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|2 days 5 hours ago||Two 4-loss seasons didn't help||
If he's coming off a Rose Bowl win things easily go a different direction. Same goes for Woody if he had beaten UM three times in a row instead of the other way around.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh||
He got drunk either on a team flight or immediately after landing after a game in Indiana in the middle of his second season at USD (the team played in Indiana on Saturday and he was arrested in SD early Sunday). He ran a stop sign, got pulled over, and pled guilty to DUI. He didn't miss a game then. USD gave him a contract extension less than two months after the arrest. He got hired by Stanford just over a year after the arrest, less than a third of the way through his court ordered probation for that arrest.
Do those facts change things for you? Are you just as mad that Jim Harbaugh was allowed to not only keep his job, but continue to be hired for bigger and better positions? And if your opinion about Harbaugh is different, then bitching about Minick keeping his job is extremely hypocritical.
|2 days 6 hours ago||"As a leader"||
Do you have the same stance with respect to our current head football coach?
|1 week 5 days ago||That 18 year window?||
This is wrong on two fronts. Izzo and Dantonio owe none of their success to Michigan being down. Both have had elite success on a national level, above and beyond just being better than us. Izzo just went to the Final Four. Dantonio just finished in the top-5 for the second year in a row after winning a major bowl game (you have to go back to 1999 to find our second most recent such bowl win and the last time we finished in the top-5).
Also, them being good has nothing to do with whether or not we are good. When Michigan basketball went to the title game and followed it up with an Elite Eight run and a dominating B1G season, State went to the Sweet Sixteen (knocked out by Duke) and the Elite Eight (knocked out by eventual champ UCONN), and won a B1G tournament title. The last two times UM won a major bowl game, State posted 10+ wins.
State being good doesn't stop us from being good, or vice versa.
|1 week 5 days ago||2009||
That was the first of RR's only two full classes at Michigan. There were a decent number of 4-star in-state prospects (11 on Rivals) and a big chunk (8) ended up at State. This fueled the "doesn't get it" narrative of Rodriguez as an outsider who didn't fit at UM.
In that class we signed Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier instead of in-state 4-star Andrew Maxwell. We signed Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield. State got Blake Treadwell (whose dad was on the staff there). They also got 4-star linemen from Iowa and Ohio who both left the program early (Nate Klatt and David Barrent). We signed Jeremy Gallon from Florida (2,704 yards, 17 TD). They signed Donald Spencer from Michigan (2 catches for 21 yards). OSU also landed a 4-star WR from MI, James Jackson who ended up transferring to Wayne State and doing pretty much nothing. They also signed a linebacker (Jeremy Gainer) who never played and left before his fifth year. We got Cam Gordon (from Michigan) who posted 138 tackles, 5 sacks, 15 TFL, and 3 INT and ended up in the NFL, despite essentially backing up a pretty great player in Jake Ryan.
They got Chris Norman who was a good player, but he's a guy we offered who apparently only visited MSU and was a Renaissance pipeline guy. They got Baker (who we offered but who only visited one school, MSU) who was good but we got Fitz from Ohio who put up pretty much an identical career (both in college and now in the NFL). And they got Dion Sims who we offered, but who again only visited State. While obviously a talented guy, he only put up 707 yards total in his MSU career.
So the narrative when these guys were recruited or were freshmen/sophomores was that MSU is winning because they are kicking ass recruiting in the state of Michigan. The facts don't reflect that view at all.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Except it isn't a crapshoot||
Oregon has won 10+ games for 7 years in a row because the guys who were on Mike Belotti's staff and then Chip Kelly's and now Helfrich's knew how to build a program. MSU has won 53 games in 5 years after Dantonio's first three years. Gary Patterson has nine 10-win seasons at TCU this century. After getting three seasons to build a program, Art Briles has won 40 games in 4 seasons at Baylor.
Harbaugh had three years to build his program at Stanford. In year 4 they won 12 games. Then he left, but those guys he recruited were still on campus. They won 11 games, then they won 12 games, then they won 11 games again. By last season they had pretty much all graduated and Stanford won 8 games.
Are you going to bet against these guys going forward just because Rivals says their guys aren't as good as the ones going to other schools?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Good lord||
How many words in the fucking English language might possibly offend some particular person if used to address them? Can't say Christian anymore, ever, because that might offend a Muslim if you called him that. The inverse obviously applies as well. Can't say my pants are short because I could possibly meet a short person and if I yelled "Hey, shorty!" into his fact he might get offended, in which case I'd be a total dick. And can't say dick ever because if you just walked up to someone and called them a dick they would certainly get pissed, so can I go back and edit out that last word now that I know it is wrong.
You are a fucking child if you are bothered by any word anyone ever says. "Sticks and stones" isn't some quaint old shit. It is the difference between babies and adults. Whining on behalf of others (especially imaginary others who aren't here and aren't pissed off) doesn't make you any less whiney.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Disparaging description||
Are you saying Mgoblog is a "room with persons with development disabilities"?
