well that's just, like, your opinion, man
|58 min 35 sec ago||True but||
Bama usually has a devasting running game to take the pressure off the QB. Michigan isn't at the point yet where we know they are going to pound out 200 yds rushing no matter who the opponent is.
|8 hours 49 min ago||You're kind of contradicting yourself||
Up top you said you don't count true freshmen as wr depth, which means DPJ and Collins wouldn't count as depth in 2017. You also said that anyone with less than 15 career catches doesn't count as depth either so until the wr's in the 2016 class pass the 15 career catch threshold, they wouldn't count as depth either.
|9 hours 14 min ago||To be honest||
if that's your criteria for WR depth, you're going to go into most years thinking UM has depth issues at WR.
|9 hours 19 min ago||1997 wr corps||
The wr's in 1997 aren't exactly going to go down as one of UM's better groups. The starters were Tai Streets and Russel Shaw and Streets battled injuries for a good part of the year. The combined stats in 1997 for Streets and Shaw was 43 receptions, 574 yds, 6 TDs.
|1 day 10 hours ago||OSU UFR||
I'd definitely be interested in seeing the UFR for the UM offense, especially in the first half and early part of the 3rd. They seemed like they were doing a decent job of moving the ball but would get bogged down near the red zone and settled for a couple FGs instead of matching OSU with TDs.
|3 days 3 hours ago||What?||
The problem with Hoke wasn't recruiting (in general terms). Hokes bigger issue was player development. The 2016 team that most of us think should make a run at the playoffs is mainly comprised of Hoke recruits.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Arkansas||
Maybe I'm not remember this correctly, but I thought Arkansas was added after ND gave Brandon the notice they were cancelling the series?
I'm guessing Brandon had to scramble to try and get the gaps in the schedule filled.
|5 days 11 hours ago||VTech||
Agree. Their last 4 seasons have gone: 7-6, 8-5, 7-6, 7-6 with the 7th win in the three 7 win seasons being a win in the bowl game (6-6 regular seasons). It'll be interesting to see whether the new coach can get them back to winning double digit wins on a regular basis.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Peterson||
Proven he can win without the talent of other teams - kind of. I'd venture to guess that Boise St had better talent than most of the teams in the WAC and Mountain West. I don't know if he'll ever really have that advantage in the Pac-12.
Boise did pull off some nice upsets but those were usually in bowl games where they had weeks to game plan, and the opponent might not have taken Boise that seriously. This isn't to say Peterson isn't a good coach, I think he is but it'll be interesting to see how he does at Washington.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Houston||
I'd guess with all the alumni from Texas, Baylor, TTech, TCU that the Big 12 already gets pretty good ratings in the Houston TV market. From a geography perspective Houston is a great fit, but I don't think adding Houston is going to cause a huge spike in the TV ratings in the Houston market.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Maryland||
I could be off but I thought Maryland's AD was in some pretty dire financial situations and the lure of the money that the Big Ten could provide was too good for them to pass up.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Usually||
with the hot waitress at Hooters, you're not looking to spend a lifetime with her ...just a night or two rolling around in the sack.
|1 week 14 hours ago||As crazy as it sounds||
There's some running backs who played under Hoke who are in the NFL. I doubt Dunn has much of a shot at the NFL.
|1 week 1 day ago||Gallon more impressive college career||
Avants stats at UM:
169 rec, 2247 yds, 13 TDs
Gallon at UM:
173 rec, 2704 yds, 17 TDS
I wouldn't exactly that's far more impressive.
|1 week 1 day ago||Better players at the next level||
If what players did in the NFL is part of the criteria for the team, Avant should be one of the wr's.
|1 week 1 day ago||Joppru vs Butt||
How good of a blocker was Joppru? You criticize Butt a decent amount for his lack of blocking when it comes to the TE support in the running game.
|1 week 5 days ago||3 seconds in the lane||
I don't think this could be univerisally implented. In high school, middle school and even some of the lower levels of college (D3) you often times have a team with a player who is considerably taller than anyone on the other team. Take away the 3 second call and they'll just have that player camp under the basket.
|1 week 5 days ago||Also||
Simmon's play is assuming the best teams in the Western and Eastern Conference have relatively similiar records. If you have a team that leads one conference with 67 wins and another team leads the other conference with 55 wins, teams in the conference where the best team has 67 wins are going to get eliminated a lot sooner than teams in the conference where the leader has 55 wins.
|1 week 5 days ago||Travelling in the NCAA||
Maybe it's just me but I think the NCAA is getting a lot more lax in their enforcement of traveling.
|1 week 5 days ago||#9||
To me, in most cases this should be called as an intentional foul: 2 free throws and the team shooting the free throws gets to take the ball out of bounds after the second free throw. However, it's never called that way.
