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12/16/2018 - 9:09am To be fair you ask what…

To be fair you ask what normal standards are and then give another abnormal example.

Isn't it a well-known fact that students with special skills or special circumstances get favorable treatment by admissions?

Do you honestly think that an elite athlete of a major money sport has to have a similar GPA, SAT score, and extracurricular activities as the average kid who is kind of good at math and wants to be an engineer? 

Sure, some elite athletes have the academic resume to get in to the school they attend, many didn't.

I am a teacher and I had a student who wasn't even in the top third of his class (maybe not even the top half) get into Yale.  Why?  Sports.  Good for him, he was a good kid.  Students in his high school class with significantly higher GPAs, test scores, and extracurriculars did not get into any Ivy League schools that they applied to.  Without sports - that kid would not be at Yale and probably would have went to GVSU.

UC Berkeley is a great school...they treat athletes of money sports significantly different in admissions than the typical kid.  LINK

While most applicants with low scores are turned away, athletes who average just 370 out of a possible 800 in each subject - math, critical reading and writing - are invited to enroll

12/13/2018 - 12:13pm I don't think Alabama gives…

I don't think Alabama gives a damn about who can contact and when.

I remember under RichRod some players we were recruiting were complaining that we essentially honored the NCAA mandated no contact period, because other (SEC and OSU) colleges kept in contact.

12/13/2018 - 6:16am True...but Hoke had 3 very…

True...but Hoke had 3 very close losses in spite of Meyer having far superior talent/development.  We walked away from all 3 losses thinking we performed better than expected.

12/13/2018 - 6:13am Spend the bye week prepping…

Spend the bye week prepping for OSU.

12/13/2018 - 6:00am Dax you know you have a…

Dax you know you have a clear path to starting on day one at UofM.  Alabama has a logjam.

12/12/2018 - 11:45am Was he interviewing the week…

Was he interviewing the week before Thanksgiving?

12/12/2018 - 6:04am We had one or two years…

We had one or two years where we nearly had our streak of players drafted snapped.

12/09/2018 - 8:35pm I thought Belichek botched…

I thought Belichek botched today up on his last drive up by 2 points.  1st down and goal from the 7 and he played to chew clock and kick a field goal.

On 4th down inside the 5 yard line with 16 seconds left why not go for it?  I would estimate about a 40 percent chance if they threw to the end zone and if they get it it is game over.  A penalty on Miami would mean they could likely waste the time.  And if you don't get it then Miami is 97 yards away with about 10 seconds and no timeouts.

Why kick a field goal, be up less than 1 TD and risk a big return and better field position for a final play?

12/09/2018 - 8:25pm That would be a kick to the…

That would be a kick to the balls to lose both starting corners in addition to the other players.

 

What is the point of a bowl game if 4 key players don't care about the team, the team, the team enough to play in it?

12/08/2018 - 7:09pm Ouch...

Ouch...

12/04/2018 - 12:01pm It is hard for Carr to have…

It is hard for Carr to have made the playoffs when it didn't exist yet, but he would have made the playoffs multiple times had it existed.

12/04/2018 - 6:06am #1 UCF's best win this year…

#1 UCF's best win this year is over #42 Cincinnati.  If UCF truly just wants a chance at a national title while playing in the American Athletic Conference then they need to give themselves a chance with a very tough OOC schedule.  They should have played an OOC schedule that looked like this: LSU, Iowa, Oklahoma State, and Oregon. 

Otherwise every big fish in a small pond should never schedule a decent team in their OOC schedule, because it is an easy ride in to the playoffs.

#2 If anyone should be getting sued it should be the students suing the midmajor schools for spending an amount equivalent of $1,000 per student in tuition on the sports program so they can pretend to be on the same level as the big boys.

Look at how many kids leave college with massive college debt with interest...It could be $5,000 less per kid at those midmajor schools if they were honest about their programs and dropped down a level. 

12/02/2018 - 4:02pm Florida might be fired up to…

Florida might be fired up to end their 0 for 4 streak against us.

12/02/2018 - 1:51pm I wish McElwain the best at…

I wish McElwain the best at CMU.

We didn't lose to OSU, because of Pep.  62 points.

12/02/2018 - 1:39pm The University of Notre Dame…

The University of Notre Dame got Indiana to officially make them an unincorporated community with its own zip code to be extra cute. 

12/02/2018 - 8:57am If we play Florida in a bowl…

If we play Florida in a bowl game, I hope our team will be more inspired for the matchup than I will be.

12/01/2018 - 8:38am Bush Sr. had flown enough…

Bush Sr. had flown enough missions in WWII and could have chosen to go home to safety.  He chose to stay and keep risking his life for his buddies and the cause.  That is service.

