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  • Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    Jim Harbaugh to give all bonus money to Michigan Wolverines athletic department staffers who had pay cut due to COVID-19
    This is so awesome!

    he has the ability to earn bonuses up to $3.475 million. That includes

    * $500,000 for winning the Big Ten Eas, which the Wolverines did on Saturday by beating rival Ohio State.
    * $1 million if Michigan wins the Big Ten Championship
    * $500,000 if it makes the College Football Playoff semifinal.

    Any employee who took a voluntary or mandatory pay reduction over the past 18 months and is currently employed by the university will have the opportunity to receive some of the bonus money.

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    • Originally posted by Atticus View Post

      This is so awesome!

      Yes it is. Only a man who bleeds maze and blue would do such a thing.

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      • Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post

        Yes it is. Only a man who bleeds maze and blue would do such a thing.
        You're ruining it.
        You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

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        • Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
          In the NFL, one team can't talk to the coach of another team under contract without penalty, and college presidents better get together and set similar policies for football coaching employment or they're going to continue to get taken to the cleaners by coaches and their agents. Mel Tucker, who had his first winning season of his 3-year career, got $95 million over 10 years (Nick Saban money) after getting humiliated by Ohio State 56-7. James Franklin got $75 over 10 years after going 4-5 in the conference play. And USC is reportedly paying Lincoln Riley $110 million, buying both of his Oklahoma homes at $500K over the asking prices, buying him a $6 million home in Los Angeles and giving his family unlimited use of a private jet 24/7 for personal use. So much for the cash-strapped athletic departments that were begging for donations during the pandemic.
          Completely absurd....the Mel Tucker deal was ridiculous...they could easily fire him in a couple of years.

          Meanwhile....Pat Forde...

          In telling his players he’s leaving via group text last night, with a playoff berth still possible, Kelly called a team meeting for 7 am today. If I were a player, I’d tell Kelly to stick his 7 am meeting where the Golden Dome don’t shine.

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          • The insane thing with the more money they just toss it away.

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            • On Monday, LSU raided Notre Dame (32) for Brian Kelly. That’s a school with four nattys riding in and swiping the coach of a school that has won eight. It is even more shocking in a general sense than what happened Sunday—and it becomes downright incomprehensible when you factor in this: the Fighting Irish can still make the College Football Playoff.

              Meanwhile, the coach is out on the road allegedly recruiting—but in fact was finalizing a deal to leave. In a profession rife with weasel moves, this one by Brian Kelly (33) ranks very high.

              (If the Irish make the playoff and he wants to stay and coach, it seems highly likely that Kelly would get the same treatment then-athletic director Bo Schembechler gave outgoing basketball coach Bill Frieder before the 1989 NCAA Tournament. A Notre Dame man is going to coach Notre Dame in the playoff.)


              https://www.si.com/college/2021/11/3...in-cfb-history

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              • Pat Forde

                It’s the direction in which the sport is careening—far past the barriers of fiscal sanity, or even common decency. It wasn’t many years ago that $5 million was a staggering annual salary. Now that’s been doubled—and then some, if the rumors about Riley’s USC deal are remotely accurate.


                Athletic directors who laid off or furloughed workers, cut sports, and sounded the general alarm about the long-range future of college sports are now spending like drunken hedge fund titans. Mel Tucker (36), career record of 17–14, just got 10 years and $95 million. Jimbo Fisher (37) got a 10–year, $94 million deal from Texas A&M before he flopped this season, going 8–4. James Franklin (38), coming off a 7–5 season, just got a raise to $7 million a year from Penn State. And so on.

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                • Here’s the funny thing: the phrase so many college leaders used in describing what would happen when players could transfer immediately and making money off NIL was that it would become “the Wild, Wild West.” But as this year as unfolded, who has really taken college athletics off the rails and into a new realm of anomie? The adults in charge, naturally.

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                  • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
                    Much as I HATE USC, they still have an inside track in the recruiting wars, IF they have a competent coach doing it. They can easily outdraw and other West Coast Team. Much like the University of Texas, they usually squander their name value.
                    The teams that SHOULD win the recruiting wars every year are (from left to right, roughly)

                    USC
                    Texas
                    Oklahoma
                    Notre Dame
                    Ohio St
                    Alabama
                    Penn St (they should have first pick of the entire Northeast)
                    Florida

                    Academic standards at ND are too high to recruit the necessary talent. They expect at least some of the players to be literate and able to count to 20. This explains their margin of defeat the 3x they've made it to the BCSCG or CFP: 103-31

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                    • Originally posted by Big Tusk View Post
                      Academic standards at ND are too high to recruit the necessary talent. They expect at least some of the players to be literate and able to count to 20. This explains their margin of defeat the 3x they've made it to the BCSCG or CFP: 103-31
                      I have to assume that at least half (80%?) of the football team does NOT meet the standards the rest of the student body does. They still have to fog a mirror, but when elite colleges want certain students, for whatever reason, they get them, Stanford being Exhibit A. If you excel in one particular thing (violin, computers, genetics . . . athletics), the rest of your resume is immaterial.

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                      • Originally posted by Big Tusk View Post

                        Academic standards at ND are too high to recruit the necessary talent. They expect at least some of the players to be literate and able to count to 20. This explains their margin of defeat the 3x they've made it to the BCSCG or CFP: 103-31
                        SI...

                        One source familiar with the Kelly-Notre Dame dynamic said Monday afternoon that if he was indeed going to LSU, the reason would be a weariness with trying to move Notre Dame farther off its entrenched philosophy for where and how football fits within the university mission. “It will be because he wants Notre Dame to be less ‘Notre Dame-like,’ ” the source said.

                        Kelly already has pushed for and received greater latitude in admissions for his players. Whether the additional less “Notre Dame-like” things he could be interested in pertain to further academic changes, pleasure-dome facilities, housing arrangements, NIL opportunities—that was unclear. But the religious and academic leadership there isn’t going to roll over for a put-out coach, even if he’s the winningest in program history. Failing to win a football championship since 1988 hasn’t stopped the school from having a top ten endowment and a top 20 academic ranking nationally.

                        Notre Dame is hardly a pristine place, but in the dramatically changing landscape of college sports, it isn’t going to be at the forefront of an Anything To Win land rush. LSU, on the other hand....Ehhhhhh. It’s pretty clear where the priorities lie there.

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                        • Wonder if Riley wishes he would have waited a little while?

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                          • For what? To go to ND? I doubt that....not with the obscene contract he signed at USC.

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                            • Without football, Notre Dame would just be another University of Chicago.

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                              • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
                                Without football, Notre Dame would just be another University of Chicago.
                                It was less than that before Knute Rockne arrived.

                                Meanwhile the talking heads down here think Scott Woodward hit a home run. It speaks volumes about the men the Riley left his job to avoid the stiffest competition and Kelly, who had no competition as an independent, left his job to face the stiffest competition.

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