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|4 hours 31 min ago||Multipurpose signing||
Other reports suggest that he might also serve as Manziel's designated driver.
|18 hours 5 min ago||That's been true for as long as NBC has had Sunday night.||
Interesting Bloomberg article that maybe addresses that point indirectly here.
Steve Bornstein, who negotiated the contract for the NFL, used to be president of ESPN, and then ABC/ESPN, didn't leave there on the best of terms with Disney management. When ESPN lost the bidding for Sunday night they were desperate not to lose the NFL altogether and Bornstein (probably happily) took advantage, cranking up the price and leaving them bottom of the pecking order for game choice.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Like any Browns fan...||
...I'm sure he knew what was going to happen when they lined up for the kick. I sure as hell did.
What was it Sherlock Holmes said? "When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the Cleveland Browns."
|1 day 3 hours ago||I like ties.||
Especially in sports like soccer where aren't many scoring plays to begin with and a draw is a likely and fair result.
And the more the method for determining a "winner" looks like a coin flip, the more I like ties. Shootouts have always screamed "minor league hockey" to me.
|3 days 6 hours ago||You know what was different back in the day?||
On October 4, 1969, we lost to MSU 40-17.
The next time we lost a home game by 20+ was in 1991, 51-31 to Florida St.
Then Iowa in 2002.
That's three times in 38 seasons, through 2006. There weren't a lot of opportunities for the fans to be bludgeoned into silent submission.
Then it starting happening on the regular; we had more blowouts in the next four years than we'd had in 38. Oregon in '07, Illinois in '08, Penn State in '09, Wisconsin in '10.
I'm guessing if the crowds 30 or 40 years ago had ever been tested, they'd have responded like today's. They weren't, not ever.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Maybe we should have given||
Maybe we should have given Glasgow the rock a couple of times?
|3 days 7 hours ago||I thought it was great.||
It's got to be every lineman's dream to get a carry in a game--why not give them the reward at the end of a season, or a career, if they've earned it?
|3 days 8 hours ago||Can someone explain...||
...why OSU goes to the Rose Bowl ahead of the championship game loser? They lost to MSU (and without Cook); if it's Iowa each would each have one loss, to the same team, and Iowa won a half-championship and had to play MSU at full strength.
If Iowa gets crushed next week I can see it because it might mean East>>West; otherwise it seems strange to reward a team for losing their way to a championship-week bye.
|1 week 1 day ago||And it has to have all been true...||
...because Carr never created an account here to go on record with a refutation.
Getting back on topic, though...one thing I've learned over the past few years is that when certain important boosters turn on a coach, recruiting can go south in a hurry. (Or maybe the correct phrase in this context is "go north"?) Once it gets to the point that the boosters are funding the buyout, the school probably doesn't have much choice.
It's sort of like early retirement. You may not want it, but when they offer it you know the alternative to acceptance is probably undesirable.
|1 week 1 day ago||Baylor's down to their||
Baylor's down to their third-string quarterback and they haven't missed a beat. It must not be as QB-dependent as you think, or they recruit the position so heavily and so well that they've got three great quarterbacks on the roster at a time.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks, that makes||
Thanks, that makes sense.
Although I don't think it was true yet in the '80s. Coaches salaries hadn't inflated; if there were buyouts they didn't amount to much.
|1 week 2 days ago||You mean, the same way Hoke||
You mean, the same way Hoke went 11-2 with the same players that Rodriguez had taken to 7-6 and crushing 30+ point defeats at Columbus and in their bowl?
Sometimes life's not as simple as you seem to want to believe.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'll go one step farther||
And suggest that we were in a better place when Harbaugh was hired than we were at the end of 2007, too. It wasn't showing up so much in the results on the field, but in retrospect the problems in the department were already visible. There was no succession plan, nobody knew what to do when Carr retired even though he'd essentially given a year's warning--or it'd be more accurate to say that too many people knew too many things to do (Miles! Anyone but Miles!) and nobody was strong enough to push anything through. (Well, oddly enough, except for Carr, who reached out to Rodriguez. He was strong enough to get something done, not strong enough to get general consensus for it.)
That's the kind of long-range planning that separates good programs from bad, and we didn't have it. It wasn't like that when Bo retired. Moeller's leaving was sudden, which was harder, and there were multiple plans in play, but it got sorted out pretty quickly and the divisions it caused were patched over because...well, I suppose because Bo, especially looking back on it now and seeing how quickly those patches fell off and the divisions reappeared once Bo wasn't around any more.
Compare that to 2014, when Hackett was brought in with a plan that basically everyone bought it on, and executed it. I didn't have any doubt where we were headed once Hackett took over; I hadn't had that feeling about Michigan football in a long time. I think when we're able to see it from the long perspective 2014 will look like a good year.
|1 week 2 days ago||I might be forgetting somebody.||
I might be forgetting a lot of people--I welcome corrections.
But the last coach I can remember getting fired and immediately landing another head coaching job was Fred Akers in 1986. It used to happen pretty routinely, but not any more.
