"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|2 days 2 hours ago||If anyone, I'd bet it's Ross.||
If anyone, I'd bet it's Ross. Coaches might want his ability to take on Olinemen releasing in space rather than Bolden's (and to a lesser extent Morgan's) tendency to eat blocks.
|2 days 2 hours ago||That Rutgers is putting||
That Rutgers is putting together a lengthy report about misconduct under Flood likely means that they're going to fire him for cause and try to avoid paying the buyout.
Call it "the Beckman."
|6 days 23 hours ago||Will be interesting to see||
Will be interesting to see the LB snap distribution in UFR. Gideon seemed to get far more snaps than usual, and they started right after that play. Of course, that could have been the plan all along and I couldn't keep track of whether they were at Bolden or Morgan's expense. But it did seem like the coaches made an immediate change and went to, at least, an even distribution of snaps
|1 week 2 days ago||It's going to come from 9||
It's going to come from 9 intentional safeties.
|1 week 2 days ago||CyHawk belongs in some||
CyHawk belongs in some grandmother's glass fronted display case.
Land Grant belongs in a pile of scraps outside someone's woodshop.
|1 week 4 days ago||The SEC's in-conference||
The SEC's in-conference scheduling is really crazy.
They have 7 team divisions and 8 conference games with one fixed cross-over game. It both means teams very rarely play teams in the other division and makes for longterm competitive imbalance. It's surprising that the teams locked into a really difficult cross division game (particularly Tennessee with Alabama, but also Florida with LSU and vice versa) aren't pushing to expand the conference schedule to 9 games and do away with the FCS games.
|1 week 4 days ago||Love all the SEC coaches||
Love all the SEC coaches explaining how altruistic they are by scheduling FCS teams.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||The Hurst thing is based on||
The Hurst thing is based on someone else's observation postgame. Don't actually know if it's true.
Indiana had 90 plays. That includes the OT, of course. But you're exactly right that the first quarter was the problem and that once you burn energy reserves, particularly for a quick twitch sport like football, it's really hard to recover.
FWIW, we went from 4th nationally in opponents plays faced to 23rd based on this game.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Not being able to get off the||
Not being able to get off the field in the first half hurt the D-Line a ton, too. You could tell that Henry, especially, was totally gassed in the 4th and Hurst was apparently so tired he couldn't play in the 4th.
So not only were they short-handed without Glasgow, but you had d-linemen facing probably twice the number of offensive snaps, even before OT, than they had in any game this year.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Freddie de Boer||
That Freddie disliked Grantland is a true measure of its quality. He's the same professional troll who wrote that Ta-Nehisi Coates wasn't ready to write for the Atlantic just as he started to blow up.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||DL vs OL||
Even if Allen, Conklin and Kieler can go, olinemen that are recovering from lower leg injuries vs this defensive line seems like a bad combo. Trying to anchor with a knee or ankle sprain against stunts from Godin, Glasgow, Henry, and Wormley all day appears .... difficult.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||That's crazy. What's the most||
That's crazy. What's the most hostile environment he's played in? Oregon? Nebraska?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Running game||
IF, and it's a big if, UM can get the RBs to the second level with some regularity, I'm pretty confident in Harbaugh's and Drevno's ability to screw with the run fits of MSU's secondary and bust a couple of big runs, particularly since their LBs play in much the same way that NU's did last week, ie, see a key and go. If their DL is able to blow up the Oline, that won't matter, but if it's a stalemate up front, UM stands a good chance at having a significant rushing day (with a lot of 2-3 yard runs but with 3-4 20-50 yarders mixed in).
I expect to see a ton of pre-snap formation changes from UM to attempt to mess with MSU's defense and induce them into bad run fits.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I think there are two||
I think there are two plausible arguments you could make about MSU's data being off:
1. You could argue that losing both Conklin and Kieler have depressed the run numbers and that they'll will be back in the starting lineup at something close to full strength, which will shore up MSU's ability to run and protect Cook. It's hard for me to believe that those two won't suffer some drop off in ability from being out so long if they do play, but it's a plausible argument.
2. You could argue that UM's not well positioned to take advantage of MSU's big defensive weakness in the secondary, with Rudock's struggles to push the ball down the field.
That said, Steele's argument, based on Dantonio's motivational ability, seems like a big heap of feelingsball for a stats guy.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||That's the major issue. If||
That's the major issue. If the NCAA remains with CBS, then The tournament would have to start after the Masters, which is the first weekend in April. A three week tournament puts the Final Four right into finals for a lot of schools. Can't see the university presidents going for that.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I've always assumed that the||
I've always assumed that the league saw UM, OSU and PSU as historically the best teams in the east and that their priority was ensuring that each team had a schedule that was home and away with the other two every year.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Maryland's recruiting area||
Maryland's recruiting area might seem better, but I think Oregon's actually in a stronger position. Oregon gets a huge portion of their recruits from California (39 on their current roster) where there's a huge population without many Power 5 programs in close proximity (essetially only the other Pac-12 schools), whereas Maryland has to compete against a huge number of more prestigious programs from three Power 5 conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 10) trying to pull players out of their recruiting area.
