- Member for
- 3 years 41 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|15 hours 58 min ago||Almost every team since VT||
Almost every team since VT has tried the same game plan to some extent. OSU adjusted and it doesn't work anymore. In fact, OSU has torched the bear D every time it's been trotted it since.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Not really...||
I'd say this has a lot more to do with being scared of Wisconsin or a potential playoff opponent than UM...
|1 week 2 days ago||Clark||
Brian, my main question for you is would you feel this way for a player who beat his girlfriend/wife/whatever that didn't play for Michigan?
I feel no sympathy for anyone who chooses to assault another human being out of anger. It is never the least bit excusable. And while you aren't excusing the action, you are excusing the person who chose the action and I cannot agree. I won't say Clark is a terrible human, but it takes a certain kind of man to beat a (potentially) pregnant woman. Bad upbringing? Whatever, he still has a choice. My Dad grew up in an abusive children's home and didn't believe he'd live to see 15. He had plenty of violent urges, but never acted on them. He doesn't deserve a medal, but I can say he's a better man than Frank Clark.
Also, you'll call someone an asshole for calling a woman-beater a waste, but not the actual woman-beater? Noted.
|1 week 2 days ago||Probably my favorite MGoBlog||
Probably my favorite MGoBlog comment ever.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Look closer||
Out of those 3, one was in a year of the worst OSU team of my lifetime (which he lost to) and the next was because OSU and PSU were ineligible and he finished behind both in the division. It's not like he was lighting the Big 10 on fire.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, please||
Please, Lord, make this happen.
-signed, every Ohio State fan
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Scut||
He had yellow eyes. YELLOW EYES!
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Food for Thought||
Shane Morris' completion percentage for his high school career. Never had a season higher than 54% and started all four years (IIRC). And yes I know he missed half of his senior year. Before he went out, he had 6 TDs and 6 INTs. He honestly was the most overrated QB in that class. Yes, mono and so on. But the kid really wasn't as good as his ranking.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Nuss||
I don't know why you would consider him an offensive guru. At Alabama, he had 5 stars at every position and they don't do anything fancy, they just line up and beat you. And Alabama didn't even try to stop him from leaving (assuming he wasn't told to leave), they opened the door for him and waved.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||UM||
And so passeth a worthy opponent.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Minny||
You all will beat Minnesota next week. They are the best possible team for UM because of the match ups. They have no passing game and your D will own them. UM will win by multiple scores and some false hope will be injected.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Spence||
I struggle saying if barring him from the team is the right thing to do or not. I don't really buy the "he's got a medical issue/addiction", but I do know that the way Urban handled it with Spence's family makes it seem like there's more going on. I also don't think Spence is out there repping with the first team. "Practicing" can mean a lot of different things and Urban certainly isn't going to waste reps on someone who most likely won't play this year. If I have to guess, Spence is scout teaming it or doing drill work.
I would honestly say the Hyde suspensions were harsher than the Mewhort/Stoneburner punishments. Hyde really lost out on some opportunities because of it and had to beat out multiple players to start again. He was never actually charged with anything, but Urban made him sit anyway.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Tress||
Personally, Tress was much worse on discipline. He gave guys ridiulous amounts of chances.
Ramzy wrote a great piece on it:
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
You're right, he's our coach and every fanbase is blindly supportive to a point.
Honestly, I know the man isn't a saint. He is as ruthless as they get when it comes to winning, which winning big in college requires. But I know that if we start getting the arrest record that Florida had, me and most of the fans I know will demand answers.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||NCAA Standards||
What you posted is actually the consequences for failing an NCAA drug test. Above the table in that link it clearly states:
Consequences of a Positive NCAA Drug Test:
Michigan's policy is much more lenient -
- The first offense results in a 10-percent forfeiture of one's season. The second is 33 percent of the year and the third means the player will miss the entire season.
10-percent of a football season is a game and half, so Spence's 3 games was much worse for his first offense.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||So...||
So when Urban suspends a player when the Big Ten wouldn't he's a liar and a douchebag and when the Big Ten suspends a player who fails their test, Urban is somehow a liar and a douchebag? And I don't blame OSU and the Spence family for challenging it, their kid said he was slipped something. Any parent/coach would stick up for the kid, especially when he's had no past issues.
It's no different than any other school who says they will handle punishment when all the facts are processed. The Big Ten and OSU will make a decision on Spence probably within the next few days, most likely ending his college career. Most Buckeye fans I know don't expect him to play another game at OSU.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Link||
No worries, it's to be expected. I enjoy the conversation.
I have to say it, though - MGoBlog is better than Matt Hayes links.
But the article doesn't really confirm much for me other than what I already said. Meyer has improved his discipline and handle of the team at Ohio State. I haven't found an article yet that talks about him sweeping major NCAA violations under the rug with any kind of evidence. The Hayes article has a lot of he said/he said and states known facts like Florida's arrest record to try to make it seem more concrete, but very little meat. There are a lot of quotes labeled as being from "former players" or "sources".
