"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|23 hours 24 min ago||You are totally right||
I don't know what 2/3 of the teams in this conference are even doing. They're cashing checks generated by the 3-4 teams at the top of the conferences and then stuffing the money into their mattress or some shit, because they sure aren't spending it to make their football teams better.
|1 day 7 hours ago||UCF hiring Babers||
Is an amazing indictment of Syracuse, Rutgers, Illinois, Virginia and (maybe, we'll see if they get Durkin) Maryland.
An AAC job in a fertile recruiting area is officially more attractive than a bottom barrel P5 job.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Oh heavens||
You just asked for a disaster to happen. The playoff committee are a definite improvement over the pollsters and the neutered BCS computer, but Lord help you're gonna trust them to sort all this out without conference champions as an easy cut off?
And you can't do anything like that anyway. The NCAA isn't going to make that kind of decision and over rule what the power conferences want to do. So you'd have to convince all these other conferences its in their best interest to dump a thing that makes them money, and good luck man.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Yeah||
Just drop the one or both of the new Eastern anchors with no fans and pick up Oklahoma. They want to leave the Big 12 anyway and that gives the Big 10 the Nebraska-Sooners rivalry and a big time Western division team to balance the sides out.
|1 day 13 hours ago||If you have a tie||
You've pretty much guaranteed neither is getting into the playoff. Having one clear champion is incredibly important in the playoff era. Just ask Baylor and TCU.
I get people not like games at NFL stadiums, but the Pac 12 had to dump on campus conference title game because it completely bombed at selling tickets. You can't sell tickets to a big event in one week, and having title games on campuses forces you to do that because you don't know the location until the end of the year. You've got to have a site picked out before the season starts so you can sell some tickets before hand. And honestly, bowl games have been at pro stadiums for decades, so what's the difference?
|1 day 13 hours ago||Brian poo-pooed anyone wanting the Maryland job||
And I don't think he's wrong really about the negatives Maryland has, I think he just underestimated the fact that it's becoming much harder for DCs to get head coaching jobs. Bud Foster got passed for the VTech gig. Narduzzi took years to get one and had to take the Pitt job. OCs with similar track records would be looking at jobs like Miami or Georgia, honestly.
I think the guy wants to be a HC, and someone in a power 5 conference is offering him that chance, and in this offensive focused world you can't really turn down a chance if you're a DC. I still think he'd be better off at a place like UCF doing what Herman's done in a high level Mid major with no Ohio State or Michigan or Michigan State to compete with, but I get it.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I mean, you're right||
But it's completely insane. Illinois should have tons of money from the Big 10 network + TV deal to hire a coach and give him and Alabama-like support staff. It's in the Big 10 west, where IOWA is currently undefeated. You should be able to recruit St. Louis and Chicago.
Pac 12 schools with far less have gotten great results by opening up the checkbook and spending that TV money. What's the point of having more money for the conference, adding shite like Rutgers and Maryland, if all the other schools in conference are just going to pocket the money, shrug their shoulders and hire a coach that makes them go, "We'll he won't end our program"?
|1 week 1 day ago||What a shit bunch||
That family turned out to be
|1 week 1 day ago||LSU going out of their way||
To make Brian look like a daggum genius
|1 week 3 days ago||Herman's not leaving Houston||
For anyone less than USC/Texas level now. They're paying him what a school like Miami/VTech/SC pays their head coach. I don't see that 2nd tier of schools paying him 4m+.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||There's a subset of Maryland fans||
Who always think there's some kind of magic bullet or One Weird Trick (TM) that's going to turn Maryland into a nationally elite football program. And, yanno, there just isn't. It doesn't work that way. It used to be OH THE STADIUMS NEED RENOVATING, OH WE NEED NEW RECRUITS, OH THE TOBACCO ROAD POWERS ARE BIASED, OH CLEMSON/FSU CHEAT! OH OH OH.
