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05/24/2018 - 5:27pm Don't forget...

....Tennis.  16th for the men and 32nd for the women

05/14/2018 - 4:35pm With a qualifier....

The exception to what I said above pertains to students outside SE Michigan.  From underrepresented counties, I do believe the university would go out of its way to admit a student that is on the periphery of the typical qualifying characteristics.  However, every candidate must be considered qualified in order to be admitted.  In the end, the numbers come to similar averages, espeically when comparing kids from the typical SE Michigan schools that apply and those from out of state.  Best comparison to the UP kids would be kids from underrepresented states as well -- if you're from Wyoming, you're more likely to get in than if you're from NYC, for example.

05/14/2018 - 3:55pm False

Your assumption is false.  While the rates of acceptance are higher in-state, the average candidate that is accepted is materially not different in-state from out-of-state.  The average GPA and board scores tend to be very similar.  I have this on direct authority from the admissions office.

05/14/2018 - 3:52pm Misinformation

There's a ton of misinformation in the answers to this post, as well as incorrect assumptions in the OP.

Bottom line is that Michigan now receives a record number of freshman applications -- 65,000 this year -- with an enrollment total that is also as high as it's ever been -- about 6,600.  The end result is a class that is very close to 50/50 in-state and out-of-state.  The admission rate comes to approximately 27%, but the in-state admit rate is significantly HIGHER than the out-of-state rate due to the fact that between 75-80% of the applications come from out-of-state students.  The in-state acceptance rate is somewhere in the mid 40% range.

While in-state students get accepted at a much higher rate, the number of out-of-state students admitted is still notably higher than those that are in-state.  They get to a 50/50 enrollment rate because the yield (admitted students who enroll) is also much higher in-state than out-of-state (I believe stephenrjking said as much above).  The admissions office is very good a projecting these things to get the end result that they want.

It is a known concern within the university community that many students from outside SE Michigan feel that they either can't get in, can't compete once they're in, or can't afford it.  All of these things are actually untrue.  As noted, the acceptance rate in-state is much higher than it is for the rest of the country/world.  Plus, Michigan actively seeks students from under-represented counties in-state, so the likelihood of a less qualified student getting in from the UP (for example) is quite higher than a kid from Southfield or Bloomfield Hills.  The Go Blue Guarantee covers the cost issues as noted in the original reply to this OP.  As for competition, you never really know until you get there, but there's no reason to think that any remotely qualified candidate can't do well at Michigan.

So, for those of you in the more remote counties of Michigan, you're encouraged to apply and should assume you'll have all the resources you need from the university to succeed in college and beyond.  Go Blue!

05/04/2018 - 9:34pm The University of Chicago.....

Where fun goes to die.

12/19/2017 - 10:41pm Not to play top that, buuuuuuut.....

I have a football autographed by every head coach in my lifetime — Bo, Mo, Lloyd, Rich Rod, Brady and Harbaugh. Not for sale.

11/16/2017 - 7:04am She

She was a tremendous coach.

10/18/2017 - 11:03am Tweet

I had seen that tweet earlier in the week so I didn't mention it in my post, but I hadn't considered the possibility of it being an NCAA violation.  A much more interesting angle than my effort to instill a *tiny* bit of humor into an otherwise un-noteworthy clickbait story.

10/08/2017 - 10:49am QB hot takes

While I agree with the hot takes all over this board that neither Speight nor O'Korn are QBs that will make anyone reading this post happy, the biggest issue is the inability of the OL to provide any semblance of pass protection. Stick anyone behind that line and the result will likely be the same -- Devin Gardner-level PTSD is practically inevitable. Until that's fixed -- and it's hopefully just a year away -- this is what we can expect from the offense.

10/02/2017 - 1:51pm "very" incorrectly?

Is there a way to be more incorrect than incorrect?


09/17/2017 - 6:17am That's a free kick, not a

That's a free kick, not a drop kick. Free kicks are allowed following a fair catch and a safety.

