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Cannot hire inidividuals associated with prospects (IAWP): Only applies if you try to hire someone for a non-coaching position.
Do we like it: Probably. Harbuagh has hired some people which would not be allowed under this rule, but it seems probable that this is abused much more by other programs.
Reduce number of days, when, and where satellite camps can be performed: Essentially reduces satellite camps from 15-days in June or July to just 10 days in June. Camps must take place at college campuses rather than high school.
Do we like it. No. This blog has gone over this many times, but satellite camps only hurt coaches who opt not to participate as fully as possible. This is obviously just a way of reducing the ability for teams to contact/form relationships with recruits which aren't already geographically close to campus or that have enough money to travel.
Allow official visits to be earlier: Currently official visits can only occur on/after September 1st of a recruit's senior year of high school. This would allow officials to occur starting on/after April 1st of the recruit's junior year in high school. Effectively, this gives an extra 6-months to have an official visit.
Do we like it. Yes. We all know recruiting is happening earlier-and-earlier. The inabiltiy to host a recruit on campus until their senior year is a handicap to those teams in less talented states (i.e. most of the B10). This helps mitigate that somewhat.
Allow a 10th coach: Allow a 10th on-field coaching position.
Do we like it. Yes. It doesn't help or hurt Michigan any more than any other school except in-so-far as Harbaugh has a good track record of hiring excellent people. So the more excellent people that are allowed to recruit and coach players, the better.
Limit scholarships to 25/year: A hard cap of only 25 scholarships/year can be given out. It apparently gets a bit tricker when it comes to walk-on players. Players that enroll early can still count to the year before their class or count towards the same year as the non-early enrollee players.
Note: The SEC is proposing an amendment which would effectively make medical hardship players that never played in a game not count towards the 25 cap.
Do we like it: Generally, yes. Obviously Harbaugh likes to get as many kids as possible but even this year we're going to have less than 85 full scholarship players on the team come the Florida game. So, this shouldn't really affect Michigan too much. It should curb the Ole Miss 37-man recruiting classes which is good. The devil will be in the details on this one. This could be good but if it's too easy to get around then it'll be a slight annoyance to Michigan while having no affect on "certain" other schools.
Longer summer dead period: Classify the last Wednesday of June-July 24th as a dead period and classify August as a dead period. Currently most of that is a quiet period.
Do we like it: NO! I'm surprised this one isn't discussed more. This takes out a huge swath of time during which recruits cannot even unofficially visit a school (which they can do during a quiet period). Michigan, since we're away from the greatest density of talent, needs as much face-time as possible. Changing all those days to a dead period significantly reduces our ability to recruit kids during the summer.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||ESPN summation||
This is actually a pretty good article on all of the proposals: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/19149025/why-stakes-high-ncaa-hq-week
One man's opinion - this is negative for the B10 and Michigan. We'll have to see if it passes. Based off of absolutely no information whatsoever, I expect it will pass with supporting votes from the SEC, ACC, half of the B12, and some P12 votes (i.e. similar to the last rule change that was implemented).
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for the input!||
Excellent - thanks for the input!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Any move to fix this?||
Do you know if there is any movement within the Athletic Department to get MSU back to being "opposite" the OSU game instead of on the same schedule?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Restoring the safeguards?||
I have not yet read the book but during Bacon's talk at the book release event at Rackham, there was much discussion and focus on how institutional safeguards had been removed (purposely or not) by Brandon. A lot of those safeguards effectively were institutional knowledge/traditions/morals contained within people (the ~140 Brandon fired from the athletic department including Falk "resigning").
Is Hackett, or anyone else, working to re-implement those various safeguards and/or reacquire those people with the institutational knowledge that was "lost" during Brandon's tenure?
This question is specifically focused on the future. Due to the "Dave Brandon experience" a generation of Michigan fans will be worried every time a new AD arrives or tries to change anything. But, we can be less worried if many of the instituational safeguards are restored since before "true damage" can be done, those safeguards would have to be removed again and we're probably going to notice/react to those removals more strongly the next time it happens. If, however, those safeguards are never re-implemented, then Michigan fans are much more strongly at the mercy of whoever the new AD happens to be.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||20min||
20 min is the long-term goal for sure. You're right that 24 is pretty achievable this summer. I've just done it minute-by-minute. Once I was under 26 then the next goal was sub-25 and so on.
I'm a very slim guy and struggle to actually eat enough so I know that's an area to work on. I try and do other exercises on non-running days (especially core workouts) but running is the only exercise I truly love to do. Weight training is something I'm very intimidated by because I know nothing about proper form or what I should be able to do (I know, I know - Google (and Reddit) can easily fix that ignorance).
Mostly, I just wanted to brag about my new PR.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||5k||
I just ran a new personal best 5k (24:29).
My summer goal is sub-24 so I'll be working towards that.
But I'm posting on here as I walk back home so I'm still a degenerate.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Sad||
I'm sad that my first though on reading your comment was M00N. But Harbaugh will banish those terrible memories to the forgotten past!
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Hey MeanJoe07, Catch||
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Is that right?||
Are you sure announced attendance is based on ticket sales? I've seen a lot of people on here say that but I'm not sure what the origin of that idea is.
I'm not going because I'm fairly sick (and I don't want to be sick over Thanksgiving due to being out in the wet and cold) but I'm going to make sure my ticket is scanned anyway.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Authority||
As long as it was made clear (at least to Athletic Department employees) who was really in charge, then could work (call Hackett the 1st Assistant Athletic Director or something). I'd just want to avoid having 2 equals.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||2 heads = bad||
I'm in a situation where my department has 2 directors - it's terrible. There's always the chance (and this happens often) that one will tell you do "stop everything and do X" but then the other one will say "stop everything and do Y". It makes life very difficult and less productive for everyone underneath them.
