|6 days 1 hour ago||The funny thing is||
if they put the exact same simple Michigan gear up at every press release, and moved this stuff down to the kids collection, the collective fan base would be praising Adidas.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interestingly the coaching staff||
seem to be showing optimism based on depth, like they think they have the piece parts to make a solid run. I know "competition" and "no entitlement" are coach speak, but 2007 was the last time I remember confidence in depth coming from Ft. Schembechler.
|1 week 1 day ago||re: Jack Miller||
'Nuss said one of our problems on the line is we were missing an experienced center who can recoginize coverage and communicate assignments. We've had three new centers since Molk left. The last one will be out for at least the first game.
Part of me really wants Jack Miller to prove everyone wrong and take the lead this summer, rather than rotating through more inexperience.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think the point was||
Tate worked most of his life for his season and backup moments of glory, and he did not fully profit from it like he would have on a free market and now that opportunity has likely passed him by.
By extension most college football players highest earning potential is in the college system.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Sorry||
I am glad we advanced, but I don't get the process. We tied and lost and are better off for it. Seems pretty un-American.
Probably a good thing we have a German coach who understands these nuances.
Brian likely was posting sarcastically, but I just don't see how losing and lucking into the next round by means of point differential wizardry warrants muppets.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What on earth is on cable tv||
that is not ESPN, better broadcast sports signal, and BTN that people would actually pay to get / can't get on the web somewhere?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Didn't the B1G open an office in Washington in addition to NYC?||
It's about to come in handy ....
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Anything over the table||
is less corrupt than under.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Actually what Delany said||
(specifically the bit about practice and the ability to do overseas study, etc.) coupled with these four bullets would be a great deal closer to putting student back in the equation. Add in the ability to work a summer job and sell your autograph (and pay taxes on both as income), and I think they're getting close.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||yeah||
nobody plays soccer in the South ... then my neighbors are wasting a lot of resources driving their kids (and teens) all over the place on exclusive travel teams.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly - I skimmed this whole post||
and the questions that are of real interest to me are:
How much can we expect the O-line to improve, and how much can you do to account for their relative youth while driving offensive production?
Then something like:
When looking at teams like our 97 team or (cough, cough) Staee last year, it is clear how important an aggressive defense is to winning B1G championships. Did youth in our backfield last year cause a bend-not-break defensive strategy, and can we expect a different, hopefully more aggressive strategy this year?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I like Turn||
I am guessing Law and Order has a different, broader target audience. I hope Turn gets additional seasons.
No one in TV seems to understand niche marketing any more. It seems to all be about broadening sales rather than deepening brand loyalty. Hmmm ....
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I commented on that somewhere above||
Maybe I am naive, but I met the guy, and my impression of him doesn't square with Mr. Hyde, so I give him the benefit of the doubt.
I understand your opinion, have considered it since the Gibbons thing is disturbing. Your opinion is equally as reasonable though.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yep - me||
I met him in person, and granted in a public context where he'd be on good behavior, but I can't square the Talor-is-nothing-but-a-no-good-thug-with-serious-issues judgement with the person I met, have seen in the press, and who Brady Hoke talks about like a proud father.
We expect these guys to be trained up to do battle and put them on a pedastal, and then shit on them when the job slips out in stressful public circumstances. The fact that he shoved the guy (which is effectively what linemen do to protect the quarterback), and the guy felt hurt enough to go to the hospital - should not surpise anyone.
Then there is this: you were shoved to the ground by a future 1st round draft pick. Is this an opportunity?
I am not blinded. I don't see Lewan as the perfect shining knight in armour everyone expects a Michigan Man to be (which is mostly unrealistic). I am not even on the fence, I think Taylor Lewan is generally the good guy we thought he was, who has made some youthful mistakes.
This was a minor bar fight - not a Philip Nelson situation. End of story.
|6 weeks 28 min ago||Have you ever done one of those communication exercises||
where you say something, and by the time it is two people down the line it is totally different. I think Lewan said something similar to what was reported int he Gibbons case in an argumentative tone. The aperature of Lewan was his friend thought he had consent in a druken hookup with the victim and was in very big trouble, and Lewan was arguing that point of view. The aperature of the recipient was her friend felt she did not give consent and was raped and so the recipient heard (and saw) Lewan in a threatening manner. This discussion took part at a party, so just like the initial event noise and alcohol induced haze further clouds the recollection of words and intent not to mention the choice of words to start with.
So no. I don't think he's lying.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||I really hope he makes it through||
camp and gets the contract. He needs another shot, in a better o-line situation than he's had the last two seasons. I hope he gets it, and makes hay!
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||I met Lewan once||
He seemed like the quirky, funny kid we all thought he was.
The OSU fan thing doesn't bug me too much. The OSU fan was getting into a fight with Lewan's little brother, and Lewan did what big brothers do in that situation. (The OSU fan made a big miscalculation.) Frankly the whole legal part of it is a waste of time and taxpayer money. I am assuming the butt hurt OSU fan is pressing the case though just to keep on being a pain in the ass.
The MSU thing was over the line, but nothing like the head twisting of Denard two years before. It looked like he thought about it and decided not to do it, or he purposefully did it in a threatening but non-harmful way. Either way after all the outrage about what happened to Denard, Lewan should not have given MSU fans a counter claim like that.
Who knows on the Gibbons thing. I imagine he was again defending a friend, and in his youth said something that sounded threatening (or came across threatening because of his size), when he was really arguing his friend's side of the story. Sensitivities being what they were given the nature of the situation, that was heard and interpreted as a threat, which when re-communicated to the victim made it seem even more threatening. Of course all that is conjecture, and the police properly took it serious enough to talk to Lewan and straighten him out.
So yeah, his legacy is a bit of good and bad. We could all be black and white holier than thou and proclaim him a Richie Incognito type, but then, a lot of 18 - 22 year old young men say and do stupid things on the road to maturity. They just aren't scary big 6'-8" 308 lbs young men.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Here's the site I kept coming back to for research||
I have an 9 year old Sony HS-VPL51 in a windowless media room in my basement. My family loves it for sports and movies. It is a 720p projector, and if your up close you get screen door effect, but from any normal viewing distance the picture is awesome. (My point is you you don't need the highest resolution to get a great picture 720 or 1080p is good enough.)
My suggestion is to research projectors for your room environment before you buy.
Also, while a white wall will work, you'll probably also want to get a screen - especially in room with windows. I have an inexpensive 120" one made by elite screens. The reflectivity of the screen material helps a lot when we have the room lights turned up - primarily when watching sports either socially or while live blogging.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I would like to seem them include||
25 kids who play baseball, and 25 kids who play soccer, and 25 kids who play hockey, 25 kids who play lacrosse, and 25 gymnasts, and 25 kids who longboard with no helmet, etc.
It seems like all these studies focus on football, and head trauma is common in other sports as well.
This is all about choice. If someone chooses to longboard without a helmet, they are responsible for the risk of brain trauma from an accident. (My son and I argue all the time about wearing a buckled helmet / "but dad many guys don't: it's not cool".)
The point is these people are gifted at something, and love doing it despite the risk, AND many pursuits hold a risk of brain trauma. Should the risks be reduced through rule, care, and technique changes, and better protective technology? Yes.
