"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
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|5 days 6 hours ago||I think that the Iowa faculty||
I think that the Iowa faculty senate voted no confidence in the regents, not in the new president, though they obviously don't have confidence in him.
This hire is like the Brandon story but deeply, deeply weirder. Like in the Brandon hire, there were 4 candidates, 3 with strong experience in the field (academic administration, in this case) and a 4th from the private sector.
Where it gets weird is that Brandon at least had plausible experience with the university, having served as a regent. People at the university at least knew who Brandon was. The new Iowa president has no background with Iowa nor has he ever had a role in a university setting other than adjuncting at Harvard BS. Where it gets weirder is that, while Brandon had extensive experience as a CEO of a relatively large and complex organization in Dominos, the Iowa guy was president, not CEO, of Boston Market and before that a v-p of IBM. And add in that the guy's essentially been a self-employed business consultant since leaving Boston Market and it's a completely incomprehensible hire for an important university (insert snarky Iowa jokes here).
I'm an academic who is open to bringing in university administrators from the private sector (as long as they dont demand private sector salary levels). This guy is beyond the pale because he's both lied and has clearly been hired as part of a political project on the part of the regents to transform the university, not to lead it.
EDIT: Just looked and the faculty senate did vote to censure the new president for "a failure in professional ethics" for innacuracies on his resume and for failing to list co-authors of papers that he credited to himself.
|5 days 6 hours ago||The regents don't seem to||
The regents don't seem to realize how counterproductive this kind of thing is to any effort to change the university (and from my reading, they're clearly interested in dramatically expanding distance learning, and likely adjunctification, to try to cut costs). The faculty have authority over curricular matters as a matter of their shared governance of the university. No curricular transformation, which includes accepting distance learning credits toward majors, is going to happen if you don't have faculty buy in. It's impossible to get faculty buy-in when you foist a clearly unqualified choice that they've already told you is unacceptable on the university.
There's a way to pursue these changes that include the faculty as part of the shared governance of the university. As was the case at UVA, regents, largely those appointed from institutions that don't have experience in shared governance, are ham-handed (insert Iowa pork producers joke) in their attempts to impose such changes and they serve to increase resistance to change rather than to create it.
|5 days 7 hours ago||She had many faults, but it's||
She had many faults, but it's at least partially to her credit that UM weathered the economic collapse of 2007-9 better than almost any other institution, public or private. When the UC system had required furlough days for faculty and staff, when Harvard and Yale had to open short term lines of credit to meet payroll, And when universities across the nation suffered deep cutbacks and cancelled innumerable faculty searches, UM went on relatively without a hitch, expanding programs and hiring new faculty when almost no other institution was.
|6 days 40 min ago||Keep pushing that argument||
Keep pushing that argument that "a Michigan degree travels." It's not uncommon to see UM gear, car stuff, etc around the NYC metro area, whereas Auburn's pretty rare.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Which is how playing QB||
Which is how playing QB works. If your primary target is open, that's where the ball goes.
|1 week 7 hours ago||The one time the public got||
The one time the public got to see the QBs in competition, at the practice open to students, almost everyone came away saying exactly what Harbaugh has said, namely that Rudock was the best QB and that it wasn't close.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think Boren's family also||
I think Boren's family also paid his way (which is the rule for infra-conference transfers, I believe)
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||And yet, he probably made a||
And yet, he probably made a good decision for his development as a football player
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I think you mean "Since||
I think you mean "Since Rudock is a starting QB for Michigan, it's easy for grumpy bloggers to hate him."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think they're awful and||
I think they're awful and totally antithetical to the player centeredness that makes soccer unique.
They deemphasize fitness, which is so central to the sport. Unlimited substitutions don't force the difficult choice between saving subs for tactical switches vs. replacing a tiring player. They make tactical changes way too easy, and overemphasize in-game coaching in favor of allowing the players on the field to adjust among themselves. There's a reason that American players are generally regarded as tactically naive, it's that they're told what to do all the time and aren't allowed to develop tactical understanding.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Long quote from that||
Long quote from that article:
As a rookie, Rodgers' six substantial outings included a scrimmage against Buffalo, four exhibition games and the fourth quarter of a December night game in Baltimore.
He was brutal every time out.
In each of the exhibition games, Brett Favre started before turning it over to Rodgers. Until his 20th and final series, when the Packers scored a touchdown in Tennessee with the aid of a 33-yard penalty for pass interference, Rodgers had not generated a point. Sixteen possessions ended with punts, two on interceptions and one on a fumble.
If the No. 2 quarterback job had been awarded based on performance in training camp and games, it would have gone to Craig Nall hands-down.
Against the Ravens, Rodgers threw an interception, fumbled twice and was sacked three times.
