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|15 hours 54 min ago||I had a ref literally give||
I had a ref literally give every out of bounds to the home team for an entire game. My coach only managed to get one technical foul--somehow. We lost in OT. Even the other coach was getting upset.
|20 hours 1 min ago||The Big 10 is right. Until I||
The Big 10 is right. Until I see otherwise, winning out is most important, followed by being a big name with early hype that loses early.
|3 days 2 hours ago||That would make him better||
That would make him better than Woodson and Ed Reed. That's a little bit much.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Let's remember Hoke started||
Let's remember Hoke started it come August.
|5 days 15 hours ago||He won't get the opportunity.||
He won't get the opportunity. The guy after the guy who replaces him has a shot to be the school's knight in shining armor. He'll be remembered as either the guy who just couldn't get it done or a casualty of sanctions. It's not like Lane Kiffin is getting any slack at USC and Penn State is going to be much, much worse in a couple of seasons. College football is cutthroat.
|5 days 15 hours ago||It's hard to say which||
It's hard to say which football coaches and their respective programs are actually making money. Athletic spending is simply too opaque to know that for sure. I'd guess most or all BCS level football programs are profitable, followed by a lot of schools losing huge amounts of money on football--those coaches are paid with taxpayer dollars and regular student fees.
The interesting thing is that D-III schools lose a lot of money on football and other sports, but without the enrollment they generate, the schools themselves would become insolvent.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Wow, that really says||
Wow, that really says something that isn't good. Why my home state and adopted home have basketball coaches as the highest paid employees is disgusting.
Football is much more important.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Now that we have lacrosse as||
Now that we have lacrosse as a varsity sport, we need other rich people sports. I'd start with polo, horseback racing, and dressage. Michigan needs a huge stable tended by MSU grads.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think Michigan is so far||
I think Michigan is so far ahead that they are trying to create some suspense to drive up interest and spur donations. That's just a guess though.
|1 week 2 days ago||Why miss the opportunity?|
|1 week 2 days ago||That was Bob Ufer. Booooo on||
That was Bob Ufer. Booooo on you!
|1 week 2 days ago||I was replying to someone||
I was replying to someone else. He did well to keep the last class together, but I think he'll struggle as sanctions set in.
|1 week 2 days ago||O'Brien's recruiting prowess||
O'Brien's recruiting prowess will dissipate once Penn State falls off a cliff in the wins category, which has a pretty good chance to start on August 31st against Syracuse.
Remember what happened to USC last year and Michigan for about 3 seasons? Penn State's basically down to 65 scholarship players already and lost a lot of veteran leadership on defense. They're in big trouble this season.
|1 week 3 days ago||In straight ROI, Michigan||
In straight ROI, Michigan (in-state) ties with Harvard and Stanford at 10.4% year-over-year. The rankings are in terms of absolute dollar return. I'm pretty happy with 10.4%--the only better investment you'll probably ever make is the ROI on your house downpayment--and that's only if it's in a good area and you don't put too much down.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's probably not true.||
That's probably not true. There really isn't any direct marketing at all that associates a company with Michigan with the exceptions of (shudder) Adidas and the M-Den. The only corporate logos in Michigan Stadium are on the Coke dispensers, other food stands, and the M-Den. The companies are probably only paying for the stands themselves.
Firms would have to pay more if there was, say, one giant logo on the scoreboard, one at midfield, and one TV commercial. When there's really no ad space available, you can't charge more for it.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm glad he's doing this, but||
I'm glad he's doing this, but I don't think giving half of $15B is too much of a sacrifice. Frankly, most people sacrifice more giving $100 to the EDSBS Charity Drive. I'm not trying to downplay it--that's a metric crap ton of money, but it's not going to force a change in his lifestyle at all.
That said, a perpetuity to the EDSBS Charity Drive of $109,901 would be totally cool.
|1 week 4 days ago||By the time I left school, I||
By the time I left school, I could get every game on the ESPN special package. The first game I had to miss for lack of TV was The Horror. I also missed the next week waiting for the movers. I was mad then, but they probably saved me from jumping out of a 14th story window.
|1 week 4 days ago||For a little perspective,||
For a little perspective, Jimbo Fisher blatantly oversigns. In 2011, he brought in 29 players and admitted in his news conference he expected some players not to qualify and that he'd grayshirt guys if he had to do so.
