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|5 days 7 hours ago||Firstly, it's Hoiberg||
Secondly, he did an absolutely terrible job coaching the Bulls this year. That team has a lot of talent, and he couldn't figure out how to use it. They weren't a championship club by any means, but they should have had no trouble making the playoffs.
That said, I think Izzo would be a very good hire for the Lakers. Even if he only coaches six years, that would be a reasonably long tenure for an NBA coach. The best players there are all very young, and they need a coach to work on skills and discipline as much as anything else. I hate the man, but those are his strengths. They don't need someone who's an NBA tactical genius yet -- those guys help you win close games, whereas the Lakers are just trying not to get blown out.
I'd probably take Kevin Ollie first, because he's younger, has more NBA cred, and is still close to Kevin Durant and Byron Westbrook, with whom he played his final NBA season. KD is a free agent this year (and maybe next year), and Westbrook next season. If Ollie could lure one or both of those two to the Lakers, and is able to mold their youth into NBA talent, the Lakers could turn around pretty quickly.
|1 week 5 days ago||Legal Services is an important issue||
I'm surprised that this is a particular one Harbaugh has latched onto, but pleased all the same. Funding for it is at historically low levels.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's not exactly how concussions work||
But beside that point, there was no immediate need for a scholarship other than to award it to a walk-on, which is a completely different situation than over signing and needing to clear a scholarship.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Cavs sweep||
No game will finish within 10. The only series that will be more one-sided in the first round is Spurs-Grizzlies.
I think the Pacers could have scared the Cavs, but not the Pistons. I do think that either of the Cavs potential second-round opponents (Atlanta and Boston) are capable of putting a scare in Cleveland.
It's been a good year for Detroit tho, and as long as they don't let Drummond leave in free agency, more good years will follow.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Thornton would take up a scholarship while sitting out||
I don't think there'd be room for Peters and Thornton given the current scholarship situation.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||At least in the NBA there is||
Many teams have an assistant coach who specializes in putting in the defensive coaching. That was Tom Thibedeau's role with the Rockets and Celtics before he became a head coach. I don't know if that exists in college, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Broncos have three 7th round picks||
With Manning retired, they may want to have some two-back formations. I could see him getting picked in the 7th round by Denver.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Well played||
This sounded so plausible, and I wish this were posted yesterday.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Umm, okay||
I mean, I also mentioned that they played them close twice last year when both teams had a similar roster. I talked about how the Celtics match up decently with Golden State when healthy. In fact, going back to last year the Celtics are the only team in the NBA the Warriors haven't beaten by more than 5 points. In fact, they're the only team they haven't beaten by more than 10 points. But sure, whatever you say, I'm just looking at one game.
And again, I said the Celtics had a shot. I'm not so foolish so as to guarantee a win.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I think Boston has a shot||
They match up decently with Golden State, given GS current injury situation. The two big strikes against Boston are:
1) They're coming off a back-to-back in Portland, which will get them in to the Bay Area rather late.
But the last matchup between these two was one of the best of the season, and both games last year were very competitive as well. This should be a fun one, especially if Crowder plays.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||He's gone after the one-and-done types||
He's just rarely landed them. He got McGary, who turned out to be a two-and-done who was largely injured in year 2. It seemed like Jaylen Brown was Michigan-bound until he wasn't. Devin Booker was another near-miss whom Beilein had recruited for years. Derryck Thornton seemed like ours until Duke convinced him to move up his eligibility by a year. I don't even want to talk about Tyus Battle.
One reason it's difficult to have top 10 classes every year is that Michigan sometimes has less turnover. If you're Kentucky or Indiana, you're anticipating 6-7 open spots a season, so you can recruit like mad. If many seasons you anticipate 3, you're going to have fewer opportunities to go after those top 10 recruits. I do think Beilein is starting to worry less about scholarship space than he used to, which will help in recruiting, although maybe lead to some uncomfortable situations. Not to mention having 5-6 recruits bumps up your rankings due to sheer volume, compared with three recruits.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I could be wrong, but||
I thought that Jones has officially announced he was graduating early last month, and that his departure was already included in the 87 scholarships.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's easy to say Harbaugh||
But Hoke brought us Peppers, and also JBB. Definitely too small of a sample size to make a definitive conclusion, but it's not all Harbs.
I'd be interested in numbers from Maryland and DC as well.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||As a Broncos fan||
I'm really hoping they give Rudock a shot. He's better than Siemian, and I think he'd do great in an offense that really wants its QB under center. That said, for Rudock's sake, I wouldn't want him coming in until mid-season. Then he only has to be better than Mark Sanchez, and not replace Peyton Manning.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Too bad both of our seniors are hurt||
Still tough to see them in street clothes. But Irvin and Walton have been around for 4 tourney wins at least, so there's still some winning memories.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Fairly sure the NCAA calls Friday the Second Round||
Stop being a wet blanket.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||If he's not in Hamilton, he's not getting a Tony||
But I'm sure he could pull off King George.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||There were a lot of conference tournament upsets this year||
Near a record amount, I think. That gives the bubble a little less room.
We still have a chance, but the team really needed to win one more game somewhere. And given most of our losses weren't even close, we can't look back and say we were an unlucky bounce or two away from that extra win.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I feel bad rooting against UConn||
It's going to be heartbreaking for one of these teams.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It might be that Meyer really likes the guy||
He's struggling in the campaign and really needs to win Ohio. I have to imagine Meyer is one of the most popular and respected people in the state, so his endorsement could very well have an impact.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, this is totally made up||
Enjoy the peppers in La Paz.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||He gave an interview just||
He gave an interview just this week to Chris Mannix where he talked about leaving Butler. He LOVES Butler. If for some reason he leaves the Celtics (which is really really improbable for reasons all the same posters have mentioned), he'd just return to Butler. But from all accounts he's pretty content in Boston and has three more years on his contract after this one. I'd be very, very surprised if Stevens weren't still coaching in Boston in 2020.
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|8 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently you didn't watch Michigan basketball until recently||
If you watched from 1999-2008 you'd appreciate 5 tourney appearances in 8 years, including two deep runs.
My biggest gripe is we need to schedule better. Our RPI could easily be 5-10 higher if we just played slightly better cupcakes.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Matt Flynn||
He was a 7th round pick. The difference between 7th round and UDFA is pretty marginal.
I could see the Broncos taking a real look. They could be losing their top two QBs from last season, and Kubiak wants to run the offense with a QB primarily under center.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair||
The more recruits Harbaugh is able to get from Southern states, the more recruits that are left for them to get in the Midwest.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Hopefully he's leaving Jersey early enough||
Might not be too bad to get out by early afternoon. On the other hand, the storm might last well into Sunday, so he could be stuck in Michigan an extra day...
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Gotten better grades?||
He's theoretically graduating in 3.5 years, so I don't think grades were a real issue.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Glad he's getting his diploma||
Best of luck to him going forward!
|15 weeks 2 days ago||A middleman?||
She clearly felt victimized and went to a resource for victims of sexual crimes. It's not like she found a police broker.
Stop being a self-entitled chauvinist turd.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||It gave us a lesser amount||
But that's apparently irrelevant. We were at, I think, 82 scholarships used this past season, although presumably those extra schollies went to walk ons for the year.
What matters is 25 new kids who count this year, as opposed to being backdated. What also matters is being at 85 at the end of August -- although what matters to most of us morally is that there aren't any players who are surprised this summer that they don't have a scholarship.
