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|1 week 4 days 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 week 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 20 hours 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 4 days 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.
|4 weeks 4 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Looks like he just had an ACL injury||
Classic injury with his leg getting rolled on by a falling D-lineman from behind.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 6 days 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.
|7 weeks 6 days 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.
|9 weeks 15 hours 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.
|9 weeks 3 days 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.
|9 weeks 4 days 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.
|10 weeks 3 days 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.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||They should bring back Turner Gill||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I mostly understood the joke||
Just didn't feel that your joke should have become anti-Funk fodder.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure what he means by "recent"||
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||So you sort of missed his point||
I'll try from a different discipline.
|11 weeks 6 days 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.)
|12 weeks 2 days 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.
|12 weeks 4 days 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.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Then who is it on?||
Who's job is it to prepare the kids? If an assignment gets blown on the field, whatever. That happens, especially since the other side is actively trying to make you blow assignments, and they will sometimes succeed. But on the sideline, someone should have told Bellomy to
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Doesn't matter||
Why didn't Bellomy have a helmet nearby? Someone on the sideline needs to be on top of things, and with the number of times we've had not the right number of people on the field, it seems no one is. That's on the head coach. This is the same type of thing. People should know if they're next in line in case of injury. Yes, it was just two plays later, but there was more than enough time with the stoppage after Gardner lost his helmet for that message to be delivered. I'm very willing to believe that Hoke didn't know Shane had been hit in the head like he had. But it's the disorganization on the sideline that prevented him from getting this information, and organization is a critical component of being a head coach.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Trey was exposed||
Anthony Wiener style.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||He should have come out after the hit||
You can't do any concussion testing when the guy's 30 yards away from you in the middle of the field. He was clearly hurt, whether or not due to a head injury, and his teammates tried to help him to the sideline. You don't leave him in for another play. If he checks out okay after the concussion testing, that's fine and all, but he should have been out of the game immediately, and he should not have been sent in the game two plays later. His safety was put in jeopardy by the lack of composure and communication on the sideline, and that is the responsibility of the head coach.
As I said below, I was a Hoke supporter until that very moment, but Morris should have been out after that hit. Frankly, he should have been out before that hit, but certainly immediately afterwards. Doing otherwise was not looking out for the health of a 19-20 year-old kid, and if he can't do that, he's not deserving of being a head football coach in college. Maybe a defensive line coach, but not a head coach.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Former Hoke supporter||
I would have been okay with an 8-4 record this season. Even yeterday during half-time, I was telling my wife I was disappointed for Hoke, because I didn't see how he could turn around the season, and I liked him because I thought he was good for the kids. But I don't think that way any more. Shane was clearly injured for most of the third-quarter, and then he got hit directly to the chin. I'm actually willing to believe that Hoke didn't see the hit, because I assume if he had he would have been yelling at the official to eject the kid who made that hit. But it doesn't matter -- someone on that sideline or in the booth should have seen that hit -- it was clear as day. And the excuse of "Shane wanted to stay in he loves football" is pathetic. You don't rely on someone who just got hit in the head to make the correct decision. That's what the adults who are paid all this money are supposed to do.
And putting him back in there after Gardner lost his helmet... If Bellomy doesn't have his helmet nearby (and why doesn't he now that Shane's out), call a timeout. You have two, and you're down by 23 in the fourth quarter.
That was the last straw for me. I could handle a couple years of a mediocre record given the lack of 4th and 5th year players and the good recruiting, as well as the cost of transition, because I believed that Hoke was good for the players. I don't anymore. It makes me sad, but he should not be on the sidelines next week.
Mind you, I really don't think Nuss should be either, unless Hoke actually made the call to keep Morris in there as long as he did over Nuss' objections. With all we know of concussions, you don't leave someone in the game who's just taken a hit like that, regardless of position, especially when he's slow to get up and his teammates on the field are calling to the sideline for his replacement. That's Nuss' job too as OC and QB coach.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I hate this sub-.500 MAC coach line||
Ball State has been a bad program forever. Prior to Hoke's arrival, they hadn't finished with a record above .500 in seven seasons. So yeah, he lost games his first few years there. It was a bad program historically by MAC standards. What should you expect? They'd been to all of 6 bowl games in 80 years of college football before Hoke got there. His final two years they went to consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history.