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|2 weeks 3 days ago||Usually people exaggerate this...||
...but for once your description was an understatement. He didn't just tell one of his players to lie, he called a team meeting to tell all the players and coaches to lie and make sure they were telling the same one.
To their credit, it didn't work. To the shame of college athletics, the assistant who made sure it didn't work was blackballed for life.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't gamble.||
But I did stack Atlanta in a DFS contest.
I'm not surprised by this at all.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Patriots are paying||
The Patriots are paying Blount more than Coleman and Freeman get combined. Bolden, White, Lewis--they all make more than Devonta Freeman.
I think that's about to change.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If we do have someone working inside...||
...I hope he'd know better than to blow his cover on something this weak.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Hang with them?||
Hang onto them seems to be the game plan.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||They're much smaller.||
Paramus and Don Bosco are Non-Public Division IV. De Paul was Division II while Walker was there, moved up to III last year when Divisions I and II were consolidated (there are now three divisions, labeled II, III and IV).
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Does the NFL want that?||
It's not a rhetorical question; I honestly don't know. But they're running a playoff game in that slot and they may not want to give it up and go back to early Saturday afternoon.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I watched that online some||
I watched that online some this year and really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately they're using ESPN Classic for that one tonight and it's the only one of the ESPN channels Time Warner doesn't offer in HD.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The closest thing they offer for football...||
...is the "sky cam," but that turns out to be more of a quarterback's eye view than a true overhead like they had for soccer.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||That 4.2 is misleading.||
Take out garbage time and UMass and the average was well below 3. He had two games as the feature back after Toussaint broke his leg and was 22/8 against Iowa and 2/5 against OSU.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Rawls's sophomore year||
He had that one garbage-time 68-yard TD against Illinois that made the score 45-0, and he'd had a few decent runs against UMass and in garbage time against Purdue.
Then he got some run with the starters down the stretch, and in those last four games he managed 68 yards on 32 carries. Toussaint had 34 carries in those games and gained 193.
Why people now think Rawls was poised for a move up the depth chart, I have no idea. They weren't saying that at the time; Brian's exit post for Rawls was a snark at Fred Jackson for hyping a generic three-star talent. There was no dissent; even the O.P. called it "good attrition."
|6 weeks 5 days ago||That would be...||
...that game against Delaware State?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. Thanks for the correction.||
Kind of a blind spot for me because I went to two schools without engineering programs.
At Illinois the physics department is part of the School of Engineering. It's an especially appropriate path there.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Darnold at Rivals||
McCaffrey is 52nd nationally, 4th at his position. Peters was 158th and 6th.
I'm not going to read much into that--the recruiting services seem to have whiffed on Darnold. He is not the 179th best player in his class.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Is it feasible to get a||
I don't think I've met anyone that got themselves into a strong physics or astronomy graduate program without a degree in math or science (almost invariably in physics or astronomy), although there was a student in a class I TA'd who was double-majoring in English and physics. That was impressive.
If he's thinking that way, I think I'd recommend doing the astronomy or physics major, but at a strong liberal arts school. Or, better, going to a strong liberal arts school and keeping his options open at first. Some schools seem to be set up to allow more flexibility in this regard. Students at Chicago used to joke that one of the requirements for a degree was that you had to have changed your major at least once. And I remember that when I was looking at undergrad schools (this was a long time ago but I assume they still do) Yale had established programs for double majors in physics/philosophy and math/philosophy. They almost got me with those....
I had a lot of freedom at Oberlin to pursue electives outside my majors. My students at Chicago had that too, and of course they'd all gone through common-core. At Illinois my students seemed a lot more locked-in, more narrowly educated. (Except for the English-double-major woman of course.)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Here's Indiana's OFEI history.||
I'd go back farther but Fremeau started compiling the stat in 2007. See if you can figure out when Wilson arrived to turn it all around.
It's true that three of their four best offensive seasons in the decade were under Wilson, but so were three of their four worst. They averaged 63rd before he got there, 58th after.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||If "dynamic" is used as a||
If "dynamic" is used as a synonym for "effective" I have no quarrel with it but it doesn't have much meaning left.
