this guy evidently hired to work for AD
|3 days 19 hours 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 24 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 25 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 25 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 28 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 29 weeks ago||The artistry||
The artistry of that GIF is in the motion of the tail.
|1 year 29 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 32 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.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||One with the ball||
Bartlestein was one with the ball -- he was just conveying the ball's experience. THE BALL KNEW!
|1 year 43 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.
|1 year 43 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 5 days 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 1 week 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 10 weeks ago||Second this||
|2 years 13 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 14 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 16 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 24 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 25 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 25 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 31 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 31 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 31 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 31 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 32 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.
|2 years 33 weeks 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).
|2 years 33 weeks 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."
|2 years 33 weeks 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.
|2 years 33 weeks 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.
|2 years 33 weeks 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.
|2 years 33 weeks 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.
|2 years 34 weeks 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.
|2 years 34 weeks 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.
|2 years 34 weeks 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.
|2 years 34 weeks 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.
|2 years 34 weeks 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?"
|2 years 35 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.
|2 years 35 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.
|2 years 44 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.
|2 years 44 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.
|2 years 44 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.
|2 years 45 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.
|2 years 45 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.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 50 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.
|2 years 50 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.
|2 years 50 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 7 weeks ago||Team 132||
Robinson: "We don't really care about what other people think. It's about this team. Team 132."
|3 years 7 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 7 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 8 weeks ago||Beveled||
Beveled refers to the graphic of the "Make A Donation" button on the home page, with its beveled edges.
|3 years 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 weeks ago||Just win, baby||
|3 years 10 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 10 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 10 weeks ago||Correct||
The early signing period is November 9-16.
|3 years 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 12 weeks ago||UCLA||
Chris Peterson may be waiting for the UCLA job to open up.
|3 years 12 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 19 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 20 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 20 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 20 weeks ago||Not Bolden||
It's Newsome (again) this time. Bolden is no longer asking to transfer.
|3 years 20 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 20 weeks ago||Bob Weir (nickname)||
|3 years 20 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 20 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 22 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 23 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 23 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 24 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 25 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 25 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 25 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 25 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 26 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 27 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 27 weeks ago||2007-2009? Shouldn't the OP's title be past tense?||
Or is he still working there?
|3 years 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 31 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 31 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 31 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 32 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 32 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 32 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 32 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 32 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 32 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.
|3 years 33 weeks 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.
|3 years 33 weeks 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.
|3 years 33 weeks 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.
|3 years 33 weeks 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.
|3 years 33 weeks 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.
|3 years 34 weeks 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.
|3 years 34 weeks 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.
|3 years 34 weeks 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.
|3 years 34 weeks 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.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||SB not on scholarship||
Gibbons is the one on scholarship.
|3 years 35 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).
|3 years 35 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.
|3 years 35 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.
|3 years 35 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
|3 years 35 weeks ago||That's the OP's way of saying||
That's the OP's way of saying they're not going to redshirt
|3 years 35 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.
|3 years 38 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.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||The writer doesn't know shit about dogs||
|3 years 39 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.
|3 years 40 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.
|3 years 40 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?
|3 years 41 weeks ago||No, please god no||
Have you ever tried to participate in a board where this kind of thing is common? It's a nightmare -- somebody makes three or four posts in a thread, and we're scrolling past whatever stupid fucking huge picture they've got up three or four times. Other people start doing it, and soon the thread is completely unreadable.
Images should be banned in signatures -- that's what the avatar is for -- I think they want to allow full HTML so people can include links and such, but images should be a no-no.
Note: the proper tag for this thread is "META:"
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Too quick, methinks||
Might be a flat-out denial.
But if this is true and the NCAA didn't know about it before the Yahoo story, OSU is likely screwed -- Tressel is a representative of that university and he essentially lied to the NCAA. It would also open the question of who knew Tressel knew. These things tend to cascade -- that's why the coverup is always worse than the crime.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Maybe he was just describing his own experience||
No moral standing required. Happens to him all the time. His uncertainty sensor gets overridden by what he thinks his necessity is.
I love this part of that quote: "I'm not sure if I should be doing this" -- he doesn't think they were sure they shouldn't be doing this?
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Huh?||
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Sarcastimeter?||
Like "altimeter" ...
|3 years 43 weeks ago||If Walsh is still with the Knicks next year, then||
If Walsh is still with the Knicks next year, then probably Thomas' role in it is being blown out of proportion. If it's true that Dolan forced Walsh to do this, then it's hard to imagine Walsh staying.
