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Re: Unnamed, nearby, college team loses AD as well as football coach
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Anyone think we could seriously lose Bradley to schpitt?


No. I don't think so and here is why:

Until Pitt decides to make it's football program a priority it will be tough for anyone to build a winner. I completely agree that Pedersen has messed the athletic program up. This is the biggest reason Pitt is in this mess. He was a mess at Nebraska and Pitt BROUGHT him back. In my opinion, the firing of Walt Harris was a big mistake. Walt Harris was not the problem the problem was the leadership.

I was a graduate student there in the 90's and you could see the slide into irrelevance on the football field then. Pitt administration, its staff and its well connected alumni felt that athletics was beneath them. They make a perfect addition to the snooty ACC. Never have a pair of ultra-elite wannabees fit better together. Until this changes with commitment to the athletic program, things are not going to change. Currently, the Pitt job is analogous to the Detroit Lions or the Cincinnati Bengals. Year in and Year out these teams don't want or know how to compete.

I don't think that they will get a coach as established as Bradley. They COULD if they hire the RIGHT AD be relevant in 5-7 years. This, in my opinion rules out anyone that wants success in their career OVER the age of 50.

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Re: Trading with Cuba
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I'm not up to speed on the history behind the embargo. However, at the shallowest of levels...how do we turn a blind eye to China and be such a hardass to Cuba?


Ha! Well, it is pretty easy. First, you understand that China, to my knowledge has never taken land and assets owned by Americans. By Americans, I mean wealthy, politically well connected businesses. When Castro took power in the early 60's the US owned about 60% of Cuban sugar industry. Castro nationalized it. I am pretty sure that there was considerable investment by the Teamsters Union in the casino's in Havana in the 50's which resulted in problems with them. (I am not 100% sure about this but I do know that there were a large number of casinos in Havana and that they were bankrolled by Americans and at the time this was an investment that the Teamsters were making...ala Las Vegas.)

This gave reasons for both the Republicans AND the Democrats to be pissed at the Cuban government as both group's constituents had been harmed.

Castro further alienated the wealthy Cuban people by taking their businesses and, in the end, a large number of these wealthy, well connected Cubans ended up in southern Florida. That resulted in the Cuban American vote as these people vote as a bloc looking at how politicians are going to handle Cuba. This results in a skewing of the Cuba issue, out of proportion in my opinion, to be a larger issue than it should be.

Now add to that the fact that Castro effectively lied to the American government, got some help and then screwed them and you can see why the US has such a stick up their butt about Cuba.

So, in the end you see, China is nothing like Cuba. This is not about human rights. That may be the poster everyone is carrying but this is about 70 years of butthurt.

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Re: WVU Football Thread for Things That Don't Need Their Own Thread
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I bet Clemson rallies to score 13 more points. Of course we get 21.


I will take that bet. There is no way Clemson will let that happen to themselves again. Don't they remember being the laughingstock of the US?


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Re: Ollie
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Once again we "Luck" out.

We have a great guy at the head of the university in Gee. Gee knows a whole lot about athletics and the relationship between athletics and the university. He was here during our resurgence, he was at Colorado during their good years and he was at Ohio State during some pretty great years too.

The man knows what needs to be done!

I have complete faith in his hire.

EDIT: Or the elimination of the position. He has been known to do that too for the betterment of the programs.

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Re: Yet another school massacre post-mortem analysis
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Not to complain about every post...but where exactly did I mention training?

If someone supports licensing to drive a car does that mean that they support TRAINING for vehicular homicide?


While you did not SPECIFICALLY mention training you distinctly stated "passing a skills test".

From this we can infer one of two things. First, a cursory skills test in which anyone could pass, in which case, why bother. I discounted this as the ramblings of a less thoughtful person.

The second case is a skills test which would require either reasonably intense PERSONAL TRAINING or the help of a PROFESSIONAL TRAINER.

While safety is of a concern and could be taught with the "skills test", the actual skill of handling and using a firearm would be to strike a target more often than one who DID NOT possess the requisite skill. Ergo, training a killer.

There is no analogy with a car because the requisite skill in an automobile test would be to avoid the pedestrians so that would preclude teaching vehicular homicide. However, one could assume that if you were taught to handle a vehicle at a decent level, running down a pedestrian would be a rather elementary skill.

