|02/14/2019 - 5:35pm||If any Big 10 or worse a SEC…||
If any Big 10 was thinking of hiring him this board would be all over them decrying the declining standards of college football.
|02/14/2019 - 5:32pm||There was nothing unclear…||
There was nothing unclear bout it. There was pressure put on the kid and the family to help save his job and try to walk things back once it became clear this was going to end up being a firing offense for USF.
He did what he did. If he wants to coach in the pros where if you pull that shit you'll get your shit kicked in by the player, fine. He doesn't belong around amateur athletes who can't so much as holler back without risking everything.
|02/14/2019 - 5:28pm||Jim Harbaugh ain't perfect,…||
Jim Harbaugh ain't perfect, and he shouldn't have hired him then. There is a big difference around hiring someone like that in the pros versus college though, because if you attacked a player in the pros who makes more money than you and is a grown ass man, he'll just get you fired or beat you up himself. Mark Schlereth told a story about his old OL coach telling his guys as much.
If we can't draw the line at hiring someone who assaulted a player, then we can't be shocked if we wake up and find out something worse has happened.
|02/14/2019 - 4:16pm||Don't want him at Michigan…||
Don't want him at Michigan. He assaulted a player and it's a disgrace he's been allowed back into the coaching profession.
|02/04/2019 - 9:26am||I've never seen a Super Bowl…||
I've never seen a Super Bowl where they got multiple acts that wasn't a shitshow. It always ends up meaning 1) whoever they booked as the headliner ain't really a star and 2) it's going to be awkward and jacked up.
The best super bowl halftime show ever was Prince, so just book legend acts.
|01/28/2019 - 5:27pm||There's not a pro athlete in…||
There's not a pro athlete in a major sport that hasn't or isn't currently taking a banned PED of some kind. Know that most of these kids who come from an affluent enough background were on stuff starting in HS. Everyone's "dirty", learn to live with that or don't watch sports.
|01/28/2019 - 11:54am||There's nothing concrete,…||
There's nothing concrete, but there's been speculation for years that MMA is less violent on the brain than boxing. You don't have the constant 10-12 rounds of getting punched in the head over and over and over again, or 10 seconds to get back up and then continue to be pummeled even after you've got a concussion. Most of the time, a blow strong enough to knock you down ends the fight in MMA. The grappling is also way less punishing on the brain than boxing. It's hard to suss out.
I imagine the real reason the UFC has done better than boxing in America is that we have a massive youth sports culture around wrestling and a massive percentage of MMA stars are guys with wrestling backgrounds, which means you have a constant supply of new young talent, some of whom are going to be talented enough and charismatic enough to be attractions. There's far fewer American households willing to let their kids box, which means you have less of a talent pool once guys start to turn pro.
|01/23/2019 - 2:36pm||If your ideal championship…||
If your ideal championship crowning system is designed to prevent the most consistently excellent team in your sport from having a chance to win the title, you might not be into sports much. Might wanna just check out wrestling and enjoy watching the good guys win triumph.
|01/18/2019 - 10:20am||I mean they don't need to…||
I mean they don't need to blow anything up, they were doing fantastic until this year. This ain't a sport in crisis.
But yeah, ratings are being hurt by the fact that there's no east coast timeslot teams worth watching. They're all trash who will be swept by the western conference champion, even if some WC team got lucky and beat Golden State due to an injury or what have you. There's not a single team in the east that would be as high as a 6 seed in the west, and everyone knows it.
I would say the best solution is blowing up conferences altogether, playing a balanced schedule and picking the 16 best teams regardless of geography. That way, the teams in the East that perpetually suck but limp into the playoffs would all be lottery teams and have a chance to actually get the kinds of players that could turn them around. The Eastern weakness has been around basically since Jordan retired, and it's just gotten slowly worse because its harder for Eastern conference teams to end up with high lottery picks because you can get an 8 seed with such a shitty team. An EC team looking to actually get good draft talent basically has to do a 76ers, but that can backfire and make you the Orlando Magic.
|01/17/2019 - 6:30pm||I mean, Nick Saban treats…||
I mean, Nick Saban treats all his assistants like garbage, so who cares how they treat him?
|01/16/2019 - 4:00pm||What are we calling gravy?…||
What are we calling gravy? The eye-talians have a pretty different idea of it don't they?
|01/11/2019 - 4:59pm||Man, I've never see anything…||
Man, I've never see anything special out of Applewhite. That's a falling up guy to me. Guy couldn't win at Houston fergodsakes.
