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|10 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.
|15 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.
|15 weeks 4 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.
|16 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.
|16 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
|16 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.
|18 weeks 21 hours ago||It's all very Jerry Jones/Jimmy Johnson||
Good luck in your horrible exurb stadium that nobody wants to go to.
|18 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.
|18 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.
|19 weeks 13 hours ago||NFL beat||
is for business writers who want to write about something with less consequence that requires less expertise and work.
|19 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.
|19 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.
|20 weeks 20 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.
|20 weeks 3 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.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Eastern Washington better look out||
Big Sky Conference is so loaded. I wonder if some of North Dakota State's success the past few years at FCS is more a product that they're in a dinkier conference while their local rivals beat the piss out of each other in a tougher league.
Word on the street is that Idaho football is gonna opt out of their Sun Belt deal after the 2015 season and drop back down to FCS and rejoin the Big Sky conference for football. They're already members of the conference for everything else, and FBS has been a pretty miserable experience for them. They used to be a major FCS power once upon a time, so it'll be interesting.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||This is the thing that burns my tush||
The SEC has all these BS advantages that Big 10 schools simply do not have, such as much lesser standards for admittance for athletes, closer proximity to HS talent and institutions willing to look the other way on malfeasance.
But the one thing we have is money. Every daggum school in the Big 10 except those vagabond hobos Maryland has more money than SEC schools. Yet we let them pay their coordinators so much more and gain ANOTHER advantage.
It is unacceptable that the Big Ten members allow SEC schools to outbid them to such a degree for top coordinators and for support staffs. Absolutely unacceptable.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||That Heart of Dallas line is especially painful||
It's fair enough seeing the likes of Bama favored over a B1G conference champ, or teams with interim coaches getting points, or the new members having a love deficit. But damn, a Big 10 team can't even be favored against freaking Skip Holtz and the freaking Louisiana Tech fighting Terry Bradshaws? Daaaaamn.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||I think Wisconsin would be insane||
To change their offensive identity they've built over the last 20+ years. Like, we make a big deal about Ohio State going to the playoffs with a 3rd string QB but we also have to remember that
1) Wisconsin won their division with two melting sticks of butter playing QB
2) Ohio State's talent everywhere else is a million times better than Wisconsin will ever be able to recruit.
Wisconsin's done just fine being the manball team. They should/will hire some guy with a great defensive background who will that offensive identity alone and try to focus on figuring out how to not give up 59 points to a 3rd string QB.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||You go back before cable||
And Nebraska was one of like 10 teams you ever saw on television. That helped them recruit outside their state. Cable television rose up in the 90s, but it didn't immediately change everything yanno? It took a few years of recruits realizing they could go play in any major conference (or even lower on the pecking order) and still be on television and SportsCenter.
But that was the major reason the Big 8 wanted the Texas schools. Oklahoma and Texas both knew they needed Texas in the conference to solidfy their recruiting in the new cable envrionment and to boost the conference's television deal attractiveness.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Pete Thamel alert||
He's a buffoon. If the Lord came down and put his arm on Thamel's shoulder, I'd still doubt anything that came out of his mouth. God bless him for somehow escaping that Oklahoma State story disaster clean while Thayer Evans has to walk around covered in elephant shit though. That's his one talent it seems.
But yeah, when you see a guy's name being thrown out for literally every single job from certain press guys, it means the agent is trying desperately to make his client look in demand so he can talk someone like USF into eventually hiring his client. And it means those press guys will literally repeat anything an agent tells them.
Wisconsin is going to end up hiring a cheap defensive coach or a Wisconsin alum who will maintain the signature manball offense and and spend their energy building an excellent defense. A child could tell you that. They aren't going to break the bank for anyone.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Funny you bring up recruiting territory||
Because that's why Arkansas has been butt for the last 2 decades. They pulled a Nebraska and left the Texas conference and then struggled to recruit without that Texas pipeline they enjoyed. They've never been able to recruit Florida and the Gulf very well and there's minimal talent in state. Petrino is the only guy who has ever had success there and that's because of his offensive wizardry. It's a very, very difficult job. And that's without getting into all the internal politics you have to navigate between the Walmart crowd and the Little Rock people.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Andersen was a defensive guy||
Who had a spread at Utah State and wisely decided not to reinvent the wheel and stuck with what Wisconsin had going and didn't change much of anything about how Wisconsin plays football.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||The locals in Raleigh||
Have alread resigned that Doeren is a goner.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
It seems like all Nebraska did was save Oregon State from the awkward position of firing an alum.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Arkansas is significantly lower than Wisconsin||
Unless you start talking about stuff that happened back when Solomon was building the Temple. Arkansas has been a bottom of the league team for most of its history in the SEC. Wisconsin was coming off 3 straight Rose Bowls. Frank Broyles was a good coach, but it don't make you equal in the 21st century.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||This is what's wrong with the Big 10||
Twice Wisconsin has lost their coach to a low level P5 school willing to actually spend it's money. All this Big 10 network/TV contract money is worthless if everyone's just going to sit on a stack of it or put it in the wrestling program and watch their football coaches leave for more money at crappier jobs.
So who is next Wisconsin coach, Chryst or Dave Doeren?
|21 weeks 12 hours ago||Cumong Brian||
Steve Addazio is not Bald Brady Hoke. He's Healthy Jerry Kill. That doesn't mean Michigan should necessarily hire him, but he's got a better track record than Hoke did and his offense isn't "try to force college kids to make NFL throws and then complain about it when they don't" It's "run the option from the shotgun with lots of beef on the field until everything becomes a fine paste and you can play action to your one receiver."
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
It's proof that even in this new system, brand name programs are going to continue to receive the benefit of the doubt over programs with minimal name value.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||The best two available||
Are Boise/BYU, but BYU has weird issues with its Mormon background (no sports can play on Sunday) and adding those two makes the travel even more insane for WVU. Cincy/Memphis make the most geographical sense, but what are you getting?
If I had to guess, I'd say Cincy/Memphis.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Also||
I don't think they should overreact to this year having 6 legit teams and bump things up to 8 based on that. More often than not, we've only had 3 teams who really made a national title case. A few times only 2. Even this year, if you put 8 teams, there'd be 2 really undeserving teams slipping into the playoff.
Almost the entire debate wouldn't exist if the Big 12 had a conference title game or if Baylor had scheduled a single team with a pulse. And not even a strong pulse. Like, if Baylor just scheduled like, Washington, this isn't even a debate.