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10/07/2016 - 1:01pm At least they ended every

At least they ended every possession in a kick.

10/01/2014 - 3:29pm That went way better than the

That went way better than the Mitch Albom interview a few years ago, now that was painful to listen to!

08/05/2011 - 3:49pm Mascot

Isn't the kid who throws hotdogs to the student section our mascot?

05/31/2011 - 7:47pm Jim Delany == Adam

Jim Delany == Adam Sutler

Gerry Dinardo == Lewis Prothero

01/21/2011 - 5:49pm I had noticed the problem with walk-ons as well

I couldn't think of a good way to incorporate them without creating a loop hole.  Maybe they can replace attrition with walk-ons but not during the freshman year?  That would prevent schools from just telling kids to walk-on and you'll get a scholly anyway, while still making it possible to award walk-ons with scholarships and not penalize the schools who do so, like counting against the incoming class total would.

And I'm with you I have no idea why these kids still sign up for these schools but they do and keeping the conversation going is just about all average fans can do to help bring about a solution.

01/21/2011 - 5:35pm Two things

First, don't hate to be that guy because this was the point of posting it and asking for feedback.

Second, ideally they would just add more female sports, but realistically they would reduce the per year number to something like 20 or 22.

01/21/2011 - 5:17pm I know the rules

The problem is that having an 85-man scholarship limit encourages attrition and creates a disadvantage for schools with good retention rates.  Setting a per year cap makes schools accountable to the students they sign for the duration of their eligibility since that scholarship spot cannot be replaced under this proposal.

The number of LOI a year doesn't have to be 25 it can be anything but I think increasing the number of scholarships granted to student athletes is the best way for the increases in athletic revenue to be shared with them, also it's the only way to do it while keeping amateurism alive.  But that is my opinion, if a version of this proposal were to be adopted then it would probably be with a limit lower than 25.

01/21/2011 - 5:00pm Thank you

This is a far more concise way of putting it.

01/21/2011 - 4:57pm Whoops

Looks like I need an editor when writing a book.  Fixed.

01/09/2011 - 1:57am The DC at OSU?

Isn't in his sixties?  He could be in Dallas for the coaching convention though.

01/08/2011 - 11:47pm It isn't just oversigning

There is also the loss of scholarchips LSU is going to face due to breaking actual rules too.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/18022/lsu-hopes-to-avoid-more-penalties

12/22/2010 - 1:21pm Limits

There are two limits that cannot be exceeded when counting an EE toward the previous year's class.  The first limit is that you cannot exceed the 25 scholarship limit for that school year and the second limit is that you cannot exceed the 85 scholarship limit for the entire team for that school year.  I believe USC was fairly low on total scholarships this year but it also depends on how many scholarships they gave to walk-ons.  I also don't know how many recruits USC had in their last class.  So assuming they had 17 or less recruits count toward last years class and they had less than 77 scholarship athletes last year then they could still sign 23 recruits this year even under the penalty if 8 are EE.

12/06/2010 - 11:00am Just FYI

If Michigan were to fire RR they would have to give him a written notice 30 days prior to termination.  This means that if they wanted they could give him the notice now, start a coaching search, and not have to pay him the extra $1.5 million since his termination would come after January1st.  This is per MVictors:  http://mvictors.com/?p=9046

I think it is quite apparent that DB believes in fact based management, as every good CEO should, and part of that is being patient enough to wait for all of the facts to be available before making a decision.  Obviously fans in general lack patience but I for one am glad that our AD doesn't.

11/12/2010 - 6:18pm 444

444

11/12/2010 - 3:54pm How about Tim Kish then?

http://www.arizonawildcats.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/kish_tim00.html

10/27/2010 - 6:33pm Am I clairvoyant, or did you post this already?

Because I would really like to be clairvoyant.

10/15/2010 - 11:05am Maybe if you think of it this way you might cringe less...

In a traditional 4-3 when you play nickel you usually pull one of your LBs for a third corner but with our nickel package (which we run pretty much all the time since most teams play a lot of 3-wide now) we have a spur and a bandit.  The spur and bandit are physically like traditional strong safeties, so with our nickel package we're actually gaining some size over a traditional 4-2-5 by having two SS on the field vs. one SS and an extra corner.

Did that help mitigate your cringe reflex?

10/11/2010 - 2:33pm If you've already made up

If you've already made up your mind about the answer to your question then what's the point in asking it?

10/05/2010 - 10:11am You are correct, it was definitely Gruden

Jaws mumbled under his breath "yeah but it's a different offense..."

Either way it was awesome to see the great pub on MNF for the program.

09/28/2010 - 1:29pm I wish I could up vote Martin Robbins

Would the real world equivalent be a high five?

09/27/2010 - 2:40pm Rorschach Test

All this tells me is that he is just like any other coach.  When he has talented players he has a good defense.  There are no miracle workers in the coaching profession.  GERG's M.O. is as a good talent developer anyway which is what we need and he has a good rapport with the coaches and players.  It seems foolhardy to want to make a change after only 16 games with GERG as our DC.  But you can see whatever you like.

09/24/2010 - 11:39am Are our LBs supposed to be keying the RBs?

