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01/19/2019 - 9:56pm I see we've gotten to the…

I see we've gotten to the point that complaining about lower-rated commits is too boring, better to complain about perfectly fine recruits getting offers.

 

01/19/2019 - 6:27pm It sucks to lose, but this…

It sucks to lose, but this wasn't a team designed to go undefeated and losing close (that final margin was due in large part to the last 20 seconds of the game) on the road isn't a bad way to go down.  Yes the team has to figure out how to generate more efficient offense and stay out of foul trouble, but that's an issue for basically everyone in college basketball.  I do think that Iggy getting right will be a huge plot point these next couple of games; they can't survive without him.

01/19/2019 - 1:58pm Michigan didn't play well,…

Michigan didn't play well, but good lord was that the type of officiating that happens in Wisconsin that is beyond infuriating.

01/18/2019 - 3:59pm Gary at #2 is a bit of a…

Gary at #2 is a bit of a stretch, but if his shoulder is good to go I could see teams getting really excited about his physical tools and potential.  Definitely is a first-round pick, probably in the upper half.  

Bush in Pittsburgh feels like a dream pairing.

Hockenson is a really good TE, but the Lions could get a decent chunk of that production later in the draft.  I'd rather they focus on getting linemen and some secondary help.

01/18/2019 - 3:57pm That doesn't make it a sport…

That doesn't make it a sport, though.  I mean, poker requires an immense amount of mental focus and skill, yet people wouldn't consider it a sport.  Chess the same way.  Not that the definition of "sport" is all that relevant beyond semantics, but I can't think of any other NCAA-sanctioned sport that would be analogous.  Bowling, maybe?  But even that is more physical strenuous than eSports at least in terms of the actual "action" of the sport.  And yes, I recognize that physical dexterity in one's hands is some degree of exertion.

Nobody is denying that eSports is incredibly popular and generates a ton of money.  But if I told you "hey, the NCAA is going to officially recognize 'Magic the Gathering' as a sport", you'd probably cock your eyebrow at least.

01/18/2019 - 3:50pm It'll be interesting; Fresno…

It'll be interesting; Fresno St. has a pretty good football hotbed right around them, and their offense this year was pretty good but the strength of that team was their top-10 defense.  It'll be interesting to see what he does at IU, which should always run some crazy offensive scheme that tries to overwhelm every team with chaos.

01/17/2019 - 10:37pm It also doesn't help that it…

It also doesn't help that it's pretty clear GSW is going to win another title.  Boston had a chance to play the role of spoiler but they've underwhelmed relative to expectations and everyone else who you'd consider semi-competitive from the East (Toronto, Philly, Bucks) either have some baggage or clear-enough flaws that it's hard to envision them holding up.

01/17/2019 - 4:32pm Nice to see that casual…

Nice to see that casual misogyny can find it's way into a post that is related to sexual assault victims.

01/17/2019 - 4:30pm Good stuff.  Again, I think…

Good stuff.  Again, I think everyone had good intentions here, but it was never going to be a good match externally and, frankly, it wasn't worth all the fallout.  

01/17/2019 - 1:44pm Yeah, this is a nice pickup…

Yeah, this is a nice pickup.  I love the move toward younger guys.  It's a break from the standard approach blue bloods tend to go.

01/16/2019 - 1:52pm Yeah, I have to assume the…

Yeah, I have to assume the real reason is MSU is finally past the part where they need an ignorant asshole running the shop and actually want students to want to attend their school again.  MSU saw a dip in applications after the Nassar situation, and I'm sure that they don't like seeing it being brought up again by this fucker.

01/16/2019 - 1:49pm He put up video game numbers…

He put up video game numbers at Alabama, so I assume he'll do the same at OU.  But it's going to be weird for him watching the other team score just as quickly.

01/15/2019 - 6:47pm It's weird to see who haven…

It's weird to see who haven't followed this situation that closely be surprised he's still the interim president.  He's been saying crazy shit for a year now and nobody at MSU who can do anything about it cares.  That school is a tire fire and they should be ashamed.

01/15/2019 - 5:08pm Sounds really interesting. …

Sounds really interesting.  I'm looking forward to reading it.