If we can backdate up to 7, we could take 30, and have room to backdate two extra players next year. Consider this a positive side of transition.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Best of luck||
I'm sure he has a great future ahead of him!
|16 weeks 5 hours ago||If Willie Henry goes to the NFL||
He''d have a chance to play his way into a starting role. But barring some other unexpected departure or probably two injuries, I'd expect him to rotate in, and probably not find more than 33% of the snaps in competitive games. The four starters next year will all be playing on Sundays in 2017. Even if freshmen were allowed to declare, I don't think Gary would.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Hopefully this gets fixed by next year||
Classes start January 4, 2017 at Michigan. I don't want our title game opponent to have this advantage.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Great job!||
All the best to him in his future, be it on Sundays or in med school.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Not the Worldwide Leader's fault||
They wanted them today or tomorrow.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry,||
But I'm the one who's salty.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
Makes it sound like an awards show rather than a severe injury to one of our players. Not in the best taste.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||No, it counts||
They've always played the game then. There's an agreement that some bowls will hold off on announcing bids if the game impacts bowl eligibility. If Navy hadn't lost late in the year, such a scenario might have happened, since they'd have been potentially eligible for the non-power conference slot in the NY6 bowls.
|18 weeks 5 hours ago||There were a number of redshirt junior starters||
Editing post because it's not polite to name people.
There were 10-12 redshirt juniors with starter-level roles/snaps/production, out of 17 redshirt juniors. I wouldn't expect many openings from 5th year players at all.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||If it's really just for football players||
Would that open up a Title IX complaint? That'd just be men-only recreational facilities.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||According to the BC blogs||
Brown was the BC recruiter for New Jersey. That can't hurt.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||He absolutely is||
But as a freshman, he'd have to sit out a year. I think we're looking for someone who could immediately play (or at least compete for the starting role.)
|19 weeks 1 day ago||At some point, yes, it becomes a problem||
But given the dearth of qb's available when Harbaugh showed up, I doubt it will be a trend. Think about it, if Rudock didn't show up we'd have had Morris, Speight, and true freshmen. Coaching changes often mean some transfers as well, and if one or two QBs transfer, as is rumored, we'd again be thin at the position. But in 2017 we'd theoretically have O'Korn at least one of Gentry and Malzone, Peters, and a 2017 QB. That depth chart probably doesn't require a grad transfer, especially since that depth chart assumes that three QBs transfer out. If fewer do, the need is even less.
Hoke/Borges unfortunately mangled QB recruiting and development. Grad transfers are a band-aid to having limited viable upper-classmen at the position. Besides, Harbaugh also recruits competitors -- if you're scared off by him bringing in other QBs, you're probably not the best fit for him anyway.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Associate Head Coach||
Isn't that a title you give a defensive coordinator who won't make a "lateral" move?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Same here||
I've had him in my dynasty league for three years. Looking forward to him carrying me to a title the next two weeks.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh has always liked QB competition||
He regularly brings in 2 high school QBs a year. With how few quarterbacks were on board when he showed up, it makes that he's want grad transfers for a year or two. And if you can get someone who was a dark horse Heisman contender when healthy, it's really a no-brainier.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||If our three toughest opponents||
Weren't all road games, sure, I'm with you. Maybe those teams regress, but going 2-1 at Iowa, Sparty, and Ohio is a tall order. I feel you're setting yourself up for a major disappointment.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I must have missed this||
When did Hardman become a Bama guy? He was Georgia all the way -- did he say something after Bama hired his recruiter from UGA? Or is that just assumed based on the positive things he's said about him in the past?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Unfortunately this is the most logical thing said in this thread||
I don't think we should assume he would respond to every, or even any, rumor. And as he gets more accustomed to his celebrity, I think he'll learn not to. But if you respond, vaguely implying people are wrong, there's an easy way to show them, rather than just a "leave me alone" message.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||So sad||
A reminder of what these kids put themselves through. Heal up, get your degree, and cherish all the memories.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Grad transfers LBs are really rare||
QBs transfer because only one plays, so it can be tough to get on the field, but that's not necessarily a sign you're not very good. LBs have no trouble seeing the field if they're on the two-deep -- and if they're not at least second string as a grad transfer, they probably won't do much here.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||No politics!||
Remember the rules!
|20 weeks 4 days ago||It's not just the bigs||
The perimeter defense has been not-at-all good. Only the rarest of bigs can stop the penetrating dribbler and recover when said dribbler passes it to the guy he just left for an easy 2. We're getting gashed.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree||
Utah put up some huge point totals this year when they were healthy, except when they played us. The results against MSU were solid. Minnesota, less so, although I don't remember anything cringeworthy except a couple of how-did-he-catch that moments. I think the loss of Glasgow was really significant, and also that of Mario for those stretch plays. Arguably Mone as well, since we just didn't have the size in the center of the line. Tough to tell for sure, since the schedule change coincided with some of those injuries, but you don't get three shutouts in a row by accident. BYU had no trouble scoring with their backup all season, for instance.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Recruiting||
I'd be surprised if he didn't help get a significant portion of that talent tho.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||2-3 years of head coach training at UCF||
And then to Nebraska if everything goes well (for him at least. It won't have gone well for Nebraska if they make another head coaching switch that soon, I guess.)
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Richt is a really good coach||
And he seems like a really good person too, especially on the college football coach scale of being a good person. It'd be great if he came to the B1G. If he winds up at Maryland, Nebraska should be kicking themselves that they didn't give Pellini one more year.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand the rule either||
Since clearly the refs don't. But I thought it was only targeting if it's a block against a defenseless player -- Chesson definitely gets him from the front and the player is certainly not defenseless. I do agree that he seemed to launch towards the head/neck area, however, so perhaps we got away with one. But again, it was definitely from the front direction, not the side or back, so if that's a requirement as well I don't think anything was wrong.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand the rule either||
Since clearly the refs don't. But I thought it was only targeting if it's a block against a defenseless player -- Chesson definitely gets him from the front and the player is certainly not defenseless. I do agree that he seemed to launch towards the head/neck area, however, so perhaps we got away with one. But again, it was definitely from the front direction, not the side or back, so if that's a requirement as well I don't think anything was wrong.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for speaking up||
I'm a bit floored by a lot of this thread.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Josh McDaniels||
As a Denver Broncos fan who lived in Boston until recently, here's my McDaniels take:
1) I don't think he got a fair shake in Denver, given the terrible cap situation Shanahan left him with.
I think he'd be a bad fit for the Lions. He's not the right coach to walk into a power vacuum.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Re-read the article||
It's Denzel Nkrmdiche who's in the ICU, not Robert (don't know if there's a relation). Still serious for the kid, obviously, but want to clear up any confusion.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||That sounds not good||
Seems like he was missing for a day, and then when found was taken to a hospital. Not many benign explanations come to my head for that situation.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||They were playing him on offense||
They did it a fair bit early in the year, I think as a Fullback/TE. Got a few touchdowns, and one wasn't even from a goal line situation. Then he got a concussion playing offense, and I'm not sure they put him back on offense. But he's legitimately been a two-way player.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||19-16||
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Have to imagine Hill wants one more shot||
To prove to the NFL he's healthy. Doubt he'll get that opportunity at BYU, so it makes sense he'd transfer. And given how Rudock's turned around, Harbaugh has to be a huge draw to any QB at this point.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Sure, road games matter||
But they aren't worth a 48-point swing vs. Northwestern. Might be worth the 10 points vs. Oregon State.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Sure they're useful||
It's probabilistic. If they predict something should happen 60% of the time, and they got it right all the time, there's something wrong with the model. Is there a decent margin of error with these predictions? Sure. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to take away from it.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||It really depends on your internet options||
If you have mediocre broadband, as I do, then you're going to hate streaming sports. If you can get reliable 30+ MBPS, and don't have a company that's playing with data caps, then go for it.
|25 weeks 6 hours ago||It does||
But don't forget the year of Luke Fickell.
|25 weeks 15 hours ago||You don't say?||
Keep trying, I'm sure it will work eventually.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Zilch||
Life's more fun this way.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||They just shrugged||
When they looked across the bay and saw the dumpster fire that had been raging for 10 years in Oakland.
|28 weeks 22 hours ago||If you're going to have a rule that calls for automatic ejection||
You have to get it right 100% of the time. Not sometimes, but always. And I know that's why they put in the automatic replay, but if even they can't get it right, you can't have that rule. And I think that's a shame they can't get it right, because it's in theory a good rule.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, Stanford can put up points||
Averaging 45 a game excluding Northwestern. Putting up 38 on Northwestern was significant. We don't have the best offense in the country, but it's certainly competent.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||That would be great!||
I'd doubt it, but it can't hurt to ask.
