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|1 hour 44 min ago||We were at 700 S. State for||
We were at 700 S. State for my whole time. I made room 7 into 007.
|6 hours 34 min ago||The friend is Mike Pettigano.||
The friend is Mike Pettigano. He used to be the Brian Cook for Penn State, now he works for a newspaper that covers Central New Jersey, so he always has stuff for me about Peppers from their sports desk.
|21 hours 16 min ago||New Jersey Catholic Schools||
New Jersey Catholic Schools are dirtier than Ohio's Catholic League. I've worried that Michigan's CL will start going that direction; until lately it was so dominated by Bo guys (and the Bo-like but non-Bo guy Al Fracassa) that things have stayed fairly clean.
When this stuff started coming out I asked a guy who should know if Peppers might have anything follow him and he said no unless Michigan decides to do something on their own. Basically his old school was PISSED when he transferred, and has been trying ever since to sink him and smear him.
|1 day 54 min ago||Not sure if serious.||
Not sure if serious.
|1 day 56 min ago||It was getting too||
It was getting too complicated by separating all those thigns out. So instead I decided to just count all wins and losses as equal no matter what level, figuring if you are in the MAC you do get to play against MAC teams but you also have MAC problems all over your team.
Then I made up the difference by giving bonuses that scale with the level you're at. So Les Miles didn't get big builder points because he inherited a Saban team, but he wracked up 33 points in Power 5 bonuses.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Oops. I thought I gave him a||
Oops. I thought I gave him a 3 in both of those. Maybe I accidentally overtyped it at one point. I'm looking over the metrics again and don't see any other weird things.
Hoke was known for execution. When he came here the positives were all "he teaches you fundamental football." Sometimes the things we think are positives don't translate. I could add Hoke as a candidate for 2015 right now if you like but it won't be pretty.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Capping the top category does||
Capping the top category does damage Miles, but I think it also allows us to draw conclusions from other factors than "has won a boatload of games on this level."
From the start my goal was to reperesent the level to which factors, not specific coaches, weighed on the decision of the new coach. Every other category was rated on a scale, while I let relevant coaching success tally up points until it hit a threshold of perfect.
Miles got a -3 for ethics and a -4 for being too old to be around for a long time. Those are things that people talk about as immediate grounds for disconsideration, and I made them relatively small things. In my ratings Les makes up for being an oversigner and a dirty recruiter simply by being really good at coaching offensive linemen. Because of that he rates a 50--exactly as much confidence as my ratings put on Gary Moeller circa January 1990. It makes him my 4th candidate, which is higher than Brian (not in top 7) and Ace (6th) had him in the podcast.
|1 day 1 hour ago||I tried to show what Bo was||
I tried to show what Bo was coming out of Miami (NTM). Moeller wasa 50, which is really high on this scale, despite our misgivings about the fact that he'd only been a head coach for a tiny bit of time and that didn't go well.
This isn't a "is he a better coach" matrix. It's a "what did he look like as a coaching candidate on the day he was hired" matrix. And here's what it looked like when Bo was hired:
That is Don Canham, AD for all of seven months, with a facial expression that is anything but "I just made the defining coaching hire for the next 40 years."
Rodriguez was FAR more established at his hiring than Bo and his two assistants.
|1 day 1 hour ago||It was a BCS league at the||
It was a BCS league at the time, albeit a weaker one. Winning the Big East of that day wasn't appreciably different than the Big Ten now.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I gave that to RR so I'd||
I gave that to RR so I'd better be as tough on guys I suspect a lot more dirt from.
Herman is Urban Meyer's recruiting superstar, and Urban Meyer is perhaps the dirtiest recruiter in the game other than Freese. Meyer is the master of the well-timed fib.Also, Ohio State escaped the Tressel stuff, but the cars and the apartments that come fully loaded, and the blatant lies have to trickle down to a guy on Herman's level.
MSU's problems are of a different nature. They recruit a lot of guys (not all of their guys) who have problems respecting fellow human beings. The result is a lot of violent and negative behaviors both on and off the field that the football staff ignore or even tacitly encourage. Dantonio, like Tressel, bases his moral code on obedience and loyalty, not right and wrong. He's a damn good coach but not a coach Michigan would have been able to tolerate, and Narduzzi has been there every step of the way.
If either of these guys were to be hired at Michigan, there would be a real fear of either of those program cultures being transmitted here, where you can't get away with that kind of stuff. If we're importing a rival's program by hiring a rival's assistant, we should recognize the bad parts of that program could come too.
|1 day 2 hours ago||-2 is a "So what." I probably||
-2 is a "So what." I probably should have had a better title for it. I was trying to capture the zeitgeist of the fanbase at the time of his hire. RR recruited a lot of guys to WVa that he couldn't have to Michigan. Rodriguez wasn't a Beilein and we knew it. I wanted to beat my biases on this.
