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02/19/2015 - 3:51pm But...

Sure, but if you get into any kind of trouble (e.g. you get canned), you can probably sell your house relatively easily (given the market there) and will be able to move to a more modest place in the country and start over with whatever equity you had. (For instance, if you have a typical 30 year mortgage that you purchased with 0 down (which probably didn't happen), after 5 years you have over 150k in equity... enough to buy a similar house outright in AA)... So the second author's point about options, sinks the first author's claim to be middle class. 

04/08/2014 - 2:30pm Student

I teach at bama and I've had Chad. Bright kid but he is not interested in being a student. Let's just say his intelligence is what allows him to pass and not his work ethic or enthusiasm for education. He'd be coming to Michigan to be a player and that's it. Nothing wrong with that but it does mean rankings of schools won't move the needle.

02/01/2014 - 9:20pm Alabama 1973

Considering their biggest rival claims the 1973 title, I don't blame them.


A little history. Alabama went 11-0 in the regular season, were voted national champions and then promptly lost (in a classic) to undefeated Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.


This is clearly a case where Notre Dame  should be the only title holder, yet Alabama still claims it too...

01/30/2014 - 3:19pm You'll probably get in...

You'll probably get in. However, if you can get 2 points higher on your ACT, you'll almost certainly get in. That might be enough for one of those "Michigan" scholarships, which cuts the out-of-state tuition down to in-state levels. At least, that's what I got when I went there (2000-2004). 

11/14/2013 - 11:52am Not really

As someone with degrees from both schools, I have to say that this type of thinking is BS. I mean, sure, Michigan is the better academic institution. But at the undergraduate level, the differences are not that big (Alabama is a flagship, in the top 100, has money to burn as the flagship, etc.). Also, the engineering school at Alabama (while it's not well ranked) is king of the hill on campus and therefore gets a ton of extra resources. 

If we were talking graduate school, sure, the differences are a bit more pronounced. But as a football player pursuing an undergraduate degree, he can do just fine at either place (I mean, AJ McCarron was a Rhodes finalist last year). 

05/28/2013 - 10:03am Alabama

That doesn't really explain the issue at Alabama. Student tickets this year were $35 for the season. That's the one thing they do really well here. Unfortunately, they sold out in about 20 minutes. So you get a bunch of students who just want to sell them and can't (the process to make them non-student tickets is a pain and includes the $70ish upgrade fee).


02/12/2013 - 11:49am A lot of places...

do this. Alabama does this. But not just for athletes, for all faculty and staff too. IPADS allow for a more efficient campus in Tuscaloosa. They are not paying rack rate for this, and some of the cost is offset through deals with textbook companies that allow rental digital textbooks (which is cheaper for the students too).

File this one under: no big deal.

01/31/2012 - 11:43pm Wrong way

7 am in Michigan is 6 am central...

12/03/2011 - 5:11pm Wrong

If LSU and Bama remain 1 and 2, then they go to the NC and Georgia goes to the Sugar.

09/19/2011 - 2:52pm Denard Fumble

I know it doesn't matter since we recovered but I think Denard was down when he fumbled. Clearly, it is an official fumble, but I wanted to see if others thought the same.

08/30/2011 - 8:17pm Good way to start this thread...

Tune in folks.

08/25/2011 - 5:14pm Dumb assumption....

I'd assume some of the shoes are legally provided via LSU. Don't players get some gear? Shoes, t-shirts, sweats, etc?


I mean, 49 is insane, but he'd have 11 from LSU if they gave him a new pair for the weight room each semester (summers included).

08/23/2011 - 6:44am Early commits

The problem with a system like this is that 1. Offers aren't verifiable (a kid could claim offers when it's only interest) 2. Early commits who are solid typically don't get as many offers as kids who wait.
<br>Is still be interested to see the results.

08/18/2011 - 8:36pm Blimpy Burger

I've got Blimpy Burger as my first stop back (well, Zola's, but that's my wife's doing, I get BB as restitution)

08/18/2011 - 8:35pm Love them both...