In almost all the cases of 'Hac a shank' it's pretty obvious the defender doing the fouling is doing it intentionally.
|1 week 5 days ago||To some extent yes, but||
my recollection of the fullback runs last year was that they were quick hitting plays. There really isn't any decision making process needed by the fullback until he gets past the dline. The fullback gets the handoff and hits a certain gap. If the gap is clogged (which it rarely was) then it's a minimal gain, if any. If the gap is open the fullback is quickly into the second level of the defense and from there, it's all about what the fullback can do on his own.
|1 week 6 days ago||This||
NY's Day is far and away the best date for the semi-finals. They found out NYE isn't that great of a date. If they want to have both games on the same day and don't do NYs Day, they are stuck with the early game starting during normal working hours for a large portion of the country. Other than that they could look at having the semi-finals on back to back evenings so they are both in prime time.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think||
2006 was the year the regular season expanded to 12 games.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What?||
U must hate March madness cause rarely do two #1 seeds meet in the final.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Kind of surprised||
Lindsey Vonn hasn't been mentioned. What she has done in women's skiing blows away any other female.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||In the running||
Michigan 67 - Illinois 65 (and no, that's not a basketball score).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||yeah but||
ND also has an open date on 9/7. Not sure why the game needed to be scheduled at the end of October when it could have in early September.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||His hands are absolutely tied||
How? No one was pointing a gun at his head saying he had to get ND back on the schedule in 2018 and 2019.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Oct. 26th??||
The schedule I'm looking at must be old because it shows UM playing Rutgers on the 26th with UM having open dates on 9/7, 9/14 and 9/28.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Some people||
might say that decent is a generous way to describe VaTech in the later years of Beamer's tenure.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Oline||
It'll be interesting. Outside of Newsome (or whoever starts as the 5th olineman), you have a bunch of 3 year starters. Couple that with what most of us think is a darn good oline coach, and you'd like to think they will at least be solid. In most years if you had 4 three yr starters on the oline, fans would be salivating at what could be an oline for the ages. It speaks volumes about how they've performed in the past that the oline is still considered a pretty big question mark heading into the fall.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
especially in the Big 12 where you play everyone in your conference. It's not like OU misses some heavyweights in the conference that Baylor has to play.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||I think||
you're going to see a lot of the subs play early on both sides of the ball because UM is going to have some pretty big leads. In the first 7 games outside of PSU and Wisky I don't see too many games where the contest might still be in doubt heading into the 4th quarter. The coaches might play the starters and rotation players a good bit to get them in 60 minute game shape, but there will still be games where a lot of players see the field.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||True but||
I don't think most teams will trade for him unless they already have a long term contract in place with Westbrook. No one is going to give up a boatload of players/draft picks on the chance they only have Westbrook for one year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Ruth||
What most people don't realize with Ruth is he hit for average too. His lifetime batting average is .342, which is 10th all time.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||yeah||
the amount of class time a football player misses compared to a basketball is minimal. In basketball, any weekday away game means you are probably missing classes that day. Throw in conference tourneys, post season and pre-season tourneys and a basketball player misses a lot of classes during the course of a season.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
I like looking at average star/player better, and OSU is clearly in a class of their own right now. Their average star per player is 4.14. No one else is even close when it comes to average star per player. UM actually comes in 3rd at average star per player with a 3.47.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||OSU small class||
I see 20 guys on OSU's roster in their last year of eligibility. Throw in some natural attrition and a guy or two going pro early and the class probably ends up with around 25 recruits.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||What he was saying||
is Phelps never competed for the University of Michigan in a swim meet. Woodson played football for 3 yrs at Michigan.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Also||
Emmanuel Mudiay recently did this. Played pro ball in China out of high school for one year and then was drafted by the Nuggets. He was second team all rookie last year.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Perry||
I think there's a few things working in Perry's favor. For starters, he already has a full year in the system. He knows the plays, knows his responsibilites and has been working with the QBs for a while. At the beginning of last year, Perry definitely looked like a guy trying to learn the offense and fine tune his routes - but none of the wr's really stood out until Jake got more comfortable with the offense.
Another benefit Perry had was the 3rd wr position last year was wide open. Outside of Darboh and Chesson, there really weren't any experienced receivers heading into the 2015 season.
Perry also looked like a much improved player in the bowl game. Not all world or anything, but a big jump from what we saw in the early part of last year. While Chesson deservedly gets most of the praise regarding the wr's in the bowl game, Perry had the second most receptions and receiving yards against the Gators.
While by no means do I think Perry has the 3rd wr spot locked down, I don't think it's going to be that easier for these guys to pass him, especially early in the year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Completely agree||
especially with the #1. Usually first round picks on bad teams are expected to contribute a lot , and I don't mean minutes but rather fill up a stat sheet. I'd have much rather seen him go to a more established veteran team.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||In addition||
they are usually in the 6'3" - 6'6" range so they can at least try to match up with one of the opponents wing players on defense.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Depending on what UNC||
has coming back, Georgia's opener against the Tar Heels could be an interesting game.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||7-0 heading into East Lansing||
while it would be awesome, anything less will be a disappointment. UM's schedule is heavily back loaded. In the first 7 games they only have one road game - Rutgers. The home games are: Hawaii, UCF, Colorado, PSU, Wisky and Illinois.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||'Breather' in Indiana||
You must have missed last years IU/Michigan game.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Fringe Top 10 team||
As the poster above you mentioned they beat the Netherlands 2x in qualifying and the Netherlands are ranked 14, and then Iceland tied Portugal in group play and Portugal is ranked 8th. Before England Iceland had gone 2 wins and a tie against teams in the Top 15.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I'm guessing no||
with Clayton Richard cause he quit football and then played baseball. Maybe he got extended years with the baseball team but it wasn't with the football team.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Pitt and WVU||
used to be big rivalry games for PSU, espeically PItt. Pitt/PSU was the last game of the regular season for those two teams.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||yeah||
I check out the Denver Post online some and refuse to give either of them clicks. When we got the Post delivered to our house, they were easily the worst part of the sports section.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If I had||
the ability to upvote you more than once, I'd just keep hitting the upvote button.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||2013 oline class||
is a massive crater. According to 247, UM pulled in five 4 stars and Samuelson. Of the 4 stars, 3 were Top 100 prospects (Kugler, Bosch, Dawson) and the other two were Fox at 110 and LTT at 168. The odds are UM won't have a single multiple year starter out of any of those 5, and depending on how things shake out this year and next, might not even get 20 starts out of that group.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||2 Returning starters||
On paper thatc could be true, but I'm thinking Issac and Walker will get some reps at RB this year. Butt will be a big loss but with how Harbaugh utilizes the TEs, we'll have a couple TEs coming back with some good experience. Oline and WR will be the interesting spots for 2017.
