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Comment 24 Jul 2014

I'm a bit late to the party, but i wanted to thank you, DJ, for the first link about why Americans suck at math.  I am a HS math teacher and I think that article should be required reading for all math teachers and all the knuckleheads that tell us what to do.

I'm extremely impressed that you linked that article.  You are a clever sumbitch.  Thanks for sharing your wit.

Comment 12 May 2014

First, I always appreciate insight regarding the enemy from Ace (and Brian) from MGoBlog.  During this painful, dark period waiting for football to resume, this article is quite welcome.  Another angle to consider is how the enemy views us.  Not that we should ever lose sleep over how others regard us, but it's interesting to evaluate outside analysis in light of the fact that we often view our own team through scarlet colored glasses.

Second, we do not need TTUN to be good in order to validate our team and our legacy.  I hope TTUN remains in a pit of mediocrity and that we mercilessly beat them every year until the end of time.  Nebraska comparisons are too kind.  Minnesota was real good about 70 years ago.  I'd like TTUN to be about as relevant as Minnesota is now.

Third, as has been mentioned, TTUN should not be taken lightly.  (We witnessed that up close last season in that poorly designed stadium last November.)  But this is not merely "throw the record books out" sentiment.  The fact is that Hoke doesn't have to be a great coach (he's not); rather, he needs to be a decent manager.  Greg Mattison and Doug Nussmeier are both competent coordinators.  Mattison is a proven winner who worked for Coach Meyer at Florida and Nussmeier was an excellent QB in college and won a national title just two years ago as Alabama's OC and QB coach.  (That said, I hope Mattison retires soon, Nussmeier turns out to be a bust, and TTUN never again qualifies for a bowl game.)

Comment 29 Apr 2014

No one is forcing college students to play sports.  If the benefits (scholarship, etc.) do not provide a sufficient return for the effort exerted (playing the sport), then don't play.

Comment 24 Apr 2014

Being directed to this discussion from the Skull Session, I thought I would make a comment based on a reliable source.  (I am afraid there are people speculating about things without any substantial evidence.)  There appears to be a growing misconception regarding Coach Withers and his philosophy regarding an aggressive/attacking style defense.  

I am friends with a starter from last season's defensive backfield and he said the tension between being aggressive and conservative was between Coach Fickell and Coach Withers.  According to a player who actually sat in on those meetings, Coach Withers favored a more aggressive style.

Some of the speculation in this thread is without support.

Comment 24 Apr 2014

I am reading this Skull Session a bit late today, but I want to address what appears to be a growing misconception regarding Coach Withers and an aggressive/attacking style defense.  

I am friends with a starter from last season's defensive backfield and he said the tension between being aggressive and conservative was between Coach Fickell and Coach Withers.  According to a player who actually sat in on those meetings, Coach Withers favored a more aggressive style.