"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
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- Hand was planning on majoring in engineering until he visited Michigan, whereupon he told Rivals radio that he'd "recently decided" he wanted to do sports management instead.
- He hasn't talked to the Alabama guy in that field yet—he talked to an engineering professor—but has called Professor Needs A Raise at Michigan "amazing" and oh yeah "amazing."
- Alabama fans don't think Alabama actually offers undergrad sports management. Also their engineering school is not amazing.
|6 hours 58 min ago||Also saw Shallman w/ the TEs.||
I was saying a year ago that I thought TE offered more potential playing time for him at this level than RB.
|7 hours 33 min ago||Amazing sounds?||
For a sec I thought this was the audio aftermath of Ferrigno's burrito from Chipotle.
|11 hours 34 min ago||A good friend and I have chewed this topic over||
Here are his ideas. I think some are great, others aren't feasible, and #10 is a must-have.
1. Abolish the NCAA and CFA and replace with a new governing institution, run by a strong board of directors selected to better represent the educational interests of the universities, which are the interests that should be held paramount in the process of reform. It is held that the ethical principles that should guide the operation of universities are being undermined by the way big time college football is run and by the people running it.
2. Create a select committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the rules, equipment and practices of college football with the goal of making the sport much safer for the physical and mental well being of the players. Rule changes could include such things as limiting weight of players, restrictions on certain kinds of plays and hitting.
3. Limit the season to ten games. Games to be played on Saturdays, with each school given the option to play one game per season on a different day.
4. Set-up a playoff system involving at least 8 teams.
5. Eliminate freshman eligibility.
6. Limit salaries of head coaches to a formula relating to pay of teachers. For example the coach could be paid no more than the average of the ten highest paid faculty members. Dictate that 75% of a coach’s outside earnings relating to football revert to institution.
7. Give all athletes a stipend - based on working 20-30 hours a week at a typical student job on campus. Limit scholarships to about 50% of players on teams. Require teams to have about 50% non-scholarship athletes.
8. Set up a trust fund to assist athletes with future health problems.
9. Create a system in which the punishment for rules infractions falls most heavily on individuals actually involved and the coaches. Allow for “clawback” of coaches salary if they are involved in wrong doing; place bans on individuals proven at fault. Relating to rules enforcement: create more transparent and objective investigatory and enforcement system.
10. Make Nick Saban dress up in women’s underwear bought at a Salvation Army thrift store, and require him to pose for pictures near trash cans in a dismal back alley in Tuscalooa. Worst looking picture will be on the cover of next year’s Alabama football programs.
|11 hours 47 min ago||can't get past the idea that he decommitted because Al got fired||
What we don't know is what Borges might have said to his HS coach after he got canned. If he painted a picture of dysfunction on the staff and bad-mouthed Hoke to boot, it would certainly carry some weight. Some here have doubted that Borges would do any such thing, but human nature says different, at least to me.
|14 hours 44 min ago||your implication that the AD purposely moves athletes away from||
I made no such implication in my comments, nor do I think that's what happened. All I said was that apparently Michigan's presentation to Hand was for sports management, not engineering.
I think what happened was as you suggest, that Hand didn't have the academic qualifications to get into Michigan's engineering program as an incoming freshman. That's nothing to be ashamed about, since there are plenty of kids with great academic records who don't get into UM Engine either.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Maybe they need to find a different caterer||
Perhaps chicken wings from Meijer's isn't the best choice after all.
Too bad Delong's ain't around anymore.
|1 day 1 hour ago||SEC and SEC Network slurping.||
There's a simple cure for that—kick SEC asses regularly when the opportunity presents itself. Until that happens—regularly—the SEC will continue to get slurped.
|1 day 2 hours ago||As per Brian's post on 6-12-2013||
"Well, let's go back to
"[Hand] said the reason Virginia Tech is out is because of academics … at Michigan, when he came on the visit, he said he was blown away by his interaction with the sports marketing [ed: think that's actually supposed to be management] professor. He raved about it, went on and on about it… and he said it again in an interview I just did with him. He said it was the best academic presentation he's been around, said it made a profound impact on him. … Now, at Alabama he's looking at potentially engineering. … He said the thing that sticks out to him about Alabama is the engineering professor is a football guy. …"
I strongly disagree that Alabama treated Hand like a kid, but it seems clear that engineering at Michigan was not part of the presentation to Hand, since all he mentioned was sports management and this Professor Rosentraub.
