Link – Former Michigan TE Jake Butt says college players should be able to cash in on likenesses

He may be a Michigan guy, but he’s not wrong. When you look at what happened to him in the bowl game, tearing his ACL, he’s going to wind up getting a lot less money as a pro player. He’ll get drafted lower due to the injury, and get paid less, at least upfront.

Meanwhile the school, the conference, his coaches, etc. make millions of dollars from the sport. The sport he got injured playing. Why shouldn’t he be able to make some money from his name to make up for what he’s going to lose from the injury he suffered?

Some day the world will figure out that big time college sports can’t go on like this. Then what?

Playoff Chaos Again, But Will Ohio State Lose Out?

Field View from Press BoxAfter yesterdays losses by 3 of the top 4 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, things are pretty much a mess. As it stands right now, we have unbeaten Alabama, and everyone else.

Which, is kind of what we thought we had, but with 3 other Big 5 conference teams also undefeated, the playoff picture seemed pretty simple. Now, it’s really not.

Given Ohio State’s 5th place ranking before yesterday, I’ve seen a lot of Buckeye fans celebrating, but I wouldn’t be so sure. Yes, this week OSU should get into the top 4, but can they stay there?

First, obviously, they have to beat Michigan State and Michigan.

Then, things get interesting. Unless Penn State somehow loses to either Rutgers or Michigan State, they will win the Eastern Division. They will go on to play in the Big ten Championship game, while Ohio State sits around waiting to see what happens.

Here’s the challenge. There has not yet been a team in the final four that did not win it’s conference, and for Ohio State to become the first, they need to be clearly better than two of the conference champs, and every other one-loss team.

That could be a problem.

  • Let’s assume one spot goes to Alabama.
  • Let’s also assume a one-loss Clemson wins the ACC and gets a spot.
  • Out West, if Washington wins the PAC12 with one loss? I think they’re golden.
  • In the Big 12, any of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State (2 losees each), or West Virginia (1 loss) could win it.
  • In the Big 10, Penn State may wind up playing 2 loss Wisconsin for the title.
  • Louisville could also be sitting out there with one loss.

Are you so sure the committee will still see Ohio State as one of the top four?

If Penn State wins the conference, I think they get in over OSU, they won the conference and beat them head to head. In that case, I think 11-2 beats 11-1. Wisconsin would be a tougher call, does the committee value winning the conference, or OSU’s OT win over Wisconsin? Either way, I’m not feeling super confident that OSU gets in over the winner of their own conference.

That means OSU has to be clearly better than the PAC12 and Big12 winners, and hope the committee values their SOS more than Louisville, who may only have a close loss to another playoff team on it’s resume, just like Ohio State would if PSU wins the conference and gets into the playoff.

If you’re a Buckeye fan, here’s what you’re rooting for:

  • A Louisville loss to Houston, or a Clemson loss in the ACC championship.
  • Washington State or USC to win the PAC12. Preferably as a 3 loss team!
  • Oklahoma to win the Big!2 – That early, dominate, win in Norman would be hard for the committee to ignore.

See how much simpler the path to the playoff was before Michigan lost? We can’t ever count on them… 😉

Do you think OSU gets in? How do you think this will play out over the next three weeks?

Link – 15 outrageous stats from Michigan’s 78-0 disembowelment of Rutgers

I saw the box score of this game after getting off a flight home Saturday, because I couldn’t help but wonder if Harbaugh had run up the score against Rutgers, but I really can’t accuse him of that. Michigan ran on just about every single play in the second half, Rutgers just kept punting the ball back to them after doing nothing on offense. And really, the numbers give new definition to doing nothing on offense. 39 total yards? 2 completions? 2 first downs? Yikes. Poor Chris Ash.

Link – Michigan bringing soccer, cheerleading coaches and band staff to satellite camps – CollegeFootballTalk

This continues to be groundbreaking when it comes to selling a school’s brand across the country, and for now Michigan continues to be doing nothing wrong as far as the NCAA is concerned.

I find it interesting that Michigan can send coaches and staff all over the world, all in the name of selling the schools brand. Meanwhile, the guys who don’t get paid at all, because the athletic department who probably claims that paying the athletes would bankrupt them.

How about a little help for my rent and food instead of a recruiting trip to Somoa, especially when it’s the players who people pay to see.

