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11/18/2018 - 7:12pm I was talking to an OSU fan…

I was talking to an OSU fan today who desperately wants Urban Liar fired, not because of ethical violations but because the team is underachieving and is no fun to watch. I pointed out that they've been in the playoff conversation every damn year, and losing one game a year makes them an elite program. 

The sense of entitlement of OSU fans drives me bat-shit crazy. They believe they are owed the Big Ten title every year, should soundly beat all comers, have no more than one loss a year, and make the playoff every year. He was offended that they haven't been ranked number one over the last decade as much as Alabama has.

To be fair, he pointed out that the only time OSU was dominating people was the first 3 games of the season, so...

That said, I told him to be careful what he wished for. Alabama went through a fallow period before Satan got there. USC, Texas, FSU, Tennessee, Oregon, LSU, and so forth are all cautionary tales about how wanting to get rid of a successful coach can lead to someone who is much worse. We should know.

He wants Ryan Day, because Urban Meyer "sucks" as a coach. OK then, let's see what happens.

OSU fans are the worst.

11/18/2018 - 7:04pm Any chance we can get John…

Any chance we can get John Cooper to coach the game for them?

11/18/2018 - 9:37am The Revenge Tour has been a…

The Revenge Tour has been a crescendo, with yesterday a bit of a diminuendo. It will not crescendo next week, but rather it will peak next week. 

11/17/2018 - 8:21am I'm ok with this. Let the…

I'm ok with this. Let the young men heal for next week. This ain't last year: we can win this one without them.

11/15/2018 - 11:14am "Be real positive with him…

"Be real positive with him. Ask him to do things that he’s capable of doing. Don’t ask him to do things that he can’t do. There’s lots of things he can’t do. There’s lots of things he can do. We ask him to do what he’s really good at and do it really hard."

And that is how you coach. That's the kind of coach I'd want my son to play for.

11/14/2018 - 1:20pm Alabama has no shame.

Alabama has no shame.

11/14/2018 - 9:29am A reminder of how hard it is…

A reminder of how hard it is to build consistency, and how important it is to have a culture where the upperclassmen can keep the underclassmen focused. Experience matters so much, even if it's only four years.

11/13/2018 - 10:02pm Lots of football left to…

Lots of football left to play. The rankings don't really interest me until after the B1G championship game. If, God forbid, we lose next Saturday, they won't interest me at all.

11/13/2018 - 4:33pm Can't get past the head to…

Can't get past the head to head result. Mind you, at this point of the season, on a neutral field, I'd like our chances against the Irish, but that's a fantasy.

Honestly: I couldn't care less about playoff talk at this point. The teams in the top six have at least two, maybe three, games left to play. A lot could happen. All I care about is beating OSU. Anything after that is gravy. Alabama ... Clemson ... who cares?

11/10/2018 - 11:30am I will root for neither team…

I will root for neither team. I’d like to see it end in a 10-overtime tie where both teams just decide to quit. 

Michigan just has to beat OSU. Period. Honestly, I’d rather beat a one-loss OSU team and crush their fan’s dreams than a two-loss one that knows it’s out of the playoff. 

11/09/2018 - 6:00pm Of course it’s ok. There’s…

Of course it’s ok. There’s nothing sacrosanct there. Sit he in ever so high a throne, a man still sits on his bottom. 

Can you imagine someone in any other profession saying it is impermissible to make fun of anyone in that profession? That’s absurd. 

11/09/2018 - 5:54pm I’m going to say that we…

I’m going to say that we have more time of possession than they do passing yards. 

11/09/2018 - 4:36pm The starters play a half,…

The starters play a half, the third-string plays the 4th quarter. I'm not too worried about "the bad thing." It's a glorified scrimmage. 

In some ways, this game is a test of the team's focus. How do you get yourself fired up to play this game?

11/09/2018 - 4:33pm I like our odds.

I like our odds.

11/09/2018 - 1:53pm Like others, I’d rather beat…

Like others, I’d rather beat OSU and not be in the playoff than lose and be in the playoff. That’s a complete no-brainer for me. 

11/09/2018 - 10:39am I don't want to read a story…

I don't want to read a story where the Michigan guys lose. That just sucks.

11/08/2018 - 7:11pm Partridge is such a good…

Partridge is such a good recruiter. And I'd hate to lose Matty.

