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|6 hours 6 min ago||Not sure what you're saying...players do or don't have power?||
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. Coaches have a ton of power in college football, but IMO sought out recruits hold more up until the day they sign their LOI. A player like Jabrill Peppers or Rashan Gary can basically do whatever he wants and the coaches will dance for them.
|6 hours 34 min ago||Recruiting & salary||
Recruiting has got to be a frustrating up & down rollercoaster for coaches. It seems a bit like hitting in baseball, even when you're good you're batting like .300 and loosing more than you're winning. That being said, Moorhead's $250,000/year salary has got to help ease that frustration. This is one of the few places where the athletes hold the power, at least for those sought after recruits.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Agreed, although they do return Smith & Wilson||
Yeah, agreed here. But, at the same time Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson have played and are returning. I'd bet they both have pretty good years. Despite not having anyone on the list, OSU has out-recruited the conference for a while and will reload. In addition to Smith and Wilson back they also have Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown, and Austin Mack as well as Marcus Baugh at TE. The cupboard is not exactly bare.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Went there for UM/Rutgers in '14||
There isn't anything wrong with it, but it's not particularly nice either. Stadium is pretty mediocre compared to most the B1G stadiums. It seats just over 50,000. There was a good atmosphere for that game, but it was the first time UM went there since they joined the B1G and it was a close back and forth game that Rutgers won, and it was a night game. There was still a lot of UM fans there. We'll see how the atmosphere is there this year. I think when UM dominates them this year at Rutgers that may sway some opinions of recruits.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I totally agree...just||
I totally agree...just driving home the point that 2017 is going to be a major rebuilding year. We are losing some real quality players on defense. Not only that, but it seems unavoidable there will be some guys playing that we have yet to see play a college snap.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Agree on OSU & Indiana, shutouts are arbitraty tho IMO||
Remember UM had 3 straight shutouts against BYU, Maryland, & NW. I think many of us were surprised by that. But, Oregon & UNLV also only scored 7 pts each in the two games prior. So, last year's team could have easily shut out 5 opponents. Looking at this year, Hawaii, UCF, Colorado, Rutgers, Iowa, Maryland, all look like potential shutouts. But, IMO the number of shutouts is a bit arbitrary to me.
I'm more concerned about slowing down Indiana & OSU particularly. I don't think we'll have much trouble slowing down Iowa, PSU, MSU, Wiscy, etc. Even though those are quality teams they run a pro style offense which didn't give us much trouble last year.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If that scares you...||
Don't look at the offense! :/ We're gonna lose 3 o-lineman (Braden, Kalis, Mags), our top 2 RBs (Smith & Johnson), our all-everything TE (Butt), and our top 2 WRs (Darboh & Chesson).
2017 is undoubtly going to be a rebuilding year. There will be a lot of young guys playing and guys without a ton of experience on both sides of the ball. There is no way around that. The good news is there are a lot of talented young guys and Harbaugh is recruting well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||8 years is a long time||
I hear ya, but 8 years is a long time. It's easy for us to rationalize, "eh it was just Hoke & RR" as if we didn't think they were good coaches when they were hired and we didn't pay them a ton of money. They still have taken us to the wood shed there 4 straight times. They have the right to be proud of that & if we don't like it then we need to prove them wrong.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It won't be easy, but I like our chances with or without them||
Beating Sparty won't be an easy chore in E. Lansing where we haven't won since the infamous "little brother" comment. But, I also believe that without Cook, Conklin, Allen, Burbridge, Calhoun, etc. that we should be the favorite and I like our chances with or without Sweat and Evans.
I still think their defense will be stout. McDowell will give us fits IMO, their LB play should still be good, and I'd guess their DBs improve quite a bit from last year to this. But, their defense should still take a step back from last year and ours should take a step forward. Their offense should take a big step back and ours should take another step forward. It's too bad for them because I'd love to beat them with all their bullets in the gun so to speak but it will be what it will be.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||It's building relationships with these programs IMO||
While I'm totally with you on the extra benefits I have no doubt are running wild at some SEC programs, I think one overlooked thing for schools like UM is the opportunity to build relationships with HS coaches and develop relationships. It doesn't seem unusual that UM will recruit a 3-star kid from the HS of a high 4-star or 5-star that is a year or two younger. I don't think this is by accident. My hunch is UM is seeking out these schools with lots of HS talent and trying to build relationships with the programs to improve their chances down the road with more talented kids because we all know it's hard to pluck a talented kid out of the south even if you're UM. But, if you get one of their coaches on your staff, if you have a former teammate on your team, if you've worked alongside their coaches at a camp, etc. it gets a lot easier for that kid to picture himself playing in MI.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||A case study in Ball State||
You know what they say when you make assumptions. In all seriousness, do grad assistants work these camps? I have no idea, but I wouldn't assume it. Even if so, that would be what I would consider paying your dues to work your way towards the rediculously high salaries all coaching staff members make at the Power 5 schools.
