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|2 weeks 5 days ago||Shoots for subs||
Little known fact: Beilein trained under under an East German woman who used Italian subs as the carrots and a riding crop as the stick....explains the Beilein mouth twitch, you see...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Will Universities Ever Pay Football Players?||
As a professor of 20 years my own sense is no for at least two reasons:
1. University types have a very strong cultural identity that is built around univerities occupying a special place separate from the outside world. Most of us believe that the best and most important things about a university require this separation, which is threatened whenever we do things as if we were not a university (ie when we operate like a business). This is why, yes, like the Olympics, the ideal of the amateur "student athlete" exists. Universities at their best are places for young people to learn, to grow, to try new things, and to run around and play sports as part of that. That's what *universities are for.*
Universities are *not* for employing a random collection of people for the purpose of entertaining other people. If it were, then why stop at running the Michigan football team? Why not buy the Lions? Surely UM could do a better job than the Fords?
As it is the modern football system, much as I love the sport itself, already creates serious threats to universities like Michigan. But creating a "Football Business Unit" that does not even employ students just to play "Michigan" football would 1000% violate the cultural identity of most profs I know and I don't think it will ever happen.
That said, I am in total agreement with Brian that the current system has to change - both for the reason I just mentioned and for the unfairness of the U exploiting kids who have no realistic opportunity to be students for money and glory.
2. But the fix won't be to start paying them because in addition to Reason #1, I think most university leaders don't think they can control where things will wind up if they have to start paying players. The current legal tribulations of the NCAA on several fronts all stem from the same basic problem: when universities stop acting like universities and start acting like businesses, they start doing shitty things that get them in trouble. The easiest path forward with the least chance for total malfunction is for universities to back off. Starting to pay football players, on the other hand, is to ask for decades of uncertainty around the legality of it all, the fairness of it all, the consequences for conferences and the NCAA, and on and on. Maybe th end result is a beautiful new thing, but probably it won't be, and on top of that you get the opportunity to goof big. Of course, making any changes will bring some uncertainty, but for universities a much safer route, if forced, will be to stop offering scholarships entirely or to look for some other way in which to divorce themselves from the financial side of the equation.
I have less than no idea how all this will eventually shake out; it seems awfully unlikely that a U of M president could convince a board of regents to stop offering scholarships and voluntarily give up however many millions per year in lost revenues, not to mention to give up competitive advantage to OSU (new uniform logo partner: Kroger) and Alabama (new corporate sponsor: Hooters), but then I think the idea that the president is going to get permission to pay football players real money is equally unlikely.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||So weird||
I was just going to post the same thing.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Izzo's post game face was classic||
Anybody else watch Izzo's presser? Looked like his mom had just died. I actually thought he was going to cry at several points.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||F*cking awesome||
As if we needed another reason to love McGary. Finding ways to win even in street clothes.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I give this post an RPS +1||
Timely and soothing to the still-jangled nerves of a recovering Michigan football addict. They've got me on basketball down at the clinic but nothing's the same, man, nothing's the same.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed on the money||
I tend to think this stuf comes down to one of two things:
I think the Lions offer the best chance of actually winning (despite the sad history), so to me if the 1M gap is real - nuff said.
Most guys don't get too many chances at head coach (usually for good reason, uh oh): makes sense to maximize what you're getting out of your big shot.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Nuss Seems Solid||
Just watched Nussmeier's presser - based on his remarks and how he handled the Q&A I really like the guy.
Body language suggests he is a confident guy but not an asshole.
And although I actually thought Borges was awesome as a person, I have to believe that Nuss being so much younger and more energetic is going to give the players a boost, not to mention it should be a huge help with recruiting.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||How did we get this guy, really?||
Part of me says "wee" we just hired Alabama's OC.
Another part of me says "WTF? Why would His Evilness let his OC go?"
Is it that Saban just has standards so high they cannot be met by normal humans?
Or did he not really give a shit because this dude is a bum?
I hate to be skeptical, because I really want to be happy about this, but I need a narrative to reassure me.
What about this: Saban is such an asshole that this guy, who is not only a great coach but a truly good human being, was just waiting for his chance to flee from the Evil Empire.
Yep, works for me.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||We need to go back to the old days||
I am 100% in agreement with the Mgoblog staff about the growing unsustainability of the current football system that more and more looks like just another example of crony capitalism.
It has been hard for me to come to the decision that things have to change because I, again like everyone here, am so totally in love with this thing called college football.
However, I come to a 180 degree different conclusion about the right solution. Universities should pay professors to teach students. They should never, ever, pay students to perform athletic feats for the public. This violates everything good about the ideals of the university. I am a professor - I have lived my whole life within the (to me) wonderful academic world and I believe I understand in my bones something about what makes universities special places. One of the most important things that separates universities from the rest of the shitty corporate world is the very notion of profit. Universities are the best places to learn, to think, and to share our world's most important truths because they are insulated from the need to bow down to money. As soon as universities start worrying too much about money, bad things happen - including the BCS, the bowl system, and our current mess in D-1 sports.