Magnus, whose actual point I don't completely agree with, used a term associated with diminished intelligence to describe an action by someone (someone who doesn't actually fit into any group or medical condition associated with diminished intelligence) that wasn't terribly intelligent. Context, as you seem to suggest in your post, fucking matters. If upon seeing Coach Harbaugh's shirtless pics in Alabama today, you proclaimed, "That is one sexy nigger!" Anyone who chose (and they would be making a choice) to be offended by your comment would be, in the parlance of our times, a fucking retard. Words are just fashion. Actions and intent are what matters.
There aren't a bunch of kids with down syndrome reading deep into the board posts on this blog and feeling bad because someone associated a mean term for their medical condition with the poor choices made by a member of the UM football staff. Anyone being vicariously offended on behalf of these fictional people is being silly.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'll fix it||
Can Magnus just agree that he meant to say "Jim Minick made a developmentally disabled decision" when he chose to drive drunk?
Problem solved for everyone.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Fun Fact||
The terms "retarded" and "mental retardation" were polite euphemisms introduced to replace terms like idiot, imbecile, moron, and mongoloid (only one of which is currently prohibited by modern PC speech conventions). The I and M words sounded mean, so a new term was devised to imply that those with natural mental impairments were not irreparably damaged or naturally inferior to others, but just slower than average to reach their eventual target.
So yeah, getting mad about word choices, especially when the words aren't directed at the people you are supposedly trying to protect from nasty language, is idiotic, moronic, etc.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Because he got a DUI?||
If that is the standard, then Jim Harbaugh shouldn't be on the staff. I'm guessing from your sig that you don't want him fired and were totally cool with hiring him.
There is a word that doesn't start with the letter R that describes this kind of thinking.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Timing||
Both Deadwood and Rome suffered for being in the first wave of the cable TV takeover (before AMC, FX, etc. really jumped on board as well). They had big budgets and critical acclaim, but didn't get the ratings of the hit shows like the Sopranos or Sex and the City that came out just before them. I think if HBO execs had known just how big the post-viewing market would be for these kinds of shows, they never would have cancelled either one.
The Wire could easily have been given the same treatment, but probably escaped the axe because it wasn't too expensive to make.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"I am not Montell WIlliams!"||
I loved Homicide, especially the early episodes. I think both that and NYPD Blue get lost in the shuffle because they probably stayed on the air too long (Zack Morris being on the show at the end didn't help NYPD Blue), had to do too many episodes in the old network format (imagine just getting the best 13 every year instead of 20+). Homicide also ended up in a shitty timeslot.
Both started in 1993 and The Sopranos came out in 1999 and from that point on cable overshadowed network, and could always be edgier (people protested NYPD Blue because of some brief buttcheeks and side boob).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Haven't seen them mentioned||
Not sure what a top-5 would look like for me (so many good ones to choose from), but I felt the need to add both The Twilight Zone and Oz (the show that started the cable TV revolution) to the overall list.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||To your point||
As great and fun to watch as Hart was, he wasn't as good as the guys at places like Ohio State, Texas, and USC, and that is part of the reason why we went 0-6 against those teams when he was here.
To Magnus's point, the only real breakaway guys I can think of off the top of my head are Denard and maybe Breaston (though his magic was pretty much all reserved for special teams). Other than those two you probably have to go back to mid-90's backs like Tim and Tyrone to find a guy who would outrun the field if given a chance.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Timeline||
Good rundown, but just want to point out that in practice a blueshirt doesn't pay a dime unless there is some kind of shenanigans from the coaching staff (as you point out, nothing is guaranteed to them, technically). It's a "wink-wink, you'll get a scholarship the second you arrive situation" rather than a tryout.
The guy I mentioned in my prior post, Clayton Johnson who is headed to USC, is going to show up on campus and will be given a scholarship immediately. The blueshirt thing is just a loophole so they can bring in 26 guys rather than 25, by counting Johnson's scholarship against the 2016 class (similar to the backdating you can do for guys who enroll early). It's only of interest and a viable option because SC is still well below the 85 scholarship limit and not in the position of traditional oversigning schools that need to cut guys off the current roster.
As such, I really don't see it becoming a terribly common practice. If a school like Bama is signing 25 guys a year (which requires a lot of built in attrition) and trying to get extra scholarship guys in the door when they don't have the numbers available before making big roster cuts I would think this shit gets shut down pronto.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Wouldn't do us any good||
The practice only has any value if you are signing a full class of 25 guys, can't backdate early enrolees to the prior class, and are still under the 85 total scholarship limit.
UM signed 14 guys this year, so next year can legally bring in 28 to replace 14 departing seniors. So this isn't really something we need to think or worry about anytime soon, most likely.
USC took one guy like this because they couldn't backdate (sanctions on prior class) and were still well short of 85 total guys (due to the sanctions). One lineman who just knew he wanted to go there didn't bother with visits or the recruiting process and they were able to sign one extra guy. The lineman will go on scholarship as soon as he arrives on campus and will count toward the next class's total.