An internet search finds it commonly coupled with "dual-threat" and turns up the following list of "dynamic quarterbacks":
There are some damn good quarterbacks on that list, but it's a different type of player. (Although if there's a Darnold out there that wants to play for Michigan, that sounds good.) If I dug around a bit I'll bet I could find a "dynamic" Harbaugh reference too.
I specifically looked for a description of Brady or P. Manning as "dynamic" and can't find one...when I looked for Peyton I found Eli instead. Which was interesting. What's the real difference between them? To me it's that Peyton got the ball out so quick, was so efficient with his reads. Eli's not exactly Vick or Flutie back there, but unlike his brother he gets hiimself into situations where he has to start running around. I guess that's enough (probably helps if you play in New York).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'm curious about the adjective "dynamic."||
It's not the first criterion that comes to mind when I think about my ideal quarterback, although I know that kind of player is fashionable. If I understand the word correctly, Terrelle Pryor was dynamic. Tom Brady was, and is, not. I'd take Brady over Pryor any day and that opinion is probably almost universal. Looking closer to home, I'd take a healthy Speight over J. T. Barrett. I want a quarterback who can get the ball where it needs to be, on time.
|8 weeks 6 hours ago||Black swans.||
You can always explain away the big plays as bad luck. By the time you've got a big enough sample to know for sure, they may have already wiped you out.
It's not as bad as finance--there aren't any truly catastrophic losses here because you can only give up one touchdown at a time--but sample size is still a problem.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||It's a package deal, though.||
You don't get something for nothing--if you want havoc, sometimes there's a price to pay at the back end. You get pressure on the QB while your 250-lb linebacker is trying to keep up with Dalvin Cook on a sideline fly route...that's high-variance stuff. There are going to be big plays in both directions.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||July 30, 2017||
The NCAA has accepted Rutgers University's self-imposed penalties. Rutgers will vacate its four victories from the 2015 season. In addition, former head coach Kurt Flood and former Athletic Director Julie Hermann will be required to attend all Rutgers University home football games through the 2026 season. Both individuals will be monitored to ensure compliance with a stipulation that they be present, awake, and sober throughout each event.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||They really had no reason to hurry on this one.||
Was anyone going to interview Flood even without the show-cause?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||You also need to keep in mind that SEC speed...||
...and read it real slow.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Of course I don't think of||
Of course I don't think of that particular speech. But my commitments to people I work with and live with are pretty high on my list of considerations when I have a tough decision to make.
That kind of thinking is out of fashion now, I know. Naiveté at best, cynical drivel at worst. It's reached the point that people assume I'm bullshitting if I say anything honest on the subject.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think you have to go||
I don't think you have to go all the way back to Bo.
But there has been a societal shift in my lifetime on this. My father coached basketball for 30+ years and I don't think he ever had a player transfer in or out for athletic reasons. I can't remember anybody doing it when I was in school, for sure. Kids changed schools when their parents relocated; that was it. You represented your community--it was unthinkable that you'd decide on your own to go represent somebody else.
Now they seem to have two or three transfers in or out every single season as kids jockey for position in the scholarship lottery. And the community's rewarded that loyalty by not coming to games. The gym used to be packed every night; now there's nobody there but the parents and a small group of students.
Not that people are upset by the transferring--the general consensus, certainly the online consensus, is that the kids should do what's best for them. But when they do, people stop caring.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I think it's far more likely...||
...that if a few players did that, they'd be immediately suspended for a "violation of team rules." No coach is going to be put up with that level of insubordination and my suspicion is that the school's own fanbase is going to side with the coach.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Forgetting McCaffrey for a moment...||
I wonder if some of the former players around here might want to comment on whether they thought Bo's "team" speech was a platitude that didn't really mean anything. And whether commitment to a team is nonsense, really.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm on your side in that argument...||
...but one thing that's become absolutely clear to me reading the comments on this blog is that there's no longer a consensus on the issue.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||By your argument his deed was||
By your argument his deed was done after week 7. You'd have been OK with him walking then? Or, say, refusing to take the field in the third quarter of the Washington game?
If players start making every decision on the basis of a personal cost/benefit analysis, there's no sport. "Sorry, coach, I'm not running that play. I might get hurt. You want to run off tackle, put somebody in that's worth less money than me."
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe the 70-80 players on||
Maybe the 70-80 players on the roster that are never going to be drafted should skip the Orange Bowl. What's in it for them, anyway?