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Kurt


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Comment 2 hours ago

Did anyone see the on field post-game interview with Ferentz?  He finally put their backup QB into the game in the 3rd quarter which changed everything for them.  In his comment to the field reporter when asked about his impact on the game and moving forward he said something along the lines of well this is just great, we're going back to Iowa City with a quarterback controversy, just what I wanted.  Holy shit, almost makes me think he would've preferred to lose the game and avoid having to change qb's.  

Comment 10 hours ago

If the best Michigan can do is Ruffin McNeill then I have no words for the future of the Big Ten as a conference.  

Comment 12 hours ago

Michigan's gotta make it rain for either, Jim Harbaugh, Mark Stoops or Kevin Sumlin.  Avoid John Harbaugh, college experience should be a prerequisite. 

Comment 16 Sep 2014

I get a little uneasy when so many OSU fans look down their noses at Penn Staters in their struggles coping with the fallout of the scandal.  Nothing the NCAA does will remedy this, I believe only time will.  While I recognize that it's relatively incomparable, we also have a revered figure in Woody Hayes whom, most of the rest of the country views as a violent, abusive maniac.  Of course over time OSU fans have come to appreciate Woody with a particular nuance that recognizes his mistakes while respecting that which he did that was positive.  I think Penn Staters just haven't yet figured out - it certainly takes time - how to cope with the fact that they need to accept a similarly nuanced view of their revered Paterno: while he did much good, he also committed some egregious errors.  

Comment 16 Sep 2014

Wow, he was making $3.5M at Oregon and jumped to $6.5M in Philly.  He'd have to be enticed less by money and more by the allure of being a Michigan Man.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

Does he love being in the NFL or did he go there because of the NCAA Show-Cause?

Oh yea, that's a nightmare/homerun hire.  I want them to be competitive, but that might be too far.

EDIT: Also how ironic it would be for them to go back to a hurry-up spread to run offense.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

1. Chip Kelly?  

2. My guess is Jim would be a better bet than John simply for his prior college experience.  

3. It'd be great if they could kill two birds with one stone in stealing away a good SEC coach and improving themselves.  Sumlin is mentioned in the Sporting News article.  But it seems Mark Stoops might have UK in a better place, he could potentially be a good hire especially considering Michigan's need for: 1) Ohio born coaches, 2) Ohio born players.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

Agree.  Maryland and Rutgers are perceived by everyone to be so mediocre, but Missouri and Texas A&M were also very mediocre for the past decade in the Big 12.  Both can be successful in the conference.  The trouble is I don't know if either fan base is ever going to give a shit.  I work with Rutgers grads and have a few friends who went to Rutgers, of them only one cares enough to even watch them on TV.

It's just insane and seemingly incredible dumb-luck that those two are performing so well right away in the SEC.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

I'm skeptical of this notion to completely eliminated the read-option and any designed QB runs.  I think at least a handful a game are necessary to keep the defense honest and maintain that they account one of their defenders to the QB.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

Great article and research!  I have another question that perhaps someone here will know more about: How much money are Big Ten schools spending on non-revenue sports in comparison to the SEC?

I recall when we played LSU for the 2007 title something popping up that we had almost twice as many non-revenue (olympic) sports as LSU.  If that's relatively common across the conference, then you have a sort of moral dilemma then on where money should be allocated.  Should Purdue be cutting it's gymanistics team to better fund football?

Comment 12 Sep 2014

My god twice in two days someone celebrating the underwhelming 2010 team that was odds on favorite to play for the title game but let the opening kickoff return for a touchdown against Wisconsin rattle them to defeat.  

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Been waiting since their first game against Cal for this discussion to arise.  Good research on the numbers there.  I disagree though that OSU broke NU's back.  In hindsight they really had much closer games against Cal and Maine than they should've, pointing to the fact that they were weak from the onset.

Could be some vacancies in the Big Ten this December...

Comment 11 Sep 2014

And you're rebuttal to USC '09? Getting outfoxed at home to Pete Carroll? Kicking field hoals inside the 5 yard line?

Or that Wisconsin loss?

iPhone typo edit: Goals.  Field Goals.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Sure he ended with a pretty good 2010 when you boil it down to that record and bowl win. However he inexplicably lost to Wisconsin just as we had reached #1 in the polls (was someone complaining about Urban's special teams?! UW returned the opening kick, and I recall Pryor saying there was no coming back from that).

Against Arkansas we were destroying them in the first half. Then his second half strategy was 'be calm and run Dave to a nerve racking 5 point victory.'

Listen, I loved Tress, but thought to myself Saturday after the loss, Tressel would've jumped out to a big lead and let it painfully slip away - I haven't forgotten USC '09.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

The Buckeyes might still be worth a cheeky wager, because hell, last year Michigan State lost to a Tommy Rees-quarterbacked Notre Dame team. And by the end of the season they looked like they could beat anybody. I'm still holding out hope, baby.

It shouldn't surprise me - but it always does - that everyone thinks the sky is falling around here to the level that Kent State will be a grind and we'll be fortunate to get bowl eligible.  It was Week 2, we lost to a good team, and there're 2 entire months between now and December.  Yes, there's definitely a chance to get back in it!

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Wonder what Bill O'Brien is thinking right now.  

Anyway, I think this is good.  I think the NCAA really didn't have much ground to stand on in this case from the start.  The true culprits were in administration (likely all the way up into the board of trustees) and seemingly out of the reach of the NCAA.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I think you're underestimating the incredibly turbulent time that he stepped in and how hard he and a core group of senior worked to hold it together and he was open and smart enough to listen to his players.  Penn State almost blindly stumbled upon him and did not realize how good he was for them.  I'm very skeptical of Franklin.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

THIS.  Seriously, we should recognize that replacing so much just on the O-line along with a QB equates some level of rebuilding.  Furthermore VT does not appear to be a slouch by any stretch.  

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I'm with you on this one Oyster.  I think it's a real shame O'Brien left Penn State.  I really think he was the right man at the right time.  Franklin, going back to his time at Vanderbilt, seems like a moron.  Given what I've read about the administration at Penn State it's shocking that they managed to make the great hire of O'Brien and completely understandable that they would make the questionable hire of Franklin.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Perhaps you're right and this loss is related to losses to Michigan State and Clemson.  But I just have a hard time being as critical of this one as those previous two given the lack of experience on the O-line and at QB.  Coping with both at the same time was just too much against a very good opponent.  If we would've had Braxton with this O-line I'm very confident we would've won.  If we'd had last year's O-line with JT I think we also could've won that game.  

Comment 07 Sep 2014

The sky is not falling.  We lost to a team that we all underestimated and was also underestimated by the national media (see lack of ranking).  For all we know right now that Virginia Tech team could win their division and/or the ACC.  Or they could finish with 4 losses.  It's a bit over the top to say we shouldn't even be ranked when you really think about the other teams in the top-25 polls above and below us (VT should not be below us obviously).  We're still a very good young team that does belong in the top-25 and I'm sure will show that as the season wears on.

Look at the stat lines, the game was very even on all fronts, we effectively lost by 7 points, the pick-6 flipped it to 14 making it the final appear more out of reach than it was.  We lost on 3 fronts: offensive 3rd downs, sacks/negative plays, and defensive 3rd downs.  

We lost 4/5 of our offensive line from last year and knew that would be coming back in January.  We forgot about that over the summer.  I recall Braxton flirting with going to the draft due to this fact.  With a young QB and a very inexperienced O-line you have to expect big challenges when you go up against a great defense.  The O-line and JT will improve with experience and coaching as the season goes on.  This loss hurts but we can still win the division and conference and see what shakes out nationally in November and December.