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- Alabama - total lock, even with a loss
- Clemson - lose and they're out
- Ohio State - some voters will get uncomfortable with PSU win, but probably in
- Washington - need to win
- OK / OKSt - if one wins in dominant fashion they have a decent resume
- PSU / Wiscy - won the toughest conference and fared well against OSU
- Michigan - finished third in their division, lost to Iowa
- Colorado - weird spot for them as you'd think a win = in, but would you want them when one of their 2 losses is a blowout to Michigan?
- NBA - Quality improves by allowing players to season longer
- NBA - Can take flyers on young players without the risk of having to stash them on the bench or pay them right away
- NCAA - Stars may stay longer if they need to develop or don't like the team who drafted them
- NCAA - More followers from NBA fans
- Players - Know their NBA status and can make an informed decision
- Compensation - I don't know how this works in the NHL or MLB, but if a team drafts you but keeps you in college for a year or two....then you blow out a knee - do you get any compensation? There should be some sort of minimum payout or insurance for that.
- Minor League - The NHL and MLB have larger rosters and stronger minor league systems as compared to the NBA. To implement this type of draft in the NBA there will need to be more rounds and they need to have something in place that allows some of those other picks to decide "I don't care if the Celtics don't need me - I'm coming to the league!" The good news is that it might help grow the NBDL or foster a relegation type of system with more teams if there are more draft picks. If the NBA can thrive in OKC, they can probably find a few more cities to support a team (Seattle, San Diego, Cincinnati, KC, etc.)
- NCAA idiots - For some reason there are some still clinging to the ancient definition of amaturism. This makes no sense when you consider that you're just adoping the same exact policy of the NHL or MLB. The remaining sticking point might be off-season things like Summer League or Training Camp for players still staying in college.
- Simpson needs to live up to his ratings and reputation. He reminds me much more of Burke than Walton ever has. If Simpson is good enough to demand >20 minutes and can lead the offense, it suddenly fixes a lot of issues. Walton can be the spot up shooter like he was as a freshman, all the guards can split the minutes without anyone playing epic minutes like this past season, and the offense has flexibility.
- Wagner needs to play like he did in small stretches as a starter - becoming something like a McGary Jr. His offensive skill and overall height/athleticism are unmatched on the roster. With a year of strength training and experience, the 1-2 punch of him and Donnal could be an asset for this team.
- Irvin and Robinson have to be the shooters they are supposed to be. If both shoot around 40% instead of what they did this past conference season the offense will run smoother.
- They need to find one back-up on the wing. Maybe it is Wilson or Watson if we're lucky, or maybe it is an incoming player. Beilein has had pretty decent luck picking up unknown players who immediately contribute with Douglas, Novak, Levert, Spike, Rahk, Dawkins, and even Robinson. Who is to say he can't unearth a 6'6" wing that can play 15 minutes per game?
- The defense finds a way to be mediocre. The coaching change probably helps and Wagner might help too.
- Chatman was supposed to step in and play 30 minutes at the 4 and was not good enough to trust for more than a handful of minutes. I'd argue against the comment in this post about him being the best wing defender. He was perhaps best at guarding true PF, but he couldn't hold up against any SF.
- Dawkins was a flyer recruit, but was expected to be the starting SF this year and couldn't hold that job or capitalize on his athleticism in any way.
- Doyle was supposed to be the starter at center after his good showing against the POY Kaminski last year.....and was essentially the emergency center by the end.
- Any sale of apparel or marketing material that use a player's likeness, name, jersey, etc. results in that player having access to a portion of that money.
- Players can more freely interact with professional teams and agents without loss of their amature status. (I'm thinking more like baseball and hockey than a total free-for-all)
- If a program chooses to do so (since not all Div-1 programs make money), they can establish a monetary fund for scholarship athletes. It can be based on status, seniority, playing time, academics, or whatever. That money is put into an investment account that grows while they are on scholarship. If they leave school in good standing that money is theirs to spend. During school they can borrow against it. The NCAA can impose some limits or regulations on its use or maximum.
- McMurtry (he wore it when I was old enough to start remembering games)
- Robinson is a great shooter
- We will be happy to have him for two more years
- He's not a good defender at all right now
- His shooting fell off drastically as the season went on
- We need to focus on recruiting defense and toughness only.
