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|15 hours 33 min ago||Schedule dates after the||
Schedule dates after the Maryland game are wring, unless Big Ten really screwed us with games on back to back nights.
|17 hours 53 min ago||Nope. I'll join you on the||
Nope. I'll join you on the "Borges was better" bandwagon. I thought Nussmeier was a total bust. At least the offense under Borges was capable of occasional explosions. Under Nussmeier, it was nothing but a series of 8 yard passes thrown by QBs who looked unprepared and lacking confidence. Nothing at all to stretch the field.
And Bacon at least hints in his book that it was Nussmeier, rather than Brandon, who pushed to play Morris against Minnesota.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Another error||
He also writes that winning the 2012 OSU game (the 26-21 game) would have landed us a share of the divisional title, which is true as we would have tied Nebraska at 7-1, and a spot in the Big Ten championship game, which is false because Nebraska had clinched a spot the day before by beating Iowa.
FWIW, I think this is a minor, minor quibble in what is a highly entertaining and eye opening book.
|1 day 14 hours ago||That was shocking. I though||
That was shocking. I though charging MPowered, a student group, more than $100k to use the Stadium Club for a weekend long event was even more shocking, though.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Given the balance issues||
Given the balance issues identified here, I have a hard time seeing Braden being successful as a pulling guard. Judging from the Stanford clips of the Baugh-fense, power is likely to be the key base play in the running game.
|5 days 17 hours ago||If you watch Delanie Walker||
If you watch Delanie Walker clips from when he was in SF under Harbaugh, it's really easy to imagine Hill occupying a similar role. Walker was a great blocker whose blocking ability allowed him to slip by defenders into wide open spaces. About every other game, Walker seemed to get wide open on what seemed like modified wheel routes on play action where he would fake a block and run past the contain defender in the flat.
Once he's fully up to speed, I think Hill's going to be a nice weapon that doesn't see a lot of balls thrown his way, but comes up with a few big gains in important moments throughout the season.
|5 days 18 hours ago||The med school is in Chicago,||
The med school is in Chicago, but...
Part of the deal with the Chancellor resigning had to do with the effort to create a new, downstate medical school and her efforts to conceal the emails related to the new med school from public records laws by using a personal email address (while doing the same thing for the emails related to the decision to fire the professor that led to the AAUP's academic freedom censure... the details of which quickly violate the 'no politics' rule).
|5 days 18 hours ago||I imagine if they're firing||
I imagine if they're firing him with cause, which they are, they pretty much have to do it as soon as their internal report determines that he violated injury reporting policy. If they wait for him to coach any games, he'd have a case that he was being fired for on the field results (which would require paying the rest of his contract) rather than endangering player safety.
In essence, they get rid of a coach they were going to fire anyway and save the $3.1 million they would have had to pay him.
|5 days 18 hours ago||That whole university is in||
That whole university is in total chaos. In the past month, the chancellor and provost have resigned/been fired. Earlier in the summer, they were censured for violations of academic freedom by the AAUP. And now they've fired the football coach. There are also some pretty ugly allegations out there about the women's basketball coach.
|6 days 17 hours ago||"Tremendous" count:||
"Tremendous" count: 2.
Another return to Michigan tradition
|1 week 1 day ago||Courage||
<pedant>The Lion lacked courage. The tin man had no heart.</pedant>
|1 week 2 days ago||I agree with much of this,||
I agree with much of this, but I don't think he could have attracted a D-coordinator, given the pattern of incompetence on that side of the ball, that would fixed the D to the extent that Mattison did in 2011.
Also, even if Arizona would have beaten Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game, there's no way they were making the playoffs with 2 losses. Both Baylor and TCU, at least, were in line in front of them.
|1 week 2 days ago||I can already hear people||
Must be hearing an echo...
|1 week 2 days ago||I can already hear people||
I can already hear people complaining about the tipped passes. Navarre redux.
|1 week 2 days ago||This suggests way more||
This suggests way more forethought than actually existed.
Martin hired RR because he was one of the best regarded young coaches in college football and because Martin had already been turned down by his first two choices (Ferentz and Schiano, three if you include Miles). The options being bandied about when RR was hired were totally underwhelming.
|1 week 5 days ago||Given the hooplah, even on||
Given the hooplah, even on Sunday, the Big 10 should have publicly admitted the refs screwed up. Doesn't absolve Hoke's immediate or Brandon's longer term mistakes, of course, but that's a big enough error that it deserved to be publicly known, to inform refs about the rules if for no other reason.
|1 week 6 days ago||A lot of NFL teams use the||
A lot of NFL teams use the punter as the holder.
|1 week 6 days ago||ESPN has filed a similar||
ESPN has filed a similar lawsuit against Notre Dame's privacy shield over the records of its police force (a police force that has the power to arrest people, which, ESPN argues, trumps the "private institution" claim)
|1 week 6 days ago||Stability||
Wisconsin might be looking for stability after having two coaches leave in such short order. Chryst grew up in Madison, was OC for the best Bielma teams, he knows how the place works (ie, won't have the same frustrations as Anderson) and has long been well liked by Wisconsin fans.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Thanks! Great info.||
Thanks! Great info.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||For you or skurnie: How are||
For you or skurnie:
How are the players allowed around NCAA amateurism regulations to play in the NPSL? I assume at least some of the players in the league are professionals? Is this just the NCAA admitting that its soccer season is ridiculously short (and has rules out of step with the rest of the world) and that it's necessary for players to play elsewhere to remain competitive?
