The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
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|4 years 7 weeks ago||Nah, was a biomedical||
Nah, was a biomedical engineer but now I teach math.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||You also have to look at the||
You also have to look at the in-state / out-of-state breakdown. Some schools preferentially admit in state students. I went to William and Mary, where it is substantially more difficult to be admitted from out of state (they are required to admit 80% instate students and only 20% out of state, IIRC). Your chances of getting in as a state resident could be substantially better than as an out of state student. Also, FWIW William and Mary admits about 32% of applicants - pretty close to UM.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I must be out of touch with||
I must be out of touch with pop culture, because the title of this thread made me think "Why is the guy who writes Smartfootball the counsel for MSU? Don't they have their own lawyers?"
|4 years 22 weeks ago||FWIW, that statement applies||
FWIW, that statement applies to any college fanbase in the country. Daywalkers are the worst of the worst, always. Just ask the entire state of Alabama.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Out of curiousity, what kind||
Out of curiousity, what kind of work do you do? The purpose for the question is obvious.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||It's not a hard test. Like||
It's not a hard test. Like the GRE, it's no harder than the kind of questions you can answer with a reasonable high school education. Then again, having tutored college athletes before, it's not the least bit surprisng that people bomb it. America is, by and large, a pretty stupid country.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Turning around by 2pi is||
Turning around by 2pi is still turning around, MIRITE?
|4 years 30 weeks ago||A liberal application of||
A liberal application of snake oil often does the trick.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||I'm more impressed that this||
I'm more impressed that this hypothetical miracle team held OSU under 10 points twice. Michigan has held OSU under 20 only twice in the past decade, and lost both times. Michigan might beat OSU this year, maybe twice, but I think someone has spiked the Kool-Aid WRT the defensive performance.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||RR wasn't exactly||
RR wasn't exactly barnstorming the midwest. I mean, under his watch OSU, MSU, ND and Wisconsin all recruited exceptionally well in IL, IN, OH, MI, and PA.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Texas got screwed. Frank the||
Texas got screwed. Frank the Tank estimates that each school in the Big Ten makes twice that, on top of having an equity position in the network (meaning that number isn't fixed and will climb with inflation, value growth, etc).
In short, let me express disingenuous, facetious surprise that Texas did something shortsighted and illogical with their athletic department. That's never happened before.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 32 weeks ago||JMHO, Denard's passing||
JMHO, Denard's passing ability is entirely predicated on the run (right now). After watching him play this season, it became pretty obvious that having him drop back and try to read coverages was (more often than not) unsuccessful. He was most successful off the PA - in particular, off of the PA QB Sweep (when the safety came down into the box, the slot ran a post behind him for an easy TD - see the ND game).
Whatever offense you run needs to have an element of the QB PA. Until Denard shows the ability read and beat coverages, this is strictly necessary for success.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Next year will be||
Next year will be interesting. Both Hawk and Barnett are true Mikes - neither of them effectively plays the strong side ILB in the 3-4 (too much pass coverage requirement). Hawk has shown that he's every bit as good as Barnett at Mike...so who plays? No point in putting one or the other at SILB if that's not their true position, especially with Bishop and Chillar playing so well there.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure that he's an||
I'm pretty sure that he's an ND lean, but I really don't have a good idea.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||If he's a spread-only kind of||
If he's a spread-only kind of guy, it makes one wonder why he's (reportedly) committed to Alabama.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||And yet, when they needed 2||
And yet, when they needed 2 yards, they didn't run. It's almost as if I were specifically referring to a time like this. Nah, probably not.
Beside that obvious facet, can you find anybody who thinks that Wisconsin needed to run less?
|4 years 35 weeks ago||TCU proved that if you can||
TCU proved that if you can convince Brett Bielema not to run the ball when his running backs are averaging 6.9 and 6.0 YPC (as Clay and Ball were), you can win. Bielema is also susceptible to ruses involving magic beans.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||OMG. This just came in over||
OMG. This just came in over the wire: JAPS BOMB PEARL HARBOR. Sneaky devils!