But if I'm not paying, it's Zingerman's without hesitation.

08/16/2011 - 9:24pm Sandbridge

If you want a little less commercial spot, stay about 10 miles south at Sandbridge. Mostly beach houses. Good for families and for beaches (not so crowded).

07/05/2011 - 11:36am Malware Warning

This is awful news and his family is in my thoughts.


BUT do NOT go to the linked website. I got malware as soon as I clicked it and my computer went into lock down mode.

06/14/2011 - 8:45pm Come on man!

The appropriate thread title would have been: "You might want to turn on the Tiger's game" with the body: "Just sayin'. "

04/15/2011 - 11:30am Yeah

Yeah, audit findings suck, and central administration is going to be POed, but this isn't like the Yale or Richmond findings. Their OSP will put in some new policies and will have to be a bit more diligent in the future, but that's it. The recommendations make it clear that they are not going to take money back from OSU.


On the other hand, yes, point and laugh. I did.

04/15/2011 - 10:18am Really?

I work in research administration too, and this seems pretty minor. I mean, the recommendations are standard and OSU will comply and this will amount to nothing more than OSU clicking the "findings" box next to most recent audit, and then attaching the audit and the counteractive measures. I mean, the subaward monitoring issue is one popping up all over the country right now and a focus of NCURA.


This is a non-story.

03/26/2011 - 7:00pm Apparently

Apparently you think less of people than I do. We've had plenty of intelligent, non-football references on this board (including Foucault, who you seem to hate), so, yes I can say I expected this to be a fruitful post that others would both understand and want to engage with.
<br>I do find it odd that you think I'm so pompous but in your reply post to me you were willing to wager I didn't have a job, and if I did it was because I was somehow grandfathered into it...
<br>I'm done with this, and in the future, if I feel like posting something from my schooling, I will. If you don't want to read it, don't. Seems simple enough.

03/26/2011 - 2:30pm STW

Wow! Didn’t mean to stir up your negative feelings toward your pretentious colleagues. I, in no way was trying to dazzle or claim those thoughts as my own, hence the Judith Butler subject line. I also didn’t want to cite like it was a paper, this is a message board after all.


As to the job comment, I’m a full-time doctoral student, like you. I will though (thanks to you) try to come up with original, dissertation-worthy, thoughts for commenting on this blog! Thanks for that! /s


Give me a break; to imply that I don’t have my own, original thoughts in my scholarship because of one relevant comment on a blog (and a subsequent reply to a question) is crazy. I think, perhaps, you shouldn’t co-mingle me with the people you hate at your school when you know nothing about what I’m studying and researching.



03/25/2011 - 3:37pm Ack!

Don't legitimize such ridiculous thoughts. With any major there are easy and difficult roads, and communication is no exception.

I mean, communication is probably one of the broadest fields out there. I'm a doctorial student in communication and all I do is read Foucault -- which is pretty difficult. I have colleagues who have never, and probably will never read him, and watch a lot of films (their still rigorous scholars though).

03/25/2011 - 1:51pm Not snarky

Not meant to be snarky.

03/25/2011 - 1:49pm Judith Butler

I fall in line with Judith Butler's theory of identity performance which posits that every behavior we have is somehow influenced by a social script and therefore we are acting out our roles within those scripts. Whether or not someone is conscious of said performance is inconsequential since they have the ability to act a different way.

Hoke is enacting hegemonic masculinity because his rhetoric is wrapped up in the norms of a patriarchal society - one of control and authority. It’s not like Hoke is doing this on purpose, he’s just been enculturated in football, which is the ultimate expression of said masculinity. His public appearances (and probably private too) are wrapped up in the idea that he has to conquer, that he is the leader, that he needs complete control for things to go right.

