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05/09/2018 - 1:04pm "We have nowhere to go but

"We have nowhere to go but up" is not a bold take when you can't sink any lower.

04/21/2018 - 7:31am Any job that requires making

Any job that requires making decisions based upon incomplete information is a growth industry. AI is terrible at that. (So are most people, heh.)

04/07/2018 - 7:51am So many moments from which to

So many moments from which to choose, but for me, it's beating Wisconsin in Madison. That's rarer than a trip to the Final Four for us in the last decade!

04/05/2018 - 8:40pm SCHA-DEN-FREU-DE


04/05/2018 - 7:25pm It was an obvious foul. Refs

It was an obvious foul. Refs keeping OSU competitive...

04/05/2018 - 7:24pm Gotta beat ND first!  If we

Gotta beat ND first!  If we do beat ND, then we're probably more likely to have success against the team that hasn't already beaten us 5 out of 5 games...  /eyeroll

04/05/2018 - 1:36pm Burke's renaissance has me

Burke's renaissance has me tuning into NYK games.  If M Hoops' surprising wild success is the cake of this basketball season then Trey 2.0 is the icing. 

Lord knows the 'Stons have been a disappointment.

04/04/2018 - 7:10pm Read this and be totally

Read this and be totally horrified:

04/04/2018 - 7:09pm This is a reasonable

This is a reasonable assessment and I mostly agree with it.

04/04/2018 - 4:25pm I teach anatomy at a DO

I teach anatomy at a DO school (not MSU-COM).

There is zero DO/OMM literature supporting intravaginal manipulation of the coccyx/coccygeal muscles. Not one of the DO OMM professors I've spoken with teaches this as legitimate medical treatment.  At MSU, there were only Nassar's MSU-COM colleagues providing their expert opinions.  They were either not in full possession of the facts, or grossly incompetent in their responsibilities as scholars and physicians. If they had looked for a scientific medical basis for what he was doing they would have found nothing, and that's when they should have started asking questions. 'Larry says it's legitimate' is woefully inadequate when Larry is being investigated...

04/04/2018 - 3:17pm The issue isn't that much of

The issue isn't that much of modern medicine isn't actually evidence-based.  It's that faculty at a medical school can't tell the difference between sexual assault and legitimate medical treatment and can't be bothered to investigate.  Independent, verifable, third-party peer-reviewed literature can potentially provide an immediate answer to such questions.  If that literature does not exist, then you're left consulting experts, and that's precisely why Nassar wasn't caught sooner.

- actual scientist

04/03/2018 - 5:43pm I'd like to see Beilein make

I'd like to see Beilein make more than Izzo.  Beilein's on-court product is more valuable, and his off-court product is MUCH more valuable.

Also, I know he's only been with us one year, but I'd like to see Yaklich get paid well enough to stay at least two more years.  By the end of his third year in Ann Arbor, it should be clear whether he deserves to be heir apparent to Beilein's throne. I think Yaklich was that impressive this year...  Then again if Beilein wants to coach until he's 70+ and doesn't lose his touch, then that'd be great!

03/27/2018 - 1:12pm Not to mention Nassar's four

Not to mention Nassar's four colleagues responsible for his 2014 Title IX investigation that cleared him...

03/26/2018 - 4:13pm Yes, my surname is

Yes, my surname is Throckmorton. And yes, I teach my medical students all about the Throckmorton Sign when I give the lectures on embryology and gross anatomy of the genitals... lol.

03/26/2018 - 11:42am Michigan's voters elected the

Michigan's voters elected the clowns on the MSU BoT.  Maybe when their taxes go up as a result of this circus, they'll elect people who are qualified to lead an R1 university instead of a bunch of former athletes and coaches.

Note UM's Board of Regents is comprised of physicians, lawyers, and businesspeople.

03/23/2018 - 7:22pm Speaking of...  I found all

Speaking of...  I found all of the B1G Tournament games except the one vs Michigan's Second University.  Anyone have a link to that torrent?

03/11/2018 - 11:16pm Cool, appreciate the insight

Cool, appreciate the insight as I've never been to this arena before. I'll get uppers for Saturday then and save some money.

