i would find this more credible if it was about Tom Crean
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|1 day 9 hours ago||Patrice||
His wife/girlfriend is raising money for a feature length documentary on his life/career titled "Better Than You". Something to check out if you are a fan.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Quite a contrast||
Eddie was only 22 years old when he filmed Delirious.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Barnes' resume||
People here seem to think Texas is a way better job than it is. Barnes took them to their only Final Four since the 1940's. He went to the Elite Eight three times in total (UT had gone one other time since the 1940's prior to his arrival). He made the tourney 16 times in 17 years, and got to at least the Sweet Sixteen roughly a third of the time. Before that he took Clemson to the Sweet Sixteen for only the third time in their history.
Obviously the guy is a victim of his own success and expectations that don't necessarily jive with reality. The odds the next guy in Austin does any better than Barnes are pretty low.
|1 week 3 days ago||Nice post||
Could have been shorter. Anybody who has a problem with Funchess or any other UM athlete can get fucking bent.
They owe you nothing. Funchess provided more than most (1,700+ yards and 15 TD). Shut your trap.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agree, for now||
The Coliseum has a great skeleton but a ton of issues. For decades its operation was controlled by a quasi-governmental body called the Coliseum Commission that basically prevented any meaningful improvements.
Now SC owns the property and is about to sink mega bucks into the renovations. If that process looks anything like the rest of the building spree they've been on in the neighborhood the last decade, the Coliseum will be able to compete with the newly renovated Big House as two of the top facilities in the country.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not unprecedented||
Last year at USC Drevno moved Max Tuerk to center. He had started games at both tackle and both guards spots as an underclassman prior to Drevno's arrival. Moved to center and was 1st team All-Pac12.
So I'm just going to go ahead and assume Mason Cole will be awesome this fall.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Matt Kalil||
He left early and was taken 4th overall. He was replaced by young guys (Aundrey Walker who moved to guard and ended up getting benched as a senior this past season) and Max Tuerk (a freshman at the time now playing center). Barkley, who was always a bit of a chucker even in high school, was now under pressure way more often and doubled his interception total.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Didn't they have to?||
I remember hearing they were in danger of not meeting the league's minimum salary commitments. With guys not really wanting to sign there, they basically had to find ways to throw money at guys in order to comply with league rules.
No wonder they got Harbaugh.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Some do, some don't||
Therefore, assuming "they do" is dumb. Also, improving as a player is not the same thing as improving your draft stock.
Matt Barkley came back to a ton of fanfare and ended up a 4th round pick. Tim Tebow stayed in school and was a 1st round pick. JaMarcus Russell never would have been the #1 pick if he stays in school another year. Mike Hart was pretty much the same, very good, player from the moment he arrived on campus until he left four years later, but he still went in the 6th round. There isn't really any rhyme or reason to it. And in football, so much depends on health, surrounding talent, and loads of other factors that have nothing to do with the player and can change in a flash.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Trent Richardson||
Didn't stay in school. He left Bama after three years.
Also, the idea that staying in school makes it more or less likely that you'll move up in the NFL draft is a pretty dumb assumption.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hatch||
Or the oft-discussed Austin Hatch medical scholarship.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No relation||
Would more likely mean Max gets the firm handshake, freeing up a scholarship. Brown may be more likely to commit if Caris is out the door (from a playing time perspective), but him coming on board doesn't crunch our numbers at this point.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hockey||
Not sure why it isn't included separately in that report, but I would like to know the hockey specific numbers. Does the program make money or just produce enough revenue to break even? For some reason women's basketball is included (big money loser, less than $100,000 in ticket sales) but hockey is just lumped in with "other sports".
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan sells the jerseys||
Those jerseys sold in the numbers they did because those guys played at Michigan. I bet Darron Thomas sold a ton of jerseys at Oregon. I bet he doesn't sell any now that he's with the Portland Thunder in the Arena League. And the second he left they started putting another guy's number on those UO jerseys and they kept selling. And I'd bet the value of his contract now is less than the scholarship package he received at UO.