.....Oh and I meant it in all manners of sarcasm and poor taste.

Posted on: 12/17/2014 3:22 pm
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Re: The Coaching Carousel Begins
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He built Rutgers to 10 wins


He had 1 11-2 season. Other than that......mediocrity.

His record at Rutgers was 68-67. I wouldn't want him if I had a list of more than 1 that I was looking at.

Posted on: 12/17/2014 8:34 am
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Re: Yet another school massacre post-mortem analysis
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This is why talking to you is like herding cats. You take something someonec says out of context and then make a ridiculous statement as if they said that. I already gave examples of how the right to free speech is regulated. The context of this discussion was licensing it like guns, which are regulated because their reason for being is to cause physical harm.


Maybe you just don't explain your position very well. Have you ever thought about that?

Posted on: 12/17/2014 8:25 am
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Re: Yet another school massacre post-mortem analysis
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If religious beliefs could kill other people, then there would be no reason to have crashed the planes into the twin towers.


If owning a gun could kill there would be no reason to pull the trigger. That is not a wise argument. BOTH cases require action. You act like the mere fact you own a gun causes death. This is not the case. You are under the mistaken belief that the only reason people own guns it to kill someone.

Are you telling me that UNLIKE religion guns are a DIRECT cause of killing?

Herd away Esquire.

Posted on: 12/17/2014 8:24 am
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Re: Yet another school massacre post-mortem analysis
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If religious beliefs could kill other people, then there would be no reason to have crashed the planes into the twin towers. Neither the Native Americans nor the 9/11 victims were killed by words or thoughts. They were killed by physical events.


So, I guess there is NEVER a good reason to infringe on a person's right to free speech since NO ONE can be hurt by words.

Posted on: 12/16/2014 11:00 pm
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Re: 4* Michael Ferns
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Someone may know but isn't there a rule if a coach leaves you can transfer without sitting out a year.


No. There is not. You do not have to sit a year if you transfer to a lower division. You do not have to sit a year if your school get's rid of the program ie. UAB.

There may be some ability to transfer and play right away if your program is given sanctions and is named Penn State University

Posted on: 12/16/2014 1:14 pm
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Re: Yet another school massacre post-mortem analysis
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...as I've stated before, I have no problem with guns. However, there is no reason to not require licensing that requires a skills test.


So you support TRAINING and making sure that our nut jobs have the appropriate skills to kill efficiently?

Wouldn't want to have these people wantonly spraying bullets at people and possibly missing.

Posted on: 12/16/2014 1:06 pm
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Re: Yet another school massacre post-mortem analysis
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Saying something (Speech) and believing something (Religion) won't cause physical harm to another person.


Seriously?! Tell that to the Native Americans and while you are at it about religion tell that to the families of 9/11 victims.

Posted on: 12/16/2014 1:02 pm
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Re: marshall game
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I think Huggins has made it clear that it is at the very bottom of our list of important games.


While I agree with much of what is said and I too find it laughable that they think we would play them 2 times per year like a conference game, the quickest way to shut them up is beat them like you should.

That game should have been 20-30 points like Northern Kentucky. You add unmerited validity to their statements when you eke out a win every year. I can't remember a streak of games where we beat them by a lot for 5 years. recently they have even won a number of games.

D'Antoni is an idiot. At the same time, I think we can afford to play them. If you want to play them earlier in the year do that. Maybe it will become beneath them to be our tune-up game.....whatever.

Posted on: 12/16/2014 9:16 am
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Re: Ferguson
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Funny how some think only one of those views is justified.


who said their views aren't justified?

Posted on: 12/15/2014 8:56 pm
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Re: marshall game
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I couldn't understand why the ref didn't even talk to the Marshall player.


I just kept thinking that he targeted his head. It didn't seem that he just threw it at his body. As I say....nothing specifically illegal about it but it could be construed as unsporting.....that whole elastic power of the official. I have seen plays where guys got racked pretty good but the offensive player doesn't seem like they are doing anything more than trying to just get the ball out of bounds. That would be OK.

If you want to make sure that the ball goes out of bounds you do have to throw it pretty hard at the guy somewhere where he can't get it with his hands (top of the head is a pretty good place), otherwise you could just be throwing it the the other team.

