that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|3 weeks 3 days ago||My experience||
As a practicing attorney, I tried to dissuade my younger brother from law school (especially because he went to a degree factory) and actively campaigned against going to law school to all my friends that brought the idea up.
Law is, more than almost any other profession these days, based on who you know. Doesn't matter where you graduate (so long as you can pass the Bar); if one of your parents is partner in a huge firm and you've grown up around high powered lawyers at parties all your life, a good family friend runs a boutique firm that could use another young associate, or prior to law school you've built up a network in the legal world, then the odds of getting a good paying job out of law school are better than if you graduate in the top 5% of your class.
I was extremely lucky because I had some amazing connections, and even then, a bunch of pieces had to fall into place. I work in south Texas which, as I was graduating, hit an oil boom and I happened to be naturally adept at that area of law. In addition, the cost of living is extremely low which helps offset the massive student loan debt. I make a very respectable salary for a young lawyer, and it's still going to take me another 5+ years on an extremely aggressive plan to get debt free. After that happens, I am not certain I'll stay in the legal world for all the reasons mentioned by others above.
Back in 2006 I had a choice as a junior in undergrad of taking an adminstrative support job for a little company called Rackspace (now a billion dollar company and consistently in the top half of the Forbes Top 100 Best Places to Work list) that was just getting into managed web hosting and some newfangled "cloud computing" thing, or an internship for a U.S. Congressman. I chose the latter, and that is the path that led to law school. It wasn't a complete waste because I met some of the best people in the world through that job, in law school, and through professional association after, but I would definitely go back and change my choice if I had it to do over.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Vehicle||
2: 2014 Ford Fusion
3: Nope, no pressure.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Whoops||
This was supposed to be a reply to the discussion above on whether relaying the paywalled information was violating some standard.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Facts are not protected||
TL;DR - the reporting of the fact is perfectly fine, legally and ethically, so long as it is just the transmittal of the fact and not analysis or creative content.
In Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Tel. Service Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991) the U.S. Supreme Court sets out the standard pretty well:
"The Copyright Act of 1976 and its predecessor, the Copyright Act of 1909, leave no doubt that originality is the touchstone of copyright protection in directories and other fact-based works. The 1976 Act explains that copyright extends to "original works of authorship," 17 U.S.C. 102(a), and that there can be no copyright in facts, 102(b). A compilation is not copyrightable per se, but is copyrightable only if its facts have been "selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship." 101 (emphasis added). Thus, the statute envisions that some ways of selecting, coordinating, and arranging data are not sufficiently original to trigger copyright protection. Even a compilation that is copyrightable receives only limited protection, for the copyright does not extend to facts contained in the compilation. 103(b). Lower courts that adopted a "sweat of the brow" or "industrious collection" test - which extended a compilation's copyright protection beyond selection and arrangement to the facts themselves - misconstrued the 1909 Act and eschewed the fundamental axiom of copyright law that no one may copyright facts or ideas."
Without the ability to copyright, there is no legal protection to the dissemination of such facts. However, as I have discussions with clients on a fairly regular basis, just because it's not illegal and you have the ability to do something, does not mean it makes sense to do so in practical application. As has been stated above, the recruiting media world is fairly small, and angering connections is not a wise course of action.
So here, it is my personal opinion that reporting Costello is potentially not coming is perfectly acceptable so long as the information is limited to that singular fact.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmmm||
Is it because we have the former coach at Stanford who made that school a desireable destination for football players?
No wait, is it because we have a coach who was previously a high level College and NFL quarterback who knows what it takes to be successful at both and has a track record of imparting that greatness to those he coaches?
Or, um, #3 - HARBAUGH!
(One of those guesses has to be right!)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Welcome!||
Definitely wishing him the very best since he'll be playing at the AlamoDome which is only about a quarter mile from my office, so will definitely have a few opportunities to go see him on Saturdays without even having to pay for parking. Hard to believe UTSA is only in its fourth year of existence as a football program, and people down here are still stoked to finally have a hometown team (though most are still Longhorns/Aggie fans).
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Sick Days||
I'm a civil attorney, and on the days when I am feeling under the weather I'll remote in to the office and work from the couch drafting pleadings and such. So while technically a sick day, still productive and focused on work.
The only exception was when I quit smoking. I used three days of sick leave to hide from the world knowing that I probably wouldn't be much use (read: be potentially hostile) to clients and could not stay focused.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Good explanation||
Good explanation here:
Essentially, pay own way to school, can practice, and play, but won't count against scholarships.
