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|2 days 13 hours ago||Add last year's Florida||
Add last year's Florida offensive disaster to this pile of anti-Nuss evidence.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Burgess either missed that||
Burgess either missed that game entirely or went out after giving it a try, but there was an additional injury in the secondary, I'm pretty sure it was Adams going down with a knee on that terrible resodded field. And that defense, for all it's strength, really only had 5 guys that played in the secondary (Hall, Trent, Adams, Ryan Mundy and Brandent Englemon). With Adams out, they were stuck playing base against a team that played at least 3 WRs as their base offense.
And you could fault English for not developing more depth during the year, but when you look at the roster, there's just not a lot there. The only backups in the secondary that would go on to contribute in future years were Jonas Mouton and Stevie Brown, and those guys were both freshmen that would have to move to LB to see the field.
|3 days 44 min ago||For what it's worth, US||
For what it's worth, US Soccer now bans headers until U-14. Any headers result in a dead ball restart for the other team
|3 days 4 hours ago||This is a great answer. At||
This is a great answer. At least under Borges, for all his faults, we had exciting offensive performances (Devin vs OSU) interspersed with the 27 for 26. Nussmeier, after all the hype, ran a tremendously boring offense that seemed to consist of nothing but a bunch of 4 yard crossing routes.
|3 days 5 hours ago||English shoulders a lot of||
English shoulders a lot of blame for the inability in developing a plan to defend the spread, but there was an injury early in the OSU game (Jamar Adams maybe?) that totally screwed what was an already sparse secondary due to recruiting failures. I think the alternative to walking Graham out over Gonzalez was to insert Johnny Sears. When the question is "Should I play Chris Graham or Johnny Sears?" it doesn't really matter what the answer is.
|4 days 5 hours ago||You're right that many||
You're right that many grounds were fundamentally unsafe, but the South Yorkshire police made a huge number of negligent decisions that created the crush on the terraces. And there were some tragedies where the fans were to blame, like Heysel. This wasn't one of them.
Read the inquest report that came out today.
-Appointing a new police superintendent 10 days before the FA semifinal.
-The failure of that superintendent to familiarize himself with the management procedures for a facility that had three previous crush incidents during FA semifinals during the previous decade.
-A decision not to close the pens once capacity was reached, as had been previous practice.
-A failure to delay the start of the match once there was a crush situation near the turnstyles outside and a decision to open an exit gate, creating the situation inside.
-Preventing the vast majority of ambulences from reaching the pitch.
And then decades of ass covering and blame shifting.
|4 days 11 hours ago||I think there's already a||
I think there's already a Jamie Vardy biopic in some level of development.
|4 days 21 hours ago||I don't think this quite gets||
I don't think this quite gets Leicester's strategy. They rarely put 10/11 behind the ball. They've been leaving Vardy and Mahrez or Okazaki up the field to drive the counter when they turn the ball over in the midfield. And they play high press too, their first goal against Swansea came when Mahrez forced a dumb pass that he intercepted (with his elbow, shhh) and slotted home.
They don't want to possess the ball, like, at all. I think they're last in the league in possession stats. But they're thrilling on the counter. When they turn teams over, they spring into attack, with Vardy using his speed in the channels and Mahrez playing up the flank.
I do think that Tottenham is more interesting, in they've got more varied players, but Leicester is terrifically efficient in their ability to spring out of defense into attack and to finish.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I imagine the Olympic model||
I imagine the Olympic model would essentially mean allowing student-athletes to control the marketing of their own likenesses, and therefore wouldn't involve Title IX at all, because the benefits would not be provided by an entity receiving federal educational funds but from a private business.
It might, however, mean that ads with student-athletes couldn't feature the block M or the logos associated with other universities. How such marketing would interact with, say, university appearal contracts is another matter.
At the least, it would elminate conflicts like those that occurred with Jeremy Bloom, where a football player who was also a world class freestyle skier couldn't accept the sponsorships vital to being a pro skier, or when Darnell Autrey of Northwestern in the 1990s wanted to appear in a movie as he pursued an acting career.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||And it really depends where||
And it really depends where you are in the country. If you're in Phoenix, which relies on old dirty coal plants located up on the Navajo Reservation for a lot of electrical generation, then an electric car is going to be less green. If you're in the Pacific Northwest, which relies on hydro, it's going to be greener. Michigan's largely a mix of coal, nuke and natural gas, but has seen a boom in wind over the past 6-7 years.
