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|1 day 21 hours ago||Agree w/ the "Florida became a bit mundane" sentiment||
It was bad. And it was bad before we contracted w/ the Tangerine (Russell Athletic) Bowl for a few years --- two bowl games in one city! From 2004-2009, Wisconsin went to Florida 6 straight years and went to Orlando 4 years out of 5!
I know the B1G's new contract with the Holiday Bowl says no individual school can go there more than twice in 6 years. That's a good provision.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I know the B1G is going to a "tiered" approach||
as opposed to a set order (Citrus 2nd choice, Outback 3rd choice, et cetera). The Bowls will be in three tiers and the conference/Bowls will work together on best placement.
The tiers (in 2014):
1. Champion automatically to the Playoffs or "New BCS" Bowl (rotation of Peach/Cotton/Rose/Fiesta/Orange/Sugar).
2. Potential for at-large teams to the above games.
3. 3 teams placed among the Citrus, Outback and Holiday.
4. 3 teams placed among the (Gator/Music City)*, San Francisco and Pinstripe.
5. 2 teams among the Detroit and Heart of Dallas
6. Any left over B1G teams can fill left-over open spots.
* - The B1G and ACC will work together -- a team from one conference goes to the Gator, a team from the other conference to the Music City. If a B1G team goes to the Gator in 2014, the B1G team will automatically go to the Music City in 2015 (and vice versa).
|2 days 2 hours ago||A (sort of) interesting research topic would be which Bowl game||
has had the most names over the least number of years. This Bowl has had quite a few different names:
1989 - 1996: Copper Bowl
1997 - 2001: Insight.Com Bowl
2002 - 2011: Insight Bowl (the dotcom bubble burst!)
2012 - 2013: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
2014 - ?: Cactus Bowl
It's not the winner, however. The one-time Blockbuster Bowl game is definitely ahead of the Cactus Bowl:
1990 - 1993: Blockbuster Bowl
1994 - 1997: Carquest Bowl
1998: MicronPC Bowl
1999 - 2000: MicronPC.com Bowl (there's that dotcom bubble again!)
2001 - 2003: Tangerine Bowl
2004 - 2011: Champs Sports Bowl
2012 - ?: Russell Athletic Bowl
|3 days 3 hours ago||Very good assessment of the PSU Run D||
I know --- Michigan game and all --- but as a PSU fan I'm sort of stunned there are any metrics whereby Penn State qualified as having a "good" rush defense last year. Guess my perception wasn't really statistical reality.
DT depth will be a major problem in 2014. I do like Junior DT Austin Johnson quite a lot though. Expect him to really emerge in 2014.
|4 days 19 hours ago||I don't have the #s prior to 1993, but from 1993 to 2013||
there have been 17 U-M/ND games. The underdog won outright in 11 of them.
The 6 times the favorite won, they were favored by an average of 8.5 points. The 11 times the underdog won, they were the dog by an average of 5.55 points.
A 8.5 point favorite pays (about) -360 on the moneyline. Conversely, a 5.5 point underdog pays (about) +200.
Making things simpler and assuming a +200 payoff on the underdog for each game, if one started with $10,000 and bet half of the pot on the underdog on the moneyline starting in 1993 (the dogs covered in 1993, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011) --- you would now have $13,515.24.
You would have had $54,060.97 prior to the 2012 game, but of course the favorite has won outright 2 years running now.
|1 week 1 day ago||Another ironic (well sort of ironic) thing ....||
there is a D-1 school in Utah named the Wolverines (Utah Valley, they are in the WAC).
Wonder how they got their nickname, given the relative lack of Wolverines within the state.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Re: PSU, there's a difference between students/other fans||
the students have, IMO, done a very good job supporting the team since July 2012. The Junior section, for instance, sold out within about 60 minutes --- that's the group of students which (if the sanctions continue) will never see a team with a chance to compete for a B1G championship and/or Bowl game.
The support in the rest of the stadium hasn't been so hot, though, over the last 2 years. The 2013 Michigan game was full throughout (as was Ohio State 2012) but that was the exception. Most of the other games have been running ~8-10K empty seats. And that's with the fact that Penn State has gotten kind of lucky with the weather the last couple years (it was somehow sunny and 65 for a mid-November noon game against Purdue).
