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06/22/2018 - 10:19am He seems to be the rare…

He seems to be the rare player who both made a good decision to stay (last year he was projected as a late second-round pick) and made a good decision to leave, this year.

06/22/2018 - 10:19am I think Luke Walton is the…

I think Luke Walton is the perfect coach for him. He understands the value of off-ball movement and shooting, and won't ask Mo to do the things he isn't good at. He's basically a young NBA version of Beilein.

06/22/2018 - 10:09am He's going to get some sweet…

He's going to get some sweet looks once LeBron and Paul George get there.

06/20/2018 - 3:34pm The numbers don't lie: he's…

The numbers don't lie: he's better than Ezekiel Elliott.

06/20/2018 - 2:32pm You'll need to comb the…

You'll need to comb the annals of psychohistory to write Seldon's recruiting profile.

06/19/2018 - 1:32pm In 1997, our opponents…

In 1997, our opponents averaged 33 carries for 91 yards per game, and we allowed six rushing TDs all season.

That said, you might be correct that opponents had more success running than throwing.

06/18/2018 - 3:27pm It's encouraging to see a LB…

It's encouraging to see a LB who gets into the backfield so fast that it's unclear whether the QB is supposed to hand the ball to the RB or keep it, so he just murders both.

06/14/2018 - 12:25pm The B1G East is going to be…

The B1G East is going to be a bloodbath, as usual. Four teams with an O/U of at least 9 wins, whereas the B1G West only has one O/U over 7.5 wins.

06/13/2018 - 2:35pm I think it's pretty unlikely…

I think it's pretty unlikely that a scholarship player would be "passed" by 26 walk-on players and lose their spot without transferring of their own volition.

If the player is a young player (in their first or second year at M), then presumably the coaching staff saw enough of them in high school to justify offering them a scholarship, and is willing to keep them in practice to see if they develop. And most players who aren't young players would transfer to someplace where they can play long before dropping out of the top 110.

06/13/2018 - 2:10pm If the redshirt rule applies…

If the redshirt rule applies retroactively, another big impact is on Shea Patterson. Hopefully he'll perform well enough that he wouldn't be tempted to stick around as a 5th-year senior, but he only played in the last three games of his freshman season at Ole Miss, after Chad Kelly got hurt. So theoretically he would have three years of eligibility left.

06/13/2018 - 10:35am Gutierrez was stuck behind…

Gutierrez was stuck behind Chad Henne here at Michigan, and transferred to Idaho State to get some playing time. He never was at USC.

Besides Matt Cassel, Brad Johnson is the only QB I know of who didn't start in college but had a long pro career. Johnson was stuck behind Peter Tom Willis and Casey Weldon at Florida State in the early 90s.

06/06/2018 - 12:25pm Run around screaming! (but…

Run around screaming! (but in a good way)

06/06/2018 - 10:02am Old Nation Boss Tweed. It's…

Old Nation Boss Tweed. It's excellent.

05/31/2018 - 1:32pm Not with only three players,

Not with only three players, no. Last year the highest-ranked class with three or fewer players was ranked 12th.

05/31/2018 - 1:32pm Not with only three players,

Not with only three players, no. Last year the highest-ranked class with three or fewer players was ranked 12th.

05/31/2018 - 1:32pm Not with only three players,

Not with only three players, no. Last year the highest-ranked class with three or fewer players was ranked 12th.

05/30/2018 - 12:03pm This entire article was a way

This entire article was a way to tease the news of the website re-launch, wasn't it?

05/30/2018 - 11:32am It's annoying how ABC is

It's annoying how ABC is getting acclaim for pulling her show in response to her racist rants, when they were the ones that gave her the show in the first place after multiple decades of being an unhinged racist. Cancelling her show was a cynical move to protect their profitability, not some kind of woke social stance.

05/30/2018 - 11:31am Insecure people almost always

Insecure people almost always project their own insecurities. Like when Rafael "Ted" Cruz attacked Beto O'Rourke for using a nickname as his chosen first name.