By comparision I took a random mid-major school...Ball State. The lowest paid position coach is Patrick Doughtery. He was a grad assistant in 2008 at a small school I've never heard of and was an assistant and quality control coach at various universities before getting to Ball State. He's in his third year at Ball State and made $76,000 last year. The highest paid assistants that are not coordinators make $104,000 respectively. Still not too shabby for a mid-major program with lots of potential earning down the road.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Assistants make a minimum $350,000||
Why are we protecting assistant coaches? Last I knew, and this was when Harbaugh's staff was first announced in 2015, the lowest paid position coach salaries were $350,000. Last time I checked that's a pretty good salary.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Since I didn't get any||
Since I didn't get any response I will delete my information and remain anonymous :)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||How much PRO & process/growth||
For weight loss and/or muscle growth I think 1g protein per pound of body weight is a good and easy estimate. Protein is not only the only macronutrient (protein, fats, & carbs) that is anabolic, meaning it aids in the muscle building process, it also is good for satiety, meaning it keeps you full longer. This shows up in the research and is backed by evidence. So, for example if you weigh 200 pounds you eat 200 grams of protein per day. The research also shows that so long as you get in your 200g per day it doesn't matter how many meals you eat (withen reason...I'd say a minimum of 3-4 meals a day, but you don't need to eat 8 meals a day, there is no research showing that is more effective than 4) or what time of day you eat them, so just do whatever your preference is.
Animal protein is most closely similar to human muscle tissue in terms of it's amino acid makeup and thus is best for producing muscle growth. Vegetable proteins are fine as well, but you may need to eat a little more to get the same bang for your buck. For example 30g of protein in chicken will be much better than 30g of soy. Most animal proteins contain all essential amino acids which our bodies don't naturally produce and must be obtained from food. Vegetable proteins don't contain as wide of an array of them. That being said l-leucine MAY be the most important of the amino acids for muscle growth. But, that starts to get more complicated than one needs to know unless you really enjoy studying this stuff. I would try to eat most of your protein sources for satiety reasons. if you drink 5 protein shakes per day that won't fill you up as much as eating whole food protein sources so I'd try to limit the shakes and eat most of your protein.
Process Protein vs Goes Towards Muscle Growth"
There is a common misunderstanding that you can only process so much protein in a meal. You can process almost an unlimited amount. Your body takes in the nutrients and uses them. However, I think what most people mean is how much goes towards hypertrophy or muscle growth...meaning has an anabolic response. This is a good question and it seems is somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-40g per meal depending on the size and gender of the person. Larger people can utilize more and men can more so than women. But, eating 200g of protein in one meal is not as good as spacing it out over 3-5 meals.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Good luck||
There are many approaches and IMHU the best approach is the one that you can consistently stick to and you feel like is simply your lifestyle rather than a "diet". If you feel like you're restricting yourself or forcing yourself to do something you don't want eventually your will power will run out. Psychology is a big part of weight loss. Good luck my friend and let me know if I can help.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Nice Work!||
Kuddos to you. The overwhelming majority of research on weight loss and mantenance is not good, meaning those that lose weight often regain it and then some. We know how to lose weight, we are not so good at keeping it off. That is a challenging place to be, but it sounds like you're doing great so far.
Here is a relatively new and IMO terrific paper that reviews the factors that influence food intake, and thus ultimately regulate weight gain/weight loss. The paper shows how complex this topic is with numerous cues involved, and underscores how misguided it is to oversimplify weight gain as being related to a single hormone (i.e. insulin) or macronutrient (i.e. carbs or fat).
Many dietary approaches can work; you need to find a plan that works for you individually. The one recurring theme in all studies is the importance of keeping protein intake high, as protein has been shown to promote satiety to a significantly greater extent than other nutrients.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Whatever makes you happy||
I can see that. I'm am not a machine. Food is not just fuel as I've heard some bodybuilders say. I think that's dysfunctional eating. Food is tasty for a reason. But, that being said I think most people would struggle to be lean eating purely based on taste without restriction. But, as a general personality trait I tend to be quite structured.
