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09/18/2018 - 12:46pm I think you run the offense…

I think you run the offense you need in the situation at hand.  There will be games when Patterson will need to throw the ball a ton, and that's when you call it.  But Michigan is at their best when they have a nice balance between running and throwing the ball, and artificially attempting to alter that dynamic for no other reason than "he's the man" isn't important.

09/18/2018 - 12:42pm Thus far this year Michigan…

Thus far this year Michigan has given up 2 plays of over 40 yards and 4 over 30 yards.  They gave up that long pass to Proche and the other against ND.  That's been it.  We remember the mistakes, but this is a really good defense that people get annoyed with around here because we are generally emotionally unable to handle football rationally when it involves our team.

09/18/2018 - 12:38pm Have at it.

http://www…

Have at it.

http://www.cfbstats.com/2017/leader/national/team/defense/split01/category30/sort03.html

09/18/2018 - 12:37pm In 3 games, Michigan has…

In 3 games, Michigan has given up 2 plays longer than 40 yards.  Move it back to 30 yards and we're at 4.

What I've noticed around here is that people assumed this defense would be better than Michigan has ever had, and when that's your barometer every transgression looks bad.  It's like last week when someone complained that Michigan was terrible on 3rd-down defense, despite being a top-5 unit in that department every year under Brown.

09/18/2018 - 12:30pm Because nothing engenders…

Because nothing engenders constructive conversation like random people on the internet calling out others for being too negative.

09/17/2018 - 10:35pm There's a real chance MSU…

There's a real chance MSU isn't ranked when Michigan plays them.  They've got to go to Indiana and PSU coming up, two undefeated teams with decent defenses, plus play Northwestern, which could be semi-competent.  

09/17/2018 - 10:33pm I have no idea how PFF…

I have no idea how PFF scores college games anymore.  I thought the defense largely played well, but Winovich seems grossly under-rated here.

09/17/2018 - 10:30pm To say that Chip Kelly's run…

To say that Chip Kelly's run at Oregon was a "fluke" is pretty stupid.  I don't blame him for being frustrated, but there's also no reason for a dad of a current player to sub-tweet a coach on Twitter in his first season as the HC at your school.  

I guess I'll never be a good sports dad because apparently it requires you to "stand up for your child" by passive-aggressively calling out another adult in public.

09/17/2018 - 10:25pm I agree that the ban on…

I agree that the ban on sealed water bottles is crazy.  But at least part of the problem is simply that the day was just quite warm for a football game, and Michigan Stadium isn't really designed/run like a place to handle that type of weather.  I remember being a student in the early 00s and there were a couple of games like that as well, and even with water people would pass out.  I honestly don't know what the solution is beyond altering the concourse during games so that there are multiple covered areas for people to have shelter under intense heat.  

09/17/2018 - 2:47pm He definitely got a warning,…

He definitely got a warning, but I couldn't tell if it was on him or someone else on the sideline.  Plus, these refs were so insanely weird about stuff that a student assistant farting could have set them off.

09/17/2018 - 2:27pm To be fair, half of those…

To be fair, half of those guys were under arrest at the time.

09/17/2018 - 2:26pm True about him not yelling…

True about him not yelling directly at players to humiliate them, though I do remember him going off on Nordin on the sideline to a degree that might have rubbed other players the wrong way.  I get a sense Harbaugh knows how far he can push his players.

As for the change, I agree that penalty was probably the inciting incident, but he was also toning down the sideline stuff as the season progressed; I think we just remember that moment because it was one in a series of shitty things the refs did in that game.

09/17/2018 - 12:34pm Even if the ref is telling…

Even if the ref is telling him his pads are off and he needs to get off the field, then you need to throw a flag/call a timeout there.  He simply pushed Bush aside, set his ass down, and then didn't do a thing afterwards.

I hope Harbaugh and co. send this to the conference and this guy gets an earful.  

09/17/2018 - 12:32pm I don't totally disagree,…

I don't totally disagree, but people keep saying this and I have to believe the reason they don't is (a) because if you miss then you've sailed a ball well beyond your receiver and possibly into the defender's hands, (b) while we like to think TEs are always "open", simply being tall doesn't necessarily mean it's a safe throw if the guy has to fight for it.

09/17/2018 - 12:30pm JFC, the guy was banned from…

JFC, the guy was banned from 3 Saturdays, and he's already acting like a martyr.  I hope they keep hammering him on this for the rest of the season.  

09/17/2018 - 10:49am I've never understood the…

I've never understood the issues people have with Harbaugh's sideline demeanor.  I think he's cooled down a bit as he's aged.  Not saying you are questioning it, only those people who say he doesn't seem to care (as you noted) because he isn't screaming at refs.

