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12/09/2018 - 6:19pm Football and basketball…

Football and basketball subsidize the "non-revenue" sports.  Yes, that's an accurate observation.

12/09/2018 - 1:32pm OP and a few others are…

OP and a few others are viewing the current limit in isolation and calling it "arbitrary."  A more historical view acknowledges that "1973 brought about the first limitations on football scholarships in order to free up money for women's sports after Title IX was passed by Congress in 1972 as part of the Equal Opportunity in Education Act. This caused the NCAA schools' presidents and athletic directors to push through a limit of 105 football scholarships. Additional reductions were made in 1978 (95) and again in 1992 which brought the limit to its present number of 85 and 63 for Division I-AA."  (From a 2013 article.)

It's not as if one day NCAA schools got together and said, hey, let's place a limit on the up-to-now  unlimited football scholarships, and that number should be 85.  Before increasing the number of scholarships, they'd have to be convinced that the previous reasons for successive reductions either no longer apply or are outweighed by other considerations.

12/02/2018 - 10:39pm Well, I greatly appreciate…

Well, I greatly appreciate having the board be available--and being able to post to it--during high-usage times, such during and immediately after big games.  That's a BIG improvement over the previous incarnation of the board.

12/02/2018 - 2:42pm Blitzing makes it harder to…

Blitzing makes it harder to cover the sort of shallow routes that OSU features--not much time is needed for the route to develop, and fewer defenders are in coverage.

12/01/2018 - 6:44pm Huh?  The 2017 class had DPJ…

Huh?  The 2017 class had DPJ, Black, and Collins.  How is that "empty?"

11/29/2018 - 10:11am As they say, "I see what you…

As they say, "I see what you did there."

11/24/2018 - 11:21am Uh, do you remember 2016?

Uh, do you remember 2016?

11/21/2018 - 12:54pm Exactly right.  I'll never…

Exactly right.  I'll never understand why people make Nick Baumgardner style comparisons of, e.g., Team A's OL v. Team B's OL, when those units will ll never be on the field at the same time.

11/21/2018 - 12:46pm Watch the video if you can…

Watch the video if you can stomach it.  Multiple penalties--holding and blocking in the back--went uncalled on that play. 

11/20/2018 - 2:18pm The bad officiating in 2016…

The bad officiating in 2016 had nothing to do with close calls, at least for most of the game.  Uncalled blatant pass interference.  Uncalled blatant holding and blocks in the back.  Uncalled blatant hit after the end of the play.  That's not the sort of thing that you see in "any game."  We're hoping for more of the "any game" sort of officiating than the 2016 game officiating.

11/20/2018 - 2:13pm " Winovich's status for the …

" Winovich's status for the [OSU] game is unknown. He fell awkwardly on his left shoulder in the third quarter on Saturday against Indiana, leaving the game and never returning."  The author might want to rewind the tape and see what happened on that play.  Nice article otherwise.

11/20/2018 - 1:54pm So if a player makes a…

So if a player makes a couple of mistakes, then that justifies the refs throwing the game to the other team.  Okay, got it, tUOS slappy.

11/20/2018 - 1:50pm You must have also missed…

You must have also missed numerous uncalled instances of pass interference committed by OSU's defense; a dirty hit after the play, committed by OSU and not called by the officials; and several times that OSU's offense committed holding and illegal block in the back all on one play (the one before "the spot").  How on earth did you miss all that?  Is your discernment really as bad as that of the officials in the 2016 game?? 

11/15/2018 - 10:45pm He's doing a Marcus Ray? …

He's doing a Marcus Ray?  Nah.

11/12/2018 - 1:03pm In response to the thread…

In response to the thread title:  I think the line would open at Brandstatter -0.5.

11/11/2018 - 1:33am Hawkins was well-positioned…

The post above sounds an awful lot like the whining about Kinnel last year.  Hawkins was well-positioned on the pass in the ND game; unfortunately, in his first extended game action, he didn't jump for the ball.  I'm glad we have Hawkins--who's played well overall, as acknowledged by Harbaugh.  Just as I'm glad that we have Kinnel. BTW, Jared Wilson gave up a TD to ND when he was put into the game in his freshman year; turns out that he wasn't bad in the rest of his UM career.

11/10/2018 - 8:22pm Did you see last year's game…

Did you see last year's game against OSU?

11/10/2018 - 7:55pm QB health has been a factor,…

QB health has been a factor, although remember that OSU's starting QB was knocked out of the 2017 game and the backup--who's this year's starter there--performed well.

In 2015, at least as big a factor was Durkin having one foot out the door.  In 2016, horrible officiating.  In 2017, yes, a better QB for UM would likely have won the game.

But yes, of course, it would be nice to go into the OSU game with a healthy first-string QB.

11/10/2018 - 6:38pm No.  This game should be…

No.  This game should be brought up in response to everything he says, from now unto the close of the age.

11/10/2018 - 2:44pm All y'all.

All y'all.

11/10/2018 - 2:43pm Ouch!

Ouch!

11/09/2018 - 9:51am A short clip of the RU band…

A short clip of the RU band playing The Victors:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP5pvd37GTQ

11/09/2018 - 9:15am Thanks for posting the link.

Thanks for posting the link.

11/05/2018 - 10:50am And a position coach like…

And a position coach like Mattison.

11/04/2018 - 8:10pm Here's my opinion about the…

Here's my opinion about the difference.  The 1997 defense was fantastic--unsurpassed, IMHO--but it wasn't part of a defensive dynasty.  Don Brown's defenses have been extremely good year after year after year. 

