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Comment 22 Dec 2014

So, we should give 2nd and 3rd chances to young adults who physically assault other students to steal their property? That you, Les Miles?

Law is universal, but grace is personal.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

I'm just reporting what Alvarez said publicly: Chryst was never a consideration to replace Bielema. Whatever Alvarez may have wanted, or what he did in the back rooms is obviously out of public record, but my impression of Alvarez isn't that of a micromanaging meddler. I do think that Andersen's departure took him by surprise, like it did everyone else.

Andersen personally called all of the Utah State players when he left for Wisconsin to let them know, which I bet was horrible for him. Even so, it's the right thing to do, and it suggests that he probably wasn't a huge jerk. It makes me more inclined to believe him now, when he says that he moved for family reasons. The smoke signals out of Madison suggested that he was frustrated not with Alvarez's management as much as the academic requirements. Assistant salaries may have played into it, too, but on the balance, I don't buy it: Wisconsin's 2013 salaries were pretty consistent with Oregon State's 2014 salaries.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

Chryst was the guy that he wanted when Bert left, he couldn't get because that would make Chryst the 5th coach to leave Pitt in a year.

That's certainly not what Alvarez said, at least publicly, when Bielema left. He helped Chryst get the job at Pitt and didn't entertain hiring him away. He was pretty stand-up about that. 

Andersen's departure sullies the program a bit, but Bielema was a program man: he'd been there time out of mind. Speculation about Alvarez micromanaging the program seems a bit overblown to me, especially when all the smoke there was related to academics and salaries. It doesn't seem like a Pelini-esque situation where his relationships with higher-ups were strained.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

Dunno how they would be at handling pre-game speeches, but "Sons of Scotland" was the better speech. Honestly, I think the Bruce gave a better speech in Braveheart than did Aragorn in RotK.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

Sarcasm is just the distance between my wit and your understanding, you know.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

It absolutely would affect the academic standing. Main campus ended that policy in the 80s, I think. It's taken ~30 years to get the university where it is today. Reverting to the open admissions policy would necessarily result in a degradation of the academic standing of the university.

Yeah, of course.  There's a part of me that wishes that academic standing weren't such a big deal.  (I confess that same part of me kind of favors the old bowl system and sending only one team from a conference to a bowl per year.  But I'm a bit of a Luddite.)

Comment 20 Nov 2014

It used to be that OSU automatically accepted any Ohio resident with a diploma.  I believe this is the policy for the regional campuses now. I suspect this did a great deal for the state, and I kind of wish that they would pursue the policy again, although I'm sure it would affect the University's academic standing.

I suppose in the end it's something of a to balance its reputation against its mandate to provide quality education at reasonable costs to residents of the state of Ohio. Probably the degree is more important than the granting institution (and I know there are semi-reasonable arguments against this; Fischer has a tremendous business program, but it's probably not recruited like Wharton).

Comment 18 Nov 2014

Identity theft is a serious crime, man.

Comment 13 Nov 2014

And the next comment, that you totally agree with is...JoeJoe04 is a smelly, stupid, puppy-kicking Michigan fan.

Or perhaps better: JoeJoe04 disagrees with this comment.

Comment 10 Nov 2014

This shouldnt be an indictment just on BR though but all of journalism.

Chesterton used to say that he'd be impressed if newspapers could report the past accurately.

Comment 08 Nov 2014
Corbett largely lost his bid for reelection because of education funding and questions about the economy—not because of anything related to PSU. There were some interviewed who complained about the treatment that PSU received who largely broke for Tom Wolf, but it wasn't a very important issue and received no press in the outlets I surveyed for data points leading up to the election. 60% of those polled said it wasn't important to them at all. (Source: — for whatever reason I don't have the usual icons for posting.) Most of Corbett's support, not surprisingly, was from the more rural and suburban areas, while Wolf's support was more heavily concentrated in urban areas ( State College's Centre County was heavily democratic, upholding a long tradition of more Democratic-leaning university towns.