Does UM not list fullback as a starting position?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||UCF||
When the UCF game was scheduled they had put together some decent seasons under O'Leary and it looked like he had turned them into a decent mid-major. They had lots of problems last year and completely cratered.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||While it's easy to say coaching||
the reality is, as other people, have mentioned a totally different culture. If you are in FC Barcelona's academy you live there, onsite (same with a lot of the bigger clubs). Your academic education as well as soccer training takes place there and they start the kids at extremely young ages. So yeah, part of it is coaching - those kids at Barcelona's soccer academy are getting top notch instruction. At the same time there are only about 300 kids there and that is from the ages of 7-18. So they take a select amount of kids and they live soccer.
I'm guessing the instruction the kids receive at these academies is significantly better than the instruction a spanish kid is receiving playing on some team in his home town.
If you're say Spain and you have Barcelona and Real Madrid churning out just one or two really good players for each age, you know your national roster is going to be solid year in and year out. Spain's 2010 WC roster was dotted with players from the Barcelona and Real Madrid youth academies. There just isn't anything like that in the US right now when it comes to soccer.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Vegas||
The one thing Vegas has going for it is it will a desitnation city for fans of the visiting team to visit. Weekday games maybe not so much, but I can see some fans making a weekend trip to Vegas if their team has a game there around/over the weekend. I'm not saying that'll guarantee it works out, but it could help.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||At what point||
do these players probably need to start seeing time with usmnt to be legitimate options for the World Cup?
I get there's some good young talent possibly coming up the ranks but at the same time would Klinnsman really want a bunch of guys with little to no caps on the roster?
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Yeah||
That's the good news for the US on Saturday. Both Chile and Colombia have legitimate goals to win this tourney. The 3rd place game will be a huge disappointment for one of them.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Parking the bus||
To me the key tonight is how does Argentian play? Do they come out and press the entire field or do they sit back and give the US some room on the US's defensive side of the field. Chile put the full field press on Mexico and Mexico crumbled. If Argentina comes out pressing the entire field the first touch and passing of the US is going to have to be spot on or it won't matter whether the US is parking the bus or not.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||I'll preface this||
by saying I don't follow soccer as close as some of the people on the blog, but with the expansion to 24 teams it doesn't seem like there's a lot of 'marquee' matchups in the group stages. In 2012 you had one group with Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands. In 2008 you had Netherlands, Italy and France in one group.
Also with the expansion to 16 teams advancing to the knockout stage, there are only 8 teams that don't advance. To me the big incentive in the group stage now becomes just don't lose.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||Poland||
Maybe the standings I'm looking at are wrong but the one I see shows Poland in second since Germany has a better goal differential.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Is it that young?||
Robinson will be a 4th yr junior, MAAR will be a senior and Wagner a junior. Simpson and Watson sophomores (both of whom will probably see quite a bit of time this year) and Mathews will be a 3td yr sophomore.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||No||
The overall experience would depend on what kind of weather you get. It's one of the reasons the Florida Bowls and the Rose Bowl are so nice - you're almost guaranteed to have have nice weather with the temperatures in the 70s/80s.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The USGA and PGA||
are two different entities. I don't think the USGA had screwed over Johnson before.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Chile||
just puts so much pressure on the opponent when the opponent has possession of the ball. I love watching that.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Dallas and Cotton Bowl||
Dallas can be a bit chilly around ny's. Really depends on what kind of weather you get.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||2011 OSU||
They might have 6-7 but they were loaded with talent. Tressell left the cupboards stocked. Agree about UM struggling but OSU wasn't a 6-7 team with 6-7 talent.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Unless||
he's the oldest freshman ever, he broke laws. The legal age is 21.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Humiliated by FSU||
If you mean late in the game after Florida's defense was gassed cause the Gator offense was awful, then yeah. Up until the 4th quarter, Florida's defense was keeping them in the game. FSU's offensive drives:
3 plays, 0 yds, punt
3 plays, 1 yd, punt
5 plays, 29 yds, punt
5 plays, 13 yds, FG
7 plays, 74 yds, TD
3 plays, 0 yds, punt
3 plays, 7 yds, punt
3 plays, -12 yds, punt
10 plays, 46 yds, FG
4 plays, 23 yds, punt
3 plays, -19 yds, safety
4 plays, 52 yds, TD
7 plays, 90 yds, TD
Until the last 2 drives, FSU had 162 yds of offense.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||At least||
the UM offense. I don't think many of us were expecting the Gators offense to do much. They were a tire fire after their QB got suspended. The offense though blew away my expectations for the Citrus Bowl.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm guessing||
her boyfirend wasn't thrilled with the change.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Hopefully||
he doesn't bring back memories of Will Carr.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Why?||
UCF went 0-12 last year and most of those losses were blow outs. Now they had some issues around the program but 2 of the losses were to 1AA teams and they were outscored on the season 167 - 452.
