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|7 hours 41 min ago||Wait, you're a student and||
Wait, you're a student and bought three season tickets last year? I didn't think students could do that. Or do you mean you were in a group of three that bought tickets?
|7 hours 48 min ago||Yes, guys who sit out due to||
Yes, guys who sit out due to transfer rules still count against the limit.
I'm not sure if your proposal would really make sense. A transferring player only has to sit out one year. If teams could recruit other players to fill the spot, what would they do after the year's over? They'd have one too many players.
|7 hours 56 min ago||Agree||
McGary/LeVert/Walton/Irvin would be a pretty nice core to build around. I could see a team led by those guys making a deep NCAA run.
|8 hours 9 min ago||1. Alumnus2. Tickets since||
2. Tickets since 2005 (not counting student tickets a few years prior to that).
3. 2 tickets renewed
4. No tickets dropped
5. There was never really a "decision" to make - I'm a diehard. I can't give the tickets up.
|1 day 9 hours ago||He's made a lot of money, but||
He's made a lot of money, but it's tough to tell a 20-year-old to be fiscally responsible. I hope he's put some of it away. As for this...
...it's not as simple to make it big in Europe as a lot of people here seem to think. There aren't many roster spots available to non-EU citizens, and contracts aren't guaranteed. Also, living in a foreign country is quite a bit different than just being there as a tourist for a week.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Its pretty damn rare for a 23||
I can think of a guy right up the road. Adreian Payne (who turned 23 this past winter) is now a consensus 1st rounder. He was not a year ago.
|1 day 10 hours ago||To say it's never a mistake||
To say it's never a mistake to leave is as ignorant as to say it's always a mistake. Each case is different. Forfeiting your college eligiibility isn't a small thing, and if you go pro when you aren't in high demand, you may never be able to get yourself into demand again. Once a guy washes out, he rarely ever has a chance to make it back.
Also, making a good European team is harder than you're making it sound. Most (if not all) leagues have quotas of non-EU players, which makes competition for those few roster spots pretty fierce. Stu Douglass for instance is playing in Spain, but he's not playing in their top league but a second-division one, which doesn't pay much. Americans playing there also have to deal with elevated expectations - European fans expect a lot out of their American players, and they will let them have it if they don't turn out to be superstars. (European sports fans in general are pretty insane - it's not unusual for players to have objects thrown at them from the stands, even from their own supporters.) Playing overseas is a double-edged sword.
|1 day 12 hours ago||You can find random||
You can find random exceptions to every rule.
|2 days 3 hours 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?
|2 days 4 hours 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.
|2 days 4 hours 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.
|2 days 4 hours 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.
|2 days 7 hours 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.
|2 days 7 hours 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.
|2 days 7 hours 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.
|2 days 7 hours 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.
|2 days 8 hours 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.
|2 days 9 hours 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.
|2 days 10 hours 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.
|2 days 10 hours ago||It's a road game.||
It's a road game.
|2 days 10 hours 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.
|2 days 11 hours 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.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Not a basketball fan?||
Not a basketball fan?
|2 days 13 hours 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.
|3 days 12 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.
|6 days 5 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.
|6 days 5 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.
|6 days 5 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.
|6 days 6 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.
|6 days 6 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.