"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
GSU has a storied program among HBCUs. Here's a little from the story-
Not the only woes for GSU athletic. Their basketball team went winless last season. 0-28.
Grambling's storied football program is in complete disarray. On Tuesday, players walked out of a meeting with coaches and administrators. On Wednesday, they skipped practice altogether in protest, then repeated the boycott again today. And interim coach George Ragsdale hasreportedly been fired. The players aren't happy about how they're being treated, but they're not alone. Heavy cuts in state funding have wrecked the school's athletic budget, and everyone—players, coaches, and administrators alike—is bearing the brunt of it.
According to the Shreveport Times, the players are upset because they had to take buses to recent games in Kansas City (approximately 1,200 round-trip miles) and Indianapolis (1,500 round-trip miles). They're also not happy that coach Doug Williams—the program's most distinguished alumnus—was fired last month, just two games into the season.
I know we have been piling up on Borges, but I don't think Mattison should get a free pass for THE DEBACLE.
Before the game, the common mantra for defense was to utilize blitz to break the true frosh QB under pressure. However, at least for the first half, blitzes were few and far between, resulting in most of the touchdowns that PSU scored during the regular time.
Just how bad of an idea is it to NOT blitz against Heck? Here are the numbers.
|Rush||Count||Completion %||Avg Yards||TD Allowed||Sacks||YPA|
As you can see from above, the old adage is correct - the freshman QB does not handle pressure well. When we brought five or more, we were able to bring havoc (3 sacks) and limit YPA (less than 2!). But we only brought pressure only 1/5 of the time. What would have happened if that ratio was more like 50%?
Even worse, when we stepped off the gas and rushed three, Heck was able to complete passes for big yardage (9.4 YPA) and threw most of his touchdowns.
I just don't understand why we would give a freshman QB time to throw, ESPECIALLY when they are in the red zone. If Mattison brought the pressure from the get go, we don't allow 21 points to start off. How different this game would have been if we were ahead by 1 or down by only 3 going into the half?
Mattison blew it. We had a chance to completely dominate PSU, and we decided not to.
2015 QB Tyree Jackson is 6'3", 187 lbs. and claims a 4.8 40. With very limited film out there on him it's hard to verify that speed, but 4.8 isn't exactly unrealistic. He's listed as a pro-style quarterback but has enough athleticism to move the chains with his legs.
Per Steve Lorenz, Jackson will be in attendance for the Indiana game this weekend and I was able to chat with him tonight about his recruitment and his weekend expectations.
Jackson doesn't hold any offers at this time but he told me he is hearing from quite a few schools including Michigan, Oregon, Missouri, Bowling Green, Toledo, Western Michigan, Nebraska, and Cincinnati.
He's been getting a lot of mail from Michigan lately and Coach Ferrigno visited Jackson at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon two weeks ago to setup a game visit. Jackson decided to take Coach Ferrigno up on that offer this weekend to watch his first game at The Big House against the Hoosiers.
Jackson will attend the game Saturday with his coach and a running back teammate, with no set plans other than to take the experience in and enjoy the game. Afterwards he does plan to meet up with Coach Ferrigno and Coach Borges to talk about his future recruitment.
Being an in-state kid, Jackson admitted to growing up a Michigan fan but he kept everything very PC when I asked him if he had any favorites or desirable offers, saying at this point he'd be blessed by any offer he received.
Since a lot of comments on here are about how predictable our offense is, I decided to take a look at run/pass % by formation for all of our games. I kept the formations simple and just used Ace, I-form, Pistol, Shotgun, and Tackle Over (Tackle over is usually out of I-form or Ace, but deserves its own category.) I got the stats from the UConn game from a diary that Ron Utah did, everything else I looked up myself from Brian's UFR's.
Here are the charts game by game
Shotgun - 3 run, 16 pass, 84% pass
Pistol - 1 run, 1 pass, 50%
I-form - 23 run, 3 pass, 88% run
Ace - 11 run, 9 pass, 55% run
Shotgun - 5 run, 18 pass, 78% pass
Pistol - 9 run, 4 pass, 69% run
I-form - 14 run, 2 pass, 88% run
Ace - 6 run, 17 pass, 74% pass
Shotgun - 4 run, 15 pass, 79% pass
Pistol - 3 run, 3 pass, 50%
I-form - 14 run, 4 pass, 78% run
Ace - 8 run, 11 pass, 58% pass
Shotgun - 9 run, 22 pass, 71% pas
Pistol - 3 run, 1 pass, 75% run
I Form - 8 run, 3 passes, 72% run
Ace - 12 runs, 7 passes, 63% run
Shotgun - 2 run (both by DG), 13 passes, 87% pass
If there is any interest, there is a mildly interesting ACC matchup on in about ten minutes or so. A 5-0 Miami team will be taking on the 1-4 Fightin' Fedoras of North Carolina down at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.
Your matchup stats, courtesy of the folks at TeamRankings. Over there, Miami is being given a pretty comfortable shot - about 80% estimated win probability:
|Rush Play %||54.40%||45.72%|
|Pass Play %||45.60%||54.28%|
|3D Conv %||33.33%||44.87%|
|RZ Scoring %||73.68%||92.86%|
|Opp Completion %||51.35%||63.09%|
|Opp 3D Conv %||31.25%||46.15%|
|Opp RZ Scoring %||69.23%||84.21%|
Basically, he has partnered with a company to sell $10.5m worth of shares in his future performance. He gets $10m of that, but he then 20% of his future earnings go to shareholders. Think of it as an insurance policy in case he has a serious injury next week.
At first I just thought this was a cool idea and was going to move on, but then I thought, "Could something like this be the solution to paying student athletes?"
What if student athletes were allowed to setup their own company in their name. They work with a company like Fantex to setup the details of the IPO for the player/company. Companies like EA then pay the dividends to the company. Even without money from companies like EA, the player probably has enough money from the IPO to make it through college. As money is deposited into the company, 20% gets distributed to shareholders. The player can then withdraw a limited amount of money each year per NCAA rules before they are deemed "professional". Maybe that means that the scholarship and earnings can only total $65k/year or something like that. Once the player graduates or leaves school for any reason, he is free to withdraw money as he pleases.
A couple of things that would make this work, I think:
- It makes a player's decision to come back for another year easier if they know that they have some money waiting for them either way.
- While 3* athletes might not get $10m in an IPO, they could still set one up as a freshman and people might gamble on some of them to hopefully get large returns by selling stock later when they become starters or when the player makes it to the pros and starts sending dividends to the investors. Imagine having bought stock in an unknown Mike Hart and then selling his stock after his Junior year. You could have made a lot of money off of the prospect
What does everyone think about this idea?