Only a -3 is a problem.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I mentioned to Brian when||
I mentioned to Brian when reviewing this that it needed some context and he said he'd give it later. If Brandon's been firing off one of these hate messages once a week or so since he got here, that's alienating about 300 people, i.e. 1/1,000th of the 300,000-strong waitlist Michigan used to have and has no longer thanks to Brandon's leadership.
Of all the things we have against him, "sometimes gets mad on the internet" is hardly his greatest fault. It absolutely does give a window into his personality when he's challenged.
The thing I find far more appalling is the criminal FOIA dodging by deleting emails. Public employees' work emails are public because the public is ultimately responsible for their employees' actions. Not only is he breaking the law, he's charging more than the cost of the fine to the media the fine is supposed to be paid to.
I would find that grounds for immediate dismissal, and there ought to be a lawsuit against the university that forces it to take fees off of FOIA requests, and pay a punitive fine in lieu of however many potential public records were destroyed. It seems to me a classic case of a public employee thinking he's above the law, and a public institution granting an official the power to thwart the people.
|1 day 22 hours ago||In Defense of the Emails||
|2 days 15 hours ago||I was CC-ed on the email||
I was CC-ed on the email chain for a bit as we had an outside consultant doing some high-level tracking stuff. I got lost on the details between computer engineers but I think this was a much more involved confirmation than a forwarded email--from a non-computer geek it did appear the original emails had been transferred in some unalterable state, and were being tested with IP pings and such.
|5 days 21 hours ago||I found a way to get us more||
I found a way to get us more tiny flags. There were banners of Big Ten West teams all around Michigan Stadium so i ran up there and grabbed them. Maybe Wisconsin will complain in like 20 years when they visit next but who thinks there will be a Big Ten or football or a world in 20 years?
So: we have tiny flags again. Tiny flag shortage over. Sorry some of them are purple.
|6 days 52 min ago||1386...||
|6 days 4 hours ago||Notre Dame has released a||
Notre Dame has released a statement assuring the public that this one is at least 82% real.
|6 days 14 hours ago||If you guessed this is why we||
If you guessed this is why we stopped playing you...don't win because there is no more winning, just the darkness.
|6 days 21 hours ago||3 Players taking medicals?||
Edited it because crazy speculation from misunderstood context, and I find speculation on players who won't be here next year distasteful.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Well we planned to kill it||
Well we planned to kill it off but now the thread has infinite lives, god mode enabled, holds every item in Castlevania II, and skipped to the last boss.
[EDIT: Okay so on googling I got the castlevania code confused with the fake ending one]
|1 week 15 hours ago||ADC: DB-less Domino's on the rise||
We look stupid when a bunch of people criticize Brandon's tenure at Domino's and get key facts incorrect. I've let the threads stick but it's getting ridiculous, and there are not enough people with knowledge of the pizza business around to refute falsehoods properly.
Since it's super OT just gonna nix the thread this time. DB's old business isn't off limits because his success there absolutely has informed his approach to Michigan, but considering all the calls to fire him from the board and this site in general I'd like to at least be able to say we didn't encourage false crap like "Domino's is so great now that he's gone" to be attached to him.
|1 week 16 hours ago||This is just false, man. He||
This is just false, man. He wasn't forced out. He turned that business from a family-owned business with a too-strong culture (and a nut at the top) to a successful IPO. He brought a professional culture to a company sorely in need of it. It's probably accurate to say that trying to duplicate that success at a non-profit was the key to his failure at Michigan, but you can't argue his tenure as CEO was anything less than anyone with an interest in that company (including as a consumer) would want.
They've got a whole different corporate culture now: instead of being this closed off cheap pizza factory who make their delivery people wear stupid clothes they focus on being super transparent.
Give credit where due. It makes the criticism more believable.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Are you sure he's||
Are you sure he's gone?
|1 week 16 hours ago||I'm close to nixing this||
I'm close to nixing this thread because so many others like it have popped up. Also contributing Domino's success to losing Brandon is just incorrect. You know I'd take an opportunity to knock DB if it was worthwhile, but the fact is that Brandon was involved in their decision to revamp the core product and took the Michigan job right after they launched it. As for profitability, that has a lot to do with their CFO (who was there when Brandon was), who is one of the smartest dudes out there. Wheat has been at historic lows for 4 years, and that's helping all pizza businesses but that CFO got way out in front of the market in 2010. There was a WSJ article about it a few months later because it was one of the biggest examples of major futures moving at a long term high.
|1 week 16 hours ago||IDDQD||
|1 week 16 hours ago||Fun fact: if you type that||
Fun fact: if you type that into Mike Tyson's garage door keypad he'll come out and fight you.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Just a heads up: if you go||
Just a heads up: if you go into sportswriting you may find yourself professionally bound to watch Appalachian State games that don't involve Michigan, and Michigan State games that do.
|1 week 16 hours ago||http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/m|
|1 week 17 hours ago||the wife and I still show||
the wife and I still show people the 29/31 and "this party took a turn for the douche" videos at like every YouTube-enabled social event.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Well played, internet. Well||
Well played, internet. Well played.