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|1 day 20 hours ago||picture of Gardner and announcement||
in local NE sports news.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Do you seriously believe it is mere coincidence||
that the NCAA is putting the issue atop their list, now that Harbaugh has irritated the Ala, Ga and probably many other SEC coaches?
Do you seriously believe the SEC didn't say anything to Emmert?
And why did Emmert say the NCAA would put the issue atop their list if not to consider NCAA action?
Also, did the SEC get the NCAA to take up the issue--did Emmert speak out publicly about it-- immediately after Franklin announced his camp?
|5 days 5 hours ago||But it took Harbaugh to force the discussion||
Without Harbaugh's satellite camp tour, the SEC never would have demanded that the NCAA change the rules to make recruiting "fair." And Delany would not now be pointing out the hypocrisy of the SEC. The SEC would not have provided such an easy opening for a wider discussion of oversigning etc
|5 days 23 hours ago||Maybe Brown does not care that Coach Cal knows Drake but||
like Lane Kiffin, Cal also gets together regularly with Michael Jackson.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Unacceptable? Yes, but one picture doesn't tell the whole story||
Some sympathize with Lebron's CAVs. Yet, one CAV should have been thrown out of this game for punching a Celtic. Another--who had a long history of simlar incidents-- just got yet another two game suspension for punching a Celtic--which led to a significant injury that took him out of the game.
Olynyk too deserved the suspension he got. But some here compare him to some of the dirtiest players in NBA history. That is wrong. This mild mannered canadian who majored in accounting at Gonzaga had no history of dirty play, as some of the CAVs did.
That does not excuse his behavior in this game. But Love during the entire series had also been locking up Olynyk's arms, also extending his arms (as pictured). That was not just to block Olynyk but to strike him and push him back. Was Love playing MSU-style BB and crossing the line between physical and foul? Was it not being called by the refs for most of the series? If so, did Olynyk feel he needed to hold the arm that Love had just used to lock him up?
That would not excuse Olynyk by any means. I myself wonder if he was pissed and got reckless. But seriously, who thinks that Olynyk had a plan to dislocate Love's arm? Who believes that he had any inkling of the precise way to cause an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation? Please. Even if he had trained in chiropractic, rather than accounting, what was to be gained by injuring Love? The Celtics knew from the start they would lose this series. They were just happy to make the playoffs. They had no championship aspirations. It was not like the time that another Lebron teammate-- Dwayne Wade--held onto Rajon Rondo's elbow and forcibly hurtled backward, causing Rondo's bone to actually burst through the skin.. Then, the Celtics--who had been keeping Lebron's teams out of title games-- lost the following two games. Wade and his teammate Lebron went on to win a championship.
So, while I do condemn Olynyk, Lebron's Cavs have hardly earned the right to throw stones. You know what they say about people in glass houses..
|6 days 40 min ago||Also, his interest level in UM changed to cool||
UM previously was the only school that was labeled "warmer".
Oddly, this downgrade is probably good news for UM, as it adds to mounting evidence that UM will no longer have an available scholly (eg 18 straight crystal ball predictions for Brown to UM).
|6 days 3 hours ago||Brown now has had 17 crystal ball predictions in a row for UM||
If UK is starting to offer lesser prospects and UM still has not hosted a likely 4* UM commit, there must be some inside information out there. I wish I knew what it is or how persuasive it is.
|6 days 4 hours ago||And now we're up to 17 straight||
I still am unsure about what information is provoking this avalanche of support for UM. It has come shortly after the scholly opened up for UM. Yet, the degree of the shift suggests that there must be some information out there, besides just the availability of a schollie. It reminds me of what happens for several days in advance of a stock's earning report, when the price drifts upward due to insider buying. What do the insiders know about Brown? The only nonspeculative info I have heard is that Brown had a number of home visits this week.
|6 days 6 hours ago||And now we're up to 14 straight||
Predictors from every school except Ky--including Michigan, Kansas, UCLA, Ga, and Cal---now all have a majority in favor of UM. Nearly all votes in favor of the nearest competitor (Ky) are very old.
UM is the only school to have a recent uptick in its votes. Once serious contenders have been declning.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Now 12 crystal balls in a row to UM||
UM also leads Ky for 1st time
|1 week 20 hours ago||OSU would not win the title for three important reasons||
First, although you initially stated that OSU would have won the title if it won the B1G, it is quite a leap to assume OSU would have won both the B1G and the national title game that year---a year in which they nearly lost to some very bad teams (eg went to OT vs Purdue, won by one score over a Cal team that went winless in the Pac12).
