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11/13/2018 - 1:09pm This is an odd hill for…

This is an odd hill for McMurphy to set up camp on...

LeBron Grimes, the father of Trevon Grimes who was Brett McMurphy's main source for this morning's story, just took to Facebook and just opened up a whole other side to this thing. pic.twitter.com/jIyY2iMPf4

— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) November 13, 2018

tl;dr - McMurphy's main source Papa Grimes is claiming that his ex-wife, Mama Grimes is exaggerating the severity of her Stage IV cancer to secure Trevon Grimes's transfer.

11/13/2018 - 12:39pm Well most those players are…

Well most those players are starting seniors so very little incentive vs. just staying quiet.

11/13/2018 - 11:37am Unfortunately, this one is…

Unfortunately, this one is shaking up to be more like...

McMurphy: I have a personal vendetta against Urban and I will publish any story to hurt him. 

11/13/2018 - 11:33am This does not seem like a…

This does not seem like a credible story by Brett McMurphy and seriously damages his reputation as a reporter... Why would he publish this without verifying any of it with people who were involved?

https://twitter.com/garrettstepien/status/1062370347939434497?s=21

 

11/11/2018 - 10:23pm Earle Bruce was a high level…

Earle Bruce was a high level football coach for several decades, and also did a lot of public appearances after retirement. So I think it is fairly safe to assume that the family in-general is doing okay financially.

11/05/2018 - 2:31pm I've gone in 2016, and 2014…

I've gone in 2016, and 2014. Both times it was a pretty pleasant experience minus the end results. People obviously joked around and ribbed me a little, but nothing beyond what I expect from rival fanbase. Even had a random fan buy me a beer after halftime.

Maybe it made a difference that the group I went with was a mix of both fanbases.

11/02/2018 - 12:54am All I can say now is…

All I can say now is Michigan needs to apply the same tactics with regard to our OL and offensive holding.

Funny thing is that when Ed Warinner was at Ohio State, the constant complaint from this fanbase were all the uncalled holding against their O-Line.

I remember reading that was exactly one of Ed’s coaching strategies. He had interns doing analytics on reffing tendencies and in-general how long a hold had to be for it to be called. Then he would coach the O-Line to hold just long enough to be effective, but not to be noticed/called.

11/01/2018 - 8:20pm There's no way Michigan…

There's no way Michigan would match a $3-4 million a year offer for an assistant coach. Financially, that would just be insane.

There's less than 20 assistant coaches in the country that earn more than $1 million a year, and only two coordinators that crack $2 million a year: LSU's Dave Aranda ($2.5 million/year) and Clemson's Brent Venables ($2 million/year).

LSU can afford Aranda because Orgeron purposefully took a lower salary, so LSU would give him a larger budget to hire/retain assistant coaches. Venables' defense has gotten Clemson to the playoffs 3 years in a row now, and he has subsequently gotten a raise each time.

Now if Don Brown gets Michigan in the playoffs or NCG, I can see Michigan bumping him to the 3rd coordinator earning $2+ million. There's no way Michigan would bump him to almost double what the next highest asst. coach earns while still paying for two other $1+ million asst. coaches and Harbaugh's $7.5 million.

10/30/2018 - 5:46pm The fact is that he's…

The fact is that he's announcing health issues right about the time we were all expecting some "health issues".

I mean to be fair, Urban has been peppered with questions about it since he collapsed during the game 2-3 weeks ago. Eventually, Urban was going to have to give a definitive answer as to what happened.

10/30/2018 - 5:38pm I mean it'd be pretty ballsy…

I mean it'd be pretty ballsy for Urban to get brain surgery 3-4 times to maintain the ploy haha.

Honestly, I never doubted that Urban had "health problems" even at Florida. I know we all like to joke about the co-ed thing, but really the guy objectively does not look healthy.

He is a complete and nervous wreck on the sideline every week. It cannot be good to constantly be running at that high of a stress level 24/7. Dude needs to take a step back and realize it is just a game, and to chill out... but then he would be the micromanager that got 3 titles either.