Anyway, PSU does have a different dynamic vs. other schools. Students are energized: from my experience virtually none of them care about the Paterno issue (by this fall, ~75% of undergrads wouldn't have even been on-campus in November 2011). But there is a significant portion of pissed-off alums re: Paterno. So I'm not sure a comparison to Michigan (or any other school) is really that valid.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That is VERY true ... good understanding of the situation||
The BOT vote on 11-November-2011 was unanimous. I've always felt that firing Joe was a tough and sure-to-be unpopular decision, but also an absolutely necessary decision. A lot of the haters just cannot got beyond the fact that the decision was "absolutely necessary." (could you imagine Paterno coaching that game vs. Nebraska?!?!?!)
The new PSU BOT dynamic is very interesting. The "very vocal segment" now has all their people on the board --- including a couple fellas who aren't lightweights and also have rather "interesting" backgrounds (e.g., former Sallie Mae CEO Al Lord). Going to be a big-time civil war on the BOT over the next few years. Because those folks agendas/interests are still completey opposite the agendas/interests of the rest of the BOT.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Couple thoughts re: Joyner (from a PSU fan)||
(1) Joyner was on the PSU BOT in November 2011. PSU of course needed an AD in November 2011 because of Curley's involvement in the Sandusky affair. That's basically how Joyner got the job --- an "emergency stop gap hire" of sorts. "Stop gap" are the two important words. Much like previous PSU President Dr. Erickson, Joyner was always meant as a "couple-year bridge" AD to get beyond the worst of the Sandusky mess. Once Erickson retired (he left last month, Dr. Barron is already installed as new PSU President), Joyner's depature was merely a matter of time.
(2) Joyner fired the fencing coach a few months ago, and the fencing coach (Kaidanov) has come back and sued, with both Penn State and David Joyner specifically listed as the defendants. This was a highly successful fencing coach (12 NCAA team Championships),
Rumor (everything that follows in this paragraph is rumor, PSU officially has no word on this) is that in summer 2013 an athletic secretary saw a fencer doing drugs. That secretary reported the incident up the chain per PSU athletic policy (some of it in place as a direct result of the Freeh Report). "Up the chain per PSU athletic policy" however did NOT mean telling Kaidanov. The fencer passed all drug tests and was cleared of any wrong-doing. But in the meantime, Kaidanov berated the secretary for not telling him first. When Joyner found out about this, Kaidanov was eventually fired.
Anyway, that's a long story. But the dynamic (university policy ensuring that a coach isn't the first to "gain knowledge" of an incident, that coach getting angry when he learns he was bypassed) is definitely interesting in the wake of November 2011. I am intrigued as to where that story will go.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||One instance of the "playoff committee"||
shutting out a Big XII team while explaining "their strength of schedule wasn't as high as teams from other conferences because of the lack of a conference Title game."
If that EVER happens, the Big XII will add two teams in about 10 minutes. And BYU would probably be high on the list to get a call.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Take these #s for what they are worth ...||
From 1993 through 2013 per my records, the % of time teams win when favored by X points (all D-1A vs D-1A games, there have been at least 165 games for each pointspread, pre-1996 tie games thrown out, there is no accounting for whether home/road/neutral in the numbers below):
3: 55% (ND favored over U-M, U-M favored over NW)
7: 69% (U-M favored over PSU)
7.5: 74% (MSU favored over U-M)
8: 75% (OSU favored over U-M)
12: 82% (U-M favored over Minnesota)
If I did the math right, the expected record for Michigan in these 6 games, would be 3.02-2.98. Darn near exactly .500.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The state of Ohio raising a militia ...||
declaring war on Michigan, occupying Ann Arbor, annexing it and closing the University.
That' would be the "end" of U-M football.
Conversely, Michigan could do the opposite. Although Columbus is helped in a war situation since they are further from the border. Regardless, I'd be in favor of this!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||These camps seem to be the "talk of the summer", BUT ...||
is there any actual empirical evidence Iowa/Penn State (or any other school that will be/has been doing these satelitte camps) are getting "a positive ROI" out of it?
Both schools have large recrutiing budgets, of course, but they're still finite recruiting budgets and PSU/Iowa participating in these camps comes at the "opportunity cost" of NOT doing somethine else.
My gut is telling me this story is getting pretty over blown --- that it's not some tectonic shift in the college football world. Guess we'll see.
