Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
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|7 hours 49 min ago||Coaching||
I similarly just can't get past the head coach factor. I thought Bill O'Brien was a GREAT college coach. If he was still there and taking on Harbaugh with this team, it would make for a pretty daunting road matchup. Franklin seems okay to me, but he ain't no BOB.
|12 hours 46 min ago||+1||
|14 hours 45 min ago||Harbaugh doesn't have a||
Harbaugh doesn't have a national title, but he does have Super Bowl appearance and 3 NFC title game appearances. I think it's reasonable to factor those in if you are going to rank coaches by their teams' accomplishments.
|14 hours 48 min ago||But LSU was "undefeated in||
But LSU was "undefeated in regulation."
|1 day 8 hours ago||Runyan Sr. Story||
Well, this seems like as good a place for this as anywhere...
A couple weeks into my freshman year at Michigan (1993), I am at a party in somebody's off-campus house and I head into the bathroom to do #1. While I'm in there, I hear a loud banging at the door. So I say, "just a minute," and continue my business. But the banging continues. So I say it again, "one minute!" Still banging. So then I decide I'll just take a little bit longer than usual. More banging.
By the time I've completed my, uh, deposit, I've decided I will just lay into whoever is banging at the door. But when I open it, all I see is this ginormous mountain of a man peering down at me. The only words I can manage are, "dude--how tall are you?"
He responds, "that's not a wise question to ask," then goes into the bathroom.
I then go find the person who's hosting the party and ask, "man, who's that huge guy who just went into the bathroon?"
The host chuckles and says, "oh, that's Jon Runyan, starting tackle on the football team. He likes to mess with people."
|1 day 15 hours ago||The longer you wait, the more||
The longer you wait, the more information you have. By the time NSD rolls around, the 2015 season will have been played--so you'll know how Harbaugh did his first year, how players at your position group did, and what your path to early playing time looks like (after redshirts, injuries, and other events transpire). You'll also have this information for all the other teams you may be considering. So, just because a guy is waiting doesn't mean he is "playing a game." Now, the risk you run with waiting is that your spot might fill up before you can commit. But that's much less of a concern for a highly-touted player like Lavert Hill than for some of these under-the-radar guys.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Gimmick offense? When we||
Gimmick offense? When we played Utah last season, I don't remember them running a gimmick offense. I realize they have a new OC but I haven't heard that they are implementing the A-11 or anything.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Monsters Eat Whiny Children||
Monsters Eat Whiny Children is a good one. And my daughter really dug the Ladybug Girl series.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I still think Shallman could||
I still think Shallman could be effective in an Aaron Shea type role.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I remember reading an old||
I remember reading an old Daily article about Woodson. The gist of it was that when Woodson arrived in 1995, M already had established stars at RB (Biakabatuka) and WR (Toomer, Hayes) but not at CB. So, Woodson tried out for CB, thinking that would give him the best chance of playing as a freshman. Obviously that worked out well for him. But I suspect that if M had needed a RB or WR at that time, Woodson would have played offense instead (and been damn good at it).
|4 days 2 hours ago||Coercion||
Okay, Magnus. How many dictionary websites did you have to go through to find one that defined coercion that way? Because I just googled the word and had numerous hits that defined coercion much more broadly.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Metellus||
I find Metellus' bump to four stars seriously funny. How many "how-can-we-be-taking-these- two-star-nobodies-in-July-when-we-might-get-a-four-star-if-we-wait-until-winter-and-can-still-get-the-two-star-then-if-necessary / trust-the-coaches-you-moran-besides-look-at-us-we've-sucked-for-a-while-now" threads did we have?
|4 days 8 hours ago||Coercion||
"Coercion involves force or threats."
No, you're thinking of duress. Coercion means exploiting a power imbalance to force a desired choice. For instance, State X may not want to lower it's permissible blood alcohol level to 0.8--but if they don't, then they won't qualify for federal highway dollars. So, State X lowers its BAL to 0.8. Was it a free choice? No. But the government didn't have to send in federal troops to make it happen.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Spiritual beliefs||
I'm for free speech. People can say what they want. If people want to encourage others to adopt some irrational belief system, that's fine. I just have a problem with coercion.
