further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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- historically black university, 44% cut
|2 days 7 hours ago||It wasn't an idle week.||
The conferences that didn't have a tournament played regular season games while the tournaments were going on. Michigan's last game in '89 (to take an example) was March 11, the same Saturday the ACC was playing their semifinals.
|1 week 3 days ago||You're blaming the staff for||
You're blaming the staff for that?
With the problems we've had with the offensive line the last two years we didn't have the luxury of using non-blocking tight ends, and I for one am damn glad Funchess didn't take playing time away from Jake Butt so we could get one more of the receivers on our bench onto the field.
When tackle was the relative strength of the line it made some sense to use Funchess as a nominal TE. Last year, when tackle was a relative weakness, it would have made no sense at all.
|1 week 3 days ago||Root against the bubble teams?||
Michigan is currently #94 at Massey (pick your ranking system of choice, it doesn't much matter). The cut-off for an at-large bid is #48.
That means there are 45 teams ahead of Michigan for that last pick. One of them is Syracuse who doesn't count, 4-6 of them will win conference tournaments and thus won't need at at-large. That still leaves a bubble of around 40 teams.
I'm not going into each evening with a list of 40 teams I hope lose.
|1 week 3 days ago||Rodgers's 4.71 was pretty||
Rodgers's 4.71 was pretty quick, in its time. If you look at your list you'll notice a steady drop in times year-to-year; for the first three years nobody beat that 4.71.
The game has changed. All you've really shown--and this is not a surprise--is that most of the best quarterbacks are veterans that have proven themselves and kept their jobs for a decade or more. They were slower than the guys coming out now; that doesn't mean they were slower than the guys they competed with, and beat out for jobs, back then. Brady's the only one of the group that was slow.
If you do a true apples-to-apples comparison, look at the group coming out each year and compare fast to slow, the fast QBs are consistently better on average.
And that seems to be true of the pocket passers, too. Mobility's an advantage; there's a positive (though imperfect) correlation of mobility to speed.
|1 week 4 days ago||Rice's 40.||
It was reported as a 4.59 or 4.6 back then, but I suppose it makes sense that he's getting slower with age.
|1 week 4 days ago||1. No Bleacher Report. 2.||
1. No Bleacher Report.
2. Picking only two running backs out of the many who have passed through the combine is already some seriously silly cherry-picking...then the two guys you pick are only .03 apart? That's pathetic, and probably the reason for #3...
3. No Bleacher Report.
|1 week 4 days ago||Appreciate the list...||
...but don't know how you got to your conclusion.
By your own metric the most successful QB here is Wilson (he's had fewer years to collect rings than Flacco so he has the edge), who ran the third fastest time of the 31 on your list.
Looking at everyone on the list under 4.6 we have Wilson, Luck, Kaepernick, Geno Smith, Newton, Locker, RG III.
The slow list, over 4.9, is Henne, Sanchez, Freeman, Mallett, Foles, Bortles.
There are successes and busts in both lists, of course, but on the whole I don't have any trouble choosing the fast list over the slow. Am I wrong?
|1 week 4 days ago||Because within the walls of Schembechler WE BELIEVE!!|
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Mentioned upthread but I'll||
Mentioned upthread but I'll put it here too--their fee table is confusingly worded and it looks like whoever put together the NCES stats misread it and double-counted the tuition (it isn't clear that the "total" line includes tuition, but if you do the math it's in every case precisely the total of all the other lines, including tuition).
Total tuition, fees, room, board and books are a bit under $20k/year in-state, not $30k.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Why I think it (other than the reasons you suggest).||
When state budgets were tight in 2009, here's what the legislature decided to do with the 2010 budgets for each of the state's universities:
Never let a good crisis go to waste.
Except for the flagship school, which has access to some private funds and grant money and the like, all of these schools are dependent on state funds and student tuition.
So, to go point by point through their situation:
a) They're in debt because the state cut their revenues in half.
b) Their enrollment has dropped because they could not maintain their enrollment in the face of the revenue cut.
c) Their graduation rates are above average, not below, if you take into account the demographics they serve. If anything, I think it's a sign of health that they were able to maintain this despite the loss of nearly half their income.