I think everyone prioritizes different things. You went to culinary school and I'm sure love food and cooking. I have a degree in exercise science and love working out and looking muscular. They are just different priorities. I don't think there's anything wrong with either as long as you can find balance in your life and are happy.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I enjoy food, but I keep "junk" food in moderation||
Absolutely, I enjoy food. I think if you try to "diet" through restricting the foods you enjoy you tend to yo-yo and go through lots of "cheat day" type of binges. I don't think that's a healthy long term way to look at nutrition nor do I think it's sustainable. I do limit what most would consider junk food like fast food, soda, candy, baked goods, etc., but I most certainly enjoy them with moderation.
The hardest part of eating for muscle growth IMO is protein typically takes cooking time to prep if you're eating meat, chicken, fish, or eggs regularly and that can burn you out from cooking all the time. Because you're basically getting a meal every time you eat and you don't really snack. But, my girlfriend and I both eat high protein diets and help each other with food preperation and I use other sources as well such as nuts, milk, yogurt, whey, etc.
The key is finding the foods you enjoy that fit into your kcal/macro needs. When I'm at work for example though I'm so busy that I rarely can enjoy food, but that's more of a function of work than a nutritional approach. I will eat the same breakfast, snack, and lunch meal almost every day on my work days becasue I don't mind it, it's easy, and it fits my kcal/macro needs. I find it's fairly easy and sustainable to look good year round and be relatively lean and muscular by lifting 3-5 days a week and paying attention to what you eat. There is some sacrifice, but it's moderate for me. Sure, I sacrifice eating junk food every day, but that's not a big deal to me. If however I wanted to look super ripped all year round that would require a little more sacrifice and calorie restriction, but just being lean and muscular and having a balanced lifestyle isn't that hard or much of a sacrifice from my perspective.
But, I am going to a birthday party this afternoon and I'm sure I'll have a few beers and some caloricly dense food. I just won't get carried away eating that way all weekend and will have a healthier dinner where I get in some more veggies and lean proteins.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||My exercise & nutrition plans||
I do a combination of training styles and modalities from strength training, speed & agility training, mobility trianing, balance training, flexibility training (both static & dynamic), and conditioning/cardio training. I do expect my training to enhance my life and create long term health enhancing qualities, but once that is taken care of my primary goal is physique development (not at the expense of other qualities however including a balanced lifestyle). Basically I want to look good and be muscular and lean, while maintaining athleticism, cardiovascular endurance, and mobility. To do this I vary training variables over time (frequency, intensity, time, type of exercise, volume, rep tempos, etc.). Some cycles I may lift as few as 3x/week, other times as much as 6x/week. Some times I may do cardio/conditioning work only once a week, other times up to 3x/week. I do some mobility/tissue care work like foam rolling, massage, stretching almost daily.
When it comes to nutrition, for simplicity I prefer to eat pretty much the same thing every day during my work week Mon-Fri. I vary my food choices based on preference on the weekends, but stay in the same basic kcals and macros. For me, I track my macros and meals semi-regularly to make sure I'm keeping them in the right place. I have been manipulating my diet for years and know my body quite well. For me, my maintenance kcals are a little over 3,000/day. If I want to cut weight I drop down a few hundred, to gain add a few hundred. I typically take in about 220g PRO, and fats and carbs vary depending on the day, but kcals and PRO stay the same most days.
There are no magic tricks, perfect workouts or routines, or perfect diets. What works best is what you are capable of doing consistently long term. What works for one person also won't work for the next in quite the same way. We know what works best for most folks, but how well it will work varies by a large amount. There is a high degree of variability in terms of adapatibility to both exercise and how we respond to nutrition. This is why average Joes should not follow the routines of pro bodybuilders. Their experience will not be yours. They are highly adaptable to both training and nutrition and you are not. Just like you can't follow Tom Brady's practice routine and be Tom Brady. This makes sense, but most people look at the person in the best shape and emulate what they do. This rarely is an effective strategy. Find what works for you to be consistent and put good effort towards, be consistent, and find a way to do the basics most days of the week.
