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08/14/2018 - 1:46pm This was supervised by the…

This was supervised by the conditioning staff during summer allowance, so you cannot hold all the coaches (especially newly hired ones) culpable for the errors of those put in charge by the HC in offseason.

08/14/2018 - 1:44pm False equivalency. Let’s not…

False equivalency. Let’s not diminish sustained wife abuse enabling. Of course a dead player is horrendous—plenty of abused people end up dead as a result, too, especially when people cover up for their buddies, “allegedly.”

08/13/2018 - 1:57pm Because you ae only thinking…

Because you ae only thinking about one collegiate sport—and only one division, and only a few schools. How is it fair that the D1 power 5 football players get “tangible” benefits. Sorry, but free sneakers and gear and bowl game hotels, etc., are tangible. And so is compensation for room and board and tuition. These kids get paid for degrees and do not have to be in debt and can audition for a professional athletic careers. Why is he school not to make money? Why is the school not allowed to redistribute those funds to help other college athletes in, say, cross country? The revenue is reinvested into the entire athletic department—and plenty of schools do not make what UM’s football team does. Why did UAB disband a few years ago? Hmmmm. The “pay the players” argument typically ignores th rest of the AD and the overall landscape of how few can afford 100s of thousands of dollars extra to run a football team. Plenty of teams need bowl appearances to break even. Just, yeah, Pandora’s Box—and not the kind where you pick up jewelry.

08/13/2018 - 3:26am Jugs of milk, right?…

Jugs of milk, right? inquires Jack Harbaugh.

08/12/2018 - 4:55pm A photo with Jamie Morris in…

A photo with Jamie Morris in the locker room. Sadly, I was so awestruck. Y touring the facilities I did not get his autograph, and I watched players work out from afar (RichRod years).

08/12/2018 - 11:50am Sweet. Very excited to see…

Sweet. Very excited to see the growth of this very talented team. #Believe

08/12/2018 - 8:51am I’d love to be there but I…

I’d love to be there but I just ran a half marathon on vacation. Good luck to all the runners.

08/11/2018 - 10:08pm Why just your lats? A full…

Why just your lats? A full body sculpting with balance is the only way to beat the Tide.

08/11/2018 - 6:05pm UM needs to do a thorough,…

UM needs to do a thorough, honest, but quick internal investigation so that if a player is involved they can self-impose suspensions. If they do that, then the NCAA will be slow to make any adjustments to whatever they find. I would be sad to read that any of our best players would be that dumb, but if they messed up, they need to be suspended for as many games as they f’d up. Some UNC players got 4 games, some 2. If Meyer gets less than fired, any suspension is moot. 

08/11/2018 - 6:00pm There were a few on Twitter…

There were a few on Twitter blaming the anonymous players, but... most are pretty apathetic—living out here in Maryland, there are more PSU folks. 

08/11/2018 - 3:17pm He’s an OSU homer grad fan…

He’s an OSU homer grad fan boy. He’s appeasing his minions—his “base.” News is not his game—he is not a journalist. He’s a sycophant to Meyer.

08/11/2018 - 3:15pm Same guy who reported it was…

Same guy who reported it was Herman is the one denigrating Courtney Smith, so he’s not going to have anything negative to say about Meyer. He’s an OSU graduate and “insider,” who loves OSU so much he’s written books on it. Yep—he “confirmed” it was Herman, so that is good enough for Bucky boys. If McMurphy has anything else, OSU is screwed. If not, then the Ohio team has done a good job of scapegoating and gaslighting for when Meyer is absolved of “intentionally deceiving” or “enabling an alleged abuser.”  They’re trying to paint Meyer as a saint for giving Z Smith so many chances and not just succumbing to “fake news” or the “vindictive ex wife.” This Snook’s story is that CSmoth has been plotting this as revenge.

Ugh. I’m done. September 1st can arrive any second, now, please.

08/11/2018 - 3:00pm If it is true, he may have…

If it is true, he may have approached OSU about getting the big scoop on both the outcome on both AD Smith and Meyer’s jobs.

oSU homers believe what is being told within their circles—they are trying really hard to make Courtney Smith sound like a raging psycho alcoholic thorn in Zach’s side. He’s the victim and his Mommy said so—and they have insider info that CM’s own mother texted support of Zach. So, as much as it sounds like character assassination and I’d love to just toss the tossers aside—we shall see whose truth is loudest and most substantial.

