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|4 weeks 3 days ago||Well||
This is how the Hugh Freeze era at Ole Miss was always going to go.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That's not true||
It's not "the internet," one big blob mass in 2017. Some websites have managed to carve out a place as mainstream outlets that rise above the fray and are given more credence by the general public than others. No, of course we'll never be able to stop some guy with a blog spot from saying some crazy shit.
But websites like Youtube and Facebook that have entered into the mainstream media absolutely have a responsibility to be gate keepers and keep from giving destructive nonsense the benefit of their brand and exposure.
Here's an example: let's say 12 years ago Brian had run a story about how it was a done deal that Lloyd Carr was stepping down, taking the AD job and that DeBord was being promoted to HC. It would have generated some hits sure, but the fallout from Some Guy With a Blog saying something nutty and wrong in 2005 would have been minimal.
If Brian today ran a story about Harbaugh leaving to take the the Chargers job, it would result in the Michigan AD having to make a statement and it would be a giant mess. MGoBlog is not just "Some guy's blog" in 2017, it's considered an important source of news and opinion on Michigan athletics, And take this sites standing and multiply by 10 to get to where Facebook and Youtube are now.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Until Google/Facebook/Twitter||
All grow a pair and start behaving responsibly, this shit will continue. They want to be "the new way people exchange ideas and learn about the world around them" and displace traditional media, but they have no desire to spend the money to fact check and weed out insane shit.
I mean for Christ's sake, these companies won't even move their ass to censor ISIS and violent White Supremecists from spreading their propaganda on their platforms, let alone lift a finger to make sure they're not platforms to spread blatantly insane anti-science that makes the population dumber. They just don't care, they've got a revenue target to hit.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||The Good News||
Is that if (cross fingers) the Chargers flop in LA, it may discourage this game of stadium hardball that keeps happening. It's becoming bipartisan for people to realize publily funded stadiums are a huge boondoggle and waste of taxpayer money.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||If I can say one thing nice about Rutgers||
They remind me a lot of South Carolina in the SEC. A historical doormat with no history of success added because "well we can't have an odd number and we don't have a school from that state and the schools we wanted turned us down."
Like Rutgers, South Carolina got the every loving shit kicked out of them in the SEC for almost a decade. But a funny thing happened. 1) they got their shit together enough as a department to realize they needed to hire proven coaches and 2) proven coaches showed interest because "hey, expectations are low and I can get paid major conference money." Holtz improved the program, and then Spurrier slowly turned them into an actual serious SEC contender. There's only so many major conference jobs, yanno?
It's not going to happen for Rutgers any time soon. They're not going to have the money to make a Holtz or Spurrier type hire until they start getting their full share of Big Ten revenue. But I think eventually an ambtious and intelligent coach is going to go "you know what, there's a lot of HS talent in NJ and I'm good enough to get them to stay and shit they're big 10."
Not a ringing endorsement when your best argument is "they might be competitive 5 years from now?"
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
Defense was exhausted, which you knew from the first overtime where OSU scored in 2 plays easily. Yes, the spot was awful on the 4th down conversion, but the fact Ohio State got all those yards on 3rd down to make it 4th and 1 was because the defense was so gassed.
They should have gone for the win.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Refs didn't cause Speight to fumble or throw that pick six||
Those two screw ups don't happen, Michigan wins.
Can't expect refs to be your pals on the road against a major team either.
It is what it is. This was an extremely good team whose players aren't used to being in these kinds of games, against a team that might not have been as good as them, but has players who have seen this rodeo before and a culture built over multiple seasons of expecting to be successful in big games. That's the one thing Michigan doesn't have yet, but they'll get it.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Dantonio probably missed his window||
To get a BIG job. I think all the interested schools would be more lateral moves for him.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Dadgummit Brian||
The college baseball season fits into the spring semester, which lets the athletes be able to take classes in the summer and fall without a ton of interruption and stay on track to graduate. It has the lower scholarship limit so that schools outside of the southeast and sun belt who don't have a really popular team can afford to compete without having to totally subsidize.
