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|23 hours 1 min ago||At least we won't have to face JOBA or Nathan again||
NATHAN - 1.44 lifetime ERA vs. Detroit with 36 saves
JOBA - 4-0 and 2.12 ERA lifetime vs. Detroit
Courtesy: baseball reference website
|23 hours 8 min ago||I like Rondon||
but not sure how healthy he'll stay if he has to pitch more than once every other day.
Joba's salary, by today's standards, is about 20% below MLB average, so worth a shot.
Hopefully, Ausmus does a better job handling a bullpen than Jim L did vs. Boston in Game 2.
|1 day 16 hours ago||ND had their best D's since at least Mattison days||
Some horrible defenses under Charlie, so Diaco's work at ND was every bit as impressive as GREG's work to undo GERG.
Heck, ND once had Cornflakes Brown as D-Coordinator - he might have been worse than GERG.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Used to like OJ||
until the White Bronco chase moment and everything that led to that.
I was at the 1991 Ohio game with a co-worker who was an OSU student. As a nice guy, sold him the extra ticket I had and sat next to him. Only charged face value.
We got to watch Desmond's punt return all the way down the sideline, sitting in the South EZ as he caught it in the North EZ and took off down the sideline right at us. The Heisman pose was priceless!
The OSU student was so pissed that Cooper had gotten an extension the week before the 1991 game but he loved the rivalry with UM and had utmost respect for the history between two teams.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Harsin was Boise St QB in 1990's||
Not to mention he's had an excellent run as OC at BSU and UT, the guy's got history and knows what made BSU successful.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Good choice, given EMU's last bowl was 1987||
1. EMU is a death trap, so getting ANY decent coach is a plus
2. Creighton has had success at smaller schools. Recall Jerry Kill had to start at Saginaw Valley St, then on to S. Illinois before going to N. Illinois then Minnesota.
3. If this guy turns out to be suucessful at EMU (at EMU that = bowl game), he'll be in line for a B1G job or B-12 job someday.
4. Narduzzi won't get a premier job (like Texas, etc.) but will get decent job soon enough (I hope) at a better MAC team (like if Northern Illinois opens up again) or BCS school (like Kansas if Charlie gets canned). UConn is a hoops school with little chance of making a difference given conference re-alignment.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Glad McCarron didn't make either squad||
Jameis was obvious. Glad Jordan Lynch got in there too.
Not that AJ had a bad season statistically, but FSU wouldn't be 13-0 without Jameis and UNI would be a lot worse without JL. Alabama has been able to find guys who can win at QB before AJ.
p.s. Katherine Webb (McCarron's incredibly hot GF) should have made at least one AA squad! Where's the love?
|1 day 18 hours ago||Lewan: made at least one AA team in '12/'13||
Walter Camp last year (1st)
USA Today this year (2nd)
Maybe Walter Camp AA again this year (announced tomorrow night)
For all the crap Lewan got from this year's MSU game, I don't recall many, if any, penalties this season from him. Compared to 2010, when he was a walking personal foul machine, Hoke and staff did develop this guy into a winner.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Agree B1G 1st, NC later||
We haven't won the B1G since 2004. Just getting that far is a chore but needs to be done for Hoke to be here long-term. The NC game might be more feasible AFTER we win a B1G title with a 4-team playoff.
I think MSU peaked this year, not a bad problem to have 12-1 with a bowl remaining.
Meyer inherited a perfect storm (established QB and talent, easy schedules, fanbase united behind him, etc.). Not sure how he really does and responds once he does have an off-year (9 wins or less) - it WILL happen to him sooner or later.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Not counting bowl games: 9 in '14, '10 in '15||
Next year: loss to ND (given), split with Ohio/MSU on the road, and no more than 1 other loss. If we lose to BOTH Ohio/MSU, then must be perfect 9-0. 8 and 4 isn't going to work after 8-4 with bowl loss in '12 and 7-5 right now.
2015: 10 wins with MINIMUM split of Ohio/MSU at home.
Bowl wins make us feel better but Bo was 5-12 in bowl games but >50% wins vs. Ohio.
Lloyd survived his 1st two years with 17-8 because he was 3-1 vs. Ohio/MSU.
Assuming 1-1 in bowls, this comes out to 20 wins total (minimum).
I won't get into 2016 and later without seeing 20 wins (including bowl game) the next two years.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Three other interesting D stats to consider||
1. Two years ago, someone showed the 2010 vs. 2011 statistical D performance using number of "big plays" given up - specifically, they had number of plays 11-20 yds, 21-30 yds, 31-40 yds, etc. The number of big plays across the board, in all yardage histograms was staggering from '10 to '11
It would be interesting to see the 2011 vs. 2013 big play comparison. Having been at a number of games, the breakdown on big plays was obvious (Indiana for sure, and Ohio State - MSU and PSU also got some late on us)
2. 3rd down conversion rate was 38.3% allowed (51st overall) for 2013. I'll have to research the 2011 numbers, but remember it was lower, like under 30%. This year, I know I was frustrated how many times we got burnt on 3rd and 7+ on passing plays. Miller hit Devin Smith for 53 yd TD on 3rd and 10, thanks to Furman being out of position as safety.
The discussions earlier this year on LB drops and safety play seem to support our sense that the D under-performed, but maybe it wasn't as bad as our memories make us think.
3. 3rd down conversion by game. Note: Ohio was only 3 for 8, because they made so much on 1st and 2nd downs. Other BAD games of note: MSU 9 of 18, IU 8 of 14, ND 8 of 15, Akron 9 of 18, Minn 8 of 15.