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Hell, at this point a loss||
Hell, at this point a loss wouldn't be the end of the world. A little variety spices things up from time to time.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I also heard that 5 Buckeyes||
I also heard that 5 Buckeyes are suspended to start next year. Has anybody else heard this?
Curse your speedy edit.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Tell me about it.||
|4 years 35 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I see your point of view, and||
I see your point of view, and I think I understand where you're coming from. This is my point of view:
Jim Tressel has one of two options: he can play the guys or he can sit them. Now, if he decides to sit the guys then, in effect, they are serving a one game suspension because most of them will just go pro, completely circumventing the NCAA's ruling. There are obviously pros and cons to this; as you say, it shows the players that the coach will take steps to punish players. However, it also shows that the NCAA has, esentially, no power to punish players who break the rules. Now, there is also the matter of whose rules were broken here. Certainly any NCAA rule should be considered a team rule - that essentially goes without saying. On the other hand, it's a steep argument to make that the players did something that hurt themselves or the team or...well, anybody. Personally, I'm don't think that the players should be allowed to play in the bowl game, but it's my opinion that the NCAA should suspend them for the game - not the team. Why? Well, because they haven't done anything to hurt the team. They broke an NCAA rule. The NCAA should have the spine to enforce their own rules. It's not Jim Tressel's responsibility to enforce the NCAA's rules in lieu of the NCAA doing their job.
That's why I think that this is the best compromise that he can make. Assuming that the players keep their promise (big assumption, of course) then he's doing a couple of things. He's telling the players that they have to pay the price for breaking the rules (by forcing them to take their NCAA medicine) and he's not usurping (or supplanting, whichever you prefer) the NCAA's authority to enforce their own rules. Now, I totally understand that some people would see this as a circuitous, self serving route to getting the guys to play in the game. I would, however, point of that I'm actually in favor of the NCAA suspending the guys. I do not, however, think that the team has any duty to do what the NCAA refuses to do - especially when this rule is arguably unethical and illogical (although that's another discussion). So I think that Tressel is making a reasonable compromise (again, assuming the guys actually honor their promise).
So I'm not going to argue that you're wrong or anything. Opinions are inherently subjective. I do, however, think that there are good arguments to be made on both sides.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||So, if I understand you||
So, if I understand you correctly, you are not actually responding to my question about why asking the guys to return and, you know, actually serve the suspension reflects poorly on Jim Tressel. You're just reiterating the talking point that you've been trying to bait me with for the past week. Well, I guess everybody needs a hobby.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||CURSE YOU EMBEDDED VIDEO||
5th game was for waiting so long to tell anyone, not for lying. Maybe you can spin this into a lie of omission, if that makes you feel better.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Oh, I misinterpreted what you||
Oh, I misinterpreted what you said. I thought you meant that OSU had known about the sale for over a year (and that doesn't appear to be the case). The players knew about the violation - and that was already out there in the public domain. I mean, that's the reason why they got a 5 game rather than just a 4 game suspension. Maybe Mark May reported that wrong, I dunno. It wouldn't surprise me, since he's basically a worthless asshole.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Just out of curiousity, if he||
Just out of curiousity, if he had sat the guys for the bowl would you say anything different? Bear in mind that I already know the answer to this question.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Well, but isn't that the||
Well, but isn't that the point? Teams don't "reload" for long periods of time. It's just too damn hard. Sooner or later it's going to stop (and it will stop at OSU sooner or later - this is essentially the golden age here). That's all I was saying: very, very few teams do it and to claim that Michigan just needs to get back to prior form is a bit misleading. Also, the bowl argument is a little spurious, considering that OSU has only lost to top 5 teams in major bowls (and still has a winning record in bowls over that span, anyway).
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I'm actually curious. I||
I'm actually curious. I totally understand if you just want to go with blind derision of a rival - that's cool. But don't pretend that you have an argument and try to skirt explaining it if you don't.