Ah heck, I guess we all should not leave our houses and get our sports fixes from nice safe video games instead .... we're certain to have a longer lifespan that way /s
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Not to mention, it is kind of hard to go through progressions||
when you just spent your pre-snap thinking "oh God, not again. which of the front seven are going to kill me this time ...", and then have that seven come at you so fast you don't have time to go through progressions.
It looked to me like Gardner (for the most part) did not have the flexibility in Borges' system to make checks at the line: just line up and say "for those about to die, we salute you!" and hope the called play works.
Meanwhile, Miller had play changes signaled in from Urban once the defense lined up every play.
This is where I hope Nuss' system helps Gardner: it gives him a set of contingencies off the base line up so Gardner can read a defense and check a play pre-snap. (It would have made all the difference at Penn State.)
|9 weeks 2 days ago||It is precisley this sentiment||
that got us beat the first time around.
Our game is App State's first game in the FBS. This doubles the opportunity to make a statement, and they'll dedicate their summer to winning it - just like they did last time.
Meanwhile, back at the fort we'll fret about beating ND the following week and how to best line the OL up especially with Glasgow out. Do you think our guys will watch App State film in their spare time this summer or ND/MSU/OSU?
Want to bet App State will be watching Michigan and Alabama film all summer, and salivating at how they'll beat our OL?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||We hired Brady who???||
Coming off 4 years of embarassing suckage.
They hired Urban Meyer, evil genius festooned with NC rings and a decade of success with one year of NCAA induced turmoil. Not to mention Urban only had to recruit while the existing staff prepared for the bowl OSU should have voluntarily forgone.
The difference in ability to sway a recruit in the last months before signing day in any comparative scenario were in Urban Meyer's favor anyway. So that comparison is pretty weak.
That said, Hoke is a trenches recruiter, and I think we could have saved the OL class in some contributing manner if he had been hired earlier.
The Process was intentional for whatever reason. This is why I believe it will e very hard for Brandon to fire Hoke if this season goes very badly.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||You know||
when I went to Michigan I was an 18 - 21 year old kid. My Navy ROTC scholarship included the cool feature of drug testing - particularly before major events like summer cruise or coming back to school. If you tested positive you found a lawyer and claimed poppy seeds, but lost your scholarship (which was a big deal if you're out of state even back then). I knew guys that took that risk. I didn't.
It was a stipulation in his scholarship - NCAA rules - and for damned sure they were testing everyone in the tournament. He had to know the risk, he took it, and he was caught.
In his case his teammates pay for it next year.
Both guys don't seem to have taken lessons from Hagerup or Stonum, et al.
I don't feel sorry for Mitch and I am not mad at the NCAA in this case Bad decision. One that an 18-21 year old can decide not to make, even in Ann Arbor. End of story.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||But we can't anymore apparently||
nor can we build ships with 16" guns or 12 inch armor plate anymore.
I read somewhere that the race to the moon cost us 5% of the US government budget for much of the 60's. Of course we did get tang and space food sticks out of it.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||That's who||
the 65th team is. And if either winner of the Rose Bowl or the whatever the other SEC-ACC-ish bowl is called look weaker than ND - then ND gets the second national title game shot .... /s
|11 weeks 20 hours ago||I graduated in 1987||
and I am not sure what a radio is, or at the very least what it is used for anymore other than to listen to fools talk, and ads.
|11 weeks 20 hours ago||Need MOAR||
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I was thinking about this today||
Exactly which minor league has major TV revenue contracts and can charge $95+ a seat per game?
Do TV contract dollars rise and fall as specific athletes come and go?
Name the top 100 minor league baseball players quickly .... the top CFL or Arena League players ...
It sure seems to me that the brand value of Michigan Football (though very tarnished lately) and Big Ten football drive a lot of the revenue that the athletes believe they drive. If there was a minor league football option, do we think the BTN contract would be measurably smaller? Crowd sizes at Michigan Stadium, etc.?
I am thinking most of the student athletes are getting more value from college football (TV exposure, name recognition, etc.) than we are accounting for.
I agree with doing the right sorts of things; Olympic model, non-revenue agreements with agents, endorsement revenue, ltd/workmans comp, 4 year guaranteed scholarships, better living expenses, summer jobs, etc.
I don't agree with direct employment.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget||
the win-loss record of the coach
and the trajectory of the win-loss record
while we're at it the age of the existing team as it relates to opportunity for playing time. and the effectiveness of the team on your side of the ball
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think he is toast at 9 wins||
but I agree with the rest of your statement.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Not me||
I'll take either Harbaugh, and integrity.
I said it when we fired Rich - we need a name brand head coach whose recruits and players believe they are on the path to championships. The parochial non-name brand hire of Brady Hoke was an underwhelming gamble. It looked like it would pay out in 2011 ... down hill from there.
If they don't win in convincing enough fashion this year, I think next year is at risk and the hire is probably a loss. If they win convincingly enough this year (maybe back to 2012 level or a little better), then they have a chance of entering 2015 with positive momentum and a heavy upperclassmen team.
It is possible they can convert Brady Hoke into a name brand coach who exudes reason to believe. It doesn't look likely right now. We'll see.
As I said above: 2015 and 2016 are the years when the heavy recruiting classes should bear competitive fruit.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Scholarship Limits||
Link reductions were made from 105 in 1978 (95) and again in 1992 which brought the limit to its present number of 85. The shift to 95 essentially drove Bo to a four year cycle - two progressive rebuilding years, a solid year and then the year. (Or at least this is how we felt in the 80's.) He was either caught by the change or intentionally stacked one or two consecutive recruiting classes. The shift to 85 just made it worse.
Interestingly along the way, some teams figured out how to stack the decks (tats and Dodge Challengers, apartments in LA, bag men, agent trips to Miami, oversigning, etc.). Those teams are the ones who have avoid the cycle of several 3-4 loss years with the occasional championship run.
Looking at our roster, this is should be the second rebuilding year or the solid year.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||We're also missing||
Mr. Smith ... and he can block!
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, the guys at Wisconsin||
didn't take it very kindly when Russel Wilson transferred in. The addition of a seasoned player at a position of need caused real chemistry issues. /s
The bottom line is, Hoke's O Line recruits have to pick themselves up off the deck and show us what they can do. The entire program is literally on their shoulders, and they have to prove themselves as a unit.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||OK - so we're in the ball park||
I concede that it is probably in our best interest to hold on any Hoke decisions for the next two seasons. This for stability and player maturity reasons.
That said, with OSU and MSU at home in 2015 - we'd better have fully turned the corner ...
Meanwhile - this sucks, painfully ...
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah||
as we saw with Rodriguez, that gets you through the first six games
|11 weeks 3 days ago||The Adidas contract||
and white jersey woth piping design were all chosen by Carr. RR was blamed for changing everything - but this one was a Carr decision.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||You forgot Molk||
but yeah ... miss those guys.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Ahhhhh - got it||
Pollen must be killing my sarcasm sensor today.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Was their O-Line of drinking age?||
I need to go back and look ...
|11 weeks 6 days ago||As a point of comparison||
at Clemson they are free.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Me too||
I think this season is the perfect storm of last season blues, and unattractive home slate. Last year they opened up season ticket sales to people not on the PSD waiting list. This means to me they had cleared throught the PSD waiting list last summer.
I am guessing stubhub prices will be well below dynamic pricing base price this year, and they will not sell as many season tickets as they had previously.