09/12/2017 - 10:18am I invited John Bacon to speak

I invited John Bacon to speak to the NJ alumni club during his Endzone book tour, and when he came in November 2015, he not only told us then that he was working on this book, but he actually brought John Saunders with him to our event.  John Saunders was a very quiet, reserved man -- far different from the personality that we all saw on TV -- and he seemed extremely uncomfortable even in the most basic of casual conversations (though he was certainly very nice and humbled by the minor attention we were giving him).  I learned a bit about him and his brother from our short time together (with John Bacon as his key spokesperson), and I can't imagine that this book will be anything short of a fascinating read.  I was sad to hear of his passing just 9 months after meeting him. Looking forward to getting a copy to read more about his story.

07/28/2017 - 12:18pm Family tree

My wife is (allegedly) distantly related to Jesse James who, as we know from the Brady Bunch, is nothing but a cold-blooded killer. Someone on her side did a family tree that goes back several generations.

07/25/2017 - 9:34pm Overdue is well said

Only 27 living Americans are old enough to have seen the last victory --…. Would be nice to win before that number hits rock bottom.

07/15/2017 - 12:25pm It's a Fisher comment

Played for Fisher at SDSU

06/19/2017 - 12:22pm Try 16 years

Try 16 years

06/17/2017 - 10:36pm Why?

Why not!

06/15/2017 - 12:45am Long List...

Spent an hour listening to Bo and Anthony Carter tell stories in a U-M suite in NYC before Carter's induction into the College Football HOF.  An unbelievable evening with less than 20 people -- count my blessings to have had that opportunity.

Interviewed Desmond Howard for The Daily.

Played in a pick up game with Glen Rice.  Never touched the ball.  Not once.  Did set a screen for him and got totally run over.  Yes, it hurt, and yes, he made the shot.

Also played in a pick up game with Pete Carroll when he was with the Jets.  All elbows.  Would like to see him play in a game with the Harbaugh family -- just as competitive.

Met Bill Bradley when working for a gubernatorial campaign in NJ.

Met freshmen Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, who came to my fraternity house at my invitation for a pep rally with Steve Fisher and captain Freddy Hunter.

Interviewed Evander Holyfield as an intern for SI.

Hung out with Conan O'Brien back stage after a show.  Just as funny off camera.  Also chatted with Max Weinberg for a while that same evening.

Bought Neil O'Donnell a beer after he joined the Jets following the Super Bowl year with the Steelers.  He bought me and my friends a round in return and BS'd with us for a bit.  Drunk as a skunk.

Sat between two members of Spirogyra on a flight once.  Middle seat awkwardness, but they were pleased to know I knew their band.

Spent a lot of time talking to Bert Sugar and invited him to speak to the local U-M club in NJ (which he accepted).  Tremendous story teller.

Lots of others in passing, but not counting a simple "hello".  That seems like more than enough for now....

06/05/2017 - 4:54pm My main takeaway

Josh Norris isn't great at pull-ups.  /s

06/02/2017 - 11:56am No surprises

Again, old data is old, but even if the data had been updated, it wouldn't be much different.  Bottom line -- there are as many FBS players in Florida, Texas, Georgia and California as there are in the other 46 states and DC combined.  This is precisely why the SEC hates satellite camps -- they believe that everyone down there is theirs, and to say otherwise is hypocritical.

05/30/2017 - 6:08pm The awesomeness

The awesomeness of this post is awesome.  From now on, everything I don't like is "for showboats and the soft."

05/24/2017 - 3:54pm Mac Lozer & Jackson Lamb

Looking at the stats for these guys, and in 46 combined appearances over 51 innings, they have not allowed an earned run this year.  That's just crazy!  Go Blue!

04/26/2017 - 2:24pm Don't undersell yourselves

Whether you're surprised or not, I read the whole thing, and I'm sure a great many others do too.  Just because something you guys post doesn't get comments doesn't mean it hasn't been read and appreciated.  It just may not be comment worthy (unless your lone comment is IBD, in which case all bets are off).  I'm pretty sure most of you were former Daily writers, and that's a great training ground for what you're doing today -- screw mass media; this is way better.

