landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|2 weeks 13 hours ago||One of the things I like most||
One of the things I like most about that video is Nix saw it and thought it was genuinely funny.
I'm all for blood & guts and hatred of rivals, but some good-natured ribbing is also appreciated at times.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||That can't be the same Spencer Hall, can it?||
I know he watches college football, but he does *not* seem like the type to break down film on 4th thru 7th rd NFL draft picks. Plus, I don't think SBNation is a part of CBS (could be wrong on that).
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Blake giving proof this instant draft grades are crazy||
Here is the CBS Sports instant comment and grade:
"A CB/S who transferred from Michigan to Auburn, is a bit undersized and is inconsistent and tough to trust. He will develop into a reliable defender."
That all sounds fair, though the last part doesn't quite match (if he's undersize and inconsistent and tough to trust, how will become "reliable").
Grade? An "F"
|4 weeks 4 days ago||That's correct||
And the FSU game basically sucked, as it was a) hot, b) I accidentally smacked my good friend in the head while throwing a marshmallow and c) I think FSU returned two Grbac passes for TDs, amongst other big plays.
The ND game made up for it though -- Desmond's catch!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Good post. I watched this lecture a couple weeks ago||
For those not much into the reading of words
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||One eye-opening stat worth repeating: expansion of Athl Dept||
"The study points to an increase in the total full time equivalent athletic staff from 64 in 2006-07 to 85 in 2015-16, doubling staff salaries from $3.2 million to $6.4 million... During that same time period, the report indicates EMU's entire faculty increased by just 15.78 full-time equivalent personnel."
So EMU added *more* athletic department jobs, at a high-salary, to serve perhaps 500 students, than EMU did faculty to serve 20,000 students.
That is not right.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||This is they key -- what are the rules/options for conferences?||
I don't believe you are allowed, for example, to stay in the MAC for all sports *except* football, but I don't know for sure. EMU does reasonably well in the MAC (again, except for football) and likes its status as a MAC school (putting it with peers WMU, CMU, Bowling Green, etc), but I don't know if playing as an FCS school for football only is an option.
It would be ideal - join the Missouri Valley or Pioneer for football, stay in the MAC for the rest. Dayton does this - they're in the Pioneer for football and the Atlantic-10 for all other sports.
Regardless, this is coming to a head. EMU, like all schools except for a few handfuls (e.g., Michigan; Stanford; Harvard) is coming up against yet another budget crunch and spending $10-$15 million a year on football is not sustainable.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||An O.D. doesn't make sense||
He was widely reported as being ill, and in fact had talked with people (within the last day or two) about being ill with the flu. That indicates something viral or some kind of other infection, not a sudden, external event like an O.D.
This has been a good thread. Let's not sully it with wild speculation on the cause of his death.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'll allow it||
I think it is just a (slightly mangled) version of "smart cookie", which is a well-known idiom.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Man, Prince was the best||
I got kicked out of a house party (on Tappan Ave, I think) for demanding, too often & too loudly, that more Prince songs be played for us to dance to.
I don't regret it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||My old roommate had that song's chorus as a ring tone||
He was a weird dude in his 20s. Not as weird & wonderful as Prince, but still.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Do I have to give you a||
Do I have to give you a chainsaw? Or will you be acquiring one on your own?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's a point of pride||
- First, people like athletics, even when it is fiscally dumb. There are literally thousands of examples (e.g., giving Mike Ilitch, a multi-billionaire, over $200 million in tax money to build his arena, which will make him even more rich).
- Second, EMU considers it's comparable schools CMU, WMU, Ball State, Toledo -- all of which are in the MAC. It would be a considerable hit to pride if EMU says, "Well, we're really more like Ferris State or Saginaw Valley.
I agree EMU needs to suck it up and fix football. Trust me, that day is coming, whether the regents like it or not.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||He didn't say football; he said athletic program||
The working number is that EMU atheltics is about $11 million in the hole, each year.
Not included in that $11 million are the price of scholarships, which also come from the general fund, so that's another $8 million a year.
Plus, there was $4 million for the practice bubble (which I'm guessing comes from another fund) and I'm sure other costs. So that's at least $20 million a year.
I'm not sure where he got $52 million/2 years, but he is correct that EMU students (which number about 21,000) definitely pay about $1000, per year, in an atheltic "tax."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Because he's politically connected||
Stapleton was appointed (twice) by former Gov. Granholm. What does he do for a living? Well, he's a lawyer (formerly at one of the biggest firms in Michigan) who has parlayed his skills into helping other people (who are not as politcally connected) get public funds.
