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10/21/2018 - 11:33am If LSU runs the table, that…

If LSU runs the table, that means Bama doesn't go to the SEC title game. 11-1 Bama is not getting in over 12-1 Michigan. As I've said before, that's been one of the few things the committee has been consistent about on a year-to-year basis.

10/19/2018 - 9:13am Is it difficult to pin down?…

Is it difficult to pin down? I mean, not really? If the best versions of both teams show up, Michigan wins comfortably. Of course, the best versions of teams don't generally show up at the same time, but every indicator points to Michigan being the considerably better team. If we lose, it will almost certainly be an issue of us playing down to MSU's level than them rising to ours.

10/19/2018 - 2:01am I for one absolutely…

I for one absolutely expected it.

10/17/2018 - 7:05pm An education is valuable,…

An education is valuable, but that doesn't make it payment. Also, college tuition is largely arbitrary.

10/17/2018 - 4:39pm I think that move was made…

I think that move was made with some level of acknowledgement that Drevno would be moving on (with Harbaugh not wanting to openly fire a friend) and that the analyst position would be temporary.

10/16/2018 - 11:54am The NFL has zero incentive…

The NFL has zero incentive to change the rule.

10/14/2018 - 11:15pm The Notre Dame loss would…

The Notre Dame loss would pretty much end their contention for a playoff spot without a lot of chaos. Even with the head-to-head loss, Michigan at 12-1 is jumping 11-1 ND. It's one of the few things the committee has been consistent about in the playoff era.

10/14/2018 - 12:56pm Thanks for the clarification…

Thanks for the clarification. In this case, Wisconsin still hit him immediately.

10/14/2018 - 12:50pm Yes, Michigan was clearly…

Yes, Michigan was clearly the superior team to that point. Wisconsin would've still been getting the ball back down just one score. Does Michigan go on to win the game in either case? Yes, probably, but the game without question took on a different tenor after the score.

10/14/2018 - 12:27pm Holding penalties are pretty…

Holding penalties are pretty much never called before the punt anymore. I can't even remember the last one that was called. Wisconsin fans are right, it did turn the game. It continued a drive that led to Michigan getting an insurmountable two-score lead with the way the defense was playing. In any case, it was a clear as day roughing the punter penalty, as you're not allowed to make contact with the snapper at all and they bowled Cheeseman over.

10/10/2018 - 9:01pm I'd imagine the issue will…

I'd imagine the issue will simply be whether he's healthy enough to play. At this junction of the season, he's going to be playing himself into shape either way. I'd also figure he's going to be on some sort of play limit when he first returns too.

10/09/2018 - 2:56pm Very true, and this is…

Very true, and this is before you get to the point that Michigan could end up being Notre Dame's only win over a team that finished the season ranked. The committee would have a hard time both justifying Notre Dame making the playoffs on account of going undefeated and leaving out a 1-loss Michigan team that would be the Irish's only quality win.

09/25/2018 - 6:27pm The major point is that both…

The major point is that both sports, being extremely physical, high-contact games, carry major risks of both short- and long-term injury, albeit not the exact same ones. In both cases, you're really trying to make a safer cigarette. There's only so much that can be done to make them less dangerous without fundamentally altering how they're played.

09/25/2018 - 4:38pm It's been a widespread…

It's been a widespread comparison since the show premiered.

09/25/2018 - 10:13am Rugby has a massive…

Rugby has a massive concussion problem. It also has issues with neck and spinal problems, as well as chronic arthritis. More than 100 players have been paralyzed in the UK alone.

Here's a good piece summarizing the issues in both sports.

 

 

09/23/2018 - 10:28am It's always funny (see what…

It's always funny (see what I did there) to see which jokes people get tired of running into the ground...

09/20/2018 - 8:18am That's true about a lot of…

That's true about a lot of sports owners. It isn't true about Cuban. He is on record on several occasions talking about how extensively he's involved in the day-to-day operations of the franchise. How much he actually knew can be debated, but given his own comments regarding how much he is there, I'd argue that similar to Meyer, it would be fair to ask how much he should have known. That being said, unlike Meyer, he does seem to have a level of concern that rises above "How much does this affect our brand."

09/07/2018 - 10:50pm Having watched TCU in person…

Having watched TCU in person last weekend, Ohio State is going to beat them handily. This performance so far against a fairly mediocre SMU team is further confirmation.

09/07/2018 - 2:26pm The devil hardly needs an…

The devil hardly needs an advocate. In any case, this is really far more about the silliness of the NCAA's bureaucracy in that this nothing event required an actual penalty, as minor as it actual is. If the NCAA were truly serious about said "core" function, it would've long cracked down on the farce that is the 20-h limit on team activities.

