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|2 days 48 min ago||Maybe that was Brandon's||
Maybe that was Brandon's master plan?
|2 days 49 min ago||If Kobe just wanted another||
If Kobe just wanted another title before retiring, he wouldn't have signed for $25M per season in a capped league. He should just retire.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, calling it early is||
Yeah, calling it early is embarrassing, but at least you get to get out of there earlier. Playing the second half is just prolonging the embarrassment for another hour.
|1 week 1 day ago||It looks bad, but who knows,||
It looks bad, but who knows, maybe he was running the press and normal defense so his team could, you know, get better at it. It sucks for this game, but unfortunately winning 161-2 doesn't carry you too far into the next game. Maybe he felt his players needed more practice on defense?
I'm not saying that's how I would coach, but I also know what it feels like as a coach when you want a competitive game and it's over before halftime. Nobody is gaining anything by having the team sit around and burn clock. Either play or end the game.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's high school, so I doubt||
It's high school, so I doubt there was a shot clock. If you're going to stop trying, then you might as well stop the game. And playing the way you described is more embarassing to the other team than losing by 160 points.
The only fair thing to do was to call the game at halftime. Both coaches should have met with the officials and agreed that the game was over. If they wanted to play a scrimmage or something in the second half, so be it.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm pretty sure MGoUser "Don"||
I'm pretty sure MGoUser "Don" said he would screw hamsters, too...
|1 week 4 days ago||If you look past the actual||
If you look past the actual score, I'd argue that 2007 and 2009 were closer to the "blowout" category than "equally-matched" that the score shows. That was the height of the Tressel-ball "do enough to win" era. He knew in 2007 that Michigan wasn't mounting an offense to score any real points, so his offensive gameplan was ultra-conservative. Same thing in 2009; he knew the only way Michigan was winning was by OSU making a bunch of mistakes, so he went conservative again. I remember watching both games thinking Michigan had no chance to win and that OSU was in complete control.
Even watching the game the past 3 years hasn't really felt like Michigan was OSU's equal, or even close to it. Sure, the score was close in 2013, but there is a reason that Hoke went for 2 rather than overtime.
Rivalry games tend to be closer in score than expected because of all of the emotion surrounding them. But don't kid yourself, we aren't close to OSU right now. There is a lot of work to be done between now and next November.
|1 week 5 days ago||Disrepute? Since||
Disrepute? Since tattoo-gate, OSU has fallen into arguably the best coach in the country, gone 38-3 and just won a national championship. I don't think there is a person around the OSU program who is embarassed about tattoos anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't honor the tattoo artist at a home game next year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Because winning in the||
Because winning in the postseason is harder than winning in the regular season. Manning gets Oakland, SD, and KC twice a year now, after years of feasting off of Jacksonville, Houston (before they were any good) and Tennessee. Should we be more impressed with stats compiled against the bottom-feeders of the NFL, or how he performs against the best teams in the league?
People care about playoff performance because if you're supposed to be the "greatest QB of all time," you better be able to play well and win a game against the best in the league when it matters.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Are you serious? Every||
Are you serious? Every company in America has a provider for web-based teleconferencing these days, be it GoToMeeting or WebEx or something else. My company regularly holds meetings where we all call in from 100 different locations in the US and Canada (most of us work remotely). Everyone calls the one central phone number and connects to a website with a shared password. I'm sure Hackett has a service like this available.
Now, getting 115 college kids to join a meeting like this after they've been on break for a couple days may be next to impossible, but the logistics is fairly easy.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Not necessarily. Most||
Not necessarily. Most likely, SF asked around about return in a trade, and found out how weak the return would be, all things considered. They then took into consideration the low draft pick, and the 3-4 weeks of dealing with this and not being able to move on with their own coaching search until he was traded, and decided it wasn't worth the headache.
I think it moves up our timeframe for having him be available, but doesn't necessarily mean that the 49ers expect him to go to Michigan.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||What is in it for the coach||
What is in it for the coach is that he gets to go to the team he wants instead of the team he is under contract with.
If the 49ers wanted to, they could simply do nothing this offseason, and Jim Harbaugh would be their coach next season, no matter how miserable he was. By agreeing to the "trade", the 49ers get some compensation for their coach going some place else. The coach is somewhat penalized, but that is the cost of wanting to get out of your contract early. It's why coaches don't get "traded" very often.
In reality, it isn't a trade at all. Team A agrees to compensate Team B for letting their coach out of his contract so that Team A can sign him. Team B only lets him out of his contract if he signs with Team A.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||1. Sean Payton won a Super||
1. Sean Payton won a Super Bowl before he got an extension from his current employer to that $8MM range. That's a hard pill for any NFL owner to swallow when the results haven't gotten there yet. Another part of this might be the years. What if the NFL wants to do 4 years, when Michigan is willing to do 6-8? That's more guaranteed money from UM.
2. Jim may tell a LOT of people to eff themselves, but I'd wager a guess that his dad and wife are not on that list. Just because he wants to see what the NFL offers are doesn't mean he doesn't also want to come to Michigan.
3. Just because an NFL team has said they'd be interested after the season doesn't mean that teams have started talking terms. That would be serious tampering, and a big no-no. So I'm sure the agent has an idea of who is going to make an offer, but not how much.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||According to the tampering||
According to the tampering rules, the Jets can't do that until the 49ers season is over. NFL teams cannot even seek permission to talk to an employee of another team until the end of the season.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||To me, I don't see how the||
To me, I don't see how the NFL guys could have any "insider" information on this. Their sources tend to be either agents or people who work for an NFL team, neither of which are in play here. Harbaugh's agent doesn't need to leak anything at this point, because there aren't any other bidders for JH's services. He'd be playing his cards too early. No other NFL teams are going to have any insight, because nobody in the NFL is involved yet. SF probably doesn't even know what is going on yet.
