further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|19 hours 5 min ago||Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying..||
I have no idea why you think that team was so talented. Because they have Michigan on their jerseys? They were seriously lacking at QB and OL, with practically zero experience aside from Schilling. That's extremely hard to overcome.
Do you remember that Utah team went undefeated, beating Alabama. We lost to them by 2 points. Was that really worse than getting thrashed by Oregon the previous season?
They scored 42 points against Purdue and lost. Gave up 45 to Illinois. A different offense doesn't win those games very often I don't see why we should have expected a win against a 9-4 Northwestern. Toledo's only TD came on a 101 yd. interception return off of Threet. That was a definite low point, but if you're counting fluke losses as victories for Carr, maybe you should count that one too. They also won a game against Wisconsin they had no business winning on paper.
|21 hours 40 min ago||The 2007 team went 8-4.||
Take away Long, Hart, Henne, Manningham, Arrington, Boren and Kraus and you're expecting a similar result. 2008 was easily the worst OL Michigan ever had until possibly 2013. Threet wasn't going to have time to sit in the pocket. He started the season at QB. He didn't get benched because he wasn't mobile. They always knew that. He got benched because his passing was terrible. You mention Brandon Minor, but you ignored Carlos Brown and Sam McGuffie, who were well suited to the spread. The OL were relatively small, also possibly better suited for a spread.
That team was going to be terrible on offense. You're right that it could well have been a little better if RR had run a different offense. But no more than that. We saw how ineffective the 2013 team was with that OL. You'd be sacrificing something at the time you're going to install your new offense. Wait until you have the players for it, but then you're teaching all of your existing players a new system. Expect some growing pains.
It's funny that so many people here decry Hoke's burning of redshirts. Isn't that exactly the same choice? Either use a player who might make your team a little better this season, or save him so a future team will be better. When you lose, you've made the wrong choice, whichever it was.
|23 hours 42 min ago||The idea that he could have won 7+ games in 2008||
with a different offense is just crazy. 4, maybe. He only won 5 games the next season with Tate and 7 with Denard in 2010.
Sheridan played only because freshman Threet was wildly inaccurate. Sheridan was a walkon because he didn't have a D-1 arm and was no threat to throw downfield. But those guys and 4 new starters on the o-line are winning 7+?
Hoke's first season was so completely different. Rather than 1 returning starter on offense, he had 10. He had a lot more and better options than RR. I'm not defending RR's overall job performance, but this particular criticism always annoys me.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Is Glasgow basically an afterthought because||
he's a walkon? You're not the only one here moving him way down the depth chart. Based on what he did last year, I think he'll be hard to displace. Given his late start in football, I might even expect him to show more than a normal amount of improvement.
|1 day 1 hour ago||That's a good point and there are more things to consider.||
One that stands out is the trouble we were having rebounding missed free throws. There are risks in employing a strategy you don't practice much. A lot of bad things can happen when you tell players to foul. Intentional foul calls, even flagrants, plus the opponent still getting a shot off. You can't practice everything well, especially with a team playing so many freshmen.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Suppose RR did what you propose in 2008?||
Then what? Is he ever supposed to install his own system, the one he was hired to run? If Mallett stays, then it's three years running a system completely foreign to his staff. If he doesn't then maybe it's four years of Threet. A year with ten new starters on offense is an opportunity to teach and install a completely new system. It was always going to involve some setbacks to make such a radical change. Picking a year when the offense was going to struggle regardless seems like as good a time as you're going to get.
If you want to blame someone, maybe you should consider Bill Martin. RR did what he was expected to do on offense when he was hired. If Michigan wanted a coach that would run a system best suited to the existing personnel, they could have hired one. Here was Martin's quote after the hire was announced.
"I am thrilled to have Rich Rodriguez as Michigan's new coach," athletic director Bill Martin wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Sunday. "Rich brings an exciting brand of football to Michigan Stadium. We welcome the entire Rodriguez family to Ann Arbor."
At the time, most fans were clamoring for a change in offensive philosophy. Who could forget Carr's last game, when the offensive game plan showed some creativity?
|1 day 3 hours ago||It's a false premise.||
Imagine the NFL with no draft, no trades, no salary cap, no age restrictions, no roster limitations, no free agency restrictions. That would be a free market system.
There are a number of problems that would have to be overcome in order to let players take whatever they could get in a free market. Some of them are legal issues. One is Title IX. Another is that viable unions would need to be in place. Every limitation on the players, like the NFL has and more, would have to be negotiated.
There are a number of practical issues as well. One can argue that's it what schools should do, but in no way would it be an easy change to make.
|1 day 4 hours ago||And yet, every single year there are a ton of||
complaints about U of M taking too many out of state students. It's a constant point of contention in the state legislature when they dole out subsidies.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I just re-read Brian's comprehensive||
introduction of Shane Morris. His slow starts in camps were a recurring theme. I'm not ready to write him off.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Drake Johnson||
rode the pine healing his own injuries before Green went down. If he had been fully healthy coming into last season, I wonder where he would have been on the depth chart.
|2 days 4 hours ago||That's pretty hard to say.||
He would have a had a great opportunity to showcase his skills this season if he had come back. I hope his decision works out for him, but at this point I would only say it might.
|2 days 18 hours ago||McLimans wasn't really under the radar.||
At least not by comparison to Beilein's other early recruits. Scout ranked him ahead of Darius Morris. Colton Christian is a good example, Bielfeldt until this season. His success finding very lightly recruited late pickups is remarkable.