Dave Brandon lost in the East - West realignment. Of course it is partially his fault for scheduling App State, but the movement of MSU to away in the same year as ND away and OSU away has strangled the golden goose.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I am guessing||
there are some planning on buying tickets only to specific games because the slate sucks so badly.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||My view||
is if a non-revenue sport athelete: woman or shit, can get endorsement revenue, etc. as well, more power to them.
That said, the Olympic model does kind of help with the Title IX problem when it comes to paying revenue sport players.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||Would be interesting to know the revenue||
of the minor league teams in comparison. I haven't seen a Durham Bulls vs Tidewater Tides game as a featured broadcast on ABC or ESPN either, much less the playoffs.
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||Right||
While I agree having Molk at center with 28 starts at the beginning fo 2011 was a big deal leadership wise, Huyge was a 5th year senior, and Omameh was a RS Junior, and the entire line had significant playing time (Schofield was the only 1st time starter).
Mark Huyge 6-6 302 RS SR Started 17 games, played in 26
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Calm dude||
I feel your pain too. All this suffering has to end sometime. At some point we have paid our penance for our arrogance past ...
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That's a good point||
You can practice a lot of route running and pass defending in voluntary summer 7 on 7s. Spring Game was the last chance for live contact blocking and tackling.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||My understanding||
is Borges is the evil genius who outsmarts himself by creating play complexity that hinders execution - especially with inexperienced players
Nuss is supposed to have a focused set of plays with various options for the QB to choose from. Execution for the linemen is easier as they focus on the execution details of fewer formations. (Bo with a yardstick anyone?) Reliance is on an experienced decisionmaker at QB reading the defense as it lines up against the offensive shifts.
Thus to get to middling offense effectivity our 5th yr QB is the key.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I seem to recall||
living off campus Junior and Senior year, and spending less on food and housing than the room and board they charged for the dorms. That said I wasn't eating 6000 calories a day - nor mostly lean protein - while training.
I suspect it is a combination of money management issues, and the food bill associated with training nutrition requirements.
Either way, chalk one win up for the athletes.
The other interesting tidbit: I was visting Clemson with my son last week. The athletes' dorms there are apartments. Granted Clemson is in the middle of nowhere - a one street downtown - but I imagine more of their athletes live in campus housing on the all-u-can-eat meal plan then most schools.
Student football tickets were free and every student was guranteed a seat, but you had to sign up for them each week. I am assuming their student section expands and contracts based on opponent quality, projected weather, and exam time week to week.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||^This^||
Makes me smile ... Kovacs is forever a walkon at heart.
Bo must be smiling as well. There is a page or two in Bo's Lasting Lessons on feeding the walk ons at the training table with the rest of the team in spite of the NCAA.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||In 2007 we had a bunch of guys||
who really never played.
My point is, in 2014 we will have guys that have been here for 3 fall camps and have played a whole season. They don't have two NFL tackles to lean on. It's all on them. They went through the fire that was last year, and should have enough to prove that their summer is focused and dedicated.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||We could see a middling year or better||
Player / Year / Fall Camps / Spring Camps / Bowl Pracitices
These guys are the most likely starters. They all had playing time last season. Most will have been through 3 summer conditionings and 3 fall camps under Funk and Hoke. Then there is the average 2 extra bowl practices and the spring practices.
If Chad Lindsay arrives - so much the better.
I don't see youth as an excuse in this mix anymore. Last year, yes. This year, they either become effective linemen (with a few stars) or they are under performing their potential for some reason other than youth.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It was amazing how close||
we were to losing to Akron and UConn too.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Actually, everyone on here should read the CSG report||
Not just the juicy headlines.
It covers the change in the policy from 2009 to 2011 to 2013, and how it went from a Sexual Assault policy to a Sexual Misconduct policy, and the changes made, and the specific input CSG gave on the 2011 policy that was not incorporated into the 2013 policy - including clarification around the definition of consent, the uncertainty regarding due process in sexual misconduct cases, and the uncertainty regarding whether students could retain a lawyer throughout the resolution process. Then they were unable to clarify whether Gibbons was expelled for violation by the old definition of consent in place in 2009 (which did not include specific language about knowing someone was impaired) or the new one.
Of course no where is this mentioned in the M-Live article.
So, based on the police report and at least the current policy, it appears what happened warranted Gibbons' expulsion. However, we have to keep in mind he was not tried with full rights, and convicted in a court of law.
Basically it comes down to the University applied an interpreted guidance from the government established at least two years after the incident. They can process a student out. That student doesn't have the same rights as they do in a court of law. And even if they never are convicted, much less tried in a court of law, the only protection that student gets in exchange is it is not made public why they are no longer enrolled at Michigan (which obviously has not happened in this case).
That is the pre-brief for any pending Section 1 fisking.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Don - everything I have read about this case||
says the victim wants the case handled privately.
The third party has essentially made public enough information for the victim to be identified from the information that hasn't been redacted from the police report he posted online, and then there is the ongoing sensationalized reporting (and blog debating) of the case.
I suspect the victim is relieved the case was finally reviewed quitely by the University, while everyone involved would prefer Hoke said nothing to draw attention like he did.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Apparently within the State of Michigan||
a "family matter" can only be defined in black and white as a tragedy within the family, and NOT as a significant issue that a family wishes to deal with in private (like say your son being kicked out of school for sexual misconduct).
When Hoke announced that, many suspected what he was referring to. Probably several within the press in the room.
Fact - the initial letter of finding was delivered to Gibbons address the day the team travelled to Iowa. We don't know if Gibbons read it before travelling, or if Hoke knew the finding. We know Gibbons did not play another down for the UofM after that weekend.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with 2011||
On defense and even offense but it was up and down.
Last year was a grind.
I am looking for OLine growth across this season - that is what I want to see.
And win the games we should handily.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with your here, even though||
I was pissed off at you for the immediate leap to racism above. (Almost all the people I know who did drugs are white. So my initial read of the comment about youth mis-prioritizing extra cash for recreational drug purchases was in a non-racial context, and I am a white person.)
Anyway, your ranting comment here actually is spot on. You could even expand it to the University in general. The whole place is a giant money grab while selling the sanctimony of bettering the lives of all through education. If Education of the masses was the true goal (versus maximization of capital - as a proxy for profit in the non-profit environment), all this money they are collecting wouldn't go to more non-teaching staff, and more gold plating of facilities, and instead go to more needs and merit based scholarships. (Imagine if people going to college were given reduced tuition for actually being good students? The horror!)
The same is now true in the football and basketball world. It used to be a fair deal. Now, we are faced with the maximization of capital on all sides, and while some of the benefit is transferred to the athlete in the form of better facilities, they are not getting a fair share and are being unfairly restricted in getting it. and are then sent packing with a degree of questionable value and no compensation for health issues stemming from the sport they played after their eligibility (and marketability) has expired.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Especially since the guy||
currently going through rehab and councelling is not black.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Like I said yesterday||
here, go watch the Fab Five 30 for 30, or google Charles Woodson and the alleged 10,000 plus he received from an agent.
I do think the Ed Martin scandal and subsequent probation made Michigan more restrictive about this type of activity. However that happens to cooincide with the beginning of the Buckeye streak, and Tressel locking Ohio up. So it really makes you wonder.
It is obvious to anyone, that the SEC has outbid the B1G and Michigan specifically for big names several times in the recent memory. So it appears the B1G in general is more above board.