The problem is really quite simple, and there are only two plausible solutions: restore the school's funding, or admit that you don't want to have an institution with the mission of providing undergraduation education to the black people of the state and close the school.
They've never been able to pull the votes together to shut it down tout court--the PR hit of closing an HBU for no reason would be enormous. But they might be able to sway some votes their way if they can present the school as a failure. That's why it's been forced into debt; that's why we're being offered context-free statistics that look terrible to anyone not familiar with working-class undergraduate education.
From the reaction here, it seems to be working pretty well. But they've still only gotten it through one committee; there's a long way to go.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||No problem, I knew it wasn't||
No problem, I knew it wasn't intentional, I just wanted to make sure we had the right facts out there. They worded that table badly and I misread it the first time too.
I just don't understand why people see this as an unhealthy institution. It doesn't really have any direct peers in-state (it's the only HBU), but it's one of the cheapest 4-year colleges in the state and its graduation rates are better than any of the alternatives. Nationally, its graduation rates are better than average for the demographic (black students, almost-open enrollment), as good or better than the most comparable schools I could think of in Michigan that aren't primarily black (the government doesn't track students by class, just by race, so I can't do a national comparison). The criticisms leveled against SCSU could be leveled, with equal justification, against every working-class school in the country.
The only thing different about SCSU is their debt, and that's a direct result of the state slashing their budget in half. They're being strangled, and now the people with their hands around their neck are shouting "Look! He can't breathe! He must be sick, call the surgeons!"
OK, I'll be blunt--we're talking about a state that still flies a Confederate flag in front of their state house, and this how they treat their HBU. It's not hard to figure out what's probably going on here, and I'm not playing along.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for the perspective.||
Way too intimidating for him, and you had his back. Imagine a case like this where the parents may have been involved too...a 12-year old is going to pick up the phone, call Williamsport, and turn in just about every adult in his life? His parents, the parents of the kids he plays with, his coaches, the people that administer the league?
I wouldn't wish the consequences of that on any child; it's hard to believe people wish it had been done.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Did Brian write critically?||
Did Brian write critically? I missed that.
Ace did, and it was a fine piece. All I saw from Brian were some boxed quotes from the Daily, some slightly altered quotes from a movie, and an unboxed two-word quote from the Daily piece that was meaningless without context. And the picture, whose intent wasn't hard to figure.
And the headline, addressing the kid as if he were a dog.
There wasn't any content at all, just a sarcastic nudge to put the mob into motion. Comment or caption would have been an improvement. Hell, for that matter, it's not at all what I'm hoping for but even straight-up ridicule would have been better than this.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's probably less||
It's probably less susceptible to abuse than using the regular season teams would be. This way it's simply a matter of age and residency. Using regular season teams brings in the process of selecting the teams--some jurisdictions would go on dividing the players evenly, but others would see a chance for LLWS success and stock one of the teams with all the best players (ruining the local regular season in the process).
They could have a rule against it, but it'd be hard to enforce.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Whether the kids knew it or||
Whether the kids knew it or not, it sure as hell wasn't the kids that arranged it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think you misread their fee||
I think you misread their fee schedule and double-counted the tuition. If you add it up, the "total for each semester" line is precisely the sum of tuition, fees, room and board. Tuition and fees are $10k for the year, room and board runs from $7600 to $9400 depending on which building you're in.
That's basically the same as at the USC satellites (Aiken, Upstate, Beaufort) and SCSU's graduation rates are better than any of the three. Should the state close them too, or they are right to only consider closing the HBU?
There's really nothing exceptional about this school, nationally or locally, except that their budget's been throttled by the state and they've had to take on debt to compensate. Why is it being singled out?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I get what you mean about the joke.||
I didn't like the joke, but I understand the problem you're outlining.
