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|1 hour 9 min ago||My guess, in order of importance...||
1. Proud of the players he recruited and coached.
2. Happy as a fan.
3. "Holy shit - that dude can coach. What's he doing that I can use next time?"
I haven't met many coaches that do that broad comparison thing that fans like to do. It's all concrete--what's he got that I'm not doing? what's he doing that I want to avoid?
|6 hours 40 min ago||How about...||
"If you take other visits we'll no longer consider you committed, and if you aren't committed there's somebody else willing to commit"?
That's just honesty.
|9 hours 31 min ago||Nothing here hints that||
Nothing here hints that Kieler won't play--it's just a question of which tackle. If Conklin can play, Kieler moves to RT and Clark moves back inside to RG. If Conklin can't go, McGowan gets the start at RG, Clark is at RT and Kieler moves to the left side.
|9 hours 39 min ago||Anybody else...||
...picture that body bag in the Possum Kingdom video?
North Texas, even.
|9 hours 51 min ago||LOL.||
Whatever it is, it probably came from Phar-Mor.
|9 hours 55 min ago||To be fair to Carr...||
...when it looked like the wheels were falling off, he got his heart back into it and summoned the strength to right the ship one last time. That season ended a lot better than we had had any reason to expect, a couple of weeks into it.
Your point stands, though.
|10 hours 6 min ago||That particular rumor seems to be losing traction.||
The university won't disclose the substance without Grier's permssion, but they do seem to be acknowledging that it was an OTC supplement.
|1 day 15 min ago||Like South Carolina?||
Like South Carolina?
|1 day 5 hours ago||Rumor at the Florida boards is this:||
That last item under "Synth-Test Elevation Complex" is DHEA, an anabolic steroid that's legal to take in the US but on the prohibited doping lists. It's what Rashard Lewis and O.J. Mayo were caught taking. I'm pretty sure both claimed innocent use of an OTC supplement and I wouldn't be surprised if it was this.
Here's a reddit "source" for the rumor if you want a starting point:
|1 day 5 hours ago||Yep.||
"We'll get that A sample back to you ASAP."
"What about the B sample?"
"We should have that back sometime late Saturday; probably won't get to it before we get back from the game."
"Appreciate the hard work, guys. Thanks."
|1 day 10 hours ago||They took a flier...||
...because their first two choices turned them down. Carroll was a fallback; they were more lucky than good with that hire.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I'm guessing he did something||
They moved awfully quickly on Sunday.
So what was special about Sunday, that it justified moving on this? Either (1) it was the first time or (2) it was the next time, after an ultimatum had been issued. And it seems pretty clear it wasn't the first time.
Actually now that I think about it I suppose there are other possiblities, like it had come to the attention of somebody above Haden.. Whatever it was, it went down like they'd already decided what to do and were waiting for a trigger.
|5 days 6 hours ago||7-0 M.||
|6 days 22 hours ago||"numerous good seasons in two different conferences"???||
Rich Rodriguez has had a losing conference record in five of his six seasons since he left the Big East, and he's off to a good start at making it six out of seven.
Unless you're counting his success in the Mountain East Conference. Then it's a true statement.
Or you could say he's had numerous good non-conference seasons while coaching in two, or even three, different conferences. His non-conference record was pretty good at Michigan, too.
|6 days 22 hours ago||It was completely comprehensible.||
Think about what had just happened to Scott Shafer. He'd been effectively displaced as DC halfway through the year. Rodriguez had removed him from game-planning, changed the scheme, taken away game duties...and then, when the defense completely collapsed, fired him and kept the rest of the defensive staff. His only role, from Purdue on, was as a designated scapegoat.
Since we knew about that stuff here, I think it's safe to say that the coaching community was also well aware. How easy do you think it was to hire his replacement?
You treat people like that, it will come back to bite you in the ass. Greg Robinson was the penalty.
|6 days 23 hours ago||That got me wondering...||
Not counting bowls, he's won his last 20 non-conference games. The last loss was Toledo.
During that 20-0 non-conference stretch he's gone 20-32 in conference games (including the championship game last year).
