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07/15/2018 - 6:15pm Magnus has an excellent list…

Magnus has an excellent list of visitors for the BBQ up at his website:

07/03/2018 - 10:51pm Wow, that was quick. Thanks.

Wow, that was quick. Thanks.

06/15/2018 - 2:55am I'm rooting for the English…

I'm rooting for the English. It's just been a really long time.

06/03/2018 - 3:37pm But at the very least

The available evidence doesn't make it seem like his role was reduced

06/03/2018 - 1:56pm But McElwain himself said

Pep was running the offense when he was asked.…

05/23/2018 - 5:01pm Quite a year for talent in

Quite a year for talent in the state of Michigan

05/10/2018 - 6:19am Thanks for sharing this

Hope he lights the world on fire

05/08/2018 - 10:42am A month ago

I was absolutely certain that Herron was gone. Now, it seems like Michigan has a shot. I'll take that.

05/07/2018 - 11:41am Great Player

But it would certainly be nice if he was a better shooter. At least from the free throw line.

04/27/2018 - 10:54pm Mason Cole!

3rd round pick. Nice.

04/17/2018 - 6:46pm That's definitely an accurate

That's definitely an accurate characterization of the last few years but not really the last decade. Remember 2013? We had all tackles and no interior linemen. One of the best tackle pairs in Michigan history (Lewan and Schofield) on one of the worst Offensive Lines in Michigan history.

04/09/2018 - 2:36pm Bottle Caps

Though I think they were better when I was a kid.

04/02/2018 - 8:43pm He's listed as a WDE

I wonder if the coaching staff views him as a TE. Looks like he could play either offense or defense.

03/30/2018 - 12:25pm It's a huge problem in a lot of places

There's even an old adage describing the problem named after the economist Charles Goodhart.

Goodhart's Law : "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."

The first applcation that came to mind for me was actually education and the way the introduction of standardized testing inevitably alters teaching styles to better match up with the tests.

03/14/2018 - 4:25pm That's a bit of an oversimplification

I once had to write a research paper on executive compensation for a Labor Economics class. There is actually pretty solid evidence that, as a result of certain inefficiencies in the ability of shareholders to exert control over managers, the market for CEO's is badly distorted.

Labor economists differ though over how large a role this has actually played in the ballooning gap between the salaries of executives and low-level employees.

03/05/2018 - 9:31pm Dormant Commerce Clause

I think the article is referring to what is called the Dormant Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause of the federal constitution has been interpreted to do two things.

1) It gives the federal government the power to regulate commerce between the states. This is simply a grant of power to the federal government and has nothing to do with state governments.

2) Courts have also, somewhat controversially, interpreted the Commerce Clause to function as an automatic restriction on state regulatory actions that privilege in-state interests over out-of-state competitors. This serves to invalidate state laws without any action from the federal government at all. (I say 'controversially' because some judges really don't think the words of the clause should be understood this way, but the Dormant Commerce Clause goes back over 200 years now so I don't think there is any chance that it is going away.)

02/26/2018 - 11:12pm According to 247

Michigan has already offered 40 Offensive Lineman in the 2019 class. 31 Tackles, 7 Guards, 2 Centers.


02/23/2018 - 2:42pm I prefer it stay in the Midwest full time

Minneapolis, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago. Just rotate it through those four cities. Anything the Big Ten gains from going out east is marginal.

02/19/2018 - 10:15pm I thought it was pretty funny

It was making fun of the NCAA's stance on impermissible benefits in the context of coaches who recruit their kids to play for them, which seems to be pretty common.

02/19/2018 - 6:29pm Thanks for this

Thanks for this

01/31/2018 - 3:26pm Unfortunately, I think that might not be constitutional

Freedom of Information Acts are fundamentally laws passed by the legislature that give citizens access to information on internal government practices by forcing governmental organizations to divulge the information subject to certain rules.

To make it standard across the country, the federal government would almost certainly have to step in. But the federal government is not allowed to order state officials around in their capacities as state officials. Only the state government can do that. So FOIA's can only be passed by state legislatures.

12/22/2017 - 11:01am If he's headed to Georgia Tech

I doubt it's an academic thing


Edit: Already mentioned above

12/18/2017 - 4:41pm I believe he's referring to

I believe he's referring to Michael Barrett

12/16/2017 - 1:29pm I'm actually wondering about Chris Olave

Last time he was on the podcast with Brian,  Steve Lorenz seemed to imply that Michigan had a good chance to get Olave. But I read on your site recently that Olave canceled his visit this weekend. Do you think this offer is related to that?

