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07/17/2018 - 5:28pm Yes, although it’s tough for…

Yes, although it’s tough for me to tell if it’s because it’s the summer and thus less coverage of things I care about.

07/06/2018 - 1:53pm If memory serves, Stone was…

If memory serves, Stone was a Michigan target at one point.

06/07/2018 - 12:47pm I forget — is he class of…

I forget — is he class of 2019 or 2020?

06/04/2018 - 11:40am IBL

In before launch!

06/03/2018 - 11:06pm Didn’t realize Tark went to the NBA

But as he lasted all of 20 games, he certainly isn’t a datapoint in support of the Pistons’ pursuit of Beilein.

06/03/2018 - 7:42pm I’m sure the Pistons could turn over their entire roster

But that doesn’t mean they get to replace said roster with any players they wish. The likelihood that they could get substantially better players any time soon is quite low.

06/03/2018 - 7:37pm The reason this would be surprising is on the Pistons’ end

Beilein is 65. He’s never coached in the NBA. I’m not sure there’s ever been a late career college to NBA jump like this, especially when the coach has never been involved at the NBA in any level (as an assistant, player, or anything else). Beilein is a terrific coach, but there will be a learning curve. He’ll have about 1/3 the number of practices. He’ll have 29 new opponents to figure out, often with no time between games to digest film. There are a substantially different number of rules between the two levels, and certainly a difference in how things are called even where the letter of the rule is the same.

I’m sure he could eventually figure it out, but again, he’s 65. He could cost your team games relative to another potential hire in year 1, and maybe year 2. This is fine if he’s younger and you’re rebuilding and you hope that he’s the right hire for a decade or more, like Stevens in Boston or Snyder in Utah. This neither describes Beilein, who probably doesn’t have a decade left, nor the Pistons, who are a fringe playoff team with a high payroll hoping to take the next step forward.

If this happens, it would be a mistake for the Pistons. 5 years ago it may have made sense.

06/02/2018 - 1:32pm Carleton is teeny tiny

As is the town it’s in, Northfield, Minnesota. Having been there for my wife’s class reunion, I can say it reminds me very little of either Michigan or Ann Arbor.

Also, I think I’m going to ban our annual donation to Carleton this year on account of this. Careful who you hire, Carleton!

06/01/2018 - 1:50pm That would be disappointing

I was looking forward to it! I had assumed they were waiting for the UCLA and Texas home-and-homes to be done.

06/01/2018 - 1:13pm McDaniels

At least according to his Twitter handle. ESPN is the only recruiting site to drop the ‘s’ — don’t be like ESPN.

06/01/2018 - 1:01pm Basketball out-of-conference foes

Don’t forget Cincinnati as a high-quality OOC opponent this season. They could arguably be a tougher team than Nova or UNC.

05/30/2018 - 3:57pm As an NBA fan I’m disappointed

I think he’s ready for the next level and was looking forward to him in the pros.

05/30/2018 - 3:55pm I think the NFL system is far stupider

It gives most kids a week to decide after their season for a draft that’s nearly four months away, and a combine that’s two months away. You don’t even know if you’re getting a combine invitation at the time of your decision, which comes right on the heels of the playing season. The NBA gives players 3-6 weeks to declare after playing, and then a month to gather information. It’s way more rational, and does a better job of encouraging kids to stay who aren’t ready.

Most of your complaints are the NCAA’s fault. The NBA would allow a kid to play in college after being drafted. They do allow players to develop in Europe for years already, similar to hockey.

05/30/2018 - 12:13pm Seems like he’ll be picked in the 25-35 range

That will get him a few million in guaranteed salary. Makes sense for him to go pro.

05/30/2018 - 10:16am There are still some grad transfers left

In case Matthews remains in the draft. Khwan Fore is a wing with 2-years as a starter at Richmond, who decommitted from transferring to Tennessee in the past couple of days. There are also some potential grad transfers who are deciding between that and the draft today.

But I really hope Matthews comes back — he’s looking at a 2-way contract at best next season. And we need him.

05/30/2018 - 7:20am And the Missouri Governor resigned

As the legislature led by his own party was moving towards impeachment.

05/29/2018 - 11:32pm I hope not

If Darius Morris tells him about the $3.2 million he made in the NBA despite being a fringe player, Matthews is gone.

05/28/2018 - 9:25am I don’t think Perry starts

He might get the 3rd-most WR snaps, but I think DPJ and Black are ahead of him, and I think we’ll run too many 2 WR sets for us to be said to have three starting WR.

05/24/2018 - 6:16pm The Magic are a terribly run franchise

The Kings have been the worst over the past decade, but I’m not sure anyone can top the Magic for number 2 (although the Knicks and Nets can both be nominees, as can the Suns). That team had 5 top 10 picks in 5 seasons, and they’re right back where they were 5 seasons ago.