03/11/2018 - 10:59pm Also just got nice lowers

Also just got nice lowers after specific game times were announced; glad we're not in the Kansas session! Saturday tickets are still a bit steep though.

03/11/2018 - 1:07pm LOL.  Shameless. 

LOL.  Shameless. 

02/26/2018 - 10:07pm The hypothesis that a higher

The hypothesis that a higher proportion of single mother households produces more violent societies is easily falsified:…  Relatively violent societies fall all along the spectrum of single mother household frequency, and so do relatively peaceful societies.

I agree with kgh10; the notion that females benefit more from female teachers is preposterous.  Most economically developed nations have very similar demographics of K-12 teachers: females dominate elementary school teaching positions, but by high school, nearly half of teachers are males.  Most economically developed nations don't have these problems we do in the USA.

In reading this thread, nearly every poster has used college admission and a college degree as their primary marker of 'success.'  I find this curious, and disappointing.  You don't need to go to college or finish it to be successful. 


02/16/2018 - 10:23pm NICE.

We played well tonight. ND did not, but they benefited from some dubious officiating.

I will be very heartened if we can earn another W tomorrow night...

02/14/2018 - 6:47pm IMHO

The moves against the dismissed dean of the COM and other COM faculty, including at least one department chair, are preludes to throwing the COM under the bus in an attempt to staunch the hemorrhaging.  MSU has an MD school and DVM school so crippling the DO school won't be that painful.  If they cut off the DO school and say the home of the high-profile predator has been cleaned up, then they reduce the risk of the athletics department's sins being brought to light (because the light will be shining on the DO school).


Edit, update:…

WHOA. I read this to effectively mean the DO school is no longer autonomous, and will now report to the boss of the College of Human Medicine - now known as the College of Medicine.  That division between their DO and MD schools dates back to 1969.  In academia, this is a major reorganization.

02/14/2018 - 6:16pm Wolverines are mustelids, the

Wolverines are mustelids, the same family of carnivorous mammals that badgers and otters belong to.  Badgers, wolverines, and otters are all delightful, mighty, tenacious, and ferocious.  Our mascot embodies many admirable qualities.

02/09/2018 - 5:01pm tl;dr: bad coaching, bad

tl;dr: bad coaching, bad players

Longer take: Bo was busy with the fallout from his extramarital affair in '14-'15. I've heard there was a movement to push him out right after the end of the '15 season, but it's hard to push out a coach for having an affair after he just came in second place in the NCAA Tournament and handed unbeaten Kentucky their first and only loss of the season.  That '14-'15 Badger team was loaded with talent and well-coached.

At that point, the relationship between powerful Bo Ryan and the even more powerful Barry Alvarez was not good, to the point where Bo brought attorneys to meetings with the athletic department.  Ryan announced before the '15-'16 season that he was going to retire at the end of the season but retired unexpectedly in the middle of the season to give his hand-picked successor, assistant coach Greg Gard, an advantage to become the full time head coach in '16-'17.  Alvarez wanted an open search, but Ryan forced his hand, so Gard did not come on as head coach in '16-'17 with Barry's full good graces.

Gard got by last season ('16-'17) on the talent of Bo's recruits, primarily seniors Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes, and sophomore Ethan Happ.  All of those dudes were near-NBA caliber talents (Happ will probably be a lottery pick this year) and I was (pleasantly) surprised when Michigan beat them in the B1G Tournament Final.

This year, the talented upperclassmen are gone, and the Badgers lost a starting G (Trice) and a solid backup G (King) early in the season.  The Badgers are threadbare in the backcourt.  Ryan was obviously preoccupied a few years ago, so there's not much talent in the junior and senior classes.  I can see now why Barry wasn't sold on Gard as Ryan's successor.  I will not be surprised if Gard is let go at the end of the season.

As a Badger fan (only Michigan usually takes priority in my cheering), it has been shitty to watch.   


02/09/2018 - 3:18pm Good feeling!