Also remember that, in college, if he were going out of bounds he can't save himself with a timeout so to preserve ball control he needs to throw it off the other team.

What would have bothered me as an official is the way he laughed after he did it. The calling official might not have seen it but the official opposite of the play, the center official, should have seen it and had "a little talk" with him.

Posted on: 12/15/2014 2:46 pm
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Re: marshall game
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then there was the bouncing the ball of our player's head.


One of the reasons that I only saw the first 10 minutes of the second half was that I had a basketball officials meeting to go to. At the meeting a few of us talked about this play and what would be our reaction in a High School game. The rules about this are not different in High School and college. I think that the action bordered on unsporting. I don't think I would have called a technical but I definitely would have talked to him about it and let him know the next time it would be a technical and an ejection. I think that as an official you have to have the understanding that that is a legal play but it appeared to me to be excessive and it appeared to me that he specifically targeted the WVU player's head.

If there is a belief that the Marshall player was trying to hurt the WVU player a flagrant technical could be called and the Marshall player ejected. About three years ago I gave a technical (but not an ejection) to a player that was taking the ball out and threw the ball as hard as he could into the defender's nuts. That was too excessive I thought.....and poor form.

EDIT: ...and one of my partners a number of years back ejected a player for throwing a ball into an opponents face.

Posted on: 12/15/2014 1:32 pm
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Re: marshall game
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I think the poster child for this game was a WVU players attempt (I don't remember who) to throw a waist high pass from about 6 feet below the foul line extended to a player standing 6 feet below the foul line extended on the other side of the floor while Marshall was playing a zone, I think. Needless to say the ball was stolen.

The fact that a person older than 18 and one would hope has been playing basketball for more than a few years would have second thoughts about making that pass.

The number of knucklehead plays I saw in just watching the last 5 minutes of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half was mind blowing! This is the team that beat Uconn and had a 14 point lead on LSU? Not making those mistakes.

I hope we don't look back and say this team peaked with 17:30 left in the second half of the LSU game but I haven't seen anything close to that level of play since then.

On the flip side, I think that the reason there are so many fouls in the game is that it is Marshall's strategy to just play as physical as possible and try to catch breaks because WVU players are pissed off. I saw so many examples of blatant physical acts by Marshall, called by the officials that knocked WVU off its game.

Posted on: 12/15/2014 11:14 am
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Re: Ferguson
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Are you saying that we should screw the whole system because it isn't perfect?


You are the one that has compared the legal system with science. Science has a KNOWABLE answer. The legal system DOES NOT. At the end of the day, the trial is conducted and people VOTE on whether a person successfully argued that a person did something or didn't. Some of the time, that VOTE comes down on whether one person, completely unrelated to the event (the defense lawyer/prosecutor) talks flowery enough to make 12 people who are, as near as I can tell, selected for their LACK of understanding of anything, believe them.

Add to that, the fact that the jury, who's sole purpose is to determine the validity of the charges is NOT allowed to ask any questions. Furthermore, some evidence is disallowed for a variety of reasons regardless of its validity or its relevance to the case. This is crazy! Its like we ran an experiment that invalidates our hypothesis but because of a procedural error we don't bring it up....and then we purport to be trying to find "the truth"? I don't think so.

In my opinion, when you look at the way the system is set up, it is more rigged by lawyers to require their services than it is to find the truth. If the truth is all we were searching for, the system could be made significantly better.

Do I want to see the system changed? No. There are a lot worse ones out there, but to believe this system is anywhere close to perfect or about "the truth" is pretty naive.

Posted on: 12/15/2014 8:11 am
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Re: Ferguson
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I wonder how much the prosecutor receives in campaign contributions from police officers? Better not prosecute the donors.


You seriously believe that the average policeman can afford to contribute to a person's campaign? WOW! Talk about out of touch with reality. Darren Wilson makes $45,300 a year. I wouldn't get out of bed if I were offered that. Let's put this perspective.

Maybe the reason that we are having so much trouble with policing having bad results is that we now pay them only slightly better than WalMart employees.

The next thing you will hear is they are being offered public assistance.



Posted on: 12/15/2014 7:51 am
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Re: Ferguson
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And you are still comparing trials with grand jury hearings.


I do not believe I ever compared a trial with a grand jury hearing.

Posted on: 12/15/2014 7:41 am
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