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09/19/2018 - 3:42pm "No big deal" meaning that…

"No big deal" meaning that it is a completely normal thing that a person does. I wasn't even referring to the legality.

09/19/2018 - 2:26pm I guess, but Urban Meyer…

I guess, but Urban Meyer pretty much did the same thing. 2 years at Bowling Green and 2 years at Utah when it was still in the MWC. James Franklin had 3 years at Vanderbilt before moving to PSU.

Watching the product is the most important thing, and I have been impressed with his teams and how they play. I think the critical question for me is can he get recruits to go to Nebraska? And how much of a setback would a losing season be this year? He is going to have to recruit against Jimbo Fisher, Lincoln Riley, and Tom Herman in his region, and I still have my doubts Nebraska can recruit nationally without championships. He is going to have to kill it on his player evaluations this year because I don't see him pulling in a top-15 recruiting class this year.

The conference setup is an advantage for him as I think he is going to have that program at the top of the B1G West eventually. If he can get a couple upsets in the B1G Championship Game, I think it could propel them back. Look what one win over OSU and a B1G title did for James Franklin.

09/19/2018 - 2:19pm I can't believe he turned in…

I can't believe he turned in phone with no texts and tried to play it off like it was no big deal. LOL

09/18/2018 - 6:18pm I agree, and I think long…

I agree, and I think long-term they are going to be OK at football with a higher ceiling than more than half of the other teams in the Big Ten. Their basketball team is good, and they have other non-revenue sports that are really good (WBB, M & W Lacrosse, baseball, field hockey, etc.).

I also think it is a bit misleading to look at their B1G conference record because the schedules are much tougher in the East than the West. If you put Maryland in the West, I think their record would be different. Not as sure about Rutgers though.

 

09/18/2018 - 6:03pm LOL. Jabrill Peppers was a…

LOL. Jabrill Peppers was a Heisman finalist, a unanimous All-American, and a 1st Round NFL Draft pick. As a junior and a defensive player. The only other players to do that in college football history, not just Michigan's, is Charles Woodson (Warren Sapp & Steve Emtman were RS Juniors but does that change the argument much?). WTF more do you want him to do. It sucks he missed every bowl game due to injury, but c'mon man.

As for a 5-star curse, Michigan has not recruited them to the quantity that OSU and Alabama have. They have had their share of busts, but it is easier to overlook them when you are getting another 5-star the next year. Rashan Gary has been better than DaShawn Hand or Jashon Cornell. Some guys are just not going to develop like they were projected, and the best way to avoid the misses to get as many of them as you can. OSU has around 5 or 6 5-star-type DL on their roster. Michigan has one so the hot takes get extreme for that one player.

09/16/2018 - 10:04am A couple interesting tweets…

A couple interesting tweets from the past I will leave here. I don't know how to embed yet if someone else want to try.

https://twitter.com/spinnershells/status/986639277588180992

https://twitter.com/SBN_BillC/status/554839757453160448

08/30/2018 - 2:01pm This is March

This is March.

08/30/2018 - 2:00pm Stay hungry, Stay humble

"Stay hungry, Stay humble"

08/27/2018 - 11:48am I think the religion thing…

I think the religion thing is way overplayed by Notre Dame fans, and there is little evidence to support it. I think it came down to football. Notre Dame beat us for the first time, and Yost accused Notre Dame of recruiting violations and using ineligible players and lobbied to keep them out of the Big Ten. Bad blood ensued. Notre Dame became a national power and didn't need Michigan and the Big Ten for decades.

08/27/2018 - 11:42am But they also had a rivalry…

But they also had a rivalry with MSU.

08/27/2018 - 11:36am Honesty, women, literacy.

Honesty, women, literacy.

08/27/2018 - 11:17am Is this a joke? You know we…

Is this a joke? You know we have Texas scheduled in a couple years right (2024 and 2027)?

08/27/2018 - 11:16am Notre Dame was never going…

Notre Dame was never going to play Michigan and OSU in the same season. There were only three breaks in the ND-Michigan rivalry between 1978-2014. OSU filled one of those breaks.

08/27/2018 - 11:11am The 9-game conference…

The 9-game conference schedule changed the math. Having enough home games per season is as much a factor as the level of competition. Most good Power 5 teams aren't going to take a one-off game, and Michigan can't afford to do multiple home-and-homes per season, especially in odd years when we have 5 conference road games.

I think Michigan keeps the Arkansas and Virginia Tech games if we had not moved to nine conference games.

08/27/2018 - 10:59am Because for years they…

Because for years they played MSU, Purdue, and Michigan every year. The ND-Michigan rivalry had some breaks, but I don't think they wanted to play any more Big Ten/Midwest teams than that during the last 40 years. The years they played OSU in 1995 and 1996, they had Michigan off the schedule. During the 2000 and 2001 break, they had Nebraska on their schedule instead of Michigan.

Now that they have ended their annual Big Ten rivalry games, I wouldn't be surprised to see OSU get on their schedule more often, but ND has their ACC scheduling agreement which leaves little room in their scheduling slots when you include USC, Navy, and Stanford.

