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|1 week 8 hours ago||I mean||
I mean...he's already said he's not going to do anything with Datsyuk's contract "out of respect to Datsyuk". So I wouldn't expect much.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Terrible||
It's so weak of an argument that I have to assume something else went down behind closed doors. Either that, or he is a complete incompetent fool. Who cares if you are the only conference to vote no? Seriously, if that's what they want, then just do it! If the vote is 13-2, who cares? What does it matter that it looked like it was going to pass? If you are presented with two options you don't like, nobody is holding a gun to your head and saying "pick one or else". Just say no to both. Is that so hard?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You didn't even need to say anything in your post.||
Your avatar is the perfect response.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||My $0.02||
Like Space said, nobody seems to be accounting for the fact that it is perfectly within Beilein's rights to restrict transfers. Why is it he has to be held to a higher standard than everyone else? In one breath people criticize him for his recruiting, even though he is not willing to play the dirty game...now that he's doing something that appears dirty but again, is PERFECTLY ALLOWABLE by the rules, and he's getting chastized for it. It's a bit ridiculous guys.
Also, why does everyone forget that Max Bielfeldt played for Indiana this year? The restrictions aren't insurmountable...if Spike really wanted to play at Rutgers, he can appeal it and likely will be allowed there.
But yeah, sure, Beileins's a giant hypocrit, right <rolls eyes>
What's with the sanctity of the "if he graduates, he can choose wherever he wants to go" mantra, anyway? For school, sure, he should be able to go wherever the fuck he wants to. But it's not just school we're talking about...we're talking about one year of eligibility to play basketball. It's not unreasonable for a school that just gave him 4 years of free tuition and a degree to play basketball to then turn around and say "You can play wherever you like, just not for a team on our schedule next year" Now, obviously there has to be a limit to the restrictions allowed to be imposed (you can't ,just say "You can transfer, but not to any Power 5 school") but Isee no issue with making the restrictions limited to in conference and/or teams on your schedule next year.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'm||
I'm ashamed of the goddamned negativity around here. Our team - minus two senior leaders - managed to scrape their way in the tournament, win their play in game, and as a clear 11-seed underdog took their 6-seed opponent down to the wire in the tournament. And yet people bitch and moan.
Honestly was the first game I watched all year. There were problems, yes. Deficiencies, yes. But I don't get the handwringing around here. Y'all talk as if this team is awful. It's not. It was good, but not great. It had clear deficiencies. And with 0 seniors, it was inexperienced and thin at key psitions. Walton was pretty bad last night in teh 2nd half but the team was asking too much of one guy all year.
It did pretty good considering all of that, and it's shocking at how many people just do not understand that. Yes, we should expect more. And we will...NEXT YEAR. This year, they did probably about as well as they could have.
I mean, Jesus people. This is a coach that took Michigan out of it's funk as a program and into a championship game, and it's shocking how many of you have just given up.
That's my one and only basketball snowflake of the year. I'm proud of the team for fighting. I'm not proud at all of the (seeming) majority of commenters on this blog. Your expectations are way out of whack.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||And||
And had they done this from the start, nobody would be talking about Michigan, at least not to this degree. That's the beauty of Sankey's "think of the children!" Bs.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||And seriously||
If you're going to complain about how much money Hoke walked away with, then at least direct that complaint towards the man who deserves blame, one David Brandon. That Hoke walked away with millions is totally Brandon's fault for signing a ridiculous contract with him. Hoke was savvy in being able to get teh contract he did get...I don't begrudge him one bit for the money he walked away with.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Pot. Kettle.||
Who's insecure here? This whole saga is amusing to us, and the fact that you felt the need to post on a Michigan blog calling us insecure only proves you to be the insecure one, just like Sankey and the rest of the SEC. If it wasn't a big deal, you wouldn't care. But you do.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Honestly||
It looks like a movie that's trying too hard.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||That's an incredibly weak argument||
So it's OK to rob kids of their precious time off if a sport is in season? To me either it's important or it isn't. You can't have it both ways. Bowl season often conflicts directly with Christmas or New Years for many schools...why is that ok but this isn't? Why is it OK for spring practice to occur during finals week but not during time off? Shouldn't their studies be priority number 1? Don't they technically have ALL SUMMER off too?