I think it's great they're allowed to play, but I just have a hard time imagining why the NCAA's ok with "student-athletes" playing in semi-pro leagues in the offseason.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||He's got the Iowa check down||
He's got the Iowa check down offense down pat. That was clearly a 5 yard crossing route on 3rd and 8.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bryce is certainly less||
Bryce is certainly less crowded and has better vistas (and way better campgrounds). As a pure experience of that landscape, though, I don't think you can beat the Zion Narrows hike. Once you get away from the heavily trafficked first mile, the base of the canyon, which at places is 20 feet wide and 1000 feet deep, is really beautiful, with ever changing light and hanging gardens. Plus, since you're in the Virgin River for most of the hike, it's a good option to stay cool in the late summer heat.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ypsi included||
Ypsi is included in the study. The Ann Arbor Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is the criteria the study used, is essentially all of "urbanized" Washtenaw County.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||1st backup||
He's pretty much in a struggle to be the first guy off the bench. Sam Barrington has one ILB pretty locked down. And the Packers seem like they're going to keep Mathews inside on early downs (could change but it transformed their D last year).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Things were badly broken||
Things were badly broken enough by the end of 2010 that change was necessary. As ugly as things were last fall, I honestly think that a 4th Rich Rod year would have been worse. I think Rich Rod's a better coach, obviously, but things were just so poisonous at the end of that season, the defense was so bad, and Rich Rod had entered into such a state of desperation (remember "I want to be a Michigan Man" at the Groban banquet). Add in Brandon at the height of his arrogance and it's hard to comprehend. Can you imagine what the recruiting would have looked like? Even given The Process, I think that outcome was better than waiting a year,
Hoke was obviously a failure, but he did at least resuscitate recruiting in a way that I don't think Rich Rod could have. And by the time his failure was fully realized, the Brandon issues were much clearer than they were in 2010.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Firing Rich Rod was the right||
Firing Rich Rod was the right decision at the time. Hiring him was also the right decision, but neither he nor Martin managed the problems of program transition in what had become a schlerotic program after almost 30 years without a deep seated overhaul.
But by the end of 2010, it seemed clear that the team had quit on him (the Wisconsin/Ohio State/Mississippi State games) and that he had no real ideas of how to fix the defense. It would have been malpractice for any high school coach to recommend that a highly rated defensive player go to Michigan at that point. Also, the "improvement" of 2010 was as tenuous as Hoke's 2011 luckfest. None of the 6 losses were competitive (we never had the ball with even the chance to tie in the 4th quarter in any single game) and we squeaked out a number of wins that could have gone either way against bottom tier BIG teams (Illinois, Indiana, etc). The games were at least exciting, but I imagine there would have been a severe season ticket erosion of the type we saw in late Hoke.
The Hoke hire never should have occurred. The perfect candidate was out there, wanting to "feel the love," according to Bacon. He never did. Now he has and the AD is in a much better place.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||She did a pretty terrific job||
She did a pretty terrific job cushioning UM through the financial crisis, which hit peer institutions really hard. UM managed to make a number of really impressive faculty hires at a time when peer institutions were forced to cancel searches.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Given the limited||
Given the limited scholarships that NCAA soccer teams have, particularly for men's soccer where most scholarships are fractional, those coaches are flat out lying to the parents. Fortunately haven't seen that at my kids' club. They have had kids go onto the U-15 and U-17 national teams in recent years, and they certainly sell that, though in a relatively low key way (it's probably enough to say "we have 2 former players on national teams").
I agree about the community thing, particularly in small town/suburban areas, where high school sports form so much of a community's broader identity. That's the world I grew up in. My kids are growing up in the city (NYC) and that aspect is obviously totally absent from our daily lives, it probably only heightens the power of club sports.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Not to mention that those||
Not to mention that those media "insiders" professionally subsist on leaks from the league office, which has to be a significant reason why Brady had to believe that anything the NFL found on his phone would quickly make it into the public. Whether stuff regarding his wife, his contract or internal union business.
Basically, the NFL has done nothing in the past decade that would lead the players to trust that they can keep players' information private.