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|2 weeks 1 day ago||ECU clock management at the end of the game --- just awful||
That was terrible. ECU taking knees too soon, eschewing field goal attempts, literally giving 10 yards away on 4th down. Everything possible so that UCF could even have that last gasp attempt.
Not a bad year for UCF coming off the Fiesta Bowl season: 9-3 and conference champions again.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, absolutely there should have been a flag ...||
Probably doesn't matter in the long-run, but his behavoir was definitely not appropriate.
Edsall really is a d-bag --- he's not really making any friends in the B1G East these days.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Why don't they move the hockey game to, say, 8 or 8:30 PM?||
gives fans more time to do the football/ice hockey double-header.
The only TV coverage for the game Saturday night is on something called "Comcast Network 900." I honestly had no idea what that was until 2 minutes ago. One quick look at their schedule and it seems easy to move the game (unless perhaps "Rocktagon MMA" absolutely has to air at 10 PM, LOL).
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I heard last March that there were a number of coaches||
who had pushed for the re-naming of the rounds (the 1st Round becoming the 2nd Round), and the NCAA basically gave in to their wishes.
Reason being was that many coaches had incentive clauses in their contracts that said stuff like "reach the second round of the NCAA, get a bonus of $75K."
Well, what better way to get that bonus than to move the goalposts! The American way!
|5 weeks 2 days ago||You're right, BOTH viewpoints have strong degrees of validity||
We can't change the past, but I do think if people had vision in July 2012, there was an opportunity for a "compromise" that considered both those viewpoints.
That compromise: the NCAA taking a "stand back" position for a few weeks immediately following the Freeh Report's release in July 2012. Basically Emmert telling PSU "we'll give you a few weeks to evaluate the Freeh Report, self-assess and decide what you want to do. But if you do nothing, then we'll likely step in because there is strong support internally for some sort of penalties."
Perhaps I'm an idealist, but I do think PSU was "self-aware" enough to have self- imposed some sort of penalties.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Louis Freeh really is horribly unprofessional here||
Emmert: eh, whatever. I'm a PSU alum, the sanctions, yes, they were partially a PR stunt on Emmert's part. But PSU is better in the long-run (our own "self image") for us having "taken our medicine" and suffered through some penalties.
But Louis Freeh: this man should KNOW BETTER.
Freeh is getting paid $8.2MM by his client --- the Penn State Board of Trustees --- to provide an independent report to THEM. Nobody else. And now it's pretty much undeniable that he was in constant communication and correspondence with the NCAA and Emmert during the 6 months prior to the report's release.
No matter what one thinks about the rest of the Penn State/Sandusky story, that's completely unprofessional behavior by Louis Freeh. I'm a Consultant, and if I did something like that to my client, I'd be fired. And possibly sued.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The numbers I have (since I have my spreadsheet on this open) .||
the average "+/- vs. historical win %" across all 156 cases of Cheap, Average, and Strong was -4.45%.
For the Cheap hires, 21 cases were >-4.45% (better than the average), 29 cases were below.
For the Average hires, 32 cases were >-4.45%, 26 cases were below.
For the Strong hires, 27 cases were >-4.45%, 21 cases were below.
That's about as basic a non-parametric analysis that can be run, but I think it's another piece of evidence supporting a primary takeaway of "There's not a statistically definitive difference between Average and Strong hires, but you definitely don't want to go Cheap!"
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Geeking out here, but on the statistical significance .....||
A single-factor ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) test on the data (throwing out the Interim group, looking only at the Cheap, Average, and Strong groups) spits out a p-value of 0.14939 when testing against the value "win % +/- program's historical norm"
That's not the strongest of p-values: per most statistical norms, we'd be looking for p-values below 0.1 or below 0.05 to say "yes, I am confident in saying there is a statistically significant difference in the average "win % +/- program's historical norm" among EACH of these 3 groups."
FWIW, the p-value is 0.052069 if one tests 2 groups: "Cheap" and "Average OR Strong". So I think the valid statistical conclusion from this data is: "you are more likely to under-perform vs. your historical norm if you go cheap in hiring your new coach. But there is not a statistically significant difference in performance between hiring an Average Coach or a Strong Coach."
|6 weeks 4 days ago||That's the thing that really struck me here .....||
Man the B1G goes cheap when it comes to coaching hires.
Seriously, in the last 15 years, John L Smith --- who was coaching at C-USA Louisville, had perennial undispclined teams and was coming off a 7-5 season --- was one of the four strongest hires the conference has made.