Izzo can please go there so we can watch him fail badly in the NBA. That team and coach deserve each other.

05/24/2018 - 2:43pm Given how enabling that institution is top-down

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the next coach’s players behaved the same way.

05/21/2018 - 12:49pm Below 100 now

Good job team.

05/21/2018 - 12:37pm It’s posts like theae

That make me go through a user’s posting history and downvote everything so that he gets below the 100-point new post threshold.

Of course, the OP made it very easy when he had a 15x post (upvote to whomever can tell me the word for fifteen-tuple — Google was not my friend.)

05/14/2018 - 11:55pm That wouldn’t be surprising

If he sits out this year, he should absolutely qualify for a medical 6th year, as he would have missed two full seasons with an injury. That’s about the best I think we can hope for with him — as long as he’s been out, I think it would be very tough for him to get ready for this season with just summer’s training camp, especially as he still hasn’t been cleared.

Keep healing, and get all the degrees!

05/14/2018 - 10:58am No implications for online poker

That is a different law.

05/13/2018 - 4:42pm As a Celtics fan

I’d be quite happy if the Cavs did indeed leave the gym for the rest of the game.

05/13/2018 - 4:12pm Celtics have come to play

Doubling up the Cavs in the 1st quarter, 36-18. Horford is going to dominate Love in this series when they’re matched up.

05/11/2018 - 4:02pm Not officially

We currently have one open spot for 2019, but Matthews is a pretty safe bet to go pro, and I’d guess the third-place finisher in the PG battle next year is a decent bet to transfer, especially if we get a PG commit shortly.

05/11/2018 - 3:58pm Coach of the Year Award

It should be noted this was a COTY voted on by coaches, and not the traditional one voted upon by the media (which Karl won when he was axed). It was the second year of the award, and the voting quickly become controversial when Brad Stevens was not one of the 7 or 8 coaches who received any votes. (As far as I can tell, each ballot contains only one name.)

05/10/2018 - 2:49pm Two things:

1) Reaves is not a grad transfer. He will have to sit out a year wherever he winds up.

2) He is now visiting Purdue.

05/10/2018 - 1:58pm Put me on Team Russell

Bill Russell that is, not Westbrook.

05/09/2018 - 1:22pm I agree that’s exactly what they were doing

I think the NFL mostly knew too — the Osweiler trade was a giveaway. I think it’s a pretty poor strategy in the NFL given the massive uncertainty in the draft, the violent nature of the support creating substantial injury risk, the much stricter salary cap in the NFL relative to the NBA, and the huge amount of variance in year-to-year results caused by unbalanced schedules and a small number of regular season games.

But yeah, my comment wasn’t off the cuff. I think the Browns actively tanked last year, and their defensive scheme of lining Jabrill 20 yards deep was part of it.

05/09/2018 - 12:31pm It seems like a system

That would lead to the 1st overall pick.

The Browns have intentionally been the Sixers of football the last two seasons. Just no one noticed because it’s the Browns, and their reputation is so bad that people thought they were trying to win at least a few games.

05/09/2018 - 12:27pm It is if you’re trying to win games

But if you’re tanking, you get to keep said 1st-round pick healthy while putting him on the field.

05/03/2018 - 1:33pm Bosh is (probably) different

He was not only not cleared for play by team doctors, but also by an independent panel of doctors agreed to by the NBA and the players association. This independent panel was required in order for the Heat to get back about $25 million from the insurance policy on his contract. Presumably if the insurance company felt that panel was a sham, they would have protested as well.

We don’t know the full details of Hurst, but it seems he WAS cleared by independent doctors, unlike Bosh. Now it’s possible that 31 teams’ staff cardiologists disagreed with the assessment done by the multiple teams Hurst has seen, and the Raiders doctors were the only ones that agreed with Hurst’s diagnoses. But more likely we have a bunch of front office and PR staff that think they know more than highly trained specialists.

05/02/2018 - 11:12am Thanks for the correction

Post edited.

05/02/2018 - 10:12am I strongly disagree

If he hadn’t been invited to the combine, there was near-zero chance he would stay in the draft (it would require some sort of impending suspension from the team or school, and there has been nothing saying that we should expect such an event).

Going to the combine, however, will increase his exposure and allow him to be directly compared to other top prospects. He will be able to interview with a dozen or more teams. Furthermore, given the limited number of available combine slots, the NBA, for selfish reasons, aims to hand out invites to players who a) could get drafted, and b) who are likely to remain in the draft. They don’t want to hand out interviews to a bunch of underclassmen who won’t like what they hear or aren’t ready, and thus go back to school while crowding out the players who will ultimately be drafted from this process.