Only downside is that the kid must not have been recruited by the school, so that means no official visit prior to committment.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Attendees||
Zooming in on Brandon's pic looks like the first two rows are for the Harbaughs, then behind that Carrs, Schembechlers, and Moellers. Anyone else make out any of the other names?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||No way||
In 2008, Michigan went 3-9 to finish second from last in the Big Ten. According to this, they would then have to play another game for the right to stay at Level A. One bad last game, and they're demoted to Level B for the next season. No way, even should hell freeze over, would a system ever be put in place where that could happen. USC and Alabama in 2000 would have been in the same position, as would 2007 Notre Dame (under the alignments as presented).
I see why they do something similar to this in professional soccer leagues, but with a guaranteed roster turnover every 5 years (with most players leaving after 3/4), there is no way this would work. One bad "rebuilding" year, and BAM, demoted for at least a year.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yost||
I believe he was making a joking comment referencing Fielding Yost who came from Stanford/San Jose in 1901. Highly doubt Hoke took a train in 2011.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||If true, shows 49ers believe||
If true, shows 49ers believe there is no trade value to Harbaugh. If that's the case, only logical inference is that JH has something in place to coach Michigan.
San Francisco wouldn't take JH or his agent on their word that he's leaving and give up potential value (even if 4th round pick, still value and saves paying 5 million as contract damages.) My completely uninformed guess is Michigan and JH have at least an MOU and 49ers and Michigan reached an agreement on paying out the 5 million severance cost. Again, all premised on if Jay Glazer's report is actually true.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||The length remaining on his||
The length remaining on his contract could be seen as veto power, but it merely runs concurrently with the explicit one that is in his contract. If he doesn't want to be traded to a specific team, he could either let them know that he wouldn't sign a contract extension with them, or just flat out veto the trade.
Any approved trade would necessarily be premised on the execution of a contract extension with the new team as part of finalizing the deal. So in practical effect, it doesn't give him any options or leverage greater than just vetoing the trade.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||JH Options||
I negotiate for a living (attorney/mediator) and in my opinion, unfortunately, JH's silence on Michigan is a bargaining chip. He may still end up here, but even if he knows that he isn't coming, as much as he loves Michigan, he just can't tell that fact to Hackett and the important figures at this time.
The basic fact is that right now he has three options within his sole control; he can (1) stay in the NFL and coach for the 49ers in a toxic situation, (2) leave and coach Michigan, or (3) quit and sit out for a year then look for an NFL job next year. *I am writing off the third option because it doesn't fit anything about JH to sit at home doing nothing.
The 49ers have the option to (1) retain JH, (2) fire him and pay out his contract, or (3) trade him.
In keeping Michigan as a viable option, JH is creating leverage with the 49ers. If he came out and said that he only wanted to stay NFL, all the power is in the San Francisco front office because they control his NFL future until the expiration of his contract. At this time, if JH says he wants to be traded to Oakland and only Oakland (or whichever team), and the 49ers refuse to make a deal, then he can threaten to walk away from the NFL and San Francisco gets nothing of value for his departure.
Otherwise, the balance of power shifts completely to San Francisco, and if the 49ers want to trade him to Miami because they offer the best compensation package but he doesn't want to go, all he can do is veto the deal and stay in San Francisco. He's too good of a coach and competitor to either sit out for a year or not give 100% to the coaching job, even if he is clashing with front office and players.
Legal leverage is the name of the game here, and Michigan is really the only thing that gives Harbaugh any with the 49ers at this time.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Coaches Moving On||
Speaking of coaches and their next stop:
Don't have enough points to post a new topic, and this is from Gregg Henson so take it for whatever, but he has a source that allegedly has received communication regarding Greg Mattison's post-Hoke activities. Supposedly he has a bevy of NFL job offers, but is open to returning to Michigan if the right coach is brought in. (Note: he doesn't think it will be Harbaugh because of the salary cost...) In the interim, he is still espousing the merits of being/staying a Wolverine to current players.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh||
John Harbaugh. Mattison and Hoke called him up and said that their 115 sons needed a new coach that could be trusted to lead and mentor them, but Jim wanted to stay NFL until he gets a ring. John couldn't say no to his two friends, and with the Superbowl ring already on his finger, agreed if they could get him to Ann Arbor in a way so as not to leave Baltimore high and dry. Smoke about Hackett working "through the 49ers" was to avoid NFL no-contact rules about trading Jim Harbaugh to the Ravens since Baltimore couldn't contact 49ers about a trade right now, and so he was the middle-man to get the agreement done.
Connect the dots! (But yes, it's probably really Stoops.)
