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|48 min 23 sec ago||This Quote...||
"He asked for permission to talk to everyone and we granted everyone," USC coach Clay Helton said in November. "I think that's the only respectful thing for him. You want the best opportunity for yourself and you don't know where that would be.
That's a great stance for Helton to take really and you would hope more coaches felt that way about players and didn't try to block them from talking to institutions that they might play, either in or out of conference. Way to make it about a student looking for the best opportunity for themselves, not about trying to maintain a competitive edge necessarily.
|1 hour 51 min ago||I Will Be Watching...||
I will definitely be watching along with the rest of you. My wife doesn't understand why I have spent the entire week pouring over statistics and footage of two Pac-12 teams that I see maybe twice a year for a moment on TV in any other season. I don't quite know how to explain to her my unusual investment in this game, nor will I try. I shall simply watch and sip some wine perhaps....although if Colorado is losing, I'll be sipping it rapidly.
|6 hours 57 min ago||Just Remember...||
"Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at 900 miles an hour
It's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned
The sun that is the source of all our power...."
|17 hours 14 min ago||Well, About That...||
I don't necessarily think they are wrong either, and I am sure I am a bit biased but the fact that I find myself actually agreeing with something Skip Bayless said this week, just as an example, is a testament to the very weird place I am in as a Michigan fan right now. What's even stranger is that it is a place I wouldn't complain about, being able to touch the floor of the CFP from our current position.
|18 hours 25 min ago||You Know....||
I remember when Deloitte - then Deloitte, Haskins and Sells - used to be the auditor for the Michigan Lottery. Now, they are into Glee Dresses and who knows what else since they merged with Touche Ross and a couple other firms. Apparently, they create clever rhymes with well-known local dailies too. How times have changed.
|18 hours 53 min ago||I Don't Know...||
This seems like an unexciting move by a program that could have used just a little bit of excitement about now, but like any such hire, I suppose we'll have to see where this goes. I haven't checked Hammer And Rails yet, but I have to think that they aren't freaking out in a good way over this one on the surface.
|20 hours 25 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
|22 hours 48 min ago||Yikes...||
That's a stunner. It would have to be for something that didn't happen on the football field because Indiana was starting to become a team that you had some trepidation about playing even if you figured you could still win, which for them is progress. I would be intrigued to hear the reason they did this because....yikes.
|22 hours 52 min ago||Interesting...||
Why not make the refs wear 360 scan hats and get get a good three-dimensional perspective on every call?
I mean, Big Ten officiating would still suck, but now it could suck in first-person AND in 3-D.
|23 hours 40 min ago||I Actually Did...||
Because the request came up over the holiday, I did send one to the address provided late last week, but I haven't seen a reply yet. I l also asked if it was OK if I updated the blog just in case he wanted to keep anything private.
|1 day 19 min ago||To Add A Little...||
One of the main contributors to last night's collapse sits right in the stat line too -
FG% in the first half was 55.2%, and in the second, it fell to 40%
3FG% was 50.0% in the first half, and that tanked to 23.1% in the second.
What that means is that eFG% fell from 75% to 45% across halves. Unless we're playing the bottom of the KenPom pile, it's hard to win going cold like that.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
I guess I get Miles because of the recruiting ties, even if he is in his early 60s and there would be a clear understanding that his tenure would be quite finite as a result perhaps. That might not be a bad stopgap hire, I would think.
I guess Lane Kiffin is one of those names that will always come up, and I am sure a team will take a flyer on the man again at some point, and he's a good OC, but you would think that - at least right now - he's a less than compelling name for an HC position.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
While I don't know that such an alignment would ever happen for a lot of reasons - one important one being that many of these teams are quite comfortable for financial reasons in their current situation, I did like that Rutgers was finally relegated to ..... some fate, nobody cares exactly what and that as it should be.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Just Shown Now...||
I had to laugh at the sign they just showed pleading with Virginia Tech to beat Clemson. I mean, I guess this isn't a terrible forum for expressing your CFP wishes, considering that for insurance you kind of, well, need Virginia Tech to beat Clemson. It may not be absolutely necessary, but I applaud the person who brought the sign for the awareness.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Yeah, That...||
The answer is a fairly compelling one indeed. I don't foresee conferences or the networks giving these championship games up ever for that answer alone, even if for rankings purposes they may very well be blatant window dressing, as the BTCG will basically be this coming Saturday.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Can Confirm...||
We took the kids to the Lake Michigan coast in August and stopped in the Cracker Barrel in Stevensville at one point because my wife likes to torture me and my low-sodium diet sometimes, but I was initially shocked by the amount ND gear - all of it looking oddly bootleg - for sale in there until it struck me that I was not all that far from South Bend there.
