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|13 hours 59 min 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Does this mean Ice Cube is||
Does this mean Ice Cube is going back to the jheri curl?
|2 weeks 5 days 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).
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 2 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||No kidding -- I thought his name was typo||
That dude's been there forever.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 10 hours 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.
|4 weeks 6 days 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.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||This shows the depth of the problem||
It's the huge canary in the coal mine. MSU football for the past ~4 years has been as successful as they could have ever hoped. Yet, they still don't sell out most games. Heck, these $3.50 tickets were available earlier this week, so it's not just a "gameday dump" thing -- there are/were literally hundreds of tickets available for less than $10.
And I'm not sure how they're going to fix it -- they've overexpanded the conference, overbuilt their facilities and are completely beholden to TV contracts.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The leagues are going to have to look at it||
The timeouts are terrible. I recently went to a HS game (playoff) for the first time in years. Of course, there were no TV timeouts and it was a *much* better experience.
Now, I'm not expecting that for Div-1 football, but they've got to figure out a way to get the games to being about 3 hours. As it is now, if a game is competitive, 4 hours is more the case. And if that means there is 5-10% less ad "inventory" and thus 5-10% less money, they will have to figure out a way to make do. With pretty much every Power 5 school planning on spending literally hundreds of millions to expand their empires, they've got plenty of fat to cut.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Low stakes, low quality & bad weather equals low price||
Except for OSU the last few weeks and perhaps Wisconsin's running game, have you watched a single B1G game this year and thought, "Whoa, those guys are really good?" I know we joke about B1G football as two walruses smacking into each other, but the reality isn't a lot different these days. The skill players exist in small numbers.
I mean, if I wasn't a UM fan, I'd much rather watch Arizona-Utah (two ranked teams with good offenses that are still vying for a div title) than UM-Maryland (two thoroughly mediocre teams playing for the right to go to Quicklane Bowl).
Pair that with the fact it's been unseasonably cold for the past week, and most side streets are currently ice rinks (I skidded through one stop sign and also down one driveway this morning -- fun!), who's going to go sit outside and watch UM or MSU play teams 95% of its fans literally don't care about?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||There is a time for everyone||
Bobby Bowden was a more successful coach (in his sport) than even Red (seriously, go look at his record from 1987-2000 -- it is unbelievable). But FSU was high-class medicore for a decade b/c he was allowed to hang on to long. They finally eased him out and are back to a dominant program (and if you think that's just because of the Tallhassee police, I'm sure they were lenient on the players in the 2000s just like they are in the 2010s. They difference now is they have good coaching).
The program is floundering. This will very likely be the 3rd straight year w/o a NCAA tourney. It's time to move on.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||But those are assets that could be claimed in a bankruptcy||
His contract was "monetized" for $15 mil (minuses taxes). Jack has (apparently) over $10 million in debts. If those assets were bought with his money, presumably they could be sold to cover the debts, in part, but it doesn't appear to be the case.
Perhaps his parents, beyond blowing it on travel and houses, just spent much of it on the interest for these loans.
I know, from the story, Jack doesn't want to criminally go after his parents but it's still going to get ugly for his family during the bankruptcy proceedings. Before all that debt is forgiven, a judge and the creditors are going to know what happened to the money that was lent.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh||
Sorry to hear that.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What did his parents do with the money?||
Why were his parents taking out these multi-million dollar loans at such high interest rates? It says they "traveled" a lot, including to Jack's games, but that couldn't have cost that much unless they were traveling first class every time, staying at the Four Seasons and ordering the lobster tail. Even then, there still seems to be millions unaccounted for. His parents really worked him over.
Sad situation, but brings home an important truth: if you're an adult, trust no one (not your spouse, parents, 'trusted advisor') to solely take care of your money. It's your money - you need to regularly check-in and be involved.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Fair enough||
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Why? Marketing needs to be consistent.||
That has been their slogan for over a decade. It is how they position not just UMHS, but the whole university (i.e., you can go any where to be treated for depression, bipolar disorder or childbirth anxiety. Why should you go here? Because of "The Michigan Difference", i.e., we will do a better job than anyone else.")