Unless Scott Frost is a miracle worker, this game should be over at halftime.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Wisky||
Now this is obviously going back to well before Harbaugh but I've always looked at Wisky as a team that is right in UM's wheelhouse. They usually play smashmouth football and try to run it down your throat. It's the spread style teams that usually give UM problems. Wisky is normally a good team and UM/Wisky has had some really good games but I don't see Wisky running the ball down UM's throat this year. They will try, but I don't think they're going to find much success.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Returning starters||
as others have mentioned you need to look at other positions too. Yeah, oline is key, but Clemson returns a heisman trophy contender at QB, a 2015 1st team ACC wr in Artavius Scott, and a 2nd team ACC running back and TE. While they don't have a ton of starts on the oline, they have 3 returning starters and one of them was 2nd All ACC last year.
Oklahoma might not have a lot of Oline starts coming back but they return 8 starters from offense and 3 of them are on the oline.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Neymar||
Wouldn't he be considered their go to striker? But Barcelona woldn't let him do both the Copa and the Olympics.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||2000 OSU game||
Was the Henson bootleg for the game clinching to on 3rd down?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
The whole 'you don't get an offer until you visit' doesn't seem to fall in line with Alec's ABC philosophy - Always Be Closing.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Brandon||
As much as we despise Brandon, one of the condequences of ND ending the contract was UM had to go out and get some legit non-conference games scheduled for the upcoming years. Had ND not gave DB the middle finger I'm not sure we'd have Texas, Oklahoma, VaTech, UCLA and Washington scheduled in future years.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Home and Home||
with other big programs. UM already has home and home's scheduled with other big programs through 2027. Unless they try to cancel that I don't think it's a problem. In fact, if they add ND to certain years UM would have a brutal non-conference schedule.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||ND not ranked high in ten years||
For the most part that's true but they played in the BCS title game in 2012. Last year, they were ranked in the Top 10 most of the year. They were 10-1 heading into the season finale at Stanford last year with an outside shot at a playoff berth.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Different OOC options||
UM has a solid non-conference opponent scheduled for the next decade. Unless they cancel some, I don't think we have to worry about ND being the only good non-conference team on the schedule for a while.
2020: Washington and VaTech
2021: Washington and VaTech
|6 weeks 6 days ago||yeah||
They aren't far from the fertile recruiting grounds of southern california either.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||What rankings are you looking at?||
Rankings are obviously somewhat subjective, but doing a quick google search the following rankings came up on the first page. One has Ross significantly higher. One has Anderson significantly higher and the rest have them about even.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
and at her age, her career is probably over. She might come back but any hope of winning another major is probably gone.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Oregon a blue blood||
What' do you use as your criteria to determine what a blue blood program is?
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Oregon||
Their starting QB broke his finger in the first game. He played against MSU with it. He sat out the next 4 games where Oregon went 2-2. When Adams returned they won 6 straight to close out the regular season.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||How so?||
These are all sports where part of the Big 12 postseason occured on a Sunday: M/W Golf, Baseball, Wrestling, Women's Bball, M/W Track and Field, M/W Tennis and Soccer.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Unless BYU||
is going to be a football only member, they bring a lot of possible scheduling headaches because they do not play athletic events on Sundays.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Mushberger||
Thought he went to the SEC network.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||A couple things||
Unlike football and men's basketball, most of the 'non-revenue' producing sports only have a few full schloarship players. The rest are getting partial schloarships. Out of state tuition at just about any school anymore isn't cheap. If it's a choice been a partial scholarship to an in-state school versus a partial scholarship to an out of state school that could be a difference of 10, 15, 20K that a parent is going to have pay each year.
You mention academics but could that be playing against UM? Where as football and basketball probably have a large percentage of their players getting accepted when they wouldn't meet, and in some cases possibly wouldn't be close to meeting, regular admission standards, does admissions give the same leeway to all of the 'non-revenue' producing sports? Does admissions give a few breaks to recruits for these teams and then expect the rest of the recruits to have a pretty good academic resume? Maybe the expectations for the rest of the team aren't necessarily meeting the acceptance requirements of a John Doe applying but they might expect solid SAT/ACT scores and a good gpa. Outside of UCLA, I wouldn't say there are any other teams in the World Series this year that have too many concerns about whether a recruit will qualify academicly.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The one run||
Everyone is talking about the wild pitch but they should have been out of the inning if they hadn't dropped the foul ball earlier in the inning.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Other sports too||
In men's golf since 1999, an SEC team has either won or placed 2nd at the NCAA championships 11 times.
They are also good at men's and women's swimming. From 1998-2009 Auburn won 8 men's titles and finished 2nd twice. In women's swimming, the SEC totally dominates. The SEC has won 12 of the last 17 women's swimming titles and over the same 17 yrs, they've had 10 second place finishes too.