08/26/2018 - 5:03pm My guess is that is true too…

My guess is that is true too, but I was just pointing out that option is there. You also need to prove you can play and stay healthy to get drafted or make an NFL roster. It took Darboh two years before he got all the way back. Tarik Black has played a total of 3 games. If you can't make an NFL roster, you are probably better off staying in school until you think you can or have your degree.

08/26/2018 - 2:59pm I believe so, and he may…

I believe so, and he may even qualify for a medical redshirt if he misses this year based on what happened last year.

08/26/2018 - 2:54pm Even Northwestern. Nebraska…

Even Northwestern. Nebraska is a home game.

08/26/2018 - 2:44pm I don't think those guys…

I don't think those guys transferred because of Tarik Black. I think those guys transferred because they fell hard on the depth chart. I don't think this injury changes that math much. The guys who transferred were not going to contribute much this year even with this injury.

It's a blow to the passing game, but we won't know how big until we see what Nico Collins and Oliver Martin can do this season. I think it probably changes how we can attack opponents as we will probably see less 3 or 4 WR-sets.

08/26/2018 - 2:39pm If it is broken, I would…

If it is broken, I would think they would take their time considering the history here. Again, we don't know much about the injury right now. The severity of the injury and location make a big deal on feet.

08/26/2018 - 2:35pm Kevin Durant would like to…

Kevin Durant would like to have a word with you. Seems like you are jumping to conclusions here way too fast. It's not like he is 7' 6" Yao Ming or carrying a lot of weight. Could just be bad luck or favoring the foot coming back from injury. It's a bad sign, but we know very little right now.

08/26/2018 - 2:28pm Bruce Feldman has a source…

Bruce Feldman has a source that thinks it is broken. Hoping for best, but expecting the worst right now.

https://twitter.com/BruceFeldmanCFB/status/1033781733517189120

08/25/2018 - 11:16pm I hope no one at Michigan…

I hope no one at Michigan gives that douche media credentials.

08/25/2018 - 11:09pm Yup. Someone posted a…

Yup. Someone posted a screenshot of him fishing for info from some random guy on Twitter who was asking about Tarik Black. He has since deleted the tweet. He knew nothing about it before it got posted on the insider boards. The guy is a hack.

08/24/2018 - 2:51pm It sucks, but our two rivals…

It sucks, but our two rivals were involved in the two biggest collegiate stories and scandals of the offseason. Every other national college football website or podcast has been talking about the Urban Meyer story the last 24 hours. Why would you expect it would be different here?

My issue usually relates to the type of post. If there is actually some new news or development, I am on board with a new thread. But people starting new threads about their feelings, takes or personal unanswered questions on a story, that should be either just a comment in an existing board post or a diary.

08/24/2018 - 10:54am That isn't how I read his…

That isn't how I read his tweet. He feels the "investigation" was unfair to Urban, Gene Smith, and himself. He doesn't feel Urban and Gene Smith did anything wrong. He is protecting them because what else can he do now?

08/24/2018 - 10:53am 1) No

2) No

3) No

4) No

1) No

2) No

3) No

4) No

5) No

6) No

7) No

All done here. Nothing to see. Great job everybody.

08/24/2018 - 10:23am He changed the default…

He talked about changing the default settings on his phone from "keep forever" to "1 year" after the story broke with an assistant. His first response after the story broke was how do I keep my messages from the public. What does that say to you? Are you any good at logic and reading comprehension?

08/24/2018 - 10:16am yup. It is the reason he put…

yup. It is the reason he put "investigative" in quotations to imply it wasn't a fair investigation. That report was nothing but as kind as possible to Urban Meyer.

 

He deleted his text messages and lied about his knowledge of events to the media. That is not how it is portrayed in the report. The university avoided a FOIA on his communications, and the report put it in the most positive light possible. They took at his word that he had no knowledge of anything related to the case where there was no hard evidence even though it stretches the imagination that he could not possibly know about it when so many people did.

08/24/2018 - 10:11am Yeah, that's not what I took…

Yeah, that's not what I took from that tweet. It sounds like Zach Smith is still willing to defend Urban Meyer and Gene Smith against what he believes was a "rigged witchhunt." So many analogies to what is playing out in our national politics today.

08/24/2018 - 1:57am He is going to do a national…

He is going to do a national interview with a friendly reporter like Herbstreit, Pete Thamel, or Tom Rinaldi to repair his image and dodge any tough questions. And their fan base is going to eat it up. Tim Layden wrote a great article on the problems with the sport of football today, and he wrote a great line about what is going to happen in the next couple weeks:

Sadly, it was inconceivable that Ohio State would fire Urban Meyer for sins involving the abuse of a woman. Football in the Horseshoe is too important for that. Before the season is finished, Meyer will be a martyr. (Watch: Players will write his initials on their shoes and towels and wristbands.) And Courtney Smith will be “adversity” that had to be “overcome” in the pursuit of a Big Ten title, a playoff berth and a national title.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/08/23/football-player-safety-jordan-mcnair-death-maryland-urban-meyer-zach-smith-ohio-state-punishment

08/23/2018 - 3:50pm Don't fall for the banana in…

Don't fall for the banana in the tailpipe. I don't see how this is the important issue right now.

