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|1 day 3 hours ago||It's part of his contract||
I agree he is a grown man. Like it or not (and he clearly doesn't), talking to the media is part of his contract.
If he just gave boring, cliche answers, he could be done in half the time and spend a heck of a lot less money on fines.
|2 days 4 hours ago||True||
I had never really heard of the school, yet in my first week on campus, I wondered how the two guys who lived one door down in the dorm already knew all these people! They from Troy Athens and it seemed like close to 100 kids from their class had come to U of M.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Yeah, not 9 years old, but definitely 9th graders||
I have a very hard time believing 2nd graders are using PEDs. However, once they are in middle school or high-school? For sure.
For example, this study says 4.5% of 9th-graders have used steriod pills or shots without a prescription. And that's not including/considering other PEDs (e.g., Adderral).
If we have Rivals, 24/7, Scout etc ranking/sorting athletes as soon as they get to 6th or 7th grade (if not earlier), you can bet plenty of parents and kids are going to consider what they need to do to move up in the rankings and stay "competitive" to get that scholarship/make that team/etc.
|6 days 9 hours ago||What? Where did you hear that?||
I don't understand what you mean that a non-athlete JUCO isn't on track for 4-year degree when starting at UM. I've had friends who transfered from Delta CC and WCC (after two years) and graduated in 4 years, and I don't recall them having to do anything special (beyond passing 60 credits worth of classes their junior and senior years, like normal).
Do you have a link that shows how this does or doesn't work?
|1 week 5 days ago||Playing time||
That's what he lost.
There's only so much you can do in practice. Game speed/effort is where you see where you weaknesses are, and practice is where you improve upon them (generally speaking).
The season is half over, and he's essentially wasted away on the bench b/c the T-Wolves need practice bodies. I'd argue he'd have gotten better, instead, playing 30-35 min a game against top-level college competition while also learning from John Belein.
And while I suppose you can argue that, I would assume playing copious game min, as the leader of an NCAA-bound team (which UM surely would be if GRIII were in A2), would be a lot more fun. A great experience that you never can get back -- college ball only comes around once. So I would assert he lost that.
|1 week 5 days ago||GRIII made a huge mistake, unfortunately||
And that's not Captain Hindsight. He was basically relying on two teams (Spurs, OKC) to pick him and when that didn't work out, he was off to the second round, where NBA teams do not care much about the player. If you're not basically guaranteed as a first round pick, you should not come out early, esp if you don't need the money for your family and you have a chance to be the leader of a prominent team.
His current professional situation could not be worse: he literally has not scored one point this season in a game which the Timberwolves has won. Not a single one. That's b/c he's played in 1 game in which they won, and 16 games in which they have lost (average 1.4 per game).
The T-wolves haven't sent him down to the D-Leauge, where he could actually develop and show his skills to other teams, b/c Flip Saunders said they need bodies for practice.That's got to be very frustrating.
Hopefully he can get his release from there after the season and get on a team that actually needs him.
|1 week 6 days ago||Great video||
Guy looks like a non-drunk version of Jonathan Winters.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Because his game is||
Because his game is NBA-ready?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That's it||
I'm blaming Shane Morris' concussion on you. It's all connected, somehow.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Wait a minute||
You taught Horford in a class, and now you have a contact at his new school who is knowledgeable about the weed quality there? You are one connected dude.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He's not an NBA player||
He's not nearly athletic enough to play in the NBA, nor is he anything special in terms of size. That leaves skill, and he's never demonstrated NBA-level in that area (e.g., jump shot).
All that said, he still is screwing up. He definitely has enough skill/size to meaningfully contribute to a top college program. I didn't understand why he left UM, but I assumed it was b/c he saw a better opportunity to play/lead at Florida. Based on his actions, that's what opportunity he is blowing.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Don't jump off a bridge, yet||
UM's lone 2016 recruit is very likely going to be at least 7-feet (still growing, and all). Heck, the most recent game report from his local newspaper says, "“It was a great feeling,” 7-foot Medina center Jon Teske said..." so it looks like we're already there.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||At least he's not making excuses about injuries this time||
And what the heck is "the history of me"? Did he refer to himself in the 3rd-person elsewhere in his comments?