That's why I would trust the Michigan guys more than the NFL guys. That, and they seem to be reporting information that hasn't already be disproven, or at the least is totally illogical.
I do think this all changes if this saga makes it to the end of the NFL season. Once those teams can get involved, the NFL guys will be all over it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I think the point is that it||
I think the point is that it shouldn't take Harbaugh two weeks to decide if he wants to go to Michigan. He has the offer, if he wants it, take it. If not Michigan needs to move on as quickly as possible. Michigan's advantage over the NFL ends on December 29. If JH hasn't given Michigan any indication by then, it means he's waiting to see what NFL jobs open up, and he wants to stay in the NFL.
You can't forget that if Michigan has to move to plan B, that part of the process takes time. We are quickly approaching the timeframe where the new coach will be behind for next year. Everyone knocks Brandon for waiting until after the bowl game to fire Rodriguez and hire Hoke, but we're only two weeks away from falling into that same timeframe if Harbaugh says no.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know what Harbaugh's||
I don't know what Harbaugh's agent has to gain by leaking the contract offer now. It would be better for them if the whole thing simmered on low until the season is over, then they can start throwing contract offers out there.
Remember, nobody in the NFL can contact Jim right now. What is the point of leaking the contract offer, when the Raiders can't immediately counter? Two weeks is a LONG time for an owner to get cold feet and pull an unofficial offer.
Seems to me that it makes more sense that someone on the Michigan side of things leaked the offer to make public how serious they are about hiring a top coach, and also to add a little pressure to Harbaugh to respond more quickly. He can't really take two weeks to "mull over" this offer, can he? If he's still thinking about it December 29, I think Michigan has its answer.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I will guess that the NFL||
I will guess that the NFL offers will never be made public unless Harbaugh publicly turns down Michigan. Harbaugh doesn't seem like the type that would care to play those games, and it would be bad for the NFL image.
My guess is that if/when Harbaugh chooses Michigan the narrative will be that Michigan overpaid and that the NFL was too smart to give him that kind of crazy money.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The "Those Who Stay" guy||
The "Those Who Stay" guy Brian linked to on the front page stated that the $49 is "fluid" and that at one point $69MM was in consideration (not offered). I'd have to believe that was an 8 yr deal (~$8.6MM per year). So maybe if they feel they need to go up, they can.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That to me is the||
That to me is the significance of the offer being public. If Harbaugh takes it, fantastic. If not, Michigan just shot across the bow of every college coach in America. $8MM per year? Tell me that Mora, Patterson, Stoops, etc. hang up the phone on that. Maybe they walk away for a different reason, but Michigan is playing for real. Stuff just got serious.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||You should read his Twitter||
You should read his Twitter from last night then. It started with:
And then continued with him arguing with and insulting Michigan fans for a while for questioning his take. He was pretty unbiased about Michigan before, but since this exchange he keeps coming out more and more against Michigan in any way.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'd guess he probably has a||
I'd guess he probably has a contact close to Harbaugh, from some of the stuff he has put out there this season. But, I'd also be willing to bet that Harbaugh's camp is pushing the Raiders idea as a jab at the 49ers front office. Just like the stunt where he went and shook hands with the owner when they played two weeks ago. Seems likea good way to piss off management would be to make it look like you want to go to the team right across the bay, where the 49ers will have to hear about him every day.
May be a good way to help push the 49ers toward working out an exit to Michigan...
|5 weeks 4 days ago||No, the NFL takes this one||
No, the NFL takes this one pretty seriously. If there is even a whisper of contact between anyone representing the Raiders and anyone attached to Harbaugh, they will investigate and levy some penalty. They seem to have a tampering investigation every year.
The other twist to this from the NFL side is the Rooney rule. From what I understand, because "trading" a coach isn't actually trading him (the compensation is for the team letting the coach out of his contract), the Raiders or whoever would have to interview other coaches first, including an African-American coach before they can complete the trade for Harbaugh. Imagine how easy that is going to be when everyone knows it's a farce?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||If Les had made that||
If Les had made that statement in front of cameras, then maybe. But him telling reporters "off the record" just means it will be easier when Michigan does come to call for him to deny saying it, or that reporters took it wrong, etc. He's doing his best to prevent 2007 from happening again while leaving himself some credibility with his current team.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||They also announced that||
They also announced that Kiffin had won the Broyles award, only to be slapped by the award committee itself. And they said that we would have an AD by now. And the list goes on.
Just because they stated weeks ago that Pelini was a done deal to YSU, and eventually he came around and signed the deal doesn't mean they have any inside knowledge; they just got lucky.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Moss didn't say he would||
Moss didn't say he would reveal his source this morning, he said he would reveal who is talking that is making Wojo and others pay attention. It's second-hand information.
For those who don't follow Moss, he claims that the "source" is Jim Brandstatter, which is why the "mainstream" media is starting to take notice.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||He commited to OSU last week,||
He commited to OSU last week, and has been tweeting constantly about being a Buckeye, so I'm pretty sure we lost him.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||More likely, they hired hired||
More likely, they hired hired from the onset, but Michigan held off on announcing it to allow them some time to work without having to deal with it being public. Being a public university, the name was going to get out eventually, so Michigan made it public when they were comfortable with it being public, for whatever reason.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||He never gave us a reason to?||
He never gave us a reason to? Seems like every time he actually went deep and Gardner had time good things happened. Sure, he dropped some easy balls, but he made some great catches as well.
Seems a lot like Braylon to me. Ideally he would have come back for next year with a coach who lit a fire under him and had a great year, but hopefully he'll go to the right team in the NFL.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The best part was when the||
The best part was when the Award's twitter account responded to their tweet with "the award has not been announced yet". Way to go, guys...