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|5 days 5 hours ago||Never just a shooter...||
I agree with others here that Nik was never "just a shooter." Last year, he showed his ability to drive and create but that was not his role with Trey and THJ around. And I don't think Nik's success is a product of "player development" by Beilein and his staff but innate talent. After seeing some recruiting film and youtube video of Nik before he got here, I was convinced he was underrated and would eventually be in the NBA. Nik is an example of Beilein's ability to identify unusual talent rather than develop it. But Beilein does provide the proper environment for talent to fully blossom.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I strongly disagree with several assertion under #1||
First of all, the assertion that reported rapes are far more likely to be actual rapes than false accusations is unfounded. It's possible but the opposite is also possible. There's literally just no way to now without trying each case in a court of law. There are numerous well-publicized cases of false accusations. Such assertions presume guilt without any chance to prove otherwise and defames the entire male gender. Secondly, I would also question the assertion that there is no reason to doubt the university's conclusion under the standard of "preponderance of the evidence." The standard, as often applied, is seriously biased against the male. By the usual university standards, the majority (if not all) sexually active college males can be presumed guilty of rape. If both parties are intoxicated, the presumption is that the male is a rapist if the female makes such a claim. And heresay, rather than objective evidence, can result in this conclusion as well. Even in a court of law, such biased standards weigh against a male defendant. Thirdly, there is not adequate reason to conclude Gibbons is guilty of rape. He has not been tried in a court of law and under the law, stands innocent, as innocent as any other readers here not facing such an accusation.
The process here is seriously troubling for anybody who values justice. I have no idea whether Gibbons is guilty or not. The proper arena to make that determination is in a court of law and that is not possible. If he is guilty, that effort should have been made years ago. And unless this occurs, I find fault with the university's actions.
Rape is a terrible crime and I wish we were in a world without such assaults on another person's humanity. But figuratively lynching people in the public square without a fair trial is equally, if not more, terrible.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Here's an example..||
of FIRE winning a lawsuit against a university for violating a student's rights through an inappropriate expulsion.
I know it's not the same. But I'm too tired to do a larger search. And I don't know the odds of winning a civil lawsuit. FIRE is not a wealthy organization and is fighting against the tides of political correctness. I do think it's unjust for the university to expel a student for an alleged crime which didn't even result in criminal charges let alone a conviction. And I would think that unless the student contract expressly allows such an action by the university that it would be grounds for a lawsuit. I also think that such an unjust policy even if legally defensible might eventually be repealed as more male students are unjustly victimized.
|6 weeks 15 min ago||You make an interesting point||
But I don't think you understand my entire viewpoint on the matter. If somebody engages in non-criminal misconduct, they may suffer bad consequences - suffering the scorn or ridicule of others for instance. If somebody engages in criminal misconduct, the responsibility and consequences are appropriately determined by a criminal court. That is the case here since the alleged misconduct is a criminal matter.
As for the other cases you cite, I do have trouble with how the civil legal system operates. There should be a similar high standard of guilt as in criminal cases. Inflicting financial injury (as well as injury in terms of personal time and emotional distress) on somebody by means of a lawsuit should not be taken lightly as it is today. In the OJ case, I do disagree with the use of the civil legal system to determine guilt in a criminal matter for which he was exonerated. In my mind, it's a form of double jeopardy. And I believe OJ was guilty as sin and the criminal legal system failed miserably in that case. As for his employment with ABC, an employer should have great latitude to discontinue employment for any reason.
But I respect your arguments and viewpoint.
|6 weeks 40 min ago||Again...||
you failed to pay any attention to my argument. How can a charge of a sexual crime have "nothing to do with the criminal legal system?" That's illogical. By your logic, if somebody was accused of theft (or some other crime) and no criminal charges were brought after a thorough police investigation, the university can still conclude guilt. I disagree. And a jury in a civil case might be expected to disagree.
Does a student sign away all his/her rights when enrolling at a university? Can a university legally expel somebody without adequate evidence of wrongdoing (as determined by the proper authorities)? I highly doubt it. This type of university misconduct has been successfully fought in the courts by... FIRE. So that's why they're relevant. Certain legal rights supercede even a policy order from the Obama administration.
As for your last point, I would suggest that you bone up on your Latin It's a Latin phrase which can be used in a narrow legal manner or more broadly. Or is there some law against doing so? Hey, maybe it's against the university's code of language conduct and could be grounds for explusion. And I wouldn't easily dismiss the notion that this isn't a case of negligence. The university's conduct might be judged to be grossly negligent by more than one party here.
I think you've made up your mind without adequately considering the merits of my argument. I can't grant you an open mind so let's just agree to disagree.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Whether he's innocent or not..||
there's a principle of due process or lack thereof, a principle of appropriate procedure and fairness which seems to be sorely lacking here. It is a fact that no criminal charges were filed. If the expulsion was purely based on the criminal accusation which was not found to be credible enough to warrant criminal prosecution, I would say that it is wrong by definition. So that's why I would hope he wins. It would deter similar misconduct and bias by the university in the future. It would protect future innocents from similar targeting by overzealous anti-rape activists. It's a matter of basic human rights. Sexual assault is a terrible crime. But punishment for alleged sexual assault without adequate proof is at least as much of a crime.