And I don't think it's an accident that the change more or less coincides with the rise of ESPN and other national sports media. A coach's problems at his school were local news back in the 60s and 70s. I didn't have any idea people in Missouri were unhappy with Dan Devine, or Maryland with Jerry Claiborne, and I wouldn't have cared much if I'd known. But now everybody knows everything whether they want to or not, and I think it makes it a lot harder for an AD to sell a recently-fired coach to his fanbase. (Well, in Devine's case it was the Packers, not another college, and he left before Missouri had a chance to fire him. But the principle's the same.)
|1 week 2 days ago||A one-player hole is a lot||
A one-player hole is a lot easier to fix, though. One grad-student transfer and the problem is solved.
Do we really need to revisit January 2011? In the entire history of Michigan football there have only been seven seasons where we had three losses by 20+: 1892, 1934, 1936, 1962, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
We'd just had three of those losses in succession. Alums were at each other's throats to the point that by some accounts it was damaging recruiting (something sure as hell was). Dave Brandon was the athletic director.
How much worse could things be?
Or, to answer your question more directly, there are a lot of things more important to a college football program than the quarterback. The QB, whoever he is, is going to be gone in three or four years tops. Good programs stay good for decades at a stretch; what makes them good programs isn't who happens to be the quarterback at the time.
|1 week 2 days ago||He just did.||
He just did.
|1 week 2 days ago||The program was in much||
The program was in much better shape when Harbaugh arrived, and I'm guessing Harbaugh would agree.
When Hoke got here we'd just suffered three of the worst beatdowns in program history, in successive games, and we'd suffered through a couple of the worst recruiting seasons in my lifetime. We also had some problems in the AD's office that I don't think I need to rehash. We had some good players on the roster but from a whole-program perspective we were a mess.
|1 week 2 days ago||Often wrong but never in doubt.||
Huard, midway through the third quarter: "They need to turn the game over to Saquon Barkley. Just let him run it between the tackles."
(6:00 - 3rd) Barkley, Saquon rush for no gain to the PENNST20, PENALTY MICHIGAN personal foul (Wormley, Chris) 15 yards to the PENNST35, NO PLAY, 1ST DOWN PENNST.
(4:50 - 3rd) Saquon Barkley run for a loss of 3 yards to the PnSt 47
(1:00 - 3rd) Saquon Barkley run for 1 yd to the Mich 41
(14:35 - 4th) Saquon Barkley run for a loss of 3 yards to the Mich 6
(10:00 - 4th) Saquon Barkley run for a loss of 4 yards to the Mich 37
Huard: "Why. Why. Why?"
Wickheisen: "Brock Huard is frustrated."
Huard: "What has happened in the first three and a half quarters that makes you think you can run the ball?"
There's a lot of contemptible second-guessing that goes on in announcing booths and press boxes but nobody's quite as egregious, or as unapologetic, as Brock Huard.
|1 week 2 days ago||A conscience.||
He's not aware of it yet. But one day he'll notice he has it.
|1 week 3 days ago||NFL only.||
College rules don't recognize the slide. They don't protect you when you do it, and they put the ball where it is when you hit the ground.
The NFL has to have a way for the ball carrier to give himself up, because he can't just end the play by going to ground.
|1 week 3 days ago||Looks like Good Borges is in Hawaii this week.||
Their QB (Potter) has 169 yards of total offense and three TDs, and it's still the first quarter.
|1 week 3 days ago||Stanford did this too.||
But if I remember right, it's something Harbaugh inherited there. I think it had started the year before he arrived.
I don't think I've seen it anywhere but Stanford and Michigan...except the service academies, where it obviously makes sense because nobody gets a fifth year.
|1 week 3 days ago||might have been worth a try...||
...but even a cannon's going to have trouble in 30-40 mph winds.
It was miserable down here today, about the way you guys describe the '08 Northwestern game. Not quite as cold (Columbus was probably colder than here though) but the rain was horizontal and furniture was blowing off the deck. You never quite get the full impact, watching it on TV.
|1 week 3 days ago||Could we maybe put Hoke in||
Could we maybe put Hoke in the booth for a game before we call somebody else's announcing "Hokeian"?
I actually think he could be pretty good at the job. Color, I mean, not play-by-play.
|1 week 3 days ago||He went one better...||
...he said what Franklin should do, it repeatedly didn't work, so instead of saying "hmm, I guess I was wrong" he gave Franklin a reaming for doing it, without mentioning it had been his own recommendation too.
That's his MO. There's nobody worse.
|1 week 3 days ago||I think his wife has the equivalent of a no-trade clause...||
...and I'm willing to bet that SC is at the top of her list. Too much risk of health problems down there.
|1 week 3 days ago||which is inconsistent with||
which is inconsistent with this how, exactly?
|1 week 3 days ago||100+ kids aren't all||
That's always been my reaction to the man, but they seem to be snowed over pretty well during recruiting. I've never understood that. When I was that age I really appreciated honesty and sincerity in adults; I'm sure I'd have appreciated it even more if I'd been a sought-after recruit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Others have already pointed out that that's false...||
...but even if it were true, I'd make a rough guess that there are about 35 non-P5 FBS teams better than the worst P5 (Kansas), and probably a dozen or so FCS teams that would be favored to beat them too.
P5 is no guarantee of quality.
|1 week 3 days ago||The B1G marketing division would like to have a word...||
...they recommend that the SEC rename its divisions: the West will henceforth be known as the Gauntlet Division and the East will be referred to as the Mid-Major.