landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 5 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.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Not Constantinople?||
Admittedly, that's nobody's business but the Turks.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Ordinary people didn't||
Ordinary people didn't envision Rutgers in the Big Ten. And that was fine.
|17 weeks 2 days 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."
|17 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.
|20 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.
|20 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.)
|24 weeks 2 days ago||General Studies major,||
General Studies major, according to official bio.
|25 weeks 4 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."
|26 weeks 5 days 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.
|28 weeks 4 days 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.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||April 1993||
And a posterboard sign: "YOU HAVE NO TIMEOUTS LEFT"
|32 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|34 weeks 4 days 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.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Cam Newton||
Suggests you "trust, but verify" when it comes to Auburn being the cleanest of recruiters.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Or, for that matter||
The "two-part question" that contained no actual questions.
|35 weeks 3 days 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.
|36 weeks 14 hours 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.)
|36 weeks 3 days 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."
|37 weeks 1 day 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.
|37 weeks 1 day 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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...
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Best part of BYU-NEB video||
Is the BYU player briefly hugging the field judge who signaled the touchdown.
|37 weeks 3 days 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.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Turnover margin||
Stupid question: Do blocked punts/kicks technically count toward turnovers? What if they're recovered vs. turned over on downs?
Because if so, the Baxter Effect may come into play in moving the turnover margin given our inability to do anything meaningful in this component of the game in recent years.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||You can take the boy out of Michigan||
"...over at the Weber’s..."
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Ferentz is gone the instant||
Ferentz is gone the instant his buyout cost drops below the GDP of a Baltic state. Harbaugh may be able to do many things; accelerating that process probaby ain't one of them.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Golden Boot||
And virtually as we were discussing this, the league announced it: