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|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry to say this, but I||
Sorry to say this, but I think ND (and NBC) probably values the USC series a little more than their series with Michigan, especially when it comes to ND recruiting and appealing to their "national fanbase" and alumni.
The only way we could get ND and USC to switch their series might be to offer a Michigan game at USC in some year for them play at ND two years in a row and switching from odd to even years (hopefully along with a future game at Michigan in a year they host ND).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'd like to see ND included||
I'd like to see ND included with other P5 conference representatives in some sort of rotation: 1 P5 opponent home, 1 P5 opponent away each season, rotated on 6 year cycles (e.g. Y1 home, Y4 away).
So every thiird year we get: a) a Big 12 team & an ACC team; b) ND & a PAC12 team; c) an SEC team & an All-America, another Indepedent, or another PAC12 team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||See, this is why I don't like||
See, this is why I don't like the 4-team playoff. You still get schools scheming to do just enough to sqeak in.
Either no playoff at all, or a 6-8 team playoff, with P5 conference champions getting automatic berths, so they have no disincentives for scheduling more tough OOC opponents.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Do you think, perhaps, NBC||
Do you think, perhaps, NBC agreed to fork over the $2 million?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||One scenario I could||
One scenario I could envision:
Jim Harbaugh: Warde, I don't care what it takes, I really want ND on the schedule ASAP
Warde Manuel: ND, huh? OK, Jim, let's see what we can do coming up in the 2020's...
JH: Nah-uh, I am thinking by year 4 or 5 of my contract at the latest.
WM: But Jim, we already have this nice series with Arkansas...
JH: I don't care about that. I want to play ND before I...I just want 'em.
WM: Before what?
JH: Never mind. Just get ND on the phone.
a few days later...
WM: Well Jim, I talked to ND. But they said the only way they're interested is if we reopen the series THERE in the opener in 2018. That'll mean OSU, MSU, and...
JH: Fine, do it!
WM: But Jim, we played there last, and the sneaky bastards cancelled on us...
JH: I don't care about that, the past is the past.
WM: But that will also mean we'll have to dump Arkansas, and that could get pricey.
JH: Look, my next contract will get even more pricey if you don't do it! And you know, just about every week my agent is getting calls from NFL...
WM: Alright, alright.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||1 on 2 years off||
I'd like to see us rotate this way to rate and see as many different P-5 teams in a six year span as possible.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I have to admit, Grobe was an||
I have to admit, Grobe was an excellent hire for them.
The man generally knows what he is doing. Talked to a couple of Wake Forrest assistant coaches a few years ago at the coaches convention- Grobe inspires tremendous loyalty in his coaches and players.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||"I'd think it would be fairer||
"I'd think it would be fairer to have schools all play the same number from their divisions."
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Except for those who sell||
Except for those who sell them, I'd bet most coaches and celebrities would love to have a rule AGAINST signing autographs most of the time.
By pushing the limits, Harbaugh is actually doing a favor to all coaches. By doing what seems to be insane, he could very well bring more sanity to the whole recruiting process.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Including the Blue Book||
Including the Blue Book values of the cars in question would be quite helpful in an article or posting like this.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The only alternative I can||
The only alternative I can see is, after the first overtime period, goalies can no longer us their hands....or EVERYBODY can.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I am convinced that for||
I am convinced that for football, 8 is the ideal for a conference- that leaves enough other slots for a combination of two or three P-5 opponents and a couple of others.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Championship Game||
The best way to do that in a large conference with no divisions (and avoiding repeat games) would be take the regular season champion, playing against the top congference team they did NOT play in the regular season, or at least the top-placing team they did not beat.
[Somewhere in there, there should be allowances giving preference to regulation time and road wins/losses, over overtime and home wins/losses, perhaps as tiebreakers]
|7 weeks 5 days ago||How about a hard limit of 25||
How about a hard limit of 25 (4-year) new scholarships granted per year?
Scrap the 85-scholarship limit- if you can keep players in school, good for you.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Home & Away||
Does this work out for which games are home and which are away?
