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11/14/2018 - 1:09pm Except that the SEC also…

Except that the SEC also does it earlier in the season. Those teams and the ACC teams get to have three body bag games where the Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12 get two. 

 

10/30/2018 - 2:37pm fivethirtyeight's predictor…

fivethirtyeight's predictor has OU beating out Michigan in the "5 eligible teams" scenario. I'm not sure why, maybe it's that they're guaranteed a rematch against either Texas or WV if they make the Big 12 championship game while our best case scenario is a 2 loss Iowa? (though I guess either of those teams would have at least 2 losses as well)

10/30/2018 - 2:32pm ND basically has to go…

ND basically has to go undefeated, because future opponents that seemed like marquee games in which ND could afford to trip up (FSU and USC) have both collapsed this year. Their trickiest game might actually be Syracuse in Yankee Stadium the weekend before Thanksgiving.

10/30/2018 - 2:27pm They were competing against…

They were competing against 1) teams that had an extra loss or 2) teams with the same record that weren't conference champions.

Alabama was 11-1, OSU was 11-2, USC was 11-2, and Wisconsin was 12-1, but lost in the Big 10 championship. If Wisconsin had defeated OSU, Alabama wasn't going. And they won't get in this year if the same scenario exists and there's a 1 loss Big Ten or Big 12 champion.

10/29/2018 - 9:09am In terms of other blue…

In terms of other blue bloods, Gus Malzahn's probably safe ($32.1 million buyout!?!?!?), but it would be very Auburn to give Malzahn a big retention contract and then fire him the following year.

10/25/2018 - 4:12pm Brohm grew up in Louisville,…

Brohm grew up in Louisville, his dads a longtime high school coach there, he’s played and coached at the school. His brothers have both played there. It’s akin to Harbaugh to Michigan.

10/24/2018 - 5:28pm The other thing is that,…

The other thing is that, without a conference championship game, Alabama's schedule is putrid. They would have had one reasonably difficult game (@LSU), which they lost. The only other ranked team they would have on their schedule is aTm, and they played them at home. Their non-conference is a neutral site game with Louisville, and home games against Louisiana-Lafayette, Alabama State, and the Citadel.

10/24/2018 - 8:53am Football might solve the…

Football might solve the problem with the vast discrepancy between targeting calls by going to something akin to soccer's yellow card/red card distinction.

This would mean "targeting cautions" (yellow cards), which would still come with a 15 yard penalty, on plays like the one by Hudson against the QB earlier in the season or Metellus's penalty against ND, in which the player is being reckless but not launching/hitting with the crown/targeting a defenseless player. Two cautions in a game would lead to ejection (you could also do something like 3 in a season means the player has to sit the following game).

"Targeting ejections" would be reserved for serious foul play, plays judged as intended to injure an opponent (as an aside, that standard would also allow officials to eject players for stuff like what Panisuik pulled against Ruiz).

10/22/2018 - 2:04pm Higdon’s unsportsmanlike…

Higdon’s unsportsmanlike conduct call on the last drive was also the result of a reaction (a verbal reaction!) to Panisuik twisting his foot in the pile.

At some point, it’s on the refs and on the league office to punish that kind of shit, actions done only to injure. I think targeting’s been generally good for the sport, but those are generally actions within a play that are dangerous and have the potential to injure. It’s entirely a mystery to me why the league continues to turn a blind eye to actions carried out by one team (and in this case, one guy) after the whistle that have no intent other than to inflict injuries. 

10/22/2018 - 8:41am Remember how Harbaugh’s…

Remember how Harbaugh’s other standout QB at UM played before and after the bye week?  

Im just saying...

10/17/2018 - 9:43am Maybe not so much with…

Maybe not so much with Germans singing songs that begin, "Hail"

10/14/2018 - 4:24pm You have to give it to them…

You have to give it to them. It’s impressive how well they can type while lacking opposable thumbs

10/14/2018 - 2:51pm Just look at last year, had…

Just look at last year, had Wisconsin won the Big Ten championship game, Alabama would have been left out. 

10/14/2018 - 2:45pm I’m very confident that…

I’m very confident that Alabama would be left out in that scenario. Their best win would be ... Auburn, who’s now unranked or Miss St or aTm, both lower rung teams. UM would be coming off a win at presumably #2 OSU, and wins over 3-4 other top 25 teams, plus a conf championship. Despite Alabama’s recent success, there’s really no case for them to get in under that scenario unless the panel totally disregards record for eye test.

