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|1 day 18 hours ago||YES...||
|6 days 8 hours ago||People on mgoblog have always||
People on mgoblog have always been idiotically pessimistic about basketball. If you went through the game and postgame threads the last two years, you'd find innumerable posts about how Jordan Morgan couldn't play, how THJr didn't try, how Stauskas was one-dimensional, how Belein needed to throw the ball into the post, and how the team in general lacked heart..
People just kind of overreact and act irrationally when they're fans.
|6 days 11 hours ago||This is a pretty good||
This is a pretty good response to Detroit tying it up.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I think they were blaming||
I think they were blaming them for throwing stuff in the wake of the melee, which is a totally justified criticism.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Couple things||
Grantland did a great oral history:
Also, 'Sheed was regarded as one of the most most level headed guys in the lockerroom and one of the best teammates in the league, at least in his later years. Just not cooperative with the media and incredibly antagonistic toward refs (including being double t'd and thrown out of the McDonald's high school all-america game). But not a surprise to see him trying to calm other players down.
Edit: And I just lost 30 minutes of my life watching this...
|1 week 20 hours ago||One of the best weird rumors||
One of the best weird rumors to come out of the whole thing was that the fan that squared off with O'Neal was the guy who played Turtle in Entourage. He wasn't, but the similarity was striking enough to give it some life
|1 week 1 day ago||Required any time Pat Forde||
Required any time Pat Forde is mentioned...
|1 week 2 days ago||Better than his||
Better than his dad...
But still awful.
|1 week 6 days ago||There are huge, huge issues||
There are huge, huge administrative issues in establishing such a department.
What qualifies someone to teach in such a department? In a moment when rankings hold so much importance and % of faculty with PhD and % of tenure-line faculty are key determinates of ranking, what degrees do faculty hold? What do their appointments look like? What unit or school does the hiring? What disciplines do they publish in? What qualifies someone for promotion? What are the research-teaching-service balance expectations? What does tenure mean in such a department? How do the people appointed in such a school fit into the faculty's broader role of the shared governance of the university? What does the university's accreditor think of such a department? Etc, etc.
|1 week 6 days ago||Trey made the right choice,||
Trey made the right choice, but he better start knocking down shots or Exum's going to start taking his minutes.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You're interpreting as||
You're interpreting as general a critique that's very targeted and specific.
Schlissel's lines about academic oversight are targeted at an athletic department that previously had been
1. Poaching donors from the academic side of the university, breaking long standing agreements that the AD would not impinge on those donors.
2. Blocking faculty oversight of student-athlete curriculum, which is legitimately within the faculty's shared governance purview.
This is very much targeted at the AD Brandon ran, vis a vis the rest of the university, not some generalized view of athletics and academics in the broader world.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly. The bonded debt||
Exactly. The bonded debt remaining on the stadium renovations means that there can functionally be no downplaying of the importance of football within the broader university.
What this statement does show is more evidence that Brandon ran the AD as a fiefdom unto itself, in a manner that was antithetical to the broader university's mission. Blocking faculty oversight of the curricular habits of student-athletes is consistent with the reports about Brandon attempting to poach donors from the academic side of the university.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting. You may be on to||
Interesting. You may be on to something there. Everytime he comes off the field after a mistake (and this may be true in general ... tv just doesn't show it) Nuss looks like he's teaching about some fine detail of what went wrong with his footwork.
I think the reality is that DG's futility this year is a combo platter of 1. physical limitations that are hampering a QB that had learned to turn to his athleticism after his first read was covered, 2. playing in his third offense in five years, 3. an offense that forces him to do things that he does badly, particularly fitting the ball into the small windows of a short passing game with no deep threat and going rapidly through progressions in a congested field, and 4. a learned practice of not keeping his eyes downfield so plays have very little time to develop.
Add in an offense that just looks badly coached, particularly among the WRs and RBs, and we have the current mess.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Gallon was very good and, for||
Gallon was very good and, for all his faults, Borges ran an offense where the WRs stretched the field deep. We now have an inaccurate and very likely injured QB in a passing game where virtually all of the throws happen within 10 yards of the LoS. There's no reason for CBs not to squat on routes at 10 yards, because we're incapable, whether by design or because of circumstance, of pushing the ball down the field.