05/30/2018 - 11:28am Not that any team should pass

Not that any team should pass up a chance to acquire LeBron, but he's a pretty bad fit on the Sixers. Ben Simmons is only good with the ball in his hands, and using Embiid as a spot-up shooter really diminishes his value. LeBron wouldn't increase the Sixers' ceiling nearly as much as he would, say, the Rockets'.

05/29/2018 - 10:01am I'll believe this when I see

I'll believe this when I see it, but if it's true, that would be a nice way to restart the series after Swarbrick bamboozled Dave Brandon into ending the series in South Bend.

05/25/2018 - 8:32am (No subject)

05/24/2018 - 1:33pm I think you misunderstood the

I think you misunderstood the rumored offer. The Celtics were supposedly offering four first-round picks to any team that was in position to draft Winslow. So the Pistons could have had those picks instead of Stanley Johnson.

05/23/2018 - 1:40pm It's tough to get rich when

It's tough to get rich when you're constantly eating your investments.

05/17/2018 - 2:01pm Under the NFL CBA, rookies

Under the NFL CBA, rookies can't renegotiate their contract or sign an extension until after their 3rd year. The nice part about Hurst being drafted outside the first round is that the Raiders don't have a fifth-year option on his contract, so if he blows up like we know he can, he'll hit unrestricted free agency a year earlier.

05/17/2018 - 10:28am Ah yes, it's "meaningless

Ah yes, it's "meaningless watch list" season. Only a few more months to go!

05/15/2018 - 4:43pm Right you are. This is a good

Right you are. This is a good history of steroid usage in sports. In addition to baseball's well-known PED problems, most of the NFL was using steroids in the 70s and 80s, and usage began in the early 60s.

05/09/2018 - 4:02pm After 19 seasons, they're not

After 19 seasons, they're not an expansion team, just a poorly run team. Literally every player in the league who was active during their expansion year is gone now, so whatever handicaps they faced then, they're completely irrelevant now.

05/09/2018 - 4:00pm It's good to hear that

It's good to hear that they're going to start using him correctly, but man, Williams is an idiot. Peppers is a truly gifted player in the box, but average at best playing centerfield.

The Browns allowed 57 plays of 20 yards or more last season, and Peppers only made the tackle on 12 of them. In other words, Williams sacrificed a season of Peppers creating havoc for the sake of 12 tackles, most of which probably could have been made by an average free safety.

05/09/2018 - 11:24am Maybe he'll be moving from

Maybe he'll be moving from the sidelines onto the field more often.

05/07/2018 - 2:55pm McGary picked Michigan over

McGary picked Michigan over Duke and Kentucky.

https://247sports.com/Recruitment/Mitch-McGary-10285/RecruitInterests

05/07/2018 - 2:54pm I was thinking the opposite

I was thinking the opposite about our talent. Given their salaries, this roster is locked into place for the next few years. With some good coaching and player development, maybe we could win 45 games or so, but we won't be a contender.

What we need to do is find a coach who is willing to go through a building process and sign him to a long-term contract, like the Celtics did with Brad Stevens (he got a 6-year deal when they hired him from Butler).

05/07/2018 - 1:45pm The thing is, Rondo played

The thing is, Rondo played college basketball in the mid-2000s, and didn't play for John Beilein. Therefore, his lack of a shot wasn't as big of a problem.

In the current basketball world, and especially in Beilein's system, having multiple non-shooters on the floor is kind of a problem. Since we're probably going to start Teske at center, we need all the shooting we can get from our backcourt.

05/07/2018 - 10:44am Manti Te'o was a big dude,

Manti Te'o was a big dude, and his girlfriend fit in his bed with him just fine.

05/04/2018 - 10:48am So good to hear. This kind of

So good to hear. This kind of thing is terrifying in a way that I didn't fully realize before I became a parent.

05/04/2018 - 10:46am The most serious vandalism to

The most serious vandalism to happen to Rutgers' football field is when they brought the 2016 team out onto it.

05/04/2018 - 10:44am If the Sporting News came out

If the Sporting News came out with a list that made sense, nobody would pay attention to them.

05/04/2018 - 10:43am Not all five-stars are

Not all five-stars are one-and-dones. Having Mitch McGary and GRIII was pretty sweet.

