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|22 hours 3 min ago||Hoops recruiting||
is too dirty IMO to be that team. I don't wanna be the team where bagmen pay players and then you get caught and gotta take down all those banners you won and have your program in the dumps for a decade and your reputation tarnished for just as long.
|1 week 2 days ago||I find these judgments always quite interesting||
I watch a lot of college football, 5-6 games every week during the season, I read forums and blogs, watch additional college football-themed programs. I'd consider myself a pretty massive fan of the sport.
But at the same time I really don't feel qualified to judge this guy's work. I mean I can look up statistical rankings and all that but that doesn't really tell me the full story or even most of it.
For a good judgment, I'd need to not just watch all the games he coached, I'd need to intimately know the back story. I mean with Michigan I feel relatively qualified to judge at least the HC and coordinators because I watch every game and pick up a lot of the 'buzz' around the team through all the other Michigan media I consume. But I can't say I'd have that level of awareness for any other team.
|1 week 2 days ago||Oh well||
Attrition happens. Not everyone who starts the journey will finish it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Commitment||
is code for 'I currently want the world to think I am inclined to play for your team" and offer is code for "we currently think you may be good enough to play for our team".
I think both sides tend to be aware of that now in recruiting and act accordingly. All this hoopla pre-Signing Day is kind of a theater that helps recruiting 'journalists' sell subscriptions and pumps the egos of recruits.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't wanna hear his name||
after he starts his job. The best AD for me is the one who nobody talks about. It's an administrative gig. If you're a subject of discussion it's probably because something's not going right.
|1 week 4 days ago||Michigan isn't doing anything that isn't||
common practice at the elite level. If you want to compete vs the elite, you can't do this with one hand tied behind the back.
If you need to drop a dude who isn't as good as you'd like then doing that is called being shrewd, nothing else. If a dude commits to Idaho early on but then shoots up the rankings and gets interest from Florida, Bama, USC etc., there's a 90+% chance he will drop Idaho. That's a player being shrewd. You can't hold yourself to the standard of a 17 year old, but you probably shouldn't be less shrewd than a 17 year old.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nah, just use your head.||
Don't feed the crap content monster.
|1 week 6 days ago||He'd probably be better off||
heading to a JuCo than going to EMU if he has academic issues.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I hate the holier than thou attitude||
of some our fans. That's why this story even has legs in the first place. All this B.S. about some imaginary moral superiority that no outsider buys anyway but just gives our rivals ammunition to attack us.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What's the point of recruiting?||
Oh yes, it's fielding the best possible football team.
If that somehow escapes you, I think NAIA football has its charms..
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's not about criticism||
it's that you didn't give the benefit of the doubt to our staff when the details were far from black and white.
Even yesterday the stories hinted at the fact that this was not a sudden development. There was enough out there to suspect there's more to the story and there certainly was no information out there that justified lashing out at Michigan as a Michigan fan.
I know all about criticism, I was banned from one Michigan site for calling for RR to get fired a few weeks before he was in fact fired, I was called a MSU troll on another Michigan site for predicting us to go 6-6 in 2012.
I am certainly no blind loyalist but at this point I have considerable faith in Jim Harbaugh trying to navigate the murky waters of recruiting and will not take any story attacking our staff at face value and rush to judgment.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Toxic fans||
All the people ripping Harbaugh about this should re-examine their Michigan fandom because it doesn't speak very well of them that their first instinct was to attack their own coaching staff.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So what||
even if the coaches noticed something the day before Signing Day that made them think again, well it's better to tell the guy 'nah thanks' than to bring a kid in that you don't think fits your plans.
I don't know what happened here but IF it happened to be the case that the coaches decided they weren't enthusiastic about this kid - who was recruited by the previous regime - then I think it'd have actually been more unfair to the kid to sign him if the coaches don't really want him. Both parties are committing to 4 years and a football career. Would it be fairer if he had to transfer 2 years in because he's buried in the depth chart?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Ehhh||
if Harbaugh makes him a priority going forward, fair enough, if not, then good luck to this kid.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||People get jumped all the time||
in gentrifying areas of L.A. (or New York for that matter). Hipsters are easy victims, they have expensive stuff and don't exactly act streetwise (because they generally think 'crime' is just an invention of Republican racists). I bet half those kids don't even call the cops when their iPad or whatever is stolen because they figure it's pointless and/or think it's their own fault for having more material wealth than the downtrodden poor and that theft is just a path of achieving social justice.
An area that is identified as 'hot' by hipsters is generally still dangerous enough because what drives gentrification? Affordable rents and locations close to things they like or need to go to (colleges, clubs, bars, galleries, eccentric entertainment). Why are the rents still affordable in spite of the location being pretty solid? Because it's a dump full of hoodrats. For the first decade or so of a gentrifying circle the hoodrats will live side by side with the hipsters. It's like that even in Echo Park where plenty of hipsters live but there's still gangs there too.
