This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
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|1 day 22 hours ago||If they can refuel airplanes||
If they can refuel airplanes still in flight, the hype train doesn't need to stop to get more fuel.
|2 days 19 hours ago||It's not so much the losing||
It's not so much the losing as it is the way they're losing. All 7 losses this season are by at least 11 points. Last season, there were 8 losses by double digits (and that's not counting the OT losses to MSU or Illinois, which, how do you lose twice in one season by 10+ in OT?).
Combine the tendency to get blown out with the obvious recruiting issues, and it's tough to see a team capable of contending for conference championships anytime soon.
|2 days 20 hours ago||It would be awesome to snag||
It would be awesome to snag him, but I doubt he goes anywhere other than LSU or Alabama.
|6 days 19 hours ago||I'm probably going to be||
I'm probably going to be taking a job in Oregon soon, and living in Pittsburgh, I will be embarking on a cross-country road trip as part of the move. The relocation package gives me 5 days to make the drive. I do have the option to fly and have my car shipped, but how often do you get the chance to make a 2600 mile drive and get reimbursed for it?
Having never driven like this before (I've made 600-700 mile, one-day trips before, but not in consecutive days), anyone have any tips? There are two routes, either I-80 or I-90, that are basically identical in time and distance. I'm planning to do the more northerly route, basically only because I want to visit Minneapolis on the way. Thoughts/suggestions/am I being stupid for wanting to make this drive alone?
|1 week 1 day ago||Zack Kuntz, who is a 2018 top||
Zack Kuntz, who is a 2018 top tight end. He's also a Penn State legacy, so it's not like keeping Shuster would have helped.
|1 week 1 day ago||Man, this||
Man, this Connor-Compher-Motte line is the best line I've seen in my roughly 15 years of paying attention to college hockey. There have been plenty of good duos, but I can't remember a trio this deadly.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The transforming Viper from||
The transforming Viper from the TV show Viper.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I would guess Texas and A&M,||
I would guess Texas and A&M, prior to A&M skipping off to the SEC, might be the closest. Texas is a better school for the most part, and they have an out-of-state rival they care more about than A&M.
Pitt and Penn State have a weird dynamic where Penn State, a better school with better athletics, still acts like a little brother towards Pitt despite not having played them in football since 2000.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Without knowing all the||
Without knowing all the details, I'm not moved either way by this. Who cares if he's a 4-star or an All-American? Just because you play in one of the AA games or are given 4 stars by recruiting services doesn't mean college coaches see you like that.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not necessarily from my past,||
Not necessarily from my past, but my mom (whom I assume I got my love of cars from) actually had a series of great cars before she married my dad, who is not at all a car guy - seriously, he has only owned four different Cavaliers since I was born. A few Firebirds, a Corvette, Triumph TR-7, Plymouth Fury, and some I'm probably forgetting. The way she always talks about the first Firebird, a '69 with the rear end lifted, makes me wish that somehow she was able to keep that.
For me specifically, I had to recently part ways with my '05 WRX because it was getting too expensive to clear PA inspection every year. I wanted to hold onto it and eventually start modding it, but between trying to save money and potentially moving in the near future, it just didn't make sense to keep around.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Stanford has 36 varsity||
Stanford has 36 varsity sports. Ohio State also has 36. If it was only about the number of sports, you would think OSU would have finished in the top 5 more than 4 times since the Director's Cup started in 1993-94.
Penn State has 31 sports (which I think is #3, but I can't find a definitive list without going through every team's site), and yet only finished 3rd or better once.
