LIST OF WWE PERSONNEL?!?
There were some interesting comments in the "best coaching jobs" thread - specially for how Oklahoma is not an elite job - that had me scratching my head. Considering the Switzer to Stoops era was conceptually one of the best off the top of my head I could think of (i.e. top 5) for 40ish year I am not sure where this viewpoint was coming from. At first I thought maybe younger guys dont remember how dominant Oklahoma used to be, but considering Stoops has the same winning % as Bo did ....in an era with scholarship reductions and far more parity, that didn't make sense. Maybe an 80% win % is just not that impressive to some. Switzer was even more dominant (albeit with some wink wink stuff going on). Anyhow I digress a bit but how someone doesn't think OK is one of the top 7-8 jobs in the country is beyond me. It's not an academic ranking - its damn football, and Oklahoma is and has been a bad ass program for decades.
Anyhow that thread led me to take a look back at the top program winning %s by in 3 time frames. While the headline says 30, 20 and 10 years it's technically 31, 21, and 11 years (1984, 1994 and 2004 to 2014). I tried to focus on P5 conferences but did add in TCU and Utah which spent most of this time outside the P5 - I also included Louisville which was in various conferences. Former Big East conference members were difficult to figure out since things changed so often there but this should cover the major players. So you have your Louisvilles, West VAs, VA Techs etc. I did include BYU over 30 years but excluded them in the 10 and 20 due to error.
This data also doesnt penalize for sanctions.
Some interesting data:
1984-2014 (31 years)
1994-2014 (21 years)
2004-2014 (11 years)
- Over a 30ish year time frame 6 teams clearly stand out at 73%+ - FSU, Neb, OSU, Miami FL, Florida, Oklahoma. From there we have a significant 3% drop to the cabal of UM, Auburn, PSU, GA.
- While lacking the # of NCs of Bama, no way to say it other than OSU has been the the best program in terms of consistency for 20 years. And aside from FSU is essentially tied for 2nd over 30 years. A hell of a multi decade run.
- Despite some fall off post Bowden, FSU has had an amazing 30 year run.
- I doubt most would guess LSU was #2 over the past 11 years. I wouldn't.
- Nebraska had such a good mid 80s to early 2000s it has offset the relative mediocrity of late.
- Oregon has been better for longer than I assumed.
- While UM has been wholly mediocre relative to perceived status for 10 and 20 years, ND has been mediocre for all 3 time frames which is suprising considering Holtz era.
- For all the TX angst they have had a nice run the past 20 years.
- Despite not even being found in the top 30 the past 11 years, Miami is still #4 overall over 30.
- Wisconsin is impressive - Alvarez did a hell of a job not only building a program but despite the coaching changes leaving a legacy. Let's hope Dantonio does not do the same.
- Rutgers was not such a bad addition to the Big 10 ;)
- As suspected UCLA is a chronic underachiever considering all the assets at their disposal.
Lions cut RB Reggie Bush, per source.
BYU doesn't want to be independent anymore.
Big XII seems logical, if they can find a XIIth too, but the article says the conference isn't interested (at the moment). More interestingly, BYU seems to think another wave of realignment is in the near future... not sure what's left to move...
But if this is in the works, can I ask ... can B1G trade Rutgers and Maryland for BYU? Pleez?
Ohhh... ewww.... Bleacher Report...
But, pertinent information, and whatn't.
I remember disagreeing with the assertion that Touchdown Tom may want to coach after her retires. That thread floated around a while ago. So maybe this comes as a surprise to some, but it aligns quite nicely with my opinion on how he'd like to spend his retirement.
I've been sitting on this for awhile now, so I figure I'd post an equipment update since spring practice has started.
In 2015, Michigan will sport the new adidas CrazyQuick 5.0 cleats. One of the version they will wear are the Mantraflagfe cleats. They'll look something like this but will obviously have 6 words relevant to Michigan like "Victors, Valiant" on them and will be in Maize and Blue.
Mid-cut version for linemen
Here is what Miami's will look like. These were released when Miami announced that they were signing with adidas.
Other 2015 equipment updates
For 21 years, this car won about 80% of its races. Nobody in Michigan could beat it, and it stood toe to toe with the best car from the worst state ever. Never once did Bo cut corners or try to cheat. He took pride in running a fair race. Not even two heart attacks could keep Bo away from his car.
Alas, it was time for someone else to take the wheel. Bo had driven the car as hard and as long as he could. He would still come around the garage every now and again, but he was giving the car to his brother, Gary.
Gary drove the car for a few years. He made a couple tweaks here and there, but for the most part, kept the car original and in tip top shape. He even added a "Best in Show" Award at a national event in 1991. Sadly, Gary got busted for a DUI one night and was forced to reluctantly sign over the title to the car. Bo's other brother, Lloyd, was now the owner of the family's prized possession.