11/08/2018 - 7:09pm My son is a - you have no…

My son is a - you have no idea how hard this is for me to say - he's an OSU fan (I'm pretty sure it's motivated by spite). One of the things he has been complaining about is that OSU coaches DON'T get poached by other programs and move up the food chain. He thinks that's a really bad sign if no one is interested in your coaches, and he has a point. 

11/07/2018 - 5:48pm I’ve been stuck at 66…

I’ve been stuck at 66 seemingly forever, which is a really sucky place to be. 

11/06/2018 - 5:44pm Only one outcome that…

Only one outcome that matters.

10/31/2018 - 4:24pm Worth. Every. Penny. 

In…

Worth. Every. Penny. 

In general, I’m of the opinion that scheming is fairly overrated. All these guys “go to the same school” and know what’s what. They can all X and O. Coaching is about having 11 guys be an extension of your will. 

There’s a culture being built here that is turning into something pretty special. Next year’s team can build on these guys selling out every practice. 

One other thing that impressed me: always going back to fundamentals. That’s where games are won and lost. 

10/29/2018 - 6:30pm That one in particular. 

That one in particular. 

10/29/2018 - 5:32pm I swear to God, these…

I swear to God, these reporters do absolutely no work in preparation for these pressers. "Talk about" this and "talk about" that. How about you prepare an interesting question for a change, and come up with some fresh angles?

10/24/2018 - 12:46pm Because Harbaugh made it…

Because Harbaugh made it sound like the staff wanted him to go, but Gary refused. I'm not opposed to Gary being the best judge of that for himself, but Harbaugh could have handled that a little differently, in my judgment. Had he said "We all agreed it was in Rashan's best interests to spend more time recuperating" the narrative would have been different.

10/24/2018 - 10:31am If Harbaugh had not…

If Harbaugh had not indicated it was Rashan’s decision, and not the coach’s or medical staff’s, then the speculation would have been different. Her comments make more sense in that context. 

Also: Paye and Uche have been doing well, but they aren’t in Gary’s league against both the pass and the run. They are far more one-dimensional. He’s a genuine difference maker. 

10/23/2018 - 8:18am I mean this seriously: why…

I mean this seriously: why not allow them to major in football? It takes a high level of preparedness, teamwork, cognitive skills, memorization, time, and work. They'll develop connections which will last them a lifetime, which is after all one of the main benefits of a college degree. I don't understand the point of forcing them to take a regular course load in addition to their work on the football field. They will obviously take supplementary courses, but let their major be football and give them course credit for it.

10/22/2018 - 10:25pm I’m ok with 1-11 so long as…

I’m ok with 1-11 so long as the one win is OSU. The playoff is far less important to me. 

10/22/2018 - 7:45pm I'm not too inclined to…

I'm not too inclined to speculate on the lives and motives of 19 year olds. Try to remember what you were like back then. I do recall Warriner saying at a press conference earlier this year that Hudson had to show more intensity and consistency in practice, that he wasn't bringing it the way some other guys were. Maybe a factor? I don't know, but if the kid doesn't want to be here, pat him on the back and wish him well. It's not for everyone.

10/22/2018 - 7:30pm In that case, there's a "W"…

In that case, there's a "W" missing. It should be TIFWIW.

10/21/2018 - 9:39pm One game at a time.

One game at a time.

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09/27/2018 - 1:30pm Murder Wolf is the best. The…

Murder Wolf is the best. The best!

09/27/2018 - 1:29pm Would that it were only…

Would that it were only redundant. How about we tell the DoD to get their propaganda out of our football games?

09/10/2018 - 7:02pm I've not seen it, but if…

I've not seen it, but if there is visual evidence to the contrary I'm open to it.

09/10/2018 - 3:33pm Gary is obviously a very…

Gary is obviously a very talented athlete, but I am noticing the same thing this year that has plagued him in the past: he is slow to get up off the snap. Go do a frame by frame look at the embedded video under "Awards" where Gary gets triple teamed. I'm not sure who it is that is standing up on the right side of the line, but he's a yard upfield before Gary even starts getting out of his stance. The whole line is up and pushing before Gary fires out. 

I recall writing about this last year and there being some interesting differences of opinion on this, and I also recall Mattison laughing at the idea that Gary wasn't triggering fast enough. I thought it was obvious in the ND game, and then again this week. If he is being coached to delay firing off - and I have to doubt that he would be - then I don't understand the strategy there. As it is, it seems to me the only serious deficit in his game, and one I'm not sure how the coaches could correct it. 

09/04/2018 - 2:24pm Third down defense was the…

Third down defense was the killer.  Well, the offensive line play, of course ... but on defense, third downs.

