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|2 days 4 hours 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!
|3 days 28 min 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.
|3 days 20 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.
|6 days 4 hours 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.
|1 week 45 min ago||He was probably working||
the transition from fastball to changeup.
|1 week 50 min ago||I rest my case||
|1 week 6 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh I thought that NCAA Student Athlete survey||
found that roughly half the LAX players prefered grass ...
|1 week 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||It's like a Hoke hire||
But a little better since he coached his loosing seasons in the Pac12
|2 weeks 1 day 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.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Never||
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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 ...
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|3 weeks 21 hours 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.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Don't all the really good players||
go to those teams anyway, unless they have some childhood favorite they want to play for?
Maybe there should just be three requirements:
1) You can only offer 25 4 year scholarships a year (or 23 or whatever number gets you to 85 with normal attrition and 5th year extensions on average) - schools can apply for a waiver if there are unusually high attrition for reasons not associated with NCAA violations.
2) The STUDENT-Athletes have to take a minimum number of credit hours during the season, and a course load off season that allows them to graduate in 4 years, while maintaining above a minmum GPA
3) STUDENT-Athletes who are in the lower 25 percentile of the incoming Freshman class are not eligible to play until they pass a set of NCAA member prescribed and accredited prep-courses, or their Sophomore year, which ever comes first. They can practice. They get an extra semester of scholarship and course load requirements. (i.e., if they have to take prep-courses - they get an extended scholarship andand extension on the credit hour requirement.)
Stuff like money under the table (which needs to come above table to avoid point shaving / game fixing and other concerns), money for ads or autographs, faux summer jobs, loaner cars, tats, etc. - it doesn't matter because schools can only take so many players a year. (Let these guys make what they can because most will not make the League.)
Maintain but simplify recruiting rules, number of coaches, drug and PED testing, etc.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmmm||
Looks more like Braden to me. These big giant white dudes with beards - they all look the same ...
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah - yay||
now we can go back to the tickets being bought up by donors with priority at face value, and resold to me on stub hub for higher prices, rather than the lower dynamic price UoM would have charged me.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It amazes me||
how M-Live is able to take the two or three pressers, a few tweets, and a player interview or two, and tease those out to a few weeks' worth of click driving content. They take the bread, and feed out a trail of breadcrumbs to the masses.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Why do I get the feeling||
the defense is going to own the spring game again? Think it is going to be a low scoring spring game.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Welp - the Compliance Department||
just got a call, and are pulling out the minor violation reporting forms and the NCAA Bylaws for Dummies book...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||He found what gets||
clicks and stuck to the persona - like Omarosa on the Apprentice - everyone has a character role to play that gets eyeballs to tune in.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I agree that the game day experience feels||
different now that you don't have bowl meets sky, and there is something less communal with the varied hierarchy in seating (not that a hierarchy between endzone and midfield didn't exist before). Seeing the towers as you walk up, and having them as a back stop when you first walk in does change the perception.
However - the towers and the score boards (even if misused) are very nicely done, being there at night is a whole different experience, and the stadium looks so much better from the outside. And despite loving the letters on top of the old box, the old box was hideous.
I think it had to be done, and it was done very, very well.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Or folks could just realize||
certain employers have established rules for employment beyond the laws of some states as a per-requisite for earning a lot of money, and those folks could just follow the rules like many others who'd like those jobs are.