 Easy to forget, but Alabama would have been left out last year if Wisconsin had won the Big 10 championship game. 

10/09/2018 - 10:14am Given the game threads here,…

Given the game threads here, I'm assuming it's deranged fans who are emailing them with their crazy in game thoughts about how McCaffrey needs to start, UM needs to throw the ball more to work the kinks out, etc.

09/30/2018 - 8:20am Yeah, I think McKeon may now…

Yeah, I think McKeon may now be the third string TE.

09/28/2018 - 12:12am Pretty sure he played…

Pretty sure he played against ND, so he can only play in 3 if they want to preserve his RS.

09/11/2018 - 1:43pm That seems further…

That seems further illustration of the problem of name recognition he lays out (I think Paterno cam through the portion of Penn State's trustees voted on by alums).

That said, gubernatorial appointment has it's own issues of deep cronyism.

09/10/2018 - 6:31pm Climate change makes fire is…

Climate change makes fire a new seasonal reality for the West, though. Just depends which part of the West gets hit by drought in any one year. 

09/09/2018 - 1:05pm I have MUCH more trouble…

I have MUCH more trouble taking the top off some tupperware containers that Nico Collins had taking the top off that defense. Those kinds with four flanges you have to pop up? I'm just saying...

08/20/2018 - 4:07pm In some cases, the anonymous…

In some cases, the anonymous sources were speaking directly about the workout that led McNair to collapse into seizures and later die. 

"There's no way he finished on his own," one of the players at the workout told ESPN.

"There were multiple people that said, 'Wow, Jordan looks f---ed up, he doesn't look all right,'" the player said. "We knew he was really exhausted, but we didn't know he was in danger of his life. But that doesn't mean that a medical professional shouldn't know to put him in an ice tub."

Multiple sources said that after the 10th sprint finished, Wes Robinson, Maryland's longtime head football trainer, yelled, "Drag his ass across the field!"

A second player at the workout told ESPN: "Jordan was obviously not in control of his body. He was flopping all around. There were two trainers on either side of him bearing a lot of weight. They interlocked their legs with his in order to keep him standing."

In others, the surrounding stories gave context to illustrate that his death wasn't an anomaly, but part of a broader pattern of mistreatment that many stressed went beyond the expected norms of football programs in general. This use of anonymous sources seems entirely appropriate to give that context: 

A former Maryland staff member said: "I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there."

A second former staffer said that while he has seen and heard coaches curse at players, he'd never been on another coaching staff with this kind of philosophy. "The language is profane, and it's demeaning at times," he said. "When you're characterizing people in such derogatory and demeaning terms, particularly if they don't have a skill level you think they need to aspire to, or they may never get, then it's rough to watch and see because if it was your son, you wouldn't want anybody talking to your son that way."

"The way they coach us at Maryland, tough love -- it's really more tough than it is love," one former player said.

08/20/2018 - 3:02pm In what way is the reporting…

In what way is the reporting shaky? The only thing I've heard criticized is the use of anonymous sources, but, as many people have pointed out, this is far more of a whistleblower situation than "sources close to the program" fluff, which are kept anonymous for nonsensical reasons.

After Stretchgate, you immediately had people challenging not only the accuracy of the reporting but the reporters understanding of the situation itself. The only challenge to the reporting I've come across is Will Muschamp's crazy shouting.

08/16/2018 - 4:26pm There's never been loads of…

There's never been loads of content in early to mid August. I'm sure that writing the preview takes up most of the month. It's a recruiting down time. And I'm sure the people who write for the site, when not fighting a debilitating illness, take a couple chances to get away for a few days (as Seth did before dropping about 3,000 words of camp news today) before the season starts with its much more intense writing requirements. 

08/16/2018 - 11:57am In the past, hasn't almost…

In the past, hasn't almost all of everything you mention appeared during "preview week"? I assume there's relatively little content now because Brian is writing the 30k+ words that come out in that single week.  

08/16/2018 - 11:00am I think if you went back to…

I think if you went back to previous years, early camp (particularly under Harbaugh) was fairly light on content, b/c there's little news (none of the daily update videos that used to come out under Hoke) and b/c the staff was working up the content for the preview week (which has run about 40,000 words, the length of a short novel). 

The pressers are the main things that are missing this year, along with some of the recruiting roundups that Ace wrote up and Draftageddon, but it's not like the first few weeks of camp were some kind of wave of content in years' past. If we see noticeably shorter previews, then we'll know there's been a decline in overall content.