- We need to recruit more athletes
- We shouldn't recruit anyone skinny
- We should stay away from developmental prospects, especially from Europe
- Our incoming big men are already skinny projects (which is only 50% true at best)
- Why do we want to recruit another stretch-four since he will flame out anyway
- This guy isn't good enough to solve our problems....despite being a top 100 recruit
- We got blown out so many times. Too many games were ugly to watch against good teams and it felt like we were so far behind them at times.
- This team had no personality. The star (Levert) was hurt, the scrappy leader (Spike) was hurt, the unknown D3 player who made it rain (Robinson) cooled off, and the ball of energy big guy from a foriegn country (Wagner) didn't play enough. Walton and Irvin are solid players and good kids, but they didn't give the team personality or star power. Rahk is a fascinating player who has improved a lot, but he is the same way. There's no alpha dog on this team or fun spark plug even like last year with Spike.
- The taste of the recruiting issues was fresh in our memories. We missed out on two 5-star recruits at the last minute and one of them went to our main rival.
- Limit the total number of off-campus camps coaches can attend per year
- Require that any off-campus camp meet certain requirements for attendance by players, other coaches, locations, duration, scope, etc.
- Require schools to get permission for the camps
- Limit the distance away from campus to a certain amount - 500 miles?
- Limit the number of staff members from any one school that can be present
|3 days 14 hours ago||We're out and we should be out||
While I think we're one of the best teams, we can't justify being in with two losses. We had to win either Iowa or OSU to be considered - losing both means we're out. We can bitch about having beat PSU, Wisconsin, and Colorado while also losing such a coin-flip game to OSU....but we lost 2 of our last 3 and one was to a crappy Iowa.
If we are sitting at 1-loss we're right in the mix. But as it is we shouldn't be in consideration. It would take total chaos (both Clemson AND Washington losing) just for us to get a sniff, and even then I don't think we should make it.
Sucks....but get a 4th quarter first down or a stop or an actual ref call skewed toward us in those two games.
|4 days 13 hours ago||I wish I believed it was possible....||
I think we are at better team than a lot of those in contention - certainly Wisconsin, PSU, and CU anyway. I do think that in a scenario with a lot of chaos that we have a fighting chance - and crazier things have happened.
But I don't think we have much of a shot without total chaos. You also should include in this analysis the quality of losses. While Michigan's aren't bad (both close road losses, one to #2) the Iowa loss stings here. I think if we were sitting with one loss to OSU we'd be in pretty good shape. But with two losses and two other teams from our own conference having legit claims to a spot - it will be difficult.
As it is, OSU has their own drama about the playoff spot. While we all think they'll get in, what if PSU dominates Wisconsin next weekend? Now you'll tell PSU that two teams from their own division are getting in ahead of them? Not likely.
Total chaos is the only way in, and frankly that's probably how it should be. Michigan needed to find a way to win one of their two losses. As it is I think the playoff chances are likely ranked like this:
So we want Clemson & Washington to lose while the B12 and B10 games are boring and sloppy. Otherwise I don't think we're in, nor do I really think we should be.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Close game - every play matters||
Look - I get it, the refs sucked. In a game that goes into 2OT the margin comes down to a single play. There were countless plays in this game that could have flipped it. And yes, I agree - the refs' made some calls that could have changed the game for us. I'm not saying that we SHOULDN'T be mad at the refs. I'm saying that this wasn't like the MSU game from 2015 or even the Iowa game from this season.
I'm more frustrated that the team who was poised all year with few turnovers and few offensive penalties made so many mistakes. I'm frustrated that we had Samuel dead behind the line and let him set up the 4th down play.
Most of all I'm frustrated that we continue to be the nail in this rivalry while OSU is the hammer. We needed one break and none fell our way.
|1 week 4 days ago||JT is the key||
While I think the Michigan D will give up a couple big plays to Samuel or Weber, I think they are good enough to shut most of that down. No one is completing a pass on Lewis these days and even when it appears Stribling has an iffy game (which I thought this past week and TTB pointed out as well), that equates to maybe one legit completion, one fluke completion, and one setting edge poorly. That's light years from the days of Johnny Sears and JT Floyd.
