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03/19/2019 - 9:41pm The line b/w an intentional…

The line b/w an intentional foul and a "basketball play" so to speak is too easy to blur. Instead of putting two hands on a guy's back, a defender will make an aggressive play on the ball with no concern whatever for whether a foul is called - and even if a player is substantially certain he's going to get called for a foul in trying to make the play, it's still technically a basketball play and I don't think you can call an intentional there. 

IDK that intentionally fouling at the end of games is a problem that needs to be addressed. It was an accepted and interesting strategy for a long time. I think the bigger problem, since the Freedom of Movement era began, is the amount of calls and free throws that happen throughout the rest of the game. It's much more frustrating to deal with the game-extending intentional fouls when you've already sat through a three-hour-long free throw contest. 

03/19/2019 - 9:24pm Defense. The problem they're…

Defense. The problem they're trying to solve is that teams play defense. They believe more effective offense = better ratings = more $$$.

Freedom of Movement was the first rendition of this but it failed miserably. The end was more effective offense - the means was calling a foul on the defense on virtually any sort of contact, discouraging teams from getting in the way of offensive players trying to score. This went really poorly because teams didn't stop playing defense like they intended -- instead we got three-hour-long free throw contests. An unmitigated disaster. 

So now they're trying to figure out Freedom of Movement 2.0 -- here, the goal is to continue to discourage defense without the side-effect of a zillion free throws per game. 

It's always about money. Consequently the rule changes will always relate to ratings growth - more specifically, marketing the game to casual viewers (with no concern for the hardcore basketball fans who will continue to tune in to the game no matter what you do with it). 

03/11/2019 - 2:33pm That is asinine. Even…

That is asinine. Even Michigan State fans don't think that, and Michigan State has won more of them than any other program. 

The only programs that actually care about the Big Ten Conference Tournament are the ones that without winning it have no chance to make it into the NCAA Tournament. Please don't lump us in with Rutgers and Illinois. 

02/23/2018 - 2:51pm Uhhhh

Well, C can't happen, as Emmert (the NCAA) has no authority whatever to do that. 

B wouldn't happen in a million years. 

So I guess that leaves A or D. And let's be honest, the information we have about Bridges so far is a non-starter, so A, unless something more comes out. 

02/23/2018 - 9:25am Agreed

The big news about MSU in this case is that someone loaned a recruit's family member $400 and bought her a dinner. There's no indication that anybody affiliated with the school or the basketball program, or even the recruit himself, had any idea about this transaction.

It doesn't matter how clean our coach, program, or its players are. I'm keeping my head low until the FBI tells us it's out of ammo. 

01/12/2018 - 3:41pm Completely different

That guy was removed from the coaching staff, and like a jilted ex lover gave out information afterwards. That type of thing probably happens all the time. 

What the original comment was suggesting was completely different. 

01/10/2018 - 4:40pm The Conferences don't want to pay more than they have to

The current setup is perfect for the conferences. Referees are independent contractors, meaning the conferences don't have to pay for their travel or insurance. Outside of the biggest games and the NCAA Tournament, pay is garbage. Most of these guys are dramatically overworked -- they'll often do 25+ games in a 20 day span (and a lot of times those games aren't even in the same region). 

Officiating is a full-time job with a part-time salary and no benefits. And most of these guys actually have full-time jobs outside of officiating. So, most people are turned off by the idea of making a substantial personal investment just to get a job where they'll be exceptionally overworked and underpaid. 

It's also difficult to qualify as an NCAA-approved official. So, few end up with the desire to do the job, and out of the people who are left, even fewer actually have the ability. It's incredibly insular. 

Now throw in the fact that it's wildly seniority-driven. The guys who have been around the longest get the best assignments. There's no "grading" or objective evaluation. If you want to officiate in the Final Four, you need to have seniority. 

So, just like McDonalds has no incentive to spend billions of dollars to replace its minimum-wage-earning front of the house crew members with automated robots, conferences like the Big Ten have no incentive to drop a boatload of money into full-time professional officials. 

