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06/26/2018 - 9:39am Not sure why you got…

Not sure why you got downvoted on that opinion (maybe by someone who pays for the service), but it's clear Harbaugh has made player evaluation a priority so I think we'll continue to see offers to players outside of the top 300.  Harbaugh and his staff know what they're looking for and those beholden to the recruit services will continue to grouse about it.

 
06/25/2018 - 8:25pm This kid's ability to pick…

This kid's ability to pick his way through and bounce out of crowded space is incredible.  If we can hold on to him I don't see how he doesn't get some playing time in 2019.

 
06/19/2018 - 4:53pm "I see the train wreck…

"I see the train wreck coming I am the train so... move."

I think prof. Latonya Pinkard will be a nice change of pace from Miss Brittany.  Looking forward to it, had enough of Buddy.

 
05/31/2018 - 10:22am It is NEVER pointless to

It is NEVER pointless to bring in great talent.  In a game like football where injuries are a constant problem (like last year), having more good  options is always good.  When JT Barrett went down in the Game last year, Haskins came in and did as well/better.  That's an excellent situation to be in.

Even if Patterson doesn't perform as we anticipate, still was a good idea to help him transfer in.

 
 
05/09/2018 - 10:15am The other canaries in the

The other canaries in the coal mine from the other end of the spectrum are the millenials who are so heavily saddled with student loan debt they don't have money to afford the tickets.  There may be a seismic shift coming for both M and other schools in the near future.

05/09/2018 - 9:33am Or maybe it's the

Or maybe it's the season-ending loss to a mediocre SEC team that still hangs over everyone.  That was a bad way to end the season and it carries over.  I think Harbaugh and the team needs to prove to the fans again that they're inspired and fired-up and the fans will follow.  I think we need some tangible proof the offense isn't going to be a shitshow this year before ponying up the money.  The offseason moves look good but proof is still needed.

And then there's the economy.  Buying (expensive) football tickets is discretionary spending, Many people have less discretionary money these days.

05/09/2018 - 9:19am I think everyone understands

I think everyone understands scheduling both MSU and OSU away/home in the same season is a mistake, so how did they make that mistake again with ND?  Restarting the ND rivalry with a home game would've juiced ticket interest.

Doing all 3 the same is like Brandon squared.  Ugh. 

05/03/2018 - 3:04pm The only answer I can come up

The only answer I can come up with is that Drevno couldn't handle being both OL coach and co-OC.  Maybe he ran into the Peter Principle at M.

04/13/2018 - 5:33pm Hopefully the counsel for all

Hopefully the counsel for all these women will advise them to avoid any meetings or conversations involving Engler and MSU admin going forward.  To me, this is beginning to take on evil overtones.  Just bad.

04/10/2018 - 10:42pm My son is in the band.  The

My son is in the band.  The major reason is that the kids are working on finals and there was little interest so the director canceled it.

04/10/2018 - 11:13am Well, another way to look at

Well, another way to look at this is by approving the transfers it allows the NCAA to levy a de facto punishment on Ole Miss, allowing 6 good players to leave the program and play elsewhere.  Easy punishment to levy... if they can bring themselves to it.

03/29/2018 - 6:31pm Only if the player actually

Only if the player actually got an education.

Fact is, most elite athletes would not qualify for many of the schools they attend if they did not possess the athletic talent they have.  It's kind of a national scandal that many athletes leave high school with academic abilities/skills that are very low, sadly.  Those young men aren't in a great position to get a lot out of the college experience.  They aren't getting the full $62K value from the scholarship, usually much, much less.

And then you have all the shady academic tricks schools pull like the UNC fake classes, athletes-only classes, and the tutors who do a lot of the work for them (my wife tutored football players in college).  Most of the athletes are just passed through the system so they can play. 

I'm with Brian that we should just rip the curtain off the facade, pay the players and stop pretending that they're here for anything other than playing their sport.  Value and compensation are in the eye of the beholder.

03/09/2018 - 10:09am A few months back I spoke to

A few months back I spoke to someone who has a little insight on the team and he indicated Speight was basically given to know that his chances of starting next year were very slim (and the back injury may have played a role as well). 

Harbaugh has established an MO of letting people leave on their own terms to give them the best opportunity at the next stop.  That seems to be the case with Speight as well.

 

03/07/2018 - 6:20pm Looking at that list of names

Looking at that list of names I wonder how many Beilein could have brought to M if he did what other coaches seem to be doing ($$).

I bet Beilein sleeps well most nights.  Probably a lot better than Izzo does lately...