12/08/2017 - 12:25pm Yes

An interpretation of a legal document, in this case an insurance contract, is legal advice. A non-lawyer could never get into any trouble giving that sort of advice but a lawyer or law student could.

12/07/2017 - 4:02pm Doesn't work

He can't ask a student because it's a violation of legal ethics for a law student to give legal advice. The ABA has urged very strict rules on the states about the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

And if he asks a professor, that just brings us back to our original problem. Professors are not giving legal advice to just any student who walks in so giving it to Mo Hurst is an impermissible benefit.

12/06/2017 - 4:18pm Thanks

I'm guessing most people around here didn't notice.

11/22/2017 - 11:18am They do play each other next year

October 13th

10/27/2017 - 12:34pm Good to be done for the week

Go Blue

10/06/2017 - 10:31am I also love Scotch Duck Eggs

I also love Scotch Duck Eggs

09/05/2017 - 11:13pm This is nothing

There is a big difference between saying "I think we can win", which is essentially what the Cinci RB said, and saying "we're going to win", which is essentially what Jim McElwain said.

"I've got no doubt in my mind that we can go out and shock the world" is not any sort of prediction or guarantee. No bear was poked here.

08/30/2017 - 11:01pm 45-7 Michigan

45-7 Michigan

08/16/2017 - 5:12pm I think this is simply a matter of bargaining power

Non-compete clauses are most common in situations where the employer has more bargaining power than the employee. A school might be able to put one into a contract in a situation where the coach they were hiring was desperate for the job, but that is relatively rare. Having the ability to jump ship is pretty damn important for a coach. I can't imagine they would give that up easily. In most situations, I imagine the coach would refuse, and the school would have no way of forcing the issue.

07/26/2017 - 8:21pm So here's the problem with that argument in this situation

As someone who is generally supportive of market-based solutions, I might support what you are saying in other contexts. The problem here is that in order for the "free market" to sort things out, the market must actually be "free". If we had a situation where private individuals made building decisions, then this might work. What we actually have is a large body of Zoning Law.

This is implied in what Brian is saying. It is local governments, not private actors, who decide what and how much to build. Housing prices are skyrocketing because local governments (in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, New York, every major city in the US except Houston) stricly limit construction. It is this artificial constraint, not the market, that is causing the pain. And I agree with Brian that local governments have a responsibility to their poorer citizens to fix it.

(That's not to say that all zoning is bad. It certainly has some beneficial uses, and some zoning regulations are necessary. Houston is certainly not the greatest city in the world. But there is a growing recognition on all sides of the political spectrum that zoning has been overused and is now causing some problems.)

07/17/2017 - 1:56pm I am aware of the word's other definition

I'm sure you are aware that words often have more than one.


agnostic - not taking a stand on something, especially not holding either of two usually strongly opposed positions

This is in line with my initial statement regarding my feelings on federalism. My word choice was correct.
07/01/2017 - 8:25pm I stand behind my word choice

Agnostic - (in a nonreligious context) having a doubtful or noncommittal attitude toward something. Not taking a stand on something, especially not holding either of two usually strongly opposed positions.

If you don't believe me, just type the word into the google search engine or search at

07/01/2017 - 1:17pm I'm rather agnostic about federalism myself

I do find the legal issues it creates to be interesting though.

07/01/2017 - 11:09am So I read part of the briefs

The OP states the issue well. It seems like the question is quite a narrow one and actually quite interesting. The lawsuit is not arguing that Congress can't make gambling illegal under federal law. It certainly can. If Congress wants to make gambling illegal and enforce it using federal resources like the FBI, it can certainly do so.

But the law Congress passed actually prevents states from "authorizing" gambling. So a state where gambling is illegal cannot legalize it. This means Congress is forcing state legislatures to keep certain state laws on the books and forcing state cops to enforce those laws.

Basically, the federal government is generally allowed to order around its own employees as much as it wants. But the 10th Amendment creates limits on when it can order around state employees, which means the law Congress passed might be unconstitutional.

07/01/2017 - 1:33am I think Oladipo is more talented than you give him credit for

He scored 16 points a game last year shooting 44% from the field and 36% from the 3 point line. He's a very good defensive player and can match up against point guards and shooting guards very effectively. On a lot of teams, he's probably your 3rd leading scorer and your best defensive player.

He is 25 years old and still a few years away from reaching his prime. Right now, he is probably no worse than the 3rd best player on your team.