A gentrified area is really only safe when the hipsters say it's gone commercial and boring and 30 something upper-middle class couples think it's fine to live there with their kids.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Well if you *only* look at the campus||
it is quite beautiful. Maybe they stayed at the Raddisson right across campus on Figueroa.
North of campus there's a lot of student housing so it's not that bad either up to about Adams (though hoodrats from nearby areas will prey on students and their belongings quite regularly as they're easy victims).
But it is only when you stray off campus in the wrong direction that you'll truly be hit by the ghetto vibe.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Oregon is a poisoned chalice||
for defensive coaches. They consider it a good defensive year if they're like 40th nationally. There's a reason they had to go for Hoke who's really not in a position to turn down a lot of P5 jobs.
I'd say it would have helped Hoke's career a lot if he had become a DC 15 years ago because I think it would have given him practice of being in charge of a complete unit without the burden of being HC. It would have made him a better HC down the road.
Hoke is one of those guys whose strengths are quite apparent, he finds it easy to build a rapport with young guys, he can motivate them and instill the right values in them. He also understands and can communicate the fundamental concepts of what makes defense work,
His weaknesses however are roster organization, decision-making, performance optimization. Those skills are essential to be HC especially at a big program but they're also pretty big as a coordinator. Hoke is pretty old to take his first big coordinator job now. One wonders if it's too late.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Someone show her a simulation||
of how that area around USC looks when the Big One hits. Californians don't like to think about it the same way smokers don't like to think about that cancer on the horizon, but it's gonna happen, just a question of when.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The question isn't if they cheat||
because you gotta focus on a new unusual element to explain very different outcomes. That part of the country has IMO always been the recruiting equivalent of a Gold Rush town in the West. The only rule basically is to not get caught.
What's new is Hugh Freeze who is a very very good recruiter who learned from the best when he worked with Orgeron. Orgeron always had a fearless 'we can go after anyone' approach and Freeze clearly took that from him. Unlike Orgeron, Freeze has another weapon - he can play the preacher man routine perfectly, which works very well with parents in rural areas but also inner cities. But it's a feel good preacher man routine, not so severe that it would scare off kids.
Once you have a very aggressive and eager recruiter in place and he's getting some results, your boosters will notice, everyone will be galvanized. You have to remember in the SEC, these schools like Ole Miss don't accept that they are somehow lower in the pecking order than Bama or LSU. They aren't just happy to be on the field, they're desperate to win. They want and feel they deserve national titles just as much as those powerhouses. As a result, they just need someone to give them belief and show them a way in order to be fully engaged.
Once you have an aggressive and really good recruiter as HC and a fully engaged booster network, there's little reason you won't enjoy success as a SEC school.
Their only problem is IMO as time goes on, they will be turned in eventually because they're too successful and stepping on too many toes.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I doubt he will do better||
than a decent mid-major for his next job.
Hoke is not without his qualities as a coach but he is extremely limited and most P5 schools at least fancy themselves to be able to aim higher.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's a bandwagon town||
if the Chargers won a Super Bowl while playing in L.A. and the Rams are 2-14 all this "Welcome back Rams" talk would be gone overnight and Spanos is the toast of the town.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know why this talking point persists||
the Rams and Raiders moved because they couldn't get a stadium deal done. Pretty much exactly the same reason every other NFL team has moved for including the Rams and Chargers this time. It had nothing to do with the fans.
And I'd like to think the football team of the University of Michigan is a little more deeply rooted in the state of Michigan than a pro franchise would be, especially one like the Rams which has moved only fairly recently to St. Louis.
Interesting and often forgotten: the Chargers actually started out in L.A. and were the Los Angeles Chargers first.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||There's a few too many easy jokes here||
for my liking.
I'd almost be relieved if I heard it was a ruse and Harbaugh took the kid downtown for a game of poker and then the strip club thereafter rather than sleep next to a teenage boy.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Personal brand||
One of the rules of corporate advancement is that if you have a chance to sit down and have a 1 to 1 with someone higher up in the food chain then you take it every single time.
Remember that this a chance to impress Saban and also to see how Saban approaches the game.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||38 days||
until the first pitchers and catchers report.
As much as I love college football..at the moment I'm just waiting for spring.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Not really fussed either way||
STC isn't the kind of position which makes or breaks your staff.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'd like them to rotate to be honest.||
I thought the white looked pretty cool at first but then I kinda started to miss the maize. Just use both.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||How many women||
have actively bought sports franchises rather than inherited them from their husbands/fathers?
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Of course they do||
he did a brilliant job winning a bunch of meaningless games against other bad teams. The Lions get away with this crap because there's enough fans who probably think the fact the Lions ended the year 7-9 is somehow a positive sign.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||I thought the Stanford way||
was to pay tuition out of your a** expecting to be instructed by world-class faculty only to end up in mega-church sized lectures and discussion sessions taught by some adjunct with a Cal State degree ;).