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08/14/2018 - 12:36pm They already named Canada as…

They already named Canada as acting HC.

08/13/2018 - 2:53pm That's what is strange to me…

That's what is strange to me - if OSU/Meyer are saying it wasn't the allegations of abuse that led to his firing, is stuff like a five year old DUI coming out now so OSU can say they fired him because of the trespassing and a DUI? 

08/13/2018 - 2:06pm I posted this in the other…

I posted this in the other thread and was probably too late to get a response:

Can somebody explain to me why Zach Smith was fired if the abuse wasn't real? It's quite clear that Urban is using the Snook guy to put out lots of misleading and untrue things, but if he is alleging that the abuse was made up then why didn't OSU investigate and then deal with Smith? It seems like it would have been premature to fire him if it wasn't real and you would think that the media mouthpieces for the program would not want to leave a case for wrongful dismissal.

08/13/2018 - 12:03pm Can somebody explain to me…

Can somebody explain to me why Zach Smith was fired if it was just nothing? It's quite clear that Urban is using the Snook guy to put out lots of misleading and untrue things, but if he is alleging that the abuse was made up then why didn't OSU investigate and then deal with Smith? It seems like it would have been premature to fire him if it wasn't real and you would think that the media mouthpieces for the program would not want to leave a case for wrongful dismissal.

08/10/2018 - 1:40pm Askew came to mind but Hill…

Askew came to mind but Hill and Shea seem to make more sense with his receiving skills. 

Edit: Just realized that Askew caught more balls than I thought.

08/10/2018 - 9:44am How do people like youtubeTV…

How do people like youtubeTV? I am on the trial right now and like it a lot but realize there are limitations, like no surround sound.

08/09/2018 - 2:22pm I don't understand how this…

I don't understand how this proves anything. It seems like standard protocol for somebody placed on leave. 

08/09/2018 - 11:22am Yep. My grandma doesn't even…

Yep. My grandma doesn't even use it anymore and a co-worker's kids said they and their friends stopped using instagram last year because it got too creepy. Same with a couple of "influencers" that I know.

08/08/2018 - 9:47am Wasn't that pretty clear…

Wasn't that pretty clear when they suspended him and then arranged for their "investigation" to end right before the season? Of course they never considered firing him.

08/07/2018 - 10:02am Welcome to Michigan, Quintel…

Welcome to Michigan, Quintel!!

08/07/2018 - 10:01am I hate to break it to you…

I hate to break it to you but Amazon's ratings are manipulated big time and aren't worth anything.

08/03/2018 - 10:56am According to the links in…

According to the links in the OP, both are associate with the school:

"Don currently serves on the President's Advisory Group for the University, founded the University's Graham Sustainability Institute, and serves as an active volunteer in several areas including the University's College of Engineering and Athletic Department."

"Ken currently serves on the National Advisory Board for Technology Transfer at the University of Michigan..."

I am not calling this sketchy and don't even know that their association with the university is an issue. I am just saying that it is an easy conclusion to draw that a close relationship to UM = access to endowment money and the school would be best served to have a uniform policy and transparency with respect to how the money is handled.

08/03/2018 - 10:11am I know this may not be…

I know this may not be popular but this is not typical, at least for public institutions in Michigan. I know some on the WMU board who are asset managers and they aren't allowed to receive any endowment money to manage. Same at CMU, GVSU, and SVSU. Combine this with the questionable values of some of Ross' gifts to the university and it can certainly look unusual.

Obviously not as serious as covering up domestic violence or sexual assault but I think the university should be more transparent and have some rules that make such arrangements less sketchy looking and protects the university from schemers that can game the system.

08/02/2018 - 3:16pm I hate how easy it makes it…

I hate how easy it makes it for SEC coaches to negatively recruit against B1G teams. "Up there? Oh, they have all kinds of problems with cheating and sex crimes." I wouldn't be surprised if that worked on parents.

08/02/2018 - 10:29am WHO DOES URBAN SUPPORT FOR…

WHO DOES URBAN SUPPORT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY DRAIN COMMISSIONER???

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07/19/2018 - 12:52pm Nevermind, just realized…

Nevermind, just realized that he was class of 1989.

07/19/2018 - 12:49pm No Derrick Alexander?

No Derrick Alexander?

07/04/2018 - 8:59am I agree that this sounds…

I agree that this sounds like nonsense. Can you imagine the BTN resorting to TAYKZ for ad dollars?

07/04/2018 - 8:33am Yep. I guess it's not…

Yep. I guess it's not surprising when you consider that Mo is the only Michigan coach of the last 50 years with a winning bowl record.

03/16/2018 - 3:27pm Good point - winning any of

Good point - winning any of the three matchups against 1 seed undefeated wrestlers would be huge. 184 would be the biggest since it would take points from PSU. Of course, Bo Nickal is probably about as good as it gets in college wrestling. He beat Gabe Dean last year and nearly won the year before.