As the 2006 draft drew near, Rodgers told NFL Network that he had heard the rumors of the Packers possibly selecting a quarterback with the No. 5 selection in a move that would likely end his career in Green Bay. Ted Thompson, the general manager who had drafted Rodgers with the No. 24 pick the year before, didn't rule it out.
A month before the draft, a panel of 18 personnel men were asked to compare Rodgers against that year's quarterback pool led by Matt Leinart, Vince Young and Jay Cutler. Not only didn't Rodgers draw any first-place votes, he had only one second and three thirds. Eleven scouts put him fourth, and three others even had him behind Brodie Croyle and Charlie Whitehurst.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The prime example to back||
The prime example to back this notion up is Aaron Rodgers. Bob McGinn, who's the main Packers' beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has said numerous times that he thought Rodgers was going to be a total wash out after watching him practice and talking to scouts during his rookie and second seasons. It was only after a couple seasons in which he changed mechanics, studied the offense, and practiced as a backup that the light really went on for him.
Given the potential upside that a great qb can bring (a decade plus of playoff and championship contention) and the at least anecdotal evidence that playing too early on a bad team can harm a qbs development, I would think that more franchises would hold off on playing high picks so early.
And even if this article is totally off-base, the Michigan recruitment office should be circulating it to every high end offensive recruit that's considering UM vs. a spread team.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Don't forget that one of the||
Don't forget that one of the main people implicated when the story broke was Bill Clements, the governor of Texas (he had been head of smu's board of trustees).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think they actually have a||
I think they actually have a new president.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Harris||
Not really understanding the Dileo/Gallon analogy. Harris is like 6'4. With more weight, he's going to be a classic downfield receiver.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Bizarre situation that's very||
Bizarre situation that's very reminiscent of the Brandon hiring. Three candidates with deep experience in the demands and criteria of the job and the fourth candidate with no relevant experience gets hired. Strange changes in the search procedure late in the process.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Even 150 would be a pretty||
Even 150 would be a pretty bad sign. This is a defense undergoing a scheme change, with almost no returning starters and guys playing DE in a 3-4 that are at least 20 pounds under the ideal weight for those positions.
I'll feel good if we do something like 225 at somewhere north of 5 ypc. The backs should be able to bust multiple 15-20 yard runs.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I agree about riding around||
I agree about riding around for pleasure on game day, but bringing a bike, parking 4-5 miles from the stadium and riding in might be a good option for the OP to get through the game day traffic. I would always ride in when I lived on the north side and it took a fraction of the time it would have taken to drive with the game day traffic. There are racks off Keech near the Facilities Service Building.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||To people's credit, we||
To people's credit, we haven't seen a team that gets better as the year goes on for a looooong time.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Capote was talking about||
Capote was talking about something different than historical fiction, though. He was talking about the kind of creative non-fiction that he helped to pioneer with In Cold Blood, where the author utilizes the tools of fiction writing, particularly conveying the interiority of characters (ie, their inner thoughts) based on the author's best guess of what they would have been. That's kind of the opposite of Bacon's practice.
And I still don't think it's a novel.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The rumors I heard went||
The rumors I heard went further than this (which seems like standard practice, ie give to the AD, get benefits from the AD).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Did you find any truth to the||
Did you find any truth to the rumors that Brandon's AD was attempting to poach donors to the university's academic programs and general development office?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Great, now you've clued all||
Great, now you've clued all of our future opponents in to Green Ass Smack.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||If Thomas would have executed||
If Thomas would have executed his block, it would have helped. Booker, the guy he blocked, made the tackle.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It was Bolden. He overran the||
It was Bolden. He overran the play, missed the runner, and nailed Ojemudia right in the hip.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Think they were doing some||
Think they were doing some unbalanced line stuff in the first half to see how Utah reacted.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Poggi (when in) and Braden||
Poggi (when in) and Braden were the main offenders in the running game for what I've seen on second watch of some of the game. There were some good creases that were ruined when Braden got trashed or tossed aside. Poggi isn't good at targeting yet (understandably given the recent position switch). Wouldn't be surprised if Hill takes some more of Poggi's snaps. Impossible to know about the Dawson/Braden comparison without seeing practice.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Bolden seemed like weak link||
Bolden seemed like weak link in nickel. Overrunning plays or late to react. Would like to see more Ross as 2nd LB in that alignment
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Pitt wasn't looked at because||
Pitt wasn't looked at because of PSU. They didn't want in state competition within the conference
|4 weeks 3 days ago||From the initial skims of the||
From the initial skims of the opinion, it doesn't look like the judge got into the facts of the underlying conduct (other than putting quotation marks around "independent" every time he mentioned the Mills report). The grounds for overturning were three due process claims.
1. The NFL didn't properly inform Brady of the punishment he faced or what he was accused of.
2. The NFL didn't allow Brady's lawyers to question NFL lawyer Jeff Pash at the appeal.
3. The NFL didn't allow Brady's lawyers to examine the evidence against him.