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|15 hours 42 min ago||Pipkins case||
If you say so. But I've read all your comments on this thread, and the general tenor of them seems to be that "M fans are hypocrites because they criticize Saban and Meyer for shady roster management, but have no problem when Harbaugh does it."
Although I think you are probably correct that plenty of M fans would defend Harbaugh even if he did engage in some truly unethical player move, I think you have to wait for such a transgression to occur before you can start calling people hypocrites. In this case, I think the greater weight of the evidence suggests that Pipkins is not healthy enough to play, or at least that JH doesn't believe he is healthy enough to play--which ought to be good enough.
I suppose, ultimately, that I may have kind of a minority viewpoint on these situations because I don't really see anything morally wrong with using medical hardships to clear roster spots from players who have become unproductive due to medical reasons. I agree the *system* (for lack of a better word) could use some improvements (to at least bring transparency, if not better a substantive procedure), but I would tend to clarify the standards and permissible considerations for using a medical hardship and require some level of independent verification rather than expand the opportunity for injured players to remain on active rosters.
|18 hours 16 min ago||According to Harbaugh, and||
According to Harbaugh, and evidently other members of the football staff, Pipkins is NOT healthy enough to continue playing. You seem intent on finding some wrongdoing by Harbaugh in this situation so that you can prove your non-homerness. But seeing as Pipkins has had at least two concussions, the neck/spinal thing, and the ACL--the combination of which seem to have rendered him incapable of being an effective player--Harbaugh's position looks pretty defensible.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Whatever shortcomings may be||
Whatever shortcomings may be present in this analysis, it is far preferable to threads about uniform contracts. Thanks for making the effort--it's a worthwhile contribution.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Bet||
I'll take probable autocorrections for $1000, Alex.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Ah, okay, now I understand||
Ah, okay, now I understand what you meant above. Yeah, certainly--if it's not safe for a guy to be playing, then the coach shouldn't let him play no matter how good he is.
|3 days 13 hours ago||How is Hatch even an example||
How is Hatch even an example of a player being given a medical hardship by "necessity?" Hatch played in games last season, so he's obviously capable of playing without endangering himself. He was given a medical hardship so that Beilein can use his scholarship on a better basketball player, and rightly so. Was it unethical of Beilein not to handicap himself by keeping that scholarship tied up for four years on a player who could have played, but whose injuries prevent him from making the kind of contribution that was expected when offered? I respect your opinion, but I disagree. The standard should not be "unable to compete because of medical necessity," it should be something more like "ability to perform significantly diminished for medical reasons."
|3 days 13 hours ago||Good point. If you're||
Good point. If you're allowed to carry more than 105 players, why shouldn't they all be allowed to practice in the fall? That rule seems arbitrary--I wonder what purpose it is supposed to serve?
|3 days 13 hours ago||Why do you presume all the||
Why do you presume all the other backs will be able to pick up the playbook, but Deveon Smith will not?
|3 days 15 hours ago||Ethics||
Well, if what you are suggesting is that a coach would put a player in a position to aggravate an injury so that the player could be "medicaled out," then that would be unethical under any circumstances. But putting that type of conduct aside, I just don't see how it's unethical for a coach to maximize the talent on his roster so long as he does so honestly and within the rules, and does not deprive players of the educational opportunity. The problem I have with Saban's practices is that it's dishonest to clear a guy out with a medical hardship when the player's health has nothing to do with it. The problem I have with straight cutting players who are on one-year scholarships is that they can't continue their educations (unless they can pay). But if a guy has a genuine injury and that is legitimately causing or contributing to an insufficient performance--well, that seems to be what these medical hardships are intended for.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I don't follow||
Presumably this issue would only arise if the coach determines that a player isn't performing well enough. Who else's opinion would be relevant?
|3 days 15 hours ago||Cutting players||
Personally I am fine with the answer being "yes, coaches can cut players for not being good enough at football, so long as their scholarships are honored." But the rules should be clear and unambiguous so that coaches and players know exactly where they stand. Also, the rules should conform to generally-accepted morals and expectations. If the rules are going to provide that cutting players for not playing well is okay, then that should be clarified so that everyone understands and so coaches like Saban don't need to use injuries as pretexts for cutting guys. If we decide those kinds of cuts are not acceptable, the the medical hardship rule should be tightened or eliminated, or perhaps require some kind of third-party verification such as with medical redshirts. But right now, the rules seem ambiguous, out-of-sync with prevailing viewpoints on the subject, and prone to exploitation by hyper-competitive coaches.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I realize there is an ethical||
I realize there is an ethical stigma attached to these medical hardships. Maybe there shouldn't be? If a player suffers an injury that renders him unable to perform at the same level as that for which he was given the scholarship, I think it's reasonable to give that player the option of finishing his degree under a medical scholarship or transfer somewhere that he can play. I don't think it needs to be a disabling injury.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Clarence muthafucking Darrow.||
Clarence muthafucking Darrow.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Point spreads||
Sure. I guess I am just surprised there isn't a larger difference based on the respective quality of those two different opponents.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Lines||
I find the fact that both MSU and Penn State are favored against Michigan by the same amount (4.5) to be rather mystifying.
