I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
Todd McShay released another mock draft yesterday (LINK, $). In it, he has Lewan going #9 overall to San Diego. Here's what he had to say about Lewan:
The Chargers must protect QB Philip Rivers better. They hope the healthy return of LT Jared Gaither will fill one spot, but they would still need a right tackle in that scenario and Lewan would fit the bill. He has the length to be effective in pass protection, and he's a tenacious run-blocker who gets under the skin of defenders.
I don't know about you, but I know I would definitely pass up an opportunity to be a top-10 overall pick, a hefty signing bonus, and risk injury for a chance to improve my draft position by 7 or 8 spots. It would be an easy decision. No brainer. Wouldn't even have to ask me twice.
SEEKING RELATIONSHIPS: PASSING OFFENSE IN THE BIG TEN
The object of this experiment was to look for highly correlated data within some of the regular season passing statistics. Data from all 144 regular season games within the Big Ten conference was collected from box scores and team sites. What is being sought is to confirm essentially some of the relationships that people notice with the so-called “eye test”, plus potentially find ones that are not so obvious.
A matrix of statistics was created using six variables – passing attempt, pass completions, total passing yards, yards per attempt, yards per completion and completion percentage. For purposes of this diary, interception data was not included, but is part of a future planned diary along this vein of discussion.
So, in all (n=144 for each variable), there were 864 individual values which were either reported or calculated from existing data. The assumption made was that 144 trials would be sufficient to show some interrelationships inside the data.
Fifteen potential relationships were examined and their r-value calculated.
The six most correlated variables are as follows –
Completions / Attempts - r=0.88
Yards Per Attempt / Yards Per Completion – r=0.82
Completions / Yards – r=0.77
Attempts / Yards – r=0.65
Yards Per Attempt / Comp. % - r=0.57
Yards / Yards Per Attempt – r=0.49
Two relationships showed a relatively meager positive correlation; Completions / Completion % (r=0.37) and Yards / Yards Per Completion (r=0.36)
A few relationships even showed very slight negative correlation; Attempts / Yards Per Attempt (r=-0.29), Attempts / Yards Per Completion (r=-0.29) and Completions / Yards Per Completion (r=-0.26)
TABLE AND CAT PHOTO:
Below is the table of summary conference statistics (including a thumb of the matrix I used to calculate "r") and a cat photo -
The entire 2013 recruiting class except: Patrick Kugler (in state championship game), Channing Stribling (took his official in November), and Ben Gedeon is a maybe.
David Dawson - They'll definitely be putting the full court press on him, I'd be VERY surprised if he didn't re-commit on the spot.
Dan Skipper (OT) 2013 - 6'10" 295 lb lbs who is currently committed to TENN.
Not Committed, Maybe Visiting:
Reon Dawson (CB) 2013 - Teammate of Mike McCray, currently committed to ILL.
Lawrence Marshall (DE) 2014 - 6'4" 210 lbs, lives in Michigan.
Malik McDowell (DT) 2014 - 6'6"292 lbs, lives in Michigan
LINK - Rivals. edit - (Paywalled), I wish they'd have an insider thing pop up like ESPN does
LINK - Magnus (Not Paywalled)
The 33 year old coach is best known for working with Case Keenum at Houston and most recently being the Offensive Coordinator for Texas A&M directing Manziel to a Heisman Thropy. Clearly this is a risky move hiring someone without any head coaching experience but I think their fans would rather see this than hiring another retread.
By now everyone knows that Barry Alvarez is taking the reins for Bielma for the Rose Bowl, however this story came out yesterday.
Barry's back, and he's not working for free.....
Alvarez will receive $195,000 in December, which is 90 percent of Bielema's monthly coaching salary. He will also get $8,500, which is 10 percent of his athletic director salary. The total pay of $203,500 is a one-time $118,500 increase in his monthly salary.
Nevermind the fact that he's the 6th highest paid AD in the country, and earns about 1 million a year, I guess he needed more to coach this one game.
ESPN put together a list of the top 10 coaching jobs in football, both college and pro. UM (and OSU) is #8 on the list.
#1 - Green Bay Packers
#2 - Texas
#3 - New England Patriots
#4 - Notre Dame
#5 - New York Giants
#6 - Alabama
#7 - LSU
#8 - UM/OSU
#9 - Florida
#10 - Houston Texans
Edit: Missed the post below. Sorry about that. Mods please delete.