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- Inform Swenson that the staff would not honor Hoke's scholarship offer and that they were no longer interested in recruiting him (offer pulled).
- Inform Swenson that the scholarship offer from Hoke was now contigent upon a personal evaluation (camp or the like) or film from the season (commitable offer converted to non-commitable)
- Do nothing, say nothing and evaluate his film when the staff had a chance.
- Send Swenson a scholarship offer confirming his commitment.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I am pretty sure||
that Brian put some MGoPoints in the mail for him.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Layups and dunks||
are very high percentage shots.
|4 days 10 hours ago||And her sister,||
Joan Fontaine. Only siblings to have each won an Oscar (Fontaine's for Suspicion). They also had a bit of a sibling rivalry. Was in other great movies like Rebecca, Ivanhoe, Gunga Din, Jane Eyre, Until they Sail, and Island in the Sun.
Island in the Sun, also starring Harry Belefonte, Jame Mason, a very young and beautiful Joan Collins, and Michael Rennie was a very interesting and daring movie made in 1957 involving politics of a post WWII Bittish colony and inter-racial relations on a Caribbean island. Controversial when released, and yes, Harry Belefonte sings the title song.
|4 days 13 hours ago||How gauche and totally||
How gauche and totally classless.
A full-bodied red wine with turkey. Tasteless.
|4 days 14 hours ago||The one with the anvil was||
The one with the anvil and 2 hammers was better.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Amazing what can be done with||
Amazing what can be done with a couple of oil funnels and an air filter cover.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I have seen all of the movies you have listed above and||
I too would recommend them all.
A few more coming up that you might be interested in:
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) 3:30 PM today
The Sting (1973) 8:00 PM tonight
Sergeant York (1941) Friday, 12:15 PM
The Young Philadelphians (1959) Saturday, 6:45 AM
North by Northwest (1959) Sunday, 9:45 AM
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) Monday, 4:00 AM
|4 days 17 hours ago||I've always liked||
Breakfast at Tiffany's and introduced my wife to the movie when we were first dating 25 years ago (it is a great date movie). I have always thought that George Peppard's role was also excellent and over-looked.
Great cast with Buddy Epson, Patricia Neal, Mickey Rooney and Martin Balsam.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Yup, also the scene at the well where||
Omar Sharif first appears in the movie is great in letterbox and poor in 4:3.
Lawrence of Arabia is an epic and one of the all-time great movies. So is Doctor Zhivago mentioned above, also with Omar Sharif.
|6 days 12 hours ago||This is just so far removed from reality and||
practicality to be taken seriously.
"Talk" on the internet regarding the number of teams (20) but no real rationalization as to any driving force for this to be so, both for the Big Ten as well as for each team. Texas ain't coming, and the Big Ten ain't having them; UNC is never, ever going to leave the ACC, nor is UVa, nor should they as the ACC is the most academic conference and they can still compete there reasonably well.
Geography matters, and Georgia Tech, UNC and Florida State make no sense, nor are they going to join. Neither would UVa although they, in addition to VaTech, I would not have any problem having in the conference (Big Ten missed that chance when VaTech was an independent).
I saw no compelling reason for the Big Ten to expand to 14 teams. I hate the Big Ten at 14 teams, and would really hate it at more than that. At 12 teams, although it was brief, it was fine.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I posted this on your above||
I posted this on your above referenced thread.
Considering this thread as well as Brian's post regarding post on dumb threads, increasing the up/down vote points awarded to threads 10 times might really help self-regulation and actually make a lot more sense.
Voting on OP threads should be much more magnified as opposed to comments as the threads are much more visible on the blog. By doing this, someone who puts in a lot more thought and effort in a posting a board or diary is properly rewarded above and beyond a vote buried within a thread. But also, if someone who post something trivial or dumb would be penalized by the same factor. I think that this would help in self-regulation as well.
Since board posts and diaries are viewed differently, a different factor could be used (e.g, each vote is +/- 5 points for a board post, +/- 10 points for a diary). Again, this would help in self regulation as someone who has a few hundred points might think twice before making a post like the one reference above - a really bad one and his thread-starting privileges can be ended if his points fall below 100.
