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|10 hours 30 min 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.
|12 hours 17 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.
|1 day 12 hours 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.
|2 days 10 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 12 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||Protection schemes||
Wouldn't they also vary a bit based upon the allignment of the defense?
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 6 days 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 13 hours 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 2 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 2 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.
|2 weeks 2 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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?
|2 weeks 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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.