Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|1 day 21 hours ago||I agree it's much better -- and interesting group dynamics||
This is much better than the screwed-up policy they had last year.
I do find it interesting, how for smallish groups (say 4-8 people), you may have to dump a friend/roommate who will significantly bring down your average. "Sorry, Braden. You'll have to sit with another group of people b/c you only attended two games last year." The peer pressure (to go to games) and resentment (if you are shunned) should be worth a few MGoBoard board posts.
|2 days 20 hours ago||No question it works||
Look at the top NCAA Div-1A winners of all-time: Coach K, Boeheim, Knight, Dean Smith, Rupp, Calhoun. All are/were famous for getting on refs. There's a reason for that: it works, especially when you are a respected coach, which Beilein certainly now is.
I don't want him to become Knight (or Izzo or Ryan, for that matter). Hopefully, Beilein will do it judiciously, as he seems to do now (e.g., I think flipping out after they missed two obvious travels, and might have missed that charge call, makes sense to me). But I would argue that, before this season, he didn't do it enough. Because again -- it works.
|2 days 20 hours ago||No need. I'm good with||
No need. I'm good with Woodson.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I agree. But "C-Wood"?||
It was great seeing Woodson there and fun he briefly got in the photo.
But does anyone really call him C-Wood? If you said "Woodson", would any UM fan, even a casual one, not know who that is?
And are we calling Desmond Howard "D-Ho"? And Tom Harmon "T-Harm"?
Small thing, but just seems weird to me.
|6 days 14 hours ago||More to fonts than size||
Go look at that picture again. Lucky for us, the "Wolverines" and "Louisville" guys are the exact same distance/placement. You can read the "Louisville" one, but the "Wolverines" one looks decidedly more blurry. Why? The difference in font type.
Louisville's is more thick and "blocky" which makes their letters more distinct. Ours looks more like an italicized, curved version of something, which doesn't work as well when the letters are already on the small size.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Correct - visibility is key to uniforms||
These are fine, I guess, and aren't nearly as bad as our "hideaway numbers when exposed to sunlight" Outback Bowl jerseys. But "Wolverines" has too many letters for the amount of space with that font choice. Does adidas not care whether you can easily read what's on their jerseys?
Just look at Kansas or Louisville -- you know who that is.
That said, these are better than "Sic 'em Bears". Uggh.
|1 week 1 day ago||They beat Georgia in the||
They beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, 38-35.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's not the 1970s; U of M takes hundreds a year from CCs||
Personal experience is always helpful, but bringing the example of one person from 40 years ago doesn't show anything, one way or the other. I had two friends -- one 20 years ago and another 10 years ago -- who successfully transfered 60 credits, each, from Michigan CCs to U of M.
But beyond our anecdotes, college has changed a great deal due to costs, shared degree programs, etc. For example, about a year ago UM formalized a program with Washtenaw CC to allow ease of transfer credits from both schools. More importantly, this story notes "100 students transferred from WCC; overall, 377 students transferred to U-M from community colleges (in 2012)".
So you're telling me U of M has the ability to take 350-400 kids a year from CCs, yet somehow can't figure out how to have any of those kids be football players?
I'm not naive. I am 100% positive some of the HS seniors we take only got into U of M b/c they are very good at football. Hopefully, they are succesful students while at U of M, but football was the reason they got in. The same standards can be applied to junior/community colleges.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, I agree it unlikely we||
Oh, I agree it unlikely we pass Syracuse (unless we go 7-0 down the strech). But my main point is I think Syracuse is far from a lock as #1 seed, as they are 50/50, at best, to win their conference.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Syracuse locked?||
I might be misreading what Brian means by "locked", but the statement "Syracuse is locked into one spot" in Buffalo does not seem accurate, to me. Syracuse is not even #1 in the ACC standings and if they lose at Virginia, they definitely will come in 2nd. I find it hard to believe the committee will give a #1 seed to a team that finishes second in a league that has only 5 bids, and that has not exactly lit the world on fire in its last 10 games.
Meanwhile, if we go 3-1/4-0 to win the B1G outright, and then get at least to the finals in the B1G tourney, I can easily see us being seeded even, if not ahead, of Syracuse.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I know - and it's lazy reasoning||
1) We've had Juco's in the past - not very many (e.g., Russell Shaw, Austin Panter) but we've done it.
