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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Anchoring my high school's 200 medley relay that made the state championship meet my senior year.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Ryan Shazier
  • NFL TEAM: Green Bay Packers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
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Comment 2 minutes ago

I mean... for his role in Tatgate, Tressel got what he deserved. Still love him but he should've reported everything as soon as he found out about it.

And knowing that, it's kind of strange that he got hired so soon to be the head of an academic institution.

Still, knowing who Tressel is, he's great for that job. He wants to help people and turn lives around. That's what got him in trouble here. 

Dennis Dodd's point may have an ounce of validity, but bringing it up four years after Tatgate is stupid. Time for everyone to move on.

Comment 15 Dec 2014

I bet he switches back to 5 next year. Heuerman wearing 5 is what prompted the change since we switched up punt coverage personnel. Plus Lattimore and Dontre both wear 2.

Comment 15 Dec 2014

Take this FWIW, since it came from some guy on Reddit, but apparently Stidham moved out of his parents house and is living with a former Baylor assistant who may be acting as his handler now. Pretty ugly stuff, if true. Link.

But hey, he's a hell of a player and he could do some great things under Herman.

And again, this came from a random guy on the internet so I could very well be passing along completely made-up information. 

Comment 15 Dec 2014

ESPN is a strange beast. People don't realize the dichotomy between broadcasting and doing actual journalistic work.

CNN decided to go all-in on every news story. The Malaysian plane was the best example. They literally would not shut up about it. You know why? Because it got ratings. Speculation and debate and controversy get the most views. And that takes all of the attention away from CNN's actual journalistic work, which in most cases is pretty excellent.

Same goes for every news entity that relies heavily on traffic and ratings. Huffington Post comes to mind, they're clickbait whores who stir up controversy but they have guys like Ryan Reilly who are actually great reporters. Fox News and MSNBC are the same way. Any hard news that they do tends to be pretty solid, but they put a much larger emphasis on their ratings than they do on their actual journalistic work.

ESPN is the same way. E:60 and OTL are fantastic. And while College Gameday is always just a big self-aggrandizing circlejerk, their human interest pieces are frequently incredible. And despite being in arguably a much better timeslot, and having a much better program, I'd bet that E:60 gets worse ratings than the flaming pile of shit that is First Take.

As I've been saying for years, ESPN is great at journalism when they want to be. But more often than not, they just go for what gets them ratings, because that's how the network earns its money. Broadcasting and journalism are not the same thing at all. There can be overlap, and ESPN tries to dress up its circlejerk-y shows as journalism more often than not, but that does not give those shows legitimacy.

Actual journalism is not nearly as "sexy" as the stupid, endless debates about Johnny Manziel or Tim Tebow. Those things grab ratings, and it's easy to see a pattern. Controversial figures and/or large-market teams tend to be their main focus.

ESPN focuses so much on New York and Boston and Los Angeles and Philly and Chicago teams because that's where the money is. With the exception of LA, none of these high-population areas have major college football teams. These cities all care more about professional sports than college sports. Meanwhile, the deep south lives and breathes college football. That's why there's so much SEC coverage. 

But I digress. Like almost all media organizations, you can find great examples of journalism in ESPN. But you have to look, because they're not primarily a journalistic entity anymore. Same goes for any cable news channel. Once you know how to look past the filler crap to find real journalism, ESPN becomes much more useful and enjoyable. 

Comment 15 Dec 2014

Well, Texas Tom has had a pretty incredible run here. Look at where this offense was in 2011 and where it is now, even after losing Braxton, Hyde, Philly Brown, four o-line guys (Thank You Based Warriner), and JT. Dude's one of the best offensive minds out there but he really shines when it comes to player development. Especially with QB's.

Best of luck to Tom Herman, I have a feeling we'll see him on the big stage within a few years. 

Comment 14 Dec 2014

To be fair, I'm betting that if by some miracle they pull Harbaugh, he turns around the class pretty quickly. Urban did a great salvage job on the 2012 class, which to be fair was already much better than this mess of a class.

Comment 14 Dec 2014
  1. The medical community moved away from that term a long time ago.
  2. Even if it was still used as a medical term, OP is not a doctor AFAIK
  3. It was used as a derogatory term.
  4. No politics, dude.

I will never understand why people fight so hard to be able to use derogatory terms, and then act like they're the victim when someone calls them an asshole.

Comment 13 Dec 2014

Craig Fada's been great on special teams and even played some linebacker at the end of the B1GCG.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

Well, yeah, Urban is the villain. But we need a villain to hate. It's extremely tough to hate Pelini or Dantonio or Andersen or Kill.

Which coaches nationally are more hate-worthy than Lane Kiffin and Jim Harbaugh? Excluding guys like Fisher and Saban and Bert. I can't think of any.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

If I had to guess, it probably had to do with...

