"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
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|1 day 6 hours ago||Call me crazy||
but I think Harbaugh and Brandon would be a pretty big clash of egos too.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Agree||
As you and another poster have mentioned, Desmond didn't sugarcoat it when he talked about the 2008 team. Gives me some hope that he's seen/heard enough to think this team has some nice potential.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Compared||
to what they did the rest of the year, it was one of their better days. For the most part agree, but after the first game of the year no one knew CMU was going to allow almost 5 yds/carry. Since the 4.8 ypc probably is not in reference to what running backs did, if you add in the rushing stats for Gardner and Morris, UM averaged 5.1 YPC against CMU.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Not sure how much||
we'll be able to figure out with the oline after the App St game. The production from the running backs last year against CMU was actually pretty good, 38 carries for 155 yards. If the oline struggles with App St then there will be a lot of concerns. For the most part though, I'm eyeballing ND as the early litmus test for the oline.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Might have been in NC game||
Doubtful they would have made it in any of those years. In 2000 when they lost to UCLA, they also lost to Purdue and NW. In 2001 when they lost to UW, they also lost to MSU and OSU. In 2003 when they lost to Oregon, they also lost to Iowa. Auburn went undefeated in 2003 and didn't make the BCS title game.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Carr||
Pretty sure he was the head coach on the sidelines for the UW game that is posted in the OP.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Morris||
looked like the second coming of Joe Montana and now there's legit competition to determine who will be the starting QB against App St.
|1 week 1 day ago||OSU||
most of those games have been scheduled for a while. ND stuck it to UM when they said they weren't going to renew. I'm guessing DB figured the ND game was going to be the marquee non-conference match up for a while. I actually think he's done a decent job of filling in the schedule. Most big time schools have most of their non-conference slate scheduled a few years down the road. Throw in the fact that most of the big time schools usually only like to play one other big school in their non-conference slate and it's tough.
|1 week 1 day ago||More realistic gauge of who the coaches trust||
I'm not sure the performance last year by a number of the people you mention endowed the coaches with a lot of trust in their ability to perform in games.
|1 week 1 day ago||Based upon||
how piss poor the oline performance was last year, "Maybe Cole is really that good..." might need to be taken with a grain of salt.
|1 week 1 day ago||For the most part agree||
I think coaches play whoever the best player is regardless of what year that player is.
The interesting thing is one could say Hoke possibly did look to the future with the way Kalis was handled in 2012. It sounds like the coaches were 50/50 on whether to insert Kalis into the starting line up towards the end of the 2012 season. I wonder now with hindsight if they regret not making that change and have taken a firmer stance on playing the best players regardless of how old they are.
|1 week 2 days ago||Who is the person||
that tagged these games as 'huge'?
If it's Brandon, that could mean anyone. He thought App St was a good team to schedule for a game. Granted if it's a home and home, the other team I would assume has a decent sized stadium.
|1 week 2 days ago||Even years||
I would think with OSU and MSU on the road in even years, DB would try to line up the better non-conference home and home's to be in Ann Arbor in the even years.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not all year long||
They scored 3 points against Wisconsin and 14 against OSU.
|1 week 3 days ago||Perfect gauge??||
I don't know. Of all the teams in the Big Ten last year, I think MSU showed the most improvement of anyone throughout the season. This blog was laughing at their offense last August and it ended up pretty fairly decent by the end of the year. If MSU gets beat pretty soundly at Autzen, I'm not going to read to much into it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Schedule||
I wouldn't exactly say it's crazy hard either. Outside of the 3 rivals on the road, nothing else to me screams really tough schedule.
|1 week 3 days ago||Navarre and the Illinois game||
Pretty sure Navarre started the Illinois game in 2000. However, Henson finished it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bingo||
This should be what concerns people the most. I totally agree with the poster that said once you lose your hard core season ticket holders, it's probably not going to be easy to get them back. However, the kicker is students aren't going to games with they are at UM, what are the chances they start purchasing season tickets when they are alumni? I'm guessing the odds are pretty low.
|1 week 3 days ago||Reminds me of||
the song Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well||
are those guys asking the girls to make a 4-5 year commitment or just a one night commitment?
|1 week 4 days ago||What if||
you only have classes scheduled Mon, Wed, Fri?
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||20,000K tickets||
I've seen that number mentioned as the amount of tickets available for App St in other threads on this blog before today. Not sure if those people got their info from John U or somewhere else.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Maybe||
However, the opener is only 3 weeks away. They need to sell 3,000 tickets a week.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||So the streak||
of games with over 100,000 people in the Big House is probably coming to an end Labor Day weekend.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||$20 for App St||
Ticket sales must be awful for this game.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||The catch is||
if the Big 5 do get to do their own thing, would there even be enough bowl games where they needed to take a sub 500 team? With the Big 5 plus ND, it looks like there's 69 teams. How many bowl games can you have with 69 teams? How many people are going to want to watch a 5-7 vs 6-6 bowl matchup?
I don't think it'll take to long before this 4 team playoff expands. Once this playoff gets to about 8 teams, bowl games are almost going to become irrelevant.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Agree||
It got so frustrating last year to consistently watch the corners set up 7-8 yds off the line of scirmmage.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Exactly||
A lot of people felt Bellomy performed just as good as Gardner in the spring of 2012 and the 2012 'spring game'.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Increased stipend||
Say the Big 5 conferences decide that they want to increase the stipend the football (and possibly basketball players) get. There are two ways to possibly do it. One would be to leave it up to the individual schools to decide whether they want to increase stipend (Im assuming they'd put a cap as to how much the stipend can be) or the other might be they decide that all schools are going to increase the stipend to X amount. If you're a bottom feeder at one of the Big 5 conferences you're in a tough situation. You're Athletic Department might not be in the black and you either have to increase the stipend by the second scenario or you have the choice to not increase the stipend and realize that you might be at a recruiting disadvantage.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Agree||
There's no way the bottom feeders in the Big 5 conferences don't move forward, but there's also no guarantee they can survive. Not every AD in the Big 5 conference turns a profit and even fewer have an AD that turns a substantial profit.