Amine would probably be my bet if there is an upset.

12/07/2017 - 8:38pm Poorly worded, sorry.
My

Poorly worded, sorry.

My point is that if bowl committees really cared about attendance then they would have done more to make them attractive. These days there are lots of empty seats at nearly every game I see on TV but the broadcast rights and sponsorship are worth quite a bit. Matchups and who is playing don't matter because some people will watch their team no matter what.

12/07/2017 - 7:03pm Look at how many coaching

Look at how many coaching changes took place after the regular season (and during) and you will see that it's the coaches that pull the weight around cfb. They carry free agency not granted to the players and therefore hold leverage on how much football is played. Jeremy Pruitt can't be HC in waiting at Tennessee if he has possibly 4 playoff games ahead of him and Tennessee can't afford to wait because of an earlier signing period.

Does Nick Saban want to have to worry about carrying a coach with one foot out the door for a month? Or multiple coaches?

As much as it sucks to not see another game with a star player, I don't think the bowls really care since they have TV contracts. If they really did then something else would have been done a long time ago because there are a lot of empty seats at games of all sports right now, not just bowls.

11/19/2017 - 4:28pm As others have pointed out, I

As others have pointed out, I think this has more to do with not being able to run the ball late the game and burn clock. Even then, it is exaggerated when the defense alread knows you can't pass well. 

09/17/2017 - 9:12am I am worried about Purdue

I am worried about Purdue matching up with Michigan's young secondary but Ohio put up nearly 400 yards against Purdue two weeks ago. Missouri is a bad team - they had just over 200 yards and three turnovers at home.

UM's offense is going through its growing pains on the line and with the receivers. At this point I am more worried about the line since it appeared to take a step back yesterday and running the ball is important in the B1G in October and November, yet they still rushed for 190 yards. Still, I don't think the third and long draw play is fooling anyone for a while.

09/12/2017 - 2:20pm WHAT?!!

You don't think he is going to get his associates degree and enter the workforce as an aircraft mechanic?

09/10/2017 - 10:48am This feels like 2013 Akron to

This feels like 2013 Akron to me. Big win followed by a team that doesn't go away while Michigan trips over themselves to an unsettling win. The team looked young to me in the sense that they didn't have a sense of urgency to take control of the game. Cincinnati saw this, dialed up the intensity, and kept it close.

One big difference between Akron and this game is that in this game Michigan adjusted and kept their foot on the gas.

04/20/2017 - 1:20pm Yes, especially since so many

Yes, especially since so many have upgraded their coaches in the last few years.

04/20/2017 - 1:08pm Purdue should be upgrading

Purdue should be upgrading their facilities soon: http://www.purduefootballmasterplan.com/ross-ade-renovation/index.html

That looks much better and it looks like it will make it louder.

04/20/2017 - 1:02pm I disagree. It looks generic

I disagree. It looks generic and the weird positioning of the videoboards make it look like it was slapped together. The exterior boxes look ok because they match a lot of the rest of campus, I guess.

04/18/2017 - 9:45am Yeah, I just like the idea of

Yeah, I just like the idea of playing the best competition available. The Colorado game last year looked like a cupcake but ended up being one of UM's best wins. Toledo or Ohio could be that but it's trickier because they could be that good team from the MAC but if they aren't, it's just a win (hopefully) over a MAC team. 

04/18/2017 - 9:02am I want it to be Syracuse. By

I want it to be Syracuse. By then, if their new coach has the ship headed in the right direction, they could be solid. My second choice is Kentucky.

02/23/2017 - 4:58pm While it may stop here, I

While it may stop here, I hope it just keeps going with Mississippi State turning on Alabama who then blows the whistle on Auburn who then goes after Georgia who then points the finger at Florida who in turn squeals on Clemzon and Tennessee. The beauty of the destruction would be second only to the Michigan's (and the B1G's) dominance in the wake of the SEC's sanctions.

02/23/2017 - 3:07pm (No subject)

02/22/2017 - 7:37pm NT dupe post

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02/22/2017 - 7:36pm None if it is surprising. The

None if it is surprising. The only question is what surprised you less: That Ole Miss cheated or that it has taken the NCAA this long to make anything out of it. Sadly for me, it's the latter.

Ole Miss will get hammered but their boosters and alumni will still enjoy the few memories when they were mistaken for a good program. Meanwhile the NCAA will play catch up to the next sleazy coach just before he bolts for the league.

02/22/2017 - 5:34pm I am confused

Wasn't Freeze also the victim of coaches spreading rumors about impending sanctions? Poor guy has to suffer through this now too.

02/22/2017 - 9:25am I will never understand this

I will never understand this line of thinking, especially when the Pac 12 may play November games in Pullman, Salt Lake City, and Boulder. 

