this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 hour 21 min ago||Yes, if you have something||
Yes, if you have something compelling to offer - an expensive scholarship or pro $$ - you are always going to be able to get candidates to choose from. Those candidates may need a lot more development that they did in the past, but you'll still be able to get them.
But unless the safety is improved and the perceived risks go down, you will have a lot less people playing it recreationally or as a school activity.
|1 hour 32 min ago||The game of football today is||
The game of football today is quite different than it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. And most of that difference was driven by changes to improve safety.
Football has evolved, and will continue to evolve to survive.
It will look different 50, 100 years from now, just like it looks different than it did in the past. But it will still retain some element of downs and distance and moving the ball down the field toward the end zone. But the way you do that may look different due to safety reasons.
There are elements of Rugby and 7 on 7's that can give some hints as to what this could be.
Challenge to MGoBloggers: Design a version of football that is substantially safer, yet still retains the characteristics of football - line of scrimmage, downs, distance to gain, end zone, etc. In addition, it has to be compelling to watch. Flag football is quite safe, but 100,000 people are probably not going to line up to watch it.
|2 hours 3 min ago||The scary stories are||
The scary stories are starting to sink in with parents and they are not letting their kids play football when they are young. Add to that the liability issues, and you will start to see schools dropping it.
So what will happen then?
Football is too popular (and lucrative) of a spectator sport to just disappear. So like boxing, it will continue to draw kids with no "Plan B" who think they can make the big time in football despite the perceived risks.
You will also see kids pulled into it relatively late in their youth when they are "discovered" by coaches and others to have the body type and athleticism to be successful in a sport they never played. When a college scholarship or a shot at some kind of pro league is staring some kids in the face, they may decide to give football a try despite the perceived risks.
What all of this does, however, is drastically shrink the pool of potential football players for colleges and even the pro leagues to draw from.
If you are a Texas high school or the University of Michigan or the New England Patriots, you are going to be able to fill rosters. But if you are an eastern high school or a D3 college or a semi-pro team, you are going to struggle.
Some of these "lesser" institutions will drop football. Some will muddle on with an emphasis on developing players from a pool of kids that have never played the game before but can be enticed to try it.
|2 hours 6 min ago||It won't die because it's too||
It won't die because it's too popular and lucrative of a spectator sport. You will always be able to find somebody to take on the perceived risks for a shot at fame, cash, and glory.
It will be like auto racing in that sense. Parents (even parents who were racers themselves) generally are not thrilled at the prospect of their kids taking up racing, and try to discourage it. Yet there are still plenty of kids that line up to do it.
What you do have when this happens, however, is a smaller and smaller pool of talent to draw from. The lucrative, glamorous NFL will still have football, but don't bet on every college and high school continuing to have it.
|17 hours 26 min ago||Son, you need to get||
Son, you need to get laid.
Twenty years is long enough.
|17 hours 27 min ago||Me too! It was like||
It was like witnessing Hank Aaron's home run.
|17 hours 56 min ago||Thanks. You made us all feel||
Thanks. You made us all feel old.
|1 day 14 hours ago||That's good to know. We're||
That's good to know. We're glad to have you in the Big Ten. We'll look past the '97 vote thing (football), and hopefully you'll look past the 2013 vote thing (AAU).
Nebraska is a great fit in the B1G and should make some noise in the West division.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Maybe the ACC will take them||
Maybe the ACC will take them for non-revenue sports. After all, they let Notre Dame have their way with them even though ND won't fully commit to them.
Looks like they'll sleep around with anybody who can flash some cash.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Maybe they think the same||
Maybe they think the same thing about us since we're the ones, you know, with the losing record against them.
|1 day 17 hours ago||They are right. When you are||
They are right. When you are surrounded by conferences with 14 schools, ten schools feels "temporary". It leaves the Big 12 unstable and ripe for poaching.
The ACC was in the same boat, but they have become a lot more stable since they expanded to keep up. There is no longer the default assumption that they will disband like there is with the big 12.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I'd rather tne B1G not||
I'd rather tne B1G not expand. But if you are going to expand, I'd love to see Oklahoma and Kansas.