10/30/2018 - 2:22am Sure, Alabama hasn't played…

Sure, Alabama hasn't played a tough schedule, but they also have absolutely curb-stomped everyone they played. Does Tua even have a pass attempt in the 4th quarter yet?

If Alabama loses to LSU in a close match, and then goes on to win out while continuing to curb-stomp the piss out of the remaining teams... Does the CFP really leave them out?

I think at this point Nick Saban's reputation has built up so much leeway that most people just assume Alabama is at worst a top-4 team in the nation regardless of the results.

10/29/2018 - 4:23pm Didn't the CFP committee…

Didn't the CFP committee make a statement last year that while a conference championship help boost a resume, it does not necessarily guarantee a playoff berth? That they are charged with finding the "four best teams" regardless if they are conference champions or not.

If Alabama narrowly losses to LSU this week, and then wins out in dominant fashion, I can easily see the CFP committee deciding to throw in Alabama still over a 12-1 conference champ.

10/29/2018 - 12:02pm The playoff picture is…

The playoff picture is starting to look a little muddy to me, especially if LSU and Notre Dame wins out.

The final pool of playoff contenders could potentially be:

  • SEC Champion 1-loss LSU
  • 1-loss Alabama
  • Undefeated Notre Dame
  • ACC Champion undefeated Clemson
  • B1G Champion 1-loss Michigan
  • Big 12 Champion 1-loss Oklahoma

Who gets left out then?

10/24/2018 - 2:56pm Grant Perry joined the 3-way…

Grant Perry joined the 3-way call and said to take the plea deal...

10/08/2018 - 12:04pm True, but my overall point…

True, but my overall point is that Sampson James might have decided to be a big fish in a smaller, closer pond by choosing IU. Recent history shows that IU can successfully feature a RB on a national level, whereas OSU has former 4* RBs as 3rd/4th string guys.

10/08/2018 - 4:04am Not to mention they had some…

Not to mention they had some recent success at the RB position with Devine Redding, Jordan Howard, and Tevin Coleman.

On the other hand, Sampson James (#163 OVR; #8 RB) could risk going to Ohio State and getting lost in the depth chart. Just recently OSU had a former 4* RB Antonio Williams (#169 OVR; #7 RB) grad-transfer to UNC due to a lack of playing time, and he now starts for the Tarheels.

10/03/2018 - 11:26pm 3rd best team would be…

3rd best team would be pretty generous as well. Wisconsin, and MSU both have very credible claims to being the 3rd best team in the B1G during Harbaugh's tenure here.

10/03/2018 - 10:06pm Are you really getting…

Are you really getting downvoted for saying something factual?

10/01/2018 - 12:15am Except that Clowney also…

Except that Clowney also faced frequent double and triple teams as well, and still racked up stats... So at the very least Gary is a step below other elite pass rushers in the past 5-10 seasons.

10/01/2018 - 12:08am > Gary has been tremendous,…

> Gary has been tremendous, I don't get the criticism.

It boils down to the lack of production. Yeah, sure Gary might get double teamed pretty often, but so do other projected top-10 pass rushers. Jadeveon Clowney, Ed Oliver, Joey Bosa... All those guys face double and triple teams regularly, but they still find a way to rack up numbers while freeing up teammates at the same time.

09/16/2018 - 4:28pm It kills me a little inside…

It kills me a little inside to have to root for Kirk Cousins because I have Stefon Diggs in fantasy.

09/16/2018 - 2:51pm Based on resume alone, I…

Based on resume alone, I feel like LSU should be higher... Blew out Miami, shutout their FCS opponent, and took down Auburn on the road.

Joe Burrow finally gives LSU’s offense some competency to go along with their usual stout defense.

09/16/2018 - 2:28pm The main solace I get is…

The main solace I get is that there’s no way Ohio State’s remaining SoS allows them to jumps the top-3, so the only direction they can move is down.

09/16/2018 - 11:43am Seeing AJ Dillon dominating…

Seeing AJ Dillon dominating as a workhorse RB at BC is making me a little salty. He would have been a difference maker in Harbaugh's offense.