Brain Kelly seems like a tremendous asshole at all times and he wins a decent number of football games, but they seem to be called for an average number of penalties just like anyone else.  Conversely, Mike Riley (formerly of Nebraska) was a really decent human being and his teams lost a bunch and were called for almost exactly the same number of penalties.  

I think players like a coach who treats them as human beings, and sometimes that means yelling and sometimes that means talking.  When you go too far one way or another that's when you run into problems.  And yeah, my guess is that he realized that maybe the refs were taking out his "antics" on his team, and he's smart enough to not hurt his chances of winning by being a distraction.

09/15/2018 - 11:19pm My understanding from a…

My understanding from a couple of places is that FSU has a pretty bad offensive line, and that has killed their efficiency running the ball.  And Francois hasn't taken to the offensive system the way they sort of hoped.  It's probably all fixable, but we should all remember that FSU had to play fast and loose with NCAA standards for "wins" to even make a bowl game last year; this isn't a 1-year issue.

09/15/2018 - 8:42pm It can be BOTH a badly…

It can be BOTH a badly officiated game and a comfortable if ugly win for Michigan.  Like, just because I get comped the meal doesn't take away the fact there was a dead mouse in my sandwich.

09/15/2018 - 3:33pm James Franklin reminds me of…

James Franklin reminds me of Dantonio, who would run up the score after his team struggled for half of the game so that people wouldn't notice it.  Like, PSU should be trouncing Pitt and Kent St., but it's telling that playing even a semi-competent defense seems to really disrupt what they want to do.  

09/15/2018 - 3:29pm Listening to FSU fans talk…

Listening to FSU fans talk about their team must have been like listening to UM fans round 2006/2007.  That's a team that apparently can't recruit a QB or tackle to save their lives.

09/15/2018 - 1:35pm Are we sure Trace McSorley…

Are we sure Trace McSorley is a good passer?  It's now three games and he's barely over 50% completion.  And I know he played in a rainy game and also against a good pass defense in App St...but still, that feels like an offense Michigan will have well scouted and also able to slow down.

09/15/2018 - 1:24pm Kansas is noticeably better…

Kansas is noticeably better than Rutgers right now.  I never thought we'd be in a world like that.

09/15/2018 - 9:37am Maybe they'll find their…

Maybe they'll find their running game underneath a burned couch.

09/15/2018 - 9:37am There will be an uptick next…

There will be an uptick next week when he's off suspension, but as a general rule we as a society, especially in sports, don't care all that much about domestic abuse or sexual assaults.  We have decades of evidence that if you are still good at the sport, you'll get another chance as long as you didn't cheat within a very precise set of rules.  Honestly, the only offense that seems to stick is, apparently, protesting systemic violence against minorities.

09/14/2018 - 1:21pm Not surprising, but always…

Not surprising, but always sucks when a guy has to retire due to injury.  But he had a great career.

09/14/2018 - 12:07pm Sometimes you're scaring a…

Sometimes you're scaring a spider, sometimes you're being ripped apart by your future self.  Such is life in the Big 10.

09/13/2018 - 1:06pm Run them off the field, get…

Run them off the field, get a couple of passes in, and then set up for Nebraska.  

09/13/2018 - 1:04pm I don't know if there is any…

I don't know if there is any combination of tackles that makes life demonstrably better for Michigan this year, but I do believe that a 5th year of a guy like Mayfield is way more valuable.  So he's out.  And while JBB did fine as a run blocker, putting him on the other end of the line probably won't magically fix his pass blocking, and my guess is as a pass blocker he's no better than Runyan.  So I think Michigan should just roll with what they have, gameplan as much as possible, and hope that they can stay out of the types of massive 3rd-down holes that spell doom for them.  It's not perfect, but this is a hole that probably can't be plugged by anyone on the roster all that well.  If anything, throw Hudson out there at Runyan's spot and see what happens, though I assume they did in the practice and the end result was Hudon < Runyan.

09/13/2018 - 11:41am The point totals need to…

The point totals need to come back and matter.  That's what kept the trolls away before; you couldn't create a post unless you had something like 500 points, so unless you were a dedicated asshole (and let's be honest, most were), it took some time to get to the point where you could be disruptive, and then you'd get smacked back down, create another fake account, then upvote each other to look clever.  You could never stop them, but at least it halted the "MKs tots right man, and I'm totally not that guy, you guys." weird person around here.