01/05/2018 - 3:42pm Yes

Something like that has never happened as far as I can tell. It would effectively end his coaching career and probably open him up to civil liability. That's a stupid risk to take unless MSU is willing to give him more money, by several orders of magnitude, than his "inside info" would ever be worth -- and of course that money trail would be public information. 

In short, yes, that is craziness. 

01/02/2018 - 5:48pm There is no case

Sherman liability can only be established with respect to restraint of trade. Beyond that, the level of review is rule of reason, meaning a trade practice can only violate Sherman if the practice is unreasonable based on economic factors. It's a losing case, which is why nobody ever actually challenged the BCS despite the constant threats.

12/29/2017 - 1:54am Why even let the offense run a play then?

Why don't both teams just stipulate to go to halftime and skip the pointless snap-and-kneel? 

The defense should play football and they should take advice from their coaches, not the referees. 


12/28/2017 - 10:20pm Zero chance this goes to trial

They'll settle

12/11/2017 - 3:08pm Probably

Plaintiffs will try to prove it's more likely than not that (i) MSU officials knew and (ii) they were deliberately indifferent.

It's anybody's guess as to what evidence they have to prove those things. There is evidence suggesting some people affiliated with MSU were aware of the allegations and became at least suspicious or distrustful of Nassar. 

I'm not aware of any evidence available to the public that would clearly satisfy Gebser's requirements of actual knowledge and deliberate indifference by MSU officials. 

12/11/2017 - 3:08pm Probably

Plaintiffs will try to prove it's more likely than not that (i) MSU officials knew and (ii) they were deliberately indifferent.

It's anybody's guess as to what evidence they have to prove those things. There is evidence suggesting some people affiliated with MSU were aware of the allegations and became at least suspicious or distrustful of Nassar. 

I'm not aware of any evidence available to the public that would clearly satisfy Gebser's requirements of actual knowledge and deliberate indifference by MSU officials. 

12/09/2017 - 10:45am The FBI already investigated 

The FBI already investigated 

12/09/2017 - 10:33am Not quite

Here's what Fitzgerald actually said: "[W]e believe the evidence will show that no MSU official believed Nassar committed sexual abuse prior to newspaper reports in late summer 2016." (Fitzgerald is a Harvard JD, former federal prosecutor, currently a partner at Skadden.)

Plaintiff will probably bring a number of claims between Title IX (post-reporting and heightened risk) and infliction of emotional distress (negligent and intentional). 

Gebser is instructive here: "[D]amages may not be recovered [...] unless an official of the school district who at a minimum has authority to institute corrective measures on the district's behalf has actual notice of, and is deliberately indifferent to, the [individual's] misconduct." (There are a few other liability limiting factors as well.) 

Plaintiff needs to prove that MSU officials knew sexual harassment was occurring and refused to take any action. 


12/05/2017 - 4:13pm I mean,

the reporter specifically asked Dantonio about Michigan. And to be frank, his matter-of-fact response was mild and disinterested.

I love that Coach Harbaugh is throwing shade at Dantonio -- what fun is a sports rivalry without some ribbing and jawing? -- but I'm surprised this particular soundbite is what provoked it. 

11/28/2017 - 4:26pm C'mon

Bagley is probably the most talented player in college basketball and he makes a big difference but Duke did not cruise. Duke got typical Duke treatment from the stripes and it still took a godly 37 point performance from Grayson Allen for them to steal that game at the end. (Allen was hitting contested 30-footers.) 

I'm not sure who is one and who is two between those two teams, but they clearly look like 1a and 1b with the next best team a very distant second. 

04/14/2017 - 8:45am That's why he has LOV insurance

If he blows out a knee, then he's collecting super-crazy-rich money. 

04/14/2017 - 8:43am Bridges has an insurance policy

So, if he gets hurt bad enough to lose significant value then he gets a payday anyway. He shouldn't be concerned about getting hurt -- he should be concerned about being perfectly healthy but not improving much and falling in the draft. 