Second, it is highly doubtlful they could have gotten to the national title game even if—by some miracle of hypothetical thought—they still had an unblemished record. The week the championship participants were chosen, both Ala and ND were ranked ahead of OSU in the AP-- the only human poll that OSU was allowed to participate in. I doubt it would have been any different in the Coach's poll. Indeed at season's end, two one loss teams (both Ala and Oregon) were ranked ahead of them). An umblemished record was not enough.
Most importantly, even if--through some miracle of wish fulfillment--OSU were ranked #2 in human polls, that would have been a very very close call and it would not have made up for its really really abysmal computer ranking, which made up 1/3 of the BCS score. That year, the B1G was #4 out of 5 power conferences, Ohio also had the worst SOS in the B1G.
|1 week 22 hours ago||That 2009 announcement came the day he lost to Saban||
I agee with you, though. He still had a good record that year. Maybe that is why he went back on his word and unretired. In any case, after gong 8-5 the next year, he did once more go back on word---here, his promise to recruits that he would stay at Fla. It was a little like the way he misled Weber, except it was he himself, as well as most of his staff and not just his OC that left.
You are right that this has a high risk of happening again. His brain surgery for an arachnoid cyst--inflamed by stress--often leads to recurrences. And his stress-related chest pains pose a chronic problem. He may continue to have success for a while, but he will have trouble keeping up with Harbaugh and his energetic NFL-experienced staff for long. He probably knows it.
|1 week 1 day ago||It is true that fans are fickle but Harbaugh perseveres||
He did not have instant success in the two previously awful college programs he took over. But he had the patience and determination to accomplish dramatic turn-arounds for both of them.
At UM, he is starting with higher expectations but he also has more to work with.
|1 week 1 day ago||That is spectacularly wrong||
Urban's first OSU team-- that was banned from the postseason for cheating and had many players who were part of that cheating-- would never have won the national title.
Not even close.
1. The team finished #23 in the Sagarin predictor ratings, which best predicts the likelihood of future victories. (In fact, UM finihsed higher at #22)
2. The OSU team that year did not have a loss because
a. it did not even play in the B1G, title game and
b. because it's schedule was horrendous---the worst in the B1G.
3. Even if it had won the B1G--which it did not--it's chances at getting into a national title game were zero---ND that year was undefeated with a much tougher schedule. And OSU would never have been selected over a one-loss, defending champ, Ala--which beat ND and repeated as national champ.
|1 week 1 day ago||I repeat||
When Urban started losing in the SEC, his health broke down and he left. Those are facts.
Yes, he could win for a time. But he could not keep up with the expectations of sustained success.
The problem he will have at OSU, I think, will be similar. It's just a matter of time before he starts losing. Nothing lasts forever. Then, even when he has some successes, they will not be enough to meet expectations.
Yes, a person with a strong character can cope with the bad times and persevere until he succeeds. But Urban has succeded by lying to people about staying at a program, by giving recruits false hope, and then leaving.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's not Harbaugh who needs to prove himself||
The only way that Dantonio or Meyer can prove they're as good as Harbaugh would be to go the NFL and compile a far better record than they have in college.
If they stay, they may briefly succeed but they'll always be waiting for their downfall--like when Bo came to UM and started beating Woody.
When Woody started losing to Bo, he had a melt down.
When Urban saw his imminent demise in the SEC, his health broke down and he left.
|1 week 1 day ago||Harbaugh's a rock star BECAUSE he's already succeeded||
He's succeeded everywhere he's been.
Not only has he turned around every college team he's coached. Not only has be been a pro bowl NFL QB. In fact, he's one of the top 5 NFL coaches all-time in win pct. Actually, he's one of the top 4 in the modern era. The only ones above him are John Madden, Vince Lombardi and George Allen (another UM grad).
What college coach has done better than that---and at the highest NFL level?
No, not even sir grump a lot in Lansing or weak chin in Columbus (who've never played or been HC at the highest level),
No, not even the Godfather in Tuscaloosa (who has a sub-.500 NFL record).
None of those guys are in the top 5 win pct coaches even in the history of college FB--let alone the NFL.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Uncertain about worst baseball organization||
I'm not a fan of organized baseball.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Do you mean||
everything he touches turns into a muffler?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The long wooden instrument in the picture||
The musical instrument pictured here—and which plays the rhythmic background in the song-- is a didgeridoo. Some evidence suggests that playing it strengthens certain throat muscles and is thereby helpful in treating sleep apnea—characterized by symptoms such as snoring, poor concentration, daytime fatigue or sleep attacks. If you have such symptoms—or your spouse often wakes you with snoring—both of you might benefit from leaning to play “tie me kangaroo down, sport” on your didgeridoo.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Did Dantonio ever say the exact cause||
for the suspension of Bullough? I recall evidence against academics or legal problems causing the suspension.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Road Rage?||
or Roid Rage?