2) Beyond that, if you look at that list of Juco recruits, you'll see schools with similar academic profiles as U of M -- Cal Berkeley, Indiana, Purdue, Florida (along with UCLA and Penn State offering a couple guys, just not getting them).
I find it unbelievable that those schools can figure out how to find guys whose credits transfer to their schools, but U of M is flummoxed on how to do it themselves. I can understand not being able to find many guys who qualify, but not being able find any means the coaches just aren't looking.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Recruiting this year was mystifying||
Why we ended up being so short and knew it was quite possible we would lose Bryant is mystifying.
I have brought this up before, but will keep doing so b/c with Bryant out, it increases the already high-likelihood of mgoblog posts about how young are OL is and that it is a valid excuse for Hoke if we go 7-5/8-4 this year.
Here is the list of the top JC OL tackles: http://247sports.com/Season/2014-Football/CompositeRankings?InstitutionGroup=JuniorCollege&Position=OT
Notice the schools who brought these folks in: Alabama, FSU, A&M, Tenn, Maryland, Arkansas, Indiana and hey...Michigan State (two of them)!
When you have lack of experience/size/depth at a position, and scholarships to use, you should do something about it, especially when some of your main competition is. Nothing short of malpractice by Hoke & co.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting point about Fisher||
I had forgotten they overlapped, so that's an interesting part of the resume.
Still, if I was an MSU fan, I wouldn't read too much in to the "Ellerbe/Amaker" part -- not b/c Ellerbe and Amaker were much to write home about, but b/c Izzo's teams during that time were capable of beating anyone in the nation (and often did), so he wasn't just racking up wins against the mediocrity that was UM from 1998-2009.
That said, I'd still be worried if I was an MSU fan -- he's losing more recruiting battles than he is winning (against Duke, IU, etc) and as you noted, the losses in close games show Izzo is not the best in-game coach.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||His comedies hold up - what a talent||
Animal House and Caddyshack are still some of the funniest movies ever (particularly Animal House, which I could be talked into being #1 all-time). Sometimes when you look at "classics" you can see why they were important at the time, but they are not really relevant to today -- but the type of comedy he wrote still would crush at the box office today.
As an aside, I recently watched a two hour A&E "Biography" on the making of Caddyshack -- it was Ramis' first director job and he clearly didn't know what he was doing (as he admitted) but he had such an even-keel calm about the whole thing (they had many issues -- finding a course to shoot at, weather issues, changes to the script, etc), he kept the whole, disparate cast together and made a classic.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yep, saw that||
I stopped the DVR and re-wound it to be sure. The ref literally thew him back towards the sidelines.
It will take until someone blows a knee, tripping over Izzo/Crean, before this gets fixed.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Izzo is becoming Lloyd Carr (W-L wise)||
Not in his histironics (though Lloyd could certainly go off on refs) but in how he's living off a past rep and is dangerously close to slipping to being clearly 2nd or 3rd in his own conference (forget the nation).
If MSU doesn't get it together when Dawson gets back and make a serious tourney run, that will be four straight years with Sweet 16 or worse -- that will put them clearly behind OSU and UM in terms of recent B1G and NCAA success. Plus, as Brian noted, it's not like they have the cavalry coming in to take them back to the top -- they lose Payne and (very likely) Harris, their two best players and replace them with....?
If I was Izzo, I'd be real depressed over losses like this as well. While none of this is guaranteed (heck, they can still win the B1G this year if a couple things break their way), I think he can see it slipping away.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I not arguing "should" - this is my opinion on "will"||
I think Hoke will get fired at 8-4 or worse.
I can get, especially amongst Mgoblog denziens who can break down, via a scatterplot chart how UM's OL is developing, might make a better/more informed decision on whether there was "enough" improvement over 2013. I might not necessarily agree with it, as I think excuses should be at a minimum at a school like Michigan in someone's 4th year, but I can see it.
But for Joe Fan Alumni--they don't care about that stuff. They care about the fact they had to pay another $1000+ for tickets for a team (if it goes 8-4) that either a) lost to ND or b) went 4-4 in the B1G, which everyone knows is not a great conference. All the while, they're getting razzed at work and family gatherings about "Who's the little brother now?" and "Boy, what is that almost ten in a row over you guys?"
