i refuse to even consider this a possibility
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|26 min 28 sec ago||Herbert||
Well, here's what Steve Lorenz wrote last week:
"Honestly, I really liked the fact that they didn't pressure me in any way, shape or form," Herbert said. "The schools recruiting me know that I want to decide before my senior season, and some have pressured me into committing earlier than I planned on. The 'We need you. You can be a leader for us' type stuff. Michigan does the exact opposite. They just treated TJ and I like we were already part of the family. I can talk to them about stuff besides football and have gotten to know them as people."
|4 hours 22 min ago||WWI||
I guess I can't speak for anybody else, but when I think about WWI the things that come to mind are trench warfare, mustard gas, "No man's land," and the kind of arrogant military "leadership" you described. Oh--and the Red Baron. I guess the Red Baron is kind of quaint.
|4 hours 35 min ago||Improper benefits||
Just read the SI article on Ole Miss. I have been firmly in the camp of trying to find a fair way to let the players share in the massive revenue college football generates. And I believe the conventional wisdom has been that doing so would benefit M, because (1) M has more money than most of its competitors and (2) it levels the playing field a bit with some of the cheaters. But then I see this Ole Miss situation, and I just don't know. Even if schools were allowed to openly pay players and provide other benefits, I still don't see M doing a lot of this stuff--like paying off momma's delinquent light bill or putting Uncle Lester up in the Hampton Inn. We're used to talking about athletes taking money for cars and hooked, but for a lot of these poor kids it seems like the issue is really to help out their parents and families with pretty basic needs. Throughout the South you have all these pockets of deep poverty, and I imagine the SEC programs will continue to utilize these kinds of financial leverage even if it becomes permissible to pay the actual players or let them profit from their likenesses.
|17 hours 51 min ago||I remember seeing coupons for||
I remember seeing coupons for Mr. Rib in those free booklets they would pass out on the Diag. Don't think I ever actually at there though. Now the Rib Shack up in Saginaw, that's a different story...
|1 day 10 hours ago||"Every Rutgers football||
"Every Rutgers football season is an exercise in dignity preservation, which right now means finding a way not to go winless."
|1 day 10 hours ago||So, Purdue is basically a||
So, Purdue is basically a heap of flaming trash bags piled on the curb?
|1 day 11 hours ago||The tone of your comments||
The tone of your comments suggest you are being purposefully dense. julesh's point, that the high cost of travel sports tends to exclude kids from lower-income backgrounds, seems pretty obvious, and I think most people would agree that denying poor kids the same opportunities to play sports that wealthier kids have is a bad thing. That's all he said. The fact that julesh didn't propose a solution to this problem does not mean the problem doesn't exist. There could be many possible solutions, each with their own pros and cons--but that's a different question.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Minnesota was a powerhouse||
Minnesota was a powerhouse football program in the 1930s and 40s--since then, not so much. Michigan State was excellent in the 1950s and 60s; they've been good again lately, but really did not have much in the way of sustained success throughout the 40 or so years in between. The service academies used to be dominant football programs, as did East Coast institutions like Syracuse and Pitt.
|1 day 12 hours ago||LL coaches||
There is a little league team that practices at the park across the street from my house. The coach is amazingly terrible. I think the players are maybe 8 or 9 years old, most of them are poor fielders and struggle to make a decent throw--yet he always has them working on advanced stuff as though they already have the fundamentals down. For instance, one day this season I saw him spend almost an entire practice drilling the 3-6-3 double play. The worst thing about it was probably that the drill really only involved a few kids (the 1B, SS, and baserunners), while the rest of the team stood and watched. I didn't see any of their games but I'd be pretty surprised if they ever had a chance to turn a 3-6-3 double play. Other practices I've observed were similar, with most kids doing nothing while a few players worked on some advanced procedure or another. Basic skills were simply not addressed. (And all that's without even mentioning the awkward season from a couple years ago when the coach had two girlfriends simultaneously, and they would show up to practice and start arguments). Despite all that, I give the coach a lot of credit--he's good with the kids, he does this voluntarily and has been at it for years. I couldn't do that.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I think it's way too early to||
I think it's way too early to think in these terms. A lot of the big names won't decide until shortly before or on NSD, and until then guys can flip, decommit, and so on. That being said, here are some highlights so far:
|1 day 22 hours ago||You say that as though||
You say that as though players with cool names don't perform better.
|2 days 4 hours ago||RCMB||
If course, the definition of "plugged in" at RCMB means a poster's 1994-vintage Packard Bell desktop is firmly connected to a functional power outlet--usually in a basement owned by said poster's aging parents.
