Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
|2 hours 43 min ago||Lower left corner of the picture||
Looks like they'll be lucky to take a couple steps to the ball on a corner kick.
|3 hours 56 min ago||Less than stellar teams in the postseason||
Out of curiousity, other then maybe the Minnesota Twins, who are the less than stellar teams they've lost to in the postseason?
|1 day 3 hours ago||Yeah||
I didn't think the defense was that good last year. Of the 3 years under Hoke/Mattison I thought last years was the weakest.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Yeah||
Agree. The general consensus seemed to be soft and undersized.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Time from coaches||
Seeing as how UM has had guys orally commit and then change their mind and vice versa (see the DB that had orally committed to Florida), does the amount of attention that a recruit gets from coaches really decrease once they orally commit? Especially if signing day for that recruit is 12+ months in the future.
|1 day 7 hours ago||The oline had||
|1 day 7 hours ago||That's the kicker||
If the defense was god awful, it'd be kind of hard to correlate Lewan's ability as a leader and possibly his affect on chemistry as a possible reason for that unit's failure. Like we all know though, the oline was an absolute tire fire last year. How much of an affect Lewan had on that unit's ability to grow and get better, we'll probably never know.
|1 day 7 hours ago||ND???||
Did they start the 2012 season unranked?
|1 day 8 hours ago||Hot seat||
I don't think Hoke's seat is hot, but I do think it is warm.
|1 day 8 hours ago||More for the oline too||
You make a call in the huddle and get to the line and the oline starts making calls to figure out what their blocking assignments are going to be. Gardner changes the play and that also might require the oline to change their blocking assignments. For a line that most people feel is young and inexperienced, it's another item that gets thrown on their plate too.
|1 day 9 hours ago||#4||
I'd also add maybe a 4b - the blocking by the tight ends wasn't very good either. As much as we all want to see the Oline improve, I'm hoping that there is also improvement from the tight end(s) when it comes to blocking as well.
|1 day 9 hours ago||2011||
Agree and think you make some good points. The other catch with 2011 is David Molk at center.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Hawaii Bowl||
UM didn't play their bowl game in Hawaii, that was a regular season game. They played in the Citrus Bowl after the 1998 season.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I'm guessing||
your thinking Northwestern 2000. He also put it on the ground late in the 2000 Orange Bowl inside the Alabama 5. I remember the 2000 Illinois game too - except the refs blew the call and UM got to keep the ball.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Why grass?||
Who makes the call to put the grass down?
There was a game at Seattle's stadium recently that involved an international team and they didn't put grass down.
|2 days 3 hours ago||New rule??||
In '94 when the US hosted both the Rose Bowl and Stanford Stadium hosted games and neither of those stadiums had seat backs.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Yeah||
I would like to think that even if UM plays bad Miami and App St should be wins. I don't think UM can lay an egg against Utah and except to come out with a W though.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Hopefully just the good||
Love me some A-train but he had a habit of putting the ball on the ground at inopportune times.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Southern California||
doesn't have that much humidity. Alabama, heck yes.
|3 days 7 hours ago||It might mean||
for lack of a better term, the players execute/make plays. Once the play starts, they make the correct reads and react correctly to what the offense is doing.
|3 days 7 hours ago||DT and SDE||
With the way most coaches seem to rotate those positions, won't most of those guys probably being seeing the field? They might be fighting over who gets the majority of snaps, but the loser(s) probably isn't going to be relagated to the bench are they?
|3 days 7 hours ago||Great returns||
My memory is probably fuzzy but other then the return that was called back against OSU, I don't remember any other great returns getting nullified by penalty.
Put me in the catagory of never seeing what the hype about Norfleet as a returner was/is too.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Other factors too||
While the transition of the underclassmen to upperclassmen probably played a big role there were a few other factors going on as well.
Jake Long missed most of the 2005 season due to injury. He was arguably UM's best oline at the time. In addition, English was in his first year as DC in 2006.
2010 to 2011 was a complete overall of the coaching staff.
|3 days 8 hours ago||True but||
you usually don't want to be flip flopping centers do you? I understand guards and tackles sometimes shifting when an injury occurs but wouldn't you usually only move your center to tackle and someone new to center as a last resort?
|4 days 2 hours ago||Not sure||
how it all went down, but that is similiar to what Carr used to do. He never really 'fired' anyone, they were encouraged to seek employment somewhere else.
|4 days 7 hours ago||It's tough||
because you are only allowed a limited number of coaches.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Non-conference slate||
I'm pretty sure Appy St was scheduled under Brandon's watch.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Interesting point||
This has been discussed in previous threads but how much of this revenue that the schools generate is due to the name on the front of the jersey vs the name on the back of the jersey?
|1 week 2 hours ago||You don't think||
Harvard, MIT, Univeristy of Chicago, etc. are doing just fine without having 'robust and profitable' sports to prop up their donations?
Northwestern didn't just become a top notch academic institution when it's football team started to have success.
|1 week 2 hours ago||The thing I wonder about||
with what you mention is will there just be a separate division for football (the schools that can afford to raise the compensation for the football team), or could this separation of 50-60 schools from the rest affect other sports too? Would March Madness as we know it come to an end? Would Big Ten hockey be isolated and on an island of it's own? Of the 'Big 6' confernces the Big Ten is the only one that has D1 hockey teams.
|1 week 1 day ago||DL||
As long as the UM dline doesn't look like a JV unit when compared to OSU's, I don't care how fast or athletic they are.
|1 week 1 day ago||Mike White||
Illinois head coach is next to Hayden Fry.
|1 week 1 day ago||Even if||
the 20-30K is an exageration it's probably not like someone heard they were 2-3K below capacity and through word of mouth/the grapevine it worked it's way up to 20-30K. You'd have to figure even with possible exageration, there is still a huge allotment of tickets available for Appy St.
|1 week 1 day ago||Gardner and Gallon||
actually put up huge numbers in the passing game last year. It just gets forgotten cause the running game was so awful.
|1 week 3 days ago||What's your definition||
of 'a significant time in the minors'?