I've been to every single Michigan at Wisconsin hoops game since I started grad school in Madison in 2007, and I am more confident in the W this year than any previous year.

That Ben Brust near-halfcourt buzzer beater in '13 remains one of the craziest sports spectacles I've seen in person. 

It won't be close this year.  For the game to even be close, Michigan will have to play as poorly as we did vs NWU, and UW will have to play...better than they have all season.  I follow Badger sports almost as closely as Michigan sports and this Wisconsin hoops team is BAD. The worst they've fielded in a decade, and it's not even close.

Happ vs Wagner will be fun to watch, though, and I think Happ will have the edge there.

Anyone else going to be at the game? 

01/31/2018 - 1:27pm Grew up in East Lansing;

Grew up in East Lansing; everyone in my family who had gone to college had gone to MSU.

I did not care at all about sports growing up.

Friends of mine and I were hanging out at Pinball Pete's in East Lansing at the start of our high school senior year (1998) minding our own business, when the cops on horses started teargassing crowds downtown.  Figured if I were going to go to college, then I should probably go to a college where school came first and sports and partying came second.

Went to my first UM football game my freshman year - the 1999 season opener against Notre Dame.  The good guys won 26-22, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

01/29/2018 - 11:18am The Edible Series

I've been on a run through the U Chicago Press's "Edible" series:

So far I've read Herbs, Chillies, Spices, Cocktails, Rum, Chocolate, Tea, Beer, and my favorite, Doughnut.  Each has been very interesting and reasonably well-written.  The different authors do a good to great job of covering all aspects of the food from history, to cultural importance (anthropology), to business/economics, to even biology/food chemistry.  So regardless of your interests, there's probably information you'll find particularly interesting.  They're all shorter, coming in between 100 and 200 pages, and if you prefer physical books, they're smaller and easier to pack - they're good beach reading.  Good dinner conversation fodder, too.

01/29/2018 - 11:10am AoD

+1 for Arsenal of Democracy.  It was well-written, well-researched, and astonishing.  Helped me better connect with my grandparents' experiences living in Michigan generally and Detroit specifically during the WWII years. 

On a more cynical note, it also helped me better understand the foundation of our great university's vast, vast endowment, sheesh.

01/28/2018 - 1:55pm Not only that, but add in any

Not only that, but add in any local police complicity, and now we're looking at the state and possibly even the feds investigating East Lansing law enforcement agencies broadly, not just MSU narrowly. 

Did you notice how quickly the mayor of East Lansing moved to make a statement on this whole sordid affair?  And was one of the first to call on the whole MSU BoT to resign?  (…)

I bet he's concerned the Michigan AG's investigation, in the process of turning over every rock on campus, starts turning over rocks in East Lansing, too.

01/28/2018 - 1:42pm Yes.

Yes, and subsequent failure to report the incident is a Clery Act violation.

If this gets bad, MSU's receipt of Title IV funds (federal student financial aid) will be jeopardized.  No modern R1 university can function without Title IV funding.  I don't think the DoE, especially headed by DeVos, will kill the entire institution (and I don't think that's appropriate), but they could potentially make MSU implement very, very difficult and expensive changes in order to continue operating.

Contrast the tones of Dantonio's and Izzo's pressers last night - I think Izzo might have an idea of the gravity of the situation, but I don't think Dantonio gets it.

01/28/2018 - 1:31pm Correction:

MSU does not have a PR department.  They have a "Communications and Brand Strategy" department.

Seems telling when you are less interested in public relations and more interested in brand strategy.

(Note: At UM, it's "Media and Public Relations.")

01/28/2018 - 1:16pm No.

I have zero concerns about the hoops program under Beilein.  Zero.

I am confident football under Harbaugh is clean, or at least as clean as you can expect any group of a hundred 18-23 year old men to be.  Probably more than enough to roll your eyes at, and maybe even a couple problems you'd wince at, but certainly nothing soul-crushingly shameful like what we're seeing from MSU. 

01/28/2018 - 11:01am Money and prestige talk.

Sports money and prestige are what built MSU over the last couple decades.  First from Izzo, then from Dantonio. 

