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01/18/2019 - 4:02pm He  may know what scouts are…

He  may know what scouts are saying, but are the scouts telling him bullshit? You'd think that would be pretty common--don't want to tip people off to who you're going to draft if you can help it.

01/17/2019 - 10:52am Nick "Control Freak" Saban…

Nick "Control Freak" Saban allowing donors to decide on coaching hires? I'm skeptical.

I think the Kiffin-type hires come because Nick feels that if he can keep them under control he's getting a bargain. 

01/15/2019 - 3:37pm Pssst! Bo did start freshman…

Pssst! Bo did start freshman, Rick Leach and Rich Hewlett, at quarterback in the seventies. It was only one game for Hewlett, but Leach started all but one game.

Having said that, I largely agree with what you said. If Dylan is playing significantly better than Shea, Dylan should start. I would be surprised if that were the case, though; most likely Shea will start.

01/14/2019 - 12:02pm From the article:

“Bed bugs…

From the article:

“Bed bugs are the number one urban pest in many cities today,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune. Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bed bugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.”

01/11/2019 - 9:47pm Apothic Dark red wine blend…

Apothic Dark red wine blend. It was on sale.

01/11/2019 - 9:45pm Real men cook their own.

Real men cook their own.

(Yes, I am an ex-chemistry teacher. Yes, I could cook my own meth. Yes, I have been drinking.)

01/11/2019 - 9:44pm Congratulations! I hope they…

Congratulations! I hope they have your avatar's glorious hair.

01/11/2019 - 6:41pm It looks like "James Yoder"…

It looks like "James Yoder" AKA "Ace Williams" is the "brains" behind Chat Sports. Brian has complained about both Chat Sports and "Ace Williams" for a few years now.

So it's a troll with a web site.

01/11/2019 - 1:37pm The OSU *and* Florida fan…

The OSU *and* Florida fan reaction would be glorious.

01/10/2019 - 6:46pm So did Kevin Spacey.

So did Kevin Spacey.

01/10/2019 - 1:47pm He's probably still pissed…

He's probably still pissed that the Tigers traded John Smoltz away when he was in the minors. (Insert hindsight is 20/20 here.)

01/10/2019 - 1:40pm Jim Young and Bill McCartney…

Jim Young and Bill McCartney.

Both of these guys were former defensive coordinators at Michigan under Bo who later coached at schools that beat Michigan at one point or another (Purdue and Colorado, respectively).

(As an aside, I never realized that Dave McClain [late Wisconsin football coach and assistant] and John Mackovic [former Texas and Illinois coach] were in the Schembechler coaching tree. McClain were both at Miami while Bo was head coach there in the sixties.)

01/10/2019 - 9:04am I'd like to blame at least a…

I'd like to blame at least a small part of it on the Big Ten's decision not to allow any team besides the champion to play in a bowl game. This mean that in Bo's first six seasons, four of his teams (with records of 9-1, 10-1, 10-0-1 and 10-1) all stayed home.

While there are no guarantees, playing more bowl games over that period would have allowed him to learn how to prepare for the damn things a bit sooner than he actually did. Bo's record in bowl games was .500 after the seventies, and he had made changes in how he prepared the team by then.

I'll add that he might have had the opportunity to play in a few more bowl games with over-matched opponents, which might have helped him win a few. (Admittedly, it didn't help against Stanford and Washington in the Rose Bowl in the seventies, but a man can dream, can't he?)

01/08/2019 - 7:09pm Maryland was such a dumpster…

Maryland was such a dumpster fire last year that I wouldn't place a lot of weight on what anybody did there last year--in pure football terms, anyway.

Morally is another story.

01/08/2019 - 10:05am It's not hard to be a…

It's not hard to be a motivator when you're playing for a national title.

01/08/2019 - 8:59am Exactly. Why would Hoke come…

Exactly. Why would Hoke come back to work for the guy who replaced him, and why would Harbaugh hire him? From Hoke's perspective it's far too likely to be uncomfortable or humiliating, and from Harbaugh's perspective it's far too likely to be a disaster.

This is like those "Tom Brady should come back and be our coach" threads we see every now and then. Tom Brady has shown no aptitude for or interest in coaching. It's pure wish fulfillment.

01/07/2019 - 9:13pm Brimley, have you looked in…

Brimley, have you looked in a mirror lately? You're in your eighties, buddy.

01/07/2019 - 3:39pm How much of that is just…

How much of that is just that it's pretty damn difficult to be a quarterback in the NFL? I'm thinking of Jeff Tedford, who coached a lot of guys who wound up getting drafted but ended up struggling or in the NFL: Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington and Kyle Boller.

But he also coached potential Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers.

01/07/2019 - 10:37am I'm not exactly thrilled…

I'm not exactly thrilled about the game, but there is no perfect system. What are our other options, though?

One alternative is the old BCS system...which also gets us Alabama versus Clemson again as the #1 and #2 teams.