|1 week 3 days ago||NCAA baseball||
Actually puts a lot more players in the pros then once in a decade type circumstances. Sure a lot of people go straight from high school to the minors or from a foreign country to the minors but there are a lot of players who played NCAA baseball that go on to successful MLB careers: Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Barry Larkin, Jason Giambi, Mike Schmidt, Jeff Kent, Will Clark, Rafael Palmero, Fred Lynn, Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Mike Mussina, Tim Hudson, Todd Helton, Albert Belle, Ryan Braun, Lance Berkman, Jason Varitek.
|1 week 3 days ago||Depends||
There might be a huge difference between the S&C program he had in high school and the one he has at UM. If so, it wouldn't be hard for him to put on a decent amount of good weight.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I wonder||
if they are looking into what the costs associated with an MLS game are. My daughter plays soccer so we usually hit one or two of the local MLS games a year. One thing I like is the MLS games are easily one of the more affordable sporting events that my family and I attend.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ohio State||
While the defensive backfield might be green, a rock solid to possibly dominant dline could cover up a lot of deficencies there.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Free||
You think the season ticket holders that go are going to be given free popcorn, parking, drinks, etc.? I could be wrong but I'm guessing while entrance to the Big House is free, the associated items won't be - parking, concessions, etc.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This picture||
never gets old.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||2nd Rose Bowl win||
UM won some bowl games between the '81 and '89 Rose Bowls.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Hutchinson||
In 1997 (redshirt freshmen - the year you say he was a liability) he was 1st team all big ten by the media and 2nd team all big ten by the coaches.
In 1998 (redshirt soph - the year you say he was just competent) he was 1st team all big ten by both the media and coaches.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Your last sentence||
If a team is losing in the 4th quarter, especially by 2 scores or more, the odds are they are going to start throwing the ball more and reduce the amount of times they run ball.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Yeah, unfortunately||
I and others went into 2013 thinking the oline couldn't be worse then it was in 2012.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Jerry Hanlon||
Why doesn't Hoke give Jerry Hanlon a call and ask him if he wants to be a part time consultant for 20-30 hours a week????
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Uggggh||
"Brady [Hoke] needs to win," Schlabach said. "The problem is, Urban [Meyer] has turned OSU into a juggernaut and now Dantonio has built a really good program at Michigan State."
I thought Tressell pretty much had established OSU as a juggernaut. They just had a hicup when Fickell had to be head coach for a year, Pryor bolted for the pros and freshmen Braxton Miller had to play QB.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||One of the questions I have||
is does this give the players an incentive to not take classes or take the very minimum number of classes while they are playing?
What's the point of taking a full load or attempting to get your degree in 4-5 years if you know once your eligibility is up you can then focus on the academic side of things.
Or is this mainly geared to the players that leave early to try and play professional sports? If you're at the school for 5 years and do not get your degree, that's your fault - no more free ride for you. If you are at the school for 3 years, and turn pro, when that is over you can come back and try to get your degree.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Colorado sucks||
CU hasn't had a winning record since 2005. Since then they've gone: 2-10, 6-7, 5-7, 3-9, 5-7, 3-10, 1-11, 4-8. They hired a new coach in 2013 so it'll be interesting to see if they can turn it around, but right now, the only thing attractive about that game is the name.
Central Florida could be interesting, but I'm curious how they are going to do without Bortles.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Hockey||
Should hockey just go to shootouts after one overtime?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Night games||
I think there are a couple things that come into play:
1) The weather in the south is usually still very hot and humid in September. It's probably much more appealing to the fans and players to have a good amount of the September games played in the evening then during the afternoon. The Arizona schools as well as USC/UCLA I believe also play a good amount of their home games early in the year at night because of this.
2) TV. Most, if not all, of the starting times for games these days are set by TV. It's probably not to hard for Brandon to convince ABC/ESPN to put the ND game in the prime time slot. Considering how weak the Big Ten's reputation nationally has been lately and how weak UM's non-conference slate has been other then ND, it'd probably take a pretty good argument by Brandon to get one of the other non-conference games or games against a lower level Big Ten opponent on ESPN in prime time. That being said it does seem that UM plays a fair amount of away games at night.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||PSU rush defense last year||
"I'm sort of stunned there are any metrics whereby Penn State qualified as having a "good" rush defense last year." - You must not have watched the UM-PSU game last year.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||question||
If a player were to get 2 yellow's in the semi-finals, is he out for the finals?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||2 minute drill||
Hoke has definitely made some good/gutsy calls with fakes and going for it on 4th down, but the 2 minute drill continues to be sore spot. It's almost like they don't practice it and I know that has to be false.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Young guys||
Most teams have some youth. The UM defense is going to have a lot of experience this year. Guys who will be seeing significant action for the 3rd year in a row - Taylor, Ryan, Bolden, Morgan, Countess (not in a row but has started 2 years), Beyer and Clark.
Guys who are going to be in their 3rd year in the program and have seen a good amount of playing time already - Glasgow, Wilson, Ross, Henry, Pipkins, Ojemudia, and Wormley
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Defense and Penn St||
Take a look at the second half drive chart for PSU. After the first two possessions in the second half where the UM defense created two turnovers, they fell apart. Every possession PSU had after that was a 50+ yd drive. They scored on all but one - a missed FG.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Dline||
I think this is the key to the defense. The back 7 has a good amount of experience. Part of the problem last year imo (and really the last couple of years) with the db's was the lack of pressure from the dline and/or 3 man rushes. Any decent QB, if given the time, is going to find an open receiver. To often it seemed the opposing QB all the time in the world and eventually find an open receiver.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Porta potties||
will be placed throughout the stadium for those that don't feel like paying for the privilege of going to the restrooms that have plumbing.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm guessing||
that most Nebraska fans look upon the Callahan years as a disaster, maybe not to the extent that some UM fans view the RR years. Nebraska had a coach come in and attempt to do a 180 with the program - move it from a run oriented offense to a pro style passing offense.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Coaching changes||
Agree on Wisky being more successful than Iowa while probably doing something very similiar. I'm wondering if the chose Iowa because Ferentz has been the constant at Iowa now for a long time whereas Wisky has had 3 coaches in the last 10 years.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Question||
First, good post. We have a daughter who is 11 and what you say about the rec and travel/competitive soccer in the US is spot on.