Although, that said, Walsh likes a challenge, and rebuilding the Knicks after this trade is definitely going to be a challenge!
|3 years 43 weeks ago||META: Prediction: This is first [?] of many threads like this||
It's going to persist throughout this coming year, and probably well into the next.
This particular post is well put, and doesn't make me want to stick my finger in my eye, but the way it is framed does boil down to "How much credit should Rodriguez get for this season?" People are going to want to weigh in on this question, but I just don't care. Coaches matter, but THEY DON'T PLAY. The players have a new coach, but it's still the same team. That's what I'm interested in.
Seriously, though, here's the answer: Hoke will be evaluated on the performance of the defense, which is what he was brought in to address.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I think Hoke expects to have a good season||
Some of these higher-end recruits might not be ready to look hard at Michigan right now, but the reality is that this year's team might be good, even great, if just a few things on defense can get straightened out.
I'm so shell-shocked after the defensive collapse at the end of last season that I'll believe it when I see it, but surely some of the returning first-year starters on defense are going to make significant leaps in their second years, right? So I'm saying there's a chance, and Hoke is trying to get into position to exploit that momentum if it happens -- the media will eat it up ["Michigan is back!"], and a lot of tickets to Bolivian will be punched around here as morons argue about who should get the credit. Like I give a fuck. It's about what Hoke does with it, not how it came to be.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Agreed||
Getting an offer from Stoops at OU is impressive. Short of a major SEC offer, Texas, or USC, there is none more so for a kid from Michigan.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Well, there was his homily||
Well, there was his homily during the introductory press conference about how he was a criminal justice major and only got started in coaching because it was a way to help kids.
If Demar can do the academic work at GRCC, I think there's a good chance Officer Hoke would be willing to offer him a scholarship.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I find myself wondering if Michigan is (or was) involved||
Not necessarily the athletic department -- maybe someone in academic counseling who is (or was) advising him and his family. I mean, Demar's case was unusual (one of three similar cases along with Witty and Jones) -- he signed a NLI and at the time it sounded (from statements Demar made) that someone was working with him to try and help him qualify and clear Admissions -- it didn't work out, but it's not hard to imagine them proposing the GRCC route in the aftermath. Fast forward to this winter, after things don't work out elsewhere, and Demar decides to go ahead and try GRCC.
The fact is, this is one of the only community colleges where, if one's grades are good -- and I mean really good, not just the minimums -- it is possible to transfer to Ann Arbor. Hoke talks all about redemption and "touching" the lives of players -- if Demar can hold up his end of the bargain, this could be a chance for Hoke to prove that it is not just empty talk.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||There is a third running back in this class||
I'm not sure if the Rivals guy mentioned this, but the preferred walk-on fullback, Joey Kerridge, is not an average football player. He is recovering from an ACL injury, but should be ready by Fall, and might well earn a scholarship. It sounds like he certainly would have gotten D-1 scholarship offers if he hadn't been injured last season.
Hayes, Rawls, and Kerridge make for a pretty formidable group.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I'm hoping for a great reckoning, where||
every point gained or lost since the shut-down is suddenly registered, and a lot of these folks creeping into respectability one douchebag comment at a time are stripped of their points overnight.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Chart! (click to go there)|
|3 years 44 weeks ago||"On average"||
We're not talking about absolutes here. A major surge in growth that begins after turning 16 is not common. I gather chitown.victor was 5' 10" by age 16 -- he had a late surge at age 15, which is at the very end of when that kind of thing usually happens, but still within the window. It would be rare for someone to start growing that much after age 16, and extremely rare after age 17.
Assuming the 5' 8" measurement is from age 15, Berkeley could easily be 5' 10" by age 16, at which point 6' is the average at 20. But if he's not 5' 10" by age 16, then his chances of reaching 6' 0" drop considerably. There are no absolutes other than most boys are done growing by age 20. The odds are what they are.
I have four brothers -- we range in height from 5' 9" to 6' 2" -- it's hard to imagine that we all grew at the same rates. Braylon's history likely has no bearing on this.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Stan is 6'||
On average, growth starts to slow around age 15, but doesn't stop -- he would have to beat the odds to reach 6' from 5' 8" at age 15 -- 5' 10" is the norm for that, but it's not like nobody ever ends up taller than that. To go from 5" 8" at 15 to 6' at 20 is to go from the 50th percentile to the 75th -- a big jump, but not unheard of.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Speaking as a professor,||
plagiarism is a common problem these days, what with Wikipedia and the Internet in general. I don't know what Michigan's policy is (I teach at a private liberal-arts college), but no doubt the University takes it seriously. In general, you don't get an incomplete for plagiarism -- you get an incomplete for not turning in your work or missing an exam (neither of which is cheating). Plagiarism is cheating -- we deal with it on a case-by-case basis (not all plagiarism is created equal), but we don't usually allow the student to make up the work. I might not report it if you confess and it doesn't mean you get an F for the semester, but if you do it on a final paper it is out of my hands.