And by going to combine, he will have an opportunity to impress a ton of scouts in-person if he has a good couple of days. I don’t think it’s a given he goes, but I’d say the likelihood just jumped from 0% to 40-60%. That’s great for him, but not-so-great for next year’s team.

04/27/2018 - 9:26am Any team who has him off the board because of medicals

Is saying one of two things:

1) Our player personnel staff knows more about heart conditions than the multiple cardiologists who have examined him.


2) Our cardiologist says he is greatly imperiled by playing football, but we’re just going to sit on this information because it’s proprietary.

Reason 1 is idiotic and reason 2 is unethical.

04/26/2018 - 5:10pm Looks like my next car won’t be a Ford

It was already unlikely after they dropped Focus, now it’s a given. I grant that I’m not their target customer, given that my wife and I put

04/25/2018 - 12:36pm Sack rate theory

With running QBs, some designed runs and/or RPOs that were runs instead of passes got counted as sacks instead of a rushing play, because sometimes you just can’t tell. Accordingly, the sack rate gets inflated for these QBs.

04/21/2018 - 1:20pm Jay Wright wanted him

He brought it up in advance of the finals that he thought he had Brooks and viewed him as the one who got away. That’s enough of an endorsement for me to want to see what the future holds for him.

04/20/2018 - 9:16am Nebraska on the road?

I thought they were a home game, and my cursory Google results confirm that.

04/14/2018 - 10:15pm My guess, like many, is Iggy

He’s the top recruit, can fit at multiple positions, and is turns 20 in January (so is the age of a sophomore). I expect him to get 25-30 minutes a game by the end of the season.

04/12/2018 - 4:08pm It’s not a monopoly thing

It’s much more a franchise thing with local governments. Believe me, regulators know, and require Comcast (and others) to file their ownership shares. 10% is typically the threshold for counting it towards their market share.

04/12/2018 - 4:05pm Said no one ever

Except U, I guess.

04/12/2018 - 12:03am From personal experience

I found kidney stones to be worse pain, although my appendix hadn’t quite ruptured (probably would have shortly). I’d had a bout of kidney stones about two months before my appendectomy, and thought the pain was just another kidney stone that didn’t hurt as much. Eventually friends convinced me to go to the ER — thankfully.

04/11/2018 - 11:58am I was going to say


04/10/2018 - 4:14pm Also not a pro scout

But I follow the NBA a ton more than college. Matthews defense is playable from Day 1. His athleticism is elite. His shot, while inconsistent, is potentially fixable. If he came out this year I could see him getting picked in the end of the first round. It would surprise me, but the draft is a little shaky after about pick 20 this year. With good workouts and the combine, he could be someone a team is willing to take a chance on.

Ultimately I think he should and will stay another year. Next year’s draft looks really shallow, and if he corrects his shot he could go in the teens despite his age. He profiles as a poor man’s Jaylen Brown to me, and if he fixes that shot, as Brown did this season, he could be a not-so-poor man’s version of him.

Matthews testing the waters is not unreasonable, and it makes sense that Beilein would check in with potential grad transfer targets should Matthews find the waters enough to his liking. They may very well be.

04/10/2018 - 4:01pm Beilein not infrequently uses red-shirts

DJ Wilson and Austin Davis each got one in recent seasons. Donnal and Biefeldt also received them a few years earlier. While it’s true that none have wound up playing four years at Michigan (pending Davis), it doesn’t mean that Beilein eschews them. They happen, and often with bigs that fit Castleton’s profile (stretch bigs that need to gain strength).

Whether it makes sense to or not is a different question — the fact that they are used makes projecting a redshirt for Castleton perfectly reasonable.

04/10/2018 - 3:52pm If Davis doesn’t transfer

I expect him to win the minutes behind Teske. Strength, size, and reps will win out for next season. The following year, maybe not, but 3rd-year Davis > 1st-year Castleton.

04/10/2018 - 3:36pm I expect a red-shirt

He’s going to have at least two upper-class players ahead of him at his primary position of center, and another upper-classman and a more highly touted freshman and his secondary position of the 4. Combine that with the strength he needs to add and the intricacies of his position both in our offensive and defensive systems, and I just don’t expect to see him burn his redshirt.

That doesn’t say anything bad about him as a player, either. DJ Wilson went from a redshirt to mid-1st round pick two years later. Mo barely played once the conference schedule started his first year. His future could be quite bright, but it will be tough for him to leap over that many players given that he also needs to develop more physically. Barring more attrition than expected (e.g. Mo goes pro AND there’s a transfer) or an injury, I think it will be best for both the team and player if he spends next year in the weight room, on the practice floor, and in the classroom.