Best argument would probably be if we went to the title game. That would mean we'd play in 15 games, and maybe you could argue that since Mario didn't finish his fifth game, he wasn't able to fully compete in 30% of his team's games.
But you hate to see a kid who'd been playing so well have his football career ended so suddenly, so I'll keep my fingers crossed!
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Except he wasn't called out||
He was called safe and later scored. Worst umpiring ever.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Utley doesn't play second base||
He plays pinch hitter. And now he plays street clothes.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||A plunk in the hip||
Can still happen next season. But breaking a guy's leg in the playoffs greatly exceed a plunk in the leg justice.
And absolutely it was runner interference, which should have resulted in a) Utley being out b) the batter being out, and c) the inning ending without the tying run scoring.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I think this is the best week for it||
Northwestern has a great defense, so bringing in an athlete like Peppers in a package they haven't seen could be very valuable. At the same time, Northwestern's offense, while not incompetent, isn't frightening. Saving him for OSU, as some have suggested, could be worth less (their defense isn't special). It also means that Peppers, who will have to use a ton of energy against OSU's offense could get winded a little more quickly.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, it's obviously shady||
In a thread about the Mass AG looking into one of them, I suggested they really need to be regulated, and this is just another example. FanDuel and Draft Kings are pretty similar sites. If you work at one, and see how everyone is betting at yours, you can be pretty confident the numbers are the same at the other site. It's clearly an unfair advantage (using confidential data), and you oughtn't be allowed to work at one and play on the other.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, the fumble doesn't count as a turnover in my book||
It was a QB sneak on 4th down and he lost the ball while stretching in vain for a first down he had no shot at getting. Maryland was going to get the ball at about the same place he fumbled. Unless you're making a careless lateral that costs a bunch of yards, fumbling in that situation is pretty much getting tackled.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Go Blue!||
Beilein über alles!
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Woke up with the flu||
Game on the couch for me instead of some of those dirt cheap last-minute tickets. Stupid flu.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||You don't sound very informed||
This hurricane is hundreds of miles in diameter. The center of circulation was forecast to potentially be in the DC area Sunday night to Monday, but the impact of the storm was forecast to be felt 24-36 hours in advance of that. You make the decision with the best information you have at the time, and the best information then was "This might not be necessary, but the risk is substantial."
If you call it a silly decision, I really hope you are never Ina situation to make such decisions, as you'll probably get people killed.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Travel plans||
Quite frankly, the weather is going to screw over a lot of those travel plans already. I live less than 5 miles from the stadium, and we already had some flooding issues last night with about 3 inches of rain. Some forecasts are calling for double that Friday and Saturday. They're being smart to announce a change now in time for people to not travel to an area that could be under a state of emergency before the weekend is out.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Came here to post the same thing||
Looks like it's going to be a very wet game regardless of Joaquin. If it actually makes landfall near that time, I'm assuming they'd postpone the game, but i wonder when they could make it up.
The smart decision might be to move up the start time, but you probably have to make that decision sometime tomorrow.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget Houston and Auburn||
Anyone else? A lot of transfers lately.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||If your choice is prohibition or regulation||
Wouldn't you rather have regulation?
I mean, things rarely move from totally legal to no-holds-barred. If you want it, just concede regulation. It doesn't have to be highly regulated -- just make sure that a) these companies have enough cash to pay out people who draw down their accounts (which I think PokerStars didn't do), and make sure that no one is allowed to cheat (for example, the company lets some competitors pick their rosters after games have started). I don't know if they provide tax forms to winners who make enough, but they should do that too.
That's not too much, just an occasional audit/reporting. If the government wants to dip their hand in the pot in the form of licenses (to help pay for the regulating or just make money), they could do that too, but it's not requisite.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Pot's decriminalized in Mass||
I get your point, sort of, but gambling is very regulated in states where it's legal, and in many states it isn't. I've got to imagine that daily/weekly fantasy sports does billions a year. If it's against the law and doing that much volume, they'd be neglectful to not look into it.
It's not the AG's job to write the laws. It's his job to enforce them. And one being blatantly broken at that scale.. Really I'm shocked no one else has investigated.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||His teammates||
If he's been unhappy and homesick, I'm fairly sure most of his teammates probably don't care. I don't mean that cruelly, but I'm guessing if it's the case that he's having trouble adjusting, he probably hasn't bonded with his teammates all that well yet. Accordingly, I bet most of them don't really pay attention to what he posts on Twitter.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||January 2011||
Or so Google tells me. ie after Sash had left, if you're looking for a possible connection.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||100:1 odds isn't a crazy bet to make||
Ohio State at 5:2 odds is a far worse bet.
|40 weeks 23 hours ago||This is incorrect||
Deals for NBA players do not have to be guaranteed. Most in practice are, but some have partial guarantees, or are unguaranteed until a specific date, etc. Media reports often call these non-guaranteed seasons team options, but that is technically incorrect in NBA contract parlance. For example, Brandon Haywood has a $10.5 million contract this season with Cleveland, but it's completely unguaranteed as long as he's been waived by August 1st. Media reports might call this an option, but it's not, as NBA options have to be exercised by late June, and players cannot be traded if they only have an option year left on their contract. Accordingly, it's disadvantageous for teams to give out team options, except in rare circumstances, over non-guaranteed contracts. So almost every time you hear of a team option, it's probably a non-guaranteed year.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||He's doing fine||
He didn't really bet on himself last year. The Wolves could offer him no more than two years at the minimum due to salary cap rules. It's not clear what they chose to offer him, but they signed him to the one-year minimum tender after trading for Wiggins, so it's possible that the Wolves didn't want to commit to more, since their situation changed between draft night and when they signed GR3. Most second-rounders in his range signed for 3-4 years at the minimum, with 1-2 years guaranteed, so he's pretty much in the same place as everyone else. Just took a different route to get there.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I do expect it will be the minimum||
It's actually a very common contract for players with 0-2 years experience, to sign for 3-4 years at that level, so that players will not be restricted free agents when they come off the deal. His agent will be judged on what the guarantee level is on it. Getting two years guaranteed for him would be good work. I've been looking around trying to find out the amount of guarantee.. Haven't found it yet.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||That would be wrong||
In addition to all the posts about American income levels, GR3 will make far more over the three years of this contract. Here are the minimum salaries he can make each year, per the NBA CBA.