I still don't understand to this day why the coaching staff thought he could only be a LB...

09/16/2018 - 11:25am Anyone else a little worried…

Anyone else a little worried the Notre Dame struggled again this week against a SEC bottom-feeder in Vanderbilt?

I was taking some comfort from Week 1 that maybe Michigan lost to a playoff contender, but now in back-to-back weeks against Ball State and Vanderbilt, Notre Dame definitely looks like a playoff pretender.

09/16/2018 - 8:19am AJ Dillon is a fool for…

AJ Dillon is a fool for playing RB, he would have been All-World as a LB.

09/15/2018 - 8:39pm FML, Nick Bosa is…

FML, Nick Bosa is unstoppable. He’s going to feast on our O-line.

09/03/2018 - 7:46pm You'd think that practicing…

You'd think that practicing across from one of the best D-line in the country for the last 3-4 years would have molded a passable O-line by competition.

It is still a long way away, but I shudder to think of what Nick Bosa would do to this O-line right now.

09/02/2018 - 9:00pm Is anyone else worried that…

Is anyone else worried that a QB that couldn’t sniff the field for Ohio State, is now starting for LSU seems to be doing pretty well against a decent defense in Miami?

How much better was Haskins than Burrow for the latter to leave his childhood team?

09/01/2018 - 3:25pm Mike Weber is looking like…

Mike Weber is looking like the better RB today compared to JK Dobbins

09/01/2018 - 2:02pm Umm... Illinois might have…

Umm... Illinois might have something to say about that last part.

09/01/2018 - 1:30pm Christ... Bosa is everywhere…

Christ... Bosa is everywhere in this game.

08/29/2018 - 2:39pm Hypothetically speaking…

Hypothetically speaking... what exactly happens if after the court case comes to light, and Zach Smith is absolved?

That it turns out both Zach and Courtney Smith are batshit crazy, but Zach didn’t beat his wife. That this really was just a wild goose chase started by his ex-wife out of vengeance.

08/23/2018 - 12:28am One of the more common…

One of the more common offenders in memory-altering drugs are benzodiapines and z-hypnotics/sleeping pills, which Urban admitted to abusing both in the past.

https://thelab.bleacherreport.com/i-m-not-the-lone-wolf/

However, I don’t know what they are claiming he has forgotten. If Urban is claiming to have forgotten recent events than he is also admitting he is still abusing those drugs, or he’s saying that he has a foggy memory of the times when he was on those drugs.

08/22/2018 - 9:11pm The investigator said that…

The investigator said that Urban Meyer believed the reports/questions were saying Zach Smith was arrested for a felony charge in 2015, and he was trying to respond saying that was not something that happened.

08/22/2018 - 12:50pm I think their saving grace…

I think their saving grace will be that Zach Smith was never officially charged, and there seemed to be enough conflicting stories to muddle the waters.

08/22/2018 - 12:41pm Honestly, I was on-board…

When Courtney Smith's own mother publicly came out against her, I became convinced this was not a black-and-white matter, and there was probably some lying from both sides.

Granted, all relationships are unique, but if I was accused of murdering someone, my mother would sell both her kidneys to get me the best lawyer possible... Or at the very least, she wouldn't sell me out. 

08/09/2018 - 10:19pm The part about Courtney…

The part about Courtney Smith's mother (Tina Carano) was a text exchange:

When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.”

As far as ever hearing her daughter say she would “take Zach down,” she replied, “Yes.”

And when Meyer’s name was mentioned, she added, “I cannot quote her exact words as I don’t remember them word for word, but something to that extent. This is my daughter and I love her but I do not approve of what she has done and how it was done."

08/02/2018 - 7:31pm An friend that works in the…

An friend that works in the AD at Ohio State says that the reason they never acted on it was because Courtney Smith has a streak of crazy in her past.

