I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Calling all MGoBlog Shogun. Haiku for Gaijin St. Tress on his Honorary day of April 25th: The day of the lying.
When you in the shit
Call an FBI bud quick
What? St. Tress don't quit
I know my fellow Shogun can do much better.
I just stumbled on a Rivals article ($) linking Chad Kelly to Michigan -- although it sounds like the article more relates to Miami (YTM) than us. However, it the title of the link is "QB Visiting This Week" and is on Michigan's Rivals site.
He has big-time offers including Florida State, Clemson and Alabama, among others.
TomVH, DGDestroys, etc. any news on this?
The 13 page document indicates that the NCAA might actually consider OSU a repeat violator because it was still on probation stemming from previous violations within the football and men's basketball programs. Very bad news.
Appears there are more details about calls and contacts made by Tressel following his original notification of player involvement in selling their memorbilia. What continues to be of note is there is no record of him contacting the compliance staff at OSU at any time.
We'll see how the NCAA looks at this further example of covering up the matter. I do not see how they cannot throw the book at him for "not fostering an atmosphere of compliance".
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I am going to be making my first foray to Ryan Field this fall, and have questions for those that have been before...
Is it better to buy tickets from Michigan as a part of the season ticket renewal, or could I get a better price by just going and buying tickets at the game? I know Northwestern has a reputation for having more Michigan fans at the game than home fans, but I don't know if this is true, or might there actually be a problem getting tickets in Evanston?
Thanks for any help the board may be able to offer.
Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hoke
Since it’s the offseason and there’s not much going on, I thought I’d take a look at last season’s team production, offensively and defensively. All the data is from either NCAA.org or ESPN’s drive charts, except for the Air Force and New Mexico games, where I had to extrapolate the drive data from the box score. That’s what’s known as foreshadowing. Offensive and defensive stats are broken out individually, to try to handle those phases of the game on their own.
All Spreadsheeted-up and no place to go
I started out planning to show that the offensive effectiveness remained somewhat consistent through the season, and that only the number of drives per game decreased into the meat of the Big Ten season caused the downturn in scoring. The data did not support that. The number of drives did vary between UConn’s 8 and the Illinois 19-drive trackmeet. But the numbers did not coincide with strength of opponent, final score, or much of anything. You need look no further than the Wisconsin game vs. the OSU game for proof. Against Wisconsin we scored 28 points on 10 drives, compared to 7 points on 12 drives against OSU. The chart doesn’t show any correlation between drives and points:
|Opponent||Yards||Drives||Pts.||YPD||PPD||D-Yds||D-Drvs||D-Pts||D-YPD||D-PPD||Net YPD||Net PPD|
So I need to look a little deeper, namely at typical markers of yard and points. The basic idea is straightforward: good yards per drive equals good “effectiveness” and good points per drive equals good “finishing.” First up: YPD. Offensively, YPD varies from unstoppable against weak competition (UConn, BG, and UMass) to not-very-good against MSU, the other MSU and OSU. Defense, on the other hand, was great in the rain against Purdue, better-than-average against ND and Illinois (per drive, remember), and shelled by MSU, the other MSU and Wisconsin. This should not be news.
Alright, so now we know we couldn’t stop anyone. How about scoring, PPD? Because we’re dealing with a smaller range, I think the data is clearer. Offensively, after throwing out the Bowling Green anomaly (seriously, 6 points per drive?), most of the games turned out be between 2 and 3 PPD, with OSU being a lowly 0.5. Defense tells the rest of the story. The season started out well enough, holding ND to 1.4 PPD, but the number crept up from there, 3 PPD to Indiana, up to 4 PPD to PSU and Wisconsin. Even Tressel-ball managed to score almost 3 PPD. And that chart just looks worse and worse as the season goes on. This is also the point where I get to mention 4-for-14 on field goals and lament.
So what does any of this say? I’d like to be able to adjust some of those values for strength of opponent, so that the 27 points against Iowa’s #7-ranked defense look a little more in line, but I can’t decide on a formula to adjust expected versus actual points. Someone wake up the Mathlete for me, if you don’t mind.
I think that all I can say at this point is that the defense was bad across the board last season, and performed worse against good opposition. The offense was at-best inconsistent, ranging from good to average from game-to-game. With a team consisting of mostly true sophomores at skill positions, I don't that should come as a big surprise.
Coming tomorrow: the same analysis for SDSU's season, and comparisons to what Michigan did.