said, I do think Dantonio is a better coach than the guy we saw last night, so maybe that's a tossup?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Ha||
Ha, you got me there. They will be the highest-ranked one-loss (Oregon) team going into that game. By the end of the season, not so much.
I guess that shows my age. Beating MSU just isn't that big of a deal in my book. It's par, at best.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||10-2||
Loss to Utah, I think, as the new QB gets his feet wet. This is not a bad loss -- the Utes will be decent.
We then ride the defense past the next three. This assumes a healthy Peppers and, perhaps more importantly, Morgan. So 3-1 entering conference play.
Something about John Harbaugh's home-turf mojo in Baltimore gets us past Maryland at Maryland, then NW folds. So 5-1 and ranked going in against MSU.
Win over MSU, because Sparty is losing a lot of pieces, and karma's a bitch.
Minnesota is also a good win, on the road. Michigan's defense will be too much for them -- they lose their center and one of their guards -- Michigan fans know what that means.
Rutgers is Rutgers, for now -- a problematic game, but Michigan pulls it out at home. Revenge for last year. Indiana is Indiana, always.
But then a loss at Penn State. Serves as graduation day for the QB (turnovers), and steels the team for Ohio State, the first big signature win of the Harbaugh era.
Preferably erasing Buckeye title-repeat hopes in the process. I experienced that once, on November 22, 2003. It was glorious.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||This will help Michigan IF||
This will help Michigan if and only if Michigan starts beating Ohio State again. For the simple reason that beating Ohio State -- and winning the B1G East -- just gained more weight in the eyes of, well, everybody.
It is stomach-turning that this OSU team will likely always be in the conversation among the best college football teams ever. The "third-string quarterback" meme alone assures their place in history. That can't be undone. But there's a high-quality balm for that pain. Beat them in 2015.
IIRC, their offense is almost entirely back, but they lose some key pieces on defense. With a good (and healthy) defense, which Michigan may well have, it can be done.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
To state the obvious, OccaM is sidestepping the fact you included "... and win the Rose Bowl" in describing Bo's goals. That Bo's Michigan teams more often than not failed to achieve the Rose Bowl victory doesn't mean it wasn't the ultimate goal.
It's really pretty damn stupid to suggest that Bo wasn't trying to win the Rose Bowl from day one every season.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||No question||
No question that Hoke wasn't ready for the job -- events bear that out now, and Brian was right.
However, there is some question as to whether or not a competent AD could have gotten Hoke the help (basically, a really good management and leadership coach) he needed to succeed. Hackett has said as much, that he wishes he had come in under different circumstances, so he could know if he could have helped. As it stood, it was too late for Hoke by the time Hackett arrived. Saving the program took priority over saving the coach.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||THANK YOU!!!||
The GIF thing works!
I am "TenThousandThings" of the post directly above. This is my old account, the one I was referring to. I still can't upload JPGs to it, but GIFs work!
Ace, you should absiolutely give SCarolinaMaize some MGoBonusPoints for discovering this workaround, and not the kind that go away after a while!
[NOTE: I've always used Mac OS X -- the bug is not caused by Windows 7.]
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Hmm||
Actually, this highlights the core of his decision -- he can work toward a CFP National Championship, or a Super Bowl. Probably not both. If he chooses the former, he gets something his brother doesn't have. At Michigan, no less. As goals go, it's certainly competitive with a Super Bowl.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||You're right on||
But the flip side of what you're saying is that I really, really don't want to see a Michigan team lose to Ohio wearing clown suits.
As a player, you should have to accomplish something before you can start expecting perks like alternate unis. It shouldn't be automatic. It should mean something. On a personal level, of course, just making it onto the field at Michigan Stadium is an awesome accomplishment. But as a team, I think you have to ask more.
I like the idea of telling the team they'll have alternate unis for the Big Ten championship game, not before.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I don't get it||
What do the people who stupidly told the OP to use Google and Wikipedia have to do with the grammar police?
As for content -- you'd prefer that nobody disagree with you?
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Six days ago||
Part of the community college system in the Phoenix area. Seems to argue for him living around there. Makes sense.
Discredits the "my brother's girlfriend" claim of Grand Rapids [?] and insurance below. Or is that a joke/meme?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Baseball||
Baseball will always have a credibility problem with regard to PEDs as long as Bud Selig still has his job.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||The artistry||
The artistry of that GIF is in the motion of the tail.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Correct||
Just to clarify -- from a TV perspective, UConn is outside the NYC sphere and thus it was never an option. Adding UConn doesn't get you on basic cable in New York City. UConn is improving academically, and it could eventually qualify for the AAU (although it has a Nebraska problem, with the medical school not part of the main campus), but it will never be in the NYC footprint.
I'm not really sure if adding Rutgers automatically gets you there, but at least you have a fighting chance (the main campus is less than 30 miles from Wall Street), especially if they become competitive in the Big Ten.
You laugh, and New Jersey is a state with a perpetual identity crisis -- but it has deep pockets and having Michigan or Ohio State visiting every year isn't going to hurt their recruiting or their fundraising. That's why this failure to see the public-relations problem with hiring this person (regardless of whether or not it is fair to her) is so disheartening, given the circumstances of the vacancy. I don't think the Big Ten is wrong to see potential in Rutgers -- but it can't be happy with its current leadership.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Good education||
"Good" being the operative word. But not great like Michigan and Stanford. If he is really dropping Stanford for Penn State, then he's not as serious about education as we thought.
If he's just adding Penn State because it has a great football tradition playing in one of the best, most competitive divisions in the NCAA, and he is still considering Stanford, it makes sense and is a good sign. Think about it:
An easy choice in the end, but still a choice, and visits to see another great educational environment (Stanford) and another great football environment (Penn State) make sense.
|2 years 1 week ago||The actual experts aren't talking||
The actual experts aren't talking because they are working, but the draft-guru charlatans are saying round 6.
As a Patriots fan, I don't see much chance of them picking Denard since they have only the 5th pick in the 4th round (too early) and then none until three picks in the 7th (too late).
Typical draft for New England. Took the guy who broke the record for broad jump at the NFL combine by a significant margin. Got an interesting WR and a prototypical Belichick cornerback. Not sure about the other Rutgers guy -- kind of a sleeper.
|2 years 1 week ago||Ten games||
Ten conference games only works if you stay at 14. If you do, then it is a big step toward resolving a basic problem (competitive balance over time).
However, I fear that this is an indicator that they will go to 16 sooner rather than later. I mean, if you go to 16, you have to play ten conference games.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||One with the ball||
Bartlestein was one with the ball -- he was just conveying the ball's experience. THE BALL KNEW!
|2 years 10 weeks ago||The sanctions are not "massive"||
Not hiring him is more about not complicating your university's relationship with the NCAA. The sanctions themselves are relatively toothless and involve him not coaching for the first five games of his first season and a bowl game. He can recruit during that time, which is why MSU could, conceivably, be interested. It's not even clear that the sanctions apply at all if he is not head coach. Even assuming they do, they don't involve loss of scholarships, etc. -- they only apply to Tressel himself -- what he can and can't do if you hire him.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Correct, but||
Correct, but Mike Tressel is a defensive coach.
This rumor is believable if the show-cause order applies only to head coaching positions. A quick Google search doesn't clarify that. It does indicate that even if a school were to hire him as a head coach, the penalties are not too earth-shattering -- he can't participate directly in coaching for the first five games of the first season and can't coach in a bowl game that year -- but he can recruit and lead the staff in other ways.
Dantonio is deluded enough to probably think that Jim Tressel did nothing wrong. Hiring him makes sense for MSU, even if he can't coach for the first five weeks -- that is the heart of recruiting, and having him on your staff with nothing to do but recruit for the first five weeks of the season isn't a terrible idea.