This insistence that college baseball is somehow broken because Northern schools are shitty at it is really weird and tantamount to saying college hockey will always be screwed unless the University of Miami is a powerhouse at it.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Some coaches||
Are just better suited to coaching/recruiting top level talent than they are at getting maximum results from mediocre talent.
I'd rather have Mike Leach as opposed to Lane Kiffin coaching my offense if I'm Washington State. I'd rather have Lane if I'm Alabama.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Purdue Hires:||
Who would worry me: Dan Mullen, Coach Ken from Navy, Willie Fritz, Troy Calhoun
Who would cause me to laugh out loud at Purdue: Les Miles, anyone from Ohio State's coaching staff, honestly anyone from a coaching staff that is used to having money and facilities
A creative coach with an explosive offense that doesn't require elite recruits is what they need. Dan Mullen would be a good hire too because Miss State is basically SEC Purdue, so you have a good idea he'd at least get you to 7-9 wins.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Arizona is a bad job||
Nobody's been very successful there. He's doing about as well as anybody has ever done there. If his Michigan time had any lasting effect on him, I guess it made him gun shy about taking another job with a new AD? Because last year seemed the time to cash out for a new gig, and he chose to stay at Arizona knowing this would be a rebuilding year. I've seen nothing that leads me to think he's not an excellent coach.
Aside from the obvious where Jim Harbaugh makes everything awesome now, Charlie Strong's issues at Texas have made the Rodriguez years even easier to understand. Hell Brian Kelly probably fits this too at Notre Dame. When you're talking about the bluest of blue blood jobs, sometimes being an awesome coach isn't enough. This isn't a video game where you can just hop from one job to another and recruiting just gets easier. All the blue bloods have their own hairy weirdness to them you've got to navigate.
And it makes you appreciate a guy like Harbaugh more.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Not a ton of good offense notes||
But the one positive is that it's so great to have a coach that respects and wants smashmouth offense WHILE not being a conservative turtle game theory guy. Harbaugh's offense wants to bludgeon you to death with runs and heavy sets, but he still has that Bobby Bowden gene that says LET'S GO WIN THIS THING. So you get a 14-7 slugfest where the winning score is a deep bomb
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Didn't need any quarters coverage either||
NO QUARTER(s) from the Michigan D
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||You need a bit of||
OOOOOO SHOCK TREATMENT
Get you jumpin' like a real live wire
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||If it was a different era||
I would say we were about to embark on a long period of Harbaugh v. Petersen in Rose Bowls. I think Washington is going to dominate that conference for a long while.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||See I've always thought that "Going away present"||
was overblown. I think it's just a matter of coaches don't get to watch a lot of games during the season, and they're more prone to trust programs that are on a roll like Nebraska was then than to go with a team that had an incredible year out of nowhere like Michigan did. M was 8-4 the year before and 9-4 the year before that. Nobody except some die hard Michigan people saw 1997 coming.
And even then, I'm kind of inclined to believe that if the word was Nebraska was going to win the AP Poll, the coaches might have found a way to rig it so Michigan won theirs to ensure a split. I think the consensus was more "both teams deserve to be called champion" than "fuck Michigan."
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I've never heard anyone who||
I've never heard anyone who wasn't a partisan for Michigan or Nebraska claim the other school didn't deserve a share of the national title.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Eh, I thought the tie was deserved||
The real villain was the shitty system, which was caused by the Rose Bowl (which is why I never get the warm fuzzies about that game. The Rose Bowl cheated Michigan out of the chance at undisputed title glory). So this bizarre system was created where #1 played #2 unless one of the top two teams was in the Pac 10/Big 10, and everyone got lucky that situations like Michigan/Nebraska didn't happen every year.
Michigan clearly played a tougher schedule throughout the year. I don't think anyone with a brain would dispute that. Nebraska played a significantly tougher bowl opponent. Michigan sorta laid a wet fart against Wazzu in the Rose Bowl and Nebraska burned Tennessee's house down and laughed in the embers. They were both undefeated so it is what it is.
One of the biggest piles of BS in a sport loaded with BS is that we never got to see Nebraska/Michigan play that season.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska||
Which made shit awkward when they joined the Big 10. But 90's Nebraska running the option for 98837847 yards a game in the 90's made an indelible mark on my brain.