Here's Michigan's energy map and profile
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Gained tremendous new respect||
Gained tremendous new respect for Wright for crediting Archidiacano for the last play, essentially saying, "we put it into his hands and trusted him to make the right decision" rather than pointing to the play design (which was also terrific, it was the baseline in bounder who hit the shot).
Love it when coaches trust their players to play rather than playing into the "genius coach" thing that's rampant in college basketball.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agree on the general point||
Agree on the general point about reviews and that the reffing at the tournament was, as usual, below the level of the play itself, but the refs were checking to see if there was any time left on the clock, not whether he got it off. Similar to Chatman's 3 against Indiana.
|4 weeks 47 min ago||Ah yes, the pick and roll. A||
Ah yes, the pick and roll. A gimmick for 70 years
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Ferns||
Out of all the (thankfully minimal) departures, Michael Ferns is the biggest mystery. As an early commit, he was one of the main recruiters for his class. Just looking at the roster, he had to expect that he'd have a very good shot at starting in 2016, and yet he transferred one year into the program. Granted, that was one of the most painful years in program history, but his departure has never really made sense to me. Maybe plain unhappiness at being far from home is the best explanation.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Let's never, ever allow Irvin||
Let's never, ever allow Irvin to shoot from the right side of the floor next year.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Pitt's on a whole different||
Pitt's on a whole different level for them, because PSU killed the rivalry game with Pitt, with Paterno essentially claiming that PSU was to good to schedule a regular game on any basis other than 2 home games for every away game.
Losing to Temple was embarassing, losing to Pitt would be a whole different level, particularly given their deeply stupid "unrivaled" slogan.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
Yep, and it's their second game of the season, on the road, breaking in a new QB, a new offensive system, and three new Dline starters.
I want Franklin to stay but I so want them to lose that game just to watch the reaction. How about they lose to Pitt but beat OSU and MSU to save his job....
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Franklin||
Looking at their schedule this year, I'd think he'd be in pretty hot water if they lost to Pitt away and failed to beat UM, MSU, or OSU (the latter two are at home).
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Martin-type figures are at||
Martin-type figures are at the center of a lot of AAU ball and Michigan, because of the precedent of the Martin scandal and because of Belein's professional ethics, won't go near them. The root of Belein's recruiting difficulties are his refusal (with the support of university administrators) to engage with the corrupt world of AAU "grassroots basketball."
For example, the main AAU guy in DC (the "GM" of DC Assault) was sentenced to 100 months in prison a couple years ago for cocaine and heroin distribution. Here's a snippet of si's story on him...
Malone "controlled so much talent that coaches recruited his players, hired his coaches and overlooked his past indiscretions. Three of 10 recruited scholarship players on the Duke roster in 2010–11 were from D.C. Assault. “I think everyone was shocked,” says Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski of Malone’s drug-dealing career. “How would you know that? I feel bad for the family. He’s been a great father to Nolan.”
But some weren’t shocked. When he was coach at Maryland, Gary Williams refused to deal with Malone, telling his assistants that he wasn’t going to deal with a drug dealer. “I know what he is,” Williams, who declined to comment for this story, told The Washington Post in 2009.
To get access to Malone’s players, a college would often have to hire Assault coaches, and this just extended Malone’s power and reach. Nearly a dozen Assault coaches have joined college staffs in the last decade. Mark Turgeon, who replaced Williams with the Terps in 2011, immediately hired Hill from Kansas State. Turgeon declined to comment to SI, but this gave Maryland, Under Armour’s flagship Division I basketball program, access to Under Armour’s top AAU program."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I just don't know if you can||
I just don't think you can take the eras as occuring on equal footing though, though, given both how Michigan's administrators reacted to the Martin scandal and how recruiting's changed.
The cloud that surrounded Michigan basketball, and that led to the Ellerbe and Amaker eras, has colored the choices that Michigan's administration has made toward basketball recruiting, particularly with an emphasis on utter cleanliness on the recruiting trail. And this occured during an era of dramatic change in recruiting, with connections to shady AAU brokers and the rise of the one and done era.
I think Belein's carrying out the wishes of Michigan's administrators, who are clearly not willing to do what even a school like Duke is willing to do in terms of subsidizing AAU coaches in various ways. And those decisions cut out a good number of the truly elite recruits.
