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|1 day 13 hours ago||I guess it does keep him||
I guess it does keep him around people who care and know him. I doubt football was the main reason he couldn't stay clean. I do think he'll wind up suiting up for OSU before the season is done, but this doesn't seem too crazy until the legal process is completed.
|1 day 13 hours ago||That's fantastic. Loved the||
That's fantastic. Loved the part where he learned about administrative day-to-day operations at Merrill Lynch. Definitely skills he's used in his future endeavors.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Every win matters, but he's||
Every win matters, but he's had three years og big games. Playing a middling Pac-10 team in September isn't on that level.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Listen, this is only the,||
Listen, this is only the, what, the kid's 3rd incident to make it on national news (after the rape accusations, stealing crab legs and condiments, and then yelling this out in the lunchroom)? Cut him some slack. And honestly, based on the trajectory of the offenses, next time he'll just fart in the middle of class or leave his dirty plates in the sink.
Honestly, someone at FSU needs to either lock him in a room until gameday or follow him around and not let him do anything, because he's making FSU look like even more of a clown school than before. That said, good for them punishing him against an actual opponent.
|2 days 12 hours ago||My newborn-ish daughter will||
My newborn-ish daughter will be entering HS when they play the first game, then nearly graduating for the second. Roadtrip with petulant teenage girl here I come!
|3 days 10 hours ago||It's a nice write-up. It's||
It's a nice write-up. It's always interesting to hear about these kids outside of how they perform on the football field. Totally forgot his relationship to Leyland.
|3 days 13 hours ago||I've never cared about the||
I've never cared about the speed of Michigan's offense; I've been annoyed with its inefficiency and mistakes in running it. I know people like to bitch about checks in and out of blitzes, identifying plays, audibles, etc. and argue that quicker teams have more time to react, but it also gives more time for the defense to counter and react as well. Lots of "fast" teams suck offensively. If Michigan's offense remains coherent and executes properly, it should be successful regardless of how "slow" it is.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Great find. It's funny||
Great find. It's funny because it seemed like a pretty fun game (45-23).
|3 days 13 hours ago||The only people I see even||
The only people I see even bringing up W.W. are MSU fans. Having gone to the University and being a fan are two completely different things, and they are mutually exclusive in my eyes. Lots of "Michigan fans" love the team and the program way more than the people who attended it, and that's fine. I graduated from MSU's law school; I couldn't name you one Spartan who I've cheered for. But I guess technically I'm a Sparty.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Why the dig at MSU? Seems||
Why the dig at MSU? Seems dumb.
I suspect this won't be a lingering issue; probably started talking a bit too much and got in trouble. It happens. Obviously you don't want to see it, but if every stupid thing I did as a teenager was broadcasted on the internet I'd be under constant house arrest.
|4 days 9 hours ago||I'd welcome a meaningful||
I'd welcome a meaningful storyline to a game set in San Francisco in December.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Yeah, Fitzgerald's response||
Yeah, Fitzgerald's response sounds great in a vaccuum, but if Hoke said that he would be pillored in the press even more than he is now. The Michigan internent contingent is not a fan of "badassery" nearly as much as we like to think we are.
Also, this is the same Fitzgerald who did this after one his players was late-hit:
So that quip comes with some baggage.
|4 days 13 hours ago||the fans comment is becoming the biggest non issue||
the fans comment is becoming the biggest non issue that keeps getting traction since the last meaningless discussion point the internet fixates on. Hoke basically said don't attack the players. I know everyone wants to read more into it, but that's about it. I'm sure he's well aware that the fans are not happy, but as we've learned lots of grown-ass people still love to attack college athletes, and it felt like Hoke was speaking to those people.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Noticed that too, but I guess||
Noticed that too, but I guess that's a combination of HS and college kids, and I guess it would be hard to find a competent coach who could coach that combination of kids who isn't already a major coach. I guess you could try to get an NBA head coach, but that might be a tough pull.
There is no reason a college coach is needed to coach LeBron James and Kobe Bryant; hell, roll out a retired former pro coach if you are worried about a current HC not being willing to coach them. It's not like the international team needs much guidance beyond "beat these guys, badly."
|4 days 13 hours ago||A good article, though||
A good article, though obviously with a bit of spite added in. Coach K has always walked on water in college sports, and while I'm sure he's cleaner than most big-name coaches, he's no saint. As soon as I heard he was going to be the coach of the national team you knew he would use it to help recruiting, and so far it has been a boon.
|4 days 13 hours ago||I am probably a bit too harsh||
I am probably a bit too harsh of Gardner at times, though his mechanics still feel out-of-whack. Not surprising given the coaching he's received, but I do see why people complain about him still pulling some HS crap out there.
