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|1 week 3 days ago||It means||
he probably won't get a fifth year. Michigan has already sent out 3 offers for 2015 and they have only one open scholarship without attrition. Right now, the only likely early NBA entrant is Levert. So they probably need his schollie for another recruit.
But who knows how much attrition MBB will have this year? Levert, Chatman, Irvin, Walton and even DJ Wilson have the potential to blow up and leave early. And who knows if Hatch is healthy enough to be in the rotation?
I suspect Levert and maybe Irvin are the only ones who leave early. With Bielfeldt gone, that would leave 3-4 open schollies (maybe 5 if Hatch is a medical). they will probably use 2 of these for a couple elite guard recruits and a third for a PF or C. If they end up with more open spots, they will probably leave at least one spot open for 2016 which looks promising with several elite recruits on the radar.
|1 week 4 days ago||Do you find..||
It disturbing that a large percentage of the population still engages in other activities that may be significantly riskier than playing with a concussion?
I'm thinking of smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol until passing out, riding a motorcycle, extreme sports like rock climbing, eating to the point of morbid obesity, etc.
Life has its risks and perhaps its best for the individual to have the freedom to decide which risks are worth the benefits.
|1 week 6 days ago||I wouldn't put a ceiling||
On this team. They made the elite eight without McGary. They lose three starters (Morgan, Stauskas and GR3) and a solid bench player from last year's elite eight squad. Two of these were stars and two were role players. They gain at least two likely early starters (Donnal and Chatman), two possible eventual starters (DJ Wilson and Doyle) and 2-3 backup role players with greater potential. Of these new faces, at least 2-3 are potential stars ( top 30 recruit Chatman and top 100 recruits Donnal and DJ Wilson). And who knows if one of the less heralded recruits will be another diamond in the rough? So while they may have a big learning curve and expectations shouldn't be too high, this team has huge potential again thanks to Beilein's genius.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Roddick was a great player||
who had the misfortune of playing at the same time as perhaps the two greatest players of all time, Federer and Nadal. The 2009 Roddick-Federer Wimbledon final was one of the greatest matches of all time with Roddick finally succumbing 16-14 in the fifth set. Roddick did make it to #1 for a brief time. There is a fine line between the top players in tennis and that fine line can be the difference between winning many Grand Slams or finishing just short many times. Tennis is a very international sport and it's only been 5 years since the last great American player, Roddick, so I wouldn't call the US a slacker in tennis. I think US fans were spoiled by so many great American players in the past and are too provincial for my taste. I'm a big fan of Nadal but also appreciate the great talents of Djokovic, Federer, Murray, etc. And I've been a big fan of past greats such as Borg, Becker, Wilander, etc. The level of tennis at the top has been steadily improving and it's wondrous to watch.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The NCAA..||
has been improperly exempted from anti-trust laws. At the same time, professional sports leagues have been granted similar improper exemptions. This has created a monopolistic environment where there is little or no competition. In this environment, these institutions have accrued immense power and monetary resources. They will do anything they can to protect their power and profits.
So they restrict the rights of their employees by restricting their ability to profit from their labor/talent and restrict their freedom to seek employment in athletics.
This arguably violates basic constitutional rights, namely the guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" under the 14th Amendment. But the 14th Amendment is routinely violated while courts look the other way.
In my mind, any theoretical benefit of this unjust arrangement is irrelevant.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||Yeah...||
Making it to the championship game both years all five were present is "underperforming." Lol.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The average projected draft position for GR3||
Is #29 according to the 6 draft prognosticators cited by UMHoops. That's the late first round. The 6 predictions are split evenly between the first and second rounds ranging from #21 to #39.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I figure this makes us even||
with USC after the Justin Fargas (Huggy Bear's son) transfer many years ago. I hope he has as a good a career as Fargas who was a pretty good back for the Raiders for a few years.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||In answer to the OP...||
#1 Yes, these lawsuits should become more common so that universities are forced to respect the rights of the accused.
#2. No, university employees should not be handling criminal matters.
#3. The only "sexual misconduct" universities should be penalizing would be criminal convictions handled appropriately through the justice system. Beyond that, universities should not be "sex police." Period.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||There is a difference||
between a rape conviction and violating a university's "code of sexual conduct." But think about how ridiculous this whole "code of sexual conduct" really is. How is a male student "violating the code of sexual conduct???" According the university standards, he violates it by #1 being male #2 having sex with any female who has imbibed any amount of alcohol #3 having sex with a female who decides she was "raped" even if she consented to sex with him. So he's basically judged guilty by being a normal sexually active heterosexual male who was unfortunate to hook up with a crazy or vindictive female. His whole life is then turned upside down and he's forever stamped with the scarlet letter of "sexual offender" or whatever label you prefer.