If you write something interesting and/or intelligent, it has value, and while some may choose to agree to disagree with the viewpoint you espouse, readers have to respect the depth of thought that you guys collectively put into your posts (except Draftgeddon -- OMG, I just can't).  It helps that it's smart and that your audience is (generally) smart, passionate and plentiful, which may explain why it's tough for most other schools to rinse and repeat what you do here.  For example, Iowa just doesn't have the quantity of bodies to read, nor the history of persistent success across multiple sports (not to throw Iowa under the bus, but you get the point).  ND is a bit of a mystery, but their issue is probably more tied to the weirdness of a significant portion of their fan base that has never visited South Bend, much less even attended college anywhere.  It's a Catholic thing -- I wouldn't understand.

All of that said, keep up the good work, stick to your principles, and you'll continue to be rewarded, whether readers actually like you or not.  Go Blue!

04/25/2017 - 9:13am X

Your perspective on X is a little off. Take a look at the freshman year of virtually every point guard in school history (except Jalen, who was a freak, and Burke) and you'll see most of them were less productive or non-existent. X was pretty good for a true freshman. The biggest jump at PG is typically in that second season.

04/24/2017 - 11:09am Whoa

Keep your socks on there, kiddo...

03/28/2017 - 4:32pm Plus....

How weird is it that Mike Barrowman isn't on this list?  He was the Big Ten male athlete of the year in 1991 among all sports, yet didn't win the award for his own sport?  Bizarre.

03/28/2017 - 4:27pm 25 year run

Granted the Michigan program has been the gold standard of college swimming for more than 2 decades, but how impressive is it that the conference swimmer of the year has come from Michigan for 20 out of the last 25 years?  Congrats to Felix and the Michigan men's team!

03/28/2017 - 6:37am I remember very well, and the

I remember very well, and the heckling wasn't so overwhelming as to disrupt or alter his speech, which wound up being rather unremarkable. He tried too hard to parallel Johnson's "Great Society" speech, which was also at a Michigan commencement, with his references to a "Good Society," and it fell flat. It was a nice day, though, and an honor to have the POTUS delivering a message to the graduates, no matter your political persuasion, something I'm afraid our society is almost incapable of respecting today with its extremist partisan attitudes. But I also don't want this to morph into a political (read: taboo) discussion. My point is simply that of course there were protestors -- it is Michigan -- and hecklers, but it wasn't overwhelmingly throughout the speech.

03/27/2017 - 7:56pm Bush

I'm a '91 graduate, when George H.W. Bush was the speaker as the current POTUS.  That was pretty cool.  Most years are good, but there's always the off year when it's someone less spectacular.  Such is life.  I have a hard time believing that the commencment ceremony will be weak in any respect, so just go and enjoy yourselves.  You'll be wishing you could go back for the rest of your lives.

03/23/2017 - 3:12pm 79-72, Michigan

79-72, Michigan

03/19/2017 - 3:07pm In all seriousness....

If Wagner and Wilson both get into foul trouble, that's a huge problem.  Can't do without Walton for long stretches either.  Otherwise, crash the boards and pray that we miss shots.

02/28/2017 - 12:13pm Best summer job(s)

One summer, I interned at SI and made over $350 a week (this was 25 years ago) -- work week was Thursday, Friday, Sunday (until midnight) and Monday.  That same summer I worked nights for a feature service that sold stories to the Newark Star-Ledger -- made $70 a night and $70 a story (and I wrote 4 stories that were published).  Worked a lot, but that was a ton of money for a college kid back then.  Fun summer.

01/28/2017 - 8:15am

01/28/2017 - 8:13am We are #1

With 4 (Brady x 3 and Desmond). 4 schools are tied with 3 -- Georgia, ND, USC and Alabama.

01/25/2017 - 11:26pm Barber

Excellent call on Barber.  I would swap Cosell for Michaels, but otherwise agree with your list.  Michaels goes on the second tier only because there are just 4 slots.

01/25/2017 - 11:23pm Only one mention of Red Barber?

People always forget the old school broadcasters that they never heard live when making these lists.  My first team all Mt. Rushmore is:

Red Barber

Keith Jackson

Vin Scully

Howard Cosell


Second team:

Mel Allen

Al Michaels

Jack Buck

Marv Albert

01/10/2017 - 11:36pm Two Buck Chuck

is now Four Buck Chuck.

