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Comment 10 Dec 2014

DJ, here's something to add to your opening remarks.

Post #21 is gold.

http://mgoblog.com/content/preview-eastern-michigan-2#comment-2882242

Comment 10 Dec 2014

First of all, Jeremy, I appreciate your hard work and I enjoyed the article on Central's program and their coach.

With all due respect, I do take issue with some of the particulars in the comments.  As a TPS high school teacher for 29 years and a former baseball coach I am certainly qualified to weigh in on the discussion of "recruiting" and the disparity between the parochial schools and the urban schools.

First, Coach Dempsey plays within the rules and should be commended for the success he has achieved.  Also, I suppose it may be tougher recruiting to the inner city (where CC is located) than to the suburbs (e.g., St. John's).

Secondly, students can get a fine education at TPS schools.  However, with "white flight" and the competition from other schools, fewer quality students attend TPS high schools.  Maintaining a quality football program requires numbers (including those who are academically eligible) and TPS high schools are at a huge disadvantage.  So much so that the Catholic schools don't even want to be in the same league with TPS.  For example, Bowsher hasn't beat St. John's or St. Francis in football for over 35 years.

Third, Jeremy's argument about Start HS baseball is not a good example.  Again, while the coach did a great job, played within the rules, and won consistently, he also recruited players.  He exploited loopholes to actually get players from other schools.  For example, at one time, Scott's best baseball player was able to attend Start by taking a class that Scott didn't offer.  That player didn't have to move.  He lived in the Scott district and played at Start.  Start's coach was an excellent baseball teacher and worked harder than most; but don't kid yourself, he recruited.

Sports like basketball, and to some extent baseball, require less players so TPS high schools can occasionally field winning teams, but the baseball dynasty that Start had will not be repeated unless someone recruits very well.  Athletics in TPS schools have never been at a lower point than now.  The playing field in football is not close to being level.  Positively no one with any credibility disputes this.

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.