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|3 weeks 3 days ago||Few Things||
As Brian often says, the goal here is not to make money. For Power 5 schools with big TV contracts, the goal should generally be to win and break even.
In the expenses column it's not just football. Every sport except Football, Basketball, and maybe hockey consistently operates in the red every year. For 2013, Brandon U-M spent ~$40M on scholarships and team expenses BEFORE coaches salaries. Michigan generally spends its operating surplus on new facilities... of debatable value to fans (particularly for non-revenue sports):
For many of the Group of Five (D I, non-Power 5) schools, this is a business decision for the school. The football program may lose money, but it is a marketing expense for the college.
How many students at Big Ten schools not named Michigan and MSU would readily acknowledge CMU, WMU, EMU as "directional Michigan", but would be surprised to learn that there is a Northern Michigan too? How many would have heard of Bowling Green and Ball State etc. as institutions of higher learning if not for the MAC?
This is known as the Flutie effect (BC), and it happens in basketball too (Butler, FGCU, VCU):
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The panelists are: 1. Ace||
The panelists are:
1. Ace (Sports Writer), 2. Masters Degree in Museum Studies, 3. Masters Degree in Library Science, 4. Law Degree, 5. Sandwitch Baron (Zingermans Founder, U-M History Grad circa 1982).
With all due respect that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsment for the career prospects of a U-M History major. Not to say you can't be successful, but rather that if you are it won't be on account of your undergraduate education, you'll need to branch out and/or get an advanced degree.
Good luck Ace!
|5 weeks 4 days ago||End of the article|
|6 weeks 1 day ago||There ya go||
If OSU did what Michigan has done / is still doing... Jim Tressel would still be there.
Shameful. Fix it.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||My Letter||
I am a proud alumnus (Redacted), but I am highly embarrassed by the conduct of our athletic director, Dave Brandon. His recent handling of the Shane Morris incident is deplorable. He allowed Coach Hoke to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon (2 days after the game), while either willfully withholding information about the events that occurred on Sunday from him, or encouraging him to provide false statements to the press. Anonymous sources within the University medical department have reported that the Athletic Department PRESSURED THEM TO LIE about the medical status of Shane Morris following the game.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Mr. Brandon has persisted in atrocious decision-making that has embarrassed the University over the course of his tenure, and he has consistently hidden behind “corporate” boiler-plate excuses when those poor decisions blow up in his face.
- He banned John Bacon, a Michigan professor and one of the most professional, authoritative sources on Michigan football history, from the press box during football games.
- Last year the athletic department paid for a plane to skywrite “GO BLUE” over Spartan Stadium. I don’t need to spell out for you in further detail what a sophomoric act this was.Estimates of the cost (which were never released) were on the order of $3000, a terrific waste. The statement in response, "There were no locations targeted." – Dave Ablauf (spokesman for AD), is in stark contrast to the stated target of East Lansing by the pilot who did the skywriting.
- He scheduled Appalachian St., to the horror of our fans, so that the national media could have a good laugh remembering our upset from 2007 under the guise of “no such thing as bad publicity”.
- He instituted a ridiculous General Admission policy to the student section that prevented students from sitting with their friends during games. The plan was poorly implemented, universally panned, and reversed the following season.
- Following that fiasco, he increased the price of student tickets by ~25% and claimed “we are not profit motivated” and “we don’t plan to reduce the student section”, but “want to give the students an incentive to show up”.
- Student ticket sales dropped from over 20,000 to less than 15,000. Mr. Brandon has insisted that the drop in attendance is driven by cell phone coverage and competition from HDTV, contrary to tangible survey evidence from students that the price increase and inability to sit with friends were the primary factors.
- The sections that were formerly students have been persistently EMPTY at games this season, despite attempting to resell them on the open market.
- He dramatically increased the price of tickets to non-students, and now thousands of tickets remain available for sale in the week leading up to the game. We are reduced to selling “fan packs” that include a coke, hotdog, and t-shirt. Numerous other giveaways have been employed to fill seats this year, the most embarrassing being the “buy 2 cokes” incident, which Mr. Brandon blamed on a miscommunication.
- There sure seem to be an awful lot of miscommunications going on in our Athletic Department!
- Where does the money go? Well the Athletic department had a $9M surplus this year.
- Millions of dollars are being spent to promote the growth of non-revenue sports, such as making women’s lacrosse a varsity sport and a new field hockey facility.
- Administrator salaries are up over 50%.
- Yet, he refused to pay the $400K to allow the Marching Band to travel to the Alabama game in Dallas.
- “Just because you can charge them more, doesn’t mean you should,” – Former U-M AD, Bill Martin
- “You don’t have to do marketing at Michigan. We have the fans. We have the support. We have a great reputation... You just need to make it as affordable as possible for your fans.”– Bill Martin
- Former U-M president James Duderstadt, referred to the situation as “a House of Cards”.
HOW DO WE FEEL?
