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|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Finally JB sending a message||
Irvin and Levert riding pine.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Finally JB sending a message||
Irvin and Levert riding pine.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Why in the hell is Mort even reporting on this?||
Seems outside of his zone of interest. But whatever - welcome to the circus Mort.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Last night was UGLY. Yet we||
Last night was UGLY. Yet we still should have pulled away in the last 90 seconds if we had been able to run some traditional Beilein sets. We either couldn't or didn't . The crunch time possessions amounted to Spike, Caris and Zak getting the ball 30 feet from the basket and shooting a long three. It just seems like our offense is pretty bad (at least against the zone). The last few years I always felt like we would get a really good look when we took the time to execute whatever it is that Beilein had in mind. Right now we do not have that and our bail out play is Caris going one on one or someone shooting a long three. Sucks. But I have a lot of hope that it will improve and this team will challenge in the B1G.
And is it just me or was anyone else yelling at Zak Irvin to either get back after he shoots a corner three, or follow his shot. I don't know what he is supposed to do, I have to beleive that from that position he has the go-ahead to rebound. But twice he stood there with his arm in the air, presumably waiting to call someone, while the ball proceeded to hit the front of the rim and bounce straight back at him. And I don't know how he didn't know they were short on the release because I could tell watching on tv.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I see your point. The kids||
I see your point. The kids that play for those schools will still play for those schools because the available slots at Power 5 schools will all be taken. And you are absolutely right about basketball. But I suspect there are a number of recruits each year who choose a Cincy or UNLV or UCF who did have some Power 5 offers. Rule changes that permit schools to offer more benefits could still affect the non-profitable programs in those instances.
Also, I was thinking in more general terms. Let's assume you operate an FBS program and you want to be competitive with the Oregons and Ohio States of the world. If you are UNLV, you already have an uphill battle. But now you need more money for football because new rules permit more benefits. I don't think there is any doubt that this situation you are in makes it even more difficult to get additional funding to accomplish your objective. If you are perpetually in a position where you are spending gobs of money on something that you cannot suceed at, then I can see the likely outcome being a decision to dump football and either save the money or invest it elsewhere. If you have no desire to compete with the big boys then you are right, it probably won't matter.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I figured it out||
We are hiring Jim as Coach and John as AD. That is why the timing is so difficult.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||You are the opposite of crazy||
The idea that we need a "big name" hire as AD is absurd. There is absolutely no support for the proposition that a really good AD from a smaller school cannot scale up to handle our Athletic Department. It seems the people who are claiming we need a "big name" AD are only saying that because they think it is a prerequisite for hiring the right football coach. I do not think that you have to be the AD at Oklahoma to understand that Jim Harbaugh is the most desirable candidate. Christ, everyone here knows it and we aren't in Athletic Administration. If we had Harbaugh as our coach now, 99% of the people clamoring for a "big name" AD would be saying, "Who cares, just hire someone smart who won't muck it up." I would love to look at Dartmouth's Athletic Department's growth and evolution under theri AD and judge him based his job performance. Maybe he is the right guy. Maybe others here have analyzed all the various schools' athletic department performance under a number of metrics, but I have not seen that. So saying Brad Bates, or Warde Manuel are better because they are at a big school seems like a stupid way to prove they are better than someone we have not heard of. The Dartmouth AD obviously loves sports or he would not be an AD, so the idea that he (or any other viable candidate) is going to actively make decisions that make us less competitive seems illogical. If that happens you would have to believe that is coming from Schlissel and then the issue is not with the AD. Michigan needs a great athletic director, it does not need a "big name."
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Since MSU's weakness is big plays||
I am 100% confident our gameplan with be devoid of those
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Well played||
but note I said "a" fantasy land, not "my" fantasy land. I assure you my fantasy land involves no football!
