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|2 weeks 5 days ago||See I've always thought that "Going away present"||
was overblown. I think it's just a matter of coaches don't get to watch a lot of games during the season, and they're more prone to trust programs that are on a roll like Nebraska was then than to go with a team that had an incredible year out of nowhere like Michigan did. M was 8-4 the year before and 9-4 the year before that. Nobody except some die hard Michigan people saw 1997 coming.
And even then, I'm kind of inclined to believe that if the word was Nebraska was going to win the AP Poll, the coaches might have found a way to rig it so Michigan won theirs to ensure a split. I think the consensus was more "both teams deserve to be called champion" than "fuck Michigan."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I've never heard anyone who||
I've never heard anyone who wasn't a partisan for Michigan or Nebraska claim the other school didn't deserve a share of the national title.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Eh, I thought the tie was deserved||
The real villain was the shitty system, which was caused by the Rose Bowl (which is why I never get the warm fuzzies about that game. The Rose Bowl cheated Michigan out of the chance at undisputed title glory). So this bizarre system was created where #1 played #2 unless one of the top two teams was in the Pac 10/Big 10, and everyone got lucky that situations like Michigan/Nebraska didn't happen every year.
Michigan clearly played a tougher schedule throughout the year. I don't think anyone with a brain would dispute that. Nebraska played a significantly tougher bowl opponent. Michigan sorta laid a wet fart against Wazzu in the Rose Bowl and Nebraska burned Tennessee's house down and laughed in the embers. They were both undefeated so it is what it is.
One of the biggest piles of BS in a sport loaded with BS is that we never got to see Nebraska/Michigan play that season.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska||
Which made shit awkward when they joined the Big 10. But 90's Nebraska running the option for 98837847 yards a game in the 90's made an indelible mark on my brain.
Also I'm a season ticket holder for Coastal Carolina because I live near Myrtle Beach and Joe Moglia is an amazing outlier in college coaching.
And really now that I think about it, if a team does something really weird and out of the ordinary offensively or defensively, I'll watch all their games.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||My job dictates walking||
My job dictates walking around in this heat dressed in long dress pants and a dress shirt. If it wasn't for a constant supply of hand towels, I'd be even more disgusting than I already am in this heat.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||This may end up sounding stupid for soccer fans||
But if you cut the number of players on the field (like in OT hockey), wouldn't it open the field and make it more likely there's a score?
|16 weeks 5 days ago||If Vanderbilt won the SEC||
I don't think it would matter if the SEC had a crap year.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Grobe's a really good coach||
Wake Forest is a really difficult place to do anything. It's a sleepy town (my hometown!) with a prestigious university that doesn't give much wiggle room for athletes. It's comparable to Northwestern's football program. Also similar because the local HS talent has so many options too.
He was a triple option guy who adapted that to the shotgun, and was willing to air it out if that's where his talent was. He was bit long in the tooth, but I think a bigger issue he had was that nearby schools with much better infrastructure got their shit together instead of being crap, especially Clemson.
He's a no shortcuts guy who will absolute not do anything that brings shame to you, and he's not going to force guys into roles they can't fit, so he's kind of the perfect stop gap for a shamed program who just wants someone to steer the ship for a year.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Is the 9 game schedule really that hard a thing||
Short term? I mean, it just requires one extra game a year against the Western division, which is total butt right now and for the immediate future unless Nebraska/Wisconsin get their mess together. Whether it's 8 or 9 games, Michigan's already going to be playing all the Big 10 teams worth a dang because of how unbalanced the divisions are.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I don't really care personally||
But I grew up in the south going to NASCAR races, so that might have something to do with it.
I understand and agree with the idea that college sport is different, but when it comes to pro, I am rather dubious to the idea that there's something sacred or pure worth preserving. It's entertainment, first and foremost. Ads just aren't offensive to me.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||There's nowhere near as many||
There's nowhere near as many companies making wood bats as make metal. You'd have to hope that colleges switching to wood would cause all the metal bat companies to start offering wood too, and there's a very good chance they wouldn't because there's just no market for them.
They make their money selling metal bats to youth baseball. Colleges help advertise that product. If college switches to chase some hypothetical "I WILL NEVER WATCH BASEBALL WITHOUT WOOD BAT" fan that I'm not sure really exists, they will likely just lose that revenue source.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||College baseball thoughts||
1. Why do people always bring up the wood bats thing? Those aluminum bats and the companies that bid for the right to be each college's official bat are the reason most schools with college baseball can afford it. If you switch to wood bats, you end up with nobody playing college baseball except the programs that can afford to offer it as a scholarship and still lose their ass.