 

08/11/2018 - 11:46am I would venture a big fat NO…

I would venture a big fat NO. As a coordinator, he was only so powerful andi had to fall in line with how the larger program is run. Durkin, in realizing his dream to lead a whole program, probably panicked in not being able to get a crappy team to play up to D1 standards. I’d venture his inability to motivate an entire team to improve resulted in a culture of fear because Durkin felt over his head and started to displace his anger on players. Pretty toxic and sad to see, but I do not think one can assume he was always such a toxic hypermasculine d-bag at other stops. I’m sure Harbaugh would’ve put him in place—and perhaps that was part of Dhrkin’s checking out, if he did ever step over the line. That’s my homerism, at least.

08/11/2018 - 9:03am When are OSU fans going to…

When are OSU fans going to realize that ESPN and NCAA are “not out to get us” whenever a good player (Hyde, Elliott, etc.) assaults a woman or their supremely powerful coach enables a wife beater (9 f’ing years) and admits to lying that he knew of the allegations and history of said wife beater?

See: very few Bucky boys will start with blaming the players or the staff involved—and that is what makes it a bad culture. 

Michigan fans are rarely absolving their players of crimes—and the large majority of UM fans agree to start at, “I hope it is t true, but punish if so.”   OSU: “Stop picking on ‘us’; you’re just jealous ‘we’ won a NC five years ago; everyone is out to get ‘us.’”  OSU fans then go on to be the loudest talkers of massive manure against “the SEC and Bama.” Here: plenty of UM fans are all about the “bag man,” but here is a difference in how UM fans often handle the problems that players cause in AA. 

08/09/2018 - 1:28pm But Harbaugh took over a…

But Harbaugh took over a 49ers roster that had the basic same team and that team demonstrably better. The idea that a change in a position coach cannot reap quick rewards is not far fetched, no matter how much success those coaches had at other places. I think we can, based on the responses from multiple linemen, that the coaching last year was too complex—and it sounds like less focused due to the philosophical differences in Frey and Drevno. Warriner did wonders with you g OSU lines, so why could our growth not be plausible under his teaching? 

08/08/2018 - 9:50am Maybe they could have been…

Maybe they could have been transparent with what they knew and when they knew. Maybe Meyer had no reason to lie, then.

08/07/2018 - 5:51pm Intervention is never bad…

Intervention is never bad when abuse is involved, especially when the person has reached out for help. Let’s not rationalize that abuse victims are okay with abuse for the sake of a good salary/the benefits of not getting g help. Even is the abused is okay being strangled, her kids are not okay, and it is not okay to remain silent with knowledge provided directly to her by the victim.

Meyer has a legal and moral obligation, not just to the abused but to any future person conceivably harmed by someone else under a future similar scenario. It is not her job to judge the outcome; her job is to protect the person from further abuse—or to start the legal process that is to protect her. Smith was a repeat offender by 2015, so she knew damn well the statistics of repeat offenders.

Nowhere in college do they teach young psychologists and psych clinic nurses that they should weigh whether the abuse upon the victim will harm his or her future finances or reported. Nowhere do they teach them that abuse has times they shouldn’t report it. Students are taught that the ethical thing to do on the job is to report and let the legal system do its job. Tough? Yes, but necessary so that we can reduce abuse and let society know that it is not okay.

08/07/2018 - 10:09am You should realize that not…

You should realize that not protecting a few students who allege assault against athletes or staff creates a culture of allowance, which then teaches these young men and old men that women are meat. So yes, this does raise the risk for every person to be assaulted without consequence of the law.

See: culture of Catholic Church before checked by law. I’m sure less altar boys are at risk, seeing as they know that another coverup would further destroy faith in the church.

08/07/2018 - 10:03am And coming to Michigan’s fan…

And coming to Michigan’s fan site to feed your own biases for OSU says more about your insecurities with Meyer’s actions than it does anything else. 

