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|3 days 16 hours ago||Any chance he could help with offensive line coaching?||
He played offensive tackle at UM and has very wide name recognition. So, even if he had a very small amount of time for actual coaching, his name could help OL recruiting
(e.g. Chad Lindsay)
|1 week 3 days ago||Calipari may have a point but that does not justify his cheating||
Such people like to conflate two separate issues
1. That college players should be paid. He may be right about this
2. That teams should follow the same rules. The fact that has left two programs in NCAA ruin raises serious doubts about whether he does this. And that is an equally serious issue.
Today, we have a situation analogous to playing penny ante poker every week with some people you know are cheating. To continue to play with them defeats the main purpose and enjoyment of the game. Indeed, to even call it a game is a farce.
Granted, we may not agree with rules. We may think players should be paid. Fine. But we do need to follow some agreed upon rules. So, change the rules. Make public the NCAA deliberations. If the NCAA is not thoroughly investigating teams and enforcing the rules, then use a common fund of team revenues to fund independent investigators. Make the penalties far more onerous. Do not reward coaches like Calipari by allowing them to continue--even to get promoted and prosper in their jobs Maybe we even need to expel the violating teams. In any case, we should not excuse the cheaters by conflating the two separate issues. That is what Calipari wants.
|1 week 5 days ago||I appreciate your information||
Yet, I remain skeptical that the poster is a college professor yet cannot spell “doctoral" or write “they're rigorous scholars” instead of "their rigorous scholars."
What real proof is provided by an email address or even a google search based on information the poster provided to you? How can any google search tell us that he really taught Chad Lindsay, let along that he did so long enough to conclude that Lindsay was not a motivated student? Could we even tell if he is a professor with an educational email address? He could be using a false name. He might have coopted someone else’s email. He could actually be associated with an educational institution yet be an office worker or laborer. He could have a spouse that is a student or employed there, etc.
|1 week 5 days ago||An email address means little compared with his documented posts||
TrickyDick81, whenever he needs to give himself the aura of expertise, makes different, seemingly contradictory claims i.e., that he is a college teacher, a research administrator, a full time doctoral student (even though he cannot properly spell it or use basic grammar).
For example, when he wants to persuade us that “Chad (Lindsay) does not care about UM academics, he says “I teach at bama and have had Chad.” Elsewhere, he claims he was a student at bama.
Although he also claims a UM degree, he seems more intent on defending OSU. He seeks to justify his qualifications for defending OSU in a thread titled: “tOSU cited for misappropriation of research funds. He says, “I work in research administration too, and this (OSU’s offense) seems pretty minor…Yeah, audit findings suck….this will amount to nothing… they are not going to take money back from OSU.”
Elsewhere, to prop up his credentials for commenting about research into online communities, he claims, “I'm a doctorial (sic) student in communication.” …He goes on to boast about his reading very difficult manuscripts that others will not but in an awkward attempt at kind condescension remarks: “their (sic) still rigorous scholars though.”
|1 week 5 days ago||What Oklahoma is known for in academics:||
Their president once said: "We want a university that our football team can be proud of."
|1 week 5 days ago||If Chad is serious about being a graduate student, consider this||
Louisville is not in the top 400.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||A better coach?||
“We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking ...we’ve got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he’s still coaching. I really don’t understand that.”
|4 weeks 6 days ago||A composite of AP rank and SOS (Strength Of School)||
Since the participants are supposed to be "student athletes", I calculated a composite rank, which includes not only the AP rank (among top 20) but the US News Rank, which I term SOS: the Strength Of School. Based on the combined rank of the selected teams, Duke plays NC and Michigan plays Virginia in the "final four." Wisc is the only other B1G team to make it into the elite eight.
Here are the elite eight schools based on a combined AP and Academic Rk (SOS)*
School AP Rk SOS* Avg Rk
*Academic rank of USNews Universities. Note that the order is essentially the same, when I normalize the SOS to the same scale as the AP (only Fla and Wisc switch places) Note also that I do not include schools that fail to rank in the top 100 universities or in the consensus top 20 BB teams (ie for both AP and USA today polls). The latter cutoff eliminated Harvard. Both academics and AP together eliminated Ohio and MSU from the elite eight
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||I would love to see a series of Izzo's excuses in diff games||
I don't have the technical expertise to edit and put together videos from different games. But, if someone here does, it would be immensely entertaining. It would also reveal a lot about Izzo's (lack of) character.
