Monday, February 19, 2018

B1G Win, The Dance & More


Senior Day!
I’m going to miss these guys.  And MO Buckets is probably gone as well
The Speeches…
Sorry about the audio quality…But it’s the best clip I could find. 
I really didn’t want to believe or let myself believe that Michigan could beat the suckeyes, even on home court.  The suckeyes are a formidable opponent and will be an extremely tough out in the tourney.
But, Michigan and the Maize Rage came through in a B1G way and found their rhythm on defense and finally got around to playing some offense and schooled the scarlet and gray in a bad way.  It was incredibly scrappy and sometimes it looked like a football game with guys on the floor scrambling for balls. 
This was a GREAT win on Senior Day and I’m really looking forward to the rest of February, March and - Dare I say this? – April
Yep, we’re well beyond bubble talk at this point.  If this Michigan team, the one that finds a way to win even though the 3’s aren’t dropping (7 out of 20) can keep that momentum together until the 3’s ARE DROPPING, well, anything dream you wanna’ dream is possible. 
MO Buckets, MAAR, Robinson, Poole, Livers, Simpson and even Matthews are getting Kudos today.  Everyone contributed and it was definitely a TEAM WIN!
Refereeing (or lack thereof) allowed a lot of rough and tumble stuff to take place without any whistles.  I’m ready to go to a “Call your own” just to see if the games would play out any differently….I hate to keep bitching about Refs, so I’m not gonna’ do it anymore.   It’s just the way it is at this point.
Two games left and they’re both on the road.  And they should both be winnable, even though PSU is getting feistier down the stretch.  And Maryland is still Maryland. 
Games – Dates – Time – Result - Record
Illinois(H)                  January 6th               Noon                          WON  79-69              14-3
Purdue (H)                January 9th               9:00 PM                     Lost    70-69              14-4
Sparty (A)                   January 13th              Noon                          WON  82-72              15-4
Maryland (H)            January 15th            6:30 PM                     WON 68-67               16-4
Nebraska (A)             January 18th              8:00 PM                     LOST 72-52              16-5
Rutgers (H)              January 21st             Noon                          WON  62-47              17-5
Purdue (A)                 January 25th              7:00 PM                     LOST  92-88             17-6
Northwestern (H)    January 29th            7:00 PM                     WON  58-47              18-6
Minnesota (H)          February 3rd             2:30 PM                     WON  76-73 (OT)    19-6
Northwestern (A)      February 6th              6:00PM                      LOST  61-52             19-7
Wiscy (A)                   February 11th            Noon                          WON  83-72              20-7
Iowa   (H)                   February 14th           6:30 PM                     WON 74-59               21-7
Suckeyes (H)           February 18th           1:00 PM                     WON  74-62              22-7
PSU (A)                      February 21st            7:00 PM
Maryland (A)             February 24th            Noon

What’s even better at this point is that Nebraska lost to the Illini, which means Michigan could possibly still get that top 4 Bye in the B1G Tourney if they win out and the Huskers lose one more.  Which is possible with Indiana and Penn State still on the Huskers schedule.  Unfortunately, both games are at home…
So What Does This Mean For The NCAA’s?
Great Question.  Answer:  Who Knows?  Lunardi has Michigan as a 5-Seed this AM (Palm moved them up from a 9-Seed to a 7-Seed) in the Midwest Bracket that would have Michigan playing Tennessee and Xavier if the chalks won.  I don’t mind those match-ups.  And he has Kansas as a 1-Seed, so go figure.  Of course, that will undoubtedly change several times over the course of the next three weeks. Stay Tuned…   
Next Question:
When was the last time Michigan’s Adj O-Efficiency was worse than their Adj D-Efficiency under John Beilein?
Answer – NEVER
What does that mean and Why should we care?  Well, Teams that rank high in both O-Eff and D-Eff are teams that do well in the Tourney.  In the last several seasons, the eventual NCAA champions were usually single digit ranked in each category (top 5-10) with several teams winning the whole enchilada with a higher Adj D-Eff.  Last season’s Michigan team was 4th and 69th, O and D, respectively. 
