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11/19/2018 - 3:29pm It's felt like that last…

It's felt like that last season of Florida all year, just with Ohio State eeking out wins instead of finishing 8-5 or whatever, even down to having a terrible coordinator everyone in their fanbase hates.

11/16/2018 - 6:27pm He spent the past few years…

He spent the past few years finding out what the market is for head coaches older than 60 and found out it was either this or retire. I guess he doesn't want to retire. He's also an insanely confident guy, so I'm sure he thinks he can do at Kansas what he did at Oklahoma State 20 years ago.

11/16/2018 - 10:03am No, they don't care about…

No, they don't care about players deactivating themselves from employers that won't pay them to be healthy for the eventual employers who will.

11/14/2018 - 8:30pm This is the silliest thing…

This is the silliest thing people complain about every year. 

1) What does it matter when you play your FCS game? If anything, playing them later in the year is more difficult because it means you're playing tougher games early before you have your team figured out. You don't think Michigan wishes the Notre Dame game was last week instead of week 1? Because of the fact that so many ACC/SEC teams can't play a conference game the last week of the season, their entire conference schedule gets moved earlier in the year, which results in a ton of conference games being played in weeks 1 or 2, which I'd argue is a heck of a lot tougher than the Iowa plan of "play 2 pieces of shit then Iowa State and hope you figure out who your best players are by the time you play Wisconsin/Nebraska and an elite East team."

2) The ACC/SEC SoCon challenge week is caused by the fact that there's 4 yearly ACC/SEC in-state rivalry games every year to end the season, and both leagues work around that. Every attempt by the ACC and SEC by members who don't have a cross conference rival to raise the schedule to 9 games (Alabama has been fighting for a 9 game schedule for most of Saban's time there) gets shot down by the members who have yearly cross games who argue they'd be forced to play 10 p5 games every year. The only comparable conference situation is the Pac 12, because there you've got Utah/BYU and Stanford/USC v. Notre Dame, and they have a unique situation where they need to play 9 games even if its a competitive disadvantage due their location so far away from possible OOC scheduling partners. 

 

11/14/2018 - 11:32am It'd go 1) Ohio State 2)…

It'd go 1) Ohio State 2) Left Blank 3) Michigan State 4) Notre Dame and 5) Anyone who is currently competing for a Big 10 title.

11/13/2018 - 3:29pm I'm hesitant to use words…

I'm hesitant to use words like "precedent" describing the playoff committee, because it's pretty clear they just decide who think is better in their hearts and invent a reason later. But they've made it pretty clear that head-to-head ain't a big thing to them. They care more about 1) number of losses 2) conference titles 3) how dominant you looked. I don't think its necessarily the head to head that will get ND above Michigan, it's the 0fer in the loss column if they win out. Michigan's potential 13th game being shit ass Northwestern doesn't help either.

As far as Michigan seeding goes, hell I'd rather play Alabama first. No matter how you slice it, you'll have to play them, so you might as well do it first with a lot of time to prepare and as fresh as you'll be. And if you beat them in round 1, that's a hell of a psychological advantage for the Clemson game.

11/13/2018 - 11:39am He was part of the ESPN…

He was part of the ESPN layoffs and was just getting paid to sit at home collecting his contract money until he could go work for somewhere else, so he was free to just follow whatever he thought the juiciest story was without having to fill deadlines for ESPN.

11/07/2018 - 5:09pm I mean yeah, this.

I get…

I mean yeah, this.

I get why people do it, but the knots you have to tie yourself into hoping there's some kind of technicality that keeps Alabama out is pointless. Dropping one close game to Georgia would not be enough to boot them out, and if you think they won't be in with one close loss, you've paid zero attention to college football in the playoff era and how the committee thinks of this stuff.

11/07/2018 - 3:03pm This ain't a thing worth…

This ain't a thing worth getting worked up about. Georgia's Pretty Good and they'll get smashed by Alabama in Atlanta. Just root for Oklahoma to lose because that's who could really dick over Michigan, not Georgia. Georgia/Bama will play itself out.

10/31/2018 - 10:23am He's a walking talking…

He's a walking talking symbol of why I find college basketball unwatchable. NCAA basketball is a non-stop ref show, and winning a game has less to do with who is the best and whether the refs will deign to call anything that game. 

10/31/2018 - 10:21am Maryland can't even afford…

Maryland can't even afford to fire a coach who killed a kid, fining them isn't going to happen.

 

(it should)

10/30/2018 - 5:18pm Hell of a league Delany has…

Hell of a league Delany has made.