The SEC pretty much dominates women's gymnastics too. The NCAA record book only goes back to 1982 but the SEC has won 19 titles and finished runner up 15 times.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||it works both ways||
Just because a team is up and playing more defense doesn't mean they aren't looking to score. The team which is down 1-0, especially in the second half, knows they need to attack a bit more and probably move some people forward a bit. This can leave them vulnerable to a quick well placed counter attack from the team that is up 1-0.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||High School Soccer||
The kids that play at high level club soccer spend almost no time with their high school teams. They are in club soccer year round. At best, they'll show up to play the games for their high school but rarely, if ever, attend practices at said high school.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Perpetual Top 25 team||
In the last 9 years, their NCAA tourney seeds have been:
3, 4, 6, 6, 10, No NCAA bid, 12, 6, 2
That's a Top 25 seed in 6 of those years.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Oh yeah||
You take me my life, but I'll take yours too
You fire your musket, but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You better stand there's no turning back
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||A middle of the road||
might be, if you score in the first extra period and the opponent doesn't then when the first extra period ends, game over. No need to play another 15 minutes.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Yeah and the non-conference||
slate is probably the easiest it's going to be in years.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Well||
Levert didn't really play the last two years. So the 2014/15 team was the same as the 2015/16 team except for the loss of Max, flip Walton for Spike and add Robinson and the freshmen.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||yeah||
OSU's website lists 21 players as a senior. They lose a couple to natural attrition, a couple players go pro early, maybe some 4th yr juniors aren't invited back and OSU can easily have a class of 25+ recuits.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ray=Thomas||
Heading into the 2016 season, I'm not sure I'd say they are equal. Ray was 2nd Team All-Big in 1996 in the coaches vote. With Thomas, I think most of us are hoping he has found the light and are expecting good things from him, however, Ray was a proven commodity heading into the 1997 season.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I think you're||
waaaay overestimating its impact. The teams with the best power play are scoring on about 1 out of 4 power plays. Each year teams range from having a success rate from 15-25% on power play opportunities.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Power Play||
The idea that I've seen tossed around that I like is if it's a 2 minute power play, makee it a 2 minute power play. If the team scores a goal 30 seconds into the power play, they have 90 more seconds to play a man up.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The better analogy||
would be Maryland with Gary Williams. The Terps went to back to back Final Fours, winning it all the second time, and then never came close to replicating that. They made the Sweet 16 the year after winning it all, and then never made it past the first weekend. In the 9 years Williams coached Maryland after they won it all they had double digit losses in 6 of those years, and the two years they didn't have double digit losses they lost 9 games.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I'd throw the '91 UNLV team in the discussion||
Defending champs (returned just about all the key players from the year before), undefeated heading into the Final Four - trying to be the first team since IU in '76 to go undefeated, crushed just about everyone during the regular season, and then lost to a team they beat by 30 in the championship game the year before.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||Gonna disagree some||
Yeah, Illinois has fallen hard from the time they made the title game but the circumstances are a bit different. Bill Self put that Illinois team together and then left for Kansas. Bruce Webber rode Self's coattails for a few years but Webber couldn't keep it going.
|9 weeks 7 hours ago||The bummer is||
the UM/VaTech game will be lucky to be on the espn2. It might get relagated to espnu or whatever there smaller channels are.
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||Without knowing||
what each defensive player's assignment is it's hard to be too critical but.... It's kind of the old adage - do your job. If that DB's job is the QB, he should be sticking with the QB whether the QB pump fakes or not.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Kansas||
only has 3 national titles in their history.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||ACC||
I don't know if it's due to 15 teams and a completely unbalanced schedule but there were only 5 teams in the ACC that didn't finish .500 or better in conference play (BC, Wake, GT, NC State and FSU).
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It's kind of one of those catch-22s||
Hopefully by the time November rolls around the QB will have settled into the system and be solid. Early in the year I'm expecting some hiccups from the QB play.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Different strokes||
for different folks. The freshmen who red shirt this year will be 5th yr seniors in 2020. If Harbaugh is still the coach in 2020 the roster is going to be so stacked with talent it's going to be rediculous. What year a player is will probably be the last thing on our minds.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Probably but||
I'd assume there's one or two but the reality is if you're playing college tennis the odds that you'll have a successful pro career are pretty slim. By successful I'm talking about being ranked in the Top 40-50 in the rankings. Most of the premier players as a youth turn pro while they are in high school.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Not to mention||
If Harbaugh keeps pulling in classes like Bama and OSU, most of those recuits aren't looking to be in college for 5 yrs. We'll start seeing UM join the ranks of teams who are consistently having players go pro before their eligibility is up.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
especially the part about the one sided games. I'm assuming there are going to be a decent number of games which are over early in the 3rd quarter and the second and third stringers (and possibly most of the players that don't start) are going to get playing time.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||It's a very gray area||
Almost all of these players started playing when they were really young. While I agree the universities and conferences might have some responsibility, to place it all on them assumes high schools, jr highs and pop warner leagues are not at fault. Part of the problem is the repeated pounding the brain takes and the brain didn't start taking that pounding when the players went to college. It more than likely started when the players started playing football.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Not sure||
but back then there was some rule about a trip to Hawaii not counting against the 11 game regular season schedule so they got to play an extra game.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Agree on MSU but||
somehow Sparty is 2-2 against Meyer while he's been at OSU.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Alabama and OSU||
Since when has Alabama losing key starters been an issue? In the last 8 years Bama has finished in the poll: 6, 1, 10, 1, 1, 7, 4, 1.
