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|3 weeks 5 days ago||Brian, When you say||
When you say this:
"Michigan has decided that they should use Hackett for a transitional period specifically because football has a hiring season and they don't want to throw a guy in right now and expect him to get the thing right."
It doesn't make sense to me.
How does "Hire a retired CEO with no AD experience at the beginning of November and ask him to hire a coach in December" not the same as "throw a guy in right now and expect him to get the thing right?"
Wouldn't Long or Bates already be largely ahead of Hackett in the decision making process, even if they hired him in two weeks?
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||And LSU has more talent than||
And LSU has more talent than anyone in the SEC not named Alabama.
To me Les Miles looks like this:
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||And the results of those||
And the results of those searches are good enough reasons to not want to do another any time in the near future.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||The bureaucracy musts expand||
The bureaucracy musts expand to meed the needs of the bureaucracy.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I guess you weren't able to||
I guess you weren't able to make the jump from "kid is committed" to "Dan Mullen offered this kid", but just so you know, Mullen did scout him and ask him to play football at MSU.
You will be hard pressed to make any sort of "he isn't good enough for MSU" argument when MSU offered him a scholarship and didn't think to rescind their offer for 6 months.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Brian used up several||
Brian used up several sentences defending Clark from all of the people who were glad to see him sent packing. He even went so far as to say that those "assholes" would probably have done the same thing if they had the same history.
I get the sentiment here, I understand the point.
This is a tragic story to the degree that Frank's past has turned him into the kinda man who chokes and punches his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings.
That said, he's the kinda man who chokes and punches his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings, so fuck him, background and all.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I was turning Brian's words||
I was turning Brian's words back against him.
Instead of publicly sympathizing with Clark and saying that we should just let those close to the victim support her, we should public support the victim and let those close to Clark sympathize for him.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Personally, I think||
Personally, I think perpetrators of domestic abuse should get all of the scorn that can be lumped on them, if only for those like the kids who witnessed this.
And as for those defending Clark from the internet bullies, I offer you advice directly from the words of Dear Leader: "If you're ever in a position to help a person in that situation do it and if you're not then don't puff yourself up about how roundly you condemn such behavior."
|5 weeks 6 days ago||How contrarian do you have to||
How contrarian do you have to be to spend a paragraph talking about it being condescending to express sympathy for the victim and pointless moralizing to express your disgust for Clark, and then turn around and post that picture and five paragraphs sympathising for Clark and moralizing against the assholes waving bye?
And also, were any of those quotes anything other than made up? I'm pretty sure that Frank isn't refusing to look at the camera, he is turning his head so the police can photograph of the bite mark his girlfriend left while he was pinning her to the bed. He did look at the camera for the mugshot.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||He stole a laptop and punched||
He stole a laptop and punched his girlfriend in the face. Those are the two things that really stand out to me. Out of the things you listed, only the Mott visits seem particularly noble, but I was kinda thinking that most of the football players make visits to Mott.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Great. 100 comments in||
Great. 100 comments in support of a guy that punched his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings (who then ran and told their mother he had killed her).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Be consistent and honest in||
Be consistent and honest in your rhetoric.
Put evenly, it should say: "Knock out Braxton Miller, pick off Logan Thomas in the Sugar Bowl, and they praise your name. Commit felony larceny and then beat up your girlfriend you suspect might be pregnant and you're the devil himself. No in between. No shades of gray," and the no shades of gray might be a little more sensible. Just about everything we know of Clark off the field at this point doesn't provide much room on the spectrum for gray.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Until this year the SEC was||
Until this year the SEC was not a deep league? Remember that Les Miles coaches in the same division. How many times has he reached the SEC championship in the last 10 years?
In 2013 four of the seven teams in the SEC west finished in the top 20.
In 2012 three of the seven teams in the SEC west finished in the top 15.
In 2011 three teams of the six teams in the SEC west finished in the top 5(!).