Worst case it is some minor NCAA violation.

08/23/2018 - 3:45pm Culture may have something…

Culture may have something to do with it. But I think part of it is some bad apples may transfer or be removed due to team rules before they can do anything worse.

08/23/2018 - 3:40pm Getting at nature vs…

Getting at nature vs. nurture. Are there some that would have ended up the same? Possibly. But the environment may make a difference in how an individual develops. And how you handle discipline and team rules matter. The stuff Urban turned a blind eye to at Florida has not been tolerated at Michigan. To Urban's credit, his players at OSU have been much different than Florida.

08/23/2018 - 2:49pm I wouldn't expect to hear…

I wouldn't expect to hear much differently. Commits and 2019 recruits have already bought the bill of goods and don't want to believe anything negative outside their echo chamber and have to go through the process of recruiting again.

I am more interested how it affects OSU moving forward with undecided recruits in 2020 and beyond. Especially ones outside of Ohio. I still think long term it is going to have an effect especially if he does not win big this year. It may be small, but a small drop-off in talent may have a cascade of effects.

08/23/2018 - 9:10am There is a ton of people…

There is a ton of people with well done takes on this and probably will be more to come in the near future. I don't need Clay Travis'.

08/22/2018 - 8:33pm For anyone who was following…

For anyone who wasn't following the Freddie Prinze Jr tweetfest, there were OSU fans referencing his father's death and telling him that his father took the coward's way out (for those that don't know, Prinze Sr. was a famous comedian who committed suicide). And that was just for questioning "time served" as punishment when you are are getting paid while suspended from work.

If that was what Prinze Jr was getting, I can't imagine what McMurphy was being subjected to.

08/22/2018 - 7:46pm It was a joke making fun of…

It was a joke making fun of Will Grier getting busted at Florida.

It also helps that the players are flexing in the after photos. So much can affect how you cut and muscular you look in a single photo.

08/22/2018 - 7:06pm I was going to mention this…

I was going to mention this earlier, but I have my doubts it is a factor. Kasich came out and defended Meyer, but what else was he going to do? Meyer probably has a higher approval rating in his state than him. Bashing the popular football coach is probably not a smart thing to do for a politician even if he thought Meyer deserved to be fired or had Meyer not been a supporter.

The Board of Trustees are pretty high ranking people from a variety of companies and law firms, etc. so I don't think they have to move with or answer to Kasich.

08/22/2018 - 6:49pm It wasn't. I think by law…

It wasn't. I think by law they have to hold a public session covering the meeting agenda before going to deliberate in private. I'm not sure they even stayed in that room after as they may have a separate private meeting area.

08/22/2018 - 6:32pm I think that photo was from…

I think that photo is from earlier today during the public session before they went into private deliberations.

08/22/2018 - 5:55pm I think my favorite part…

I think my favorite part about this is the crowd for the Def Leppard show at the Schottenstein Center is starting to show up.

08/22/2018 - 5:52pm My only theory on this is…

My only theory on this is that he is connected to Urban Meyer's camp. A guy running their 247Sports site probably has connections to the coaching staff like Sam Webb does. But there are other examples of guys who run pay sites who push unsourced insider trash to feed their subscribers.

I still don't believe his reports considering there is nothing coming from anyone else.

08/22/2018 - 5:20pm I am waiting for Gordon Gee…

I am waiting for Gordon Gee to show up.

08/22/2018 - 5:08pm I have a hard time believing…

I have a hard time believing that the entire board unanimously agrees to reinstate immediately if there is enough in the investigative findings that the President wants to suspend him. OSU has a large board like PSU's.

I also have a hard time believing that this is the one guy with sources when every other reporter on the beat has had nothing, and no one has come out of the building to talk to anyone. I guess someone on the board could be texting him, but why would someone on the board do that right now.

It's the perfect way to report when you may know nothing, and typical of stuff you see on these paysites like Rivals and 247Sports. Gets it right either way and no one will actually know what anyone was thinking in the meeting.

08/22/2018 - 4:04pm Better.

Better.

08/22/2018 - 4:02pm URBAN WATCH 2018: things are…

URBAN WATCH 2018: things are happening (or not)

08/22/2018 - 4:01pm Can't wait for the…

Can't wait for the traditional go-to line of "I'm a husband and a father of two daughters. I would never overlook violence against women."

08/22/2018 - 3:59pm If it is, it will probably…

If it is, it will probably be streamed live on the Columbus TV webpages. Media and blogs have said they will carry it on Facebook or their websites. I would try here:

https://www.facebook.com/clevelandcom/

https://www.elevenwarriors.com/

08/22/2018 - 3:55pm Need a dildo for the "I"

Need a dildo for the "I"