Year 1: $845,059
That totals to $2,876,735 over 3 years, or nearly double what you imagine. And again, that's the minimum over three years.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||What boggles me is the short game||
People talk about his swing coach and all, but its the short game that's really left him. He used to be able to take aggressive approaches to holes, and when things went wrong, the wedge and putter could bail him out. Now even if he hits a great first two shots, you know the best he's getting is par.
|46 weeks 1 hour ago||Yes, obviously||
But I was excluding our exalted host as he was not amongst the names listed.
|46 weeks 2 hours ago||Grbac made a Pro Bowl||
Granted, it was when most of the attendees were in diapers, but still, that's the top accomplishment of all the QBs in attendance. I'm sure he'll wear his Super Bowl ring too.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Just wondering how he'll qualify for Michigan||
He went to a CC for two years due to grades issues in high school. I mean, I wish him all the best, but I've heard for years on this board that someone like Moncrief can't get past admissions/transfer courses counting. Have I been misled all this time?
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Not Ace||
Mexico City was mentioned by Brian in Unverified Voracity, not Ace in recruiting (unless I missed that somewhere and it was in both).
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe spring practices changed his mind?||
Not saying that Morrison is the mystery transfer -- just that a quote from January and a transder now are not mutually exclusive. It would say bad things about how spring practice went for Florida, but who knows.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Was he?||
I think his post got edited, because now it says 6-foot point guards, but when I started replying I swear it just said "guards". Maybe I misread (bad on me for posting at work). Regardless, Tyus Jones measures 6' 0.25" at the combine yesterday, and Winston is still a junior in high school with time to add an inch or two (or six even). Heck, Russell only measured 6' 3.25". He's not some giant.
Again, all I said is that I wouldn't expect Winston to commit any time soon, not that I don't expect him to commit. Calm down, everyone.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||2 years||
My post does say "2 years at most", so I allow for that. However, two of the top 4 projected players this year are likely to be guards who are freshmen (or would have been had they been NCAA eligible in the case of Mudaiy). Tyus Jones should be the third or fourth PG picked in the first round, and is also a freshman. If you're one of the top 3 PG in your high school class, 1-and-done is still reasonable.
And regardless, even if you need to prove yourself for 2 years in college as a guard, it's still better to start than sit behind a senior for year 1. What do you think Duke sold Derryck Thornton on? "Come start for two years here and enter the NBA draft in 2017. It'll be better than starting one year somewhere else."
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Kentucky is having trouble recruiting this year||
Specifically related to my playing time argument. They're still getting some big recruits, but they're missing out on ones that they'd often get, and Calipari is making a big deal that his platoon system this year won't happen again. As long as the one-and-done rule is still viable, most top 3 players at their position (which is what Winston is) won't want to go t o a place where they might get 10-15 minutes per game as a freshman. And if Walton returns for his senior year, that's about all that would likely be available.
But if Walton makes the jump, that would be the third starting PG in a row that Beilein has gotten to the NBA, and Winston should very much consider Michigan to become the next PG in that trend.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Depends how long you want to stay buckled||
I don't think it's impossible he winds up at Michigan, but I'd be pretty surprised if that decision were imminent. Early playing time is so important to 5-star recruits, as they are planning to stay only 2 years at most (whether that happens or not is different, but that's the general plan). If Winston were to commit to Michigan before next April, I think it would only be if Walton were to look like someone heading to the NBA after next season. Of course, I do have those expectations for Walton, and thus expectations for Winston, but I'd be surprised if Winston signed on before February.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Go away||
Please just go back under your bridge in Columbus, East Lansing, Bolivia, or wherever it is.
|1 year 3 days ago||The refs weren't calling anything on rebounds the entire series||
I lost count of the number of pushes in the back delivered by Tristan Thompson and arm-bars from Mosgov. The entire series was played with the refs letting almost everything go on rebounds. Was it a foul? Yes. But taken in context of the previous 12.5 quarters of basketball, it was far from egregious. It was too much contact that led to an awkward injury, with Love pulling one way as Olynyk falls the opposite direction, and gravity did its work. It just as easily could have been Olynyk who got hurt on that play or a number of others in the series.
What I'm most surprised about is that Perkins walked away without an ejection or suspension. He checks into the game and immediately puts two hands to the face of Jae Crowder on a blind screen. Refs should have tossed Perkins then, and that probably stops it right there before Smith went MMA on Crowder (who was fouling Smith at the time) in the second half.
Or they shouldn't have suspended ejected anyone. If you want a really physical series, which again, they let happen, then you need to deal with the consequences, which are scrums and injuries.
|1 year 4 days ago||Top recruits under Beilein||
Rankings can be pretty site specific, but according to Rivals, GR3 was our top recruit at #11 overall. Irvin and Chatman, at 24 and 25, were both rated above McGary at 30 in the final rankings. McGary fell a bit as his senior year wore on.
Brown, of course, would exceed all of them. But we've had a top-25 recruit three years in a row. Just no top-5 kids.
|1 year 4 days ago||Brown||
We were so close to a championship for a couple of years before this year's dip. Adding Brown to our returning team can take us right back there in a hurry. And for all you football fans, an electric Crisler crowd is a nice recruiting tool during the football offseason -- Brown would definitely make it electric.
And, on the off-chance he stays for two years -- whoa, Nellie!
|1 year 1 week ago||Router? I hardly even know her||
A neighbor of mine a few years ago had that. Made me chuckle every time I connected to a network.
|1 year 1 week ago||For someone like Brown||
He really has until the first day of classes as long as a scholarship is available at a school he wants to attend. He's one of the top 2-3 players in the country. Deadlines don't really apply when you're that good. He doesn't need to sign a letter of intent if he doesn't want.
That said, if he chooses to sign an NLI, he has until May 20th.
|1 year 1 week ago||Future plans||
Spectrum isn't that plentiful, and Google can't possibly get enough spectrum in the next auction to start a competitive network from scratch. I do agree that this lets them dip their toes into the water, but if they take the plunge, I see them buying either T-Mobile, Sprint, or DISH. T-Mobile is the most likely, because they are actively trying to sell, and are partnering with Google in this. Sprint also is rumored to be wiling to sell if the price is right, although are less actively seeking bids, and are also working with Google's test. DISH has hoards of spectrum that's presently unused, although they can't sell much of it without incurring a large penalty owed to the FCC.
|1 year 1 week ago||100% co-sign||
I'm not the most active commenter, but this has become a site I corne to less because of some commenters. It used to be multiple times per day site for me. Now I take weeks-long breaks.
|1 year 1 week ago||I don't think that is remotely clear-cut||
Who's to say what would have happened to Morris? The 2012 draft class was much deeper than 2011. Who's to say his game doesn't stagnate a bit and he goes undrafted? Morris has made $2.5 million in the NBA since he left, while living out his dream playing in the NBA. Heck, he was even drafted by and played two years for his childhood favorite team. The decision absolutely worked for him. People need to let it go and realize he's having a career as an NBA player, and it's unlikely that an additional year of college would have elevated his game such that he'd get more minutes than he currently does. His talent level is that of a reserve, which is still extraordinarily talented. And he's getting paid for his talents.
The confidence on this board with which people think they know what's best for a player, ignoring the fact that said player has made $2.5 million since his decision, is somewhere between idiotic and ridiculously conceited. He's four years into an NBA career, and is on a playoff team for the third time. He's not an NBA washout.
The NBA salary cap is very friendly to veterans who make the minimum salary. Service time is a real big deal, particularly getting to year 3, and leaving early earned him an important extra year.