That said, the only way to re-level the playing field in the top tier is to provide compensation and olympic model perks to the players (thus reducing the impact of bag money), and actually persecute the below board bag money stuff.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||And you get to code||
which you really love to do, maybe in the public eye at a company you really love to be associated with ...
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Completely Agree||
Bring this behavior above board. Reality is we are headed for so division of big boys splitting off from the rest of FBS football anyway. Can we just get to where these guys are paid (maybe even signings bonuses and expense accounts centrally funded by boosters), they can get endorsements, we are allowed to give them no work summer jobs and buy them lunch, and they are allowed to freely sell their stuff and autographs, etc. and construct the remainder of the biggest schools into a playoff system and be done with it already?
It is a different era than when Bo took over. We need to move on. If people want amateur sports too, we should add club football at UofM.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||You know||
you guys really should refrain from commenting holier than thou on the SB Nation article. Watch the Fab Five 30 for 30, and google how Woodson allegedly took over ten thousand from an agent while still eligible ... we have our own dirt (or suggestions of it) whether we like it or not.
I believe (hope) most schools in the B1G try to do the right thing and chase down the off books characters. That doesn't mean they don't exist, and I am guessing the Robin Hood-like activity that goes on with athletic kids on poor side of town has a different ethos: giving someone's mom or sister a job, or shoes, or money to go out in exchange for staying off the streets while continuing to participate in sports is considered a good thing.
While we are at it - we hired Jalen Rose's HS coach when Jalen committed - so we can't wag fingers at State either.
If you come at it from a "my opinion is this type of thing shouldn't happen" - then OK. I your approach is the SEC cheats and we are above that kind of thing - people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones ...
While we're at it - just with Detroit's mayors and Chicago's politics as examples, I don't think the Midwest has any higher moral ground than the South anyway.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||When Hoke's touted O-Line recruits||
Start improving rather than digressing, and actually appear to be something way more than the worst O-Line in Michigan history and FBS football, then we'll breath easier.
A redshirt Sophomore is a guy who has been through two to three spring balls, two bowl practices and three off season conditioning cycles and fall camps. That's enough to either be the effective player the recruiting profiles predicted these guys would be or a washout. If the latter, that is on coaching - either they were a poor judge of recruit or didn't condition and develop the talent.
2014 is on Hoke.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||So was Jim Harbaugh||
before he went off to the NFL.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I am wondering at your reasoning||
is there substance as to why in your statement?
Keep in mind that Bo coached under Woody. Of course Bo had a gig in between as head coach to prove he could do that as well.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Gives them 1 year in the new offensive system||
When we finally turn a mass of these young linemen into upperclassmen. Besides, they can always sacrifice Funk ... they saved another lamb for next January.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||reading this||
or anything about Denard makes me smile
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I've been wondering if our high ranking||
are actually a detractor for us. Much easier to practice, work out, and get a masters degree at Oklahoma.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Was in Athens last week||
The place is very much like Ann Arbor with a better bar and music scene across the street from campus. Would be a great place to go for a game.
As for ND: I actually am gad to get them off our schedule so we could fill our away year MSU OSU schedule with an interesting home game reciprocating in a home MSU and OSU year. Kinda tired of ND being our only marquis non-conference game.
The corporate NFL Jerry World games need to go.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||So should I save myself the aggravation||
and erase the DVR unwatched? Sounds like there is a whole lot of nothing on there worht a view. As it is I will have to watch it when my wife isn't around because she thinks it is crazy to waste time watching a spring game to start with.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||yeah they had||
8000 at the hash bash up the hill.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||You know lost in this discussion||
are all the players (and parents) who positioned since middle school or before to get accepted to attend a university they may otherwise not be competitive to get accepted to, and have that education paid for. There are kids, and moms, and dads who earnestly want both a shot at the NFL or NBA and a college education. (e.g., our own Denard Robinson, or UConn's Shabazz Napier)
To me - the ones who just want to play ball (and capitalize on it) - can pound sand. Maybe college athletics would be better off if they did so.
So much as the Northwestern CAPA wants to use the "profits" NW is getting and alter the rules to improve the student part of the equation, fairly protect the players in the event of injury or the otherwise ending of their athletic career, and make the byzantine NCAA rules more reasonable - I support them.
In short - as long as everyone is playing by the same rules - I would much rather watch athletic students play football and basketball than professional athletes play for my school's brand.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||If App State had a spring game||
with points awarded to offense and defense and everything, why can't Michigan.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I really hope this is the||
case. Would like to see significant On-line maturation across the season too.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||No panic, but||
this years HTTV should be dark and ominous. I am steeling my innards for another gut wrenching season, while hoping that won't come to pass.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Is that you||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder how much||
our Oline issues impact our Dline issues. If you're up against inexperienced, not yet fully developed players in practice all the time does it impact your ability to beat the real deal in a game?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||You picked up on the wrong aspect||
my point was, the years we had a more game-like spring game, were coupled by relative season improvement from the season prior. The implication of Hoke's statement is we appear to be doing even less game-like play in this spring game compared to last year's, and that was less than the year before. That doesn't sound promising.
My view: Our best hope is the new defensive schemes significantly improve our defense, because we have an even less experienced O line (injuries and a suspension don't help). If they pull off a season better than last season, it will be an outperform.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||It Should Be||
Hoke said it isn't going to be a game it will be more like a practice. It is hard to understand if they will scrimmage.
I think it is an ominous sign when our coach says it will be a practice and we need as many practice reps as we can get. The other two time we've done that (2008 and 2013) it didn't end so well.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Nice||
Why don't we wait for observations like this until after the tourney is over? if you haven't immediately knocked on wood, all three teams are horribly jinxed.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Bo is rolling in his grave||
and throwing a headset in the pearly land at your comments.
The Team, The Team, The Team - everyone has a part and a role in the success of The Team.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah||
The Beyonce coach is a good one!
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Lighten up Francis||
|15 weeks 3 days ago||As I read this||
I am thinking my Dad is FROM Kansas. Everything I know about Kansas as exemplified by relatives there, is the place is supposed built on ethics and values. Just a few bad apples I guess wed hear. Yet, it appears that ethics and values don't apply to Kansas basketball, which makes the whole thing look hypocritical.
|16 weeks 12 hours ago||Eh first round games||
against unfamiliar opponents can be sloppy. I would expect a better game prep for Texas or ASU.
|16 weeks 16 hours ago||Yes||
because it is wonderful to have a redshirt Freshman playing interior line - much less the center
|16 weeks 17 hours ago||Man - you funny guys||
must've knocked off early and started tailgating for the hoops game already ...
|16 weeks 19 hours ago||To be fair||
Genda was a Captain for the other side, and he did a hell of a job on us.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yes - we are much better off in the Mid West||
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Sure it doesn't||
with non-matching yellow pants.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||The Problem is||
if we lose - all we'll hear is how the regular season championship isn't what counts, and "see, we told you our guys were hurt" even with McGary in a suit on the bench.
So yeah, this is for realsies.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||what if we||
dangle a steak in the end zone?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||When a kid||
who works at the grocery store I go to in North Carolina gives me the standard Sparty shit about Walmart Wolverines, their dominance in football, how they are injured, and how the regular season B1G means nothing they are going to show us in the BTT .... well every little bit of Sparty drama is that much more enjoyable. They have become worse than OSU fans.
|18 weeks 12 hours ago||Don't know if that is the case or not||
but I was thinking the exact same thing.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||We were exercising freedom of navigation||
passing within 12 nm of Sevastopol. Yorktown had been there before and done it before and they didn't like it too much and warned us off. When we maintained our track as was our international right, they pulled up along side and side swiped both USS Yorktown and USS Caron.
