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06/25/2018 - 9:30pm Five MSU commits had UM…

Five MSU commits had UM offers.  Apparently they now all have questionable character.

Yes, that was a miserable take by njvictor.

06/03/2018 - 12:16pm Big Ten loading up on good

Big Ten loading up on good quarterbacks in Mertz, Mathis, and McNamara.

05/21/2018 - 8:58pm Yeah, we didn't get to see

Yeah, we didn't get to see too much of Joburg unfortunately.  We stayed in Sandton for a night and then Pretoria for a night (or two..can't recall).  Basically did Soweto/Mandela museum and some other site visits.  Did have a pretty neat dinner at the Carnivore.  

05/21/2018 - 8:55pm Stellenbosch is great! 

Stellenbosch is great!  Beautiful area.

We were trying to find a hookah bar there.  Wandered around for half an hour only to learn hookah in RSA is actually called "hubbly bubbly".  Found one right then and got a chuckle.  

05/21/2018 - 1:41pm I took a cable car ride in

I took a cable car ride in that little amusement park right on the ocean in downtown Durban.  It honestly freaked the hell out of me.

05/21/2018 - 1:01pm Oh yeah, flights are brutal. 

Oh yeah, flights are brutal.  We went Chicago to London, London to South Africa (into Joburg, out of Cape Town).  About nine hours on first flight, 12 hours on second.  

05/21/2018 - 11:15am Tokyo is expensive as hell. 

Tokyo is expensive as hell.  Gonna be quite the check for the donor.

05/21/2018 - 10:45am Agreed.  My viewpoint on

Agreed.  My viewpoint on study abroad is that a lot of people are fortunate in that they will visit western Europe in their lives.  Therefore, I always recommend people go way out of their comfort zone and study in a place that they likely wouldn't visit otherwise (Africa, China, India, etc.).

05/21/2018 - 10:43am Agreed.  Have to imagine a

Agreed.  Have to imagine a trip to Robben Island will be in the cards.

Side note - South Africa is a pretty damn dangerous place.  Got there and immediately went to get food.  We parked, got out of car, and a security guy was wandering around with his gun in hand.  A little startling.  One of the most blunt things you notice there is how every single piece of property has a fence/wall around it.  There is no such thing as a residential street with lawn after lawn...everything is gated off.  

I guess it's also dangerous since we were staying in St. Lucia for a night and the attendant told us not to wander down one street at night since hippos are known to wander around...haha.

05/21/2018 - 10:10am South Africa is an amazing,

South Africa is an amazing, confusing, gorgeous, depressing, etc. place.  I spent a month there about a decade ago - all over the country - and it's utterly fascinating.  

There are a ton of educational opportunities - learning about Apartheid, current social inequality, amazing biodiversity, etc. - so this should be a great trip.

Johannesburg isn't all that great (outside touring Soweto), but Cape Town is incredible.  Hope they have a chance to go to Kruger and along the Garden Route.

05/18/2018 - 6:02pm The 15 public universities in

The 15 public universities in Michigan all oppose the bill.  Good summary below.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/13/nassar-bills…

There are a ton of organizations that are questioning it.  ACLU, Michigan Catholic Conference, school boards, cities/counties, etc.

05/16/2018 - 2:49pm Yeah, ummm....no.

Yeah, ummm....no.

05/16/2018 - 2:44pm $2 billion dollars."Our

Over $2 billion dollars annually.

"Our analysis concluded that Michigan residents are $2 billion richer annually due to the operational expenditures by the University, additional earnings as a result of increased human capital of graduates, and the graduate medical education payments that MSU has helped bring to state hospitals. The University provides many more economic benefits that we were able to describe, but not quantify. These include important activities of MSU Extension, the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, the Office of Intellectual Property, and departmental and center research conducted throughout the University."

http://www.andersoneconomicgroup.com/Publications/Detail/tabid/125/arti…

05/16/2018 - 2:19pm It appears USC has their own

It appears USC has their own issue popping up.  Yikes.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-usc-doctor-misconduct-com…

05/16/2018 - 2:08pm Let's chill with calling MSU

Let's chill with calling MSU a bunch of Nazis.

