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01/15/2019 - 6:01pm So effortlessly…

So effortlessly reprehensible...

01/12/2019 - 4:46pm As it turns out, sex in…

As it turns out, sex in public is illegal.

01/12/2019 - 4:36pm The Department has handled…

The Department has handled this poorly by bringing her on the staff and then only releasing a statement after there was pushback. Even if you believe her to be innocent of any wrongdoing, I cannot see the benefit of hiring someone directly criticized by victims for not immediately reporting the matter after being informed. This is before you get to the matter that the person you hired is replacing a coach who was dismissed for sexual relations with a student. This is an insane level of scrutiny to invite, especially for an assistant coach.

01/11/2019 - 6:47pm No clue, but both Sam and…

No clue, but both Sam and Josh Henschke have confirmed that it is real.

01/11/2019 - 2:24pm Somehow you didn't seem all…

Somehow you didn't seem all that angry that we hired a coach who had apparently agreed to go elsewhere just yesterday. Wonder what that's all about...

01/11/2019 - 2:21pm Yes, this totally originated…

Yes, this totally originated from this board and not from the entire history of capitalism...

01/09/2019 - 6:46pm Good luck finding receivers…

Good luck finding receivers to volunteer for getting hit in the head...

01/09/2019 - 2:52pm I would imagine the fact…

I would imagine the fact that he was on track to graduate in December (and thus allowing him to go wherever he wanted without restriction) was as big a factor as any in his decision to stay.

01/07/2019 - 5:13pm Even though everything you…

Even though everything you just said is factually correct, why should Mattison be forced to make career choices based on how it's perceived by fans? Yes it sucks that he's leaving for OSU of all places, but sometimes you have to make whatever choice you feel is best for yourself and accept that people won't like it.

01/03/2019 - 12:03pm Of course there's a budget,…

Of course there's a budget, that goes without saying. Like most things with big-time athletics, if a school wants to make a move, somehow that money is usually "found."

01/02/2019 - 4:07pm Michigan could fire Pep…

Michigan could fire Pep today and pay his replacement an ungodly sum tomorrow without flinching. It surely would prefer not to (and I would say much like the Drevno situation, Harbaugh would prefer it to look like Pep left on his own than outright firing him), but money would hardly be a limiting factor in the decision.

01/02/2019 - 3:10pm Jay is just the de facto…

Jay is just the de facto talking point when people want something to criticize Jim about (even though there are actual criticisms to easily mount). It doesn't matter that Jay's units have been consistently good. Of course, unless the position is an outright disaster, people in general couldn't tell you who is or isn't a good position coach, but another discussion for another time.

12/20/2018 - 1:13pm As I've pointed out in these…

As I've pointed out in these discussions before, the issue is that you're still dealing with insurance companies. When have you known one to willingly shell out money without a fight? What happens more often than not is that the policies end up paying out far less than their stated value.

12/19/2018 - 5:26pm All indications are that…

All indications are that Johnson has already signed but isn't announcing, and Pesek-Hickson was always expected to wait until February. There is nothing here.

12/16/2018 - 9:51am It wasn't just playing pro…

It wasn't just playing pro ball. He also had an agent and his own signature shoe.

12/15/2018 - 11:11pm I'm fairly certain LaMelo is…

I'm fairly certain LaMelo is ineligible to play in college, but he was heading to UCLA prior to whatever you want to describe the last year or so as for the Ball family. There's no real reason to assume that academics would've kept him out of Michigan.

12/08/2018 - 12:54pm Kick ball has to be…

Kick ball has to be intentional. Simpson just dribbled off his foot.

12/05/2018 - 2:57pm The "ready" argument has…

The "ready" argument has always been specious because the vast majority of guys aren't ready in that way. It's a huge leap with a steep learning curve, and even elite prospects and talents need time to acclimate. 

In any case, it is mostly pointless to discuss Matthews because he's leaving after this season regardless. Besides, what about his game is Beilein going to unlock after year 4 that he wasn't able to do in years 1-3?

