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|1 week 3 days ago||It seems like Wisconsin||
It seems like Wisconsin always has the most favorable schedule for basketball...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I figured the addition of||
I figured the addition of Rutgers to the conversation- and the fact it was ESPN and not a message board added something new enough to the conversation to credit a new topic
|1 year 41 weeks ago||NR at this point often means||
NR at this point often means the site has not scouted them- not that they aren't good. When a player commits to a big program (which MSU is) then they likely expedite that process so that they have scouted players commited to top schools.
So the bump up at this stage is mostly a reflection of the tremendous amount of change possible in the early stages. When a player goes unchanged or unranked through multiple rounds of ranking updates and then commits and sees a huge bump you can argue its due to a "bump" but in this case I think its fairer to say its early in the game and the rankings change quickly.
Plus, I tend to agree that recruits to top schools get more hype, and that often translates to a "bump" in rankings that may not always be fair. And because Michigan has a bigger fanbase, and one that follows recruiting so heavily, it makes it more likely our recruits get a higher "bump" than those of many schools.
But rankings are only a reflection of success recruiting- a player won't be any better when they get to campus if they were a 5-star rather than a 4-star- its just that the expectations and class rankigs will be higher.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||SEC $||
If the Big XII get's 20 mill, I imagine the SEC will be getting quite a bit next go round.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Plus..||
States also lose highway money if they lower too- tough politically to lower it with interest groups too.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Well put||
Very well said!
So excited that basketall is a big draw at Michigan again and we are a team that will be bummed without a banner now!
So subjective with the rankings that it gets real tough. Is a class of two top 100 players better than one with two top 100 and some role players? In football bigger classes trump smaller ones because more players can equal more impact- with basketball its real hard when class iszes can range from 1 or 2 to 5 or 6. Averages don't work well when comparing a team with 2 recruits to one with 5, so subjective criteria really ocmes into play.
No matter how you slice it though we have one heck of a class coming in to build on the success of the past few years and keep taking this program to new levels!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Really excited to see him||
Really excited to see him play!
Best case: All-conference type player
Worst case: Gritty tough-guy getting boards and being a "glue" type player
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Good background!||
A lot of time you hear tradition and feel like it just always was that way- you pointed out very well how specific individuals (Yost in particular) and well thought out plans lead to tradition. Building a big stadium, choosing distinct uniforms, scheduling top teams, and all of the decisions made during the early years of Michigan football created the tradition that has made the athletics program what it is.
It is sad about UVa. VT shows that you can create tradition and bring in fans quickly and turn it into high demand for your team. UVa has had good teams in the past but despite being in a good conference in a state with many recruits and great academcis just never materialized into a good program. It's sad that you can't fill a student section with free tickets...
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I think any way to do a 5||
I think any way to do a 5 game series is tough. 1-1-1 at the end means a ton of travel, and a 2-3 means there is a reasonable chance the better team comes back needing to win all three- but if you truly are better you should at least split the first two and have a hge advantage wrapping the series up. It also guarantees the lower seed needs to win on the road- which is tough to do.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Still very early for these||
Still very early for these rankings which explains lots of the oddities.
I think Beilein has proved that we should have faith in his recruits. He gets guys that work so well for his system- and the incoming class is finally a loaded class. This class has the potential to be similar to that class- since so many Beilein recruits take off after commiting it seems. Not worried where Irvin gets rated- I am very excited to see him play for us no matter if he is a SF, SG, 5 star, 4 star, or whatever on any scouting service.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||We are lucky||
What I think after all these articles is how lucky we are as UM fans.
1- We have a large undergrad population= many alums and guaranteed tickets to big sports
2- We are next to a big metro area= lots of local fans
3- We have huge tradition= less fairweather fans that can wreak havoc during dry years (by dwindling attendance) and tons of fans who will pay insane amounts and give money
4- Huge/nice arenas= 110,000 tickets for football, close to 13,000 for basketball
5- Big Conference= lots of TV money, and high level of competition
6- Ann Arbor/fan support= not just football and basketball but both mens and womens teams
It can be very tough for teams that miss on just some of these areas and we have great support from all!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||All College Winners||
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Haven't we always been hosed?||
This seems to me to be a continuation of being screwed more than shooting ourselves in the face. Yes it'd be great to get home games or "northern" or "midwestern" matches and fighting for those would have been great- but we had history against us.
New Orleans, LA
And the Big Ten's love affair with the Rose Bowl is to keep a game where we are always disadvantaged by geography- playing a PAC 12 team at one of their stadiums.
SEC, ACC, and PAC 12 teams will always have some advantage by being in warmer more bowl-desirable locations. Yes the home playoff idea could have changed that but the history, tradition, and money interests were all against it.
