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|13 hours 51 min ago||$1000-$1250 a game to play in the FXFL||
Those Cost of Attendance scholarships sound like a pretty sweet deal. If the NCAA just moved to the Olympic Model of amatuerism (autograph earnings, endorsements, and freebies allowed) ...
|16 hours 32 min ago||Yeah - I'd like one of those||
but my wife doesn't like the leany part of the eco drive experience.
|18 hours 59 min ago||Yeah - the not punching / hitting statement is my problem||
If you read the police report here: she said Frank hit her in the face, and her brother said he observed Frank hitting her. One the scene Frank said he didn't hit her, she sustained the facial injury as they fell to the floor.
A couple of other things to note: She also said Frank drank at least a 5th - and she blew a 0% BAC - which brings into question his recollection.
her own statement said they argued, she threw a remote at him, he tried to restrain her, and she bit him - all before Frank hitting her and holding against the wall dropping to the floor. She said the blood on her face was Frank's. For all we know the blood on the towel may have been as well. The papers tend to overlook the biting part of this: no one wants to hear it, but they both should have been charged in my view. They both should not have done what they did.
As for the two witnesses in the next room - the arguing and head bumping noise they hear correlates with both Frank's and Diamond's statements that they argued, and he held her up against the wall - lifting her by her shirt according to her. While their statements to the Seattle Times are compelling - other than the part about Diamond not moving on the floor - they didn't see what happened. All of that was stated in the police report, and most likely their email statements. Granted a verbal 3rd party account adds context, but given the written statements, I think Seattle's investigation could have been thorough without interviewing those two witnesses. Thank goodness the one woman had the courage to stand her ground and step in though. It sounds like the hotel staff actions are to be commended as well.
As for the hitting or not hitting: no matter how you look at it - whether he hit her or not doesn't matter - whatever the legal definition is, this was a domestic argument that got violent. While I agree it is OK for Frank to get a third chance - they both need to own up to their physically violent acts, learn and grow from this incident. I think Frank Clark is doing that - but his message is back and forth on the acknowledgement part. And that is what bothers me.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Agreed||
if anything, that was much less three ring circus than the old Don King days. You did forget the gambling underworld part as well.
Chad Henne played a whole season with a torn rotator cuff. It didn't look to me like Manny was hesitant to throw a punch because it hurt - it looked like he was hesitant to close on Floyd for any period of time because Floyd had 4 inches of reach on him and that cocked right arm might clobber him.
They're both old for the sport, and played not to get hurt and take the payday being offered them - end of story (which any one of us would have done if offered 100 plus million).
|1 week 6 hours ago||Uh - neither of them||
won a National Championship. We took massive penalties for what they did do, including disavow in wins and final fours.
Auburn on the other hand won a national championship playing a guy the NCAA knew they paid for.
|1 week 8 hours ago||No no||
that is UNC.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Swamps? Really?||
I support JH recruiting in the South as much as anyone here. And yes it is hot in Georgia in the summer - and humid. In contrast, Ann Arbor around the time of the football camp can be about as perfect as weather can get.
That said: there are shady parts, but Athens and UGA make up the quintessential "Ann Arbor-like" college town, and people with Richt's means more likely have a lake house with a ski boat an hour north, or weekend on one of the several sea island beaches 4 to 5 hours south-east.
Either way, Richt is full of shit.
|1 week 1 day ago||The interview he sounded a lot more||
polished. Clearly he has been coached on this - beyond Hoke and Harbaugh. The key is whether Frank believes and owns what he is saying or not.
I hope he does, and he has really turned a corner (again) in life, finishes his degree, and continues to grow positively.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sometimes the biggest decisions in life are sad.||
It appears Austin has made a very big one, and his choice is admirable. I am sure his father would be proud.
Go Blue young man!
|1 week 5 days ago||It is not how I feel, but I can see this point of view||
It has been a long, long ten years. And college sports in general seem to be getting ever more overtly slimy having shifted from football for the masses to mo money, mo money, mo money - see my golden throne - but no more for the players. Add to that the negative press around concussions, etc.
The quaint collegial feel of what was the (mostly winning) Michigan football gameday experience has ebbed away.
Here's to hoping the tide is coming back in!
|1 week 6 days ago||I think the board is looking for you to say this in a nicer way||
try the aggregate student body at Michigan scored higher on entrance exams and had higher high school GPAs on average than the students at Flint or Dearborn. Leave any discussion of intelligence or better / lesser student at the door, then your point isn't offensive.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||My view||
the NCAA and member schools should offer a full cost of attendance scholarship. Beyond that the athletes should be allowed to sign endorsement contracts, sell autographs, and even get free tats or crablegs and drive loaner cars from third parties on the side so they can capitalize on their skills when most are at the highest level they'll ever play at - i.e., at the higest earning potential.