Thus, I reluctantly have come to the conclusion that we need to roll back the clock and stop giving people scholarships to play sports. Instead, students should be admitted to school, and then they should play sports. Will this degrade the quality of football and basketball at the D-1 level? Yes, absolutely. But guess what - I live and die by my daughter's travel soccer team - it doesn't really matter how "good" Michigan is - it only matters that they're Michigan.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||GRIII||
When my family watched the game it took us a minute to realize that GRob had thrown down the dunk behind his head. It was so freaking smooth - like it totally did not matter to him whether he was dunking it forwards or backwards. Unbelievable athlete. I really hope he stays healthy - what a treat to watch and how crucial to Michigan's season.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Aargh||
For a few minutes I thought maybe we would strike back and the defense would find its footing soon enough to make it a game. But no. It was just too much to ask for this year. I wasn't expecting to win, which was bad enough. What was even worse was how boring and awful we were in doing it. Not even sure how to express my disappointment with all phases at this point.
Going to take a few weeks off of football and when I wake up it will be 2014, a new year in which Michigan cannot possibly be this bad.
Meanwhile here's hoping the basketball team has a good big ten campaign.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Totally agree||
With early commits come early decommits, especially when you're going after the top guys. Hate to see something like this just when our collective egos need a holiday break, but in reality this (probably) isn't a sign of impending doom (I hope).
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||well done sir!||
Love the content analysis! I use it on a regular basis in my academic work - this is an ass fuck more fun than the sucky shit I usually get to do.
Possible avenue for next year's edition: track several key positive words for comparison's sake. For example: tremendous, excellent, effective, efficient, and the like. Then you could create lots of fun new charts and ratios and whatnot and get an even more detailed sense of the board's mood.
Go Fire Blue!
|20 weeks 5 days ago||It's all about execution||
Mgoshirt of the future: Al with his head on the guillotine and he's still saying "It's all about execution"
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Brunette Angels||
If you looked carefully in the top left of the screen when Gibbons kicked the tying field goal you could see the ghostly outlines of several beautiful brunette angels, looking down over him to keep him safe.
Quick game summary from my view:
Wile + Gibbons + Butt = MVPs
Dileo and Butt get runner up MVPs
Gardner is a Michigan man for sticking it out all day despite all the hits...again
Kudos to the young RBs for showing some stuff...feel bad for Fitz but...
Kudos to the O Line for doing a bit better
But frankly I saw nothing to save Borges' ass.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||We Have Reached Convergence||
At the start of the season it's always interesting to wonder how each position and player will perform. Then there is a period where small sample size dominates and we try to read tea leaves, with debate back and forth about what they mean. And then there's the point in time at which we reach convergence: when pretty much everyone begins to agree on what we're seeing and what it means.
Gentlepeople, I believe we have reached convergence. After a lot of back and forth about the many possible causes of our offensive woes I am ready to call it a combination of Borges and the offensive line, with a special thanks for nothing to whoever is trying and failing to teach everyone how to block. We've gone from a Borges fusion style offense to a Borges confusion style offense. Not a step in the right direction.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Cosign||
Yeah, hate to raise the demon of that whole debate again but frankly we may be about to witness the best reason Michigan should not have fired Rich Rod. But on the other hand, we probably can't afford to throw Hoke over too quickly either. Seems like the best option, like it was for Rich Rod, would be for Hoke to admit he needs to dial up some change on the side of the ball that ain't working.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Ugly Boring Stupid Football||
I am a very optimistic person by nature and I had hopes that today was going to look very different. Sadly, however I was not entirely suprised by Borges' apparent complete lack of creativity - something is going on here and it ain't good and Hoke and Co need to fix it.
But what I was suprised about was how freaking hopeless the offense actually looked. I simply cannot remember any Michigan team looking that bad. Even the defense under Rich Rod, as bad as it was, never managed to look that silly. And I hate to say it but I got the distinct impression that the team was psychologically defeated before the end of the game. Not saying anyone gave up, just that the vibe they were giving off did not feel right and was not consistent with a team that really felt it had a great chance to win.
The result was not just ugly and stupid football, but it was also boring. Really hardly any reason to watch at all.