To get to my point, if Tate is telling the truth that he was allowed to complete his classes, then most likely it was not plagiarism. More likely it was not turning in a paper or missing an exam. Incompletes have to be explained -- I'm not going to lie for you.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I don't think the University kicked him out||
I'm not sure what would happen to his scholarship, but it seems pretty clear that he got himself kicked off the football team regardless. If he wants to play football, he needs to go elsewhere. That's why the meeting in question was with the Athletic Director and not the Dean.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||True -- the headline should be "Brown Fired"||
That's all we really know -- the Patriots fired Corwin Brown after one year.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||You know that dates to before||
You know that dates to before Montgomery was hired, and isn't a comment on him, right? IIRC, it was a joke to the effect that with Mattison and Hoke on the staff, Michigan could hire Beyonce as DL coach and still be good.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||The OP suggested||
Michigan recruit a 7-foot Olajuwon.
He clicked the the wrong reply box -- get over it. Even if he did it on purpose (highly unlikely), the last thing MGoBoard needs is thread police.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Incorrect correction||
I realize you know it is a colloquialism and are joking, but this particular phrase makes grammatical sense. Corrected, it does not mean "you are shit" -- it means "you are not anything" or, better, "you are nothing" (nothing = no thing or "not something"). "Ain't" corrects to "are not." "Shit" corrects to "anything" or, better, "something."
|3 years 45 weeks ago||And a stadium|
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Bridled optimism||
Defense: Courtney Avery and Carvin Johnson both win starting jobs and play like second-year starters, i.e., pretty well. Jake Ryan starts every game. Overall, there are still weaknesses, but the offense no longer has to score on every possession in order to have a chance to win against quality opponents.
Offense: Denard doesn't have as many long runs, but he has more third-down conversions running out of the pocket. The media has to coin a new term for what he does, because "scrambling" doesn't cut it -- it's more like "phase-shifting" or something. After a solid year behind the seniors Stonum and Hemingway, Ricardo Miller will wear the 1 jersey in 2012. Overall, best in the Big Ten.
Freshmen: Joey Kerridge, the walk-on fullback coming back from a torn ACL last July, wins a scholarship in camp and sees playing time. Pooch-punts at least once during the season.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Rich is right... However, ...||
Rich is right -- Brandon is very inexperienced when it comes to being an AD or working at any level as an adult within a collegiate athletic department. He's going to make mistakes and he should be criticized for them -- if he's thin-skinned about it, that's just another mistake he'll have to learn from. He's used to operating behind a wall of corporate security/secrecy. It's going to take him a while to adjust to the new environment.
However, Rich made a series of poor decisions with regard to the defense over the course of his three years at Michigan, and the results got him fired. Brandon certainly could have done a better job at the helm, but in the end Rich has to admit that there was no certainty at all that the defense would improve significantly in 2011. He may believe that the improvement was going to be "exponential," but anyone who watched the last three games of the season knows what I mean. Nobody other than the defensive line seemed to know what they hell they should be doing.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Good point||
My bad -- I obviously don't know anything about Mallory -- I'm old enough to remember his older brother, but I don't remember him. I thought he was quite a bit younger.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Two points about Brown's resume||
Just set aside the whole "they didn't call him back" meme. It's not important, even if true.
 People have cited his resume as a reason to hire him, but it's also a reason not to do so. He's not an up-and-coming position coach, likely to stay in the program and then maybe be able to replace Mattison when the time comes. Brown isn't a guy who would benefit from working under Mattison and Hoke. Instead, he's a former DC who is likely to be around for just a year or two before he gets an offer that is too good to pass up. I think this is the most likely explanation -- Brown doesn't fit what they're looking for -- they don't need a co-DC, they need a DBs coach.
 Another question I have about his resume is why is it that his best option last year was a last-second job with New England as an assistant (safeties) to the DBs coach? That's a pretty big step down from DC at Notre Dame. Almost sounds like Weis called in a favor.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Note that Kovacs||
Note that Kovacs is a true junior next year and was originally a walk-on, so even if they could pull his scholarship to make room for some hypothetical late-breaking über-recruit, he'd probably still be on the team.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||It's a criticism of Brandon, not Hoke||
"The Process" and all that. But it's only been a few weeks since it came to an end. If Brian's still complaining about it (without new ammunition) a month from now, then, yes...