12/01/2018 - 8:21am Great book and he was so…

Great book and he was so lucky to survive WWII.

11/28/2018 - 9:12pm Speaking about people who…

Speaking about people who owe him an apology...a certain guy who likes to "chat about sports" had a youtube video where he point blank said that Runyan didn't have the talent to be in the BigTen.

11/28/2018 - 8:49pm Michigan beat Tiller's…

Michigan beat Tiller's Purdue 28 to 3 once, back when we had Navarre.  The catch is, our defense outscored their offense.

Isn't it more impressive to have your defense score a TD, but only give up a FG, which is a net 4 points as opposed to a basic shutout?

11/28/2018 - 8:43pm One year we beat Tiller's…

Good for Purdue.  Now update your medical facilities. 

11/28/2018 - 5:57am Hey, nobody has taken more…

Hey, nobody has taken more bullets than Izzo has.  He has been crucified on a cross unfairly by sensational ESPN and Langford is not God, but pretty close.

11/27/2018 - 5:49am Which OSU has its own losing…

Which OSU has its own losing streak to - hence the coolers.

11/26/2018 - 7:00pm And okay for 10 to 49 Penn…

And okay for 10 to 49 Penn State to be BigTen Champs.

11/26/2018 - 12:26pm Best of luck!

Best of luck!

11/26/2018 - 10:39am You won't watch our bowl…

You won't watch our bowl game?

11/25/2018 - 4:58pm If we were to fire Harbaugh…

If we were to fire Harbaugh who would we get?

Nebraska fired Solich for only getting double digit wins and landed Bill Callahan who bombed.  Then they got Pelini who was also fired for only getting double digit wins.  Mike Reilly came in and quickly turned them into a sub .500 team in terms of conference record.

It seems like the best thing to do is to make changes on the staff like have a clear cut Offensive Coordinator.

11/24/2018 - 11:24am Steuber is repping with the…

Steuber is repping with the 1s...JBB is dressed.

11/24/2018 - 10:48am It would be a major…

It would be a major advantage to us, because it would be a "neutral" ref - sad as that sounds.

11/24/2018 - 10:42am Already jogged along Lake…

Already jogged along Lake Michigan's beautiful shores this morning.  She is feisty and ready for a fight.

11/24/2018 - 10:39am At least it was the band and…

At least it was the band and not the team.

When I was a student at UofM there was something about every single BigTen team giving every single opposing visiting BigTen team 5,000 tickets to sell to their own fans.  Except OSU always gave us 4,000 instead, but the 5,000 to everyone else.

We need to start standing up for ourselves against these bullies.

11/23/2018 - 3:39pm Churchill said that…

Churchill said that Eisenhower was the most indispensable man for the Allies.  He was the only person that ALL of the Allied countries could agree should be the Supreme Allied Commander due to his temperament and the respect he held.

Top ranking British general Montgomery once refused an order from Ike, Ike told Churchill that he would resign if Montgomery could refuse his orders.  This led Churchill to tell Montgomery that he would be fired if it happened again and it didn't.

11/23/2018 - 1:15pm Ike's older brother went to…

Ike's older brother went to UofM and Ike wanted to play football here until he had an injury.  West Point seemed to be a successful back up plan for him.

11/22/2018 - 9:02pm I wish the best for him and…

I wish the best for him and hope that he takes a long look at those Ivy League offers.

11/20/2018 - 11:31am Franklin seems like an above…

Franklin seems like an above average recruiter and an average at best coach putting the talent to use on the field.

I would be worried to see him go.  Penn State might get an upgrade.

11/19/2018 - 6:17am #72 of Indiana did 3 dirty…

#72 of Indiana did 3 dirty plays not 2.  On Indiana's last offensive play he drills Rashan Gary in the back while he is engaged with another player.

So because Winovich stepped on his leg, which may or may not have been intentional, #72 retaliates with 3 dangerous plays to 3 different players.

11/19/2018 - 5:51am "Ford" belongs in southeast…

"Ford" belongs in southeast Michigan.

11/19/2018 - 5:50am We have a BS 3rd rate…

We have a BS 3rd rate conference if we have refs from Ohio for a game of this magnitude again.

Most high school conferences wouldn't allow that kind of nonsense.

11/18/2018 - 8:57pm #1 There is no obvious…

#1 There is no obvious intent that Chase intended to step on #72's leg.

#2 So Chase stepped on #72's leg in a manner that #72 couldn't tell intent and so that justifies #72 taking at least 3 blatant cheap shots to 3 different players?  Indiana's last offensive play of the game saw #72 hit Gary in the back while he was engaged with another player.

