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|18 hours 57 min 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 ...
|19 hours 6 min 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.
|19 hours 11 min 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.
|1 day 58 min 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|1 day 20 hours 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.
|2 days 2 min 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.
|2 days 1 hour ago||It was amazing how close||
we were to losing to Akron and UConn too.
|2 days 18 hours 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.
|2 days 21 hours 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.
|2 days 22 hours 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.
|3 days 20 hours 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.
|5 days 23 hours 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.
|6 days 22 min ago||Especially since the guy||
currently going through rehab and councelling is not black.
|6 days 2 hours 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.
|6 days 2 hours 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 ...
|6 days 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.
|6 days 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.
|1 week 5 hours 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.
|1 week 14 hours ago||So was Jim Harbaugh||
before he went off to the NFL.
|1 week 14 hours 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.
|1 week 14 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||reading this||
or anything about Denard makes me smile
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||yeah they had||
8000 at the hash bash up the hill.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||If App State had a spring game||
with points awarded to offense and defense and everything, why can't Michigan.
|1 week 3 days ago||I really hope this is the||
case. Would like to see significant On-line maturation across the season too.