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|7 hours 37 min ago||Why would he leave Indiana||
Why would he leave Indiana for MSU? IU is a destination job.
|16 hours 56 min ago||Any fan who tries to talk||
Any fan who tries to talk trash over shades of colors should just be laughed at.
|18 hours 50 min ago||As long as we can continue to||
As long as we can continue to raid New Jersey for several top recruits annually, I can live with Rutgers in the league.
I agree about Pitt though. They should be in our conference. Apparently PSU doesn't want it - they want to continue to be perceived as the top dog in their state. (Which isn't unreasonable; we didn't want MSU to join, and OSU would never support another Ohio school in.) And they don't expand the geographic footprint. But they'd be a good cultural fit.
|19 hours 1 min ago||Texas should just become an||
Texas should just become an independent. They've abandoned all pretense of being a team player and are going to shake down any conference they can join for whatever they can get. The Big Ten shouldn't touch that poisoned chalice.
|19 hours 12 min ago||Harbaugh's reputation for||
Are you now believing that Jed York nonsense?
|19 hours 21 min ago||We've always played them this||
We've always played them this way - in Ann Arbor on odd years and in South Bend on even years. It was never an issue until the MSU series got screwed up. That's what really needs to be fixed.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Good catch||
There is no reason why this can't be fixed then.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Perhaps, but honestly,||
Perhaps, but honestly, athletes have been isolated from the rest of the student body on campuses for a long time now. The student attendance problem is more of a recent phenomenon, coming up in the last few years.
|1 day 13 hours ago||arrgh||
|1 day 14 hours ago||To schedule ND, you've got to||
To schedule ND, you've got to play them at their place on even-numbered years. They don't want Michigan and USC to be on the same rotation, like we currently have with MSU/OSU.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Kind of||
The OSU game is now always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, whereas it used to be the Saturday before. But that's not specifically because of the 12-game schedule but because the Big Ten wanted to finish the regular season a week later to stay in the public spotlight.
|1 day 14 hours ago||I think Harbaugh's a decent||
I think Harbaugh's a decent man, too. Very, very competitve, yes. But not a bad guy.
|1 day 14 hours ago||If the rest of the league is||
If the rest of the league is willing to back us up - and they have no real reason not to, we're just trying to fix an imbalance in our schedule - he shouldn't draw a line in the sand over this. He got an extra home game against us in 2014 anyway.
If he's really intransigent about this, then fine, give them an extra home basketball game or something.
|1 day 15 hours ago||The main reason why a large||
But the problem of student no-shows (and very late arrivals) preceded the switch to general admission. In fact, the GA adoption was supposed to remedy the problem (though it obviously backfired).
For whatever reason, over the last decade it's become more common across the country for students not to come to as many football games as before, and to often arrive very late when they do. It's not strictly a Michigan issue.
|1 day 15 hours ago||This doesn't have to be a||
This doesn't have to be a huge battle. It really only affects two schools (U-M and MSU) and MSU would only be negatively affected for one season (giving up a home game). OTOH, Michigan would get to have a better home schedule every other year going forward.
ADs in the same conference normally get along with each other. (Apparently this was not the case under Brandon, which didn't help our cause.) If Manuel can play nice with the other guys, they shouldn't see any reason to be opposed. They wouldn't want the conference to screw up their home schedules, either.
|1 day 15 hours ago||This is a great solution.||
This is a great solution. Honestly, I'd consider emailing this to the AD.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Michigan's contract with||
In fairness, the contract allowed both teams to cancel the series, given three games' notice; it was simply ND who took advantage.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Vive.||
|5 days 8 hours ago||Get the pass!||
Get the pass!
|5 days 19 hours ago||There's more to it than that.||
There's more to it than that. Erdogan's government has been gradually cracking down on alcohol, restricting advertising and sales. It's been expanding its support for Islamic education, including within the public system which had been previously secular. It is using public funds to construct a number of giant mosques, even in foreign countries, and has mused about converting Hagia Sophia back to a mosque. To describe Turkey as a secular republic at this point is a reach.
|1 week 11 hours ago||I think they've elected other||
I think they've elected other Islamist leaders, but the military always stepped in pretty quickly.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Yeah, I figured it would||
Yeah, I figured it would eventually happen. There is considerable opposition to Erdogan but it's been too politically fragmented to capitalize, and has stood helpless as he's reformed state institutions to suit his needs. The military was the one thing he couldn't tame.
(Edit: or maybe he has tamed it?)
|1 week 11 hours ago||Yeah. He's been in power||
Yeah. He's been in power long enough to build up a cult of personality. There's also been a lot of migration from the countryside (Erdogan's power base) to Istanbul and Ankara, making those cities overall less opposed to his politics than they used to be. A generation ago the people of Istanbul probably would have heeded the military's call more readily.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Erdogan already wields||
Erdogan already wields enormous power, though. I don't know how much more he can get.
Some foreign nations are expressing support for Erdogan. That could be a sign they expect him to prevail. If he were to be deposed, I'm not sure they'd shed many tears.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I think we draw a distinction||
I think we draw a distinction between discussing domestic politics (which is inevitably divisive) and international policy, where the two parties don't really disagree that much. If the mods want to lock this, I understand, but I think it's stayed pretty civil.
|1 week 12 hours ago||They're not joining anytime||
They're not joining anytime soon. It was actually the UK that supported Turkey's application more than anyone else.
|1 week 13 hours ago||I think he's referring to||
I think he's referring to European-born jihadis traveling through Turkey to join ISIS in Syria.
Erdogan's government is also thought to be purchasing oil from ISIS.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Erdogan's benefitted||
Erdogan's benefitted immensely from a Turkish law that prevents parties with under 10% of the national vote from getting any representation in parliament. His party has formed huge parliamentary majorities while getting only a plurality of the vote.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't disagree with any of||
I don't disagree with any of that. Frankly, I just thought Froome losing the jersey would add a little extra spice to the next week.
|1 week 1 day ago||I understand the decision to||
I understand the decision to not penalize Froome/Porte, but I was hoping they wouldn't do it. There are always weird, unforseen things that come up in a three-week stage race. A collision with a camera car is bad luck, but so is a mechanical problem. I'd be in favor of letting almost all of it go.