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"Bacon thinks that Schlissel may have been inclined to wait until the end of the academic year before deciding what direction to go at AD, until that was suddenly no longer tenable. That would have been bad."
- That explains all those rumors that Hoke might survive, coming from smart people like Sam Webb. There was a lot about the timetables of athletics that Schlissel didn't know at day 1 in all this, and he had conversations with people who then talked to the media when he was still at point A in his journey to understanding the peculiar world of college athletics.
|2 hours 45 min ago||I don't know where you're coming from here||
8-4 is a big win for a team in its first year of a new coaching staff coming off a 5-7 season.
People need to get their expectations in check. This team has underacheived based on it's recruiting rankings for YEARS now. A great coach MIGHT whip them into a team with an excellent record in year one, or he might not, because there's a lot to be fixed and this isn't a video game.
You only have to look at Texas and Washington, two teams with EXCELLENT head coaches and plenty of star ratings who both had mediocre records in year 1 as they combatted losing cultures from the previous administration. It's not unheard of, particularly from a coach whose year 1 records aren't so great himself at every other college job he's had.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Bacon thinks that Schlissel||
As soon as an educated person with a long history of management was fully informed on college athletics' peculiar time tables, he made a different decision. It was scary for a while because we were used to morons running things, but in the end, having competent people paid off.
|1 day 12 hours ago||And a decade later||
Nebraska was in a different conference. That is not a coincidence.
|1 day 21 hours ago||One of UNLV's biggest problems||
Is that they have almost no boosters who give them any money. You'd think they'd be able to talk the casinos into donating to the school, since it's sort of the closest thing Vegas will ever have to local sports, except minor league baseball I guess.
Sanchez was able to talk one of the Fertita brothers who own UFC into donating a ton of money to the high school Sanchez coached (Fertita's kid is now at Notre Dame), and that HS probably has nicer facilities than UNLV. UNLV has been trying to get the money to build a new stadium for the LV Bowl and the college to use, maybe Sanchez can get that going. He's certainly got that way about him.
Still, some pretty good coaches on paper failed there. John Robinson ended his great career flailing about there. Bobby Hauck went from top FCS coach to giant failure there. UNLV just seems like one of the schools that should be a good mid major to me, but what do I know right?
|1 week 8 hours ago||Paul Chryst||
Strikes me a bit as a guy not cut out for the head job. He seems to have too much of an assistant's mentality. Pitt had really good offenses that moved the ball, beat people up, but they screwed up EVERY SINGLE little thing that winning teams usually get to go their way. A real sloppy team.
And you see him making special teams decisions like this....Wisconsin fans should be glad they were able to keep Aranda and that theirs is the worst P5 division out there.
|1 week 3 days ago||Three things||
1. It's of course ridiculous to say that revenue athletes are unpaid. They're getting compensated SOMETHING, which you mention. That's just nowhere near what they're worth in the market place without artificial caps on what they can be compensated. 2
2. Schools would have very little problem paying their revenue producer athletes what they deserve if they cut back on the out of whack coaching and admin salaries, and stopped spending millions on needless facility upgrades that they waste money on because they benefit athletes who would rather just take a paycheck than be able to pee into a gold toilet.
3. Even if it did end up hurting non-revenue sports.....so? Why should revenue producing athletes, many of whom come from poor backgrounds, be forced to subsidize through their hard work the ability of mostly middle class and up non revenue athletes' education? If your sport can't fund itself through donations, TV money, ticket sales and concessions....tough shit. You shouldn't be allowed to just straight up steal the money of revenue athletes who earned it.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't think any other college was in the running||
But the reason colleges can afford to pay coaches increasingly huge salaries (average coach salary has exploded in the last decade+. Steve Spurrier was the first coach EVER to make 1m a year, now that means you're a turd boy or coaching at a mid major) because the programs are more profitable than ever while athlete compensation has remained capped at an artificially low level.
That money has to go somewhere. It'll either go to coaching staff, administration or building shit nobody needs. The artificially low compensation for athletes is warping the market and making the compensation for coaches artificially high.
|1 week 3 days ago||The CFL and Arena leagues would be unlikely to take such players||
And foregoing college as an 18 year old would basically end any hopes of the NFL, because it would be taken as a major "Character concern." If they want to play NFL football, they are forced to go to college where they are under compensated for their work, both academically and financially.
|1 week 3 days ago||NLRB backing out||
After finding out employee athletes had no interest in unionizing. College athletes have far too much trust in their coaches to unionize. I think a lot of that trust is misplaced, because it's hard to see how coaches don't have a financial stake in keeping athlete compensation at the current artificially low levels.
But I'm not a D1 athlete, and it's not my decision to make. Northwestern, by every account, voted down unionizing and no other private even seriously considered it.
|1 week 3 days ago||I was living in Raleigh at the time||
And going to a fair number of State games to get a live football fix.
He was the most easily sure fire NFL QB I've ever seen with my own eyes in person. He was amazing. I've never seen someone play the position with such success while surrounded by such garbage. It was, no joke, a 2-10 or 3-9 type of team without him. They were basically Purdue South but with a golden god taking the snaps.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well||
Tory Holt, Phil Rivers and Roman Gabriel were legit as hell.
|1 week 3 days ago||Love love love them||
Absolutely love em. They look great.
Feel free to keep doing cool stuff with the road uniforms.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||No way, this world is TOTALLY real||
I just got back from Europe, where I visited the WONDERFUL countries Svitz, Franchia and Luftnarp!
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||It's a great idea||
Maybe you combine it with raising the minimum GPA to 2.5 or 2.7. But the system should encouraging graduating, instead of encouraging schools to boot kids out as soon as they have used up their eligibility.
|4 weeks 3 days 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.
|4 weeks 3 days 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.
|4 weeks 3 days 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.
|5 weeks 5 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.
|9 weeks 1 day 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.
|9 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||Hey||
Dave Brandon took like 4 years to piss everyone off. Patterson's way ahead of his schedule.
|10 weeks 5 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.
|10 weeks 6 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.
|11 weeks 5 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.
|14 weeks 4 hours 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.
|14 weeks 3 days 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.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||THESE BIG TEN BOYS||
TRYIN' TO GET OUR SEC SPEED THROUGH OUR CLOTHIN, PAWWWWWWWWWWWL
|15 weeks 12 hours 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.
|16 weeks 1 hour 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."
|16 weeks 2 hours 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.