I'm getting a whiff of desperation around Tom these past few years. I think he sees his program (which was truly Top 5 elite 5-10 years ago) falling a bit behind and he's not sure how to fix it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Why doesn't he have a Wikipedia page?||
I just checked, and the only Jim Hackett is a baseball player from 1902. For James Hackett, it's a ship builder from the 1700s.
The man was CEO of a major corporation for a long time, and now (more importantly) is the Michigan AD who successfully pulled off the coaching coup of the new century.
I don't have a Wikipedia log-in, but I'm sure someone on mgoblog does. Someone create this man a page -- he deserves to be recognized on Wikipedia.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Finally, a CEO correctly applying CEO skillz||
After Brandon took some of the worst qualities of a CEO (imperiousness, overemphasis on marketing, micro managing b/c he knew best), it's great to see a long-time CEO apply the skills that can make a CEO work in a college environment.
- He moved quickly, but wasn't in a hurry (e.g., I didn't get a sense, at all, UM was swayed by a few "leading" commentators saying, "What's taking so long?! Nebraska and Wisconsin already have a coach!"
- He correctly assessed the value of Harbaugh and didn't d*ck around with not enough money/years (if Harbaugh didn't come, it wouldn't be b/c of lack of money or control, but b/c he wanted to stay in the NFL)
- He locked down, as much as possible, the info coming out of the search.
- His couple of press conferences limited the corporate speak, and answered questions without giving away too much
I could go on. Just a wonderful job. And based on UM's past performance, quite unexpected.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Kawakami was reporting the Raiders wanted Kiffin fired||
Herrera (the Raiders exec) was saying Kawakami was a liar, and that no Raiders person had ever distributed an article to the press critical of Kiffin. (That's what that other woman was saying about that her paper's beat reporter had also got one).
FWIW, Kiffin was fired one week later. So I'm not exactly going to hold this against the reporter. Oakland is/was an insane organization.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||Does this mean Ice Cube is||
Does this mean Ice Cube is going back to the jheri curl?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Neutralize"? I don't think so.||
I understand Graham is not having a year comparable to his most recent ones, but I just looked it up: he currently has 68 receptions and 9 Tds. That means he'll end up with 85 (or so) cataches and 11-12 TDs. That's still a big year.
Unless there is some background info we don't know about, Funchess will go in the first round. His body type and skills are what the NFL is looking for (see Ebron, Eric -- who went in RD1 last year with stats and a body type similar to Funchess).
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Would some people really be against Stoops b/c of the spread?||
If we don't get Harbaugh, we would be thanking our lucky stars if we got Bob Stoops. Go look at the man's record -- it's not Saban, but it's the next level below, and we haven't had anyone with that many wins, overall and over big time opponents (e.g., Alabama last year) since Bo.
I can't believe someone would complain if we got Stoops b/c he runs the spread. That would make my head hurt.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Really? Why is this? I think UM fball has failed here.||
I have been one of the people who have been constantly bewildered by the fact that UM football doesn't take 1-2 JUCOs a year, and people keep saying, "That's just not possible" b/c of U of M's transfer credit rules.
If so, how the heck did UM baseball get four out-of-state players? I know 3 are from CA, which tend (generalizing here) to be stronger academically, But overall, I don't understand why Purdue, Mich State, Florida, Cal-Berkeley, Indiana, UT-Austin, and Illinois are able to academically handle OL in 2013-2014 from JUCOs, but U of M somehow can't.
I have to think it is a (small) example of UM's "this is the way we've done things, so we'll keep just doing that" mentaliity that has failed UM over the past decade. Hoke et al in 2012 should have looked at the OL depth chart and thought a bit outside the UM box and figured out which JUCOs *could* get thru UM's process (they exist; they're not unicorns), and if anyone needed advising help, provide that assistance so they are taking the right classes.
We need to figure this out. We can do so and keep our academic standards. UM needs to use all the tools in the tool chest and not just dismiss options for players categorally every year w/o examining them closely.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I love their tag line: "A Science College"||
It's their Google tag line. Do they think with a name like "University of the Sciences" people will think they are joking? "No, really...we focus on science. We're a science college."
