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|1 week 5 days ago||Let's hope we can||
find out who is right in the great "Would Jaylen Brown Start?" debate.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You know nothing,||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Spot on, String||
I often long for the days when you had to pick up the Detroit News on the day after national signing day to find out who was coming to UM, and for many of the names on the list, it was the first you'd ever heard of them.
Now's it F5, F5, F5 ... dammit where is my good news!? F5, F5, F5 ...
These kids and their coaches have relationships with other schools and coaching staffs that go back years. Our current staff has primarily been doing other things than recruiting and building relationships with HS coaches the last several years, namely coaching professional players.
Good players will come. Coaches will develop them and get them prepared. Toughness and confidence will become part of of the culture again. Wins will ensure. It's probably just not going to happen nearly as fast as people want it to. I'll take it, though. For the first time in years--probably since Bo--I feel like we have someone genuinely better than anyone else at the helm, with the exceptions of a few like Saban or Meyer, and even then, I think JH will fair comparably.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Diamond Stone just||
committed to Maryland, I saw, and many people think it was the connection to UA and their sponsorship of his AAU team, though he's saying that's not so, apparently. Heard on the radio in Indy the other day that Tom Crean was told by someone in Caleb Swanigan's camp to not even bother recruiting Swanigan (Ft. Wayne) because he wasn't going to an Addidas school period. Probably not a 100% trustworthy source of information, given the report was third hand, but it was the show's host who has some good connections at IU, not a caller. Now Brown saying only Addidas school.
I don't konw ... college football seems to get more press about the seedy underbelly of recruiting (or maybe it's just that I follow CFB a little more closely) but man AAU ball, at least with these high level teams and coaches connected to major shoe companies, seems to have some real gray areas.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Who is not||
just a shooter, they say.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Mosquera-Perea||
and Troy Williams both taller than 6'6", but yeah they dont' throw a lot of trees on the court.
My wife and her family are all IU grads. None of them like Crean much, but will reluctantly admit he's done a pretty good job this year getting this group in the 20 win range. They're all pining for Stevens, though.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||On the Lott trophy, is there a full||
or only partial pinkie digit?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||True I could do||
this but not without cost. When it comes to promotions, salary bumps, bonus time, and the like, it's pretty clear what's valued (at least in my group). And when the CEO of the company or group President says "we need XYZ by tomorrow, make it happen," the choice to turn the phone off isn't that simple, at least not in my particular case. That said, exit strategy is engaged.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||My whole company is weird,||
if that's Baumgardner's definition. In an age of mobile devices, laptops, desktop sharing, video conferencing, and the like, "sick days" is are pretty much a thing of the past in my day to day. Vacations, sadly, are largely an illusion as well. If I'm in cell tower range, I'm dead in the water. "Out of Office" reply doesn't keep my boss from calling me (or his boss from calling him). Doesn't keep my clients from calling or emailing. "Oh, are you on vacation? I'm sorry, but could you ...?"
And I get the same tales from my colleagues at other companies, so I sense I'm not alone in feeling this incursion.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know how many||
of these kids the new staff will flip, if any. But it's fun to imagine other schools and fan bases fretting about it. "Ah balls! Harbaugh is trying to poach ____."
|15 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes to my mind, about||
the only thing that may be postive out of a mostly crap situation. It was going to be a slog even with Caris, but surely they're going to take their lumps now. Can they learn and grow from them in order to position themselves for next year? Let's hope. Pressures and expectations for balance of this year will be low, so maybe that will help them play freely.
|15 weeks 14 hours ago||Fletch: I don't have any ...||
Doc Jellyfinger: "Children?"
Fletch: "No, elephant books."
The snark was strong with Fletch.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I'd strike the qualifier||
"pretty" ... IMO, it was plain ol' good.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Looks like Herb||
could sell recruits insurance all day long. "Son, I've got a term policy that at your age and health you'd be crazy not to jump on" ...
Boom Ned Ryerson'd
Hand had this back-and-forth with a fan. He's no Wheat, but seems like a good dude.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I thought Bears||
only hired Never-Before-Been-an-NFL-Head-Coach coaches.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Walton in the photo background ...||
just coming down from his jump pass? Or has he already bounced back up knowing Doyle's dunking it home? Either way, cool shot looking over Mathieu's head.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Yes he avoids||
This distinction. Seems to complain about prose style of front page posts from the staff and at the same time bitch about this particular reader post as if it comes from same staff. Whatever. Congrats for calling it but the retrospective I told you so is weak sauce.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||How long is your||
list? Does it go on ad naseum?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||I suspect he knows||
he'll put up fairly good numbers straight line.
