|6 weeks 6 days ago||Defense||
This may have been his best defensive game. 5 steals!
|12 weeks 5 days ago||This||
Just read this one and I could not agree more.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Reffing looked ok||
The two pushes looked pretty legit on tv.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Quint is not a homer||
Q is anything but a Hopkins slappy. He has worked really hard to earn a reputation of even-handedness - go to the Hopkins board on Laxpower.com and you will see many of my fellow alums complaining about how Quint is always bashing Hopkins.
What Quint is, however, is one of the sport's biggest advocates of safety. He was calling for major penalties for head-hunting way before the NCAA added some teeth to penalties for high hits.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Replied way down||
in the thread, but: Quickness, leverage, and technique are the important characteristics. Many are compact but powerful. Think wrestling.
However, quite a few "old-school" middles are still really good at face-offs. Rangy, 6'3" guys.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
Unless the B1G adds a few more lax powers, Maryland will own the B1G in lacrosse for a while. Penn State is looking really good since Tambroni took over, and I would expect consistency there, but Maryland would be the current class of the B1G.
Hopkins to B1G is purely rumor. You'll notice that it did not even get mentioned by today's announcing crew. (I would love it!)
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Pleasantly surprised||
As a Hopkins alum I certainly was rooting for my Jays, but I was glad to see that my hometown team is looking like it has a good future. There was a lot of good to see here today on Michigan's part. They appear well-coached, and disciplined. There is certainly a long way to go, but the goaltending is really good, and there are some athletes playing midfield - there were some speedy guys out there. They are all ridiculously young, but their execution is so much better than a year ago. Offensive ball movement was good. Faceoff weakness is a killer, as is their need to slide really early on defense. So while defensive communication seems good, more athletes are needed on the defensive end to join some of the athletes getting PT on offense. (it is possible they are there, but since Defense is much harder to learn than offense, freshmen are less likely to see the field early, even if they are better athletes.)
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Face-off characteristics||
A good face off guy needs leverage, technique, and quickness. These guys are usually pretty powerful, but compact. Think wrestling.
Edit: meant to be in reply to a question way back.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Really nice work||
Terrific writeup wahoo.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Could potentially help Hopkins lax too||
Coach Petro has been talking for a number of years about recruiting nationally, and tapping the growing hotbeds in the "west." Note what is being built at Denver using non-traditional sources of talent. Hopkins has, and will always have deep roots in the three traditional hotbeds (MD, LI, CNY) but being part of the B1G would give Petro more access to these newer sources of talent.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Hopkins invented the modern research university.||
Hopkins would be huge for the CIC. While Michigan brings in over $800 million in federal research $$ yearly, Hopkins brings in double that - $1.6 billion in federal research $$. A lot of that $$ is biomed, but a ton of it is also the Applied Physics Lab (lots of DoD $$ there.) As a Hopkins alum, I would love for this to happen.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||CIC||
The CIC would make the B1G the logical fit. The question is how much of a benefit Hopkins would get from the CIC compared to the massive benefit the CIC would get from Hopkins. While M is the current giant in the CIC in terms of federal $$, Hopkins pulls in double (1.6 billion versus 800 million.) I would guess that if a place like Michigan doesn't see a research $$ downside to admitting a Nebraska, then Hopkins would stand to gain from CIC membership.
Anyone know more about the extent to which being in the CIC acts as a resource multiplier?
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I dunno..||
..was Magnus around the Hopkins campus in the mid-80s? On my visit to Hopkins during the college application process, I actually played quarters with an upperclassman named Johnny Hopkins.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Hopkins alum says wow||
I would love this move. It would guarantee me seeing my Jays here every year (although it would not surprise me if Petro kept M on the schedule permanently anyway.)
From a CIC perspective, it would be a huge coup. Hopkins is #1 nationwide for federal research $$.
I don't think JHU's traditional rivalries would be threatened. It would mean replacing a couple of the tomato cans on the JHU schedule with harder contests, but still not as brutal as the UVA-UNC-Cuse-Pton-MD guantlet that comes later in the season.
As far as conference fit goes, it would have to be either ACC or B1G, but from a research university perspective, B1G is a MUCH better fit.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Hop perspective||
As a Hopkins alum, I think that the traditional rivalries should not be that hard to maintain. Lax schedules have ballooned over the last 15 years, pushing the season earlier and earlier. Hopkins has kept their traditional rivalries (MD, UNC, UVA, Cuse, P-ton, Navy, Towson, Loyola) and had room to add a bunch of other regulars and semi-regulars - Albany, Army, Hofstra, Mt. St. Mary's, Siena, Manhattan. Some of these are tomato cans to warm up with, others were Petro scheduling against former assistants and coaches with whom he has had long relationships.
A bunch of these can go, esp. since MD would still be on the schedule. If UVA or UNC comes to the B1G, that would also work well for JHU.
Re: TV $$, Hopkins' espn deal has had a lot to do with the ABC afflilate in baltimore, which would still be happy to broadcast their games.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The talent level||
Is actually pretty amazing. It's open to kids from all Ann Arbor public high schools by audition. They started streaming it this year because they had to turn away 1000 people at the door last year.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Very deserving||
Kovacs was leader of the D, which was clearly the strength of the team this year. The defense kept M in almost every game this season!
|24 weeks 5 days ago||As long as thread is random,||
what was up with the plungers in the student section at Bradley? I hated having my 11-yr-old son ask me "dad, what's up with the plungers" and have absolutely no wisdom for him.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Lacrosse||
For those of us who follow lax, Maryland and Rutgers would bring two more D1 lax programs, and in Maryland's case, an elite one. That would make 5 B1G lax teams.
Not saying that this factoid makes it worth it, but it's something.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Left UVa - M early||
I had just moved to Ann Arbor, and we left the game early. Tremendous regret. Never again!
