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05/14/2018 - 1:12pm Fact

I couldn't agree more with your statement that "However, and this is just my opinion, the decision whether to attend a top tier insitution for an undergraduate degree should include some measure of financial consideration."

True. Very True.

Also, private schools do have more funding options.  

I think the biggest reason for your kids findings are because of the need for out of state students on their campuses.  How many Michigan kids apply to a single college in Texas? And that schol wants to be national and have a diverse background for classroom and vanity reasons. Some schools even have guidelines for who they want to accept (i.e., Washington State may want at least 10 kids a year from Michigan or Ohio... if there are only a few dozen applicants in a given year from that state and most of those are kids who will likely stay in Michigan or Ohio...well... they start throwing money.

05/14/2018 - 1:12pm Fact

I couldn't agree more with your statement that "However, and this is just my opinion, the decision whether to attend a top tier insitution for an undergraduate degree should include some measure of financial consideration."

True. Very True.

Also, private schools do have more funding options.  

I think the biggest reason for your kids findings are because of the need for out of state students on their campuses.  How many Michigan kids apply to a single college in Texas? And that schol wants to be national and have a diverse background for classroom and vanity reasons. Some schools even have guidelines for who they want to accept (i.e., Washington State may want at least 10 kids a year from Michigan or Ohio... if there are only a few dozen applicants in a given year from that state and most of those are kids who will likely stay in Michigan or Ohio...well... they start throwing money.

05/14/2018 - 10:57am Not sure your assumption is solid

While your conclusion is that "colleges and universities in Michigan behave like they have a captive pool of applicants; and they probably do"... it is strange that you think this has to do with Michigan schools thinking their applicant base is different than other states.  Nothing in your post supports THAT being the reason it shook out that way. In fact, many people from out of state come to be students at Michigan schools. And students form Michigan go out of state.  Nobody seems to be thinking or acting as a "captive pool."

It seems more likely that the difference is in some other factor. It might be influenced by gender (as someone below points out) or the particular schools. My guess is that your son did not apply to as many prestigous schools as your daughter (based on their scores).  In my experience the highest level (John Hopkins, UM, Ivy League, etc.) are SUPER competitive nationally and scholarship money is hard to come by (other than need based).  However, the "good tier" of schools is really really trying to get the applicant scores they need to ascend up the ranks.  They will pay to make themselves look better. (And there are more of those "good" level schools than elite schools.)

Adding to that is that "good schools" in other states have to work hard to get kids from other states, like Michigan. They look for a diverse student body geographically too. You son also had that advantage when applying.  (On the other hand, elite schools have a much, much easier time with that.)

BTW - Congrats to both of them!

 

04/09/2018 - 6:06pm So...

Yeah... That begs the question. What will he be doing?

Reviewing what the investigators and counsel find to determine how it will play at trial?

His title is "lead counsel" and he is leading the advocacy with respect to the investigations and numerous lawsuits (and large settlements) that MSU faces.

How is he "superbly qualified" to do that? You would think you should choose someone who is used to coordinating multiple attorneys or invstigators.  Maybe someone with experience doing that at a law firm?

The only thing he is subperbly qualified for is the be an arbitrator, judge, etc.

I don't have time to explain the differences in roles to you, but just because someone has experience in one role in the law does not make them "superbly qualified" to manage another role.  (For example, a judge may adjudicate numerous traffic/criminal cases, but that doesnt make him a qualified police officer.)

He was appointed for political weight. That is all.

04/09/2018 - 4:32pm Superbly qualified?

I have read his opinions in the past and, while I am familiar with how some people view him, I don't get the sense he is judge who just takes knee-jerk reaction political positions. He seems smart and thoughtful (whether you agree with him or not).

However, I do not think sitting on the Michigan Supreme Court makes him "superbly qualified"... it does make him a bit of a legal superstar though.  

In fact, his history on the bench s not experience in advocacy on behalf of clients. He is presented legal briefs and arguments by attorneys, but his role did not include zealous advoacy or the minutia of trial work.

