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|2 days 17 hours ago||In a surprise||
To precisely no one.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Exec Summary||
Scanning through the article, these appear to be the prominent allegations against Bellevue HS:
- Recruited players from outside of the school district and falsified residency records to evade high school athletic rules that prohibited this.
- Obstructed the investigation's attempt to collect evidence on players' actual residency.
- Boosters provided benefits to players' families, including payment of tuition to an alternative high school and actual cash payments to players' families.
- Steered players with eligibility issues to attend an alternative high school that is widely believed to provide little instruction but has a grading policy that keeps students eligible for high school athletics.
I'd like to comment on the last item, because that seems to me to be the most heinous offense, if true. Let me emphasize, this is high school and we're talking about students doing enough to be allowed to play football. This is not about education reform, higher academic standards or high stakes testing. This is showing up often enough and making enough of an effort to turn in your homework (with all the courses, hard or easy, to chose from) to guilt the teacher into giving you a C. If a student can't even hack that, the coach sends him to a diploma mill to keep him eligible?! Forget about ready for college (and presumably D1 football), let's think about ready for holding down a job after graduation. Maybe if you can't stay eligible in your public high school's classes, perhaps you need the cold slap of reality by being told you can't play football. This coach is not helping these players any, and for what? A string of HS football championships? Most of these kids won't even sniff professional football at any level, or steady employment if this is their HS experience.
A couple of caveats. First, I totally get there are kids with special needs who learn much better in alternative settings. I'm OK with this, which is why my outrage over boosters footing the bill for alternative HS would be muted if it was actually benefitting the kids. Second, most of these kids will probably turn out fine. I know from my own family's experience that people are more likely to be feckless butt-heads in their teen years, but most will wise up and become fully functional adults. The kid you saw at age 11 or 12 is likely to emerge again by 22. However, who benefits from letting them play sports, but requiring no effort at school work? How many remedial courses at community college will these players have to pay for and complete in their 20s, while trying to hold down a low wage job and maybe take care of young kids of their own?
Moreover, the coach's emphasis on how allegedly unfair the investigation was to his football program speaks volumes on his priorities. Dude needs a time out from coaching to get his head on straight about what's really important in his players' lives.
|4 days 23 hours ago||This is the part I don't understand.||
If I remember the media coverage correctly, the media has investigated these allegations, and they seemed to find quite a number of Carolna football and men's basketball players took the "anomolous" courses. So how is the women's basketball team more culpable in this than the two men's teams? Yes, yes, the cynic in me knows very well the real reason the two men's teams were carved out of the allegations, and the time period was shortened to not included Carolina's last National Championship. I'm just wondering how do they describe the conduct such that women's basketball was the worst actor?
|1 week 6 days ago||You darn kids||
Get off of my blog!
|1 week 6 days ago||Double Think||
This is sooooo stuuupid that I question whether the caller was a Clemson fan. Perhaps one of their ACC rivals who figured anyone was preferable to Clemson?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Dantonio had a point.||
At the risk of being neg-banged all the way to Bolivia, Mork's original comment, as we understood it before he made his "clarification," was not totally crazy. Before I go on, a couple of points: (1) Dantonio is the biggest classless jerk in the NCAA who personifies the term "sore winner." His participation in the UM-MSU rivalry has coarsened the relationship, endangered both sides' players needlessly, and injected bitterness for its own sake. (2) The NCAA's decision on this subject is indefensible at many different levels.
That said perhaps Jim Harbaugh's aggressiveness in pursuing satellite camps was not the best decision. As many have pointed out, the camps are very important to many high school athletes who would like to play D1 ball. Under the pre-decision rules, the SEC did not participate in them, but it was a small item, and the SEC and ACC were willing to live with the infrequent camps that did not seem to significantly disadvantage them. Win for the high school players.
Along comes Jim Harbaugh, and he ups the stakes in every way: more camps, more camps in SEC land, and especially using them to generate publicity. It wasn't just that Harbaugh was looking for the under the radar 3-star guys Bama and LSU would not want. Harbaugh was tweaking the SEC in an area where they had imposed limitations on themselves in an attempt to look better to 5-star recruits the SEC did want. Before I go on, more caveats: (1) the SEC's arrogance and entitlement is grating and indefensible ("We're the only ones who get to have systemic advantages.") (2) Ditto their enablers in the media and the NCAA.
However, we could have (and did) predict the SEC would react in this way. A lion is a predator, but having the Michigan Marching Band play the M Fanfare outside his den has predictable consequences. So who has lost? Not us in any meaningful way. As many have pointed out, by forcing the SEC, ACC and NCAA to act in a transparently arbitrary and self-serving way, we've made our point. (Pro tip: when the mother of one of your key targets starts an online petition based on one of your talking points, you've won.) The people who are hurt are the high schoolers trying to fund their education, and the non-Power 5 schools who really are after the under the radar 3-stars Bama and LSU don't want.