Also I'm a season ticket holder for Coastal Carolina because I live near Myrtle Beach and Joe Moglia is an amazing outlier in college coaching.
And really now that I think about it, if a team does something really weird and out of the ordinary offensively or defensively, I'll watch all their games.
|35 weeks 49 min ago||My job dictates walking||
My job dictates walking around in this heat dressed in long dress pants and a dress shirt. If it wasn't for a constant supply of hand towels, I'd be even more disgusting than I already am in this heat.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||This may end up sounding stupid for soccer fans||
But if you cut the number of players on the field (like in OT hockey), wouldn't it open the field and make it more likely there's a score?
|42 weeks 5 days ago||If Vanderbilt won the SEC||
I don't think it would matter if the SEC had a crap year.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Grobe's a really good coach||
Wake Forest is a really difficult place to do anything. It's a sleepy town (my hometown!) with a prestigious university that doesn't give much wiggle room for athletes. It's comparable to Northwestern's football program. Also similar because the local HS talent has so many options too.
He was a triple option guy who adapted that to the shotgun, and was willing to air it out if that's where his talent was. He was bit long in the tooth, but I think a bigger issue he had was that nearby schools with much better infrastructure got their shit together instead of being crap, especially Clemson.
He's a no shortcuts guy who will absolute not do anything that brings shame to you, and he's not going to force guys into roles they can't fit, so he's kind of the perfect stop gap for a shamed program who just wants someone to steer the ship for a year.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Is the 9 game schedule really that hard a thing||
Short term? I mean, it just requires one extra game a year against the Western division, which is total butt right now and for the immediate future unless Nebraska/Wisconsin get their mess together. Whether it's 8 or 9 games, Michigan's already going to be playing all the Big 10 teams worth a dang because of how unbalanced the divisions are.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||I don't really care personally||
But I grew up in the south going to NASCAR races, so that might have something to do with it.
I understand and agree with the idea that college sport is different, but when it comes to pro, I am rather dubious to the idea that there's something sacred or pure worth preserving. It's entertainment, first and foremost. Ads just aren't offensive to me.
|46 weeks 13 hours ago||There's nowhere near as many||
There's nowhere near as many companies making wood bats as make metal. You'd have to hope that colleges switching to wood would cause all the metal bat companies to start offering wood too, and there's a very good chance they wouldn't because there's just no market for them.
They make their money selling metal bats to youth baseball. Colleges help advertise that product. If college switches to chase some hypothetical "I WILL NEVER WATCH BASEBALL WITHOUT WOOD BAT" fan that I'm not sure really exists, they will likely just lose that revenue source.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||College baseball thoughts||
1. Why do people always bring up the wood bats thing? Those aluminum bats and the companies that bid for the right to be each college's official bat are the reason most schools with college baseball can afford it. If you switch to wood bats, you end up with nobody playing college baseball except the programs that can afford to offer it as a scholarship and still lose their ass.
2. Michigan leaving the current structure would mean they play nobody of any value ever and it'd be mildly pathetic. Yeah, it sucks to be a northern college in college baseball. Almost all the high school talent are from warm weather states, and tons of off brand southern colleges have strong college baseball programs as a result. But playing minor league college baseball because it's too hard to compete? Sounds weak to me,
And asking for the entire schedule to be shifted would 1) kill the college world series as a TV event, because the only reason it even gets on TV is as a sports downtime content filler for ESPN and thus kill the sport altogether and 2) would be akin to random southern colleges who decide to playing major hockey trying to dictate the schedule.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||As a guy who reads Bruins Nation on SBNation||
This was the least surprising story ever. DG is a complete and total imbecile who got his job through networking with the right people. Hiring Jim Mora saved his job, and that hire was basically made by their old coach Terry Donahue. He's legendarily stupid and if you listen to the right people, a wino.
It's possible that satelite camps got banned because the SEC and ACC threatened to never schedule the Sun Belt again and because Dan Guerrero showed up drunk
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I think Tommy's right||
A lot of P5 coaches supported the ban out of pure spite for Harbaugh and the idea of losing a bit of time off, without ever thinking about/considering how it would affect other coaches. I think there will be a ton of pressure from other coaches to overturn it or modify it.