05/16/2018 - 1:59pm Nassar didn't work in the

Nassar didn't work in the athletic department.

05/16/2018 - 12:50pm Someone can correct me, but

Someone can correct me, but weren't only like 25-30 victims actual MSU students?  Weren't a lot of the 300+ in this case people that were assaulted by Nassar elsewhere, but the argument is that MSU should have been on top of this which would have ended his ability to assault elsewhere?  

Perhaps that impacts payouts?

05/16/2018 - 12:48pm Are you more outraged about

Are you more outraged about the perceived lack of negative coverage against Izzo/Dantonio or the sexual assault of young women?

05/14/2018 - 11:42am I'm not really sure about

I'm not really sure about that.  MSU will probably take a hit, but quite small.  It's still a very solid educational option.

The Nassar situation is horrible, but not everybody knows/cares about it.  Not everyone considering MSU has that as part of the thought process.  Plus we're still six months away from the next class depositing...if nothing really new comes up to a degree Nassar will be "old news". 

05/14/2018 - 11:32am This is an interesting

This is an interesting discussion I've had with folks.

UM is of course a fantastic university and does a great job with revenue given out-of-state students attending.  Then again, UM is a public school in the state of Michigan that is partially funded by taxpayers.  How should UM view that relationship with the state in relation to accepting students from Michigan?  How should state gov't view funding a public university if that university focuses so much on out-of-state students?

MSU does a solid job of providing a good education to a huge amount of in-state students (not sure their out-of-state numbers, but I do think they have a high foreign student body).

 

05/14/2018 - 11:27am Yeah.  People like to mock

Yeah.  People like to mock MSU here, but they have some really good programs.  Think ed school is #1, have #1 nuclear physics grad school, etc.  Nassar situation is a debacle, but still many reasons to consider sending a kid there.

05/14/2018 - 11:22am There is a big push to get

There is a big push to get information about skilled trades out to high school students these days.  It makes a lot of sense - you don't need to go tens of thousands (if not more) into debt, yet could have a job paying $50k+ more when you are in your early 20's.  There is a ton of logic in students considering this path after high school.

05/10/2018 - 1:32pm Engler has been taking on

Engler has been taking on questions/interviews with other outlets at least.  Fair to say MSU and ESPN have no love for each other.

05/10/2018 - 9:04am I have no idea the truth

I have no idea the truth obviously, but I'm pretty sure I'd remember if I got indicted at some point in my life.

05/07/2018 - 11:37am Yeah, it's loaded in-state. 

Yeah, it's loaded in-state.  UM didn't show interest in Dwan Mathis, but he's MSU's QB commit.  Recently got offers from OSU and Oregon.  Pretty cool to see the state of Michigan with so much talent.

05/07/2018 - 9:52am I'm not sure how I'd rank

I'm not sure how I'd rank everyone, but Barnett is really good.  Wiltfong said he was as good as anyone at that Opening thing this weekend...and there was a ton of top ranked talent there.

05/06/2018 - 8:38pm Has UM offered 14 kids

Has UM offered 14 kids before?

05/06/2018 - 8:36pm Probably because most high

Probably because most high school kids don't care about Nassar and it doesn't involve the football program. Plus they've been darn good for a decade and handled UM.

If you're a high school kid in Michigan the better program basically the whole time you've been old enough to follow has been state.

05/03/2018 - 12:36pm Haha....no.  Of course the

Haha....no.  Of course the next 40 shouldn't be in East Lansing.  It just seems easier to forgive one back-to-back if you look at context.  Going forward it should obviously rotate.

05/03/2018 - 12:34pm It is kind of funny.  MSU has

It is kind of funny.  MSU has UM/OSU both home or both away every year.  Basically the same thing people are saying Delaney screwed UM about.  MSU also went to UM and OSU and won to get to playoff...road games are tough, but you gotta step up.

05/03/2018 - 6:53am To be fair the first like 40

To be fair the first like 40 games in the series were in Ann Arbor...