Another alternative is to scrap the BCS and the playoffs altogether. The downside to this is that it makes it more difficult for B1G teams to even play for a national championship, since they're locked into the Rose Bowl and if the Pac-12 champion is not in the top 5 it hurts the B1G team's chances. This year the best Pac-12 team was 9-3 Washington. 

The old bowl system worked best for independents and for teams locked into open bowl games. This is how in the seventies or eighties we wound up with Alabama or Nebraska or Oklahoma playing so often for a national title against an independent such as Miami or Penn State or Notre Dame.

Of course most conference champions couldn't play each other (with the exception of the Big Ten and Pac Ten), which was less than ideal. This was the impetus for the BCS system in the first place. (Well, money was a big factor, too.)

Yet another alternative is to increase the number of teams in the playoff. Yes, this means "undeserving" teams may get into the title game. If so, at least it'll be more compelling than Alabama versus Clemson again, and it'll mean that there will be more teams potentially capable of pulling off an upset so that (depending on how good Alabama and Clemson really are, of course) we might see another two teams in the finals.

I have to admit this is my favorite option. I think the best argument against it is that it requires teams to play too many games.

As for the game itself, I'm probably going to refresh the ESPN scoreboard periodically during the game while I do something else.

01/06/2019 - 9:31pm I'm hoping for a triple…

I'm hoping for a triple-clanger.

01/06/2019 - 8:04pm Teams need to start hiring…

Teams need to start hiring 13-year-olds who play Madden.

My understanding (based on ten seconds of googling) is that NFL teams can hire as many coaches as they want. So why not hire some guy with a grasp of percentages to manage timeouts at the end of each half? A lot of teams could hardly do worse.

(Of course I know why they don't. The head coaches are going to overrule the poor bastard 90% of the time and screw up their teams' two minute drills just like they usually do.)

01/06/2019 - 11:29am I feel comfortable saying…

I feel comfortable saying that Haskins was coached to run the offense in his first two years in the program.

Haskins going into this season had a little more experience than Dylan McCaffrey does going into the 2019 season. They both redshirted their first year and based on his stats Haskins appears to have played a bit more in his second year than Dylan did this year. If Shea had gone pro, I'd feel pretty comfortable with Dylan as the starter.

 

01/06/2019 - 10:41am Keep in mind that Shea was…

Keep in mind that Shea was learning a new offense last year. It's one of the disadvantages of bringing in a transfer quarterback, regardless of the flaws in the play calling.

I do expect the offense to be better next year just because of Shea's growth and comfort with Harbaugh (although obviously the play calling could still hold them back).

01/05/2019 - 8:00pm Looking at the attendance…

Looking at the attendance figures, a lot of people didn't get that memo.

01/05/2019 - 9:10am Exactly. USC has had more…

Exactly. USC has had more than its share of coaching turmoil with Kiffin, interim coach Orgeron and then Steve Sarkisian; Clay Helton has to be on the hot seat next year. Oregon has had similar problems since Chip Kelly resigned, with Helfrich bombing out after taking his first team to the playoff finals and one year of Willie Taggart. (This is the kind of thing I'd like to see in Columbus for the next decade or two. Could you get to work on that, Buckeyes?)

At the same time, UCLA has had its own problems and has been unable to take advantage. Stanford isn't set up to be a perennial top ten team. I thought we might see more out of Washington under Petersen, but they've been a slight disappointment.

01/04/2019 - 9:33pm If somebody fucks with them…

If somebody fucks with them it's easy to revert. (Generally, anyway.)

12/31/2018 - 11:07pm Pretty much zero.

Pretty much zero.

12/20/2018 - 2:06pm Within the past ten years I…

Within the past ten years I was watching the NFL fairly regularly, including most Lions games (YES I KNOW I AM A MASOCHIST) and most playoff games and the Super Bowl. The number of games I watch every year has slowly declined, though.

This season, I've (finally!) dropped cable TV completely and have only caught part of one game (the Lions and their annual Thanksgiving loss). I may watch some of the playoff games; I'll probably watch the Super Bowl.

12/19/2018 - 2:41pm You're evil. I like that.

You're evil. I like that.

12/19/2018 - 9:22am You're wrong, it was my…

You're wrong, it was my sacrifice. 

Pardon the typos, I'm having more trouble than I thought learning to type with my left hand.

12/16/2018 - 12:46pm His *worst* Tebow team, the…

His *worst* Tebow team, the one that finished 9-4. All of the other Tebow teams ended with just one loss.

12/07/2018 - 9:42am I don't see how he was a…

I don't see how he was a disaster at Kansas State. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't good, but K State had slipped in Snyder's last couple of years (4-7 and 5-6) before Prince took over. Prince just wasn't able to pull them out of that (with one marginal bowl team his first year at 7-6 and two 5-7 seasons).

There was some kind of weird, sleazy issue with his buyout, but that didn't come out until well after he was fired.