OSU has finished 3, 12, 1, 4 in Meyer's tenure. There's only 3 games I could see OSU losing - at Oklahoma, at MSU and Michigan. The Penn St and Wisky trips will be tough but while OSU is inexperience it's loaded with potential talent.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||it's totally fake||
The kid that gets hit is starting to get up from his chair before the punch lands.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||40 yr wasteland||
This is where opinions differ. I was born in 1970 and since then the only programs that have more appearances in the title game are UCLA, Kentucky, Duke and UNC (Kansas is tied with UM at 5).
I wouldn't call UM a blue blood or put them at the same tier as those programs because they go through roller coaster periods of being really good and then taper off to being average but I wouldn't call it a 40 yr wasteland between Orr and Beilein.
The mid 70's saw 2 big ten titles, 3 Elite 8s and an NCAA runner up with UM being the #1 ranked team in the country when the '77 NCAA tourney began.
The mid 80's lacked the ncaa tournament success but the Grant, Joubert, Tarpley and Relford teams set the stage for the late 80s. Heading into the 85 NCAA tourney UM was Big Ten champs and ranked #2 in the country. Head into the '86 tourney they were Big Ten champs and ranked #5 in the country. Heading into the '88 tourney they were runn ups in the Big Ten and ranked 10th in the country.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Ignores our history??||
Curious as to what you mean when you say "But expecting us to be better because we're Michigan and/or have money ignores our history..."?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Burke and Blake||
One difference between the two players is Blake is a much better 3 pt shooter. For his career Blake has shot 38% from the 3 pt line, and that percentage has gone down his last couple of years. He had a number of years where he shot 40%+ from the 3 pt line. You can carve a niche in the NBA by being a solid 3 pt shooter.
Burke on the other hand has shot 33%, .318% and .344% from the 3 pt line in his first 3 seasons.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
Pretty sure for most the games against the Spurs I've seen him in street clothes in the first row of people behind the players bench.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||UNLV||
I don't know if I'd say they are similiar to UCF based upon potential. I'd put UCF well ahead of UNLV in regards to the potential of one being a good football program because UCF is in one of the most fertile states for high school football, not to mention they are surrounded by the other southern states.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Southern Big 12 schools||
This is just done off of Google maps but:
Dallas to Orland is 1084 miles
Dallas to Cincy is 934 miles.
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||I don't know||
In the last 4 years the Big Ten has put 7, 7, 6 and 7 teams in the NCAA tourney. I'm guessing if you go back a few more years, one will continue to find that about 50% of the Big Ten teams make the toureny. When you have doormats like NU, PSU and now Rutgers, making the NCAA tourney is great but it should be a regular occurrence.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Question||
Do you watch espn other than sporting events and maybe 30 for 30? Most people I know only tune into espn to watch a game.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Irvin's 3 point shooting||
Irvin shot 37.5% from the 3 in conference play, 32-85. 34-85 is 40%. Since it only would have taken 2 more makes by Irvin to shoot 40% in 18 conference games, I'm not so sure his 3 pt shooting in the conference was that big of a detriment.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||That's a small lineup||
I get what you're saying and think we could see that lineup some, but man, that is small: 5'11", 6'1", 6'4" and if Irvin is at the 4, 6'6".
|12 weeks 1 hour ago||Scouting too||
Agree with you about better athletes and defenders but teams also had a good scouting report on him by the time conference play started too.
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||Looking at the list of transfers||
I only count 81 from Power 5 conferences, so that's an average of just over one per school but UM has 4 transfers this year. UM is WAY above the average number of transfers from a power 5 conference school this year.
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||Yeah||
I'm guessing you don't need more than one hand to count the people who have been all-stars in two professional sports. Heck, there aren't that many people that even play two professional sports.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||What if's||
Yeah, if we're going to play the 'what if' game any of those guys could have started, but I'm guessing a month ago if asked to give their starting 5 for next year, 99% of people would say Walton, MAAR, Robinson, Irvin and Donnal/Wagner.
I do like Robinson coming off the bench.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Undecided impact recruit||
I don't follow basketball recruiting that closely but how many undecided impact recruits are still out there in early May?
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Yeah||
No one was projecting any of those 3 guys to be starters but all had the distinct possibility of being a role player off the bench (Doyle maybe not as much as Chatman and Dawkins). With the exception of the Donnal/Wagner rotation at the 5, the rest of the subs off the bench will have little to no college experience.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Michigan||
has lost 4 transfers this year - Spike, Doyle, Dawkins and Chatman.
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||It's funny||
We embrace Harbaugh's mantra of competition when it comes to playing time in football but with basketball, we don't want any competition for playing time.
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||6' shooting guard||
You'll probably be seeing some of that this year. MAAR isn't going to be playing 40 minutes at the 2. There'll be times when 6'1" Walton and 5'11" Simpson are probably on the court at the same time.
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||Don't forget Dawkins||
but playing for his dad more than likely factored into that decision.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||Ohio State||
Pretty sure Cook didn't play against OSU. He was out with an injury.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Your last question||
is kind of a trick question. If a QB is getting drafted in the first round, it probably means he had a great college career. In turn, especially at programs like USC and Michigan, it also probably means the football team was pretty successful.