Some of these schools need to be re-investing their BTN mega-bucks back into football.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||McElwain should almost fire his agent for that one ....||
Colorado State isn't a terrible place in the college football hierarchy. The 2000s were a lost decade for CSU but they were consistently good in the 1990s and there's no reason they can't annually be at the top of the Mountain West Conference.
But it's also an "upward mobility"-type of job too ...... kind of crazy CSU was able to make him agree to a $7.1MM buy-out (?!?!?!)
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Someone needs to remind Dantonio of 2004||
he was the Cincinnati Bearcat Head Coach then and his players went out at pre-game and stomped all over the Louisville Cardinal logo.
Kind of a bad idea: Louisville would win the game in a "close" one. Louisville 70 Cincinnati 7.
In the following days, Dantonio pled ignorance on that one and got all huffy about things when Louisville coach Bobby Petrino talked about how that motivated his team.
Anyway, just a long-lost ancidote, kind of a funny one given Dantonio's current reaction to "speargate."
|8 weeks 5 days ago||On the bright side, unless the rouge becomes a part of||
American college football, the streak can only continue on to 2018 at worst.
21-20-17-14-12-6-5-4-3-2-0-(it can only go up from here!)
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Losing to Eastern Michigan isn't good for job security ...||
I read some game re-caps on Sunday, sounds like Buffalo quit late in the game.
Bummer for Quinn --- he has the Brian Kelly connections, of course, so maybe he ends up as an assistant at ND some day.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Regarding the Beaver Stadium goalposts in 1994 ....||
they weren't actually torn down. Penn State officials actually left a "spare" set of goalposts outside of Beaver Stadium (that the students found and then marched around town). They did this because of 1990 .........
In 1990, Penn State defeated then #1 Notre Dame in South Bend. So the students went out to Beaver Stadium, broke into the stadium, and tore down the goalposts.
Now ........ how to get the goalposts outside the stadium.
The first idea was to pass the goalposts up the stands to throw over the top of the stadium (!!!!!). Thankfully, a better solution was found --- some hacksaws were procured and the goalposts were sawed apart and THEN left the stadium to be marched around town (in various pieces).
I wasn't in State College for 1990 or 1994, but I love stories like that and how they are part of college football.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Regarding the 2nd upper deck at Beaver Stadium ...||
I can remember the days when it wasn't there. Honestly, it was a better setting back then (IMO).
I'm not sure how true this story is (it does smell somewhat apocryphal), but supposedly some relative of James Beaver's donated a whole bunch of $$$ to Penn State with the caveat that the in-stadium view of Mount Nittany never be obscured. Once she died, PSU waited about 2 years then went forward with construction.
But as you said, it's ultimately all about the dollars.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||13:2 odds? Not much value there .....||
Still far from a guarantee a 12-1 MSU even gets to the playoff.
Assume the ND/Florida State winner, plus 2 SEC teams (you know this is happening), then there's only 1 spot for .............
|9 weeks 5 days ago||You're right about the non-"super-intense seriousness"||
but I was also in Ann Arbor for PSU/U-M games in all of 1994, 2000, 2005 and 2009 (showing my age here).
Those years were different in that the games mattered more (in the cases of 1994 & 2005, those games REALLY mattered), but from my perspective those years were the same in terms of fan behavior, interactions, and general atmosphere. Point being, Saturday was not an anamoly, from my point of view.
For those that remember --- 1994, wow, what an unbelievable game and atmosphere that was. Weather that Saturday was almost exactly like this past Saturday. To this day, it remains the highest-quality college football game I've seen live. Hard to believe that was 20 years ago Wednesday.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Correct --- old Indian name for "single mountain"||
Mt. Nittany, for anyone who has been to State College, is pretty noticable from a geographical point-of-view. Rises up sharply from the surrounding valley, and stands alone as a single mountain ridge that continues on a few dozen miles to the northeast.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Ann Arbor report from a visiting fan ......||
I was in Ann Arbor on Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM .......... if an alien was visiting the United States and was trying to understand why college football is so popular with so many Americans, there couldn't have been a better atmosphere for explaining that than Ann Arbor on Saturday.
The atmosphere was simply glorious. Sunny skies and 60 degrees during the day, descending into early autumn chill once the sun went down. A visitjng school that brought a significant number of fans (it's always a bit more fun when the visiting school has a noticeable presence). Two fanbases who are dedicated and loyal to their teams. Two fanbases that were able to interact with each other and enjoy an October afternoon.