His career on the Supreme Court qualifies him to work at a law firm as a recognizable name (client draw), as a well-connected representative (name on a brief), and as a fine reviewer of appellate briefs, etc. (oversight).

His day-to-day ability to be lead counsel is unkown.

The real issue is that both Young and Engler are "big names" who don't really offer much in the way of practical experience. They are both serving because of the political capital, not because of any particular skill. 

They look like PR hires.  And, itheir past statements should have been looked at in that light. But, MSU appears tone deaf again.

04/09/2018 - 4:16pm What?

But what we see on this board, week after week, are allegations of one particular political party tolerating a “rape culture”

Seriously? I come to this site A LOT and it does not seem like sex assault is a political issue. It is almost always an issue of abuse of power in a sexual way. Both sides have that same power and abose it the same way.

It's odd that an attorney, who should be able to seperate sexual assualt issues from politics, is the one baselessly claimining that other people are really the ones who make it political week after week here.

 

 

04/09/2018 - 10:11am Political?

I think you can discuss court cases without getting political. In fact, I think the article focuses on the allegations in the cases and the rulings without much reference to political views. 

Court is one of the few places where you can get into the details of a specific incident. Where you might be able to get past political dispositions. At some point, every conservative judge must admit there are valid claims by certain plaintiffs (often admitting so informally with an emphasis on settling). And, every liberal judge faces a frivolous lawsuit that has to be kicked out of court.

Discuss the cases. Don't discuss the politics.

03/13/2018 - 2:28pm Misleading title
It doesn't sound like Ole Miss is doing anything wrong.
 
The NCAA is the one that has to send OM the packet. That is what triggers the clock accorindg to NCAA rules.
 
OM isn't keeping anything at a stanstill. Unsurprisingly, it is the NCAA.
03/09/2018 - 6:57pm Good point on the otehr locations

Whether affluent or not, doctors can always help the poor and other people even with conceirge medicine.

As for stratified healthcare, well, we have had that FOREVER in this country. Any non-government free market (even if most people are paid by government funds) will give better stuff to richer people.

The only way to mitigate that is universal health care. AND, that would not eliminate it.  Only mitigate it.  There would still be some inequality.

(Many public goods are not equal. Government run schools and roads are better in priavet areas. Even the military and military contrators are awarded based on connections and an uneven playing field.)

The only way to minimize this is that universal health care idea.

 

Personally, I am for universal health care, but we have a free market. And, as such I don't see anything unethical with concierge medicine.  This is what you get when medicine is private. Accept it or change it.  Don't just complaint that it is "unethical" but keep supporting the system.....

 

03/09/2018 - 2:01pm Completely at odds?

I think that is a bit of an over-statement.  Some medical ethics support the idea of not rushing patients through visits, being more readily available for appointments, building a personal relationship that might help you notice lifestyle/other issues that may impact health, etc.

On the other hand, there is the ethical concern of treating all patients and the poor as well. That is important.

It seems like an ethical quandry and not clear cut. 

Plus, it seems odd that the ethical concern of treating the poor would have so much more weight than other ethical considerations.... in the environment of a top-tier research hospital primarily serving a mostly affluent population in a college town.  We're not talking about doctors that chose to work at a community hospital on the south side of Chicago here.

12/15/2017 - 9:05am Finally realized something

It just occurred to me that the media is "full on" trolling Mark Dantonio.  Dantonio has proven to be VERY insecure and childish about U of M.  Too easy to get him to squirm.

It's like the kid who everyone pokes fun at because he can't chill out.

The national media has their cheat sheet.  It was a bad joke/question, but will get a bunch of hits/clicks even though it was poorly executed.  It's like printing money for these guys.

12/05/2017 - 10:46pm neither am i.

However, if Peters doesn't stick around then he is afraid of competition. I expect Peters to win the job, but if he doesn't then UM will have a great QB.

