further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Hoke is not the one to take anything public regarding his concerns, and I thought Rich Rod's willingness to throw specific help at least near the bus if not completely under it was his worst quality and not the way to go about business. That being said, Borges has to be a concern at this point. His seat may not be hot yet, but it needs to be warm at a minimum. Regardless of who you have running your offense, and regardless of if he isn't your dream come true, your schemes at least need to make sense, to somebody, anybody. I have taken Brian's concerns with Borges a little sarcasticly to date, but I have to say I am concerned that portions of what I am seeing border on incompetence, and they are being accepted as the status quo.
I am not going to debate that Borges has impressed me from time to time with specific calls, but the number of times that his offensive philosophy against specific defenses has been outright baffling is too many to count on one hand now, and I think it is more than just a side note at this point. I understand that Denard going down was a blow, but backup quarterbacks can be remotely effective, and at least not outright humiliating as was the case last night. Bellomy was never rumored to be John Elway, but at the same time I don't think anybody took him for a fish out of water when he came in. True, our offensive line is not record breaking, but we are not converting defensive lineman for god's sake, this line is nobody's leftovers, they are a pretty solid group.
Hoke hired Borges in 08, and Borges' offenses at SDSU were solid enough, but I don't know if Hoke is married enough to Borges that he is in untouchable territory. Shane, along with the best offensive lineman class in the history of the world are certainly reason for optimism, but I have to say that Borges should be answering for something right now. I am not expecting the best show on turf here, I am just asking for a little rhyme and reason, and perhaps that there is a Plan B available in the case Denard cannot go. An injury to your starting quarterback is tough, but not tough enough to look like a fairly competitive high school team in the aftermath. I have been a Borges supporter, but last night was alarming even before Denard's injury.
Here's to hoping that this offense can get right before it ventures to Horseshoe, because the cat is out of the bag, this offense in ineffective right now, and I think it is acheiving beneath its personnel. Am I seeing this clearly, or is this misplaced? I would love to know.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said running back Marcus Lattimore had his right knee dislocated against Tennessee, and the injury is something he can come back from to play football again.
Spurrier said the injury was significant, but discounted speculation Lattimore never would play football again. Lattimore has not used a redshirt season so he could take as long as necessary to recover and still return to the Gamecocks for the 2014 season.
It's too bad for this guy and hopefully he can bounce back from it. It's pretty crazy they are already ruling out a return for the 2013 season and talking about redshirting. I'm obviously not a doctor, but there's still 10 months to go until that season starts.
No change this week at the top of the big board, but there's plenty of movement in the bottom half, where Indiana(!) passes three teams with three new commitments. Yes, that Indiana. Changes since the last rankings:
10-15-12: David Kenney decommits from Iowa. Indiana picks up David Kenney. Darius Latham decommits from Wisconsin. Purdue picks up Danny Ezechukwu.
10-23-12: Wisconsin picks up Matt Hubley.
10-24-12: Indiana picks up Rashard Fant and Clyde Newton.
10-28-12: Christian LaCouture decommits from Nebraska.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||ESPN Avg||Avg Avg^||POINTS*|
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
*The product of number of Commits and Average Average
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.
On to the full data after the jump.
Texas still rolling top 25 after barely beating Kansas. ND holding tight at 4, which will be an interesting thing to watch down the line.
edit: anyone know where we can see some of the results of that poll/contest we did at the beginning of the year? Pick 1 team top 5, 1 team ranked 5-10...etc...
Noticed for most of the game that Beyer was in at D-end and Black moved over to DT.
The lineup was DE-DT-NT-DE= Beyer-Black-Washington-Roh
Has Beyer been doing good in practice?
There's enough negative threads on the board right now, so how about one that's a little less depressing?
We've all heard about the legendary Husker hospitality, but it actually exceeds any expectations. Here are the 3 worst Nebraska fans I met this weekend in Lincoln, in increasing order of hostility:
3. The guy next to me on the plane to Omaha chatted with me pleasantly for most of the flight, but only wished me a good time in Nebraska, not good luck for the game.
2. A drunk guy at the bar on Friday may have talked some vague trash as he passed. It was loud, so I can't actually confirm he said something negative, but I highly suspect it.
1. An even drunker girl at the same bar poked the block M on my t-shirt fairly roughly and would not let me walk past her for a solid 5 seconds.
How was everyone else's experience in Lincoln? Did anyone manage to find a rude Husker fan???