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|1 day 3 hours ago||Because...||
Because it will look awesome, in person and on TV.
UCLA is in Westwood and plays its games in Pasadena. It may have "LA" in the name, but that's not LA. They decided to put both teams in their home uniforms because it would look cool; full stop. And it does.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Hey..||
I didn't say I wasn't going to go. :-) Just that I wasn't as excited about it.
Arkansas has a proud football tradition as well. If you don't believe me, ask Richard Nixon, or Jerry Jones. Or -- any Texas fan who's old enough to remember. They've clearly suffered since they left the SWC, but they were a national power in the 60s and 70s. And, they have Bret Bielema, so there would have been immense satisfaction in administering a beatdown.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I was really looking forward||
I was really looking forward to a game at Arkansas. They have a fantastic game-day environment and the area around Fayetteville is gorgeous. (The rest of Arkansas, less so. :-). It's the game at Oklahoma I'm least excited about traveling to. There's little of interest in that entire state.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Best Schedule Possible||
Michigan should be playing the best opponents possible. Full stop. Give me Texas and Notre Dame, and throw in USC or Florida State or...
If I wanted an easy path to the playoffs, I'd be an SEC fan. I'm tired of seeing Michigan hold glorified scrimmages against overmatched teams. Remember, the 1997 schedule was Colorado, Baylor, and Notre Dame. Colorado turned out to be mediocre that season, but they were preseason AP #8. Baylor was nothing special but still a cut above the MAC. The 1985 schedule was Notre Dame, @ South Carolina, and Maryland. (I think I've heard of the '85 team's quarterback recently, but it slips my mind)...
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Sadly...||
Sadly, he changed from the Ripken jersey to Ray Lewis, best remembered for pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in the murders of two men. Truly a disappointing choice.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||No...||
No, because it's not a conference championship. Sure, it'd be nice to have won more, just like it's nice to win the occasional Preseason NIT or Maui Invitational. But it doesn't make it important.
People still talk about the Fab Five's back-to-back Final Fours, even though they were vacated. However, when Michgan won the Big Ten outright a couple of years back, nobdoy was talking about 1998. I don't know that it ever came up.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||"Your first negotaation is||
"Your first negotaation is your most important, all future earnings are based off of it."
In most companies, especially in competitive fields, this isn't really the case. The best performers will tend to rise to the top of the pay scale regardless of where they start. At bonus / salary adjustment time, they can see who is making what, who's overpaid relative to their peers, and who's underpaid. At most companies, the high-performing, underpaid people will get the biggest bump, to try to bring them in line with their peers. It's not altruism -- it's the knowledge that they're the company's most vulnerable assets in terms of being poached by the competition. Yes, it will affect the first year or two, but how well you do your job is much more important than where you start on the salary chart.
I'm a big fan of the "if you can do X, Y, and Z, I'll sign today" approach,* because it is an indication of good faith on the candidate's part. Nobody likes to be used, and if you simply ask for a better offer without giving any assurances, the hiring manager may well be concerned that the candidate's interest is less than sincere and that any response would just be used as leverage against a competing firm.
I don't see a one-month-out start date to be a particular issue. If people seem concerned, I'd say something like this: "I need to give my current employer three weeks' notice, and then I'd like to take a week to recharge my batteries, so to speak. After all, I understand that I won't have any vacation accrued for a while." Having said that, two weeks' notice to your current employer is standard in most industries, so you may be asking for one week more than you need.
Regardless, OP, good luck!
* Off-topic, but this works pretty well in other negotations as well. For example, it's a great approach for purchasing a car. It's so good, in fact, that car salesmen will actually try to push you into it: "What would it take to get you into this car today?" The difference, of course, is that the salesman is trying to get the client to make a snap decision. As the purchaser, you presumably wouldn't make a committable offer until you had already done your homework and decided which vehicle you wanted to purchase.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Well...||
To be fair, they did, until recently, employ Peyton Manning. So, it's easy to see how their fans could think that AWTH was, in fact, secretly a position of need.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||...||
Someone will imply that Michigan is offering staff positions to family / friends / coaches of coveted recruit X in order to secure his commitment.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||...||
Take my penknife, my good man!
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Now...||
Now wait just a minute! We're twice as smart as the people of East Lansing! Just tell us your idea, and we'll vote for it!
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Wodewick||
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Barney's movie had heart...||
Barney's movie had heart, but Football in the Groin had a football in the groin!
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Especially||
Especially people who hate Michigan and Harbaugh. Then they would whine about how unfair it is and how he doesn't really deserve their attention.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||That...||
That isn't how the RPI works. There's literally nothing in the formula that takes into account whom you beat and to whom you lost. In fact, as ridiculous as it sounds, the losses to MSU and Indiana are worse for the RPI than a loss to Minnesota would be -- because home losses count for 1.4 whereas road losses only count for 0.6.
Happily, the RPI appears to be more-or-less ignored by the selection committee. The RPI's main benefit was that it was computable, given the limitations on data and computer power in the late 70s/early 80s. There are plenty of better ways to rank basketball teams these days.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Upshot for the rest of the class||
I'd say the true upshot for the rest of the class is that the 2017, 2018, and 2019 classes, at a minimum, willl not likely contain scholarship kickers.