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Please explain||
Brian, you need to check your math. The way you explain this meme in the depth-chart-by-class post just seems wrong. I count just two open spots (85 new or current scholarships with eligibility remaining, minus Watson and Williams equals 83), maybe a third if you deny Herron or Grady. Not five.
FWIW, I think you double-counted Watson and Williams when you were doing the math.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||That's wrong, damnit||
He explained it, but he counted wrong. He started at 83, but he should have started at 85. Count them yourself.
[Note that I don't condone cypress's comment (he's whining about whining, ugh), but he's right about there not being five potential scholarships. Two or maybe three at most.]
|3 years 46 weeks ago||More on this topic earlier in the thread||
You all are right the numbers don't add up. Michigan had two scholarships left to give, those of Watson (unlikely to come back for 5th year) and Williams (likely medical hardship, playing career over), not five.
Go above 22 in this class and you're looking at denying a 5th year for Herron (after waiting until the Spring for attrition to open up a spot, thereby allowing you to keep Herron on). I think they were probably willing to potentially send Herron packing for Cooper, Willingham, and Fisher, but beyond those guys, not so much.
Anyhow, assuming they don't do anything with them in the next few weeks, I guess maybe a couple of walk-ons are going to get one-year scholarships, which is great for morale.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||As recently as two days ago,||
It was the roster from last season, including the coaches, like you say. The player bios are updated during the season, and they're still there, of course. Check out Denard's -- the 2010 entry is impressive.
They've updated the coaches page, but we might not see a new roster until the Spring, I suppose.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I dunno||
Bitching, moaning, and groaning is one of the great pleasures in life that nobody can take away from you, and pretty much every blogger worth reading (especially those without editors) wallows in it from time to time. That doesn't bother me. What bothers me is whining that is based on bullshit (assuming I'm right about his numbers here).
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Read Tim's Hello post||
He suggests they will try to redshirt Bellomy unless he's willing to take on the backup role behind Gardner for the duration -- I mean the primary backup who actually sees snaps in practice (and playing time when possible) in preparation for coming in if there are injuries. But I guess you never know -- he could be an NFL talent -- the thing about all these kids is they play against such different levels of competition in high school that it is hard to evaluate them until you've got them in front of you.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I mean double-counting to get to five||
when he is bitching about Michigan leaving five potential scholarships for incoming recruits on the table. As I said, look at that paragraph again. Even if you allow him Herron, that's still only three that they left on the table. And if we all agree that Herron has earned a fifth year, then it's only two.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Okay, but that's still double-counting||
Re-read that paragraph. He should get his numbers right if he's going to say, "They didn't sock themselves with USC scholarship penalties—they socked themselves with half of USC's scholarship penalties."
I still only count two left-on-the-table scholarships -- those of Watson and Williams. I don't see where he gets the other three.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||If that's the case, then Brian is double counting||
If that's the case, then Brian is double counting when he says that, assuming no Willingham, five scholarships were left on the table.
The numbers don't add up for me. It's only the two formerly non-returning fifth-years (Watson and Herron, I guess) and Williams. I don't see how he gets the 83 that he starts with, unless Kovacs and Grady don't count for some reason.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I count 85 scholarships||
No doubt this is my ignorance, but I don't understand where Brian's 83 comes from. I count 85 scholarships, including Grady and Kovacs.
There are 15 seniors with scholarships, and three senior walk-ons (all redshirts). If Mike Williams is healthy and gets a sixth-year medical redshirt for last season, he'll have two years of eligibility left, so that's only 14 seniors with scholarships. So again, Brian seems to be two short.
If Brian is right that there are two obvious non-returning fifth-year players next year, that brings the number of current 2012 spots back to 16, or 17 if Williams' playing career is over.
Normal attrition will still easily bring that up to the low 20s, but I don't think there are quite as many loose scholarships right now as Brian thinks -- more like two or three instead of five. Am I right?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||That was Mississippi State||
Not Ole Miss
|3 years 46 weeks ago||You can voice it here, but||
don't expect everyone to agree with you. And since you haven't actually provided any details, nobody is going to argue with you either. They're just going to down vote you for wasting their time and move on. Fortunately for you, the voting system doesn't count comments right now.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Correct||
Started all of last year in his first year of eligibility after redshirting at Michigan. Will undoubtedly start the next two years at Western. We'll see him this Fall in the opener. Not a bust, epic or otherwise, and didn't leave Michigan for football reasons. People assumed that, but it wasn't true. Kept his mouth shut when he left.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Agree||
There will probably be some attrition after spring practice, but the point is valid -- the fact the whole team [Tate doesn't count] is still on board says as much about Rodriguez as it does about Hoke.