Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|5 days 18 hours ago||Not to be snarky . . .||
but I'm guessing you haven't read too much attorney writing. "Illustrative and clear" aren't the first two adjectives that come to mind for a lot of the attorney written work product I've seen. I'm tempted to say BiSB should be commended for not writing like most attorneys!
|5 days 20 hours ago||A beautifully-written tribute . . .||
to a deserving Michigan student-athlete, in the best sense of that often-misused term. Mark Snyder or Mike Rosenberg would be proud to have written a piece of this calibur.
Wait, you mean that's not a compliment?
|1 week 20 hours ago||I don't like Dan Dakich.||
I . . . just don't like Dan Dakich.
His son, however, is awesome.
|1 week 2 days ago||Maybe read it again?||
The point of the post, to me, was not to make an empirical statement about whether Michigan truly qualifies as an "elite" program, such that "birthright fandom" would be justified. I read this post as directed at the Michigan fan, not the state of Michigan athletics, suggesting that we might want to liberate ourselves from "birthright fandom" even if that could be justified nowadays, as it was in the past. I don't get how several folks find this post "depressing" -- could be some confirmation bias at work here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Also, on an empirical note . . .||
Since 2000 (a 14-year span), two teams (Oklahoma and OSU) have finished in the top ten in the final AP poll nine times, and each had a close call for a tenth top-ten finish (OK finished 11 in '06, OSU finished 12 in 2013). Another team (USC) has finished in the top ten eight times since 2000, and two others (Texas and Alabama) have seven top-ten finishes since 2000 (with Texas having three additional close calls, finishing 12 (in '00), 12 (in '03) and 13 (in '06)). So it appears that "elite" status, under your definition, is still achievable in the post-Bo era.
|1 week 2 days ago||Maybe he's doing an irony thing . . .||
by embodying "birthright fandom" in his comment?
|1 week 6 days ago||So, to summarize . . .||
the University can read this exception broadly, give the student government harpies a copy of the "final results" -- i.e., the letter to Gibbons that was already printed in the Daily -- and tell them to get lost.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting analysis . . .||
Those years of legal study and practice are really paying off.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||I've watched this . . .||
so many times now -- and when I'm done here I'm going to watch it some more. I regret that I have but one "+1" to give to this.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||What's . . .||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Old school is the way to go . . .||
I see nothing in the rules that prevents me from mailing these letters I've written to every kid in the 247 Top 100. My investment in "Forever" stamps has paid off! And I'm warming up the fax machine as a backup plan.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||And in addition . . .||
the statute only permits the disclosure of "final results," which presumably wouldn't include the November 20 document that announced a finding of culpability. Not sure why Brian would expect that this November finding would be shared with the Athletic Department at the time -- it seems like bad policy for departments/professors to be notified of an ongoing OSCR inquiry into alleged student misconduct, at least until this inquiry has reached its conclusion [edit: and as you mention, it is in fact OSCR policy not to provide this notice] [edit #2 (last one I promise): I see that BiSB has also made this same point below].
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||This is too broad/simplistic . . .||
A head coach certainly may choose to conduct his own investigation, and is not bound by the outcome of the OSCR process. As Erik points out below, however, a coach has limited investigative means at his disposal -- as an obvious example, he can't compel the alleged victim to speak to him. Heck, for all we know -- among the many other facts we don't know -- Hoke might have looked into this himself and decided (like law enforcement did in 2009) that there were too many questions/uncertainties to impose any discipline, or he might have imposed some sort of behind-the-scenes discipline.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Or maybe even earlier . . .||
seeing as how Nebraska is still listed as 0-4 in the B1G.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||You're overlooking the possibility . . .||
that Harris wanted to lead the nation in TFLs.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I've been doing this for a while . . .||
and I highly recommend it. Watching the Lions fail enhances my appreciation of sports as an endeavor where success is based on merit.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Just wondering . . .||
what do you think about a thread discussing the impact of the Nussmeier hire on MGoBlog moderators?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||That's already been done . . .||
This time around, you'll have to pay extra to rent the portion of bench you sit on and the allotment of air you breathe during the game -- no bringing in your own air anymore!
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Thanks for your reasoned, dispassionate response . . . .||
Meanwhile, in contrast to my supposed "hate" for Borges, the points I was making were quite simple and didn't depend particularly on YPA numbers (especially those of Cox, who I didn't even mention):
(1) If Borges is going to claim that he's more effective without a QB coach, his work so far with Michigan's QBs -- over three years, a decent amount of time for reasonable evaluation -- doesn't bear that out. And if it doesn't help a QB to "have two guys arguing about how he should play the position," maybe the OC should back off and let the QB coach do the job he was hired to do?
(2) Brian's best defense of Borges rests explicitly on the assumption that he can develop a "functional running game," which he has failed to do at Michigan in the absence of Denard.
I just thought the juxtaposition of questions about a QB coach and about the best possible case for Borges was interesting and exposed a possible contradiction in the defense of Borges. Perhaps you are the "magician" if you can construe my comment as a "FIRE BORGES!" rant.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Anyone else notice . . .||
the tension between questions one and two (and their answers)? In response to Q2, Brian tells us that the argument in favor of Borges is "that he does tend to have high YPA offenses when he has decent quarterbacks," and he cites Ryan Lindley's 9.1 YPA as an example. But in response to Q1, we're reminded that Borges had a QB coach at SDSU (coaching the aforementioned Ryan Lindley) but he doesn't have one at Michigan because "[c]oaching quarterbacks is more [his] M.O." Then, returning to Q2, we see that the YPA for Michigan QBs decreases with each year that Borges coaches them. Beyond the assumption that Borges, without the magic of Denard, can somehow develop the "functional running game" that he needs for an "effective offense," doesn't the case for Borges also rely on an ability to coach QBs that he also hasn't demonstrated at Michigan?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Or would you prefer . . .||
Are You Smarter Than Our Search Committee? Red River Shore? America's Next Top-Paid But Underacheiving Coach?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Not to burst your "only at this blog" bubble . . .||
but by my scientific count -- a/k/a rough guestimate because I couldn't be bothered to confirm this -- the tally of comments for this post is running 112 pro-DB and only 41 against this scheduling move. Folks might want to save their usual "hive-mind" complaints for posts where the majority is actually agreeing with Brian's take . . . .
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Right . . .||
because the only option for 2017 was the one announced today, and there hasn't been any opportunity in the past few years for DB to explore different options for the opening game of 2017. All he can do, in your apparent view, is wait for someone to call and drop something in his lap. On the other hand, when DB is "proactive," we get things like the Appy State rematch, so maybe I should be happy that he's just sitting by the phone.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I wish I had gotten that letter . . .||
since the PSD for my seats next year has gone up, despite a schedule you correctly label "an embarrassment."
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm not at liberty to say more . . .||
but let's just say I used to have a LOT more MGoPoints before a recent trip down the Silk Road . . . .
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||So what you're saying is . . .||
we're going to regret our up/down votes a few months down the road?
|13 weeks 19 hours ago||Testing the new MGoBlog policy . . .||
"How Soon Is Now" is the only decent song by the Smiths. On the other hand, I like a lot of Phil Collins' work.
Also, I don't believe the return of up/down voting will make much of a difference in the quality of posts on this site.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||The way it worked before, at least . . .||
you could set your own threshold for greyed-out comments. I liked this, because I found that a minus-one wasn't necessarily sufficient to flag a comment worth avoiding, given the tendency to neg based on mere disagreement.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Truly . . .||
it was like rain on your wedding day.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||You might be on to something . . .||
Maybe we need to start an homage thread filled with off-topic images and videos.