You're setting a very odd and hypocritical precedent here if you make a rule like this. I see no compelling reason why in season vs. out of season matters at all.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||No||
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not following||
Because I haven't seen ANYONE say that Manning played well in that game. Oh sure, they talk a lot about him, but is that really surprising? He's one of the best QBs the game has ever seen, and there's a good chance that's the last game he ever played. Going out with a superbowl victory on your last game ever as a player is the stuff of dreams...and it happened. That's why people are talking about him. It's not that hard.
I know he hasn't technically retired yet, but honestly I would be shocked if he doesn't.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Well that's dumb||
I thought maybe he was expecting the ball to bounce and that's why he didn't jump in...but now this removes all doubt.
Says a lot about who you are if you won't jump on the ball in a one-score game late in the 4th quarter of the superbowl. Then try to rationalize it to everyone by saying "hey, I'm not the only guy who's done that", and basically blame everyone else but himself. Own up to it! He says it didn't lose them the game. YES IT DID, DUDE! My God! Two plays lost them the game...and they were both fumbles BY HIM. So I don't know if he really thinks this or he's just in denial, but it's not a very good look and I have a much different view of Cam as a football player now than I did before.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||So...wait what?||
Apparently Michigan has a very short 5-game schedule. Either that, or "Bye" is a tough tough opponent, since it's mentioned for all 3 teams. MSU better look out, opening the season against Bye is gonna be a big challenge for them.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty boring interview||
Partly cuz he was cut short by being late.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
Didn't know so many hates Mike and Mike...
|12 weeks 1 day ago||This pleases me.||
This pleases me.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||What?||
I mean, we've known for awhile now that he's not announcing until NSD...so now that he's not annoucing until NSD he's not coming here?
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||No, suspension-worthy||
I don't care who he hit. He still hit a guy clear in the back who had no flipping clue it was coming. And dangerously close to ramming them into the boards head-first too.
It's suspension-worthy even if he didn't intend to hit a linesman. You just cannot be that reckless.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||And||
And it's not like we give kids free reign to drive cars from a very young age and say to them "have at it, you know the risks". That would be silly.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||False dichotomy||
You can believe something enjoyable or entertaining is also too dangerous to do yourself (or to allow your child to do). I love watching some of the tricks in x-sports, it's crazy the things they can do in mid air. At the same time, I would never myself put my body through that risk. I think sky diving is really effing cool, but ain't no way in hell I do that. Some of teh shit they do in cirque du solei looks dangerous as hell...it's also really entertaining.
Not everyone who thinks football is a dangerous sport also thinks it needs to be outlawed. If you think it needs to be outlawed, yeah, you're then a very big hypocrit if you are a fan, root for your team and watch the sport.
But just because I don't want my child playing football due to the risks involved doesn't mean that I can't watch and enjoy the sport.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||More that can be done||
This is fine at the collegiate level and beyond, but I feel like there are still many more things that can be done for levels below college, i.e., you cannot play tackle football until a certain age.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Mostly agreed||
With the subtle distinction that schools are the adults and the recruits are kids, so we expect more from the adults than the kids. Which is to say the "how" matters. Not that schools can't or shouldn't be able to back out...just that they need to make it abundantly clear from the beginning what the deal is with the term "commitment". This is where Harbaugh and staff maybe faltered a little bit...but when you look at how the recruits they let fall through the cracks are going to wind up with multiple full ride offers at other schools despite the "regrettable" timing, it's hard to really get worked up over it. Be better next time. And move on from it.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||What's the saying? Oh right.||
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence"
What made me upset and uncomfortable with so many people clutching their pearls on teh board is that it seems like many were so quick to think harbaugh was purposefully screwing the kids over (i.e. malice). So that's why it always felt like a gross overreaction by many. Like a significant number of posters/fans/media was taking up the role of Helen Lovejoy shouting "Won'ts somebody PLEASE think of the children!!!"
