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04/25/2018 - 4:48pm Not accurate

That number is for fall AND winter session. Still a decent chunk of cash when compared to minor league sports salaries and guys can get more if they enroll over summer, I would think, but nobody is pocketing $50k unless they are super frugal.

04/25/2018 - 3:57pm G-League contract

Minimum salary is going up to $35k next year. Players are on one year deals. The 4,500+ kids on a D-1 scholarship every year have it better than guys in the G League.

04/03/2018 - 12:13pm Doubtful

Robinson only played 3 minutes in the first half. Poole came off the bench. Matthews missed a couple early in the game.

Disappointing because we know what this team can do when they get on a roll, but I don’t think fatigue had anything to do with our shooting woes last night or throughout the tourney.

04/01/2018 - 12:01pm Minor gripe

Winning a play-in game shouldn’t count. Just gets you in the tourney. Still, being even with UK/Duke and having a chance to tie UNC for most wins in that stretch is pretty bonkers.

03/30/2018 - 5:14pm Last 6 years

Once Beilein had a chance to build the program, he’s been as good as any coach in the country. Since the Novak/Douglass class graduated, Michigan has won 14 (and counting) NCAA tournament games (play-in doesn’t count). Roy Williams has 16 wins. K and Cal 15. Self has 14. Jay Wright 13. Don’t even have to mention who has even fewer. In the same time he’s produced 7 NBA draft picks, 6 in the first round. 5 of those guys were ranked outside the top 90 on the 247 composite. Dude is the best coach in college basketball and it isn’t particularly close.

03/26/2018 - 3:38pm Can if he graduates

If he gets his degree he’d be eligible for grad transfer without sitting out. It’s actually way more common than you’d think now for guys to play at 3 schools.

03/21/2018 - 2:12am Take the train

Covina is a $30-40 Uber each way if you aren’t hit with surge pricing. $10 weekend day pass covers you all day into and out of Union Station and around town all day. Check out the weekend Metrolink schedule for San Bernardino line for the to/from Union Station. From there take Red or Purple line to 7th/Metro (3 stops). Get off and go upstairs, then take either Blue or Expo line to Pico (1 stop) and you’re at Staples. Reverse to get back.

03/21/2018 - 1:50am Not even snobby

Dude just sounds like a clown acting like taking the train in LA is like some journey out of “The Warriors”. From some parts of town it is an affordable, convenient way to get to Staples without having to worry about parking/driving/drinking. From other parts of town you’re better off taking an Uber. Really just depends on size of your group and location.

03/20/2018 - 6:34pm Pick-up window

Looks like everything I’m seeing on StubHub is available for pick up, so the paper ticket thing shouldn’t be an issue. Like OP said, the StubHub location is right outside venue at the LA Live Marriott.

03/20/2018 - 6:16pm Debbie Downer

Expo line does not have beer. Amtrak does if you’re coming from SD/OC or points north.

03/20/2018 - 12:47am Worse than usual

You can tell he doesn’t give a shit about these NIT games. Usually he’s at least genuinely enthusiastic about game and combines that with insane things like presenting Dave Pasch with a hand illustrated pamphlet chastising him for his love of fossil fuels.

03/20/2018 - 12:34am Don’t watch a lot of PAC-12 hoops, do you?

This is Walton at like a 4

03/12/2018 - 6:09pm Nebraska is 31 in SOR

The committee obviously didn’t give a single fuck about that. ND and Baylor had a massive disparity in KenPom and RPI. Louisville got left out because of the FBI. Only letting in 7-8 teams while Pac12 is a one bid league and 13-5 in B1G is left out doesn’t prove what you think it does.

03/12/2018 - 5:54pm Texas, Baylor, and OU

None of those teams are good. UCLA beat Kentucky on a neutral court, UA in Tucson, and a higher ranked SC team twice. They are in Dayton, despite blue chip talent and three Sweet 16 appearances last four years.

If you think the teams you mentioned and Tech, FSU, Mizzou, etc. with no tourney track record are demonstrably better than UCLA you are on shrooms.

