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- Do I enjoy the work environment and the people I'm working with?
- Am I continually learning and being given opportunities to get additional training?
- Am I being compensated fairly for the work I'm doing?
- The entrance tunnel for the GB players is 20 feet wide, allowing them to storm the field. The opponents tunnel is only about 3 feet wide, so they can only come out one at a time.
- A Packer football history museum adjacent to the Atrium.
- An annexed, large store offering GB merchandise.
- A 40 ft high, glass-sided atrium (that would be a great place for the UofM Marching Band to assemble and play before/after games).
- Go to a community college for a couple of years
- Go to school part-time while working full time
|5 hours 9 min ago||An honest question about RBs & coaching||
In my mind, OSU, Wisconsin, and MSU are almost always able to field premier RBs. MSU, in particular, seems to be able pull one out of nowhere. Is this success based more on signing RBs out of high school who have the most potntial for college ball, coaching, competition once they're on campus, or some other factor?
It just seems to me that those three schools (and maybe Nebraska) are able to identify and get their team's best RB onto the field whereas UofM (except for Mike Hart) has struggled to do so(e.g. Thomas Rawls, Mike Cox, etc).
I'm sensing that ability is in the process of changing with Harbaugh and his staff, given what I see from the RBs this year. I know the OL play is much better, but I don't think that's the key factor. Am I wrong?
|4 days 4 hours ago||Reinforces how bad Carr was at assembling a good staff||
Jim Herrmann and Ron English are other examples. The fact that Carr did not identify and develop a competent succcessor is the major reason we ended up with RR. And Carr's refusal to support RR (and perhaps even undercut him, per JUB) were very disturbing to me and contributed to RR's (and UofM's) lack of success.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Is Harbaugh "better and more innovative coach than Lloyd"?||
Time will tell, but I think the answer will be 'yes'. In fact, it would not surprise me if JH might eventually be judged to be as good as or better than Bo.
I also continue to believe that RR's record at UofM could have been very good if he had been so strongly opposed and undercut so often and on so many levels.
The current problems at Arizona aren't surprising given the key personnel who are injured, their lack of roster depth, and the difficulty of recruiting quality players against the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, USC, Arizona State, etc. at a school that has never been even close to being a football powerhouse.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Jeff Casteel was not the only missing piece||
There were a lot of reasons, valid ones, why Rich Rod was not successful at UofM. He was, and is, however, a very good coach. His D-1 record (ex-UofM) is 89-42. Lloyd Carr's was 112-40 at UofM. Not a huge difference. One can legitimately argue that LC was a better HC than RR. One can also argue that LC had an established program and resources available to him while RR had very little support and a lot of opposition during his tenure here, right from the get go. I still believe there was a lot of unwarranted prejudice for RR to try and overcome at an institution that should have shown a lot more acceptance of a self-made man. Fortunately, it seems like everyone is now behind JH and his program, and at this point in time, that's all that really matters.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The most jaw-dropping revelation was...||
...how Brandon almost always put himself above "the team". It was also surprising to me that defect was not ferreted out in the vetting process. Or, maybe it was and MSC chose to ignore it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Re "Scary CEOs"||
Scarier that they get hired as UofM's AD. Remember that the current AD is also an ex-CEO. CEOs come in all flavors. So do people in academia and politics.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||"Wallowing"?||
I understand the desire to indulge in sports to avoid the real world, but there is no escaping this "bad shit". And saying that we should "stop wallowing in it" after "14 years" is beyond belief. I've never down-voted but if I knew how, you'd get one for your last two sentences.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Agree re unimaginative play calling||
That, and outstanding QB play by the Utah QB were the two big differences, IMO. Utah spread the field on offense and when a play needed to be made, their QB made it. The conservative play calling by Harbaugh (e.g. multiple hand offs into the line on 1st down for no yardage making it obvious passing downs afterwards) made it harder for our receivers to get open.
I guess I can accept our play calling was due to a new QB with a limited arsenal. Nonetheless, repetitive, predictable routes made it possible for the Utah DBs to "jump" our receiver's routes, especially the interception for a defensive TD.
Special accolades to Butt, Darboh, Peppers, and Wormley. Very impressive.
I thought our LBs would be a strength. Now, not so much. Could one of our RBs please read Lombardi's "Run to Daylight"?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||What I find interesting about many of the responses to JUB||
When JUB says something "bad" about Dave Brandon in a book and DB doesn't respond, the "bad" news is nonetheless accepted as gospel.