Even worse: what is to make us think it will look any different next week?
|25 weeks 6 days ago||100% borges||
Once he saw how it was going I think he gets all the blame.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Well done...not optimistic||
I don't have quite as rosy a set of win probabilities in my own head as you have here. I see Indy as more like 60%, Nebraska as a toss up, MSU as only about a 33% win chance, and only about a 5-10% shot at beating Ohio. Iowa is the one game where I might be more confident for some strange reason. All in all, though, I'd say we will be fortunate to hit 8-4. 7-5 is now my sad, beaten down, best guess at how it turns out. Funny how shitty that makes me feel because before the season I was predicting 8-4. Then the ND game happened and I got delusions of grandeur despite knowing our O line was likely not very good. So now 8-4 seems pretty horrendous. Plus the way we are winning is much, much shitter than I expected. I expected to lose games well, not win games poorly.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Questions are going to get tougher from here on out||
Heiko, great job. Hoke loves to get vague but when you lose you don't get to hide quite so much behind the generalities - he had to acknowledge a lot more today than he usually does.
I'm still butthurt about that game, but my son and I worked out the probabilities on that last regulation drive by Penn State - each of those catches is like a 1 in 100 thing - all told the odds were definitely in our favor, even after fucking up the clock on our drive. Most days the defense pulls our bacon out of the fire. Not saying I would have been perfectly happy with the god awful offensive play calling regardless, but it wasn't as bad as it felt at the time.
But I expect more losses imminently, if not next week, and the questions will undoubtedly get even tougher, as they should.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Football is football||
Until this year I would only have been watching this game because it was the only football game on tonight.
This year, however, is my oldest son's first year at Temple and so I have a new team to root for. Unfortunately, Temple does not make it an easy task. They suck. Not Akron level suckage, but pretty bad.
Thankfully so far tonight they are hanging in there. Go Owls!
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Great pic!||
One of Michigan's greatest smilers...thanks for sharing!
|29 weeks 14 hours ago||Hope for the Future (This Season)?||
As Brian and others have argued many times around here, it often does not pay to spend much time dwelling on turnovers. There is very little correlation from year to year in turnover rates and not much coaches can do to ensure a positive margin.
Howeva! IIRC the Mathlete has shown charts revealing that more experienced QBs certainly do throw fewer interceptions. So...my hope is that Devin gets his stuff together through the season and winds up doing better by November. Certainly we have to hope he's doing better next year.
The way things are going I'm pretty sure your next post is going to say "Turnovers had a primary role in who won the game."
|29 weeks 15 hours ago||Ditto||
Just wanted to second this extremely reasonable question.
|29 weeks 15 hours ago||Gardner Needs More Time||
Count me among the hordes of the overly optimistic after the ND game. I thought Devin had magically become capable of running the offense after a handful of starts at QB.
I just watched the Monday Night Football pre game fluff on Peyton Manning, however, and was reminded once again of why he is so spectacularly good at what he does: he is a master of the X's and O's and can read the defense like an open book.
However athletically gifted Gardner is, he clearly still needs time to a) gain a higher level of understanding about how to read a defense generally and b) figure that out in the specific context of Borges' philosophy. Frankly, after watching the Manning stuff and hearing Steve Young say it takes a NFL QB 4 to 5 years to figure it out, I am amazed that college QBs ever look very good.
Here's to hoping that Gardner is learning faster than it looks like he's learning right now (and oh, yeah, to our OL getting better fast too).
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Not Sullivan, please||
I'm a native Ann Arborite and UM alum now living in Virginia. As a prof myself at an undisclosed public U in VA I have to say that I have been unimpressed by Sullivan's tenure so far at UVA. I thought the effort to oust her was inane, but frankly she hasn't been there long enough to have been an obvious success as a University president. Nor does she seem to me like a particular innovative person in that role. Nor does she have the sort of national reputation that screams "go get her." This is not meant as any sort of criticism - it's just that the bar in my mind for the UM presidency is pretty damn high.
Finding the right person is always tricky because you need to combine the intellectual chops to be taken seriously by the faculty and the political polish and interpersonal skills to handle the "real world." Not too many folks who fit that bill.
I will also second the "no political hacks" rule - absolutely the last thing we need.
|30 weeks 15 hours ago||Turnovers felt bigger to me||
Normally I feel that the EP metric works pretty darn well to assess the overall value of turnovers in a game but this week I don't think it adequately captures the momentum shifting impact they had.
In general Michigan was able to offset the tactical impact of its own turnovers with the picks, true, but I think Gardner's fumble on the five was not just lost points but a lost opportunity to put an early dagger in to Akron, after which I think the entire game would likely have played out a bit differently.
Either way, we aren't going to win many football games against better teams when we turn the ball over four times per game. Ouch.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Love this topic||
I had the pleasure to watch Slippery Rock play Shippensburg in the Big House (tho we didn't call it that back then) back in 1979. I remember many a Saturday afternoon with my dad in Section 16 listening to announcer give us scores from other games around the country; man, nothing brings the Michigan fan base together like Slippery Rock. What a unifying theme. I would totally vote for an athletic director who ran on a Slippery Rock platform.