I don't see that this hurts their amatuerism status - they still are not "paid to play" by the schools. And if anything, bringing most of it above board is better.
In a free market, they should be able to get the most out of their fleeting moment of fame, much the same as olympic athletes.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Apparently in the NFL||
the coach is there to call the next suggested plays for the players, and then clap and slap them on the ass as they come up the field. Maybe bring them cookies and milk the night before games.
Come to think of it, I may know of a great guy for the job that all these over paid prima donnas will just love as a head coach.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He was probably working||
the transition from fastball to changeup.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I rest my case||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Anybody know what the locker room||
at Schembechler / Glick looks like? I am guessing the everyday use one is better than the stadium locker room.
I guess I don't fret too much about the locker room. We start winning games again, and we still have a modern renovated version of the locker room Tom Brady, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, et al suited up in.
It's not like it is a shit hole with nails in the wall like when Bo first arrived.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So he says||
he would increase the scholarship limits (I'm for the 25 a year rule), and that he wants to
i.e., you one and done / we ain't here to play school / UNC AFAM major crowd we'll pass thank you
I have no problem with this as long as everyone has the same rules, and there are still enough scholarship players eligible to play. I would prefer there is a minor league option like baseball and hockey.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You mean like this?||
Which I believe was done this past fall?
Eh - what comes around goes around ... hope the kids had fun with it.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Oh I thought that NCAA Student Athlete survey||
found that roughly half the LAX players prefered grass ...
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||I would also like to engage in open||
discussion on social and political topics, as I think students and faculty should be at Michigan (instead of banning a movie). However, some people on the internet cannot seem to engage in open, respectful, intellectual discussion and debate without slipping into insults and vitriol.
There probably is a space for a UofM based blog for social debate. This one is for sports. I accept the mods judgements in keeping the place civil.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's like a Hoke hire||
But a little better since he coached his loosing seasons in the Pac12
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I was looking into this recently||
when we realized Alabama has a significant merit scholarship program. The program is rumored to be funded by the proceeds the AD transfers back to the university (which cannot be true because the amount transferred back is in the range of paying for athletic scholarships at the out of state rate).
There are specific rules about how much recruiting contact the coach can have with the player. If say player A and coach meet at a camp and player A joins the team as a walk-on, doesn't take an official, and is given a generally available scholarship to the University, player A is not counted as a scholarship player until they play in a game.
If on the other hand player B is in home recruited by coaches, or takes an official, and then walks on, the rules are different. They are counted as a scholarship player. Hatch is in the player B category, and while I really hope he is able to make the rotation, if he cannot, at some point Belein needs to have a hard conversation and make a difficult decision. I'm hoping that point won't be reached.
Don't have the time to dig deeper, but I am wondering if Bama's merit scholarship programs give them a deeper walk-on squad. (i.e., not only do they have a advantage stemming from oversigning / St. Saban's medical ward, but they can bring in academically eligible players "off scholarship" until they develop to where they get playing time. e.g., bring in a guy like Will Heininger (who was academic all big ten) on a merit scholarship, and move him to a football scholarship when he breaks out his redshirt junior and senior year.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Never||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I saw the movie and||
personally I think it really forces you to stop and think about the realities of war and the world we live in. How does a man emotionally deal with having to shoot a young boy who is carrying a grenade (his own mother gave him) toward soldiers? There really are evil people would would torture and kill a child with drill in front of the parents to strike terror and fear into people.
And then there is is PTSD: through the film, one can see how PTSD develops.
I thought the movie was a little shallow in character and story development, but it has a lot in it for both sides to discuss.
Especially in this day and age where there are clearly very bad people at large - particularly in the form of ISIL.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you for saying this||
I hadn't thought of this example but the point you make - dehuminization of any enemy in war - is absolutely true.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yes - just as cable TV has||
The problem with more choice is, the convenient (passive) choice for most people is what they are most comfortable with.
Of course you could also debate whether former msm presented bias as well.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This has been the case for a while||
yet print and broadcast news media continue to bleed customers. Wonder if those customers think there is a quality of content issue ...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Not to mention the coaching staff was split||
and everyone was on the field.
New QB and the risk of a new center, and yet another new playbook = I don't think the offense will start the season as the strength of the team. Shane did look improved. The run game did not - at all.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I haven't watched again||
but it was my impression Malzone and to some extent Morris actually threw the ball away when the play wasn't there on a few occasions. Seems like an improvment on QB decision making there. Malzone at least was staring recievers down though.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Might be a change in NCAA rules||
Making it a requirement to hold spring practice before finals - you know .... for the convenience of the student-athletes.