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- Take the top 6 conferences with major independents and give them new rules.
- Pay the players some amount of money monthly, $1,000 - $5,000 and only for mens bball and football.
- National exam taken at multiple locations throughout US, staffed with new enforcement team. The exam should see who is academically qualified to attend college. Do not make it punitive, if a kid has a really low score, he gets in and gets a scholarship, he just can't play until he achieves a minimum score, even if takes 2 or 3 years ( I know this is out there, but we have to be honest about where most of these kids come from and they deserve a chance)
- Give them 10 years from their start date to get their degree, give them access to the same tutors the current student athletes get and help them with additional costs.
- Re-write the rules to get rid of the stupid unenforceable ones. Texting, coachable hours, etc.
- Hire a true enforcement division, staff it, fund it and if possible give it subpoena powers. Something, I am not a lawyer, but they can give it a budget 10 tiimes current budget and staff the shit out of it.
|1 week 3 days ago||My vote......||
Not Troll. Thanks for thoughts.
|1 week 3 days ago||spot on||
Being at the game and then watching on TV were totally different. Brian's comments about the gardner getting hit and nobody doing anything are spot on. I mentioned an ND's fan's comments to me and that is exactly what I am talking about. MI just had nothing.
Who knows what would happen if Wile didn't have the yips. But the team had no energy.
|1 week 3 days ago||Thank you. Missed this and it||
Thank you. Missed this and it was a great discussion.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sorry do not agree. Golson||
Sorry do not agree. Golson had all day. Frank clark may have come close but even if he is above average. Where the hell is the other side? Beyer is run stuffer, Ojumedia has done nothing as far as pass rush. We now can stop the run, which is so much better than RR defenses. That is good, but we are built like a defense who plays wisconsin and MSU every week. Many posts have hit on this, no playmakers on the field right now. Frank Clark is good, but come on Shilique Calhoun or many others will get drafted higher than him.
|1 week 4 days ago||You sir are spot on. He had||
You sir are spot on. He had no time. You could see them trying to go long, but couldn't wait.
|1 week 4 days ago||You sir are spot on. He had||
You sir are spot on. He had no time. You could see them trying to go long, but couldn't wait.
|1 week 4 days ago||First Michigan game tonight.||
Long story why, but what a f*ckin joy. Fans were actually really good, but why shouldn't they be? They were euphoric.
One comment I found interesting. Sat next to a ND regular who has seen all the ND/MI games at south bend since they restarted. He looked at me in the third quarter and said he has never seen a team this flat, ever. Just dead.
Not sure how it looked on TV, but there was literally nothing to cheer about. Funchess had the big gain, then we take a stupid illegal motion. opening drive, clank a field goal. We couldn't sustain anything.
DB's looked bad, They could have thrown for 300 yards. No pressure from the d line. I guess our DB's looked great in practice because they were checking our receivers. Where in the hell was anybody but Funchess????
Do we have DE's when they pass? let me know next time one of them gets beats his man on the outside.
We got no space and the routes took forever. Gardner is man he made some really nice throws and got popped. he rarely had time.
Oh well. Great experience for my son and I, but what a fuckin let down.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you.||
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Mattison||
Does anyone know what type defense Mattison had most of his success with in Baltimore? was it the over or under? I wonder if this was what he wanted to build for when he got here, but just did not have the horses, or is this adapting to what he has now?
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you||
Seriously such a shit*y topic, but you helped make the boo boo go away. Awesome post.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Summed up my feelings||
Summed up my feelings perfectly. Change is coming, the NCAA is a joke right now.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||They are not concerned||
They want a better product and teams are tired of Darko's and Korleon Young's.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||You are not in the minority.||
You are not in the minority. Age limit most likely = better college basketball and better NBA. Yes, about .002% or therabouts of the college basketball players will be negatively impacted by not going pro early. Maybe more, but it is way less than 1% and they go to the right college they do get the benefit of great coaching.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Kentucky||
They would have to actually go to class. Right now, after first semester, do most of the one and done's really go to class at UK? why would you.?
Not saying all the other schools are really educating all their players but they at least have to get one year of report cards to remain eligible.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry for late response. The||
Sorry for late response. The WI hockey is valid ,but you have to draw the line somewhere. I imagine UCONN womens bball makes money too, but how do you pay them. Leave it up the college if they want to pay, let them pay. I agree that practice limits protect the players, but it is a joke. They are practicing all the time, just not with "coaches" in attendance. Practically impossible to enforce as we say from the FREEP attack under RichRod. M got screwed and we did nothing different than every other school.
|22 weeks 5 hours ago||Fair playing field||
The only way I see any form of fairness being implemented is a new super conference, either part of the NCAA or something new.
