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- Harbaugh/UM can't comment publicly
- Although Harbaugh can't comment publicly his tweet was pretty clearly a shot at people reporting one side of the story (Rolling Stone can vouch for this practice)
- This is a common practice elsewhere too, but Harbaugh has gotten attention on it
- It's unclear what actually happened and its tough to make a definitive statement
- In any event it will be used against UM until they can dispell the perception.
|3 hours 38 min ago||Since I'm an etymology geek||
Since I'm an etymology geek -
Scat is an 1830's interjection or verb meaning to move in a hurry - prior to the more modern reference to feces.
|8 hours 4 min ago||Lots of historical||
Lots of historical perspective and self reflecting going on here.
I actually feel bad for Spartan fans. They had everything going their way and it's all crashing down. They'll be fine, but they've peaked in terms of everything around them being in their favor. And the vast majority can't seem to see it or are in denial.
And it's going to be glorious to watch. But not as glorious as Michigan football.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Like buying a Scout rifle||
Like buying a Scout rifle because I know the whole team is AWPing.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Well done sir. At first I||
Well done sir. At first I thought you sat in an Office all day to Train for this, but part of me thinks you might just be a Prodigy. I have to confess, I'm a little Torn as to how you're able to pull this off.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Yeah, I just wish he'd do a||
Yeah, I just wish he'd do a better job when he choses to Cobble it together.
|4 days 14 hours ago||If Counter Strike source is||
If Counter Strike source is right he definitely left the recruiting insiders in de_dust.
|4 days 14 hours ago||I only believe it if the guy||
I only believe it if the guy was AWP quick scoping. Otherwise not credible.
|1 week 3 days ago||I think it's borderline||
I think it's borderline unethical for a jouranlist to NOT make it clear that by NCCA rule UM can't comment when writing a story on this. It might not be on par with Freep deciding not to include the phrase "countable hour" in stretchgate, but it's damn near close. It's deceptive reporting. And unfortunately I think the reason is more to do with the agenda of the reporter than laziness. You can't tell as good of a story blasting Harbaugh if it's made clear that Harbaugh by rule cannot comment.
Greenstein did not do that when he wrote his first article, and only after UM fanbase went after him and Spath pointed it out did he attempt to paper over that. The first piece came out Thursday and it didn't include any statement on the fact that UM by rule can't comment (nor did it mention if Greenstein even attempted to contact UM). But it's not until Friday (after receiving pot shots all day from people who probably follow this a lot closer than he does) that he received a comment from UM. And there's not even an extrapolation on the fact that UM can't comment it's just left there.
The fact that Greenstein took the Harabugh tweet right after his article and essentially through his hands up saying "whatever that means" is sloppy. Taken everything above it should be a moment to reflect on the fact of what you've just done. Steve Coll's post-mortem on the Rolling Stone rape allegation piece is a great read on the concept of ethical sourcing and fact checking. Certainly the impact isn't the same here, but the lessons there to bear some repeating.
Personally, I've never had a big issue with "commits" because they simply aren't binding, and schools have been treating them that way for a long time, and so have the recruits.
Greenstein is getting a ton of play on Twitter and sports radio right now. I don't know that this is was necessarily his intent, but I abhor the "I just happened to pick out this one coach, I am otherwise outraged by the entire thing!" response he gives. YOU are the journalist. YOU chose to write the article. YOU have the platform. If you really want to discuss this issue on the proper level YOU could do so. You're really telling me that if you said to your editors "hey I'm going to write a piece on the shadiness of recruiting and we'll use Harbaugh's stuff as the local tie in" they'd so NO! YOU ARE BIG TEN ONLY! GO BACK TO YOUR CAGE! No, so stop hiding behind some self-made regionalism. Besides it's a lie. Recent articles since Jan 1 by Greenstein covering college football include the following headlines:
Don't get me wrong, he's Big Ten focused. But there's clearly nothing that prevents him from exploring larger issues. Instead HE CHOSE to tell a one-sided story and (perhaps intentionally) obscure the fact that the other side cannot by NCAA rule comment.
Welcome to 21st century journalism I guess. Where it's better to form your opinion, get clicks, get in twitter wars, and get radio appearances. I've accepted what a "commitment" truly is. Has Teddy accepted what he really is?
|1 week 3 days ago||The title was not the best,||
The title was not the best, but the article itself is actually quite good. A few points that others (as esteemed as Teddy Greenstein conciously obscure until it looks unethical to do so):
The last point is what matters most to me, beause perception can cause that impact even it's completely wrong.