I didn't have a problem with the delay of game to set up the punt; that makes logical sense. What did kind of bug me was they didn't try to get the first even with the delay. It's 6 yards at home, against a team that hasn't been able to do anything independent of you screwing up all day. The defense was playing well, and a first-down there gets them into fringe FG range and you still have a couple of plays in your pocket. But that's a personal preference more than some failing on the coaches.
|4 days 13 hours ago||I'm an MgoBlog groupie||
I'm an MgoBlog groupie myself!
|4 days 13 hours ago||Maybe, but I do think people||
Maybe, but I do think people are overrated Utah a bit. This isn't an outfit like the one that went undefeated last time they played UM, and this offense has looked quite good at home, especially if you excise that weird turnover fest. Feels like a shootout, but I'm not sure Utah can keep up under the pressure.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Michigan vs. Marshall would||
Michigan vs. Marshall would be the weirdest bowl opponent I could think of in a long time.
|6 days 6 hours ago||It's now, what, 3 games into||
It's now, what, 3 games into his run under Nussmeier? It takes QBs some time to get acclimated as well. He threw for 2 TDs, 14+ ypc, and completed 65% of his throws. He isn't great, but he looks WAY better than he did last year at this time.
Also, the one INT was a deflected ball that he shouldn't have thrown but that's true for anyone. And the pick-6 would have been pretty tough for most college DBs to make.
|6 days 6 hours ago||I'm going to guess that the||
I'm going to guess that the TO difference will shift to the positive; that feels way more like the outlier than the scoring.
|6 days 6 hours ago||It was fine. Wasn't pretty,||
It was fine. Wasn't pretty, but 34 points is still a certain level of competency that people are downplaying. Green looked good running the ball, and it seems like they are settling on him which will be good for continuity.
Darboh looks like a future playmaker, and Butt made a couple of nice catches. Would like to see more Norfleet, but he had a nice return.
Not the greatest performance, but was a workman one that wasn't nearly as bad as people are making it out to be.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Great performance; really||
Great performance; really probably deserved to have a shutout. I still have concerns about the secondary just because they let WRs free more than you'd like (Hendrix really should have had a couple of longer completions with a bit more touch), but the line obviously caused a number of those false starts and, overall, the unit looked solid. LBs look to be coming into their own a bit more as well.
|6 days 7 hours ago||I thought the coaching was||
I thought the coaching was fine, with the clock management to end the first half excepted. Still need to work with the secondary, but overall I thought both sides of the ball looked more competent overall.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Nice to hear intelligent,||
Nice to hear intelligent, thoughtful commentary. Less Joey Galloway and more people who aren't insufferable.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Definitely worth a board||
Definitely worth a board post. I just burned myself on this HOT TAKE.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Fun little article, and great||
Fun little article, and great to hear about the harriers doing so well. It may shock some fans of UM that a bunch of really great athletes compete for the school, and most of them don't get nearly the amount of recognition they deserve.
|1 week 1 day ago||We don't know how good any teams are this early in||
We don't know how good any teams are this early in the year. ND it's currently undefeated and have given up 7 total points. To all we know, they might be better than we all think, especially with Golson.
|1 week 1 day ago||Already discussed. Seems||
Already discussed. Seems like people have mentioned it already.
|1 week 1 day ago||This isn't a perfect||
This isn't a perfect comparison, but wasn't Kiffin a flameout in the NFL (and then Tennessee) and people kept hiring him?
Focusing on Hoke having a barely sub-.500 record after taking over a couple of bad programs and making them competitive feels near-sighted. Let's say he had stuck around at SDSU one more year, he would have probably had another winning record (maybe even 10+ wins), and then his career record would have been above .500 and we wouldn't have that talking point.
Hoke was never my favorite hire, but the guy didn't look like a trainwreck. He was mostly hurt by a couple of really bad years when he started at Ball St., and it's telling that both programs needed to go through some rather tough growing pains after he left to at least be competitive again. Hoke's tenure at UM has had many problems, but his record at crappy programs prior to that is pretty low on the list of reasons.