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05/10/2018 - 11:04am If I had one spot on my team

If I had one spot on my team for either Jordan or Lebron, I would choose Lebron.  The dude can singlehandedly raise his team from garbage to contender.  Jordan was not similarly dominant.

04/26/2018 - 1:40pm The athletes are not students

The athletes are not students and the students are not athletes.  Stop trying to conflate the two.  

04/26/2018 - 1:26pm Alright, but why should they

Alright, but why should they pay for other student athletes?  The market value for the non-revenue sports is by definition zero, so why carry them in the first place?  There are a few arguments that people have raised to this:

1) Current non-revenue athletes lose their scholarships

This is pretty easy to deal with; just phase out non-revenue sports on an 5+ year timeline so no one currently in the system loses out. 

2) Future non-revenue athletes don't get scholarships

We should just forget about these athletes. In the first place, it's strange to be offering academic opportunities for non-academic skills.  It makes no sense for someone to want to improve athletically in the present to improve academically in the future, so we should be getting rid of perverse incentives like that.  America is the only place that offers scholarships for running around a field.  Get rid of that.

For example, Caltech has 0 revenue sports and therefore they have 0 athletic scholarships.  They don't give special admissions to athletes, because they are supposed to be students, not whatever that cancerous designation "student-athlete" means.

On the other hand, most 5-star basketball players are athletes, not students.  So they shouldn't be admitted as students, but as athletes, and receive treatment appropriate as athletes.  Whatever "student-athletes" are, they are not that.  This follows for a lot of the football players on our team, too.

3) Title IX

I think when most people bring this up, they are being disingeniuous because they probably don't actually care about gender equality.  I don't know the legal details, but there's also a racial inequality component to not letting (usually black) football/basketball athletes profit but letting (usually white) student entrepreneurs profit.  I'm sure that the courts could work this out.

Athletes are athletes, and students are students.  Consider them separately and a lot of the problems would be fixed.

04/26/2018 - 12:13am Just pay players what schools

Just pay players what schools are willing to bid.  Athletes in non-revenue sports can just instead be non-scholarship.

04/26/2018 - 12:11am You're right.  But why should

You're right.  But why should the best college athletes be forced to pay for the rest?

04/26/2018 - 12:08am Pay them as much as schools

Pay them as much as schools are willing to bid; which for players like RJ Barrett, would be a lot of money.

04/16/2018 - 1:39pm I think Livers will not just

I think Livers will not just be a nominal starter this year but a real starter

04/13/2018 - 12:20am Oh well, it doesn't really

Oh well, it doesn't really matter if it happens or not.  Upgrade or no upgrade I'll continue to read content here

04/01/2018 - 8:13pm Is there a way to access this

Is there a way to access this online?

04/01/2018 - 2:22pm found maizen

found maizen

03/29/2018 - 9:35pm I don't think you learn

I don't think you learn anything as a business major. Do a hard science/engineering that has a lot of math in it so you can learn something intellectually challenging while being really employable (check out the salaries at any quant hedge funds or prop trading firms or even the tech companies).

Finance doesn't look too hard at your major as long as it is something that is useful. I'm a statistics major, and I'll be working at one of the top banks this summer. Arguably, the skills I learned are far more marketable to finance than the ones business majors learn.

03/23/2018 - 6:42pm O'Korn wut

O'Korn wut

03/22/2018 - 6:11pm 550302

550302

03/11/2018 - 9:35pm It's right after I'm done

It's right after I'm done with midterms.  Nice

03/08/2018 - 12:12pm I don't understand what the

I don't understand what the issue is with recruiting.  If she's only coaching CSU, I think having Pop vouch for her is good enough to get the level of recruits that she needs.  What other coach at CSU's level can say they were a star in the best coaching organization in the NBA?

03/08/2018 - 12:10am When'd he say that?

When'd he say that?

edit: never mind, saw it in the MSU clip.  So perfect.