Anyway, this comes down to what it always has for Michigan versus OSU and other dominant spread teams - the QB's legs. With JT Barrett I'm most worried about the improvisational passing. I've been scarred ever since the Troy Smith 2006 game and I think it holds true here. LB and DBs leaving their coverage to chase the QB.....and giving up a completion. LB and DBs holding their coverages....and giving up a 15 yard gain.
To win the game we have to force Barrett to pass from the pocket. If we can do that, we have a great chance to win. (It would also help if the Defense could recover their first fumble of the year too.....what a crazy fluke.)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Duncan situation||
While I am as surprised and encouraged as anyone about Wilson vastly exceeding expectations through two games, I'm a little worried about Duncan Robinson.....and the feelings toward him. I get that we need a true PF like Wilson and that Duncan's defense isn't good. But he averaged over 11ppg last year and shot 45% from 3. We need to find a way to replace that production if he's suddenly going to be a bench player who gets 15mpg.
I do think that Robinson being able to come off the bench so that they can send any combination of Rahk, Irvin, or DJ for rest is a good thing. And if he's having one of his 6-for-8 nights from deep you play him more. I just worry that everyone is forgetting his positive contributions from last year. I hope he can find his outside shot coming in cold from the bench for a few minutes per game.
In the meantime, let's hope JB can work some magic against Marquette no matter what the minute split is between Duncan and DJ.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||More info please?!?||
I love that we have so many posters here that can so quickly relay awesome information like this. But it does get frustrating when the post has no link, doesn't list his position, rank, measurables, year, or heck....even sport!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Speight =/= Navarre. Speight = Brady||
I never liked the Speight as Navarre comparison after the first game or two. They are both huge, slow pocket passers. But I think Speight is more like Tom Brady....in terms of his feet. Brady is as slow as any QB in the NFL, but he has that 1-step movement in the pocket to avoid pressure, he rolls out when needed, and he gets a sneaky scramble about once per game. When I see Speight avoid pressure, I think of Brady....not Navarre.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Crawford downfield block||
I see why Brian thought Crawford got the wrong guy with his block, but I disagree. I think Crawford checked his options, realized he was unlikely to get to the guy who made the tackle, thus he took out the other two guys. Not perfect, but best case for him.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ceiling.....and expectations||
What I want to see out of the team this year is obvious improvement. Since we made the tournament last year and avoided any "bad losses" that to me means we are more competitive against top-50 teams and steal a couple wins and we make it to the second weekend of the tournament. I think predicting things like the final four are a little silly anyway because so much of that is based on the draw and some dumb luck. (i.e. MSU 2015)
I think the season hinges on three things, in order of importance:
1. Wagner is the real deal and an asset most games. 25mpg, 10-13ppg, 4-6rpg
2. Irvin/Robinson play up to their potential at forward. You'll hear a lot of talk about DJ Wilson being an X-factor, but it is more important that the two starters improve over last year. We need Irvin to play more like he did at the end of the season throughout the year. And we need Robinson to play more like he did early in the year. And they both have to get incrimentally better on D.
3. The defense has to get better. We don't have to be GOOD at defense, we just can't be horrific at defense.
If you take last year's team that snuck into the tournament and get a little better in those three areas it is pretty easy to see a couple of extra wins, thus a better seed, and maybe beating a team or two like Notre Dame in the tournament to make the Sweet Sixteen.
(Step 2 is turning that into a little recruiting magic and continuing the progress back toward where the Burke/Stauskas teams were.)
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Intentional holding||
While I agree that a lot of holding goes on in the trenches that rarely gets called, I do think MSU had a plan here in this game like the earlier poster said. If you start getting beat, hold - they can't call it every time. It worked for MSU with their DBs for years and it works for Izzo with his physical defense.
Where I remember it happening was late in the game on some of the cosmetic MSU success when Taco and Glasgow were blatantly held. Interior holding goes uncalled, except when the RB runs past your NT and he can't even reach an arm out because his shoulder is being held. DE's sprinting around the corner at the QB and being tackled gets called 90% of the time.
It seemed that MSU had a good plan to hold if needed and it aligned with an officiating crew that seemed determined not to call it much. They would rather call any minor contact in the secondary as PI (except when Darboh's arm is held).
