FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|3 hours 44 min ago||Well||
Shaw almost sounds like he's saying what I have all along: let the players profit off of their likenesses. That would include allowing them to take private money from people who are inaccurately labelled as "boosters" by the NCAA as an instrument of enforcement.
Don't pay the players; just stop stealing the money they could get from "boosters" and all outside sources for their likenesses. If Nike wants to give a kid $2 million a year for his likeness, let them.
If Nik Stauskas could have made more money on endorsements by staying in school for another year, is there a chance that he would have? How about Trey Burke? GRIII? Etc...
|1 day 15 hours ago||Yikes||
I think that kind of debauchery is great if it is all consenting adults. It's a lot like some "krewes" in NOLA do at their parties.
However, when people are forced to do this without their consent, it is not only sexual harassment, but a few of these things would be considered sexual assault in many states. It's clear that the students had two choices: participate or don't be in the band. It was Waters' responsibility to protect his students and he failed miserably.
I may never say this again, but congratulations to the OSU administration for doing the right thing.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I am the opposite of Farnn||
I "kinda hope it does," but because I feel that boosters should be allowed to pay players and players should get SAG/AFTRA scale for all TV time.
Boosters paying players is only "dirty" because the NCAA doesn't allow it. When the NCAA stops stealing money from the people who make it for them, boosters who pay players will be seen as a positive instead of as "dirty."
Current NCAA "enforcement" doesn't work because the rules don't work and are inherently criminal. The only way to "clean up the college game" is to clean up the people who have decided that the NCAA has a license to steal.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Disturbing||
I find it disturbing that any athlete would think it was in his "best interest" to play with a concussion.
|4 days 20 hours ago||New trademark||
They should make a "NIK-e" shoe...
|4 days 20 hours ago||That's the whole point||
Vablue: it isn't "different from every other AD." That's the point. DB has turned the "leaders and best" into "followers and just like everyone else" when it comes to the overcommercialization of college sports.
Sadly, the only thing that DB has done that could be remotely described as 'protecting Michigan's tradition' is to decide that Michigan will continue to be saddled with a "traditional" 20th century offense while every bona fide national championship contender not named Alabama is playing the 21st century version of football.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Mike Ilitch is 85||
I hope Mike Ilitch lives long enough to enjoy his creation. At 85, one never knows. It would certainly be a great "victory lap" in the overall context of his life.
|6 days 3 hours ago||BRilliant business model||
BR was brilliant. They gave anyone with a keyboard a chance to write. Then they made them all do top 10, top 25 and even top 50 posts, making users click from page to page to page. This told Google that they were providing a high quality user experience.
Of course, BR pieces started showing up in the top two or three results on Google for a lot of keywords. Then, they hooked up with CNN and started paying professional writers to fllesh out their content.
Most of their content sucks but they sure did figure out how to game Google, even in a world of Pandas, Penguins, and every other animal Google has unleashed on webmasters.
|1 week 11 hours ago||It has already come to the power five||
This was proposed today and will be rubber-stamped.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Well...||
In basketball, for exampkle, if anyone was a perfect evaluator of talent, he would be able to recruit players that other major schools aren't going after and turn them into first round NBA draft picks.
|1 week 2 days ago||Bring on the Tomato Cans||
For any team in the Big Ten, strength of schedule isn't going to be an issue. The only reason to worry about it is if you think Mkihigan is going to be a "bubble team." Since the eventual winner is usually a 4 seed or better, I don't get excited for a team that squeaks into the tournament.