I just think that tweaking the blog such that it is more self-regulating can only help the mods with the work load.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Denis, I am glad we have you||
Denis, I am glad we have you around to tell us this stuff.
This OP is a prime argument that the up/down votes for OP threads should be worth +/- 10 points each rather than just 1 point awarded for votes on a comment in any old thread. Would cut down on these kinds of threads.
|1 week 3 days ago||Crystal ballz or brass ballz?||
Crystal ballz or brass ballz?
|1 week 3 days ago||Congratulations to Brian!||
My brother-in-law (to my sister) used to talk about having a basketball team of kids - they fell 1 short at 4.
I can only assume that, with the name of his first, Brian has ambitions for a football team.
Got the all important QB position first, though!
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks||
I think I spend too much time on this blog, and still missed it.
I usually don't comment the first time I see something (unless it is an opportunity for a good joke), figuring its a 1 time thing and why bother.
So why is this an MGoBlog meme?
Or should I even ask?
|1 week 4 days ago||This is the second time I've actually seen||
this reference in the last 2 days.
FYI, Blue and Gold refers to Notre Dame.
If you doubt me, google it.
|1 week 4 days ago||The refusing to camp thing is a red herring to me.||
First, the sightly relevant stuff: Nobody knows when Swenson was asked to camp, how much notice he was given to do so (a week prior, a month, 2 months, who knows), and in what manner its importance was expressed. Nobody knows this stuff except the staff and the Swensons.
But more importantly, after Swenson failed to attend a camp in June/July, they had a decision to make in August:
The staff was so put off by Swenson's decision not to camp they chose the last option, to reaffirm his scholarship, as confirmed by Brian and others.
|1 week 4 days ago||Uhh||
Temple isn't that good.
|1 week 4 days ago||These 2 pictures||
are a little different than the one Erik in Dayton posted.
Is one an Emu (and don't say its the one on the right)?
|1 week 4 days ago||By most accounts they do.||
FWIW, a very common complaint, both at Stanford and now in Ann Arbor, by the recruits the staff has cooled on is that their calls are not taken nor returned.
|1 week 4 days ago||This has been mine and a number of others||
opinion about this; mainly that ceasing to communicate with a recruit they have "cooled" on just isn't a good approach, and for someone (Harbaugh) who is such a direct, stand-up guy, surprising.
I understand that it is hoped that the recruit will get the message and decommit, thus removing a minor PR problem in the fall. But they risk having a bigger problem in January if the undesired recruit does not follow suit.
But is this just being sloppy or is it keeping a crack in the door open for insurance sake, just in case the staff really does need that fall-back recruit? It probably doesn't matter much since the end result is the same.
|1 week 4 days ago||Unfortunately, to me it is clear||
that Weaver started looking elsewhere when he didn't have any contact with the staff for months, despite his efforts.
It has been an on-going pattern since Stanford of Harbaugh and staff to cease contact with commits that they have cooled on, hoping the the recruit would get the hint and go elsewhere. This is well documented, both here by Brian in his review of Harbaugh's Stanford recruiting, as well as elsewhere.
This solves the optics problem for the staff in which they can claim that the recruit de-committed, rather than that his scholarship was pulled.
Most times it works (Weaver), sometimes it doesn't (Swenson). But I'd rather that they deal more directly with the recruits.
|1 week 4 days ago||Don, this is exactly my opinion of this as well.||
But unfortunately, one is more likely than the other.
If it was the staff's intentions to make this completely clear (and it is up to them to make it clearly understood), then they need to follow up and encourage the player to pursue back-up options of his own. This is easy to follow up and verify. Clearly, this did not happen until January with Swenson. It is not at all clear that this happened at all with Weaver.
Second, it is well documented that while Harbaugh was at Stanford, and now at Michigan, that when the staff "cools" on a recruit the do the "silent treatment" and essentially kill communications. Is that the tactics of a staff that intends to make things crystal clear to the recruit from the beginning? Not at all.
Weaver said that he had no contact with the staff for a number of months, despite his efforts. That aligns with one your scenarios over the other.
Unfortunately, at this late date, the is speculation (by many, including Brian), that there is more attrition of the class coming (not including Elliott, which is a situation unlike these others).
