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|43 min 15 sec ago||What about best opposition line?||
I'm thinking Alabama 2012, with Fluker and Warmack and Kouandjio.
Although OSU had a line in the 70s with three first round picks, Hicks and Schumacher and Doug France. I miss the 70s--I'm not sure the younger crowd realizes quite how epic those 10-year-war games were.
|11 hours 20 min ago||Nothing there but pace, lately.||
Offensive efficiency ranking at Fremeau since Wilson took over:
Maybe the novelty has worn off? Those last three years are pretty much where they were under Lynch.
|21 hours 56 min ago||Few coaches accept a buyout||
Few coaches accept a buyout at 5% of their remaining contract, and they don't have to risk the stigma of a lawsuit to negotiate better. What's your explanation for the university hiring outside counsel to investigate the football program, then accepting the hurried "resignation" of one of the most successful coaches they've ever had, who in turn accepts a minuscule buyout in exchange for non-disclosure and the opportunity to resign and not be fired for cause?
As for Leach, he doesn't seem to have ever been seriously considered by anyone else throughout his tenure at Tech and was reduced to ambushing athletic directors in hotel lobbies to get "interviews" long before the James incident. I don't doubt that there's a stigma attached to suing an employer, but in Leach's case it simply confirmed a reputation he already suffered from.
|1 day 1 hour ago||I don't see any $12 tickets||
I don't see any $12 tickets now but it's $19 to sit up top at the 40 on the Wisconsin sideline.
I'm seriously considering it. It's that, or $6 to watch a terrible high school basketball game.
|1 day 1 hour ago||They could try.||
And then the coach threatens to sue for wrongful termination, and you eventually settle.
This settled fast. And for next to nothing. Although now that I think about it, it's still twice as much as Beckman got. Wlison's buyout was probably bigger too, though. I can't remember what Beckman's was supposed to be.
|1 day 2 hours ago||You don't bring in outside||
You don't bring in outside legal counsel to investigate your program because you're having "philosophical clashes" with the head coach. You do it because you're afraid you're going to get sued.
|1 day 2 hours ago||No, I mean they might be part||
No, I mean they might be part of the reason Wilson caved so easily. He gets fired for cause, he loses his coverage. He settles and that clause isn't triggered.
I just have a feeling that they'd strongly prefer nondisclosure, that their settlement leverage if any suits were filed would be damaged by any public airing of the grievances here.
Though I suppose its possible that what happened is so damning that nondisclosure is really worth eight figures to Wilson on its own.
|1 day 2 hours ago||It would have been easy to||
It would have been easy to give Allen an interim tag if they were looking to hire someone else. "Permanent head coach" seems to imply that he's going to be the coach.
|1 day 2 hours ago||In situations like this it's||
In situations like this it's better to be the latecomer; everyone that's been there longer could be perceived as having given tacit agreement to whatever was going on.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I wonder...||
...if their liability insurer was in on the negotiations. Sign, or we're not defending you if a player sues.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Some combination of Beckman||
Some combination of Beckman and Sarkisian, is the rumor.
The former is better sourced, the latter is truly just a rumor.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Fivethirtyeight covered that at the time, didn't they?||
He had a 1% chance of getting in.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I suppose he couldn't flat||
I suppose he couldn't flat out say "Penn State is out no matter what."
But they are, and so is everyone below them. I don't know what else to make of his response.
|1 day 9 hours ago||That would usually be true.||
But I can imagine them making an exception for a replay of a rivalry game that went double OT. They could say something like "yes, we try to avoid rematches, but given the head to head result we couldn't in good conscience move Colorado above Michigan."
They'll have a sense of good theater; they won't go out of their way to avoid it.
And I think you're mistaken if you think that game wouldn't be a TV draw.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Thanks, I forgot Vanderbilt won that game.||
Actually, I forgot it was even played.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Iowa took a big step up in the advanced numbers this week.||
#24 in FEI, #22 in S&P+, #20 in Massey Power, #23 in Sagarin Predictor.
So marginally a top 25 team, about six points worse than LSU.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Another possible explanation...||
Other studies have shown that referee bias is a significant (some say only but I think they're overstating their case) factor in home-field advantage. Studies examining the psychology of it relate it to fan behavior, and there's been some correlation established between referee bias and attendance (little to no home advantage in a nearly empty arena/stadium).
Maybe flagship programs are advantaged because they draw better? And often have more rabid fanbases?
Maybe Miami would be a good place to look. They're down now but historically I can't think of a program with a bigger gap between performance and home attendance.
|1 day 9 hours ago||It doesn't matter whether you||
It doesn't matter whether you win by 50 or 40.
It does matter whether you win by 50 or 1.
There is no evidence to the contrary. They say "margin doesn't matter" but they do not say "quality doesn't matter" and it's absolutely clear from their behavior that it does. In fact one of the reasons they switched to the current system was so they could use subjective criteria like that. They don't want to encourage teams to run up the score, like many objective systems would do, but the old system of simply considering wins and losses without looking at the result more carefully was fatally flawed.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Depends on where you look.||
Massey has Washington a 1/2 point favorite over Ohio State on a neutral field, one point over Michigan.
If you start from the assumption that the PAC 12 sucks, that's likely to be your conclusion as well. But there's not much evidence for that assumption. Sagarin's the most negative of the rating systems on the conference and he still has them in a virtual tie with the SEC for best conference.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Apparently they think they can be...||
...because they're 99% sure that Michigan is out.
|1 day 10 hours ago||I laughed too...||
...but they're probably getting one this year. (Vanderbilt.)
|1 day 10 hours ago||Not entirely.||
Fumbles caused correlates with QB pressure.
|1 day 10 hours ago||LSU shouldn't be in the top 25?||
They're #12 in FEI, #5 in S&P+, #9 in Massey Power, #6 in Sagarin Predictor.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Rooting for Penn State...||
...has become very hard for some people to do.
|1 day 11 hours ago||That quality-of-loss argument...||
...works for Wisconsin too. They haven't lost to anyone outside the top-5, and inside the top 5 they lost in OT and by 7.
Everybody below them, or maybe below Colorado, has had a game that said "nope, not them." Wisconsin hasn't demonstrated inferiority yet.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I think the committee dynamic||
I think the committee dynamic is different from the poll dynamic. Committees tend toward an inherent conservatism; "talk of the town" doesn't matter quite as much when you've got a small group of people that's been meeting together for a couple of months. Somebody in the room is going to quote something that was said in prior weeks and say "did what we saw this weekend really change that?"
It might, if it's truly impressive. But it won't be like 2006.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I think you've drawn the wrong precedent.||
OSU jumped those teams by winning their conference championship game 59-0. I'd argue that that's evidence that whatever the committee might say publicly about "margin of victory," quality of victory matters.
If either the B1G or PAC championship this weekend is a beatdown like that was, the winner is probably in.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Fremeau||
Colorado's #4 in DFEI, Washington's #5.
Those are both A-grade defenses.
|1 day 11 hours ago||So it's kind of like the||
So it's kind of like the turkey that uses results from the other 364 days of the year to predict how his Thanksgiving will be.
|1 day 11 hours ago||What if only one SEC team is bowl eligible?||
Alabama goes 13-0, the others lose all their nonconference games and go close to .500 in the conference and they all end up 5-7?
I suppose one of them could get in on an APR exemption.