I would imagine this would actually be a six year cycle.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Odds are, none of the||
Odds are, none of the recruits at that camp end up with a scholarship to play football for Michigan. But I'll bet that camp made more than few fans of Michigan for years to come.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I would love to see such a||
I would love to see such a preseason scrimmage, and a non-conference Spring Game as well.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||'No Repeat'||
Whatever they do, how about a 'No Repeat' rule for cross-divisional games (Indiana-Purdue excepted). We play a fresh set of West Division teams from year to year, in addition to the same rivals in the Division. IOW, we play a West Division rival one year, we don't play them the next year, but possibly year 3 or 4. So we would be playing each Western team every 2 or 3 years, but that way we cycle through the whole lot faster.
This would actually allow the tension to build as such games would become more rare, special events.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Has anybody found an||
Has anybody found an explanation for that? Were there any negotiations at all behind the scenes? Did Michigan get anything in return for that?
Would rather have skipped a year playing State than have both away in Even numbered years.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||In a twelve game season, the||
In a twelve game season, the ideal conference size is 8. That way you have enough room to schedule round robin AND get 5 non-conference games in- preferably 1 or 2 against southern teams; another on the west coast; another against a Big 12 opponent or ND. More exposure for recruits, and better for the fans living outside the footprint.
Unfortunately, 8 team conferences will never return.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Can we at least see one or||
Can we at least see one or two of the cross-division games determined by strength?
Maybe based on the standings at the end of the year before. Allow a little flexibility for one or two of the games for teams we haven't seen in a while. Leave the schedule slots open (though it would be clear which weekend was Home or Away), and then clear up the next season's schedule in December or January.
Otherwise you get situations where the SOS varies wildly.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I prefer variety. I would||
I prefer variety.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe I am in the minority,||
Maybe I am in the minority, but I would prefer more (quality) non-conference games against different teams than only a small pool of teams.
What I think is smart about the SEC scheduling is they have conference and non-conference games from September through November. (Would love to see a home and home series with SEC or other southern teams in November, rather than September). This means exposure in other parts of the country, on other networks. This will be even more important if ESPN loses the B1G contract.
The way it stands now, if a couple of the upper-echelon B1G teams in the conference stumble in September, people write off the strength of the whole conference pretty much until the Bowl season.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||"City"||
Hmmm. Typically when you see this kind of coverage, it's the Safeties are taking the TB (usually the faster athlete) if he comes out on their side, and the LBers are comboing the FB; with the remaining LB in the "hole", unless there is a blitz on, like you mentioned.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||USC & UCLA (and maybe Cal and||
USC & UCLA (and maybe Cal and Stanford) are the only ones who I could see wanting some protection for their "turf" [or as Shaw made it a point to mention, they Stanford is so "selective" the camps might not make much sense for them]. But I would think the other Pac-12 schools would love to be involved in camps not only in LA and the Bay Area, but Texas and other parts of the country, too.
Looks like the Sun Belt voted against them, (and maybe one other), but the B1G was joined by 3 of the G-5 conferences in being in FAVOR, so that refutes the argument that smaller schools felt they are at a disadvantage.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||One argument I haven't heard||
One argument I haven't heard Leach or Harbaugh or anybody else mention so far is the positive effects of these camps have for high school coaches and college assistant coaches. They have a chance to network not only with athletes, but other coaches from around the country, and demonstrate how they coach.
This is very big in terms of career opportunities for them.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||A double header. Bring back||
A double header. Bring back Band Day! [though I think they should do Band Day for the Spring Game]
The university could make it a big recruiting weekend for a lot of potential students- athletes and non-athletes alike.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||In a few years, I predict 1||
In a few years, I predict 1 NYE game and 3 NYD games will be the quarter-finals, and this discussion will be moot.
[The semi-finals will be the 2nd Saturday or Monday after that, and the final a couple of weeks after that. It's not the NFL, so the games don't have to be every week. A bye week between games gives players more chance to recover, go to class, etc.]
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I agree television. However,||
I agree as far as television goes. However, I think the bigger problem would be selling tickets to a midweek playoff game after the holidays are over for most people. A CFB semi-final in front of a half-empty stadium doesn't make for good visuals.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I think the reason they like||
I think the reason they like the idea of NYE games is they can also promote all the NYD games, and use the NYD to promote the upcoming playoff final.
If the playoff games are on NYD, they will pretty much crowd out the other games- it's about making the most of the time slots that are available for playoff games AND bowl games.
Personally, I'd prefer to see the playoff semifinals held on the Saturday (and) Monday AFTER NYD.