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Perhaps||
Perhaps not. I am certainly not advocating that Stitt be the next head coach at Michigan, but I am also certainly not going to suggest that he would fail here. I think the risk posed by his lack of familiarity with major college athletics is significant. However, I would not go so far as to say it creates an insurmountable hurdle that someone who is bright and hard working cannot overcome, which seems to be what you are suggesting.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||The post is fine||
It is informative and if someone can't read the title of your post and immediately know that it is updated information about Bob Stitt then that is their problem, not yours. There are a ton of people here who will click on a thread that is obviously of no interest to them, just so they can boldly proclaim that it is of no interest to them and, therefore, is obviously of no interest to anyone.
Even if Bob Stitt was not a name mentioned by Brian, I would still have found this post and the linked article enjoyable - because it takes me to a better place - a fantasy land where watching Michigan football does not make me want to gouge my eyeballs out with a spoon.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks||
We know you love your husband Mrs. Brandon.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Blah, blah, blah||
"The effort and the competitveness...was second to none."
Second to none means first. At least we are the best at something.
Seriously though, while it is great that everyone is working so hard, if true, that really proves that the coaching is god awful. Second to none effort by highly talented players should show itelf on the field, unless all that effort is improperly focused.
All of his pressers beg the rhetorical, never-to-be-asked follow up, "Coach, we get it. Everyone is working hard and has a great attitude. And we can't see how hard all the kids are practicing and how hard the coaches are working. The question is, what are you all working so hard at, because it obviously isn't football?"
I loved reading the Todd Howard piece yesterday and I loved his enthusiasm and loyalty. But the Brady Hoke he saw in action had a small coaching role, and it is a role we probably would all love to have Brady responsible for now. He has no idea whether Brady can handle the current job and the on-field results speak for themselves. It doesn't mean Coach Hoke is a bad guy. It just means he royally sucks at fielding a winning Michigan football team. So let's do everyone a favor and remove him from a position he is failing miserably at. It is ironic that he recognizes that the most important thing a coach can do is try to game plan such the player's strengths are maximized and the weaknesses are minimized. Because he is apparently in a position where his strengths are minimized (other than recruiting) and his weaknesses are maximized.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I do like Beilein||
Beilein = happiness
|39 weeks 1 day ago||While true||
His "elite athleticism" and elite recruiting profle never manifested itself into an elite basketball player, so what difference did that make? I saw nothing from GRIII that cannot and will not easily be replaced by Dawkins (and others). GRII brought open court dunks, alley-oops and 30% 3 point shooting. I greatly enjoyed two of those three things but I'd gladly trade a few inches of vertical for improved defense, so long as it does not hinder our offensive efficiency.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed||
And he looks pretty big in the photos embedded in the article. I don't see any reason that Ricky can't come in here ready to play 10-15 minutes or more as an energy guy who focuses on setting screens and rebounding. Will he be a little lost at times - sure - but I think the staff does an excellent job defining roles and teaching players how to be successful in their role.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Listened to Spike||
talking after the awards banquet (posted on umhoops.com) and there was some banter about him being the oldest person on the team now. Shortly after that back and forth, someone asked, "What about, Mitch?" I am paraphrasing, but Spike's reaction was, "Oh yeah, I forgot about Big Mitch - hope to have him back..." I always thought those two were close, so I am interpreting that as though he's gone. That was the first time I thought that. Prior to that interview I had firmly believed he would be back to try and cement his 1st round status.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's a good move for both||
Glenn and the team. He wasn't going to be much more effective next year. He is an average spot up shooter who is below average with the ball in his hands. I don't think Beilein was ever going to run the offense through him, and frankly, I don't think we want him too. I hope he thrives in the NBA because he seems like a quality person and great teammate, but his production can easily be assumed by the collective efforts of those who remain.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe I made too broad of a statement||
Certainly he's been teased - just not about wearing a batting helmet with a face guard. I actually think it looks intimidating and aggressive on kids.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Face protection||
I get it - it's rare. But it does happen multiple times a year. I don't understand why more players don't wear helmets with full face protection. I bought my 9 year old son one and I told him if he hated it or thought it affected his vision, that he did not need to wear it. He said it doesn't bother him at all (and he's hitting over .600.) And none of the kids tease him about it. So it hasn't negatively affected his performance and it makes his mom and I that much more comfortable that he won't get concussed or lose teeth, or god forbid, something worse. Seems like a complete no-brainer, where the only downside is that it is not what these professionals are used to. It's just crazy that he's the only kid we've played yet who wears one. Now I just have to worry about him when he's pitching.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Glad he's getting healthy||
That makes me very happy for Mitch. However, the only way I would want him playing is if he totally bought into 10-15 minutes of chaos time, where his sole goal was to rebound and defend, which I think he would happily do. I do not want to try to alter the team's offensive sets to accomodate him. It's too late in the season for that.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Both deserve it||
only one may get it. I think Miles would win under a "done more with less analysis" because, of all the teams we faced, I think only Duke, Arizona and Iowa have rosters with as much pure basketball talent as us. I would give it to Beilein based on the impressive road performances we have had, which only happen with superb game planning and mental preparation.