It took a few years for Lloyd to grasp all that went into owning a car with such a proud tradition, but he finally did. In 1997, he won 'em all. Every race the car entered, it took the checkered flag, including the big race in Pasadena. That race was a nailbiter, right to the very end. It looked like the other car, a Cougar, might pull off the upset but it slipped its wheels and never made it to the finish line. Victory was Lloyd's and the 1969 Camaro was THE best car in the country.
For another 10 years Lloyd took care of the car but couldn't quite capture its past glory. Blemishes started to appear on the body, under the hood, and in the interior. The engine missed a few times, a rust spot developed in the quarter panel, and there was a tear in the console. These were small issues, but ones that could turn into major concerns if not addressed immediately. Lloyd loved that car but he wanted to do other things. He had been around the car almost from the time it was bought new. He was ready to walk away and let someone else take over. There were no other brothers to pass the car on to, so Lloyd put it up for sale.
A few guys looked but there were no takers. Finally, a guy from West Virginia named Rich flew up to Ann Arbor, checked the car out, and bought it on sight. He never even took it for a test drive. This guy was used to driving tuner cars. He'd never had a muscle car before, and he was going to do something radical: take this American Classic, which had been so successful for so long, and turn it into a drift car. He replaced the Holley carbs with fuel injection. The chrome wheels with raised white letter Goodyears were replaced with aluminum alloys and low-profile Yokohamas. The cowl induction steel hood was exchanged for a carbon fiber version that was lighter. He stripped everything out of the car that was considered dead weight in exchange for parts that were made of new-age material that would help the car run faster. It was a difficult and expensive transformation. A lot of races were lost as Rich waited for new parts to arrive. Unfortunately, some parts weren't available and Rich's mechanics couldn't manufacture their own. Folks who had watched this car race for nearly 40 years were disgruntled and angry. They wrote articles in Muscle Car Magazine about the fall of the once proud Camaro. Rich started winning a few more races, but after 3 years, it wasn't enough and Rich was forced to sell.
The new buyer was a guy who grew up watching the Camaro run in Ohio. He was even part of the crew for a little while during its run in 97. He was a big fan of the original muscle car and was stunned to learn that he could buy it. He damn near walked from his house to buy it. His plan was to restore it to its original glory. He wanted everything back the way it was. Unfortunately, as much of a fan as he was, he really didn't have experience restoring cars. He could do the bolt-on stuff - change the wheels back, slap on the carbs, bolt on the old hood - but he wasn't a qualified technician, and neither were he mechanics. They had no experience with dynomometers and other computer technology that could help them fine tune the engine. They wrenched on it themselves, slapped back a couple beers in the garage, and waxed the hell of out the paint that was blistering underneath. The car had success early on, but over the next 3 years, it would lose more and more races. The once promising restoration project was now stalled and going no where.
There was one buyer that everyone hoped would step up to the plate. He was Bo's son, Jim. He'd been around cars his whole life and grew up handing his dad wrenches and washing the car as a kid. He learned how to drive and eventually sat behind the wheel for Bo, winning a lot of races. He got so good he went on to have a successful pro career. After he was done driving, he joined a couple crews around the country to learn all he could about power and speed and handling. He started with old beaters that barely ran and turned them into competitors. He moved up from street racing, to the local tracks, and all the way to the pro circuit. He quickly became the most sought after crew chief in all of racing. People back in Michigan wanted Jim to come home in the worst way possible, but word around the racing world was that he'd never leave the pros. He was married to a lady who wanted to stay out west, and other pro teams were willing to pay him more. His kids were native Californians. There was no way, they said.
As we know now, Jim DID want to own that car. It had been a dream of his since he was a little boy. He had worked his way up the circuit in hopes of one day purchasing the car his dad once proudly owned.
Jim knows this car like the back of his hand. He's hired mechanics he's worked with before and who have experience rebuilding muscle cars. This will be a frame-off restoration. Every last bolt, gasket, belt, and hose will be taken off and repaired or replaced. If they can't find a stock replacement, they'll fabricate one themselves. They have computers, gauges, and testing equipment to make sure every single part can eek out another mile per hour. They are aiming for the holy grail of muscle cars: 1000 horsepower. It's going to take a reinforced frame, beefier suspension, oversized cam, tungsten steel push rods, a huge blower to get more air into a brand new engine block machined from a solid piece of aluminum. It won't happen overnight. Some parts just won't hold up to the pressure. Some of them will crack along the way. They'll lose some races, but from every loss another answer will be revealed about how they can get just 1% better.