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|1 week 2 days ago||Because then every school in America||
would offer 18 to 28 (or so) of the same top 100 guys as everyone else, and would be scrambling to backfill on signing day.
It is like applying to college: universities accept many more students than the number that end up enrolling. The fine print of the acceptance letter says you have to keep up your grades, and take a rigorous course load. Students are typically accepeted to many schools, all with the same fine print. Heck, the might even make a deposit at one school, and switch to a better one if they clear a wait list or deferred decision.
The main difference is, rather than thousands of incoming Freshman class slots, there are only tens of football scholarships, and only ones in specific positions. So - football coaches have to offer enough recruits that they think they'll sign the right mix and caliber of players to complete. They cannot accept every commitment, and those they do accept have fine print.
The situation sucks, BUT it is the reality of life. That reality by the way includes almost all high school football players never playing in college. Both of these guys have offers from other D-1 schools.
|1 week 3 days ago||This very much depends on the newborn||
I've been through three - had two complacent sleep-n-eaters and one colicky wits frazzler.
|1 week 4 days ago||This is awesome news||
Hope wife and baby are fine. And don't freak, they are not as breakable as you at first think.
(Now we'll start seeing [even more] half coherent posts and tweets at odd hours of the night...)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||By Fall Practice||
Between fall graduation, and recent departure announcements they are probably OK with the Early Enrollees for Spring Practice.
Bottom line is: whatever the rules are, the coaching staff will work within them because they have to.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I thought counting or not has to do||
with playing time. If the Academic Scholarship walk-on actually plays then they count. If they are developing on the practice squad and don't play then they do not.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I believe they don't count towards 85||
until they get to school, at which point in time graduating seniors, 5th years no longer on scholarship, and eligible players transferring at the end of the semester no longer count.
Why is there so much angst on this subject? We know players are going to move on. From what we can tell they are being treated realistically but fairly. In many cases those who have moved on (Cox, Rawls, Fleet, Countess) have done well.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Question: how do you staff a camp||
if you can't bring in coaches from other schools? Even Hoke's Michigan camps were at least partially staffed from FCS and Division III school coaches. I am assuming they do the same in the SEC and ACC.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Uh - no||
They have to leave the program by the time the NSD recruits start their scholarship, which typically is mid summer or fall.
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||I think you need to get off your soap box||
On this blog, there are numerous where-are-they-now threads about former player didn't perform at Michigan or left the team, or didn't make it onto the team (e.g., Demar Dorsey). These threads show that people care about many players enough to track them even when they are irrelevant to the program.
Most of those statements expressed concern for Lewis, and concern that whatever she was doing might impact the program (e.g., Cam Newton's dad).
Is it OK in your mind to be concerned about both?
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||When I read that, I didn't trip on it like you did.||
To me he was saying the allowance he gets for room and board as part of his scholarship. Not sure when the stipends start, but maybe that too. I am sure compliance wishes he was more specific though.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Guess it keeps having to be said||
a) if students are subsidizing a sport, as they are at most universities, then there is no mythical millions the athlete's are being bilked of (unless you want to get into Title IX and coaching salaries)
b) if these kids went to a minor league instead - same kids - they'd make way less than the value of their scholarships while being taxed, not have near as much access to the training and facilities they do have in college, and not have the opportunity for the 95% who will not play on Sundays to get a college degree
c) b implies that at least some of the millions are in fact brand value of the University football program
If we want to go the "basic income" route like Finland fine - but the stipulation still should require part of that income to be spent on full time enrollment in the University - and then there are taxes.
I believe the NCAA should allow the athlete to profit above board from their fame while in school (because again 95% of these guys will never have the opportunity to otherwise), but that process has to be above board and taxed.
Bottom line: I would bet at most universities, if you took the net income after expenses of football or basketball, and split that income between the players and then taxed it, it would be less than what they are getting now.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah but Lions ...||
there is a totally different expectation when it comes to the Lions - like a "what fucked up could happen now?" kind of vibe.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Guys||
it ain't gonna stop.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yes - exactly||
You have to really want to continue playing football and really want to drive ships or planes or Marines and be willing to work very hard at academics. Thankfully, these students exist.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The one sure fire way||
to beat the spread is put more points on the board than they do. If you can do that while being able to run against them, thus controlling time of posession, even better. (Think back to the last time we played Wisconsin, or more positively Florida ...)
|8 weeks 6 days ago||At first read of your comment above||
I didn't agree - then I re-read, and read this one. You are right - acknowledge both sides.