Finally, no matter what one thinks of his OSU offenses, Tressel's career before becoming a head coach was all offensive position coaching -- QBs and WRs, mostly. So hiring him as an OC is not an outlandish idea.
MSU could hire him for the remainder of his show-cause (until 2016). He gets to keep his hand in coaching, and he would move to a head coaching position as soon as the order expires.
In short, I actually find this rumor quite plausible. Even if untrue, it could have legs.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||It always seemed to me that Morris was the main draw||
It always seemed to me that Morris was the main draw for Treadwell. He wants to play with a really good QB. If we eliminate Ole Miss as him visiting his friend, then it's just the two Oklahoma schools. I don't know who they have coming in at QB, but I'll guess they are not quite as impressive as Morris was before he got Mono and couldn't play.
Indeed, Treadwell seemed to cool toward Michigan around the time Morris dropped off the hype radar. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Shane played after the Pioneer game, and he shouldn't have played in that.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Think Yahoo||
They're a lot like Yahoo now -- a digital media company with free email accounts. They own an array of properties, including MapQuest, Moviefone, TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post. The Sporting News fills a gap in their portfolio -- not quite sure what being "partners" with AOL means, but I'll guess it means AOL will eventually own it, if it doesn't already.
AOL still offers dial-up access, though:
[Select the "I am a dial-up internet User" button to see the 100% dial-up plans.]
|2 years 21 weeks ago||What is the deal with #1 anyhow||
It seems strange to me that nobody has been given that number since the scholarship was created. Is that correct? How many years has it been?
As I understand it, the scholarship states that the player with the #1 jersey gets it, and if there is no #1 then it basically just funds one player's scholarship. I know Brandon Graham got it one year. Edwards' foundation site says Steve Breaston got it, but I don't think he ever wore #1.
I don't have a problem with it -- I'm just wondering of anyone knows of any recent news about it. I guess it was held out to not steal the thunder of #21 and the others unretired this year. Certainly Hemingway or Roundtree could have worn it.
It's a given that #2 will eventually get a jersey patch. With regard to #1, to my mind, only AC was great enough to have his number retired. Carter started the tradition -- without him, #1 would never have been given to Edwards. A dual patch with Carter and Edwards would be a travesty, IMHO. I wonder if Edwards is big enough of a man to admit that, and let Carter have a patch.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||The problem is protected rivaries||
There is no way to do it without creating a competitive imbalance within a division. Right now Michigan and Ohio are the poster children for this problem, but even if it were balanced differently, the fact remains that somebody will have to play the dominant powers annually while others in their division do not. This could regularly cost, say, Minnesota its bowl eligibility, and so on.
The only realstic solution is 10 games with Michigan and Ohio in the same division. That allows for future expansion to 16 (I voted for Kansas and Virginia) and is perfection in the interim, especially if you schedule it so teams in the other division don't play both M and O in the same year.
No protected rivalries. Preserve as many as you can, and play the other division enough so the ones that are left out of the divisons still have some meaning.
YIN: Michigan, Ohio, MSU, PSU, Indiana, Rutgers, Maryland, [Virginia]
YANG: [Kansas], Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Except||
Except that he is a special case, in view of his father's death. Was his offer actually pulled after he decided to take all of his officials? I don't remember hearing that. Since he feels the need to apologize, we can assume he handled it badly in some way, but it's hard to imagine the coaches giving him a hard time about whatever it was, given his personal story.
I think they just decided to give him some space, a strategy that seems to be working.
Dawson is good enough that you have to wonder what they'll do if another OL commits. I don't think it's a given that they'll pull his offer. In my mind, at least, he warrants ☆☆☆☆☆ treatment.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||To be fair,||
To be fair, this is probably a bit unfair to the actual Martha Stewart -- she would do a better job than this. For one, like the OP, she'd recognize that the decor (and attire) should be about fandom -- I'm not quite sure what tasteful fandom looks like, but I'm sure she would be happy to show me. I think it might involve pennants. Second, I'd hope she'd recognize that to be a "tailgater," you'd have to hold it in your driveway, not in the backyard.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||2010||
It's the "5" there that matters. He missed a 43 yarder in his first ever attempt at Michigan Stadium as a redshirt freshman. Then made a 24 yard attempt later in that game (UConn). The next game he went 0 for 2 against Notre Dame at South Bend, attempts of 39 and 40 yards in the second half. Yanked for Broekhuizen for the final PAT in that game. Note that Michigan won both of those games.
The bottom line is we'll never know what Gibbons might have done had he been given a chance to pull it together after the Notre Dame game. Valuable experience absolutely wasted as Michigan turned to a true freshman walk-on for the rest of the regular season, with predictable results.
Gibbons didn't get another field goal attempt until the bowl game against Mississippi State, a 35 yard try on 4th and 5 in the 3rd quarter down 31-14.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||FWIW||
You don't need that last Hail Mary -- a field goal would win as well.
Agree that JH absolutely made the right choice -- the chances of fumbling a kneel-down snap versus the chances of mishandling a free kick aren't even in the same universe in terms of probability.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Second this||
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Can be worse than that||
I had it Junior year in high school -- lost a week that I don't remember at all. It was a couple of months until I felt truly well.
He should shut down for at least a month -- my daughter also had it, much younger, and it was serious business. Shane is older and so it is not as much of a threat, but the basic principles still apply -- you have to let yourself heal -- if you try to do too much you just prolong it and make it worse.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Root for a close game||
Root for a close game that causes both teams to dig deep into their playbooks, both on offense and defense -- a game rich in useful film for the Michigan coaches.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Looking from the other side||
Looking from the other side -- what Alabama sees when they look at Michigan is the same things we see -- the principal vulnerability is the defensive line, and Alabama's opening drive will be focused there. I doubt Saban sees any reason to get cute -- they will go straight at Michigan's weakness.
Agree with dragonchild above that Michigan has plans to compensate for the D-Line being overwhelmed, but the question for me is as follows: Do you give the line a chance to prove itself, or do you immediately throw the kitchen sink at whatever Alabama is doing?
Most coaches will do the former, because you can't have players thinking you don't believe in them, but there's something to be said for keeping Alabama off balance from the get-go by refusing to follow the standard script.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Penn State still doesn't get it||
This is all you need to know, dated April 23, when the facts coming out now would have been well known to those in charge at Penn State:
Paterno's legacy won't be able to hide behind the fact he didn't use email, which appears to be the family's defense at present. The most damned thing is his hiring of McQueary.
The Big Ten took his name off their championship trophy. For starters, Penn State needs to take his statue down from in front of the stadium.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Thanks||
I don't quite understand what EE status means in this -- early entrants can still redshirt, right?
It's nice to see in such graphic terms the relative effects of having to play so many freshman in the past few years. How Hoke manages the effects of this on the classes he recruits over his first five years will set the course for the following five. He will have to burn more redshirts than Saban -- Kalis being the prime example. Saban can afford to keep a prospect like that on the sideline, Hoke cannot. But I think he can turn the tide (ha, ha) with two pieces of luck -- keeping DG healthy next year so Morris can redshirt, and not having to burn additional redshirts (beyond Kalis) this year on the OL, for whatever reason. The latter is a very thin line. On defense, I don't know -- my sense is that some of the new guys (beyond Bolden) will make very strong cases for places in the two-deep before this season is over. So Mattison will need more than luck -- he will need decent performances on the field by the non-freshman to keep Pipkins, for example, off the field.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Real world||
I'd say the #1 thing to remember in the future is to keep no more than two cards. Most people who get into serious trouble managing credit cards have more than that.