02/21/2017 - 3:48pm I want this to be true. I am

I want this to be true. I am not sure it will be, however, as Peppers does not have an extensive tape as a safety. Teams will draft based on potential if they like what they see and have little risk however that will have to be teams in the latter third of the first round.

Personally, I would look at him if I was GM for an NFC East team that has to play the Cowboys  (Zeke, that OL) twice a year and an NFC South team that plays the Panthers. Hell, he may even be an asset to somebody like the Rams, but they have many other holes.

02/21/2017 - 9:29am 2013 Browns WR coach - The

2013 Browns WR coach - The Josh Gordon year. It also seems like he has done a good job with Bridgewater and Bradford.

02/16/2017 - 3:53pm Whatever the reasons, it

Whatever the reasons, it still means the kids being recruited now were 5 or 6 when Michigan won their last conference title. The successes sprinkled in since then are not as prominent to recruits as Saban's rings and Clemson's recent success. 

I personally think that our fan base was numbed by that stuff and made it easier to find victories in things like recruiting and moral superiority. That doesn't change being 2-13 (*14) against your biggest rival since the start of the new century. Last year should have been the year that we saw some of those green shoots and we had to settle for wins over MSU and Wisconsin. 

As holy as Harbaugh is to this fanbase, I sure hope he can deliver next year (especially against OSU) because if not, it will begin to appear that his hiring was one of those offseason "wins". 

02/16/2017 - 3:05pm I agree. Clemson's win just

I agree. Clemson's win just showed everyone that the talent gap isn't that wide and that even with the most talent, one weakness on your team can be the big difference. For Michigan, that was the OL. For Alabama, it was QB. 

The B1G and playoffs were there for the taking and this team and the coaches couldn't pull it out. That is now 12 season without a conference title and no matter how you spin it, that is massive underachievement. 

02/15/2017 - 3:09pm To be honest, I already look

To be honest, I already look at it that way. I know that the board loves Harbaugh and I do as well. With that said, if you are the highest paid coach in the country, you find ways to win those games like Iowa and OSU. 

02/15/2017 - 1:43pm Yeah, I am not surprised by

Yeah, I am not surprised by their omission but Kalis was 2nd team All B1G (along with Braden) and Magnuson was first team and 3rd team last year. 

02/15/2017 - 12:42pm Tough to hear for Thomas,

Tough to hear for Thomas, Magnuson, Kalis, and Godin and pretty surprising.

At least Clark got his redshirt denied before the draft so he can participate in the combine instead of having to go in a supplemental draft.

02/04/2017 - 6:16pm I think the ACC was better

I think the ACC was better than the SEC last year, especially at the top and despite Louisville's struggles down the stretch. The B1G was probably 1 or 2 with the ACC with the SEC and Alabama's 3rd and their closest games were against Ole Miss and LSU - a combined 12-11.

We are talking about National Championships, not bowl games. It's a completely different animal because you have to be able to defend and attack many different things very quickly. If you just dance through to those games with no real challenge then you end up with the B1G of most of 2001-2010 where one or two teams are good but only because they beat some MAC teams, Indiana, and Minnesota.

Everyone knew MSU was a fraud in 2015 but enough luck bounced their way to get into the playoffs. Similar thing happened to OSU last year. Michigan will have to win despite that stuff to have a real shot at a title. Hell, they still had a shot at one last year after losing to Iowa.

02/03/2017 - 8:58pm You have to be tested.

You have to be tested. Plowing through Purdue and Rutgers does not make you any better. Plus, even if you drop a close game, your season is not doomed. In fact, a lot of teams play better after a loss, like Clemson, PSU, and OSU last year. If you are too weak at the bottom you get a situation like the Big 12 where the worst teams don't make the best teams better, they are more or less cupcakes. Alabama gets the best from every SEC team they face because they all want to knock them off.

We are going to measure Harbaugh by games like OSU, Florida, Wisconsin, and MSU. Beating the absolute piss out of some teams has to happen as a natural order of things where coaches are fired and replaced by new blood which will hopefully be innovative and bring the conference along, making coaches think and adapt. Remember when Northwestern started running a spread in 99/2000? They didn't win any titles with it but they upset a lot of teams.

That is where I disagree with OP - MSU is outperforming expectations and so is PSU, and Purdue, Rutgers, and Minnesota need to step it up. As fun as 78-0 was, beating MSU and Wisconsin was so much better.

02/01/2017 - 5:18pm As bad as this looks, the OL

As bad as this looks, the OL is one group that can be difficult to scout accurately, in part because there are so many different positions. The hiring of Frey should help to develop the young guys and he will also be coaching TWJr and Asiasi, who from a blocking perspective, will be much different from Butt.

The other thing to keep in mind is that while there aren't a lot of starts returning, there are a number of years with Harbaugh and Drevno. The depth is thin, so staying healthy will be really important.