My general sense looking at rushing versus passing tendencies for college teams is that most of them try to hit that 50/50 split, but whereas in years past the default for a talented team was a "safe" run play on first down, that's probably swung the other way.  In other words, if you're an underdog you're goal would be to add variability to a game, and passing the ball is like the 3-pointer in basketball.  It helped level the playing field because anyone can shoot and there are some systemic advantages throwing the ball (i.e. one-and-one matchups, hoping your third corner and cover their third WR, etc.) that may not exist for all running plays (and yes, caveats apply there with the read-option and other permutations over the year).  But now you've got Clemson and Alabama throwing the ball a ton, even on first down, and that's destroying that imbalance.

It's sort of why I kind of like Michigan running the ball creatively on first down.  Defenses are built to stop the highest percentage of teams that zig, and if you zag you'll be able to exploit that.  

01/15/2019 - 3:57pm Makes sense.  

Makes sense.  

01/15/2019 - 12:48pm He threw 51 TDs against…

He threw 51 TDs against...middle schoolers.  That seems a bit unfair.

01/15/2019 - 12:36pm Is that as a QB or the Zach…

Is that as a QB or the Zach Gentry "sure, you can try out at QB but let's both be realistic" QB?  I mean, I'm happy for the kid if he makes it here as a QB and I don't think the height is disqualifying especially if Michigan opens up the passing a bit; Kyler Murray is about 5' 9" and obviously is pretty good.

01/15/2019 - 12:15pm To me, I think Harbaugh's…

To me, I think Harbaugh's offenses are perfectly dynamic in their own right; they are creative in their deployment, take advantage of formation imbalances, all of that.  There are absolutely better offenses out there and it's good to see Michigan try to embrace some additional concepts, but "dynamic" so often seems to be a synonym with "passing", and I don't believe that's necessarily true.  Michigan's offense had an S&P+ rating of 34.1, which was 24th in the country.  Texas Tech, a team everyone seems to believe has this amazing offense, was 34.8, two spots higher.  Purdue was 36.1, Oregon 33.1.  Michigan State's offense lacked anything approximating creativity, and it's telling they didn't really change anything.  But UM last year, for long stretches, ran a pretty robust offense in my opinion.  Gattis should just add to it.

01/15/2019 - 12:09pm The Beilein quote is great,…

The Beilein quote is great, mostly because I never expected to live in a world where John Beilein is telling a guy who shoots about 50% on threes to start playing some defense.

My guess with Gattis is that the team will throw the ball more than they have in the past, but Alabama ran the ball about 40 times per game last year; Michigan was at 42.  I don't think they'll suddenly become Washington State.  But they should have more short passes designed to get the ball into the hands of their receivers and backs.  Chris Evans will likely be the chief beneficiary, which would be nice for a guy who is great in space.

01/14/2019 - 10:00pm Wish him luck.  Made sense…

Wish him luck.  Made sense he was looking around; hopefully he'll find a solid spot.

01/14/2019 - 9:59pm They oughta be put in jail…

They oughta be put in jail for descrating the dead.

01/14/2019 - 3:46pm It's probably a bit weird to…

It's probably a bit weird to say about a guy who may be the conference POY, but Michigan would be a demonstrably worse team if Winston replaced Simpson.  They'd score a bit more but their defense would be noticeably worse.  Conversely, MSU would be a sludge fart frozen on a park bench without Winston, so it makes sense why he's doing well there.  It's crazy how it all worked out.

01/14/2019 - 1:38pm NET seems to be pretty…

NET seems to be pretty reasonable.  Crazy that the NCAA is behind it.

01/14/2019 - 1:35pm Between Tennessee with Rick…

Between Tennessee with Rick Barnes and Bennett at UVa, lots of teams ranked above UM are coached by guys who bottom out in the post season.  So I'm not too worried.

01/13/2019 - 11:57pm Brian makes some fine points…

Brian makes some fine points, but Faehn wasn't some low-level employee of USAG.  She was given multiple reports of pretty horrendous behavior by Nassar and she just kept telling Penny even when it didn't seem to be moving beyond that.  She shouldn't be lumped into the group of people who tried to cover up for Nassar, but she was a pretty powerful person in USAG andm, in my opinion, was at least slow to escalate the situation.  I mean, if your boss says he's going to the FBI and yet you keep getting multiple follow-up contacts from victims asking why he hasn't updated them, it may be time to go over his head and contact the police.  Any organization that would punish you for that has deeper issues.