05/03/2018 - 2:56pm If you have a good local

If you have a good local bakery, their cookies are almost certainly better than any prepackaged cookies. But even if you're buying prepackaged cookies, there are a lot of companies that do it better. I'm sorry that I can't recall any specific brands.

05/03/2018 - 2:53pm I appreciate the detailed

I appreciate the detailed answer, but as I'm sure you know, correlation doesn't equal causation. That's especially true when you're trying to tie together things that have no obvious causal connection, like the decline of masculinity and the decline of political organizations.

Agree that this isn't the best forum to discuss this, but your characterization of my perspective is a huge fucking straw man, and I suspect you knew that, so maybe we'll end this here.

05/03/2018 - 2:51pm Your argument that RichRod

Your argument that RichRod was inherently a bad coach in 2008 is pretty tenuous. He led West Virginia to a BCS Bowl in 2007, so obviously he wasn't that bad then. And after leaving Michigan, he led Arizona to a Fiesta Bowl in 2014.

He didn't work out here. The reasons why have been discussed ad nauseam. But your claims that he was just a bad coach, or that you would have been better, are ridiculous.

05/03/2018 - 2:44pm According to 247, Miles

According to 247, Miles didn't have "interest" in, or an offer from, Michigan as a recruit:

https://247sports.com/Recruitment/Ben-Miles-88374/RecruitInterests

Obviously things change, but we have Ben Mason, and Miles would need to redshirt for a year before seeing the field, so he wouldn't help this fall. I'd rather recruit a younger FB to get more separation in the classes.

05/03/2018 - 2:39pm I don't know why people

I don't know why people expect good players to be good people. It always seems like there's an element of surprise when a good player does something dickish or even criminal. People feel like they "know" players because they see them playing sports on TV, but that really doesn't tell you what kind of people they are.

05/02/2018 - 2:44pm I don't think assembling

I don't think assembling coaching staffs with a variety of perspectives is inherently a bad move. Nick Saban adds former head coaches or highly-regarded coordinators to his staff all the time (Kiffin, Sarkisian, Daboll, Locksley, Enos...). It seems like this was an ambitious plan that backfired, but that doesn't mean the theory was wrong.

05/02/2018 - 2:42pm Not sure I get your point.

Not sure I get your point. Jake Rudock was a 5th year senior who had spent one year in the program; John O'Korn was a 5th year senior who had spent three years in the program. Are you saying that Rudock had an advantage because he spent four years at Iowa before coming to Michigan, whereas O'Korn only spent two years at Houston?

Also, let's not forget that one fundamental rule is that freshman receivers are bad, with few exceptions, and almost all of our receivers last year were freshmen.

05/02/2018 - 2:39pm What talent would

What talent would hypothetical 2008-head-coach-you be hoping to utilize?  The walk-on QB?  The two freshman RBs?  The offensive line featuring a starting guard who was a DT until fall practice began?  The three-star freshman receiver?

If RichRod had installed DeBord's offense, maybe we would have won 5 games in 2008 instead of 3. But people forget exactly how barren the cupboard was on offense that year.

05/02/2018 - 2:35pm The theories that (1) being

The theories that (1) being inclusive inevitably leads to some kind of horrible slippery slope, and (2) multiculturalism inevitably leads to Balkanization are frequently thrown around, but never seem to be supported.

05/02/2018 - 2:31pm Oh, so it's a label that

Oh, so it's a label that people apply to whatever they don't like in order to avoid intelligent discussion of the real issues. Got it!

05/02/2018 - 2:30pm They're tasty, for sure, but

They're tasty, for sure, but if you're going to go out and buy cookies for $4-5 a box you can do a LOT better.

05/02/2018 - 12:10pm Y'know what, the Pistons are

Y'know what, the Pistons are stuck in place for the next few years anyway. Between Griffin's contract and the outsized contracts for role players like Jackson, Leuer, Galloway, and Smith, the Pistons won't be able to upgrade talent for a few years.

SVG bought the groceries; may as well see if he can cook a meal. If he can't, it'll be easier to start clean after the 2019 season with a new staff and a new roster, rather than forcing a new staff to make something of this collection of mismatched parts.