You compare him to Marcus Taylor, who had all of one season in the NBA. Apples to oranges.
|1 year 1 week ago||If he does go pro||
I hope that we as a blog/fan base can be supportive of him instead of being derisive. It's embarrassing the amount of hate D-Mo gets on this board.
|1 year 1 week ago||I think he's gone||
I'm probably going to get negged for my pessimism, but a couple other potential first-rounders have announced they're staying, and I think that will clear enough spots ahead of him to get drafted in the first.
I hope I'm wrong, but that plus the recruitment of the VCU kid just makes it feel that's what's happening.
That said, I hedged my bets by posting on the NBA boards I frequent that I think he's staying. I'll be wrong one place or the other, so I hope the egg is on my face here.
|1 year 1 week ago||You're in a DOCSIS 3.0 market||
Comcast keeps telling me I need to upgrade my modem (as in, please rent from us) for better service, but they don't have 3.0 yet where I live, and I get my advertised speeds much of the time. They just stink.
|1 year 1 week ago||Bundling||
Just to clarify -- bundling as a telecom industry terms is used to describe offering different types of service (cable/phone/internet) to consumers under one contract. It is not typically used to describe the packaging of different stations together in cable tiers.
And with that point, for many Americans, it is certainily bundling which causes prices to rise, as providers use monopoly power in one of their lines of service to subsidize another. For example, where I live Comcast is the only high-speed internet provider. 70% of my $110 monthly bill goes to pay for my 20/3 service (which rarely hits 20/3, and has outages about once per month.) My cable costs are a whopping $33, despite my very large selection of stations. I'm very sure that Comcast pays the various cable stations more on a per subscriber basis than I pay them monthly, but they can gouge me in the monopoly market of internet to keep me, and at the same time keep me from going to a satellite option for cable, because it's not cost effective.
In other areas of the country (and I actually keep track of telecom prices as part of my job), this ratio is reversed, if Comcast/Verizon/whomever has more monopoly power in another service type (cable instead of internet, for example). Cross-product subsidization is a gold mine for companies.
Accordingly, this pricing strategy probably shifts money from Disney to Verizon, and not at all to consumers.
On a related note, look at your cable bill and see if you have a new fee for "Regional Sports Networks." It's a fee that a lot of companies have started to add to existing accounts over the last year.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Yeah, I mean Beilein wouldn't try something different||
No way he'd do anything but the same way all the time because "it's hist system."
I'm going to trust that Beilein knows a bit more than you do -- whether it be that he'll need another big due to attrition, that Davis is about to get offers from top programs and was getting him first, or in fact just thinks he'll be a good player for Michigan regardless of what Tom Izzo thinks. He's clearly done a great job of identifying and developing talent. There's really little to question given his track record.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Close||
But actually Doyle is going to elevate his game, lead us to a championship, and bolt for the NBA. Beilein sophomore bump!
|1 year 2 weeks ago||There are certainly things you can do to improve athleticism||
There are definitely drills and stretching routines you can do to help to a certain extent, especially as a growing body. The bigger point depends on when he went through his growth spurt. It is not at all uncommon for strength and coordination to lag behind a growth spurt, especially for someone who's 6'10". A lot of his muscles may not have caught up yet to supporting his size yet (or they may not have a year ago when the videos were made.)
|1 year 2 weeks ago||'95 or '96||
Sometime during my freshman year in high school for a report about ivory poachers. I think I was using gopherweb.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Most NBA draftees aren't NBA-ready||
Few players have substantial impact in their first year, or even often their second year. The big jump typically happens between year 2 and 3, if they're going to make it at all, with normaly some solid performances in the second half of year 2 sprinkles in. Especially for wings like Caris.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Wish I could up-vote this more than once||
He clearly was talking about graduate transfers. I don't remember why he was taking about it, since Duke doesn't make use of those either, but he explicitly mentioned something about grad-school immediately after saying "rent-a-player".
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I mean, they could do anything||
Because that's the fun of being a body with arbitrary powers. In practice, there's been a number of instances with players who get injured in high school go straight from LOI to medical, and certainly others who shift there after not fully recovering from the injury sustained in high school. The general complaint is that it gets applied too liberally, not too conservatively.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I'd be surprised if that would be a factor||
More reasonable would be that he hasn't looked at Texas all that much and won't feel comfortable enough with it in time to decide to spend his college years there. And that picking a school for a coach is a risky proposition, since the coach might not remain (something he now has personal experience with).
|1 year 3 weeks ago||No, he's trying to interpret what Beilein is saying||
And make predictions from it. That's not the same as simply reporting.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||He was the team leader in assists when he went down||
He was asked to be the team's leading shot-creator for both himself and others. That generally leads to lots of dribbling. Also, Michigan had a better record with Levert than without. But, you know, keep on hating.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Barnes should be embarrassed||
In 2011, while Smart was leading VCU to the Final Four, Barnes had three players who would be selected in the first round of that June's draft, and yet still couldn't win more than a single tourney game.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||My prediction:||
UT will win.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I'm not sure they've figured it out||
VCU has won 26 games each of the last two years. He went 3-2 against major conference opponents this year, and 4 of those 5 were tourney teams (losses were to Villanova and Virginia, who were both terrific this year). A couple of early round exits doesn't mean that he's been "figured out". It's called March Madness for a reason -- it's incredibly unpredictable.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I don't think the shine has come off at all||
He had a couple nice tourney runs, but then continued strong regular season performances after his school moved from the CAA to the tougher A-10 (which really ought to be considered a major conference, but I digress).
It's difficult to advance deep in the tourney every year, especially when you're at a lower talent level than many of your opponents. At the same time, it's important to show you are capable of coaching a team in the tournament, which was something Barnes failed at.
EDIT: reply fail. Intended to reply to GoBlueInNYC, not Yost, with whom I agree.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Recruiting cycle has moved out since Saban||
Kids are visiting schools and making decisions a lot earlier than even when Saban took over at Bama last decade. It could be an extra year. Luckily Hoke could recruit, for all his other failings, so that will help alleviate some transition. But I wouldnt be surprised if we don't get any 5-star receuits for a couple of seasons.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I know Beilein's son used to be an assistant there||
That's why we scheduled them on the road a couple of years ago. Does anyone know if that's still true?
EDIT: Looked it up myself, and rediscovered that Patrick Beilein an assistant for the Jazz.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Did I say they were all future stars?||
The post I replied to said that they weren't even NBA-ers, and Towns wasn't going to be a star. WCS has elite defense. If you don't see that, I don't know what games you're watching. Rare is the big who can defend the interior, but also stay in front of guards when they switch on the P&R. Will he be a star? Probably not, although DeAndre Jordan is showing the heights an offensively limited but athletic center can reach, and WCS hits free throws at twice the rate.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I feel you're trolling||
But if you're not, I don't think you saw Webber play in the NBA, or if you did it wasn't until after he blew out his knee and got old at the same time. He was playing at a borderline Hall of Fame level from about 1997-2003, and averaged 20/10 for his career. Heck, if the Kings hadn't been robbed by the refs in the 2002 Conference Finals, they probably win the title that year, and Webber gets the ring he needs to be an actual Hall of Famer. He won the Rookie of the Year, and was All-NBA for 5 years in a row. He wasn't Michael Jordan, but he was a legitimately great player. If that's underachieving, what was overachieving?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I think you're wrong||
Feels like you're mostly having the experience of watching a team that's 10-deep spread opportunities around in games where they get about 65 possessions as a team and are generally up by a lot. Collectively, they're obviously very good. It's going to be tough to stand out and look like the alpha dog on such a team.