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||Agree - the crazy thing is, let's say Ballmer WILDLY overpaid||
for the Clippers. Suppose in 10 years, they're only worth $400MM versus the $2,000MM he paid for them.
Big deal! That's still less than 10% of his current net worth lost, and he gets the fun of being an NBA owner in Los Angeles in the meantime.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Funny thing about the Cramton Bowl||
is that it is the second best stadium in Montgomery, Alabama. D-1AA Alabama State built a pretty nice 27K stadium with luxury boxes that opened in 2012.
But ESPN, which owns the Camellia Bowl, had the final call on the facility - and decided to go w/ the Cramton Bowl because the logistics would evidentally be easier (according to them).
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Talking with Xavier people, they aren't presently considering||
lacrosse. Which makes NO sense to me. (1) They already have the facilities, (2) they can add both men's and women's for Title IX issues, (3) it would give Xavier more press in the Cincinnati market, nobody here follows college baseball so UC and Xavier are pretty "invisible" after March ends, (4) the sport is growing in Ohio (OHSAA began to sanction the sport a few years ago), (5) the only in-state school to compete with is in Columbus, and (6) they could slot right into a Big East Lacrosse Conference.
But the chatter is that if Xavier adds any one sport, it would be rifle (?!?). Unfortunate.
Dayton & Miami are other Ohio schools where it seems like it could work. But Miami doesn't even have men's soccer, which is pretty strange, and I don't think they're considering lacrosse either.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yep --- the 2003 game vs. OSU has me put 2003 as the #1 season||
That OSU team was pretty top-notch, very stout on defense. Michigan shredded them and should have won by much more than 14. (maybe it's more than 14 if Lloyd Carr tried to score at the end of the 1st half --- that led to the whole "that's a stupid question" sequence with the sideline guy!)
Also the 31-3 whooping of Purdue. Purdue was a legit Top 10 team in 2003 - the 2003 outfit was probably Purdue's best team when they were good from 1997 to 2006.
The loss to USC in the Rose Bowl was just Michigan running up against the nation's #1 team. It happens. But I think 2003 Michigan was honestly the nation's second best team, better than Oklahoma or LSU too. Those losses to Oregon & Iowa were truly bizarre.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The SEC does the same 4 games in 1 day nonsense||
The SEC tournament is a bigger deal than the B1G tournament, of course, but 9 AM (and 9 PM) local starts are kind of crazy. God forbid any game goes into extra innings, it could really screw up the schedule!
I think the ACC tournament format is the best. 10 teams, 7/10 and 8/9 play in play-in games. Then the teams are split into two 4-team round robins --- those 12 games are played across 4 days (3 games each day). Championship game among pool-winners after that.
The drawback to that, of course, is that there are inevitably games that are absolutely meaningless in determining the conference champion. But I think that's still a better format versus 4 games on a single day.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Eh, have fun with it. Let's google search, 2 out of 3 ...||
"shady" "Urban Meyer" returns 196,000 hits vs. "shady" "James Franklin" returning 289,000 hits. Advantage Franklin.
"slimy" "Urban Meyer" returns 129,000 hits vs "slimy" "James Franklin" returning 14,900 hits. Advantage Urban.
"sleazy" "Urban Meyer" returns 61,700 hits vs. "sleazy" "James Franklin" returning 143,000 hits. Advantage Franklin.
Franklin wins! Although he is less slimy than Urban, he is shadier and sleazier.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||It's a pretty major change --- IF the NCAA allows it||
I would guess that 12 months from now, the NCAA will have closed this loophole.
As Brian said: "Clever idea ... for now."
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Penn State (we) can sign 25 in February 2015||
There are no limitations below 25 in future signing periods (we were limited to 20 this past February).
We are still limited to only 80 total scholarship athletes for the 2015-16 season. That number returns to the standard 85 for the 2016-17 season.
Given the current roster structure, we could not sign the full 25 while remaining under 80. There would need to be a little (couple players) attrition. (which often occurs organically anyway).
|9 weeks 5 days ago||OSU/Xavier ..... the Bucks will fight that one||
The Bucks won't play anyone in-state in basketball ....... despite there generally being some pretty good college hoops in the State of Ohio.
Cincinnati, Xavier, Dayton, Ohio U, Kent State, Toledo, you name em.
OSU vs. In-State match-ups generally only occur if forced. Like in the NCAA this year. The last time OSU played Xavier was in the 2nd Round of the 2007 tournament. The Buckeyes only survived that one because of a no-call flagrant foul call against Greg Odem in the game's final seconds.