Nassar got away with so much because a lot of good-intentioned people kept thinking it was someone else's problem once they followed the letter of the law.  Nassar's legacy ruined lots of lives and careers.  But UM messed up in hiring her and so they had to correct that mistake.  Brian is arguing from an academic standpoint, which I can sorta support, but practically there is no reason Michigan should have ever gotten involved with her.

01/13/2019 - 9:33pm I assume it'll still be a…

I assume it'll still be a tough game, but I've never been particularly impressed by Franklin as a coach and at this point he can't seem to out-recruit his own deficiencies, at least not compared to teams like OSU and UM in the division.  

01/13/2019 - 9:30pm Good.  How she got far…

Good.  How she got far enough to get the job in the first place needs to be investigated.  

01/11/2019 - 2:16pm They're going to lose a game…

They're going to lose a game on their own.  Nobody needs to "hope" for one.  Why the hell not enjoy their play while you can?

01/11/2019 - 2:03pm I'm confused.  I was told…

I'm confused.  I was told that Michigan was a tire fire that couldn't keep anyone and instead...(checks notes)...seems to have filled some vacancies rather effectively and also addressing key issues.

 

01/10/2019 - 9:07pm I wouldn't read too much…

I wouldn't read too much into him being at Alabama for a short time; Saban seems to move through coaches the way he does players, and more times than not you don't even get a shot unless you are pretty good.  I know it's against the rules to speak highly of McElwain, but he was a coach with Saban at Alabama and had success there as well.

Excited to get a young guy who can recruit, and if he speeds up the offense a bit that's a plus.

01/10/2019 - 3:00pm Debord retroactively has…

Debord retroactively has gotten a ton of shit, but Borges was uninspiring when he started and then it only got worse.

01/10/2019 - 2:08pm It's sort of crazy to me…

It's sort of crazy to me that people are just assuming Fields is some ready-to-go starter despite growing evidence he's not a particularly accurate QB at this point.  There was a reason Georgia didn't really ask him to pass all that much during his stints as the season progressed.  He's obviously quite talented, but he's also not some 5th-year senior with a wealth experience.

01/10/2019 - 11:48am That would be a crazy…

That would be a crazy decision.  Rosen is a pretty good QB and Murray isn't some given to be a stud.  There are other parts of Arizona that need fixing.

01/10/2019 - 8:59am I'd add the top 6 players at…

I'd add the top 6 players at UM to the list, but I'm a bit of a Homer.

01/09/2019 - 10:04pm Rutgers is a fine team, but…

Rutgers is a fine team, but OSU sure feels like a team people have figured out.

01/09/2019 - 12:33pm He lost his OC to Maryland!?…

He lost his OC to Maryland!?!?!  Why can't Saban keep his staff happy?

01/09/2019 - 12:08pm This place has a minority of…

This place has a minority of reflexively negative individuals, or as they like to say "realists", and so when literally anything doesn't go as planned they freak out.  USC isn't a good team, but they basically have one bad loss (to Wyoming, and maybe Stony Brook though 146th isn't "bad") and otherwise have played like a middle-of-the-road P5 team.  They lost to UM and UVa but have otherwise played good teams pretty well.  

 

01/08/2019 - 6:03pm Greg Schiano - new DC?

Greg Schiano - new DC?

01/08/2019 - 6:02pm Kingsbury's defenses got…

Kingsbury's defenses got slightly better recently (where they went from 125th to 88th), but his dip offensively (from 2nd and 5th to top-25) is mostly due to Patrick Mahomes graduating and being replaced by Not Patrick Mahomes.  Hell, it sounds like a lot of their defensive success recently was due to some turnover luck and hitting on some nice JuCos.  He's an offensive-minded coach who has tried to field a defense that can sometimes stop the other team.  At the college level it's on him to get that defensive talent; in the NFL less so.  I also looked at his last couple of years and the trend seems to be that he plays the top teams pretty tough but tends to lose close games to them.  That's definitely an issue, but flip a couple of those 1-score games and maybe he's still at Texas Tech.  