03/03/2018 - 4:58pm oops forgot what thread we

oops forgot what thread we were in

02/27/2018 - 4:37pm What is wrong with that?  I

What is wrong with that?  I have a hard time seeing educational institutions as somehow disadvantaged or underprivileged.  Plus, the best kids already sign with the best schools.  The current landscape would not change.

02/27/2018 - 2:56pm What is with the American

What is with the American obsession with the student-athlete ideal?  One of my friends, who came to the states to study from India, found athletic recruitment to be the most baffling things about American higher education.  Honestly, I agree with him.  Why do people who have no interest in school go to to university to play sports?  Why do even Ivy League schools recruit for athletic ability for sports when they are supposed to be learning?  Let the pro leagues go make their own farm systems, and then get rid of varsity sports.

And yes, I do see the irony of posting this opinion on a college sports site.

02/27/2018 - 2:31pm If we just let boosters pay

If we just let boosters pay athletes whatever they wanted, under full disclosure, it would become a free market, only without the Title IX issues.  Only issue would be that athletes wouldn't get everything they are owed from television contracts and such, but I think this is a good first step.

02/26/2018 - 6:18pm why are your opinions so bad

why are your opinions so bad

02/18/2018 - 4:58pm Too late

Too late

02/18/2018 - 4:57pm I saw Dakich smile after

I saw Dakich smile after Poole said some things.  It was probably just some friendly banter.

01/12/2018 - 8:45pm The effect of instituting

The effect of instituting something like Brian proposed is just like shortening the shot clock.  Basically, you are told as a player to get a shot off before 10 seconds are left.  I think that would just make this offense more putrid: we saw what happened when the shotclock decreased from 35 to 30.

11/11/2017 - 5:31pm Let’s just kick field goals

Let’s just kick field goals the rest of second half for practice.

11/04/2017 - 10:17am Wow Cuban is full of himself.

Wow Cuban is full of himself. Does he seriously think that anything you learn in business school is so difficult that a supposedly better business school will help you learn it? “Ownership”? “Equity”? You know someone is an idiot when they throw around buzzwords like that.

11/01/2017 - 12:45pm The reason students at those

The reason students at those schools don’t care is because they learn very quickly that being at a particular school isn’t a free ticket to success. No one has time to defend the supposed prestige of their school when they are trying their best not to be trampled over by their classmates.

10/24/2017 - 10:35pm When will we ban this guy

When will we ban this guy

10/19/2017 - 9:24pm The reason AlphaGo is so

The reason AlphaGo is so strong is that all the relevant data that you need is right on a NxN board, which is not a ton of data to have to process.  On the other hand, what can you say are the relevant features that you need to consider before making a call?  Like you said, you have positioning & playcall.  Those two things are not quite as easy to see as pieces on a board.  AlphaGo looks at the state of the board, which is well-defined at all times, to make a decision.  On the other hand, AlphaFootball is going to have difficulty figuring out the "state" of the field.  Finally, it will also have to figure out opposing playcalls from the movements of the other team's players. 

It's all very complicated, not to mention other features you might consider, like opponent's playcalling tendencies, game film, and a whole host of other things that coaches use to inform their own decision making.

Not to mention, there's a tension here.  The more features you consider, the better you'll get at making decisions.  But with more features, you need more data.  I don't think many teams are up for letting a computer train on their practices for thousands of samples, and no team wants a useless bot that doesn't consider enough features.      

However, I might be wrong.  I don't claim to be an expert on the subject, since I haven't read the paper on AlphaGo yet, or any of the other DeepMind reinforcement learning papers.  Maybe I'll have a more informed opinion later.  Personally, I'm hoping that this is something currently doable, since I've been thinking about working on something like this for my senior thesis/junior independent work.  These are just all of the arguments that I imagine my professors making if I were to bring this up as a proposal.