09/12/2018 - 10:43pm The OP didn't really say…

The OP didn't really say anything at all.  That, at least to me, is the issue with the post.  He basically says "he hasn't played as well as some hypothetical top-25 player should, but then again the team around him has been bad, but he's also not putting up great production, but I'm still totally a fan and he's a genius and go blue."  Which is fine, I guess, but then why ask it?  There isn't really a question here, beyond a subjective assessment of someone who has played in 15 games.

He also later on cherry-picks stats by saying DPJ is a possession receiver because this year he's averaging 6.9 yards on 10 catches.  Last year, of course, he averaged 12.6 ypc, which would be a top-150/175 rate nationally and in the ballpark of Tarik Black (13.5 compared to 12.6, and that's pretty misleading since most of those yards came on his one bomb against Florida), a WR nobody would be worried about and assume is a future NFL guy.

He looks really solid as a WR.  I'd be fine if he stopped returning punts, but as a WR I see no reason why he won't have a great little run the next two years and then considers the NFL.

09/12/2018 - 10:34pm I mean, based on the premise…

I mean, based on the premise of this post it reads like you are definitely "worried" about DPJ's output as a WR, and will likely dispute any and all evidence to the contrary.

He has played exactly 2 games when not a true freshman and not playing with a collection of QBs who, for better or for worse, were the worst statistical group in modern Michigan history.  It's basically them or 2008, and I still think Michigan's offense was more robust in RR's first year.

 

09/12/2018 - 10:30pm I am holding out hope that…

I am holding out hope that this site finally rolls out the "see how positive/negative a post is" feature, because while I could have assumed this was going to be a shit show just by the title, it would be nice to know beforehand just how bad it is.

09/12/2018 - 11:23am (No subject)

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09/11/2018 - 5:03pm It was 45-3 by the time…

It was 45-3 by the time Martell got in, I believe, so I doubt there were a ton of starters out there.  But I think the bigger issue holding any of these rankings back is the fact that the opponent was Rutgers.

09/11/2018 - 4:58pm It's sort of forgotten, but…

It's sort of forgotten, but he also had a season full of wins vacated because of grade tampering and other such infractions.  Like, this guy has a record of being shady, though I'll admit that covering up a rape wasn't something I would have assumed until, oh, a year ago.

09/11/2018 - 2:15pm Throwing against Rutgers'…

Throwing against Rutgers' third string DBs probably didn't help his cause.

09/11/2018 - 2:13pm I'm surprised neither Higdon…

I'm surprised neither Higdon nor any interior OL made the top 5.  They all looked really good.

Glad to see the assiatants get paid, though those totals still feel shockingly low to me.  I mean, it's good money and all, but seems like half of the coaches on the football team clear a million, you figure guys who almost got you a title would clear more than your average lawyer or doctor.

09/11/2018 - 2:06pm Is it really "cutting the…

Is it really "cutting the cord" when you use someone else's login?  That feels more like "attaching my own cord to someone else's"

09/11/2018 - 12:12pm So Saturday was the first…

So Saturday was the first football game you've ever watched, I see.  Hell, you picked a good time to give it a try. 

09/11/2018 - 12:08pm That's rough for the kid. …

That's rough for the kid.  Hope he recovers fully in 7 weeks.

09/10/2018 - 9:14pm Does this coach on twitter…

Does this coach on twitter...have a tweet on twitter you could link to?

09/10/2018 - 9:14pm I'm excited for Jackson…

I'm excited for Jackson being on the team because I could see a world where he bulks up a bit and fills a role similar to Evans, though perhaps a bit more buggy.  If anything, Johnson III might be the odd man out assuming Gray sticks in the class; he's a solid athlete but is also a bit of a tweener in a Michigan offense.  And there's already the chance for a position switch; Barrett jumped to Viper after being pegged for running back seemingly since he committed.  

Anyway, excited to have a nice little uptick in recruiting after a big win.

09/10/2018 - 9:03pm I've not seen a case beyond…

I've not seen a case beyond the 6th circuit that directly speaks to due process in the way this court ruled.  There have been a couple of cases that speak to property rights in admissions and continued admittance at a school, but those have hinged on elements closer to contracts and promissory estoppel (such as a student not being admitted to a school while previously being admitted on probation).  I've not seen a case that goes to due process removal for a potential violation of student conduct/law such as sexual assault.  There was a case at Columbia University that got remanded because the school didn't contact certain witnesses potentially favorable to the accused, but they didn't necessarily speak to the actual merits of the case or that he had any right to confront the accuser.  Again, if there is a vein of case law I'd like to see it.