03/12/2018 - 5:11pm Rankings account for losses

Good and bad. Those rankings have MTSU 20 places higher in RPI and 8 places lower in KenPom. In both MTSU is higher than a bunch of teams that got in. Again, saying they “did enough” by going 11-9 against Big12 is an opinion based on perception of that league, not unbiased statistics. And that is the point. Rationalizations about best win, worst loss, scheduling, valuing RPI/metrics, ignoring them, etc. were used to justify just putting in everybody in the ACC/SEC/Big12.

Committee ignored numbers to put in a bunch of 50-60+ RPI teams at the expense of teams with a track record of actual tourney success.

03/12/2018 - 4:29pm Kansas State

Scheduled one play-in team and lost. 0-7 against top of their league. “Murray State doesn’t coun’t” and “they didn’t do enough winning” are just arbitrary opinions, especially when teams who did far less get in simply because of an abundance of league opportunities against teams that are just assumed to be good.

03/12/2018 - 4:21pm UCLA even more egregious

Pains me as an SC hoops season ticket holder, but the Bruins snub makes even less sense. 36 RPI, but just the kind of big scheduling/wins the committee pretended were important. Lost @Michigan (12), home to Cincinnati (6), and to Creighton (44) in Kansas City. Beat Kentucky (10) in NOLA and won in Tucson (Arizona schools didn’t have to come to LA).

Committee whose spokesman admitted to not watching PAC-12 championship just mailed it in.

03/12/2018 - 4:14pm No rhyme or reason

K-State beat Vandy, Georgia, and Wazzu (none good) and lost to ASU and Tulsa. They didn’t schedule or beat anyone. Also went 0-7 against top of Big12. Committee arbitrarily decided three leagues were awesome top to bottom and built the bracket accordingly.

03/12/2018 - 2:15pm Lots of opportunity

I’m happy to use SC, UCLA, and Nebraska, especially with the way the committee treated the ACC/Big12/SEC this year. Lots of horseshit that amounts to “since we decided these leagues are good anyone beating anyone is a good win and every loss is excusable.”

03/12/2018 - 1:51pm Would’ve been better off

Number I’ve seen said Huskers would’ve gained 10+ spots in RPI if they had beaten a high school team (wouldn’t be counted) rather than #351 (dead last) Delaware State.

03/12/2018 - 1:41pm Hypocrisy and track record

The thread Brian posted on Twitter was interesting because it illustrated committee moving goalposts for mid-majors. MTSU scheduled good teams and didn’t have bad losses, but no big wins against major conferences. Monmouth has schedule and big wins, but kept out for bad losses. St Mary’s gets kept out for schedule though.

And we aren’t talking about unknown commodities here. MTSU won a game last two years. St Mary’s won one last year and went to Sweet 16 a few years ago. K-State didn’t schedule anybody. Lots of teams have bad losses. And a team like Virginia Tech only has a good win because they get to play Duke/UNC/UVA a bunch of times. But those teams all got in easily.

03/12/2018 - 1:31pm Still lurking

Having to argue with people bitching about John Beilein for 2-3 years got old. The prospect of having to do the same for Jim Harbaugh is not a pleasant one. Just going to try to be patient and then enjoy the season.

03/12/2018 - 12:54pm Committee didn’t use RPI this year

MTSU (33), USC (34), St. Mary’s (40), and UCLA (36 in play-in game) all got boned. ACC got 2 teams in with 60+ RPI and ASU (66) made play-in game. Also seems like they ignored quad system in favor of weird “What was your best win (and mid-majors don’t count)?” metric.

01/30/2018 - 10:16pm Luck threw 13 as a RS freshman

Not much better than “historically bad” and in a league where many here seem to think they play zero defense. You use terms like “they sucked” and “historically bad” and “give us an Andrew Luck” with zero context. Next year’s offense will be significantly improved in talent and experience at virtually every spot on the offense, and that is exactly how you get exponential improvement, not by swapping assistants and crediting the new arrivals with any and all change in outcome.