That's amazing. Or his ADs have done him some scheduling favors. Or both. Arizona hasn't had a P5 nonconference opponent since 2012 but still there's an OK State and two ND wins in that 20-0.
|1 week 52 min ago||If that's what they're doing...||
...they don't do it very well. Games don't always fill; in fact a couple of times I've gotten e-mails from them inviting me to play for free in a cash game--not the usual "free with your first deposit" deal but an outright freeroll--that turned out to be an enormous overlay.
I think that's probably their SOP--when a game's far from filling, at least use the empty slots for some free advertising, get someone in who's hesitant and maybe they'll become a regular. That makes a certain amount of sense if it was going to be a loss otherwise, but not so much if they were willing to simply fill out the games themselves.
|1 week 1 hour ago||That's not the same. Alford||
That's not the same. Alford had never coached in the PAC; in fact, I don't think UCLA had ever played one of his teams.
Fans pay a lot more attention to their own team's games, and nothing gives a bad impression of a coach quite like watching your team beat his like a drum year after year. How would Michigan fans have felt about a John Cooper hiring?
|1 week 1 hour ago||Tried to keep Shafer for longer than a year?||
How the hell could anyone have convinced Scott Shafer to return for another season, when his head coach was holding game-planning meetings with the defensive position coaches and leaving him out of them?
RR had turned his chair towards the wall. There is precisely zero chance that Shafer could ever have been persuaded to work for him again.
|1 week 1 hour ago||He'd be a very tough sell at UCLA.||
They've played his Arizona teams four times and won them all, by an average score of 42-18.
Before Rodriguez got there, UCLA had lost five straight to Arizona.
RR may not be the relevant variable, but fans aren't always rational. He will not be the next coach at UCLA.
|1 week 1 hour ago||They were 7th in the PAC last||
They were 7th in the PAC last year in defensive FEI; they were 7th in S&P+.
There are 12 teams in the conference--that's not top half.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Not so much, this year.||
Stanford didn't have particularly good field position last week--in one stretch they scored touchdowns on six consecutive possessions and five of the six drives were 60+.
|1 week 1 hour ago||"If you can only win with one DC, that is a big weakness."||
There's something quite bizarre about this, isn't there? How often do you see something like this out in the world?
I'll say this: if I interviewed someone and he told me if I hired him I'd better open up the checkbook and do whatever it takes to bring his assistant in too, my first thought would be to wonder if I was interviewing the right guy. If he's that important, maybe I should just hire the assistant?
|1 week 2 hours ago||Arizona is currently 97th in||
Arizona is currently 97th in rushing defense, 103rd in pass defense, 110th in total defense, and 106th in scoring defense. Looking for some tempo-adjusted stats I see that they're 113rd in third-down defense and 122nd in red-zone defense. They haven't played a particularly difficult schedule, either--their SOS at Massey is 44th.
Three of their four FBS opponents so far have had their highest point total of the season against UA.
FEI stats aren't out yet, but their defense ranks 97th at Massey (which at least is schedule-adjusted), worse than all P5 teams except Kansas and Texas Tech.
I think it's fair to say they've suffered more hammering than the average team.
|1 week 2 hours ago||One problem's been solved...||
...they haven't fumbled a punt return all year, and they lead the country in yards per return.
Of course, through five games they 've only returned one punt. You have to force them before you can return them.
|1 week 2 hours ago||If you want to use that comparison...||
...imagine that through some sort of bizarre quantum magic the cards at one casino are always dealt in exactly the same order as at the other, and an employee at one is on the phone to a player at the other during the hand.
|1 week 2 hours ago||The dealer can see your hand...||
...but the dealer isn't playing. They don't care who wins--they get their 10-12% rake regardless.
My guess is they'll swing the hammer pretty heavily on this. They're fighting a regulatory battle over whether they're a gambling site or not and they could easily be regulated right out of existence if they aren't careful. They've got every incentive to run a clean game.
|1 week 2 days ago||He got the last drive.||
Barry Sanders run for 65 yds for a TD (Conrad Ukropina KICK)
|1 week 2 days ago||over-under on play in this drive?||
I say they score in six.
|1 week 2 days ago||Against Northwestern they were...||
Either Northwestern's defense is very good or Arizona's is very bad.
(These choices are not mutually exclusive.)