05/02/2018 - 3:49pm Absolutely.  His tone is a

Absolutely.  His tone is a little dry, but he's more insightful than the vast majority of analysts.  Spare me Rod Allen's blabbering nonsense.

Last night he was talking about a bunch of coaching strategies.  Spoke about how when your team is done hitting - and their team is coming up - you have 2.5 minutes between innings to nail down your strategy for exactly what you will do if the first hitter gets on and what you will do if the second hitter gets on.  Talked through all the things you have to consider and how much more fast paced the game is when you are managing.  

He's always insightful like this - I really enjoy him.  Seems like a pretty decent guy too.

04/19/2018 - 12:14pm He's a good prospect. 

He's a good prospect.  Imagine a lot of teams are in his ear.

04/19/2018 - 12:11pm Maybe Stewart took his spot?

Maybe Stewart took his spot?

04/07/2018 - 9:56am Eh, smack talk is not

Smack talk is not something where logic generally applies.

04/07/2018 - 9:54am Is this in relation to Nassar

Is this in relation to Nassar or OTL?

If Nassar, MSU has already lost their President, AD, had the doctor sentenced, the dean of DO school charged, investigations still continuing, enormous PR hit, hundreds of millions in lawsuits expected, etc..  I don't think anyone at MSU or fan/alum is blind to what is happening there.

Regarding OTL, still not seeing anything that really implicates Dantonio or Izzo in doing something wrong.

04/07/2018 - 12:18am Yeah, kinda agree.  Wonder if

Yeah, kinda agree.  Wonder if she posts here.

04/06/2018 - 11:00pm Winning cures all.  If UM was

Winning cures all.  If UM was winning at football Brandon wouldn't have been fired...dumb marketing ideas or not.

04/06/2018 - 10:47pm Neither side has looked

Neither side has looked particularly good during this. 

Her original report - which shouldn't have run until charges were filed - said he was under investigation for sexual assault.  Turns out it was only assault.  Still bad, but notable difference.

04/06/2018 - 10:31pm Didn't realize Lauren went to

Didn't realize Lauren went to MSU.  What degree did she get?

04/06/2018 - 9:57pm Yeah, I'm a big fan of the

Yeah, I'm a big fan of the media in general but maintaining an appearance of objectivity is of utmost importance to keep credibility.

04/06/2018 - 9:35pm What a mess. He didn't play

What a mess. He didn't play at all this year and can't imagine he's on the team next year. Another bad look for MSU athletics.

Campbell and Sims being in article seems kinda grudgy. The weird war between ESPN and MSU going both ways is odd and continues.

04/06/2018 - 8:50pm MSU has not done a good job

MSU has not done a good job with PR during all of this, but ESPN should not have reported the name before the charges. Not a good precedent to set.

04/05/2018 - 12:44pm The players were expelled

The players were expelled from MSU.  How would this verdict benefit them?

02/22/2018 - 12:07pm What does this article show

What does this article show that Izzo did wrong?

02/22/2018 - 10:54am Has it been proven that

Has it been proven that allegations were swept under the rug? 

If yes, is there proof that Izzo and/or Dantonio had a hand in it?

02/21/2018 - 10:03pm I understand that. But,

I understand that. But, again, multiple entities found the students did not commit a crime.

I'm not clear Izzo did anything wrong in not administering punishment. It seems like a dangerous precedent to punish student athletes in this scenario - say a couple game suspension - when the case would become public knowledge and the allegation would be known despite no charges being pressed.

02/21/2018 - 9:41pm That cop was a former cop

That cop was a former cop that was then associate AD. I don't see anything saying he was a current officer having legal power over this case.

02/21/2018 - 7:11pm Did you read the article

Did you read the article about Lavigne?

02/21/2018 - 6:13pm Yeah, if something comes out

Yeah, if something comes out that Izzo personally pushed/bribed/whatever to make sure they weren't charged he should absolutely be fired.

Otherwise, multiple entities investigated the players and cleared them.  I don't think anybody would expect Harbaugh or Beilein to dismiss a player if they are accused of a crime that is investigated and they are exonerated.