01/30/2018 - 9:48pm No

We’re banking on returning 20 of 22 on the defensive 2-deep, three young linemen playing at a high level very early in their careers, possibly bringing back Newsome, adding another established qb to a stable of talented freshmen, 1,700 rushing yards and 21 TD at RB coming back, returning all but 15 receptions, a huge chunk of which came from freshmen, including our best wr who missed nearly the whole year, and adding an entire roster of blue-chip recruits we haven’t even seen yet. All led by a coach whose last team completely took off in year 4, despite things like blowing leads in bowl games in year three, or even losing to Wake Forest.

But you’ve been great at predictions and judging Michigan coaches, so I’ll totally defer.

01/30/2018 - 9:30pm And the year before...

We ran for 300 yards against B1G champs PSU. I’m aware the run game didn’t go bananas against top-15 teams that beat us. Doesn’t justify the freak out or the totally uninformed opinions about coaching/recruiting.

01/30/2018 - 8:55pm You don’t say?

If only there was an exact historical parallel, maybe even involving the same exact fucking people...

01/30/2018 - 8:50pm 22 carries, 122 yards, 1 TD

That’s what Evans and Higdon just did against OSU. Hill added another rushing TD. Does that suck ass? Not a good opponent? Or are a bunch of people just bitching about losing?

01/30/2018 - 8:39pm Never learn

You would think posters here would show an ounce of humility after all the dumbfuck basketball hot takes everyone endured for 3 years. But no, the historically young team lost to four 10+ win teams and dropped a bowl game so everything sucks.

You’d think we lost to Cal and Wake Forest and blew a 2nd half lead in the bowl game and so could never possibly be good a year later and in perpetuity because that has never happened ever.

01/30/2018 - 8:28pm So...

We’re judging him on one freshman class and freaking out? Sounds reasonable. Especially since he doesn’t have a track record or anything...

01/30/2018 - 8:26pm Experience

Last year’s team had two returning starters (Bredeson and Cole). This year has Ben, Onwenu, and Ruiz, you could maybe count JBB, and fingers crossed on Newsome. Plus four guys coming off redshirts.

Feel free to bet the under.

01/30/2018 - 8:19pm David Molk says hi

He’s holding the Rimington Trophy

01/30/2018 - 8:09pm 6 freshmen

We took a huge OL haul last year and are still looking to add. Numbers aren’t low at all. What we don’t have are guys left over from the previous regime because Brady Hoke sucked at his job and getting fired makes it hard to recruit. And Newsome’s knee exploded.

01/30/2018 - 8:06pm So dumb

Bredeson was 2nd team all-conference as a true sophomore. Onwenu played all year as same (we hadn’t even seen a future NFL guy like Schofield at that point in his career) and Ruiz started down the stretch as a true freshman. Jake Long fucking redshirted and didn’t start right away in year 2. And we’ll have at least 6 freshman OL on next year’s roster with lots of stars next to their name. Pretty good haul and production out of a group whose 3rd recruiting class hasn’t arrived on campus yet.

I forgot how many dumbshits love UM football.

01/30/2018 - 5:35pm Buy season tickets, go to all the games.

As far as helpful suggestions, try to find a group of friends to go in together with (if going to most/all games isn’t feasible). Having, say, a 4 person group allows you to go to big games together, but also take wife/kids or whoever else to a game or two when others have to miss or lack interest. Also lessens pressure to get to every game since someone in the group can probably use them.

01/30/2018 - 5:29pm Pay attention to seats

When you look on StubHub or at the arena and see unused seats, just go sit in them.

01/30/2018 - 4:27pm To what game?

I am sure StubHub had tons of tickets to non-conference games selling for less than face. You can get in for Iowa right now for under $10 and sit lower bowl for under $30. I go to pro sporting events in LA/OC for below face value all the time thanks to StubHub. All their service does to prices is reflect what people are actually asking and/or willing to pay for tickets.

And when you can buy tickets to every single game for like $300-$400 (not sure what fees and everything amount to but that is what I see for upper bowl season seats), cost does not explain low attendance, which to be fair isn’t that low, just not great.