This is exactly what I think Michigan should do about the Fab Five, and it would be wonderful If Chris Webber could take the same approach: appologize for the damage done to the program while still saying that he got caught taking a small benefit relative to the millions the University and sports broadcasters were making off the Fab Five.
The same by the way goes for Joe Paterno - his bloody son, and the fan base would acknowledge that Joe Pa should have done more when the administration clearly did not take action ... just that acknowldgement, and the passing on of that tragic lesson of a great 75 year old person not coming through when it mattered the most ... and the University, football program, and Joe Paterno would be a lot farther along in regaining outside perception.
I went through the UNC Basketball Museum a while back. They had a display with a player's African American Studies degree as an example of how great it was these kids get educated. Clearly in current light they should probably switch out for a different diploma - but there is an opportunity for a lesson in what not to do there as well.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I was read something that mentioned safe spaces the other day||
Serious question: wtf is a safe space?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Watching it over and over||
has to be in reverse
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Rich Rod also recruited several||
kids from places like Pahokee and Deerfield Beach who seized the opportunity offered to them and have been great representatives for the university.
(Hint: don't be a hyperbolic internet ass)
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The Rose Bowl has already lost||
everything it stood for. It is now the also ran game. And this has sucked since the beginning of the BCS era.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I agree - you don't build a coaching tree||
by hoarding the best. You need to rotate guys in and out so they can grow and gain fresh knowledge.
We'll be fine. We have Mattison for the bowl game, and Harbaugh will find the right set of coaches for the defense.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||She may very well be a great person for the job.||
My point is, she needs to go through the same career progression as the other three, and hopefully the University, and her supporters help her in that progression - as Bo helped Warde Manuel.
Without knowing who she is, or if she has held the position at another school, it is hard to tell.
To me this is related to the Durkin question - the way you get a qualified pool of candidates, is to rotate the good ones out to build thier careers so when you need them, they are ready (i.e., breathing out is just as important as breathing in.)
|9 weeks 5 days ago||So - three candidates qualified by||
experience as ADs at Power 5 D-1 insitutions, and another person being pushed for. How'd that work out for us last time we took the pushed for candidate over the experienced ones again?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The OSU game just showed how far we have to go:||
a long long way.
We're going to struggle for a long while - stuck with the same line / no running game and a new QB next year. Then a new line the following year. LBs will be new next year. etc.
Seems to me we are dependent on (injury) luck, duct tape and bailing wire for the foreseeable future. If we even sniff the BTCG or playoffs it will be a Notre Dame 2012-like season - not a Bama or OSU like event.
The question is when does that end?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Plus a million brother!||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The crowd cheered very loudly||
anytime JoePa was pictured in their intro video. Those embers still burn just under the surface.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed - I was at Maryland||
and Penn State. The band at Maryland would have been fun because the crowd was full of Michigan fans. Penn State or Minnesota were probably the games with the most potential.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Similar experience to those above||
The fans behind us were vocally annoyed at the Zettel targeting call, but I assured them it was being reviewed, and no such call in Michigan's favor had been upheld the entire season. We proceeded to have a debate about who was screwed by the refs more, and wound up agreeing that the O'Neill crew had to go. Like Brian on the main page: in hind site I am glad Zettel is playing this week.
The concensus was they used to hate us and don't like Lloyd Carr, but now really hate Ohio State, Urban Meyer's cheating ways, and especially Ohio State fans. In contrast, we apparently treated Penn State fans well last year, though our night games are quiet compared to Happy Valley.
Franklin recieved much criticism, especially with timeout mis-usage in the second half, and there was at least one guy who wanted Hackenburg pulled (sooo last year in Wolverine fan emotions).
It was a good trip, and I would definitely do it again.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||As a dad||
that picture, straight to the heart. It hurts just to imagine how the Carr family feels. Especially at Chad's age.
RIP brave young man, with a strong brave family.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||How f*&$ed are we now?||
The Pacific - Happy Birthday