So, if you are the parent of a high-school student and are hoping to have Jim Harbaugh and Warde Manuel pay his tuition, I recommend you have him work out at any other position. ;-)
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry..||
Sorry, I meant "vetted the disclosure of this information." As in, I hope that Gary and his family weren't blindsided by this.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||...||
There is an ACC Network -- it's just a little different. :-) Wikipedia . (TL;DR: Raycom Sports entered a partnership with ESPN for the content but they handle the distribution; Detroit viewers would see it on Channel 50). However, that's a good point -- even if it weren't an ESPN venture, they don't have the ability, as currently built, to broadcast on a national platform.
Anyway, the point is, the announcement would have moved to a non-ESPN property, not necessarily one related to any particular school.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Well...||
That would be surprising for a former CEO. One of the first things I was taught during orientation for my first job is "never say anything that you wouldn't want to read on the front page of the New York Times.' And that was years ago, well before the social media explosion and smartphones in every pocket. When you rise to the CEO position of a major company, you're often privvy to a lot of details that would be of great interest to third parties (e.g., the Wall Street Journal). Learning not to speak off-the-cuff is an absolutely requirement for a successful CEO.
Even if he didn't know that he was speaking to a reporter, he should have assumed that his words would get out, given the amount of buzz the SWTS event was generating. Also, based on the series of tweets, it looks like Zúñiga was interviewing him at the time, or at least part of a group conversation.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||:-)||
:-) Yeah, definitely a different scenario. Thankfully, there don't appear to be too many examples of athletes being attacked, so I had to reach a little bit.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmmm..||
OK, well, in that case, I'll just keep my fingers crossed that he vetted this with Gary and his family first. And I definitely hope you're mistaken that Gary will suffer -- he certainly hasn't done anything wrong.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Directly?||
Eh, probably not directly, although ask Nancy Kerrigan about that. But they could certainly make things difficult for his family. Some people don't take kindly to being cheated.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||The ACC Network||
The ACC Network (yes, it exists) is an ESPN venture, so that wouldn't have been it. The SEC Network is also an ESPN venture, so ditto.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||eh...||
Eh, good point. I guess I wouldn't be a very good bagman. :-) I suppose there'd have to be a good-faith payment up front. Then again, what's to say that there wouldn't be consequences? Someone upthread compared it to robbing a drug dealer -- sure, they may not report it, but you're going to be sleeping with one eye open for a while.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||I disagree||
I read it as an attempt by a man who has secured his legacy, announced his retirement, and hired / vetted his successor to try to do the right thing for the future of college football. You can have a legitimate argument about whether or not eliminating bagmen is (a) actually the right thing to do and (b) possible, but statements like this from a man in Hackett's position will be impetus toward having that discussion and deciding, as a community, which direction the sport should go.
The reason you don't see ADs say anything similar to this very often is that they have too much to lose. Hackett doesn't need Clemson's (or Alabama's, or Mississippi's, or...) AD to return his phone calls, or to agree to some future proposal, or anything else. He has the luxury of a platform from which to deliver his message and the freedom to be honest without fearing the consequences.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||...||
Well, if I were to offer an illegal* inducement for a student to attend college, I'd probably say something along the lines of "look in the closet of your dorm room when you arrive." Then again, maybe some bagmen are more trusting than I. ;)
* per NCAA bylaws, not -- as far as I know -- per any actual laws. :-)
|24 weeks 3 days ago||I still wish...||
I still wish it had been handled better -- I liked Harbaugh's* suggestion yesterday at the press conference that students be allowed to sign LOIs at any time. That would cut down on early offers and 15-month (apparently) meaningless "verbal commitments."
Having said that, the consensus seems to be that there was a player who was willing to grayshirt if necessary, who was told that in advance and waited it out. So, there may have been a spot for Weaver after all, had he waited. The fact of the matter is that if Harbaugh had not been open with him, and had said something like "Sure, we have a scholarship for you; just don't fax your LOI until 6 PM on NSD," he might have ended up going to Michigan and we'd never have known about the drama.
I was a critic of Harbaugh's tactics, so I'll give credit where it's due -- honesty did not benefit Michigan here. It did, however, make sure that this young man was able to secure a scholarship to a good academic school in a Power 5 conference. So, kudos to Jim Harbaugh for being open with a recruit, even when the message isn't what said recruit wanted to hear. Now, just do a better job communicating (earlier) in the future. :-)
* This is not to suggest he's the first to mention it -- I've seen it from several other places also. But that was the most recent source.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Washington||
After reading numerous posts about the Washington recruting analysts wanting to fight anyone who suggested that a recruit might not pick UW, I'm shocked to report that ESPN and 24/7 both rank the Huskies as the #29 overall class.
Having lived in the Seattle area for way too long, I can tell you that Seattle sports fans -- and media -- are (a) few in number, (b) prone to bandwagonism, and (c) amazingly provincial. Seattle is a wonderful place to visit during the summer*, but don't expect to have an informed conversation about sports with anyone sporting UW or Seattle gear.
* defined as July 5 through the end of August.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||MST3K||
You can tell the MST3K fans from the responses on this part of the thread. I think Thick McRunFast would be a great addition to the (Signing) Class of 2017... :-)
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