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|37 weeks 4 days ago||To me the fact that we can't||
To me the fact that we can't get minimally competent QB play despite having two 5-star QBs on the roster is a pretty serious failure on the part of the coaching staff.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I really don't understand how||
I really don't understand how people can argue against Dave Brandon's philosophy for running the athletic department and then celebrate the purest and most visible result of it.
Every time you say "UTLIII" Dave Brandon smiles and thinks about what a great job he's doing.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Not to distract from the||
Not to distract from the coolness of the band performance but can we all stop it with the "UTL" stuff? It's just a night game. For all the complaining on the board about Dave Brandon's various marketing/branding initiatives, it's amazing to me how many people have internalized the biggest and most obvious one.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I think he does understand||
I think he does understand it, but that's not how he operates. If he keeps the things we love intact, then he's not responsible for the AD's success. All the guys who came before him are. I just don't think he's interested in any success he can't personally take credit for. His giant ego is the reason we're in this mess.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Can we stop with the||
Can we stop with the "UTLwhatever" nonsense? Just classic DB marketing idiocy. It's a fucking night game, not the Super Bowl.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||The "benefit" to LeBatard is||
The "benefit" to LeBatard is that we're talking about him, which I'm sure pleases him a great deal.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Let me clarify, I was talking||
Let me clarify, I was talking about the description of what happened on Saturday.
I would say that "Unfortunately, there was inadequate communication between our physicians and medical staff and Coach Hoke was not provided the updated diagnosis before making a public statement on Monday." is obvious and total bullshit.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||The actual description of||
The actual description of what happened seems reasonable and believable. At least to me. It also seems to me that there was no reason this statement couldn't have been released Sunday afternoon. If everyone had just been open and honest from the start we'd be in a much better place. Too bad that seems to be the last resort for the athletic department.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Let's all indulge ourselves||
Let's all indulge ourselves and assume this is true.
What would be the timeframe on hiring a new AD? Even if the regents have already decided to fire Brandon, what's the process for officially terminating him? And even if Brandon is fired tomorrow, is that enough time to have Bates/Manuel in place by the end of the season to lead a coaching search? Would they be able to just bolt their current jobs at a moment's notice or is it more complicated than that?
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Only two Michigan players||
Only two Michigan players within 30 yards of the punt returner as he catches the ball. Wow.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Athletic directors don't hire||
Athletic directors don't hire assistant basketball coaches.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Yikes. That hoodie looks like||
Yikes. That hoodie looks like something Andre Agassi would have worn circa 1992.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I don't know where people get||
I don't know where people get this idea that the Wolves traded up for GRIII. They got that pick from the Pelicans as part of the Darius Songaila/Antonio Daniels trade they made five years ago.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||It can get tiresome, granted.||
It can get tiresome, granted. But given that the trial is happening right now and that schedule posters just like this one have been discussed at length and entered into evidence, I think it's a relevant point to make.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The problem wasn't the||
The problem wasn't the playcall, it was not changing the playcall during the timeout. OSU knew exactly what was coming and that play had no chance. But that's Al "I don't want to get into a chess match" Borges for you.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I'm sick of the "but we're so||
I'm sick of the "but we're so young" stuff. Two of our five starters are 5th year seniors. Glasgow, Miller, and Bryant are in their third year of Hoke/Borges/Funk's system. Kalis, Magnuson, and Bosch are elite recruits who would step into the staring lineup for most B1G programs on their first day on campus.
They're just bad. No excuses.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Of course they would. The||
Of course they would.
The reason they don't want that system is that there's a lot less certainty in 18-year-olds than 21-year-olds. They'd waste a lot of money on Kelly Baraka types and they'd need to set up a minor league. Right now the NCAA provides everything they need for free. This is the same logic that led to the NBA age limit.
But make no mistake, if some external force made high school players eligible for the NFL draft, then Leonard Fournette et al. would be first round picks.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||This is just a bluff||
Delany's trying to make the pay-for-play issue an NFL PR problem instead of an NCAA PR problem.
The last thing Delany or anyone in college football wants is an MLB-style minor league system. He's only mentioning it because he knows it'll never happen. Think we'd be talking about Jabrill Peppers and Da'Shawn Hand if they were in a position to sign 7-figure draft bonuses?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Jamal Crawford||
|2 years 15 weeks ago||There are PITCHf/x cameras in||
There are PITCHf/x cameras in every stadium. Time to do away with umpires calling balls and strikes.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||How about this then: I'm in||
How about this then: I'm in favor of any rule that eliminates the Wisconsin style of basketball as a practical game strategy. Increasing the number of possessions, allowing guards to not be constantly fouled on the perimeter, ending manipulation of block/charge by defenses, etc.
It's the same thing really.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I'd be in favor of college||
I'd be in favor of college basketball adopting just about any NBA rule they could.
Three point line, shot clock, game length, handchecking, timeouts, etc. Too many college games are borderline unwatchable and the rules are a big part of it.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||BTN revenue||
How would JHU share in conference revenue if this happened? I've also been thinking about this as it relates to hockey, maybe someone here knows how it works.
Is revenue from hockey/lacrosse broadcasts split evenly between every conference member, or just those who sponsor the sport? Seems unfair that non-hockey/lacrosse schools would get money from the BTN broadcasting those games.
To me it would be common sense to just give JHU 1/6 of the lacrosse revenue (and the B1G might be able to sign its own ESPNU contract with JHU on board), but I suspect it's more complicated than that.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||No chance of this happening.||
No chance of this happening. Just the Freep trolling for clicks.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Yikes||
They should just set up a field on a soundstage with the bands on the sidelines. These empty stadiums are embarrassing for everyone involved. Just makes it obvious that it's nothing more than a TV event.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||It's a testament to the||
It's a testament to the team's talent that they can go into a hostile environment against a team making crazy shots, play like shit for a half, and still be ahead.
They need to settle down, tighten things up, and come out and blow Bradley out of the gym.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||It's hard to run a motion||
It's hard to run a motion offense or the like with a 24-second clock. Pick and rolls and pindowns are set plays too.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Better to punt one game than||
Better to punt one game than put yourself at a disadvantage in four different games. And as it's been said they almost won anyway. Pop knows what he's doing.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||NIU to the BCS?||
Does NIU have a shot to move up to 16th? If UCLA and Texas both lose, they'd only need to jump Boise and us. How big a bump will they get from the computers for a win tonight?
Although I guess they might not jump UCLA regardless. It'll be interesting to see.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I've read that Stern doesn't||
I've read that Stern doesn't want the Spurs to set a precedent that makes resting players commonplace. But what kind of precedent does this set? Will the league start combing boxscores for suspicious DNP-CD's? Will players have to get approval from an independent doctor to sit out with an injury? All this does is make David Stern look like an ass.
Plus, fan reaction is overwhelmingly on the Spurs' side. My guess is Stern thought fans would be applauding him for this. Just a huge miscalculation. Can't wait for him to retire.