For better or worse, most NBA players that are successful don't have a huge impact in their rookie years, and many not until the end of their second year or into their third year. It's easy to look at a freshman or sophomore and think his game is lacking, which it probably is. But don't mistake flaws in a 20 year-old for lack of potential.
I expect Towns, if he stays healthy, can be a superstar in the NBA for a decade. He's incredibly talented on both ends of the floor. Should be a perennial all-star in the LaMarcus Aldridge model. WCS can do a lot of the things that NBA teams ask of their center -- play both interior and perimeter defense, set picks, and run the court in fast break opportunities. I would be concerned with his hands, as that may be limiting both his rebounding and his half-court offense, but he's a rotation player on a winning from Day 1 in he NBA, and if his hands are not an issue, will be in the top half of starters at his position beginning at year 3 for the following 5-10 years assuming he's healthy.
Successful NBA teams have realized that most players can't be great at everything, and so finding those players is rare. Instead they look for players with 1-2 elite skills who's strengths compliment each other. WCS gives you defense, Booker gives you shooting, and so on. There are a lot of players on that team who should be rotation players through the prime of their careers (although not the Harrison twins).
|1 year 4 weeks ago||The hate is foolish||
But WCS can be a great NBA player. I'm really hopeful my team gets to draft him.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||He should consider redshirting||
Get the surgery, give yourself the full rehab time, get an extra year of school out of it, and come back 100% for 100% of your senior year. There's going to be a minutes-crunch in the guard rotation if Levert returns, anyway, so it could be tough to earn those minutes if you're not at the top of your game.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Follow the link above||
EDIT: I thought I knew what Crean's buyout was off the top of my head, and then I went to this website that the poster above me cited, and found out I was wrong, and it's even bigger than I thought.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Or you're doing the same||
There is ample evidence that law schools are churning out students with law degrees at a rate far faster than the marketplace can absorb, and specific evidence that many schools are massaging the data regarding recent graduates' employment. This for six-figures in debt, exacerbated in part by a prohibition on holding a job during your first year of school.
I'm waiting for the sequel article in three years of the Law School class of 2018 pursuing an LLM because they have nothing better to do.
Personally, I'm doing fine, as my wife is the lawyer in the family and makes a good salary. But when I was looking to change careers 6 years ago, before we were married, I'm glad she talked me out of law school. I've got a fine job that I actually like after getting a degree that cost half as much. I still get to pay loan debt, but at least we could afford a mortgage on the house we wanted. But there are too many lawyers relative to the legal job market, and it's not close. Which is terrible for people with $150k debt.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Funny article||
But head-shakingly true for some people.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Seems like a backup plan player||
And I don't mean that insultingly -- just can't find the words. But one of those late offers after any attrition occurs and higher rated players make their final decisions. Last year those type of offers went to Dawkins and MAAR, and three years ago to Caris, so obviously such a signee can be a key piece of the team.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||The Paramus Catholic coach||
Is now on Michigan's recruiting staff. Definitely a connection. Not to mention the new Paramus coach played under Harbaugh on the 9ers.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Ditto||
I'm waiting for my only ISP option in Comcast to improve my internet enough so that I can start streaming and stop paying them for cable. I know I will have this option soon, because they recently upped the Internet portion of my bundle and lowered the cable portion, such that Internet is now 80% of my monthly bill. I love good old-fashioned cross-product subsidization schemes.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Funny, thanks for sharing.||
Now I've got to go back and raid 1 mil elixir in the next four hours so I can upgrade my giants to level 6 the second my lab becomes free.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Game of War||
Has Kate Upton reading terrible scripts and walking around in outfits a size too small.
Clash of Clans has Liam Neeson in the Super Bowl ad, and generally used animated advertisement historically. And is also better.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||And he's in the D-League even||
Couldn't crack an NBA rotation once the Celtics decided they were a winning team.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Brad Stevens||
Is a great coach, and doing the same things in the NBA. The Celtics won a game last season down 4 with 3.6 seconds to go vs. Miami, and earlier this year nearly came back from 10 down with under 30 seconds vs. Golden State. His plays out of timeouts are becoming legendary.
I know it's popular on the board to root for Tom Crean's demise, but Indiana is going to try to make Stevens a Godfather offer if they remove Crean. As a Michigan fan, we should want Crean to stay around for a long time, because Stevens makes that program a perennial top 5.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||But they are breaking the law!||
Driving while impaired is against the law. It is against the law because it is in fact very dangerous to others. While excessive alcohol use may be a public health issue, it is criminal to engage in some activities while drunk because it in fact is lethal to the public. Public health should work at preventing these incidents from occurring, by indentifying people more likley to engage in this behavior and helping find alternative solutions, be it drinking less or arranging other transportation.
But the law isn't about assumptions. There was certain evidence that he broke the law and drove while drunk. The penal code has always been based on two principles, retribution and deterrence. That no one was harmed in this instance of drunk driving means that his punishment was only on the deterrence side -- hence probation with alcohol testing. Had someone been injured or killed, the punishment would have been more on the retribution side. He was not able to live up to the standards of his detrrence punishment, so he will likely face jail time as a stiffer deterrent, because he didn't get the message. And again, that's based on evidence too -- he failed a test.
He has a problem. Whether it's a drinking problem or a problem with authority, I cannot say. But he broke the law, got a somewhat lenient sentence, and violated his probation. Future punishment aside, he needs to figure out what his problem is and deal with it. He's quickly throwing away an opportunity a lot of hard work earned him.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||It's not really that he's a past offender, however||
He drove drunk, and good have faced significant jailtime. In an effort to keep him away from the prison system, he was sentenced to probation which required certain conditions for a year. This isn't about recidivism or three strikes or anything else -- this was part of his initial sentence. He either has enough of a problem with alcohol that he couldn't abide by his probation conditions, which is an in issue, or he simply didn't care, which is also an issue. Given the amount of alcohol in his system, it's unlikely this was the first time he's had a drink since his sentencing. More likely it's the first time he got caught.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Levert||
On the off-chance he committed, I assume this would mean that Levert would be leaving for the NBA, correct? Both in terms of playing time availability and scholarship availability?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Yeah, around the 25th percentile||
Is that the bare minimum you need to be eligible? I'd have thought it was a little higher.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Not really in GR3's case||
Playing out of position hurt him, and he played out of position in large part due to McGary's injury. Once Mitch was suspended for this year, Robinson knew it would be the same problem all over again, except worse with Morgan and Horford also departing, and so he went pro. If McGary came back for year 3, I think there's a better-than-even chance Robinson would have as well.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I expect Walton to go pro after his junior year||
Irvin has also been putting it together recently. If he plays next season like he's played the past few weeks, he'll be that first-rounder some sites projected him at for this year's draft.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Many things||
1) Second round contracts are negotiable. Some players get multiple guaranteed years at above the minimum salary for their years of experience, some get minimally guaranteed deals. Robinson signed a 1-year, guaranteed deal.
2) All NBA deals signed before January 9th that are for the entire season (i.e. Not a 10-day or training camp contract) become guaranteed on January 9th. (Deals signed after this are automatically guaranteed). So even if GR3 had not signed a guaranteed deal, it would have become one at this point.