  1. Alvarez refusing to pay assistant coaches, leading to high turnover and low morale on the staff
  2. Lack of pay for assistants makes Wisconsin less competitive when trying to hire said assistants
  3. Alvarez probably micromanaged the hell out of that program. Like a helicopter parent, but way more douchey.
  4. Possibly had something to do with Alvarez wanting a pro-style offense relying heavily on power running. Andersen's a defensive coach, but he brought Andy Ludwig along with him. Ludwig's a spread option guy.
  5. Less flexibility with academic standards, limiting who they can recruit. 

Regarding my last point, OSU and Michigan both loosen up their academic standards for football recruits. And no, that absolutely doesn't mean that those players aren't deserving of being here. They still work their asses off in the classroom when they get here.

Apparently Wisconsin doesn't loosen up its standards, or doesn't to the extent that other schools do, which limits who they can recruit. 

Comment 11 Dec 2014

I really want Harbaugh at UM and Kiffin at Wisconsin. Kiffin is pretty much on par with Andersen, if not a slight upgrade, and Harbaugh would get UM back to prominence almost immediately.

I really liked Andersen and Pelini. I really like Dantonio and Jerry Kill. 

But this conference needs a villain, or at least someone for us to vilify. I'm not talking about Brady Hoke, he was a bumbling idiot who by all accounts was a nice guy but a really bad football coach. We need a villain who I'll actually loathe and fear. It'll make victory that much sweeter. 

Comment 11 Dec 2014

I really feel for Andersen, and somehow, Bert.

Urban's said time and time again that paying assistants what they're worth is incredibly important, but Alvarez simply refuses to do that, plus I bet he micromanages the hell out of football operations. Andersen is an excellent coach, I'm shocked to see him going to Oregon State instead of a much bigger job, but apparently working for Alvarez is just that bad that he was looking to get out.

Sure, Bert is a douche, but he's got an impressive track record as a coach. Andersen IMO is one of the top 15-20 coaches in the nation, too. And they both made lateral moves (at best) because working for Alvarez was so bad.

I know they just made Horrible Bosses 2, but I bet the next one will be about Barry Alvarez.

Comment 09 Dec 2014

The three guys you mentioned seem to be the most likely candidates to have huge years.

I'd be more focused on the #Dream14 guys who played this year as true frosh, though. Jamarco Jones, Jalyn Holmes, Erick Smith and Damon Webb could all have huge years IMO. 

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Technically, yes, but a bowl-game travel exemption, at least for playoff games, is something that the NCAA could EASILY pull off. It's a shame that they don't.

85 players on each team, give each family $1000 for travel/lodging expenses (might not cover the whole thing but whatever). Two teams, that comes out to $170,000.

Seem like a lot? Well remember that the president of the Fiesta Bowl paid $110,000 to play golf with Jack Nicklaus a while back. And the NCAA is making hundreds of millions of dollars off of the CFB playoff.

It could easily be done by a corporate sponsor, too. Make that a stipulation for bowl game sponsorship/name rights. Like how the Rose Bowl is "presented by Northwestern Mutual." Simply make that an additional cost for the name rights.

So, yeah, that would be providing a benefit, but it's a benefit that the families deserve.

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Or a 6'4" quarterback who runs a low 4.4 and has a strong arm.

Can we put a moratorium on the TG position change threads until he actually gets on campus? And for the record, I think he sticks at QB for us down the road.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

Evan Spencer for sure. And Rashad Frazier.

Watch out for Corey Smith in the Sugar Bowl.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

pro-OSU commentator

He's a huge Michigan fan, actually. I wouldn't call him pro-OSU, it's just not that hard to say that we're doing well when we're dominating every facet of the game.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

Honestly, that's a comment that we should smile at. Shows a huge level of respect for one of the most beloved figures in our history. Plus we don't have to worry about that ever happening.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

The roster next year is absolutely stupid loaded so I could see him staying and then taking a job like Oklahoma.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

Promotion for Warriner, bring in a young QB guru type to eventually kind of fill in for Texas Tom.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

By all accounts, Hoke is actually a pretty great guy. Obviously not a great coach and he's not great with the media (honestly, not many people are), but his players love him. I wouldn't expect a ton of success from him at Oregon State, but it'd be hilarious to see him get a job before Michigan fills their opening.

Also, I'm all for Michigan hate, but the "Ann Arbor Community College" thing seems really dumb to me. It's one of the top universities in the world. They're not UC.

Comment 05 Dec 2014

Touch pass counts as a forward pass, so we'd get flagged for an illegal forward pass. 

Comment 04 Dec 2014

He's a possibility, and it'd kill me. I lived in Utah for a few years growing up, and the first college football team I ever really followed/watched was that 2005 Utah team. Moved out to Ohio and kept my Utah fandom even with Meyer at UF. That Sugar Bowl win over Bama is still maybe my favorite CFB game I've ever watched.

Whittingham is a great coach. With that said, he relies quite a bit on having great assistants. The assistants on that 2008 team? Gary Andersen and Andy Ludwig. Once Andersen left (and took Ludwig along with him), the Utes went downhill for a few years. But they're getting back there.

Whittingham's a guy that I'll never actually dislike, even if he goes to UM. I'll still hate the team but he's just such a likable guy. 

Comment 03 Dec 2014

makes u think