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Comment 10 Oct 2014

"It's these absurd punishments that are driving everyone away from amateurism."

Who is being driven away?  TV ratings have never been higher.  If you are talking about the O'bannon case, the decision had nothing to do with amatuerism.  The issue was whether or not it was an unfair restraint on trade/anti-trust violation.

"The NCAA is the 4th grade bully who doesn't really scare anyone but kicks around the kindergarteners when no one's looking.  They don't have any real enforcement power so they can't investigate real crimes or compel anyone to actually cooperate."

The NCAA is like MVD or the IRS.  They have a necessary job to do, but when they do it, everyone hates them for it.  Without them, there would be even more rampant cheating.  You are right they don't have the power of the subpoena, but this really doesn't matter that much because it isn't a legal proceeding and they don't have to follow Due Process (just ask USC or Penn State).  So this is a red herring that gets repeated over and over but misses the point.

The rest of it, I sort of agree with.  Too many rules and many of them are silly.  But keep in mind the purpose is to keep schools from using whatever they can to pay players and funnel them to their school.  When you break this down, you see how hard it is to draw a line, which is why there are so many rules.  I have asked others that, if players could sign autographs and keep that money, do you think for one minute schools wouldn't get involved in this by setting up autograph sessions for recruits and using this in the recruiting process?  Wouldn't this favor the bigger schools who could then throw their brand behind this to make it work?  That is what really is at stake here and why the NCAA is reluctant to voluntarily open those flood gates.

Comment 10 Oct 2014

I know this is going to open a can of worms, but I just don't think it is helpful to compare the PSU thing to anything else.  Why?  Because it is vastly different than anything else (a serious criminal matter compared to minor infractions to gain a competitive advantage).  How could you ever have consistency with these two radically different incidents?  Keep in mind, the primary purpose of the NCAA is to protect competitive balance, not to punish felons, and a serious debate can be had as to whether what happened at PSU is really even a football problem..  The NCAA reducing the punishment for PSU is maybe an acknowledgement that that kind of serious criminal activity really isn't under the purview of the NCAA and instead should have been handled by the criminal justice system.  None of this justifies the JoePa apologists who want his statue back up.
 

Comment 10 Oct 2014

I am not either.  UFM is a great closer and I am sure he will take nothing for granted.

It comes down to this for me: would you rather play for Ohio State and Urban Meyer or Iowa and Kirk Ferentz?  Easy call.

Comment 10 Oct 2014

Do you believe the NCAA (or the conferences) will direct the committee to consider TV ratings?  If not, will they just do this on their own?

Comment 10 Oct 2014

It always cracks me up when peeps on here miss your sarcasm completely.  If this is the first DJ skully you read, I got it.  If it isn't, stop going for the lure.

Comment 10 Oct 2014

I know there are a lot of games to be played, but I have no idea how it is that a one loss B1G team gets in over a one loss FSU, even if the ACC proves to be terrible.  What if FSU's one loss is to ND who either ends up undefeated or has one loss?  Do you really think a one loss Ohio State gets in over a one loss FSU that is currently the champs?  Wouldn't we have to admit that our one loss is worse than their one loss (I am assuming FSU of course wins the ACC which means that VT did not)?  I don't know about  your premise under this scenario.  The rest of what you said though, is plausible.

Comment 10 Oct 2014

That is probably true if that B1G Ten champ is Ohio State.  I am not sure MSU puts nearly as many eyeballs on tv sets.

Comment 09 Oct 2014

I'd like Penn State more if its offensive line weren't five glorified traffic cones.

Classic.  Same could be said about TTUN to include everyone's favorite son, Kylie Kallis (who I call turn-style). 

Comment 08 Oct 2014

According to Larry David, the only people that wear sun glasses in doors are blind people and assholes.  :-)

Comment 08 Oct 2014

I am going to apologize ahead of time for being a douche, but this is one of my pet peeves.  OSU "literally has millions riding on JT's arm?'  Are they sending him out there with hundreds of hundred dollar bills strapped to his right arm in money bags?  Why would they do this?  Could we please stop using the word "literally" when: a) you aren't being literal; and/or b) it is redundant because it is obvious you aren't being figurative.  And BTW, there isn't millions figuratively riding on his arm either. OSU makes most of their revenue from TV contracts, gate revenue, and bowl payouts, none of which will be heavily dependent on JT's success.  Maybe an additional increase on jersey sales if he is successful, but that won't be in the millions.

Now, as I have channeled my inner DJ, I will brace for the down votes. 

Comment 07 Oct 2014

Um, this doesn't make sense.  Which would you rather have implies which would you choose if you could only have one of the two.

Let me frame it this way: Would you rather have five star guy who busts and doesn't see the field or 2 star guy who is coached up and becomes all conference? 

Comment 02 Oct 2014

Yeah, I am squarely in this camp.  I have never heard of Dallas Cowboy fans rooting for Washington because they are in the same division.  I want Michigan to go 0-12 every year and for skunk weasel fans to become so distraught they decide to take up needle point on Saturdays in the fall instead of watching football. 

Comment 02 Oct 2014

That quote is fantastic.  For those that haven't read the Bacon article, it is a must read.  It really captures the problem at UM succinctly.