09/04/2018 - 2:22pm It was as bad as we think;…

It was as bad as we think; and we think it was bad.

08/31/2018 - 4:31pm Twitter is a symptom of the…

Twitter is a symptom of the downfall of civilization, not a cause. 

08/28/2018 - 7:37pm Me too. I've completely…

Me too. I've completely pared my sports interests, but this is so deep in my marrow I can't let it go.

08/28/2018 - 7:32pm Nervousness generated by…

Nervousness generated by years of heartbreak.

08/28/2018 - 7:28pm I have a number of friends…

I have a number of friends who are either employed at ND or are graduates, and I can tell you they are embarrassed by Kelly and would like to see him gone. They find his antics completely out of keeping with the university they love.

08/28/2018 - 9:30am “The obvious” will be enough…

“The obvious” will be enough for me. 

08/27/2018 - 9:11am I for one think saving us…

I for one think saving us the embarrassment of "acting surprised" is certainly worth signaling that you are in the know and then hiding behind the kid's privacy. I'm with the others: why bother mentioning it at all?

08/23/2018 - 3:15pm Frysk bloed tsjoch op!

Frysk bloed tsjoch op!

08/23/2018 - 1:48pm Ah yes, the old "fuck you"…

Ah yes, the old "fuck you" argument. Very convincing. 

You don't think that OSU's lawyers went over all the permutations of this with Drake and the BoT? You think you have a better grasp of the legal issues from a distance?

 

08/23/2018 - 11:57am You'll care if you think…

You'll care if you think yourself morally superior.

And evidently you've never run anything or had to make personnel decisions. If you did, you'd know that saving the university $38 million is also a right thing to do. A president does, after all, have fiduciary obligations.

You're ignoring the question as to whether the school was prepared to fight a long and ugly lawsuit it had poor prospects of winning. I might not like the law, and you might not like the law, but the school knew what the law would allow.

I think Meyer is slimy and a liar, but in court it's about what you can prove.

08/23/2018 - 10:42am Also: Shelly Meyer is a…

Also: Shelly Meyer is a licensed healthcare professional, whose code of conduct requires her to report incidents such as this. If she doesn't lose her license, there's an issue.

I'll also say this: there is NO chance that reports were filed with the police and they did not contact Meyer. It is SOP for the police to contact the coach in all such incidents.

08/23/2018 - 10:28am If “doing the right thing”…

If “doing the right thing” is perfectly obvious, which it isn’t in this case, when you’re probably trying to do the least bad thing. Drake had a lot of competing demands he had to deal with. Thinking that it was an easy decision for him because — wife-beating — is virtue-signaling. 

I’ll agree that, based on the report (and remember it’s an internal investigation, which is always a problem) the deletion of text messages ought to have been dealt with more seriously. 

08/23/2018 - 9:56am Meyer would certainly have…

Meyer would certainly have fought it in court, and I’m confident OSU’s general counsel had many conversations with Drake about the school’s prospects of winning. This is a tricky area of labor law.

08/23/2018 - 9:22am I think people are missing…

I think people are missing the big picture here. Truth is, there was no way they could fire Meyer. To do so would have triggered a very long and very ugly legal battle, as OSU would have either to eat $38 million or terminate for cause, which Meyer would have clearly fought. The university figured it was better to take a short-term PR hit now than have this thing drag out in the legal system. The university-sponsored report makes sense when you understand that the outcome the university wanted to avoid was having to fire Meyer. $500,000 for that is still cheaper than either buying out his contract or the legal fees involved in his wrongful dismissal suit. His performance last night made it clear he can’t be reasoned with.

I think it’s easy to express moral outrage here, but the university really was in a bind, at the center of which was the incredibly messy Smith marriage, and had to make judgments not simply on the basis of moral absolutes but on prudential concerns.

Look, I loathe OSU, but when you are running a massive enterprise like that you run into difficult decisions that have no clear moral parameters. Could Drake in good faith tell donors that he paid out $38 million under ambiguous circumstances? Can’t we at least acknowledge that he was in a tough position and that it’s easy to be outraged from the sidelines when we are not the ones who have to balance all the things - alumni, boosters, players, the well-being of the program including recruiting, due process, donors, publicity, and so forth - that impose often competing and occasionally clashing claims on the decision-maker? Put yourself in Drake’s shoes and think about all the different stakeholders he has to deal with, and then tell me it was an easy call. I don’t buy it.