And again, if you look at the whole brochure (which is only two pages), you'll see there is nothing confusing about it or implying that the "Michigan Difference" in that it causes or contributes to depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
I like Twitter (use it myself) but this is the kind of silly stuff it leads to. I still maintain there was nothing bad or mistaken about this.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Picture of sad painting? Why is that better?||
How is your pamphlet "better" and less "stupid"? A sculpture makes it seem less real -- a photo is more relatable. And your version still has the word "DEPRESSION" with "The Michigan Difference" on it, which a few people (I guess) seem to think makes it seem like UM causes you to be depressed. So how did you "fix" that?
Besides, the pamphlet doesn't just have what you listed; it has "University of Michigan Depression Center" in numerous places. That's the actual name of where you might go to treat it, which is the point of the brochure: letting students/UM employees know that this resource (the building and the website) exists at U of M. Look at the whole 2-page pamphlet -- it's clear.
BTW: Here's another pamphlet on "Bipolar Disorder" -- same layout. There are two pics which, in a tactful way, shows bipolar disorder often manifests itself in teens, but also can affect older people. And your race doesn't matter. It's all pretty standard; nothing real innovative, but nothing stupid or bad either.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||She must give herself one hour, max, to prep & write her column||
A week ago, she wrote about how the Pistons should "come home" to Detroit, based on the fact that she attended a Pistons game for the first time in years and saw that few people were there (newsflash!) and the crowd wasn't "joyful" (understandable, when you're watching Josh Smith chuck 3-pt bricks).
She literally "doesn't know where the Pistons are in the standings", but thinks they should move downtown, as that would get people to come. Perhaps if she had done 10 minutes of research, she would have seen attendance went into the tank when the team's W-L record also plummeted.
And I don't even like going to the Palace -- too far (for me) and its parking lot is terrible. But if the Pistons were 55 game winners again, people would go to Auburn Hills. And if they are/were 25 game winners, they won't go to downtown Detroit.
It was really embarrassing. I felt dumber for having read it. I hadn't read anything by her in a few months (b/c of previous bad experiences) and I sure am not going to read her "hot take" on Frank Clark.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||A depression pamphlet for a depression center: bad idea?||
I mean, I get it. We're all "depressed" UM not only is bad at football, but has incompetents in adminstrative positions.
But as someone who has spent a good deal of time in waiting rooms at UMHS, they have pamphlets on every topic; they have for years. I'm sure they make these available at other places around campus. To make the pamphlets clear about what they contain, they tend to have simple titles -- "Depression", "Obesity", "Down's Syndrome", etc -- that are easy to see & identify across a room. They all have "The Michigan Difference" at the bottom. Should all these be changed too, so we (apparently) don't think UM causes obesity? If so, how would you change it? With brochures, simpler is better -- you're trying to catch someone's eye.
It clearly is identified as being for a UM medical center at the top; "The Michigan Difference" is UM's long-standing tagline (e.g., that great ad where they have the girl with the robot arm, the little boy in the tub with the surgey scar on his chest) and is used frequently for UMHS to show how they can help you, http://michigandifference.org.
I understand UM has screwed a lot of things up. But I think this out-of-context "ha ha" is undeserved. I can't see how it was a "bad idea."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Bonus points if you know how to correctly pronounce that||
(I didn't until I was reading a children's book to my nephews about the origins of Halloween about 5 years ago)
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's closer to UNC than you think||
First, as noted by Don above, it's not true all you need to get into UM School of MTD is a kick butt performance tape; you need "traditional" academics as well.
Second, regarding UNC: while Brian isn't suggesting the LSA classes they take on the side be UNC-like shams, he is suggesting spending 40 hours at football "is" the education. That is the football players field of study. I'm not sure how much more rigorous it can get -- what "theory" classes would they cover that they aren't now? Honestly, I don't know.
And again -- I'd need to see someone really think through how employers/grad schools/society would value the degree. A football team has close to 100 people on it and there are over 100 FBS schools. There are thousands more playing football in FCS.
Contrast that with the roughly 45 schools of dance with probably 50 students in each school; there aren't more b/c having more the market/society hasn't demanded it. Would there be jobs for those 10,000+ "football" majors? We know the NFL/CFL/etc only takes a fraction. Would accreditating bodies shut down this degree if job placement stats are too low?