Georgetown and Maryland ... they also refuse to play each other because of long-held grudges ... as a poster up-stream said, maybe once John Thompson dies.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Health concerns should be private. Always||
(usual disclaimer: I'm a Penn State fan, though not a Joe-Bot)
Joe Paterno probably did have a cancer diagnosis well before November 2011. But that's his and his family's business alone. Not even his employer's business.
Frankly, Penn State had plenty of reason to remove Paterno prior to November 2011 (reason #1 being he simply was not good at his job any more). But I will retroactively defend Paterno (and any cancer-stricken employee) for not wanting to reveal this while he was on the job.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I do think you have this mostly correct .......||
(disclaimer: I am a PSU alum/fan, who posts here from time-to-time)
Franklin likely does know the victim (given she "helps with recruiting") and likely does legitimately care about her.
That said, a HC needs to be completely "hands off" in this situation. Other people that Franklin knows and cares about (football players) --- people that are frankly much more important in determining Franklin's long-term success as a Head Coach --- allegedly committed a crime against the woman.
It may not be fair, but given that any contact with the victim is AUTOMATICALLY going to raise questions of impropriety. Contacting the victim was pretty poor judgment on Franklin's part.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you --- Stern is getting such a "free pass" here||
Sterling's a "bad guy." Nobody really argues that, but it's also inarguable that Sterling has been a "bad guy" for awhile.
I do see some similiarities between this and Penn State 2011. Jerry Sandusky and Donald Sterling are not good people, and I am angry with them both.
But, I am actually MORE angry with Graham Spanier and David Stern. Those guys had the power to do something about "bad guys in their presence", yet they enabled them for years on end!
|11 weeks 2 days ago||But the Lions do so WELL when they play in Arizona!||
HA HA HA HA!
more seriously ...... I agreed with your perception but I was kind of surprised when I looked up the series history.
Since the Cardinals have moved out to Phoenix, the Lions have played them 16 times. The split is actually even. 8 games in Phoenix (1993, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013), 8 games in Detroit (1989, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009). The Lions played two games against the Cardinals as part of the 1993 scheduling formula.
Looking at the years, the Lions do seem to get in these "runs" where they are always playing at Arizona --- we're in the midst of another one now apparently.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I'm surprised it took this long for this sort of announcement||
the Penn State fanbase is VERY heavily divided these days --- the Paterno loyalists are generally the older folk whereas the "it's over, let's just deal with the penalties and move on" people are generally the younger folk.
But in such a divided atmosphere --- I knew something like this would happen eventually. The Paterno loyalists aren't going to give up. If anything, the NCAA penalties has given the Paterno loyalists a "martyr complex" and has made them MORE hardcore (something I thought might happen after Emmert went the nuclear bomb route with the penalties versus encouraging Penn State to be introspective and self-penalize themselves).
Anyway, the Penn State fanbase probably is going to have to deal with this schism for (AT LEAST) the next generation.
Is what it is.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I was driving in to work when I heard about #askemmert||
I immediately started cackling. Such an obvious disaster in the making:
JP Morgan did a #askJPM last fall that was a mess. Of course, the completely self-unaware Emmert has a MUCH lower approval rating than JP Morgan.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Marty (and Jeff Brantley now instead of Joe, RIP) still do||
the banana phone. There was A LOT of Banana Phone just last week because the Reds had a lot of rain delay issues.
They way they're playing right now, I wish they would have even MORE rain delay issues.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I was there --- THAT end zone too, about 35 rows up||
That loss was very tough from our POV.
Looking back at things --- Penn State had zero points for the game's first 44 minutes. Kevin Kelly (our field goal kicker) missed 2 kicks and we had another turnover in Michigan territory. Michigan led 10-0 before PSU's end-of-the-3rd-quarter field goal.
Penn State had a pretty incredible offensive 4th quarter (outside of Robinson's pick to Leon Hall, which at the time I thought was going to be the game decider) --- but to win a big game, you have to do better than we did in the first 3 quarters. Michigan's D, of course, had quite a bit to do with that.
Anyway, hoping for more games like that going forward. It was a well-played game that Saturday afternoon in 2005. It's amazingly been since 2002 (!!!) where both Michigan and Penn State were both ranked when they played each other.