Stanford wins because they're a great school in a great location, who also happens to win a lot in the Olympic/non-revenue sports where there isn't a professional league.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||And yet there's still Purdue,||
And yet there's still Purdue, Iowa, and Illinois behind both of them; Northwestern and Indiana are both behind Rutgers. Also behind Rutgers? Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Not that I'm trying to make excuses for Delany adding them, but the Director's Cup is probably not the best place to make this argument.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry, I jumped to the||
Sorry, I jumped to the assumption that it was about recruits. Anybody who is recruited for a sport cannot be on any scholarship besides a full-ride football one. True walk-ons (i.e., not the preferred walk-ons that are recruited as such) can be on academic, yes. Scholarship athletes from other sports cannot walk-on though.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||No. Football players cannot||
No. Football players cannot be on any non-athletic, non-football scholarship.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Now, I try to not follow||
Now, I try to not follow recruiting too much because it's a creepy business and I don't trust anyone involved (coaches, media, or the kids themselves). But I do know the B1G has a limit of 28 signees (25 regular and 3 EEs allowed to back-count). How does this work? I know we're back-counting 3 of the EEs, and possibly 'greyshirting' a few, but if we greyshirt some kids, does that not affect what we can do for the 2017 class (which should be big given the number of seniors on the 2016 squad)?
For example, if we sign 30 this year, back-count 3, and greyshirt 2, that gives us 25 counting against the 2016 class. Any 2017 EEs can't back-count to 2016 because there would already be 25, and 2 spots would be hit by the greyshirts, so theoretically we would limit ourselves to 23+greyshirts in 2017. Am I wrong? Or do back-counted and greyshirt spots just disappear into the ether each year?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think this argument||
I don't think this argument is about whether or not he's a good NFL coach, but rather is he the best college coach. Being successful at the NFL level does not guarantee success at the college level. Bill Walsh, for all his success with the 49ers, was only 34-24-1 over 5 seasons at Stanford, including 3-7-1 in his last season.
Right now, as much as I love what Harbaugh is doing, you cannot possibly argue that he's a better college coach than Saban. Check back in 8 years, maybe, but Saban has 5 titles now in 20 years of college coaching, all since 2003.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm all for division winners||
I'm all for division winners getting a benefit. Yeah, sometimes an entire division is down (*cough* AFC East *cough*) and the winner is probably not a real good team, but that's not worth scrapping the whole system.
Minnesota lost to a good Seattle team by one point in -25 degree weather, and the Bengals lost because they have no QB and they committed two personal fouls in the last 30 seconds. Houston and Washington were the two who arguably didn't deserve to be there, and both got more (Houston) or less (Washington) blown out by better teams.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||So you're saying that essentially only Darboh,||
So you're saying that essentially only Darboh, Chesson, Butt, and Peppers will catch TDs from O'Korn?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||For #4, I think you have a||
For #4, I think you have a 60-day window to make the claim, so you may not have the luxury of burying it under the "oh shit major breaking news" headlines.
Otherwise, spot on.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, I could blow a lot of||
Yes, I could blow a lot of it, but that's exactly what gets a lot of lottery winners in trouble. I'd rather just have a very large brokerage account that supplies my income with it's earnings for the next 40 years until I die. And then there's a huge sum of money left that goes to charitable purposes.
I seriously can't think of anything I'd want that I could not afford with an annual budget of $2 million. I could pay off my house and car loans, my wife's student loans, get my Porsche, and still have more than $1.5 million left to splurge with.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||1. Get a lawyer and a CPA. Do||
1. Get a lawyer and a CPA. Do everything I can to remain anonymous, even to close family for a while until everything is in place and we have a chance
2. Invest in something low-yield and low-risk. Live off the earnings alone. At $675 million, figure about $200-250 million after tax lump sum. Even at 1% return, that's a budget of $2+ million a year.
3. Write up a will stating that, when my wife and I die, all the money gets donated to various things like Mott, some charities, etc. We don't, and won't, have kids to worry about. Also, with the donation I'd make to Michigan, I'd have a bust of my likeness put right next to ol' Mortimer in the Cooley Building.
4. Pay off our mortgage.
5. I don't think I'd quit my job to be honest. I'd be so bored if I didn't have something to do. I certainly wouldn't tell my coworkers that I won (though #6 might be hard to explain).