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Why make the WR ineligible?||
I've never understood why teams knowingly make that interior WR ineligible. It clearly tips run and allows the D to have more freedom. I don't understand why that extra 1-yard of positioning relative to the LOS matters for the play design. Why not keep him an active threat?
(I also think similar things whenever I see a DT line up further away from the LOS to tip stunt)
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke-like behavior on Offense?||
Two things jumped out to me in this UFR that you repeated several times. The fact that our snaps were being timed consistently without a correction and the fact that we ran play action on long yardage downs more than once. These were frequent criticisms of the Hoke/Borges regime so I'm surprised to see them here. Can you comment further on why you aren't more frustrated like you were then? Do you think there will be a press conference this week when your staff can get a question in along those lines?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Disagreements with Brian....||
Okay, a couple of things I disagreed with in this post (minor observations only):
1 - When O'Korn came in the first time the TV crew showed footage of Speight getting checked out on the sideline. I assumed the only reason he came into the game was so they could check him. Perhaps that footage wasn't live.
2 - I think there's a difference between Navarre foot speed and Brady foot speed. Navarre was truly a statue. Brady has that skill where he can sidestep one defender to free himself for the pass. I think Speight is in that Brady-class of foot speed. He made several plays with his legs by moving around or out of the pocket - that was not something Navarre ever did.
3 - I have no doubt that Don Brown knows what he's doing, though I get nervous with the number of references to "don't worry - it will be fine" type of comments. I will say this - of all the positions on the team, the safeties and Peppers have had the biggest change to their assignment. The rest of the defense is doing some variation on what they've done in the past. The Safeties now are disguising coverage, taking slot guys, playing the run, etc. That's the area I think we're having growing pains.
4 - Michigan doesn't seem to be running an NFL style punt - they seem to have some hybrid thing where there are three guys in the backfield spaced horizontally. It doesn't look like the "shell" that you see in the NFL, it seems like a weird mix of the shell/spread. I don't like it and I fear that Harbaugh over-reacted to the MSU situation or losing Blake O'Neal.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Special Teams||
Brian - after listening to the podcast there were three things about the special teams I was surprised you didn't talk more about:
1- Our first glimpse at the punt team showed a weird hybrid formation between pro/spread. Thoughts?
2- The Kenny Allen muffed punt.
3- The other kickoff that wasn't a touchback was tactical. UCF had a penalty and as a result UM kicked off high and short, where Jordan Glasgow seemed to force a fumble. It looked like a very smart strategy.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Perspective||
For many years I worked with a guy and we got along really well...except for this topic. He was a die hard Nebraska fan and could write a post with exactly the opposite perspective. He would use things like strength of schedule, a couple of close wins for Michigan, the quality of the bowl win, and the fact that Woodson on wouldn't be a factor against their option run offense.
It is always impossible with multiple undefeated teams. Michigan is our champion from that year and it helped eventually get us the BCS and Playoff.
|16 weeks 11 hours ago||Disney oversight||
The only concern I have is that Disney may limit creative freedom a little to keep the franchise focused on the broad audience. Rumors are that Rogue One was too dark and depressing in the original screening and Disney wanted to reshoot with a little more uplifting moments.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||One more fix.....||
My single least favorite play in basketball that isn't mentioned on your list is the "anticipated and-1" call that so many refs make. This happens when a guy is on a 1-on-1 fast break and the defender does some token amount of defense to prevent a basket. It doesn't matter if the defender breaths on the guy - the ref is blowing the whistle. In my opinion, the number of and-1 calls should be reduced overall.
For the life of me I cannot understand why Michigan doesn't get any calls around the hoop. How have we produced so many NBA guard/wing types and yet we are at the bottom of the national list for foul calls?
|20 weeks 1 day ago||The draft rule....||
It boggles the mind why the NBA hasn't worked with the NCAA on a draft method similar to the NHL or even MLB. It really seems like it benefits all parties:
I think there are a couple of obstacles to overcome:
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Traveling - NBA vs NCAA||
My biggest issue with Traveling at this point is how it is completely different in the NCAA versus the NBA. In the NCAA if you even do a good pump fake and blow by someone there's a ref waiting to call you for traveling because it might have LOOKED like it. In the NBA you can take 4-5 steps and it won't even get called. I would like a happy medium where they don't call it so tightly in the NCAA but actually call it in the NBA.....