02/28/2018 - 9:12am Upvoted out of sheer hope and

Upvoted out of sheer hope and wishful thinking.

With Warriner on staff I have reasonable hope and expectations the OL play will improve pass pro.  Now we just need a QB worth protecting.  With Patterson eligible I think it reasonable that with a pool of 3 talented QBs to assume someone is going to step up.

02/28/2018 - 9:04am Strange as it may seem, it

Strange as it may seem, it may be a blessing in disguise what M went through years ago with the Ed Martin thing.  M learned the right lessons and has run a tight ship since and Beilein has kept it clean, even though it has probably meant fewer wins here and there.  I have no qualms or uneasiness with the FBI investigations currently.

M has already been through the fire, we are going to watch others burn now.

02/27/2018 - 3:38pm My wife is a speech therapist

My wife is a speech therapist who has worked in both elementary and high school settings and from things she's stated in the past she would likely agree with assertions #1 and #4.  She has mentioned that some countries in Europe start kids in school a year later (6 years, I believe) for the reason that many kids' brains simply aren't developed enough to learn reading, etc. before then.  Boys brains develop on a different schedule than girls' brains but the one-size-fits-all model of our public school systems seems to favor the development process of females.

02/23/2018 - 2:11pm If Izzo and MSU (and the

If Izzo and MSU (and the other teams) skate on this it will only prove their point. 

02/23/2018 - 1:36pm You paint with a wide brush,

You paint with a wide brush, Gameboy.  Maybe get a screen with better resolution...?

02/23/2018 - 11:14am There were many players who

There were many players who loved Hoke too.  Winning fixes a lot of problems.

02/23/2018 - 10:08am Isn't being an asshole a job

Isn't being an asshole a job requirement for OL coach?  Man I hope so.

02/22/2018 - 9:10pm you can read the original comment in context

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/jim-mcelwain-michigan-ocwr-coach#comment-49…

 

02/16/2018 - 11:46am If anyone remembers back in

If anyone remembers back in the 80s with presidential candidate Gary Hart.  He pretty much dared the press to find any significant dirt on him.  Soon after a picture of Donna Rice sitting on his lap appeared.

Yeah, ESPN is a money-making operation, but it's also run by people who identify with the operation, so if you provoke them and question their journalism, you're inviting them to take another shot.

02/16/2018 - 11:40am Actually that isn't entirely

Actually that isn't entirely true.  In my kids' high school guys play a game to grab/swat the behinds of young ladies wearing leggings.  I think what's changed is the targets the guys are aiming for is a bit more visible now.

02/09/2018 - 11:28am Yep, especially when Nassar

Yep, especially when Nassar has already been found guilty.  All MSU should do is verify the claimants were patients of Nassar acting on behalf of MSU.  Anything beyond that is contemptible behavior.  One strategy they may very well employ is trying to avoid paying non-MSU student victims by claiming he was acting on behalf of another institution.  Doubtful that will work but they may try.

02/08/2018 - 10:05am For the press, yes, but

For the press, yes, but there's an army of lawyers involved, lawsuits are happening, plus a couple investigations, so it's not over.  It's never over.

02/06/2018 - 8:07pm Wilson for sure, but from

Wilson for sure, but from what I heard if Wheatley had remained RB coach another year Harris is ours.

02/06/2018 - 8:04pm M could've had 10 wins with

M could've had 10 wins with decent QB play throughout last season.  Whatever issues there may be this fall, I don't anticipate QB play to be among them.  Speight and O'Korn are gone (right...?) and all three we'll have next year will be better talents, I have no doubt.  M should get 10 wins this season assuming the defense is at least as good as last season, which I think is a safe bet.  The defense will hold as long as the offense can minimize the three-and-outs. 

I anticipate a lot of close games, it's a killer schedule so there's no shame if they have to do some "scratching and clawing" to get wins.

02/05/2018 - 1:47pm That's so 2016.

That's so 2016.

02/02/2018 - 4:06pm No reason to get down...

No reason to get down... yet.  The players and their respective schools haven't yet submitted the paperwork, so there's nothing for the NCAA to rule on. 

02/01/2018 - 4:10pm On the plus side, if you're

On the plus side, if you're someone who hangs around until the end, space opens up and it's actually comfortable to sit in the stadium.

01/30/2018 - 3:49pm Maybe they'll offer up Klages

Maybe they'll offer up Klages and say "Look, we fixed it."  An investigation by the DoJ is probably the only way something substantial happens at this point.