It's important to remember that this is new to Harbaugh too...Michigan is a different beast from Stanford, it's easy for Harbaugh to maybe underestimate the leve of interest he could get for recruits to Michigan...and also it is key to note that he was an NFL guy for a few years too, so there's an adjustment to get back into the college recruiting game, he's only been in it for about a year now. And that might be the simplest explanation for teh sloppiness and incompetence of his staff to let a couple commits fall through the cracks, in a less than ideal fashion.
I believe it will get better. It has to. Because Harbaugh has got to know this shit looks bad to his program, and he of all people knows that sloppiness will not be tolerated
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Additionally||
There has to be SOME fault towards Weaver for not following through on his committment. Just like Swenson. If he wasn't contacted for a long time...did he TRY to contact anyone at Michigan? Surely he was wondering what his status was. Did he make any attempts to find out? Or was he afraid of what the answer might be?
If we find out that he tried to call and never got a response...yeah, that's not good. I don't know if we'll ever know the answer to that though.
And I'm NOT tryig to excuse Michigan for not communicating. But, like everything in recruiting, it's a two-way street.
And this also depends on his initial offer, like you said, if it was conditional. If it wasn't conditional, then I excuse Weaver a bit more for not following through during this cold shoulder period. If it was, that makes it even more his fault for not trying to follow through with the staff earlier.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||There is nothing binding about a verbal offer||
That has to be the case otherwise recruits wouldn't be able to back out of a verbal for no reason other than "they changed their minds" without repurcussions. If they do that after signing an LOI, hey have to sit out a year.
So there is nothing to "rescind". Obviously, the way you do that matters, but I'm seeing a lot of people making a lot of gross assumptions about the ethics of what Harbaugh did without really knowing how Harbuagh did it, which is precisely what is needed to judge ethics here. No I don't think giving a recruit the cold shoulder is some ethical violation necessarily, especially when it's clear Weaver knew in the fall (at least in November, if not well before that) that his spot was never guaranteed.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Or||
Or perhaps the horse is too damn high for reality.
Did anyone have a moral outrage over Bo offering scholarships to kids who he KNEW damn well would likely never see the field, just to keep them away from other schools? You can say "but these kids stil got a scholarship!" all you want, and I would counter "So will Swenson and Weaver. Just not at Michigan."
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly||
I also had this thought. Weaver may be upset that he didn't know until now definitively...but when else would he know for sure? The race to NSD has a lot of moving parts in the final moments. If he knew it was a 50-50 proposition teh whole time (which it sounds like from reports he should have known), perhaps it just comes down to a recruit taking a 50% bet on Michigan and winding up being wrong at the last minute. Like getting 4 powerball numbers but missing out on the 5th number to win the jackpot (well, not the best analogy since you prolly still win a bunch of money in that case, but you get the point). Sometimes you get unlucky at a bad time. That's not all Harbaugh's fault though. Especially if he was clear from the start what this "committment" meant.
And for the love of God, this cannot be stated enough...Weaver himself said "lay off Harbaugh, guys." He's frustrated by the process, but not SPECIFICALLY angry at Harbaugh. This is significant for those who want to automatically assume the worst of the coaching staff.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||And this is where the mistake lies||
It doesn't suddenly make us just like OSU or Bama, it doesn't make us like PSU, it doesn't make us suddenly lose who we want to be as a program that is above most when it comes to "doing things the right way", it doesnt;t mean we should have MORAL OUTRAGE at a level that some seem to suggest.
It is a bad look. It is not THAT bad. Even Weaver himself said "cool it on Harbaugh, guys". So maybe, just maybe, we should R-E-L-A-X. This isn't the most unethical thing a coach has ever done, not even in the same galaxy. Shoot, some (myself included) may think it's not unethical at all, especially if he knew in the fall his spot wasn't guaranteed. I do want Harbaugh to be better about the line of communication in the future, though. But that is minor.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Actually I got one better||
Overheard a couple of people at a coffee shop who are attending MIchigan right now say they didn't understand the concept of "leaders and best". As in, why Michigan calls itself leaders and best.
I didn't know this required explanation.