Izzo reminds me of Joliet Jake giving excuses in the Blues Brothers.
(link already posted in deleted Izzo thread)
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Izzo and the Blues Brothers||
Izzo reminds me of Jake giving excuses in the Blues Brothers.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||It's still possible for MSU and Oh to get #5-6 seeds||
If MSU loses at Ohio, and neb and iowa win out, the latter two teams tie MSU for the #3-5 seeds. MSU would be #5, because it loses the tie-break (due to a poorer overall record among the tied teams). Oh still would not make the tie with the others and would be stuck at #6. So, Oh (#6) and MSU (#5) would not have a bye, and teams that have to play that extra round one game usually are too tired to win in the later rounds.
So, tonight, we should be big iowa fans (at MSU). Acc to Sagarin, MSU should be a 2pt fav vs Iowa (the fact that Iowa is ranked higher than MSU is trumped by MSU's home court, although we all saw how little that meant vs Ill).
But if Iowa can prevail tonite, this weekend will be exciting. We would only need the home team to win in three games. Iowa has an easy home contest vs Ill. Also, we would need Oh to win vs. MSU and Neb to win vs Wisc. This last game is the weakest link, where Wisc should be favored by 4 acc to Sagarin.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The benefit of big balls is overinflated||
Did you hear about the man with the 132 pound scrotum?
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||You are right about where the blame lies||
It reminds me of an experience I had when chairing an international symposium in Moscow, just before the Soviet Union broke up.
At the time, their currency was almost worthless. And the workers there who got paid in that worthless currency had a slogan:
“As long as they continue to pretend to pay us, we’ll continue to pretend to work.”
Now, athletes at schools like Ohio and North Carolina might feel like those exploited workers in Russia.
“As long as they continue to pretend to teach us, we’ll continue to pretend to learn.”
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Update after Sunday games||
With their loss today, Ohio is eliminated from the above four way tie scenario. But there still could be a three way tie, and if so, MSU loses the tie break. So, MSU could drop to the second tier of teams that have no bye.
Although Ohio can no longer tie MSU, however, the Ohio MSU battle for the bottom bracket next weekend could still be on. Depending on the prior midweek game outcomes, Ohio could send MSU down to a 5 seed or MSU could make Ohio a 6 seed (where it now stands).
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||If you are so sure, then tell me||
why was he having an academic problem at Ohio?
Surely, a test score can be low because a player does not care, but how much do you think that player cares about even more strenous academic activities--like going to college? Is such a player likely to satisfy eligibility requirements?
Such problems cannot be easily swept under the rug any more.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||One player's low score might be an explainable error||
But these low literacy scores are becoming a habit at Ohio--recall Carlos Hyde, Terrelle Pryor, Chris Gamble--just to mention a few. Couple this with the twitter report from an Ohio qb, cardale jones, that he was there to play FB, not to study. As already noted on this thread, Adophus Washington said "there's no way you can fail" at Ohio. Also, think of the earlier allegations of a teaching assistant as well as multiple players (like Clarret) that they did not have to go to class or take the same tests as other students.
So yes, most schools can have a problem on a single test. But at Ohio there may be much more.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||The motivation for my comment was this:||
You initially said that "MSU is the 5 seed (and) would play whoever ends up as the 4 seed." That is untrue, since--as you now acknowledge-- MSU could lose on the first day.
Your point about which part of the bracket is the top really gets into a lot of fruitelss hair splitting. Not that it matters, but I find it clearer to take the top of the bracket to be the four teams which have byes and the bottom to be the four teams who have to play themselves into the main part of the tournament (along with the teams they beat).
In other words, all the teams that have to play on day one are in a separate and lower category. These lower tier teams may lose on day one and never get to play any of the 4 top tier teams.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||I was surpised too but now that is not the case||
#5 plays #12 .The winner of that game plays #4 (ie the team that--unlike #5 and #12--is in the top bracket and gets a bye).
