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|16 hours 30 min ago||It's not bullshit, it's Bacon||
It's not bullshit, it's Bacon saying exactly what he knows, nothing more and nothing less. That's what responsible journalists do. (Same thing with the Carr stuff you mentioned above - Bacon had relevant quotes from reasonably believable people, he reported those quotes. He stopped short of drawing hard conclusions mostly because Carr declined to provide his side of the story).
"I just don't see how he can state that being in the film room is detrimental, ipso facto, when he has done the same thing despite having less of a duty to have ever been in there."
1) If you don't see how a boss looking over your shoulder on a regular basis, or dealing with your subordinates without you present, isn't at best distracting and at worst undermining and a signal of mistrust, I don't know what to tell you. Having effectively your biographer, who you can dismiss at any time and whose work you get to review before publishing, present is totally different.
2) "despite having less of a duty to have ever been in there" Bacon's job, with RR's blessing, was to be present for and report on the inner workings of the team. It precisely was his duty to be there. Brandon making a regular appearance implies an unwillingness to delegate and/or a desire to play fanboy. But superiors shouldn't play fanboy to their employees. It would be one thing if he showed up now and then at practice (like Schlissel) but another to make it a habit.
|1 day 12 hours ago||WD is DB. Whole thing was a||
WD is DB. Whole thing was a false flag.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Blaming an intern would imply||
Blaming an intern would imply there's something to apply blame for. That's not DB's style - he prefers the "sorry you were offended (but clearly you're an idiot for being offended)" mode of apology.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Space, you spend a lot of||
Space, you spend a lot of pixels to draw a distinction with little difference for the average Michigan fan.
"Hoke is too dumb / incompetent to be the coach!" and "Hoke has consistently failed to demonstrate sufficient competence to be considered successful at Michigan" are clearly not identical statements, but practically speaking, are they different enough to warrant several thousand words of handwringing about the state of fandom?
And you have to consider that most of us speak in relative terms. "Hoke is dumb" may not be true, but what about "Hoke is not as 'smart' as Urban Meyer"? In results based charting land, all signs point to yes, for all practical purposes. Frankly, nobody here gives a damn whether Hoke has more football smarts than 99% of people who coach competitive football. Nor should they; we care whether he's "smarter" than the guys he lines up against. And sure, "smart" is a shorthand for a lot of other complexity, but it's not useless short hand. Do you really expect everybody to preface, "Man, Hoke sucks!" with "Even though I'm sure he's gathered a lot of football knowlege over the years and is probably better at coaching than a lot of guys at lower levels..."?
I'm pretty sure you don't mean it this way, but a lot of your responses can come off as "Hoke's not dumb, you all are just too stupid to understand how smart he really is". And that gets old. "Fan" is short for "fanatic", and frankly, some fans find it cathartic to indulge in a bit of fanaticism and get ornery when the Space Police warp in to scold them for it. "Sulking" about that fact does not make you a better, more intelligent fan: it makes you a pedant.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Actually it's more like||
Actually it's more like asking if the head chef at a world class French bistro would do equally well at an Asian Fusion restaurant. A lot of the skills are obviously transferable, but it's not the same thing.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Stanford was only proven to||
Stanford was only proven to be a consistent winner after Harbaugh left. While he was there, he had one great season and on that he got picked up by the 9ers. In no way am I suggesting we dismiss Harbaugh - I'm saying we shouldn't dismiss Mullen.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Everyone was on the Harbaugh||
Everyone was on the Harbaugh train BEFORE his time in the NFL. And at that point, his resume was close enough to Mullen's that dismissing one while worshiping the other does seem a little fishy.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Harbaugh had precisely one||
Harbaugh had precisely one great year at Stanford, and got picked up by the NFL. That worked out very well, for a couple years, but now they are apparently considering canning him. Anyway, point is we thought Harbaugh was a slam dunk BEFORE his NFL stint, when his resume was a lot closer to Mullen's.
|1 day 22 hours ago||In his 4 regular seasons at||
In his 4 regular seasons at Stanford, Harbaugh won 4, 5, 8, and 12 games, and went 1-1 in bowls. He had a great couple years at SF and has since fallen back I earth. Where's the "sustained" success? Sure, he started Stanford from the bottom of the barrel and took them to elite, but Mullen has apparently done the same at MSU.
|1 day 22 hours ago||The 12-1 year was a real||
The 12-1 year was a real outlier for Harbaugh at Stanford, too. What makes him a golden boy? Oh yeah, he's a "Michigan Man". So we're doing the same thing we did with Hoke - at least we're comparing guys with additional credentials other than that this time.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Onions.||
|2 days 15 hours ago||Should a person with epilepsy||
Should a person with epilepsy be disqualified from those jobs? Possibly yes, if their condition posed a substantial risk to the success of the company.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Business meetings can||
Business meetings can (usually) be delayed for a CEO. Games can't. And the best head coaches tend to be dictatorial (and cult-of-personality) leaders in a way that CEOs generally are not (Dave brandon possibly excepted). Corporate CEOs are used to delegating most of their authority - they have to in a company of thousands. Head coaches rarely delegate authority to that extent - their company is < 200, and they are almost always right over the shoulders of everyone during "company" activities.
