this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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- Offer a football degree inside any of the current colleges (LSA or Kinesiology would make the most sense). During their next review the accrediting board would force them to remove the major or lose their accreditation.
- Offer a football degree through an entirely new college "The Ross-Wilpon College of Athletics". This would then be an unaccredited college which means all the students would be ineligible for financial aid. So it would only be open to scholarship players. In some states it is illegal to list a degree from unaccredited colleges. The downsides of unaccredited colleges goes on.
- For education (below graduate level) furnished by an educational institution to an employee, former employee who retired or became disabled, or his or her spouse and dependent children.
- For education furnished to a graduate student at an educational institution if the graduate student is engaged in teaching or research activities for that institution.
For education (below graduate level) furnished by an educational institution to an employee, former employee who retired or became disabled, or his or her spouse and dependent children.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I thought the exact same||
I thought the exact same thing. Maybe the title should be "Note to President Schlissel: ..."
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I think he knows that. But||
I think he knows that.
But which is more important? Some meaningless game in the B1G/ACC matchup, or the big rivalry game with our in-county opponent?
|44 weeks 2 days ago||That's ironic!||
|44 weeks 3 days ago||I was just wondering how Penn||
I was just wondering how Penn State's recovery time compared to Michigan. Maybe somebody will answer us.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||JBA: Those are sweet pics.||
JBA: Those are sweet pics. Very nice paint job and congrats on beating State.
Now, slightly OT but related to your technical help, how do you embed tweets in comments? I tried to do that yesterday but when I pasted in the embed code that Twitter provides it starts with blockquote so then it just showed a small empty yellow box.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||35-38 Utah wins :(||
35-38 Utah wins :(
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I agree. I think the recruits||
I agree. I think the recruits generally think it's funny and like it but it probably doesn't make much of a lasting impression usually. Except for this case since it has gone national:
Edit: I can't get the tweets to embedy all pretty like:
https://twitter.com/mdm_21/status/511921142358372352 They photoshopped another player with Selena Gomez (as Ace linked to above)
https://twitter.com/mdm_21/status/512046771199934465 And now E! News aired a segment on these two photoshopped covers. So this recruit just got put on basic cable thanks to this WF recruiting gimmick. Pretty cool for him.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Well, that 97 Nebraska team||
Well, that 97 Nebraska team didn't give up a single yard to any B1G teams in conference play. So I guess they were the best B1G team ever. Too bad Michigan was rotated off the schedule that year. It would have been nice to get a true winner of the B1G.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||You're talking about the||
You're talking about the second picture, right? The top picture was right before a timeout.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||"Michigan would frequently||
"Michigan would frequently press the single X receiver away from NDs twins or trips:"
There were two receivers at the bottom of the screen -- i.e. twins -- and a single receiver at the top of the screen who was pressed.
Good call on the ineligible receiver at the bottom of the screen though. Checking the video at mgovideo http://mgovideo.com/2014-michigan-vs-notre-dame/ it turns out this was actually the formation when Notre Dame called their second timeout of the first half. I imagine the formation mistake possibly contributed to that. They didn't have enough time to change who was on the LOS and who wasn't.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||UM and ND||
UM and ND
Should play in every sport
Every year. Fuck 'em.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Ghost of Bcook it is your||
Ghost of Bcook it is your lucky day! The ghost of Joan Rivers has deemed your request worthy:
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Strange. It cut out after the||
Strange. It cut out after the first half for me. I assume everything went exactly like the first half and Michigan won by 25-30 points. Thanks for uploading it.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||The main accrediting board||
The main accrediting board for music schools was founded in 1924 which is in the same time span as accreditation was becoming widespread.
There are two options for Michigan to offer a degree in football in the current landscape:
Yes, the football schools could band together and form an accreditation board for Sports Performance. But it would have to get approved by the Department of Education so it's not like it would necessarily be automatic.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Accreditation||
Because there is no accrediting board for sports performance degrees.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Tuition will NOT be taxable||
Combat pay is not the only exemption to income tax. It is a rare exemption that makes a cash bonus (not a reimbursement) paid to an employee non-taxable though. Anything of value that you receive is income. If someboy gives you $5 for your birthday, it is $5 of income. It is not taxable income because it is under the limit for gifts. If you trade somebody your $50 video game for an $80 blu-ray player you just made $30 of income. That is taxable (although you won't report it and there is virtually no way to catch you).
