|1 week 6 days ago||Continued Improvement....||
is what I want to see. Oddly enough, the offense looked like it took a step forward last week, but that was missed for all the errors the defense made. I have to remind myself daily that this offense is learning a brand new system. If Hoke is to blame for anything it was waiting too long to make a move on Borges IMO. He's put himself in a no win situation.
ETA: I want to see Brandon shown the door as well. I've had enough.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The AP rankings....||
Don't matter to committee (supposedly). It's been nice to not have all the ranking discussion going on like we usually have. Oct 28 is the first ranking that's going to matter. We'll see what the committee comes out with.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Local Fans....||
you should go watch this kid play. He's pretty good. I'd love to see him at Michigan. Tons of potential.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Guys....||
this isn't a competition thing. It's a $$ thing. I live in the CLT area and go to this game just about every year for free. This year, they were giving 50 yard line tickets away. When it was all said and done, their average ticket prices was under $10 per. That changes if they get Clemson playing FSU. Schools here don't travel like those in the B1G outside of FSU and Clemson and this year the FSU fans didn't really travel all that well.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||The motivation here is....||
to boost sales to their conference championship game. I live in the Charlotte, NC area and get tickets to this game all the time. This year, they were giving away 50 yard line tickets. The average cost per ticket was under $10 when all was said and done. Reality is, until Miami gets their crap together and starts playing football again, it's always going to be either FSU or Clemson vs no one anyone wants to see. If I were Swafford, I'd be doing a realignment and putting Clemson on the other side of FSU. The current alignments were driven by basketball rivalries prior to them poaching the bball schools from the BE. Now that they have those schools the original rivalries can't exist anyway so they might as well blow the whole thing up. Swafford is a trainwreck.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Anything||
that deemphasizes the current polls works for me. If they want to blow up the current polling system, I'd be fine with poll driven selections, but until that happens, using them is pointless. It doesn't matter HOW you use them, they are crap so the result from using them will be crap.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Link|
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Honestly....||
If they don't do something about this dumb polling process (the method they use to rank these teams in the first place) it doesn't matter if they have a playoff or not. Garbage in = Garbage out regardless of what the "out" looks like.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||That....||
makes me nervous actually. Isn't there some sort of "rule" around this? With the crap the NCAA comes up with in the form of "rules" this seems like something they'd have thought of, no?
|2 years 36 weeks ago||This only works||
if they change how the rankings are done. If you have a crap cake sitting in front of you, the flavor of icing is your least concern.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Welcome||
Scouts has him listed as a TE/DE.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||They can have "#1" as long as||
They can have "#1" as long as Michigan gets "#2 - #10"
|2 years 37 weeks ago||"THE University of Ohio||
"THE University of Ohio State"....cracks me up every time.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Nothing to see here....||
This was a slap on the wrist.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Peter Kalambay||
I was at this kid's game last week and thought to myself he'd be a great fit at UM. He makes you take notice when he's on the field.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||exactly....||
this will be the biggest problem for Butch to overcome.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||What I mean by....||
"UNC wasn't ready for big time football". Here's a perfect illustration. UNC has 26 sports total (men/women combined). Alabama has 12. Alabama had over DOUBLE the amount of staff in the compliance dpeartment than UNC did and most of them were for football. I was kind of shocked when I heard that but it puts this whole thing in perspective. Players and agents had pretty much an open forum for a few years. I suspect that will change quickly now.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Living here in the area....||
I don't think it's going to be as bad as a lot of folks think and I think Butch's history at Miami and the fact they he benched a bunch of players from the start will be a big part of why it's not as bad. There is one glaring problem that Butch has and it is that he hired the cheater, knowing he was a cheater. The reality is, UNC was ill equipped to handle big time football players and agents lurking all over the place. It's much easier to manage a few basketball players than it is to manage all those highly touted football players.
I'm not making any excuses for him, but I just have this gut feeling that he's gonna get off easier than a lot of people think. When that happens, the NCSU fans are going to jump off the cliff. They're about as unstable as MSU fans.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||This is a systemic problem.....||
but for folks to realize it they have to admit they were wrong. It's much easier to blame the kid than admit they were duped or bought into the vest meme.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I don't see how they get ANY||
I don't see how they get ANY big name until the verdict on their punishment is in. I've been wrong before though.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||What happened to....||
serving out the punishment with the team and all that crap? I'm not sure why I am angry with this whole thing. Is it because I bought in to the "he's different" crap OSU was throwing out or because they'll never be able to even the score with him?