We may have to agree to disagree. I just hope that we learn to have respect for everybody's rights, both accuser and accused.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Are YOU paying attention?||
The expulsion is apparently related to a charge of sexual misconduct for which evidence was found lacking by the justice system. Again, how can a university come to a different conclusion? What was the violation? Being a male and having sexual relations? How can the university reach this conclusion 4 years after the fact???? On the face, this looks very unjust for the accused. How can you assure due process in a non-criminal proceeding for a criminal accusation??? You can't. Re ipsa loquitor.
And there's a nation-wide pattern of serious university misconduct and bias against the accused male in these cases. The male is presumed guilty even without any objective evidence.
I would suggest you do some more reading on the subject. I would suggest FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education).
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Preponderance of the evidence||
seems to be an inappropriately low standard for such a case. If there was inadequate evidence to even bring charges (and the bar is low even for a criminal charge in such a case), how can the university conclude guilt or culpability?
The administration's mandate makes of a mockery of justice and is leading to inappropriate kangaroo courts and discipline without adequate evidence of any wrongdoing. I don't know if that happened here but it looks like the process is terribly wrong. I wouldn't be surprised if Gibbons sued the University. If his rights were trampled (as it appears they might have been), he should get millions.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||Preponderance of the evidence?||
That's an inappropriately low bar for an accusation of criminal conduct. Besides, if there was inadequate evidence to even press charges let alone convict, how can the university fairly make such a determination? is there due process? Is there cross-examination of witnesses? There are so many questions here and the process seems to be terribly unjust. The government's mandate is a travesty of justice and fails to recognize the importance of a high bar for proof in these matters. On the surface, it looks like the univerity has seriously mishandled this case and possibly ruined a young man's future. I would expect a civil lawsuit by Gibbons against the university and I hope he wins.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Great empathy||
You don't think facing criminal charges for sexual assualt wouldn't be scary? You don't think the threat of losing your freedom and personal reputation isn't scary?
Empathy is a positive trait. Try it sometime.
Sometimes women choose to have intercourse and then cry rape. Sometimes men are perfectly innocent and they are convicted anyway and sent to jail for many many years. Sometimes they are perfectly innocent and acquitted but their lives and reputation are still destroyed. Sometimes a woman makes an unproven allegation and the accused is expelled from school without due process.
EVERYBODY deserves the presumption of innocence until PROVEN guilty. And everybody deserves to be treated fairly whether they are the accuser or the accused.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Great observation...||
If the university is like others in this country, it's basically like a kangaroo court. As I noted in another comment, it reminds me of a recent Auburn case. If the evidence is inadequate for criminal charges (and the allegation is already quite old), then what gives the university the right to play judge, jury and executioner?
Again, maybe he's guilty or maybe he's not. But there's a proper way for this stuff to be handled - through the courts. Period.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||What about due process?||
This reminds me of a recent scandal at Auburn where a male student was expelled over a sexual assault allegation. There was a complete lack of due process and fairness in how it was handled. Basically, he was presumed guilty despite a lack of evidence. Here's a link on the case:
This is apparently more the norm then the exception on college campuses today. A male student basically is presumed guilty when accused of a sexual assuault. In the past, women had fewer rights. Now, men have fewer rights. If both individuals are intoxicated, the male is presumed to be a rapist. If there is literally zero evidence of force or coercion, the male is still presumed to be guilty of rape if accused. It has to be scary to be a sexually active male in college these days. Maybe a videotaped consent AND a witness might help. But I doubt it.
I have no idea whether he's guilty or not but shouldn't the law decide not the university?
Student rights are abused all the time by universities. FIRE is an organization which fights such abuse.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Great write-up||
My only disagreement is with your assertion about Stauskas "struggling to get separation" from Harris, etc. He had to work for separation against a great defensive player but ultimately succeeded spectacularly. He succeeded against a well-coached Izzo team obviously focused on limiting his touches and impact. Then, he destroyed them.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yes it is||
GR III has made significant strides since last year. He's stronger and more complete. He's still not as aggressive as he could be but he's a better player than he was when he was projected as a lottery pick. Stauskas has always been underrated. Maybe NBA scouts have a bias against lily white Canadians. Actually, there's no maybe. Anybody who's watched and followed him closely can see he's a special player. His tireless devotion to the game, always learning and perfecting new skills, is unusual. He has very good size at 6"6' and exceptional ball handling/driving ability for a shooting guard. And he's arguably one of the top 2-3 shooters in the country. If any team passes on him late in the lottery or later in the first round, they will regret it. As for McGary, there's more of a case to push him into the second round since his health is an unknown. Odds are though that his back will not be a long term problem (just looking at the statistical probabilities from a physician's perspective). If questions about his health are resolved positively, he should be a late lottery pick. He is a uniquely skilled big man.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Has Chad Ford||
been a reliable predictor of the draft? He seems seriously delusional or ignorant regarding the prospects of Stauskas, GR III and McGary. But hey, if it means more time at Michigan there's a silver lining.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||No apologies necessary||
I think it's unfortunate when people are criticized for just saying the truth. There are just too many people today who can't handle the truth.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It sounds like you're||
describing Larry Bird. We all know how crappy an NBA player he was. LOL
Seriously, do you even watch Michigan basketball?