When you think about it, there is never really a downside to competition and pushing each other.

11/28/2017 - 8:51am BS competition?

I am not sure it was a BS competition.  JOK probably knows the playbook and throws as well, but he just breaks down in game.  Maybe the coaches thought he was as good as Speight and just needed the light to click on while in game.  (Like the second half of Purdue.) 

Also, maybe they did it because Speight didn't push himself heading into spring and he had fallen off since last year.

Maybe the coaches always split all reps in spring/camp as a matter of meritocricy.

Was Speight looking bad earlier this year because he had to split snaps in spring practice or because he was resting on his laurels? Keep in mind that QBs can work with WRs whenever they want....

11/28/2017 - 8:06am lazy

pessimism does not equal realism

11/27/2017 - 6:34pm Instant classic.

This is a classic "feeling down" shit post. 

 

Arbitrary time frame? Check. (Why 5 years, why not the last two years?)

Heaping praise for something UM did? Check.  (A play away from CFP, huh?)

Anger about UM rivalry games? Check. (Like that OSU/Iowa game was anything other than a fluke.)

 

Iowa is a one-trick pony.  They have a uniquely, strong home field advantage, but they are a middling team.  Kirk Ferentz's ceiling is clear.

 

Ignore all the ways Michigan is significantly different/better than Iowa during Harbaugh's time, such as multiple top 25 finishes, wins/losses, ZERO bad losses (i.e., teams outside the top 25), etc.

 

Oh yeah, and Harbaugh is doing this all in his first few years with the odd/big holes in the roster left by Hoke...

 

But, whatever.  Your narrative makes you feel good for some reason, believe it.

11/27/2017 - 6:14pm economy?

The economy is no longer an excuse in Michigan or Metro Detroit. Things are good. If your business or line of work is failing, that is all you.

11/27/2017 - 4:01pm Iowa?

Really?  I get your self-loathing, but Iowa? 

We are not Iowa.

11/27/2017 - 3:59pm Stats to fit your argument

Michigan only beat one team with a record above 500.  Correct, but misleading.

Michigan lost to THREE current top 10 teams.  They hung in there and a couple came down to a backup QB late in the game.

They also lost to a top 20 team at home in the rain.

Otherwise, they didn't play many 7-5 or 8-4 type teams. 

Their schedule this year was REALLY hot or cold.  Not favorable.

Will it be as hot and cold next year?

11/27/2017 - 3:54pm Think about answering this in one year's time....

Close your eyes and imagine answering this question at the end of next year.

Michigan's two toughest road games were at #9 at night and #4.  Both games UM stuck around for half of the game (a little longer in the game later in the year versus #4)

Florida was bad, but that was neutral game.

 

So, how do OSU, MSU and ND look at this time next year?  OSU is sure to be top ten.  So, similar to one of this year's road games.  How about MSU and ND?  Hard to say.  Both have had inexplicably bas seasons and some good seasons where they equal OSU.  Neither have been as consistant as Wisco.

 

Do I think both MSU and ND finish next year in the top 10? No.  One might.  But, I think that they may both be top 20 teams.  So, if PSU at night this year is the same as OSU next year, do you think two top 20 road games is harder than a top 5 road game?

 

Good thread topic IMHO.

11/27/2017 - 3:45pm Really hard to say yet...

It all depends on who is coming back for the teams next year.  However, right now I say

 

1.  Notre Dame on road >> Florida in Jerryworld

The actual road envirinoment and better team make this one easy.

 

2.  MSU on the road = Wisconsin

This is being as optimistic about the Spartans as possible.  WIsconsin this year and last year have been much better than MSU the last couple of years. MSU could ascend next year to Wisco's level and this assumes that happens.  Plus, Camp Randell is just a tougher venue to play at.

 

3. OSU on the road at noon = PSU on the road at night

If these were both night games, then OSU would be harder.  But, they are not.  Always tough to win either place.

