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Ah yes, still Harbaugh. Someone had this video in a vault for years and decided that now was the time we needed it:
— isolAceion Anbender (@AceAnbender) July 1, 2020
DRC, now four, reports that this video is “not great” and it makes him feel “bad… in an angry kind of way.” I have given his take a thumbs down. He is unmoved.
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A look at next year’s offense. HTTV contributor Ian Boyd has a lengthy article on what the 2020 offense is going to look like. This is perceptive:
On the surface it looks daunting that Michigan is replacing four starters that were all drafted. On the other hand, perhaps the replacements will actually be quite good now that they don’t have NFL-bound upperclassmen ahead of them.
As mentioned above there are two dimensions to this. You want five guys that are well developed and trained within your blocking schemes and then you want at least one truly athletic guy on the edge at tackle. The guy who contained Chase Young in 2019 wasn’t Runyan but Jalen Mayfield, albeit often with assistance from the backs, tight ends, or guards. Interestingly enough, as of now Mayfield is slotted to return to his position at right tackle rather than sliding over to the left side. Instead that position will be filled by Ryan Hayes, a 6-7, 300 pound converted tight end who had two starts in 2019 when Runyan was injured.
Everyone that figures to play for Michigan on the offensive line in 2020 had a redshirt and a few years with their S&C program and line coach Ed Warriner. A likely lineup is Hayes (4-star) – Karsen Barnhart (4-star RS freshman) – Zach Carpenter (3-star redshirt freshman) – Andrew Stueber (3-star redshirt junior) – Jalen Mayfield (4-star junior).
The particular circumstances of Mayfield remaining on the right side after a strong inaugural season despite being the only returning starter is a good sign that the Wolverines like the athleticism and preparedness of Ryan Hayes.
If Michigan is able to shake off the loss of four drafted OL with not a whole lot of dropoff that would be a major departure from the recent history of the program. Michigan OLs have repeatedly fallen apart after key pieces leave—frequently centers. Some dropoff is going to happen after the best blitz pickup line I’ve seen at Michigan. Being reasonably good with the above projected starting lineup would set Michigan up for another two-or-three year run of not wanting to claw your face off.
I think they’ve got a good shot. In addition to the seeming confidence in Hayes, Andrew Stueber was reputedly neck and neck with Mayfield until he was injured just before the season.
Total abdication of leadership. As in every department of life other than raking in cash, the NCAA is totally absent in the midst of organizing sports during a pandemic. Chris Hinton and his family feature in this Washington Post story:
To Chris and Mya Hinton, that dichotomy — yes, schools should all have the same policies, but no, the NCAA can’t make that happen — isn’t satisfying. Last month, the Hintons — whose sons, Christopher and Myles, play at Michigan and Stanford, respectively — started College Football Parents 24/7, an advocacy group with aspirations of influencing coronavirus safety policies in the sport.
In less than a month, nearly 900 parents from across the country have joined the group’s Facebook page, where they share concerns and questions about policies and issues unfolding at different schools. Perhaps the most common complaint, parents said, is the NCAA not mandating a level playing field on safety policies such as testing.
“We’ve been doing all the right things at home when the boys were here,” said Chris Hinton, a retired NFL offensive tackle who was named to seven Pro Bowls during a 13-year NFL career, mostly with the Indianapolis Colts. “And then to release them, under someone else’s supervision, we’re just concerned going forward that it looks like everyone isn’t on the same page.”
There is no unified approach, strategy, tactic, or plan. It’s just “do whatever.”
Which is it? Name and image rights hearings went on at Congress today, with all the usual flimsy arguments. These tweets appeared within minutes of each other and emphasize the incoherence of the NCAA’s argument:
Sen. Wicker is asking OSU president Michael Drake how many, of 22 football starters, would really benefit from NIL.
Drake says “three to four.”
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 1, 2020
This is ridiculous. Tom VanHaaren points out that guys like Garrett Wilson have nearly 100k social media followers. Wilson has 30 career catches.
It’s more ridiculous when paired with this argument:
Mississippi AD Keith Carter and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tell Sen. Capito that they believe that loosening NIL rules will result in money being pulled away from athletics departments and it will negatively impact women’s sports
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) July 1, 2020
Either no one is interested in paying the vast majority of college athletes or the impact is going to be so great that an athletic department currently paying Lane Kiffin 4 million dollars a year is going to lose so much money that their female athletes have to play in burlap sacks. ALSO:
College athletic officials saying that allowing college athletes to make money from their NILs will mean less money for athletic departments is admitting that they’re currently stealing from those athletes!