Of course it seems the only reason Enos keeps getting jobs is because he's one of the last "pro style for college" guys left and there's still this dwindling group of mostly defensive head coaches that want that crap.
|01/11/2019 - 4:57pm||Richt is the bad guy there…||
Richt is the bad guy there. He hired his moron son for a job he was completely unqualified for, then abruptly quit his job at Miami after Diaz had already left when Miami insisted he hire a real QB coach instead of his nepotism hire.
It's just a bad situation. Miami put a lot of faith in an accomplished coach who was an alumnus, and he kinda shit all over that faith by hiring his unqualified son and then refusing to fix the error once it became clear that situation wasn't tenable.
The only thing we have a good feeling Diaz knew is that Richt was going to stick with his dysfunctional offensive coaching situation, hence why he got out of dodge before everyone got fired over it. Everyone around that situation thought Miami wouldn't press the issue because Richt had done so much fundraising for new facilities.
It sucks for Temple but everyone at a G5 knows the score. They're not equal with P5 in terms of money and ability to compete. It's honestly less disruptive to leave after 2 weeks before you've really started doing anything than leaving after one year.
|01/10/2019 - 8:01pm||Well he was rumored to be…||
Well he was rumored to be going to Maryland with Locksley, so it wasn't just Maryland out of nowhere.
This is the exact kind of hire I was wanting Michigan to make. Warriner definitely made a marked improvement on the offense, but he proved at Ohio State you don't want him too involved in playcalling. Having someone from the kind of offense Michigan should emulate who is under the age of 50 on staff is a big upgrade from the brigade of failed pro style guys who either never got the HC job they wanted or got it and failed.
|01/09/2019 - 11:09am||He wouldn't take the job…||
He wouldn't take the job anyway, and he'd be kinda pathetic if he did.
|01/09/2019 - 11:08am||No defense is winning 12+…||
No defense is winning 12+ games in a single season in modern college football. Offense has to be able to win shootouts, Michigan's offense isn't set up to do that.
Harbaugh's too reliant on what was an underdog tactic at Stanford when he now has infinitely better talent than he did there.
|01/09/2019 - 9:30am||He's not wrong.||
He's not wrong.
|01/07/2019 - 10:33am||It's kinda silly thing to do…||
It's kinda silly thing to do this. Unless you just don't care about anything that isn't Michigan or Michigan adjacent, why wouldn't you want to watch this game? These are head and shoulders the best two college football teams in the country, and have been for a while now. Obviously I'm going to watch and see who prevails.
I'm not sure what system would be designed that would pit different teams in the national title game, or why anyone would want to support it if it did.
|01/04/2019 - 4:05pm||He was there for a peak of…||
He was there for a peak of the AWA, the WWF and the WCW. Not a coincidence I imagine.
|01/03/2019 - 11:51am||I guess I just don't have…||
I guess I just don't have much energy to be upset about who the RB coach is, because for years Michigan's RB coach was Some Guy. Jay has never seemed like he was incompetent or anything, and who cares if you played.
But on the other side, would Nick Saban have a relative on staff taking up one of his precious coaching spots? No.
|01/03/2019 - 11:49am||The thing about Clemson that…||
The thing about Clemson that makes what they do work, and you saw it in the Notre Dame game, they never stop passing if that's what the defense is giving them. Even when they were up 30-3 they kept throwing if Notre Dame crowded the box. That's what balance is.
You can't just decide "well we're up let's salt this away." You do that, you're just running into an 8 man box with 6 blockers and then you're that Smart Football piece from years ago about how Jim Tressel was doing crimes against football against USC.
|01/03/2019 - 11:44am||I mean that's a great thing…||
I mean that's a great thing on paper, but in practice you can't be all things or you won't be good enough to do that.
|01/03/2019 - 9:30am||If Michigan wants to be a QB…||
If Michigan wants to be a QB factory again and take advantage of Jim's NFL pedigree in recruiting, they should be emulating the offenses that are taking over the NFL. That means looking a hell of a lot more like Oklahoma than Lloyd Carr. That's what the NFL is now, not inside zone in the 3rd quarter down by a billion.