Question though - if the kids from lower income families cannot afford to have their children plays competitive/travel soccer, how do the children from the lower income families in other countries afford to send their children to the soccer academies?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Sold Out||
I'm pretty sure there have been games since that were not sold out. UM doesn't trumpet any kind of consecutive sell out streak,. They hang their hat on consecutive games with over 100,000 in attendance.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Portugal||
I too thought it was pretty interesting how little Portugal seemed to celebrate the tying goal. They were less then a minute away from being eliminated from the knockout stage. You'd think they would have been thrilled to keep their slim hopes alive, but there was very little emotion. Renaldo walked off the field immediately after the final whistle blew and just by looking at him, you would have thought they had been eliminated from the knockout stage.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That would||
negate just about any chance of Portugal being offsides in a counter situation. Renaldo could cheat all he wanted down the field.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||yellow card question||
If Jones gets a yellow against Germany, should the US advance is he out of the first game in the knockout stage?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Ghana||
Pretty sure the US beat Ghana so Ghana only has 1 point. Aren't they also a -1 with GD?
Nevermind: reread the post and saw 'should've been'.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
I would say dirt cheap tickets will be available for all 3 non-conference games.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Well||
he thinks the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor too.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Bunting:Funchess||
It'll be interesting to see how that unfolds. I think part of the reason for the Funchess move to more of a wr role was two fold. One, Butt emerged and it allowed the coaches to move Funchess there, and two, outside of Gallon there really weren't any other play makers at the wr position. If some of these younger wide receivers (Darboh, Chesson, Harris, etc) develop into legit playmakers, it reduce the need to have Bunting move into a Funchess role. Depth at TE is still a little lean imo. Heading into the fall you're looking at Williams, Butt and a bunch of guys who have never played.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Hey Ace||
Does the 247 composite have an averagestar ranking per class composite?
When looking at a rivals or scout, I usually focus more attention on what the average star ranking of a class is rather then the overall ranking because as you mention with Wisky and Nebraska, the amount of recruits can influence where a team is ranked.
Looking at rivals 2014 team rankings, they have UM 31st but if you look at the average ranking of the recruit UM is in the Top 15.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Butt-esqe impact as a freshmen||
Maybe Clark has that kind of impact, but Butt had a couple things working in his favor. The first is Butt enrolled early. Butt had spring ball to learn the offense and show the coaches what he could do. The second thing in Butt's favor was the depth chart at TE was pretty lean. For the most part he had Williams and Funchess ahead of him.
Funchess moving to more of a wr role was partly because Butt showed he could play and the coaches wanted to get him on the field and move Funchess to more of a wr role. When Clark is a true frosh, the depth chart will be Williams as a Sr, Butt as a Jr - two guys who will have seen significant playing time and in Butt's case, I think most of us are figuring on him being a stud. In addition, Bunting will be in his second year in the program.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The catch is||
though they want a big boy conference. Football is indpendent but I believe the rest of their sports compete in the West Coast Conference.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||The Dutch||
making sure that if goal differential comes into play down the road, they should win that battle.
|7 weeks 5 hours ago||Paid for their likeness||
Are you talking about the players taking part in televised games or more along the lines of their likeness being used in video games, etc.?
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Year older???||
A redshirt sophomore is the same as a Junior age wise. They're both in their 3rd year.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Pitino's UK teams||
Did Pitino put a lot of players in the NBA at UK? Other then Mashburn how guys went on to do much in the NBA?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Golson||
Taken from the linked article:
As for the Irish, senior Everett Golson is likely to lead Notre Dame in 2014, but the Irish's quarterback situation looks rather tenuous beyond this upcoming season. Landing Barnett would have helped secure the position for the foreseeable future, but now Kelly has more work ahead of him on the recruiting front.
Is this Golsn's last year of eligibility?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Similiar to 2013||
In 2013 UM had the following guys on the first or second team all big ten (looking only at DB's, LB's, dline and pass catchers):
Coaches: Gallon, Funchess, Clark and Countess were all second team.
Media: Funchess and Countess were both first team. Gallon was second team.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Covering the TE in the passing game||
Does this now mean that Ross will have more responsibilities in the passing game (covering the TE down the middle)? That was more Morgan's responsibility in the 'under', no?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Football only||
is what would be interesting because I'm guessing there are some schools who do quite well in revenues with their basketball team. Football only though might allow March Madness, the NCAA Hockey Tournament, Baseball tourney, etc. to continue to exist in their current formats.
If you do include the basketball programs, then you probably end up with a complete separation of the Big 5 conferences and everyone else with almost all sports.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe||
he was running molasses into Canada with Hoke's dad!!!!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||To be fair||
I like our chances against KState a lot better if DG had been the QB.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Direction it's going||
I think a lot of recruits, especially rb's, want to see what direction the oline and UM are going. These kids are 16 or 17 years old and they see a UM program that has gone: 7-6, 8-5, 11-2, 7-6, 5-7 and 3-9 and over those years have had exactly one running back rush for over 1000 yds in a season - Fitz in 2011.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Especially when||
the oline has been awful the last 2 seasons and the production from the running backs is almost non-existent. If I was a high level rb recruit, UM wouldn't be very high on my list either.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Agree for the most part but||
one could argue that DB hiring Hoke is contributing to the lack of winning and excitement.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Boise St||
MSU starts a home and home with Oregon this year. They also had a home and home set up with Alabama after the Oregon one ended, but the Bama one was cancelled.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Arizona and Stanford||
are in the Pac-12 so I doubt they would be interested in adding Utah to the schedule if they aren't scheduled to play them during conference play.