On the other hand, when JUB said something "bad" about Lloyd Carr in a previous book, and Carr refuses to respond, the accuracy of JUB's comments are questioned.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, I'm grilling Schlissel on his lack of participation||
Everyone outside of UofM's administration recognized the need to provide an articulate university response quickly and accurately. Schlissel should have made it clear to Brandon on Saturday that he wanted a statement out on Sunday. Schlissel approving a CYA statementfrom the Athletic Department on late Monday is way too little. Leadership would have been for Schlissel to give everyone the letter he utlimately issued as guidance. Doing it well after the fact is not my definition of leadership.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree, samdrussBLUE||
The game was on Saturday. The school's statement should have been out Sunday, not Tuesday. Schlissel was not on top of the situation. He is the one who should have provided that "group of people" with guidance on what he wanted and when. I still say issuing a statement from the President's office after Tuesday was way too little and way too late. IMO, he was MIA from Saturday-Tuesday.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Re Schlissel||
Yes, Blue Radley, Schlissel did have a university to run and at that point in time, the biggest crisis facing the school was the football fiasco. Last time I looked, the Athletic Department was part of the university, so it was the matter that most needed Schlissel's attention. I agree that Schlissel issued a well structured letter that said all the right things. But it was way too late in the game and it came after Schlissel signed off on Brandon's letter. Schlissel letter was too little and too late.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Schlissel||
Why no condemnation of Schlissel? He was the school's equivalent of a CEO. Sure he was new. So what? He disappeared when his leadership was needed the most.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Re @#$%me||
"This is typical corporate behavior". That is BS and you don't know what you are talking about.
It took place at a university, so it's academia. It is much more like all of the BS stuff that comes out DC these days.
If you want to know how corporate America behaves, read about how Merc's CEO handled the Tylenol tampering case.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Revive Band Day at UofM||
Would love to see an old (early 1960s) tradition revived - that of having 15,000 high school band members take the field during halftime at Michigan Stadium. Seems like it could take place during one of the 1-2 games of lowest fan interest that preceed the Big 10 season. Demand for those tickets is not very high anyway and I recall it being a fun time for band members and fans. Good PR too. Maybe a few blocks of end zone type season tickets could be sold at a reduced rate to accomodate the high schoolers for that one game. What do former UofM band members think?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Respect||
Reading the tea leaves, under Harbaugh and Meyer, I see a return to the mutual respect that UofM and OSU had for one another when Bo and Woody headed those programs. Yes, there will be a fire in the belly to beat the other team into oblivion, but there will also be respect for your opponent because of how hard they are playing against you. That's been missing for too long.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with much of what ijohnb wrote...||
....re the failure of other people and organizations to do their job. However, I believe that Paterno's failure to personally pursue the Sandusky affair was by far the most damaging ommission. He could, and should, have seen that the matter was fully investigated and legally brought to closure. All he had to do was follow-up with those people and organizations, and he had years and months to do so. So it wasn't a simple "mistake". That can't be forgiven, in my opinion.
I was a long-time admirer of Paterno and Penn State. It is a tragedy that Paterno bears the primary responsibility for not seeing that justice was carried out. That inaction tore down much of the brickwork that he had laid in helping to build a very good and respected university. I am still rooting for PSU to do something positive and meaningful to help make up for his failings.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Echoing Bando re frustration with Detroit||
In the early 1970s, prior to the Pontiac Silverdome's construction, I petitioned for the new football stadium to be built on the Wayne State University campus, as the start of a bigger project to rebuild the Cass Corridor. There would be multiple synergies, I argued - e.g. use of the stadium and its parking for students & fans, attract new investment in restaurants and related venues, provide parking for commuters from the suburbs who had jobs downtown by connecting the two with an extension of the monorail, tax credits to encourage people locally employed (at the university, medical ctr. cultural, etc) to live there full-time, etc. It got some attention but only weak support from the office of the mayor, city council, and governor. My concern then was what you see now - the loss of infrastructure and critical mass necessary for fueling a meaningful revival.