— Patrick Hruby (@patrick_hruby) July 1, 2020
I get steamed about this. People are fighting tooth and nail to prevent a little equity because of the possibility their skyrocketing revenues might skyrocket a little slower. I’m not alone, at least. Luke Decock:
After all these years of profiting off the backs of unpaid athletes, keeping millions upon millions for themselves, schools are pushing back on NIL not because it disrupts the so-called collegiate model, as the NCAA would say — “student-athletes,” a phrase created to avoid worker’s compensation laws — but because some of the money schools are raking in now might actually go to the athletes who, you know, actually generate all that money.
Greed, greed, greed, greed, greed, pure greed, despicable greed.
But you didn’t print it! Rather blunt quote in this article about Toledo’s coronavirus testing:
In fact this was dialed back from a “F—” when I saw it the first time. The man says quote him! This is not the kind of epidemiologist you want to cross!
At least the tweets are good. Per Sam Webb, David Ojabo is stuck in Scotland. This will limit opportunities to hear things like “David Ojabo got six sacks today” and “David Ojabo ate a walk-on,” like we all want to.
Now for a Scottish Twitter interlude.
you gettin anyhin aff these pills pic.twitter.com/83RAamfjHe
— Broken Chanter (@BrokenChanter) June 15, 2020
This has been a Scottish Twitter interlude.
Greg Harden retires. Throw a rock at a Michigan player from the last 30 years and you’ll hit someone who thinks Greg Harden saved his or her career. (We recommend that you do so from a safe distance, like a biplane, or use an exceedingly small rock.) Harden is retiring. Warde Manuel on his interactions with Harden when he was a defensive lineman:
“I’m working hard to come back, best shape of my life, strongest I’ve ever been, and it just starts, the same thing comes back,” Manuel said. “I don’t even have pads on, just a helmet, butting heads.”
Manuel spoke to his coach, Bo Schembechler, and the realization set in. His neck issues were too severe. He had to retire from the game.
“I’m just devastated,” Manuel said. “I was in my bedroom, it was morning, and I’m just crying and upset. Greg had gotten a key from my roommate Vada (Murray). Vada was in camp and Greg must have asked him about me. And he just walks into the room and gives me a hug and just tells me, ‘It’s going to be all right. If this is the worst thing that happens to you in life, you’re going to be a lucky man.'”
The department will miss him.
Hey let’s go get some smoothies and jam with Leon Russel. Bill Simmons is in the midst of getting canceled* for responding to complaints about a lack of diversity on Ringer podcasts by saying “This isn’t Open Mic Night.” He’s given his daughter a podcast. No one’s surprised that Simmons is an idiot about this stuff. I am surprised by Henry Abbott’s account of working with Simmons at ESPN. The man all but had his grapes peeled for him:
So I arrived at the L.A. offices of Grantland, part of the L.A. Live complex with Staples Center, and essentially a cube farm with an array of private offices and a conference room, at the appointed 11 a.m. Tuesday. Bill’s key sidekick at the time, Dan Fierman, invited me to wait in his office.
I had plenty of work to do, nowhere else to be, and a laptop in my bag. Dan was at his desk bustling away. Employees ducked in to discuss this or that.
No one had any idea when Bill would be there. There was a lot of apologizing.
At some point a very stressed man, an editor, appeared. They were doing some project around anniversaries of movies. One of the movies had two release dates—one in select markets, another nationally. There had been debate, and Bill had wanted to use the earlier date. Now, for good reasons, someone had to get across to Bill that they were going to use the later date. The meeting I witnessed, which took a surprisingly long time, was the editor and Dan game-planning how they would break it to Bill so that Bill would be mad at Dan, who evidently had alligator skin, and not the editor, who simply couldn’t stand to incur Bill’s wrath again.
At least an hour late, maybe more, Simmons rolled in, wearing carefully purchased jeans, a deniable touch of mousse, and a recommendation that we “grab Jacoby and get salads.”
Bill Simmons as combustible diva. It fits.
*[used here in the sense where everyone’s mad at a guy for a short while and then he is largely unaffected]
Etc.: Iceland is so metal. RichRod remains a run game maestro. More on Auntie. PSU basketball loses JUCO C Valdir Manuel, so John Harrar is their only post next year. Scheduling Liberty: not even once.