that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|2 days 6 hours ago||Out of state as well: the 1986 Marion Giants||
That team featured Jay Edwards and Lyndon Jones, co-Mr. Basketballs who went on to play together at Indiana. They won three straight titles - the only other school to do that was Franklin in the early 1920's. Even Oscar Robertson and his great Crispus Attucks teams couldn't manage that feat. 7 other guys on the team played college ball. Great coach, too.
My HS beat them during the regular season in 1986 - probably the biggest win at North Central in the single-class era.
The author's original post mentioned Plano West. Plano East features in the best HS sports video I have seen. Check this out; well worth 5 minutes of your time:
|1 week 5 days ago||That's Norfleet "defending" the pass?||
The scene reminds me of this old recruiting photo:
One of these linemen is Ben Braden. Another just earned his accounting associates from community college.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The last super positive vibe I recall from a spring game||
was in 2009. A freshman trotted onto the field and largely picked the defensive secondary apart. He was to be the next Michigan legend. His name: Tate Forcier.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This is a truly enjoyable series||
The B1G is "down" this year, and every team has serious flaws, aside from Wisconsin (but then, their defense is not exactly top-drawer). This list (parts 1 and 2) includes plenty of flawed gems, and a couple of pretty flawless ones as well; all are great reasons to watch conference games. While this B1G season is not as great as 2013's, I've really enjoyed the ride. Thanks for clarifying some of the reasons why.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks Alex, I'm looking forward to it.||
I also appreciate you're not trying for a "best of" list here - as a result it is a lot more interesting.
Troy is a very intriguing player, but, like many individuals and teams across the conference, is at once exciting, talented, young, and flawed. Yogi makes Troy a lot better by getting him the ball in the perfect position.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I'm an IU fan and therefore biased, but||
the most entertaining player in the B1G this season is Yogi Farrell. His offensive game is extraordinary: his ballhandling, passing vision, and ability to create his own shot inside and out make him nearly a complete offensive player. I was trying to think of a better offensive point guard for the Hoosiers, and had to go back to Isiah Thomas.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||It's worth looking at WHY college is so expensive||
as this is unfortunately a huge part of the OP's issue. The fact is that a good college education is expensive, and it has to paid for somehow. Has the growth in administration salaries been problematic? Absolutely. Are professors not teaching enough? Possibly (disclosure: I am a professor), and even probably if your primary concern about universities is their ability to teach young people.
But ultimately, this problem boils down to a shift away from public (e.g. state government) financial support of higher education. The following graph shows this shift at the University of Michigan over the past half-century:
Arguably, Michigan is barely a public university at this point. Revenue from indirect (the fees universities charge funding agencies) are increasing, as is the pressure on faculty to pursue research dollars. If I bring in 100k from the National Science foundation, my university gets an additional 54k. But the major revenue is from tuition and fees. I don't have Michigan data at my fingertips, but at MSU, current in-state tuition is $440 per credit hour. In 1986, my freshman year at Indiana University, MSU charged $45 per credit hour. I am sure the changes in numbers are similar at every public university.
In short, from the time of public university expansion post WW2 until the 1990's, higher ed was readily affordable for most Americans. Indeed, like many of my peers I earned enough to pay for my tuition at IU by working over the summer. That is a laughable idea today.
So, what's the future? Let's consider a "business as usual" strategy: states continue to disinvest in higher ed, and students will bear the brunt of the cost transfer. Schools with smaller endowments and less research dollar opportunities will suffer, raising tuition above levels that can be borne by their middle class students/families. Those schools will either close or shrink drastically. Schools like the U of Michigan will strongly consider privatizing as the annoyance of being beholden to the State outweigh the very small financial benefits. The U of Oregon threatened to do this about 5 years ago! The very rich will continue to attend these schools, and some form of financial support -based on endowment or Federal dollars - will maintain a degree of diversity. Perhaps community colleges will partly fill that gap for the poor and middle classes.
Or... something else has to happen. I hope it does, as my vision above paints a bleak future for American higher ed.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Williams can't really shoot from distance||
but he has the rest of the offensive package. He was a step quicker and a foot higher than anyone else today on the court. When IU is clicking, there are 3 or 4 guys who can nail the three and Troy Williams lurking inside waiting for a feed. It's a very dangerous offense.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||IU's post defense is awful||
This was the first game back for Hanner Perea, the only center-like object on IU's team. He's been out a month with a knee injury. He was rusty and didn't play much. Consequently Doyle was the biggest and tallest guy on the court. IU also switched on high screens, leading to people like Yogi Ferrell trying to guard Doyle in the post.
