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|1 day 13 hours ago||Since this year. They're in||
Since this year. They're in the Big Ten for all of their D1 sports (which is just lacrosse). Hypothetically, if they had another sport go D1, I'm not sure how it would be handled.
|1 day 13 hours ago||The great thing about the||
The great thing about the Final Four is that it's either non-traditional powers (at least geographically, it's getting harder and harder to consider ND or Denver in that group) or Big Ten teams.
|1 day 13 hours ago||OK this is a funny post.||
OK this is a funny post. Actually laughed out loud. Thought you deserved more than just an upvote.
|1 day 13 hours ago||That's way up there - almost||
That's way up there - almost Oregon. Very, very pretty and certainly plenty removed from all the hustle.
Just so people get an idea of where this is in CA, this is about 250 miles north of San Francisco, maybe more depending on where you are. So think about going to "Northern California" then driving 250 north of that. Very, very pretty country.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I agree that not everything||
I agree that not everything about the two schools is equal, but from a football/academics standpoint, MSU is way ahead of Ole Miss. Oxford alone isn't bringing in all those 5 stars. There are lots of schools in pretty college towns who have a hard time getting 4 stars to commit.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Golfing with my Greek||
Golfing with my Greek friend George tomorrow morning, then having a pool party/BBQ is my backyard on Sunday with my wifes family (because mine is in Michigan). I'm cooking this:
I've done it once before and everyone loved it some I'm doing it again. I don't do the slaw part (just because it's more work) but the pulled pork comes out amazing. I buy slider buns and throw out a few different sauces (BBQ, 1000 Island, buffalo, anything else in the fridge) and it goes over really well. If you're eating around lunch time, you need to start smoking pretty early, but it's totally worth it.
EDIT: Does anyone know how to post pictures on a Mac? I knew how to do it on my PC, but without my right click button I don't know how to get the picture thing I need to C&P. Thanks.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Agreed. One is often too||
Agreed. One is often too many.
|1 day 14 hours ago||FHRITP.||
|1 day 14 hours ago||This year, there were 10 more||
This year, there were 10 more D1 lacrosse teams than hockey teams, and the biggest difference there is that the teams that dominate lacrosse are predominantly large fanbse schools (Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, Notre Dame, UNC, etc) and although hockey has a lot of those as well, a lot more of the successful hockey schools have a limited, local fanbase (Minnesota St, North Dakota, Duluth, Providence, Omaha, St. Cloud). Hockey has a handful of Power 5 schools, but only a few of them (Michigan, Minnesota and BC) are perennially at the top. Once more Power 5 schools add lacrosse as is rumored, this gap will only widen.
As far as college baseball - that's never really been that big, and it's certainly not getting any bigger. There are some parts of the country, or certain fanbases, that love their college baseball, but even now I wouldnt' say it's #3. Only the craziest of fans care about it before the CWS.
|1 day 22 hours ago||That's the way it had been,||
That's the way it had been, but it's no longer like that. Many of the big hockey states now prefer lacrosse and lots of states outside of the tradition lacrosse geography are going crazy for the sport.
College baseball is what it is and will likely never get bigger and outside of only a few states no one cares about college hockey. Hockey also has far fewer big-fanbase schools running it.
However, the most populous states all have big time high school lacrosse (and therefore lots of lacrosse fans) and those states (California, Texas, Florida) will all have college lacrosse soon (technically FL already does, Jacksonville). D1 hockey additions are extremely rare but D1 lacrosse adds a few new teams every year.
Lacrosse is not a regional sport any longer. Last weekend was the NCAA quarterfinals which had two games in Denver and two in Annapolis. The attendance at the Denver site was actually larger (and not because of who played: both Maryland and Hopkins played in Annapolis).
|2 days 3 hours ago||But if you're saying "the||
But if you're saying "the clear-cut #3" then I agree, but I still think that will happen within one decade rather than a few.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Sooner than a few decades -||
Sooner than a few decades - depending on who you ask (or how you measure it) it's the #3 college sport right now. Gets national TV more than hockey, baseball or softball I bet.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I'm glad they're pumping||
I'm glad they're pumping money into lacrosse. I think that will be a good investment when lacrosse is a money maker and we're ahead of the curve in terms of facilities.