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Gonna be cold at Homewood Field||
I don't know what Louisville is like in February, but it is lousy in Baltimore that time of year.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Muppets?||
and since you can't have one without the other...
|41 weeks 4 days ago||A very good point. It was||
A very good point. It was widely considered that PSU quietly accepting the NCAA's sanctions was a very good damage control move. NCAA investigation means even more free discovery for the coming civil suits. Prolonging the process just fuels the fire of those who would say that the university is unable to move forward and learn from their mistakes.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Suicide.||
So if they do it to themselves is it the death penalty or suicide?
Seriously, however, given all that O'Brien has done to hold that team together, this could send players running.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Did Bill give anything away||
Did Bill give anything away on who the fourth might be? John didn't have any idea today, but we chatted about CWood.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Both John and Bill (the head||
Both John and Bill (the head tour guy) have both told me that every Friday night before a home game event staff set the lockers up with game-day uniforms, pads, shoes, and helmet. John also said that on Thursday nights, six hand-picked event staffers tend to each helmet, painting over scratches and shining each helmet.
Just passing on what I was told...
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I think that is why||
they havn't easily re-arranged after the removal of Fitz's # 28.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Good question||
When I took our group last year, they gave us the full-on tour featuring both towers, and lots of talking to the kids about Michigan history. While well-appreciated by the adults, that was totally over the heads of the kids. This year, I worked with Bill Austin to adjust our tour for our age group, and John did a nice job.
But while the kids don't know or care about the differences between the lockers, they think the locker room is really cool, and they love running down the tunnel and playing on the field.
Since the first "reading" most children do is of environmental print, the block M is a major part of any Ann Arbor child's emergent literacy experience. Also, things that are important to their parents are important to them. So going to this place where the block M is everywhere turns out to be very meaningful!
|42 weeks 2 days ago||somehow I missed that||
during the legends rollout - it was a total surprise to me when I saw it today!
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I really need the sarcasm tag||
I really need the sarcasm tag for a Fulmer Cup post? I mean, its the Fulmer Cup - ironic by nature.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I will be taking 45||
I will be taking 45 preschoolers on said tour next week! Schools and non-profits are $2/person. This will be our second year taking kids to the stadium - very memorable for all!
|43 weeks 1 day ago||This was not meant as a good||
This was not meant as a good thing at all. Not a good sign to be that high in the Fulmer Cup rankings at all.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||We have to protect our phoney||
We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Should put M in the top 10||
Of the Fulmer cup - I belive Orson has already allocated 2 pts for Fitz, and with Clark's felony charge that should be at least 2 more...taking M to 10 pts and moving up from 19th to 9th. Silver lining anyone?
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Once Duke went down...||
...we were guaranteed a champ from outside the usual suspects! Although Duke only has one championship - their win a couple of years ago broke the decades-long monopoly held by Hopkins, Cuse, UVa and Princeton. The Terps have won it all before but it has been a VERY long time. Loyola and ND have never won it, but both have come close in the last decade.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Lax recruiting||
Also see laxpower.com's recruiting threads on their forum
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Respectable loss...||
Sounds like they were at least in this one. They are gaining extremely valuable experience, and unlike a number of other teams currently at the bottom, Michigan will always have a schedule that will give them a shot to be in the conversation once they start winning games.
But as QK said in his podcast on InsideLacrosse this week, talk of the best club teams being able to compete with D1 programs was a pipe dream. Michigan's experience this year should put an end to that kind of speculation.
JP is clearly very confident in the team's abiltity to develop and sustain culture, even in the face of these losses. Not an easy task - it speaks to his ability as a coach.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Def 1 vs 2 next week||
Saw your analysis on laxpower. Of course, NCAA lax bracketology is much more of a crap shoot than hockey or bball. But I do think you are right. You guys should be favored at home, but this should be a great game. My guess is UVa plays a lot of zone against Ranagan's line, esp since we lost our zone-buster (wharton) to graduation. The matchup of the game shouldbe Durkin on Stanwick, and of course you have the Stanwick brothers storyline as well. I don't have a good read on this game.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Awesome work||
Great work Wahoo! Still havn't been able to make it to a home game - gotta take my kid to Mythbusters live tomorrow afternoon. (gotta DVR Hop-Cuse as well)
Looking forward to (hopefully) 1 vs 2 next week!.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Actually, there are two GS cookie bakeries!||
Each GS council chooses which bakery's bid to accept - the bakeries have different names for a few of the cookies, inclusing Samoas/Carmel Delites.
Yes, I am a font of Girl Scout information.(former leader when daughter was younger)
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Thanks - here's the link!|
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Video?||
Is this up anywhere?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Better school to be pre-med||
Although there are many wonderful things about having a Michigan undergrad degree, Michigan is not a great place to be a pre-med simply because there are 800 kids applying to med school from u of m every year - too many. Very hard to differentiate yourself.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Comes from a great program||
The Hill Academy has a very serious lacrosse program - kids from there are getting a hybrid of field and box skills - Brodie Merrill is a huge box and field star, one of the best long-stick middies ever (still plays at an all-world level) This kid is coming here prepared to play - great pickup.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||This||
"the linesman making the call had absolutely zero sight of the ball since the receiver's body shielded his view. When the replay official reviewed the play, he saw what was obvious,"
This is the key point, and the reason for replay - sometimes the official on the field can't see the ball and makes an inference. Had the linesman been in the corner of the end zone, I am sure the call on the field would have been incomplete. The first replay ESPN showed from the back, even in real time, clearly showed the ball moving around.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||The official was also behind Coale||
Coale's body obscured the ref from having the definitive view of the catch. He wouldn't have seen the movement given that he was coming down the line behind the play. Had the ref been watching from the back corner of the end zone, I am pretty sure it would have been ruled incomplete on the field. Watching on TV, the moment they showed the shot from the back of the end zone, it was pretty clear that it was an incomplete pass. I don't think that this was controversial at all, and it accomplished exactly what replay is there for - sometimes the ref is not in position to see the critical piece of information needed to make a call.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||A good distinction, but..||
...even in the NFL this would have been reviewed, as they are now automatically reviewing all touchdowns.