If being a running team means more to Harbaugh than being pro style, then emulate what Alabama was with Jalen Hurts: lots of pistol, quarterback a threat to run every down if the defense doesn't respect him enough. I don't think Alabama has gone under center in non-goal line/short yardage situations in 4 years.
|01/02/2019 - 12:49pm||A lot of this is that this…||
A lot of this is that this is pretty much how college football is. Unless you're A recruit pans out, you're going to be getting transfers. Everyone transfers now for playing time.
|01/02/2019 - 11:16am||I mean, Ben Roethlisberger…||
I mean, Ben Roethlisberger has beefed with practically everyone he's ever come into contact with and took the front office's side against a teammate, not sure the AB situation tells you anything other than Big Ben is a miserable prick.
|01/02/2019 - 11:13am||The ticket prices for…||
The ticket prices for Clemson/Alabama have less to do with "grrr I don't want to see this" and more to do with "nobody should ever hold a major event in Santa Clara." It's in the middle of nowhere, flights to the area are insanely expensive, and the stadium is poor quality.
The bowls have kinda come full circle. At the dawn of the bowl games and for a long time after, nobody gave a shit who won a bowl game and half the schools that were eligible to play in one didn't even bother trying to book one. The schools that went treated it as a glorified exhibition and had barely any practices. Then TV sorta changed that by putting more eyeballs on the games. Now TV/playoff/ESD have things back the way they used to be. It's nothing new though.
There's two big things things that have to be fixed:
1) conference divisions. We have to move to a pod format. Static divisions just don't work and we've had decades of proof showing the only place it has worked is the SEC, which has a lucky fluke of having powerful teams distributed on both sides of the conference geographically.
2) Support staffs. There's got to be a uniform rule everyone has to follow on support staffs, or they're just going to continue warping competitive balance. We have scholarship caps and coaching staff caps, it's high time we capped support staff at something reasonable like 5-10 guys. Clemson/Alabama have an army of support staff and most schools can't afford to do that. Even power schools like Michigan have trouble paying for that much football support staff because unlike Alabama/Clemson, they have other sports on campus the AD supports.
|12/23/2018 - 10:24am||Winsipedia says Don never…||
Winsipedia says Don never crossed paths with Georgia Tech. Different divisions.
|12/23/2018 - 10:20am||I'm just happy that the…||
I'm just happy that the people who run Illinois or Rutgers or whatever are too stupid to hire Jeff Monken. Heaven forbid Illinois or Rutgers hire a coach who "can't recruit NFL level talent." I just don't know how they'd get on.
|12/14/2018 - 3:50pm||That was such a f'n snooze…||
That was such a f'n snooze of an article, but that's Thamel for you. Merit-badge ass college sports press.
He was a horribly untalented guy who got a gig on TV because he was handsome and that is apparently something we're supposed to care about when we're watching a sporting event where we see the announcers for a total of 30 seconds. He was aggressively stupid and arrogant, and he got a good coach fired because the guy didn't play his loser future Realtor son enough. Mike Leach lost his chance to get a prime job because of James, he'll never get that chance because of the baggage from Texas Tech firing. He missed two prime years of his coaching career on top of that.
In a just world, Craig James would be living paycheck to paycheck wondering why he screwed his life up so bad. Instead we have this arrogant shithead holler that people are just jealous of how much his wife and kids love him and how much God loves him too. How Pete Thamel had the ability to write that drivel and put his name to it without killing himself in shame is beyond me.
|12/10/2018 - 7:28pm||I mean he'd be insane to…||
I mean he'd be insane to stay. You're going to jeopardize your stock with a first year coach? Heck no.
|12/07/2018 - 12:41pm||Seemed inevitable this is…||
Seemed inevitable this is how it would go from the moment the conference turned down adding up and coming G5 programs that could have strengthened the conference's depth. Oklahoma and Texas are going to go somewhere else and there's no point adding more mouths to feed in the meantime.