A large part (perhaps the majority) of the IRS tax code is deciding what different forms of income count as and whether they are taxable or not (and what form of taxation they will fall under). Here is a handy chart that gives a small slice of the taxable vs non-taxable discussion:
The IRS also publishes a "short" 36 page document that gives an overview for many (but far from all) scenarios of income. In fact, in this Publication 525 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p525.pdf) it explicitly says the tuition payment will not be taxable to an employee
This argument will only apply to undergraduate student-athletes but I think BiSB's logic is correct that the tuition payments would not be taxable for 5th year graduate students either. But even if you don't believe him, there are numerous ways to avoid taxation. For example, the University could set up a tax-free "529 plan" and contribute the tuition and room & board amount to that account. The athlete would then "pay" tuition from that account that Uncle Michigan (I mean University of Michigan) generously contributed to.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Tuition will NOT be taxable||
There is no bearing of this ruling on the taxability of tuition scholarships. The IRS has already stated in Publication 525 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p525.pdf) that any educational institution may provide tax-free tuition reductions to any EMPLOYEE:
I will note that this does require graduate students to be involved in teaching or research activities. BiSB's analysis I think would still prove that the tuition is not taxable.
BUT even if you don't believe him, there are numerous ways that this could be avoided. For example, the university could contribute (tax-free) the amount of tuition and room & board to a "529 plan" for every student-athlete. Then the athlete would "pay" his tuition out of this plan that Uncle Michigan so generously contributed to.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Interesting links about||
Interesting links about Haikus. Apparently November counts as early winter but I feel like any month of the regular season is by definition fall. So here's a late autumn linked to early winter haiku run.
The morning cold
Warmed briefly by the Devins --
This day burns bright?
Michigan's hopes --
Like flowers out of season,
Fall to the ground.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Timely question||
Good question. It's actually coming this week! There will be the half-season update. And then a couple more in the 2nd half of the season and the end of season update.
Although I wish the first update hadn't come the week that Michigan dropped out :(
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Unfortunately NDNation has||
Unfortunately NDNation has made a separate game board that is only visible to registered members. That was always an interesting read after a Notre Dame loss. Although I felt like I needed a shower after visiting the site.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Bespoke||
No. This is Michigan. Our alternate uniforms are the equivalent of Brooks Brothers after a lifetime of wearing bespoke suits from Saville Row.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I agree with your prediction||
I agree with your prediction that with a loss next week they will be ranked in the 20s. I don't think the voters will put a 1-3 team in the polls. They'll be near the bottom of receiving votes.
I also don't really think they should be ranked a 1-3. Good teams need to win some of those games. Losing all 3 might be a sign they aren't Top 25 material.
Now, after beating Vandy, Tenn and Mizzou with a 4-3 record and those specific losses, they'll definitely be ranked again.
I'm on the Georgia side with you this week, so hopefully this is all just a thought exercise.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||This is why early polls are||
This is why early polls are fun. There's a lot of potential movement and more things to discuss. The last few weeks, the positions are somewhat locked in place and can't change very far. Boring!
If the voters could be trusted to ignore their previous ballots then the early season polls have no downside. The problem is that too many voters take their previous poll and make minor adjustments. I would rather fix this problem than eliminate early polls (although it is the much harder solution).
|1 year 47 weeks ago||What if Georgia loses?||
If Georgia loses a close game to South Carolina (say 28-27) this weekend they will be 0-2 but they will have only lost to the #4 and #6 team in the country by a total of (in my example) 4 points.
Will they still be in the Top 25?
SHOULD they still be in the Top 25?
Right now, I think 11th is a good spot for Georgia. Will the voters be able to have an 0-2 team in the Top 25 though? Questionable.
In week 3, they'll crush North Texas. In week 4 they could lose to LSU the #9 team. Can a 1-3 team be in the Top 25?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Why does it say "Waiting for||
Why does it say "Waiting for market to open at 8 am ET"? Are trades only valid on Saturdays?
Edit: It works now. It must have just been a glitch or something.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||43 - 10 Michigan wins||
43 - 10 Michigan wins
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Interesting. Is Washington a||
Interesting. Is Washington a sentimental pick, or what makes you think they are going to finally emerge from their near-decade of failure?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Fixed!||
Thanks for pointing that out. I fixed it now
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I emailed you Sunday||
I emailed you Sunday night/yesterday morning. Did you get my email?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I found this helpful||
I found this helpful character chart via the AVClub