|2 days 21 hours ago||(No subject)||
|3 days 9 hours ago||It would be interesting to||
It would be interesting to see how Meyer responds to any genuine adversity he were to face at OSU. So far he's hardly even lost a game, and the games he has lost have generally either been early-season nonconference games against major teams or else late season losses that basically determine whether he'll go 11-1 or 12-0. He also hasn't had to deal with much in the way of off-field distractions or other things of that nature. If things continue along like this for him, it's difficult to see him ever leaving.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Troy Woolfok?||
If I am not mistaken, Troy Woolfolk got a sixth year. But that probably only happened because the NCAA mixed up his paperwork with Tloy Willfrock.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Auburn-Penn State||
But when both their seasons are later vacated by the NCAA, it will be as though the games never happened...
|4 days 10 hours ago||Ryan Glasgow||
The article actually calls Ryan Glasgow a "star nose tackle." Could the secret have finally gotten out?
|5 days 5 hours ago||OT||
Mason Cole played LT for two seasons and did well despite being a better fit as an interior lineman. So as long as we have enough OL who can play, I am not all that worried about exactly where they slot in. Nonetheless, we now have Hall and Stueber coming in as OT prospects and things are trending well for Kai-Leon Herbert, an elite tackle. Plus Newsome is only a sophomore and Ulizio is a RS freshman, so whatever we don't get in 2017 we could still get in 2018 without needing to depend on a true freshman or play a guy out of position.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Spellings||
You mean &droo S2br?
|5 days 11 hours ago||Returning to A2||
My wife has a Skype interview next week with UM. It's pretty early in the process so there are lots of other candidates, plus she isnt sure she's as interested in this position as some other opportunities, and moving across the country would be a pretty big imposition on my own career--but I have still been on Redfin getting my daydream on.
|5 days 11 hours ago||The highlight from my||
The highlight from my one-week visit last Christmas was Chauhan Ale & Masala House (though most people don't go to Nashville to eat Indian fusion cuisine at edgy modern gastropubs).
|6 days 6 hours ago||OL||
The staff appears to have pursued this player pretty actively. This doesn't look like a situation where the staff is settling for an inferior player. Plus, M is still on on several top OL like Herbert, Slaton, and Wilson. But they aren't going to all be 5-stars.
|6 days 6 hours ago||He's a three-star player from||
He's a three-star player from Connecticut. Once he gets his Harbump, he'll probably be a high three star with the recruiting sites saying "we didn't appreciate his talent earlier because he plays in a state without a lot of talent and wasn't at whatever camp we usually rate kids at." So then you can be like "oh yeah, Stueber was way underrated by the sites."
|6 days 11 hours ago||Hoke was stubborn and did||
Hoke was stubborn and did some stupid things. Probably his worst decision was dismantling the offense Rich Rod left him rather than hiring a spread OC from the get-go and building up something like what OSU now has. Then he made a lot of questionable one-off calls, like apologizing for the tent stake or regarding Russell Bellomy as a legit backup QB. None was worse IMO than benching Gardner against Minnesota in 2014 (which was frankly the moment I lost all confidence in him, before the Morris concussion thing even happened). But it's not as though Hoke never did a damn thing right ever at Michigan. His recruiting was generally outstanding (except at QB), he got Mattison to come, and he did win a handful of big games. Like most people, he was never the guy I wanted at Michigan and I thought Brandon could certainly have done better--but to say that ?Hoke was so unqualified that he was an a-hole for even accepting the job goes a little too far.
|6 days 11 hours ago||The linked blog post is||
The linked blog post is weird. The fake quotes are confusing and then the author basically winds up explaining that Hoke is installing a one-gap 4-3 to replace last season's two-gap 3-4. Then he devolves into a homer argument for how this is going to work great and will lead to Oregon breaking all kinds of records and so forth.
|6 days 22 hours ago||cold medina||
|1 week 27 min ago||Steiny||
The Steinster. Stein-o-rama.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Exit||
Steinberg: Time for me to exit.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Tennis||
An old high school buddy of mine got a tennis scholarship to Purdue. If I see him at a reunion or something I'm going to make fun of his partial scholarship.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Fraternities||
Yeah, I don't know. On the one hand, I'm still friends with most of those guys 20+ years later, so I certainly don't regret it from that standpoint. But if I hadn't done the frat thing, I have to imagine I would have made other friends and gotten involved in other activities that would have been equally or more rewarding (or, at least, less self-destructive). It worked out okay for me in the end but I don't necessarily recommend the same path to others.