- The students at games are chanting “Fire Brandon”
- A rally is scheduled on the Diag for tonight (9/30) to encourage you to Fire Dave Brandon
- As of this writing, more than 6,000 students/alumni/faculty have signed a petition to request that you Fire Dave Brandon
I trust that you will make the right decision to find someone that can adequately represent our tremendous University. It is shameful that the sterling reputation of so many incredible non-athletic endeavors has been allowed to be muddied by this ham-handed Athletic Department’s mismanagement.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Bravo||
A shining example of writing talent undoubtedly nurtured by your Michigan education.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Different One||
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Almost the same?||
First play, cole and Williams were backside; second, they were play side. That's pretty different.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Further Reading||
The general point that many times there is too much emphasis on "speed"/"plyometric" work for teenage boys when they haven't established a baseline level of strength is, in my opinion, accurate and there is some consenus among trainers on that point. The degree to which those mistakes are STILL being made in D1 college football locker rooms... I wouldn't want to speculate on something I don't have first hand experience with; Rippetoe seems to "assume" an awful lot here, and writes like a jerk (which is generally encouraged by T-Nation editors).
Eric Cressey is an elite pro baseball strength coach:
Louie Simmons is perhaps the most famous trainer in truly world class elite powerlifting, his "speed" work is a core component of his philosophy, but its fundamentally different than cone drills, etc., it's about lifting "lighter" than your max fast; but he believes this is a waste of time until you can squat ~400/500 lbs, so "lighter" is still dang heavy to us puny humans.
There is still innovation in S&C, not everyone is doing the same thing. Numerous anecdotes from Chip Kelly & Jimbo Fisher (via WWL) here:
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||Interesting thanks. Though||
Interesting thanks. Though "athlete" is not my #1 requirement for a great LB. Manti Te'o was a heisman candidate and he got crushed at the NFL combine.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||So Tea Leaves||
So tea leaves imply Texas at the Big House in 2024 and in Austin in 2027 (recall MSU/OSU are @ Michigan in odd numbered years).
What's most interesting though is we have VT and UW in '20/'21, with 9 conference games and 1 open (for cupcake). So in all these other years are we going to double up with P5 opponents or am I missing something?
Brandon seemed to suggest strongly in that article that we don't have room for ND until post-2027.
Part of the ND series falling apart (among many, many other things) is probably Brandon wanting to flip the Home & Home so we are on the road in odd years.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||Onwualu||
Circa March 2012 (his JR yr of high school immediately pre-ND commitment; recall Onwualu went to same HS as Michael Floyd):
ACE: What position did Michigan offer you for? I know you're listed as an athlete. Do you know what position you'd play if you decided on Michigan?
JAMES: Well, as of right now, they just have me offered as an athlete. We haven't really talked position-wise. Since I've been talking to Mattison a lot of people assume I'm going to be playing safety or corner, but as of right now I don't really know.
ACE: Do you have a preference in terms of where you fit best on the field? Do you prefer offense or defense?
JAMES: I don't know, it could change. Next year I'm going to be all over. We've got a really good running back, [2014 RB] Blake Banham, who's going to be playing next year, so I'm not going to playing as much running back. We've also got a safety, [2014 S] Tim Gordon, so we're going to have to see, I might be playing corner and receiver.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you Stubbs!||
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|15 weeks 2 days ago||Steve, I'm trying to agree||
Steve, I'm trying to agree with both you and space coyote. Your 3-4 works also, but that puts 7 men in the box. You're probably playing a zone against 4 wide then? How do you stop a bubble screen? Or you've got no safety deep?
I guess it depends on if you think you need "superior" players to play 2 gap technique at DT. IMO, you've got to adjust your scheme to your strengths one way or the other (maybe not week to week but rather year to year).
The general point is its tough to defend when the QB is a run and pass threat. You either play man down in the box or you cover without the extra man.
Ties into why mathlete shows anybody can scheme an offense but a good defense requires talent.
Also why Brian get chills about hybrid-space-player (TM) jabrill peppers.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
To play a six man box against a credible spread option (QB run threat) you need players that can beat one-on-ones, DTs that can two gap, etc. If you have those then you're good to go.
To clarify, I mean: to the RB side in 10 personnel, you want either (1) DT with some B gap responsibility (2i / 2 / 3 tech, B gap or 2 gap), or (2) gap exchange, DE takes B gap when OT blocks down, LB takes edge. Basically if you leave your bigger/slower player on the edge (DE compared to LB), you want to minimize the amount of space they have to option him in.
Covering the B gap with an LB is a bad idea, because a) it's an easy down block for the tackle (unless the Guard needs help with the DT), b) the LB is off the LOS, which creates more space on the edge.
In high school we would run veer from 10 personnel under center and just check it to run at the 1/2i Tech.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Re: Spread Option||
Totally agree. You need D linemen in your B gaps. Giving a DE the C gap with LB in the B gap is asking for the OT to block down on the LB and option the DE in a TON of space.
You either leave your DT in the B gap and make the playside OG/OT combo the playside LB (tough combo block), or you gap exchange when the OT leaves the DE (giving DE the B gap) and make the OT block your playside LB when the playside LB knows he has contain (tough for 300lb OT to dive inside the DE and block an LB moving to cover C gap/edge).