11/18/2018 - 8:12pm I don't know what his status…

I don't know what his status is for the SAT, I thought he was taking the ACT?!

11/18/2018 - 1:38pm Per ESPN's own Computer…

Per ESPN's own Computer Rankings - the FPI:

If both teams win out - here are quality wins...I am counting quality wins out to being ranked #100, because ESPN is selling #92 ranked USF as a quality opponent.

 

#4 Michigan has wins over #7 Ohio State (please), #8 Penn State, #24 Wisconsin, #25 MSU, #40 Northwestern (twice please), #45 Maryland, #57 Nebraska, #60 Indiana, #95 WMU, #96 SMU.

#26 UCF has wins over #48 Pittsburgh, #49 Cincinnati, #50 Memphis, #64 Temple, #92 USF, and #99 Navy. 

 

We might have 7 wins better than UCF's best win per ESPN's own FPI.

11/18/2018 - 7:55am It is actually foolish to…

It is actually foolish to avoid investing in stocks - even more so if you are younger.

You don't want to be day trading in and out of penny stocks for companies you have never heard of before, but it makes sense to responsibly invest in stocks so you can get compound growth that will beat inflation.

11/17/2018 - 8:36pm Bing!

Bing!

11/17/2018 - 8:32pm Yes!

Yes!

11/17/2018 - 1:02pm There will certainly be some…

There will certainly be some on the committee who hold it against us.  However, OSU losing is hilarious and secures the Eastern Division for us.  It likely won't diminish us too much in the committee either...so sit back and smile if Maryland hangs on.

11/17/2018 - 12:52pm We better beat Ohio State. …

We better beat Ohio State.  Geez.

11/17/2018 - 10:26am UCF "just wants a chance."

UCF "just wants a chance."

If you just wanted a chance at a national title playing in that conference then your out of conference schedule should look better than South Carolina State, Pittsburgh, and UConn. 

If you are a mid major and want a shot at making a 4 team playoff your OOC schedule should look more like Oklahoma, LSU, and Iowa.

11/17/2018 - 9:36am The "always and forever"…

The "always and forever" part is something I am not so sure about.

I remember ripping Dantonio years ago for saying that he wanted Michigan to lose to Ohio State, whereas if Michigan beat Ohio State it would actually have helped his team reach the Rose Bowl.  He'd rather us lose than have his own players win the conference and get the Rose Bowl.  You don't put your disdain for your rival above the wellbeing of your own team - at least in my opinion.

Hypothetical future scenario - Michigan is 11-1 just beat Ohio State in the noon game slot.  Penn State 10-1 has the tie breaker against us and we need them to lose for a chance at the conference title and a playoff spot.  7-4 MSU is playing them in the evening game and has the ball with 1 second left in the game down by 4 points inside the Penn State 1.  You are telling me that you aren't cheering for MSU to punch it in on that final play and keep Michigan's title hopes alive - because "always and forever" you will cheer against MSU?  I disagree...there are times where an MSU win could potentially help us.

I am inclined to cheer against OSU today, because I (A) would like to wrap up the East Division today for a chance at our first conference title since 2004, (B) don't like them or Meyer, and (C) I am dreaming of the start of a down decade for OSU.  However, I won't be upset if they win, because it does help our resume ever so slightly in case we do go 12-1.

11/17/2018 - 9:17am Is UCF even for sure a top 8…

Is UCF even for sure a top 8 team?  The FPI has them ranked #31 and for a reason.

Who is their best win against?  A 1 point win over #51 Memphis?  #55 Pittsburgh?  #65 Temple?

If they beat Cincinnati that would be their best win at #44...but then again that might drop Cincinnati below Memphis.

If you are head and shoulders above your mid-major conference, why ever schedule a tough OOC schedule?  You can beat a few teams ranked in the 50s and 60s and then thump your chest as if that is the same as playing week in and week out in a bigger and faster conference where you aren't pulling your starters at the half every week.

We currently have 5 teams on our schedule ranked in the top 25 (Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, MSU, and Wisconsin).  UCF has ZERO teams on its schedule currently ranked above #44.  BTW Northwestern is ranked #41.

I am using the FPI for the rankings.

11/16/2018 - 5:55am He has pulled this crap…

He has pulled this crap before. 

Back in 2011 when VaTech made a BCS bowl, he went on and on over the course of multiple days about how they didn't belong in any BCS bowl and it was a bad system that picked them.  He mentioned that we belonged and should be heavily favored over the pretenders....then right before the game he picked VaTech to beat us, because they have been disrespected, by nobody thinking that they belong. 

Devious Buckeye, he is trying to fire up his team.