Iggy is shooting the 3 at 44% right now. If he remains somewhere in that range, there isn't a whole lot left to "develop" on his shot. Questions about his defense will remain (most of which are physical), and some of those will depend on whether teams view him as a wing or small-ball 4.

After a slow start, Poole has looked like a guy making the classic leap. If that holds, those generally aren't the guys who return for year 3.

 

12/05/2018 - 12:12am Like most teams, this team…

Like most teams, this team has three main guys, and it's going to struggle if one or more of those guys is struggling. It's not common for college teams in this day to have a Donte Divincenzo-type player to bring off the bench on a nightly basis. If Livers and Brooks were capable of being consistent scorers, they probably aren't coming off the bench in the first place. They're going to have nights whether they collectively get you 15-20, but that was never going to be a consistent thing. So I agree it's a problem, but it's a problem in that most teams can't survive nights when one of their key options only gives them 3 points the way Matthews did tonight.

12/04/2018 - 10:50pm Lots of terrible shot…

Lots of terrible shot selection this half, including 3 or 4 in a row by Simpson.

12/04/2018 - 9:34pm Teske has been good, but NBA…

Teske has been good, but NBA caliber is a stretch.

11/29/2018 - 12:03pm He's turning 20, it's not…

He's turning 20, it's not like he's turning 23. Questions about his athleticism and defensive ceiling are far more likely to limit how far he rises in the draft than his age.

11/22/2018 - 8:29pm Robinson was offered as a TE.

Robinson was offered as a TE.

11/19/2018 - 3:35pm That poor strawman never…

That poor strawman never stood a chance...

11/18/2018 - 4:52pm Yeah, this isn't a great…

Yeah, this isn't a great look for Chase. That's an incredibly tiny step for some of Chase's height. At best, you could argue he made no effort to avoid stepping on the back of his leg, which isn't really much better.

11/18/2018 - 3:32pm I'm sure Vegas will get most…

I'm sure Vega will get most of the attention here, but I'd like to meet Jim Alexander's supplier. He has Utah State at 10, Army (Army!?!) at 12, and UAB at 21 (coincidentally unchanged from a week ago despite getting blasted by Texas A&M ).

11/18/2018 - 11:56am For what it's worth, UCF is…

For what it's worth, UCF is 7th in S&P. I  get the arguments about their schedule, but those can also be made without pretending like this isn't a really good team.

11/18/2018 - 11:03am This seems like a bit of an…

This seems like a bit of an overreaction to one sentence in a long piece, not to mention the comparison (erroneous as it was) wasn't solely about Michigan. 

11/16/2018 - 5:26pm Yes, but that would require…

Yes, but that would require mutual interest. It's been clear for some time now that Brohm is Louisville's plan A, B, and C.

11/16/2018 - 5:24pm The answer, as always, is…

The answer, as always, is money.

11/16/2018 - 3:49pm This is technically Notre…

This is technically Notre Dame's home game.

11/16/2018 - 3:39pm In that scenario, Georgia…

In that scenario, Georgia would be eliminated with its second loss, likely putting both Michigan and Bama in. Wazzu and Oklahoma won't have the resumes to match a 12-1 Michigan.

11/16/2018 - 11:11am So actual playing time isn't…

So actual playing time isn't incentive enough?

11/16/2018 - 10:53am This isn't some D2 school…

This isn't some D2 school that's just barely scraping by. If Houston doesn't 100 jackets would surely be by choice. I never said it was new, I said it serves no true purpose, which is why this is nothingness.

11/16/2018 - 10:44am It's really a pointless rule…

It's really a pointless rule that serves no real purpose other than the coach getting to demonstrate "I'm in charge." It's ultimately why NFL teams won't care about this at all.

11/15/2018 - 5:23pm There's no incentive for…

There's no incentive for Martell to transfer under that scenario. Even if he stays behind Haskins on the depth chart, he'll see the field in some packages. By transferring, he'd still lose that year of eligibility without playing at all considering he's not far enough along to grad transfer.