08/30/2018 - 10:20am I think the issue, as…

I think the issue, as indicated by the article, is not just that attendance has been falling, which is true across the board, it's that it may be falling far more rapidly than people realize. An empty seat means schools don't get money from concessions, parking, etc. For a school like Michigan with oodles of money, having 10,000-15,000 less actual people at a game is a negligible problem. For mid-majors, that can be a killer issue.

08/29/2018 - 3:44pm He says from behind his…

He says from behind his computer screen and keyboard...

08/24/2018 - 9:14pm I think it was down to OSU…

I think it was down to OSU and Bama, but Tennessee and Clemson have been making a push.

08/24/2018 - 8:49pm It sounds like he was…

It sounds like he was already wavering in his commitment before these recent events, although they certainly could've played a factor.

08/24/2018 - 4:35pm It's rare that you're going…

It's rare that you're going to get a scenario where you'll get two guys free to account for both the QB and RB. The QB is generally reading the ends, and sending them barreling directly toward the QB is a great way to give up a 30-yard run around the edge.

08/24/2018 - 4:29pm Ace tweeted that part 1…

Ace tweeted that part 1 should drop today.

08/24/2018 - 9:41am No, he's pretty clearly not…

No, he's pretty clearly not about to flip. That being said, anything Zach Smith says or does will only serve to further demonstrate how terrible a person he is and further damage the reputations of OSU, Meyer, and Gene Smith for protecting/enabling him.

08/20/2018 - 1:16pm The issue is that generating…

The issue is that generating NIL money is mostly linked to their status as Olympic athletes. There's a good bit of interest in Katie Ledecky the Olympian. Katie Ledecky the college athlete? Not so much and she's a far more high-profile athlete than your typical Olympian. By and large, once these athletes leave the Olympic sphere, the attention leaves with them. Ledecky spent two years at Stanford and by and large no one cared. The Olympics' greatest achievement might very well be getting people to care passionately about sports that they spend the vast majority of their time actively ignoring. Those sports aren't getting transformed, they're niche for a reason, and I say this as a huge women's gymnastics fan.

Now, as far as the bigger picture goes, all college athletes should be able to earn money from their likeness. Thus, I will gladly concede that if allowing Olympic athletes to compete in college allowed athletes in other sports to also be paid for their likeness, then yes, that would be a major benefit.

08/20/2018 - 1:00pm This was quite the leap. Who…

This was quite the leap. Who said anything about forced? People are free to do as they choose. I said it would be pointless, and in terms of competitiveness, it absolutely would be. I would imagine Ledecky enjoyed her time at Stanford, but her time there brought no attention to college swimming, which will always be a niche sport.

Also, for future reference, a thing cannot be both earned and free. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

08/20/2018 - 12:16pm My question would be why…

My question would be why should Simone Biles be competing at UCLA right now? Much like Ledecky's two years at Stanford, she's clearly far superior to anyone she'd be competing against. It's basically the equivalent of taking the best high school basketball prospect in the country and letting him play middle school basketball. There is no benefit to anyone except the schools, and even the possible benefit to them is questionable considering these are very much niche sports that people mostly ignore outside the Olympics.

08/14/2018 - 12:38pm The context of 1-5 is that…

The context of 1-5 is that it's 1-5. People should just be honest about what they really dislike. You don't hate the narrative because it exists, you hate it because it's true. No one would think the record was brought up too much if it was 5-1.

08/09/2018 - 6:14pm While this is a good write…

While this is a good write-up, I'd be quick to argue that those numbers in the first column are far more concerning. This team will almost certainly remain excellent defensively, but if those shooting/scoring numbers don't improve, the ceiling will again be limited.

08/08/2018 - 11:13pm Jokes are generally funny. 

Jokes are generally funny. 

08/08/2018 - 6:10pm The problem is that he also…

The problem is that he also didn't have great hands. That drop late against MSU last year was just one of several instances of the ball hitting him in the hands before hitting the ground.

08/02/2018 - 6:48pm Thank you for posting these…

Thank you for posting these stats. It's extremely dangerous for people to project their limited experiences as being indicative of larger trends.

08/02/2018 - 1:17am Ehhh, this really feels like…

Ehhh, this really feels like one of those bigger than wins and losses things...

08/01/2018 - 3:06pm Stadium TV is a fledgling …

Stadium TV is a fledgling (albeit well-backed) sports network that broadcasts some mid-major and FCS conferences. Getting that interview is a pretty big scoop for them, but also speaks to how the story has been covered by the larger sports media.

08/01/2018 - 2:18pm Given the information that's…

Given the information that's out there, the answer to the question of did he know is almost certainly yes. Given that his superiors appear to have had knowledge of the incident (because if Meyer knew, Gene Smith knew too), he probably doesn't have any legal culpability. Morally could be a different discussion, and that gets tricky. He wasn't in a position of power, and I'm not that inclined to hold any individual assistant accountable for what at that point would have been allegations.

