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|1 day 13 hours ago||One big reason is to avoid a||
One big reason is to avoid a "he quit on his team" narrative (ala Petrino) if he does have interest in returning to the NFL one day.
|2 days 19 hours ago||That assumes he sleeps||
That assumes he sleeps
|2 days 19 hours ago||The issue is really in these||
The issue is really in these JCs that exist, in part, as places for schools (Ole Miss, KSU, Miss St) to stash non-qualifiers, because those institutions have really shaky accreditations and very marginally qualified faculty. Places like WCC don't fall in this category. UM will admit from JCs, but not the ones that exist as football way stations.
|4 days 10 hours ago||State employees are governed||
State employees are governed by state law. The NLRB only oversees fair labor practices in private sector employment
|4 days 15 hours ago||We sure don't squeeze||
We sure don't squeeze slightly overweight guys into beltless slacks the way we used to.
|4 days 20 hours ago||My bad||
Ah, I misunderstood "Oklahoma has been a great program for years" as referring to the years prior to Stoops, ie, downplaying the Stoops turnaround, not as referrring to the longevity of Stoops' success.
And no, now that I'm no longer misunderstanding, we're not disagreeing at all.
And yes, Mora > Stoops > Harbaugh is the proper order, with all being total coups should they come to M.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Stoops.||
Oklahoma was equally bad as, if not worse than, UCLA circa 2011 when Stoops took over. The 1990s were kind of a lost decade for OU, with Gary Gibbs, Schnellenberger, and John Blake (who would go on to be one of the real bad guys in the series of UNC scandals) combining to be just over .500 during the decade. Just before Stoops took over, Blake had gone 12-22 in the previous three years.
Stoops has done it over the long haul but he also turned things around almost immediately. Stoops took Blake's players and went 7-5 then 13-0 in his first two years.
So Stoops's reclamation project at Oklahoma even more impressive than what Mora's done at UCLA (which is impressive in its own right).
|1 week 1 day ago||I'd argue that most college||
I'd argue that most college tours for non-athletes don't spend much more time on academics. The norm seems to be "There's the library, now let's look at this awesome climbing wall in the gym! Now let's check out the Sundae Bar." Always confuses me that potential students aren't encouraged to sit in on classes (at least that's the case at the institution where I teach, which is a large, private university).
|1 week 5 days ago||They hate it crossing||
They hate it crossing semesters because a football game is hugely disruptive to a campus in a way that a basketball of a hockey game is not. Also, any plan that involves games during finals weeks (roughly the second two weeks of December) is a non starter.
|1 week 5 days ago||Similar thoughts are in Peter||
Similar thoughts are in Peter King's column today, along the lines of "there's always one unexpected firing in the NFL and this year's might be Sean Payton."
|1 week 6 days ago||Who knows if he's a||
Who knows if he's a possibility, but he should have the requisite amount of hate for OSU after this morning.
|1 week 6 days ago||Exactly...this is not even||
Exactly...this is not even the dumbest Michigan coaching search in the past 5 years
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Doyle and Spike obviously had||
Doyle and Spike obviously had really nice games.
The big thing from that game, however, might be Chatman getting more comfortable on offense and beginning to learn what he needs to do to rebound at the college level. The game on offense looks like it's starting to slow down for him. Defense is still fairly rough, but, given his talent level, if he's starting to figure out how to fit in to the offense, that's huge for this team. And rebounding seems like it will be one of the big challenges for this team throughout the year, so if he can contribute the numbers from last night, it will be a tremendous help.
Caveats related to Syracuse playing zone and Chatman's role in zone busting being necessarily different than in the normal offense certainly apply.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't remember feeling that||
I don't remember feeling that Doyle got screwed out of a clear charging call at any time. I don't remember the first two calls but Doyle clearly flopped on the last one, where SU got the layup with under a minute left. (The really terrible miss by the refs was the push on Irvin's dunk, which should have been a flagrant because it was such a dangerous foul by a player making no play on the ball. That was the kind of foul that starts a fight 10 times out of 10 in a pickup game.)
On Dakich, when he's not wearing his sports talk radio host hat and is reading the game as a coach, he's quite good. His point about Spike moving without the ball to take advantage of the space in the SU zone before the behind the back pass/Doyle dunk was really insightful. I get about 3-4 of those things I don't otherwise notice in the game from him. In his first year as a broadcasters, he provided even more of that stuff, but he's shifted significantly from focusing on analysis to emphasizing personality, which is annoying but almost certainly the kind of thing that advances one up the broadcasting hierarchy at ESPN.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The rankings were fine. The||
The rankings were fine. The attrition was terrible. That would have done him in at Michigan.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh and the NYC media||
Harbaugh and the NYC media would be a total disaster. He's self-aware enough to know that. If he stays in the NFL, I expect it will be in a job no one is talking about because it will come open after a late season collapse.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||In same boat. Hoke should be||
In same boat. Hoke should be fired, but the "improvement" in RR's last year was fools gold. A bunch of marginal close wins (Illinois, Indiana, UMass) and every loss was a blowout where we never had the ball in the 4th quarter with a chance to tie.
That year was a lot more exciting because of Denard, but this team never quit on their coaches like RR's last team did.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||YES...||
|4 weeks 2 days 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.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This is a pretty good||
This is a pretty good response to Detroit tying it up.
|4 weeks 3 days 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.
|4 weeks 3 days 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...
|4 weeks 3 days 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
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Required any time Pat Forde||
Required any time Pat Forde is mentioned...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Better than his||
Better than his dad...
But still awful.
|5 weeks 2 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.
|5 weeks 2 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 6 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.