08/06/2018 - 6:43pm I agree. I believe coaches…

I agree. I believe coaches need to  e the ones who report and start the request for an investigation. The AD should be required to follow through on all said automatic requests, and their should be a transparency of the evidence found. I believe a coach has an obligation to make sure his or her staff is clean. 

I do not like the argument that coaches only have to report the allegations and are absolved of any other responsibility. We get a case like Smith’s, then, where a coach can allegedly report what he or she knows and then leave it at that. There is an ethical duty for a superior—especially one with so much staff—to make sure the subordinate does not talk his or her way out of punishment.

Meyer is a powerful man, as evidenced by his ability to lie, admit to it, and have people change their ethics to fit why to keep him. He could easily have taken the steps to investigate and have cause to fire. 

Otherwise, coaches get to be enablers who justify their keeping staff members because they felt they ccannot ups change them, or because they did not want to ruin someone’s job prospects.  Instead of giving the Meyers of the world to have the choice to report to AD and wash hands—he or she needs to be required (as Meyer is able to fire and hire who he wants, pretty much) to request AD to do automatic inquiries that result in termination with cause. 

I take football out of it and think of the victims. Who cares about the coach—OSU will still be a top tier program and hire the best available.  Meyer has appeared to enable an abuser, sees no issue with it, and that is abhorrent. That’s why he should be fired. Men need to stop proteooher men from their misdeeds. Be loyal to the innocent.

08/03/2018 - 8:55am Um, he same guy still thinks…

Um, he same guy still thinks Meyer keeps his job. 

08/03/2018 - 8:53am And 10 years ago Meyer…

And 10 years ago Meyer admits to “counseling” the same staff member and his wife about beating his pregnant wife. ...I mean, that’s not worth keeping two eyes on, always, from then on? 

08/03/2018 - 8:49am He should “monitor” his…

He should “monitor” his coaching staff when he already knows from 2009 that the said employee has abused his pregnant wife. 

If you counseled one of your employees—had them in your home and helped them try not have more domestic disputes—you would justify to yourself that their divorce a few years later was not something you would “monitor”? 

Perhaps Harbaugh should not have fired his bff military vet after his DUI? Or the other guy they just fired? 

This is about ethics, about the responsibility to be a leader of the college. The reason we have shorty leaders falls on our rationalizations that nobody is culpable for holding others to ethical standards. 

 

The head of a company gets paid a lot of money to lead by example and to make sure his or her employees are not going to besmirch the company’s reputation.

Let’s not pretend that football coaches do not eat meals with each other, that their families do not interact, that football staffs at D1 programs tout the close knit “family” atmosphere. Does a family not know what’s happening to each other? Just last night Randy Moss said he’s glad his son was able to leave “his other family” at LSU to help enshrine his dad. My high school team had that same 123 family huddle break. 

So stop with the “how was he to know” bull. If this were Harbaugh and Michigan, I’d be just as disappointed and glad the same view. 

08/02/2018 - 9:20pm Damn. My first clear UM…

Damn. My first clear UM memories were watching his dad be the best RB UM’s has in 40 years, plus. And I hoped Jr. would be a Star by his senior year, at any position. Mad tears.

08/02/2018 - 11:38am Elevenwarriors are…

Elevenwarriors are rationalizing how the victim is at fault. Five minutes in, the recurring excuses why Urban is not to be fired:

1) Her own parents did nothing.

2) It is not his job to police his staff or his staff’s family issues, even if known. “What’s he supposed to do?”

3) Completely ignore the fact that there were police records, a prior altercation that Meyer did know about from 2009, and a big fat divorce. Meyer can plead ignorance as to why his staff member of 10 years had a major life event...after knowing how their marriage started.

4) He was a great recruiter, so why should he be fired for domestic abuse. 

08/01/2018 - 8:09pm Yet it reads as relevant.

Yet it reads as relevant.

08/01/2018 - 8:08pm She is in the Nursing…

She is in the Nursing Department? If so, then definitely they will both be fired so we than later.

perhaps this was her coed revenge?

08/01/2018 - 8:06pm I know they are in denial of…

I know they are in denial of losing their Messiah, but that’s not how that works. One of Meyer’s staff member’s assaults anyone, Meyer knows, he must report. Who the victim is matters not. 