It's naive to think that football-specific concerns weren't key to Hand's decision, but if his original goal was to major in engineering, and Alabama was going to make that possible, then it's an advantage to Alabama.
As far as the academic quality of their engine program goes, nobody's saying that it's a top-shelf program, but that doesn't mean that Alabama engine grads cannot become competent, qualified professional engineers.
Who knows whether how much of this stuff, if any, applies to McMillon. He might be just thinking that if he attends Alabama, he'll be in the NFL soon enough making McMillions.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Alabama engineering strikes again||
If Alabama makes it possible for their recruits to be in the engineering program while we try to convince them to go into sports marketing, I don't blame a kid who's seriously interested in engineering to choose Tuscaloosa.
|1 day 6 hours ago||And Sam Webb himself reported the transportation issues||
From the MLive article:
"Scout.com's Sam Webb reported last week that McMillon's parents were not going to be able to make the drive with him to Ann Arbor on Sunday, which meant that if he was going to attend at all, he'd need to catch a ride with another recruit. Apparently, that's not happening."
The distance from Memphis to Ann Arbor: 738 miles, over 10 hours driving time
The distance from Memphis to Tuscaloosa: 231 miles, 3 1/2 hours driving time
Not every family has the dough to hop on a plane and fly someplace to watch their kid play football.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Cake sucks without icing.||
Cake sucks with icing. Pies rule.
|1 day 9 hours ago||people like what they feel is in their best interests.||
The responses on concussions is one outlier on that.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Nice table cloth||
Holy moly, my mom had a tablecloth like that in 1973. Or was it curtains...
|2 days 6 hours ago||I swear Jon06 isn't my alter ego.||
Well of course he isn't. Anybody can see that he's your dog.
A very talented dog.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Yep, Chobani is wonderful stuff|
|3 days 13 hours ago||it signaled that things were going to be very difficult||
You state that it's not a zero-sum game from a budgetary standpoint, and you're right. Given the financial independence of the Michigan Athletic Department—it's one of the few in the country of its size that doesn't receive significant subsidies from the university's general fund—you appear to fear that Schlissel is going to start slashing coaching salaries. I doubt that Schlissel has much power to directly affect the financial assets of the department.
While he stated that Brandon "works for me," he doesn't have the power to fire Brandon—only the Regents can do that. I don't believe he can personally slash athletic department expenditures on coaches or infrastructure; all he can do is lobby for or against with the Regents, who are the collective body that approves such major expenditures.
Your "it's not a zero-sum game" metaphor can also apply more broadly than just in a budgetary sense—there's no reason that emphasizing the importance of academics automatically means that athletics is denigrated. The question is just what Schlissel intends to do, and his statements are general and vague enough that it's impossible to draw any specific, concrete conclusions.
Out of all the statements Schlissel made that are quoted in that article, the only one that indicates to me any potential trouble for the athletic programs is this one:
"I also feel strongly that the students who come here to be athletes – are students and that they have all the opportunities for education and to take advantage of everything that goes on here at the university, as well as pursue the sport that they love."
Does this mean that Schlissel is going to try to impose the same admission standards for athletes as apply to the general student population? Is he intending to signal that academic performance of athletes after they've been admitted will be more rigorously examined? Or is he simply wanting to make sure that athletes are given all the opportunities for learning and academic advancement that the general student population has? There are very different implications for each.
The academic corruption that was going on within the athletic department at UNC is a perfect example of a serious imbalance between athletics and academics, and I would bet that for lifelong academic-oriented administrators like Schlissel, that debacle is instructive and horrifying. Any university President worth his or her salt would naturally want to avoid even the tiniest chance that the same thing could be going on at the university they lead.
A smart incoming President has to be aware of the different power bases within the institution, and how those power bases are regarded. His statement about appropriate balance could be a reaction to the earfuls he's undoubtedly gotten from academic department deans and chairs about the predatory fund-raising tactics of the Athletic Department. Surely he's heard plenty of criticism of the current AD—Brandon is not exactly the most popular man on campus right now—and his statements about balance could be reflecting that.