They are elite programs in Football and Basketball repectively, in football they add strength to the B1G West (Purdue would come East), it would re-create the historic, compelling Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry under the B1G banner, and it would balance out the over-emphasis on the East coast that the B1G has recently gone through.
It would be an excellent, strategic add for the B1G as a whole.
Yes it's true, Oklahoma and Kansas are not in the largest media markets. But at some point, every decision can't be about the last marginal dollar. The B1G is an athletic conference, not just a bunch of $$ prinitng presses.
|1 day 18 hours ago||That's temporary . . . if||
That's temporary . . . if they choose it to be.
These are strategic decisions. In 50 years, all those culptirts will be dead.
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|2 days 10 hours ago||Yeah, he was like a traffic||
Yeah, he was like a traffic reporter. Nothing new here. Same old, same old.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Briars.||
|2 days 10 hours ago||"Let's do it. Let's be bad,||
"Let's do it. Let's be bad, Georgie."
|2 days 13 hours ago||How in the world can a kid||
How in the world can a kid think he could go to a public nationally covered event like FNL and think that nobody would notice?
How dumb can you be?
FNL is more like FML for this kid.
|2 days 13 hours ago||In fairness, there are only a||
In fairness, there are only a small handful of programs that can consistently do the "we have other players who are just as good as you or better ready to take your place" thing.
And MSU is not one of them.
It can really disrupt a program when a key recruit they were counting on in a key position walks away late in the game.
If you're not really sure, don't commit. If you commit and keep looking, don't be surprised if the school walks away from you and keeps looking as well.
|2 days 13 hours ago||This schedule highlights how||
This schedule highlights how short the time actually is that Harbaugh and staff get with the players from the start of fall camp until the first game. Less than a month, and of course the hours within that month are limited.
The staff can only do so much within that timeframe. We should not be expecting the full "Harbaugh effect" the first game. It will take some time. No freak outs in Spetember please.
In his first season at Alabama, Saban went 7-6 and lost to Louisiana-Monroe late in the season. These rebuilding things can take some time.
What you will be looking at on Sep 3rd is essentially the same team you saw in the Spring Game + Rudock, Peppers, and a handful of other new or returning-from-injury-faces + less than one month of Harbaugh coaching.
I expect improvement, but I don't expect a miracle right away.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Harbaugh would lave Cardale.||
Harbaugh would lave Cardale. So much so that he might even let him skip school.
|3 days 10 hours ago||But it's freezing cold in||
But it's freezing cold in June. Duh.
|4 days 2 sec ago||That ESPNU Road Trip episode||
That ESPNU Road Trip episode for UTL I is one of my favorite things . . . ever.
Great tour-of-campus run up to the game. Lot's of great field-level action during the game. They were in perfect position for every key play, at field-level as if you were a player . It really captured how once-in-a-lifetime special UTL I was.
Plus: Niki Noto!
Unfortunately, I can't find the video on Youtube anymore, only a 25 second trailer of it. I actually have the whole episode on a VHS tape that I need to get converted to digital.
|4 days 12 min ago||This^ I love the walk||
This^ I love the walk through campus, over to the Union, then down State Street and up Hoover with the massed crowd. It's a scene. Parking is also cheaper and easier.
|4 days 18 min ago||I've had lots of shitty jobs,||
I've had lots of shitty jobs, from fast food to cleaning poison dust in factories.
I was a chminey sweep for a while. Fell off a roof doing it. Fortunately, it was only a one-story building, or my avatar would be Dead-Dog.
|4 days 23 min ago||I'll just leave this here.||
I'll just leave this here.
|4 days 30 min ago||Dan Snyder says "Hi!"||
Dan Snyder says "Hi!"
|4 days 36 min ago||Plus, he's fun!||
Plus, he's fun!
|4 days 53 min ago||Ah, Fleet. We barely knew||
Ah, Fleet. We barely knew ye.
On kickoffs, he made it up to the 20 faster than any player I've ever seen. Then plop. Nothing.