at least it's not just us?
According Yahoo's Pat Forde's 100 minute Twitter session with 366 voters, the answers are:
10. Bill Callahan - Nebraska
9. Ron Turner - Florida International
8. Paul Pasqualoni - Connecticut
7. Greg Robinson - Syracuse
6. Mike Locksley - New Mexico
5. Ellis Johnson - Southern Mississippi
4. Derek Dooley - Tennessee
3. Lane Kiffin - USC
2. Steve Kragthorpe - Louisville
1. Rich Rodriguez - Michigan
Entire article below. Your thoughts?
The article at the link makes 4 points about the hazards of decision-making in football. The study used data from the NFL, but it's definitely relevant to the college game.
In particular, it seems relevant discussion on MGoBlog about:
1. going for it on 4th down (do it!)
2. whether it helps the team to fire the coach (not really, but there needs to be a GERG exception, IMO)
3. winning with someone else's talent (WOO! go Brady, Borges, and Mattison)
Yesterday there was a post on Fairley's cheap shots in the Auburn - Georgia game (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/auburns-nick-fairley-cheap-shot-artist.) To me, it sure doesn't look good. I have several questions, not just with this, but with cheap shots in general.
- How many of you have seen coaches encourage dirty play? (as a player, or another coach with a coach letting it happen.) This could happen in two ways: either to ignore cheap shots, or to actively encourage them. There have been comments on here about Saban, Chizik, Bielema, Hope, and Dantonio. Is there any insider info. on these coaches and dirty play?
- Can you refresh my memory on any Big 10 coaches suspending their own players for cheap shots, especially prior to outside outrage and pressure?
- Why does it seem that nothing happens? Are the Conferences and the NCAA toothless?
- What is the line between having a "hard edge" and dirty play? I personally think that there is no room for shots with the goal of injuring someone else, but not everyone feels the same way. We love the photo of Branch walking away after he leveled the PSU QB. That's obv. a clean hit. I guess I would just hope that we want the rules applied in a fair way.
Jonathan Chait askes the question. Pretty balanced article that spoke to a couple of questions I had on my mind regarding coaching issues and our kicking game.
I could use some advice. I assistant-coach a 10-12 year old youth football team. We were 0-3 with two tough losses going into yesterday, and got PMITA Prison'ed 27-0. How bad was it? Try this on for size:
-They ran 42 plays, we ran 13 and got one first down, on our very last drive.
-The opposition onside-kicked to start the second half, our tight end on the KOR team just watched it bounce in front of him as they recovered.
-They converted lots of 3rd and 4th downs from long range (8+ yards).
-We had arm tackling and standing around on D.
-Our safeties never ever were the deepest men, even though that's their primary job on defense, and our LBs never covered the flat.
-Our opponent is historically terrible and played with no hustle or attention to detail. There was no unstoppable player; they got 5 yards on every play if not less than that.
We're not really sure what the answers are. Unlike previous games, our guys played with absolutely no urgency or desire. They gave us a lot of blank stares on the sideline and weren't focused when in the game.
We got beat pretty bad last weekend by a good team, which was understandable; but everything changed when our QB threw a pick-six to open the second half of that game. Is it possible the team just packed it in at that point? We changed around some schemes this week but nothing too radical and the basic blocking and tackling principles have stayed the same.
In any event, I could use some thoughts on how to approach practice, how to adjust and how to get the kids motivated because a lot of them just don't seem to care. I coach in a tony suburb that has a deserved reputation for soft kids and lots of our players have come from sport environments where full-team accountability doesn't exist (i.e. soccer) and, basically, failure is tolerated. I don't care about winning the game per se, but lame-ass performances build bad life habits and I'm not going to let the kids think that's OK.