This season, Michigan is 46th Off and 20th Def.  For comparison purposes, in 2013, Michigan finished in KenPom’s top 4 with their O-Eff ranked 4th and the D-Eff ranked 37th, highest D-Eff in the final Top 10.  Which, is kind of head scratching, but it means Michigan can hang around in a game when shots aren’t going down and still find a way to beat you. 
Which is always good…
And with Beilein’s Offense and shooters able to get hot, hell, I’ll take that any time. 
So, yeah, this fan is starting to look forward to the post season!
Larry Nassar U and Purdue Both Earn 2-Seeds
In Lunardi’s latest.   (Palm has Purdue as a #3 and Sparty as a 2-Seed)  I’m still thinking that LNU will get the 1-Seed at some point as Kansas as a 1-Seed is incredibly offensive to anyone that’s following hoops this season. 


I really thought that the Purple Kitties were going to seal the deal against LNU on Saturday, being up 27 at one point in the game.  Then sparty just found a way and the kitties couldn’t score a bucket to save their soul.  The PURPLE KITTIES ONLY SCORED 11 points in the 2nd half. 
WTF….
McElwain Is Going to Be Receivers Coach and Offensive Analyst…
Whatever that is.
I guess I’m still scratching my head on this one, but McElwain did work under the current “Best” (Satan) and maybe Harbaugh believes he needs that insight in order to move forward.  Again, we’ll see, but I’m not doing hand stands and cartwheels over this hire.    
ETC.
Huggie Bear WAS BEYONE PISSED On Saturday Night!
35-2 was the foul discrepancy for WVU at Kansas on Saturday night.  The call that set off the calm, cool and collected Huggins (actually a no-Call) can be seen in the game highlights and the actual ejection can be seen here.
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Here’s a link to the full story.  I kind of agree with Huggins on this one…
Which is why I have no respect for Kansas this season.  I believe they’ll have difficulty getting out of the 1st weekend of the tourney. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Hawkeyes, Larry Nassar U, More Hoops & McElwai


Another one bites the dust.  The Hawkeyes put up a fight, but in the end, Michigan and the Maize Rage were simply too much for Iowa.  The M-Cagers thumped Fran’s Hawkeyes into the Crisler floor.
Initially, things started off very slowly as the Hawkeyes, for the first time ever(?) threw a 2-3 zone at Michigan that Michigan didn’t have many answers for.  (God how I miss Walton – and why don’t we have anyone that can drive and shoot?)  Eventually, Michigan found its groove and just started chucking them from the cheap seats.  The next time I could pay attention, Michigan had the lead and they never relinquished it. 
I would love comment more on the game, but we had a guest over for dinner on V-day and I ended up cooking dinner and chatting through most of the game.  But I was able to keep an occasional eye on the action.   Kudos to Wagner and especially Robinson – I saw you raining those 3’s like a beast, dude. 
You-da-man!!!
And before I forget, I like that Teske kid, too…
KUDOS to everyone in attendance who made the 6:30 Tip on Valentines Day.  Again, I hate to keep repeating myself but THANKS A LOT JIM DELANEY!!!
What this win means:
NO MORE BUBBLE TALK – Well, Almost.
If Michigan wins 1 of its last three, the worst they’ll finish the regular season is with 9 losses.  I have a hunch they’ll do better than that as two of the three left are more or less playing for pride, and that only gets you so far.  2-1 is probable…
The Suckeyes on Sunday will be the final test (that matters).  Hopefully, Michigan defends home court and has that one win that can move them up the NCAA Seed line.  Winning at PSU and Maryland will be expected, though I don’t think a loss at either place kills their chances or moves them down in seeding. 

I hate putting the cart before the horse, but a Michigan win Sunday helps Sparty.  I guess someone Michigan hates is gonna win the regular B1G season, regardless.  I just don’t know who I want to win it and who I hate seeing win it more.  I guess whatever helps Michigan.  The suckeyes have the hardest games left and Sparty should win their last three.  So maybe a tie for the regular season between these two is the best thing?
I dunno.