Are UCF and UConn going to be in one of the 5 power conferences in 2016? Those 5 conferences are Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC and SEC, right?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Tennessee||
Pretty sure the Volunteers did a home and home with ND not that long ago.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Season tickets||
You might be right that things might not be as bad as they seem, but it could also be they've exhausted every avenue they know of to try and sell season tickets and are now hoping they can increase sales through multi game packs.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||UCF||
interested to see how they transition into the post Bortles era. I think they've got a decent team but I'm wondering if they caught lightning in a bottle with him.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Colorado hasn't gone to a bowl game||
since something like the 2006 season. Maybe their new coach (heading into his 2nd year) will have them better in a couple years but they've been awful for about the last 4-5 years.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Until signing day arrives||
and the recruit puts his signature on paper, that's all it is. Nothing is official until the recruit signs the LOI and sends it to the school.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||7-5||
even with a win against OSU or MSU is real iffy. You figure that would be 1-2 against the rivals and 6-3 against the rest of the schedule (App St, Miami (OH), Utah, Minny, Rutgers, PSU, Inidiana, Maryland and Northwestern). I miss the old days when the rest of the schedule should be 8 wins and possibly a tough game against PSU.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Final partners meeting||
Agree that it seemed rushed and what little dissension was resolved so quickly and easily. While I realize there's a lot of money at stake, Bert Cooper had commented to Don in one of the earlier episodes that the company was doing just fine without him. I'm sure the partners were making good money. Maybe not the one time financial windfall about to come to them from giving up controlling interest, but good money nonetheless. I thought Harry Hamlin's character would have put up more resistance since it seems his main goal this half season has been to rid the agency of Don. Maybe though he saw with Joan only thinking about dollars and Ted on the verge of leaving, his battle to get rid of Don was going to be a lot tougher.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The one thing||
that I thought was going to happen, didn't happen. I figured after Peggy, Don and Pete completely redid the Burger Chef presentation without Lou's knowledge or consent Lou's reaction and the obvious rift between him and the rest of the team was going to be one of the storylines.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||In 1999||
Henson replaced Brady for a couple series every game.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||2002 team||
might be a little low. They went 10-3 and the 3 losses were to teams that finished in the Top 20. 2 pt loss @ND (don't remember much of that game). A bad loss to Iowa, who went 11-2, 8-0 in the Big Ten and finished the year ranked 8th. A 14-9 loss to OSU where UM moved the ball pretty well between the 20's but had to settle for FG's.
UM finished the year ranked 9th in both polls.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||2001||
I always shake my head when thinking about this season and wonder what they would have done had Henson been the QB. 11-0 with a berth in the BCS title game doesn't seem to farfetched to me.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||D3||
also only plays 10 regular season games and I don't believe they have conference championship games.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Denard's first year||
he was a back up behind Forcier.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Competition||
I wouldn't say there was that much competition at the QB spot after Brady left. In 2000, QB was Henson's job. Navarre just filled in while Henson was hurt. There might have been a little competition in 2001 but Navarre was the QB for pretty much the entire season. 2002 and 2003 was all Navarre. So much so that I think they moved the back QB in 2001 (Gonzales) to wr in either 2002 or 2003.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
He was pretty highly rated recruit as well.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Even deeper||
Depending on what the ailment is would it be possible to prove that the ailment is due to what happened to the player in college? Could it also be possible that the cummulative wear and tear of middle school and high school football (as well as pro if the player made it that far) are contributing factors?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Groups of 10 or more||
I'm guessing this means that all 10 and possibly more of you would be seated together. If so, there be boatloads of tickets available in certain sections.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Late first round||
The other good thing about going late in the first round is it's usually to a good team. He wouldn't be expected to come in and light the place on fire. Instead he'd be coming off the bench and hopefully going the team 10-15 good minutes a game.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Barnes might be old but||
the reason he's stuck in the NBA for so long is because he's a really good defender. It's not because he's that much of an offensive threat.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||College career||
I don't know if the fact that UM never won big with him was really much of his fault. I think more of it had to do with the coaching and injuries. His freshmen year they went 9-3 and won the Big Ten. Lost at ND in his second or third game when the UM offense went ultra conservative. Perfect example: 1st and goal inside the ND 10 right before half and UM runs the 3 times and ends up kicking a FG. Lost at OSU. UM jumps out to a 14-7 lead after marching down the field twice with the running game and short passes. OSU switches up their defense by crowding the line of scrimmage and calling more blitzes. UM's offense doesn't adjust until they were down 27-14 in the second half. The other loss was to Texas in the Rose Bowl and Henne actually played really good.
His sophomore year was marred by injuries to the team - most notably Jake Long missing most of the season.
His junior year they went 11-2. Not sure you can put to much blame on Henne for that loss. They then lost to USC in Rose Bowl when the UM didn't abandon their conservative offense until they were down 2 TD's in the second half.
Henne was injured a good part of his senior year.
|11 weeks 4 hours ago||In the grand scheme of things||
he's getting ready to enter his 7th season in the NFL (some have been as a starter, some as a backup). That's pretty darn good. There's probably way more QB's that spend less then 7 years in the NFL than QB's who spend 7 or more seasons in the NFL.
Is he a franchise QB? Not even close but there are only a handful of those anyway and the list of franchise QB's doesn't change much from year to year.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Who knew||
that ND-Purdue was/is the premier rivalry in football between ND and the big ten teams????
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Bagmen||
Has Boise St not heard of this term???
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Wisky running backs||
that theory has been thrown around in the last few years regarding running backs from Wisconsin not really setting the world on fire in the NFL.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I could be wrong||
but I thought I remember reading that Warren wasn't to fond of his defensive coaches (ie - he wasn't that happy playing football at UM).
|11 weeks 3 days ago||4 new oline starters||
Unfortunately we're not playing OSU in September. While I'm not expecting their oline to be as good as what they had last year, they have 11 games to improve and gain experience.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||UM beating OSU||
While UM is only 1-2 against OSU under Hoke, the losses are by 5 points and 1 point. In neither of those losses woudl I say OSU dominated in all facets of the game. While the overall performance of the two teams differs quite a bit over the last 2 seasons, UM has played very well against OSU. That doesn't mean I think they are a shoo-in to beat the buckeyes in Columbus this year, I'm not counting them out either though.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
This pairing immediately came to my mind.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||BTN||
I think you hit on a big point. It wasn't that long ago when a handful of games every year weren't on TV and you knew the only way to see the game was to be in the stadium. Now most of those non-televised games were the 'crappy' opponents. With BTN, every game is on TV.
