...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|1 day 11 hours ago||Zero||
It's already a small class, so no reason to take two QBs. That second scholarship could be used elsewhere.
|1 day 17 hours ago||ESPN3||
It's an ESPN game so it's on ESPN3.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Draft is really deep at WR||
The draft is really deep at WR. The Lions should grab best available defender or OL in the first round, and then take a WR in round two or three if they need one.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Its Fowler||
Fowler just reupped with ESPN through 2023. He'll pull double duty on Gameday and the primetime game just like Herbstreit.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Think he's free either way||
I think Reece moves up regardless. He either gets the prime time gig, or more likely Fowler takes the prime time slot and Reece does College Gameday. Not sure who gets stuck with Holtz and May.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Same reason BTN is a big deal||
It's the exact same reason BTN is a big deal. You may piss on an Ole Miss Vandy matchup, but it's really no different than a Wisconsin Northwestern matchup. Plenty of people will still watch it.
|3 days 6 hours ago||BTN is owned by FOX, SEC by ESPN||
There's a big difference between the SECN and BTN. BTN is owner by Fox who up until recently barely did any college football. The SEC Network is owned by ESPN who has announcers, reporters, and analysts galore to spare. Plus, they've been doing CFB for decades. So the SECN should be very polished right out of the gate.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Nope||
No more Primetime game and he won't do any of the big bowls or playoff games.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Fowler or Reece||
It'll be either Fowler or Reece Davis. Probably Fowler teamed up with Herbstreit. If Fowler does the Primetime game, Reece may take over College Gameday.
|3 days 6 hours ago||It is||
ESPN owns the SEC Network and Brent wasn't poached, he was demoted.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Could still draft him||
The Lions can still draft Gallon in like the fourth or sixth round. Take the proven guy when you can and then go for the project or iffy guy later.
|3 days 15 hours ago||They would absolutely take him||
Don't kid yourselves, the coaches would take him no matter how "blue" he was. He's a major talent on the DLine, and we need all the help we can get there.
Not every kid that commits to a school is 100% convinced that's the school for them. A lot of them have a ton of good options and are probably only 60% or so convinced that's the school that's for them. For some, its probably even lower. But you gotta pick some place, so you go with the one you're most comfortable you're with.
Get the kid in the program, and then make him 100% blue.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Because that would be dumb||
It would be stupid to enroll at one school, and then transfer to another. He'd be buring two years of eligibility by doing that assuming Michigan would even grant him a direct transfer to Michigan State. Because don't forget, a lot of schools are colossal assholes about letting kids transfer to the school of their choice. So he'd likely have to go the Juco route to wind up at MSU.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Ohio is south of Michigan||
Ohio is south of Michigan. #Geography
|4 days 15 hours ago||Bonus points||
I would agree that getting some bonus points based on class, or seasons attended, or even both would be nice. It could be small and still be worth it. Three points for a senior, two for junior, and one for sophomore.
|4 days 15 hours ago||That's only for 2014 though||
The hybrid system is only for 2014 though. 2015 will be a strict points system based off of 2014 attendance and class standing will count for nothing. You get three points for going to a game, and three more points for showing up 30min before kickoff. With six 2014 home games, you get a maximum of 36 points for a season. My understanding of it is that if you're a junior and your senior and sophomore friends all have 36 points, you'll all have equivalent seating. No "bonus points" for being a senior.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Outstanding Freudian slip.||
Outstanding Freudian slip.
|5 days 7 hours ago||The guy I was talking to||
The guy I was talking to mentioned this. He was saying that its pretty easy to nail down around 63 or so of the 68 teams in the tournament. The last 4 or 5 are the really hard ones that take the most time.
Most of the information and tools that the committee uses is also available to the public. So your Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm's of the world are using a lot of the same tools.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Bingo||
Yup. Turns out the committee doesn't wake up Sunday morning and say HOLY SHIT, WE'VE GOT TO FILL OUT THE BRACKET!! QUICK, WHO'S GOOD THIS SEASON?!?
|5 days 13 hours ago||Football committee||
This is what will make the football playoff committee interesting. Since its a much, much smaller pool of results and matchups to look at, things like margain of victory will have to be looked at. And not just that. Say two teams beat Team X 42-21. But the first team pulled their starters midway through the second quarter, but the second team left theirs in until the start of the fourth. Team A's victory becomes more impressive.
But what if team A was playing at the start of the season, and Team X had some players that really came on during the season and became major players during the latter part of the season when they played Team B. Is Team A's win still more impressive since they were possibly playing a weaker version of Team X?
The football committee debates will be really interesting. Football is a much harder sport to try and pick a playoff from using a selection committee.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Actually spent the weekend talking to a member||
I actually spent the weekend talking to a committee member. Super nice guy. His big point of emphasis was that it really comes down to who you play, who you beat, and where you played them. Conferences and all of that other crap don't matter. Its all on a team by team basis.
So to answer your question, yes things like this do matter. If it comes down to it (and it might since they are 21-10/10-8 and 20-10/9-9), they will put up Utah's resume next to Arkansas's resume and compare the two. They will ask, OK, why did Arkansas get beat so badly in those games? Or why/how did Utah play their top teams close? And then they'd probably throw in a third team like say Iowa (also in that 20-11/9-9 range) or one of the three 20-11/10-8 Big East teams and compare their results. And then they'd vote on which of those teams they will continue to consider, and which ones get left behind.
The committee memebers watch a TON of basketball, have a ton of data at their disposal, and are all very well informed. Each member is assigned a main conference (like ACC, SEC, Big Ten, etc) and then a couple of smaller conferences to be the "expert" on. So when "hey, how did Utah play these games close" gets asked, they'll turn to the person that's been monitoring the Pac-12 for some insight.
|1 week 2 days ago||No way||
No just wants to leave an $800K a year job.
|1 week 2 days ago||He needs one good skill||
I agree with the guy above, a 3pt shot is the last of GRIII's worries. He needs to develop one great to excellent skill to survive in the NBA. Currently he has none. Given his outstanding athleticism, focusing on defense and/or rebounding would be a good place to start.
|1 week 3 days ago||This might be my favorite mgoblog comment of all time.||
This might be my favorite mgoblog comment of all time.
|1 week 3 days ago||Probably right||
You're probably right. Just wondering why break things up if you didn't have to. Just seems odd to me. Just push the spring game back a week or two and then everything will be fine.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'd disagree||
Anytime you're learning new stuff, its best to keep repeating it and building on it. By having a long break in between, you're going to have to spend a lot of practice three and four reteaching what you did the first two days.
Think about your own spring breaks. It takes a little bit to remember what the hell was going on before you left. And having grown up around teachers, I know that they always complained that the days before a break were a waste because the kids don't remember what you were teaching them when they come back from break.
|1 week 3 days ago||Cool idea Dave Brandon||
Maybe we can put a giant noodle outside too, and then fly a plane over IU's campus dragging a banner that says "Suck It Losers #GoBlue #NotRed #LOLOLOL"
|1 week 3 days ago||Why break it up like that?||
What's the point in breaking up practice like that? Seems like a waste of two days of practice.
|1 week 4 days ago||Pennsylvania is gonna be tough now||
Recruiting kids out of Pennsylvania is going to be pretty tough with Franklin there now.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think recruits will start to question him||
Given the last two years, I think recruits will start to question signing up to play for Cal. The teams have underperformed and I don't know if any of the players have gotten much better. Out of 2013's supposed "best recruiting class ever" only three of the five are projected first rounders, and only one is lottery bound. If you're a one and done player, that's not exactly the results you're looking for.