And if you happen to be lucky enough to have duckets to the game Sunday, you’ll get to see Hatch honored among the Seniors on Senior Day.  If you don’t know the story, I’m not repeating it, but it is one of the finer things that Beilein has ever done during his tenure at Michigan. 
Games – Dates – Time – Result - Record
Illinois(H)                  January 6th               Noon                          WON  79-69              14-3
Purdue (H)                January 9th               9:00 PM                     Lost    70-69              14-4
Sparty (A)                   January 13th              Noon                          WON  82-72              15-4
Maryland (H)            January 15th            6:30 PM                     WON 68-67               16-4
Nebraska (A)             January 18th              8:00 PM                     LOST 72-52              16-5
Rutgers (H)              January 21st             Noon                          WON  62-47              17-5
Purdue (A)                 January 25th              7:00 PM                     LOST  92-88             17-6
Northwestern (H)    January 29th            7:00 PM                     WON  58-47              18-6
Minnesota (H)          February 3rd             2:30 PM                     WON  76-73 (OT)    19-6
Northwestern (A)      February 6th              6:00PM                      LOST  61-52             19-7
Wiscy (A)                   February 11th            Noon                          WON  83-72              20-7
Iowa   (H)                   February 14th           6:30 PM                     WON 74-59               21-7
Suckeyes (H)           February 18th           1:00 PM
PSU (A)                      February 21st            7:00 PM
Maryland (A)             February 24th            Noon
Is Michigan Really Hiring McElwain?
FRIDAY UPDATE:  Still nothing official on ANY OF THIS!!!   One report from FootballScoop.com is the article that everyone is referencing.  As of MY post, there’s nothing official.
I was silent on this on Wednesday because, frankly, I thought it was all rumor and no substance.  But now, there’s so many people reporting the “Rumor” that I’m starting to think it’s going to happen.  I’m writing this Thursday and planning to post on Friday, so there will be an update as I go.
I don’t like this hire (if it happens) for many reasons, not the least of which is McElwain’s meltdown in a press conference where he lied about receiving death threats, which became the reason for his canning from Florida. 
Why do I REALLY hate this hire?
McElwain was a complete and utter bust at Florida.  Yes, his CSU teams were good, but that was CSU.  At Florida, he couldn’t field an offense with arguably some of the best recruiting classes in the nation under his control.  I know he had QB issues…But who doesn’t?   Michigan’s offense hasn’t been stellar, and you’re bringing in a guy that’s questionably a mediocre offensive mind at best. 
If you’re going to take a risk on a guy that lied and has issues with respect to his public image, (I can’t believe I’m gonna’ type this) go HIRE RICH ROD!  He’s at least proven that he’s got an incredible offensive mind and he’d get a lot better reception coming back to Michigan than McElwain will get from the fanbase. 
I’m starting to think Harbaugh is believing his own hype and can overcome any obstacle.  He’s maybe making a very bad decision here and doesn’t even realize it.
Is “Larry Nassar University” TOTALLY TONE DEAF?
I think I could start a separate blog on the Larry Nassar University Scandal just to keep track of everything that’s going on.  I’m really starting to believe that everyone in Spartyville is as tone deaf as EVERYONE claims they are.  In case you haven’t heard (and this had come out on Wednesday right before I posted), Sparty is retaining the EXACT SAME LAW FIRM that Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer accused of sexually harassing/assaulting hundreds of female movie stars and numerous other staff members!!!
The problem with this should be fairly obvious:  Hiring the law firm Weinstein is using is practically admitting guilt before you even begin to negotiate or got to court.  Which, I guess Sparty is guilty, so they figured might as well get the best of the best for defending these types of cases.
It just looks incredibly bad.  Much like the appointing of Engler, who I had supported initially, but I had forgotten about the $250M lawsuit of female prisoners being sexually harassed, raped, assaulted and in several cases, impregnated.  Engler fought that lawsuit for quite a while and then went so far as to try to strip the rights of abused prisoners and taking away the path of legal action and forbidding Michigan Prisoners from suing the state of Michigan for negligence.  And he almost got away with it.  So, yeah, I can see why a LOT of people don’t think Engler should be the Prez at Spartica right now… 
I dunno’ Sparty.  Every step forward looks like two steps back when viewed by the public. 