Edit - I shoud read more carefully - you already mentioned "scoring plays."
|1 year 20 weeks ago||posted from iPhone|
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Knowing...||
....makes it even more hilarious.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||This gift keeps giving||
There is no way they can say "oops" about this one the way they did "We are ND" - it is being promoted by way too many people not under ND's control...
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Somebody needs to DVR the...||
...full broadcast of this thing this afternoon. There may be much, much more TV gold here.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||They don't know....||
|1 year 22 weeks ago||This was just a preview?||
The YouTube post was just a delicious applesaucy taste of what is to come on national television later today? (we haven't even touched on the fact that this is on youtube due to the tremendous marketing power of Musselman brand spple sauce.)
|1 year 22 weeks ago||How do we get Orson||
...to post this on EDSBS? And for LSUfreek to do his magic?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Where did you find||
this tremendously embarassing piece of footage?
Great piece of schadenfruede on the youtube comment page begging for someone to "Destroy all footage of this before our football team is mocked into obscurity."
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Clicked on the sports page of aa.com, and saw...||
Which would be the away uniforms of Ohio U at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Another one from the same site..this one is better||
This one has the laudable goal of hyping the matchup:
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Michigan hype videos...||
....benefit from high levels of dilithium.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||They don't have||
A med school.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Articulation agreements||
Many of the CCs in the state have articulation agreements wth Michigan. Don't know if this is the case with GRCC, but it would not surprise me at all.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||This||
Great distinction between his statutory obligations and his implied responsibilities as the de facto moral leader of the PSU athletic dept. (As we know from 3 and out, the moral center of an athletic dept is not always its AD!)
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Love the reference...||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Pointed out LB to...||
....my 10 yr old son today, who immediately "got it."
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Last Friday's...||
....mid-day rehearsal was also at the big house and closed to the public.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Brilliant! So, with your||
So, with your final line, I guess you could go for the preschool version:
Oh listen, oh listen, oh listen, King Paterno.
Oh listen, oh listen, please let my QB's go.
They want to go away
They want to play some day
Oh Paterno, Oh Paterno,
What do You Say?
NO NO NO, I WILL NOT LET THEM GO!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||According to Bill...||
...the Big House tour guide, YES
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Even more appropriately...||
.....its the place Borders used to be when it was the one and only Borders store.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||That was the one and only||
game day locker room. The stalls are quite mimimalist. Here's a pic that shows more:
|1 year 45 weeks ago||He did!||
The bathroom has 4 urinals - 3 are regular height, the 4th is shorter. Yes, we counted - 40 kids, 4 bathroom stalls, and 4 urinals.
In all seriousness, the shorter one is probably required by ADA.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Tours||
See box on this page re: tours.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||No kids in that pic, so...||
...here ya go:
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Regarding Canada...||
...does anyone have an idea if Michigan's hockey-related name recognition in Ontario could have an effect on lax recruiting? TIm - do you know if JP has any connections with the prep schools in Ontario that play the field game and have kids interested in attending college in the US?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Fantastic post||
Keep it up!!!
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I'm not so sure...||
...that the 10-man ride is used more than a full-court press in Bball - I would say it is used less. While it was a staple of the Michigan club team, I would guess we won't be seeing much of it from M in the future. A 10-man ride is much riskier than a full-court press, since in lax it takes the goalie out of the cage. While in bball the full-court press takes you out of your settles half-court d and increases the odds of a break, the 10 man ride's risk is an uncontested goal.
In most lax games, the 10-man ride is only seen at the end of games, when the team that is down is desperate to get the ball back, and the team that is ahead has to keep the ball in the box. Yes, there are a few D1 teams that use it more regulary, but it is a rarity in this day of offset heads - it is really hard to get the ball on the ground against really good competition.
Of course, there are other kinds of rides besides the 10-man - riding really refers to simply to the process of contesting a clear.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||SSDMs...||
Short stick defensive middies are really important in the clearing game. If the opposing team has a pretty good ride going, giving the ball to a SSDM can be a safer way to clear. SSDMs are generally really fast - a necessity when they are defending without the benefit of a pole to provide reach. With the premium on speed and the ability to play team defense, these guys are not simply middies who don't shoot well - big, fast, offensive middies who really understand the game are often converted to SSDM because of how important the role is.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||However...||
....the ball can be a little harder for the goalie to follow coming out of the stick with a long pole.
Teams will also have set plays off of the faceoff that can make use of the fact that the longpole is less of a threat. Often, after a faceoff violation on the opposing team that forces their faceoff guy to exit the field, the team with the ball will leave the wing player with a pole on the field and send him to the crease. The D will generally stick the the attack players, which can leave the pole uncovered for a few second on the crease, providing an opportunity for a quick feed inside. This depends on having a pole with good hands.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||OT: Congrats Wahoo...||
...your Cavs really put it together once the distraction of the Brattons was out of the way. Color me as one very impressed Blue Jay.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||Great spot.||
The Petro-Coach T rivalry is an interesting one. This year, the teacher schooled the student, unfortunately for my Jays. I have absolutely no doubt that Denver will remain a power. Princeton was absolutely nothing before Coach T. 6 Championships later....
|1 year 52 weeks ago||Loyola had...||
....a down year this year. The ECAC always has the potential to be a two-bid league.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||I agree||
The Baltimore schools do not own the talent in the city, much to my chagrin and Wahoo's delight (exhibit 1: Steele Stanwick, who grew up equidistant between JHU and Loyola)
Baltimore talent has been looking to leave home for attractive schools for a long time, and its not just about the lax - its about a great big-time-college experience.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||I don't really know...||
....how the Canadian pipelines work. It is clearly different for kids who have significant experience playing the field game and are coming from American-style prep school programs, as opposed to dedicated box players coming from the Junior A leagues (for those new to the sport, the organizational structure of the Canadian indoor game on the youth level looks almost exactly like hockey.)