Kind of a lame mascot though -- Devils, which is pretty generic. Could have gone with "Mad Scientists" or "Einsteins" or "Protons" or anything else science-related. The possibilites are endless.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||True - Harbaugh could be 3-5 year guy at UM||
It hurts to say that, but in the unlikely event we get him, there's no guarantee we keep him for a decade or more.
I could easily see him thinking "Hmmm....I need to get away from this jerk owner in SF, but I can't go anywhere in the NFL b/c of my contract. How about I go to U of M, kick butt there for a few years and if/when the L.A. Rams or Chicago Bears head coaching job becomes available, I'll do that and re-start my quest for a Super Bowl."
UM definitely needs their eyes open. If we're fortunate enough to get Harbaugh, this very well might not be his last gig b/c of the NFL. And I'd be fine with that, based on his pedigree and skillz.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||It's Saban vs Belichick -- who does Harbaugh want to be?||
First, there are plenty of statues of NFL coaches. Lombardi, Landry, Shula and Halas come to mind (I'm sure there's more).
More importantly, it's whether Harbaugh (or any coach) values more either the respect of his peers or the adulation of fans.
If it's the fans, college is hard to beat. You'll have alums and fans literally buying you a multi-million dollar house.
If it's fellow coaches, my strong suspicion is it's the NFL. It's the highest level in the sport and due to the salary cap, it's a more "fair" fight. Thus, my thinking is that if you asked 100 high school or college coaches who is the better coach, Saban (one of the 5 greatest Div 1 coaches of all-time) or Belichick (ditto for the NFL), they'd say Belichick. The way he's kept the Patriots at the top/near top of the NFL for close to 15 years, every year, in a league built to make it so that winners fall back to the pack (e.g., NFL draft, salary cap, evenly distributed TV money) would be more impressive to a coach.
I have no idea what Harbaugh values most. But my suspicion is that, if he had his choice, he'd stay with the NFL b/c he's such a competitor. It's the harder challenge.
That said, hopefully he comes to UM b/c he can't find an NFL job he wants (Raiders, anyone?). But we'll see.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Wow, he aced that||
I have no idea how the coaching search will go, which is the most important thing, but those were some excellent answers. Clear, empathetic, and also realistic.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||No kidding -- I thought his name was typo||
That dude's been there forever.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Wow, you're right||
I hadn't paid attention to Illinois' season, so I had no idea what their record was. That is sad, but true.
I'm off to listen to the Black Album.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Let's not get crazy -- Hoke won't be back||
I realize it's depressing that UM administration is (again) d*cking around, but there is no way Hoke is back. None.
To put it in business terms (which is the UM way): Hackett is a business man, a CEO. You don't bring back the person (Hoke) in charge of your most important product line if he has failed at his job, in multiple ways. It would have a serious negative impact on your entire organization, b/c revenue* would plummet. It's beyond wins and losses; there are tens of millions of dollars at stake.
Plus, Hackett has no ties to Hoke. He didn't hire him, so he won't feel bad about firing him, if the situation warrants -- which it 100% does.
*Seriously: how bad do you think season ticket and suite renewals would go if Hoke was brought back? I'd rather be on Hoke's recruiting staff right now than be a sales agent calling up season ticket holders for a Hoke-led 2015 season.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||"UM's current coaching staff is going on recruiting trips..."||
That unbelieavable quote is for all the geniuses who were posting yesterday that it wasn't necessary that Hoke be fired quickly.
What a waste of time, for all involved.
Fire Hoke, today. It's (past) time to move on.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Because Hoke is not going to be the coach next year?||
Is there anyone (recruits, players, fans, other coaches) who thinks Hoke will be the coach next year? No, there is not.
Therefore, the reasonable and decent thing to do is fire him. It has nothing to do with a "reality show", but is simply a recognition of reality. There is a difference.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||TV and arenas rules all||
You forgot we are playing in the "Progessive Legends Classic" and that there is a "Consolation Game" that has to occur beforehand at the Barclays Center, which is putting on this shindig. That's at 7:30pm on ESPNU, with our game to follow at 10pm on the Deuce.