San Diego Union-Tribune: Frank Clark attacked Philip Rivers

San Diego Union-Tribune: Frank Clark attacked Philip Rivers

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on August 30th, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Chargers offensive players were visibly angry with a Seahawks rookie defensive lineman, Frank Clark, saying he attacked Philip Rivers in the pile after another Seahawks defender had sacked the Chargers quarterback in the second quarter Saturday.

LINK

LINK to ESPN article

Frank Clark meeting with NFL teams

Frank Clark meeting with NFL teams

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on April 28th, 2015 at 9:23 AM

Clark has talked with Coach Harbaugh about how to avoid "problematic" situations in the future.  The article has a lot of background info, but does include some new information from Clark himself.  He seems to be pretty contrite.

I wish him well in life.

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/04/frank_clark.html

The NFL's Character Issues

The NFL's Character Issues

Submitted by ChampionsofThe… on February 20th, 2015 at 1:01 PM

I'm a big Michigan fan, and also a big fan of the NFL and the Lions.  I wanted to follow the NFL combine to see how Devin Funchess, Jake Ryan, and Frank Clark do.  Like many people, i read about the "newly important" personality tests, that will supposedly be of great value to NFL scouts. The importance and value of these tests has increased due to the large presence of domestic violence cases in the NFL this season.  I just don't believe scouts will really value these tests, and don't believe that they understand the importance of character in a football player.

Our late great coach Bo Schembechler, whom my father actually played for in the early 70s, understood character.  He valued every player on the team, from all-american to walk-on.  Coach Schembechler would actively work towards building character in every player on his teams.  He would personally go to bars on friday nights and do night checks in every player's room, to make sure their lights were out at 11:00 pm.  Coach Schembechler once said "When someone uncovers a scandal in their company, I don't think they can say, "I didn't know that was going on." They're just saying they're too dumb to do their job! And if they really are too dumb, then why are they getting paid millions of dollars to do it? They know what's going on.” 

What Coach Schembechler was saying is that people have to take responsibility for all their actions.  He was saing that if someone screws up, they have to on up to what they did, and if they don't, they don't deserve to play at a higher level.  Now, i see that Frank Clark is blaming his domestic dispute on his girlfriend.  What Clark said goes against Coach Schembechler directly. If Coach Schembechler had found out what Frank Clark did, or what Brendan Gibbons did last year, he wouldn't fret over them, just to win a few more games.  He would kick them off the team on the day itself!  You don't see a lot of football coaches like Coach Schembechler anymore.  Nowaday's, coaches are preoccupied in winning more than character, and that's a huge problem.

Nowaday's, with the exception of this season, coaches play players who get into problems.  They don't spend enough time to get to know a player, so they don't know if he has good character.  A great example, albeit not a recent one, is Eugene Robinson.  The night before Super Bowl XXXIII, Robinson won the Bart Starr award for "outstanding character and leadership both on and off the field."  He solicited a prostitute that very same night.  While any other person would be in jail, Robinson was allowed to play, and played awfully.  His falcons lost, and he would go on to return the award.  Coaches don't spend enough time evaluating the character of their players; they just want to win.

I'm disgusted that Frank Clark got invited to the Combine.  If you read the police reports, his domestic dispute looked especially heinous.  While he's taking personality tests, Devin Gardner is going to be working out and doing everything he can to be drafted.  Devin Gardner deserved the invitation that Frank Clark got, but now has to sit at home, getting texts from Jake Ryan and Devin Funchess about the combine.  Heck, Devin will probably be working out when those guys are doing drills at the combine.  Guys like Devin, who have great character (most notably what he did for J.T. Barett) aren't rewarded for character.  They have little chance of getting drafted, and try their hardest in their limted amount of time with scouts, but still aren't rewarded. Roger Goodell hasn't made any of this better.  He promises that the NFL will represent a higher standard, and that he will try to fix these issues that we've seen in the last year, but the only thing that's come about from this are these personality tests.

The NFL has huge issues with character.