04/13/2017 - 11:33pm It probably is, but

We're talking about a kid who isn't exactly poor but hasn't ever had serious money. The risk here is that he might end up only super-crazy rich instead of super-duper-crazy rich. Do you think a kid like Bridges can even comprehend or appreciate the difference? I'm not sure he can. I think he realizes that -- due to insurance policies -- he is, as a matter of fact, going to be drowning in money next year. 

So why not be a college superstar, chase tail with your long-time best friends, and pursue a national championship for a little while longer rather than jumping to become a full-time employee? 

Like I said, probably the wrong decision; but I can't really blame these kids for looking at things from a different perspective. 

04/12/2017 - 7:03pm Recent History

MSU had a bad year, but in the five years before that MSU finished (in the Massey Composite):

Michigan State -- 5th, 14th, 9th, 10th, and 6th.

Not a lot of teams can match that level of consistent performance. 

Kentucky -- 9th, 1st, 12th, 57th, 1st. 

Kansas -- 2nd, 10th, 11th, 6th, 4th.  

Duke -- 15th, 2nd, 16th, 2nd, 12th.

North Carolina -- 3rd, 9th, 24th, 26th, 5th. 

After that there's a pretty huge falloff. To show how hard it is to sustain that level of success, here are our rankings over that same timespan: 

Michigan -- 47th, 68th, 10th, 4th, 22nd. 


04/12/2017 - 6:47pm Davis is a good reference as

Davis is a good reference as to why a pure center who's only 6-foot-9 and isn't a consensus Top-25 recruit shouldn't go pro after a mediocre freshman season. You could argue that Izzo playing Davis in limited bursts allowed him to showcase only his strengths and hide his weaknesses, which is one of the primary reasons he got drafted in the first place. And you could also argue that Davis would have been drafted higher had he stayed and developed under Izzo longer.  

03/19/2017 - 7:38pm I'll take Kansas

I'm not sure they could have handled Sparty without those bad calls that put Ward on the bench. Kansas scored almost every possession after that and got almost every rebound. Kansas doesn't play smart and Jackson is the only scary player. Beating Purdue a third time would be harder.

03/19/2017 - 7:08pm MSU getting absolutely hosed by the stripes

Can't stop laughing 

03/19/2017 - 12:37pm Michigan will beat Louisville


03/19/2017 - 11:49am Why is this surprising?

Miami is 29th in the Massey Composite ranking system. Wisconsin is 24th. And that's after the Michigan State / Villanova games. There's not a whole lot of separation there. Miami just had a bad game and Wisconsin had a good one. 

03/17/2017 - 11:11am Class Certification

See the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23 (a) and (b).

As far as numerosity goes, there isn't a specific number. It usually hinges on the complexity of each individual case. Sexual assault is very fact-specific, so it might be difficult to find enough cases that are substantially similar to earn class certification. But some of these mass tort wannabes are certainly drooling at the possible settlement -- that's for sure.

03/14/2017 - 2:39pm Without knowing the facts,

it's impossible to know. The burden of evidence required to move forward with the case is very low. 

03/14/2017 - 2:34pm No

MSUPD and ELPD are separate but equal entities. MSUPD has primary jurisdiction in this matter and its officers are State of Michigan certified and sworn. 

03/07/2017 - 7:58pm It depends

These types of cases are very fact-specific. Most of the time it's a he-said she-said situation. When additional material evidence and/or witness testimony is available, or the prosecutor has reason to believe such evidence may be discovered upon further investigation, then deciding whether to move forward with the case becomes more complicated. 

03/07/2017 - 7:52pm Correct

It's a due process protection 

03/07/2017 - 7:51pm First step in a case like this

is filing a protection order, which often requires that the accused be removed from campus. 

01/31/2017 - 6:33pm Law must be dramatically different

Because I cannot reconcile my experience with many of these comments. 

The material taught at every law school is the same but the quality of the students, the professors, and the education is different. 