The football was not high-quality (it was likely the lowest quality game among the 18 historical Penn State/Michigan match-ups), but it was regardless a fully enjoyable day.
I know both our fan-bases have had some rough times over the last several years (for wildly different reasons). But it was nice to have a 100% FUN day --- drinking beer and tailgating and eating good food and talking and watching football, as opposed to talking about boycots and concussions and NCAA sanctions and Freeh Reports.
That's why I am a fan (and I think that's why most of you are too) --- because being a college football fan is supposed to be FUN.
Anyway, thanks for being good hosts, and God willing, see you all again in Ann Arbor in 2016 (and you guys in State College in 2015)!
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Throw the ball to Funchess ....... A LOT, that's a tough matchup||
Penn State has a pretty solid defense but its weak point is at the corners --- Jordan Lucas, he's not awful but I've never found him to be as great as some make him out to be.
I'm sure PSU will bracket Funchess as much as possible, but when it is Funchess vs. Lucas that's an exploitable match-up from the U-M perspective (IMO).
Kind of weird, 2 state of Michigan guys on the Penn State DL (Zettel and Olaniyan). I think U-M would have more success running at the Deion Barnes side of the line (who has been a bit disappointing this year) vs. running at Olaniyan.
Just a tip, if U-M runs it 27 times and only gains 27 yards? Try something different! :-)
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Yep, there's fire if that's true ...||
the case is in the courtroom, which is the perfect place for allegations like that to be vetted.
Time will tell. But "as of this moment" ........
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Good post ..... think you have all the facts correct||
Full disclosure, I'm a Penn State fan (as if my user name doesn't make that apparent :-) ).
But I'm not some "Penn State fan who has his head stuck in the head" ---- if there's smoke, I'll acknoweldge there's a very good possibility there's a fire.
As of the moment, I'm not seeing too much smoke.
We'll see where this goes ........
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Stitt --- honestly surprised nobody has made him an OC yet||
head coach --- way too risky, not really a viable candidate.
But some head coach, even if it's only a HC for a Mountain West-type school, is going to pull the trigger here soon and make Stitt an OC. Interesting experiment.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||This is purely a single anecdote .....||
but among the Penn State fans I know and talk to, there's a fairly high amount of energy about Saturday's game. Many already have tickets and/or are just going to drive up Saturday and plan to purchase then.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I anticipate quite a few PSU fans there Saturday. If Michigan doesn't play well Saturday night, could lead to some crowd shots that won't look good for David Brandon.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I ran into some UK football fans today (I live in Northern KY)||
One win over South Carolina, and everyone's on the bandwagon! According to them, they are about to TAKE OVER the SEC. And if they don't take over the SEC, it's only because of the SEC --- they'd clearly go 12-0 if they were in any other conference.
They're not nearly as publicized as Buckeye fans, but you and I both know --- UK fans are their own unique breed of "crazy."
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Do those games "count" toward the actual record?||
Softball in the autumn --- are those exhibition games or does the NCAA allow some games to be played in the autumn?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Cheaper and cheaper tickets for me on Saturday :-)||
I think there will be a lot of white-colored clothing in the stands Saturday. That in itself will be a statement to the U-M powers that be.
If I were a U-M fan and had tickets, I'd definitely be going and cheering on my favorite team. Times are rough but the players are definitely giving their best (it was a strong effort last night given the circumstances) ----- as long as they do not quit (and they have not), they deserve support.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||The committee's weekly rankings will be interesting||
We've all come to expect a lack of logic in the weekly writers and coaches polls (Virginia Tech was rated behind Ohio State immediately after VT's win in Columbus).
But there's no way --- based on results as of this very moment --- that a logical ordering can justify Oregon ahead of Arizona (by extension, Michigan State ahead of Arizona either). I'd nearly guarantee the coach and writers polls will have them Oregon, MSU, Arizona ... hopefully the committee is smarter.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||A penalty was called --- bizarrely, if there had truly been NO||
penalty, then it's 4th down and it's very likely that the U-M offense is coming off the field anyway and "concussion-gate" is not a thing.
Refs should have also called targeting, yes. That was missed.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||My memories of 1997 and Scott Frost are kind of foggy ........||
Did Frost (1) advocate that Nebraska get a split (co-National Champions)?, or (2) advocate that Nebraska get the National Championship alone? Is there a tape or article with his exact quotes?
If it's (1), i don't understand the U-M animosity for Frost .... if it is (2), I do understand.
Co-national champions are not ideal, but there are other schools in history who didn't even get that recognizition.