08/16/2018 - 9:42am Quick question: Baumgardner…

Quick question: Baumgardner was pretty adamant on his most recent podcast that running RPOs requires mastery of zone blocking (he put it something like "if you can't block zone, you can't run RPOs.") Is this true? Can you only run RPOs out of zone concepts, or are there gap/power versions? 

08/15/2018 - 12:27pm I appreciate that this story…

I appreciate that this story generated an "Is it time to retire?" ad on the sidebar.

08/09/2018 - 2:20pm Yeah, the value added…

Yeah, the value added quotient on that one is highly negative.

08/07/2018 - 5:18pm This seems like peak early…

This seems like peak early camp, where there's no information and everyone is desperate for anything substantive (h/t to the OP for the "not substantive" warning).

08/02/2018 - 7:56pm If your knowledge of…

If your knowledge of domestic abuse comes through a work context, immediately find out if you are mandated to report and who you should report to. 

08/02/2018 - 3:14pm Urban didn't have a …

Urban didn't have a (employment) duty to confront Zach Smith upon having credible evidence of domestic violence. He had a duty to inform the OSU HR Office who would then investigate. So no, if he discussed the 2015 incident with Smith, he by no means fulfilled the obligation of his employment.

Asking head coaches (or even ADs) to investigate misconduct by their assistant coaches would be a terrible policy.

08/02/2018 - 3:04pm I don't think there's any…

I don't think there's any evidence Gene Smith knew about the domestic violence, aside from probably knowing the things that Ramzy laid out that "everyone knew," i.e., that Zach Smith was a mess personally and an asshole protected by an important grandfather. If he had known about the domestic violence incidents, I'd assume that it was widely known enough that it would have leaked.

08/02/2018 - 2:53pm If the Meyers did report at…

If the Meyers did report at some point, they're probably in the clear from the university HR standpoint, as they met their stated employment duties. But then there are huge questions about the OSU HR department and their actions.

It's also a good point about when the policy was revised and what those revisions were.

08/02/2018 - 2:49pm Universities have spent a…

Universities have spent a huge amount of money on employee training around sexual misconduct reporting to inform different classes of employees what their duties are. Generally, the impression that training gives is that, regardless of circumstances, if they're told directly of events that fall under the terms of the policy (and this is why Shelly Meyer is in more trouble from the university than Urban), even if the police have been involved, they have to report to the university.

Now, I can imagine a situation where Shelly Meyer is fired for failing to inform HR of a direct report, and Urban is suspended for some indefinite time with an official reprimand. Whether he would accept that, and the ensuing impression that he allowed his wife to take the fall, I don't think anyone has any idea.

08/02/2018 - 2:41pm It's clear from the…

It's clear from the university's policy on sexual misconduct that both Meyers had an obligation to report within five days and failed to meet their obligations (policy here: https://hr.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/policy115.pdf). The policy makes no distinction between reporting duties for cases involving students and employees.

Now, what the sanctions are for failing to report is not clear, but given the Meyers' long running knowledge of the situation, and their failure to report repeated incidents (and the fact that they've certainly gone through sexual misconduct policy education modules as a condition of employment, as have almost all university employees in the US over the past decade), it will be hard to justify any innocent explanation. They could probably get by with giving Urban a significant suspension. Shelly will likely be fired. But they may choose to forego the whole thing and negotiate a settlement.

08/02/2018 - 2:28pm Here are OSU's HR guidelines…

Here are OSU's HR guidelines on sexual misconduct. It's entirely clear that both Meyers were required to report. 

https://hr.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/policy115.pdf

 

Here are the relevant sections:

 

On duty to report:

  1. In addition to the requirement of reporting incidents of sexual assault, the following members of the university community have an additional obligation to report all other incidents of sexual misconduct, when they receive a disclosure of sexual misconduct or become aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that sexual misconduct may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy. These individuals must report the incident within five work days of becoming aware of such information:

    1. Any human resource professional (HRP);

    2. Anyone who supervises faculty, staff, students, or volunteers;

    3. Chair/director; and

    4. Faculty member.

On domestic violence's inclusion in the policy:

Conduct that would meet the definition of a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by the complainant’s current or former spouse or intimate partner, a person with whom the complainant shares a child in common, a person who is or has cohabitated with the complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, or individual similarly situated to a spouse under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under the domestic or family violence law of the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred. An individual need not be charged with or convicted of a criminal offense to be found responsible for domestic violence pursuant to this policy.

All such acts of relationship violence are forms of sexual misconduct under this policy.

