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|2 days 15 hours ago||It seems one of two things is going on.||
Either they already have a commitment from a top-notch coach so the AD search is not an immedicate priority, or there are massive problems within the administration that are going to cause pain for years to come.
Either could be true. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's the former.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Why would Marcus Ray||
be privy to any special information, and if he was, why would he be spilling it?
I don't see much credibility in this. It seems to be Marcus offering his own opinions, which is fine but not terribly informative.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Why would I want to pay money||
for bad information, bad opinions, and unending hype?
|3 days 15 hours ago||Anybody who actually knows anything||
is not going to be saying anything, or they will no longer be allowed to know anything.
Those who claim to know are at best guessing. Most are simply fishing for attention and clicks.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Mattison's defenses have generally been good to very good.||
"Serviceable" at their worst. They have not been dominant, though. LSU under Miles was able to win for many years with a suffocating defense and minimal offense. Greg's defenses have not been at that level, however, and cannot carry the team by themselves.
As you point out, the number of 3rd and long conversions has been heartbreaking, the inabilty to handle man coverage, not enough pass rush, etc., etc. Those are failures that we could shrug at if we didn't have to stop every single drive to stay competitive in a game, though. They happen to everybody all the time. We only notice them because every one of them matters so much.
Coupled with an above-average offense, we would not be discussing a coaching change at the moment. While the defensive let-downs have been frustrating, it's been good enough that we should have been able to win a lot of games with them.
The collapse of the offense has been the real issue, and I can't blame Mattison for being a bit salty about it. If the other side of the ball could have gotten its act together, he'd still have a job after this season.
|3 days 17 hours ago||A "winner"||
is someone who keeps his job despite being bad at it.
|4 days 12 hours ago||I suspect||
that this team's problems are mostly due to having people in charge who are bad at coaching football.
I don't really understand why this is such a hard concept for some people to grasp.
|5 days 2 hours ago||As Don Canham put it,||
you can hire those guys to keep the financials straight. The AD's job is to protect the culture surrounding the athletics and keep fans happy.
The athletic department needs to be handled in a business-like way, but it is fundamentally a nonprofit public institution, not a business. Maximizing profit for the sake of the shareholders is not the objective.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Holy smokes||
the corporatespeak makes him almost unintelligible. I don't think I want him in charge of hiring the next coach.
|6 days 9 hours ago||It's great||
on 1st and 2nd down.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Make sure you have Adblock going:|
|6 days 13 hours ago||Could be worse||
If Hackett can't get Harbaugh, I'd rather keep Hoke for another year and let the permanent AD deal with the search. One more year of Hoke is better than three or four of somebody worse that Hackett picks on a hunch.
I've wanted Hoke gone for several years, but the next hire needs to be a home run.
|1 week 3 days ago||I was leery of Hoke the day he was announced.||
I was willing to let him impress me, though.
I was not impressed. They seemed to win in 2011 despite him, not because of him. He and Borges never did figure our how to use Denard properly, which made me question his abilities as a coach.
As the team rapidly regressed in the following years, it was clear Hoke was in over his head. I knew he wasn't going to last long.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A friend of mine||
has a BA in music. She is an excellent musician, sings well and plays multiple instruments. She works as a CPA because there were no jobs for a music major, but it was respected at business schools, so she got a masters in accounting.
If a guy graduates with a BA in Football, would that be accepted to go to law shcool? Medical school? If not and it's only use is in athletics-related fields, how is that any better than a BA in Sports Communications or Kinesiology or whatever? What's the point of it?
Thus I feel that this doesn't really solve any problems, and would likely create more.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A lot depends on how it is perceived.||
A college degree is not just a piece of parchment, it's a certification of your intellectual bona fides for the sake of others who will encounter you later.
Would professional schools and/or employers look on a BS (or BA) in Football with the same respect as a BA in Music? That's really the key test. If they don't, it's worthless.
My own feeling is that generally they would not, at least not for a long time. There have been universities in the past that have given academic credit for varsity sports participation. It was always dropped soon after due to negative perceptions associated with it.
This seems like the sort of idea that looks great on paper but actually implementing it in the real world would probably not go well. I'm not opposed to it, I just don't think it would actually work.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Your speech is free||
only because it's bad and no one will pay to listen to it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We want the Funk|
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Help Me, Rhonda!|
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Dave Brandon is gone||
Dave Brandon is gone
I cannot believe it yet
Michigan can breathe
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That was rather disappointing.||
I was expecting something more than anecdotes and innuendo.
I agree with the basic thesis, but the article itself seemed rather shallow and click-baitish.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||This is absolutely the dumbest criticism||
of Rodriguez. Being able to stop a good offense is the very definition of a good defense. That's why it's considered good.
Every offense struggles against a good defense. Singling this out as some indictment of Rodriguez specifically is meaningless.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||THANK YOU SIR||
MAY I HAVE ANOTHER
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Well,||
it's a lot easier to fill a stadium with half the capacity of Michigan Stadium. Autzen's official capacity is 54,000 and student tickets are limited to 5400. Demand is far larger than the supply.
It's not really a good comparison to Michigan.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I've seen studies||
that free tickets actually discourages student attendance. It's too easy to blow off going without having some skin in it. Paying something nominal makes it more of an event and fosters more commitment to going.
I'm not sure what the ideal price point would be. Something more than $0 but signifcantly less than current prices. Students tickets should certainly be as cheap as possible.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Dave's been talking||
to the team, it seems. BrandSpeak is contagious.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||And back to the point I made initially.||
You're making a shallow appeal to emotion, like "I think it's ridiculous that people don't like puppies and kittens."
It's not selling autographs for a few bucks that's the issue. The problem is that there's no way to do that without opening the floodgates to a whole lot of other stuff.
The reality is that the ban is not at all ridiculous, because the alternative is hundreds of times worse. Zeroing in on one small advantage while ignoring all the problems that come with it is dishonest.
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||The problem is in regulating it.||
A player making a few bucks off of autographs on the weekend is indeed no big deal. How do you keep it limited to a few bucks, though? How do you keep boosters from funneling thousands of dollars to players through autographs?
Keeping track of how much they sign and how much they earn through it would be an accounting nightmare, with no way to ensure accuracy. There simply isn't any practical way to keep it at a low, reasonable level. Any cap imposed will be ignored and be even less enforceable than now.
You have to assume it will be abused for all its worth, because it will be. Allowing player endorsements inevitably means corporations hiring players as token spokesmen for possibly millions of dollars per year. College football then becomes a de facto professional sport, with athletes paid by corporations, and the school with the corporate backer with the deepest pockets wins.
That may seem alarmist, but I genuinely see no way to prevent that once the genie is out of the bottle. Maybe that scenario sounds great to you, in which case there's no problem. As far as I'm concerned, once players are professionals they are no longer students, and if they're not students then what they're playing isn't college football any more. The alternative is the current rule, which bans it completely. I don't see how any middle ground is possible.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Holy Wall of Text, Batman||
Your entire post seems to be "Michigan is stuck in the past." Thank for the insight.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Went to see UT-Chattanooga||
play VMI this afternoon. I had a fun time.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I was roundly laughed at||
after Rich was hired at AZ when I declared that Rodriguez would get Arizona to a Rose Bowl before Hoke got Michigan to one.
I love the smell of vindication in the middle of the night.
The fact that that man could not succeed here means that we were the problem, not him. We need to admit that and get it right next time.