I don't think Kingsbury is some great coach, but he's so young (39) and has a track record of fielding good offenses with solid QB play; there are a ton of guys who get HC gigs on far less.

01/08/2019 - 5:31pm Yeah.  I'm not sold he's…

Yeah.  I'm not sold he's going to be a great pro coach or anything, but other than Mike Leach and Spike Dykes there hasn't been a particularly consistent winner at that school in it's existence (as evidenced by the fact those are the only two coaches with winning records in the modern era).  Kingsbury had an offensive identity that allowed him to win a lot more games than you'd assume was possible given the talent he brought in (their 5-year average in recruiting was around 40th, which is in the Iowa/Cal/Pitt/Arizona area, and his 2-year was around Oregon State-level).  That probably means he would struggle somewhat as a HC at a bigger program in terms of recruiting, but in the NFL he's got a GM to get him talent and he could just focus on fielding offenses that are seemingly quite popular and effective.

01/08/2019 - 4:37pm Good for him.  Should be a…

Good for him.  Should be a solid coach.

01/08/2019 - 4:37pm His big problem at Texas…

His big problem at Texas Tech was he couldn't field a defense to save his life.  One assumes he'll have better resources in the NFL to get talented guys on that side of the field, and he definitely has an ability to cultivate good QBs.  A lot of NFL people apparently really respect him and his ability, so I wouldn't be surprised if he worked out in Arizona.

01/08/2019 - 4:35pm Yeah, I never expected him…

Yeah, I never expected him to stay at USC.  I will point out, though, that he anyone who complains about how kids should show loyalty to programs, Kingsbury undoubtedly recruited kids to USC while their OC and then bolted about a month later.  I don't blame him, but there are guys who he straight-up lied to.

01/08/2019 - 1:29pm Washington I get being a bit…

Washington I get being a bit of a bummer because he's a young guy who recruits well.  But them "sticking" it to UM by taking Mattison feels like a weird move; there was a reason Mattison moved down from DC under both Durkin and Brown, and suddenly re-elevating a 70-year-old guy, no matter how spry and cool he is, to a DC spot seems like a reach.  Like, if Texas has grabbed Mattison we wouldn't be calling him a Benedict Arnold or find it particularly damaging to UM.  

01/08/2019 - 1:27pm The only people I negged …

The only people I negged (and this seems to be true a lot of places) were the people who were like "Harbaugh is terrible and all the rats are fleeing the sinking ship", which is the same reactionary bullshit people who think "contrarian" is a great hat to wear when their "fairweather fan" hat is dirty.

I assumed Michigan would offer Washington a bump in salary and maybe a title change, but at the same time he's a guy from Columbus who has family ties to the school.  He's also been at UM a year.  This isn't some storied relationship he's fostered with UM, and 1-year guys jumping around is fairly common at that assistant level.  Nobody freaked out when Fisch went to UCLA after, what, 2 years at UM.  Or at least bullshit loyalty stuff didn't get thrown in.

01/08/2019 - 11:42am I get why he went back. …

I get why he went back.  Weird OSU is picking at UM, but Washington makes more sense than Mattison.  They'll have to find replacements.  But changes do happen.  They mentioned during the NC game last night that Alabama had 20 assistants come and go over the past 5 years.  It happens.

01/07/2019 - 5:51pm I get going after Washington…

I get going after Washington; he's a good recruiter and seems like a solid position coach.  But I don't see why Day looks at UM and thinks that is the defense he is dying to have.

01/07/2019 - 3:01pm I know he looked good this…

I know he looked good this year, but I can't shake the feeling he's going to be a disappointment in the NFL.  He's great when not under much pressure and when he can make a quick read and throw to a streaking receiver, but every Meyer QB since Alex Smith has struggled with more complex schemes and I wonder if that'll continue here.  Wish him luck because I genuinely don't know much about him, but if I'm drafting a QB I'm definitely going to want to see if he bucks the usual Meyer QB issues.

01/07/2019 - 2:59pm I'm fairly certain there are…

I'm fairly certain there are OCs out there who could be about as good as Urban Meyer and, hell, might even try to stop a wife beater.

01/07/2019 - 2:58pm Man, you don't even wait for…

Man, you don't even wait for the body to cool, do you?