I've heard a few lacrosse broadcasts this year where the announcers mentioned how awesome Michigan's lacrosse facilities will be, that they'll be the best in the country, and neither time was during a Michigan game. We're making a splash.
|2 days 5 hours ago||But you know they'll just||
But you know they'll just switch to Izod when they offer us more money.
|2 days 5 hours ago||So does it follow that the||
So does it follow that the lacrosse team will be using those facilities (particularly the stadium) for the 2018 spring season? That would be cool.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Seriously. Computer science||
Seriously. Computer science and nothing else is a pretty ridiculous schedule to deal with.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Good enough to attract||
Good enough to attract attention, sure. But they are like MSU but with worse football and worse education. They are clearly not one of the blue bloods of their conference, but at least MSU has actual recent success beyond "had a solid year going until injuries." Yet MSU is psyched at getting more than about 3 4-stars in one class and Ole Miss is bringing in 5 stars by the boat load, including the #1 overall player in the country a few years ago.
It's not the quality of football bringing those guys to Oxford.
|4 days 5 hours ago||In related news, Anibel||
In related news, Anibel Sanchez forgot how to pitch.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Both would count as one of||
Both would count as one of your 25 guys you add that year. Neither of these happen often enough to worry about too much. If there is a transfer who could contribute, it would be well worth one of your 25, and walk-ons would typically work like they do now - when you can't fill your 25, you can give one to a walk-on.
|4 days 9 hours ago||This is the answer, and I'm||
This is the answer, and I'm afraid it makes way too much sense to ever happen. This solves all of the problems - no need to "push" guys to transfer or medical or anything like that. It also encourages teams to recruit guys who will stay eligible and out of trouble. So if you recruit a bunch of idiots, you have to live with that. You can't just make up for it the next recruiting cycle.
Also, if teams do it right and average > 85 guys on scholarship at any given time, more kids are getting free college. Nothing wrong with that.
Literally the only downside here is that you will have some teams with disproportionately more players than others. But if the biggest complaint is that we're rewarding teams for keeping players around and eligible, that's a good concession.
|4 days 9 hours ago||No they wouldn't. Guys who||
No they wouldn't. Guys who can contribute never get medicalled. This actually helps that - if you have a guy with an injury, there's no dilemma. Keeping him on the team has no impact on recruiting in subsequent seasons.
|4 days 11 hours ago||How it was handled? You mean||
How it was handled? You mean how he got throttled every game? Come on, win and keep your job.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Still no. Arizona is still a||
Still no. Arizona is still a team most national-types don't care about, and in West Coast circles they're still way down the list. Sure, they had a good season last year, but not that great. And they won't be in the Pac-12 championship game or playoff this year, which is the only one Countess will be there for.
Yes, in your crazy hypothetical where Arizona lights the world on fire and we still suck, they might get more attention, but I still doubt it. They also don't have a whole lot of high profile games this year - they play absolutely no one out of conference and they miss Oregon.
|4 days 14 hours ago||If all he is looking for is||
If all he is looking for is "win more games" then you might be on to something. But Arizona will not get more attention from scouts than Michigan, not by a long shot. Regardless of how the records look at the end of the season, Michigan is a much higher profile program with more NFL talent, closer to more NFL a teams on nationally televised more often (and at reasonable viewing hours).
You don't get more exposure going from Ann Arbor to Tucson, AZ
|4 days 15 hours ago||Similarly, on December 17th,||
Similarly, on December 17th, 1903 the Wright brothers first took flight at Kitty Hawk. Not sure if those are related or not, but it's something.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I think the more likely||
I think the more likely scenario would be for Peppers to stay at safety, a guy like Stribling or Watson come in at CB and Lyons play nickel. I don't think they're moving Peppers from his spot.
|4 days 15 hours ago||But that's still not what||
But that's still not what that saying means. A double-edged sword refers to something that is good on one side, but bad on the other. "It cuts both ways" is also commonly used.
An example people have been using around here lately: Bringing in transfers can be a double-edged sword. It brings in more talent, but it can also be discouraging for the current players who have put in their time. One positive, one negative. "Bringing in transfers is seen as a good thing, but it cuts both ways."
|4 days 15 hours ago||Nopey nope nope. First of||
Nopey nope nope. First of all, living in LA I am around a lot of U of A grads who are all of a sudden super cocky about their football team, telling me how stupid Michigan is for firing RR so that they can win 11 games. And I hate how Michigan gets run through the mud every time RR wins a game at Arizona. So, no. I do not root for them. I don't need them to be awful, I just want them to look about as mediocre as we did.
|5 days 2 hours ago||First of all, State is not||
First of all, State is not cleaning up in recruiting. They have all of 2 four star commits. Big deal.
Secondly, I'm not sure you know what "double-edged sword" means.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Happy about evening games.||
Happy about evening games. Hopefully it will get nice and cool and throw those peaches off.