We won 4 of those 5 even when the D allowed 50+% - partly because the offense played well, and partly because we got hurt mostly on a few drives (Minn, Akron, etc.).
Overall - grade wise I'd give this D a B-minus. It kept us in games while the O struggled, including keeping us at 16-6 score in MSU.
|2 days 22 hours ago||The kind of story that adds happiness||
to a rough season.
And the quality of UM player is surely moved up from the Flash Harrison days.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I can only imagine life as a KSU mascot||
at football games in the 1980s, pre-Snyder, when they overtook NW as the worst Division I program in the country. I'm sure the only way to stay busy was fart contests with the other team's mascot while KSU was getting smoked.
Stan Parrish lost all three times to Oklahoma by a combined score of 170 to 39 (average loss of 56-13).
They went 4-50-1 over a 5-year span.
|2 days 22 hours ago||My dad did business with UM Athletic Dept||
In the 70s and 80s as an Electrical Sales Engineer for a supplier to a number of UM's venues, including Chrysler. Remember him talking about Don and his past and present with UM. Lund was one of the guys my dad would meet during his visits, if nothing else than to talk UM football, hockey, and hoops. Remember how much my dad liked chatting with folks like Don.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Our own Big Al sure made 1st round bust||
Cade McNown look pretty good for UCLA.
p.s. Playmate Heather Kozar should have made the TOP TEN list for Heisman that year too.
She got passed from Couch to McNown back to Couch
|3 days 6 hours ago||None of the local papers saying anything?||
I don't think Mack' going anywhere, at least not right now.
Maybe if they get blown out and one of his players sues another player (ala OSU last days of Cooper)?
The guy likely saved his butt beating Oklahoma, at least till next year.
I lived in Texas - beating Oklahoma is liking beating Ohio. Beating TAMU was like beating MSU, only UT dropped TAMU, so they season highlight is one game in Dallas.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Rutgers AD is more of a tough "guy" than Brandon||
Julie Hermann, she of Tennessee sports acclaim and one time alleged bully, must have told Rutgers HC that he needed to fix problems or find work after next year.
Our AD writes a 1000-word blog saying "all is well, pay your PSL, and move along please"
|4 days 16 hours ago||KSU has few star recruits||
But still had a chance to play for NC last year till they got upset by Baylor.
Snyder has done more with less than most.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Bama vs. Ohio would have been awesome||
Saban schooling Urban again, maybe I would ordered Papa Johns pizza and borrowed by neighbor's golf cart to eat the pizza.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I think Iowa has a prayer||
Mat Hatter is more dangerous when his team is the underdog and he's got something to be excited about.
Ferentz did the 3rd best job in the B1G, only behind Dicktonio and Kill/Assts.
MSU was 7-6 last year to 12-1 now. Iowa went from 4-8 to 8-4. Coaches do have a CRAP year once in a while, but good coaches don't sit around and use the "youth" excuse or panic and play 12 different O-line combinations, just to cover the O-Line's butt.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Oklahoma State fell a LONG way||
Yes, COTTON bowl still has the name (but not the BCS prestige).
They lost a conference title, a BCS game, and a game against their Big Brother - all in the final minute at home.
Okie State does bring fans.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Agreed||
MSU's D didn't play well in 2009, but the guy did beat UM and pretty much shut down our spread attack, save Tate's wild finish.
Al was blessed with a 1-man show in Denard and did do well in 2011 overall with him. Last year was tough because of Denard's injury, but the O was pretty good after Devin moved in.
I'm more inclined now to think that Funk blows chunks, and it's hard to run ANY offense with a crappy O-Line. While I won't shed tears if Al goes, it's Funk that is the guy who should be delegated to the same place Ron English is going.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Warde Manuel also got love from Bo||
Manuel had a neck injury - some coaches found a way to kick guys like that off scholarship. Bo's love could be repaid by offering Pat a fat contract and lots of perks.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Narduzzi needs some HC experience before taking over at MSU||
Dangerous to promote a guy without HC experience to a big job like MSU. I know Carr was a special case, but Moeller's one-night stand at Excalibur left us little choice.
Why NOT UConn? No pressure, he can take a program that plays Div I ball and surprise some people, and if he fails, there is still another DC job somewhere.
I'm always happy to see great coaches and players leave early.
Given our record since the 2004 season (our last B1G title), we need all the help we can get.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Sparty played in this bowl last year||
Shows you that this bowl game can be a launching pad to better things. Now, if we can only leave Al and Darrell out in the desert was a loooooooooooon walk after the game.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Great match-up||
At least a big-name opponent which should draw viewers. And beatable.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Did Al save his job vs. Ohio?||
If Hoke TRULY is considering staff changes (and not 100% sure about everyone coming back), then maybe the bowl game planning should be an audition for his job.
Not sure HOW Funk keeps his job, but Brady should have learned from Dicktonio who made stafff changes even after two 11 win seasons, when they went 7-6 last year.
|5 days 1 hour ago||ALMOST as funny as Caddyshack nose-picking||
Smails kid and Urban have something in common.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Read the stories AND comments on Columbus Dispatch site||
I'm sure they feel the same way we did after losing 42-39 at Ohio and then having Urban Cryer lobby for the #2 spot over us.
Now Urban has been schooled by Dicktonio, and they have to play in East Lansing after an MSU bye week next season.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Funk too||
How badly can a guy coach to drag down high-star recruits to the point we couldn't rull the ball against Akron and had back-to-back negative yards for the 1st time since at least 1962.
Al sucks for sure, but Funk may been the worst OL coach this side of UConn.