That's immoral and should be deemed illegal conduct by the university. And it's obscenely sexist. Why isn't the female judged equally guilty of "sexual misconduct" or "rape" or whatever you wish to call it and expelled as well???? If we're being fair and just, that would be the appropriate result. Universities would become sex-free zones with sex police running around. We're already headed that way. That's totally #$%^ed up.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly...||
Universities currently classify all "drunk sex" (any sex after an alcoholic drink) to be rape by the male. That makes essentially all sexually active males rapists. That's insane. Obviously, sex with someone who is so intoxicated as to be physically and mentally incapacitated is rape. How do we determine when somebody crosses this point? It's often impossible. But the solution to this dilemma isn't to criminalize all sex and classify all males as rapists. The only just solution is to only pursue criminal charges for clearly provable cases of rape of an incapacitated person and accept the reality that we can't punish every wrongdoer.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I predict...||
Stauskas will be the best of current Michigan NBA players. He has a complete offensive game combined with drive and intelligence. I give him a slight edge on Burke only due to height which is a plus for Nik and a minus for Trey. So I think he'll be a starter and likely all star at some point. Like Trey, he is a uniquely intelligent, driven and skilled player. At risk of being non PC, I think scouts have typically underrated him due to his skin color. When I saw his tapes as a high schooler, I couldn't believe he wasn't ranked much higher (at least top 30). Even then, I thought he was going to end up in the NBA.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Totally inappropriate||
The President is a total dick. Basically, he believes in screwing over (like the NCAA) the student/athlete to protect their profits in the sports business. In their chase of more and more dollars, universities and the NCAA have lost sight of why they even exist - for the benefit of the student/athlete for Pete's sake. If universities and the NCAA had even a shred of integrity, they wouldn't force any transfers to sit out or deny them transfers to the college of their choice. If they aren't willing to do that, they should stop being hypocritical and start requiring coaches to sit out a year after transferring. Heck, to be totally consistent, they probably should require all employees and students switching schools to sit on their ass for a year. What a #%^>#%ed up system.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||See my reply above...||
I agree that attrition was a significant factor but the results were far below the talent level.
As I said earlier though, Hoke deserves more time to right the ship as his recruits have time to gain experience.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not oblivious||
To the attrition. But you seem oblivious to the crappy results this past year with talent that was definitely not crappy. We had the worst offensive line in the history of Michigan football despite having not one but two NFL draftees (including one first rounder) on the line. We had negative rushing yards in two consecutive games. We eked out last second wins against 5-7 MAC weakling Akron and 3-9 UConn. We were destroyed by a mediocre 7-5 Kansas State team in our bowl game which wasn't nearly as close as the final score (admittedly with a RS fresh QB).
You need to take off your maize colored glasses.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Why all...||
The negativity and a negbang? Sometimes I seriously wonder about the maturity and/or sanity of many people here.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I agree||
That decommitments are part of the recruiting game. And I do think that recruits should have latitude to make the best decision for them. So I'm not overly disappointed by the decommitments - especially since we should be able to reel in plenty of talented players.
I don't understand how you "couldn't disagree more about the coaching." How can you say that coaching hasn't been the main problem with a 7-6 unranked finish last year after top ranked recruiting classes year after year? With our recruiting classes (#8 in 2009, #20 in 2010, #21 in 2011, #7 in 2012 and #5 in 2013), our results have been extremely subpar. That's all on the coaching. Just average coaching should lead to a top 15 finish with our talent level.
I like Hoke and think he deserved the job initially. But we need to see improvement this year or we should look for a new head coach.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||These decisions puzzle me||
I just don't understand how a kid already sold on Michigan could switch to ND. Our football programs are on a par at this time and we have similar tradition. From a player's perspective, Hoke seems to be a far more appealing coach than Kelly. And our coordinators have far more prestige than ND's. And South Bend isn't near the college town Ann Arbor is.
But I respect any kid's decision and wish him good luck.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah..||
I was thinking the same thing. It's hard to get excited about any early commits since all our high ranked commits subsequently decommitted.
I don't think Bama has the same problem.
It's very frustrating but we should still have a great class. We just have to develop the excellent talent we have. Our problem is coaching not recruiting.
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||I agree..||
My expectations are low at this point. It would be awesome if he could just get a chance to suit up and get into a game but I don't even know if that is likely. As a physician, I can tell you head injuries are unpredictable. They can range from mild to severe regardless of outward appearances. Physically, he looks fully recovered but high level athletics is more than just physical ability.
If Beilein has him for 4-5 years, there's some hope he can improve further and eventually make it onto th the court.
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||Nice summary||
But yeah, as others point, Chatman and Dawkins are a bit taller than you listed. And my view of Hatch would be a little different. While his story can be called "one of the saddest," I would also call it one of the most uplifting. He did survive TWO plane crashes after all and returned to play competitive high school basketball. And he probably has a bright future ahead of him outside of basketball. As for basketball, I wouldn't count him completely out yet. Realistically, he may not even play. But he was a high level 3 star recruit (not a 1 star) before the last plane crash and he has a habit of beating the odds.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Let me enlighten you..||
Here's a recent Wall Street Journal article on the subject (written by attorneys with extensive experience in sexual assault cases):
The important excerpt -
"Today at colleges across the country, a student accused of sexual misconduct has no right to find out the evidence against him, no right to be in the same room as his accuser, no right to a lawyer and no right to cross-examine the witnesses against him - all rights that, in a criminal proceeding, are fundamental. His case will be decided by a committee comprised variously of students, professors and administrators without oversight by impartial professionals who have criminal law experience."