10/30/2018 - 4:36pm It's a stunning sign of…

It's a stunning sign of financial incompetence at so many universities that they willingly decide to throw away perfectly good reasons to fire coaches with cause and void their contracts. Ohio State did the same thing as Urban, even though we have increasing evidence he's going to be gone sooner than later anyway and they'll be on the hook instead of taking the chance to save all that money.

DJ Durkin will be fired. Whether the donors at Maryland who seem to have bought the board want to live in reality or not, he will be gone within a year. Their recruiting will be anemic going forward and it'll kill him, if a Missouri-style player revolt doesn't do it first. Bringing him back only to fire him later without cause is so fucking stupid for people who are in charge of a cash-strapped university that had to leave a perfectly fine conference it was a founding member of due to financial reasons it's amazing.

They abject delusion of these people is stunning.

10/30/2018 - 1:50pm Bill Connelly has basically…

Bill Connelly has basically spent 2 years pointing to this season as the year Michigan was going to erupt, but okay it's all dumb luck based on everyone else suddenly getting worse sure.

10/30/2018 - 1:24pm I'm thinking that the brain…

I'm thinking that the brain trust that surveyed college football and thought Josh Allen was a viable NFL prospect worthy of a first round pick aren't really good at this.

10/26/2018 - 5:09pm He's a never was who tried…

He's a never was who tried to turn being on the national title team into a radio career, and he thought being a Jay Mariotti style troll was the way to do it and screwed his whole deal up, so now he's just hoping to get a job at a Sparty station doing "HEY HE'S A WOLVERINE AND EVEN HE THINKS THEY SUCK" gimmick. It's the sports version of a particular gimmick you'll see where it's "HEY I'M A DEMOCRAT BUT DEMOCRATS ARE TERRIBLE" or "I'M A REPUBLICAN AND EVERYTHING REPUBLICANS HAVE STOOD FOR FOR 30 YEARS IS WRONG" deals in that world of punditry.

If you wanna drill down farther, there's a vocal segment of Carr-era players who act like Michigan didn't exist until the Carr era and still hate Harbaugh over the comments he made as Stanford coach, and they don't care about what the Bo players think about a former teammate who turned into one of the best coaches in the game. It's not everybody from the Carr era, but when you find an asshole former Michigan player, 9/10 they were a Carr era guy.

10/26/2018 - 3:49pm Defense is 1000x better now…

Defense is 1000x better now in the NBA. It's actual defense, not goonery and a bunch of guys with no talent throwing elbows and grabbing jerseys, and every team having to give a "power forward" lots of minutes just so he can try to hurt someone. It's guys rotating and playing team defense, constantly forcing offenses to evolve different ways of attacking them. 

10/26/2018 - 12:51pm The NBA is 10000x better…

The NBA is 10000x better than when I was a kid. Instead of "defense" being "get a talentless 6'10 goon to foul someone hard and cause a fight" and "let all the guards just grab your jersey to keep you in front of them," defense is now about teamwork and athleticism and skill. And in turn, offense has become about 5 guys playing together, sharing the ball and opening up opportunities for each other. Instead of basketball offense being throw it into a center and then he'll throw it back or post up, or isolation for a perimeter wing every play, it's team work and togetherness. It's like what college ball used to be, only with the best players in the world playing that style. I love it, it's so much better knowing you don't have to draft the next Shaq or Michael Jordan to have a chance at a title.

MLB is 1000x worse. They've gotten so good at figuring out the most efficient way to build a team and the most efficient way to build a roster that we've ended up with a baseball product that's extremely efficient for winning a baseball game and dull as hell to watch. And since MLB's leadership only cares about destroying the player's union and literally nothing else, nobody's doing anything to maintain the watchability of the game. Compound that with adding all these utterly meaningless divisions, wild card teams, unwatchable/long playoffs and all this nonsense to try to ape the NFL, and it's just destroyed any interest I had in it.

the NFL is the same, but different, if that makes sense? The actual style of play is radically different, but it's still such a reflexively insular/conservative league that change happens so gradually that you're pretty well inured to it by the time something takes over the NFL and becomes standardized. I don't think the NFL has been particularly interesting since they stopped hiring college coaches regularly and stopped getting that outsider injection.

NASCAR is basically dead, and that makes me sad as heck. 