You seem to already understand the "don't live beyond your means" principle, so just keep in mind that it is not quite as easy to do as some of the posts in this thread make out. As others have said, the are things in life that even people with jobs need good credit to buy without getting screwed -- houses and cars, mainly. But if you find yourself thinking of putting something big on a credit card, thinking you are going to pay it off in a few months, or even a year -- step back and look in a mirror. Those things you see protruding from your ribs are the hooks they've got in you.
But since you're not really asking for sagely life advice, I'll also answer your question -- we keep a basic American Express card and a Visa card from a local credit union. Our mortgage and auto loan are both through Chase, where we also maintain our bank accounts. But I don't feel any loyalty toward them when it comes to the Visa card. I don't give a damn about rewards, miles, and all that -- I want a low interest rate on the Visa card so if I need it for some emergency situation for which I don't have the cash (and such responsibilities do crop up in life), I can float the balance for a while without too much angst until I get it paid off.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||His name is right there in all of his posts||
His name is right there in all of his posts, where it says "by Connor Stalions" in his photoshop montages, which are nicely done -- I didn't out anyone. I simply did a Google search for that name, to see if he had a blog or something.
It's his choice to use his real name in his posts. I use my real name around the Internet as well, in places where I want to be taken seriously, where it's important that people know I'm not hiding behind a username. If Connor wants to do that here, then more power to him. There's nothing wrong with it. He could end up writing for this site in a few years, for all we know.
Be careful with those knee-jerk reactions. You could hurt yourself.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||I agree||
But he should be encouraged to work at it and improve the quality of what he's doing, no? Especially if he wants to get into Michigan, yes?
|2 years 49 weeks ago||High school student||
Google tells me that "Connor Stalions" plays football and basketball at Lake Orion (MI) high school. He was a freshman in Fall 2010. He scored 11 points in a varisty basketball game in January of this year.
Connor: A+ for balls, but listen up. This site is populated by mostly college students and graduates in their 20s and 30s, with a fair number of older folks. If you want to write for this audience, you're going to have to work hard to improve the quality of your writing and, most importantly, to come up with something original to say. Otherwise, you'll be eaten alive.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Actually, no, it wouldn't||
If you cut through Brandon's rhetoric, the bottom line is the BCS is too big. His argument is that you can't have a meaningful champion when you start with more than 120 teams and play only 12 games.
So I think he would be in favor of a reorganization of Division I that would result in a top division with 64 teams or whatever.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||This is interesting:||
This is interesting:
This means everything has been decided. The debate is over. These kinds of secondary decisions are not made until the primary decisions are made.
This allows us to deduce that it is conference champions only (with an exception for higher-ranked independents). This game (Sugar Bowl?) is where the future 2011 Alabamas will go, just like the future 2006 Michgans will be in the Rose Bowl.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Still hungry||
No way this team has lost perspective. The "those who stayed" class is history, but these guys still have a lot to prove.
Another huge difference is the opening opponent. Although, thinking about it, in fact they are both the previous year's champion... Ha ha!
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Definitely||
I suppose this could mean they plan to give someone #1 this year, no matter what.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Hoke make it a competition in camp.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Trends||
I think this is the direction the game is going -- the rules for what consitutes an illegal tackle will expand, along with the other rules with regard to contact.
People will bitch and moan about how the new rules are ruining the game, but in the end it will turn out to be just as exciting as before, but with fewer concussions.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Those are reproductions||
Not really evidence of anything other than Helmet Hut's view of what the colors were. I'm not saying the color hasn't changed -- only that those helmets are not proof of anything.
|3 years 1 day ago||My understanding||
My understanding of what I've read is that other formats were considered, but rejected in favor of the four-team format. Essentially the decision made last week was to adopt incremental change rather than trying to agree upon something more dramatic.
I think there will be another round of major-conference expansion after this is in place, and then probably another incremental step in the format after the dust settles from that, maybe to 6, but more likely to 8 (television will want two more games instead of two byes).
|3 years 1 day ago||The correct reading||
The correct reading of the two statements is something more like " A true playoff is not possible without a complete reorganization of NCAA football, including a drastic reduction in the scope of Division I.  I'm not opposed to expanding the current system from two teams to four. It's not a true playoff, but it's marginally better than the status quo."
|3 years 2 days ago||Can't agree||
2011 UCLA or a 9-4 conference champion with an upset in a championship game is not going to be ranked high enough to be among the top three conference champions.
I think you're missing a strong desire amongst all those conferences not named the SEC to avoid a situation where you have three teams from one conference in the playoff, no matter how worthy those teams might be. No doubt the television money that drives all this doesn't want that to happen either. The scenarios for that are considerably more likely with a 14-team SEC than some mediocre conference champion being among the top three champions in the BCS.
Since I can't edit above, I left out 1998:
#1 Tennessee, #2 Florida State, and #4 Ohio State are in as the top three conference champions. The committee chooses between #3 11-1 Kansas State and #5 Pac 10 champion 10-1 UCLA. Both teams have late, close losses away from home, but I go with Kansas State, whose only loss is in overtime in the conference championship game, partly because UCLA is headed to the Rose Bowl, while Kansas State will be screwed by the bowl system since their conference champion (Texas A&M) isn't in the playoff.
|3 years 2 days ago||The key compromise||
My excellent suggestion to be ignored is that the conference-champions-only crowd should force a rule that the top three conference champions (any conference) are in, with the fourth spot an at-large bid selected by a committee which also does the seeding. [Note: I think Notre Dame and BYU would be okay with this, although they might want some language that says if two independents place in the top four, then they automatically displace the third conference champion.]
As you can see below, such a rule would not change many of Seth's assumptions about what an unrestricted committee would or should do, but it would eliminate some of the pressure on the committee, since three of the four spots would be based on the BCS standings. Plus, it would still allow for the committee to choose Michigan in 2006 and 'Bama in 2011, and probably also to give Utah a shot in 2004.
In 2000, Oklahoma, Florida State (ACC), and Miami (Big East) are in as the top three conference champions, and the committee gives Washington the nod over VT as the top Pac-10 co-champion. So no change.
In 2001, Miami, Colorado, and Oregon are in, and Nebraska gets the at large. If I'm the committee, then Nebraska plays at Oregon -- Nebraska has to pay some price for losing to Colorado. Mostly no change.
In 2003, Oklahoma, LSU, and USC are in, with Michigan the at-large. No change.
In 2008, Oklahoma, Florida, and USC are in, leaving the committee to pick one of the others, probably Alabama -- to my mind, losing a well-played conference championship game (Alabama) trumps getting caught up in a three-way divisional tie (Texas). Utah is screwed, partly because Michigan was so weak that their win in Ann Arbor has no weight.
In 2009, Alabama, Texas, and Cincinnati are in, and TCU gets chosen. No change.
|3 years 3 days ago||Sounds like an argument for a selection committee||
I think we will see a series of compromises:
 The first compromise will be a hybrid BCS ranking formula and selection committee (see below).
 The second compromise will be to require the three top-ranked conference champions (any conference) and one at-large (can also be a conference champion, or not). Notre Dame and BYU will force language that will automatically get them the at-large bid if they are ranked high enough.
 The selection committee picks the at-large team (if needed) and does the seeding. In the 2001 scenario, Nebraska would get the at-large bid and the selection committe would decide how to seed it. In 2006, Michigan would get the at-large, and in 2011, Alabama. The selection committee would decide whether to have an immediate rematch, or let the two teams earn it. In 2006 and 2011, I think almost certainly it would have been the latter, while in 2001 it might well have been the former.
|3 years 3 days ago||Likely compromise?||
You're forgetting about Notre Dame and now BYU (not to mention Army/Navy). I'm thinking they will compromise on this, with three slots reserved for conference champions and one at-large slot. Since an unbeaten mid-major with decent strength of schedule would also be a conference champion, they wouldn't require the at-large spot. Of course, it could be filled by a fourth conference champion, but not necessarily.
|3 years 1 week ago||Braylon has to draw the line somewhere||
But if it were me, sending my kid brother to college would not be that line. It would be in-state tuition, presumably easily within Braylon's reach. Assuming he can get through Admissions without a football scholarship. And no doubt the coaches would happily extend "preferred walk-on" status. Like Brian Griese.
