"I love it that Ivy League coaches are coming to our camp and Big Ten coaches are coming to our camp. South Florida is coming. We've got about 70 schools that are coming to our camp."
In the Indiana game column, Brian appears to be stating that 2-point conversions have a 47% chance of success. That's a little higher than I thought it was (I had read that it was around 42-43%), but regardless, I'm curious to know if there is any data out there for 2-point attempts that are a surprise to the defense (i.e., the swinging gate attempts that teams like Oregon like to run) compared to the conventional ones, where the offense lines up normally so the defense knows it's coming. I would assume that the conventional rate is lower than the surprise ones (it seems like Oregon always converts on those swinging-gate tries), but I'd be curious to see what the numbers actually say.
Purely anecdotally, it seems to me like teams fail significantly more than they succeed on conventional attempts. Is the conversion rate of 40-whatever percent being inflated by those swinging-gate attempts? If the numbers on conventional attempts are significantly lower than surprise attempts, maybe coaches are going for 2 (conventionally) too often - or maybe the swinging gate is underused.
Should be interesting to see what happens. Miami president Donna Shalala has said the school will not accept any more significant penalties than they have self imposed while the NCAA has to be under some strong pressure to do something big to Miami.
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One of the best advancements of our beloved MGoBlog has been the regular interaction with the coach and coordinators in press conferences. As we've seen the past couple of years, Heiko has been able to get some incredible answers to pressing questions from this blog. Of course, we've also seen how creative the wording of these questions may have to be to get a legit answer (cough-bubble screen-cough).
I thought I would start a thread where people could post potential questions for Heiko to ask....even if he completely ignores everything we type. Funny ones are always welcome, though the intent (both in content and word choice) is to get an answer to an interesting question about the team.
Here are a few obvious ones to get it started:
- Hoke or Mattison - "Do you expect MSU to introduce a hurry-up component to their offense based on the success PSU and IU had against the defense and their tendency to game plan for their biggest rival?"
- Borges or Hoke - "Given the success your opponents have had with the hurry-up offense have you considered implementing something similar?"
- Borges - "With Dileo injured, what does Norfleet have to show in practice in order to get reps at slot receiver?"