There are more ideas, but these are the major ones.
I am sure M has boosters who do bad things, I am sure not all M football and basketball players attend every class, but no way in hell is it as bad as the SEC and ACC. The NC situation is criminal, if you take a kid reading at the fifth grade level, help that kid eventually get through high school.
I am sick of oversigning, I am sick of the star recruits who go to Alabama over M because of engineering!! and I am sick of Kentucky bball. Plus the enforcement by the NCAA is bullshit, I hate USC as much as the next guy but they got creamed for Reggie Bush and Miami and OSU got very little.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Excellent analysis||
I could not have summed up better myself. Spot on. My only addition is to highlight "should go" vs. "will go". I am afraid GRIII will go, he should not. He cannot generate off the dribble yet and the 3 position in the NBA is ultra athletic. Plus he has no ability to post up whatsover. He needs to diversify his game. Yes he plays out of position, but going to his natural position won't necessarily benefit him at the next level.
I may be naive, but I truly believe Beilin recognizes what the kids need and helps them work on it during the year. He is pushing Robinson to generate his offense and drive. He will benefit from another year, no question.
Stauskas needs to learn to post up at his height he will need some post up ability in the NBA, but honestly that is all he needs, he should go, but god I hope not.
Can't add anything to McGary. You nailed it.
Thanks for the great post.
On a side note, I wonder if there is a way to quantify the coaching of Beilin. I have to beleive NBA GM's love kids from his program. They are complete basketball players, not just athletes. 3 years in his program have got to be equal or better to any coach in the NCAA?
|25 weeks 5 hours ago||Great post||
Brian, you summed it up beautifully. God forbid If I get on your dark side.
Just a little background, I am pretty anti union overall. Not "get rid of unions altogether," just they have too much power recently. (please don't flame me I am not trying to debate the GM and Chyrsler bankruptcy, just where I come from philosophically) However, from the get go, I think this union idea for the NCAA makes sense in so many ways. Start with being the teams that lose at 11pm in the NCAA tournament and then have to be on a plane to go home at 1am, no fan reception no time to do anything because the NCAA does not have enough planes????? How about a young stud who commits to AL and turns down his local D1 school, then finds out he is not so good? AL has no downside here, just the kid who gets cut.
All this means is the players get a seat at the table, that is what unions are for, if they start ruining the sport, they will ultimately pay (see GM). Right now the players are indentured servants with no recourse, except to quit the sport they love and/or transfer and lose a year of eligibility and be back in the same sitation again.
IT will be bumpy, but the union for players in the long run is good for sports and good for MI. just my two cents.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||nope||
He shoots like a 5th grader. Unbelievable. My freshman shoots over his head because that is they way big boys shoot. Because his shot is so terrible, he brings it from his waist and releases at his head, Mr. Robinson was going to send it to outer space. I love Craft's defense, but his shot is a joke.
EDIT: I also wanted to add how much more of a joke it is that the ball is slippery!!!! Craft didn't lose it, he knew he was gonna get swatted and tried to change.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||No way||
This is an age thing, if you are over 40, Jordan wins. I hate the Bulls, could not stand Jordan and all of his bitching/cheating (see shove on game winning shot against Utah), but he was amazing.
What he did is unbelievable and he did it six times when the league was far better. Too many one and dones from college in the league know. Just my opinion, but Lebron is a freak athlete and a close second , but Jordan was a winner and an asshole.
I am a huge fan of the bad boys and loved that era. I had just moved to Chicago in 88 and that year Michigan won the NCAA ( the final 4 game against Illininois was shared with 4 U o I grads, sweeeeeeeet!!!! I still love Sean Higgins for that put back) and the Pistons won the NBA. Great times.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||great article||
Awesome. When you look at the whole arc of his career it is amazing.
Want my kids to read.
We have all been there when better players beat us out and not sure I would have handled this situation the same way.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||So your sayin there's a||
So your sayin there's a chance?
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you||
This topic is so fascinating on so many levels. I think many people are frustrated wtih the hypocrisy of big time college athletics, but we also love college football and basketball much more than pro because of the current structure (maybe pro football is close because of non-guaranteed contracts, but you get the picture).
