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|3 days 9 hours ago||Yes, but||
Yes, but remember all those good players with "offers" who committed but then were rejected by the Admissions office because they had problems with their transcripts or flunked out at mid-season (or were never really serious about meeting Michigan's academic requirements in the first place, and thus were never going to commit) and Michigan was screwed?
Oh, wait. That never happens. I wonder why?
When this happens in the football program, it's not a problem as long as it's not a regular thing. In basketball, even one is a problem.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Bowen||
Bowen actually not a lost cause, as he transferred to a prep in Indiana with high academics, so it seems likely he's waiting for Duke. Also, I see Calipari visited him on March 26.
So MSU doesn't really seem right for him -- if he was set on that he would have stayed in Saginaw. No -- he's waiting for Duke, Kentucky and the like. If those offers don't come, then Michigan has a shot -- it's not like he's never been on campus.
|1 week 5 days ago||Two at once||
Whatever it was, it is likely something they did together. So some sort of behavior thing, and not academic. And they are off the team, but no mention of their status with the University. And no mention of "team rules" so it kind of feels like there are privacy concerns here, and it is a University-level issue?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Better question||
Better question is how many players will still be under par after today? Less than started the day, unless the weather improves considerably. Nobody with more than a few holes played right now is under par for the day.
Maybe 20% chance both Spieth and McIlroy hold it together and end up in the final pairing tomorrow? 50% way too high?
Langer seems like he's in a good position -- bad weather good for the old dogs? He's off to a fast start, anyhow.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Hmm||
1. Regular season > Conference tourney
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Ten straight full and half terms||
They stay on campus for both of the Spring/Summer half terms, and while strength and conditioning is a big part of that, they also take the required course loads.
I doubt it is possible to do it without the half terms, even taking maximum course loads. You'd have problems with prerequisites and class schedules.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Alumni||
Current students, the peers of the current team, obviously have a special connection to what's going on right now.
Not to mention professors and other career employees -- the actual "University" -- who watch the Bandos come and go and try to teach them something while they're here. That's a different sort of connection. Does the team represent them, or just the students?
Alumni are in a position to maintain a relationship with the University, and to become part of that larger effort, which really they're not when they are students. Many choose to do so, which is wonderful.
But it's short-sighted to think that your connection as a former student is somehow the deepest sort of connection one can have with a University that is all about people -- the people who work there, who dedicate their lives to it, who pay for it, who make it the great place to be a student that it is. There are all kinds of people, with all kinds of connections to the University. Yours is one of them, one that was special, back when you were a student. No longer. Get over it. When it comes to the sports teams, you're a fan now, like everyone else who is a fan.
I'd argue the only people who have a special connection to the current team are current students. That's why they get their own section in the stadium. Everybody else sits elsewhere. Join the club!
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Ah||
Nobody is reading this now, but here's my 2¢. I had completely forgotten why I started reading this thread -- to comment on Austin Davis.
Certainly it would be sweet if he develops into a solid B1G player, or better. There's no doubt Beilein saw something there, underlying the obvious problems that kept everyone else away.
Jon Horford leaving hurt Beilein's recruiting, I think. I seem to remember not-good things being said by his family, if not him. Certainly the team needed him to stay.
Beilein needs one the four actual tall guys on next year's team to develop. There's a role for Donnal, but not starting at center. My guess is that next year it will be Wilson. There's something there and next year will be his third in the program. He seems well-respected and liked -- I can see it happening.
Teske feels like a redshirt to me -- he won't be needed. But I'd love to see Davis play -- he seems like possibly a very good defender -- big, strong, and smart. Wagner too, but I'm not sure "strong" will ever really apply to him. Regardless, Beilein seems headed toward having an array of quality bigs to throw in the game, with 20 or more fouls between them.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Wilson||
I thought his autobench-fueled appearance in the Purdue game was promising, not so much because of his play, but because of the way the other players on the court with him seemed to work harder when he was out there.
So he may have some leadership qualities that we haven't seen yet, which could emerge next season.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Not quite off, but close||
An away win over Ohio State tonight and Michigan is off the bubble. Losing to Northwestern at about 100 (with wins over Wisconsin and Michigan) wouldn't be a dealbreaker. So beating Ohio State puts them in, in my humble estimation. A loss tonight and there is still work to do.