11/15/2018 - 12:10pm Perhaps you're taking this a…

Perhaps you're taking this a wee bit too seriously.

11/13/2018 - 12:00pm When did Ohio State look…

When did Ohio State look great? It gave up 31 to a terrible Oregon State squad and struggled with what's turned out to be a bad TCU team. Without James Franklin James Franklining, this is already a 2-loss team.

11/13/2018 - 11:57am As others have stated, Smith…

As others have stated, Smith is walking excrement, but this piece should not have ever seen the light of day. There's just not enough there for the leaps McMurphy makes, and it's pretty scummy to throw your sources under the bus to cover your own ass. 

11/13/2018 - 11:43am Smith was pretty widely…

Smith was pretty widely considered to be a bad WR coach. Good recruiter, but it's not like recruiting at Ohio State is difficult.

11/12/2018 - 7:25pm Beyond the fact that…

Beyond the fact that Louisville spends a lot more on athletics (and thus football), it's probably a bit myopic to solely look at their places in their respective divisions. At worst, Louisville is the fourth best job in the ACC (and you could make a compelling case for third over Miami). It's a program that will at least spend like it has aspirations of consistently being in the top 25. What's Purdue's actual ceiling in the Big 10? Case in point, for all the success that Joe Tiller had, he never had a 10-win season.

11/11/2018 - 6:34pm I've long discussed the…

I've long discussed the potential dangers of a 12-1 Bama team (granted, I also don't think Bama is losing to Georgia). I've also discussed how much the behind-the-scenes politics will come into play. You'd have to potentially put in Bama in over multiple one-loss P5 champs. There would also be the issue of Michigan having an actual better resume than Bama. Obviously, it could possibly happen, but it's hard to see how the committee could justify leaving out a 12-1 P5 conference champ over a non-champ, even if that non-champ is Bama.

From what I could gather, Tua aggravated an existing injury (same one he tweaked last week against LSU). Doesn't appear to be anything that's going to keep him away long-term. Not to mention, this week is Bama's annual FCS sacrifice before the Iron Bowl, so Tua probably isn't playing much more than a quarter on Saturday.

11/11/2018 - 5:51pm At this point? Almost…

At this point? Almost certainly. It's easier to be good at Louisville (mind you, Louisville has finished the season ranked 7 times since Purdue last has). It would be a move to a weaker conference. It's a better location for recruiting (Lafayette-West Lafayette stretches the definition of "city"). Louisville has a significantly larger athletic budget.

11/11/2018 - 5:37pm That's. Not. How. Contracts…

That's. Not. How. Contracts. Work.

11/11/2018 - 5:29pm Unless Georgia upsets…

Unless Georgia upsets Alabama in the SEC title game, we'd have both a better win (at OSU) and a "better" loss (at undefeated ND) than any other potential suitor. I'd never say never, but people's concerns over this team getting left out at 12-1 are overblown.

11/11/2018 - 9:41am That's just not true. Robbie…

That's just not true. Robbie Hummel actually drives sober.

11/09/2018 - 7:18pm As others have stated, the…

As others have stated, the healing process itself is six weeks or so. That being said, when I broke my collarbone in high school, even though I healed up just fine in six weeks, I had lingering soreness for months. I'd imagine in this case that even though Dylan could potentially return for bowl season, there's also no real reason to rush him back.

11/09/2018 - 11:18am Well their defense is 94th…

Well their defense is 94th on S&P and the offense is 128th (out of 130), so yes?

11/09/2018 - 12:07am Not to mention, he starts…

Not to mention, he starts off holding almost immediately. The tackle was the end of the hold, not the beginning.

11/07/2018 - 1:24pm None of those championship…

None of those championship game losers was a one-loss team (one that's overwhelmingly considered the best team to boot), so there's no real precedent there. Also, in that example, you'd still be arguing for a 11-1 team over multiple 12-1 teams. That's even more of a non-starter.