I personally think Texas will probably end up in the Pac 12 instead though, the Pac 12 is more desperate and Texas' bullshit won't be put up with in the Big 10. The one thing you can say about Delany that is positive is that there isn't any placating of the big schools, it's an all for one deal. Texas don't like equality, they want preferential treatment.
There's no point getting upset about stuff like this, we passed the point of doing that when they added Maryland/Rutgers. I think it'd be cool to revive the Nebraska/Oklahoma rival in the Big 10.
|12/06/2018 - 6:43pm||Why is playing 9 conference…||
Why is playing 9 conference or expanding to 10 conference games a thing? Why are you wanting a completely impossible NCAA rule about conference schedules when the easier thing is to just drop back down to 8 now that you know no voter gives a crap about 9 game schedules?
Drop down to 8 game conferences and go to the pod format for scheduling. Pick the two best records at the end for the title game. Start the season earlier if you need more time at the back end to accommodate extra playoff week. There's no need to make this more complicated.
|12/06/2018 - 6:39pm||They had that. It was called…||
They had that. It was called the BCS and everyone through a fit when the computer thought Nebraska deserved to go a national title game and they kept changing the formula to keep people from screaming until it was basically meaningless.
You're better off with humans instead of an algorithm that has no idea how flawed it is.
|12/06/2018 - 12:49pm||This is a very bad idea…||
This is a very bad idea. Lets kill conference titles, a thing people have cared about since the dawn of the sport practically, in favor of what? Making the playoff a little bit easier to book?
This ain't the NFL, it never has been. It can't be a one-size fits all model that fits every conference in the sport, and if your plan involves setting 100+ years of fun tradition on fire to make it work, your idea is bad. You guys may not think you're killing conference titles, but you absolutely are. All it's going to take is a couple of years of two teams tying because they didn't play each other and people will look at conference champion as a meaningless designation.
Just compromise with the 8 team people and do a 6 team playoff with the top two seeds getting a bye and stop whining about having to play more football. Start the season a week earlier, there, problem solved.
|12/04/2018 - 4:11pm||You knew this is how it…||
You knew this is how it would end the minute Urban basically laid the entire Zach Smith thing on his AD's table as his fault. There was no way for those two to ever coexist after that, and now they won't.
Kinda makes you wonder if they didn't work all this out for the suspension, allow him to retire at end of year instead of firing with cause or firing before season. It's been a very long time so the memory might be cheating, but isn't that basically how Lou Holtz left Notre Dame too?
|12/03/2018 - 3:31pm||We're still waiting for the…||
We're still waiting for the first good offense Loeffler has ever been associated with as an OC or HC, so Bowling Green seems to have really nailed a winner.
|12/03/2018 - 12:28pm||Not all in one year sure,…||
Not all in one year sure, but in the course of a Michigan student's 4 years at Michigan they could see every single team in their conference play at the Big House with the pod format. Not the case with divisions. Divisions basically sets up two conferences with a scheduling agreement and a 1 game playoff.
|12/03/2018 - 10:07am||We could if we dumped…||
We could if we dumped divisions and went with the pod format.
I don't think this division set up is long term healthy for conferences, you end up with schools separating into factions based on their division and you can end up with a situation where there's little loyalty or reason to stick around if the one thing that actually binds the Big 10 and SEC together (money) was to change.
|12/03/2018 - 10:03am||I enjoy the podcasts a lot,…||
I enjoy the podcasts a lot, so an extra pod would be cool. Could be more history based in the offseason. "Brian's Ann Arbor Local Politics Corner." I just need more Brian coughing in my life and am willing to spend money to get it.
|11/30/2018 - 6:00pm||There was an eruption from…||
There was an eruption from UNC alumni. The booster backlash came from the fact that Mack sold himself that he'd assemble an excellent well regarded coaching staff for him to oversee. You start bringing back re-treads from the Mack Rolodex who haven't coached since Vince Young when in his 20s and it was a big shock from what people expected. People close to Mack were leaking that he'd bring Kliff Kingsbury in as OC and well, apparently Kliff thought more of USC for some reason.