The latest projection is the NBA's soft cap will be set at $102 million and the luxury tax limit $113 million. The cap will likely rise even higher the following year. For today's NBA, Oladipo's contract is not that bad.

06/30/2017 - 11:21pm If you're interested…

06/30/2017 - 10:58pm It's the new NBA

We all know that salaries have exploded league-wide. Many of the recent criticisms of the salaries of individual players seem to be operating off of the wrong baseline.

John Wall was just offered a 4-year $170 million contract by the Wizards. Oladipo is no Wall, obviously. But in a league where the stars can make over $40 million a year, paying a talented role player $21 million is hardly absurd.

06/30/2017 - 10:06pm It definitely wouldn't surprise me if the Pacers didn't get much

George had already announced he was leaving as a free agent after next season. The Pacers had essentially no leverage because they had to trade him soon or get nothing in a year.

And Oladipo is a solid player. Good defender. Decent scorer. The Pacers probably did about as well as they could have considering their position.

05/30/2017 - 3:52pm Sure

I think the level of interest dropped. These things are not static over time. As tennis got less popular, the highest levels of American tennis degraded.

Note that I'm not making a very strong or provocative claim here. I don't doubt that your criticisms of the infrastructure of American tennis are accurate. I simply believe that multiple factors caused the decline and one of these factors is the decline of tennis's popularity and the rise of the popularity of other sports.

05/30/2017 - 3:35pm I don't think you have a very good grasp on the average

The average male in the United States is just under 5'10. The notion that 6'1 Federer is an argument against the importance of height is just wrong. And the issue isn't being "ripped up", it's being athletic. You don't think a guy as quick and strong as Nadal could have been an effective point guard? Or a safety in the NFL? Of course he could have.

The builds are not that different. A lot of 6 foot guys who are great athletes in the US are playing other sports. Defensive backfields, backcourts, and baseball outfields are full of those guys. How good a country is at a sport will always be primarily a function of the level of interest among the general population. I'm not saying other factors arent' important, but clearly the fact that basketball, football, and baseball are more popular does draw some potential talent away from tennis and this does affect the quality of our professionals.

05/27/2017 - 6:35pm Those weights haven't been updated in years

I wouldn't put too much stock in the weights listed on the roster. Many of them haven't budged a single pound since Harbaugh arrived. I think they've just stopped updating them. I know from the few times guys have told a reporter their actual weights that they don't correspond to what's listed on the roster.

05/13/2017 - 7:13pm I'm not entirely sure what's going on with them

Considering how well they recruited in the last cycle, it's a little weird to see how badly they seem to be floundering this cycle. Last year, the recruiting experts were talking about how amazingly well UGA was recruiting in-state. This year, there were 3 4-star QB's in the state of Georgia for the 2018 class. They missed on all of them. They seem to be missing on other in-state players as well. At this point, Michigan has more Georgia commitments than Georgia does.

I could be wrong about this. Maybe this is all part of some strategy and maybe they really come on late and clean up in-state, but right now their recruiting is looking surprisingly weak.

04/20/2017 - 3:09pm I thought he was referring to Ovie Oghoufo

I don't think Michigan is really recruiting him anymore, but he was a guy with a Michigan offer who committed to Notre Dame.

03/25/2017 - 2:52am Chris Wormley was quite extraordinary

4.82 40 at nearly 300 pounds. He weighed in bigger and ran faster than Taco Charlton, and Charlton is almost certainly going to be a 1st round pick. I wonder if Wormley could sneak into the 1st round.

03/21/2017 - 9:56pm Harbaugh's saga with the 49ers is

Exhibit A in the power of coaching to alter the career trajectory of those who make their living on the field. Whenever a draft pick doesn't work out, people blast the player for being a bust, but the fact is that the situations the guys find themselves in are every bit as important as the talent they have.

Would Alex Smith even be in the league right now had Harbaugh not showed up and saved his career? This was a talented guy who had everything it took to succeed in the right system. Then the 49ers under Mike Nolan draft him and proceed to do everything they can to destroy his career. He has 7 OC's in his first 7 seasons until Harbaugh shows up and turns him into a Pro-Bowl caliber player.

Kaepernick is just another example. The best thing that ever happened to Kaepernick in his NFL career was getting drafted by Jim Harbaugh. The worst thing that ever happened to him was the 49ers brain trust deciding to fire Jim Harbaugh.

01/08/2017 - 9:10pm Surprising

This year was a good one for receivers in the Big Ten generally. With all the guys leaving, I wonder how next year looks.