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|1 year 13 weeks ago||My point was||
that internationals don't explain the entire difference between Michigan and all other elite rowing programs. There are elite programs without internationals that are better than Michigan.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I was using times as an||
I was using times as an illustration, not as a definitive measure. In any event, I doubt Michigan could get under 5:40. In good conditions, the best programs will all be below 5:40 consistently.
And thanks for the info, but I did know Michigan was frequently ranked in the top 20 in some polls this year.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||It's not just the internationals||
I can't agree that internationals make all of the difference. Wisconsin doesn't have any internationals, and, even in a down year, their program overall is still significantly stronger than Michigan's.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||The Biggest Obstacle to Men's Varsity Rowing||
is geography. If Michigan wants to have a varsity program and join the IRA, it would have to move its men's rowing program to Ford Lake in Ypsi and build a boathouse there.
Right now, the men's program has a "boathouse" on Argo Pond, and the facilities are essentially identical to what Ann Arbor Huron and Ann Arbor Pioneer use for their rowing programs. It's really just a big shed with space to keep boats. There are no real training facilities there. And the men's program just got kicked out of its former space in the IM building where they did offseason training.
The biggest problem with Argo and the Huron River is that you can't lay out a 2000-meter sprint course on the river in Ann Arbor. I think the longest course that can be laid out at Argo is around 1300-1400 meters.
Ford Lake would accomodate an appropriate sprint course and would be fine for training. I believe that's where the UM women's program trains. But if UM wants to have a first-rate men's varsity program, it will have to build a boathouse there. The building alone (not including the land) would cost well over $5 million. And having a boathouse that far from campus is a real problem. Ask Yale, whose boathouse is a half-hour away from campus. Yale struggled forever and only revived its program when it hired one of the greatest coaches in rowing history. Yale's remote boathouse is a real problem for recruiting.
Even though the men's program deserves more, I think that recent AD decisions about facilities development across the department will preclude making the investment necessary to have a high-level men's rowing program.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Most IRA Varsity Programs Don't Give Scholarships||
I think Washington might give a few scholarships, and maybe Cal too. But that's about it for IRA programs that award scholarships. The Ivies give generous financial aid and will get rowers admitted who would not otherwise get into the school, but the overwhelming majority of men in IRA programs don't get scholarships.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||More Like Div. II National Champs||
Winning the ACRA national championship is a great achievement and the team should be congratulated, but it's not the highest level of collegiate rowing.
The highest level of collegiate rowing is the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA), which has its national championship next week in New Jersey. That's where Washington, Cal, Yale, and the other top programs will be competing.
In the ACRA grand final for the Mens Heavyweight 8, Michigan rowed a 2000 meter sprint in 5:45, defeating second-place Grand Valley State.
Last week at the Eastern Sprints, Yale's #1 heavyweight 8 won the eastern champtionship by rowing 5:35 for 2000 meters. And Yale will not be the favorite at the IRAs next week.
Michigan's time today is comparable to the time that won the freshman heavyweight 8 at Eastern Sprints last week. There are probably at least 15 heavyweight varsity 8s in the IRA that are faster than Michigan.
Michigan has a fine program that deserves athletic department funding and could be reasonably competitive in the IRA. But ACRA Nationals are to the IRAs like the Div. II championship is to the Final Four in men's basketball.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Wait a minute||
We Knicks' fans are not quite the mostest with the leastest. The Cubs probably have the Knicks beaten by that standard. Not by much, mind you.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Beilein's not above dealing with shady AAU programs||
He took Carleton Brundage, who played for the Family in Detroit, which has some pretty shady connections, including Worldwide Wes. (Look up Wes' alleged role in helping Derrick Rose qualify at Memphis).
To be fair, Brundage did not work out and Beilein lately seems to be focusing on Indiana kids from a few select AAU programs that seem less shady than run-of-the-mill AAU programs.
I agree that Beilein is an ethical guy. But I don't think he would abstain from taking a kid associated with shady characters from AAU, if the kid was good enough and really wanted to come to Michigan. I don't think any college coach could afford to be quite that "holier than thou."
It's also pretty ironic that you're touting the how Michigan won't "stoop to the level of other programs" while you have a picture of the Fab Five as your avatar.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||That's why Hoke was fired||
Because he couldn't coach up the ACL
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Coaching since 1981?||
If Baxter's 52, then he began his coaching career about age 19.
Either he's quite the prodigy or he started coaching sometime after 1981.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Consider the source||
Just because Dennis Fithian was dumb enough to take this "report" seriously doesn't mean anyone else should.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Who is||
More importantly, what is his percentage on whether it's happening?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Of course one could||
A contract does not necessarily go into effect when pen touches paper. It goes into effect when it says it does. Someone could sign a contract on, say, December 23 that would go into effect at any later date specified in the contract.
Think about it. If you have a job and agree to take a new one, you can make a contract with your new employer that goes into effect on a future date, so you can give notice to your current employer.
You don't even need a full-fledged contract to create an employment relationship. Harbaugh and UM could agree on the essential terms -- salary and period of years are the only absolutely essential ones -- in a letter agreement and execute an agreement specifiying all terms later on. This is why so many coaches don't actually "sign" their agreement until after they've started working for their new team.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||If the Niners fire him||
They only have to pay him for the last year of his contract if he isn't working at all or is being paid less than his Niners' salary. In other words, they have to guarantee he makes his promised salary.