This really is a toss up.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Walton||
Walton's emergence as someone who understands what is happeneing out there on both ends of the floor - and his excellent rebounding for a guard.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||66-58||
And it never feels that close.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Certainly||
That is a very apt comparison - but again, that uses the number 1 pick almost solely on potential. I have no problem with drafting on potential. I do have a problem with turning down a polished player who you already know, but for an injury, will have a productive NBA career for someone who "could" be Hakeem Jr. I know what is going on and you are 100% right, I just disagree with taking him because he could develop into an all time great over someone like Parker.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure||
if we have an "abnormal" amount of them, but you can't strengthen an ACL, you can only strengthen the muscles around it in hopes that the muscles are doing the work and the reducing the loads that the ACL sees. There is also some though that you can train people how to cut, etc so that you are using more muscle and relying less on the bones and connective tissue. However, I suspect that Jake Butt, Jake Ryan, Ondre Pipkins, Chris Wormely, Blake Countess, etc. already have extremely strong muscles in their legs, and they appears to be fluid athletes, so the S&C coach can't do much to train them to be less susceptible to ACL tears.
A more interesting question is what are all of them doing when they tear their ACLs? If they are contact injuries, there is nothing you could do other than eliminate the contact. If they are non-contact, are they participating in drills or movements that we should be avoiding?
|50 weeks 35 min ago||Welcome||
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|50 weeks 37 min ago||No shit||
Embiid over Parker smells to me like another Bowie over Jordan or Oden over Durant. Let's take a super tall dude over someone who obviously has one of the most advanced offensive skill sets in college basketball.
|50 weeks 40 min ago||I don't understand this post||
Is it your position that if someone knowledgable in basketball were to look at GRIII's collective body of work over the past two years, that there would be something there than merits his selection as a first round pick, other than the fact that he can jump really high? If so, please enlighten us, because I think many of us on the site would like to know what it is. In fact, if you know what actual game skills Robinson has that are equivalent to NBA players, I bet John Beilein would like to know so he can figure out what the hell he can run for GRIII that amounts to something other than aimless and ineffective efforts to slowly dribble past his defender before he gives up and passes it someone else.
Don't get me wrong, I like GRIII and he seems like a great young man. I hope he stays and develops into a great player, but I don't know how anybody could say that his game performances live up to the first round hype that his pedigree and vertical leap have created. Fortunately for him, we have seen the NBA draft on "ceiling" many times before, and as long as they do that, he'll probably stay in the first round.
|50 weeks 52 min ago||Not disagreeing with your analysis||
I too think GRIII stays in the first round. But I do disagree with this continued reference to some otherworldy athleticism. In comparison to most of us, absolutely, but in comparison to the population of the NBA, I don't think it's that special. His vertical is elite, his overall athleticism is less than that. He can't really get open, with or without the ball, so his ability to jump high is way over valued. He often appears slow to me, both in terms of how he runs off the ball, and even more so when the ball is in his hands and he is trying to create something. I guess his defense is better than Irvin, but I actually think the offense works better with Irvin in there. It appears as though we are trying run sets to get Glenn opportunities to score, and he just can't do it, and it stagnates everything else The best thing for this team is for Glenn to commit himself to being hustle guy/opportunistic scorer. He would probably end up scoring more than he is now.