2. Michigan leaving the current structure would mean they play nobody of any value ever and it'd be mildly pathetic. Yeah, it sucks to be a northern college in college baseball. Almost all the high school talent are from warm weather states, and tons of off brand southern colleges have strong college baseball programs as a result. But playing minor league college baseball because it's too hard to compete? Sounds weak to me,
And asking for the entire schedule to be shifted would 1) kill the college world series as a TV event, because the only reason it even gets on TV is as a sports downtime content filler for ESPN and thus kill the sport altogether and 2) would be akin to random southern colleges who decide to playing major hockey trying to dictate the schedule.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||As a guy who reads Bruins Nation on SBNation||
This was the least surprising story ever. DG is a complete and total imbecile who got his job through networking with the right people. Hiring Jim Mora saved his job, and that hire was basically made by their old coach Terry Donahue. He's legendarily stupid and if you listen to the right people, a wino.
It's possible that satelite camps got banned because the SEC and ACC threatened to never schedule the Sun Belt again and because Dan Guerrero showed up drunk
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I think Tommy's right||
A lot of P5 coaches supported the ban out of pure spite for Harbaugh and the idea of losing a bit of time off, without ever thinking about/considering how it would affect other coaches. I think there will be a ton of pressure from other coaches to overturn it or modify it.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Seems like Night Games||
Are getting thrown out with the rest of the (poopfilled) Dave Brandon bath water. Oh well.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Agree or disagree with him||
He's not wrong that it's the majority opinion of people in the South who are college football fans of that era.
But the funniest thing is that probably the biggest reason Peyton didn't win that Heisman is because Spurrier's Florida teams completely and totally owned Pey-Pey.
|29 weeks 6 hours ago||He won more games than he lost||
If you're Pitt or Illinois, this is a major accomplishment
|29 weeks 17 hours ago||Dave Wannstedt||
Is the best coach Pitt has had since Jackie Sherill left for Texas A&M. I mean I agree he wasn't this outstanding coach, but ya know, Pitt had/has seen some real f'd up stuff in their time.
Illinois is in the same boat. They'd kill for a Dave Wannstedt type coach at this point.
|29 weeks 17 hours ago||See?||
Lovie Smith might end up being totally crap, but Lord he's a massive upgrade over Bill freaking Cubit
|29 weeks 1 day ago||What's more stable?||
Retaining an interim coach you announce at the press conference that you know is shitty and not very good for another year before firing him?
Or firing him at earliest possible moment so you can hire someone you'll give 3-5 years to try to fix this crap?
I'd argue that Illinois AD is right in that his move is far more likely to acheive stability, even if he sounds crazy from a PR perspective.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||I mean this is crazy sure||
But it was insane that they retained Bill Cubit in the first place. It's insane they didn't fire the old AD sooner, and either find an interim AD they could trust or hire a full time AD sooner so the head coach hire could be done on a better time table.
Honestly, hiring some NFL dude couldn't be worse than going back for another year of Cubit could it?
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Oh Look||
Another story coming out about the Tennessee Vols that fills me with abject horror.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Seems like he loved working at USC||
But got sick of working for a guy who showed up to work drunk all the time.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||I found the ratings important||
Because I had to sneak watch the playoffs on my phone at work, because these simpletons think everyone gets NYE off or some nonsense.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||If you give Doug Nussmeier||
A pocket QB who has an accurate arm, he will make an offense that functions around him and it'll be good. He ain't even got to have a strong arm, just an accurate one. Florida's offense with the steroid boy was pretty good considering how shite the talent level was.
But oh boy, if you give Nuss a QB who is primarily a runner, he will just pretend he can throw. He just don't believe in it.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||RIght||
And add to the fact that there's no reliable HGH test, and it becomes even more prevalent. The expense is the only thing keeping it from being used by 100% of the league.
The only way to catch someone for HGH is to do a blood test within hours of them using it. That means you have to do random tests at people's homes at odd hours of the evening/morning to ever catch anyone, which the NFL does not do.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||It's just funny||
To see people cover so blatantly for a guy who is really really obviously guilty. Must be nice.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||BYU is a bit weird imo||
They are a combination of cheap and dead set on mormon coaches, with special points for BYU grads. So they end up with a lot of assistant coaching hires that make you scratch your head a bit.
Hiring Ty Detmer straight to OC seems really screwy though, even for them. Between rejecting Coach Ken at Navy and this stuff, it seems like someone(s) at BYU with power thought it was important to get back to BYU's old pass happy pro style roots.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||This seems like||
A much worse hire than hiring Coach Ken from Navy.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||It doesn't really matter when (But he was betting as a player)||
But even if he hadn't bet as a player, LIFETIME BANISHMENT is the necessary super deterrant punishment for an action that threatens an entire sport. Even being associated with bookies is a terrible thing because it sends a message to fans that the whole game might not be on the level. Actually betting on them tears away at the whole foundation of organized sport.
Nothing else is a bigger threat to sports. Not steroids, not anything even remotely close. If the general public starts thinking that participants aren't trying to win and are throwing games on behalf of bookies, the whole thing is dead.
So to prevent that, you draw a big red line and say "IF YOU DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS, YOU'RE GONE FOREVER AND EVER AND YOU'RE FUCKED NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED."
Who knows how many borderline players in MLB chose not to make that decision because they saw how hard MLB came down on one of the most popular players ever. If they'd do that to Pete, then they're serious and they'll damn sure come down on you, .240 hitting back up infielder.