Disparate undergraduate GPAs and LSAT scores aside, the students at Michigan are more devoted to their studies. If you have family to support, you need to work while you're in law school, you have any sort of responsibility, or you simply have things that you want to commit time to that are unrelated to studying law, then there's nothing wrong with attending a school that is less demanding. The Michigan students are studying 8+ hours per day. As a Michigan Law Student your chief responsibility is studying law. You eat, breath, and sleep it. You don't have a family. You don't have friends. You don't have hobbies. You have enough time to get the minimum amount of sleep, exercise, and food necessary to function, and you study the law. It doesn't make you a lesser person for having attended a less demanding school, and attending a more demanding school doesn't necessarily mean you have a better work ethic or that you're more driven and focused. Still, the students at the more demanding law schools generally have the better grades, test scores, and are more devoted to their studies.

The quality of educators is also a big one. A couple of my colleagues recently got into an argument about the framing of a sex equality issue and one cited Catharine MacKinnon, one of the most often-cited legal scholars in the world. The other had a chuckle because he had personally discussed the exact issue with Catharine MacKinnon, who was his professor in a Michigan Law School class on sex equality. The professors of law at Michigan are some of the most brilliant, well-known, and respected experts in their field; and like the students, they are generally more devoted to their field than their peers. 

The environment is one in which being a uniquely extraordinary student is normalized. Studying law for 8+ hours every day becomes ordinary. Discussing law with the world's leading legal experts becomes ordinary. That sets Michigan law students apart from their peers from less recognized schools, which is reflected in employment rates and salaries. 

I'm sure much of this is law school specific, and I'm sure much of it is not.

At the end of the day, rational minds disagree on this topic. Those who argue tend to come from drastically different socioeconomic backgrounds and have irreconcilable perspectives. "You didn't work as hard as me because I was either in class or studying from 8am until midnight every day including weekends" v. "You didn't work as hard as me because I worked full-time and took care of my sick parents while simultaneously going to school" is not really an argument that anybody can win.   

11/27/2016 - 1:56pm That is a bad idea 

That is a bad idea 

10/23/2016 - 7:29pm Blowout coming

Michigan State was going to have a down year this year BEFORE the attrition hit. Most of the guys they recruited who were supposed to be 3rd / 4th / 5th year players right now have left the program. They were almost out of bodies and then they lost some more guys on top of that. 

Just look at how our defensive line matches up with their offensive line. 

Wormley -- 5th-year senior; 23-years-old.

Godin -- 5th-year-senior; 23-years-old.

Glasgow -- 5th-year-senior; 23-years-old.

Charlton -- Senior; 22-years-old.  


Cole Chewins -- Freshman; 19-years-old; (probably playing in place of Kieler who got hurt). 

Tyler Higby -- Freshman; 19-years-old. 

Brian Allen -- Junior; 21-years-old; (playing hurt). 

Benny McGowan -- 5th-year-senior; 22-years-old; (playing hurt). 

Thiyo Lukusa -- Freshman; 18-years-old; (likely starting over some transfer player who gives up a sack on almost every passing play). 


That alone tells me that this is going to be a blood bath. Michigan is WAY bigger, stronger, faster, and more experienced across the board, and that's especially true in the trenches. I will be disappointed if MSU gains more than 50 total yards and I will be utterly shocked if they find a way to score. It's just not realistically possible for them to sustain offense when we have that much of an advantage in the trenches. 

10/01/2016 - 2:42pm Not a different level

Bridges is an unnusally highly rated recruit for Michigan State at consensus #10, one of the first "one-and-done" talents Izzo has landed in a very long time. But he's a Flint native who grew up idolizing Michigan State's Flintstones and has a number of personal ties to Michigan State, including a great friendship with MSU commit Cassius Winston who is a classic Izzo recruit. 

Langford is a borderline five-star recruit at #20 -- the type of "elite" recruit Izzo typically lands. Just like Jaren Jackson. Langford, like Jackson, is not a one-and-done. He's a Deyonta Davis, Gary Harris, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne type of recruit -- the type of guy who has the unique measurables and/or skill-set that makes him a legitimate NBA prospect, but needs quite a bit of development to realize that potential. Langford, as well as Jackson, have local ties. 