 

 

All of that said, the biggest change is the ND game.  BUT, that is the first game of the year and non-conference, so even if it doesn't go well, Michigan can overcome it over the course of the season.

11/04/2017 - 11:34pm Take care and enjoy life

This is the saddest thing I have ever read on this site. Godspeed.

10/20/2017 - 8:00am Rivalry games

Of course rivalry games don't count for more than regular games.... well, to anyone except fans. 

Its a personal thing.  But, not really the way to evaluate wins and losses.

Bo and Woody helped make OSU/UM a big rivalry because it was personal to them.  It became personal to the fan bases.

Dantonio has made the MSU/UM game personal to him.  While most in the state feel similarly, Michigan fans are slow to warm up to it as a personal rivalry.

Harbaugh is obviously a great coach with a great track record. The above shows he is well on his way at Michigan.

10/19/2017 - 4:29pm That is because

That is because he writes them thinking about Michigan's offense being really really bad.  Not so much how good the defense of the other team is doing.

Read the Indian Fee FI Foe Film. Ace compared us to the worst offensive team Indiana played.  It sounded like we would be lucky to get some first downs.  While Indiana has a good defense, it seemed like Michigan was going to need a miracle to score on them.... let alone rush for nearly 275 yards.

 

10/19/2017 - 3:37pm Spin

The author of this post is overly-worried and many of you are feeding off that bias.

Simply put, if we get the same offensive production as Iowa, then we likely win. 

You wouldn't know that from reading his post that makes PSU out to be an elite defense. 

It's all doom and gloom. It reads like a description of Alabama's defense.

HOWEVER.....

  1. Iowa gained over SIX YARDS a play.  That is a fine performance and easily enough for Michigan to win.
  2. Iowa's yards per play was the highest PSU has given up so far this year.  The similar offensive styles might bode well for us. Iowa only tried 45 offensive plays and let their (much, much worse than UM) defense almost win them the game.
  3. Iowa score THREE touchdowns on offense.  If we score 3 TDs with our simlarly ranked offense and much better defense, most of us think we either win or are in it to the end.
  4. Wadley and the Iowa rushing attack are not nearly as good as our rushing attack (of course they do have the passing game advantage).
  5. Iowa missed a 30 - 39 yard field goal and failed to kick two extra points. 5 points we are not likely to leave on the board.

Iowa got good production out of relatively few offensive plays. They scored 3 TDs with a worse rushing attack.  Their offensive gameplan worked wonders against PSU given the strategy of... you know.... winning the game.

A review of the PSU defense against Iowa should make us feel better, but Ace sees only doom and gloom.  Oh well. He fits in well with many here.  The glass is half empty.

10/19/2017 - 2:17pm More to it...

Your take is similar to Brian's take.  But, its wrong.  The coaching staff is not giving JOK a "freshman gameplan."  They are giving him a "calm down" game plan.

The plays are designed to keep JOK from trying to make improv throws. It is geared toward run first and keep JOK from trying too hard to make big plays.  JOK still needs to know ALL the plays.

A "freshman gameplan" would be a much more limted set of the playbook.  Not just the passing plays, but ALL plays (pitches, reverses, etc.) are limited.  It wouldn't allow adjustments as much, it would probably be a max protect at all times.

That is not a minor difference.

If JOK knows 100 run plays and 100 pass plays, but the coaches limit it to 25 pass plays and a whole bunch of runs, that is one thing.  If needed (i.e., they are not leading) then the staff can expand on the pass plays too.

If the Peters knows 20 pass plays and 20 run plays, well..... that's it.

Plus, JOK has a lot more experience in the pocket, on the road, etc. when the ball is snapped.

That is why it is wrong to think the freshman gameplan is the same thing as the plan to keep JOK from turning the ball over if the running game is working.

 

10/19/2017 - 11:40am Hello?

Does anyone read Comments to the podcast post?

My "hot take" is that I think the passing game is failing because of the youth of the offense.  It's not just the QB.  I like JOK and think he CAN do well.  