Yes, MSU is an R1 university with an international reputation but if you look at their academic rankings, they have not moved up academically in the same time frame.  They were in the lowest tier of the B1G then, and remain there now.  MSU was and is a regional school.

The last two decades have been the worst in living memory for Michigan football. Beilein resurrected our hoops program, fortunately.  But our academic reputation remains unchanged: the second-best public school in the country after Berkeley, the best public school in the B1G, and second only to NWU, which is like comparing apples and oranges anyway. 

Don't kid yourself - Izzo and Dantonio run that school.  Take away Izzo's basketball success and Dantonio's football success and MSU has few truly prestigious programs.  As far as I know, the only MSU BoT members with Twitter accounts are Mitch Lyons and Brian Mosallam.  I scrolled through their tweets, and they simply do NOT talk about academics.  They both tweeted a lot after the latest football game and not at all after the latest basketball game.  Neither of them tweeted about MSU's #1 ranked nuclear physics program when those rankings were recently released.

Now, MSU is going to be hemmorhaging money from civil lawsuits.  These will run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.  MSU athletics is going to start losing sponsors and donors.  And whether they themselves are found directly culpable does not matter at this point - moving forward, Izzo and Dantonio are stained.  Winning does not matter in the eyes of anyone outside of East Lansing when it carries such a high cost.

I would be surprised if either stays.  If they do, then MSU's academic reputation will suffer for it.  It already has, in terms of their DO school.

01/27/2018 - 11:01pm Not a wise move...

I was a grad student in Madison from '07-'13, and I assure you, Bielema is NOT the coach you want to rehab your image.  There were never rumors about any serious problems, but the dude is more than just a bit sleazy.  Frequent public intox reports and bar dust ups.  Not the players - him.

01/27/2018 - 11:31am Well.

I'm not optimistic about next season.  I suspect there will be many Saturdays this coming fall when I console myself by reminding myself "Self, it could be worse. Much worse."

01/27/2018 - 11:23am Really?

Is anyone here going to bet against Brady?


It'll be nice next weekend when a Wolverine is on the front page of all the sports websites, and the articles won't make me want to wish extinction upon humanity.

01/26/2018 - 10:56pm I lost count after the 25th

I lost count after the 25th time he said "healing process."

01/26/2018 - 8:26pm That didn't take long.…


One last time: Why doesn't Betsy DeVos think Title IX investigations are a good use of resources?


Happy to agree to disagree.

01/26/2018 - 4:51pm Ha.

Twain generally disdained formal education and its accompanying politics (e.g., 'I never let schooling interfere with my education') - this one attributed to him seems even more apropos: "In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards."

01/25/2018 - 3:50pm Exactly.

Why doesn't the new boss think "these things" are as important as the last boss?

01/25/2018 - 2:44pm I'm not inferring any quid

I'm not inferring any quid pro quo.

I think the optics here are terrible and suspicious. Did the ongoing scandal at MSU influence DeVos's actions?

Responding to actual tragedies necessarily entails working to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

01/25/2018 - 2:29pm DeVos

From the article, MSU recently asked the DoE to end federal oversight of the school," "continued monitoring is both unnecessary and inconsistent with new legal developments" that had been put in place under new Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos."

How much money has the DeVos family donated to MSU?

01/19/2018 - 7:48pm Hmm..

Second time Al's played a blind guy.

01/19/2018 - 7:43pm Two thoughts...

1. They fear canning Simon will be interpreted as an acknowledgement of some level of culpability.

2. They hope the incompetents running the federal government will push them off the front page if/when they shut the government down.


01/17/2018 - 10:34pm Unbelievable incompetence.

I am a Title IX officer at the medical school where I am professor.  Fortunately I've never had a student report potential problems to me, but our training in this role is very, very, very clear: you have to take these complaints seriously. 

I really do not see how MSU dodges civil liability here, and with the sheer number of victims, I would not be surprised if the settlements are in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  The appointment of Nassar's colleagues (including - holy shit - a "very close friend" and "protege") in the 2014 Title IX investigation is unbelievably, egregiously unethical and inappropriate.  If I saw this happen at my institution, then I would raise hell to get it fixed.  The DO school's handling of this Title IX investigation was incompetent and negligent, I'd be shocked if it is not considered criminal.