It's not like Izzo is suddenly going into other people's back yards and pulling one-and-done recruits away from the bluebloods. He has landed one player who is a little bit out of his typical recruiting range, and that player has extensive ties to Michigan State. I'll be suspicious when Izzo's classes begin to suddenly feature Top-15 recruits from other regions of the country who have no prior connection to the state of Michigan or Michigan State University. 

10/01/2016 - 2:12pm Lately

Michigan State finished with a 29-6 record this past season with a Big Ten Tournament Championship earning a consensus Top-5 ranking at season end. They were undefeated throughout the first half of the college basketball season holding the number one ranking after tearing through a brutal schedule with primetime victories over multiple big-name programs such as Kansas and Louisville prior to solidifying their future with an elite recruiting class featuring two McDonald's All-Americans and a Jordan Brand Classic All-American. 

If you consider that a year of not doing "shit," I'm very curious to know what you would consider a year of actually doing "shit." 

10/01/2016 - 1:49pm Let's be honest

The University of Michigan is a destination school for elite college athletes. That's certainly more pronounced in football, but it is still the case in basketball. Michigan should not struggle to recruit at a very high level in any of the major sports. 

Now, it's difficult to compete for the highest-level basketball recruits. There are certain schools that are understandably more attractive at this point in time -- Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Louisville, maybe even UCLA and Arizona. It should not surprise anybody that Michigan has a really hard time competing for the 25 or so five-star recruits each year. Then there are some secondary issues like players who want to play close to home, players who want to be "the man" at a smaller program, players following family legacy, and yes impermissible benefits occasionally come into play. 

However, there are plenty of highly talented players availabale in each class in the 25-100 range that Michigan should NOT have a hard time competing for. Look at class recruiting rankings. Three or four guys in the 25-100 range is good enough for a Top-10 class every year. Michigan is a destination school that should not have a problem landing three to four players in the 25-100 range with some degree of consistency.    

The problem is that Beilein's playing style and player preferences are unnecessiarly specific and rigid. He's not willing to adjust to the talent pool and craft strategy and tactics around the most talented and gifted group of individuals he can attract to the school. He finds guys who are suited for his system whether or not they are capable of competing in major D-I basketball at a very high level. His system is good and it works -- if and only if he has the right pieces; which, often, he does not. 

Nobody expects Beilein to suddenly reel in a bevy of five-star recruits. People do expect the program to recruit at a level commensurate with the appeal of the University of Michigan. 

04/19/2016 - 5:15pm Sincerely,

Every player that ever played for Rodriquez and/or Hoke. 

04/12/2016 - 3:50pm davis wasn't underplayed

Dude was an absolute sieve on defense. He was constantly prowling for a block. Racking up five blocks in a game isn't impressive if the other team is getting open high percentage shots every other possession because you're caught out of position. Same situation on the glass. His individual rebounding rate was solid but the overall team rebounding rate suffered when he was in the game. He'll be drafted because of his measurables not because of anything he did or didn't have the chance to show at MSU. 

04/12/2016 - 12:15am Davis probably isn't the greatest example

Dude was a three star recruit when Izzo offered him and now there's consensus agreement that he's a first round draft pick 

03/30/2016 - 12:10pm side note

really looking forward to watching the Xavier Simpson - Cassius Winston rivalry unfold over the next four years 

03/28/2016 - 11:06pm Clean, yes

Beyond reproach, no.

03/28/2016 - 11:06pm Clean, yes

Beyond reproach, no.

03/28/2016 - 7:33pm Michigan State just creaned a player

Josh Jackson to Michigan State is all but a lock.

02/08/2016 - 10:22pm Recruiting

Need to start recruiting the local talent. Izzo will take the elite players, but there are plenty of solid guys that can fall to Michigan. Dantonio turned MSU into a legitimate football program by doing exactly that. Beilein is a good enough coach to take local stars and coach them up for three/four years and have them competing for Sweet 16s every season. Some guys that we should have pulled in right off the top of my head: 

Monte Morris (Flint) -- 15 PPG 7 APG for a title contender. 

Kahlil Felder (Detroit) -- 25 PPG 9 APG, one of the best players in CBB. 