In other Larry Nassar University related news, the State of Michigan fired an MSU doctor that was already fired from LNU last week for refusing to cooperate in the Nassar investigation.  Article attached:
In addition, the state attorney will be at a hearing to determine whether or not the Governor should open up an inquiry into the MSU Board of Trustees. 
Sheesh….When will all of this end?  But Wait, there’s MORE:
ESPN OTL UPDATE:  LNU Basketball Freshman Being Investigated for Criminal Sexual Conduct
Relentless Bulldog Reporter Paula Lavigne from ESPN is not going to get any free drinks in East Lansing, but she can probably drink free in Ann Arbor for the rest of her life.

If You See THIS WOMAN In Ann Arbor, Buy Her A Drink!!!
Paula co-wrote the original OTL story laying out the pattern and “Environment of Sexual Abuse/Assault” in East Lansing in the Men’s Football and Basketball programs.  Now, she’s following that up with this:  Washington, a Frosh Hoops Player, apparently groped a Co-ed last fall and the police have been investigating.  Paula keeps digging and she will more than likely keep finding stuff.  Izzo is looking worse and worse in this deal all the time.  Washington hasn’t played this season, but has suited up for every game and hasn’t faced any discipline since the investigation began.
Hollis Can’t Keep His Mouth Shut
Hollis tried to downplay the ESPN OTL Article stating it’s “Sensationalized”, but didn’t deny that ANY OF THE EVENTS/CRIMES/INVESTIGATIONS took place.  So, yeah….
Domer Penalty Feedback:   
F@#$%@#$ ‘EM!!!!!
A couple of you were much less kind and empathetic about the Domer’s ruling from the NCAA than I was on Wednesday.  You wrote to say how much the Domers have gotten away with over the years (Floyd Gate, DeClan Sullivan, Rapes, etc.) that this was minor punishment and Kama for some of the things that they’ve never atoned for.
I get that.  Seriously, I do.
The Domers and their fans can be VERY HYPOCRITICAL.  That’s kind of what makes it so much fun to hate them.  And even MORE FUN to crush them whenever possible.
But at the same time, the NCAA can’t just lower the boom on someone when they get the chance on what appears to be a relatively minor violation!  There has to be a check and balance in regard to these things. 
I guess what I’m saying is:  you can’t let north carolina skate on 20 years of academic fraud committed by hundreds of players and take a hammer to the Domers for being up front and honest about two players that had papers written for them.  It just looks incredibly bad.  I truly have the feeling that the tone-deaf NCAA may be on its last legs with respect to this one.  Any institution that has been paying attention probably feels the same way. 
And no, my hatred for the Domers hasn’t subsided or diminished.  But my hatred doesn’t mean I want to see a university unduly punished.  I just want to own their ass on the field, on the floor, and in any form of athletic or academic competition.  I don’t want to see them melt into the Earth or disappear altogether as I enjoy beating someone I hate that has actually proven themselves worthy of my hate.  I mean, beating up Eastern, Western and Central Michigan on an annual basis wouldn’t create any passion in any sport or endeavor.  They are lesser schools for a reason. 
And the NCAA shouldn’t take that away from any fan…
Hope that makes some sense…
Did Purdue and The Suckeyes Just Lose A Seed Line?
Upsets galore last night!  Purdue lost at the Troll Center, the suckeyes lost at PSU and Cincinnati lost to Houston.  That’s 3 in the Committee’s Top 16 that lost…I think Purdue definitely lost the 1-Seed and even though the Committee claims to not look at or weight the last 10 games, 3 consecutive losses by the Boilers isn’t helping them in any way.  Sparty may get the nod for the 1-Seed, but they still need help from Michigan.  The Suckeyes grip on a 4-Seed is tenuous at best and they could possibly hang on to it with a win in Ann Arbor, but my guess is they slip down to the 5-Seed line due to the overall weakness of the B1G and getting swept by PSU isn’t a good look…
Is Kentucky Going To Make the NCAA Tourney?