Reporters like Teddy Greenstein with their faux-moral outrage are part of the problem. Instead of focusing on the forest they are pointing at a particular tree and stating they don't like it. Reminds me very much of one of the best scenes in Casablanca:
Shocked, shocked to find that recruiting is going on here.
|1 week 4 days ago||I refuse to accept a civil||
I refuse to accept a civil settlement by a University in which Manning's alleged actions were 1 of 33 complaints as complete evidence of his guilt. Sorry. Maybe it happened, it sure seems like something inappropriate did, but suggesting it's not as cut and dry as it is being presented by some does not make us "athlete enabling sexual assault mob."
And the defamation charge is completely unrelated to the sexual assault charge, I hope you realize that.
|1 week 4 days ago||No, she didn't win the||
No, she didn't win the defamation suit based on the book. It was settled.
It's not hard to find the actual facts related to the legal proceedings when they were reported:
|1 week 4 days ago||Get you your facts right. No,||
Get you your facts right. No, she didn't win the case. UT settled. And she had 32 other allegations of sexual harassment she brought against people not named Peyton Manning.
I can't find the "witness who testified" either - it does t appear it went to trial so not sure how there is a witness testifying...
A report on the settlement from when it occurred:
Also, not sure how it was "swept under the rug" - Google "Peyton Manning mooning" and there's a ton of articles about it, including some from about 17 years after it happened.
I'm not going to claim to know what happened or jump to conclusions, but please if articulating facts actually have the correct information.
|1 week 4 days ago||Or a non-injured Dion Lewis?||
Or a non-injured Dion Lewis?
|1 week 4 days ago||+Von Miller||
|1 week 4 days ago||The Pats have always been||
The Pats have always been able to succeed with "lesser talent" but let's be real, they still have some really good players on their team even if they aren't at a level of Brady/Gronk (most teams don't have that many elite guys who are #1-3 at their position)
Offense add in: Edelman
Defense add in: Hightower, Sheard, Chandler Jones, Ninkovich.
Pats offense was certainly hurt when Dion Lewis went down. James White has been decent, but he's not the recieving threat that Lewis is. For years the Pats have suffered through not having a good outside WR and have done fine.
Denver played well and had a very good gameplan. Miller is also an absolute beast creating pressure.
|1 week 5 days ago||Obvious is an understatement.||
Obvious is an understatement.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Might want to get that||
Might want to get that checked out.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||In my opinion "resentment"||
In my opinion "resentment" isn't what it is - I think people criticize Carr for some of his moves/handling of issues. It's not black and white. I'm sure plenty of the people who are crticial about certain things of Carr still respect him and want to see him have success like this.
Overall, he was a good coach and a good representative of Michigan football, even if in my opinion I wanted something to happen differently at some point in time (e.g., late career recruiting).
In my own experience, the one time I met him (very short) he was very nice to me, so that's good.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You must be a blast at||
You must be a blast at parties.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||There's SO much gold in this||
There's SO much gold in this guys twitter. Half of it recently is about Michigan rather than Penn State, but here's a real gem:
And Harbaugh still throwing pajama parties w/ teenage boys. Have to seriously question the type of kid and parent that would permit that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Commitments just don't mean a||
Commitments just don't mean a ton at this point. It goes both ways. I don't have a giant issue with this because it makes things better if both sides aren't on board.
Maybe the kid saw UM bringing in extra WRs and didn't want to be a part of it, maybe coaches hinted he should look elsewhere, maybe he's having second thoughts about a new offer he didn't have before. Whatever reason it's where he's going to school for the next for years and this is what a "commit" means right now. It's not binding, which means this will occur, but also means UM can walk away when it needs to.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not Gary-related, but glad to||
Not Gary-related, but glad to hear this for Udeze. He was a good player in college and decent in his short stint in the pros, which was cut short after a diagnosis of Leukemia and some of the after-effects of chemo. Nice to see him get this type of position after he wasn't able to play.
There's your feel-good moment. Now let's go get Gary!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Brian ejected for targeting||
Brian ejected for targeting Joe Bolden.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, there's still an||
Oh, there's still an opportunity for some gold...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Ooh, I feel like I should||
Ooh, I feel like I should give this post a rave review. Ahh, maybe not.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well said. This isn't zero||
Well said. This isn't zero sum in terms of "fault".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah but how many rave||
Yeah but how many rave reviews?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So let's remedy that... Gary||
So let's remedy that...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ensuring no more Bad Gateway||
Ensuring no more Bad Gateway 503 errors FOREVA EVA.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||My joking rant aside,||
My joking rant aside, interesting - thanks for passing that along. I love little nuances like that.