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|10 hours 18 min ago||Is there a double-standard?||
Is there a double-standard? Or is it just that Hoke's first two years (19-7) were much better than RR's (8-16), which meant that he entered year 3 with no pressure while RR was on the hot seat?
|11 hours 11 min ago||One possibility: if Nuss does||
Brady Hoke has been a head coach since 2003. He is not going the Luke Fickell route. That's not plausible at all at this point in his career.
|11 hours 14 min ago||Bo was not an assistant on||
Bo was not an assistant on Woody's staff when we hired him. He'd been a head coach at Miami (Oh) for several years.
We wouldn't have hired Bo straight off Woody's staff, and we mostly likely will never hire Narduzzi or any other assistant as our head coach - with good reason. Assistants are a gamble. Some aren't cut out to be head coaches.
|11 hours 22 min ago||We have had one strong year||
I would say we've had three (2004, 2006 and 2011), but in any event, the current staff wasn't around for seven of them. You can fault Hoke for what he's done, or not done, over the last three years. You can't fault him for what happened before then.
|13 hours 42 min ago||Not all of the initial 30%||
Not all of the initial 30% may necessarily end up voting for unionization, either. It's one thing to favor holding a vote on the issue, and another to actually favor unionizing.
|14 hours 2 min ago||It's one guy. No one guy||
It's one guy. No one guy "speaks to the state of the program" - especially in a sport with 85 scholarship players.
We should at this point be able to field a halfway competent interior OL given the players we've recruited the last three years. The 2012 recruits are in their third year - it should be time for them to step up. If we can't count on them, our issues run too deep to be covered up by one rent-a-senior.
|14 hours 16 min ago||I'm not sure how easy it is||
I'm not sure how easy it is to come as a lineman in the fall and take over a starting spot just like that. If he had transferred in January and had the benefit of spring ball at his new school, he'd be a stronger position. As it is, he's going to have to learn the playbook and develop chemistry with his fellow linemen in a matter of weeks.
|14 hours 24 min ago||People should calm down a||
People should calm down a little. We're talking about a guy with one year of eligibility, who already missed spring ball. Yeah, he may have been a decent stopgap measure but we'd be replacing him in a year's time anyway.
|14 hours 35 min ago||"Competitive balance" might||
"Competitive balance" might be a better way of putting it than "competitive fairness," but yeah, there's basically no way to allow athletes to capitalize on their own likeness without the rich schools exploiting it like crazy, what with boosters coming up with "endorsement deals" up the wazoo.
|15 hours 56 min ago||I remember being at a couple||
I remember being at a couple of parties at U-M when the cops came. The AAPD wasn't too unreasonable, though - I think only some really drunk kids got MIPs, and they let the rest off. East Lansing police are a lot stricter from what I've heard.
|16 hours 27 min ago||Or he arranged to take it on||
Or he arranged to take it on a different day for whatever reason.
I would imagine that John Beilein expects his guys to finish the school year, regardless of what their decisions for the next year are.
|16 hours 36 min ago||It's a road game.||
It's a road game.
|16 hours 37 min ago||I assumed Johnson was fired||
I assumed Johnson was fired by Iowa; this feels reminiscent of the Jim Boccher mid-season departure. But then I clicked on that Iowa link and the fans were upset/shocked he was leaving. Weird.
|18 hours 14 min ago||Those were awesome. You||
Those were awesome. You could never really fit anything in the pocket but it was still cool to zip it up.
|18 hours 17 min ago||Not a basketball fan?||
Not a basketball fan?
|19 hours 52 min ago||Definitely. Real is one of||
Definitely. Real is one of the very best clubs in the world while ManU (which usually is very strong) is going through a rocky transition.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I think it's just hard to||
I think it's just hard to change course in mid-stream. Implementing something like this in mid-season would seem like a panic move.