Of course, no one has a self without fissures, so I don’t really think that Hoke is that one dimensional, but that is what he is displaying to us and probably his players. In the paradigm of football, it's easy to follow hegemonic masculinity to a tee. There are five basic tenants of said identity: (1) psychical force and control, (2) occupational achievement, (3) familial patriarchy, (4) frontiersmanship, and (5) heterosexuality. So, in the case of Hoke, his rhetoric so far has focused on psychical force and control (ie manball, where the fullback literally becomes the phallus and is used to control and conquer the rushing lanes... I mean, we (academics) can make anything into a text to analyze... When presenting this in contrast to zone blocking, then zone blocking becomes about defensiveness, instead of force. You protect your zone, you don't take another's position on the field, and therefore you are feminine (I realize that you could switch the paradigm to make zone blocking masculine, ie controlling one's zone, but Hoke and co. are using this as a talking point)). This manball and phallic battering ram type of football also folds into frontiersmanship.

In Hoke's (or any coach for that matter) hiring press conference we also heard the athletic department praise his occupational achievement and heterosexuality (talking about his wife and kid) and his familial patriarchy, as head of said family. Hoke has continued to intone the themes of familial patriarchy when referencing the players (of course RichRod did this too).

Finally, I think one of the reasons RichRod caught the ire of the local media was because his communication style could be described as feminine (this is not an insult, it’s just a moniker, which was unfortunately coined in the 70s without regard to its automatic lesser positioning it would earn in a patriarchic society just because of its naming) This is his style because many times his logic was inductive and his delivery involved anecdotal evidence instead of a more authoritarian style which is deductive and involves a clearly laid dictum. This can be very effective, especially when things are going well (Bill Clinton is the best example of this) but when things go wrong then you allow for those who are more used to a traditional (masculine) style of discourse to take control of the dialogue.

/academic crap

03/25/2011 - 11:10am They're both right...

My interpretation of Brain's post was that Hoke is simply framing his language in a way that will appease the fan base. He's basically enacting hegemonic masculinity, while emasculating RichRod's offense. By doing this, he is taking control of the dialogue and therefore garnering support.

This doesn't really change what he'll do on the field. As both Mangus and Brian pointed out, Denard wasn't running out of the Zone Read anyway.

03/06/2011 - 3:12pm Charlie Sheen

The softball team Is Charlie Sheen, that much is obvious

02/25/2011 - 5:38pm B- for unc?

A b- for unc? Really? I love that campus, easily my favorite outside of Ann Arbor. Brick side walks, arboretum on campus, gardens everywhere, sculpture, old buildings, then the modern stuff on the medical side. It's like William and Mary but bigger.

01/18/2011 - 11:54am University vs. Junior College...

Hampton is a University, so he won't have the same credit transfer issues that junior/community college transfers do.


He might drop a few credits, but my guess is most transfer no problem.

01/10/2011 - 11:49am I live in bama

I live and Alabama and the difference in fans has to do with the fringe fans. Diehards are the same in AA or tuscaloosa, but in Tuscaloosa everyone at least cares a bit. In AA it doesn't matter. My in laws live in AA and don't care about Michigan football at all, and they don't get crap about it. Here in Tuscaloosa, they would be badgered for not caring.

01/07/2011 - 8:23pm Big raise

Made him one of the top 10 paid coaches in the country:


I know we can top it, but I think it's dead.

01/06/2011 - 10:02am Best experimental Fiction program in the country...

They have the best experimental fiction program in the country (or Syracuse depending whether you're more of a formalist and want to study with Martone or a absurdist and want to study with Saunders...)

01/05/2011 - 10:43pm Well...

To the op, going to grad school doesn't change your allegiance. You'll still bleed maize and blue. And you'll just have to take shit from your peers and profs.

01/05/2011 - 9:58pm Should I be offended?

As a doctoral student at Alabama, should I be offended by this thread?

12/06/2010 - 11:32pm Not true...

Some schools have higher thresholds for admissions for athletes than the NCAA minimum. We are not one of those schools... (Dorsey didn't qualify at Louisville either).


We do, however, have some weird qualifying issues when it comes to transfer credits (hence the lack of JUCO prospects (well and Dorsey, becuase of his alternative credits)). We also won't admit athletes (or anyone) directly into some programs (business) and therefore lose out on some of those kids to ND...