Belein has clearly missed out on the limited number of elite prospects he's had a chance to recruit recently (Jaylen Brown, the kid who decommitted for Syracuse) but he's also competing with significant restrictions that are both of his own ethical determination and that meet the demands of folks in the administration who felt very burned.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||His cap hit would be 2.5||
His cap hit would be 2.5 million if OKC picks up his 4th year. Given that they'll be trying to resign both Durant (if he reups on a 1-year as most people expect) and Westbrook, that might be significant (though with the exploding cap number in the next two years, it won't be nearly as much as it once was).
Regardless, he needs to get out of there because he's unlikely to see a meaningful increase in playing time unless there's an injury to one of the guys in front of him.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Bad fit||
It really sucks that McGary went to the Thunder. I have no idea why they have held onto him.
It's hard to tell if he hasn't developed at all or if he's just stuck behind Adams and Kantor (on a team that's going to play Ibaka at the 5 and Durant at the 4 in crunchtime, anyway).
But he's not playing at all and it's hard to imagine OKC picking up the option on his contract after next year. His agent should really be pushing for any kind of trade they can get.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Given he's got a job waiting||
Given he's got a job waiting at his dad's slumlord business, doubt he's got anything to worry about. This seems like a clear case of apple ... tree.
|5 weeks 10 hours ago||I had a friend who was an||
I had a friend who was an assistant prof on the ND faculty when the previous expansion was being discussed, and he described a fairly even split among faculty about joining the Big 10 that broke along the lines you describe.
Faculty who saw the institution primarily as a liberal arts school, particularly people who were both faculty and clergy, saw it endangering ND's mission. Others saw it as a tremendous opportunity to mesh the liberal arts and research, with increased funding and cooperation providing new scholarly opportunities for faculty and students. My friend thought it was a lost opportunity created by ND's overly insular nature and self-regard. (He's since left for another position, largely because South Bend is a tough place to be young junior faculty).
|5 weeks 10 hours ago||For what it's worth, Notre||
For what it's worth, Notre Dame is not an AAU member, and they just joined for hockey. They're the first institution to become part of the Big Ten in any capacity that's not in the AAU.
IIRC, the earlier invitation for ND to join in all sports (in the early 2000s) would have required them to beef up graduate programs and apply for AAU membership. I'm guessing the current hockey only arrangement doesn't have this requirement.
I wouldn't be surprised that, if there is further expansion, the Big Ten and the CIC (the academic component) are formally separated so that institutions could join the athletic conference without being incorporated into the academic consortium.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||"they were like 100 to 200||
"they were like 100 to 200 years away"
Those are some very, very custom guns.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||That hardly describes how||
That hardly describes how Iowa plays. Sure, they have Woodbury, but they're primarily an up tempo team that relies on a lot of drive and kick, with their wing guys alternately slashing and shooting 3s.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Can't play Donnal and Wagner||
Can't play Donnal and Wagner together in Belein's offense. The spacing doesn't work
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This is right on about the||
This is right on about the changing place of the 4 in modern basketball.
We're not seen the advantages because of Irvin's struggles after back surgery and also because our ball movement/offensive flow hasn't been great. One of the things you see in the NBA, even with the shorter shot clock, is bigger 4s being run through 3 and 4 pick and rolls a possession. Combined with ball movement that switches the point of attack quickly around the court, big 4s struggle to hedge and recover and can get caught in bad switches.
Too often, we only run 1 or 2 pick and rolls a possession, which doesn't stress the defense much, and stay on one side of the floor (Dakich is really good at pointing this out) which limits the amount of space defenders have to cover. We also lack players other than MAAR and Walton that can take advantage of bad switches by beating guys off the dribble. (This is where losing Caris really hurts). We've also got a bunch of subpar defenders, which limits the ability of such a lineup to extend pressure up the floor.
In short, the philosophy behind the system is sound, but it's not being run to its optimal ability and it's being run by players with limited skill sets. That's in part due to injury, in part to recruiting, in part to coaching.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Sure, but that weakens their||
Sure, but that weakens their argument about why they won't hold the game on a day other than NYD.
Essentially, the Rose Bowl's instransigence is the major problem keeping the semi-finals off New Year's Day, and they're only able to be intransigent because the Big 10 and Pac 12 back them up.