08/02/2018 - 2:12pm The university has people…

The university has people whose jobs are, for better or for worse, to determine what should be done in the case of employees who are involved in what is termed "intimate violence" in OSU's guidelines of sexual misconduct. Urban and Shelly Meyer should have, as employees of the university, informed the people in that office in 2015 that they had received a credible report of domestic abuse by an employee of OSU and let those people do their jobs.

08/02/2018 - 12:13pm The university's policy on…

The university's policy on sexual misconduct has answers to a lot of those questions. It was Meyer's obligation (and certainly his wife's) to report credible information of "intimate violence" involving employees of the university to the proper officials within the university. Both of them certainly had to fulfill some kind of sexual misconduct training, as have almost all university employees over the past decade. It's very clear from the training that I've done that not reporting is a serious matter that puts your job on the line.

08/02/2018 - 11:42am He already sued for wrongful…

He already sued for wrongful dismissal. The case was thrown out and he agreed to forego further legal action in exchange for OSU declining attempts to recoup their legal costs.

08/02/2018 - 11:32am FWIW, the standard the…

FWIW, the standard the relatively new (since 2014) president at OSU, Michael Drake, used when confronted with reports of sexual misconduct within the marching band was that the director "was aware or reasonably should have known about" it, which seems like a highly relevant standard here. 

Obviously, marching band director =/= national title winning football coach, but the guy was incredibly popular with widespread fan support, claimed that no one told him about it, and he was fired nonetheless.

08/01/2018 - 7:41pm Stoops’s Joe Mixon…

Stoops’s Joe Mixon issuesnwould seem disqualifying given the current circumstances 

08/01/2018 - 7:13pm Different institutions. MSU…

Different institutions. MSU's basically run by a board that has shown it cares first and foremost about athletic success. Football's obviously hugely important at OSU but it's still takes a backseat to the massive medical research facility that's the main engine of the university. Also, there's long been a desire among OSU's board and admins to be known as something more than a football school. There's probably something about the newness of MSU's football success versus the long term success of OSU football. Indeed, it's been so successful for so long, I'm sure there's some sense that it's self-sustaining (which, as we've seen, certainly isn't the case, but you can imagine that belief).

08/01/2018 - 7:01pm If Joe Moorhead has a good…

If Joe Moorhead has a good year at Miss St, he probably gets hired by OSU. 

Dammit.

08/01/2018 - 6:56pm It also creates time for…

It also creates time for Meyer's lawyers and the university to negotiate a settlement, such that OSU isn't on the hook for his entire salary and doesn't have to go through the inevitable lawsuit that firing him for cause would lead to.

08/01/2018 - 6:54pm Most accounts suggest it's…

Most accounts suggest it's because Smith is the grandson of Earle Bruce, who Meyer viewed as his mentor and almost as a second father. 

08/01/2018 - 6:51pm From the link. His standard…

From the link. His standard for firing the band director was that he "was aware or reasonably should have known about" the abuse and failed to act. That seems .... relevant.

08/01/2018 - 6:33pm FWIW, it was an associate…

FWIW, it was an associate vice president of the university, rather than Gene Smith or an AD employee that announced the leave, which suggests the investigation is not being run by the athletic department.

08/01/2018 - 6:30pm I'd guess they're going to…

I'd guess they're going to investigate if he (and his wife) met their mandatory reporting duties under Title IX and the university's broader policies on domestic abuse. If he's found to have not fulfilled them, they'll try to fire him for cause. If he did make a report of some sort (which seems doubtful, given his behavior to this point) they'll reinstate him. Big question is which department at OSU is leading the investigation. If it's all contained within the AD, he has a chance of surviving. If it's not, he's most likely cooked.

08/01/2018 - 12:09pm At universities they're…

At universities they're generally wider because the population that people are supervising are adults and because of Title IX. At most places they involve any revelations of sexual abuse and assault. Whether mandatory reporting of domestic violence is required varies, I believe, on a state by state basis.

08/01/2018 - 11:57am Further context is that Ohio…

Further context is that Ohio State's AD also harbored a doctor who engaged in long term sexual abuse of the wrestling team, a story that's gotten a fair amount of traction because it includes GOP Rep, Jim Jordan, who was a former wrestling coach accused of covering up the abuse, who also happens to be running for Speaker of the House. That this Meyer story comes out at the same time means that OSU's AD, and broader administration, is going to be facing questions from both sports media and the national political press about patterns of covering up abuse within the AD. Whether that leads to pressure for some kind of broad house cleaning is TBD, but it's a bad look for the institution.