|15 weeks 4 hours ago||Surprised at all the love for Federov||
The Wings would never have gotten the Stanley Cup without Shanahan. He was the key because he played a very physical game and was not adverse to fighting. He brought the toughness the Red Wings lacked. I gree that, as a defenseman, Lidstrom was in a league of his own. Federov could play at a an extremely high level but, as I recall, it was in bursts and oftentimes in non-clutch situations. To some extent, Franzen reminds me of a poor man's Federov.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Re "One thing is certain: Michigan is assembling a heck of...||
... of an offensive line". I hope so, but I remember the same hype a few years ago re a group headed by Kyle Kalis. That class of OL didn't develop. Perhaps that will change with the new coaching staff.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||My experience||
We had 3 sons. I coached (up to U-14) and was a referee (HS and club teams). My wife and I did not allow our oldest to join a travel team prior to HS but because of the local program, the recreational teams were very good. He played HS soccer, joined a premier travel team, and then played Divison III soccer. #2 played on low-level travel teams and his HS team. #3 turned to football in HS. We pretty much supported their decisions and aspirations and did not push them in any particular direction. All in all, we were pleased with the outcomes. I can say the coaching and level of committment are much higher for the better travel teams.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Your avatar may be a hint...||
...as to the problem. If the job you were seeking was 'protected' by the union, and if you came across to the HR person as being 'arrogant' and a potential 'problem' child, HR may have concluded the organization wouldn't be in a good position to deal with you in the event you were dissatisfied after coming on board.
I really don't understand why you are taking so much time to pursue this as you already have a position you are happy with. Drop it and move on.
Many, many years ago I had an executive recruiter tell me that there are three key questions you should ask yourself about your current position:
If you can answer 'yes' to all three, you are in a good place. 2 out of 3, be looking. 1 out of 3, be vigorously seeking another a new job.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I agree, except for the f___ing part||
Last year I took an hour-long, guided tour of Lambeau Field with one of my sons. Great lines, atmosphere, and design concepts including:
IMO, anyone involved with modifying UofM's stadium should be required to take a tour of Lambeau.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Detwiler||
Jim (Diesel) Detwiler was a 6-3, 215 lb HB from Ohio who played for Bump Elliott in the mid-60s. Tore up his knee in 1965 as a junior and never really recovered. Despite that major injury, Detwiler was drafted #20 in 1967 by the Baltimore Colts but never played pro ball because of his knee. With his size, speed and strength, I always wondered what might have been.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Mackinaw Island||
It's pricey but it's a great place for families; one of a kind and world-renowned. I was born & raised in Detroit, lived in the Northeast, Gulfcoast, and now northern Wisconsin. Mackinaw Island is one of two places in Michigan that stands out to out of state visitors (the other is Greenfield Village / Henry Ford Museum). Don't miss it if you have the $$.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Those are not dreams; they're nightmares||
Sorry to say I still have them once in a blue moon and I'm 70.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, that hat...||
... makes him look like a motocross biker trying to dress like a golfer.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I appreciated this article and think the author is spot on||
I graduated from UofM in 1966 with no student debt. Worked long, hard hours in the summers and made enough to pay for my room, board, and tuition. Lived a "Spartan"-like life on campus during my scchool years. Typical attire was white blue jeans and a sweatshirt. Did not go out for dinners and partying was pretty limited. " Cheap" dates were the norm. No spring vacation trips. And I didn't feel deprived. I felt I was very fortunate.
The main campus was pretty basic as well. Unlike now, there was not much in the way of frills and sparkle. I've been amazed at the high end construction and life style that's gone on in more recent times.
Didn't ask for and didn't receive any "guidance" from faculty and/or school administrators. I expected to have to think for myself and do it on my own.
No sympathy from me for many of today's students who over extend themselves on loans and major in "soft" subjects that have little practical value to most employers.
They had other choices - maybe not glamorous but economically smarter:
Probably unfair, but my image many of UofM students today is that they are spoiled; i.e. they are privileged and feel entitled.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Replying to Ron Utah re "Objective Evidence"||
Get real man. The amount of information on how this young man performed as a TE is very, very limited. If you think JV experience counts for anything, I have no interest in any further dialogue with you. Furthermore, I seriously doubt this young man would disagree with that assessment. I'm also sure my comments are not going to make him feel bad about himself. Personally, I feel like Harbaugh and his staff could have waited for another year before making him an offer without a serious risk of losing him to some other school. But, like I said, I welcome him aboard and hope his varsity play shows the early offer was warranted.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Agree wholeheartedly with The_JDavis_1's ist paragraph||
I am fully on board with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and don't disagree with any of his decisions.
I do believe, however, that the offering of this young man, so early in his high school career, is based on him being seen as a legacy recruit. Really, there is no body of objective evidence, other than that, to indicate he has earned that offer.
That doesn't mean I think he is not a worthy choice. I like the idea of legacy recruits, but I also believe it can be two-edged sword. How do you think this choice will be seen by other TE prospects who are underclassmen in high school and who have dreams of earning the opportunity to be offered by UofM? Do you think they'll see some sort of nepotism is this? I do.
While I believe it is a little early to offer this young man, I am pleased to welcome him to the UofM. Also, I can see him turning all of this controversy into motivation to prove to everyone he deserved the offer. Good luck to him!