Did you go to the Joe Dumars school of NBA drafting?
I would be willing to bet a month's pay that Stauskas has a long successful NBA career.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Don't forget||
about Rudy T!!! He was a MIchigan legend, great NBA player and won a couple NBA rings as head coach. Would have had an even better NBA career if he hadn't been taken out by a Kermit Washington blindside haymaker.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't somebody idiot||
just say Stauskas isn't clutch?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||11 assists||
Same total for Trey and the entire Piston Team.
Good job, Dumars.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Burke..||
is now just dominating. Rebound, drives the length of the court, sweet assist.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Sweeeet||
floater in the lane by Trey. 14 points, 8 assists. Closing on a double double despite a rough start. Everybody in the crowd must be wondering wtf Dumars was smoking when he picked KCP over college player of the year local favorite Trey Burke. Seriously, WTF.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Stauskas, GRIII and McGary||
are all underrated on the draft boards. Other than Trey Burke, Stauskas looks like he might be the best player in a Michigan uniform in a couple decades. He's an offensive machine who's also turning into an assist machine. Maybe there's just a bias against lily-white Canadians. If he slips past the lottery, he's a huge steal. As for GR III, he's new and improved since last year with more aggressiveness showing an ability to create his own shot with drives and mid range jumpers. As for McGary, he's still the beast who tore up the NCAA tournament and who's only temporariily sidelined. His back surgery was successful and odds are that he will back in beast mode before too long.
Maybe I'm an overly optimistic homer but that's the way I see it. I'm especially surprised by the blind spot scouts have on Stauskas. He's a special player.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||I basically agree...||
with the "good" and "evil" program premise in regards to following or breaking rules. But the NCAA exists as a bizarre entity where the typical rules of fairness and freedom are suspended. How are we to judge "evil" when the NCAA itself is basically an "evil empire" which creates "evil" rules?
As for Title IX, it's a classic example of totalitarian thinking/government gone awry. It assumes a world that doesn't exist and then forces everybody to live in it.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Every other division...||
of college football has a 16 team playoff. I have never heard a single complaint about harm to their academic pursuits. Not a single solitary one. And we're only talking about a smaller 6-8 team playoff. You could shave a game off the regular season if you're so concerned.
I could also mention how other sports like college basketball have a tournament that runs several weeks with many more teams involved. Again, I have heard no complaints about harm to academics. Not a single solitary one.
As for compensation for players??? It is a business if you haven't noticed. And everybody else involved is getting paid the market rate, some many many millions. So why not the performers? But that's a whole other debate.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I say good riddance!||
For all those who argue that a playoff will devalue the regular season, I say bull$^*##. The BCS devalues the regular season. Why the regular reason will be more important with a playoff:
1. Results on the field, not opinion polls, will more likely decide the national champion. Under the BCS, teams would go undefeated and have no chance to play for the national championship due to a lower initial ranking.
2. One loss will be less likely to destroy a team's chances at the national title. Under the BCS, one loss (no matter the opponent, the final score or the role of luck ) would most often would derail a team's shot at the national title.
3. Teams will be more likely to schedule difficult nonconference games rather than padding their record with blowouts against patsies. Early games will become more competitive and exciting with better matchups.
4. Teams will be unable to coast to a national title on the strength of their conference's inflated reputation. I'm calling out the SEC here which has been exposed as a paper tiger this bowl season and has won many so-called national titles on reputation alone.
In the first scenario, entire perfect seasons have been rendered meaningless. In the second scenario, great seasons are rendered meaningless by an early fluke loss.
I'm looking forward to a playoff where every game will now have meaning. It will be even better with a 6 or 8 team playoff where each major conference is represented.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, the running game||
is stunningly horrible. Beyond belief. I've never seen anything like it at Michigan.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Can't run the ball||
The running game is almost nonexistent. It's gotten worse throughout the year. It's the worst I've ever seen at Michigan. My guess it's probably the o-line but maybe the playcalling is part of the problem as well. Unless this is fixed, next year is going to suck as well. There's plenty of talent at the skill positions to have an explosive offense but without the o-line opening holes it's all wasted.
Can they fix it in the off season? Is it a matter of o-line talent maturing? Have we just recruited terrible o-line talent? I'm not sure but if Hoke doesn't get a new o-line coach and Borges or a new OC doesn't show more consistently intelligent playcalling, we're screwed.
And now we have to worry about our totally crappy D as well.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Going out the right way...||
Lewan makes a TD saving tackle.
Morris makes a great run and some great throws leading to a TD.
Borges makes a creative call for the 2 point conversion.
Hope this is an omen for next year.
At least I can hope can't I?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||D stepping up||
Now receivers just have to catch the ball.