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Comment 20 May 2017

DJ, you missed the boat on Harbaugh's football factory comment.  It wasn't about academics .  What the comment was about was the new NCAA rules and schools like LSU using them to limit competition for recruits in there area.  This directly limits high school kids opportunities to be seen and earn scholarship offers.  Since colleges and the southern football factories will be using the rules to protect their turf, high school kids will need to spend their own money to increase their opportunities instead of coaches being able to come see them. It hurts the kids at the end of the day.

Comment 15 Apr 2017

You are correct, it is only for off positions, they still can be hired for direct coaching positions.  This is why Johnson went to Oregon instead of Michigan per Harbaugh's networking/recommendation.  Michigan intended to hire him in an off position with the expectation he would be the new 10th coach when that position was added.  Once this second rule barring that type of hiring was added, Harbaugh reached out to Willie Taggart to recommend that he be considered for one of their open coaching positions.  Taggart looked at his resume and offered him the WR coaching position at Oregon.  The guy has a legitimate coaching resume that justifies being hired as a college positional coach, so I'm sure it isn't all about his kid.  Probably gets him noticed, but I don't think Harbaugh makes that recommendation to a competitor if he didn't think the guy could actually coach.

Comment 09 Mar 2017

Haha, yeah, I was on a little bit of commenting auto pilot.  I would think tOSU will throw their hats in the ring and Urban will kick the tires to see if there is interest, but I am a Michigan fan that comments here every so often to add to the conversation and try not to hide that.

Comment 09 Mar 2017

Michigan fans have known about this kid for a while.  Harbaugh and crew discovered him during their Australian satellite camp and if I remembered correctly, he very quickly earned an offer, which was his first, and seems to be what put him on the path to IMG.  I'm absolutely hoping this early relationship helps Michigan, because based on early returns from IMG, the competition for his signature is going to be fierce.

Comment 22 Feb 2017

It would be interesting to see how that could be bent though.  If you put it at 25 new scholarships, which would include HS recruits, transfers, greyshirts.  Essentially whoever gets a scholarship that didn't have one before, I'm not sure how it could be gamed, but I don't doubt the ingenuity of college coaches to find a way.  In theory though, this type of approach would create less of a reason for programs to push kids out, meaning most transfers would be more likely based on the player's own decision.  You also end up with around 100 scholarship athletes on the team, so that helps depth.  Anybody out there see any downsides to this approach or where it wouldn't benefit student athletes?

Comment 20 Feb 2017

Or you could stay a little closer to home and say they don't want another Danny Clark or Todd Sibley situation. ;)

Honestly, they should just do away with the total scholarship cap and instead cap the new scholarships you can give out each year.  Something like 25 maybe.  That way you eliminate all the games colleges play to get the number right.  That is my opinion at least.

Comment 15 Jan 2017

So far nothing official with regards to Wheatley.  The jags are one of a couple opportunities he is weighing.  His two year contract was up a couple days ago, so he is in the renegotiating phase right now.  I guess we will find out soon if he is actually leaving or if this is just his agent working to get more money out of Michigan.  I hope he stays.

Comment 14 Jan 2017

Hate to lose a kid, but it was his choice to go 

I'm pretty positive that based on the timeline on how things went down and the limited spaces in the class that Simmon's was forced out.  If I remember correctly, 11W staffers subtly hinted as much as well, but it was labeled a mutual parting of ways and not so much being pushed out.  At the end of the day, the kid was all Buckeye, even down to a strong level of hate for Michigan, so kind of fitting to land at another rival.  In the end, tOSU ended up upgrading to higher rates linebackers and Simmons will still get to go to a decent DI program where he should develop nicely.  Worked out ok for everyone in my opinion.

Comment 29 Nov 2016

I agree that it was a bad loss, but if you look at it now, it is a 1 point loss on a last second play to a top 25 team ( AP 22 and Coaches 25).  I think that is the perspective the committee must be taking.  The view is Michigan is literally 10 seconds or so of regulation time from being undefeated.

I don't think Michigan gets in though because I think Wisconsin or Penn State will jump them.  I will say though, a 4 team playoff of Bama, tOSU, Clemson, and Michigan is a Monetary/Ratings dream scenario for the NCAA.  If it lands on that 4, that probably plays a role, especially since they are a defendable number 4 with 2 losses based on quality wins and quality losses.  I still don't see this playing out that way though.

The  results really have positioned the B1G really well to get two teams in though.  Would you ever have imagined a scenario before today where the B1G would get two teams into the CFP and neither was the B1G champion?  I wouldn't have.  I also think it still doesn't happen, but I guess it is more real than I would have ever said it could be.

Comment 29 Nov 2016

Ole Buckeye,

Following back up to let you know I've seen confirmation that one of the referees was John Wiercinski, and he is from Michigan.  His Facebook has a picture of him reffing a Michigan vs. Northwestern game, but he is supposedly a Spartan fan.  Link to where I first saw the information.  Anyway, just following up since I came across the information.