If you have one sure bet in the class, you may hold back on having him visit officially just in case, but I doubt the situation ever comes up here or is that useful/common in most instances. An extra guy now still counts down the road, and the way the numbers add up you are usually not going to have enough total scholarships to take that many guys anyway.
EDIT: The practice also really doesn't apply to preferred walk-ons, unless the coach is an idiot. The guy going to USC is a 4-star recruit. If you are taking up any of your 85 scholarships on guys who might otherwise be preferred walk-ons, you aren't getting ahead of the game at all.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||And produced the Butkus Award winner last year||
A true sophomore who was pretty much not recruited by anybody out of high school. I'm sure he's super pissed to be associated with that "shit show".
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Money||
IIRC, it is still one of the most expensive sports to fund in terms of scholarships, equipment, etc. Even with a venue in place, it would cost a lot more than other sports (which is part of the reason we got men's and women's lacrosse at the same time).
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||What people?||
No one said Ryan wasn't that good (at most people maybe doubted the efficacy of moving him to MLB, which I still think was a mistake, despite his fantastic play at that spot since it wasn't worth the loss in pass rush ability). Folks who didn't think Clark played well just weren't paying attention. He regularly beat his guy only to see the ball quickly out of the QBs hand this past season. The folks who know (coaches) voted him 2nd team all-conference as a junior even though his numbers weren't off the charts. And the NFL scooped him up quickly despite off-field problems.
Throw in the loss of Taylor/Countess and you have a ton of question marks and no reason for optimism based on the team-building and recruiting prowess of Brady Hoke (outside of maybe Peppers, like I mentioned).
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Losses||
Frank Clark wasn't just the best guy on the team, he was a top talent who went in the 2nd round of the NFL draft. And we lose Beyer opposite him who was the #2 guy in sacks and solid against the run. Ryan was a Butkus finalist on a team that was horrendously bad. We need to replace something like 40 TFL between those guys to tread water.
Even if Peppers is the revelation many assume he'll be, this team is going to have a hard time getting appreciably better on defense. Combined with an offense that isn't exactly primed for improvement this looks to me like a long year.
On the bright side, Harbaugh will get the benefit of the doubt and be allowed to build the fantastic team he's capable of putting together.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Could be worse||
The offense lost its best skill position player (by a mile) and a QB who, before being the last man left on a sinking ship, accounted for 50 TD in his first year and a half as a starter.
Unless there are a ton of surprises, the offense isn't going to get much better, even with Harbaugh at the helm.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Context this year||
Illinois and Maryland have both hit 50 home runs (tied for 21st nationally). Texas A&M, Miami, and FSU are the only Power 5 schools with more. MSU has hit 43. Cal leads the Pac-12 with 41 while league leader UCLA has 28.
The Big Ten isn't better simply because the big boys stopped hitting as many home runs. While overall numbers did drop, the Big Ten (at least among the top teams) is hitting home runs at pretty much the same rate as everybody else.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Baseball power numbers||
Illinois has hit 50 HR this year to their opponents' 20. They aren't playing small ball. The IU team that went to Omaha hit 53 HR to their opponents' 18. As for changes, the seams on the ball were lowered this year and power numbers have gone up nationally, yet the Big Ten is thriving.
The Big Ten is not a small-ball conference in the way, say, the Big West is (where teams like Fullerton, Irvine, Long Beach, and Santa Barbara have had success with big ballparks and few home runs).
Expansion (Maryland and Nebraska are/were solid programs), coaching (which in college baseball is a lot about roster building/management with limited scholarships), and investment have made the difference in the conference.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Facts||
Countess first came to Michigan and wore #18. 1+8=9. Then he switched to #2. 9+2=11.
9/11, dude. 9/11.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Prep year||
The rumor gained traction because of people who doubted Davis when he committed based on old highlight clips and a low recruiting profile. He's now a top-100 player on 247, ESPN has him ranked above centers going to OSU and UCLA, and he will probably rise in some of the other rankings as he gets scouted more extensively and continues to improve physically.
A prep year was never planned and isn't going to happen.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Trend||
Since the 25th of April, the only people to pick UK are three Kentucky guys and the doofus from Inside the Hall who keeps changing his pick literally multiple times a day. Maybe the UK guys know something, but the panic is overblown and based on pretty much nothing.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||"Avoid the clap"||
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Pinky's a dickhead||
He freaked out about the rankings for a 16 year old kid and said a bunch of awful shit about a young man who committed to play basketball at a school he's ostensibly a fan of. People pointed out both that the rankings were likely to improve (as they did with guys like Stauskas, GRIII, etc.) and that the kids Beilein offers tend to end up being good at basketball regardless of their ranking (a'la Burke, Spike, LeVert, Dawkins, etc.).
That's why he's been repeatedly banned from this site and makes up new cartoon characters a few times a year so he can return and post his uninformed horseshit incessantly.
There is no reason to argue with him.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Chris Sabo and Hal Morris||
Played on the same UM team as Larkin.