Kentucky, believe it or not, is sitting at 17-9 right now and has some very difficult games left on the schedule.  This is a team that’s beaten some really good teams this season (4 wins against top 50 opponents) and can’t seem to beat anyone in the SEC.  I’ve always said a Blue-Blood can suffer double digit losses (10 or 11) and still make the field because they’re blue bloods…
But this Kentucky team, with all its talent, doesn’t look that good when they play.  I was watching a little of the Wednesday night game against Auburn and they looked…well, they do dumb things late in the game and are not playing like a team.  There’s no love for Kentucky from this Hoops fan, but at the same time, I find it hard to believe that Cheatin’ Calipari can’t seem to get this team together.  5 games left and I think if they win 3, they’re in.  Win 2 and it’s up to the committee.  Win 1, fugetaboutit….And yes, I know I said Texas with 11 losses should be out of the Tourney, but 5 “Quadrant 1 Wins” is keeping them around.  If they lose any more, they should still be out.  I don’t like seeing double digit losers from Power 5 conferences in the NCAA. 
Making Room For Nebraska
Nebraska is this Season’s Rodney Dangerfield of College Hoops (They aren’t getting a lot of respect).  They’re sitting in 4th place all alone in the B1G (Above Michigan) with a record of 20-8 and are currently riding a 6-game winning streak.  Unfortunately, all the Huskers wins have not come against anyone in the top 50.  And the Committee values those types of wins.  11-4 in the B1G should be an AUTOMATIC bid, but alas, the B1G is “down” this season. They haven’t won a game against any of the three Big Ten teams ahead of them in the standings, and 3 of their losses, the suckeyes, Purdue and Michigan State all happened on the road.  And everyone knows winning in the B1G on the Road is close to impossible. Especially at those locales..   
But I’d rather see a gritty team grinding through conference play make it into the dance than the aforementioned Wildcats.  I hate anyone getting a Tourney nod for being a blue-blood. 
That’s my 2 cents
ETC.
Ref Ejects Cheerleader at ASU – Arizona Game
And it was legal.  Can’t yell players names through the MegaPhone!!!!
Iowa Field Workers Wave To The Hospital In The Snow
Too Cool.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hawkeyes Tonight! Domers Get NCAA'd, Sparty & More


The Hawkeyes
Whatever you’re doing tonight for Valentine’s Day, get it done quick as Michigan plays at 6:30.  And of course, the Olympics are on, too….
Games – Dates – Time – Result - Record
Illinois(H)                  January 6th               Noon                          WON  79-69              14-3
Purdue (H)                January 9th               9:00 PM                     Lost    70-69              14-4
Sparty (A)                   January 13th              Noon                          WON  82-72              15-4
Maryland (H)            January 15th            6:30 PM                     WON 68-67               16-4
Nebraska (A)             January 18th              8:00 PM                     LOST 72-52              16-5
Rutgers (H)              January 21st             Noon                          WON  62-47              17-5
Purdue (A)                 January 25th              7:00 PM                     LOST  92-88             17-6
Northwestern (H)    January 29th            7:00 PM                     WON  58-47              18-6
Minnesota (H)          February 3rd             2:30 PM                     WON  76-73 (OT)    19-6
Northwestern (A)      February 6th              6:00PM                      LOST  61-52             19-7
Wiscy (A)                   February 11th            Noon                          WON  83-72              20-7
Iowa   (H)                   February 14th           6:30 PM
Suckeyes (H)           February 18th           1:00 PM
PSU (A)                      February 21st            7:00 PM
Maryland (A)             February 24th            Noon
Think Sparty is PISSED with the #3 Seed?
I do.  And they took it out on the Lowly Gophers last night in an 87-57 rout.  Yep, don’t piss off Sparty with a crappy seed.  They can lose in the round of 32 or the Sweet 16 no matter where you seed them, but they prefer to be seeded higher when they lose!!!
Lunardi, KenPom, BPI, RPI And Too Much Info      
One of my daily lunch time rituals during the month of February is to check out the following links or websites to see where things are at and how they’re moving. 
