Updated B1G Transfer Rules

Updated B1G Transfer Rules

Submitted by JeepinBen on April 20th, 2012 at 8:26 AM

So there was a lot of talk yesterday about Bo Ryan's transfer snafu... and I was actually incorrect in what the Big Ten's stance on transfers within the conference is. I was under the opinion that the Big Ten had a blanket rule where you couldn't transfer within the conference and receive a scholarship. That used to be the case (see Mr. Plow, you could still transfer but had to pay your own way) but that was changed for the 2011-2012 season:

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/58173/big-ten-makes-changes-to-transfer-rule

The new rule, adopted for this current academic year, allows a player to receive the aid, but he would have to sit out the NCAA-required one-year in residence and lose a season of eligibility. 

Some coaches (JB included) still don't allow in conference transfers, but the B1G will allow it - if you give up a year of eligibility. 

In general I'm fine with blanket transfer restrictions that are made up front before a player signs his LOI. JB's had a long standing policy of nothing within the conference and nothing on the schedule for 2 years. If players know that before they sign, that's fine. Stuff like Ryan adding to and making up rules as each transfer happens for each kid - that's a different animal. 

OT - MSU's Calc II Final

OT - MSU's Calc II Final

Submitted by Purkinje on April 19th, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I hope this amuses all of the other Michigan students reading this as much as it amuses me. As we pull all-nighters that end in carving our eyeballs out with sporks because it hurts less than studying sufficiently for our exams, the kids in Couch Fire Land get to take a Calc II final that is easier than our Calc I Gateway Test. I kid you not. Here is the proof:

 

http://www.math.msu.edu/~parker/133/PracticeFinal1_133.pdf

 

For reference, here is the last final exam from Michigan's equivalent class: http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/courses/116/Exams/n2011fall/Final_Exam/co…

 

I guess that's the difference in academic quality between a top-15 school and a a top-75 school. HAIL!

Very OT: Math paper retracted for no scientific content

Very OT: Math paper retracted for no scientific content

Submitted by Ernis on April 19th, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Nearly 3 years after publication, Elsevier has retracted a paper for containing no scientific content.

Link to the paper itself.

Entirely ludicrous, yet something I thought this fine community of intelligentsia would appreciate. Perhaps Brian, in his altered state of consciousness, can make sense of it for us.

EDIT: Be sure to read the comments for links to more articles from the same "author"

OT- Coursera

OT- Coursera

Submitted by RONick on April 18th, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I'm not sure if this should be OT since it involves the University, mods please change if you'd like, however UofM has teamed up with Princeton, Stanford and Penn to bring a company called Coursera.  It is basically free online education that aims to provide the best possible education to the masses for free.  Really a neat concept that I think most on here may enjoy.

While none of the courses that I scanned through seem too in depth yet, I can see this as a positive, innovative step in the right direction for the future of education.

OT: Discovery's Final Flight

OT: Discovery's Final Flight

Submitted by Michael on April 17th, 2012 at 11:55 AM

As I'm sure many of you know, the Space Shuttle Discovery made its final voyage to the Smithsonian, and landed at Dulles International Airport this morning. I know there are a lot of fellow Wolverines in the DC metro area who were able to see its victory lap (it passed right by my office building twice!), but I thought I'd share with the mgocommunity how truly amazing it was to see a bunch of adults acting like children. The entire city, residents and tourists alike, froze and ran to rooftops to witness the orbiter riding piggyback on a 747 at 1500ft.

Obviously we're at an interesting point in terms of the shape of America's civilian space program in the future, but it was awesome to see the overwhelming enthusiasm and support that still exists for our continued exploration of outer space.

 

An MGoPlea to All Michigan Fans: Do Not Harass Recruits on Twitter.

An MGoPlea to All Michigan Fans: Do Not Harass Recruits on Twitter.

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on April 16th, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Twitter.
It's a common topic of debate on MGoBlog—is it good, is it bad, should players have them, should they now—it's been discussed thoroughly.  One area that seems to be the most often discussed here is whether it's okay for fans to tweet to recruits, many of whom are juniors and sophomores.  I have mixed feelings about this.  On one hand, I think it's creepy to tweet to high school kids.  But on the other it seems like the recruits and players enjoy the interactions with fans, the positive ones at least.

There is one area where I'm fairly certain we all should be able to agree on though: it's not okay to tweet negative things to high school recruits or players (on Michigan or otherwise).  Yet it still happens.  For example this last weekend, after tweeting about his visit to Ohio State, recruit Joey Bosa (DE from Florida) made a comment about how he planned to go "up north" (to visit Michigan).  This apparently angered some of the denizens of the Michigan-twitter-sphere, who proceeded to reply to him with a variety of negative comments to him.

This is not okay.

From a recruiting perspective, it's terrible to have a player think that an entire fanbase are asses and hate him for saying a short 140-character comment about how he likes a school, and be turned off because of that.  From a personal perspective, this is a high school kid people are harassing, not some multi-millionaire star-athlete on a professional squad, but a regular 16, 17, or 18 year old kid.

We get all up in arms when other fan bases do it.  Ohio particularly comes to mind, especially after the whole Kalis incident (I'm not trying to compare the magnitude Bosa twitter-incident with the Kalis backlash after he decommitted from Ohio, I still think they were markedly different).  We like to think that Michigan fans are above that kind of thing, and the vast majority of us are, but all sides say stupid things, even our fans.

I know the vast majority of people here never have contacted recruits via twitter or facebook or other social networking uses, and the out of the few that do, most of them are likely positive messages of support to the players who have committed or are be recruited.  And that is okay, it might be a little odd to tweet at a 17 year old, but if you say good things no real problems can come from it.  However, to the few who do say negative things to recruits or players (whether for Michigan or any other team), I—and the rest of the Michigan fan community—implore you to stop.  It makes us all look bad.

Other fan bases may do it, and so be it, we can't control what  other fans say and think.  But for a fan base who prides themselves on being mature and respectful, this is completely unacceptable.  We always talk about whether or not players should think before they tweet, but the exact same goes for the fans.