If he is running 4.7 plus, he's getting some bad advice or isn't paying attention. Last year, 41 guys at the combine at WR position clocked in sub 4.7s, 33 of those were sub 4.6, and 20 were 4.5 or below.
He's a long strider, so I don't think he appears fast. I suspect where he won't fair so well is in some of the quickness drills.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||He's been||
a vagabond to date. 3 years in ATL. 2 in Seattle. Would leave UCLA pretty quickly if he left for UM at this point. Not crazy about his "Washington is my dream job" fiasco either. Good coach. Just don't think a long term solution.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Oops||
|21 weeks 17 hours ago||Surprised it to||
so many replies before "collusion" appeared. Thank you.
|21 weeks 17 hours ago||Man I hope not. Seems like||
he's a hot enough commodity that he's got leverage everywhere and stringing Michigan along would only help him marginally, if at all. However, I don't know enough about his Niners contract, so maybe the "back to college" option is more valuable a card than I understand.
|21 weeks 17 hours ago||Bingo. Frustrating that||
he hasn't said it, if indeed he has no interest. So I'm left to believe that while it's unlikely he comes, the job appeals to him. It just may not be as appealing as other opportunities. "Not interested" just seems absurd.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. I don't||
think I watched the same game BiSB did. Defensive breakdowns and poor communication all game long, it seemed to me. Late in the game, Bardo was saying "D" wasn't bad, the offense was just better. It was both -- D was not good on most 2nd half possessions and NJIT's O was good / shooting was lights out.
We made very few possessions difficult for them -- beat down the floor several times with long passes, bad close outs, poor help rotations -- and even when we did make them work for a bucket, they often managed hit a shot or get to the line.
Offense was not much better. If not for for Caris going ham, we'd have lost by double digits.
Very strange John Belein game.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||They hit shots indeed||
and some were difficult contested shots. Problem was far too many were wide open looks from deep or enourmous lanes opening up that allowed them to get to the basket for easy duece or foul. I stopped counting how many times we were getting beat down the floor. This was a lot about effort and intensity, it seemed to me.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah this was my take.||
Too many easy looks possession after possession, combined with NJIT hitting some tough shots down the stretch and being clutch at the line. Factor in some wide open looks that Irvin usually knocks down and what seemed a general lack of intensity and urgency for much of the game = recipe for loss.
My 11 year old son lost it at the final horn. Totally on the floor with tears in his eyes, saying "they don't deserve to lose to that crappy team." I felt for him but had to say, "Well we kind of did deserve to lose that one. Cheer up though, because they're young and there are plenty more games to play, and we have a great coach and leader who I trust will use this to make these guys a lot better in the long run."
The 11-year rolled his eyes at me. Hopefully sometime in February and March, I can say, "Hey remember when we lost to NJIT? Yeah that didn't matter very much, did it."
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I think he's speaking||
in the generic sense when he says "we support the new coach," meaning that it doesn't matter who it is, they're going to get behind him unconditionally.
I would be shocked if a bunch of ex-players knew who the next coach was. 1) Hackett doesn't seem to be operating that way 2) If a large group of people know that kind of secret, it's virtually impossible for word not to leak out. No knock on former players. That's just human nature.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||No issues with this.||
Don't see much downside. It's not like he's airing dirty laundry that's not already known. Like the transparency, if indeed he's speaking for a large number of former players.
I don't necessarily think he's taking a shot at fans or ex-players or other camps, but I suppose it could be interpreted that way. To me it was more about "everyone wants the same thing" ... for the team to be successful on the field, off the field, in the classroom, in the community.
Seems to be saying that that goal is tough to pull off if people are pulling in different directions, and that the "noise" around the program influences young kids, both positively or negativelly depending on what the noise is. If he's trying to lead a group of ex-players to committ to build positive energy around the next hire, then all the power to him. It couldn't hurt and it very wall may help. I think we've seen what the other approach can produce.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||He was the original||
"Fire Borges" ...