 

However, the info that he gets really emotional/hot&cold/amped whatever is VERY troubling.  This offense needs a calm, cool collected leader until the rest of the youngins come around. JOK is a 5th year senior.  He needs to ACT LIKE IT.

 

That is all.

10/18/2017 - 2:48pm Sacks

I think you could look a little deeper at sack numbers. WHile UM and PSU have both given up 16. The trend is not in the same direction.

 

In Big Ten play, PSU has given up 4 sacks, 11 TFLs to Iowa, then 5 sacks, 11 TFLs to IU, and 5 sacks and 12 TFLs to NW.  They are getting worse as the year goes on into P5 play.  (Note that none of those teams have very good defenses).

 

Michigan did give up 4 sacks to Purdue, then 4 to MSU and then 0 to Indiana.  ALso, that MSU defense is probably the best out of all 6 conference opponents. 

 

 

10/18/2017 - 12:45pm Hold on

On your first point, JOK averaged higher than 5.7 YPA against MSU in the rain.  His IU performance was bad.  But, his overall average YPA is above or at least AT 5.6 (depending on whether you look at his whole career, include garbage time, etc.)

On your second point, I think PSU stacked the box last year.  If they didn't on the first drive, they adjusted soon thereafter. PLUS, with the big Michigan lead, they focused on stopping the run the rest of the game.  But, we still rolled up the yardage.

While the teams are a bit different, no doubt, there are strong similarities too.

10/17/2017 - 7:23pm Conjecture

So UM was saving the shovel play, but was forced to use it? Maybe you haven't paid attention, but Harbaugh pulls out plays like that against everybody.

And you think PSU would hold something back?

You know more than most people could dream about football.

10/17/2017 - 7:19pm Wrong and wrong

It opened at 12.5 on most Vegas books or at least 11.5.

Looking ahead? GameDay in town for a night game and revenge against the most venerable team in the league. The idea they would overlook UM is flat out insane.

Finally, the PSU fan base bets up the line as much as UM. You have two HUGE fanbases. This isn't UM fans moving the line against Purdue.

You so crazy.

10/17/2017 - 7:13pm Astute

Good observation. I agree.

10/17/2017 - 10:12am Blu

Bluinohio.  You are feeling Blu.  I get it.  You don't want to believe JOK could play well until you see it. (Even if he has shown some flashes in the past.)

 

Protect your own feelings.

 

Me, I would rather show support for the kid in his homecoming.  That is more important than protecting "my feelings." 

 

Of course, I am a somewhat well-adjusted adult.

10/17/2017 - 8:10am Clemson

CFP and national title. They get benefit of doubt for that.

10/16/2017 - 8:17pm Hike and RichRod

Are you asking about the Hoke and RichRod eras? Are you researching a paper?

10/16/2017 - 7:57pm improvement

He improved in those areas from last week. And, they are all skills that can be learned with experience. He will make more mistakes, buy likely less

10/16/2017 - 7:09pm You're right

They just don't breakdown stats like that. So, the INT numbers have some element of performance aligned with it. Not complete alignment, but stronger than fumble stats.

10/16/2017 - 6:51pm OKorn

He just needs to manage the game. He said as much in his presser. That is what the coaches want. All he has to do is protect the ball and keep them honest with the occasional pass. out defense, run game and special teams can win the game.

10/16/2017 - 6:34pm Who cares?

Indana put 8 in the box and their rush defense is as good as PSU (opponent adjusted).

As our rushing O progresses a touch from last week, it should be the best PSU has faced.

 

 

10/16/2017 - 6:24pm Indiana

Indiana has a pretty good rush defense, Ask Penn State.  They loaded the box and Michigan was still successful on the ground. (IU's overall numbers are dragged down by OSU game yardage).

 

OKorn will have to throw at some point, but we should find some success on the ground.

10/16/2017 - 5:31pm Maybe.

Maybe it's just a QB issue.