What is the origin of "the bubble" expression anyways? I guess it is a reference to the bubble in levels, but it doesn't really make sense when I think about it.
|11 weeks 14 hours ago||What he might say to the team||
I don't know if he talked to the team this time, maybe not -- but apparently last time he did, so this is my comment on that:
Seems likely that Beilein would have Bullock there in order to say something about the scandal and his role in it. Hard to imagine that he would be given that kind of platform while ignoring "the elephant in the room" as it were.
Posting from phone for first time. Apologies in advance if it goes awry.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Doyle||
You've got to hope Doyle is the anomaly. It's (obviously) premature to write off Wagner's sophomore leap. Or, to some extent, Wilson's -- that injury last year means if he is going to do that -- get a year of experience and then sort of absorb it over the off-season, coming back much improved -- it will happen next season. He just didn't see the court enough during his injury (Freshman) year.
And I join with others above in secretly harboring unrealistic hopes that Austin Davis will somehow be ready to have an immediate impact.
As for the rest of the team, I think it's more about the loss of the two seniors (Spike and Caris) -- the juniors have not stepped up tolead theteam as much as they should. Some of it may have to do with trying to integrate Robinson. Let's hope next year that will be resolved.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||Yes!||
First direct mention of the two incoming bigs! Beilein clearly sees the problem, and is recruiting for it as best he can. He will have four players 6' 10" or more on the team next year -- all will be in their first or second year (not counting Wilson's medical redshirt).
Even with a Teske redshirt, he still has three shots at the target next year. If even just one develops and the 6' 9" guys (Donnal and Doyle) are reduced to coming off the bench, then Michigan is easily in the tournament and maybe wins a couple of games.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||That's a big if||
Michigan still has a decent shot at making the tourney this season, let alone next season. Getting blown out by top-ten teams doesn't do a whole lot of damage in that respect. So that's a big assumption.
I tend to think the only way they don't make it in is if CL doesn't come back. Then yes, maybe they don't win the two or three more games they need to win to be in.
I also think it would take more than three straight tourney misses -- he'd also have to have more of the type of painful recruiting misses like the several he 's had. Then, yes, maybe.
But if the young bigs start to develop, and the whole team (minus LeVert) is back next year, they're not missing out in March anyways.
Which was my point. Beilein's tenure is tied to these four players.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Ha! 422 posts and counting!||
Bottom line is Beilein's long-term tenure probably hinges on two guys not yet on campus -- Jon Teske and Austin Davis. Maybe also Wagner and Wilson but mostly the incoming bigs.
Next year he will have four guys on the team 6' 10" or taller (Teske), all in their first or second years (Wilson's injury last year notwithstanding). [Donnal and Doyle are both listed at 6' 9"...] He needs one or two of them to fill out and develop in to an effective physical presence.
If JB keeps missing on bigs, then yes, by the time Teske and Davis are in their third year (2018-19) his tenure will be in question.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
Yes, nice job. Well thought out. Back in the day (i.e., before CFP, and during the rounds of musical chairs) I would begin writing diaries with layouts similar to this (Moonlight Graham's scheme), trying to preserve some semblance of tradition and geography while creating a playoff first round in the conference championships.
I even did maps and charts, but always ended up dropping the effort -- feeling like I was chasing my tail.
You've got it about right. Texas is the big one -- splitting up Texas-Oklahoma is problematic, but something has to give. And I guess the Red River game would still be played, but it loses something if it is non-conference in a world where conference champions are automatically in the CFP. Thus, I might be inclined to switch OU and TCU -- splitting up the two Oklahoma teams is less problematic, IMHO.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Kettles and pots||
Hard to imagine that the HS coaches and advisors like the OP's source are clean themselves. They serve as gatekeepers and wield influence in many cases. They are also the institutional memory -- they remember. His personal experience and knowledge of corruption likely stems from his own end of it (whether or not he himself actually partook), rather than direct involvement in cases where families are seeking money. My guess would be that a different sort of character handles that nitty gritty.
You want "respect" in Chicago? Pay these guys and buy influence. That's what he's really talking about here. Indeed, it almost feels like a pitch, one that is quite practiced. The OP is a fool if he thinks he's the first guy to get this little talk from this "luminary."
|18 weeks 1 day ago||These are "local"||
These are "local" disputes between Dish and media companies that own groups of local TV stations -- if your sister's ABC station is not owned by whichever one of these conglomerates is currently negotiating with Dish then you won't be affected.
I couldn't find anything about a current dispute -- two big ones last year, in August (link) and October (link). Usually these make the news before the blackout actually occurs, partly because the FCC takes a serious interest when this happens -- a forthcoming New Year's blackout would be pretty big news.