01/30/2018 - 3:47pm Meet the new boss same as the

Meet the new boss same as the old boss.

01/30/2018 - 10:15am It may seem hamhanded, but

It may seem hamhanded, but this is actually a crucial time.  If they can scare off any other faculty from making critical statements, it effectively keeps everyone in line while the investigations are going on.  Silence is golden.

Interesting - and scary - to see what lengths MSU will go to to keep the lid on as much as possible.  In the Flint water crisis people turned up dead.  With so much money at stake here, who knows.

01/30/2018 - 9:46am Right, which was a big

Right, which was a big concern of mine.  Is he going to do anything to piss off all those MSU alum in state?  He'll talk tough, like he did during his presser, but I'm not sure he'll really do anything substantial.  The Feds are the real X factor here.  It wouldn't surprise me that they're angling to convince the DOJ that Shuette has everything under control and no need to get involved.

01/29/2018 - 7:53pm They basically have to.

They basically have to.

01/29/2018 - 2:00pm Looks like the MSU trustees

Looks like the MSU trustees are starting to find religion now that the writing's on the wall.

01/29/2018 - 1:45pm First thing I'd like to RIP

First thing I'd like to RIP is Klages, Simon and Hollis' retirement plans..

01/28/2018 - 9:56pm The whole dam is already

The whole dam is already breaking at MSU, with or without these coaches. 

Whatever loyalty you envision existing will instantly evaporate when MSU employees start giving depositions, appearing in legal procedings, and making plea bargain deals to save their own skins.  Makes zero difference if Izzo or Dantonio are there or not.  Armies of lawyers, the AG, and even the Feds will pick the bones clean.

No one at MSU has control.  It more like rats abandoning ship now.  Izzo and Dantonio don't want to go, but at some point it won't be up to them.  I'd be shocked if either of them coach another season, we'll see.

01/28/2018 - 9:49pm Maybe they should interview

Maybe they should interview him for the AD job opening.  Seems better than the guy they had in there before.

01/28/2018 - 9:47pm He can plead the fifth.

He can plead the fifth.

01/28/2018 - 11:27am This behavior is so

This behavior is so well-entrenched in the institution they're the proverbial frog in the pot not noticing the heat going up while trying to do business as usual.  It's nearing a boil now, they're cooked.

01/27/2018 - 10:09pm No matter which one you

No matter which one you believe, there's going to be no ducking for cover and stalling until the details are hidden this time.  There's already tons of lawyers involved, and with the AG and increasing involvement of the Fed, it's all going to come out eventually. 

I'd put my money on Allswede.  I think a lot of heads are going to roll before this is over and I think Dantonio and Izzo (and other coaches) are going to be shown the door - and maybe worse - by the time it's over.  We're going to be reading about this all year long.

01/27/2018 - 10:02pm Ya know, back during the

Ya know, back during the Morris concussion debacle, that seemed to define the perfect PR disaster.  Well MSU has one-upped M by a large margin; it's just stunning to me that they not only got off on the wrong foot when it started, but continually deny and making utterly self-serving, obtuse, and insensitve remarks time and time again by people who should know better.  What they face is bad enough, but they are grabbing more shovels and digging themselves in deeper.  Dantonio may have dug his grave with that performance.

01/27/2018 - 9:55pm Mandatory reporter applies to

Mandatory reporter applies to nearly everyone at a public school.  My wife is a mandatory reporter and she knows if she fails to report an incident (and she has reported in the past) not only could she lose her job but be sued and face criminal charges.

And Title IX is a federal law.  There plenty with which to indict.  When the levee breaks and people start making deals for testimony, it will be a flood.

01/27/2018 - 3:29pm The way this is going, the

The way this is going, Delaney will be implicated for MSU assault cover-ups too.  Just give it time.

01/27/2018 - 2:51pm There is information out

There is information out there that Pep's agent was pushing him hard for NFL vacancies.  He was interviewed for a Raiders position coach job, looks like he came up with nothing. 

01/26/2018 - 3:34pm The players weren't punished,

The players weren't punished, they were allowed to transfer and play immediately.  Those that stayed chose to do so.  What these people were really saying is "Why should we have to suffer?"  Both the PSU and MSU reactions have caused me to lose much faith in humanity.

01/26/2018 - 3:27pm It's a smoking gun is what it

It's a smoking gun is what it is, concrete proof of a coverup.  Yeah, that could send some people to jail.

01/26/2018 - 3:13pm Now it's out there that both

Now it's out there that both Dantonio and Izzo will announce their retirement soon.  Time will tell.