|2 years 1 day ago||Michigan is already a||
household name for your average high school student from LI and MD (how many Michigan undergrads are from those areas - huge numbers!) What will further help with the Baltimore-area players, is getting scheduled by Hopkins, and playing Loyola every year. (Loyola and Hopkins are literally a mile from one another) JP has a relationship with Coach Pietramala at Hopkins, who is interested in the growth of a healthy Michigan program.
|2 years 1 day ago||Don't forget about...||
upstate New York as a recruiting hotbed as well. This hotbed is dominated by Syracuse - it is the rare blue chipper from upstate NY who gets away from the Orange. 'Cuse was also the first major program to start recruiting Canadian box players - a couple of twins you may have heard of by the name of Gait and a brilliant attacker names Tom Marachek. Recruiting Canadians is a likely source for Michigan already - the name is obviously well-known in Ontario, and Canadians have helped bring programs like Hofstra, Albany, Stony Brook, and now Denver some seriously skilled offensive players.
|2 years 1 day ago||Grass field...||
...Michigan weather all spring...lax cleats....sounds like lots of mud for game play. I figure they have to use Oosterbaan during the first month of the season, at least - ND and 'Cuse are both playing indoors early season. Any news about whether Glick is being "hardened" for lax?
|2 years 1 day ago||Didn't realize that||
Klockner was used for soccer as well. The condition of the UNC field surprised me when watching the first round game, as the buildings at the facility look really nice. Seeing how enpty Byrd can be at Md makes me less than crazy about the idea of using the Big House much at all. Frankly, a big lax crowd is 10,000 - a drop in the bucket in Michigan Stadium.
Anyway, Hopkins gave up on grass decades ago - it was astroturf 25 years ago, now its field turf. Of course, at Hopkins it's a lacrosse field that happens to get lent out to soccer and football! Anyway, best of luck to the Cavs against an exceptionally well-coached Denver team.
|2 years 1 day ago||Absolutely right||
I couldn't believe how crappy the fields looked at UNC and Maryland after about half a season this year. Pretty much plain dirt inside the restraining lines.
|2 years 1 day ago||Congrat to JP and the whole program||
Very exciting to hear that the actual announcement is actually happening! I never had a conflict between my college sports allegiances before - like Wahoo, I now have another lax allegiance!
BTW, re: facility, I am pretty sure UNC plays on a field shared by soccer. It would make a certain amount of sense. It is certain, however, that lax will really tear up a soccer field.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Congrats to your niece...||
....unlike on the men's side, it sounds like the women's Tewie winner is still quite up in the air. No way anyone but Pannell wins it on the men's side.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Waiting for schedule...||
....on pins and needles. While there are some really good teams in the ECAC (Denver, Loyola), will they get any elite opponents in the non-conference schedule? Not that they could handle that kind of opposition yet, but it would be really good for recruiting and tradition building.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Regardless of future playing status...||
...a second DUI will almost certainly carry some real jail time. As I read Hoke's statement giving DS a window of opportunity, I believe that DS is going to have to do some serious AA-type work after he serves whatever time he'll have to serve, and really show he has the tools to stay on the wagon. Two DUIs when you have so much to lose really indicates a real drinking problem, as other posters have pointed out.
On a lighter note, here come's our first tally in this year's Fulmer Cup!
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Awesome football fan wife||
My wife is a doc at the hospital, and she emailed me earlier today with:
"Woodson is going to be in the building in about an hour – he’s visiting with kids and having families and kids come say thank you for his sponsorship of the new hospital. It’s really cool!"
EDIT: She just updated me with: "I walked by and saw him from about 30 feet away. Extremely cool!!!"
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Saw them on IL and collegelax.us as well||
I hadn't realized your lax blog was so developed until this big news hit. Nice site!
I'm interested in seeing who else who this IL story gets to speak on the record. Its pretty amazing that although the Michigan athletic dept. has been silent, all sorts of people they might be speaking with re: scheduling, conferences, etc. has been quite willing to comment openly.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Even without an official announcement...||
....IL seems to be using reactions to their story effectively to elicit further information about the future of Michigan lax.
First the quotes from OSU and PSU re: scheduling (esp. OSU as Tim related above.) Now, they have some good quotes from CoachT at Denver re: ECAC.
Seems as if they are getting some good confimation of their story, even without official word from M.
Finally, see these posts from the collegelax.us thread on the story:
The second one is JP very carefully saying nothing about the story - just addressing a question about the initiative to build a lax facility.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||The one part of his analysis||
that raises an interesting question is the BTN and its quest for programming.
Certainly, ESPN is gambling that broadcasting lax will at some point pay off, while the WWL has not made the same calculation regarding college hockey. (how much of this has to with the fact that pro hockey is much more popular than college, and the reverse is the case wth lax?) Of course, ESPN is using an already exisiting infrastructure for a good many of their broadcasts - their local Baltimore affiliate WMAR - note that ESPNU doesn't have nearly as many broadcasts from upstate NY as in the Batlimore area. This likely keeps their cost a little lower.
However, as much as the BTN is hungry for programming, I doubt that there are enough revenue generating possibilities from lax to increase the payouts to member schools sufficiently to fund lax.
Another factor to remember is that most B1G schools would have to add more than 2 more teams - few institutions are in as good shape as Michigan re: Title IX and have more work to do.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||To add to what Wahoo said...||
...look at how long it has taken to create a B1G hockey league, and that was with 5 long established programs in the upper midwest - one of the major hotbeds of hockey in the USA. (when you think Michigan/Minnesota for hockey, the equivalent for lax might be Maryland/Long Island) The B1G's footprint contains more United States hockey talent than any other major conference does, and it is only now getting into the hockey business.