They did it on purpose, and it was a little tight there for an hour or so. Armed Hinds flying around us and a good portion of the Soviet Navy.
The back story is our CO and the Russian CO met years later in diplomatic roles and had a good time talking about the whole thing over a few drinks.
Anyway, this was my point: they didn't like us getting too close to their only warm water port, so they for damned sure aren't too keen on civil unrest in the vicinity threatening their winter access to the world. I am not surprised in the least by their response.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The Soviet Union was still full bore then||
We got the brunt of our last go around with them off the Crimea during my first Med Cruise in 1988.
Then the cracks started developing and by 1990 we were doing port visits.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||NBC also had||
Hill Street Blues
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Anybody remember MTV?||
it like actually played music videos
|18 weeks 2 days ago||was a junior too||
remember watching the space shuttle disaster over and over again on the TV in my apartment on Geddes like it was a week ago.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I am a Hoke "questioner"||
While I agree, and am pleased at the off-season leadership effort to update both offense and defense to compete in modern football, I am wait and see about Hoke and staff's coaching ability after last year.
That said, I totally agree that a person who hopes that Michigan loses in order to get a new coach needs to sit down and seriously think about their fanhood.
For me it is always about the players. In the darkest hours of Michigan football (and we've seen enough of those in the past ten years), I root for the guys who put the work in year round for Michigan football to succeed.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Funny how||
your counter argument actually contributes to my point.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Not if you love to play football||
and you aren't 6'-4" plus and heading towards 300lbs.
There is a reason the Jake Ryans and Jordan Kovacs of this world are not heavily recruited.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes, but the public||
really has the right to know all the scandalous details here for its own amusement ...
|19 weeks 13 hours ago||Look at the averages||
The SAT, ACT, high school GPAs, class ranks ect. for UNC and Michigan and then compare them to Alabama and Auburn. It is harder for a player with a lesser academic background to stay eligible at the two top 30 schools, or at #86 and 91?
|19 weeks 13 hours ago||The ACC in general professes academic||
pride in comparison to the SEC for example. UNC specifically has been neck and neck with Michigan in the USN&WR rankings. So yeah.
To me, what was going on at UNC was clearly fraudulent, and very embarrassing for the broader university. However, as we saw with the Oklahoma State series, the list of easy classes at Stanford, Everett Golson, and even the Ann Arbor News expose years back, there are varying degrees of "keeping players eligible" going on everywhere. Schools like UNC, Stanford and Michigan have it that much harder because the players entering furthest behind have to compete against a higher curve.
Personally, until the NCAA finds a way to actually deliver a real education "mission" to these athletes, particularly in preparation for entering school and post playing career, and take care of their sport related health issues, the entire discussion around student-athlete is shameful.
|19 weeks 15 hours ago||Posted this the other day||
Check out the definitions of sexual misconduct, consent, and incapacitated here. It includes assault and harassment. It also defines consent to include in effect you don't have it if you know she is drunk.
Actually, spend some time reading the entire site: someone show me the link where the accused civil rights are addressed. Of particular interest is the page on Findings and Outcome Notfification:
So you you may get a summary of what was said against you, and you get five days to comment.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Also, what the preponderance of evidence is measuring||
Don't forget Gibbons was ousted for sexual misconduct under the University policy, which is a lot broader than sexual assault or rape in the legal sense.
Check out the definitions of sexual misconduct, consent, and incapacitated here.
Actually, spend some time reading the entire site: someone show me the link where the accused civil rights are addressed. Of particular interest is the page on Findings and Outcome Notfification:
"Before the report is finalized, the participating Complainant and Respondent will be given the opportunity to review their own statement and, to the extent appropriate to honor due process and privacy considerations, the participating Complainant and Respondent may also be provided with a summary of other information collected during the investigation. A Complainant or Respondent must submit any comments about their own statement, or on any investigation summary that might be provided, to the Investigator within five (5) calendar days after that statement or summary was sent to them for review."
So you you may get a summary of what was said against you, and you get five days to comment.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't the interim rules||
take effect in 2011. disgruntled Doug probably wrote the BOE specifically complaining that UofM didn't review the Gibbons case in 2011 (when he first brought it to the Regents).
This dude comments all over the place and is much an inflationary, self aggrandizing snake as Rosenberg.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I enjoyed my time at Michigan||
a lot, but I sure don't miss this hyper-inflated activism bullshit. The University apparently has done what should have been done in most people's eyes -- delayed sure -- but very shortly after arriving at changed rules that allowed them to do so.
At some point in the future, someone is going to take a case way up in the courts on a similar case, and show that the accused's civil rights were violated. The only reason the ALCU isn't all over this is the accused was athlete and not a minority to boot.
To me, the irony is, the very people who feel Gibbons is guilty based on reading a redacted police report, and finally got some punishment, are the same ones who now have their underwear in a bunch.
The thing that really sucks is the University gets to be dragged through the mud for expelling a guy who was never tried and convicted in court, and the very act of the expulsion seems to be the trigger that set off the mud dragging.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||See, to me the current iterration of the policy||
is like when a company I worked for announced they would maintain files of any harassment allegation against you without your knowledge or notification.
I understand why the policy has changed - to force addressing of this serious issue. I don't even have a problem with the case being brought without acceptance of the victim. However, it sure seems like the alleged offender in these cases is short a lot of rights - and the very definition what constitutes sexual misconduct is pretty open ended.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||In case there is a banned fraternity riot||
during a parade
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||So I am looking at the Princeton Football||
website (because their helmets have wings), and even though Bob Surace is The Charles W. Caldwell Jr. '25 Head Coach of Football, it doesn't say that next to his name in the press releases.
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||The Newman's should have named the radio booth||
the "Bob Ufer Home Radio Booth sponsored by Regent Andrea Fisher Newman and Frank Newman".
And if I were the Dillon family, I would be embrassed to have my name on the scoreboard/sound booth, or threaten to pull my sponsorship until those two functions got fixed.
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||Now see, I was just looking through||
the Michigan Daily for any reference to a professor that included their endowed chari name. I don't see it. I would guess it is listed next to their name on the web site, but not mentioned in press releases.
Maybe the AD is just trolling us.
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||It is possible to look better||
while going 8-4. Just improving the wins into respectful territory i.e., solid margins over the Akrons and UConns in the schedule, and putting up a decent fight against Staee would make a huge difference in "going in the right direction".
That said, looking at the schedule looks doable for more than 8 wins.
I think the most important thing is not to have a "guh", I can't stand watching this shit it is embarassing to all things Michigan Football season.
It is one thing to loose competitively. It is another to loose, and barely win embarassingly.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||I really cannot comprehend||
how can a guy who was on the Michigan football team, under Bo, not get it.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||I figured the olympics out||
record the live events on the back channels and watch them rather than watching the produced evening re-broadcast.
But NBC has lost teenage boys as future Olympics fans for certain.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||The singing of "you suck" all through Temptation||
is actually pretty funny, or so thinks this former hooligan anyway.
|20 weeks 17 hours ago||Yes college ...||
|20 weeks 18 hours ago||If figured||
and neither was the case in 1986.