So they spent a ton of money on facilities, and those upgrades basically bankrupted the department because fans still didn't come (which gets to Maryland's real big problem: competing with all the DC/Baltimore pro teams for entertainment dollar). They switched conferences as if joining the Big 10 would magically make them better, and it didn't. And they traded a conference with two dominant powers for a conference with 4.
Now they've become obsessed with being Oregon East, but what they fail to realize is that Oregon took almost 20 years of consistenly good head coach hires before the Chip Kelly era Oregon Ducks became national title contenders.
But hey, this is a school that switched conferences specifically to make more money, and then ended up having to pay a 40m dollar exit fee that's going to keep them from seeing any Big 10 profits for years and years.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Body clocks weren't used to||
Body clocks weren't used to playing football at 11am.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not defending pissiness||
Because pissiness is always bad, no matter what it's caused by. But I think I agree with people who push back at the sort of HEY WE COULD WIN IT THIS YEAR talk because it expectation control is real and vital in sports fandom.
Those goofy weirdos who show up in TWIS posts are always dudes who go into every season expecting a national title regardless of their favorite team's situation or context. If some confluence of events leads to Michigan in the playoff, that'd be literally the most insane/wonderful thing imaginable, not a thing to expect at this stage. It just seems people want to jump to the feeling of being the fan of a super power without enjoying the whole, "hey Michigan isn't shitty any more, this is a lot of fun!"
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"You wanna cry, you go ahead, I'll hold ya"||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If I was running Minnesota||
If they look up in 2 years and things seem to be falling apart, make a move. It's not the same as firing a normal new coach after 2 years. Claeys' whole selling point is "I'm not going to have to blow everything up and start from scratch." If after 2 years it looks like things have been blown up, there's no obligation to keep him.
There's too many good jobs open this year to try to hire from the outside with no AD at a place like Minnesota.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with all this||
Making gambling legal in any context, especially online, isn't some easy thing. You've got to make sure the consumer isn't getting cheated.
It's similar to prostitution. You can't just legalize it without setting up for a regulatory health and safety org to make sure you haven't just allowed legal AIDS factories to open up.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Annnnd it's regulated||
So consumers don't have to worry about being cheated.
You can't just legalize gambling without creating some sort of regulatory board that protects consumers. Nevada's gaming control board is no joke.
What these cowboy tech bros did was find a loophole that allowed them to start a gambling website without the country making gambling legal, thus they get to operate without regulation or oversight. It's a neat scam but obviously it's not going to last because it's really, really obvious that they're gambling sites AND that they don't give a shit about their consumers.
When this is all said and done, it's going to make all that weird Ashley Madison fraud look like a church pancake social.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Online gambling should be legal||
That said, it isn't. It's absurd for Daily Fantasy to be legal while every other form of onine gambling isn't.
Make online gambling legal. Don't give out nonsensical free passes, especially to cowboy companies that can't keep their employees from insider trading.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I dunno if I buy that Harbaugh has no ill will||
Harbaugh has a heart full of hate for most people, but an especially large amount of hate for certain folks. If you're the sort that sees Ideal Michigan as a band of Warrior Monks, I could see that bothering you. It doesn't bother me though.
Like 99% of the stuff about Harbaugh is positive with no qualifications. The other 1% is maybe negative if you're of a certain disposition, but it's just what you've got to accept to get that other 99% of awesome. He's a red assed crazy person who has insane feuds with people and tries to carve their hearts out.
As far as Flood goes, he's a cheater, and a clumsy one at that. His players he is in charge of mentoring have been out of control jerks and worse. His AD is a joke and an abusive bully. His university being in the Big 10 is a joke. Yeah, I think it's great that Jim Harbaugh wants to destroy that dude and run him out of coaching. Get him, Jim. Run his ass out of town.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Naturally antagonistic sure||
But public votes of no confidence?
And yes, students tend to be emotional, but a coaching staff supporting this kind of major protest? I can't remember any similar situation.
