somehow we're only 124th
The Daily published a thoughtful writeup on Frank Clark. It doesn't contain any new information, per se, but I do think it's worthy of bringing to the board's attention. Its tone is similar to that of the post that Brian published following Clark's dismissal. As someone who came out with a knee-jerk reaction of fury when the initial news broke, I think it's very important that we all read pieces like these.
I didn't see this posted amongst the coaching/HARBAUGH! threads, but I thought it was an interesting article about the current state of Pahokee, Florida football and the struggles the town has had in recent years as more and more people leave the area and those that remain deal with grinding poverty. I don't believe there are any more athletes from the area on the team (certainly none on the roster I chekced), but given how integral those kids were on the team recently, I thought some might find it a nice read.
Listening to Sean Beligian on ESPN 96.1 and he is talking to Jeff Risden about the lions game. At the end of the conversation Risden stated the Michigan search party heas reached out to Jay Gruden and Gruden expressed some interest in the position. I personally buy this 0/10 as a possibility. But take it FWIW. Maybe Cowherd's super secret name?
Edit 1: - If you didn't know - Beligian is the ESPN station's local guy here on the west side of the state in Michigan. Covers mostly greater Grand Rapids area.
I put this together last night and based it off of the FCS model that uses 24 teams.
All conference champions get automatic bids, and just for filling purposes, I used the final CFP rankings.
This could work if the people in charge wanted it to. And you could still keep the bowl games, though they would be pretty much irrelevant and looked at as an NIT.
On December 13, one week after conference championships, the first round would begin. The winner of those first round games will advance and travel for a second round road game.
There will be 8 seeded teams who gets first round byes. Those seeds will host the second round games at their home stadiums. The second round games hosted by the seeded teams would be on December 20.
The top four seeds will be placed in the regional that is closest to them in the order of seeding.For example, the Orange, Peach, Fiesta and Cotton are the four quarterfinal bowls. Since Alabama is the 1 seed and the closest of those four to them is Atlanta, they'd go to the Peach. Pasadena is closest to the 2 Oregon, Miami to FSU and the 4 seed would be stuck with whatever is left which would be OSU to the Cotton Bowl.
After the quarterfinal bowls that will be played on December 27, the two semifinal bowls would be played on January 4th. The Rose and Sugar Bowl. After that, the national championship on Monday, January 12.
The first round games will be be hosted by the team with asterisk next to their name.
Big Ten announces it's taking over concussion protocol. Won't leave it to schools. Neutral athletic trainer will be at each event.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) December 8, 2014
I think that this is a good move for player safety, as long as it is properly implemented. Of course each school will have its own medical staff present.