12/06/2010 - 9:15pm Grady is back too...

He's a senior but his eligibility is a junior. He played two basketball years and is allowed three years in another sport because you can have 5 total years of collegiate competition as long as at least one of those years is in a different sport (a la Greg Paulus at Syracuse last year).

11/14/2010 - 1:28pm Dropping the punt...

I thought he didn't call time out because we might drop a punt in those conditions and give Purdue the ball right back near the goal line.

11/11/2010 - 3:36pm Blocking numbers...

Those are the down field blocking numbers for recievers.

10/29/2010 - 3:15pm 533


10/18/2010 - 12:24pm 2nd Tate Interception

Is that pick on Roundtree? It's hard to tell on the video because he is off screen for part of it, but it looks like Tate is throwing to the spot Roundtree would be if he continued his curl (or out)... Roundtree just stops.

10/17/2010 - 3:30pm What happened?

The game is not on in my area. What happened? Who got hurt?

10/15/2010 - 12:58pm 401

and 5 tds

10/14/2010 - 7:46pm Tough Schedule in 2012

So, if we draw Texas in a bowl game we will play numbers 2-6 on the all time winningest list?

Too bad we miss PSU, we could have played 2-7 (i'm assuming we'll play Texas for the MNC -- unless the youth on defense is too much to overcome)

"1. Michigan: 877-304-38
2. Texas: 845-321-34
3. Notre Dame: 837-291-42
4. Nebraska: 827-341-41
5. Ohio State: 819-308-53
6. Alabama: 813-316-43
7. Penn State 812-351-43
8. Oklahoma: 796-305-53
9. Tennessee: 783-333-55
10. USC: 774-307-54"

10/07/2010 - 3:29pm Right...

Right. I thought going into this project that maybe there was hope for change.However, the old power structures are just being reinforced through social media. And the outsider groups who want to disrupt these systems follow a path that is unfortunate:

1. They go viral and get followers preaching about begining outside the current power structure.

2. They get bigger and have to figure out how to manage their size so they

a. don't manage it at all and fold,

b. get bought out by one of the old dogs and in turn become what they were fighting against in the first place, or

c. follow the old dog model of heirarchy and become the old dogs anyway.


So basically, power structures are so embedded into our culture (and how we're enculturated from birth) that we cannot break out of these structures because we are not innovative enough to think of different ways to do things... Of course, I hope there are some exceptions.

10/07/2010 - 3:22pm GPA is not that important...

I mean, you have to do well. But if you're at or above a 3.5 (unweighted) and took a ton of AP classes then you won't get booted for your GPA (I didn't).


But with that GPA you have to kill the SAT (or ACT) -- have a well rounded resume (clubs, sports, science fairs, etc) -- great references -- great essay -- and  apply early.


10/06/2010 - 9:42pm That's my dissertation

I'm using Foucault to look at the reinforcement/destruction of hegemonic systems via computer-mediated communication. IOW I'm looking at how social media either destroys archaic power-structures or reinforces them... Preliminary results... reinforcement and big time. 

09/29/2010 - 2:47pm Maizen

Maizen -- my cat's name.  When he's good it's "Maizen Blue!"

09/15/2010 - 7:15pm Too early...

It's too early in the season for Sagarin rankings to mean much. This will change significantly in the next three to four weeks.

09/01/2010 - 11:55am Seems fair

Seems fair to me:

Michigan = OSU

Nebraska = PSU

Iowa = Wisconsin

MSU = Purdue

Minnesota = Illinois

NW = Indiana


Historically speaking (last 20 years or so), Minn, MSU, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, and NW have taken turns being bad.

08/30/2010 - 2:05pm Huh?

Even if you think UCONN will  win, this is a ridiculous prediction.


UCONN could win or Michigan could. Either way, the winner will score at least 30 and probably higher than that... Where do they get two scores in the 20s?


UM: 38