Regardless, he's quit....move on with the speculation of the usual suspects (Pederson, Patterson, Pelini, Meyer, etc). In all honesty, we know the NCAA is about to release the fury on the school. Who really wants to go there at this point? Lane Kiffin's the only one dumb enough to go to a school with that kind of crap rolling down.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||This....||
was my first thought as well.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||An inspirational speaker once told me.....||
Character/Integrity isn't defined by what you are doing when the cameras are rolling and all eyes are on you. Character/Integrity is defined by what you do when no one is watching.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||I am sold that....||
Hoke and company can recruit with the best of them. Now they have to get results on the field. If their ability to coach is 1/3 their ability to recruit, they'll be alright by 2012
|3 years 22 weeks ago||If I had to guess....||
it goes something like this:
"meh...we knew he was blue all the way. MD doesn't like small guys and really didn't want him. We're recruiting nationally now and we can find better players elsewhere"
something like that.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||I wonder this also....||
I don't get the quick locking and even sometimes complete removal of threads Are they that high strung?
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Went over there...||
for the first time last week to lurk. Holy crap, I can't stop reading it now. If there was a message board version of a train wreck, it's that page.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Foul Ball||
That is all.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Only when I see it, will I||
Only when I see it, will I believe it.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Majorly disappointing article....||
It's intellectually lazy IMO. Why on earth do you take one team from a conference and label the whole conference? This is why I HATE "conference" talk. It always devolves into this kind of lazy thinking. I had little use for Tony prior to this, now even less....if that's possible. I get that they do this to generate traffic, but any writer worth their salt can do so without resorting to this garbage.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||All of this....||
still points back to the alums. Shame on them for allowing themselves to be kept away or shame on them for not wanting to be involved. And since when does one have to be "invited" back to their home? That's simple BS also.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||This is very true....||
all fan bases have them. It's proportion that is concerning when talking about OSU.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Coming back??||
Where are they going to go? Posey might be a 3-4 round type of player, the others would be doing themselves a disservice to leave.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Going to NCSU per ESPN....not||
Going to NCSU per ESPN....not sure how reliable they are though.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Personally, I think you are||
Personally, I think you are missing on the "why" people are comparing him to Carr. A lot of folks liked things just the way they were under Carr and that's why we get the comparison to Carr, not because Hoke was on his staff. There is a lot of belief out there that if they get to winning 9-10 games a year and about .500 in bowl games then Michigan is "back".
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Any evidence I give you is||
Any evidence I give you is going to be anecdotal at best. Through the mid-late 2000s it was brutal to watch B10 football. It just was. Watching UM yearly they were destine to win almost all the games they should and lose to OSU. What was UM's biggest win from say 2002 - 2007? I can tell you what the worst loss was.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||No offense intended but...||
this is like saying RR "improved" every year because he was getting more wins. During Carr's last years, the B10 was in a downward spiral and mediocrity was the order of the day. Racking up wins in a conference in that condition then getting smashed in bowl games isn't my cup of tea. Yes, on paper Carr "maintained". On paper RR was improving.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||I'm not assuming anything. I||
I'm not assuming anything. I am simply providing my personal measuring stick for success. I don't know what Hoke is going to do. I am hopefully that he succeeds. I don't have anything against the guy and I'm not his biggest homer. I am simply saying, getting back to the late Carr years will not be enough for me. He needs to get there, PLUS advance the team back to where the early Carr years had them and then a little bit more.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||This is exactly my point...||
The University of Michigan should have expectations higher than what Carr was doing in 2007. The OP is free to correct me, but I believe that's all he's saying. Yes, getting back to mediocre is the first step, but if that's as far as they go, what was the point?
I'm a five year guy for any coach in any situation. I didn't care for the RR hire, but he was and I was disappointed he wasn't given the time to develop his team. I was even more disappointed that he couldn't bring the defense along. I give Hoke that same timeframe, but see no reason for him NOT to be back at 2007 Carr type teams in two years. If they don't continue to improve and get to playoff type standards I'll be first in line to question Brandon and his decision making.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||New to the board but I believe some of you have missed the point||
I don't think the OP is suggesting that national "championships" should be the standard. I think he's saying that UM isn't "back" if they get to where Carr had gotten them. Carr really had two careers at Michigan. There was the first half where he won the "championship" as well as part or sole conference championships. They generally played well in bowls and represented the university very well. Then there was the second half, where UM didn't sniff a national "championship" game (sans 2006) and was brutal in bowl games.
I think the OP point was that Hoke getting back to the level Michigan was at in the second half of Carr's tenure is not good enough. I agree with him. There is no reason Hoke can't have this squad back to those levels in just a couple years....especially if he's as good a coach as everyone says. If that's the case, then for me, he has another three years (5 years total) to show me that he is able to put a team together worthy of national "championship" discussion.
I don't care much for the BCS. Winning it is of no real interest to me because I have such a low opinion of it. However, UM needs to get to a position where they are routinely considered for a playoff should one actually happen. I can think of ONE team (the 2006 team) that would have been a legit consideration for a playoff. That's it. I think the OP is suggesting UM needs to be in those talks a lot more often and getting the program back to where it was in Carr's second half isn't going to be good enough.
If that's what he's saying, I agree with him 100%