Don't hold your breath for a B1G lax conference. Like hockey, it would only happen when there would be 6 teams and an autobid, and it has a lot farther to go than hockey ever did.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||You may be right since the conferences do||
Already have the acc/B1G challenge going in hoops. One day when the B1G wouldn't get killed by the acc that kind of arrangement could be interesting for lax. Conference play is still a (relatively) new development in lax - they are mostly about providing autobids so that we see some variety in the tournament. Big East forming a lax conference (and having 'cuse agree to join it!) was probably the biggest development in conference play yet.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Getting in with the ACC teams....||
...wouldn't help us or them. As Tim said, we need an autobid conference, as it will be a while until we are in a position to get an At Large bid. For the ACC schools, teaming up with comparatively lower RPI schools just ruins the RPI-raising fest that is the current ACC lax tournament. The ACC schools are quite happy with their 4-member non-autobid conference, as the currently non-autobid tournament usually ends up getting all 4 members at large bids to the NCAA tournament by raising everyone's RPI and SOS.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Another implication - fewer games||
Gone will be the two games/weekend schedule. D1 teams play fewer games per year than Michigan has been playing as an MCLA teams (Well, except for Duke - somehow they play more games than anyone else...)
I can see them playing two games in a weekend once in a while, like on a trip to Maryland, but not most weekends like they do now.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Well, yes....||
....but I am sure you would agree that there are two upsides to this: Michigan gets D1 lax, and expats from lax schools can hope for their alma maters to come to town!
|2 years 4 weeks ago||And I seriously doubt...||
...that the B1G would feel like collaborating with another conference. I don't think that most Laxpower posters get the way the B1G works. Unlike many of the current lax conferences, the B1G doesn't do "partial members. Also doubt any other B1G schools have any plans for lax. I assume you'll have more to say about that?
|2 years 4 weeks ago||If you want to see what the outside world is saying...|
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Re: oosterban||
Tim- since they would want to have the indoor facility for early season games (think nd and 'cuse) would glick be hardened for lax use?
|2 years 4 weeks ago||If they are independent||
During year 1 Hopkins would be anatural as the only permanent indie out there. I'm not crazy about the idea of the ecac - too big - leaves less room to schedule interesting games against hop, acc, cuse.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Wow...wonder who will be on the schedule?||
Congrats to Coach Paul and the program.
If they are really shooting for varsity next year, the questions raised are huge!
1) Recruiting - lax recruiting is pretty much done for next year (and much of the year after) at the elite schools.
2) Schedule - I would guess that a number of interesting opponents would be interested in having M on their schedule - home or away - next year. Maybe my beloved Blue Jays will come back to Ann Arbor for a real game?
3) Conference affiliation - ECAC to be with OSU?
Anyway, this is awesome news!
|2 years 5 weeks ago||posted from iPhone|
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Completely agree||
The ability to write is a rare skill among high school students, let alone grads of many colleges. Good writing stands out.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||This!||
John Cleese as Latin teacher wins the internet.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Less than a 10 hour drive...||
Just don't stop for anything but gas....
|2 years 12 weeks ago||For those who don't have a constant video feed of Holy Grail..||
...as an internal monologue:
|2 years 13 weeks ago||That's about as much PT||
as he got here. Good for the kid from Gilman.
Nice job by UVa tonight...we'll see if my Jays are back for real in a few weeks.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Looks like you||
buy the Groupon, and then take it to the will call window on the day of the game to get your tix. Follow the link - it explains it on the page.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Dreaming of....being spat at in the Face||
OK, it's pretty nasty that Wiscy fans would do this, and I agree that Sullinger show tremendous restraint...but:
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Assault and Battery BY MOB||
If you check out the Washington Post story on the UVa incident, found here, you'll be struck by the particular misdemeanor charge:
So, do we not have such a charge available here in Michigan for our friends in E. Lansing?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||+1 for||
the Eddie Murphy reference...
|2 years 16 weeks ago||First game my kids...||
....attended was the Horror. My son (now 9) was so traumatized he resists going back!
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Rich Rod and Hoke were all class.||
I am very impressed by the grace with which these two men handled that situation. RR was gracious to Hoke, and Hoke implicitly complimented RR on the quality of individuals RR brought to M.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Thanks for the preview Tim!||
Wow - replacing two whole midfield lines will be a challenge.
Wahoo - any idea if McGee has a shot at playing time at UVa?
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Can't see||
even the slot ninjas having problems in a more pro-style offense. The goal will still be to get them out in space, and to create match-up problems.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Read it...||
...while suffering in the MGoBlog-less malware desert.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Just thinking about||
all the talent that should have been Michigan's but ended up at ND after Mattison left. I can't remember being as bummed about the departure of an assistant as I was when Mattison left for ND.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Well played!||
|2 years 17 weeks ago||An Unbeliever! Persecute....the heretic!||
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Eerily so...||
You could just replace the name Welllman with Barwis and this article would read just like some of the early pieces on Barwis.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||ND offers||
Free tuition as a benefit, UofM does not. I recall that being a major draw.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I'm Lloyd Brady...||
...and so is my wife!
