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|5 hours 11 min ago||Carr||
was no where near Holtz when it comes to being a cheat and breaking ncaa rules either.
|7 hours 2 min 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.
|13 hours 47 min 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 hours 59 min 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?
|1 day 5 hours 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).
|1 day 5 hours 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.
|1 day 16 hours 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.
|1 day 17 hours 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.
|1 day 18 hours 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.
|5 days 11 hours 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.
|5 days 11 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.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Doubled against a rival||
Isn't Minny coming to Ann Arbor two years in a row?
|5 days 18 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.
|5 days 18 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.
|6 days 14 hours 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....'
|6 days 15 hours 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.
|6 days 15 hours 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.
|6 days 15 hours 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.
|1 week 13 hours 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.
|1 week 15 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|2 weeks 15 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Protection schemes||
Wouldn't they also vary a bit based upon the allignment of the defense?
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Salary cap||
Pretty sure the Lakers are going to have lots of space under the salary cap when the season's over.
|2 weeks 4 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.