FWIW I am bit of an exercise nerd. My master's degree is in exercise science with a concentration in performance ehnancement and injury prevention. I've been training for almost 20 years. I am by no means a big guy at 5'9" 190 lbs, but I have been at it a while, studied it, and been in the trenches a while. I don't consider myself a high responder to training, but have built a quality physique slowly over a long time. I like to study it, but it doesn't have to be complicated.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It doesn't really matter, lots of guys will play a lot||
I think it all depends if Wormley plays DE or DT. If Wormley is our SDE that kicks Charlton over to WDE, both of which are great options. If however they want to keep Wormley inside then IMO that leaves Winovich, Gary, and Godin all competing for the SDE position. I really don't think it matters who starts as all will play a lot. Typically freshman don't start day one. They contribute early and if they prove themselves in their games snaps they turn into a starter a few games down the road. I'd personally be surprised if Gary proves himself enough to start the first game. But, if he does well in the first few games it wouldn't surprise me to see him start withen the first 3-4 games.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Tangible vs Intangible Traits||
Just to clarify I think you mean tangible traits. Speed, agility, height/weight, strength are all tangible qualities. They are physical in nature and can be tested accurately...hence the contest he won with actual numbers associated to them. Intangible traits are not physical in nature and are more difficult to assess on tests like leadership, toughness, decision making, etc.
He has all the tangible traits you're looking for. I'm not sure we know anything yet about his intangible traits.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Ehh, it's cyclical for them||
20 years ago, the east was the better division. It seems to be cyclical. Florida has been somewhat down since the loss of Meyer. Tennessee has been down for a while, but they are a blue blood program with a lot of resources. It's only a matter of time before they are good again. Georgia is another blue blood program and South Carolina was much better under Suprrier. So in general the blue blood programs are in the East Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee and in the West Bama, LSU, and Auburn. Adding A&M definately helped that division.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Just an observation||
I am merely stating that Meyer is on record as being an outspoken Christian. I don't care one way or another about anyone's faith or relegious belief. I'm just pointing out that it seems to be contradictory to be such an outspoken Christian on the one hand, and a jerk on the other. Maybe they are mutually exclusive and I've got it all wrong.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Good Christian||
Not sure why, but I'm always surprised when I find out that outspoken Christians are actually like this as human beings. Don't they see the hypocrisy?
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||Reference to Ruddock||
I'd be curious to know with hindsight if the Iowa coaching staff would have preferred to not have Ruddock go to Michigan. Iowa beat everyone on their schedule except MSU in the conference championship and they didn't play UM head-to-head so the transfer didn't directly have a negative impact on Iowa. But, I think all B1G basketball teams play each other every year, don't they? It may have been different if UM played Iowa in football in 2015. Also, the guy that replaced Ruddock at Iowa had a good season. But, Ruddock did have a successful season at UM himself and I doubt UM wins 10 games without him. If you're Iowa and you're competing with UM for recruits and the like, it's hard not to think they'd prefer they didn't win as many games with the help of their former player.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Really?||
Since the modern recruiting era of social media and internet scouting sites OSU has out recruited us almost every year and has beaten us on the field almost every year. Do you think that is a coincidence?
What happened in the 90s does not apply today. The landscape of college football has changed and I don't think can be applied today.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Good to know||
Thanks for adding that!
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Dawson, Kugler, & JBB||
Agreed, but the likes of Dawson, Kugler, & JBB should be a little better for 3 guys that were top 150 recruits. They are supposed to provide depth and Dawson, Kugler, and Cole should be our interior line next year. If they aren't careful they are going to get supplanted by Bredeson and/or Onwenu.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||LB & QB||
McCray/Gedeon/Peppers make me feel a lot better about the LBs. Bush & Furbush are good enough to provide depth.
I agree with O'Korn. I said this a while back but I'd be surprised if we don't have some growing pains this year with whomever is our QB. Our first big game is PSU at home and they have a new QB too, then Wiscy after that in game #5 at home. Our defense should be good enough to make it a non-issue for most of the games on our schedule.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Chesson & Glasgow are still recovering from injuries||
Chesson & Glasgow are both recovering from injuries and are expected to be full go in the fall. There was some discussion of Ways...basically that he didn't seperate himself from the mob of guys behind Chesson & Darboh. My hunch is he gets burried on the depth chart behind Mitchell & McDoom. Dawson is probably our 7th o-lineman (2nd off the bench behind Kugler) so I agree he is one to be concerned about. The others are young/inexperienced enough not to worry about and shouldn't be a concern this year anyways.