All of that being said, there will be questions that Warinner will have to answer, especially if Meyer gets fired (or more likely, allowed to resign).

07/31/2018 - 4:53pm He was always an odd take,…

He was always an odd take, especially in what was a pretty loaded class. Just from a talent standpoint, there was zero justification for preferring him as an RB over AJ Dillon (who as I recall, the staff wanted to switch positions). From my mostly untrained eyes, his film pretty much showed a guy who should be an FB, but he's obviously too small for that role. I get not straight up processing a guy from a talent-rich school in a talent-rich state, but as you stated, it was always obvious he would never play here.

07/29/2018 - 4:09pm BPI underranked Michigan all…

BPI underranked Michigan all last season as well (finished 12th), so it's not shocking that it would underrate a team that effectively lost three starters and most of its proven shooting without recruiting at Kentucky levels (which the formula overvalues).

07/27/2018 - 7:09pm Except this is exactly what…

Except this is exactly what happened. We got the TD after the fake punt, then forced a punt. This of course was followed by Speight throwing a pick that set up OSU's second TD.

07/27/2018 - 10:20am On some level, it almost…

On some level, it almost feels like a chicken or the egg argument. Are costs the way they are because the staffs of schools (and athletic departments) are increasingly expanding, or are administrative staffs (and salaries across the board) surging because the ever-growing pile of money (tuition has basically risen at double the rate of inflation irrespective of the performance of the larger economy for decades) has to be spent somewhere when you're claiming non-profit status? In either case, it's very much a self-fulfilling prophecy.

07/26/2018 - 6:40pm Administrative bloat occurs…

Administrative bloat occurs because when your revenue surges (Michigan's athletic budget has virtually doubled over the last decade), the money has to go somewhere, and you can only pay coaches so much before the general public revolts. I've long said there's a good reason administrators (along with coaches) are so vehemently against paying players. It's because no one else has benefited more.

As far as the paying athletes arguments goes, it isn't completely clear that all athletes would have to be paid equally or even paid at all. Title IX guarantees equal opportunities, it isn't clear that also would translate into equal revenue sharing. Granted, we'll never find out because schools have no incentive to find out.

07/26/2018 - 9:06am So many reactionaries...

So many reactionaries...

06/25/2018 - 5:02pm The chances of Mo being a…

The chances of Mo being a guy who can create his own offense are remote. That's not a killer, as the vast majority of guys in the league can't consistently create their own offense. That game against Louisville, while impressive, is hardly representative of his NBA future, especially considering that Deng Adel isn't an NBA-caliber player. Wagner won't be out getting step-back looks against NBA athletes.

His ceiling is probably back-up center on a good team given his defensive limitations, but you can have a long career as a pick and pop big against other bench units.

06/06/2018 - 5:59pm A buyout has rarely stopped…

A buyout has rarely stopped major college or pro teams from going after the coaches they want. Regardless, this was probably a unique opportunity (granted, I don't think the Pistons would've actually hired him) given that it would have allowed him to not uproot his family, and I don't recall his name being legitimately attached to an NBA search before. Beilein is already 65, it's going to be far less likely he gets NBA interest as he ages than the converse.

06/06/2018 - 1:06pm At the end of the day, there…

At the end of the day, there are only so many head coaching jobs available. Casey, despite his success in Toronto as a whole, isn't somebody teams are going to be beating down the door to hire. Also, you aren't generally going to be taking over a "great" opportunity as a new coach, because there's generally a reason a team is looking for a new coach in the first place. There aren't going to be many instances in which you get to take over a young playoff team like Steve Kerr did, or even if you do, that "great" situation can turn pretty quickly. Ask Billy Donovan.

06/06/2018 - 12:41pm Your post basically boils…

Your post basically boils down to "would you rather fail in the NBA or succeed in college?" Virtually everyone would choose success. That's not a legitimate comparison.

06/01/2018 - 4:40pm I can't really see this going

I can't really see this going anywhere. Beilein is already 65, the only older NBA coaches are D'Antoni and Popovich, guys who've both been at the pro level for decades. It's hard to see the Pistons wanting to hire a 65-year-old coach with no pro experience (caveat: we are talking about the Pistons here, who seem intent on interviewing literally everyone), nor do I see Beilein wanting to make this level of change and adjustment at this point in his career. I'd imagine this will end up being a blip on the way to Beilein's contract extension and sizable pay hikes for his staff.

06/01/2018 - 9:56am Is someone's bot broken?

Is someone's bot broken?

05/31/2018 - 3:28pm At his size, the "concerns"

At his size, the "concerns" about his athleticism are likely far more relavent to his pro future than his college prospects.