It sure appears that the football stadium experience has become more and more resctrictive, and less and less engaging.
|20 weeks 20 hours ago||See - I don't agree with you||
I think there are two sides to this coin:
a) the students have been brought up in a different world than us. The game is always on TV, and they have always been connected and entertained (and able to switch any moment they choose).
b) meanwhile the stadium policies have become ever more restricted, and laws and enforcement have as well.
Back in 1986 you could bring in thermoses (with interesting mixes) and toilet paper and beach balls and seat cushions. I cannot recall how much the hot dogs and sodas cost, but they are overpriced for students now for sure. We barely had computers, and didn't have cell phones. Connection with friends and acquaintances was the thing that was happening at the stadium.
So, they can't connect, they have to go underground to drink (and thus go overboard when then do), they can't bring anything in and cannot afford very much when they get in there, and now they have to arrive hours early and stand around and do nothing (because they can't connect or bring anything in or afford very much).
Personally I think they need to listen to students on GA - perhaps even have both: ticketed seats for those who want them is some sections, and full out first come, first serve (no cueing / waiting) in others. They need to set up a student rate food service offering in the stadium that is part of the meal plan. And they need WiFi.
Unfortunately, I think the canned music goes toward entertaining the students during down time. To me this quote is telling:
So yeah, going back to just the traditions of the band and the announcer is not going to hit the mark with the young crowd. (It would be nice to know what they are doing at Clemson, Vanderbilt and Auburn.)
Finally, how hard can it be to compete with most TV broadcast crews? Use the bloody mega-scoreboards for meaningful replays and analysis.
Honestly, having observed the student section at both a basketball (UMass-Lowell) game and a football game (Nebraska) this past year, it appears to me that they are more into (and are having more fun at) the basketball games. This my be true for Hockey as well.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I believe those are games they are anticipating low demand||
for, that they feel they can generate more demand through bullshittery.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||So he tells a booster||
to give a few kids counterfit money, then has them tailed until they buy something illicit with it, then informs the police.
Woo, it goes deep in Tuscaloosa
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah it is pretty comical down here||
Living here in the Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees (and foreign tech workers) aka Cary, we get along OK until some real Southerner (or aforementioned foreign tech worker) comes flying through an intersection or across the road into you. That said the roads have 2" on them in the past two hours even though they salted.
Unfortunately someone invented the internet and telecommuting, so I still have work to get done. Otherwise I'd hop in the Jeep, drive up to Boone, and go skiing. As it is the kids have dusted off sleds and will head out to the hills.
Beyond that, there are Olympics to watch with hot cocoa in hand while DMV figures out how to use those snow plowy things or the sun just melts it off over the weekend.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I need to write this guy||
and beg him to create one Olympics channel for guys, where you watch one event at a time, the whole way through, no ice skating (we watch enough of that with our wives during prime time thank you), as little time delay as possible, and no back stories of personal or national (tsunamis) trauma to overcome.
30 medals have been awarded so far and I've seen a snippet of luging, skiing, and snowboarding, and the entire ice skating events of yesterday twice.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I think John||
is the Harbaugh we m8gh5 get one day.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||My son was coached by Coach Smith||
both times he went to linebacker camp. At least some of the leverage drills they teach the ILBs they also teach in the D-Line camp. Coach Smith seems like a detailed technique instructor / teaching kind of coach. He has a good presence, and is great at getting the reasons why behind the details across to young minds.
So my sense is the drills may differ, but the instruction skills are there.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, you forgot the grandaddy||
FIA (Formula One)
|22 weeks 2 days ago||My 17 year old||
Constantly thinks he knows better than the logic and wisdom of his parents, or somehow things have changed so much since we were teens that or experience no longer applies. Usually this is when he learns the old man may still know a thing or two the hard way: like how teachers like to give you pop quizzes after snow days to see if you did anything while you are out.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||/s man ... /s!||
took me a while to find an image that was funny
or maybe this one
|22 weeks 2 days ago||MGoBrewMom, I know moranic comments have been removed||
but this now reads like you may need to slow down with the the MGoBrew ...
|22 weeks 2 days ago||You forgot Dileo's teflon legs||
and ability to execute the power slide.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||OK - so here is my problem with the process||
Despite the "rights" laid out here, the way the Gibbons' OSCR case supposedly went down was he was sent a letter from the Daily Report:
So basically you have been found to have violated these rules, now you can appeal. There are two sets of words here that are key: "preponderance of evidence" and "valid consent".
If you go back a read the police report in the washtenaw watchdog, her story and his of course differ. He says it was consensual. She says she said no at least once. His interview included some discussion about how he would behave if they were dating after they had sex, and several sentences were completely redacted right in this section. What he did say in the police report was he was aware she was drunk.
What we do know here is he said he believed it was consensual and stated she never said stop, he admited in the police report that she knew he was drunk, she stated that he did not have consent.
So, from the definition of "valid consent" above, it could have been determined that he violated the University code, whether what happened legally could have been prosecuted in court as a rape.
The thing is: we don't know the evidence they reviewed, and the specific act they found a preponderance of evidence against him. We also don't know how vigorously he defended himself. After a hearing and a review, he possibly may have agreed to sign the document with the understanding that it would be confidential.
What we do know, is the information the Daily published was legally confidential, and should not have been leaked to the press.
So, having published confidential information, and then the opinion piece, I guess I can understand how the Daily may not have been invited to the briefing. Personally, I think keeping your enemies closer is the smart move here, but if the Daily gets the back corner of the pressbox for a bit - so be it.
Oh, and there are some people on this blog, I hope never ever serve on a jury.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||White lies are how Jim Tressel ended up resigning||
I agree its semantics, and Hoke was most likely balancing whatever agreement not to tell the reasons behind Gibbons' situation (i.e., what he could say) and protecting his player (if for no other reason than Gibbons had not been proven guilty of anything).
I am not a fan of white lies over a no comment, or a good ole' Rich Rod "Gibbons is not with the team" - "why" - "I only talk about those who are on the team" sort of no comment.
|23 weeks 2 hours ago||Bando - re-read the daily article||
Dave Ablauf's exact wording is not quoted. Nor do we know whether he was saying he didn't know Gibbons was separated, or he was surprised because it was the first time someone asked him about it.
I personally think Hoke knew about this the Sunday after the Iowa game. (That was an away game. Not sure when the team traveled, but it is possible Gibbons didn't open that letter until Sunday, or at the very least waited to tell Hoke about it until then.) After that, whether Gibbons was actually hurt or not--the reason given for not playing the Ohio State game (he was seen wearing a boot)--they did not disclose Gibbons' situation because the matter had been dropped before, and they were waiting for the finding. However, after the 19th, the only thing they could say was Gibbons had been permanently separated from school, and we have all surmised the legal staff suggested personal reasons or the words "family matter".
FWIW, if my son told me he was expelled from school for sexual misconduct right at a time when an employment contract worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was at stake, that would be a "family matter".
However, I went back and watched Hoke's press conference here, and his exact words were:
If he had stopped at family matter, I am OK. The fact that the family matter was "in Florida" really starts to get beyond legalese and become misleading. To me though the real lie was more likely the "muscle" issue after the Iowa game.