Frank Clark: "The woman took it to another level"

Frank Clark: "The woman took it to another level"

Submitted by LS And Play on February 20th, 2015 at 11:19 AM

When asked about the November domestic violence incident, Frank Clark appeared to blame the woman: 

Clark: "The woman involved took it to another level. It all could have been avoided." He said it was a "shock" when he invited to Combine

— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 20, 2015

That just sounds horrible. 

Mod edit: This is the full quote from this MLive story. There are more words from Clark in the story and I'd encourage everyone to take a look before forming a strong opinion on what he said today. JGB.

I'm just saying it was a conversation between me and one my friends, and the woman involved, she took it to another level that it shouldn't have been taken to. "That's fine. I'm not throwing her under the bus. I'm not saying she did anything wrong. I'm just saying a lot of things that happened in that room that night could have been avoided."

Scoring Draftageddon via All B1G/AA teams

Scoring Draftageddon via All B1G/AA teams

Submitted by m1jjb00 on January 10th, 2015 at 4:57 PM

I get that few people enjoyed Drafageddon ’14, and even fewer are interested in revisiting the topic.  Maybe one interesting piece out of it is the number and quality of people who weren’t picked, some of whom came from nowhere, as both a coda on the 2014 season and early hint at 2015.

To score the teams, I use the All-conference and All-American teams.  They provide an objective, easy metric to judge performances that also treat all positions similarly.  Anyone reading this is now listing all the problems with their use.  I agree, but I think they’re still the best option. 

As a scoring system, each pick gets 3 points for making one of the coaches’ or media’s first team All-Big 10 team for a possible maximum of six, 2 points for each 2nd team, and 1 point for honorable mention.  In addition if a player averaged better than second team All American among five All-American teams (AP, Walter Camp, USA Today, Football Writers, and Sports Illustrated) he gets a two-point boost.  If a player otherwise averages better than third team (or honorable mention) he gets one point.  For instance, Brad Craddock was second team AA on four teams and first on the Football Writers’ team; hence he squeaks by with two extra points, something that is way more important than I thought it would be when dreaming up the scoring system.

Based on this scoring system BISB wins the season, which was also the consensus at the start of the year.  Ace beats out Brian by one measly point.  Seth’s strategy of a hyper-spread team was not rewarded by the All Conference teams as Maxx Williams easily outpointed his entire set of skilled offensive players.  He did, however, have the second highest defensive point total.  Injuries and suspensions were obviously an important part of the outcome.

Draftageddon 2014

 

Points

B1G

AAmer

Ace

65

58

7

BISB

69

63

6

Brian

64

60

4

Seth

49

47

2

20-20

87

87

0

 

The four Mgo’ers left a lot of points on the table.  A perfect-foresight team (20-20) picked at the end of the season from those left over includes six guys who made at least one 1st-team All B1G team.  Lots of points could have been had by showing more love for the Gophers.  On the other hand, too many Michigan players were taken.  Nine were drafted who didn’t make any All Conference teams; Northwestern came in second at five.  Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan State and Ohio State had four such players.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

QB

4

0

0

0

6

JT Barrett was consensus first team, unpicked by the four because, obviously, given OSU QBs’ proclivities for injury there was the risk that he would drop too early and Cardale Jones would scoop up all the points.  Connor Cook was consensus second team, and no other quarterback merited honorable mention.  That’s probably the best defense of the All Big Ten teams as a scoring system.

 

Running backs

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

RB

5

10

8

0

5

This position is the exact opposite of quarterbacks with three guys earning extra AA points.   The only points undrafted were David Cobb (MIN) as consensus 2nd team, and Elliot (OSU) and Jackson (NW) with one honorable mention.  Institute a rule for next year that an Mgo’er automatically gets the backup in case of an “injury”, and Seth would have been on the board with Jackson.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

WR

3

6

9

2

10

Carroo (Rutgers), Dudek (Illinois) and Hamilton (PSU) make a nice receiving corps, though eschewing freshmen receivers is understandable.  Lippett was an inspired choice relatively late in the process.  In retrospect there were too many Spartans, Terps and Wildcats chosen at this position.