10/25/2018 - 11:13am There's an entire southern…

There's an entire southern college football media ecosystem that devotes themselves to crapping on anyone who chooses to coach outside the south and is capable of building a threat to programs in their zone. That's how you get the constant stream of attempts to put Jim Harbaugh on the hotseat at Michigan with no basis in fact or that absolutely insane USA Today article about Scott Frost. 

They're not insane, they're just calculated shitheads.

10/24/2018 - 9:59am All of MGoBlog's posts…

All of MGoBlog's posts should end with "Sparta delenda est."

 

10/23/2018 - 4:49pm Man, every Florida fan…

Man, every Florida fan remembers how this song goes.

10/23/2018 - 8:29am Piss on them.

Piss on them.

10/22/2018 - 4:28pm Clemson was in a…

Clemson was in a significantly worse spot though, and was almost 20 years past being relevant as a nationally relevant program. I think Clemson proved the virtue of being patient instead of overreacting.

Don't think Dabo's act would play outside the southeast, don't think Saban's deal would work at a school that wasn't 100% invested in devoting their entire athletic budget to football either.

10/22/2018 - 4:27pm I'm not saying you're an…

I'm not saying you're an insane person, but I think choosing Urban over Harbaugh is like choosing Lou Holtz over Bo. Holtz might have gotten the big one Bo never got, but he also left every school he ever coached at a smoldering crater. 

The only job Urban's ever left better off than he found it was Utah, and they happened to luck into having a Mormon guy on staff who wanted to stay in SLC who turned out to be a great coach. Give me Harbaugh who builds a place into something better than it was than Urban. Urban's like a guy who flips houses and gets out of town after the closing 3 months before all the crowns start falling off and the doorknobs start coming off in your hand.

10/22/2018 - 12:42pm I remember when the Zach…

I remember when the Zach Smith stuff first broke and people interviewed a handful of recruits' parents and they were all pro-Urban and everyone looked at that as a sign that the sky had fallen and societal moral decay had rotted out the subfloor or whatever.

Well https://247sports.com/Season/2019-Football/CompositeTeamRankings/

I see a team that has 1/3 fewer commits than most of their blue blood peers. I see a team that's engaged the "Gator Protocols" where years of being unable to replace original assistant coach hires leaves you with Greg Schiano as your DC and Urban's best man as linebacker coach, with a miscast offensive coaching staff that doesn't fit what's made him successful in the past. 

Throw on top of that national reporters finally going in on the guy who kept Zach Smith around and kept Aaron Hernandez on the team after he refused to speak to police in relation to a double shooting where the suspect was described as looking quite similar to him. The whole thing is crashing.

10/11/2018 - 6:00pm Schiano was the first coach…

Schiano was the first coach there who ever managed to start getting some of the state's top recruits to stay home. It's why he bombed in the NFL and has been a disaster for Ohio State as a DC: he's not really a good coach at the Xs/Os/Playcalling stuff. He's one of the top 10 best recruiting guys int the country though.

Rutger in the Big 10 currently just exists as a chance for Michigan and Ohio State to get biannual chances to show themselves off to blue chip New Jersey talent and their parents, and they're going to remain that way until 2020-2021 when they start getting their full Big 10 payout and can use that money to build up their facilities and hire a good coach. 

10/11/2018 - 1:13pm My favorite thing about…

My favorite thing about Rutgers is that they think they got a golden ticket when really all they got was a check in exchange for actual programs getting a chance to raid NJ for recruits with games in state to show themselves off on the reg. 

 

10/10/2018 - 4:44pm I do the beveled guilt so I…

I do the beveled guilt so I don't feel bad about adblocking the ads. Holy shit please stop trying to get me to marry a stock image lady of rotating ethnic backgrounds, Bri-Bri. 

10/10/2018 - 4:41pm It seems like it's more of a…

It seems like it's more of a wind storm than a rain one from what I'm seeing. That's a silver lining for us, Florence was less wind and more just endless rain. 

At this point, I can handle power loss if the wind knocks down lines. Just please no more rain.

10/10/2018 - 2:53pm This is where I live. My job…

This is where I live. My job has me spending a lot of time in small rural towns in central/eastern NC and man we do not need this at all right now.

Stay safe Florida/Georgia brothers and sisters.

10/09/2018 - 11:46am Harry Anbender? WTF?

 

Harry Anbender? WTF?

 

(Donated, thanks for everything Ace)

10/04/2018 - 4:30pm Matt Canada runs what is…

Matt Canada runs what is probably my favorite offense to watch in college football today. I have a bunch of games saved to my PS3 I'll pop in during the offseason if I get a real Jones for football, and Wisconsin's destruction of Nebraska in the Big 10 title game a few years ago when BERT was still there is one of them. Just running the same sweep action over and over and over again from different formations with pre-snap shifts and nothing Bo Pelini could do about it. 