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||Oh and MSU could end up in the bottom bracket||
Msu could be fighting for a bye in the b1g tourney if it loses the next two games (at iowa and vs ohio). Likewise, Wisconsin should win at least 2 of the next 3 games (eg W at PSU, W PUR, L at Neb). Then, Wisc would be #2 and as many as four teams could be tied for #3-6.. Two of the four teams would probably get first round byes in the tourney (3rd and 4th seeds), the others would fall to the bottom half of the B!G and have to play a first round game (as 5th or 6th seed).
Since Ohio, Ia, Neb, do not play each other again, up to a four-way tie could be resolved by the head to head records in parentheses
ohio state: 3-2 ( W Neb, L IA, L @NEB, W @IA, W MSU)
IOWA: 2-2 (W Neb, L MSU, L OSU, W @MSU)
NEBRASKA: 2-2 (L @IA, L @OSU, W OSU, W@MSU)
MSU 2-3 (W OSU, W @Ia, L Neb, L Ia, L @OSU)
That would give Ohio a #3 seed and MSU #6. But in this same scenario, if Ohio lost prior to the MSU game, then Ohio would be #6 and MSU #5. Both of them would then be in the bottom bracket of the tourney.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||accuracy is not a good measure of the quality of prediction||
For instance, Michigan so far has won 74% of its games. Suppose that figure reflects the true quality of the team. Then, suppose we had a monkey who saw UM was winning but did not know why. If he picked UM every time in a series of comparably difficult future games, he would on average be accurate 74% of the time.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Consistent with your figures||
my calculations showed that the overall chance of a UM conf title- is at least 81%.*
*Calculations (where M and MSU and W represent the number of wins for each team and assuming independence between the outcomes of games for each team)
P(M finishes higher than MSU) =P(M=4) P(MSU=3) + P (M=3 or M=4) P(MSU=2) + (1-P(M=0 or M=1)) P(MSU=1) + (1-P(M=0)) P(MSU=0) = .41 (.19) + (.41+.41-.41(.41))(.47) + (1-(.02+.001-(.002(.001)) (.3) + (1-.001) (.04)
=.08 + .31 + .29 + .04 = .72
P(M finishes tied with MSU) = .41(.19) +.41 (.47)) +.15 (.3) + .002 (.04) =.16
P(M beats MSU or ties MSU)) = .72 + .16 = .88.
So, the chances of MSU beating us is 12%.
Another team could beat both UM and MSU, but that chance is exceedingly small for every team but Wisconsin—which has no greater than a .08 chance of doing so. That is,
P (Wisconsin finishes higher than UM) = P (W=4) P((M=0 or M=1) + P(W=3) P(M=0) = P(W=4) .2 + (pW=3) (.001)
If we assume the chances of W winning four are no greater than the chances of UM doing so, then
P(W finishes higher than UM) < (or =) .41(.2) = .08.
So the chance of Wisc beating us is no greater than 8%
That leaves UM with a chance of winning the title vs either MSU or W at least =
(1-P(W>UM or MSU>UM)) = 1- ((.12+.08)-.12(.08)) = .81 or 81%
|7 weeks 6 days ago||We have the toughest SOS||
per one computer poll. Sagarin also has our SOS in a virtual tie with Kansas (if you round up to integer values). That said, Kansas has slightly tougher games remaining than we do; so, I doubt we will overtake them in SOS ratings at the end of the regular season. And since they are already ranked higher than UM overall--considering both WL and SOS-- that advantage will grow if both teams win out.
Nevertheless, our SOS is outstanding. Also, in our overall rankings--considering both WL and SOS--most computer polls now have us between #10 and #14. So, clearly, we should be ranked higher than we are now ranked in the human polls. If we win out, we should have at least a #2 seed. But who really cares? Last year, we were a #4 seed in the NCAA's (and a #5 seed in the B1G tourney). But we ended up among the top two teams in the nation.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||So, we have a 50-50 shot at winning the B1G||
based on the Massey probabilities if we need 14-4 record with a win vs MSU OR
a 15-3 record with a loss vs MSU
(ie chance of beating MSU and winning at least 4 more =.38
chance of losing to MSU and winning at least 5 others =.12
So Chance of a wining B1G assuming 14-4 wins a share of title with MSU win and 15-3 with an MSU loss =.50)
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Wojo||
(Hoke) "may simply be following orders and legal paths, and there might not even be anything more to divulge… I don’t see some grand conspiracy."