Add in that for a lot of games the ticket price on the secondary market is substantially lower then the face value + PSD, and it's a lot cheaper to go to a few games a year then buy season tickets throug the AD.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||In addition||
it'd be interesting to see the breakdown of ticket sales to see how many our true season tickets (purchased season ticket package for all games), how many are package deals (if you want to do purchase OSU game tickets you also need to purchase tickets to 2 or 3 other home games, can't remember the details of that) and single game tickets.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||wait list in the 80's||
What years are you referencing the long wait list for season tickets in the 80's?
My dad and I purchased tickets through the Athletic Department for the Michigan-Kansas basketball game in 1985. We had purchased the tickets I think in the fall of '84. In the spring of '85 they sent us the order form for Michigan football tickets. We figured we'd put in a request for season tickets thinking there's no way we'd get them. We were wrong. We ended up getting season tickets for the football season. No donation and our names had never been on any wait list.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah||
In addition with UConn, their guards were extremely solid defending the perimeter and preventing their men from penetrating off the dribble.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Ditto||
When I saw the title I thought this was going to be about the football team.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Improvement||
Agree 100%. While I definitely want to see this team to succeed when it comes to the W-L record, I definitely want to see a team that looks a lot better in November than they did in the beginning of September. The 2013 team didn't really appear to be a better team in November then they were in early September.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
Signing day is still 9 months away. As has been mentioned in numerous other threads, how UM performs this fall will probably have a big impact on the recruiting class. If UM falters, some of these verbals might start looking around.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
those games you mention are either evening or weekend games. With the tourney you'll have games starting at lunchtime on Thursday and Friday.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Urban and OSU||
I think this is a tough comparison. Fickel was an interim coach and unless he set the world on fire there was no way the interim tag was coming off. Urban wasn't coaching either. He was announcing. He had to take himself off the OSU-UM telecast because he was taking the OSU job and if you believe what you read/hear Fickel was actually a proponent of Meyer being the head coach.
By no means am I giving Brandon a pass, because he messed up. RR probably should have been the week after the OSU game, but the stars alligned and Meyer fell into OSU's lap.
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||LOL||
Perfect read for a Friday.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||At the same time though||
these young guys need practice in game like situations. This isn't college basketball where you play 1-2 exhibtions and then 10-13 non-conference games to get your fet wet before conference play. I understand they need reps but they're going to get reps in a scrimmage too.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Peppers on offense||
I realize this kid has tons of athleticism but asking a true frosh, who's NOT an early enrollee, to come into fall camp and start trying to learn both offensive and defensive formations as well as terminology seems like you're putting a huge load on his shoulders.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Running back||
I'd love to hear what Fred Jackson would have to say about Pepper's abilities at rb.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Any doubt??||
The oline is the doubt I have about him being a dynamic rb.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||ugh||
Florida plays Florida St every year. LSU has played Oregon recently and starts a home and home with Wisconsin. LSU also has a future home and home with UCLA. South Carolina plays Clemson every year. Georgia plays Clemson a decent amount. Tennesse has done a home and home with Oregon and is going to start a home and home with Oklahoma this year. Texas A&M has home and home's coming up with UCLA and Oregon and a one off with Arizona St. Alabama plays Wisconsin in 2 years.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Kentucky||
Don't they pretty much play Louisville every year?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Clunkers||
The schools you mention all play one, if not more, teams from a power conference just about every year. This ruling isn't going to affect them.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||Yeah||
The OSU players who were involved in tatgate didn't even get suspended a year.
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||Does the penalty seem really harsh?||
Yes. Did Mitch make a bad decision? Yes.
I played Division III basketball and everyone knew if we make the NCAA tourney there's a chance we could get drug tested. So those of us who dabbled in the ganja knew that come February, we had to stop until the season was over.
I agree that a one year ban for a first time offense is a joke, but there's no way Mitch didn't know an NCAA drug test could be coming if UM made the NCAA tourney.
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||To some extent||
it might help, but there'll always be bagmen giving players under the table benefits.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Missing class because of travel||
In terms of football, as long as your team is playing all their games on Saturday's, I don't think you're missing that much time. At a school like UM, where you play 7-8 home games every year, you're probably only missing 4-5 Friday's. If you're one of the schools that play a lot of games during the week days, then yeah, you probably are missing a good bit of class time.
College basketball players do miss a lot of time do to travel - especially when you start taking into account the pre and post season tourney's.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Bingo||
Sure face value may say X dollars depending on the game, but when you factor in the cost of the PSL, it's X+PSL for every game. Since ticket price varies per game and cost of the PSL varies too, it's hard to say what the average price is anymore but I'm guessing anyone who buys season tickets is probably shelling out a minimum of $100/ticket/game.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Florida||
is another good example of a team that is having attendance issues.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Carr||
was no where near Holtz when it comes to being a cheat and breaking ncaa rules either.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
I posted that question to a similiar post in a thread about a week ago. If you're predicting 7-5 or 8-4 type season, I'm assuming most of those losses are to the rivals. I agree with alum96 about a lot of games being toss up's but if UM is winning 2 out of the 3 rivalry games, they better be looking at at least 9 wins.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Career ending injury||
I guess that brings up the question - if the career of these employees who play football is football, should they have to go to class and maintain a certain academic standing?
Also, I'm assuming the employees who play football could take out disability insurance.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Walk on's||
It's a good question because where is the line drawn? Your student managers and student athletic trainers play a role in helping the team perform at its highest level and produce income for the school. Do they receive some form of monetary compensation too?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
There are definitely a couple questions surrounding the defense heading into the fall but just about every team each year has a few question marks with each each side of the ball. With the amount of experience returning, this should be a very solid unit (assuming of course the question marks don't turn into huge liabilities).
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Not to nit pick||
Agree with you premise about the offense being so young but were Williams is going to be an upperclassmen and with Butt hurt, I'm guessing Williams is the starting TE to start the season. As crazy as it might sound, if Norfleet plays the slot he's going to be an upperclassmen too.
Off the top of my head the only team I can think that might have had that many underclassmen start would be USC a couple years ago. I think going into Barkley's senior they returned all 11 starters on offense.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||In the NBA||
6'9" guys who can dribble and shoot are a dime a dozen. I'm not saying Randle is going to be a flop but that type of player is all over the NBA.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Sullinger||
Pretty sure red flags popped up during his physical for the draft, which is one of the reasons he fell to a late first round pick.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Illinois||
the Kurt Kitner teams weren't bad and they stuck a dagger in UM's heart in 1999. UM was up 27-7 in the second half and let Illinois come back and win.