I doubt Hackett would stay on for any length of time once a new AD is hired. What if they disagree on firing someone - what do they (and that person) do?
I could understand a 2-4 week "transition" where Hackett is the one doing any official firing of Brandon's people (in that scenario, it would be the new AD's decision executed by Hackett so the new guy can keep his hands clean). Beyond a specified, short, timeline such a 2-headed department seems like a bad idea.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Credibility?||
Please excuse my ignorance, but is Football Scoop a credible source? I hope so since everything they're saying makes sense, but I don't know how reliable/insidery their "sources" typically are.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||This!||
This seems like something could be effective. I doubt questions at the Regents will matter so much as having a huge mass of people calling for Brandon to be fired (with the implication or outright statement that if he's not, the candidate will not receive our votes).
I read a lot of Roman history - if there's one thing I've learned from the Late Republic, it's that elected officials can often be cowed into going along with the masses' wishes as long as there's a big enough mass.
Anything said to the Regents should be respectful, civil, and well thought out. But, a united front of anti-Brandon sentiment being the overwhelming message they receive could be very effective.
Students could easily attend since it's on campus.
The UM-Flint location would be much harder to overwhelm. I strongly recommend we focus on having a mass of obviously anti-Brandon people at the October 8 meeting.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Eh...||
I get the sentiment with this, but I don't think that will do anything towards removing Brandon. If making the Athletic Department lose out on a few grand is all it takes to fire the AD, then Brandon would never be removed since we keep setting records for revenues (I know it'll go down if all this keeps up, but that's not necessarily something the decision makers will see).
Thus, I doubt not buying concessions will do anything.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Had to switch it up to stop the jinx||
I'd been watching the whole game on mute, but eventually realized that I was the reason Wisky was clawing their way back. As soon as I turned on the sound Stauskas hit the 3 to put us up 4. Needless to say, I cranked the volume for the remaining minute.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||M leads 2-0 at end of 1st||
At the end of the first period, Michigan leads 2-0.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Expansion||
When the B10 expands again I'd expect them to either go for big names (my expectation/preference being Kansas and Oklahoma) or schools on the east coast more southern than UConn (probably a Virginia school and somebody else). I don't expect UConn to be on the shortlist of potential expansion candidates.
Which probably means they'll add UConn just to make the Rutgers addition look better.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Windows||
Thank goodness I wasn't the only person who kept mistaking the Windows logo for a flag. Their marketing team ought to know better (although, maybe it was on purpose... we remember it).
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Pioneer||
Any word on when Pioneer will open (particularly for RVs)?
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Timing?||
My brother-in-law will probably drive down to Ann Arbor around 6:30 or 7:00 Friday evening. Should he just get in line then?
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Thanks||
Thanks for the info. Which courts are you referring to though?
|4 years 16 weeks ago||NERDS!|
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Maybe it won't be as bad as I expected...||
Minnesota just got a good looking TD (making it 10-7). Go Gophers! Go B1G!
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I bet that's it||
Yeoman, thank you very much. Could you please link me to that play-by-play so that I could show her?
After some discussion, she agrees that this is probably the play. She continues to contend that Bo Rather went down to the ball and touched it with one finger. But she now agrees (after I pointed out that touching the ball would not be enough to show possession and therefore could not be ruled a touchdown) that Elliot probably recovered the ball with Rather performing the exaggerated one-finger touch sometime before or after the TD call. This moment is so etched into her mind (and she says that a professor discussed it at length the next Monday) that I can't believe it's completely fabricated.
Anyways, thank you very much to MGoBlog, this puts an interesting (and oft repeated) story in my family into its proper historical context.
Go Blue! Beat Ohio!
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I think it's that, but...||
I think it's probably that, but my mother thinks that it's wrong. See my comment above for more information.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||May still not be right...||
Thanks for the help, I'd never seen that article before.
My mother, however, still swears that this isn't right. Northwestern was an away game and she specifically remembers seeing this happen at Michigan stadium. She also swears that Bo Rather ran up to the ball and, with a greatly exaggerated motion, touched it with one finger to cause the touchdown.
Now, you and I may believe that she's actually thinking of the Northwestern game, but I must continue asking in order to fulfill my due diligence. Therefore, does anyone remember any other unusual Bo Rather touchdown in the 1971 season?
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Fixed:||
May a win and a schmorgesborges of your dreams await you.
See what I did there?
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Cornhole||
Cornhole is a game that you've certainly seen played at many a Michigan tailgate. It's a fun game.
See the Wikipedia article for more information.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Enjoyable||
I liked that a fair bit, well done.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||All-Star Superman||
I'd strongly suggest reading All-Star Superman. If you think of Miller's Dark Knight Returns as the potential end for Batman, then All-Star Superman would be the equivalent for Superman.
Alan Moore mentioned in his "Twilight of the Superheroes" proposal (the greatest comic to never be made) that he thought superheroes could never rise to the level of legends like Robin Hood because superheroes have no end but simply continue to exist forever. I think of the Dark Knight Rises and All-Star Superman as the potential final chapter for two legends. Each touches on the most important aspects of the characters and gives them what could be their greatest challenge while also having them face their most important villains. And each ends in a way that feels completely appropriate for the character.
I'm a fairly big Superman fan, but the other 2 guys that I do my comics podcast* with aren't as big of fans but they both love All-Star Superman.
Edit: Also, for those that already know Superman, I think that Superman Red Son is great but it's much better if you're already fairly familiar with the characters.
*If anyone is interested, search for "Character Sphinx" on iTunes or go here. We go through the entire history of one character at a time. So far, we've read everything that Captain Atom has been in and are into the 1990s of Aquaman (we just finished recording podcast 6/8 on Aquaman last night and I'm wiped out from it).