So, I'd say Beilein intended to make interior offense a priority in this game do to the mismatches evident there, and it worked. It'll be interesting to see if Michigan continues to work on that in future games.
As an IU fan, I found it pretty painful to see the Wolverines score as effectively as they did on the inside. This Hoosiers defense needs a lot of work before Purdue and Iowa come to town.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Bob Knight ranted about this 25 years ago||
Late weeknight televised games are a violation of whatever remains of the battered 'student-athlete' concept the NCAA likes to promote.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I, er, heard good things about wizywig||
and was sad when they disappeared. Many of those streaming sites - I've heard - are just a mess of popups and gross ads. Frontrow is awful.
That said, I've, uh, heard good things about stream2watch.me
Like OccaM suggests above, get popupblocker and you are all set.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Teach them to make breakfast as early as possible||
Shoot, they might make YOU breakfast if you are clever enough. It worked for me!
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Fred Jackson will be coaching somewhere like Michigan...||
|18 weeks 1 day ago||A note on OR% and DR%||
If there's a big difference between a teams offensive and defensive rebounding numbers, it is often due to strategy rather than weakness. Crashing the offensive boards hard can mean giving up transition baskets. Arizona may be choosing to get back defensively at the cost of some second chances on offense. Bo Ryan's Badger teams are very typical: they famously don't allow the other team to get offensive boards, and they rarely collect any themselves.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||John L. just threw his hat into the ring.||
Then he tripped on his boa trying to leap in after it. Keep your piss warm, JL!
|18 weeks 3 days ago||LES MILES DOESN'T DEVELOP KICKERS AND LONG SNAPPERS!||
It's amazing how people can justify their positions without recourse to reality. The data are pretty clear.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||As an IU alum and fan||
I appreciate Michigan's efforts to make me feel better about the Hoosier's loss to Eastern Washington last week. It worked. Now if Eastern Kentucky can just knock off Calipari's Wildcats, my hoops weekend will be complete.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||The backup for IU QB Sudfield||
ALSO had a season-ending injury, ALSO against Iowa. Indiana had three B10-caliber QBs on the roster last January (all three started multiple games for IU over the past two years), and two of them transferred. Counting those guys, IU's current QB would be 5th on the depth chart.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Shoot, and I thought Depression was...||
... the Michigan Difference.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I'll be in my bunk||
First he teases with that little short out action, than he goes soooo deep.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I don't agree with your main point, but upvoted you anyway||
This is a thoughtful, well-written post and I appreciated the perspective. I suspect Michigan has a student code of conduct which would preclude Frank from returning to take classes, live on campus, etc. At the same time I hope Hoke does reach out to help in whatever way he finds appropriate. That might fit the spirit of your position.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||The point may be,||
that we have a passionate but seemingly non-dangerous blogger who thoughtlessly committed an act of violence. That's the equivalence. Not that the type or target of violence was equivalent, but that the thoughtless, stupid reptile-brain decision to lash out was an experience he did have in common with Frank Clark.
That's my interpretation obviously. I too have purposefully hurt people for no good reason. Just being wild, just being irritated playing basketball. Thankfully I didn't do worse than tweak a guy's ankle, but hell, I meant to hurt him. Felt awful immediately afterwards, and apologized - the guy never knew I meant to come down hard on him, but what I did has bothered me occasionally late at night for 20 years.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I'm enjoying a Shorts Autumn Ale right now||
tasty, easy to drink, a surprising finish. What's not to like?
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, Wayne State, MSU, and Michigan||
all have statewide votes for 'Governors', 'Trustees', and 'Regents'. Everyone can vote, whether they attended the school or not, or whether they loathe one or more schools.
It's a hell of a way to determine the executive council for a university.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Domers?||
Pretty sure the Fighting Irish aren't paying squat for Michigan scholarships.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Trust me - you don't want to wear that.||
The smell alone will really bother most people, let aloe the sight of it....
|24 weeks 2 days ago||170 might be generous||
He's a pretty small guy. Very, er, striking, but not exactly your standard-sized QB.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Hell, I think he lost the stake, too.||
Now the darn tent just keeps falling over.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||That was in 2005 under JL Smith||
and it was a dick thing to do, but they did it after winning the game. As opposed to before a contest in which they were a big underdog... and proceeded to lose by more than the spread.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I suspect Dantonio is thinking of the GoBlue skywriting||
which is pretty clearly on the AD. Yes, even Mark Dantonio wants Dave Brandon gone.