And OP, a good outdoor digital HD antenna should cost about $100. IIRC, you need to be within about 50 miles of a tower.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||THIS||
In that I agree with the sarcasm. The guy is a good coach. The two years after 2016 will be a challenge to coach (no matter how highly-rated the incoming players), as the imbalance in the recruiting numbers comes home to roost. Two consecutive maximum-size classes full of young and talented guys with a lot to learn. There will be a lot of teaching going on. Hiring some guy who can recruit well but doesn't have a lot of teaching experience (or just isn't that good at it) is not what MI (nods to thread title) needs.
Also, there's the issue of making adjustments. Brown seems like a guy with an approach that can do that. There was criticism of Durkin after Glasgow went down, as it seemed like the whole defense ran through him, and without him Michigan didn't adjust as well as it might have. So, for me, it looks like Harbaugh was really looking for someone who maybe could have done better.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan||
Michigan has the hardest route being considered, because it involves beating Ohio State. That will count for something, but maybe not enough:
[Let's assume Clemson and Alabama are not upset.]
 The CFP is not leaving the Big XII out for a second year in a row if they have an undisputed champion with only one loss.
 As a result, the only way Michigan (and Stanford, obviously) has a shot at getting in is if ND loses.
 If ND loses, then Michigan has a shot, since Stanford's path to winning out is not as daunting as Michigan's (I believe Michigan would "jump" Stanford by beating Ohio State -- don't underestimate the value of winning that game -- Stanford beating ND is not even close to that).
The nightmare Pac 12 scenario is not Stanford -- it is Utah winning out and USC losing again (Utah does not control its own path to the conference championship).
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
For me, that was the big takeaway -- he acknowledged experiementation with filling the hole in the rotation left by Ryan Glasgow. The answer about Poggi and Strobel basically said that.
Like you, feeling good about them finding answers as long as Hurst and Henry are available.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I saw that as subtext||
I saw that as subtext for "we're still alive in the B1G championship hunt so we feel good" -- also sounded like he's not exactly thrilled with the possibility Michigan could win it and still not be in the CFP -- I would have to agree -- it's all a conspiracy to get casual fans to watch regular-season games in other conferences that they normally would not give a crap about.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Best parts||
Best parts of that are the fu manchu guy who sees it coming (look for his legs) and runs until he can get between them. And #75.
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||To state the obvious,||
good luck with that secondary against OSU in Columbus.
I can do it (pull for OSU in that game), but I don't think my Ann Arbor-born wife can. So I'll have to remain quiet, or we simply won't watch. Maybe it'll be at the same time as Penn State, so problem solved...
|26 weeks 9 hours ago||Yes, sort of||
Just in principle these comments are brutal, just stupid. It is a comment board. You're supposed to give your opinions. It's a given that the coaches know more than we do. So instead of arguing with you, this person just states the obvious. Incredible that 16 additional people (as of now) actually thought that was worth doing.
That said, I really like ndhillon's "Yep. Guilty." comment above about just going into full unquestioning acolyte mode -- I might try that...
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Except||
Except he wasn't on Syracuse's campus, at least not as a student, not yet. He just committed there. Probably visited recently, whatever, but he couldn't have been enrolled.
The UCLA thing was strange, no question, but we don't know what actually happened there. Regardless, this thing with Syracuse is not the same, not even close.
He will need to make a decision soon, though. Virginia?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Shutout||
I would say something like "Michigan is playing with house money" but that isn't quite right -- Michigan isn't where it is (i.e., favored in this game) because of luck -- it's where it is because it has worked hard and earned it on the field.
The question isn't whether or not Michigan should win. MSU has not played well enough to have earned that, and if they don't believe that, then they are sure to lose. But I think Dantonio will have them ready, and inside the locker room they understand that they will have to improve to beat Michigan. The real question is, will Michigan shut MSU out?
It's unlikely, because it's really hard to do against anyone, and MSU has a decent offense. But there's nothing wrong with talking about it. Three in a row, two against ranked teams.
It's rare. Enjoy it!
|29 weeks 3 hours ago||Fortunately||
Fortunately, Seattle doesn't play the Saints this year. Or we might have been sucked into some sort of Fred Jackson vision-meets-reality comparison black-hole event horizon.
Maybe comparing their performances against common opponents would not be too dangerous...
|29 weeks 10 hours ago||Dantonio will love that||
He would have had to stretch to keep his "we're being disrespected" mantra going. But his team has bailed him out.
|29 weeks 11 hours ago||MSU ... blah blah blah||
You posted this in the wrong thread.