Jalen Hayes (Lansing) -- 13 PPG, 9 RPG, great defender. 

Edmond Sumner (Detroit) -- Averaging 11-3-3 for a title contender that smoked the hell out of us. 

Darrell Davis (Detroit) -- Great defender who's hit a shooting slump this year but shot 45% from deep last year. 

Justin Tillman (Detroit) -- Big-bodied guy who plays strong interior defense and gets boards. 

Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills) -- Huge body, averaging 16 PPG 8 RPG in a major conference. 

Seth Dugan (Otsego) -- Massive 7-footer, super raw and adjusting to real hoops but clearly has the potential to plant himself in the middle and get blocks and boards.

This is a fraction of the local talent that's been available that the staff just hasn't taken seriously for whatever reason. If we can't recruit with the big dogs then so be it...but we shouldn't be settling for walk-ons and D-III transfers (w/ all due respect to Duncan) when there are local guys available who have the potential to play at a high D-I level.  


12/05/2015 - 12:56pm Luck?

They had to play their second-string quarterback and turned the ball over inside their own red-zone twice... 

10/17/2015 - 11:17am Depends

What do you consider "garbage time"? MSU was up 21-0 and had third stringers in the game by the time Purdue made their comeback. MSU brought the starters back in when Purdue made things tight and the starters locked things back down. 

10/15/2015 - 11:04am The stats are sensible, though

"[W]hen you have six games and have never managed more than four offensive TDs in a game (against suspect competition at that) . . .  how good are you really?"

It depends, which is why we use advanced stats. If a team plays its starters and retains aggressive play calling throughout the entire game, and the pace of the game allows them 15 true drives, then scoring four offensive touchdowns is not impressive at all. 

But if a team plays its starters and retains aggressive play calling throughout just four true drives, then four offensive touchdowns is pretty impressive. 

MSU is somewhere in between there. They're not going to blow anybody's doors off but if you're missing the advanced statistical analysis provided by adjusted data taken in context in favor of the facial statistical analysis of raw, unadjusted, out-of-context numbers, you're missing reality and you're going to be disappointed. But it seems like some people aren't missing reality so much as willingly ignoring it. 

And here's the kicker in all this: If Michigan State puts some points on the board on Saturday it'll be because Michigan State's offense is outstanding -- not because Michigan's defense is anything less than elite. 

10/14/2015 - 11:54pm Good points

RE Purdue: Their offense definitely wasn't "earth shattering" but I think this is another example of a potentially misleading stat. Their offense had 12 total drives -- one was killed by three penalties which gave them a long-yardage situation from their own 10-yard-line, another was killed by a fumble, and a third was victory formation kneeling. They had nine true drives and punted on four of them. 

It can and probably should be further broken down by half, since MSU started rotating in second and third stringers by the start of the third quarter -- as they led 21-0 -- and began the Tressel-Ball nonsense. MSU played 15 different offensive players in the first half and that number jumped to 24 by the end of the third quarter and 27 by the end of the game. In the second half they ran 32 plays -- 26 of them were runs. 

So, if we're trying to get a guage on how good MSU's offense is based on the Purdue game -- at least, the offense that we're likely to see Saturday -- you're probably going to want to throw all or most of the second half of that game out. We're not going to be seeing MSU's third stringers and they're certainly not going to be running almost exclusively the 32 Dive against us with those players.

In the first half against Purdue MSU had six drives. The first drive was a dud. They scored touchdowns on their next three consecutive drives. The next drive started inside the MSU 20-yard-line and holding-false start-false start killed it. The last drive went like this: London run; London run; London run; London run; London run; London run. It started on the MSU nine and went into Purdue territory before a controversial spot on a 3rd-and-1 run by London forced MSU to give the ball back to Purdue.

Again, it wasn't an amazing performance, but if you look deeper than traditional stats you can see that MSU's offense, at least the part of the offense that we should be concerned about, got pretty much whatever they wanted against Purdue. 

RE Rutgers: I can sum this one up neatly and simply -- MSU's defense is questionable right now and prone to giving up huge plays.