Comment 02 Oct 2014

Your response seems to be all over the place to me.  What you write about the AD's job is generally true at most places.  However, not all schools are exactly the same.  What you write might be true at Iowa State.  Certain schools are different, and Michigan is one of such school.  The brand has already been built, so much of the fundraising and marketing is a matter of walking the dog so to speak.  But the AD has to know, based on history, that he is going to be judged by how the football team does to some degree (and since he hires the coach, he will get the credit or the blame).  I watched this exact same thing play out at Arizona State when their AD was fired, and it was primarily because of the lack of success of the football and basketball teams (not one person even suggested the university was financially strapped).  This is magnified 1000 times at a school like Michigan.   

As for this statement, "He is also a Michgian Man so he has that going for him as well.," I can tell you, I am not hearing from any UM students and alums who find this the least bit redeeming.  The truth is, many are starting to reassess Bo's statement and what he really meant by that (as Bo himself was not really a Michigan Man in the sense it is now being used since he is really an "Ohio man").  Being a "Michigan man" really means that you love that school so much you will do anything for it to promote it's success. 

I agreed with almost everything you wrote in paragraph two (which really seems to support my point) save the last sentence: "He is playing a short game instead of the long game which is ultimately more important."  I am not sure what this even means, but I will take a stab at it.  In the corporate world, there is a term called "short-termism," which basically means CEO's are judged by the quarterly net gain or loss in the value of their stocks.  If this is akin to what you mean, I have no idea why you think that is what is "ultimately important." (it would be for a school that is cash strapped. like say Maryland before moving to B1G.  This is NOT Michigan). When big programs fail in college, it starts with multiple losing seasons.  This results in fan apathy, empty stadiums, decrease in merchandise sales, etc.  UM won't die in this fashion, but I fail to see how "capitalizing on profits" by bilking people out of money for seat cushions in the short term works as some drop their season tickets (I have talked to some UM fans who say this is happening as their waiting list for tickets is completely gone).  Capitalizing on these kinds of streams of income if it costs you generations of fans is the best way to diminish long term profits, exactly what has been happening in corporate America because of stagnant salaries and cuts to research and development being scrapped all in the name of spiking quarterly stock prices.  I would say we would have to wait to see how this plays out with Brandon at UM, but I don't think he will be there much longer.

Comment 02 Oct 2014

I am curious why you think his D wouldn't work in the B1G?  I am assuming this isn't some "high and mighty" statement, but rather, something specific.  CFB to me has changed a lot--where the B1G used to be ground and pound and defense league, it looks a lot more like other conferences now.  Hell, we're watching shootouts now in the SEC.  Perhaps for RichRod, it was more a question of timing as maybe he was a head of his time (at least in terms of a job in the B1G).  But I would love to know why you think such a defense in general wouldn't have worked in the B1G.  Keep in mind, Northwestern was already running the spread.  Ohio State was in the process of opening things up and running more of a shootout offense.  That's just a couple of examples. 

Comment 02 Oct 2014

What you are saying is that he is good at marketing Michigan.  My question is, after more than a century of doing that, is that really something that you need to focus on?  Doesn't it market itself (especially if you just win a decent number of football games)?  Canham had already built the brand in the seventies, all Brandon has to do is not fuck it up.

Things like putting the macaroni noodle out front, trying to keep the band from going to Jerry World for UM's biggest game that year to save a few bucks, and charging for seat cushions tells me he is a CEO who can maximize the bottom line at the expense of the fans' experience.  The failure of the team on the field tells me he doesn't have any idea about putting together a competitive program, and with the advantages that UM has, this is almost criminally stupid.  Yes he is a good fundraiser and marketer, but beyond that, an abject failure as an AD (and at MGOblue, more than one fan has commented about how downright rude and arrogant he is in emails to fans.  I am not sure they teach you in marketing classes to be rude and obnoxious to customers when you also happen to be peddling a shitty product, but I don't have a MBA, so maybe I just don't get it).

Comment 02 Oct 2014

Oh and if that's why they brought him in, then the BOR is also stupid.  So much money is coming in through the B1G Network ESPN deals, that it is almost impossible not to be awash in cash.

Comment 02 Oct 2014

"agree with you from the defensive perspective that he has no clue but at the same time that is a simple hire at a place like Michigan."

If that were true, they would not have hired GERG last time and screwed the pooch.  Head coach picks his assistants, and if that coach doesn't get it, good luck with that.  In fairness to him, he did ask Castille first but he would not come over.  But that's when a guy who "gets it" can evaluate talent and find a suitable replacement.

Other complaint I had about RichRod--he knew one thing, the spread, and tried to run it with the likes of Tate Forcier.  Good coaches can master one system and use it to beat lesser coaches.  Great coaches can design a system around the talent they have and maximize their assets(JT exemplified this by altering his offense when he had Troy back there and great receivers, UFM running a power game out of his spread last two years).  RichRod falls in the first category after banging his head against a wall for three years running an offense that didn't fit his personnel.

Comment 02 Oct 2014

What fans? Most of them are gone midway through the third quarter (same phenomenon in Ann Arbor, but for a completely different reason).