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Support for Petition||
The petition is already at 6,070 signatures as of this posting, and at this rate will most likely hit 10,000 by the day's end. With approximately 500,000 living alumni from the University of Michigan, that would be a signature by 1/50 alumni. Taking into account how many graduates do not have Uniqnames due to the dates of their graduation, obtaining even 2% of the living alumni base to sign onto this petition is a showing that there is a serious movement by the interested students and graduates. With this showing of outrage, eventually the bunker mentality will have to end and the President and Regents will be forced to at least acknowledge the situation in the athletic department.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||*||
T. Boone Pickens is OK State's billionaire benefactor, not Warren Buffet. Don't want the Oracle of Omaha's reputation impinged by association with an Oklahoma school, haha.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||UIW||
I live in San Antonio, and actually have a lot of respect for UIW. Their head coach has a ton of NFL coaching experience, and the running backs coach is Heisman winner Ricky Williams. (The university and his fellow coaches have done an amazing job helping Williams get his life back on track.) They may not have the raw talent, but a few years of this staff and an early season game mean UIW has more than an infentismal shot.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||" 3 balls and 4||
" 3 balls and 4 strikes"...may not be so easy to pick up, hahahaha.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||My speculations...||
1) Unfortunately, no. While I believe Gardner will stay in Ann Arbor, the chances of him making the new playoff bracket his final year aren't where I would be comfortable wagering he'd make an appearance. With conference appearances the way they are now, it would take an undefeated season to make the playoffs over a couple one loss SEC teams or even a one loss PAC-12 champion. While I have the highest of hopes, banking on an undefeated season is never a safe bet, so will have to say that Devin doesn't get to go out as a playoff contender. (Perfectly willing to be shown to be wrong, though!)
2) I think if any B1G team makes the Final Four this year, there's better than even odds that it's Michigan who represents. That being said, however, with the way NCAA Tournament plays, I have a suspicion that there will be no B1G representative on the last days of the dance, and the window on Michigan continuing from this past run will be reset. Honestly, I don't know enough about MBB recruiting to project any further down the road than next year (the curse of one and done), but with Beilein there's always a shot. By that time, I envision State will have made a run, maybe Indiana, Ohio...so no, I don't beleve it will be Michigan again.
3) Last unbeaten is Ohio. Play cupcakes at home to start, and Wisconsin before they find a new identiy. If Ohio survives October 5 in Evanston, which I am on the fence about, but for this prediction will say Buckeyes win, my guess is they go undefeated until November 30 to set up a great game in Ann Arbor.
4) I speculate two recruits committing at the BBQ or shortly thereafter. Artavius Scott and Malik McDowell. Maybe a third, but don't know the visitor list enough to guess on who that may be.
5a) No real surprise commit that I can think of off the top of my head. Don't think any of the top RBs come in this class, and Hand and Jackson aren't really "surprises" if they commit, but I'll wuss out and go with Hand.
5b) Jumping on the bandwagon and going with Westphal here. Seems to be on the Treadwell path, and the later it gets either his spot will disappear if Jackson commits first, or, more likely, he decides to jump ship before that seeing the current roster of DBs and an incoming Peppers to contend with.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Recruiting to non-UM/Ohio||
There are a couple schools that can put forth a recruiting pitch to attract recruits, but for the Minnesotas and Indianas of the B1G, I don't think there's any sort of solution.
Penn State is always going to be Penn State, at least for this generation. Scandal aside, the memories of that football program are ingrained in PA and the region. Plus, O'Brien is doing a darn good job even with the sanctions, so when those go away I would expect a resurgence. Let Bill keep doing what he's doing, and the recruits will come.
Northwestern can always push academics and, so long as Pat Fitzgerald is coaching there, a system that will guarantee a competitive chance while receiving a great education. One or two big games a year, and always good to have the chance to be talked about on ESPN as the team that "surprisingly" knocked the great and mighty Ohio out of the National Championship hunt. They'll get very high character, hard-working kids, and I wouldn't be extremely surprised if in the next few years a 5-star eventually signed on. (Still a little surprised, but not highly so). If that builds, and the momentum continues to add up, Northwestern may get to a Stanford-light level.
Nebraska can sell the myth of the Blackshirts to a defensive recruit and maybe land a few kids (especially being able to point to Suh still), but the three yards and a cloud of dust history may make it a little more difficult to attract modern offensive recruits. Nothing in recent years has changed that perception, because while Taylor Martinez may be a electrifying a couple times a season, there isn't the ability to flash brilliance on a Denard level and the system doesn't seem to be working out there. Returning to the Nebraska roots may get some kids, but with fewer and fewer high school programs playing trenchwarfare, and Alabama dominating the landing of the top tier of recruits (not to mention Michigan's recent return to loading up), it appears few 5/high 4-star kids will be Huskers in such a system. There is a decent amount of big corn-fed talent in the region, however, so keep Texas and Oklahoma from picking off the best (should go down the more removed Nebraska is from the Big-12), and there's a shot at a decent return eventually.