Illinois actually went to more BCS bowls then Purdue. The Illini played in both the Sugar and Rose. Pretty sure Purdon't only made it to the Rose.
|15 weeks 1 hour ago||Can understand||
your line of thinking about Columbus since you are in the class of '16, but one of the most memorable UM-OSU games I attended was the '96 game in Columbus when UM won 13-9.
|15 weeks 2 hours ago||Hefty waiting list||
Pretty sure Brian posted last year that everyone who was on the waiting list had an opportunity to purchase tickets, ie - no more waiting list. As some of the posters who have been season tickets but decided not to renew have posted, they too have received emails indicating UM is extending the deadline to renew season tickets. That tells me the waiting list for season tickets is 0. If there were a waiting list the AD wouldn't be extending the deadline to renew season tickets, they'd just start offering the season tickets to the people on the waiting list.
|15 weeks 2 hours ago||Doubled against a rival||
Isn't Minny coming to Ann Arbor two years in a row?
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||Recent addition to Hoke's crew||
Actually, of all the assitant coaches at UM Funk has the second longest tenure coaching under Hoke. Only Smith has a longer tenure being an assistant for Hoke.
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||"hire better ones"||
Hiring better ones sounds easy but there were a lot of factors at play when Hoke was hired. If you believe some of the stories, Harbaugh was supposedly interested in the UM job but wanted to coach Stanford in the Orange Bowl. In the time between when Harbaugh and Brandon talked and Stanford played in the Orange Bowl, NFL teams started reaching out to Harbaugh and Jim went to the pros. I think most of us, maybe not all, would have been doing cartwheels if Harbaugh had been hired after RR.
On top of all that, one of the big criticisms with RR was he didn't get the 'Michigan Man' mantra and what that encompassed. I think Brandon knew that one of the challenges the new coach after RR was going to face was repairing the fractured fan base and understanding the whole 'Michigan Man' mantra. So if your Brandon do you look at possibly bringing in another 'outsider' and cross your fingers and pray to the lord this guy quickly gets and understands the 'Michigan Man' mantra as well as the history and traditions with the program? Or do you try to bring in someone with ties to UM?
Harbaugh definitely fit the bill as to regards with having ties to the program. Unfortunately, most of the other guys from Bo's coaching tree were either retired (McCartney, Moeller, Carr) or probably not going to repair the fractured state of the program, at least internally within the AD (Miles). The double whammy is when you look at Carr's coaching tree, you see almost nothing. Without googling on the internet, I'm guessing Hoke is one of the few guys, if not the only guy, under Carr who had some success coaching at other programs once he left UM.
On top of all that, rarely if ever do coaches leave a Top 10, 15, 20 program to go to another Top 10, 15, 20 program. Bama and OSU had Meyer and Saban fall into their laps. You look at the hires over the years at programs like OSU, Oklahoma, USC, Alabama, LSU, Texas, Notre Dame, etc., they aren't poaching guys from top notch programs. They're getting guys who had success at schools a little lower in the pecking order. If making a 'better hire' was easy none of the blue blooded programs would ever be down, but when you look around almost all of the blue blooded programs have had a down period at some point over the last 20 years.
I really hope Hoke gets the ship righted, but if he doesn't the coaching search for his replacement is going to be really interesting.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||We read that differently||
To me knowing how down Brian is on the current way college athletics are run, I read the 'at best' part as being applicable to the current model not the players having a brief pro career, 'at best the current model....'
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Super conference(s)||
I think when the day comes when players start getting paid/receiving a much larger stipend/etc. it won't be to much longer until the BCS conferences branch off into their own division.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Agree on the time commitment||
The NFL is 17 weeks and the announcers don't get a bye (and they might have to call the preseason games too). College is 12 games. In the NFL you have to be familiar with all the teams you're calling so I'd guess there's a decent amount of film the announcers need to watch each week. In DD's new role one team will be the same every week.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||What???||
"College has a lot of good effects for players even if they're not getting engineering degrees, and with most of them headed for brief pro careers at best the current model does a lot of good for a lot of people."
Are you saying that most of the division 1 athletes who play sports (say just basketball and football) go on to have some type of pro career in that respective sport?
I'm guessing that very, very few of the players at the 119 division 1 football schools go on to have any type of pro career in the NFL, CFL, etc.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Nuss and QB's||
New Mexico and Washington might actually be someone else's territory but that guy isn't going to be the one to watch the QB throw and then report back with what he thinks to Nuss. I'm guessing for a lot of college's the OC (especially if he's also the QB coach) handles a large portion, if not all, of the recruiting with the QB's.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Track record of Nuss||
I'm not saying the guy is chopped liver but what's his track record? Had some okay success as OC at Washington. Walked into a well oiled juggernaunt at Alabama and didn't screw it up.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||It's California||
that state is loaded with high school basketball talent. For the 2015 class they have 18 of the top 150 players on rivals. For the 2014 class they had 13 of the top 150 players on rivals and the year before that 10 of the top 150. Is their competition for those recruits? Sure but this isn't football. It's basketball. You grab one or two of those recruits every year and you're going to have a solid nucleus of talent.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Recruiting||
If the 2 and done rule comes to fruition, it'll probably spread the wealth around a bit in terms of the top talent. Kentucky being the most glaring example -Calipari won't be able to bring in 5-6 studs every year.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||8-4 with OSU and MSU wins||
I was thinking about this scenario yesterday when someone posted something similiar. While the victories against OSU and MSU would be great, the 4 losses though would be head scratchers. On paper the 2014 schedule isn't very daunting. Take out OSU and MSU and the remaining schedule is:
I can see @ ND as a loss but where are the other 3 losses? I realize this isn't the UM team that a lot of us grew up with but if they go 2-1 against the 3 rivals and end up with an 8-4 record, I don't know how good that really is. To me 8-4 should be the floor for this team - lose the 3 rivalry games and stub their toe somewhere else. You start talking about winning a game or two against the rivals and the victory total should be going up, not staying the same.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
GRIII is a guy who I could seeing wowing scouts at workouts. He's a great athlete and if his jumper is falling during workouts he could move up the board.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Top 4 ranking||
The four playoff teams are going to be chosen by a committee not by where they are ranked. I doubt the four playoff teams are going to be that much different then the teams at the top of the rankings but being ranked in the top 4 won't guarantee you a spot in the playoff.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Oklahoma||
The series with OSU was inked a few years ago. At that time I'm guessing UM was just looking for filler to schedule around ND.