12/04/2018 - 9:41am Any coaching change in…

Any coaching change in college football is a risk.

Anybody remember Larry Coker at Miami (YTM)? He took over one of the most talented teams in the last 20 years, and in fact won his first 24 games in a row.

Each year, though, Miami got a little worse. The 2001 team was dominant and undefeated; the 2002 team was nearly undefeated (and would have been if not for that pass interference flag in the BCS game), but the defense wasn't as good. Then they went 11-2, 9-3, 9-3 (with a bowl game stomping by LSU) and finally 7-6. Miami hasn't really recovered through several mediocre coache that followed him.

It turned out that Coker wasn't so good at evaluating or developing talent or maintaining discipline. He managed not to fuck up immensely talented teams in 2001 and 2002, but he couldn't maintain that level of talent. 

That's what I'm hoping for with Ohio State.

11/16/2018 - 8:52pm It's sort of half correct…

It's sort of half correct. Penn State vacated their Orange Bowl win, so in that sense Kansas has more BCS bowl game wins than Penn State.

If you're talking about New Year's Day bowl games, though, Kansas has just the one (they're 6-6 all-time in bowl games). Penn State won more of them in the eighties than Kansas has all time.

11/15/2018 - 11:03am I don't use autocorrect and…

I don't use autocorrect and I'm always telling people to fukc off.

11/13/2018 - 9:43am I'm carving and lacquering…

I'm carving and lacquering my ninja right now.

11/12/2018 - 8:46pm It looks like he's basically…

It looks like he's basically a blogger: the bitter and boring Michigan State equivalent to Brian Cook.

11/11/2018 - 7:23pm I'll bet Zach Smith wishes…

I'll bet Zach Smith wishes he could drink like that into his forties while making 300K a year, too. I don't think he's going to be doing that.

(I couldn't find his exact age, but it looks like he's in his mid thirties.)

11/10/2018 - 5:51pm Rest in peace, Ron.

I was…

Rest in peace, Ron.

I was two but my dad and my uncle went to the game against Wisconsin where he set the rushing record.  

11/08/2018 - 10:08am Wimbush is a higher variance…

Wimbush is a higher variance type of player than Book, though.

11/03/2018 - 8:19pm I honestly don't think that…

I honestly don't think that was such a bad call. He's getting killed with his starter, his starter is also getting killed by the Michigan pass rush, so why not try the backup who will probably be his starter next year?

Stevens ended up completing his other 3 passes. He wasn't going to lead a comeback even without the pick six, but McSorely wasn't either.

11/03/2018 - 7:33pm There can only be one Chaos…

There can only be one Chaos Team, and apparently it has to be somewhere in the state of Indiana.

11/02/2018 - 9:05pm I don't think that makes any…

I don't think that makes any sense. If Shea stays, he's going to be able to compete for the starting job, and he'll most likely win it unless one of the other guys beats him out. 

11/02/2018 - 7:53pm That was the plan, and still…

That was the plan, and still is fairly likely to happen, but plans change.

If he's not likely to be drafted in the first two rounds, it may be worthwhile to Shea to stay another year.

11/01/2018 - 6:16pm That sucks. He hadn't been…

That sucks. He hadn't been in good health for a few years, though; I remember he dropped his SI column after his stroke.

I always enjoyed his columns, and often learned from them as well.

10/29/2018 - 9:27am If you're primarily a…

If you're primarily a developer, either one would be fine. If you do systems administration, vim is more useful as it (or its very similar predecessor vi) is much more likely to be installed on random machines with Linux or other flavors of Unix installed.

I personally prefer vim.

10/28/2018 - 10:11pm Isn't this more of a Gladkiy…

Isn't this more of a Gladkiy Vlad?

(I look forward to hearing from somebody who actually speaks Russian to tell me how bad this is.)

10/27/2018 - 1:06pm We have to be near the point…

We have to be near the point where Dantonio is telling Engler to shut his goddamn mouth.

If this is even the slightest bit of a distraction for Dantonio, though, I have to laugh, since it's his own damn fault.

10/26/2018 - 9:41pm Barry did play for the Lions…

Barry did play for the Lions. 

I do sometimes wonder what he would have done if he had ended up on the Cowboys.

10/25/2018 - 11:05pm His whole career? Only the…

His whole career? Only the last two years. Moorhead wasn't with Franklin at Vanderbilt and they hadn't worked together elsewhere.

We heard Franklin owed all his success to Bob Shoop when he left, but at the time it was (probably) more accurate. Shoop had been Franklin's DC at Vanderbilt and in 2014-2015 at Penn State.

Whatever you say about the guy (and he is probably the worst game day coach in the country), Franklin has done an excellent job of hiring coordinators.

I do think Franklin is going to have trouble getting top notch staff talent going forward. He's a hell of a salesman, but too many people have seen them play Ohio State the last two years. He should have had last year's team in the playoffs.