Wisonsin has the recent string of success to hang onto, but with Bielma leaving they may be winding down. Still a good school, with a tradition of big bodied linemen and great backs, so you pitch that to the kids. Come here, compete, build up, and we'll try to send you to the league. Outside of those groups, well, Russell Wilson gives some credibility to the offensive side of late, so the better he does in the NFL the better for the Badgers recruiters, but I doubt any top-tier QB will ever seriously consider Wisconsin as a first choice. Same for receivers. Sell the school, the atmosphere, Jump Around, and just try to convince some non-national targets that they're the right fit.
MSU...well, tell them to stop focusing intergalactically and keep it close to home. Michigan can't take everyone from the state, Ohio can't fit all the ones that don't choose / aren't offered by UM, so lock down the rest of the home talent. Branch out into Ohio, PA, IL, etc. for some battles against the Illini, Pitt, and other smaller schools and lock up some key players. Mostly, learn how to coach guys up, and focus on the hard-workers with something to prove because the Wolverines and Ohio passed them over. Fits the State mentality for their team, and the chips on their shoulders may lead to some good football.
Purdue, Illinois, Rutgers, Maryland, and Iowa...I'm tired of typing and would actually have to think on these. There are flashes of greatness to pitch to recruits, and some good things about each school, but nothing that screams COME HERE to a recruit of which I am aware.
Indiana and Minnesota, good luck.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Denard||
Denard winning a National Championship was a rather nice tidbit kind of buried in that article! Of course, doing it with Florida State is kind of disappointing.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||To be fair..||
Pretty sure the Gophers would be justified in saying that because neither Tom Brayd nor Payton Manning is listed as an NFL quarterback, let alone a good one.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||The Michigan Alumni Group in||
The Michigan Alumni Group in San Antonio watches the games at the Lion and Rose British Pub - 700 E Sonterra Blvd # 318, San Antonio, Texas. Unfortunately, it's quite a bit out of the way for me so I usually watch BTN games at my house and all others at the sports bar near my place so I can drink.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||You Play To Win||
Not the biggest fan of Pat Forde, but he's the only one who has brought up this Hoke quote so far: "Even if that play had gone incomplete, Hoke said he might have done the same thing on the final one. 'I may have gone for the touchdown and gone for the win,' he said. 'Why not? I mean, you play to win.'"
Hoke really encapsulates Michigan football. Has the Schembechler legacy coaching ethos along with just enough of that gambler streak that fellow Schembechlarian (coining that as the name for all those who come from the tree of Bo) Les Miles takes too far. Love it.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||My experience||
Not sure if anyone on here knows the exact regulations, but the 3 times I've been to Gameday there hasn't been any specific limitations given. Appeared mostly common courtesy and common sense dictates. Basically all signs follow the rules that they should be able to be held by one person, should have content that can be displayed on television without getting the FCC involved, and should be held up for a few minutes at a time, not constantly, so other signs can be seen.
Mean spirited is acceptable, but make sure it is truly funny. When I was at Kansas/Missouri back in '07 saw one of a very well done "Jabba-ization" of Mark Mangino, but a lot of mean ones making fun of his weight without any redeeming wit/talent.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Exactly my sentiment. We got||
Exactly my sentiment. We got beat. It was bad. I cried for days (okay, it was a bit longer than that). We can hide our heads in shame, swear never to talk about it again, and pretend THE HORROR never occured. However, we will never truly escape it - everytime a Sparty or Buckeye want to rub some salt in the wound I hear the same lame joke, the one about how many batteries it takes to beat Michigan, and it brings all the memories back anyway. Might as well invite App State back, and show them, our rivals, and the world, that the Wolverines are Michigan Men who do not hide but pick themselves up and come back gunning for you.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Yossarian fears||
Anyone else seeing the potential that Wormley and Kalis were ranked that high by Bucknuts as a way of saying, "We still love ya baby, come on home,"? Maybe it's me being a little jumpy, but I cannot help but have that feeling, especially when Bucknuts is involved. Plus, in the immortal words of Joseph Heller, "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you."
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Correct - if he's not playing||
Correct - if he's not playing any sports, and his tuition isn't being paid to entice any other athlete to attend UM, then the NCAA has no jurisdiction and anyone could pay his tuition.