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|1 week 6 days ago||Absolutely important||
They are by far the most readily available. Employers use them when recruiting (they can't go to every school). High school students use them to determine where to go to college, and thus more qualified/accomplished students end up going to those higher ranked schools.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Yes, Lax was added because the lacrosse alumni and parents paid for it to be added. Most of the money came from just a few donors, but enough money was raised to endow the program. The athletic department "matched" the donations by adding women's lacrosse. Donors also funded a significant portion of the new facility, although I have much less insight into that. Some of the money probably came from the Stephen Ross donation.
Playing in the big house is pretty cool, and the guys will still probably get a chance to do so once per year after/before the football spring game, but the lax facilities are expected to be the best in the country. This helps with recruiting, as the team is starting to haul in some top-10 classes. The kids believe the university is committed to this new sport and they are putting their money where their mouth is. For such a new program, recruiting classes that highly ranked is an incredible accomplishment.
Lacrosse teams carry usually 45-50 kids, and the average kid gets about a 1/4 scholarship. As the incremental cost of having another kid in a classroom is quite low, and the kid is on average paying 75% of the tuition, the scholarships are not quite as expensive to the university as you'd think.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||S.I.||
Good to see SI pick this up, although I wish it was the full story, which you can actually read on mgoblue.com.
The funny thing is that since we are well into 2018 recruiting, I half thought this was serious when they said a 2023 kid.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
Agree completely. The fact that he can't consistently win 50/50 balls makes me wonder about him being ready for the NFL. If he can't do that at this level, I don't see him being a 1st round pick.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Trend||
I was curious if the numbers this team is putting up would indicate improvement over the season, or regression. I'd love to see some stats pointing to this team getting better over the year (maybe yards per carry), and maybe give me some hope for next year.
It does look like if you ignore App State since they are just terrible, that from ND on, there is a slight upward trend. But probably nothing significant if you account for quality of opponent.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Not all||
Some sports had donors set up an endowment to fund the sport. Certainly most though.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Funchess||
I've been saying for a few weeks that his play doesn't merit a 1st round pick. At this point, he hasn't shown much other than being a freak athlete. He isn't a great blocker, has quite a few drops, looks like he takes plays off or in this case doesn't know the play all together.
And what should be a strength, jump balls, just don't seem to get thrown his way. 2 offensive coordinators and almost no jump balls. Borges would just toss it up to Hemingway or Roundtree, but really didn't for Funchess. I actually wonder if he has good "ball skills" while the ball is in the air or if it's Gardner.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Good find||
Glad that didn't turn out to be true. I think the report of "not back next year" was taken incorrectly.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe not so good||
What happens if DB announces he will stay on through the academic year like ESPN is reporting, thus leaving Hoke's future in his hands? Or making it tougher to hire a Harbaugh?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Devin||
Devin has said himself that he is willing to play receiver to give it a go in the NFL. Can't remember where I read that but it was recent.
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||Too much money||
I would take him for 3-4 years, but I doubt schlissel would approve enough money to pay for him. His comments have been about how athletics need to know their place in the university and about not gouging the consumer. Not sure where the money would come from to pay for an A list coach unless some donors would pay.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Film||
Honestly, If I were Dave I'd watch film with the coaches too. After watching the Borges debacle last year I'd want to know WTF was going through his head and if the problem was Hoke or Borges, and if you had confidence that we'd get better.
It wouldn't surprise me if the coaches watched our film and said "well we just didn't execute but we competed and showed some toughness". If I was choosing between making a coaching change or not, I'd sure want to know what I really thought of the current staff before making a move.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Lawrence Marshall||
Isn't Lawrence Marshall Jr. on crutches at the moment? He's a freshman, but seems like a fairly serious injury.
3 career ending injuries is a lot. No matter who they are that will hurt.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously?||
Have they seen him block? Or do they not do that in the NFL? He's got a lot of potential, but I don't think he will even get 1st team all big 10. If he's drafted that high it's a big risk in my opinion.
Right now he is the #69 player in the country in terms of yards. He has 4 touchdowns, with 3 against App State, and is averaging 12.8 yards per catch. He's also been injured and missed game time (which hurts draft stock). I think he's one of our best players, but that seems like a big reach to me.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Non revenue||
I'm a non revenue sport fan myself and i never felt attacked. Some non revenue sports bring in enough money to finance their operations and facilities, but certainly not all. I do worry how the budget balances when we decide to cut 30% or whatever of our revenue.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Jake Ryan||
Happily surprised to see Jake Ryan is leading the big ten in tackles for loss.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||MSU||
MSU is #39 on this list. I think we've got a while before I can put too much weight into these numbers.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Excited||
I'm excited to see the team grow this year. The outcomes of last week's scrimmages were definitely positive and what looks like a step forward from last year. I believe we are still a couple years out until the top 25 recruits get to campus, but I like the trajectory we are currently on.
I also can't wait to see Madaisky and Mosko on D. Add some depth on D and a "quarterback" attackman and this team could really make a leap forward.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you||
Would love to see how this changes from week to week. I think the early season numbers could be skewed by using having played a couple bad OOC teams, and our BCS opponents having their numbers inflated due to playing a number of bad teams as well. Over time as the conference schedule gets going that should move our opponents average.
But it is good to see some progress quantified, which is about all the hope I have left for this season.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Thank You||
Appreciate the update. I'm looking for some improvement from last year any way I can get it. If this season is lost, I'm really just hoping for some positive trajectory for next year that the next coach can build on.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Schiano||
Yes, I think Greg Schiano makes a ton of sense. I have to think he will strongly be considered should the home run hires not be available.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
A road game could be good, although I hate that it's a night game. The guys will have time to watch gameday and see what everyone else is saying about them.
If Devin starts well, I think we could be just fine. But if it's another half of 3 and outs, I think the D may give up. A lead at the half could be really important.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I knew||
I knew when I was concussed. I've had a couple somewhat bad ones and knew every time.
I'm not saying Shane knew but as a coach I did have to put some (not all) trust in my kids to tell me when things happened. Some concussions occur with contact that doesn't look bad, and the only one who could know is the player.
It can be a difficult situation to manage.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Letter||
There are things in that list that I know for a fact are not true. There is no way that list (the one that includes hitler) is anything halfway legitimate.
If there is a letter that is being signed it won't have anything to do with that list.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Motivation||
This to me feels like a chance to let DG know he really needs to step it up. Not that we are desperate for Morris to be better than DG. I feel like they may not be that far apart, but going with Morris let's DG know he needs to change his approach or he could lose his job.
I suspect Morris starts, plays conservatively, but DG is back for Penn State.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||No numbers this year||
I'd prefer not to fill those jerseys this year.
I could see Canteen as the next #21. And I think we'd all agree who we want to see wear #2 after Countess.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Schedule||
Yes, Brandon said that a model was built with certain parameters, and all schools agreed to those parameters before the games were drawn. There was no approval or veto process after, and you just had to go with what you were given.
If we had the 2015 schedule this year, I don't think there would be much complaining, and instead we would be talking about what we need to do to make the playoff.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Cupcakes||
Jacksonville, Detroit, and providence were all similar in laxpower to the 3 teams you mentioned, as well as Michigan. Granted they aren't as new, but should be wins.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Stadium||
I don't expect it next year. Last I heard from JP that was still a ways off and I don't believe they have started construction yet. I expect they may aim for 2016. Here's hoping the obannon case doesn't mess that up.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Wow.||
I don't think one of those drills required pads.
But great to see peppers field a punt!