01/17/2018 - 7:39am Update:

Lou Anna Simon, Mark Hollis, and William Strampel all deny seeing or hearing anything.

01/02/2018 - 9:36pm Agreed.

As an alum of Michigan (BS) and Wisconsin (PhD), I entirely agree that Alvarez did not facilitate the Bielema and Aranda departures.  Wisconsin over the last 20 years is instructive, and I think Michigan could learn a lot from Wisconsin. 

Alvarez is a known quantity and sets the tone for the football program.  He is the anchor of Wisconsin football.  The brand he developed is Wisconsin's identity - again, you know what you're going to get from Wisconsin.  Wisconsin football is remarkably consistent because it works with their resources and the talent they can attract.  It is always at least good because of its system/identity, and when it has above average talent it is great.  (Look what Ron Dayne, Russell Wilson, Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Taylor all accomplished.) 

Wisconsin benefits enormously from having zero in-state recruiting competition, modest competition from Illinois (Fitzgerald might change that), and near-zero competition from Minnesota (Fleck might change that).  Wisconsin can even recruit Iowa given their long-term mediocrity.  Wisconsin knows how to look for 3-star guys who can fit into the system, they train them up, and they excel.  Wisconsin also benefits enormously from being in the awful, awul B1G West.  And those few seasons we had those stupid Leaders and Legends divisions, Wisconsin had Russell Wilson, and then OSU and PSU had their postseason bans.  That's a lot of good luck. So was dodging the Gary Anderen bullet.  Like you said, that guy's a weirdo - and Alvarez is in charge, and wouldn't change the identity of the program to suit some no-connect coach.

Michigan has had multiple garbage ADs in the last 20 years.  Michigan football is a brand but it does not have an identity at this point.  In the past, our successes relied in large part on above average talent producing good seasons and transcendent talent producing great seasons.  Michigan had TWO Heisman winners in the 90s.  No school had two Heisman winners in the 80s, OSU had Archie Griffin win twice in the 70s, USC had two in the 60s, Notre Dame had two in the 50s, USC had three* in the 00s but they cheated to do it...point being, our successes in the 90s were anomalous and can't reasonably serve as a reference moving forward. 

We could recruit above average to great talent in large part because we were the only game on national tv and high school players across the country recognized the Winged Helmet.  Now, with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, the conference networks, etc. all added to ABC, NBC, CBS, and games being shown on four or five timeslots weekly, it's much harder to recruit against much more competition.  Did you know who UCF was 20 years ago?  So we're facing a fiercer competition for national talent.  And now we have to recruit locally against Michigan State in a state that is a good but not great recruiting territory.  Michigan was the only state in the US to have a decline in population in the '00s, which hurt our home recruiting base, and then MSU started succeeding under Mork making competition for that shrinking home talent pool even worse.  When others have said don't underestimate the damage the RichRod and Captain Clapclap did to the program...  Their ineptitude also helped fuel MSU's first real sustained success in their entire program history.  Michigan simply can't support two outstanding football programs.  It really, really, really sucks that no other school in the B1G has to compete against another same-state B1G school.  (Illinois and Northwestern don't count because neither has ever had sustained success, and Illinois is also the most populous B1G state.  IU and Purdue don't count because IU has never taken football seriously, and Purdue hasn't cared much more than that.)

Fortunately, Michigan is still a national brand, and is incredibly rich.  If we have leadership in the athletics department that recognizes how changing media and changing demographics matter to Michigan recruiting, and we are patient enough to let a good coach develop an identity on the offensive side of the ball, and give Don Brown a giant GD raise because he's already developed an incredible defensive identity and if we lose him then we're F'd, then we can start competing in the B1G East.  But I think many fans need to temper their expectations - Michigan has a long, long way to go before we will compete nationally. And it is unlikely we will ever repeat the glory of the 90s before we stop playing football because CTE.