As far as I know, right now his only non-MAC offer is Minnesota.
On Braylon, will an NFL team sign him this year? Is he done? Seems like things didn't go well last year in SF.
|3 years 1 week ago||OC is Petrino's son||
I'm going to guess that naming anyone named Petrino head coach was a non-starter. So to keep him and the rest of the staff, they're bringing back Smith.
This isn't the best thing they could have done, but I don't think it necessarily makes things worse. Those LSU and Tide fans may not be altogether pleased with the end result if the Arkansas staff stays together and Smith doesn't mess with the status quo.
|3 years 1 week ago||Yep --||
I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to embed the slap GIF down thread into an e-mail to my brother...
PS: Note that my brother doesn't always say the Hogs are going to be good -- he is usually pessimistic.
|3 years 1 week ago||They think this is a very good team||
I don't know about the people making the hire [in Fayetteville], but in general people in Arkansas (i.e., my brother, a newspaper photographer who knows a lot of people) think the Razorbacks have a very good team coming back this year, capable of challenging for an SEC title.
I wonder if the rest of the staff will stay, especially Taver Johnson and the other Ohio escapee who came with him -- if they do, then maybe they can hold the team together for a year.
|3 years 1 week ago||Mostly right||
You're on the right track here -- I certainly share your feelings of not really caring what happens to him. I didn't think I would feel that way when he was fired, but I do.
It's largely because what he's doing at Arizona seems like an attempt to prove that he was right -- that given more time he would have succeeded at Michigan. He has basically reconstituted his WVU staff, including Casteel. I guess that's who he is, but you have to wonder -- Tony Gibson is still there, and still in the exact same role he was in at Michigan. That can't be good, even with Casteel there to offset him.
Rich wants to prove that he can win with Gibson in that triple role as assistant head coach, safeties coach, and special teams coordinator. I have zero interest in that, because I already know the answer -- I've seen it. I can't imagine that was anything but a total non-starter in the discussion with Brandon after the 2010 season. Rich: "I want to keep Tony." Dave: "Huh?"
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Yes||
Yes -- the key point is that this is supposed to be a neutral site game, like a bowl game. The band has to be there, or it becomes an away game.
There will be a lot of Michigan fans there, but without the band we are at a disadvantage. The band has a galvinizing effect, especially when they play Hail to the Victors. Without the band, it's going to feel like an away game.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||What about Hail to the Victors?||
Sorry, I'm sure this has come up already, but what are they going to do about Hail to the Victors? Play a recording? Who decides when to play it? Has Brandon addressed this?
I mean, it is supposed to be a neutral site game. Not having the band there makes it more of an away game than it already is.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Yep||
You're right, pretty much entirely linebackers and defensive line, although he coached the safeties (and special teams) at Notre Dame in 2001. Thanks -- I updated the entry to reflect this, and also to note he is Nick Sheridan's dad.
No doubt Sheridan will be a big help to Vrabel as he shifts from linebackers to defensive line.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Not so much revenge as restoration||
It was an afterthought, but the idea is that Meyer and Hinton would both want to return the program to their shared experience under Bruce -- thus rejecting the Tressel years. I didn't know Smith is Bruce's grandson, but that just reinforces the distinction.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||According to the official site, yes||
According to the official site, yes -- Vrabel has the defensive line now. Jim Heacock (the coordinator since 2005 and the line coach since 1996) had it before this.
Actually, this is a good point -- Ohio is going from fifteen years of continuity in its coaching on the defensive line to someone whose effectiveness teaching that position is unproven.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||ESPN||
ESPN recently ran a piece on this topic. Basically says that he still has pain, and as of last week he still wasn't cleared to play, despite dressing for games.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||And||
There's still a good chance of one more, which will be nice, but beyond expectations at this time. Hoke's method works in securing low-drama, high-quality players early on in the process and then keeping them. I don't expect him to be able to compete late in the process until he has been in place longer and has some championships and NFL starters to his credit.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||On the timeline||
Seems more likely that the meeting took place because he was reconsidering, for whatever reason, so Michigan met with him and his parents. So the meeting was about the decommitment, not its cause.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Difference from RR||
O'Brien is not coming with an entire staff of his own, as RR did at Michigan. He is, presumably, free to hire PSU alumni for his staff. So he can mitigate this with a few quality alumni hires. The question is -- will anyone qualified be willing to come? It can't be a terribly long list -- ex-Penn State players who are assistant coaches elsewhere.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Prediction||
O'Brien has 12 years as a major-conference assistant, although not at powerhouse programs. So that counts as good experience because Penn State's recruiting is going to be on that level for a while.
I predict he'll try to hire several ex-PSU players for his staff -- I wonder how many of those unhappy with the hire would be willing to step up (if qualified) and help, to put their career were their mouth is. Especially if Penn State isn't paying big money. I mean, this guy isn't Rich Rodriguez bringing in a whole staff with him -- it seems like an opportunity.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Yes||
S1 could have written this without the political preamble and asides, which are chickenshit because they can't be responded to without trashing the No Politics rule.
Accept the fact that Nocera is purposely trying to be controversial and to start an argument about big money in college sports. Engage. Rip him a new one. But leave the political baggage at home.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I'm not an expert, but||
It seems like Brian and his brother are very cautious about changing anything after the site rebuild in response the great malware incursion. There's been at least one subsequent attack (probably more) that I recall, which they defended successfully -- but still they are largely in lockdown mode.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||You missed a season with Kansas City||
Where he actually did a decent job -- although he left for Florida right before the playoffs.
The "schematic advantage" joke, like all good jokes, contains an insight -- Weis (like GERG) doesn't seem to be able to create the kind of adjustable schemes required on the 23-and-under level, where you will always have players at different stages of development together on the field. His schemes work in the NFL, but they don't have the kind of flexibility needed to mix an 18-year-old true-freshman corner with a 23-year-old fifth-year senior safety.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||There is a basic question here||
The basic question is "What is the purpose of the postseason?"
Is it to get the best matchups for bowl games? Because that's what the current system tries to do. It doesn't do it terribly well, but that's the goal -- to produce good games that fans will want to watch.
If, however, the purpose of the postseason is to crown a true national champion (as opposed to just matching up the best teams), you'd need to organize the sport into a set number of conferences and only allow conference champions into a playoff. That would always produce an undisputed champion, but it would not always produce the best games.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Concur||
Concur. In addition, you get punished for losing to ND.
Eligible teams that beat ND:
Michigan, Stanford [Both likely in BCS]
Eligible teams that lost to ND:
MSU [Not likely in BCS]
|3 years 21 weeks ago||True, but they would still be out of the BCS||
They have zero chance of an at-large bid without being their conference champion.
So a loss mainly means they won't be in the Sugar Bowl. Dunno who is likely to replace them.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||The only thing we can be sure of||
The only thing we can be sure of is that the system that replaces the BCS will make even less sense than the current system.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||I already feel good about the season||
Because of the continued improvement on D. But I'd be lying if I said I won't be disappointed if this team doesn't win another B10 game, thus losing to O, N, and S. I can't really feel happy about anything less than two out of three in those games -- that's still very much within reach, as is successfully defending Michigan Stadium. This team has a realistic shot at an 11-2 season, which would be an incredible accomplishment. Not quite 24-12 territory, but still monumental.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I guess you're joking, but||
in fact a 10-2 M team would win the division in that scenario as long as they beat Nebraska and Iowa loses another game.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Same here||
Mine fits the requirements (85x58, 10 kb), so it's not that.