 

Tight ends

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

TE

7

0

4

2

2

Ace’s Maxx pick looks better on this scale than others thought in real time.  It wasn’t a banner year for Big Ten tight ends otherwise.  Heuerman, who was a consensus 2nd teamer, had 17 receptions for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

Offensive line

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

OL

12

17

19

16

12

I thought that Ace had the best o-line originally, but his picks of Johnson (RU), Marz (UW) and Walsh (Iowa) earned only four points.  Lindsay didn’t see the field.  All but one of Brian’s offensive line points were via Wisconsin players.  Seth got at least one point at all five positions.  A bunch of guys not picked earned two points from dual honorable mention awards, but only Travis Jackson (MSU), who was a consensus 2nd team All B1G, could be considered a miss.

 

Defensive line

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

DL

12

11

7

13

13

BISB and Brian were hurt by off-the-field issues with Spence (OSU) and Clark (UM). Hamilton (RU) and Washington (OSU) didn’t even make the coaches’ team.  Benntett (OSU) was the second-best interior linemen but was squeezed out of the 1st team by three ends.  To my mind, Zettel (PSU), who was undrafted, is the second biggest surprise of the year, deservedly earning first-team honors.  Ott (IA) was also undrafted and made the media’s second-team.

 

Linebacker

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

LB

5

13

0

5

10

Brian took the collar on linebackers with two injuries and Bolden & Ross being only ok.  Seth reasonably had higher hopes for Jones (MSU, 3pts) and Longa (RU, 0 pts), while BISB picked the two best backers in Hull (PSU) and Ryan (UM).  I thought Phil Steele’s 2nd-team preseason pick of Landisch (UW), who wasn’t drafted, was nuts at the time.  He earned 5 points.  Biegel (UW) also made the coaches 2nd team.

 

Defensive backs

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

DB

9

8

17

11

19

Brian’s DB picks looked good ex ante and proved to be ex post.  In retrospect the rest of the gang took too many Michigan and Michigan State backs and too few Gophers.  Body-Calhoun and Wilson each earned five points.  Hilary (WIS), Williams (PUR) and Van Hoose (NW) all made one 2nd team and honorable mention otherwise.

 

Kickers

 

Ace

BISB

Brian

Seth

20-20

P/K

8

4

0

0

10

Ace’s pick of Brad Craddock, who by virtue of getting one 1st team All American selection, pushed him past Brian.  BISB picked a couple guys earning dual honorable mention in Johnston (OSU) and Sadler (MSU).  Mortell (1st team) and Ficken (PSU) (2nd team) would have been a good punter/kicker tandem that weren’t drafted.  DuVernois (Ill) was a consensus 2nd team punter who also went unpicked.

 

 

The Daily on Frank Clark

The Daily on Frank Clark

Submitted by Sports on December 8th, 2014 at 9:00 PM

The Daily published a thoughtful writeup on Frank Clark. It doesn't contain any new information, per se, but I do think it's worthy of bringing to the board's attention. Its tone is similar to that of the post that Brian published following Clark's dismissal. As someone who came out with a knee-jerk reaction of fury when the initial news broke, I think it's very important that we all read pieces like these. 

 

Link: http://www.michigandaily.com/opinion/12james-brennan-story-frank-clark08

Best and Worst: Bye Week

Best and Worst: Bye Week

Submitted by bronxblue on November 16th, 2014 at 9:50 PM

This is going to be a short diary, with more a focus on college football generally than Michigan football’s last two weeks of the regular season.  I say this every time, but I mean it.  Also, please make sure to read my comment regarding Frank Clark and what has come out in the past couple of hours.

Best:  A Michigan-free Football Saturday

Virtually everyone here is a diehard Michigan fan; I kinda doubt you’d be posting and reading this blog if you weren’t.  But it should come as no surprise to many that watching this version of Michigan football the past couple of years is not an overly-entertaining affair. 

