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1  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: July 13, 2018, 12:41:43 PM
Thanks for posting.  Some of the stats are interesting in that I had not seen them presented that way.

I think the feeling internally is that the defense should be lights out this year.  There is still concern about the OL.
2  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: July 06, 2018, 06:24:22 PM
Now that I've committed a substantial amount of money to Michigan do I get to make a "safety school too" joke about Ohio State?

Very funny. Had not thought of it that way
3  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: July 05, 2018, 07:22:05 PM
Ohio State is #3 on this "Safety U" list
4  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 30, 2018, 02:39:19 PM
Going back five more years changes the numbers very little.

Not concerned. There is an argument to be made that we need to focus more on desire and other traits anyway.  I think we will be addressing areas of need this year.  We're on the right track.
5  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 29, 2018, 01:22:33 PM
I understand that you think it is unusual for them.  But that's only because you have not been focused on their recruiting patterns for the last 15 years
6  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 28, 2018, 04:40:36 PM
I don't think it is unusual.   I was concerned last year because I was not sure how the change to two signing days was going to affect things.  But they pulled it out on the second signing day.  Everyone they signed on the final day was 4/5 stars
7  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 28, 2018, 12:20:31 PM
Hey Scotty, last year Bama was lagging way behind in the recruiting rankings.

This year they are #1 and it's the Trojans that are down on the list.

Are you talking about for next year?  The Trojans always start slow and finish strong.  We have this conversation every year.
8  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 16, 2018, 05:26:14 PM
and giving kids experience for the next year by putting them in late in the season in meaningless games.
9  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 15, 2018, 02:39:59 PM
Saw this.  Not sure what this will mean or how it will shake out.   It seems at first glance like it will be more of an advantage to those teams that have quality 2nd tier players.  Teams like Michigan State should benefit for instance?   The stars are not going to be red-shirting and staying five years anyway.
10  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 05, 2018, 03:44:23 PM
I've sort of missed this sort of sharp, insightful analysis from you, Steve.

11  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: June 01, 2018, 10:35:23 AM
It sounds like you have been productive and that's a great thing.

I would worry about Jim also if people pointed out he was "missing."  He's a nice guy in real life.
12  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: May 30, 2018, 10:36:09 AM
Is Casey posting on other forums here?

I got busy one off season and didn't come on at all...only to find out that my user name had been abandoned.  Had to set up an entirely new profile.

I think we're all on borrowed time here anyway.  This site could go down at any time.   Which reminds me to once again say it's been nice bantering with and learning from you all over the years.
13  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: May 24, 2018, 06:17:58 PM
Quite the contrary.  Although the verdict was disappointing, the jury foreman made it clear they really wanted to punish the NCAA, but because of the way it was laid out, the burden of proof could not be overcome.

McNair's attorney made an odd mistake in dropping negligence and breach of contract claims during the case to double down on defamation.

Here is a direct quote from the Presiding Juror:

I felt an immense sense of deflation coming over me when I learned we were only being instructed on defamation. Because in opening statement, the claims listed were negligence, breach of contract, and defamation. That is how the case was framed for me. So I walked into jury box thinking they [McNair] got there on breach of contract and negligence, but I wasn’t so sure as to false statements and defamation. Then we hear closing argument and were only instructed on defamation. So when we weren’t instructed, I was deflated, because I was not happy about where I thought this would all lead to, although I think I understand it tactically.

Going into deliberations on defamation there was an enormous sense of wanting to do something, but also a sense of integrity as to the defamation claim. We even postured the idea to somehow get damages to McNair even if a low amount to send a message to the NCAA. We peeked ahead to Question 4, assuming that we could get over the false statements, to ask if we could find malice, but people couldn’t, especially with the higher burden. We wanted to see if we could resolve the case in a way that would be just, but get all members comfortable with the verdict. Dissent was really bothered by the sense of injustice. I wanted to get there.

I think if those breach of contract and negligence claims were there, if there was an offramp to give him something, we could have given something. The sense I got, including from the members of the majority, is that the breach of contract and negligence claims might have gone his way because we were really looking for an offramp, but didn’t feel we had the legal tools to do what the case called for. Jurors asked if we could give him “just a little bit.” They asked, “Can we put a statement out there?” Which we did by speaking to the attorneys and press afterwards. We were troubled by the outcome. Obviously if it is the lesser claims you would not get as big of a pay day. But even if what the NCAA said was true, I could see how he was subjected to an unfair process in violation of the NCAA’s own bylaws.
14  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: May 18, 2018, 05:35:08 PM
...or North Korea
15  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: May 18, 2018, 05:34:52 PM
maybe he's backpacking through Eastern Europe
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