What goes around, comes around, Jimbo.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'd totally agree if the||
I'd totally agree if the school was bound by the LOI too. Since they're not, I feel exactly zero sympathy for the coaches.
|1 week 4 days ago||I totally agree lots of kids||
I totally agree lots of kids come to Michigan in part (or all) because of the football team. I doubt that's true at most places. More interesting is the D-III model in which a critical percentage of students attend to participate in athletics. There, cutting football, even if it loses money, could actually render a school insolvent. I know a Michigan D-III board member who swears this is true for the whole MIAA.
My view is that a state school should be doing self-sustaining things, things that directly meet its mission, and some things that enhance the stature of the school such that student as a whole benefit. Michigan football, even if it was unprofitable, would probably meet the last item. I doubt many other sports teams benefit students enough to make the disproportionate expenditure worthwhile.
I don't understand why an EMU IM all-star swim team couldn't carpool to Detroit and face the Wayne State all-star IM team. To me, that's a better use of resources for the school as a whole and more students could have a chance at swimming for the Hurons.
|1 week 4 days ago||I know, but does maintaining||
I know, but does maintaining those teams through student funds fulfill the university's mission? In my view, Michigan and the other high earners are different, but I'd be pissed if I was a student at EMU paying for the sports teams with my tuition dollars. You can't pull the line about sports helping EMU bring in more money either. A look at their financials shows football costs more than EMU's total alumni donation pool.
My point is that I'm fine if those sports don't exist if they aren't self-sufficient. I'd prefer fees go to Canham directly for 24 hour access for the whole student body to use or towards a D-1 weight room usable by all students. To me, that better fits a university's mission.
|1 week 4 days ago||I have an issue with the idea||
I have an issue with the idea that there are only a few profitable athletic departments. Every department in the power conferences is essentially two departments, one for-profit business composed of men's football, men's basketball, and sometimes one other sport that donates 100% of its profits to a non-profit athletic department that runs all of the other sports. In the power conferences, I'd guess almost 100% of the for-profit segments are profitable or very close to it.
Personally, I'd like to see a lot of lower tier schools deemphasize athletics to the point where almost all the sports teams are at the club level. Right now, big time football and basketball programs are essentially divorced from the rest of campus life and the school in general. Deempasizing sports would allow more participation at lower cost through clubs and by playing local universities instead of travelling to the far reaches of the Big 10.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's always been the||
That's always been the problem at Michigan, actually. This is the first set of assistants we've paid top dollar for in Ann Arbor.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Honestly, the academy||
Honestly, the academy networks are probably more important if you decide to leave the military. The promotion system in the military, while flawed, is transparent and didn't seem to favor the academies. Similarly, the assignment system didn't seem to favor groups so much as individuals with great reputations in their specific fields within service branches.
In contrast, after leaving the military, the academy networks are probably the most effective alumni groups in the business world in terms of helping their own after the military.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||All I have to say about||
All I have to say about academies is that ROTC is available, they pay for school, and you get to go to college instead of an academy. That was always my thought when guys in the Corps told me how awesome the Naval Academy was...
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Barry Sanders in college.||
Barry Sanders in college. That's what I want.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||The offense has to be||
The offense has to be dragging down the numbers. After Denard got hurt, Michigan produced approximately zero yards on the ground last season, the whole interior line graduated, most of us believe our top two running backs in November haven't registered for classes yet, and Gallon is our only proven receiver. There's a lot not to like there.
Models can't realistically account for the less tangible reasons why most pundits and fans see Michigan as one of the two best teams in the conference this season. Modeling is really hard to do in a sport like college football due to high roster turnover and small sample size (among other things), so I tend to be skeptical of what modeling is done.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||OT: Help a Detroit-based Charter School Open Its Doors||
Too close to the line, even if the comments were fine so far.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The business model is only||
The business model is only broken if new rowing facilities are critical to the survival of the business. In this case, football and basketball do make great money, probably as good or better than most equivalent pro teams, but they spend a huge chunk of it on crew facilities and other capital intensive projects that will never generate revenue.
I once asked Brandon about his thoughts on why the Adidas contract was necessary and he spouted the same answer he gave to AnnArbor.com. Reality is that he runs for-profit football and basketball teams that donate their profits to a non-profit Athletic Department. There really should be two sets of income and cash flow statements for the department, one based on a for-profit business and the other as a traditional non-profit. Then we could see how the college athletics model really works.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The work is nice, but The||
The work is nice, but The Game involves Ohio State and football.