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Depth on OKC||
Not sure what you're getting at. OKC has Adams, Ibaka, Kanter, Mohammed, and Collison all fighting for the same minutes that McGary would play. That is a 3-deep roster at the two big positions on the floor when most teams probably rotate 4 guys at those spots.
I think Mitch probably is lacking in some areas to be a major contributor at the NBA level, he's clearly been plagued with some off-the-court challenges during his career, and the other fact is that he got drafted by the wrong team in terms of available playing time. A lot of teams could use a high energy guy that could come off the bench at the 4 or 5 position....just not OKC.
|30 weeks 13 hours ago||The recipe for success in 2016/2017....||
Here's what I think we need to see to feel good about this upcoming year:
Do any of those things seem far fetched on paper? Not really. Having all 5 of them pan out seems unlikely, but they might only need a couple of them to. I think the expectation next year is "right side of the bubble", which isn't ideal but is a pretty solid goal for this team and leaves them poised for a run.
I will agree that the pressure then falls on Beilein to reload/retool for the following season.
|30 weeks 13 hours ago||General thoughts....||
It saddens me that somehow the basketball fans on this stie have now become 100% polarized. You either hate everything with the program to the point where you want Beilein gone and don't think this core group can win without 5-stars.....OR.....you feel the need to go above and beyond your defense of what is clearly a solid but limited core group of players. I don't like that everyone ends up on one end of the spectrum, especially when the truth lies somewhere in between.
The fact is that Michigan won a lot of games last year, made the tournament, and hung tough against a higher seed despite losing their two seniors, who happened to be the best player and fifth best player on the team. Yes, Michigan was clearly inferior to the best teams in the country and struggled for long stretches at both ends of the court. But they weren't the tire fire that some imply.
Now we have a lot of fans running for the hills because of all the depatures. The fact is, the guys listed in this post were probably the biggest examples of where the program has stalled the last two years (along with Wilson).
If you want to complain about the state of the program, how about the fact that these three transfers were expected to all be starters or solid rotation players and all were glued to the bench by the end of the year. Their departure robs us of depth and whatever future potential they had (versus whoever takes those spots), but it doesn't rob us of actual contributors.
|31 weeks 13 hours ago||Intelligent pay||
I do not support the idea that we should aim a portion of the money cannon at the players and deregulate the financial aspects of paying players. Hell, even professional sports leagues regulate salaries and payment to players.
However, there has to be an intelligent way to funnel some of the vast millions to players such that paying a couple hundred dollars isn't going to sway their choice of college or whether they can eat dinner that night. Here are some simple ideas that could be pursued further:
I still believe there needs to be rules and limits established rather than a wild-west situation where some schools will pay every five star recruit a bunch of money and others go a different route. But something has to change to end the draconian situation we're in now.
Let's face it, these Ole Miss players probably took more money under Freeze than the Michgan basketball players did under Fischer. And we got vacated wins, banners removed, post-season bans, etc.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||The #1 jersey all-time greats....||
First, some back story. My grandparents got season tickets in the early 1970s and my family still has them all these years later. They started bringing me to games when I could barely walk, which was during Anthony Carter's final season. My cousin and I were the same age and they would bring us to games in our toddler #1 jerseys and we loved AC. Those happen to be my initials and my cousin's first name is Anthony. I still wear a #1 jersey to games today and I intentionally don't want a name on the back because I think the jersey is bigger than any individual great player who has worn it - even more so than the other legacy jerseys.
I've been attending games ever since and graduated from Michigan in 1997 - right after the national championship. A few years ago my younger brother was working at an event with some former players. He got Anthony Carter and Braylon Edwards to both sign the same football. It sits in my Michigan themed basement in a place of honor on the mantle above the TV.
My ideal scenario would be to find a way to get other wearers of the #1 jersey to sign it also. In order, I'd like to get:
In all seriousness, if anyone on the board knows of a way to get any of those autographs, I would greatly appreciate the suggestion.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Potential||
I think you can slice the numbers any way you want, everyone will agree on the following:
What we should think about it potential and expectations. Before the season a lot of people felt like he'd be another Matt Vogrich - someone who was a good shooter when unguarded but never found more than a small role. Instead, Robinson played a ton of minutes and overall had a great season.