Not sure when the Nebraska series was inked, but that used to be a HUGE rivalry.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Protection schemes||
Wouldn't they also vary a bit based upon the allignment of the defense?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||WR experience||
While UM doesn't have a Jeremy Gallon returning, I'd say the wr position is a fairly solid one. Funchess should hopefully be a stud. You have a guy in Chesson who saw a good bit of time last year. Canteen tore up spring ball and looks like he is going to see the field quite a bit come fall. Lastly, you have Darboh who before he got injured was supposedly ahead of Chesson.
I'm all for finding a way to get your play makers (in this case Peppers) the ball but it might be asking a lot of him to try to get both offensive and defensive assignments down in the fall.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Salary cap||
Pretty sure the Lakers are going to have lots of space under the salary cap when the season's over.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Back and forth||
I'm 45 and when I was growing up back and forth meant if OSU or UM won 2 in a row in the series it was huge. Bo's 3 game winning streak in the late 70's was the longest by either side that I recall seeing until Cooper arrived.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Lose a lot of offensively||
Are you saying starting Walton, Lavert, Robinson, McGary and Horford is poor offensive lineup? That looks pretty good to me. I'm sure Beilein would tweat the offense some to accomodate the lack of 3 point shooting from Mitch.
On top of that you bring Spike, Irvin and the younger guys off the bench, which is probably a better bench then most teams would have.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Running backs||
It'll be interesting to see how they use the running backs in the fall. Hoke wants to be able to pound the ball in the running game ala Alabama. Alabama usually rotates 3 running backs into games. Whether that is the Saban way and Nuss was just following his marching orders, we don't know yet. If that is something that Nuss brings to UM and Hoke is on board with it, the 4th string running back is just an injury away from possibly seeing the field.
Now some cavaets probably apply in that Alabama has been churning out solid olines and running backs for a few years now so when you're consistently pounding the other team for 4, 5, 8 yds a pop it's really nice to throw some fresh legs in the backfield. Also, there didn't seem to be much of a drop off between the Alabama running backs when they were subbed in and out. I'm sure having a really good oline opening up gaping holes helps in that regard.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Riley||
Only reason I knew that is I played high school ball in Ohio and he was the same grade as me - Class of '88.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Eric Riley||
redshirted the '88/'89 season so wouldn't he technically be a Bill Frieder recruit who went to the pros?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Mather/Oosterbaan and the NCAA tourney||
When Mather and Oosterbaan were the basketball coaches the NIT was the premier post season college basketball tourney not the NCAA tourney.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||NC State/Maryland - 1974||
I was born in 1970 so don't have many memories back then but I think the wave to expand the tournament was probably getting bigger. NC State and Maryland were considered two of the top teams, if not the top two teams, in the country in 1974 but only one could make the NCAA tourney. NC State defeated Maryland in the ACC title game so NC State made the tourney (and won it) while Maryland had to stay home.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, however||
Agree. As long as his dad was smart with the money, poor family finances probably won't be a reason for GRIII to make the jump. However, GRIII is a guy who I could see blowing up due to the individual workouts. He's a really good athlete and if his jumper is on during the pre-draft workouts, his stock could rise.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Non-conference slate||
Based upon what is already on the slate, most of the remaining non-conference games will be of the 'cupcake' variety. They already have 2 solid match-ups (Arizona and I'm guessing a high ranked team in the ACC) and 3 teams that will have be solid rpi teams in the Legends classic. There might be a game or two added against teams like Stanford, but most of the remaining non-conference schedule is going to be filler.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Running 2 bigs out there||
Having 2 bigs isn't necessarily a bad thing. The problem this year was that neither Horford, Morgan or Max have a 15-17 jumper. Ideally, at least one of your two big men can hit a 15-17 jumper. It prevents his defender from sagging off and clogging the middle and makes the pick and roll even more tough to defend cause the roll man can either roll to the basket or set up for the mid range jumper.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||2nd round picks||
Agree with a lot of what you're saying as long as you are a first round draft pick. I did some looking last week and there were 23 college players drafted in the second round of the 2013 NBA draft. 9 aren't in the NBA or D-league - didn't even make the team. Most of the other 14 have bounced between the NBA and the D-league.
|18 weeks 5 hours ago||Sullinger||
While he probably lost some money by staying in school a year longer, he might have ended up in a better situation. If you're going in the first ten picks, you're probably going to a team that isn't very good and a team (as well as fans) that is going to expect you to make significant contributions.
Sullinger fell and was drafted by Celtics - a veteran team with guys who could show Sullinger the ropes. Sullinger wasn't expected to come in and start and light up the nba. He got to come off the bench and learn from the veterans.
|18 weeks 6 hours ago||2nd round picks||
Looking at last years draft a lot of trhe 2nd round players aren't in the NBA. A quick look shows there were 23 college players drafted in the 2nd round last year. Of those, 9 have never played in the NBA - most of these are playing ovreseas. Of the remaining 14, most have bounced between the D League and the NBA. Those 14 probably have NBA contracts but if you're bouncing between the NBA and the D-League your long term prospects for an NBA career probably aren't looking good.
|18 weeks 20 hours ago||Sounds good until||
you get someone like Phil Knight head over to Oregon and ask the players if they want to do a quick commercial and photo shoot for Nike and get paid some serious cash. Word starts spreading that if you go to Oregon you're going to be making a nice chunk of change.