The error message has changed, so that's something.
I'd be curious to know what file format, OS, and browser the people who have been able to upload an avatar have used.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Team 132||
Robinson: "We don't really care about what other people think. It's about this team. Team 132."
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Even if M wins out||
Even if M wins out (thereby eliminating Nebraska), MSU still has to lose one more conference game. They only have two meaningful games left, @Iowa and @Northwestern. They haven't played well on the road to date, so there's a chance, but I'm not sure if either of those teams has enough of a defense to beat them.
Anyhow, that's a long way of saying that M does have a shot, but only by going 11-1, and even then will need help.
EDIT: Sorry, I hadn't noticed your earlier comment where you say you think Sparty will lose both those games. Certainly if that were to happen, then yes, a 10-2 Michigan team wins the division by beating UNL.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||NBA lockout||
The NBA lockout could contribute to his staying two years. I'm not sure how a lost season would affect the 2012 draft, but I think it's safe to say that it would be affected, with repercussions for the 2013 draft -- the logjam might not clear until 2014.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Beveled||
Beveled refers to the graphic of the "Make A Donation" button on the home page, with its beveled edges.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||I'd be curious to know||
I'd be curious to know what proportion of the negatives were defensive players.
I doubt your assumption is correct that there weren't players with mixed feelings. Most of them probably had mixed feelings.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Carr is from Riverview, Michigan||
I don't know why you think he would "move to South Carolina or something" upon retirement.
I agree that Carr should have done more to stop the infighting (whether he could have, I don't know), precisely because he was being paid to do so.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||This ^||
I don't think it will happen, but you've got it right as to why this rumor exists. Not sure when the NBC deal ends, but no doubt ESPN is pushing ND to set up something like the Longhorn Network when it does. The Big XII is probably the only conference that will let them do that.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Yes -- it's the offense||
Hoke and Borges pretty much said (when questioned about what we saw against MSU) that the offense they have been installing involves both players. I don't think they will give up on it after basically only one game with it firmly in place. Think of Denard as a captain, with Devin as a lieutenant. I don't think there is any confusion on the team about who is who.
From the point of view of teaching, which is really what college-level coaches do, Michigan's open week is well-placed this year -- this team is going to win most of its remaining games.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||The Flint guys||
Smith, Peterson, Cleaves, Bell. They're all still around Flint, even Bell and Peterson who are both in the NBA, I think. Those tattoos actually meant something real.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Can't agree about the field goal attempt||
Hoke has got to get Gibbons (and the whole unit) some actual experience with longer field goals. I think that's what he was doing there -- taking a risk in order to get that for Brendan et al. I don't think BH had any illusions about whether it was a good idea in terms of game tactics, but in his judgment (at that point in that game against that opponent) that was outweighed by the need to get his kicker a meaningful chance at a longer field goal.
This MSU game is the most important game this season -- unless M loses, in which case it's not. It hurts to think of the emotional impact of a loss on this team, after their experiences the past two seasons. But I believe in these players -- I don't think I've ever been as invested in a Michigan team as I am in this one at this point. You nailed this a few weeks ago, Brian -- these guys embody "those who stay" in an archetypal way.
Regardless, even if things go awry tomorrow, with a bye week before Purdue, they'll still be in good shape for the home stretch.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Just win, baby||
|3 years 29 weeks ago||It's all part of his diabolical plan||
He threw the interceptions last week just to trick MSU's secondary into waiting for the ball instead of, you know, actually covering Michigan's receivers.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||New Hampshire||
He's from Indiana, but goes to a prep school in New Hampshire known for basketball.
They were National Prep Champions last year, thus the various tourney invites this year.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Correct||
The early signing period is November 9-16.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I think one can conclude that:||
 Bacon sent Rodriguez a draft near the end of the process, which Rich responded to, as per their agreement.
 Rodriguez objected to some things Bacon claims, but John left them in regardless. Rich isn't happy about that.
 Thus, no one should think that because the agreement called for Rodriguez to have access to a near-final draft, then Rich had anything to do with the decision-making of what would be in the book.
That's all Bacon is saying here. John's (publisher's) lawyers have told him that he's okay as long as it remains clear that the book is not a collaboration and it was not published with Rodriguez's "approval" (in any legal sense).
|3 years 29 weeks ago||The question I'd be asking him||
The question I'd be asking him would about his role in the disarray of the Michigan defense and special teams. That's what should keep him from getting hired right away in another high-profile job -- the possibility that his success at WVU was the anomaly, and the good offense, bad defense program that he developed at Michigan will be the norm for him.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Dantonio has crossed a line||
On the Hart comment, I felt the same way, but it would just be part of the lore (i.e., indicative of M arrogance from an MSU perspective, and a juvenile yet sometimes humorous joke from an M perspective) if not for Dantonio's essentially siding with Ohio State in its rivalry with Michigan. For me, that crosses a line, and now I have a hard time rooting for them, ever.
This year's MSU-OSU game was a thoroughly enjoyable double-dose of schadenfreude, but in the past, before Dantonio, I would probably have been pulling for Sparty -- I do have friends and relations who went there. This year, not so much, and not because of the divisions thing -- I want our division to be the stronger one (e.g., I was rooting for Nebraska last week), so our champion always crushes theirs. I just can't support a program based in Michigan that actively sides with Ohio State.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||What about||
I think you'd need to study where the bye weeks come in the season. A bye in the first month is used quite differently than an extra week to prepare before a big game later in the season.
Also, I've always thought a lot depends on what happens to the non-bye team the week before. In this case, the NU game seems about perfect as a tune-up. An away game, but not too far away. Weaknesses exposed, but not too much so. I especially like that Gardner got a little bit of meaningful, non-gimmicky work. MSU has an extra week of film to look at, but M has an extra week of game experience.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||If so||
If so, maybe he's playing the role of the upcoming opponent's #1 wide receiver? Seems like that would be a good use of him in practice.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||It depends||
It depends on two things:  What happens between now and then, and  What happens in the game itself.
We don't know the answer to either of those questions. Therefore, this is a stupid, stupid, stupid thread.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||UCLA||
Chris Peterson may be waiting for the UCLA job to open up.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||UMass will be in the MAC in 2012||
This is a historically good FCS program that is transitioning to FBS (the MAC) in 2012 -- they open the season at UConn, then play Indiana in Gillette Stadium. They also play at Vanderbilt, and now at Michigan. They have a full slate of FBS scholarships available for the current recruiting class. They will be bowl-eligible in 2013, when they play their first championship-eligible MAC schedule.
While I don't think they pose a serious threat to a Michigan team with a halfway decent defense, they can't be seen as a Baby Seal U.
Also -- they have a deal for games at Gillette Stadium through 2016 -- if the UConn date goes well in 2013 (from a Michigan-alumni fundraising standpoint), I don't think it's impossible that Michigan could play at Gillette Stadium. All of UMass's other deals for the 2012 season are Gillette home-and-homes (UConn, Indiana, and Vanderbilt), so it wouldn't surprise me if Brandon has promised to at least consider bringing Michigan alumni to the NE Patriots' luxury suites in, say, 2015 or so.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I did my best to read through,||
I did my best to read through, and I can't believe it -- no one has asked the most obvious question: Kenny Demens and that beaver... Was it supposed to be a wolverine? WTF?
Seriously, I'd ask him if he knows the story behind that and if he thinks he'll be able to tell us after Demens and the rest of those guys graduate.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I'll third this one||
For me, it's really a story of how the defensive tradition disintegrated. The trajectory of the offense was never surprising in any way.