So, having analyzed and fact checked this while writing my response, I am now firmly in the boat of Hoke and the University have some explaining to do.
|23 weeks 20 hours ago||Thank you||
OK - so the only thing I don't see is the opportunity to challenge the admissabilty of evidence. Otherwise it appears "judges" and "jurors" can be challenged for bias, and cross questioning of statements can occur.
|23 weeks 20 hours ago||Personally, I think all this is still none of our business.||
Gibbons hasn't been convicted in court of anything. Clearly the person who leaked Gibbons' status to the Daily legally should not have. Given that he has not been charged or convicted, nor from what we can tell does the OSCR follow a due process and threshold of guilt policy similar to our court system, well he basically has a right to privacy. Now that this is out his reputation has been damaged -- maybe rightfully so, maybe not, we don't know -- right when he is being considered for professional football or needs to find a job in the real world. I would not be surprised if a law suit comes from this.
We should not know that he was kicked out of school or why.
|23 weeks 20 hours ago||The policy was changed again in 2013||
and then the Watchdog article came out linking directly to the redacted police reports, and Gibbons was reviewed within a reasonable time period afterward.
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||I think the real question is how the process works||
and was Gibbons allowed legal represetation, and did that representative have the opportunity to cross-examine the victim's and other statements against Gibbons?
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||What exactly does "preponderance" mean||
Sounds ambiguous to me.
What do you think would have happened in the Duke case?
My point is this: there is a lot of activism to reduce sexual assaults, and there should be. However, as documented by Section 1 above, in the Duke case that activism was taken to the next level by the University staff: something that is quite possible at any university.
The police report in the Gibbons case sure reads like she was convinced she had not given consent, and her friends saw that she was acting like a victim immediately after the incident. However, this case is a study in who remembers and actually said what, and how they said it, in an alcoholic haze.
In other cases where it is unclear whether it was a consented drunken hookup or not, the male has to prove the consent was not questionable or the "preponderance" of evidence is could very well get him expelled in spite of there being a reasonable doubt or the opportunity to cross examine, etc.
So that is the risk every male has to assess.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Agree with your statement||
and I believe Section 1 has a very solid point of concern regarding due process and threshold.
And since you bring up your thoughts in relation to your children: I have three sons, and talking about sex (as they prepare for college) just got more complex / took on another dimension. Somewhere in then policies posted yesterday it says something to the effect of "reasonable consent". What each side claims in the Gibbons case aside, the ambiguity of what constitutes consent when you mix college students and too much alcohol, and how it is viewed by all parties in the aftermath leaves a pretty wide space for interpretation. Young men will now have to prove their innocence beyond a reasonable doubt.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Family matters is one thing||
the "muscle" problem that kept him out of the OSU game and reported him questionable leading up to the bowl game after Gibbons was notified of the proceedings is the real issue.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||there were a few||
rumors posted about it before then. But they were taken down pretty quickly because of lack of substantiation and Gibbons was investigated but the case was not pursued.
The timing of this lines up with the 2013 rules change. Like others, I am guessing the new information statement is alluding to the posting of the police reports.
Agree that the ethical key here is the timing of when the staff knew about the case in relation to the Iowa game. I'll accept family concerns as walking the legal line of what could be said, but those statements about muscle problems do appear to be blatant lies.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||But the middle of the line||
is so much more important ...
|24 weeks 4 days ago||There are ton of kids with degrees||
waiting tables and working retail too.
That is what the whole debate about college ROI is. e.g., Michigan is 120 in state, and 183 out of state in that ranking: http://www.payscale.com/college-education-value-2013 - and even when you click on the top 20 listings for engineering, computer science or business major ROIs, we aren't on it. Clemson is 133/178. Auburn is 209/279. Bama is 375/515. Georgia is 375/515 and Mr. Clowney's education has an ROI ranking of 780/919.
I'd be willing to bet an African American studies major from UNC for example -- with an ROI rating of 359/490 -- is going to have trouble finding a job if they don't make the NFL. (I have selected this as the most recent public instance of althletes either be guided or taking an easy path through school to stay eligible.)
My neighbor is a huge NC State homer, and the UNC story is one that just keeps on giving. Especially since NC State with their engineering school -- UNC is pretty much a liberal arts college -- has an ROI of 168/207.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||And so the suits in the NCAA should||
care more about what the NFL teams want than what's best for the student athlete? Or, OMG, some slimy agent may give them money to buy a suit and a car and take them to parties, and train for the combine?
Either way, if a guy doesn't get drafted, then he's really going to need to get serious about that degree.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Facts never mattered||
at the Freep either.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Will never forget the end of the Rose Bowl||
when Brian was named MVP and his dad was in tears.
Can't think of a better broadcasted father son moment.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||welp||
a) what would you expect the Space Emporer of Space to look like in a speedo ... Captain America?
b) no Patriot's cheerleaders this year ...
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Did not know that about Arleigh Burke||
you'd a thunk they would have mentioned it in Naval Science class.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||See here's the thing||
I seem to remember way more news stories about school busses and cows getting shot during deer hunting season in Michigan, than I do down here. I don't think it's so commonplace that it just doesn't get reported down here, or the NRA pays off the news. Granted it could be that the deer hunters in Michigan were unused to handling guns and firearm / hunting safety, and the hunters down here have been doing so since they were 7. However, I am guessing a sizeable number of people in Michigan own guns and teens have access to them.
Now Texas, that is a whole 'nother animal all to itself. Heck half, the players probably walk around campus with guns openly displayed in holsters. The lineman probably all wear ten gallon hats (which will make it even harder to see in class). s/
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Eh - so what ....||
I could care less if Dave Brandon is in charge and Hoke is a puppet ala Jerry Jones, as long as it is important to Dave Brandon that Michigan wins.
Honestly, even if Dave went to Hoke and said "Look, the big donors are threatening to stop donating, the old guard is grumbling - even Desmond on TV, and half of MGoBlog is threatening to drop their season tickets and PSDs. Al's a great guy but this is a business we are running and we need to do something to protect the brand. Nuss called from Bama and said he's being pushed out by Kiffen. This is our chance to make a big move for the brand. You've got to decide to let Al go." all that proves is Hoke is the great family guy we think he is. Sometimes you have to be pushed to make tough decisions.
Anyway, whatever ... when is NSD?
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||I am guessing that is a typo||
and he meant 2003 which is the 1st year of the dataset.
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||The year before Nuss showed up||
they lost to LSU 9-6 and then won 21-0. The next year 21 pts. This year Bama won 38-17.
So it would appear our guys arrival improved the point production results in that key rivalry.
|26 weeks 16 hours ago||Sometime the direct boss is too close to a situation||
and the second level needs to put an arm around his shoulder and have a hard coversation that winds up in a solid if tough decision.
There is nothing wrong with this, and it should not cause a rift.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Good, when we're up against Bama's defense||
in 2016, he's going to be motivated.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||If we brought in a credible coach||
with the same base philosophies, the attrition would be less.
If Hoke lost his job next year and we landed either Harbaugh - bet the attrition would be low.
Personally, I'd rather everyone just succeed.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I think the better way||
is describing the situation that might cause someone to leave without naming names.
It would also be nice if the NCAA allowed practice squad only scholarships for scholarship players who may find themselves buried, but want to continue to contribute and earn their degree.
Come on Seth, lead by example man! :-)
|26 weeks 2 days ago||OK - I'll give you that||
you can have fun at Sparty's expense.
Even at 7-6 it is great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||No - we suck||
It makes me sick to my stomach to see Sparty where Michigan should be and Michigan where Sparty has historically been. Hats off to their players, and more sickeningly, their coaches. This year when Dantonio interrupts Funk at a coaching seminar, the coaches in the room will probably prefer to listen to Dantonio. That is how far we have fallen.