Lunardi’s Bracketology
I like Lunardi until I don’t.  Lunardi jumped Michigan 2 SEED LINES (Michigan now a #6-Seed) in the latest update.  Apparently, that has to do with Sparty being a 3-Seed and Michigan winning at Sparty.  And 2 good losses to the Boilers.  Lunardi shuffled a bunch of teams around from his last update based on what the committee posted on the Top 16 teams.  Oklahoma as a 4-Seed definitely messed some stuff up for a lot of Bracketologists.  I have a feeling the committee may downgrade the Laters in the next reveal.  Just a hunch. IF Michigan can win out and get to 24 wins, that might be enough to move them up a seed line, assuming some other folks nosedive at the end of the season. (and a split with the Suckeyes would definitely help) The 5-Seed Line would be nice
ESPN’s Own BPI (Put together with Jay Bilas’ assistance) is more or less a mirror of KenPom, but let’s ESPN manage and use this and they don’t have to pay or say “KenPom” and he can’t sue them.  Michigan is ranked #25 in the ESPN BPI.
KenPom is a great site as it has what is arguably the Best Statistical ranking system and Ken constantly tweeks the system if the data dictates it.  Michigan is ranked #27 on KemPom and probably won’t move unless they can beat the Suckeyes…
Crashing the Dance has Michigan in the “Don’t Get Comfortable” At Large section, but the reasoning is flawed and isn’t consistent with what the committee appears to value at this point:  Big Games – Win or Lose.  I’ve never been a big fan of Crashing the Dance.  And the fact that he even has the Domers, Marquette, Miss St., Baylor, Texas and others as “having a chance” in the same section as Michigan and others is a farce.  When you get to Double Digit Losses, you better have some HUGE WINS in there somewhere.  So, whatever. 
And the Old Stand By:  RPI
Michigan currently ranked #37 in RPI.
Why Anyone is still using RPI (which is based only on W’s and L’s, SOS and other components) that doesn’t used adjusted stats is beyond me.  Whenever I see large, inconsistent gaps, it’s usually in the RPI.  And this is the main ranking criteria the Committee is still using.  They admittedly (FINALLY!) stated last season that they also “consider” and “review” the BPI ranking in their seeding evaluation, but not necessarily as part of “who gets in the dance”.  So, comparatively, Purdue, Sparty and the Suckeyes are 12, 14 and 17 in the RPI.  (And based on that you might ask:  How did Purdue get a 1-Seed as the 12th ranked RPI Team?)  I guess this reflects the “weak” B1G and the conference’s poor performance.  But I don’t think anyone believes that Purdue, Sparty or the Suckeyes aren’t Top 10 teams at this point.  So, yeah…  It’s a mess.
Call me when the Final 68 are named on Selection Sunday.
I wish I could do that…but the Basketball Junky in me can’t ignore this stuff. 
The Domers Get NCAA’d – Without Lube
Well, I have to admit, as much as I hate the Domers (JEEZ I HATE THESE GUYS!), as I’m sure everyone knows, I am today feeling a little bit (but not a lot) of empathy for them.  For those of you not aware – a recap:
In 2012-13, an Athletic Tutor who was dating a Domer Football player, wrote a couple of papers for 3 players on the Domer Football team.  The Domer’s administration discovered it, took it to the Honor Council, and the Student Athletes were given F’s for the courses and the administration also dismissed the students (expelled after the fact) from Notre Dame.
And then the Domers took everything to the NCAA in an effort to show transparency and FULL DISCLOSURE.
And what did the NCAA do?
They’ve kicked the Domers right in the collective nuts and vacated all the wins from the NC run in 2012 (12 victories) and the subsequent 2013 Season (9 victories). 
In other words, The Domers handed the NCAA the Bullet and The Gun, the NCAA loaded it, pointed at the Domers junk, and pulled the trigger.
Naturally, the Domers appealed. 
Yesterday, the NCAA held up their ruling to vacate the victories from 2012-13 due to the 3 student athletes who had papers written for them. 
3 student athletes...Papers written for them.  Like THAT’S NEVER HAPPENED ANYWHERE ELSE in Collegiate Athletics.
On a team of 85 players…That made it to the National Championship. 
