ESPN NCAAF front page, posts what looks to be an interesting story re. Iowa's recruiting tactics. Moneyball, from Ferentz? Really? That's worth reading.
It is not worth reading. Their recruiting approach has absolutely nothing - not even a tangential relationship - with the concepts put forth in Moneyball. It is in fact quite the opposite. They do not use advanced statistics, instead foregoing them ilo guiding principles such as noticing "there was "something different" about how Midwest players reacted in games when compared to players from outside of the region." And, ""You need to at least be thorough in your state and the surrounding states because those kids bleed that school's colors."
The most interesting items of note is that they look for overlooked kids with good frames, and look to switch their positions from high school. Which is what a lot of mid-tier schools do. And they like taking QBs and moving them. And the story quotes their former recruiting coordinator who's now opening a Culvers, who likely not coincidentally believes Ohio Stadium is the Taj Mahal of college football. And that in addition to OSU and Michigan, MSU (the finder of all hidden recruiting gems) also passed on Micah Hyde despite his brother playing there.
Iowa's approach has worked, I'm not slighting it. I am directing my ire at the leader. This is silly.