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah, football is a varsity sport at Clemson,||
hence the varsity jacket.
In the SEC, though, it is a pro sport where special pants are apparently needed to keep your pants up from the weight of all the money.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not very diplomatic, but I will try to||
take a shot as to your objections, as follows:
Michigan and Michigan State have played each other at least 4 times a year, each year, for at least 60-70 years. This does include when they meet each other in the GLI, CCHA or Big Ten playoffs.
So, the only thing that makes this trophy unique is the fact that it is awarded to the winning team of the single game that is now played in Detroit during the regular season.
This single game played in Detroit is a relatively new thing, and there is no reason for either team to value a win there over any of the other 3 games between the 2 teams in the series.
Except for the fact that this game is in Detroit, which nobody cares about, except for the promoters of the game in Detroit.
This is about as manufactured (by a 3rd party) of a trophy game as there could be one.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||To hell with your pledge or whatever it was.||
I really think you need to combine, enhance with other information that I am sure you will remember, add any timelines and polish this up for a diary (in the abundant spare time that I am sure you have!). This is a very even-handed, relatively inside-look at what goes on in recruiting. As with everything, there is good and bad.
As with what you wrote, and what I have observed and inferred, there really isn't any clear black and white good guy, bad guy, but things did get screwed up, and that both parties, given the opportunity, would probably do things differently.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh's approach to||
Harbaugh's approach to recruiting at Stanford was discussed in detail here a little over half a year ago, and the "cooling" on recruits, the ceasing of communication, as tactics to get a recruit to de-commit resulting in a lot of turnover within a recruiting class was very well documented there, with a number of examples.
What has happened with this class fits completely with that pattern, and has been confirmed by many quotes, not only by the recruits, but by Sam Webb, Make Spath, Brian and others.
[The Tom Beaver thing claiming that Swenson was a silent de-commit back in November is contrary to everything everyone else has said, both by Swenson as well as Webb and other insiders, and is also contrary to common sense]
Of course we don't know exactly what was said to who and when, but the pattern is pretty clear as to how these cases are handled, both here as well as at Stanford. Brian's post reviewing Harbaugh's approach in these situations gave him pause, and I suspect because it can lead to situations like Swenson's.
Its not the end of the world, Swenson should still end up in a good place, and nobody has accused Harbaugh of a crime or violation. But things clearly were not handled properly (as mentioned above and I have stated previously, the August letter affirming Swenson's scholarship, which likely led to Swenson's confusion of the staffs' intentions, was probably a mistake), things could have been handled better. Otherwise we would not be discussing this 2-3 weeks before NSD.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed, but that probably wont happen||
Also, whats good for the goose... kids that verbally commit and then decide to go on visits, re-open their recruitment, drop their verbal, etc.
The other problem is alluded to above with Richardson and Enis, with Spath saying they no longer held "commitable" offers. At this point in time, that means only one thing, their offers were pulled. They did not de-commit. Same thing with the claim that Swenson de-committed.
This is all goes back to coaches tactics of "cooling" on commits so that the staff does not appear to "pull the scholarship" so that it can either be claimed when the no-longer-desired recruit finally does leave, it can be claimed that he "de-committed" or at the very least, it was a "mutual parting." Often it works, but sometimes it doesn't.
I guess I would prefer that the staff, rather than doing the "cooling" thing, straight out tells the commit ASAP that the situation has changed, they no longer have a scholarship offer to Michigan, they wish him well and will do everything they can to help the player land on his feet elsewhere. It would be quicker, more direct, and best for both parties in the longer-run.
I think it would be a better approach when most people are no longer fooled by the "he didn't have his scholarship pulled, he de-commited" line.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm curious what the people||
I'm curious what the people (Sam, Ace, etc?) who reported (sources from the fort, presumably) that there would be no more OL in the incoming class think about this and its timing.
This is just so incredibly fortunate that this need is filled in such a timely manner.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Damn, I think you hit on something.||
John U. Bacon wrote a book on Bo called "Bo's Lasting Lessons."
Perhaps you should approach Jim Harbaugh and write a book on him and entitle it "Within the Rules is Good Enough for Me."
It would be inspiring and inspirational.
What a business opportunity!