An accusation does not stay on your permanent record if it is found to not be true.  And even in this case, the primary investigator spoke to 23 witnesses, about half of which told a story favorable to the plaintiff and the other to the defendant.  If anything, the investigator discounted additional testimony favorable to the accuser because he/she wasn't sure if it was fully relevant.  This was then reversed by the school's appeal process, but this individual's story was heard and he was allowed to provide witnesses.  What this decision says is that in addition to that, the accused (or his/her lawyer) should have the right to confront the accuser in a non-legal environment, when nobody is under oath or subject to the rules of evidence.  That is about as far from actual "due process" as you can be, and is why schools have likely shied away from it. 

In actuality, what this likely results in is a disproportionately large number of men "questioning" a large number of women (who said women have accused of sexually assaulting against their will or consent) about how they were sorta leading them on, were totally down for whatever happened, maybe shouldn't have been so drunk, etc.  It's not going to look like a Law & Order episode, and it's only going to add to the very real trend against women reporting sexual assaults on campus.

09/10/2018 - 8:49pm It is not "black letter law"…

It is not "black letter law"; in fact, the whole issue is that a university shouldn't hold legal proceedings at all because they are, as has been noted both here and elsewhere, not a legal entity.  This individual went and filed an actual lawsuit because that is the proper protocol for a deprivation of property; this decision is trying to move that process out of the court's purview and, in my opinion, likely going to create more issues than it purports to address.  

09/10/2018 - 8:42pm I personally don't think…

I personally don't think there is a need to add in any adversarial elements to the current proceedings; as you noted, it's likely to disproportionately bias survivors against reporting.  

09/10/2018 - 7:20pm I normally would have backed…

I normally would have backed away, but the OP's characterization of the ruling goaded me a bit.

But I agree, this won't end well.

09/10/2018 - 7:19pm Actually, the investigator…

Actually, the investigator found for the male student, at least to the extent that he/she didn't feel the evidence wasn't more compelling for the purported victim than the accused.  The University's appeal board heard the matter and reversed, saying that the investigator improperly minimized the comments by a Witness who, unlike the other 22 witnesses investigated, did not have a connection to either the fraternity of the accused or the sorority of the victim.  

This case turned on the 6th circuit's own rules regarding credibility in an academic extra-judicial process.  I don't disagree with their premise that if you are going to hold these types of proceedings you should have the ability to be heard, only that both parties were allowed to be heard in equal measure (via interviews) and the court now wants to introduce a new, more adversarial meeting because that way the both sides (but seemingly with a focus on the accused) can, frankly, try to undermine the credibility of others.  If everyone is sworn under oath before a judge, then go for it.  But if we are going to get into a debate about credibility in front of a school employee and without the rules of evidence applicable, then that seems like a bad situation.

09/10/2018 - 7:13pm This will not end well, but…

This will not end well, but whatever.

People keep saying this is a Due Process claim, but it's not really that.  Michigan isn't a judicial body, and their current handling of sexual assault accusations on campus are not judicial in any way.  AFAIK, they don't have the right to subpoena records, access protected personal medical information, or really access any information beyond what the parties provide and what is made available through other channels.  The individuals investigating the matter aren't judges or necessarily lawyers, and my guess is not all have special training to handle these types of matters.  Now, if a student feels he or she is not heard properly in these matters, then they do what this plaintiff did and sue in the actual court system.  

To me, this is just an attempt to legalize the non-legal Department of Education's attempts to introduce "campus assault due process" without going through the ballot box.  Nobody is claiming that an individual should be deprived of his or her ability to defend himself/herself against accusations, but letting the accused (or his/her lawyer) "question" the accuser when neither is under any obligation legally to do so or, frankly, under oath feels wrong.  Does this also mean a victim is allowed to put the accused, under oath, on the same witness stand and go after him/her?  Because my guess is that wasn't the focus here.  And that doesn't even get into the very real trauma that someone who was recently sexually assaulted having to meet with the assaulter in, again, a non-judicial setting and be grilled over what he/she was wearing, what he/she may have said or did, or not said or not did, all with a slant toward making said victim appear complicit or a liar.  The fact the decisioned cited the interrogation scene in "A Few Good Men" as a sign that society expects vigorous cross examination on a school's campus is pretty telling about how little thought this court put into the actual facts of this case and how much politics were behind it.

09/10/2018 - 6:44pm Hey man, I'm just happy you…

Hey man, I'm just happy you switched your fake accounts around before commenting.  It's been tripping you up recently, which is surprising given how smart you are.

09/10/2018 - 4:52pm Well, welcome aboard.  This…

Well, welcome aboard.  This is a much better week than last, and I look forward to even more.