But it doesn't make much sense for them to fire Harbaugh. If they know he wants to go to UM and they don't fire him, Harbaugh probably has to buy out the last year of his deal (unless he has an unusual contract). If they don't know what Harbaugh wants to do, they shouldn't fire him because they could get compensation from an NFL team or from UM.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I have to wonder||
How much Weiser would have given if he had been elected to the board of regents.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Keep Hope Alive||
My son got a deferal email last December. He was admitted in late January.
One difference. We live in Michigan.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Two legal points||
I have not made my way through the 472 comments that precede mine at the time I'm writing this. So forgive me if I repeat something that someone else has posted.
First, at the end of the post, Brian asserts that "[t]he University of Michigan is the one subject to the penalty, but the employee is the one who committed the violation." In a legal sense, that's not correct. The University is in charge of the computer system that Brandon uses. If it facilitates Brandon's preference to delete his emails after a month, then it is committing the violation by manipulating its email system to conform with Brandon's illegal preference. If Brandon or his subordinates delete the emails on their own accord after a month, then the University is responsible for maintaining a computer system that allows inidividual employees to evade public records law and destroy public records without authority. Either way, the University is responsible.
(As an aside, I'd be surprised if even the deleted emails aren't preserved somewhere. Most sophisticated computer networks image the contents of the system on a regular basis probably daily, maybe more often than than, and certainly more often than monthly, and the images are stored somewhere. Those are public records, too.)
Second, the damages could be more substantial than Brian suggests. There's $500 in punitive damages for each and every violation. A violation is not having the records available when someone asks for them. If enough people ask, you're starting to talk about real money . . .
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Not exactly||
Michigan men's rowing is a club program and does not compete with the elite collegiate rowing programs, like Harvard, Washington, Cal, Brown, etc. Michigan is a member of the American Collegiate Rowing Assocition, with schools like Grand Valley State, and it competed in the Collegiate Eights. The elite programs are part of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, and its members race in the Championship Eights.
Winning the Championship Eights at HOCR is like beating OSU. Winning the Collegiate Eights is a significant but nevertheless lesser accomplishment, like winning a big 1-AA football game. Or maybe like beating Grand Valley State, which finished third in the Collegiate Eights.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||And who . . .||
is responsible for putting that team together?
|3 years 48 weeks ago||That Werther's has a power arm . . .||
And late movement.
That's the art of hard candy, yessiree.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Well Said||
I couldn't agree more with your posts about Smotrycz. I only disagree with one thing: he can't play the 3, not even at a low mid major because he can't stay in front of anybody.
Maybe . . . maybe he could play the 3 in someplace like the Ivy League. But he's a real defensive liability at any position, especially the 3; and I think that's true at any level. At the 3, he has to move his feet and he just can't seem to do that.
As you said, he's got to realize who he is as a player, not who he wants to be. He's going to struggle anywhere until he does that.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I know what "Life Evaluation" is||
It's what newly-minted humanities Ph.Ds from Michigan call the period that they are living in Ann Arbor after graduation, applying to non-tenure track jobs that have 500 other applicants and wondering why they went to grad school in the first place.
(I say that as someone with a humanities Ph.D from Michigan.)
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Not just a "strong Christian"||
He's a "damn strong Christian"
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Burke will be better . . . soon||
I agree with just about all of your assessment of both Burke and Morris, although I'm not sure that the Trey Burke of December 2011 is better than the Darius Morris of December 2011, if Morris had stayed. Burke still has some growing to do, but hecould be better by the end of this year.
As much as he contributed to Michigan last year, Morris had some significant weaknesses, especially the ones you mentioned. I also think he's not a good finisher at the rim. He's tentative about going through defenders to finish right at the rim; he will pull up short and shoot a finger roll or a half-hook when he should go strong. Or even worse, he stops in the lane and pivots until he finds a passing lane. If he tries that in the NBA, he'll be sitting on the bench right quick.
From what I saw last night, Morris will not be a regular contributor at the beginning of the season. He will get some run, but I think his defense and decision-making are going to keep him on the bench most of the time. And given how compressed the season is, and given the possibility that the Lakers will struggle, he might not get much of a chance to develop as the season goes on.
In the long run, he will be fine, probably something like a poor-man's Andre Miller.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||You should hear those cranky meatheads do h.s. basketball||
It's far worse than their studio show, if you can believe it. In terms of production values, as well as the quality of the play-by-play and commentary, a high school station would be immeasurably better.
I was listening last Friday because my son plays JV for an Ann Arbor-area high school and I had to leave after his game, but I wanted to find out how the varsity was doing. Those two clowns were unbelievable. They talked over each other constantly, they interrupted their guests during the pre-game interviews, and they could barely describe what was happening on the court. At one point, they said that the ball went out of bounds off a player who (a) is not on the varsity roster; and (b) is out for the year with a knee injury. I have no idea what they think they saw. It's like sitting next to two drunks in a bar who are discussing the game on TV and are mistaken about which teams are playing.
And the sound quality of the broadcast is just as bad, if not worse.
The amazing thing is that McDonald's apparently pays for this production to be called the "McDonald's High School Game of the Week." If I were with McDonald's, I'd sue.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||"Homies . . . wearing Red Wing jerseys"||
I don't think anything more needs to be said.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I know who made the arrangements||
The guys at the tattoo parlor.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||I'm worried||
about Carrie Fisher. I hope she doesn't get RichRod with that RPG.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||I pray for your health||
If you eat cheese popcorn every time someone posts something inane here.
Like this post, for example.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||By the same token||
How many different ways can Sam find to describe the seats in his Cadillac, its traction control (winter's coming! in case you didn't know), or his how much his mother loves Suburban Cadillac.
I know that it's an ad and that same has to be enthusiastic, but, boy, does he beat that sh*t to death.