...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
and you just endured two consecutives season which by many accounts had the worst offensive line in Division 1 football how do you justify keeping the offensive line coach?
We all agree that the offensive as a whole did not perform to expectations. Most of the blame for the failure is because of the offensive line. Hoke has used inexperience and injuries as reasons for poor line play. I suppose in part this is true yet many Division 1 schools have succeeded despite inexperience and injuries.
Hoke decided to replace the Borges with Nussmier which in my opinion is an excellent move though somewhat puzzling since Hoke has stated that the problems with the offense was youth and injuries. If true, why was Borges let go and Funk retained? Even more curious is why tell the new OC he cannot have a say on staffing decision concerning the offense? If you are Nussmier and know you are inheriting a less than average offensive line and you cannot do anything about it would be like performing brain surgery wearing a catchers mitt.
By what logic does Hoke keep and protect Funk? I am not trying to get anyone fired here but I am flummoxed by the reasoning of letting Borges go and keeping Funk.
I never noticed this earlier, but I thought it that's pretty damn cool for defensive players.
And it shows us a side of the mild-mannered David Cutcliffe that we never knew existed before.
Ahh! Grim Reaper helmet awards.
Just look at him. He's too wholesome and too damn nice to display such unrepetant evil.
More on Duke's helmet stickers from 2013 here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/dukenow/more-on-dukes-defense-stickers
Football study hall has run a projection of the 2014 season based on three factors:
(a) Ca. 60%: A five-year weighted S&P+ average, with 2013 getting 5x the weight, 2012 4x, ..., and 2009 1x
(b) Ca. 30%: The 2013 S&P+ ratings, adjusted for the number of returning starters.
(c) Ca. 10%: the past two years of recruiting
The top 25 are as follows:
|Rk||Team||(a)||Rk||(b)||Rk||(c)||Rk||2014 Projected S&P+|
That seems generally about right to me, although not all of the rankings seem right: Boise State's ranking is inflated, for instance.
Apparently, Hoke will no longer coach the D-Line. Instead, Mark Smith (formerly the ILB coach) will coach the interior D-Line and Roy Manning will coach the ILB in addition to his previous role as OLB coach.