The kid did have a prior drug arrest. And violent behavior is a risk factor for suspected PED use.
If--that is, if---the charges are true, he should be randomly tested more often.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, I forgot that the NCAA is not only unethical but stupid||
Contrary to what the NCAA thinks, the RPI is not predictive of future results—as in the case of KenPom or Sagarin. Ironically, the NCAA's belief in Harvard’s high RPI is totally debunked by a team of statisticians from Harvard.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Also, UM could deserve a HIGHER ranking than the bracket||
Consider Harvard which the bracket puts 3 spots above UM. I do not discount the bracket's comprehensiveness but by including so many polls, it includes some with dubious methods.
According to a highly predictive poll like Sagarin, however,
UM is 20 spots ahead of Harvard.
UM had the #10 SOS in the country.
Harvard was #179.
UM would be favored over Harvard today by 3 pts, and
that gap would increase with a loss to Yale.
I do not think it unreasonable that UM could jump Harvard as well as some other teams.
But iI have been only talking about possibilities. I agree that there are many other events that could dash UM's hopes.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||possibly other teams above us in the bracket could fall||
2 of the teams above us, in the march 12-based bracket, Memphis and UTEP both lost yesterday. Although UM did too, Memphis did not lose to a #1 NCAA seed. Also, the UTEP loss was particularly bad. I'd be surprised if they do not fall below us; and currently we only need to move up one place--that is, if no additional spots are taken.
The intangibles argument that could help UM is very recent performance. Suppose Illinois becomes a #1-2 seed in the NIT. UM won the season series, alsoi just blew them out by nearly 20 points, so how could UM be worse than a #7-8 seed in the NIT?
I agree that Yale will probably be ahead of UM in the NIT bracket--if only because they were previously projected as an NCAA team. But even before their loss to Harvard, they were 18 spots below UM in the Sagarin rankings.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the clarification||
It seems then that our hopes rest on
1. Hoping several NIT teams currently listed in the bracket actually make the NCAAs (eg Tulsa by winning the AAC tourney)--also hoping they do not displace current NCAA bubble teams and send them instead to the NIT.
2. Other current NIT teams fall out (eg possibly Harvard by losing the Ivy title to Yale today); and
3. Hoping the NIT committee considers factors that the Bracket Matrix left out---like the upside in UM's very recent performance, the downside in others' performance, and the possibility that UM could get back walton (if that is indeed possible).
|7 weeks 2 days ago||please explain further||
If UM was the top #7 seed, as it appears, how do those games alone make UM fall 8 places, so that they are not even the bottom #8 seed? Are that many of the places below us "locked in" from conference tourney results?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Certainly, the bracket makes UM's chances look good||
As noted in the "let's go Albany" thread below, that bracket does not reflect March 13 games. Our game vs. wisc may not hurt us, especially if wisc is a #1 NCAA seed. I am not sure about the effects of the other games. However, we could fall 4-7 places and still make the NIT according to your bracket. Also, it seems to suggest UM was the top #7 seed, so our margin of safety could be closer to 7 places than 4.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||which teams in this list do we want to win?||
Since conferene seeds do not always reflect national rankings, and since some teams may be on the NCAA bubble and others the NIT bubble, it is tricky to know who to root for.
Clearly, we now should not always root for a #1 seed to in the conference tourney. For example, in the AAC--another conference relevant to UM's hopes, the #4 seed, Temple, could solidify their NCAA bid by beating the #1 seed, SMU today (3pm, ESPN2). .
At the same time, we also cannot assume that it’s better for Temple to actually win their conference tourney tomorrow. They would probably make the NCAA without doing so. Ironically, that is not the case for a higher seed,Tulsa (the #2 seed), if Tulsa makes the AAC finals tomorrow. Tulsa is more likely to need an AAC tourney win to make the NCAAs.
In summary, today, we should root for Tulsa in their semi vs. UConn 5pm ESPN2); and if they win today, even if they play vs. Temple in the finals, Sun, we should root for Tulsa.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Also root for Yale over Harvard today||
Today, Harvard plays Yale for the Ivy title and the right to go to the NCAAs. Yale is ranked higher than Harvard, and is projected to make the NCAAs according to the Bracket project. Harvard is projected to make the NIT. UM probably has a better chance to knock Harvard out of the NIT with a Harvard loss today. I am not sure they would be knocked out in favor of UM. But the Sagarin ratings have UM ranked 20 spots ahead of Harvard. So, apologies to Tommy Amaker, but I hope Yale beats Harvard.