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Pragmatist...||
....with a dose of Rebellion skepticism
EDIT: after reading eyebrowse below, I have to add a smidgen of In Rod We Trust - I knew he had to go, but I just can't stop getting pissed when he continues to get kicked while down.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||That makes||
lots of sense - do you find yourself wanting to just let go,but every time you hear RR continue to get kicked you feel the need to speak up?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||and not reloading first...||
|2 years 18 weeks ago||and not reloading first...||
mods - remove if possible?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Sorry....||
that's what I get for going from the stupid Iphone to the computer.....
|2 years 18 weeks ago||It's a testament to rr||
That the guys all appear to be staying. Certainly Hoke deserves credit for making quick bonds, but rr clearly taught these guys to stick together.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||What have the bloody Romans...||
....ever done for us?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Losing in BB||
doesn't hurt nearly as much. Its a long season, and even elite teams do some losing. So I don't think the fanbase gets as demoralized by a single loss the same way that each indivdual loss in football is torture.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I agree||
While it has a little bit of a "Stepford Wives" feel to it, I can't fault DB for making sure that this one goes right. He's a lot more media-proactive than his predecessor, and I am impressed with his use of new media as well.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I believe the FBI is still investigating||
some serious Auburn boosters, one of whom is a board member. Anyone remember this:
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Different approach than Bill Martin?||
Could this be a product of DB learning from Bill Martin's experience that you really have to sell the new coach in a way that takes advantage of the 24/7 news cycle, rather than being victimized by said short attention span reporting? DB seems a whole lot more media-aware - old and new media - than his predecessor.
Although I share the OP's discomfort with the over-the-top coverage and opinion-shaping, I admire DB for doing everything he can to make sure this new hire starts with as positive an image as possible.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Circle of Death||
(was that what it was called?) alumni as honorary captains (he didn't reach out? Really?)
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Everyone was fired,||
So he would have to be re-hired by Hoke.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Largely agree, but||
there's more that I think those who are less-than enthused are concerned about. Hoke may or may not succeed, and he may have a slimmer resume than we would like. It is worrisome that the line on the resume that moved it from "average" to "hiring-worthy" was his time here. The fact that the "have you been at Michigan?" criterion carries so much weight is an indicator that outside ideas, influences, or people are not real welcome. The worry there is that without some different voices entering the mix - new blood, new ideas, call it what you will - organizations tend to stagnate and decline. Is that what is happening here? We hope not! Although RR didn't work out here, the attraction of someone of his ilk is the tendency to innovate. (although it could be argued that RR got caught in a recursive loop and was unable to adapt here)
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Brian's criticism has been||
...of Carr-era players, not Carr. (he leaves it to us to conclude what we will about the connection there) C'mon, hasn't it sucked to be watching the beginning of an NFL game and to have to be worrying about what one of the Carr-era players is going to state as his school? Braylon and his *&^* "Lloyd Carr's Michigan," numerous high schools, etc?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Jeez...||
...Brian has not been saying that RR should have been retained. He has clearly stated that after the bowl game he knew RR had to go. It is fair, however, for him to point out that the same folks who made RR's tenure here more difficult than it needed to be seem to have determined a search process that had a very narrow scope.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I don't think||
Brian is particularly concerned with exactly what offense and defense Hoke will run - He's making a statement about whether Michigan is a place that is wide-open to new ideas, new blood, and innovation. He is dead-on in interpreting this hire, whether it is successful or not, as a vote for insularity as the only comfortable option. There is good reason to be dismayed if it turns out that Michigan can't handle fresh air - new ideas and innovation are critical to the long-term health of an organization.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||The middle ground...||
something our society has not been too down with for a while. The "middle ground" and "nuanced analysis" have been sent off to be in time out - sports fandom just mirrors every other overheated discourse out there!
|2 years 18 weeks ago||That!||
That! What a frame for this discussion!
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I enjoyed his comment||
to the team when he was introduced to them that "We haven't won anything - you don't have to clap." As much as he is being seen as the savior, it seems pretty clear that he is not letting it get to his head, and believing the PR hype.
EDIT: not unlike a certain QB on his team....
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Lets also remember that||
RR worked and played for Don Nehlan, who is part of the Bo tree.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Unfortunately, I think you are right.||
About the state of mind of the larger fanbase, if nothing else. The desperation for a "name" coach, who comes from the Bo coaching tree, with a proven record of success in the SEC will be quite enough to outweigh ethical issues that the average fan is not well-acquainted with. Brian has made the readers of MGoblog quite well-educated regarding how sleazy SEC oversigning is, but I would doubt the average M fan knows (or cares) anything about it.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Love it!||
One of the best Python sketches...
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Brock does have other support at UofM||
The medical center did a big write-up on the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team that worked with Brock. It is a piece of the story that the MSM didn't look at around all of the (justifiable) hoopla around his leading the team out of the tunnel. Anyway, the work that the PM&R team did sounds amazing.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Seen Angelique's latest?||
In her latest piece on the detnews site, Angelique refers to fox2's story based on one unnamed source and she calls the freep's story unsourced. Think she's making a statement?
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Superbowl the year it opened!|
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Saw it coming in really low from||
the back porch of my house...I dragged my 9 year old son out to see it...he thought it was the coolest plane he's ever seen!
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Everyone note the reference||
to MGoBlog as the source of Brandon's unoffical comments? Awesome. Also, just having a Michigan AD come out and say "we're very interested in adding lax" is a totally new situation!
EDIT: this was meant as a response to the OP.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||See link||
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Did DB give any hint of a timetable....||
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Hagerups's last KO||
of the day was his best, as was the coverage - worst Illinois starting field position after a kickoff all day!
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Saw his hand||
down a few times. On short yardage situations.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||This is so full of....||
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Now if we built...||
...a large wooden Badger....
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Reading this post...||
....just makes me feel confused and disturbed.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Great post||
Kudos - there is no question that they played their butts off. All hail Barwis as well - these guys were on the field for over 40 minutes and never gave any sign of giving up. They could have gotten demoralized, given up the long and easy TD...etc. Never saw a hangdog look from them, or hands on the hips.
AND - Doss is a beast. No question. I was VERY impressed by the Indiana offense. They really executed, and their receivers were excellent after the catch.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Apparently ESPN||
is demanding a lot of extra $$ from carriers for the U in HD. Locally, only DirectTV has it in HD. Sucks! HD was invented for football! Seriously - the first time I saw football in HD was when I decided that HD was no longer a want but a need.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Thanks for the updates Tim|
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Jobu can...||
...help run the read-option, but he can't hit a curveball?
