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|20 hours 14 min 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.
|20 hours 44 min 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.
|21 hours 6 min ago||Doubled against a rival||
Isn't Minny coming to Ann Arbor two years in a row?
|1 day 3 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.
|1 day 3 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.
|1 day 23 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....'
|2 days 36 min 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.
|2 days 42 min 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.
|2 days 55 min 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.
|2 days 22 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.
|3 days 15 min 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.
|4 days 40 min 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.
|4 days 22 hours 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 3 days ago||Protection schemes||
Wouldn't they also vary a bit based upon the allignment of the defense?
|1 week 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.
|1 week 4 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 1 hour 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.
|2 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 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?
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.