Is this a case of our LBs trying to do too much and UMass taking advantage of that with the counter?  Since we're slanting our DLine almost every play, in order to have gap integrity when the OLine pulls don't our LBs have to read OLine so that we don't have two players in one gap and no one in the new gaps created from the pulling linemen?  I'm no coach but I don't think I've heard of a one gap defense where the LBs key on the RBs first, is there even an advantage to doing that?

09/21/2010 - 7:10pm We're not falling for that one!

You're totally Brendan Gibbons!  You would make a terrible superhero.

09/20/2010 - 7:57pm Neglect?

I have a hard time believing that our head coach who hasn't slept 3 straight hours in years because he feels like he could be using that time to watch film is neglecting anything that has to do with improving our football team.

09/12/2010 - 1:16pm I'll go with Benny Friedman

But it's not like I ever saw him play.

09/11/2010 - 12:37pm Skyfire

Skyfire works sometimes for flash videos but no guarantee if it will work for NBC.com

08/24/2010 - 8:56am Betty White disagrees

If a facebook group can get Betty White to host SNL, then it can accomplish anything!

02/11/2010 - 2:30pm mgoblue linky

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/021110aaa.html

08/22/2009 - 8:07pm I did, I work on the Patuxent

I did, I work on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station which is actually in southern Maryland. I moved in March, and there isn't much in southern Maryland so we are willing to drive to take in the game. Where is your friend at?

08/22/2009 - 6:28pm Thanks! Sounds like my last

Thanks! Sounds like my last post was a little premature. I'll definitely check this place out!

08/22/2009 - 6:24pm That was quick!

It sounds like the Pour House is the place to be! Thanks again for your advice everyone, we'll be sure to get there early!

07/15/2009 - 8:49pm Like in this alignment, correct?

D-1

07/15/2009 - 8:26pm Thanks!

Thanks!

07/15/2009 - 8:14pm Sorry!

I actually have some pictures from the spring game that I labeled a little but I don't know how to post them.

Trojan
Analysis

This is Pete Carrol explaining his 4-3 under which is similar. Stevie Brown looked like he would be in the SLB spot from the spring game but he moved around a lot too. Also in the spring game it looked like they were moving Brandon Graham to the weakside but he was playing as a normal DE not the hybrid DE.

I hope this clarifies some. My diary may have focused too much on one alignment.

07/15/2009 - 4:46am I did mean on the line not

I did mean on the line not just in the box. But now I'm not so sure what exactly his role is from the clips of the spring game. He seems to be more like a nickel. But I think there will be some plays where he lines up like a normal 4-3 under Sam.

He will probably play on or off the line depending on the play call and the match up. Not very insightful I know but that is all I got right now.

I have some print screens of the spring game that I'll try and do something with, but I'm not sure how useful they will be since you can't see the whole field.

I wish I knew more so I could give you a better answer but alas I have a lot to learn.

07/15/2009 - 4:31am I appreciate your insight!

I appreciate your insight! I'm looking at the spring game now and I definitely see things that don't quite jive with what my understanding of the system is/was. I guess what I was expecting was something more like the second case, where brown is outside graham on the bottom of the screen and herron is on the top of the screen.

Could the coaches just be moving Graham around to give him the best match ups? I guess they like him best on the RT if there isn't a TE and if there is then they put him on the LT?

It also seems like they want herron to out flank the o-line whether or not there is a tight end. Is this just for one back sets? Would they put brown over the tight end and move herron inside if there were two backs in the backfield?

They are moving brown all around. Looks like they want him manned up on someone. I'm curious what the zone blitzes look like.

Well, I'm really glad you chimed in! I am about as green as they come with this stuff so it gave me more to think about.

07/15/2009 - 2:20am Thank you!

I guess I'm confused now. I was looking at the diagrams in that last trojan football analysis link and it showed the Sam over the tight end for this front. Does that mean that Mouton is going to be the Sam and Brown the Will?

07/15/2009 - 1:38am Formatting issues

Sorry about the shitty formatting! I'm triggering spam filters now so I guess I'll have to fix it later.

06/16/2009 - 6:02pm here you go

http://gsimmons85.blogspot.com/2009/04/3-4-defense-remix-part-7-all-ove…

06/10/2009 - 9:55am That's what she said

But seriously I agree with everything you just wrote.

And in regards to the first caller...

I have also played many a drinking game to the dulcet tones of Rod Allen and that is what makes him so fun. He has his own interesting ways of saying things that are normally a boring comment, for instance: "That boy is country strong!" instead of "Player X is really strong."

And who doesn't like discussions solely centered around cotton candy?

I prefer blue cotton candy on a paper cone, because that is the only acceptable way of consuming said candy.

06/09/2009 - 2:22pm 85% of all stats are just

85% of all stats are just made up on the spot

02/06/2009 - 3:41pm I concur

Well done!

01/26/2009 - 11:17pm same here did you graduate in

same here did you graduate in 04 with him

12/17/2008 - 2:19pm Borders

If you live in michigan then these are always in stock at your local borders or walden books.

Football:
http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=1596524529

M in general:
http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0789399881
http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=1596524014

hope that helps