The question we need to answer is what we should expect from him in the future. Everyone hoped that Irvin could turn his very limited sample size of "just a shooter" data from his freshman year into a big role. In some ways he did improve a ton, in others he hasn't. So what can Robinson do as he ages?
I'm of the opinion that a great shooter is always going to have a role and should thrive under Beilein. I'm not worried about Robinson's late season struggles or his potential. What will make or break this team is the ability to find an offensive leader that facilitates what Beilein wants to do. Teams like Purdue or others can put their best wing on Robinson because he was the guy that could potentially get hot and go for 25+. My fear is that Irvin and Walton are who they are and that the offense will too often get bogged down. The hope has to be that some combination of Simpson, Rahk, and Wagner can balance the offense and create match-up issues that open up things for guys like Robinson. I suspect Robinson will add more to his game, but probably not a ton.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||AAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHH||
Sometimes these comments just drive me nuts! I scrolled through them on this post and here's what I saw:
What do you people want!?!?! Besides a bunch of 5-stars just showing up at Michigan, I'm confused as to what we want.
Is this guy the answer? I'm not sure. He's interesting because of his size, athleticism, and brother.....but he's also skinny and could end up being DJ Wilson 2.0 (that's a bad thing so far).
Frankly, I'd take a long look at him since he has some positional flexibility, could blow up into a star, and most importantly - Michigan will be without an NBA legacy on the roster next year for the first time since Jordan Dumars and THJ joined the team. Dumars, Hardaway, Robinson, Horford, and Dawkins are all gone now. Doesn't Shawn Kemp have a son that's worth signing?
|33 weeks 11 hours ago||Durkin leaving isn't as scary as Baxter||
I think Durkin is getting a little too much grief, but I think Brown will be a relatively seemless transition. The players are essentially the same, the coaching staff is essentially the same, and Brown has a good track record.
What worries me more is the loss of Baxter. He took our special teams out of the dark ages of dispair into something interesting (despite a couple of blunders). While special teams are not as critical as defense, I'm worried about the drop off.
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||Thank you!||
Excellent post! Even before the season my expectations were "right side of the bubble" with this team based on the issues at center, unknown contributions from new guys, and unknown health recovery from several players. So they probably were closer to the bubble than I thought, but still "met" expectations.
I think what magnified the negative opinion of this team besides the lack of tournament success was the following:
I think Beilein's seat got a little warmer this year, but I'm not worried. I also question anyone who thinks Michigan really had some glory years. The late 80s were it I suppose. You can count the 3 years of the Fab Five if you want.....but only if you ignore everything else that swirled around them and the stain of the following recruiting classes.
I also think you're seeing Beilein respond - recruiting more players than scholarships to mitigate early departures, shuffling coaches, etc.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Hack & Gardner||
On your comments regarding Hackenberg, I think that's what I was trying to say. BOB saw the train of sanctions and missed scholarships coming and bolted. I do think he would have been more progressive and creative with how to protect Hack and find ways to use his talents, but I don't think it would have made a ton of difference with that OL and Hack's inaccuracy.
As for Gardner, maybe the OL did him in also and we never saw what he could have been. I do think that there were clearly things that Gardner was good at and I don't think Borges/Hoke ever knew how to take advantage of those. I will disagree with your RichRod comment slightly. I wasn't arguing that RichRod would have made Gardner a better NFL prospect, but I do think Gardner would have lit up scoreboards under his system. He would have used his legs far more and I think RichRod's system would create more simple reads for him in the passing game. Borges had a complex passing system that favored under-center and deeper routes. Your Tate example sort of shows my point - he was a solid QB under RichRod despite having far less raw talent than Gardner with both his legs and arm.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||The Camp Debate....||
What pisses me off the most about the NCAA vote on the camps is the haste with which they did it. This is the same outfit that has yet to figure out what to do with UNC and took eons to rule on the Fab Five, yet they can ban camps in a matter of weeks?
The problem was that it was an all-or-nothing vote and I'm not even sure the conferences truly talked it through with all of their coaches. There are literally countless ways they could have regulated camps to limit any perceived carpet bombing from Harbaugh without ruining it completely.
I could go on forever.
Likewise, it feels like this was conference commissioners making the decision and not the actual member schools. Nor were they given any counter proposals to consider. It was "all or nothing, decide right now."