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|12 hours 25 min ago||Just Based On Aesthetics||
Based solely on looks, I think I'd intentionally miss. It's not that I'm so much anti-Kate, but that I'm so much pro-Sofia.
|1 day 4 hours ago||A Nit / Suggestion||
It "needs" a pen on a lanyard around Coach Harbaugh's neck.
Otherwise, a nice blend of creepy and awesome. Creepy wins out for me, but I can see how awesome would win out for others.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Very helpful.||
Double plus 1s to you! I wonder if Michigan has done the EMU approach in the past, but it's an interesting option no matter what.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Gotcha.||
I'm with you in general. Netter likely didn't choose NU because he "didn't want to play school". (Bonus double-negative score!) There are other schools to accommodate that attitude.
/Looks 190 miles South and a smidge East/
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Thanks for the answers.||
I'll note, however, that a degree from NU is not equal to automatic admission at a UofM graduate program. Not by a longshot. (Not disparaging Netter here at all - I know nothing of his academic background.) So I gently differ with your "uh, yep" approach here.
All an undergraduate degree from NU means is that a person got in as a high school student, and met the minimum requirements for graduation. Of course, as you imply, some graduate programs at UofM are easier to get into than others. But having an undergraduate degree from a prestigious school does not make admission to a UofM graduate program a fait accompli.
(And it's not that I'd object to a shift in admission standards for a GA, within reason. Students' backgrounds matter a lot, and GPA / GRE / etc. do not tell a student's whole story. If [ex-guest professor] Yo-Yo Ma didn't have great undergraduate grades, I think he's still probably qualified to attend a graduate program at the Music School. I'm just curious what standards apply at Michigan.)
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Good hire, dumb questions.||
This may seem obvious, but doesn't a graduate assistant have to meet entrance requirements to be a graduate student at the institution they take the position with? I'm pretty sure this is correct, but not positive.
Q1: With that in mind, how do we find out what graduate program the GAs are a part of?
Q2: Also, can a school lower its entrance requirements to let someone in as a GA that would not otherwise qualify academically?
Q3: Are GAs required to carry a certain courseload, and is their tenure time-limited (i.e., must graduate within X years for an Y year graduate degree, where X>Y)?
(I recognize that much/all of this may not apply to Al Netter, who is an NU graduate and may well have qualified for admission w/o the GA assistant role. It's more of a general question to the board.)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Appearance of impropriety.||
I agree, but the problem is that things can happen outside of Harbaugh's control that would give the appearance of impropriety. So long as we have the 13th Amendment (and I'm strongly in favor of it - no politics rule be damned!), people can leave their job with little notice and at inopportune times.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Gwen Bush Hire||
I agree that the Gwen Bush hire should not raise too many eyebrows. I don't think many coaches will be creating positions so that they can get a one-year player, and I get the sense that Harbaugh demands excellence from anyone he works with. She's not getting the job if she can't do it, and Coach Harbaugh's not creating the job unless it adds value (apart from grad transfer value).
The tweet about the "wicked web we weave" is not one I'm a huge fan of, because we don't know the facts of the situation down at OSU. (A helluvalot of smoke, though.) But it's just part of Coach Harbaugh's personality, and from what I hear it's the only one he's got.
Thanks for posting - and I love the questionnaire idea.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||CA is the most represented state?||
That's surprising to me (based on dated impressions from a few years back). I would have put a lot of money on a NY-NJ perfecta.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Journalism Ethics||
I don't know much about that part of journalistic ethics - i.e., is a reporter obligated to break news when he knows that news may have a ripple effect?
I do know that the beat writer may have saved his or her own life by being complicit in (alleged) cover-up the RB Coach's exit. Think of some of the crap Herbstreit went through simply for doing his job.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Cecil Newton||
I wonder if they'll let Cecil Newton use that for revivalist meetings when no games are being played?
(Also, that's almost as much square footage as Reggie Bush's parents' old place.)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Not a bad decision.||
The Avs were winning two-thirds of the faceoffs, and they weren't getting good shots off against Mrazek, so why not try pulling the goalie? I wonder why teams don't do this more often. And I don't even like Roy, although I respect the guy's career.
In hindsight it may look like a mistake, but with the data he had, I don't fault him for the decision. Not all gambles pay off, but it wasn't a bad gamble in my eyes.
(Great game, btw. Reminded me of the rivarly from 20 years ago at points.)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||¿Se habla inglés?||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Peter Klima's Comment||
I wasn't even responding to Peter (Petr?) Klima's comment - I thought his initial comment was a throwaway joke and relatively benign. It was the subsquent piling on that you allude to that drove me to comment.
