this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|3 weeks 5 days ago||As a UC basketaball fan, hard||
As a UC basketaball fan, hard to argue that their offense has mostly been terrible under Mick. But the issue isn't entirely scheme-related. When he had to rebuild the program from almost literally zero (1--ONE--player on scholarship when he took over), he prioritized defense, since that was a quicker route to getting back on track without access to high-level recruits.
The result is that they've had a bunch of athletic dudes who can't shoot the ball. They've been able to generate plenty of open looks from the perimeter, but haven't had many, if any, pure shooters during Mick's tenure. Hopefully Cumberland will help to change that.
/end UC thread hijacking.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Seems like a lot of lawyers||
Seems like a lot of lawyers on here...
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|13 weeks 6 days ago||I really like this approach.||
I really like this approach. 8 is a great number--one can envision seasons in which the 5th best team could have a plausible claim to be the best team in the land, but it's pretty hard to envision the 9th best team having such a claim.
8 teams, as you say, also lets have all 5 power conference champs plus a few wild cards. And the added wrinkle you propose eliminates the possibility of giving out one of the precious few 8 slots to the champion of a conference that has had really down year.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||This is an incredibly||
This is an incredibly outdated notion. UC has had good graduation rates in MBB for quite some time. And even the Huggins-era perception was driven largely by how the headline graduation rate figures were reported at that time in relation to JUCO transfers.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I think someone posted||
Yeah, I think someone posted a couple days ago that a press release about a torn hamstring was imminent, but that obviously has not happened.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Looks vaguely like a fit, or||
Looks vaguely like a fit, or perhaps a convulsion.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||the Warriors are still in||
the Warriors are still in play...
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Stevens? Big time pro||
Stevens? Big time pro coaches never come back to college.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Cincinnati is frequently||
Cincinnati is frequently rumored to be on the Big XII's radar if they eventually decide to expand.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta feel bad for him. He||
Gotta feel bad for him. He made a tough decision, apparently on the basis of the "trust" factor, and then one day later it becomes clear that the "more trustworthy" option that he chose is anything but that.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||True--it clearly wasn't all||
True--it clearly wasn't all line yardage
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I think the OL/TE/FB had at||
I think the OL/TE/FB had at least as much to do with their running success as Elliot
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Nope, tight ends/stick||
Nope, tight ends/stick handling game coordinator
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Nope, tight ends/stick||
Edit: grrr, sorry about the double post.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Except for misspelling||
Except for misspelling "Iupati"
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Same thought here. Perhaps||
Same thought here. Perhaps the S&C coach counts?
EDIT: Nope, doesn't look like it: "188.8.131.52.1 Weight or Strength Coach FBS - A weight (strength and conditioning) coach may conduct flexibility, warm-up and physical conditioning activities prior to any game and prior to or during any practice or other organized activities without being included in the limitations on number of coaches."
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Probably gives him something||
Probably gives him something to grab onto for support in these tough times.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||"The bottom line question to||
"The bottom line question to me is how well these athletes do in life after they leave their universities, and whether they're getting the same kind of (or better) life trajectory bumps that their non-athlete peers get."
Exactly. What I don't want to see is an approach where winning at football trumps the future life prospects of the players. We know the odds of succeding at football professionally are exceedingly low, but so long as the education the players receive prepares them to do well--in football or, more likely, otherwise--after they leave, then I'd consider that a successful program.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Totally agree. He's given us||
Totally agree. He's given us a lot of great moments on the field (together with some not-so-great moments), but from an outsider's perspective he's been everything one could ask for off the field.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Well done. This gets right||
Well done. This gets right to the heart of the matter, without being over the top.
|44 weeks 6 hours ago||"I'm pulling for him, but I'm||
"I'm pulling for him, but I'm pulling for Michigan harder and if that means he gets replaced, so be it."
Exactly my feelings at the moment.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||I get the impression that the||
I get the impression that the author thought the "blue collar" v. "blue bloods" distinction was a clever turn of phrase, and shoe-horned the rest of the article around that.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||I'd hope that a lot of||
I'd hope that a lot of coaches could make do with the players/recruits we have on both sides of the ball. Probably just need to avoid coaches that are extremely scheme-dependent.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Brad Inferno!!!||
|45 weeks 6 days ago||I hope this is the case--the||
I hope this is the case--the alternative is that they were just making stuff up in the preseason on the whole tempo topic. If your explanation is correct, then there's some hope. If it's not...ugh.
|46 weeks 7 hours ago||No doubt Saturday was||
No doubt Saturday was miserable. But I'm still hopeful (perhaps stupidly so) that the team improves over the course of the season--enough to think that they can be contenders next year with a favorable schedule, more seasoned roster, and yet another excellent recruiting class.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Fig Thing...great typo, or||
Fig Thing...great typo, or the greatest typo?
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Thirded, though I wonder||
Thirded, though I wonder whether there's a way to easily show someone who both was a Top 100 recruit and is a star player (e.g., Gardner). Not terribly important (as I think the key here is to show who either is or might be someone to focus on, and the current system accomplishes that well), but it might be interesting anyway.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||One of the all-time great||
One of the all-time great episodes
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Haha, fair point.||
Haha, fair point.