Moreover, Michigan didn't need to crash someone else's party to get the same benefits. Harboaugh is a maestro of media buzz. He can think of 5 different ways to get under the SEC's skin while taking his morning shower. We'd didn't have to poke the SEC in a way that blew up in a lot of other people's faces. Like I said, Dantonio had an arguable point, not saying he's totally right, or that he said it for any reason other than pure spite (just like everything else he does related to U of M).
There, feel free to voice your disagreement or displeasure. This crowd certainly won't hesitate.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The SEC||
Made us do it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Title IX||
It's more than the money for as many as 40 more football players. The schools will have to come up with approx 40 more scholarships for women's sports to satisfy the equal opportunities part of Title IX. That might not be an issue for schools, like Michigan, that pursue the Director's Cup, since they are already spending generously on "non-revenue sports." However, that list of schools is so short you don't even have to take your shoes off to count it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Showing my age, but||
The 1983 final between Jim Valvano's NC State and the brothers of Phi Slamma Jamma at Houston was pretty epic.
Also, I'd give a shout-out to the 1979 final between Magic Johnson's Staee and Larry Bird's unbeaten Indiana State. (Yup, I'm old.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||WD is right.||
Some people find WD obnoxious (I don't), but he's right in this case. Others may cheat and skate; Michigan avoids cheating (it's impossible to monitor all the Martins of this world), and does the right thing when we learn of it.
On the "merits" (such as they are and what there are of them) on this case, the banners don't belong in the rafters. I respect Jimmy King and the four of the Fab 5 who played the right way, and I appreciate what they meant to Michigan and how they changed the way college hoops are played. But sorry, wins with ineligible players don't count. As many have pointed out, we know what we know. The only thing you can do is remove official recognition. (Also, I still carry a grudge for the Fab 5 members who thought it was OK to pull scholarships and ban post-season appearances for the players who came years after the cheating happened, but God forbid you should harm the "legacy" of the players that include the actual cheaters.)
Finally, I'm tired of Michigan fans trying to discount the opinions of other Michigan fans because the former thinks the later didn't attend U of M. I am in fact a Michigan graduate, but having a degree does not give someone class automatically, and not having a degree does not prevent someone from having class (or having a valid opinion). Who's the snob here? The person who aspires to do the right thing, or the people who think that because he did not attend the university his opinions must be phony and an attempt to put on airs?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||We're # 65!||
We're # 65!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Ty Isaac||
Showing competency in pass protection.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Another Idea||
Actually, that picture was probably drawn to resemble Jim Harbuagh. Which came first?
I've always thought Llyoyd Carr looks awfully similar to the wolverines on the helmet stickers.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||All I'm Sayin'||
I wish Spike all the best, and I pray to God (for Coach Beilein's sake) that our point guard play is above average next season.
It hurt watching us struggle at center this season, while the guy who wasn't good enough to get playing time here won the B1G Sixth Man Award at Indiana. Yeah, yeah, yeah, different scheme, promising younger players getting playing time, etc.
If we let a fan favorite walk away and play well for another school, and we continue to have problems at his position, that does not make for happiness and good feelings.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I have no idea what that means,||
But it doesn't sound favorable.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I am mildly concerned by this development||
Distance freestyle has long been Michigan's calling card. In the 2008 Olympics we watched the U.S. 800 free relay (which was mostly the Club Wolverine relay team) obliterate the field and the World Record. 6th place at Nationals is both commendable, but also a shock in this signature event.
Hopefully, Coach B has something up his sleeve. Given his track record, I am confident he does.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||We Need||
A "meh" button.
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||Well||
That was a real kick in the groin.
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||What the EFF||
Does Iowa have to do to get called for an MFing foul?!
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||So cold||
I could use Michigan's shooting to chill beer.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||At least||
The effort is there on defense.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Good Lord!||
What does Iowa have to do to get called for a foul?! Use a concealed weapon?
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||Somebody||
Big an effin' three!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Sigh||
Why does this feel exactly like Mitch McGary's career? Some good performances to tease us, and then one dang thing after another. Best of luck to him; he sure deserves it.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||As Pontious Pilate Said in The Life of Brian||
"Centuwion, why do the people titter so?"
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Faster that Light Communication?||
I've read the theory that since changes in measurable mass (i.e. gravity) are instantly detectable, that one can communicate faster than light if one can manipulate gravitational fields.
I also read in one of the articles covering the announcement a statement that gravity waves travel at the speed of light. Is that correct; did the author misunderstand?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Sigh||
All I wanted was one sentence saying Caris Levert played a few minutes, and did not shatter into a million pieces. Just one sentence, but-but-butbutbutbut NNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||U-A-B, Y-E-S||
Ooh, ooh, me likey! Schedule a home and home with UAB as soon as possible. Note that there are many other fine south-eastern universities who play the Blazers regularly, and offer to do the same for them.
Megatron may have retired, but megatroll lives!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||+1 for Mom||
THAT'S the kind of parental support I wish more college bound kids would get. Ms. Coney, you are a role model.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Not so Fast||
By 2040, I expect that the Ford's will have sold the franchise to Pfizer, who will have relocated to Havana and renamed it "the Iguanas."