07/23/2018 - 2:57pm Not even remotely funny—if…

Not even remotely funny—if he’s beaten his wife, and if he beat her while pregnant—then you are condoning that we win at all cost by hoping they keep a shitty coach wh they know openly has beaten a woman.

Having institutions not condone and hide domestic assaults supersedes any fucking football game—even The Game. 

07/23/2018 - 2:50pm He should not be rewarded by…

He should not be rewarded by keeping his job: 1) it is unfair to the assault victim, 2) it horribly condones his behavior to OSU players, which puts more women at risk by the nature of him being an authority figure/guidance to these young men

3) this is moot, but OSU WRs seem to love him, as do other offensive players. I’m pretty sure Michael Thomas and Zeke have said how cool the guy is to them. I don’t think denigrating his coaching talent and wishing they’d keep him as a result is...good. We need to stop justifying domestic assaults in anyway, including arguing that his poor performance is good for Michigan.

07/20/2018 - 7:09pm He doesn’t have terrible…

He doesn’t have terrible body language, unless you count the times he was concussed. That sounds like a Stephen A. comment, not real analysis. 

07/16/2018 - 10:40pm Vampires and Weekends.

Vampires and Weekends.

07/12/2018 - 12:26pm Isn’t 1984 some kind of…

Isn’t 1984 some kind of political reference...🤔

07/12/2018 - 12:25pm Not to get religious,…

Not to get religious, because we all know that even a moderate liberal cannot believe in a god—but, “Amen.” 

There’s a demagogue ruining—I mean, running—the country with his thumbs.  

Trump put himself in the middle of sports by making it part of his rhetoric on Twitter and at his cult rallies. 

 

07/12/2018 - 12:08pm Hard to trump your…

Hard to trump your victimization. 

07/12/2018 - 12:05pm Your sports page? Are you…

Your sports page? Are you running the site? Do you pay to use it? 

06/30/2018 - 9:07am I wonder if people would…

I wonder if people would have criticized a young Jim as much working as a newbie under his father? Hmmm.... 

06/28/2018 - 2:18am My six year old doesn’t…

My six year old doesn’t understand why/doesn’t believe  there’s a Michigan State because we already have Michigan.  His ignorance is both a brilliant insult to Sparty as a youngster and an illustration of where too many adult brains level off.

06/26/2018 - 10:17am You sound like a real man’s…

You sound like a real man’s man. That’s sarcasm, since you seem to be the ilk who doesn’t have a huuuge moral compass. 

06/22/2018 - 10:25am Yes.

Yes.

06/21/2018 - 12:38pm I stated that same thing. He…

I stated that same thing. He is all negative. I’ve been critical of the team, but these recruiting comments are ludicrous. We have Milton, McNamara, McCaffery as 4 and 5 Star recruits on 5e depth chart behind a blue chip transfer and a 4star in Peters who still shows promise despite the flaws in his first, first, year of action. We have 4 and 5 stars at WR in DPJ and Black and Collins and Martin. We have Ruiz and Onwenu as 4 and 5 stars, as well as 4 star Brederson and Filiaga and more coming in or in year 2-3.

Our TEs have 4 and 5 star guys.

The d-line is filled with 4s and 5s (Gary as #1overall; Solomon). The LBs have young 4 stars and a blue chip in McGrone. The DBs have lots of young 4 and 5s. David Long, Thomas, Hill is the best corner tip we’ve had since Woodson. The safeties were young and talent behind them is coming on.

And our 2017-rookie kicker was a blue chip who can only improve. Michigan was extremely young last year, but extremely talented. So this notion that recruiting is horrible is ridiculous. If one cannot acknowledge that young players can and do develop, then one is not worth listening to. Hurst became a beast in the last two years. Hudson was coached into beast mode in his second year of play. Hill and Long were coached to improve. Hell, even Metellus grew from his horrendous FSU whiffing. Sleight would’ve won at least 3 more games, if not all 5. He had his issues, but he is a winner who took care of the ball. This team did not fail last year because of this misguided notion that we don’t have the recruited talent. Hell, we are rumored to be losing a 5 star back to transfer, who was not even top 3 on depth chart.