10/16/2017 - 4:28pm Turnovers

That is what stood out to me.  PSU is winning the turnover battle in these games.  That will be the key to Saturday for a win.

 

PSU is SECOND in the country in turnover margin.  Elite-level.

Michigan is NINETY-FIFTH in the country. One of the worst.

 

Are turnovers random? We'll find out.

10/15/2017 - 7:49pm He is the best back in the Big Ten

That is without question.  Also think he is the top offensive player.  But, he is not proven to be a generational talent or anything and this Michigan defense is up to the task.

 

The reason we are even double digit dogs is the UM offense.  EVERYONE knows that.  How can you disagree?

10/15/2017 - 7:46pm Yes.

I watched him play like Denard against subpar defenses.  The only good defense he lit up was USC in the Rose Bowl and I am not sold that it was a very good defence. 

Also, I watched him get shut down by the same Indiana rush defense that Michigan gashed.

He is probably the best player in the Big Ten, but Michigan is strong against the run.  He will do okay, but simply pointing to him to claim it will be a multiple TD loss is.... wait for it... obtuse.

10/15/2017 - 6:47pm idiots

I know UM has looked bad. But, they have a top 5 defense that keeps them in every game and PSU is a bit over ranked. Add to that, the fact Harbaugh has only lost by more than 7 points ONCE while ar Michigan. Only a self-hating idiot would bet on PSU to cover.

10/03/2017 - 3:09pm Physical v. mental

There is some level of difference in physical ability among P5 offensive linemen.  Michigan players probably fall on the high end of physical talent because of recruiting, intensity of conditioning, competition, etc. but maybe not.

And, yes, the mental aspect is HUGE.  But, we had a very experienced line last year with similar issues.  This year we have some older and some experienced players.  Years in the system is very important for mental growth.  We are not seeing it.

However, on the defensive side, the young players, who have just as much to learn, seem to have picked it up.

At this point you can't honestly say there isn't some problem with the OL coaching in light of all the missed assignments.  (Either the schemes are too complicated and should be simplified, the players are not having it drilled into them, the coaches are not effectively communicating how to pick up blitzes, etc.)

There is a problem across the board.  That is clear and the players don't seem to lack basic mental ability.

10/03/2017 - 3:06pm Good point

I guess we can't expect Harbaugh to simplify his offense anymore. This may or may not end up bigging an on-going issue for that reason.  But, the benefits of Harbaugh seem to far outweigh any struggles this causes college kids.

I think Drevno is a fine OL coach. I think he is being asked to do a lot as both an OL coach and OC.  I think Frey was supposed to help, but as I quoted in the original post, it seems like they are trying to mesh the systems and that may be an issue.

Also, the communication part was a good point too.  I think the Purdue game had the worst blown calls and that is likely because it was the only real road game (and Purdue fans were UP for the game).  That also indicates why the team struggled on the road last year.  I know all teams struggle on the road, but maybe the need for better post-huddle communication is just THAT much more important in a Harbaugh offense.

Oh well, here is to keep quiet on Saturday while we are on offense and hoping the Indiana game is another tune-up for communicating on the road!!

 

10/03/2017 - 12:46pm I am not calling for heads...

I think we have great coaches and two great OL coaches.  That does not obviate that this is an issue to be addressed by coaching.  (I guess subtle points are lost on a lot of peole on message bords).

10/03/2017 - 12:00pm Umm...

Just a joke, based on this:

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/falk-jack-harbaugh-checking-out-mgoblog

10/03/2017 - 11:43am Complaining thread

This is far from a complaining thread.  I am looking to the fan base full of coaches, peole with different memories about past seasons, stats guys, anyone, etc. to offer some indication of where this is heading.

Its okay to point out a flaw.  I just want to know how realistic it is that THIS TYPE of problem can be fixed quickly.  Any insight?

10/03/2017 - 11:41am Falk

Don't waste your time.  Jon Falk reads the blog and I am sure he will pass on the comments.