in town for free camps
I guess this is on the up and up, but it seems strange unless Ark AD Jeff Long and Bret have known each other for a while. I am not sure on that one. I can't imagine Hoke sending a similar note or even considering that fact he should send a note to an AD in a different conference who has fired a coach. FWIW, Long mentioned the note when he annouced Bielema as the HC so it clearly had an impact on him getting a new job.
Is there any updates that might not have made the 2013 recruiting board? Dymonte Thomas, I have seen reports that he is infact enrolling early but the board suggest otherwise. Can we get an update, Ace? Magnus? anybody?
That would make an awesome tailgate contraption.
All Big Ten DT Johnathan Hankins is forgoing his senior year at OSU and entering the draft. Smart move from a guy I won't miss seeing at The Game one little bit next year. I think he'll do well at the next level and sticking around another year would not have raised his stock significantly.
While the earlier post of this got locked down for obvious reasons, it's still board-worthy news. Comment away!
Sometime a couple of years ago, someone on the board created a Bowl Pick'em spreadsheet that used Sagarin ratings to create a "Watchability index" that looked for games where Sagarin predicted close games and used this budget his time over the holidays, and also to help him pick winners. I haven't seen anyone post this yet this year, so I figured I'd go ahead and make one up.
Here is a link to the spreadsheet. It is setup to work with the Yahoo Sports system, so the games are sorted in order of most confident picks (Arizona State over Navy) to least confident (Northwestern of Mississippi State). There's a "PREDICTOR Pick" column which indicates which team the PREDICTOR model would pick to win the game (Sagarin regards PREDICTOR as the best model of game outcomes). If you prefer, you can also pick by RATING and ELO_CHESS differences using the appropriate columns in the sheet. Enjoy.