(via CBS)

So I’ve come to enjoy watching football on bye weeks because I can just enjoy football for what it is, with no real rooting interest or aneurysm-inducing reactions to what’s going on during the game.  I can watch Miss. St. vs. Alabama, OSU vs. Minny, or FSU vs. Miami and just enjoy watching other teams without having to be overly critical of What It Means or The Future of the guys on the sidelines.  Plus, I got to see Notre Dame blow a game to Northwestern (!) and Auburn get waxed by Georgia and get a bit of revenge for that insanity last year.

Best:  Seriously, Irish?

You get down with your bad self, Pat!

Nothing is more fun than seeing ND lose due to their own hubris, and a piece of me is happy to one-half of M00N get a little bit of a gift.

Worst:  Smart football?

So this conference really does suck at football. 

Okay, take a step back.

This conference sucks at smart football compared to the rest of the country. 

Minnesota and OSU was amazing in so many ways, from the two turnovers by Jalin Marshall (one on a probable score and another on a muffed punt that set up a Minny TD), to the worst onside kick I’ve seen in a long time (the Minnesota kicker both kicked it softly AND directly at the OSU hands guy), to Mitch Leidner going 7/19 for 85 yards and 2 INTs, 36 of those yards on one completion to Maxx Williams.  But at least those are football-type events; Cole Stoudt completed 3 passes to Clemson players and 3 to Georgia Tech DBs, and two of these were returned for TDs. 

No, what was amazing was Jerry Kill deciding late in the 4th quarter, deep in OSU territory and on 2nd down, to kick a 34-yard-field goal while being down 10.

(via wikia)

Obviously, you need the FG and the TD, and on 4th down I absolutely understand taking the points versus going for a TD.  But he had a bit over a minute left, and while he had no timeouts (which he used to slow down OSU’s previous drive), there was little danger in at least trying to throw to the endzone once or twice.  You need that TD at some point, and passing from the 17 at least gives you some options; trying to throw from the 40 (or wherever they’d be on a successful onside) with under a minute wasn’t going to be any easier.  And while Minny’s kicker had missed earlier, it was a 50-yarder doinked off an upright with more than enough distance.  Instead, the Gophers ran up, spiked the ball, then trotted out the FG kicker for a chipshot and then failed to recover the onside kick.  It was baffling enough for the announcers to question it as it occurred, and is even more inexplicable  in retrospect. 

I hate picking on Kill because he is a good coach who has helped Minnesota recover from the dregs to be a decent mid-level conference program, and his medical condition is obviously quite draining and it is a testament to him that he is performing as well as he is.  That said, this was a crazy end to a game that probably shouldn’t have been that close anyway.

Best:  Running Back ConfUrence?

I know PSU is known as Linebacker U (yes, and for other things).  But for all the crap that the conference gets for being less innovative than others, but what it does have is the most complete and impressive collection of running backs in the country, with 4 in the top 10 nationally, including the top 2 spots.

Melvin Gordon broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s FBS record for rushing yards with 408 yards on 25 carries (!), which I’m not sure I could pull off playing NCAA Football 2014 on easy mode against Southern Directional State U.  And Nebraska is no slouch defensively; they were comfortably in the top-25 defenses by FEI coming into the game, and were only giving up 3.7 yards per carry.  By comparison, Tomlinson put up his yardage against Texas-El Paso on 43 carries(!).  Wiscy has had some great backs in its history, but Gordon seems otherworldy right now, and for once I’m happy that the weird scheduling quirks at the conference kept him off the schedule.

On the other side of the field, Abdullah struggled running the ball, especially once Wisconsin started to pull away, but any other year he’d be in the conversation for best back in the conference despite being injured the past couple of weeks.  Befitting the tire fire that has been Indiana this year in conference, Tevin Coleman put up over 300 yards running the ball and still finished over 100 yards behind the day’s leader while IU lost by 22.  Similarly, David Cobb has been a major force behind Minnesota’s renaissance this year, and yet I’m not sure most people realize he’s the eighth-leading rusher in the country.  And you have guys like Langford at MSU and Elliott and OSU putting up really good numbers as well.Gordon and Coleman could return next year, though I wouldn’t hold me breath on either. 