You also want to leave a seventh man in the neighborhood, even if he's not in the box. When your DBs are up tight and your safeties deep, you actually have more help sending the run outside (QB keep). When you play your DBs off, you can roll up your SS.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Belly||
On the two belly plays you picture paged I think those need to be RPS minuses for Michigan. A DT slanting A Gap is exactly what you do not want against that Belly (Veer option) play. Looks like the slant was called by Mattison.
When your DTs can win one on ones straight up, slanting them around is too cute by half and asking them to get their momentum used against themselves.
Lots of times Michigan DTs played head up on an App St. guard, Michigan beast-moded that matchup in this game.
(Those DT slants may be good against Inside Zone, but bad against Veer/Belly. Even if its a sound playcall, Michigan guessed wrong.)
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Basic Veer||
This Veer (Belly) was our base run in high school (played OT & LB). It's basic option football.
As Space Coyote said, against 10 personnel (1 RB, 0 TE, 4 WR), you rarely see more than 6 defenders in the box (5 in coverage).
If you can use the QB as a run threat, then you are playing 7 Off in the box (5 OL, 1RB, 1QB) vs 6 Def in the box.
If the QB is Denard-like (run threat first), consider a 6.5 or 7th man in the box, make him beat you with his arm (but with 4/4.5 coverage defenders, be prepared to play man w/ no deep safety or zone and get bubble screen'ed) .
If the QB is Navarre-like (no run threat) you would rather have him keep it (run threat is less athletic, less vertical, and you can make him pay for repeated "correct" QB keep reads).
If the QB is Cam Newton (can run & throw) you're screwed.
Angles work better for the OL when you run this toward a DT in the A gap. While we lined up with a DT (play one: in the B gap, play two: head up on the guard), he looked to be slanting A gap by playcall both times.
App St. likely called this play as a "constraint" to it's base Inside Zone, in order to punish the DT for slanting A gap. It worked so they kept it up. Michigan call a gap exchange probably because it was not App St.'s "base" run play.
A gap exhange (Beyer/DE crash down, close B gap, force QB keep) will also work for the D to an extent, as long as your LB is quick enough to get outside the RT's block. But if he gets a hat on him, you still don't have the #s so you're waiting for a safety/nickel to come make a play.
Ryan running himself out of the play makes the 6 d vs 7 o sitiuation even worse, since the OT doesn't need to block him and keep on trucking toward the safeties.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||MONTAE NICHOLSON||
Man... either MSU stole one from us this year or the coaches screwed this one up. If we play 2 LBs, 2 Safeties, and 1 Nickel/Hybrid Space player, then why did we take 4 LBs and only one Safety, Brandon Watson in the '14 class? I would gladly trade one of our 4 incoming LB recruits (where we have 2 layers of quality depth) for this guy:
|16 weeks 2 days ago||25% of MSU students scored a||
25% of MSU students scored a 28 or BETTER
25% of Michigan students scored a 28 or WORSE
Damn proud of our university, but let's not pretend getting into Michigan magically makes you a genius / better than everyone else.
Those of us that went there will remember every class still has its "dumb kids".
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Jumped Out||
QB (Gardner), 3rd string QB (Speight),
DL: Charlton, Poggi, Ojemudia, Pipkins, Clark, Henry, Mone,
OL: Cole, Glasgow
Welp... 7 defensive linemen; OL sounds just great.
|1 year 1 week ago||UConn, Cincinnati, and USF||
UConn, Cincinnati, and USF are the only legacy Big East schools left in the American Athletic Conference. In a post-BCS world with conference expansion on hold for now, it's not a place I'd want to be.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||South of the Golf Course||
No alumni are ever going go back and feel like this piece of land is "on campus" or even like main street. It's south of the golf course next to a parking lot and to me sounds more like "down by briarwood mall". It's not a walkable area, so any development is not going to have the character you're looking for.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Math - Part 2||
$9 million / 16.7 acres = 540k / acre. Here's a vacant parcel on the main st side next to the golf course listed for 667k / acre. It's for residential development instead of commercial / mixed use, and it's 1.45 acres not 16.7. I have no real estate background but it seems like $9 mil is reasonable based off of that...
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Math||
The appraised value was 3.1 million and the taxes were 180k (~ 6%, Ann Arbor residents, does this sound accurate?). U-M is offering 12.7 mil. The city would have to match that bid in order to keep it from U-M. In my opinion that means they'd need to sell it to some tax paying user for at least $9mil to make sense financially (lose 3.7 mil and get paid back in tax revenues of 540k per year, ~7yr simple payback period).
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Defense: Back 7||
Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, Tom Gordon, Courtney Avery, (and Jordan Kovacs), all ranked 600+ in their classes. 5 of of 8 starters in the back 7 (nickel).
Major overachievers as a group.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Samir: Hmm... well, why don't||
Samir: Hmm... well, why don't you just go by Mike instead of Michael?
Michael Bolton: No way! Why should I change? He's the one who sucks.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Reference: http://mgoblog.com||
UFR Michigan Defensive Formation # of Plays Charted - 2011 Season
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|1 year 33 weeks ago||Best data set on NFL Draftees:|