Obviously, going in the first round and being a stud NFL is the best of both worlds, but my main allegiance lies with the Michigan football team so while I love to see UM players excel in the pros, I get more enjoyment out of the Michigan football being successful on Saturdays in the fall.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Barrett||
I could be wrong but I doubt he goes pro early. He probably isn't going to be rated that high as a QB on many draft boards.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||1st round QBs||
Rivers, Rodgers, Roethlisberger and Dalton are all first round draft picks.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Awful game||
UM absolutely dominated the first half and led 28-10 at the half. The offense had the ball 4 times and each time went something like 70+ yds to score.
Second half UM bottled up the offense and Purdue just chipped away at the lead.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
unless Sanchez shines in August, I'm guessing Lynch is probably going to be thrown to the wolves starting week 1.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Wilson||
is kind of Big Ten. He spent most of his years at NC State and was a darn good QB for the Wolfpack.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||In addition||
Miller actually had a season under his belt as a wr while Barrett will probably never have played wr in college.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure||
they realized the ban was stupid but rather they didn't want the DOJ poking around.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Utah too||
Both TCU and Utah had some growing pains when they moved into the Big 12 and Pac-12. They weren't going 1-11, but they didn't just initially keep going 10-2 when they moved into the Power 5 conference.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||1998 season||
The defense was actually fairly solid that year. The offense shit the bed in the ND game - they had a chance to build a nice halftime lead but bumbled around instead. Syracuse was a disaster. The defense was the reason they went into the OSU game undefeated in conference play: The offense was abysmal until the PSU game:
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Relegation as Pac10/12 doormat??||
While they've never won a conference title, I wouldn't say they've been a doormat. They joined the conference in the late 70s. The record of their head coaches since then:
Larry Smith, 48-28-3, 1980-86
Dick Tomey, 95-64-4, 1987-2000
John Mackovic, 10-18, 2001-03
Mike Hankwitz, 1-6, 2004
Mike Stoops, 41-50 , 2004-11
Until their string of bad coaching hires in the 2000's, they were anything but a doormat.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||True||
but the Gator offense was improved in the first half of the season (compared to what they had under Muschamp and...the bar was low after Muschamp) then the QB got suspended. After that it was a disaster.
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||It'd be interesting to see||
how good a shooter he is on the move - ie, coming off a pick. If he can hit a good percentage of his shots off of a screen, I'd love to see the offense incorporate that a little bit (Bob Knight would have him coming off of screen after screen after screen).
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||Williams name||
might not be mentioned but if you read the linked articles 10 members of UNC's basketball team which won the title in 2005 had majors in the department with non-existent classes.
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||Not surprising||
I would have been way more surprised if the NCAA brought the hammer down.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||If I'm the NCAA/SEC/ACC||
I'm thinking real quick about reversing the decision. I'm guessing there's a lot of collateral damage that could be unearthed if the government decided to get involved.
As we all know, the NCAA can't force anyone testify but the government sure can.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Not necessarily||
Georgetown is D1 in basketball but I don't believe the rest of their sports are. At least when I was in college (25 years ago) the rest of their teams were D3. It might have changed though.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Don't forget||
the NFL also took away the Pats first round pick this year too. For an organization that usually does a really good job in the draft, that's a huge hit as well.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Kraft||
I still can't believe Kraft put his tail between his legs and didn't fight harder for Brady.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I have kids||
who are 12 and 11 and when I let them choose the radio station, the Biebs is getting constant airplay.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't they actually||
have another hit - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Good luck||
with getting playoff football in the Midwest or Northeast. Delaney/Big Ten is probably the only conference fighting that battle. Every other Power 5 conference would prefer the playoff games to be in the sourth and the west.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I just see it||
as a very slippery slope. I see people in the thread talking about making sure it's regulated. The NCAA can't even regulate the rules they have in place now. How do they regulate this?
I think there would be bidding wars. If Clemson was offering Gary 250K + other benefits when it's illegal, that cost is probably only going up when it becomes legal. And while it won't be legal to pay recruits, the 'annual salary' of a recruit from endorsements once they enroll will be part of the recruiting pitch.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Depends on who is paying||
Is only the university allowed to 'pay' the players or could a car dealership have a kid do a commercial and pay him?
If it's just the university, then yeah, UM would have an advantage. It players are free to get paid for endorsements from anyone, it could essentially become like free agency in pro sports - which bagmen are willing to offer the largest endorsement deals. The grad transfer rule could become interesting if other schools can offer a player a larger endorsement deal than what they are making at their current school.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Pandora's box||
Agree, while good in theory, it will pretty much allow the bagmen to legally give the players money.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Few and far between?||
He's 29th all time in career assists and most of the guys in front of him were/are pure point guards.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Mike Garrett||
Pat Haden and now Lynn Swan. I wonder if there's something written down that they can only hire former players of John McKay to be AD.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||This||
unless someone else on the team takes a massive jump in production, Irvin is more than likely going to be counted on to be the alpha dog next year too.
|15 weeks 7 hours ago||Ugh...||
Pretty sure they went off on Beilein a week or so ago about limiting where Spike could transfer.
|15 weeks 14 hours ago||You forgot some states||
Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri.
|15 weeks 14 hours ago||Don't throw rocks||
if you live in a glass house. If you look at future Big Ten schedules, the Big Ten is going the way of the SEC. There are going to be conference games the first and second weeks of the season with non-conference games falling later in the season (not as late in the season as the SEC though).