As a Michigan fan it is obviously distressing to see so much talent at the running back position seemingly everywhere else except in Ann Arbor.  I don’t know much about Fred Jackson and his coaching style, but it is clear that there is talent in the region and Michigan is either (a) whiffing horribly, or (b) failing to develop it into competent on-field performers.  Still, it’s been fun watching these guys play so well, and I’m going to try to enjoy it because I’m not sure we’ll see this concentration of talent anytime soon.

Worst:  M.C. SECher

(via wikipedia)

Michigan was never going to sniff the college playoff this year, and as soon as Oregon trounced MSU and OSU got blitzed by VT nobody in the conference stood much of a change of competing for a spot; I guess OSU has a slight chance if they win out and a bunch of teams ahead of them lose, but that seems unlikely.  Not only is my team not involved in this first year, but the two teams that are my mortal enemies are most-likely out, so hate-watching isn’t on the table either.  So instead, I’ve been watching the past couple of weeks play out nationally with about as much detachment as one person can have for the sport. 

So this weekend #4 Alabama beat #1 Mississippi State at home, #15 Georgia blitzed #9 Auburn at home by 27, #24 Texas A&M lost at home to a Mizzou team that lost to Indiana at home and probably won’t finish the year with a win against a ranked team, and #17 LSU was shut out by 5-5 Arkansas a week after nearly upsetting now-#1 Alabama.  This came a week after A&M upset Auburn on the road.

Now, on the surface these results should be exciting; highly-ranked teams playing each other in important games are what college football is supposed to be all about.  Well, that and money.  Lots and lots of money.  Oh yeah, and maybe education.

But as has been the case all year, it feels like a shell game is going on in the SEC and the media (read: ESPN) is all too happy to keep it going for the watching public.  This year has seen an unprecedented number of SEC teams ranked, and in a down year for college football some of the best teams do reside in the Southeast.  But these rankings have become more and more dubious as the year has gone on and we realize that teams like LSU, Auburn, and A&M aren’t sleeping giants but instead deeply-flawed outfits with inconsistent performances. 

The problem is that because the perception remains that the SEC is the dominant football conference by leaps and bounds, you have this weird feedback loop wherein everyone has “good” wins and “good” losses because everyone is ranked, even though objectively they probably shouldn’t be.  I know the fashionable term is SEC bias, but it isn’t even that; it’s just laziness and an inability to look beyond the numbers next to the logo. 

LSU has two wins against ranked teams on their schedule – 28-24 against Wisconsin to open the year wherein the Badgers forgot to give the ball to Melvin Gordon at halftime and let LSU score 21 points, and a 10-7 fugly win against Ole Miss that had “drama” the same way a couple of drunk housewives throwing crap at each other on a Bravo show have “character development.”  And yet, they were #17 in the country going into the weekend because they had losses to highly-ranked Auburn, Mississippi State, and Alabama, who themselves benefited from “good” wins against the usually-ranked Tigers. 

Miss. State was #1 in the country before this weekend because they beat 4-loss LSU, 3-loss Auburn, and 4-loss A&M.  Since then, they struggled to beat Arkansas and had a meh performance against Kentucky, but are still in the playoff hunt and will basically play an elimination game against Ole Miss to end the year, a team that had an okay win against Boise St. to open the year (don’t be fooled by that 35-13 score; it was an ugly game until well into the 4th quarter), a legit good win against Alabama, a victory over that same A&M team, and “good” losses to LSU and Auburn.

All of these teams are basically trading off wins; you go up and your opponent goes down, and next week you’ll trade places again.  People call it “competitive balance” and that has some merit, but at some point balance becomes mediocrity, and I’m starting to think that is the case for the SEC this year.  There are no dominant teams in the country; FSU is a paper tiger at #1 given how they’ve looked for weeks now, and the Pac-12 and Big-12 keeping get in each other’s way.  So I get that the SEC feels like a safe bet because of their recent dominance.  But actually watching these games, it feels like this year is the worst type of one for the new playoff format.  Nobody really deserves to be #3 or #4, and if this was a skins game in golf you’d almost rather they roll over the 2 spots to next year when, maybe, there would be more deserving candidates.  But what I do know is that barring a major immolation by a couple of teams, the SEC will probably get a 2-loss team into the playoff because of musical chairs in the polls, not because of any amazing evidence on the field.