6. After a year or so acclimating to this new-found wealth, I'd buy myself what I've always wanted - a brand new, arrest-me-red Porsche 911 Turbo.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty sure Reynolds' passing||
Pretty sure Reynolds' passing TDs don't count. He had 85 rushing TDs in his career coming into the game, while Dixon has 72 rushing and 15 receiving, for 87 total. If you counted passing TDs, it'd be a runaway with the air raid QBs who had multiple 40-50 TD seasons.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||I imagine a vast majority of||
I imagine a vast majority of these come from donations directly to the athletic department. Now, if the school is pulling money from the general university coffers (which I think would be a big no-no, especially for public schools like Clemson, but IANAL), then yes they should be open to everyone.
If I were to become a billionaire and donate money to build some amazing theme park for the College of Engineering, you better believe I'd want that to be a CoE-student only perk. Likewise, these boosters contributing tens of millions to install a wave pool or whatever should have some assurance that they are only being used by people associated with wherever they want the money going. Football players aren't going to hang out and play mini golf if it's constantly packed with the general student population, so why make the donation?
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||I don't have a problem with||
I don't have a problem with this, except I think they should open it up to all scholarship sport athletes, not just football players.
Once the bubble bursts, whether it's from the sweet nectar of cable money fizzling away or legislation allowing players to earn a 'salary' from the school, it'll be curious to see how many of these $20+ million opulent facilities still get built.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||You know, there's also the||
You know, there's also the possibility that Howard just isn't that good (yet). CBS scouting report:
STRENGTHS: He is a terrific athlete for his frame with speed to run away from linebackers and the natural body control to attack the football.
WEAKNESSES: His tape is underwhelming as he doesn't properly use his size and his immature route running fails to fool defenders who can beat Howard to the catch point. He needs to embrace the physicality of the game as both a receiver and blocker to box out, utilize his length and create space.
Even with that, he's still ranked top-5 at the position for 2017. That's with Henry, Engram, and Leggett, whom are ranked 2-4, having yet to declare one way or the other for 2016.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Only if he could somehow get||
Only if he could somehow get his name hidden on the student directory, sign up for classes, and go to the first few days of said classes without anyone noticing. Given how highly visible he is, being a top-15 recruit and 6'4", 240, I doubt that's happening.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Smart isn't necessarily||
Smart isn't necessarily bringing over the Alabama offense though - he brought in Chaney as OC, who got Hunter Henry (Arkansas' Mackey winner this year) a 37-513-2 line in 2014. The second TE on that Arkansas team, AJ Derby, had 22-303-3 one year removed from being the backup QB. That was enough to get Derby scooped up by the Patriots in the 6th round.
Sorry, but Georgia isn't a terrible dead-end destination. Hell, Vannett at OSU is probably going 4th among TEs in the draft, and that guy's career line is 54-571-6. It doesn't require a TE-centric offense to get picked up by the NFL.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||...||
Wait, known friend and trusted agent? Is Jim Harbaugh THE KNOWLEDGE?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Tennessee actually has a very||
Tennessee actually has a very manageable schedule next year, with their two toughest games (Florida and Alabama) at home, and Florida still won't have Grier back; as far as SEC schedules go, you couldn't ask for a better road slate (SC with Muschamp, Georgia in flux, TAMU is a mess, and Vandy hasn't been the same since Franklin left). Plus they get an early statement game against VT at Bristol to build momentum. They nearly beat two of the playoff teams this year, having late leads on both Bama and OU. I think they return a lot of the team, so I could easily see them in the top 10.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I hate bowl tie-ins. I say,||
I hate bowl tie-ins. I say, after the CFP/NYD 6 bowls, throw every bowl in a hat, draw for 'draft' position, and let each bowl draft two teams.
I like this ranking system, and I'd use it for the draft. You can't take a team with a lower ranking than any available team. It'd keep bowls from picking just the biggest fanbases to guarantee ticket sales, and give fans/schools the chance to visit more than just a handful of locations.
Also get rid of requiring schools to sell tickets.
Also let non-bowl teams practice if they want, with any players who have exhausted eligibility or submitted their name for the NFL draft allowed to decline participation.