"Due process" isn't even mentioned in the Obama administration task force recommendations.
The Obama administration task force is aggressivelly pushing for a low standard for guilt (preponderance of the evidence) and also encouraging universities to investigate and punish students using inadequate processes and inadequately trained personnel.
Your casual dismissal of these serious concerns and mockery of what amounts to "a war on men" is both ignorant and shameful.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||As the last poster points out...||
My post isn't partisan or making any left-right political statement. It is a statement of fact. The Obama administration has applied extreme pressure to force universities to aggressively investigate and punish alleged sexual assault using a low standard of evidence and certain criteria (which assume the male is the aggressor and guilty until proven innocent). And I would hope that being in favor of fairness and justice for all isn't a partisan political stance. Of course, my description of this approach as a war on men is my opinion but one that would seem reasonable to any man victimized by the current system.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Even without||
Knowing the details if the case, I can safely assume the student was wronged by the university. There was a good article in the WSJ recently about university misconduct and disregard for defendant rights in such cases. There is also a good article in the National Review on thus subject today. There is a war on men on college campuses and the Obama administration is leading this war while ginning up hysteria about a rape epidemic on college campuses. Hopefully he wins the case but I'm not hopeful because men are treated as second-class citizens even in the courts.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||The whole commencement speaker thing...||
Has gotten out of hand at pretty much every university. I think it's best to have a non-political speaker or better yet, only a fellow student speaker. The spotlight should be on the students not the fame or infamy of the speaker. Besides, politicians typically aren't the best role models anyway. They haven't really achieved anything substantial except win a popularity contest.
And political speakers tend to tarnish what should be a joyous moment by making controversial and/or offensive statements. At one commencement I attended, the speaker actually accused Bush of being a war criminal and implied that anybody who wasn't pro big government was a racist pig. Whether that's true or not, it's not the time or place.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Win some, lose some..||
While it's never good news to hear a Michigan target has chosen the dark side, Grandstaff wasn't at the top of our list. Brunson and Coleman are. And I don't think Grandstaff is another Stauskas.
As for recruits being moved by Michigan's recent success, I think they are just not as dramatically as one might expect. Chatman, our top 2014 recruit, is a stud and a 5 star according to one recruiting site. And our other 2014 recruits are nothing to sneeze at. Wilson has moved up to #65 or so on one service.
If Michigan doesn't land either Brunson or Coleman, you would have to start wondering about the judgement of these high school kids. Michigan has been a top 5 program in the past couple years, has arguably the top coach in he country, runs a clean program and is turning 3 stars and 4 stars into top NBA Picks. Go figure.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Speaking from experience...||
Medical residents DO put their long term physical health in jeopardy due to their work. Their long hours and lack of sleep leads to physical injury - most notably from motor vehicle accidents. One resident died post-call from a motor vehicle accident and another had a bad car crash post-call during my residency. Then there's the physical toll from irregular sleep and poor diet. Then there's the severe mental/emotional stress from sleep deprivation while handling life and death situations. The rate of depression and suicide is high. Moreover, studies have shown that working long hours and sleep deprivation shortens lifespans and is correlated with a higher rate of heart attacks, etc. As for pay, it is paltry on a per hour basis. I was making about minimum wage on a per hour basis.
Why aren't residents unionized? I'm not certain. It is probably due to legal prohibitions since physicians as a rule are barred from unionizing. This prohibition makes no sense when you consider that other critical emergency personnel including nurses, police and firefighters are allowed to unionize. But laws are often neither sensible or fair.
As you can probably guess, I think the medical residency system is badly in need of reform - as is college athletics.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||As others here||
point out, the proper term would be strike, not boycott. And I also don't think you need a union to do that. Both the NBA and NCAA situations are unusual since both have essentially a monopoly on their product and both have developed unusual rules governing labor. So in the NBA you have bizarre situations where multimillionaires go on strike for prolonged periods. I certainly hope college athletics doesn't get to that point. I'm much less of a pro sports fan after enduring such insanity.
As for the Sterling situation, I'm glad the NBA came down hard on him. It was a private conversation but his words were reprehensible and intolerable for somebody who has power over others.
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||The NCAA||
Is beyond fucking evil. This decision is beyond fucking stupid on so many levels. And the NCAA's idea of reform? Making it only half as fucking stupid.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Use your brain||
Einstein. What's the theory behind making marijuana illegal? What's the theory for penalizing athletes who use a drug that is not performance enhancing and much safer than legal drugs? Why does the NCAA have the power to make such insane rules?
People sue for complete nonsense all the time and win millions even when there weren't any damages. Here, the NCAA obviously harmed him and might have cost him millions in lost wages.