Worst:  F*cking Ohio

(via http://hymiesrecords.com/)

[Note:  This report about Clark’s situation came out as I wrote this entry.  Based on the details included therein, this is a bad situation for all involved and, if true, should lead to Clark’s immediate dismissal from the team.  I’m leaving in my thoughts here because I feel the themes remain true.] 

So I don’t know what happened to Frank Clark this weekend; seems like nobody does beyond the basics.  He was arrested in Ohio for a misdemeanor domestic violence offense.  It’s the most serious misdemeanor offense charge, but the heaviest penalty is up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.  I’m still a registered attorney in Michigan as well New York state, but I never practiced in this area of law and have no experience in Ohio, so I’m not able to comment on the overall seriousness of the charges.  But what I do know is that Frank Clark did something significant enough that police were called, he was arrested and charged, and (to my knowledge) is awaiting a bail hearing/bond posting.  I’m sure there are threads out there in the ether where people claim to know more, but until I see something more credible than boojack321_UMSUX, I’m not going to take those claims with much salt.

It doesn’t surprise me that people have overreacted and started to concoct their own narratives regarding what happened this weekend; this is of course the internet, and the Michigan fanbase is as neurotic and reactionary as any others.  I’ve read people calling for restraint until we hear more, others claim this is yet more proof that Hoke has lost this team, and (sadly) a number of people denigrating Frank Clark and distancing themselves from his association with Michigan.  I remain steadfast in the insane belief that we don’t know enough to pass any judgment one way or another, but I’m also a philistine. 

In no way should this be taken as some greater indictment of Hoke or the program; Frank Clark's actions on a bye week, miles away from campus, are his own alone.  This is not Hoke's fault, nor the school's, nor anyone else's; these are the actions, whatever they are, of a single person, and in no way should be try to read more into them than that.

By this time tomorrow we should know much more about what happened and proper Internet Justice will be handed down, but it is safe to assume that Clark won’t be suiting up this weekend barring an extremely rare reversal of the legal process, and I’m guessing his final game may well have been against Northwestern.  If so, it will be a sad coda to a career at Michigan that has been marked with some ignominy (the laptop incident) as well as flashes of brilliance on the field. 

Obviously I hope justice is served, and that once all of the facts come out the proper resolution is achieved.  That said, and I know I’m just spitting in the wind by this point, but I hope the UM community pumps the brakes a bit on the crucifixion until we know more.

Best:  Hoops!

So Michigan beat Hillsdale comfortably after some early-game jitters.  The offense looks pretty good, and the defense has its issues with so much inexperience in the front court but it can absolutely turn it on in spurts. 

I thought Walton looked great running the offense, and Caris messed around and nearly got a triple-double for his efforts.  The freshmen looked like freshmen, but you can see the potential there.  In particular, I thought Dawkins looked really explosive out there in his limited minutes, and should be a nice second-team scoring and energy option. 

It’s early, but it was nice to watch a Michigan team take care of business and look fun and interesting while they did so.

Best:  Two More Weeks!

Like most people, I’m ready for this season to end.  The Clark situation is one last kick in the balls, but it should be over soon.  As I said last week, I’m not excited about UM to make a bowl game if they do, but whatever, I’ll still be hoping they pull off the win against Maryland and get to 6 wins.  But this year could not end any sooner.

Coach Hoke Releases Statement on Frank Clark Arrest

Coach Hoke Releases Statement on Frank Clark Arrest

Submitted by Sports on November 16th, 2014 at 6:58 PM

S/O to Maizenbrew for the report. Hoke has not yet spoken with Clark and will do so "at the appropriate time", presumably when he's out of jail. Assuming that this is it for his time in the program. Link below.


http://www.maizenbrew.com/2014/11/16/7231601/brady-hoke-releases-statement-on-frank-clark-arrest