01/30/2018 - 4:18pm < $20 per game

Season tickets in the upper bowl average out to less than $20 per game. Tickets to non-conference games are almost nothing, and they have the lowest attendance. The only people with a gripe are ones who only want premium seats for select high profile games at a below market price.

01/30/2018 - 4:06pm StubHub reflects market

Nothing sells on StubHub unless somebody pays for it. It also allows easy, immediate access to tons of tickets to low cost non-conference games, which oddly enough are still the least well attended.

Lowering prices only puts more money in the hands of scalpers and the same no-shows people are already bitching about. The only market the school controls is what they charge season ticket holders. Artificially depressing that number costs the program money and doesn’t help anybody get in for less.

01/30/2018 - 3:59pm Isolated

Folks in Iowa City have to drive more than three hours to reach a town with pro sports. It is Hawkeyes or nothing for anybody living there.

01/30/2018 - 3:52pm Maybe misread question?

FSU drew 3k fewer fans per game than UM last year, in a comparably sized venue. I get that you’re glad you got to attend games, but tickets are cheap there because way fewer people want to attend games, not because their AD is great at filling the building.

03/24/2017 - 12:07am Facts

"Oregon is nothing special"

They actually went to the Elite Eight last year and won the PAC-12 over really good Zona and UCLA teams.

We need players who don't take "2-3 years to develop"

In the last five years we've had 4 sophomores and a junior drafted by the NBA. Caris would've been drafted if he left in 2014, and we have two sophomores on this team we're praying come back. Yet we've won 10 tourney games in those five years. In contrast, Oregon had Brooks and Dorsey return for their junior year's and added a 6th year PG who had played in the tourney at Nova.

This guy is a trolling douchebag.

03/23/2017 - 9:41pm Not only that

He played a year at Rice, sat out to transfer to Villanova, played two years there, then grad transferred to UO last year. Got hurt, then same NCAA that ended McGary's career because "the rules" gave him a 6th year based on "totality of the circumstances" rather than the actual fucking regulation that two years have to be lost to injury.

01/10/2017 - 2:40pm No big misses

Bama this year went 14-1 and was a second away from winning it all. OSU last year went 12-1 and finished ranked 4th. FSU went undefeated and made the playoff where they lost to Oregon. And Bama was poised to play for the title until the crazy last second kick return against Auburn.

01/10/2017 - 2:25pm Auburn 2010

That team was ranked in the 20s in the preseason poll, basically because nobody had ever heard of that guy Cam Newton.

Also, their 2013 team that went to the title game against FSU was unranked until mid season.

01/07/2017 - 11:42pm Production wasn't problem

Rawls didn't play a bunch and struggle at UM. He just didn't play. As an underclassman he was a backup to Fitz and later Denard when he moved to RB (understandable), then got buried on the depth chart behind freshman versions of Derrick Green and Smith. He got 3 carries as a junior and transferred.

Rawls wasn't limited by any circumstances other than never seeing the field.

12/15/2016 - 8:25pm Not outside legal system

These panels are set up specifically to comply with and enforce federal law.

12/15/2016 - 8:03pm Code of conduct

Also, pretty sure none of them ever say "You'll get kicked out of school if you and one or more of your friends has sex with the same girl. At least if she decides later that she regrets doing it."

12/15/2016 - 7:55pm "lays out his evidence to a committee"

That is the crux of the issue here. That and defining the violation, which is a whole other can of worms when it comes to sexual assault (Is it possible for an intoxicated person to consent? What constitutes "intoxication", etc.). These committees are unqualified to examine this kind of evidence (Do they do DNA tests?). They are unable to gather evidence effectively (no crime techs, no subpoena power). And they are often disinclined to even pursue exculpatory evidence.

12/15/2016 - 7:41pm "the rape culture"

Like the Duke lacrosse team. Or that terrible frat at UVA. Or that bastard Brian Banks. I remember when everybody was high fiveing them for raping people. Good times.

Your clear bias toward the accused in these kinds of cases (and let's not forget many in academia have a much broader view of what even constitutes sexual assault than most) is the reason these kinds of punitive extra-judicial bodies are so alarming.