If you have a head coach who isn't personally essential to successful gameday operations, such that they could be simply replaced on zero notice without significant performance degradation, then a) you've hired Brady Hoke and b) I'd question whether that coach is the best man for the job. This is particularly important at the NCAA level, where you are limited in the number of coaches you can have on staff. If someone has to constantly prepare to be "backup" head coach, then that person is not doing their day job 100%.
If the guy has other qualities that put him head-and-shoulders above every other candidate, then sure. But it would be foolish to not consider health implications on job performance at all. For Minnesota, Kill fits: he's already established, and may indeed be much better than anyone else Minny could hope to draw. For Michigan, he'd be a new hire (hopefully) competing against guys with the same or better resumes but without the potential health issues.
|2 days 19 hours ago||That's kind of the thing.||
That's kind of the thing. Epilepsy is definitely manageable, and shouldn't carry the stigma it sometimes does, but college football is a job that requires 100% availability on 12-15 specific days a year. Unfortunately Kill's condition appears to be such that it doesn't allow that, or at least really risks allowing that.
|3 days 7 min ago||Brandon probably organized||
Brandon probably organized this. That's a non-standard Block-M! Now we need to replace it with a Brand Approved Block M. Students will be charges a nominal fee to not step on it.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Downvoted only for the cheap||
Downvoted only for the cheap shot on BYU - they have a lot of non-white players, unless you consider Pacific Islanders to be "white".
|3 days 20 hours ago||Bullshit. Is he an NFL QB?||
EDIT: the post I was responding to has been deleted.
Bullshit. Is he an NFL QB? Probably not. But Urban Meyer would have him playing like a Heisman contender - he's got at least the raw talent and athleticism of Braxton Miller, and more than J.T. Barrett.
We should be damn grateful he chose to stick out his commitment to Michigan despite a staff apparently incapable of developing him and adapting to his skillset. Otherwise we'd be stuck with Bellomy or a raw Shane Morris, and we'd have probably won 3 games last year. We should be extra grateful he didn't pull a Boren, or he'd be waiting to kick our ass in Columbus this year.
|1 week 1 day ago||To what end? What do field||
To what end? What do field hockey players get out of playing in a $30 million facility they wouldn't get in a $15 million facility? Is that worth a little kid never getting his first trip to the Big House? Student athletes are a privileged few. Do they work hard?Sure, but so do division II players with none of the opulence. This is a public university and its primary goal should be to serve the public. So yes, the AD should care about student athletes, but that needs to be balanced.
|1 week 1 day ago||He may be adaptable, but he||
He may be adaptable, but he never actually admits he's wrong - e.g. the macaroni and tix-for-coke. In both cases, it was "well, you're all dumb for being upset about this, and we didn't mean to do it anyway, but we'll change it I guess"
|1 week 1 day ago||Bring them up to standards,||
Bring them up to standards, sure. But I'm not sure gold plating non-revenue facilities is worth the increased cost to fans of the revenue sports - honestly keeping basketball and football games affordable for average families positively benefits many more people than non- revenue upgrades. I really think the AD needs to shift back to focus on benefiting the public, students, and alumni of average means, rather than just athletes and AD employees.
|1 week 1 day ago||Dance on his grave? Hell,||
Dance on his grave? Hell, I'll hire a DJ and order bottle service.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm sorry but every time I||
I'm sorry but every time I see the dark orange-yellow "maize" all I can think of is this:
While bright yellow is this:
|1 week 3 days ago||I agree. Maize should be the||
I agree. Maize should be the color of freshly picked sweet corn, which is much closer to bright yellow than that weird orange.
|1 week 6 days ago||Couldn't stop the run against||
Couldn't stop the run against Minnesota and gave up 31 to Notre Dame because they couldn't cover the middle. But good in the other 4 games.
|1 week 6 days ago||The all blue didn't look too||
The all blue didn't look too bad, but seems odd to go all blue against the only other B1G team that also wears blue.
|1 week 6 days ago||The numbers were pretty awful||
The numbers were pretty awful though. Ruined the whole look.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Didn't they use those at the||
Didn't they use those at the last UTL? They're basically little LED wristbands with light patterns that sync to a wireless broadcast. I feel like I have one laying around that someone grabbed for me.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Aaron Wellman runs a great||
Aaron Wellman runs a great hygiene program.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||This is a great point. There||
This is a great point. There are plenty of student-athletes working just as hard and just as worthy of support. But watching soccer or field hockey doesn't require a $100 ticket. Maybe we should just spread our support around a bit more - sends the same message to Brandon, namely "we're done being monetized".
Anyway, there's a difference between choosing to leave your already paid for seat empty and choosing not to buy tix in the first place. I suspect a lot of empty seats are going to be of the latter variety.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm sure the murderers row of||
I'm sure the murderers row of defenses we've faced will result in a strong upward bump then.