Plus, Hoke would suffer not only in comparison to the other football rivals, but to Beilein, who has UM as a regular B1G title contender (and beat MSU, twice, in his 4th year).
Hoke's seat is hot -- starting now. He doesn't have another "good job, good effort, nice improvement, you'll get 'em next year" season, in my opinion.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You know what you want when you already have a lot of money?||
(or so I have read).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I know. Sounds like he's the||
I know. Sounds like he's the coach of the extended family team that goes to play in a "Turkey Bowl" game after-Thanksgiving at the local middle school.
"And the Harris Family coach....Brady Hoke!"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's already hot||
I can't believe people think that if Hoke is "meh" (i.e., goes 8-4) this year that he will be back in 2015. With State coming off a Rose Bowl win, OSU winning 12 games a year, and ND recently playing in the ntnl championship, all our "red letter rivals" (unless they unexpectedly fall on their faces next year) will have clearly surpassed us. Alums will not stand for that.
9 wins in the minimum, in my opinion, in the regular season, unless somehow UM gets to 8 wins with 2 of those 3 wins being over State and OSU. Beating ND would be nice, but losing to State (again) and/or OSU (again) will not cut it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I don't like it either, but||
I don't like it either, but they have 10 million reasons to do so.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||My goodness, if there is one||
My goodness, if there is one time Michigan/Brandon's "corporate" operating skillz should be useful, it is situations like these.
If someone keeps asking questions you feel you've answered and/or don't want to get into, you simply stay calm, smile and say
...and then calmy and quickly leave the podium.
No death stares or hemming or hawing. PR 101. Perhaps U of M should enroll itself.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||That seems reasonable at||
That seems reasonable at first, but define how a coach determines what is "strong evidence," esp in cases where the "evidence" is so in dispute (a police report isn't proof -- it's just a report of the events gathered by the police, and often contains contradictory information from the parties involved). The coach has zero investigative powers beyond asking the player "Did you do this?" and if he says, "No, I didn't coach." -- what then?
How would you, as a coach, apply this "strong evidence" standard in a consistent, readily explainable manner to all involved (players, recruits, AD, the fans, the media, etc)?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand what you expect of coaches||
Your comment, "I also think that quite possibly RR should have done the throwing..." is mystifying.
You think RR should have thrown out a player who was a) not convicted, or even charged, with a crime by the state and b) was not found (in 2009-2010, when RR was here) by the University to be in violation of the university code of conduct? On what basis would RR have kicked him out, then?
I get on coaches for being too lenient for when their charges are convicted of something (e.g., DUI) but I expect them to let the university and/or law enforcement investigate & make determinations of facts regarding serious conduct outside the team.
Coaches have no time or ability to correctly investigate and pass judgment on whether a player has done something wrong in these matters -- it should be left to others whose job it (literally) is.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Good point||
While both are/were versatile and could play multiple positions, Walt had more old-man funkiness in his game. Perhaps I'm just focused on them both having long arms.
Maybe Caris can put on a bulky white elbow pad for fun, though? At least it will make him look heavier.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'll kick it, old-school - Walt Williams||
Walt "The Wizard" Williams from Maryland in the early 90s (then played in the NBA for a decade).
I'm assuming Caris is going to continue to grow (he's already 6' 6", and looks to have gained some weight), so assuming he tops out at 6' 7" and about 200 lbs, he'll play 2 or 3 in the NBA, with his big wingspan (Wiliams also had a big wingspan).
Short video of Walt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRbrewlFx3E
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, I'm surprised how well||
Yes, I'm surprised how well he is doing. Granted, he is playing in the East against bad competition, but it's still NBA competition, and he's showing (as a rookie) he belongs. Impressive.
On a side note: WTF Anthony Bennett?! Here's his stat line:
I know he's the #1 pick overall, but he needs to go the d-league and work on his game and his confidence. Immediately.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Absolutely. Talking about||
Absolutely. Talking about former Wolverine b-ball player's is never OT.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know about that. I am||
I don't know about that. I am definitely not a "die hard" and I've yet to say anything that Hoke could have done differently.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||If this is accurate (and from||
If this is accurate (and from multiple posts in the comments, and a plain reading of the rules, it seems to be), Brian really needs to update his "Typical" part of the post, as it has incorrect info.