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|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think Maryland had a better||
I think Maryland had a better chance of this before they joined the B1G. Now, they're Purdue East. If you're good enough to be a quality Big Ten football player, why would you do it at Maryland?
Sure, there's the occasional guy who just wants to play for "his" school. But there's very few kids who grew up dreaming of putting on the red and yellow and black and white and...what is that, some kind of metallic grayish-orange? of Maryland Football. Rather, what that "rich talent pool" is going to get growing up is a half-dozen views a year of the Big House and Horseshoe and Happy Valley and Camp Randall where the Terps are getting steamrollered.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Sure, we could have stood||
Sure, we could have stood pat. All of those other conference expansions were driven by ephemeral TV dollars as well and many won't end well. Kudos to the Big 12 (words I never thought I'd write) for ending the insanity and not adding UCF or Cincy or whomever else they were considering recently just to grow for growth's sake.
True, it's just one game against Rutgers and one game against Maryland. But that's two games in a 12-game season where we're remarkably unlikely to have a decent football game to watch. Add in a body bag game or two early in the season and one or two more down-year B1G teams and all of a sudden, half the games on the schedule are dreck.
That's because Rutgers is straight trash, and Maryland hasn't been consistently good since the 1950s. (Notably, they're 2-37-1 all time against Penn State.) Virtually every single B1G school -- including Purdue and Northwestern -- has been higher-quality and more consistent than either of those schools over the past few decades. Hell, even Illinois managed to win the B1G in 2001 and never forget that Ron Zook went to a Rose Bowl.
About a third of the most popular college football teams in the country are Big Ten schools. We were not threatened with being kicked out of the BCS or FBS or whatever if we hadn't grown even bigger, and if we needed to grow for on-field "we need a championship game!" reasons rather than TV dollars then there were other options that have been hashed out elsewhere ad nauseam.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not celebrating, you make||
I'm not celebrating, you make the same point I thought was implicit: Meltdown in cable revenues hurts the value of the B1G Network, B1G Network value is the only reason to have Maryland and Rutgers befouling our conference.
I like TV money for football because it means we can do non-revenue sports as well as keep the gameday atmosphere reasonably marketing-free (at least inside the bowl of the stadium), but I dislike the way the B1G decided to sell out everything the fans care about in favor of a revenue model that any reasonably-intelligent observer of media and technology trends could (and did) say was on its last legs.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||It's a multi-day story once||
It's a multi-day story once people like Kaepernick and Harbaugh get involved thanks to the importance we place on sports in our society, which was clearly Colin's intention.
The issues he's concerned about have lingered for years/decades/centuries. It's not the end of the world if we talk about them for more than one "news cycle" (I'm in media/marketing, hate that term) here and there.
|33 weeks 23 hours ago||Supply and demand||
The corruption issues come because the NCAA's rules basically fix the price of a valuable product that has limited supply and high demand (the labor of high-quality college-eligible football players) at "scholarship, room and board." Markets being what they are, that rarely works.
Allowing schools to effectively compete on price through this kind of system will decrease the need for their boosters to do so behind the scenes. It'll create a more efficient market because everyone will be able to see roughly what their competitors are offering and players can openly share those offers in negotatiations with other schools.
Kids will get paid. Some will be worth it, some won't. But there's so damn much money sloshing around college football that it's good they'll see some of it.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Apropos||
Edit: No HTML5 video tag, huh?The scene in question, even if everybody else beat me to it while I was fighting drupal.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Not Constantinople?||
Admittedly, that's nobody's business but the Turks.
|44 weeks 14 hours ago||Ordinary people didn't||
Ordinary people didn't envision Rutgers in the Big Ten. And that was fine.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Disappointed||
That he felt the need to lie in his first press conference, when he called Jim Delaney "...a true leader and one of the greatest minds in moving intercollegiate athletics forward in a positive direction."
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Oh the other hand, if this is||
Oh the other hand, if this is the kind of recruiting that Harbaugh pulls off with just one season of relative success in the program then imagine what the 2018, 2019, etc. defenses will look like.
I fully expect that once we get through some of the lingering echoes of "RICH ROD Y YOU NO RECRUIT OL?" and "Fred Jackson, RB whisperer" and "My name is Inigo Borges, you are my quarterback, prepare to die" and the like, the amplitude of our boom and bust years will smooth out pretty significantly.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Academics||
I know his Academic Gameplan was well-respected, any insight on whether some of that will stick around?
I wish Coach Baxter well -- USC is closer to Australia, he's just following his heart.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
Andy Katzenmoyer is the obvious example. Apparently the secret is to find a recruit so dumb that he doesn't realize he's just a freshman.
(More seriously, Malik Jefferson was a very good starter at LB for Texas this season.)
|51 weeks 2 days ago||General Studies major,||
General Studies major, according to official bio.
|1 year 3 days ago||Would assume it's Mattison||
I would imagine that Gary isn't going to look at Jim Harbaugh and Greg Mattison and think, "Nope, the loss of DJ Durkin from that coaching staff leaves them with not enough coaching talent to help me reach my potential, I shall take my talents elsewhere."
|1 year 1 week ago||I love Kalis on Harbaugh||
"Other than his enthusiasm unknown to mankind?"
Compare and contrast the way these guys talk about their coaches to the way the Buckeyes are talking about their coaching staff.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||This would be excellent.||
This would be excellent. Rotate it each year between the Van Andel Center and The Palace (or the new Joe Louis Arena if that'll do hoops) so that nobody's got "home court" advantage.