Like, the whole thing sounds like, "What if Dave Brandon was president of a school instead of just athletic director." Hamfisted responses to crises, unwillingness to engage with people perceived as outside the circle, general buffoonery.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The President seems like an obvious bad guy, no?||
This is a situation in which their coaches support them, and the English dept on campus has already given a vote of no confidence to the president.. This is all rather extraordinary and suggest to me, as an outsider, that this president is garbage and should be shot out of a cannon. This kind of stuff doesn't happen out of nowhere or frivolously.
I don't think we have to debate whether Obama or the House GOP are the great Satan, do we? Like, it's pretty clear the Mizzou president is out of control and incapable of doing his job properly if the situation is this toxic with student groups and faculty.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That's not how randomness works||
In a small sample (ie, one game) random calls (which are the kinds of calls bad refs make) are as likely to be one sided as they are two sided.
In fact, if you're talking about a bad crew of officials "make up calls" are a sign that the game isn't just "one bad game" and a sign that you're dealing with people who should be fired because they're not ethical.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I believe it's a newer rule, within the last 10 years or so||
And I'm not sure the NFL has it, which might explain Millen and Harbaugh both being confused.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't think it was all that bad||
The Butt pass was very clearly against the (albeit rather obscure) rules. You can't do any kind of shenigans that make it appear you're substituting a player when you aren't. Variation of the play they ran are very explicitly banned. I reckon maybe they either didn't know it (maybe it's not against the rules in the NFL?) or they thought having Butt trail the other subbing players was enough.
But hey, it's no big deal. It's just one trick play they can't run.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||There were football reasons to fire Bo Pelini||
But it's glaringly obvious that this dumbshit at Nebraska fired him because of his personality. They hired a mediocre coach who is old and whose system has been demonstratably proven to not work with who Nebraska can recruit.
Just blow this up and hire Troy Calhoun and be Nebraska.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sure diehard fans don't care||
Because they're die hard, they'll show up to East Alabama Tech in a storm and watch. But if you actually want to keep filling that big ol' stadium, you've got to schedule out of conference games that people want to see, especially when something called "Rutgers" and Maryland are on the home slate every other year with no way out of that.
Also the Big 10 is still a dumpster fire aside from the top 3 schools. Nebraska has set itself on fire because its fans don't realize that they made the biggest screw up ever leaving Texas and turning themselves into Uppity Iowa in the Big 10. Wisconsin seems to have finally screwed up a coach hire. Minnesota's preseason hype turned out to be a cruel joke on people with funny accents.
This is not a conference where the schools can afford to schedule the school of the blind OOC.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Targeting's not going anywhere||
Nor are they going to weaken the rule by giving refs a non-ejection option. The rule IS having the desired effect the rulemakers intended, and frankly, that effect is a good thing for the long term health of the participants and the sport itself.
We're just going to have to live with refs making mistakes with it from time to time. It sucks that it happened to Michigan.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Honestly||
Your proposal puts Michigan at a competitive disadvantage. They have to play Michigan State while Ohio State gets sorry ass Penn State and Wisconsin gets idiot Nebraska. You've not really solved anything.
The point of divisions is not to make sure that your championship game is the best possible matchup. Unless you're willing to change the divisions every 5 years, you are guaranteed that at some point, the divisions won't be equal.
All you want to do, as a conference, is 1. Preserve as many rivalries as possible 2. Make sure the two best teams will end up meeting at some point in the year, whoever ends up being those two and 3 Make sure teams don't have a built in divisional advantage due to a weak cross-div. game.
Anything else you try will probably end up being a lot of work for very little.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||He's the best Michigan has||
and he's not very good. It is what it is. The game wouldn't have been close if could complete a pass downfield farther than 8 yards. But he's all the team has.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Game never should have been that close||
Offense squandered numerous chances to put more points on the board. Defense gave up a 75 yard pass to a fullback.
Blake has been MVP caliber with the way he consistently pins teams deep in their own territory and flips the field. He made one screw up after a season of being the best punter in the sport.