landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|5 hours 12 min ago||We had the talent to win, but||
We had the talent to win, but not the coaching. That roster is absolutely loaded and compares very favorably with the rosters of both USC and Florida. It was atrophy on the sidelines that cost us, and that is part of why that season left a bitter taste in my mouth that I have yet to clear out.
The Cap One bowl the next season was a clear demonstration that, when coaches were willing to get creative and use the talent they possessed aggresively, mid-90s Michigan could compete with any team in the country. They simply declined to do it.
Against USC in that Rose Bowl, Michigan fielded players in almost every position that had as much skill and as much future potential as USC. Sure, USC had Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith. Michigan had future pro bowler Leon Hall available to cover, David Harris patrolling the middle of the field (fun fact--a discussion this week prompted me to look at PFR's total value ratings for past seasons, and the year that Darrell Revis was competing for Woodson for DPR, Harris tied Revis for the best rating of any defender in the League that year) and LaMar Woodley rushing the passer. On offense, Michigan had an all-decade RB, a future #1 overall offensive lineman, a future multi-season NFL starter under center (way too much under center if you ask me) and the best trio of receivers in the country.
Michigan lost the last two games because it was soundly outcoached. As they lost many other games throughout that decade.
|7 hours 47 min ago||Live shot of Blanco ending||
Live shot of Blanco ending the top of the 5th
|7 hours 49 min ago||Hey, nice catch.||
Hey, nice catch.
|7 hours 54 min ago||This is where you regret||
This is where you regret leaving the bases loaded in the 1st. 3 runs were good, but there was a chance to really put Missouri away early (and seriously stress their pitcher, even perhaps sitting her down for some of the game) and instead she has her legs back and it's a tight one going into the 5th.
|10 hours 28 min ago||2000 was flawed. The defense||
2000 was flawed. The defense was young and not fantastic. The two spread games (18 point leads in both) were obvious, but Michigan gave up excessive points elsewhere as well. Nearly let a bad OSU team back into things in Columbus, for example.
|10 hours 30 min ago||And I'll take 1999 over any||
And I'll take 1999 over any season since, too.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Don't cross your fingers. But||
Don't cross your fingers. But perhaps, if the NCAA goes to home games for the tournament, they can get one of those.
2002 was a top five ever sports experience for me.
|1 day 5 hours ago||The regional situation and||
The regional situation and the bifurcation issue are closely intertwined, as Brian says. The "West" includes a large number of teams that are pretty far East in the view of the nation at large, but in hockey terms it's a different world.
And the proximity is a huge issue. One of my beefs with college hockey leadership is that people with an Eastern orientation really think that the whole world is exactly like their own experience of it. But it's not at all the same. It astonishes me to see games from the East where the arenas are half empty and both teams live within an hour of each other--why aren't visiting fans packing the arena out? Michigan's closest opponents are a minimum of an hour away; a team like BC has 7 or 8 teams within that distance.
So you get situations where the two eastern regionals are less than two hours from each other, while a regional in Green Bay (drove four hours to take the wife and kids, FWIW) is a minimum of four hours from any of the participating teams.
This is a very good primer. It will probably get dated fast if the NCAA ever gets around to changing its regional format and if the B1G expands some more, but this will be useful to link to for a long time.
|1 day 12 hours ago||ugh. Comment sections are||
ugh. Comment sections are stupid.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Good call. Best possible time||
Good call. Best possible time to do this--it's a pre-emptive slap on the wrist, but it won't get national play because this is the ultimate Friday news dump. A day after Briles, a day before Memorial weekend, the deadest of college football dead periods.
|2 days 2 hours ago||On this point I totally||
On this point I totally agree. Additionally, Baylor will probably want someone who can control players and coaches to keep things straight. This suggests to me that the Shane Morris situation would be as big of a red flag as the Gibbons issue.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Hoke declined to be||
Hoke declined to be forthright to the press, possibly under directive from his AD. The player's investigation was in no way interfered with by him or other officials, and in fact was pursued with a zeal that some found controversial.
Briles supervised a regime in which investigations were actively suppressed and victims were retaliated against on multiple occasions.
I don't think these things are on the same planet. You might not, either, but the wording of your post suggests that you think they're in the same category. I would agree that this might give Baylor pause, since publicity is an issue, but the way the thought comes out is an issue.
Recruiting is indeed a problem.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I think both Bama and LSU||
I think both Bama and LSU want to win, and will pursue the best candidate. Granted, Alabama can win with a "traditional" type guy, but they aren't going to hire a Hoke type just to line up under center. Granted, though, a guy like Kirby Smart, if he excels, will be an easy hire for them. And of course there is no sign that Saban is going to slow down yet.
LSU will also pursue the best guy, regardless of style. And Herman, following Meyer's lead, plays a style that is unique but is hardly soft; I think that he might be the best coaching candidate period next year, and that means a school like LSU will be looking for him.
Herman knows how to run a powerful spread offense; he was destroying Alabama with a pretty basic power/counter running package out of the gun a year ago with OSU. It's not basketball on grass, and it is not prone to big-game frustration the way Oregon's offense is. I think any major school would be delighted to get him.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I don't think that your||
I don't think that your scenario is actually on the table; this strikes me as a false choice. And, at any rate, OSU is not going to lose 8-10 guys early every year. Some years, yes, but that's when they have such incredible talent that they lose two games in two years and win a national title while beating us twice. Alabama, #1 in recruiting every year and the reigning champions, sent only 2 players. And Clemson, which hovers around #10 in recruiting every season (the ballpark you've suggested) lost 7 guys.