The other Morris mentioned was an Amaker recruit.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Those kind of statements are a lot easier to make||
from the outside looking in. It's hard to put yourself in the place of a young sexual assault victim. I can imagine that going through the legal process can be intimidating, along with the reactions you might have to deal with from a wide range of people. That's why so many assaults go unreported. Accusing a star basketball player at Duke carries extra attention, extra publicity and extra scrutiny, with many people looking for reasons to disbelieve you. All that support you mention will be needed.
|2 days 22 hours ago||It's interesting that you lump Tressel and Meyer together.||
Their approaches were hardly the same. Tressel had a much stronger emphasis on Ohio. Meyer has ruffled some feathers there by not offering a lot of the local players that Tressel would have. Not only is Meyer taking far fewer OH players, but more of the good ones are coming here again.
What they have in common is being the only big dog in a talent rich state. Meyer is using the same strategy as Harbaugh. He just has more local talent to fall back on and longer realationships with national recruits.
|3 days 3 hours ago||I think in this case there's no real difference between the||
different tags. Either one obligates the Lions to pay Suh $26.9M for next season. Having that guarantee makes him harder to sign to a long term deal, since he has the option of simply waiting a year and testing the market then. I don't see another team offering him a deal while he has the non-exclusive tag. Make it one the Lions would happily match and you don't get a chance at Suh next year. Make it so high that the Lions won't match and you get hit with losing two #1s and the hit to your salary cap. You can't beat out the Lions by front loading the offer, since they would be prepared for a very big hit anyway in 2015. It's an unusual situation since Suh's franchise tag is extraordinarily high.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Damn, I wanted to know his secret.||
|3 days 20 hours ago||The fraternities should be doing more than helping to pay,||
shouldn't they? If an insurance company paid the claims, they'd sue the fraternities and the individuals to recover their funds.
The claims here might exceed the caps on the insurance for that kind of damage. They might also include things not covered.
|3 days 21 hours ago||McCown got a 3 year deal.||
Does that even mean anything in the NFL?
|3 days 21 hours ago||You get to count one gane vs Division II.||
|4 days 44 min ago||Free publicity or damage to the brand?||
When you're looking to book a family vacation up north, are you going to choose a resort that you only know of for having fraternities running amok? Or are you going to book another place you've never heard of at all?
The effect of this publicity may take awhile to assess. It's easy to imagine it costing them business. The MGo lawyers can weigh in on this, but I think Treetops needs to file a claim for prospective damges. They don't have time to wait for a definitive answer of how much damage this may do to their brand.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Those insurance policies probably don't cover||
willful property destruction by its members. Fraternity insurers have been cutting back what they will cover.
|4 days 21 hours ago||The real problem is that he didn't inherit enough QBs,||
certainly not enough experience at the position.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Yes, Sanderson has really helped transform some of our||
players. It's really noticeable in some cases, but those are players new to a college S&C program. It's seems like the gains are biggest between their freshman and sophomore years.
|4 days 23 hours ago||He'd make it 10 QBs if you count the 4 walkons||
and a transfer who has to sit out the season.
Our current depth chart has 2 true freshmen, a RS freshman and a junior with very limited and unsuccessful experience. If you were to name one position on the team that could use another player with experience, it's undoubtably QB.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Is it against the rules for Hutch to lend them a pitcher?||
|5 days 23 hours ago||Yes, I can't see how this would ever be an issue for OL.||
It might be for QBs, though. A lot of schools will fill up quickly without sending out many offers. At any position, a player that commits very early may limit his offers.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Sam Mikulak's eligibility ran out last year.||
He's now an assistant coach.
|6 days 7 hours ago||I disagree on several counts.||
I'm not seeing the hypersensitivity here. Nor was the player being portrayed as a victim. Nor do I believe that was something most peope say on a semi-regular basis. I don't see it as an issue involving political correctness either.
The real question is how do you expect your coaches to behave in public? No one other than a coach could act in such a way without serious repercussions. If Vanderbilt expects their coaches to show more self control, that's perfectly understandable. If they don't think he crossed a line with that outburst, that's fine too.
Coaches aren't dictators, even though they might seem that way in dealing with their players. They are both employees and representatives of the school. In Stallings case, the most prominent employee on campus. He's been there a long time. He should know what lines he can't cross and they should know how he interacts with his players. I'd be surprised if this is a problem that can't be solved by a simple apology, as he's already done.
|6 days 18 hours ago||If you read the story, you might notice that the punishment||
was handed down by the SEC, not the NCAA.
|6 days 21 hours ago||I think the breakdown is something like 35||
5 stars and 300-350 4 stars each year. It varies according to the service. Shelton Johnson, for example, was #365 and 3* in the 247 composite rankings. There are about 2500 FBS scholarship players in each class.
Aside from that, some of those JuCos would have been ranked higher if they were expected to qualify out of HS.