To me it opens up the pandora's box of rich boosters trying to out do those at another school to try and get the best recruits.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The catch is||
Brian sometimes attacks based upon whether you agree with the message he's trying to spread to the masses not the quality of the content. See the blow up with Space Coyote in the fall as a prime example.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Compensated in a fair manner for the talent they provide||
Well, that brings us back to the debate about whether the first string QB should be compensated more then the 3rd string punter?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||UM, MSU and OSU||
Agree, I don't think this will affect these schools, and others like them, much. The schools that are going to feel the cost of the extra benefits are going to be the mid majors - MAC, Mountain West, Conference USA, etc.
I'm in my early 40's and I wouldn't be surprised if during my lifetime there comes a time when you have the big boys (40-50, maybe 60 schools) in one division and your mid majors of today are in a different division when it comes to football.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||True but||
as WolvinLA2 posted somewhere else, while the players obviously had a lot to do with the increased success of Michigan basketball, how much of that success should be credited to John Beilein? Are those players coming to Michigan if Tommy Amaker is still the coach? If those players do come to Michigan and Amaker's the coach, does last year's team make the Final Four?
That's a lot of hyypothetical's but I don't think one can say that the increased success of the Michigan basketball team is solely due to the players.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||At what schools||
are the football programs generally cach cows? For most of the BCS schools, I'd agree.
Are the football programs at the MAC schools a cash factory? What about the Mountain West conference? Boise St probably is a yes.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe I'm wrong here||
but with regards to what the Northwestern players are doing, wouldn't Northwestern, not the NCAA, be the 'supervisor'?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The stipend||
that the players get on a monthly basis is about the only thing that hasn't gone up.
As food prices have gone up through the years, the players still get training meals provided free of charge. While most people see their monthly premiums for medical insurance increase every year, the players still get free medical coverage.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Haven't gotten a raise since the 1950's||
Wouldn't that mean that tuiton at universities hasn't increased since the 1950's?
If the scholarship for tuition is part of the compensation package that a player receives, wouldn't any increase in tuition by the univerisity amost be like a raise to the person on scholarship?
If tuition is $20,000 this year but the school raises it to $22,000 the next. That scholarship is going to cover that 10% increase, is it not?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Long term benefits||
Could that not become a gray area?
The player says 'Hey, I lost my chance at playing in the nfl cause I got hurt while playing for the univeristy'.
The university could then come back and say (depending on the player) that there is no guarantee you would have found work in the nfl. OR, could the university not say that the injury (depending on the injury) the player has sustained is not one that should prevent them from finding meaningful employment at a job related to what they majored in at school? Because no one is majoring in football, right?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Agree for the most part||
I don't think we'd see coaches coming out and telling a player they are 'fired'. However, there are coaches today who oversign and manipulate the system such that players are let go from scholarships so the program can get down to the 85 alloted scholarships. Miles and Saban being the most prominent. What the other poster says would mean these coaches would no longer need to manipulate the system, they'd be free of any wrong doing by releasing players. Now, I'm sure the coaches would come up with some sort of description other then the 'player was fired' because they wouldn't want to be known as a coach who 'fires' their players.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting||
Workmen's comp is used to help people who have been injured and thus cannot work and receive a paycheck to have some sort of money coming in while they cannot work. If a player is hurt while on the job but is still receiving the same benefits provided by his scholarship when he is injured and unable to play, would he be eligible for workmen's comp?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Cash||
Don't the players get a monthly stipend that is cach/check that they use to pay for rent, clothes, late night pizza, etc.?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Post collegiate medical coverage||
Like you said, depending on what that encompasses that could be a HUGE cost to the university. Among the many things that could come of that, two stand out in my mind. The first is that the univeristy(s)/athletic department will need to find new revenue to offset those medical costs. I'm guessing the fans will be looked at as one of those revenue sources (higher ticket prices, higher concession prices, etc.) The second thing that could occur is depending on what the university(s)/athletic deparments anticipate those long term medical costs to be, they might have to sit down and decide whether maintaining a football program is in the best interests of the school.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Football and degrees||
Depending on what the player is majoring in, football might be completely separate from what they are learning in a classroom. Now, I don't know what is exactly taught for players majoring in say a Sports Management degree, but I would think the football players first hand knowledge of what is going on in a football program might be beneficial to their studies.
In addition, while 'Coaching' is not a degree I have no doubt that for someone like Roy Manning his experience as a player at the University of MIchigan gave him a solid foundation and understanding for his post football playing career as a coach.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||One question I've not seen asked||
If the medical benefits, etc. that these players want really comes to fruition, what is that going to do to ticket prices? The schools are going to try to come up with some sort of calculations as to what these new benefits to the players is going to cost and almost certainly try to figure out where the money is going to come from to fund the new player benefits. Odds are it's going to be the consumer (ie - fans) that are going to be asked to help fund the new player benefits.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Ivy League||
I'm guessing a few of the reasons the players don't feel slighted might be:
1) Almost all Ivy League players know they aren't going to be a professional athlete. Thus, they truly are there to take advantage of the educational opportunities those institutions provide. Going to an Ivy League school provides them an opprtunity for a great education and the abiility to keep playing a sport they love.
2) They aren't playing in front of 70-90,000 people every saturday and seeing the univeristy/athletic program rake in millions of dollars in ticket and merchandising sales.
3) They aren't reading press clippings where the Ivy League commissioner is touting a new TV deal that was just negotiated and is going to generate 10-20 million in revenue for each school.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Taxes and...||
If the players are truly going to negotiate with the schools/NCAA over some of the items mentioned in this thread, I'd guess the players are going to need some well financed representation in the discussions.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Texas big men||
I don't know if I'd necessarily say they were a non-factor. They didn't inflict to much harm but if you look at their season stats none of their big men put up huge numbers. The area that the Texas big men hurt UM was on the offensive glass. Texas had more offensive rebounds then UM had defensive rebounds. Luckily for UM, a lot of those offensive rebounds came in the second half after UM had built a sizable lead.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Kinda yeah||
Agree on both Lavert and Walton. You need someone quick and fast at the back of the 1-3-1 cause they have to cover so much ground. You also like to have someone fairly tall at the point so make it tougher on the offense to reverse the ball.
With any defense, especially a zone, communication is key between the defensive players. The backside wing needs to make sure the lob opportunity isn't there. It isn't Walton's responsibility to cover/prevent the lob.