In 2010, five(!) of the six teams in the SEC west finished in the top 15.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Whatever the case, football||
Whatever the case, football players are supposedly compensated for their sacrifices with an educational service that others go six digits in debt to obtain. Most of what Brian is saying is a bit wrapped up in the "college football amateurism is a myth" argument (and he is correct in that).
That means that the academics that the athletes pursue reinforces the value of a Michigan education and therefore must be both offered and provided with great consideration. Its worth noting that UNC's scandal, which Schlissel mentioned, was only about 50% athletes.
IMO, you can either acknowledge the hypocrisy of big-money college athletics, provide compensation, and make enrollment encouraged but not necessary, or you can hold the enrolled athletes to the same standard as other students. Anything inbetween and you are going to run into pretty big problems.
Put briefly, any problem one has with Schlissel's statements should be directed at the current nature of revenue-generating college athletics, not at Schlissel's statements themselves.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Actually, the data seems to||
Actually, the data seems to point to a fall off after the first three seasons (after Saban's uber-classes passed through) and that 2011 was an abberation. From 2008 to 2013, 2011 is the only year where we can say he actually had a team that was really good on both sides of the ball. Every other year it was a good-to-great defense carrying an average offense (with 2013 flipping that script). I wonder what his overall FEI and S&P would look like for those years.
With regards to some of your other points:
1) You talk about him not really having an elite QB or RB in his time there (other than what Saban left him) as if it is just an unfortunate circumstance. That he has had a ton of trouble identifying and developing capable QBs is a huge knock against him, especially considering the unique set of needs this team will have next year. Is Les Miles going to get any quarterback or running back on this roster to the level needed to compete against the top of this conference?
2) And the fact that he may be in the best situation for recruiting high school talent in the nation is a very relevant here. He and Mullen may rely too much on JUCOs but only one of them has any sort of excuse for actually having to rely on JUCOs. And when you compare where Miles teams end up performance wise versus the talent he can tap in to easily, it is easy to come to the conclusion that he underperforms relative to talent.
3) You state that he could have had stellar records in 2012 and 2013, but in your examples his record pretty much ended up right at the median of the range. You are basically just saying that if Miles had gotten really lucky the last two seasons, he would have had a great record (which assumes incorrectly that coaches who lose close games are suffering from bad luck). But to that end, the same could be said about Hoke, and if he had had a few lucky bounces in a couple games, you wouldn't even be posting this diary.
4) We may judge Hoke quite a bit by his record against the middling crap that is the B1G, but consistent 10-3 seasons aren't that great if they are combined with a losing record to OSU, MSU and in bowls.
Miles ultimately isn't a bad choice. But Mullen has actually got his teams to perform above their talent level, and he has a pretty good knack for QBs which will be the biggest problem facing the next coach. So I still vote for Mullen between the two.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Has Bronxblue ever sent you||
Has Bronxblue ever sent you an email asking why you write UFRs or UVs?
Couch it in whatever flattery he likes, its still a loaded question that read, in short, "What do you want to get out of taking shots at Brandon?"
|8 weeks 6 days ago||This shouldn't have been a||
This shouldn't have been a diary due to content (or lack thereof).
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Look at this depth chart that||
Look at this depth chart that scout projected for 2008 and tell me anyone would have been able to run a "run a more conventional offense pretty well":
Neither coaches were left with great offensive personnel their first year. The difference between the two is that Hoke had a superlative offensive playmaker at QB, while the guy you say RR should have based his offense out of - Minor - spent 2 years on NFL practice squads before washing out of professional football altogether. Hoke also managed to get insanely lucky in drawing the worst OSU team in a long time and winning flukey games against ND and VaTech.
RichRod has shown he can build offense out of bruising backs and pass first quarterbacks at other stops, he just didn't have much talent at all to work with at Michigan.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Brian: Zettel on the||
Zettel on the interception in the post-game presser:
"Our linebackers told us, the defensive linemen, that they were running a screen, and then when I came around I got the feeling it was a screen because the offensive line was blocking. And then the ball was there, and I was in the right place at the right time."