Add in that our #1 receiver drops 1/3 of the accurate balls thrown to him, and you have this mess of a passing game.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Go watch last year's ND game,||
Go watch last year's ND game, he was firing balls to Gallon on skinny posts in tight windows 35 yards downfield. In Borges's offense, he pushed the ball downfield consistently on a line. Either he's damaged physically or he's been coached away from that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think this gets the||
I think this gets the narrative of improvement that suddenly stopped correct but misrepresents the turning point. Last year against ND (aside from the one brain dead play) Gardner stood in against the rush and went through progressions and played a startlingly great game... It was MSU last year that broke him. That's the point when Gardner lost all trust in his oline and just started dumping the ball to the first read, regardless of whether he was open in not.
Compound that lack of trust with a change from a first option who consistently got open with one who drops about half of the balls thrown to him and an offense incapable of generating big plays, requiring DG to hit a series of short passes into congested coverage, and an inability to escape the rush the way he did in his initial years, and you have this year's offense.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If Funchess doesn't drop half||
If Funchess doesn't drop half the balls that hit his hands, how much better does Gardner look as a QB? This is a level of futility that goes so far beyond DG. Bad coaching, bad individual play, bad attention to detail. You see mistakes at every level (Smith not hitting the correct hole, Funchess with probably a 30% drop rate, Gardner throwing balls on completely incorrect trajectories). About the only high point on offense is Hayes's blitz recognition.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Why can I upvote this only||
Why can I upvote this only once? What is it about Morris's play that's led anyone to think he's remotely a better option?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I would not be surprised if||
I would not be surprised if Hackett was kept on to do some kind of "administrative review" of the AD after the new guy is hired, basically charged with separating Brandon's new hires into categories of "competent" and "Brandon toadie," which he could then pass on to the new AD.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||If only Sonny had EZ-Pass||
If only Sonny had EZ-Pass
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Courtesy of Rog and Dave.||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||RR's third year record is||
RR's third year record is better than it looks. Several of the wins (ND, Illinois, Indiana just off the top of my head) were close, down to the wire things. The losses were not. We were never in a situation where we had the ball with a chance to tie the game in the 4th quarter in any of the games we lost. By the end of the year, the team had clearly quit on him. His stay was pretty much untenable by the end of that year.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Regents||
The Regents' responsibilities are primarily fiduciary. That's why all the renovation and new construction, including that sign board thing, have to get regents approval. They may also have some role in university -- state/local government relations (thus the fireworks vote). They also are responsible for runnning presidential searches, and likely informally sign off on high administrative appointments on the level of provost and athletic director, though those are formally the President's responsibility. They don't so far as I know, have responsibility for signing off on faculty appointments.
Generally, anytime the Regents get too involved in the actual operations of the university, it turns into a giant mess. See the recent goings on at Illinois.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The concussion thing will die||
The concussion thing will die down, but holy hell, would it come back in force if we hired Leach. Is that really how anyone wants the next coaching regime to start?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||So you're imagining a thought||
So you're imagining a thought process by a big name coach that goes like this:
"Well, I don't trust the guy hiring me but he won't be around long. Then they'll hire someone else who I probably don't know at all. That seems like a good bet! I'll take it!"
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Since when is engineering||
Since when is engineering considered "hard science"? Isn't it, by nature, "applied science"?
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Did they ever appoint a new||
Did they ever appoint a new fulltime dean of LSA after McDonald retired? I can't believe how badly the provost/president screwed up what should have been a slam dunk appointment.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||The players clearly disliked||
The players clearly disliked Kiffin. There have been few signs of an analogous situation here.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm in general agreement with||
I'm in general agreement with the sentiment here, aside from the money being fungible part. IThat money was directed into specific parts of the university and is not fungible elsewhere. (And I have no problem with this, donors are well within their rights to do this kind of targeting as long as they don't have the power to say "you need to hire a scholar who believes these things with my money").
There were, however, rumors that Brandon intervened with Ross to get increased amounts of the donation he was making for the athletic department (and I have people who I trust in other parts of the university that he has done this to donors in other academic segments of the university).
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Exactly. We shouldn't be mad||
Exactly. We shouldn't be mad at Brandon for what happened on the field on Saturday. That's Hoke's realm and he owns the disorganization that was on full view. We should be mad at Brandon for the clown show that occurred between 7 PM Saturday and Schlissel's statement yesterday.
And we should be mad about the larger pattern of blindered decision making that's gone on within the athletic department during his directorship, of which the latest events are just the most egregious example.