01/10/2017 - 11:33pm If you're looking for famous

If you're looking for famous people that own wineries:…
Also, Randy Lewis (Indy car driver in late 80s/early 90s) had the wine of the year last year according to Wine Spectator. Expensive stuff.

12/15/2016 - 2:47pm Ron Paul

Ron Paul

Edit: Third Place for me

12/04/2016 - 2:26pm 1995 Sugar Bowl & 2004 Hawaii Bowl

Va Tech beat Texas -- Jim Druckenmiller vs. James Brown ("The hardest working man in the Southwest Conference") in what I believe was the last game in the history of the SWC.

Latter game was Hawaii bombing UAB in the June Jones era. They hit the over in the 2nd quarter -- always fun when Hawaii is in the game. Plus, it's Hawaii, so there's that.

11/27/2016 - 2:52pm Ridiculous predictions

Some of these predictions make zero sense.  There's no possible way that Ohio State gets left out of the playoff.  They're No. 2 already and just beat No. 3.  This is a done deal, folks.

The only debate is which conference champs other than Alabama get in.  It'll be interesting if Clemson and Washington both win to see who gets left out between those 2 and the winner of Penn State-Wisconsin.  I'd put Wisconsin as 50-50 to get in over Washington, but Penn State's odds would be low.  I think they get left out, and there will be screaming from Happy Valley about it, somewhat rightfully so.

Obviously, if just one of Clemson and Washington should lose, the committee's job will be easy, regardless of the noise that the Big 12 and the ACC/Pac 12 loser will make.  What would be very interesting is if Clemson, Washington AND Oklahoma all lose.  Does the committee have the guts to put 3 Big Ten teams in the final 4, given that the next best team would be Colorado, which everyone knows Michigan pasted early in the season?  Highly improbable that 3 teams from the same conference would go to the semi-finals, as there would be a revolt everywhere else in the country.  Oklahoma State probably doesn't have the resume to get into the top 4 either, even with a win over Oklahoma in that ultimate chaos scenario.  Would be fun to see it, though, to watch the committee squirm.  Imagine a final 4 of Alabama, Ohio State, Big Ten champ and Colorado -- Michigan beat 2 of the 4 and lost to a third in a controversial 2OT finish.  I think Harbaugh's head, and MGoBlog, will explode if it happens....

11/21/2016 - 4:27pm I guess... need to work on your delivery.

11/14/2016 - 10:50am Nope

Tier 2 has OSU (which should be in Tier 1 -- they are the No. 2 team in both polls and won't drop if they don't lose), Wisconsin and Washington.

11/14/2016 - 10:46am Uh....


10/11/2016 - 11:32am Ditto

I watch the majority of the games that are important to me on delay when the family goes to bed, and pick and choose the few really important ones to watch live.  I still try to go to games in person -- get to Ann Arbor at least once a year -- but even for local teams, it's far less frequent than it was 20 years ago.

10/09/2016 - 7:15pm If you're referring to the

If you're referring to the reference to "the final tally" in the article you linked, that wasn't a reference to the score, but rather the number of possible recruits that showed up. 200 were expected, but less may have showed up due to the rain.

10/09/2016 - 6:13pm Another thing

The reason nobody remembers this happening during a Buckeyes game is because it's only done by the home team's band when the road team's band isn't there. It's a courtesy for the away team's fans that don't have a band of their own at the game, and the RU band leader said that the same courtesy had been extended to their fans at other Big Ten games when their band didn't travel.

10/09/2016 - 3:17pm Why do you even care about

Why do you even care about this? I was there, and I thought it was a classy move on their band's part. They played their fight song right after ours. Got a nice hand from us in one of the (many) Michigan sections.

09/30/2016 - 10:05am Beat the Badgers!

It's Friday!  Beat the Badgers!!!

09/28/2016 - 10:40am In case I wasn't clear, a

In case I wasn't clear, a benefit of buying these tickets is that there is absolutely NO risk associated with them -- you're purchasing directly from the ticket office, so it's not a secondary source.  For any other AA members other than you that might be interested, the block has just 13 tickets left in it -- first come, first served.