This wasn’t everyone on the team getting strippers and hookers over a 2-year period paid for by a coach (Louisville).  This wasn’t Academic Fraud at the highest level (North Carolina) over a 20-year period where hundreds of Student Athletes on the football and basketball team took classes and received ABOVE passing grades and later earned degrees based on that fraudulent activity at north carolina. 
Nope – this was a couple of papers written for the players that they might have collaborated on (at the time, they said they did). 
And the Domers are getting hit right where it counts. 
For being honest. 
And transparent.
Here’s a link to Father Jenkins Letter to the Alumni of Notre Dame:
An Excerpt:
The NCAA has not chosen to ignore academic autonomy; it has instead perverted it by divorcing it from its logical and necessary connection to the underlying educational purpose. As noted above, Notre Dame’s exercise of academic autonomy in the form of the rigorous application of the University’s Honor Code was the source of the underlying violation on which the vacation of wins penalty is based. Although all parties acknowledged that Notre Dame did everything right in response to the academic misconduct, the University is now told that it must live with severe sanctions for its actions.
Notre Dame’s case stands in striking contrast with another recent high-profile academic misconduct case in which the NCAA Committee on Infractions chair explained that even though certain classes “more likely than not” were used to keep athletes eligible with fraudulent credits, the legitimacy of those classes was beyond the jurisdiction of the NCAA’s enforcement process precisely because that question must be left to the determination of the university in the exercise of its academic autonomy. The notion that a university’s exercise of academic autonomy can under NCAA rules lead to exoneration—or to a severe penalty—without regard to the way in which it is used defies logic and any notion of fundamental fairness. 
Read the entire letter.  I think Father Jenkins gets it just about right…And I relish the fact that he used “perverted” when referencing the NCAA’s logic in this case…Classic!!!
Hmmmm…I wonder how each and every University responds from this point forward when it comes to “disclosure” and dealing with the NCAA.  The Domers, unlike everyone in the SEC and north carolina, have tried to do things “The Right Way”.  You really shouldn’t get punished for that.  In fact, I’ll bet if you put it to a vote of the 129 FBS level Universities as to what the Domer punishment should be, they wouldn’t have voted (as a majority) to vacate those wins. 
Even this guy, if given the vote for the University of Michigan, wouldn’t have voted to take those wins away from the Domers.
I know, SHOCKING, right???!!!!
But the punishment, in all cases, needs to fit the crime.
This is one more nail in the NCAA’s coffin and this one, while seemingly small, just might be the one that breaks the ole’ camel’s back when it comes to all the D-1 Universities.  This is one that should’ve been reviewed in detail and a rational human being says, “Hey, The Domers punished the students.  This was NOT that big of an on-field advantage for the Domers.  We need to determine a punishment that doesn’t hurt the innocent players involved and administer that.” 
Please note I have no idea what that punishment should have been, but vacating all those victories wasn’t it.  Especially if you couldn’t do ANYTHING to punish north carolina. 
Maybe this is a good thing.  Maybe this finally gets the NCAA out of everyone’s hair and brings them down, once and for all. 
I doubt it, but one can hope. 
And at the end of the day, it makes this debate less entertaining: 


Judgement Day
The Faculty Board at MSU met yesterday and voted (to the tune of 96%!!!) no confidence on the MSU Board of Trustees. 
For the record, this carries no legal weight nor is it recognized by the administration or governance folks at MSU.  However, now that the vote is complete, they will request that the Entire Board resign their positions and step down.  I’m curious to see how this plays out, especially because some of the more outspoken idiots (Furgeson, Lyons, Breslin) are guys who really need to consider dismissing themselves.  I do believe if one goes, they all go, but there could be hold-outs.  And Furgeson is probably one. 
Gov Snyder could make himself a hero (after the Flint Crisis) if he waits for public sentiment to get stronger against the existing Board Members.  If several resign, he could can the rest a week later and he’s suddenly a great guy. 
We’ll see what happens.
And With February, Comes THIS!!!!
SI’s making of the Swim Suit Issue!



(Otherwise known as “Soft Porn for Dads”!!!)
Except now I do believe they are including guys in the shoot for the ladies as well.   Due to the fact that most of you reading this wouldn’t look good in the suits the guys are wearing….