Both Zach and Courtney are full-blown alcoholics and had a super dysfunctional marriage. However, Courtney has shown up to OSU practices before drunk and threatening to blow up the whole building, and has called 911 an outrageous amount of time claiming each time that Zach was at her house harassing her when the latter was found to be at work. The police have pulled her over drunk as well and she would claim that Zach was chasing her, but he was at work. After a while, people stopped taking her seriously. The university is still mulling over a 3-4 game suspension for Urban just from a public optics standpoint.

07/19/2018 - 8:26pm Before those two they also…

Before those two they also had Kirk Cousins and Brian Hoyer, so it probably goes beyond just a QB coach that has been there for 6 seasons.

05/26/2018 - 5:12pm 4-star

Technically, Kyle Kalis was a 4* recruit. A high 4*, but I think only 1 service actually gave him a 5* rating.

04/05/2018 - 11:49am $7.6 million

Looks like they purposely paid Urban $7.6 million to beat out Harbaugh’s $7.5 million.

03/13/2018 - 4:05pm 4000+

If I had to guess, it probably has something to do with having three consecutive 4000+ passing yard seasons with a below-average set of receivers and running backs around him. The best WR that Cousins has had in Washington is DeSean Jackson who peaked about 5 years ago, and was really only ever a speedy deep threat guy.

Kirk Cousins behind the Vikings re-built O-Line passing to Thielen, Diggs, and Rudolph while handing it off to Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray seems like an extremely potent attack. Plus, they already rode their defense to a 13-3 record this season, and it is hard to see that side of the ball dropping off much.

03/11/2018 - 10:25am Harry Hiestand & Greg Studwara

The only thing that worries me a little with Warinner’s track record is that his two most successful stops did not really stop producing after he left. Notre Dame if anything had even better O-Line play with Harry Hiestand after Warinner, and Ohio State hasn’t really missed a beat with Greg Studwara.

No doubt that Warinner is an upgrade over Drevno, but I also wonder how much being in those specific offensive systems/culture magnified his coaching prowess.

03/10/2018 - 4:13pm Tom Herman

Herman is going gangbuster re-establishing Texas’s recruiting base/dominance. Texas just got a commitment from a 5*/#26 overall WR Jordan Whittington

03/09/2018 - 9:06am Harbaugh

It is outright baffling that no school wants a grad-transfer QB that was a starter at Michigan and has 3-year of tutelage under Harbaugh.

03/04/2018 - 6:51pm 216lbs

How long until the NCAA finally adds a 216lbs weight class to sync up with International/Olympic wrestling standards?

More and more collegiate wrestlers every year are attempting to represent their country on the international stage, but everyone who is in the 216lbs weight class internationally are at a huge disadvantage. They either have to drastically cut weight every season to drop back down to the NCAA’s 197lbs class or stay at their Olympic competition weight, but wrestle athletes who are potentially 60lbs heavier than them.

03/01/2018 - 12:45pm Not just images

It included using my name and quotes. Also, Jalen Ramsey clearly didn’t give Texas A&M permission to use his image. So as a whole, the practice seems odd that it is legal.

03/01/2018 - 11:23am Comparison

Maybe this is apples to oranges, but...

I was a student recruiter for my undergraduate college for 3 years (partly because there was a scholarship tied to the position), but every year they would have renew/re-sign a blanket release statement that they could use our name and images on any recruiting material. This included my picture being used in college brochures, my biography being printed in their website, and quotes I gave about the school. All to convince prospective high schoolers to apply.

So it makes sense to me that the same would be required for former players or alumni.

03/01/2018 - 10:03am Alternatively

I was just thinking that including all the accomplishments on the side would be sufficient without including players’ name.

Or if they wanted to include some successful players, they could have made it more balanced by featuring players from Warinner’s other P5 coaching stops: Kansas, and Notre Dame. I honestly don’t know which players from those schools Warinner personally coaches, but it would show that he has been consistently successful over the course of his whole career vs. just one stop.

Anyways, just an interesting recent debate about players’s images/name being used without their permission for promotional purposes. I’m a little surprised that schools aren’t legally required to obtain written permission first, but I’m not a JD, so who knows...