ESPN 2 is promoting a 2-hour SportsCenter Special on the NFL Schedule release for Tuesday night at 7. It's on ESPN.com's TV Schedule as well.
It's always interesting to see some of the matchups... I guess the Lions Thanksgiving game is already set against the Patriots.
But just for information for anyone who cares.
so, despite the fact that the NFL rule change is so much hot air, the one thing it does accomplish is that it reopens the debate on how overtime should be handled. there seems to be general consensus that pure sudden death is stupid and broken. the college OT system—equal possessions from the 25—is better, but has never seemed perfect to me. here are my primary gripes with it:
- the 25 is too close. starting every possession in field goal range encourages conservative play. the only way to not have a legitimate shot at 3 points is to take a long sack or two short sacks/TFLs (out of 3 plays!), or to give up a turnover. lots of overtime games turn into field goal penalty shootouts.
- no special teams. overtime strictly pits offense versus defense. got a great punter? return man? too bad, they're sitting on the bench.
- no game clock. college overtime is nearly 15 years old, and every time i see a score bug sans game clock, it still weirds me out. this makes overtime play slow and deliberate. the NFL's sudden death OT suffers from the same problem, with the philosophy "pretend it's the 1st quarter again".
anyhow, those are just some ideas that i've been kicking around for a while, and think could work well and make for pretty compelling OT football. would you want to see them implemented in the NFL? the NCAA? i'm interested to hear comments.
I found this yesterday while looking up draft entry rules. I advise hitting page down twice with your eyes closed prior to viewing, but it's a good read.
This particular "school" has sent a lot of players into the draft early over the past fifteen or so years, and has probably got a pretty good idea of the process. I couldn't find Michigan's version, although my search wasn't exactly thorough.
Basically, the following things end your eligibility:
1. Being represented by an agent.
2. You or anyone you've ever met including the cute chick from chemistry getting a gift from an agent.
3. Missing school to tryout with a pro team. (That one sounds like propaganda).
4. Trying out for an NFL team over a period greater than 48 hours (lots of windsprints and standing around in compression shorts...) that you don't finance.
5. You don't withdraw from the draft prior to 72 hours after the NFL's early declaration date. This year, that was on January 15th.
I know this has been talked about some here, but I wanted to get rid of any speculation. Donovan is out. Graham is out--although I'm still holding out for a miracle extra year there. Maybe he can change his name and be a Freshman?
There was recently an article on Rivals indicating that due to Warren's sub-par performance at the combine, he would likely benefit coming back for his senior season as opposed to jumping to the NFL.
The article is behind a paywall, but this is what the except stated.
Is this even possible? I would gladly welcome him back for next year.
The top still looks the same with Suh and McCoy going 1 & 2 respectively. Has BG going 22 to the Pats. Interesting that he has the Lions picking up Jonathon Dwyer in the 2nd rnd. with Jahvid Best still on the board. I think Best is a way more dynamic runner and Dwyer had the luxury of being in a run-heavy triple option offense. Not that he can't be a good RB, it's just I believe you can't pick him over Best if he's still available.
UM has the most players on the NFL all-decade team of any college other than Miami. Note that UM has four, OSU only one (less than Kent State and the same as Akron, Troy, Sonoma State, Tex Southern, La Tech, Marshall, Pitt State, and William and Mary, etc.)
This UM OSU disparity raises questions about previous claims that OSU prepares their players better for the NFL (after you control for prior star ranks of recruits). In fact, the last time I checked, the average salaries of UM players in NFL were more than twice those of OSU players.
So, my question is: if OSU players do get drafted more often, then why don’t they pan out in the NFL?
In other words, what factors might enhance their performance in college but eventually make them peter out in the NFL? (Vernon (the ghost) Gholston, MoClarrett, David Boston, etc.).
It must be just a coincidence.
3-4. Tenn, FSU 3
5-10. Kent State, Syr, NC, LSU, GA, TexAM
Teams with 1 (OSU along with Akron, Troy, William and Mary, Sonoma State, Tex Southern, La Tech, Marshall, Pitt State, SD State, NM, TCU, Fresno, Syr, Tex Tech, OkSt, UL, ALA, USC, Cal, UCLA, Neb, Wash, Clemson)
NFL all-decade team
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady (UM), Peyton Manning( Tenn)
Running backs: Shaun Alexander (Ala), Jamal Lewis (Tenn), Edgerrin James (Miami), LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU).
Fullback: Lorenzo Neal (Fresno)
Receivers: Marvin Harrison (Syr), Torry Holt (NC), Randy Moss (Marshall), Terrell Owens (Tenn)
Tight ends: Antonio Gates (KentSt, Tony Gonzalez (Cal).
Offensive linemen: Walter Jones (FSU), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Orlando Pace (OSU), Alan Faneca (LSU), Steve Hutchinson (UM), Will Shields (Neb) Olin Kreutz (Wash) and Kevin Mawae (LSU), Willie Roaf (LaTech), Larry Allen (SonomaSt)
Linebackers: Ray Lewis (Miami), Derrick Brooks (FSU), Joey Porter (FSU), Zach Thomas (TTech), Brian Urlacher (NM), DeMarcus Ware (Troy).
Defensive ends: Julius Peppers (NC), Michael Strahan (TexSouth), Jason Taylor (Akron), Dwight Freeney (Syr)
Defensive tackles: La'Roi Glover (SDSt), Richard Seymour (GA), Kevin Williams (OkSt) Warren Sapp (Miami).
Secondary: Ronde Barber (VA), Champ Bailey (GA), Ty Law (UM), Charles Woodson (UM), Brian Dawkins (Clem), Troy Polamalu (USC), Ed Reed (Miami), Darren Sharper (WmMary).
Kickers: David Akers (UL), Adam Vinatieri (SDSt)
Punters: Shane Lechler (TexAM), Brian Moorman (PittSt)
Kick returners: Kick return: Devin Hester (Miami) Joshua Cribbs (TexAM), Dante Hall, (Kent St)