3) I'd be very surprised if GR3 passed through waivers. I'd also be surprised if whichever team claims him from waivers didn't tender him the qualifying offer of $1.045 million next summer, which is about $100k less than the 30th overall pick from last year (Kyle Andersom) will be making. He'll be okay.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Stauskas||
He's on his third coach in four months as a pro. I personally think he'll take a major leap forward next year with a more consistent offensive system (and hopefully one that isn't "stand on the three point line and shoot it if we give it to you). He's available for trade, and I'd love for my favorite team to take him on.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I've seen him in the 12-18 range all year.||
He should go pro. He's not going to be a top 5 pick next year. The reason seniors generally don't go high is because by the time a player is a junior, it's pretty clear to pro scouts (relative to underclassmen) how his game will develop, so there's just not much more information to be gleaned. Levert had been a known quantity to NBA scouts for awhile. He needs to put on more strength and stay healthy to reach his full potential. Will another year of college help him do that? Not likely better than being a pro will.
Getting drafted at 20 this year, which would mean he continues to fall from his current projections on every major draft site (which have already moved him down duento injury) would still let him sign a rookie deal that will probably pay him $7.2 million over four years. He's not falling out of the first round unless his foot is healing terribly and he can't participate in the combine. The downside of staying next year (getting hurt more and falling out of the guaranteed contracts of the first round) far outweighs the upside (maybe getting picked 10th and having earned $800k more by 2019.)
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Its a fun gsme||
I'm in a level 100+ clan with 45 members. Most members hit over 3k donations per season. We're quite excited about the new clan perks.
It can be slightly addicting tho (if you're a nerd of course. You cool jocks would obviously hate it).
|1 year 10 weeks ago||You don't really have the DGB story correct||
He was kicked out of school after being arrested in a domestic violence / home invasion incident in April.
Then he transferred to Oklahoma, requested a waiver to play immediately, was denied, and declared for the NFL. He's not some kid who just got caught smoking pot a few times, transferred, and kept his nose clean.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||As a Celtic fan||
I hope you enjoy him. He got traded to Boston a month ago, and was a good soldier who provided great minutes when given the time. He pretty much became Brad Stevens' binkie in about a week. But apparently they were either going to trade him to a more favorable situation or buy out his contract, so you got him at a nice price. Enjoy!
|1 year 10 weeks ago||And Ty Wheatley having a commit didn't already?||
But I agree. Sports has made me feel pretty old recently.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||This is correct||
The NBA doesn't want to invest in a minor-league system like baseball, and so uses the NCAA as one instead. The NFL does the same in a sense, but requires three years of school, so the NCAA is getting value as well, and if kids are in school for at least three years, you can keep up appearances about them being student-athletes.
The NBA needs to change their system. Personally I think the problem could be solved if they added a third round to the draft, allowed D-league players to not count against the NBA roster (they currently do if they're signed to NBA deals), and made it so high-schoolers could be draft no earlier than the third round, high schoolers no earlier than the second, and upper classmen in the first round. This would help limit some risk to the NBA owners, keep the top players in school a little longer, and give a pro option to kids for whom school isn't the right fit that doesn't require them going to Europe for a year.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||4-year graduation rate||
The OP said that 14% graduate in 4 years, which is where that number has come from. 6 years is definitely a more typical rate, although still can miss a lot of context.
Thanks for finding more info about SC State's enrollment numbers.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||14% isn't good||
But I'd need to know more before I say it's deplorable. How many of their students are full-time, and can afford to attend school for 8 consecutive semesters? How many of their students require remedial math and English courses to even be prepared for college level classes? There are a lot of schools out there that serve a population of students who are never expected to graduate in four years. Judging them on 4-year graduation rates isn't really the correct metric.
That's not to say that SC State has been a school delivering what it should to its students. I knew it was an HBUC, but that's all I know. Just saying that looking at one number is far from the way to judge a school without knowing a lot of other numbers too.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Despite the lack of a recruiting staff||
Hoke was great at recruiting. Makes me wonder if part of the problem was the coaches had to devote too much time to recruiting, and not enough time to prepping/coaching, to keep up with the larger recruiting staffs at other schools. And if indeed this was part of the problem, was that an AD resources thing, or a Hoke-preference thing?
I mean, I didn't realize you were allowed to have such a large staff until we went out and hired all these folks, without realy losing anyone who'd already been here. Hard to believe we weren't on an even playing field in terms off staff size (ignoring quality), given the AD's resources.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Regardless of who cancelled on who||
That means it's officially a two-school race, which is better than a darkhorse that just appeared in the Championship.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Trey's option||
Options on rookie deals have to be picked up in October a full-year before they take effect, so Burke's already been picked up by the Jazz for 2015-2016. He's been pretty inconsistent, but I highly doubt the Jazz forego his final rookie year option. It's a lot easier to be a 2-guard like KCP than a point like Trey, especially as a young player. It's why Damien Lillard is very special.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||In fact they can't trade him because of the qualifying offer||
Any player who signs a qualifying offer has the ability to reject any trade he's involved in. This is because of an arcane NBA rule that says players on one-year deals with Bird rights at the end of them lose their Bird rights if they are traded. As the loss of Bird rights can lower the player's subsequent contract, player's are not usually willing to acquiesce to being traded. Monroe's camp has indicated he's no different.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Are you sure?||
I don't think I've read that before.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Is there any evidence that he isn't?||
Firstly, RB coach is probably the toughest position coach to judge on offense, since running backs are affected so much by another position (offensive line) as well as game plan. If a coach is only there for two years, it's realy tough to see much, especially when one of the years sees a constant rotation of players due to injuries.
That said, he's got years as a college coach before the NFL, he moved from lower-tier schools to higher-tier ones, and his boss decided he was good enough at his job to bring along to the NFL when the opportunity presented itself. He's moved steadily up the ranks, and when he's left a job it has always been for a better opportunity, and not because he was let go. On top of that RB coaching history, he has a year of successful high school head coaching (improving his team from winless to a 9-2 record in his one season), so he probably has some clue and isn't just a name. And yes, he was an NFL running back for a decade, and a great player both in the state of Michigan for high school and at UM. His résumé is absolutely of someone qualified to be the RB coach of the Wolverines, and anywhere else for that matter. The only real questions are whether Harbaugh would want to work with him and he with Harbaugh. But nothing in his history should make you doubt that he'd be a good hire, aside from the fact that it's really tough to judge how well a running back coach does to begin with.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I'd seen 7 years, $49 mil once||
And if he hits every incentive, the contract is worth $49.3 mil over 7 years. Which means we've won the B1G and National Championship every year. Hope that $49 mil number is right!
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Oh come now||
Hoke may not have been very goodi at winning games at Michigan, but it's pretty clear the kids loved him. It was obvious Hoke was going to be fired, especially once Brandon was out, so they looked elsewhere. Some of them may stay elsewhere, some may not. But why should they stay true to a verbal commitment to a coach who isn't there? That's not jumping ship. That's just not getting on a ship labeled "Destination: Unknown."
If I had a son who committed to somewhere because of the coaching staff, and the coaching staff was not going to be there, I'd surely tell him to look around and see what other coaching staff's he liked, instead of wating 4, 6, maybe 8 weeks for the new one at the original school to be in place. What if you didn't like the new coaches, or the new coach didn't like you? No reason to wait until the middle of January to start looking around again, when there might be fewer spots available.
But it's easy to be holier-than-thou on the internet.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Like Denard before him||
He'll be an easy kid to root for on Sundays. I hope he gets an opportunity to make his mark in the league, because he surely deserves it.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Don't get optimistic||
It's one thing to have someone who would have academically qualified at Michigan out of high school transfer in after 1 year at a decently regarded national university. It's a very different thing to have a kid who would not have qualified out of high school (like most JUCO's) come in after two years at a junior college. Freshmen transfers, like Isaac or maybe one of the kids from Tennessee mentioned in the recruiting post, will continue to be rare but possible. JUCO's -- not so much.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Nyet||
Harbaugh has one year left after this one. That's why it's been such a big deal all year long. If he could go anywhere he wanted after this season, his relationship with the 49ers wouldn't matter. But because the 9ers can control to what, if any, NFL team he goes to next year if they choose not to fire him, and for what compensation in return, it's a big deal. And it's why Michigan has a real chance, because he can't be stopped from going to AA -- that's completely up to him.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm 33||
And not once have I gotten behind the wheel when I might even blow a .04, much less a .08. That's a pretty cavalier attitude you take about the lives of others unlucky enough to be on the road at the same time as you (or Gary Pinkel.)