06/17/2018 - 8:23am No one gives a rat’s hole…

No one gives a rat’s hole about your overtly pessimistic readings. You are not offering anything but dire outcomes—and it is pathetic. Stop trying to call your views objective and simply “concerned.” You are pushing—pushing hard—to create a negative narrative about Harbaugh’s recruiting. If you were truly a fan, you’d be hard to be around because you simply take the most pessimistic stance about anecdotal things.

You are “tracking” to be a major shithead, by your own methodology of how you conclude premises, logically speaking. We can deduce from your suppositions that you are a shithead.

 

There are ways of criticizing the program without sounding like a troll or a Harbaugh hater. For one, you’d have to actually state positives and not simply post apocalyptic conclusions when small, individual things like a  few recruits going elsewhere. You ignore all good things, like the fact that this class is currently highly ranked—and that their QB situation is the best since Carr days—and that this team has a chance to only move up in recruiting once the season plays out. It is June—kids change their minds. Coaches continue to coach and recruit. 

You are a miserable outtake.

06/15/2018 - 9:03am Your supposition is wrought…

Your supposition is wrought with overthinking. Quite simply, Harbaugh wants the best players available—and if a guy whose dad is Jeff George asks to walk on, you let that talented bloodline walk on. Walk ons are not where you make your bread and butter as a coach; they are where a coach gives chances to possible worthy folk. OSU ain’t sitting there hoping to get two starters or even role players out of walk-ons. Jesus, people just want to find shit to complain about with regard to the coach—as if there is one right way or one magical formula to winning.

06/08/2018 - 9:24pm Well, Peters should be able…

Well, Peters should be able to graduate in December, since he was early entry and takes summer classes. So he’s have two years to start at another place, since he will only be a sophomore this year, eligibility-wise. 

The assumption that Peters is behind DM is just that. Harbaugh talks up how young guns the most—his newest guys. 

06/06/2018 - 8:28pm Well, that’s because nobody…

Well, that’s because nobody has signed one damn recruit for 2019. They are not allowed. But dig in with the worry. Nobody will change you from your obvious perceptions and feelings.

 

06/04/2018 - 9:56am No. That is not the rule.

No. That is not the rule.

05/30/2018 - 9:38pm Top Ohio program,

Top Ohio program, perennially, at that. Nice.

05/20/2018 - 9:16am Preface: I’m not saying the

Preface: I’m not saying the players are not thinking and doing the following, but this is how hey should approach the game, for The Game to have any significance:

Desire. Relentless desire to win. A perseverance demonstrated by an extra gut check and a hyper-focus. Right now....right now, in the humid summer hours, they have to realize that no effort today is good enough to beat Ohio State in November unless they work now. To be the best they have to put in the effort now to win every...single...day. Instead of just “what did I do today to improve,” it should be “what did I do to put myself in the best position to beat Meyer and the -uck nuts?” If the goal is to improve to beat OSU, then the other games will find them ready to win. Instead of one game at a time, it should be one game to dominate so that we can prepare to dominate OSU. Those games should be stepping stones to Tyson.

They need to stop pretending that OSU is not the champ of our conference. They are Mike Tyson. Not just a game to focus on during that week in November.

If they improve as a team, young man to young man, then they have a chance. They have to worry about The Team, because individual improvement does nothing for the Team unless they hold each other accountable. We need 85 Mo Hursts. We need 85 Jourdain Lewises. We need 85 Rashan Garys. Don’t look at your teammate as the savior and don’t look at yourself as the savior. Hold every teammate to the highest standard.

Beilein’s players said they spent last summer with a mindset of winning it all. I want the players to burn every day with an effort to do things they think will hope them crush Ohio State.

With anything in life, you can find extra motivation to up your game beyond just putting in work.

05/12/2018 - 9:02am Wisconsin reminds us...

In an article about colleges off to great starts, linked under his profile, is the support for not freaking out about stars: “Wisconsin’s average class ranking over the last five years is 38th.” Currently they are at 15, and if Logan Brown at #37 signs with them, he will be their highest-ever rated recruit. This is to say, I expect UM to win many big games this year on the road, because the coaching has improved and evaluated its mistakes, and the youth has experience.