Florida under Urban was obviously a problem. Too many arrests, too many problems handled "in-house". Ohio State under Urban has been quite different. Until he proves otherwise, I'm not going to call the man a "deal with the devil".
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Bare Minimum||
He was suspended for 3 games (Clemson and VT would've been 2 of the biggest games of his career and we lost both) for his first failure and his suspension is still up in the air for his second... how is that bare minimum?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Stretch||
I would classify keeping your starting LT and TE away from the team until the season started as putting the team in danger of losing games. Especially since they had not played a single game in Urban's system yet.
As for your second paragraph, that's strictly opinion and since I don't personally know the man I can't counter it. And even if I could, I doubt it would change your mind.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Wait and See||
It means he's waiting to see what the decision from OSU/Big Ten should be before he cuts the kid off.
And if you don't care about mild drug use, how does Spence practicing make competition unfair and unequal? If you're referring to the Mitch McGary suspension, that was from the NCAA and has nothing to do with Urban. Your gripe should be with the NCAA.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Links?||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Florida Discipline||
I agree that while at Florida he had a lot of off the field issues and wasn't as rigid on discipline as he should have been, but now going on 3 seasons at OSU, it hasn't been an issue. In fact, I think some OSU fans would say he's been too heavy-handed with most situations in an effort to stem any trends. The Mewhort and Stoneburner suspension surprised a lot of people for how hard he came down for peeing outside.
I don't see the "deal with the devil" as Meyer has not had a history with major NCAA issues and has obviously handled discipline well for 3 years. I was a little worried when he was first hired, but I don't think Meyer will suddenly change his stance on it either just to "win at all costs". For example, he could have cleared the Hyde suspension after no charges came down, but he didn't, and it may have cost Hyde the Heisman.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Honest Question...||
I know the big thing on here is "Urban is a douchebag who lets his players get away with everything!", but I don't see how his stance on discipline has been less than anything Hoke has done. Spence sat his three games and then it came out that he failed another test. OSU/the Big Ten haven't announced anything yet on next steps, so Urban is in wait-and-see mode. How is this different than what Hoke did with Toussaint? He let him practice with the team before suspending him from the Alabama game:
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Clarification||
OSU was in no way trying to score. It was 4th down and rather than punt with 6 seconds left on the clock, Urban told Cardale to kill time with his legs and then heave it out of bounds. Cardale has a cannon and by the time the ball came down, the clock had run out. The announcers discussed this strategy before the play and the cameras even caught Urban talking to Jones about it before the snap. The ball landed 5 yards out of bounds, so it was not exactly an attempt for a score.
OSU could have scored 100 easily in this game if they wanted to, but they spent the entire second half running up the middle on almost every down. They also started putting back ups in during the third series.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||PSU Fans||
Now if you can get your fans to be as civil as other fans are to you:
Penn State fans are the worst I've encountered in 30+ road games in the Big Ten.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Context||
This takes the quote out of context. Here's the full quote:
|11 weeks 14 hours ago||Trolls||
I try to post reasonably and civilly and generally only do from time to time when I am interested in a specific discussion. As a visitor, which I will always consider myself, I find trolls here almost as annoying as I would at 11W. I am here for the discussion and true trolls ruin it.
Although, there are some here who probably consider me a troll.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Competition||
Whatever coach came would be facing a dug-in Franklin, Dantonio, and Meyer in the West. Not to mention revamped recruiting competition from Kelly at ND. He'd also be inheriting Hoke's worst recruiting class since his first. You already lost your top two commits and Chris Clark has said he will start taking visits. The cubbard is not much more stocked now talent-wise than it was when Hoke got there, although everyone wants to believe it is. Year 4 and that 'talent' isn't making a dent.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||PSU||
I don't think PSU is a "better" job, but it was more attractive. Franklin and O'Brien had a free pass to build their teams slowly no matter their records because 1) the sanctions and 2) Penn State doesn't hold the cache of Michigan. Penn State fans may think it does, but the rest of college football doesn't put them in the same category historically. Also, Penn State is in a better state for recruiting with no in-state rival and more D1 players. PSU also historically has good access to recruits in Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland. They can also pay just as much as Michigan. Finally, they don't HAVE to beat ND, MSU, and OSU for their season to be considered a success, at least not for the near future.
Any coach brought in by Michigan will have national attention constantly and be expected to win and soon. If Hoke is fired and Michigan's next coach can't return the team to prominence within the first few years, Michigan will have had roughly a 15 year stretch of mediocrity. No recruits will remember UM's glory years and the program will have faded into the background, maybe permanently. What coach wants that pressure with an uphill battle in recruiting, academics, and competition? Sure someone will, but not a top 10 guy. Michigan is not more attractive than Texas A&M, South Carolina, Florida, UCLA, Auburn, etc.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Tough Spot||
Hoke is in no tougher a spot than any other multimillionaire coach of a big time program.