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I'm not sure that was such a ballsy call.||
He didn't have much choice. A 46 yarder would be no gimme (certainly not for us) so I don't know that he had much choice after Cousins took that sack (Sparty NO!) The fact that it was prepped is the bigger deal.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||He turned me into a newt!||
Burn him! Burn him!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||So did David Harris|
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Some of his carries are||
Some of his carries are clearly designed QB runs, but the big question here is really how often he is making the correct read at the mesh point with the RBs - this is something that Brian is grading for on the offensive UFR - according to last week's UFR, Denard rarely made the wrong read, which means that defenses are inexplicably scheming against the RB, not the QB. I would bet good money that more often than not he is pulling the ball out because it is the correct read - in essence, it appears that RR and Denard are simply taking what the D is giving them for now.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||The Denard difference||
As many posters have pointed out, and Rittenberg wrote today, the biggest difference between the two is that Denard is doing this WITHIN the confines of the offensive scheme, while Tate's magic last year - and it was magical - was his ability to do a whole lot with nothing when everything (frequently) broke down. I think that is the biggest reason to predict that we will continue to see good things happening with Denard and this offense. The offense is running well, and when you combine Denard's natural talent and his hard work mastering the offense you get Denard magic.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||contact synagogues||
for UMASS tickets. The UMASS game is on Yom Kippur, and even the most die-hard fan will likely not be found at the Big House that day. Many synagogues collect the tickets of their members so that they can donate them. You can find synagogues in Michigan listed by city here: http://www.mavensearch.com/synagogues/C3319 I would start with the Oakland county cities first!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Kelly seemed to be||
something of a jerk to his players when they made poor decisions - definitely not the same tone as RR.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||How much...||
do college replay officials rely on the "guys in the truck" to get them quick looks at a play before they make the decision to review a given play? I suspect that they booth replay officals are highly dependent on the network for timely feeds. Not to be too paranoid, but this is clearly a problem for anyone playing ND on the Notre Dame Broadcasting Network. Of course, anyone playing a Big Ten team on the BTN could say the same thing.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||It's worse than...||
Deinhart (and others) not getting it - at the same time they are praising Denard for his "electric play" they are subtly slamming him by completely downplaying the role execution and decision-making play in both his and the offense's success. Deinhart's argument smells like the ones that have made it so hard for African-American QB's to get a shot as QBs in the NFL.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||+1 sir|
|2 years 36 weeks ago||He also gives absolutely no||
He also gives absolutely no credit to the scheme, the rest of the offensive players for their superior execution, or to Denard's ability to read and make ridicuously quick decisions. It's all about Denard's physical gifts - he's really damning Michigan's offense as nothing but the result of a physically gifted player, ignoring the fact that Denard did not have these kind of results last year.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||For accurate lax info||
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Women's lax is||
a fully sanctioned D1 sport, growing at a phenomenal rate. There are 91 programs. On the D3 level there are over 200! Men's D3 has over 150 programs. The growth in women's lax on all levels and men's lax on the D3 level is national, not east coast. Men's D1 is the only level of NCAA lax that is ridiculously east coast oriented.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||There are....||
barely more D1 lacrosse programs - 60 - than hockey programs. The vast majority of D1 schools don't have lax either.
The likely difference is national exposure - D1 lax (along with D2 and D3) packs close to 100,000 people into an NFL stadium for the Final Four weekend each May, and D1 lax has a serious TV presence on ESPNU (thank you ESPN!!). The ESPN family of networks broadcasts at least 3 games a week - usually more, and more marquee games end up on ESPN2 as well. Also, fastest growing sport on the HS level in the USA.
Edit - as Blue Bunny says above, same # of teams. Women's lax is huge, and D3 men's is almost double D1 men's as well.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Bravo sir!||
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Highly recommend...||
riding to the stadium on gameday. I live about a mile away, and it is ridiculously quick. The only tricky part is riding over the bridge. I've had no problem locking my bike to the fence right next to Crisler. I'm usually coming down Stadium from the east, or taking Industrial over to Stadium. When I've ridden with my kids, who aren't good in traffic, we'll often lock up at the Kroger on Industrial. (where we used to pick up water cheap....)
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Terelle Pryor...the gift that just keeps giving!|
|2 years 44 weeks ago||You've got to love the non-profits on Liberty!||
Always entertaining, but the nudists appear to be missing this year.....
|2 years 48 weeks ago||+1 for your avatar...||
1941 is one of my favorite movies of all time.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Huge move for PSU.||
Tambroni is an awesome coach, and we can expect serious improvement from PSU over the next few years. Clearly, PSU is taking lax quite seriously. Tambroni had already taken himself out of contention for the Maryland job - clearly, the job of men's lacrosse coach at a Big Ten university is something that is quite potentially more desireable than at Maryland and Cornell - two mainstays of the sport!
|2 years 50 weeks ago||MLL draft is underway - as of||
MLL draft is underway - as of the late 4th round, Con Bro Chill has not been chosen. Great comment on the Inside Lacrosse liveblog: "he's probably the Brady Quinn of tonight"
Edit: Martin drafted in 7th round by Denver Outlaws. Makes some sense for them for reasons Tim listed above.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Connor Martin and MLL draft||
I didn't want to start a new thread, as this may only be of interest to Tim's lax readership. But since Michigan just faced off against this guy:
Connor Martin (AKA Con Bro Chill) has been invited to play on a College All-Star team taking on Team USA as a lead-up to the Major League Lacrosse draft. He is also on Inside Lacrosse's list of draft eligible players - the only MCLA player on the list. The implication is that Martin can expect to be drafted. Is this all because of the hype he has created on his site, and IL pimping his blog?