The thing that was hardest to take was going from entering 2008 thinking the defense would have to carry the team for a while, to wondering why they just could not get it together, to just wanting it to end, even if it meant sacrificing everything that had been accomplished on the offensive side.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||No powers-that-be||
The problem is there are no powers-that-be. Just little fiefdoms, from the NCAA, which only controls eligibility, scholarships, and practice time, to the presidents, the conferences, the bowls, and the networks.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||My favorite moment was where||
My favorite moment was where he corrected the dimwit who asked about him saying he never gets nervous -- Denard responds, laughing: "I never said that. That was Tate. That was Tate. Not me. Not me. Not me. Not me. ..." and then the gem: "Because if I never got nervous before every game, I don't think I'd be playing football anymore. I'm always nervous before every game."
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Being in the SEC will help their recruiting||
Now the choice for a top-tier Texas recruit isn't the Longhorns and then everybody else. Now A&M can say, "SEC? SEC." Don't underestimate the power of that.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||mM||
Maybe just update what you can (especially the original Denard action figure, and the individual games that will be played again this year), and/or make something new for the 2011 season, then just update it weekly with the scores (i.e., no new art each week, just a quick update to the schedule text)?
|3 years 35 weeks ago||On JUCOs --||
I wonder if it makes sense to use their ESPN ranking from when they were in high school? I know it's not ideal (Cam Newton at 21 after two seasons at Florida ≠ Cam Newton at 17), but it might better represent the classes with regard to each recruit's ESPN-perceived potential as of when they were in high school.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Goes beyond the AD||
The big problem was Shapiro's status as a major donor to the Univeristy, not just athletics. So he had cover from beyond the Athletic Department -- a fact which probably explains (but does not excuse) the AD's recalcitrance.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||It's at Michigan||
Unless I completely misunderstood Brian's point, that sign is at Michigan.
I'm okay with it as long as after the Michigan victory this year they put up a similar sign that says how many days since Ohio's last victory over Michigan, and the count starts with the 2009 game (currently it's more than 600 days).
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Watching on television||
Watching on television is not that easy -- it's hard to really see what is going on, especially on defense. We live in Connecticut and only go to one or at most two games per year (family and friends in Ann Arbor) -- it's always more of a revelation to see the defense live, as opposed to the offense. Especially last year (we chose the Illinois game, so got lucky there).
The way I get through it when I'm watching (on television) the team get run over on defense is to basically to live in the here and now -- to have a short memory and focus on each play as it happens, like the players themselves should be doing.
That's harder to do when not watching live-ish, especially if you know the outcome of the game. I got the sense that you already know the score when you're watching -- if I'm right in that, I'd say you need to resist that knowledge, so you can watch it as if it were here and now.
The other thing I do when things are not going well is mute the sound. I wish it were possible to get a live feed of the stadium/on-field noise without the announcers via the internet (and that it were possible to control the delay in order to sync it with the television) -- that would be ideal.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||It's a spam bot||
It looks like a spam bot that somehow got through the registration process. I'm not brave enough to go to the web addresses those links would point to if the whole HTML code had been posted properly, but probably it is some sort of online game site. Or a malware distributor.
I'll send Brian an email about it.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Not really||
Name dropping is when, say, you tell somebody that Steve Nash was at a party you attended, or something like that.
When Steve Nash invites you to come to New York and work out (think "Team Canada") -- that's just stating a fact!
|3 years 39 weeks ago||I'm more interested in the image between||
I'm more interested in the image between the two "Michigan!" marks. What the hell is that thing?
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Not Bolden||
It's Newsome (again) this time. Bolden is no longer asking to transfer.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Well, Brandon got his way||
ND is at Michigan in 2017, so it's a smooth transition.
The only way ND possibly drops out of the current series with Michigan is if they join a conference. [That won't happen unless the BCS folds and there's a major realignment in college football.] Even if they did, we could still schedule challenging home-and-homes in that slot.
I'll guess what the move to a 9+ND annual schedule means is no more FCS opponents. Michigan will play mostly MAC schools each year, with a few other FBS-but-not-BCS schools sprinkled in.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Bob Weir (nickname)||
|3 years 39 weeks ago||You might want to wait||
You might want to wait until Obi makes it, you know, past the first weeks (or days) of camp. Attending an NFL camp means almost nothing when you're talking about someone with the game experience Ezeh has -- they will give him a chance.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||This is the Dantonio school of motivation||
This is the kind of motivational thinking Dantonio teaches his players. It's related to the negative recruiting approach. [To state the obvious, it's all profoundly stupid, because it just feeds the inferiority complex.]
I can't help contrasting this with what MIke Martin was talking about at the B1G media days -- "We didn't know how a championship team functioned." Cousins thinks he does, but he's going to learn this year that he doesn't.
Nota bene, Kirk: Michigan is not rebuilding this year -- Michigan was rebuilding last year. So was Notre Dame. Stop worrying about the fans and start preparing for the fact that this year, unlike last year (when you played three actual ranked teams and lost to two of them), you will play a resurgent ND along with five of the best teams in the new Big Ten. You get an extra week to prepare for Michigan, but since you will be 3-2 at that point, you'll spend the whole time trying to figure out who to blame, while Michigan has a nice road-game warm-up (win or lose) against a team without an inferiority complex (Northwestern).
|3 years 41 weeks ago||On Forcier's grades||
On Forcier's grades, just read between the lines: "I needed a certain amount of credits. The incompletes, I took care of those. [The Fs, I couldn't do anything about them.] Dave Brandon still wouldn't let me stay. [There was nothing he could do.] He refused to even meet with us."
|3 years 42 weeks ago||I logged in just to up-vote this||
And to second it. There will be no drop off in the line coach (Tall was good), and vast improvement in the other defensive position coaches. [Plus, there are four defense-only coaches now, instead of only three.] It's not just switching out the coordinator.
I don't know how to quantify that, but teaching is a big part of coaching on the college level, and teaching is not easy--some people are much better at it than others--so changing out the teachers can have a significant impact.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Losses and ties don't matter||
In a head-to-head matchup, it's about who has the most wins, right?
So vacating the win(s) is meaningful for us, and Wiscy shouldn't care about OSU vacating the loss (if that is the case), since they still retain the win.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Negative-recruiting coming home to roost?||
Dantonio milked the negative-recruiting thing against Rodriguez for all it was worth, in a personal way. I'll bet he expected to be able to work that scheme indefinitely, because I don't think he thought Michigan under Rodriguez would do as badly as it did with regard to wins and losses. Dantonio had no Plan B -- no way to respond to Rich losing his job so quickly.
Plus, Hoke is like Teflon when it comes to that shit. Seems likely that it was a factor in the coaching search. He's the anti-Dantonio.
Getting owned in that bowl game versus the SEC last year hurts them, too. Expectations were much lower for Michigan versus the SEC, plus we fired our coach after the game.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Took a half-hour to read the thread||
Still didn't see too many people pointing out the fact this is kinda big news -- here's a guy they liked so much at camp they offered him a 2013 scholarship because they can't fit him into the 2012 class. That's very unusual and indicative of something more than just being under the radar. My guess it is real, timed, consistent SPEED.
The place where Tim goes awry in his post is likely giving the 4.47 time four FAKES out of five. If he were right, Jeremy would not have the offer from Michigan.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Please||
> Who knows what could or could not happen.
It's only malarkey if it's some kind of scam. It's not. All questions can be answered. "What would happen if ... ?" The big question is what happens if there is an injury before he goes on scholarship. I don't know the answer to that, but the coaches and the University do.
There's nothing mysterious about it. He's being offered a 2013 scholarship, with early enrollment, on the condition that he participate as a preferred walk-on in 2012.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Depends on the parents' ability to pay||
I mean, many families can find or borrow enough money to pay for a semester. But four years is another story. Griese's dad obviously could afford to pay his way at Michigan.