In terms of general spousal fidelity or lack thereof, I agree that it's largely none of anyone's business. I think trying to cover-up said infidelity by getting someone a job using school resources is a different matter, however.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||If I were him I'd probably go||
If he stays he's likely got his third OC in three years with a new QB who's looked uninspiring in his limited time. Between another year of likely mediocre performance and potential injury, his future draft stock can fall as easily as it can rise. If the new HC is an NFL guy, maybe he can convince Funch to stay on by giving him some NFL feedback on how to get better for next year, but otherwise I wouldn't blame him at all. I know, those who stay, but he'd be doing himself a disservice if he didn't explore it while the head coaching search is going on. Especially since it's not an impossibility the search won't be resolved until right around the time he has to make a final decision.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I mean, I could be off on the specifics||
Perhaps the set-up was when ESPN got the rights to this tournament from the orgnanizers the agreement was they'd show it on ESPN3, but make it available to all users and not those with a cable subscription only. They agreed to something similar to this distribution format in th new NBA deal; all NBA games shown on ESPN beginning in the 2016-2017 season will be shown online with universal access (at least in the US). ESPN knows it's pretty much the only thing keeping the cable industry alive -- makes perfect sense they'd want to look into transitioning to new distribution methods. An important method of testing viability is to show better online-only live sports, as opposed to events they'd never put on their main networks anyway.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Stinks, but take it as a compliment||
ESPN is trying to draw more people to their streamed broadcasts, so that they can cut out the middleman of cable/satellite distribution companies (and instead deal with the middleman of ISP's who are largely the same companies, but whatever.) To do this, they need content that will actually draw viewers to their platform, and November non- conference games between two power conference tourney teams is a good way to do it, especially when one of those teams has a huge fan base like we do. It may seem like a demotion, but really it's ESPN trying to use us to evolve towards a new business model.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Looks like he just had an ACL injury||
Classic injury with his leg getting rolled on by a falling D-lineman from behind.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Clark and Pallante||
Were both initially recruited as grey shirts. When Hoke and Co. first came calling, that's what the offer was, and both accepted the offer (in their junior years, mind you). Then, in the senior years, presumably after the coaches realized they had the scholarship room (and maybe because they feared losing him in Clark's case) the offer was upped to a full-ride from before day 1. This kid, on the other hand, is being told two weeks before he graduates to find something to do other than go to college for a year. Very very different, and very not cool. Slightly better than being told after you show up to campus (as also happens in SEC country) what's going to happen, but not much better.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Broncos fan who lives in DC||
I loved Shanahan for a long time thanks to those Super Bowls (how could you not?) but his last 5 years in Denver were really marked by one impatient move after another, and the defense was in complete shambles by the time he left (not to mention the salary cap.) His time here in Washington was more of the same. He's also a complete control freak who I don't think is cut out for a college gig. He is the anti-Brady Hoke for the most part, so in that respect it would be great for some members of the fan base, but I think people would grow really tired of him really quickly. He's not ridiculously old (62) given his experience, but if he made it more than 5 years I'd be surprised.
My least favorite thing about him is his complete and total willingness to throw his players under the bus whenever something goes wrong. In the pros, that's fine I guess (but look in the mirror sometimes dude). When you're coaching 18-22 year-olds, that's not cool in my book except in the most extreme circumstances.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||They're 4-4||
I think that's pretty mediocre. Should probably get to 6 wins and the bowl game they shouldn't be eligible for.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||He went undrafted||
Signed as a free agent, I think just a non-guaranteed contract for a pre-season audition. That said, Golden State is a decent fit for him, since they have plenty of guards who have no trouble scoring, and someone coming off the bench playing a few minutes of aggressive defense a game can have a role. Rosters don't have to finalize for another couple of days yet, so it's not 100% likely Craft makes the final cut, but he probably will.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Can't up vote on app||
But thanks. Derisive names are puerile and add nothing to discourse. Initials like "DB" are one thing because it's easier to type, but otherwise call a man his name. Coach Hoke may not have been successful on the field, but he's still human and deserves the same respect any of us do.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||While I don't see it happening||
From a monetary perspective, Hoke could be bought out from his head coaching gig, and then offered an opportunity to stay by whomever takes over, at a much lower salary. If you get rid of Hoke as a head coach, whomever comes in is probably bringing in their own assistants anyway, so the cost is pretty much the same.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||That's actually not true at all||
A medical redshirt can be granted after any year, I believe at the discretion of the conference, if an injury is shown to have significantly, but not completely, reduced the number of games a player was able to compete in. It is available to any player who has not taken a redshirt for other reasons, and in essence makes a player eligible for a fifth year. For example, it was known BEFORE the beginning of the 2013 season that Devin Gardner would be eligible for the 2014 season, due to a medical redshirt being granted as a result of injuries in his freshman year. A medical hardship waiver is granted by the NCAA ( not the conference) giving a player a 6th year, and is rarely given. A player would have to miss the majority or total of multiple seasons due to injury for him to be eligible.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||They should bring back Turner Gill||
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I mostly understood the joke||
Just didn't feel that your joke should have become anti-Funk fodder.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Not sure what he means by "recent"||
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Don't know about MSU.||
Just went to his recruiting profile on this site. Regardless, while it may not be typical of a Michigan offer, it's also above "MAC". Furthermore, it just comes off as mean-spirited, as the very strong implication is that Bellomy's lack of success here has been because he's undeserving of being Michigan QB. My original analogy was to say we have no clue why it hasn't worked, and that's where it should end. And I stand by that. Can we be disappointed? Sure, but once we start saying he's a MAC QB, which is patently false, we move beyond disappointment and towards insults. We should all be better than that behind out anonymity.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Was he a great recruit for Michigan?||
No, never said that. Given the circumstances (lack of time and desperation for a warm body at the position) was he the best Michigan could get (with only high school level information available)? Certainly he was in that top group. Calling him MAC-level is revisionist history. According to this blog's recruiting profile, in addition to Purdue, his other suitors were Michigan State, Minnesota, USF, and Boise State. That's not MAC. Best thing ever? No. But someone who exhibited a decent amount of talent in high school? Absolutely.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Maybe I was more of a 4-star||
I had a great baritone voice for a teenager, but there were always the physical concerns.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||So you sort of missed his point||
I'll try from a different discipline.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||It's only year 3 of offensive line recruiting||
The transition year was not great for OL recruiting. Should be better than it is regardless, but given the lack of OL recruits prior to Hoke's hire in January, we shouldn't have expected much from that first class (nor have we gotten all that much.)
|1 year 30 weeks ago||1-and-done isn't an NCAA thing||
It's an NBA thing. It's expected to change to two-and-done in the next year or two.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Continued (stupid app)||
Someone should have told Bellomy to find a helmet just in case. But he was sitting there, with the headset on no less, completely unprepared to make even a handoff if need be. That no one was ready to communicate this to him, or able to help him find a helmet while the clock was stopped, is just another testament to the lack of organization of the team.