ohio state blogs will post literally anything
I wonder if the transfer is more because of the Kiffin hire, or because of Nuss' "northern promotion". Any chance he wants to follow old OC? I know, not very likely but.....
We don't need more cold water splashed in our faces after the season we just endured, but Football Study Hall did an analysis of turnover differential in the past season and tried to get an idea of who were the "luckiest" teams -- on the assumption that fumble recovery is essentially random, and here are the results:
|Team||Off. TO||Def. TO||TO Margin||Adj. Off. TO||Adj. Def. TO||Adj. TO Margin||Diff||TO Luck/Game|
Essentially, what you have is a TO margin, based on real numbers. Then you have adjusted turnovers, assuming that 51% of all fumbles are recovered by the offense, and that 22% of all passes defended are intercepted. The adjusted turnover margin is thus an estimate of a turnover margin without as much luck built in.
This suggests that Michigan was fairly lucky in terms of turnovers in 2013. We recovered more fumbles than average (15 opponent fumbles, 9 of which we recovered) and lost fewer than average (22 fumbles 8 of which we lost), and we had fewer picks than expected based on passes defended. (If you don't like what you see, just close your eyes are repeat to yourself that turnovers aren't random).
We played some of the unluckiest teams this year. The top 10 unluckiest:
|Team||Off. TO||Def. TO||TO Margin||Adj. Off. TO||Adj. Def. TO||Adj. TO Margin||Diff.||TO Luck/Game|
I was listening to Evan & Phillips on MadDog radio this morning and they spent quite a bit of time discussing the Lions coaching situation. Notwithstanding their claim that the people happiest with the Caldwell hire were Packers, Bears & Viking fans I found the reasons they gave on why Whisenhunt turned down the Lions interesting.
According to them, they have heard from two independent sources that Whisenhunt did not join the Lions for two reasons:
1. The Titans offered him 1MM more per year
2. The Lions had Stafford sit in on the interview which made him VERY uncomfortable
I don't know which one is worse (if true). That the Lions low-balled their #1 choice and didn't leave the door open for further negotiation or that they decided to let a player have a say in the selection of the coach. I'm sure behind the scenes that input goes on everywhere but to be brazen enough to have the QB sit in on the interview (allegedly) would send a very powerful message to the HC candidate on who is working at the pleasure of who. And Whisenhunt (allegedly) was not comfortable at all with a structure that had him, in essence, reporting to one of his players.
ND's Outside Receivers Coach appears to the be the new OC for ND. No QB coach yet but it will be an outsider per BK....BOOOOOOORGES
Came across an interesting article over at Barking Carnival, the UT website on SBNation. Link: http://www.barkingcarnival.com/2014/1/14/5308182/culture-change-at-texas
Seems like Charlie Strong has wasted no time getting the program back on track. He's put in place guidelines for his players to follow, some of which might seem familiar.
I copied and pasted the meaty part of the article:
- Players will attend all of their classes and sit in the front two rows of all of their classes. GAs, academic folks, position coaches will be checking constantly now.
- No headphones in class. No texting in class. Sit up and take notes.
- If a player misses a class, he runs until it hurts. If he misses two classes, his entire position unit runs. If he misses three, the position coach runs. The position coaches don't want to run.
- No earrings in the football building. No drugs. No stealing. No guns. Treat women with respect.
- Players may not live off campus anymore, unless they're a senior who hits certain academic standards. The University will buy out the leases for every player currently living off campus and put them in the athletic dorm.
- The team will all live together, eat together, suffer together, and hang out together. They will become a true team and learn to impose accountability on each other. The cliques are over.
- There's no time for a rebuild. "I don't have time for that." The expectation is that Texas wins now.
- Players will learn that they would rather practice than milk a minor injury.
- The focus is on winning and graduating. Anything extraneous to that is a distraction and will be stamped out or removed.
- Strong met individually with seniors and key leaders and re-emphasized that the plan is to win now. They can lead the new culture or be run over by it.
- "I don't want to talk about things. I'd rather do things. We just talked. Now it's time to do."
It seems to me like most of these things would already be in place, but I guess not. Reading through the list actually reminded me of the passages in Bo's Lasting Lessons where Bo talked about what changes he brought to Michigan when he first arrived, i.e making the team live on campus, stressing academics first, respect everyone, and more. I'm impressed by Strong.