Comment 29 Nov 2016


I haven't seen the rumor that the referee that spotted the ball was from Michigan, but it could be true.  I wasn't able to find it with a google search either.  If the B1G isn't worrying about conflicts of interest then it makes sense it could go both ways and a Michigan fan could make it on the crew.  If you see something in an article, feel free to reply with a link and I'll read it.

I appreciate your thoughts on the penalties.  The refs made the calls that they did for whatever reason.  I wasn't trying to make any judgement on their calls.  I just find it interesting that the B1G changed its COI policies to open themselves up to scrutiny in this type of scenario.  There is some speculation that they had to because the pool of qualified referees has gotten smaller so they no longer can field enough refs to accommodate COI situations.  

I'm going to go ahead and sign off on this topic now though.  I actually was done, but since you had a well thought out good response, I wanted to reply out of respect for your time and as an appreciation for good conversation.  If we don't cross paths on here again before the holidays, I hope you have a great season with friends and family and a happy new year.

Comment 29 Nov 2016

I'm not a smoker, so I'll have to skip the cigar.  I will make sure to have some good rum though.  

Since you enjoy cigars, do you drink scotch?  If so, and you like the kind with a smokey flavor, I can make a recommendation there.  I recently just tried one that probably has the strongest smoke taste I've ever had.  I didn't like it but some of my friends did.  Just let me know and I'll pass the info on.

Comment 29 Nov 2016

Did Sager do the same with any of the Michigan players?  Did any of them get a pat on the butt and an atta boy?  If not, this can point to inconsistent behavior by the ref which only adds to the perception of bias.

Again, I am only talking about the B1G putting themselves in a bad position by allowing for the perception of a conflict of interest, not if the refs actually called the game based on any bias.  So I am talking about a bad business practice and not actually spewing a conspiracy theory. My comments concern only the B1G and not the actual refs.

Comment 29 Nov 2016

I'm not accusing the referees of being biased, I am simply stating that typically organizations attempt to eliminate conflict of interest scenarios.  The B1G did not do that here, instead allowing two referees that are from Ohio to referee the game (along with another  one they had previously fired).  So what that means is since the game was so poorly and inconsistently officiated, it can create a perception that it was due to the bias of the officials.  Organizations normally protect themselves from these potential perceptions by using neutral 3rd parties.  The B1G did not do that here, which is a little surprising since they had done it in the past (2006 Game)

Here are the two Ohio refs 

Bobby Sagers Jr - patted Weber on the butt

Kevin Schwarzel

Just in case anyone is interested in some additional reading, here is an article from Sam Webb.

So just to make sure there is no confusion, my statements have never claimed a conspiracy, I only highlighted a poor business practice by the B1G.  At the end of the day, they set themselves up for the officiating to get questioned because they allowed for there to be a perceived conflict of interest.

Comment 28 Nov 2016

Not really.  B1G policy dictated Harbaugh would be getting a $10k fine for what he said, so it was a given it was coming. Sometimes precedent be damned though and you have to say it.  He didn't say anything mean, and what he said is right.  Not specifically about the spot, that is about a 50/50 call, but the fact that the officiating was horrible and lopsided.  It isn't about missed calls and more about inconsistency in how they called the game.

The B1G also didn't do itself any favors by letting two refs from Ohio call the game that are self described lifetime Buckeye fans.  That gives a big appearance of a conflict of interest, and then one of them was smacking buckeyes on the butt during the game telling them good job doesn't help that look any better.

The other part that even Urban Meyer will appreciate is that the CFP PR game just started.  Urban Meyer is the first coach that started lobbying to get in the championship back when he was at Florida, so this probably comes out of that playbook.  Harbaugh is trying to justify staying in the conversation and being one of the two B1G teams to get in the CFP of that were to happen considering Michigan is guaranteed to have beaten the eventual B1G champion since they beat both Wisconsin and Penn State.  It might help to remind the CFP committee of that.  It probably doesn't work, but it is worth a shot.

Comment 27 Nov 2016

So are you saying you don't hold yourself to a higher bar than a Michigan fan?  :)  You are right though, they would probably also have a similar thread, and I would still think it is stupid.

Comment 27 Nov 2016

Being a member of this site for almost 5 years, I'm pretty sure if the Dalano Hill PI call was instead ruled uncatchable or if the Barrett spot was ruled short and tOSU lost, this board would be having an equal melt down.  I never get the people that need post this type of stuff.  Just be happy you guys won and let them have their moment.

Comment 26 Oct 2016

I agree.  I feel people don't understand that websites are like anyplace else.  You are stepping into a community, and you need to respect it as such.  A new person can't just come in and say what they want and think the community will listen or not think they have ulterior motives.  In my opinion, if you come in using typical social norms, the 11W community is very accepting.  However, if you come in thinking you can just say whatever you want because, well it's the Internet and that is what you do on the Internet.  You won't be around long, and honestly, that is fair.