This isn't a preferred walk-on's promise of maybe getting a scholarship if one opens up and you've earned it. This is something beyond that -- he's being offered a 2013 scholarship. If he accepts the current offer, that scholarship is taken.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Good question||
> Would he be elegible for a medical scholarship then?
I mean, he would be on campus and participating in practices just like a redshirt scholarship player would.
I don't think any fears anyone has voiced about Michigan withdrawing the scholarship after he's on campus because he isn't as good as the coaches thought have any basis in reality. But an injury is another story. I wonder if the NCAA rule on greyshirts has any mention of this?
|3 years 45 weeks ago||It's not just the sleeves||
The proportions between the stripes and the numbers and the M on the front are completely different in the game jerseys. A lot more blue, a lot less stripe.
Plus, it's a "jersey" only in name. Good luck getting pads under that thing. It's basically a shirt inspired by the game jersey.
Those are the two main reasons why it sucks, IMO.
But I'm buying one of the hoodies...
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Yeah, and it's more like||
This is like that, but if all the original Freep allegations were true, and then some.
This thing with Talbott is for real, and he isn't a goddamn "freelance photographer" -- he works or worked for one of Ohio State's primary trustees.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||2007-2009? Shouldn't the OP's title be past tense?||
Or is he still working there?
|3 years 47 weeks ago||And here's the 1901 team in the first Rose Bowl (1902)||
Michigan looks to be running the same play as Ohio in the above, just a lot more effectively:
Still no Ms visible. They are wearing them in the photos from the parade (before the game, I think), but not on the field. Kind of a "dress uniform," I guess.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Not sure, but||
in the 1901 photo, at least one of the players is wearing the M sweater over a padded shirt. I think it's possible they did wear the M as warmups, over the padding, etc.
We need some game photos from that era! Here's one from 1902:
Don't see any block Ms. The caption at Bentley is:
Notice Ohio is wearing striped jerseys under the leather vests (like the Michigan captain in the 1899 team photo, see below) -- gotta think it was a common away-game look.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Notice the striped socks in the 1895 photo||
Notice also the striped lines of stitching on the shoulder padding of the 501-0 (1901) team -- probably also part of the inspiration for the stripes.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Stitched-padding motif||
Can't edit above, so allow me to add here that it occurs to me that the stitched-padding motif is probably also (indeed, primarily) a reference to the pants of that era...
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Franken-uniforms||
Most likely the 1899 photo is the key used by the designer. The finished version combines three elements of the photo:  the classic block M jersey;  the striped jersey worn by the team captain in the photo (I'd like to see game photos, but this was likely worn for some games, maybe away?);  the stitching motif on the M is probably a reference to the stitched padding on the shoulders of some jerseys from that time (seen second from the right in the 1899 photo).
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Probably based on the 1899 team photo||
Via MVictors, the team captain is wearing a striped jersey. These were common in the era. I'd like to see some game photos, but Michigan likely wore them for some of the (away?) games. So the Adidas creation is a combination of that and the classic M jersey.
I think the "stitching" design on the M is a reference to the stitched padding on the shoulders of some of the jerseys of that era, as seen second from the right in the full 1899 photo:
|3 years 47 weeks ago||The main argument||
The main argument would have to be that USC's case involved a sports agent (actually a wannabe, but still), which is very clearly against the rules. All of the OSU stuff is grey area material, and can be answered with "the players didn't know bartering memorabilia was against the rules" and "technically, getting a loaner car is not against the rules" and "he signed the stuff, but he was just doing it for a friend and he told us he wasn't getting paid -- poor judgment, but not against the rules -- we had no idea he was getting paid, so we didn't report it."
[Oops -- not meant as a reply.]
|3 years 47 weeks ago||For sure||
Lack of institutional control seems likely. Makes Bush's dealings with the would-be agent or whatever seem positively rational, even normal.
Few things are interesting enough to get me to read 200+ comments in a thread. Best so far is the person who pointed out that this is all very close to what Clarett was saying.
Have to wonder what the penalties could be. If half of what has come out is true, one possibility would be to ban Tressel from ever coaching again in the NCAA. As for the institution, I don't know -- USC-type penalties seem inadequate, even if doubled or tripled in length. Not letting the coach walk away would be a good start, and there's vacating wins and such, but beyond that scholarship restrictions don't seem like enough. As someone else suggested, maybe the Big Ten has to get involved, because they seem like the only ones who can hit OSU where it actually hurts -- $.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Correct||
The biggest hit to the APR is likely to come from Tate Forcier, if the rumors are true that Miami decided not to admit him once they saw his Michigan transcript. Evidence is:
 He was ruled ineligible for the Gator Bowl, so that's not just smoke, but fire.
 There were enough hints in the various statements by Tate and his father to indicate that he wanted to be allowed to make up missed work in more than one class. They also indicate that the AD refused to get involved, which I take as another sign that it was an academic issue.
Put 1 and 2 together and I'll guess at least two Fs. If it was a single prof refusing to accommodate him, Tate would have been all over that.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||How far back does the two-deep data go?||
Would it be possible to use "years in the two-deep" instead of "years on the team"? A player in the two-deep has a different experience than one who is not, both in practice and during games.
Maybe the main thing that "years on the team" shows is that age is not a significant factor? That is interesting -- maybe what it shows is that most kids who ever make into the two-deep in a D-I program are highly disciplined, so maturity doesn't matter as much as one might expect.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Could happen||
I haven't done the math, but I'll guess 5-3 (with four non-conference losses) could win a division as the best record if you win against the other 5-3 teams in your division head-to-head.
Since the non-conference schedule happens early on, it would certainly count as a "hell of a season" -- basically starting 0-4, then clawing back to go 5-3 the rest of the way, with most or all of those losses outside of the division.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Commuting into NYC||
Commuting into New York from New Haven would be tough. Almost two hours each way on the train. There are lots of trains, though. One of the great things about New Haven is the fact it's easy to get into NYC without driving -- just not as a commuter!
I went to graduate school at Yale while my wife was working in NYC -- we lived in Fairfield for most of that time. It worked pretty well for us, though suburban life was a big adjustment from NYC. The drive into New Haven is not debilitating (less than 30 minutes), and the train ride into New York can be decent if you are disciplined enough to catch the one of the express trains to/from Fairfield. The thing about commuter trains is the number of stops, not the actual time -- the more stops, the longer it seems.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Not a reference to the press, methinks||
My read is that he was not referring to the press in this case. He was talking about other ADs or coaches who said things about the investigation into Michigan that were self-serving or whatever. I'm don't know what he meant, but I have a feeling the people he's talking about do.
You'd have to go back through all the coverage of the jihad and the NCAA investigation to see who gave quotes and what they said. Dantonio? Brandon was just saying he isn't going to do the same to OSU and Tressel.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||No disrespect, but I really don't get this attitude||
Michigan plays in the Big Ten. Michigan can't win a national championship in football without winning the Big Ten. 2006 proved that. There are twelve regular season games, and soon enough nine of them will be Big Ten games.
The point is we don't play the other teams we're competing against for a national championship: the SEC leader, the Pac 12 leader, the Texas et al. leader, and so on. See a pattern there? At the end of the year, the teams at the very top of the BCS rankings are always conference champions. The coaches prepare the team to compete against the actual opponents they play, not against some media-driven formula. Going unbeaten in ten Big Ten games (nine plus the championship game) is always going to be the first item on a resume for the BCS championship game. Michigan can beat Alabama and Notre Dame in 2012, but it won't mean shit if the BIg Ten is lost. The non-conference schedule only helps if the Big Ten is won.
Putting all that aside, I think the idea is not that focusing on a national championship is aiming too high or anything like that. The idea is that going unbeaten is in itself not a goal. If that's your goal, your season is over with the first loss. The highest-level championship Michigan football has control over is the Big Ten. Win it and you play for either the BCS championship or the Rose Bowl championship, or both. End of story.