|4 days 11 hours ago||The age limit didn't exist||
The age limit didn't exist when Darko was drafted. It was introduced in 2005. Europeans can't enter the draft any sooner than Americans can - the age limit is 19 in either case.
|4 days 12 hours ago||I'm not sure why these kinds||
I'm not sure why these kinds of statements bother anyone. I would have been surprised if he'd said otherwise. It's April, and pretty much everyone on the team (Gardner included) needs to have a strong offseason if the team is going to take a step forward. I don't see the staff guaranteeing anyone else a starting spot, either.
|4 days 12 hours ago||There are a couple of things||
There are a couple of things at play here:
First, in many European countries, kids are winnowed at 14 or 15, with the serious students going on to high school and the weaker students going to a vocational school to learn some kind of trade. The NBA can't require a kid to finish high school if he never is allowed to attend in the first place. (Actually, they don't require American kids to finish high school either. They just have to be a year removed from their class's graduation.)
The other thing is that school age varies from one country to another. In some countries you can finish high school at 17, some 18, some as late as 20. The NBA isn't going to have a different rule for every country.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Is there any evidence that||
Is there any evidence that players who enter the league at 20 have shorter careers than those who enter at 19, or those who entered at 18 when it was allowed? I'm not sure.
Basketball is different than football, where the physical grind is almost as bad in college as it is in the pros. College basketball players have a far lighter schedule to play than NBA players. Michigan's season lasted almost as long as an NBA regular season, but we played 37 games (39 including exhibitions) instead of 82. The toll on your body should be less severe going through a college season.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Overseas players face the||
Overseas players face the same age limit as Americans. They currently can't enter the league before age 19, and it will be 20 if this passes.
|4 days 13 hours ago||The "service with attitude"||
The "service with attitude" thing stopped awhile ago, or at least that's how it seemed when I went the last few times.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Agree about that location,||
Agree about that location, but then again, I've seen plenty of non-students at Blimpy's whenever I've gone.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Seems to have quite a bit of||
Pretty simple: they'd like players to be more finished products when they arrive in the league. They hate paying big bucks to watch a guy slowly develop over a few years. Also, they want their rookies to be well-known before they enter the league.
The owners wanted a two-year rule all along, but the NBPA initially balked and the one-year rule was a compromise. Now it seems that NBPA is more amenable to the idea.
|4 days 13 hours ago||I like that idea, but college||
I like that idea, but college coaches don't want to wait until the end of June to have their rosters set. They voted to move up the draft withdrawl deadline to mid-April for that same reason.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Given that 1) most pro||
Given that 1) most pro careers are very short and 2) the NBPA itself claims that 50% of its ex-players are broke within five years of retirement, the current method doesn't seem to be a winner for a lot of guys. Getting a guy on the road to a degree, even if he doesn't finish it right then, can pay dividends down the road if he needs it later on. Keep in mind that even many sports-related jobs require a college degree.
Even if you think all of these athletes are going to be taking UNC-style joke courses, there is still something to be said for having some extra time to mature as a person and player before entering the dog-eat-dog professional world. Some 18-year-olds can make the transition, but a lot can't. (And while McGary might be an exception, the risk of career-threatening injury in college basketball is not all that great, and definitely lower than in football.)
|4 days 13 hours ago||Actually, most people assumed||
Actually, most people assumed McGary was a one-and-done guy during his recruitment.
As for top 5 guys, Jerod Ward was one, as was Kevin Garnett (who would have come here if he'd qualified academically). If you expand it to the top 25, the list is pretty extensive. Recruiting has not historically been a problem for us.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Is it really a "problem" that||
Is it really a "problem" that talented athletes are steered to college? Generally speaking, don't most people benefit from additional education?
|4 days 20 hours ago||That was awesome. I miss||
That was awesome. I miss those teams.
I do a little bad about Joe Dumars after watching that, but at the same time, the last several years have been pretty rough. Passing on Trey still gets me - he has that same "tough kid with a chip on his shoulder" mentality that this franchise has thrived upon.