We've been hosed for years by it and will continue to be...
|1 year 42 weeks ago||http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/r||
For some backgroung- I guess maybe the charges being filed might be new?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||How is new offensive||
How is new offensive coordinator and returning defensive coordinator both reasons. It seems like hte author is just saying being a Bama coordinator makes you awesome whether you are returning or new. This is especially stupid since our coordinators aren't too shabby...
Yes Alabama will be favored- but the ten reasons they give seem like sillier rationale for why.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Not only did he not start the||
Not only did he not start the number of stars scout ultimately gives him means nothing about how good he actually is or will be...
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Butler + VCU >||
Butler + VCU > Temple
Exciting up and coming programs that pair up well in the conference are great gets for the A-10- it's becoming a very very decent BB conference.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||BBall has classes of 3-5||
BBall has classes of 3-5 football 15-30, and BB starts 5 and football 11 offense, 11 defense, 1 kicker, 1 punter, 1 KR, etc.
It is very tough to pick from this group and not say everyone- but I think that's just the nature of a foot ball HOF- it will have to be stricter than BB.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||QB's should certainly have||
QB's should certainly have more time in the pocket to wait for the defense to break down or find the right target. That depends also on accuracy of QB and route-running of WR. So the deep OL should really help with that but I feel like that is less guaranteed (because it relies on QB and WR components heavily as well) than is solid running- which is more assured with a top OL.
If the OL holds strong there should be very few negative runs (and less sacks) and it could almost be like every rush is at least guaranteed 2 or 3 yards making even semi-decent RB very effective.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I think Wisconsin would run||
I think Wisconsin would run into trouble with beer sponsored helmets... /s
The boots with the GB socks are what sold me though.
Love these pro combat unis
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Huh?||
I'm not sure why governments pay schools for athletics either...
Agree that it is particularly unfair if the other state school(s) is/are not getting money.
What do most schools use government money for in athletics- stadium building/renovation?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Agree with WolvinLA2- No||
Agree with WolvinLA2- No Henne is bizarre...
Hart, Long, Graham, and Woodley in that order for me- with Henne as a 5th.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||The fairest way is a seeded||
The fairest way is a seeded tournament. It seems like having bowl tie-ins just make it more likely that the parings wont be as fair as they should be.
I like the Rose Bowl- but I dislike anything that takes away from a fair way to crown a champion- and fighting to keep the Rose Bowl I think will just perpetuate issues of unfairness in crowning a champion.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Thanks to both you and||
Thanks to both you and ACE!
How common is it for players to do both track and football? RG3 and Denard both do/did track correct?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Will track recruiting play a||
Will track recruiting play a big role for him then? Is he looking for schools good at both programs?
Would he have to be able to do track here too? (And if so could he?)
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Anyone know anything about||
Anyone know anything about Devon Allen? If we can't get Treadwell he'd be my next favorite WR.
The Ty Isaac USC MGoBoard post was one of the fastest 100 comment reachers I have seen- I understand the frustration but with our OL and solid RB already in the fold- I am not worried one bit about our running game moving forward- would have been nice to get Ty- but we are still in a great place!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I suppose "losing" a highly||
I suppose "losing" a highly touted recruit soon after that post provides some irony- but it seemed to be more about that actual process of recruiting than the quality of recruits (although that too is insanely high).
The staff seems to really connect to kids and be classy about recruiting which is what the post pointed out. Because a recruit went elsewhere doesn't mean anything about what we did. Maybe he likes nice weather, or the pop-culture/Hollywood scene for example. ,Michigan isn't for everybody, and its best players go where they will enjoy being- hope that USC can be that place for Ty (except for potential Rose Bowl clashes as others have pointed out).
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I like our RB class even||
I like our RB class even without him- but this is disapointing.
USC sure can pull in good RB's...
Good luck to Ty in the future.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||That is an awesome||
That is an awesome chart!
Looking at the student fees is intersting- the ACC and Big East get tons of money from student fees, SEC a decent amount by most, the Big 12 and PAC 12 mixed bag, and the Big Ten barely any. Illinois (2.9 million or $93.48 per student) and Iowa (.6 million, $29.58 per student) are the only two.
Glad the Big Ten is not asking too much of students who laready pay so damn muh for school.
UVA has students pay $938 per student.... that's absurd!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Minnesota's subsidies make||
Minnesota's subsidies make their revenue equal expenses.
My guess is they have a clause that the university or other fees must be used to pay expenses if revenues fall short. All the other school being subsidized do not seem to fit any pattern:
UM, Iowa, Illinois (barely) would still run a surplus without subsidies
Wisc, MSU, and IND seem to require their subsidies to have a higher surplus
4 schools no subsidies- all of which have surplus (OSU, PSU, NEB, PURD)
3 schools surplus without their subsidies (UM, IOWA, ILL)
1 school even due to subsidies (MINN)
3 schools requiring subsidies for surplus (WISC, MSU, IND)
and NW who knows?