Nobody gives a shit about second tier sports outside of the NCAA system. Mike Hart at Michigan sold jerseys. Mike Hart without a world famous university with legions of fans has zero market value, especially coming out of high school. College athletes (even the ones who aren't great players like Hart) get more than they would in terms of market value than they would in any minor league system. And they do so in far, far greater numbers (the number of guys getting a shot in an XFL, USFL, Arena League would not include 100+ teams with rosters double the size).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||To go further||
TV companies use player likenesses to sell their product. Commercials feature guys like Winston and Manziel. When that is happening and the guys can't profit from it then it is total bullshit.
If a player can't sell his likeness/name, fine, but you can't sell it to ESPN and pocket the cash.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Something new||
This is really the first group that didn't all immediately jump en masse to the NBA. It will be interesting to see if it is just a one-time occurrence, or if it creates a logjam that Coach Calipari has to deal with differently going forward.
Could be kind of funny to see all the people who bitched about one and dones complaining that UK is graduating players instead of shipping them off to the pros quickly enough if/when they start winning with veteran teams.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Success||
In the last 9 years (Memphis and UK), Calipari's second worst season finished with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. 7 trips to the regional final, four Final Fours, three title game appearances, and one title. This is year 10 and that trend doesn't look to be in any danger.
In the same time period, Coach K has 2 trips to the regional final (same as Michigan) and won one title. Arizona has made the regional final twice (Sean Miller made it a third time in that span at Xavier as well). Bill Self has made the regional final 4 times in that span with 2 title game appearances and one championship.
Maybe the gap doesn't appear great to some folks, but at this point Calipari's on-court success is greater than his peers at even other blue-blood programs.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The other side||
There's also the risk they don't experience that mass exodus. The team is so good this year because it has veteran guys who were assumed to be out the door but came back, not just the one and done parade they typically bring in. The Harrison's are sophomores with loads of experience. Cauley-Stein is a junior. A couple of the bench guys are sophomores and juniors.
And as these guys get further away from their high school hype, it seems less likely the NBA will spend a high pick on them. And more likely that new guys will come in and take what few minutes they are getting already. Are guys like the Harrisons, Poythress, and Dakari Johnson going to leave at this point to be 2nd round picks?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Pocket money||
Some amount of spending money is factored into the scholarship amount they receive, just like with any student who is on some sort of financial aid package. UM allows about $2,200 for the academic year. Over the 9 months that is roughly $60 a week. If 7 dudes on the team live in a house and get cheaper rent per man than allotted by their scholarship, they save a little cash there too. They also get a mountain of free swag, so save on clothing costs compared to the average student.
And I find it hard to fathom how the parents who presumably fed and clothed them a year prior (I personally know of no student athletes who were working their way through high school) are now completely incapable of providing even a few bucks here and there to cover emergency meals or the occasional outfit or night out.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Gotta go somewhere||
It seems like he's already visited the other blue-chip programs going after him and doesn't look to have a strong preference or a leader at this point, as far as I can tell. Haven't followed closely so maybe others know more, but if we're getting some consideration and there is no presumed favorite (other than just an assumption he'll pick a UK or UNC based on name recognition, as opposed to a guy like Marshall in football who was assumed to be going to a specific school for a long time), then you have to figure we at least have a legit shot to make a great impression.
If he's seen what they have to offer and is still looking, that has to be a good sign and reason for at least mild optimism.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Answers||
Millions are being generated because people love their schools and want to see them win. So they buy tickets to games, often at high prices when mandatory donations and other factors are added to the equation. Some folks even just give the school gobs of money (Ross at UM, for example). That love also causes fans with more average incomes to demand to see all of their teams games on TV. Cable companies have exploited that in a manner that charges everybody else at an inflated rate for college sports content (such that your grandma who doesn't give a shit about sports is paying just as much for ESPN Ocho as a diehard fan who has to have it or he'll miss his alma mater's non-conference lacrosse schedule).