I think we forget that some of these 17-18 year-old kids have good advisors telling them how to respond to the media, and some of them have advisors who are not so good or no advisor at all. So if Weber said some things to save face (or admitted that he was aware of respective depth charts), I'm inclined to cut him a break and wish him well.* He may not have gotten the advice he should have w/r/t talking to the media and using social media.
*Except in November. I don't wish him well at all in November.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Could we not do this?||
Weber made a decision to go to OSU after a lot of thought and a coaching transition. While we may not agree with his decision, I think we can respect it.
Now I hope Weber regrets his decision profoundly each November.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You don't want to listen to Wojo's ass talk?||
How do you think he feels? From what I hear, when your ass talks it can lead to big problems. It's amusing when it starts off, but then things can go awry:
(I kid WH, of course. I know he's talking about Caputo's stupid ass. Caputo may, in fact, be the guy Burroughs wrote about.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It has happened a lot.||
Especially before 1972.
(More recently? I'm not so sure.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Well-Stocked Cupboard||
With today's additions, that looks like a really well-stocked cupboard. Much better than most coaches inherit when they take over a program that's in recovery-mode.
I'll be watching next season with an enthusiasm previously unknown to mankind. (Or at least with a keen interest.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Good luck to Coach Hoke||
And to Hell with Notre Dame.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks OP||
These NSD update threads are great - I appreciate you taking the laboring oar here.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Just between us.||
Confidentially, is your boss Roger Goodell?
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Tip o' the hat to the recruits.||
Whether it's due to them being good kids (my guess), or well-advised (probably a bit of that, too), this group of recruits seemed very forthright on the process. In years past, we'd see kids who had no chance of a B1G offer answer the "why not UM/MSU?" question with nonsense. Several talked negatively about schools that they had no realistic chance of attending - whether due to grades or ability - but did not own the fact that they did not get a B1G offer. (Full disclosure - neither did I.)
This year's group was positive and forthright. A lot of honest "well, they (UM/MSU) did not offer" answers. Best of luck to each of these kids as individuals, and to their teams to the extent such teams are not based in E. Lansing or Columbus.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The Real Story of Cumong Man||
Cumong Man provides an evolutionary link between Australopithecus and Neanderthal Man. Has a very thick skull, can use some tools, capable of speech, but is unable to think through an argument.
Potentially related to Piltdown Man.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Remember the ESPN Hockey Ads?||
A network (ESPN I think) had an ad campaign about ten years ago that had a catchline of "Golf would be better if ... it was hockey" and similar clips. You'd have a player about to putt before a hushed gallery, and suddenly an opponent would cross-check the player with a putter to the roar of the gallery.
It seems that FSN Nashville is expanding this to the next level: "Hockey would be better if ... it was porn." Curious how that campaign will work out for them.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Might want to set down that shovel ... .||
When you write bilge like "they're OBVIOUSLY products of their ethos" you (in addition to begging the question - petitio principii style) still paint an entire economic class with a single broad brush. That has nothing to do with a lack of PC grace. It has to do with a stunning combination of ignorance and arrogance.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Pre-7 a.m. Posbang||
That's a bit early by my lights. But
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks to you and those above you here.||
It makes sense that local Bergen County coaches might not like him if he recruited other schools' players to Paramus in the past. It also seems short-sighted, but that's easy to say from afar.
I think the future tense is what threw me off, along with no knowledge of the h.s. recruiting background.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Question.||
I'm trying to figure out what that means. I get the "well done" is sarcasm, but I cannot glean from this what the NJ h.s. coaches' concern is.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Problematic.||
"Son, if you keep drooling on your letter of intent, it's going to keep gumming up the fax machine and smearing your signature. Let's try it again - Giselle, hand him another LOI please."
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Bad Analysis||
Using Pete Carroll's experience in CA as a basis underscores the flaws in Maisel's analysis. It matters quite a bit if you are in a talent-rich state where h.s. football is king. TX, CA, OH and a few other states have ample-enough talent to supply the in-state universities with great rosters. USC doesn't need to go out of CA too many times to build a power.
And in some states, like Louisiana, there is sufficient talent to mostly stock one program but not much more. So recruiting local there works well. But most states have to draw some from TX, CA, OH and some other states (e.g., PA or NJ for B1G schools) to fill their rosters.
The bottom line is that there are many dynamics at play here.