I like setting up as many tomato cans as possible for a young team to get them acclimated and get some victories under their belt. They can develop the habit of winning in time for the Big Ten schedule.
|1 week 3 days ago||RIP||
This is a man who lived a full life It is sad that he has passed, but I am happy that he got to stick around as long as he did. He entertained so many people that he really deserved an extended "victory lap" in retirement.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well||
Millen must be right. I mean, we all know how great he was at assessing personnel when he was with the Lions...
|1 week 5 days ago||OK||
Since the freep is involved in a lawsuit with the University of Michigan, they now have a conflict of interest and should not be allowed to write about them.
|1 week 6 days ago||Funny||
Now all of the Cavs fans who were LBJ haters are suddenly going to pretend that they didn't troll the LBJ pieces with hateful epithets the last four years.
|1 week 6 days ago||Heisman Pose||
I didn't actually see the pose because I was at the opposite end of the stadium and it happened so quick, but I sure loved the sea of scarlet and gray leaving the game early.
I remmeber thinking that Michigan had become so superior to Ohio State that the rivalry was in danger of becoming irrelevant on the national landscape. I want a time machine.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Minor league...||
Stern and MJ would never have gotten away with the de facto suspension for gambling that MJ covered up by "deciding to play baseball." The internet has made it really difficult to hide such things now. The internet would have hammered MJ for the gambling investigation and brought too much transparency for the shenanigans to ensue.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree||
I have advocated this for a long time. Now all they have to do is stop telling players they can't take money from "boosters." Let players make what they can on the open market wheile they are in school and then come back and finish their degrees when they can no longer play.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The problem||
Urban Meyer uses RR's offense and has turned Ohio back into a National Championship contender. Dave Brandon mandates that Michigan uses the "Anything But RR's Offense" offense and Michigan is barely a divisional "contender."
The only way that Michigan is going to compete with Ohio's 21st century offense when they are saddled with a 20th century offense is to have a bagman or bagmen who can buy a personnel advantage such as those at Bama.
That simply isn't going to happen at the University of Michigan until it becomes "legal" in the eyes of the NCAA. Until then, being a Michigan fan is going to be a test of loyalty.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great subject line||
I thought it was going to be about Albom saying something stupid...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Let the players take money||
The only piece of NCAA verbage that has been more insidious than Walter Byers' term "student-athlete" is classifying anyone who wants to pay a player a "booster." Players should be allowed to take whatever the free market will give them.
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with a player getting paid to stand at an auto dealership, sign autographs and shake hands. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with someone who has a lot of money giving a player a "golden handshake."
The NCAA has brought an extrinsic "wrong" in: their greed and their rules. With these rules, a school that allows players to be paid has a competitive advantage that was gained by breaking the rules.
The only right thing to do here is to allow all players to take money on the free market. As for the stale argument that "the rich will get richer," look around: they already are.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not quite||
People don't get downvoted for facts all that often here. They do, however, get downvoted for namecalling and argument ad hominem.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Biased||
I am biased, too, but I think John Beileiin is the #1 coach in the country when it comes to developing players, and it isn't even close.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Difference||
UCLA buys future NBA draft picks. Michigan develops them. Big difference.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wow||
I am going to say something I don't say often. Congratulations to David Brandon for doing something right.
Most of all, though, congratulations to Alexander, Jordan and Meyer for well-deserved extensions and raises.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
All the way to #12 before the obligatory "Congress has better things to do" post...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Sure||
"Not a pitch to get the younger Brunson." Who told you that: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy?
This isn't sour grapes on my part because I don't think one recruit makes or breaks the University of Michigan. However, this is as obvious a case of buying a recruit as I have seen in a long time. It has become SOP in the NCAA.
That's why players should all be allowed to take money from boosters, etc.. There might as well be a free market. The players deserve the money and the ability to help their parents.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh||
I hope a trade involving Smith isn't "dead." Moving his contract would almost make up for not havning a first round pick this year.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Knicks||
I think LBJ and Carmelo playing for the Knicks in the triangle offense with a few decent role players around them would be a great chance for another championship run for LBJ and a first run for Melo. They would also make even more endorsement money than they already do.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Crafty...||
If Aaron Craft had been a Wolverine, we would all be talking about how he is "everything that is right about college basketball." I wish him well.