As for who is benefitting, construction companies and developers who build all the shiny new buildings schools are putting up, athletes in non-revenue sports who get lots of shiny stuff (revenue sport athletes benefit from the facilities and perks, but you could argue they've earned it), and coaches who now command more money because they are seen as the determining factor in how successful this enormous financial enterprise will be.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not just paying for it||
Parents also worry about their kids getting into school. There is immense value for many student athletes because they are very often getting admitted to a school they otherwise would not have.
Not sure what the free market value of getting admitted to various schools would be, but it is just another bonus people like to gloss over.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Value||
It also ends up being a whole lot more money than any of these kids would get in the D-League or Arena Football.
The reason there is money involved at all is because of the schools and the emotional connection fans/students/alums have with them. 99% of college athletes would receive jack shit if the schools were out of the picture and they just got their "market value".
|2 weeks 3 days ago||2004||
That team deserved to get in. Finished 5th in the Big Ten, then beat #4 Iowa in the conference tourney before losing to Illinois. The conference only got three teams into the tournament. Conference USA got 6 bids. We won the NIT.
If that momentum of making the tournament is able to build, then maybe things go a little differently and we get one or two extra players. Similarly, if the 2009 team (the league only had two ranked teams again, just like in 2004) that finished tied for 7th doesn't get in, what do things look like in the middle of year 4 for Beilein when we start the conference season 1-6?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Can't coach at the highest level||
He's won an NCAA tournament game in each of the last two years. At a school that hadn't made the tournament since the 1940's before his arrival.
Blanchard and Horton were both 1st team All-Conference players at UM.
Amaker's time here was disappointing because the team didn't get over the hump, but it isn't like we sucked at basketball. He had a shitty first season and a shitty third one when Horton was out. Other than that we were a .500 team in the Big Ten. In those days that just wasn't good enough to make the tourney (unlike in Beilein's first two tourney appearances). The guy had 2 losing seasons out of 6 in the Big Ten. Tom Crean has 4 in 8 seasons at IU.
The only real mistake he made here was in thinking Horton was a point guard and never bringing in anybody else to run the offense. Most of the bitching about his "system" came down to not really having a playmaker like Morris or Burke to set things in motion.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||3rd in catches||
7th in yards. Considering he played on a team that threw 10 TD all season long, not nearly as bad as people make it out to be, especially with the injuries factored in.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not to mention||
He led the team in receiving by an enormous margin. 55% more receiving yards than Darboh (the #2 WR) and 376% more than Chesson (#3 WR). He had the only catch over 34 yards and twice as many TD as Darboh (Chesson and Norfleet didn't have any).
His numbers were also virtually identical to the year before when he had a healthy, functional QB some of the time and Gallon on the other side.
If Funchess wasn't trying, I'd hate to know what everybody else on the team was doing.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not bad||
That seems like a solid deal, all things considered. And on the bright side, in a stadium that size I doubt there is really a bad seat anywhere.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Tickets||
We've discussed going and making it part of an extended road trip, but I have a feeling tickets are going to be pretty bonkers. The stadium only holds 45,000, this is the biggest name they've had visit in who knows how long, plus you have the Harbaugh hype on our end.
Just have a feeling tickets are going to be more than I'd like to spend for one non-conference game. Would be nice to go, but I'd probably rather put $500 back in my pocket and watch on TV. That being said, I will almost assuredly pull the trigger one night while drunkenly scanning StubHub.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Respect?||
Or maybe a guy like Brandon took credit for giving the athletes all the stuff they would have gotten as Michigan athletes no matter who the athletic director was.
I can kind of sort of picture a world in which he'd be the kind of guy to take credit for shit he didn't really have anything to do with. Then if the kids think he's the reason they are getting cool stuff, they'll not surprisingly defend him if he's attacked.