So I would rather recruit in the top 3 every season. Without question.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I think it's pretty clear||
I think it's pretty clear that Harbaugh goes after the big fish. And it's pretty clear that, for all the worrying we did last year about the volume of 3-stars last summer, Harbaugh finishes big and lands strong recruits.
It's hard to make any judgments beyond that. Michigan finished neck-and-neck with OSU in recruiting last season and landed the top recruit in the country. OSU's big lead this year was built before Michigan had snapped a ball in anger. The key now is to prove that Michigan merits the same standing as OSU in the eyes of recruits by winning on the field. This year.
Beyond that it is impossible to evaluate whether or not Harbaugh's recruiting approach is missing anything.
|2 days 5 hours ago||The chances of that happening||
The chances of that happening again are very, very small.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Interesting idea. Very||
Interesting idea. Very interesting. The only problem is that he's not a match with their roster at all--logically, they would want someone who can utilize the talent they have, playing like Briles did. Singletary is a Manball type.
But he would bring integrity to the program.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I've blasted teams like||
I've blasted teams like Purdue for not having any guts in their coaching hires, but this is a bridge too far, even next year.
If Briles works again (not implausible) it will be in some corner of a lesser conference, or for a run-down ethically questionable school that's in the dumps.
Or: Hey, look, Ole Miss might need a coach.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Herman already turned down||
Herman already turned down South Carolina, apparently with this in mind. He just signed a contract. He is staying at Houston on purpose.
He can afford to wait. He will win 10+ games a year until Texas or LSU open up (or Alabama by retirement, I guess). No reason to rewrite the program at Baylor when you can do it next year using a roster loaded with 5-stars.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I disagree with you about||
I disagree with you about Buck, but that will happen.
But you lost me with Michaels, one of the great announcers of all time. You could even argue that he's not your cup of tea, but the idea that he's "living off the Miracle" is beyond absurd.
|2 days 5 hours ago||There is simply no way that||
There is simply no way that all of the things that conspired to keep Les Miles from Michigan happened "by accident." There were people who didn't want him to come (perhaps there were some bad reasons, but given what I suspect goes on at LSU I remain grateful that he did not come here even knowing what happened instead) and they made sure that he did not. The process was a disaster from beginning to end, so the chaotic way Les didn't come wound up fitting right in.
Bill Martin is a smart guy. He has money. There is no way his sailing trip was not intentional. No way at all. And, believe it or not, I respect him for that.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I don't think Fowler is a bad||
I don't think Fowler is a bad PbP guy, but he's not great, which is a contrast from the peerless work he did behind the Gameday desk.
The thing is, play-by-play is both difficult work AND work which requires a certain level of born-and-nurtured gifts that just aren't universally available. You need both the right kind of voice and the right use of it. Some people just don't have it. There's no shame in not being gifted with that talent any more than there's any shame for a guy who can't be a center in the NBA because he's not 6'11.
|2 days 6 hours ago||It's possible. It's also||
It's possible. It's also possible that it's a combination of distance and age--Patrick is not a spring chicken anymore, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that he follows the trend of using binoculars to pick out numbers on the field (a lot of good guys have done this, especially late in careers, but surely it is more disorienting than watching with the naked eye). In his prime he was quite good, but this appears to just be a mental blip where he briefly mixed up who was home and who was away.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Really wanted to bash you for||
Really wanted to bash you for this thread but I respect mea culpas like this.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I have no idea if he is||
I have no idea if he is actually a jerk or not, because I don't know anyone who knows or is affected by him.
But purely on an objective, professional level, listening to him makes me want to drill out my eardrums with crochet hooks. The idea of him doing a daily radio show gives me the willies; perhaps he is a Manchurian Candidate planted by Sirius XM to persuade customers to pay for satellite radio.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Art Briles would leave this||
Art Briles would leave this thread up.
|2 days 6 hours ago||The plain fact is that as||
The plain fact is that as long as Urban Meyer is coach at Ohio State, the best we can hope for is parity in the rivalry. Urban Meyer is, by objective accomplishment and by the eye test, one of the two best coaches in college football. He and Saban are the only two active coaches to have won multiple national titles. Walking backward, the list of coaches to have achieved that is surprisingly small: Joe Paterno (last one in the 80s), Bobby Bowden, Pete Carroll, Tom Osborne, Dennis Erickson (those Miami teams...), and Barry Switzer dating back to the 80s. That's it.
A recruit knows that under Saban or Meyer: they will win big, they will play in the playoff, and they will have a great shot at the NFL. Nobody else, not even Harbaugh, can yet promise this to a recruit.
Hopefully JH gets to the same level. He has made a good start. This year is crucial to prove that he is on the way there.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Why on earth would either||
Why on earth would either conference do that? I could at least understand the B1G being miffed that ND spurned them for the ACC, but that's a pretty lousy reason to cut off your own members from playing them. The Pac 12 has no reason to do this at all--Notre Dame is not and never has been a prospective member, and they are an important opponent for the conference's teams.
Neither conference cares about Notre Dame's conference status if they're not a candidate to join, nor should they.
|2 days 12 hours ago||I'm on board with you guys.||
I'm on board with you guys. And if we played them every third year, or a home-and-home every five years, that would be... about as much as we play anyone in the B1G west. So they're a rival but we don't need to see each other every season. I think this idea makes a lot of sense.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Concur. Stuff like that is||
Concur. Stuff like that is always hard to tell, but in the moments of greatest hysteria the one or two key sources there seemed to have everything days or even weeks ahead of everyone else.
At any rate, they called us getting Harbaugh and they were right.
Regarding the OP: I think getting North Dakota on the Hockey schedule is a great idea, let's do it, perhaps with an associate conference membership.