Michigan State is a well-coached team with good talent and lots of experience. Penn State is a questionably-coached team with marginal talent and some experience. I don't think the home field advantage swings the outcomes of those games all that much.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Violence||
While we are propounding non-expert theories, my dad--a hard-drinking blue collar type who's been in his share of scrapes--always told me that it's not the biggest or strongest guys who fight the best, but the guys who are crazy and don't care what happens to them.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Radiohead||
Admittedly, the only song I really like on TKOL is "Separator." The parallels between it and Atomic Bomb are kind of scary. I mean, Atomic Bomb still had a few good songs (ironically, the best song on that album was "Fast Cars," which was not even included on the US release), but there were signs...
|1 week 12 hours ago||Hamilton||
Forgive me, but the resemblance is uncanny.
|1 week 16 hours ago||U2||
U2 is fucking great. Yeah, their recent stuff isn't any good. Doesn't matter--they are still U2.
|1 week 1 day ago||Carr||
And even then, he didn't really "snap" at they guy. He just sort of gave him the evil eye and then slowly backed away without answering his question (which, IIRC, had to do with why Lloyd didn't try to score when he got the ball back about :30 before halftime with a 2 TD lead on OSU).
|1 week 2 days ago||ND||
Come on, man. You never know when the fake death of a star linebacker's non-girlfriend will propel the Irish to a lucky undefeated regular season and NC game demolition again.
|1 week 3 days ago||Full picture||
The full picture seems to be that the marketing geniuses who hijacked Michigan athletics and ran the program into the ground because of their hubris and prioritization of image over substance are butthurt over a website that called them on their shit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bruce Lee story||
Last year I was at a Bruce Lee museum exhibit (at the Wing Luke in Seattle) and there were some old photographs of him giving lessons--at the small city park directly across the street from my house. So that's good.
|1 week 3 days ago||Crouching Tiger||
My two favorites are probably Crouching Tiger and Hero. I completely respect Enter the Dragon though.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm sure much has changed||
I'm sure much has changed since I was a freshman in 1993, but I do remember thinking the basic microeconomics class (maybe 201?) and Introduction to Logic were really good foundational classes. Neither is very difficult and the material is stuff I constantly used both throughout college and afterward.
|1 week 4 days ago||This isn't the NFL, where you||
This isn't the NFL, where you can just sign a free agent to fill a hole on your roster. And yet, Harbaugh has pretty clearly done everything within his power to make sure M has a good quarterback: he's signed an experienced graduate transfer, he's signed another underclass an transfer, he signed two new freshmen QBs for 2015 and has two more lined up for 2016, and he's personally coaching the position. Does OSU have better QBs right now? Sure. But how is that even remotely a fair criticism of Harbaugh?
Edit: guh, this was supposed to be a reply to Dark Wolverine above; I lost my connection for a minute and had to re-post, and it wound up down here.
|1 week 5 days ago||Camps||
Saban and the other SEC coaches are against the camps because they want to keep northern schools away from talented southern prospects.
Has Meyer said he's against camps? I don't seem to recall him taking a position on it either way.
I think it's important to remember that Harbaugh not only has the full compliment of assistant coaches, but also a number of analysts and other non-coach staff to help run the program. So if JH and some of his assistants go off for two weeks to run camps around the country, there are still plenty of people back in A2 to handle stuff. That may not be the case with a program like Iowa; if Ferentz tried to run a similar camp circuit, then it may come at the cost of something else (that's even assuming Iowa and Ferentz could pull something like that off). So, perhaps the real genius of the camps is that they become a way to leverage M's superior resources into an actual competitive advantage.
Perhaps Ferentz sees that, and that's why he objects to the camps. Or maybe Ferentz is just a lazy-ass who can't keep his assistants from running off to flip burgers.
|1 week 6 days ago||Recruits||
I think people are over-analyzing this. I can't imagine there is actually some plan to sign lower-rated players in the hopes of some motivational payoff.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yes. Recently, having an||
Yes. Recently, having an Alabama offer has kind of been the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Before that, it was a USC offer. Before that, a Miami offer. It would be pretty great if a Michigan offer could become the new gold standard--though we are probably at least a couple years away from that.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||8 months||
And at the current pace, we should be up to around 55 or 60 commits by then...