Totally agree. He's not going anywhere. And Urban would have already released him from his LOI (if that was actually a possibility). And since I can't imagine he'd be willing to sit for a year, what alternative does the dude have? Then again -- he might redshirt anyway, so who knows.
Respectfully, Canuk, I disagree with you.
We can paint this with a few different brushes, but in the end, the story is about Urban running a modern and effective recruiting engine which exposes college football as a BUSINESS, and is unapologetic in its "win at all costs" methods. This is in contrast to a public HS coach whose relationship with Ohio State is leveraged completely on relationship-building and trust. There exists a chasm between the two, which was essentially ripped open this week with the Weber saga. It's modernity versus legacy.
Yes, Wilcher feels victimized since he's coaching these kids with their futures. It's not just football X's and O's. He feels he has a right to be part of the inner-circle with these kids, and when it becomes clear he didn't have all the data -- his advice becomes moot. His credibility is affected. That reality creates mistrust. And I, for one, believe trust is critical to the future of all HS pipeline relationships, particularly in Detroit. He's pissed, and it's pretty understandable.
Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, LSU -- these are all great programs with elite coaches who rely on relationship-building to separate themselves from each other for top kids. Ohio State is the defending national champ, yes. But it's not the "top university in the Nation." Let's not overstate things. Because of this, I wish the Weber situation never happened. I believe it was woefully mishandled by Urban. My hope is it won't have long-term impact, or be exploited in a manner that far exceeds the benefit of getting one kid out of Detroit pipeline school.
Just my $.02
I'm a huge fan of the Stub Hub iPhone app which I use all the time -- particularly to last minute events. The trick with the iPhone app is to know ahead of time if the gate agents can scan off barcode on the phone. Some venues can and others can't (more can't at this point). Call the venue and ask specifically if they can scan the Stub Hub iPhone app. They may direct you towards a specific gate. Otherwise, just go a few mins early and find a FedEx/Kinkos. I've done that a few times too.
I've probably used StubHub 25-30 times and have never had a forged ticket/# issue.
This thread is impressive in the sheer degree of its nothingness.
Umm. Not to be "that guy" but the Sea of Galilee is in Israel (with parts bordering Syria and Lebanon). None of this geography is located near lands potentially part of a future Palestinian state. And until negotiations bear fruit, there isn't even a place called Palestine.
Envious of the trip, though! Stay safe!
EDIT: I think I misunderstood. You were in the occupied territories before, and today you'll watch the game from Israel (Sea of Galilee). Now I understand. Apologies.
Tears in my eyes. Seriously.
Mute point you make...
Lived in Evanston for 10 years so feel somewhat qualified to comment. Downtown Evanston (just two stops off the purple line before the stadium at Central) has some amazing places to eat and bar hop.
If you're with family, I highly recommend stopping at the Lucky Platter on Main Street which has fantastic comfort food. The sweet potato fries are ridiculous. Just around the corner from Lucky Platter on Dempster is Cross Rhodes (Greek) which has killer gyros and other home-made Greek cuisine. Try the lemon fries (again with the fries!!??). Yeah, they are something special. If you're looking to get hammered in the downtown area, there's no better spot than Keg of Evanston on Grove St. I cannot tell you how many nights (and some days) had me stumbling out of there not entirely sure what had just happened. And lastly, Tommy Nevins Pub. Classic Irish restaurant/bar with live music and that laid back atmosphere you might be looking for before getting ugly at the stadium. Last time I was there, Bono was just leaving. Seriously.
The great thing about Evanston (and Chicago in general) is that you can get hammered pretty much anywhere, and have no need for a car at the end. The purple/red lines should be able to get you safely to most places you'll need while visiting. Just don't go too far south on the red line after hours or it can get dicey :-)
Thought it was interesting, the part about an autopsy revealing Secretariat's heart being twice as large as a normal horse's. Dude was born to be a dominant race horse, and as that owner indicated --- he just had a bigger "engine" than everyone else, which kind of made it unfair. I have no doubt horse breeding has attempted to engineer that advantage into future lines of champions.
That's fair. And I'd agree the street cred gives Urban more latitude. I swear, I wanna say Hoke is Michigan's Coop. They'll recruit well and be in their fair share of conference championships. But something tells me this guy is the real deal. We shall see...
Hoke doesn't strike me as arrogant. Confident in his system (read: Mattison) maybe. But I don't get arrogance out of him. Urban could be accused of having that same confidence I think you'd agree.
In the end, the whole thing is just too bad. Michigan/Notre Dame was a fun game. I had the chance to see the "Under the Lights" version at Michigan Stadium in 2011 and I'm hear to tell you -- it might have been the most exciting college football game I've ever been to. Of course, I was falling down drunk by kickoff, so what the hell do I know.
What's to "buy?" These are two storied programs with a rivalry going back a hundred years, supported by a game that brings out the best of both programs. The two schools genuinely don't like each other, helping to fuel the hate-filled matchups which generations of people look forward to. Do you really believe that Michigan's results last year are somehow related to this decision? Hoke understands the meaning of rivalries and why it's an important part of his school's tradition. This move has effectively removed one of three games that people circle on their calendar. And it is, indeed, chickenshit. I give the guy credit for saying -- in front of alumni or otherwise.
Part of me thinks this decision is because he won't have Trey Burke penetrating and dishing open shots to him this upcoming season, which will ultimately diminish his value next year. His stock could be as high now as it will ever get.
Regardless, good luck to him. And good for the Buckeyes.
I don't put any stock in the idea that having more seats than the Big House somehow correlates to making the Shoe better. Most of us have been to both stadiums. Which one is the more intimidating? Which one would opposing teams least want to play in in a critical game?
Michigan Stadium is a great stadium to be sure, especially since the redesign. But The Shoe has its own tradition and character, and I love the way it makes me feel when I attend games there. I think it's perfect just the way it is. I don't give a rats ass if there happen to be more seats somewhere else.