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
A lot of the country music that comes out today would have been considered 'pop' music 20-30 yrs ago.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Title 9||
Wouldn't Title 9 come into play if you allow the football teams to have more scholarship players?
|16 weeks 13 hours ago||Lots of credit||
to Villanova for their game plan. At the same time though, the lack of in game adjustments by UNC to combat the Nova game plan was bad.
|16 weeks 15 hours ago||NC State - Houston||
everyone talks about that game, and rightly so because of the way it ended, but the Louisville/Houston semi-final that year was a much better overall game imo.
|16 weeks 15 hours ago||Agree||
UNC's inability to make adjustments to get their bigs involved killed them.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Receivers||
Agree they are mostly unproven but most people had a lot of concerns about the wr's heading into 2015 and they ended up being a solid position group.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Because some people||
like to freak out 18 months before a season starts.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||What about a PWO||
Is a 'preferred walk on' recruited to some extent?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||It's way to early to worry||
about 2017 and 2018. Every team usually has holes to fill each year. The amount of starters UM has coming back in 2016 doesn't happen that often. I'm going to see what happens in 2016 before I start worrying about 2017.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Agree on the redshirting||
Harbaugh's philosophy is about competition. You compete for the job, and if you win you play. Doesn't matter whether you're a 5th yr senior or a true frosh. He's also stated the best way to get better is to play, and by playing he doesn't mean in practice, he means on Saturdays.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Brown||
didn't fall off the face of the earth with his football career though before he retired. He led the league in rushing yds his last 3 years in the league (actually led the league in rushing yards 8 of his 9 seasons). He could have easily played longer if he wanted.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Doyle||
Looked pretty promising as a freshmen. Hard to know how much the sleep issue affected him and if so, how much that will continue to affect him in the future. If the sleep issue was the main cause of his regression this year and he can get it under control, I could see him being a solid role player at a good bball program.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
It might take a little time for the oline to gel, but agree with what you're saying.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Sweet 16 appearances are about even||
First number listed is from 83-99, second number is 00-present.
IU - 8, 4
Purdue - 4, 3
OSU - 4, 5
UM - 5, 2
MSU - 4, 11
Illinois - 3, 4
Iowa - 4, 0
Wisky - 0, 9
Minny - 3, 0
NU - 0,0
PSU - 0, 1
Nebraska - NA, 0
Maryland - MA, 1
Rutgers - NA, 0
Totals: 35 sweet 16 appearances from 83-99 and 40 sweet 16 appearances from 00 to present. The interesting thing though is from 83-99 it's a fairly even distribution among the teams but from 00-present half of the sweet 16 appearances come from 2 teams - Wisky and MSU.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Comparing periods||
I wasn't comparing era's, merely pointing out that Big Ten basketball was pretty darn good from '83-'99. And that was in an era when there were only 10 and then 11 teams.
80's: The Big Ten won 3 NCAA titles in the 80's (IU - '81, IU - '87, UM -'89). They've only won one National title since - MSU 2000. Heck, you add in MSU's title in '79 and the Big Ten won 4 NCAA titles over a 12 year span.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Big Ten basketball||
not that strong over this time period. I'm going to disagree. Not including IU and Purdue, this is how some other Big Ten teams did over that 17 yr period:
Illinois: FF - 89, Elite Eight - 84, Sweet 16 - 85, made the NCAA's 14 of 17 years, 2 Big Ten titles.
OSU - FF 99, EE - 92, SS - 83 and 91. 2 Big Ten titles.
Minny - FF 97, EE - 90, SS - 89 and 1 Big Ten title.
MSU - FF - 99, SS - 86, 90, 98. 3 Big Ten titles.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
and in the playoffs coaching becomes bigger. Pop is pretty darn good at making adjustments from game to game in the playoffs. It would not only be a fascinating series because the teams are so good but also to see the coaching chess match that would take place over the course of the series.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||This||
The NBA playoffs aren't like they used to be. There's almost always a day off between games and often times 2-3 days off when travel is involved for teams. Not to mention if you can win a series in 4 or 5 games, they're probably going to have a week or so off before the next series starts.
I remember in the old days teams would play game 7 of a series and the winner would have less than 48 hrs before they had to play Game 1 of the next series.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Didn't there used||
to be a rule in the Big Ten that players couldn't transfer to other Big Ten teams?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas||
The running joke on this blog his freshman yr was 'he's just a shooter' because there were enough times throughout the season that he showed the ability to get by his defender and get into the lane.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Beating a dead horse||
You mention that finding a big man who can shoot the 3 isn't easy but...Max shot 45% from 3 for IU this year. Granted, he only had 64 attempts.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Kind of agree||
but considering they are going up against what should be a damn good dline, I like what I'm hearing about the oline.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Walton||
maybe my memory is off but I don't recall him being that great of a penetrator and creating shots for other people this year. Freshmen year, yes.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Hey||
Didn't Columbia win the CBI tourney (or whatever it's called)????
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty sure||
the announcers said Columbia had some players play last night who are on their men's national team but are under 23. One was under by 18 days.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||forgetting one thing||
Actually, I didn't forget that. In my post I clearly state that Spike is an unknown.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Assuming no injuries||
Considering the past two seasons have been derailed by injuries (and a 3rd if you include McGary, even though that team still had a solid year) that seems to be a big assumption. Maybe the injury gods will look favorably upon UM this year.