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|3 days 14 hours ago||The strange thing||
Is Mark Richt was born in Omaha. Lord only knows what he is thinking.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Haha||
They actually traded Lou Brock for Enrie Broglio straight up. The Cubs look like a pretty well run franchise currently (the Wrigley Field bleachers/bathrooms fiasco aside), but historically they have to be the worst run franchise in American professional sports.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I mean...||
They just hired their first employee to do analytics for the franchise. Most franchises have entire departments that have been in place for at least a decade. Ruben Amaro, Jr. is about 20 years behind the rest of the league. They gave Ryan Howard a contract extension that was absurd even at the time and was two years before he hit free agency.
I understand it's hard to say they are horribly run when they were very good not that long ago, but their management is piss poor.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I understand that||
but in order for the player to have a claim against the school, they have to have a right in playing for the school that is taken away. The school is not preventing the player from talking to anyone; they will just start looking at other players. They are not restricting his ability to speak his mind. This is ok because the player has no right to that scholarship until a LOI is signed, and a contractual relationship has been established.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||For multiple reasons no||
First, I would imagine the scholarship offers have a general condition that allows coaches to repeal them whenever they want prior to a LOI. They probably also specify that valid acceptance can only be done through a signed LOI.
Second, Statute of Frauds may apply since it's a contract that cannot be performed within one year, which means it has to be in writing.
Third, contract law requires that both parties have an understanding of what the contract is ("meeting of the minds"). The general understanding among college football coaches and recruits is that anything goes until the LOI is signed. Clearly, the standard practice is that nothing is firm until the LOI is faxed in. Thus, an offer and commitment is not an enforceable contract.
Fourth, the only time a coach seems to revoke an offer due to a visit to another school is when the player dishonest about it. Dishonesty is not a protected trait/act, and is a reasonable reason to turn one person down in favor of another.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||You've got to be kidding.||
As a Rams fan, get the hell outta here. I'd give a toe for Stafford. He's not the best, but he's well above average.
EDIT: Sorry, this was to the dude saying Stafford is garbage.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I agree for the most part.||
Unfortunately, I think the move says more about what UM doesn't have at safety than what UM does have at corner. More than anything, though, I think the move is a sign of what the scheme will be and the type of players they want at safety.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||It depends||
Are the team's top 3 WRs more or less equal? Is it Bama who has Amari Cooper and some other dudes? Or is it a team like OSU who's run game is nearly impossible to stop without dynamic safety play?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Just a guess||
He's the top-rated recruit in the state, which means everyone in town really, really wants him to go to Nebraska. I was in high school in Omaha during the Callahan days and people were really pissed that he wouldn't recruit at all in state and the top players were leaving (usually to Iowa).
Since Neal has been open about his interest in other schools, at one point stating Oregon was his leader, his commitment was pretty thin. Thus, telling folks in town that he is in fact solid on his Huskers commitment is a good way to get people off his back. Plus, going on sports radio to have people tell him how awesome he is is a fun experience for anyone, especially high school kids.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Not to get too nit picky, but...||
It's not NU radio, but Omaha's ESPN radio affiliate. Regardless, he's not committing to UM without visiting. Also, kids from Nebraska with Nebraska offers rarely go elsewhere. For many of them, playing for Nebraska is a bigger deal than playing in the NFL.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a Cards fan||
This sucks. He was a great ambassador of the game. He will be missed.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||It's one thing if the player||
It's one thing if the player who is cut is a second or third year player and has advance notice (I still think it's scummy). It's an entirely different thing when a recruit is offered a spot, signs, moves into the dorm, then is told they don't have a scholarship (hey there Les!). Nothing has changed since they signed, and they won't have an easy time finding another school to transfer to because everyone else is filled up.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||It's all a matter of the promises made.||
When you sign up for school, if you don't make the grades, you're out. That's understood from the beginning. However, many coaches make the type of promises to parents that they will 1) teach them to be a man, 2) help them obtain an education, and 3) become a good football player. If a coach gives that promise, then yanks a scholarship solely because a kid is third or fourth on the depth chart, then that is dishonest.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||17 year-olds aren't grown men.||
Also, if coaches are not giving unconditional promises to players' parents then it's not such a big issue (I'm still not a fan). If they are making such promises to players' parents, then they need to keep those promises.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
All I can say is I hope you're wrong about Shane.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||It's icky||
When a coach walks into a player's house and tells his parents he will take care of their son like one of his own for the next four years, and then reneges on that promise because he refused to count to 85 correctly, it says some poor things about the type of man that runs your program.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||You are right||
The best player should play regardless of age or class. It doesn't seem like anyone is arguing that. However, very rarely is the best QB on a roster a true freshman. Very rarely is an 18 year-old as good as a 21 year-old. Thus, it is unlikely Gentry will start IF he comes.