|1 day 22 hours ago||My Own Situation...||
Oh, I have been able to be my normal painfully polite self because I've successfully avoided discussing The Game with the Buckeyes in the office thus far this week. Indeed, the entire discussion with one of them was them turning a corner as I was coming down one of the aisles on Monday. It's been kind of nice to be respected enough (also nominally in charge) and not have to worry about......yet.
They'll give me the normal week of mourning and razz me this coming Monday. That's how it works here.
|2 days 1 hour ago||You Know...||
You know, for a group that has to take so much abuse - some of it deserved, some of it admittedly gratuitous - you would think that officials would have developed a nice, big callous when it came to these sorts of situations, but no, it's "unsportsmanlike" and you get fined by the conference. There's a lot that isn't right about this, in my own opinion.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Thanks Indeed...||
Thanks for the other thread, BTW. I thought this might be the better way to go though, so I apologize for the inconvenience.
I actually wrote myself a virtual sticky to bump this about every 6-8 hours depending on site traffic until Saturday, so hopefully I can keep that up.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Bumped The Original...||
Matching Harbaugh's Fine Update
ST3's post was fine, but I thought it might be easier just to bump the original thread, and I was reminded about doing so just now, so apologies to ST3.
Please to post the updated totals in the thread though.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
I have realized why so many college coaches are tyrannical loons: So much can come down to one tiny detail; a whole season of precision can be undone by one bounce here or there. It’s excruciating and irresistible.
To me, that's also what makes many of the coaches who are actively involved in the strategy, if not the playcalling, some of the best at being able to mitigate the chance that anything is overlooked, even though ultimately you cannot control, say, the bounce of the ball or the direction of a play once the ball is snapped, things which can destroy CFP chances potentially.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Coming Down...||
Why Barry Alvarez Might Be Our Savior
Not sure how much help we get from Barry, and neither was the board. Indeed, perhaps none at all, considering he must leave the room when Wisconsin is brought up.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Question...||
Apologies if the question is in, well, questionable taste, but now I am curious -
If Barry Alvarez is our savior, what does that make Brooks Bollinger?
Asking purely for academic reasons here.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Get Well, Larry....||
I cannot even imagine what it is like to be a kid and facing your 92nd surgery - the strength and resolve and courage that this must take is incredible and I wish I possessed it.
Wishing a speedy recovery to the toughest Wolverine there is.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Also This...||
It's Great to be a Michigan Wolverine!
This is the ChadTough stuff from yesterday. Donate to a great cause and speak your mind about what passes for "best practice" in the Big Ten simultaneously!
|2 days 5 hours ago||Coming Down...||
This is probably a stupid idea, but …
My avatar is confused about this one frankly....
|2 days 15 hours ago||Speculation Ahead...||
Speculation at this point, but some interesting suggestions....
|2 days 15 hours ago||Not Going Well...||
"turnovers cost us the game"
The tone of the remarks so far do not bode well. No offense to the OP, but we're trying to be diligent about things this week.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Nice Distinction...||
This was my immediate thought actually - we need Penn State to win and it has to be fairly close, but then I consider which teams are playing and it might be a classic Big Ten field goal fest anyway, but the point stands. We also need some help from Colorado and Virginia Tech, as others have said, which really leaves us rooting for chaos to have a realizable shot sadly.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
How do you compete in a business where third chance has become the new second chance—and no one ever remembers what the first problem was all about, anyway?
It is one of the few professions where you can get multiple chances to do the same thing, succeed or not, move on and all the while weather storms which would derail people in other careers for good basically.
Very interesting piece indeed.