I hope Maryland lets him walk and he gets a job in the ACC or something, I think he'd make Maryland dangerous as heck if given the chance.

10/02/2018 - 5:15pm Look he ain't saying nothing…

Look he's not saying anything I haven't thought when I see Michigan stymied and having to punt and I just wanna scream JUST LINE UP IN THE PISTOL AND RUN THE OPTION WITH 75 TIGHT ENDS ON THE FIELD DANG IT. 

Passing the ball is a fad you know it in your heart.

10/02/2018 - 5:13pm Kansas' faculty didn't shoot…

Kansas' faculty didn't shoot down facility upgrades. There's not another school in a major conference where the school side still runs the show like Vanderbilt, and you have to deal with that as a coach while also coaching against SEC programs where they'll tear down a 5 year old training facility just to build another one because the school two states over just built a new one nicer than yours.

Vanderbilt has to compete in a conference where Nick Saban can get the school to just hire a local restaurant to cater meals because he noticed his OL liked eating there but the traffic was making them late and where Bama and Georgia can hire 80 coaches as analysts without blinking. That kind of spending culture doesn't exist in the Pac 12 or Big 12, which is why I don't think any school from those conferences could qualify.

10/02/2018 - 2:17pm Nobody consulted these very…

Nobody consulted these very important boosters before putting wheels in motion to fire the head coach, and that is just not tolerable to them.

 

10/02/2018 - 1:09pm There is a possible universe…

There is a possible universe where a Spurrier-like figure shows up at Rutgers and unlocks their potential as a program. South Carolina was the lucky program sitting there when the SEC went to 12 and spent a decade getting hamblasted. Eventually, some AD is going to end up at Rutgers and use their Big 10 money to get a game changer coach. I also don't think these divisions will last forever, I could see them swapping Rutgers/Penn State/Maryland for Purdue/Illinois/NW and doing the Inner/Outer divisions they talked about doing which would be more balanced competitive wise. They changed them once to fix the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry issue, I think if Nebraska doesn't get roaring they'll do it again.

There is no universe where Vanderbilt can ever be competitive year in-year out. Their administration doesn't even want to be. They want to cash their SEC checks and use them to build new labs and whatnot. That's never going to change. 

10/02/2018 - 12:45pm I mean, if you're not…

I mean, if you're not impressed by going .500 with the most hopeless program in America, I dunno man. It's pretty impressive.

James Franklin is a top 3 program builder who does some really really wonky things in game that keep his team from being The Elite of Elite. I think he's the closest thing we've seen to Mack Brown come down the pike in a while. Everyone thought it would be easy to replace Mack at Texas too, and look how that went.

10/02/2018 - 12:43pm It's a Bill Walsh innovation…

It's a Bill Walsh innovation. The idea behind it is after days of gameplanning you're able to spot tendencies and the drill your players on a script of plays that beat those tendencies to open the game. It's not just "hey I've already decided what the first 15 plays are as a play caller." It's "let's drill this opening set so we execute it flawlessly against the problems they have we spotted."

It's become a standard across football. You can't script the whole thing because you've got to be nimble to respond to their response to what you're doing. The idea around scripting the first 15-20 plays is that it'll take them that long to figure out what you're doing to futz with them and that's when you start playing it by feel.

10/01/2018 - 9:19am This isn't showing up in my…

This isn't showing up in my Downcast app. Is that true for anyone else?

 

EDIT: Deleted the podcast from feed and re-subscribed and it downloaded.

09/27/2018 - 3:58pm I lived in Charlotte for a…

I lived in Charlotte for a bit and I was out with a friend of mine and some UNCC people. They spent no-joke a half hour bitching to me that there was a giant conspiracy from UNC and NC State to deprive Charlotte (always Charlotte, never UNCC) of the funds they needed to reach their destiny. The fact that UNCC is a backup school for kids in other parts of the state who didn't get into State/UNC or for local kids who wanted to stay close to home but couldn't get into Davidson just never occurred to them. They truly thought it was their destiny to one day be the most prestigious and greatest school in the state, if only the bastards in Raleigh and Chapel Hill would stop stealing from them.