Hockey is different. You can lose the conference and still win the national championship. But that's not the case in football.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||One other scenario||
One other scenario is one of the teams having to win in order to play in the championship against the other team. That is, either M or O has clinched a berth in the playoff, but the other team needs to win The Game in order to make it in.
That would be a sort of sweet double-whammy, where, say, M has clinched, and defeats O to both win and deny them a shot at a rematch!
|3 years 51 weeks ago||The correct answer||
to question (c) was: No, Michigan does not do that.
Saying he's the "most likely candidate" for something that has never and won't ever happen is pointless.
If they need to make room to make 23 (I agree with the OP that 23 is the optimal number with regard to positional needs), they are likely to cut some 5th-years loose.
|3 years 52 weeks ago||Not hulu||
I think probably "Hulu Plus" ($8/month) will eventually support Apple TV, like Netflix does now. They already support a range of devices including iPad and iPhone.
Apparently, the early version of the Hulu Plus iOS app allowed AirPlay (thus you could watch via Apple TV), but it is blocked in the most recent update.
In response to your more general question: Until Mac OS 10.7 Lion comes out this summer, you need an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) to do what the OP has envisioned. Although I suppose you could download the MP4 file and put it into iTunes and then use your computer to play it on Apple TV. If you respond to this comment I'd be happy to try it for you and see if it works.
|4 years 7 hours ago||It is useful to me, so thanks||
Macs don't come with HDMI ports. I bought an Apple TV to get iTunes HD content onto my TV (mainly Doctor Who -- my cable provider is too cheap to get BBC America), so I've already got what I need.
|4 years 10 hours ago||Also, the choices --||
There's no opposites for "insightful" and "interesting" -- maybe "dumb" and "pointless" would work. Replace the useless "overrated" and "underrated" with those two and it would be more useful for me.
As it stands, I usually don't have a choice that even generally describes my negativity toward a comment.
|4 years 1 day ago||Yeah,||
Darius should maybe listen to Phil Jackson, who said there wasn't going to be a season. I think Jackson is pretty well tuned into both sides of the equation -- I don't know what made him say that, but I tend to think he's not "working the refs" (as he is wont to do) in this case -- he really thinks the two sides won't be able to reconcile.
|4 years 2 days ago||Uh, his "theory" is the opposite||
He says he doesn't think that.
Otherwise, yeah, the person who paid for them wants to stay anonymous. Not surprising, that.
True that the fact MSU fans used some of the same locations in December proves nothing. If you ask Bob where would be a good place to put up a football-related billboard, those spots are what he's going to recommend. Could easily be a Michigan fan.
|4 years 2 days ago||Special teams, too||
The thing about linebackers is they translate well not only to fullback, but also to special teams. So the coaches figure one or two go to fullback and the other who don't become starting linebackers end up stabilizing special teams, which, like the defense, was a disaster under Rodriguez.
|4 years 1 week ago||Tressel's "resignation"||
It looks to me like OSU is aiming for a potential resignation after the 2011 regular season -- that is, they want to stretch the process out until then (I'm not sure if they will succeed, but I think that's the strategy), so they can do an ideal coaching search, timed not unlike the 2007 Michigan search.
I suspect most of their class would hold together at that point, with a lot of the other elite programs already close to full up.
|4 years 1 week ago||Just take football out of the equation||
 Accept that there will be 85 more men's sports' scholarships than women's at FBS schools, and 63 (aggregate) at FCS schools -- not sure about DII.
 Mandate that existing women's programs don't get cut to pay for new men's programs, or something like that. I don't think it would be too terribly hard to develop a set of rules about what schools can and can't do as they transition toward a reformulated Title IX.
|4 years 1 week ago||In this case,||
In this case, it would seem to be the Florida recruiting gurus -- I spent some time trying to figure out where I got the idea, and it must have been Brian's Hello post, which called the reports of a 4.47 40 "vaguely plausible" and gave it one FAKE (out of three, I think), all based on something called Florida Football magazine or something like that. I'm on my phone or I'd link.
I realize this was later tempered in the signing day post on him, but I guess because he has so much upside in all other respects I just chose to ignore the doubts about his speed as a WR.
|4 years 1 week ago||Uh,||
wishful thinking? Just that he was always listed as a WR and I seemed to recall he was pretty fast, which appears to be wrong. Plus, he is for-sure smart, decisive, and charismatic -- likely to be a team leader regardless of how much he sees the field during games.
I still think he can be very useful if they can find him a role.
|4 years 1 week ago||SB not on scholarship||
Gibbons is the one on scholarship.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||This is fairly common -- a 150-day delay timer||
I run a couple of Google Groups discussions -- notice it is exactly 150 days since it joined. There's probably a term for this technique, which is designed to get around automatic probation periods (i.e., before a member is no longer moderated).
|4 years 2 weeks ago||He saw the field in 2009 and 2010||
He played early in the 2009 season, so he definitely does not qualify for a regular redshirt.
So he's either a true Junior in 2011 or he's in the same boat as Gardner (who is a year behind him). That is, the NCAA won't rule on a medical redshirt for his 2009 season until after he exhausts his regular eligibility, if he still wants it at that point. I think they have started doing it that way to avoid spending resources to make decisions that turn out not to matter.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Not disagreeing --||
Not disagreeing -- I think you have to count 16 now. I imagine the coaches are planning around 19 for the class, but not because they plan to cut a certain number of 5th-years loose. Just that there is attrition every year, one way or another, in every program.
That said, there isn't a lot of reason for a 5th year to hang around if he's  not likely to play, and  is ready to graduate. I take Hoke at his word that, for him, football is about the players -- part of that is pushing the little birds out of the nest when it's time to fly.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Big East by 2020||
UConn, UMass, Rutgers, Temple (all sports, not just football like last time), South Florida, Central Florida
Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia, TCU
|4 years 2 weeks ago||That's the OP's way of saying||
That's the OP's way of saying they're not going to redshirt
|4 years 2 weeks ago||The latter||
He means the year of their last season, which follows Tim/Brian's practice in the official MGo depth chart by class. He's making guesses about who will redshirt this year, but otherwise I think it's mostly accurate.
Is Hawthorne applying for a medical redshirt for his freshman year? Because otherwise he should not be listed as a redshirt -- he played in the first four games of 2009. Regardless, he'll be either a senior or a redshirt junior in 2012, not a sophomore.
Weirdly, the OP seems to have used an old version of the depth chart, since it has the old "C. Hagerup" error, which has since been corrected.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Agree||
There aren't many elite programs without competition a year or two in front of him.
Michigan is relatively thin at quarterback in terms of overall depth—Zeke would be integral to the team from day one, regardless of how the depth chart plays out.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||The writer doesn't know shit about dogs||
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Those look to me to be possibly new-type helmets||
There's been a lot of movement lately with regard to rethinking helmet design -- Michigan could be giving feedback.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Yes -- he's the reason Hoke said they're at 84||
I'm fairly certain he's the reason Hoke said they're at 84 scholarships. If Williams were still on it, they would be at 85.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Yeah -- the first NCAA ruling/punishment||
The first NCAA ruling/punishment on the five players was based on the principle that the university didn't know about it, and thus did nothing wrong in playing them all season.
But now it's clear the university did know about it (Tressel is a representative of the university -- if he knew, the university knew), and well before the season began. I'm not sure what should and/or shouldn't have happened given the FBI involvement and all, but something should have happened.
I seriously doubt the fire will spread beyond this case, but that should be enough -- "failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance" is on the table. The real question is what did he do with the information? Did he really do nothing? Or did he talk to the players? Are they lying for him?