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Malik's mother quote from Detroit news today||
Malik's mother told me this afternoon that all four schools are still on the table for Malik. They have yet to discuss his final decision as a family. But she said he knows she'll be fine with whatever school he picks "as long as it's not Michigan State"
Sam Webb: Her words, not mine.
Sam goes on to say:
"There's more to her feelings about Michigan State than I'm at liberty to discuss."
"Mom made it clear that if he Malik stayed in state they'd have no problem with him choosing Michigan."
|10 weeks 6 days ago||McDowell's parents need to be reminded of Urban Meyer's history||
if they are seriously considering sending him to Ohio, to escape his friends and find a better atmosphere.
First, he will not get away from the bad influence of his friends there. Recall Aaron Hernandez: "After Hernandez enrolled (in Urban Meyer’s program in Florida), January 2007,, Hernandez was questioned by Gainesville police about a shooting that injured two men after a Gators game later that fall. Friends from Connecticut were with Hernandez that night, the Sentinel reported."
Also, McDowell's parents would be taking a big risk by sending their son to play for Urban even if their son could be kept away from his current friends. Granted, every team--UM included--has its share of problem players. But the number under Urban is mind boggling. According the the NY times and ESPN, “41 of the 120 players on (Meyer's) 2008 title team, which included Hernandez, were eventually arrested." I will refrain from repeating the large number of arrests on Ohio's current team and the issues about Urban's discipline.
The point is: McDowell's parents need to be reminded of past issues which by now have been forgotten by many.
|11 weeks 18 hours ago||Your agenda is pretty clear...and I believe you are lying||
Excerpts from Past posts by Nowicki who claims: “Michigan is my team”
why does everyone always think that Michigan is the best?
Education really doesn't matter.
If you're a football player..you'll probably just be given those jobs regardless where your degree is from.
Ann Arbor and the people (are).. snobby and nerdy
Old white people who don't stand or cheer (don’t) create the enviroment 120,000 should
best players in the country (REFERENCE: McDowell)…could care less about academics and would rather go to State
Our defensive ends (REFERENCE: the position that McDowell plays), I don't think any of them scare anyone
Stauskas is as good as gone.
Let's be real though. Little brother has grown up and gotten bigger than us ever since that comment was made.
None of the recruits care about the winged helmet.
It's not like we have been a huge powerhouse the last 10 years…(UM) sucked.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Harvard has a general studies program||
So, you are saying that a degree in GS from a prestigious school (like Harvard or Michigan) is a worthless as one from a MAC school.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Even more precisely,||
as noted elsewhere in this blog, a "family matter" could be a vague but legitimate reference to a matter related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) | U.S. ...
.FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their
children's education records. These rights transfer to the
student when he or she reaches the age of 18; but such
matters of privacy still are likely to be discussed within
the family. The even stricter privacy standards of the
university committee also could legitimately be viewed
as similar family concerns.
I agree with those here who believe that UM lawyers either directly (or indirectly through Brandon) told Brady to use the term "family matter". I think that the use of such a term in court would hardly be considered perjury.
IMO, there may be legitimate concerns about how this matter was handled, but his is not one of them.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||another good point||
In my excitement, I obviously, did not pay close attention to my own link.
So, barring some unforeseen NCAA sanctions, I presume that JB would need to convince a transfer to sit out a year, like Donnal did. That admittedly would be a hard sell for high calibre players. JB and his assistants would have to judge whether a commit is sufficiently disaffected or worried. Any further recruiting efforts on signed commits might not be worth the effort of our busy coaches. Such efforts, however, could be really worthwhile as we compete with Ohio for the next class of recruits. The problem at Ohio may involve players who remain on the team as well as coaches.