A UNC grad friend of mine asked me if I'd ever heard of Robinson and I just linked him to the GERG tag. It's crazy to me that when things were crashing at Texas, Mack chose GERG over Manny Diaz, who is now the best DC in the ACC
|11/30/2018 - 10:44am||Thank Jesus. Get that guy…||
Thank Jesus. Get that guy off the staff ASAP.
|11/29/2018 - 5:25pm||This was the first year…||
This was the first year where it seemed like 1) my interest in the game is FINALLY waning and 2) the community doing rosters seems to be falling off. Usually they always had the rosters updated by the beginning of August, they didn't finish the rosters this year until like halfway through the season. And the game is just finally starting to show its age, with new things in the sport like RPO not really being there and making it feel old.
|11/29/2018 - 10:30am||Can't because you're in the…||
Can't because you're in the middle of the conference schedule which ain't your say.
SEC/ACC do it because their conference season starts insanely early to compensate for ACC/SEC challenge weekend.
|11/29/2018 - 10:09am||- Let the players make money…||
- Let the players make money off their likeness so we can get a new NCAA Footballl video game.
- Let players get agents whenever they want to without affecting eligibility, which will help clear out all the weird "Uncles" and pastors who end up doing all the same work of an agent but who aren't people with reputations and track records of not completely screwing their clients. This is admittedly a bigger deal for sports like basketball/baseball/hockey, but there's a long list of guys screwed by "advisors" they had during their football career too.
- 8 Team playoff with one spot guaranteed to the number one ranked G5
- Dump divisions for the Bill Connelly Pod System (TM)
- It'd be super nice if the FCC somehow capped the amount of time in an hour TV could run commercials without designating whatever is on as Paid Programming. And when TV stations run informercials, there should have to be a giant yellow PAID PROGRAMMING in the top of the screen the whole time.
|11/28/2018 - 8:01pm||Louisville blew it with a…||
Louisville blew it with a lowball offer. Shouldn’t have fired Petrino if they didn’t have the money to replace him.
|11/28/2018 - 8:00pm||You’re right on with the…||
You’re right on with the comparison and you know what Tom did?
he dumped his old pro style I form offense he’d been running as OC and HC for decades and ran the option like Oklahoma.
|11/28/2018 - 5:37pm||The Ohio State/Iowa rule…||
The Ohio State/Iowa rule says you can't go to the playoff if the committee remembers you getting your teeth kicked in, so Michigan would be outside looking in any way you slice it.
|11/28/2018 - 5:36pm||The easiest thing in the…||
The easiest thing in the world would be for the Big 10 to go to the "Inner/Outer" division set up with Penn State/Rutgers/Maryland swapping with Illinois/Northwestern/Purdue. That way at least Michigan doesn't have to play Ohio State/Penn State every single year and the other division gets a historically strong school. If Chryst is the bad hire he seems like he might be, Wisconsin and Nebraska might be about to just swap places in the division and you end up with the same pissweak side. Inner/Outer also lets them dump the mandatory yearly rival and rotate the all 3 cross division games. /stillplaysNCAAFootball14
I don't cotton to dropping Notre Dame from the schedule. It's a classic rivalry and it's good for the sport. The issue is not "the road's too hard" because if you can't beat Notre Dame and Ohio State in the same season you're not beating Bama or Clemson either. You can't game things into winning titles, you've got to just get better.
|11/28/2018 - 11:10am||Michigan's offensive…||
Michigan's offensive performance was very poor. Their opponent was awful on defense, which can't be forgotten. Ohio State's defense is coached by one of the most incompetent coaches in America, and they got lit up by everyone. Michigan managed 19 points through three quarters, with 7 of them coming on a short field after a gift turnover. Scoring a bunch of 4th quarter garbage time scores once the game was effectively over means nothing. Running over and over against a defense that effectively has no defense against slot receivers is malpractice and should be a cause to push assistants out the door the way Durkin was encouraged to find a HC job after the debacle in year one against Ohio.
The strategy was flawed. Michigan is basically Army: if they get an early lead you're in trouble. If you can score quickly early, they're done.
|11/27/2018 - 4:51pm||Word is Louisville's offer…||
Word is Louisville's offer was "surprisingly low" from the Brohm camp. Apparently they thought he'd take a low deal to help the university out in its bad economic times and he's not willing to do THAT. He wants to come home but yanno, not to live in his parents basement.