In addition, said hypocrsy combined with the joke that is the SEC and their use of oversigning and low academic standards frustrates fans of other universities who have to compete with those schools. it is not a level playing field. The NCAA enforcement is a joke
Numerous suggestions have been tossed out to try and fix it and that has made for interesting reading, but now this issue combined with O'bannon is probably going to force the NCAA's hand in some unforeseen way.
My two cents is we could see the current NCAA go bye bye and form a new association with just the super conferences along with a new set of rules. I know this has already been discussed, but they could structure it in a way to work around the key issues of the o'bannon suit and the current issue brought up b Comrade Colter. (sorry tiny political inference)
I may not like how this ends up, but it is going to be fascinating to follow over the next couple of years.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||What if it really is about more than money?||
Almost all the posts seem to indicate this is just about getting paid, but I find that hard to believe. I am not naive, I am sure they want some compensation on top of the training, scholarship, etc. But the VAST majority of these players are not prima donna's and don't go to the pro's. I think they want protection and rules.
Someone mentioned that if kain colter got hurt early in his career he could get a medical scholarhsip and get his schooling paid for. Key word is COULD, he has no guarantees, what if the coaches disagree with how hurt he really is? He gets nothing.
Saban others are openly cutting kids. ( who say robby benson in one on one!!!, ok that is a stretch but it could happen!)
The NC situation is a joke, the kids can't read, the numbers our there could be 20 - 30% of D1 football players read below a high school level? I don't know if the number is true, but what the hell? These kids are being taken advantage of. Plain and simple. You can argue they do it willingly, but c'mon girls, parties and a place to live when you are 18...
I am generally not a very pro union person, but the system is broken, the NCAA will not fix themselves because there is too much money. Am I sad that college football and basketball will not be the same? yeah, a little. But I grew up watching the 70's and 80's version and "one and done" did not exist. college basketball is already screwed up, with what Calipari gets away with. Oversigning was the rule in the 70's the schollie limit changed that, now some take advantage of that and some don't.
I know money will ultimately be the focus in a few years if they are successful, but I strongly believe it is about protection right now.
Just my two cents.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Great article. Thanks for||
Great article. Thanks for sharing. Really interesting to see how they look at issue. I am sure both fanbases have people that only think of winning. But honestly how can anybody be pro-oversigning. It is just plain wrong. The student athletes get screwed. I know they realize it is a business, but this is such a joke.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||great article||
This makes sense. I was one of those people who questioned why he came here. I wondered if it was Brandon or Hoke, still do a little who made it happen I couldn't understand why he took a lateral position at a lesser football factory (sorry but in the past 10 years it ain't even close). Myself and others wondered if he was brought here by Brandon as a coach in waiting. This article makes that less likely. He still could be, but it makes sense now why he wanted out. Still a little surprised he didn't take a head coaching job, but who knows there could be many reasons for that decision.
To me, this article makes the hire even better. Now we just need to pray that he stays for 3 years, at least.
|36 weeks 5 hours ago||negged||
Sorry for expressing an opinion. Someone downvoted me which is your right, but it took me from 100 points to 99, so I needed to send this.
Please let me know what is negative about my post? If it is the general euphoria being felt and I am debbie downer. OK I get it.
But if not, please share why you downvoted me.
|36 weeks 6 hours ago||Agreed. I don't feel too||
Agreed. I don't feel too strongly that this is part of Brandon's plan, but I also don't get why the guy took the same job at Michigan. We can all argue "it's MEEEEECHIGAN", but from a pure football perspective it is not a step up right now.
I understand he may have been looking for a job anyways, but unless he does not want to be a head coach it just seems strange. He is not getting any younger and there are a few decent jobs open.
Oh well. I am very excited for him and conspiracy theory aside, a great hire from performance recruiting perspective.
|36 weeks 7 hours ago||conspiracy theory||
Just wondering if this was Hoke or Brandon? I base this on no knowledge, but it is pretty clear Nussmeier wants to be a head coach. If Brady has a bad 2014, is the heir apparent already there? Long shot I know, but why didn't this guy go for a head coaching position somewhere?
|36 weeks 6 days ago||weak||
Sorry. Many things to criticize hoke on this ain't it. I am sure he says rose bowl as much as narduzzi. All teams start with NC as goal.
This is a reach for criticism