11/04/2018 - 12:49pm Then UM brought pressure,…

Then UM brought pressure, and that was that.  I really enjoyed the play in which both Glasgow and Hudson crept up to the line pre-snap, and  Glasgow eventually sacked the QB.  How many times will we see the 2-viper formation?

11/04/2018 - 7:54am The comments seemed…

The comments seemed realistic until--at the end--one of the analysts said that PSU seems pointed toward a higher ceiling than UM.  (Huh??)

11/04/2018 - 7:51am Pennlive postgame show. …

Pennlive postgame show.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MpvUz3j1Ak

10/28/2018 - 9:49am In the early weeks,…

In the early weeks, especially after the opening game against ND, many posts here said that other teams had caught up with Don Brown's defenses, yadda, yadda.  Turns out that his defenses are still good after all.

10/27/2018 - 8:22am The Constitution limits what…

The Constitution limits what the government can do.  Equal protection refers to prohibiting discriminatory treatment of comparable groups based on characteristics such as race, religion, sex, . . . .  It has nothing to do with enforcement of sports penalties that aren't based on such characteristics.  

10/27/2018 - 8:14am Recall that facemask to…

Recall that facemask to facemask contact was the play on which Bolden was ejected for targeting in the 2015 game against MSU.  (Never mind that an MSU player threw Bolden down onto the MSU QB.)  The targeting rule is way too subjective.

10/24/2018 - 7:07am I understand your objection…

I understand your objection about intent, but officials do infer intent on calls involving things like unsportsmanlike conduct, facemasking (determining the severity of the penalty), and intentional grounding by a QB (though in that last example, officials are aided by objective indicators).  If you're saying it would be bad to expand the range of calls on which officials determine intent --yes, that makes sense. 

But some targeting calls make no sense at all, like the one 3 years ago that got Bolden ejected against MSU and that was upheld by the replay official.  Ejection seems too severe a penalty, with too big an effect on the game, for something that can be so capricious.  Maybe something like basketball's distinction between flagrant 1 and flagrant 2 fouls would be in order--although that would require officials to determine intent more often.  The targeting rule seems to be applied inconsistently from game to game, and as long as that continues, some possibility of mitigating the penalty should be available, IMHO.

10/23/2018 - 1:00pm But he specified away games,…

But nmwolverine specified away games, which is a good point.

10/23/2018 - 12:20pm +1 for "rotten scarlet…

+1 for "rotten scarlet tomato."

10/23/2018 - 11:21am Proved by PSU a couple of…

Proved by PSU a couple of years ago.

10/23/2018 - 9:12am How did Rich Rod offenses…

How did Rich Rod offenses work out against MSU?  I feel good about seeing UM win 21-7; too bad you don't feel as good about it.

10/23/2018 - 7:51am Except that UM DIDN'T run on…

Except that UM DIDN'T run on 1st down on every series.  E.g., the TD pass to DPJ occurred on first down.  Moreover, running the ball early wore down the MSU line, allowing UM to close out the game late.  Geeze, if you're going to troll, do it better. 

10/22/2018 - 7:47am The moral order of the…

The moral order of the universe was restored in EL Saturday afternoon.  (But then Purdue knocked it off its axis again that night.)

10/22/2018 - 7:41am Yep.  That's exactly what I…

Yep.  That's exactly what I thought when I saw the video of the incident--grab a facemask, pull down, and then pull it to the side.  Either you control the movement of the helmted player, or the helmet comes off his head.  If you control his movement, you can wrench his neck, throwing him down to the ground.  If the helmet comes off, then you can swing the guy's own helmet against his bare face.  Bet they wouldn't ever try that nonsense again.   /s  Sort of.

10/21/2018 - 9:10am So one more TD in yesterday…

So one more TD in yesterday's game would have put the offense into elite range?  Huh.  I don't think it's that close to elite yet--better red zone efficiency is needed--but your perspective is "interesting."

BTW, the biggest complaint I remember about the RR offenses was that they didn't do anything against good defenses.  Too many 3-and-out drives that brought the defense back onto the field too quickly, cumulatively wearing out UM's defense.

10/18/2018 - 9:09pm Drevno

Drevno

10/17/2018 - 9:10am And of course, Peppers…

And of course, Peppers returned the botched 2-pt. conversion attempt at the end of the game.  Sort of funny to see the MSU RB just standing there after missing the pitch--and then see him starting to run after Peppers picked up the ball and took off for the far goal line.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vllcQZgJPXE

10/16/2018 - 12:49pm When both Gary and Winovich…

When both Gary and Winovich are playing, the other team's offense can't avoid both of 'em.  So yes, your observation about running away from Winovich a couple of weeks ago--with Gary out of the game--makes the point.

10/16/2018 - 10:08am 2016 tOSU game.  Yeah, who…

2016 tOSU game.  Yeah, who the refs are matters.

10/15/2018 - 4:49pm Destroy them with character…

Destroy them with character and cruelty.

10/15/2018 - 3:52pm Maybe there will even be a …

Maybe there will even be a "What's your deal?" moment.

10/15/2018 - 1:16pm Beat the three States.

Beat the three States.

10/14/2018 - 6:52pm That would have made sense,…

That would have made sense, if M had come out throwing the ball before the storm arrived in the middle of the game last year.  But for whatever reason, that's not what happened.  Then the wind and rain made having to play catch-up harder.

10/14/2018 - 3:28pm Switching QBs builds…

Switching QBs builds experience for the backups.  You know--it's what the backup QBs didn't have last year when Speight was lost for the season.

10/14/2018 - 3:27pm But bringing Milton in on…

But bringing Milton in on the last drive wasn't dumb.  Right?