But the picture is a different animal entirely. I'm guessing most of us have gotten through our entire adult lives without ever trawling through somebody's twitter and facebook looking for an embarrassing picture we can post. Honestly, the thought's never occurred to me to do that to anyone, no matter how pissed off I was at them.
It's probably the same for you, yes? You might be tempted to tell a joke and decide to avoid it because you don't want to offend someone, but I'll bet you've never been tempted to hold up embarrassing photos of someone during your sermon to shame them in front of the congregation.
It's very hard to get through life without offending anyone. It's not at all hard to avoid behaving like a tabloid publisher.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Run the ball clear round Chicago?||
I despise exceptionalism, but never mind that...
"Frank Kaminsky looks too weird to be a basketball star" is the kind of crap we're now faced with because the blog's been overrun by people that like posts like the o.p. here. The datbull picture pages a couple of years ago were the tipping point for me; apparently little has changed in the meantime.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Agree completely.||
Let him know how and why the idea is batshit retarded.
But if that goes here, you're doing it wrong.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Were you here for the great||
Were you here for the great purge of 2013?
I'm not sure what else there is to say.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||I think there's a fair number||
I think there's a fair number of people here who knew it was a joke and didn't think it was funny. Or, maybe more to the point, didn't care whether it was funny because they thought it was wrong.
I don't know why I happened to make an exception today, but I pretty much stopped reading the front page here when Heiko left, and this post has reminded me why. Brian likes to think of his writing as a sort of Michigan-themed version of David Foster Wallace, but it doesn't have the humanity or sensitivity that came through clearly in everything Wallace wrote, and in every Wallace interview.
And without it, the sarcasm is just mean.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||"Anything" is a big universe.||
It encompasses stuff like the Auburn tree-poisoning, or the lunatic that stabbed Monica Seles, or the people that covered up for Jerry Sandusky. People who would literally "do anything" would be willing to do all that and more.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||People that will "do||
People that will "do anything" are always a negative. Always.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||It doesn't matter to me if||
It doesn't matter to me if they have the best intentions or not. "I'm going to kill your career prospects" is the wrong response, period.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||A basic principle.||
People are responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their own actions.
(Which in no way subtracts from the responsibility of the "circlejerkers" for their actions.)
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Are you sure?||
Come back in a day or so and see where the thread has gone.
I'm pretty sure this would have been deleted within the hour if it had been posted by anyone other than the proprietor.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||I think you've hit the nail on the head here.||
Quoting the same poster upthread: "The idea that college is for everyone is ridiculous and there are way too many colleges and universities."
That's the entire issue in a nutshell. College is not for these people. That's why South Carolina decided to defund its only HBU.
(The precise definition of "these people" varies from person to person of course. It probably tends to be tinted a bit differently in South Carolina.)
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||The drop since 2010 may not be statistically significant...||
...but there have been significant changes there since 2010. According to the Chronicle, the state slashed the school's budget that year by 44%. This is a school with almost no endowment ($2.5 million, I think it is) that's very dependent on state funding; it's not surprising they're now suffering from debt.
It probably says something about the legislature's priorities that the other schools in the state system also had their budgets cut that year, but only by 5%. This wasn't simply a response to tough economic times.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Why compare them to the national average?||
Their mission, historically and currently, is a bit different from the typical public university. This isn't a land-grant institution, it certainly isn't an elite flagship school. It was founded, and still exists, to provide undergraduate education to black South Carolinians. Admissions are all but open; their demographic is disadvantaged both educationally and financially.
If you want to know how they're doing, why not compare them to their own cohort?
As mentioned downthread, the 6-year graduation rate for black students at schools most similar to SCSU, public institutions admitting more than 90% of those applying, is 28.8%.
35% doesn't seem all that bad, in comparison.
I wish these numbers were higher. I wish it were easier for black students--for working-class students of any race for that matter--to finish their degrees. But I don't see anything here that indicates SCSU is the problem, and I don't think closing the schools that do give those students an opportunity is the answer.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||"A thinning of the herd would||
"A thinning of the herd would be beneficial."
A lovely comment as we discuss the possible closure of an HBU.
Tone deaf at best.