Michigan bringing soccer, cheerleading coaches and band staff to satellite camps


Link – Michigan mental wellness program Athletes Connected aims to help student-athletes

“”If you had a torn ACL, you wouldn’t hide it from people,” said Trish Meyer, outreach coordinator for Michigan’s Depression Center. “You’d be forced to get treatment for it. It should be the same with your mental health. That culture of toughness, in a way, is especially challenging for student-athletes.””

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I’m glad Michigan is doing this. It’s easy for us to look at student athletes and only really ever see them as players. We judge them based on what they do on the field without thinking about the kid that is behind that. Those kids are no different than other kids, and the rates of depression and mental health issues are going to be the same as well. They deserve the same treatment and understanding as physical injuries.

Michigan mental wellness program Athletes Connected aims to help student-athletes

Link – Height of hypocrisy: Michigan limiting Spike Albrecht’s transfer options

““Having a kid sit out a year is not like going to jail,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope. I want what’s best for Spike but also what’s best for our program. You train a guy and develop him for four years and suddenly he’s the starting point guard at Michigan State?””

I take issue with this statement by Michigan’s coach. You’re not offering him the possibility of staying at Michigan. He’s been told his talent isn’t worth you keeping him on scholarship, but you’re concerned about how well you developed him and how it might hurt you in the future?

Too bad. As pointed out in the article, do you think Iowa loved having Jake Rudock starting at QB for Michigan last year? Probably not, but he had graduated, and wanted to transfer and they let him, because he wasn’t going to start at Iowa. This kid isn’t even going to have a spot on Michigan’s team next year, but they still want to limit the possibility of him playing somewhere else without sitting out another year. Screw that. He’s a free agent once he graduates as far as I’m concerned, and having to sit a year is is just silly.

Student athletes being forced to sit out a year should file a class action lawsuit against the NCAA based on their freedom being limited. It would be fun to watch

Height of hypocrisy: Michigan limiting Spike Albrecht’s transfer options – Yahoo Sports

Link – Viewers hated ESPN’s camera angle for Michigan-Ohio State

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So, while Islander fans complain about obstructed views, ESPN is actively creating obstructed view television!

Seriously, people don’t sit court side to fully appreciate the speed and athleticism of the game, they sit court side to be part of the action, and to be seen. Neither one of those things can be accomplished from home. From home I want to see the actual game, and yes, see the whole court and appreciate how plays develop.

Watching the game from home should not be the same as watching it in person. It can’t be, and that’s both a good thing and a bad thing. The experience is different, and our expectations are different. We’ve come to expect to view sports from certain camera angles, ones that include full sight lines.

Viewers hated ESPN’s camera angle for Michigan-Ohio State

Link – Doyel: Bravo, Big Ten, on Max Bielfeldt decision

“In the case of Max Bielfeldt, he never wanted to leave Michigan. He redshirted as a freshman, stayed three more years, graduated from the School of Kinesiology as a redshirt junior and wanted to return for his final year of eligibility.

Beilein said no. Bielfeldt’s career at Michigan? Closing time.

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

Oh, and he can’t go to Indiana either.”

This is one of the reasons I will never buy the argument that college athletes are fairly compensated through their scholarships. Those can be yanked at any time, for virtually any reason. In this case, Michigan yanked this kids scholarship because they wanted to move him out of the way of a younger kid on the basketball team, and then wanted to control where he could transfer.

Thankfully the NCAA at least let him transfer to Indiana, since he’s already graduated and has one year of eligibility left. But it shouldn’t have come to this. If someone spends four years, one redshirt, at a program, graduates, does all the right things, etc. he should either find himself a part of the team for one last year, or free to play wherever he wants, like every other adult in the US. Michigan doesn’t own his basketball rights, and if they do, then this is not a collegiate sport.

Doyel: Bravo, Big Ten, on Max Bielfeldt decision

Link – Ex-Michigan coach Brady Hoke new defensive coordinator at Oregon

An interesting choice given that it was Michigan’s defense that was the stronger unit in Hoke’s years at Michigan. Just don’t let him near the offense, though.

Maybe Hoke is just one of those guys who’s better as an assistant than a head coach. The Ducks are surely counting on that. Will he be successful going back, a la Lane Kiffin, or will the failure as a head coach carry on as an assistant, a la Greg Robinson after Syracuse?

Then again, can Oregon’s defense get that much worse?

Ex-Michigan coach Brady Hoke new defensive coordinator at Oregon