Essentially, Oregon's able to position itself as the best option for the just below elite players in California that don't get USC or UCLA offers, or that aren't interested in Stanford, for stylistic or academic reasons, but who still want to stay on the West Coast. That's a really rich recruiting area, where the only real other competition are the Arizona schools, Cal, and maybe UW.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||They were also playing at 9||
They were also playing at 9 AM PDT.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hey, now. Northwestern has||
Hey, now. Northwestern has TWO bowl wins.
The 1948 Rose Bowl (vs Cal) and
The 2012 Gator Bowl (vs. Miss St)
|7 weeks 2 days ago||#M00N||
I believe Siemian fell down on the potential game-winning 2-point conversion. #M00N was too terrible to be allowed to go into OT.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I think that the Iowa faculty||
I think that the Iowa faculty senate voted no confidence in the regents, not in the new president, though they obviously don't have confidence in him.
This hire is like the Brandon story but deeply, deeply weirder. Like in the Brandon hire, there were 4 candidates, 3 with strong experience in the field (academic administration, in this case) and a 4th from the private sector.
Where it gets weird is that Brandon at least had plausible experience with the university, having served as a regent. People at the university at least knew who Brandon was. The new Iowa president has no background with Iowa nor has he ever had a role in a university setting other than adjuncting at Harvard BS. Where it gets weirder is that, while Brandon had extensive experience as a CEO of a relatively large and complex organization in Dominos, the Iowa guy was president, not CEO, of Boston Market and before that a v-p of IBM. And add in that the guy's essentially been a self-employed business consultant since leaving Boston Market and it's a completely incomprehensible hire for an important university (insert snarky Iowa jokes here).
I'm an academic who is open to bringing in university administrators from the private sector (as long as they dont demand private sector salary levels). This guy is beyond the pale because he's both lied and has clearly been hired as part of a political project on the part of the regents to transform the university, not to lead it.
EDIT: Just looked and the faculty senate did vote to censure the new president for "a failure in professional ethics" for innacuracies on his resume and for failing to list co-authors of papers that he credited to himself.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The regents don't seem to||
The regents don't seem to realize how counterproductive this kind of thing is to any effort to change the university (and from my reading, they're clearly interested in dramatically expanding distance learning, and likely adjunctification, to try to cut costs). The faculty have authority over curricular matters as a matter of their shared governance of the university. No curricular transformation, which includes accepting distance learning credits toward majors, is going to happen if you don't have faculty buy in. It's impossible to get faculty buy-in when you foist a clearly unqualified choice that they've already told you is unacceptable on the university.
There's a way to pursue these changes that include the faculty as part of the shared governance of the university. As was the case at UVA, regents, largely those appointed from institutions that don't have experience in shared governance, are ham-handed (insert Iowa pork producers joke) in their attempts to impose such changes and they serve to increase resistance to change rather than to create it.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||She had many faults, but it's||
She had many faults, but it's at least partially to her credit that UM weathered the economic collapse of 2007-9 better than almost any other institution, public or private. When the UC system had required furlough days for faculty and staff, when Harvard and Yale had to open short term lines of credit to meet payroll, And when universities across the nation suffered deep cutbacks and cancelled innumerable faculty searches, UM went on relatively without a hitch, expanding programs and hiring new faculty when almost no other institution was.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Keep pushing that argument||
Keep pushing that argument that "a Michigan degree travels." It's not uncommon to see UM gear, car stuff, etc around the NYC metro area, whereas Auburn's pretty rare.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Which is how playing QB||
Which is how playing QB works. If your primary target is open, that's where the ball goes.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The one time the public got||
The one time the public got to see the QBs in competition, at the practice open to students, almost everyone came away saying exactly what Harbaugh has said, namely that Rudock was the best QB and that it wasn't close.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I think Boren's family also||
I think Boren's family also paid his way (which is the rule for infra-conference transfers, I believe)
|10 weeks 1 day ago||And yet, he probably made a||
And yet, he probably made a good decision for his development as a football player
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I think you mean "Since||
I think you mean "Since Rudock is a starting QB for Michigan, it's easy for grumpy bloggers to hate him."
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I think they're awful and||
I think they're awful and totally antithetical to the player centeredness that makes soccer unique.
They deemphasize fitness, which is so central to the sport. Unlimited substitutions don't force the difficult choice between saving subs for tactical switches vs. replacing a tiring player. They make tactical changes way too easy, and overemphasize in-game coaching in favor of allowing the players on the field to adjust among themselves. There's a reason that American players are generally regarded as tactically naive, it's that they're told what to do all the time and aren't allowed to develop tactical understanding.