I've always loved the GLI in hockey, this is that idea taken to the next level. Winner gets a block of fudge from Mackinac they get to lick once before putting away for the year and a Shinola watch embedded in a petoskey stone.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||April 1993||
And a posterboard sign: "YOU HAVE NO TIMEOUTS LEFT"
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I seem to remember||
That Baxter's a proponent of using your first-team/rotation players on special teams, since they can swing a game so wildly on something like this play or a blocked punt.
Chris Kluwe had a piece in SI recently talking about how one of the biggest determinants for whether or not a NFL special teams unit will suck is whether it's full of backup offensive players who don't know how to pursue and hit anybody.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I approve of it as well||
And that's the official judgement of the guy who newgrouped alt.music.ska-core on Usenet, to add an additional layer of mid-90s nerdery.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Love the "no trash talking" Harbaugh rule||
That'll save us (or earn us) a critical 15 yards somewhere down the road, probably against a team wearing green & white or scarlet & gray.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Cam Newton||
Suggests you "trust, but verify" when it comes to Auburn being the cleanest of recruiters.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Or, for that matter||
The "two-part question" that contained no actual questions.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||If your RB's regularly||
If your RB's regularly running into defenders while still in the backfield, the fault is rarely with them. It's more likely with the blockers and playcalling that allowed those defenders into the backfield in the first place.
Only guys like Denard or Barry Sanders could regularly be expected to make the first guy miss behind the line of scrimmage.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Love it||
“Uh…what are you asking?”
I've been a reporter and host a podcast and I fully recognize how much harder it is than most people realize to ask intelligent interview questions, but way too many beat writers in Ann Arbor seem to be especially bad at it in these sorts of situations.
(That being said, I'd usually try to save my actual questions for 1-on-1s to keep other reporters from having the unique information that I wanted for the story I was planning on writing. But still.)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||This is the nice thing||
It's been "Ugh, if he's starting then we must not have anybody better" for too long, now we're starting to move to "Wow, if he's not starting then it must mean that we've got somebody even better."
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I'll repost what I said over||
I'll repost what I said over the gameday thread then try to add a bit:
The big theme of the day was that this is the 150th anniversary of Michigan athletics, with the baseball team being the first sport. Lots of video of athletes in all sorts of sports training -- first time I've ever seen a women's track and field athlete throw a discus in a Big House video. Halftime show of the band was celebrating that, spelling out all sorts of words like COMPETITION and EXCELLENCE and TRADITION and YOST and ending with THOSE WHO STAY. (Plus a cool animated band stick figure thing with soccer and basketball players and the flag corps playing the ball.) Some voiceover bits from various Michigan people, from the drum major to Schlissel to football players and beyond reading Yost's "this Michigan of ours" piece.
Most of the video board interstitials were those short "Who's Got It Better Than Us?" videos they've been running in social media.
They welcomed the freshmen and other new students in the crowd to the Michigan family and had the rest of the crowd give them a round of applause.
Beilein won a NCAA sportsmanship award and got it in the endzone. Place got a bit loud for him, as well as for the WWII veteran who left UM in 1942 to fight in the Pacific they introduced.
Even the flyover was slightly de-Brandonized -- yeah, there were a pair of jets that went over, T-38 trainers from some Air Force training unit on the East Coast. But the twist was that the two pilots were USAF lieutenant colonels who were both Michigan Engineering graduates. (There was apparently some parachute thing from SOCOM that got cancelled because of weather. I'm slightly concerned that our elite commandos can't parachute through relatively high clouds and hit a 100 yard x 55 yard target.)
In general, a very happy and engaged crowd. Louder than I'd heard it in a while.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The stadium experience||
Beyond the play on the field, the stadium experience was night and day. There wasn't a single advertisement on the video boards that was trying to get us to have our weddings at the Big House or download an app or join the Victors Club or some such. We were asked to go to the field hockey and volleyball games, that's it.
The pregame hype video was spectacular, I need to find it online. Chills.
Sponsors were much harder to find. Pom poms were unbranded. There wasn't even an ABC Sports banner hanging on the wall that I could see.
The band now has a hype video. They played a heck of a lot more between snaps and series. Even the volume on the scoreboard speakers was down pretty significantly -- which was an issue because it was hard (at least where I sit under the press box) to hear the referee's penalty calls.
At halftime, the "This is no longer Dave Brandon's Michigan Experience" vibe lost all pretense at subtlety when the band started spelling out things like "TRADITION" and "YOST."
It was the least monetized I've felt at a Michigan game in many years. Then they started running the ball up the middle out of an I formation and holding the opponent to 1/11 on third downs.
It was glorious.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||That was my initial thought,||
That was my initial thought, but then I started wondering what it's going to look like once we enter conference play and every P5 conference goes a cumulative .500 against P5 competititon every week...
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Best part of BYU-NEB video||
Is the BYU player briefly hugging the field judge who signaled the touchdown.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Meh||
As a former reporter and editor...nah. Asking a question that the interviewee won't answer isn't a bad thing. If Adam had been doing a one-on-one interview and left without enough to write a story that's one thing, but in a press conference format where he's transcribing a Q&A rather than working up a bylined piece it's good to try to get something that'd be of interest to his audience rather than more "talk about..." fluff generated by the general-audience beat writers.