They were so excited for football and how it would just be a matter of time before they were number one in the state. When I told them I thought they'd have a hard time ever consistently beating Appalachian they about shit themselves. I found out later they do the same thing with their basketball program when, again, they struggle to consistently beat Davidson, let alone Duke and UNC.

09/27/2018 - 3:07pm It's the most bizarre thing…

It's the most bizarre thing. They just started their program like 5-10ish years ago, and its shown zero signs of life. The only thing they have vaguely going for them is that Charlotte is where all the best football players in the state come from, but they are 7th in the pecking order just for colleges in NC, and that's before you start getting into the fact that the best players in state usually end up at Clemson and that South Carolina/Tennessee also recruit the state hard. 

Add to that the fact that UNC Charlotte (make sure you add the UNC part if you ever run into a UNCC person, it makes them nuts) is a commuter college with a shitty campus life compared to every other NC college. I can't figure out for the life of me what they're even trying to do with that. 

/NC Resident

09/25/2018 - 11:54am I think it's fair to say…

I think it's fair to say that there's still a major disconnect between fans and the proven realities of the harm caused by the way football has been played for the last however many years.

09/25/2018 - 11:41am People will agree with you…

People will agree with you if you keep the question broad ("are the NFL's rules going too far to protect quarterbacks?") and their opinion will change wildly if it becomes "should this hit that knocked the MVP caliber QB for my favorite team be legal?" All of a sudden people's opinion changes when it's their team that has to go beg Joey Harrington to come out of retirement.

 

09/25/2018 - 9:35am I think they've probably…

I think they've probably swung the pendulum too far in that direction but until there's some kind of change in the way NFL players are compensated, the quarterback has way too much salary going to him for the position to be treated like it was before officiating wise. Think about it, it was only a couple of decades ago that the league let Dan Marino get cheapshotted until he was a barely mobile husk of what he was in the 80s, and they let Troy Aikman get hit so much he was done at 34. Steve Young had more years in the tank too but had to retire because of concussions as well.

I think those three guys in particular all having to retire or be severely diminished in their last years as Marino was informed a lot of the thinking for Goodell and the current owners (particularly Jerry Jones due to Aikman). And they look at the knee diving rule after Brady was cheapshotted as a good idea that worked out well, so why not go further?

I don't know if people want to see quarterbacks get sacked hard if it means they have to watch David Blough start for their team, is what I'm saying.

09/24/2018 - 2:33pm It's not an illegal…

It's not an illegal formation to have a covered receiver. I see what you're saying about all those guys being off the LOS, but refs have been pretty forgiving about doing that with receivers and linemen for a good long while, at least as long as I've been watching football.

There's nothing in the rules that says the covered receiver can't run a bubble as long as the throw to him is a lateral. 

 

09/21/2018 - 5:45pm I would consider any team…

I would consider any team consistently in the mix for a Big Ten title to be a Michigan rival, on a temporary basis as long as they're fighting for the Big Ten title competitively at least. 

09/21/2018 - 1:13pm SKLARS

I love that they…

SKLARS

I love that they named a podcast after an obscure Joe Scarborough led O'Reilly Factor clone show that literally nobody would remember was even on TV without their pod. 

09/20/2018 - 4:46pm Pro Drevno:

Clay Helton is…

Pro Drevno:

Clay Helton is a shitty coach who lucked into Sam Darnold and now without him is exposed as the lousy teacher/schemer he always has been, and USC is suffering for it. You can't ask Drevno to walk in as a RB/Pass Pro coach and make their offense sing when the bones of it don't make sense and require an NFL ROY candidate for it to function. When USC gets that kind of QB, they should be natty contenders, not a clear step down from the national elite.

Anti-Drevno

The NFL poisoned his mind and he's forever going to spend the rest of his career wandering the earth making every line call insanely complicated for no reason until he ends up owning a series of Dennys franchises.

09/20/2018 - 9:19am Brian Kelly couldn't whip…

Brian Kelly couldn't whip cream with an outboard motor. 

09/19/2018 - 3:30pm I reckon some of that is…

I reckon some of that is because the 90s had a lot of historical blue bloods playing kinda ass-y didn't it? USC sucked, Notre Dame fell apart late in the decade, Ohio State was kinda shit for a lot of the 90s, Texas was outright crap until late in the decade when Mack Brown got there, Oklahoma was a disaster, Alabama was up and down and then got real crap at the end of the decade. Throw in strong 80s programs Georgia and Clemson completely collapsing and yeah, things were kinda open for programs like Nebraska, Florida and Tennessee and such to be dominant in a way that was probably unsustainable.