Apparently something tipped the linebackers off presnap and Zettel saw what he was looking for.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Its also worth noting that||
Its also worth noting that six of Michigan's points against PSU came when the offense got the ball in PSU territory, and another 7 came when PSU practically gifted a 43 yard TD.
Offense gets credit for those, but some massive caveats apply.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||As one of those idiots who||
As one of those idiots who wanted at least to see what Morris could do, I was wrong.
But I don't believe I was wrong because of what you say. I was wrong because I had expectations that Morris might be able to perform the way kids around his recruiting profile had performed: Kenny Hill, JT Barrett, Anu Solomon.
I was not wrong because Devin was better than I thought, I was wrong because Shane Morris was much worse than I had ever expected.
So two questions to you:
1) Do you expect to see 2013 ND/OSU Devin to make an appearance this year?
2) Did you expect Morris to be as completely unprepared as he was?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||You must not know anyone who||
You must not know anyone who isn't a Michigan fan, because if you did you would be aware that Michigan has looked like a joke for some time now.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||God, imagine how flat they||
God, imagine how flat they would have been against Miami, Utah, and Minnesota if what fans showed up hadn't. If they had to siphon energy from the fans to reach that level of energy and performance, they may have passed out en masse on the sideling with a 2/3rds full stadium.
Every week, we hear about how hard they worked in practice when no one was there, and how it didn't translate to the field when everyone was there.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||And at this point, everyone||
And at this point, everyone (and I mean everyone) strongly suspects that the administration isn't very concerned with what the students think. The administration's actions betray a belief that attendance is inelastic and that they can expect people to show up and spend money regardless of prices and quality of performance.
This boycott seems to me to be about making a statement that fans and strudents are not a captive audience and their opinion does actually matter.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||The entire article rests on||
The entire article rests on the idea of the fans as community and what not while ignoring that it was the administration its defending that has worked so hard to turn community into commodity and fans into customers.
The fans are just now finally treating Michigan football by its bottom line, entertainment value, brand pride, etc. How long has the administration been doing it. Why not balance this letter out with a call for the the administration to stop marginalizing the fans, students, band, former players, etc. with its actions?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||If the team wasn't playing so||
If the team wasn't playing so badly and the game management not so terrible, we would probably be inclined to think this was an unfortunate and correctable oversight.
However, this is another sign of incompetence and this one endangered a player. It was then followed up by indifference and obfuscation.
So yes, if this coaching staff wasn't doing such a poor job of managing the team we wouldn't be as angry about this. However, that is because the poor management has removed any doubt that the gentlemen in charge can fix the problems at hand, and are likely to allow them to get worse.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||So the argument here is that||
So the argument here is that instead of not going, one should go and loudly voice his or her disapproval?
How is it better on the players to show up and boo and chant for firings?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||If we are to believe what we||
If we are to believe what we are told, the team plays a LOOOOOT better in practice where there are no fans. So a boycott may bring a win or two.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||So when you are getting||
So when you are getting repeatedly embarrassed on a national stage every Saturday, does doing so in front of 50K rather than 100K actually matter?
Is morale worse for this team if the stadium was half-full instead of 80% full against Minnesota?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I don't see how him being||
I don't see how him being pulled after one more play comfirms or disaffirms a head injury vs a leg injury.
That isn't what I meant to imply.
I believe the nature of the hit and his behavior on the field suggested a head injury. He seemed to be obviously in worse shape after the hit than before, and there wasn't contact to his ankle on the hit. Do you actually believe that Morris shouldn't have undergone some sort of evaluation following the hit and subsequent collapse against Braden?
If they actually left him in to throw a pass against live competition in order to confirm he wasn't able to continue, its even worse.
And nobody is talking about Hoke's ludicrous (paraphrasing) "Morris could have taken himself out" response after the game.