Schlissel's comments about the importance of athletics at U-M seem almost anthropological to me, like he's describing a foreign culture that he's just started studying. However, he's also already acknowledged how important athletics are to the broader U-M community, and he'll need to be very careful in choosing his battles. I believe that if he tried to seriously weaken the athletic department, he would encounter immediate and serious resistance from major donors, a solid majority of the Regents, and plenty of students, staff, and faculty. As you and others have correctly pointed out, there is a pretty direct tie between major sport success and fundraising, and he'd be taking a huge financial gamble if he tried in any major way to go against that dynamic.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Without them there is no society.||
I'd agree that firefighters, cops, farmers, and manual builders are important in any civilized society, but if you're excluding educators from your list, you're leaving out the people who help teach your kids and your neighbor's kids. Or do you think that all educators are lazy, overpaid whiners who should be paid half of what they get and like it?
Your implied assertion that no "women's studies or history or literature or any liberal arts professor" is giving something more valuable than what a coach can give is an interesting tell on what you value. Would you add business, engineering, medicine, law, or architecture professors to the "liberal arts professors" you denigrate?
And how the hell do you know what that "liberal arts professor's" students are getting out of working with the professor?
|3 days 14 hours ago||Athletics isn't part of the mission statement of the university.||
I'm curious—is there an actual "mission statement" for U-M? I can't find any mention of such a thing on U-M's website.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I think Mone lost a lot,||
How can you tell? Mone hasn't played a single down for U-M yet.
|3 days 14 hours ago||He played during the Bo years -||
Bowens played for Carr, not Bo. His two years were in '95 and '96. The U-M football database lists Bowens at 6'-3''/228 as a soph.
|4 days 35 min ago||Standard Friday martini||
Absolut Peppar with my blue cheese-stuffed olives.
|4 days 36 min ago||hay is cut||
where is your farm (approximately)?
|4 days 39 min ago||Dude, take the quote in context.||
OK, I'll acknowledge that I might be putting too much emphasis on the turn of a phrase. Perhaps "seems to be" is the typical way a research-oriented academic describes something that he hasn't experienced himself—"if I don't have first-hand, quantifiable knowledge of something, then I can't really make definitive statements about it."
Here's the broader context:
"Athletics seems to be part of the culture here at the university in a historical sense. Generations of students, and now alums, say part of their link to the university was the shared excitement of attending sporting events, and sharing in the joys and disappointments, and the spectacle of intercollegiate athletics," he said.
"I think the alums I've spoken to, as well as the students I've spoken to, uniformly speak fondly and it's part of what they remember and part of what they value as part of the university experience. It's a great part of the culture."
Re-reading that statement, it still appears to me as though he really doesn't get the love for college athletics. He's trying to understand, but it's not there yet.
|4 days 1 hour ago||actually there's two shit tons to an ass ton||
but since there's ten ass tons to a crap ton, there are twenty shit tons to a crap ton.
This is a different unit of measure from an Alberta Craphammer, which pours down from Canada in early January.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Don't have an opinion on Schlissel one way or the other yet||
But this statement strikes me as somewhat strange:
"Athletics seems to be part of the culture here at the university in a historical sense."
Seems to be? Seems to be?
I don't know how you could go through the interview process at an institution like the University of Michigan without knowing basically immediately that athletics has been a core element of the institution's identity for well over a century.
And it's not just part of the of culture here in a historical sense—it's part of the culture NOW. Schlissel has to realize that while David Brandon has irritated a lot of people during his tenure, it's not because U-M fans are unhappy with the importance placed on athletics here. People are irritated with Brandon because they see him—rightfully or not—as tossing aside a good part of the U-M athletic tradition, which they love.
Being a successful university president at a place like Michigan requires a balanced view of things. I've criticized Brandon and his department for not recognizing limits—I hope that Schlissel doesn't fall into the same habit, just from the opposite end of the spectrum.
|4 days 1 hour ago||coaches get paid so much more than professors etc.||
I'd complain about it too if I were in his position. What big-time college coaches get paid is ridiculous in the big scheme of things. It's a question of balance, proportion, and priorities.
|4 days 1 hour ago||This is a very bad sign. Make me depressed.||
So..... you claim to be a teacher, yet you're depressed about a university president who wants to make sure that academics don't take a back seat to athletics.
Oh, you're a Phys Ed teacher.
|4 days 1 hour ago||he's going to do an ass ton of shots with me.||
Something tells me he's more of a claret or port guy.
|4 days 7 hours ago||when did you all turn into grumpy old men?||
So you're in favor of fireworks after touchdowns?
|4 days 7 hours ago||but Wynn Duffy would come out just fine.||
I gotta believe eventually Raylan is going to fill Duffy full of holes. I'm looking forward to it.