In 2014 the last few of Rodriguez's players are finishing out (and I thank them - they are warriors who have been through a lot). Auburn played for and almost won the national championship last night with two sophomore tackles, a redshirt freshman and a junior guard, and a junior center. Youth is not an excuse anymore. If the players don't execute after three fall practices in the system it is on the team and the coaching staff.
No more excuses. No more next years. This staff and this team of their players badly need to prove themselves.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Supposed to get down to 12 tonight||
Get this - you know you live in the South when you have a 2 hour school delay announced a day in advance because it will be 12 degrees in tomorrow morning. No snow, no ice, just cold - but not so much relatively.
Dang it ... I had to take the backflow preventer off my irrigation, shut off the hose bibs inside and will be putting a drop light in the garage with the boat motor tonight.
Oh, and Brady Hoke would be in shorts and shirt sleaves here I am sure.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
Do your teats hurt too?
I seeing a break in the value equation for this milk machine.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with is||
I think Rodriguez lost the team at Illinois on the goal line stand. After that game there was a deficit in "Reason to Believe". The fact that he didn't change out his coaching staff after that season left a "reason to doubt" the rest of his tine here.
This is why I think Hoke has to make some changes or he never gets the team fully on board. One only has to witness the Copper Bowl to see what happens when a team is not fully bought in.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Perhaps you are forgetting||
the pre-BCS era when you had to go undefeated to be in the running to be voted #1, and ND and OSU were the two hardest games to win on our schedule.
ND was frequently the difference between a run at the NC and just another run at the B1G and the Rose Bowl.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||We will put your theories to the test||
next year. We'll find out how important those tackles are.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Should have put||
a small /s on it. Only q small one though.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||I cannot see how||
loosing two NFL tackles with a combined 7 years starting experience is going to make things better.
I just don't see it until 2015.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||You are smoking something||
Any QB behind our effectively all sophomore line is going to have about 2 seconds to read and throw or be killed. During those 2 seconds our WR are going to be jammed.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I think this lesson||
needs to be learned before people will axcept a non-Michigan Man at the helm.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I have resigned myself||
to believing with two NFL tackles and Gallon, Dileo and others leaving, next year will be a muddy "growing" year of muffed execution like this year.
Maybe the record improves, maybe it doesn't. Question: who are the Mike Martins, David Molks, and Ryan van Bergens to lead next year's team?
It is a bleak discouraging outlook for 2014 in my view.
That said, Shane's performance did brighten the outlook for 2015.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Sometimes I think||
too much "Michigan Men" emphasis on the coaching staff. Question: are we like Bump Elliot's staff before we went outside the family and Bo came to town?
|27 weeks 5 days ago||We better have||
a fucking run game next year since the middle of the oline is where we will be experienced.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||cannot||
|28 weeks 6 days ago||You know, in an age||
where attending a game live is competing with the living room couch, they might want to consider what we get on the couch that we don't get live. Replays and internet connection are two things they can do to improve the live experience.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, a "state of" analysis||
Of the responses would be an interesting thing.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||They thought a non-Florida destination||
may offer enough of a change up to drive a higher attendance.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||That would be Magnus' blog||
Mrs. Kass has us down to occasional Kate Upton photo, and a few avatars.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||^This||
is my son too. One day it is Industrial Engineering at NCState. The next it is CS at UNC. Then some kind of Music Business degree at Belmont. Then Industrial Design at NCState ...
Agreed with posters above - we need to start winning again / another 2011 to keep the reason to believe up to attract these guys and give them no reason to sway.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||yes, because people||
never cheat in the North. (Looks towards Ohio ...)
|29 weeks 2 days ago||If I was that recruit's parent||
I would be annoyed.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||We lost two NFL tackles||
Their replacements are young and are making execution mistakes.
Having young tackles are statistically the worst weakness you can have on an O-line.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||We have 3 or 4 guys from my son's HS||
going to the Service Academies to play football. They are not D-1 sized candidates, but are some of the better, team award winning, football players on the team. One is the team GPA leader, and the others are 3.0 or better students.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||^This||
It cannot be a coincidence that the last game Army won was the one right after 9/11.
To be fair though some of the Midshipmen said their goal is to lead Marines in the game intro.
Also it us "Global Force for Good" nowadays. At some point they decided to be more like the Marines chivalry campaigns. Personally, I have always thought "Join the Navy and See the World" was better.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||I think that is short sighted||
We need the conference to raise up out of the cellar to be competitive for an NC run.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Said the same||
when they asked the question ...
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Go Navy||
|29 weeks 6 days ago||yeah but we lose two with more starts||
between them than the entire line next year. Everyone spouting how important the interior line is needs to realistically expect next year may very well be like this year or maybe even another step backward.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||There is a school of thought that says:||
a.) Recruits want a reason to believe they will be developed for the NFL and showcased in a positive way (e.g., there was a long period of time where Michigan was Quarterback U. That meant QBs, and WRs had reason to believe choosing Michigan would increase their chances of getting to the NFL.)
b.) After three seasons of seeming offensive decline, that reason to believe may not so strong right now
c) Al Borges does not do reportedly do much recruiting anyway. However Funk does a lot of it.
So if we are having trouble landing top offensive prospects, then we need to make a change that increases the reason to believe Michigan is one of the top places to develop and be showcased on that side of the ball.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I think your comment is unwarranted.||
The young man committed to Alabama because he could study engineering there and play championship football. Alabama happens to be listed in USNWR as a A+ school for B students.
It's not that Alabama sold him on their engineering program being better than our engineering program: just better than the other degree program Michigan was steering him to. (Personally, I would rather my son study engineering if I were his father.)
The time committed to playing football would make it very hard to compete with other engineering students at Michigan. We'll see if he really majors in engineering, but just maybe Alabama was the better choice for someone who wanted to be competitive in both an engineering degree program and one of the top D1 football programs.
The bigger issue is the competitive disadvantage this puts us at, in the very place we thought we had a competitive advantage. Alabama found a way to work around our "Global Degree" selling point. We lost.
Wish he went Blue, but we cannot fault the guy for making a reasonable choice.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Alan Branch was too||
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Yes - our competition in the East||
loses all these key players, while all our 5 star redshirt frosh are back as rs sophomores. OSU and MSU can't possibly have as good a set of backfills as the ones we have for Lewan, Schofield, Gallon, Q, et al. With our latest, greatest youngsters we're going to dominate!
Guys, 2014 is the year! I just know it ..... /S
Maybe a run at the B1G in 2015, but not nationally relevant until at least 2016 in my view.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Damned thos3||
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I think we proved OSU||
is overrated and MSU signed the proclamation.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Congrats to my frat big bro||
and his son. Awesome and Go Blue!
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Hey fellow Michigan Fans in NC||
Ohio State has us beat 15 to10. Penn State as well. You need to go in and take this survey and set things right!
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Hmm I like this||
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Recruiting Threat Scale||
Meyer w/ an NC Game (even a loss) > Dantonio w/ a BTC and Rose Bowl win
Reason: national perception = State got lucky, OSU is back to dominating the B1G and competing for National Championships w/ and SEC coach.
We need State to shut Hyde and Miller down.
Why do I feel so queasy?
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Why?||
Because it is better to be all emo / glass half empty?
motley, some of us appreciate the laugh!