How do I know connections are his value? Here's his company's "website":
In other words, he doesn't have one. Not a Facebook page, Twitter account -- nothing. Why have a public presence when all the deals you are involved in are behind closed doors?
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||Yes, this seems like a good option||
He's a Top 10 grad transfer and will provide depth at both guard positions and even the 3 against smaller teams. He'd use just the one year of open scholarship, and that's it.
I hope we get him.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||My default is usually 'yes' when asked to do things."||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||"He'll play this year.||
"He'll play this year. Michigan is probably losing their entire secondary and must blood the new generation."
I'm excited about this player, but that sounds kind of gross.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Still waiting for the director's cut||
It will likely never come, but one can always hope.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I do. So?||
"Ohio vs Kentucky" means the best high school players in each state. UM has the best HS player in Ohio (certainly the best PG); he played in this game, along with a C who looked athletic (from a shot blocking perspective at least, which we haven't had since forever) -- that should get UM fans excited.
"Duke, Kentucky" refers to college programs. They are very, very, very good. If we need to have recruiting classes as good as them for a UM fan to get excited about the future, you're going to be waiting a long time.
So....I don't understand your point.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Thornton said he left b/c he wants to be "closer to home"||
He's from California (and Nevada). And while Michigan (Champions of the West) is closer to CA, it ain't that close.
So it will take some doing to get Thornton here.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Some kind of joy"? Dang, you are negative||
How about the actual incoming PG we have next year was the starter for the Ohio vs Kentucky All-Star game?
How about one of our incoming centers had "at least 5 blocks" in said game?
I'd know we'd all love 5-stars to come in every year (a la Duke and Kentucky), and I'd certainly take Thornton if he wants to come here and fits along with Xavier, but we have plenty of hope for the future, even without Thornton.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I like the way you think||
Unless there is some, otherwhere specified, definition of "regularly", you can just hold a practice in Prattville (or Florida) every year, and then a satellite camp. That would be "regular".
It would lessen the camps, but still allow you to have 1 or 2.
Also -- what's the penalty for breaking this rule? Having to listen to Delaney explain to you for 4-hours why adding Rutgers was a good idea, with no breaks?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Why doesn't the state of Michigan do something like this?||
I know the MHSAA is famously strict on travel and all-star teams, but these type of games seem like fun.
Since Ohio is taken, and Indiana would blow our doors off, how about a Michigan-Ontario matchup? I have no idea how good Ontario schools are, but I assume they are quite good, considering all the talent that has gone into the NBA from Toronto and the rest of Canada.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You're right -- he's not rated||
That's weird. He has offers from numerous Power 5 schools, and they don't even slap a generic two or three star label on him? Plus, it's not like he plays in the U.P. -- he plays in Metro Detroit for a good program.
Regardless, I am 100% sure, if Jermaine Sr. is hired, it is not b/c Beilein wants to lock up Jr.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||He has the right color shirt.||
He has the right color shirt.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'd say Plan B, at least||
If this hiring is true, Beilein is definitely not hiring dad to get the son -- you only do that with 5-star recruits.
Jermaine seems to be a pretty good player, though. Already has offers from EMU, Auburn, Georgia Tech and SMU.
Update: coincidentally, I was just reading the News, and Mr. Jackson (Jr.), along with Austin Davis, made the All-State "Dream" team.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||MAAR may not be our best player...||
...but I would consider him a legit, B1G starter next year. I assume he'll improve at least a little on defense, and at least a little on offense (e.g., passing) and combine that with him already being 47% FG, 37% from 3PT and demonstrated ability to get to the hoop? That's a starter I'm glad to have on the team.
Wagner -- I agree, it would be better from him to be super sub next year. However, I'm excited to see what he can bring.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Were those spots||
Were those spots approximately 20-30 seconds long, and never included any time on defense?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Fine to all of that||
Chatman showed signs of life towards the end of the year, and not just the IU shot. He was the #1 recruit from the state of CA. He's got basketball ability, he just needs confidence and to apply it. We should be putting him in a bigger (backup) role next year.
As you noted, I doubt we were planning on redshirting Ibi anyway. He's a good player -- he should play at least 5 minutes a game.
MAAR could play the 3, but he shouldn't need to. That should be Zak, primarily, backed up by Duncan and Ibi.