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||I have several SEC friends||
They say that since the scholarship is for athletics, the student-athletes should have to achieve athletically. If they don't have any pressure to perform, then they can slack off once they get there. They point to academic scholarships where you lose your scholarship if your GPA falls below a certain level. I think it works the same way for music scholarships (can anyone confirm that?).
The problem with that is there is a fairly objective way to measure academic performance, not so much with athletics. And even if coaches have a UFR-type substance to measure player performance (I'm sure they do), coaches don't really have to justify their actions.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Actually||
It would only be two more games because teams 5-8 are already playing in a bowl game. So, 4 games added to the playoff format, but two of those games are already being played outside the playoff format.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Both posts are largely true.||
I'm in grad school at UNC, and I have many friends at Duke who come out in Chapel Hill two or three times a week. A couple of them even live in Chapel Hill and commute to Durham every day. There is no doubt that Raleigh and Chapel Hill are vastly superior to Durham.
However, there are fun things to do aroung Duke's campus, which is much more than you can say about Wake.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Great school, but boring.||
I live in NC, and I've met one WF grad that would go there if they could do it again (and she's...well...boring). It's in an isolated part of WInston-Salem with very little to do. If you want a good education AND have a good time, UNC, NC State, and Duke are all much better options.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Healthy Sam Bradford?||
I'm not going to hold my breath. He's even more fragile than Derrick Rose.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I'm a Rams/Cardinals/Blues fan||
I would be devastated if the Rams left St. Louis. However, I'm not sure it's worth it to build a new stadium in St. Louis for the Rams given the financial situation the city is in already.
Yes, St. Louis is and always will be a baseball town, but that hasn't stopped the Blues from being successful, and they haven't won a single Stanley Cup. The difference between the Blues and the Rams is that the Blues actually put out a competitive product. When the Rams were good the dome was rocking and one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. It's not the city's fault the franchise was horribly mismanaged for a decade. Once the Rams get a competent QB they'll be a playoff-calibur team and the Edward Jones Dome will sell out. Hopefully the city will have the opportunity to show that.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Let me make sure I understand||
You are wagging your finger at MSU and/or making fun of them for advertising their program? Of course they did this in self interest, who cares?
|22 weeks 5 days ago||#1stworldproblems||
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I'm an out-of-stater whose||
I'm an out-of-stater whose decision was based in part on football. Without a prominent football program, I'm not even sure it would've occured to me to look at UM. Ultimately I based my decision on the quality of academics and opportunities I would have after graduation, but the quality of athletic tradition at UM definitely helped set it apart from places like, say, Northwestern or Wash U.
Also, another thing that separates the schools you mentioned from UM is enrollment. Their enrollment is a fraction of UM's. If UM wants to continue to keep enrollment at its current level without sacrificing quality of the students it admits, the football program needs to be healthy.
EDIT: Also, Penn State was not considered a very good academic institution until Joe Pa got there, and now it's considered one of the better public universities in the country.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||FWIW||
Izzo dropped the ball on this one too.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Good lord no||
Hiring Rex Ryan, or any Ryan for that matter, at a program like Michigan that has a history of in-house drama that spills out into the public forum is an explosively bad option. It would be like the Red Sox hiring Bobby Valentine: a 100% chance it will end in a publically, hilariously horrible fashion (from our rivals' perspective), and it wouldn't take more than a year or two. We don't need a clown who constantly puts his foot in his mouth, we need a tough football coach who chooses his words wisely (oh, and you know...can develop talent).
|39 weeks 1 day ago||John Mozeliak says hi.||
John Mozeliak says hi.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Beilein probably does||
If Beilein offered him this early, then he knows Teske and his ability pretty well. If he's about to blow up, wouldn't you want to be one of the first guys to offer?
If Ohio State has already offered, and Purdue and Indiana are showing interest, then clearly the competition knows who he is. Who cares if the services and fans don't know who he is? Maybe the kid won't be that good, but the fact that the services don't know who he is doesn't really mean anything at this point in the process.