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|6 hours 33 min ago||Boise's academics are next level awful||
Like I know that it's a stretch to buy that academics mean much in this whole wheel of madness, but Boise's are next level bad. It'd be like adding a community college to the Pac 12 or Big 12. If their overall athletic department was better (it's a one sport school) or it helped capture a better TV market or if it was just geographically closer to other programs, they could maybe swallow the awful academics. But when you have those strikes against you, it's just too much.
Meanwhile, BYU's academics aren't GREAT but they aren't community college bad and they're a major TV draw because they're every LDS person's default favorite. Like a middle class Notre Dame sort of.
|9 hours 21 min ago||16 is actually much easier than 14||
Because you can split the conference into four 4-team pods that play each other every year, and then rotate opposing pods each year.
It allows you to keep core rivalries together while also allowing each school to play teams they'd normally get very few games against in a 2 division set up.
|9 hours 47 min ago||The Big 12 has a major TV problem||
It's an excellent conference on the field and on the court, but they don't have programs that move the needle with Nielsen. Go check out http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/college-football-tv-ratings/ and see what a lot of these Big 12 games on FS1 rated. A ton of games that drew less than a half a million eyeballs. Even their marquee matchups got doubled up by SEC or Big 10 games.
It's looking a lot like what happened to the old Southwest conference, minus the whole NCAA violations for half the conference. Too much saturation of the few strong TV markets, and not enough TV markets in the conference to begin with. Losing the Denver market, Nebraska's national TV clout from years as a dominant program and Missouri crippled them. Adding a team with no fans (TCU) and a team from a tiny state (West Virginia) didn't make things better.
Personally, I'd love to see the Big 10 become the Big 16, and add Oklahoma and whoever. The 4 team pod division set up works a hell of a lot better than the 2 divisions of 7 set up we have already, and it'd allow us to preserve important rivalries without making everyone in the other division virtual strangers.
|1 week 2 days ago||This sucks||
If Michigan's signed with 2K for some kind of NBA2k mode, that means a new EA NCAA Football really really is never happening, I imagine. And that sucks way more than anything.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Oh they'd love to have them back||
They need 12 to get that lucrative conference title game back and be on the same competitive footing with everyone else, and their current options are saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.
They'd fall over themselves to get Nebraska back instead of having to pick a 2nd team from the BYU, Cincy, Memphis, UCF, USF, Houston, SMU, Boise? who cares Boise! platter of pain.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Well||
As a fan of college football, I wish Nebraska was still playing Oklahoma every year because it was a great rivalry people from all over the nation could enjoy. I don't dislike them, they're perfectly fine in the Big 10. But I don't think they'll ever fit in to me. I'll always see their game on a schedule and go OH MAN THAT'S A GREAT OOC MATCH-EM-UP THERE.
So if they went back to the Big 12 (that seems like insanely unlikely speculation though) I'd be happy to see it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Hey||
Dave Brandon took like 4 years to piss everyone off. Patterson's way ahead of his schedule.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||A guy who thinks "editing" =||
"completely re-writing someone's story so it sounds exactly like something you'd write" has no business ever being an editor, let alone the man in charge of a major journalistic enterprise. I have no idea what ESPN was thinking letting something like that be run by someone so completely unqualified for the gig.
And that's before you even consider the HR nightmares he caused.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||It was a revealing look||
That apparently a lot of high level NFL reporters just make guesses based on what they normally see and then report it as if they got info from someone. Because yeah, the vast majority of NFL coaches hate recruiting and it's why they pursue jobs in the pros. That Harbaugh didn't fit in with that never entered their minds.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I go from being||
97.43% confident in Harbaugh to being 99.458% confident. I mean jeez, a 24 year old is "retiring" and giving up a year of his career in his prime just to avoid staying on that franchise. ANYONE still buying that the problem was Harbaugh or "hey both sides were hard to deal with" at this point is a literal moron.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The whole CADETS or BLACK KNIGHTS thing||
Has always confused the snot out of me. There's very few colleges that have changed their team nickname like Army has.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||I never bet against Coaches with good systems||
I tend to think that if you have a coach who really understands what he wants his team to do, you can change all the rules you want, he'll figure out a way to make his system work. It's those recruitnik coaches who really don't have a lot of organization X's and O's wise who tend to suffer.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||THESE BIG TEN BOYS||
TRYIN' TO GET OUR SEC SPEED THROUGH OUR CLOTHIN, PAWWWWWWWWWWWL
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I love em||
And in general the road uniforms are fine for experimentation. They've been tinkered with a 1000 times over the years.
I don't want to see the home uniforms messed with.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||That year required a lot of horse shoes in back pockets||
I just have a strong feeling that Denard lined up at RB with a quarterback capable of playing in Borges' timing based offense is far more likely to be a sustainable offense than "Denard runs around in a circle avoiding pressure and then heaves it deep."
|11 weeks 4 days ago||FWIW||
If Brady and Borges had showed up on campus and just decided to play Denard at RB fulltime while bringing on a pro style transfer at QB, they might both be employed.