Game roster - some ridiculous names here - and Martin is sandwiched between Max Quinzani and Steven Boyle.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Once again Tim, thanks for||
Once again Tim, thanks for the coverage. A new wrinkle to add to the 'now or never" calculus:
PSU is hiring a new coach - it is highly likely that said new coach will return PSU to the land of relevance (not necessarily regular tourney success.) And while PSU is actually east of Charlottesville, so is still technically an "eastern" team, the sports world certainly sees them as mid-western. So, more competition for those recruits who are interested in schools with big time college sports.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Congrats!||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Per ESPN.com||
MLB deliberating on whether to review the call.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||So, I dragged my son out of||
So, I dragged my son out of bed last night to watch the last inning, and there are a few lessons that I hope he will learn from the behavior of the people involved:
1) Galaragga's reaction to the blown call is perhaps the greatest example to children of how to handle disappointment. He didn't rant, he didn't pout, he climbed back up the mound and got the 28th out carrying himself as a man with perspective.
2) I want him to read Joyce's statements - this is how you take responsibility for your actions. No excuses, no effort to shift blame - he completely owned his error.
3) I want him to hear what Galaragga plans to show and tell his own son - that he pitched a perfect game, no matter what the record books show. He does not need the external validation of his accomplishment recorded elsewhere - he knows what he did, and can hold his head high.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Grumble...watched the game||
Grumble...watched the game with UNC friends. Well, in any event, a new champ is good for Michigan.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I'm not so sure - I think||
I'm not so sure - I think that Michigan is a more popular school, and Ann Arbor certainly has a lot more to offer than South Bend. Better college town! It would be an important message that a mid-west football power that takes lax seriously can achieve serious success. (possible, however, that this effect is already achieved by a finals appearance?) Meanwhile, interesting things are happening at PSU - the word is that they are interviewing Coach Cottle. That should provide an instant credibility upgrade for that program. Yet more indicators that the AD better get moving here! Anyway, I'm with laxalum here, as much as it hurts.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||OK, this takes us a bit off||
OK, this takes us a bit off topic, so my apologies, but here's why I find the redemption story so problematic.
Their lost season was a self-inflicted wound, and the NCAA's decision to fix it for them was very political. Duke's later insistence that they cancelled the season due to concern re: the safety of the players was quite BS. What has been lost in the "post-miscarriage of justice/road to redemption" story, is that while no one got raped, the behavior of the team that night was FAR from decent, and that there were alcohol problems and run-ins with the law at an unacceptable rate. Imagine for a moment that a story came out about Michigan football having a drunken house party with strippers from Ypsi. In the middle of the season. And that a high proportion of the football team had been busted for drinking-related issues. Don't you think there would be serious consequences for Michigan's football program?
Anyway, while I have great sympathy for the guys who were falsely accused, and while I agree that the Duke administration had a rush to judgment, there was plenty of justification for Duke to make the decision to shut that season down. The redemption story only works if you paint the whole team as a bunch of kids as pure as snow, and forget about the factual context that provided those false accusations with so much traction. That's what I find nauseating about the redemption story - it exists only in a world of black and white - either they were guilty, or they were totally shafted. The reality is what reality usually is: a shade of gray.
Edit: negbang me if you like, but please make sure you know the whole Duke lax story, not just the headlines.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Gotta root for nd here. Duke||
Gotta root for nd here. Duke still has members of that group that was given a fifth year, and espn is going to rehash all those redemption storylines that got derailed in 2007 and 2008 when they were espn's chosen ones. Way too nauseating.
Edit: I also give nd a good chance here. Danowski can be outcoached in the big games, and Corrigan's strategy so far in the tournament is much like those that have been successful against duke before. No transition goals, make duke play 6 on 6, and make every possession count. Add a hot goalie!
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Big Blue = NY Football Giants||
Big Blue = NY Football Giants
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I think Duke-UVa is a tossup,||
I think Duke-UVa is a tossup, but considering the beatdowns that Duke has administered the last two weeks, I would be afraid, very afraid. (the UNC game made the Hopkins implosion not look nearly as bad....still can't watch it however) Cornell is solid all around, but if they end up matched up against UVa, I see them collapsing in the 4th as they play that first midfield almost 75% of the game, and UVa will just thrown their hordes of middies out there in waves.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||From the perspective of||
From the perspective of seeing a never-before champion win, we're stuck with ND and Duke, both programs that I just can't root for. Cornell hasn't won it all since the 70s, so I'm rooting for them. I think they will take ND on Saturday, but I don't think they have the depth to take either UVa or Duke. Tambroni runs a very short bench, and two games in three days is likely too much for them. I expect Cornell to make the finals, but fade toward the end of the game just like last year, leaving Duke (ugh - they still have some of those 5th year guys on the roster) and UVa, who I just can't root for (sorry 'hoo) Cornell broke my heart in last year's final, and I think its going to happen again.
|3 years 3 days ago||Within the world of lax||
Within the world of lax fandom, there is huge denial of this reality. This denial has led to the idea that Title IX is the one and only villain in the room standing in the way of the great lax revolution. The idea that ADs desperately want to promote lax, but can't because of that damn Title IX thing is very attractive - the alternative is that ADs just don't care.
|3 years 3 days ago||Good way to put it. It is a||
Good way to put it. It is a factor along with issues as momentous as whether to build new facilities for your football and basketball team or as mundane as what the budget line will be for the AD's development staff or snow removal. Just one more budgetary decision to be made on the basis of the priorities of the AD.
|3 years 5 days ago||Agree re: Michigan's finances||
Agree re: Michigan's finances and adding sports. The two factors that likely inhibit the AD from just pulling the trigger are 1) Gotta finish paying for the three massive capital projects designed to increase revenue (directly - luxury boxes, or indirectly - Glick field house and the BBall facility) and 2) The crappy state of Michigan's economy. These factors do not mean that Michigan doesn't have the $$ to do it, but that it probably wouldn't look so great for the department to be looking like such free spenders by doing everything at once.