10/19/2017 - 8:33pm I've thought a litthe bit

I've thought a little bit about this problem, but it is, like others have said, whole orders of sophistication higher. It would be like playing Go, except the pieces on the other side change (the abilities of the other team's pieces depend on the team you are playing). AlphaGo works by using reinforcement learning, which requires tons of data (games played) to converge to the optimum state. Football games are not so easily played, and the additional degree of freedom in the pieces would make the required sample size to be so large that it would be ridiculous. Any play calling AI would probably have to work differently from AlphaGo.

10/08/2017 - 12:46pm My theory is that Harbaugh

My theory is that Harbaugh knew last year's team had real potential to make a run, so he was more invested. However, from practice, he knows this team doesn't have that potential so he's not getting frustrated.

09/22/2017 - 11:49pm This is actually brilliant,

This is actually brilliant, and I think Harbaugh would do this if the Big Ten champ was guaranteed Playoff. But Penn State didn't get it last year, and the committee would probably look to punish Michigan if we pulled something like this.

09/20/2017 - 8:20am I would suggest against doing

I would suggest against doing business in undergrad. Some of my peers from high school went that route and honestly, I don't think they've learned anything of value. Another remark: if your family makes less than 200k a year, the Ivies are probably affordable, since their financial aid is need-based, meaning they'll lower the cost of attendance to fit your needs. I currently go to Princeton, and pay just about what I would have to pay if I went to UMich.

There are also certain companies that prefer to recruit at Ivies or at UMich, and it's worth it to look into which companies those are.

Finally, the most important companies today (see: the ones with the best pay and perks) don't really care where you went to school. Don't stress over this too much because it won't matter in the long term

09/10/2017 - 11:36am Yeah, pick routes are not a

Yeah, pick routes are not a big deal, everyone runs them

09/09/2017 - 7:42pm The trend has been great

The trend has been great starts and severe letdowns in the second quarter. Hopefully they get that fixed

09/08/2017 - 5:16pm ????????
The dude wrote his

????????
The dude wrote his "agenda" in his article. Why are you acting as if you uncovered some conspiracy?

09/07/2017 - 2:19pm Smallpox analogy was awesome

Smallpox analogy was awesome

09/03/2017 - 4:17pm Smart stuff

Smart stuff

09/02/2017 - 8:13pm We should consider that

We should consider that Florida's defense is much stronger than their offense. The defense probably isn't the unbreakable wall it looked like, and Speight probably isn't as bad as he appears.

09/02/2017 - 12:18pm thank goodness for the 49ers

thank goodness for the 49ers

09/01/2017 - 12:17pm Really? I thought that for

Really? I thought that for the most part Barrett played well, it was mostly his receivers letting him down in the early goings.

09/01/2017 - 11:42am Why is mixing schemes bad?  

Why is mixing schemes bad?  

08/22/2017 - 5:20am Wow, Mr. Yost was in the zone

Wow, Mr. Yost was in the zone today.  Everything he said was on point.  Dude should run for office.

08/15/2017 - 7:48pm whatever the joke actually

whatever the joke actually was, it's awfully unfair to the sparties whose only crime was being bad at football.

07/31/2017 - 8:38pm I hear your Ultimate Frisbee

I hear your Ultimate Frisbee team is pretty good.  

07/22/2017 - 7:05pm I think Kyrie himself

I think Kyrie himself explained it.  He has always wanted to be one of the greats, but playing in the shadow of Lebron will never allow him to do that.  So he'll leave.

06/20/2017 - 9:16pm wtf is this lebron to LA

wtf is this lebron to LA talk?  their hubris really knows no bounds

06/01/2017 - 11:24am So it sounds like this dude's

So it sounds like this dude's a good player but has just had the worst injury luck.  That's tough.

05/14/2017 - 8:18pm witty banter

witty banter

05/14/2017 - 1:25pm why hasn't this guy been

why hasn't this guy been banned yet