Of course, that would have required them to not junk the zone blocking scheme the OL had been trained to run and it would have required them to play a RB who wasn't a "bruiser," but it probably would have been more successful than what they did.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||My Favorite thing||
Is things like The Failure. I don't know anyone else in modern sports writing who can so thoroughly eviscerate a deserving and terrible entity worthy of scorn. Charlie Pierce maybe. Tommy Craggs was great at it when he actually wrote at Deadspin. Orson can send off a stiff bit of chin music. But Brian's the guy I enjoy the most.
Obviously those don't drop every day though. Brian's Previews/Gut Reviews/UFRs, and the podcast are probably the things I enjoy the most.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Wondering more about your eyes now, sport||
He never comes off his first read on a pass. EVER. But that's fine in college and in Urban's offense because Urban's offense is: 1. Run 2. Screen 3. Bomb. He keeps the defense on their toes with his running ability, and he definitely has the cannon to stretch the defense deep.
So did Tebow, and he was garbage in the NFL.
How many times do we have to see Urban's offense make successful college quarterbacks out of excellent athletes with questionable passing ability before we stop annointing each one as a possible NFL QB? Urban Meyer does not prepare QBs for the NFL and that's fine, because he sure wins a lot of games with them. And they don't give you any extra wins on your record if your QBs end up tearing up the NFL when they leave.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly he probably made the right decision||
He's got no chance of playing quarterback in the NFL. He's Logan Thomas or Tim Tebow without the ballyhoo. He can't look off from his first read, and his primary skill to an offense is as a runner. So unless an NFL team is willing to draft him and go all out running a college offense with the QB as a prime ball carrier, he's just not cut out for it.
He'll get drafted, be stuck as a back up or third stringer, maybe be occasionally used in a wild cat package, and then cut. I think I'd rather enjoy the fame of being a quarterback for one of the premier programs in college football where you'll be treated like a god while you can. Ask Tommie Frazier or Eric Crouch if it was worth staying versus leaving early.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||It's so weird too||
Because at every single job FIsch has ever had there have been complaints that he's overloading the QBs with too much shit. And Harbaugh's offense is famously QB friendly with simple decisions, with stresses on execution over trying to outsmart everyone.
They're basically polar opposites. I can't figure it out.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||If it wasn't Harbaugh||
I'd be grossed out by Jedd Fisch hire. Do not want.
But Harbaugh says it's okay so
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Well||
F Ohio State is always a fine choice. BUT
I'll be rooting for the Buckeyes. It'll help the Big 10's reputation, and I worry that if Oregon finally gets over the hump and gets a title that they'll be able to start recruiting at a higher level, and that's scarier than Ohio winning another ring. Oregon has gone a long way in the football world with top 20-30 level talent, if they can start recruiting in the top 10-15, yikes.
|30 weeks 14 hours ago||It's all very Jerry Jones/Jimmy Johnson||
Good luck in your horrible exurb stadium that nobody wants to go to.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I'm holding out for B1G Network guy||
Because it'd be funny to hear someone so utterly terrible at communicating to the public try to be a broadcaster.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting thing:||
"Salary terms were not disclosed because contract details are still being worked out, but a source told ESPN.com's Chris Low that the deal is worth an average of $5.5 million a year."
That means it hasn't been signed yet. I got a real suspicion we'll see Jimbo leaving for the NFL after the season ends.
|31 weeks 6 hours ago||NFL beat||
is for business writers who want to write about something with less consequence that requires less expertise and work.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||This is the whole reason||
This is the whole reason Hackett is being kept on as a long term interim. The whole point of Hackett is to purge the department of all these grossly overpaid marketing types Brandon filled the department with. Then, they can hire the new guy who can walk in without having an army of DB-loyal snakes waiting for him, or without having to be the bad guy who fired everyone.
Maybe some of these guys are good at marketing, but they're all an absolute waste of money at Michigan.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Because Les Miles is 61||
And everyone else is either crap or a total flier. He is very very obviously the best poachable head coach currently in college football this offseason. Any other name you'd throw out is either too old, not really available, or nowhere near as accomplished.
|32 weeks 13 hours ago||You can criticize Foley for a lot of things||
But the McIlwain hire doesn't seem fair. He ended up getting that huge buyout knocked down considerably, and the public search was just a ploy to embarrass Colorado State into letting JMac go for much cheaper than his contract allowed. That was pretty damn shrewd, to be honest.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Big Sky commish has been||
Big Sky commish has been OPENLY talking about how he wants Idaho and is confident he can get the deal done.
Really, the only reason it makes any sense for Idaho to stay in FBS is if they have a chance to replace Hawaii in the event Hawaii dumps football. Otherwise, it's just a pointless endeavor. Recruiting is so impossible in their current position.