Also, "athiesm" is by definition a lack of spiritual beliefs. So a person who urges others to abandon some religion is not spreading a "spiritual belief" in athiesm. A person arguing that the Book of Genesis is flawed because the Earth is actually 4.5 billion years old, not 6,000, and that the universe was created in a "big bang" that occurred about 13.5 billion years ago, is advacing a rational, scientifically-based viewpoint. I suppose you can call that a "religon" if you want, but that kind of nullifies the utility of the term.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Missionaries||
That's a fair point, Magnus. But here's how I look at it.
Christian missionaries come to a remote island and offer medical care to the villagers. The native islanders already have their own indigenous culture and generally want to raise their children in that same culture. But some kid gets sick and requires treatment beyond what the locals can provide. So they go to the missionaries and ask for help. The missionaries use modern western equipment and techniques to treat the child and he recovers; in the meantime, the missionaries impress upon the family how they should abandon their indigenous culture and embrace Christianity. Maybe some members of the family let that go in one ear and out the other (especially the adults). But maybe other members, particularly the more impressionable children, are awed by the missionaries' technology and skills, or wooed by their carefully refined sales pitch, and "choose" to be converted. Christianity gains a foothold, and over time replaces the indigenous culture.
Can I deny that providing medical care to people who otherwise wouldn't receive it is a good thing? Certainly not. Are all indigenous cultural practices worth preserving? No. So I grant this isn't a black & white issue. But the overarching notion for which Tebow's work stands: that these indigenous peoples are ignorant and in need of saving, that their cultures and beliefs are unworthy of respect, and that it's fine to exploit informational and technological advantages to penetrate and ultimately replace those societies with Christianity, is something I personally find profoundly offensive and wrong.
|4 days 16 hours ago||The Northwestern teams with||
The Northwestern teams with mobile QBs always seem to give M the most trouble, so hopefully Thorson wins the job.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Tebow hate||
I don't care about any of that. But I dislike Tebow because he is celebrated for his supposed good works with Pacific Islanders, when in fact he was part of an organization devoted to using medical care as a coercive means of converting them to Christianity.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Illinois||
There was probably one guy who voted for Illinois. But he's from Chicago so he voted seven times.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Harbaugh||
Hiring JH may not have been a tough "decision," but the accomplishment was getting him to take the job when he could have easily opted for several open NFL gigs.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Greeks||
I thought Athens and Sparta were rival city-states. So I am confused how an Athenian thing could be a Spartan thing.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Bummer||
Thanks for the hard work and excitement, Dennis Norfleet. Best of luck at Tuskegee.
|1 week 13 hours ago||BGS?||
Things may have changed since I was in school, but wouldn't a Bachelor of General Studies have been an alternative?
|1 week 1 day ago||Blogs||
Wait--who is "making this blog worse?" I'm confused.
|1 week 4 days ago||Running Backs||
Thanks for the effort, OP. Unfortunately I don't think the stats on the RBs are very meaningful.
Based on the eye-test, I personally think Drake looked the best of the guys we had last season and would expect him to be ahead of Smith and Green this fall if his knee is healthy enough. Smith is really slow, but still a useful between-the-tackles runner. As for Green, I'm worried about his bust potential at this point; if he doesn't stop going down on first contact and start punishing tacklers, I don't see much of a role for him.
Mgovideo has a clip with all of Ty Isaac's runs from his freshman year at USC. It's mostly him tearing up Cal, but he did look pretty good doing it. He's essentially a junior now, so he should also be much stronger and a more complete player than he was on this film. Especially with his abilities in the passing game, I think think there's a good shot Isaac begins 2015 as the #1 back--especially if Johnson isn't 100%.
|1 week 4 days ago||Praying||
Won't work. God wants the 49ers to lose so he can enjoy more Jed York schadenfreude.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ford||
WCF may be a terrible owner, but at least he doesn't embarrass himself in public on a weekly basis.
|1 week 5 days ago||Blackshirts||
Yeah. But part of what made the blackshirts thing cool was that the team never actually wore, you know, black shirts.
Plus, part of it was that you had to earn your black shirt. Now the whole team gets them, earned or not. And the offense gets to wear them too, I presume.
|1 week 5 days ago||Louisville||
They don't have Charlie Strong anymore, but they do have Bobby Petrino.
|1 week 5 days ago||Denard||
Because Denard costs $16 and you only have $15 to work with.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Phrasing||
You're right, I could have done much better.
What I most expect Harbaugh to do is take what was a flaccid, impotent team under Hoke and transform them into a virile, penetrating unit--rigid in temperment, if supple in their approach.